Eastern Wake: Community

Community notes: Oct. 26

Halloween Treat Trail

The Wendell Parks and Recreation Department hosts its annual Halloween Treat Trail from 5-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, at Wendell Park, 601 W. Third St. Children 12 and under will be able to walk the Hugh Moody Nature Trail which will be lined with local businesses giving away candy and other treats. There will also be hay rides. Admission to the event is free.

Fire Department annual meeting

The Wendell Fire Department will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, at Wendell Station 1, 2960 Wendell Boulevard. The meeting will include the electon of members to the Board of Directors.

Harvest Festival rescheduled

The Wendell Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled the annual Harvest Festival in advance of Hurricane Matthew. The event will be held Nov. 4-5.

Health fair at Shepherd’s Care

Shepherd’s Care Medical Clinic will hold a health fair Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature a bicycle rodeo for children, bicycle and skateboard giveaways, the Zebulon Fire Department, karate demonstrations, free retinal eye exams, health screenings by the Wake County Health Department, and other health-informational vendors. For more information, call the clinic at 919-404-2474.

Library events for children

East Regional Library: Story times for children and families are throughout the week at 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale. Baby story time is at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Toddler story time is 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Fridays. Story time for preschoolers is 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Mondays and 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Family story time is 10:30 a.m. Saturdays.

Wendell Community Library: The library holds events for children at 207 S. Hollybrook Road. Story time for toddlers is 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Preschool story time is 10:30 a.m. Fridays. AVC Craft and Learn is 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Call 919-365-2600 for more information.

Zebulon Community Library: The library holds storytime events at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. K-5 Adventures is held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays. For information call 919-404-3610.

Story time

Girl Scout Troop 1859 hosts story time from 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays under the picnic shelter at Archer Lodge Park, 14009 Buffalo Road, Clayton.

The D.E.E.P.

The Eastern Wake Senior Center hosts The D.E.E.P. (Diabetes Education Empowerment Program) from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 8, at 323 Lake Drive, Wendell.

Senior center activities

The Medicare open enrollment period runs through Dec. 7. Seniors who need to make changes to their current plan or those with general questions can get help from SHIIP volunteers at the senior center. Call 919-365-4248 to make an appointment.

Painting instructor John Duzs will provide lessons on Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. at the Senior Center, 323 Lake Drive, Wendell.

The senior center will host a Harvest Festival Dance fundraiser Oct. 28 from 5-8 p.m. Tickets cost $5 and are on sale now. Proceeds support the programs and services offered at the senior center. Guests 30 and up are welcome. Participants are asked to bring a covered dish item. Halloween costumes are welcome, but not required.

Susan McGuire, service coordinator with Resources for Seniors will be at East Wake Senior Center to assist any senior, disabled adult or anyone caring for someone with disabilities with programs and services available to them. Call the center for days and appointment times that are available. 919-365- 4248.

Photography exhibit

Sherry Conrad Frye’s photography exhibit, “Creatures Great and Small,” will be on display through October at Parks and Recreation at Knightdale Town Hall, 950 Steeple Square Court. The exhibit features 21 images of animals and birds. This is a free exhibit and open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on holidays. For more information, visit www.knightdalenc.gov, click on the Parks and Recreation tab and Arts.

Support group

The Senior Center and Resources for Seniors sponsor a caregivers’ support group from 9:30-11 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Wendell Community Center, 601 W. Third St. For details, call 919-365-4248.

Food pantry

Bread for Life of America and its community partners give free food to those in need at 10 a.m. the third Saturday of the month at the Zebulon Boys & Girls Club, 1320 Shepard School Road. For information, call Roger Brantley at 252-314-1457.

ESL classes

ESL (English as a Second Language) classes are from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Green Pines Baptist Church, 1498 Hodge Road, Knightdale. For details, call 919-266-1613.

NAMI Connections Support Group

NAMI Connections Support Group will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Northside Community Church, 621 N. First Ave., Knightdale. All are welcome. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) provides free support groups for adults living with a mental illness. Contact Lisa at 919-819-1580 for more information.

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 at the East Wake Education Foundation Family & Child Resource Center, 16 E. Fourth St., Wendell.

Play Day is 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 includes 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.

Knightdale Parks and Recreation

▪  The Ready to Learn program offers free classes for ages 2 to 5 at Knightdale Parks and Recreation, 950 Steeple Square Court. All classes require parent participation. For more information, contact Shelia Dodd at 919-365-2606 or sedodd@wcpss.net.

Send announcements at least two weeks before the event to jwhitfield@newsobserver.com.

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