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2017 Friday Night on White continues with Bull City Syndicate June 9
The 2017 Friday Night on White concert series continues Friday, June 9, with Bull City Syndicate. 

The Magic Pipers kicked off the series on April 28, followed by Smile on May 12. Other bands scheduled to perform include Bull City Syndicate on June 9, Big Love on July 14, Love Tribe on Aug. 11, and Crush on Sept. 8. For more information about each band, including videos of band performances, visit our website.

Presented by White Street Brewing Co., “Friday Night on White” takes place along South White Street - typically on the second Friday night of each month from April through September. Due to Good Friday falling this year on the second Friday in April, the 2017 series got underway on April 28. The remaining concerts will take place on the second Friday of each month from now through September. Each concert begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at downtown restaurants, and a variety of food and dessert trucks will be on site during each concert in the parking lot of Fidelity Bank, 231 S. White St. and along Owen Avenue. More>>

Joyner Park to host National Trails Day June 3
The Town of Wake Forest will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

The free event will include an Environmental Education Expo featuring interactive environmental education stations. Set up throughout the park, the stations will offer both children and adults a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of nature while learning about the environment.

As part of the expo, attendees will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at a variety of living things they might encounter on the trails. More>>

Tickets on sale for 2017 Fireworks Spectacular 
Fireworks, games, live entertainment and much more await you at Wake Forest’s 2017 Fourth of July Celebration. Now in its 44th year, this community extravaganza is Wake Forest’s most eagerly-anticipated summer-time event serving up two days’ worth of fun and excitement for the entire family.

The festivities get underway with the Fireworks Spectacular on Monday, July 3, at Wake Forest High School’s Trentini Stadium, 420 W. Stadium Dr. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and admission is $5 per person. Children age six and under are admitted free.

Advance tickets to the Fireworks Spectacular are now available for purchase online at WFJuly4th.com. Anyone who purchases a ticket online will receive a print at home ticket, which must be redeemed on the day of the event for a wristband at the red tent, located at the main gate.

Beginning Monday, June 12, advance tickets will also be available for purchase at several area locations. More>>

Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park continues June 24
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is hosting a free, monthly outdoor movie series through August at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. The second in the series of “Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park” will take place Saturday, June 24, at 8:30 p.m.

Presented by Gladwell Orthodontics, Walters Insurance Agency, Inc., and Mosquito Joe of Eastern Wake County, Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park will feature a variety of family-friendly film favorites and genres, including comedies, dramas, and thrillers, all projected on a 26-foot inflatable movie screen in the park’s amphitheater.

Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and/or chairs but are reminded that alcohol, smoking and unleashed pets are prohibited.

Assorted food vendors will be on site selling snacks and refreshments. More>

Registration underway for Youth Fall Baseball & Softball
Registration began Thursday, June 1, for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s Youth Fall Baseball and Softball.

Applications for boys ages 6-16 and girls ages 6-13 will be accepted through Friday, June 30, at 5 p.m. A participant’s eligibility is determined by his or her age on April 30, 2017, and a birth certificate is required for new participants. The in-town registration fee is $40 and the out-of-town fee is $80.

Online registration is available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/fall-baseball-softball.aspx. Team placement and draft information, along with additional registration information and league rules are also provided online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Players in every league except “Rookie League” must participate in a draft to determine team placement. The PRCR will conduct drafts for each league in August and in July will contact all registrants with draft/placement information.

Team practices will begin in August and games will be played through mid-October. More>>

Wake Forest Charity Car Show June 17 
Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. is sponsoring the Wake Forest Charity Car Show on Saturday, June 17, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Produced for the benefit of several area charities, this free, family-friendly event will take place along South White Street in historic downtown Wake Forest.

Presented by Grand Sponsor Chris Leith Dodge/Ram, the exhibit will showcase vehicles of all makes and models, including muscle cars, sports cars, pony cars, classic and antique autos, street rods and trucks. The car show will also feature a ‘Take-Apart-T’ Model T assembly demonstration, the Leith Kia Monster Truck on display, and the Wake Forest Fire Department's Jaws of Life demonstration.

