Earlier this month, Editor Carly asked y’all to help prepare her Aunt Betty for a move to the Triangle. We’re talkin’ insider tips + tricks, people — not the kind of stuff she can easily find on Google.
Today, we’re bringing you our top 10 reader recommendations only a Raleighite could know.
•1: Reader @arthur_in_the_garden says — Get the best view of downtown from the Flower Cottage at Dix Park.
•2: Reader Kitty K. says — For the best scones inside the Beltline, check out Yellow Dog Bakery.
•3: Reader Nicki M. says — Historic Oakwood is the best spot for Halloween + Christmas decorations.
•4: Reader @rcarolhutto says — The perfect afternoon in Cary: La Farm bakery then Bond Park for a picnic.
•5: Reader @allthejason says — Just off Sycamore trail, you can hike up to the lake spillway for some good pictures (follow the loop counterclockwise + take a right turn when you first descend down to Sycamore Creek).
Edu ○ Registration opens today for Wake County’s Virtual Academy. The School Board approved to extend this program Tuesday night (which was started last year due to the pandemic). Learn more here. 💻 (CBS17)
Arts ○ The NCMA recently opened a new exhibit entitledTo Be Young: Coming of Age in the Contemporary.The exhibition offers a youth’s perspective on coming of age across various communities + challenges how society defines maturity. 🎨
Civic ○ The City of Raleigh will begin mapping the hottest parts of the city in a community-led campaign. From mid-June to late-July, volunteers will use heat sensors to identify urban heat islands + develop effective solutions.
Dish ○ Black Restaurant Week Carolinas kicks off tomorrow at participating restaurants in the Triangle — including The Chicken Hut, Bon Fritay, Sweetheart Treats and Pure Soul. Restaurants will offer fixed-price brunch, lunch + dinner menus. 🍽️
Number ○ Morrisville-based Istari Oncology raised $43.5 million in its latest funding round. The biotech company is testing an injectable drug — PVSRIPO (a modified form of the polio virus) — to target + treat bladder cancer. (Triangle Business Journal) ○ Durham-based Baebies was awarded up to $11.6 Million in funding from CARB-X. The company specializes in early disease detection + is working to develop a rapid diagnostic platform for sepsis.
List ○ With warmer weather in the forecast, Moore Square has planned numerous events for this spring — including outdoor workouts, lunchtime trivia + specialty markets. Click here for a list of activities and start planning. 🌳 (Raleigh Magazine)
Coronavirus ○ Gov. Roy Cooper announced yesterday that he plans to lift the majority of COVID-19 restrictionsby June 1. Restrictions limiting capacity at indoor restaurants, bars and concert venues are among those that will be lifted, along with limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings.
Looking for something to do with the kids? Check out the new playground at Blue Jay Point County Park (3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.). Kids can enjoy the updated slides, balance beams, boulders + swings, while parents relax in shaded seating.
The new playground replaces the park’s previous 20-year-old playground — a project which began in mid-November.
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Network ○Young Professionals Network Social | Thurs., Apr. 22 | 4:30–5:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free for members | The program aims to connect young professionals across fields in our community.
Biz ○ Reach Customers Online with Google | Thurs., Apr. 22 | 2–3 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Participants will learn straight from the source on how to effectively use Google and its programs to grow their businesses. ○ 2021 Critical Issues Series | Thurs., Apr. 22 | 8:30–10 a.m. | Virtual | Free for members | The forum will focus on local and regional economic development, opportunities + connections.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Every year, 40% of food goes to waste in the US | Photo provided by Hungry Harvest
We’ve all watched our lettuce wilt and die in the drawer. In honor of Earth Day, here are 5 easy tips to shop + cook more sustainably:
🌎 Use every part of the plant (including the skin) by making stocks, pesto, or blending in a smoothie. 🌎 Store your food properly. 🌎 Freeze + preserve.(DYK you can freeze these fruits + veggies?) 🌎 Plan meals with the help of a Hungry Harvest subscription. 🌎 Actually eat your leftovers. Ⓟ