//What’s Hot Right Now? February 18th, 2021//

Melting ice, beastly ghost burgers, and cleaning up our city,
plus history made and presented.

// The Good News //

a view of the downtown greensboro skyline in the background with an ice covered bush in the foreground

The good news is that the weather will be warming up next week, putting this icy cold in the rearview. Who’s ready for sunny 60º days?!?

// Local-ish Flavor //

a photo of a to-go bag of mr beast burger in the foreground and bravo restaurant in the background

If you have pre-teens, you’ve probably heard about Mr. Beast, the NC YouTuber that grosses about $8 million/month on their videos and merchandise. They’ve expanded their empire to include burgers – and without all the overhead of owning a kitchen. Enter: ghost kitchens – utilizing extra capacity in already established restaurants to serve up your personalized menu. We found Mr. Beast Burgers on the Uber Eats app and tracked it to the Bravo! restaurant at Friendly Shopping Center.

// Spaces //

a photo of the display of pieces of now in the greensboro history museum about the history of the summer of 2020 with the george floyd protests and covid-19 pandemic

The Greensboro History Museum has a powerful new exhibit called Pieces of Now that showcases the historic events that took place in Greensboro during 2020. Curators have compiled and displayed artifacts from the Black Lives Matter protests, the economic crisis, and the pandemic as it affected the lives of Greensboro residents. You can tour the exhibit in person for free Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 5pm, or take a virtual tour.

// Things to Do //

a map of greensboro nc with locations marked for litter pickup

Greensboro Beautiful is sponsoring a Winter Wipeout program to help wipeout litter around Greensboro. You can sign up to clean up specific litter “hot spots”, then upload before and after shots to Greensboro Beautiful’s Facebook page to show the great work you did! Without leaves on trees and bushes, trash is easier to see, which means your efforts will make a huge difference!

(PS – it’s a great excuse to get kids outside and teach them
about taking care of our community, too!)

// Parting Shot //

a photo of a cyclist riding by in a blur under a bridge on church street, the bridge support has a colorful daisy mural on it.

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//What’s Bloomin’? February 11, 2021//

Flowers, parks, fire pits, and walking tours.
Plus, there’s help when you need it…here’s the 211!

// The Good News //

a photo of hellebores or lenten roses in full bloom

You may have noticed, tucked in shaded or wooded areas, these little plants have started blooming – they’re called Hellebores or Lenten Roses. We’re more than halfway through Winter and these little beauties are brightening up our day! They do well in water if you wanted to put some in a vase. Native to Greece and Turkey, they grow quite well here in Greensboro. These little evergreen plants spread by dropping their seeds in the fall, or can be dug up and divided if you wanted to give one to a friend – which is good news because they can run $18-25 per plant!

// Did You Know? //

united way logo

When you need help, the United Way of North Carolina is making it easier for you to find it. With its newly established 2-1-1 service you have just one number to call to speak with a live person that can direct you to resources that can get you or a loved one the help you need. Times are tough and we may find ourselves in situations we wouldn’t have expected. Dial 2-1-1 to:

  1. Locate a food pantry near you.
  2. Find the nearest shelter if you need a safe place to sleep at night.
  3. Access counseling services and emotional support hotlines.
  4. Receive accurate and vetted information during disasters when there is information overload.
  5. Find rent assistance programs when you’re struggling to pay your rent.
  6. Locate places in your community to volunteer or make a donation.
  7. Find utility assistance to help with the electric and water bills.
  8. Understand eligibility requirements for government assistance.
  9. Find services for senior citizens, including transportation and housing.
  10. Discover after school & educational opportunities for your child or dependent.
  11. Find services for veterans and military families.

// Local Flavor //

a photo at dusk with a fire pit in the foreground and a food and drink truck in the background at summerfield farms in greensboro nc

Summerfield Farms is more than just a source of locally grown, 100% grassfed beef. And it’s more than a beautiful event space for your barn-themed party. It’s also a really cool outdoor space for hanging out in the evenings. Their Well Truck serves beer, wine, and delicious mixed drinks, and a rotating caravan of food trucks every Wednesday through Sunday help get you out of making dinner. There’s lots of open space for socially distanced fun in the great outdoors, with multiple fire pits to keep you warm!

