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Limited number of seats still available for Sunday’s “Memory Café”

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts is hosting a series of seminars through December designed to raise awareness about Alzeheimer’s disease and related dementias. Each event in the 2018 Understanding Dementia series will offer local residents the opportunity to learn about dozens of dementia-related programs, services, products and resources – all in one location.

The series continues this Sunday, July 15, from 2-4 p.m. with “Memory Café.” The event will take place inside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

The “Memory Café” is a special opportunity for persons diagnosed with early stage memory loss and their care partner(s)/family to engage with peers in a relaxed, unstructured environment. Sponsored by the generous donations from the Family of Irma M. Adams and Carillon of Wake Forest, the café promotes social engagement and support through interaction with others experiencing similar lifestyle changes. Special entertainment will also be provided by Capital Transit Band.

Future workshops are scheduled on July 26 (Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters); Aug. 23 (Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body); Sept. 27 (Dementia Conversations); and Dec. 2 (Memory Café).

Each event is free, but registration is required as seating is limited. To view the entire schedule and pre-register, visit

The Renaissance Centre is presenting the series in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina and Wake Forest SING as part of an ongoing effort to establish Wake Forest as a dementia-friendly community.

For more information, contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566 or

Wake Forest celebrating 10 years of bus service

July marks the 10th anniversary of transit service in Wake Forest, and town officials are marking the occasion by reminding area residents of the benefits of riding the bus.

Transit service officially began in Wake Forest on July 21, 2008, giving residentsthe opportunity to ride a weekday rush-hour express from Wake Forest to downtown Raleigh and use a local circulator service thatprovides access to local grocery stores, shopping and other services.

The result of apartnership betweenthe Town of Wake Forest, GoTriangle, GoRaleigh and the City of Raleigh, both the express and the local circulator routes areoperated using GoRaleigh vehicles.

TheWake Forest-Raleigh Expressserves a Park and Ride Lot (located at the intersection ofWhite Street andElm Avenue) in Wake Forest, the Triangle Town Center Park-and-Ride at Orvis, and the Moore Square Transit Station during morning and afternoon peak hours.

The Wake Forest-Raleigh Express fare is$3 each way for adults. Daily passes are available at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Daily and discounted 31-day express passes are available at GoTriangle Regional Transit Center, 901 Slater Road, Durham. Passes may also be purchased online

TheWake Forest Loop is a fare free, local circulator for residents wanting to travel within Wake Forest and a portion of the Wakefield community. The loop also serves the Park and Ride Lot at White Street and Elm Avenue for those riders wanting to connect with the Wake Forest-Raleigh Express during peak hours and with Triangle Town Center in midday.

As an alternative to driving to and from work,riding the busoffers many advantages, including flexible schedules; low cost; reduced wear, tear and maintenance on your personal vehicle; the opportunity to get work done during your commute, or read the paper -or justrelax; and reduced emissions, cleaner air.

For more information on Wake Forest Bus Service, including route brochures and schedules, visit or contact Transportation Engineer Eric Keravuori at 919-435-9441 or

Applicants sought for Human Relations Council

You can make a difference in our community by applying to fill the vacancy on the Human Relations Council (HRC). All residents of Wake Forest and its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) are eligible to apply.

Applications may be completed and submitted online at

Application forms are also available at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Completed applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, and may be mailed or delivered to Town Clerk Deeda Harris, Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587; faxed to 919-435-9419; or emailed to

Applicants will be expected to attend the next scheduled meeting of the HRC on Thursday, Aug. 23. The HRC will convene at 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room 015 on the ground floor of Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. The meeting room is most easily accessed via Town Hall’s Taylor Street entrance.

Following the interviews on Aug. 23, the HRC will review its slate of candidates before submitting its recommendation to the Board of Commissioners.The Board will announce the new appointment during its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The selected applicant will fill the vacated seat and his or her term will commence immediately.

