Planning Board Academy
The town of Wake Forest is accepting applications for the 2016 Planning Board Academy through Monday, Nov. 30. Applications are available at town hall, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. They are also available online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/planning-board-academy.aspx. For more information, contact Chip Russell at 919-435-9511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Downtown Raleigh Alliance and the city of Raleigh will host the annual Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at City Plaza on Fayetteville Street downtown. The event will feature live music, food trucks, games, an ice rink, a tree lighting and more.
Square dance benefit
Triangle Square Dance Alliance will sponsor a Toy Joy benefit square dance night from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Millbrook United Methodist Church, 1712 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. For admission, participants should bring an unwrapped toy or give a monetary donation. For more information, email email@example.com.
Boylan Heights ArtWalk
The 23rd annual Boylan Heights Artwalk will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in downtown Raleigh. More than 100 artists will display their work. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.boylanheights.org or contact Lyman Collins at 919-337-3633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner
The 68th annual Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at The Forks Cafeteria, 339 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. Mayor Vivian Jones will present the Volunteer of the Year Award, Organization of the Year Award and Peggy Allen Lifetime Achievement Award. Tickets cost $15 each and are available at the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce, the Wake Forest Historical Museum and the offices of The Wake Weekly.
Tree lighting at State Capitol
Festivities for the annual tree lighting at the State Capitol will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at 1 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory will make his way to the South grounds at 6:15 p.m. to begin the ceremony. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served, and Santa will make an appearance. The annual holiday open house at the Capitol will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Haywood Hall House and Gardens open house
Haywood Hall, which was built in 1799, will be decorated for Christmas and open to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 211 New Bern Place, Raleigh. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Mail letters to Santa
A mailbox is set up at Briggs Hardware in downtown Raleigh through Dec. 24 where children can mail letters to Santa. The store is located at 111 E. Hargett St., Raleigh.
The city of Raleigh is collecting used cooking oil and grease through Jan. 15. Residents and places of worship must call the city’s Solid Waste Services Department at 919-996-6890 to participate in free curbside pick-up.
Holy Yoga class
Holy Yoga Raleigh hosts a free yoga class from 6 to 7 p.m. the third Sunday of each month in the gym at First Presbyterian Church, 112 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. Donations are accepted.
The Raleigh Jaycees will host a sale to raise money for Goodfellows, a program that grants local underprivileged children a shopping trip for winter clothes, Christmas dinner and visit with Santa. The weekend sale at Boyce Tree Farms will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5-6. To donate or to learn more, go to http://goodfellows.org/.
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 www.raleighyoga.com or call 919-856-1390.
Health and wellness presentations
Milton’s Pizza & Pasta will host interactive presentations from noon to 12:30 p.m. every Monday through Dec. 21 at 8853 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, including how to get a discount on lunch, contact Andy Landes at 919-810-9043 or email@example.com.
Square dancing classes
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department offers 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 wakeforestnc.recdesk.com or in person at Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
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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