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March 8th - March 14th 2012

by Pam & Michael Davison

This weekend is jam packed with stuff to do! Instead of wondering what to do this weekend, it will be a question of which things to do and how much can you squeeze into three days.

Fun on Thursday & Friday

Is this spring weather getting you in the mood to do some camping? Do you always eat the hotdogs and marshmallows on your camping trips? Join a park ranger Thursday afternoon at Umstead State Park to learn different methods and recipes for Campfire Cookin'.

Also Thursday evening, join the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and UNC-TV for a preview screening of Powering the Planet, the second installment in the EARTH: The Operators' Manual mini-series. The screening will be followed by an informative and exciting panel discussion.

Friday night brings back the very popular Family Bingo at Bass Lake Park.
Take a wonderful Night Paddle on Lake Michie as you listen for night sounds and explore the beautifully illuminated lake.
Along with Art in the Evening and the archive prints, Vitaphone Varieties, the North Carolina Museum of Art is excited to bring back Greensboro-based musicians/ artists/designers Bart Trotman and Mark Dixon with their latest project, The New Obsolete. The Selectric Piano allows a typist to become an experimental pianist.
The streets of Downtown Wake Forest will come alive with food, merchants and music during Art After Hours.

Fun & Festivals at the Parks
Saturday is Cary's Annual Kite Festival at Bond Park! There will be stunt kite demonstrations and special awards in fourteen different categories for those who would like to show off their kite flying abilities.


Step back in time with a ranger at Eno River State Park for a guided hike out to the site of Anthony Cole's Homestead or enjoy the serenity of the early morning in the park while you do some Birdwatching.
Historic Yates Mill County Park will be offering Mill Heritage & Local History Tours of the fully restored and functioning grist mill.
Kids are invited out to Historic Yates Mill County Park for a Kids' History Detective Tour. Solve puzzles, hunt for clues, and investigate the mystery of milling with real historical artifacts.
Join a Ranger at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area for an afternoon of paddling while you take a scenic Canoe Hike.
Let's Move Outside at Crowder Park. People of every fitness level are invited to join the naturalists to get moving and get fit in the beautiful park setting.
Come back to Crowder Park Sunday for a Family Program on Wonderful Whitetails. Learn about deers' amazing adaptations for survival, then make a deer track and even your very own set of antlers.
West Point on the Eno Park will also be focusing on our white-tailed neighbors during Saturday's Discovering Deer Walk.
If you're looking for a volunteer experience, community service or conservation project for yourself or your group plan to head over to Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve on Saturday for a Volunteer Workday.
Join a Park Ranger for a leisurely Bike Ride on the multi-use trail at William B. Umstead State Park on Wednesday afternoon for a mid-week break.
More at the Museums

LEGO-palooza returns to Morehead Planetarium and Science Center this weekend. In addition to the hundreds of LEGO models that will be on display, this year boasts "brickfilms" (stop-motion animated videos created with LEGO figures) on the big screen all day.

In conjunction with the Raleigh City Museum's new exhibit, Your Place is by His Side: WWI Posters in Raleigh, come learn more about the Life of a WWI Soldier through a living history interpretation.
March Madness continues this weekend at the Museum of Life and Science. Their Tournament of Science features a different theme each weekend in March and this weekend will be Go Green! Live Blue! The ocean, climate change and you!
The North Carolina Museum of History welcomes you to drop in Saturday to discover how Blimps protected ships off the North Carolina coast during World War II and then make your own paper model to take home.
Come back to the North Carolina Museum of History on Sunday afternoon to relax and enjoy a concert by Patrick & Cathy Sky. Their program will feature Irish reels, jigs, and hornpipes that they play on the fiddle and the Irish Uilleann pipes.

Fun at the Fairgrounds
Spring is in the air for the Spring Antiques Show & Sale. Get your garden ready for spring at this show featuring all types of outdoor accessories. You will also find period furniture, fine & estate jewelry, silver, crystal, glass, botanical prints, majolica, English porcelain and American folk art.


Calling all you car collectors. The Carolina Collector Auto Fest will include a swap meet with more than 125 vendors, car corral for buying and selling and Car/Truck shows.
Coins, postcards and stamps (U.S., foreign, ancient, gold & silver) will be available and dealers will be selling foreign, domestic and ancient currency at the Coin & Stamp Show.
There will be a Hunter Jumper Horse Show at the Hunt Horse Complex all weekend.
The Persian Charsanbeh-Souri is a fiesta of the last Wednesday of the Persian Year and is celebrated on the last Tuesday night of the year. The Persian New Year Celebration is sponsored by the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina.






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