Category: Press Release

Register now for Smart Cycle Class on Nov. 10

The Town of Wake Forest will host its first Smart Cycling Class on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the ground floor meeting room of Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Designed for area residents ages 16 and older, the Smart Cycle Class will emphasize safe riding techniques, the proper way to scan for automobiles, intersection safety tips, how to avoid road hazards, such as tree limbs, pot holes and rocks, and more.

The class is $25 per person and $15 for each additional family member (limit four family members per class).

Advance registration is required at

On the day of the class participants should bring their own bicycles and helmets.Loaner helmets and bicycles will also be available on a limited basis.

The session will begin with classroom instruction, continue with a variety of bicycle drills in the Town Hall visitor parking lot (located along Brooks Street), and conclude with a group ride that will allow participants to practice their cycling skills.

For more information, contact Transportation Planner Suzette Morales at 919-435-9412 or

Renaissance Centre to host “Shades of Gospel” music concert Nov. 3

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a lively and educational celebration of gospel music that connects all cultures, ages and backgrounds on 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 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

US 1/Capital Boulevard Improvements public meeting Oct. 29

The NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will host a public meeting about proposed improvements along US 1/Capital Boulevard on Monday, Oct. 29, from 4-7 p.m. at Wake Forest Baptist Church, 107 E. South Ave. This meeting was originally scheduled for Oct. 11 but postponed due to concerns about Hurricane Michael.

The meeting will have an informal, open house-style format, so there will not be a formal presentation. Attendees may come any time between 4 and 7 p.m. to view the conceptual designs and ask questions. Information at both meetings will be the same.

The NCDOT is proposing to convert US 1/Capital Boulevard to a controlled-access highway from I-540 to Purnell Road (S.R. 1909)/Harris Road (S.R. 1931). A controlled-access highway is one on which access is provided only via ramps at interchanges. Some cross-streets will be grade separated, and no driveway connections will be allowed.

The purpose of the project is to reduce traffic congestion and improve travel times and maintain regional mobility and local connectivity. A map of the proposed improvements can be viewed or downloaded on the NCDOT public meetings website at

Comments and questions can be submitted at the Oct. 29 public meeting or via US mail, email, or phone through Sunday, Nov. 11. Comments can also be submitted online at

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Persons requiring these services are urged to contact Diane Wilson at 919-707-6073 or as early as possible.

Applications accepted through Oct. 29 for 2018 Wake Forest Christmas Parade

You still have time to apply to participate in the 2018 Wake Forest Christmas Parade. Applications will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 29 and are available online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Interested participants may submit their application online or by mail to Wake Forest Christmas Parade, c/o Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587. Entries postmarked by Monday, Oct. 29, will be considered for inclusion based on the number of entriesneeded for each category. Accepted entrants will be notified via email no later than Monday, Nov. 5.

Please note: A limited number of car and motorcycle group entries are accepted each year, with entries being considered in the order in which they are submitted. The allotted number of car and motorcycle group entries has been filled, so no additional applications in those categories will be accepted.

Paymentfor entry is due at the time of application. Parade packets foraccepted participants will be mailed Monday, Nov. 19. The packet will include vehicle passes,parking information, and other pertinent event details.

Sponsored by PowerSecure and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., this year’s Wake Forest Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact the Downtown Development Office at 919-435-9416 or

Renaissance Centre to host Special Needs Movie Matinee this Sunday

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., will host a Special Needs Movie Matinee this Sunday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m. The featured film will be “Hotel Transylvania 3.”

Sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department, this free film screening 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.

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 Matinee, contact Specialized Programs Recreation Specialist Kelly Schurtz at 919-556-7093 or

The Wall That Heals in Wake Forest opens today

The Wall That Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, officially opens today, Oct. 18, at 8 a.m. in Wake Forest’s E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. Free and open to the public, the exhibit will be available 24-hours-a-day through 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. A schedule of events is attached.

Wake Forest has the honor of being the only town in North Carolina scheduled to host The Wall That Heals (TWTH) in 2018. A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, TWTH honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

TWTH schedule in Wake Forest is provided below:

Thursday, Oct. 18

  • 8 a.m. – TWTH officially opens to the public 24-hours-a-day
  • 4 p.m. – TWTH Welcome Ceremony
  • 7 p.m. – “Etchings in Stone” film screening in Joyner Park Amphitheater

Friday, Oct. 19

  • 7 p.m. – “Etchings in Stone” film screening in Joyner Park Amphitheater

Saturday, Oct. 20

  • Noon – “Reading of the Names” – The names of NC service members Missing In Action (MIA) will be called out
  • 7 pm – “Etchings in Stone” film screening in Joyner Park Amphitheater

Sunday, Oct. 21

  • 11:30 a.m. – TWTH Closing Ceremony
  • 2 p.m. – TWTH closes

For more information, visit

Tickets selling fast for 2018 Christmas Historic Home Tour

TheWake Forest Historic Preservation Commission(HPC) and the Wake Forest Woman’s Club will present thebiennial Wake Forest Christmas Historic Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 1-7 p.m. – rain or shine.

