Eastern Wake: Community

Community Notes: March 2

Senior Games

The 26th annual Wake County Senior Games is now accepting registrations. The games provide athletic and artistic competition for seniors ages 55 and over. The games include over 30 sporting events such as bowling, golf, tennis, swimming, basketball, pickle ball and track and field, as well as competition held in the visual, literacy, craft and performing arts. The Games will be held from the end of March through April at various locations in Wake County. Call 919-469-4081 or email Jody.Jameson@TownOfCary.org for more information. Registration closes March 7.

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, 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.

Professional development seminars

Food & Facts is the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce’s new line of professional development sessions. The program is designed to provide owners with pertinent, bite-sized educational information. Sessions are led by local business owners on a variety of topics. Food & Facts is open to members and nonmembers alike, and advance registration is required at www.KnightdaleChamber.org. Events are held at the Chamber, 207 Main St., Knightdale.


11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 4:

Productivity in a Digital World, presented by Mansfield Computing Solutions.


11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 11:

Navigating Windows 8, presented by Mansfield Computing Solutions.


9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 18:

Notary Public class, presented by Wake Technical Community College.


8:15 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 25:

“Schmoozapalooza!” presented by the chamber.

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


9 a.m. Saturday, March 15:

The second annual Dana Griswold Baseball Celebration will be held at Zebulon Elementary School, 700 Proctor St., Zebulon. Along with the baseball tournament, a corn hole tournament will be held, with raffles, t-shirts, food and vendors. For more information, call 919-210-9305. All proceeds will benefit the Relay for Life.


Saturday, March 22:

The FBC Conquerors will host “Hoops for Hope” women’s basketball in the gym of First Baptist Church, 10242 Claude Lewis Road, Middlesex. Admission is $1 and concessions will be available for purchase. Call 919-217-9302 for more information.


5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22:

The PACEr’s will host a spaghetti supper at Wakefield Central Baptist Church, 308 Proctor St., Zebulon. Call 919-801-5898 for more information.


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.

•  6 p.m. Sunday, March 23: Wendell Baptist will host a Gospel Sing featuring “Servant’s Heart” and “The Carlson Trio” at 3651 Wendell Blvd. The concert will be followed by a time of coffee and dessert in the fellowship hall. Call 919-365-9364 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.

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, March 3: 6th to 10th graders read, create, and journey through challenges at “Ode to Seuss” with popular Dr. Seuss books with a scavenger hunt and green eggs and ham.

6:30 p.m. March 5: An online marketing seminar will teach participants how to reach customers with a message that stands out and creates action.

10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 8: A seminar will teach participants how to use Microsoft Word to create resumes and cover letters.

4 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 10: There’s a Book for That will focus on learning strategies for working with difficult people, dealing with negativity, resolving conflicts and advancing your career.

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12: An Introduction to Mind Mapping will teach participants how to be a more effective lifelong learner with mental techniques that expedite and reinforce information gathering and retention.

3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16: Learn about local birds with Greg Bryant of Citizen Science. Bryant will discuss the roles of the birds in the balance of nature.

7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 17: Craft It will give participants ages 16 and up a chance to decorate a flowerpot in anticipation of the spring season.

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.