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Lake Myra Christmas lights premiere Wednesday

Posted on November 23, 2021

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WENDELL — The 2021 season of Lake Myra Christmas lights will run Nov. 24 through Dec. 31 from 5:30-10 p.m. at 10 S. Cypress St. in downtown Wendell.

The public is welcome to stand or bring chairs and sit in one place and watch. A North Pole mailbox will accept letters to Santa. Admission is free and donations are welcome.

Wake Forest Thanksgiving schedule

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Town Hall and other administrative offices will be closed Nov. 25-26. The Wake Forest-Raleigh Express will not run either day while the Wake Forest Loop will only run on Nov. 26.

Thursday trash and recycling routes will take place on Friday while Friday’s routes will be collected on Saturday. Yard waste won’t be picked up on Thursday and Friday. Those routes will be collected Monday through Wednesday.

Franklin County Thanksgiving schedule

LOUISBURG — Franklin County’s administrative offices will be closed Nov. 25-26. All library branches will be closed Thursday through Saturday.

Triangle North Executive Airport was scheduled to close at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. It will operate on a regular schedule starting Friday.

Rolesville chamber board nominations

ROLESVILLE — Nominations for the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26. There are two seats open. The term will begin Jan. 1. Each chamber member is entitled to nominate up to two candidates.

Email questions to info@rolesvillechamber.org. Visit www.bit.ly/3cmxUuE to nominate.

Franklinton tree lighting

FRANKLINTON — The town of Franklinton will host a tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, outside Franklinton Middle School. There will be words by Mayor Art Wright, a musical performance by LaTonya Pender and the chance to break bread together and light a candle to celebrate the community.

Calls from Santa

WAKE FOREST — Children in Wake Forest and the surrounding areas must register to receive a Call from Santa from Nov. 27 through Dec. 1. Forms will be available at the Joyner Park Community Center, Town Hall and online at bit.ly/WFCallsfromSanta starting Nov. 27. All forms must be received by 5 p.m. Dec. 1.

Santa will call kids from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 2.

Knightdale Shop with a Cop

KNIGHTDALE — The Knightdale Police Department is dedicating this year’s Shop with a Cop to the memory of Officer Ryan Hayworth. The department is accepting cash donations at the Main Station on Steeple Square Court. For more information or to donate by check, email Lt. Ginger Keel at ginger.keel@knightdalenc.gov.

Zebulon Shop with a Cop

ZEBULON — The Zebulon Police Department needs financial assistance to help 16 children for its annual Shop with a Cop. To help, call the station at 919-823-1818.

Downtown mural project

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Downtown Inc. and the town of Wake Forest are issuing a call to artists for a downtown mural project through Monday, Nov. 29, at https://bit.ly/WFDMuralProject. The goal is to attract visitors to downtown through the use of art.

To be eligible, artists must reside in Wake Forest or its extraterritorial jurisdiction or be a member of the Wake Forest Guild of Artists and reside in Wake, Durham, Orange, Franklin, Granville or Johnston counties.

An Artist Selection Committee composed of arts professionals and representatives of the town of Wake Forest, the Public Art Commission and Wake Forest Downtown will select the winner, who will receive a commission and have his or her mural displayed on the exterior of a downtown building.

For more information, email Downtown Development Manager Jennifer Herbert at jherbert@wakeforestnc.gov.

Wreaths Across America

RALEIGH — The Veteran Smiles Foundation is supporting the 2021 Wreaths Across America event on Dec. 18. Until Nov. 30, the public can sponsor a wreath by visiting https://wreathsacrossamerica.org/nc0383p and placing an order for $15. Contact David McCracken at davide@vetsmiles.org or 984-233-3350 for more information.

Wreaths will be laid at the Raleigh National Cemetery.

Wendell Wonderland

WENDELL — Wendell Wonderland will return from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 3 in downtown Wendell after a one-year hiatus with family activities that support the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Foundation.

Visitors are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys for children in need while enjoying the festivities. For more information, call Town Clerk Megan Howard at 919-366-6894.

Bunn tree lighting

BUNN — The town of Bunn will hold the annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree from 6-7 p.m. on Dec. 3. It will be “back to normal” with mini subs and other treats.

Snowball Dance

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will host a “Snowball Dance” for residents with disabilities from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

Individuals with disabilities ages 10-30 are invited to an evening in “Winter Wonderland” featuring a DJ, dancing and refreshments. Chaperones will be available for supervision, but participants are welcome to bring additional support if necessary.

