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August 2nd - August 8th 2012
by Pam & Michael Davison
It's First Friday and Tax Free weekend! Make sure to take advantage of some of the fabulous events this weekend when you need a break from shopping.
The fun really starts Thursday. They will be spitting seeds over at the State Farmer's Market forWatermelon Day
. Meet the NC Watermelon Queen, enjoy free watermelon slices and get a peek at this years crop of giant watermelons.
Thursday night at Wallace Plaza in Chapel Hill, the Locally Grown Movie will feature the movie Back to the Future
along with free popcorn, crafts, activities, trivia & costume contests.
Take an All-American Pirate Adventure
Friday mornig at Historic Yates Mill County Park. Read a pirate story, make a treasure map, test your detective skills, play games and enjoy some delicious seasonal treats at Becky's picnic.
Friday is also Watermelon Day
at the Museum of Life and Science. Bring a watermelon for the animals and enter to win a behind-the-scenes bear feeding! Click through for the schedule of Meet the Keeper sessions and Melon Lab times.
Art in the Evening will highlight live music with the David Dryer Trio. Join in on some Lazy Days on the Lawn, a docent led art exploration and stay for the Oscar winning film,Midnight in Paris. The movie will be screened both Friday and Saturday evening.
Both the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the Nature Research Center will be staying open late forFirst Friday
. In addition to being able to explore all the exhibits, you can attend an opeing art reception for "Chaos and Cosmos" with artist Shelly Hehenberger and say Farewell to Ray Bradbury. This months Natural Horror Picture Show will offer a special screening of rare films based on Bradbury's short stories.
Kick your weekend off Friday night with the last Warehouse Blues Concert of the season at Durham Central Park. This week's concert will feaure Cool John Ferguson
Throughout Downtown Raleigh, look for the First Friday Flags and enjoy a citywide Gallery Walk
Local bands perform free concerts in front of Big Ed"sCity Market
Restaurant for First Friday.
Far from the city lights, Family Fun Night with Trish Miller
at Bass Lake Park will feature a whole evening of family fun. Start off with arts & crafts, live animals and some fishing. Finish the evening with an interactive concert with Trish Miller.
More Concerts & Movies
On August 4, the streets will rumble with the sound of motorcyclists for the biggest Bikers Against Breast Cancer (BABC) charity ride. You may not be riding, but you are invited to theirCommunity Dayfeaturing vendors, live entertainment and a stunt show.
Rock the Park Saturday evening at Rock Quarry Park and enjoy the Reggae sounds of Crucial Fiya
will be the featured flick at the Holly Springs Cultural Center's Family Movie Saturday morning.
will be performing for Raleigh's Sunday in the Park Concert this weekend at Fred Fletcher Park.
Join Dancing in the Park
every Monday at Chavis Community Center to celebrate fitness and raise awareness to reduce cardio-vascular disease and obesity.
Wednesday afternoon brings a Drop-In Studio
for family art making and a series of Family Films
that capture the heart of Storyteling at the NC Museum of Art.
Science, Orchids & Fun at the Fairgrounds
The monthly Science Saturday event is back at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. This month will discuss Bugs in Your Backyard: How Plant Diversity Can Affect Insect Diversity with Sam Marshall from the North Carolina State University.
Join the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors to watch a live feed of the Mars Rover, "Curiosity,"
landing on Mars late Sunday night. The event starts at 11:30pm with a variety of informative presentations and culminates at 1:30am with the landing.
The Triangle Orchid Society invites you to join them forGrowers Day
at JC Raulston Arboretum. Saturday's event does have a registration fee, but it includes morning and afternoon lectures, lunch, a souvenir orchid and membership to the Triangle Orchid Society.
Hikes & Critters at the Parks
For you early risers, local bird enthusiast, Vernon, will be out at Lake Crabtree County Park for his monthly Birding with Vernon walk.
Join a Ranger for a Canoe Hike
Monday night out at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.
National Night Out is Tuesday night. ManyTriangle Police Departments are partnering with local shopping centers to put on community building events. The Holly Springs Police Department
will be out at Jones Park with attractions for kids, law enforcement displays and light refreshments.