Weekend Best Bets: Strawberries, Sandwiches and Singers

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Not So Normal Weekend — Thursday-Sunday, times vary — This philanthropy-focused race celebrates giving back with an entire weekend of fun activities and events. Check out the pep rally, scavenger hunt, TED-inspired talks and a fashion show before the weekend concludes with runners completing a 5K, 10K or half marathon. You can register to race until 4pm, Friday, but even if you don’t run you can take part in festivities! 300 East Main St., Carrboro; notsonormalrun.org

Tom+Chee Grand Opening — Friday, 10:15am — Is there anything better than grilled cheese and tomato soup? We think not, unless you create a restaurant dedicated solely to the delicious combination. Attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for this out-of-the-box new restaurant and be one of the first Carolinians to try this growing chain’s extra cheesy twist on a classic. Featured on Shark Tank, Tom+Chee has risen far beyond its humble food tent beginnings. This new location marks its first appearance in N.C. Tom+Chee, 370 E Main St., Suite 140, Carrboro; tomandchee.com

Freight Train Blues Concert Series — Friday, 6-8pm — The season opener of this brand-new blues music concert series will feature the Blind Ambition Blues Band as well as PeeWee Hayes. Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W Main St., Carrboro; free; townofcarrboro.org

Fridays on the Front Porch at the Carolina Inn — Friday 5-8pm — Celebrate the end of the week by listening to great music and sipping a drink in the shade. Carolina bluegrass band Big Fat Gap performs while food trucks Stoke and Stroke BBQ and Stuft will be on hand for a bite to eat. The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro St.; free; 800-962-8519; carolinainn.com

Spring Rocks — Friday, 6-9pm — Head downtown for this week’s installment of the live and local music series. Enjoy singer-songwriter Jared Place as he takes center stage to share his authentic, “soul-soothing” singing and guitar playing. The Plaza, 140 W. Franklin St.; free; 140westfranklinplaza.com

Butterflies Are Free: Women Photographers — Friday, 6pm — Stop by LIGHT Art+Design, a gallery that promotes a range of innovative artists with sustainable design. The gallery opens a new exhibit featuring artists Sarah Cioffoletti, Tama Hochbaum, Leah Sobsey and Barbara Tyroler, as well as a new collage collection from Anne Lemanski. Greenbridge Building, 601 W. Rosemary St.; free; 919-942-7077; lightartdesign.com

The Holland Bros at the Bynum General Store — Friday 7-9pm — Don’t miss in-tune twin brothers Mark and Michael Holland play at the Bynum Front Porch Friday Night Music Series. Playing blues harp and thumb picking guitar while they harmonize to original songs and covers alike, these N.C. natives are folk, country and blues entertainers through and through—and poised to quickly gain new fans. Hot dogs, snacks and Italian ice will be on hand for refreshment. Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Rd., Bynum; free; bynumfrontporch.org

Strawberry Jamboree — Saturday, 8:30-12pm— You can’t go wrong with juicy, in-season strawberries, especially when you combine them with homemade whipped cream and shortcakes made from scratch by chef of The Root Cellar, Sera Cuni. Get there early for the berries, but stay for the strawberry recipes, live music and kids activities. Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W Main St., Carrboro; free; carrborofarmersmarket.com

2015 Historic Hillsborough Spring Garden Tour — Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm — In addition to touring 12 of the most beautiful gardens in Hillsborough, this event gives you access to informative sessions, a plant sale, a horticultural show and flower exhibits. With an additional ticket, enjoy country tea at the Inn at Teardrops and a poetry reading at historic Ayr Mount. A semi-annual event, the theme of this year’s tour is “ARTiculture: Where Art and Gardens Flourish.” Hillsborough Visitor’s Center, 150 E. King St., Hillsborough; $20; 919-732-7741; hillsboroughgardenclubnc.com

TABLE’s 4th Annual Food Truck Rodeo — Saturday, 3-7pm — Enjoy delicious food trucks like Al’s Burger Shack, Dusty Donuts, Tar Heel Creamery and Waffology as well as many others at this annual event that benefits hungry children in the area. In addition to eating your heart out, enjoy live music, a taste-testing contest and appearances by special guests. Kids will love the play area with a bouncy house, face painting, games and more. Don’t forget to pre-register for the donut-eating contest! Orange United Methodist Church, 1220 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill; free admission; tablenc.org

The Old Ceremony at Meadowmont Music in the Gazebo — Saturday, 6:30-8:30pm — For the first show of this new concert series, bring a chair, a blanket and your loved ones to enjoy this popular, critically acclaimed local band. Performing “southern gothic pop,” The Old Ceremony is known to wear suits when they play and put on rockin’ good shows. Meadowmont Gazebo, 301 Old Barn Lane, Chapel Hill; free; 919-636-0598; meadowmont.net

Uncommon Garden Gala 2015 — Saturday 7-10pm — A privately owned, once-ordinary backyard in a residential neighborhood, the Uncommon Garden has been transformed into a magical, natural landscape. Each year, for one night only, the “secret” Uncommon Garden is open to the public for one fabulous night of drinks, food, art, music and fundraising to benefit The ArtsCenter. Bonus: you get a first-hand tour of every amazing detail. Parking with shuttle service at Cedar Falls Park, 501 Weaver Dairy Rd.; $80 for single ticket or $150 per couple; 919-929-2787; artscenterlive.org

“A Sense of Color: Three Generations of Enamel” — Sunday, 12-5pm — See work by professors, alumni and current grads of East Carolina University (and meet them too!) during the new exhibit on Franklin Street. The Creative Metalsmiths, 117 E. Franklin St.; free; creativemetalsmiths.com

A Southern Summer Outdoor Concert Series — Sunday, 6-8pm — Bring your chairs and blankets to enjoy an evening of guitar playing with Danny Gotham and Armand Lenchek. The Village Green at Southern Village, Market St.; free; southernvillage.com

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Katie Schanze

Katie Schanze is an intern for Chapel Hill Magazine. Born and raised in Durham, she attended Appalachian State for her B.A. in English and is now working on her master’s at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She’s traveled to 28 states and six countries, and is always on a mission to add to the count. She currently lives in Carrboro with her dog, Rudi. A self-described chocaholic, on weekend mornings you’ll probably find her at Cocoa Cinnamon in Durham.
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