The Town’s advisory boards were established to give citizens input into what happens in the community and to advise the Board of Commissioners on matters that affect citizens and their Towngovernment. For more information, contact Executive Assistant Cathi Pope at 919-435-9467 or

“Neck of the Woods” returns to Renaissance Centre July 20

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts welcomes the return of “Neck of the Woods” on Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m.

Presented and sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS, Neck of the Woods is a variety performance series featuring emerging local artists. Each show is different and may consist of several performing arts acts, including actors, dancers, musicians, comedians, writers and spoken word artists.

The July 20 Neck of the Woods will feature teenage singer/songwriter Jessica Lang; vocalist and acoustic guitarist Pat Tyler; actors Gilly Conklin and Jeffrey Nugent performing the one-act play, “A Blooming of Ivy;” and Wake Forest StorytellerDrew Bridges.

Jessica Lang, age 16 is a talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose passion for music excellence is undeniable. She has won multiple guitar, vocal and ensemble performance awards at competitions throughout North Carolina and Virginia. She also plays mandolin and is a member of the elite International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Kids on Bluegrass program, performing at various IBMA stages throughout the annual festival in Raleigh.

Jessica also sings and plays lead guitar for the Carolina PineCones, plays jazz guitar with her high school band, and performs contemporary Christian music.

Vocalist and acoustic guitarist Pat Tyler lives in Wake Forest and has been performing for many years. Originally from Suffolk, Virginia, she has entertained for various private and civic groups and at several festivals.

Pat currently entertains at many local venues in the Raleigh and Wake Forest areas, including Wake Forest ArtWalk in downtown Wake Forest. She brings a strong collection of acoustic soft rock, folk and country for listeners, performing a variety of 70’s, 80’s and today’s hits.

Performed by Gilly Conklin and Jeffrey Nugent, “A Blooming of Ivy” is a sweet story about two widowed neighbors who find happiness and love, when they least expect it.

This year marks Nugent’s twentieth year in theater in many diverse roles, including actor, carpenter, designer, costumes, props, singer, dancer and even assistant director.

Conklin has been performing for close to 50 years, and she says she plans to keep doing it “until I get it right!” She has acted in drama, comedy and musical theatre and has also performed her one-woman show in the Washington, D.C. area. She has also appeared in Forest Moon’s productions of “Helium” and “Agnes of God” and more recently in “Dixie Swim Club” with the Towne Players in Garner.

Drew Bridgeswill tell two stories during the July 20 Neck of the Woods. The first is a new “Jack Tale” told directly to Drew by Jack, himself, who is still alive and lives in several countries, including the North Carolina mountains and multiple places in Europe. The second story is a tale of why Drew sold the bookstore he once ran in Wake Forest. Spoiler alert: Yoda, Harry Potter and King Arthur are partly responsible for the sale.

Area residents are invited to come out, enjoy a truly unique and entertaining community event and show your support for our local artists. Refreshments will be available for purchase, including a variety of beer and wine.

Tickets are $5 (plus tax) and may be purchased online at or at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St.

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

Reception to open Wake Forest Temporary Sculpture Exhibit & Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Exhibit set for July 28

The Wake Forest Public Art Commission (PAC) will host a special reception to formally open its Temporary Sculpture Exhibit and Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Exhibit on Saturday, July 28. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts Annex, 407 S. Brooks St. Light refreshments will be provided.

The reception will have an informal, open house-style format, so area residents are invited to drop in anytime between 9 a.m. and noon. PAC members and several of the featured artists will be on hand to answer questions and share information about the selected works of art.

