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Community Briefs for 03.22.19

First-ever Family Expo scheduled for Saturday

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The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce will host the first-ever Family Expo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday at Richland Creek Community Church on the corner of Burlington Mills and Ligon Mill roads.

The expo will include 75 exhibitor booths featuring family-friendly businesses from northern Wake County. From summer camps, health care and local school options, to extracurricular activities like swim lessons, dance and martial arts, every aspect of family life will be represented.

There will also be an Outdoor Kid Zone, which includes bounce houses, a Carolina Mudcats pitching machine, face painting, balloon animals, a magician and more.

The Wake Forest Fire Department and Wake Forest Power will also be on-hand with a fire truck, line truck and ambulance, and there will be food trucks as well.

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Residents invited to ‘Coffee with a Cop’ on April 5

The Wake Forest Police Department and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office will co-host “Coffee with a Cop” on Friday, April 5, from 7-9 a.m. at the Wake Forest Coffee Company, 156 S. White St.

“Coffee with a Cop” provides the opportunity for law enforcement and community members to come together in an informal, neutral setting to discuss community issues and build relationships – one cup of coffee at a time.

All area residents are invited to attend, ask questions, and learn more about the WFPD and the WCSO. Wake Forest Coffee Company will provide free standard coffee during the event, and several Wake Forest police officers and Wake County sheriff’s deputies will be on hand.

Attendees are discouraged from making speeches or airing grievances at this event.

The WFPD hosts “Coffee with a Cop” on several occasions each year at shops and restaurants throughout Wake Forest.

Slime Walk set for April 6

FGV Smart Start will present the Slime Walk on April 6 at Franklinton High School.

Slime Walk was created to promote health and wellness in the community. Vendors be on-hand, and there will be games and activities for children. There will be food trucks from local counties and slime making for children.

All are invited to attend.

Smart Start is a nonprofit agency that serves children up to 5 years old.

Fireworks Spectacular food truck vendor applications now accepted

The town of Wake Forest will accept applications through Tuesday, April 30, from food truck vendors interested in participating in the 2019 Fireworks Spectacular.

The online application is available at

This year’s Fireworks Spectacular is scheduled for Wednesday, July 3, at Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. but food trucks are required to arrive and set up between 3 and 4 p.m.

The fee is $175, and the event includes space for up to nine food vendors.

Participating food trucks are required to obtain all necessary Wake County permits, including a Mobile Food Unit permit. Each vendor must also provide a copy of its Certificate of Insurance designating the town of Wake Forest as an additional insured for the event date. A minimum of $1,000,000 in insurance is required.

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will notify selected food truck vendors in May.

For more information, contact PRCR events coordinator Suja Jacob at 919-556-7063 or

Tickets on sale for Southern soul performing artist Rissi Palmer

Southern soul performing artist Rissi Palmer will take to the stage at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are on sale for $15 (plus tax) and can be purchased online with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover credit card at Advance tickets may also be purchased with cash, check or credit card at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St. On the day of the concert tickets can be purchased at the door for $18 (plus tax). A processing fee will be added to the cost of any ticket purchased with a credit card.

Palmer, who describes her musical style as Southern soul, has received widespread media attention in national publications including Ebony, Parade, People, Newsweek, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal and more.

Palmer made music history in 2007 with the release of her Top 40 debut single, “Country Girl,” becoming the first African-American female to chart a country song since 1987.

The Renaissance Centre is located at 405 S. Brooks St., in historic downtown Wake Forest. For more information, visit or call 919-435-9458.

Public Art Commission issues ‘Call to artists’ for upcoming sculpture and art exhibits

The Wake Forest Public Art Commission is issuing a “Call to artists” for its third annual Wake Forest Sculpture Exhibit and Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Exhibit.

These exhibits will provide for the display of public art sculptures and murals throughout Wake Forest from July 1 through June 30, 2020.

Local, state, national and international artists are invited to submit their sculptures for consideration for the outdoor sculpture exhibit, while Wake Forest Guild Artists, Wake Forest-area high school students, and artists residing in Wake Forest and its ETJ are invited to submit one piece of original art for consideration for the Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Exhibit.

The “Call to artists” is open at through Tuesday, April 9.

An artist selection committee comprised of arts professionals and representatives of the town of Wake Forest, the PAC and Wake Forest Downtown will select the works of art for each exhibit. Selections will be based on artistic excellence and the goal of exhibiting a variety of styles and media in appropriate sites.

The PAC will host a special reception Saturday, July 27, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre to formally open the exhibits.

For more information, contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566 or