// Spaces //

a closeup of painted rocks on a dirt trail covered in dried leaves on the grounds of guilford college near the underground railroad tree

You never know what you might find when you head out on one of Greensboro’s trails. These colorful rocks were spotted on the trail in Guilford Woods near the Underground Railroad Tree.

//Progress Report//

a photo of lofi park in greenboro with turf grass laid near joymongers brewery picnic tables and a bench are on the turf grass

There’s turf grass at the LoFi park at Joymongers! Just a couple weeks ago, it was nothing but dirt. Now it’s a super green spot for hanging with friends and enjoying a tasty beverage! There’s still a few rough edges, but the park is ready for action, even after a hard rain!

// Things to Do //

a photo of a coffee cup sculpture of the a&t four near the international civil rights center in greensboro nc

This coffee cup sculpture is one of seven in the downtown area called the Coffee Cup Collaborative and you can experience them all on a 1.2 mile self-guided walking tour on the GPSMyCity app. You can create your own tour on the app, too…what kind of tour would you create for Greensboro?

// Parting Shot //

a photo of train cars piled with containers reflecting the glow of the sun at dusk in greensboro nc

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//What’s Going On? February 4, 2021//

Local arts! Local history! Local Food!
Plus flowers, lunchboxes, and Valentine’s Day is coming!

// The Good News //

view between painted bridge supports

The city of Greensboro has a vibrant public art scene and it’s only getting better. Murals and various art installations have been popping up at parks, on shops & buildings, and along the newly completed sections of the greenway. This kaleidoscopic paisley bridge mural at Morehead Park off of Spring Garden St. is one of the more recent to pop up, painted by local artist Darlene McClinton and her Creative Minds Team.

// Did You Know? //

a photo of a statue of dr. george simpkins jr. of greensboro north carolina on the grounds of the old guilford county courthouse

Dr. George Simkins Jr. brought about the desegregation of Greensboro’s Gillespie Golf Course and Moses Cone Hospital, integrated Wachovia Bank’s hiring practices, and much more? It is through his efforts that discrimination is prohibited in publicly owned places in the United States. This statue of Dr. Simkins is on the grounds of the old Guilford County Courthouse (near the statue that looks like Darth Vader’s helmet, both can be seen from Market St.)

The Greensboro History Museum will be discussing his legacy and the effort to film a documentary about his life this Friday, February 5th, from noon to 12:30, during their History Lunch Break series.

// Local Flavor //

a photo of two shoebox lunches with fried chicken and boba toast from the historic magnolia house cafe and hotel

The Historic Magnolia Manor is offering Shoebox lunches every Thursday-Saturday from 11am-3pm for pickup or delivery. Check out their menu, with a side of history about why Black travelers would carry “shoebox” lunches during the Jim Crow era. We’re going to order the Magnolia’s Chicken & Bombay Toast with a side of …ooh, um, gosh, we can’t decide!

// Spaces //

a mural of a sunflower and a lady bug on the back of the tiny greenhouse shop in greensboro nc

It’s tough to decide which makes you happier, the space behind The Tiny Greenhouse with this cheerful (and appropriate) mural, or the inside (definitely the inside!) – with it’s vast collection of tiny houseplants clad in adorable clay and fabric pots, art supplies and gifts. Either way, both are worth a visit!

// Things to Do //

a photo of marquee letters spelling out the word love

Need an idea for a fun activity for Valentine’s Day? The Greensboro Parks and Rec is offering a Valentine’s Day “Date Night Kit” with craft, chocolate treat to make and conversation game starters for you and your love to enjoy. Reserve your kit online for $20 and pick it up on Feb 12th at your nearest rec center.

// Parting Shot //

a photo of a statue of the a&t four from the greensboro sit-ins on the campus of a&t university the statue is in shadow with the dudley memorial building lit up behind it by the sunshine

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