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This week, we're talking... Inspiring Raleigh women 💪 | The countdown of early voting + the Cary ballot 🗳️ | How to co-work outside for free ✨ | RDU ranks 5th in its new category ✈️ | Oktoberfest(s), Wide Open Bluegrass + more this week 🎶

Hi y'all.

We're fortunate to have many inspiring women in Raleigh.

That was clear when I attended this year's WINnovation, a Walter magazine event. 

Women shared candid stories from their roads to success, including Donna Sylver, the CFO of the RDU Airport; Angela Salamanca, of Centro, Gallo Pelon Mezcaleria and Ex-Voto; and Julie Hafer of Beauty Ethics Skincare and more.

Something that's stuck with me was a lesson from Billie Redmond's story. Billie is the CEO and Founder of Trademark Properties, and she talked about some of the lessons she learned from running for office, a campaign she lost. 

She talked about understanding your release valve. Hers is a swing at her house. 

I've been thinking about that since. I wear a lot of hats, and I know I'm not alone in that. This particular season for me is a challenge. It's the first year of my business, I'm the mom of a toddler and I'm getting more involved in community volunteering. I love my life, but did I need to hear that.

I also needed to hear that sometimes even successful women fail, but keep going. Her immediate pivot to start writing what she learned from not succeeding at something she thought she was meant to do shows a perseverance we can all learn from, too.

My release is going for a run, maybe putting on The Highwomen on in my headphones and heading to the Greenway. I get my best thinking done then, too.

What's the way you refresh yourself to keep going, or release pressure from the roles you have in your life? I'd love to hear them.

To whatever keeps you going,
Sarah Day

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Your early voting guide: Counting down

If you need to register to vote or update your info for the City of Raleigh or Town of Cary elections, you have a little over a week to head to early voting. 

Friday, Oct. 4, is the last day of early voting, which you can do at any of these sites.

Requesting an absentee ballot? Do that by this upcoming Tuesday before 5 p.m. Here's that form.

Not sure if you're registered or your info is up to date? Check it on this site.

Don't forget to read answers to your questions in the Raleighites Agenda, Raleigh Convergence's coverage of the election:



FIND YOUR DISTRICT by searching your address at the bottom of this page or by going here.






Read more about the process here.

There was a lighter response from district candidates, so use these resources to find more about candidates that represent your area: 

Raleigh News & Observer
Oakes & Spokes

And over in Cary...

Cary Town council holds four-year terms, which is longer than Raleigh's two-year terms. That means for this election, Cary residents will vote for mayor and one at-large seat, and vote on representation if you're in district B or D

However, the incumbent at-large candidate is running unopposed, as is the district B representative. District D has three candidates, the most crowded field. 

The News & Observer has a candidate guide here.

All Cary voters will decide on two bonds, as well: One for parks and one for transportation. These bonds are general obligation bonds, which are often used to fund public projects by cities and towns. 

The parks bond, for $112 million, would fund parks projects including $50 million for the second phase of the Downtown Park (this is where the fountain is, and it's next to the new Cary Regional Library that opens in early November).

The Downtown Park would grow to seven acres, with a "Great Lawn," walking trails connecting outdoor "rooms" to gather, a kids' play area, a dog park and more.

Other projects would include two new parks in West Cary, acquiring land for open space preservation, work to preserve historic properties, replacing aging playground equipment, improving greenways and other park facilities. 

The transportation bond is for $113 million. The two biggest projects include:

Enhancements around NCDOT projects for $23 million, mostly around pedestrian- and bike-related improvements. 

$22.3 million for traffic improvements in and around the Fenton development, a 92-acre mixed-use development project. Read about more projects in the bond here.

Part of Cary is in Chatham County, and those residents have early voting too, here and a sample ballot here.

Bookmark our election guide >>

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The Downtown Raleigh Alliance is hosting its second outdoor co-working series beginning Monday in the plaza outside Raleigh Union Station (the train station downtown). And it's free!

There will be WiFi, furniture, white board, conference tables available for reservation, pop-up exercise classes, snacks and programming from co-working partners including HQ Raleigh, Nest, Industrious, Spaces and WeWork.

Outdoor Office will be Monday-Friday, Oct. 4, and Monday-Friday the following week, Oct. 7-11. (Illustration credit below: Clark Nexsen)

A J.D. Power survey ranked our airport 5th for large airports, after Portland (Ore.), Dallas, Tampa and Orange Co. (Calif.) airports but before other growing airports in the South such as Nashville and Austin.

RDU moved to the large airport category this year after being ranked 11th medium-sized airport in 2018
. The airport got its highest marks for the food, beverage and retail, such as local shop Root & Branch, which stocks goods from local makers. (And just think, this is before Raleigh Brewing's planned taproom for Terminal 1, opening spring 2020!)


Alimentari at Left Bank is open at Transfer Co. They have "fresh pasta, housemade sauces, and tigelle sandwiches" as well as meat for purchase from Left Bank Butchery

In case you missed RGB at Meredith: You can watch the whole Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg conversation here (via INDY Week)

How the newly opened Southeast Raleigh Elementary School and the YMCA are working together to support students (N&O)

Thousands of taxpayers' dollars were spent on unauthorized travel costs by the head of the N.C. State Fair and the Agriculture Commissioner, says the News & Observer, citing a state audit. 

Rosh Hashanah begins Sunday night, and La Farm has fresh-baked challah bread before then.
Give input on an area of Northeast Raleigh...
The Capital Boulevard North Corridor is being studied and is looking for community input. From the survey:

Capital Boulevard is much more than just a road. It is a regional shopping destination, a hub of small businesses, and a diverse set of residential communities. The corridor study is an opportunity for members of the community to highlight parts of the study area that contribute to its cultural vitality and quality of life."

You can take a Citrix bike for free to vote...
Use the code 'GoVote' and vote early. (via tweet)
Upcoming ways to find community, give back and celebrate what’s happening in Raleigh.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY: Wide Open Bluegrass. Dubbed the largest free bluegrass festival in the world, Wide Open Bluegrass includes eight stages of bluegrass music this weekend in Downtown Raleigh. There are tickets for reserved seating. You can see the lineup here

SATURDAY: 37th Annual Storytelling Festival. Wake Co. Libraries have brought in nationally celebrated storytellers for the event at Historic Oak View County Park, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. INFO.

SATURDAY: Oktoberfest at Lafayette Village. Try more than 20 beers, enjoy live music and entertainment among the locally-owned shops in North Raleigh's Lafayette Village during the German-inspired festival. INFO.

SUNDAY: The first Person Street Farmers Market. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a pop-up farmers market downtown will transform an empty weekend parking lot for state workers into a bustling market with vendors. The Person Street Farmers Market will be at Jones & Person streets. Read our story and follow their updates on Instagram.

SUNDAY: Oktoberfest at Trophy Maywood. From 1-5 p.m., enjoy new German style beers, food from Capital Club 16, games, music and more. INFO.

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS: Shape Up Downtown. O2 Fitness is holding free fitness classes in Moore Square on Tuesdays and Thursdays in September and October. This Tuesday the focus will be Combat and Thursday, Oct. 3, it will be yoga. INFO.

THURSDAY, OCT. 3: Innovate Raleigh Summit. This year, the summit will focus on the future of the region with a theme 'The Triangle 2050.' See the schedule for the event, register.

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