Admission to the car show is free and open to the public. In the event of rain, the exhibit will be rescheduled for Saturday, June 24.

Anyone wishing to enter a vehicle in the car show may register on the day of the event between 8 and 11 a.m. The vehicle entry area will be situated at the intersection of South White Street and Elm Avenue. The registration cost is $20 per vehicle.

For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Charity Car Show” or contact Downtown Development Program Assistant Lynnette Beadle at 919-435-9416 or lbeadle@wakeforestnc.gov.

HRC to host free Job Fair as part of "Juneteenth Celebration" 
The Wake Forest Human Relations Council (HRC) will host a free Job Fair on Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m.-1p.m. at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St. The event is part of the Northeast Community Coalition’s day-long Juneteenth Celebration.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. The occasion celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.

Candidates attending the HRC Job Fair will be able to speak with human resources professionals representing a variety of employers from both the public and private sectors. The goal of the event is to provide access to community agencies and businesses seeking talented candidates in a variety of employment fields.

The event is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. For more information, contact Wake Forest Human Resources Director Virginia Jones at vjones@wakeforestnc.gov.

The Juneteenth Celebration will officially get underway at 10 a.m. with a "Meet & Greet," at Taylor Street Park, 416 N. Taylor St., followed by a Freedom March at 10:30 a.m. that begins at Olive Branch Baptist Church, 326 E. Juniper Ave., and ends at Taylor Street Park, 416 N. Taylor St. The park is adjacent to the Alston-Massenburg Center.

A short program featuring remarks by Mayor Vivian Jones, Rev. Enoch Holloway, Eugene Adams, Tilda Caudle and long-time resident Evelyn Jones will round out the morning’s schedule beginning at 11:45 a.m.

The celebration, which will also include a variety of food and entertainment, will conclude at 3 p.m.

For more information about the Juneteenth Celebration, including the day’s schedule of events, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/juneteenth-celebration.aspx or contact Tilda Caudle at tilda.caudle@habitatwake.org.

Register now for Summer Day Camp 
Summer is just around the corner and the Town of Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is accepting registrations for the popular day camp for kids - “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.-5 p.m., the 10-week camp will operate from June 12 through Aug. 18 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, 2017.

The cost is $100 per week.

Summer camp fills quickly, so be sure to register early to secure your spot. Register online at http://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com/recdeskportal/. Day camp parent packets are available online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

For more information, contact Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563 or mlileton@wakeforestnc.gov.

Register now for Summer Adult Co-Rec Kickball 
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will accept team registrations for Summer Adult Co-Rec Kickball from Thursday, June 1, through Friday, June 30.

League games will be played on weeknights and Sundays from July through late August.

Online registration is available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/co-rec-kickball.aspx.

The entry fee is $225 per team, and the league is limited to participants ages 18 and older.

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

Renaissance Centre to host Dementia Awareness Series
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host a series of monthly seminars from July through September designed to raise awareness about Alzeheimer’s disease and related dementias. Each event in the Dementia Awareness Series will offer local residents the opportunity to learn about dozens of dementia-related programs, services, products and resources – all in one location.

“The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” on Thursday, July 20, will focus on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

“Effective Communications Strategies” on Thursday, Aug. 17, will offer tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about deciding when to stop driving, going to the doctor and making legal and financial decisions.

“Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors” will round out the series on Thursday, Sept. 21. 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. 

Scheduled from 9:30-11 a.m., each workshop will feature a different speaker and 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.

The Renaissance Centre is presenting the series in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association of Eastern North Carolina and Wake Forest SING as part of an effort to establish Wake Forest as a dementia-friendly community. More>>

Vendor applications now accepted for 2017 Wake Forest Home & Garden Show
The Town of Wake Forest is now accepting applications from vendors and sponsors for the 2017 Wake Forest Home & Garden Show. Presented by Mitchell Heating & Cooling, the free, two-day event will take place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12-13, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Showcasing the latest in home improvement and gardening products and services, the home and garden show will include a variety of exhibits by local home builders, contractors, specialist vendors, landscape designers, and realtors. The event will also include several free seminars.

A new addition to this year’s show will be a “Shopping Marketplace” offering local art, handmade decor and various home products for purchase throughout the two-day event.  

