CHEERS. Live! Hospitality & Entertainment has opened a new rooftop, Mediterranean-inpsired concept at Fenton in Cary: AVA Rooftop Bar. Originally scheduled to open Friday, April 7, inclement weather delayed the opening to Sunday, April 9. AVA Rooftop Bar offers global wine, cocktails and small plates. It will be open every Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. on weekdays, and noon on Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations are available via SevenRooms.
Dram & Draught released its spring cocktail menu at all locations last week. Among the new drinks on the menu were the Elvis Presley (left), which features peanut butter and honey-infused bourbon, banana and campari; while the Tropical Fire offers pineapple and jalapenõ-infused tequila, lime, ginger, hellfire bitters and soda. Dram & Draught’s Blackberry Smoke (left) features Los Siete mezcal, Montenegro, Anch Reyes, Orgeat, salted blackberry agave, lime and heat tincture. Or, enjoy a menu original like My Lady Grey (right), which includes Cathead honeysuckle vodka, Cocchi Americano; Earl Grey, lemon, sugar and lavender bitters.
AMONG THE BEST. Raleigh-Durham ranks No. 6 on the Travel & Leisure list of the most beautiful and affordable places to live in the U.S. The survey indicates the market appeals to young people who seek an economical place to raise a family, thanks to a growing job market and high-paying jobs in medicine, research, and technology.
RAISING FUNDS. Skate Raleigh will host a fundraiser for the Conlon Family Skatepark project at Union Station (510 West Martin Street) on Sunday, April 16, 6–9 p.m. Enjoy an evening of food, music and art. Tickets range from $40–$150, and sponsorship packages are available. The park will be located on Dorch Street between West Street and Capital Boulevard.
ADULTS ONLY. Marbles Kids Museum hosts 21Marbles: Partyology on Friday, April 14, 6:30–9:30 p.m. Sip, create and play your way to become certified in Partyology. You must be 21 and older to attend. Bring a valid ID. Entry costs $15.
FASHION AND STYLE. Designed For Joy’s Classic Collection handbag line will be featured on the Home Shopping Network in early October. The initial order of 1,650 handbags will support Designed For Joy’s mission to provide support for women in crisis through employment and support, removing the stigma of vulnerability.
TRAVEL OPTIONS. Frontier Airlines is adding flights from RDU to Chicago and Houston in mid-June. Chicago service to Midway International Airport will include flights on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Houston service will be Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. With those routes, Frontier will have a total of 20 nonstop destinations at RDU.
APRIL BIRTHDAYS. If you were born in April, and are 21 or older, PBR Cary welcomes you to a birthday celebration Friday, April 14. Skip the line to hop on the mechanical bull, and receive some cool PBR swag, a $25 gift card, free T-shirt and a birthday sash. Email your name to PBR to be added to the birthday list.
SENIOR ARTIST. The Templeton of Cary will honor the first Templeton artist in residence on Monday, April 10 at 3 p.m. The reception will feature paintings by resident Sharon Barnes. Her artwork will hang in the Nancy Jones Suite at the senior living community. Barnes helped launch Templeton’s art program by teaching art and craft classes.
BREAKING GROUND. CORRAL Riding Academy (3120 Tarheel Clubhouse Road, Raleigh) will host a groundbreaking for its new Raleigh campus on Saturday, April 15, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Guests will receive a guided tour of the facilities and learn about the organization’s history. CORRAL is a faith-motivated nonprofit that serves adolescent girls in high-risk situations through a long-term, holistic program of equine therapy and education.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS. Beyond The Book Children’s Book & Art Festival is seeking additional vendors, partners, entertainers and sponsors for its event at Moore Square Historic Park in Raleigh on Saturday, April 29 at 3 p.m. The event includes author and illustrator workshops, interactive performances and collaborative art installations.
KIDS NIGHT OUT. The Museum of Life and Science in Durham hosts Kids Night Out Friday April 14, 5:30–8:30 p.m., for ages 5–10. Kids get to eat pizza, play games, explore exhibits and work together on science experiments. Your kids will have a blast while parents and guardians enjoy a few hours to themselves. The price is $35/child for museum members and $40/child for the general public. Register here.
HOOTENANNY FUN. NC Eat & Play’s Spring Hootenanny & Foodie Festival takes place at Phillips Farms in Cary this Saturday, April 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy a southern Wanderland filled with festive vibes, and tons of great bites and beverages. Kids ages 12 and younger are free but require a ticket for admittance and must be selected with a general admission ticket, which cost $45 per person and include parking, with access to the farm’s kid and adult field activities, rides and entertainment.