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May 2nd - May 8th 2013 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

Here comes another incredible weekend full of fun activities to do throughout the Triangle. With close to 90 events listed this weekend, there is definitely something for everyone.

The fun starts at lunchtime Thursday at the State Farmer's Market in Raleigh. Stop by for Strawberry Day and enjoy free samples, a dessert contest, free recipes and best of all, a huge variety of fresh local strawberries.
The first Thursday of the month means its time for Science Trivia at this weeks Science Cafe. Come see if you can can gain an edge on your competitors in topics featuring a mix of science facts, current news, pop culture and scientific discoveries.

First Friday Happenings

The A/V Geeks at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences present "Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension," along with live music by David Kroll, an opening reception for six North Carolina potters and extended hours throughout the Museum of Natural Sciences and the Nature Research Center.


This Friday's Teen Science Cafe will delve into the "Coordinated Movement in Groups of Animals and Teenagers." This is the last Teen Science Cafe until October.
Celebrate First Friday with the Raleigh City Museum, stroll around Downtown Raleigh to take in the First Friday Gallery Walk and head over to the Raleigh City Market to celebrate 50's Style with tribute concerts to Elvis and Johnny Cash.
Marbles Kid's Museum is joining the downtown Raleigh's First Friday Fun! Enjoy an interactive performance by the Triangle Youth String Sinfonia and then make your own instrument out of recycled items.
Art in the Evening returns to the North Carolina Museum of Art with music by Ed Stephenson & the Paco Band , a discussion on Devotion and the Mere Mortal, and the 1965 Frank Sinatra film, Von Ryan's Express.
The Halle Cultural Arts Center invites you to join them for the 4th Annual Apex Latino Art Opening Reception. Come on out to meet the artists, enjoy delicious hors d"oeuvres, sociallize and enjoy viewing Latino art.
Harris Lake will celebrate an evening under the stars with two programs Friday night: Noises in the Night and a Star Party. Register for one program and you can attend the other for free!
Learn about beautiful night creatures and make a magical moth of your own during Friday night's Crowder By Night.
Holly Springs will be celebrating Family Fun Night at Bass Lake Park. Kick off the evening by making some arts and crafts, meeting a live animal, or borrowing a fishing pole. End the night with a fun interactive concert with kid favorite, Trish Miller.
Historic Downtown Varina will be showing Wreck it Ralph for their Movie under the Stars along with a music DJ, and on-screen trivia.
Festivals & Special Events
If you missed Spring Daze in Cary last weekend, you have a chance this weekend to enjoy Apex Peakfest. A wonderful variety of crafters and artisans will be on hand displaying their creations while the stages will boast live family entertainment all day. Not only will there be an assortment of yummy festival food, but also a tempting collection of international fare. There will even be a Kids Zone area with rides and games for the younger population.


