Month: May 2016

Police Request Public’s Assistance Locating Missing Person

The Wake Forest Police Department is requesting the public’s help locating Alicia Williams, whose photo is shown.

Williams, age 28, was last seen today at approximately 7:50 a.m. in the vicinity of the Wake Forest Library, 400 E. Holding Ave.

Williams is described as a white female with a shaved head. She stands 5’6” tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds. She was last seen wearing a light pink long-sleeve shirt and blue jeans and carrying a dark-colored backpack.

Williams suffers from a cognitive impairment.

A Silver Alert has been issued.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Alicia Williams should call the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150.

Special Needs Movie Night May 20

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a Special Needs Movie Night on Friday, May 20, 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.

Due to the terms and conditions in its agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, the Renaissance Centre is not permitted to announce the title of this film to the general public. To obtain the movie title, call 919-556-7063.

The Renaissance Centre is located at 405 S. Brooks St. in the heart of downtown Wake Forest.

For more information about Special Needs Movie Night, contact Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563 or

Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park Begin May 21

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is hosting a free, monthly outdoor movie series from May through August at Joyner Park. The first in the series of “Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park” will take place on Saturday, May 21, at 8:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Traditions at Wake Forest 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 huge 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.

Due to the terms and conditions outlined in its agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, the PRCR Department is not permitted to publicize the title of each month’s film. To obtain the titles of the May 21 movie and future films offered as part of the Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park series, sign up for The Week Ahead via E-Notifier at, download the town’s app, or call 919-556-7063.

Future film screenings are scheduled for June 25, July 30, and Aug. 13. Showtime for each event is 8:30 p.m. Anyone planning to attend is urged to arrive early as viewing space may be limited.

E. Carroll Joyner Park is located at 701 Harris Road. For more information about Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park, visit and search “Family Movie Nights” or contact PRCR Events Coordinator Lisa Jacobs at 919-556-7063 or

DMV’s Mobile Driver’s License Unit Returns to Renaissance Centre May 16

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, May 16. 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, June 6, at 9 a.m.

Traffic Alert – Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass

Starting today and continuing into next week, area drivers can expect intermittent lane closures along the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass in the vicinity of Siena Drive. The closures are part of the Town of Wake Forest’s effort to extend the northern portion of Siena Drive to the bypass.

Weather permitting, the contractor will conduct a series of intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next several days along eastbound and westbound Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass.

Signage will be in place to manage traffic flow and direct motorists through the work area. Delays are expected and motorists are encouraged to take an alternate route if possible.

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

Coupon Ads for Sale in 2016-17 Wall Calendar

The Town of Wake Forest is offering local businesses the chance to advertise in its 2016-17 wall calendar.

Scheduled for publication in mid-September, the full-color 14-month calendar will include a comprehensive listing of town events scheduled between November 2016 and December 2017, along with the various holidays the Town of Wake Forest will observe during that period.

Each month will also feature the special offers of two area businesses. As a result, a limited number of coupon ad spaces are available for purchase inside the calendar for $350 each.

Advertisers may request that their offer run on a specific month in the calendar, but requests will be honored on a first come, first-served basis. Coupon ad orders must be submitted and paid in full to lock in ad space.

The deadline to reserve a coupon ad is July 15.

The town plans to print and distribute 15,000 copies of the calendar throughout our community. Town staff will also give away the calendars while they last at popular community events, including Good Neighbor Day on Sept. 18 and the Halloween Spooktacular on Oct. 27. The calendar will also be available online in digital format. To view the 2015-16 wall calendar, visit

For complete details about the 2016-17 Wake Forest Wall Calendar, including coupon ad rate information, visit or contact Marketing & Business Relations Specialist Anna Bolton at 919-435-9422 or

Tickets Still Available for Lawn & Disorder Comedy Concert

Tickets are still available for the “Lawn & Disorder Comedy Concert” at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre on Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m.

Comedians Karen Morgan and Jim Colliton join together in this hilarious show about life as we know it in the suburbs of America. Mowing grass, talking trash and better halves that make us laugh. Through stand-up comedy, storytelling, audience participation – including a crazy couples game show – Jim and Karen take the audience on a drive through their funny neighborhoods.

Tickets are $15 plus tax in advance and $18 on the day of the concert and may be purchased online at 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.

The Renaissance Centre is located at 405 S. Brooks St. in downtown Wake Forest. For more information, contact Renaissance Centre Manager Cathy Gouge at 919-435-9567 or or call the box office at 919-435-9458.

Special Needs Talent Show May 28

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will sponsor the Shining Stars Special Needs Talent Show on Saturday, May 28, at 4:30 p.m. The event will take place inside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St.

The Shining Stars Talent Show is designed to give children with special needs the opportunity to display their talents in a nurturing and inspiring environment.

Free and open to the public, this special event promises prizes, food, games and fun. Following the show, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments and interact with the talent show participants.

Anyone wishing to participate is urged to register online through May 19 at

For more information about the Shining Stars Special Needs Talent Show, contact Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563 or

Wake Forest Launches Waste Wizard to Help Residents Recycle Wiser

The Town of Wake Forest has unveiled an interactivetool on its website designed to help residents stay connected about its garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection programs.

Known as Waste Wizard and available at, the interactive tool allows users to sign up for waste collection reminders and download collection schedules.

In addition, the Waste Wizard allows users to type in key words related to disposable household materials and receive valuable disposal tips. From aluminum cans and phone books to popcorn bags and plastic beverage bottles, the search tool helps residents determine which items can be recycled and which ones should be thrown away.

As an added bonus, the Waste Wizard is also provided as a function on the Town of Wake Forest app. For more information or to download the town’s app, visit

For more information about the Waste Wizard, visit or contact Public Works Director Mike Barton at

More Volunteers Needed for Friday Night on White

Due to the overwhelming success of the first Friday Night on White concert on April 8, the Town of Wake Forest is seeking additional volunteers for each of the remaining concerts.

Presented by White Street Brewing Co., the Friday Night on White outdoor music series takes place along South White Street in downtown Wake Forest from 6-9 p.m. on the second Friday night of each month from April through September.

Well over 4,000 area residents turned out to see the Magic Pipers Band kick off the free music series on April 8. As warmer weather settles in across our area, even larger crowds are expected for upcoming concerts featuring 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.

Volunteers are needed to perform a variety of roles during each of these performances. However, volunteers are not required to check age identification.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and will receive training and a commemorative t-shirt. Civic groups and community organizations are especially encouraged to participate.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes at