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Community Briefs 1-24-20

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Hospice volunteers

3HC Home Health and Hospice is currently recruiting volunteers for hospice patients in the Wake County area. 3HC Home Health and Hospice will provide training.

Volunteers are asked for a minimum of two hours per week. Volunteers provide comfort, companionship and spiritual support to patients, and also offer respite and support for family members and provide support to grieving families.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Shasta Gandy at 252-206-6696.

Shades of Gospel music concert

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., will host a lively and educational celebration of gospel music that connects all cultures, ages and backgrounds Jan. 25 at 5 p.m.

The “Shades of Gospel” concert will highlight a range of traditional, southern and contemporary gospel music with featured performances by Grammy, Dove and Stellar Award-nominated artist Tim Bowman Jr. and the Trinity Quartet.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at or at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St.

Greenways Advisory Board

The town of Wake Forest is looking to fill a vacancy on the Greenways Advisory Board.

The online application is available on the town’s website at Hard copies 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, Jan. 31.

Applicants are encouraged to meet with the current members of the Greenways Advisory Board at their regular monthly meeting April 8 at 7:30 a.m. The board will then make its recommendation to the Board of Commissioners.

For more information about the GAB opening, contact Transportation Planning Manager Suzette Morales at 919-435-9512 or

Heroes Celebration Gala

Stopgap for Heroes in Wake Forest will celebrate local veterans and families with a Heroes Celebration Gala Feb. 1 at The Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks St.

All veterans and their families, along with community friends are invited to enjoy an evening of dinner, comedy and dance.

Tickets are $30 per person or $55 per couple. Scholarships are available to assist veterans who cannot afford this cost. Tickets can be bought on Eventbrite.

StopGap For Heroes is a local nonprofit founded to bridge the gaps in community services and support that prevent veterans from having safe and integrative lives. Its mission is to aid veterans, who are our heroes, in successful integration into their community.

Free tax preparation assistance

AARP Foundation counselors will be preparing and e-filing individual federal and N.C. state income tax returns to all who desire assistance. Tax returns are being prepared at the Franklinton Senior Center, 206 E. Mason St., Franklinton, every Wednesday and at the Louisburg Senior Center, 127 Shannon Village Shopping Center, Louisburg, Monday and Friday. The service is offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Feb. 2 and April 15.

Anyone desiring assistance should call the Franklinton Senior Center at 919-494-6511 or Louisburg Senior Center at 919-496-1311 to receive an appointment.

Counselors are qualified by the Internal Revenue Service and offer this assistance after successfully completing a through written examination and proficiency testing.

Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference

The regional Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference will be held 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Louisburg College campus in Louisburg. There will be a small fee to participate.

Topics include powering your farm with alternative energy; the basics of managing your farm pond; niche fruit farming; vermiculture production; hemp processing; funding; small scale dairy, production and marketing; silvopasture; packing sheds and permiculture.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Francesco Tiezzi from N.C. State University, will speak on Italy’s small-scale agriculture. There will be a free seed exchange for participants.

To register or for more information, call 919-496-3344.

Funko Bunko

The Optimist Club of Wake Forest’s newest fundraiser, Funko Bunko, will be held at The Forks Cafeteria from 6-10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11.

The Optimist Club of Wake Forest is fundraising for the local youth in Wake Forest. All of the money raised stays local to help the local youth in need.

Funko Bunko is hosted and sponsored by The Forks Cafeteria, 339 Brooks St.

Players are limited to 100 seats. Please eat before playing begins.

Tickets are $20 per person. Please reserve your seat and pay online through PayPal – Players can also send a check made payable to “Wake Forest Optimist Club” with a list of names to: P.O. Box 1992, Wake Forest, NC 27588.

For more information, contact Dawn Nakash at

‘Prelude to a Kiss’

Forest Moon Theater will present “Prelude to a Kiss” Feb. 14-16 and Feb. 21-23, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Showtime Friday and Saturday is 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday showtime is 3 p.m.

