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Here’s what’s happening now:

Some positive signs in our weekly ZIP code analysis: The median growth for Wake County ZIP codes decreased to 1.2% week-over-week growth, the lowest yet. Last week it was 1.6%. No ZIP codes grew more than 2%.

The rate of confirmed cases in Wake County dropped again in the last week to 188 cases per 100,000 people from 201/100,000 people. This rate is a rolling 14-day average.

The percent of tests that are positive in Wake County is at goal level after five weeks above 5%. This week the rolling 14-day average in Wake County is 4.8%, down from 5.3%. The statewide percentage is at 4.4%. [keep reading]


📊 Find your ZIP code: [RaleighConvergence.com]
⌛ Raleigh Convergence has analyzed the state’s ZIP code level data for Wake County for the last 52 weeks -- one full year! [support our work!]
Member shoutout:

For Small Business Week, Contributing and Sustaining-level members could share some small, local business love: 

"Bumble Brews Play Café in Cary - Coffee, wine, totally self-entertained kids - what's not to love?! This has been such a wonderful addition to our corner of town." -- Sarah G.

Raleigh Convergence thanks the small, local businesses that support us! Thanks to our businesses that keep it local: Taylor's Wine Shop, Sharon Jackman Hypnotherapy for Women, and HomeInstead!
Datebook:
6 ideas for your weekend + beyond.
📸 First Friday is tonight in Downtown Raleigh. Among the events, you can stop by City Market (navigate to 208 Wolfe Street) and get a picture taken by photographer Guillermo Delgado from 5-8 p.m. in front of a floral creation by designer Olivia Chisholm of To Live in Color. Olivia is a participating designer in the upcoming Art in Bloom at the NC Museum of Art. [more events]

🍴 Dine Out Downtown continues 5-9 p.m. Saturday, this time on Fayetteville Street.

🖤 Cheeni, an Indian American restaurant on Fayetteville Street will have food for pickup during Dine Out Downtown that will go -- 100% -- to Khaana Chahiye, an organization that is fighting food insecurity in Mumbai and Thane in India.  On the menu: Chana Masala, Madras Chicken Curry, Dilli-style Aloo Chaat and Raj Kachori Chaat. [Cheeni]

🍳 Brunch Moore Market: The Sunday Moore Square Market gets a brunch-y theme, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. [event]

🎨 Spring Daze Arts Market: Cary usually holds a spring arts market over one weekend, but this year, the Spring Daze Arts Market will be on Saturdays in May. Continuing this Saturday and May 8 15 and 22, find outdoor vendors 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Downtown Cary. [info]

🚴🏿‍♂️ Bike Month from Oaks & Spokes continues. [info]
Briefly, 

The Best of North Hills - A Comeback Tour
tickets are on sale for the music series at North Hills' Midtown Park. The Thursday night events are ticketed and could sell out because of limited capacity. [info]

What do you want to see in Downtown Raleigh? Participate in a community survey, sign up for listening sessions and save the date for a virtual community meeting, all coming up this month. [info]

Katsuji Tanabe, 'Top Chef' vet, and LM Restaurants plan to open a Mexican restaurant, A’Verde Cocina and Tequila Bar, in Cary, WRAL's Out and About reports. Restaurateur Giorgios Bakatsias, of Raleigh's Rosewater and many other Triangle area restaurants, is designing the space. Katsuji describes the concept as "bringing Mexican flavors in a more upscale, comfortable way," including fresh fish or steak. [WRAL] 🐟
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