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Western Wake Farmers’ Market Night – Sept. 8

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Community, events | 0 comments

page1image552Little Hen Restaurant in Holly Springs will host a Western Wake Farmers’ Market night on Monday, September 8, 2014. A portion of the proceeds will benefit WWFM. Little Hen offers fresh, local farm-to-table cuisine and “supports local farms and farmers’ markets by putting onto your plate what is fresh, seasonal, and as far as possible, devoid of all that mass production has created.” Come support local food and farm-to-table restaurants!

Little Hen
Monday, September 8, 2014
Opening at 5pm
5160 Sunset Lake Road – Apex, NC 27539

The WWFM is open year-round, rain or shine, to provide area residents with access to locally grown and crafted foods. Market offerings include fresh seasonal produce, flowers, herbs, baked goods, prepared foods, eggs, cheeses, meats and seafood, as well as coffee, beer, soda, local honey, crafts and more.

The mission of WWFM is for all people in our community to become educated about and benefit from locally grown food. Our aim is to helpall walks of life, from the farmers to the local community members to those less fortunate who might need assistance through the local food bank.

Location: Western Wake Farmers’ Market, 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Road, Cary, NC 27519 Dates and Times: Every Saturday, 8:00AM – 12:00PM (April-November) and 9:30AM – 12:00PM

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Raleigh Easter Returns with City’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Community, events | 0 comments

RaleighEaster4-VintageChurchFree Family Fun in Downtown Raleigh with 58,000 Eggs, Games, and Music at Raleigh Easter 2014

The seventh annual Raleigh Easter returns to the capital city on Saturday, April 12, a week earlier than normal this year. This year, thousands of visitors to this FREE event on Raleigh’s Halifax Mall will find more than 58,000 eggs in more than a half dozen egg hunts from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m. Visitors will also enjoy games, music, balloons, and inflatables as part of the day’s festivities.

Last year’s crowd saw more than 4,000 children participate in egg hunts on Halifax Mall, located in the Government Complex one block north of the state legislative building (near the Museums of Natural Sciences and History) in Downtown Raleigh. Hunts will take place every half hour between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. this year, with separate zones for children with special needs.

“We love being part of Raleigh and are thrilled to put on this event for the families who live here,” said Matt Stevens, coordinator for Raleigh Easter and pastor at Vintage Church, sponsor of the event. “We’re happy that Raleigh Easter has become a tradition, and we hope to see many more folks come out.”

Raleigh Easter is sponsored by Vintage Church, a non-denominational church with three locations in the Triangle. Although Raleigh Easter isn’t a religious event, the church has scheduled Easter services, beginning with a Maundy Thursday celebration on April 17 at 7 p.m. and Easter Sunday services at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 5 p.m. (see for service locations).

For more information about Raleigh Easter, visit, or contact Jessica Janes at or by phone at (919) 740-0518.


Blondes vs. Brunettes Raleigh Kicks off Third Annual Season to Tackle Alzheimer’s

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Community, events | 0 comments

BvB Raleigh Stacked 1Team Events & Powderpuff Game to Benefit the Alzheimer’s Association East Coast Chapter 

Following a successful second year of Alzheimer’s Association: Blondes vs. Brunettes Raleigh (BvB Raleigh), rivalries – blonde and brunette – will again hit the football field June 7, 2014 to help support the fight against Alzheimer’s. In 2013, BvB Raleigh raised over $50,000, exceeding the organization’s initial fundraising goal by more than $10,000.

In its third year in Raleigh, BvB Raleigh will be divided once again to reflect the age-old feud between blondes and brunettes – and compete in a flag football game. Cheerleaders, volunteers, corporate sponsors, media partners and more will also come together to help build awareness, raise funds and encourage participation for a disease that effects more than 18 million people around the world. 2014 season event details are as follows:


Draft Party: Cornerstone Tavern, March 29, 8-11pm

Team Brunette Event: May 3

Team Blonde Event: May 17


Where: Saint Mary’s School

900 Hillsborough St Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 424-4000

When: June 7, 2014; 10 a.m.

Additional Details:

  • Cost: $20 (Previous donors of $20 or more are exempt)
  • Seating provided
  • Food, beverages and BvB Raleigh branded memorabilia available via donation

“We were extremely overwhelmed by the outpouring of support we received from those directly involved, in addition to family, friends, the community and beyond, who helped make the second year of Blondes vs. Brunettes Raleigh a huge success,” said Cristina Baker, Blondes vs. Brunettes Raleigh founder. “So many people are affected by this devastating disease and we are thrilled to be able to continue to raise awareness and funds, and above all, show our commitment to ending Alzheimer’s.”

