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Epsom celebration
The Epsom Fire Department will celebrate its 60th Anniversary with a family day on Sept. 24.
The event will include various fire prevention activities, 50/50 raffles, a bounce house, a Duke Life Flight helicopter, train rides, T-shirt sales and a DJ.
In addition, barbecue plates will be available at $12 each and barbecue will be available at $12 per pound.

Tea Party
The Louisburg Senior Center will have a Tea Party, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 for adults and children. There will be several activities, including games and prizes.
Call Wendy for details and to register, 919-496-1131. This is an Adult Day Program fund raiser.

Maude Fest set
The fifth annual Maude Fest is planned for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Louisburg College JPAC.
The event, sponsored by the Louisburg Fire Department, will feature Larry Frick and band with guests Willis Gupton, Phil Redmond, Cliff Waddell and Eric Strickland. Master of ceremony will be Mark Roberts.
Tickets are $20 and the doors will open at 6 p.m.
Maude was the nickname given Louisburg Fire Department's (and Franklin County's) first fire engine, a 1921 American LaFrance type 75 fire engine. In 1921, this fire engine, which cost the town $12,500, was state-of-the-art. This fire engine was placed into service in Louisburg in December, 1921 and served the town until 1952. Money raised through Maude Fests and donations has allowed the truck to be fully restored.
This year all proceeds from Maude Fest will be shared between funding Maude's restoration and supporting Willis Gupton with his health issues. Willis has always been one of Louisburg Fire Department and Maude Fest's greatest supporters.
Maude "lives" in the new Louisburg Fire Department Museum, along with other historical artifacts of the fire department. Her main purpose today is fire safety education.
The fire museum will be open on Oct. 1 and 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. each day.

Veteran's Day lunch
Franklin County Government Veterans Services and Franklin County will have their annual Veteran's Day event, 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 11, at the National Guard Armory, Louisburg. Guests are asked to RSVP no later than Oct. 7, indicating if you will dine-in or drive-through. Contact Brenda Wilkins or Katherine Wilson, (919) 496-1939, or email bwilkins@franklincountync.gov or kewilson@franklincountync.gov.

Join Scouting
Cub Scout Pack 510 and Boy Scout Troop 555
will have Join Scouting Nights on Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
of Louisburg United Methodist Church.
All boys ages 5-17 are invited to join the adventure of Scouting.
For more information, questions or to sign up visit BeAScout.org or call Charles Fenske at 919-496-2760.

Advocates needed
Judicial District 9's Guardian ad Litem program is accepting applications for volunteer advocates.
Volunteers will be trained on advocacy for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. No legal experience is required, just a desire to make a difference in the lives of children.
Information and applications are available at volunteerforgal.org.
If you have questions, call (919) 497-4244 or email GAL.09@nccourts.org.

Farmers market
The Franklin County Farmers' Market will be open Friday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Shannon Village Shopping Center, Louisburg.
Purple hull peas, six-week peas, vine-ripe tomatoes, sweet potatoes, freshly baked cookies and apples are available most market days.
For more information call Franklin County Cooperative Extension at 919-496-3344.

Networking group
Women Engaged in Business (WEB) meets every Thursday from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. for the purpose of building businesses and to build relationships with each other.
Meetings are in room 108 of the modular unit to the left of the main campus building of Vance-Granville Community College, Franklin Campus, 8100 N.C. 56 Highway, Louisburg.

Call for quilts
The Franklin County Arts Council is making a call for submissions for the fourth annual quilt show that's slated for Oct. 15 and 16. The show will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day at the historic Person Place, 605 North Main Street, Louisburg.
The Arts Council is seeking submissions of a variety of quilting styles from quilters in Franklin County and across North Carolina. Submission guidelines and entry forms can be found on Franklin County Arts Council website events tab - http://www.fcacarts.org/events.aspx (scroll down to Quilt show) or email Ellen Queen at equeen@fcacarts.org. You can enter as many quilts as you like, but only one quilt per entry form.

Gardener classes
Fall Extension Gardener Classes are designed to help you learn more about environmentally sustainable, science-based gardening.
Classes will be conducted on the following Thursdays, from 2 - 4 p.m., at the Extension Center Annex. Topics:
•Sept. 22-Invasive Plant Species: Stay Away!
•Oct. 13-The Better Way to Soil Health
Register here: http://go.ncsu.edu/franklingardener
For more information contact 919-496-3344 or Colby Griffin, colby_griffin@ncsu.edu.

art contest
Franklin County Arts Council and the Youngsville Fall Festival are planning a chalk art competition on Sept. 24 as part of the Fall Festival being held at Faith Baptist Church, 249 Holden Road, Youngsville.
All individuals, groups, and parent-child teams' are welcome, beginners as well as professional artists. Children under 12 not competing may draw in the designated community open art areas.
Participants will be provided with a very basic box of sidewalk chalk. Artists are encouraged to bring their own chalk, charcoal, or pastels to add vibrancy, depth, and variety. Artists should also bring their own brushes, water and any other materials or tools they need.
All chalk must be water based and temporary (no paint, fixatives, or oil-based products). Chalk will be provided for the Community Open Art Areas.
Check-in begins at 9 a.m. and artists can draw from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. with judging and festival attendees voting for People's Choice Award from 12:30 - 1:45. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m..
To enter, go to fcacarts.org/events to view guidelines and to download an entry form. Submit entry form to Franklin County Arts Council by Sept. 15, by email to fcac.arts@fcacarts.org or postal mail to Franklin County Arts Council, PO Box 758, Louisburg, NC 27549.

Chicken plate sale
The Cypress Creek Civitan Club is having a barbecue chicken plate sale Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Lake Commons, Lake Royale parking lot from 12 Noon until sold out.
The plates include chicken, green beans, potatoes, bread, and a dessert. Tickets are $12 per plate or four for $45. To purchase tickets in advance, contact Judith Bolton at uncgirl2010@gmail.com / 252-303-0443; or Ken Smithwick at kensmithwick1940@gmail.com / 252-303-1127. You can also contact any member of the Cypress Creek Civitan Club to purchase tickets

Bunn Garden sale
The Bunn Garden Club, located at 361 NC Hwy 98 West, will be having their fall fundraiser from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8. Vendors will be on site, will have fall flowers for sale, and there will be basket raffles. Hot dogs and baked goods will be available for purchase.

Stew sale
The Louisburg Moose Lodge is planning a Brunswick Stew sale, take-out only on Saturday, Nov. 5. To order, contact Johnny King at 919-496-5076.

Farm show
A vintage farm show and swap meet featuring tractors cars, engines, collectibles and farm equipment is planned for Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. until dark each day.
The event will be held at the Gold Sand Fire Department and Edwards Farm, 2295 Person Road Louisburg.
Food concessions will be available and all proceeds from the event go to the Gold Sand Fire Department building fund.
For more information, contact Chris Edwards at 919-495-1814.


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