Eastern Wake: Community

Community notes: Dec. 20

New Years Day luncheon

The Wendell Lions Club will hold its annual New Years Day luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, at 700 Lions Club Road. The menu will include collards, black-eyed peas, sweet potatoes, hushpuppies, hot dogs and dessert. Cost of admission is a donation only. All proceeds will be used to assist local individuals in need of eye care. .

Wendell Parks and Recreation Track-Out Camp

The town of Wendell Parks and Recreation has a new program, Track-Out Camp, for students grades K-5. It will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning on Jan. 4, 2016, at the Wendell Community Center, 601 W. Third St., Wendell. Campers must complete registration and participant forms that are available at the Wendell Community Center. A deposit of $25 is required to reserve your child’s spot in camp. Camp fees are $25 per day and the entire balance must be paid in advance.

East Wake Senior Center events

Call 919-365-4248 for more event information.

▪  Medicare 101 with Mr. Barry Mowbry is from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13. An informational seminar explains Medicare, Medicare Supplements, Medicare fraud and more.

▪  Senior Financial Care appointments are available from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 14 and Feb. 18. For those who need assistance with specific money needs, social security, estate planning and applying for programs, call the Senior Center for an appointment.

▪  Rex Mobile Mammography will be at the center from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Feb. 2. Pre-registration should be complete by Jan. 19. Call for your mammogram appointment.

▪  Appointments for tax season begin in January. Call the center for days and times from February through April.

▪  The Senior Center is accepting new volunteers who have an interest in sewing, quilting, ceramics, office assistance, and also volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels. Call 919-365-4248 for more information.

▪  The Senior Center and Resources for Seniors will sponsor Caregiving Support Groups on the second Wednesday of each month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Wendell Community Center, 601 W. Third St., Wendell.

Food trucks

▪  Wendell Park will host food truck luncheons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. The park is located at 601 W. Third St., Wendell.

Support Group for Caregivers

The Support Group for Caregivers, sponsored by Resources for Seniors, is led by a trained Alzheimers facilitator. Regular meeting dates are from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Wendell Community Center, 601 W. Third St., Wendell. The support group is a confidential safe place to share one’s challenges, frustrations, sadness, and loneliness with others. To register call 919-365-4248.

ESL classes

ESL (English as a Second Language) classes are from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Green Pines Baptist Church, 1498 Hodge Road, Knightdale. For details, call 919-210-2580.

NAMI Connections Support Group

NAMI Connections Support Group will meet from 7 to 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.

Shag lessons

Carlton Vinson and Brandi Dockery are teaching shag lessons at the Archer Lodge Community Center. The beginners class is at 7 p.m. and the beginners 2 class is at 8 p.m. every Thursday night. $40. To register, come to the Community Center 15 minutes before the first class time. For more information go to www.ncshaglessons.com.

Knightdale leaf collection

Curbside loose leaf collection is under way now in Knightdale. Please move any loose leaves to the curb for collection while avoiding utility boxes, mailboxes and other obstacles. Keep branches and other debris separate. Go to http://bit.ly/1NrFLVX to find leaf collection dates for each neighborhood.

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 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.

East Regional Library events

East Regional Library at 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale has an extensive list of activities for the whole family. Go to Find a complete list of events at www.wakegov.com/libraries or call 919-217-5300.

▪  Custom Book Lists are available through the library. Simply fill out a short form and the librarians will produce a list of eight to 10 titles for you to try.

Knightdale Parks and Recreation

▪  Knightdale Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Programs is offering a Pilates class from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, at K-FIT Center, 426 North First Ave. Pilates is a system of exercises that improves physical strength and flexibility and enhances mental awareness. For adults 18 and older. $5.

▪  The Ready to Learn program offers free classes for children 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.

Wendell Library events

Wendell Community Library holds events for children in kindergarten through fifth grade at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, 207 S. Hollybrook Road, Wendell. Call 919-365-2600 for more information.

▪  Storytime for preschoolers is at 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.

▪  The K-5 Adventures takes place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

▪  Storytime for toddlers is at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Zebulon 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.

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