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Farmers Market
The Franklin County Farmer's Market, located in the Shannon Village Shopping Center, Louisburg is open 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Friday, July 19. Vine-ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, purple hull peas, cucumbers, new potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, squash, watermelons, cantaloupe, peaches, blueberries, pasture-raised beef, chicken, pork, lamb, farm-fresh eggs, handmade crafts and soaps are available. For more information contact Pat Ayscue, market manager with the Franklin County Cooperative Extension at 919-496-3344.

Safe Space fundraiser
A fundraising program called Fight Fear ... Donate to Freedom has been launched by Safe Space, the Franklin County organization that battles the grip of domestic violence on local families.
"Safe Space is calling upon everyone to join hands in a collective stand against domestic violence. Our strength lies in our actions and our unity as a force for change. Together, we can rewrite the narrative of violence and replace it with a story of compassion, support, and empowerment," explained Monica Kearney, executive director of Safe Space.
She is hoping to entice 1,000 men to unite in contributing $100 each to the cause.
"With our combined effort, we can provide vital resources to survivors, fund essential support services, and drive forward the initiatives that will break the cycle of abuse," Kearney said.
"Our commitment today will shape the tomorrows of countless families, offering them a lifeline of hope and healing," she concluded.
For more information or to donate call (919) 497-5599 or visit ncsafespace.org.

Backpack giveaway
There will be a backpack/school supplies giveaway, 1 - 4, July 28 at Verizon in Louisburg. There will be food, games, free school supplies and backpacks for the children.

Food Safety class planned
A ServSafe Food Safety Class will be offered Aug. 5 to 7, at the Franklin County Extension Center Annex, 103 South Bickett Blvd, Louisburg, and will begin promptly at 9 a.m. each day. Class schedule: Aug. 5 and 6; instruction days, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 7; exam Day: 9-11 a.m.
ServSafe is a course designed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to provide food service operators, managers, and support personnel with the knowledge essential for food preparation and handling within their respective facilities to help reduce the risk of foodborne illness. The course covers handling food, from receiving and storing to preparing and serving.
Test Registration Cost: $100 (includes the 7th edition book and exam sheet). Registration fees are non-refundable but are transferable to another person.
If you are in need of a re-test or for more information, contact 919-496-3344, Dominque Simon or email dominque_simon@ncsu.edu.
To register, complete the online registration and payment at go.ncsu.edu/aug.5-7-servsafe-class-tickets. Deadline to register is 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 24.
Class size is limited and full registration, including payment, is required to hold your spot.

Franklin County 4-H Livestock Fun Show
Franklin County youth, age 5 -18 years old, are invited to participate in the County's 12th annual "FUN" Livestock Show, Friday, Aug. 9, at Wildwynn Stables in Youngsville.
Area youth who love animals and would like to be judged exhibiting their animals are encouraged to participate. The animals will be judged by three expert livestock volunteers and will be evaluated on showmanship knowledge and skills along with animal husbandry for their species of animal. Youth must join 4-H in order to participate and the North Carolina 4-H showmanship rules and regulations must be followed.
Rabbits, poultry, goats, cattle and sheep may be shown. Youth will receive ribbons along with monetary prizes and gifts from agribusinesses in the county.
Deadline for show registration is 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2. For information, registration and show rules and regulations forms can be accessed at https://franklin.ces.ncsu.edu/2024/07/12th-annual-franklin-county-4-h-livestock-fun-show/. For more information, call (919) 496-3344, Martha Mobley, martha_mobley@ncsu.edu, or Meg Wyatt, meg_wyatt@ncsu.edu, 4-H Agent. Event is sponsored by N.C. Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center.

Reunion save the date
Franklin County Training School/Riverside High School Alumni Reunion (1928 - 1969), is planning their reunion Nov 29 and 30, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel Raleigh-Durham Airport at Research Triangle Park, 4700 Emperor Boulevard, Durham, N.C.
Special hotel rates are available until Nov.7, and can be booked by calling (919)941-5050.
Deadline for receipt of the reunion fee is Nov. 1.
To request a registration form or for additional information, contact Robert Mann at (919)496-0979 or email rbmann41@yahoo.com or James Davis at (919)964-9538.

Quilt show entries sought
The Quilt Trails of the Tar & Roanoke Rivers is seeking entries for the 2024 annual Quilt Show at historic Person Place in Louisburg. Submission deadline is Oct. 1. Download the Call for Submissions Guidelines and Entry Form at https://quilttrailsenc.org//events.aspx or email admin@quilttrailsenc.org.
The Quilt Trails of the Tar & Roanoke Rivers also is seeking donation of a quilt to be raffled off with proceeds supporting the Margaret Hilpert Scholarship fund. The scholarship will be awarded to a senior high school student in one of the seven counties where the Quilt Trails are located. Quilt Trails of the Tar & Roanoke Rivers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. To donate a quilt, contact Ellen Queen at equeen@quilttrailsenc.org or 919-815-1614.
Quilt Trails of the Tar & Roanoke Rivers aspire to educate and provide history of this region. Each block features a quilt pattern inspired by its location. Their mission is to preserve the history and to promote tourism and economic growth in this region. Quilt Trail brochures are available as a download at https://quilttrailsenc.org//quilt-trails.aspx and all North Carolina Welcome Centers.

Free lunches for children
The Junior Girl Scouts Troop 508 will be serving lunches beginning Monday, July 22 and ending Aug. 9 from 12 - 2 p.m. at Joyner Park in Louisburg for school age children.
The meals will be served on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week. This is completely free and each meal must be eaten on site. Each week we will also be doing a project with the children about sustainability with food such as planting, making reusable grocery bags, recipe cards, etc. For questions they can call Shelley Dickerson at 919-497-7599.


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