Green Medal Awards
The Wake Forest Urban Forestry Board is accepting nominations for the 2015 Green Medal Awards of Excellence. The awards recognize individuals, groups and businesses that promote good environmental stewardship and excellence in service. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, and can be faxed to 919-435-9499 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominate environmental heroes
Nominations will be accepted for the Raleigh Environmental Award through Feb. 13. The award honors those who have shown outstanding dedication to the environment. For details, go to RaleighNC.gov.
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Be a Santa to a Senior
Home Instead Senior Care is accepting gifts for the Be a Santa to a Senior program. Participants can sign up online or at participating stores and purchase a gift for a local senior citizen. For details, go to BeASantaToASenior.com.
‘Christmas at Oak View Farm’
Historic Oak View County Park will host “Christmas at Oak View Farm” through Dec. 31 at 4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh. The free, self-guided tour will teach participants about the traditions and decorations of the antebellum era, Civil War, Victorian era, Great Depression and World War II. For details, go to WakeGov.com/news.
Parent’s Morning Out
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources department will offer a Parent’s Morning Out from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave. Children ages 3-12 can participate in a variety of organized activities while their parents run errands or relax. Participants must be potty-trained. The cost is $20. For details, go to WakeForestNC.recdesk.com.
SAFE Haven cat special
SAFE Haven for Cats will host a promotional event the week leading up to Christmas. Cats will be available for adoption for $25 ($70 off the regular price) Dec. 18-24 at 8431-137 Garvey Drive, Raleigh. For details, go to SafeHavenForCats.org.
New Year’s Eve in Wake Forest
8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31: The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a New Year’s Eve celebration at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 405 S. Brooks St. featuring live entertainment by the EG Peters Band. “Living the Dream in 2015” will offer a buffet dinner with desserts and midnight snacks catered by Main Street Pizzeria & Grille and an open bar and spacious dance floor. Individual tickets are $100. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov.
Blue Jay County Park will teach participants how to identify trees after their leaves have been shed in a free tour from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh. Call 919-870-4330 to register.
New Year’s Eve celebration
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a New Year’s Eve celebration from 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, to 1:30 a.m. Jan. 1, at 405 Brooks St., Wake Forest. “Living the Dream in 2015” will feature live entertainment by the EG Peters Band, a dance floor, buffet dinner, open bar, desserts and midnight snacks by Main Street Pizzeria & Grille.
VIP sponsorship packages for groups of eight are available for businesses, homeowners associations and other organizations. Individual tickets are $100. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov.
‘How to Read a House’
The Joel Lane Museum House will present a lecture on “How to Read a House: Identifying Historic Buildings” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at 160 S. Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh. Admission is $16 for the public, $11 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. To reserve your seat, call 919-833-3431.
Night to Shine prom
Lifepointe Church will host the Night to Shine prom from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at 9500 Durant Road, Raleigh. People ages 16 and older with special needs are invited to attend the event, which will feature a red carpet, crowns and tiaras, limo rides, dancing and VIP treatment. The Tim Tebow Foundation will sponsor the event. Guests and volunteers can register at LifePointeChurch.com.
Meet in the Street
The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for vendors, nonprofits and downtown merchants for the 2015 Meet in the Street on Saturday, May 2, in historic downtown Wake Forest. Festivities will include dozens of artisans’ booths featuring handcrafted goods. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov.
Museum of History events
The North Carolina Museum of History hosts educational events year-round for all ages. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. For details, call 919-807-7992 or go to NCMuseumOfHistory.org.
• 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18: Storytime in the Gallery will feature a staff-led tour through one of the museum galleries. Ages 3 and up.
• 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31: Celebrate the break of 2015 with the Museum of History and Artsplosure. Buy one exhibit admission and get one free with a First Night button until 6 p.m., when the exhibits close. A children’s celebration will run from 2 to 6 p.m., with events in Daniels Auditorium from 7 to 11 p.m.
HIPPY Home Instruction
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a free home literacy program for low-income English- and Spanish-speaking families with children ages 3-5. Materials, supplies, curriculum and activities are provided. For details, call the Family Resource Center of Raleigh at 919-755-6959.