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January 27th - February 2nd 2011

by Pam & Michael Davison


It looks like the weather is going to warm up a little this weekend. There is so much going on throughout the Triangle this weekend, I wish you luck squeezing it all in.
Wednesday is Groundhog Day! Celebrations around the groundhog and his shadow will be taking place at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the Natural Science Center of Greensboro and for preschoolers on Tuesday at Harris Lake County Park.
NHL All Star Wide Open Weekend & More in Downtown Raleigh
NHL All Star Weekend is here! In coordination with the All Star Game, Raleigh hosts its Wide Open Festival both on its downtown streets and at the new amphitheater starting Friday afternoon and going through Saturday night. All-Star Streets features everything from live entertainment, NHL Autograph signing, eating contests, wood & ice carvers, a Paperhand Puppet Parade, a roller derby, a sledding hill, a beer garden and fireworks. They are even boasting heated tents throughout the streets. All-Star Live @ the Amphitheater will bring a wide variety of free concerts both days highlighted by 3 Doors Down on Friday night and Chuck Wicks on Saturday. Click through for all the details and times.
Saturday at the Museum of Natural Sciences you can spend the day exploring the ocean during Marine Mammal Day. Come learn about the marine mammals along our coast - including whales, dolphins and seals - and the challenges these magnificent creatures face in today's world.
Across Bicentennial Plaza from Marine Mammal Day, the North Carolina Museum of History will be hosting the Annual African American Cultural Celebration. Join in to celebrate our state's rich African American heritage through stories, music, artisans, food and hands on activities.
Marbles Kids Museum and the Carolina Ballet are teaming up for Hooray for Ballet. There will be opportunities to learn basic ballet positions, dress up for the production of The Ugly Duckling and purchase discount tickets to Carolina Ballet's Family Series.
Winterfest at Downtown Raleigh's City Plaza Ice Rink continues this weekend with special weekend hours, Date and Skate Thursday, Rock around the Rink Friday, and Music Craze Wednesday.
Chinese New Year Celebration at the Fairgrounds
Head on over to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds for the Triangle's largest Chinese New Year Festival. Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with Chinese and Asian cultural performances, informative exhibits, delicious food and merchandise vendors.
Jamfest is also back at the Fairgrounds this weekend. Come on our to cheer on the cheer and dance competitors.
The Hunt Horse Complex will host the Raleigh Winter Hunter Jumper Horse Show.
Celebrate Winter at our Local Parks
Bring the whole family to the Barwell Road Community Center for Winterfest. There will be games, prizes, crafts, dancing and even a tot play area.
Project Wild brings a new Growing Up WILD Adult Workshop to Blue Jay County Park this Saturday. The 6-hour workshop counts as a Criteria I workshop in the NC Environmental Education Certification Program.
Bundle up the whole family and head on over to the Lake Lynn Community Center for a Family Nature Walk.
Eno River State Park invites you to join them for a short program and hike about Animal Tracks and Signs or some Birdwatching.
Join a Park Ranger at William B. Umstead State Park to learn Basic Land Navigation. There will be a short discussion followed by a field exercise.
For families that love technology and scavenger hunts, Nature Techies is just for you! Use a GPS unit and clues that they provide to help you find the hidden nature items we have stashed around Harris Lake County Park.
Movies & More
Nanny McPhee Returns will be the featured film at the Holly Springs Cultural Center Saturday morning.
Art in the Evening Friday night at the North Carolina Museum of Art will be showing the 1986 flick Blue Velvet as well as getting ready to close the Norman Rockwell Exhibit at the end of this month.
Family Fun Saturdays at the North Carolina Museum of Art will focis on works of art that focus on repetition.
Sit back Sunday afternoon and enjoy a delightful blend of bluegrass and toe-tapping traditional folk music as Charles Pettee entertains on mandolin, guitar, and harmonica also at the North Carolina Museum of Art.



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