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The mamas and the pawpaws

Coming this week, Sept. 15, to be exact, is National Pawpaw Day. According to Forgotten Road Ales — which is doing something rad with theirs — these banana-mango flavored fruits are quite fragile. We've never related to a fruit so hard. Here's hoping for a pawpaw pale ale at the new GSO location, coming in October. Anything is pawpaw-ssible, like winning our paw-some giveaway. (Scroll down.)

Forward this to those who love it when you call them Big Pawpaw.



Moore pumpkin spice, please

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall — because he took a short car trip to the Sandhills, where he savored the sights, tastes and smells of the season in The Home of American Golf. Be like Humpty. This autumn,  don your fav flannel and stroll through the quaint downtown of Southern Pines, the Village of Pinehurst and the historic village of Cameron to peruse specialty boutiques, shop antiques and dine at fine farm-to-table eateries. Feelin' outdoorsy? Hike along trails and greenways, through parks and around lakes. Or, par-take in the area's premier golf offerings, of course. End your excursion with something hardas in, cider from James Creek. How do you like them apples? Barrel-aged and dry, please.



Our fav subject is gym

Have you got strength, stamina, speed and agility? Let's see, you can squat a wriggling, wet, 40-pound toddler from the bathtub, run on 3 hours of combined sleep with a dash of coffee, and race across the kitchen to snag a bottle of ketchup midair. We'd say you've got what it takes. As the kids head back to school, improve those skills while gaining confidence in the coolest mom's — and dad's — group around: group training at Training for Warriors Greensboro. Or if you're stoked about solo time, sign up for personal training. At TFW, all levels are welcome. Build muscle, burn fat and improve conditioning. In no time, you'll be stronger than your toddler's — or teen's — willpower. 

Get in, loser!

It may not yet be October 3 (IYKYK), but it's a pretty special time. put on your pink — if you opt for the Wednesday showtime — and check out Mean Girls on stage at the Tanger Center, Sept. 13–18.

Don't ask, Dontrell

Poetry, humor and — our fav — wordplay come together to tell the story of Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea, a man on a quest for an ancestor lost during the Middle Passage. Catch it at UNCG's Sprinkle Theatre, Sept. 15–25.


From Sept.16–Nov. 19, learn all about The Story of BBQ in N.C. at High Point Museum's latest exhibit. We know all about making BBQ history. *Sucks sauce off fingers.

Take pride in your artwork

From 5–8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16., hit up the Creative Aging Network-NC for its LGBTQ+ Art Show reception. Explore the exhibit's diverse works through Sept. 23.



Pride like the wind

The pride is right! Come on down(town)! Celebrate Greensboro Pride from 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18. This free one-day fest is finally back and more colorful than our language ever! Start festivities early at Otis & Wawa's Pride Bar Crawl from 3–9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, in Downtown GSO.

We hope you dance

From 1–9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, shake your groove thing with the GSO community in honor of National Dance Day in LeBauer Park. Professional, multi-cultural dancers will be on hand — and feet — to show ya how it's done. And we'll be there to show you how it's not done while partaking in the food trucks.

Mum's the word

If elephant ears are your fav, swing by the NC Zoo from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. for its Fall Plant Sale, where you'll find outdoor plants for your own jungle yard.

Hot dogs and beer

Head to Oden Brewing, Saturday, Sept. 17, for Odenfest — its take on Oktoberfest — complete with comedy, food trucks, live music and Dachshund Derby, where everyone is a weiner.

Consume local (books)

Mingle with a couple of your fav local writers, Tomi Bryan and O.Henry magazine's Billy Ingram, at Scuppernong Books, 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17. Discover your Emotional Intelligence — or, in our case, lack thereof — and nuggets of gold info about the Gate City.

Distill, look pretty

Get your tickets for the first GIA Social, benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Piedmont Triad, 11:30 a.m.—9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17. Clown around with family-friendly activities complete with mocktails or cocktails.

Can you hear us pumpkin on your stereo

Greensboro is a city that boasts loads of live music. Get your fill of desserts concerts this week:

  • All those in favor of a 5-day weekend? It's brew-nanimous! Enjoy live music at Steel Hands Brewing this Thursday–Sunday.
  • Despite what we thought, Flat Fest is not a celebration of A-cups. It's a 3-day music festival at Flat Iron, happening Sept. 16–18.
  • Greensboro's own Lakeesha Rice began her singing career at age 3. Nope, not a typo. Her big gospel vocals can be heard on her new album, The Bridge, and at the Carolina Theatre at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16.
  • Come together with other fans at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Carolina Theatre to catch 1964, the band Rolling Stone hails as "The best Beatles tribute band on Earth." 
  • Make it a family affair and bring your sisters, brothers and your parents to see Mary J. Blige at the Greensboro Coliseum at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17. Please, "No More Drama."

Clue: It's a giveaway

We just got a letter — and inside there were four tickets to the live showing of Blue's Clues & You at the Tanger Center at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25. We're spreading that puppy love and giving them away to one lucky winner! To enter: Hit reply on this email and tell us what your fav kids' TV show is and why. 

Winner will be notified by letter email on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Feelin' racy?

The only thing racing here is our heart after watching Nope. But if you're into running races, check out these happenings:

  • The Sherlock 5K & Fun Run/Dogwalk at 6 p.m, Friday, Sept. 16, in Jamestown honors the late dog who discovered breast cancer in his owner. We can't think of a better reason to run, other than because we're being chased by a clown.
  • Beginning at 7:25 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, the Moonlight Madness 5K & Monster Mile invites you to get the glow up in this spirited event.
  • What starts with beer and ends with beer? It's the Growler Gallop 5K & 10K, beginning and ending at SouthEnd Brewing at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18.

That's our jam

With all of the live music happening this week, we've got our own little jam sesh planned. It involves late summer blackberries, loads of Ball jars and a dash of sugar. Don't be jelly. Go crush it, friends.

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