The biennial Franklin County Historic Homes Tour will feature 11 homes and a church this year and is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 23, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Among the homes to be open on the tour are the 19th Century Woodleaf Plantation and the Nicholson-Bickett-Taylor House, Circa 1897.
Also part of the tour will be First Baptist Church, circa 1925, that was originally built for an African-American congregation.
The tour is sponsored by the Person Place Preservation Society and tickets are now available at a pre-tour price of $18. Tickets are available online at personplace.org, the Coffee Hound Bookshop in downtown Louisburg; The Franklin Times on Bickett Boulevard in Louisburg; the Cotton Co. in Wake Forest; and are available by calling 919-539-7868.
Tickets are $20 on tour days and will be available at the Person Place, 605 N. Main Street, Louisburg.
Saturday activities will also include a vintage buggy and auto show (free) and box lunches will be available for $10.
White Level Firemen's Day will be Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m. - until, at the White Level Fire Department, located 12 miles east of Louisburg and 18 miles north of Nashville. BBQ pork or chicken plates will be sold, eat in or take out. An auction will be held at 2 p.m.
Plates will also be sold at LBJ in Louisburg (formerly D&J, near Wal-Mart, Hwy. 56), take out only.
For more information, contact Johnny Hight, (919) 729-4499.
The Broad, Inc. Center and Blessings, Inc. Kitchen serves lunch each Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Center is located at 583 Bunn Elementary School Road, Bunn. There is no cost for the lunch and it is open to all.
For more information, contact Mack Jones at (919) 630-2508.
The Northeast Piedmont Chorale and St. Catherine of Siena Church, joined by members of church and community choirs from around the area, under the direction of choral clinician and composer Sally K. Albrecht, will present Spring Sing 2017 on Saturday, April 29, at 4 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School Gymnasium, 600 Holding Avenue, Wake Forest.
This is a free concert.
A Diabetes Prevention class being offered in Franklin County is accepting referrals.
The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a structured, evidence-based program developed to prevent type 2 diabetes. It is free to patients and it has been shown to cut in half the risk of getting diabetes. DPP is designed for people who have pre-diabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes, but who do not already have diabetes.
The one-year program is group-based and consists of weekly and monthly sessions led by a lifestyle coach who facilitates a small group of adults with similar goals in a community setting.
If you would like to be a part of the Diabetes Prevention Program, contact Dominque Simon, (919) 496-3344. There is no cost to participants and incentives will be given throughout class. Class dates and times will be scheduled upon receiving referrals.
If you have any questions about program eligibility, contact Simon at 919-496-3344 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Crosscreek Charter School Band, under the direction of veteran Louisburg band director Brian "Doc" Miller, is currently raising funds for new instruments and music.
They are hosting their second annual Mattress Sale on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the old Arts Council Building at 106 Justice St. in Louisburg. At the sale, customers will be able to make mattress selections from models on display; new mattresses will then be delivered to customers' homes from the warehouse.
Brand-new mattresses are available at a discount price (up to 50% off retail). All sizes are available, including name brands, and are available in firm, pillow-top, orthopedic, and latex/gel memory foam sets.
Layaway and delivery is available. Cash, check, and credit cards accepted.
S.T.A.R. Children Relief is sponsoring an afternoon of Blue Grass and BBQ on April 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Forks Cafeteria, 339 Brooks St., Wake Forest.
For reservations or to purchase tickets, call (919) 720-2111.
Bunn Fun Run
The 7th Annual Bunn Fun Run/Walk/Dash will be Saturday, April 29. This event benefits "A Blessing" Soup Kitchen. Often the donations are in the form of canned food items, but rent for the kitchen facilities, lawn mowing, propane refills, the light bill, paper products, etc. demand payment. Cash donations are accepted.
The goal is to collect two tons of canned food, collect $10,000 and tell 10 friends/neighbors and collect food from them.
You can register for the run at the following website: www.runnc.com.
Earth Day hike
Join Tar River Land Conservancy for an Earth Day hike led by Alvin Braswell, biologist and retired deputy director of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
The hike will be 1.5 miles through the hardwood forest along the Tar River. Learn about the ecology of the floodplain forests, the Tar River and of the work of Tar River Land Conservancy and its partners to preserve these sites for wildlife habitat, scenic beauty, and clean water.
Hikers will meet beforehand at the Conservancy's office at 123 N. Main Street, Louisburg, and then carpool to the property five miles away. Hikers will depart promptly at 9 a.m.! Register by Friday, April 21.
Hike is free but a $10 donation is appreciated. For more information and to register, go to www.tarriver.org or call 919-496-5902.
