Catch a free movie downtown

WAKE FOREST — First Friday Flix returns to the Renaissance Centre Sept. 5, with a screening of Madagascar, featuring the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sacha Baron Cochen. The PG-rated, 2012 3D animated comedy starts at 7 p.m., and...

The pet portraitist

By David Leone WAKE FOREST — How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? Anyone over 30 has probably seen the TV ad that artist and advertising executive Dick Larsen created for that candy sucker. But Larsen, who these days operates out of a studio at the...

BBQ & Bands returns Sept. 13

ROLESVILLE — The Rolesville Chamber of Commerce hosts its Hot Pick’n Finger Lick’n BBQ & Bands Fest Saturday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Redford Place Drive in downtown Rolesville. The fifth annual event features a three-category barbecue cook-off. The grills will heat up...

Music festival Sept. 20

CREEDMOOR — The 23rd annual Creedmoor Music Festival is slated for Sept. 20, complete with live music, food and craft vendors, a car show and a variety of children’s activities. The music lineup includes a high school marching band, elementary school choir, bluegrass, hip-hop,...

Tar River festival Sept. 13

LOUISBURG — The 25th annual Tar River Festival takes place Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Louis- burg and Riverbend Park. Arts, crafts and food vendors, along with businesses, organizations and nonprofit groups are encouraged to take part in the daylong festival,...

Grace Haven to hold flapjack fundraiser

WAKE FOREST — Grace haven Baptist Fellowship Church will host a flapjack fundraiser Saturday starting at 8 a.m. at Applebee’s, 11805 Retail Drive. Tickets are $7 at the door or may be purchased by calling 919-671-2340. All proceeds raised will go to develop missionary programs...

Gann completes training

WAKE FOREST — Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Jacob M. Gann graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force...

Eagle Scouts honored

From left, Patrick Watts, Ryan McLain, Sam McLain, Troy Despain and Casey Epps, of Troop No. 305 in Wake Forest, were named to the prestigious Eagle Scout Court of Honor in a ceremony Aug. 10 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Teen to compete in state pageant

WAKE FOREST — Miss Wake Forest Teen USA 2015 Victoria Miller, 16, will compete for the North Carolina title Oct. 10 and 11 in High Point. A junior at Heritage High, she is the daughter of Charlie and Teresa Hamaty. Miller is a longtime member of the Wake Forest Boys & Girls...

Newhouses celebrate 50th

WAKE FOREST — Neal and Elizabeth Newhouse of Wake Forest celebrated their 50th anniversary recently with a family party given by their children, Joy, Neal Joseph and Jeffrey and his wife, Rhonda. They also have eight grandchildren: Ashley, Austin, Zack, Zoey, Katie, Nicholas,...

Rose completes War College

WAKE FOREST — Col. Michelle M. Rose has graduated from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Pa., and earned a master’s degree in strategic studies. The college is the Army’s senior educational institution. The 10-month curriculum of the Army’s senior officer...

Chappells celebrate 60th

FRANKLINTON — H.W. and Jean Chappell of Franklinton celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 13 at the Angus Barn in Raleigh. The couple has two sons, Mike Chappell and his wife, Linda, of Wake Forest, and Terry Chappell and his wife, Cathy, of Raleigh. They also have two...

Lewis/Whitfield reunion Sunday

WAKE FOREST — The Lewis and Whitfield families will host their 43rd reunion Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Wake Forest community house, 133 W. Owen Ave. For more information, call Laura Wilkins at 919-426-0756.

Democratic ice cream social Saturday

WAKE FOREST — An ice cream social will be hosted by Shirley Sulick, precinct chairperson and treasurer of Democratic Women of Wake County, Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at 3512 Trawden Drive in Wake Forest. Democratic candidates and constituents are invited and should RSVP to...

Legion to host BBQ fundraiser

FRANKLINTON — American Legion Post 52 is hosting a barbecue chicken plate fundraiser Aug. 22, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at 40 American Legion Road. Plates are $8 for eat-in or take-out.

Parks program registration made easier

WAKE FOREST — A new onsite registration process is underway for the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) department’s fall programming. For years, participants were required to register at the PRCR facility offering the particular class or program. The new onsite...

Purple Heart dinner Saturday

WAKE FOREST — A limited number of tickets remain for the sixth annual Purple Heart dinner honoring more than 40 Purple Heart recipients. Hosted by the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, the dinner takes place Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, 12605...

Purple Heart dinner tickets available

WAKE FOREST — A limited number of tickets are available for the sixth annual Purple Heart dinner honoring more than 40 Purple Heart recipients. Hosted by the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, the dinner takes place Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, 12605...

Bowl for charity Sunday

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Woman’s Club hosts a family-friendly Charity Bowl-A-Thon Sunday in two sessions, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., at Brooks Street Bowl, 413 S. Brooks St. in downtown Wake Forest. There is still time to register a team by choosing a name and having the team...

History museum offers much to do in August

RALEIGH — There’s a lot to do and see at the N.C. Museum of History in August. Admission is free unless otherwise noted, and parking is free on the weekends. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton St. downtown. For more information, call 919-807-7900 or see ncmuseumofhistory.org....

celebrate National Night Out Tuesday

Local communities are hosting National Night Out events in August. National Night Out, NNO, is always held the the first Tuesday in August and is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs,...

Free gospel concert Sunday

WAKE FOREST — The Branchettes will perform a free concert Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. The Branchettes feature Wilbur Tharpe and Lena Mae Perry, whose styles and repertoire are deeply rooted in the older African-American musical traditions...

Church hosts arts showcase

WAKE FOREST — Wakefield Family Church hosts the second Arts Café Summer Showcase Friday at 7 p.m. The Christian arts showcase features mime, dance, rap and spoken word. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. The church is located at 231 Capcom Avenue. For more...

What’s in season at markets?

I am asked throughout the growing season what produce is in season. Keep in mind that the list does not reflect what is available at the grocery store. Peaches are generally ready June through September. Apples and grapes are generally ready August through October. Blueberries...