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Wake Forest Mardi Gras Feb. 6
Join us for a fun-filled day in downtown Wake Forest on Saturday, Feb. 6, during the 4th Annual Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival. This family-friendly celebration is scheduled from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. and admission is free.
Promising fun-filled activities for both children and adults, the Mardi Gras Street Festival will include face painters, strolling entertainers, live music, an inflatable playground, special contests and much more. Several participating downtown merchants will also offer exceptional discounts and activities throughout the day.
One of the day’s highlights promises to be the Mardi Gras Walking Parade. The lineup will begin at 12:45 p.m. in town hall’s Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St., and the parade gets underway at 1 p.m. The parade route will extend from town hall, up East Owen Avenue, and north along South White Street before ending at the Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St. More>>
2016 State of the Town Address & Dinner Feb. 15
The 2016 Wake Forest State of the Town Address & Dinner is Monday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.
Since 2009 the Town of Wake Forest has partnered with the Wake Forest Rotary Club to sponsor the State of the Town Address and Dinner annually on the third Monday in February. The occasion offers Wake Forest citizens the opportunity to reflect on the town's list of accomplishments during the previous year and learn about its goals in the coming months.
All area residents are invited to attend Wake Forest's annual State of the Town Address & Dinner. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased online with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit card.
Anyone not interested in eating dinner is welcome to attend the State of the Town Address without purchasing a ticket. However, non-ticket buyers should arrive between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. at the conclusion of the dinner portion of the program. The mayor's address is expected to begin between 6:45 and 7 p.m. More>>
"Friday Night on White" coming in April
The Town of Wake Forest and Downtown Wake Forest, Inc., are pleased to introduce a new music series in downtown Wake Forest called "Friday Night on White."
Presented by White Street Brewing Co., "Friday Night on White" will take place along South White Street on the second Friday of each month from April through September beginning at 6 pm.
The concerts are free and will feature a variety of premier local bands.
Come join your friends and family and enjoy the music of some of our area's finest musicians while taking in the great atmosphere of Downtown Wake Forest. All concerts are free and sponsorship opportunities are available. More>>
Tickets on sale for "Yesterday & Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience"
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will present “Yesterday & Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience” on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m.
Audiences of all ages are invited to rock to the music of the Beatles in an all new interactive concert experience where the audience creates the playlist for the evening. With dead-on precision, Billy McGuigan and the band deliver the soundtrack of our lives.
Tickets are $15 (plus tax) in advance and $18 (plus tax) on the day of the event.
Bright Star Touring Theatre presents "Black History Hall of Fame" Feb. 13
Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC, will offer two free performances of “Black History Hall of Fame” on Saturday, Feb. 13.
The first performance will be at 1 p.m. at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., while the second show will be at 7 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St.
Join Bright Star for a fast-paced adventure through the Black History Hall of Fame. In just 45 minutes, audiences will be introduced to over a dozen groundbreakers and hall-of-famers that have largely contributed to shaping our nation's past, present and future. You'll see everyone from Maya Angelou and Aretha Franklin to the Buffalo Soldiers and Mae Jemison - and that's just to name a few!
Admission to each performance is free and everyone is invited.
"Rockin' the Forest" welcomes The Backsliders March 19
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre's "Rockin' the Forest" music series continues with The Backsliders on Saturday, March 19, at 8 pm.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. More>>
Special Needs Valentine Party Feb. 6
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will host a Special Needs Valentine Party on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 2-4 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St.
Featuring music, crafts, games, refreshments and prizes, this event will offer exceptional children and their families the opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a safe and accepting environment.
The cost is $5 per child, but parents and caretakers are admitted free. Pre-registration is required no later than Monday, Feb. 1. To register, visithttp://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com/.
For more information about the Special Needs Valentine Party, contact Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dream League Baseball registration continues through Feb. 29
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department will accept Dream League Baseball applications from special needs children ages five and older from Monday, Feb. 1, through Monday, Feb. 29. Designed for both boys and girls, the adaptive baseball league will operate on Saturday mornings from late-April through early-June.
