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What’s Inside CHRISTMAS IN THE 919

Profiles

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Do-It-Yourself Decorating Three Easy Tips or Making Your Holiday Home Festive

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Make Your Holiday Plans! So Much to See and Do In the 919 for the Holidays

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The Meaning of the Season Our Suggestions on How To Give Back to the Community

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A Beloved Musical Comedy Enjoy the Most Successful Shows in NC Theater History

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A Special Christmas at DPAC Holiday Shows Include Grinch, Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol

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Very Merry Morrisville Events Winter Wonderland at Park West, Tree Lighting, More

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Christmas in North Wake Wake Forest, Rolesville Come Alive This December

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Making a Difference Nearly 1,200 Participants Support Make A Wish at Gigi’s Cupcakes 5K

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A Big Brier Creek Cleanup EPA Will Spend $5.5 Million To Remove PCBs from Waterway

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A Decision to Maximize Sleep What You’re Sleeping On Makes A Big Difference on How You Rest

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919 | NOTES Publisher Suzy Beth Sarver Graphics Tyler McElhaney Deidri Ottesen Production Preston Reins Jenny Smith Allison Neal

Cream Rises to the Top Friends, 2016 has been for me – both personally and professionally – a year of highs and lows, with victories and setbacks, heartache and happiness. I experienced the devastating loss of a parent who passed away in May. It has been a heart-wrenching experience and an eye opener for me. It was my wake up call to start following my heart more, focus on what really matters and ignore much of what I see and come in contact with that is negative. I share this personal experience with my dear readers in an effort to offer you some encouragement this holiday season. This holiday season, more than ever, embrace the little things that bring more joy back in your life and into the lives of those you love and hold so dear.

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919| |EVENTS events&&ACTIVITIES activities 919 Community Events BRIER CREEK/ BETHESDA/RDU COMMUNITY EVENTS NORTH NOVRALEIGH, 11/12 LEESVILLE

12/2

Annual Tree Lighting 11/20-22 Meet with Santa in a snowy

Tennis for Good Charitable winter wonderland; enjoy family friendly crafts, activities; Tennis Tournament

7 am-5 pm from Brier Creek Commons samples Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center restaurants 1905 Spring Forest 6:30-8:30 pm; Rd free# B, Raleigh www.tennisforgood.org Brier Creek Commons 8311 Brier Creek Pkwy, Raleigh shopbriercreekcommons.com

Turkey Celebration

NOV Play turkey games, read turkey Stories and create a candy flock 11/5-7 3 pm; grades K-5

41st Annual Visions Duraleigh Road Community Library of Sugarplums Holiday 5800 Duraleigh Rd, Raleigh Art & Gift Show 919-881-1344 Free wakegov.com admission, parking Thu-Fri: 9 am-8 pm Sat: 9 am-3 pm Quail Hollow Swim & Brier Creek Country Club Tennis Clubhouse Orleans Pl, Raleigh 800 Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 919-847-4868 BCCC members and guests visionsofsugarplumsraleigh.com (families and dogs welcome) 8:30 am: Registration 9 am: 5K Run/Walk Horseshoe Farm 9:10 am: 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk Nature Preserve Brier Creek Country Club Dedication Ceremony 9400 Club Hill Dr, Raleigh 10 am 919-206-4600 2900briercreekcc.com Horse Show Farm Rd Parking: WRAL Soccer Complex parks.raleighnc.gov

DEC 12/3

Reindeer Games 12/3 Songs, stories, games, more Age Annual Artisan 3-5; 10-10:45 am;Holiday $10 fee Festival Featuring local Tennis artists Center and craftsman Millbrook Exchange 10:30 am-1 pm 1905 B Spring Forest Rd Brierdale Shopping Center 919-872-4128 Brier Creek Pkwy, Raleigh parks.raleighnc.gov shopbriercreekcommons.com

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12/4-20

Musical: ‘Nuncrackers’ 12/4 Fri, Sat: 8 pm; Sun: 3 pm Tickets: Santa$12-$18 Social, Brunch

11/10

11/30

Photos with Santa Claus North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre and special holiday brunch 7713-51 Lead Mine Rd for BCCC members and guests 919-866-0228 10 am-1 pm nract.org Brier Creek Country Club 9400 Club Hill Dr, Raleigh 919-206-4600 Holiday Cookies, with briercreekcc.com Milk Santa Age 2-8; 1:30-2:30 pm; $8 Pre-registration required Lynn Community Center Lake Preschool Dance Lessons 7921 Ray Rd Introduction to ballet and jazz on Mondays 919-870-2911 10:30-11:15 am: Age 2-3 ($30-40) parks.raleighnc.gov 11:30 am-12:15 pm: Age 3-4 ($30-40)

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11/12 Night Bike Ride

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Age 3-6; 10-11meet am; $5 required; at gravel parking Crafts, storiescenter lotgames behindand visitor’s Lake5:45 Lynn pm-7:45 Community Center pm 79218801 Ray Rd Glenwood Ave, Raleigh 919-870-2911 919-571-4170 parks.raleighnc.gov

11/14 DEC

Brier Creek Community Center 12/8 10810 Globe Rd, Raleigh Santa’s Elves 919-420-2340 Ornament Special

Sertoma Fall Arts Fair

parks.raleighnc.gov Enjoy milk, cookies with Santa, and make an ornament; bring two non-perishable itemsand Mingle food Jingle 10-11 am;Annual age 1-12 11th Holiday Party Pre-registration required and guests for BCCC members Greystone Community Center 10 am-1 pm 7713-55 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh Brier Creek Country Club 919-996-4848 9400 Club Hill Dr, Raleigh parks.raleighnc.gov 919-206-4600 briercreekcc.com

12/1-8

Demonstrations, tours, food, more 10 am-5 pm Sertoma Annual Drive ArtsToy Center new, unwrapped toys 1400Donate W Millbrook Rd for donation to children in need; 919-996-2329 drop off at front desk parks.raleighnc.gov 10 am-1 pm LRHS DECA’s Saving Grace Brier Creek Country Club Walk Against Animal Abuse 9400 Club Hill Dr, Raleigh Benefitting Saving Grace Animals for 919-206-4600 Adoption briercreekcc.com Lake Lynn Community Center 7921 Ray Rd, Raleigh 919-520-2984 zachwalker123@gmail.com Youth Gymnastics Fun-filled introduction to gymnastics lrhsdeca.wix.com/savinggrace basics on Thursdays 9:30-10:15 am: Age 9-24 mon ($30-40) 2nd Handmade Annual 10:30-11:15 am: Age 2-3 ($30-40) Hanukkah Market 11:30 am-12:15 pm: Age 3-4 ($30-40) 10 am-3 freeCommunity Center Brierpm; Creek Temple Beth Or 10810 Globe Rd, Raleigh 5315919-420-2340 Creedmoor Rd. Raleigh 919-931-2537 parks.raleighnc.gov hanukkahmarket.com

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NOV Open Enrollment Tours now available for 11/6

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Pre-Holiday 2730 Godley Ln, Raleigh Wine Expo 919-957-7249 6 pm-9 pm ipraleigh.com Brier Creek Country Club Members Only 9400 Club Hill Dr, Raleigh 919-206-4600 www.briercreekcc.com

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919 | events & activities Yoga at Brier Creek

Stretch and find balance; effective for stress reduction and relaxation 6:15-7:15 pm Mondays; age 16-up $5 drop-in; $15 for 30-day pass Brier Creek Community Center 10810 Globe Rd, Raleigh 919-420-2340 parks.raleighnc.gov

LEESVILLE/ NORTH RALEIGH NOV 11/14

Meet Wake Co EMS

Meet the local heroes who work for Wake Co Emergency Medical Services 4:30 pm; grades K-5 Registration requested Leesville Community Library 5105 Country Trail, Raleigh 919-571-6661 wakegov.com

11/17

Family Nature Night

Storytelling by a Native American Of the Otami Nation; pre-registration Required 4 days prior to date 7-8 pm; age 3-up; free Sertoma Arts Center 1400 W Millbrook Rd, Raleigh 919-996-6856 parks.raleighnc.gov

DEC 12/3

Holiday Wreath Making

Make a wreath from items from Nature; enjoy hot chocolate; pre-registratin required 2-3 pm; age 5-up; $5 fee Durant Nature Park 8305 Camp Durant Rd, Raleigh 919-870-6435 parks.raleighnc.gov

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Learn about owls, make a craft 4:30-6 pm; age 3-5; $3 fee Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve 5229 Awls Haven Dr 919-996-6764 parks.raleighnc.gov

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Holiday Wreath Making

Use materials from nature, enjoy hot chocolate;registration required 2-3 pm; age 5-up; $5 fee Durant Nature Park 8305 Camp Durant Rd 919-870-2871 parks.raleighnc.gov

12/6

Read All About It 4:30-6 pm; age 3-5; $8 fee Explore stories and crafts, meet new friends, enjoy refreshments Greystone Recreation Center 7713-55 Lead Mine Rd 919-996-4848 parks.raleighnc.gov

12/6-27

Not Just Coloring

4-week creative art session, with different activity each week 4-5:30 pm, Tue; age 5-10; $40 fee Abbotts Creek Community Center 9950 Durant Rd, Raleigh 919-996-2770 parks.raleighnc.gov

12/8

Remembrace Craft: Star Ornament

A simple sewing activity, using a piece of cloth that has meaning; presented by Heartland Hospice 11 am-1 pm; all ages Anne Gordon Center for Active Adults 1901 Spring Forest Rd 919-996-4720 parks.raleighnc.gov

12/8

Reindeer Games

Sing a song, read a story, play a game, and make a craft 11 am-12 pm; age 2-5; $10 fee Millbrook Exchange Community Center 1905 Spring Forest Rd 919-996-4156 parks.raleighnc.gov12/11

Family Wildlife Series: It’s Strictly for the Birds!

Create winter treats for birds during holiday baking session 2-3 pm; age 5-up; $1 fee Blue Jay Point County Park 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd, Raleigh wakegov.com/parks

12/10

Holiday Gifts from Nature

Make creative gifts using items found in nature; sip hot chocolate, and enjoy crafting 2-4 pm; age 6-12 yr; $5 fee Durant Nature Park 8305 Camp Durant Rd, Raleigh 919-870-6435 parks.raleighnc.gov

12/11

Milk and Cookies With Santa

Make a craft, meet Santa and enjoy refreshments 3-4:30 pm; age 2-8; $8 fee Lake Lynn Community Center 7921 Ray Rd, Raleigh 919-870-2911 parks.raleighnc.gov

12/14

Nature Series: Our Yard is Full of Birds

Learn about backyard winter birds And make a bird treat to take home 1-2 pm; age 3-5; $4 fee Blue Jay Point County Park 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd, Raleigh wakegov.com/parks

12/17

Holiday Craft Fun

Make a special one-of-a-kind holiday ornament and keepsake 10:30-12:30 pm, 1-3 pm Age 3-5; $15 fee Optimist Community Center 5902 Whittier Dr, Raleigh 919-870-2880 parks.raleighnc.gov

12/10

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Astronomy Night

Inside presentation and outside telescope views of moon, planets 5-7 pm; age 5-up; free Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve 5229 Awls Haven Dr 919-996-6764 parks.raleighnc.gov

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New Year’s Day Hike

2-4 pm; all ages Durant Nature Park 8305 Camp Durant Rd, Raleigh 919-870-6435 parks.raleighnc.gov

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Morrisville Tree Lighting

NOV 11/17

Coffee & Connections Presented by Morrisville Chamber of Commerce 7:30-9:15 am; free for members, including breakfast, networking 260 Town Hall Dr, Suite A 919-463-7150 morrisvillechamber.org

12/5

Senior Christmas Party

DEC 12/1

Holiday music, catered lunch, gift Exchange (bring a wrapped gift) 12 pm; $3 for residents; age 55-up Cedar Fork Community Center 1050B Town Hall Dr 919-463-7110 townofmorrisville.org

12/10

Holiday Reception

Music, crafts for children, visit from Santa, refreshments, more 7-9 pm; free Indian Creek Trailhead 101 Town Hall Dr, Morrisville 919-463-7110 www.townofmorrisville.org

Family Wildlife Series: It’s Strictly for the Birds!

Presented by Morrisville Chamber of Commerce 5-7:30 pm; free for members Aloft Raleigh-Durham Brier Creek 10020 Sellona St, Raleigh 919-463-7155 morrisvillechamber.org

12/13

Entrepreneurial Workshop

Presented by Morrisville Chamber of Commerce 7:30-10 am; free for members, including breakfast, networking Lenova 1009 Think Place, Building One 919-463-7150 morrisvillechamber.org

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Snow sledding hills, snow play area for children (age 1-5); train rides, music, story time with Santa and more 5:30-8:30 pm The District at Park West Village 3400 Village Market Place, Morrisville 919-467-8880 parkwestvillage.net

Create winter treats for birds during holiday baking session 2-3 pm; age 5-up; $1 fee Blue Jay Point County Park 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd, Raleigh wakegov.com/parks

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provides high-quality clothing and shoes to children in the Wake County Public School System identified by school social workers and our agency partners.

