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:
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:
Allan H. Treiman, Associate Director of Science for the Lunar and Planetary Institute, will talk about “The New ‘Wet’ Moon.” Earth’s Moon seems a lot different than it did 10 or 20 years ago. New discoveries in old Moon rocks show that our Moon had far more water than was believed — water that we can perhaps use.
Carter Emmart, Director for Astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History, who will talk about “Apollo’s Lunar Exploration.” While this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of landing on the moon, more current robotic missions have imaged what we left there and made maps that can compare to photographic mapping carried out by the Apollo Program. Journey back to our landing sites on a guided tour through data visualization.
Jani Radebaugh, Associate Professor of Geological Sciences at Brigham Young University, will talk about “Titan: Saturn’s Earth-like Moon.” Titan has a surface so cold that methane is liquid, and water is solid. But the landscapes are amazingly Earth-like. Radebaugh will show what we learned from the Cassini mission and discuss her illuminating adventures on Earth.
Rachel Smith, Head of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, will discuss “Life and the Moon.” Smith will present current scientific thinking on the importance of our Moon for maintaining a habitable planet and possibly hosting its own life, and how new technology is leading to the discovery of exomoons in distant star systems.
Additionally, aspiring rocketeers can gaze at the 40-foot working models of the Tripoli Rocketry Association. Sun worshipers can peer at the Sun (safely) through solar telescopes provided by NCMNS astronomers and the Raleigh Astronomy Club. All visitors can make and blast off their own bottle rocket on the Museum plaza, find out how much they weigh on different moons and planets, or meet live animals of the constellations (like the bearded dragon, which represents the constellation Draco).
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.
History Hike 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.
Squirrel Spotters 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.
These are some of our favorite New Year's Eve events. View a full list here. RaleighWRAL First Night Raleigh (Fayetteville Street) - Downtown Raleigh's largest New Year's celebration features nearly 100 performers in over 35 venues throughout downtown starting at 2 p.m. There will be a Ferris wheel, neon pop-up roller rink and more fun before the acorn drop and fireworks. Raleigh's Ultimate New Year's Eve Party at Isaac Hunter's (414 Fayetteville St, Raleigh) - At midnight, ring in the New Year and enjoy a complimentary champagne toast while watching the Giant Acorn Drop from Isaac Hunter’s famous Fayetteville Street patio. New Year's Eve at Raleigh Beer Garden (614 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh) - Enjoy a party in the climate-controlled event tent at the back of the Raleigh Beer Garden. Your ticket purchase includes all of your food and drinks, party favors and a countdown toast at midnight.
NYE at Little City Brewing (400 W North St, Raleigh) - VIP tickets include a full buffet and a premium open bar package including beer, wine, beer, craft cocktails and a champagne toast. NYE at The Architect (108 E Hargett St, Raleigh) - Tickets include party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. NYE at Level7 (101 Park at N Hills St, Raleigh) - Enjoy live entertainment featuring Awkwardly Friendly at this rooftop bar at the AC Hotel in North Hills. There is also no cover charge. No Fuss, No Frills NYE Party (Boxcar Bar and Arcade, 330 W Davie St, Raleigh) - Enjoy a relaxed New Year's Eve celebration all day at Boxcar. Doors open at noon and there are drink specials all day, no cover charge and a countdown to midnight.