A variety of sponsorship opportunities and vendor booth spaces are available. Interested businesses and artists can view more information and register online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/step-1-view-booth-information.aspx.     

Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis through Friday, July 14.

The following sponsors have generously contributed to the 2017 Wake Forest Home & Garden Show: Mitchell Heating & Cooling, Champion Windows, Sunrooms & Home Exteriors, CenturyLink and The ReFab Lab.

Last year’s inaugural Home & Garden show drew approximately 2,000 visitors to the Renaissance Centre. More>>

Controlled burn exercise along Chalk Road June 8
The Wake Forest Fire Department (WFFD) will conduct a controlled burn exercise at 1117 Chalk Road, Thursday, June 8, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

No lane closures will be in effect, but heavy amounts of smoke and ash are expected.

The WFFD attempts to conduct controlled burns in a manner that minimizes smoke impact to nearby roadways and neighborhoods. Still, residents and businesses adjacent to the area are encouraged to keep windows closed during the burn.

For more information, call the Wake Forest Fire Department at 919-556-1966.

Northern Regional Center to offer free summer lunches for kids
The Wake County Northern Regional Center (NRC), 350 E. Holding Ave., will offer a free lunch program for area children while school is out this summer.

From June 20 through Aug. 10 the NRC will provide a free and nutritious lunch to kids ages 18 and younger on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The initiative is part of Wake County’s Summer Food Service Program.

Nearly 56,000 youth in Wake County are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school, according to county data. The federally funded Summer Food Service Program helps fill a need during the summer when traditional-calendar schools are on break.

Families do not have to apply or show proof of income to take part in the program.

For more information, call 919-562-6384.

Independence Day holiday schedule
The Wake Forest Town Hall and other administrative offices will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Curbside garbage, recycling and yard waste collection will also be suspended.

Wake Forest bus service, including the Wake Forest-Raleigh Express and the Wake Forest Loop, will not be provided July 4 but will resume its normal schedule Wednesday, July 5. More>>

Renaissance Centre seeking program ideas & instructors
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts is recruiting teaching artists and soliciting arts-related youth and adult course/program ideas for 2017-18.

The Renaissance Centre endeavors to develop and offer a diverse array of visual, performing and cultural arts programming for people of all ages, including classes in art, glass fusion, textile arts, theater and more. Many are the result of a local arts enthusiast expressing a desire to teach an arts-related program on their particular topic of interest.

Youth and 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 Renaissance Centre management and dependent upon facility availability. More>>

Tickets on sale for Murder Mystery Dinner "The Write Way to Commit Murder"
Tickets are on sale for the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre “The Write Way to Commit Murder” on Saturday, July 22, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St.

If you enjoy the theater intertwined with a good murder mystery, then you'll love “The Write Way to Commit Murder” performed by the Triangle-based theater troupe “It’s A Mystery.”

It's A Mystery’s interactive comedy mysteries offer fresh, creative and fun entertainment. The group’s original scripts, played out by talented actors, will challenge your brain and tickle your funny bone!

“The Write Way to Commit Murder” will be performed by It’s A Mystery’s professional troupe of seven accomplished actors who will bring to life exciting characters with colorful backgrounds and questionable motives. The sophisticated plot that ensues will provide the audience with clues to help you pin down the perpetrator or perpetrators of a dastardly deed.

Tickets are $44 (plus tax) in advance and include dinner. This performance is expected to sell out, so anyone interested in attending is encouraged to purchase their tickets early.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/tickets-events.aspx with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card. Tickets may also be purchased at the Renaissance Centre Box Office with cash, check or credit card. A processing fee will be added to the cost of any ticket purchased with a credit card. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.

Special Needs Movie Night July 28
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host Special Needs Movie Night on Friday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department, this free event will offer exceptional children and their families the opportunity to enjoy a film in a safe and accepting environment. To help ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone, the viewing area will include extra lighting, and the movie’s volume will be slightly lower.

The event’s theme is “fun without repercussions,” so audience members will be invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing.

There is no cost to participate, but a parent or caretaker must accompany each child.

Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, will be available for purchase, but attendees are invited to bring their favorite snack. More>>

Carolina Puppet Theatre returns to Renaissance Centre June 7
Carolina Puppet Theatre returns to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., on Wednesday, June 7, at 11 a.m.

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.

Using a variety of puppet styles, the characters come to life with engaging personalities and close interaction with the audience. During the storytelling segment of each show, children are selected from the audience to be the stars.

These shows are geared to children ages 3-7. Tickets are $5 per person (plus tax) and can be purchased in advance on the Renaissance Centre website at wakeforestrencen.org or at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St. On the day of the event, tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Carolina Puppet Theatre’s next scheduled appearance at the Renaissance Centre is Wednesday, July 19, at 11 a.m. More>>

Forest Moon Theater presents "The Curious Savage" June 16-18 & 23-25
Forest Moon Theater will present “The Curious Savage” June 16-18 and 23-25 at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St. Friday and Saturday showtimes are 7:30 p.m.; Sunday showtimes are 3 p.m.

Greedy children institutionalize their mother in an attempt to get their hands on the family fortune, but Mrs. Savage enjoys the last laugh in this warm comedy about sanatorium patients who are saner than people in the outside world.

Advance tickets are $15 plus tax for adults and $13 plus tax for students and seniors. These prices reflect a savings of $3 per adult and student/senior “day of” admission tickets. 

For more information, visit www.wakeforestrencen.org or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

Friday Night on White T-Shirts now on sale
Friday Night on White commemorative T-shirts are now on sale for $10 each.

Available in a variety of youth and adult sizes and styles, including a new tapered V-neck for women, the T-shirts come in dark gray and green.  

Featuring the Friday Night on White logo on the front and the 2017 band lineup and sponsors on the back, the commemorative T-shirts may be purchased with cash, check or credit card at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

T-shirts will also be available for purchase with cash or check during each Friday Night on White concert at the Information Tent in the vicinity of Shorty’s, 214 S. White St. - while supplies last.

During each concert, attendees spotted wearing a Friday Night on White T-shirt will be eligible to win a free Chick-fil-A gift card.

Area residents are encouraged to share pictures on social media of themselves, friends and family wearing their Friday Night on White T-Shirts and use #FNOW and #TOWF.

Town accepting applications for Guest Services Volunteers
The Town of Wake Forest is again recruiting friendly, outgoing volunteers to greet and help direct customers visiting Town Hall.

In November 2010, Wake Forest introduced the “Guest Services Desk” in the lobby of Town Hall. Open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., the counter is managed by volunteers who greet visitors in person and on the telephone, help direct them to their destination and perform other responsibilities as needed.

Approximately 20 area residents currently participate in the Guest Services Volunteer program. Most are recent retirees and senior adults looking for opportunities to give back to their community.

Guest services volunteers are expected to work at least two three-hour shifts per month. Volunteers must also participate in mandatory training where they will learn about guest services desk responsibilities, participate in a brief tour of town hall, and complete and submit a background check form. More>>

Wake Forest ranked among safest cities in NC 
Wake Forest is one of the safest cities in North Carolina, according to a study by the National Council for Home Safety and Security (NCHSS).

After analyzing the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report data to find the 50 safest cities in North Carolina, the council ranked Wake Forest 21st.  

For every city with a population greater than 5,000 people, the NCHSS looked at the number of violent crimes, including aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder and robbery, and property crimes, including arson, burglary, larceny theft and vehicle theft.

The NCHSS calculated the chance of violent and property crimes happening per 1,000 population to level the playing field for cities varying in size.

“We are extremely pleased to learn of the NCHSS findings,” said Wake Forest Police Chief Jeff Leonard. “One of the primary objectives of our strategic plan is to enhance the sense of safety in Wake Forest. Our high ranking suggests our residents have good reason to feel safe. That’s a testament to not only our policing efforts but also to the cooperation of our residents and their commitment to a safe community.”

Other Wake County cities and towns making the top 50 list were Holly Springs, 3; Cary, 7; Morrisville, 13; Rolesville, 17; and Garner, 41. To view the entire list, visit https://www.alarms.org/the-safest-cities-in-north-carolina-2017/.

