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Wake County’s community libraries begin re-opening for Express Service, here’s the schedule

More libraries are opening their doors this month for Express Service. Last fall, the regional libraries re-opened. Last Thursday, the community libraries began a phased re-opening, with more in the coming weeks. Express Service opens the library’s doors for short (15-30 minutes) visits. Temperature checks are required for entry and the library locations limit capacity.…

Introducing: Raleigh Convergence Community, a membership program

What is the future you want to see in Raleigh? And how would you be a part of that future?  Is it a Raleigh where you know how to make your voice heard on the issues that matter to you? Is it the continued discovery and celebration of places, people and independent ideas that make our home unique? Thoughtful context…

COVID-19 vaccine wait list from Wake County isn’t first come, first served.

Updated Jan. 20: The Wake County vaccination appointment system began Tuesday, and more people sought appointments than the call center and website could handle. More than 30,000 on the waitlist in the first day: At the end of the first 10 hours, the county says more than 30,000 people are now on the waitlist. Compared…

Epic Games will redevelop Cary Towne Center to new HQ, here’s what it could mean

An area of Cary close to Raleigh will change dramatically in the next few years. Epic Games, known best for its popular Fortnite video game, bought the Cary Towne Center mall. And Fenton, a mixed-use destination, will open in spring 2022. It’s part of a transforming Eastern Cary Gateway, between Raleigh and Downtown Cary. The…

7 ways to welcome 2021 (yes, even in a pandemic)

It’s finally time to put 2020 in the rearview mirror, but like our holidays before, celebrating the start of 2021 will be different in Raleigh. But the pandemic isn’t behind us yet. Besides not being able to get together for New Year’s Eve parties, the statewide curfew of 10 p.m. to curb the spread will…

How cocktails to go works in North Carolina

It’s been a tough nine months for bars. The initial stay-at-home order in March closed the doors to bars and private clubs. Bars with patios or that could manage makeshift outdoor seating could re-open outdoors only at reduced capacity in early October. Now, bars and restaurants can offer mixed drinks to go, as of 5…

Introducing Raleigh Convergence Jobs!

If you’re looking for a new job in Raleigh, or you’re looking for the perfect candidate, this news is for you! Meet Raleigh Convergence Jobs! This new feature is free for job hunters to use. We’re excited about the opportunity to connect Raleigh Convergence’s community with potential jobs. And it’s a low-cost way for employers to reach…

Gifts for kids from local Raleigh area businesses

By Roxy Garrity | For Raleigh Convergence Consider small businesses in Raleigh when buying for the kids in your life this holiday season. These stores and businesses not only have unique and affordable gifts for kids, but they’re taking extra safety measures to ensure a socially distant shopping experience, curbside pick up or even delivery.…

Holiday events 2020 in Raleigh and Wake County

If it seems like the holidays start earlier in Raleigh, there’s a reason for that. The Raleigh Christmas parade, the local kickoff to the holiday season, is traditionally held the weekend before Thanksgiving. While that date stays the same, it’s 2020, so the holiday season in Raleigh will look a little different. We’re rounding up…

We want your input on the future.

I launched Raleigh Convergence in April 2019 with a set of guiding values, a belief in the future of local journalism and a love of our community.  As Raleigh Convergence grows, I’m continuously grateful for the community that embraces this Raleigh-grown idea. Thank you for reading, engaging, subscribing to curated (free) newsletters, telling stories and…

Raleigh voters say yes to the affordable housing bond. Here’s what it includes.

Raleigh voters said, by a large margin, that the city should move forward with an affordable housing bond. The Nov. 3 ballot referendum passed with nearly 72% of voters saying yes (or 166,100 votes), according to Election Night unofficial results. Affordable housing is a central issue for a growing Raleigh, as previously reported. The $80…

Election 2020 results in Wake County (updated Dec. 21)

Updated Dec. 21: The State Board of Elections certified the results on Dec. 18, resolving the final outstanding race for N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice and a few outstanding races. Nearly all other contests were certified by the state on Nov. 24. Of the four that were outstanding, two are in Wake County. Here are…

Wake County Election Day 2020: What to know, how to vote

Tuesday is Election Day, Wake County voters. Here’s a quick guide to voting, Election Day 2020 and what to expect after you cast your ballot. How to vote Nov. 3 in Wake County: Find your Election Day polling place. Locations open at 6:30 a.m. and you must be in line before 7:30 p.m. If you…

4 ways to fall in love with Knightdale

By Arlene Brown | for Raleigh Convergence New to Knightdale and looking for things to do? This post is part of Raleigh Convergence’s New Neighbor Project, which connects newcomers to the Raleigh area with content from community members around things to do, civic engagement, local history and more. I am Arlene Brown and I have fallen…

Meet the Converging Stories: Fear storytellers, emcee

The final Converging Stories event of the 2020 season is almost here! The Raleigh live storytelling series from Raleigh Convergence with our partner Transfer Company will hold Converging Stories: Fear on Oct. 26. On the Monday before Halloween, join us for Converging Stories and hear community storytellers share true, first-person stories on the night’s theme.…

Fall leaves in Raleigh are changing. Visit these spots to see the autumn colors.

Fall leaves in the Raleigh area are starting to change, and according to this NC State University story, we’re entering prime leaf-changing time. The farmers’ almanac anticipated the peak fall leaves in our area between Oct.12-28. So where to see fall leaves in Raleigh? There are a few can’t-miss sprawling parks to visit: Umstead State…

Raleigh’s affordable housing bond proposal, explained.

Affordable housing is a central issue for a growing Raleigh, and now it’s on the Nov. 3 ballot. The $80 million proposed bond could help fund affordable housing for our neighbors making the least, “missing middle” housing, first-time homebuyers and longtime residents.* The budget recently presented to the Raleigh City Council also focuses on future…

Raleigh area bars, movie theaters re-opening in Phase 3

The Rialto Theatre kept us inspired with marquee quotes as the Five Points movie theater’s screens stayed dark since March. Now, it’s among the businesses permitted to re-open under Phase 3 restrictions, which went into effect last Friday. Bars may also re-open under Phase 3, but only outdoors at 30% capacity. Here’s a list of…