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See inside Chavis Park renovations 

The community will soon be able to enjoy the renovations at the historic John Chavis Memorial Park.

Those renovations include a new community center, large plaza with a water feature, a playground and event spaces.

Chavis Park has been a significant place for generations of Black residents in Raleigh.

See more photos + learn about the rich history of the park and new functions for the future: []

📸: A glass collage, "Chavis Reclaimed," in the new community center.

Y’all know we love local, so we’ve partnered with Shop Local Raleigh to give away a pair of tickets to the NC Hops Festival! 🍻

The NC Hops Festival is June 12 + 13 at the NC State Fairgrounds, where ticketholders can taste North Carolina beer, cider and seltzers! 

To enter, reply to this newsletter with your favorite North Carolina beer, cider or seltzer by 12 p.m. EST Friday, June 4, 2021. 

Are you a Raleigh Convergence member? Make sure to mention you're a member! Raleigh Convergence members receive 4 extra entries (5 total) in our random drawing. 

The winner of the pair of tickets will be notified by 5 p.m. EST Friday, June 4, 2021. 
Converging Topic:
Curious about composting?

In our Converging Topics survey on Climate Change + Sustainability, a top area of interest is learning more about sustainable living, such as composting.

So, we’re co-hosting a virtual lunchtime event on Monday, June 21, with Raleigh-based CompostNow. 

Kat Nigro, (pictured) VP of Experience for CompostNow, will share a short how-to on composting and answer some of your questions.
Share your questions by noon June 14 here:

This event will be virtually live on Zoom and hosted by Raleigh Convergence editor Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen. Registration is required for this free event.

Like with all our content, this event will be concise, smart, and include actionable information in a short 45 minutes. 

Raleigh could require fewer parking spaces
at new developments. It's a move for a more dense, transit-reliant future that combats climate change, city council members in support of the change say. It's not decided yet; a text change will be drafted for review by the planning commission and then return to the city council for a vote. [News & Observer]

A Raleigh startup, iMama, wants to support breastfeeding mothers by offering on-demand lactation consultation while at work. Employers can also use the service as a benefit. [GrepBeat]

The Raleigh Chamber is offering a free virtual training about gender identity and expression on Monday, to build more supportive work cultures for the transgender community. [Chamber site]

Apex has a new city manager, Katy Crosby, who will hire the next police chief. [WRAL]

Art in Bloom begins today at the NC Museum of Art. Tickets are already sold out for the first weekend, but currently remain for June 10-13. [NCMA] 💐
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