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Magic Pipers to kick off Friday Night on White April 8
The Town of Wake Forest will launch a free outdoor music series in its historic downtown on Friday, April 8. Presented by White Street Brewing Co., “Friday Night on White” will take place along South White Street from 6-9 p.m. on the second Friday night of each month from April through September.
The Magic Pipers Band will kick off the concert series on April 8, followed by Brickhouse on May 13, The Will McBride Group on June 10, Stone Age Romeos on July 8, The Remedy on Aug. 12, and Crush on Sept. 9.
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. Food and dessert trucks scheduled to participate on April 8 include Bam Pow Chow, Charlie’s Kabob Grill on Wheels, Fuzzy’s Empanadas, King’s Philly Cheesesteaks, VFW Chuckwagon, Virgil’s Jamaica, Kona Ice, Lumpy’s Ice Cream, and Sweet Traditions.
No outside coolers will be permitted during Friday Night on White, but beer will be available for purchase. All attendees wishing to purchase beer will be required to present age identification and wear the provided identifying bracelet.
Free parking will be available along several side streets and parking lots in downtown Wake Forest and at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. More>>
Town of Wake Forest unveils new website
The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned website. The new website aligns with Goal 2 of the town’s strategic plan aimed at enhancing a connected community.
The town’s new site offers a more functional and responsive design, which means the site is resizable for any screen, including any mobile device for mobile web users.
The citizen-friendly site is American Disability Act compliant and features a prominent, modern search engine component designed to make it easier for anyone seeking information about the Town of Wake Forest.
The site also offers improved navigation menus, friendly URLs, embedded photo galleries and videos, social media integration, online forms and payment ability, interactive maps featuring dining options and places of worship, mobile phone/tablet accessibility, and printer-friendly pages. More>>
Register for NCRPA Recre8 5K through April 14
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department and the Recreation Advisory Board will join with 13 parks and recreation departments across our state to host a North Carolina Recreation & Park Association (NCRPA) Recre8 5k on Saturday, April 16. Check-in on the day of the race starts at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9:30 a.m. This family-friendly event will start and finish at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.
Registration is available online through April 14. The entry fee is $45. Registrations will not be accepted on the day of the race.
Designed to raise awareness of parks and recreation in North Carolina and raise funds to support the advancement of recreation in our state, the NCRPA Recre8 5k is an untimed race for both children and adults. More>>
Six Sundays in Spring begins April 24
Bring the kids, friends, a picnic and a blanket and settle in for some foot-tapping, finger-snapping good times! The 2016 Six Sundays in Spring concert series
will be held on consecutive Sundays from April 24 through May 29.
Sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS,these free concerts get underway at 5 p.m. and take place at the E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater, 701 Harris Road.
This year's concert lineup will include April 24 - Boneslinger; May 1 - EG Peters Band; May 8 - Affirmative Groove; May 15 - The Johnny Folsom 4; May 22 - Faol Liath; and May 29 - JamRock. More>>
Springtime happenings easy to find on town's website
Wake Forest welcomes spring by offering a wonderful array of warm weather events and activities for the entire family.
From the Carnival for the Kids and Easter Egg Hunt to National Trails Day and the Wake Forest Charity Car Show, springtime in Wake Forest is jam-packed with fun-filled, outdoor events guaranteed to help you shake the winter blues.
To help inform area residents about all these upcoming events, the town has created a “Wake Forest Outdoors” portal on its website. Wake Forest Outdoors provides detailed information about our area’s most popular springtime happenings, along with new events, including Friday Night on White and Midday Music at Miller. Offering dates, times, locations, event descriptions and more, the portal is a useful resource for anyone planning to take advantage of Wake Forest’s variety of warm weather activities.
Wake Forest accepting applications for Youth in Government Advisory Board
The Town of Wake Forest is currently accepting applications from area high school students who are interested in serving on the Youth in Government Advisory Board (YGAB) for the 2016-17 school year.
Applications are available in the town clerk’s office at town hall and on the town’s website. Completed applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. Friday, May 6, and should be mailed or delivered to Town Clerk Deeda Harris, Town of Wake Forest, 301 S. Brooks Street., Wake Forest, NC 27587.
Only high school students (grades 9-12) are eligible to serve on the YGAB, including rising ninth graders. YGAB members’ terms end upon graduation.
The YGAB is comprised of between nine and 15 members. At least three can live outside the corporate town limits.
For more information, contact Deeda Harris.
