Month: May 2018

Northern Wake Senior Center groundbreaking June 15

Area residents are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation and expansion of the Northern Wake Senior Center (NWSC) on Friday, June 15, at 10 a.m. The event will take place on the grounds of the current facility, located at 235 E. Holding Ave.

The groundbreaking will include a brief program and the ceremonial shoveling of the dirt, followed by a reception with light refreshments. Among those scheduled to offer remarks are Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones and Resources for Seniors President Kristen Brannock. Renderings and floor plans of the building will also be on display.

Focus Design Builders is expected to begin construction on the new and improved 18,000 square-foot facility in June.

In addition to an expanded site area, more than 50 new parking spaces and an additional driveway entrance/exit, the renovated and expanded NWSC will include a new entrance vestibule, the addition of exercise and multi-purpose rooms and the replacement of the roof.

A 2014 Wake Forest Bond Referendum initiative, the NWSC renovation and expansion is expected to be completed in the spring of 2019. The total cost is approximately $4 million.

For more information, visit or contact Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree at 919-435-9421 or

Police investigating Jubilee Court shooting

At around midnight, Wake Forest Police officers responded to a reported shooting along the 700 block of Jubilee Court. Upon their arrival, officers located one gunshot wound victim who was transported by EMS to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries.

An investigation is underway. A motive for the shooting is unclear, but police investigators do not believe the shooting was a random act.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is encouraged to call the police department at 919-554-6150. All calls are confidential.

The police department will release additional information as it becomes available.

Temporary power outage scheduled Friday in northwest portion of Wake Forest

Weather permitting, Wake Forest Power will temporarily interrupt electric service along Grayson Creek Drive, Keith Store Road and at the Food Lion, 161 Crenshaw Corners Dr., on Friday, June 1, at 5 a.m.

The outage is expected to last approximately one hour while Wake Forest Power crews perform work designed to ensure reliable electric service to the area.

For more information, contact Electric Systems Manager Chris Terrell at 919-435-9572 or

Free “Make-N-Take” Scrap Exchange Saturday at the Renaissance Centre

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will offer a free “Make-N-Take” Scrap Exchange on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m.-noon, as part of its grand re-opening weekend.

Scrap Exchange is a free, eco-friendly creative arts activity for people of all ages. The Make-N-Take program offers an endless array of fascinating and unusual reclaimed materials, including cones and tubes from textile mills, fabric samples from decorators, vinyl sticker paper from sign shops, and more.

Participants will have the opportunity to build whatever they can imagine out of the provided materials. On top of that, everyone will leave with a fantastic project of his or her own invention.

The Renaissance Centre is located at 405 S. Brooks St. in downtown Wake Forest. For more information, visit or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

“flix4kidz” & “Free at 3” set to resume June 11

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will resume its free monthly movie showings for children ages 10 and under and adults ages 50 and older on Monday, June 11. Starting at 10:30 a.m. the Renaissance Centre will host “flix4kidz,” followed at 3 p.m. by “Free at 3.”

Both events had been suspended over the last several months while the Renaissance Centre was undergoing extensive renovations. First Friday Flix will resume July 6 at 7 p.m.

The June 11 flix4kidz featured film will be “Paddington 2” (PG), while the Free at Three movie will be “The Commuter” (PG13).

Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, will be available for purchase during both events.

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.

For more information on these and other programs offered at the Renaissance Centre, visit

“Picture 80 Acres” public meetings set to begin in June

The Wake Forest Recreation Advisory Board is hosting a series of public meetings over two weeks in June to solicit public input concerning the best use of 80 acres of undeveloped Town property in the vicinity of Forestville Road and Foundation Drive.

“Picture 80 Acres” is the name given to the Town’s effort to solicit community input as to the best use of this land for outdoor recreational activities. Coordinated by the Recreation Advisory Board, the initiative offers area residents a variety of opportunities, including five public meetings, to share their ideas.

The first public meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. The interactive session will include a brief presentation, followed by an open forum discussion where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share suggestions.

Subsequent sessions have also been scheduled:

  • Tuesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m.; Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

  • Thursday, June 21, 6:390 p.m.; Richland Creek Community Church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road

  • Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m.; Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

  • Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m.; Hope Lutheran Church, 3525 Rogers Road

Discussions at these meetings will cover a variety of topics centered on how to best achieve the appropriate balance between maintaining the property’s natural charm and adding desired amenities.

Area residents may also share their comments online at or via “Engage Wake Forest” at

For more information about “Picture 80 Acres,” visit or contact Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 or

Joyner Park Community Center groundbreaking Friday

Area residents are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Joyner Park Community Center on Friday, June 1, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will take place in the vicinity of the visitor parking lot at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

Construction of the 32,000 square-foot facility is underway and expected to be completed in 2019. The Town awarded the construction contract to Barnhill Construction. The total cost of the project is approximately $11.7 million.

Designed to blend in with current Joyner Park structures and the natural habitat, the new facility will feature a walking track, gymnasium for basketball, volleyball and pickleball, multi-purpose rooms, dance studio and kitchen.

Speakers at the groundbreaking event will include Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones and Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall. Renderings of the building will be on display and the ceremonial shoveling of dirt will occur. A reception with light refreshments will follow the brief ceremony.

A 2014 Wake Forest Bond Referendum initiative, the Joyner Park Community Center was also an important element in the 2005 Parks & Recreation Master Plan.

Park visitors are advised that walking trails in the vicinity of the construction site have been closed out of concern for public safety. No trespassing signage is posted prominently throughout the work zone. Officials are strongly urging area residents to obey the posted signage and avoid the construction area.

For more information about the Joyner Park Community Center, including renderings and floor plans, visit

Family Fitness Fair at Joyner Park June 9

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will host a free “Family Fitness Fair” on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m.-noon at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

The Family Fitness Fair is a fun, family-friendly event offered in conjunction with the National Recreation and Park Association’s “Family Health & Fitness Day” initiative celebrated every year on the second Saturday in June.

Free and open to the public, the PRCR Department’s June 9 Family Fitness Fair will feature Zumba, Yoga, Fitness classes, local health and fitness vendors and tons of family fun.

Participating local businesses and organizations will include Camp Gladiator, Z Fitness with Jacque Inc., A.E. Finley YMCA, Polar Ice House, Orange Theory, Nutrishop Wake Forest, Physicians Weight Loss Centers, British Swim School, Vision Martial Arts and O2 Fitness The Factory.

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

Registration for Men’s Fall Softball & Open Co-Rec Softball starts June 1

Registration for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s Men’s Fall and Open Co-Recreational softball leagues begins Friday, June 1, and continues throughout the remainder of the month.

Beginning June 1, online registration for both leagues will be available at Registration information will also be provided at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. The registration period for these leagues ends Saturday, June 30.

The Men’s Fall Recreational Softball League is limited to Class E teams and lower. League play is scheduled to begin in mid-August, and games will be played on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The entry fee is $550 per team.

The Open Co-Recreational Softball League will also begin in mid-August, with games on Tuesday and Friday evenings. The entry fee is $550 per team.

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

26th Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony to honor George Waller

Area residents are invited to the 26th Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday, June 4, 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 June 4 service will honor George C. Waller, who served his nation in the U.S. Army. Members of Waller’s 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. Army service flag in recognition of the military branch in which Waller served. Both flags will fly in Centennial Plaza throughout June.

Photographs and other remembrances of Waller 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