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July 22nd - 28th

by Pam & Michael Davison

Thursday night at Womble Park, Life Church invites you to bring the whole family out to their Family Fest. The free event will feature inflatables, art projects and games.
To Celebrate the 10th season of the Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary will be holding a Scavenger Hunt. The Cary Scavenger Hunt will include both Family Teams and all Adult Teams of 4 and will test the participants' knowledge of Cary. Teams will be required to visit locations around town. There are some great prizes so click through for more information.
This weekend, the State Parks invite you to Celebrate NC. With mountain peaks, leafy forests and sandy beaches, over 208,000 acres are preserved and protected for you in our State Park System. Through a variety of free programs, you and your family can spend the weekend visiting, exploring, and learning in one of our 39 naturally wonderful state parks and state recreation areas.
Congratulations to Shana of Wake Forest, the winner of the $100 prize in the divottle survey. The contest is now closed but, you are welcome to take the survey to help guide the development of a new green product.
Celebrate NC at Our State Parks
Staycations are all the rage with the current economy. Even if you are already back in school, a trip to a local park can be an awesome way to unwind and rejuvenate yourself. Eno River State Park is jumping with fun programs again this weekend. Celebrate North Carolina by hiking the Cole Mill Trail to Bobbitt's Hole, learn about Birds of Prey or take a River Hike to look for creatures.
Come on out to Falls Lake State Recreation Area and join a park ranger as you talk about the more common Snakes you may encounter in North Carolina State Parks or learn why the rangers would set a Prescribed Fire. Join a park ranger as you talk about the fish in Falls Lake and make an attempt to C.A.T.C.H. a few. On Sunday, you can even take a guided Nature Walk.
You can join in on a Turtle Trek, an Owl Presentation or an Amphibian Presentation at William B. Umstead State Park.
Join a park ranger at Raven Rock State Park to discover some of the secrets, sounds and myths of our local Night Life or if you have never been out to the "Rock", join a park ranger on a hike to learn about some of the cultural and geologic history of Raven Rock.
Come, learn about Occoneechee Mountain's Geologic Wonders and explore the pyrophyllite quarry with a real geologist or enjoy a mile hike while you learn about the park's ten or more different kinds of Oak Trees.
Come out to Jordan Lake State Recreation Area and learn some interesting facts about one of our local residents the Barred Owl.
Wake County Parks invite you to spend your Sunday with them learning about how Snakes are Great on the American Tobacco Trail or learning some basic fishing tips in the The One That Got Away at Lake Crabtree County Park.
Historic Yates Mill County Park will be holding a Volunteer Open House  for anyone interested in lending some of his/her time and effort to the Yates Mill cause and help park staff to operate, maintain and interpret the park and the old mill?
Have you ever wondered how a little butterfly can migrate thousands of miles? The Discovery Club at Little River Regional Park will explore that question and more about the miraculous monarch.
Always Great Tunes in the Triangle
Laser Vinyl is coming to the Natural Science Center of Greensboro with the sounds of AC/DC, Van Halen, Kiss and Pink Floyd.
The lawn at the Holly Springs Cultural Center will be hopping to the acoustic, eclectic & rock sounds of Blue Line Highway.
The Sunday in the Park Concert Series continues this weekend at Fred Fletcher Park with the Raleigh Concert Band.
The Starlight Concert Series at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center bring the sounds of jazz to the lawn with Lois Deloatch.
DJ Piddipat will spin music from her prodigious music collection at the Durham Central Park for another evening of Music in the Park.
Movies at the Parks & Museums
Come on out to the North Carolina Museum of Art to be inspired and entertained. This weekend's Movie on the lawn is the 2009 film Julie & Julia.
Take a stroll back to a memorable classic from Hollywood history at Booth Amphitheater at Regency Park with The Sting.
The Family Movie Festival continues this weekend at the Holly Springs Cultural Center with the recent Disney film Ponyo.
The aliens will be out at Falcon Park for the movie Monsters vs Aliens. Come enjoy free popcorn and a movie on the hillside.
Fun at the Museums & the Fairgrounds
Join the Raleigh City Museum as they explore the fascinating story of the first decades of Raleigh's history. From the city's first schools and churches, to the terrible fire of 1831, you will see how Raleigh literally rose from the ashes to become our beautiful and prosperous state capital during this adult presentation of How Raleigh Almost Wasn't.
The Super Cool Liquid Nitrogen Show is back next week at the Museum of Life and Science.
There will be a huge selection of beads along with workshops and demonstrations at the Bead Mercantile Show.
You can also enjoy watching the best in the state compete in a Youth Quarter Horse Show.
The Capital Area Soccer League will be at Marbles Kids Museum as the next installment of their Family Fit Series.
Historic Preservation Society of Durham volunteers lead an Architecture & the Urban Landscape Walking Tour this Saturday morning.


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