Tickets on Sale for “Pirate School! Follow Your Compass”
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will present three performances of “Pirate School! Follow Your Compass” on Thursday and Friday, April 14-15. Show times are Thursday at 10 a.m. and Friday at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
“Pirate School! Follow Your Compass” has been described as “the most fun anti-bullying, swashbuckling adventures ever!”
This riotous solo variety show created by David Engel, allows kids ages 4 and up the chance to live the dream of the Golden Age of the Buccaneer while promoting everyday polite and social courage. The show features eye-popping puppetry, adept magic, a misbehaving cannon and the world's coolest wearable pirate ship. More>>
Shred-It Event April 15
The Town of Wake Forest is offering area residents and businesses the opportunity to protect themselves from identity theft and dispose of confidential documents in an environmentally responsible way by hosting a free “Shred-It” event on Friday, April 15. The event will take place from noon to 7 p.m. – or until the shred truck is full - in the parking lot of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.
There is a limit of four “banker-box” sized boxes or four large bags of paper per household or business and a limit of one trip per household.
The shredded paper will be recycled, so participants are urged to help reduce contamination by removing all non-paper materials in advance, such as plastic binders, plastic folders and metal tabs.
Items that can damage the equipment will not be accepted. Prohibited items include wet or moist paper, hanging file folders, books (hardback or paperback), credit cards, photographs, film, DVD’s and other metals (other than staples or paper clips), boxes, batteries, computer disks or other electronic media.
Junk mail does not need to be shredded. Residents and businesses are urged to recycle junk mail in their town-issued recycling cart. More>>
2016 Arbor Day Expo & Tree Seedling Giveaway April 23
The Town of Wake Forest will host its annual Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, April 23, in the vicinity of the E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater, 701 Harris Road. The festivities will include the Arbor Day Expo and Tree Seedling Giveaway from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and a formal ceremony at 12:30 p.m.
During the tree seedling giveaway, Urban Forestry Board (UFB) members, town staff and volunteers will distribute 1,000 seedlings to area residents. Seedling varieties to be given away include Virginia Pine, Chickasaw plum, yellow poplar, crabapple, and white oak. Volunteers will be available to help residents decide which seedlings grow best in their respective yard conditions.
The Arbor Day Expo is a family-friendly event featuring a variety of service-oriented civic groups, nonprofit organizations and other local associations that promote proper tree care, environmental stewardship and community service. More>>
Traffic signal installation underway at Rogers Road/Marshall Farm Street intersection
The installation of the traffic signal at the intersection of Rogers Road and Marshall Farm Street is underway and should be completed by mid-April.
The concrete foundations for the new traffic signal have been poured and crews are installing the poles and wiring.
Weather permitting, the new traffic light will be activated by early to mid-April.
The traffic signal is expected to help ease congestion and ensure safe access from Marshall Farm Street onto Rogers Road.
Chamber of Commerce set to host Senior Lifestyle Expo April 12
The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce and Carillon Assisted Living of Wake Forest will present a Senior Lifestyle Expo on Tuesday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Richland Creek Community Church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road.
If you are age 50+ or have a relative who could benefit from learning about services available to them in our community, make plans to attend the inaugural Senior Lifestyle Expo. The expo It will feature 50+ booths, informative speakers, demonstrations and performances, health screenings, complimentary refreshments, door prizes and giveaways, and more.
10:15-10:45 am: Senior Recreation Opportunities presented by Town of Wake Forest Parks and Recreation
10:50-11:20 am: Travel and Packing Tips presented by AAA of Wake Forest
11:25-11:55 am: Exercising with Osteoarthritis presented by Allied Rehab
12:00-12:30 pm: Demystifying Dementia: What Everyone Needs to Know, presented by the author of “Meet Me Where I Am – An Alzheimer’s Care Guide”
12:35-1:05 pm: Eating for Energy presented by Infinite You Health and Wellness
1:10-1:40 pm: Fraud Protection for the Elderly presented by the Wake Forest Police Department
While you’re at the Expo, make sure to register to win a prize. Complete the Expo Passport to be entered in the grand prize drawing, and/or attend a presentation and be entered to win a prize after each presentation. Prizes include a weekend trip to Asheville with Biltmore House tickets provided by AAA of Wake Forest, tickets to DPAC and The Renaissance Centre, Massage Envy gift cards, tickets to the Mad Hatters Tea Party, a kayak, and more.
Jason Cannon named new Economic Development Director
Wake Forest Town Manager Kip Padgett recently named Jason Cannon as the town’s new Economic Development Director. Cannon is the first person to hold the position since the town assumed economic development responsibilities from the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce earlier this year.
