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January 17th - January 23rd 2013 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison


Whether you are into the crisp cold air of winter or are waiting for the warm winds of spring to come, there is everything from marches & parades to popcorn celebrations and birdwatching to make for a great long weekend! is also on Facebook! "Like" ParkGeek and let us know where all your adventures take you while we keep you up to date on the latest and greatest events throughout the Triangle. The weekly newsletter is posted there as well as daily updates of fun things to do all week long.
Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr Day and there are several observances here in the Triangle.
Downtown Raleigh will host a Memorial March on Monday morning as a peaceful and somber way to show appreciation for the contributions of the historic Civil Rights Movement.
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro and UNC-Chapel Hill chapters of the NAACP will sponsor the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Rally, March, and Worship Service.
In honor of the Martin Luther King Day of Service, local churches, non-profits, and civic organizations will focus their activities towards a collaborative Prayer Walk on the American Tobacco Trail in Downtown Durham.
The MLK Day of Service is a national campaign urging citizens to give back to their community on the King holiday. They will meet at Middle Creek Community Center Park
Help them celebrate community heroes on MLK Day at Marbles. Meet local heroes like a firefighter, police officer and a paramedic. You can be a helpful hero too - join them in packing food for the Backpack Buddies program to feed local children in need.
Start the Weekend Early
Join Pullen Arts Center for a reception Thursday evening for the

Book-A-Week 2012 show. Meet local book artists Jennifer Lee Mahaffey and Kathy Steinsberger, who each made a book each week during 2012. The result: books in all shapes and sizes made of conventional and unconventional bookmaking materials.
Thursday is Family Fun Night at Marbles Kids Museum. An after-hours event exclusively for kids with special needs to experience Marbles in a calmer, quieter environment. There will even be a screening of The Gruffalo's Child on the giant screen.
This Thursday's Science Cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science will take on Acoustical Communications in Birds.
Akram Khater, Professor of History at N.C. State University will be giving a lecture on Tectonic Shifts: The Arab Spring and the Future of the Middle East at the North Carolina Museum of History Thursday evening.
Come visit Mordecai Historic Park for Free Friday. Take a guided tour of the Mordecai House and grounds, St. Mark's Chapel, and the birthplace of our 17th President, Andrew Johnson. Free tours only happen twice a year, so don't miss out!
Conservation Assistance Day returns to the North Carolina Museum of History on Friday. You're invited to bring up to three treasured possessions to the museum for assessment and advice on care from their conservators.
Art in the Evening returns this Friday night. In addition to the 1950 movie Winchester 73, you can enjoy a lively, in-depth exploration entitled Still Standing with a Museum docent.
Come on out to Downtown Durham to enjoy a Gallery crawl with live music and more for Third Friday.
Back to Nature
Come to the Walnut Creek Wetland Center Friday afternoon and meet Cleopatra, an Eastern Kingsnake and The Colonel, a Corn Snake. An expert will guide this Snake Exploration to learn how snakes move, what they eat, and where they spend the winter.
Come learn all about Migratory Waterfowl that visit Lake Johnson on Saturday afternoon.
It's courtship season for owls, and love is in the air. Join an Eno River ranger on Saturday to learn about the fascinating lives and habits of the three species of Owls you might hear calling at the park this time of year. You can also practice your Birdwatching skills with a park expert and see what species are migrating through the park.
Learn to ID deciduous trees in the winter with only the tree's bark, fruit and buds during Barking Up the Right Tree, a Family Wildlife Series Program at Blue Jay Point County Park on Saturday.
Learn all about Beavers and the amazing adaptations that help them to change their habitat and then go on a a hike to search for beaver activity along the banks of Lake Crabtree on Saturday.
Come to Raven Rock State Park on Saturday and learn what you can do to help feed the Hungry Birds this winter. After a brief PowerPoint introduction you will learn to make homemade suet and different types of bird feeders.
Celebrate National Popcorn Day at Yates Mill this Saturday! Learn about all different varieties of corn and what gives popcorn that unique POP! Take part in a creative popcorn-themed craft, and enjoy some fresh popped popcorn.
Sunday's Family Creature Feature at Crowder District County Park will teach you how to turn Trash to Treasure. Come learn about how you can reduce your trash pile, make a trash pizza, learn tips on how you can reuse everyday objects, play a recycling relay game and make an eco-craft to take home.
Looking for an adventure for you kids Monday when schools out? Durant Nature Park invites kids to join them for Track Attack and they will explore ways to track animals by looking at their tracks and scat.
On Monday, you can help the American Tobacco Trail build their Natural Resource Database while learning what grows and lives along the trail this time of year.
Harris Lake County Park invites kids to spend Tuesday's Teacher workday at the park exploring Archeology. They can become an Archeologist for a day and discover Harris Lake County Park's past. They will get the opportunity to uncover artifacts left behind and excavate an old home site.
More Fun at the Museum


Pop some popcorn and bring the kids over to the Holly Springs Cultural Center for their Saturday morning family movie. This weekend they feature the story, Secret of the Wings.
Marbles and the NC Science Olympiad team up for the Family Science Olympiad Saturday. Bring your family and join in the sport of science. Build bridges, rockets and secret structures. Investigate genetics. Solve a mystery. Play around with the science of exercise. Come back to Marbles Sunday to learn about Squishy Circuits during a Green Energy Workshop.
Looking for a fun day trip on Monday? Head on over to the Natural Science Center of Greensboro and help them celebrate Bertha's Birthday. Their Burmese Python turns 20 years old this year and they're having a party to celebrate.
Join an expert Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Clown Team for their Secrets of the Circus performance on Tuesday at Marbles Kids Museum. Learn balancing and juggling tricks of the trade straight from the pros. Test your own skills in a circus workshop immediately following the performance.
Fun at the Fairgrounds
Coins, postcards and stamps (U.S., foreign, ancient, gold & silver) will be available all weekend at the Carolina Coin and Stamp Show.
The Hunt Horse Complex at the Fairgrounds will be hosting a Hunter Jumper Horse Show. Admission is free and the atmosphere is very casual, but its a great opportunity to get up close and see some beautiful horses and their riders perform at their best.
The Young Champions Tri-State Cheer Showcase on Saturday will include both cheerleading and Hip-Hop America competitions for kids ages 4-14.



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