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Renaissance Centre & Women’s Theatre Festival to host “Occupy the Stage” June 30-July 1

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts and the Women’s Theatre Festival (WTF) are hosting an around-the-clock 24-hour event called “Occupy the Stage” June 30-July 1. The event will take place from 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30, through 7 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Geared to women ages 16 and older, “Occupy the Stage” will feature “staged” readings from across the country, along with a host of workshops, such as “Marketing 101” and “How to Run a Lighting Board.” The event will also offer several discussion panels and devised theatre pieces, including local playwright and poet Debra Kaufman workshopping “The Illuminated Dresses.”

Founded in 2016 to create, produce and promote extraordinary theatre by women, the WTF encourages women to aspire to leadership roles in the theatrical field. During “Occupy the Stage,” WTF members can participate in a “VIP Track” that features the best theatrical practitioners in our area offering guidance on several specialized theater-related topics.

A new addition to this year’s event will be “Occupy Kids,” where children can enjoy activities tailored to them while their parents attend other parts of the “Occupy” event.

Occupy 2018 jumpstarts WTF’s long-term goal of creating a convention-type atmosphere that establishes the Triangle as a destination to celebrate women and gender equity in the theatrical field.

Tickets are $25 each and include admission to all “Occupy the Stage” activities.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their pajamas, a blanket and favorite camping gear and settle in for a full 24 hours of theatrical fun that celebrates the talents of women.

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

Operation A.R.T.® Exhibit June 24

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a special Operation A.R.T.® Exhibit on Sunday, June 24, from 3-5 p.m. in the Arts Annex, 407 S. Brooks St.

From January through April, the Renaissance Centre partnered with The Joel Fund to offer photography, drawing, painting and writing classes for local veterans and their families through Operation A.R.T. – a collaborative project designed entirely for veterans, active duty military, and their families in and around our community. The June 24 exhibit is an opportunity for participants to showcase their artwork.

Free and open to the community, the exhibit will also include a free musical performance by Roseann McFadden from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

The Joel Fund was started to honor a man who served our country as a Navy SEAL for 20 years. The mission of The Joel Fund is to improve the lives of veterans by providing a connection to non-traditional services.

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

Priority Pedestrian Corridor Project set to begin June 25

State Contracting, Inc., a contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, will begin construction on the Priority Pedestrian Corridor Project on Monday, June 25.

The initiative will provide sidewalk connections along East Wait Avenue from Allen Road to Traditions Grande Boulevard. The project will also include the installation of a multi-use path along West Oak Avenue from the Harris/Wall/West Oak intersection to Abercrombie Road.

The project is expected to be completed in late 2018/early 2019.

Drivers should expect periodic lane closures along East Wait and West Oak throughout the duration of the project, so motorists may wish to avoid these areas and take alternate routes. Whenever a lane closure is required, the contractor will utilize flaggers to safely direct traffic through the work area.

For more information, contact Town Engineer Eric Keravuori at 919-435-9441 or ekeravuori@wakeforestnc.gov.

The Town of Wake Forest provides this information as a public service. Planned road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for a variety of work. Motorists are encouraged to use the information to help plan their route and move safely through the work area. Weather and unforeseen circumstances occasionally prevent work from being completed as scheduled and make it unsafe to reopen lanes or streets when planned. When this occurs, town staff works with contractors to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and reduce impacts to the traveling public.

When traveling through a construction area, drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians are asked to be patient, proceed with caution, and obey flaggers at all times. Drivers should get in the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. Drivers are also urged to double their following distances.

To receive email notifications concerning road closures and traffic alerts in Wake Forest, sign up for E-Notifier atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

Golf carts not allowed on town streets

The Wake Forest Police Department is reminding youth and adult residents that the operation of golf carts on Wake Forest roadways is strictly prohibited. The prohibition includes public streets within town neighborhoods and subdivisions.

North Carolina law defines a golf cart as “a vehicle designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes and that is not capable of exceeding speeds of 20 miles per hour.”

All motor vehicles operated on a public street or highway must be registered with the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and carry liability insurance. Since golf carts are not considered motor vehicles, they cannot be registered.

Although several North Carolina municipalities have passed ordinances legalizing the operation of golf carts on public streets, Wake Forest is not among them. Anyone caught illegally operating a golf cart within the Town of Wake Forest is subject to criminal prosecution.

