happenings

Al-Anon

Al-Anon’s “Peace and Serenity” group meets each Thursday from 7-8 p.m. at Winchester First United Methodist Church, 100 S. Jefferson St. in Winchester. The “Faith Alive” Al-Anon group meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 101 Bragg Circle in Tullahoma. The “Serenity Seekers” meet Mondays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Serenity House, 313 Collins Ave. in Tullahoma. All who are concerned about a loved one’s drinking are welcome.

Senior Center trips

Franklin County Senior Center invites everyone to join in for the following planned trips: Myrtle Beach show trip Sept. 16-21; and Pigeon Forge and Smoky Mountains show trip Dec. 3-5; Hawaii cruise Feb. 6-15, 2020. Contact Linda Weaver at the Center at 931-967-9853 or email fcscctrips@gmail.com.

July 11

Academy for Lifelong Learning

The public is invited to hear Dr. Jim Peterman, professor of philosophy at the University of the South, speak on, “Dialogue across Differences” at The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Sewanee today at noon in Lower Cravens Hall at 439 Kentucky Ave. on the Sewanee campus. Coffee, water and cookies will be available and attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch. Cost is $3. Annual membership is $20. Info., Tan Hille 814-599-5768.

July 12

F.C. Garden Club

The Franklin County Garden Club meets Friday at 1 p.m. in the conference room at the Franklin County Co-op in Winchester. Jack B. Carman, author of “Wildflowers of Tennessee” will speak. The public is welcome.

Food giveaway

Isaiah 50:1 Ministry with Wings of Hope Widows Ministry will hold a food giveaway Friday at Journey Church located behind the Herald Chronicle news office at 916 Dinah Shore Blvd. in Winchester. Widows and single mothers may pick up food from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All others may pick up after 12:30 p.m. Please bring boxes or bags.

UTSI Apollo anniversary celebration

Everyone is welcome to help celebrate the University of Tennessee Space Institute’s Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebration Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the UTSI dining hall in Tullahoma. Sam Dougherty, with Jacobs space Exploration Group NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, Alabama, will speak.

July 13

Grazing Field Day

Everyone is invited to Franklin County Grazing Field Day Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at 592 Old Salem Lexie Road, Belvidere. Enjoy a farm tour, demonstrations and presentations regarding rotational grazing. Lunch will be catered by Fully Involved and Smoking BBQ. RSVP preferred but not required. For information or special accommodations call 931-967-3504 ext. 3. Hosted by Franklin County Soil Conservation District and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

July 15

Wings of Hope Picnic

Wings of Hope Widows Ministry meets Monday at noon at Winchester First United Methodist Church for a picnic lunch and grief recovery seminar with Jack Kennington. A $3 donation is suggested for lunch. All widows are welcome. For info on Wings of Hope visit www.WingsofHopeWidowsMinistry.com or call 931-703-9515.

Historical Society’s 50th Anniversary

Everyone is invited to the Franklin County Historical Society’s 50th anniversary reception Monday from 3-6 p.m. at the Franklin County Library in Winchester.

Grief recovery Basics seminar

Wings of Hope Widows Ministry will present a Grief Recovery Basics Seminar as their regular monthly meeting on Monday from noon to 1 p.m. at Winchester First United Methodist Church, 100 South Jefferson St., Winchester.  A picnic lunch will be provided.  This seminar is for anyone who has lost a loved one and needs help overcoming grief.  Questions may be directed to Robert “Jack” Kennington at 931-455-9118.  Wings of Hope Widows Ministry works with any woman who has lost the protection or provision of her husband through death, desertion, divorce or imprisonment.  www.WingsOfHopeWidowsMinistry.com

July 17

Town hall meeting for vets

The American Legion will host a town hall meeting for veterans and their caretakers concerning mental health on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Franklin County Annex on Dinah Shore Blvd. in Winchester.  Specialists for PTSD will talk about severe depression with anxiety attacks and suicide prevention.  All veterans with mental health issues, no matter how small, are urged to attend with their families.

July 18

Ice cream social

Franklin County Republican Ladies Auxiliary’s annual ice cream social is July 18 at 7 p.m. at Joanne Davis’ home in Estill Springs. All ladies who hold a county or state elected office are invited as special guests. This party is open to all women.

July 18-20

Meow Luau at AH

Everyone is invited to Animal Harbor’s Meow Luau July 18-20 featuring a cat-themed tropical party and discounted adoptions. Animal Harbor is located at 56 Nor-Nan Road in Winchester. Hours are Tuesday-Friday: Noon – 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adoptions can be finalized daily until 4 p.m.    Call 931-962-4472 or visit animalharbor.org.

July 20

Stuff the School Bus

Please help stuff the school bus with school supplies July 20 for local students in need. Bring school supplies to the school bus in the Walmart parking lot in Winchester on July 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or drop off items in advance at Citizens Community Bank, Citizens Tri-County Bank, First Vision Bank, Regions Bank, VR Williams, WCDT or WZYX. Churches and businesses are urged to get involved in this community project by calling 931-962-0103 or email uwfc@att.net.

