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September 27th - October 3rd 2012 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

 It looks like after some fall temperatures this week, we will be warming up again this weekend. It is a great weekend to take in a Fall Festival!

How many of the Passport Challenge Destinations have you logged? We had a great time last weekend at the Wildlife Expo. Welcome to the weekly ParkGeek Newsletter to all our new subscribers. Thanks also to all our faithful followers. We truly appreciate evey time you tell someone about ParkGeek and share the newsletter link. "Like" us on Facebook to get daily updates about what's going on around the Triangle.
 
Take a Child Outside Week continues through Sunday. Every Wake County Park and the JC Raulston Arboretum are Passport Challenge Destinations. Come join our QR Code Scavenger Hunt and see how many free events and parks you can visit with your family before the end of the year.
 
TACO on Thursday brings Nature Bingo at the JC Raulston Arboretum and Beautiful Butterflies at Crowder District Park during the day. The evening hours offer Nocturnal Navigators on the American Tobacco Trail and a Campfire Story and Marshmallow Roast at Durant Nature Park. Science Cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Thursday night will feature the Science of Cheese with the Chapel Hill Creamery. Speaking of food, Thursday lunchtime celebratesSweet Potato Day at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh.
 
TACO on Friday offers a wide variety of activites ranging from a Garden Storytime at the Arboretum to an Open House at Prairie Ridge Ecostation. Historic Yates Mill Park invites you to join them after dark for Up, Up and Away Astronomy: The Summer Sky.
 
Saturday's TACO events culminate with the Storytelling Festival at Historic Oak View Park. The annual event is a celebration of the wonderful and wide variety of storytellers out there. From pirates and spooky stories to songs and preschool ditties, they will be spinning tales at several spots throughout the pastural park. The Storytelling Festival is this weekend's featured Passport Challenge Destination. As a bonus, you can log in both the festival and the park.
 
On Saturday, you are also invited to Nature Stories at Blue Jay Point, Natural Beauty Turned Ugly and Mysterious Mushrooms at Lake Crabtree. JC Raulston Arboretum invites you to bring your kids to their Fall Plant Sale.
 
Sunday closes out TACO Week with a Sunday Stroll at JC Raulston Arboretum and some Daytime Astronomy at Lake Crabtree.
 
Fall Festivals around the Triangle
 
Marbles Kids Museum is turning 5! Come on out Saturday to celebrate Marble's Birthday with a FREE day of birthday fun inside and outside.
 
Right outside Marbles, you can enjoy the Irish Fall Music Festival at Moore Square. The event features Irish music, children"s entertainment, craft vendors, demonstrations and plenty of great Irish foods and beverages.
 
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with music and dance performances, craft demonstrations and hands-on activities for kids at Celebracion at the North Carolina Museum of History all day Saturday.
 
In celebration of WakeMed's years of service to the community, the hospital system is hosting a Scrub Run and Fun Fest. The WakeMed Scrub Run will feature a 5K, 10K and 100 Yard Kids Dash, culminating in a Fun Fest in downtown Raleigh's City Plaza Saturday.
 
Latin music lovers will "feel the music" at the Annua lLatino Festival Saturday at Rock Quarry Park. Festival goers can dance to live music, taste authentic foods, shop the marketplace for arts and crafts, and learn about health, education and employment opportunities available in the community.
 
After a week of Music on the Streets, outdoor concerts every day, the Carrboro music scene culminates Sunday witht the Carrboro Music Festival. There will be over 180 free acts at 25 different locations throughout town.
 
More Fun

The Friday night movie,Laura at the North Carolina Museum of Art will be joined by Art in the Evening, a lecture on Ancient Egyptian Art, and a gallery tour focusing on Summer.

Activities at the State Fairgrounds are winding down in preparation for the State Fair, but this weekend there will be a Outdoor Horse Show.
 
Fridays Made Easy is back at the Museum of Life and Science with extended hours and the new attraction, Into the Mist.
 
