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Renaissance Centre adds third performance of “Celtic Angels Christmas”

Due to popular demand, the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts has added a third Christmas Jubilee Concert featuring the “Celtic Angels Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.

The first two shows on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. are already sold out.

Tickets are $25 each plus tax and can be purchased online with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit card at www.wakeforestrencen.org/tickets-events. Advance tickets may also be purchased with cash, check or credit card at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St. Both performances are expected to sell out. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to purchase their tickets now.

The Sheeva Quintet, Celtic Knights and Angel Dancers with Trinity Band Ensemble of Dublin, captivate audiences of all ages with the Magic of Christmas in an awe-inspiring show which encompasses vocal and instrumental seasonal and Irish favorites along with spectacular world class champion Irish dancing. This show is a true holiday celebration of Christmas in Ireland!

Celtic Angels Christmasfeatures the beautiful vocal quintetof Victoria Kenny, Emily Carroll, Tammy Browne, Amy Penston, andEllie Mullane, all of whom hail from Ireland. The quintet has performed in several popular musicals, including“West Side Story,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and“Grease.” They have also performed in“Celtic Women”and“Jury’s Irish Cabaret.”

Combined with the stunning dance routines of theCeltic KnightandAngel DancersfeaturingPatrick O’MahoneyofRiverdance, this family show is a true holiday celebration of Christmas in Ireland. For more information about the Celtic Angels Christmas, visit www.cmientertainment.com/CelticAngelsChristmas.html.

For more information, visit www.wakeforestrencen.org/event/christmas-jubilee-concert or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

Multiple Traffic Alerts – Week of Nov. 5

Traffic Alert – Cardinal Drive
Monday-Friday, Nov. 5-9

Royal Mill Avenue connection set to open Monday
Monday, Nov. 5

Traffic Alert – North Avenue
Ongoing through Wednesday, Nov. 21

Traffic Alert – Stadium Drive
Ongoing

Traffic Alert – South Main Street/US 1A
8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, through 6 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9

Traffic Alert – Cardinal Drive
State Contracting, Inc., a contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, will close a portion of Cardinal Drive in the vicinity of the Wait Avenue intersection Monday-Friday, Nov. 5-9, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

The closure is necessary to allow crews to install infrastructure as part of the Priority Pedestrian Corridor Project. The initiative will provide sidewalk connections along East Wait Avenue from Allen Road to Traditions Grande Boulevard.

A signed detour will be in place along Wait Avenue to notify and direct traffic around the work area. Delays are expected, so drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route if possible.

Cardinal Drive will remain accessible via South Allen Road.

For more information, contact Transportation Planning Manager Suzette Morales at 919-435-9510 or smorales@wakeforestnc.gov.

Royal Mill Avenue connection set to open Monday
The Town of Wake Forest will open the new Royal Mill Avenue connection on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 a.m.

Extending from Flaherty Avenue to Traditions Ridge Drive, the new section will transform Royal Mill Avenue into a through street that connects North White Street to Traditions Grande Boulevard.

Motorists are advised that once the new link opens, the current stop sign at Royal Mill Avenue and Flaherty Avenue will be removed. The three-way stop sign at the intersection of North Franklin Street and Royal Mill will remain.

The Royal Mill Avenue connection is one of several initiatives included in the Town’s “Street Connections Projects.” Others include a Forest Road connection, radius repairs in the South Forest Business Park, the re-striping of Retail Drive and the repaving of the Wake Forest Police Department parking lot. The total cost of these projects is $915,000.

For more information, contact Transportation Planning Manager Suzette Morales at 919-435-9510 or smorales@wakeforestnc.gov.

Traffic Alert – North Avenue
Drivers should expect delays along North Avenue daily from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. through Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Fred Smith Co., a contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, will reduce to one lane with intermittent two-way traffic the portion of North Avenue from North Wingate Street to North Main Street. The lane closure is necessary to allow crews to install new water service lines along North Avenue.

