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Raleigh Typhoon Scavenger Hunt returns June 27

RaleighTyphoonThe Raleigh Typhoon scavenger hunt and urban adventure returns Saturday, June 27, 2015 with TWO new ways to play!  For the first time ever, the Raleigh Typhoon will feature two games: an “Extreme Challenge” scavenger hunt (for more competitive types), and a more laid back “Pub Crawl” scavenger hunt.  All proceeds from the Raleigh Typhoon benefit Activate Good.

When: Saturday, June 27th

  • Extreme Challenge Game Kick off: 1:00pm (check-in by 12:30pm)
  • Pub Crawl Kick off: 5:00pm (check in by 4:30pm)
  • Prize announcements & party: 9:00pm

Where: Tir Na Nog, 218 S. Blount Street, Downtown Raleigh

Form a team: Grab friends and form a team to tackle hilarious games and solve puzzles in one or both scavenger games while visiting a variety of Downtown Raleigh hotspots. Teams who successfully solve puzzles by the deadline are eligible for prizes. Teams must contain between 2 and 8 participants; all participants must be 21 or over.

Registration: Limited space is available – participants are encouraged to register their teams online no later than June 26, 2015 at  Teams must include 2-8 players. Online Registration for ONE game is $15/person OR $100/team; Online Registration for BOTH games is $25/person OR $180/team by June 26.  Limited team spots may be available for registration at the door on June 27 (prices increase at the door).

About The Raleigh Typhoon

2015 marks the 9th Annual Raleigh Typhoon Scavenger Hunt. The Raleigh Typhoon serves as one of the largest scavenger hunts in Raleigh, NC. Over the past eight years, over 2000 people have participated as individuals and teams to scout out items, answer challenging trivia, and perform tons of fun tasks in the hopes of capturing prizes.

From lip syncing to ladder golf, word searches to acrobatics, rickshaws to rhymes – the Raleigh Typhoon is designed to be challenging, entertaining, educational, and most of all – fun!

Costumes are highly encouraged (there may or may not be a costume-themed prize!). While the Raleigh Typhoon isn’t a race, individuals and teams are required to complete all of the tasks by a certain time in order to win.

Prizes will be given out at the conclusion of the scavenger hunt. Don’t miss out on the fun, and discover a little more about downtown Raleigh’s treasures!

For additional information contact:

Volunteerism on Glenwood South: Tree Sweater blankets are just the beginning

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

Glenwood South is a neighborhood where volunteerism is literally adding to the colors and designs on the street, bringing better lit and safer-feeling sidewalks, and knitting friendships that strengthen cooperation.  When Sue Glennon (Hampton Inn and Suites), Liz Johnson (Revolver) and Donna Belt (SpiritWorks) met with Sharon Hayes, Executive Director of St. Saviour’s Center (616 Tucker Ave) this week to arrange a neighborhood tea for donating Tree Sweater blankets to the residents of Glenwood Towers, the surprise was on them.  Melissa Brigman, Property Manager of the Towers wondered out loud how residents could volunteer to help the neighborhood.  As thrilled as they were to receive the blankets, they were equally happy with a donation of yarn that allows them to knit items to donate to a charity they select.


Tree Sweater Blankets

Our changing of the world has already launched, right here in our neighborhood.  St. Saviours Center offers a variety of volunteer opportunities from serving seniors through Meals on Wheels, helping distribute food at the Wake Relief Food Pantry, supporting  the Community Music School (offering music lessons to disadvantaged children for $1/lesson), or even donating disposable diapers and children’s books to the Diaper Train that is part of the Healthy Baby program.

Whether you offer a morning per month or seek more regular service, come out and meet other neighbors who are helping to create a network that enhances us all.

  • For more information about volunteering, please contact Sharon Hayes 919-833-6400, ext 201,
  • Contact Linda Frenette, Executive Director of the Community Music School to support their fundraiser on May 3 when they’ll be raffling guitars painted by local artists.

And of course, please join us for a neighborhood tea at St. Saviours on May 15 at 10:30 when we’ll be raffling our Tree Sweater blankets to residents of Glenwood Towers.  Thanks to Sara Coleman Fitzpatrick for supplying cupcakes from the Cupcake Shoppe!

Written by Donna Belt 

Glenwood South Tree Sweater Art Installation

Tree Sweaters - Seattle neighborhood

Tree Sweaters – Seattle neighborhood

Participants will gather at The Carter Building at 10am on the morning of January 25th before trailing down the length of Glenwood Avenue to Peace Street, leaving the trees dressed in stripes and patterns of every color.  Hot chocolate and snacks will be served  at 11:00 at Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, when visitors and participants gather for comments from city officials, prizes awarded to knitters, and a drawing of gift certificates from local merchants.

