Happenings

Details of upcoming events, post-event reports, announcements, and reviews. Check out any of the categories within this events and happenings section, including food-related news and restaurant reviews; gardening, farming, and growing; movie and TV reviews; film Industry festivals and news; and other features, articles, and miscellaneous.

Hot dog packaging released by USDA with recall May 2017. Over 1.5 Million Hot Dogs Recalled for Possible Metal Bits (5/22/2017) - John Morrell and Co. Recalls Beef Frank Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination By Autumn Canaday, fsis.usda.gov This is a Class II recall, which means, “This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote [...]
NC Dept of Agriculture Expects Good Late-variety Blueberry Crop (5/22/2017) - “Blueberry Days” Planned for Raleigh and Colfax in June 2017 By Dexter Hill, NCDA&CS Despite a late March freeze that affected early varieties of blueberries grown in North Carolina, marketing specialists with the North Carolina Department [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored. Source: The Grey Area News, Zebulon NC. Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — May 24-28 (5/22/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond. Contact information or RSVP deadlines, where applicable, have been included. Events below range [...]
Zachery Rayburn (Peter) standing over Clay Raines (Jerry) in the March 16, 2017, performance at Big Harold's Diner in Wilson NC. Source: Ray Shell, TAIP. “The Zoo Story” Returns to Wilson NC Area for Two Nights (5/22/2017) - By Janet Conner-Knox and Ray Shell Can you imagine eating at your favorite restaurant and being just inches away from actors on stage performing? People are raving about it. Travis Patterson, who attended the The Zoo Story production at [...]
Audience taking their seats for "Homeplace Under Fire" screening, Griffith Film Theatre, Duke University, Durham NC. Photo: Kay Whatley. “Homeplace Under Fire” Showcases Farm Advocates (5/19/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Driving to the Bryan Center at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, yesterday for the film screening of Homeplace Under Fire, I passed farms along the way. An “Eggs for Sale” sign caught my eye, [...]
Source: NC Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Raleigh NC. NC Farmers Should Prepare for Hurricane Season (5/17/2017) - By Brian Long, NCDA&CS Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler’s annual plea for farmers to prepare for hurricane season is especially poignant this year, considering many are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew. “Hurricane Matthew is a painfully [...]
Cinema rendering. Source: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to Open in Raleigh 2017, Now Hiring (5/16/2017) - First North Carolina Location will Feature 11 Screens, 36 Local Beers, and 35mm Projection Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has unveiled plans to open its first location in North Carolina. Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh, an 11-screen theater, bar and restaurant, [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored. Source: The Grey Area News, Zebulon NC. Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — May 17-21 (5/16/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond. Contact information or RSVP deadlines, where applicable, have been included. Events below range [...]
US Navy's Blue Angels. Source: Seymour Johnson Air Force Base PR. Top Air Show Returns to Seymour Johnson AFB May 20-21 (5/15/2017) - By Robert B Butler, www.RBButler.com, for 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the 4th Fighter Wing and military aviation in North Carolina, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will open its gates to [...]
Source: Franklin County Arts Council, Franklinton NC. Franklin County Arts Council to Celebrate Salvador Dali’s Birthday at Spring Gala (5/12/2017) - By Donna Campbell Smith, Franklin County Arts Council Franklin County Arts Council will be celebrating Salvador Dali’s birthday at their first Spring Gala to be held on May 20, 2017, 6-9pm, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. [...]
A box photo released by the US FDA with the Trident Seafoods Corporation recall notice May 11, 2017. Trident Seafoods Corporation’s Alaskan Cod Recall Due to Plastic Contamination (5/12/2017) - By Ms. Trev Foley, tridentseafoods.com Trident Seafoods Corporation is issuing a voluntary recall of select lots of frozen Multi-Grain Alaskan Cod, Net Wt. 12, oz., because they may contain small pieces of plastic. Consumption of [...]
Louisburg NC gallery in-process. Source: Donna Campbell Smith, Franklin County Arts Council. Louisburg NC Gallery Opening is May 19 (5/11/2017) - By Donna Campbell Smith, Franklin County Arts Council Folks downtown in Louisburg, North Carolina, have probably noticed some activity going on at 111 N Main Street as Franklin County Arts Council prepares the space for the [...]
FCAC Photo from 2016 Juneteenth Celebration. Source: Donna Campbell Smith, FCAC. 2017 Juneteenth Celebrations Planned Across North Carolina (5/10/2017) - Across the state, Juneteenth commemorative events are being planned. Community gatherings include music, speakers, vendors, food, and family activities. Juneteenth, a combination of June and nineteenth, commemorates June 19, 1865, when news of the abolition [...]
East RegionalLibrary in Knightdale NC. Photo Source: WakeGOV. May Programs and Services at Knightdale NC Library (5/10/2017) - By Brandy L. Hamilton, East Regional Library For May, East Regional Library offers services and age-appropriate programs. Get job assistance or attend an event at the East Regional Library, part of the Wake County Public Libraries system, is [...]
