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.
Visit the White House
This year’s Martin Luther King Cultural Tour to Washington, D.C. will visit the White House. The trip will take place August 15-17, and will also visit the Martin Luther King Memorial on the National Mall, the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of African-American History, tour historic Howard University, attend a cultural musical concert at the Kennedy Center and take a riverboat dinner cruise along the Potomac River. Visit King-Raleigh.org by April 10 to register for this event.
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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.
Zebulon GT Magnet Middle School’s Arts Department and the United Arts Council of Wake County will hold the fourth annual Rock Around the Clock Dance-a-Thon from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at 1000 Shepard School Road, Zeublon. The event is designed for participants to solicit donations from sponsors based on the length of time spent dancing. To sponsor or register, email email@example.com.
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.
Garbarge pickup change
• Beginning April 14, all solid waste and recycling carts in the Town of Zebulon will be collected on Mondays. Residents are asked to place all carts curbside on Sunday evening. Solid waste will be collected weekly, with recycling collected bi-weekly.
• Beginning April 15, all solid waste and recycling carts in the Town of Knightdale will be collected on Mondays. Recycling will be collected every other week depending on the location. Visit KnightdaleNC.gov 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 7th annual N.C. Big Sweep Golf Tournament will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at River Ridge Golf Club, 3224 Auburn-Knightdale Road, Raleigh. The registration deadline is April 19. Register at NCBigSweep.org or 919-269-9380.
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.
Plant sale and raffle
The Perennial Garden Club will hold its 24th annual plant sale and raffle from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, at J. Ashley Wall Towne Square in Wendell, at the intersection of Third Street and Cypress Street. For sale will be perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, herbs and vegetables. The raffle is for a “Garden Tower.” Proceeds will benefit a scholarship for an East Wake High School graduating senior, as well as civic beautification and maintenance of N.C. public gardens. Call 919-365-3923 for more information.
Earth Day 5K
Knightdale High School’s Academy of Environmental Sciences will host an Earth Day 5K fundraiser Sunday, April 27, at Knightdale Station Park, 810 N. First Ave., Knightdale. Registration is $20 and is available at kaes.pbworks.com/EarthDay5K. On-site registration will be $25 if there is still room.
Raleigh Little Theatre and Knightdale Parks & Recreation will offer the next Eastern Wake County Theatre class at Knightdale Recreation Center, 102 Lawson Ridge Road. Classes will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through May 6. The cost is $35, and registrations can be made at Knightdale Town Hall, 950 Steeple Square Court. Call 919-217-2236.
Special Blessings will host a barbecue plate sale from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 9, at Jim’s Mini Mart, 4826 Watkins Road, Raleigh. Plates will include barbecue pork, corn, slaw, drink and a dessert, and are $8 each. Proceeds will go to Special Blessings programs and services that benefit families and children affected by developmental disabilities. For more information, visit www.SpecialBlessingsInc.net.
Knightdale Parks & Recreation will host a Mother and Son Beach Party Friday, May 9. Call 919-217-2232 for more information.
The Wake Forest Garden Club will host its annual Mad Hatters’ Garden Party Saturday, May 10, at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St., Wake Forest. The event will include a classic car show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Mad Hatters’ Tea and Garden Seminars from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and the drawing of winning tickets for the raffle at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under in advance, or $18 at the door. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.Visit WFGardenClub.org for more information.
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.
Relay For Life events
•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.
•12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3:
The Sole Mates Team will host “Hats off to Moms: Women with Hattitude” luncheon at Rile Hill Baptist Church, 6101 Riley Hill Road, Wendell. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Noon Friday, May 9:
The Relay Road Runners will host a golf tournament at the Neuse Golf Club, 918 Birkdale Drive, Clayton. The cost is $75 per golfer, and includes fees, dinner and prizes. Application deadline is May 5. Email email@example.com.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The 2014 East Wake Relay For Life is seeking people to serve on the organizational committee. For more information, email Vickie Curtis email@example.com
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.
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.
6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10: Shart Choices: Your Life, Your Money is a financial education program for parents and caregivers. The program will focus on the importance of understanding banking, budgeting and managing money.
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.
3 p.m. Saturday, April 26: Raleigh Little Theatre’s Players to Go! will present “The Little Prince” performed by a student cast. Based on the classic by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the play tells the story of an aviator stranded in the Sahara Desert and his encounter with a little prince from a small planet.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Janice Squires at 919-365-0921 or email@example.com.
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.