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April 5th - April 11th 2012

by Pam & Michael Davison

This Easter weekend offers a wide variety of activities from a few more Egg Hunts and Eater Services to birdwatching and the opening of local Farmer's Markets. Whatever you do, I hope can help you have a fabulous weekend!

This weekend also brings First Friday! The NC Museum of Natural Sciences will not host any First Friday events this month as they prepare for the Grand Opening of the Nature Research Center on April 20th. Downtown Raleigh will still be the place to be Friday night with the Gallery Walk and extended hours and special features at Marbles Kids Museum and theRaleigh City Museum.

Kick off the Spring season with a beautiful evening outside during Family Fun Night with Trish Miller at Bass Lake Park. Start off the evening with some fishing, live animals and arts and crafts. End the evening with a concert by Trish Miller.

Easter Events

Have you ever been to the JC Raulston Arboretum? This is a beautiful time of year to stroll the gardens and theirSpring Egg Scavenger Hunt will captivate your kids also. The Scavenger hunt runs through Sunday. If you can't make it this week, the 12th Annual Birdhouse Competition is coming up next weekend.

Marbles invites you to spend Spring Break with them.Spring Break Blast is a week long event featuring different activities each day so click through to see what's going on.

Children 12 years of age and younger with special needs, developmental and/or physical disabilities, are invited to a very special egg hunt. Easter Eggstravaganza will take place Thursday evening at Bond Park.

Morrisville's Easter Egg Hunt takes place Friday morning at Cedar Fork District Park. In addition to a traditional egg hunt, kids will be searching for Golden Eggs to win special prizes.

Come hear Flopsy Bunnies and Other Rabbit Tales at Historic Yates Mill County Park on Friday afternoon.

Meet the Zoo Keepers and see animals hunt for treats inside of decorative Easter Eggs during Egg-Stravaganza at the North Carolina Zoo Saturday.

More than 40,000 eggs for kids to find as well as games, music, balloons & inflatables will be in Downtown Raleigh on Saturday.

Hop will be the featured Holiday flick at the Holly Springs Cultural Center Saturday Morning.

Seven Downtown churches join together for a joyousCapitol Square Easter Sunrise Celebration on the grounds of the State Capital.

Everyone is invited to an Easter Celebration with Calvary Chapel at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds Sunday morning.

Bird Watching in the Parks

Spring has arrived, and Lake Crabtree's bluebird nestboxes are being claimed. Come on a Blue Bird Trail HikeFriday afternoon to learn all about cavity nesting birds and how you can attract them to your yard. Come back to the park Saturday morning to do some Birding with Vernon, their local bird enthusiast.


On Friday mornings, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens invites you to stroll the gardens and check out their Nature Ranger Cart. The traveling science cart in the Gardens will host a variety of creative adventures to engage children in their natural surroundings. Come back early on Saturday for Bird Walks with bird enthusiast, Cynthia Fox.

You are also invited to Walk on the Wild Side at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. On the first Thursday of every month, curator Stefan Bloodworth conducts tours of the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Or you can take a Historic Gardens Color Walk. Color walks will focus on the Perennial Allée, Historic Terraces, Butterfly Garden and Memorial Garden.

Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections at the JC Raulston Arboretum will host aPlantsmen's Tour on Tuesday afternoon to discuss their Japanese Maples.

Join a ranger at Umstead State Park for Tackle Box Talk on Tuesday afternoon. Start with a discussion of fishing lures and techniques used to catch crappie, bass, and bluegill and then try your luck with what you have learned.

Science & History at the Museums

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 David George Haskell of the University of the South will be discussing The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature.

Lines That Link Communities is the theme of this week'sFamily Fun Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Families will enjoy a gallery tour and a studio workshop.

Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park is offering Mill Heritage & Local History Tours this weekend. Come learn about the local history and then tour the inner working of the fully restored mill.

The Green Hope High School Symphonic Band and Chorus will be giving a Pops Concert on Tuesday evening at Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park.

Also Tuesday night, the Pullen Arts Center is hosting an Instructor Show Reception featuring the work of four of their current instructors: Rick Bennett, painting; Doug DeBastiani, pottery; Rebecca Rousseau, painting and Melanie Stoer, glass.

The Fairgrounds & Local Farmer's Markets

The NC Robotics Regional Tournamentfeaturing competition between 45 high school teams from across the country and Brazil comes to the Dorton Arena Thursday through Sunday.


The Hunt Horse Complex will be the site of an All-Arabian Horse Show Friday through Sunday. The competitions will include performance, halter, sport horse, dressage, hunter jumper and carriage driving.

The Fairgrounds will also host a Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia 3-Day Show with nearly 70 exhibitors and 160 tables will be selling sport cards and NASCAR collectibles.

Many of the local municipal farmer's markets open up this Saturday. In Cary, Saturday is the Grand Opening of their new location on Academy Street. The ApexMarket opens this Saturday. Both Wake Forest andDurham switch over from their winter hours to the summer schedule.

The State Farmers Market will host Mike Raley and Anne Clapp of 680 WPTF for a production of theWeekend Gardener Show Live. There will be Prizes, free samples and gardening tips.


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