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October 20th - October 26th 2011

by Pam & Michael Davison

This weekend's events are all about Halloween and Fall! One more great weekend where there is something fun to do for just about every age and interest. The State Fair continues through Sunday if you haven't had a chance yet to take in all the sights and sounds the Fair has to offer.

Getting in the Halloween Spirit

The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill has partnered with a youth theater company to present a version of
Voices From the Grave for young adults on Thursday through Saturday.

Hike along the Halloween Trail to encounter costumed characters performing family friendly nature based skits. When you reach the trail's end, huddle around the campfire for even more entertainment at Durant Nature Park both Friday and Saturday.
Take a country drive out to Ashboro for Batology 101: Fact vs Fiction to learn more about these misunderstood mammals at the North Carolina Zoo.
Visit the Raleigh City Museum to learn about the ghost, spirits and paranormal activities in and around Raleigh. Author Kala Ambrose will be presenting on some of the events in her new book Ghosthunting North Carolina.
Halloween Spooktacular Thursday is a free event for children 12 and under to celebrate the season with a variety of ghostly games activities, hay rides, ghoulish face painting, Dracula"s haunted maze, and goblin for apples at the Flaherty Park Community Center.
The Haunted Mordecai Free Festival and Lantern Tours are next weekend, but the fun starts this weekend with Haunted Trolley Tours of historic downtown Raleigh's most haunted places. The trolley departs from Mordecai Historic Park and takes an hour long journey ending at the City Cemetery.
Come hear some Tales from the Farm about Great Ghostly Gourds on Sunday. Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park invites you to join them for a program about pumpkins. Learn the history of the pumpkins role in Halloween and make your own pumpkin craft.
The Fall Festival at the W.D. Hill Recreation Center will have games tricks, and treats for kids off all ages.
Come and experience Ghost Ship, NC's only haunted battleship! The hatches will crack open with all new unique designs and scares. The fun takes place every Friday and Saturday night from now until Halloween on the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington.
On Tuesday, your little ghouls and goblins are invited to go trick-or-treating, play fun games, do activities, eat food, and enjoy storytelling during Batty Battleship's Halloween Bash on the Battleship North Carolina.
Reel-ly Scary Movies start this Tuesday at the Booth Amphitheater at Regency Park and continue through next Saturday. Tuesday they will show the 1963 film, The Haunting. Wednesday will be Misery. Bring the kids Thursday for Disney's The Haunted Mansion. Friday brings The Blair Witch Project and Saturday closes out the series with a double feature of Scream and Scary Movie.

Music & Movies

The Cary Diwali Celebration is back! Come to Regency Park to enjoy music and dance by local children, dance schools, ethnic handicrafts, clothing and jewelry bazaars, exhibitions as well as food choices from various parts of India. Their grand finale will feature Mayuri - Indian Dance Ensemble, based out of Petrovzadovsk, Russia.

Bring your kids to the Holly Springs Cultural Center Saturday morning for a Superhero Double Feature. The event will start off with "Bolt" and finish off with "The Incredibles".
The Durham Community Concert Band will delight their audience at the Pavilion at Durham Central Park Saturday with Broadway Tunes, Swing-era Jazz, Marches and Patriotic Numbers.
Explore the Music of Beethoven in preparation for the performance of Beethoven Lives Upstairs with the NC Symphony's next Young People"s Series in November at Marbles Kids Museum.
Save yourself from having to fix dinner Thursday night and head to Raleigh's City Plaza for Food Truck King. The free event will feature live music with local favorites Jack the Radio and a surprise guest band, fire dancers and circus performers. 12 food trucks will be competing for the rights to be Food Truck King. Click through for information on ordering your food sample tickets in advance.

History,  Art & BMX

Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park will be running Heritage Tours of the fully restored mill. Saturday morning, the whole family is invited to Log Cabin Storytime. After the folk tale, you can all enjoy making a craft together.

The annual Sk8 Cary BMX Contest is this Saturday. Whether you want to compete or just watch the action, it promises to be an exciting day.
Head to Downtown Durham Friday night to enjoy the Third Friday Gallery Crawl with live music.
Art in the Evening is back at the North Carolina Museum of Art Friday night. Kick your weekend off at their lobby turned lounge as you enjoy the music of Kevin Van Sant.
Historic Preservation Society of Durham volunteers will lead a Durham Architecture & the Urban Landscape Walking Tour through downtown highlighting the many architectural styles popular in the 20th century.

Enjoy Fall

In honor of National Wolf Awareness Week, the Museum of Life and Science will present special educational animal keeper talks daily.

Take a Fall Foliage Walk at Kids Together Park with a Landscape Architect and learn about the trees, shrubs and flowers that adorn the park.
Enjoy the Wonders of Lake Michie by Moonlight on a night paddle of the Lake.
The Triangle Model Yacht Club will be back again Saturday morning at Lake Crabtree County Park sailing and racing radio control yachts. Sunday afternoon, you are invited back to Lake Crabrtree to appreciate the Beauty of Fall.
Do you want to see Lake Crabtree from a different perspective. Join park staff for Paddle Tour of Lake Crabtree and you will both learn basic paddling techniques and enjoy some nature watching.
Learn how Native Americans and early settlers made shelter and fire at Leigh Farm Park Saturday afternoon.
Learn about the World of the Whitetail Deer Sunday afternoon on the American Tobacco Trail.
Sunday afternoon is a Volunteer Workday at Hemlock Bluffs. Assist staff with trail maintenance and improvements to aid in recreation and conservation efforts.




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