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January 31st - February 6th 2013

by Pam & Michael Davison

We at ParkGeek.com are excited that in March we will celebrate eight years of serving the Triangle! It has been our passion and our purpose to share the awesome array of parks, museums and events available. You can help us get the word out. If you enjoy getting this email, pass it along and forward it to a friend. If you use the website, share it with a co-worker. Like us on Facebook. We post this newsletter as well as fun daily events and news. We are elated with what ParkGeek.com has become in eight years and we eagerly await what the future will bring.

Saturday is Groundhog Day! Both the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the Natural Science Center of Greensboro have resident groundhogs that will assess winter's duration.
 
Also in conjunction with Groundhog Day, Historic Yates Mill Park is hosting Grumpy Groundhogs for kids on Friday and Wizened Woodchucks and Weather Predictors for the whole family on Saturday.
 
This Thursday's Science Cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will include a lively discussion about Invasive Pythons in the United States with Dr. Michael Dorcas.

First Friday is Here!
 
First Friday is back to Downtown Raleigh at the Raleigh City Museum, Marbles Kids Museum and the various downtown galleries through a Gallery Walk.

 

Its First Friday Movie Night at the The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Enjoy snacks and beverages as you stroll through fabulous exhibits, groove to live music, and then join them for the Natural Horror Classic, "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea." Teens are invited to a Teen Science Cafe as they reveal how scientists reconstruct evolutionary trees using the physical characteristics of organisms.
 
Wander the galleries with friends as you enjoy the extended hours and the movie Scarface during Art in the Evening at the North Carolina Museum of Art. While there, you are invited to enjoy a Friday Night Sound Bite that will focus on themes of romance and passion in mythology and antiquity.
 
Far from the city lights of Raleigh, Bass Lake Park will be enjoying Family Fun Night with Trish Miller. Start the evening off with live animals, crafts and family activities and end the fun with a lively concert by Trish Miller.

Fun at the Parks
 
Come Birding with Vernon early Saturday morning to enjoy an easy walk while you look and listen for birds at Lake Crabtree County Park.

 

Have you been interested in learning what Geocaching is all about? Come on out to the American Tobacco Trail Saturday afternoon for an Introduction to Geocaching.
 
Pack a picnic lunch and head over to Raven Rock State Park on Saturday to learn how you can be a part of the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count.
 
Walnut Creek Wetland Center will also be discussing Wetland Birds while staying cozy inside observing birds at the feeders.
 
Join an Eno River State Park ranger to explore the ruins of the old Steam Power Plant at Pleasant Green on Saturday.
Come on out to Bass Lake Park on Sunday and learn about North Carolina Animals that you could encounter on hikes through the forests of North Carolina.
 
Squirrels are everywhere! Lake Crabtree County Park invites you to join them on Sunday afternoon to explore some of the Secrets of Squirrels.
 
Spunky Squirrels will be the focus of Tuesday's family program at Crowder District Park. Come learn about these friendly mammals as we make a squirrelly craft, read a story and go on a squirrel sighting.
 
Join an Eno River State Park Ranger on Tuesday afternoon to delve into Animal Camo through a discussion and short hike.

Art & Culture
 
Bring the whole family out to the North Carolina Museum of Art on Saturday. If you are not familiar with the museum, you might want to take the Meet Your Museum Tour to get your bearings around the 164-acre campus. Family Fun Saturday incorporates a gallery tour and a studio workshop for the whole family. Saturday afternoon at the museum also boasts a free lecture on Edvard Munch's Modernity.

 

Celebrating its 11th year, the Durham Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade rounds out the celebrations in the Triangle. The family-oriented, multi-cultural event features floats, marching bands, steppers, horses, motorcycles, school groups and more.
 
People of all ages are invited to participate in the City of Raleigh's annual Paint Your heART Out!, a valentines inspired arts and scholarship support program. The hands-on painting event takes place at Sertoma Arts Center on Saturday.
 
Everyone is invited to the Vietnamese New Year Celebration on Sunday at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. There will be cultural foods, vendors, martial arts demonstrations and children's cultural dancing.
 
The Holly Springs Cultural Center and the Holly Springs Arts Council have gotten together to host the first Community Arts Festival. Starting on Tuesday and running through Saturday.
 
Five Wake County Libraries are participating in making Valentines for Veterans this year. They provide the materials and you provide the creativity and the gratitude to our Veterans. Teens can even earn Community Service hours for making Valentines for Veterans.

 

 

 

 

 

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