The Annual Meet in the Street Festival will take place on in historic downtown Wake Forest. Join them for a day filled with food and entertainment including live music and children's activities. This years festival will also include a Bike Safety Fair.
Come learn how to transplant tobacco seedlings and help the Duke Homestead start their yearly tobacco field during their Planting Day and Plant Sale.
The Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel will host their annual Herbfest. In addition to vendors selling a wide variety of herbal crafts, garden products, foods and plants, there will be tours of the Page Educational Garden, entertainment and hands-on activities for the kids.
Strawberries are the theme of a fun family event in Durham. The Strawberry Fitness Festival in Durham will be a day long celebration with Music, Dance, Food and Games!
Celebrate Persian culture and cusine at the NC Persian Festival. The event, being held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds will feature Persian dances, music, art, crafts and food.
Saturday is Kids Appreciation Day in Holly Springs. Kids are treated to free pizza and a free frozen yogurt along with inflatables, face painting, arts & crafts, music, a motorcycle & fire engine display and the Terrific Kids Ceremony. This years celebration has been moved to Holly Grove Middle School.
Come to StormFest Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and get the inside scoop on weather, natural disasters, and the emergency response services. While you are there, take a Family Hawk Walk to see Raleigh's amazing red-tail hawks.
Come see the Antique Auto Show on the grounds at Oak View County Park. The Triangle Chapter will also be assembling their 1917 Take Apart Model T. Come and see if they can break their record of 5 Minutes and 3 seconds!
The JC Raulston Arboretum will feature the Triangle Bonsai Expo on Saturday with demonstrations, local bonsai artists and plenty of unique bonsais.
Celebrate spring at the Spring Field Day at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on Saturday. There will be activities for the entire family and information for gardeners to use at home.
Teen Day Fuquay, an alcohol-driving awareness program will offer young people the opportunity to experience the realities of mixing alcohol and driving through the use of high tech simulation along with some free pizza and prizes.
Saturday at Nash Square there will be a parade and Memorial Service to honor Fallen Firefighters.
The North Carolina Museum of Art will host a Spring Family Festival and Medieval Fair on Sunday. Step back in time and enjoy medieval craft demonstrations, historic re-enactors, strolling minstrels and jugglers. You can even visit an artist guild to make some art to take home.
Sunday's Carrboro Day & Block Partyf eatures music, food, poetry and family fun. The day includes concerts by Lost in the Trees, The Love Language, and Loamlands. In addition to the main stage entertainment, the community festival will include additional live music inside Cat's Cradle and The ArtsCenter, food trucks, beer and fun.

Fun at the Parks
The last two municipal farmer's markets celebrate their Grand Openings this Saturday. Holly Springs will kick off the season with plenty of fresh produce. The Growers Market of Fuquay-Varina also opens this Saturday and will have weekday hours on Wednesday afternoons.


Eno River State Park invites you to join them for a variety of fun programs this weekend. Saturdays programs include Beginning Fishing for kids, a 4 mile, vigorous Power Hike, a leisurely Spring Wildflower Hike, and Birdwatching. Come back Sunday for another opportunity to take a morning Power Hike or Jr. Beginning Fishing for 4 & 5 year olds, and Bumps in the Grass, a program about animals that like to build tunnels.
Do you have a child who would like to learn to fish? C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing!) is an introduction to fishing program offered Saturday mornings at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. All the materials and training are provided. They also welcome you to join them for a Spring Trees ID Hike.
Saturday is another Citizen Science Saturday at Prairie Ridge. These weekly adventures will introduce you to a citizen science project and enlist your help collecting and entering data as you enjoy a walk around the grounds with one of our naturalists.
Along with Saturday at the Old Mill Tours and Sunday Mill Heritage & Local History Tours, Yates Mill County Park invites you to join them for Power to the Pollinators on Saturday.
Bass Lake Park will also be teaching Fishing Basics to kids on Sunday.
The Raleigh Youth Council in partnership with the Raleigh Police Department will be holding a Mock Crash event for local teenagers at the Millbrook Exchange Center Wednesday afternoon.
Fun at the Museums & State Fairgrounds

To commemorate Saturday's Historic Preservation Day, Monika Fleming will give a lecture at the North Carolina Sate Capitol on the variety of architectural styles found in Victorian-era homes across North Carolina and college instructors will demonstrate hands-on skills used in the preservation of historic structures. There will also be demos featuring historic woodworking tools and carpentry; learn the best methods to weatherize old homes and how to handle common issues in historic structures.

Curious George will be the featured flick at the Holly Springs Cultural Center Saturday morning,.
Looking for a fun day trip? Saturday is Free Comic Book Day at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro. Bring the whole family out to enjoy free sketches from talented artists and a free bag of comic books suitable for all ages!
The Six Sundays in Spring Concert Series is back again at Carroll Joyner Park with the Wake Forest Singers and Transit Vocal Band.
Peter Lamb & The Wolves will be the featured performers for Wednesday night's Hob Nob Jazz Series at Koka Booth Amphitheatre.



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