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Here’s what’s happening now:

🌇 When might more downtown workers return? Some are still working from home, but Downtown Raleigh Alliance leader Bill King says he expects 77% will be back in office 3 days per week by September. [WRAL]

✍️ A group critical of Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin and other members of council will seek the 14,000 signatures needed recall the mayor. [News & Observer]

🍽️ A Place at the Table and Wake Tech are partnering to train hospitality workers, an industry experiencing staffing shortages. The training program will be free for participants, after hours at the pay-what-you-can cafe. []
Raleigh Jobs:

CAREGivers, Home Instead. [listing]

Sales Resource Coordinator, Capitol Broadcasting Company. [listing]

Want to list your job? Post a job for $30 on our jobs board [post] or become a corporate member.  Submissions must be received by 8 a.m. Monday to run the following Tuesday. The listings are reviewed before posting to maintain quality.
How to see the Raleigh sunflowers
The iconic sunflowers are expected to reach full bloom this week at Dix Park.

It's one of three sunflower fields in Raleigh this year.

The North Carolina Museum of Art Museum Park fields are also beginning to bloom, though the peak is a couple weeks away, a NCMA spokesperson confirmed to Raleigh Convergence.

🌻  Need to know details to plan your visit: []

📸: Photo courtesy of Dix Park, Thursday.
Local idea:
Celebrate Christmas in July for a cause: Capital City Clauses will host an luau-themed event next Thursday night, July 29, at Raleigh Beer Garden, to benefit their toy- and joy-giving mission for kids. 

Santa will visit Jingle in July, but it's an adults-focused event with cocktails and games. 

The nonprofit also partnered with Neuse River Brewing and Barrel Culture on a limited release beer, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Capital City Clauses' mission.

The Sleigh All Day lager will be on tap or in cans at at Neuse River Brewing, Barrel Culture Brewing and Raleigh Beer Garden. The beer will also be released July 29. [info]

The Olympics open Friday in Tokyo, but you can see Olympic baseball players here, today: The US Olympic baseball team is training in Cary for the Tokyo Olympics, and you can see the USA Baseball Professional Team play the top college players today at 1 p.m. for $10 if you can swing a long lunch. [info]

Attention doughnut fans: Folks behind Benchwarmers Bagels and Jubala Coffee will open Bright Spot Donuts at Five Points East neighborhood by the end of 2021, Drew Jackson at the News & Observer reports. Bright Spot Donuts will be at The Junction at Five Points, a 2021-remodeled, 1954-built creative office and retail space development. [N&O, sub. required]

There's a soccer field in the middle of Downtown Raleigh, and you can sign up to play. [RALToday]

Picnic at NCMA Museum Park: Catering Works is now offering picnic baskets (including gluten free and vegetarian options) for weekends, movie nights and events at the North Carolina Museum of Art park. Orders must be 48-72 hours in advance. [info]

(ish) Delicatessen is now open, with hot and cold sandwiches in its location on Person Street with a menu from a classic tomato sandwich to a pastrami reuben. [@ish_delicatessen]
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