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Town introduces online bulk waste pickup request form

The Town of Wake Forest now offers an online bulk waste pickup request form. Available on the Town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/online-bulk-waste-pickup-request-form.aspx, the form should be used by anyone wishing to schedule bulk waste pickup.

Wake Forest provides free bulk waste pickup service on Tuesdays by appointment only. Defined in the Town’s code of ordinances as “refuse weighing in excess of 75 pounds each,” bulk waste includes any item that does not fit in the Town-issued rollout garbage cart.

Examples of bulk waste pickup items include furniture, lawn mowers, swings, book shelves and bicycles.

Bulkwaste must be scheduledfor collection by 2 p.m. Monday. Items placed at the curb without schedulingwill not be collected.

Area residents without internet access may schedule a bulk waste pickup by calling 919-435-9570. Anyone who calls after hours may leave a voicemail message. Voicemail requests for service must include the resident’s name, physical address and telephone number, along with a description of bulk waste items to be collected. Any service request that does not include the required information will not be processed.

After scheduling an appointment, residents are urged to adhere to the following bulk waste collection guidelines:

  • Place bulkwaste behind the curb by 7a.m. onyour scheduled collection day.

  • Place bulkwaste withinsix feet of the curb andat leastthree feet away from other collection items and obstacles, such as mailboxes, phone poles and vehicles.

  • Do not place bulkwaste inside the rollout carts.

  • Do not block the sidewalk.

Items that are not considered bulk waste include liquid paint, batteries, gasoline, oil, tires, and electronics, such as TVs, computers, printers and copiers. Residents are urged to contact a private waste hauler or visit a local landfill to dispose of these items. For a complete list of Wake County convenience centers, visit wakegov.com and search “convenience centers.”

In addition, household hazardous materials, such as batteries, fire extinguishers, mercury thermometers, paint, pesticides and herbicides, and propane tanks, are not considered bulk waste. Wake County has established a collection program where residents can drop off these materials for proper disposal by a certified Household Hazardous Waste contractor. The drop-off location for northern Wake County is 9037 Deponie Drive, Raleigh. For more information about Wake County’s Household Hazardous Waste program, call 919-856-7400.

For more information about Town of Wake Forest bulk waste collection, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “bulk waste.”

Wake Forest parks and greenways have reopened

All Wake Forest parks and greenways, which had been closed since 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, due to Hurricane Florence, have reopened.

Earlier today, officials completed an inspection of the Town’s parks and greenways and determined them all to be safe for public use.

For more information, contact Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 or rwall@wakeforestnc.gov.

Music at Midday resumes Sept. 20

After being suspended last week due to Hurricane Florence, Music at Midday will return to Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St., this Thursday, Sept. 20. Jessica Lang will perform from noon-1 p.m.

Area residents are invited to listen to great music and dine outside, while enjoying the end of the summer season. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch – either from home or a local restaurant – relax and enjoy the entertainment during Music at Midday. Lumpy’s Ice Cream will be on site selling sweet treats.

Co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department and Wake Forest ARTS, the 2018 series concludes Thursday, Sept. 27, with Into the Fog. For information about each performer, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/music-at-midday.aspx.

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

Celebrate Public Power Week Oct. 7-13

The Town of Wake Forest and Wake Forest Power are joining more than 2,000 not-for-profit utilities in celebrating Public Power Week Oct. 7-13. As part of this annual week-long celebration, the Town and Wake Forest Power will offer several special events and activities:

  • Kids’ Poster Contest
    Wake Forest-area kids, ages 12 and under, are invited to submit a picture/poster related to this year’s theme “Public Power for the Public Good.” The pictures/posters should be no larger than 12”x12”. We will display as many of the submissions we receive as possible in the Town Hall lobby. The winner will receive a gift certificate to a local restaurant.
  • Kids’ Scavenger Hunt
    Children ages 12 and under are invited to complete the 2018 Public Power Week Scavenger Hunt questionnaire to identify Energy Thieves in the home and be entered to win a prize at the evening session of the Energy Expo on Thursday, Oct. 11, 6-7:30 p.m. To download the scavenger hunt questionnaire and registration form, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/public-power-week.aspx.
  • Public Power Week Crossword Puzzle Contest – From now through Wednesday, Oct. 10, Wake Forest Power residential electric customers can enter to win free electricity in October by participating in the Public Power Week Crossword Puzzle Contest. Three winners will be announced during the evening Energy Expo on Thursday, Oct. 11. To download the crossword puzzle and registration form, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/crossword-puzzle-contest.aspx.
  • Savings for Seniors Bingo – Wake Forest-area seniors are invited to enjoy a special morning of bingo on Monday, Oct. 8. From 10 a.m. to noon, Wake Forest Power will host “Savings for Seniors Bingo” in the Ground Floor Meeting Room of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Highlighting a variety of energy-savings ideas, this event will offer participants the chance to have fun and win prizes donated by local merchants. The meeting room is most easily accessed via Town Hall’s Taylor Street entrance.
  • Electric Safety Kids’ Day
    Wake Forest Power will host Electric Safety Kids’ Day on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The event will take place in the Wake Forest Town Hall Lobby, 301 S. Brooks St., beginning at 9:30 a.m., and will last approximately 90 minutes. Local Wake Forest-area elementary schools are invited to participate in a morning of interactive electric education and safety, which will include a reading station, plus indoor and outdoor demonstrations. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required by contacting Heather Mitchell at 919-435-9479 or hmitchell@wakeforestnc.gov.
  • Customer Appreciation
    Public Power Week is also Customer Appreciation Week. As our way of saying “thank you” to our valued customers, Town staff will serve popcorn each day in the lobby of Town Hall and give away special prizes. Staff will also be available to share information and answer questions about Wake Forest’s array of customer programs and services.
  • Energy Expo
    On Thursday, Oct. 11, the Town Hall lobby will be the scene of a daytime and evening energy savings and electric safety expo featuring hands-on demonstrations and representatives from Wake Forest Power, ElectriCities, Northern Regional Center, Resources for Seniors, ChurchNet, Wake County Human Services and more. The Town and Wake Forest Power will present the daytime expo from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., then welcome co-sponsor Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary for the evening edition from 6-7:30 p.m. All area residents are invited to attend and learn how to make their homes more energy efficient, save money on their electric bills, avoid electric hazards, and be safe around electricity. During the energy expo participants can also register to win a variety of special prizes donated by local merchants.
  • Free Hot Dogs
    Wake Forest Power will celebrate Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, Oct. 11, by giving away free hot dogs and sodas beginning at 11 a.m. Wake Forest area residents are invited to come get them while they last.
  • Electric Safety Demonstrations
    Also during the day on Oct. 11, Wake Forest Power linemen will offer on-demand electric safety demonstrations in Centennial Plaza for groups of two or more. The creative program will teach children and adults smart electrical safety habits, demonstrate the power of electricity and show the potential hazards associated with unsafe actions around power lines, pad mount transformers and switchgear. Participants will also experience what it is like to be a lineman and how they stay safe when working with electricity. By handling tools and safety equipment, visitors will have the chance to learn firsthand the importance of electrical safety. Wake Forest Power will also display a bucket truck and other equipment in the Town Hall parking lot for visitors to view and enjoy.

