Seats Still Available for Saturday’s R.I.S.E. Women’s Empowerment Workshop

Plenty of seats are still available for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department’s inaugural R.I.S.E. (Rise, Inspire, Succeed Empower) Women’s Empowerment Workshop. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

Designed for young ladies ages 12-22, the free workshop will be hosted by Wake Forest Commissioner Anne Reeve and PRCR Director Ruben Wall.

R.I.S.E. will feature five facilitators discussing topics of importance to young women:

  • Rosemary Pimentel – Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

  • Sheila Tolbert – Being a BOSS: Leadership Development

  • Lorna Harris – Beauty: Inside and Out

  • Valerie Frazier – Unconditional LOVE

  • Lisa Hayes – Empowered to Overcome

The event is free and lunch will be served.

Pre-registration is required by emailing Event Coordinator Lisa Jacobs at

For more information, contact Lisa Jacobs at 919-556-7063 or

WalletHub Ranks Wake Forest Among Best Places in North Carolina to Raise a Family

WalletHub, a personal finance website, has recognized Wake Forest as the 9th best place in North Carolina to raise a family.

In order to help families find the best North Carolina cities for putting down roots,WalletHub conducted a study comparing 85 cities in the state across four key dimensions: 1) Family Life & Fun; 2) Education, Health & Safety; 3) Affordability; and 4) Socioeconomics. WalletHub’s analysts evaluated those categories using 21 key metrics, ranging from “number of attractions” to “median family income” to “school-system quality.”

According to WalletHub’s findings, Wake Forest scored among the best cities in the state in nine of those metrics (1=Best; 43=Avg.):

  • 10th – Median Family Income (adjusted for cost of living)

  • 7th – % of Families with Children under 18

  • 14th – Quality of School System

  • 17th – High School Graduation Rate

  • 10th – Violent Crime Rate

  • 15th – % of Families Living Below Poverty Level

  • 6th – Unemployment Rate

  • 8th – Divorce Rate

  • 13th – Playgrounds per Capita

To view the complete list of rankings, visit

For more information about WalletHub, visit

Gov. McCrory to Host Town Hall Meeting in Wake Forest Nov. 1

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) will host a town hall meeting at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St., on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Free and open to the public, the family-friendly meeting is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Event organizers are asking anyone planning to attend to pre-register at

Additional details will be provided as they become available.

Please note: Due to Gov. McCrory’s visit, Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners work session will begin one hour later than normal at 6:30 p.m. The Planning Board meeting will get underway at its regular time at 7:30 p.m.

Traffic Alert – Intersection of Capital Boulevard/US 1 & Purnell Road/Harris Road

A contractor will close the turn lanes from Capital Boulevard/US 1 onto Harris Road and Purnell Road Thursday and Friday, Oct. 27-28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The temporary turning lane closures are necessary to allow Enrisco crews to install groundwater monitoring wells in the median of Capital Boulevard/US 1.

Signs and flaggers will be in place to safely direct traffic through the work area. Delays are expected.

For more information, contact David Jerose at

The Town of Wake Forest provides this information as a public service. Motorists are reminded that weather and road conditions can change rapidly and should plan accordingly. When traveling through a construction area, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are asked to be patient, proceed with caution and obey flaggers at all times. Planned road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for a variety of work. Dates, times and work locations are subject to change due to inclement weather or last-minute changes in work schedules.

Bright Star Touring Theater Presents “The Story of Anne Frank” Nov. 1

Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC, will present “The Story of Anne Frank” on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The performance is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St.

Join Bright Star in honoring the end of World War II with this production that celebrates the courage of young Anne Frank and her family. Designed to offer an engaging and accessible approach to this time in history, The Story of Anne Frank seeks to honor the strength of the human spirit even in the most challenging of times.

The Story of Anne Frank is best appreciated by audiences in 4th grade and higher.

Tickets are $7 each (plus tax) and available for purchase online at and at the Renaissance Centre Box Office.

For more information, call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

Rogers Road Bridge Reopening Celebration Set for Nov. 12

The Town of Wake Forest, the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, and several businesses in the vicinity of the soon-to-be-finished Rogers Road Bridge are planning a bridge reopening celebration onSaturday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Heritage Pointe Shoppes, 3309 Rogers Road.

All area residents are invited to come celebrate the bridge reopening and show their support for local businesses.

The occasion will feature a variety of activities for both children and adults, including face painting, a DJ, live music, special demonstrations, a bounce house and inflatable obstacle course, food and dessert trucks, and much more.

The celebration also includes a special raffle offering local residents the chance to win a cash prize, along with a variety of prizes donated by local merchants. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The grand prize drawing will be for one-half of all the money collected. The other half of the proceeds will be donated toCancer ShucksandTri-Area Ministry. The grand prize drawing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and raffle ticket holders must be present to win.

For more information about the Rogers Road Bridge Reopening Celebration, including a complete schedule of events and list of participating businesses, visit or contact Nicole Humphrey at919-435-7500.

The Rogers Road Bridge Replacement Project is part of the NCDOT’s State-Funded Bridge Improvement Program to improve the overall condition of the state’s bridges. The department is investing $810 million over four years to strategically perform preservation or rehabilitation work when possible.

NCDOT contractors are in the process of replacing the existing two-lane bridge with a five-lane bridge and widening from two to five lanes the portion of Rogers Road from Hope Lutheran Church to Forestville Road. Once completed, the project is expected to improve capacity and safety and relieve the bottlenecks that occur in the area during school rush hours.

Weather permitting, the bridge is scheduled to reopen in early November.

For more information about the Rogers Road Bridge Replacement Project, visit

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.