Party people: Don’t forget Monday is Presidents’ Day, in case you get to relish a three-day weekend and sleep in. Either way, here are five things to get your time away from the office started.

(1) Indulge in vegan food for a good cause.

No, I’m not talking about bananas this time. (But did you see the “banana girls” uptown on Valentine’s Day? Three of them wore red lingerie and staged a Valentine’s Day publicity stunt this week at Trade and Tryon streets to promote People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA.)

Anyway, four vegan places — Sunburger, Move That Dough Baking Co., Nourish and EBN’s Vegan Cuisine — are hosting a fundraising brunch for Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency on Feb. 18 at Petra’s. This event, Solidarity Saturday, also serves as a postcard-writing party to prompt government officials to oppose the travel ban, which has negatively impacted CRRA’s funding. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1919 Commonwealth Ave.

(2) More brunch, please.

Catch the First Sycamore Brunch of 2017 at Sycamore Brewing on Feb. 18. From 9 a.m.-noon, you can nosh on a menu by Gyro Twins Truck, featuring items like Lamb Hash and Eggs, a Chicken Avocado Omelette and Steel Cut Oatmeal with fixings. See the complete menu here, and also don’t overlook the drink selection. Think beer-mosas, mimosas, craft beer and wine. 2161 Hawkins St.

(3) Shake things up with improv.

Improv Charlotte will be performing their monthly show (every third Saturday of the month) at the Charlotte Art League on Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds benefit a local charity. Did you know Improv Charlotte has, over the years, donated thousands of dollars to local and global charities thanks to audience support, including A Child’s Place, Alexander Youth Network and American Cancer Society? 1517 Camden Road.

This makes me miss “Whose Line is it Anyway?”


(4) Party on Sunday night.

Because why not? The 16th Annual Charlotte Bartender’s Ball with a Mardi Gras theme is Feb. 19 at Rooftop 210 at Suite, presented by Project HALO and Charlotte Jaycees. Expect more than 15,000 square feet of heated tents and DJs like Ian Krom and Mike Soden. General admission is $60 and includes beers, top-shelf liquors, entertainment and food from area restaurants. Participating vendors range from Bakersfield, to Blackfinn Ameripub, to The Workman’s Friend. 7 p.m.-midnight. 210 East Trade St.

(5) Refuse to get out of your pajamas.

I mean, you can still go out. Catch the Presidents’ Day Weekend PJ Party at Birdsong Brewing Co. on Feb. 19 from noon-8 p.m. The day includes the serving of a special cask of Honey Pie Double IPA at 1 p.m., an appearance by the TIN Kitchen from noon-7 p.m., two hot-cocoa-inspired chocolate stouts getting tapped at 3 p.m. and, most importantly, there will be a prize given away for best PJs. 1016 N. Davidson St.

Photo: Remy Thurston/CharlotteFive file