happenings

Book sale

The Friends of the Franklin County Library book sale is now through Saturday featuring a selection of paperbacks and other books. Items on the black paperback cart are $3 per bag. Library hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library is located at 105 S. Porter St. in Winchester. 931-967-3706.

Adult Education

South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance Project Learn offers free adult education classes to prepare for the high school equivalency exam. Morning or evening classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon and from 5-8 p.m. at Townsend Center, 900 S. Shepherd St., Winchester. Call 931-438-0555.

Al-Anon

Al-Anon’s “Peace and Serenity” group meets Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. at Winchester First United Methodist Church, 100 S. Jefferson St. in Winchester. All concerned about a loved one’s drinking are welcome.

Black History Month art display

In honor of Black History Month, the Franklin County Library is showcasing a number of original renderings by artist Sunday Perkins, a retired art teacher. Library hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library is located at 105 S. Porter St. in Winchester.

Feb. 15

Mardi Gras

The 31st annual Good Shepherd Community Mardi Gras will be held Saturday from 6-11 p.m. at Monterey Station, 104 Monterey St. in Cowan. Enjoy a gourmet Cajun buffet, desserts, a silent auction and live music by The Respectables Band and a DJ. BYOB is not allowed but a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $50 in advance or $55 at the door. Call 931-967-0961 for tickets.

Feb. 16

Historical Society

The Franklin County Historical Society meets Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Franklin County Library, 105 S. Porter St. in Winchester. Waring McCrady will present a program on the history of the Sewanee Military Academy. All are welcome.

Feb. 17

Meet and greet

A meet and greet will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the office of Swafford, Peters, Priest and Hall located at 120 N. Jefferson St. in Winchester for James Mackler, who is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Tennessee. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

President's Day Spelling Bee/U.S. History Bee

The Franklin County Democratic Party invites everyone to join in for a night of friendly competition on Monday at 6 p.m. at the Sewanee Senior Center located at 5 Ball Park Road in Sewanee. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat soup, salad and sandwich buffet with performances by a magician and comedian Finn Gallagher. Area students could win a $50 cash prize in one of two spelling bees. Spelling lists will be age appropriate. Adults may enter the American History Bee to win dinner for two at Fiesta Grill in Cowan. Register the night of the contest. For information, call 931-598-9731.

Feb. 17-18

Beginner Beekeeping School

The Elk Valley Beekeeping Association, in conjunction with Franklin County Extension Service, will hold a beginner’s beekeeping school Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Franklin County Extension Service, 330 Joyce Lane, Winchester. Topics include: setting up an apiary, equipment requirements, seasonal hive management and integrated pest management techniques. Cost is $20 for the “Beekeeping in Tennessee” manual. Call John Ferrell at 931-967-2741 to register.

Feb. 18

DAV meeting

Franklin County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 71 meets Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Buckaroo’s Restaurant, 708 College St., Winchester. Make reservations by Friday by calling Doug Freund at 931-967-0605 or by sending an email to dafreundz@gmail.com.

Feb. 20

Black history program

A black history program honoring Martin Luther King Jr. will be held Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Franklin County Senior Center located at 74 Clover Dr. in Winchester. A potluck lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. All seniors age 50 and older are welcome.

FCFRW meeting

The Franklin County Federated Republican Women meet Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. at Buckaroo’s Restaurant in Winchester.

SCHRA Head Start/Early Head Start

The South Central Human Resource Agency Head Start/Early Head Start policy council meeting will be held Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the SCHRA office in Fayetteville.

Feb. 24

Job fair

The South Central Human Resource Agency job fair is scheduled for Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SCHRA office, 1437 Winchester Hwy. in Fayetteville. American Job Center staff will help with registration in Jobs4TN.

Healthy heart program

A healthy heart program for ages 50 and older will be held Feb. 25 at noon at the Franklin County Senior Center located at 74 Clover Dr. in Winchester. Guest speakers from STRHS are Heather Hyden and Eric Green, Cardiac Cath Lab director. Enjoy healthy heart snacks.

Feb. 26

African American History Celebration

 Dr. Michael Torrence will speak at the free annual African American History Celebration on Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. in the University of Tennessee Space Institute auditorium.

Feb. 28

Chili & Fixins’ for Animal Harbor

Everyone is invited to enjoy chili and fixins’ on Feb. 28 from 5-7 p.m. at the Sewanee Community Center. Proceeds benefit Animal Harbor. Suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Vegetarian chili will be available.

Blood drive

American Red Cross blood drive Feb. 28 from 1-7 p.m. at Winchester Church of Christ, 1230 College St., Winchester.

Free health luncheon

Tennova Healthcare-Harton will provide a free educational luncheon on Feb. 28 at noon in the Tennova Healthcare-Harton private dining room, 1801 N. Jackson St., Tullahoma. Dinesh Gupta of Gupta Cardiology, and Angie Sowers, director of food, will speak. Reservations are required. Visit TennovaHarton.com or call 931-455-9387.

Feb. 29

‘Townsend – A Study of its Black History’

The Townsend Cultural Center, located at 910 S. Shepherd St., Winchester, invites everyone to “Townsend – A Study of its Black History” Feb. 29 at 5 p.m. in the Townsend Gym. The program will introduce a local war veteran, a student who benefitted, a study in pictures, an old-fashioned supper and an opportunity to help.

March 2

Academy for Lifelong Learning

Everyone is invited to the Academy for Lifelong Learning March 2 from noon to 1 p.m. in Lower Cravens, 439 Kentucky Ave. on the Sewanee campus. Dr. Ole Molvig, assistant professor of history at Vanderbilt University, will speak on “Exploring Emergent Technology as a Humanist: Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality.” Cost is $3. Coffee and cookies will be available. Attendees may bring a sack lunch.

March 2-3

SHIP training

A free training class will be held March 2-3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 101 Sam Watkins Blvd. in Mount Pleasant for volunteers who want to assist and counsel for State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)/Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP). Potential volunteers may call 1-877-801-0044 or send an email to mdavid@sctdd.org.

March 7

Pancake breakfast

Boy Scout Troop 185 and Cub Scout Pack 396 invite everyone to their annual pancake breakfast March 7 from 7-11 a.m. in the fellowship hall of Winchester Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 200 Second Ave. NW, Winchester. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under.

Cumberland Center for Justice & Peace

The annual meeting of the Cumberland Center for Justice and Peace will be held March 7 at 9 a.m. at the Sewanee Senior Center. Coffee and donuts will be served at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome.

March 13

Lung Coach Bus

The Breathe Easy Lung Coach bus will be available for ages 50 and older at the Franklin County Library on March 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  'Breathe Easy' is a motor coach equipped with a low-dose CT machine.  Call 423-495-5864 for an appointment.

March 26

First responders breakfast

All Franklin County first responders are invited to a free first responders’ breakfast sponsored by the Franklin County AM Rotary Club on March 26 from 6-9 a.m. at SUNRISE (The Breakfast Place,) 42 Heikens Dr., Decherd.

March 28

UWFC Father-Daughter Dance

The United Way of Franklin County’s annual Father-Daughter Dance is March 28 starting at 4:30 p.m. at Winchester Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $30 per person and include dinner, dancing, a photo booth and a formal 5x7 photo as well as a fresh flower and gift for girls. Tickets are on sale now at Citizens Community Bank in Winchester. All ages are welcome. Dress is Sunday best.

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