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Community Briefs: Garden Club to hold Autumn Festival in Wake Forest

Posted on October 6, 2021

Updated on October 7, 2021

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Six Sundays in Fall

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department and ARTS Wake Forest are hosting its Six Sundays in Fall concert series. The final performance is Chatham Rabbit at 5 p.m. on Oct. 10.

Featuring free, live, outdoor entertainment, rain or shine, Six Sundays in Fall feature a variety of local and regional performers in the E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater, 701 Harris Road.

Baby shower fundraiser

The Dorothy Mae Hall Women’s Center in Wendell will hold a community baby shower fundraiser event from 1-3 p.m. on Oct. 9, sponsored by Healthy Blue NC, to collect baby items. Needed items are diapers, wipes, baby clothes and small to medium baby items. Cash is accepted.

The event is at Wendell Falls Lakeside Pavilion, 320 Vintage Point Lane, Wendell. Vendors will be on site.

Fall festival

The 37th annual Zebulon United Methodist Church Fall Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Barbecue pork plates for $10 are available by drive-thru our outdoor seating. There will be activities for children including a fire truck to visit. Also planned are a craft room, silent auction, country store, plant sale and Music. All are welcome.

Movies at the Middle

Rolesville Parks and Recreation will screen “Cruella” on Oct. 9 at the Rolesville Middle School football field, 4700 Burlington Mills Road. The show starts at 7:15 p.m. and gates open 30 minutes early. Bring a blanket or chairs.

Community Celebration of the Arts

The Public Art Commission, Wake Forest parks and recreation and ARTS Wake Forest are partnering to host a special Community Celebration of the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Alston-Massenburg Center and Taylor Street Park, 416 N. Taylor St.

Open and free to the public, this family-friendly event will include food, music, and a variety of indoor and outdoor arts activities for children of all ages, including rock painting, chalk art, and “do it yourself” kits to assemble on-site or take home.

The occasion will also highlight the public art murals and sculptures installed throughout Wake Forest and included in the Virtual Public Art Tour available on the town website and app.

Throughout the event, food will be provided by Crumbstruction at no cost while supplies last, and a local DJ will be on site playing popular tunes for fun and dancing.

For more information, email Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at

Pancake breakfast

The monthly American Legion Post 187 pancake breakfast will be served on Sunday, Oct. 10, from 8 a.m. to noon.

The breakfast is presented every second Sunday of the month at the American Legion Hall, 225 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest. The breakfast offers a menu of pancakes, several types of sausage (mild and spicy), coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and orange juice. Customers can eat as much as they care for $6. Children 8-12 are $1 and kids under 7 eat free.

Proceeds are used to assist rehabilitating veterans.

Blood drive

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 11 at American Legion Post 187, 225 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest.

Blood drive

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1:30-6 p.m. on Oct. 12 at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 8400 Poole Road, Knightdale.

Peer to peer class

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Wake County is holding a free eight-session peer to peer class on Tuesdays from Oct. 12-Nov. 30 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The class is designed for adults with mental health conditions who are looking to better understand themselves and their recovery.

To register, visit

Wake Forest High School Theatre

Wake Forest High School Theatre Arts Productions will present its fall mainstage production of “PUFFS: or, Seven Increasingly Eventful Years At A School of Magic and Magic” by Matthew Cox, a satire of the “Harry Potter” stories.

Dates of the showings are Oct. 13, 14, 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at WFHS.TICKETLEAP.COM/PUFFS and at the door. General Admission tickets are $10, and $7 for student ticket.

Wake Forest High School is at 420 Stadium Drive, Wake Forest.

Wake Forest Film Festival submissions

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is accepting film submissions via FilmFreeway at through Wednesday, Oct. 13.

The third annual Wake Forest Film Festival is scheduled for Friday-Saturday, March 4-5, 2022, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Tickets are $15 and go on sale Monday, Nov. 1.

The Renaissance Centre is seeking volunteers to judge submitted films. Selected judges will be given a link to view the films, then asked to provide feedback and scores. To learn more, visit or email Renaissance Centre Manager Debbie Dunn at

Business After Hours

The first Business After Hours of 2021 by the Zebulon Chamber of Commerce will be at Glenn Lewis Insurance Agency, 600 N. Arendell Ave., Zebulon, from 5:30-7 p.m on Thursday, Oct. 14.

Register online at

The event will celebrate German style. Beverages and refreshments are provided. A photographer will be on site to take professional headshots. Bring businesses cards for a chance to win a door prize.

Adult Drawing Fundamentals

Diana Johnson, a local artist known for her graphite pencil drawing, will be offering a three-part drawing class, Adult Drawing Fundamentals, through the Franklin County Arts Council. Classes are Oct. 14, 21 and 28 from 6-8 p.m. at the Gallery on the Hill. Cost is $75 and a list of supplies students need will be provided prior to the first class.

