Community Notes: Feb. 2

January 31, 2014 

Rabies clinic

In response to a recent rabies incident in Wendell, Neuse River Vet Hospital is providing a $7 rabies clinic from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, through March 15. Neuse River Vet Hospital is at 2961 Wendell Blvd., Wendell.

Radon tests available

Wake County encourages residents to test their homes for radon. Radon is a natural gas that comes from the decay of uranium found in rocks, soil and building materials like concrete. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to radon is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year.

The N.C. Radon Program is providing 200 free test kits for the County to distribute. These kits are available at the Eastern Regional Center, 1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon. Call 919-404-3900 for more information. Kits are also available for purchase at www.NCRadon.com.

Events at East Wake High

East Wake High will hold its annual Junior Parent Night and Advanced Placement Night for freshmen, sophomores and juniors from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the campus auditorium. Registration will be from 6 to 6:25 p.m. For more information, call 919-365-2633.

Spaghetti dinner

Boy Scout Troop 365 will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Knightdale United Methodist Church, 7071 Forestville Road, Knightdale. Spaghetti and meatball plates are $5, and spaghetti and sauce plates are $4. Both plates come with bread and dessert. Eat in or takeout. Donations are accepted. For more information, visit www.Troop365NC.org.

Brunswick stew sale

The Dragon Slayers MC and Firefighters Assisting Armed Forces Families will hold a Brunswick Stew sale Saturday, Feb. 8 at the IGA supermarket at 2971 Wendell Blvd, Wendell. The sale will begin at 10 a.m. Cost is $7 per quart or $6 per quart for four or more. Proceeds benefit wounded soldiers and their families. To preorder, call or text 919-805-4208 or 919-369-9925. Preorders must be picked up by 12 p.m.

Public safety fair

The third annual Health and Safety Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Wakefield Missionary Baptist Church, 809 Proctor St., Zebulon. Free services and events include free health assessments, blood pressure, glucose and chiropractic screenings and mammograms from the Rex Hospital mammography van. The Rex bloodmobile will also be on site. For more information, call 919-949-6919.

Visit Baltimore

Visit Baltimore April 7-9 with Zebulon Parks & Recreation. Travel by train from Rocky Mount, two nights stay Spring Hill Suites in Inner Harbor. Activities include a trolley tour, National Aquarium visit, two dinners and two breakfasts, and exploration of the city. Cost is $425 per person (based on double occupancy). Call Zebulon Community Center at 919-823-0432 for information.

4-H camp week

Wake County 4-H offers youth ages 8-14 the opportunity to camp at Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center in Reidsville, N.C. June 22-27 and experience traditional camp activities such as swimming, archery, horseback riding, canoeing, outdoor living skills and more. Older campers in the Adventurer group learn outdoor living skills and the Trekker group goes on an overnight canoe and rock-climbing trip. For more information, visit go.ncsu.edu/WakeCamps.

FAFSA help at SECU

State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) locations across the state will open their doors from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 22, to provide assistance with Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms. The forms are a requirement in consideration for all federal and most state financial aid for college, including scholarships and grants. For more information, visit www.NCSECU.org.

Relay for Life events

•  Noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8: Union Hope Community will sell Brunswick stew for $7 per quart at 4579 Brantley Road, Zebulon. For more information, call 919-269-7849 or 919-219-4867.

•  5 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9: An all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage dinner will be held in the fellowship hall of Wendell Baptist Church, 3651 Wendell Blvd., Wendell. This is a donations-only meal. For more information, call 919-365-9364.

•  7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 22: Pirates of the CURE-ibbean will host a “Share the Care” prom-masquerade ball at the Wendell Community Center, 601 W. Third St., Wendell. Call 919-625-9059 for more information.

Eastern Wake Senior Center events

The Eastern Wake Senior Center will host several events in the coming weeks. The center is located at 323 Lake Drive, Wendell. Call 919-365-4248 for more information.

• Eastern Wake Senior Center will assistthe AARP Tax Aide program with making their appointments. Appointments are held from 9:30 am. to 2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. The AARP location will be held at Longview Baptist Church, 2308 New Hope Road, Raleigh.

• Rex Mobile Mammography will be at the center from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. Appointments are required.

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.

Jan. 21 through Feb. 4: The public is invited to come in and create a Valentine for a Veteran. Completed Valentines will be delivered to the office for Veterans’ Services of Wake County.

6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4: "Find It!" will teach participants successful techniques for finding online books in a one-on-one setting. Librarians will offer suggestions for navigating the library's catalog and for placing reserves on these items.

7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5: "Indoor Composting Made Easy" will teach two methods for odorless, year-round composting with Bianca Howard, a community education specialist with the City of Raleigh. Registration is requested.

2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8: “Meet the Authors” will feature Angela Davis-Gardner, Dana Wynn Lindquist, and Lenard D. Moore, contributors to “27 Views of Raleigh: The City of Oaks in Prose & Poetry.”

3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9: "Romance: There's a Book for That!" will give participants a chance to share reading suggestions about love and romance. Registration is not required for this hour-long, drop-in session.

7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12: "Home Budgets for Beginners" will offer instruction in using Microsoft Excel and other online resources for simple budget planning. Registration is requested.

2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15: "Hypnotherapy 101: The Power of the Mind" will teach participants about the field of hypnotherapy. Join spiritual coach and hypnotist Stephanie Levine as she shares the truth about hypnosis and its various uses. Registration is requested.

7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17: "Craft It!" will allow participants to turn empty mylar bags into totes using only scissors and duct tape. All materials will be provided, but participants may also bring their own bags (coffee, cookies, animal food, etc.) to recycle. Ages 16 and up. Registration is requested.

7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18: "What the Dickens? Literary Trivia" will offer the opportunity to share knowledge about books, authors and more. Librarians will pose questions in a trivia game that is fun for all ages. Soda and pretzels will be served and registration is requested.

4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20: The February Book Bites program will discuss books featuring African-American authors which span the entire fiction genre. Attendees may enjoy a snack and are encouraged to exchange suggestions with one another and with the library staff. Registration is requested.

3 p.m. Feb. 22: The library will host “The Golden Doorstop” by Judy M. Dove. The story, performed by students, tells the story of how a 12-year-old N.C. boy discovered the nation’s first gold mine. Registration is requested.

2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23: "Meet the Artisan: Books as Art" will feature artisan bookmakers discussing their views on books as works of art and displaying their work.

6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25: "African-American History: There's a Book for That!" will give participants a chance to share reading suggestions about African-American history. Registration is not required for this hour-long, drop-in session.

6:30 p.m. Feb. 26: Introduction to Entrepreneurship will teach participants how to start and manage a new business. 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.

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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