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80º | 0% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 6:44 a.m. | Sunset 7:56 p.m.

 
☀️ It’s patio season
WStoday: outdoor patio at Krankies on a sunny day during fall
Catch some sunshine rays for a Vitamin C boost at these outdoor dining spots. | Photo by WStoday
Is it just us, or does eating outside make food taste better?

Catch some rays or laze in the shade at one of these 15+ patios. Pro tip: Don’t miss the shade level we’ve included for each of these locations.

Coffee shops

Camino Bakery | 310 W. 4th St. | Mostly sunny

The window seats by the front of the shop overlooking the city will leave you feeling refreshed. Pro tip: The setting is perfect for a coffee date.

BYGood Coffee | 301 Brookstown Ave. Ste. 300 | Partially shaded

If you’re stopping by after a run, the coffee shop offers plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy a slow morning or afternoon.

The Remedy | 492 W. End Blvd. | Partially shaded

Perfect for coworking or studying on a sunny afternoon, the shop offers coffee + wine, and a selection of bites to choose from.

Krankies | 211 3rd St. E. | Partially shaded

Grab friends and head over for a southern meal and some drinks. Pro tip: Not a fan of being at the mercy of the sun’s rays? Head to the fully shaded patio inside the shop.

WStoday: front porch at Coffee Mill in Lewis

Grab a book, sit back, and relax in a quiet atmosphere overlooking the road.

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Coffee Mill | 275 Shallowford Rd., Lewisville | Fully shaded + partially shaded

Escape the city’s bustling atmosphere and enjoy a peaceful and quiet time while reading a book on the patio.

Coffee Park Airstream | 1208 Reynolda Rd. | Partially shaded

Thanks to warmer weather, you can now use chairs in the parking lot and enjoy views of the Thomas Trail at Crossnore.

Recess | 101 N. Chestnut St., Ste. 99 | Partially shaded

Take advantage of the outdoor seating during spring, summer, and fall. It’s the perfect spot for a quick lunch solo or with coworkers.

Restaurants

Midtown Cafe and Dessertery | 151 S. Stratford Rd. | Partially shaded

The casual bakery and restaurant offers plenty of outdoor seating and a cozy atmosphere perfect for families.

East of Texas | 907 S. Broad St. | Partially shaded

Get ready for live music performances during the summer and salsa dancing on Tuesday evenings. There’s plenty of space for kids to play.
 
Asked
 
Do you prefer indoor or outdoor seating?

A. I prefer outdoor dining
B. I prefer indoor dining
C. I like both
D. I like to stay home and cook
 
 
Events
 
Wednesday, April 17
  • 18th Annual Fair Housing Summit | Wednesday, April 17 | 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | Benton Convention Center, 301 W. 5th St., Winston-Salem | Free | The event is geared toward housing industry professionals to network with others + participate in interactive workshops.
  • “UnCharitable” Screening | Wednesday, April 17 | 5:30 p.m. | Generations Center, 114 W. 30th St., Winston-Salem | Free | See the film that exposes the dark side of philanthropy and introduces a radical new way of giving, then take part in a community conversation.
Thursday, April 18
  • Opening Day: RiverRun International Film Festival | Thursday, April 18 | 7:30 p.m. | Reynolds Place Theatre, 251 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem | $10-$108 | Celebrate the opening day of the 10-day film festival with a screening of “Mad About The Boy”.
Friday, April 19
  • ART Crush | Friday, April 19 | 7-10 p.m. | Arts District, 6th and Trade streets, Winston-Salem | Enjoy local art and performances, exhibits, and more at the first event of the season.
  • Hands-on History Workshop | Friday, April 19 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Single Brothers’ Workshop, 10 W. Academy St., Winston-Salem | $25-$50 | Travel back in time and learn the art of corn husk doll making, along with an intro to book binding to make your customized creations.
Saturday, April 20
  • Poetry Slam | Saturday, April 20 | 8-10 p.m. | The BookHouse, 120-A Reynolda Village Way, Winston-Salem | $3 | Memorize and share your poem with other poetry fans for a chance to win a prize — each performance lasts three minutes.
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There’s still time to grab tickets to see Trevor Noah
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You don’t want to miss this, Winston Salem: Emmy Award-winning comedian and bestselling author Trevor Noah is coming to town. | Photo courtesy of the Wake Forest Face to Face Speaker Forum
Comedian, author, and commentator Trevor Noah is coming to LJVM Coliseum on Tuesday, April 30. This Face to Face event is expected to be the biggest in the history of the series. Read: Tickets are selling fast.

Joining Noah will be journalist Sam Sanders as moderator, a combination that will ensure an entertaining and enlightening evening. Bonus: Attendees will get a sneak peek of the exciting lineup for Face to Face’s next season.
 
News Notes
 
Opening
  • Innovation Quarter will welcome a new neighbor today, April 17. Allen Stahl + Kilbourne law firm will celebrate the grand opening of its Winston-Salem office in the Crane Room at Sparq (486 N. Patterson Ave.) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. — email to RSVP.
Ranked
  • No. 2. That’s where Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center ranks in NC for joint replacement, according to Healthgrade. The hospital also received Healthgrade awards for vascular surgery excellence, patient safety excellence, and is on the company’s 2024 list of America’s 100 best hospitals for joint replacement.
Announced
  • Donate gently used books to Bookmarks for the nonprofit’s first used book sale. Bring your donation to the store located at 634 W. 4th St., Ste.110 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The book sale will be held July 27 and July 28.
Watch
  • Step into a world of fantasy at Bailey Park Friday, April 19 during Innovation and Cinema’s first outdoor movie of the season featuring “The NeverEnding Story”. Buy food and drinks on site starting at 7 p.m. and watch the adventure begin at sunset.
Edu
  • Winston-Salem State University is the first campus to partner with ELETE, an organization that aims to provide mentorship opportunities for students at historically Black colleges and universities while addressing access to healthy dining options on campus.
Feel Good
  • Thanks to Wake Forest University students, local third graders will soon have newly decorated desks. College students participated in the annual DESK service project this week. Students at four Winston-Salem elementary schools who need a workspace at home will receive the desks.
Health
Home
  • Did you know you could finance your fixer-upper with home equity? You could get up to $50K with a HELOC — calculate your payment.*
 
 
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📝Snaps for our readers
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Drumroll, please. | Photo by Pixabay via Pexels
This month, we ran a poetry contest to celebrate National Poetry Month. We challenged our readers to craft a poem using only the words that appeared in one of our newsletters (here are the original contest guidelines if you want to give it a try).

While prose is our newsletter’s bread and butter, it turns out that you all certainly aren’t op-prose-d to verse; we received several creative, intriguing, and beautiful poems that we narrowed down to our top four finalists.

Give them a read using the button below, then vote on your favorite + we’ll announce the winner next week.
  • “Reawaken” by Craig S.
  • “Life Lesson” by Tara E.
  • “Advice for a rewarding life” by Renee B.
  • “Retiree Reverie” by David H.
 
The Buy
 
Briton Court’s new spring collection. Enter the new season with one of these unique printed dresses.
 
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