Signage and flaggers will be in place to safely direct traffic flow through the work area. Delays are expected, so motorists are encouraged to take an alternate route if possible.

Please note: Motorists will be prohibited from parking along the affected portion of North Avenue through Nov. 21. In addition, no lane closures will be in affect during Wake Forest High School dismissal hours.

For more information, contact Transportation Planning Manager Suzette Morales at smorales@wakeforestnc.gov.

Traffic Alert – Stadium Drive
Drivers should continue to expect delays along Stadium Drive daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fred Smith Co., a private contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, will alter normal traffic patterns along the portion of Stadium Drive from Glencoe Drive to North Avenue. Lane closures and traffic shifts are necessary to allow crews to continue construction activities as part of the Stadium Drive Complete Street Project.

Signage and flaggers will be in place to safely direct traffic flow through the work area. Delays are expected, so motorists are encouraged to take an alternate route if possible.

Drivers who regularly commute along Stadium Drive should expect delays until the project is completed. Motorists who travel through the area are urged to plan ahead and allow extra time or consider using an alternate route.

Extending from Capital Boulevard/US 1 to North Wingate Street, the Stadium Drive Complete Street Project is designed to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety, as well as traffic flow.Once completed, the typical section of Stadium Drive will include three lanes with curb and gutter, left-turn lanes at intersections and driveways and a 10-feet wide multi-use path on the south side. Other features will include five-foot wide sidewalks on the north side, wide striped shoulders on each side of the roadway, a pedestrian refuge island, high visibility crosswalks and ramps, and accessible transit stops.

For complete information, including project updates, visitwww.wakeforestnc.gov/stadium-drive-complete-street-project.aspx.

A 2014 Wake Forest Bond Referendum initiative, the Stadium Drive Complete Street Project is expected to be completed in 2020. The total cost of the project is approximately $7.3 million.

Traffic Alert – South Main Street/US 1A

The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD) will close the portion of South Main Street/US 1A from East Holding Avenue to West Vernon Avenue from 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, through approximately 6 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9.

The overnight road closure is necessary to allow crews to perform a sewer service renewal at 620 S. Main St. Water and sewer service in the area will not be affected.

Detour signs and flaggers will be in place to manage traffic flow and safely direct motorists around the work area. Delays are expected, so motorists are encouraged to avoid the area if possible and take an alternate route.

For more information, contact CORPUD Utility Supervisor Michael Worner at 919-868-7002 or Michael.worner@raleighnc.gov.

Volunteers needed to plant trees throughout Wake Forest

The Town of Wake Forest is seeking volunteers to participate in a major tree planting initiative over the next several months.

Beginning the week of Nov. 12, the Town’s Urban Forestry division will begin planting approximately 200 street trees throughout Wake Forest. As part of the effort, volunteers are needed to dig holes, plant trees, spread mulch and water the trees. The initiative is expected to extend into early 2019.

The tree-planting project offers a great opportunity for local students to earn community service hours. However, volunteers under the age of 18 must have the permission of a parent or legal guardian.

Anyone interesting in volunteering is encouraged to register atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/tree-planting-volunteers.aspx.

The Town also seeks volunteers with a passion for trees, a desire to learn and an interest in helping to become certified tree stewards.

The Tree Steward Program provides a unique opportunity for citizens to learn about trees and the care of trees through a comprehensive introductory class followed by optional trainings on special topics throughout the year.Trained and certified tree care professionals teach how trees grow, how to identify trees, proper planting techniques, pruning basics, and how to diagnose common tree problems.

After completingthe training, volunteers will be equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary toprune trees, plant new trees in parks and public areas, conduct tree inventories and educate citizens on proper tree care.

No previous experience is needed to become a tree steward and the cost is free.

Tree Stewards must pledge to contribute at least four hours of service within one year of their training. Many opportunities for service will be offered including providing information at community events, planting trees, and performing basic maintenance, such as pruning,mulching and watering.

