WFBIP receives two IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Awards

The Wake Forest Business & Industry Partnership (WFBIP) recently received two Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The WFBIP earned the honors for its “Quality of Life Booklet,” in the category of Special Purpose Print Brochure, and its “2017 Community Profile,” in the category of General Purpose Print Brochure.

“Our brand is still young, so it is a real honor to win awards in two categories in this highly competitive, international competition,” said WFBIP President Jason Cannon. “The IEDC received over 500 entries this year. I want to offer a sincere and special thanks to the Town of Wake Forest’s Graphic Coordinator Bess Martinson for her incredible work on the ‘Quality of Life Booklet.’ Likewise, I’d like to thank Jeff Denny and his team at Liaison Design Group for their impressive work on the ‘2017 Community Profile.’”

While recognizing the Quality of Life Booklet, the IEDC noted, “Wake Forest is part of the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina and minutes from Raleigh, the state capital. Home to over 43,000 residents and a growing business base, Wake Forest stands as a vibrant, charming community in one of the nation’s fastest growing regions. While this is extremely evident to those who live in the area, this booklet serves as a tangible tool to demonstrate this to everyone else. In true photo-book fashion, this piece is full of large, captivating images with bold captions telling the story of Wake Forest. It focuses on all of the top quality of life features important to anyone considering Wake Forest for their business. The margins contain text for more information, but the photography is designed to speak for itself. An important factor in attracting talent for a business is locating it in a quality place. Flip through these pages and you will quickly see a place of quality emerge.”

Of the Community Profile, the IEDC wrote: “Chock-full of infographics, charts, and photography, the Community Profile strategically presents the amazing strengths of the community in one concise piece. Specifically, the profile highlights Wake Forest’s impressive population characteristics, economic indicators, technical industry base, workforce, transportation assets, and educational strengths. It serves as an important resource for businesses, investors, site selectors, developers, and regional and state economic development partners.”

The honors were announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 2, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which took place Sept. 29-Oct. 3, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Wake Forest Business & Industry Partnership (WFBIP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation promoting Wake Forest as a destination for business and industry through economic development activities which expand the tax base, increase job opportunities, and foster positive economic impact on our community.

For more information, contact Senior Project Manager Jennifer Gaston at 919-435-9420.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council(IEDC) is the world’s largest membership organization for economic development professionals. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life in their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, our members represent the entire range of economic development. Learn more

Forest Moon Theater to present “The Memory of Water” Nov. 9-11 & 16-18

Forest Moon Theater will present “The Memory of Water” Friday-Sunday, Nov. 9-11 and 16-18, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Showtime on Friday and Saturday is 7:30 p.m., while Sunday’s showtime is 3 p.m.

The death of their mother reunites sisters in England who at first could seem no more different from one another. Conflicting memories of the same events from their past highlight what separates them. On the eve of the funeral, in the bedroom haunted by their mother’s ghost, confrontations amidst the laughter stir the waters and bring secrets to the surface.

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.

Please note: Parental guidance recommended. Contains some adult language and subject matter, including alcohol and drugs, that might not be suitable for young people.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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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Operation Medicine Drop this Saturday

The Wake Forest Police Department (WFPD) will host “Operation Medicine Drop” this Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. inside the ground floor meeting room of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. The room is most easily accessed via Town Hall’s Taylor Street entrance.

The WFPD offers Operation Medicine Drop as a prescription and over-the-counter medication take-back initiative that promotes proper medication disposal. By providing a safe and secure way for people to get rid of unwanted pills, tablets and other medications, Operation Medicine Drop helps prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse, while also protecting local rivers and streams. The service is free, anonymous and no questions will be asked.

Participants can help law enforcement officials properly identify and sort the medications by disposing expired, unused or unwanted medicine in its original container with the drug label intact. All the medications collected during the drop-off event will be secured by law enforcement and destroyed by incineration.

Operation Medicine Drop is a partnership of the N.C. Department of Insurance and Safe Kids NC, N.C. Department of Justice – Attorney General’s Office, U.S. Department of Justice – Drug Enforcement Agency, N.C. Department of Public Safety – SBI, the Riverkeepers of N.C. and local law enforcement agencies. These agencies work together to provide assistance and support to aid in the proper disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Operation Medicine Drop reminds parents and caregivers to do the following:

  • Keep medicines locked up and out of reach of children.

  • Always read labels, follow directions and give medicines to children based on their weights and ages. Only use the dispensers packaged with children’s medications.

  • Avoid taking medicine or vitamins in front of kids.

  • Medicine should not be referred to as “candy.”

  • If you suspect poisoning and a child is choking, collapses, can’t breathe or is having a seizure, call 911. Otherwise, take the product to the phone and call the national Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

For more information, contact Sgt. Stephen Cashwell at 919-263-9675 or

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