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Art on the hill
This year is shaping up to be a busy one for art at Franklin County Arts Council's Gallery on the Hill. A mixture of new offerings and favorites from 2019 back by popular demand make for a busy schedule. New art offerings will include Student Art Saturdays and Drawing and Painting Lessons for Adults and youth.
Student Art Saturdays are the second and fourth Saturday of the month, beginning in February, from 12 noon until 3 p.m. Students will create an art project and learn about different artists, elementary students on the second Saturday and middle school students on the fourth Saturday. Home school students are welcome. All materials are provided. Cost of Art Saturday is $5 per session.
To register: (1) go to Franklin County Arts Council website events page and click on register now (fcacarts.org events page); (2) email fcac.arts@fcacarts.org, or (3) stop by the Gallery on the Hill at 99 S. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg.
February Art Saturdays students will create an impressionist tile using permanent markers and alcohol. Feb. 8 is for elementary students and Feb. 22 is for middle school students.
Franklin County Arts Council is working with local artists to offer drawing and painting classes for adults and youth. Classes will be at the Gallery on the Hill. Watch Franklin County Arts Council website (fcacarts.org) for more details.
Back by popular demand is Painting with Clina Polloni. She teaches one class per quarter for Art Council members only. Classes are free; you just need to be a member of the Arts Council. You can join online or stop by the Gallery On The Hill. The first class is Feb. 15.
The Arts Council offers one-day classes and workshops throughout the year. Coming in March is Felting for Adults with Margaret Hilpert, and in April Be the Hero of Your Story: A Memoir Workshop with Alice Osborn.
Register online at fcacarts.org or come by the Gallery on the Hill.

Farm meeting
The regional Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference will be held at the Louisburg College campus in Louisburg on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Topics will include: Powering your farm w/Alternative Energy; the basics of managing your farm pond; niche fruit farming: Paw Paw, Kiwi, etc.; Vermiculture Production; Hemp Processing; Packing Sheds: Design, etc.; Permiculture on Your Farm, and more.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Francesco Tiezzi from NCSU, will speak on Italy's Small-Scale Agriculture. In addition, there will be a free Seed Exchange again this year for participants.
There will be a small fee to participate.
Contact Martha Mobley, Agricultural Extension agent, Franklin County, 919-496-3344, or martha_mobley@ncsu.edu for information. For program details, visit https://franklin.ces.ncsu.edu.
To register for the conference or for more information, call the Franklin County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension Office at 919-496-3344.

Student art show
Franklin County Arts Council is sponsoring a Juried Student Art Show for Franklin County high school students and Franklin County homeschoolers in grades 9 through 12.
Categories are: paintings, drawings, mixed media, ceramics, and sculpture.
Art works will be on display and for sale at Bunn Fun Day April 25, 2020. Winners will be announced, and prizes awarded at Bunn Fun Day.
The submission deadline is April 4; exhibitors will be notified by April 11 and the exhibition will be April 25.
To download call for submissions requirements and entry form, go to the Franklin County Arts Council website, www.fcacarts.org Events page or contact Ellen Queen at equeen@fcacarts.org.

Library changes
The Franklin County Library February Project will necessitate some library closings between Feb. 3 and Feb. 21, according to Director Holt Kornegay.
The Franklinton Branch will be closed Feb. 3 to 5, followed by the Bunn Branch on Feb. 6, 7 and 10.
The Youngsville Branch Library will be closed Feb. 11 to Feb. 14 and the Central Library in Louisburg will be closed Feb. 17 to Feb. 21.
All regularly scheduled Saturdays will be open according to normal hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Central Library, Louisburg, and 1 to 5 p.m. in Youngsville.
All NC Cardinal Resource Sharing transits to and from the libraries will be paused between Feb. 3 and Feb. 14.
The resource sharing pause and the library closures will modernize library circulation standards to facilitate more seamless integration of local and NC Cardinal Data, Kornegay said.
In conjunction with the 2019 systemwide access to a fiber optics telecommunications backbone, consistent circulation information will be more readily accessible by the patron throughout the circulation process, he added.
The "Selfcheck," experience will be available at each library shortly after the conclusion of the February Project.

Open Mic slated
Franklin County Arts Council's Diversity Team is inviting writers of prose and poetry, and musicians, to participate in their annual Open Mic on Saturday, Feb. 15, celebrating Black History Month and the multicultural community.
Open Mic begins at 2 p.m. at Muddy Mountain Art and Wine Bar, 348 S. Bickett Blvd., suite 102, Louisburg.
This year's theme is "I Shall Not Be Moved," focusing on perseverance and determination. Free snacks will be served. Beverages (soft drinks, wine and beer) may be purchased.
The Franklin County Arts Council Diversity team sponsors culturally diverse arts opportunities to increase interest, awareness, and participation in Franklin County.
Anyone wanting to join the team and help plan events can contact Franklin County Arts Council by emailing fcac.arts@fcacarts.org or call 919-497-6910.

Beekeepers class
The Franklin County Beekeepers Association will hold a beginner beekeeping class starting Feb. 26. For more information or to sign up, go to the Association website or text: Terry, (919)280-6603, or Betsey, (919)495-1450.

Summit meeting
A Summit meeting on revitalizing northeast Franklin County will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the Red Bud Baptist Church.
The meeting will feature an update on improved broadband service and a presentation on agriculture in Italy by Cooperative Extension agent Martha Mobley.

Horse Mini-Series
Horse owners in the area are invited to the annual "Horse Mini-Series." The initial class meeting will be on Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Franklin County N.C. Cooperative Extension Center Annex meeting room. Sponsored meals will begin all three evenings at 6 p.m., followed by the educational programs as follows:
•Thursday, Jan. 30, Sue Gray, Executive Director, NC Horse Council--"New Economic Impact Study and Legislation for 2020"; "Improved Access to Public Land"; "Increasing our Public Trails in NC" and "Horse Farm Activities Defined as Agritourism."
•Monday, Feb. 17, Dr. Bob Meyer, Neuse River Equine Hospital, Wendell--"Latest on Sports Medicine."
•Thursday, March 19 - Dr. Courtney Bohart, Neuse River Equine Hospital, Wendell--"Update on Equine Respiratory Diseases"
To register or for more information, call the Franklin County Extension Office at 919-496-3344. For program details, email martha_mobley@ncsu.edu.

Equine Clinic
The Franklin County Center of NC Cooperative Extension is partnering with Dr. Cole Younger, Full Circle Mobile Veterinary Service, to host an annual equine and vaccine clinic from 1:30 until 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Franklin County Farmer's Market shelter in Louisburg. Free bags of horse feed will be given each participating horse, courtesy of area feed stores (while supplies last.)
Maintaining horse vaccines and Coggins is important to the health and well-being of the horse. Hosting this event in a central location allows a horse owner to save money by not having a farm call fee.
For more information, contact Martha Mobley, martha_mobley@ncsu.edu or 919-496-3344.
To book your time slot to bring your horse on Feb. 1, contact Ginny Moore, 919-496-3344.

Breakfast Hour
The monthly Franklinton Breakfast Hour will be held at the Franklinton Senior Center on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 8:30 a.m. The meal will be hosted by members of the Franklinton Lions Club. Residents of all ages are invited. There is no charge and no reservations are needed.

Farm Market
The Franklin County Farmers Market, Shannon Village Shopping Center, Louisburg, is open Friday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Collards, turnip salad, turnip roots, sweet potatoes, pickles, jellies, fresh baked goods, goat's milk soaps and crafts are available most market days. For more information, call Franklin County Cooperative Extension at 919-496-3344.


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