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2016 Forest of Wake Storyfest Aug. 6 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host the 2016 Forest of Wake Storyfest on Saturday, Aug. 6. Featuring three professional storytellers, along with entertaining workshops and concerts for children and adults, the festival will bring the art of storytelling to the Wake Forest community and celebrate one of humanity’s oldest art forms.

Audiences of ages 6 and older are sure to relate to the colorful, humorous, and inspirational stories shared by the lineup of storytellers, including Wake Forest’s Daniel Blaisdell, Durham’s Donna Washington, and Charlotte’s Lona Bartlett. More>>


Wake Forest Home & Garden Show Aug. 13-14
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St., will host the inaugural Wake Forest Home & Garden Show on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13-14. The show is scheduled on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-6 p.m.

Sponsored by Mitchell Heating & Cooling and B93.9 New Country, the event will showcase the latest in home improvement products, services, and features. A variety of exhibits will be offered both inside and outside the Renaissance Centre featuring over 40 local experts.

“For anyone planning a home improvement or yard enhancement project, our home and garden show will offer a convenient look at what’s available in our area,” said Renaissance Centre Manager Cathy Gouge.

Event organizers have also scheduled several workshops. More>>


Special Screening of "Union Bound" Aug. 5 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host a special screening of “Union Bound” on Friday, Aug. 5.

Produced by Wake Forest’s own Uptone Pictures, “Union Bound” is based on the diaries of Joseph Hoover, a Union soldier in the Civil War. Captured in 1864 during the Battle of the Wilderness, Hoover was taken to the notorious camp "Andersonville." After four months he was transferred to a new camp in Florence, SC. Aided by slaves in what is now known as the "underground railroad," he and a friend escaped and returned to the Union. “Union Bound” tells the story of their journey to freedom.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. Free appetizers and snacks will be served, and beer and wine will be available for purchase.

The special showing of Union Bound will get underway at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 plus tax. As a special offer, purchase a ticket and book package for $18 plus tax. 

The Renaissance Centre is located at 405 S. Brooks St. For more information, visit www.wakeforestrencen.org or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458. 


Friday Night on White continues Aug. 12 with The Remedy
The Town of Wake Forest continues its free outdoor music series on Friday, Aug. 12, with The Remedy. 

Presented by White Street Brewing Co., Friday Night on White takes place along South White Street from 6-9 p.m. on the second Friday night of each month from April through September.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at several downtown restaurants. A variety of food and dessert trucks will also be on site in the parking lot of Fidelity Bank, 231 S. White St., and along Owen Avenue, including Bam Pow Chow, Charlie’s on Wheels, Cousins Maine Lobster, Pho Nomenal Dumpling, Sarge’s Chef on Wheels, Cockadoodlemoo, VFW Chuckwagon, Virgil’s Jamaica, Kona Ice, Lumpy’s, and Sweet Stacey Cakes.

The final band scheduled to perform during Friday Night on White is Crush on Sept. 9. More>>


More volunteers needed for Friday Night on White
Due to the overwhelming success of the first four Friday Night on White concerts, the Town of Wake Forest is seeking additional volunteers for the remaining concerts.

Presented by White Street Brewing Co., the Friday Night on White outdoor music series takes place along South White Street in downtown Wake Forest from 6-9 p.m. on the second Friday night of each month from April through September.

Well over 4,000 area residents turned out to see the Magic Pipers Band on April 8, followed by an estimated 9,000 on May 13 to see Brickhouse, 10,000 for the Will McBride Group on June 10, and 8,000 for Stone Age Romeos on July 8. Even larger crowds are expected to attend the remaining concerts featuring The Remedy on Aug. 12 and Crush on Sept. 9.

Volunteers are needed to perform a variety of roles during each of these performances and may work two-hour shifts. They are not required to check age identification.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and will receive training and a commemorative t-shirt. Civic groups and community organizations are especially encouraged to participate.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, visit our website or contact Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes.


