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News worth shouting
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Have exciting news? Get ready to shout it out in the newsletter. | Photo provided by 6AM City
We’re sharing exciting news with our RALtoday family. We’ve launched a new shoutout section in our newsletter just for you.

We’re offering our most passionate and loyal readers (yep, that’s you) the opportunity to support local journalism through our RALtoday membership program, where you’ll gain exclusive access to have your voice included in the newsletter.

Your voice is valuable, and so are the special moments in your life. Shoutouts allow us to celebrate job promotions, anniversaries, and exciting experiences right here in Raleigh. All you have to do is submit your shoutout, and we will take it from there. Already a member? Go ahead and send an email to secure your shoutout now.

Other membership perks include exclusive birthday deals, shoutouts + discounts in our online shop (Six & Main).

In addition to offering membership benefits, we genuinely just love giving you the scoop on the newest restaurants, the coolest events, detailing the city’s history, digging into the latest real estate deals, and keeping you up-to-date on developments around town.

Your membership fee of only $50 will go towards keeping our newsletter hyper-local and supporting our local editors. We’re also donating 10% of memberships annually to a local philanthropic cause.

We can’t thank you enough for your continued readership and support. Ready to take your love for RALtoday to the next level? There’s a shoutout with your name on it waiting for you…
Congratulations to my daughter for getting that job promotion. Let’s celebrate with dinner. Your treat?
- Robin G.

Want to make a shoutout?
Friday, March 17
  • St. Patrick’s Day Weekend | Friday, Mar. 17-Saturday, Mar. 18 | 12 p.m.-2 a.m. | Boxcar Bar + Arcade, 330 W. Davie St., Raleigh | Free | Celebrate the Irish with a special cocktail menu, live music, and games.
  • Psychedelic St. Patrick’s Day Party | Friday, Mar. 17 | 7-11 p.m. | Transfer Co. Food Hall, 500 E. Davie St., Raleigh | $10-$12 | See the Cosmic Superheroes, a genre-bending rock quartet from Raleigh, perform live with The Skuns.
Saturday, March 18
  • Raleigh Roasts | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Moore Square, 201 S. Blount St., Raleigh | $7-$13 | This annual event celebrates Raleigh’s vibrant cafe culture and coffee roasters.
  • HOMEGROWN Beer & Music Festival | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 1-9 p.m. | Bowstring Pizza and Brewyard, 1930 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh | $32-$38 | This live music festival features music from some of NC’s hottest talent including Duck, Rebekah Todd, and Boulevards.
  • Sugar On Top Comedy Show | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 7 p.m. | Anisette Sweet Shop, 209 Bickett Blvd., Raleigh | Free | Local comedians Tony Castleberry, Greg Capra, Victoria Quiett, and Helen Wildy will perform.
  • Books + Flowers Grand Opening | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Gather Goods Co., 417 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary | Free | Explore the new shop, build your own bouquet, and enjoy refreshments.
Sunday, March 19
  • Beats and Brunch | Sunday, Mar. 19 | 12-4 p.m. | Killjoy, 116 N. West St., Raleigh | $10-$260 | Enjoy music, cocktails, and food in a chill environment.
  • Poses & Popsicles | Sunday, Mar. 19 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Raleigh Popsicles Co., 119 E. Hargett St., Ste. 110, Raleigh | $12 | Children will practice yoga, meditation, and mindfulness exercises through music and games.

We have a calendar filled with events and activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.

Click here to have your event featured.
Three outdoor activities to try in Columbia, SC
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Congaree National Park is just one of the reasons Columbia, SC makes for a great outdoor getaway. | Photo by Forrest Clonts
Here comes the sun, Raleigh. With winter in our rearview, we’re ready for outdoor adventures filled with fresh air, vitamin D, and good vibes. Feeling a bit of wanderlust as well? A ~3-hour drive from Raleigh, Columbia, SC has a lot to offer. Think:
News Notes
  • 71º | Showers | 42% chance of rain
  • Sawmill Tap Room will close in May when its lease in Greystone Village expires. The North Raleigh restaurant and bar operated for 23 years, pouring beers from 30 taps and hosting neighborhood celebrations. It’s possible the restaurant could reopen somewhere else. (The News & Observer)
  • A Raleigh Water project that plans to close two lanes of Glenwood Avenue is postponed until further notice. It was originally scheduled to begin on Monday, March 20 to replace aging infrastructure of old water and sewer mains.
  • Downtown’s first social district launched last August. Now, the City of Raleigh is seeking feedback on Sip n’ Stroll before reviewing the pilot program this spring. Fill out this survey to inform the future of the social district.
  • Our first local team tipped off in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament last night. No. 5 Duke defeated No. 12 Oral Roberts, 74-51. NC State’s men’s and women’s teams play tonight. Bonus: Watch the Pack play at the DRA’s viewing party in Moore Square, starting today at 12 p.m.
  • Avelo Airlines will add three more nonstop flights at RDU in June. Destinations include Memphis, TN, Manchester, NH, and Rochester, NY. This growth will add ~35 more jobs in the Triangle.
Today Is
  • St. Patrick’s Day. Observed to honor the death of St. Patrick, the annual holiday is celebrated globally and often features Irish dishes, parades, and dancing. Celebrate locally by trying a themed treat.
  • Springtime is here and that NC sun is out. EltaMD UV Daily Tinted is a lightweight moisturizer with UV protection plus hyaluronic acid to boost moisture retention + diminish fine lines. Pro tip: Choose from tinted + untinted formulas to wear alone or under makeup (or snag both — we did).*
  • A cash back card so good, even the experts had to have it. (Hint: Features include up to 5% cash back, a big sign-up bonus, and no annual fee.) See what it is.*
  • $241. That’s the real price of a roundtrip ticket from Boston to Barcelona sold this year via Going — a travel membership that alerts you when flight prices drop. Sign up for a free membership or try an Elite membership for free if you’re interested in business and first class tickets, too.
Hurling for the craic
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The ball is called a sliotar, pronounced “slit-er.” | Photo by Adrian via Pexels
There are many ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but have you heard about hurling? No, not that kind of hurling. We’re talking about the Irish sport.

What is hurling?

This ancient Gaelic game is the national sport of Ireland and looks a bit like field hockey played with a baseball.

Players use a wooden stick to pass and score points by shooting through the opponent’s goalpost. Players use the stick (called a hurl or hurley) to hit and balance the ball (called a sliotar).

Want to learn all the official rules? Check out the US Gaelic Athletic Association (USGAA).

Get involved

Whether you want to hurl yourself onto the field or be a spectator, the Raleigh GAA has you covered. Scope out the competition, as well as other Gaelic sports, with the USGAA’s interactive map.
The Wrap
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From the Editor
After three weeks of fierce competition, local chef Kyle Teears of Craften took home the $10,000 grand prize at Cooking for the Kids. His chargrilled wagyu sirloin and Cheerwine chess pie took the cake. Congrats, chef.
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