Up from its second-year fundraising goal of $40,000, Blondes vs. Brunettes Raleigh is working hard to reach a goal of $60,000 in 2014. To help support the organization’s fundraising efforts and ensure every penny raised directly impacts the Alzheimer’s Association Eastern North Carolina Chapter, BvB Raleigh is seeking the help of sponsors. Email for sponsorship information.

About Blondes vs. Brunettes Raleigh
Since its inception in 2005, this special charity has become a nation-wide campaign, spanning more than 25 cities across the United States, each hosting its own tumble of the tresses. To date, Alzheimer’s Association: Blondes vs. Brunettes organizations have raised a whopping $3 million for the Alzheimer’s Association, and continue to grow at a rapid speed throughout the country.
For more information, to donate to Team Blonde or Team Brunette, volunteer for fundraising events and game day, or become a sponsor, please visit, “like” us on Facebook ( and follow us on Twitter ( and Instagram (@BvB_Raleigh).

For media inquiries, please contact Sarah Styron at For any other questions, please email

Vino for Vasculitis

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Community, events | 0 comments

Vino for Vasculitis FlierWHAT: A silent auction night of glam and goodness to raise hope and awareness for Vasculitis.

WHO: In conjunction with the Vasculitis Foundation, friends and family of NC State graduate, Danielle D’Haene, are planning the first annual Vino for Vasculitis silent auction event in her memory.

WHEN: May 3rd, 2014 5:00pm until 8:30pm.

WHERE: Mosaic Wine Lounge, 517 W Jones Street Raleigh, NC

WHY: The goal of the event is to raise awareness about Vasculitis as well as raise money to benefit the Vasculitis Foundation, an organization dedicated not only to the mission to research and develop new treatments in an effort to better treat, and hopefully one day, cure the disease but to the vasculitis patients and their family members.

HOW: $25 tickets are being sold at and include entrance into the silent auction, a glass of wine from Mosaic, food, entertainment, and a night of memories and fun.

MORE: Vino for Vasculitis was created by a group of Danielle’s friends dedicated to honoring her memory and raising awareness about these rare diseases that took her life. Our event has been 100% supported by our community so that we are able to raise as much money as possible for the Vasculitis Foundation. We could not feel more grateful and inspired by the outreach and support we have received.

On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend’s life also, in our own, to the world. ~Henry David Thoreau

Run the Triangle –

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Community, events | 1 comment


St. Timothy’s Spring Sprint 5K

Florence Forth 10K / 5K

Umstead Trail Marathon

Relay For Life of UNC Just Cure It 5K

St. Paddy’s Run Green 8K

Get Your Rear in Gear – Raleigh

Irondog 5K

Second Empire 5K Classic

Stubborn Warrior: Spring Rush 5K

Kidney Kare 5k Run/Walk & Kids Kare 1/2 Mile Run

Wake Tech Road Scholars 5K Run and Walk

Tobacco Road Marathon

Equinox-alizer 4 Miler

Mission Outreach Benefit 5K and Family Fun Run

Dirty Girl Mud Run: Raleigh

Blum 5k Multiple Myeloma Charity Race

Ellas Race 10K 5K and 1 mile fun run

ZTA Franklin 5K

March Madness Marathon, Half Marathon & Ultra

Chick-fil-A Connect Race Series: Raleigh, NC Ella’s Race

The Triangle Paws 5K

Great Human Race 5K

Spring For Support 5K Run/Walk

Raising Cane Charity 5K Race

Tap ‘N’ Run Raleigh

Torch Run 5K for Special Olympics

Rockin’ Marathon Relay Cary


Color Me Rad – Raleigh

Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run

Dog Day Fun Run

Cary Road Race

2014 Cary Road Race

Carrie Shoemaker 5k

5K for Fitness

Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead

Girls on the Run 5K

12th Annual Quintiles Girls on the Run Spring 5K Fun Run

Duke Forest Pine Cone Pacer 5K

Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Team V 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Triangle Orthopaedic Sprint Triathlon

Angels Among Us 5K Run

Tar Heel 10 Miler

Run For Our Heroes 5K Road Race

Girls Run the World Sprint Triathlon Women Only


Raleigh Galloway Training Program

Dillard Drive Elementary 5K

Great Glow Run – Triangle

SparkleMeWild – Raleigh

Mother of all Races 10K

Mother of all Races 10K & 5K

Run Like a Mother 5K (women only)