Free Concert in the Park Aug. 7 at Joyner Park 
Spend an evening in Wake Forest with family and friends while enjoying some foot-tapping, finger-snapping good times during the Sunday, Aug. 7, Concert in the Park. Featuring Christiane & The Strays, the free performance will take place from 5-7 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

Christiane and the Strays have a wide range of musical interests. From bluegrass to alternative rock to neo-soul, their music reflects a broad mix of influences in original songs and an array of often surprising covers resulting in an interesting and energetic take on Americana music. 

Josh Kearns (mandolin) draws on mandolin influences of Sam Bush, Matt Flinner, John Reischman, and Adam Steffey overlaid on a musical backdrop of ’70s rockers like Led Zeppelin and Humble Pie. Rachael Kearns (fiddle) blends old-time and bluegrass fiddle approaches on the five-string with fluidity while providing bell-like vocal harmonies.

Area residents are encouraged to bring a picnic, leashed pets, a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the music. Concert-goers are reminded that alcoholic beverages, smoking, and unleashed pets are prohibited at Joyner Park.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert may be relocated to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Updated concert information will be available by 3 p.m. on the day of the concert on Wake Forest TV 10 and the town’s Facebook page and by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the town’s app will receive a push notification message informing them of any schedule changes. To download the Wake Forest app, visitwww.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.

The next Concert in the Park is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 4, from 5-7 p.m. and will feature Dark Water Rising.


Family Movie Night at Joyner Park Aug. 13 
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will offer the final Family Movie Night at Joyner Park of the season on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 8:30 p.m. Joyner Park is located at 701 Harris Road.

Sponsored by Traditions at Wake Forest, Mosquito Joe of Eastern Wake County, and Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest, the free, monthly outdoor movie series features a variety of family-friendly film favorites and genres, including comedies, dramas, and thrillers, all projected on a 26-foot inflatable movie screen in the park’s amphitheater. The event also includes on-site food vendors selling snacks and refreshments.

Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park are free and open to the public. Anyone planning to attend is urged to arrive early as viewing space may be limited. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and/or chairs but are reminded that alcohol, smoking, and unleashed pets are prohibited.

Due to the terms and conditions outlined in its agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, the PRCR Department is not permitted to publicize the title of each month’s film. However, here’s a hint about the Aug. 13 movie: it’s a 2015 American horror comedy film based on the children's book series of the same name. It's also the term applied to a reaction of the skin because of cold, fear, or excitement. 

To obtain the titles of the Aug. 13 movie and future films offered as part of the Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park series, sign up for The Week Ahead via E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx, download the town’s app, or call 919-556-7063.


Beach Night on White returns to downtown Aug. 20 
The second annual Beach Night on White, a free event presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc.(WFD), is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20, along South White Street in historic downtown Wake Forest.  

Jim Quick & Coastline band is the featured entertainment, playing beach music and other popular sounds at 5 p.m. New this year is a beer garden hosted by the Wakefield Rotary Club of Wake Forest offering domestic and craft beer, wine and bottled water from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.  No coolers or open containers will be allowed in the streets during Beach Night.

Downtown Wake Forest stores, restaurants, art galleries, and other shops will be open late and a variety of food trucks will be lined up along Owen Street beginning at 5 p.m.

WFD, a non-profit organization of business owners, property owners and community volunteers, organizes the event. Sponsors of Beach Night on White are Ronnie White Towing & Tires, Ted Wilder State Farm Insurance and Walmart.

Event proceeds will be donated to local charities, including the Wake Forest High School JROTC’s Field of Dreams which hosts an annual baseball tournament for special needs students. Proceeds from the Wakefield Rotary Club’s Beer Garden will benefit the Wake Forest Boys and Girls Club, Kerr YMCA Camp High Hopes, and the Wake Forest Chamber Youth Leadership program.


Registration underway for Adult Co-Rec Kickball & Flag Football 
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is accepting team registrations for Adult Co-Rec Kickball and Flag Football through 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Co-Rec Kickball League games will be played on weeknights from mid-September throughout late October, while Flag Football League games will be played on Sunday afternoons from mid-September through late November.

The entry fee for both leagues is $225 per team and each is limited to participants ages 18 and older.

