Plenty to do

Published 12:17 pm Saturday, September 12, 2015

Labor Day may unofficially mark the last day of summer, but there is still a plethora of outdoor events planned for this weekend to keep you busy. Saturday’s lineup is especially stout, with everything from bake and yard sales to historical and informative expos taking place across Western Tidewater.

Most of the events, like the Franklin Community Yard Sale and Flea Market, will benefit local charities or families in need. All proceeds from the yard sale, which takes place at Paul D. Camp Community College, will go toward adults looking to obtain their General Educational Development diploma or an advanced education.

The Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, concurrently, is sponsoring a fundraising bake sale at Love’s Truck Stop in Franklin. Stop by from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and purchase a cake that will not only taste good, but also help children in our area get the critical treatments and healthcare services they deserve.

If you’re in the mood to learn about the region’s history, head to Courtland for the Southampton Heritage Village and Agriculture and Forestry Museum’s 22nd annual Heritage Day. From 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can celebrate Southampton County’s rich cultural heritage with local arts and crafts exhibits, live entertainment and delicious food.

Afraid that the rapidly approaching holiday season will pack on a couple extra pounds? Paul D. Camp Community College will have a health and wellness expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Workforce Center. There will be health screenings, Zumba and healthy food samples to get you on the right track.

And if you’re not ready for a nap, head over to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center before 6 p.m. for the Franklin-Southampton County Community Day festivities.

This free event offers fish, hot dogs, hamburgers, live music, school supplies, clowns, face painting, bounce house and more to cap off a memorable weekend.

Colder weather will be here before you know it, so we encourage you to get out in the community, make new friends and learn about the history of the region.