"Walking Wednesdays in Wake Forest" is underway
The Town of Wake Forest is partnering with the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce and the Kerr Family YMCA to introduce “Walking Wednesdays in Wake Forest.” The initiative is designed to create a happier, healthier Wake Forest by encouraging area residents to get in shape, stay fit - and make new friends along the way.

Although the initiative is underway, area residents may still form walking groups in areas around town that meet at designated times on Wednesdays. Walking locations may include neighborhoods, schools, churches, parks and greenways - just to name a few.

Each walking group is encouraged to appoint a captain who will serve as the group’s official point of contact.

Walking group captains are invited to register their group by visiting the Town’s website and completing the online registration form.

As walking group registrations are received, the Town will post the walking group meeting locations online. Each posting will also include the name and email address of the walking group captain, along with the group’s meeting time as a means of highlighting the array of walking group options throughout Wake Forest. In recognition of the social advantages of walking, area residents are not limited to one walking group and may participate in as few or as many as they wish.

The “Walking Wednesdays in Wake Forest” series officially began Wednesday, May 31, and continues weekly through Wednesday, Aug. 30. Each Wednesday, walking group participants are invited to track and report their activity to their respective group captain, who will be responsible for reporting the group’s total number of “Walking Wednesday” steps. Anyone without a fitness tracker may estimate their steps. As a good rule of thumb, one mile equals 2,000 steps. More>>

Sidewalk replacement project completed along Elm Avenue 
Town of Wake Forest crews have completed a comprehensive sidewalk replacement project along Elm Avenue between South Taylor Street and South Franklin Street.

In addition to the removal and replacement of the sidewalk, the project included the removal and replacement of several trees from the slope along the north side of Elm Street, lowering the slope, and construction of a retention wall.

As part of the project, Wake Forest Power also installed new streetlights along the corridor.

Bag leaves for collection
Residents must bag for collection all leaves, pine needles and grass clippings or place them inside a garbage receptacle marked ‘YW’ (yard waste) through Friday, Oct. 13.

In addition, residents are urged to observe the following guidelines to help improve the collection process:

  • Bags may be clear or opaque but must be at least 13-gallons in size – the size of a standard kitchen garbage can liner;

  • Do not place yard waste in grocery store shopping bags or inside Town-issued rollout garbage or recycling carts;

  • Do not mix in sticks, trash, rocks or other debris;

  • Place your bagged leaves, pine needles and grass clippings at the curb by 7 a.m. on your normal yard waste collection day.

Loose leaf collection will resume Monday, Oct. 16.

Experience Wake Forest Outdoors
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. The web page 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. More>>

Wake Forest launches virtual tours of local & downtown historic districts
The Town of Wake Forest is inviting residents and visitors to explore the town’s Local and Downtown Historic Districts through two new online virtual tours. Accessible from the Town’s website and app, these virtual tours provide users a unique historical perspective of both historic districts through the use of a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Structured around interactive maps of each historic district, both tours feature photos of significant houses, buildings and other landmarks. Each point of interest also includes a brief description and professionally voiced audio clip that users can play at their own pace as they move through the respective historic district.

The Historic Preservation Fund awarded the Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission a matching grant to complete the narration portion of each virtual tour.  Financed in part with federal funding from the National Park Service and Department of the Interior, the grant was administered by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. The narration component was completed by Blueforest Studios in Raleigh, NC. 

To access the tours online, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Historic Districts.” More>>

Smart ThermostatWake Forest Power offering free smart thermostats to residential customers
Wake Forest Power is now offering Smart Thermostats to residential customers as a new way to save electricity, lower home energy bills and earn load management credits.

Through these new internet-connected thermostats, customers can manage their homes’ heating and cooling systems anywhere, anytime either online or by a mobile app.

Wake Forest Power will install the Smart Thermostat - a $300 value - at no cost.

Once the thermostat is installed, participating customers can program the comfort settings and begin earning monthly load management credits. Then, on the coldest and hottest days of each month, Wake Forest Power will remotely adjust the thermostat by a few degrees, thereby increasing the energy savings while also reducing the peak demand on our electric grid.

