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Community Briefs for the week of March 15, 2019

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‘Understanding Dementia’ workshop set for Thursday

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., will host an Evening Caregiver Workshop entitled “Choose Your Attitude for the Dementia Journey” on Thursday.

Presented by Pat Snyder, author of “Treasures in the Darkness: Extending the Early Stage of Lewy Body Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s Disease,” the workshop is scheduled from 5:30-7 p.m.

The workshop will focus on the experience with the disease and how to try and make it better.

The Thursday workshop is part of the 2019 Dementia Awareness Education Series which offers area residents the opportunity to learn about dozens of dementia-related programs, services, products and resources – all in one location.

Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required for each event. To view the entire 2019 Dementia Awareness Education schedule and pre-register, visit

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

Flag-raising ceremony to honor George Timberlake

Area residents are invited to the 31st Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday, April 1, at 11 a.m. The program, which will launch the 2019 memorial flag-raising season, will take place in Centennial Plaza, gateway to the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

The April 1 service will honor George P. Timberlake, Jr., who served his nation in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Members of Timberlake’s family will participate in the ceremony, which will include patriotic songs, special remarks, a memorial wreath laying and the ceremonial flag-raising. After raising the American flag, the Wake Forest Fire Department Honor Guard will raise the U.S. Navy service flag in recognition of the military branch in which Timberlake served. Both flags will fly in Centennial Plaza throughout April.

Photographs and other remembrances of Timberlake will also be displayed in Centennial Plaza during the ceremony, then in the Town Hall lobby through the end of the month.

Presented by several local veterans’ organizations to honor the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families, memorial flag-raising ceremonies are scheduled in Centennial Plaza at 11 a.m. The ceremonies are typically held on the first Monday of each month from April through October. The services are provided at no cost and intended solely to honor departed veterans and their families.

The Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Committee solicits the names of deceased Wake Forest veterans who may be honored during future flag-raising ceremonies. To be eligible for consideration, the deceased veteran must meet one of the following criteria: 1. joined active duty in Wake Forest; 2. died in Wake Forest; or 3. was a member of a Wake Forest veterans’ organization.

For more information, visit and search “Flag Raising” or contact Pete Lambert at 919-529-3018 or

Ting to host public information meeting April 4

Ting will host a public information meeting about its plans to bring fiber internet to Wake Forest on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. Open to all Wake Forest residents, the meeting will take place at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

During the meeting, Ting representatives will present a brief slide show about Ting and its expansion into Wake Forest. Discussions will also cover the benefits and cost of fiber internet service, a tentative timeline and what to expect during installation. A question and answer period will follow.

Light refreshments, along with soft drinks, coffee and water, will be available.

In February, Ting announced it would bring fiber internet to Wake Forest – making it the third Ting internet town in North Carolina and the seventh in the U.S.

Construction is expected to begin this winter and will run in neighborhood phases. These construction phases will be announced on the dedicated Wake Forest Ting Town page at

Ting expects to light its first customers in Wake Forest by the end of the year.

Wake Forest residents can pre-order Ting internet at A one-time $9 pre-order is returned as a credit on a customer’s first Ting bill.

For more information, email Ting marketing specialist Paulina Porter at

— From staff reports

Residents invited to ‘Coffee with a Cop’ on April 5

The Wake Forest Police Department and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office will co-host “Coffee with a Cop” on Friday, April 5, from 7-9 a.m. at the Wake Forest Coffee Company, 156 S. White St.

“Coffee with a Cop” provides the opportunity for law enforcement and community members to come together in an informal, neutral setting to discuss community issues and build relationships – one cup of coffee at a time.

Most of the contact law enforcement officers have with the public tends to occur during emergencies or emotional situations, which are often not the best times to build relationships. “Coffee with a Cop” aims to breaks down barriers and allow for relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

All area residents are invited to attend, ask questions, and learn more about the WFPD and the WCSO. Wake Forest Coffee Company will provide free standard coffee during the event, and several Wake Forest police officers and Wake County sheriff’s deputies will be on hand.

Attendees are discouraged from making speeches or airing grievances at this event.

“Coffee with a Cop” is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are offered across the country, as local law enforcement agencies strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The WFPD hosts “Coffee with a Cop” on several occasions each year at shops and restaurants throughout Wake Forest.

Fireworks Spectacular food truck vendor applications now accepted

The town of Wake Forest will accept applications through Tuesday, April 30, from food truck vendors interested in participating in the 2019 Fireworks Spectacular.

The online application is available at

This year’s Fireworks Spectacular is scheduled for Wednesday, July 3, at Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. but food trucks are required to arrive and set up between 3 and 4 p.m.

The fee is $175, and the event includes space for up to nine food vendors.

Participating food trucks are required to obtain all necessary Wake County permits, including a Mobile Food Unit permit. Each vendor must also provide a copy of its Certificate of Insurance designating the town of Wake Forest as an additional insured for the event date. A minimum of $1,000,000 in insurance is required.

Last year’s Fireworks Spectacular drew well over 10,000 spectators.

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will notify selected food truck vendors in May.

For more information, contact PRCR events coordinator Suja Jacob at 919-556-7063 or

Tickets on sale for ‘Southern Soul’ performing artist Rissi Palmer

Southern Soul” performing artist Rissi Palmer will take to the stage at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are on sale for $15 (plus tax) and can be purchased online with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover credit card at Advance tickets may also be purchased with cash, check or credit card at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St. On the day of the concert tickets can be purchased at the door for $18 (plus tax). A processing fee will be added to the cost of any ticket purchased with a credit card.

Palmer, who describes her musical style as “Southern Soul,” has received widespread media attention in national publications including Ebony, Parade, People, Newsweek, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal and more. She has performed on the CBS Early Show, CNN, The Tavis Smiley Show, Oprah & Friends, as well as at the White House, Lincoln Center, and the Grand Ole Opry.

Palmer has also shared the stage with such notable artists as Charley Crockett, Chris Young, Taylor Swift and The Eagles, to name a few. She made music history in 2007 with the release of her Top 40 debut single, “Country Girl,” becoming the first African-American female to chart a country song since 1987.

For more information about Rissi Palmer, visit

The Renaissance Centre is located at 405 S. Brooks St., in historic downtown Wake Forest. For more information, visit or call 919-435-9458.

Public Art Commission issues ‘Call to Artists’ for upcoming sculpture and art exhibits

The Wake Forest Public Art Commission is issuing a “Call to Artists” for its third annual Wake Forest Sculpture Exhibit and Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Exhibit.

These exhibits will provide for the display of public art sculptures and murals throughout Wake Forest from July 1 through June 30, 2020.

Local, state, national and international artists are invited to submit their sculptures for consideration for the outdoor sculpture exhibit, while Wake Forest Guild Artists, Wake Forest-area high school students, and artists residing in Wake Forest and its ETJ are invited to submit one piece of original art for consideration for the Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Exhibit.

The “Call to Artists” is open at through Tuesday, April 9.

An artist selection committee comprised of arts professionals and representatives of the town of Wake Forest, the PAC and Wake Forest Downtown will select the works of art for each exhibit. Selections will be based on artistic excellence and the goal of exhibiting a variety of styles and media in appropriate sites.

The PAC will host a special reception Saturday, July 27, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre to formally open the exhibits.

For more information, contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566 or