Fire Truck Parade to kick off “Camp Celebrate” May 18

The Wake Forest Fire Department and several other local fire departments will participate in a Fire Truck Parade to commence “Camp Celebrate” on Friday, May 18.

The procession is scheduled to depart Triangle Town Center at approximately 2:30 p.m. and head north along US 1/Capital Boulevard before continuing west on NC 98 to Camp Kanata. The parade of fire trucks is expected to come through Wake Forest at approximately 2:45 p.m. – with sirens wailing.

The first camp in the United States for children who have survived burn injury, Camp Celebrate meets for the 36th time this weekend at Camp Kanata in Wake Forest.

Camp Celebrate is a weekend camping experience for children and adolescents who have survived burn injury, many of whom have been treated at the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Started in 1982, Camp Celebrate is a unique therapeutic experience designed to enhance each camper’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth. Volunteers from across the state, including firefighters and Jaycees, join the Burn Center staff in providing the campers a fun and enriching experience.

Since its inception, the weekend camp gets underway each year with a Fire Truck Parade that includes as many as 40 fire trucks representing numerous local fire departments. With sirens wailing, the trucks transport the Camp Celebrate campers from Triangle Town Center Mall in Raleigh to Camp Kanata.

For more information, contact Wake Forest Fire Department Logistics Officer David Davis at 919-761-3810 or

“Social Media Awareness Week” is May 21-25

The Town of Wake Forest will recognize May 21-25 as “Social Media Awareness Week.”

The Board of Commissioners approved the observance during its May 1 work session following a presentation by Wake Forest High School (WFHS) DECA students Anna Beckom and Krystian Serwinski highlighting their “Post Positive” campaign. The initiative entailed the WFHS DECA Chapter encouraging local middle school and high school students to “post positive” on social media or “in a way that reflects you the way you want others to see you.”

The overall goal of the campaign was to raise awareness about the importance of using social media safely and responsibly.

The Board of Commissioners acknowledged the “post positive” concept’s relevance to both youth and adults and agreed to designate the week of May 21 as “Social Media Awareness Week.”

Mayor Vivian Jones will formally announce the observance by reading a proclamation during this evening’s Board of Commissioners meeting. The proclamation encourages Wake Forest citizens “to be cognizant of their social media use and have discussions with youth concerning using social media in a positive manner.”

Joyner Park Community Center groundbreaking June 1

Area residents are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Joyner Park Community Center on Friday, June 1, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will take place in the vicinity of the visitor parking lot at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

Construction of the 32,000 square-foot facility is expected to begin in early June. The Town awarded the construction contract to Barnhill Construction.

Designed to blend in with current Joyner Park structures and the natural habitat, the new facility will feature a walking track, gymnasium for basketball, volleyball and pickleball, multi-purpose rooms, dance studio and kitchen.

Speakers at the groundbreaking event will include Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones and Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall. Renderings of the building will be on display and the ceremonial shoveling of dirt will occur. A reception with light refreshments will follow the brief ceremony.

A 2014 Wake Forest Bond Referendum initiative, the Joyner Park Community Center is expected to be completed in 2019. The total cost of the project is approximately $11.1 million.

For more information, visit or contact PRCR Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561.

Taylor Street Park Sprayground closed

The Taylor Street Park Sprayground is closed today and will remain closed for the next few days due to a mechanical issue with the filtration system. The facility is expected to reopen Friday.

Located in the vicinity of Taylor Street Park and the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., the sprayground is typically open daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Free and open to the public, Wake Forest’s first sprayground is adynamic, zero-depth aquatic play area that provides endless hours of fun for the entire family. The sprayground combines the sensations of different water movements – flowing, misting, and jetting – with diverse features for an unequaled aquatic play adventure.

For more information, contact Athletic Superintendent Edward Austin at 919-435-9562 or

Apply now to serve on Cultural Resources Advisory Board

You can make a difference in our community by applying to fill an opening on the Cultural Resources Advisory Board.

The Cultural Resources Advisory Board advises the Board of Commissioners and Town staff on initiatives, programs and services related to the Town’s cultural arts programming. Members serve as advocates to the community and the commissioners in promoting cultural arts programs and initiatives throughout Wake Forest.

The online application is available on the Town’s website at Anyone without computer access may complete the application by using the computer kiosks in the lobby of Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Hard copies of the application are available upon request by contacting Executive Assistant Cathi Pope at 919-435-9467 or

Completed applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. Friday, June 15.

