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March 30th - April 5th 2017 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

There are a wide variety of events this weekend to get you out enjoying the beautiful spring weather or staying inside out of the pollen.

For more info on everything going on, go to click on Event Search and fill in the dates. Select the search button and start planning! See below for more...

Kick the Weekend Off

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences invites you to join them every Thursday night for extended hours and Science Cafe's on a variety of interesting topics. This week they will be holding a panel discussion on Smart Growth: Making Our Cities Sustainable with Greg Fishel. Come back for Final Friday to explore the Science of Flying Space Turtles and enjoy the classic film "Gamera".

Marbles Kids Museum kicks off every weekend early with Twilight $2 Thursdays. Enjoy extended evening hours and discounted admission every Thursday!

Join them at Jaycee Park Friday after dark for a Family Friendly Drive In Movie Night!

The North Carolina Museum of History will host a Screening and Panel Discussion of part of the documentary, The Great War- A Nation Comes of Age Friday evening.

The Final Friday Cary Art Loop returns to Downtown Cary with extended hours for participating art galleries, restaurants, coffee houses, and other businesses that showcase visual arts, music, and more.

The North Carolina Museum of Art starts every weekend off in their lobby-turned-lounge. Join them this Friday with live music by Peter lamb and the Wolves and a Sound Bite exploring the Perception of Place.

Festivals & Fun

Farm Animal Days gives children a chance to see and touch farm animals and learn about agriculture; tractors will also be on display, and there will be a Yates Mill park exhibit. The event runs Wednesday through Friday.

Saturday is Dirt Day in Wake Forest. Join them for playing in an over-sized sandbox or making wheatgrass containers for home windowsills. Grown ups will have the chance to learn gardening and composting techniques, check out the newest in outdoor activity gear, and enjoy a beekeeping demonstration. There will also be an outdoor Zumba class, a shark teeth hunt, mud painting and live music.

The North Carolina Museum of Art's third annual Art in Bloom returns Thursday through Sunday. The festival of flowers features over 50 floral interpretations of art in the Museum's permanent collection. Take in a presentation, attend a workshop, explore the floral concoctions at Sip and Iris and to vote for your favorite design.

The North Carolina State Fairgrounds invite all Brides to be to the Southern Bridal Show and Expo this weekend with over 150 Triangle wedding experts.

Also at the Fairgrounds this weekend, the Precious Gem & Mineral Show will celebrate their 41st year with demonstrations, lectures, and plenty of beautiful gems and minerals.

The Triangle Farms will host their Spring Hunter Jumper Horse Show at the Fairgrounds all weekend.

Come out to the NC Zoo both Saturday and Sunday for their annual Egg-Stravaganza. See Zoo animals hunt for treats inside decorative eggs and learn why enrichment is so important for the animals

Raulston Blooms Saturday at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Join them for the annual event featuring a plant sale, the Birdhouse Competition, gardening talks, and lots of family fun.

Do you have a budding Vet? Bring them to the annual NC State College of Veterinary Medicine Open House this Saturday. They will have tours of the amazing facilities, demonstrations, fun and informative displays, and a chance to get up close with animals large and small.

Movies and Museums

As part of its mission to "Preserve Raleigh"s Past for the Future," the City of Raleigh Museum (COR) collects and cares for artifacts, curates exhibits, and provides educational programing that highlight and interpret Raleigh"s history and heritage. Admission is free and if you visit now you can enter the Friends of the Museum Paris Flight Drawing and see their new exhibit.

Historic Oak View County Park invites you to their exhibit, Nuestras Historias, Nuestros Suenos/Our Stories, Our Dreams. The exhibit documents the experience of Latino farm workers in the Carolinas, their dreams for the future, and the barriers immigrant youth face as they try to pursue their education.

Head out to Durant Nature Preserve to celebrate Take a Walk in a Park Day with a Nature Photo Contest! The contest runs through April 15th.

Science Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will take you on a journey through the history of the universe.

Zootopia will be the Monday Morning Movie at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.

Finding Dory will be the Tuesday Morning Movie at the Halle Cultural Arts Center.

Join them on the first Wednesday night of every night at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. This week's will feature the award winning film, Moonlight.

Spring into a Park

Start your Saturday off early by Birding with Vernon. Take an easy walk with Lake Crabtree's bird enthusiast.

In addition to Saturday Tours of the Mill and Sunday Heritage Mill Tours, Historic Yates Mill Park will set up a Discovery Table about Nature's April Fools and host a program of how April Showers Bring May Flowers on Saturday.

Volunteers are needed to collect trash along the shoreline (minimum age is 6) and along the road (minimum age is 10) for Sunday's Big Sweep at Harris Lake County Park.

Hike up to the Brown Elfin Knob Sunday to search for the rare butterfly the peak is named for. On the hike down you'll visit the ponds to search for spring dragonflies and other critters that call Occoneechee Mountain home.

C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing!) is back for the Spring Sunday at Jordan Lake. The program is designed for kids 6 to 12 who have little to no experience with fishing and who want to learn.

This Sunday's Spring Hike Series at West Point on the Eno will explore the Penny Bend Nature Preserve. Take an easy, 2 mile hike through open fields, deep forests, and rocky outcrops.

Eno River State Park invites you to join their Spring Hiking Series with the goal of hiking every trail in the park. Guided hikes will be given on different trails each week throughout the Park. Learn some cultural and natural history along the way! There will be 12 hikes in total. A small prize will be given to those that complete 5 hikes and a bigger prize for those that complete 10. Come explore Few"s Ford, Pleasant Green, Cabelands, Cole Mill, and Pump Station. This can also go towards the NC State Parks statewide 100 Mile Challenge! This Monday's hike will be along the Pea Creek and Dunnagan Trails for a total of 3.1 miles to see wildflowers, birds, scenic river views, and an historic graveyard.

Bring your binoculars, or borrow a pair of theirs, and explore Lake Wheeler Park Wednesday with a Wildlife Educator as you do some Bird Watching.

Lake Crabtree County Park invites you to join them for Crabtree Casters Wednesday evening and enjoy some time fishing on the Lake.


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