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February 6th - February 12th 2014 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

This weekend is all about Art. The Mill as Muse Art Contest at Historic Yates Mill and the Community Arts Festival running through Saturday at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.


Have you seen the Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences? It is an amazing exhibit that is fun and interactive for the whole family. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Museum is hosting a Dance Dance Evolution Video Contest. Due by February 17th, the videos should show what your mating dance would look like if you were a bird-of-paradise. Have fun, submit a video and maybe win a prize!
First Friday Fun

The Holly Springs Community Arts Festival continues through Saturday. The event showcases local artists, writers, performers, instructors, artisan exhibitors and vendors and will culminate with a Gala fundraising evening & art raffle, featuring a performance and entertainment by Claire Vera Ramsey on Saturday night.

Art in the Evening kicks off the weekend Friday night at the North Carolina Museum of Art with live music by the Hey Brothers. The Friday Night Sound Bite will explore Small Changes, Big Effects and the featured flick is the 1940 classic, They Drive by Night starring Humphrey Bogart.

This Thursday's Science Cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will feature a fun night of Science Trivia. While you are there, check out the winning images from the ninth annual Wildlife in North Carolina magazine photo competition. Before the Science Cafe on Thursday, the museum will also host Science Talks in the Daily Planet Theater titled Design Your World. Four speakers will discuss how design can be used to shape the world's limited resources into healthier, safer and better conditions.
First Friday is back in Downtown Raleigh with their monthly Gallery Walk, extended hours at the Raleigh City MuseumMarbles and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Along with the 1966 movie "Thunderbirds Are Go!," the Natural Sciences Museum invites you to join them for live music, a Teen Science Café, an opening reception for artist Gene Furr and BOGO admission to "Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution."
Full Spectrum, one of the newest ensembles in the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band will be performing a high energy concert Friday night at the Halle Cultural Arts Center.
There will be a whole evening of Family Fun out at Bass Lake Park Friday night. Make arts and crafts, meet a live animal, or borrow a fishing pole for the first hour then enjoy a magic show with Dan the Magic Man.
Art & Culture Abound

The Annual Mill as Muse exhibition at Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park will feature local works of art and photographs that capture the old mill and the beauty of the park's natural environment. All 2014 entries will be displayed and you are invited to the reception Saturday afternoon.

Saturday at Mables Kids Museum, PBS will be on hand for the PBS KIDS Writers Contest Celebration. The Valentine's Day MakeShop will also be open both Saturday and Sunday so your kids can get creative for the upcoming holiday.
Explore the lives and accomplishments of African American North Carolinians from the antebellum period to the Civil Rights era on a guided African American History Tour at the North Carolina Museum of History Saturday afternoon.
Celebrate the opening of OPQRS, Etc., a fable about color and self-expression at the Raleigh Little Theatre with a Special Family Fun Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Actors will present a short scene from the play and lead fun theater exercises for families, and then you will head into the studio to make an abstract painting.
A remarkable documentary exploring the inner life of Dr. Lucy Daniels, In So Many Words, will be shown Sunday afternoon at the NC Museum of Art.
Ben Payton and the Blues will be presenting a Music of the Carolinas Concert Sunday afternoon at the North Carolina Museum of History.
Kids ages 7 and up are invited to a Special Workshop: Natural Colors and the Science of Art at Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park Monday afternoon. Yates Mill is also running a three day History Detectives Camp for home schoolers and tracked out kids kindergarten - 5th grade.
More to do at the Parks
Join American Tobacco Trail staff for a Night Under the Stars! Friday after the sun goes down you'll explore the night sky and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows.
Join an Eno River State Park ranger Saturday and travel back in time to the ruins of an Old Steam Station. While you are there, take a trip back into history with a tour of the historic Piper-Cox House. The early 1800's home in Eno River State Park will be open for tours.
Just like the TV game show, you have 60 seconds to complete a task and move on to the final round to win prizes at 60 Seconds Or Less Game Night Saturday at Bass Lake Park. The event is for adults only.
Join the Occoneechee ranger on a rigorous hike Saturday to follow the route of the Occoneechee Railroad that served to carry the quarried rock and ore from the Occoneechee Quarry out to what is now Eno Mountain Road.
Its another Citizen Science Saturday at Prairie Ridge Ecostation for Wildlife Learning. These Saturday morning 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 their naturalists.
Join rangers at Crowder District Park for Happy Valentine's Day, Mother Nature on Sunday. Make a few homemade valentine treats for our feathered friends, learn some bizarre behaviors and calls of different animals and create a Valentine's card from natural objects to give to a special someone.
Discover how scientists follow animals to their homes while kids 6 and up learn to identify common animal signs. Tracks and TracesTuesday evening at Lake Wheeler Park will also incorporate games and a craft.


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