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Listen to stories of ‘The Fall’

At our Raleigh live storytelling events for Converging Stories: The Fall, three Raleigh area neighbors shared their true, first-person stories. Each interpretation of the theme of ‘The Fall’ is different, showing the diversity of lived experiences in our community.  The outdoors, in-person event was held at Pine State Coffee on Sept. 20 and the virtual event was…

Raleigh in 2022: We’re still here, now make our future better for all

How could Raleigh be better for more communities in 2022? We asked local community leaders and doers to share their ideas for the future.  The next essay is from Nick Neptune, a civic entrepreneur and community advocate. Nick is the associate director of advocacy and education with WakeUP Wake County, and currently serves as the…

Raleigh NYE: Ideas to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2021

Hi everyone! It’s Susan from @experience_raleigh here, with a roundup of some Raleigh New Year’s Eve celebrations!  There’s so much more happening this year than last – and we are ready for it! But there are still concerns about the rising number of Covid cases and some pivoting of plans.  FIRST NIGHT RALEIGH Once again,…

Raleigh in 2022: An artist’s place to call home

How could Raleigh be better for more communities in 2022? We asked local community leaders and doers to share their ideas for the future.  Next up: Carly P. Jones is an arts executive and performing artist recently named the President + CEO of Artspace in Downtown Raleigh. Prior to her work at Artspace, Jones served…

Raleigh in 2022: How church properties could be a solution

How could Raleigh be better for more communities in 2022? We asked local community leaders and doers to share their ideas for the future.  Next up: Clark Rinehart, a civic & social entrepreneur who is working to make the world a more equitable place and founder of The Steeple Collective. He is particularly interested in…

Raleigh in 2022: Start the Civic Renaissance

How could Raleigh be better for more communities in 2022? We asked local community leaders and doers to share their ideas for the future.  First up: Amber Smith, the Executive Director of Activate Good, a nonprofit that mobilizes locals to improve our community by facilitating volunteer projects around the Triangle.  By Amber Smith When COVID-19…

Slingshot Coffee founder launches sparkling superfruit tea brand with women-led production

Raleigh-based Slingshot Coffee entrepreneur Jenny Bonchak has launched a new line of sparkling, plant-based superfruit teas, Needs & Wants. The context: Slingshot Coffee is a Raleigh success story, having grown its cold brew-centric business to a national level. Now you can find Slingshot Coffee in Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, at national grocery retailers, as well as online.  Needs &…

Illuminate Art Walk, lighted art installations in Downtown Raleigh, begins Friday

Illuminate Art Walk will return to Downtown Raleigh beginning Friday. 💡What to see: Chimes, pictured below, is a highlight of this year’s series of large-scale light-based art pieces. Chimes will span half of City Plaza on Fayetteville Street.  💡Find it: Other installations in Downtown Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street and Glenwood South districts are at storefronts and public…

Raleigh’s holiday season starts this weekend. Here’s our guide

In Raleigh, it’s a tradition that holiday events begin the weekend before Thanksgiving. From the Raleigh Christmas Parade to local tree lightings and other festive events around town, the holidays arrive earlier. To help you plan your Raleigh holiday kickoff, we’re sharing some of the best events starting this weekend: Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting ⏰…

Personal news from the editor + changes

Here’s the thing about being a solopreneur: Raleigh Convergence’s publishing and my time are one and the same. So my personal news is also Raleigh Convergence news: I’m expecting my second child! If you’ve attended an in-person storytelling event, this was likely obvious, but for the casual reader, this is definitely news. Taking time to…

Downtown South, Park City South project designs announced by Kane Realty

Plans for three transformational projects for Downtown Raleigh’s southern gateway were released this week from Kane Realty. Two of the projects are at Downtown South and one is at Park City South near Dorothea Dix Park. If the projects move forward with the city’s approval, expect more vertical density, retail and residential living spaces. Here’s…

Tonight is Converging Stories: Tradition, virtually live!

Tonight is our virtual night of storytelling for Converging Stories: Tradition! Tickets are still available. What to expect at our virtual event:  Stories begin at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) over Zoom. How to “show up”: This event uses Zoom webinar — feel free to join us from your couch in your sweats, you won’t be on camera! There will be…

Converging Stories: Tradition, our in-person event, is tonight! Here’s what to expect.

Tonight is our outdoors, in-person night of storytelling at Pine State Coffee! 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.  What to expect at our in-person event:  Stories begin at 7 p.m. tonight (Monday) at Pine State Coffee in Raleigh. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.…

Wake County towns’ new leaders and ballot measures voted ‘yes’ by locals

In Tuesday’s 2021 elections, Wake County residents chose elected leaders in towns including: Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon. Scroll to see info by town. Here are those unofficial election results, including bond measures that will fund projects like street improvements, parks and fire stations. Apex In Apex,…

Tuesday is Election Day for some Wake County towns

It’s election day for several Wake County towns:  Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon vote Nov. 2. Some parts of Angier and Durham are also in Wake County. Resources: Review a sample ballot, check your registration + polling place here, read available candidate questionnaires find election results when…

Meet the storytellers for Converging Stories: Tradition!

We’re rolling out introductions of the community storytellers who will share true, first-person stories on the theme of Tradition. Our live storytelling event will have two options to join: 🗓️ In-person event details: Converging Stories: Tradition will be 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8. at Pine State Coffee, 1614 Automotive Way, off Capital Boulevard in Raleigh. Doors open at…

Raleigh of the future: A call for perspectives

What’s next for Raleigh and our surrounding Wake County communities as we look to the new year?  We want to bring in a series of voices and perspectives of doers in the Raleigh area that tackle a big question: How could Raleigh be better for different communities in 2022?  We’re looking for local doers to…

3 (local) things to know about the Alphonse Mucha exhibit at NCMA

The North Carolina Museum of Art will open an exhibit Saturday of Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha. Mucha is known for his iconic style seen on posters and advertisements, particularly of women, from the turn of the 20th century. The exhibit shares the artist’s story, but local elements also interpret his work in modern ways.…

Tickets available now for last storytelling event of 2021!

Creating tradition, breaking tradition and subverting tradition are all experiences that local storytellers will share during our upcoming Converging Stories: Tradition events. Our live storytelling event will have two options to join: An in-person, outdoors event at Pine State Coffee (Monday, Nov. 8) or virtually live through Zoom (Wednesday, Nov. 10). Both ticket types are on sale now! This…

Wake County releases proposed redistricting map, give input now

Update: The map was approved, and the Wake County Board also voted to move to four-year staggered terms. Wake County’s residential districts are changing. With new 2020 Census data, a proposed map brings into better balance the districts for area’s growing population. What to know: While your residential district and who represents you may change…

Early voting begins for 11 Wake County towns

While Raleigh’s local elections are delayed until 2022, 11 Wake County towns will hold their municipal elections Nov. 2, 2021. Early voting begins Thursday and continues until Oct. 30. Who’s voting Nov. 2, 2021: Residents of Angier, Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon. Who’s not voting in 2021: Cary’s election and…

Hartwell brings together community, local makers in new space in Boylan Heights

The Hartwell is all about local in a unique way: Part community space, part maker market and part venue/workshop host, the Downtown Raleigh business opened its modern, renovated doors for its first events earlier this month. The Boylan Heights building at 620 W. South Street began as owner Caitlin Ward’s grandfather’s shop, M.H’s Grocerteria, in…