All Dream League participants must be at least five years old. A player’s eligibility is determined by his or her age on April 30, 2016, and a birth certificate is required for new participants. The fee is $40 for Wake Forest residents and $80 for non-residents.
Online registration will be available beginning Feb. 1 atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/dream-league-baseball.aspx. Registration information and league rules will also be available Feb. 1 online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
Youth Baseball registration underway
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will accept applications for youth baseball, softball and T-ball for boys ages 5-17 and girls ages 5-15 from Monday, Feb. 1, through Monday, Feb. 29.
A participant’s eligibility is determined by his or her age on April 30, 2016, and a birth certificate is required for new participants. The fee is $40 for Wake Forest residents and $80 for non-residents.
Online registration will be available beginning Feb. 1 atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/youth-athletics.aspx. Team placement and draft information, along with additional registration information and league rules, will also be available online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
Adult Men's Spring Softball registration continues
Registration for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s Adult Men’s Spring Softball League will begin Monday, Feb. 1, and run through Monday, Feb. 29.
League play is scheduled to begin the week of March 14, and games will be played primarily on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Beginning Feb. 1, registration forms will be available at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., and online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/adult-athletics.aspx.
The entry fee is $550 per team, and the league is limited to Class E teams and lower.
Chief Leonard named NCDOA Executive of the Year
Wake Forest Police Chief Jeff Leonard has been named the 2016 North Carolina D.A.R.E. Officers’ Association Glen Mowery Executive of the Year. The honor is a tribute to Mowery, a retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg Deputy Police Chief who started the D.A.R.E. program in Charlotte.
The award was presented to Chief Leonard at the 25th Annual N.C. D.A.R.E. Officers’ Association (NCDOA) training conference in Atlantic Beach, NC, on Jan. 14.
Chief Leonard received the award due to his longstanding support for the D.A.R.E. program in Wake Forest and across the state.
Also during the NCDOA Conference, Officer Scott Graham was sworn in as NCDOA President for 2016.
A Wake Forest Police Officer since 2005, Graham has taught and graduated over 1,500 elementary school students during his tenure as a D.A.R.E. instructor in Wake Forest-area schools. As a D.A.R.E. mentor, he also trains other police officers to become D.A.R.E. instructors. Since 2010 he has assisted in the training of over 90 new D.A.R.E. officers in North Carolina.
Kearney earns ISA Certified Arborist Utility Specialist Certification
he Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce Tree Trimming Supervisor Jimmie Kearney has successfully completed the certified arborist utility specialist examination administered by the local chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).
Kearney earned his certification after recently passing a stringent 115-question ISA exam. The exam content is divided into the following five areas of knowledge: electric utility pruning, program management, integrated vegetation management, electrical knowledge and customer relations.
The objectives of the certification program are to improve technical competency of personnel in the tree care industry; create incentives for individuals to continue their professional development; and provide the public and those in government with a means to identify professionals who have demonstrated through a professionally developed exam that they have thorough knowledge and skill in tree care practices.
Kearney’s ISA certification is valid for three years. He will be required to obtain 36 continuing education units (CEUs) during that time to maintain his certification. In addition, as a member of the North Carolina Urban Forest Council, he will enjoy access to free or reduced rate workshops and conferences where he can obtain CEUs. More>>
Caddell Street Improvement Project underway
Barnhill Contracting Co., a contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, has begun the Caddell Street Improvement Project.
Caddell Street is currently a single lane unpaved street. Upon completion of the project, it will be a two-lane paved road with curb, gutter and sidewalk.
Weather permitting, the initiative will be completed in mid May.
During construction, Caddell Street will be closed to through traffic but access to existing residences will be maintained.
Project funding is provided by the Wake County Housing and Community Revitalization Program and the Town of Wake Forest.
For more information, contact Planning Director Chip Russell at 919-435-9511 email@example.com.
"Official Guide to Wake Forest" is here
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>>
Meet in the Street vendor applications now accepted
Here’s your chance to be a part of the 2016 Meet in the Street! The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for arts and crafts vendors, non-profits and downtown merchants for this highly-anticipated community event.