Bring a blanket or some chairs to enjoy the movie Under African Skies, the story of Paul Simon's return to South Africa 25 years after his Graceland album, at the American Tobacco Campus Friday night.
 
Head on over to Downtown Historic Hillsborough to enjoy artists, food vendors, musicians and craftspeople set up on the sidewalks around the courthouse for Last Friday. Along with the Art Walk, bake off contest and extended hours at local businesses & historic sites, there will be an outdoor concert by Big Ron Hunter & his Band.
 
Join the State Capitol for the launch of North Carolina historian David Cecelski's book on the life and work of one of the state"s first African American senators, Abraham Galloway Saturday afternoon.
 
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3 will be the Family Movie playing Saturday morning at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.
 
Local farmers, restaurants and downtown merchants will come together to celebrate a day of Downtown Bounty Saturday in the historic Varina shopping district.
 
Come early, grab some coffee & pastries while you enjoy Downtown Durham from the top of the American Tabacco Campus South Parking Deck admiring Classic Cars.
Sunday afternoon, Brass at Bond will perform some of North Carolina's most innovative brass ensembles at the Sertoma Amphitheater.
 
O2 Fitness will be coming out to Raleigh's City Plaza throughout the month of October offering Shape Up Downtown. The free classes will vary from Yoga to Body Attack and are offered both at lunchtime and in the evenings. The program kicks off on Tuesday with three sample classes: BodyCombat, O2 Engery and Sh'Bam. Click through for the complete schedule.
 
Fun at the Parks

The Raleigh Parks & Rec Department invites you to a Festival in Motion. The festival features a full day of family fun and fitness for all ages at four parks along the Walnut Creek Greenway. The Walnut Creek Festival will include a scavenger hunt, live music, and an urban wetland 5k at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center. Monster Weed Wrangling at Lake Johnson Park invites visitors to prep the site for a future nature education center. The Eliza Pool Park is hosting a Soccer Clinic & Decorated Bike Parade. Lastly, the Ralph Campbell Center will hold a fun-filled Communty Event.

Come out to Eno River Sate Park Friday morning for a ranger led program about the Raptors of North Carolina or head over to William B. Umstead State Park to learn the ins and outs of Hiking at the park. Come back to Eno River State Park Saturday to learn about the Owls of the Eno.
 
Big Sweep is statewide movement to clean up our watersheds and improve water quality. Lend a hand and your time Saturday to contribute to the movement at the Bass Lake Big Sweep.
 
On Sunday at Prairie Ridge Ecostation you can take a Dragonfly Walk with dragonfly researcher Chris Goforth or learn how to take Photography for Science and contribute your photos to citizen science projects.
 
Falls Lake State Recreation Area is also working with butterflies on Sunday. Join them for a Monarch Tagging Field Trip and learn how to tag and assess each monarch for parasites.
 
Join a park ranger at the Piper-Cox House at Eno River State Park on Tuesday for a fun day of using recycled materials to Build Boats that are powered by renewable energy.
 
Do you have home schoolers or kids tracking out next week? Crowder Park is offering a flexible three day camp featuring Aquatic Adventures. Sign up for just one day, two or all three and experience hands-on, outdoor science while learning about the water cycle, water power and the critters that call their pond home.
 
Day Trips Outside the Triangle

Staycations were all the rage this summer, but another way to feel like you are taking a vacation is to enjoy a daytrip outside your normal routine.

Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon will be featured for three showings Friday night at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro. Come back to the Museum Saturday for a Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers Special Event.
 
The Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington invites you to join them for Battleship Alive on Saturday. The event brings historical events, places and persons "alive" for the public by demonstrating various aspects of the past and allowing interaction with the interpreters. The event is included with regual admission.
 
Saturday is also Fall Family Day at Tryon Palace. Families of all ages can enjoy interactive crafts, tours, and activities celebrating the many cultures that made North Carolina what it is today. The special activities are included in the regualr admission fee.

 

 

 

 

 

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