When the holiday season comes to an end, Christmas trees take on a second life in Wake County as the mulch that adorns the trails at our parks.
Through the Happy Trails Christmas Tree Recycling Program, Wake County residents can recycle their Christmas trees into mulch that will improve trails at parks around the county. Just drop off your tree at one of our designated waste and recycling convenience centers or county parks from Dec. 26, 2018, until Jan. 27, 2019.
“This program is a true win-win for Wake County residents and our parks,” said Chris Snow, director of Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. “Last year alone, we recycled 5,242 trees and created more than 105 tons of mulch that fortified and beautified our trails for the new year.”
The following convenience centers are open for tree drop-offs from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., seven days a week:
The following Wake County parks will accept trees from 8 a.m. until sunset, seven days a week:
Blue Jay Point County Park – 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh
Harris Lake County Park – 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill
Lake Crabtree County Park – 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville
Green Hills County Park – 9300 Deponie Drive, Raleigh
All decorations must be removed before recycling Christmas trees.
Please note that all facilities will be closed Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day.
Since 2012, the Happy Trails program has collected more than 27,938 trees and produced about 558 tons of nutrient-rich, aroma-filled mulch to improve Wake County’s park trails.
The program is a partnership between Wake County’s Solid WasteManagement Division, and the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department.
For more information, contact Solid Waste Facilities Manager Grant Jones at Grant.Jones@wakegov.com or 919-856-6436, or Blue Jay Point Park Manager Ben Wittenberg at Ben.Wittenberg@wakegov.com or 919-870-4329.
The Wake County Solid Waste Management Division provides waste disposal and recycling services to residents and businesses in Wake County. The division manages 17 waste facilities including a landfill, waste transfer station, residential waste and recycling convenience centers, household hazardous waste and multi-material recycling drop-off facilities. To learn more, visit www.wakegov.com/recycling.
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host a “Back to the ‘50s Sock Hop” on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 7-9 p.m.
Put on your blue suede shoes or pink poodle skirt and get ready to “rock around the clock.” Dance the night away to your favorite 50's tunes spun by DJ Randy "Sting" of 1st Choice Customized DJ Services. Emcee and special music by Roseann McFadden
Ice cream floats and other special treats will be available for purchase at our concession stand.
Advance tickets are $10 plus tax and $13 plus tax at the door.
For more information or to purchase your tickets online, visit www.wakeforestrencen.org/tickets-events.
The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce a power-packed band lineup for the 2019 Friday Night on White concert series.
The Magic Pipers will once again kick off the series on April 12, followed by Sleeping Booty on May 10; Love Tribe on June 14; The Soul Psychedelique on July 12; Big Love on Aug. 9; and Crush on Sept. 13. For more information about each band, including videos of band performances, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/band-line-up.aspx.
Presented by White Street Brewing Co., “Friday Night on White” takes place along South White Street on the second Friday night of each month from April through September. Each concert begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.
Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles during Friday Night on White. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and will receive training and a commemorative t-shirt. Civic groups and community organizations are especially encouraged to participate. For more information or to sign up, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/volunteer-wake-forest-online-registration.aspx.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2019 Friday Night on White. For complete information, contact Marketing & Business Relations Specialist Anna Bolton at 919-610-4916 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last year’s Friday Night on White concert series attracted well over 50,000 visitors to downtown Wake Forest. Friday Night on White aligns with Goal 1 of the Town’s Strategic Plan: Stimulate Economic Development.
For complete information about Friday Night on White, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Friday Night on White.”
Is your family asking Santa for a sweet kitty or playful pooch? Maybe you’re looking to start the new year with a new best friend? ’Tis the season to adopt a pet during the Home for the Holidays special at the Wake County Animal Center.
From Dec. 17 through Dec. 23, adoption fees will be reduced for pets ages six months and older. It will cost $25 to bring home a dog, and you can name your price for cats. The shelter tends to fill up around the holidays, as volunteers and those fostering animals take time off to travel and celebrate with family. As we head into this year’s festive season, there are about 100 cats and dogs in the shelter and more than 50 pets in foster care looking for their forever homes.
“The best place for these pets is for them to find a loving home where they can get all of the attention they deserve,” said Dr. Jennifer Federico, director of the Wake County Animal Center.
Adopting an adult animal eliminates a lot of guesswork, because these mature cats and dogs have already settled into their unique personalities and behaviors. And, pets coming from foster care have experience in home and social settings, so their current foster parents can tell you what to expect.
Give a Gift Certificate this Holiday Season
Gift certificates are available for any dollar amount and may be redeemed for the adoption of pets within a year of purchase. Any amount left over after the adoption will be donated to the shelter.
Adopting a pet is a major commitment, and gift certificates enable recipients to pick out the dog or cat of their choice at their convenience.
Ready to find your new best friend? Click here to view a gallery of the animals currently available for adoption.
Looking for the perfect gift for the animal lovers in your life? Stuff their stockings with gift certificates to the Wake County Animal Center!
About the Wake County Animal Center
The Wake County Animal Center is an open-admission shelter operated by Wake County. The center receives all stray, abandoned and surrendered pets in the county and works in partnership with fosters, volunteers and local rescues to treat and rehome thousands of homeless animals every year.
To learn more about the Wake County Animal Center and animals available for adoption, visit wakegov.com/pets and follow the center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @WakeGovPets.