When Peter, a man from a broken family, meets Rita, an insomniac bartender with no faith in the future, only one thing can happen: they fall in love and get married. Then on the evening of their nuptials, an elderly stranger appears at the reception, bearing a kiss for the new bride. In this romantic fantasy, it is a kiss that tests the boundaries of the couple’s love.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. These prices reflect a savings of $3 per adult and student/senior on “day of” admission tickets. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Prelude to a Kiss contains strong language and adult subject matter. It is recommended for mature audiences only.

Franklin County Arts open mic

Franklin County Arts Council’s Diversity Team invites musicians and writers of prose and poetry to participate in its annual open mic Saturday, Feb. 15. The event celebrates Black History Month and our multicultural community.

Open mic begins at 2 p.m. at Muddy Mountain Art and Wine Bar, 348 S. Bickett Blvd., suite 102, Louisburg.

This year’s theme is “I Shall Not Be Moved,” focusing on perseverance and determination. Free snacks will be served.

Response to active shooter class

The Wake Forest Police Department has scheduled its next Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events class for Tuesday, Feb. 18. 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 may 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.

Designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend strategy developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University, 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 and considerations for conducting drills.

For more information, contact Lt. Danforth at 919-795-7300 or

FNOW band lineup

The town of Wake Forest has announced the lineup for the 2020 Friday Night on White concert series. Bands scheduled to perform this year include The Magic Pipers (April 17); Sleeping Booty (May 8); The Soul Psychedelique (June 12); Love Tribe (July 10); Big Love (Aug. 14); and Crush (Sept. 11).

FNOW is typically offered along South White Street in downtown Wake Forest from 6-9 p.m. on the second Friday night of each month from April through September. Due to Good Friday falling this year on the second Friday in April, the 2020 series will get underway on the third Friday (April 17) with The Magic Pipers. The remaining concerts will occur on the second Friday from May through September.

For more information about each band, including videos of band performances, visit

Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles during FNOW. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and will receive training and a commemorative t-shirt. Civic groups and community organizations are especially encouraged to participate. For more information or to sign up, visit

For sponsorship information, contact Marketing & Business Relations Associate Amanda Cochrane at 919-435-9423 or

Safe Plates certification program

N.C. Safe Plates food safety training program will be conducted March 2-4 at the Franklin County Center of the N.C. Cooperative Extension, 103 S. Bickett Blvd., in the Annex meeting room.

Certification is based on passing an ANSI approved exam from the National Registry of Food SafetyProfessionals. Training will take place Monday and Tuesday, and the exam will be Wednesday morning.

For more information, contact Dominque Simon, or 919-496-3344.To register, visit

National Trails Day 5K

The Wake Forest Greenways Advisory Board will host a family-friendly 5K race as part of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6 at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. New this year, the day’s festivities will also include a Kids’ 1-Mile Fun Run for ages 12 and under.

Online registration for both races is available at The 5K entry fee is $25 before April 26; $30 before May 24; and $35 through June 6. Everyone who registers before May 24 will receive a race T-shirt. Same-day registrations will be accepted.

The Kids’ 1-Mile Fun Run is for children ages 12 and under and the entry fee is $5. All participants who register on or before Sunday, May 10, will receive a 2020 Fun Run medal.

The National Trails Day 5K and Fun Run are designed to raise funds to support the maintenance of current greenways and the development of new greenways throughout Wake Forest. The USATF Certified 5K is a timed race for both children and adults. Strollers are welcome but will be placed at the back of the pack to allow runners a clear start.

Check-in on the day of the race starts at 7 a.m., and the 5k race begins at 8 a.m. The Fun Run will begin at 9 a.m.

Awards will be presented to the top three overall male and female finishers, along with the top three male and female finishers in several age categories.

A loop of the paved trails throughout Joyner Park will comprise the courses for the 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. The course maps are provided online at

For more information, contact Transportation Planning Manager Suzette Morales at 919-435-9512 or