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June 16th - June 22nd 2011

by Pam & Michael Davison

 Happy Father's Day! Take some time this weekend to celebrate all those hard working dads. The North Carolina Zoo invites you to come stroll their shady paths. and enjoy their ongoing Bee a Bear event during June Saturdays. This Saturday is all about Black Bears and kids can make their Dads a Father's Day card at the Honey Bee Garden.

Marble Kid's Museum is also celebrating with Dad's Weekend at Marbles. Race lawn mowers, make mustaches, paint with shaving cream and participate in silly activities and contests.

Join the park staff out at Historic Yates Mill County Park for a Day Out with Dad.

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area invites you to bring Dad on Sunday for a Fathers Day Hike.

Pack a picnic Sunday night and head on over to the American Tobacco Campus Amphitheatre for a Pops for Pops Concert with the Durham Community Concert Band & Durham Jazz Orchestra.

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...

Movies at the Parks & Museums
Get out a blanket and the bug spray and head on out to watch an evening movie under the stars. 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 Despicable Me.


Continuing their Faces of America Film Series, the Holly Springs Cultural Center will be showing the episode Becoming American this Thursday evening.
The North Carolina Museum of Art invites you to their open-air theater Friday night for the 2009 film This Is It about Michael Jackson. Before the movie, you are free to enjoy Art in the Evening.
Durham Central Park will present Durham Cinematheque & Movies all over the Park Friday night. Come check out a multi-screen blowout on both sides of Foster Street.
The Holly Springs Cultural Center will be showing the adorable culinary favorite, Ratatouille for their Saturday morning free family movie.



Music for Everyone at Outdoor Concerts

Concerts throughout the Triangle kick off Friday and continue through Sunday. Moment's Notice will be playing for the Starlight Concert Series at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center Friday night.


The New North Carolina Ramblers will be entertaining people at the American Tobbaco Campus Amphitheatre.

Saturday brings a rousing concert by the Holly Springs Community Band at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.

Come dance the night away at a Worldwide Dance Party Sunday night at Durham Central Park. DJ Piddipat will be spinning music for the whole family to enjoy.

A Sunday night concert is a great way to wind down the weekend. Head on over to Fred Fletcher Park with your Dad to enjoy the sounds of the Chapel Hill Village Band.



Fun Festivals Around the Triangle

The sun may be shining on Saturday, but the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will be all about extreme weather during StormFest.

Wake Forest Area Artists will have a Paint Out at the Farmers' Market. Come and watch artists paint what they see in and around the Farmers Market

Come on out to the Bull City Chili Challenge. The annual event features sampling and judging of a wide selection of tasty chili showcasing local Durham restaurants and produce.

The North Carolina Maker Faire is back at the State Fairgrounds this weekend. The event celebrates things people create themselves - from electronic gizmos to "slow made" foods and homemade clothes.

The CCB Plaza is hosting the annual Durham Juneteenth Celebration Saturday with entertainment, vendors, food, health fair and children's activities.

As a prelude to the annual Battle of the Bands, you are cordially invited to enjoy an evening of live music, dancing, libations, sack races, and masquerading in support of the North Carolina Arts In Action during the Glamabellum Ball.
Raleigh City Museum staff will lead children and families on a Historic Walking Tour of Fayetteville Street. Children will hear fascinating stories such as the search for Thomas Briggs' gold and the Governor's Mansion mystery.



More Fun Things at the Parks & Fairgrounds

Help release hundreds of ladybugs into the garden at Little River Regional Park and find out all about these beneficial insects and why scientists need help studying them during a Ladybug Release.

The parks have a wide variety of programs this weekend. Historic Yates Mill County Park invites you to Paddle the Pond, learn about Snakes Alive or take a Corn Grinding Tour.

Lake Crabtree County Park wil be teaching the Basics of Birdwatching and hosting the Triangle Model Yacht Club.

The State Parks are hoppin' too! Occoneechee Mountain will sponsor a Trail Workday and a Dragonfly Program.

You can learn What a Waterbug is at Eno River State Park or go on a Bobbitt Hole Adventure with a naturalist.

Its time again for the monthly Box Turtle Trek with a park ranger at Falls Lake State Recreation Area. You can even take a Canoe Hike at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area on Sunday.
Take a walk in the Museum Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art and see what inspires us to create for Art in the Park.
The State Fairgrounds will also be hosting a Quarter Horse Show.               








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