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Reminder: Do a good deed, get a dozen sweet treats at Sugarland

Sugarland bakeries in Raleigh and Chapel Hill have got a sweet deal this week that they hope you can't refuse.

Through June 9, donate $50 in Target or PetSmart gift cards to the tornado victims in Moore, Okla., and you'll receive a coupon for a dozen free cupcakes.

Or, stop by either bakery today, June 5, and treat yourself to cupcake or two. All proceeds from both stores will be donated to the city of Moore to aid in the rebuilding effort.

The fund-raiser is personal for Sugarland. The family of one of Sugarland's employees lost their home -- and everything in it -- during the storm.

Greg Cox gives 3 stars to Raleigh's Blue Mango

Go HERE to read Greg's review of Blue Mango, a new Indian restaurant in Glenwood South.

Greg's Cheap Eats column is a list of bakeries across the Triangle, including Sugarland in Raleigh, Daisy Cakes in Durham and The Cupcake Bar, also in Durham.

I forgot to post Greg's mini-reviews last week of two pubs: JD's Tavern in Apex and Mahoney's Pub in Cary. Go HERE to read those reviews.

The usual country comfort at Walnut Creek

We don't have dates yet, but we do have acts for the big 2012 arena-country shows at Raleigh's Time Warner Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek. And let's just say that, aside from the first two acts listed, this year's schedule is mighty heavy on The Usual Suspects (and is actually most notable for who isn't on it, at least not yet):

(UPDATE -- dates have been added...)

Sugarland (April 28)
Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Thompson Square (June 8)
Toby Keith (July 15)
Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan (July 27)
Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, Edens Edge (Aug. 10)
Brad Paisley, The Band Perry (Aug. 24)

These six shows go on sale Feb. 3 as part of the venue's annual "country megaticket" package at prices from $129 to $649.

Today in The Chapel Hill News

Here's a look at today's top local headlines:

HOUSING SALES DIP SLIGHTLY: 603 homes were sold in Orange County in the first six months of the year, down from 608 during the same period a year ago. Dave Hart reports that's much better than most of the Triangle.

SUGARLAND CONSIDERS MOVE: The East Franklin Street dessert cafe is doing so well it may have to leave downtown Chapel Hill. Lana Douglas speaks with owner Katrina Ryan about the price of success.

FOUR TO BE HONORED: Yonni Chapman, Rebecca Clark, Charles Jones and Dan Pollitt. If you don't know some or all of these names, read Katelyn Ferral's story on why the town is about to add their names to the downtown Peace and Justice Plaza outside the Franklin Street post office.

And in today's opinion, Brett Webb-Mitchell says baseball is for everyone, Catherine DeVine says CVS does not spell the end of Carrboro and Rose Aslan says wish your Muslim neighbors a happy Ramadan.

All that plus sports, Arts Week and Flo Johnston on Faith. Remember you can get more local news updates on our new Facebook pages for editor Mark Schultz, The Chapel Hill News and The Durham News.

Thanks for reading,

Mark     

Scotty on the Nashville awards circuit

Just two weeks after he won the "American Idol" title, Scotty McCreery took the stage of the live CMT Music Awards tonight. The awards, from Nashville, Tenn., honor the year's top videos on Country Music Television.

Joined by his "Idol" runner-up and friend Lauren Alaina, Scotty talked about the tornadoes that devasted parts of his native North Carolina this spring, as well as parts of Lauren's home state, Georgia, and Missouri and Alabama. The two then introduced the band Sugarland, which sang a special version of its song "Stand Up."

The song can be purchased on iTunes, with proceeds going to the American Red Cross to support tornado victims.

Sugarland plays Raleigh

Check out this here photo gallery of shots from the very popular country duo Sugarland's Saturday night show in Raleigh, shot by N&O photographer Scott Sharpe.

Reminder: Tune in to Food Network tonight

Chapel Hill's Sugarland bakery and Angier's Sunni Sky's ice cream shop will be featured at 8 p.m. TONIGHT on the Food Network's new show, "Kid in a Candy Store."

Adam Gertler, who competed on season four of Next Food Network Star, is host of a new show similar to Diners, Drive-ins and Dives but for bakeries and sweets shops. 

Chapel Hill's Sugarland is a bakery and gelato shop with a full bar popular with UNC students. (Our favorite cupcake in a cupcake taste test earlier this year was from Sugarland: a spumoni cupcake. Click HERE.) The press release says Gertler enjoyed a frothy gelato cocktail called a Tartini.

 Sunni Sky's homemade ice cream shop is famous for their spicy hot ice cream flavors called cold sweat and exit wound. (While in the area, the Fuquay-Varina Independent reported on Gertler's visits to Sunni Sky's. Click HERE to read that story.)

Sugarland and Sunni Sky's to appear on Food Network

The Food Network has a new sugar-themed show, "Kid in a Candy Store," featuring Adam Gertler, the winner of  who competed on season four of Next Food Network star.

The show is sort of like a Diners, Drive-ins and Dives for bakeries and sweets shops. The show premieres 8 p.m., Monday, July 12.

The episode airing July 19 features two local stores: Chapel Hill's Sugarland, a bakery with a full bar popular with UNC students. (Our favorite cupcake in a cupcake taste test earlier this year was from Sugarland: a spumoni cupcake. Click HERE.) The press release says Gertler enjoyed a frothy gelato cocktail called a Tartini at Sugarland.

Also featured on the show is Sunni Sky's homemade ice cream shop in Angier. The shop is famous for their spicy hot ice cream flavors called cold sweat and exit wound.

(While in the area, the Fuquay-Varina Independent reported on Gertler's visits to Sunni Sky's. Click HERE to read that story.)

Candy Heart Cupcakes for Valentine's Day

Chapel Hill's Sugarland Bakery offers Candy Heart cupcakes for Valentine's Day with customized messages. You need to order ahead so call TODAY! Call 929-2100

HERE is a link to the story I wrote earlier about cupcake bakers across the Triangle. 

Sugarland gelatos at A Southern Season

Chapel Hill's Sugarland now has its gelatos available at A Southern Season

The flavors are Strawberry, Raspberry, Blood Orange, European Dark Chocolate, Pistachio and Mint Stracciatella. Other flavors to appear soon include Vanilla, Almond and Peach. 

They all sound delicious!

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