Happenings

 Rabies vaccinations

Mobile rabies clinics will not be held as in past years. Discounted rabies vaccines can be obtained by stopping by Animal Care Center, 931-967-6345; Midtown Veterinary,  931- 962-3411; or Town and Country Veterinary Hospital, 931-967-3666. Give one of the local clinics a call and let them know you plan to bring your pet by for a rabies vaccination. In many cases, immunizations can be administered in the parking lot. Cost is $12 per pet.

CASA Works volunteers needed

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Works, Inc. is looking for volunteers with a heart for children and a passion for service to advocate for abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court.  With a flexible schedule, volunteers dedicate 10-15 hours per month to the children to whom they are appointed.  Volunteers come from all walks of life; all educational and professional backgrounds are welcome.  By attending 35 hours of training, volunteers will be introduced to everything they need to know to effectively advocate for children; how to write court reports, understanding the law and social service systems, and much more.  For information, email volunteer@casaworks.org or call CASA Works at 931-455-7426.

Help applying for SNAP

Help is available through the South Central Tennessee Development District for those age 60 and older or disabled persons in applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Contact Bonnie Walker at 931-379-2955, Monday through Friday.

The application can be completed by phone, fax, mail and email. The Net income levels have increased and the SNAP guidelines are different for those age 60 or older or anyone disabled.

Free flu shots, COVID shots, testing and kits

The Franklin County Health Department, 266 Joyce Lane, Winchester, offers COVID testing at no charge as well as free COVID shots for qualifying age groups Monday through Friday from 1-4 p.m. while supplies are available. To check availability call the Health Department first or check online at www.tn.gov/health/news or COVIDShotFinder.com. Free self-testing COVID kits are also available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For information or to make an appointment, call 931-967-3826.

USDA NRCS applications

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for their Conservation Stewardship Program. Applications must be submitted by Friday to be considered for fiscal year 2021 funding. Contact NRCS Service Center, 200 S. Jefferson St., Winchester (Room 108), call 931-967-3504 (ext. 3) or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted.

F.C. Library resumes regular hours

The Franklin County Library has returned to regular hours and services Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Masks are strongly encouraged. In addition, curbside services remain available with limits of 15 items including up to four DVDs per account. Children's materials are by book bundles of 10. Items may also be reserved online, by calling 931-967-3706 at franklincountylibrary.org.  The Children's Library is celebrating a grand reopening Monday, from 3-5 p.m. All are welcome with social distancing in mind. Please wear a mask.

F.C. Library Book sale

The Friends of the Franklin County Library book sale continues with a buy-one-get-one sale on used books through Saturday. To donate books, call 931-967-3706. 

Head Start enrollment

South Central Human Resource Agency Early Head Start and Head Start is accepting applications. Early Head Start is for pregnant women and children from six weeks to three years old. Head Start is for ages three through five years. Center and virtual options are available. Winchester Head Start is located at 677 Myers Road, Winchester. Hours are 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For information, call 931-580-4095 or visit www.schra.us.

March 25-May 2

Capturing Dreams art show

Everyone is invited to a new and unusual art show at Artisan Depot in Cowan, called, “Capturing Dreams,” open now through May 2 at the Artisan Depot and Gift Shop, 204 Cumberland St., Cowan. An artist reception will be held Friday from noon to 5 p.m. The artists are Nancy Wallace and Asia Mathis. Regular gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.franklincoarts.org.

March 26

Food Truck Fridays

Food Truck Fridays continues this Friday from 7-9 p.m. in the Farmer’s Market Pavilion area adjacent to the Franklin County Annex Building on Dinah Shore Blvd. in Winchester. Several food truck vendors are offering up their tastiest selections.  All are urged to indulge in a variety of menus.

March 30

FCHS Class of 61

The Franklin County High School Class of 1961 will hold their fifth Tuesday dinner March 30 at 6 p.m. at Skip’s Grill. All are welcome.

April 5

 Senior Center reopens

The Franklin County Senior Citizens Center will reopen with limited activities starting April 5 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (closed Wednesdays and weekends) from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entrance is at the door by the director’s office with no entry allowed at other doors. Facemasks will be required for everyone. For information, call 931-967-9853. For Meals on Wheels, ordering congregant meals, or ordering Ensure, call 931-967-7711.  For transportation assistance, call 931-967-0741.

April 9-11

Trails and Trilliums

The Friends of South Cumberland State Park invite everyone to register for Trails and Trilliums, set for April 9-11 on the grounds of the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle. The weekend includes a choice of over 30 guided hikes and a variety of nature programs for the entire family. Preregistration is required. For details visit www.trailsandtrilliums.org.

April 10

Pack the Park Car & Truck Show

Everyone is invited to Pack the Park Car and Truck Show April 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at John L. Sanders Park, 117 College St., Decherd. The theme is “The Evolution of Hotrods.” For more information about the show or to be a vendor, call Norman Sons, 931-308-6977, or Wesley Elliott, 931-588-7546.

April 15

F.C. Republican Party

The Franklin County Republican Party will hold its first meeting for the year on April 15, at 6 p.m. in the large community room at the Franklin County Annex on Dinah Shore Blvd., Winchester. Election of officers will take place and plans for the year will be discussed. All Republicans are encouraged to attend and support your local party. In order to vote, you must bring voter registration or Tennessee driver’s license. Doors open for registration at 5:30 p.m.

Send all events to lstacy@heraldchronicle.com by 10 a.m. each Tuesday.