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The essentials...

Actionable + hyperlocal news to know:

COVID-19 cases in Wake County are mostly flat this week for Raleigh Convergence’s final weekly analysis.

Wake County’s 14-day case rate increased slightly in the last week, is now at 99 cases per 100,000 people. Last week the case rate was 97 cases per 100,000 people.

The percentage of tests that are positive in Wake County is 2.6% as of Monday, the most recent 14-day average available. The previous Monday (March 21) was 2.5%.

The CDC considers Wake County as low COVID-19 community level. Note that the CDC recently began using different benchmarks for community levels. (More explained here)

An updated COVID Data Tracker shares more of the numbers. The 7-day case rate through Tuesday in Wake County is about 80 cases per 100,000 people. Cases decreased 1.22% over the last 7 days with data through Tuesday.

A further out look at the trend line: []

Congregate living facility outbreaks stayed flat at 37 outbreaks in Wake County.

Childcare and K-12 clusters stayed flat at 2 total clusters. Both are at childcare facilities. 

More numbers, links + analysis: []

Raleigh Convergence has analyzed local-level data for Wake County for the last 99 weeks. This is the last update. [why]

What else to know + do:

🏗️ Knightdale residents, join a collaborative process to shape how a new development will integrate with Old Town Knightdale. Stop by before 5 p.m. today or hear a presentation 5:30-7 p.m. with discussion. [info]

🚲 Five Points study: Participate in a study to improve the Five Points neighborhood namesake intersection. Topics of the study include traffic improvements, safety, streetscape plans and a bike trail connection to the Greenway. The kickoff event is April 19. [info]
Promotion from The Eastern Residences at North Hills

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Located in North Hills, The Eastern allows residents to fully embrace what brings them joy while leaving life's other to-dos (like appointment scheduling or dry cleaning) to our concierge care team. Do you have a busy schedule and need a quiet place to conduct business? We have powered furnishings and private workstations available for use.

Be where the action is this summer. Enjoy views from the indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge or bask in the sun on the pool deck!

The Eastern has amenities to serve all your needs.

Reside in luxury at The Eastern.
Converging Stories:
Listen to storytelling on tradition
At Converging Stories: Tradition, four neighbors shared their true, first-person stories on the night’s theme.

This edition of our live storytelling series was held in person and virtually live in November. 

ABOUT THE STORIES: Each of the four interpretations of the theme of ‘Tradition’ is different, showing the diversity of lived experiences in our Raleigh area community while exploring universal truths of family and identity.

ABOUT THE EVENTS: Converging Stories is a true, first-person storytelling series in which community members — your neighbors — are coached to share a story for insight around a theme. Each night of storytelling has a different theme. 

LISTEN: Watch + listen to individual stories from Preeti Waas, Adé Carrena, Lucy Tobias and Isabel O’Hara Walsh. []
Community news + ideas, quick:

📦 The Factory, a new "co-manufacturing facility" for small businesses, is asking the community to help unbox, assemble and decide together where things should go as it prepares to open. The Unbox events will be April 9 and 10, 12-7 p.m. [website]

About The Factory: 
  • Shared equipment will help local entrepreneurs produce clothing, health and beauty, printing and engraving, art, candles and digital design.
  • Free training and social events will also support entrepreneurs.
  • Behind the idea: The Black Dollar Corp., led by CEO Johnny Hackett, Jr. The Black Dollar Corp. runs Black Friday Market in Downtown Raleigh, a Black-owned business directory and markets.
  • Location: 811 W. Morgan Street, in an area between Bloc[83] and Irregardless Cafe which Hackett dubbed the "Morgan West District." 
🌲 The Pollening: In case your car hood didn't tell you, the yellow dusting of pollen (from pine trees) is here. The NC Division of Air Quality pollen lab measured the pollen count as high since last Wednesday with tree pollen. 

🥃 The Crunkleton, a Chapel Hill-born craft cocktail bar and restaurant, will open in fall at Smoky Hollow.

The News & Observer called it one of the most influential cocktail bars in the state because of its early (2008) pioneering of craft cocktails. Like the Chapel Hill location, the Raleigh expansion will also have a selection of antique and rare whiskeys.

The Downtown Raleigh location in the Smoky Hollow development will have an open-hearth kitchen and serve lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. [website]

👟 Keepin' It Collective, a new vintage streetwear and sneakers boutique, will have its grand opening beginning at 10 a.m. April 9. Find it at 103 N. Salem Street in Downtown Apex, up this mural-lined staircase. [@keepinitcollective]
Explore + do:
☁️ Dreamville: J. Cole's Dreamville Festival is Saturday and Sunday at Dorothea Dix Park. Events open to the public are ongoing in Downtown Raleigh, even if you don't have festival tickets, include:  
  • Dreamville House: DJs and drinks at Junction West, 1-10 p.m. continues today and Friday. [info]
  • Dreamville Public Access: This event by Dreamville presented with Citrix at CAM Raleigh includes DJs, a gaming lounge, music-related panel discussions and more. Begins 12 p.m. Friday. [info]
🏀 Duke vs. Tar Heels game: The Triangle area rival teams will play in the Final Four at 8:49 p.m. Saturday. Here are a list of places to watch in Downtown Raleigh, and Dreamville organizers confirmed the men's basketball game will be streamed at the festival. 

🍻 The Bond Brothers' Mid-Town Square Festival: Happening 12-9:30 p.m. Saturday in Downtown Cary centered at the brewery's 202 E. Cedar Street location, the festival will include beer, food trucks, live music and a kids zone. [details]
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