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Town of Wake Forest seeking input on community swimming pool 
The Town of Wake Forest is attempting to gauge residents’ support for a community swimming pool.

From now through Friday, Sept. 16, Wake Forest residents are urged to visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/swimming-pool-community-interest-survey.aspx or www.surveymonkey.com/r/wfpoolsurvey and share their opinions on Holding Park Pool, their level of interest in a community swimming pool, and other pool-related issues. The four-question survey takes about three minutes to complete.

“We want to make an informed decision about how best to move forward, so we want to hear from our residents” said Mayor Vivian Jones. “Now’s the perfect time for anyone with an interest in our community to share their thoughts and opinions.”

The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners will review and discuss the survey results during its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

For more information, contact Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree at 919-435-9421 or bcrabtree@wakeforestnc.gov.


Labor Day holiday schedule 
The Wake Forest Town Hall and other administrative offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day. Police services will not be interrupted, but other town services, including sanitation and bus service, will be affected.

The collection of garbage and recycling for the week of Sept. 5 will be one day later than normal. So, for example, Monday's route will be collected Tuesday and Friday's route will be collected Saturday. 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.

A special part of this year's Good Neighbor Day will be the presentation of the seventh annual "Good Neighbor of the Year" Award. The honor will be presented to one local youth and adult who consistently demonstrate an unfailing commitment to preserving, maintaining, and improving the quality of life in their neighborhood and community.

 Over 3,000 Wake Forest-area residents have participated in Good Neighbor Day since its inception in 2006. Offering food, dancing, local musicians, a DJ, face painting, prizes, and recreational activities for both children and adults, this family-oriented celebration promises something for everyone. 


Four advisory boards have openings 
You can make a difference in our community by applying to fill one of the vacancies on the Cemetery Advisory Board (CAB), Senior Center Advisory Board, Technology Advisory Board (TAB) and Urban Forestry Board (UFB). These boards were established to give citizens input into what happens in the community and to advise the Board of Commissioners on matters that affect citizens and their town government.

All residents of Wake Forest and its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) are eligible to apply for these openings.

Application form are available online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/advisory-boards.aspx and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Completed applications will be accepted until 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, and may be submitted online; mailed or delivered to Town Clerk Deeda Harris, Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587; or faxed to 919-435-9419.

Applicants will be expected to attend the September meeting of the advisory board to which they applied in order to introduce themselves to the board’s current members and explain why they wish to serve. More>>


Youth Basketball League registration Sept. 1-30 
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will accept Youth Basketball League applications for boys and girls ages 5-17 Sept. 1-30. The fee is $40 for residents who live within the Wake Forest corporate limits and $80 for anyone who lives outside the town’s corporate limits.

Online registration is available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/youth-basketball.aspx. All participants may register online or in-person at town hall.

New participants are required to provide a birth certificate. A participant’s eligibility is determined by his or her age on Jan. 1, 2017.

Team practices will begin in November and games will be played from December through February.

For more information, contact Recreation Specialist Meghan Hawkins at 919-435-9457 or mhawkins@wakeforestnc.gov


Flaherty Park Community Center gym closed in September
The Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St., will open at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1. The delayed opening is necessary to allow crews to paint the facility’s classrooms.

The gymnasium will be closed for maintenance throughout September while crews paint the gym walls and resurface the floor.

The center will resume its normal operations on Saturday, Oct. 1. To view the normal hours of operation, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Flaherty Park Community Center.”

For more information, contact Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 or rwall@wakeforestnc.gov


Discover Wake Forest
The Town of Wake Forest and Brios Media are partnering to produce a series of short videos highlighting popular family-friendly destinations in and around Wake Forest.

Entitled "Discover Wake Forest," the series' first four videos feature these Wake Forest treasures: the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St.; E. Carroll Joyner Park,  701 Harris Road; Flaherty Dog Park, 1100 N. White St.; and Downtown Wake Forest.

Additional videos will be produced in the coming months so stay tuned. More>>


Music at Midday returns Sept. 1
Area residents are invited to enjoy great music, dine outside, and experience the fall season at the Town of Wake Forest’s Music at Midday weekly concert series.

Sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department and Wake Forest ARTS, the free music series begins Thursday, Sept. 1, and continues on consecutive Thursdays through Sept. 29. Scheduled from noon to 1 p.m., the concerts will feature a variety of local performers and take place in Centennial Plaza, the gateway to the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

The concert lineup includes Eugene Taylor on Sept. 1; Freddy Green on Sept. 8; Mister Felix on Sept. 15; Hope Marasco and Blake Anderson on Sept. 22; and Lee Holt on Sept. 29.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch - either from home or a local restaurant - relax, and enjoy the entertainment.

