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Keep scrolling for... Advice on creating a schedule for your family... Acts of kindness... Resources for virtual tours... 150 ways to support local business & more.
Here’s what’s happening now:

The hospitality industry, a large part of the local economy and point of pride for the Raleigh area, is hurting as a result of COVID-19.

As dining rooms were closed Tuesday, restaurants, bars and shops pivoted to takeout, curbside pickup and delivery.
  • The City of Raleigh set up temporary curbside pickup zones to make it even easier for Raleighites to patronize businesses.
  • Downtown Raleigh Alliance created a running list of places offering carryout, curbside and delivery orders. [DRA]
In a post earlier this week, local restauranteur and chef Ashley Christensen shared: “Take-out and delivery is a stop gap, a short-term fix. Restaurants will NOT survive without intervention from our elected officials.”

The News & Observer reports that in less than 24 hours, more than 4,700 people filed for unemployment with the state of North Carolina with the novel coronavirus as the reason.

Earlier this week Governor Roy Cooper made it easier for people to file for unemployment, removing some of the requirements that will help food & beverage workers, including:
  • Removing the one-week waiting period to apply
  • removing the requirement that they must be actively looking for another job,
  • allowing those who have had their hours reduced to apply and removing the requirement to apply in person. [learn more + file here]
Ashley went on to say these are good steps, “But we still need to do more. The industry will not be able to weather this without unemployment reform and some kind of stimulus package. Full stop.”

Updated regularly: [how to get help + more what's happening now]

New ways to help:

The Triangle Restaurant Workers Relief Fund was announced Wednesday, run by Frankie Lemmon Foundation. It is accepting donations now and will help those working in the industry experiencing layoffs or loss of income. [donate or get help]

Donate blood: A “severe shortage” of blood supply because of social distancing and canceled corporate blood drives means the Red Cross is looking for healthy people to donate.

Make an appointment to safely donate if you’re healthy by searching your ZIP code on the Red Cross site or making an appointment with Blood Connection. [FAQ from Red Cross]

Morgan Street Food Hall is also running a blood drive with Blood Connection in Downtown Raleigh today-March 29. Donors will receive a $20 Visa gift card. [search "Morgan Street Food Hall" to see schedule]

Updated regularly: [more how to help]

Message from Bold Bagels:

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We are currently taking orders for pick up locations next week in Cary, Raleigh, Durham, Hillsborough, and Pittsboro.

Flavors include: everything, onion, sesame, garlic, poppy seed, plain, sea salt, cinnamon raisin, mocha, cheddar herb, whole wheat sesame, and whole wheat everything. Mix and match orders by the half dozen ($10) or dozen ($18).

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Create a homeschool schedule

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Excerpted with permission from Kid Lab's blog, a great Raleigh-based resource for family activities. 

Read the full post, Practical Advice for First-Time Homeschoolers, at 

As COVID-19 forces most of us to be home with family almost 24/7, many caregivers are being thrust into homeschooling with little or no experience.

Educating kids at home definitely comes with a steep learning curve, but there are strategies to help parents and children find a comfortable daily rhythm, stay on top of schoolwork, and experience the joy of togetherness. 


Early Morning

Starting your day slow will be a huge help if you are new to homeschooling. Consider a long, relaxed breakfast/brunch with reading aloud, prayers/poetry, and lots of low-tech play (dominos, puzzles, magnetic maps, musical instruments, dollhouse, etc.). This is a good time of day to offer age-appropriate formal learning materials if your children's teacher has sent some home. 

If your kids get up at different times and your ratio of adults to kids is a little better as a result in morning, this is a great time to take a shower, get dressed, drink coffee, listen to music, or whatever else you need to do to charge yourself up for the workday.

Mid-to-late morning

Get out of the house if you can! Go on a nature walk or outdoor playtime. Homeschoolers, like everyone else, will suffer from not being able to engage in extracurricular activities. You might also be able to do online classes or lessons and Skype with grandparents. But getting outside before lunchtime is usually critical for most homeschoolers. 

Lunchtime to Mid-Afternoon

A recharge time. Younger kids may nap while older kids do quiet play or enjoy whatever screen time your family views as educational or wholesome. This is a time for adults to eat lunch, rest, and probably take care of chores like laundry and phone calls. Use a little bit of time to think about the remainder of the day. If you prepare an independent learning activity for the afternoon, you can then transition your child to it or just do some more read-aloud books.

Mid to Later Afternoon

This tough part of the day is when people still need stimulation but don't have a lot of energy. A small project can help (Left Brain Craft Brain is a favorite place to turn for DIY projects), but you can also pull out Legos or magnetic tiles, paint in Ziploc bags, use connect-the-dot pages, look at books with music buttons, or play with whatever you have on hand. 

Snacks help! Going for a short walk or playing in the yard can really recharge people at this point in the day. We even sometimes just get the mail to change our mood and mindset.


Spend time recharging yourself again. You could even print out this infographic (50 Ways to Take a Break) and try a new one each week.

Once you feel a little more refreshed, give some thought to your next morning and day. If you prepare your environment even just a little for the morning, it goes a long way toward an easier start and a ton of early-morning learning.

It's also a great idea to write down what you'll be doing for a few days at a time in a place where your child can look it up, like a chalkboard or whiteboard or just in a notebook in an accessible place.

This gives them a sense of predictability and also the joy of anticipation. For older children, you could use a calendar to organize this information. Very young children enjoy looking at a picture of what they'll be doing the next day.

This can be as simple as drawing a soccer ball for your morning activity, a sandwich with carrot sticks for lunch, and a book for the afternoon.

Give yourself (and your partner or other caregiver, if you are sharing the load!) a huge air five for surviving the day! Your child has learned so much just by playing, by hearing your voice all day, and by participating in the life of your home.

Author Riva Binks is a full-time homeschooling educator, writer and Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She has a PhD in Sociology from Carleton University in Canada.

Also check out: Ocean Learning (week 1), free printable count the fish book + more on their blog.
We're all in this together: Acts of kindness

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Big Dom's Bagel Shop in Downtown Cary will use 100% of the sales of a T-shirt with the same design as Pizzeria Faulisi's "Eat Pizza/Death to COVID" takeout counter by Rebuild Fabrication & Design to feed hospitality workers.

The "Green Velvet Kitchen" will be run through Big Dom's drivethru window and hand out dinners to people who need food, no questions asked. [read more]

A new way to get help: NC 2-1-1, from United Way of North Carolina, is helping connect people with needed resources from COVID-19's indirect effects, such as "food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, employment, substance abuse treatment, as well as specific resources for older adults and for persons with disabilities, and much more." Dial 2-1-1 or TTY 888-892-1162 for assistance. [get info]

Watch movies that would have been in theaters on demand from your social-distance couch. [WRAL]

How to keep your kids learning, happy and healthy through the school closures. [INDY Week] + this spreadsheet of ideas, free subscriptions, virtual tours [@JedidiahGant]

150 ways to support local business. [Visit Raleigh]

The SPCA of Wake County will livestream adoptable pets daily at 2 p.m. [WRAL]
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