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by Brian Clarey

Okay, so maybe High Point isn’t getting a Trader Joe’s — though after reporting about it in our annual April Fools Issue, we did have at least one notable Greensboro citizen convinced, however briefly, that our fake report was real. But High Point did get an Olive Garden this week, at 4006 Brian Jordan Place, which should alleviate some of the congestion at the Greensboro outpost of the free-breadstickery.

Out in Winston-Salem, they’ll be serving homegrown Foothills beers alongside Greensboro’s Natty Greene’s brews at BB&T Ballpark, home of the Dash. And the Winston-Salem downtown farmers market has been discontinued “due to declining participation by vendors and customers in recent years” according to the city website. Try the Dixie Classic Farmers Market if you’re in town.

In fast-food news, Dunkin’ Donuts is making the switch from Pepsi to Coke in all its US stores, and at Baskin Robbins, which it also owns. And Burger King is launching a new menu — again?

— featuring smoothies and frappes, salads, wraps and new chicken strips.

It’s Easter week, so not much is going on besides colored eggs, chocolate-induced nausea and jelly beans.

On Saturday, attend Charlie Headington’s permaculture Gardening Workshop, 10 a.m. at 515 N. Mendenhall St. Call 336.273.7292 to make a reservation.

On Easter Sunday, at least one Triad restaurant — Undercurrent — will be open for a midday meal that includes seafood chowder, grilled asparagus salad, fried oysters, lobster and shrimp spring rolls, grilled Scottish salmon and roasted rack of lamb. Call for a reservation at 336.370.1266.

All weekend long area Harris Teeters hold a food drive for Urban Ministry. And Total Wine & More holds tastings of wine, beer, rum, vodka and whiskey at all three Triad locations.

Then, the new Whole Foods in Greensboro holds pre-opening-day tours on Monday and Tuesday at the sire at Friendly Center. “The 34,000 square-foot store features a huge produce and floral department, in-house smoker with North Carolina pork, a beer growler station and a large café area.,” according to a press release. Register at greensboro.wholefoodsrsvp.com.

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