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919 | events & activities RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK NOV 11/30

CIMS Annual Meeting: Digital Transformation

North Carolina State University Center of Innovation Management Studies Event RTP Headquarters 12 Davis Dr, RTP mgrainger@ncsu.edu cims.ncsu.edu/events

DEC RTP Happy Hour

4:30 am-6:30 pm (free) The Frontier at RTP 800 Park Office Dr rtp.org

12/3

Birding with Vernon An easy walk while looking and Listening to different types of birds 8:30-10 am; all ages; free Lake Crabtree County Park 1400 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville 919-460-3390 wakegov.com/parks

12/8

2nd Annual Mistletoe Market

Local crafters, artists and creatives sell Items, with 15% going to local charities 4-7 pm; free admittance The Frontier 800 Park Office Dr, RTP rtp.org

12/16

Wrapping for Inclusion

Volunteers for National Inclusion Project wrap gifts in exchange for donations 11:15 am-1:15 pm; Fusion Room The Frontier 800 Park Office Dr, RTP inclusionproject.org

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RTP Food Truck Rodeo

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Entrepreneurs share coffee, ideas and advice 9 am, Wed The Frontier at RTP 800 Park Office Dr 1millioncups.com/rtp

RTPfit Cardio

4:45-5:30 pm, Mon The Frontier at RTP 800 Park Office Dr rtp.org

RTPfit Core Challenge

11:30 am-12:30 pm, Tue The Frontier at RTP 800 Park Office Dr rtp.org

RTPfit Yoga

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Kauffman Labs’ 1 Million Cups

11:30 am-1:30 pm, Fri The Frontier at RTP 800 Park Office Dr rtp.org

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RTPfit Muscle Madness

11:30 am-12:30 pm; Thu, Fri The Frontier at RTP 800 Park Office Dr rtp.org

Fleet Feet Sports Weekly Run Club

5:30 pm, Thu The Frontier at RTP 800 Park Office Dr rtp.org

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Photos with Santa

Streets at Southpoint Lower Center Court 6910 Fayetteville Rd, Durham 919-572-8808 streetsatsouthpoint.com

DEC

Jingle Bell LEAP 5K

Supporting the Latino Educational Achievement Partnership; starts at Mile 0 of American Tobacco Trail 9 am Morehead Ave & Blackwell St, Durham durhamleap.org

WAKEFIELD/ WAKE FOREST/ ROLESVILLE NOV 11/12

Mistletoe Market Holiday Fair

Handmade arts and crafts, jewelry, basket raffles, food and more 9 am-4:30 pm; $5 admission Wakefield High School 2200 Wakefield Pines Dr, Raleigh wakefieldptsa.org

11/19

WF Police Annual Turkey Drive

Accepting frozen turkey donations for distribution to disadvantaged on 11/21; donations also accepted 9 am-12 pm 225 S Taylor St, WF wakeforestnc.gov/turkey-drive-drop-off- nov-19.aspx

11/24

Rockin’ the Forest

Featuring Sarah Shook and the Disarmers 8 pm; adults, $10; 12-under, $5 WF Renaissance Centre 405 S Brooks St, WF 919-435-9458 wakeforestrencen.org

11/24

Just Think First 5K

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Christmas by Candlelight

12/3

Costumed interpreters lead tours through Duke Homestead State Historical Site, with live music, period decorations, refreshments 6:45-9:15 pm Tickets: $6, adults; $3, 10-under 919-477-5498 dukehomestead.org

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And Skinny Turkey Half Marathon, 1 mile kids walk and fun run 7:30 am Wakefield High 2200 Wakefield Pines Dr, Raleigh fsseries.com

11/24

Gobbler’s Run 5K

Jim Allen Group presents 11th annual event to benefit Boys & Girls Club 8 am Downtown Wake Forest 919-909-2526 gobblersrun.com

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919 | events & activities DEC ‘An Evening of Elegance’ WWC Holiday Gala

Presented by Wakefield Women’s Club 7-11 pm; tickets, $67 TPC at Wakefield Plantation 2201 Wakefield Plantation Dr 919-538-3930 judy0109@gmail.com. wwclub.org

12/2

Sponsored by Wake Forest Historic Preservation Comm, and WF Woman’s Club Tours of 10 homes, music, carriage rides and more 1-7 pm Tickets: $18 adv; $24 at door Wake Forest Historical Museum 414 North Main St 919-556-2911 wakeforestnc.gov

12/2-4

Lighting of Wake Forest

12/3

Wake Forest Christmas Historic Home Tour

12/2

12/3

Tree lighting, Santa photos, music, free carriage rides 6:45-8:30 pm Centennial Plaza, WF Town Hall 301 S Brooks St, WF 919-435-9415 wakeforestnc.gov

Walk Through Bethlehem

A virtual walk to the stable where the Christ was born, featuring a living nativity Fri, Sat: 6-9 pm; Sun: 5-8 pm Free, though donations accepted Wake Forest Presbyterian Church 12605 Capital Blvd, WF wakeforestpres.org

Downtown Wake Forest Holiday Open House

Sponsored by Downtown Merchants Association Special offers, refreshments, performances, carriage rides, free photos with Santa Claus 10 am-3 pm 919-435-9415 wakeforestdowntown.com

12/3

Holiday Artisans Market

Sponsored by Wake Forest Arts, Wake Forest Farmers Market 10 am-4 pm WF Renaissance Centre 405 S Brooks St, WF 919-435-9458 wakeforestrencen.org

12/4

Christmas Parade

Sponsored by Rolesville Chamber of Commerce 2 pm; Main Street 919-562-7069 rolesvillechamber.org

      



    

 

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Christmas Concert: Rejoice as a Child

Northeast Piedmont Chorale, Wake Forest Children’s Choir Christmas concert Sat: 7 pm; Sun: 3 pm (at WF Renaissance Centre) Free, though donations are accepted New Hope Baptist Church 4301 Louisburg Rd, Raleigh wakeforestnc.gov/childrens-choir-holiday- concert.aspx

12/4

The Nutcracker: Kingdom of the Sweets

A Winter Gala, featuring guest artist Manuel Barriga of the Carolina Ballet joins the dancers of DDI Ballet Co 2:30, 6:30 pm Heritage High School 1150 Forestville Road 919-453-1453. destinydanceinstitute.com

12/4

WF Children’s Choir

Holiday favorites, directed by Kasie Ryan; featuring the Northeast Piedmont Choir 3 pm; free WF Renaissance Centre 405 S Brooks St, WF 919-435-9458 wakeforestrencen.org

12/6

Wake Up Wake Forest

Stay up to date on community topics and issues with local political, business and civic leaders; sponsored by the WF Area Chamber of Commerce and Town of Wake Forest 7:30 am; $10 WF Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. wakeforestnc.gov/wake-upwake-forest.aspx

12/9

Art After Hours

5-9 pm Downtown Wake Forest wfdrc.org

12/10

Christmas Jubilee Concert

Featuring Jeremy Davis and The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra 7:30 pm; adults, $15; students/seniors, $13 WF Renaissance Centre 405 S Brooks St, WF 919-435-9458 wakeforestrencen.org

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National Pie Day (12/1) National Cookie Day (12/4) Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (12/7) Ugly Christmas Sweater Day (12/16) Wright Brothers Day (12/17) Festivus (12/23) AIDS Awareness Month

WF Christmas Parade

More than 100 floats and entries, high school bands and Santa Claus South White Street and South Brooks Street 1 pm Wake Forest Downtown 919-435-9415 lnewhouse@wakeforestnc.gov wakeforestdowntown.com

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12/16

Storytelling Pajama Night

Hot chocolate and bedtime stories, with Rags to Riches performance of “The Gingerbread Man” 6:30 pm; free WF Renaissance Centre 405 S Brooks St, WF 919-435-9458 wakeforestrencen.org

919 CALENDAR NOV

Special observances in November 2016: Men Make Dinner Day (11/3) Mickey Mouse Birthday (11/18) Small Business Saturday (11/26) Support independent in the 919 Info: americanexpress.com/shopsmall Hashtag: #shopsmall National Bible Week (11/23-29) Epilepsy Awareness Month Lung Cancer Awareness Month National Diabetes Month

11/6

Daylight Savings Time Begins Move clocks back one hour

11/8

Election Day

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Christmas Eve

12/24

Chanukah begins

12/25

Christmas

12/31

New Year’s Eve

SCHOOLS NOV 11/14-17

Poetry and Poster Contest

Rolesville Middle 4700 Burlinton Mills Rd, Rolesville 919-570-2260 wcpss.net/rolesvillems

11/28

Wake Relief Food Drive

Hilburn Academy 7100 Hilburn Dr, Raleigh 919-571-6800 hilburnacademy.net

DEC 12/1

Winter Band Concert

7 pm Pine Hollow Middle School 5365 Bartram Pl, Raleigh 919-694-8880 wcpss.net/pinehollowms

11/24

Thanksgiving Day

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12/8

Bookaneer Morning

Orchestra Concert

Free donuts at the Book Fair 8:15 am Abbotts Creek Elementary 9900 Durant Rd, Raleigh 919-694-0555 wcpss.net/abbottscreekes

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12/2, 9, 13 Group Tours

9:30 am, at the Atrium Trinity Academy 10224 Baileywick Rd, Raleigh 919-786-0114 trinityacademy.com

11:30 am Sycamore Creek Elementary 10921 Leesville Rd, Raleigh 919-841-4333 wcpss.net/sycamorecreekes

Band Concert

Girls on the Run

3:45 pm Pleasant Grove Elementary 3605 Pleasant Grove Church Rd 919-694-8770 wcpss.net/pleasantgrovees

Spelling Bee

9:30 am-12:30 am Morrisville Elementary 1519 Morrisville Pkwy, Morrisville 919-460-3400 morrisvilleyearround.org

7 pm Green Hope High 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Rd, Cary 919-380-3700 wcpss.net/greenhopehs

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7 pm West Millbrook Middle 6115 Strickland Rd, Raleigh 919-870-4050 wmms.net

MHS Chorus Concert

Winter Orchestra Concert

Winter Dance

7 pm Rolesville High 1099 E Young St, Rolesville 919-554-6303 wcpss.net/rolesvillehs

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WCPSS Winter Break

Schools closed for students, teachers

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES EVENTS

7 pm Sanderson High 5500 Dixon Dr, Raleigh 919-881-4800 wcpss.net/sandersonhs

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7 pm Durant Road Middle 10401 Durant Rd, Raleigh 919-870-4098 wcpss.net/durantroadms

Wakefield Elementary 2400 Wakefield Pines Dr, Raleigh 919-562-3555 wcpss.net/wakefieldes

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Winter Dance Concert and Art Show

Fall Chorus Concert

Cultural Arts Assembly: Arianna Ross

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7 pm Panther Creek High 6770 McCrimmon Pkwy, Cary 919-463-8656 wcpss.net/panthercreekhs

Orchestra Winter Concert

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Heritage High 1150 Forestville Rd, Wake Forest 919-570-5600 wcpss.net/heritagehs

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7 pm Cedar Fork Elementary 1050 Town Hall Dr, Morrisville 919-388-5240 cedarfork.weebly.com

Winter Band Concert

School Tours

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9 am Wakefield Middle 2300 Wakefield Pines Dr, Raleigh 919-562-3500 wcpss.net/wakefieldms

Leesville Road Elementary School wcpss.net/leesvilleroades 8402 Pride Way, Raleigh 919-870-4200

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7 pm Leesville Road High 8410 Pride Way, Raleigh wcpss.net/leesvilleroadhs

Winter Chorus Concert

Book Fair

Transit Vocal Band: Magic of A Capella

Symphonic Band Concert

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7 pm Wake Forest High 420 W Stadium Dr, WF 919-554-8611 wcpss.net/wakeforesths

12/16

7 pm; $5 Millbrook High 2201 Spring Forest Rd, Raleigh 919-850-8787 wcpss.net/millbrookhs

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NC Chinese Lantern Festival

20 all-new displays; Chinese Dragon on Symphony Lake; cultural performances, and artisan crafts Tue-Sat, 6-10 pm Adults, $15; age 3-17, $10; 2-under, free 919-459-8319 boothamphitheatre.com/nc-chineselantern-festival-cary/

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‘A Christmas Carol’

42nd Anniversary of Ira David Wood III’s musical comedy 12/9-10, 8 pm; 12/10, 3 pm Tickets: $30-$82 at ticketmaster.com Raleigh Memorial Coliseum at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts 2 E South St, Raleigh theatreinthepark.com

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The Santaland Diaries

Written by David Sedaris, adapted for the statge by Joe Mantello, and featuring Jesse Gephart 7 pm (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat) 2 pm (Sat, Sun) Theatre in the Park 107 Pullen Rd, Raleigh 919-81-9475 theatreinthepark.com

Tra’Li Irish Pub & Restaurant

Weekend brunch; live music; special events Brier Creek 10370 Moncreiffe Rd, Raleigh 919-544-4141 Morrisville 3107 Grace Park Dr, Morrisville 919-651-9083 traliirishpub.com

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COMMUNITY SPORTS

ACTIVITIES, EVENTS

‘A Christmas Carol’

42nd Anniversary of Ira David Wood III’s musical comedy 12/15-17, 7 pm; 12/17-18, 2 pm Tickets: $30-$82 at dpacnc.com Durham Performing Arts Center 123 Vivian St, Durham theatreinthepark.com

SPECIALS/OTHER SEP

Parents’ Night Out

Jumping, games, dinner, movie 6-10 pm, Fridays; age 4-12 $20 per child ($15 for sibling) Pump It Up Brier Creek 10700 World Trade Blvd #112 919-828-3344 pumpitupparty.com/raleigh-nc

NIGHTLIFE

Viva DF Restaurant and Tequila Bar

80 different tequilas; lunch, dinner and Sun brunch 4075 Davis Dr, Morrisville 919-467-2627 vivadf.com

Tra’Li Irish Pub & Restaurant

Traditional live Irish music; First Saturday of every month 3-6 pm Morrisville 3107 Grace Park Dr, Morrisville 919-651-9083 traliirishpub.com

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Kayak Basics

Introductory course about the sport of kayaking 1-5 pm; age 12-up; $45 fee Optimist Pool 5902 Whittier Dr, Raleigh 919-870-2880 parks.raleighnc.gov

REGISTRATIONS, CAMPS, LESSONS 11/28-12/14

Swim Lessons Level 1

Learn elementary aquatic skills 6:30-7 pm, Mon & Wed Age 6-13; $39 fee Millbrook Exchange Pool 1905 Spring Forest Rd 919-996-4130 parks.raleighnc.gov

11/29-12/15 Parent and Child Aquatics Level 1

Introduction to basic swimming skills 4:30-5 pm, Tue & Thu; Age 6mon-3 yr; $39 fee Optimist Pool 5902 Whittier Dr, Raleigh 919-870-2880 parks.raleighnc.gov

Wine Tastings: Fridays, 5-7 pm Saturdays, 2-5 pm Raleigh: 5910 Duraleigh Rd 919-758-8740 Wake Forest: 3325 Rogers Rd 919-453-1555 wine101nc.com

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WALKS, RUNS, GOLF, BIKE RACES NOV 11/4-6

City of Oaks Marathon

Six races; 60-plus exhibitors, classes, screenings and more Races: 7 am, 11/6 (NC State University Bell Tower) Expo: free and open to the public; 3-8 pm, 11/4; 10 am-7 pm, 11/5 (NC State Fairgrounds Expo Center) cityofoaksmarathon.com

11/24

Gobbler’s Run 5K

Jim Allen Group presents 11th annual event to benefit Boys & Girls Club 8 am Downtown Wake Forest 919-909-2526 gobblersrun.com

11/24

Just Think First 5K

And Skinny Turkey Half Marathon, 1 mile kids walk and fun run 7:30 am Wakefield High 2200 Wakefield Pines Dr, Raleigh fsseries.com

11/30

Night Bike Ride

200 lumen light and helmet required; meet at gravel parking lot behind visitor’s center 5:45 pm-7:45 pm 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh 919-571-4170

DEC 12/3

Jingle Bell LEAP 5K

Supporting the Latino Educational Achievement Partnership; starts at Mile 0 of American Tobacco Trail 9 am Morehead Ave & Blackwell St, Durham durhamleap.org

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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Jolly Elf Trail Run

Benefit for St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church of Cary 8:15 am – Fun Run; 9 am – Trail Run; 10:15 am – Kids’ Dash WakeMed Soccer Park 201 Soccer Park Dr, Cary Jollyelfrun.com

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Family Nature Night

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New Year’s Day Hike

2-4 pm; all ages Durant Nature Park 8305 Camp Durant Rd, Raleigh 919-870-6435 parks.raleighnc.gov

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And SPCA Doggie Dash, a benefit for Wake County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 7-9:45 am – Check in ; 10 am, 5K & 10K start; 11 am – 1M start WakeMed Soccer Park 201 Soccer Park Dr, Cary

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Birding with Vernon

An easy walk while looking and Listening to different types of birds 8:30-10 am; all ages; free Lake Crabtree County Park 1400 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville 919-460-3390 wakegov.com/parks

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Holiday Wreath Making

Hot Chocolate Run

Storytelling by a Native American Of the Otami Nation; pre-registration Required 4 days prior to date 7-8 pm; age 3-up; free Sertoma Arts Center 1400 W Millbrook Rd, Raleigh 919-996-6856 parks.raleighnc.gov

12/3

Make a wreath from items from Nature; enjoy hot chocolate; pre-registratin required 2-3 pm; age 5-up; $5 fee Durant Nature Park 8305 Camp Durant Rd, Raleigh 919-870-6435 parks.raleighnc.gov

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Learn about owls, make a craft 4:30-6 pm; age 3-5; $3 fee Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve 5229 Awls Haven Dr 919-996-6764 parks.raleighnc.gov

Holiday Gifts from Nature

Make creative gifts using items found in nature; sip hot chocolate, and enjoy crafting 2-4 pm; age 6-12 yr; $5 fee Durant Nature Park 8305 Camp Durant Rd, Raleigh 919-870-6435 parks.raleighnc.gov

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12/17

Astronomy Night

Inside presentation and outside telescope views of moon, planets 5-7 pm; age 5-up; free Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve 5229 Awls Haven Dr 919-996-6764 parks.raleighnc.gov

12/10

Family Wildlife Series: It’s Strictly for the Birds!

