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Bag your leaves starting March 17
The Town of Wake Forest’s loose leaf collection season ends Friday, March 14. From Monday, March 17, through Friday, Sept. 26, all leaves and grass clippings must be bagged for collection or placed inside a garbage receptacle marked ‘YW.’
Please follow these guidelines to help improve the collection process:
- Bags must be at least 13-gallons in size – the size of a standard kitchen garbage can liner
- Do not put your yard waste in grocery store shopping bags or inside your town-issued rollout garbage or recycling carts
- Do not mix in sticks, trash, rocks or other debris
- Place your bagged leaves and grass clippings at the curb by 7 a.m. on your normal yard waste collection day.
Loose leaf collection will resume Monday, Sept. 29.
For more information, visit our website or call 919-435-9570.
Parks & Recreation Department seeks sponsors for youth baseball & softball
The Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department is seeking sponsorships for its 2014 Youth Baseball & Softball season.
Over 80 teams are expected to hit the diamond this spring providing nearly 1,200 area boys and girls the opportunity to compete in a safe and fun environment. Sponsorship support is needed to help offset the total operating cost of the program and keep fees affordable for all participants.
Team sponsorship levels range from $100 to $1,600 and include an array of benefits. Contributions are tax-deductible and sponsors will be promoted throughout the spring season on players’ uniforms, program publications, and through signage and website postings on the Parks and Recreation website.
Mardi Gras Photo Contest Deadline is March 9
Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit their photos from the 2014 Mardi Gras Street Festival for the Mardi Gras Photo Contest.
The Mardi Gras Street Festival was Saturday, March 1, in downtown Wake Forest. The event included fun-filled activities for both children and adults, including face painters, a walking parade, strolling entertainers, horse and carriage rides, live music, an inflatable playground, special contests and much more.
The Mardi Gras Photo Contest offers the following five categories:
- Royalty – capture the essence of true Mardi Gras royalty
- Flavors – show us the tastes of the Mardi Gras, both literally and figuratively
- Selfie – Capture yourself in the midst of the fun!
- Kids – Exclusively for photos taken by children under the age of 14
- Colors – Display the vibrant colors of Mardi Gras
Enter as many photos and categories as you like by emailing your best photos from the festival to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and contact information within the email message. Images should be no larger than 10 MB each. The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Sunday, March 9.
YAB Coat Drive is underway
The Wake Forest Youth Advisory Board is collecting clean, gently used coats and jackets through Monday, March 31, as part of a community service project. Coats of all shapes and sizes are welcome and may be dropped off at one of several area locations.
The Youth Advisory Board’s coat drive is an easy way for area residents to pass along coats and jackets they no longer need. All donated coats will be given to the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club for distribution to local people in need.
Renaissance Centre introduces 'First Friday Flix' March 7
Beginning Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m., the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host free movie showings on the first Friday evening of each month.
‘First Friday Flix’ will feature a variety of film favorites and genres, including art, children’s 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.
Renaissance Centre launches Special Events Hotline
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is dedicated to providing quality events and entertainment our entire community can enjoy. Now the Renaissance Centre is making it easier for area residents to stay informed about its exciting array of programs and activities through a new Special Events Hotline.
Available by calling 919-435-9428, the hotline guides listeners through a menu of upcoming events and provides important information about each one.
Daylight savings begins March 9
Daylight savings time begins Sunday, March 9, at 2 a.m. Residents are urged to set clocks forward one hour before bed Saturday evening. Clocks are set ahead one hour at 2 a.m. local standard time, which becomes 3 a.m. local daylight time.
The Wake Forest Fire Department encourages residents to use the occasion to replace batteries in smoke alarms, flashlights, and weather radios.
On the first Sunday in November, clocks are set back one hour at 2 a.m. local daylight time, which becomes 1 a.m. local standard time. The next clock change will be Nov. 2, 2014.
'Operation Medicine Drop' March 15
The Wake Forest Police Department will partner with the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), Safe Kids North Carolina, and Riverkeepers of NC to sponsor Operation Medicine Drop on Saturday, March 15. The police department will host the medicine drop-off event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the ground floor meeting room of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. The room is most easily accessed via town hall’s Taylor Street entrance.
Arbor Day Celebration March 22
This year Wake Forest will once again host its Arbor Day celebration and Tree Seedling Giveaway on the same day. Both events - plus an Arbor Day Expo - are scheduled for Saturday, March 22, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. The Arbor Day Expo and Tree Seedling Giveaway will get underway at 10 a.m., while the Arbor Day ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.
As part of this year's Arbor Day celebration, the Urban Forestry Board (UFB), town staff, and volunteers will distribute 2,600 tree seedlings, including eastern red cedar, wild plum and swam chestnuts to area residents free of charge while they last.
During the expo, local organizations will offer special activities, treats, and information related to trees, gardening, and related topics.
Wake Forest Community Calendar
The Wake Forest Community Calendar is a comprehensive listing of upcoming local events submitted by non-profit groups and organizations in our area. The Town of Wake Forest provides the Community Calendar as a free service and invites local non-profits, including churches, civic clubs and other community organizations, to submit their events for inclusion on the calendar - according to our detailed submission guidelines. The Community Calendar is typically updated each week on Thursday or Friday. Event announcements received at least one week prior to the event will be included for publication in The Week Ahead. For more information, visit our website.
Mark you calendar for the following upcoming town events:
Day Park Summer Camp registration underway
The Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department will accept applications for its Day Park Summer Camp from Monday, March 3, through Friday, April 11.
Designed for boys and girls ages 6-12, the Day Park Summer Camp is a full day recreational summer camp program designed to enhance your child’s summer experiences through arts and crafts, education, nature, and recreational and sporting activities.