The Wake Forest Police Department is especially concerned with the increase in the number of violations involving juveniles on golf carts. In addition to lacking the safety features of cars, the size and weight of golf carts make them dangerous around larger vehicles, particularly when operated by inexperienced drivers.

“Our number one concern is the health and safety of our residents,” said Police Chief Jeff Leonard.

“My hope is that the young people in our community, and their parents and guardians, will be mindful of the potential safety risks and not operate golf carts on our public streets. We need their cooperation to prevent accidents that might injure themselves and others.”

Area residents are reminded that North Carolina law distinguishes between golf carts and Low Speed Electric Vehicles (LSEV). While the operation of golf carts on public streets is illegal, state law allows for the operation of LSEV on public streets under the following conditions: the operator possesses a valid driver’s license; the vehicle is registered with the NCDMV, has a valid license tag, vehicleinspection, and valid vehicle insurance.

LSEV’s fall under Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 500 (49 CFR 571.500) which states they “must” have the ability to travel between 20-25 mph, and be equipped with headlamps, stop lamps, turn signal lamps, tail lamps, reflex reflectors, parking brakes, rearview mirrors, windshields, seat belts, and vehicle identification numbers (VIN).

Anyone who brings an LSEV from out of state must provide proof that the LSEV is registered with their state of residence DMV. The LSEV must also have a DMV-issued license tag and valid insurance. The Town of Wake Forest does not offer any type of temporary permit for the use of LSEVs.

For more information, call the Police Department at 919-554-6150.

Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park continue June 30

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is hosting a free, monthly outdoor movie series through August at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. The second in the series of “Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park” will take place Saturday, June 30, at 8:30 p.m. and feature the film “The Lion King.”

Presented by McPherson Family Eye Care, Walters Insurance Agency, Inc., Edward Jones Investments and Capital Powersports, Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park feature a variety of family-friendly film favorites and genres, including comedies, dramas and thrillers, all projected on a 26-foot inflatable movie screen in the park’s amphitheater.

New this year, Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park also offer movie-related pre-show activities for kids beginning at 7:15 p.m. Entitled “Meet the Animals of Africa,” the June 30 pre-show activity will include presentations by the NC Museum of Natural History and Carolina Tiger Rescue. Children 12 and under are invited to attend, along with their parents.

Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and/or chairs but are reminded that alcohol, smoking and unleashed pets are prohibited.

Assorted food vendors will be on site selling snacks and refreshments.

Future film screenings are scheduled for July 28 (Cars 3) and Aug. 11 (Beauty & The Beast). Showtime for each event is 8:30 p.m. Anyone planning to attend is urged to arrive early as viewing space may be limited.

In the event of rain, Family Movie Night may be moved inside Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St. Updates will be provided on the Town’s website and Facebook page and by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town of Wake Forest app will receive a push notification informing them of any schedule changes.

The following sponsors have generously contributed to the 2018 Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park series: McPherson Family Eye Care, Walters Insurance Agency, Inc., Edward Jones Investments, Capital Powersports, Bumgarner & Martin Orthodontics, Mosquito Joe of Eastern Wake County, Vision Martial Arts, Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest, Wells Family Dental Group, British Swim School, Michelle Palatine & Co., Triangle Family Dentistry, The College at Southeastern, Avance Care, and Kerr Family YMCA.

For more information, including a listing of each month’s pre-show activity, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Family Movie Nights” or contact PRCR Events Coordinator Suja Jacob at 919-556-7063 or sjacob@wakeforestnc.gov.

Renaissance Centre to host Special Needs Movie Night June 22

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., will host Special Needs Movie Night on Friday, June 22, at 6:30 p.m. The featured film will be “Coco.”

Sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department, this free event 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.

Kids are also invited towear their pajamas, so they’ll be ready for bed after movie night is over.

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 Night, contact Specialized Programs Recreation Specialist Kelly Schurtz at 919-556-7093 or kschurtz@wakeforestnc.gov.

Wake Forest Reservoir soft trail closed June 19-22

The Town of Wake Forest will close the Wake Forest Reservoir Soft Trail from Tuesday, June 19, through Friday, June 22. The temporary closure is necessary to allow tree crews to remove several trees that have fallen or are in danger of falling along the trail.

During the closure, crews will also examine the trail for any other public safety concerns.

Located on the western side of the Wake Forest Reservoir, the dirt trail begins at the boat ramp off Traditions Grande Boulevard and Old Wait Avenue and ends at Oak Grove Church Road. The trail is marked with round metal discs that are orange in color with an arrow pointing in the direction of the trail.