Create winter treats for birds during holiday baking session 2-3 pm; age 5-up; $1 fee Blue Jay Point County Park 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd, Raleigh wakegov.com/parks

12/14

Christmas Bird County

Join Wake County Audubon Society members along the Greenway to identify birds 7 am-12 pm Walnut Creek Wetland Center 950 Peterson St, Raleigh 919-996-2760 parks.raleighnc.gov

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New Year’s Day Hike

2-4 pm; all ages Durant Nature Park 8305 Camp Durant Rd, Raleigh 919-870-6435 parks.raleighnc.gov

Nature Series: Our Yard is Full of Birds

Learn about backyard winter birds And make a bird treat to take home 1-2 pm; age 3-5; $4 fee Blue Jay Point County Park 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd, Raleigh wakegov.com/parks

Sunday Worship at 10:30am, 120 Smallwood Dr (off Page Rd).

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SWING YOUR PARTNER! Backyard Party a Perfect Venue for Real Hoedown by SUZY BETH SARVER 919 Magazine Writer

Square dancing is cool again. About a year ago, I bid on a special package at a local fundraiser. The prize? A 2-hour square dance party, complete with a professional square dance caller. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was intrigued – and I wound up winning it! Fast-forward one year: It was time to take the party into my backyard and invite some 919 Friends to come and get their hoedown on. Themed parties are a favorite for me, so with the help of my friend Heather, we started with the focal point of the party – the outdoor bar – and constructed a “rustic watering hole” with the use of free pallets, some purchased lumber and Bombay Mahogony stain. Bales of hay, barn doors for a photo booth backdrop, western movies on a homemade movie screen and plenty of buckets of peanuts all were a part of the hoedown experience we created. The end result? A transformed area for our square dance party. Guests dined, partied away under the stars, while surprisingly willing guests learned the basics. Our dance caller, Vance McDaniel, guided us through a series of steps and before you could say swing your partner- we were into it.

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Vance McDaniel a Veteran Square Dancing Caller Vance McDaniel began his career in square dance calling at the age of 13 in Mannheim, Germany, with the help of his mother, Rusty McDaniel – launching a class at the U.S. Army’s Benjamin Franklin Village (military dependents housing area) that began with 125 local youths, age 8-11 years – and would later become known affectionately as “The Prancing Peanuts”. Many additional clubs followed and McDaniel continued to call for his youth clubs in Germany before returning to the U.S. in 1972 at age 19. He attended Fayetteville Technical College – and whenever his father was away for a Tour of Duty, McDaniel would call for his clubs, in such places as the Braggarts at Fort Brag, NC; The Sandpipers in Sanford, NC; and The Sandspurs in Carthage, NC; and many other local dance clubs. McDaniel continued into the 1980s calling several dances each week throughout the southeastern and midwestern U.S. In addition he has attended and called at nine National Square Dance Conventions. He is a member in good standing for 28 years with the International Square Dance Callers, and at the 43rd annual CALLERLAB Convention in April 2016 he was awarded the CALLERLAB Half Century Award for his 50 years of calling. He is the current President of the North Carolina Callers Association and has attended and

Renowned square dance caller Vince McDaniel with wife

called for numerous North Carolina Federation Conventions and dances. To learn more about McDaniel and reserve his services as a square dance instructor/caller for a public, private or corporate event, visit carycrossrtrailers.org/Caller.html, call 919-889-1387, or email caller@ carycrosstrailers.org.

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Difference Nearly 1,200 Participants Support Make A Wish at Gigi’s Cupcakes 5K

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Andrew Ball of Raleigh won the 3rd Annual Gigi’s Cupcakes 5K in Brier Creek in October, finishing with a time of 18.18.347. One of the community’s largest events, the Gigi’s Cupcakes 5K – presented by FSSeries – attracted nearly 1,200 participants this year – with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Make A Wish Eastern NC. Christian Christopoulos of Raleigh finished second and Jeff Tomkinson of Greenville finished third. First three female finishers were Erin Balsis – with a time of 20.29.513, followed by Mary Bloemeke (age 14), and Mallory Galloway. Tony Turchetti won the 70-70 age group, finishing 88th with a time of 29.14.617. Other finishers in the group included Val Price, Phillip Ginsberg, and Ernie Parker. Gabriel Atkinson won the 12-under group, with a time of 20.46.167, followed by Issac Moore and Christian Duhon. All finishers of the event received a medal and a freshly baked cupcake from Gigi’s Cupcakes Brier Creek. For complete results, visit gigiscupcakes5k.com. Gigi’s Cupcakes is located at 8521 Brier Creek Parkway #105. For more information, call 919206-4002. 919 Magazine

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RDU Board Plans New Runway, Up to 23 New Gates in Future Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority board unanimously approved the preferred alternative for Vision 2040 recently, clearing the way to complete a comprehensive master plan that will guide the growth and development of RDU. “Vision 2040 is an ambitious plan that ensures that RDU will continue to meet the aviation needs of our growing and thriving region,” said Michael Landguth, president and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. “It is a flexible plan that will allow RDU to fly to destinations around the globe and build upon our world-class aviation infrastructure, connecting you to the people and places that matter most.” Vision 2040 focuses on four main areas: Airfield, terminals, ground transportation and general aviation. Projects within the plan will be built incrementally over the next 25 years, as need and demand warrant:

• Airfield: Build a replacement Runway 5L-23R (10,000 ft.) 500 ft. west of its current location. The current runway is nearing the end of its useful life and will become a taxiway upon the opening of the new runway. • Terminals: Based on demand, up to 23 new terminal gates may be needed by the year 2040. Of these, 19 would be built at Terminal 2 via westward concourse extensions over time as demand warrants. Ticketing, bag claim, security checkpoint and federal inspection facilities would also be expanded. Terminal 1 would receive a modest southward expansion with four additional gates. • Ground Transportation: Major ground transportation improvements include a consolidated rental car facility between terminals 1 and 2, with additional customer parking. Public transit will connect to a new ground transportation center at each terminal.

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EPA Announces $5.5 Million Cleanup of Brier Creek Site The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to spend an estimated $5.5 million to clean up polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from lower Brier Creek in Raleigh. The settlement involves 173 parties to clean areas surrounding the former Ward Transformer Superfund Site. The consent decree requires the settling parties to fund and perform cleanup of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from lower Brier Creek, Lake Crabtree, lower Crabtree Creek and nearby tributaries. “This legal agreement ensures that the remaining PCB contamination surrounding the site will be cleaned up by potentially responsible parties,” said Anne Heard, EPA’s Acting Regional Administrator for the Southeast. “EPA welcomes the path forward toward restoring the water bodies surrounding the Site so that future generations may enjoy them.” The site housed a transformer manufacturing, repair, sales and reconditioning facility constructed in 1964 on 11 acres of previously undeveloped land near the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The site encompasses the neighboring property, the Estes Trucking facility, and areas downstream from the facility – including Little Brier Creek, Brier Creek Reservoir, Brier Creek, Lake Crabtree, lower Crabtree Creek and several unnamed tributaries. The Ward facility received electrical transformers containing PCBs used as an insulating and cooling medium. During the repair or reconditioning of transformers, PCB-contaminated fluids were frequently spilled, causing widespread soil and sediment contamination. PCBs are a known human carcinogen and may cause a variety of other adverse health effects on the immune, reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems.

Gigi’s Cupcakes in Brier Creek Offers Holiday Season Specials

Brier Creek Country Club Turkey Trot Set for Nov. 24

Gigi’s Cupcakes Brier Creek rings in the holiday season with the popular holiday-themed mini cupcakes. For Thanksgiving, Gigi’s features the “Gobble Box” – and, for December, the “Jingle Box” -- specially decorated mini cupcakes that are a popular gift to share with someone special this holiday season. Gigi’s Cupcakes Brier Creek is located in the Brier Creek Commons at 8521 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 105.

Brier Creek Country Club’s annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot is Thursday, Nov. 24 at 9400 Club Hill Drive in North Raleigh. For members and guests, the event is open to all ages, entire families and dogs. Registration is 8:30 a.m., with the 5K Run/Walk beginning at 9 a.m. A 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk begins at 9:10 a.m. For information, call 919-206-4600 or visit briercreekcc.com

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Ready for a Break? Pump It Up Offers Parent’s Night Out

International Preschool Open Enrollment Under Way in BC

Hey kids, ready for a break from your parents this holiday season? Then get registered for Parents Night Out at Pump it Up Raleigh for jump, play and tons of fun. These special Parent’s Night Out dates will be Friday nights, including December 2, 9, 16 and 23 -- from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Registration is only $20 per child, and $15 per sibling. The sessions are open to youths ages 4 to 10. Reservations are encouraged online at www.pumpitupparty.com/raleigh-nc.

Enrollment is now open at International Preschool of Raleigh. An international school that provides half-day preschool education for children age 2 to 5 years old, the campus is located in Brier Creek and features a unique curriculum involving academics, the arts, technology, movement and more. An international learning curriculum includes Spanish and Chinese language classes, art projects, a yearly international festival and more. Forinformation or to schedule a tour, call 919-957-7249 or visit ipraleigh.com.

Pump it up Raleigh is located at 10700 World Trade Center, Suite 112 in Raleigh. Call 919-828-3344 for more information.

Brier Creek Commons, Brierdale Celebrate the Season with Events Brier Creek Commons and Brierdale Shopping Center celebrate the Christmas season with two special events in December. Scheduled for 6:30 pm. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, the Annual Tree Lighting near the Brier Creek Commons Clock Tower is a free annual event featuring a chance to meet Santa in a snowy winter wonderland, enjoy family friendly crafts and activities, and taste samples of foods from restaurants located in the shopping center. The Annual Artisan Holiday Festival is 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brierdale Shopping Center, featuring local artists and craftsmen. Both Brier Creek Commons and Brierdale Shopping Center are located on Brier Creek Parkway in North Raleigh, just off I-540.

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Barbecue Restaurant Planned for Brier Creek A new barbecue restaurant is planned to open in spring 2017 at 9650 Brier Creek Parkway, near the intersection with Arnold Palmer Parkway – across from Walgreens. Ed Mitchell’s Q at the Creek will be will be a 240-seat restaurant and an anchor tenant in a retail development planned by developer and businessman Vish Panjwani and the TSNV Enterprises investor group. Mitchell is known nationally for his barbecue dishes, beginning with an operation in Wilson, NC. 30

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New Freeway Affects Brier Creek, US 70 Intersections It’s still up to 3-5 years away, but North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to convert five miles of U.S. Highway 70 to freeway passing through Brier Creek. The plans call for converting the intersections of US 70 and South Miami Boulevard, US 70 and Brier Creek Parkway and T.W. Alexander Boulevard to free-flowing interchanges without stoplights. The new freeway will also connect the new East End Connector in Durham County to US 70 (due for completion in 2017) to RaleighDurham International Airport, and continue south to Lynn Road.

Trinity Academy Planning Group Tours, Winter Open House, More Trinity Academy has many opportunities for local parents and youths to explore and participate in activities at the North Raleigh campus. Among the upcoming events: • Dec. 2, 9, 13: Group Tours at 9:30 a.m. at the Atrium. • Jan. 25: Winter Open House at 6:30 p.m. at Founders Hall. • Feb. 9: A special program, “ScreenAgers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” at 7 p.m. at Founders Hall. • Feb. 11: A Parent Panel, “Parenting and Social Media” at 9 a.m. • Feb. 23: A special program, “A Night of the Arts” at 6:30 p.m. at Founders Hall. Trinity Academy is located at 10224 Baileywick Road. Call 919-786-0114 or visit trinityacademy.com for more information

City of Raleigh Seeks College, High School Students for Jobs During the winter break, the City of Raleigh will hold information sessions about summer job opportunities with the city for college and high school students. The information sessions – including one in North Raleigh on Dec. 29 at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Brier Creek Community Center, 10810 Globe Road – will consist of small group presentations about specific summer jobs and the application process.  The City of Raleigh employs 700 to 800 college and high school students each summer.  The most common jobs filled are lifeguard, camp counselor, recreation instructors, recreation leaders, cashiers and Raleigh Summer Youth Program participants.  For information, contact the City of Raleigh Human Resources Department at 919-996-3570. 32

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• Payman Bazooband – who owns Brassa and the new Brier Creek Beer Garden in Brier Creek Commons – plans to open the Crabtree Beer Garden in place of the now-closed Tomato Pie at Crabtree Valley Mall in North Raleigh. Bazooband also operates Red Monkey restaurant at the mall. • Brier Creek Country Club is soliciting new, unwrapped toys as part of its Toy Drive on Dec. 1-8. Drop toys at the front desk for distribution by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle to children in need. • Brier Creek’s annual Holiday Decorating Contest is at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12. Prizes will be given to the “most festive” homes in each Brier Creek Country Home village. • TSA at Raleigh-Durham International Airport reports an increase in firearms discovered at security checkpoints, related to a significant increase in number of guns being brought into the facility’s security areas. TSA is encouraging travelers from Raleigh to be prepared for delays. • Construction is under way on a new self-storage facility on Little Brier Creek Lane in North Raleigh. • Brier Creek Country Club’s “Jingle and Mingle” 11th Annual Holiday Party is 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Tickets for members are $15 (and member guests may attend for $25). Music and food stations. Call 919-206-4600 to make reservations. • Southwest Airlines is expanding it’s existing service from RDU to Phoenix to year-round, while Frontier Airlines is expanding its service from RDU to Trenton to year-round. • 919 brewers received five honors at this year’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, including a bronze medal for Brier Creek’s Lonerider Brewing Company, located at 8816 Gulf Court #100. • Delta Air Lines plans to add a non-stop flight from RaleighDurham International Airport to Austin, TX in March. • Members of Brier Creek Country Club are invited to a Santa Social at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, to meet Santa Claus and get a special holiday photo. A Holiday Brunch is also available. • In her last visit to Raleigh before the November general election, Hillary Clinton and her team ordered dozens of pizzas from Brixx Pizza of Brier Creek, picked them up, and enjoyed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport before taking off for New York City. • Renovations are under way at the McDonald’s Brier Creek Commons restaurant, including tile replacement and other updating. • The Angus Barn, located off Highway 70 near Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Brier Creek, was ranked 33rd in a recent listing of the 100 highest-grossing independent restaurants in the U.S., according to Restaurant Business. • Trilogy at Brier Creek – a new townhouse community -- is opening soon at 2613 Page Road. For more information, call 888-941-3986 or 919-337-9420 – or visit lenar.com. • More dining options will welcome travelers at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, including Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Whisky River, Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, and a new Starbucks store.

