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February 23rd - February 29th 2012

by Pam & Michael Davison

This is a great time of year to go find a new park or playground. The Park Search on has an awesome park search that will help you find a new playground or one of over ninety other activities or amenities.

The Fun Starts Early

Are you ready to rock? Area bands will be playing at the Holly Spring s Cultural Center Friday night to showcase their talent and see who has the right stuff to please the crowds during Teen Band Night.

Rock out to the tunes of Led Zeppelin as an spectacular laser light show spans the 40 foot dome OmniSphere Theater to kick off the Weekend Friday night at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro.

Art in the Evening returns Friday night to the North Carolina Museum of Art with live music by Peter Lamb and the Wolves and the 1966 film, Masculin Feminin. You can also join them for 30-minute Gallery Conversations that focus on themes of love, passion, and beauty in art.
Morehead Planetarium will have their telescopes out at Little River Regional Park Friday night for some Skywatching.
The telescopes will be out at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area Saturday evening for another Astronomy Viewing Session.
A Native American Art Show from the southwestern tribes and pueblos including Santa Clara, San El Defonso, Acoma, Laguna and Navajo starts Friday and goes through Sunday at the State Fairgrounds. Hundreds of articles including jewelry, drums, bows, lances, rugs, pottery, Kachina dolls, artifacts, framed art work and other high quality southwestern art will be featured.
Enjoy the Spring Weather at the Parks
The fun at Eno River State Parks starts early Saturday morning with some Birdwatching. Keeping with a bird theme, they are also hosting an Owls of the Eno program. Later Saturday afternoon, you can take a guided hike to the site of the Anthony Cole Homestead and learn about all of the families who lived and farmed the land.


Come, learn about Occoneechee Mountain's geologic wonders and explore the pyrophyllite quarry with a real geologist on a Geology Hike.
Spring is around the corner. Are ready to start working in your garden? Sunday afternoon, come to the Sara P. Duke Gardens to learn about planting Native Plants in Our Gardens.
Also Sunday, join a Wake County Extension Master Gardener to learn helpful hints on how to plant a successful vegetable garden at Crowder District County Park.
Drop in for a guided Winter Hike every Sunday afternoon at West Point on the Eno Park.
If you're looking for a volunteer experience, community service or conservation project for yourself or your group, join forces with the Town of Cary's Stevens Nature Center and REI for a Volunteer Workday at Hemlock Bluffs Sunday afternoon.
More at the Museums
Bring your kids to the Raleigh City Museum Saturday afternoon to meet children's author Kelly Starling Lyons. Ms. Lyons has published two books; NEATE: Eddie's Ordeal and One Million Men and Me and has two new books that explore African-American history and family relationship coming out soon.


The Duke Homestead is hosting a workshop on Researching Civil War Ancestors as part of North Carolina's Civil War Sesquicentennial observance.
This Saturday rounds out the Black History Month Film Festival at the Holly Springs Cultural Center with the powerful film, The Blind Side.
The Holly Springs Cultural Center is offering a free community event to allow residents to meet their local physicians and health care professionals. Saturday's Health and Wellness Expo will feature several providers offering information about their services and answering health and wellness questions.
This is the last weekend the North Carolina Museum of History will be offering their Saturday African American History Tours.
The Wake Forest Historical Association will host a free screening of the documentary film, Moving Midway at the Wake Forest Historical Museum Sunday afternoon.






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