Franklin Facts

Hearing loss
Kay Satterwhite, hard of hearing services specialist with the Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing, will be speaking about the resources available for individuals with hearing loss at the Louisburg Senior Center on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. For more information, call the Senior Center at (919) 496-1131.

Blood Drive
The American Red Cross will sponsor a Community Blood Drive at the Louisburg Senior Center on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2 to 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call the Louisburg Senior Center at (919)496-1131.

Tax Assistance
AARP Tax Assistance will be available Mondays and Fridays, beginning Jan. 26 and continuing through April 13, at the Louisburg Senior Center. Call the Louisburg Center, (919)496-1131, to schedule an appointment.
AARP Tax Assistance will be available at the Franklinton Senior Center every Wednesday, starting Jan. 28 and continuing through April 15. Participants will need to bring their previous tax returns and any income information. This is a free service; appointment is required. Call the Franklinton Senior Center to schedule an appointment, (919)494-5611.

Film Festival
(N.C "First in Aviation" GFF) is an international film festival that is celebrating its first annual screening of an intriguing slate of both feature length and short films Jan. 24-25 at Louisburg College's Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center. The festival will be showing films from Bangladesh, Denmark, Germany, Greece, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet and the United States.
The festival opens with uplifting children's matinee films on Saturday, Jan. 24, and closes day two with a red carpet ceremony celebrating the actors, filmmakers and others in the industry. An awards ceremony following The Other Side of New York on Jan. 25 will honor audience choice and festival committee awards. Films will be shown in a number of different languages.
Founded and organized by filmmaker and philanthropist Gauri Singh, N. C. "First in Aviation" GFF is a nonprofit organization with a dual purpose dedicated to promoting and encouraging independent filmmakers and actors from all over the world, and raising funds for charity.
Complete schedule, film summaries and ticket information can be found at

Safe Strides
Gentiva's Safe Strides Program will be presented on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 10:30 a.m. at the Franklinton Senior Center. This is a home-based rehabilitation fall prevention program with information to help keep seniors from falling. Among those over 65, falls are a leading danger that can lead to broken bones, hospitalizations and even fatalities. For more information, contact the Franklinton Senior Center, (919)494-5611.

Workshop reset
"The Business Side of Art-Keeping it Simple" workshop at the Franklin County Arts Council headquarters in Franklinton has been rescheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 21.
It's a three-hour workshop on the business side of art and costs $40 for members and $45 for non-members
Theresa Brown and her husband, Stephen Filarsky, who make their art their living will be the instructors.
The workshop will focus on the secrets to their success but there must be at least four in the class. Deadline to register is Feb. 14. Mail checks to FCAC, PO Box 758, Louisburg, NC 27549 or go to on the workshops page to pay using a credit card.

Lecture slated
The second annual Joseph E. Elmore Lecture, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Benson Chapel of Louisburg College.
Michael Southern of the state historic preservation office will speak on "18th Century Architecture in the Upper Tar River Valley."
Southern is the senior architectural historian and GIS coordinator with the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office.
Southern began his career in Franklin County as field assistant to architectural historian Catherine Bishir, in the company of county historian Thilbert H. Pearce.
He is co-author, with colleagues Catherine Bishir and Jennifer Martin, of three field guides to the state's historic architecture (UNC Press, 1996 and 2003).
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Here is the link to information about this year's lecture series: For more information, contact Maurice York at or (919) 497-3252.

Education services
The Franklin County Library has announced a partnership with the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), a federally funded TRiO program based out of Piedmont Community College in Roxboro, that will offer free services and counseling to adults who are interested in post-secondary education or wish to obtain their GED or high school equivalency.
The library will host an outreach counselor, John K. Hall, on site three days a week to provide services, present workshops, and meet with participants. Services include, but are not limited to, college choice and enrollment, financial aid and scholarships, academic and study skills, and career choice.
The schedule, which is subject to change, is:
Wednesday - Louisburg Public Library, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday - Franklinton Public Library, 12 to 2 p.m.; Youngsville Public Library, 3 to 5 p.m.
Friday - Louisburg Public Library, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, contact John K. Hall at or Library Director Holt Kornegay, 919-496-2111 or by visiting the library.
This service is only available to adults and students not enrolled in Franklin County Schools. Those students, should seek the services of the Educational Talent Search TRiO program that the system offers.