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Sunrise 6:10 a.m. | Sunset 8:12 p.m.

🎨 Channel your inner artist
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Artspace allows folks to take unique crafting classes and foster community. | Photo by @pen_yah
Put on your artist’s smock to get crafty in Raleigh. We’ve compiled a list of seven local spots to use the creative side of your brain, from cookie decorating to glass blowing.

Artspace, 201 E. Davie St. | Besides hosting artists in residence + showing exhibitions of local and national art, this nonprofit visual arts studio offers classes for kids, teens, and adults, as well as monthly meet-ups for artists of all kinds.

Craft Habit, 2423 Crabtree Blvd. | Take a peek at this craft supply store’s packed calendar to find a class that suits you. Topics range from introductory metalsmithing and intermediate knitting to specialty classes like acrylic pour painting and lotion making.

Crafts Center at NC State, 210 Jensen Dr. | City Editor Allie here — I loved taking a jewelry class here as an NC State student, and I’m eyeing picking up a new hobby here like pottery, glasswork, or mixed media art. This place seriously has so much to offer the NC State + greater Raleigh communities.

Joy Worthy Co., 131 S. Wilmington St. | The RALtoday team had a great time decorating Christmas cookies here. This studio is always hosting something fun including classes on cooking, an intro to espresso, and acrylic dutch pouring.

Pullen Arts Center, 105 Pullen Rd. | This art center in Pullen Park is fully equipped with a variety of studios — check out the class selection on RecLink to decide what’s just right for you.

Sertoma Arts Center, 1400 W. Millbrook Rd. | In addition to all of the center’s studios, this cozy spot has three exhibit spaces changing each month to showcase more local artists.

Wine & Design, Raleigh Union Station, 510 W. Martin St. | This “Shark Tank"-featured craft studio got its start here in Raleigh and is a great way to get together with friends, family, or a date with special couples classes. Don’t forget to BYO wine, bevs, or snacks.
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Monday, May 13
  • Community Yoga | Monday, May 13 | 6-7 p.m. | Oak City Yoga, 301 N. West St., Ste. 109, Raleigh | Pay-what-you-can | This donation-based class is open to the public and aims to challenge + uplift participants.
  • Bringing Them Home: Over a Century of Oakwood Cemetery’s War Dead | Monday, May 13 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Mordecai Historic Park Classroom in the Visitors Center, 1101 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh | $5-$10 | This event honors veterans buried in the cemetery for Memorial Day.
Tuesday, May 14
  • Best of North Carolina Art | Tuesday, May 14-Saturday, May 25 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Gallery C, 540 N. Blount St., Raleigh | Free | This curated collection includes landmark pieces by influential NC artists.
  • Shelf Indulgence | Tuesday, May 14 | 6-7 p.m. | Duraleigh Road Community Library, 5800 Duraleigh Rd., Raleigh | Free | Think of this as a book club without a reading list — connect with other readers to chat recently read books.
Wednesday, May 15
  • Game Night: War | Wednesday, May 15 | 6-9 p.m. | The Longleaf Hotel, 300 N. Dawson St., Raleigh | Free | Play this classic card game while making friends + sipping bevs.
Friday, May 17
  • North Carolina Courage vs. Utah Royals FC | Friday, May 17 | 8 p.m. | WakeMed Soccer Park, 101 Soccer Park Dr., Cary | $23-$128 | Cheer on the NC Courage while rocking your favorite sneakers + jerseys at Kits and Kicks Night.*
Saturday, May 18
  • Teddy Bear Clinic | Saturday, May 18 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Marbles Kids Museum, 201 East Hargett St., Raleigh | Included with museum admission | Guests from WakeMed Children’s are here to treat your kid’s favorite stuffed Teddy.*
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Real Estate
👀 Selling Soon? See these 3 tips.
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Maximizing your home’s value starts with the right realtor. | Photo provided by Erin Crispin
If you’re hoping to sell your home this summer, you first need to make sure your home is buyer-ready. Here’s how:
  1. Charm them from the curb — First impressions are everything, and fresh flowerbeds + a well-trimmed lawn scream “move-in ready.”
  2. Declutter + depersonalize — Channel “blank canvas” vibes by packing away personal items and photos. Potential buyers want to imagine themselves in the space.
  3. Ace the listing — Partner with a pro who knows market trends and can highlight your home’s best features.
News Notes
  • The Canes won against the New York Rangers 4-3 Saturday night, giving the team another shot and forcing a Game 5. The next match will be tonight at 7 p.m. in New York. (ESPN)
  • Bistro 401 is now operating in a soft opening phase in the former Union Special space on Fayetteville Street. We’re excited to try cafe bevs, sandwiches, salads, and sweet + savory crepes along Raleigh’s main street.
  • This Thursday, May 16 is the Comedy for a Cause benefit show presented by SAFEchild at Crafty Beer, Wine & Spirits. Your $25 ticket supports family wellness and stopping child abuse.
Try This
Plan Ahead
  • A Place at the Table is hosting a pay-what-you-can food truck rodeo on Sunday, June 9 at its new food truck. Located across the street from its brick-and-mortar restaurant on West Hargett Street, folks can choose their price for a hot home-cooked meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Real Estate
  • The deadline to appeal your new Wake County property value is this week after revaluations came in earlier this year. Wednesday, May 15 is the last day to have your property appealed at no cost if you’re not satisfied with the provided value — find out how to do it online.
  • Did you spot the northern lights in Raleigh (or outside the city) this weekend? If you did, send us your pictures with where you took them and you might see your view of the aurora borealis in an upcoming newsletter.
Fun Fact
  • Did you know certain massages stimulate circulation, improve range of motion + reduce recovery time? THE STRETCH from The NOW Massage is a Swedish-inspired treatment designed to do just that.*
  • A quick, non-invasive scan from Craft Body Scan Raleigh can detect cancerous stage one tumors before they progress. The result? Better health outcomes + greater peace of mind. Now through May 31, save 20% on a potentially life-saving cancer scan.*
  • What are people delegating? Getting to inbox zero, calendar management, travel, cold calls, leveraging AI, managing CRMs, expense reports, returns, waiting on customer service calls, household management, and much more. With Athena, you can achieve more time, freedom, success, and impact. See how to score a $1,500 credit.*
🏙️ Become a Raleigh pro
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Whether you’re brand new to the city or still getting your bearings, we want to take some time to share pressing questions + Raleigh pro tips. | Photo by RALtoday
Here at RALtoday, we’re big fans of pro tips — those insider pieces of info only someone in Raleigh would know. For example, it’s pronounced Morde-key, and the best way to get through the Five Points intersection is to just hold your breath and follow the car ahead of you.

To learn these, though, we had to rely on other Raleighites, and with plenty of folks moving to the Triangle every day, we decided it would be a great time to hold a Q+A session. At the link below, send in your Raleigh pro-tips and questions — there’s no need to be embarrassed, we’re still learning new things about the City of Oaks.

We’ll share your best pro-tips and try our hardest to answer all of your Raleigh Qs — or, we’ll ask the smart Raleigh locals who read this newsletter.
The Buy
Apple pie made easy. We’re celebrating National Apple Pie Day by warming up some of this Apple Pie Jam from Adams Apple Co. with a little bit of ice cream.
The Wrap
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From the editor
This weekend, I took a day trip to Columbia, SC for a preseason WNBA game — the trip was less than four hours of driving through gorgeous pines + palmettos. Get to know more about SC’s capital with our sister newsletter, COLAtoday. City Editors David + Sam were able to give me some great recs for while I was in town.
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