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The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will offer a free self-defense class for women on Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

Instructors from Krav Maga Raleigh will teach participating women a variety of techniques to avoid danger and defend themselves if necessary. Attendees will be required to sign a waiver, so anyone planning to attend should arrive 10-15 minutes early.

For more information, contact Special Events Coordinator Suja Jacob at 919-556-7063 or

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host an array of classes, workshops and other events over the next several months to raise awareness about Alzeheimer’s disease and related dementias. Each occasion in the 2019-20 Dementia Awareness Education Series will offer residents the opportunity to learn about dozens of dementia-related programs, services, products and resources.

This year’s series gets underway Wednesday with the “Sunshine Club Music & Movement Class,” a weekly healing arts course offered on Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-noon. Music is recognized as a strong healer of patients with dementia-related diseases and relief for their caregivers. Limited space is available so pre-registration is required at

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

Brassfield Fire Department fundraiser

The Brassfield Fire Department, 1680 Highway 96 S., Franklinton, will host a Firemen’s Day Fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Barbecue chicken and pork will cost $10 per plate. Take-out is also available.

For more information, contact Assistant Chief Hymiller at 919-906-7828 or visit the website

36th Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony to honor Arrington

Area residents are invited to the 36th Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. The program will take place in Centennial Plaza, gateway to the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

The ceremony will honor Willie Arrington who served his nation in the U.S. Army. Photographs and other remembrances of Arrington will also be displayed in Centennial Plaza during the ceremony, then in the town hall lobby through the end of September.

Tickets on sale for Wake Forest Trung Thu Moon Festival

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts is inviting area residents to celebrate diversity by participating in the second annual Trung Thu Moon Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14. The event will take place at the Renaissance Centre from 6-9 p.m.

Tickets are $8 plus tax for adults and $6 plus tax for seniors and children under 12 and can be purchased online at or at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St. For more information, visit or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

Father-Daughter Dance

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will host a Father-Daughter Dance on Friday, Sept. 20, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fathers and daughters throughout Wake Forest are invited to celebrate their special bond during an evening at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

Featuring music, dancing and refreshments, this event is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.

The cost is $25 per couple (Wake Forest residents) and $35/couple (non-Wake Forest residents), plus $5 for each additional daughter.

To register, visit

For more information, contact PRCR Program Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563 or

Greenways Advisory Board seeking volunteers for National Public Lands Day of Service

The Wake Forest Greenways Advisory Board is celebrating National Public Lands Day by hosting a “Day of Service” on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m.-noon.

The GAB is inviting volunteers of all ages to sign up to clean up the Smith Creek Greenway and plant bulbs along the trail. Participants will meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Smith Creek Soccer Center, 690 Heritage Lake Road, for a brief orientation. Following the cleanup, lunch will be provided.

Registration is required at Everyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Waiver of liability forms are required for all participants and included on the online registration form.

For more information, contact Transportation Division Manager Suzette Morales at 919-435-9510 or

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