A Can't Miss Event

The 12th annual Kirby Derby is this Saturday, June 22nd! Join in on this wacky Raleigh tradition that is a great example of community involvement and fun!  

Here is the schedule:  

4:00 - Pinecars // 5:30 - Parade // 6:00 - "Drag" Races // 6:30 - Soapbox Derby


There will be food trucks around, so grab some food after the derby activities and head over to the after party! What a great event!

For more information, visit the Kirby Derby Website

Monthly Market Vendors

Here is information about just a few of the awesome vendors from the last Monthly Market on May 25th!  Be sure to mark your calendars for the next Monthly Market on June 25th!

Miche - Peggy Hoffert (pictured) is a Miche Represenative in the greater Raleigh area.

Being a Miche fan means never having to switch purses again - You put all of your essentials in just one bag and never have to bother with moving it all to a different purse each time you change your outfit.

For more information, visit the Miche Website!

Sugar Magnolia is a family-owned and operated business specializing in fair-trade importing from around the world. Sugar Magnolia carries a huge variety of clothing, jewelry, accessories, home decor and so much more. And best of all, everything in the store is $15 OR LESS!

Check out their Facebook Page!

Scentsy - Jamie Evans is a Scentsy consultant promoting Scentsy products in the Raleigh area. 

Scentsy began with a simple idea — a safe, wickless alternative to scented candles — and quickly grew into one of the most successful companies in the direct selling industry. But the goal at Scentsy is not simply to enhance your home and life with fragrance, they want to bring true value to the world.

For more information, check out Scentsy's Website!

Lisa Stweart designs and handcrafts elegant leather goods in the Raleigh, NC shop featuring her calligraphic illustrations. "Our unique custom fine leather bags and accessories allow you to express your personal style."

For more information, check out her Website!

OM Skincare - Inspired by the ancient beauty and wellness tradition of India and supported by the latest scientific research, this amazing skin food offer inherently superior therapeutic benefits for your skin health and at the same time, support your commitment to natural & chemical free life style.

For more information, visit their Website!

Old Milburnie Farm  - Daniel Dayton (pictured) and Erika Gutierrez decided to implement their love of agriculture to provide healthy, sustainable products for Raleigh and the surrounding environs.

Check out their produce and find out more information on their Website!

Food Truck Rodeo


Come out for this awesome event with over 40 trucks lined up on Fayetteville Street! -- The upcoming dates for the Food Truck Rodeo in Downtown Raleigh are August 11 (free from 4-9) and October 13 (free from 12-5)!  

The next Food Truck Rodeo start time is 4pm for Aug 11th.

- 50 Food Trucks now, expanding venue to 10 city blocks, more Porta-Johns, and tables and chairs will be line up on both sides of the street now.

 - The 50 food trucks will start lining up single file, one side of the street, at the State Capital end of Fayetteville Street.

- Power will be provided to the trucks so that they won’t need to run their generators.

- City of Raleigh Museum will be open and hosting activities.



Scavenger Hunt

Battle it out by chasing down clues scattered across Glenwood South!  

Legacy Event Planners has designed a top-secret Glenwood South Scavenger Hunt. Teams of 4 will battle it out by chasing down clues scattered across the street.

The champions will be dubbed “Legacy Riddle Masters” and will receive fantastic prizes well worth stretching your brain, body, and spirit to the limit.

The event happens on Saturday, June 29th at 11:00am.



Meet Health Source Chiropractic- Glenwood South Monthly Market

Health Source Chiropractic was founded in 2006 in Vermilion, Ohio, by Dr. Chris Tomshack. It has grown to be the fastest growing franchise business in chiropractic today. 

Health Source has two offices in Raleigh, one on Durant Road and one on Hillsborough St. They offer services for neck pain/stiffness, carpal tunnel, sports medicine, arthritis, migraines, scoliosis, low back pain, disc degeneration, leg pain, sciatica, fibromyalgia, nutrition, balance and vertigo, and muscle tension.

For more information visit their website at: http://healthsourcechiro.com/.

Meet New Jewelry Girl- Glenwood South Monthly Market

New Jewelry Girl was inspired by a mom who was asked two years ago by her daughter to help her fix a bracelet that was broken. She purchased supplies to help fix this jewelry and before she knew it her kids kept asking for more of these beads and string. Her shoebox of supplies quickly turned into a 6-drawer storage bin. After that she decided to start her own line of jewelry.