To register and pay online, go to, email or call 919-497-6910.

Quilt Show

Quilt Trails of the Tar & Roanoke Rivers and Franklin County Arts Council are hosting the third annual Quilt Show on Oct. 16 at Historic Person Place. The group is looking for a variety of quilting styles from local quilters in Franklin and surrounding counties. To enter, visit email or, or call 919-497-6910.

Grave marking

The Halifax Resolves Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will honor two Revolutionary War patriots with dedication and marking of their graves in the Winston-Conyers Cemetery on Bert Winston Road adjacent to Long Mill Elementary School in Youngsville. Patriots being honored are Anthony Winston and his son, John Winston, for their service during the American Revolution.

Ceremonies will begin promptly at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16. The public is encouraged to attend.

The Halifax Resolves Chapter will then honor members of the former Harrison Macon Chapter (Louisburg) with dedications and markings of those compatriots’ graves who were members of this extinct chapter and buried in Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Louisburg.

Members being honored are Col. Donald Vann Holiday; Col. Hodge Albert Newell; Dr. Daniel Turner Smithwick; Daniel Wayne Smithwick; and Macon Glenn Smithwick. The ceremony will begin promptly at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16. The public is encouraged to attend.

Art Saturday

Beginning Oct. 16, the Gallery on the Hill will be offering Art Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. for students in first to sixth grades. Home school students are encouraged to attend. Fee is $5 per student and all supplies are included.

Students will create a Halloween witch in the Oct. 16 class, led by artist Diana Johnson. The Nov. 20 class will feature rock painting lead by artist Christy Colebank.

To register and pay online, go to, email or call 919-497-6910.


On Sunday, Oct. 17, TripWithPets in Wake Forest will host its fifth annual Barktoberfest.

This year’s event will benefit K9s For Warriors, the nation’s largest provider of service dogs for disabled American veterans, as well as Freedom Ride Rescue.

Visit to see sponsorship packages.

Halloween Boo Bash

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will sponsor a Halloween Boo Bash on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

Presented by Capital Chevrolet, the Halloween Boo Bash is a free, family-oriented festival for children ages 12 and younger. This year’s festivities will include a variety of ghostly games and activities, along with free pumpkin giveaways, while supplies last. Costumes are optional, but best costumes will be featured on the town’s website and social media pages.

For more information, visit

Charity pumpkin patch

Meridian Waste and Shotwell Construction & Demolition Landfill are hosting a free fall event, its charity pumpkin patch, each Sunday in October from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the landfill, 4724 Smithfield Road, Wendell.

Event activities include a bounce house obstacle course, pumpkin and face painting, corn hole games, animal balloon tying, hayride tours, and touch-a-truck display. Pumpkins will be available in three sizes with suggested donations of $5 for medium, $10 for large, and $15 for an extra-large pumpkin

The Charity Pumpkin Patch will support local nonprofits including The Bailey and Sarah Williamson Farm & Nature Preserve, Good Hope Baptist Church and East Wake Education Foundation.

‘The Odd Couple’

Forest Moon Theater will present “The Odd Couple” Friday-Sunday, Oct. 22-24, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Showtimes are Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Advance tickets are $15 plus tax for adults and $13 plus tax for students and seniors. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Town advisory boards

The town of Rolesville is accepting applications for the several advisory boards for upcoming term expirations. Positions include one town seat and one extra-territorial jurisdiction seat on the planning board and two seats on the parks and recreation advisory board.

Applications are online at and must be received by Oct. 22 to be considered. For more information, visit or email.

Book drive

Through Friday, Oct. 22, bring new or gently used children’s books to any Wake County Public Libraries location during regular business hours. Librarians will sort and attractively bundle your donations for easy distribution through WAKE Up and Read.

Autumn Art & Plant Festival

The Wake Forest Garden Club will hold its Autumn Art & Plant Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Admission is free. It will be held at the Wake Forest Historic Museum, 414 N. Main St., Wake Forest.

The event includes plant vendors, flower arranging demonstrations, artists and artisans, birding and honey farmers, master gardener information and a vintage car show. The garden club is selling orchids, spring blooming bulbs and other garden plants.

Arts Wake Forest will present “My Cousin Skinny” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., an acoustic duo.

Proceeds benefit the Wake Forest Historical Museum gardens and garden club projects.

Make a Difference Day

The town of Wake Forest, the Northeast Community Coalition, Rebuilding Together for the Triangle, and a network of community partners are recruiting volunteers for “Make a Difference Day - Northeast Neighborhood Renewal” on Saturday, Oct. 23, at Taylor Street Park, 416 N. Taylor St.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m.-noon to assist with a range of efforts in the Northeast Community, including litter pickup, leaf sweeping and collection, storm drain stenciling, bulk waste removal and more. Anyone planning to volunteer is urged to register at

Make a Difference Day will conclude with a hot dog lunch from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, email Long Range Planning Manager Brad West at

Revolutionary grave marking

The Sons of the American Revolution will be holding a ceremonial grave marking for patriot Francis Timberlake on Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. on Timberlake Drive, Youngsville. Following, they’ll mark the graves of five members of the defunct Harrison Macon chapter at 2 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery, 1812 N.C. Highway 39, Louisburg.