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Teens: Creating New Traditions for the Holidays by KAYLA HAEUSSLER Special to 919 Magazine

The winter season is filled with celebrations and traditions, many of which have passed down from generation to generation. While the many traditions that we hold so near and dear are truly timeless, it is always nice to try something new and fresh. This year I hope to start a new tradition with my teen friends by celebrating Friendsgiving. Described as a “millennial’s holiday”, Friendsgiving is as straight forward as it sounds: Simply celebrating thanksgiving with your friends. The holiday was created for those who no longer live with their parents and can’t always come home for Thanksgiving. Though I still plan on celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family, I think it will be lots of fun for my friends and I to put our own special spin on it. We plan on having the dinner a couple days before Thanksgiving, so as not to cut into the time we spend with our family on the actual holiday. Wearing our favorite cozy sweaters, we plan to have a potluck style dinner, probably consisting of rotisserie chicken, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, and whatever else we pull together. Some-

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one will put together a playlist of songs that everyone in our group knows. We will then finish the evening by jumping on the couch and watching a movie. The possibilities of what you could do are endless when it comes to planning your own Friendsgiving; traditional or unique, it’s all up to you. It will be very nice to be able celebrate Thanksgiving with the people who have basically become my second family. Though this is our inaugural Friendsgiving, I hope that it evolves into a tradition that we will all look back on with fondness when we go our separate ways. Though traditions seem to have been around forever, they started somewhere. Don’t be afraid to start a new tradition this holiday season, whether that be Friendsgiving or whatever else your heart desires. Kayla Haeussler is a local high school student and resident of North Raleigh.

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RIDE YOUR HEART OUT CycleBar Brier Creek – a unique indoor cycling and physical fitness facility at Brier Creek Commons in North Raleigh – sponsored the Ride Your Heart Out event earlier this fall to benefit the American Heart Association. Riders provided donations to the AHA – and received a free workout and other perks. CycleBar Brier Creek is located at 8741 Brier Creek Parkway #100, across from BJ’s and Target. For information, visit briercreek.cyclebar.com.

HURRICANE MATTHEW Flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew in October caused $1.5 billion in damaged 100,000 homes, businesses and other facilities. Twenty-six people died as a result of the storm in North Carolina, and the eastern portion of the state was flooded for weeks. In the 919, heavy rains caused significant power outages, downed trees and street flooding – such as this rescue scene on Lumley Road between I-540 and Brier Creek Parkway in North Raleigh.

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GIVING BACK In October, Dr. Jennifer Matthews and her staff at Reflections Dental in Brier Creek assisted Southbridge Fellowship with its community outreach program by offering free dental care and services to local residents without insurance or sufficient funds. The team spent several hours providing xrays, examinations, preventative sealants, cleanings and more at the Reflections Dental facility at 10411 Moncreiffe Road, Suite 107 in the Brierdale Shopping Center. “Reflections Dental prides itself on building a caring and trustworthy relationship with our patients and the Brier Creek community we serve,” said Dr. Matthews. “We are thrilled to have the privilege and opportunity to give back to our community. Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but what we give. We want to give a reason for someone to smile.” Southbridge Fellowship meets at the Pine Hollow Middle School, at 5365 Bartram Place in Leesville. For information, visit southbridgefellowship.com or reflections-dental.com. Submitted Photos

GIRLS’ WEEKEND AWAY A group of Brier Creek moms came together at the end of October for a quick Girls’ Weekend Away to Bright’s Creek Resort – a 919 Magazine favorite that was featured in the September/October 2016 issue. Bright’s Creek is a four-season resort and housing development just 30 miles south of Asheville in southwestern North Carolina. Five-star luxury accommodations, boasting a state of the art equestrian center, golf course, full service dining, walking trails with water falls and plenty of fresh air and other amenities in the great outdoors.

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Heart of the Pride Cheer Team Lets Students Share the Passion of Sport By G. CLEVELAND KILGORE 919 Magazine Writer

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hen Leesville Road High School student and cheerleader Ashley Van Slyck approached her coach about organizing a cheer team for special needs students – she was put to work on the project. “I asked Ashley to put together a plan and present it to our athletic director, Jack Rogers,” said Shelly Reathaford, LRHS Cheer Program Coach. “And she has taken the lead role in coaching/leading this squad, as I desired for it to be student focused and student run.” The group has about 19 students participating, which involves practicing each Monday during the school-wide SMART lunch, tutored by Van Slyck and other members of the LRHS Coed Cheer Team for an upcoming performance at the Wake County Public School System Cheerleading Championships on Jan. 28. In addition to Van Slyck, Raethaford, and Rogers, LRHS special education teachers Christine Killela and Derek Muffley are involved in the project. “They work on the fundamentals of cheerleading, as well as the competition routine,” Reathaford said. “The relationship is phenomenal and I love to see them interact with one another. Both groups of students get so much from the involvement.” Reathaford noted that members of both groups also are forming lasting relationships with one another. “Ultimately, all of the 40

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Party for a Purpose

26TH Annual Red Cross Ball Celebrates 100 Years Of Community Service

Celebrating 100 years of community service to the Triangle, the 26th Annual Triangle Red Cross Ball is planned for Saturday, April 8, at the North Ridge Country Club in North Raleigh. Linda Craft of Linda Craft & Team Realtors and Suzy Beth Sarver of 919 Magazine return for the third consecutive year as Co-Chairs and hosts of one of the biggest annual charity events in the region. Popularly know as a “Party for a Purpose”, attendees can dance the night away while enjoying fine food and cocktails, and bidding on incredible live and silent auction items. American Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina Region supports a number of initiatives each year. Among the recent highlights: • Home Fires: On average the Triangle Red Cross responds every six hours to a home fire affecting families from the Triangle to the Coast, assisting families to take control of their recovery. • Military: Triangle Red Cross gave financial, emotional and training support to military families more than 68.000 times in the Eastern North Carolina Region. • Blood Collection: Local blood donors gave more than 126,070 units of lifesaving blood to help their neighbors survive a crisis, such as cancer and heart-related illnesses. • Volunteers: Triangle Red Cross provided 4,319 volunteers to fulfill its mission in the past year. For additional information on becoming a sponsor or securing tickets, email mira.batchelor@redcross.org, call 919-741-3478, or visit redcross.org/enc.

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2017 Red Cross Ball WHEN: Saturday, April 8; 6 p.m. WHERE: North Ridge Country Club 6612 Falls of Neuse Road, North Raleigh ATTIRE: Black tie optional; cocktail or formal FEATURES: Fine food and beverages; dancing; live and silent auctions; raffles WHO: Hosted by Linda Craft, Linda Craft & Team Realtors; and Suzy Beth Sarver, 919 Magazine INFO: RedCross.org/ENC CONTACT: mira.batchelor@RedCross.org; 919-741-3478

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Theatre in the Park Offers Impressive 2017 Schedule

Millbrook High Athletic Hall Inducts 5 Individuals, 1 Team

Theatre In The Park, located at the 250-seat indoor facility at the northern end of Raleigh’s scenic Pullen Park, offers an impressive schedule of award-winning shows for its upcoming 2017 season. Led by founder Ira David Wood III as Artistic and Executive Director, the theatre’s 2017 schedule begins with the highly anticipated world premiere of “N” by local playwright Adrienne Earle Pender on Feb. 10-26. Season memberships are available, which offer discounts and other incentives. Other shows scheduled for the 2017 season include: • April 7-23: “On Golden Pond,” by Ernest Thompson, about a couple in their twilight years. • July 21-Aug. 6: “Glorious,” a comedy about the worst singer in the world. • Sept. 22-Oct. 8: “Playing With Fire,” about Victor Frankenstein finally tracking down his creature at the North Pole.

Millbrook High School’s Athletic Department inducted Roxie Cash, Chip Hester, Tony Haynes, Daniel Kulenic, Joe Gaetti, and the 2009 Men’s Tennis team to the 2016 Millbrook Athletic Hall of Fame this fall. • Tony Haynes​(Class of 1978) was a three-year varsity letter winner in Men’s Golf, twice named an all­conference selection, and voted the team’s Most Valuable Player once – before playing two seasons at Sandhills Community College. He now is a sports broadcaster involving NC State sports. • Larry “Chip” Hester​(Class of 1988) was a member of the football and track programs, earning all­conference merits on the gridiron under Earl Smith. Hester went on to play football collegiately at Guilford College, before moving on to Georgia Southern. He then coached at Millbrook, Catawba College, and North Carolina A&T, where he is currently offensive coordinator. • Daniel Kulenic​(Class of 1994) was one of coach Danny Wilkins’ most prolific Men’s Soccer players at Millbrook. Kulenic lettered three seasons for the Wildcats along with a stint in Hamburg, Germany during his junior year. At Millbrook, he was named an all­conference, all­region, all­state, and all­south selection; an NSCAA All­American; and Gatorade Men’s Soccer Player of the Year in North Carolina. He also played at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. • Joe Gaetti​(Class of 2000) was a three­year football letter winner, who never lost a conference game as a safety, linebacker, receiver, punter, and returner. On the baseball diamond, Gaetti lettered, and received all­conference honors all four years – still holds school records for runs, hits, home runs, RBIs, and batting average. Gaetti twice received all­state merits, and after a stellar career at NC State, was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 2003 MLB Player Draft – spending eight years in the minor leagues. • Roxie Cash​is known as the “mother of Millbrook’s booster club” after serving an integral role with the organiation for nearly two decades. All four of Roxie’s children attended, and she was twice the president of the booster club. A member of the Wake County Board of Education from 1991­1998, she recently secured another term. • The Millbrook 2​ 009 Men’s Tennis team b​ ecame the second team to ever win a dual­team state championship at the school. Behind 2009 4A Doubles State Champions Sean Weber and Quinn Carmean, Coach Chris Grimes’ group was able to go undefeated, and top Winston­Salem RJ Reynolds 5­3 in 4A Dual Team State Championship. Started in 2012, this is the fourth induction class for the Millbrook Athletic Hall of Fame – bringing memberships to 28 individuals, six teams and five families.

Individuals interested becoming involved with Theatre in the Park as a volunteer – assisting as an usher, backstage, costumes or other areas – may call 919-831-6936 or email info@ theatreinthepark. Tickets are available to all shows at 919-831-6058 or theatreinthepark.com.

THEATRE IN THE PARK YEAR STARTED: 1947, as The Children’s Theatre of Raleigh; name changed in 1970s EXECUTIVE DIRCTOR: Ira David Wood III LOCATION: Ira David Wood III Pullen Park Theatre, 107 Pullen Rd, Raleigh WEBSITE: theatreinthepark.com INFORMATION: 919-831-6936 BOX OFFICE: Hours: 9 am-5 pm, M-F Phone: 919-831-6058

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Carolina Barre Provides Unique Toning Workouts Carolina Barre & Core in North Raleigh offers special classes designed to help individuals find and embrace their core, strengthen and tone their muscles, and create a greater sense of peace, love and community. Classes are available at various times and dates each month at the boutique fitness studio in North Raleigh – and feature Barre Fusion, a calorie burning, fat blasting workout designed to strengthen and tone muscles, and sculpt arms, legs and abdominals. All teachers are Barre certified by Exhale Core Fusion. Plus, Carolina Barre & Core cis elebrating the season with a Holiday Barre Blast. For only $140, participants can experience unlimited classes all month long. The studio also will give away daily gifts and special prizes. Carolina Barre is located in North Raleigh’s Lafayette Village at 8480 Honeycutt Road, Suite 102. For information, call 919-200-4241 or visit carolinabarre.com.

Closets by Design Offers Free Consultation, Big Discounts Closets by Design in Raleigh – provides homeowners with custom closets, garage cabinets, and helps organize home offices, pantries, laundries, hobby rooms and more. And now, Closets by Design is offering a holiday special for 40 percent off -- plus free installation (call for specific details). For information on a free home design consultation and estimate, call 919-850-9030 or visit closetsbydesign.com.

Photos With Santa Available Dec. 17 at Linda Craft & Team A special opportunity for individuals and families to get a photograph with Santa Clause is available at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at Linda Craft & Team Realtors. The event is indoors at 7300 Six Forks Road in North Raleigh, so weather is not an issue. A 5”x7” color photograph will be printed and given to all attendees at no charge – and free hot cider will be served.

• Grant Barkley of Leesville Road High School; Isabella Garrison of North Raleigh Christian Academy; and William Brosie, Corwin Carr, and Taylor Smith of Ravenscroft recently received a National Merit Scholarship. • Leslie Hodge, formerly WCPSS Coordinating Teacher for Academic Programs, is new assistant principal at Millbrook Elementary School. • Raleigh native Grayson Murray’s readies for his first year on the PGA Tour. The former Leesville Road High School golfer earned his full-time tour card for the upcoming season by finishing among this past year’s top 25 money winners on the Web.com Tour. • 919 brewers received five honors at this year’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, including two gold medals for North Raleigh’s Lynnwood Brewing Concern, located at 4821 Grove Barton Road. The winning brews were “Once You Go Black” and “Drop Bear Australian Pale.” • The Harris Teeter at 6024 Falls of Neuse Road is renovating its interior. • Wake County School Board member Zora Felton, 65, died shortly after winning re-election in November. She was a retired teacher, serving at both Sanderson and Leesville Road high schools. The board will appoint her successor. • Jason Puryear and Michael Parker recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Boy Scouting’s highest achievement. Puryear, a senior at Trinity Academy, is the son of Bobby and Susan Puryear of Raleigh. Parker is a sophomore at Leesville Road High in North Raleigh. • Hannah Aspden of Leesville Road High, earned two Paralympics bronze medals in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, earlier this year – competing in the 100m backstroke and the 100m medley relay. Aspden, who was born without her left leg, has been swimming competitively since age eight. • A 13,000 sq. ft. shopping center, anchored by a Publix grocery store, is planned for development on 7.7 acres at Leesville and Strickland roads in North Raleigh. • Sertoma Arts Center – located at 1400 West Millbrook Road in North Raleigh – will close January 1 through March 31 for repairs. The popular facility will reopen April 1, 2017. • Crews from 13 fire departments in Wake County – including Bay Leaf Volunteer Fire Department, Morrisville Fire Department, and Wake Forest Fire Department – assisted with battling the wildfires in western North Carolina recently. Wake County dispatch nearly 40 firefighters and 16 vehicles, including brush trucks and engines to the Lake Lure area to support fire containment efforts and make safety-related calls.

