City Edition September 2013

Cycling Sunday and Family Fun Day Coming Sept. 15

Cycling Sunday is returning Sunday, Sept. 15, in combination with the Forsyth County Health Department’s Family Fun Day. From 3:30 to 6 p.m., participants can enjoy traffic-free cycling around West Salem and participate in games and activities on the Salem Creek Greenway. All activities are open to the public at no charge.

A .75-mile loop on Marshall, Poplar and West streets and Salem Avenue will be closed to motor vehicles for cyclists, walkers, and skaters of all ages. Helmets are required for cyclists.

A paved trail through the Southeast Gateway property connects the Cycling Sunday course with the Salem Creek Greenway, where Fun Day activities organized by the Health Department will be offered. Participants can learn ways to improve their health and enjoy face painting, hula hoops, jump ropes, field games, bike decorating and more. To encourage turn-out, the Winston-Salem Forsyth County elementary school with the most representatives will receive $400 in physical education equipment for their school.

More information about Cycling Sunday

Rock the Block and Moonlight Madness Coming Sept. 20-21

Rock the Block, the city’s annual end-of-summer street festival, is returning to downtown Winston-Salem Sept. 20 and 21. Registrations for the Rock the Block Moonlight Madness 5K and Fun Run are being accepted through Sept. 17.

Moonlight Madness, the race and pre-party for Rock the Block, will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. in Civic Plaza with proceeds to benefit the United Way. Live entertainment will be provided by Rock Star Funeral.

Rock the Block will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with three stages offering rock, country, R&B, reggae, Latin rock and the Rock This! Teen battle of the bands, along with food vendors, International Village and the Kid Zone with inflatables.

For more information about Moonlight Madness and Rock the Block, go to http://RocktheBlockWS.com

Mayor Seeks Applicants for Boards and Commissions

Mayor Allen Joines is accepting applications from city residents interested in serving on the following boards and commissions:

  • Citizens’ Budget Advisory Council (4 openings)
  • Citizen Police Review Board (4 openings)
  • Community Sustainability Program Committee (2 openings)
  • Emergency Management Advisory Council (3 openings)
  • Human Relations Commission (1 opening)
  • Loan Committee (8 openings)
  • Recreation and Parks Commission (2 openings)
  • Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness (2 openings)
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment (5 openings)

The application form, along with descriptions of the boards, is available online, or by calling the Mayor’s Office at 727-2058. Applications are accepted continuously; however, for consideration by the City Council in November, applications must be submitted by September 27.


West Clemmonsville Road Roundabouts Now Open

Construction of three roundabouts has been completed as part of the West Clemmonsville Road widening project, altering the traffic pattern for drivers using the road. The roundabouts are at the intersection with Sides Road and at both sets of entrance-exit ramps for Peters Creek Parkway.

The city is adding a center turn lane to the road between Old Salisbury Road and South Main Street. During construction, tractor-trailer drivers are urged to avoid this area if possible. Construction is projected to be completed in the summer of 2014. Read more information about the project or call CityLink 311.

KWSB Receives Waste Management “Think Green” Grant

Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful has again received a $10,000 “Think Green” grant from Waste Management and Keep America Beautiful to support the 2013 Community Roots Day on Oct. 26. Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful will use the grant to defray the cost of buying trees that will be planted in the Castle Heights neighborhood in East Winston-Salem.

Waste Management awarded the merit-based Think Green grants to affiliates of Keep America Beautiful to support programs that increase local recycling efforts, expand public environmental education, or enhance local beautification and community greening initiatives. Ten grants were awarded, said Barry Caldwell, the chief communications officer for Waste Management and a past chairman of the Keep America Beautiful board of directors.

Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful also received a Waste Management Think Green grant in 2012, said George M. Stilphen, the executive director of Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful. “We are honored that Waste Management and Keep America Beautiful selected Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful and Community Roots Day for another Think Green grant,” Stilphen said. “The trees that we plant with this grant will enrich our community for years to come.” Community Roots Day is a collaborative effort for Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful, the Community Appearance Commission and the city’s Vegetation Management Department.

More information or to volunteer online for Community Roots Day.

 

Human Relations Celebrating Cultural Awareness Month

Two festivals and a forum for high school students on race relations highlight the city’s observance of Cultural Awareness Month during September.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, the city is a sponsor of Fiesta, the Hispanic League's annual Hispanic cultural festival, in downtown Winston-Salem from noon to 7 p.m. Admission is free and will include Hispanic entertainment, food and merchandise vendors. The city will have a tent with information from multiple departments to share with the public.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Human Relations Commission is co-sponsoring International Village during Rock the Block, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Corpening Plaza. Cultures from all over the world will be showcased and celebrated through music, dancing, fashion shows, food, arts and crafts vendors, and information booths.

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and Mount Tabor High School administrators will welcome participants to a Student Race Relations Forum to be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Mount Tabor High School. Students from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County high schools will discuss their perspectives on the state of race relations. For more information about these events or Cultural Awareness Month, call City Link 311.

City Edition, September 2013

For more information about these stories, or to report problem or request services, call CityLink at (336) 727-8000 or 311 in Winston-Salem.

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Mayor
Allen Joines

City Council
Vivian H. Burke, Mayor Pro Tempore
Denise D. Adams
Dan Besse
Robert C. Clark
Molly Leight
Wanda Merschel
Derwin L. Montgomery
James Taylor, Jr.

City Manager
Lee D. Garrity

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