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March 1st - March 7th 2012

by Pam & Michael Davison

Kick off March with some fun programs this Thursday! Walnut Creek Wetland Center invites you to join local expert John Gerwin to learn how to observe, appreciate and identify birds common to our area. Wetland Birds will provide binoculars and instruction for everyone beginner through intermediate.


Come explore Wild North Carolina in the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Curator Stefan Bloodworth will guide you through which plants are in bloom and share strategies to design with native plants.

Join Dr. Richard Edward Green for a discussion of "Human Evolution as Revealed by a Neandertal," at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Thursday evening. Come early for a reception and to talk to anthropology and paleontology students from area universities about their research projects.

First Friday & Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

This Friday brings First Friday to Marbles Kids Museum with extended evening hours and special family pricing. They will be celebrating Dr. Seuss's Birthday & Read Across America Day all day long. Click through for the schedule of fun Seuss activities. This weekend also marks the last two days of Playdate with an Artist. Mixed-media artist Michelle Davis Petelinz will finish up her time at Marbles with a Collaborative and MonoPrint Workshops.


The local performance group Voices in Concert will dramatize the family life of 19th-century abolitionist and women's rights activist Sojourner Truth and her Children Friday evening at the The North Carolina Museum of History.

Enjoy a free self-guided tour of local art galleries, art studios, museums, retail, restaurants and alternative art venues on the First Friday Gallery Tour every month in Downtown Raleigh.

The 1959 horror movie "The Manster" will be the featured flick at the The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for First Friday. In addition to the movie, come enjoy snacks and beverages from the Acro Café, groove to live music from No Worries and attend an opening reception for Bob Palmatier.

Art in the Evening at the North Carolina Museum of Art features live music by the David Dyer Trio as well as the 1920 movie The Mollycoddle.

The Raleigh City Museum also extends their hours for First Friday.

Venture into the night on an Owl Prowl at Blue Jay Point County Park. Learn about owl habits and adaptations as you listen for these nocturnal birds.

The Parks Come Alive

Even Umstead State Park will be celebrating Dr. Seuss on Saturday. Join a Park Ranger at the Visitor Center to read The Lorax and discuss ways that we can be better stewards of the environment.


Join Lake Crabtree County Park's bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends.

Explore Jordan Lake from a new perspective on a guided Canoe Hike.

The Wake Forest Urban Forestry Board is hosting its sixth annual Tree Seedling Giveaway on Saturday. UFB members will distribute 3,700 flowering dogwood, eastern redbud, persimmon, and Shumard Oak tree seedlings free of charge to Wake Forest-area residents while supplies last.

Saturday's Triangle Tweed Ride promises to be an afternoon of fashionable riding mixed with curiosities, croquet, up-dos, monocles, mustaches and bike riding. Admission is just 4 non-perishable food items and fancy frocks are highly encouraged.

More at the Museums

Come to a Fruit Orchard Workshop at Mordecai Historic Park to learn how to prune and maintain old varieties of fruit trees including Peach, Apple, Pear, Plum and Cherry as well as other fruits.


Bright Star Touring Theatre welcomes audiences of all ages to a Saturday Afternoon Children's Performance at the North Carolina Art Museum that will touch on patriotism, citizenship, diversity, and civic pride. Come early or stay late to enjoy a performance related Drop-in Craft.

Spring must be here because the Heritage Tours are back at Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park this weekend.

Science Saturdays are a series of lectures and demonstrations that are held on the first Saturday of each month at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. This month's topic is Hot in the City: How Urban Heat Makes Trees more Suceptible to Insect Attack.

Sertoma Arts Center will be celebrating Youth Artist's Month all month with an exhibition of artwork from local Wake County students. There will be on opening reception on Sunday afternoon.

Musician Gregg Kimball and singers Jackie Frost and Sheryl Warner will perform songs from Piedmont cotton mills for a Music of the Carolinas concert at the North Carolina Museum of History Sunday afternoon.

The Greensboro Science Center invites you to a Party! Come celebrate Leslie The Gibbon's Birthday. Sign her birthday card and watch Leslie her eat cake, open presents and have fun with enrichment activities.

Dixie Deer Classic at the State Fairgrounds

The Annual Dixie Deer Classic is back at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. The event goes all weekend, but Friday is Youth Day which includes reduced admission.


You are also welcome to stop in to the Hunt Horse Complex and enjoy the Carolina Mane Event Show.











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