Online registration is available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/adult-athletics.aspx.

For more information, contact Recreation Specialist Meghan Hawkins at 919-435-9457. 


Residents invited to "Coffee with a Cop" 
The Wake Forest Police Department will host “Coffee with a Cop” at the Wake Forest Coffee Company, 156 S. White St., on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 8 to 10 a.m.

“Coffee with a Cop” provides a unique opportunity for police officers and community members to come together in an informal, neutral setting to discuss community issues and build relationships - one cup of coffee at a time.

The majority of contact law enforcement officers have with the public tends to occur during emergencies or emotional situations, which are often not the best times to build relationships. “Coffee with a Cop” aims to breaks down barriers and allow for relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

All area residents are invited to attend, ask questions, and learn more about the Wake Forest Police Department. Wake Forest Coffee Company will provide free standard coffee, and several Wake Forest police officers will be on hand.

Attendees are discouraged from making speeches or airing grievances at this event.

“Coffee with a Cop” is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the country, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The police department plans to host “Coffee with a Cop” on several occasions throughout the year at different shops or restaurants around Wake Forest. The program aligns with Goal 2 of the Wake Forest Strategic Plan: Enhance and Promote a Safe and Connected Community.


Wake Forest Dementia Awareness Education Series continues Aug. 18
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host the second meeting in the Wake Forest Dementia Awareness Education Series on Thursday, Aug. 18. The session will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Entitled “Dementia Conversations,” the Aug. 18 session will offer tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about deciding when to stop driving, going to the doctor and making legal and financial decisions.

Presented by the Alzheimer's Association of Eastern North Carolina, the workshops are designed to offer local families the opportunity to learn about dozens of programs, services, products, and resources – all in one location. Each workshop will feature a different speaker and include professional vendors that specialize in providing assistance to family members of people with dementia.

The third session, "Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors," is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The sessions are free, but online pre-registration is required.

For more information, contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566 or dhorton@wakeforestnc.gov.


Wake Forest rolls out Bigbelly trash & recycling bins 
The Town of Wake Forest recently unveiled several Bigbelly Solar Trash and Recycling compactor units in public spaces around town.

Throughout late June and early July, town crews installed eight Bigbelly receptacles in seven locations, including three town parks and along South White Street. Four of the units are trash and recycling containers, while the other four are trash units only.

Bigbelly receptacles are high-tech trash compacting containers that use solar power to compact trash. While each container has the same general “footprint” as a standard 35-gallon open top container, each unit’s compacting function allows the new containers to hold up to 150 gallons of trash, thus eliminating the need for more receptacles.

The units also use smart technology to notify town staff via email when they need to be emptied.


DMV's Mobile Driver's License Unit returns to Renaissance Centre Aug. 15
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles’ Mobile Driver’s License Unit returns to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Arts Annex, 405 S. Brooks St., on Monday, Aug. 15. The mobile unit will be on site from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The new compact mobile office is part of a statewide initiative to improve customer service and reduce wait times at the DMV.  

Featuring two driver license examiner stations, the new mobile office offers all the driver license services provided in brick-and-mortar offices, including driving tests.

The Renaissance Centre Arts Annex hosts the Mobile Driver’s License Unit on the first and third Monday of each month. The mobile office will return to Wake Forest on Monday, Sept. 5, at 9 a.m. 


15th Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony Sept. 12
Area residents are invited to attend the 15th Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. The program will take place in Centennial Plaza, in front of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

The Sept. 12 service will honor Donald L. Griesedieck. Members of Griesedieck's family have been invited to participate in the ceremony which will include patriotic songs, special remarks, a memorial wreath laying, and the ceremonial flag-raising. 

Photographs and other remembrances of Griesedieck will also be displayed in Centennial Plaza during the ceremony, then in the town hall lobby through the end of September.

Presented by local veterans’ organizations to honor the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families, memorial flag-raising ceremonies are held in Centennial Plaza at 11 a.m. typically on the first Monday of each month from April through October. The September ceremony will take place on the second Monday due to the Labor Day Holiday.


