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Paper or plastic?

If we're talking money, either will do. But at checkout, we're 100% team paper. Today, July 12, is National Paper Bag Day, honoring the invention that has not only carted around our school lunches, groceries and emotional baggage, but has been there with a steadfast, "Let's not panic," type of presence.

Forward this to your fav paper bag puppeteer.



Gotta get our fix

Animal care? We're all ears and, from what we hear, Humane Society of the Piedmont has it in spayeds. This non-profit organization is dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation — sorry not sorry, crazy cat ladies — through neutering and spaying. Plus, you can bring your fur-baby in for affordable care, including wellness checkups, microchipping and vaccinations. Just looking to get fluffed up? Visiting the groomers at the Humane Society of the Piedmont is like a trip to the spa for our Meows-ter T, who purr-ties the fool, and our setter, Billie Irish. Oh, the humane-ity!



Gluten tag [yearning stomach growls]

If one of your seven deadly sins is gluten-y, we've got a list of local eateries that take extra care to deliver delicious GF meals and treats to your table. Read it and wheat eat.

  • Enjoy the delicacy of classical and modern French dishes with a GF touch at Print Works Bistro. Munch your way though locally sourced food, GF breadsticks and safely modified entrées. Start your day by stuffing yourself silly with specialty french toast. No guts, no glory, no gluten!
  • Join the troops at the revolutionary Burger Warfare as they combat the fear of cross-contamination. Pull the trigger on some fried pickles, cheese curds or onion rings — all shooting straight out of specialty GF fryers. We're just as shell-shocked as you.
  • Life without wheat is still just as sweet at Oh Goodness Bakery, serving up artisan bakery alternatives to flour-and-sugar goodies. The menu focuses on bringing entirely keto-friendly and gluten free treats that will leave you — but not your pants — busting at the seams with excitement.
  • Break (with) bread at 'Cille and 'Scoe as it redefines Southern cuisine in the heart of downtown Greensboro. This farm-to-table restaurant, complete with celiac-friendly fryers and GF pancakes, prides itself on being the full package. Your gluttonous, gluten-free self will leave safely satiated.
  • Gluten free ice cream, buns, chips and chicken fingers? We can barley contain ourselves. Earn deli dollars while enjoying a full course of GF eats at Jason's Deli, where "all good things start with wholesome ingredients" — and end with free soft serve. 
  • Don't let your gluten allergy pepper-own-you. Satisfy your craving for that cheesy, topping-laden slice of heaven at Mellow Mushroom. Its separate GF kitchen will 100% support you as you go against the grain.

Like a PG-rated Daenerys

Carolina Theatre upstages all our summer plans as it kicks off the Carolina Kids Club with Raya and the Last Dragon at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 13. Your $5 ticket includes a kids’ snack pack — because a truly cinematic experience isn’t complete without concessions.

What's poppin'? You got options

Thursdays are for wishing it was Friday Summer Hits at the Carolina Theatre. Don't forget the hair gel as you prep for this week's flick, There's Something About Mary, at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 14. Check out the other three Summer Film Fest movies this week, including our fav — duh, Clueless.



You can duet, put your back into it

There hasn't been a more intimate moment on stage since the Gaga-Cooper Oscar performance of 2019. The enchanting duo of Chad Eby and Ariel Pocock return to the Crown at the Carolina Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 15.

McLovin' on McLaurin

McLaurin Farms' Summer Fun Festival will make you as happy as a pig in mud. We’re having a cow at the thought of live music, glitter tattoos, ice cream, jump houses and fireworks. But hold your horses — and kiddos — until the fun starts at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 16.

Funk, yeah!

Let's get funky — at the Kernersville Funk Fest, July 15–17,  bangin' with food, brews and tunes from eight feature bands. We can’t funkin’ wait!

It's not a phase, Mom! [deafening door slam]

Looking to retire some deeply buried — but lingering — teenage angst? Swipe on that heavy eyeliner and nab that chance to finally perform outside your black bedroom walls at 9 p.m., Friday, July 15, at Boxcar Bar + Arcade's Emo Karaoke. The crowd will be begging for Paramore!

Ice cream social work

Like those classroom ice cream parties, but cooler. The Big Chill in Winston-Salem beats the heat with its community wide ice cream extravaganza from 3–6 p.m., Sunday, July 17, benefitting the Shalom Project. Get the scoop on all it offers, including live music, food trucks and frozen treats galore.

And keep your anemones closer

Dip your toes into the world of sea creatures with Randolph County Library's NC Zoo Event at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 19. Whale-intentioned staff and live animal ambassadors will offer up cray-sea facts about the ocean's friendly —and not-so-friendly — inhabitants.

Sliding into our po-ems

Know someone who could make doing the laundry sound poetic? (Spin, rinse, pass the mints . . .) The Poetry Cafe’s Youth Cypher Series open mic night from 6–8 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, welcomes budding artists, ages 10–18, to rap, dance, recite, or paint their way to greatness.

Son of a gun god

The Glenn McNairy Library brings your fav book series to life with a Percy Jackson themed escape room. Conquer your mythical nightmare as you race to beat the clock, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, July 16. Pro tip: Forget the Midas touch — Medusa’s greatest weakness is an iPod touch.

We'll sea to it

Ahoy, landlubbers! Embark on a seafaring journey aboard the S.S. Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library with Sun, Sea and Sand: Summer Reading Mini Festival. We can almost guarantee that sand won't end up in questionable places.


The Summertime Brews Festival is our kind of craft show. From 2–6 p.m. (noon–6 p.m. with VIP pass), Saturday, July 16, at the Greensboro Coliseum, sample and sip the day away while noshing on food truck grub.

That's our type 

Aaah, typewriters — what font memories. From 2–3 p.m., Sunday, July 17, submit an idea to Holly at Scuppernong Books. Then mill around the shop as she who holds the keys click-clacks away to produce a typewriter poem.

Flexin' on the haters

Tuesdays at the Trailhead will have you feeling outta shape like the epitome of health. Get pumpin’ with a free bodyweight and core workout from trainer Toby Park at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, in Morehead Park. Bring a water bottle and mat and be prepared for an abs-olutely killer time!

Sunny & share

Sharing is caring, unless, of course, that thing your sharing is your SO. Or french fries — don't be salty! We'd be honored if you'd help spread the word about O.Hey and forward your fav GSO newsletter to all your friends

Of sound mind [eldritch gurgling]

If you don't hear from us next week, it's because we've accepted a new position as sound effect writer for Stranger Things Season 5. We greatly admire the creative liberties the current caption copywriter has taken, but we're confident we can level it up. We just need that opportunity to, ahem, become available . . . [cue the disquieting synth music].

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