Offered only ineven-numbered years, the Christmas Historic Home Tour is a self-guided tour featuring several Wake Forest homes and other properties decorated for the holidays andopen for viewing. This year’s event will also offer wonderful Christmas music and more.

Advance tickets are on sale for $20 (price includes tax) and going fast. Tickets may be purchased online with a credit card at, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., and Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Tickets can also be purchased with cash or check only at the following area locations:

  • Arrow Tree Boutique, 415 S. Brooks St.

  • North Carolina General Store, 150 S. White St.

  • Page 158 Books, 415 S. Brooks St.

  • The Cotton Company, 306 S. White St.

  • Village Pharmacy of Wake Forest, 900 S. Franklin St.

  • Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. White St.

  • Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St.

  • Wake Forest Coffee Co., 156 S. White St.

Tickets are limited to a total of 2,000 to ensure the best possible experience for everyone and will not be available for purchase on the day of the tour. Well-mannered children under the age of 12 will be admitted free.

Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to this year’s Christmas Historic Home Tour in the palm of their hands by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app’s “Christmas Historic Home Tour” function. Designed to provide smart phone users with useful information about this year’s tour, the function offers instant access to contact and ticket information, as well as tour directions and news.

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

Wake Forest is also offering email updates about this year’s tour through E-Notifier, the Town’s free email subscription service. Anyone interested in receiving announcements about the tour can sign up for free at

For more information about this year’s Christmas Historic Home Tour, visit or contact Senior Planner Michelle Michael at 919-435-9516 or

Renaissance Centre & NC Symphony to host “Music Discovery & Instrument Zoo” Nov. 7

The NC Symphony will present a free “Music Discovery & Instrument Zoo” on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St.

Geared for preschool and elementary age children and their families, this hands-on musical activity will feature NC Symphony musician Rachel Niketopoulos reading a children’s book followed by an interactive demonstration of orchestra instruments. Attendees will learn how the horn instruments of the orchestra make their sounds and hear examples of classical and popular music composed for horns.

Afterwards, audience members will have the opportunity to try their favorite instrument in the instrument zoo.

This Music Discovery program is sponsored by PNC’s “Grow Up Great” initiative, promoting literacy and arts education for preschoolers and their families.

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

“I Love Wake Forest Power” T-shirts now on sale

Wake Forest Power is selling commemorative T-shirts for $10 each to raise money for the H.O.P.E. program. Available in a variety of adultsizes, the T-shirts prominently display the Wake Forest Power logo on the front.

T-shirts may be ordered and purchased online via credit card at or with cash, check or credit card at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. All proceeds from T-shirt sales will go to support the H.O.P.E. program, also known as Helping Others by Providing Electricity.

Nearly2,000 Wake Forest Power residential utility accountsare overdue each month. While late payments are achronic problem for a few customers, most overdue accounts belong toresidents in needof one-time assistance. The H.O.P.E. program was designed to assist such customers.

H.O.P.E. is administered through a partnership between the Town of Wake Forest and ChurchNet, a local non-profit organization assisting peoplein need. The Town accepts both one-timeand regular donations from residential and commercial utility customersand directs all the proceedsto ChurchNet.ChurchNet then determines who qualifies for assistance and how much help they receive. Then,100% of the donatedfunds are used to pay Wake Forest Power residential utility bills.

For more information about H.O.P.E., visit

A division of the Town of Wake Forest, Wake Forest Power supplies electricity to approximately 5,000 residential and 1,300 commercial customers. A public power community since 1909, Wake Forest is one of 32 members of the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA). For more information about Wake Forest Power, visit

Volunteer youth basketball coaches needed

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is looking for responsible adults interested in volunteering their time to coach in the following leagues during the upcoming Youth Basketball season: 9-10-year-old boys; 11-12-year-old boys; 13-14-year-old boys; and 15-17-year-old boys.

Team practices will begin in November, and games will be played primarily on weeknights and Saturdays from December through February.

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s Youth Basketball Leagues are designed to teach fair play and sportsmanship, develop fundamental basketball skills, and promote a fun and healthy lifestyle.

Anyone interested in sharing these skills with area young people is urged to contact Athletics Specialist KP Kilpatrick at 919-435-9457 or

Please note that all volunteer coaches must pass a background check.