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Save at the N.C. State Fair - Raleigh

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC you may be planning on heading to the N.C.  State Fair. But before you head over to the midway for all the fun and food, you may want to take note of a few days that can help you save.

First up is Preview Day on Thursday Oct. 16. It's all about the rides.

"It's a great time to come," explained Dept. of Agriculture Public Information Officer Heather Overton. "The gates open at 3:30 p.m. and that is the only time we offer a wrist band for $28. So, you can ride all the rides you want out here at the fairgrounds that day."

Thursday's advance admission is also $7. That's $2 cheaper than the full fare. And, by buying your admission tickets early through Oct. 16, you can also get the $7 dollar admission rate.

"You can buy advance sales online or at nine walk-up locations that are throughout the Triangle," said Overton.

And, if you can organize a group of 40 or more, you can also save on admission.

"You can get your admission tickets for $5 if you buy for a group," said Overton. "So, if you have a church group or community group, you can get organized, or you need 40 tickets, that's the best way to save money in advance."

You can also save big on the tickets for rides by buying early. Sheets of tickets are on sale in advance and are $10 dollars for 18 tickets. Ride tickets are normally a dollar a ticket.

"That's a savings of 45-percent," said Overton.

Senior citizens can get in free every day of the fair and there will be a special day on Tuesday, Oct. 21 with a free breakfast for senior citizens.

Military personnel get in for $5 every day, and on Oct. 22, dependents, retirees, and reservists all get in for $5.

Thursday, Oct. 23 is Food Lion Hunger Relief Day where you can get in free with a donation of five cans of food.

"In the 17 years we've done this event, we've raised 17 million pounds for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC," said Overton.

You can also bring in your own food or drinks in a cooler to help save money, but coolers will be inspected. Many entertainment acts are also free.

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New Exhibits and Attractions at the the NC State Fair - Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 07, 2014

It is almost time for the start of the 2014 N.C. State Fair, and there are some new exhibits and entertainment planned. If you live in apartments in Raleigh, NC, this year’s state fair is going to be fantastic.

The N.C. State Fair, which runs Oct. 16-26, will feature the following new, free and returning acts:

  • Neon Anteaters - These purple and blue creatures are quadruped stilt walkers that will be roaming the fairgrounds. They will be doling out “slurpy kisses” at the flower show during their daily strolls.
  • Izzie - This face-painting fairy will be moving around on her bicycle dragon, Glitter, and stopping to tell stories in Kiddieland.
  • Tumbleweed Crossing Wild West Show - This special effects show will feature student performances and comedy gun-fight scenes. It will be located near the rabbit barn and will perform daily at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, a 10 a.m. show will be added.
  • The Farmer Phil Show -  These shows, held daily in Kiddieland Fun Park, include juggling, yo-yo and magic routines while teaching audiences of all ages a little about farmers and agriculture.
  • Roberto the Magnificent - Earning a silver medal at the World Juggling Championships at age 15, Roberto has been entertaining audiences with his comedy show for more than 20 years. You can see him performing daily on the north side of Dorton Arena.
  • Down to Earth Aerials - This group dazzles fairgoers with high-flying feats on the north Dorton Arena lawn. This show feature twists, turns and heart-stopping stunts.
  • Brad Matchett - This comedy hypnotist returns with more shows this year. He will perform nightly at 7:30 p.m. in the Folk Festival tent, with an additional 9 p.m. show on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This family-friendly hypnotist show is often held to standing-room only crowds.
  • Roaming acts will include: Popping Penelope doing her balloon act in front of the Expo Center; stilt-walking by Zachari; Walking Tree Man; and Living Statues.
  • Other returning favorites include: The One Man Band, Kenya Safari Acrobats, K-9s in Flight, Fire Safety Show, Hansen’s Spectacular Acrobatic Sensations, Dale Jones Juggler, Circle C Racing Pigs and Melvin the Wacky Wheeler.

And make sure to check out the nightly fireworks show at 9:45 p.m.

Exhibits

  • Head to the north lobby of Dorton Arena for a new exhibit honoring North Carolina’s involvement in World War I. Historians in uniform will be on hand to answer questions.
  • The Ag Today tent on the south side of Dorton Arena will show the latest in precision agriculture, including an unmanned aerial vehicle.
  • The Hunt Horse Complex will celebrate the Year of the Horse with a full schedule of events, including headline shows, a parade of breeds and free, five-minute riding lessons.

