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March 17th - March 23rd 2011

by Pam & Michael Davison


Spring is officially here Monday and it looks like the weather is going to be fabulous!
Welcome to all you new ParkGeeks that we met at Reptile and Amphibian Day. I truly hope that this weekly newsletter and the website will help you make the most out of your free time like it has for so many other families here in the Triangle. Thanks also to all of you who have forwarded the newsletter to a co-worker or told a friend about the website. We truly appreciate you helping us to spread the word.
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! See below for more...
Spring is Here!
Another sign that Spring is back is the return of the Corn Grinding Tours at Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park. See the mill in operation, and hear how the "gristmill" works from costumed interpreters.
The Holly Springs police invite you to pedal downtown for a Kids Bicycle Rodeo. Celebrate the season with bike tuneups and helmet-fitting in addition to safety instruction, gifts and prizes. While you are there, the police also invite you to take part in the Child Car Safety Seat Clinic.
The trees are starting to leaf out and some are already blooming. Come on out to Occoneechee Mountain to learn some Spring Tree Identification.
Have you heard the frogs at night? Celebrate the beginning of spring at Crowder by Night as you hike around the pond to listen for frogs and birds of the night under the light of the full moon.
Also taking advantage of the full moon, Little River Regional Park invites you to join them on a Full Moon Hike.
Sandy Creek Park will be hosting both bird walks and butterfly walks as well as park cleanup and educational activities for kids during their Birds and Butterflies Program.
Come join park staff at Lake Crabtree County Park as they take an energetic, calorie burning Spring Canoe Trip across Lake Crabtree.
Are you interested in learning how to Canoe? Canoeing Skills I at William B Umstead Park will incorporate a short instructional video and discussion followed by some basic paddling on Big Lake.
Festivals and the Museums
Once a month the North Carolina Museum of Art kicks it up a notch in the East Building! Featuring lively music by local bands and themed small plates and beverages, East in the Evening draws a big crowd looking for a festive night out. This Friday will feature the sounds of the South with a down home gathering featuring local bluegrass band Southern Line. Click through for the special southern menu. After you dance the night away, grab a seat for the 1957 flick "Sweet Smell of Sucess."
You are invited to a wedding, a parade, and a reception! Show your love for the City of Durham by coming out to Marry Durham, After the ceremony and parade, there will be several simultaneous receptions featuring loads of live entertainment for the whole family. Click through for the schedule.
March Science Madness continues this weekend at the Museum of Life and Science. This weekend's events focus on Sports Science.
The Holly Springs Cultural Center moves away from kids films this weekend with a screening of Secretariat Saturday morning.
Head on over to Marbles Kids Museum and join in the Grand Opening Celebration of their new exhibit Pet Vet. They encourage you to bring a can of cat or dog food to donate to the SPCA of Wake County. Kids can even explore careers in pet health during the workshop, FutureVet with Banfield Pet Hospital.
The Natural Science Center of Greensboro is hosting Doctor Day. Children will be able to prepare their own healthy snack, try out an obstacle course and take part in parachute games. Kids are invited to make their own doctor bags, listen to stories, and see a fire truck and ambulance up close.
Its Third Friday in Downtown Durham! The Gallery Crawl includes live music, special foods and entertainment.
History Comes Alive!
Civil War re-enactors and spectators will converge on Bentonville Battlefield to reenact the Battle of Bentonville, fought March 19-21, 1865. In addition to the battle reenactments, there will be numerous free activities including tours of the circa 1855 Harper House, used as a Union field hospital during the battle.
The North Carolina Museum of History invites you to see toys from the past in their lobby exhibit, Toys, Toys, and More Toys and then make a flying toy to take home during their Make It, Take It drop in program, Hand Helicopter.
Come back to the North Carolina Museum of History Sunday afternoon for the Freedom Papers. The lecture will follow one family's journey from enslavement in 18th-century West Africa through emancipation during the Haitian Revolution and a later odyssey to Cuba and New Orleans.
Join an Umstead State Park Ranger for a bike ride and a history lesson as you go Pedaling Through The Past.
A Little More Fun!
The Wake County Parks are offering a Longleaf Pine Exploration of the Longleaf Pine restoration area at Harris Lake County Park on Saturday and Super Skulls and Scats at Crowder District County Park on Sunday.
The State Parks invite you to learn about Reptiles at Eno River State Park or Spiders at Umstead State Park.
Want to get outside with your kids and explore? Take a Family Pond Dip at Laurel Hills Park and get your hands muddy discovering the critters that call the pond home.
The North Carolina State Fairgrounds is hosting the Annual N.C. RV & Camping Show, a Hunter Jumper Horse Show and the Coastal Paws Cat Show.


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