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April 16th - April 22nd 2015 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

The NC Science Festival Continues through April 26th so there are lots of fun activities this weekend leading up to next weekend's Star Parties.

Earth Day & the NC Science Festial

Take a Raleigh Rockin' Walkin' Tour either this Friday or April 24th to explore the different rock types found in the Downtown architecture. You'll even discover other hidden nooks in the downtown area.
 
Friday night, NCSU invites you to a Free Sci-Fi Film & Mythbusting Session: War of the Worlds. Learn how to separate fact from fiction, enjoy popcorn and drinks and compete for prizes after the film.
 
Drop your kids off at Walnut Creek Wetland Center for Kid's Nature Night Friday. They will have a great night exploring science and you get a night out.
The North Carolina Museum of Art joins the Science Festival Saturday with some Family Fun all about Kinetic Sculptures. They will also be offering Weekend Family Friendly Tours both Saturday and Sunday.
 
Its Earth Day Weekend at the North Carolina Zoo. Come to a "Party for the Planet." Dance to African drums and explore new ways to help take care of the earth.
 
In addition to Corn Milling Demonstrations Saturday and Sunday, Historic Yates Mill Park hosts Historic Trades: The Farm Family on Saturday and the Science Festival Simple Machine Field Day on Sunday.
 

They will be Rocking Around the Park Sunday at Crowder District County Park. Come explore rocks through hands-on science, conduct scientific tests to discover the hidden identity of rocks, learn the three types of rocks and play the rock cycle game.

Rational Comedy for an Irrational Planet: An Evening of Science Humor is back for its annual tribute to science humor with premier science comedian Brian Malow Tuesday evening at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Spring Festivals & Museum Fun

Enjoy dance and musical performances, games, face painting, and crafts at Bond Park Saturday as they celebrate Children's Day.
 
Farm Animal Days 2015 runs through Friday at the NC State University, Beef Educational Unit. The event is designed for school field trips, but the public is welcome to join them to see live farm animals, see tractors and enjoy some Howling Cow ice cream.
 
Wake Forest's HerbFest returns for two weekends starting Friday at Festival Park. Come get plants for your spring garden while you enjoy a festival atmosphere with food, live music and kids activities.
 
Last month we celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville. This weekend marks the 150th Anniversary of Surrender at Bennett Place. Starting Thursday and running through April 26th, activities will include the reenactment of the surrender negotiations, military and civilian living history programs, sutlers and artisans, ceremonies, music, and the final stacking of arms for the Army of Tennessee, CSA. Noted historians and authors will make presentations throughout this week long event.
 
Its Third Friday in Durham. Head downtown for a Gallery crawl with live music and more.
 
The 2015 En Plein Air Paint-Off will take place on Friday and Saturday in Downown Fuquay-Varina. Come see the area's most talented painters competing, En Plein Air (in the open air) to create an original painting of Fuquay-Varina Downtown's historic landscape.
 
Cmdr. William Tschundy, Brig. Gen. Norman Gaddis, and Col. Hien Vo will present American POWs and Vietnamese Re-Education Camps from their personal perspective Friday evening at the North Carolina Museum of History. On Saturday, learn about some of the Lighthouses that line our coast then make a paper lighthouse of your own. Sunday afternoon, the Museum will host the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble for an afternoon concert.
 
The North Carolina Museum of Art kicks off the weekend Friday night with live music by The Beast, a Sound Bite on Oceanic Proportions and the 1962 French film, Cleo from 5 to 7.
 
Come see antique cars displayed on the grounds at Historic Oak View County Park Saturday for the Antique Automobile Show. There will be an awe inspiring collection of cars and you won't want to miss them assembling their 1917 Take Apart Model T.
 
Saturday is Teen Day in Fuquay-Varina. Teens can enjoy free food, the Iron Man obstacle course, a rock wall, pedal karts and the Seat Belt Convincer. In addition, teens can see the effects of drunk driving and complete the Drive Wise Course.
 
Shrek the Third will be the featured flick Saturday morning at the Holly Springs Cultural Center. They will be showing Flushed Away Monday.
 
The Burwell School is hosting The War Comes Home Tuesday evening at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. The evening will include Civil War Music with Andrea Moore Healy and Lecture with Fred W. Kiger.

 

Park Programs Offer Something for Everyone

There are some fun recurring events this Spring. Shape Up Downtown offers free, outdoor workouts on the City Plaza Astroturf Monday-Wednesday Evenings through April.
 
In the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, you are invited to join them at Lake Crabtree County Park for an evening of Crabtree Casters, an informal fishing experience for the whole family.
Its another Citizen Science Saturday at Prairie Ridge. These Saturday morning adventures will introduce you to a citizen science project and enlist your help collecting and entering data as you enjoy a walk around the grounds with one of their naturalists. On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings, you are invited to join them for a Walk Through the Seasons. They also invite kids to join them for Nature Stories each Thursday morning,.
 
Take an Afternoon Adventure at JC Raulston Arboretum Friday. Explore the gardens while you search for five brain tickling questions.
 
Get outside, get moving and get healthy every Thursday at Raven Rock State Park as you Hike for Your Health.
 
Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead Saturday. Come enjoy a great day on Park Trails with a 4-mile Walk/Run or a 4 and 12-mile Tour de TORC, listen to great music and enjoy children's activities. There is a registration fee to participate, but spectators and volunteers are welcome at no charge.
 
Spring is here! Celebrate all the Senses of Springtime as you explore what you see, hear, smell, touch and taste this time of year or learn Fly Fishing Basics at Harris Lake County Park Saturday.
 
Join Raven Rock State Park staff for Watch Your Step, a presentation and half mile hike about outdoor safety. Discover how to avoid poisonous plants and venomous critters and steps you can take to have a safe and enjoyable outdoor adventure. They are also holding a Volunteer Bike Trail Workday Saturday afternoon.
 
Catch a Sure Thing invites youth ages 6 to 12 who have little to no experience with fishing to Jordan Lake Saturday morning.
 
Get Hooked Sunday at Durant Nature Park. They'll provide the bait, fishing poles, and instruction to get you and your family hooked on fishing!
 
This Sunday's Spring Hike at West Point on the Eno will search for Pump Station Wildflowers. This is an easy hike with a few gentle hills and is known for the beauty of the wildflowers that bloom each spring.

 

Farmers Markets

Many of the Triangle Farmer's Markets are open or have transitioned to their summer schedules. The last few will be opening the first weekend in May. To find a market near you, just go to the Event Search on ParkGeek.com and type in Farmers Market.
 
The NC State Farmers Market in Raleigh is open year round, but right now they are a great source for flowers and veggies for your garden as well as early crops. Thursday at lunchtime, they are hosting Greenhouse Vegetable Day.
 
The Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market kicks off the season Wednesday, May 6th with a Pig Pickin' from the Pit! Take a lunchtime break and check out the market's 6th season at City Plaza.

 

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