North Raleigh: Community

Community Notes: June 28

Wake Forest seeks to fill board vacancies

Wake Forest is looking for residents to serve on the town’s Cemetery Advisory Board, Urban Forestry Board, Public Art Commission and Planning Board. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 1. They can be mailed or delivered to Town Clerk Deeda Harris, Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587; or faxed to 919-435-9419.

For details, go to or stop by Town Hall. Or call 919-435-9413 or email

Rain barrels for sale

The town of Wake Forest is selling 65-gallon rain barrels for $90 each. The town will deliver the barrels at no additional cost to Wake Forest utility customers. Other residents can pick up a rain barrel at the Wake Forest Operations Center, 234 Friendship Chapel Road, or purchase a barrel with cash, check or credit card at Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

For details, go to or contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570 or

Good Neighbor of the Year Award

The Wake Forest Human Relations Council is seeking youth and adult nominations for the sixth annual Good Neighbor of the Year Award, which recognizes Wake Forest residents who work to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

Forms are available at Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., and can also be downloaded from the town’s website. All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31. For details, go to or contact Human Resources Director Virginia Jones at 919-435-9491 or

Free yoga class

The Raleigh Yoga Center offers a free yoga class from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at 619 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. Reservations are required. For details, go to or call 919-856-1390.

Square dancing classes

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will offer Modern Western Square Dancing for youth and adults from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave., Wake Forest. The cost is $10 per month for ages 12-18 and $20 per month for adults age 19 and older. Register at or in person at Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Backyard Birding

Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden will host Backyard Birding classes throughout the year at 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. Classes are $10 per session. To register, go to or call 919-878-8877.

▪ 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11: Learn about water features you can add to your garden to help birds stay cool and hydrated.

▪ 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3: Find out what to leave and what to take out of your garden while cleaning it up for the year.

Pork Out at Lafayette Village BBQ Contest and Festival!

Lafayette Village and Savory Spice Shop will present the third annual Pork Out at Lafayette Village BBQ Contest and Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 18. Twenty teams will compete for the People’s Choice award. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds will go to the Raleigh Rescue Mission. Lafayette Village is located at 8450 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh.

Family festival

The Building a Stronger Raleigh Family Festival will from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Broughton High School, 723 Saint Mary’s St. A basketball game will begin at 7 p.m. For details, go to

Sing-A-Long Movie on The Green

The Green at Lafayette Village will present a free sing-along version of “Grease” at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at 8450 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh. Feel free to dress the part, and bring new socks to donate to Note in the Pocket. For details, call 919-714-7447.

Electric Run

An Electric Run will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. For tickets and details, go to

Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange

The Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh. Dereck Whittenburg, who played on N.C. State University’s 1983 national champion team, will be the keynote speaker. For details, call the city’s Community Services Division at 919-996-6100.

Annual meeting at Poe Center for Health

The Poe Center for Health Education will host an annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, September 24, at 224 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh. The event will recognize incoming and outgoing board members as well as community members who contribute to children’s health and education in North Carolina. Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat, will be the keynote speaker. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased online at For more information, email or call 919-231-4006 ext. 306.

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.

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