Iris sale in Raleigh on July 23
The Eastern N.C. Iris Society will hold its annual iris sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 23 at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh.
The sale includes bearded, beardless and reblooming irises for $5 to $10 each. Those who join the society at the sale will receive a free iris. Society members will be on hand to answer questions about growing irises and will share printed information on planting and dividing iris plants.
The ENCIS is a non-profit affiliate of the American Iris Society. Meetings are held four times a year in Raleigh. For more information, go to irisregion4.com/ENCIS.htm or contact Susan Grigg at 919- 870-8345.
The JC Raulston Arboretum is at 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh.
Painted Chair Auction on July 30 in Durham
Independent Animal Rescue, a Durham-based all-volunteer, nonprofit animal rescue, is holding its 14th annual Painted Chair & More Auction on July 30.
The auction includes unique furniture created by about 25 artists. The furniture will be auctioned off along with artwork, artwork, jewelry, travel, pottery, as well as performances, services, dining and vacation trips. Organizers hope the auction will raise $45,000 for foster care and adoption programs of dogs and cats, and spay/neuter programs of free-roaming cats and companion animals.
The event from 5-9 p.m. is held at the Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham. Tickets cost $20 in advance at animalrescue.net/pca2016 or $25 at the door.
Chatham extends deadline for photo contest
The new Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro opens later this year with plans to have a large collection of agricultural photography on display.
Professional and amateur photographers are invited to submit high quality images of Chatham County agricultural activities and scenes. Selected photographers will be honored at a grand opening exhibition event later this year.
Here are the guidelines:
▪ The images can include active farm operations, agricultural landscapes, agricultural products, farm machinery in action, farm workers, livestock, horticulture, forestry, farmers’ markets, food processing, beekeeping and other agricultural-related scenes.
▪ Any images with children under age 18 will require a parental waiver form.
▪ The contest can include single images or triple photo murals.
▪ The images can be in color, black and white or sepia tones, preferably in JPG or PNG format.
▪ The photos should not be heavily processed with artistic filters.
▪ The photos will be enlarged to a minimum of 18-by-24 inches and some as large as 36-by-48 inches, so it is important that the photos be at least 150 dots per inch for large reproduction.
▪ The photographer does not have to live in Chatham County.
The deadline to enter is July 29. To obtain a submission form and get information on several options for submitting photos, please contact Larilee Isley at 919-545-8393 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A committee including representatives of Cooperative Extension, Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Farm Bureau, and County Manager’s Office will make the photography selections.