People interested in improving their public speaking skills may be able to join a new Toastmasters Club in Wendell. Organizers are currently gauging interest in the idea and need at least 20 people to commit to the program before it starts. To express interest or learn more contact Lorrinda Michieka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wendell Tree Board and Wendell Appearance Commission will host an Arbor Day celebration at 1 p.m. Friday, March 28, at the J. Ashley Wall Town Square at 17 W. Third St., Wendell. The celebration will include a seminar on tree planting and initial care.
Area schools will also plant trees in the comming weeks in honor of Arbor Day:
8:30 a.m. Friday, March 21: Wendell Middle
1:35 p.m. Friday, March 21: Wendell Elementary
9:15 a.m. Friday, March 28: Lake Myra Elementary
2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11: Carver Elementary
Zumba dance party
Knightdale Parks and Recreation will host a Zumba dance party from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Knightdale Recreation Center, 101 Lawson Ridge Road, Knightdale. Cost is $5 at the door. Ages 16 and up.
The American Red Cross is offering lifeguarding classes by Barnanne Creech. Applicants must be 15 or older, be able to swim 300 yards continuously and complete various other aquatic tasks. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a life guarding certificate and first aid certificate valid for two years, as well as a CPR for the Professional Rescuer certificate. Those interested in registering should call 919-269-2057 by April 6.
Wake County Human Services and the Family Resource Center will provide free income tax preparation and filing at the Eastern Regional Center, 1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. until April 11. For more information, visit www.WakeTax.org.
Easter egg hunts• Knightdale Parks & Recreation will host its annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. April 12, at Knightdale Station, 810 N. First Ave., Knightdale. The hunt will begin at 11 a.m and will be held for ages 0-3, 4-5, and 6-8. Visit knightdalenc.gov.
• Paws in the Park Easter egg hunt will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Knightdale Station, 810 N. First Ave., Knightdale. The first 100 dogs will receive a frisbee and a goody bag, with a chance to win a grand prize. Dogs must be on a leash, non-aggressive and have up-to-date rabies tag or certificate.
The FRES Safety Patrol’s Bicycle Rodeo will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12, at Forestville Road Elementary School, 100 Lawson Ridge Road, Knightdale. All school children are invited to bring their bikes for bicycle checking, helmet fitting and riding an eight-station manned course. Refreshments, face painting and a raffle will be available. Call 919-266-8487 for more information.
Wake County Public School System will offer a Certified Nursing Assistant Level 1 short course from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 21-29, at Knightdale High School, 100 Bryan Chalk Lane, Knightdale. The fee is $50. Beauty Night Prom Prep will also be offered from 6:30 to 9:30 April 30, with a fee of $60.
The Zebulon Rotary Club will hold a charity auction at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at 405 W. Sycamore St., Zebulon. Items for sale will include Durham Bulls tickets, gift cards, Hurricanes and Panthers memorabilia, oil changes, gift baskets, gas cards and more.
The Knightdale Farmer’s Market is currently seeking vendors to participate in the 2014 Farmer’s Market, which opens May 17. Call 919-217-2234.
4-H camp week
Wake County 4-H offers youth ages 8-14 the opportunity to camp at Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center in Reidsville, N.C. June 22-27 and experience traditional camp activities such as swimming, archery, horseback riding, canoeing, outdoor living skills and more. Older campers in the Adventurer group learn outdoor living skills and the Trekker group goes on an overnight canoe and rock-climbing trip. For more information, visit go.ncsu.edu/WakeCamps.
Relay For Life events
• 6 p.m. Sunday, March 23: Wendell Baptist will host a gospel sing featuring “Servant’s Heart” and “The Carlson Trio” at 3651 Wendell Blvd. There will be coffee and dessert offered in the fellowship hall after the concert. Call 919-365-9364 for more information.• 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5: The FBC Conquerors will host a “Celebration of Life” luncheon in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church, 10242 Claude Lewis Road, Middlesex. Tickets are $10 each. Call 919-217-9302.
• 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 11: Wendell Baptist Church will host a spring fish fry at 3561 Wendell Blvd., Wendell. Advance tickets are $8, or $10 at the door. Hot dogs are also available. Call 919-365-4631.
• 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 12: The Relay Road Runners will host a “Ring of Hope” dance at the Southern Star Ballroom, 6625-015 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. There will be ballroom, country western, Latin and swing dancing. Door prizes, silent auctions, a raffle and a show will also be held. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Call 919-523-8062.
• The PACEr’s continue to sell their “Colors of Hope” bracelets for $10 each. Call 919-801-5898 to purchase.