For the past six weeks, knitters have been meeting each Friday at SpiritWorks Studio at the Carter Building to create Tree Sweaters for the city owned trees lining the Glenwood South thoroughfare.  Many cars pass through on their way into downtown, but merchants and residents have banded together into the Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative to offer reasons to stop on their street, long before their popular late night businesses come into full swing.  

“What better way to show who we are than a community art project?” asked Donna Belt, owner of SpiritWorks Studio. “Tree Sweaters are whimsical and as varied as each of us are.” 

Even Belt is surprised at the response to this community art initiative, which originally aimed for 70 Tree Sweaters.  More than 50 participants, aged 8 – 80 have responded, creating 100 Tree Sweaters, each in their own colors and style.

City Council showed their support for this initiative by approving a petition for the Tree Sweaters presented at their January 7th meeting.  Policies established through the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department in response to this community art project promise to streamline future grass roots art installations that they believe will continue to enhance the appeal of Raleigh’s downtown.

Since their first meeting at Hampton Inn and Suites on December 9th, residents and business owners of Glenwood South have worked together with the Downtown Living Advocates, Downtown Raleigh Alliance and Shop Local Raleigh to pursue a number of strategies aimed at maximizing the vitality of businesses, and building a bond between residents and neighboring restaurants and clubs.  This Tree Sweater installation is a colorful start to their plans which range from refining late night noise ordinances to fostering well lit, attractive sidewalk scapes.


Couture for a Cause: Annual fashion show and fundraiser coming to Marbles on November 9th.

FBCover1_withoverlay-300x112First hosted in 2009, Couture for a Cause has become Activate Good’s fun and fashionable annual tradition, pairing local designers with Activate Good’s nonprofit partners to create looks that embody the missions of those organizations.


When: Saturday, November 9 (doors open at 7:00pm show starts at 8:00pm)

Where: Marbles Kids Museum, Downtown Raleigh

Tickets are $25 before November 8, $30 at the door, and $75 for VIP.

CFAC2013_PromoFlierFINAL-JPG-233x300The event is also a competition for local designers, who compete for a chance to win a prize in Couture and Ready-to-Wear categories.  At the end of each runway show, guests get a chance to bid on their favorite looks in a live auction, and this year you can begin participating in the silent auction online prior to the event.

You will also have a chance to win a Disney Vacation package at this year’s raffle.  Get your raffle tickets online when you purchase your event ticket, or purchase raffle tickets at the event.

Learn more about Couture for a Cause on their Facebook Page, and see past event photos.

Around Downtown Raleigh with Ernest A. Dollar, COR Museum Director

Interview with Ernest A. Dollar, Director of the City of Raleigh (COR) Museum:  By Anne Fahim RA AIA

Background: Ernest Dollar, Director of the City of Raleigh (COR) Museum sat down with DLA Core Group Member Anne Fahim, RA AIA to discuss the new identity for the museum formerly known as the Raleigh City Museum, and what’s going on in the coming months at the Museum on the Downtown Mall, now known as the COR Museum. They met at Zinda, the New Asian restaurant on Fayetteville Street.

Ernest Dollar, Director City of Raleigh Museum

Ernest Dollar, Director City of Raleigh Museum

Q: What are you doing that resonates with Downtown folks?

A: What I am planning is to turn the city into the museum. The COR Museum and my vision for its direction supports showing the history all around us in Downtown Raleigh, and learning about that history.

Q: You mentioned you have in mind some high tech ways of accomplishing this?

A: Yes, our mantra is Then, Now and Next, we hope to have each of our exhibits address the past, the present, and what is yet to come. We hope to use the latest technology not only inside the museum for the exhibits, but also, out in the city to connect the knowledge about history to passersby, using their smartphones or devices. We are also looking into participatory exhibits and other ways to access information, such as pop-up exhibits.

Q: How can the DLA and its members help?

A: We are always looking for volunteers to do everything from helping with museum walking tours (currently every Saturday 10 am of Fayetteville St, but would like to expand) …to working with artifacts. At the moment, we are starting a PR Committee with volunteers to find out from folks how they would like to use their museum because the COR museum belongs to the residents of Raleigh. If you are interested, please contact me at

Q: What’s coming up in the coming months that might interest our members?

A: Coming up in September the first phase of our new permanent exhibit will be opening on September 28. “Raleigh Then” is part our major core exhibit scheduled for completion in 2018. Also in September we’ll be mounting an exhibit on Raleigh’s role in helping to create Bluegrass. We’ve also started a program to link children with history through literature in a program called Raleigh Reads. And don’t forget, every Saturday we offer a free walking tour of Fayetteville Street at 10 am.

Q:We will look forward to seeing those new exhibits! Is there anything else you wanted to say to our members?

A: Thanks again for all your help. It is greatly appreciated! See you at the museum!

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