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Community Briefs: Wake Forest Mardi Gras is Feb. 22

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Civil Rights Freedom Trail

The Wake Forest Martin Luther King committee is seeking applicants interested in traveling to Georgia and Alabama in March to visit sites significant to the civil rights movement.

The Civil Rights Freedom Trail Tour will mark the 25th anniversary of the Wake Forest MLK committee. The tour will be March 2-5 and include stops at historical sites connected to King’s life in Atlanta, Georgia and in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama. The tour coleader will be Rev. Ken Steigler from Wake Forest.

The cost is $225 for students and $325 for adults. Costs include breakfast, lunch and hotel.

Anyone interested in joining or sponsoring a student should contact MLK Committee chairman James Grant at 973-580-2470.

Blood drive

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive 1:30-6 p.m. on Feb. 18 at Faith Baptist Church, 2728 Marks Creek Road, Knightdale.

‘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.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. 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

Mardi Gras Street Festival

The eighth annual Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival will be on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

The event includes activities for adults and familes, including face painters, strolling entertainers, aerialist performers, acrobatic duos, balloon twisters, a contortionist, live music and contests.

The processional begins with a lineup at 12:45 p.m outside Town Hall and beings at 1 p.m. up East Own Avenue, north along South White Street and ending at Jones Plaza.

CD release show

Chris Titchner, a Raleigh-based mucision, will release his first album in more than a decade, “Already Gone,” during a release show Feb 23 at the Wake Forest Listening Room. THe event will be at 219 S. White St. in Wake Forest at 2 p.m. A donation of $10 is suggested.

Rolesville Hunger Mission

The Rolesville Hunger Mission is holding a meal packaging event in partnership with Rise Against Hunger Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Rolesville Charter Academy, 908 Eagle Scholars Drive, Rolesville.

Donations and volunteers are needed. Donate $70 to fund one box of meals to feed a child one meal every school day for a year. Nonperishable food donations can be brought to New Bethel Baptist Food Pantry.

To make a donation or register to volunteer, visit

Community gardening brunch

The Wake Forest Community Connections Garden will host a informational brunch for anyone interested in joining the garden. Former NFL player Jason Brown, who started his First Fruits farm in Louisburg, is the keynote speaker.

The brunch will be 10 a.m. Feb. 22 at Wake Forest Baptist Church, 118 E. South Ave., Wake Forest. The event will be the annual kickoff of the gardening season.

Balsam Range

North Carolina bluegrass band Balsam Range will perform 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Louisburg College’s Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center, 501 N. Main St., Louisburg. To purchase tickets, call 919-497-3300 or visit

Zebulon Rotary Club

The Zebulon Rotary Club will meet Thursday, Feb. 27 from 5:30-7 p.m. at 405 W. Sycamore St., Zebulon. There will be hors d’oeuvres and a raffle for $200 in prizes. Attendees can learn about the club and join.

Rockin’ the Forest

The Rockin’ the Forest music series will continue Feb. 28 with beach band Jim Quick & Coastline. The concert begins 7:30 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Advance tickets are $15 and are available at

Princesses in the Park

Wendell Parks & Recreation will present Princesses in the Park on Saturday, Feb. 29. The event will be 3-5 p.m. at the Wendell Community Center, 601 W. Third St., Wendell and includes singing, games and photos, and will be followed by a viewing of “The Little Mermaid.” The event is free.

Youth baseball, softball, T-ball

Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is accepting applications for youth baseball, softball and T-ball for boys ages 5-17 and girls ages 5-15 until Feb. 29.

Eligability is determined by the players age on April 30; new players require a birth certificate. A $60 fee for Wake Forest residents and $100 fee for nonresidents is required. Games will be played on weeknights April through June. To register, visit

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

Citizens Planning Academy

The town of Wake Forest is accepting applications for the 2020 Citizens Planning Academy through noon on Monday, March 2. The academy is designed to educate residents about the town’s planning processes and practices. Three training sessions will be held from April through May.

Applications must be completed and submitted online by visiting

Rondell Sheridan

Comedian and actor Rondell Sheridan will perform his act “If You’re Over 40 and You Know It, Clap Your Hands” at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre on Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are $18 and are available at

Dementia education program

The Eastern North Carolina chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will host a dementia-related workshop from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on March 12 at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, . The topic, “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s,” will teach attendees how to recognize the common signs of the disease, how to approach someone about memory concerns and the importance of early detection.

To register, visit or call 800-272-3900.The session is free and open to the general public.

Dream League baseball

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is accepting Dream League Baseball applications through Friday, March 20. Designed for kids and young adults with disabilities, the adaptive baseball league will operate on Saturday mornings April 25-May 30. There is a $15 registration fee.

Volunteers ages 10-30 are needed to be “buddies” and provide encouragement and assistance to the athletes.

Registration is available at

Family Expo

The Wake Forest Area Chamber is bringing back its Family Expo for the second year on March 21. The event will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Richland Creek Community Church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest. Both indoor and outdoor vendor booths are available. Visitors will explore displays from local businesses and nonprofts and kid-friendly activities.

Salute to Servicewomen

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit #187 is looking to find attendees for its 2020 Salute to Servicewomen. On Sunday, March 29, the Auxiliary will welcome and honor servicewomen during an afternoon reception at the American Legion Post 187 in Wake Forest.

To be considered, provide your name, address, email address, phone number, branch of service and the years you served by email to You can also drop in at the Auxiliary’s monthly meeting held at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the post, 225 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest.

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. until 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.

Friday Night on White

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

Paper shredding event

The town of Wake Forest’s fifth annual paper-shredding event will be Monday, April 20. Free and open to the public, the shred event will take place rain or shine in the parking lot of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., from noon to 6 p.m., or until the four paper shredding trucks are full.

The occasion will offer area residents and businesses the opportunity to protect themselves from identity theft and dispose of confidential documents in an environmentally responsible manner. All paper will be shredded on-site and recycled. For more information, 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.

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