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My Place Restaurant & Tavern shag contest

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My Place Restaurant & Tavern in Wake Forest will host its third qualifier shag dance contest tonight.

This will be the last qualifier for the championship contest in October when the three couples who placed from each of the January, April and July qualifier contests will compete.

There is no fee to enter the contest, but there is an entry limit of seven couples (14 people). First-place couple wins $100; second-place couple wins a My Place $25 food gift certificate; third-place couple wins a bottle of wine. All other entrants receive a $5 off $25 My Place food purchase certificate.

Call 919-761-5009 for seating reservations. My Place Restaurant & Tavern is located at 2108 S. Main St., Wake Forest.

‘Neck of the Woods’ returns to Renaissance Centre

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts welcomes the return of “Neck of the Woods” tonight at 7.

Presented and sponsored by ARTS Wake Forest, “Neck of the Woods” is a variety performance series featuring emerging local artists. Each show is different and may consist of several performing arts acts, including actors, dancers, musicians, comedians, writers and spoken word artists.

Tonight’s Neck of the Woods will feature a music performance by The Motley Tones, spoken word magician Antino Art, jazz and soul pianist/vocalist Lydia Salett Dudley, and jazz and gospel performer Ronald Williams.

Neck of the Woods tickets are $5 (plus tax) and may be purchased online at or at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St.

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

Wendell outdoor movie series

Wendell Parks and Recreation and Wendell Falls will co-host its first Summer Outdoor Movie Series on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Lakeside Pavilion. The evening feature presentation is “Incredibles 2.” The event is free to attend.

Barbecue pork and chicken plate sale

Franklinton American Legion Post 52 will sell barbecue pork/chicken plates on Saturday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Plates are $8 eat-in or take-out. Post 52 is located at 40 American Legion Road, Franklinton.

Flaherty Dog Park input

The Wake Forest Recreation Advisory Board is hosting two public meetings next week and conducting an online survey to solicit public input concerning renovations to Flaherty Dog Park.

“Picture Flaherty Dog Park” is the name given to the town’s approach to inviting residents to share their ideas about the park’s future. As part of the initiative, the board will host public meetings at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Each session will begin with a brief presentation, followed by an open forum discussion where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share suggestions.

Area residents are also invited to share their comments online at The survey is available from now through Friday, Aug. 2 and takes less than five minutes to complete.

Officials will use the feedback obtained during the public meetings and from the completed surveys to identify potential enhancements to the dog park.

For more information about “Picture Flaherty Dog Park,” contact Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 or

Wake Forest Police Department to host active shooter class

The Wake Forest Police Department has scheduled its next Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events class for Wednesday, July 31. The session will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. inside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

There is no cost to participate, but registration is required at Class size is limited to the first 100 people to register. Every participant must register individually — one person per form. On the evening of the class, attendees will be required to show proof of registration prior to entering the Renaissance Centre.

Led by Wake Forest Police Lt. L. Danforth, the session will teach participants what to do if confronted with an active shooter event. The class will provide strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics will include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues and considerations for conducting drills. For more information, contact Danforth at 919-795-7300 or

Purple Heart banquet

Sponsors are needed for the 11th annual Purple Heart Banquet on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 5:30 p.m. in Wake Forest.

Hosted by the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, the banquet invites the public to help honor those wounded in defense of the country. In addition to Purple Heart Medal recipients and their families, the event at Richland Creek Community Church is open to all veterans, military families and the public.

Last year’s celebration saluted 77 Purple Heart recipients from around the Triangle. This year’s banquet features the Walk of Honor, entertainment, patriotic tributes and a catered meal.

Sponsorship levels are Gold Star ($1,000), Blue ($500), White ($250) and Red ($100). For details, call Marty Coward at 919-792-0316 or email Contributions may be made payable to Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, P.O. Box 168, Wake Forest, NC, 27588.

Order tickets ($20 each) online at www.WakeForestPurple Heart or email info@WakeForestPurple