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Second Saturday
May 12 – Oct 13 all-day

Raleigh Food Corridor hosts Second Saturday, a once-a-month celebration of local food and community – a day to build awareness and support Raleigh’s food system. Last year, the Raleigh Food Corridor partnered with over 100 businesses and organizations to bring more than 3,000 people out to local gardens, educational events, farmers markets, restaurants, and more.

Join us on the Second Saturday of every month this summer.


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Webinar: Trauma, ACEs, & Toxic Stress: Fostering Healthy Early Brain Development
May 31 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Please join the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) as we discuss key issues for states and territories addressing early childhood brain development, particularly in the prenatal to three years of age period. Webinar speakers will outline the science behind trauma’s effects on the developing brain and its implications for public health programs and policy, and state officials will share lessons learned and implementation recommendations from their own work.

 Speakers include:

  • Moira Szilagyi, MD, PhD, Center Associate Faculty Member, CHCFC and Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Department of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics
  • Morgan McDonald, MD, FAAP, FACPI, Assistant Commissioner and Director, Division of Family Health and Wellness, Tennessee Department of Health
  • Carla Snodgrass, Early Childhood Section Chief, Tennessee Department of Health
  • Linda O’Neal, Executive Director, Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
  • Richard Kennedy, Associate Director, Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth

Registration details can be found here.

4th Annual National Trails Day Event! @ E. Carroll Joyner Park
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The free event will include an Environmental Education Expo featuring interactive environmental education stations. Set up throughout the park, the stations will offer both children and adults a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of nature while learning about the environment. As part of the expo, attendees will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at some of the living things you might encounter on the trails:

  • Examine reptiles and amphibians and learn about their tracks and signs at an exhibit from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Learn how to identify song birds
  • Learn how to identify and reduce stormwater pollutants
  • Learn all about bees
  • Hear animal night calls
  • See camping exhibits, reptiles and more!

Celebrating Trails & Greenways
National Trails Day is a celebration of America’s trail system, which occurs annually on the first Saturday in June. NTD features outdoor activities designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. Since 2003, the Town of Wake Forest has been building greenways as a way to bring open spaces that enhance the lives of its citizens within easy walking distance of their homes. Currently, there are approximately eight miles of developed and 50 miles of planned greenways within Wake Forest. The greenways link neighborhoods, parks, schools, and open spaces while also connecting to the vast Triangle greenway system.

 Learn more about the event here!


“Resilience” Community Film Screening @ Marbles Kids Museum
Jun 13 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) and Marbles Kids Museum are partnering to present community screenings of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, a 60-minute documentary.

Tickets are free but required. Reserve tickets here.

About the Film
Directed by James Redford, this film is about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), their impact on health, quality of life, economics and education, and building resilience to ACEs.

Research shows ACEs are common, they affect all socio-economic levels, and their impact on health and well-being is significant. “The child may not remember, but the body remembers.”

View this highly acclaimed film to learn what ACEs are, how they increase the likelihood of disease and illness, and how together we as a community can mitigate the impact of ACEs for Wake County residents.

Screening Dates:
2nd Wed of the month 8:30-9:30 am through June
Feb 9, 2pm, 3:15 pm

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Webinar: Walkable Transformations: Healthy, Active, and Engaged Communities
Jun 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Register Today!

At America Walks, we believe that every community has the potential to be one where walking and physical activity are available to all members. We will highlight three communities who have undergone transformations to create spaces that put people first. Join us on June 21st at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific for the free webinar “Walkable Transformations: Healthy, Active, and Engaged Communities” to hear from speakers who have done the hard work to create healthy, active, and engaging places and be inspired to do it for your own communities.

Learn more about the webinar and register here. 

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Learn first-hand from three communities the resources, tools, and creativity used to create people-first places
  • Hear how communities are addressing obstacles and resistance to walkability
  • Explore ways to encourage walking and support walkability in communities across the US
ACEs Steering Committee Meeting @ YMCA of the Triangle Association Resource Center
Jul 31 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Assembly Room

ACEs Advisory Board Meeting @ Training Room
Sep 6 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
9th Annual Dig In! @ Marbles Kids Museum
Oct 3 @ 8:15 am – 1:30 pm

Join Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) and partner Marbles Kids Museum for Dig In! on March 10 to explore how urban agriculture, community gardens, and edible gardens in schools and child care settings grow a healthier Wake County. Learn how and commit to how you will contribute to healthier communities in Wake County through edible gardens and urban ag.

Registration: $25 Register here!

The theme for Dig In! this year is Nourishing Community: How Community Gardens and Urban Ag Support a Healthy Wake County. Join us if you are ready to contribute to increased access to fresh, healthy food in Wake County!




ACEs Steering Committee Meeting @ YMCA of the Triangle Association Resource Center
Oct 18 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Assembly Room


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