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COVID-19 in Wake County:

Wake County offers help with utility bills: WakeHELPS is a new program for Wake County residents who are unable to pay their gas, power, water or other utility bills because of COVID-19-related financial issues. 

Qualified applicants will live in Wake County, are low- to moderate-income households, are effected financially by COVID-19 and are behind on utility bills. [learn more + apply]

The latest: Hospitalizations down, two new congregate living setting outbreaks and more of what to know now in Wake County about COVID-19. [read more]
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Behind the Black is Beautiful beer collaboration


Story + photo by Riley Davis, NC News Intern Corp

Thirty-nine breweries in North Carolina have joined the Black is Beautiful beer collaboration, which uses a specially branded imperial stout to raise awareness of racial injustice and raise money for organizations that promote equality and inclusion.

But the craft brewing industry itself suffers from a lack of diversity, both statewide and nationally.

Out of the 333 breweries in North Carolina, only two are Black-owned. And craft brewing reports estimate that there are fewer than 50 minority or female-owned breweries around the country. [keep reading]


Engage with the new public art install at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. While the venue's stages may be dark, a new project, the Sonarc Art Installation, is lighting up the nights with 600 LED lights.

The interactive art installation by New York artist Brian Brush includes arched frames of 1,000 plexiglass tubes, over the sidewalk and toward the center in Downtown Raleigh.

How to engage: 
"Visitors can sing into a microphone, placed at the end closest to our venue, which will analyze their vocal frequency and change the lighting spectrum of the entire piece," the Duke Energy Center's site explains.

Get involved with area around Dix Park. The Dix Edge Area Study will guide decisions around issues important to Raleigh residents, such as affordable housing, development, transportation and more. The city is seeking input and a community members to step in as community leaders and ambassadors. [learn more
Previously: What's happening now in Dix Park? [read more]

What's important to you for the future of transit? With lower tax revenues, the Wake Transit Plan is delayed (from completion in 2027 to 2030) and your survey feedback on priorities will inform how the planners reschedule work. [take the survey]

The Entrepreneurship of Self program has two more information sessions this week before its Monday deadline. [NC Cooperative Extension]

Podcast Raleigh interviewed Stormie Forte, Raleigh's newest council member. [listen]

🚴🏿‍♀️ Do you know your bike lanes? Reply to this email with the one you learned after looking at this primer: [City of Raleigh]
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