Category: Press Release

Tickets on sale for Forest Moon Theater’s “Crimes of the Heart”

Forest Moon Theater will present “Crimes of the Heart” Friday-Sunday, Sept. 14-16 and 21-23, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Friday and Saturday showtimes are 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday showtime is 3 p.m.

Three sisters in a small Mississippi town await news from the hospital where their grandfather lives out his final hours. Each woman has experienced hurt and failure of a different kind, yet each finds her own path to a promising new beginning. Along the way, the laughs and humor highlight the beauty in being human as the women take control of their future.

This play is produced by special arrangements with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Advance tickets are $15 plus tax for adults and $13 plus tax for students and seniors. These prices reflect a savings of $3 per adult and student/senior “day of” admission tickets.

The Renaissance Centre offers season and flex passes for Forest Moon Theater performances. For more information, call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

For more information about Forest Moon Theater, visitforestmoontheater.orgor call 919-435-2001.

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Women’s Self-Defense Class Sept. 18 at Joyner Park

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will offer a free self-defense class for women Tuesday, Sept. 18, 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

Music at Midday returns Sept. 6

Area residents are invited to listen to great music and dine outside, while enjoying the end of the summer season, during Wake Forest’s Music at Midday weekly concert series.

Co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department and Wake Forest ARTS, the free music series begins Thursday, Sept. 6, and continues on consecutive Thursdays through Sept. 27.

Scheduled from noon-1 p.m., Music at Midday will feature a variety of local performers and take place in Centennial Plaza, in front of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

This year’s fall concert lineup features Pat Tyler on Sept. 6; Freddy Greene Trio on Sept. 13; Jessica Lang on Sept. 20; and Into the Fog on Sept. 27. For information about each performer, visit

Area residents are encouraged to bring lunch – either from home or a local restaurant – relax and enjoy the entertainment during Music at Midday. Assorted dessert trucks will be on site during each concert selling desserts and sweet treats.

For more information about Music at Midday, contact Special Events Recreation Specialist Suja Jacob at 919-556-7063 or

“Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected” set for Sept. 2

The Wake Forest Recreation Advisory Board (RAB) is inviting area residents to“Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected” on Sunday, Sept. 2, from 4-6 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

“Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected” invites Wake Forest-area residents to disconnect from their smart phones, computers and other electronic devices and reconnect with their community, friends, and family by engaging in healthier, more active pursuits.

During the Sept. 2 event, the RAB will host a variety of organized games and activities, including sack and relay races, corn hole, and miniature golf, from 4-6 p.m. in the vicinity of Joyner Park’s Walker Garden.

The electronics-free afternoon will culminatewith a concert in the Joyner Park Amphitheater from 5-7 p.m. featuring Ellis Dyson & The Shambles.

For more information about “Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected,” visit or contact Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 or

Search leads to man’s arrest on drugs and weapons charges

A Wake Forest man was arrested and charged with several weapons and drug offenses early Friday morning following a probable cause search along North Allen Road.

Just after 2:30 a.m., officers made contact with Jamie Daniels, 24, in his parked vehicle in the New Hope Village parking lot. During the encounter, officers observed an open container of alcohol inside the vehicle, which prompted a probable cause search.

The subsequent search revealed one loaded semi-automatic handgun, one loaded .45 caliber handgun, a box of 9 mm ammunition and a box of .45 ammunition, along with nine grams of crack and powder cocaine, several OxyContin pills, a digital scale, and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Daniels was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession with intent to sell and distribute a schedule II substance, possession with intent to sell and distribute cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for sell of a controlled substance, driving while license revoked, and possession of anopen containerof alcohol by a driver or passenger.

He was trespassed from all Wake County Public Housing and transported to the Wake County Jail.

Police investigating shooting along East Juniper Avenue

The Wake Forest Police Department is requesting the public’s help identifying, locating and arresting the person responsible for Thursday afternoon’s shooting along East Juniper Avenue.

At approximately 3:50 p.m., officers responded to a reported shots fired along the 400 block of East Juniper Avenue. While officers were on the scene, WakeMed officials contacted the police department to report the admission of an adult male shooting victim with non-life-threatening injuries who stated he had been shot in Wake Forest. Police investigators responded to WakeMed to interview the victim.

The investigation into this case continues. Although a motive for the shooting is unclear, 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.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Good Neighbor Day returns to Joyner Park Sept. 15

Good Neighbor Day returns to E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Saturday, Sept. 15, from 1-4 p.m.

