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February 28th - March 6th 2013 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

Say farwell to February with some fun programs this Thursday! The Halle Cultural Center invites you to take the night off and bring the whole family out for Pizza and a Movie Night. The featured flick, Hotel Transylvania, is free and the pizza meal is only $5.

Join Dr. Brian Hare for a discussion of The Genius of Dogs at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Along with the lecture, the Museum of Natural Sciences and the Nature Research Center stay open late on Thursday nights and you can snag discounted tickets to see the Titantic exhibit.
First Friday Kicks off March
Experience the sights and sounds of sunset and beyond while you learn more about Lake Crabtree Park's nocturnal animals during Friday night's Park After Dark program.


Come on out to Bass Lake Park to enjoy Family Fun Night with Trish Miller. Start the evening with arts and crafts, fishing and live animal opportunities and end the night with a performance by kid favorite, storyteller and singer, Trish Miller.
Bulls Fan Fest comes to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park both Friday and Saturday afternoon. Take batting practice, play catch on the field, have your swing videoed & analyzed and purchase tickets for the 2013 season.
The 1966 Hammer film, "The Reptile" will be the featured flick at the The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for First Friday. In addition to the movie, come enjoy snacks and beverages from the Acro Café, groove to live jazz from guitarist Eli Wittmann, and attend an opening reception for Lori Kincaid, whose photography exhibit "Nature in Focus" runs through April 1st. Teens are invited to join the Museum Chief Veterinarian as he discusses veterinary medicine as it applies to all critters that fly, creep, crawl, prowl or prance for a Friday night Teen Science Cafe.
Art in the Evening at the North Carolina Museum of Art features live music by The Beast as well as the 1940 movie The Bank Dick starring W.C. Fields. This week's Friday Night Sound Bite will explore the treasures in the African collection that honor spirits, ancestors, and higher powers through ceremony, action, and movement.
The Raleigh City Museum also extends their hours for First Friday.
First Friday at Marbles Kids Museum includes extended hours and an opportunity to create unique self or family portraits in the Art Loft.
Enjoy a free self-guided tour of local art galleries, art studios, museums, retail, restaurants and alternative art venues on the First Friday Gallery Tour every month in Downtown Raleigh.

The Parks Come Alive
Get out your green and head down to Moore Square Saturday afternoon for the St. Paddy's Run Green and After Party. The official St Paddy's Day Parade and Festival isn't for another 2 weeks, but you can get in the mood early with live bands and refreshment provided by Tir na nog Irish Pub after the run.


Join Lake Crabtree County Park's bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends Saturday
morning. You can also learn how the park is Bringing Back Bluebirds and explore the first signs of spring with Early Bloomers. Come back Sunday to celebrate National Invasive Species Awareness Week by learning how to identify Aliens In Your Garden. Also part of the National Invasive Species Awareness Week, Catastrophic Critters on Tuesday evening explores animal species that have become a problem in North Carolina and what you can do to help.
Join professional dog trainer Elaine Pendell, a National K9 Certified Trainer and owner of Carolina Dog Training, to teach your pooch how to Pack Walk on the American Tobacco Trail Saturday. Bring the whole family back on Sunday for an Introduction to Letterboxing.
The Mill Heritage & Local History Tours at Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park start up again this weekend. Come explore the intricate and complicated inner workings of the fully restored mill.
Join the Raleigh Astronomy Club at Prairie Ridge to learn the basics of telescopes and how to keep them working at their best during Saturday afternoon's Telescope Tune-up Clinic.
Eno River State Park will also be Birdwatching Saturday morning. Right next door at Occoneechee Mountain you can learn about the Mountain's geologic wonders and explore the pyrophyllite quarry with a real geologist on Sunday.
This Sunday's Wnter Hike at West Point on the Eno Park will explore the Source of the Eno.
Learn what a habitat is and what the 5 key components are for an animal to survive in the wild during Predator & Prey on Sunday afternoon at Bass Lake Park.
Tuesday brings All About Amphibians at Walnut Creek Wetland Center and a TORC Night Ride at Lake Crabtree County Park.
No matter what the weather is, the Signs of Spring are all around us. Join them at Harris Lake County Park on Wednesday afternoon for a nature hike and hands on activities.

More at the Museums
Join them at Sertoma Art Center on Sunday for the Opening Reception for Youth Artist's Month. Artwork from Wake County schools as well as work completed by Sertoma youth arts students will be on display. During the Sunday reception, Sertoma's very own Raleigh Children"s Orchestra taught by Ilse Mann will perform.


Visit the exhibit Al Norte al Norte to learn about Latino North Carolinians, and color your own flag magnet to take home in a Make it, Take it program Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of History.
With a 164-acre campus, two buildings, an amphitheater, a park, and several gardens, the North Carolina Museum of Art offers much to see and do. Saturday they will offer two Meet Your Museum Tours so you can get your bearings around this wonderful free museum. The Assistant Curator of the Jewish Museum in New York will be giving a lecture on Sunday focused on artist Edouard Vuillard.
Science Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences brings the Director of the Astronomy & Space Observation Research Laboratory to discuss the Scientific Search for Life in the Universe.
In addition to their Saturday morning movie presentations, the Holly Springs Cultural Center is now also showing kid movies on Monday mornings. This week's movie will be The Rugrats Movie.
Break up your week on Wednesday evening with a lecture, A History of African American Spirituality on the Land, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
Dixie Deer Classic at the State Fairgrounds
The Annual Dixie Deer Classic is back at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. The event goes all weekend, but Friday is Youth Day which includes reduced admission. In addition to over 200 vendors offering the latest in hunting equipment, there will also be a wide assortment of seminars, displays, trophy scoring, and archery competition.







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