A Student Arts Council Ceramic Workshop will be held Dec. 1 at 3:30 p.m. Participants will paint ceramic figures. The workshop is free for students 18 and under, but space is limited. Pre-register by emailing DonnaCampbellSmith@gmail.com.
FC Holiday hours
Thanksgiving has become a two or three-day holiday for the majority of Franklin County offices.
The exception is the operation of the Convenience Centers which will be closed all day Thursday, Nov. 27, but be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and 29
All branches of the Franklin County Library will be closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday and the landfill will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 and 28.
All other county offices also will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 and 28.
The Franklin County Happy Camper program is planning a fish fry fund raiser from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Louisburg Motors (formerly D&J) on NC 56 in Louisburg.
Happy Camper is an all-volunteer program that raises funds to send deserving Franklin County children to summer camp.
To purchase fish fry tickets in advance, contact Karen Wilson at 919-496-8103 or any Happy Camper board member.
A local craftsman, Mike Anderson, is offering a free violin just in time for Christmas for the young person between 10 and 17 who submits the best essay explaining why they believe they should win a free violin.
The essays can be up to 300 words and should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org between Dec. 1 and 15. Submissions should include all contact information, and only North Carolina residents are eligible to enter.
The Alert Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. Lineup will start around 1 p.m. There are no entry fees. Anyone interested in participating or needing more information can contact Larry Ayscue at (252) 343-9275 or (252) 459-9216, or Melanie Bobbitt at (919) 853-6638 or (919) 497-6081.
Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine will have a Craft & Bake Sale on Nov. 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 109 N. Church St., Louisburg. Also available will be a soup & sandwich lunch ($6.50) with a variety of sandwiches and soup to choose from.
Take-out orders are available by phone, fax or email. Local delivery available for orders of 5 or more. Contact Judy Kingsberry: Phone, (919)496-0485; Fax, (919)496-0479; or E-mail: email@example.com. Donations always appreciated.
The Louisburg Senior Center will be venturing to Benson to enjoy the scenic Meadow Lights, country store and buffet dinner at Meadow Village Restaurant on Wednesday, Dec. 10. The van will leave the Senior Center at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to sign up, call the Senior Center at (919) 496-1131.
The Pilot Lions Club will have its traditional country Thanksgiving Day Breakfast from 6-10 a.m. Cost is a donation to the Lions for community projects. Also, there will be a reverse raffle for $1,000 cash, a utility trailer and many additional prizes.
The Franklin County Department of Social Services is seeking sponsors for Christmas who will purchase items for families, children and the elderly. If interested in sponsoring a needy child, family or elderly person, please contact Jamie Pearce (919-496-5721). Names may also be chosen from the Angel Tree. The Angel Tree holds the wish list of 60 children in the custody of the Department of Social Services. Your willingness to assist your neighbors in need will be greatly appreciated.
The annual "Coats for Christmas " drive is currently underway. Please drop off your new or used coats for all ages at the Franklin County Farm Bureau office on Redwood Lane, the Youngsville Library or the Village Cleaners of Louisburg. The cleaners will clean the coats as needed and with the help of The United Way of Franklin County and YABA, the coats will be given to Care 'n Share, Safe Space, YABA'S Christmas campaign for kids and various churches and families in need. All sizes are needed. So please start cleaning out your closets and help support the cause. For more info or to help volunteer, please call coat drive coordinator Wayne Champion @ (919) 496-2051.
A Blessing Inc. will have its Thanksgiving Day meal on Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Louisburg College Cafeteria. There is no charge. Donations of canned food appreciated. If you need a ride, call (919) 496-4299.
FCAC Writers Guild
The Franklin County Arts Council Writers Guild has had to change the location of its launch party and reading for the Second Edition of County Lines: A Literary Journal, to take place on Dec. 11. The program will be held at Vance-Granville Community College, 8100 N. C. 56 Highway, Louisburg, in Building 4. The program will begin at 6 p.m. with readings by the contributors, refreshments, and books will be available for purchase.
The link for downloading directions and map 8100 N. C. 56 Highway is: http://www.vgcc.edu/aboutvgcc/franklin-campus.cfm.
The Embers will be performing their Christmas program at the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center, Louisburg College, on Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available at the Louisburg College Box Office, 501 N. Main St., Louisburg, or call 1-866-773-6354.
The Thrifty Sons Masonic Lodge 284 will host a pre-Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Franklinton Lions Club building at 205 S. Chavis Street. The event is from noon until 3. For more information, contact McDonald Mann at (919) 801-4557
Meals on Wheels
Volunteers are needed for Meals on Wheels routes in Louisburg, Franklinton, Centerville, Bunn, Pilot and Youngsville. Routes may take about 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours once a week or every other week.
Call the Louisburg Senior Center, (919) 496-1131, or the Franklinton Senior Center, (919) 494-5611, to volunteer.
Louisburg Senior Center's monthly dance will be held on Friday, Nov. 21, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The featured band will be the Rhythm Masters. Cost paid at the door and there will be light refreshments. For more information, call (919) 496-1131.
The Order of the Eastern Star PHA District 20 Administrative Council is sponsoring an Awards Banquet on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m. at the Louisburg Senior Center, 127 Shannon Village, Bickett Blvd., Louisburg. For additional information, contact District Deputy Grand Matron Shirley H. Wardrick at (919) 495-0311.
The Bunn Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. To participate, call (919)496-4831. No registration fee.
The Arts Council's annual meeting and dinner is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Johnny's on Main in downtown Franklinton. Entertainment will be by the Blues Rockets.
The business meeting will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $11 per person for a buffet dinner and there will be a cash bar.
Wake Forest Farmers Market, 405 S. Brooks St. in the Renaissance Plaza, is open on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The market offers a variety of meats, in-season produce, baked goods, plants crafts and much more. For more information, visit www.wakeforestfarmersmarket.org or call 919-671-9269.
The 2014 Franklin County Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Applications are available at the Chamber office, located at 112 East Nash Street in Louisburg, or you can call (919) 496-3056 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
For businesses that would like to sponsor a commercial float, the Chamber can have a float ready for you. Your name will be displayed on both sides. You can sponsor a full float or it can be divided according to your needs. If you would like to design your own entry and you are a business, the cost is $45. There is no charge for schools, churches or non-profits. Deadline for parade entries is Nov. 24.
UWFC Food Drive
The United Way of Franklin County Fall 2014 Food Drive will be held through Nov. 21. Canned goods, juice, peanut butter and jelly, cereals, noodles, box food items are needed.
Take items to any of the following drop-off sites: Louisburg Town Hall, Hamlet's Meat Market, Centerville, Union Bank, Youngsville, any Franklin County Library branch: Louisburg, Bunn, Franklinton, Youngsville, Franklin County Sheriff's Dept., Louisburg Senior Center, Woodforest Bank, Walmart, Town Halls in Youngsville, Bunn and Franklinton, County Line Auto Service, Youngsville.
For anyone who is unable to transport the items, call the UWFC office (919) 496-0937 for pickup. Checks should be made payable to UWFC, P.O. Box 342, Louisburg, NC 27549; put Fall Food Drive 2014 on the memo line. Call (919) 496-0937 for more information.
The Falls Lake Academy Athletic Booster Club will present its second annual Fall Festival at the Falls Lake Academy Campus, 1701 E. Lyon Station Road, Creedmoor on Nov. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event includes outdoor activities, crafts, carnival games, food trucks, door prizes, auction, hay rides and holiday market.
Ticket pre-sale through Nov. 19, or tickets can be purchased the day of the event. For more information, email FLAFlightCrew@gmail.com.