Participants under the age of 18 must have the permission of a parent or legal guardian to volunteer.

For more information, or to apply for the Tree Steward Program, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/tree-steward-program.aspx or contact Urban Forestry Coordinator Luke Devores at 919-435-9565 orldevores@wakeforestnc.gov.

Police Department to host “Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events” class Nov. 26

Due to popular demand, the Wake Forest Police Department has scheduled a fourth Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) class on Monday, Nov. 26, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The session will take place inside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

There is no cost to participate, but registration is required at www.wakeforestnc.gov/civilian-response-to-active-shooter-events.aspx. Class size is limited to the first 100 people to register. Please note: Every participant must register individually – one person per form. On the evening of the class, attendees will be required to show proof of registration prior to entering the Renaissance Centre.

Led by Wake Forest Police Lt. L. Danforth, the session will teach participants what to do if confronted with an active shooter event.

Designed and built on the Avoid, Deny,Defend (ADD) strategy developed bythe Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University, the class will provide strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an activeshooter event. Topics will include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues and considerations for conducting drills.

For more information, contact Lt. Danforth at 919-795-7300 or ldanforth@wakeforestnc.gov.

Tickets still available for Saturday’s “Shades of Gospel” music concert

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., will host a lively and educational celebration of gospel music that connects all cultures, ages and backgrounds this Saturday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m.

The “Shades of Gospel” concert will highlight a range of traditional, southern and contemporary gospel music with featured performances by Macedonia New Life Choir, the New Bethel Baptist Praise Team, the Trinity Quartet, and Grammy, Dove and Stellar Award nominated artist Tim Bowman, Jr.

Tickets are $15 plus tax and may be purchased online at www.wakeforestrencen.org/event/shades-gospel-concert or at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St.

The Trinity Quartet has opened the Lexington BBQ Festival with “God Bless America” for the last seven years. The group also won the “Male Quartet” division in the annual Benson State Singing Convention in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Known for such hits as “Wake Up Call,” “I Have Tomorrow,” “ListenWith Your Heart,” “It Must Have Been You,” and “Looking For That Blessed Hope,” The Trinity Quartet has performed throughout North Carolina and beyond with such groups as The Dixie Melody Boys, The Hoppers, Michael Combs, and The Steels.

Tim Bowman, Jr. started his music career in 2012 with the release of“Beautiful”by Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records. This album was his breakthrough release upon the Billboard Magazine Gospel AlbumsandIndependent Albumscharts. The song “He Will,” featuringVickie Winans, his paternal aunt, charted on theBillboardMagazine Hot Gospel Songs chart. His critically acclaimed album “Listen” debuted at number one on Billboard Gospel Albums, and garnered two number one singles, “I’m Good” and “Fix Me.”

For more information about the “Shades of Gospel” music concert, contact Renaissance Centre Manager Cathy Gouge at 919-435-9567 or cgouge@wakeforestnc.gov.

Police investigating shooting

At approximately 2 p.m., Wake Forest Police responded to a reported shooting along the 200 block of Wall Avenue. Upon their arrival, officers located an adult male who had suffered a single gunshot wound. The victim was transported to WakeMed in Raleigh. There is no word on the extent of his injuries.

An investigation is underway. A motive for the shooting is unclear.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is encouraged to call the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150. All calls are confidential.

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

PRCR to host Family Gobblefest at Joyner Park Nov. 17

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is inviting local families to participate in the first-ever Family Gobblefest on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

Gobblefest is an opportunity for families to spend a morning together outdoors participating in an activity similar to a scavenger hunt. Turkey cutouts will be hidden throughout Joyner Park’s various trails and greenways. Families that “find” one of the turkey cutouts can redeem it for a special award (limit one per family).

The event is free, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required at https://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com.

As part of the event, the PRCR Department will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items for the Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry. Tri-Area Ministry will distribute the donated food items to people in need in our community.

