If you or someone you know would like a free violin for Christmas, please submit a 300 word essay or less explaining why you or another person should receive a handmade violin. All contestants must be between the ages of 9 and 17. Deadline for submissions is Dec. 15. Send your essay to: email@example.com.
Hops and Holly
The Franklin County Boys and Girls Club will be the beneficiary of a Hops and Holly Beer and Food Pairing holiday event this year.
It is slated for Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the A. H. Vann House in historic downtown Franklinton. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. and the first pairing will be presented at 7 p.m.
Five beer tastings will be provided by local brewers with heavy hors d’ouerves and dessert prepared by professional chefs.
Only 50 tickets will be sold. Tickets will not be sold at the door. To purchase a ticket or learn more, contact Nathan Kreel at 614-266-3995.
A Trap Shooting Tournament will be held on Dec. 7 (rain date, Dec. 14) at 200 Julie McKnight Road, Kittrell. Breakfast and registration to begin at 7:30 a.m. Classes include male, female, youth 12-15, and teen 6-18. To register, call (919) 340-0364.
Guest tickets include breakfast and lunch. Raffle tickets will be sold for a Remington 887. Also included will be an auction, 50/50 drawings, lunch and awards ceremony.
Proceeds will benefit Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic. For more information, call (919) 340-0364.
The Franklin County Retired School Personnel will meet on Monday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. at the Franklin County Schools Board Meeting Room, 53 West River Road, Louisburg. Edith Anderson will lead the members in the Christmas celebration following the completion of the unit’s business session. New members welcome. For more information, call President Fannie W. Brown, (919) 494-5541.
Norris Creek is planning a free drive-through Christmas light show this year. The show will start on Nov. 29 and be open every Friday and Saturday from dusk to 10 p.m. There will be a donation box along the drive and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to local charities.
If your church would like to have a live nativity or choir sing at the event, the money will be donated to your church or charity.
The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for Citizen of the Year, Helping Hands and Business of the Year awards that will be given out at the annual banquet and meeting on Jan. 16.
Criteria for Citizen of the Year: Individual, business or organization that has had a significant impact on the community through volunteer and charitable activities; has shown leadership and performance in many areas of community service during an extended period of time; and has over the years contributed to the general benefit of the community as a whole.
Criteria for Business of the Year: A business that has been actively involved in Chamber events, reflected the goals of the chamber, made the best use of chamber programs and resources; and has shown entrepreneurial qualities and exhibited potential for growth and expansion while promoting itself in a professional manner.
Criteria for Helping Hands: Individual, business or organization that has contributed outstanding support for the community through their time and dedication to one or more projects in their local community.
Reply with nomination form to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (919) 496-3056 by Dec. 13, 2013
FC Holiday Schedule
Here’s the schedule for Franklin County government over the Thanksgiving holiday:
All branches of the library will be closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The landfill will be closed Thursday and Friday.
The convenience centers will be closed on Thursday but be open on Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
All other offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
Help Portrait of Franklin County will be taking professional photographs at the Louisburg High School gymnasium, beginning at 9 a.m. on Dec. 7. Organized locally and supported by the Franklin County Arts Council, Franklin County Girl Scouts and the United Way of Franklin County, Help Portrait gives portraits free of charge to those who may otherwise not be able to afford them. The photos are taken that day, and clients leave with prints that day.
Families, individuals, school children, clubs, veterans and community groups are encouraged to schedule an appointment during the day, any time through 5 p.m. Drop-ins are welcomed; however, appointments are highly recommended. Drop-ins may have an extra wait time.
Stylists and cosmetologists will be on hand to do hair and make-up, and children will have crafts tables and refreshments as they wait for their photos to be taken. Professional photographers donate their time, equipment and talent to make the event possible.
To schedule an appointment, please call (919) 496-0937. There is no application; no charge.
The Alert Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. Line-up will start around 1 p.m. There is no entry fee. Anyone interested in participating or needing more information can contact Larry Ayscue at (252)343-9275 or Melanie Bobbitt at (919)853-6638, (919)497-6081 or email at AlertParade@aol.com.
The annual “Coats for Christmas“ drive is currently underway. You may drop off new or good used coats at the Youngsville Library, Franklin County Farm Bureau Insurance office, 496 Redwood Lane in Louisburg, or the Wendell Cleaners of Louisburg (formerly the Village Cleaners), 608 N. Bickett Blvd. The coats will be given to those in need, Safe Space, Senior Citizens Center, Care ‘n Share and various churches. To help with this event or if you have questions, call United Way board member Wayne Champion, (919) 496 -2051.
The 2013 Franklin County Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Applications are available at the Chamber office, 112 East Nash Street in Louisburg, or you can call (919) 496-3056 or email email@example.com for an application.
If your business would like to sponsor a commercial float, the Chamber can have a float ready for you. If you would like to design your own entry and you are a business, there is a charge. There is no charge for schools, churches or non-profits. Deadline for parade entries is Nov. 27.
FC Farm Market
The following is available at the Franklin County Farmer’s Market: Sweet potatoes, turnips, mustard, kale and turnip greens, cabbage, broccoli, collards, bell peppers, tomatoes, beets, eggplant, dried apples and crushed pepper, breads, jams, jellies and preserves, pickles and chow-chow, knitted hats and afghans. The market is in Shannon Village Shopping Center in Louisburg and opens Tuesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m. Closes when sold out.
The Annual YABA (Youngsville Area Business Association) Christmas Care project will support families in the Franklin County area again this year.
YABA will work with the Coats for Christmas and Food Drive to help the families.
Anyone can “adopt” the children by purchasing a shirt, pants, and shoes for them as well as the three or four reasonable Christmas “Wish List” gifts.
Or, you can donate money to the Christmas Care fund and local “elves” will buy for the kids! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate.
Dirty South Diesel Performance, located at 1009 Hwy 39 S., Louisburg NC is accepting donations for the Toys for Tots program. They will accept donations Mondays - Fridays from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Deadline is Dec. 12. For more information call 919-729-1354.