The Franklinton Senior Center has partnered with Franklin County's Cooperative Extension to provide the Better Choices Nutrition Program for Older Adults. The benefits of this eight-week program include sampling new healthy foods and learning strategies for healthy living and saving money. This program will be held at the Franklinton Senior Center every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. beginning April 27 and ending on June 15. Dominique Simon, Family & Consumer Sciences agent, will be the facilitator. To sign up for this program, please call the Franklinton Senior Center at (919)494-5611.
Are you age 55 and better with an ongoing health condition such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, or cancer? A Living Healthy workshop will be held at the Franklinton Senior Center every Wednesday at 2 p.m., starting May 3 and ending June 7. This is a free 2 ½ hour workshop that will teach your how to set goals, make a step-by-step plan to improve your health, manage pain, increase fitness, manage medications, improve communication with health providers and choose food for health. Registration is required and class size is limited. Be sure to register today by calling (919)494-5611.
EB Class Reunion
A 40th Year Class Reunion is being planned for the Class of 1977 of Edward Best High School, to be held June 10, 2017. If you were a member of this graduating class, please contact Wanda Burnette Smith at (252) 240-9669, email@example.com, or on Facebook, in order to get an accurate count for planning purposes. Tentative plans include dinner at Johnny Bull's Steakhouse.
The Louisburg Senior Center's monthly dance will be held Friday, April 21, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Door opens at 6:30 p.m. The featured band will be Whiskey River. Cost paid at the door. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Senior center at (919) 496-1131.
Beginner Line Dancing Classes will start at the Louisburg Senior center on Tuesday, April 25, at 5:15 p.m. To sign up or for more information, call the Senior Center at (919)496-1131.
The Franklin County Historical Society's (FCHS) monthly meeting will be at 7 p.m. on April 20, (third Thursday) at the Whistler's Museum, 105 Johnson St., Louisburg. The members invite and welcome anyone interested in sharing their knowledge or discovering new things about the town and county history. If you have any questions, call at 919-488-4290. Leave a message if there's no answer.
One more public meeting remains in Franklin County to gather public input on a new Farmers Market facility.
The last meeting will be at the Franklin County Sheriff's Department substation in Bunn, April 27, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The substation is at 382 NC Highway 98 in Bunn.
There will be an opportunity for local residents to share their opinions about such a facility.
Kiwanis Yard Sale
The Youngsville Kiwanis Club is planning their annual yard sale. The sale will again be held in the Youngsville Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 315 E. Main Street. The date is Saturday, May 13, beginning at noon. The fellowship hall will be open on Friday, May 12, from noon until 6 p.m. for those who wish to drop off items for the sale. For more information, call Bill or Linda Whitehouse at (919)556-2689,
Medicare fraud: Think you can't become a victim? Think again. Do you have 68 billion dollars to lose? Has someone called you on the phone, identifying themselves as being from "Medicare" and needed to verify your health care claim information, asking for your Medicare number? Or when reviewing your Medicare statements, you notice charges from providers you have never seen? Come to a conversation on Monday, May 1, at 10 a.m. at the Louisburg Senior Center on ways to become "good stewards" of the benefits you worked so hard to obtain...and how we can fight back. Stephanie Bias, NCSMP Program coordinator at SHIIP NC Department of Insurance, will be the speaker.
A Community Yard Sale, sponsored by the Louisburg Historic District Neighborhood Association, will be Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. - until, throughout Louisburg's historic district.
Yard and antique sales will be set up throughout the district. There will be a plant sale at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 301 N. Church St, as well as periodic organ music in the sanctuary.
For more information, contact Ferne Winborne, (919)496-0452, or Elizabeth Hathcock, (919)622-6777.
The Franklin County Farmers Market, located at the Shannon Village Shopping Center, Louisburg, is now open Tuesday and Friday at 9 a.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m. until sold out. Fresh local grown strawberries, tomatoes, cabbage and turnip salad, along with fresh baked breads and pies are available. Jams, jellies, pickle, dried apples, gardening and home plants, and handmade items can also be purchased at the market. For more information call 919-496-3344.
The B. F. Person-Albion Association is sponsoring its 10th Alumni Choir Concert and Yellow Jacket Tea on April 22, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Max C. King Gym on the Franklinton Elementary School campus in Franklinton. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the Alumni Choir or James Jones at Jones Barber Shop in Franklinton, or Earl Mann, Raleigh. Proceeds will go to the Alumni's scholarship program.
Concord Baptist Church musicians Bryant Malone and James Perry will be accompanying the Rev. Clarence Lemay, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Kittrell.
Volunteers with the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program will be offering a free presentation on Medicare, Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, Medicare Fraud and Abuse, and Low Income Subsidy for Medicare Part D. The presentation will be at the Bunn Library on Friday, May 26, starting at 2 p.m. This presentation is open to anyone new to Medicare or interested in learning more about Medicare.
For more information, contact Christy Southall, (919) 494-5611.