Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce What To Do Events



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American Sign Language
Date(s): Mar 14, 2013 - Apr 04, 2013
When: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: SCC Macon Campus Room 204

This will be a time of fun and learning a new language.  At first, I will introduce American Sign Language (ASL).  Students will be exposed to basic language through: introductions, basic colors, family and more.  It is primarily survival level skills.  The course includes continued development of expressive and receptive skills while minimal simple conversational signing skills are emphasized through interactive exercises.  This class is taught exclusively in ASL without voices.

Cost:  $35

To pre-register contact Latresa at 828-339-4426

Bring Nature Indoors: A Wreath Making class
Date(s): Mar 21, 2013 - Apr 11, 2013
When: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: SCC- Macon Campus Room 114

Beginners class on how to bring nature indoors with wreaths, centerpieces, wall art, flowers & plants, to give your home a no-cost spruce up.  Please bring craft scissors and glue guns or glue pots.
Enrollment:  $35
Class Supply Kit:  $30
Tp pre-register contact Latresa at 828-339-4426

Weaving Your Scottish Attire
Date(s): Apr 02, 2013
When: 6pm
Where: First United Methodist Church on Harrison Avenue

Andrew Bennett, local artisan weaver will demonstrate and lecture along with "Early Celtic Piipe Concert" by Warren Riley.  Supper following.  Program is free of charge, sponsored by the Friends of the Scottish Museum.  Please bring a covered dish.  For information contact 828-524-7472 or 828-524-4304.

Job Fair 2013
Date(s): Apr 04, 2013
When: 9 am - 12:30 pm
Where: SCC Jackson Campus, Burrell 102 A, B, C, D lobby

Reserve your spot by visiting www.southwesterncc.edu/career-center/job-fair


Vince Gill in Concert
Date(s): Apr 05, 2013
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets: $45, $55, $65

Vince Gill has sold more than 26 million albums and he has earned 18 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year in 1993 and 1994.  He is tied with George Strait for having won the most CMA Male Vocalists Awards (five) and is currently second only to Brooks and Dunn for accumulating the most CMA Awards in history.  Gill is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and has received 20 Grammy Awards to date, the most of any male country artist.  Besides being known of his talent as a performer, musician, and songwriter, Gill is regarded as one of country music's best known humanitarians, participating in hundreds of charitable events throughout his career.  In August of 2007, the Country Music Association inducted Gill as a member of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame.

For tickets or additional information visit www.greatmountainmusic.com or call 828-524-1598.

Tartan Day
Date(s): Apr 06, 2013
When: 10 am - 5pm
Where: Scottish Tartans Museum at 88 East Main Street

"Tartan Day" a nationally recognized day commemorating the signing of the "Treaty of Arbroathe" for Scottish Independence in 1320.  Tours of the Scottish Tartans Museum are free of charge on Tartan Day.  Refreshments by the Friends of the Scottish Museum.  Museum hours:  10-5pm, 88 East Main Street, Gift Shop, Handicapped Entrance.  For information contact 828-524-7472.

Spring Flea Market
Date(s): Apr 06, 2013
When: 8am - 2pm
Where: Macon County Community Building

Free admission.  Event is a fundraiser for Macon County Senior Games.

For additional information contact 349-2090.


AMC's 3rd Annual Macon Your Heart Beat 5K & 8K Run/Walk
Date(s): Apr 06, 2013
When: 8:30 am
Where: Little Tennessee Tassee Park

Registration for the 1 mile walk/run is $25; thej 5K is $30 and the 8K is $30 before April 1st.  Registration costs after April 1 go up $5.  

Walkers/runners can register online at Active.com or by completing a registration form that cn be picked up at the hospital.  

The 1 mile run starts at 8:30 am, the 5K start time is 9:00 am and the 8K begins at 9:15am.  Race day registration begins at 7:30 am at the Tassee Shelter.

Proceeds beneif the Angel Medical Center Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program.  For additional information contact 349-8290.

Banking on a Cure 1 Mile & 5K Walk/Run
Date(s): Apr 13, 2013
When: 8:00 am
Where: Tassee Shelter on the Greenway

1 mile walk start time:  8am - Registration fee is $15
5k run/walk start time:  8:30 am - Registration fee is $20

You may register in any Macon Bank branch, or online at Active.com ("Banking on a Cure").  Registration on race day will open at 7:30 am.  Make checks payable to American Cancer Society. 

6 age groups. Prizes to the first male and female individual in each age group.  For more information contact Sherry at 828-524-7000 ext 2449.

SMPCC's Bar-B-Que Dinner
Date(s): Apr 13, 2013
When: 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Bloemsma Barn

Located at 1145 Patton Road.

