Calling all movers and shakers. Are you ready to become an even more engaged citizen? Do you wish you knew more about the goings-on in our city, before they happen? You can make your voice heard — by serving as a volunteer member on one of the City’s 29 (yes, 29) boards and commissions.
As a board member, you can weigh in on topics like appearance or planning, advise on changes to our local parks and greenway system, or contribute to historic development and preservation of cemeteries.
Members are nominated and appointed by the City Council. To be considered, you must submit an interest form to the board or commission of your choosing (example here). Candidates must receive five favorable votes from City Council members in order to be approved for a board or commission member position.
• Who can apply? Any citizen residing within the City of Raleigh.
• What are the term limits? Current policies observe a two-year term + a maximum of three terms. Individuals may serve on a maximum of two boards at any given time. To make sure the time commitment fits with your personal schedule, you can view meeting times on each individual board or commission landing page, via the City of Raleigh website.
Holiday ○ In case you missed it —The Carolina Ballet has partnered with WRAL to present a televised performance of the company’s production of the Nutcracker. The presentation will be broadcast December 25 at 7 p.m. on channel 5 + encore presentations are slated. Check your local listings and cable provider to confirm details.🩰
Drink ○ Come Friday, you can find us eating leftover turkey and sipping on a Sycamore Brewing Pumpkin Latte Blonde. Find it at your nearest Lowes Foods Beer Den. 🍺 Ⓟ
Asked ○ Even though looking back at 2020 might seem bleak, there are lots of nuggets of joy + delight we’ve been able to find in and around our amazing city this year. What Raleigh-centric things are you thankful for? 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. 🙏
Bonus: If you’re looking for a conversation piece to hang in your house this holiday season, you can purchase the print in Peter’s Etsy store here.
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Outdoors ○ History Hike: Fanny Breeze | Mon., Nov. 23 | 9:30–11:30 a.m. | 6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham | Free | A ranger at Eno River State Park will be leading a moderate level hike through Fanny’s Ford Trail + sharing the history of the trail’s namesake Fanny Breeze, a midwife and formerly enslaved person.
Holiday ○ Fieldstream Farm Christmas Light Show | Mon., Nov. 23 | 6:30–9:45 p.m. | 8008 Old Stage Road | $20 | This drive-thru Christmas celebration displays 1+ million different lights throughout the farm and is known for having its entire tunnel covered in LED bulbs. 🚗
PlanAhead ○ Drive Thru Festival of Lights Opening Night | Thurs., Nov. 26 | 5:30–10 p.m. | 703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville | $20 per vehicle | Hill Ridge Farms is celebrating the opening night of their Festival of Lights for the holiday season. The display is over a mile long and showcases around a million different lights. 💡 ○ Shop Small Saturday | Sat., Nov. 28 | 1–5 p.m. | 500 E. Davie Street | Free | Triangle Pop-Up and its artisan vendors will be setting up shop at Transfer Food Co Hall. Visitors can shop for creative, hand-crafted goods and grab something to eat or drink. 🛍️
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.