Free, illustrated maps highlighting the locations of the works on view for each exhibit will be available during the reception. Area residents who are unable to attend the reception but wish to take the self-guided tour may also pick up a brochure at the Renaissance Centre and Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Wake Forest Guild Artists and artists residing in Wake Forest were invited to submit one piece of original art to the “Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Contest.” An Artist Selection Committee comprised of arts professionals and representatives of the Town of Wake Forest, the PAC and Wake Forest Downtown, along with professional artists who do not reside within Wake Forest selected the following four works:

  • NC Spring Road, by Delphine Peller

  • St. Tropez Doorway, by Sharon Parker

  • Line Dancing, by Susan Hetzel

  • My Poppies, by Denise Langlois

To view the works of art in the Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Exhibit, visit

Each of the four selected art works will be scanned into an electronic image and reproduced in brick vinyl. The vinyl will then be applied to the facade of select buildings in downtown Wake Forest. A plaque with information about the artist will be located near the art panel.

Each of the four artists will receive a $100 stipend and their artwork will remain on display for one year.

The Wake Forest Temporary Sculpture Exhibit will feature seven three-dimensional sculptural works of art by a variety of artists in publicly accessible outdoor spaces throughout Wake Forest, including the Wake Forest Town Hall campus, the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, Miller Park, Holding Park, Smith Creek Soccer Center and the Depot Parking Lot.

Experienced artists and artist teams across North Carolina and beyond were invited to apply. An Artist Selection Committee comprised of arts professionals and representatives of the Town of Wake Forest, the PAC and Wake Forest Downtown selected the following seven works for the show (the display location for each sculpture is shown in parenthesis):

  • Geometer’s Gate, by Charles Pilkey (Miller Park, 401 Elm Ave.)

  • Circular Motion, by Hanna Jubran (Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Ave.)

  • Geometric Construction Table, by Ray Zatz (Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St.)

  • Red Bud, by David Boyajian (Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.)

  • Cloud, by Hanna Jubran (Smith Creek Soccer Center, 690 Heritage Lake Road)

  • Immigrant Gate, by Jim Gallucci (Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.)

  • Excelerator, by Ray Katz (Corner of Elm Avenue and South Taylor Street)

To view the sculptures in the outdoor sculpture exhibition, visit

Selections were based on artistic excellence and the goal of exhibiting a variety of styles and media in appropriate sites.

Each of the seven artists will receive a $2,000 stipend.

For more information, contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566 or

“Happy Dan the Magic Man” returns to Renaissance Centre July 18

“Happy Dan the Magic Man” will perform his one-of-a-kind magic and comedy show at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St., on Wednesday, July 18, at 11 a.m.

Everyone laughs louder whenHappy Dan the Magic Man is in the house. Happy Dan has traveled the world entertaining families for more than 30 years.His hilarious family shows are regular features at Southeastern festivals, comedy clubs, banquets, trade shows, schools, and family living rooms. He is more than an entertainer. He’s that slightly silly, can’t-wait-to-see-him lovinguncle that every child loves.

Happy Dan’s zany character recalls the fun of live television hosts from years gone by. He blendsthe gentleness and homespun comfort of Mister Rogers with the silly antics and storytelling of Captain Kangaroo.His talents stretch to thoroughly holding the attention of children as young as three years to golden age adults. Wherever laughter and a caring heart is needed, Happy Dan delivers!

Tickets are $5 per person (plus tax) and can be purchased in advance on the Renaissance Centre website at or at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St. On the day of the event, tickets may also be purchased at the door.

For more information, visit or call 919-435-9458.

To receive email notifications about special events and programs at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, sign up for E-Notifier at

Wake Forest Home & Garden Show Aug. 11-12

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., will host the third annual Wake Forest Home & Garden Show on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 12, from noon-4 p.m.

Presented by Mitchell Heating & Cooling, the Home & Garden Show will feature over 40 local experts showcasing the latest in home improvement products, services and features.

As an added bonus, this year’s event will again include a Shopping Marketplace with local art, handmade decor and various home products available for purchase.

“For anyone planning a home improvement or yard enhancement project, our home and garden show will offer a convenient look at what’s available in our area,” said Renaissance Centre Manager Cathy Gouge.

