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Wake Forest, Bunn tree lightings planned Friday

Posted on November 30, 2021

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Mythic Brewing ribbon-cutting

ZEBULON — The Zebulon Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting from 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, 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.

Wendell Wonderland

WENDELL — Wendell Wonderland will return from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in downtown Wendell 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 its annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree from 6-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. Mini-subs and other treats will be available.

Lighting of Wake Forest

WAKE FOREST — The annual Lighting of Wake Forest is planned from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, 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.

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.

Holiday Artisans Market

WAKE FOREST — The 2021 Wake Forest Holiday Artisans Market is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 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.

Holly Jolly Market

WAKE FOREST — The Northern Wake Fire Department will hold its Holly Jolly Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 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, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Cost is $10 and includes jingle bells.

Downtown holiday open house

WAKE FOREST — Presented by Wake Forest Downtown Inc., the Downtown Holiday Open House starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, 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.

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

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.

A Louisburg Christmas

LOUISBURG — The town of Louisburg will host “A Louisburg Christmas” from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in the downtown district.

The Outdoor Christmas Market will feature handcrafted items and baked goods for sale from noon to 5, while kids can take phots with Santa from noon to 2. 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, 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.

Writers guild launch party

FRANKLINTON — The Franklin County Arts Council Writers’ Guild will hold a launch party for the ninth edition of “County Lines: A Literary Journal,” 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 ask unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask when not eating and drinking.

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

Holiday treats baking class

FRANKLINTON — The N.C. Cooperative Extension of Franklin County will host a holiday treats baking class at 6 p.m. Monday, 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 https://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 will hold its winter concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7. 

Caroline Jones will serve as featured guest artist and orchestra teaching artist.

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

Affordable Housing Committee

RALEIGH — The Wake County Affordable Housing Committee is accepting applications for new members through Friday, Dec. 10.

The committee is seeking 16 new members who will serve two-year terms and meet quarterly. The first meeting will be in January. 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. Saturday, Dec. 11. Participation is free. For more information, call 919-496-2992.

Senior center holiday party

WENDELL — The Eastern Wake Senior Center, 323 Lake Drive, will host a holiday celebration from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 11.

Attendees must be senior center members and must register in advance at the center. Organizers will welcome the senior center’s new program director, Divya Venkataganesan.

Jingle Bell Fun Run

WAKE FOREST — The North Wake Senior Center, 235 E. Holding St., will hold the 2.2-mile Jingle Bell Fun Run and Walk at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, with registration and check-in at 10 a.m.

Race entry is $10, with the senior center receiving all proceeds. Children 5 and under can walk for free. To register online, visit https://bit.ly/3qzm4Wf.

Author 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 Saturday, 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 ca

Cinema at the Center

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources will host “Cinema at the Center” Saturday, Dec. 11, at the 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. For more information, call Suja Jacob at 919-435-9558.

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. Wednesday, 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.

Knightdale Shop with a Cop

KNIGHTDALE — The Knightdale Police Department is dedicating this year’s Shop with a Cop to Officer Ryan Hayworth’s memory.

The department is accepting cash donations at its 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 police station at 919-823-1818.

Franklin County Christmas schedule

LOUISBURG — Franklin County’s administrative offices and library branches will close for the Christmas holiday from Thursday, Dec. 23, through Monday, Dec. 27.

The solid waste transfer station will operate on its regular schedule on Dec. 23 and Dec. 27 and on an abbreviated schedule from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christmas Eve.

The solid waste convenience centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will operate on their regular schedule Dec. 27. The centers will be closed on Dec. 23 and on Christmas Day.

The Triangle North Executive Airport will operate on its normal schedule Dec. 23 and Dec. 27. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

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.

Lake Myra Christmas lights

WENDELL — The Lake Myra Christmas lights are on display from 5:30-10 p.m. daily through New Year’s Eve 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.

Franklin County New Year’s schedule

LOUISBURG — Franklin County’s administrative offices and library branches will be closed for the New Year’s Day holiday on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

The solid waste transfer station and convenience centers will operate from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 31 and will be closed on Jan. 1.

The Triangle North Executive Airport will follow its usual schedule.

Scholarship application deadline

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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