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July 8th - 14th

by Pam & Michael Davison

Hope you had a fantastic Independence Day Holiday! As we get back in the routine this week and some of you even head back to year round school, here are a bunch of fun activities to keep the spirit of summer alive.
ParkGeek is excited to announce with Wake County the Grand Opening of their newest Park, the North Wake Landfill District Park. With a playground, picnic shelter, paved trails, mountain bike trails, an open play area and some spectacular views of the Raleigh downtown skyline it is an wonderful addition to the Wake County Park system.
History Comes Alive at the NC Historic Sites
The Second Saturday events are back at all 37 NC Historic Sites this weekend. We will highlight the events here in the Triangle, but if you want to explore some of the other sites, go to for the complete list.
Painters, photographers and other visual artists will be at the State Capitol for Images of the Capitol. Bring your camera or a sketchbook and explore the Capitol from different Vantage points.
Watch bowls, vases, and other clay objects come into shape on a wheel as potters from North Cole Pottery in Sanford demonstrate their craft at the North Carolina Museum of History. You can even make your own clay critter to take home in a Make it Take it Program.
Pork, Pickles and Peanuts at Duke Homestead State Historical Park will include a barbecue cook-off and juried competitions of pickles, pies, and preserves. Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy historical cooking demonstrations as well as art and craft vendors throughout the site.
A collection of various artisans will demonstrate the impact of the textile industry in the Tar Heel state along with living history life on the farm activities at Bennett Place Historic Site.
Bentonville State Historic Site will host a small 19th century sutler fair with period merchandise and activities including blacksmithing, spinning, woodworking and pottery.
Second Saturday Kid's Day at the Raleigh City Museum will celebrate patriotism by learning about the history of the American flag and the Raleigh City Flag. Kids will create their own flags using construction paper and Popsicle sticks and take home a Raleigh City Flag Coloring Book.
Lace up your walking shoes and join the Durham Historical Society on a Tobacco Heritage Walking Tour. It is a great way to explore Durham's tobacco heritage through the stories and experiences of Durham residents
Simple Machines and Power Trains at Historic Yates Mill Pond County will allow children to explore simple machines including the wheel and axle, gears, pulleys, screws, inclined planes, wedges, and levers. Once they understand how the machines work, take your kids on a Heritage Tour of the mill.
Wednesday brings the next Children's Performance and Drop in Craft at the NC Museum of Art. This week's performance will feature Native American songs and stories told by Hobey Ford's Golden Rod Puppets.
Music for Everyone at Outdoor Concerts
Jamrock will bring their reggae music to the Page-Walker Arts & History Center as a continuation of the Starlight Concert Series.
On the second Friday night of each month the streets of downtown Wake Forest come alive with food, merchants and music! Art After Hours invites everyone to come enjoy the evening and kick off your weekend.
Bring your blanket to enjoy the Catchy Pop/Rock sounds of Flowers for Faye at the Holly Springs Cultural Center's Outdoor Concert.
Chapel Hill Village Band will be performing Sousa and concert marches, show tunes, classical transcriptions, traditional band music, and contemporary compositions this Sunday at Fred Fletcher Park.
DJ Piddipat will spin music from
 her prodigious music collection at the Durham Central Park.
The Fantastic Shakers will be heating things up Thursday night in Downtown Garner for Music on Main.
Movies at the Parks and Museums
Friday night sizzles at the NC Museum of Art with the 2009 Iraq War picture,The Hurt Locker. Saturday evening brings the inspirational film, The Blind Side.
The Holly Springs Cultural Center will be showing Cars.
Thursday night at Regency Park brings Dirty Dancing. Along with the movie, there will be free Mambo Dance Lessons and Complimentary massages.
Get Out to a Park
Come on out to Bass Lake Park for a little friendly competition at Bass Lake Family Bingo Night.
Join a ranger out at William B. Umstead State Friday morning for CATCH, a peaceful hour of fishing on Big Lake.
The National Weather Service will be over at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area to present Weather Safety for Boaters and Campers.
Due to the Triangle Triathlon, Harris Lake County Park will be closed until 2pm to the public both Saturday and Sunday.
Bring the family out to Crowder District Park to explore Insect Life Cycles. You will investigate the different kinds of metamorphosis our insect friends undergo, then search for some real live examples.
Join the Wake Audubon Society on a fun walk to discuss Anderson Point Park's gorgeous population of Summer Breeding Birds.
Discover what Dragonflies can be found at Occoneechee Mountain on this easy hike around the ponds.
Bring the whole family out the Sertoma Arts Center for a Nature Hike to look for wildlife next Tuesday evening.
If you are a history buff, you might want to tour the Piper-Cox Open House. The restored historic home will be open for visitors and a park ranger will be on hand to share stories about its inhabitants and pioneer life.


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