The cost is $15 per person, and advance registration is required at https://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com.

In addition, the department is seeking peer-aged volunteers 12 and older to attend the dance and provide support by dancing, eating and socializing with the attendees. Anyone who is interested in volunteering can register via RecDesk under the program “Special Needs Snowball Dance Volunteers.”

For more information, contact specialized programs recreation specialist Kelly Schurtz at 919-556-7093 or kschurtz@wakeforestnc.gov.

The Cave by Mythic Brewing ribbon-cutting

ZEBULON — The Zebulon Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting from 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Cave at Mythic Brewing. The chamber will observe sunset and may adjust the event up by 30 minutes to account for daylight.

Lighting of Wake Forest

WAKE FOREST — The annual Lighting of Wake Forest is planned from 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St., in front of Town Hall. Mayor Vivian Jones will light the tree around 6:15 p.m.

Other activities will include Heritage Middle School’s Patriot Pride Honors Chorus, a children’s craft activity, the Heritage High Jazz Ensemble and Santa Claus arriving on a Wake Forest firetruck to take pictures in the town hall lobby.

Anyone planning to have a photo taken with Santa during the Lighting of Wake Forest or the Downtown Holiday Open House must register in advance at https://bit.ly/WFSantaPics starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 29.

Knightdale Christmas parade

KNIGHTDALE — Registration is open for the 2021 Knightdale Christmas Parade planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Parade entries will line up on Knightdale Station Run and proceed down First Avenue to Fayetteville Street.

Holly Jolly Market

WAKE FOREST — The Northern Wake Fire Department will hold its Holly Jolly Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at Station No. 2, 7045 Stony Hill Road. Craft vendors will be on hand, and each purchase made will support local vendors as well as the fire department.

Jingle Bell Walk

WAKE FOREST — The Northern Wake Senior Center will hold its Jingle Bell Walk, a 2.2-mile fun run and walk starting at 10 a.m. on Dec. 4 at the senior center. Cost is $10 and includes jingle bells.

Holiday Artisans Market

WAKE FOREST — The 2021 Wake Forest Holiday Artisans Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 inside and outside the Renaissance Center at 401 S. Brooks St. and in the The Forks parking lot at 339 S. Brooks St.

The market will feature handmade items by 50 regional artists and craftspeople, including potters, jewelry artists and candlemakers.

Downtown holiday open house

WAKE FOREST — Presented by Wake Forest Downtown Inc., the Downtown Holiday Open House starting at 10 a.m. Dec. 4 will feature special offers and complimentary refreshments at participating shops, along with children’s activities. Balloon twisting is planned along South White Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by holiday tunes in Jones Plaza from noon to 4 p.m. and a Gnome Hunt.

Pictures with Santa are offered by reservation only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cotton Co., 306 S. White St. To register, visit https://bit.ly/WFSantaPics, starting  6 p.m. on Nov. 29.

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/DowntownHolidayOpenHouse.

Writers guild launch party

FRANKLINTON — The Franklin County Arts Council Writers’ Guild invites the public to attend the Launch Party for the ninth edition of “County Lines: A Literary Journal.” The free launch party will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Franklinton Lions Club, 205 S Chavis St. Individually wrapped refreshments will be provided.

Winners of the Carolina Prize Contest for Writing, sponsored by the Franklin County Arts Council, will be recognized.

Paperbacks of the ninth edition of “County Lines” and previous editions will be available for purchase. Journals are also available for $12 at the Franklin County Arts Council’s Gallery on the Hill at 99 S. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg, and Amazon.com. Proceeds from book sales benefit the Franklin County Arts Council.

In accordance with public health guidelines, organizers request unvaccinated individuals wear a mask while not eating and drinking.

For more information about the Franklin County Arts Council, visit fcacarts.org.

A Louisburg Christmas

LOUISBURG — The town of Louisburg will host a Louisburg Christmas from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 5 in the downtown district.

The Outdoor Christmas Market will feature handcrafted items and baked goods for sale from noon to 5 p.m. while kids can take phots with Santa from noon to 2 p.m. Food trucks will be at the Louisburg amphitheater parking lot from noon to 5.

