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January 12th - January 18th 2012

by Pam & Michael Davison

It looks like its cooling off again, but the weather can not dampen all the events going on this weekend. Whether you are looking for a way to honor Martin Luther King Jr., something cozy and warm to do inside or a stimulating outdoor hike has over to 30 events listed this weekend!

Martin Luther King Jr. is Remembered in the Triangle

Martin Luther King, Jr. and all the high ideals he stood for will be remembered at the Annual Martin Luther King Memorial March in Downtown Raleigh on Monday.

The Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade will be held on February 5th in Durham.

Chapel Hill will Honor Martin L. King Jr. with a Rally, March and Worship Service on Monday.
Help your child grow into a dreamer, innovator and leader with special activities to celebrate Martin Luther King, JR Day at Marbles Kids Museum. Visit with community heroes and help stuff backpacks full of food for low-income families.
The Town of Cary will be hosting a Dreamfest Celebration. Middle Creek Community Center will host a Dreamfest Day of Service on Monday and a Memorial Concert at the Cary Arts Center with the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (TYJE) and The Raleigh LDS Stake Choir on Saturday.
Make a paper peace dove in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. during a Make It, Take It program at the North Carolina Museum of History on Saturday.
Remembering the Legacy Through Art will be the focus of the MLK Day celebration on Saturday at the W. D. Hill Recreation Center. The event will feature a live art show, video production, film and community discussions, poetry jam and a video game tournament.
Stay Indoors and Stay Warm

Art in the Evening is back at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Kick off your weekend with a glass of wine and live music while you tour the galleries after dark. At 6pm & 7pm, enjoy a lively, in-depth exploration of Market Scene on a Quay with a Museum docent. Finish the night off with a screening of the 1961 movie Last Year at Marienbad. On Saturday, the Art Museum welcomes families to join them for The Shape of Things. Explore the galleries to look and connect with works of art that focus on the figure. Both Saturday and Sunday, you and your kids are invited to take a guided Family Tour through the Museum's Dutch Collection.

On the second Friday night of each month the streets of Downtown Wake Forest come alive with food, merchants and music! They invite you to come and experience the dining, art and retail merchants of Downtown Wake Forest during Art After Hours.
The Raleigh City Museum welcomes Barry Porter, Regional Executive Director of the American Red Cross, who will present the history and present services of the American Red Cross.
At Marbles Kids Museum, join them for a Jump Rope Jam on Saturday or Chemistry Magic on Sunday.
The North Carolina State Fairgrounds will be hosting a wide variety of events this weekend. A Coin and Stamp Show, American Saddlebred Association of the Carolinas (ASAC) Winter Tournament and the Young Champions Tri-State Cheer Showcase are all free and open to the public. The Scott Building will host the North State Toy & Hobby Show, but it does have an admission fee.
After breakfast Saturday morning, head on over to the Holly Springs Cultural Center and enjoy the movie Kung Fu Panda 2 on the big screen.
A little outside the Triangle, the Natural Science Center of Greensboro is a fun destination for the whole family. On Saturday, you are invited to Bertha the Burmese Python's Birthday Bash.
On Wednesday night, Journalist Andrew Revkin will be at the Museum of Natural Sciences to explore the question Which Comes First: Peak Everything or Peak Us?



Get Outside for Some Crisp Fresh Air

Tour the historic Piper Cox House at Eno River State Park and learn how the family lived in the winter while you enjoy some hot cider on Saturday.

Right next door, West Point on the Eno will be exploring the habitat of an urban beaver on a Beaver Life Hike Sunday afternoon.
If you haven't been to Downtown Raleigh's Winterfest Ice Rink, you have until the 16th. This weekend, in addition to ice skating, you will want to check out Sledding Sunday. will create a winter wonderland with sledding ramps right in downtown.
Come to Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve Friday to enjoy their latest ideas for playing in nature. Children of all ages, as well as the young at heart, are welcome to join them for Nature Play Day.



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