Good morning, friends! It’s me, Danielle Fallon-O’Leary, your host of the Winston-Salem Patch newsletter. Let’s get this weekend started off right with a quick dive into the most important things happening around town.

But first, your local weather:

  • Saturday: A shower and thunderstorm. High: 77 Low: 64.
  • Sunday: Humid; an afternoon t-storm. High: 77 Low: 64.

Here are the top three stories in Winston-Salem today:

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  1. Down the road in High Point, the 4th Annual Black Luxe Expo returns to the High Point Theater today, Sep. 9, to spotlight hundreds of Black-owned businesses. The event allows premier Black-owned brands, vendors, and suppliers to network and connect with thousands of attendees. This year’s theme honors the influence of hip-hop culture on American art, style, and music, and will feature a live mural painting, performances, and more. The Expo runs from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Click the link to learn more about local exhibitors. (WXII-12)
  2. Wake Forest University has named Corey Walker as the new dean of the WFU School of Divinity. Walker has been serving as interim dean since January, and under his leadership, WFU plans to welcome its first class of doctoral students in 2024. Walker joined the WFU faculty in 2020 and established the university’s African-American studies program. Before that, he held various faculty and academic leadership positions at Virginia Union University, Winston-Salem State University, and the University of Virginia. (Winston-Salem Journal)
  3. Yesterday, a man was charged with murder in connection to a 2020 Winston-Salem homicide, the Winston-Salem Police Department confirmed. Javaris Terrell Robbins, 24 is facing one charge of murder for the shooting death of Phillip Tyrone Legette Jr., 21. The shooting took place in May 2020 at a Charleston Court apartment complex. The suspect is being held in the detention center with no bond allowed and appeared in court for the first time yesterday. (WGHP FOX8 Greensboro)

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Today and tomorrow in Winston-Salem:

Saturday, September 9

  • Hispanic League – Fiesta 2023!! At Truist Stadium (11:00 AM)
  • Animal Encounter At Kaleideum Downtown (11:30 AM)

Sunday, September 10

  • BRIDGING 52 Celebrating Community At 4th Street Bridge (3:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • Libraries have so many more resources than just books—did you know the Forsyth County Public Library hosts cooking programs for teens and kids? Central Library has Healthy Eating and Kitchen Skills for Teens twice monthly, and the Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center hosts Culinary Kids once a month. Click the link for signup information. (Forsyth County Public Library, Winston-Salem, NC via Facebook)
  • Bookmarks is hosting its 18th Annual “Festival of Books and Authors” on Saturday, Sep. 23. Click the link for a complete list of titles that will be part of the festival, and get reading! (Forsyth County Public Library, Winston-Salem, NC via Facebook)
  • The opening night of Winston-Salem Fashion Week is almost here, kicking off on Sep. 11 and running throughout the month. As part of the festivities, check out the exhibition “CAMEL CITY COUTURE: Threading Our Way Through Winston-Salem Fashion History,” put on by MUSE Winston-Salem. The full Fashion Week schedule and ticketing information can be found online. (MUSE Winston-Salem via Facebook)

Thanks for following along and staying informed. I’ll see you soon!

Danielle Fallon-O’Leary

About me: Danielle Fallon-O’Leary is a content manager with content creation agency Lightning Media Partners and assists with community newsletter curation. Danielle also holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and works part-time as a pediatric speech therapist.

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