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June 9th - June 15th 2011

by Pam & Michael Davison

 Looks like its going to be another wonderful weekend!

Here are the highlights for this weekend. If you are looking for our complete list what's going on, go to www.Parkgeek.com click on "Event Search" and fill in the dates. Be sure to include Thursday through Sunday so you don't miss anything. Select the search button and start planning! See below for more...
 
Movies & Art at the Parks and Museums
 
Pop the popcorn, shake on the salt and melt the butter. There are even more great movies hitting the big screen this weekend! The fun starts Thursday with the Movies by Moonlight series at Regency Park. The feature film will be Eat, Pray, Love.
Inception will be showing on the lawn of the North Carolina Museum of Art Friday night along with Art in the Evening.
Thursday nights in June, the Holly Springs Cultural Center will be hosting the Faces of America Film Series. This weeks installment of the PBS Series will feature Making America. Yogi Bear is the Family Movie Saturday morning at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.
The North Carolina Museum of Art is hosting a Children's Performance next Wednesday. Head on over to the museum with your kids to enjoy Great Stories for Young Folks with with Gran'daddy Junebug.
Art After Hours is back in Downtown Wake Forest. The Downtown will come alive with food, merchants and music!
Art After Dark will bring local and artists and live music to several locations around Holly Springs. Click through for some of the featured venues.
Marbles Kids Museum invites you to join them for Science Solvers on Sunday afternoon. They will explore creatures that live in ponds with one of our favorite educators, Jackie Trickel from Wake County Parks.
 
Music for Everyone at Outdoor Concerts
 
 Kick off the weekend with a picnic and an outdoor concert with the soul and blues sounds of The Lockdown Blues Band at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.
Music off Main is back this Thursday night in Downtown Garner at a new location. This Thursday you can enjoy the sounds of Back n Time Band on the Back Lawn of the Garner Historic Auditorium .
The band U2 will be the highlight of this month's Laser OmniSphere Show at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro. The Friday night performance will set the music of U2 to an laser show of light across the NSC's 40 foot OmniSphere Dome Theater.
The Steep Canyon Rangers will have your toes tapping over at the American Tobacco Campus Amphitheatre Friday evening.
The The Monitors will be delighting their audience at the Sertoma Amphitheater with a Summer Concert on Saturday. On Sunday, the Sertoma Amphitheater will host Pops in the Park with the Triangle Wind Ensemble.
DJ Piddipat will spin reggae and caribbean music from her prodigious music collection for Music in the Park at the Pavilion at Durham Central Park Sunday evening.
Explore the history, cultural significance, and secrets of Flamenco Dancing at a free concert inside the air conditioned N.C. Museum of History on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday evening you can head on over to Fred Fletcher Park to hear the jazz and swing sounds of Laura Ridgeway with Capital Transit.
 
Fun Festivals Around the Triangle
 
The bubbles are back for Bubble Blitz, at the Museum of Life and Science! Join them for a day of good clean fun bursting with demos, experiments and hands-on activities all about bubbles!
Pull together a team and head to the heart of Downtown Raleigh Saturday for the annual Raleigh Typhoon 5 Scavenger Hunt. The hunt features finding specific items and exhilarating tasks along with a few pitfalls that lead up to some great prizes.
Bee a Bear in June at the NC Zoo this weekend. This Saturday's events highlight the Grizzly Bear.
The W.D. Hill Recreation Center invites you to enjoy some Family Roller Skating and music Friday night.
Come on over to Bass Lake Park for a little friendly competition during some Family Bingo Friday night.
Independent Weekly's Best of the Triangle Party will take place at Durham Central Park this Saturday with Food and products from Best of the Triangle Finalists for sample & sale; Bouncing Bulldogs; and live music.
Second Saturdays through the summer will bring special activities at the State's 37 museums and historic sites. Bennett Place State Historic Site will be celebrating Carolina Culture with artisans from across the state demonstrating and selling their wares.
Bentonville State Historic Site will be exploring Camp Life through living historians.
Enjoy a wide variety of herb and musical entertainment, craft demonstrations & vendors, 19th century games for children, traditional herbal use displays, and an herb tasting party for the Herb, Garden, and Craft Festival at Duke Homestead Historic Site.
Get ready to celebrate Toys and Games at the North Carolina Museum of History. Watch toymakers at work, play historic games, hear stories & tall tales and make your own toys.
The North Carolina State Capitol will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Big Bethel. The program will include uniforms worn by Tar Heels, and information on the life of Henry Lawson Wyatt, the first soldier from North Carolina to die in the Civil War.
There are events going on at all 37 State Historic Sites, but two more I wanted to mention because they that would make a fun day trip are Capturing a Likeness, an art and history festival at Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens and Navigate. Battleship 101 & Oscillate: Beach Music Festival on the Battleship North Carolina.
 
Hikes and Programs in the Parks
 
 The State Parks will be busy this weekend. William B. Umstead State Park invites you to Build a Boat or take a Bug Walk. The fun continues all week long at Umstead with Finding Frogs on Tuesday and Snakes Alive on Wednesday.
The historic Piper-Cox House will be open for touring at Eno River State Park. You can also join the Naturalist at Eno River Friday night for Froggy Friday or a Turtle Trek on Saturday. On Sunday, you can learn about Spiders and their Webs.
The County Parks are a great place to explore also. Come on over to the American Tobacco Trail to see some Wiggly Worms or take a Spring Canoe Trip on Lake Crabtree. Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park will be conducting Mill Heritage Tours both Saturday and Sunday. This weekend is also your last chance to see the exhibit From Morning to Night at Historic Oak View Park. Sunday afternoon at Crowder Park, you can learn about Dazzling Dragonflies.
The North Carolina State Fairgrounds will be hosting a Gem & Jewelry Show, a "Parade of The Stars" Show & Auction Sale and a Quarter Horse Show. Monday and Tuesday next week, the Fairgrounds will host the Little Futurity Horse Show

 

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