A Smart Thermostat is a great fit for any Wake Forest Power residential customer who owns and occupies their home, has an electric heat pump or HVAC system, and has internet access and/or a smart phone.

To learn more, or sign up, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/smart-thermostats.aspx or contact Electric Meter Supervisor Jeremiah Swann at 919-435-9574.

New video offers the "skinny" on bulk waste pickup
Wake Forest has released an informative and entertaining video on the town’s bulk waste collection program.

Produced by Kino Mountain Productions, the two-minute animated production offers a lighthearted take on an often times misunderstood government service. The video attempts to clarify several of the most common misconceptions by highlighting the town’s definition of “bulk waste,” emphasizing pickup and scheduling guidelines, and providing common examples of bulk waste items.

Produced by Kino Mountain Productions, the video is now airing throughout the day on Wake Forest TV 10 and is available on the Bulk Pickup page on the town’s website. To view the video, visit the bulk waste page on our website.

Taylor Street entrance to town hallTown expands online permit request program
The Town of Wake Forest is expanding its online permit request program to include residential room additions, renovations, decks, and screened-in porches.

The initiative invites contractors and homeowners to complete the online residential permit application and submit plans and site plans from the comfort of their home or office, then receive the permit via email.

To request a residential permit online, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/inspections.aspx and click on the “Residential 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 remit payment 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 or jcarr@wakeforestnc.gov.

Happy Dan the Magic Man
returns to Renaissance Centre June 21

Happy Dan the Magic Man will perform his one-of-a-kind magic and comedy show at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St., on Wednesday, June 21, at 11 a.m.

Everyone laughs louder when Happy Dan the Magic Man is in the house. Happy Dan has traveled the world entertaining families for more than 30 years. His hilarious family shows are regular features at Southeastern festivals, comedy clubs, banquets, trade shows, schools, and family living rooms. He is more than an entertainer. He's that slightly silly, can't-wait-to-see-him loving uncle that every child loves.  

Happy Dan's zany character recalls the fun of live television hosts from years gone by. He blends the gentleness and homespun comfort of Mister Rogers with the silly antics and storytelling of Captain Kangaroo. His talents stretch to thoroughly holding the attention of children as young as three years to golden age adults. Wherever laughter and a caring heart is needed, Happy Dan delivers!

Tickets are $5 per person (plus tax) and can be purchased in advance on the Renaissance Centre website at wakeforestrencen.org or at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St. On the day of the event, tickets may also be purchased at the door. More>>

19th Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony June 5
The public is invited to attend the 19th Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday, June 5, at 11 am, in Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St. The service will honor Graham Pope, Sr.

Members of Pope'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 by members of the Wake Forest High School JROTC.

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

Presented by local veterans’ organizations to honor the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families, memorial flag-raising ceremonies are offered monthly from April through October at 11 a.m. in Centennial Plaza.

Wake Forest Power launches
new Outage Management System 

Wake Forest Power is making it easier for customers to report electric outages and stay informed about power interruptions in their area through a new Outage Management System (OMS).

The highlight of the initiative is a new automated outage reporting telephone number: 919-761-7899.

Now customers need only to call the number and follow the prompts to quickly notify Wake Forest Power that their electricity is out. As an added bonus, customers disconnected due to non-payment who call the outage reporting number will hear an automated message explaining the reason for their electric service interruption.

When a customer calls the outage reporting number, the OMS attempts to identify the telephone number from which the customer is calling and match that number to their account. As long as Wake Forest Power has the number in its system, the OMS will recognize the customer. If Wake Forest Power does not have the number, or if the number on file is wrong, information pertaining to the customer’s account will not be found.

That’s why Wake Forest Power is asking customers to make sure they have provided accurate contact information.

“We’re asking customers to register up to two phone numbers associated with their account,” said Utilities & Public Works Director Mike Barton. “For example, they may want to consider providing their home number and a cell phone number. These telephone numbers need to be the ones they will use when they call us to report an outage.”

