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April 9th - 15th 2015 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

Easter is passed and the warm weather is here. Take a day trip out to Wilmington this weekend for the North Carolina Azalea Festival all weekend. The five day long festival encompasses a wide variety of both free and ticketed entertainment including a parade, street fair, circus, concerts and pageantry highlighting the city's rich array of artwork, gardens, history and culture.

Also a day trip outside the Triangle, the NC Zoo is all about Polar Bears this weekend. Thursday there will be a free lecture on Polar Bears and A Changing Planet. There will be a kid friendly presentation at 10am and the adult version at 6pm. If you are going to the Zoo Saturday, you are invited to the Bear Necessities. Bring your teddy bear to the Teddy Bear Clinic for a check-up with zoo veterinarian staff.
 

The Weekend Fun Starts Early

Where have all the Elephants gone? is the topic of week's Science Cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Come learn about the plight of the Asian Elephant in India.
 
Spend Friday evening at Harris Lake County Park for a Sunset Campfire. Learn fire building techniques, sing songs and roast marshmallows under the stars.
 
Learn fun dances for the whole family: Squares, Circles, Appalachian, and more, with caller Connie Carringer and a live, old-time, string band music during Friday night's Family Dance at Halle Cultural Arts Center.
 
Over a decade old, the 2nd Friday ArtWalk in Downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro invites you to enjoy the opportunity to see a large variety of artwork during a single evening while socializing with fellow art lovers.
 
Spring for the Arts Friday night kicks off the monthly "Art After Dark: Art Walks in Fuquay Varina. Events will include an artists" and crafters" market, kids' creative activities, performers, corn hole, and an art walk.
 
Art After Hours will bring the streets of downtown Wake Forest come alive with food, merchants and music!
 
The North Carolina Museum of Art invites you to enjoy music by the Tea Cup Gin for Friday's Art in the Evening along with Sound Bites about how Opposites Attract and the 1939 Greta Garbo movie, Ninotchka. As an added treat this Friday, you are invited to the Poetry Slam with Dasan Ahanu
 
The Starring North Carolina! Film Series continues this Friday night at the North Carolina Museum of History with the popular film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
 
Friday evening at Bass Lake Park will feature a fun evening of Family Bingo. The monthly event has become very popular so get there early to secure a seat for the fun.

Festivals & Fun

Celebrate Frogs and Clean Water with games, crafts, educational activities and food at Crowder Park's annual Frog Fest.
 
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in partnership with the North Carolina Science Festival, invites you to the Triangle SciTech Expo on Saturday. The Expo features more than 50 hands-on exhibits, games, crafts and activities, as well as a series of presentations.
Also a part of the North Carolina Science Festival, the UNC Science Expo Saturday will feature hands-on interactive experiments, riveting demonstrations, behind-the-sciences-lab tours, stage entertainment and much more!
 
Its time for the Annual Birdhouse Competition at JC Raulston Arboretum. Entries are accepted Friday and they will be on display for the show Saturday. The competition is free and Raulston Blooms, a day that's packed with garden and nature activities, shopping, and outdoor fun does require a ticket.
 
India Fest brings Indian cultural arts to the NC State Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday through dance, music, cultural cuisine, and traditional crafts in a Bazaar-style atmosphere. Also at the Fairgrounds this weekend are a Raleigh Invitational Horse Show, the Chatlee Boat Show & Sale, the Southern Ideal Home Show, an Unleashed Mutt Spring Fling and the Wee Cycle Consignment Sale.
 
The Hillsborough Arts & Crafts Show returns to the Lawn of the Historic Alexander Dickson House Saturday featuring original art and quality handcrafted items along with food, beer,
 
wine, ice cream and music by David Russel and friends and Nash Street Ramblers. They will also be offering Second Saturday Walking Tours of historic Hillsborough.
 
Carrboro's Open Street Event is back Sunday. West Weaver Street will be closed to cars to encourage other forms of physical activity. There will be rock-climbing wall, a kid's bicycle loop, a bicycle portrait project, a workshop to learn how to fix a flat tire, a "slow" bike race, yoga in the streets, zumba, squat/lunge workouts, demonstrations & lessons, art projects, a kid's bike obstacle course, and a bike station where you can make your own smoothie using pedal power
 
The NC Science Festival continues through April 26th. They will be Celebrating Undergraduate Research Wednesday evening on the UNC Campus. Students present posters and deliver talks in concurrent poster and platform sessions. The goal of the Celebration is to showcase and encourage meaningful research in all disciplines by undergraduates at UNC-Chapel Hill.
 