Rogers Road Bridge Replacement Project is underway 
Work began Monday, June 27, on replacing the Rogers Road Bridge that spans Smith Creek.

The initiative is part of the NCDOT’s State-Funded Bridge Improvement Program to improve the overall condition of the state’s bridges. The department is investing $810 million over four years to strategically perform preservation or rehabilitation work when possible.

The Rogers Road Bridge is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, which means that although the structure remains safe to use, it has required constant repairs and should be replaced. In addition, the bridge was built to design standards that are no longer in use.

NCDOT will replace the existing two-lane bridge with a five-lane bridge and widen from two to five lanes the portion of Rogers Road from Hope Lutheran Church to Forestville Road. Once completed, the project is expected to improve capacity and safety and relieve the bottlenecks that occur in the area during school rush hours. 

The closure, which is projected to last until early November 2016, will send the motorists who use the bridge onto a signed detour route using Heritage Lake Road, the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass and South Main Street.

Area residents are reminded that although the bridge is closed, businesses in the vicinity remain open. More>>


Work set to begin on Smith, Sanford & Dunn Creek Greenways Downtown Connector Project 
Fred Smith Co., a contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, has started construction on the Smith Creek, Sanford Creek and Dunn Creek Greenways Downtown Connector Project.

The initiative entails the construction of a continuous pedestrian facility consisting of approximately 3.8 miles of greenway trail – including boardwalk and bridges - and 0.8 mile of sidewalk, along with a multi-use path in the vicinity of Heritage Elementary, Heritage Middle, and Heritage High Schools. Once completed, the project – which will introduce new wayfinding signage - will connect the major activity centers throughout Wake Forest. More>>


Holding Park Pool to remain closed in 2016 
Due to the discovery of significant structural issues, Holding Park Pool, 133 W. Owen Ave., will not open in 2016.

The pool opening, which typically takes place over the Memorial Day weekend, had been delayed because of a serious leak. While working to repair the leak, contractors discovered major problems related to the integrity of the pool walls.

According to the contractor, the walls were “found to be in poor shape” marked by uneven plaster and mortar behind the plaster that is crumbling and falling apart. Those findings eliminated any chance of opening the pool this summer.

The total cost to repair the pool is not yet known, but commissioners plan to discuss potential options during their mid-year retreat in August.


Taylor Street entrance to town hall

Town launches online permit request program 
The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce the successful launch of a new online permit request program. The initiative allows contractors and homeowners to request electrical, mechanical, and plumbing trade permits online and receive them via email.

Anyone wishing to request a trade permit online should visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/inspections.aspx and click on the Trade Permit Application link. Complete and submit the form online, and an Inspections staff person will respond by email with a permit number and cost.

Contractors who pay online will receive a copy of the permit via email. Homeowners are required to pay at the Inspections Department, located in the ground floor of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

For more information, contact Inspections Director JJ Carr at 919-435-9519.


Police Department celebrates one-year anniversary of "Operation Safe Sale" 
The Wake Forest Police Department recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of Operation Safe Sale.

Introduced in May 2015, Operation Safe Sale encourages Wake Forest residents who are selling or purchasing items advertised online to come to the police department, 225 S. Taylor St., to complete their transaction. Transactions may be made in the police department parking lot or inside the lobby, either with or without an officer present.

At the request of either party, a police officer will be available to check the serial number to determine whether the item has been entered through state or national databases as stolen property.

Since the program’s inception area residents have requested a police presence on 17 occasions. Anyone wishing to have an officer present is required to schedule an appointment by calling 919-554-6150.

The Wake Forest Police Department does not make any representations or warranties regarding the goods or services transferred between parties. Any item found entered as stolen through a state or national database will be subject to seizure and criminal charges may result.

Operation Safe Sale aligns with Goal 2 of the Wake Forest Strategic Plan: Enhance and Promote a Safe and Connected Community and Objective F: Enhance the sense of safety in the town.