As Wake Forest’s Economic Development Director, Cannon will oversee the town’s efforts to promote economic growth and the creation of jobs within Wake Forest. He will help recruit new industries, support existing businesses, and expand local employment opportunities. He will also manage one part-time staff person. More>>
PRCR seeking program ideas & instructors
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is recruiting instructors and soliciting youth and adult course/program ideas for the Fall 2016/Winter 2017 Season.
Wake Forest PRCR offers a wide variety of recreation classes and activities year round. Many of the classes and workshops the department currently offers exist because a local enthusiast expressed the desire to teach a program on a particular topic of interest.
Adult offerings may involve one night workshops, active classes or unique programs. Instructors set their own class schedules, title, content and topic subject to the approval of the Recreation Superintendent and dependent upon facility availability.
Youth programs may be offered on a weekly basis or as one-time workshops in fitness, sports, arts, nature and enrichment. More>>
Wake Forest wins Award for Excellence in erosion & sediment control
The Town of Wake Forest Engineering Department recently received one of two top statewide awards presented by the NC Sedimentation Control Commission. The awards program has two categories based on staff size, with Wake Forest winning the top award for programs with more than three full-time staff members.
Wake Forest received the honor during the March 23 Local Programs Workshop and Awards Banquet at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts. The annual workshop brings together delegates from each of the local programs throughout the state and specializes in training and discussion of erosion and sediment control issues in North Carolina.
The NC Sedimentation Control Commission sponsors the awards program to recognize the value of local erosion and sedimentation control programs in reducing sediment pollution in our waters. More>>
DMV's Mobile Driver's License Unit Returns April 18
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, April 18. The mobile unit will be on site from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The new compact mobile office is part of Governor Pat McCrory’s 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, May 2, at 9 a.m.
May is Building Safety Month
Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.
The campaign is presented by the International Code Council and its 57,000 members worldwide along with a diverse partnership of professionals from the building construction, design and safety community. Corporations, government agencies, professional associations, nonprofits and more come together to support Building Safety Month because they understand the need for safe and sustainable structures where we live, work and play.
In recognition of the need for safe and sustainable structures where we live, work and play, the Town of Wake Forest Inspections Department is a proud supporter of Building Safety Month. The Inspections Department will sponsor several events and activities throughout May to bring attention to the importance of ensuring safe and sustainable structures.
James Warren honored as Main Street Champion
Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. board member and local attorney James Warren was recognized as a 2015 Main Street Champion during the 2016 N.C. Main Street Awards Conference in Goldsboro on March 18.
Altogether, 37 individuals from across North Carolina received honors for their contributions last year. This year’s group of Main Street Champions brings the total number to 603 since Champions were first named in 1980 as part of N.C. Main Street’s 20th anniversary celebration.
Bond refinancing to save Wake Forest nearly $400K
The Town of Wake Forest will net nearly $400,000 in interest savings through a general obligation bond refinancing recently approved by the board of commissioners.
During the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners meeting on Feb. 16, Finance Director Aileen Staples presented options for improving the interest rate on $5 million in bonds remaining on the town’s 2006 General Obligation Public Improvement bonds. The current interest rates on the bonds range from 3.6 to 4 percent.
As part of the process Davenport & Company LLC, the town’s financial advisor, distributed a Request for Proposals to secure a bank commitment for the refinancing. In response the town received seven bids with interest rates ranging from 2.05% to 2.97%.
During the Feb. 16 meeting, the board approved accepting the proposal from Pinnacle Public Finance with a rate of 2.05%. The rate reduction is expected to create a net present value savings of $367,516. 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 Mid-Day Music at Miller.
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>>
Summer Day Camp registration now open
Summer is just around the corner and the Town of Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is now accepting registrations for Camp Nahele.
Designed for children ages 6-12, Camp Nahele ("nahele" means "forest" in Hawaiian) is a full-day recreational summer camp program designed to enhance your child’s summer experiences through arts and crafts, education, nature, recreational and sporting activities.
Offered Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the 10-week camp will operate from June 13 through Aug. 19 at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave. Early drop-off is 7:30 a.m. and late pick up is 6 p.m. Participants must be at least six years old on or before June 1, 2016.
The cost of the camp is $100/week. 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>>
"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 May 7
The 36th Annual Meet in the Street® festival will take place Saturday, May 7, from 10 am to 5 pm 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>>
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" April 11
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, April 11.
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.
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. 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>>