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November 6th - November 12th 2014 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

The leaves are all coming down quickly now. I hope you have had a chance to get out and enjoy the crisp air, sunshine and incredible fall colors.
This weekend we observe Veterans Day. Downtown Raleigh will commemorate the holiday with a Veterans Day Parade followed by a wreath laying and ceremony on Saturday. Music and static displays make up this perfect family day.
 
Come to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Site at Edison Johnson Recreation Center on Saturday to share your memories and enjoy some music! Remembrance Day will give you an opportunity to remember the men and women who fought for our country.
Holly Springs invites you to an observance at Veterans Park on Tuesday. Join local Boy Scouts and law enforcemement for a flag ceremony.
Celebrate Fall Colors on Veteran's Day at Raven Rock State Park. They will offer two sessions on Tuesday which include a one mile hike and the opportunity to use leaves as brushes to paint a t-shirt.
 
Learn about the importance of Veterans Day and make pretty firework cards to send to some of our veterans Tuesday at Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park.
With the holidays just around the corner, we at ParkGeek are excited to be your source for local parades, tree lightings and holiday events.Tuesday kicks off the holiday festivities with the public ticket sales for the Santa Train at the Museum of Life and Science. Last year's event sold out in only four days so plan ahead and get your tickets now. Click through for the prices and event times.
 
First Friday
 
The weekend kicks off Thursday night at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. This week's Science Thursday includes a round of Science Trivia and a free class on Getting Started in Astronomy.
 
First Friday Movie Night at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will bring the 1975 film "The Land That Time Forgot " to the big screen along with a Teen Cafe on Cicadas, discount tickets to "The World's Largest Dinosaurs, " and an opening reception for photographer James Henderson.
 
First Friday also brings extended hours and special events to Marbles Kids Museum, the City of Raleigh Museum and many local restaurants and galleries through the monthly Gallery Walk. City Market celebrates First Friday with a concert by Shine
 
The Onyx Club Boys will be playing at the North Carolina Museum of Art Friday evening for Art in the Evening followed by the 1971 French film, Max et les Ferrailleurs.
 
Live & Local Music & Art on the Plaza returns this Friday to Downtown Chapel Hill with Glow Yoga and the Inie Electric sounds of Rachel Hirsh
 
Crowder by Night will explore Survivor Skills after the sun goes down, Join them to build a temporary shelter, learn which plants are safe to eat, play an orienteering game, and explore the park at night.
 
Lake Crabtree invites you to a Night Paddle. The adults only event will give you the unique opportunity to experience the lake after dark.
 
Family Fun Night returns to Bass lake with arts & crafts, live animals and either a concert by Trish Miller or a Magic Show.
 
The Cary/Apex Piano Teachers Association is hosting a Guest Recital featuring pianist John Salmon Friday evening at the Cary Arts Center.
 
Great Outdoor Fun
 
November is Pecan Pickin' Month at Historic Oak View County Park. Come on out to the park anytime this month to harvest your own pecans that have fallen from the trees in their Pecan Grove.
 
Raven Rock State Park invites you out every Thursday morning to Hike for Your Health on a guided hike.
 
Get out and enjoy some Bird Watching at Eno River State Park Friday morning or a Fall Discovery Hike at Harris Lake County Park and a Fall Colors Float at Occoneechee Mountain Friday afternoon.
 
Celebrate Fall Colors at Raven Rock State Park Saturday. They will offer two sessions that both include a short hike and the opportunity to use leaves to paint a fall leaf t-shirt.
 
Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park, is the perfect venue for that fall family picture. While you are there, take an Old Mill Tour on Saturday or a Mill Heritage & Local History Tour on Sunday to get a peek inside the fully restored mill. Seniors are invited to come back to the park Monday for a Seniors Stay Fit Nature Walk.
 
Eno River State Park will introduce kids to their Junior Ranger program Saturday afternoon or take you on a Morning Hike down to the pump station Saturday morning.
 
Explore Durham's tobacco heritage through the stories and experiences of Durham residents on a Tobacco Heritage Walking Tour Saturday morning.
 
Join a Native American of the Otomi Nation at Lake Johnson Saturday to experience the lives and traditions of the native people of the high Arctic through story, music, dance and traditional regalia. You will even get to create a dream catcher to take home!
 
Take an On The Edge Hike of the forest's edge Monday afternoon at Umstead State Park.

Art, Culture & Music
 
In addition to all the wonderful fall produce at the State Farmers market in Raleigh, this weekend the market boasts a Fall Craft Fair with more than 100 craftsmen.
 
Come see the new exhibit "Carolina Bluegrass: Breakdowns and Revivals" at the North Carolina Museum of History Saturday and then make yourself a toy banjo during Make It, Take It: Face Jugs. Come back Sunday for a Music of the Carolinas concert featuring the band Dark Water Rising.
 
Bring the kids to Downtown Cary Saturday morning to take a Sculpture Scavenger Hunt with Natural Math!
 
The Holly Springs Cultural Center will feature The Incredibles as their Free Family Movie on Saturday morning. Come back Monday for The Lego Movie.
 
In conjunction with the Peak City Book Festival, the Halle Cultural Arts Center will host a Reading & Writing Rodeo Saturday. There will be face painting, crafts, workshops, and storytelling.
 
You can get a free Guided Tour of the North Carolina Museum of Art's newest exhibit Small Treasures on Sunday afternoon. Also Sunday, come hear a lecture about Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey or check out a Pop-Up Art Cart and learn how you Draw with Wire.

More at the Fairgrounds
 
Even though the State Fair is packed up for another year, there is plenty going on at the Fairgrounds. This weekend brings the return of the Capital Area Handbell Festival. Come enjoy the final concert Saturday afternoon.
 
One Tribe Fest is a Local Community Expo and Festival featuring local artisans and businesses, crafters, natural products, jewelry, holistic healers, intuitive readers, as well as healing crystals, angelic art, sacred music and a Drum Circle.
 
The Annual Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza features over 125 exhibitors, from Florida to New England, featuring quality antiques and old collectibles all weekend.
 
The Jump for the Children Horse Show, benefiting Duke Children's Hospital started Tuesday and continues through Sunday. There are free shows each night except Saturday night. Families are always welcome to walk around the barns and see the horses and riders up close.
 
The whole family will enjoy the Annual Train & Railroadiana Show & Sale this weekend.
 
The wedding season may be over, but its never too early to start planning for next year at the Southern Bridal Show and Expo Sunday afternoon.

 

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