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Red, White and Hues

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host “Red, White and Hues,” a virtual art exhibit and wine tasting, on Friday, June 26, at 6 p.m. Free and open to the first 90 people to register, the event will take place over Zoom. Although the event is free, there is a $40 charge for the wines. Wine orders were due Wednesday.

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Juneteenth celebration

The Wake Forest Northeast Community Coalition will host its annual Juneteenth Celebration virtually on Saturday, June 27 at noon. The event has drawn more than 200 people in years past.

Register to participate by going to

Smithfield’s grand opening

Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q will hold a grand opening ceremony for its new location at 121 Wakelon St., Zebulon at 9:30 a.m. on July 2. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is asked not to attend.

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.

Barbecue plate sale

Franklinton American Legion Post No. 52 will sell chicken and pork barbecue plates for $8 on Saturday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Plates are for take-out only.

Super Duper Duck Splash

Rubber ducks adopted by the public will race in the second annual Super Duper Duck Splash on Saturday, July 18 at the WRAL Soccer Park, 7700 Perry Creek Road, Raleigh.

A fundraiser for local youth-based nonprofits, the event is presented by the Wakefield Rotary Club of Wake Forest. Proceeds will be distributed to Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club, Note in the Pocket, Kerr Family YMCA and North Carolina Football Club Youth.

An individual duck can be adopted for $5, or groups of ducks at a discount, with a chance to win $3,000 and other prizes when ducks cross the finish line.

The Duck Race will be broadcast live on the Wakefield Rotary Facebook page beginning 11 a.m. The race starts at noon.

The Malpass Brothers

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will offer a series of free online concerts and performing art shows, beginning July 25 with The Malpass Brothers in concert.

The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be streamed on the center’s Facebook page.

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.