14th Annual New Years Eve Bash (City Limit's Saloon, 901 Tryon Hill Dr., Raleigh) - Doors open at 9 p.m. for this bash that will include DJ Smoore and the Funky Bunch. The "Best View in Town" New Year's Eve Celebration (Residence Inn's 10th and Terrace, 616 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh) - This rooftop party will include a midnight toast, hors-d'oeuvres and fun! Back to the Future New Year's Eve Party (Alamo Drafthouse, 2116 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh) - Hop on your hoverboard, don your favorite decades attire, and join Alamo for this interactive movie party featuring movie props, collectible goodies and a radical recreation of the Enchantment Under the Sea dance in the lobby. The doors open at 8:30 p.m., followed by the film screening at 9 p.m. After, there will be a lobby party with a champagne toast at midnight. NYE Boodle Fight (Mofu Shoppe, 321 S. Blount St., Raleigh) MOFU is hosting a meal fit for a king with dishes like suckling pigs, roasted duck, grilled lamb, octopus, squid, shrimp and whole fishes, cheeses, traditional Asian desserts, fruits, chocolates and more. Rockin' Raleigh New Year's Eve Countdown (The Junction, 327 W. Davie St., Raleigh) - Tickets include three premium drinks, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a personal mini-champagne bottle at midnight, pizza buffet, cheesecake and dessert bar and more. A Mad Hatter's NYE Party (Neuse River Brewing, 518 Pershing Rd, Raleigh) - Travel down the rabbit hole at this party featuring DJ JD Silverthorne and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. NYE at Level-Up Kitchen and Barcadium - Ticket includes a full buffet, free play on cabinet games and a bar package including beer, wine, craft cocktails and a champagne toast at midnight. New Year's Eve at Watts & Ward (200 S. Blount St., Raleigh) - The craft cocktail bar is ringing in the new year with live jazz from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. New Year's Eve Through the Decades (Kings Bowling, 141 Park At North Hills St, Raleigh) - There will be a live DJ mixing beats from every decade, lane packages and more fun. NYE at Coglin's (226 Fayetteville St., Raleigh) - There will be a champagne toast at midnight and a complimentary New Year's Eve gift to the first 50 people through the door. Whiskey Kitchen New Year's Eve - Ring in the new year with live entertainment, dancing and champagne. New Year's Eve Gala- All four floors of the Nature Research Center of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences will be open and will feature passed hors d'oeuvres, gourmet food stations and amazing dessert displays, open bars on every floor with premium liquors, wines, craft beers, custom cocktails and champagne, DJs, ambient performers and a live band. Durham, Chapel Hill and CarrboroGlow Up in 2019 at Unscripted Durham (202 Corcoran St, Durham) - Glam yourself up a glitzy night featuring disco balls, dancing, photobooths, a DJ and champagne toasts. NYE at Alley Twenty Six (320 E Chapel Hill St, Durham) - Reservations are open for a three-course prix fixe dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. Cocktail pairings are available at an additional cost. New Year's Eve Party at Ponysaurus Brewing Co. (219 Hood St., Durham) - The brewery will be celebrating New Year's Eve with music from Carolina Soul and a giveaway for a year of free beer. Keep it Durham, Durham (Fullsteam, 726 Rigsbee Ave., Durham) – Close the year in style and start 2019 off right at Fullsteam with food trucks, a dog walk, jazz and tarot card readings.
What the Funk NYE 2019 (Beyu Caffe, 341 West Main Street, Durham) - This party at Beyu Caffé features food, drinks, and dancing. Go VIP and get a seated ticket which comes with a seat at a table, glass of champagne for a New Year’s toast and access to the buffet. Talulla's Bollywood NYE 2019 (456 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill) - Enjoy this non-stop dance party featuring drink specials, belly dance performances and a champagne toast at midnight. Ellis Dyson and the Shambles NYE Party (The ArtsCenter, 300 G E Main St, Carrboro) - Local old-time favorites Ellis Dyson and The Shambles, joined by singer Katharine Whalen, ring in 2019 with a foot-stompin' set of Squirrel Nut Zippers songs for audiences both young and old. View a full list of events here!
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:
Site 1 – 10505 Old Stage Road, Garner
Site 2 – 6120 Old Smithfield Road, Apex
Site 4 – 3600 Yates Mill Pond Road, Raleigh
Site 11 – 5051 Wendell Blvd./U.S. 64 Business, Wendell
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 email@example.com. 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.”