In the spirit of giving, you can make a difference in someone's life by making a tax-deductible donation to the Play It Forward Raleigh Financial Assistance Program. 100 percent of your donation helps families in our community participate in summer camps, arts programs, nature education, life-saving swimming lessons, and more!
A $10 donation will enable a family to make a deposit to secure a camp.
A $20 donation will empower a child by participating in youth sports programs or art classes.
A $50 donation will help an older adult increase mobility through an adult fitness swim class.
A $100 donation will allow a teen to attend a weeklong summer camp.
For more information, contact
Picking out the perfect Christmas tree is no easy task. Will it fit in your space? How tall is too tall? Should you get pre-lit or un-adorned? This holiday season, guests shopping for an artificial tree can use the Target app to place an augmented reality (aka “AR” for the tech-set) version of the tree right in their living room. Hundreds of thousands of guests are already using the “See It in Your Space” tree feature and loving it—here’s how it works:
But we’re not done yet. Also new this year are six unique holiday rooms in our virtual, 360-degree shopping feature. See how dozens of popular holiday products look to-scale in living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms. With everything from trees to couches, light fixtures and more—all shoppable with just one click!—you’ll get a better sense of how to pair and style holiday items throughout your home.
Shop Target’s Wondershop holiday collection in stores and online at Target.com!
Crabtree Valley Mall will soon be welcoming a new element to the property that’s the first of its kind in the United States. This exciting new addition is a Krispy Kreme kiosk which resembles the brand’s iconic green and white doughnut box! The unique Krispy Kreme kiosk, which will serve the doughnut company’s favorite varieties, is scheduled to open late August 2018. The kiosk will be located on the first floor of Crabtree Valley Mall near Macy’s and the mall’s promotional court.
“At Krispy Kreme we are always innovating to find new and exciting ways for our fans to enjoy our awesome doughnuts. We are thrilled to bring theKrispy Kreme kiosk to life for the first time in the U.S. at Crabtree Valley Mall. This is an experience unlike any other!” said Mike Tattersfield, Chief Executive Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.
“We are delighted that Krispy Kreme has chosen Crabtree Valley Mall to launch this exciting new concept in the United States. We know our shoppers will enjoy having a variety of Krispy Kreme favorites available throughout the day. I’m sure we will also see more visitors stopping by the mall to satisfy their craving for fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts” said Brian Asbill, Corporate Marketing Director for Crabtree Valley Mall.
Few restaurants in this town last 40 years but Snoopy's Hot Dogs & More original location on Wake Forst Road has done just that. Through all kinds of food trends, Snoopy's has found the right combination of fast, friendly, affordable, comfort food and really who of us Raleighites hasn't hit Snoopy's late night on our way home at least once?
Snoopy's will be celebrating their 40th anniversary on September 9th – 15th at all 5 stores. They will be giving away & be selling 40th Anniversary Snoopy’s t-shirts, having a 1/2 price hot dog special all week, and be giving away 5,000 wooden nickels good for $1 off an order of $5 or more the following week.
Snoopy's began in 1978 when Steve Webb, a long-time Raleigh resident, transformed an old gas station on the corner of Whitaker Mill Road and Wake Forest Road into a traditional eastern NC grill. Serving made to order hot dogs, burgers, and fries.
His wife, Sarah, left her career as an elementary school teacher and joined him a year later. Today, Snoopy's offers more items like chicken salad, chicken sandwiches, BBQ, and homemade soup during the winter months.
Larry and Casey Cerilli joined the Snoopy's family as partners in 2006. The Cerilli's are now 50/50 partners with Steve and Sarah Webb, and are in charge of operations at all 5 stores.
The Webbs are still actively involved in the business. Sarah sends out Snoopy's monthly newsletter, and Steve plans the marquee sign at the Wake Forest Road store.
The Webbs and the Cerillis know it isn't just about serving great affordable food. They believe that it is also about giving back to the community. Snoopy's is active with several local charities- the SPCA of Wake County and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. There are collection boxes for the SPCA of Wake County at each store and on the last Wednesday of each month, $1 is donated to them for every tea sold that day. Snoopy's also participated in the Shamrock Campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Eastern NC each year.
Our July Girls Night Out event was at Cypress Manor in Cary.
Cypress Manor was originally built in the fall of 2000 and housed Bullwinkle's, a children's play place. Later, in the fall of 20011, it was renovated, and redesigned with the help of many experienced wedding planners and renamed to Cypress Manor. Cypress Manor's distinct look comes from the impressive Cypress logs from Florida and Louisiana. It is tucked away in the heart of Raleigh and right at the border of Cary. It is one of the finest rustic venues in the City of Oaks, Raleigh, NC.
If you weren't able to make it out on event night, please take a look through our list of fabulous vendors that joined us!
Our next event is at Aloft (downtown Raleigh) on August 16th. You can always see a list of our upcoming events on our Facebook events page. See you soon!
Paparazzi Jewelry - Gwendolyn Harris
August is once again an exciting month at VIR, as the fan-favorite IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship makes its only mid-Atlantic stop in the premier North American sports car racing series at the track Aug. 17-19. In addition to the headlining Michelin GT Challenge race, the action-packed weekend will feature several support series including the Biscuitville Grand Prix for the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
All current military will be admitted free and veterans will receive a 50% discount to ALL VIR events. Just present a valid Government issued military ID to registration when you arrive. This offer not valid during private track rentals.
Children 16 and under are always free with a paying adult and there is no cost for parking.
While at the track, catch all the racing action on 89.9 FM
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