Neck of the Woods returns to Renaissance Centre Oct. 21 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts welcomes the return of the Neck of the Woods performance series on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Presented and sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS, Neck of the Woods is a variety performance series featuring emerging local artists. Each show is different and may consist of several performing arts acts, including actors, dancers, musicians, comedians, writers and spoken word artists.

Tickets are $5. More>>


HRC seeks nominations for "Good Neighbor of the Year" 
The Wake Forest Human Relations Council (HRC) is soliciting youth and adult nominations for the 7th Annual Good Neighbor of the Year Award. The award is designed to recognize Wake Forest residents who work to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods without seeking recognition for their efforts.

Nominees are sought in two divisions: adult and youth between the ages of 13 and 18. In order to qualify a nominee must be a Town of Wake Forest resident who has made a significant contribution to the community between Sept. 1, 2015, and Aug. 31, 2016. Employees of the Town of Wake Forest are not eligible.

Nominations forms are available at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., and may be downloaded from the town's website. Completed forms may be mailed to Town of Wake Forest, c/o Virginia Jones, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587. Email nominations will be accepted at hrc@wakeforestnc.gov. Forms may also be submitted via fax to 919-435-9497. All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31. More>>


Good Neighbor Day is Sept. 18 
The Wake Forest Human Relations Council (HRC) will sponsor the 11th Annual Good Neighbor Day on Sunday, Sept. 18. This free, family-friendly event will be held from 1-4 p.m. at Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Ave. 

Good Neighbor Day assembles people from all walks of life for a day of food, fun, and family entertainment. By bringing together a mix of cultures, music, ages, and ethnicities, the event celebrates diversity and promotes goodwill among all of Wake Forest’s citizens.


"No Parking" now enforced near several greenway entrances 
The Town of Wake Forest is in the process of installing “No Parking” signage along several roads located near town greenway entrances. The new signage is intended to alert motorists to a town ordinance designed to offer maintenance crews and trail users easier, safer greenway access.

Approved by the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners in July 2015 after two public hearings, the sign ordinance is outlined in Chapter 30 Article VI: Traffic Schedules Section 30-241 of the town’s Code of Ordinances. More>>


Town unveils Waste Wizard to help residents recycle 
The Wake Forest Public Works Department recently unveiled an interactive Waste Wizard to help residents get disposal tips on hundreds of household items. From aluminum cans to zip lock bags, the quick and easy search tool provides users with details on what items go into the recycling bin or the trash can. 

Residents can also use the tool to learn their garbage, recycling and yard waste pick up day.

The Waste Wizard is also available on the town's app.


Final phase of work set to begin on Dunn Creek Greenway
In June Park Construction of NC, Inc., a contractor working on behalf of the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD), began the final phase of work on the Dunn Creek Greenway between Heritage Greens Drive and the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass. The greenway has been closed since October 2014 when CORPUD began the Smith Creek Interceptor Improvement Project (SCIIP).

The final phase of work entails removing sections of existing asphalt, regrading areas that were disturbed by the recent sewer line installation, and installing stone shoulders and new asphalt. The contractor will then dress out the shoulders, seed and straw the entire project, pull all excess materials, and remove the silt fencing and equipment. More>>


Wake County reminds residents to be mosquito safe 
Summer is here, so it's important for area residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes. Aside from being itchy and annoying, the bite of an infected female mosquito can lead to the spread of disease.

It is important for residents to start implementing prevention tactics now to help control the mosquito population.

“Zika has not yet been detected in mosquitos in the United States, but that could change at any point in the future,” said Dr. Sue Lynn Ledford, Public Health Division director. “It’s our job to ensure we’re prepared and ready for that possibility, which is why we’re asking residents to be proactive and protect themselves from mosquitos as summer approaches and they spend more time outdoors.” 

All Wake County residents play a role in this effort. More>>


Wake Forest LIVE details live music events
In case you haven’t noticed, Wake Forest is rapidly becoming known as a hotbed for live music. What began with the annual Six Sundays in Spring music series and occasional concerts in the park, has expanded to include Friday Night on White, Rockin’ the Forest and Music at Midday. 

