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City Edition March 2019
  • Forsyth Creek Week Returning March 23 - 31
  • Community Development Launches C.O.R.E. Initiative
  • Emergency Management Offering Severe Weather Spotter Training
  • Bulky Item Collection Returns
  • Registration Open for 2019 Piedmont Plus Senior Games & Silver Arts
  • Applicants Sought for Community Appearance Commission
  • Nominations Sought for Walk of Fame

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Forsyth Creek Week Returning March 23-31

The seventh annual Forsyth Creek Week will be held March 23 - 31 with exciting new opportunities and old favorites to encourage everyone to get out and appreciate the beauty and importance of our local waterways. In all, this year's Creek Week will offer more than 40 events, including activities for all ages and interests.

New events this year include walk down to the water in Quarry Lake led by an aquatic biologist, who will talk about the lake’s unique ecosystem; a guided paddling tour of Salem Lake; a frog-listening walk; a stream-sketching workshop; a free boating safety course; a presentation on the Blum Park make-over and how it solved neighborhood flooding problems; library programs where kids can build solar cars, water wheels and rain gauges; and an interactive arts program for kids where they can explore the potential for water to create music, art and poetry. See the complete calendar of events at

Community Development Launches C.O.R.E. Initiative

The Community Development Department has launched a major new initiative, called C.O.R.E., to engage city residents, build stronger communities and strengthen neighborhood associations. C.O.R.E. stands for Collaborative Outreach, Revitalization and Engagement.

An integral part of the initiative will be the Winston-Salem Community Coalition, an updated version of the former Winston-Salem Neighborhood Association, which will serve as the chief mechanism through which the city will collaborate with residents and neighborhoods to enhance the quality of life in city neighborhoods. LEARN MORE

Emergency Management Offering Severe Weather Spotter Training

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Office of Emergency Management will be hosting a free Basic and Advanced Skywarn Severe Weather Spotter class on Wednesday, March 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lewisville Fire Department, 216 Lewisville-Clemmons Road, Lewisville. The training will include how and why buildings fail in high winds; thunderstorm development and severity; recognizing storm and cloud elements; anticipating storm motions, intensity and severity based on cloud structure; and lightning dynamics and threats. READ MORE

Bulky Item Collection Returns

The city's annual bulky item pick-up began March 4 and will run through Sept. 6. Collection crews will go through the city street by street, collecting bulky items that garbage crews cannot accept. Furniture, mattresses, appliances, grills, carpet, old toys and lawn furniture can all be set out. The city cannot collect televisions, computer equipment, building materials, hazardous waste, tires, cement, cars and car parts, stumps, tanks and oil drums, fire wood or yard waste. Do not mix bulky items with recyclables or brush. To ensure collection, items must be at the curb by 6 a.m. the Monday of your collection week.

Bulky item collection is for single family residences, not businesses or apartments. The Sanitation Division will mail post cards in advance to let home owners know when bulky item collection will be held in their neighborhood. LOOK UP YOUR COLLECTION DATE

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Registration Open for 2019 Piedmont Plus Senior Games & Silver Arts

The final registration deadline for the 2019 Piedmont Plus Senior Games and Silver Arts is March 31.The 2019 games will be held April 5 through May 25. Entry forms are available at all city recreation centers, local YMCAs, the Gateway YWCA and the Senior Games office at 2301 N. Patterson Ave. The Piedmont Plus Senior Games and Silver Arts, coordinated by Recreation & Parks, is a year-round wellness and education program for ages 50 and up that culminates every spring with athletic, art, craft and performance competitions that draw hundreds of participants. LEARN MORE

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Applicants Sought for Community Appearance Commission

Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian H. Burke is accepting applications from citizens interested in filling a vacancy on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Community Appearance Commission. The vacancy must be filled by a person who has demonstrated special experience or education in a design field, such as architecture, landscape architecture, horticulture, land use planning, historic preservation, or a closely related field. All nominees must be Forsyth County residents. Interested candidates should contact the City Secretary's office at 336-727-2224 or send an email to The application deadline is March 15, 2019.

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Nominations Sought for Walk of Fame

Nominations are being accepted through March 29 for the Winston-Salem's Arts, Culture, and Entertainment Memorial Walk of Fame, to be installed outside the Benton Convention Center. The Walk of Fame honors deceased Winston-Salem residents who made a significant contribution in music, dance, theater, writing, visual arts, motion pictures, television, or radio. For purposes of evaluation, a significant contribution is one that is iconic in terms of renown and impact on the artistic disciplines or popular culture. READ MORE

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