One of the Aunt Jemima product labels included with the US FDA recall May 5, 2017. Aunt Jemima Products Recalled, Hungry Man Waffle Meal Too (5/9/2017) - *Updated: on May 9, 2017, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a Public Health Alert, available here.* Below is the recall notice published May 6, 2017. Pinnacle Foods Inc. [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored. Source: The Grey Area News, Zebulon NC. Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — May 10-14 (5/8/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond. Contact information or RSVP deadlines, where applicable, have been included. Events below range [...]
Source: NC Small Business Center Network/Community Colleges. Free Small Business Seminars at NashCC in May 2017 (5/8/2017) - By Jo Anne Cooper, Nashville Chamber of Commerce A reminder that Nash Community College (NashCC) offers free Small Business Seminars throughout the year, with several coming up this Spring. The seminars listed below are held at the community [...]
Indigo Moon Film Festival logo umbrella sales will help to raise funds for the new Infamous Umbrella Scholarship. Indigo Moon Film Festival Returns, Announces Filmmaker Grant (5/8/2017) - By Pat Wright, GroundSwell Pictures, Inc. Indigo Moon Film Festival (IMFF) is pleased to announce that in spite of the 2016 inaugural festival being cut short by Hurricane Matthew’s arrival, it will be back again in [...]
Knightdale Chamber of Commerce Business Expo logo. Knightdale Chamber’s Business Expo is June 15 (5/1/2017) - By Patrice Bayyan, knightdalechamber.org The Knightdale Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Business Expo, offering area businesses a chance to showcase and promote their products and services. Connect with other local businesses and the public [...]
Award winners: Rebecca Bradely, [far right] USA rep for producer Pierre Gaffie JD Mayo, [3rd from left] Rodney T. Moore [4th from left], Gauri Singh [ 6th from left] Pamela Andrejev, FCAC coordinator [7th from left] and the cast and crew of movie Our War and holding their awards. Film Fest a Success (5/1/2017) - By Donna Campbell Smith, Franklin County Arts Council The Franklin County Third Annual Film Festival, sponsored by Franklin County Arts Council and Franklin County North Carolina International Film Festival (NCISAFF) was another hit with a full house [...]
2017 Taylorsville Apple Blossom Festival Flyer. Taylorsville Apple Blossom Festival is May 6 (5/1/2017) - By Gina Kay Honosky, Taylorsville Apple Festival, Inc. All are invited to come out to the second-annual Taylorsville Apple Blossom Festival in the streets of downtown Taylorsville NC on May 6, 2017, 9am-5pm. The downtown area [...]
Frame to Table Event Poster. Source: Groundswell Pictures, Fayetteville NC. “Frame to Table” Fundraiser Offers Foods Inspired by Films (5/1/2017) - By Pat Wright, GroundSwell Pictures, Inc. “Frame to Table” is an exciting new food-oriented fundraiser scheduled for May 19, 2017, at 7pm, in SkyView on Hay, 121 Hay Street, Fayetteville, North Carolina. Frame to Table is a culinary trip [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored. Source: The Grey Area News, Zebulon NC. Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — May 3-7 (5/1/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond. Contact information or RSVP deadlines, where applicable, have been included. Events below range [...]
Source: Wilson County Public Library, Wilson NC. Wilson County May Library Programs Include Movie, Job Lab & More (5/1/2017) - By Will Robinson, Wilson County (NC) Public Library Wilson County Public library announces upcoming public programs this May at the Main Library, 249 Nash Street W, Wilson, North Carolina. Unless otherwise noted, all programs May are in the [...]
One of the labels for hash browns recalled for golf ball material contamination. Source: US FDA. Hash Browns Recalled for “Extraneous Golf Ball Materials” (4/27/2017) - *Updated April 27, 2017* McCain Foods USA, Inc. Expands Voluntary Recall of Frozen Hash Browns to include Wegman’s Retail Brand On April 26, 2017, McCain Foods USA, Inc. announced it was expanding the voluntary recall [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored. Source: The Grey Area News, Zebulon NC. Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Apr. 27-30 (4/27/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond. Contact information or RSVP deadlines, where applicable, have been included. Events below range [...]
Art of Murder play poster. Source: The Barn Dinner Theatre, Greensboro NC. A Murderous Comedy Plays Central NC (4/25/2017) - Broadway’s Joe DiPietro’s “Art Of Murder” Lands Center Stage at The Barn By Nate Alston, barndinner.com Spring has sprung at the country’s longest running dinner theatre and with it comes a suspenseful nail-biter! The Barn Dinner [...]
One of several labels issued with USDA recall April 24, 2017. Over 130,000 Pounds of Sausage Recalled, Inedible (4/24/2017) - Uncle John’s Pride, LLC Recalls Ready-To-Eat Sausage Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination By Kristen Booze, fsis.usda.gov Uncle John’s Pride, LLC., a Tampa, Fla. establishment, is recalling approximately 139,909 pounds of ready-to-eat smoked meat and poultry [...]
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