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Let's be frank

It might be Taco Tuesday, but we're currently picking yesterday's mustard out of our bikinis. Don't ask. Memorial Day weekend has officially passed, meaning it's unofficially summertime in the Gate City. This newsletter is comin' in hot with all of the things that'll keep you cool. 

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We're just wingin' it

On Friday, June 3, the Cole Family Monarch Conservation Center and Butterfly House emerges from its chrysalis at the Greensboro Science Center, with a special members-only preview May 31–June 2. Plus, through Sept. 11, take a caterpillar's journey through a maze exhibit, representing the life cycle of a butterfly. You'll creep, crawl, evade a spider's nest, play butterfly games and finally fly out on brand new wings. While your friends and family might not treat you like the royalty you are, here you can become a monarch.



(500) dollars of summer

Downtown Greensboro's Summer Passport Program is back, inviting you to shop small and win big. Spend at least $25 eating, shopping or drinking at any downtown establishment, and you can enter to win $500 for you and the business you supported. This contest runs weekly through September 2. Deets here.

First Friday night (T.G.I.F.)

You might not be dancing on table tops or taking too many shots, but on June 3, First Friday night is filled with adventure just as fitting for a certain Katy Perry song. We went painting in the park, drummed a beat out in the dark, then had a — we'll stop there. Casa Azul kicks off its addition to First Friday, Noches Latinas at the Park. From 6:30–10 p.m., learn to salsa, merengue and bachata before showing off those spicy moves.

Canvasing the city

Loads of new music and arts programs are kicking off summer shows and concerts this week. Kick up your culture intake at one of these happenings — without even needing a probiotic.

  • Us: Alexa, turn on ambient lighting with groovy tunes. Alexa: Go to the free City Sunsets concert series, every Saturday from 7–9 p.m., June 4–Aug. 27, in Center City Park.
  • All we need is MUSEP! The Sunday Evening in the Park free concert series rolls into summer from 6–7:30 p.m., June 5, kicking things off with a big bang. Er, big band, that is.
  • Step into another dimension . . . The latest Weatherspoon exhibit, Ostensibly So: Sculpture from the Collection, offers innovative ways of looking at three-dimensional objects and is open through Aug. 13.
  • The Center for Visual Artists welcomes all to check out We Art GSO — we see what ya did there —  in the Greensboro Cultural Center, June 3–Aug. 14. This exhibition features artists from around the region who are happy to open their hearts to you.
  • Throughout June and July, step into the Hemphill Branch Library for its Juneteenth themed art show. Artists of all ages will have their 2D and 3D works on display in celebration of the national holiday.
  • Every Thursday at 2 p.m., starting June 2, sketchy teens are invited to an arts & crafts meetup at Windsor Recreation Center. This is their chance to make something — other than a total mess of your home — this summer.



Pardon our French

As lovers of all things French — bulldogs, kisses and fries, to name a few — we can't wait to take a trip along our city's Champs-Élysée during Greensboro Beautiful's Parisian Promenade. From noon–5 p.m., Sunday, June 5, stroll through the Tanger Bicentennial Garden, taking in scenes of street artists, live music, family games, giant chess sets, sidewalk cafés and aerial artists.

Rock 'n' roll-on-the-floor

He's known for his humorous smack talk. At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, Chris Rock brings his legendary style of comedy to the Tanger Center. Get ready for some face side-slapping fun!

The sorcerer's tone

The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra presents Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, June 4–5 at the Tanger Center. Soak in the melody as the conductor waves his magic wand. We admire the tenacity — we hear holding a bow for too long causes Ravenclaw.

Saturday in the park

In Tune hosts Art in the Park from 1–5 p.m., Saturday, June 4, at LeBauer Park. Celebrate creativity with artists, live music, dancers, spoken word, food and vendors. You can even register to sell your own work. If you see finger-painting for sale that looks like a toddler's work, come say hi to us.

"Have kids. It'll be fun." — They

You love your kids, but sometimes you need a break. Register for Kids Night Out at Griffin Recreation Center from 6–9 p.m., Friday June 3. The more you KNO . . . 

Life lessons from extraterrestrials

In the words of our favorite alien — OK, second to ALF — "Be good." If you want to sprinkle some goodness in the world, check out these happenings.

  • From 6–8 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, hit up Doggos for its Tails of the Unwanted fundraiser. You don't need to adopt yet another pooch, but the leashed you could do is offer some support by sipping cocktails. Who's a good girl? You!
  • We don't always keep it clean, but when we do it's for Guilford Creek Week, June 4–11. Volunteer your cleanup services and learn about our local waterways.

Read all about it

The kids might be singing, "No more teachers, no more books." But over here, we're all about summer reading. We just wish it would be rewarded with a free Pizza Hut pie.

  • At 6 p.m., Thursday, June 2, Scuppernong Books hosts author Judy Goldman — who just appeared in O.Henry magazine — to discuss her new memoir, Child. 
  • You'll go madd for this N.C. novel! Tim Swink will be at Oden Brewing from 1–4 p.m., Saturday, June 4, signing copies of his latest book, Madd Inlet. Conveniently enjoy a cold one while you wait in line.

We run for food 

At 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, fight hunger by participating in The Big Run, a 5K and fun run event that coincides with Global Running Day, aka the only day of the year we might run . All proceeds plus welcome donations will go to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Walk on the wild side

The family that hikes together stays together. Unless you encounter a bear and everyone sprints in different directions, just trying to get out alive. Families with kiddos are invited to join in a different hike one Saturday of each summer month, starting at 10 a.m., June 4, at the Copperhead Trail.

Downward dog days of summer

Every Monday at 6 p.m., June 6–27, roll out your mat at LeBauer park for Summer Bliss Yoga. Or, what we like to call hot yoga. We'll just be over here doing the pigeon pose — scoping the park for food.

No dysentery here

Celebrate Trails Day from 9 a.m.–noon, Saturday, June 4, at Country Park. Hike, bike, jog your way across trails, plus enjoy paddling, yoga, music, vendors, kids activities and raffles. Happy trails to you!

Inflation issues

Did you know that June is National Give a Bunch of Balloons Month? We're not blowing hot air — it's true. Thank goodness the helium supply is back on the upswing, because we've got a few people in mind who we'd like to give enough balloons to that they float away à la Disney's Up.

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