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Hopkins Fire Department meeting
Biannual meeting of the Hopkins Rural Fire Department will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the fire station. All members are encouraged to attend. The address is 8933 Fowler Road.
Salon Serenity Spa Toys for Tots
Salon Serenity Spa in Wake Forest is an official dropsite for Toys for Tots. Bring new, unwrapped toys to Salon Serenity Spa, 1002 Durham Road, Wake Forest through Dec. 15. For more information and questions call 919-562-1233.
Discovery Point Heritage Toys for Tots
Discovery Point Heritage in Wake Forest is hosting its fourth annual Toys for Tots drive. Anybody interested in donating can bring new toys to the child development center, located at 1212 Heritage Links Drive, Wake Forest, Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. until Dec. 13. For questions, contact Jan Chen, the Discovery Point Heritage owner, at Jan@DiscoveryPointHeritage.com.
‘Calls from Santa’ registration
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is offering “Calls from Santa” to kids ages 3-9 on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6-8 p.m. Registration forms will be available Friday, Nov. 29 online at http://bit.ly/WFCallsfromSanta and at the Joyner Park Community Center, 701 Harris Road, and Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Completed forms must be submitted online or received at the Joyner Park Community Center or town hall by 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. There is no charge for the event, but all calls must be local. For more information, call 919-435-9560 or email Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner
This year’s Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, at the Forks Cafeteria, 339 S. Brooks St. Following a Christmas invocation, Dave Greenwell and his kitchen staff will serve a menu of fried chicken, roast beef, baked apples, potatoes au gratin, carrots, broccoli casserole, dinner rolls, and assorted desserts. After a brief musical program by Hallie Arrington Hearn (reprising her role as entertainer 50 years after first singing at the dinner as a child in 1968), plaques will be presented to the recipients of the Citizen of the Year, Organization of the Year, and Peggy Allen Lifetime Achievement awards. The evening will conclude with Christmas carols and a short group sing-along. All are welcome. Tickets priced at $15 each are available at the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce and the Wake Forest Historical Museum. They’ll remain on sale through the end of November. Make checks out to the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation and put Community Christmas Dinner in the memo line.
Lighting of Wake Forest
Wake Forest officially welcomes the holiday season with the Lighting of Wake Forest on Friday, Dec. 6 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Centennial Plaza in Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Sponsored by Traditions at Wake Forest and presented by Wake Forest Downtown Inc., this annual event features the lighting of the town’s 30-foot Christmas tree by Mayor Vivian Jones, followed by the eagerly anticipated arrival of Jolly Old St. Nick. The Lighting of Wake Forest will feature musical performances by local groups and complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, and glow necklaces, while supplies last.
Holiday Artisans Market
ARTS Wake Forest will present the fourth annual Holiday Artisans Market on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. inside and outside the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. The market is a unique shopping experience featuring a variety of handmade arts and crafts in a wide range of prices. The market is free and open to the public. Donations at the door along with proceeds from a 50/50 raffle will support ARTS Wake Forest’s free art programming. Details at artswakeforest.org.
Letters To Santa
Drop off letters in the special mailbox at the Zebulon Community Center until Friday, Dec. 13. Drop-off times are Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday from 6 a.m.-4 p.m.
Youngsville Old-Fashioned Christmas
Youngsville’s Old-Fashioned Christmas all day event will be held Dec. 7. The Youngsville Rescue Auxiliary Breakfast will be held from 7-9:30 a.m. Youngsville Christmas Parade will start at 10 a.m. The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be at the Youngsville Animal Hospital, 141 E Main St., from 5-6 p.m. There will be caroling and the presentation of awards for the Seventh Annual Decorating Contest. Snacks will be provided by the Youngsville Woman’s Club and the Kiwanis Club. For more information, contact town hall at 919-925-3401, Option 2 or email Emily Hurd at email@example.com.
Zebulon Christmas Breakfast
Celebrate the Christmas holiday with music and breakfast at the Deck The Halls: Christmas Breakfast to be held Friday, Dec. 13 from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Zebulon Community Center. Be served and enjoy some traditional sounds of the season. Sign up at the center by Friday, Dec. 6. The cost is $3 per person.
Tickets on sale for Renaissance Centre’s ‘Merry Country Christmas’
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host three performances of “Live from Nashville — Merry Country Christmas” on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15. Saturday’s showtime is 7 p.m., while Sunday showtimes are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each plus tax and can be purchased online at www.wakeforestrencen.org/tickets-events. Advance tickets may also be purchased with cash, check or credit card at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St. All three performances are expected to sell out, so anyone interested in attending is encouraged to purchase their tickets now. A variety of concessions, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase during each performance. For more information, visit www.wakeforestrencen.org/ or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.
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