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September 5th - September 11th 2013 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

It looks like we are going to have a beautiful, cooler yet still sunny weekend. With Fall right around the corner, this weekend officially kicks off our fantastic festival season!

First Friday Kicks Off the Weekend

Learn about crepuscular wildlife through games, crafts and hands on discovery at Friday night's Twilight Creatures at Crowder Park.

First Friday means Family Fun Night at Bass Lake Park. Start the evening with arts & crafts, live animals and some fishing. Then join kid favorite Trish Miller for a childrens' concert or Dan the Magic Man's magic show.

Fuquay Varina has rescheduled their summer movie series to September so you can enjoy the crisp fall evenings. This Friday the Adventures of Tintin will be playing under the stars along with free popcorn and drinks.
First Friday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences just gets better with extended hours at both the main museum and the Nature Research Center. In honor of BugFest, the featured flick will be The Black Scorpion. This Friday is also the last Friday to see Dinosaurs in Motion and attend an opening reception for artist J. Chris Wilson. Live music will be provided by singer/songwriter Anna Rose Beck.
Raleigh also boasts the First Friday Gallery Walk, extended hours at Marbles Kids Museum and the Raleigh City Museum.
Old Habits will be playing a soulful blend of old-school blue grass, Americana and country over at City Market.
Booth Amphitheater at Regency Park will be showing Lage Raho Munnabhai Friday night. The movie will be shown in Hindi with English subtitles.

Festivals & Fun

Hopscotch Music Festival comes to Raleigh starting Thursday night and running through Saturday. There will be 175 bands playing at 15 different venues. Tickets are required for the concerts so click through for more information.

The Harris Energy & Environmental Center invites you to their annual Community Day. Tour the control room simulator, an exact replica of the nuclear plant's control room, and learn about plant operations, energy efficiency, emergency preparedness and more.
The Fall Arts Fair at the Sertoma Arts Center Saturday will feature the works of jewelers, painters, potters and more, along with live music and your favorite food trucks!
Children and adults of all ages are invited to join Whole Foods Market at the North Carolina Museum of Art
Saturday for a Kids Day of Service. The family-friendly volunteer project includes a variety of maintenance and fun activities: mulch spreading and limb pickup, arts and crafts preparation for kids classes, and a walking tour of the Museum Park. You do need to register in advance.
Promoted by the country's oldest gourd society, the Annual North Carolina Gourd Arts & Crafts Festival features more than 70 growing, crafting, and artistic competitive categories, as well as workshops and vendors of gourd crafts, dried gourds, and gourd crafting supplies.
The Light 103.9 FM is hosting its annual Unity in the Community Day at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Join them for a day of saluting our service men and women, family fun and an inspirational concert featuring both national and local artists.
The State Fairgrounds will also host a Fall RV Sale.
Saturday will wrap up the Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation Annual Food Drive. Bring some non-perishable foods to Halle Cultural Arts Center and enjoy a concert by The Rusty Bucket and the pilot movie, "The Rusty Bucket Kids, "Lincoln, Journey to 16" Adventures of the Magic Glasses." Also Saturday, its a Super Fun Saturday.
Come check out free Arts and Crafts activities.
Morrisville will celebrate the end of summer with a Community Celebration. Come to Morrisville Community Park Saturday to enjoy food trucks, music & other activities followed by the movie "Wreck it Ralph" after dusk.
Wake Forest Unplugged...Get Connected is a rare opportunity for Wake Forest-area residents to "disconnect" from smart phones, computers and other electronic gadgets and "re-connect" with their community, friends, and family. Join other Wake Foresters for an afternoon of free games and activities on Sunday.
La Fiesta del Pueblo comes to Moore Square and Marbles Kids Museum on Sunday. The event will feature live music, dance performances, Latin American cuisine and children"s activities.
YogaFest will provide free yoga classes at the City Plaza Astroturf on Tuesdays through October. Come check out the yoga practices, the yoga teachers and unwind after a day at the office.
Join the NC Symphony for the Evening Commemoration of Activate Raleigh, the 9/11 Day of Service. Enjoy live music, participate in hands-on service projects, bring non-perishable items for an on-site food drive, and hear words from Mayor Nancy McFarlane and Activate Good to conclude this community-wide day of service Wednesday.

Music, Movies & History
The North Carolina Museum of Art kicks off the weekend Friday night with Sound Bites on the The Avid Collector. Come back Saturday morning for a Family Fun Saturday focused on dance and a Meet Your Museum Tour. After dark, you are invited to "The Dude Abides" Movie Party and the movie The Big Lebowski.


Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Come on out for a Saturday at the Old Mill Tour or a Mill Heritage & Local History Tour on Sunday.
Saturday is Grandparents Day at Marbles Kids Museum. The Buckaroo Breakfast does require an additional ticket, but the other activities throughout the day are included with museum admission. Grandparents can even get into the IMAX for a documentary or kids movie for free with their grand kids.
Dr. Fabian Heitsch will be discussing the Birth of the Solar System at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Science Saturday.
Join them at the City of Raleigh Museum the first Saturday of every month for Raleigh Reads. This free program includes various visits from authors and readings, finishing with crafts and snacks. This month will feature Emma and the Civil Warrior by Candy Dahl.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will be the featured flick Saturday morning at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.
Barleycorn & Rye will be playing Irish fiddle tunes, Irish ballads, Americana Roots music, and Old Time music Saturday evening in Downtown Cary.
The vocal jazz ensemble, Capital Transit, will be heating up the night Sunday at Fletcher Park with their version of blues, swing, pop and Doo-Wop.

Lots More to do at the Parks
Bring your children to Prairie Ridge Ecostation Thursday mornings for a Nature Story and activity. Saturdays, join them for Citizen Science Projects. This Saturday, you are invited to take a Dragonfly Walk. On Tuesday you can take a Walk Through the Seasons and find out what's flying, buzzing, creeping and blooming this time of year.


Join Lake Crabtree's bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for feathered friends early Saturday morning.
Blue Jay Point County Park invites the whole family to come out for a Spider Hunt Saturday afternoon.
Head on over to Jordan Lake after dark Saturday for an Astronomy Viewing Session with Morehead Planetarium educators.






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