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May 7th - 13th 2015 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

Here comes another amazing Spring weekend just in time for Mother's Day. There are so many fun festivals and special Mother's Day events to choose from this weekend.
 

This Thursday's Science Cafe at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences is Science Trivia so come on out and test your knowledge.
 
Thursdays bring Twilight $2 Thursdays to Marbles Kids Museum with extended hours and discounted admission.
 
The Fuquay-Varina Growers Market is the last of the areas Farmers Markets to open this weekend. Join them for the Grand Opening.
 
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Mothers Day Events and Concerts
 

Moms Rock, Kids Roll this Saturday at Marbles Kids Museum! Check out their make and take crafts,snacks, a photo op and garden play. Kids can even bring their own bikes for Marble's first ever Bike Rodeo.
 
Celebrate Mother's Day at the North Carolina Zoo on Saturday with Birds and Blooms. The fun educational event in the Aviary will focus on the mission of International Migratory Bird Day.
The Starlight Concert Series at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center Friday night celebrates Yankovic Day with a Special 20th Anniversary Concert with the Polka Plus Band.
 
The Live and Local Music & Arts Series in Downtown Chapel Hill will feature the 2nd Friday Art Walk: Aerialist & Interactive Art. Along with an Elevate Aerialist performing on a free-standing lyra, you can go to the art stations throughout the Plaza, including Spin Art, Watercolors, and Finger Painting.
 
Fridays on the Front Porch of the Carolina Inn will feature the band Mick Mixon and the food trucks, AmigoSan and Halal Haven will be on hand.
 
Art in the Evening at the North Carolina Museum of Art Friday night will feature the band Sidecar Social Club and a Sound Bite on Metaphors in Motion.
 
Music of the Carolinas brings four women-and a token "buck" otherwise known as The Buck Stops Here to the North Carolina Museum of History for a concert Sunday afternoon.
 
Its time for another one of the Six Sundays in Spring Concerts in Wake Forest. Join them for the Big Band sounds of the Casablanca Orchestra.
 
VocalMotion will give a Broadway-style concert Monday evening at the Halle Cultural Arts Center.
 
Cary's Booth Amphitheatre will host Tea Cup Gin for this Wednesday's Hob Nob Jazz Concert.

Fun at Local Festivals & Museums

Its time for Turtlefest! The annual festival at Bass Lake Park will feature a variety of live turtles, interactive exhibits, games, crafts and a children's art contest. Kids, get your art work to the park either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning to be a part of the Turtlefest Art Contest.
 
You can enjoy local artists, live music and kids activities Friday evening at Art After Dark in Fuquay-Varina or Art After Hours in Wake Forest.
 
The Apex Latino Arts Festival is June 6th, but Friday night kicks off the festivities with the Apex Latino Arts Festival Art Exhibition Opening at the Halle Cultural Arts Center.
 
Starring North Carolina returns to the North Carolina Museum of History Friday evening with the 2005 film Junebug. Come back to the Museum Saturday to Make and Take a Time Capsule and explore Preservation Day.
 
Oaks & Spokes is a 10 day bicycle festival that started May 1st and runs through May 10th. There are different events and activities in different locations each day including the Marbles Bike Rodeo on Saturday. Click through for all the details.
 
Saturday in Cary is AMTRAK Train Days! They will have a bounce house obstacle course, the Cary Town Band, Church Street Jazz, Officer Everette & Chase, White Tiger Martial Arts, and Starpath Dance Academy. They will also have Chuckwagon, Pop-n-Tyme, Smitty's ice cream and Chick-Fil-A as the food vendors.
 
This week's Family Fun Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Art explores Sketching in the Park. The Saturday, family friendly programs include a gallery tour plus studio workshops for families.
 
The annual Front Porch Art Walk returns to Historic Mordecai and Oakwood on Saturday with more than 30 artists and craftsmen as well as food trucks.
 
A Civil War era troop encampment and character interpretations will recall the April 1865 occupation of the State Capitol by troops of Union General William T. Sherman Saturday at the State Capitol where you can experience Raleigh Occupied. The tours are free, but preregistration for specific time slots is highly recommended.
 
The Mad Hatter's Art & Garden Market on the grounds of the Wake Forest Historical Museum will bring together the Art & Garden Market with a vintage car show on Saturday.
The State fairgrounds is hosting a variety of events is weekend including a Coin & Currency Show, Hound Dog Show and a Horse Show,
 
Sunday kicks off Bear Awareness Week at the Museum of Life and Science. Join them all week to learn about bears and the issues they face.
The Monday Morning Movie at the Holly Springs Cultural Center will be Monsters vs. Aliens.
 

The Fun Starts Friday at the Parks

Its Family Camp Night & Friday Family Flick at Lake Benson Park. Come for the movie "Monsters University" and then pull out the sleeping bags and tent and stay for the camp out. The movie is free and does not require registration. There is a fee to camp and you should preregister.
 
Turtlefest is this Saturday at Bass Lake Park. The festivities start Friday afternoon with the kick off of the Turtlefest Art Contest.
 
Also at Bass Lake Park Friday night, Family Bingo promises to be a fun night of friendly competition for the whole family.
 
Go Fishing with a ranger in Occoneechee's ponds Friday afternoon.
 
Bring your binoculars and join Eno River State Park Rangers for a relaxing Morning Bird Walk early Friday morning.

Getting Out to the Parks

You early risers are invited to go Birding with Vernon Saturday morning at Lake Crabtree. Also at Lake Crabtree Saturday, they will offer two programs for adults. A Mini-Workshop on North Carolina Endangered Species and a Lake Trail Hike along the 6 mile trail that goes all the way around the lake. The whole family is invited to come on a Springtime Safari Sunday afternoon.
 
Bring your kids to Eno River State Park Saturday for a Beginning Birder Hike or take the whole family to Search for Woodpeckers. Kids are invited to join their Naturalist for an activity on bird adaptation where they will bring home an Eco-Friendly Bird Feeder.
 
Rangers at Falls Lake will also teaching Birding for Beginners Saturday morning. Next Saturday is the Falls Lake Youth Fishing Tournament! Kids ages 5-13 can preregister this week for all the fun. They will supply all fishing gear and bait and there will be prizes and educational booths for the whole family to enjoy.
 
C.A.S.T. returns to Jordan Lake Saturday morning to introduce kids to the joys of fishing. Come back Sunday to take an Aquatic Adventure and learn what lives in the ponds.
 
Step back in time and take a History Hike at Occoneechee Mountain Saturday afternoon. Hike up to the Occoneechee Mountain Overlook, and learn about the history of Hillsborough.
 
Kids Get Crafty making some Beautiful Bugs Saturday at Crowder District Park. Join them for a full hour of making a beautiful butterfly, a dazzling dragonfly and a spider out of ordinary objects. Bring the family to Crowder on Sunday to get the Buzz on Bees.
 
Both Lake Crabtree, Harris Lake County Park and Historic Yates Mill County Park are offering fun weekday kids programs for kids of all ages. Click through for all the information.
 
Take Canoeing Skills I Wednesday afternoon at Umstead State Park and learn the basics of canoeing on lakes.

 

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