Month: April 2018

Women’s Self-Defense Class May 15 at Joyner Park

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will offer a free self-defense class for women Tuesday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

Instructors from Krav Maga Raleigh will teach participating women a variety of techniques to avoid danger and defend themselves if necessary. Krav Maga is a no-nonsense system that focuses on the most practical and instinctive methods to get you out of harm’s way.

Attendees will be required to sign a waiver, so anyone planning to attend should arrive 10-15 minutes early.

Participants are encouraged to wear workout clothes and athletic shoes – but no jewelry – and bring water.

For more information, contact Special Events Coordinator Suja Jacob at 919-556-7063 or

Puppets in the Plaza May 11

The Grey Seal Puppets will present “A Tangle of Tales” highlighting “The Frog Prince,” “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” and “The Three Little Pigs” on Friday, May 11, at 5 p.m. Each story will come to life through a different style using a variety of puppets.

Free and open to the public, the performance will take place in Centennial Plaza, the gateway to the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., prior to the start of Friday Night on White.

As an added bonus, Saving Grace Pet Rescue will be onsite in celebration of National Pet Week.

“A Tangle of Tales” is part of the Wake Forest 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, call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

Church Co-Rec Adult Softball League registration is underway

Registration for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s Church Co-Recreational Adult Softball League is underway and continues through Thursday, May 31.

Online registration is available at Registration information is also provided at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

League play is scheduled to begin in mid-June, and games will be played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings through August. The entry fee is $550 per team.

For more information, contact Athletics Specialist KP Kilpatrick at 919-435-9457 or

Heritage Elementary & Middle schools to participate in Bike to School Day May 9

The Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Police Department are pleased to join Heritage Elementary and Heritage Middle schools, along with NC Safe Routes to School, on Wednesday, May 9, for a special event commemorating National Bike to School Day.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m., participating students from both schools will assemble at Smith Creek Soccer Center, 690 Heritage Lake Road, to turn in their signed waiver forms. Then, at 7:45 a.m., all participants, along with several Wake Forest Police bike patrol officers, will depart for Heritage Elementary and Middle schools via the Smith Creek Greenway. All students are scheduled to arrive at their respective schools by 8 a.m.

A limited number of loaner bikes and bike helmets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be reserved by completing the online registration form. Additionally, parents and guardians of participating students must complete and submit a signed waiver form. Both the downloadable waiver form and the online registration form are available at

NC Safe Routes to School is a program that enables and encourages children to walk and bicycle to school. While endeavoring to make walking and bicycling to school a safe and more appealing transportation option, the initiative also facilitates the planning, development and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of school.

For more information, contact Transportation Planning Manager Suzette Morales at 919-435-9512 or

“May Month of Fitness” set to begin this week

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is partnering with Camp Gladiator, Zumba Fitness and Z-Fitness with Jacque, Inc. to offer a free fitness series in May.

Free and open to area residents of all ages, “May Month of Fitness” will consist of Camp Gladiator on Mondays (May 7, May 14, May 21 and May 28) and Zumba on Thursdays (May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24 and May 31). Each will be offered on their respective nights from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

Camp Gladiator is an adult fitness boot camp that promises a motivating and challenging environment where men and women of all ages and fitness levels can push themselves. Participants should expect a total body workout. A typical session could include interval training, sprint and agility drills, stations, plyometrics, body weight strength drills, cardio mix, and much more. Camp Gladiator is designed to increase your functional strength, speed, stamina and – most importantly – deliver results.

Camp Gladiator participants are encouraged to bring a mat and water.

On Thursdays, instructor Jacque Allen will lead all ages of attendees in Zumba – a Latin-inspired, easy to follow calorie-burning dance-fitness party.

Zumba participants are encouraged to bring water.

All Camp Gladiator and Zumba classes offered as part of the May Month of Fitness are free and require no registration.

For more information, contact Special Events Coordinator Suja Jacob at 919-556-7063 or

Town announces new policy for fence permits

Beginning Tuesday, May 1, the Town of Wake Forest will no longer require fence permits for residential dwellings.

Residents planning to install a fence on their property (single family home or townhouse) will only be required to obtain a fence permit if they have an easement on their property and wish to encroach upon the easement.

Fence permits for anyone requiring an encroachment may submit the permit online via the Town’s Electronic Plan Review portal at

The fee for a fence permit is $100.

Uses that will continue to require a fence permit include neighborhoods wishing to install a fence on common area, apartment complexes and non-residential uses.

For more information, visit or call Community Development at 919-435-9510.

25th Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony to honor Roger Gross

Area residents are invited to the 25th Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday, May 7, at 11 a.m. The program will take place in Centennial Plaza, in front of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

The May 7 service will honor Roger Gross, who served his nation in the U.S. Marine Corps. Members of Gross’ family will participate in the ceremony, which will include patriotic songs, special remarks, a memorial wreath laying and the ceremonial flag-raising. After raising the American flag, the Wake Forest Fire Department Honor Guard will raise the U.S. Marines service flag in recognition of the military branch in which Gross served. Both flags will fly in Centennial Plaza throughout May.

