▪ The developers of Wendell Falls will host a Holiday Sip and Shop event from 2-5 p.m., Dec. 10. Several local vendors will be on hand and visitors can tour model homes while they shop for Christmas gifts. Santa Claus will be on hand at 3 p.m. for a reading with children.
▪ The Eastern Regional Center’s annual holiday event will take place from 3-5 p.m., Dec. 15, at the center, 1002 Dogwood Trail, Zebulon. Santa’s workshop will be open and filled with toys. Children will have a chance to talk to Santa Claus and select a gift. Donations will be accepted for the program through Dec. 12. Donors may wrap their gifts or bring them to the Eastern Regional Center where volunteers will wrap the gifts.
▪ Masonic Lodge 609 in Zebulon wil host Cookies with Santa from 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Masonic Lodge, 111 E. Horton St., Zebulon.
East Regional Library events
The East Regional Library will host an improv performance Dec. 9 at 10:30 a.m. featuring a group called Rags to Riches. The show is filled with music, laughter and improvisation. The show is aimed at preschool children and their families.
On Dec. 10, from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. the library will hold a free child ID session, sponsored by New York Life. The IDs provided by the company will include a photograph and other information parents can use in case of an emergency. At 2 p.m., the library will host Cookie Houses, an event that gives children a chance to make graham cracker holiday houses. Registration is required by calling the library at 919-217-5305.
The Wendell Wake NAACP will sponsor a baby contest and hat show at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church on Morphus Bridge Road, Wendell.
Girl Scout Troop 1859 hosts story time from 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays under the picnic shelter at Archer Lodge Park, 14009 Buffalo Road, Clayton.
Library events for children
East Regional Library: Story times for children and families are throughout the week at 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale. Baby story time is at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Toddler story time is 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Fridays. Story time for preschoolers is 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Mondays and 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Family story time is 10:30 a.m. Saturdays.
Wendell Community Library: The library holds events for children at 207 S. Hollybrook Road. Story time for toddlers is 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Preschool story time is 10:30 a.m. Fridays. AVC Craft and Learn is 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Call 919-365-2600 for more information.
Zebulon Community Library: The library holds storytime events at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. K-5 Adventures is held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays. For information call 919-404-3610.
▪ The Medicare open enrollment period runs through Dec. 7. Seniors who need to make changes to their current plan or those with general questions can get help from SHIIP volunteers at the senior center. Call 919-365-4248 to make an appointment.
The Senior Center and Resources for Seniors sponsor a caregivers’ support group from 9:30-11 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Wendell Community Center, 601 W. Third St. For details, call 919-365-4248.
Bread for Life of America and its community partners give free food to those in need at 10 a.m. the third Saturday of the month at the Zebulon Boys & Girls Club, 1320 Shepard School Road. For information, call Roger Brantley at 252-314-1457.
NAMI Connections Support Group
NAMI Connections Support Group will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Northside Community Church, 621 N. First Ave., Knightdale. All are welcome. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) provides free support groups for adults living with a mental illness. Contact Lisa at 919-819-1580 for more information.
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 at the East Wake Education Foundation Family & Child Resource Center, 16 E. Fourth St., Wendell.
Play Day is 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 includes 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.
Knightdale Parks and Recreation
The Ready to Learn program offers free classes for ages 2 to 5 at Knightdale Parks and Recreation, 950 Steeple Square Court. All classes require parent participation. For more information, contact Shelia Dodd at 919-365-2606 or email@example.com.