Poinsettia scholarship fundraiser

The Wake Forest Woman’s Club is offering Homewood Nursery locally grown poinsettias for sale. All funds raised will be applied to its scholarships awarded to local high school graduates in the spring.

Online ordering and payment will be available soon at Orders will be accepted through Oct. 29.


Preservation Zebulon is hosting its Zebulation celebration from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 4 to celebrate the town’s historic district.

It will feature the launch of new preservation awards, a Zebulon Memory Project film highlighting Ruth Moss, and a catered barbecue chicken dinner at the Olde Raleigh Distillery in downtown Zebulon.

Tickets are $30 for PZ members with an active membership or $40 for guests at or by mail a check payable to Preservation Zebulon to 214 E. Horton St., Zebulon, NC 27597.

Attendance is limited to allow for social distancing. No tickets will be sold after Oct. 28.

Trick-or-treat Main Street

Youngsville businesses will present Trick-or-treat Main Street from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 in downtown Youngsville.

Halloween Treat Trail

The town of Wendell parks and recreation department is organizing a Halloween Treat Trail on Oct. 29 from 5-8 p.m at Wendell Park, 601 W. Third St. Children accompanied by an adult can walk a non-scary trail to collect treats. The event is free.

Spirits of Wake Forest

Tickets are now on sale for Spirits of Wake Forest ghost walks in downtown Wake Forest, presented by Wake Forest Downtown Inc. and Forest Moon Theater.

The tours will be each Thursday, Friday and Saturday from Sept. 30 through Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for kids under 10. Visit for more information.

Spirits of Wake Forest is planned and hosted by a volunteer committee, and all proceeds from ticket sales will serve as donations to further the mission of WFD, Inc. and FMT. For more information, email Program Assistant Lynnette Beadle at

Zebulon Farm Fresh Market

The Zebulon Farm Fresh Market’s will be held from 4-7 p.m. every third Wednesday through October.

Fall foliage tours

Residents are invited to enjoy the vibrant reds, oranges and yellows of autumn while also learning about native trees during a series of “Fall Foliage Tours” in early November at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

Urban Forestry Coordinator Luke Devores will offer the free one-hour tours rain or shine on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 6, at noon and 2 p.m.

Parents and children of all ages are welcome, and no registration is required. Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to assemble in front of the Joyner Park Community Center.

For more information, contact Urban Forestry Coordinator Luke Devores at 919-435-9565 or

Sip with the Senator

NC State Senator Sarah Crawford will host “Sip with the Senator’’ at Unwined on White in Wake Forest from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 5. Come learn more about the state legislature, request help with a state agency and to get your questions answered.

Knightdale Christmas parade

Registration is open for the 2021 Knightdale Christmas Parade. The parade will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. The parade will lineup on Knightdale Station Run and proceed down First Avenue to Fayetteville Street.

Registration is due by Monday, Nov. 8, by filling out the form at You may contact 919-217-2232 for more information.

Flags for Heroes

The Zebulon Rotary community is sponsoring Flags for Heroes, a Veterans Day field of flags ceremony at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Zebulon Town Hall.

Flags can be placed in honor of first responders, military personnel, teachers, doctors, veterans, and others. Flags are $55 each, and corporate sponsorships are available for $250, $500 or $1,000.

Sponsor flags by sending a payment through Venmo to @Zebulon-Rotary and include in the Venmo comment how many flags you are sponsoring, and the names of the heroes you wish to honor.

Battle in the Forest

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will host an online eSports gaming tournament featuring “League of Legends” on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Open to players ages 16 and older, the “Battle in the Forest” will be played online and live streamed on Registration is open through Wednesday, Nov. 10, at The cost is $5 per player.

Teams comprised of five players each will compete in the tournament which will run in conjunction with “Bull City Gaming.” The top three teams in the Battle in the Forest will receive a variety of prizes and awards, including scholarships from Barton College Esports.

For more information, visit or contact Recreation Center Supervisor Garrett Bryant at 919-554-6189 or

Turkey drive

The Wake Forest Police Department is accepting monetary donations through Saturday, Nov. 20, as part of its 15th Annual Turkey Drive.

Residents can submit online donations via PayPal at Cash and checks written to the Wake Forest Police Department are also accepted. Anyone wishing to contribute cash or check to this year’s Turkey Drive should contact Officer K. Abshire at

Franklin County Farmers Market

The Franklin County Farmers Market is open Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 137 Shannon Village, Louisburg, through Dec. 31.

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