All grounds entertainment and exhibits are free with admission to the fair. Advance tickets for the N.C. State Fair are on sale now.

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Music and Festivals around Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Wide Open Bluegrass Festival takes over downtown Raleigh and Big Boss Brewing puts their own spin on Oktoberfest this week. If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC here are a list of events this week.

Tuesday

The Wide Open Bluegrass Festival's Bluegrass Ramble kicks off Tuesday with shows around downtown Raleigh. The lineup includes Mipso, Bluegrass Parkway, The Danberrys and many more. Tickets are $25 for day passes or $75 for a three-day pass.

Wednesday

"The Voice" competitor Kat Robichaud plays Slim's in downtown Raleigh Wednesday night. Tickets are $10.

Thursday

Big Boss Brewery celebrates Munich's Oktoberfest and the UK's Real Ale Week with Casktoberfest Thursday. Guests will have their choice of beer from the "largest selection of cask ales ever assembled in North Carolina."

Friday

Even more bluegrass music is coming up this weekend. Wide Open Bluegrass starts Friday at Red Hat Amphitheater with a lineup including Sam Bush and Bela Fleck. The Street Festival is free and features bands like Chatham County Line and The Duhks on stages around Fayetteville Street.

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The Best “Quick” Meals in Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC and you need a quick bite to eat, there are plenty of options in the Triangle. Here are some of the favorite restaurants in Raleigh that deliver food quickly without it feeling like "fast food."

Guasaca: Make your way to the counter to order an aprepa, which are like Venezuelen pita sandwiches, filled with beef, fish, pork and a variety of toppings. With a side order of chips and guasaca sauce, this is a speedy and filling meal. I like the avocado chicken arepa. Open for lunch and dinner.

Jasmin: This is a local chain that serves Mediterranean food like kababs, zaki, hummus and gyros. If you skip the fries, you can get a healthy meal in minutes. Try the chicken shawarma with a Greek salad on the side. Open for lunch and dinner.

Seaboard Cafe: Tucked away inside Logan's Trading Company, Seaboard Cafe frequently has a line at lunchtime for their yummy sandwiches and salads. The line moves quickly though, and you'll have your reuben or grilled tuna salad sandwich in no time. You can't go wrong with their daily specials! Open for lunch.

Noodles & Company: Pasta is great, and at Noodles & Co. it is quick, inexpensive and filling. It's a chain, but I get consistently good food at their Cameron Village location. Another plus for those watching what they eat: Their menu clearly displays calorie counts in every dish. Try the Bangkok Curry or the Whole Grain Tuscan Linguine. Open for lunch and dinner.

Snoopy's: Since 1978, Snoopy's has been serving hot dogs in Raleigh. It's simple food, served right and fast! Try the beef frank with mustard, onions and chili with some crinkle-cut fries on the side. Open for lunch and dinner. Both Hillsborough Street locations and the Wake Forest Road location are open till 3 a.m.

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History, Fun and Food on Raleigh Area Walking Food Tours

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Raleigh’s walking food tour is a guided culinary journey of sight and taste that spans all 5 downtown districts to sample a cross-section of some of Raleigh’s unique local restaurant s. You will also learn about some of  the forgotten historical tidbits about your town. On the tour, you will be walking and using the R-Line circulator as you make your way through each district. It’s fun, informative and delicious.

There are several different delicious, food tasting, walking tours: Downtown Raleigh (the original), Chapel Hill & Carrboro, Downtown Durham, Downtown Cary.

On any of these tours you can explore and discover a culinary and historical perspective of downtown Raleigh, Chapel Hill & Carrboro, Durham and Cary that only an insider might know.

If you live in apartments in Raleigh, NC here is more information on the Raleigh Food Tour:

You can expect an interesting, informative, delicious and fun filled 3 hour guided walking food-tasting tour through downtown Raleigh like nothing you've experienced before. Two very different tours are offered, depending upon your interests and time schedule. Saturday afternoon's walking food tour features Raleigh's Global Gastronomy . We have carefully selected several stops along the way to create an international culinary tasting experience at a cross-section of unique Raleigh establishments. The Comfort Food Edition of the tour focuses more on Raleigh's past so you can step back in time and experience what it was like when things were not quite so hectic.

More information - trianglefoodtour.com

Great Festivals and Events Around Raleigh this Fall

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Fall is almost here and that means cooler weather and tons of events in the Triangle. If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC here is a list of five favorite events coming up starting in September.

