Category: Press Release

Holiday Happenings Easy to Find on Town’s Website

Halloween may still be a few days away, but the Town of Wake Forest is already receiving inquiries from area residents concerning this year’s slate of Christmas events and activities.

From the Lighting of Wake Forest to the annual Christmas Parade, Wake Forest’s holiday season is jam-packed with fun-filled happenings guaranteed to put you in a festive mood.

To help inform Wake Forest area residents about all their holiday options, the town has updated the “Christmas in Wake Forest” portal on its website. Located at, the web page provides detailed information about our area’s most popular holiday events. Offering dates, times, locations, event descriptions and more, “tis the season” to mark your calendars, so you don’t miss a thing.

But that’s not all.

Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to this year’s town-sponsored holiday events in the palm of their hands by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app’s “Christmas in Wake Forest” function. Designed to offer smart phone users instant access to all the town’s holiday happenings, including the Lighting of Wake Forest, the Downtown Merchant’s Holiday Open House, Calls from Santa, and the Wake Forest Christmas Parade – just to mention a few.

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

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

Applicants Sought for Several Advisory Boards

The Town of Wake Forest has extended the deadline for anyone wishing to apply to serve on the Cemetery Advisory Board (CAB), Greenways Advisory Board (GAB), Public Art Commission (PAC), and Urban Forestry Board (UFB. Residents of Wake Forest and its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) now have until 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, to submit a completed application.

The town extended the application deadline for these advisory boards after failing to receive a sufficient number of applications for their upcoming vacancies.

Applications are available on the town’s website at and in the town clerk’s office at town hall.

Applications may be completed and submitted online. Completed applications may also be mailed or delivered to the Wake Forest Town Hall, Attention: Town Clerk, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587, or faxed to 919-435-9419.

Candidates will be expected to attend an upcoming meeting of the advisory board to which they applied to introduce themselves to the board’s current members and explain why they wish to serve.

Selected applicants will volunteer for three-year terms, except where unexpired terms are being filled, and advise the Board of Commissioners on a variety of topics relating to the Wake Forest community.

For more information, contact Town Clerk Deeda Harris at 919-435-9410 or

Area Residents Invited to “Wake Up Wake Forest”

The Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering to present a new morning information series designed to keep area residents up to date on important topics affecting our community, while also connecting them with local political, business, and civicleaders.

“Wake Up Wake Forest” will feature renowned experts in a variety of fields addressing a range of popular issues, including the economy, growth management, and public transportation. Each event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and take place at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St.

Wells Fargo Managing Director & Senior Economist Mark Vitner will kick off the 2016-17 Wake Up Wake Forest series on Tuesday, Dec. 6, with “Trends Impacting the Economy.” Vitner’s presentation will include his annual economic analysis, along with predictions on global, national, regional, and local trends that will impact our economy.

Future sessions are scheduled on Tuesday, April 4(Managing Growth in Wake Forest) and Tuesday, Sept. 12(Transit’s Impact on the Business Community).

The entire community is invited to attend these sessions. The cost is $10 (plus tax) per seminar or $25 (plus tax) forall three and includes breakfast. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. White St.

For more information, visit or call the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce at 919-556-1519.

Halloween Spooktacular is Thursday at Flaherty Park Community Center

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is sponsoring its annual Halloween Spooktacular on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St.

The Halloween Spooktacular is a free, family-oriented festival for children ages 12 and younger.

This year’s festivities will include a costume contest, face painting, and cupcake walk, along with a variety of other ghostly games and activities, and free pumpkin giveaways – while supplies last.

Costumes are optional, but best costumes will be featured on the town’s website.

This marks the second consecutive year the popular event will be offered over the course of four hours. The expanded schedule is designed to encourage greater participation – particularly among younger children and children with special needs.

For more information, visit or call 919-435-9560.

Fall Foliage Tours Wednesday at Joyner Park

Area residents are invited to enjoy the vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows of autumn while also learning about native trees during two “Fall Foliage Tours” on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. Urban Forestry Coordinator Jennifer Rall will offer the free, one-hour tours at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.

Parents and children of all ages are welcome, and no registration is required. Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to meet at the information kiosk located adjacent to the Joyner Park parking lot.

In the event of rain, the Fall Foliage Tours will be rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 28.

