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January 22nd - January 28th 2015 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

Looks like the mild winter weather will continue through the weekend. Both the Ice Factory in Durham and the WinterFest Ice Rink in Raleigh are still open.

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Festivals Galore & More

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in conjunction with NASA and the Raleigh Astronomy Club brings Astronomy Days to Raleigh both Saturday and Sunday. Visitors of all ages can enjoy a wide variety of exhibits, presentations and activities throughout the weekend.


Travel through the Dutch collection to see masterpieces by 17th-century artists at this Saturday's Family Fun Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The event features a gallery tour and studio workshop. Saturday is also Art Day. You are invited to bring in your pieces for curators and conservators to examine.
Shake off cabin fever doing TaeKwonDo with the Amerikickers Saturday afternoon as Marble Kids Museum Kicks it Up.
Turbo will be the featured family flick Saturday morning at the Holly Springs Cultural Center. Bring the kids Monday morning for the movie Coraline.
The Winter Market also returns to the Holly Springs Cultural Center this Saturday. Come enjoy this monthly indoor market and shop for fresh baked pastries, cookies and breads, cheeses, NC local honey, gourmet pastas & sauces, all-natural meats and farm fresh eggs.
Head over to Durham Central Park for their first Food Truck Rodeo of 2015 on Sunday afternoon. They will have over 45 food trucks, live music and childrens' activities from the Duke Lemur Center.
The Mill as Muse Art and Photography Contest is coming up. Get your paintbrushes and cameras ready and try to capture the best images of Yates Mill and the surrounding park, then plan to enter this year's contest. Both the youth and adult entries are due by February 1st.
The Fun Starts Early
Join an Umstead State Park ranger either Thursday evening or Saturday afternoon to watch the film DamNation. After the film, there will be a discussion about the dams in this country and their effects on watersheds, migrating fish, recreation, and other matters.


Thursday night's Science Cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will feature Turtle Team to the Rescue. Come enjoy the extended hours and learn about how the NC State Turtle Rescue Team steps up to aid turtles, other wild NC reptiles, and amphibians.
Pizza and a Movie Night returns to the Halle Cultural Arts Center Thursday with the Family Favorite Dolphin Tale.
Art in the Evening will kick off the weekend at the NC Art Museum Friday night with extended hours, special drinks & small plates and live music by the Hey Brothers. The Friday Night Sound Bite will explore images of people at work in 17th-century European paintings. End the evening with a screening of the 1977 film, The Duelist.
Celebrate Winter at a Park
Take a Winter Weeds hike Thursday afternoon on the American Tobacco Trail and learn how even weeds are important to many creatures along the Trail.


Crowder District Park will explore the balance between Predators and Prey in their evening family program Friday night.
Explore the monadnock, AKA "leftover mountain" that we call Occoneechee Mountain Saturday morning or explore the pyrophyllite quarry with a real geologist on Saturday afternoon's Geology Hike.
Come out to Eno River State Park Saturday to take a History Hike along the river to the home of Thomas Cole and his sister, learn the Hidden History of Holden Mill or take Winter Tree ID Hike. On Sunday, you can Hike Back in Time as you hike to the homesite of Sanders P. Cox.
Blue Jay Point Park will host a Winter Walk and plant ID session Saturday afternoon. After the walk, you can make a winter plant collage.
You can become a Citizen Scientist at Prairie Ridge Ecostation for Wildlife Learning Saturday morning or join them to Walk Through the Seasons Tuesday morning. This Saturday, they will also offer an Introduction to Tracking program.
Learn all about the Animals of Umstead Sunday afternoon at William B. Umstead State Park.
Join local birder Lucas Bobay on a hike along the shoreline of Harris Lake Sunday morning for a Winter Waterfowl Hike.
More at the Fairgrounds
The Kids Exchange Consignment Sale is back this weekend to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Come get great deals on like new clothes, toys and other children's items.


Saturday is the DogGoneFast Flyball Tournament at the Holshouser Building. Flyball is a fast-paced family-oriented dog sport that has become a hit on Animal Planet and ESPN's Great Outdoor Games.
The Raleigh Winter I Hunter Show will run all weekend at the Hunt Horse Complex at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. The indoor hunter/jumper show gives any horse lover a front row seat to the action.
There will be over 100 vendors, Kids Club activities, hands-on layouts and train races for the children at Saturday's Toy Train Sale & Swap Meet.







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