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Community Briefs: Events to commemorate 9/11 anniversary

Posted on September 8, 2021

Updated on September 13, 2021

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From left, Capt. Randall Schmidt of the Wake Forest Fire Department and Greg Hauser, communications branch manager with the N.C. Emergency Management, walk 3.2 miles down Main Street in 70 pounds of gear on Sept. 11, 2020, in honor of the almost 3,000 people who died in the 2001 terrorists attacks.

Amber Revels-Stocks | The Wake Weekly file

From left, Capt. Randall Schmidt of the Wake Forest Fire Department and Greg Hauser, communications branch manager with the N.C. Emergency Management, walk 3.2 miles down Main Street in 70 pounds of gear on Sept. 11, 2020, in honor of the almost 3,000 people who died in the 2001 terrorists attacks.

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Friday Night on White

Party band Crush will headline the one and only Friday Night on White of the year on Friday, Sept. 10. The free outdoor concert is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. along South White Street in historic downtown Wake Forest.

Before Crush takes the stage, the town will host a brief ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and honor local first responders. The observance will include the presentation of colors by the Wake Forest Fire Department Honor Guard, brief remarks by Mayor Vivian Jones, and the playing of the national anthem.

For complete information about FNOW, visit and search “Friday Night on White.”

BBQ in the Burg

Franklin County 4-H, Louisburg Economic Development and the N.C. Pork Council will hold BBQ in the Burg on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10-11, at 116 N. Main St., Louisburg. The event includes the second annual whole-hog cooking competition, food, music and a barbecue plate sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

A 9/11 memorial event hosted by the Franklin County Firefighters Association is planned.

9/11 Walk

An unofficial 9/11 Walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 11, at 11:30 a.m. Walkers will meet at Wake Forest United Methodist Church, 905 S. Main St., Wake Forest, starting at 11 a.m. For more information, email Randall Schmidt at

NFL pep rally and 9/11 memorial

Christian Faith Assembly Community Church is organizing an NFL season opener with a pep rally for all teams that will also include a 20th anniversary memorial for the 9/11 attacks.

The event is from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the amphitheater of Joyner Park in Wake Forest.

There will be games for kids and adults, an NFL trivia contest and a raffle for two tickets to the Panthers-Buccaneers game on Dec. 26.

Local police, fire and EMS representatives will participate in a 9/11 tribute during the event’s “halftime.”

The event is free but registration is required by calling pastor Charles Milton at 609-977-6900.

Artist of the month open house

Peggy Harris is the Franklin County Arts County artist of the month. Her fiber art will be on display at the Gallery on the Hill, 99 S. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg, throughout September and she will host a feber art workshop, “How to read crochet patterns,” at the artist open house there from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Register at Franklin County Arts Council website or call the gallery at 919-497-6910. The workshop is limited to 8 participants.

Rolesville Business Saturday

Rolesville Business Saturday, a joint partnership event between the Rolesville Chamber and town of Rolesville to support businesses, will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 11 from in front of town hall as part of the farmer’s market.

Movies at the Middle

Rolesville Parks and Recreation will screen “Jumanji” on Sept. 11 at the Rolesville Middle School football field, 4700 Burlington Mills Road. The show starts at 7:45 p.m. and gates open 30 minutes early. Bring a blanket or chairs.

Litter Sweep

The N.C Department of Transportation fall litter sweep will run from Sept. 11-25. Volunteer locally at

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.

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

Upcoming acts scheduled to perform include The Magnificent’s Band on Sept. 12; Orchesta K’che on Sept. 19; Revolution Beatles Tribute Band on Sept. 26; Tea Cup Gin on Oct. 3; and Chatham Rabbit on Oct. 10. Each starts at 5 p.m.

Family to family class

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Wake County is holding a free eight-session family to family class on Sundays from Sept. 12-Oct. 31 from 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

The class is designed for family, partners and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidence-based program to improve the coping and problem solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition. To register, visit

Holding Park Aquatic Center

The town of Wake Forest will close Holding Park Aquatic Center for the season at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12. Taylor Street Park Sprayground will remain open through Sunday, Sept. 26.


