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by Brian Clarey

Have you heard? Jimmy Dean, country-music sensation and maker of delicious sausage products for Southern people to eat, died this weekend at 81.. And sure, he started selling his sausage in 12-ounce packages, barely enough, when paired with about a dozen eggs and a couple T-bones, to feed a Texas man and his family, but he also sang “Big Bad John.”

Even bigger news: Southern Lights Bistro has reopened on Lawndale Avenue in Greensboro in the Kirkwood Shopping Center. Greensboro will be getting a Red Mango frozen goodie shop, while old-school TCBY takes a note from one of its North Carolina stores and introduces a self-service station nationwide.

Also, as of July 1, Starbucks will stop charging for wi-fi.

On Wednesday Green Drinks Greensboro celebrates its second birthday at Sticks & Stones Clay Oven Pizzeria at 5:30 p.m. And Noble’s holds a Laurel Gray wine dinner with Benny and Kim Meyers. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., $55 gets you four courses with selected wines. Call 336.777.8477 or visit the website www.noblesrestaurants.com for a reservation.

On Friday EarthFare in Greensboro throws a Wine Down for $5 at 6 p.m. And all weekend long the organic grocery will be giving free tastes of Piedmontese ribeye.

Also capitalizing on this Father’s Day weekend are the Grove Winery, which will be holding wine and cheese tastings, and Total Wine & More, which will be sampling choice selections that would make great gift wines at all three Triad locations.

On Saturday, Wingfest ’10 goes down at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market with live music and fun beginning at 10 a.m. Whole Foods Market in Winston- Salem will be talking about cherries with Luisa at 3 p.m. And over at the NC A&T University Farm will be the First Ever Great Tomato Tasting, featuring heirloom varieties, from 8 a.m. until noon.

On Tuesday, Krankie’s Farmers Market dedicates its sole weekly day of operation to flower arranging with MingleWood Flowers of Winston-Salem. Owner Margie Imus will how you how to make beautiful arrangements with blooms from your own backyard. The event is free and open to the public.

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