Fleetwood Mac Symphony, Summer Movie Series, Reduced Dog Adoption Fees

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LIVE MUSIC. Celebrate the music of one of the world’s most successful pop groups—Fleetwood Mac—at the next Summerfest performance: “Never Break the Chain: The Music of Fleetwood Mac,” Friday, June 9 at 8 p.m., at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. A full rock band joins the North Carolina Symphony to relive hits like “Rhiannon,” “Say You Love Me” and “Landslide.” Purchase tickets here.

DINING DELIGHTS. Triangle Restaurant Week has arrived! Enjoy specials June 5–11 across the region at 50-plus restaurants. Colletta Italian Food and Wine in Cary’s Fenton development will offer a three-course dinner menu for $50. (Colletta is now also open for lunch from Thursday through Sunday.) Mandolin in Raleigh welcomes wine enthusiasts for a spring wine mixer tasting event on Saturday, June 10, noon–3 p.m. The restaurant has invited eight of its top wine purveyors to pour more than 24 selections. Hors d’oeuvres, fruit and cheese will be served along with these exceptional vintages. Tickets for Triangle Restaurant Week are available online

JUST FOR LAUGHS. #IMOMSOHARD Ladies Night comes to Carolina Theatre in Durham on Thursday, June 14 at 7 p.m. Real-life best friends, comedians and moms Kristin and Jen have sold out two national tours, written books and hosted a comedy podcast. Tickets are also available for a VIP meet-and-greet. 

SUMMER MOVIES. Summer is a great time to enjoy a movie—outdoors or indoors. From rom-coms to blockbusters to family-friendly classics, there’s something for everyone. Contributing editor Janice Lewine has rounded up summer outdoor and indoor movie series across the Triangle. Get your popcorn and picnic blankets ready!

SUMMER SPIRITS. Carolina Brewery, is launching its seasonal summer beer, Dogwood Citrus Wheat, on Thursday, June 15. The balanced, crisp beer will be available on tap at Carolina Brewery’s Chapel Hill and Pittsboro locations. Draft and cans of the low-alcohol beer will also be available at select retailers this summer.

Alley Twenty Six hosts Wednesday events to showcase a unique bottle of whiskey to serve at a break-even price. On June 14, the Durham restaurant will feature Angel’s Envy Single Barrel Bourbon for $7. The following week, it’s Bruichladdich Islay Barley Single Malt Scotch Whisky for $6.

PETS IN NEED. The Wake County Animal Center is facing maximum capacity with an overwhelming number of pets in need of permanent homes. To encourage adoptions, the center will waive fees for dogs that have been living in shelter pens for 21 days or more through Monday, June 12. There are currently 95 dogs on the adoption floor, 32 in foster care and another 44 in staff-only areas.

GIVING BACK. Vieni Ristobar (242 South Main Street, Holly Springs) has launched 100 Helpings, a charitable giving program. On the third Tuesday of each month, Vieni will give a partner charity 100 helpings of a dish from the restaurant’s menu to sell. The nonprofit will keep 100% of the proceeds from the donations provided by supporters.

TRAIN MAGIC. Friday, June 9, marks the start of Day Out With Thomas at Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock. Fans have only two weekends to experience the magic: June 9–12 and June 15–18. Tickets include one ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, all Thomas-themed activities and a full day of admission to Tweetsie Railroad. Tickets cost $60 for ages 13 and older, and $40 for ages 3–12. Children ages 2 and younger are admitted for free. Purchase tickets here.

Photo courtesy of Tweetsie Railroad

GIVEAWAY! The “KIDZ BOP Never Stop Live Tour” introduces Jackson, Kiya, Shila and Tyler, who will perform pop hits like “Anti-Hero,” “About That Time,” “Sunroof” and “Late Night Talking.” We’ve partnered with Live Nation to give away a family 4-pack of tickets so one lucky winner can see the performance at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Friday, June 30 at 7 p.m. Fill out this form for a chance to win. We’ll choose a winner Wednesday, June 14. You can also purchase tickets at Live Nation.

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS. Celebrate African American Music Appreciation Month with a concert by award-winning trumpet player Al Strong at the North Carolina Museum of History on Saturday, June 10, 7–10 p.m. Strong, co-founder of the nonprofit Art of Cool Project, will be joined by a string quartet for the performance.

FIRE ACADEMY. Wake County is accepting applications for its fire academy. No experience is required, and the county will pay a salary and benefits to recruits over the course of the 38–week training program. The application period for Career in a Year is open through Friday, June 23. Graduates will earn EMT and firefighter dual certification, and are guaranteed a job with a local fire department. Wake County currently has a shortage of firefighters.

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MARY POPPINS. North Carolina Theatre’s summer musical, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins,” comes to Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts July 25–30. The musical is based on the children’s books by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film, and includes the songs from the film. The cast includes Broadway actors as well as local child actors. 


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