Photographs and other remembrances of Crawford will also be displayed in Centennial Plaza during the ceremony, then in the Town Hall lobby through the end of the month.

Presented by several local veterans’ organizations to honor the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families, memorial flag-raising ceremonies are scheduled in Centennial Plaza at 11 a.m. – typically on the first Monday of each month from April through October.

The services are provided at no cost and intended solely to honor departed veterans and their families.

The Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Committee solicits the names of deceased Wake Forest veterans who may be honored during future 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.

For more information, including the complete 2018 Memorial Flag-Raising schedule, visit and search “Memorial Flag Raising” or contact Pete Lambert at 919-529-3018 or

Bicycle Safety Fair May 5

May is Bike Safety Month andthe Town of Wake Forest is helping to raise awarenessabout the importance of safe bicycle use by sponsoring a free Bicycle Safety Fair on Saturday,May 5. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and will take place in Town Hall’s Brooks Street parking lot, 301 S. Brooks St. As an added bonus, this year’s safety fair is being offered as part of the 38th Annual Meet in the Street.

Facilitated by the Wake Forest Planning Department, the Bicycle Safety Fair isdesigned to teach safe bicycle riding skills to childrenagesfive to14 and their parents. Participants will be taughtsafe riding techniques through an obstacle course that re-creates real-life situations. The course illustrates the proper way for cyclists to scan for automobiles, develop correct riding techniques, utilize intersection safety tips and avoid road hazards such as tree limbs, pot holes and rocks.

On the day of the event a parent or legal guardian will be required to signa waiver for their child or children to participate. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bicycles and helmets as free bicycle inspections will be offered at the start of the obstacle course. Loaner helmets and bicycles will also be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Participants and parents will also learn how to fit helmets properly and opportunities will be provided throughout the day to earn a free helmet.

At this year’s event, adult participants will enjoy learning the ABC’s of bicycling; preparing your bike to be road ready, proper bike clothing, and safety tips and techniques.

Bike-Walk-Run Wake Forest maps will also be available during the Bicycle Safety Fair. The free map highlights bicycle routes in Wake Forest and ranks them according to level of experience from ‘beginner’ to ‘experienced.’ The rankings are based on feedback the Town received from area cyclists through a 2015 survey and focus group.

Volunteers are needed on the day of the fair to assist in a variety of roles. Several volunteer shifts are available, and volunteers may sign up for more than one shift – but registration is required. The Bike Fair offers a great opportunity for local students to earn community service hours. For more information or to register to volunteer, visit or contact Transportation Planning Manager Suzette Morales at 919-435-9512 or

Wake Forest Children’s Choir to perform free concert May 8

The Wake Forest Children’s Choir is inviting area residents to a special spring concert, “Tell Me a Story,” on Tuesday, May 8, at 6 p.m. The performance will take place at the Wake Forest United Methodist Church, 905 S. Main St.

Comprised of children of all racial, cultural, religious and economic backgrounds, the Wake Forest Children’s Choir will present an evening of favorite songs under the direction of Kasie Ryan Brooks.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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

“Building, Electrical & Deck Safety Month Kick-Off” April 28

May is Building Safety Month, Electrical Safety Month and Deck Safety Month, and the Wake Forest Inspections Department is launching these observances with a “Building, Electrical & Deck Safety Month Kick-Off” on Saturday, April 28. The free event will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Town & Country Hardware, 910 Gateway Commons Circle.

The kick-off event will include free hot dogs (while they last), games and prizes. Inspections staff will also be on hand throughout the occasion to answer questions about building, electrical and deck safety and the building permit process.

Area residents are invited to come out and learn about the services the department offers, includingOnline Plan Review and Express Residential Plan Review. Attendees may also talk one-on-one with Town inspectors about building safety, codes and inspections as they pertain to common residential projects, such as decks, kitchen and bath remodels, and screened porches.

In addition to the April 28 kick-off, the Inspections Department will help raise awareness of building, electrical and deck safety in Wake Forest by participating in the May 5 Meet in the Street.

During the April 17 Board of Commissioners meeting, Mayor Vivian Jones read a proclamation declaring May as Building Safety Month. As part of the month-long observance, the Inspections Department will offer informational displays, videos and brochures in the ground floor lobby of Town Hall. In addition, area residents are invited to stop by Town Hall during normal business hours to speak with Inspections staff.

Building Safety Month is sponsored by the International Code Council, a membership organization dedicated to building safety and fire prevention. The International Code Council develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools.

For more information, visit and search “Building Safety Month” or contact Senior Code Enforcement Official Marvin Weathers at 919-435-9533 or