Community Notes: Oct. 23

October 21, 2013 

Food Shuttle events

The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle will lead nutrition education events across their seven-county service area at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon Thursday, Oct. 24. These events will be held at Food Lion stores in Smithfield, Zebulon, Apex and Raleigh. The events are aimed at teaching participants food-shopping skills such as buying produce on a budget, comparing unit prices, and identifying nutritional components on food labels. For more information, call 919-390-1970.

Book signing

Author Sharon Johnson will hold a book signing event for her book, “Midnight’s Destiny,” 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at God’s Garden Day Care, 9725 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh. For more information, call 877-727-0697.

Golf tournament

The 19th annual Knightdale Chamber of Commerce golf tournament is at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at River Ridge Golf Club. Registration deadline is Thursday, Oct. 17. To register, visit For sponsorship opportunities, email

Historical Society to meet

The Wendell Historical Society will hold “An Evening with Gene Hester” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 in the courtroom of the Wendell Town Hall. WHS member Mary Jo Cashion will present a program on her uncle, Wendell native Dr. Gene Hester. Hester is a distinguished former federal wildlife official, writer, and nature photographer. He will be present to answer questions.

Ladies’ Night Out

Knightdale Recreation Center will host a Ladies’ Night Out event from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. The event includes dinner, a DJ, vendors, and a Womanless Pageant. Tickets cost $25 per person. On-site childcare and activities will be provided. For more information, call 919-217-2232.

Blood drive

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 26 at Wendell Baptist Church, 3651 Wendell Blvd. For appointments, call 919-365-4631.

Child grief support group

The Shore Grief Center and Better Communities will provide a free peer-based grief support group for children ages 6-11 in Knightdale starting Oct. 29. The group will last for eight weeks, meeting every Tuesday from 6:30-8 p.m at the Better Communities office, 502 McKnight Drive, Suite 200, Knightdale. To register a child or to learn more, call 919-844-7755.

Flu clinics

Wake County will kick off weekly drop-in flu vaccination clinics from 3-7 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, call 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.

Veteran’s Day Dinner

Green Pines Baptist Church, 1948 Hodge Road, Knightdale, will host its third annual Veteran’s Day Dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8. This free event will honor patriots that have served to protect the United States in the military. Col. Craig Hales, USMC Retired, will speak at the event. RSVP requested by Nov. 1. For more information or to register, call 919-266-1613 or email

East Regional Library events

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

• The library will offer Resources for Resume Writing at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, 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. Thursday, 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. Monday, 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. Thursday, Oct. 17, for recommendations from librarians for books on keeping children healthy.

• Participants are invited to explore their family history at 2 p.m. Saturday, 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

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; or Janice Squires at 919-365-0921 or

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

Zebulon Community Library events

Zebulon Community Library, 1000 Dogwood Drive, hosts several ongoing events. For information, visit 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.

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 or call Bryon Way, 919-295-0245.

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