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January 12th - 18th 2017 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

Whether you are into the crisp cold air of winter or are waiting for the warm winds of spring to come, there is everything from marches & parades to guided hikes and bird watching to make for a great long weekend! is also on Facebook! "Like" ParkGeek and let us know where all your adventures take you while we keep you up to date on the latest and greatest events throughout the Triangle. The weekly newsletter is posted there as well as daily updates of fun things to do all week long.

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr Day and there are several observances here in the Triangle.

The Paige Walker Arts & History Center will host the Tellebration Saturday morning as part of Cary's MLK, Jr. Dreamfest events. Tellebration brings together Willa Brigham, Donna Washington, and Johnny Ray Moore for a morning designed to engage children through the art of storytelling.

At the Cary Arts Center Saturday, Dreamfest presents the Diversity Summit, a series of panel discussions coordinated by Jireh Management on the Dreamfest theme: Healing Race Relations through Conversation and Participation.

Cary's MLK, Jr. Dreamfest continues Saturday evening with a Poetry Fest and Sunday afternoon with a screening of Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.

Downtown Raleigh will host a Memorial March on Monday morning as a peaceful and somber way to show appreciation for the contributions of the historic Civil Rights Movement.

UNCMLK2017 on the Campus of UNC in Chapel Hill will span this Sunday through Friday, January 20th. The events are almost all free, but some do require tickets.

The MLK Day of Service is a national campaign urging citizens to give back to their community on the King holiday. The Town of Cary invites you to volunteer with the Spruce Program Monday as they beautify and clean up the Middle Creek Community Center Park and grounds.

They will be Remembering the Legacy through the Arts: MLLK in Durham Saturday afternoon through a day of artistic and cultural celebration at the W. D. Hill Recreation Center.

Garner's Annual MLK Celebration will be Sunday at the Garner Performing Arts Center.

Both William B. Umstead State Park and Raven Rock State Park offer opportunities for Work Day Volunteers on Monday.

Marbles Kids Museum will be open Monday and you are invited to join them for Community Heroes Day and meet real community heroes like a paramedic, teacher and a police officer. You can also help them pack food for Backpack Buddies and make blankets with Project Linus

Start the Weekend Early

This week at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, they will host a Science Thursday with You Cannot B. Cereus: Microbal Food Safety in the Modern World.

The Halle Cultural Arts Center invites you to an Art Exhibit Opening for the Raleigh-Durham Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America Friday evening.

Art in the Evening returns this Friday night with live music by the David Dryer Trio. In addition to the movie Gaslight, you can also enjoy a lively, in-depth exploration entitled Manufactured Nature with a Museum docent.

The Second Friday of the month brings the 2ndFriday Artwalk to Downtown Carrboro.

The moon is full and the trail beckons! Join them on the American Tobacco Trail Friday night for a Full Moon Hike.

Ice Raleigh Skating Rink is open through January 29th. There will be live music by James Olin Oden Friday night.

The NC Chinese Lantern Festival continues through January 15th at Regency Park. This years festival includes more than 20 ALL NEW displays, each one comprised of hundreds of parts, and thousands of LED lights as well as the spectacular Chinese Dragon on Symphony Lake.

Back to Nature

Join them to read Jan Brett"s classic The Mitten, learn some knitting history and make your own paper snowflake Friday afternoon at Historic Yates Mill County Park.

Historic Yates Mill County Park is also calling for entries to the 11th Annual Mill as Muse Community Art and Photography Contest. Entries will be taken until February 1st and there are both youth and adult categories.

Blue Jay Point County Park will host another Serious Skills for Adults covering Winter Tree ID on Saturday. You will learn hands-on techniques to help you identify trees while in the classroom and then take off into the woods to practice skills. Criteria II, III or CE credit is available for participants in the NC EE Certification Program.

Saturday morning, you can join a Falls Lake Ranger for a hike through areas of the park that have seen Prescribed Fires.

Bring your binoculars to Eno River State Park early Saturday morning and join them for a relaxing morning Birdwatching outing or step back in time for a short hike to the ruins of the Cole Grist Mill Saturday afternoon. Learn about its operation, history, and the mill families.

Learn about the Bald Eagles of Jordan Lake and see what other birds you can spot and identify Saturday morning at their Bald Eagle Observation Deck.

They will also be exploring Winter Birds and Eagles Sunday morning at Jordan Lake.

Join Ranger Jack Sunday morning at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area and learn to Fish, cast, put a hook on your line and handle worms.

This Sunday's Winter Hike at West Point on the Eno Park will be a Haiku on the Eno, a 3-mile hike on picturesque trails from downtown Hillsborough to the Occoneechee Speedway and back.

More Fun!

The Museum of Life and Science is Frozen Over through January 29th. Join them indoors as you weave through an icicle forest, build an icy shelter, and skate on a synthetic ice rink in your socks! Looking for a snowball fight?

Grab your family for a friendly competition in the Sport of Science Saturday at Marbles Kids Museum's Family Science Olympiad.

Walnut Creek Wetland Center will run their Nature Film Series Tuesday evening. January's feature film is Raptor Force. Followed by a talk about raptors, a chance to listen to the calls of hawks and owls, and maybe even the opportunity to dissect an owl pellet or sort through the prey remains from a barred owl nesting box.

The Halle Cultural Arts Center will be showing the film Angry Birds on Tuesday morning so grab your kids, snacks and blankets.

The Holly Springs Cultural Center will be showing the film Pinocchio Tuesday morning as part of their Puppet Themed Movie Series.

Fun at the Fairgrounds

Coins, postcards and stamps (U.S., foreign, ancient, gold & silver) will be available all weekend at the Carolina Coin and Stamp Show.

The Hunt Horse Complex will host the Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility Competitions Friday through Sunday.

Repticon, a reptile and exotic animal convention will be at the Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday showcasing vendors from around the country offering live animals, animal supplies and related merchandise.

Looking forward to the warmer weather? This weekend's Bass & Salt Water Fishing Expo brings together the finest products and services the fishing industry has to offer.


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