Grab your cowboy hat and step into your boots for Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center's Bar-B-Que Dinner .  Prepared by Shane Corbin made especially with you in mind.  Evening of family fun with hayrides, dancing and Gospel, Bluegrass and Folk music provided by the Southern Appalachian Boys and other local talent.

Adults $10 and children 10 & under $5.

Tickets available at the Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center, Franklin Chamber of Commerce or at the door.  

Spring Fling
Date(s): Apr 13, 2013
When: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Macon County Fair Grounds

Car Show ($15 Entry), Registration 9am to 11 am, Awards Ceremony 5:30 pm

Corn Hole Tournament ($10 team Entry), Registration 9am - 11 am, Awards Ceremony 5:30 pm

Cake Contest/Auction, Football Throw, Dunking Booth, and many carnival type kid games & prizes.

BBQ Dinner 4pm to 5:30 pm,  $6 per plate

Fundraiser for Pine Grove Baptist Church Youth Mission Trip & Playground
For additional information contact 349-0120 

Cullasaja Gorge Clean-up
Date(s): Apr 13, 2013
When: 9:00 am
Where: Meet at Pine Grove Baptist Church to car pool

In conjunction with the Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Center.

Lunch to follow at Cliffside Lake Shelter.  Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt.

For additional information contact 524-3161.

"A Place at the Table" Special Screening
Date(s): Apr 16, 2013
When: 12:54pm
Where: Ruby Cinema

Please help spread the word of this special screening for the film, "A Place at the Table" here in Franklin!  In order to show the film here locally we have to meet a ticket sale threshold of 89 by April 16th.  5% of ticket sales will be donated to the CareNet Food Pantry!

Follow the link below to reserve your tickets, and feel free to share the event on Facebook and/or email it (with the link provided) to family and friends.


For additional information contact Shaina Adkins at 828-369-2642

Gem Country Republican Women's Club Meeting
Date(s): Apr 16, 2013
When: 11:30 am
Where: The Boiler Room Steak House

The guest speaker will be Dodie Allen, a former member of the club.  Dodie ran for a House seat in 2008 and is a former Chairman of the Jackson Vounty GOP.  She will share her story with us and explain the Electoral College in detail.  Visitors are welcome.  Lunch is $10.  For information, call Kathy, 828-342-0062.

Annie Get Your Gun
Date(s): Apr 18, 2013 - Apr 21, 2013
When: Thurs -Sat 7:30pm and Sun 2:30pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets: $10 students; $15 adult.

Annie Oakley is the best shot around and when Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show comes to town, he quickly snatches her up to become the star attraction.  However, it only takes one glance for her to fall head over heels for Frank Butler, the long-time featured act of Bill's show.  All is well until Frank begins to discover that Annie's abilities are quickly eclipsing his own, which is good for business but bad for romance.  Filled with classic Irving Berlin tunes, hilarious comedy and rousing dance numbers, Annie Get Your Gun solidifies the phrase "There's No Business Like Show Business."  A full two-act production presented by the Overlook Theatre Company.

For tickets and additional information visit http://www.greatmountainmusic.com or contact 828-524-1598

Alive After Five! Networking Event
Date(s): Apr 18, 2013
When: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Where: Hospice House - 272 Maple Street

Join us for this time of networking and hearing about plans for Franklin's new Hospice House. 

RSVP to 524-3161.

Hilly Billy Dance with High Mountain Squares
Date(s): Apr 19, 2013
When: 6:30 pm - Workshop; 7-9pm Dance
Where: Macon County Community Building

Caller Stan Russell.  For additional information contact 332-0001.

Country Breakfast
Date(s): Apr 20, 2013
When: 7 am - 11 am
Where: Junaluskee Masonic Lodge on Church Street

Come by for an old fashioned country breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and sausage gravy, coffee and drinks.

Adults $7; Children $5  -  Everyone is invited!

Junaluskee Masonic Lodge is located at 50 Church Street in Franklin. 

"Social Media In Business" Seminar
Date(s): Apr 23, 2013
When: 9:00 am
Where: Southwestern Community College - Macon Campus

A Bizweek 2013 Event
SCC's Small Business Center presents Martin Brossman's "Social Media In Business", a must attend seminar for those looking to sharpen their technology skills in today's global marketplace.  Learn how to put your business on the map using free internet directories and social media applications.  To register for this free event contact Latresa at 828-339-4426 

"Create Your Own Website & Blog Using Wordpress" Seminar
Date(s): Apr 23, 2013
When: 2:00 pm
Where: Southwestern Community College - Macon Campus

A BizWeek Event

SCC's Small Business Center presents Martin Brossman's "Create Your Own Website & Blog Using Wordpress".  This class will provide, live hands-on instruction to create a working website and blog that you can maintain yourself.