New Jewelry Girl includes—hoops, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and her signature collections; ethnic collection, tutti frutti collection, and kids jewelry. Check out their website for more information: http://www.new-jewelrygirl.com/#!.

Official Raleigh Beer Month...Need I Say More

Spring has arrived, the weather is getting warmer, and North Carolina has officially dubbed April as Beer Month. I swear I have a new reason to love this state every day. 

Beer Month features more than 80 events across the state in the next six weeks to highlight the growing craft beer scene in North Carolina. With more than 75 breweries across the state, it's about time we celebrate how awesome we are!
More importantly, Greater Raleigh has become somewhat of a craft beer nesting ground, now officially boasting 11 breweries, including Lonerider, Natty Greene's, Big Boss, and Aviator (just to name a few of my personal favorites!). 
To celebrate the sheer awesomeness of Raleigh's growing and impressive array of craft breweries, city establishments have joined forces to offer up specials that will have you soaking up the warm weather just as much as the brew in your hand. 
Restaurants across the area are offering Multi-Course Beer Dinners. My personal pick is Big Boss No Foolin' Beer Dinner.  Partnering with The Q Shack, Big Boss Brewering Company will have a seven-beer, four-course + dessert, picnic-style beer dinner on Monday, April 1st. Doors open at 6:30 pm, with dinner being served up at 7pm. The best part..it's only $26! Well that, plus the fact that you have an excuse to eat four courses of southern goodness topped off with 7 delicious brews. It really doesn't get any better than that. 
 And of course it can't be Beer Month without HUGE knock-your-socks-off events. The World Beer Festival is happening April 13th with more than 100 local and national craft brewers gathered in downtown Raleigh's Moore Square. Just 2 weeks later, on April 27, Brewgaloo hits downtown's City Plaza, featuring NC craft breweries, live music, and the ever-popular food trucks. These events are creating so much buzz that it's wise to get your tickets now!
 I'm so excited I might just have to start my morning off with a beer! Cheers y'all! 

Local Band, Local Beer, Local Market

Local Band, Local Beer has become somewhat of a downtown Raleigh tradition. Partnering with WKNC 88.1 FM, Tir Na Nog Irish Pub has hosted this weekly event since March 2007. It features North Carolina-based music with North Carolina-brewed beer for an all-out support local extravaganza.  

Now they are taking the event one step further by allowing local vendors to set up shop to sell their art and handmade goods. The FREE event takes place each Thursday starting at 10 p.m. Sorry kiddos, it's 21 and up only. Check it out the schedule of bands here


First Friday Guide

If you've never been to First Friday in Downtown Raleigh, you are missing out. Between the art shows, free wine at every corner, and exciting street performers it's an all-around good time. In case you couldn't tell from the name, the event is held the first Friday of each month and includes regular venues that change featured exhibits & performances and local restaurants/bars offering up amazing specials. 

Here's a quick quide to March's First Friday:

Blake Street Shops & Studios is showcasing the work of 3 talented artists at their Contemporary Musings Exhibit from 6-10pm. Each artist as their own distinct style, from contemporary nature to bold and abstract. 

Attend a Reception with internationally renowned painter David Dunlop from 6-9pm at Adam Cave Fine Art. Using translucent oil paints on alumnium, Dunlop doesn't just capture the effects of light, but creates them. 

Guess what the story is or make up your own at Tipping Paint Gallery from 6-9:30pm. The gallery will feature n. lee ball's work in a show entitled "What's the Story?". Sometimes they're clear, sometimes they're not. Decide for yourself, create your own narrative, and leave your interpretation in "The Note-book". It's now apart of the story. 

And our personal favorite...create your own unique self or family portraits in the Art Loft at Marbles Kid Museum from 5-8pm. Let loose and get funky with your bad-self. We promise we won't judge. 
To see the entire line-up of events go here. All restaurant/bar specials are here
Hope to see you there! 

Bollywood, Belly Dance, Yoga and a DJ...Every Sunday at Mosaic

MOVE at Mosaic

Where can you find Bollywood, Belly dancing, and yoga with a DJ all in one place?! At Mosaic Wine Lounge every Sunday! 

