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November 11th - November 17th

by Pam & Michael Davison


The leaves are all coming down quickly now. I hope you have had a chance to get out and enjoy the crisp air, sunshine and incredible fall colors.
With the holidays just around the corner, we at ParkGeek are excited to be your source for local parades, tree lightings and holiday events. Monday kicks off the holiday festivities with the ticket sales for the Santa Train at the Museum of Life and Science. Last year's event sold out in only four days so plan ahead and get your tickets now. Click through for the prices and event times.
Pecan Picin' Day & More
Saturday marks Pecan Pickin' Day at Historic Oak View County Park. The pecan harvest goes in a two year cycle and this year's crop should be a good one. There will also be activities for kids, samples and lots of information about one of our native crops.
Are you ready to start your holiday shopping? The Fall Craft Fair at the Raleigh's Farmers Market will feature over 100 craftsmen with an enormous array of handcrafted items.
This weekend, you have an opportunuty to give back with your time and energy. The Moore Square Clean Up Event invites volunteers to help clean up Moore Square and the surrounding area. You do need to register, so click through for all the details.
Come to Old North Durham Park for a Community Campfire. Durham Parks & Rec will provide the fire, hot chocolate and everything you need to make s'mores.
Great Outdoor Fun for the Whole Family
Astronomers from UNC's Morehead Planetarium will be on hand at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area to answer questions and share their telescopes for some great views of the Moon & Jupiter for a Skywatching Session.
Harris Lake County Park is the place for families to spend time together. This weekend you can bring the whole family to the park for some Orienteering. They will provide basic compass and orienteering instruction to get you started.
Tour the restored Piper-Cox Home and hear about its inhabitants and pioneer life at Eno River State Park. You can also join the ranger and learn to use all your senses to Get In Touch With Trees.
Join a Park Ranger at the William B. Umstead State Park to discover some strategies for attracting birds to your backyard for Backyard Birds.
Durham's tobacco heritage is explored through the stories and experiences of Durham residents during a Tobacco Heritage Walking Tour.
Animals leave many signs behind that let us know they've been around. Animal Detectives at the American Tobacco Trail will include a hike to look for tracks and other clues that helps you figure out who's been wandering around the woods.

Art, Culture & Music

Kick off your weekend with the Fall Film Series & Friday Night Wine Bar at the North Carolina Museum of Art . This weekend, you will be treated to Films from the A/V Geeks Collection that spotlighting the Four Freedoms illustrated by Norman Rockwell; Freedom from Want, Freedom of Worship, Freedom of Speech, and Freedom from Fear.

In Conjunction with the opening of the Norman Rockwell exibit, the North Carolina Museum of Art invites you to join in on a Panel Discussion of the Lighter Side of Norman Rockwell.

Also at the Art Museum this weekend, bring the kids to a Show of Virtues with Grey Seal Puppets for a Saturday Children's Perfomance. In between the shows, you can take part in a Drop-In Craft.

On the second Friday night of each month the streets of Downtown Wake Forest come alive with food, merchants and music for Art After Hours. Come back Downtown Sunday afternoon for a Funday Sunday Downtown Concert.

The Pullen Arts Center Annual Participants Show continues through December 15th. The event features art in all mediums created by their participants and instructors.

The Magnolia Klezmer Band will perform Eastern European Jewish music from Romania, Moldavia, Russia, and the Ukraine blended with American traditional jazz and swing at a concert at the North Carolina Museum of History.

What to do at the Fairgrounds

Even though the State Fair is packed up for another year, there is plenty going on at the Fairgrounds. This weekend bring the return of the Duke Children's Hospital Benefit Hunter Horse Show at the Hunt Horse Complex. The event features six days of competition by horses and their riders from the United States and Canada. In addition to competition, the show offers all ages a behind-the-scenes look at how horses are cared for, trained and shown. Youngsters can see the horses in their stalls in the tents and five permanent barns on the complex grounds. You won't want to miss family fun night with a stick race.

Coins, postcards and stamps will be everywhere you look at the Coin & Stamp Show.

The Carolina Collector Auto Fest will include a swap meet with more than 125 vendors, car corral for buying and selling and Car/Truck shows.


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