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March 31st - April 6th 2011

by Pam & Michael Davison

After all the cold and rain, it looks like its going to be a beautiful weekend. First Friday is back and the farmers' markets and Easter egg hunts are starting up.

With Spring here, remember that ParkGeek.com will have all the local municipal Farmer's Markets. This weekend, the Wake Forest Farmers Market opens for the season featuring Debbie Moose's Deviled Eggs" signing and sampling. The Durham Farmers' Market kicks off the season with a Chef Demonstration by Amy Tornquist, the Owner of Watts Grocery. Wilmington even boasts Farmers' Market Preview Day Saturday morning if you are going to be by the coast.
 
For more info on everything going on, go to www.Parkgeek.com 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...
 
Friday Fun
 
First Friday at the Raleigh City Museum will be celebrating the opening of Painted Archives, New Works, a one-man art show with local artist Pete Sack. Come enjoy their usual First Friday fun of live music and hors d'oeuvres while you take in Sack's interpretation of Raleigh's history and people as it has changed throughout the years.
First Friday Movie Night at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences features one of the best of director Ed Wood's B-movies. Staring Bela Lugosi, "Bride of the Monster," is one of those sci-fi flick you won't want to miss.
Celebrate a fun-filled evening of Sunday hat-making, song and dance, and a sneak preview of NC Theatre"s production of Hello, Dolly! GLEE for the Family during First Friday at Marbles Kids Museum.
Visit the galleries, listen to live music and delight in a divine culinary experience while you take advantage of the First Friday Specials offered by participating restaurants for the First Friday Gallery Walk in Downtown Raleigh.
Art in the Evening returns to the North Carolina Museum of Art with live music and light fare. The featured flick will be the 1945 classic Scarlet Street.
Do you have some teens that are ready to rock? Send them over to the Holly Springs Cultural Center for Teen Band Night.
Bass Lake Park invites your whole family for an evening of Family Fun. The evening kicks off with arts & crafts, live animals and fishing and ends with a lively concert by Trish Miller.

Festivals & Celebrations

Easter is not far away and yard sale season is upon us. The Spring Fling, Yard Sale and Egg Hunt at Womble Park has both. Start the morning off with a Community Wide Yard Sale. Add some games, inflatables, and music for a full family event and top it all off with an egg hunt.
Rock Quarry Park will be the site of a Multi-Cutural Festival. Festival highlights will include a "Parade of Nations", selection & crowning of the "Festival Queen" and "Face of the Festival" plus food and arts & craft vendors.
Regency Park will go international with the Baisakhi Mela - Spring Festival. The festival will feature famous Punjabi singer Sukhwinder Panchi, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and Ms. Ishmeet Narula o NC as a headliner performance for Baisakhi 2011.
All children ages 5-10 are invited to participate in the Amazing Race: For Kids at Jaycee Park. The race features activities that have been inspired by different cultures from all around the world.
The Brain Injury Association of North Carolina will be having its annual Joggin 4 Your Noggin 5K Run to benefit brain injuries. Enjoy lunch, an event T-Shirt, music, booths, activities for kids and lots of fun at Lake Crabtree County Park.
The whole family is invited to join Elite Bassmasters of Raleigh and park staff to tackle the basics of fishing in a Family Fishing Clinic. Kids participate in games and hands on activities to learn about fishing and aquatic ecosystems,
Gourd Day at the State Farmers Market features everything Gourd. Come check out Gourd Arts and Crafts, a large variety of gourds & gourd seed and plenty of information.
Spring is a great time to make a trek to the North Carolina Zoo. With special events every Saturday in April, there is even more to enjoy. This weekend, Strike Up the Bands with some live music.
Join your neighbors at Morrisville Town Hall for the inaugural Green Day. The event includes a community tree planting, a shredding opportunity, a Goodwill donation spot, electronics recycling, and a yard care and maintenance event. Enjoy free hotdogs and bring home your own tree sapling.
Tuesday night, you are invited to bring your kids to Koka Booth Amphitheatre for a Green Hope Pops Concert. The evening will feature the talent of the Green Hope High School Symphonic Band and Chorus.
 
Indoor Amusements
 
Are you planning the Big Day? The Holly Springs Wedding Show offers lots of great information and vendors in the beautiful Bass Lake Park Setting.
Nano Days is here and Marbles Kids Museum is celebrating with a big day of tiny science. On Saturday, you can also join the Eco-Heroes and learn how to keep our environment clean.
Saturday morning, the Holly Springs Cultural Center will be showing the movie Alpha and Omega. Saturday night, the Holly Springs Concert Band invites you to join them for an evening of fun. Their works include rock music renditions, marches, movie theme songs, semi-classical, and classical so there is something for everyone. Bring some canned food to the performance and help them make a big donnation to the Holly Springs Food Cupboard.
Poetry and Journalism in the U.S. Civil War will be the subject of a lecture Sunday afternoon at the North Carolina Museum of History.
Celebrate human health and wellness with hands-on, family-friendly activities, programs and exhibits, with a focus on nutrition, physical fitness, and mental and emotional well-being during Family Science Day at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.
Are you getting the itch to fix up your home or add something to your landscape? The Southern Ideal Home Show at the State Fairgrounds will feature hundreds of building, remodeling, kitchen and bath, landscaping, outdoor living and interior design companies. Also at the fairgrounds, the Precious Gem & Mineral Show will include dealers, club demonstrations, geodes and fossils.
 
You Can Give Back
 
Join thousands of volunteers from across the country for this national Civil War Park Day. Volunteers at Bennett Place State Historic Site will assist with needed projects including lawn care, painting, gardening, and more.
Volunteer to help keep the shoreline of Lake Crabtree litter-free. Gloves, bags, and other supplies are provided by the park for the Spring Big Sweep.
Might you be willing to donate some time and energy to Historic Yates Mill County Park? There are many volunteer opportunities available, including trail work, gardening, mill tour and program assistance, special events and much more. Come to a Volunteer-In-Parks Interest Session to learn about all the opportunities.
While you are at Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park, you might want to take a Heritage Tour.
There are several guided hikes this weekend, too. Eno River State Park invites you to take a Walk in the Woods or do some Rockin' and Rollin' on the American Tobacco Trail. Take it to the next level at Harris Lake County Park with some Geocaching.
Take your adventure off the trail while you explore a vernal pond and search for signs of Salamanders at Eno River State Park or take a Canoe "Hike" at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.

 

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