Applications are now available online and at the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. White St.
The 36th Annual Meet in the Street® festival will take place Saturday, May 7, in historic downtown Wake Forest. Presented annually by the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, Meet in the Street offers a day filled with food, fun and entertainment, including live music and children’s activities.
Festivities will include dozens of artisans' booths featuring handcrafted arts and crafts along South Taylor Street, South Brooks Street, and South White Street starting at 10 a.m. The event also will include multiple entertainment venues and a beer garden.
For sponsorship opportunities or to provide musical performances on the main stage, contact Corey Hutcherson.
Water Line Replacement Project underway along Durham Road
The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD) and Park Construction of NC, Inc., began work to replace existing water lines along Durham Road/NC 98 Business on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The initiative is part of the Richland Creek Sanitary Sewer Interceptor Project.
As part of the initiative, the portion of Durham Road/NC 98 Business from Richland Drive to South Wingate Street is reduced to one lane with alternating two-way traffic on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Although the contractor will maintain entrances and exits to local residents and their properties, delays are expected, so motorists are encouraged to take an alternate route if possible. More>>
Residents urged not to rake leaves into street
Wake Forest’s annual loose leaf collection program began in October and continues through mid-March. When preparing leaves for collection, residents are urged to rake leaves into piles behind the curb - not into the street or gutter - so they do not interfere with traffic or drainage.
In recent days Wake Forest officials have noted dozens of incidents in which residents raked or blew leaves out of their yards and into the street and gutter. Raking leaves into the streets can lead to clogged storm drains which can cause flooded streets and yards.
The practice of raking leaves into the gutter is also harmful to the environment. Rain runoff carries leaves and other yard waste in streets, ditches and storm drains through the stormwater drainage system into streams and lakes. Yard waste contains nutrients that feed unwanted algae and harm aquatic life. 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" Feb. 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, Feb. 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.
Blasting continues near Dr. Calvin Jones Highway
The City of Raleigh and Park Construction of NC, Inc., are conducting blasting and excavation operations along the Dunn Creek Greenway in the vicinity of the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98. The work is part of the Smith Creek Interceptor Improvement Project (SCIIP).
Residents who live near the greenway are advised that blasting will continue for several weeks. The blasting operations are expected to produce loud noises, but residents should not be alarmed.
Situated between the Smith Creek Soccer Center, 690 Heritage Lake Road, and the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass, the Dunn Creek Greenway will be closed until the SCIIP is complete. Read more>>
Report non-emergency issues with SeeClickFix The Town of Wake Forest has introduced a web-based program that enables residents to report quality-of-life issues and request town services through an online and mobile interface. Powered by SeeClickFix, the place-based reporting platform encourages greater civic participation by allowing residents to document neighborhood concerns and improvements alike, ranging from damaged sidewalks and potholes to graffiti and malfunctioning traffic signals.
Wake Forest Cemetery offering 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.
Operation Bridge Exchange
The N.C. Department of Transportation has scheduled four bridge replacement projects in the Wake Forest area from January 2015 through August 2016. The four bridges are located along the following roads:
The Town of Wake Forest has named the four bridge replacement projects "Operation Bridge Exchange" or OBE. To help keep area drivers informed about these initiatives, the town created a bridge replacement projects portal on its website. The OBE website is designed to connect area residents with comprehensive information about each of the four projects, including timelines, project maps and detours. By providing all of the information in one convenient location, the town aims to help reduce the impact of these projects on those who live in and travel through the affected areas.
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. Read 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. Read more>>
Flag-Raising Committee seeks names of deceased Wake Forest veterans
The Town of Wake Forest has joined with several local veterans’ organizations to introduce a monthly flag-raising ceremony honoring the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families.
A committee comprised of representatives from American Legion Post 187, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 187, VFW Post 8466, the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, Marine Corps League 1257, the Wake Forest High School JROTC and the Town of Wake Forest is soliciting the names of deceased Wake Forest veterans who may be honored during future 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 family members of deceased veterans who meet at least one of these criteria are urged to contact the Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Committee Chair Dennis Mecum at 919-327-7887.