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April 3rd- April 9th 2014 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

Spring is finally here! This weekend brings the NC Science Festival with activities throughout the Triangle's parks and museums, history events, garden shows, concerts, movies and lots of great hikes.

Thursday night's Science Cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences brings Science Trivia and an evening about Climate Science featuring activities, lectures and films.
Marbles offers Twilight $2 Thursdays with discounted admission after 3pm and extended hours until 7pm.
The movie Good Ol' Freda, about Liverpudlian teenager Freda Kelly who was the Beatles secretary, will be playing at Durham Central Park. Friday after dark. The Park will also host a Food Truck Rodeo.
"The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy" will be the First Friday Sci-fi Flick at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences along with a Teen Science Cafe about the fascinating ways organisms move and connect, live music and a reception at the Nature Art Gallery for "Seeking the Crescent: Contemporary Landscapes."
Also in Downtown Raleigh Friday night, City Market will host the band Back Beat along with street performers & cornhole, the local restaurants and galleries will come alive for the monthly Gallery Walk and the Raleigh City Museum invites you to learn about Raleigh's Local Historic Sites.
Art in the Evening at the North Carolina Museum of Art Friday night will boast the music of Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band along with Sound Bites focusing on Ancient American Eyes.
Family Fun Night comes to Bass Lake Park Friday evening with arts & crafts, live animals and a show by Happy Dan The Magic Man.
The 2014 NC Science Festival
The NC Science Festival continues Friday with a Statewide Star Party. Here in the Triangle there will be Star Parties at Eno River State Park, the American Tobacco Trail, Marbles Kids Museum, Little River Regional Park and Prairie Ridge Ecostation. There will be an Astronomy Viewing Session Saturday night at Jordan Lake.


Saturday is Frog Fest at Crowder District Park! Celebrate Frogs and Clean Water with games, crafts, educational activities and food.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will host the Triangle SciTech Expo Saturday with over 40 hands-on exhibits, games, crafts and activities, as well as a series of presentations.
The NC Science Festival also brings back the Raleigh Rockin Walkin Tour. Join them Friday afternoon in Downtown Raleigh to explore the varied rocks and minerals that make up the buildings of downtown Raleigh.
Also in Raleigh, you can take a Downtown Hawk Tour every Thursday at lunch. Learn about Raleigh's red tail hawks and get a close-up view through spotting scopes.
More Festivals
Spring is blooming at the JC Raulston Arboretum. This Saturday brings Raulston Blooms, a garden festival for the whole family and the Annual Birdhouse Competition.


The Lebanese Festival will be celebrating Lebanese Cuisine and Culture with Belly Dancing, Folk Dancing, live bands, kids activities, cultural booths, authentic Lebanese cooking, hookas, future telling and more in Raleigh's City Plaza on Saturday.
Falls Lake State Recreation Area will be hosting BW Wells Heritage Day on Saturday with history, wildflower, ecology and geology hikes; a hog farming tour, kite building, campfire stories and children's games and activities.
The Cherry blossoms in Washington DC may be several hours away, but we can enjoy them right here is the Triangle at this Sunday's Cherry Blossom Festival at the Sara P. Duke Gardens.
The Oaks & Spokes Bicycling Festival starts Friday in Downtown Raleigh and goes through Sunday, April 13th with rides and events every day. Click through for all the details.
O2 Fitness brings Shape Up Downtown to the City Plaza Astroturf with free outdoor group workouts evenings through April.
Bass Lake Park invites you to drop a line and enter their Catfish Tournament Saturday morning.
Mayor Nancy McFarlane has proclaimed that April is Raleigh History Month. Visit any 6 of the 12 Raleigh Heritage Trail sites (including Oak View and Yates Mill ) and get stamps in your passport to win a prize!
Dirt Day in Downtown Wake Forest Saturday celebrates an outdoor lifestyle and includes a children's area with free activities like a Shark's Tooth Hunting Pit, yard games, demonstrations, "The Bug Guy" and Zumba.
Over 150 wedding experts will be on hand at the NC State Fairgrounds for Sunday's Bridal Show and Expo.
History, Music and Movies

Spring Break Blast at Marbles Kids Museum continues through Sunday. To celebrate the opening of their new IMAX movie, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D, Marbles is hosting both Leapin' Lemurs with the Duke Lemur Center to teach visitors all about lemurs and a Kid Critic Challenge.

Stop by the "family farm" in The Story of North Carolina at the North Carolina Museum of History. Saturday, then create a Paper Critter to take home. Also, Howard Craft, playwright, poet, and author will be discussing an object that "speaks" to him.
Come watch Spring Break Movies at the Halle through Friday. The morning movies are free and you can see Monsters, Inc. on Thursday and Finding Nemo on Friday.
Historic Oak View Park welcomes Dr. F. Jack Hurley for a lecture Saturday afternoon on Photographing Poverty. The lecture is in conjunction with their ongoing exhibit, In Search of a New Deal: Images of North Carolina, 1935-1941.
The North Carolina Museum of Art wants to introduce you to the Museum through a Meet Your Museum Tour of the 164-acre campus on Saturday or a Weekend Family Tour offered both Saturday and Sunday. They will also be showing the movie Viva la causa-"The Story of Cesar Chavez and a Great Movement for Social Justice followed by a discussion Saturday afternoon.
The Holly Springs Cultural Center will be showing the Bee Movie on Saturday and Yogi Bear on Monday.

Easter Fun & More at Area Parks
Go on a Spring Scavenger Hunt Saturday at Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve to find tokens hidden at secret locations along park trails.


The Community Egg Hunt at Homestead Community Park Saturday will also feature live entertainment, games, prizes, and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Wake Forest will hide over 10,000 Easter Eggs at E. Carroll Joyner Park Saturday for kids to find. See if you can find the rare golden eggs and win a special prize!
Join them at Prairie Ridge Ecostation for Wildlife Learning on Saturday mornings to learn how you can become a Citizen Scientist. Also Saturday, you can get an Introduction to Tracking. Take a Walk Through the Seasons on Tuesday morning. Bring your little ones to hear Nature Stories every Thursday morning.
Raven Rock State Park invites you to join them every Thursday morning to Hike for Your Health.
The Big Sweep comes to Lake Crabtree County Park Saturday. Come on out and join volunteers around the globe and help clean the world's waterways. If your an early bird, you might want to do some Birding with Vernon Saturday morning. Learn what makes a plant Invasive and which trees, shrubs, and vines you should avoid planting in Tuesday evenings adult program.
Saturday is Park Day at Battlefields across the country. Volunteer for the day at Bentonville and help clear parts of the walking trail that will follow original trenches.
Join a naturalist at William B. Umstead State Park Saturday for a Floating Hoot: An Owl Canoe Safari and paddle canoes through the Big Lake to search for owls.
The C.A.S.T. program Saturday morning at Jordan Lake is a great way to introduce kids to the fun of fishing.
Join the AmeriCorps Interpretation and Education assistant at Falls Lake Saturday for Mudscapes, an interactive program to explore watersheds. Come back Sunday for an Eagle Watch.
Walnut Creek Wetland Center is offering A Peek at Pocosins and Discovering Wetlands for Kids on Saturday.
Eno River State Park will host a River Hike Monday afternoon.
Discover fun facts about some critters' Super Senses through hands on activities and a nature walk for the whole family Tuesday afternoon at Crowder District Park.







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