In an effort to keep you informed about these and other live music events sponsored by the Town of Wake Forest, Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., and the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, we’ve created Wake Forest Live – your one-stop source for information.

We've also created a Wake Forest Live page on Facebook. Be sure to check it out and "Like Us" so you can stay informed about the latest and greatest live music events coming to Wake Forest! More>>


Board of Commissioners seeks groups to lead Pledge of Allegiance at meetings
The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners is inviting local youth and adult community organizations to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each board meeting.

Board of Commissioners meetings are scheduled on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. and take place in the Wake Forest Town Hall Board Chambers. The chambers are located on the second floor of town hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Wake Forest-area sports teams, church groups, civic clubs, and other community organizations are encouraged to sign up for a meeting.

To sign up, contact Commissioner Jim Thompson at 919-417-4217. 


Flag-Raising Committee seeks names
of deceased Wake Forest veterans
The Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Committee is soliciting the names of deceased Wake Forest veterans who may be honored during upcoming flag-raising ceremonies.

To be eligible for consideration, the deceased veteran must meet one of the following criteria: 1) joined active duty in Wake Forest; 2) died in Wake Forest; or 3) was a member of a Wake Forest veterans’ organization.

Friends or relatives of deceased veterans who meet at least one of these criteria are urged to contact Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Committee Chair Pete Lambert at 919-529-3018.

The Town of Wake Forest joins with representatives from American Legion Post 187, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 187, American Legion Riders, VFW Post 8466, the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, Marine Corps League Detachment 1257, and the Wake Forest High School JROTC to honor the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families during monthly flag-raising ceremonies from April through October. The services take place in town hall’s Centennial Plaza at 11 a.m. on the first Monday of the month. More>>


Get your "Official Guide to Wake Forest"
Have you ever needed the telephone number for a particular department in the Town of Wake Forest or an address for one of the town’s parks or other facilities? Have you ever been curious about Wake Forest’s history or wanted information about area schools or healthcare providers? Are you new to Wake Forest and looking for fun places to go and things to do in our area?

If you’re a Wake Forest resident and you answered yes to any of those questions, then the Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce have a special gift just for you.

In December every Wake Forest resident who lives in the 27587 zip code should have received their own copy of the Official Guide to Wake Forest. This clever, all-in-one handbook provides useful information about all things Wake Forest, including an overview of the town’s history, a description of town departments, a listing of annual community events and advertisements for several local businesses. The guide also contains important contact numbers, as well as comprehensive information about town programs and services, volunteer opportunities and local government. There are also sections devoted to area attractions, civic clubs, plus a whole lot more. More>>


Beware of IRS-Related scams 
The Wake Forest Police Department is warning area residents not to be fooled by scammers impersonating IRS investigators. 

In recent days the police department has received numerous reports from residents about callers claiming to be from the IRS telling the intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a credit card, bank account draft, pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.

Potential phone scam victims may be told they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or they are entitled to big refunds. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy. More>>


Renaissance Centre hosts "flix4kidz" & "Free at 3" Aug. 8
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts is offering free movie showings for children ages 10 and under and adults ages 50 and older on Monday, Aug. 8.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. the Renaissance Centre will host “flix4kidz,” followed at 3 p.m. by “Free at 3.”

Featuring only G or PG-rated children’s and family films, “flix4kidz” offers free family-friendly movie showings at 10:30 a.m. on the second Monday morning of each month.

Designed for adults ages 50 and over, “Free at 3” features a variety of film favorites and genres, including art and family films, as well as comedies, dramas, thrillers and more – often with a seasonal or historical theme.

Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, will be available for purchase during both events.

Due to the terms and conditions outlined in its agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, the Renaissance Centre is not permitted to publicize the titles of each month’s films. However, you can obtain the movie titles of films offered at the Renaissance Centre by signing up for Renaissance Centre updates via E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx or by calling the Special Events Hotline at 919-435-9428.


Wake Forest Cemetery introduces new ways to honor loved ones
The Wake Forest Cemetery is now offering two new ways to say goodbye to loved ones who have passed away.

