Did you know?National Adoption Day is observed each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving — a.k.a. tomorrow.
The goal is to raise awareness for children currently in foster care and seeking permanent homes, so today we’re going to take a little time to share some fast facts + resources to help you learn more about adoption in our community.
Chart via NC Kids | Adoption + Foster Care Network
If I’m interested in adoption, where do I start? Wake County Foster Care and Adoption Services is hosting a virtual information fair tomorrow, Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. To register, call 919-212-7878 or RSVP here by email and learn more about the following:
• Fostering to adoption • The adoption process • Local adoption agency partners • Adoption support and local resources • Successful adoption stories • Local children waiting to be adopted
• Time to care for a child + provide support for his or her physical, mental, emotional, and educational needs • Willingness and commitment to advocate for the child long term + support from your local community or network
Where can I learn more? In addition to initiatives and services offered by Wake County, several local organizations offer information and services to help facilitate adoption or foster care in our area. We recommend getting started with the following list:
Edu ○ This week, the Wake County School Board approved a plan that will return students of all ages — including high schoolers — to at least some in-person instruction. Only one board member voted against the plan. Read more and see the full public school rotation here. 🎒(The News & Observer)
Biz ○ Detroit-based startup Plain Sight — a digital platform that connects people for networking, coworking, and social meet-ups — is expanding operations to the Triangle. The app identifies physical and virtual spaces to connect + shares info like capacity and floor plans. 📲 (TechWire)
ShopLocal ○ The Downtown Raleigh Alliance has compiled a list of 50+ local businesses that are offering online shopping for the holidays. The website is even divided into categories including home and garden, gifts, and music and books. Check out the full list here. 🎁
Travel ○ Roadtrip, anyone? Fill your bellies with turkey this Thanksgiving, and then sleep it off in Greenville, SC — they have a ton of socially-distant outdoor activities to offer, plus great rates on downtown hotels. 🧳Ⓟ
Ranked ○ Raleigh received an overall grade of A+ and was ranked #12 among Niche’s recent list of Best Cities to Raise a Family in America. Criteria included housing options, public school ratings, the availability of outdoor activities, jobs, and weather. 🧢
ICYMI ○ Today is the last day of the North South Connector Fall Challenge — hosted by local organization Oaks and Spokes to help bring awareness to the new protected bike lanes recently installed on West and Harrington streets downtown. To be entered to win a gift card take a picture of your bike ride, stop in at Five Star Restaurant + tag #NSConnector on social media. 🚲
Asked ○ Because once the turkey’s gone… the holiday shopping is on. If you’re a local biz, we want to know: What deals are you offering this Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Let us know here for a chance to be included in an upcoming newsletter. 🛍️
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• A Place at the Table has reopened Despite shifting to a new model this year, Raleigh’s pay-what-you-can cafe has continued to serve the community during a much-needed time + serving more than 300 meals per day.
So now it’s your turn. What are you thankful for? We are especially interested in things that are RAL-centric. Did you finally get to enjoy a local activity, open a local business, try a new restaurant in town, or spend some time exploring a new part of our beautiful city? 👉 Let us know here.
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Holiday ○ Downtown Tree Lighting | Fri., Nov. 20 | 5:45 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Tune into ABC 11 tonight for this annual event. Performers include local violinist and AGT competitor Tyler Butler-Figueroa + the Diego Avilez Quintet. 🎄
Learn ○ 25th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration | Fri., Nov. 20 + Sat., Nov. 21 | 9 a.m.– 3:15 p.m. | Virtual | Free | This two-day event is hosted by the NC Museum of History and includes a variety of interactive sessions and performances for, by, and about local Indigenous people. Sessions are centered around native heritage and practices such as painting, storytelling, and tribe regalia.
ForKids ○ Dreaming in Color | Fri., Nov. 20 | 9 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Victoria Scott-Miller of Liberation Station bookstore will be doing a reading for kids and their families, using stories to share diverse perspectives. 📖
Saturday ○ 76th Raleigh Christmas Parade | Sat., Nov. 21 | 10 a.m.–12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Presented by Shop Local Raleigh, this will be the first-ever virtual Raleigh Christmas parade and viewers will be able to watch live on ABC 11. 🛷 ○ Women of Change: The Legacy of the 19th Amendment | Sat., Nov. 21 | City of Raleigh museum, 220 Fayetteville Street | Free | This new exhibit opens at 9 a.m. The end date has not yet been set, but is expected to remain in place ~2 years.
Sunday ○ Holiday Market & Lighting of the Trees | Sun., Nov. 22 | 12–6 p.m. | Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Road | Free | Lafayette Village is ringing in the holiday season with its annual market and tree-lighting ceremonies. People can walk around the European style village + shop at various stores. 🦌
PlanAhead ○ Jingle Ball 2020 | Thurs., Dec. 3 | 7–8:15 p.m. | Virtual | $20+ | This year’s event — hosted by the Capital City Clauses and benefiting the Christmas Cheer program + other local children’s nonprofits — offers a range of immersive options, from a digital concert pass to a premium, catered at-home experience. Tickets are on sale now. 🎅
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.
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