SparkCon - The week following Hopscotch, downtown Raleigh will celebrate music, art, comedy, film, poetry and more during this annual festival in downtown Raleigh. With so many interests being celebrated, there really is something for everyone. SparkCon runs Sept. 11-14.

CenterFest - Held this year Sept. 20 and 21, this annual event celebrates the arts in Durham. The event features 140 juried visual artists representing 17 states, more than 70 performing acts on six stages and a special creative kids' zone.

Wide Open Bluegrass festival - The International Bluegrass Music Association hosts its annual Wide Open Bluegrass festival in downtown Raleigh. This will be the second year the festival has called Raleigh home. Our favorite event held during this two-day celebration is the free street festival that includes more than 50 bands on four stages, vendors and a dance tent. Wide Open Bluegrass is Oct. 3 and 4 this year.

N.C. State Fair - This annual event brings together great food, entertainment and people! We love to hang out and enjoy all the fried food and meet the WRAL viewers who stop by the tent! This year, the fair is Oct. 16-26 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

Honorable mention: Bull City Race Fest - A morning of running and a post-race festival that includes food trucks help make this one of our favorite fall events. All races start next to American Tobacco Campus in Durham and end at the post-race festival on the lawn of the Durham Performing Arts Center. The festival also includes a beer garden, kids' zone and entertainment. The entire event raises money for Habitat for Humanity of Durham. This year's festival is Sunday, Oct. 19.

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International Festival for Everything From Around the World - Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The International Festival, a celebration of the rich variety of cultures that make up our region, returns to downtown Raleigh Sept. 19-21. If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC you can enjoy everything from around the world all in one place.

The festival features music, dancing, drinks, exhibitions and, of course, a plethora of food from around the world. The festival annually brings tens of thousands of visitors to the Raleigh Convention Center.

On Friday night, the main stage will feature the Elikeh group, an Afro-pop band with Togolese origins.

Throughout the event, different acts will be on the main stage singing and dancing and celebrating their cultural heritage.

  • Watch authentic ethnic dances from over 30 different cultures performed on the Main Stage.
  • Stroll through the many Cultural Exhibits to learn about the rich history and traditions of different cultures.
  • Be a part of the action! Learn from some of the areas best global dance teachers how to Belly Dance, Bollywood and Salsa.
  • Learn about traditional cooking from international teachers at the Cooking Demonstration booth.
  • Taste your way around the globe with delicious food from our Sidewalk Cafes.
  • Shop the World Bazaars for crafts and items from across the globe.
  • Visit the IF Global Grinds to relax over a warm beverage, enjoy your favorite desserts, and listen to traditional ethnic music.  
  • Bring the kids to Sophia's Courtyard for face-painting, storytelling, games and other fun activities.
  • Witness the spirit of America as new citizens take their oath at the Naturalization Ceremony.

Want more information? Watch the video below and go to internationalfocusnc.org/festival. Article from wncn.com

Raleigh Is One of the "Best Cities for Millenials"

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

If you’re 24, buried in college loans and looking for a job in a city that’s affordable but not completely depressing, you’re probably wondering where to start. On the other hand, if you’re in your early 30s and New York or Los Angeles is grinding you down into a quivering husk of financial and emotional instability, it might be time to get out. Either way, with new data showing that 36% percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 31 are currently living at home with mom and dad (the highest number in 40 years) it is high time to figure out where you can actually live these days and still retain some self-respect.

Thus a semi-exhaustive, mostly scientific guide to America’s most livable cities was created.

It started with the 50 most populous cities in the country, and pared down results using Open Internet sources. The Livability Index takes into account 20 essential indicators for those between 18 and 35, like average salary, employment rates, and the cost of rent and utilities measured against everyday factors like bike lanes for commuting, low-cost broadband and the availability of good, cheap takeout. All-important lifestyle metrics were also considered, like the price of a pint of beer and the level of access to live music and coffee shops.

As a result, Raleigh, NC came in number  17 out of the top 35 cities in the US for Millenials. One of the main reasons is that Raleigh has the highest percentage of single young people, and  perhaps even more important, it also has the cheapest pint of beer!

For more information on apartments in Raleigh, NC, contact Auston Grove  Apartments.

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Labor Day Weekend African American Cultural Festival in Raleigh

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC you can enjoy the The African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County over Labor Day weekend, August 30 and 31. This is an annual Labor Day Weekend celebration of African American culture as expressed through art, music, dance, food and community. Explore the work of visual artists; music & dance performances; and interactive family activities!  Celebrate The AACF’s 5th Year Anniversary of teaching, sharing, and celebrating the traditions of African Americans here in NC and from around the world.  This event is free and open for all to enjoy!

