Community Notes: Feb. 9

February 7, 2014 

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.

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.

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.

Farmer’s Market

The Knightdale Farmer’s Market is currently seeking vendors to participate in the 2014 Farmer’s Market, which opens May 17. Call 919-217-2234.

Relay for Life events

•  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.

•  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.

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 assist the 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.

Wendell Community Library events

Wendell Community Library holds events for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. 207 S. Hollybrook Road, Wendell. Call 919-365-2600 for more information.

•  Feb. 11: Explore the world of kaleidoscopes and create your very own design.

•  Feb. 18: Read about the lava lamp and make your own.

•  Feb. 25: Creat your very own seek and find challenge using a soda bottle.

Knightdale Chamber of Commerce events

The Knightdale Chamber of Commerce will hold several events through the month of February. Unless otherwise noted, events take place at the Chamber building, 207 Main St., Knightdale. For more information and to register for these events, visit www.KnightdaleChamber.org.

•  8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11: Sen. Chad Barefoot will hold a meet and greet session to hear about the needs and priorities of the Knightdale community. Members and non-members are encouraged to participate. Coffee and light breakfast items will be provided.

•  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11: Networking in Knightdale is a monthly event to help local business owners share information and socialize. Sessions are held at 1207 N. Smithfield Road, Knightdale inside World Karate Do. $10 fee includes lunch.

•  11:30 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12: Food & Facts is a new line of professional development sessions to provide business owners with pertinent, bite-sized educational information. This session will be presented by Mansfield Computing Solutions, and will concern Windows 8.

•  9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18: The Red Ribbon Showcase provides a ribbon cutting ceremony for member businesses who do not have a storefront or office space to accommodate a traditional ribbon cutting. These members will display their marketing materials, provide a 2-minute overview of their business, and be introduced to the local business community. Members and the general public are invited to attend the Red Ribbon Showcase to learn more about these independent businesses. Held at Carillon Assisted Living of Knightdale, 2408 Hodge Road, Knightdale.

•  11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19: Professional Women’s Networking Group (PWNG) is designed to help women sharpen their networking skills, exchange tips and ideas, and build business relationships in a friendly, less formal atmosphere. Advance registration is required.

•  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25: Food & Facts is a new line of professional development sessions to provide business owners with pertinent, bite-sized educational information. This session will be presented by June-Neri Financial and will concern disability insurance for small businesses.

•  6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27: The Knightdale Chamber of Commerce annual membership banquet will be held at the Hilton North Raleigh, 3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh. A silent auction will be held during the social hour with previewing beginning at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:45 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Janet Cowell, Treasurer for the State of North Carolina. Advance registration is required.

•  8 to 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28: Fourth Friday will allow members the opportunity to enjoy breakfast goodies, coffee and juice, and network with other business members. Registration is 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.

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.

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27: "String Music in the Library" will give participants a chance to enjoy live string music from Emily Mabe and Jessica Taylor, cello and viola.

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

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.

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