Good Neighbor Day is an annual celebration that assembles Wake Forest residents from all walks of life for a day of food, fun, and family entertainment. By bringing together a mix of cultures, music, ages and ethnicities, the event celebrates diversity and promotes goodwill among all of Wake Forest’s citizens.

A specialpart of this year’s Good Neighbor Day will be the presentation of theninth annual “Good Neighbor of the Year” Award. The honor will be presented to a local youth and adult who consistently demonstrate an unfailing commitment to preserving, maintaining, and improving the quality of life in their neighborhood and community.

The HRC is soliciting youth and adult nominations through Friday, Aug. 31. The online nomination form is available on the Town’s website at

Nominations forms must include the names of both the nominator and the nominee, along with a narrative of 400 words or less describing why the nominee is deserving of the Good Neighbor of the Year Award.

Over 4,000 Wake Forest-area residents have participated in Good Neighbor Day since its inception in 2006. Offering food, dancing, local musicians, a DJ, face painting, prizes, and recreational activities for both children and adults, this family-oriented celebration promises something for everyone.

The HRC encourages diversity and promotes goodwill among all citizens of Wake Forest. Good Neighbor Day serves as a catalyst for carrying out the town’s vision of “building a community populated by diverse groups whose common bond is a love of our town.”

In the event of rain, Good Neighbor Day may be rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22. Weather-related updates will be available by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town of Wake Forest app will receive a push notification message informing them of any schedule changes. To download the Wake Forest app,

For more information about Good Neighbor Day, visit and search “Good Neighbor Day.”

Wake Forest Trung Thu Moon Festival Sept. 8

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts is inviting area residents to celebrate the diversity of our community by participating in the inaugural Trung Thu Moon Festival on Saturday, Sept. 8. The event will take place at the Renaissance Centre from 5:30-9 p.m.

Steeped in tradition, Tet Trung Thu, as it is known in Vietnam, or the Mid-Autumn Moon festival as we refer to it in America, typically occurs on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month. As one of the two most important festivals in the Vietnamese culture, this ancient celebration revolves around children. It was thought to be a time when parents had the opportunity to catch up with their loved ones after the busy summer harvest was completed.

During the Wake Forest Trung Thu Moon Festival, families will enjoy learning about the Vietnamese culture through music, stories, dance, food, and arts and crafts. The evening will conclude with a children’s lantern promenade.

Tickets are $8 plus tax for adults and $6 plus tax for seniors and children under 12 and can be purchased online at or at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St.

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

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Renaissance Centre to host Special Needs Movie Night Aug. 17

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., will host Special Needs Movie Night this Friday, Aug. 17, at 6:30 p.m. The featured film will be “Ferdinand.”

Sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department, this free event will offer exceptional children and their families the opportunity to enjoy a film in a safe and accepting environment. To help ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone, the viewing area will include extra lighting, and the movie’s volume will be slightly lower.

The event’s theme is “fun without repercussions,” so audience members will be encouraged to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing.

Kids are also invited towear their pajamas, so they’ll be ready for bed after movie night is over.

There is no cost to participate, but a parent or caretaker must accompany each child.

Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, will be available for purchase, but attendees are invited to bring their favorite snack.

For more information about Special Needs Movie Night, contact Specialized Programs Recreation Specialist Kelly Schurtz at 919-556-7093 or

Residents encouraged to use “SeeClickFix” to report non-emergency issues

In 2014 the Town of Wake Forest introduced “SeeClickFix” as a simple, yet effective way for residents to report quality of life, non-emergency issues. Since then, the Town has addressed hundreds of citizens’ concerns, ranging from damaged sidewalks and potholes to graffiti and malfunctioning traffic signals.

Wake Forest’s SeeClickFix website is available at, while the mobile platform is offered as a function on the Town app.

By utilizing the online or mobile reporting platform, residents can report non-emergency issues through a variety of service request categories. When submitting such issues, residents can provide locational, descriptive and photographic information as they see the issue in real time. Once the resident submits an issue, the reporter, the Town, and anyone “watching” the area receives an alert. The Town then acknowledges the service request, routes it to the proper department, and updates the request – along with residents following the issue – once it’s been resolved.

For more information about SeeClickFix, contact Administrative Specialist Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570 or For information on downloading the Town app, visit