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April 7th - April 13th 2011

by Pam & Michael Davison


This weekend offers a fantastic variety of activities from Frogfest and to Historic Walking Tours and Civil War Encampments. Whatever you do, I hope can help you have a fabulous weekend!
The weekend's fun starts early this week. Thursday night brings the Third Annual Bridal Expo at the North Carolina Museum of History, A Family Walk in the Park at Durant Nature Park, a Public preview of the film "Earth: The Operators Manual" at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and the lecture Stitches in Learning at the Joel Lane Museum House
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...
Festivals & Fun
The Annual Frog Fest is back and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Crowder Park hosts the event to celebrate and educate about the array of frogs that call North Carolina home. There are live animals, crafts, a scavenger hunt, kids games, live entertainment and festival type refreshments. ParkGeek will be there so come check out our game "Stuck in the Mud". They always need volunteers, too. If you are interested in helping out, click through for the contact information.
Grab the leash and your four legged friend and head over to Historic Oak View County Park for Pet Bull Palooza. Free vouchers for 100 spay/neuter surgeries for owners of pit bulls, give away items, doggie demonstrations, rabies vaccinations, and a live radio broadcast hightlight the festival events.
Family Bingo is back at Bass Lake Park. Bring the whole family out for a little friendly competition and the opportunity to win a little cash.
The Spring Extravaganza is coming to Prairie Ridge Ecostation. Go on a Spring Scavenger Hunt, enjoy a Kite Flying Festival, listen to story time, and decorate yourself and march in the Parade of the Roaming Gnomes and Prairie Fairies.
Head on over to the Feast of the Beasts at the North Carolina Zoo. You will have the chance to meet the keepers and learn about animal appetites. Click through for the schedule of animals.
Join Marbles Kids Museum on Saturday for the The Home Depot Kids Workshop and build a project. Come back Sunday for Geology Rocks. Explore the science of rocks with Randy Bechtel, Geologist.
All weekend long, the NC State Farmers Market will be highlighting local herbs for Spring Herb Days. On Saturday, the Weekend Gardener Show with Mike Raley and Anne Clapp of 680 WPTF will be broadcasting live.
If you are looking for a fabulous day trip, head to Wilmington this weekend for their annual Azalea Festival. The event features five days of entertainment that includes: a parade, street fair, circus, concerts, pageantry, and all that is Southern.
Hikes, Hooks & Paddles at the Parks
The Piper-Cox House will be open over at Eno River State Park. There will be guided tours every 30 minutes. Over at Eno River, you are also invited to join a naturalist for the Borland-McCauley-Link Grist Mill Hike. At nearby West Point on the Eno, you can explore the forest for signs of Beaver Activity and their lodges.
Parrish Womble Park will be the site of the Kids Duathalon this Saturday. The race consists of a run/bike/run format with a choice of two distances for kids ages 6-16.
All you teachers, youth leaders and resource agency staff, the NC Aquatic WILD Workshop is coming to Blue Jay County Park.
Join a Park Ranger at William B. Umstead State Park for a guided canoe trip on a Big Lake Boat-A-Bout.
The Triangle Model Yacht Club will be at Lake Crabtree County Park with their boats for everyone to enjoy.
See some nature and learn a little Durham history. Local history buff John Schelp will narrate an Urban Hike in West Durham.
Lace up your running shoes and jog over to Regency Park Saturday mornig for the Cary Road Race. With a 10K, 5K and a Fun Run, there is something for all levels of runners.
Celebrate Arbor Day in Cary with an educational tree planting.
The Spring Big Sweep is your opportunity to come out and help keep the shores of Harris Lake clean and litter free.
History and Culture Come Alive
"Laser Retro" is a must-see evening laser show featuring songs from popular 80s retro bands like Tears for Fears, The Police, Duran Duran, INXS and the Cure at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro.
There is a lot going on at the Downtown Museums this weekend. Friday night, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will be showing the film "Step It Up and Go" about Carolina Blues. On Saturday, join the North Carolina Museum of History for a drop in event and make your very own Scrap Doll. Sunday brings the film Step It Up and Go back to the History Museum.
Art in the Evening returns to the North Carolina Museum of Art Friday Night with the 2001 film, Downtown 81. In addition, its College Night. Your college ID will get you an evening of music, street performers, image slams, and hands-on activities.
They will be partying in Wake Forest, too. Art After Hours will bring the Downtown alive through food, merchants and music.
The Holly Springs Cultural Center will be showing the family favorite, Meagmind.
If you are looking for a day trip, Historic Fort Dobbs in Statesville will be recreating the War for Empire 1761. At the site where soldiers once defended the frontier fort and settlers during the French and Indian War, visitors will have a chance to experience a vivid recreation of the colonial frontier fort including the1760 Cherokee attack on Fort Dobbs. More than 100 juried artisans and historic interpreters from across the nation will demonstrate their trades and sell their wares while entertainers and musicians delight audiences with 18th-century amusements.
Author Diane Daniels will be a the Durham Farmers' Market for a book-signing of her new travel guide book, "Farm Fresh North Carolina: The Go-To Guide to Great Farmers Markets."
In conjunction with Art Walk, Durham Central Park will be the site Sunday afternoon for the Drumstrong in the Triangle Drum Circle.
The Spring concerts are starting! Bring your tapping toes out to the Sertoma Amphitheater in Bond Park Sunday afternoon for a performance of the SAS showchoir, VocalMotion.
Events at the Fairgrounds
Come enjoy a festive atmosphere at the Southern Women's Show and relax with spa treatments and makeovers, value shop for clothes, jewelry and gifts, gourmet food & wine, travel ideas, beauty tips, health screenings, cooking classes, and fashion shows.
The FIRST NC Robotics Regional Tournament featuring competition between 44 high school teams from across the country and Brazil comes to the Dorton Arena.
The Lebanese Festival is here with cultural food (full Lebanese lunches, coffees and desserts), music and entertainment, art and craft items and other cultural exhibits.
The Hunt Horse Complex will be the site of an All-Arabian Horse Show.


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