For more information, contact the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department at 919-435-9560.

Wake Forest to Host Winter Basketball Clinics for Children & Adults with Special Needs

The Town of Wake Forest is partnering with the City of Raleigh and Special Olympics of Wake County to host a series of basketball clinics for children and adults with special needs on Sundays from Nov. 20, 2016, through Feb. 26, 2017. The clinics will be offered from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St.

The deadline to register is Thursday, Nov. 3. Registration forms are available on the town’s website at

Participants must be at least eight-years-old and have valid Special Olympics Medical and Parent Permission forms on file with Special Olympics Wake County prior to the first day of practice. For more information about the required forms and other conditions, visit

A mandatory parent/guardian meeting is scheduled during the first practice on Nov. 20.

Participants should bring/wear the following items to practice: tennis shoes, comfortable athletic clothing (no jeans), and water in a labeled bottle.

Responsible adults are needed to serve as coaches. Anyone interested in volunteering is urged to contact Recreation Specialist Kelly Schurtz at 919-556-7093 or

Carolina Puppet Theatre Cancels Upcoming Performances

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Carolina Puppet Theatre has cancelled all of its upcoming performances at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts. Any ticket buyers who purchased tickets in advance will be contacted and refunded in full.

Renaissance Centre officials are unsure whether the Carolina Puppet Theatre will return. In the meantime, they are exploring other children’s entertainment options.

To learn about upcoming events at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, sign up for Renaissance Centre updates at or call the Special Events Hotline at 919-435-9428.

PRCR Seeking Program Ideas & Instructors

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is recruiting instructors and soliciting youth and adult course/program ideas for 2017.

Wake Forest PRCR offers an array of year-round recreation classes and activities. Many are the result of a local enthusiast expressing a desire to teach a program on their particular topic of interest.

“We offer a wide variety of classes, activities, and camps that meet the diverse needs and interests of the Wake Forest community,” said Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton. “However, our programming success is due to our quality instructors and their dedication, enthusiasm, and knowledge.”

Adult offerings may involve one-night workshops, active classes or unique programs. Instructors set their own class schedules, title, content and topic subject to the approval of the Recreation Superintendent and dependent upon facility availability.

Youth programs may be offered on a weekly basis or as one-time workshops in fitness, sports, arts, nature, and enrichment.

To view the PRCR’s current program offerings, visit and search “RecConnect.”

Anyone who has an idea for a program or an interest in presenting a class or workshop is encouraged to contact Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563 or

Police Department Turkey Drive Off to a Slow Start

The Wake Forest Police Department’s annual Turkey Drive got underway in September, but donations are way down compared to previous years.

“So far donations have been sparse,” said turkey drive organizer Officer M.W. Sattler. “Now that we’re getting close to November, we’re hoping they will begin to pick up.”

The police department is accepting monetary donations through Saturday, Nov. 19. Cash and checks are accepted and will be used to purchase additional turkeys. Checks should be written to the Wake Forest Police Department.

Donations of frozen turkeys may be dropped off at the Wake Forest Police Department, 225 S. Taylor St., on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. until noon.

The police department will distribute the turkeys while they last on Monday, Nov. 21, from 9-11 a.m., at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

Anyone wishing to contribute to this year’s Turkey Drive should contact Officer Sattler at 919-795-7270.

Officer Sattler organized the police department’s first Turkey Drive in 2007. Since then, the department has distributed nearly 5,000 turkeys to needy families in our area, including over 800 turkeys last year.

Renaissance Centre to Host Big Screen Classics Movie Marathon Weekend Nov. 4-5

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will offer up two days’ worth of time-honored film favorites during the “Big Screen Classics Movie Marathon Weekend” Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5.

Free and open to the public, the movie screenings will begin each day at 10 a.m. and continue at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, will be available for purchase.

Here’s your chance to experience an entire weekend of unique and universal works of cinema that have transcended time and trends, with indefinable quality.

Due to the terms and conditions outlined in its agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, the Renaissance Centre is not permitted to announce the film titles to the general public. However, the Renaissance Centre is publicizing the movie titles through its email subscription service and the Special Events Hotline. To obtain the film titles for the Movie Marathon Weekend, sign up for Renaissance Centre updates via E-Notifier at or call the Special Events Hotline at 919-435-9428.

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