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Each week, we'll ask guest curators -- subscribers like you -- to share what their perfect day in the Raleigh area looks like. 

This week's guest curator: Jed Byrne

About Jed:
I am a husband, father, real estate developer and broker with Capital Associates, and weekly commercial real estate newsletter editor at The Acorn.

Jed's perfect day in Raleigh: My perfect day would be a mythical hybrid day that includes both work and family time!  Lets just assume we all play hooky for the afternoon.  

Morning: I would start off with a breakfast at home of muffins from Groovy Duck Bakery, which is right by our house in West Raleigh. 

We are early risers, so we would have to pick these up the day before (is that cheating?). After breakfast and drop-off, I would head downtown. 

My job involves a lot of meetings outside of the office, so I would start by picking up a cup of coffee at 42 & Lawrence or Sir Walter Coffee and heading to Moore Square park for a few moments of gathering my thoughts.  
There is something magical about watching a city wake up, especially if you are able to do so from the serenity of a patch of nature!

My morning would be filled with meetings for project work with our wonderful consultants as well as networking/coffee meetings with some of the many amazing people who call Raleigh home. 

Meeting people is critical for my job, so I try to meet several new people per week and get to know what they do and how I might be able to help them professionally. My favorite coffee shops to meet are BREW, Benchwarmers or Morning Times.  I have been known to hit up several of these spots in a single morning.

In between meetings I would try and do as much walking as possible.  I love being a pedestrian! Walking gives me the best perspective for watching our City grow and the chance to capture some #DriveByConstructionUpdate’s for Twitter or The Acorn.

Lunch: After my morning meetings I would meet my girls at Happy + Hale. The girls love getting to pick what they want, and we all like that it is filling and healthy and a home grown business!

Afternoon: Depending on the weather, it is play time.  If it is an “outdoor” day we head to North Carolina Museum of Art's Museum Park aka “the piggy park” with scooters, or if it is an “indoor” day, we head to Marbles Kids Museum!

After burning off some energy it is time for a bit of a treat, and we head to Two Roosters for ice cream.

Evening: We are homebodies, so after a long day out and about, the perfect day ends with dinner outside enjoying the wonderful Carolina weather followed by board games, bath time, and show time.

Unless of course it is date night, in which case me and my wife are 100% heading to Crawford and Son

After the kids are down to sleep (the parents are not far behind), the perfect day would end with a night cap of Trophy Beer on the couch, they have a great selection right up the street at Bottle Rev

Follow Jed: On Twitter @OakCityCRE or The Acorn newsletter

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Upcoming ways to find community, give back and celebrate what’s happening in Raleigh.

FRIDAY: NC State Homecoming Parade Block Party: Beginning at 4:30 p.m., enjoy a homecoming block party at the side courtyard of Nelson Hall on Hillsborough Street. The parade starts at 6 p.m. Free, but register. [registration]

SATURDAY: Made and Found at Moore Square: This juried shopping event at Moore Square will include handmade art, curated vintage and local designers, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. [vendors + more info]

SUNDAY: Get Lao'd for Veterans Suicide Awareness Pop-up: MOFU Shoppe is raising funds for Stop Soldier Suicide with a Laos-inspired menu over Veterans Day weekend. 1-4 p.m. [learn more]

SUNDAY: DanceFIT at Vita Vite in Downtown Raleigh: Bfit with Brooks will lead a pop-up fitness class (no dance experience necessary!) at the Vita Vite wine bar in Downtown Raleigh. Better: Your ticket includes a post-class glass of wine. 12 p.m. [sign up]

MONDAY: Veterans Day parade: Honor veterans during the parade on Fayetteville Street at 9:30 a.m., followed by a ceremony at the Capitol at 11 a.m. [info]

WEDNESDAY: Women Who Win panel: This General Assembly monthly series includes female-identifying entrepreneurial leaders speaking on various topics. For this event, "panelists will share their personal stories about making big career transitions in pursuit of happiness." 6-7:30 p.m. at HQ's Gateway location. [info]

THURSDAY-NOV. 17: Junior League of Raleigh's A Shopping Spree!:  This shopping event kicks off Thursday morning with a special Merry Morning event. Ticketed attendees of Merry Morning can beat the crowds from 9-11 a.m. and get first dibs on items from vendors. General admission shopping continues afterward. SPREE! is a JLR fundraiser. [tickets + info]

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Plan on these events coming up later in the month.

NOV. 14: Art Happy Hour at Artspace with wall weaving. [info]

NOV. 15: An Evening With Margaret Atwood. [info]

NOV. 15: Read and Feed's A Novel Night Gala. [info]

NOV. 18:
North Carolina Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Summit [register]

NOV. 19: Raleigh Chamber's Black Business Momentum - Why Customer Service Matters Every Time [register]

NOV. 22: Creative Mornings with Gab Smith [info]

NOV. 22-JAN. 12, 2020: NC Chinese Lantern Festival. [info]

NOV. 23: Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting. [info]

NOV. 23: Holiday Sip & Shop in North Hills [info]

DEC. 7: Holiday Lantern tours at Mordecai House. [info]

DEC. 7-29: Carolina Ballet's 'The Nutcracker' (Dec. 18-29 in Raleigh) [tickets]
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