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Activate Good connects volunteers IRL with The Good Hub POP UP

Imagine a space where you could learn about the needs of the Raleigh community, make authentic connections with others volunteering for good and take action to make a difference.

That’s the philosophy behind The Good Hub POP UP from volunteer matchmaking nonprofit Activate Good.

In case you haven’t heard of Activate Good, they work with 500 local charitable organizations, connecting Raleighites with volunteer opportunities on their website and though organizing service events.

The Good Hub POP UP is going on now through the end of April in a temporary space where it’s testing out some of the concepts they’d build in a permanent space.

The idea comes from the needs for “more opportunities for authentic, in-person connections,” said Amber Smith, the executive director of Activate Good.

When you walk through the pop-up, you’ll find:
  • An interactive station to explore information. For example, food insecurity statistics and how to help those community needs.
  • A few turnkey community projects you can help with right there, including detailed instructions.
  • A kids area with projects designed for children ages 3-12, such as drawing portraits of adoptable shelter dogs. The space also includes family discussion prompts, a beneficial tool for teaching little volunteers.
  • A volunteer connections lounge, with small, business card-sized volunteer opportunities, to help jumpstart conversation.
  • A small shop to with Activate Good gear, such as the community-building kindness yard sign.
The Good Hub POP UP serves as a prototype for the vision of a 10,000-15,000 square-foot space.

The full version is also envisioned to include:
  • A resource library to share tools and supplies, so a project with a tight budget isn’t making that hardware store purchase for a tool a group will use once.
  • More interactive learning exhibits about local issues.
  • On-site volunteer programming for all, regardless of age or abilities.
  • Sign-up kiosks for volunteer opportunities.
  • Space for community meetings, volunteer trainings and connections.
  • A co-working space for nonprofits (though the public-engaging space is the focus).
Amber estimates the cost will be about $1.1 million to upfit a space, so The Good Hub POP UP is just the first step in the process.

How to get involved now with The Good Hub POP UP: Want to learn more?:

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Artsplosure will bring Song Confessional + lineup of musical acts to its spring arts festival:

The traveling trailer of Song Confessional will be on site, inviting attendees to step in and share a "confession" -- which could be turned into a song for the corresponding podcast. [NPR]

This year, Artsplosure - The Raleigh Arts Festival will be May 16-17 in Downtown Raleigh. ⁣The festival is free (#ArtForAll) and includes interactive art exhibits, activities for kids and families, fine artists and craft vendors. ⁣

The 2020 Artsplosure live music lineup includes headliners Son Little (May 16) and Liz Cooper & The Stampede (May 17), who recently toured with Lord 
Huron and Deer Tick. Other acts include: 

Aaron Lee Tasjan, Low Cut Connie, Ida Mae, Bassel & The Supernaturals, C.W. Stoneking, Christopher Paul Stelling, The Company Stores, Nth Power, Heather Gillis, Blue Cactus, La Fiesta, Coconut Cake, Chessa Rich, Chris Frisina, and Sunsp.t. []

Chef Caroline Morrison of Fiction Kitchen and Kim Hammer of Bittersweet are joining forces for a gourmet plant-based restaurant. Askew House will offer vegetarian and vegan fine dining, with Caroline creating the menu and Kim as creative director and dessert consultant.

Their website says they hope to be open in summer 2020. And don't worry, the beloved vegetarian Fiction Kitchen and dessert-and-cocktail spot Bittersweet aren't going anywhere.

On the menu: Expect "refined and colorful plating, exceptional and rare local produce, house-made non-dairy cheeses, a vegan cocktail menu, carefully selected natural and biodynamic wines, and mouthwatering desserts."

The space: The restaurant will be in the former Askew-Taylor Paints building at 110 Glenwood Avenue and will have two floors of dining, also offering different spaces of varying sizes for rentals. [One Raleigh] | 📸: Guillermo Delgado / @monarchandoakphoto


If you frequent the temporary dog park at Dix Park, there are a few "Yappy Hours" coming up for feedback on future dog parks. Go 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday or 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 19, both at the Dix Park Dog Park.

More NCMA summer concert acts announced: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Jake Shimabukuro (April 21), Chatham County Line (June 6), Blues Traveler and JJ Grey & Mofro (July 28). [ticket info]

Coronavirus update: Five new cases were reported in Wake County from attendees of a Biogen corporate conference in Boston, News & Observer reports.  That brings the total in North Carolina up to seven, with six in Wake County. Biogen, a company in Research Triangle Park, asked employees to work from home after coronavirus cases in Massachusetts were linked to the meeting Feb. 24-27 in Boston, WRAL reports. [learn more]

A Record Store Day preview. [INDY Week]
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