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February 27th - March 5th 2014 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

This Thursday rocks at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Giant, Bomb-Sniffing African Rats is the topic of the Science Cafe and they are premiering their Great White Shark 3D Movie with a special extended version of the movie, a lecture, games, hands on activities and real specimens.

The NC Museum of History joins in Thursday night with a panel discussion: Watergate: Politics, Scandal, and the Media that supports their current Watergate exhibit.
A little outside the Triangle, the Natural Science Center of Greensboro will bring the sounds of Led Zepplin to the dome with Laser Zeppelin, a rockin' laser show.
Friday Kicks Off the Weekend

Do you need a little time to yourself at the end of the week? Drop your kids off at Walnut Creek Wetland Center for a fun Kid's Nature Night. They"ll learn about nature, go for a short walk, play games, do a craft and watch a movie all based on a theme.

Art in the Evening at the North Carolina Museum of Art features live music by Peter Lamb and the Wolves as well as the 1955 movie To Catch a Thief directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. This week's Friday Night Sound Bite will explore an ancient Greek vase to see what is consistent with other works and what may have changed with the commissioner in mind.
Festivals, Hikes & More Fun

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 after the run.

Wake Forest's Mardi Gras Street Festival promises fun-filled activities for both children and adults, including face painters, strolling entertainers, free horse and carriage rides, live music, an inflatable playground, special contests and much more on Saturday.
They will be looking for Owls Friday afternoon at Eno River State Park. Come back early Saturday to do some guided Birdwatching. You can also join a park ranger Monday for a short hike where you will learn about the River's Ecosystem or take a Scenic Canoe Wednesday.
You can go Birding with Vernon, their bird enthusiast, early Saturday morning at Lake Crabtree County Park or take a guided hike of their Bluebird Trail.
Tours of the renovated mill at Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park start up again this weekend. Saturday features a Half-Hour Tour of the the main power drive and milling machinery and Sunday high lights both the inner workings of the mill and the history in an hour long Mill Heritage & Local History Tour.
Join rangers at Falls Lake State Recreation Area Sunday for a hike around Falls lake to discover Signs on the Shoreline and who left them.
This Sunday's Wnter Hike at West Point on the Eno Park will explore the Few's Ford.
Along with a wide variety of kids programs that Crowder District Park will be offering this week, the whole family is invited to Catch the Wind Tuesday.
History & Culture

In conjunction with their new exhibit, In Search of a New Deal: Images of North Carolina, 1935-1941, Historic Oak View County Park invites you to join them for popcorn and the movie Annie on Saturday afternoon.

Non-native Forest Insects Threaten North Carolina Trees will be the focus of this week's Science Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
On the 254th anniversary of the Cherokee attack on Ft. Dobbs, re-enactors representing the provincial garrison and Cherokee warriors will offer on-going interpretation of 18th Century camp life, as well as featured musket and cannon firing demonstrations. In addition to the daytime activities both Saturday & Sunday, there will also be an evening firing demonstration Saturday.
Photographer, Brenda Scott will be at the North Carolina Museum of History Saturday to give a tour and share her perspective on her pictures: Stagville: Black & White
Author and Historian, Gordon Rhea will be at the NC Museum of History Sunday to discuss the social, cultural, and economic factors that created, sustained, and eventually led to the end of slavery in the American South.
Dixie Deer Classic

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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