The Main Stage

The Main Stage is the performance venue in City Plaza full of extraordinary local and nation-wide talent. This is the stage where The Bar-Kays, A Taste of Honey – Featuring Janice Marie, and the Zapp Band performs, along with the other fabulous local entertainment North Carolina and the Triangle arts scene has to offer. There is something for everyone on this stage - jazz, reggae, blues, rock, hip hop, gospel, neo-soul, funk and much more!

Family Village

The African American Cultural Festival Family Village is a great place for festival goers of all ages to have a fun, educational, hands-on experience. Enjoy engaging performances on the Family Village stage by storytellers, dance troupes, drum circles, and much more. Enjoy creating something of your own in the Make-and-Take craft tents, and bring home your very own artwork. Learning about African American culture is a unique experience in the Family Village - bring the whole family!

Vendor Marketplace  

The Vendor Marketplace lines both sides of Fayetteville street with tents full of unique products sold by individual market vendors.  Browse the variety of clothing, accessories, jewelry, natural bath products, home decor and much more.  The African American community has a long history of entrepreneurship - come support small business owners and see what the Vendor Marketplace has to offer.

Art Gallery Walk

The Art Gallery Walk lines both sides of Fayetteville Street with tents displaying original art created by artists from North Carolina and across the country.  Stroll along the street; be inspired by the plethora of paintings, jewelry, photography, sculptures, and mixed media art that the festival has to offer.  Meet the artists, learn about their techniques, and purchase an original creation to enjoy for years to come.

More information - aacfralwake.org

It May NOT Be Time to Buy a Home - Raleigh

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 14, 2014

You may be hearing others talk and thinking it’s time for everyone to buy a home. Not necessarily.

A house is one of the biggest purchases you will likely make in your life. Calculating how much house you can afford may seem like the most overwhelming part, but first you must decide if you should be buying in the first place. Check out the signs you should hold off on buying a home.

1. Plans to Move

There are costs associated with selling a home as well as buying one, so if you are thinking about switching jobs, moving in with someone, having kids or other major life changes that may uproot your life, it may be a good idea to hold off on buying that home. Homeownership can complicate the process of relocating.

It is difficult to know exactly when your home will sell, and selling a house from another state or country can be stressful. If you don’t think you will be sticking around for at least a few years, it may be best to rent until your plans are more certain. If you are new to an area, it can be beneficial to explore the place and rent until you find the right neighborhood for you.

2. No Extra Cash

Owning a home requires a lot of cash. In addition to the down payment and regular mortgage payments, there are often other costs. To be a homeowner, you must be financially prepared for emergencies such as broken appliances, flooding or pest infestations. Having enough money in the bank to hold you for months or even years can save you from losing your home in the event of a sudden change. If you do not have plenty of extra cash saved up or if you would rather build your savings toward a trip instead of new shutters, buying is not likely a good idea, at least for now. Even if your monthly rental cost is equivalent to what a monthly mortgage payment might be, homeownership also means you must pay for maintenance and repairs.

3. Not Ready for Responsibility

While that extra cash we were talking about can go toward hiring others to do maintenance around the home, you still have to be responsible when you own a home. Not everyone has the time and inclination to manage a home’s upkeep. If you do not want to do repairs and maintenance yourself, you have to search for and retain reliable, trustworthy workers. Owning a home is a lot of work, while renting usually means you are not responsible for most of the maintenance and repairs. If you do not want to worry about every little thing involved in home maintenance, you may be better off holding off on buying a home.

4. Your Credit Isn’t in Shape

One of the first things you need to do before buying a home is checking your credit reports and scores. A good credit score can save you tens of thousands of dollars over the life of a loan, so if you need to take an extra month or three to get your credit in shape, it could be extremely beneficial. You can get free copies of your credit reports once a year from the three major credit reporting agencies. You can check two of your credit scores for free every month on Credit.com, plus get tips for how to build your credit.

When it comes down to making the decision on buying a home, you have to consider what is best for your finances and your lifestyle. Even if everyone else you know is buying, renting may be the right option for you. It’s important to consider important factors like price, credit and upkeep before you decide whether to rent or buy.

For more information on renting an apartment in Raleigh, NC contact Auston Grove Apartments.

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