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Frostbite Doubles Tennis Tournament December 2-4

Volunteer to Bring Holiday Cheer to Families in Need

Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center’s annual Frostbite Doubles Tournament is December 2-4 this year. A great family event, the competition allows juniors to play in an adult division with a parent or an adult 18 years old or older. Tournament highlights include: • Junior, adult, and senior divisions • Consolation for all first match losers • Trophies for winners and finalists • T-shirts for all participants • New balls provided for each match • Hot lunch, drinks and snacks available on Saturday Registration is $18 for Raleigh residents, and $25.50 for nonresidents. 

Wake County is looking for individuals, businesses and organizations to help brighten the holiday season for children and seniors in need. Wake County’s Holiday Cheer program matches families with community sponsors who provide them holiday meals or gifts. The program gives the sponsors a unique opportunity to build personal relationships with their Holiday Cheer families. “In 2015, 1,319 children and 75 seniors received holiday meals and gifts through the Holiday Cheer program,” said Denise Kissel, Wake County Human Services resource development specialist.  “This year, we hope to meet the needs of 500 families. Wake County residents can help us meet this goal by becoming Holiday Cheer sponsors.” Wake County will match families with community sponsors Nov. 7–Dec. 9.  Holiday Cheer is in particular need of sponsors who speak Spanish or who will sponsor families in rural Wake County.

For information, visit raleighnc.gov/parks or call the Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center at 919-872-4128.

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Buying a Mattress to Maximize Sleep by VICKI ASHLEY

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Your body is at it’s weakest during the 6-8 hours you spend sleepshop for the best mattress to maximize the health benefits of sleep: ing. • Try it before you buy it. First and foremost, your mattress What you are sleeping on can make a great difference in the needs to be comfortable to you and your partner. It is not a amount of – and type of – sleep you get at night, which in turn imgood idea to buy a mattress online. pacts your ability to perform mentally • Know the materials the mattress is made from. Traditional and physically while you are awake. mattresses contain mostly polyurethane foam. This petroAn old and/or worn mattress can chemical-based material may come with a strong smell and reduce the number of hours of “good” a high volume of chemicals that can be absorbed into your sleep. body. Every night your body naturally • Ask about the flame retardant. Flame retardant chemicals detoxifies itself by excreting about a have been known to have adverse effects on your health. quart of sweat. Sweat combined with • Choose a mattress made with natural and organic materials dead skin cells are absorbed by your such as all-natural latex, cotton and wool. Check the law tag The Organic Bedroom mattress and provide a feeding ground to see exactly what materials are in the mattress. Joey and Vicki Ashley, Owners for dust mites, which are an allergen • Ask questions. If you are buying a mattress from a retail Oak Park Shopping Center for many people. Allergens along with store, the person selling it should know more than you. If 5230 Hollyridge Drive, Raleigh other concerns, such as toxic chemithey don’t, shop somewhere else. 919-521-5566 cals, are a source of concern with old theorganicbedroom.com mattresses and brand new mattresses. For more information, contact Vicki Ashley at The Organic Here are some tips to help you Bedroom at 919-521-5566. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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CANIAC CARNIVAL Linda Craft & Team Realtors was among the Carolina Hurricanes supporters on hand for the 17th Annual Caniac Carnival at PNC Arena earlier this fall. The event featured an autograph session with players, a scrimmage, inflatables, displays food trucks and more. For more information on Linda Craft & Team Realtors, visit lindacraft.com.

BACKING DA CUBS One of North Raleigh’s newest residents celebrated the new Major League Baseball World series champions, the Chicago Cubs, in style. Alistair Brunner showed off his Chicago Pride wearing his adorable Cubs ensemble. You’re never too young to be a fan!

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3 Easy Tips for Do-It-Yourself

Holiday Decorating D Quick Ways to Make A Home Truly Festive BY SUZY BETH SARVER Special to 919 Magazine

ecorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be expensive. The beauty of North Carolina is that many of the wonderful accents you need for your table and décor can be found right out in your own backyard. From flowers to acorns, holly trees, pine needles and branches – an abundance of fresh supplies is available. For example, Christmas tree ornaments and balls are not just for the tree. String ribbon and hang from your chandelier, scatter on your table or hot glue to your homemade wreaths. You can locate inexpensive Christmas tree balls and ornament at your local dollar and craft stores. Here are a few simple tips for creating a little magic in your home this holiday season.

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WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade

Presented by Greater Raleigh Merchants Association Downtown Raleigh Begins 9:40 am at Hillsborough Street at St Mary’s Street; continues on Salisbury, Morgan, Fayetteville and Lenoir grma.org/christmas-parade

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Morrisville Tree Lighting

Music, crafts for children, visit from Santa, refreshments, more 7-9 pm; free Indian Creek Trailhead 101 Town Hall Dr, Morrisville 919-463-7110 www.townofmorrisville.org

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Lighting of Wake Forest

Tree lighting, Santa photos, music, free carriage rides 6:45-8:30 pm Centennial Plaza, WF Town Hall 301 S Brooks St, WF 919-435-9415 wakeforestnc.gov

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‘An Evening of Elegance’

WWC Holiday Gala Presented by Wakefield Women’s Club 7-11 pm; tickets, $67 TPC at Wakefield Plantation 2201 Wakefield Plantation Dr 919-538-3930 judy0109@gmail.com. wwclub.org

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Meet with Santa in a snowy winter wonderland; enjoy family friendly crafts, activities; samples from Brier Creek Commons restaurants 6:30-8:30 pm; free Brier Creek Commons 8311 Brier Creek Pkwy, Raleigh shopbriercreekcommons.com

12/3

Wake Forest Christmas Historic Home Tour

Sponsored by Wake Forest Historic Preservation Comm, and WF Woman’s Club Tours of 10 homes, music, carriage rides and more 1-7 pm Tickets: $18 adv; $24 at door Wake Forest Historical Museum 414 North Main St 919-556-2911 wakeforestnc.gov

12/3

Downtown Wake Forest Holiday Open House

Sponsored by Downtown Merchants Association Special offers, refreshments, performances, carriage rides, free photos with Santa Claus 10 am-3 pm 919-435-9415 wakeforestdowntown.com

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WF Holiday Artisans Market

President by Wake Forest ARTS and WF Farmers Market 10 am-4 pm; free Near WF Renaissance Center 405 S Brooks St, WF wakeforestarts.org

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Annual Artisan Holiday Festival Featuring local artists and craftsman 10:30 am-1 pm Brierdale Shopping Center 8311 Brier Creek Pkwy, Raleigh shopbriercreekcommons.com

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Christmas Parade

Sponsored by Rolesville Chamber of Commerce 2 pm; Main Street 919-562-7069 rolesvillechamber.org

12/4

The Nutcracker: Kingdom of the Sweets

A Winter Gala, featuring guest artist Manuel Barriga of the Carolina Ballet joins the dancers of DDI Ballet Co 2:30, 6:30 pm Heritage High School 1150 Forestville Road 919-453-1453. destinydanceinstitute.com

12/4

WF Children’s Choir Holiday Concert

An evening of holiday favorites, directed by Kasie Ryan 3 pm; free WF Renaissance Centre for the Arts 405 S Brooks St, WF 919-435-9428 wakeforestrencen.org

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Senior Christmas Party

Holiday music, catered lunch, gift Exchange (bring a wrapped gift) 12 pm; $3 for residents; age 55-up Cedar Fork Community Center 1050B Town Hall Dr 919-463-7110 townofmorrisville.org

Holiday Open House

Old-fashioned Christmas fun with treats, kids’ crafts, Victorian carolers, carriage rides, and tours of 1868 historic hotel 4-6 pm Page-Walker Arts & History Center 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary 919-460-4963 townofcary.org

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Annual awards presentations 6:30 pm; tickets: $15 The Forks Cafeteria 339 S Brooks St, WF Tickets, info: beywhiz@gmail.com wakeforestnc.gov

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‘A Christmas Carol’

42nd Anniversary of Ira David Wood III’s musical comedy 12/9-10, 8 pm; 12/10, 3 pm Tickets: $30-$82 at ticketmaster.com Raleigh Memorial Coliseum at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts 2 E South St, Raleigh theatreinthepark.com

45th Historical Oakwood Candlelight Tour

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Mordecai House Holiday Tours

Hundreds of nativity exhibits from around the world, live music Check website for times, more info Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Apex Stake Center 574 Bryan Dr, Apex apexnativity.org

12/8

2nd Annual Mistletoe Market

City Ballet performance of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic Check website for times Tickets: $15-$30 at city-ballet.com/tickets Stewart Theatre, NC State 2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh 919-515-1100 city-ballet.com/nutcracker

WF Christmas Jubilee Concert

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Santa’s Trolley

Help Holly the Elf Find Santa Age 1-up; $10 Fri, Sun: 5-7:45 pm; Sat, 5-8 pm Mordecai Historic Park 1 Mimosa St, Raleigh 919-857-4364 raleighnc.gov

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‘The Nutcracker’

15nd Anniversary of Carolina Ballet’s presentation of the holiday tradition Various prices and times Tickets: ticketmaster.com Raleigh Memorial Coliseum at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts 2 E South St, Raleigh 919-996-8700 dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

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Hispanic holiday celebration with bands, vendors, health professional services 3-7 pm; free admission Dorton Arena, NC State Fairgrounds 1025 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raleigh 919-422-5176 quepasamedia.com

Live music by Balsam Range, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Flatt Lonesome, more; jamming, workshops, and vendors Music begins at 1 pm each day Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown 3415 Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh abluegrasschristmas.com

Featuring the NC Jazz Repertory Orchestra Various prices; 8 pm Meymandi Concert Hall at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts 2 E. South St, Raleigh 919-733-2750 dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

First Night Raleigh 2016

Nearly 100 performances in more than three dozen downtown Raleigh venues, including fireworks and acorn drop 2 pm-12 am; $10 per person Downtown Raleigh firstnightraleigh.com

12/15-18

Featuring Jeremy Davis and The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra 7:30 pm; $15, adults ($13 students/sr) WF Renaissance Centre for the Arts 405 S Brooks St, WF 919-435-9428 wakeforestrencen.org

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Snow sledding hills, snow play area for children (age 1-5); train rides, music, story time with Santa and more 5:30-8:30 pm The District at Park West Village 3400 Village Market Place, Morrisville 919-467-8880 parkwestvillage.net

NC Symphony‘s New Year’s Eve in Vienna

A Bluegrass Kinda Christmas

12/10

Winter Wonderland

Posada Navidena 2016

12/9-10

Vignettes representing Colonial, Civic War, and Victorian eras All ages; $5; 5-10 pm (various tour times) Mordecai Historic Park 1 Mimosa St, Raleigh Tickets: 919-857-4364 raleighnc.gov

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Local crafters, artists and creatives sell Items, with 15% going to local charities 4-7 pm; free admittance The Frontier 800 Park Office Dr, RTP rtp.org

‘The Nutcracker’

1-7 pm Advance tickets: $25 Day of tour tickets: $30 Oakwood Inn, 411 N Bloodworth The Tucker House, 418 N Person historicoakwood.org

12/10

Annual Nativity Celebration

More than 100 floats and entries, high school bands and Santa Claus South White Street and South Brooks Street 1 pm Wake Forest Downtown 919-435-9415 lnewhouse@wakeforestnc.gov wakeforestdowntown.com

‘A Christmas Carol’

42nd Anniversary of Ira David Wood III’s musical comedy 12/15-17, 7 pm; 12/17-18, 2 pm Tickets: $30-$82 at dpacnc.com Durham Performing Arts Center 123 Vivian St, Durham theatreinthepark.com

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The True Meaning of the Season Just Some of the Ways to Give Back During the Holidays At this time of year, it’s easy for all of us to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas – the events, the shopping, the cooking, the traveling…the chaos. So we pause in our own hectic efforts to offer a few suggestions – of many in the 919 – on how to truly engage in the meaning of the season: Giving back to the community.

Pay it Forward Fertility Foundation 8311 Brier Creek Parkway Suite 108-111 Raleigh, NC 27617

Founders: Lori and Rob Moscato 855-888-7433 payitforwardfertility.org info@payitforwardfertility.org Pay it Forward Fertility Foundation was founded in 2008 by Brier Creek residents Lori and Rob Moscato after dealing with the stress and heartbreak of infertility. Pay it Forward helps reduce the cost of infertility treatment by providing grants to couples and to further educate couples about infertility. To date the foundation has provided grants to numerous North Carolina couples and recently celebrated the birth of the 25th Pay it Forward Fertility Foundation Baby. The next grant will be awarded in December 2016.

American Red Cross Triangle Area Chapter 100 N. Peartree Lane Raleigh, NC 27610

President and CEO: Gail J. McGovern 919-231-1602 redcross.org Mira.Batchelor@redcross.org

How to give: Financial donations via cash, check or credit card. Stock donations, life insurance, vehicles and land also accepted.

The American Red Cross Eastern North Carolina serves 53 counties and more than 4.6 millon people in the Eastern North Carolina region. The Triangle Chapter in Wake County received their charter from President Woodrow Wilson in 1917 and began serving the needs of hospitalized soldiers at Camp Polk and the soldier’s Bath House near the Railroad Station in Raleigh. Today the American Red Cross Triangle Chapter provides food and shelter to displaced residents, needed blood for cancer patients and emergency surgery, local disaster relief , training and certification for first aid, CPR and Aquatics. How to give: Donating money, volunteering, donating blood or hosting a blood drive at your company, or becoming a sponsor for the 2017 Red Cross Ball in North Raleigh.

Triangle Family Services 3937 Western Boulevard Raleigh, NC 27606 919-821-0790 tfsnc.org info@tfsnc.org Established in 1937, Triangle Family Services (TFS) provides services that work to “Building a stronger Community by Strengthening Family.” These services focus on family safety, financial stability and mental health for children living in a disadvantaged and/or home where abuse is possible. TFS supports Wake County families and emergency housing assistance for families facing homelessness because of finances or abuse. How to give: Financial, tribute, and planned donations; and volunteering.

