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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.

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.

Quartetin’ drive-in

Greater New Life Ministries, 86 Pocomoke Road, Franklinton, is holding an afternoon of traditional gospel music at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 6. The event will include music by CHOZEN of Wake Forest, Men of Fellowship, the Dynamique Singers of Faith, Marvin Bobbitt and the Rising Sons, ReNewed of the Carolinas, Resurrection, and Promise of Roanoke Rapids. The event will be recorded for “The Gospel Belt Live” internet show.

This is a free drive-in event. Limited non-vehicle space is available. Offerings are welcome. Hot dogs and drinks will be available for purchase.

For more information, send a text to 919-418-1867.

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.

Cemetery Advisory Board

Wake Forest is seeking residents to service on the Cemetery Advisory Board.

The online application is available at Completed applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 10.

Applicants will be expected to call in to the virtual board meeting on Wednesday, June 24, at 7 p.m. to introduce themselves and discuss why they wish to serve.

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.

The 2020 Knightdale Police Department Camp P.R.I.D.E. is canceled this year.

Blood drive

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Monday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Legion Post 187, 225 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest.

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

Allen De Hart concert series

Due to the continuing limitations on large public gatherings, Louisburg College is postponing some shows at the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center. The Capitol Steps show has been rescheduled for Friday, Dec. 4 while Rumours: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac was rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 16.

Both performances will start of 7:30 p.m. All season, Flex-Pic and individual tickets previously purchased will be honored at the make-up dates. Call 919-497-3251 with questions or concerns.