Although local children are gearing up to go back to school, hunger is still an issue for those that receive free and reduced lunches. To help end childhood hunger, the Arby’s Foundation is helping at-risk children in Raleigh receive free meals through its successful “School’s Out, Food’s In” program.
As part of the “School’s Out, Food’s In” initiative, Raleigh children who rely on meal assistance during the school year received meal cards to redeem 10 free, wholesome Arby’s kids meals throughout the summer.
Additionally, you can find FREE USDA meal programs near you by doing the following:
- Text FOOD to 877-877
- Call 1-866-3-HUNGRY
- Visit www.FoodFinder.Us
The Got to Be NC Festival, a family-friendly celebration of agriculture, food and fun, returns to the N.C. State Fairgrounds May 19-21.
“The Got to Be NC Festival offers something for everyone, including farm animals, antique tractors, bluegrass competitions and a barbecue cook-off,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “We encourage everyone to come celebrate the state’s $84 billion agriculture industry as we kick off the start of the growing season.”
One of the festival’s highlights is the Homegrown Fare presented by Lowes Foods. Visitors can sample and purchase food, wine and beer from about 100 N.C. companies in the Expo Building. Admission is $3 for ages 12 and older, but guests can receive two free admission tickets by presenting their Lowes Foods loyalty card at the door.
This year, the Got to Be NC Festival will have an expanded music lineup inside Dorton Arena, featuring 11 free musical acts from North Carolina. On Saturday, May 20, bluegrass fans can enjoy the Carolina Bluegrass Battle from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The competition will include eight local bluegrass bands vying for prize money and a chance to perform at the N.C. State Fair and PreddyFest 2017. The contest will be hosted by The Church Sisters, who also will give two special performances before and after the competition.
Also on Saturday, Masonic lodges from across the nation will take part in the annual Carolina Pig Jig barbecue cook-off. Starting at 11 a.m., visitors can sample barbecue, chicken and side dishes, and place their vote for the People’s Choice award. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children 7-11, and free for children under 7. All proceeds benefit the Masonic homes for children in Oxford.
The festival also includes one of the largest displays of antique tractors and farm equipment in the Southeast. Guests can see the antique tractors in action during the tractor parade daily at 1 p.m. In addition, visitors can see farm animals ranging from baby chickens and goats to longhorn steers and alpacas.
Other attractions include more than 30 carnival rides and games for all ages. Tickets are available for $1 each, 14 tickets for $12, or 30 tickets for $20. On Friday and Sunday, visitors can take advantage of a special Ride All Day Wristband for $20.
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Event activities include sampling, giveaways and live entertainment
The Fresh Market is Raleigh’s specialty neighborhood grocery store focused on providing fresh, delicious food with friendly service in a warm and inviting atmosphere. From seasonally fresh produce to exceptional quality meat and seafood, signature baked goods and carefully curated organics, the grocer inspires its guests to make everyday eating extraordinary.
WHAT: The Fresh Market’s “Guest Appreciation Days”
The Fresh Market loves to nourish and delight its guests with fresh, inspiring and extraordinary fare. To thank the Raleigh community for its continued support, the specialty grocer will host “Guest Appreciation Days” April 1-2 and April 8-9. Since 1993, when The Fresh Market first opened its doors in Raleigh, residents have found inspiration and meal solutions to satisfy their love of food.
The Fresh Market’s store located at 6325 Falls of Neuse Road will offer a variety of activities on weekends in March and April:
Saturdays, April 1 and 8
Saturdays, April 1 and 8
Sundays, April 2 and 9
Store hours: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
The Fresh Market
6325 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh, N.C. 27615
MORE INFO: For more information, please visit thefreshmarket.com and The Fresh Market on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
April 8th - 9th, The Fresh Market will also be celebrating 35 years!
One taste is all it takes. Don’t miss these weekend sampling events!
Saturday, April 8th and Sunday, April 9th from 11 AM - 3 PM: Visit your neighborhood store for a delicious sampling event and try a variety of tasty favorites from The Fresh Market.
Next weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the NC International Auto Expo and it's going to be a can't-miss! On February 16-19, the Expo will be back at the NC State Fairgrounds with everything from import to domestic cars and trucks to SUVs and you'll be able to see all the new models of 2017.
Whether you're looking to purchase a new car soon or you're just a car-lover that would like to check out the new beauties, there's plenty of things to see and do all weekend! The following are just some of the features to look forward to at the NC International Auto Expo:
Meet the Geico Gecko! He'll be around during the following times:
Friday, February 17 from 12pm-2pm
Friday, February 17 from 5pm-7pm
Saturday, February 18 from 12pm-2pm
Saturday, February 18 from 5pm-7pm
Sunday, February 19 from 12pm-2pm
Don't miss out on these classic beauties, located in the Dorton Arena during the following times:
Friday, February 17 from 10am-9pm
Saturday, February 18 from 9am-9pm
Sunday, February 19 from 10am-3pm
chevrolet ride + drive
There will be 8 vehicles to test drive from Chevrolet: Cruze, Mailbu, Volt, Equinox, Traverse, Camaro, Colorado, and Silverado - electric and family vehicles to sports cars and trucks!
Saturday, February 18 from 9am-5pm
Sunday, February 19 from 10am-5pm
Chrysler Jeep Dodge Fiat
Dodge will be featuring the Charger, Challenger, RAM 1500, and Durango. Chrysler will have the 300 and Pacifica available. Jeep will be bringing the Renegade, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee. And FIAT will have the 500x and 124 Spider Abarth available for test driving.
Thursday, February 16 from 12pm-6pm
Friday, February 17 from 10am-6pm
Saturday, February 18 from 9am-6pm
Sunday, February 19 from 10am-5pm
Ford will also have a variety of vehicles on hand for you to test drive. Stop by the Ford show area to see what's new! They will be featuring the Mustang, Fusion, Focus, F-150, Edge, Escape, and Explorer.
Thursday, Feb 16 from 12-6pm
Friday, Feb 17 from 10am-6pm
Saturday, Feb 18 from 9am-6pm
Sunday, Feb 19 from 10am-5pm
Lowe's Chevy #48
The Hendrick Motorsports Lowe's Chevy #48 showcar will also be available to view all weekend!
There will also be a number of vendors to check out after you've perused all the new cars and trucks on display.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. They range from $5 to $10 and children 5 and under are FREE! Or keep reading to find out how to win a pair of tickets!
We will be giving away 2 pairs of tickets to the NC International Auto Expo over on our Facebook page! Click over to this post to find out how to enter. Good luck!
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Mannheim Steamroller will present the best the holiday has to offer this season. The group will perform live for one performance only in Durham at DPAC on December 20, 2016.
Tickets go on sale on Monday, July 25 at 10a.m.:
Online at DPACnc.com
The Ticket Center at DPAC: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC
Ticketmaster.com / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.745.3000
This year marks the 32nd Anniversary of the Christmas Tour and release of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an album that revolutionized the Holiday Season music category.
Grammy Award® winner Chip Davis will direct and co-produce Tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment. The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller and dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of MannheimSteamroller.
In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour regularly attracts repeat attendance from multi-generational guests and is one of the longest running tours in the music industry. This year’s tour includes many of the performances in a PBS special broadcast airing this year, “Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live” featuring the group’s legendary concert.
Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 28 million in the Christmas genre. Their holiday albums have become synonymous with Christmas and consistently occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year.
Back by popular demand, acclaimed TV late night show host, Jay Leno, returns to DPAC on February 17, 2017. His last performance at DPAC on March 28, 2014 was sold out and fans can expect this show to sell out quickly too.