Wake Forest Power customers can update their outage phone numbers by calling the customer service department at 919-435-9478 during normal office hours (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Barton says having updated emergency outage phone numbers will provide on-call employees with an automatic glance at all the known information concerning a customer’s account, including name, address, account number, map number, substation, meter number and line section. When customers call to report service interruptions, this information will be provided to electric crews to ensure faster response time and enhanced troubleshooting capability.

“Once your telephone number has been tied to your account, the Outage Reporting System communicates with the Outage Management System making it possible for us to accurately pinpoint your location on our maps,” Barton explained. “This system, with the correct customer phone numbers, will result in faster response time to outages by service crews, as well as, reduce the duration of the outage time.”

WalletHub ranks Wake Forest among best places in NC to raise a family
WalletHub, a personal finance website, has recognized Wake Forest as the 9th best place in North Carolina to raise a family.

In order to help families find the best North Carolina cities for putting down roots, WalletHub conducted a study comparing 85 cities in the state across four key dimensions: 1) Family Life & Fun; 2) Education, Health & Safety; 3) Affordability; and 4) Socioeconomics. WalletHub’s analysts evaluated those categories using 21 key metrics, ranging from “number of attractions” to “median family income” to “school-system quality."

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department
unveils new promotional video

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department has released a new promotional video highlighting its array of cultural and athletic programming, parks and greenways, urban forestry initiatives, and special events.

Entitled “Creating Experiences for Everyone,” the video features PRCR Director Ruben Wall, along with several local young people and adults, discussing their favorite PRCR offerings, including youth and adult athletic leagues, Holding Park Pool, Arbor Day, Joyner Park and more.

“We are extremely proud of our new video and believe it effectively underscores our wide variety of programs and services,” said Wall. “Thanks to our staff, who recruited the young people and the adults who appeared in the video. And a special thank you to those residents who actually took part in the video. They all did a phenomenal job representing the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department and sharing with the world all that we have to offer.”

Produced by Kino Mountain Productions, the nearly three-minute video is now airing on Wake Forest TV 10 and is also available on the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources page on the town’s website. To view the video, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Parks and Recreation.”

Town urges pet owners to obey leash law
The Town of Wake Forest is encouraging local pet owners to be a good neighbor and a great pet owner by obeying Wake County’s leash law.

The town regularly receives complaints from local residents about dogs running at large – particularly at town parks. Although Wake Forest does not have an ordinance pertaining to dogs, Wake County Animal Control has jurisdiction to enforce animal control laws within the town and its park system.

Wake County Animal Control Ordinance Section 2-3-7 (A) states “It shall be unlawful for any owner to permit an animal to be at large.” Section 2-3-7 (C) further states “It shall be unlawful for any person owning or having possession, charge, custody or control of any dog to take the dog into or allow the dog to enter any public park without being at all times under the restraint of a leash unless said park is designated as a dog park.”

Any owner permitting an animal to be at large shall pay a civil penalty of $100 for the first violation.

Flaherty Dog Park, 1100 N. White St., provides a free place for dog owners to let their pets run free safely and legally without a leash. Approximately two acres in size, the park is open from dawn to dusk and located adjacent to the Flaherty Park baseball and softball fields. For more information about Flaherty Dog Park, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Flaherty Dog Park.”

To report an animal control problem, call Wake County Animal Control at 919-212-PETS (7387).

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' 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.; Downtown Wake Forest; Falls Lake; and The Factory. 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 June 19
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles’ Mobile Driver’s License Unit returns to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., on Monday, June 19. The mobile unit will be in the Renaissance Centre Grand Hall 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’s license examiner stations, the new mobile office offers all the driver’s license services provided in brick-and-mortar offices, including driving tests.

The Renaissance Centre Arts Annex typically hosts the Mobile Driver’s License Unit but ongoing renovations inside the annex will force the mobile office to relocate to the Renaissance Centre Grand Hall.

The mobile office will return to Wake Forest on Monday, July 3, at 9 a.m.

Police Department reminds residents of "Operation Safe Sale" 
The Wake Forest Police Department is nearing the two-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.

Waste Wizard helps 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.

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>>

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" June 12
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts offers free movie showings for children ages 10 and under and adults ages 50 and older on the second Monday of each month.

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 offers variety of 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.