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New NCMA exhibits reflect on identity and tradition

Two exhibits at the North Carolina Museum of Art invite thoughtful reflection on identity, time, the familiar and tradition: NC Artist Connections and Break the Mold: New Takes on Traditional Art Making. About North Carolina Artist Connections Viewable now until Feb. 13, 2022 in the East Building, NC Artist Connections includes two North Carolina artists…

Dix Park’s new dog park location, details

Dorothea Dix Park’s temporary dog park, which includes more than 3 acres of space off Lake Wheeler Road, will be moving. The new location will be at Williams Field, not far from the sunflowers field, at Umstead and Blair drives. It’s adjacent to the Big Field area. Why the move: The first major project of…

Find acts of kindness around Wake County Wednesday

Update Wednesday, Sept. 22: The stations are rained out, but NAMI encourages locals to find other ways to participate in Act of Kindness Day. Their list of ideas: “buy someone a coffee pay for the person behind you in a drive-through reach out to someone you haven’t checked in with in a while compliment a…

Converging Stories: The Fall, in-person and outdoors is tonight! Here’s what to expect.

Tonight is our outdoors, in-person night of storytelling at Pine State Coffee! Some tickets are still available. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. if we don’t sell out in advance today.  About Converging Stories: The Fall Three community storytellers and Raleigh Convergence’s editor will each share a true, first-person story on the theme…

Fall leaves in Raleigh are coming soon. Here’s when, and where, to see them.

Experts on fall foliage have mixed opinions on the potential for bright, autumnal leaves in 2021.  AccuWeather‘s report forecasts good color with more oranges and yellows, while NC State‘s report predicts more muted colors.  Both expect a slightly later arrival than usual with lingering warmer weather, mid-to-late October here. So where to see fall leaves…

Meet the storytellers sharing true, first-person stories on ‘The Fall’

Three community storytellers and Raleigh Convergence’s editor will each share a true, first-person story on the theme on ‘The Fall’ and its many interpretations. This edition of our local live storytelling series will have two opportunities to connect: An in-person, outdoors event at Pine State Coffee or virtually live and online. Both ticket types are available now. 🗓️ In-person…

What is the State of Downtown Raleigh in 2021? Here’s what community leaders say about new biz, developments

The first case of COVID-19 was reported in Wake County about 18 months ago, and the pandemic isn’t over yet. Many businesses are still recovering from lower sales and other challenges. But despite the pandemic, indications of growth continue in Downtown Raleigh. At the Downtown Raleigh Alliance’s State of Downtown event Sept. 9, DRA’s leader…

Hopscotch Music Festival 2021 guide

Raleigh’s music festival, Hopscotch, is back for 2021, starting Thursday! Wristbands are still available for the full festival and individual days. Here’s what to know about Hopscotch 2021: An all-outdoor footprint: Two main stages in Downtown Raleigh, one in City Plaza and one in Moore Square, will host attendees at 75% capacity, the website says. When: The…

Redistricting in North Carolina, an FAQ

By Jordan Wilkie, Carolina Public Press Redistricting is a jargon-heavy and technical process. Here are the concepts you need to follow the debates and (likely) lawsuits in North Carolina. It’s redistricting time. Legislative staffers are expected this week to release the census data, put into a format that legislators and the public can use to draw political…

Tickets available now for storytelling outdoors or virtually live

It’s challenging to plan events during a pandemic. But we need empathy and human connection more than ever.  So, our next live storytelling event will have two options to join: An in-person, outdoors event at Pine State Coffee or virtually live through Zoom. Both ticket types go on sale at 8 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 2). …

5 Raleigh area hidden gems to visit

We know the Raleigh area is an amazing place to live. At the intersection of must-see experiences and can’t-believe-it’s-here locales is this list. Inspired by your feedback on local exploration, we’ve compiled this list of five Raleigh area hidden gems. JC Raulston Arboretum 💎 Why it’s a hidden gem: While the NC State garden is nationally known, its…

Listen to local stories of distance and exploration

At July’s Converging Stories: Distance + Exploration live storytelling event, Raleigh area neighbors shared their true, first-person stories at Transfer Co. Ballroom. Each interpretation of the theme is different, showing the diversity of lived experiences in our community.  July 12th’s event included stories of distance and exploration, from four storytellers and a guest emcee. By sharing stories,…

Zero Proof Raleigh is a community for alcohol-free events in Raleigh

Jacqueline Lee is a self-described foodie and Realtor who loves Raleigh. She also doesn’t drink alcohol, and she’s created a social group for anyone to join. “I’m experiencing a whole new side to Raleigh now that I don’t drink, which is really exciting,” she said in an email. “I’ve discovered that there’s a huge recovery…

How to find or keep your COVID-19 vaccination record handy

More restaurants, bars and events in Raleigh are requiring proof that patrons are fully vaccinated or show a negative COVID-19 test. But the COVID-19 vaccination records don’t easily fit in your wallet — and what if you’ve accidentally lost it? Here’s how to find your COVID-19 vaccination record in North Carolina and how to keep…

Indoor dog park + bar, dog daycare business opens in Downtown Raleigh

Raleigh has dog parks and Raleigh has dog-friendly bars. But what about something that combines the two, plus some climate control? Enter West Street Dog. West Street Dog recently opened at 400 N. West Street in Downtown Raleigh and are staffing up for everything they will offer. For now, the bar and off-leash dog park…

Listen to stories of second chances

In March’s Converging Stories: Second Chance live storytelling event, Raleigh area neighbors shared their true, first-person stories. Each interpretation of the theme is different, showing the diversity of lived experiences in our community. Want to share your story at a future event? Submit your idea on the theme of The Fall by 11:59 p.m. Thursday…

New Garner recreation center is now open; here’s what it includes

The new Garner Recreation Center is now open, at the corner of Montague and Main streets in Downtown Garner. The 40,000-square-foot facility includes three basketball courts, an art studio, a class fitness room, a multipurpose room, and an elevated indoor track. Exercise equipment is available on the second level with views out large windows.  Outdoors,…

5 Wake County outdoor activities to explore

Want to explore the outdoors — but stay in the Raleigh area? Whether you’re interested in finding waterfront activities, fun things to do with kids (or dogs), or unique experiences, this list of 5 local outside spots is for you. Some Raleigh area locations are already well known, like Umstead State Park, or even iconic,…

Converging Stories: The Fall, seeking storytellers now!

Converging Stories, Raleigh’s live community storytelling series, is looking for storytellers for our Sept. 20 event! Converging Stories is a true, first-person storytelling series in which community members — your neighbors — are coached to share a story for insight around a theme. Each night of storytelling has a different theme. The theme for the…

Learn about Dix Park Plaza & Play designs and public art plans

The design for the first major project of Dorothea Dix Park was shared in detail earlier this month at a public meeting. The site will be where the temporary dog park is currently located. The next dog park location is expected to be announced in September and would move before construction begins.  What the proposed Plaza…

Hopscotch 2021: Lineup and what to expect

Raleigh’s music festival, Hopscotch, is back for 2021 and announced its lineup and wristband sales on Friday. Here’s what to know about this year. When: Sept. 9-11. An all-outdoor footprint: Two main stages in Downtown Raleigh, one in City Plaza and one in Moore Square, will host attendees at 75% capacity, the website says. Tickets are…