Community Notes: Jan. 1

December 30, 2013 

New Year celebrations

• The Wendell Lions Club will host a New Year’s Blackeyed Pea Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 604 Lions Club Road .

• The Archer Lodge Community Center will host a New Year’s Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at 14009 Buffalo Road, Clayton.

Business After Hours

Business After Hours will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at Wellington Rehabilitation & Healthcare, 1000 Tandal Place, Knightdale. Business After Hours is an event with appetizers, entertainment and door prizes for local business owners to socialize and network. Advance online registration is required at www.KnightdaleChamber.org, or by calling the chamber at 919-266-4603.

Networking in Knightdale

Networking in Knightdale is a monthly networking event where local business owners can connect with others. This month’s event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 14 at World Karate Do, 1207 N. Smithfield Road, Knightdale. Call 919-266-4603 for more information.

Professional Women’s Networking Group

The Professional Women’s Networking Group will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce, 207 Main St. PWNG is designed to help women sharpen their networking skills and exchange tips and ideas in a less formal atmosphere. This month will feature a White Elephant gift exchange. For more information, call 919-266-4603.

AM Network

AM Network will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce, 207 Main St. Breakfast will be served at the event, and attendees will have an opportunity to socialize and network. Registration is requested for catering purposes, and can be accomplished at www.KnightdaleChamber.org or by calling 919-266-4603.

Tree recycling

Wake County residents are invited to recycle their holiday trees with the Happy Trails Holiday Tree Recycling Program, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 19. Trees collected through designated Wake County Convenience Centers and select county parks will be chipped and used to mulch park trails.

Site #11 at 5051 Wendell Blvd., Wendell will accept trees. Trees must be undecorated to be accepted. For more information, call 919-856-7400 or visit www.WakeGov.com/Recycling.

MLK Day Unity Breakfast

A Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Riley Hill Baptist Church, 6101 Riley Hill Road, Wendell. Tickets are $5 and can be obtained by calling 919-365-5277.

East Regional Library events

East Regional Library at 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale, has an extensive list of activities for the whole family. Find a complete list of events at www.wakegov.com/libraries or call 919-217-5300.

6:30 p.m. Jan. 8: Financial Management: Cash Flow & Taxes for Small Businesses will teach participants how to meet their financial obligations, provide an income, minimize taxes, and more. Registration is requested.

1 p.m. Jan. 9: Eric Mitchko, general director of the N.C. Opera, will lead a discussion of Puccini’s “La Boheme,” illustrated with recorded excerpts from the opera.

1 p.m. Jan. 10: Book Bites will feature debut fiction from the past several years. Attendees are invited to share books of any type. Registration is requested.

2 p.m. Jan. 11: Smarter Social Security Planning will teach participants how to maximize benefits received from Social Security. Registration is required.

6:30 p.m. Jan. 14: SAT vs. ACT: Which Test Should You Take? is a seminar hosted by Kaplan Test Prep. The sessions are an hour long. Registration is requested.

11 a.m. to noon Jan. 16: Books to Lift Your Mood is a drop-in session for mood-enhancing books to lift your spirits.

7 p.m. Jan. 16: African-American authors Sharon Ewell Foster, Deborah Fletcher Mello, Lecilia Turnage, Lisa Watson (E), Jason Mott, (SE) and Cheris Hodges will be at the library to share their work, writing styles and characters.

11 a.m. to noon Jan. 17: New Year, New You: There’s A Book for That! will feature librarians giving suggestions for books related to New Year’s resolutions and how too keep them.

2:30 p.m. Jan. 18: The Triangle Folk Ensemble will perform at the library.

7 p.m. Jan. 21: What the Dickens? Literary Trivia will allow participants to demonstrate their knowledge of books, authors, and more. Root beer and pretzels will be served for snacks. Registration is requested.

6:30 p.m. Jan. 22: Meet the Artisan: The Art of Woodworking will allow attendees to see the N.C. Woodcarving Association demonstrating their craft.

2 p.m. Jan. 25: Plan your cruise with Imagine Travel & Design. Introduction seminar to riverboats, freighters, barges, paddle wheels, yachts and other recreational watercraft.

7 p.m. Jan. 27: Craft It! will allow anyone ages 16 and over to make photo magnets. Participants are invited to bring their own photos; all other materials will be provided. Registration is required.

7 p.m. Jan. 28: What the Pros Know: Writing Children’s Books will teach participants about the success and challenge of writing books for young audiences. Registration is requested.

East Wake Education Foundation

The East Wake Education Foundation hosts recurring events throughout the year. For a complete list, visit www.EastWakeEducationFoundation.org. Events are held at the East Wake Education Foundation Family & Child Resource Center, 16 E. Fourth St., Wendell.

• Play Day is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

• Teachable Monday, which offers an in-house field trip or story time and crafts, is at 10 a.m. Mondays.

• Ready, Set, Read is at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. The program, for children ages 4-5, teaches symbol and sound recognition, and writing practice.

• Wacky Wednesday offers music, stories and art at 10 a.m. Wednesdays.

• Thumpin’ Thursday, at 10 a.m. Thursdays, is an exercise program that helps children develop motor skills.

Relay seeks committee members

The 2014 East Wake Relay for Life is seeking people to serve on the organizational committee. For more information, email Vickie Curtis at ewrelayforlife@nc.rr.com.

Senior center seeks volunteers

The East Wake Senior Center is seeking volunteers to help with entertainment, food, crafts, bulletin boards, cleaning and sign design. 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, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale.

Meals for seniors

The Eastern Wake Senior Center invites adults 60 and older to enjoy a free hot meal weekdays at 323 Lake Drive, Wendell. The center, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., also hosts daily exercise sessions, informative programs, entertainment and bingo. 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 free classes 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. The books will go to children in foster care.

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

• Story time: 6 p.m. Mondays and 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturday.

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

Wendell Community Library events

Storytime for preschoolers is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the 207 S. Hollybrook Road. For more information, call 919-365-2600.

Beekeepers meet

The 5 County Beekeepers Association meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Bennett Bunn Plantation, 1915 Old Bunn Road, Zebulon. The group welcomes new members. For more information, visit www.5cba.org or call Bryon Way at 919-295-0245.

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

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