LoziLu Women’s Mud Run – Raleigh

Raleigh Fitathlon Challenge

Cary Du Classic

NCRC Classic HalfMarathon

Ramblin’ Rose Raleigh – Women’s Triathlon

NCRC Classic Half Marathon & 10K

Stubborn Warrior: Summer Sun 5K

Someone Special Like Me 5K

Running of the Bulls 8K

All of NC Races here:

Park Center – A New Kind of Place, in the Research Triangle Park

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Business, Community | 0 comments

The Research Triangle Foundation, a not-for-profit responsible for building the Research Triangle Park back in the 50s, has made a surprise announcement: its been buying up several adjacent properties along I-40. And it intends to build.

The parcels purchased, prime real estate, are called Park Center. Acquired for $17 million and totaling nearly 100 acres — this land will become the geographic and figurative heart of RTP’s redevelopment. Featuring RTP’s first area of mixed-use growth, Park Center will be a new way of living and working for one of America’s most important regions of innovation.

This is not just a redevelopment. RTP was funded by a mix of everyday people, and it is, to this day, pledged to a purpose: to serve North Carolina.

“This is an investment in our shared future,” said Bob Geolas, RTF’s President and CEO. “With Park Center, we want to provide the physical space, engaging community and collaborative environment necessary to attract and nurture the new generation of risk-takers and innovators who will carry our state forward in the decades ahead.”

The Park Center project is bounded by I-40, Davis Drive, N.C. 54 and N.C. 147. The Governor’s Inn and more than a dozen outdated, hulking office buildings on the property, most of which have stood vacant for years, will be razed in the months ahead.  The Foundation will work closely with Research Triangle High School, a two-year-old charter school currently operating in converted retail space on one of the acquired parcels, to identify a location for new space for the school within the redevelopment plan.

The proposed mixed-use project is a first for the Foundation, which was created in 1959 as the steward of the Research Triangle Park. Although the Park was the brainchild of former Gov. Luther Hodges, the Foundation is a not-for-profit organization. Archie Davis, the Foundation’s first president, traveled the state raising money from donors big and small with a dream of lifting the state out of its economic mire. The Park has been developed based on an historic partnership. The state provides funding to support our universities, infrastructure, and economic development. The Foundation operates and manages the Park as a private entity with a strong public purpose. RTP remains the only research park in the nation to operate without public funds.

The Park’s mission is simple but revolutionary: to support education, to create knowledge-based jobs for the people of North Carolina and to improve the quality of life across the state. Geolas and the Foundation’s board envision the Park Center redevelopment as embodying that mission. The project will boast a vibrant mix of residential, cafes, restaurants and retail.  But this is not just another mixed use development plan. Park Center will be a showcase for new technologies as well as the humanities and a venue for education, entertainment and ingenuity.

“Our founders took a lot of risks in creating the RTP,” said Geolas. “It was their vision, and their generosity of spirit, that brought together business with our universities, that took our state from 49th in the nation to becoming a global leader in life science and technology.”

At its founding, RTP was the largest research park in the world, and quickly became an economic engine for the state. Today it remains the largest research park in North America, known around the globe for such multi-national companies as IBM, Cisco, Cree, Syngenta, RTI, Fidelity Investments, BASF, Biogen IDEC, GlaxoSmithKline, United Therapeutics and Bayer CropScience.

“What we are seeing is a new generation of thinkers and innovators emerge in RTP, “said Geolas. “With Park Center, we will provide the physical space, and collaborative environment needed to support the risk-takers who will carry our state forward to a new future.”

Press contacts:

Erin Monday, RTF Communications Director,, 919.433.2017 (direct); 203.560.5002 (cell)

To learn more about RTP and its ongoing story, please follow the organization’s Twitter@TheRTP.

Press contacts

Map of site

Map of Park Center

SLR Where’s Walter Holiday Shopping Contest

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Business, Community, events | 0 comments

Sir Walter will be in SLR participating member locations.

Sir Walter will be in SLR participating member locations.

Shop Local Raleigh is hosting their next, bigger, and better than ever Instagram contest! Sir Walter will be hidden all over Wake County in its finest locally owned and independent businesses! So, here’s the premise:

  • Find him and snap a picture, post that picture with the hashtag #WheresWalter
  • Each time you do, you get 1 entry to win a super awesome grand prize
  • What is that prize?? A custom-painted Shop Local Raleigh Moped!
  • The final drawing will be on December 11th from 6pm-8pm at Lucky B’s!
  • We will be drawing for the Moped and oodles of other prizes!

