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The Northern Wake Senior Center will officially re-open Monday, Feb. 3, at 8 a.m. Located at 235 E. Holding Ave., the senior center offers adults ages 55 and older a full schedule of recreational activities, such as aerobics, line dancing, ballroom dancing, wood carving, painting, and craft making. The center also provides several social events each month, as well as educational classes on subjects including computers and ceramics and clay. Check out our January/February calendar of events .

The facility has been closed since June 2018 when construction on a new and improved 18,000-square-foot facility began. In addition to an expanded site area, more than 50 new parking spaces and an additional driveway entrance/exit, the renovated and expanded NWSC includes a new entrance vestibule, the addition of exercise and multi-purpose rooms and the replacement of the roof. 

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will accept applications for youth baseball, softball, and T-ball for boys ages 5-17 and girls ages 5-15 from Saturday, Feb. 1, through Saturday, Feb. 29.

A participant’s eligibility is determined by his or her age on April 30, 2020, and a birth certificate is required for new participants. The fee is $60 for Wake Forest residents and $100 for non-Wake Forest residents. Games will be played primarily on weeknights from April through late June.

Online registration will be available beginning Feb. 1.

Mark your calendars for the Town of Wake Forest’s fifth annual paper-shredding event on Monday, April 20. Free and open to the public, the shred event will take place rain or shine in the parking lot of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., from noon to 6 p.m. – or until the four paper shredding trucks are full.

The occasion will offer area residents and businesses the opportunity to protect themselves from identity theft and dispose of confidential documents in an environmentally responsible manner. 

Make plans now to join your friends and neighbors in downtown Wake Forest Saturday, Feb. 22, for the eighth annual Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival. Presented by Thomas G. Walters Allstate Insurance and Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest, this family-friendly celebration is scheduled from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and admission is free.
 
Promising fun-filled activities for both children and adults, the Mardi Gras Street Festival will include face painters, strolling entertainers, live music, special contests and much more. 
Mayor Vivian Jones will deliver her 2020 State of the Town Address on Monday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m., during the 12th 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.
The  next census   is coming this year! By April, households will receive an invitation to participate in the census. The process is quick and easy. You'll have three options to respond: 1) Online (for the first time!); 2) By phone; and 3) By mail. Learn more about the   2020 Census .
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Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) will offer free class demonstrations of Zumbini, “Bring It” Majorette/Dance Style and All Level Yoga over the next several weeks. Pre-registration for each demonstration class is required.
The Wake Forest Police Department has scheduled its next Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) class for Tuesday, Feb. 18. The session will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. inside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required.
Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC, will offer two free performances of George Washington Carver & Friends on Saturday, Feb. 8. A morning presentation is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., followed by a 6 p.m. evening show at Friendship Baptist Church, 237 Friendship Chapel Road. 
The Rockin’ the Forest music series continues with the popular beach band Jim Quick & Coastline on Friday, Feb. 28. The concert gets underway at 7:30 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St. Advance tickets are $15 each plus tax and selling fast.
Forest Moon Theater will present “Prelude to a Kiss” Friday-Sunday, Feb. 14-16 and Feb. 21-23, 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.
Comedian and actor Rondell Sheridan will present his side-splitting stand-up act “If You’re Over 40 and You Know It, Clap Your Hands” at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts on Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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