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August 19th - 25th

by Pam & Michael Davison

For those of you heading back to college or traditional calendar school, this may be your last weekend of the summer. With plenty of fun activities throughout the Triangle, you can give the summer a grand farewell!
Festivals & Special Events
Kick off your child's successful school career at Kickoff to Kindergarten at Marbles Kids Museum. Celebrate this major milestone with a real school bus, pretend lunch lines & PE classes, crafts and lots of great resources to answer your questions.
Up to 800 classic cars and trucks will be parked on or near historic Fayetteville Street, while an additional 80 show cars and up to 100 vendors will be on display in the new Raleigh Convention Center for Carolina Classics on the Capital. There is a charge to get into the festivities inside the Convention Center, but all the outdoor activities are free.
Third Friday is back in Downtown Durham! Head downtown to enjoy the gallery tour, live music and festive atmosphere,
You are invited to a Birthday Party! Axl and Kisa, the tigers at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro are turning six on Tuesday and you are invited to join in.
The East West Classics Motorcycle Swap Meet & Show will roll into the North Carolina State Fairgrounds this weekend. Come check out both road and off-road Vintage Motorcycles built before 1990.
Also at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds this weekend there will be an Open Breed Horse Show, the Carolina Fall Boat Show & Sale and the VYPE High School Sports Conference & Expo.
History & Science
Come out to Mordecai Historic Park for Mordecai Free Friday. Tour an antebellum plantation house, and three other historic structures: a plantation kitchen, plantation chapel and The Birthplace of Andrew Johnson-17th president of the United States.
Join staff at Little River Regional Park for an Archeological Dig for North Carolina fossils. Participants will learn how fossils are formed, how scientists look for them and make their own fossils.
The Historic Preservation Society of Durham invites you to grab a water bottle and join them on a Civil Rights Legacy Walking Tour.
Relive history the 3rd weekend of each month and experience the traditional way corn was ground into meal and wheat into flour, using water power, simple machines & millstones. The Historic Yates Mill Corn Grinding Tours are a great opportunity to see the complex mill in operation.
Come, learn about Occoneechee Mountain's geologic wonders and explore the pyrophyllite quarry with a real geologist on a Geology Hike.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is hosting a Science Communication Conference. It is an event to bring together teachers, educators, researchers, science communicators and the general public to discuss ways to communicate and disseminate scientific information.
Tuesday is Homeschool Day at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Enjoy up to two hands on programs in the morning and meet with Museum educators to learn about special opportunities for home school parents. Click through for the list of programs and registration details.
Movies & Concerts
Come to Lake Benson Park to enjoy a free concert as part of the Garner Parks & Recreation"s Summer Concert Series. A pre-show performance by local Garner talent will start off the evening and then you can sit back and relax while you listen to the funk and rock sounds of Bull City Syndicate.
DJ Piddipat will be back out at Durham Central Park spinning tunes for some family friendly Music in the Park.
Marches, Broadway & show tunes will be filling the night at Fletcher Park when the Raleigh Concert Band offers a free concert.
WakeMed will host a special evening of Summer Safety with fun activities and games before the showing of Monsters vs. Aliens at Regency Park.
Lake Benson starts their Friday Family Flick series with a showing of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. You can stay in the park after the movie for a Family Camp Night. You do need to register in advance to get a camping permit so click through for all the details.
The Big Lebowski with it's line up cast of Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore & Steve Buscemi will light up the screen Friday night at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Jeff Bridges will join Maggie Gyllenhaal, & Colin Farrell for Crazy Heart on Saturday evening.
Free vintage movies are shown under the stars on the Third Fridays at Durham Central Park. Winter Time is Fun, a mischievous program of music and cinematic whatnots will amuse the audience this week.
Shark Tale will be the featured flick at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.
At the Parks
The planning is all done and this weekend it will all come together. Southgate Neighborhood Park will sponsor a Playground Build Day to construct the playground that local children proposed back in June. Along with a massive volunteer effort to build the equipment, you can join them for a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration to dedicate new play area.
Thursday morning, head on over to Umstead State Park to make Kid's Crafts. Join a Park Ranger for a fun day using recycled materials to build and decorate bird feeders.
Join Blue Jay County Park staff for a morning in the Blue Jay Gardens. Take a peek at a mini pond, wildflower garden, composting area, butterfly garden and children's garden. Enjoy family centered activities that will make you eager to use some of these ideas in your own yard.
Learn all about the Eastern Box Turtle, meet a live box turtle, play some turtle games and make a cute turtle craft to take home at the American Tobacco Trail.
Join the Naturalist at Eno River State Park on a Night Hike through the forest at Fews Ford to search for animals that are active at night. Eno River State Park also invites you to join them for a Turtle Hike and a River Trek.
Come and see what Dragonflies can be found at Occoneechee Mountain on this easy hike around the ponds.
It seems that turtles are definitely a theme this weekend. Did you know that Crowder District Park boasts seven different kinds of turtles in their park? Learn what makes a turtle so special and meet some live turtles up close for Turtle Time.
You are invited to get on the water on Durant's six acre lower lake next Wednesday evening to Paddle Aboat and Piddle About.
In addition to these events listed, there are several other events going on throughout the Triangle. For more information on everything going on, go to and start planning! I hope to see you out there.
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Michael & Pam
Michael & Pam Davison


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