For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/family-gobblefest.aspx or contact Special Events Specialist Suja Jacob at 919-556-7063 or sjacob@wakeforestnc.gov.

CORPUD announces overnight closure along South Main Street Nov. 1-2

The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD) will close the portion of South Main Street/US 1A from East Holding Avenue to West Vernon Avenue from 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, through approximately 6 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2.

The overnight road closure is necessary to allow crews to perform a sewer service renewal at 620 S. Main St. Water and sewer service in the area will not be affected.

Detour signs and flaggers will be in place to manage traffic flow and safely direct motorists around the work area. Delays are expected, so motorists are encouraged to avoid the area if possible and take an alternate route.

For more information, contact CORPUD Utility Supervisor Michael Worner at 919-868-7002 or Michael.worner@raleighnc.gov.

The Town of Wake Forest provides this information as a public service. Planned road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for a variety of work. Motorists are encouraged to use the information to help plan their route and move safely through the work area.

Weather and unforeseen circumstances occasionally prevent work from being completed as scheduled and make it unsafe to reopen lanes or streets when planned. When this occurs, town staff works with contractors to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and reduce impacts to the traveling public.

When traveling through a construction area, drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians are asked to be patient, proceed with caution, and obey flaggers. Drivers should get in the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. Drivers are also urged to double their following distances.

To receive email notifications concerning road closures and traffic alerts in Wake Forest, sign up for E-Notifier atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

CORPUD announces overnight closure along South Main Street Nov. 8-9

UPDATE: Due to the threat of inclement weather Thursday and Friday, Nov. 1-2, CORPUD has rescheduled its overnight work along the 600 block of South Main Street/US 1A to Nov. 8-9. The information below has been updated to reflect the revised schedule.

The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD) will close the portion of South Main Street/US 1A from East Holding Avenue to West Vernon Avenue from 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, through approximately 6 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9.

The overnight road closure is necessary to allow crews to perform a sewer service renewal at 620 S. Main St. Water and sewer service in the area will not be affected.

Detour signs and flaggers will be in place to manage traffic flow and safely direct motorists around the work area. Delays are expected, so motorists are encouraged to avoid the area if possible and take an alternate route.

For more information, contact CORPUD Utility Supervisor Michael Worner at 919-868-7002 or Michael.worner@raleighnc.gov.

The Town of Wake Forest provides this information as a public service. Planned road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for a variety of work. Motorists are encouraged to use the information to help plan their route and move safely through the work area.

Weather and unforeseen circumstances occasionally prevent work from being completed as scheduled and make it unsafe to reopen lanes or streets when planned. When this occurs, town staff works with contractors to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and reduce impacts to the traveling public.

When traveling through a construction area, drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians are asked to be patient, proceed with caution, and obey flaggers. Drivers should get in the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. Drivers are also urged to double their following distances.

To receive email notifications concerning road closures and traffic alerts in Wake Forest, sign up for E-Notifier atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

Wegmans confirms plans to build a store in Wake Forest

Wegmans Food Markets has confirmed plans to build a store in Wake Forest. The store will be situated on the south side of Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass between US 1/Capital Boulevard and Siena Drive, just west of Ligon Mill Road.

Wegmans has signed a purchase agreement and is jointly seeking municipal approvals to build an anchor store as part of a larger mixed-use development by Stiles.

Wegmans Wake Forest is expected to be up to 100,000 sq. ft. in size and similar in design to Wegmans’ other newest stores. A timeline for opening the store will be announced once all necessary approvals are in place.

The Wake Forest location is approximately 11 miles northeast of the Raleigh site along Wake Forest Road where Wegmans is scheduled to open its first store in North Carolina in 2019. Plans are also underway for one Wegmans location in Chapel Hill and two sites in Cary.

For more information, contact Assistant Planning Director Brendie Vega at 919-435-9536 or bvega@wakeforestnc.gov.