Here's the line-up:

"Balle Bollywood" with Basanti from 2-3pm
Dancing plus Bollywood Music = FANTASTIC!

"Belly Dance Basics" with Safiya from 3-4pm
Learn the foundations of belly dance. An excellent class for beginners!

"Belly Dance Boot Camp" with Mundi from 4-5pm
Get ready for a work-out! This class combines basic moves for a full workout. 

"Yoga Chillout" with Ashton from 5-6pm
Relieve your spinal compression, increase your energy level, and sleep well with yoga. The class focuses on generating heat in the body and lengthening the spine. Guest DJ's set the tone with chill-out beats. All levels are welcome! 

"Belly Dance Basics" with Ayperi from 6-7pm (OFFERED ON TUESDAYS)
A fun and energetic dance class, come learn the foundations of belly dance. Ayperi teaches basic moves, upbeat and easy sequences, and focuses on core muscles. All shapes, sizes, and ability levels welcome! 

All Classes are $10 for online pre-register or $15 at the door

Visit www.mosaicwinelounge.com for more information or to register. 

Music of the British Isles

Join Music@NCState this Saturday for a musical experience fit for an Irish king. Sit back and relax as NCSU Pipes & Drums and the Irish Session Musicians take you away to the British Isles with traditional Celtic tunes. Make an evening of it and top it off with an Irish Stout from Mystery Brewing Company

When: Saturday, February 23rd from 7-8pm

Where: Cardinal Gibbons High School Auditorium

1401 Edwards Mill Road 
Raleigh, NC 27607

Cost: FREE

More Information: http://www.ncsu.edu/music/

Kudos to Music@NCState for an awesome concert idea and for their Music Entrepreneurship Summer Certificate & Bootcamp Program. A fantastic program for anyone interested in starting their own musical venture. 


Valentine's Day in the Triangle

(Photo Courtesy of Guardian UK)

Are you still looking for a way to impress your date for Valentine's Day? Flying solo and looking for a party fit for singledom? Look no further. We have the low-down on all things Hearts and Roses in the Triangle.

Yelp is hosting a Moonlight & Martinis event to benefit the Easter Seals on February 15 at Marble's Kids Museum in Raleigh. The event is Mad Men/1960's inspired and guests are encouraged to dress the part. Live music is provided by The Moonlighters. Heavy hor d'oeuvres, a cocktail bar, wine, beer, and door prizes included! Guests are encouraged to wear their 60's best. 

Live Work Play and Change the Triangle have planned a special Valentine's Soiree open to singles and couples alike. The party starts at Zinda on February 16 from 7-10:30. Good entertainment, raffle prizes and hor d'oeuvres included in ticket price. 

The Daily Planet Café is hosting a "Star-Crossed Lovers: Love Stories from the Titanic" Dinner on Valentine's Day. The restaurant is being transformed to recreate the ship's first-class passenger dining room. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. with Titanic-inspired drinks and the 3-course menu that follows features dishes that would have been served onboard the ship. Guests can also enjoy a performance featuring love story narratives that emerged from the ship. Tickets are $50. 

Looking for local restaurant's with Valentine's Day specials? Check out this blog post from Live Work Play.

Wishing everyone a very special Valentine's Day! 


Mardi Gras in the Triangle

Fat Tuesday is only a day away. And if you're like me, you're wishing you were on Bourbon Street sipping a Hurricane and eating King Cake as the parade goes by. But for those stuck in the Triangle and unable to make their way to New Orleans, there's still plenty to celebrate!

(Photo Courtesy of Nicole Ralston)

The Bulltown Strutters are leading a carnival parade in Durham on Tuesday. The parade starts at 7 p.m. at the CCB Plaza (201 Corcoran St), but plan to be there around 6:30 p.m.  The festivities include performances by Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos, Atiba Rorie and Africa Unplugged, Phatlynx, and Rhonda Robichaux (Mardi Gras queen and winner of best blues band in the Triangle).

The party will continue at Fullsteam with performances by The Haw River Rounders and The George Tisdale Band.

