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Located adjacent to Knightdale Station Park, just minutes from your home at the Knightdale Station new home community, Oak City Brewing Company will for the fourth consecutive year again be celebrating the “luck of the Irish,” as part of their annual Shamrock  Shuck event on Saturday, March 16.

The 4thannual Oak City Brewing Company Shamrock Shuck will begin at 12:00 p.m. and continue through the day until 10:00 pm. The outside beer tent at the event closes at 8:00 pm, while the brew houses ceases operation at 10 pm.

As has become normal at Oak City Brewing Company holiday celebrations, there is a little something for everyone to “bring out your green” in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, as their will be live music throughout the day at the Shamrock Shuck in addition to traditional bagpipers, getting all in the spirit of the day.

For those not eating oysters, Havana Dave’s food truck will be on hand at the event from 12:00- 9:00 pm. However, the much-anticipated annual oyster roast, will see oysters served from 12:00-6:00 pm. It is noted that all “shamrock shuckers” (oyster eaters) should purchase tickets in advance, and they are able to do that online or in person at Oak City Brewing Company.

The special “Shamrock Shucker Ticket” for this event is priced very reasonably at $38 per person and includes the following:

  • 1 peck of steamed oysters (about 2 dozen)
  • 1 beer (pint)
  • 1 customized “Shamrock Shuck” oyster shucker
  • 1 Shamrock Shuck Koozie

In addition to all the great entertainment, food, and beverages, there once again are tent spaces available for rental for private use during the event, with each available space measuring 10×10. This does not include a tent, as renters must provide their own, and space is limited. These spaces are not for vendors and can only be rented at Oak City Brewing Company for $40 a space.

The actual admission to the 4thAnnual Shamrock Shuck at Oak City Brewing Company is free and the first 150 customers to arrive will receive a free Shamrock Shuck koozie. Oak City Brewing Company is located at 616 North First Avenue in Knightdale. For more information on the Shamrock Shuck and all the great upcoming events at Oak City Brewing Company, visit their website at oakcitybrewingcompany.com.

This past Monday, December 3, the Wake County Board of Commissioners (WCBOC) met and approved the awarding of over $550,000 in construction contracts, as well as giving their approval on all project funding in  what will certainly help the children in the area to “stay cool” all summer long, as construction will begin next month with a tentative opening date of Spring 2019 on an all- new Knightdale Splash Park to be located at Knightdale Station Park.

The plan for the Knightdale Splash Park (rendering pictured above) has been in the works since the initial plans were drawn up for the Knightdale Station community in 2016, as evidenced by the “Project Location Map” which was shown at Monday’s meeting, detailing all of the projects that have been completed and those that were planned to be implemented at some point when the town’s “first master planned community” was still just in its planning stages.

The wheels on the Knightdale Splash Pad were then set into motion first at the July 17, 2017 WCBOC meeting when the “Housing and Community Revitalization Action Plan” was approved. This plan saw the allocation of $330,000 through a Community Development Block Grant go toward the project, with the Town of Knightdale being responsible for matching some of these funds, which they did, appropriating $245,000 to go toward the Knightdale Splash Park, which according to the “Item Summary” attached to the official minutes of the 12/3/18 WCBOD meeting explains, “will provide recreation and cooling relief from the summer heat for…children in  the immediate neighborhoods as well as the greater community.”

A slight hitch in the process occurred when the Knightdale Splash Pad project was put out for bidding, and once received on October 10, 2018, it was discovered that all the bids received came in significantly higher than the projected $575,000 budget. Not to be deferred and keeping the kids across the community in mind, the design of the Knightdale Splash Park was slightly altered and there was a re-bid that included a cost request for the design and separate pricing for anything that may be considered an “add-on” to the project.

So, with the bids coming in at considerably lower than the first time around (and eventually awarded to Jackson Builders of Goldsboro), the ball was left in the court of the town of Knightdale, who would be responsible, as written in the initial plan for the Knightdale Splash Park, for any funding above the original allotted amount needed for construction. Stepping up to the plate to “keep the kids cool” in the blistering summer heat, the town approved the extra funding necessary at their own November 5, 2018 meeting and the WCBOC voted at this past Monday’s meeting to accept said funds and move forward with their awarding of $553,132.41 for the construction of the Knightdale Splash Pad, which will begin in January 2019 so that once Spring rolls around and the temperature begins to rise, the new addition…at the Station, will be ready to help the youngsters “beat the heat.”

For further information on the new Knightdale Splash Park…at the Station, including the minutes from this past Monday’s (12/3) meeting of the WCBOC, visit www.wakegov.com.

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Located right in the heart of the  Knightdale Station new home community and preparing for another banner year of growth and prosperity among our student base for the upcoming 2019-20 school year, Thales Academy Knightdale will host an open house for grades Pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade.

The 2019-20 Registration/Open House at Thales Academy Knightdale will begin at 8:15 a.m. and run until 11:15 a.m. and will allow parents and prospective students alike a preview of what they can expect in the upcoming school year at the facility. Utilizing a rigorous curriculum and placing a focus on proven, innovative learning methods that include helping the children to develop real world skills, using technology integration, and character development, Thales Academy is known across the area to provide students with the highest quality learning experiences and education.

Thales Academy Knightdale is located in the Knightdale Station new home community at 525 Carolinian Avenue. For more information on the school or to apply online, go to thalesacademy.org.