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August 14th - August 20th 2014 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!

Even though the winter holidays seem pretty far off, advanced tickets for Pullen Park's Holiday Express are already on sale through Reclink. For the first two weekends in December, Pullen Park will be festively decorated with thousands of lights and transformed into a holiday wonderland.
Science Thursday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will explore the Real CSI and the old expression, "If it bleeds, it leads!" at their Science Cafe and offer a Computer Programming for Beginners class.
Also in Downtown Raleigh Thursday night, Constant Change and the Williamson Brothers will be playing a Downtown Raleigh Bluegrass Concert.
Bombadil and the Tender Fruit will be playing at Thursday evening's Back Porch Music on the Lawn Concert at the American Tobacco Campus Amphitheater.
Traditional Dance Caller, Connie Carringer will teach fun dances for the whole family with a live old-time string band during Thursday's Family Dance at the Halle Cultural Arts Center.
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.
Saturday is Engineers Day at the Museum of Life and Science. Join them to explore the wide world of engineering with professional engineers and students from across the Triangle for a day of interactive experiments.
The Carolina Fall Boat Show & Sale will be at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds this weekend along with the Double L Bar Cowboy Mounted Shooters, the Children's Clothing and Baby Equipment Sale and a Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet.
Come join Mike Raley and Anne Clapp of 680 WPTF The Weekend Gardener Show Live Saturday morning at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh. There will be Prizes, free samples and gardening tips.
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 Saturdays in the Garden 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 Saturday you can come learn about the Historic Trade of Candy Making .
Yates Mill encourages home schooled and tracked out kids to join them Thursday for Flights of Fancy. In celebration of National Aviation Day, join them to learn the history of flight and the historical figures that made it possible through fun experiments, games, and crafts.

Movies & Concerts
Friday night's Art in the Evening at the North Carolina Museum of Art will feature the band Side Car Social Club and an in-depth exploration of historical figures who are Outstanding in their Field. Friday night's movie will be the 1988 film, Bull Durham starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins.


Also Friday night at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the over 21 crowd is invited to go Stargazing in the Museum Park. In addition to a chance to see Saturn and Mars through professional telescopes, tickets include beer and snacks.
The City Market Summer Concert Series continues Friday evening with a concert by Frankie Goodrich & More Rhythm, corn hole, and browsing the shops and art galleries.
Clay Street After Work in Mebane Friday night will feature the family friendly group Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends playing Folk-Americana.
Enjoy Third Friday in Downtown Durham with a gallery crawl, live music and special events throughout the downtown.
Saturday's Outdoor Movie at the Apex Nature Park Amphitheatre is the Muppets Most Wanted.
Nixon, Blevins & Gage will be combining folk, traditional, religious and country tunes at Pullen Park's Sunday in the Park Concert.
The Halle Cultural Arts Center will treat kids to a week of Free Kids Movies. They will feature titles like Puss n" Boots, The Incredibles, The Smurfts, Wreck-it-Ralph and Turbo.
G-Force will be the Monday Morning Movie at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.

At the Parks
Explore light pollution, study how shades of light affect wildlife, measure the stars, discover the importance of the moon for sea turtles and play with glow sticks during Friday night's Crowder by Night.


Come to Lake Crabtree County Park after dark on Friday to do some Spider Sniffing.
Educators are invited to attend the NC Aquatic WILD Workshop Saturday at Blue Jay County Park which includes the free Aquatic WILD K-12 educator guide and a 6-hour workshop which counts as a Criteria I workshop in the NC Environmental Education Certification Program. A second program, Methods of Teaching Environmental Education, will be offered Tuesday evening.
Join rangers at Harris Lake County Park Saturday to unlock the mystery of the Cicada.
Take a guided Morning Hike at Eno River State Park to the Buckquarter. Leave the river's edge and head to the upland and hear about history as they hike rolling piedmont terrain. Hike and learn about the mysterious Carolina Terrain, ancient volcanoes, and the geologic history of the Eno River Saturday afternoon.
Come on out to the eagle observation deck at Jordan Lake both Saturday and Sunday to look for Bald Eagles.
You can take a Morning Hike out to the Occoneechee Summit Sunday morning
The fun at the parks continue into next week with a Family Fishing Clinic Wednesday evening at Jordan Lake and YogaFest every Wednesday through September at Raleigh's City Plaza.


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