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Community Briefs 12-20-19

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Jingle Jam Run

The Hike for Hope team will host a Jingle Jam Run/Walk on Saturday at 10 a.m. Sponsored by newhope church at 3400 Rogers Road in Wake Forest, the run/walk will begin and end at Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road in Wake Forest. Sign up online, and then show up ready to run/walk 3.6 miles. Pick up a Santa hat and jingle bell. Adults are $35 per person and children (under 18) are $20 per person. A portion of the registration will go to benefit the Hope Center in Thika, Kenya, a community center that provides vocational training for women rescued from human trafficking as well as children’s after school care. For more information, visit Based in Durham, newhope church is a contemporary Christian church with locations throughout central North Carolina and South Carolina as well as Kenya.

Wake Forest Letters for Santa mailbox still available

The town of Wake Forest has installed a “Letters for Santa” mailbox in Jones Plaza at the intersection of South White Street and East Jones Avenue. Children of all ages are invited to bring their letters to Santa’s Mailbox anytime between now and Tuesday for immediate delivery to the North Pole. No postage is required, but all letters should include a return address. For more information, contact Downtown Development Program Assistant Jennifer Herbert at 919-435-9427 or

‘Foretold — Stories of Christmas’

Newhope church, 3400 Rogers Road, Wake Forest will host its ‘Foretold — Stories of Christmas’ special Christmas series through Christmas Eve. “This is a message series that connects the miraculous birth of Jesus to the words of the prophecy spoken thousands of years before, predicting, with amazing precision, the events that would unfold that very first Christmas,” says Dr. Benji Kelley, founding and senior pastor of newhope church. For information, visit or call 919-206-4673.

Tickets on sale for ‘Back to the ‘50s Sock Hop’

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host a “Back to the ’50s Sock Hop” on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 7-9 p.m. Put on blue suede shoes or pink poodle skirt and get ready to “rock around the clock.” Dance the night away to ’50s tunes spun by DJ Randy “Sting” of 1st Choice Customized DJ Services. Emcee and special music by Roseann McFadden. Ice cream floats and other special treats will be available for purchase at our concession stand. The bar will also be open for wine, beer and soft drink purchases. Advance tickets are $12 plus tax and $15 plus tax at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit

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