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Second Chance Pet Adoptions 6003 Chapel Hill Road Raleigh, NC 27607

Founders: Cheri Sowter, Deborah Ruggero, Judy Benrud 919-851-8404 secondchancenc.org secondchance@secondchancenc.org Founded in 1987, Second Chance Pet Adoptions is the oldest no-kill rescue organization in Wake County. The group strives to be a champion for homeless cats and dogs and help in their quest to find their “forever home.” Second Chance provides community and adoption events and raises funds to promote responsible pet ownership. How to give: Adopting a cat or dog, fostering a pet, providing corporate sponsorships, making financial donations, shopping for foster pets, volunteering and attending an event.

Every 38 minutes Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the U.S. and its territories. The organization believes a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides the group in everything they do – inspiring them to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids they serve. In short, they hope to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. How to give: Cash donations, attend local events

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9650 Strickland Road, Suite 103-168 Raleigh, NC 27615 Executive Director: Dallas Bonavita 919-714-9403 noteinthepocket.org The organization provides needed clothing to children who are identified by various local schools and social service agencies in the community as improverished or homeless and in need of clothing to wear to school. Donations are accepted at the Volunteer Center, located at 5100 Lacy Avenue in Raleigh.

The Shore Grief Center 105 River Watch Lane Youngsville, NC 27596

Executive Director: Carolyn Zahnow 919-368-6286 theshoregriefcenter.org info@theshoregriefcenter.org

How to give: Cash donations, donate items, support local events

This all-volunteer organization strives to provide comfort and support for children, teens and adults who have experienced the death of someone important in their lives. Through weekly support groups and events around the Triangle, The Shore Grief Center brings together people for peer-to- peer support. Special events such as Comfort Food cook off, Walk along the Shore and many more provide a way for bereavement and support of those going through a similar time.

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The Center for Volunteer Caregiving

How to give: Financial donations help facilitate the formation of new meeting groups and provide online support for those that cannot attend meetings. Funds also go towards arts and craft materials for kids and teens at groups and snacks for kids and teen groups. 919 Magazine

Executive Director: Lynn Templeton 919-460-0567 volunteercaregiving.org caregiving@ctrvolcare.org For 25 years, The Center for Volunteer Caregiving has been helping the community, via its mission to engage the community in providing volunteer services to improve the lives of seniors, caregivers, and adults with disabilities. How to give: Cash donations, attend events, volunteering

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Huge Crowds Pack Downtown Raleigh World of Bluegrass Attracts More Than 200,000, Adds $11.5 Million to Local Economy The 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event in downtown Raleigh attracted more than 208,000 people, according to the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau. Held between Sept. 27 and Oct. 1, the event experienced a huge increase in attendance over last year – when windy and rainy weather forced the event indoors at the Raleigh Convention Center – and also was up significantly over 2014’s estimated 180,000 attendees. World of Bluegrass includes the Wide Open Bluegrass free street fair and ticketed musical acts at the Red Hat Amphitheatre, the IBMA business conference, a business expo, the annual bluegrass awards, a bluegrass movie festival and much more. The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau estimated spending by out-of-town visitors for the event in excess of $11.5 million. The visitors utilized an estimated 21,200 hotel rooms as well. The event is planned to continue in Raleigh through at least 2018. 919 Magazine is a major participant in the event, hosting the popular Youth Stage – which is situated at the entrance to the Raleigh Convention Center.

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2016 North Carolina State Fair Attendance 2nd Largest

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The 2016 North Carolina State Fair completed its 11-day run by attracting the second largest number of visitors in history. Tallying 1,028,364 visitors It was the fourth time in its history that the fair exceeded one million visitors – and second only to 2010, when 1,091,887 people streamed through the gates. More information on the attendance and competition winners is available at ncstatefair.org.

$4 Million Wake Tech Grant To Help Train Local Workers Wake Tech Community College received the largest grant in its history to train workers for jobs in cybersecurity, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and financial services. The college is one of 39 recipients nationwide that will share $150 million from the U.S. Department of Labor’s “TechHire” grant program. The program will bring almost $4 million to Wake Tech and its local partner, the Capital Area Workforce Development Board, for an innovative training initiative that will prepare at least 450 people for well-paying jobs in high-growth sectors. The initiative, known as Project SECURE (Supporting and Enhancing CyberSecurity through Upwardly-mobile Retraining and Education), will provide training for computer-related occupations and help fill a critical need for workers with cybersecurity skills

Raleigh’s Annual Christmas Parade Downtown Nov. 19 If it’s Christmas season in Raleigh, it’s time for the annual WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade, presented by the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association. The free parade begins at 9:40 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, in downtown, beginning on Hillsborough Street at St. Mary’s Street. From there it continues to the State Capitol, turns right onto Salisbury Street, turns left onto Morgan Street, turns right on Fayetteville Street, and continues to Lenoir Street – where it disbands. The parade travels about 1.4 miles and takes about 2.5 hours. The entire parade is telecast on at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Nov. 19 on WRAL-TV and UNC-TV, and is re-broadcast on Christmas morning. For additional information, visit grma.org, email info@grma.org or call 919-256-3640 60

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• To match up with National Fire Protection Association standards, City of Raleigh is changing all red hydrants in the city limits to yellow (already in place in some communities in the 919 – including Wake Forest, Garner and Wendell). The project will be completed over several years. • Muriel Summers, principal at A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School, was named Wake County Public School System Principal of the year for 2016-17; and Mary Taylor of Brooks Museums Magnet Elementary School was named WCPSS Assistant Principal of the Year. • Matt Smith is the new Executive Director of the Wake Tech Community College Foundation, leading efforts to grow private support for the college. Smith served as Associate Executive Director since he joined the Foundation in August 2016. In his new role, Smith will be responsible for managing over $12.5 million in total assets, while adding to that base. • North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh was ranked as the 13th Best Museum in America – out of more than 35,000 museums nationwide. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City topped the list, which was compiled by INSIDER (thisisinsider.com). Others in the Top 5 were Cleveland Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY. • Greg Poole Jr. received the A.E. Finley Distinguished Service Award at this year’s annual meeting of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. • Wahlburgers – founded by Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg and celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie – is opening in early 2017 at 319 Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, occupying 5,470 sq. ft. in The Hudson (formerly the old Belk department store). More information on the full-service restaurant and bar is at wahlburgersresaturant.com. • 2016 Wake County Public School System graduation rate increased by 1 percentage point, to 87.1 percent – with half of the 26 Wake high schools now graduating more than 90 percent of seniors. North Raleigh’s Sanderson High had a dramatic improvement of 7.7 percentage points, to 89.1 percent. • Stacy Lee is the new chief technology officer at WCPSS, moving from a similar position at Onslow County schools. • For the first time ever, Wake Tech Community College – for the 2016-17 academic year – fall semester enrollment exceeded 23,000 students. • In the year ending June 30, 2016, North Carolina had an almost eight percent increase in visitors to state historic sites, museums and other attractions.. According to the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, 1.8 million more visitors were recorded — with the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh leading the way with a 34 percent increase.  State parks and the North Carolina Zoo also had significant increases.

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‘A Christmas Carol’

A BELOVED MUSICAL COMEDY One of the Most Successful Shows In North Carolina Theater History

By G. CLEVELAND KILGORE 919 Magazine Writer

It’s a true 919 tradition! “After 42 years, coming to see this show is like visiting an old friend,” said Ira David Wood III, founder and executive director of Raleigh’s Theatre In The Park, and the man behind the unique annual production of “A Christmas Carol” in Durham and Raleigh. “Many people have grown up attending the production each December.” Though acclaimed for a wide variety of theater roles, Wood is renowned for his annual portrayal of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge in his own musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, which celebrates its 42nd year of consecutive production this December. With three international tours to its credit, and having played to over one million people, the production is now cited as one of the most successful shows in North Carolina theater history. “I knew it was going to be a huge success, because most all of this area’s theaters were closed during the holiday season (at that time),” Wood explained. “The demand for our version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ was instantaneous. When we premiered the show, we actually sold the seat cushions off of our lobby sofas so people could sit on the floor to see the production. We finally decided to move the show to Memorial Auditorium in order to handle the crowds.” What makes Wood’s production so unique? “We always add a bit of topical humor to the production. Donald Trump, beware!” Wood said. “It’s a very different twist on the original story. It’s a musical comedy. I’ve often described it as Archie Bunker meets Charles Dickens. If you happen to be a Dickens purist, they’ll take you out of this production on a stretcher.” A graduate of The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Wood was raised in Enfield, NC, and became his hometown’s first Eagle Scout. Summers during his college years were spent as a leading actor in “The Lost Colony,” the oldest outdoor drama in the country. While there, Wood premiered his first original play, “Um Dilly.” Upon graduation, he became the first Theatre Arts Consultant for the NC Department of Public Instruction. A year later, he became Director of The Children’s Theatre of Raleigh and immediately set about the task of broadening the organization’s scope. During this process, the organization established a home in Raleigh’s Pullen Park Armory, changed its name to Theatre In The Park, and quickly becoming the largest community theatre in North Carolina. His list of writing and directing credits is long; his number honors and awards is significant; and Wood is often credited with raising the bar of theatrical excellence in the Triangle area. In honor of his many 919 Magazine

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achievements, Raleigh’s City Council re-named the Pullen Park facility as the “The Ira David Wood III Pullen Park Theatre.” And, in September of 2010, he was inducted in the Raleigh Hall of Fame. Wood also has managed to accumulate impressive film and television credits, having appeared on screen with such stars as Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Neil Patrick Harris, Cliff Robertson, Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones, Burt Reynolds and Louise Fletcher. The proud father of three – Evan Rachel Wood, Ira David Wood IV, and Thomas Miller Wood – Wood and wife, Ashley, reside in North Raleigh. And he sees the local production of “A Christmas Carol” continuing for years to come. “It’s such an honor that so many people, over the years, have made us a part of their celebration of the holiday season,” he said. “My oldest son, Ira David Wood IV (who will play Scrooge for Saturday matinee performances this year), will eventually take over the role of Scrooge. My youngest son is three years old...so who knows! This production could rival a Timex watch and just keep on ticking!” For ticket information for Raleigh performances, call 800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com; for Durham performances, call 919-680-2787 or visit dpacnc.com.

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The Christmas Season at DPAC Holiday Shows Include Grinch, Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol Durham Performing Arts Center features a wide variety of performances in November and December – and early 2017. Among the shows: • Nov. 29-Dec 4: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” the Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday-loving Whos. • Dec. 6: The Piano Guys. What do you get when you mix up a marketing genius that does video, a studio engineer that writes music, a pianist that had a successful solo career, and a cellist that does pretty much everything? The Piano Guys – a miraculous meeting of “guys” with the same intrinsic purpose…to make a positive impact in the lives of people all over the world through music videos. • Dec. 9-11: Carolina Ballet Presents The Nutcracker. Join Carolina Ballet as they celebrate the 15th anniversary of Carolina Ballet’s family favorite, The Nutcracker. A holiday tradition that’s perfect for the whole family, Carolina Ballet’s is the only performance of The Nutcracker in the country with illusions created by worldrenowned magician, Rick Thomas. Marvel as beloved characters levitate, disappear, and reappear before your very eyes. • Dec. 15-18: Ira David Wood III’s A Christmas Carol. Theatre In The Park’s original musical comedy adaptation of A Christmas Carol is based on the book by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by Ira David Wood III. It is now in its 42n year. • Dec. 20: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis. An America holiday tradition for over 30 years, this event created by Grammy Award winner Chip Davis features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from his groundbreaking Fresh Aire series, which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America. The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 30 years since the first Christmas album and 40 years since the first Fresh Aire album and includes dazzling multimedia effects 62

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performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. • Dec. 30-Jan. 1: Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific delights audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. The lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love – the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more – plus some surprising new twists. After the holiday season, two big shows are among those on tap for January – including: • Jan. 3-8: An American in Paris • Jan. 22: The Beach Boys For a complete list of performances – and ticket information, visit dpacnc.com.

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Holidays 2016 in Morrisville Winter Wonderland Dec. 16-18 At Morrisville Park West Village

Morrisville Chamber’s Annual Holiday Reception Event Dec. 1

Park West Village hosts Winter Wonderland in The District at 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 16-18. The family-friendly event includes two large snow sledding hills, a children’s snow play area (for kids age 1-5), train rides, music by a-cappella group Catch 22, and a special story time with Santa. Park West Village also will accept $1 donations for Toys-ForTots or non-perishable food items for the North Carolina Food Bank.

Morrisville Chamber of Commerce’s annual Holiday Reception is 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at Aloft RaleighDurham Brier Creek. Free for employees of member firms, the event kicks off the holiday season with an evening of fun, food and networking. RSVP to Lauren at 919-463-7155 by Nov. 17. Sponsors of the event include Frankel Staffing Partners, Preston Development Company, Aloft Hotels, CEI, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, and Credit Suisse. Aloft is located at 10020 Sellona St. in Brier Creek.

For more information – or to register for a specific time slot for the sledding hills – visit parkwestvillage.com.

Morrisville Tree Lighting Event Features Music, Santa and More Town of Morrisville’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting event is 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Indian Creek Trailhead. Featuring an evening of musical entertainment, crafts for children, a visit from Santa Claus, and refreshments, the event is free and open to the public. Schedule for the traditional gathering includes: 7 p.m.: Lighting of the Tree 7:05 p.m.: Choir performance 7:15 p.m.: Dance company performance 7:35 p.m.: Choir performance 8 p.m.: Dance studio performance 8:30 p.m.: Hope Community Church Kid City Attendees can enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, arts and crafts, and trackless train rides. Parking is located at the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce (260 Town Hall Drive) and Cedar Fork Community Center (1050 Town Hall Drive), which includes a shuttle service. For information, call 919-463-7110 or visit townofmorrisville.org. 919 Magazine

Morrisville Senior Christmas Party Includes Music, Lunch Morrisville’s annual Senior Christmas Party is at 12 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, at the Cedar Fork Community Center. The event for residents age 55 and older includes holiday music, a catered lunch, a gift exchange and more. Fee to attend the event at Cedar Fork Community Center is $3 for Morrisville residents. Cedar Fork Community Center is located at 1050B Town Hall Drive in Morrisville. For information, call 919-463-7110 or visit townofmorrisville.org.

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Morrisville Elementary Honored As National Blue Ribbon School

Moore and Johnson’s Golf Team Wins Morrisville Chamber Event

Morrisville Elementary School is among eight North Carolina campuses named as 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Principal Michael Matthews attended a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, DC in November to celebrate the prestigious achievement. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. Nationwide, 279 public and 50 private schools received the honor – including Davis Drive Elementary in Cary.

