Community Notes: Oct. 2

September 30, 2013 

Wendell Harvest Festival

The annual Harvest Festival presented by the Wendell Chamber of Commerce will be held noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 4-5 at the J. Ashley Wall Towne Square. For more information, visit www.wendellchamber.org.

Health fair

A health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at Zebulon Community Center, 301 S. Arendell Ave. Events include free blood pressure checks, diabetes screenings, body fat screenings, and nutrition counseling, as well as Zumba, line dancing and yoga fitness demonstrations. For more information, call 919-823-0432.

Free mental health screenings

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week and National Depression Screening Day, Ravita T. Omabu Okafor, MSW, LCSW, will offer free, confidential mental health screenings Oct. 7-11 to adults and children (ages 5-17) in their care. For more information, call 919-266-4646.

Bike return

The Wendell Police Department has several unclaimed bicycles that have been found or turned in to their station. If your bicycle is missing or stolen, go to the Wendell police station by Oct. 20, or they will be donated to a nonprofit organization. For more information, call Jody Wall at 919-365-4444.

Parade sign up

The Wendell Chamber of Commerce is accepting vendor applications and float entries for the Harvest Festival parade. For applications go to www.wendellchamber.com or call 919-365-6318. Entries will be judged for best looking float. The festival is Oct. 4 and 5.

5K fundraiser

Wendell United Methodist Church will host the Feed Your Neighbor 5K race at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at North Main and Wendell Boulevard. The race ends at 3450 Wendell Blvd., and will support the Wendell United Methodist Church Food Pantry, which provides emergency food for over 100 families each month.

Fire department meeting

The Wendell Holmes Rural Fire Department will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at station #1, 2960 Wendell Blvd. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 919-365-3635.

Ladies’ Night Out

Knightdale Recreation Center will host a Ladies’ Night Out event from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25. Events include dinner, a DJ, vendors, and a Womanless Pageant. Tickets are $25 per person. On-site childcare and activities will be provided. For more information or to register, call 919-217-2232. Registration deadline is Oct. 15.

Flu clinics

Wake County will kick off weekly drop-in flu vaccination clinics from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning Oct. 31 at the Eastern Regional Center, 1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon. In additional to the weekly clinics, appointments can be scheduled. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 919-404-3900.

5K run

Heather’s Dance of Knightdale is organizing a 5K event for all ages to benefit the Raleigh Rescue Mission. The Dance for Hope Run is slated for Saturday, Nov. 2 and will begin and end at Knightdale Elementary School. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, 919-266-9900.

Alzheimer’s conference

The Alzheimer’s Alliance Annual Conference will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Wendell Women’s Club, 10 Cypress St., Wendell. Topics will include Alzheimer’s caregiver practices, faith and Alzheimer’s, and empowering the caregiver. For more information, contact Cynthia Duarte at 919-996-9082.

Healthy living classes

The East Wake Senior Center will host a class on living healthy with chronic diseases class from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays from Oct. 1 through Nov. 5 at the senior center, 323 Lake Drive, Wendell. This six-week program is designed to teach participants how to self-manage chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, asthma and more. For more information, contact the center at 919-365-4248.

East Regional Library events

East Regional Library has an extensive list of activities for the whole family. Find a complete list of events at wakegov.com/libraries or call 919-217-5300.

The library will offer Resources for Resume Writing at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 22. The session, led by librarians, will include an overview of Learning Express Library’s resume course, Microsoft Word resume templates, and tips from the Goodwill Community Foundation’s Learning Foundation. The sessions are free; however, registration is requested.

The Choosing the Right College for You event will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 24. Brooke Daly, founder of Advantage College Planning, returns to the Regional Libraries to lead the discussions. Sessions are free but registration is requested.

The October Craft It event will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 28. Participants are encouraged to bring a plain white coffee or tea mug and decorate it. The free program is for ages 16 and up. Registration requested.

Parents are invited to join librarians at 11 a.m. Oct. 17 for recommendations from librarians for books on keeping children healthy.

Participants are invited to explore their family history at 2 p.m. Oct. 19. Experts from the Raleigh and Apex Family History Centers and staff from the Olivia Raney Local History Library will demonstrate the variety of available resources for your genealogical research. The session is free, but registration is required.

Committee members needed

Committee members are needed for the 2014 East Wake Relay for Life organizational committee. For more information, contact Vickie Curtis at ewrelayforlife@nc.rr.com.

Volunteers needed at Senior Center

Volunteers are needed at the East Wake Senior Center for entertainment and music, food and hospitality, craft department and bulletin boards, organization and cleaning, and sign design to help with advertising. For more information, call the center at 919-365-4248.

Library volunteers

East Regional Library is seeking adult volunteers to assist staff with checking in books and keeping the library tidy. Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Applications are available at the circulation desk at East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale.

Meals for seniors

The Eastern Wake Senior Center invites seniors ages 60 and older to enjoy a free hot meal from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 323 Lake Drive, Wendell. The center also hosts daily exercise sessions, informative programs, entertainment and Bingo play. For more information, call the center at 919-365-4248 or Wendell Meals on Wheels at 919-365-4684.

Ready to Learn classes

The Eastern Region Ready to Learn program offers several free classes for Wake County residents at Knightdale Parks and Recreation, 950 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale. All classes require parent participation. For more information, contact Shelia Dodd at 919-365-2606 or sedodd@wcpss.net; or Janice Squires at 919-365-0921 or jsquires@wcpss.net.

Book drive

Beyond the Gate Ministries is collecting books for the “Pajama Program of Raleigh.” Books will be given to children in the Wake County foster care system who are waiting to be adopted.

The nonprofit is also collecting new pajamas (newborn to XXXL). Drop donations at Total Connection, 7 W. Third St., Wendell or Dream Coat Ministries, 861 Old Knight Road, Suite 112, Knightdale. Call 919-201-0909 or email beyondthegateministries@gmail.combeyondthegateministries@gmail.com.

Zebulon Community Library events

Zebulon Community Library, 1000 Dogwood Drive, hosts several ongoing events. For information, visit wakegov.com/libraries/locations or call 919-404-3610.

• Storytimes: Mondays at 6 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

• K-5th Adventures: Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.

• See Spot Read: Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m.

• School Age Super Special: Pumpkin Palooza, with crafts, games and treats will take place from 2-3 p.m. Oct. 12.

Wendell Community Library events

Storytime for preschoolers is 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call 919-365-2600 or go to 207 S. Hollybrook Road.

Beekeepers group

The Five County Beekeepers Association meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Zebulon Community Center. Guests are welcome to join. For information visit 5cba.org or call Bryon Way, 919-295-0245.

Send announcements at least two weeks before the event to jwhitfield@newsobserver.com.

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