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February 16th - February 22nd 2012

by Pam & Michael Davison

We welcome all our new ParkGeek subscribers! It was great meeting you at Darwin Days and I hope this weekly newsletter makes planning your weekends with your family and friends a breeze.

Coming up on March 3rd, the Holly Springs Library will be celebrating Dr. Seuss Birthday with a party and the movie Green Eggs and Ham. The event is free, but is so popular, that you need to pick up free tickets in advance.

Easter is right around the corner and this Tuesday is Mardi Gras. Head over to the CCB Plaza for the Durham Mardi Gras Parade with the Bulltown Strutters.


Art, Music & Culture this Weekend
The weekend starts early at the North Carolina Museum of Art Thursday evening with an Evening of Poetry. Come join area college students and district winners from the North Carolina Poetry Out Loud competition.


Friday night brings more fun at the Art Museum with 30-Minute Gallery Conversations that focus on themes of love, passion, and beauty in art and the Celluloid Salesman from the A/v Geeks Archive.
Saturday brings Family Fun Saturdays to the NC Museum of Art with a focus on creating a unique protrait. Dr. Rebecca Martin Nagy, director of the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida and former curator of African art and associate director of education at the NCMA will present a Sunday Afternoon Lecture on the NCMA's African collection.
The Black History Month Film Festival continues at the Holly Springs Cultural Center Thursday night with the classic flick Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. The movie fun continues at the Cultural Center Saturday morning with the fun family film, Treasure Buddies.
Playdate with an Artist continues this week with local mixed-media artist Michelle Davis Petelinz. Join Michelle as she creates unique pieces of art with your kids. Click through for the various times and ages she will be working with. This week is Target $2 Tuesday Night at Marbles. Bring the whole family after hours for just $2 per person.
This Saturday is the twelfth annual Revolutionary War Living History Day at the Alexander Dickson House. Events include marching drills, musket-firing demonstrations and open-flame cooking. They will also offer Guided Tours showcasing Hillsborough's revolutionary and colonial era sites for a small fee.
Meet Joe Holt, the first African American student to try to integrate the Wake County Public School system at the Raleigh City Museum on Saturday Afternoon. The program will incorporate a documentary and a Q&A session.
Explore the lives and accomplishments of North Carolina African Americans from the antebellum period to the Civil Rights era with a guided African American History Tour at the The North Carolina Museum of History.
The State Fairgrounds offers fun Indoor Activities
Come see many cats of numerous breeds, as well as beloved household pets in competition for awards during the Southeast Regional Fund Raiser Cat Show at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds all weekend.


If there is a horse lover in your family, then you might want to check out the Hunter Jumper Horse Show this weekend. The event is very casual so spectators can just come and go. The bonus with the atmosphere is that you can sit right up front and have a great view of the horses and their riders.
The Great Backyard Bird Count

This weekend celebrates the Annual Great Backyard Bird Count. A national four day event that encourages bird watchers to count birds and report their results online to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The Bird Count is a featured event at several parks around the Triangle. Some of the events do require registration so click through for all the details.

Stop by Harris Lake Park for Birdapalooza! Saturday's event will feature games, bird activities, and crafts plus make a homemade bird feeder while you sip a cup of shade-grown coffee or hot chocolate! Come Back Monday afternoon to Harris Lake for a Winter Waterfowl Hike.

Crowder District Park invites you to join them for a Walkabout the Pond Bird Count on both Saturday and Sunday. Sunday afternoon, you can learn to do Gardening for Birds, Butterflies & Beneficial Bugs. Early risers can come out to the park Monday morning for a Breakfast with the Birds Hike.
Historic Yates Mill County Park also welcomes you to join in with a Walkabout the Pond Bird Count Friday afternoon. Come early Saturday for a Breakfast with the Birds Hike, followed by an opportunity to Build a Bird House. Sunday rounds out the park's events with a Birds of the Night Hike.
The American Tobacco Trail will hold two times at different access points for Bird Counting on Friday morning.
Lake Crabtree County Park is hosting Bird Count Walks each morning and afternoon Friday through Monday and a Bird Expo on Saturday and Sunday.
Stop by Prairie Ridge Ecostation Friday through Monday for simple instructions, bird checklists, and free bird feeders to make and take home with you.
Little River Regional Park invites you to come to the park to pick up instructions, field guides and data sheets from the Park office and then spend a few minutes counting.
More Fun at the Parks



Friday is Nature Play Day at Wilkerson Nature Preserve! Come to the park to enjoy their latest ideas for playing in nature.

Come join Walnut Creek Wetland Center and use natural materials to create fun crafts. Join them to make Nature Crafts and learn how items found in nature will provide nifty winter decorations.

Have you been over to Pullen Park to see the amazing results of the City's refurbishing? Well, now it's Chavis Community Park's turn. On Saturday afternoon, the City of Raleigh will host a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Chavis Park Carousel House.

Saturday is a Volunteer Work Day out at Raven Rock State Park in Lillington. They are also presenting a program on Birds and Worms. Join a park ranger Sunday for a half mile hike on the American Beech Nature Trail to discover how plants and animals Cope with the Winter Season.










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