Moore and Johnson Agency’s golf team scored first place in the annual Morrisville Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic this fall. Atlantic Tire & Service’s team finished second in the competition, followed by RestorePro Reconstruction’s team in third. Paul Hansbury of Pfeiffer University Raleigh Campus was a hole-in-one winner, and Matti Franci of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina was the Putt for Cash winner. Held at the Governor’s Club in Chapel Hill, the event was sponsored by Advance Auto Parts, Driven by CarQuest. Other sponsors included Perimeter Park, Danny’s Bar-BQue, Oracle, Atlantic Tire & Service, Another Broken Egg Café, Ruckus Pizza Pasta & Spirits, Lenovo, Baker Roofing, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Branch Banking & Trust RTP, Capitol Coffee Systems, Carolina Office XChange, CEI, Five Star Painting, Hotel Indigo RDU at RTP, Paragon Commercial Bank, Park West Village – Casto, Pfeiffer University Raleigh Campus, Poythress Commercial Contractors, Red Coats, Scottie’s, SpeedPro Imaging, Town Hall Commons/Tri Properties, TrialCard, RestorePro Reconstruction, Mr. Handyman of Western Wake County, PEG Contracting, France Embroidery & Printing, Maestro Productions, Mims Distributing Co., Pepsi Bottling Ventures, Extra Attic Self Storage, and Sheetz.

Green Hope High Inducts 6 Into Athletic Hall of Fame Green Hope High in Cary inducted its second GHHS Athletic Hall of Fame class in September. The honorees included: • Brittany Johnson, an all-state cross country runner and part of a state championship 4-by-800 relay team. • Stephen Bickford, the 2004 National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s national player of the year. • Jon Willard, who still holds numerous school records in baseball. • Marcus Brown, who still holds numerous school football records, and is also the school’s 10th all-time leading scorer in men’s basketball and played on the baseball and track and field teams. • Cade Holliday, who played football, basketball and baseball – and played special teams on two national championship teams at University of Florida. • Dustin Prusik, who was conference player of the year while guiding the Falcons to the 4A East football finals.

New Green Hope High Athletic Hall of Fame members (left to right) Jon Willard, Brittany Johnson, Stephen Bickford, Dustin Prusik, Marcus Brown, and Cade Holliday – along with the “The Falcon”.

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Morrisville Chamber’s Session Focused on Information Security Join the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce at 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, to hear from two local experts as they discuss information security, cloud based solutions, and how to use technology in smarter ways to help keep business owners focused on running their business. Panelists include: • Gerald Fralick​, Chief Security Officer for Corporate Standards and Quality at Lenovo • David Kidd, Vice President Governance, Risk and Compliance, at Peak 10 The event – which takes place at Lenova at 1009 Think Place, Building One – is free to members and includes breakfast and networking. For information, call 919-463-7150 or visit morrisvillechamber.org.

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Short Takes • The Field & Stream store at Parkside Town Commons near Hwy 55 and I-540 closed unexpectedly in late September. Owned by Dick’s Sporting Goods, it opened in 2014 and featured goods and services related to hunting, fishing, and camping. • Natialie Ellis, Sarah Korkes and Brandt Palmer of Green Hope High School and Tanner Davis, Zoe Gabrielson, Brooke Henderson, Eunice Seo, and Pranit Singh of Panther Creek High School recently received National Merit Scholarships. • Private equity firm Accel-KKR completed a $509 million acquisition of Morrisville’s SciQuest earlier this year. SciQuest has more than 300 employees in Morrisville. • Indian restaurant chain Godavari – featuring seating for up to 200 people – opened a new facility earlier this year at 100 Jerusalem Drive #108 in Morrisville at the gateway to Perimeter Park. For information, call 919-234-6950. • Standard and Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch national bond rating agencies all awarded the Town of Morrisville AAA ratings recently, according to town officials. The ratings are associated with issuance of $10 million in general obligation bonds in September related to street improvements for construction of Phase 1 of the McCrimmon Parkway Extension. The high rating results in a more favorable interest rate on the bonds. • Google Fiber began accepting orders in Morrisville earlier this year for a variety of service packages, including television, telephone and Internet service up to 1 gigabit. For information, visit fiber.google.com/cities/triangle. • With more than 60 volunteers and six non-profit projects, Morrisville Chamber of Commerce’s first Chamber Day of Service in October provided members and their employees a chance to give back to our community, learn about a new organization, and get to know other area professionals. • Morrisville Elementary School was one of eight North Carolina schools named as 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Morrisville Elementary also earned the distinction in 2005. • North Carolina Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson participated at the recent Morrisville Transportation Forum. Attendees received an overview and update on the town’s various transportation projects. • Wegmans Food Markets plans a new store to anchor a new retail development project in Cary called Twin Lakes Center, according to the Triangle Business Journal. The property is located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Davis Drive and Airport Boulevard. • Morrisville landscaper Shelton Hollard won a $1 million lottery prize, after buying a $10 Holiday Millions scratch-off ticket in Durham in November recently. Rather than the payout over time, he took a $600,000 lump sum payout. • Green Hope High took home its first North Carolina High School Athletic Association volleyball championship this fall, defeating Reagan High for the 4A title. • Sheila Ogle recently received Cary’s 2016 Hometown Spirit Award. The award recognizes community-minded residents who enhance the quality of life in Cary by preserving, promoting and carrying out positive small town community values and traits. 66

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RTP SPOTLIGHT Startups Receive Grants, Work Space at The Frontier Catalysts of Innovation Prize grants were awarded recently to two startups: • EcoPRT, an elevated rail project conceived by two North Carolina State professors, received a $165,000 grant to “establish Research Triangle Park” as a center for automated transportation research and development.” • The Medical Innovators Collaborative (MEDIC) – a veteranfounded nonprofit collaboration of the University of North Carolina and the North Carolina State University Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering – was given an $85,000 grant to help support the innovation lifecycle and community by providing asset assessment and development, innovation training, industry relevant professional seminars, student internships and an IP Safe Haven. Both recipients also receive office space for two years at The Frontier at RTP to work on their projects. For more information, visit rtp.org.

Triangle Community Foundation Moves to The Frontier at RTP Triangle Community Foundation moved its offices from Durham’s American Tobacco campus to The Frontier in Research Triangle Park. “As a community-based organization, we are really looking forward to being in the heart of the Triangle, within Research Triangle Park,” President and CEO Lori O’Keefe said. “Our staff is thrilled about the additional accessibility for our donors, the inviting and innovative office designed for us, and the amount of dedicated space that will be available for nonprofit use.” The Foundation plans a public gathering in January to celebrate its move to the new office. For the past 33 years, Triangle Community Foundation has connected donors with causes they care about, investing in nonprofits, and serving as a resource for local issues in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Each year the Foundation grants more than $18 million back into the community. The Frontier at RTP is located at 800 Park Office Drive in the new Park Center development. To contact the Foundation, call 919-4748370 or visit trianglecf.org.

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RTP Short Takes • LifeNet Health is expanding its cell-based research and processing capacity by opening a facility in Research Triangle Park. The facility will be an extension of the LifeNet Health Institute of Regenerative Medicine, located at the company’s headquarters in Virginia Beach, VA. • This year’s six-member class of RTI University Scholars, who will spend up to one academic year at RTI working on strategic research projects, are: Owen Duckworth, Sylvia Nassar-McMillan and Nagui Rouphail of North Carolina State; Rakesh Malhotra of Fayetteville State; and Crystal Cene and Ilene Spizer of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. • Umacyte, a Research Triangle Park biotechnology company, recently received a nearly $10 million investment from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. • Parata Systems, a pharmacy technology firm, is relocating its headquarters and consolidating operations to a new location at Alexander Industrial Park in RTP. • SynteractHCR, a clinical research organization, is relocating to 430 Davis Drive in RTP. • Bayer plans a $2.8 billion capital investment through 2020 for its Crop Science division, which has significant operations and employees in Research Triangle Park.

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• Dell Inc. purchased data storage company EMC Corp. for $67 billion. Based in Massachusetts, EMC has a significant operation in RTP. • Novan has moved to a new 51,000 sq. ft. space at 4105 Hopson Road in Research Triangle Park. • United Parcel Service recently acquired Marken, a privately held logistics company based in Research Triangle Park that ships biological samples for the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. • LifeNet Health is expanding its cell-based research and processing capacity with the opening of a facility in Research Triangle Park – an extension of its flagship research center, the LifeNet Health Institute of Regenerative Medicine, in Virginia Beach, VA. Info at lifenethealth.org. • The Frontier, Research Triangle Park’s open innovation community, is expanding – offering additional opportunities for start-up, small, and medium-sized companies to participate. The Frontier – which now houses 45 companies – is the first completed project in RTP’s Park Center development. Information at rtp.org/thefrontier. • QuintilesIMS was awarded the 2016 Eagle Award from the Society for Clinical Research Sites for the fourth consecutive year. Presented during the annual SCRS Site Solutions Summit, the award recognizes contract research organizations and biopharmaceutical sponsors dedicated to building positive relationships with research sites through leadership, professionalism and integrity.

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The Frontier at RTP Hosts Annual Mistletoe Market

RTP’s Park Center Project Wins Award

The 2nd Annual Mistletoe Market at The Frontier features local crafters, makers, artists and creatives during a special RTP Happy Hour at 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. A portion of the proceeds (15 percent) from all sales benefits a local charity. Admission is free. All items available will be DIY, homemade, original, a startup, and or North Carolina-produced.

Research Triangle Park’s new Park Center development recently received the ULI Triangle’s 2016 Idea Award. The Idea Award honors ideas, plans or designs that have not yet been enacted, but that will positively impact the Triangle community. The awards ceremony was earlier this year at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The Park Center development plans call for retail, residential and office amenities, plus public parks and spaces.

For more information, visit rtp.org.

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FEMA Now Operating NC Relief Offices in RTP The 2nd Annual Mistletoe Market at The Frontier features local crafters, makers, artists and creatives during a special RTP Happy Hour at 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. A portion of the proceeds (15 percent) from all sales benefits a local charity. Admission is free. All items available will be DIY, homemade, original, a startup, and or North Carolina-produced. For more information, visit rtp.org.

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SouthPoint/South Durham Spotlight DPAC Reports Attendance Records in 2015-16 Season

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City of Durham received $1.8 million this year as its share of revenue from the Durham Performing Arts Center. The 2015-16 performance and concert season broke previous records for DPAC, attracting more than 511,000 patrons to 249 events. Owned by the city, the venue is managed by PFM/Nederlander, with its subsidiary – Durham Performing Arts LLC – reporting the financial information.

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US2020’s Arts n’ STEM Expo last fall hosted more than 300 students from throughout North Carolina for activities, mentoring, demonstrations and fun. Held at The Frontier in Research Triangle Park, this year’s event celebrated the artistic side of science and technology. From question-and-answer sessions with speakers, to speed mentoring and hands on demonstrations, the students received a close look at how much creativity is involved with STEM careers. Seventeen presenters and 123 speed mentors participated in the event with the students. US2020 RTP works to ignite the minds of area youth. Through one-on-one mentorship opportunities, and outreach activities across the Triangle, the organization works to promote STEM careers to underserved populations.

• Bull Durham Beer Co. – which sells craft beer inside the Durham Bulls stadium – added a second year-round location, The Bullpen, at American Tobacco Campus’ Diamond View III…. • Photos with Santa Clause are available at the Streets at Southpoint (Lower Center Court) on Nov 18 through Dec. 24. Visit streetsatsouthpoint.com for times and other information. • Christmas by Candlelight at the Duke Homestead State Historical Site is 6:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 2 and 9 – featuring costumed interpreters leading tours, live music, period decorations, refreshments and more. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for age 10 and under. Info at 919-477-5498 or dukehomestead.org.

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Business Group Celebrates 26th Year in Morrisville Wake Tech RTP’s Scott Keynotes Annual Meeting Dr. Stephen Scott, President of Wake Technical Community College, is the keynote speaker at the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce’s 26th Annual Meeting is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at Prestonwood Country Club. Dr. Scott is expected to discuss the next-generation learning environment at the new Wake Tech RTP Campus, now under construction in Morrisville – and how this development project will impact the community. During the session, attendees will: • Celebrate the accomplishments of the Chamber in the past year. • Connect with top business leaders and elected officials. • See the presentation of several Chamber awards, including the Jeremiah Morris Community Steward of the Year, the James M. Pugh Small Business of the Year, and the Ambassador of the Year.

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Cost is $47 per employee of member firms and $63 for nonmembers. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $423. RSVP is requested by Jan. 24 at 919-463-7155. For information, visit morrisvillechamber.org. Prestonwood Country Club is located at 300 Prestonwood Parkway, Cary.

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What Was Christmas Like During American Civil War? Durham’s Bennett Place State Historic Site – site of the largest surrender of the American Civil War, has two special holiday events scheduled in December. • 2nd Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour Program, Dec. 9: Take a tour by candlelight around the farm to meet costumed soldiers and civilians and watch how they celebrate the holiday. Complimentary hot apple cider and cookies are available. 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; Adults, $3; age 5-16, $2; 5-under, free. • Christmas in the Piedmont during the Civil War, Dec. 10: Visit Bennett Place during the Christmas season and witness how this occasion was celebrated in the Piedmont Carolinas during the American Civil War. Living historians will decorate the farm in a typical modest fashion of the time. There will be cooking demonstrations in the kitchen house, Christmas decorations and packages in the main house, soldiers will be on hand to demonstrate Christmas in the field and, of course, a visit with Ole St. Nick is possible. Complimentary hot apple cider and cookies are available. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Bennett Place is located at 4409 Bennett Memorial Road in Durham. For information, call 919-383-4345, email bennett@ncdcr. gov, or visit bennetplacehistoricsite.com.

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New Location, New Winter Hours Western Wake Farmers Market Moves to Town Hall Drive Dec. 3 Western Wake Farmers Market – previously operating at ‌ -- is closed Nov. 26, but re-opens on Saturday, Dec. 3 at its new Morrisville location. The market moves to its new winter hours, opening at 9:30 a.m. and closing at 12 p.m. every Saturday, at the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce parking lot at 206 Town Hall Drive. WWFM, which first opened in 2009, will return to its 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. operating schedule for April-November. The market also has a location in Cary at 350 Stonecroft Lane. For information, visit wwfm.ag or email info@wwfm.ag.

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On the Fashion Catwalk At Wakefield Women’s Club Annual Fall Show 919 Staff Photos The popular Wakefield Women’s Club 15th Annual Fall Fashion Show at TPC Wakefield in October featured fashions by three local women’s apparel shops: Eliza Ash, Chico’s and at Ease. Guests dined on a buffet lunch and enjoyed the lively and energetic show featuring special emcee, WRAL-TV’s Anchor/Reporter Debra Morgan and DJ Paul Fitts from TowneBank Mortgage. The fashion models were local Wakefield Women’s Club members and included Barbara Kingrey, Beth Gorman, Billie Jean Condit, Cindy Hardison, Heather Casella. Irene Peros, Janet Barret, Joan Faraldi, Kim Laverick, Michele Pucket, Rosemary Butterfield-Lea and Tamara Porter. The Wakefield Women’s Club is open to residents in and around the greater Raleigh and Wake Forest communities and offers several programs and events with a monthly luncheon to members and their guests on the second Wednesday of each month from September to May. For more information about the club, visit www. wakefieldwomensclub.com.

