Month: March 2017

Girls’ Youth Volleyball Registration Begins April 1

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will accept youth volleyball applications for girls ages 9-16 from Saturday, April 1, through Sunday, April 30.

A participant’s eligibility is determined by her age on Sept. 1, 2017. A birth certificate is required for new participants. The fee is $40 for Wake Forest residents and $80 for non-Wake Forest residents.

Team practices will begin in May. From June through July teams will likely play two games per week, Monday through Saturday, at the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St., and local school gymnasiums.

Online registration is now available at

PRCR is pleased to again partner with Triangle Volleyball Club for coach and player instruction and league management.

For more information, contact Athletic Programs Specialist Meghan Hawkins at 919-435-9457 or

Still Time to Register for Lawn Care 101

A limited number of seats are still available for the the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s first-ever “Lawn Care 101” Workshop. The session will be offered Wednesday, April 5, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Wake Forest Town Hall Ground Floor Meeting Room, 301 S. Brooks St. The meeting room is most easily accessed via town hall’s Taylor Street entrance.

Park Maintenance Superintendent Josh Glover will lead the introductory workshop. Geared to homeowners, the “how-to” session will emphasize warm season turf management and address issues related to establishing and caring for your lawn.

An N.C. State graduate with a degree in Turfgrass Science, Glover has 10 years turf management experience involving everything from parks and golf courses to professional baseball and football sports turf, including Bank of America Stadium.

There is no cost to participate, but registration is required at

For more information, contact Josh Glover at 919-554-6184 or

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 adultsizes 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 checkduring 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 the hashtags #FNOW and #TOWF.

The Magic Pipers will kick off the 2017 Friday Night on White concert series on April 28, followed by Smile on May 12, Bull City Syndicate on June 9, Big Love on July 14, Love Tribe on Aug. 11, and Crush on Sept. 8.

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 will get underway on April 28. The remaining concerts will take place on the second Friday of each month from May through September. Each concert begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

A special thanks to this year’s Friday Night on White sponsors: White Street Brewing Co., iHeart Media, Gladwell Orthodontics, McPherson Family Eye Care, Mitchell Heating & Cooling, Capital Powersports, Sam’s Club, Wells Family Dentistry, Nu Image Surgical & Dental Implant Center, The Wake Forest Weekly, The Rolesville Buzz, The News & Observer, Back Alley Coffee Roasters, Pro Audio & Light, Coastal Credit Union, Dirty Dogs Spa, Wake Forest Acoustical Corporation, B&W Hardware, Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital, Pure Line Plumbing, Sole Dimensions, Break Through Physical Therapy, Lowes Foods, Stanley Martin Homes, Birkner Insurance, Chick-fil-A of Wake Forest, Circa Magazine, 27587 Magazine, Fidelity Bank, Carillon Assisted Living of Wake Forest, Candlewood Suites, Rainbow Child Care Center, Heritage Urgent & Primary Care, Heritage Med Spa and Ads ‘n Art.

Last year’s inaugural concert series attracted well over 50,000 visitors to downtown Wake Forest. Friday Night on White aligns with Goal 1 of the town’s Strategic Plan: Stimulate Economic Development.

For complete information about Friday Night on White, visit and search “Friday Night on White.”

Friday Night on White is a Wake Forest Live event. For a complete listing of upcoming Wake Forest Live concerts and performances, visit and search “Wake Forest Live” and like us on Facebook at

Wake Forest to Host Free Paper Shredding Event April 24

The Town of Wake Forest is offering area residents and businesses the opportunity to protect themselves from identity theft and dispose of confidential documents in an environmentally responsible way by hosting a free paper shredding event on Monday, April 24. The Shred-It Event will take place from noon to 6:30 p.m. – or until the four Shred-it trucks are full – in the parking lot of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

There is a limit of four “banker-box” sized boxes or four large bags of paper per household or business and a limit of one trip per household.

The shredded paper will be recycled, so participants are urged to help reduce contamination by removing all non-paper materials in advance, such as plastic binders, plastic folders and metal tabs.

In addition, items that can damage the equipment will not be accepted. Prohibited items include wet or moist paper, hanging file folders, books (hardback or paperback), credit cards, photographs, film, DVD’s and other metals (other than staples or paper clips), boxes, batteries, computer disks or other electronic media.

Junk mail does not need to be shredded. Residents and businesses are urged to recycle junk mail in their Town-issued recycling cart.

In response to the incredible turnout for the Town’s 2016 Shred-It Event and the feedback provided by participants, organizers will implement the following changes during the April 24, 2017, event:

  • Four Shred-it trucks will be onsite to accommodate area residents.Once those trucks are full, the paper shredding event will be over.

  • A drive-thru system will be implemented in the Renaissance Centre parking lot to help ensure a smoother drop-off experience. Participants will be directed to enter the parking lot via Elm Avenue and exit via South Brooks Street. An illustrative map of the drive-thru system is provided on the Town’s website.

  • Volunteers will be available to assist residents dropping off boxes and bags of paper.

For more information, visit

Tickets Still Available for “Wake Up Wake Forest”

The Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce will present the second program in the series of “Wake Up Wake Forest” information seminars on Tuesday, April 4, at 7:30 a.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Long-time Planning Director Chip Russell will be the featured speaker. His presentation, “Managing Growth in Wake Forest,” will highlight the various tools the Town utilizes to manage high demographic growth, while striving to maintain Wake Forest’s small town character.

