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July 19th - July 25th 2012

by Pam & Michael Davison

 Welcome back to the heat of the summer. There are lots of great summer events this weekend.

Celebrate Summer at Our Parks

Staycations are all the rage with the current economy. Even if you are already back in school, a trip to a local park can be an awesome way to unwind and rejuvenate yourself. Eno River State Park invites you to join them Friday for a Beetle Bonanza. On Saturday, they will sponsor displays and hikes on MacroinvertebratesPollinators and Raptors of North Carolina

On the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays through the summer, Lake Crabtree Park invites you to bring the family out for an evening of Fishing. Bring your own pole or borrow one of theirs. They'll teach you the basics of fishing and even supply the bait. On Saturday, you can learn about  Wacky Woodpeckers.
Come out to Biltmore Hills Community Center on Saturday to celebrate the City of Raleigh's Playful City USA. Play Day is a free event open to the public that focuses on all aspects of play; including active, passive, and inclusive play for the whole family.
Join them at Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park on Saturday to learn about the work of Archeologists through fun activities and participate in a mock dig. You can also take a Corn Grinding Tour and step back in time with their 19th century costumed interpreters as you watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. If you are interested in volunteering at Yates Mill, you can attend a Interest Session on Sunday afternoon. Also on Sunday afternoon, come to a Mid-Summer Day Dream and learn about woodland faeries as you build them a faerie house, and share in a faerie-friendly snack.
Historic Preservation Society of Durham docents will lead a Durham Civil Rights Legacy Walking Tour  focusing on sites in downtown Durham that were important in the 1950s and "60s Civil Rights movement on Saturday morning.
Join a member of the North Carolina Museum of History garden staff for an informal tour of the History of the Harvest exhibit lining Bicentennial Plaza.
Raleigh Parks and Recreation invites the public to the dedication and re-opening of Jaycee Community Center Tuesday evening followed by an open house.
Take a Walk Through the Seasons, a leisurely 1-mile walk with a Museum naturalist to explore the changing seasons in the prairie, pond and lowland arboretum on Tuesday morning at Prairie Ridge Ecostation.
Join a park ranger at William B. Umstead State Park on Wednesday afternoon as you take a look at native species and how they interact within the Food Web.
Always Great Tunes in the Triangle

Pack a picnic and unwind Friday night at Durham Central Park with the sounds of Bobby Hinton for a Warehouse Blues Concert.


The Town of Mebane joins the concert circuit on the third Friday of the month. This week's concert will feature the Salt Water Band.
Third Friday is back in Downtown Durham with a Gallery Crawl and lots of live music.
DJ Piddipat will spin music from her prodigious music collection at the Durham Central Park for another evening of Music in the Park on Sunday.
This week's Sunday in the Park Concert will be hosted by the beautifully restored Pullen Park and will highlight the Nick Driver Band.
Join Dancing in the Park every Monday at Chavis Community Center to celebrate fitness and raise awareness to reduce cardio-vascular disease and obesity.
Movies at the Parks & Museums

Puss In Boots will kick off the weekend on Thursday night at Booth Amphitheater at Regency Park.

The Locally Grown Movie in downtown Chapel Hill will be The Dark Knight on Thursday night. Movie nights provide entertainment for the whole family with free popcorn, crafts, activities, trivia & costume contests, and more!
Along with live music by Side Car Social Club for Art In the Evening and an art exploration about Romantic Landscapes, Friday night's outdoor movie will be The Muppets. Before the movie, you might want to take a Meet Your Museum Tour and learn a little more about the 164-acre campus, two buildings, an amphitheater, a park, and several gardens of the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Friday night's Movies in the Park at Falcon Park will feature Mr. Popper's Penguins. Come enjoy free popcorn and a movie on the hillside.
The Family Movie Festival continues Saturday morning at the Holly Springs Cultural Center with the family film Ponyo.
Its Date Night Saturday night at Duke Park with the flick, Jumper.
Movers and Shakers is the theme of this Wednesday's Family time at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Come enjoy the Drop in Studio, browse the galleries and enjoy five film shorts all about movement.
Fun at the Museums & State Fairgrounds

Family Fun Night Thursday night at Marbles Kids Museum is an after-hours event for kids with special needs to experience Marbles in a calmer, quieter environment. Plus, catch an exclusive lower-volume showing of The Gruffalo.

Also Thursday, its Community Game Day at the Holly Springs Cultural Center. The over 18 event occurs every 1st and 3rd Thursday to promote board games and socializing for adults.
You're invited to bring up to three objects to the North Carolina Museum of History on Friday for assessment and advice on care from their Conservators.
The NC Museum of Art invites you to Meet Your Museum on a Tour of the 164-acre campus, two buildings, an amphitheater, a park, and several gardens. They will be conducting the tours all weekend. You can also Explore the Collection on a Docent Tour.
The Kids Exchange Consignment Sale is back this weekend at the NC State Fairgrounds just in time for back to school shopping.
The Double L Bar Cowboy Mounted Shooters July Shoot'm UP comes to the State Fairgrounds this weekend. There is an admission price for adults, but kids under 10 are free.





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