The Louisburg Christmas Parade will travel down Main Street at 3 p.m. ending the day with a tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., a dance demonstration from the Louisburg School of Dance, the reading of “‘Twas the Night before Christmas,” singing and Santa in front of the Franklin County Courthouse Square.

Holiday treats baking class

FRANKLINTON — The N.C. Cooperative Extension of Franklin County will host a holiday treats baking class at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Franklinton Senior Center, 602 E. Mason St. Participants will learn to make treats in a simple, time-efficient way. Cost is $15 per person. Masks are required.

To register, visit htpps://go.ncsu.edu/franklinholidaytreats. For more information, contact Dominique Simon at 919-496-3344 or dominique_simon@ncsu.edu.

Winter concert

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra’s winter concert will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7. 

Featured guest artist and orchestra teaching artist is Caroline Jones.

Tickets are free, but organizers require registration at www.eventbrite.com/e/wfcyo-winter-2021-concert-tickets-167173024015.

Wake County Affordable Housing Committee

RALEIGH — The Wake County Affordable Housing Committee is looking for 16 people to serve. Members will serve two-year terms and meet quarterly. The first meeting will be in January.

Applications will be accepted until Dec. 10. To apply, visit www.wakegov.com/housing.

Bunn Christmas parade

BUNN — The town of Bunn will host its annual Christmas parade at 10 a.m. Dec. 11. It’s free to participate. For more information, call 919-496-2992.

Cozy in Love Meet and Greet

WAKE FOREST — Page 158 Books will welcome bestselling romance authors Annie Rains, Reese Ryan and Nancy Naigle for a Cozy in Love Meet and Greet at noon on Dec. 11 at the 415 Brooks St. store. This is an in-person event with social distancing and mask requirements enforced.

Rains is a USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author who writes small-town love stories set in fictional places in North Carolina. Her latest book, “The Christmas Village,” is out now. For more information, visit www.AnnieRains.com.

Ryan is an award-winning author of romantic fiction. She lives in semi-small-town North Carolina. In 2021, she released two books from Harlequin. For more information, visit www.ReeseRyan.com.

Naigle is a USA Today bestselling author who whips up small-town love stories with a dash of suspense and a lot of heart. She calls the Blue Ridge Mountains home.

Cinema at the Center

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources will host “Cinema at the Center” on Dec. 11 at Joyner Park Community Center, 701 Harris Road. The film is “Frozen II” (PG), which begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and no registration is required.

Elsa and Olaf will visit from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the center. For more information, call Suja Jacob at 919-435-9558.

Senior center holiday party

WENDELL — The Eastern Wake Senior Center will host a holiday celebration from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 11 at the center, 323 Lake Drive. Attendees must be senior center members and register in advance at the center. Organizers will welcome the senior center’s new program director, Divya Venkataganesan.

Landscape pro class

LOUISBURG — The N.C. Cooperative Extension of Franklin County will hold a class for landscape professionals from 5:15-7:45 p.m. Dec. 15 at 103 S. Bickett Blvd..

Steve Hill of New Leaf Associates will talk about navigating the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic challenges. Terri Billeisen of N.C. State University will speak on the 2021 fall armyworm outbreak and control measures. Supper will be provided.

To register, visit https://go.ncsu.edu/decemberclass. For more information, contact Colby Griffin at 919-496-3344 or colby_griffin@ncsu.edu.

Donation drive

WAKE FOREST — The 2021 Wake Forest Cares Holiday Donation Drive is underway through Dec. 31.

Donations go to Helping Others by Providing Electricity, the Northern Community Food Security Team, Shop with a Cop, the Wake Forest Firefighters Foundation and the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Scholarship Program.

To donate, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/wake-forest-cares or make a check payable to the town of Wake Forest (include “Wake Forest Cares” in the memo line) and mail it to Town of Wake Forest, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587.

Scholarship applications

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Woman’s Club is holding a scholarship competition for qualifying seniors currently attending Franklin Academy High School, Heritage High School or Wake Forest High School.

Applicants should be in the upper fourth percentile of their class and have plans to attend an in-state four-year college or university in the fall of 2022.

The winner of the Wake Forest Woman’s Club Sallie Southall Cotten Continuing Education Scholarship will receive a one-time $2,000 award from the club and will compete at the district level for an additional $1,000 scholarship.

For more information and to obtain an application, seniors should contact their school’s student services department. Applications are due on Jan. 6.

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