Month: November 2016

Police Department Suspends Fingerprinting Service Until Dec. 8

Due to limited staff, the Wake Forest Police Department will not provide live scan fingerprinting service today.

The police department typically provides the service to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. at the Police Department Main Station, 225 E. Taylor St. Space is limited each week to the first 12 people to arrive and sign in.

The cost is $10 for Wake Forest residents and $15 for non-residents. Only cash and checks are accepted, but checks must be made out for the exact amount and a valid picture ID is required for identification.

Fingerprinting service will resume next Thursday, Dec. 8.

For more information, call 919-554-6150.

The Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification (CCBI) offers fingerprinting service daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fee is $15. The CCBI is located at 3301 Hammond Road, Raleigh. The telephone number is 919-856-6300.

DMV’s Mobile Driver’s License Unit Returns to Renaissance Centre Dec. 5

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, Dec. 5. The mobile unit will be on site 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 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 typically 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, Dec. 19, at 9 a.m.

Washed Out Section of Rogers Road Scheduled to Reopen Dec. 9

NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) officials say the portion of Rogers Road between Heritage Gates Drive and Hobblebush Way washed out by Hurricane Matthew is scheduled to reopen on Friday, Dec. 9, weather permitting.

The section has been closed since Oct. 8.

For more information, contact NCDOT Division 5 Resident Engineer Chad Hinnant at cdhinnant@ncdot.gov or 919-733-9499 or call the NCDOT at 1-877-DOT-4YOU (1-877-368-4968).

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“First Friday Flix” Moves to Second Friday in December

Due to the Lighting of Wake Forest on Friday, Dec. 2, the December installment of “First Friday Flix” will not take place on the first Friday of the month. Instead, the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a special “Second Friday Flix” on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.

Typically offered on the first Friday of the month, First Friday Flix features 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.

First Friday Flix movie screenings are free and open to the public. Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, are available for purchase.

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 title of each month’s film. However, here’s a hint about the Dec. 9 movie: it’s a G-rated 2004 American Christmas 3D animated musical fantasy film based on a 1985 children’s book of the same name. Written, produced, and directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film stars Tom Hanks.

To obtain the title of this movie and future films offered at the Renaissance Centre, sign up for Renaissance Centre updates via E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx or call the Special Events Hotline at 919-435-9428.

For more information, call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

Water Main Break Closes Portion of South Main Street

UPDATE: 1:30 am –South Main Street/US 1-A hasreopened. Normal traffic flow has been restored.


UPDATE: 11:50 pm

City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD) officials say crews have repaired the water main that ruptured earlier this evening along South Main Street/US 1-A in the vicinity of The Lodge at Wake Forest, 1151 S. Main St.

Over the next few hours crews will backfill the excavated area of South Main Street/US 1-A, then patch the road.

South Main Street/US 1-A is expected to reopen no later than 4 a.m. Tuesday.


City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD) officials say crews have repaired the water main that ruptured earlier this evening along South Main Street/US 1-A in the vicinity of The Lodge at Wake Forest, 1151 S. Main St.

Over the next few hours crews will backfill the excavated area of South Main Street/US 1-A, then patch the road.

South Main Street/US 1-A is expected to reopen no later than 4 a.m.

South Main Street/US 1-A in the vicinity of The Lodge at Wake Forest, 1151 S. Main St., is closed due to a water main break. It is unclear what caused the main to rupture or the number of affected residents.

Crews from the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department are working to repair the leak, but there is no timetable for when South Main Street/US 1-A will reopen.

Motorists are urged to avoid the area and find an alternate route.

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

Renaissance Centre to Host Free Storytelling Pajama Night Dec. 16

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host “Storytelling Pajama Night” on Friday, Dec. 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public, the event will feature Rags to Riches Theatre’s performance of “The Gingerbread Man.”

Storytelling Pajama Night is geared for young and school-age children but open to all ages. No registration is required, and hot chocolate will be served.

Storytelling Pajama Night is part of the Renaissance Centre’s “Arts for All” free community performance series, which is supported by United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/storytelling-pajama-night.aspx or contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566 or dhorton@wakeforestnc.gov.

Kick Off the Holiday Season This Weekend in Wake Forest

The Town of Wake Forest kicks off the holiday season this weekend with a sleigh load of yuletide events that begins with Friday’s Lighting of Wake Forest, continues with Saturday’s Downtown Holiday Open House and Wake Forest Christmas Historic Home Tour, and concludes with Sunday’s Wake Forest Children’s Choir Holiday Concert.

Area residents are invited to experience the sights and sounds of the Christmas season Friday, Dec. 2, during the annual “Lighting of Wake Forest.” Sponsored by Traditions at Heritage and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., this popular event will take place in Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St., the gateway to the Wake Forest Town Hall.

The evening’s festivities get underway at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the town’s 30-foot-tall Christmas tree by Mayor Vivian Jones, followed by Santa’s exciting arrival aboard a Wake Forest fire truck. The free event will also include musical performances by local choirs, a children’s craft activity and complimentary “Pictures with Santa” in the town hall lobby, a food drive, and free hot cocoa.