The camp will operate for a nine-week period from June 16 through Aug. 15, at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave. The camp is offered Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early drop-off is 7:30 a.m. and late pick up is 6 p.m.
Opening of Holding Park restrooms delayed
On Monday, March 10, the Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department will open the outdoor restrooms and water fountains at the following town parks:
Due to a recently revised construction schedule, the public restrooms at Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Ave., will open in late March or early April. The delayed opening is necessary to allow work crews sufficient time to install heating units and insulation and make other modifications to the restrooms essential to ensuring they remain accessible year-round.
From late March through April, the town will close the restrooms periodically at E. Carroll Joyner Park while crews perform similar work to ensure their year-round availability. According to Facilities Manager Mickey Rochelle, the construction schedule will allow the restrooms to be open during the April 5 Easter Egg Hunt and the first Six Sundays in Spring concert on April 27.
Carolina Puppet Theatre returns April 2
The Carolina Puppet Theatre, longtime entertainers at the former Kazoom Children’s Theatre in Raleigh, returns to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., on Wednesday, April 2, at 11 a.m.
Over 100 childen and adults attended the March 5 peformance.
The Carolina Puppet Theatre has been entertaining families for over 20 years with fast-paced, interactive performances full of mayhem. Ms. Poly and Ms. Ester, the wacky Garbardine Sisters and the star of the show, Bartlet, use story-telling, music and puppetry to make the shows a delightful experience for young children.
What Do You Think, Wake Forest?
The Town of Wake Forest has introduced an online forum for civic engagement called 'What Do You Think, Wake Forest?' The forum encourages area residents to share their thoughts and opinions important topics affecting Wake Forest. Participation is voluntary and town officials will consider the input along with all channels for participation.
Town introduces 'Wake Forest 411' video series
The Town of Wake Forest has introduced a new video series designed to educate residents on a variety of useful topics. Entitled 'Wake Forest 411' the video shorts are typically less than one minute long and concisely address a myriad of subjects ranging from proper tree care to home energy saving tips.
Available on the town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/wake-forest-411.aspx and shown on Wake Forest TV 10 , the videos offer useful information about assorted topics of interest while also introducing residents to town staff responsible for managing many town services. For example, Wake Forest 411 currently features Urban Forester Evan Keto offering tips on proper tree pruning and proper tree mulching; Energy Auditor Ronald “Skip” Parker discusses how to save money by lowering your thermostat, using space heaters wisely, and the importance of regularly placing your air filter; and Senior Human Resources Analyst Mitzi Franklin addresses the town’s employment application process.
The current menu of videos is only a small sample of what will eventually be a comprehensive video library addressing important subjects from every town department. Stay tuned as future videos on other topics will be added in the coming weeks.
Urban Forestry Board seeks nominations for Green Medal Awards
The Wake Forest Urban Forestry Board is requesting nominations for the 2014 Green Medal Awards of Excellence. The Green Medal Awards recognize individuals, groups and businesses that promote good environmental stewardship and excellence in service, while demonstrating an unwavering commitment to the enhancement of WakeForest’s urban forest.
The Town of Wake Forest has been designated as a Tree City USA for the past 34 years. This distinction is the result of the invaluable efforts of local volunteers and groups that assist with Urban Forestry Board projects aimed at improving the environment and the community. The 2014 Green Medal Awards will recognize these individuals and groups that have been instrumental in local tree issues and projects.
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre launches new website
The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce the launch of a website dedicated exclusively to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre. Located at www.wakeforestnc.gov/renaissance-centre.aspx, the site is designed as a full service portal for patrons, clients and guests to Wake Forest’s newest cultural arts and event venue.
The website includes a sleek design and user-friendly features to enhance each visitor’s experience. Useful information is systematically organized and provided in a convenient drop-down menu that includes the following topical headings:
The homepage features a prominent slideshow spotlighting several recent Renaissance Centre guests and special events, as well as the venue’s beauty and versatility. The site makes it easy to find information on the Centre’s mission, cultural programming and venue rental fees and charges, as well as opportunities to volunteer and provide individual and sponsorship support. In the coming days rental documents, downloadable floor plans and technical specifications for anyone planning an event will also be provided, along with a comprehensive listing of amenities.
NCDOT bridge replacement projects
The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has announced plans to improve four bridges in Wake Forest, one on Purnell Road that spans Horse Creek, another on West Oak Avenue that spans Richland Creek, one on Rogers Road that spans Smith Creek, and another on Forestville Road that spans Sanford Creek.
Kids in Parks TRACK Trails program
offered at Joyner Park
The Town of Wake Forest recently introduced the new Kids in Parks TRACK Trails program at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701Harris Road.
Kids in Parks provides a network of self-guided, kid-friendly hiking trails, called TRACK Trails, that connect various public lands in an attempt to get kids “unplugged,” outdoors and reconnected with nature. Each TRACK Trail provides a series of brochure led quests designed to turn an ordinary hike into a fun-filled adventure. Each TRACK Trail location is linked through the Kids in Parks website at www.kidsinparks.com. Kids who participate in the program and register their hikes on the website earn incentives designed to keep them motivated to explore nature.
Community events photo gallery
now offered on the town's website
Wake Forest is known far and wide for its wonderful array of community events. From last year's Meet in the Street and Classic Car Show to the Celebration of the Arts and the Lighting of Wake Forest, there's no shortage of fun and exciting things to do in our community.
Now we're offering you the chance to experience those memorable occasions - and many more - all over again at our special events photo gallery. Take a look and check back often as we'll continue adding galleries of photos of future events.