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City Edition February 2018
  • Police Accepting Applications for Citizens' Police Academy
  • "Young Dreamers" Honored
  • 2018 Holiday Collections Calendar Available
  • Black History Month Events
  • Piedmont Plus Senior Games and Silver Arts Entry Forms Available

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Police Accepting Applications for Citizens' Police Academy

The Winston-Salem Police Department is accepting applications for the next Citizens' Police Academy, which will start April 5.

The Citizens' Police Academy is a 13-week program that meets once a week to better acquaint citizens with the law enforcement profession and the role of the Police Department within the community. Topics include department functions, search and seizure laws, use of force, firearms training, crime prevention, criminal investigations and more. Classes will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday evenings. Anyone interested in attending the Citizens' Police Academy may complete an application online at The class is limited to 30 students. Applications must be submitted by March 9. READ MORE

Black History Month Events

In celebration of Black History Month, the Human Relations Commission will hold its sixth annual "Showcase of Song: An African-American Cultural Celebration," Saturday, Feb. 3, at 12:30 p.m. in the James A. Gray Auditorium at the Old Salem Visitor's Center, 900 Old Salem Road. The showcase will include secular and non-secular musical performances (vocal and instrumental) that illustrate the link between the African culture and modern-day African-American culture.

Also during Black History Month, on Feb. 18 the Police and Fire departments will honor select retirees, and Recreation and Parks will recognize the winners of its Black History Month coloring and essay contests during the 5th annual Public Safety Black History Month Celebration. The celebration will be held at 3 p.m. at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 4129 Northampton Drive, Winston-Salem. Both events are free and open to the public.

"Young Dreamers" Honored

The City Council and the Human Relations Commission honored Magalie Yacinthe, 31, the owner of Yacinthe Event Services in Winston Salem; and the Rev. Enrique Catana Ramiro, 35, a community health coordinator for FaithHealthNC at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center; as the 2018 recipients of the Martin Luther King Jr. Young Dreamers Award.

The Young Dreamers Award honors two emerging or proven young adult city residents between the ages of 18 and 40 who have made a tangible difference in the lives of those who otherwise might have been overlooked, ignored or disadvantaged. READ MORE

Sanitation holiday calendar

2018 Holiday Collections Calendar Available

Know when to roll on holidays! Information about holiday collection changes for garbage, yard-waste and recycling is posted online, including a compact version that can be printed and posted on a bulletin board or refrigerator. A copy of the calendar has is being inserted in waterbills to city residents that are being mailed in January and February.

Sanitation holiday calendar

Piedmont Plus Senior Games and Silver Arts Entry Forms Available

Entries for the 2018 Piedmont Plus Senior Games and Silver Arts are available at all city recreation centers, local YMCAs, the Gateway YWCA and the Senior Games office at 2301 N. Patterson Avenue. Early bird registration closes Feb. 28 and the final registration deadline is March 31.

The Piedmont Plus Senior Games and Silver Arts, coordinated by Recreation & Parks, are a year-round wellness and education program for ages 50 and up with 38 athletic and skill events, including traditional track and field events; team sports such as basketball and softball; recreational sports such as golf, bowling, pickleball and cornhole; and tests of skill such as football throwing and spin casting.

For seniors not interested in sports or games, Silver Arts competitions are offered in 32 categories of heritage, visual, performing and literary arts, including painting, singing, woodworking, needlecrafts and photography. Silver Arts participants also compete for medals. MORE

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