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September 1st - September 7th 2011

by Pam & Michael Davison

Happy Labor Day Weekend! It looks as if we will be Hurricane free and the holiday weekend will be spectacular!

First Friday kicks off the Holiday Weekend

The Raleigh City Museum is excited to host the opening of its newly redesigned exhibit on
Raleigh's City Flag: Lost and Found. Stop by the museum for the exhibit opening while enjoying their usual First Friday fun of live music, hors d'oeuvres, and all things Raleigh.

Marbles Kids Museum will be staying open late for First Friday. Make a whole evening of play and adventure with a visit to the museum and IMAX Theatre.
Enjoy a free, self-guided tour of local art galleries, art studios, museums, retailers, restaurants and alternative art venues on the first Friday of every month in downtown Raleigh. The First Friday Gallery Walk features live music at many of the galleries and specials offered by all participating restaurants.
The First Friday Movie Night at the he North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will feature the 1958 classic "The Strange World of Planet X", jazz guitarist Eli Wittmann, their newest special exhibit, "Our Expanding Oceans," and an opening reception for artists from the Colored Pencil Society of America, whose show "Naturally Colored Pencils," will be on display.
Lockdown Blues Band will be getting the weekend rolling over at City Market at a family friendly outdoor concert.
ChamberSoul artist Shana Tucker performs with her quartet in celebration of the exhibition 30 Americans at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The exhibit 30 Americans will also be open for free as it bids Raleigh goodbye. Stay after dark and enjoy the film The King's Speech.

The weekend fun starts Friday night in Durham, too! The Museum of Life and Science invites you to join them for another Friday Made Easy. Enjoy extended hours for both the indoor and outdoor exhibits as well as light dinner, beer and wine.

WUNC's "Back Porch Music" returns to the American Tobbaco Campus Amphitheatre with a concert by Craicdown.
Away from the city lights, Bass Lake Park will be celebrating Family Fun Night. The evening starts off with arts & crafts, live animals or maybe some fishing. End the night with a lively, interactive concert by Trish Miller.

Festivals & Fun
City Plaza in Downtown Raleigh will be hosting the second annual African American Cultural Festival both Saturday and Sunday. The Festival will feature an African American arts and crafts market, non-stop live entertainment, specialty items and food vendors There will even be a family-friendly Village featuring performances and educational, interactive programming for school-aged children.

The Holly Springs Cultural Center will be playing the movie, Charlotte's Web.
This weekend's Farmer's Market in Durham will feature Zach and Luke of Bull City Burger and Brewery whipping up some of their specialties.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences invites middle and high school students along with all life long learners to Science Saturday. This lecture will explore Genetically Modified Food: Fact, Fiction and Future Research.
Join the Raleigh City Museum for an afternoon of fun and learn how the evolution of transportation, from horses to bikes to trolleys, trains and cars, shaped the city of Raleigh. Trains, Trolleys, and Trikes will discuss basic bicycle maintenance, give you an opportunity to play with old toy cars, and let you take on your friends in a classic game of horseshoes.
The North Carolina Symphony will be at the Raleigh Amphitheater performing Sample Your Symphony in a free concert Sunday afternoon. The concert will feature the works of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, John Williams and Andrew Lloyd Webber, as well as a few moving marches.
The Sunday in the Park Concert Series moves to Chavis Community Center this weekend with a mix of beach, pop, soft rock and Motown dance by Jaisun McMillian.
From ice cream and ice castles to solar jewelry and beach ball volleyball, join Marbles Kids Museum on Labor Day for a Summer Fun Finale! They will be wrapping up the season with the best of summer games and activities.

Feathered Friends & Sails at the Parks
Join the Lake Crabtree County Park bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends. Discover different types of birds and their habitats.

The Triangle Model Yacht Club will be out at Lake Crabtree County Park with their radio control yachts.
View a brief presentation on the mill's owners and operations in the Finley Center auditorium, then head to the mill for a guided tour of the fully restored mill for a Heritage Tour at Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park.

Lots to do at the Fairgrounds
There is quite an eclectic mix again this weekend at the State Fairgrounds. Some of the events do have a small admission charge so make sure to click through for all the details.

Do you need a new pet? Are you looking for something a little exotic? Then the The Carolina Reptile & Exotic Animal Show may interest you. There will be breeders and supplies for everything you need for reptiles, birds and exotic mammals.

The Hunt Horse Complex will be hosting the Labor of Love Horse Show on Saturday and Sunday. There will be all levels of dressage competition. On Monday, you are invited to watch a Sport Horse Breeding Show. If you are already into the equestrian sports or are looking for a more affordable way to get into the sport, you may want to check out the Equestrian Exchange Consignment Sale.
AKC registered dogs will compete each day for points leading to championships, as well as dog obedience trials for degrees and obedience championship points at the Kennel Club Dog Show.
Treasures of the Earth Gem, Mineral & Jewelry will bring together collections gold and sterling silver jewelry, loose gems, pearls, beads and findings, minerals, crystals, fossils all under one roof.



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