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.
Extended Hands of N.C. is a community-based resource and referral agency in Wendell seeking volunteers to answer telephones, schedule appointments and assist the public in the office. Email HandsOfExtension@hotmail.com for more information.
Knightdale Parks & Recreation will host a Mother and Son Beach Party Friday, May 9, at the Knightdale Recreation Center, 102 Lawson Ridge Road. Call 919-217-2232 for more information.
Zebulon Elementary will host a Spring Fling from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 9, at 700 Proctor St., Zebulon. Events will include a barbecue plate sale ($8 per plate, must be purchased in advance), inflatable attractions ($1 or 50 cents in advance), raffles and a display from the fire department. Call 919-404-3680 for more information or to order barbecue plates.
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 class of 1974 of Vaiden Whitley High School will hold a reunion Saturday, May 17. Email LightingHid@hotmail.com for more information.
Farmer’s Markets• The 2014 season of the Wendell Farmer’s Market will kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at 3700 Wendell Blvd. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday from May 10 to October 25 and features local goods, crafts and produce. Visit WendellFarmersMarket.org.
• The Knightdale Farmer’s Market will open May 17 and run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday. Local produce and artisan-crafted goods will be for sale. Various bands and entertainment will perform each week. For the opening day, a food truck rodeo will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and $5 rabies shots and $10 microchips will be administered to pets. Those wanting to sell or perform at the Farmer’s Market should call 919-217-2234. All events will be at Knightdale Station, 826 N. First Ave., Knightdale.
Historical Society meeting
The Wendell Historical Society will present a program by Billy Wilder and Wanda Ramm on their new book on the history of Knightdale at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at the Wendell Town Hall, 15 E. Fourth St., Wendell.
Art show and sale
A Friends of Art show and sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Ragsdale-Phipps House, 515 Liles-Dean Road, Wendell. Featured artists are Neal Conoley, Kenneth Gilmore, Lynnette Pair, Sally Phipps and Nancy and Kathleen Redman.
An Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser breakfast will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at 6609 Knightdale Blvd., Knightdale. The cost is $7 per person, and proceeds will support Tammy Zukoski in her fight against liver cancer.
Women’s preaching conference
Riley Hill Baptist Church will hold a women’s preaching conference from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at 6101 Riley Hill Road, Wendell. Visit RileyHillBaptistChurch.org for more information.
Two Green thumbs Garden Club of Knightdale will hold its annual yard/plant sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 17, in the parking lot of Vantage South Bank, 7120 Knightdale Blvd., Knightdale.
Memorial Day service
The Wendell American Legion post will hold a Memorial Day service at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at 5100 Wendell Blvd., Wendell.
Zebulon Parks & Recreation
Zebulon Parks & Recreation hosts events for the whole family for having fun and staying fit. Visit TownOfZebulon.org for more information.
10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10 and 17: Adventures at the Park will give families the chance to explore Zebulon Community Park and have fun together. The park is located at 401 S. Arendell Ave., Zebulon.
5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 16: Market on the Lawn will be held on the front lawn of the Municipal Complex, 1003 Arendell Ave., Zebulon.
10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7 and 21: Play & Learn features free activities for children at Whitley Park, 601 N. Wakefield St.
8:30 p.m. Friday, June 13: Movie on the Lawn will be held on the front lawn of the Municipal Complex, 1003 Arendell Ave., Zebulon.
10 a.m. Saturday, May 24: Bring a 15-inch pot to the Butterfly Garden Clinic and pot annuals to attract butterflies and caterpillars, as well as learn to care for the flowers. $15 per participant. Located at Whitley Park, 601 N. Wakefield St.
10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14 and 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 19: Powder, Paint Polish workshop will teach participants how to mix and use chalk paints. $20 registration and $10 material fee for the June 14 class, $30 and $5 for July 19. Held at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S. Arendell Ave., Zebulon.
Camp Choices will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 28 to August 1, at the Wendell Community Center, 601 W. Third St., Wendell. Applications can be picked up at the Wendell Police Department and must be submitted by June 26.
Relay For Life events• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Through May 31, the Clyde’s Chapel Baptist Church Team will have tickets for $1 for the opportunity to take home a “double wedding ring” pattern queen size quilt. The winner will be announced at 9 a.m. at the Relay event. Email email@example.com.
• Saturday, June 7: Clyde’s Chapel Baptist Church will hold a car show at 16657 Buffalo Road, Wendell. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 PACEr’s are selling “Cookin’ for A Cause” Cookbooks for $10 each. See Bobbi Jane Duke, Connie Gay or Shelli McInnis.
• The Sole Mates are selling “Awareness Pillows and Purses.” Pillows are $20 each and the purses are $10 each. Contact Sharon Barrow at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Walking With Wings has “Strike Out Cancer” themed cornhole boards. To purchase a ticket or for more information, contact Gina Temple at 919-669-6203 or at email@example.com
• The Union Hope Team are selling tickets for an opportunity to take home a “Relay for Life T-shirt Lap Quilt.” The winner will be announced at the Relay for Life event May 31. Tickets are $1 each. Contact Ellen Williams at 919-269-6799.
East Wake Senior Center events
The East Wake Senior Center offers fitness and line dance classes, crafts, sewing classes, and more for the active senior. 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.
• The Center is seeking volunteers who have experience in office work, cleaning and organizing, as well as individuals with sewing, ceramics and craft experience.
• The Center is accepting applications for new members. Registration is free, though there may be a charge for specific services or programs. Call or stop by the Center to sign up.
• A spring craft sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5-9.
• An AARP Driving Class will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 12. $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. Money is due the day of the class.
• 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.
11 a.m. Monday, May 12: Find It! will teach participants how to use the online library resource Transparent Language to learn a new language.
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 16: Find It! will teach participants how to download e-books from the library catalog to an e-reader.
7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 19: Transform a mason jar and recycled book pages into a rustic candle holder. All materials provided, ages 16 and up.
5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 26: Find It! will teach participants how to search the library database for more than 7,000 e-books and e-audio.
6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30: Introduction to Entrepreneurship will teach participants critical first steps toward entrepreneurship.
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.
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.
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.