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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 www.wakeforestnc.gov/the-wall-that-heals.aspx.

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 www.wakeforestnc.gov/christmashometour.aspx, 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 atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.

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 www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

For more information about this year’s Christmas Historic Home Tour, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/christmashometour.aspx or contact Senior Planner Michelle Michael at 919-435-9516 or mmichael@wakeforestnc.gov.

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 www.wakeforestrencen.org/event/music-discovery-instrument-zoo or contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566 or dhorton@wakeforestnc.gov.

“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 www.wakeforestnc.gov/marketplace.aspx 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 www.wakeforestnc.gov/HOPE.aspx.

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 www.wakeforestnc.gov/wake-forest-power.aspx.

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 kkilpatrick@wakeforestnc.gov.

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

Fall Foliage Tours at Joyner Park postponed until Nov. 7

Due to unseasonably warm temperatures so far this fall season, the vibrant red, orange and yellow leaves that typically adorn the trees in our area are few and far between. As a result, this year’s Fall Foliage Tours at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, have been postponed a couple weeks from Wednesday, Oct. 24, until Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Weather permitting, Urban Forestry Coordinator Luke Devores will offer the free, one-hour tours on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. and 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 may be rescheduled.

For more information, contact Urban Forestry Coordinator Luke Devores at 919-435-9565 or ldevores@wakeforestnc.gov.

“The Wall That Heals” coming to Joyner Park this week

The Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation will host The Wall That Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-21. Free and open to the public, the exhibit will be available 24-hours-a-day beginning 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, through 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

The Wall That Heals (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.

Prior to Thursday’s official opening, TWTH will arrive in Joyner Park around noon on Tuesday, Oct. 16, as part of an impressive procession before being assembled on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Tuesday’s procession will include TWTH tractor trailer; numerous law enforcement vehicles, several first responder vehicles, including Wake Forest Fire Department fire trucks and Wake Forest Power utility vehicles; and various motorcycle groups.

The arrival route begins in Youngsville and continues through Rolesville before coming through Wake Forest. TWTH Planning Committee is inviting area residents and beyond to line the route between 11 a.m. and noon on Tuesday and watch as the procession winds its way to Joyner Park. To view the arrival route, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/twth-arrival-route.aspx.

The public is invited to The Wall’s official Welcoming Ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. The service will take place near The Wall exhibit, which will be situated in the grassy field adjacent to the Joyner Park visitor parking lot.

One of the highlights of the Welcoming Ceremony promises to be a flyover by the Bandit Flight Team. Based in Raleigh, NC, the Bandit Flight Team is a group of highly trained, experienced pilots that combine their love of flying with an appreciation for vintage military aircraft. The Bandits fly their aircraft to preserve the military Warbird heritage and as an opportunity to salute returning war veterans.

Several events are scheduled as part of TWTH visit to Wake Forest, including free showings of “Etchings in Stone” Oct. 18-20 at 7 p.m. in the Joyner Park Amphitheater. To view the entire schedule of events, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/schedule-of-events-2.aspx.

Wake Forest has the honor of being the only town in North Carolina scheduled to host TWTH in 2018. As such, Wake Forest will be among the first to host a new, larger exhibit, which includes a three-quarter scale Wall replica that is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. With the new replica at this size, visitors will be able to experience The Wall rising above them as they walk towards the apex, a key feature of the design of The Wall in Washington, D.C.

This year, for the first time in the history of The Wall That Heals, visitors will be able to perform “name rubbings” of individual service member’s names on The Wall.

In addition to The Wall replica, the exhibit includes a Mobile Education Center comprised of digital photo displays of “Hometown Heroes” – service members whose names are on The Wall that list their home of record within the area of a visit. The Mobile Education Center also features digital photo displays of Vietnam veterans from the local area honored through VVMF’s In Memory program which honors veterans who returned home from Vietnam and later died as a result of their service; video displays that teach about the history and impact of The Wall and the collection of items left­ at The Wall in D.C.; educational exhibits told through items in the collection; a map of Vietnam; and a chronological overview of the Vietnam War.

For more information about The Wall That Heals in Wake Forest, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/the-wall-that-heals.aspx and “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/twthwakeforestnc/.