Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources wants you to have a healthy heart! Celebrate American Heart Month with us and receive a free Fitness Room Pass for the month of February.
Fitness facilities are located at the following centers:
Simply stop by the location you are interested in working out at and fill out the paperwork to receive your free fitness pass. Offer ends February 28.
For more information, contact
Wake County Public Libraries and the Wake County Veterans Services Office are teaming up this month to show the love to local armed forces members through the Valentines for Veterans program. This year, the popular program has a new twist--an educational component for children.
“Valentines for Veterans gives the community an opportunity to honorthe men and women who have sacrificed so much,” said Ann Burlingame, deputy director, Wake County Public Libraries. “Inaddition to crafting a personal valentine for a veteran, this year children will be able to attend programs to learn more about why ourveterans are so important to our country.”
Children’s programs will take place at our regional libraries. Acomplete list of dates and locations is available here.
Adults can also get in on the fun! Head over to the Express Library on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, to make your own valentine. Douggy Johnson II, director of Wake County Veterans Services, will be on hand to answer any questions.
Valentines for Veterans is a long-standing national event that gives residents the opportunity to show gratitude for the services rendered by the country’s veterans.
To find out more, contact Sarah Lyon, library experience manager at Wake County Public Libraries. For information on Wake County Public Libraries locations, programs and services, visitwww.wakegov.com/libraries.
About Wake County Public Libraries
The mission of Wake County Public Libraries is to promote the love of reading and to foster the pursuit of knowledge for the residents of Wake County. In fiscal year 2018, our 22 libraries were visited more than 3.43 million times, and 235,251 people were active library cardholders.
Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969. Armstrong’s first step onto the lunar surface, and now-famous exclamation “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” was broadcast on live TV to a worldwide audience. Learn more about the history of human endeavors to reach the Moon, including the Apollo landings, present-day orbiters, and future projects that will help prepare for a possible lunar colony, when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts Astronomy Days, Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 27, noon–5 p.m.
From telescope crafts to astrophotography, dry-ice comets to rocket launches, this free event is for space enthusiasts of all ages. Featured speakers and topics this year include:
Astronomy Days is presented in collaboration with the Raleigh Astronomy Club. Astronomy Days exhibitors include NC State University, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), CHAOS (Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society), Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and SAS Curriculum Pathways. For more information about Astronomy Days, visit www.naturalsciences.org or contact Kari Wouk at email@example.com or 919.707.9879.
Astronomy Days also serves as the launch for “LiftOff NC: Apollo and Beyond.” This series of events celebrates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon and features festivals, exhibits, lunar- and star-gazing parties, films and documentaries, model rockets, space camps, musical performances, educational programming and fun activities through December 2019.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh (11 and 121 W. Jones St.) is an active research institution that engages visitors of every age and stage of learning in the wonders of science and the natural world. Hours: Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, noon–5 p.m. General admission is free. Jason Cryan, PhD, Interim Director. For more information, visit naturalsciences.org.
The Wake Forest Police Department has scheduled its first Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) class of 2019 on Thursday, Jan. 31. The session will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. inside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.
There is no cost to participate, but registration is required at www.wakeforestnc.gov/civilian-response-to-active-shooter-events.aspx. Class size is limited to the first 100 people to register. Please note: Every participant must register individually - one person per form. On the evening of the class, attendees will be required to show proof of registration prior to entering the Renaissance Centre.
Led by Wake Forest Police Lt. L. Danforth, the session will teach participants what to do if confronted with an active shooter event.
Designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University, the class will provide strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics will include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues and considerations for conducting drills.
For more information, contact Lt. Danforth at 919-795-7300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you resolve to be more active in 2019? Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space is here to help you achieve that goal. And best of all--you can do it without setting foot in a crowded gym.
Wake County has 10 parks and nature preserves located throughout the county. From mountain biking and hiking to paddle sports and disc golf, you’ll find a variety of ways to get your stepsin, enjoy the outdoors and keep that promise you made to yourself at the stroke of midnight.
“If you’re looking for a fresh start in 2019, this is the perfect time toexplore our parks and preserves,” said Chris Snow, director ofWake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. “We’ve got openareas to play, trails to hike or bike, and opportunities for the entirefamily.”
Wake County also offers a variety of special programs, which nearly 10,000 people attended in 2018. Here’s a sampling of what’scoming up in January:
Discover the Park: Walk in the Woods
Saturday, Jan. 5, 10 – 11 a.m.
Crowder District Park
Take a walk in the woods and discover the animals and plants that call our park home. Help collect data for our Natural Resources Inventory Database and other citizen science projects. All experience levels are welcome. This free program is for ages 14 and older, and registration is not required. Crowder District Park is located at 4709 Ten Ten Road, Apex.
Nuts About Squirrels
Friday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m. – noon
American Tobacco Trail
In honor of Squirrel Appreciation Day, come learn all about our familiar, furry friends. Take a short hike, learn to pick out a squirrel’snest and nibble on one of the creature’s favorite snacks--sunflower seeds! Pre-registration is required for this free program. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area at the lower picnic table (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex).
Hoo-Hoo, Who’s There?
Friday, Jan. 18, 2 – 3 p.m.
Harris Lake County Park
Hoo-hoo, who’s that owl? Listen to the story “All About Owls” by Jim Arnosky, hear amazing facts about the owls that live in this part of North Carolina, and practice your “hoo-ing” to learn their calls. Pre-registration is required for this free program. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Harris Lake County Park is located at 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill.
Recreational Adventures: A Poppin’ Good Time
Friday, Jan. 18, 2 – 3 p.m.
Historic Yates Mill County Park
Celebrate National Popcorn Day at Yates Mill. Learn about different varieties of corn and what gives popcorn that unique “pop.” Take part in a creative popcorn-themed craft, and enjoy some fresh- popped popcorn. This is a free program for all ages, but pre- registration is required. Historic Yates Mill County Park is located at 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh.
Saturday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m. – noon
Historic Oak View County Park
Explore the buildings and features of Historic Oak View, including hands-on interactive activities for kids, during an educational and engaging History Hike. The tour is free, but pre-registration is required. Historic Oak View County Park is located at 4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh.
Family Wildlife Series: Night Prowl
Saturday, Jan. 19, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Blue Jay Point County Park
Join staff on a nighttime exploration of the park. We’ll practice usingour senses to compensate for the dark, so plan to keep your flashlight in your pocket! This free program is for all ages, but pre- registration is required. Blue Jay Point County Park is located at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh.
Monday, Jan. 21, 1 – 3 p.m.
Lake Crabtree County Park
Check out another Squirrel Appreciation Day event, and learn all about our most commonly seen mammal. We will spy on the always-entertaining grey squirrels that abound in the park, and staff will answer all your gnawing questions about habits, habitats and the perils squirrels face. Preregistration is required. Lake Crabtree County Park is located at 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville.
To see a list of upcoming programs and events, visitwakegov.com/parks.