Wake Forest residents and non-Wake Forest residents are eligible to apply.

Applicants are encouraged to meet with the current members of the Cultural Resources Advisory Board at their regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Arts Annex, 407 S. Brooks St. The advisory board will then make its recommendation to the Board of Commissioners, which will announce its appointment during its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 17. The term for the new appointee will commence immediately.

The Town’s advisory boards were established to give citizens input into what happens in the community and to advise the Board of Commissioners on matters that affect citizens and their Town government. For more information about Wake Forest’s advisory boards, visit and search “advisory boards.”

For more information, contact Cathi Pope at 919-435-9467 or

Last call for Independence Day Celebration sponsors

The 2018 Wake Forest Independence Day Celebration is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, July 3-4. Presented by PowerSecure, the two-day event will include the Fireworks Spectacular on July 3 at Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road, followed by the Children’s Parade and Arts & Games in the Park on July 4.

Presented by PowerSecure, the Independence Day Celebration will bring the entire community together for two days-worth of fun and excitement for the entire family – and this year it is all free, including the Fireworks Spectacular.

A variety of sponsorships are still available for this popular community event, which is expected to draw well over 10,000 people over two days. Each sponsorship is guaranteed to bring attention and recognition to local businesses through on-site exhibit space; television ads; printed posters, flyers, and banners; social media posts; email announcements and more.

The sponsorship deadline is Thursday, May 17.

For complete information on Independence Day Celebration sponsorship opportunities and benefits, contact Marketing & Business Relations Specialist Anna Bolton at 919-610-4916 or

For information about all of the Town’s advertising and sponsorship opportunities, visit and search “Sponsorships.”

Deadline approaching for local business owners to complete technology survey

The Technology Advisory Board (TAB) is in the process of developing a “Technology Strategic Plan” for Wake Forest. The plan will assess where the Town is now and where it wants to be in the future with regard to technology and infrastructure. It will also address how Wake Forest can effectively utilize technology for the betterment of both residents and businesses.

As the first part of the effort to develop a strategic plan, the TAB is conducting an online survey to gather input from area business owners. The three-question survey is available online at from now through Saturday, May 26, and takes approximately five minutes to complete.

The survey is an important element in the TAB’s strategic planning efforts. Officials plan to incorporate survey responses to identify and address current and future technological needs and challenges throughout Wake Forest.

For more information, contact Chief Information Officer Tom LaBarge at 919-435-9501 or

Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park begin May 26

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is hosting a free, monthly outdoor movie series from May through August at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. The first in the series of “Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park” will take place Saturday, May 26, at 8:30 p.m. and feature the film “Coco.”

New this year, Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park will also include movie-related pre-show activities for kids beginning at 7:15 p.m. The May 26 pre-show activity will be “Music & Masks.” Children 12 and under are invited to make skull masks at the arts and crafts table and join local student performers as they play and sing music from the movie, “Coco.”

Presented by McPherson Family Eye Care, Walters Insurance Agency, Inc., Edward Jones Investments and Capital Powersports, Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park will 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.

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 June 30 (The Lion King), 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 and search “Family Movie Nights” or contact PRCR Events Coordinator Suja Jacob at 919-556-7063 or

Public Hearing on 2018-19 Budget set for Tuesday

Town Manager Kip Padgett presented the Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget to the Board of Commissioners for consideration on Tuesday, May 1. The budget will serve as the Town’s financial and spending plan for the period and, once adopted, will authorize resources and establish a direction for Wake Forest programs and services for the coming year.

The proposed budget includes a $0.52 tax rate ($0.52 per $100 of assessed property valuation), $0.14 downtown municipal service district tax ($0.14 per $100 assessed property valuation) and no change in electric rates.

The budget, which reflects the goals and strategies outlined in the Town’s strategic plan, proposes 16 new full-time positions and performance pay or merit funds, plus career ladders for eligible departments.

The public is invited to view a copy of the proposed budget in the town clerk’s office, located in Town Hall, from now until Tuesday, May 15. On that date, a public hearing is scheduled during the regular Board of Commissioners meeting to receive public comment. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall board chambers, 301 S. Brooks St.

Interested citizens may also view a copy of the proposed budget, the Town Manager’s budget message, and the 2018-19 budget highlights by visiting the Town’s website at

Final budget approval by the Board of Commissioners is scheduled for the June 19 meeting.

For more information, contact Chief Financial Officer Aileen Staples at

Women’s Self-Defense Class Tuesday at Joyner Park

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will offer a free self-defense class for women Tuesday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

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