Hire Dynamics will host a hiring event, HirePalooza, on Sept. 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to fill over 400 positions in manufacturing and e-commerce logistics at warehouses and distribution centers. Job seekers can book appointments in advance or walk-in or drive-up to the event, at The Body Shop, 5036 One World Way, Wake Forest.

Transportation alternatives survey

Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is seeking public feedback on transportation improvements to include in the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. This updated plan (will identify future highway, transit, rail, bicycle, pedestrian, and other transportation projects for this region over the next 30 years.

Through the Triangle Region’s 2050 MTP Development website,, residents, businesses and other community stakeholders can review the Alternatives Analysis and submit comments through Sept.15.

Father-daughter dance

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will host a country western-themed father-daughter dance on Friday, Sept. 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

Fathers and daughters (ages 3-12) throughout Wake Forest are invited to an evening that will include music, dancing and refreshments.

The cost is $30 per couple (Wake Forest residents) and $38 per couple (non-Wake Forest residents), plus $8 for each additional daughter.

A limited number of seats are available, so anyone interested in attending is encouraged to register now at

For more information, contact PRCR Events Coordinator Suja Jacob at 919-435-9558 or

Senior center grand opening

The Northern Wake Senior Center in Wake Forest has canceled its grand opening planned for Sept. 22 due to COVID-19.

Wendell Museum reverse raffle

The Wendell Historical Society’s annual $10,000 reverse raffle is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 23. As last year, the raffle will be virtual from the studio of East Wake TV.

The raffle is the primary fundraiser for the Wendell Museum, which is expected to open by the end of the year.

Tickets are $100 for a one-in-265 chance of winning $10,000. In addition, every 25th ticket drawn will receive $100. Each ticket comes with two barbecue dinners, catered by White Swan of Smithfield; pickup only from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Wendell Museum, 122 W. Second St., Wendell.

Upon purchase, ticket holders must specify if they wish to split, meaning they are willing to equally share the $10,000 prize if they are among the final 10, or hold out for the chance to win it all. If one person holds out with no split, the drawing continues.

The raffle is scheduled for 7 p.m. and can be viewed three ways: Spectrum Cable 22, East Wake TV on YouTube, or the Wendell Historical Society Facebook page.

Tickets are available online at and also from Baynes & Company, 3910 Wendell Blvd.; Universal Chevrolet, 114 N. Main St.; and The General Store, 28 N. Main St., all in Wendell.

‘The Legacy Motown Revue’

The Legacy Motown Revue will kick off the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre’s 2021-22 “Rockin’ the Forest” music series on Friday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m.

A limited number of tickets are still available for $15. Tickets can be purchased online at

The Rockin’ the Forest music series features a variety of popular beach music and cover bands that play beach music and rock and roll covers from classic to modern rock, with a little funk and original music thrown in.

The next “Rockin’ the Forest” concert will feature the Band of Oz on Saturday, Nov. 20

For more information, visit or contact the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458 or

Fall Prevention Day

The Eastern Wake Senior Center canceled its National Fall Prevention Day event on Sept. 24 because of COVID-19.

Youngsville Fall Festival

The 16th annual Youngsville Fall Festival and Car Show will be held Sept. 25 at Faith Baptist Church, 249 Holden Road. There will be food trucks, bouncy houses and kids’ games. The craft show will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Car show is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with registration 8 a.m.-10 a.m, a $20 judged entry fee or $10 non-judged fee. Dash plaques are for the first 100 cars. Awards ceremony at 2 p.m. will give awards for Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice, Kiwanis Choice, People’s Choice, Best Truck, Best Ford, Best Chevrolet, Best GM Non-Chevy, Best Mopar, Best of the 1980s, Best of the 1990s, Best 2000s and Best 2010-20.

For more information, contact Tassie McGannon at 919-741-81-48 or

Dementia walk

The Dementia Alliance of North Carolina is hosting the Triangle Walk to De-Feet Dementia on Sept. 25 at Fletcher Park from 2-5 p.m.

The Northern and Eastern Wake Senior Centers will have a team raising money during the event. To walk with the centers, email Carolyn at

Wake Forest CROP Hunger Walk

The Wake Forest CROP Hunger Walk is schedule for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26. The fundraiser supports Tri-Area Ministry’s Food Pantry and Wake Forest Hope House’s “Enrichment Beyond the Classroom,” as well as the Church World Service. There is a goal to raise $20,000 this year.

