Eastern Wake: Community

Community notes: Feb. 17

Business after hours

The Zebulon Chamber of Commerce will hold its Business After Hours from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, at Dallas Pearce Realty, 214 N. Arendell Ave. At 5 p.m., an official ribbon cutting by the ZCOC will be held. Members and the public are invited to attend.

Wendell Parks and Recreation Track Out Camp

Upcoming sessions for grades K-5 are: March 7-18 and March 28-April 19, at the Wendell Community Center, 601 W. Third Street Wendell. Track out camp offers a variety of experiences such as sports camps, educational programs, environmental education, arts and crafts with Lynette Pair of the Art of Giving Art Studio in Wendell, trail walks, playing disc golf, taking weekly field trips and playing on the new playground. $25 per day. For more information contact Phillip Smith at 919-366-2266 or psmith@townofwendell.com.

Rex Mobile Mammogram

A mobile mammogram will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 18 at Shepherd's Care Medical Clinic, 304 Pony Road, Zebulon. Call for appointment 2 weeks before mammogram, 919-404-2474.

Fundraiser for Senior Center

The East Wake Senior Center Auxiliary is sponsoring a fundraiser to replace the old and broken blinds in the building housing the Senior Center, Total Life, and Meals on Wheels in Wendell. Donations can be made to Southeast Shutter and Blinds. Mail or bring checks or cash to the following address: East Wake Senior Center, Attention: EWSC Auxiliary, 323 Lake Drive, Wendell, NC 27591.

East Wake Senior Center events

Call 919-365-4248 for more event information.

▪  Senior financial care appointments are available from 1 to 4 p.m. 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.

▪ Get tax help from February through April. Appointments are available on Monday and Wednesdays from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m.

▪ Living Healthy with Diabetes will be taught by Travis Battle and Patsy Voyles, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays, March 1-April 5.

▪ Tai Chi for arthritis with Norma Ferrel will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. This class places an emphasis on fall prevention.

▪ A caregiving support group will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 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 Alzheimer’s 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 919-266-1613.

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 underway 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.

▪  East Regional Library offers storytime for various ages. Baby Storytime is 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Toddler Storytime is 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Fridays. Preschool Storytime is 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Mondays, and 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Family Storytime is 10:30 a.m. Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

▪  JobLink job assistance will offer help navigating job websites and submitting online applications 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, 2 to 5 p.m. Thursdays.

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 N. 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.

▪  Story times begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday-Friday and 11:30 Saturdays. Children to age 5 and their caregivers will participate in a program that incorporates age appropriate books, music, rhymes and movement. No registration required.

▪  K-5 Adventures is at 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Kids read, create, discover and explore through books, activities and more.

▪ ABC Craft & Snack program: 10:30 a.m. every Saturday, for ages 3-5. Free.

▪ Marbles Kids Museum play dates: 3 to 5 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, for ages 3-5. Free.

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.