Creativity in our backyard
The Wendell Historical Society will host “Creative and Talented People in Our Own Backyard” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the courtroom of the Wendell Town Hall, 9 S. Pine St., Wendell. The program is a slide-tape show that was originally produced and shown more than 30 years ago. It will feature Wendell citizens identified as having exceptional talent in a variety of creative endeavors.
Wake Tech classes
Wake Technical Community College will hold gardening classes at its Eastern Wake Education Center at 519 Industrial Drive, Zebulon. Intermediate Community Gardening will run from Oct. 1-27, and Community Gardening will run from Nov. 3 through Dec. 1.
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Little Miss & Mr. Wendell
The Little Miss & Mr. Wendell contest will be held Oct. 3 and 4 at the Wendell Harvest Festival. Contestants will ride a float at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 in the festival parade, and will gather at the town square stage at 11:30 a.m., where each contestant will be introduced and winners will be crowned. Call 919-365-6318 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Wendell Harvest Festival will run from noon to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the J. Ashley Wall Towne Square. Attractions include a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, a pumpkin derby, a cornhole tournament from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, craft and food vendors, the Village of Yesteryear, the Wendell History Gallery, games and inflatables, a beer garden, and face painting. Entertainment will be provided by Stone Age Romeos on Friday and the Band of Oz on Saturday. Crosspointe Church Band, and other local bands and performers will take the stage during the day. Visit wendellchamber.org for more information.
The American Cancer Society’s Celestine Richardson Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at The River Golf Club, 170 Clear Water Road, Louisburg. Entry is $50 per person, or $200 per team. The first tee will take place at 8 a.m., and the second at 1 p.m. Call Tammy Driver at 919-210-2784 for more information.
Fire station anniversary
The Pilot Fire Department will hold its 40th anniversary celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at 8028 N.C. 39, Zebulon. Activities will include children’s fire prevention education, fire extinguisher training, a bouncy house, food for sale, a classic car cruise-in, “Jaws of Life” Hurst tool and accident rescue demonstrations, a taekwondo demonstration and more. Visit pilotfiredepartment.com for more information.
The SPCA of Wake County will hold its 19th annual Fur Ball Sunday, Oct. 4, at the State Club, 2450 Alumni Drive, Suite 114, Raleigh. The evening will include a live and a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, music and more. Tickets are available for $125 per person at spcawake.org/furball.
• The Zebulon High School Class of 1989 will celebrate its 25th class reunion Oct. 10-11, including a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Fargo Cattle Company Restaurant, 1007 Shepard School Road, Zebulon. Visit classcreator.com/Zebulon-NC-1989 for more information.
• The East Wake High School Class of 1984 will hold its 30th reunion from 4:30 to midnight Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Zebulon Rotary Club, 405 W. Sycamore St., Zebulon. Cost is $30 per person or $60 with a guest. Adult guests only. Make certified checks or money orders payable to Rhonda Talton Hayes, 2505 Edgemont Road, Wendell. Deadline to register is Oct. 3. Call Ann Morris Luck at 919-971-9854 or Hayes at 919-625-2988 for more information.
Fire rescue anniversary
The Eastern Wake Fire and Rescue will hold its 60th anniversary celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at 4828 Clifton Road, Knightdale. Attractions include music, food and drinks, a tour of the station, fire and rescue demos, a bouncy house and clown for children and a dunking booth.
• The Wendell Farmer’s Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Oct. 25 and features local goods, crafts and produce. Visit wendellfarmersmarket.org.
• The Knightdale Farmer’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday. Local produce and artisan-crafted goods will be for sale. Various bands and entertainment will perform each week. 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.
• Wendell United Methodist Church will host a 5K walk/run event at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at 129 N. Main St., Wendell. Pre-register through active.com or register at the event. $30 for an individual, $25 per person for teams.
• Knightdale Parks & Recreation and the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce will host the Knightdale Turkey Leg 5K Family Fun Walk/Run at 8:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 27, at Knightdale Station Park, 810 N. First Ave., Knightdale. Registration is $10 per person (participants 5 and under free). After Nov. 10, registration is $15 per person. Registrations will be accepted until Nov. 26.
Volunteers are needed to help set up Lake Myra’s Christmas lights in downtown Wendell from Oct. 6 through Nov. 14. All ages, skill levels and abilities are encourage to help. Email email@example.com.
The registration deadline for vendors who want to take part in the Knightdale Holiday Fair is Sept. 26. The fair will be held Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Knightdale Recreation Center, 102 Lawson Road, Knightdale. Registration for vendors costs $25. If electricity is needed the cost to register is $35. Call 919-217-2232 for more information on becoming a vendor.
Pigeon Forge trip
Zebulon Parks & Recreation will hold a Smoky Mountain Getaway to Pigeon Forge, Tn., Nov. 3-5. The tour features two live shows, visits to the Christ in the Smokies Museum and the Titanic Museum, and a guided tour deep into the mountains. Call 919-823-0432 for more information.
Brunswick stew sale
The Dragon Slayers M/C will hold its annual fall Brunswick stew sale starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the IGA at 2971 Wendell Blvd., Wendell. Containers are $7 per quart. Proceeds will benefit Firefighters Assisting Armed Forces Families. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for pre-orders.
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.
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.
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 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29:
6th-10th graders read, create, journey and take on challenges at Teen Scene. This week, try your hand at being a pirate in “Talk Like a Pirate.”
•6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30:
Stop by to meet local soap maker Valli Williams with Allvecia Soap Co., and ask questions about the soap making process and see samples of her work.
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 email@example.com for more information.
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: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
• 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. Wednesdays and Fridays.
• Storytime for toddlers is at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.
• The K-5 Adventures takes place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
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.