Welcome to our weekly e-newsletter - What's Up in Wake Forest . Here you'll find information about Town programs, services, activities, projects, special events and more! If you haven't already, tell your friends and neighbors to visit our E-Notifier page to learn about our full array of free email offerings.

In the interest of keeping our community informed, the Town of Wake Forest has introduced numerous methods of communication over the last 15 years ranging from our website, email notifications via E-Notifier and various social media platforms, to the Our Town newsletter, phone notification system and Wake Forest TV10. Keeping our residents informed and connected is one of the Town’s chief priorities to the point that it is included as part of Goal 2 in the Town’s Strategic Plan .

Despite our best efforts - and to our amazement - there are still some who feel unaware of what is happening in Wake Forest.

As a result, we have decided to take an “Olde School” approach to communication. We are pleased to introduce to our community our latest communications agent - “Talbot the Town Crier” - and his sidekick “Fitz.”

Mayor Vivian Jones will deliver her 2020 State of the Town Address on Monday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m., during the 12 th Annual State of the Town Address and Dinner. Presented by the Wake Forest Rotary Club, the event will take place at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Tickets are $15 each and include a catered meal.

Flaherty Dog Park , 1100 N. White St., will remain closed for the foreseeable future as crews work to complete a series of renovations in time for a reopening in early spring.

Park renovations will include new fencing and self-closing gates; fully accessible main entrance with large concrete area and separate entrance and exit gates; secondary entrance/exit; fully accessible shade structure and much more.

The  next census  is coming this year! By April 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the census. The process is quick and easy. You'll then have three options to respond: 1) Online (for the first time!); 2) By phone; and 3) By mail. Learn more about the  2020 Census .
The Wake Forest Town Hall and other administrative offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Garbage and recycling collection schedules will not be affected. However, bus service and yard waste collection will be suspended.
Put on your blue suede shoes or pink poodle skirt and get ready to “rock around the clock.” Dance the night away to your favorite 50's tunes spun by DJ Randy "Sting" of 1st Choice Customized DJ Services. Emcee and special music by Roseann McFadden. Advance tickets are $12 plus tax and $15 plus tax at the door.
The Town of Wake Forest and a network of local partners are inviting current and aspiring entrepreneurs to apply for Launch Wake Forest . The initiative will offer 20 selected students a nine-week accredited Kaufman business course, business mentorship, planning and financial support, along with resources and connections to boost their current or potential business.
Several local churches and community organizations will sponsor a free, public celebration honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Thursday, Jan. 23, at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, 237 Friendship Chapel Road. Area residents are invited to attend the observance, beginning with a light meal at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. 
The Wake Forest Loop (WFL), a weekday, fare-free bus for residents traveling within Wake Forest and a portion of Wakefield, has added a second bus to run a reverse route and Saturday service. As a result, the WFL now operates six days-a-week enabling riders to travel both clockwise and counter-clockwise along the existing route cutting wait times in half from 60 to 30 minutes. The local service remains free of charge.
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a lively and educational celebration of gospel music that connects all cultures, ages and backgrounds on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at 5 p.m. The Shades of Gospel concert will highlight a range of traditional, southern and contemporary gospel music with featured performances by Grammy, Dove and Stellar Award-nominated artist Tim Bowman, Jr. and the Trinity Quartet. Tickets are $15 plus tax.
You can make a difference in our community by applying to fill the vacancy on the Greenways Advisory Board. The online application is available on the Town’s website . Completed applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31.

The Greenways Advisory Board will host a family-friendly 5K race as part of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. New this year, the day’s festivities will also include a Kids’ 1-Mile Fun Run for ages 12 and under. Online registration for both races is underway.

The fourth edition of a guide designed to help inform citizens about the Town’s financial condition is now available. For the fourth consecutive year, Wake Forest has prepared the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). Also known as the Citizens’ Financial Report, the document is an abbreviated summary of the Town’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will continue its free monthly movie showings for children ages 10 and under and adults ages 50 and older on Monday, Jan. 13. The Renaissance Centre will host flix4kidz at 10:30 a.m., followed by Free at 3 at 3 p.m. The flix4kidz featured film will be “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” (PG), while the Free at 3 movie will be “Downtown Abbey” (PG).
Staff members are occupying the offices in the new building, but the facility is not yet open to the public. Current calendars containing information about senior center programs and classes are available on the Town website . The Senior Center is expected to begin classes in the new building in February.

The Town of Wake Forest will host a public hearing on the proposed 2020-2025 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Update during the Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall Board Chambers, 301 S. Brooks St. Wake Forest residents are invited to attend and provide input in this important process. The public can view a copy of the proposed CIP Update on the Town’s website .
Before wintry weather strikes our area, all Wake Forest residents are encouraged to opt-in to the Town's phone notification system and provide their complete contact information, including cell phone numbers and email addresses.
Wake Forest officials are urging area motorists to pay attention to an updated parking ordinance or risk a hefty fine. The updated ordinance specifically prohibits all motorists, regardless of whether the driver and/or the passenger(s) have a disability plate or placard, from parking in the access aisles of handicap parking spaces .

Sanitation customers can complete and submit an online form to request a variety of assistance related to their rollout trash and recycling carts. The form can be used to request service, request an upgrade to your recycling cart, order extra carts and report damaged or missing carts.
You can receive email notifications concerning road closures and traffic alerts in Wake Forest by signing up for E-Notifier - our free email subscription service. The service allows you to subscribe to several specific information categories and receive an e-mail notification whenever we post new information on the website related to your selected categories.
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