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June 23rd - June 29th 2011

by Pam & Michael Davison

Independence Day is right around the corner so remember to check with us for all the area fireworks, festivals and parades to celebrate the 4th of July. This weekend there are several movies and a wide variety of concerts so no matter what your musical preferences, we can get your toes tapping and your hands clapping to the beat.



If you are looking for some yummy fresh food for your holiday picnics, don't forget all of our local farmer's markets. In addition to the State Farmer's Market which is open every day, just about every Triangle town has a municipal market. Right now the blueberries are in and the corn, tomatoes and summer squash are delicious! Just go to the Event Search on and type in Farmer's Markets and we will get you all the info on your local market.

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 North Carolina Museum of Art offers up films both Friday and Saturday nights. Friday night will feature Morning Glory and Saturday night will bring Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. You will want to join them before the movie Saturday for Family Fun in the Setting Sun, a variety of crafts, activities, and photo opportunities.

Friday night at the Art Museum, you can also enjoy Art in the Evening and Meet the Artists featured in Mirror Image: Women Portraying Women, and the Thirst4Architecture Happy Hour.
Wake Forest Baptist Church will kick off Wake Forest's summer community outdoor movie nights with the movie Tangled. You bring the blanket and they will provide popcorn and drinks to round out the night.
Troubadors traces Carole King, James Taylor and the singer/songwriter scene during the late 1960's. It will be showing Friday night at the American Tobacco Campus.
The Holly Springs Cultural Center will be showing Surf's Up for their Saturday morning free family movie.
Music for Everyone at Outdoor Concerts
The Atomic Rhythm All-Stars is a 7 piece band dedicated to authentically recreating the hot jazz sounds of the 1920's and 30's. They will be performing Music on the Porch at the Mordecai Historic Park Friday Night.


The W. D. Hill Recreation Center will sponsor an evening of Family Roller Skating with music by DJ Pittipat on Friday night.
R&B, Reggae, Rockabilly & Country will be filling the air at the Holly Springs Cultural Center during an outdoor concert by Todd Proctor Vacation.
Join the Even Exchange Dance Theater at the North Carolina Museum of Art on Saturday for a series of modern, contemporary, and hip-hop dance performances. Bring the kids back Wednesday for Poetry for Kids of All Ages and Drop-In Crafts.
DJ Piddipat will spin music from her prodigious music collection for some Music in the Park at Durham Central Park Sunday night.
A Sunday night concert is a great way to wind down the weekend. Head on over to Fred Fletcher Park enjoy the sounds of the Raleigh Concert Band.
 Special Events at Our Museums

Marbles Kids Museum is calling all kids to come build something at the Home Depot Kids Workshop Saturday. Stay and take part in the Family Fit Series with guest star, Be Active North Carolina.

Bring your Teddy Bear to the North Carolina Zoo this Saturday for the Teddy Bear Fair. Zoo veterinarians will be performing check ups on teddy bears to make sure they stay happy and healthy. In addition to the Teddy Bear Clinic, Radio Disney will be there!

The Super Cool Liquid Nitrogen Show at the Museum of Life and Science will be exciting, engaging and chilly. There are shows daily this week.


Get Outside at the Parks & Fairgrounds

Just Winging It at Blue Jay County Park will teach you a new way to bird watch during their Family Wildlife Series.

Bring your kids over to Laurel Hills Park for a Pond Study. Be ready to get muddy and explore who is living in the pond.
They will be learning all about Radical Reptiles over at the American Tobacco Trail.
The state parks offer a variety of programs this weekend from some Fishing Fun at William B. Umstead State Park and a Geology Hike at Occoneechee Mountain on Saturday to a Kid's Scavenger Hunt and a Crustaceans exploration at Eno River State Park on Sunday.
Enjoy the beauty of Lake Michie at sunset by boat for a Sunset Paddle on Saturday.
The State Fairgrounds will be hosting a Minature Horse Performance Show, a Toy & Hobby Show, and an open breed 2-day Horse Show.

Saturday also marks the annual Tour de Fat at Diamond View Park. The pro-bike celebration includes a costumed bicycle parade, beer, eye-popping entertainment, local food and crazy bike contests along with a ride.


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