Celebrate & give back at the Meals on Wheels of Wake County's 12th Annual Fat Tuesday Benefit. A delicious Cajun style dinner will be served at the North Ridge Country Club. After dinner, dance the night away with DJ Brian Pate and join the Krewe Parade as it winds its way through the ballroom. Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased here

Get a free bread pudding or gumbo with the purchase of any entree at Battistella's in Raleigh. They also have a 3-course menu featuring Crawfish Salad, Chicken & Andouille Sausage Gumbo, Red Beans & Rice, and Fried Oyster Po'Boys. DELICIOUS! 

Stop by Papa Mojo's Roadhouse for a Mardi Gras party complete with the Decatur Street Brass Band from 5-7 p.m. and a traditional Crawfish Boil. They'll also be serving etoufee, jambalaya, gumbo and red beans & rice starting at 5 p.m. 

The London Bridge in Raleigh his holding a Mardi Gras masquerade party with cash prizes for best masks and DJ Animal.

Whether you are in New Orleans or the Triangle, there's plenty of ways to celebrate Mardi Gras and tons of delicious food to enjoy!

Laissez Le Bon Temps Roulet!

What Makes YogaFest NC so special?

By Guest Blogger: Howie Shareff, Director of You Call This Yoga and YogaFest NC

Yoga has been instrumental in my healing from, and dealing with, arthritis and surgical complications. Because of this, I founded 501c3 nonprofit organization, You Call This Yoga, to share the benefits of yoga with anyone who seeks to improve their quality of life. I soon realized that this goal required the enrollment of the diverse and immensely skilled, local yoga community. The overwhelmingly positive response by teachers and students at our inaugural event in 2012 validated the need for another.

YogaFest NC is the signature event of You Call This Yoga; an expression of its mission to  develop programming and recruit teachers to share the benefits of yoga. It is also a showcase of the Triangle’s yoga community to freely share their diverse and accessible practices, passion about yoga, and generosity through service. The event also provide a broad offering of allied wellness practices, products and services. YogaFest NC is the gateway for anyone of any skill level to experience a tasty yoga buffet, with a healthy lunch included.

Programming is developed to provide

  • multiple styles of popular yoga practices
  • engagement with allied yoga, wellness, and other life improving systems
  • a fun networking, reunion and new relationship building venue
  • the space to foster self exploration of healing, growthful practices

Teachers are referred by other yoga teachers and students who have experienced their unique, artful expression of yoga. We enroll the teachers from all points of the Triangle to build a greater awareness of and connection to the marvelous skills present in our own community.

Attendees are open minded and hearted people from a wide range of lifestyles who live in the metro Triangle area. They are curious about the many limbs of a yoga practice, or just approaching the threshold of this far reaching life science for the very first time. Everyone has their own reason for  being present. This is inspirational due to their breadth of experiences, the adjustments that they have made due to life’s challenges, and their desire to engage in spiritual, emotional and physical growth.

Sponsors have generously invested in our community’s health and wellness through funding and also in kind sharing of their skills. All of our contributing sponsors from 2012 have returned to support us this year. Please notice who they are and explore what they have to offer.

Exhibitors are ethical, passionate and interested in helping attendees and their referrals maximize their health. I personally, or my associates, utilize many of the products and services presented at the retreat. We welcome your recommendations and feed back.

And last but not least, our Volunteers are caring compassionate yoginis and teachers who share their love of yoga and service to facilitate a joyous experience for all. They are the fuel and form for this little engine that can make a big difference in people’s lives.

Visit yogafestnc.com for more information and to register.

We welcome you to the YogaFest NC train. All aboard!    


A Valentine's Soiree

photo courtesy of: CM Roman 

Love is brewing in the air in Downtown Raleigh. Whether you're single, committed, or somewhere in between, you should join Change the Triangle and Live Work Play in celebrating Valentine's Day on February 16! The party starts at Zinda in Downtown Raleigh, where they'll have hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, DJ K Stones, and lot's of great prize giveaways (including restaurant gift cards, a year long membership to O2 Fitness, and more).

Local photographer Jim Millay will also be on site to capture your best moments in the photo booth, complete with a step-and-repeat to give you that red carpet look.

And wait...there's more...after the party, head over to the Architect for the official after-party. With your ticket, you can skip the line at the door and pay no cover. They have also created a special cocktail in honor of Change the Triangle and a portion of all sales of that drink are donated to support their cause! 

Attire is semi-formal/cocktail, so dress to impress. You never know when the love bug might bite. 

Get your ticket here before they sell out. All proceeds benefit Change the Triangle.