Since nearly all the reported car break-ins in Wake Forest involve unlocked vehicles, police officials constantly plead with residents to lock their car doors. Now, those pleas are taking on an even greater sense of urgency. Since Jan. 1, 2019, the police department has received 65 reports of motor vehicle break-ins totaling $25,000 in stolen property - including nine handguns.

“Why on earth someone would leave their handgun or other firearm in an unlocked vehicle is beyond my comprehension,” says Lt. J. Morris of the Criminal Investigation Division. “People need to understand that when they leave a firearm in an unlocked vehicle they are inviting a criminal to take it. If owners are not comfortable storing firearms inside their home, then they should invest in a safe or locking device.”

According to a 2005-10 study by the US Department of Justice, approximately four out of five firearms stolen during such crimes are never recovered. In many cases, these firearms are used in the commission of other crimes. More>>  
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host an Open House for Classes on Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Renaissance Centre Arts Annex, 407 S. Brooks St.
The occasion will showcase the Renaissance Centre’s array of classes and programs scheduled to be offered over the next several months.
 
Big Love will headline the Aug. 9 Friday Night on White. The free outdoor concert will take place from 6-9 p.m. along South White Street in historic downtown Wake Forest. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at several downtown restaurants. Plus, the a number of food and dessert trucks will be on site in the Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St.
During the week of Aug. 5, drivers should expect delays along Friendship Chapel Road (near Jones Dairy Road) and South Franklin Street (near Elm Avenue).  
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department has temporarily closed Holding Park Aquatic Center after Wake County health officials learned a person who contracted a highly contagious parasite at another location visited the pool prior to showing symptoms.
The fourth and final in the series of Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park will feature the film “Bumblebee" Saturday, Aug. 10, at 8:30 p.m.  
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will begin accepting 2020 facility rental reservations on Monday, Aug. 5, at 8 a.m.
Area residents are invited to the 35 th Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday, Aug. 5, at 11 a.m. The program will take place in Centennial Plaza, gateway to the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
The Town of Wake Forest offers a free smartphone app that provides direct access to useful information about town programs, services and special events.
The  Wake Forest Renaissance Centre  will host the 2019 Wake Forest Home & Garden Show on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 25, from noon-4 p.m.

Forest Moon Theater will present “Steel Magnolias” Friday-Sunday, Sept. 20-23 and 27-29, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Showtime Friday and Saturday is 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday showtime is 3 p.m.
For the third consecutive year, families, dance enthusiasts and the public will celebrate dance and music during the Wake Forest Dance Festival (WFDF). This year's event will take place Saturday, Oct. 5, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is inviting area residents to celebrate the diversity of our community by participating in the second annual Trung Thu Moon Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14. The event will take place at the Renaissance Centre from 6-9 p.m.
Beginning in October, the Town of Wake Forest will transition from providing weekly to bi-monthly (twice a month) loose-leaf collection service.

Town of Wake Forest and Republic Services crews will "tag" residents that violate trash, recycling and yard waste collection guidelines. Town sanitation customers may receive a Non-Collection Notice for a variety of reasons, including several common violations.
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