Eastern Wake: Community

Community Notes: Feb. 23


Mountcastle to speak

Brian Mountcastle, candidate for N.C. House District 35, will speak from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at the Knightdale Recreation Center, 101 Lawson Ridge Road, Knightdale. He will discuss his platform and his plans for the area.

Knightdale chamber banquet

The Knightdale Chamber of Commerce will hold its 41st annual banquet Thursday, Feb. 27, at Hilton North Raleigh, 3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh. The banquet is the Chamber’s premier fundraising event of the year. The speaker for the banquet will be Janet Cowell, treasurer for the State of N.C. The banquet is a membership event. Tickets are $45 per person and may be purchased at www.KnightdaleChamber.org.

Salute to Senior Service

Salute to Senior Service is seeking nominations of deserving senior volunteers who have made an impact in the greater Triangle area through March 1. Sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care, the Salute to Senior Service national award program recognizes volunteers ages 65 and older for their outstanding service to others each year. Nominations can be submitted at SaluteToSeniorService.com.

Plate sale

The Now Faith Scholarship Foundation will hold a plate sale from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 7, at 8933 Buffaloe Road, Knightdale. Plates will cost $8 and will consist of chicken or fish and a choice of two vegetables and dessert. Call 919-266-9112 for more information.

Rabies clinic

In response to a recent rabies incident in Wendell, Neuse River Vet Hospital is providing a $7 rabies clinic from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, through March 15. Neuse River Vet Hospital is at 2961 Wendell Blvd., Wendell.

Literary tutors needed

The Literary Council of Wake County (LCWC) needs tutors to help residents improve their reading and writing skills and English-speaking skills. All tutors are volunteers and are asked to commit to hour-and-a-half sessions twice a week for at least six consecutive months. Tutors are required to complete a LCWC Tutor Training Workshop before they begin. Workshops are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 3, 5, 10, and 12. For more information, visit www.WakeLiteracy.org or call 919-787-5559.

Radon tests available

Wake County encourages residents to test their homes for radon. Radon is a natural gas that comes from the decay of uranium found in rocks, soil and building materials like concrete. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to radon is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year.

The N.C. Radon Program is providing 200 free test kits for the County to distribute. These kits are available at the Eastern Regional Center, 1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon. Call 919-404-3900 for more information. Kits are also available for purchase at www.NCRadon.com.

Visit Baltimore

Visit Baltimore April 7-9 with Zebulon Parks & Recreation. Travel by train from Rocky Mount, two nights stay Spring Hill Suites in Inner Harbor. Activities include a trolley tour, National Aquarium visit, two dinners and two breakfasts, and exploration of the city. Cost is $425 per person (based on double occupancy). Call Zebulon Community Center at 919-823-0432 for information.

Theatre class

Raleigh Little Theatre and Knightdale Parks & Recreation will offer the next Eastern Wake County Theatre class at Knightdale Recreation Center, 102 Lawson Ridge Road. Classes will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from March 11 through May 6. The cost is $35, and registrations can be made at Knightdale Town Hall, 950 Steeple Square Court. Call 919-217-2236.

Tax help

Wake County Human Services and the Family Resource Center will provide free income tax preparation and filing at the Eastern Regional Center, 1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. until April 11. For more information, visit www.WakeTax.org.

Easter egg hunt

Knightdale Parks & Recreation will host its annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. April 12, at Knightdale Station, 810 N. First Ave., Knightdale. The hunt will begin at 11 a.m and will be held for ages 0-3, 4-5, and 6-8. Visit knightdalenc.gov.

Bicycle Rodeo

The FRES Safety Patrol’s Bicycle Rodeo will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12, at Forestville Road Elementary School, 100 Lawson Ridge Road, Knightdale. All school children are invited to bring their bikes for bicycle checking, helmet fitting and riding an eight-station manned course. Refreshments, face painting and a raffle will be available. Call 919-266-8487 for more information.

