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March 10th - March 16th 2011

by Pam & Michael Davison

This weekend is jam packed with stuff to do! Instead of wondering what to do this weekend, it will be a question of which things to do and how much can you squeeze into three days.


For more info on everything going on, go to click on "Event Search" and fill in the dates. Be sure to include Friday through Sunday so you don't miss anything. Select the search button and start planning!

 Festivals & Parades Downtown

This years' Reptile and Amphibian Day promises to be bigger and better than ever! The theme for the Annual Reptile and Amphibian Day is "The Year of the Turtle." From giant snakes and turtles to tiny frogs and lizards, this special day will feature dozens of exhibits and activities highlighting reptiles and amphibians, many native to North Carolina. There will be plenty to see and do for all ages, so bring the entire family! There will be lots of live reptiles and amphibians of all shapes and colors as well as plenty of opportunities to touch and hold a few cold blooded friends. ParkGeek will be there, too! Come say Hi and check out The Evolution of a Park Geek, our cartoon coloring page and our prize wheel.
Downtown Raleigh will be turning green with the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade! With over 3,500 marchers including floats, pipe and drum bands, horses, dancers and many recognizable mascots, the parade is a celebration for all ethnic groups and cultures. After the parade, join the fun at the Wearin' O' the Green Fest at Moore Square. Then enjoy an afternoon of live music and dancing. Fun for the entire family! Run for the Oaks will also take place downtown this weekend. The 5K road race through downtown Raleigh and the Kids Fun Run offer a little something for all ages of runners
While you are downtown, head over to Marbles Kids Museum to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Events will be full of shamrocks, pots of gold and leprechaun fun.
If you are in Downtown Raleigh at lunchtime Thursday, head over to City Plaza for some B-Ball on Bean Street . Take a break and come support UNC, NC State or Duke as they play for the $20,000 grand prize donation for their charity of choice. You can pick up some free Mentos, too.
Stars & History at the Parks
The fun starts Friday night with some Family Bingo at Bass Lake Park, a Moonlight Paddle on Lake Michie, and Art After Dark in Downtown Holly Springs,
On Saturday, you can lace up your running shoes and Run with a Ranger along Umstead State Park's 5 mile multi-use trail.
Volunteers will be working together at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area for the annual Clean-Up-A-Thon. Come back to Jordan Lake after dark and join astronomers from Morehead Panetarium for a Skywatching Session.
Eno River State Park invites you to tour the Historic Piper-Cox House, or join a ranger for a Box Turtle Talk.
Right around the corner, West Point on the Eno Park will be hosting a Discovering Deer Walk and a Fungus Among Us program.
If you are looking for a great outdoor experience combined with some incredible history, you will want to take one of the tours at Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park. This weekend's Heritage Tours will be offered both Saturday and Sunday. The tour will give you both a presentation on the mill's owners and operations and a guided tour of the first floor of the fully restored mill.
Sunday afternoon, Hike into the Past at Eno River State Park with a guided hike to the historic site of the Sanders P. Box home, go on a Bird Walk at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area or make your way over to the American Tobacco Trail where they are Itching for Spring.
Looking for a way to unwind midweek? Durant Nature Park invites you to bring the whole family out Tuesday evening for a A Family Walk in the Park.
More at the Museums
Friday Night marks the Exhibit Reception: The Photography of Louis Hine. Join the North Carolina Museum of History to celebrate the opening of their new exibit with light refreshments as you see photographs documenting the plight of child workers in the state's textile mills a century ago. Come back Sunday for a Music of the Carolinas concert of traditional Scottish and Irish music by the Thistledown Tinkers.
Art in the Evening at the North Carolina Museum of Art will feature the 1926 flick Sunny Side Up.
March Madness continues this weekend at the Museum of Life and Science. Their Tournament of Science features a different theme each weekend in March and this weekend will be Pi Day: A Celebration of Math.


Fun at the Fairgrounds

Spring is in the air for the Spring Antiques Show & Sale. Get your garden ready for spring at this show featuring all types of outdoor accessories. You will also find period furniture, fine & estate jewelry, silver, crystal, glass, botanical prints, majolica, English porcelain and American folk art.

Calling all you car collectors. 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.
Coins, postcards and stamps (U.S., foreign, ancient, gold & silver) will be available and dealers will be selling foreign, domestic and ancient currency at the Coin & Stamp Show.
The Hunt Horse Complex will be hosting a Hunter Jumper Horse Show.
The Persian Charsanbeh-Souri is a fiesta of the last Wednesday of the Persian Year and is celebrated on the last Tuesday night of the year. The Persian New Year Celebration is sponsored by the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina.


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