Come to the Science Alliance at Harris Lake County Park Tuesday through Thursday. Each afternoon they will have different natural resource professionals as their guest scientists to engage you in fun hands-on activities and presentations. Click through for the line up.
 
Farm Animal Days 2015 take place Wednesday through Friday at the NC State Beef Educational Unit. Bring your kids to see cows, goats, horses, tractors and Molly the Cow. There is a grassy area to picnic and you can enjoy some free NC State Howling Cow ice cream.

Culture, Music and Movies

Mark Bradley, US Army Center of Military History will discuss closing operations of the Civil War in North Carolina, which resulted in the largest troop surrender of the war on Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of History. Come back Sunday for a Music of the Carolinas concert featuring Alice Gerrard with Scott Manring and Special Guest Cliff Hale.
 
Historic Yates Mill County Park features the special Tip Top to Bottom Mill Tour on Saturday along with their regular Saturdays at the Old Mill Tour. Sunday, they will be offering Mill Heritage & Local History Tours.
 
The Burwell School Historic is hosting a Civil War Exhibit through April 25th and free scheduled docent-led Historic Tours Wednesday through Friday..
 
This is the last week for The World's Largest Dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural Sciences. During these final days, all state employees with a work ID, and their adult guests can enjoy the Discounted Admission price of $10 per person. Also this Saturday, stop by the Nature Art Gallery for an Opening Reception for Brian Carney's show, "On Point Wild."
 
Holly Springs Community Band presents Mixed Tape in order to foster an appreciation for every kind of band music. The free concert Saturday will incorporate rock music renditions, marches, movie theme songs, semi-classical, and classical tunes.
 
Also in Holly Springs, the Holly Springs Cultural Center will be showing Shrek 2 Saturday morning. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure will be shown Monday morning. The Holly Springs Police Department is hosting a Rabies Clinic for dogs and cats Saturday morning behind Town Hall.
 
Celebrate Slow Art Day Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Art by spending time in the galleries with five to 10 selected works from the permanent collection. Then join Museum educators for a brown bag lunch discussion. On Sunday, you are invited to a Lecture of Egyptology.
 
Worship and Fellowship during the Civil War will be the topic of a special afternoon of activities in Historic Hillsborough Sunday.
 

More Fun at the Parks

Lake Crabtree County Park invites you to join them on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month for Crabtree Casters, an informal fishing experience for the whole family. Come to the park this weekend to watch the Victoria Tax Fund Regatta, radio controlled model sailboat races on Lake Crabtree.
 
In honor of NC Invasive Species Awareness Week, Crabtree County Park invites you to Weed Warrior Basic Training Saturday morning and to Kick Some Grass, an opportunity to spend the afternoon bringing some of the park's invasive species under control.
 
Kids that want to learn how to fish should check out a C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing!) at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. The Saturday morning program will teach the basic fishing skills and test out the new knowledge. Sunday they will be holding a Bald Eagle Count.
 
The movie Amphibian will be shown again this Saturday at Umstead State Park in honor of 2015 being the Year of the Amphibians. Sunday they will be teaching the Basics of Freshwater Fishing.
 
Saturday's Raven Rock Trail Trek will challenge hikers and runners to visit several unique park features on the park"s hiking trails all in one day. Participants will hike or run a 10-12 mile trek to visit each of the park"s four main features including Raven Rock, the Overlook, Fish Traps and Lanier Falls.
 
Also at Raven Rock State Park Saturday, learn about Bats - Masters of the Night. Come back Sunday for Snakes of Raven Rock.
 
Come check out Durant Nature Park's Sensory and Nature Play Garden. Park staff will have guided activities to delight the senses and encourage nature play Friday morning.
 
Join rangers at Falls Lake State Recreation Area Saturday for a Prescribed Fire in NC Program.
 
Adults are invited to learn how to Create Pollinator Gardens Saturday at Prairie Ridge Ecostation.

 

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