In addition to visiting with local home and garden experts, attendees will have the opportunity to attend free seminars throughout the two-day event and enter a number of prize drawings. Courtesy of B&W Hardware, this year’s grand prize is a Traeger Pro 22 Series Grill and accessories package valued at over $1,000.

Admission to theWake Forest Home & Garden Show is free and open to the public.

The following sponsors have generously contributed to the 2018 Wake Forest Home & Garden Show: Mitchell Heating & Cooling,, Champion Windows, Capital Powersports, LeafFilter North of North Carolina, Mosquito Joe of Eastern Wake, B&W Hardware Co. and Wake Forest Power.

For more information about the Wake Forest Home & Garden Show, visit and search “Home & Garden Show” or contact Renaissance Centre Manager Cathy Gouge at 919-435-9567 or

Sleeping Booty to headline July 13 Friday Night on White

The Town of Wake Forest will continue its free outdoor music series with Sleeping Booty on Friday, July 13. Presented by White Street Brewing Co., “Friday Night on White” 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.

The remaining 2018 concerts will feature Big Love on Aug. 10 and Crush on Sept. 14.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at several downtown restaurants during every Friday Night on White. A variety of food and dessert trucks will also be on site in the parking lot of Fidelity Bank, 231 S. White St. and along Owen Avenue. Food and dessert trucks scheduled to participate on July 13 include Bam Pow Chow, Charlie’s Kabob Grill on Wheels, CockADoodleMoo, Cousins Maine Lobster, Dusty Donuts, Kona Ice, Lumpy’s Ice Cream, Medley, The Bamboo Cookhouse, VFW Chuckwagon, and Virgil’s Jamaica.

Event organizers urge anyone planning to attend Friday Night on White to know the following:

  • No outside alcohol or coolers are permitted during Friday Night on White, but beer, wine, soft drinks and water will be available for purchase within the festival area.

  • All attendees wishing to purchase beer and wine will be required to present age identification and wear the provided identifying bracelet.

  • During Friday Night on White, White Street Brewing Co. is the sole approved outdoor vendor for beer and wine. All beer and wine consumed outdoors within the festival area must be dispensed by White Street Brewing Co. in the approved container which bears the event logo.

  • Beer and wine tokens will be available for purchase at three points of sale tents, which will be situated at each end of South White Street and at the intersection ofOwen Avenue/Brooks Street.

  • Beer and wine tokens may also be purchasedanytime during normal business hours inside White Street Brewing Co.

  • Beer serving stations are located at each end of Owen Avenue, adjacent to B&W Hardware and at the Brooks Street intersection; at the intersection of Jones Avenue and South White Street; and inside White Street Brewing Co.

  • Wine serving stations are provided at the wine tent located along Owen Avenue – in the vicinity of B&W Hardware – and inside White Street Brewing Co.

  • Designated drivers will be eligible toreceive two complimentary bottles of water during each Friday Night on White concert. To be eligible, you must be at least 21-years-old with a valid driver’s license. Visit any of the three information tents for details.

  • The last call for outside beer and wine is 8:50 p.m.

  • Festivities end along South White Street at 9:30 p.m.

  • Anyone sharing their pictures on social media is encouragedto use #FNOW and #FridayNightonWhite.

Free parking is available during each Friday Night on White along several side streets and parking lots in downtown Wake Forest. Several lots on the campus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary also allow free parking. Designated public parking areas are identified by Friday Night on White parking signage. To view a map of free parking areas, visit

Please note: Some downtown parking lots may appear to be public, when in fact they are private.Private lots are intended for business patrons only. Anyone planning to attend Friday Night on White is strongly urged to read all signage in the parking lot to determine if public parking is permitted.

Friday Night on White commemorative T-shirts are available for purchase for $10 each. The T-shirts are available in dark gray and lime green in a variety of styles and sizes and can be purchased at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., with cash, check or credit card. T-shirts will also be available for purchase with cash or checkat the Information Tent during each Friday Night on White concert – while supplies last.

Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to Friday Night on White in the palm of their hands by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and utilizing the app’s “Friday Night on White” function. Designed to offer smart phone users instant access to important details about this year’s outdoor music series, the function includes the complete 2018 concert schedule, the lineup of participating food and dessert trucks, parking information, weather updates and more.

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

Friday Night on White is scheduled to take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather on the day of a concert, a decision on whether to proceed will be made no later than 4 p.m. Updated concert information will be posted on the Town’s Facebook page and available by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town’s app will receive a push notification message concerning any schedule changes.

The following sponsors have generously contributed to Friday Night on White: White Street Brewing Co., Gladwell Orthodontics, McPherson Family Eye Care, Mitchell Heating & Cooling, iHeart Media, NuImage Surgical & Dental Implant Center, Capital PowerSports, Wells Family Dental Group, Local Charm, Benchmark Community Bank, Orangetheory Fitness, The Wake Weekly, Pro Audio & Light, Dirty Dogs Spa, Sole Dimensions, Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital, Stanley Martin Homes, Hasentree by Toll Brothers, B&W Hardware, Coastal Credit Union, Birkner Insurance, Rainbow Child Care Center, Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Avance Primary Care, Carillon Assisted Living, Chronic Tacos, Triangle Family Dentistry, Nutrishop, Chick-fil-A, CIRCA Magazine, 27587 Magazine, Fidelity Bank, The Dental Care Center, Lowes Foods, Massage Envy, Ads N Art, Wake Forest Federal and For Your Occasion Party Rentals.

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

Police reveal top three high-risk intersections in Wake Forest

The Wake Forest Police Department recently announced the top three high-risk intersections in Wake Forest based on the number of accidents that occurred in these areas during the 2017-18 fiscal year:

  • Capital Boulevard (US 1)/Agora Drive/Wake Union Church Road – 55

  • Capital Boulevard (US 1)/South Main Street (US1-A)/Falls of Neuse Road – 51

  • Capital Boulevard (US 1)/Burlington Mills Road – 46

Failure to reduce speed, inattention and distracted driving were the most often cited contributing factors in these accidents.

Police officials are taking this opportunity to urge motorists to be alert and proceed with caution through these and all intersections.

In an effort to make the high-risk intersections safer, officers will be conducting enforcement campaigns in and around these areas.

DWI Checking Station results in several arrests and charges

Between 11 p.m. yesterday (July 5) and 2 a.m. today (July 6), the Wake Forest Police Department (WFPD) simultaneously conducted a multi-agency DWI checking station in the area of Capital Boulevard/US1 and Burlington Mills Road.

In addition to WFPD officers, law enforcement personnel from the Fuquay-Varina Police Department, Cary Police Department, Knightdale Police Department, Raleigh Police Department, and Wake County Sheriff’s Office participated in the project, along with representatives of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

Also, the Forensic Tests for Alcohol Branch of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services provided a BAT Mobile, the Wake County Magistrate’s Office provided a magistrate and the City County Bureau of Identification provided an identification agent to support the operation. The NC Department of Transportation also provided assistance.

The checkpoint was held in conjunction with Operation Firecracker, a statewide traffic enforcement initiative sponsored by the North Carolina Governors Highway Safety Program. Operation Firecracker began on June 28 and will continue until July 8.

The checking station resulted in charges and actions concerning the following circumstances:

  • 5 DWI offenses
  • 18 Driving while license revoked violations
  • 18 No operator’s license violations
  • 2 Child safety seat violations
  • 1 Seatbelt violation
  • 7 Registration violations
  • 3 Inspection violations
  • 3 Equipment violations
  • 13 Drug violations
  • 3 Failure to carry a license violations
  • 1 Careless & reckless driving violation
  • 1 Failure to stop for blue lights violation
  • 1 TV viewing location
  • 1 Overcrowded vehicle violation
  • 1 Preexisting warrant was served
  • 3 Criminal Summons were served