The holiday merriment continues Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. with the Downtown Holiday Open House. Discover historic downtown’s unique array of shops and restaurants, while also enjoying special offers and complimentary refreshments at participating shops and restaurants, plus live entertainment, a food drive, and fun-filled activities for kids and families.

A special addition to this year’s Lighting of Wake Forest and Downtown Holiday Open House will be a food drive to benefit the Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry.Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., will be collecting non-perishable food items during both events to help feed hungry people in our community. Collection boxes will be located in the town hall lobby throughout the Lighting of Wake Forest and the Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry collection truck will be parked along the 200 block of South White Street during the Downtown Holiday Open House. Area residents are invited to drop off non-perishable foods, including canned meats (tuna, chicken), canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, and cereal. Please note: no glass containers can be accepted. To view a complete list of needs, visitwww.triareaministry.com/donate/.

Also on Saturday, theWake Forest Historic Preservation Commission(HPC) and the Wake Forest Woman’s Club will present the 2016 Wake Forest Christmas Historic Home Tour from 1 to 7 p.m. – rain or shine.

The biennial self-guided tour will feature several Wake Forest homes and other properties decorated for the holidays andopen for viewing. This year’s event will also offer wonderful Christmas music and more.

A limited number of tickets are still available for $18 each (price includes tax) and may be purchased online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/christmashometour.aspx and at several area locations.

The weekend’s festivities conclude Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. with a special holiday concert, “Rejoice as a Child.” Free and open to the public, the performance by the Wake Forest Children’s Choir and the Northeast Piedmont Chorale (NPC) will take place at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St.

For complete information on these and other Wake Forest holiday events, including the Dec. 10 Wake Forest Christmas Parade, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Christmas.”

In addition, Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to all town-sponsored holiday events by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app’s “Christmas in Wake Forest” function. The app provides smart phone users with instant access to all the town’s 2016 holiday happenings, including the Lighting of Wake Forest, Calls from Santa, and the Wake Forest Christmas Parade – just to name a few.

IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the town’s free app by searchingfor “Town of Wake Forest” on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, orin Google Play or by scanning the appropriate QR code provided atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.

To receive email notifications concerning special events in Wake Forest, sign up for E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

Police Department Now Accepting Online Donations for Shop With a Cop

The Wake Forest Police Department can now accept Shop With a Cop donations online via PayPal at www.wakeforestnc.gov/donate-to-shop-with-a-cop.aspx.

Since 1999 the police department’s Shop With a Cop program has helped well over 400 less fortunate children in the Wake Forest area experience a joyous Christmas. The department raises money for the initiative through grants and donations from area citizens, churches, civic groups, and merchants. Now donations can be made conveniently and securely online.

This year’s Shop With a Cop holiday shopping spree is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 14. On that day approximately 30 area children will visit the Wake Forest Police Department where they will be paired with their police officer “partners.” The kids and their partners will then be transported by bus to the Wake Forest Walmart, where each child will be given a winter coat and $175 to spend on items of their choice.

Following the shopping spree, the children and their partners will be treated to a pizza party.

For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Shop With a Cop,” or contact Officer K.C. Warrenat 919-554-6150 or kwarren@wakeforestnc.gov.

Downtown Holiday Open House Dec. 3

Kick off the holiday season and discover historic downtown Wake Forest’s unique array of shops and restaurants during the Downtown Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 3, beginning at 10 a.m.

Sponsored by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., the Downtown Holiday Open House will include special offers and complimentary refreshments at participating shops and restaurants, live entertainment, a food drive to benefit Tri-Area Ministry, and fun-filled activities for kids and families.

A variety of special events and activities will be offered throughout the day at no cost, including the following:

  • Face Painting; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; The Cotton Company Event Gallery, 306 S. White St.

  • Pictures with Santa; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; The Cotton Company Event Gallery, 306 S. White St.

A special part of this year’s Downtown Holiday Open House will be a food drive to benefit the Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry.Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., will be collecting non-perishable food items to help feed hungry people in our community.

The Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry collection truck will be parked along the 200 block of South White Street throughout the day. Area residents are invited to drop off non-perishable foods, including canned meats (tuna, chicken), canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, and cereal. Please note: no glass containers can be accepted. To view a complete list of needs, visitwww.triareaministry.com/donate/.

Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry is a non-profit, non-denominational volunteer service organization serving residents ofWake Forest, Rolesville, Youngsville, and Wake County. Tri-Area Ministryserves over 750 families each month and provides 350,000 lbs. of food and other items eachyear.

The Downtown Holiday Open House is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes at 919-435-9415 or lhayes@wakeforestnc.gov.

Wake Forest Children’s Choir & Northeast Piedmont Chorale Perform Free Holiday Concert Dec. 4

The Wake Forest Children’s Choir and the Northeast Piedmont Chorale (NPC) are inviting area residents to a special holiday concert, “Rejoice as a Child,” on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. The performance will take place at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St.

The NPC, under the direction of Cindy Edwards, will present its concert of Yuletide music, while a Christmas cantata by Geoffrey Bush will be sung with the Wake Forest Children’s Choir, under the direction of Kasie Brooks. The performance will be accompanied by Alan Davis on the piano for the NPC and Kimberly Przybyl on the piano for the Children’s Choir.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.wakeforestrencen.org or call the box office at 919-435-9458.