4-H camp week

Wake County 4-H offers youth ages 8-14 the opportunity to camp at Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center in Reidsville, N.C. June 22-27 and experience traditional camp activities such as swimming, archery, horseback riding, canoeing, outdoor living skills and more. Older campers in the Adventurer group learn outdoor living skills and the Trekker group goes on an overnight canoe and rock-climbing trip. For more information, visit go.ncsu.edu/WakeCamps.

Farmer’s Market

The Knightdale Farmer’s Market is currently seeking vendors to participate in the 2014 Farmer’s Market, which opens May 17. Call 919-217-2234.

Relay for Life events


7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 22:

Pirates of the CURE-ibbean will host a “Share the Care” prom-masquerade ball at the Wendell Community Center, 601 W. Third St., Wendell. Call 919-625-9059 for more information.

•  The 2014 East Wake Relay for Life is seeking people to serve on the organizational committee. For more information, email Vickie Curtis at



Eastern Wake Senior Center events

The Eastern Wake Senior Center will host several events in the coming weeks. The center is located at 323 Lake Drive, Wendell. Call 919-365-4248 for more information.

•  Eastern Wake Senior Center will assist the AARP Tax Aide program with making their appointments. Appointments are held from 9:30 am. to 2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. The AARP location will be held at Longview Baptist Church, 2308 New Hope Road, Raleigh.

•  Rex Mobile Mammography will be at the center from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. Appointments are required.

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.


Feb. 25:

Create your very own seek and find challenge using a soda bottle.

Knightdale Chamber of Commerce events

The Knightdale Chamber of Commerce will hold several events through the month of February. Unless otherwise noted, events take place at the Chamber building, 207 Main St., Knightdale. For more information and to register for these events, visit www.KnightdaleChamber.org.


11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25:

Food & Facts is a new line of professional development sessions to provide business owners with pertinent, bite-sized educational information. This session will be presented by June-Neri Financial and will concern disability insurance for small businesses.


6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27:


Knightdale Chamber of Commerce annual membership banquet will be held at the Hilton North Raleigh, 3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh. A

silent auction will be held during the social hour with previewing beginning at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:45 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Janet Cowell, Treasurer for the State of North Carolina. Advance registration is required.


8 to 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28:

Fourth Friday will allow members the opportunity to enjoy breakfast goodies, coffee and juice, and network with other business members. Registration is required.

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.

7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24: “Home Budgets for Beginners” will teach participants how to manage their budgets using Microsoft Excel and online resources. Participation requires basic computer skills, and registration is requested.

7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24: “Spy Academy” will give students grades 6-10 a chance to read, create, journey, and take on challenges during this weekly event. This week, students will get a chance to practice stealth and sleuthing.

6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25: "African-American History: There's a Book for That!" will give participants a chance to share reading suggestions about African-American history. Registration is not required for this hour-long, drop-in session.

6:30 p.m. Feb. 26: Introduction to Entrepreneurship will teach participants how to start and manage a new business. Registration is requested.

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27: "String Music in the Library" will give participants a chance to enjoy live string music from Emily Mabe and Jessica Taylor, cello and viola.

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.

Senior center seeks volunteers

The East Wake Senior Center is seeking volunteers to help with entertainment, food, crafts, bulletin boards, cleaning and sign design. For more information, call the center at 919-365-4248.

Library volunteers

East Regional Library is seeking adult volunteers to assist staff with checking in books and keeping the library tidy. Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Applications are available at the circulation desk, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale.

Meals for seniors

The Eastern Wake Senior Center invites adults 60 and older to enjoy a free hot meal weekdays at 323 Lake Drive, Wendell. The center, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., also hosts daily exercise sessions, informative programs, entertainment and bingo. For more information, call the center at 919-365-4248 or Wendell Meals on Wheels at 919-365-4684.

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 sedodd@wcpss.net, or Janice Squires at 919-365-0921 or jsquires@wcpss.net.

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

Storytime for preschoolers is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the 207 S. Hollybrook Road. For more information, call 919-365-2600.

Beekeepers meet

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.