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March 15th - March 21st 2012

by Pam & Michael Davison

Spring is officially here next Tuesday and it looks like the weather is going to be fabulous!

Saturday is St Patrick's Day so put on your green and get to Downtown Raleigh for the St. Patrick's Day Parade. After the parade, make your way over to Moore Square for the Wearin' O' the Green Festival. Marbles Kids Museum will also join in on the festivities with themed activities like Green Energy Innovators, Color Mixology, Clover Card Creations and Leprechaun Freeze Dance.

Spring is Here!

Spring is only a few days away and wildlife is waking up from winter and getting down to the business of growing and having families. At Crowder Park's Spring Splendor, you"ll hike around the pond and listen for the calls of their amphibian friends Friday evening.


Friday afternoon head on over to Harris Lake County Park and try Fishing 101 for an afternoon of fun! Learn what fish live in the pond and play a fun casting game before wetting a line of your own.

Another sign that Spring is back is the return of the Corn Grinding Tours at Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park. See the mill in operation, and hear how the "gristmill" works from costumed interpreters. This Saturday, you can also enjoy a Blacksmithing Demonstration and take a Going Green Hike.
Its time to start thinking about your garden this year. Learn how to Plant Amazing Containers that provide color, texture, scent, herbal flavor, and vegetables at the Sara P. Duke Gardens.
Celebrate the first day of Spring with Target $2 Tuesday Night at Marbles Kids Museum. Admission is only $2 and the Museum extends its hours until 8pm.
Enjoy the Spring season with a Family Walk in the Park Tuesday evening at Durant Nature Park.
Fun at the Museums
On Friday nights the North Carolina Museum of Art kicks it up a notch featuring lively music by local bands and themed small plates and beverages, Art in the Evening this Friday will feature the sounds of Ed Stephenson with Inos Flamenca. Follow the fun with the 1932 film, the Match King. Come back to the Art Museum Saturday for a Family Fun Saturday and an Artist Discussion. Sunday afternoon, join curator, Dr. Lisa Binder for a lecture on the work of artist El Anatsui.


In addition to their St Patrick's Day festivities, Marbles Kids Museum will also be hosting Sing! Dance! Play! and FutureVet on Saturday and Gadgets & Gizmos on Sunday.
History Comes Alive
Civil War re-enactors and spectators will converge on Bentonville Battlefield for War So Terrible. The Civil War medical living history event will feature re-enactors portraying wounded soldiers, surgeons, and hospital stewards at the Harper House field hospital.


History Bites: Historic Cookery will be an enlightening lecture at the Duke Homestead Historic Site on Saturday afternoon.

A Little More Fun
The State Parks invite you to tour the Historic Piper Cox House at Eno River State Park or learn about Backyard Birds at William B. Umstead State Park.


Local Bird expert John Gerwin will be sharing information on Wetlands Birds over at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center.
Celebrate Arbor Day at Little River Park! Help them plant a tree for the 140th year of Arbor Day and discover some different ways that Trees are Terrific.
The North Carolina State Fairgrounds is hosting the Annual N.C. RV & Camping Show, a Bead Mercantile Show, a Hunter Jumper Horse Show.








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