Christmas tree recycling
▪ Raleigh residents can dispose of Christmas trees by placing them at the curb with regular yard waste on their scheduled collection day. The trees are recycled into wood chips and mulch which will be sold to the general public at the city’s Yard Waste Center located at 900 N. New Hope Road. Trees, free of decorations and lights, should be placed at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on the collection day. Crews will also collect natural wreaths.
▪ The town of Wake Forest is collecting live Christmas trees. All decorations should be removed, and the trees should be set behind the curb for collection. The schedule is the same as the normal yard waste collection schedule. Trees will be ground into mulch and made available for free to residents upon request. For more information about Christmas tree recycling or to request mulch, contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ Wake County residents can recycle their Christmas trees through the Happy Trails Christmas Tree Recycling Program through Sunday, Jan. 24. Recycled trees will be chipped and turned into mulch that will help enhance the trails at county parks. Trees will be collected at designated Wake County Solid Waste Convenience Centers and select Wake County parks. For more information, call 919-856-7400.
Taoist Tai Chi Society open house
The Taoist Tai Chi Society will host an open house from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at 5218 Hollyridge Drive, Raleigh. The group offers classes for those interested in Taoist Thai Chi, which can promote health and well-being. For more information, call 919-787-9600 or go to www.taoist.org/usa/locations/raleigh/.
Pet food donations
SAFE Haven for Cats is accepting donations of pet food from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 8431 Garvey Drive, #137, Raleigh.
Assistance League of the Triangle Area
The Assistance League of the Triangle Area A-Z Thrift Shop will host a winter clearance sale in which everything will be 50 percent off from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9. The shop is located at 1621 N. Market St., Raleigh. For details, call 919-875-8901. The Assistance League of the Triangle Area is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of women, children and families.
Pullen Park meeting
The city of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department will present options for improvements to the Pullen Arts Center and North Pullen Park during a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Pullen Community Center, 408 Ashe Ave., Raleigh. For details, email James.Marapoti@raleighnc.gov.
Raleigh is accepting nominations for the 2016 City of Raleigh Environmental Award for a person, group, organization or business whose actions have strengthened Raleigh’s sustainability. Nominations are due by Feb. 12. For more information, including nomination forms and sponsorship, call 919-996-3070 or go to www.raleighnc.gov/EnvironmentalAwards.
The city of Raleigh is collecting used cooking oil and grease through Jan. 15. Residents and places of worship must call the city’s Solid Waste Services Department at 919-996-6890 to participate in free curbside pick-up.
The Joel Lane Museum House will host a lecture by Reid Thomas on gambrel roof houses of northeastern North Carolina at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at 160 S. St. Mary’s St., Raleigh. Admission is $16 for non-members and $11 for members. For details and tickets, call 919-833-3431 or email email@example.com, or go to www.joellane.org.
Meet in the Street
The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications from arts and crafts vendors, nonprofits and downtown merchants for the 2016 Meet in the Street. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, along South Taylor, South Brooks and South White streets. Applications are available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/meet-in-the-street.aspx and at the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. White St., Wake Forest.
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities or how to perform on the main stage, contact Corey Hutcherson at firstname.lastname@example.org. To volunteer, contact Sherry Forbes at email@example.com.
Holy Yoga class
Holy Yoga Raleigh hosts a free yoga class from 6 to 7 p.m. the third Sunday of each month in the gym at First Presbyterian Church, 112 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. Donations are accepted.
Free yoga class
The Raleigh Yoga Center offers a free yoga class from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at 619 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. Reservations are required. For details, go to www.raleighyoga.com or call 919-856-1390.
Health and wellness presentations
Milton’s Pizza & Pasta will host interactive presentations from noon to 12:30 p.m. every Monday through Dec. 21 at 8853 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, including how to get a discount on lunch, contact Andy Landes at 919-810-9043 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Square dancing classes
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department offers square dancing for youth and adults from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave., Wake Forest. The cost is $10 per month for ages 12-18 and $20 per month for adults age 19 and older. Register at wakeforestnc.recdesk.com or in person at Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
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.
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