Signage announcing the trail closure will be posted, along with barricades. Greenway users are urged to obey the signs and avoid the area.

For more information, contact Assistant Town Engineer Holly Miller at 919-435-9443 or hmiller@wakeforestnc.gov.

For more information about the Wake Forest Reservoir Soft Trail, visit

“Picture 80 Acres” public meetings start tonight

The Wake Forest Recreation Advisory Board is hosting a series of public meetings over the next several days to solicit public input concerning the best use of 80 acres of undeveloped Town property in the vicinity of Forestville Road and Foundation Drive.

The first public meeting is scheduled for tonight (June 18) at 6:30 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. The interactive session will include a brief presentation, followed by an open forum discussion where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share suggestions.

Subsequent sessions will also take place according to the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m.; Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

  • Thursday, June 21, 6:30 p.m.; Richland Creek Community Church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road

  • Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m.; Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

  • Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m.; Hope Lutheran Church, 3525 Rogers Road

Discussions at these meetings will cover a variety of topics centered on how to best achieve the appropriate balance between maintaining the property’s natural charm and adding desired amenities.

“Picture 80 Acres” is the name given to the Town’s efforts to solicit community input as to the best use of this land for outdoor recreational activities. Coordinated by the Recreation Advisory Board, the initiative offers area residents a variety of opportunities to share their ideas.

Area residents are also encouraged to share their comments online via “Engage Wake Forest” at http://wakeforest.mindmixer.com/picture-80-acres/

For more information about “Picture 80 Acres,” visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/picture-80-acres.aspx or contact Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 or rwall@wakeforestnc.gov.

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Holding Park Aquatic Center opening delayed “indefinitely”

Mother Nature is at it again and now she’s using another form of extreme weather to delay the opening of the Holding Park Aquatic Center. Over the winter, the culprit was subfreezing temperatures. Now, the problem is rain – lots and lots of rain.

In February, despite an unusually wet and cold winter, the contractor, Harrod and Associates Constructors, Inc. deemed the project 35 percent complete. That’s when the construction site’s susceptibility to adverse weather began to show.

Located at 133 W. Owen Ave., Wake Forest’s future aquatic center sits in a low area with limited drainage surrounded by trees. The location makes it difficult for the site to dry out during normal circumstances but even more so during continuous spells of rainy weather like the kind our area has experienced throughout the first half of 2018. Although the contractor pumped the site several times and worked weekends in an effort to maintain progress, the frustrating mix of wet weather and soggy site conditions continued to plague the project throughout February, March, April and May.

Despite these obstacles, Harrod and Associates has managed to construct the pump house, complete the pool shells and install the shade structures, pool coping and waterslides. When the site is too wet and muddy to allow for outside construction, crews work inside the pump house.

The first week of June brought the first break in the streak of rainy weather and with it hope that construction could get back on schedule. Hope was, in fact, fleeting as Mother Nature struck yet again.

The rains returned Sunday and Monday evenings, June 10-11, making it impossible for crews to begin the final phase of construction that includes pouring the concrete pool deck, installing the fencing and applying the remaining pool plastering.

As of now, the project is approximately 80 percent complete, yet the final 20 percent may prove the most challenging. Until Wake Forest enjoys an entire week of sunny weather with no rain, the low-lying site cannot dry out sufficiently to allow the subgrade to be compacted properly and the concrete pool deck poured.

“We’re disappointed, but the weather is out of our control,” said Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Director Ruben Wall, who also noted the weather’s impact on his department’s athletic programming. Since April, the PRCR Department has canceled and rescheduled a total of 194 games in its athletic leagues due to inclement weather.

“Still, we’re trying to look at the big picture. The original Holding Park Pool served our community well for over 70 years. We want the new aquatic center to be here for another 70 years, so it’s important we build it the right way.”

Due to the unpredictability of the weather, Wall is reluctant to offer a timetable for the completion of the aquatic center until our area experiences a significant stretch of dry weather. Still, he remains committed to the project and what it will mean to Wake Forest.

“Our entire team is working as hard as we can to get the facility open as soon as we possibly can,” said Wall. “When that time comes, we look forward to inviting the entire community out for what will be an unforgettable grand opening and dedication ceremony.”

For more information, contact PRCR Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 or rwall@wakeforestnc.gov.