So the federal bailout didn’t pass, and surely the sky is falling all around us. My recommendation to you is to stop watching the news and get your hands on some comfort food to help you through these hapless times. I suggest you start off the weekend by attending the Triad Trackers spaghetti dinner on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Miller Park Recreation Center in Winston-Salem (400 Leisure Lane). The Trackers are the area’s wheelchair basketball team, and your $7 gets you spaghetti, French bread and a drink, and also the knowledge that you’ve done something worthwhile. And you should know that the Boy Scouts of America, Old Hickory Council, have begun their annual popcorn sale — their answer to the Girl Scout cookie drive. Look for the enterprising lads selling door-to-door in your neighborhood soon. According to their literature, “Over 70 percent of the purchase price of the popcorn goes to local Scouting activities and helps Scouts do things like attend summer camp, purchase camping equipment, buy merit badges and generally fund their pack and troop programs for the coming year.” You can also do some good by attending the Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday at 11:30 a.m. at Earth Fare in Greensboro. Two more events on Monday seem worthwhile. First, the Goat Lady Dairy in Climax will hold its annual open house from 1-5 p.m. The dairy is an amazing place, and it’s worth the trip for a taste of the award-winning Gray’s Chapel cheese. The event is free and open to the public; for more information check out the website at www.goatladydairy.com. Also on Monday, a beer dinner at M’Coul’s in Greensboro looks promising. Six courses paired with beers of the world — though I’ve promised not to reveal too much about the menu, it looks spectacular. See the website at www.mcoulspub.com or call the restaurant at 336.378.0204 for more details. And there’s some food-related news that is not as dismal as the American economy. Winston-Salem is preparing for the arrival of two new restaurants. According to my pal Smitty, Bib’s Downtown, an old-school rib joint, will be opening soon at the old Firestone tire dealership on West 5th Street, employing a “huge smoker that can accommodate 1,000 pounds of meat at one time.” Also courtesy of Smitty comes the news that the recently deceased South by Southwest Mexican restaurant on South Marshall Street has been taken over by owners of Las Estrellas. They have big plans for the space, taking the Mexican theme and incorporating white-linen service with an upscale menu. One more piece of news to do with what you will: The Christian Action League is calling on all North Carolina evangelicals to boycott the state’s armada of McDonald’s restaurants for its “blatant promotion of the homosexual agenda,” according to a press release. Cited as reasons for the boycott are the company’s participation in a San Francisco gay pride parade and a fivefigure donation to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, among other crimes. See www.boycottmcdonalds.com for the whole sordid story.