UDC meeting

United Daughters of the Confederacy Kirby-Smith Chapter 327 Sewanee meets July 20 at 11:15 a.m. Oak Restaurant in Manchester.

July 23

SNAP Presentation

A SNAP/food stamp presentation will be held at the Franklin County Senior Center on July 23 at 11 a.m. for those age 60 and older or disabled. For more information, call Bonnie at South Central TN Development District at 931-379-2955. 

July 25

Downtown Songwriter’s Night

All musicians are welcome to join in to showcase their talent free for Downtown Songwriters’ Night July 25 at 7 p.m. at the Kiwanis Club Amphitheater on North College St. in downtown Winchester. The Downtown Songwriter’s Night Series is presented by Support Local Independent Music (S.L.I.M.), a non-profit organization that helps local musicians.

July 26

FCHS Class of ’69 reunion

Franklin County High School Class of 1969’s 50-year reunion is July 26, from 6-10 a.m.  at Winchester Livery, 122 N. Jefferson St., Winchester.  Cost is $30 per person or $60 per couple. Make reservations by July 12 by mailing check or money order to Mike & Dianne Yates, 2811 Old Tullahoma Road, Winchester, TN 37398. Make check out to “Class of ‘69.” Additional donations toward the reunion are appreciated.

July 27

Anniversary of Swiss Colony of Gruetli

Everyone is invited to enjoy music, food and vendors at the Grundy County Swiss Historical Society’s 150th anniversary of the Swiss Colony of Gruetli on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Stoker-Stampfli Farm Museum on Swiss Colony Cemetery Road, Gruetli-Laager, TN 37339.  For more info. www.swisshistoricalsociety.org.

Summer concert

The Kiwanis Club of Franklin County will provide a free concert featuring the Horse Mountain Band July 27 starting at 6 p.m. at the Franklin County Downtown Amphitheater adjacent to Oldham Theatre. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

July 27-28

Mountain Market for Arts and Crafts

Mountain Market for Arts and Crafts July 27-28 at Hannah Pickett Park, outside Monteagle City Hall at 16 Dixie Lee Ave., Monteagle. Free admission. Hours: July 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and July 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 100 booths, artisan demonstrations, prizes for shoppers, children’s activities, food, workshops and more.

Aug. 3

Animal Harbor Bone Drop

Animal Harbor’s seventh annual Bone Drop is Aug. 3 at noon at the shelter located at 56 Nor-Nan Road, Winchester. First place, $3,000, second $1,500, third $500. The bone is dropped from a bucket truck onto a target with the bones closest to the center target winning cash. Bones are $100 each. Get your bone at Animal Harbor or mail payment to Animal Harbor, PO Box 187, Winchester, TN 37398 (put “Bone Drop” on the envelope which must be received by Aug. 2) or email them at sheltermanager@animalharbor.org or call 931-962-4472.

Aug. 8

Chamber Business Expo & Marketplace

The 27th annual Business Expo and Marketplace is Aug. 8 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Monterey Station in Cowan. Enjoy the many booths, sign up for door prizes and more. Entry fee is $5 with 12 years and under free. The theme is “Expo of the Decades.” For information and details on becoming a Chamber member and purchasing a booth call 931-967-6788.

Aug. 9

Cookies & Comedy

Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee will present “Cookies and Comedy” featuring comedian Heather Land on Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. at Manchester Coffee County Conference Center, 147 Hospitality Blvd. in Manchester. Tickets $27. Call 615-460-0256 or go to www.eventbrite.com

Aug. 16

Sobriety checkpoint

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Aug. 16 at 10 p.m. at Hwy. 41A at Duck River Baptist in Franklin County.

Aug. 17

FCHS Class of 1959

Reunion

The Franklin County High School class of 1959 will hold their 60 year reunion Aug. 17 at the Franklin County Country Club in Winchester. Gather at 5 p.m. and eat at 6 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. Please RSVP to Carolyn Harris Garner, 114 Westmeade Dr., Winchester, TN 37398 no later than Aug. 1. Make checks payable to Class of 1959.

Aug. 24

Summer concert

The Kiwanis Club of Franklin County will provide a free concert featuring the Rock Candy Band Aug. 24 starting at 6 p.m. at the Franklin County Downtown Amphitheater adjacent to Oldham Theatre. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Aug. 29

Downtown Songwriter’s Night

 All musicians are welcome to join in to showcase their talent free for Downtown Songwriters’ Night Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Kiwanis Club Amphitheater on North College St. in downtown Winchester. The Downtown Songwriter’s Night Series is presented by Support Local Independent Music (S.L.I.M.), a non-profit organization that helps local musicians.

Sept. 20-22

Fall Heritage Festival

Fall Heritage Festival Sept. 20-22 in downtown Cowan celebrating the life, history, arts and culture of the Cumberland foothills with music, arts, crafts, demonstrations, food, music and more. FallHeritageFestival.info.