Thanksgiving has become a multi-day Thanksgiving holiday for most Franklin County departments.
All branches of the Franklin County Library will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28.
The landfill will be closed both Thursday and Friday.
Convenience Centers will be closed on Thursday, but reopen Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
All other county offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, reopening Monday, Nov. 30.
The Franklin County Cooperative Extension,has scheduled many events in the next few months.
A "Women in the Woods" multi-week educational program will be held from mid-January through mid-February. The last session will be a Farm Estate Conference for all landowners.
The Franklin County Small Farm Association, along with the Franklin County Beekeepers Association, continues to meet monthly with educational programs of interest to many.
On Thursday, Jan. 14, a "Cattle Production" meeting will be held with Dr. Dudley, NCSU's new Extension veterinarian, discussing cattle-related issues. A cattle marketing session will also be held during this evening. The Extension Advisory Committees for all aspects of livestock, local foods, forestry, and sustainable agriculture will be meeting soon to plan additional programs.
The annual "Successful Small Farms Opportunities" Conference is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27. It is an all-day event with many topics taught by Extension educators as well as successful small farmers.
You can also visit the Extension's website, franklin.ces.ncsu.edu to keep up to date on all educational programs.
Call to artists
The Franklin County Arts Council has made a "Call to Artists" for two December shows:
"FCAC Winter Art Show" Artist reception during the Art Stroll Dec. 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This will be a People's Choice Award evening at the FCAC Gallery, 22 S. Main Street, Franklinton. Submit up to four pieces on Friday, Nov. 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The entry fee is $25 for FCAC members; $50 for non-members.
The Arts Council's Fourth Annual Christmas at Home Art Show and Sale will be Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 115 N. Main St., Franklinton. There will be 18 artist spaces (6 X 6 spaces) available. Artists must supply their own display items. The setup will be on hardwood floors. Contact FCAC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-497-6910 for further information. Both forms and guidelines can be found on at www.fcacarts.org.
Louisburg Moose Lodge will have its Brunswick Stew sale on Nov. 21, 12 p.m. - until. Take-out only. To reserve stew, call (919) 496-3560.
The Bunn Christmas Parade will be Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. To participate, call Linda at (919) 496-4831.
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, contact Jamie Pearce (919-496-5721, ext. 2116). Names may also be chosen from the Angel Tree. The Angel tree holds the wish list of 78 children in the custody of the Department of Social Services.
Perry's Alumni Association will sponsor its "100 Men in Black" program on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. in the Perry's School Auditorium, with entertainment by Les Long. There will be music, food and laughter. Donation required.
Tickets on sale
As a fundraiser, the Franklin County Training School/Riverside Alumni Association will have tickets available for groups to attend the play "The Black Nativity," to be presented Dec. 18-20 at Hillside High School, 3727 Fayetteville Street, Durham. Show times are Friday, Dec. 18, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 19, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 20, 3 p.m.
To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Irma Bailey, president, (252)478-5914; June Conway Alston, secretary, (919)496-3873; Armenta Eaton, treasurer (919) 556-4375), or any member of the Association.
The Gingerbread House Contest will be part of the Youngsville Old Time Christmas celebration on Saturday, Dec. 5. Construction materials must be edible and the very young are allowed to use graham crackers instead of baking gingerbread.
Cash prizes are awarded to first through fourth place in three divisions. Youth includes through fifth grade. Intermediate is 6th grade until out of school. Adults round out the field.
Entrees are to be brought to the National Guard Armory, 125 U.S. 1-A, Friday Dec. 4, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. All entrees will be on display during children's activities Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and must be picked up after that time.
Questions may be directed to Linda Whitehouse at (919) 556- 2689.
Louisburg Senior Center's monthly dance will be held Friday, Nov. 20, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The featured band will be Willis Gupton. Cost paid at the door. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (919)496-1131.
Free Dog Food
Thanks to a donation from two national pet food companies, the SPCA of Franklin County Pet Pantry will be holding a free dog food give-away on Nov. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. Space is limited and you must bring proof of Franklin County residency and pet ownership records. Anyone needing dog food can participate but must pre-register by sending an email to petpantry@spcafc or calling 919-728-0735 to find out the location of the event.
Wake Forest Farmers Market, 405 S. Brooks Street - Market hours have now changed to Winter Hours: Open from 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Pre-Thanksgiving Market will be Tuesday, Nov. 24, 3 to 5 p.m. Market farmers and bakers taking pre-orders now. Holiday Market will be Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information and directions, go to the website at www.wakeforestfarmersmarket.org or call 919-671-9269.
The Alert Christmas Parade is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Line-up 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) 343-9274 or (252) 459-9216 or Melanie Bobbitt at (919) 853-6638 or (919) 497-6081.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Governor's Volunteer Service Award.
The awards program, created by the Office of the Governor in 1979, recognizes North Carolina's most dedicated volunteers. Through the years, the award has been bestowed on thousands of North Carolinians who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in their local community.
Each county selects up to 10 individuals, businesses, groups/teams and one paid director of volunteers to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to their communities.
One of the nominees will be nominated for the Governor's Medallion Award for Volunteer Service, which is awarded to the top 20 volunteers in the state.
A local committee evaluates the nominations.
Nomination forms are available in Franklin County at the Cooperative Extension and the Franklin County Libraries.
Nomination forms are due by Jan. 8, 2016 to the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office (103 South Bickett Blvd. Louisburg, NC 27549).
For further information, contact Cooperative Extension at 919-496-3344.