Members and guests of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) discuss "Faith and Our Families" Tuesday, April 21, 6 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Building, 516 North Church Street in Rocky Mount. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tar River Land Conservancy will sponsor a Field Day on Saturday, April 18, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Heptinstall Place in Halifax County. The antebellum house is a National Historic Register home dating from the 1820's. This family event includes a catered lunch, live music, home tour, children's activities and hike. TRLC holds a conservation easement on the property that protects farmland, wildlife habitat and water quality. For more information and to register, call Sheryl, 919-496-5902, or go to www.tarriver.org.
The White Level Lions Club is planning its spring fish fry on Friday, April 10, at the White Level Lions Den on White Level Road (beside the White Level Fire & Rescue building). Serving time is from 4 p.m.-until. Eat in or take out. Proceeds will be used for community needs.
Tour of homes
The biennial Franklin County Historic Homes and Gardens Tour is scheduled for Saturday April 18, and Sunday, April 19.
Tour hours on Saturday are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday hours are 1 until 5 p.m.
This is the seventh biennial tour sponsored by the Person Place Preservation Society as a fundraiser.
This year, 12 historic "gems" will be featured providing visitors a chance to enjoy the architectural heritage that makes Louisburg and Franklin County such a unique place.
This year's tour includes four plantations that had vast holdings of land, including two which were associated with grist mills.
In addition, seven houses and a church in Louisburg will be featured.
One of those homes, Green Hill, is the site of the first annual meeting of the Methodist Church in America.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 on the day of the tour. Children 12 and under are free.
In addition, box lunches will be available at the Person Place in Louisburg from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday and local artisans will have demonstrations and art for sale on the grounds of that historic home.
Beekeepers will be selling local honey on both Saturday and Sunday at the Person Place.
On the weekend, Louisburg College's DeHart Botanical Gardens just south of Louisburg on U.S. 401 will be open.
Tickets will be available soon at The Franklin Times and The Coffee Hound Bookshop in Louisburg as well as The Cotton Company in Wake Forest, Designs by Donna Florist in Wendell and at Oakley Hall Antiques in Warrenton.
Tickets will be available at Person Place on tour days. Tours will go on rain or shine, organizers said.
FCAC spring events
The Franklin County Arts Council is planning an Art Stroll for tonight, April 2, in downtown Franklinton. The event runs from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. and includes a wine and cheese party at the Arts Council gallery.
Featured artist Jackie Dove-Miller will be showing her photography in the gallery and the Franklinton Area Community Theater will be singing from their upcoming production of Pinocchio on the patio at Johnny's on Main. There will be an Easter Egg hunt with treats, coupons and prizes throughout downtown business locations.
Summer arts event
The Franklin County Arts Council will kicks off its summer Tea with the Artist series on May 30.
Featured will be artist Jackie Dove-Miller, a retired English teacher, a poet, playwright, a workshop facilitator and a photographer.
Her photographs focus on the beauty and sublimity of nature. She writes, performs and has produced one spoken-word CD (A Spoken-Word for a Woman Who Can) and one inspirational poetry CD (Speaking to the Woman Within). She has published two books of inspirational poetry (Some Things I Just Know and Change and Possibilities) and has appeared in several anthologies and area magazines.
Living in Youngsville with her husband Allen, she loves reading, writing, and volunteering. She was named co-artist of the year in 2013 by the Franklin County Arts Council. Her photography will be on display April 2 through May 30. She will perform poetry from her new book, "Change and Possibilities: Poems That Inspire."
The Louisburg Lions Club and Franklin County Happy Camper program will present beach music legends The Embers as a special "Back to the Summer" benefit concert. Louisburg College will host the event in the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC).
The concert is slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10.
All general admission tickets are $15, and may be purchased by calling the Louisburg College Box Office at (919) 497-3300 or toll-free at 1 (866) 773-6354.
Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Box Office, which is located in the JPAC at the left front entrance of the Holt Lobby. It is open 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 6 p.m. the evening of the performance.
For more information, visit www.jpacarts.com/embers.html.
Proceeds from the concert will provide camp scholarships for local children in need, and fund Lions charities for the blind and visually impaired.
Ag board to meet
The Franklin County Agricultural Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in the conference room of the Agriculture Services Building in Louisburg. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, please contact the Cooperative Extension Office at 919-496-3344.
A Miss Franklin County Pageant is being planned for May 16 at Bunn High School. The event will begin at 2 p.m. and it's open for young ladies ages 0 to 19.
The oldest group, the Miss Division, is for ages 16 to 19 who will be eligible to win a $250 scholarship.
Deadline for applications is May 2. To apply or for more information, e-mail Christy Scott at: Missfranklincounty@embarqmail.com.
Perry's School play
The Perry's School Alumni Association will present a play, "Will I Make It In Heaven?, on Saturday, April 11, at 4 p.m. at the Perry's School auditorium. The play will be directed by Brother Frasier Williams. Admission is free.
Perry's School is located at 2226 Laurel Mill Road, Centerville.
The Franklinton Senior Center will host a free Diabetes Class, beginning Wednesday, April 8. The class will be held one day a week for six weeks from 1 to 3:30 p.m., conducted by Alliant Quality. For more information or to register, call 1-888-313-9355.
A presentation, "Money Smart for Older Adults," will be held at Vance-Granville Community College, Franklin County Campus, 8100 NC 56 Hwy., Louisburg, on Wednesday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 pm. The program raises awareness among older adults and their caregivers on how to prevent elder financial exploitation and encourages advanced planning and informed financial decision-making.
To register for this course, call the Franklinton Senior Center, (919)494-5611, or Kerr Tar Area Agency on Aging, (252)436-2020 x6026.
Breakfast with Mattie
On Wednesday, April 8, at 9 a.m. there will be a breakfast with Mattie Woodard, interim director of the Franklin County Department of Aging. Attendees are invited to talk with her about any ideas or concerns that they may have for older adults in Franklin County. Be sure to sign up by calling the Franklinton Senior Center, (919)494-5611.
The Cardinal Innovations/Five County Community Operations Center's Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (CFAC) meets monthly to assist in developing and revising the mental health plan that drives mental health, developmental disability, and substance abuse services for the five county area. Consumers are invited to attend the CFAC meetings on the second Tuesday of every month beginning at 6 p.m. at the Vance-Granville Community College--Warren Campus, 210 Ridgeway Street, Building #4, Room W-4104, Warrenton. Consumers can sign up to discuss issues with the CFAC from 6:15-6:30 p.m. For more information, call (252)430-1330 x3050 or x3063.
Spring Rabies Clinics
Spring Rabies Clinics will be held as follows:
Saturday, April 11, Tar River Veterinary Hospital, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, Gold Sand Fire Department, 8:30-9 a.m.; Bunn Fire Department, 9:30-10 a.m.
Saturday, April 25, Franklin County Animal Shelter, 8-9:30 a.m.; Tony Ace Hardware, Youngsville, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, Foy Mart, 9-11:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 16, Franklin County Animal Shelter, 8-9:30 a.m.
All rabies vaccines are $5. One and three-year vaccines available. Bring previous certificate to qualify for a three-year vaccine. By law, all cats and dogs 4 months and older must be vaccinated to prevent rabies. Other vaccines will be available.
For more information, call Tar River Veterinary Hospital, (919)494-5500.
Volunteers are welcome to join Project Looming with Love. Through this project, booties, blankets and hats have been provided for newborns, hats to the elementary schools, and lap blankets, shoulder wraps and hats for seniors in nursing homes.
Anyone who is interested in joining, come to the Louisburg Senior Center on the first and third Fridays at 1 p.m. or Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the Bunn Library.