919 | COMMUNITY
Wake Forest Celebrates Football Championship
Annual Yard Sale Benefits American Cancer Society
Residents and fans of the 2016 Wake Forest High School football team can attend a special community celebration at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, in downtown Wake Forest. According to a release from the Town of Wake Forest, the “Cougar Walk of Champions” will recognize the team for its consistency on the field, emphasize the school’s place in the town’s history, and demonstrate the collective sense of pride shared by the Wake Forest community. Last season the Cougars won the 4AA state championship game in Raleigh, defeating Greensboro Page 29-0. The team’s championship appearance marked the fourth time in six seasons the Cougars advanced to the finals as the 4AA eastern regional champions. Wake Forest High School’s football state title is the first for a Wake County school since Garner’s championship in 1987. Shortly after the Cougars’ championship victory, Mayor Vivian Jones appointed a nine-member committee to plan a celebration honoring the team. The committee is comprised of town officials, community and civic club leaders, and Wake Forest High School boosters and supporters. “This is a group of great kids and our community recognizes and appreciates that,” said Jones. “These guys work hard and serve as wonderful role models for all the young people in our town. We believe that’s something to celebrate.” Check wakeforestnc.org for an update on the celebration, but preliminary plans call for the parade to begin at the Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St., proceed south along South White Street, turn left at Owen Avenue, and conclude in Centennial Plaza at 301 S. Brooks St. The WFHS Marching Band and cheerleaders are expected to participate in the procession, along with the members of the football team and coaching staff. Upon arriving in Centennial Plaza, the team will be greeted by Jones and members of the board of commissioners, followed by a pep rally and remarks. “We’re inviting the entire community to join us for our football team celebration,” said Jones. “It’s going to be an unforgettable day in downtown Wake Forest, and we don’t want anyone to miss it.”
The CenturyLink Annual Community Yard Sale Fundraiser is 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. An annual benefit for the American Cancer Society hosted by the CenturyLink Community Relations Team, the yard sale takes place at the CenturyLink Campus front parking lot. Rental spaces are available at a cost of $20 per space, with proceeds going to the ACS Relay for Life. To reserve space, contact Yvonne Dalton 919-554-7252 or Phyllis Sendelback 919-554-7212 by March 27.
For updated details on the event, visit wakeforestnc.gov.
For more information, email phyllis.sendelback@centurylink. com. CenturyLink Campus is located at 14111 Capital Boulevard in Wake Forest.
New Free Art Exhibit Features Local Artists Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts hosts the inaugural Wake Forest Guild of Artists and Wake Forest ARTS Art Exhibit at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 28. Over 20 artists will display their works of art in a variety of mediums and styles, including acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings, sculpture, jewelry, glasswork, encaustic, woodworking, and mixed media. Free and open to the public, the event offers an opportunity for area residents to see firsthand what local artists offer the community. For information, visit wakeforestguild.com or wakeforestarts. org.
Kiwanis Park Trail Closed For Bridge Maintenance Town of Wake Forest is closing Kiwanis Park Trail from Wednesday, March 15, through late April. The temporary closure is necessary to allow crews to replace a bridge along the trail. As part of the effort, crews will stabilize the stream banks and repave the trail at the crossings to allow for smoother trailto-crossing transitions. Located adjacent to Kiwanis Park at 400 E. Holding Ave., the greenway offers a paved connection between South Franklin Street and South White Street.