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August 15th - August 21st 2013 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

For those of you heading back to college or traditional calendar school, your summer may be winding down. With plenty of fun activities throughout the Triangle, you can give the summer a grand farewell!

Festivals & Special Events

Kick off your child's successful school career at Kickoff to Kindergarten at Marbles Kids Museum. Celebrate this major milestone with a real school bus, pretend lunch lines & PE classes, crafts and lots of great resources to answer your questions.

Hundreds of classic cars and trucks will be parked on or near historic Fayetteville Street, while plenty more show cars and vendors will be on display in the Raleigh Convention Center for Carolina Classics on the Capital. There is a charge to get into the festivities inside the Convention Center, but all the outdoor activities are free.

Come out for a good time and try your luck entering the Catfish Tournament at Bass Lake Saturday morning. You can register the day of the event and there will be prizes for kids and adults.


The Raleigh Boat Show & Sale will be at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds this weekend along with the Children's Clothing and Baby Equipment Sale and a Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is hosting several fun events this week. This Thursday's Science Cafe will explore "Captain America's Shield, Wolverines Claws & the Future of Materials Science and Engineering."
Also Thursday night, cheer on the families or create your own team and take the Scavenger Hunt Challenge. Teams do need to preregister, so click through for all the details.
Tuesday night is also Target $2 Tuesday Night at Marbles Kids Museum. On the Third Tuesday of every month, Marbles stays open late and drops their admission to $2.
History Comes Alive
Come out to Mordecai Historic Park for Mordecai Free Friday. Tour an antebellum plantation house, and three other historic structures: a plantation kitchen, plantation chapel and The Birthplace of Andrew Johnson-17th president of the United States.


Join Historic Preservation Society of Durham docents Saturday morning on a Civil Rights Legacy Walking Tour focusing on sites in downtown
Durham that were important in the 1950s and '60s Civil Rights movement.
Join a member of the North Carolina Museum of History garden staff for an informal tour of the History of the Harvest exhibit lining Bicentennial Plaza Saturday afternoon.
Relive history and experience the traditional way corn was ground into meal and wheat into flour, using water power, simple machines & millstones. The Historic Yates Mill Corn Grinding Tours are a great opportunity to see the complex mill in operation. Also at Yates Mill Friday you can explore Yates Mill Pond's Watershed and Saturday come learn about a Historic Trade, what kids contributed or come study the Summer Sky during a family astronomy program.
Yates Mill encourages home schooled and tracked out kids to join them Monday for Geology Rocks. Come explore the rocks of Yates Mill through hands-on science. Adults wishing to learn about helping out at the park are invited to a Volunteers In Parks Interest Session Monday evening.
Movies & Concerts

Jack the Giant Slayer will be the featured flick for this months Pizza and a Movie Night Thursday at the Halle Cultural Arts Center.

This Thursday's Locally Grown Movie in Chapel Hiil will be Finding Nemo. Bring the whole family to enjoy free popcorn, crafts, activities, trivia & costume contests.
Friday is Kid's Nature Night at Walnut Creek Wetland Center. Drop the kids off for a fun evening that includes a short nature hike, games and a craft all be related to the night's featured animated movie.
The Music off Main Concert Series continues this Thursday night down in Garner with a concert by Honey, Garner's very own dance band playing R&B, disco, soul, rock, funk and pop.
The Chris Hendricks Band will be playing the tunes and Frost Bites Concessions and Aviator Brewing Company will be selling the refreshments Friday night at Main Street Square in Holly Springs.
Enjoy Third Friday in Downtown Durham with a gallery crawl, live music and special events throughout the downtown. The American Tobacco Campus will celebrate with a Full Frame's Film Series screening of Joseph Levy"s restaurant doc.
Friday night's Art in the Evening at the North Carolina Museum of Art will feature the band Side Car Social Club and a in-depth exploration of the The Language of Light. Friday night's movie will be the 2012 film, Moonrise Kingdom starring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand.
Friday night's Movie by Moonlight at Regency Park will be the 2012 film starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables.
Saturday's Movie in the Park at Durham Central Park will be Ice Age: Continental Drift.
The band Sweet Potato Pie will be playing a Saturday night concert at the Historic Train Depot in Downtown Apex.
The Raleigh Concert Band will be performing marches, Broadway Show tunes & more at Pullen Park's Sunday in the Park Concert.
You are invited to view the movie and join in on the discussion and Q&A session that will follow Sunday afternoon's showing of the 1976 film, All the President's Men at the North Carolina Museum of History.
Mulan will be the Monday Morning Movie at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.
Wednesday's Family Films at the North Carolina Museum of Art will feature the 2008 animated adventure, Mia and the Migoo. Come early to enjoy the Drop-In Studio.
At the Parks
You know the American Tobacco Trail by day, but what does it look like after dark? Come see for yourself on a Night Ride down the trail.


Come to Lake Crabtree County Park after dark on Saturday to do some Spider Sniffing. On Sunday you can get Down N' Dirty as you learn about soil dwellers.
Join the rangers at Crowder District Park Saturday and make different types of Bird Feeders out of everyday objects! Learn about what birds like to eat and the best place to hang your creation! On Sunday they will explore Life Under a Log.
Discover North Carolina"s version of the Truffula Trees - the Longleaf Pines at Harris Lake County Park's Sunday program, a Hay-wagon Ride with the Lorax.
River Explorers will be a fun exploration of the Eno River for kids on Saturday. Come back to Eno River State Park Sunday to discover What's Under the Water, Beginning Fishing or go Fishing with the Naturalist.
The fun at the parks continue into next week with Dragonflies at Umstead on Monday and a Big Lake Boat-a Bout on Tuesday.


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