Assorted dessert trucks will be on site during each concert selling desserts and sweet treats, including Kona Ice on Sept. 1.

For more information, including the complete dessert truck schedule, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Music at Midday” or contact PRCR Event Coordinator Lisa Jacobs at 919-556-7063 or ljacobs@wakeforestnc.gov


Wake Forest Unplugged...Get Connected set for Sept. 4
The Wake Forest Recreation Advisory Board’s annual “Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected” event is set for this Sunday, Sept. 4, from 4-6 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

“Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected” invites Wake Forest-area residents to disconnect from their smart phones, computers and other electronic devices and reconnect with their community, friends, and family by engaging in healthier, more active pursuits.

During the Sept. 4 event, the Recreation Advisory Board will host a variety of organized games and activities, including sack and relay races, corn hole, and miniature golf, from 4-6 p.m. in the vicinity of the Walker Garden.

The electronics-free afternoon will culminate with a concert in the Joyner Park Amphitheater from 5-7 p.m. featuring Dark Water Rising.

For more information about “Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected,” visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/unplugged.aspx or contact Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 or rwall@wakeforestnc.gov.


Friday Night on White concludes with Crush Sept. 9
The Town of Wake Forest will conclude its free outdoor music series on Friday, Sept. 9, with Crush.

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.

The 2017 Friday Night on White concert series will get underway on Friday, April 21. The concerts are typically scheduled on the second Friday of each month, but the 2017 kick-off will take place on the third Friday in April due to the Good Friday holiday on April 14More>>


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

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, 8,000 for Stone Age Romeos on July 8, and 8,000 for The Remedy on Aug. 12. Even larger crowds are expected to attend the final concert featuring 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 to highlight "Wake Forest Unplugged" Sept. 4  
Dark Water Rising will headline the seventh annual “Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected” on Sunday, Sept. 4. The free concert gets underway at 5 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

Dark Water Rising was described by the Indy Week's Sylvia Pfeiffenberger as "Native Americans who piece together Southern rock full of gospel harmonies, hip-hop inflections and Motown soul with a journeyman work ethic. With bold songwriting and bewitching arrangements, DWR breaks rules effortlessly."

The band has performed up and down the East Coast and garnered considerable radio airplay, including appearances on NPR's The Story with Dick Gordon and The State of Things with Frank Stasio. In 2014 they were nominated for three more Native American Music Awards, including Group of the Year, and they took home the award for Best Gospel/Inspirational Recording. The group is currently hard at work on its third album.

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

Prior to the concert the Wake Forest Recreation Advisory Board will provide an array of organized games and activities as part of “Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected.” This free, family-friendly event offers Wake Forest-area residents a unique opportunity to “disconnect” from their cell phones, computers and other electronic devices and “reconnect” with their community, friends and family by engaging in healthier, more active pursuits.

The festivities get underway at 4 p.m. in the vicinity of Joyner Park’s Walker Garden. Games will include sack and relay races, corn hole, miniature golf and more. Several food vendors will also be on hand selling a variety of treats and refreshments.

The performance by Dark Water Rising is presented by PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, and co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department, the United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, and Wake Forest Arts. For more information, contact PineCone at 919-664-8333 or visit www.pinecone.org.

In the event of rain, the concert may be moved inside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Weather-related updates will be available by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town of Wake Forest app will receive a push notification message informing them of any schedule change. To download the Wake Forest app, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.

For more information about Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/unplugged.aspx or contact Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 or rwall@wakeforestnc.gov.


Traffic Alert - Brooks Street
The Town of Wake Forest will begin replacing a decaying storm drain along the 100 block of Brooks Street on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Crews will also begin relocating a section of curb and gutter and sidewalk and installing two ADA-compliant street corners. Weather permitting, the work is expected to be finished in late October.

For the safety of the construction crew, the portion of Brooks Street from Wait Avenue to Roosevelt Avenue will be closed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until the project is completed.

A signed detour will be posted and flaggers will be in place to manage traffic flow and safely direct motorists around the work area. Delays are expected and motorists are encouraged to take an alternate route if possible.

Patients of Upton & Fisher Dentistry are encouraged to park along Wait Avenue. Town crews will be on hand to provide assistance to anyone experiencing mobility issues.

The Town of Wake Forest provides this information as a public service. Motorists are reminded that weather and road conditions can change rapidly and should plan accordingly. When traveling through a construction area, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are asked to be patient, proceed with caution and obey flaggers at all times. Planned road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for a variety of work. Dates, times and work locations are subject to change due to inclement weather or last-minute changes in work schedules.


Renaissance Centre, Wake Forest ARTS Sign Historic Agreement 
The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners recently approved an agreement between the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts and Wake Forest ARTS (WFA) that allows WFA to help coordinate fundraising support for the cultural arts venue. The agreement, or Memorandum of Understanding, is also designed to encourage the expansion of arts programming and public engagement in arts experiences in our community.

An independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization originally founded in 1990 as the Wake Forest Cultural Arts Association, WFA is an all-volunteer organization that supports local artists and existing art programs in Wake Forest, while also encouraging new arts ventures.

Under the terms of the new partnership, WFA will help develop the Renaissance Centre by building relationships in the community, while also aiding the center’s fundraising efforts by soliciting contributions to support cultural arts programming and capital improvements. More>>


Orangestriped oakworms becoming a nuisance in Wake Forest
The Town of Wake Forest has received several calls in recent days concerning the large numbers of Orangestriped Oakworms on oak trees around town, including town street trees. Many residents have expressed particular concern about the caterpillar’s long-term effect on the town’s urban forest.

According to the NC Cooperative Extension Service, the Orangestriped Oakworm tends to be more of a nuisance than anything else.

It is not uncommon for this invading caterpillar to be especially abundant on oaks during this time of year. Locally, willow oak and pin oak tend to be their preferred hosts, but they occasionally feed on other hardwoods as well.

In large numbers, these ravenous feeders can quickly defoliate a tree. Fortunately, late summer defoliations are much less damaging to the health of trees than early spring defoliations.

According to the Cooperative Extension Service website, most trees have finished growing for the year. As a result, little permanent damage will occur to the heath of the tree. In fact, some oaks have been severely defoliated for many years in a row without obvious affect.

In the event control measures are warranted, such as to protect a small seedling oak or a high value tree, residents may opt to spray their trees by mid-August with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), Sevin or Orthene which are all considered effective means of control.

On large trees, a tree service with equipment to spray the entire tree may be needed.

For more information, call the NC Cooperative Extension at 919-250-1100 or visit their website at http://wake.ces.ncsu.edu/.


Father-Daughter Dance Sept. 16 
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will host a Father Daughter Dance on Friday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Fathers and daughters throughout Wake Forest are invited to celebrate their special bond during an unforgettable evening at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

Featuring music, dancing, and refreshments, the event is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime. A photographer will also be on hand to capture a special photo of every father-daughter couple and provide each with a 5x7 photograph.

The cost is $20 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter.

To register, visit http://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com/recdeskportal/.

For more information about the Father Daughter Dance, contact PRCR Event Coordinator Lisa Jacobs at 919-556-7063 or ljacobs@wakeforestnc.gov.


Wake Forest Dementia Awareness Education Series concludes Sept. 20  
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host the third and final session in the Wake Forest Dementia Awareness Education Series on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The meeting will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

The Sept. 20 session is entitled “Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors.” Behavior is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present challenges for caregivers to manage. Area residents are invited to attend this session and learn how to decode behaviors, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

The session moderator will be Peggy Best, Alzheimer's Association of Eastern North Carolina Chapter Associate Director for Programs and Advocacy.

Presented by the Alzheimer's Association of Eastern North Carolina and the Senior Information & Networking Group (SING) of Wake Forest, 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 also include professional vendors that specialize in providing assistance to family members of people with dementia.

The sessions are free, but online pre-registration is required at www.wakeforestnc.gov/dementia-awareness-education-series.aspx.

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


Greenways Advisory Board "Day of Service" Sept. 24 
The Wake Forest Greenways Advisory Board (GAB) is celebrating National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9-11 a.m. by hosting a “Day of Service” at two town facilities:

  • Smith Creek Soccer Center information distribution booth – volunteers are needed to encourage enrollment in town’s Adopt-a-Trail program; answer questions about current and future greenway development; distribute Bike.Walk.Run maps and bicycle safety information
  • Richland Creek Greenway at Olde Mill Stream – volunteers are needed to assist with trail cleanup and tree planting

The GAB is inviting volunteers of all ages to sign up for one of these service opportunities at www.wakeforestnc.gov/national-public-lands-day.aspx.

For more information, contact GAB Chair Deanna Walker at 919-426-5026 or dwelker@nccoastalpines.org.


Renaissance Centre offering interactive art classes in September 
You still have time to register for several interesting and interactive art classes and workshops coming up in September at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St.

Designed to excite and develop the artistic vision and creative talents of both children and adults, these courses will spark the imagination and inspire a lifelong connection to the visual and creative arts and art making. 

Each class is taught by an accomplished artist-instructor in a relaxed environment that encourages exploration of process and self-expression. Class offerings cover a range of media and class sizes are limited to allow for attention to individual interests and skill development. More>>


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 Sept. 19
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, Sept. 19. The mobile unit will be on site from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 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, Oct. 3, 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 continues 
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>>


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>>


"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 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" Sept. 12
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, Sept. 12.

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.