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Editor’s note: Check with event organizers for up-to-date information on event cancellations, postponements, refunds and other impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Face mask giveaway

Greater Works Community Fellowship Church will be handing out free face masks Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1428 Wall Road, Wake Forest.

Norse Brewing reopening

Norse Brewing Company in downtown Wake Forest announced it plans to reopen this weekend, May 23-24, to in-person dining with a selection of 10 original beers, it’s first original brews since opening in late 2019.

Memorial Day flag decoration

Wake Forest American Legion is seeking volunteers to help place flags on the graves of fallen veterans on Saturday, May 23, from 7-8 a.m. in recognition of Memorial Day. The event will take place at the American Legion home at 225 E. Holding Ave, across the street from the Wake Forest Post Office. More than 1,500 flags will be placed on graves at 17 local cemeteries.

Anyone wishing to honor fallen veterans is encouraged to participate. Contact Rich Heroux at or 919-494-2707.

Memorial Day closings

Franklin County Government will observe the following schedule for the Memorial Day holiday:

All libraries are currently closed.

The Franklin County Solid Waste Transfer Station and Residential Solid Waste and Recycling Convenience Sites will operate on regular schedule.

Triangle North Executive Airport will operate on regular schedule.

All other offices will be closed.

Summer camp registration

The Zebulon Parks and Recreation Department is accepting early registration applications for its summer camp programs.

To register, visit and select “Youth Summer Camps.” Depending on the camp, registration must be completed as early as May 29. The cost is $60 for town residents or $70.

If certain camps are canceled due to COVID-19, full refunds will be issued.

Rolesville virtual 5K

Rolesville is registering participants for a virtual 5K now through June 1. The $20 registration includes a T-shirt. Runners can complete the race anytime before June 15.

Register online at

Online quarter auction

The Miracle League of Franklin County is having an online quarter auction June 5 to raise money.

Paddle numbers are $15 and there will be more than 50 items available. To register, send payment to Include your name, address and number of paddles with your payment.

Donations of auction items are being accepted.

National Trails Day 5K

National Trails Day 5K, planned for Saturday, June 6, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, has been postponed due to the pandemic.

Southeastern Alumni & Friends

Every year during the Southern Baptist Convention, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary hosts an event for alumni and friends. The convention was canceled this year, but the Southeastern Alumni & Friends event, scheduled for 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, will be livestreamed online. Seminary president Danny Akin will offer an update to viewers. Register online.

Camp P.R.I.D.E.

Applications will be accepted for the 2020 Knightdale Police Department Camp P.R.I.D.E.until June 30. There are 50 spaces available for camp this year.

The camp will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 20-24. Please read the Camp P.R.I.D.E. Handbook before accessing the application.

Register online at

Free tax preparation assistance

AARP Foundation has suspended its service where counselors prepare and e-file individual federal and N.C. state income tax returns at the senior centers in Louisburg and Franklinton.

Tax Day for federal and state tax returns has been postponed to July 15. The AARP Foundation intends to resume tax preparation assistance in Franklinton and Louisburg as soon as facilities become available. AARP staff plan to accommodate everyone who needs assistance. Information will be posted when it is decided to reopen the facilities.

Carolina Prize for Writing Contest

The Franklin County Arts Council Writers’ Guild is sponsoring its eighth annual Writers’ Guild Carolina Prize for Writing Contest. The contest is open for previously unpublished works.

The deadline for submissions is Aug. 15. For submission guidelines, visit The entry fee is $10.

Each prize will be $100, publication in the 2021 issue of “County Lines: A Literary Journal” and two copies of the journal. Up to five honorable mentions may also be named.

Call to writers and artists

County Lines Literary Journal is an annual literary anthology compiled by the Franklin County Arts Council Writers’ Guild. The Writers’ Guild is calling for entries of prose, poetry and art for the eighth edition to be published for 2021. There are no restrictions on age or residence of persons submitting.

County Lines Literary Journal is accepting poetry, short or flash fiction, essays, and creative nonfiction. They will not accept work containing erotica, violence, hate, political editorial, or excessive profanity. The person whose art is chosen for the cover will be awarded $25.

The deadline is Aug. 15. For guidelines, visit

Bunn Fun Run

The 10th annual Bunn Fun Run and Walk, originally scheduled for May 2, is now rescheduled to Oct. 31. Proceeds will benefit A Blessing soup kitchen. Register online at