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October 7th - October 13th

by Pam & Michael Davison

Enjoy all the wonderful festivals, concerts and arts & crafts that Fall brings. also has all the fun Halloween happenings coming up later this month!
Let me take this chance to welcome all of our new ParkGeeks who we met last weekend at the Heritage Festival at Historic Oak View Park. I hope this newsletter will make your weekend planning easy and exciting!
Fun Festivals here in the Triangle
Diwali is the most widely celebrated Hindu festival. This "festival of lights" marks the new year and this years new year at Regency Park will be bigger and better than ever. The Diwali Festival is next weekend, but the festivities start early with an Indian Movie Night. Come enjoy "Munna Bhai M.B.B.S." under the crisp, fall, starry skies.
Regency Park is the place to be Saturday for the Eid Festival. This multi-ethnic "Festival Without Borders" will feature a variety of foods and desserts from the Middle East, Mediterranean, and Sub-Continent Indo-Pak, a Classical Orchestra, Choir, Music and dances from Lebanon, Puerto Rico, Turkey, China, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Scotland, and more...
Zoo Fest continues this weekend at the North Carolina Zoo. Saturday at the Zoo will be a celebration of Africa. There will be African Art, Dance, Music & Mystery.
Bring the entire family out to Spring Forest Road Park for Kidsfest and enjoy a fun-filled day packed with food, entertainment, games and rides, and enjoyment for the entire family.
The City of Raleigh's Wellness For Life Program is gearing up for the Annual Health Fair and FunWalk for City Employees at lunchtime on Friday.
Fun & Fall Color at the Parks
The State Parks are awesome this time of year! Right here in the Triangle, we can enjoy Eno River State Park and Umstead State Park. Just a short drive outside the Triangle are Falls Lake State Recreation Area , Jordan Lake State Recreation Area and Pilot Mountain State Park and Hanging Rock State Park. This weekend Eno River State Park is hosting a Trail Workday, an Open House at the Historic Piper-Cox House and ID A Tree - For Beginners. Jordan Lake State Recreation Area will host a Skywatching Session and C.A.S.T, a kids fishing program. The Big Sit is an annual international noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher's Digest at Falls Lake State Recreation Area this weekend. And lastly, William B. Umstead State Park invites you to take a 2-mile, round-trip hike to the Old Company Mill Site.
Head on over to the State Farmer's Market at lunchtime Thursday for the Great Pumpkin Contest. In addition to the many farms featuring a vast array of pumpkin shapes and sizes, Pumpkin Day will also feature free recipes, a Decorated Pumpkin Contest and, my favorite, the weigh in for the Largest Pumpkin Contest. Also at the State Farmer's Market, the Weekend Gardener Show on 680 WPTF will be broadcasting live with Mike Raley and Anne Clapp.
Join the Raleigh City Museum for a Second Saturday Children's Program. Children and families are invited to join them for a facinating, historic walking tour of Fayetteville Street.
Light the Night Walk on Bicentennial Plaza is an annual event to raise funds for cures. It's the nation's night to pay tribute and bring hope to thousands of patients and their families.
Come on out to Lake Lynn to enjoy a Family Sunset Walk.
Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park will be offering Mill Heritage Tours this weekend.
Art this Weekend will Inspire You
Art After Dark in Holly Springs is every second Friday and highlights local art, music and refreshments in various locations around Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina.
Art After Hours brings art, retail, dining and live music together for a lively evening in Downtown Wake Forest.
Saturday marks the Annual Arts Festival in Downtown Wake Forest. There will be a lively mix of music, delicious food, and family-friendly activities. The event also offers local artists the opportunity to display their work.
Visit the Autumn Arts and Crafts Expo at Jordan Hall Arts Center to watch instructors demonstrate in such media as watercolor, pastels, ceramics and jewelry.
This Friday brings back the 2nd Friday Artwalkwalk in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Park your car for the evening and explore Artwalk on the Free Trolley.
Head on over to the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center Thursday and Tuesday nights for thought provoking discussions. Thursday, Carolina Science Cafe is a free monthly educational program for adults, offering a behind-the-scenes look at cutting-edge research. Tuesday, 2012 From An Expert will take a closer look at the astronomy beliefs and history of the Mayans of ancient Mexico.
Marbles Kids Museum invites you to another edition of Science Solvers. Join Marine Biologist Pamela Reynolds in a quest to find the big and little fish swimming around the deep blue seas. The Home Depot Kids Workshop comes back to Marbles this weekend, also.
Ever wanted to know where the term "Tarheel" originated? Meet true North Carolina Civil War soldiers encamped at the Bennett Farm throughout the weekend displaying the uniforms and equipment of these Tarheel soldiers. Soldiers of the Old North State will also incorporate drill demonstrations and musket firings.
Concerts & Entertainment
Brass at Bond will celebrate the rich, pure sounds of brass instruments through a free afternoon concert that will delight the entire family!
Come on out to Bass Lake Park for a little friendly competition on Family Bingo Night.
The 1962 film Sanjuro will be the highlight of the Fall Film Series & Friday Night Wine Bar at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Renowned Piedmont bluesman John Dee Holeman will be joined by Piedmont blues musician Andy Coats to present a delightful Sunday afternoon concert at the North Carolina Museum of History. Bland Simpson will present his portrait of the Great Dismal Swamp and its people in a Writer's Block presentation and book signing at the North Carolina Museum of History.
The Barefoot Puppets are back at the North Carolina Museum of Art for a Children's Performance this weekend. Come enjoy their interpretation of Little "Bread" Hen and some Drop-In Crafts.
Wall-E will be the featured flick at the Holly Springs Cultural Center Saturday morning.


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