The April 4 program will also include a significant question and answer period in which Russell will respond to questions and comments submitted by area residents.

The public is invited to attend, including both Chamber and non-Chamber members. Tickets are $10 each (plus tax), including breakfast, and available for purchase online at and at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St.

Russell’s presentation will be recorded and replayed on Wake Forest TV 10. Beginning Monday, April 10, the presentation will air daily through May at 8 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. It will also be provided in streaming video on the Town’s website at

WFTV 10 is the Town of Wake Forest’sgovernment accesschannelserving the residents of Wake Forest. WFTV 10 isproduced by the Town’s Communications Department and available to residents and businesses that subscribe to Spectrum (formerly Time-Warner) Cable TV service. The information channel operates 24 hours per day and provides a variety of information aboutprograms, services and special events sponsored by the Town of Wake Forest.

Wake Up Wake Forest is offered through a partnership between the Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce. Designed to keep area residents up to date on issues affecting our community, the information series also connects attendees with local political, business and civicleaders. Each session takes place at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre at 7:30 a.m. and features a renowned expert discussing a popular topic of interest.

The next installment of Wake Up Wake Forest is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 12, and will feature Joe Milazzo, Executive Director of the Regional Transportation Alliance, discussing “Transit’s Impact on the Business Community.”

For more information, visit or call the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce at 919-556-1519.

Wake Forest Town Hall to “Light It Up Blue” for Autism Awareness

Beginning at dusk on Sunday, April 2, the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., will be illuminated in blue to commemorate “Light It Up Blue.”

Sponsored by Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, the Light It Up Blue (LIUB) campaign helps raise awareness for Autism Awareness Day, Autism Awareness Month and the more than 70 million people worldwide living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

In addition, LIUB helps increase understanding and acceptance of autism, celebrates and recognizes the unique talents and skills of people with autism, and brings attention to the needs of people with autism. In honor of this important initiative, thousands of iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges, and retail stores around the world take part in LIUB to show their support of people with autism.

Throughout April, Wake Forest area residents can lend their additional support by getting involved in four key ways:

  • Post a picture of yourself in front of Town Hall on social media and use the hashtags #LIUB #LightItUpBlue #TOWF.

  • Illuminate: Change your white bulbs to blue. Light up your home, business, school, place of worship or website to show your support.

  • Wear a blue t-shirt, scarf, tie, etc., and ask your friends, coworkers or classmates to do it too!

  • Turn your Facebook or Twitter profile picture blue.

For more information about Light It Up Blue, visit or contact Special Needs Recreation Specialist Kelly Schurtz at 919-556-7093

Sidewalk Replacement Project Underway Along Elm Avenue

Town of Wake Forest crews have initiated 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 will include removing and replacing several trees from the slope along the north side of Elm Street, lowering the slope, and building a retention wall.

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

The initiative will not affect traffic, but pedestrians will be required to use an alternate route.

Weather permitting, the project will be completed by early June.

For more information, contact Street Superintendent Ronald Moore at 919-435-9578.

Public Meeting to Address Grade Separation Projects Along CSX Railroad Set for March 30

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will host a public meeting concerning the proposed construction of several grade separation projects along the CSX S-Line Railroad in Wake Forest on Thursday, March 30. Scheduled from 4-6 p.m., the session will take place in the Town Hall Ground Floor Meeting Room, 301 S. Brooks St. The meeting room is most easily accessed via the facility’s Taylor Street entrance.

Grade separations are proposed along the CSX S-line in Wake Forest at Rogers Road (S.R. 2052) and Ligon Mill Road (S.R. 2044). The projects are intended to improve the safety and efficiency of the overall transportation network.

The March 30 meeting will have an informal, open house-style format, so residents may drop in anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. No formal presentation will be offered, but NCDOT representatives will be on hand to answer questions and listen to comments regarding the project.

The opportunity to submit written comments will also be provided at the meeting or via phone, email or mail by May 1, 2017. Comments received will be taken into consideration as the project develops.

For more information, contact NCDOT Rail Project Development Manager at 919-707-4716 or

Tickets Still Available for The Blackpack’s “All Laughs Matter” Comedy Concert

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will present the “All Laughs Matter” Comedy Concert on Saturday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are $15 plus tax for adults and $13 plus tax for seniors and available for purchase online at with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card. Tickets may also be purchased at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St., 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.

Presented by The Blackpack, the concert will feature all-star headliners Vince Morris, BT and Bill D. Washington – all on one stage – hilariously chipping at the walls of racial and social stereotypes. Simultaneously hilarious and thought-provoking, The Blackpack celebrates our differences, one joke at a time.

Adding to the fun is a Q&A portion of the show, “Everything you ever wanted to ask a black man but were afraid to ask.” Their motto: Be yourself. Because everybody else is taken.

The show is rated PG due to possible mature content.

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

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D.R.I.V.E. for Success Men’s Workshop April 22

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will sponsor the D.R.I.V.E. (Dedication, Reach, Innovative, Vision, Endurance) for Success Men’s Workshop on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

Designed for young men ages 10-18, the free workshop will be hosted by Wake Forest Commissioner Anne Reeve and PRCR Director Ruben Wall and focus on a variety of topics of importance to young men.

The event is free and a continental breakfast will be provided.

A limited number of seats are available. Pre-registration is required at

For more information, contact Lisa Jacobs at 919-556-7063 or