More info in SLR newsletter. Happy Holiday shopping, you could win if you just SHOP LOCAL!

Super tricked-out moped!

Super tricked-out moped!

Movember Team RDU hosts “Music, Mustaches & Men’s Health”

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Bands, Community, events, Live Music | 0 comments

movember_posterOn Sunday November 24, Movember Team RDU will host the “Music, Mustaches & Men’s Health” charity event from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Tir Na Nog, in downtown Raleigh, to raise money for male health awareness. Movember is an annual, global event in which men grow mustaches to prompt conversations about male issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. This year, Team RDU will unite The Triangle for a fundraiser featuring a silent auction and live music.

The last time Team RDU hosted Movember, they raised more than $22,000 with support from Triangle AMA, Brooks Bell Interactive, DSI Comedy Theater, Capstrat, Ignite and many more! Follow Team RDU via Twitter and Facebook, and be sure to sign up as a member of Movember Team RDU!

Time to showcase that awesome Joe Dirt face you’ve been working on all month! Celebrate with other furry faced people while people stare at the wonders of your mo. The event will feature a (not so) silent auction while rocking out to some awesome NC bands! The lineup:

Spare Change
Eston & the Outs (featuring members of The Love Language)
Debonzo Brothers
Hammer No More The Fingers

Our Emcee: The Real Laww

Sponsors will be lending some swag for grabs, and Tir Na Nog will be pouring your favorite beverages. Come make silly faces and show off your stache in our photobooth. All donations will go to support mental health, testicular and prostate cancer.

A suggested $5 donation will be collected at the door on Sunday.

Want to donate but can’t make the event? 

Read article from Movember team captain, Ryan Hoover.

Upcoming Entrepreneurship and Startup Events

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Business, events | 0 comments

- ProductCampRTP Happy Hour – Thursday, November 11th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Carolina Ale House - Details Here

- NC State Entrepreneurship Initiative: Lecture Series – Monday, November 11th at 3:00pm at McKimmon Center - More Info

- Conversation with the Co-Founder of reddit: Monday, November 11th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm at UNC - Details Here

- The Startup Factory: Fall Company Showcase – Tuesday, November 12th, 9:45am – 12:30pm at Fletcher Theater in Raleigh - More Info

- Internet Summit/Startup Summit 2013 – November 12-14th at Raleigh Convention Center – Details Here

- Triangle Startup Weekend – November 15-17th in Chapel Hill - More Info

- Exit Event Startup Social – Monday, November 18th at 6:00pm at Crank Arm Brewing - Details Here

- Co-Founders Lab: Matchup – Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30pm at HQ Raleigh - Details Here

- CED Straight Talk: 5 Critical Components to Building a Winning Startup Team – Wednesday, November 20th at 12:00pm at HQ Raleigh - More Info

- Raleigh Innovation Summit 2013: The Download – November 21st at 5:30pm at HQ Raleigh - Details Here

- Feelgoodz Holiday Pop up Shop Weekend – December 6-7 at Feelgoodz Treehouse - More Info

Derrick P. Minor
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Manager
City of Raleigh, Economic Development
(919) 996-3129 – Direct

Twitter: @DerrickMinor
LinkedIn: Derrick Minor

Upcoming Events Schedule: HERE

The Entrepreneur Must Lead: VIDEO

Dave & Busters Opens in Cary Towne Center

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Community, events, Restaurant | 0 comments

Dave & Buster’s opens its doors today to fun, food, drinks and games at Cary Towne Center. The 29,900-square-foot location will be the 65th D&B venue. Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11am to midnight and Friday and Saturday 11am to 2am.

The TVs are awesome, you can see every football game that is on. Not into football, the games are so fun! You can find 140 of the most popular new video and arcade games including Temple Run, Cut the Rope, Dizzy Chicken, (four person) Pac-Man and Dark Escape (not for the faint at heart, you’ll be screaming!) Take your tickets to the Winner’s Circle for prizes including Apple products, Xbox games, t-shirts, stuffed animals and more!

Dave & Buster’s gourmet menu features burgers, seafood, steaks, pasta, salads and more! Popular items include Mountain O’Nachos, pretzel dogs and the Lawnmower salad. Also, offering signature cocktails like the Miami Ice Snow Cone … it’s the only place you can get an adult snow cone with booze! And it’s tasty.

You can eat, drink, play and watch sports – that’s my kind of spot!