Register online, sign up as a member of an existing team or set up a new one, and donate at

Registered walkers and team will determine their own do-it-yourself walking routes.

Email event coordinator Maggie Andersen at with any questions.

Annual golf tournament

Registration is open for the Wake Forest Area Chamber’s 29th annual golf tournament, presented by Atlantic Tire & Service, on Monday, Sept. 27 at The Country Club at Wakefield Plantation.

This event raises funds for small business and workforce development initiatives, and is open to both Chamber members and non-members. Learn more or register at

Pesticide Collection Day

Pesticide Collection Day will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the Franklin County Farmers Market.

It’s organized by the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office, in cooperation with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program.

Nearly all pesticide products will be accepted at this amnesty collection event, including banned and outdated pesticides. For pesticides with unreadable or missing labels or in pressurized pesticide gas cylinders or containers greater than 5 gallons. call 919-496-3344 for instructions. Save any portion of the label to help identify the material so you can be assisted with disposal. Unknown materials cannot be accepted.

Youth basketball registration

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is accepting youth basketball league applications for children ages 5-17 until Sept. 30.

Online registration is at The fee is $60 for residents and $100 for non-residents. Team practices will begin in late October, and games will be played from December through February.

For more information, contact Recreation Specialist KP Kilpatrick at 919-435-9457 or

National Night Out Rolesville

The Rolesville Police Department has rescheduled its National Night Out event to 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 30. It will be held at Thales Academy, 1201 Granite Falls Blvd., Rolesville.

Artist support grants

The Franklin County Arts Council is accepting applications for its 2021-22 artist support grants, with minimum grant requests of $1,000. Applications are due Sept. 30. Late applications are not accepted.

Artists who reside in Warren, Franklin, Vance, Granville, Halifax, and Northampton counties are eligible. Artists may only submit one application.

Applications can be submitted online at, or by mailing an application to Franklin County Arts Council, P.O. Box 758 Louisburg, NC 27549.

Rolesville Fall FunFest

Rolesville’s Fall FunFest will be Oct. 30. Applications for vendors are due Oct. 1 by filling out the form at

Contact Kristen Stafford at 919-554-6582 or with questions.

Wendell Harvest Festival

The 93rd annual Wendell Harvest Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2, in downtown Wendell. The event is hosted by the Wendell Chamber of Commerce.

The day kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m. and is followed by a welcome and heroes presentation at 11 a.m. The stage performances and the Kids Village games and activities will run until 5 p.m. Vendors and food trucks will be on site from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Brickhouse Band of Raleigh will hold a concert from 6-9 p.m.

For more information, visit or follow wendellchamberofcommerce on Facebook.

The Wendell Farmers Market

Wendell Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon until Oct. 2 at Campen Street and Main Street in Wendell.

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.

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.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

On Oct. 9, Triangle area residents will join the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease at the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Presented by McKee Homes, the Alzheimer’s Association – Eastern North Chapter will be hosting Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Triangle (Raleigh-Durham) at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Check-in opens at 9 a.m. with an Opening Ceremony at 10 a.m. and a Walk Start at 10:30 a.m.

To sign up as a walker or Team Captain or to learn more about becoming a sponsor of Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Triangle (Raleigh-Durham), visit or call 800-272-3900.

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

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.

Revolutionary grave marking

The Sons of the American Revolution, in conjunction with the Daughters of the American Revolution, will be holding a ceremonial grave marking for three patriots Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Winston Family Cemetery at Long Mill Elementary School, 1753 Long Mill Road., Youngsville.

Following at 2 p.m., they’ll mark the graves of members of the defunct Harrison Macon chapter at Oakwood Cemetery, 1812 N.C. Highway 39, Louisburg.

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.

Autumn Plant and Art festival

The Wake Forest Garden Club will hold its Autumn Plant and Art Festival on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wake Forest College Birthplace and Museum, 414 N. Main St., Wake Forest.

There will be native plants, orchids and bulbs, as well as a floral demonstration at 1 p.m. Also on site will be local artisans, music by Wake Forest Arts, and food trucks. Visitors can stroll the museum garden and tour the museum.

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.

Zebulon Farm Fresh Market

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

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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