The cemetery’s new niche columbarium is designed for friends and family who wish to be cremated. Constructed of limestone, the two-sided structure stretches approximately eight feet long and features five horizontal rows and 10 vertical columns of niches on each side.

The Town of Wake Forest is now selling columbarium niches for $400 each. Measuring 6.75 inches by 6.75 inches and 14.75 inches deep, each niche will hold two polished, sheet bronze urns which are included in the purchase price.

The town has also introduced a new memorial wall to honor friends and family members who may be interred elsewhere. The two-sided memorial wall features six horizontal rows and 10 vertical columns of memorial facing stone on each side.

Engraved memorial wall placards cost $250 each and include the person's name, birth date, date of death and options for religious symbols.

For information about how to purchase a columbarium niche or engraved memorial wall placard, contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570.


Wake Forest Power offers "Pay-As-You-Go"
Wake Forest Power has unveiled a new payment option that allows residential customers to pay for electricity in advance. Known as “Pay-As-You-Go” electricity, the initiative utilizes advanced metering technology that also enables customers to more closely monitor their energy usage.  

Under the Pay-As-You-Go program, residential customers have the flexibility and control to pay for electricity when they want in the amount they want. By paying for electricity before they use it, pre-pay customers never pay a late fee and are never charged disconnect and reconnect fees if their account runs out of credit.

Customers also have the opportunity to more closely monitor how much energy they use. Instead of appearing on a traditional paper bill that is generated once a month, electricity usage is calculated daily and the cost is deducted each day from the pre-paid account. As a result, customers have the opportunity to observe in real time what happens when they adjust the thermostat a few degrees or turn off an extra light. More>>


Town & Police partner with Nextdoor  
The Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Police Department announced today a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the free and private social network for neighborhoods. The integration with Nextdoor will enable the town and the police department to connect directly with residents in Wake Forest neighborhoods in a collaborative attempt to build safer communities, develop stronger relationships and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch efforts.

Free for both Wake Forest residents and the town, Nextdoor allows neighborhoods to establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor websites. Residents who join their neighborhood websites can share information about neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services and more. Nextdoor also allows the town and the police department to post news advisories and emergency notifications and announcements about programs, services and special events to Nextdoor websites within Wake Forest. More>>​




Inspections Department offering 'Express Residential Plan Review'
The Wake Forest Inspections Department is pleased to introduce Express Residential Plan Review (ERPR). A real-time permit application review program for specific residential additions and renovations, ERPR may also be used for accessory structures, such as decks, covered porches, sunrooms, sheds and garages.  

The ERPR process is designed to bring together the town’s plans examiner and the applicant to actively review projects and discuss, revise and make changes to drawings in person to ensure zoning and building code compliance. Projects are considered for ERPR by appointment only on Thursday mornings between 8 a.m. and noon. For more information, contact Kevin Hester at 919-435-9525.


E-Billing offers added convenience for Wake Forest Power customers
Wake Forest Power is offering customers the chance to help protect the environment and save time and money through its paperless billing option. Customers who sign up for the free e-billing service receive an email notification whenever their electric bill is ready to be viewed on the town’s website. Customers who receive their bills through email enjoy greater convenience and enhanced security, while also reducing clutter and helping the environment.  

The convenience factor is magnified when customers combine e-billing with the town’s online bill pay service. Besides the added convenience, customers who pay online also save money because they don't have to pay for stamps, envelopes or checks.


Police urge residents to help prevent vehicle break-ins
The Wake Forest Police Department is asking for the community’s help with reducing motor vehicle break-ins. The police department urges area residents to lock your unoccupied vehicles at all times, remove your valuable items and any extra set of keys from the vehicle, and double check to make sure your car is locked before going to bed at night.

Most of the break-ins in our area involve vehicles that were unlocked or show no sign of forced entry. In many instances, the owner left valuables, such as GPS devices, electronics equipment, iPods, handbags, cash, cell phones, computers and weapons visible to thieves. Owners who take the extra precaution of locking their doors and removing valuable items can significantly reduce their chances of becoming a victim of a vehicle break-in. If an item can’t be removed, then its best to make sure it is out of sight to potential crooks looking for an easy target.


