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The Northern Wake Optimist Club will host its first Heroes Dinner today at 6:30 p.m. The dinner is an event that recognizes Rolesville’s police, fire and EMS by offering them a night away from work with their spouses and co-workers. The festivities will take place at New Life Church, 6900 Zebu
lon Road, Wake Forest.

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resource Department will sponsor a Youth Empowerment Workshop for young men and women ages 12-17 on Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

The workshop is designed to help young men and women learn skills and strategies to make a positive difference in their lives and neighborhoods. Discussion will be geared towards empowering students to help create an inclusive and connected community. The session will also include a school supplies giveaway and raffle.

The featured speaker will be former N.C. State football player and current Student Diversity Coordinator Joseph Johnson.

The event is free, and a continental breakfast will be provided. Due to limited seating, registration is required at

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

Wake Forest family movie night

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will host the final Family Movie Night at Joyner Park of 2019 on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. The featured film will be “Bumblebee.”

Beginning at 7:15 p.m., children 12 and under are invited to enjoy a variety of arts and crafts activities and have their pictures taken with a robot. Note: Bumblebee and Optimus Prime were originally scheduled to attend but unavailable due to an interplanetary conflict.

Family Movie Nights are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and/or chairs but are reminded that alcohol, smoking and unleashed pets are prohibited. Assorted food vendors will be on-site selling snacks and refreshments.

For more information, including a listing of each month’s pre-show activity, visit and search “Family Movie Nights” or contact PRCR Events Coordinator Suja Jacob at 919-556-7063 or

Wendell Summer Outdoor Movie Series

Wendell Parks and Recreation and Wendell Falls will co-host its first Summer Outdoor Movie Series on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Lakeside Pavilion. The evening feature presentation is “Jurassic World: “Fallen Kingdom.” The event is free to attend.

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.

Steeped in tradition, Tet Trung Thu, as it is known in Vietnam, or the Mid-Autumn Moon festival as is known in America, typically occurs on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. During the Wake Forest Trung Thu Moon Festival, families will enjoy learning about the Vietnamese culture through music, stories, dance, food, and arts and crafts. The evening will conclude with a children’s lantern promenade.

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.

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