To register for this free seminar contact Latresa at 828-339-4426 

Entrepreneur Networking Night III
Date(s): Apr 23, 2013
When: 5:30 pm
Where: Outdoor 76, Downtown Franklin

Entrepreneur Networking Night III presented by the Macon County EDC, Franklin Chamber of Commerce, Franklin Main Street Program, Franklin Young Professionals and Venture Local-Franklin.  Enjoy fellowship and networking with local entrepreneurs.  Refreshments, live music and door prizes.

Free event.  Registration Required at www.maconedc.com/entreprenuer.html 

"Getting Your Business SBA Loan Ready" Seminar
Date(s): Apr 24, 2013
When: 5:30 pm
Where: Southwestern Community College - Macon Campus

Western Carolina University's Small Business Technology and Development Center and SCC's Small Business Center present "Getting Your Business SBA Loan Ready".  This seminar will provide the tools needed to successfully navigate the SBA loan process.  To register for this free seminar contact Tommy Dennison at 828-227-3459.

Drake Software Training Center Open House
Date(s): Apr 24, 2013
When: 5:30 pm
Where: Drake Software Training Center on Phillips Street

Join Drake Software at their Downtown Franklin campus for a tour of this new state-of-the-art training facility (located on Phillips Street). Refreshments will be served.  No registration required for this free event.

Annie Jr. Presented by Macon Middle School Chorus
Date(s): Apr 25, 2013
When: 7:00 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Ticket Prices:  $2

With equal measures of pluck and positivty, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City.  She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.  Along the way she meets the billionaire, Oliver Warbucks and his secretary, Grace Farrell who will change her life forever.  This one-act 60 minute version of the popular Broadway musical has been created especially for young actors.  Produced and performed by the Macon Middle School Chorus under the direction of Mr. Thomas Graham.

Macon County BizWeek 2013 EDC Banquet
Date(s): Apr 25, 2013
When: 6:00 pm
Where: Holly Springs Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

The Macon County EDC Banquet featuring keynote speaker Tony Almeida (Senior Advisor to Governor Pat McCrory on jobs and the economy) and the BizWeek 2013 Honoree Awards.

Free Event (Registration Required).  Visit http://www.maconedc.com/bizweek-2013.html to register

Macon County Dental Clinic Grand Opening
Date(s): Apr 25, 2013
When: 8 am - 2pm
Where: 108 Macon Center Drive

Don't miss the Grand Opening of Macon County Public Health's new Adult Dental Clinic.  

8am - 12 noon:  Free screenings for stroke and oral cancer.  The stroke screening includes cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and BMI.  Free giveaways and educational displays will also be featured.  Appointments for the screenings are required by calling 349-2425.  

12 noon - 2 pm:  Grand Opening/Tour of the facility.

1 pm:  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

For additional information contact 349-2425. 

Ladies Paddling Night at NOC
Date(s): Apr 26, 2013
When: 7:00 pm
Where: NOC Outfitter's Store

FREE!  Wine & Cheese, Door Prizes, Store Sales & NOC GIfts.

RSVP BY April 24 to diela@noc.com

Upcoming Ladies Paddling Clinics:  5 day Clinics April 29 & June 3
2 Day Clinics June 15.

Book by April 30 and get 15% off!

For more information contact NOC at 800-232-7238 

Sonic Car Show
Date(s): Apr 27, 2013
When: 10am - 3pm
Where: Sonic in Franklin

Car Registration is $10.  Instead of trophies there will be a Cash Prize Money Tree -  Registration numbers will be drawn all day.  50/50 drawing and door prizes!  All proceeds will go to CareNet.  For inforamtion contact Art at 828-349-0986 or 561-271-0162.

Mountain Madness Duathlon
Date(s): Apr 27, 2013
When: 8:00 am
Where: Tassee Park on the Greenway

4 mile run/14 mile road bike/2 mile run

Race registration begins at 8:00 am/Race begins at 9:00am

A beneift for the Shriners Hospital of Greenville, SC.

For additional information contact Dave Linn, bringingit2life@yahoo.com


Gabe Bingham Benefit
Date(s): Apr 27, 2013
When: 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Cartoogechaye Elementary School

Pleae join us for a benefit for Gabe Bingham.  In the coming months Gabe will undergo a kidney transplant due to end stage renal disease causing kidney failure.  

Spaghetti Supper with pizza for kids

5:00 - 6:00om  Dinner Served  
5:30 - 6pm Cakewalk
Live Entertainment
6pm Benefit Auction, Raffles, Face-painting and Games for kids 

Sponsored by Cowee Baptist Church

Open Door Benefit
Date(s): Apr 27, 2013
When: 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Where: 130 Bidwell Street

Clothing give-away, picnic, entertainment.  Donations to benefit Open Door. 
For additional information contact 828-369-2642