"Like" us on Facebook
The Town of Wake Forest has a profile on the popular social networking site Facebook to assist with its outreach and communication efforts. Wake Forest's Facebook profile offers an innovative way of sharing information with area residents who are linked in to the site. 

Anyone who is interested can "Like" the Town of Wake Forest and allow information to come directly from the town to their own Facebook profile. "Fans" of the Town of Wake Forest are positioned to find out about upcoming events, learn about important town news, and check out photos from around the community. Current Facebook users who want to "Like" the Town of Wake Forest can search for the Town of Wake Forest profile on the site, and click the "Like" icon.




Register for E-Notifier 
If you want to keep up to date on what's happening in the Town of Wake Forest, then be sure to register for E-Notifier - our FREE email subscription service. E-Notifier allows you to subscribe to five specific information categories and receive an email notification whenever we post new information on the website related to your chosen categories. Our goal is to help you receive the information you want as quickly and efficiently as possible.

E-Notifier alerts subscribers to the availability of Board of Commissioners and Planning Board meeting agendas; RecConnect - the Parks & Recreation Department’s program brochure; a monthly update of new businesses coming to Wake Forest; and - our newest offering - the Our Town newsletter!

E-Notifier is a free service provided by the Town of Wake Forest and your email address will only be used to deliver the information you request. Signing up is quick and easy! To learn more, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.


Your email address is protected
Local governments in Wake County, including the Town of Wake Forest, now have the authority to deny requests for copies of subscriber email lists. Passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2010, House Bill 1921 states that email address lists are open to public inspection for those who want to come to Town Hall to see them but are no longer required to be provided. The law also states that governments may only use the lists for the purpose for which the citizen subscribed to them or for emergency communications. To read the new law, which is now in effect, visit http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2009/Bills/House/PDF/H1921v6.pdf.


Wake Forest TV 10 programming
Wake Forest TV 10 is the Town of Wake Forest's government access channel serving the residents of Wake Forest. WFTV 10 is produced by the Town of Wake Forest Communications Department and is available to residents and businesses that subscribe to Time-Warner Cable TV service. The information channel operates 24 hours per day and provides a variety of information about programs, services, upcoming meetings, and special events sponsored by the Town of Wake Forest. Channel 10 is also an excellent source for information about programs and classes offered by the Wake Forest Parks & Recreation Department.

The Town of Wake Forest broadcasts Planning Board meetings live on WFTV 10 at 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. The meetings are then re-broadcast daily over the next two weeks at 9 a.m., 3 p.m., and 9 p.m. In addition, Board of Commissioners meetings are broadcast live at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month and then re-broadcast daily throughout the remainder of the month at 9 a.m., 3 p.m., and 9 p.m.


Customer Service Central
Wake Forest is pleased to provide a one-stop site site for residents requiring information about town services. Bookmark our Customer Service Central webpage and enjoy instant access to everything you need from electric bill payment options and service requests to energy saving tools and inclement weather information.


Park in the direction of traffic flow
The Wake Forest Code of Ordinances mandates that parking on all streets within the corporate limits of Wake Forest “must be established in the direction of traffic flow.” Previously, only vehicles parked in the business district were restricted from stopping with their “left side to the curb” but now the restriction applies to the entire town. Any vehicle parked along a town street facing the opposite direction from the flow of traffic is subject to a $25 fine.


Whatever the weather...Call the "Weather Line!"
The Town of Wake Forest offers a hotline residents can call whenever inclement weather threatens to cancel or postone a Town-sponsored program or event. Wake Forest residents are encouraged to call 919-435-9569 for information concerning changes to the Town's regular schedule, including Parks & Recreation games and practices, as well as concerts, festivals, and other special events. When a decision is made to cancel a Town-sponsored event or alter the Town's regular schedule, the Communications Department will place a message on the Weather Line stating the specific changes to the Town's schedule. For more information, visit /weatherline.aspx.