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CAT offers ‘Try Transit Week’

Capital Area Transit is challenging Raleigh residents to try a new means of travel this month. Try Transit Week is an initiative to increase the awareness of Capital Area Transit, heighten environmental awareness and alternative commute methods by encouraging residents to “Try Transit.” This year, Try Transit Week, will be held Monday, Sept. 16, through Friday, Sept. 20, with daily events as follows: Monday, Sept. 16: Try Transit Week Kickoff - Transit staff will be at the Big Kmart Park & Ride at 4300 Fayetteville Road from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. giving away donuts and prizes (one per person and while supplies last).

• Tuesday, Sept. 17: Rack and Ride Day – Ride your bike to a bus stop and ride a CAT bus for free. First come, first served.

• Wednesday, Sept. 18: Stuff the Bus – Donate three or more canned food items to the “Stuff the Bus” event at Cameron Village Chick-fil-A from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and get a free Original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich. Donations will be delivered to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (One free sandwich per person. Coupon valid from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cameron Village location only).

• Thursday, Sept. 19: Rider Appreciation - Fare Free Day – Play our Transit Photo Hunt Game for a chance to win a free iPod Nano. Look for the Photo Hunt Challenge on CAT buses or on CAT’s Facebook page (One entry per person and answers must be submitted by midnight on Sept. 19).

• Friday, Sept. 20: Transit Employee Appreciation Day - CAT Ambassadors in red shirts will be seeking votes for your favorite CAT driver from Aug. 26-Sept. 12th (one entry per person).

Staff reports

Swimming association plans to renovate swim club

The Raleigh Swimming Association has plans to restore the former Candler Swim Club on Jones Franklin Road.

The association plans a $1.8 million building and renovation project for the club, including modernizing the site’s two existing pools and building a third. The project is scheduled for completion in November.

The refurbished facility will be named after the association’s founder and first head coach, William H. Sonner. Sonner is a member of the North Carolina Swimming Hall of Fame and a N.C. State University All-American. The association was established in 1960. Staff reports

Jerry’s Artarama donates supplies

Jerry’s Artarama, a national retailer of arts materials and supplies headquartered in Raleigh, donated art supplies that were distributed to children in Jamaica as part of a mission trip orchestrated by Caribbean Lifetime Missions from July 30 to Aug. 16. The missionaries, who traveled to the island nation in August, provided care for hospitalized and orphaned children in various poverty-stricken communities throughout Jamaica, including Saint Ann and Kingston.

Volunteers used the art supplies with the children, and at the conclusion of the trip the remaining art supplies were donated to Faith Christian Fellowship Church in Claremont, Jamaica, for children to enjoy in the future.

Other member companies who made this mission trip possible were iLoveToCreate and CRE8TIME. Omosede Ayinde, marketing coordinator for Craft and Hobby Association, a nonprofit that funds the CRE8TIME movement, visited Jamaica with her two children in a group of more than 20 people. CRE8TIME is a movement supported by a group of people who want to make a positive social change. CRE8TIME’s mission is to support, encourage and educate “CRE8TORS” in their personal crafting journey and to be the place for them to share, praise and be applauded by their peers. To learn more about CRE8TIME, go to www.cre8time.org. Staff reports

Area Zaxby’s raise $103,978 for Make-A-Wish

Licensees representing the 17 area Zaxby’s restaurants who participated in the recent “Cause Card Campaign” announced recently that $103,978 was raised during the 10-day campaign to benefit Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina. This donation will be used to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions in the 49 counties of eastern North Carolina.

“Zaxby’s is a valued national partner who continues to demonstrate its dedication to Make-A-Wish,” said Kristen Mercer Johnson, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina. “We are fortunate and extremely grateful for the support of all of the owners and operators who serve our local communities.” Staff reports