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January 5th - January 11th 2012

by Pam & Michael Davison

We hope you had a fabulous New Year! Whether you are ready to get out and get active in 2012 or you are looking for somewhere to unwind from the holidays, we have some great events this weekend.

First Fridays and More

First Friday is back at the The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences with The Mask of Fu Manchu, the 1932 classic starring Boris Karloff. Live music will be provided by Steve Harvell and as an added feature, tickets for Genghis Khan: The Exhibition will be discounted. The special exhibit will only be here through January 16th so if you haven't seen it yet, come on out Friday night. It is a phenomenal collection of artifacts!
Both the Raleigh City Museum and Marbles Kids Museum invite you to enjoy First Friday extended hours in addition to special activities. Marbles is hosting a Crazy Toy Lab and a First Friday Savings Spree. The Downtown restaurants and galleries join in, too with a Gallery Walk.
Also at Marbles this week, Saturday brings Sing! Dance! Play! with Jammin' Baby and on Tuesday you can Clown around with Jamarr, a clown from the Ringling Bros. Circus. Marbles is also selling discount tickets to the Circus in February.
Bundle up and head to Downtown Raleigh to the Winterfest Ice Rink. Admission including skate rental is $8.00 for both adults and children. The rink offers Stroller Skating Thursday morning and Date & Skate Night Thursday night. DJ Paradime from Pulse 102 rocks the rink on Fridays and this Sunday will be there to create a winter wonderland. Tuesdays offer buy one get one admission and on Wednesdays you can enjoy live music as you skate.
The North Carolina Museum of Art ushers is the weekend with an in-depth exploration of Balthazar van der Ast's Still Life with Basket of Fruit with a Museum docent and the 1960 movie, The Apartment, staring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray.
Getting Some Fresh Air

The darkest days of winter have passed and it's time to celebrate! Come eat, drink, and be merry at Yates Mill's Twelfth Night Celebration. Participate in traditional crafts and festivities and taste a Twelfth Night cake.

West Point on the Eno invites you to join them for a Bare But Beautiful Hike. You will learn to identify trees by bark, twigs, and shape along with some interesting historical uses of trees.
For you early risers, come practice your birding skills at Eno River State Park for some Birdwatching.
In addition to Eno River State Park, William B. Umstead here in the Triangle and Raven Rock in Lillington are two other great nearby state parks with lots of awesome trails for any level of adventure.
Lots of Fun Indoors

The Smurfs will be the featured flick at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.

Science Saturdays are back this weekend at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Join NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, Tony Rice for a lecture on Juno's New Frontiers to Jupiter.
Bring the kids to the Art Museum on Saturday for a Childrens Performance. The Rhythm of the Drum with the Healing Force will be a celebration of African culture through storytelling and music. Stop by before of after the performance for some Drop-In Crafts.
Join the North Carolina Museum of Art both Saturday and Sunday to explore Rembrandt's world through the Dutch Collection on a Weekend Family Tour for kids and their adult companions.
Round out your weekend Sunday afternoon with some Music of the Carolinas at the North Carolina Museum of History. This weekend's concert features Lumbee/Lakota blues musician, Lakota John Locklear with his slide guitar and harmonica.
Robots & More at the Fairgrounds

The Robotics Regional Tournament in April will feature competition between 44 teams from across the country and Brazil. Come on over to the Dorton Areana for the Robotics Kickoff Event this Saturday to see how the competition is shaping up.

Are you dreaming of getting out on the water this Spring? You will want to check out the Bass & Salt Water Fishing Expo. The fishing show includes boats, tackle, fish displays, charters, seminars, electronics and instruction.








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