• The Relay Road Runners are selling Ribbon T-shirts in pink and purple for $18 each. Email email@example.com.
• The 2014 East Wake Relay For Life is seeking people to serve on the organizational committee. For more information, email Vickie Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Wake Senior Center events
The East Wake Senior Center will host several events in the coming weeks. The center is located at 323 Lake Drive, Wendell. Call 919-365-4248 for more information.• The Center offers medicare counseling on the second Tuesday of each month. The Seniors Health Insurance Information Program is designed to counsel seniors on Medicare changes or questions. Call for an appointment.
• East Wake Senior Center will assist the AARP Tax Aide program with making their appointments. Appointments are held from 9:30 am. to 2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. The AARP location will be held at Longview Baptist Church, 2308 New Hope Road, Raleigh.
• Rex Mobile Mammography will be held at the Center from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3. Call to reserve your space.
• The Center is seeking volunteers who have experience in office work, cleaning and organizing, as well as individuals with sewing, ceramics and craft experience.
• A spring craft sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5-9.
• The Center invites adults 60 and older to enjoy a free hot meal weekdays. The Center, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., also hosts daily exercise sessions, informative programs, entertainment and bingo.
East Regional Library events
East Regional Library at 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale, has an extensive list of activities for the whole family. Find a complete list of events at www.wakegov.com/libraries or call 919-217-5300.
East Regional Library is seeking adult volunteers to help care for the library. Two-hour morning, afternoon, evening and weekend shifts are available.
Artists interested in having their artwork on display in the library may apply to show their artwork in the library’s main reading room for one month. Call Bob Morrill or Brandy Hamilton at 919-217-5301.
2 p.m. Sunday, March 23: Sights and Sounds of Your Backyard: Giant Water Bugs. Explore the role of giant water bugs in the ecology of ponds and backyards.
6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25: Battle Plan: College! Find out how the College Foundation of N.C. can help you plan, apply and pay for college, as well as explore careers.
4:30 p.m. Friday, March 28: K-5 Age Super Special - Name That Book! Join the studio audience for the game show and have a chance to be picked as a contestant.
9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, 2 to 5 p.m. Thursdays: JobLink Job Assistance will offer help navigating job websites, submitting online applications, and more.
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 14: Authors W.A. “Billy” Wilder and Wanda Ramm will discuss “Knightdale,” which details the community history of the town.
East Wake Education Foundation
The East Wake Education Foundation hosts recurring events throughout the year. For a complete list, visit www.EastWakeEducationFoundation.org. Events are held at the East Wake Education Foundation Family & Child Resource Center, 16 E. Fourth St., Wendell.• Play Day is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
• Teachable Monday, which offers an in-house field trip or story time and crafts, is at 10 a.m. Mondays.
• Ready, Set, Read is at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. The program, for children ages 4-5, teaches symbol and sound recognition, and writing practice.
• Wacky Wednesday offers music, stories and art at 10 a.m. Wednesdays.
• Thumpin’ Thursday, at 10 a.m. Thursdays, is an exercise program that helps children develop motor skills.
Ready to Learn classes
The Eastern Region Ready to Learn program offers free classes at Knightdale Parks and Recreation, 950 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale. All classes require parent participation. For more information, contact Shelia Dodd at 919-365-2606 or email@example.com, or Janice Squires at 919-365-0921 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zebulon Community Library events
Zebulon Community Library, 1000 Dogwood Drive, hosts several ongoing events. For information, visit wakegov.com/libraries/locations or call 919-404-3610.• Story time: 6 p.m. Mondays and 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturday.
• K-5 Adventures: 4:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Wendell Community Library events
Wendell Community Library holds events for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. 207 S. Hollybrook Road, Wendell. Call 919-365-2600 for more information.• Storytime for preschoolers is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the 207 S. Hollybrook Road.
Abrakadoodle, for ages 20 months to 12 years old, meets Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings. at the Knightdale Recreation Center, 101 Lawson Ridge Road, Knightdale. Twoosy (20 months to 3 years old) will be offered from 9-9:45 a.m. Saturday and 4-4:45 p.m. Tuesday. Mini-Doodler (3 and a half to 5 years old) will be offered from 10-10:45 a.m. Saturday and 4-4:45 p.m. Thursday. Doodler (5 and a half to 12 years old) will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday. Twoosy and Mini-Doodler classes are $54 per session, and Doodler classes are $58. For more information, call 919-217-2236.
The 5 County Beekeepers Association meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Bennett Bunn Plantation, 1915 Old Bunn Road, Zebulon. The group welcomes new members. For more information, visit www.5cba.org or call Bryon Way at 919-295-0245.