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Public invited to Chamber open house

The public is invited to the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Open House on Friday, May 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. The Chamber offices have recently been refurbished with paint, laminate flooring, and new ceiling tiles. Members of the Chamber of Commerce, who have not already done so, should bring a small stack of business cards to the Chamber office for a new display rack.

Benefit luncheon for Meals-on-Wheels today

The NETO Senior Citizens Meals-on-Wheels program benefit luncheon is today, Thursday, April 30. Their menu for today is chicken and dressing, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls, and dessert. For more information, see the April 30 edition of the Optic-Herald.

Flute concert date announced

The Mount Vernon Music Association invites the public to attend a concert featuring music for flute, piano and strings. The performance will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in The Music Hall. Performing will be flutist Dr. James Scott and Mount Vernon Music players Debbie Ragsdale (flute), Steven Harlos (piano), Mark Miller (violin) and Ute Miller (viola). Dr. Scott is a renowned flutist and Dean at the College of Music at the University of North Texas, Denton. See the April 23 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

FCHA fund raising reception May 9

A fund raising reception for the Franklin County Historical Association has been set for Saturday, May  9 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will be at the home of Joe and Candace Setina on Lake Bob Sandlin in Franklin County. Tickets are $20 per person in advance. Admission will be $25 per person at the door.

Read more: FCHA fund raising reception May 9

Cinco de Mayo celebration set

The local celebration of Cinco de Mayo will be Sunday, May 3, according to Camilo Ramirez, chairman of the Hispanic Culture Committee at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Mount Vernon.  The activities for the May 3 celebration will begin at 12:15 p.m. and continue until 4:15 p.m. The festivities feature traditional ethnic foods. games for all ages, and live music and dancing. See the April 23 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

AARP to meet Tuesday, April 28

The Franklin County Chapter 3703 of the American Association of Retired Persons will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 at the Senior Citizens’ Center on Dallas St. Wesley Hooper, manager at the local Brookshire’s, will be the speaker at the event.

Read more: AARP to meet Tuesday, April 28

Pottery evaluated

Pottery evaluatedJohn Sloan of Nacogdoches examines a three gallon pot presented by John Tutor for the Franklin County Historical Association. Mr. Sloan stated the pot was  a piece of Hogue pottery made at the company’s Winfield Plant.

Kiba to lead hula workshop

Kiba to lead hula workshopMichele Kiba nationally known hula and Ukulele instructor, will lead a “Hula Workshop”  Sunday,  May 3 at the Cultural Arts Center in Mount Vernon. The hour-long workshop will begin at 2 p.m. A short concert will follow the workshop at 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. The concert will feature newly instructed students performing with Ms. Kiba. to Paradise” 2008. See the April 23 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Fish served

Fish servedKathy Moore and other members of the Order of the Easter Ster, Patricia Cupp, Leta Glass, and Debbie O’Hara, worked to serve fish and all the trimmings to more than 175 people on Saturday, April 18 at the Masonic Lodge in Mount Vernon. The organization collected $1500 for their scholarship fund. Entertainment at the event was provided by Stuart Richey and band, the Mount Vernon High School Jazz Band, and Courtnee Damron.