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January 11th - 17th 2018 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!

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

At the Cary Theater Thursday evening, Dreamfest presents the The Dream Revisited: Civil Rights in Perspective, a 34-minute documentary that demonstrates the energy and courage of those who paved the way in the civil rights movement

Cary's MLK, Jr. Dreamfest continues Saturday morning with Songs of the Dream: Kings Sing & Learn, a family friendly sing along with hands on arts & crafts activities. Saturday afternoon, come watch Community & the Dream: Racial Taboo, a documentary that looks at our history using candid interviews and comedy. Saturday evening brings Music & the Dream: We Shall Overcome, the exciting world premier of Jazz Composer Harold Mims " We Shall Overcome" with the Triangle Jazz Band.

Sunday, Dreamfest in Cary presents Justice & the Dream: 13th, the award-winning film that provides an in-depth look at the prison system in the U.S. and its relationship to the nation's history of racial inequality. Following the film, there will be a discussion with Dr. Thomas Easley, a recognized authority on mass incarceration. Monday, Cary's Dreamfest closes out with a Day of Service. Join them to help prepare the soil at Good Hope Farm, their new 20-acre urban agriculture and historic site.

UNCMLK2017 on the Campus of UNC in Chapel Hill will span this Sunday through Thursday, January 18th. The events are almost all free, but some do require tickets.

They will be Celebrating the Legacy through the Arts 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.

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.

There will be a Martin Luther King Jr. Day March through Downtown Hillsborough Monday morning.

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

You are invited to participate in the Triangle Parks Day of Service Monday at several area State Parks. Umstead State Park, Eno River State Park and Falls Lake will be participating.

Start the Weekend Early

This week at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, they will host a Science Thursday with Drug Addiction - From the Brain to Society and Back.

The Halle Cultural Arts Center invites you to an Art Exhibit Opening for Michael Weitzman, Bob Dunham, & John Parsons Friday night. The show will run through February 11th.

Iris after Dark returns this Friday night with live music, special drinks and small plates.

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

This is the final weekend to enjoy the NC Chinese Lantern Festival at Regency Park which will come to a close January 14th.

Back to Nature

Join them to read the Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax and Create a craft out of recyclable materials and learn what you can do to help clean up our planet Friday morning at Historic Yates Mill County Park.

Historic Yates Mill County Park is also calling for entries to the 12th Annual Mill as Muse Community Art and Photography Contest. Entries will be taken until February 1st and there are both youth and adult categories.

Saturday morning, you can join a Falls Lake Ranger to learn What a Ranger Does. Come listen to an explanation of their job duties and assignments and get some hints on what it takes to become a NC State Park Ranger.

Take a Walk in the Woods at Crowder County Park Saturday to discover the animals and plants that call the park home as you also help collect data for their Natural Resource Inventory Database and other citizen science projects.

Saturday afternoon, you can stop by Crowder Park's Discovery Table to explore the ways that Wildlife survives the winter season

Come back to Crowder Park Sunday for a Family Feature all about Fantastic Fossils. You'll play the rock cycle game, discover in which rocks fossils form and experiment with fossils.

Eno River State Park is hosting an Open House at the Historic Piper Cox House Sunday afternoon. Learn about the history of the house, the families who lived there, and farming and pioneer life on the Eno River.

This Sunday's Winter Hike at West Point on the Eno Park will be a Bird Watching Hike, along a 2-mile loop trail around Fews Ford .

Early Birds are invited to join rangers at Eno River Park Monday morning for some Birdwatching.

Come on out Monday morning and join a Jordan Lake Park Ranger at the Bald Eagle Observation Deck. Learn about the bald eagles of Jordan Lake and see what other birds you can spot and identify.

Join Blue Jay County Park staff to look for signs of Winter Wonders on a frosty afternoon hike Monday. After the hike, you'll get to create your own animal-themed snowflake to take home!

More Fun!

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

Science Buffet, this Saturday North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, is a lively science presentation featuring a "taste" of everything the Museum has to offer: live animals, weird science facts, dramatic demonstrations, and explosions.

Durham Central Park will host their first Food Truck Rodeo of the year Sunday afternoon with a wide range of trucks and a DJ from Carolina Soul spinning soul, R&B and funk vinyls.

Blues Singer Lorenzo "Logie" Meachum will present a concert Sunday afternoon at the North Carolina Museum of History.

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

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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