Midtown: Community

Community Notes, Nov. 12

Raleigh seeks lifeguards

The city of Raleigh is seeking certified lifeguards for aquatic facilities. Hours are available seven days a week from 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Classes also are available for those who wish to become certified lifeguards.

For details, call 919-996-6852 or email aquatics@raleighnc.gov. Lifeguard applications must be submitted electronically via governmentjobs.com.

Timely Topics

The League of Women Voters will host Timely Topics at noon Friday, Nov. 21, in the fellowship hall of Ridge Road Baptist Church, 2011 Ridge Road, Raleigh. Jane R. Wettach, clinical professor of law and director of Children’s Law Clinic at Duke University School of Law, will talk about the “school-to-prison pipeline.” For details, go to LWVWake.org.

Turkey Drive

The Wake Forest Police Department is accepting monetary donations through Saturday, Nov. 22, as part of its eighth annual Turkey Drive. Cash and checks are accepted and will be used to purchase turkeys for needy families. Donations may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wake Forest Police Department, 225 S. Taylor St. For details, call Officer M.W. Sattler at 919-795-7270.

Christmas in Wake Forest

The town of Wake Forest will host Christmas events throughout December. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov.

• 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1: The 67th Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner will be at The Forks Cafeteria, 339 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest.

• 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5: The Lighting of Wake Forest will be at Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St. The event features the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree and the arrival of Saint Nick.

• 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6: Breakfast with Santa will be at the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club, 325 S. Wingate St. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and pictures with Santa. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 for a family.

• 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6: The Downtown Holiday Open House will open historic downtown Wake Forest for free tours of shops and restaurants, school and dance group performances, horse and carriage rides and more.

• 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6:

The Christmas Historic Home Tour will feature 10 historic homes, Christmas music, costumes and decorations, carriage rides and more. Advance tickets are $16, or $22 on the day of the tour.

• 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary will host a free Christmas concert at Binkley Chapel, 120 S. Wingate St. There will be Christmas carols and hot chocolate. For details, go to



• 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11: The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department will offer “Calls from Santa.” Completed registration forms must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10.

• 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13: The Wake Forest Christmas Paradedowntown will feature community groups and businesses displaying their creative talents, as well as a visit from Santa.

• 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31: The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a New Year’s Eve celebration at 405 S. Brooks St. featuring live entertainment by the EG Peters Band. “Living the Dream in 2015” will offer a buffet dinner with desserts and midnight snacks catered by Main Street Pizzeria & Grille and an open bar and spacious dance floor. Individual tickets are $100.

Historic Home Tour

The Wake Forest Preservation Commission and the Wake Forest Woman’s Club will present the biennial Christmas Historic Home Tour from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Tickets are now on sale for $16. For details, visit WakeForestNC.gov.

“A Colonial Christmas”

Joel Lane Museum House will present “A Colonial Christmas” open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at 160 S. Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh. For details, go to JoelLane.org.

New Year’s Eve celebration

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a New Year’s Eve celebration from 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, to 1:30 a.m. Jan. 1, at 405 Brooks St., Wake Forest. “Living the Dream in 2015” will feature live entertainment by the EG Peters Band, a dance floor, buffet dinner, open bar, desserts and midnight snacks by Main Street Pizzeria & Grille.

VIP sponsorship packages for groups of eight are available for businesses, homeowners associations and other organizations. Individual tickets are $100. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov.

North Regional Library events

North Regional Library hosts events each month at 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Unless otherwise noted, the sessions are free. For details, call 919-870-4000.

• 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19: Talkin’ Books! will give participants an opportunity to discuss and recommend their favorite titles in a librarian-led series.

• 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19: Sonya Coulson Rock, local metalsmith at Metamorphosis Metals, will present her art at Meet the Artist: Metalwork.

• 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20: Civil War History & Novels: There’s a Book for That! will feature book recommendations on fiction and non-fiction works that focus on the American Civil War.

• 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21: Craft It: Quilling will teach participants the art of rolling narrow strips of paper to create a beautiful design. Materials are provided.

• 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22:

Popular fiction writer Diana Chamberlain will discuss her novels, writing style, characters and more at Meet the Author.

Museum of History events

The North Carolina Museum of History hosts educational events year-round for all ages. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. For details, call 919-807-7992 or go to NCMuseumOfHistory.org.

• 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20:

Storytime in the Gallery will feature a free staff-led tour of a museum gallery and a history-related story. In honor of American Indian Heritage Month, each week in November will feature a Native American-themed story or legend.

• 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21: The museum will hold a film premiere of “First Language – The Race to Save Cherokee,” followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and Walt Wolfram, co-author of “Talkin’ Tar Heel” and NCSU linguistics professor. Cost is $5. For details, call 919-807-7979.

• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22: The 19th annual American Indian Heritage Celebration will feature attractions for all ages, including food, crafts, history lessons, demonstrations, games and more. For details, go to


HIPPY Home Instruction

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a free home literacy program for low-income English- and Spanish-speaking families with children ages 3-5. Materials, supplies, curriculum and activities are provided. For details, call the Family Resource Center of Raleigh at 919-755-6959.