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Wake Forest Among Best Places In North Carolina to Raise Family WalletHub, a personal finance website, conducted the study comparing 85 cities in the state across four key dimensions: Family life and fun; education, health and safety; affordability; and socioeconomics. Analysts evaluated those categories using 21 key metrics, ranging from “number of attractions” to “median family income” to “school-system quality.” According to the findings, Wake Forest scored among the best cities in the state in nine of those metrics: • 10th in median family income (adjusted for cost of living) • 7th in percentage of families with children under 18 • 14th in quality of school system • 17th in high school graduation rate • 10th in violent crime rate • 15th in percentage of families living below poverty level • 6th in unemployment rate • 8th in divorce rate • 13th in playgrounds per capita.

Skinny Turkey Half Marathon, Just Think First 5K on Nov. 24 The 6th Annual Skinny Turkey Half Marathon and Just Think First 5K is 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24 at Wakefield High School in North Raleigh. The half marathon course will run through Wakefield Plantation and the Wake Falls neighborhood. The course is a rolling design with a few hills that are sure to test fitness. The companion Just Think First 5K Road Race is the major fundraiser for the Just Think First program. This year the road race is funding a new video, currently being produced on the topic of “teens and teenage drug use.” In addition, proceeds from the 5K race also pay for speakers and various activities planned during the school year. Plus, scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors in the spring. For information, visit fsseries.com. Wakefield High is located at 2200 Wakefield Pines Drive.

Wakefield Women’s Club Holiday Gala Dec. 2 at TPC Wakefield Women’s Club presents its 2016 Holiday Gala at 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at TPC at Wakefield Plantation. Cost for members to attend “An Evening of Elegance” is $67. Featuring the legendary Band of Oz for entertainment, food and dancing, the event is one of Wakefield’s premier activities. For information on the event, call 919-538-3930, email judy0109@gmail.com, or visit wwclub.org.

Elizabeth Battle to Lead New North Wake School Northeast Regional Library is hosting a free family friendly concert at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. Oak City Chamber Players will present Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet at 1 p.m. All ages are welcome to attend, and participate in a music collage craft activity. No registration is necessary. The library is located at 14401 Green Elm Lane in Wakefield. For more information, call 919-570-7166 or visit wakegov.com/ libraries.

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Caruso Selling New Homes In Olde Wake Forest Area Caruso Homes, a residential builder headquartered in Maryland, is now selling homes in the new home community of Olde Wake Forest. Located in the historic Wake Forest district, the community features nine home sites with homes from the $320s. The private enclave is surrounded by large hardwood trees and 100-year-old homes that embody the history of the Town of Wake Forest. Just two blocks from Main Street, Olde Wake Forest is a short walk or bike ride from the heart of Wake Forest’s revitalized downtown area. Local partners of Caruso Homes include the developer, Sanford Bailey, and Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Builder Services. “We are excited to bring our thirty years of experience crafting quality homes to the Wake Forest area,” said Jeffrey Caruso, CEO/Owner of Caruso Homes. “We have worked closely with the developer and architects to maintain the integrity and character of the historic community while providing innovative, energyefficient homes that will appeal to a wide variety of home buyers.” For more information about Olde Wake Forest, contact Paige Coker at 919-906-0273 or visit online carusohomes.com/olde-wakeforest.

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Short Takes • Thaddeus Sherman is the new principal at Rolesville Middle School. Previously, Sherman was principal at Wakelon Elementary School. • Ateb Inc., a provider of pharmacy-based patient care solutions, completed expansion of its Raleigh headquarters. The 65,500 sq. ft. facility is located at 11125 Forest Pines Drive in Wakefield. More than 1 million pharmacy patients are actively managed in Ateb’s Time My Meds medication synchronization solution. • Sarah Bratton, formerly a teacher at Sycamore Creek Elementary School in North Raleigh, is new assistant principal at Forest Pines Drive Elementary in Wakefield. • Wake Forest Board of Commissioners recently approved an agreement between the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts and Wake Forest ARTS that allows WFA to help coordinate fundraising support for the cultural arts venue. The agreement, or “Memorandum of Understanding,” is also designed to encourage the expansion of arts programming and public engagement in arts experiences in our community. • Northern Wake Senior Center received the Ann Johnson Senior Center Award for excellence in the field of aging from the North Carolina Senior Center Alliance. • Town of Wake Forest received a $531,581 acquisitions grant from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund to support easement acquisitions along the Smith Creek Greenway corridor and help finance Phase 2 construction of the Smith Creek Greenway – a 2014 bond referendum project. • Brianna Hernandez and Hank Pierwola are the 2016 Good Neighbor

Wakefield High PTSA Annual Mistletoe Market Nov. 12 Wakefield High School Parent Teacher Student Association’s annual Mistletoe Market Holiday Field is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Wakefield High School. The annual fundraising event features handmade arts and crafts, jewelry, fresh cut greenery, basket raffles, food and more. Admission to the event – which is open to the public – is $5 (with $1 discount on admission by donating a canned food item. For information, visit wakefieldptsa.org

of the Year youth and adult award winners for 2016. Mayor Vivian Jones made the announcements during the annual Good Neighbor Day celebration at Holding Park earlier this year, sponsored by the Wake Forest Human Relations Council. • The recent $305,000 purchase of a 3.7-acre parcel of land behind the Northern Wake Senior Center at 205 E. Holding Ave. approved by the Wake Forest town commissioners clears the way for the planned $3 million expansion of the facility. • 919 brewers received five honors at this year’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, including a gold medal for Wake Forest’s White Street Brewing Company – for it’s Scottish Ale.

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Christmas in North Wake County Wake Forest Community Comes Alive in December The Wake Forest community truly comes alive this December, with a wide variety of holiday events. Among the upcoming activities in the community:

• Calls From Santa (Thursday, Dec. 8; 6-8 p.m.): Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department makes wishes come true by offering “Calls from Santa” to kids age 3-9. Completed forms must be received at the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources office, located in town hall, by 5 p.m., Dec. 8. There is no charge for the event, but all calls must be local. • Wake Forest Christmas Parade (Saturday, Dec. 10; 1 p.m.): The community’s largest community event is along South White Street and South Brooks Street. Community groups and businesses show their creative talents, and -- of course -- Santa make a grand appearance. The event is hosted by Wake Forest Downtown Inc. For information, contact Lisa Hayes at 919-435-9415.

• Lighting of Wake Forest (Friday, Dec. 2; 6-8:30 p.m.); Centennial Plaza, Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St: Wake Forest officially kicks off the holiday season with the Lighting of Wake Forest. Sponsored by Traditions at Wake Forest, the annual event features the lighting of the town’s 30-foot Christmas tree by Mayor Vivian Jones, followed by the arrival of Jolly Old St. Nick (free pictures with Santa offered 6:45-8:30 p.m.). The Lighting feature musical performances by local students, free horse and carriage rides; and more. For information, contact Lisa Hayes at 919-4359415. Complete information about town-sponsored holiday events is pro• Downtown Merchant’s Holiday Open House (Saturday, vided through the “Christmas in Wake Forest” function on the Town of Dec. 3; 10 am): Sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Wake Forest app. Association, the free event includes special offers and complimentary refreshments at participating shops and restaurants, several school and dance group performances, horse and carriage rides, and fun-filled activities for kids and families. Several special events and activities will also be offered throughout the day at no cost. Free pictures with Santa will be offered 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fidelity Bank, 231 S. White St. • Wake Forest Christmas Historic Home Tour (Saturday, Dec. 3; 1-7 p.m.): Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission and the Wake Forest Woman’s Club present the biennial Christmas Historic Home Tour. The self-guided tour features several Wake Forest homes and other properties decorated for the holidays and open for viewing. This year’s event will also offer free bicycle rickshaw and horse drawn carriage rides, holiday music and more. For information, call 919-556-2911 or visit wakeforestnc.gov. • Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner (Monday, Dec. 5; 6:30 p.m.): The 69th annual event at The Forks Cafeteria, 339 S. Brooks St. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the Wake Forest Weekly, the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Wake Forest Historical Museum. Awards for Citizen of the Year, Civic Organization of the Year and the Peggy Allen Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented by Mayor Vivian Jones. For information, email bevwhiz@gmail.com.

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Rolesville’s Annual Christmas Parade on Main Street Dec. 4

Rolesville, Wake Forest Police Provide Christmas to Children

Rolesville’s annual Christmas Parade is 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 along Main Street. Following the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet children at the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce office. For more information, call 919-562-7069 or visit rolesvillechamber.org.

Both the Rolesville and Wake Forest police departments are raising funds for special “Shop With a Cop” programs. WFPD’s 17th Annual Shop with a Cop holiday shopping spree is Dec. 16, when about 30 children in need will visit the Wake Forest Walmart and be given $175 to spend on a winter coat and other items of their choice. A pizza party will follow. Any individual or organization may contribute to this year’s Shop with a Cop by contacting Officer K.C. Warren at 919-5546150 or kwarren@wakeforestnc.gov. Rolesville Police Department hosted its first Hero 5K and Superhero Mile on Oct. 22 to raise funds for its own “Shop With a Cop” effort. to provide Christmas presents for underprivileged youth.

The chamber is located at 200 East Young Street in Rolesville.

To donate to the Rolesville effort, call 919-556-7226 or visit rolesvillenc.gov.

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Live Music, Dramatic Theatre and More Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts offers a variety of events and activities this holiday and winter season at its downtown facility. From live music to dramatic theater and more, the Renaissance Centre has a line-up with something for all ages and interests. • Wake Forest Children’s Choir, Dec. 4: An evening of holiday favorites, under the direction of Kasie Ryan – with special music performed with the Northeast Piedmont Chorale. 3 p.m. Free. • Christmas Jubilee Concert, Dec. 10: Featuring the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, this event is fashioned in the style and swagger of big band-style entertainers. 7:30 p.m. Adults, $15; students and seniors, $13. • Storytelling Pajama Night, Dec. 16: A fun night of cozying up, drinking hot chocolate and listening to great bedtime stories – with Rags to Riches Theatre performing “The Gingerbread Man.” 6:30 p.m. Free. • Arts for All, Feb. 4: Mike Wiley performs “Tired Souls,” a recount of Rosa Parks’ decisive bus ride and the notable black citizens who laid the groundwork for this pivotal moment in history. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free. • Forest Moon Theater, Feb. 10-12, 18-19: As part of its fourth season, the group presents “Agnes of God.” 7:30 p.m. (Feb. 10, 11, 18); 3 p.m., (Feb. 12, 19). Advance tickets: Adults, $15; students and seniors, $13. • Neck of the Woods Performance Series, Feb. 17: Sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS, this variety performance series features emerging local artists. Bar is open for wine, beer and other refreshments. 7:30 p.m. $5. • Rockin’ the Forest Concert Series, Feb. 24: Sarah Shook and the Disarmers performs. 8 p.m. Adults, $10; 12-under, $5.

The Renaissance Centre is located at 405 South Brooks Street in Wake Forest. For tickets, call 919-435-9458. For more information, visit wakeforestrencen.org or call 919-435-9428..


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Forest Moon Theater Offers ‘Agnes of God’ in February When a newborn child is found dead in a convent, a court psychiatrist must determine whether the nun accused of the crime is mentally fit to stand trial – with the question of the father’s identity hanging in the balance. Forest Moon Theater brings the Tony Award-winning play “Agnes of God” to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts in February. Featuring an all-female cast of three, the play is a gripping drama wrapped in a mystery and conflict that is as entertaining a story as it is an intense glimpse of the gray areas between faith and fact, between religion and science. Cast for the play includes Benji Jones, Gilly Conklin and Jill Cromwell. Bob Baird directs the performances. The production team includes David Petrone (Lighting Designer), Todd Housenecht (Sound Designer), and David Bissette (Set Designer). Performances at the Renaissance Centre are at 7:30 p.m. on February 10, 11 and 18; and 3 p.m. on February 12 and 19. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors (prices are $3 more the day of the performance). Parental guidance is recommended for these performances, due to mature subject matter and strong language.

The Renaissance Centre is located at 405 South Brooks St. in Wake Forest. For tickets, call 919-435-9458 or visit wakeforestrencen.org. Additional performances of “Agnes of God” are planned on Feb. 23-26 at Sonorous Road Productions, 209 Oberlin Road in Raleigh. Future shows scheduled by the Forest Moon Theatre include “Anne of Green Gables” on March 10-19 (directed by Tony Pender) and “The Curious Savage” on June 16-25 (directed by Mike McGee). For additional information on the Forest Moon, visit forestmoontheater.org.

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Analysts compared 300 cities across 16 key metrics to help prospective home buyers find the most attractive real estate markets in the U.S. – and Raleigh ranked 38th. Frisco, TX, topped the list and the top 12 cities were in the state (McKinney, Richardson, Austin, Allen, Plano and Denton). Among other North Carolina cities, Durham was at 33rd, Charlotte at 60th, Wilmington at 80th, Greensboro at 112th, and Winston-Salem at 205th. Newark, Paterson and Elizabeth in New Jersey were at the bottom of the list, joined by Detroit and Flint in Michigan, and Cleveland, OH.

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Of the 64 people, 21 are born in the county – and 42 are moving to the county. Wake County is projected to reach 2 million residents by 2054. SOURCE: Wake County Economic Development, Wakegov. com

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WAKE! The 919’s Wake County topped the list of the most digital counties in the U.S. in 2016. The Center for Digital Government recognized 55 counties that “understand technology’s value, empower their tech teachers and implement new ideas to make life better for those who live and work there.” Wake was ranked first in the 500,000 or more population list, followed by Fairfax County, VA; Montgomery County, MD; Sacramento County, CA; San Diego County, CA; Alameda County, CA; King County, WA; Miami-Dade County, FL; and Oakland County, MI. Sonoma County, CA, was first among counties with populations between 250,000 and 499,999, while Arlington County, VA, was atop the list of counties with population between 150,000 and 249,999 (Cabarrus County, NC with sixth on this list, along with Davidson County, NC, at seventh). For counties with populations under 150,000, Nevada County, CA, was first (with North Carolina’s Brunswick County placing fifth). SOURCE: GovTech.com, Government Technology magazine

$2.3 BILLION

In 2015, Wake County visitors and tourists: • Numbered 15.1 million. • Poured a record $2.3 billion in direct spending into the local economy. • Generated more than $219 million in state and local tax revenues. • Supported local employment of over 24,400 workers and a $656+ million annual payroll. • the 64 people, 21 are born in the county – and 42 are moving to the county. Wake County is projected to reach 2 million residents by 2054. SOURCE: Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Annual Report

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In addition to Raleigh (Southeast), other cities on the list: Portland, OR (West); Colorado Springs, CO (Mountains); Arlington, TX (South); Columbus, OH (Midwest); and Boston, MA (Northeast). SOURCE: Money magazine

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