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/wakeforestpower.aspx.

For more information about Public Power Week events and activities, contact Customer Service Manager Andrew Brown, Jr. at 919-435-9466 or abrown@wakeforestnc.gov.

Women’s Self-Defense Class relocated to Flaherty Park Community Center

Due to wet conditions, the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s free self-defense class for women on Tuesday, Sept. 18, will be relocated from E. Carroll Joyner Park to the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St. The class will be offered inside the gymnasium at 6:30 p.m.

During Tuesday’s class, 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 sjacob@wakeforestnc.gov.

Seats still available for “Dementia Conversations” workshop on Sept. 27

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts has been hosting a series of seminars since April designed to raise awareness about Alzeheimer’s disease and related dementias. Each event in the 2018 Understanding Dementia series has offered residents the opportunity to learn about dozens of dementia-related programs, services, products and resources – all in one location.

The series concludes Thursday, Sept. 27, with “Dementia Conversations.” The workshop will take place from 9:30-11 a.m. inside the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. During the session, attendees will learn how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about deciding when to stop driving, going to the doctor and making legal and financial plans.

The workshop is free, but registration is required by visitingwww.wakeforestnc.gov/dementia-awareness-education-series.aspx.

The Renaissance Centre is presenting the series in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina and Wake Forest SING as part of an ongoing effort to establish Wake Forest as a dementia-friendly community.

For more information, contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566 or dhorton@wakeforestnc.gov.

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Forest Moon Theater to present “Crimes of the Heart” Sept. 20-23

Forest Moon Theater will present “Crimes of the Heart” Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 20-23, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Thursday, Friday and Saturday showtimes are 7:30 p.m., while Sunday’s showtime is 3 p.m.

The opening weekend of “Crimes of the Heart” was originally scheduled for Friday-Sunday, Sept. 14-16, but those shows were canceled due to Hurricane Florence. The performance on Thursday, Sept. 20, was added as a make-up date.

“Crimes of the Heart” tells the story of three sisters in a small Mississippi town who 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 on “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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PRCR Department set to offer Monday evening Zumba classes

Beginning Monday, Sept. 17, the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will offer Zumba classes on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Led by licensed Zumba instructor Antoinette McCormick, the classes will take place at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

Zumba is a dance-like exercise program in which participants perform aerobic and strengthening exercises to the beat of lively music.

No registration is required, but there is a $5 drop-in fee for each class.

For more information, contact PRCR Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563 or mlileton@wakeforestnc.gov.

Police Department suspends fingerprinting service

Due to equipment issues, the Wake Forest Police Department will not provide live scan fingerprinting service today.

The police department typically provides the service to the public on a first-come, first-served basis on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. at the Police Department Main Station, 225 E. Taylor St. Space is limited each week to the first 12 people to arrive and sign in.

The cost is $10 for Wake Forest residents and $15 for non-residents. Only cash and checks are accepted, but checks must be made out for the exact amount and a valid picture ID is required for identification.

Fingerprinting service is expected to resume next Thursday, Sept. 20.

In the meantime, area residents have two other local fingerprinting service options, including the Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification (CCBI) and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Raleigh/Wake CCBI, 3301 Hammond Road, Raleigh, offers fingerprinting service daily from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The fee is $15. Walk-ins are accepted, but priority is given to previously-scheduled appointments. For more information or to make an appointment, call 919-856-6300.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, 285 T Kemp Road, Louisburg, offers fingerprinting services to the public during normal business hours. The cost is $10, and the telephone number is 919-496-2186.