Eastern Wake: Community

Community notes: May 8

Volunteer opportunities

The East Wake Senior Center is looking for volunteers for outreach projects. They include making pillows for Rex Hospital, knitting or crocheting hats for WakeMed and driving or serving meals for Meals on Wheels. For more information, call 919-365-4248.

Kids’ and teens’ activities

The East Regional Library hosts activities for children and teenagers at 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale.

Reading for kids in kindergarten through second grade will be at 6 p.m. Tuesdays in May. Activities for third through fifth grade students will be at 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. Teen Scene for sixth- through tenth-grade students is at 6 p.m. Mondays.

Photography exhibit at Town Hall

Sherry Conrad Frye’s newest photography exhibit, “Spring Blooms,” is on display at Zebulon Town Hall, 1003 N. Arendell Ave., in May. The exhibit is open to the public for free on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Silent Auction

East Wake Senior Center’s silent auction begins at 8 a.m. Monday, May 9, and continues through noon Friday, May 13, at 323 Lake Drive, Wendell. For more information, call 919-365-4248.

TED Talk

The East Regional Library hosts “Ted Talks @ Your Library: Different Ways of Thinking” with a screening and discussion from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, at 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale. Registration is requested: 919-217-5300.

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 Truck Thursdays

Food trucks visit Knightdale Station Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Thursdays at 810 N. First Ave. The complete schedule is online at knightdalenc.gov.

May’s food trucks are:

▪  May 12: Will and Pop’s at lunch and CockADoodleMoo and Dusty Donuts at dinner.

▪  May 19: The Wandering Moose at lunch and The Humble Pig and Not Just Icing at dinner.

▪  May 26: Baozi at lunch and Pho Nomenal Dumplings and Two Roosters Ice Cream at dinner.

Outdoor Movie Night

Knightdale’s Outdoor Movie Night continues this spring. Movies will be shown for free at dusk at the Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater, 810 N. First Ave. Bring chairs or a blanket.

▪  May 13: “Rio.”

▪  June 10: “Home.”

▪  June 24: “Independence Day.”

Food trucks will also be there: Dusty Donuts on May 13, C&J Funnel Cakes on June 10, Dusty Donuts on June 24 and Jay’s Italian Ice on each of those days.

Wendell Farmer’s Market

Opening Day is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14, with a strawberry shortcake eating contest at 11 a.m. There will be children’s activities, a food truck, music and more. wendellncfm.org.

Yard sale

East Wake High School’s PTSA hosts a yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14, in the school student parking lot at 5101 Rolesville Road, Wendell.

Spaces for vendors cost $15. Sellers keep all proceeds; the $15 fee benefits the PTSA. To register for a space or for details, call 919-889-4499 or email ewhsptsa201516@gmail.com.

Knightdale Farmers Market

The Knightdale Farmers Market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from May through October.

A Mother’s Day themed event will be on May 14. For details, go to bit.ly/1QyvEev.

Bluegrass Picnic on the Square

Bring a picnic for a concert by Grass Cats from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, May 14, on the corner of Third and Cypress streets in Wendell.

Five County Beekeepers Association

The Five County Beekeepers Association’s next meeting will be Tuesday, May 17, at the Bennett Bunn Plantation, 1915 Old Bunn Road, Zebulon.

The club meets on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, call 919-626-2930 or go to 5cba.org.

Money Matters

Stephen Barrington will host a seminar on financial interests and goals for adults from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale.

Ready, Set, School Community Playdate

Marbles Kids Museum at the Library visits the East Regional Library from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale.

Pool opening

The Knightdale Community Pool opens on Saturday, May 28, and will be open through Monday, Sept. 5.

Memorial Day

Town offices are closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 30, in Wendell and Zebulon.

Information session

The East Wake Senior Center and Zach Nissen with the Food Bank of N.C. offer information and application help for people who are 55 or older and need food stamps.

A presentation and appointments will be on Tuesday, May 31. To make an appointment, call 919-365-4248.

Big Trucks at the Park

Wendell’s Big Trucks at the Park is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Wendell Community Park, 601 W. Third St.

Summer reading launch

The East Regional Library’s summer reading program launch is 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale.

Support Group for Caregivers

The Support Group for Caregivers, sponsored by Resources for Seniors, is led by a trained Alzheimer’s facilitator. Regular meetings are from 9:30-11 a.m. 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 6-7:30 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.

East Regional Library events

East Regional Library at 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale, lists activities online at wakegov.com/libraries. For more, call 919-217-5300.

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

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.

Wendell Library events

Wendell Community Library holds events for children in kindergarten through fifth grade at 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 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 a.m. Saturdays. Ages 5 and younger and their caregivers will participate in a program with books, music, rhymes and movement. Registration is not 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.

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

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.