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January - December 2009

Sat., May 2, 2009
9th Annual Rainbow of Heroes Walk to Benefit the Duke University Hospital Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Center
Duke Center for Living, Saturday, May 2, 2009, registration 9am - 10am.
Rainbow of Heroes is a walk commemorating and celebrating all the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant patients and their families.  Participants walk 5200 yards around the track at the Duke Center for Living. Balloons are carried in honor or memory of patients who have been through or are currently in the program. As a finale to the walk, there will be a giant balloon release, creating a rainbow-colored skyline in honor of all these brave heroes.  During the day there are various activities and carnival type games for kids of all age. Many of the area mascots stop by to visit.  A light breakfast and full lunch is provided for all participants. Walkers raise money from various sponsors and compete for top fundraising prizes. Over $540,000 has been raised over the past six years.  Come out and support this great cause.  more>


Fri and Sat., May 1 and May 2, 2009
29th Annual Peakfest in Apex, NC  Enjoy festivities in downtown Apex celebrating the "Peak of Good Living."   Food, arts and crafts, children's activities, musical entertainment and more.  (Festival is held each year on the first Saturday in May.)  From the website:  "This festival has grown from a small community day in a school parking lot to an event which draws hundreds of vendors and over 25,000 people to the streets of downtown Apex. Every year, the Apex Festival Commission plans a bigger and more exciting day.  Children enjoy the KidsZone area with rides and games, and artists and crafters provide lots of shopping opportunities. Festival food like cotton candy, hoagies, and ice cream is sure to please, but you must try some of the international fare like Thai chicken, Chinese noodles and Greek gyros. Local talent and family entertainment provide dance, song and comedy on the stages. The week of activities includes a golf tournament, athletic contests, barbecues, and shopping specials. Festival day begins with a pancake breakfast prepared and served by the Apex Rotary Club in the historic Salem St. Fire Station."  For more information or to request a vendor application call the Apex Festival Commission at 919 249-3402 or visit

Visit for more information.


Sun., May 3, 2009
Carrboro Day 2009
Carrboro Town Hall & Commons, Sunday, May 3, 2009, 12:45 - 7pm.
Enjoy live music and lots of family festivities all day long!  Activities include Mother Goose story telling, Family Crafts, Poetry Reading, Family Games, Family Picnic Dinner (BYOP) and more! Also scheduled are numerous outdoors/nature-based activities at Bolin Creek and Wilson Park (including a Bird Walk, Geo-Hike, Wildflower Walk, Carrboro History & Culture Walk, and more. more>


Sat., May 9, 2009
20th Annual Haw River Festival
Saturday, May 9, 2009 1 - 6 p.m. at the old Bynum Bridge on the Haw River, in Bynum, Chatham County.   Musicians, artists, giant puppets, and environmental and river activities will be at the historic Bynum Bridge in Bynum, N.C. on May 12th for the 18th annual celebration of the River!  Admission fee $.  Bynum is off Hwy 15-501 about 12 miles south of Chapel Hill and 4 miles north of Pittsboro. Take Bynum Road to the old Bynum Bridge and follow signs for parking.

From the Haw River Festival website page: 

Celebrate the River in Bynum Sat. May 9, 1 - 6 pm at the Haw River Community Festival
* An exhibit and silent auction of art by nationally known folk artist, Clyde Jones of Bynum, will take place.
* Haw River Festival T-shirts designed by Clyde will be on sale all day.
* Local artists will have works for sale.

Fun for kids!
* Kids can ?paint-your-own Clyde Jones critter cut-out? from 1:30 to 4:30 pm.
* Free Short Canoe Rides on the Haw for kids under 13 (parent-signed waiver will be required) from 1 - 5 pm at Bynum Beach
* "River of Chalk" drawing on the Bynum Bridge
* Hands-on art and nature activities including the "Enviroscape"
* Puppet Parade

Music--On Stage!
Food! There will be delicious food (and drinks), including vegetarian options, for sale all day, by the great cooks at the Bynum Ruritan Club.

* River Monitoring demonstrations, from 2 to 4:30 pm at Bynum Beach, led by Cynthia Crossen, HRA's River Watch Project Coordinator--our project that monitors the Haw River and creeks with over 100 volunteers!

* Environmental and Community Booths: Many organizations that work to protect the environment in our area will be on hand to share information with Festival-goers.
* Canoe Raffle! Tickets will be available at $1 each for a beautiful canoe that will be raffled off at 5:00 pm.
* Sale of Native Streambank and Wetland Plants: Wildflowers, trees and shrubs will be on sale all day from local Chatham native plant nurseries, as a fundraiser for HRA.
* Guided Nature Walk through the Lower Haw River State Natural Area.

Directions: Bynum is located on the banks of the Haw River off of US 15-501, between Pittsboro and Chapel Hill.

From Chapel Hill (and points north), go south on 15-501 for about 12 miles and turn left onto Bynum Road (just after Allen and Son BBQ). Stay on Bynum Rd and follow signs to parking and the Festival site.

From Pittsboro (and points south), take 15?501 north about 4 miles from Pittsboro and turn right onto Bynum Road (before crossing the Haw River on 15-501) and follow to dead end at river. Park on Bynum Beach Road and walk across the Bynum pedestrian bridge to the festival site.


Sunday, May 12, 2007 is Mother's Day


Sun., May 9, 2009
2nd Saturday Hillsborough Guided Walking Tour, 10am & 2pm, The Alexander Dickson House, 150 E. King St. Explore Hillsborough's history on a 90 minute guided walking tour through its historic district. The tour features historic buildings and homes, churches, gardens, and cemeteries. $5.

(919) 732-7741


Sat. and Sun., May 16 and 17, 2009
8th Annual Carolina Kids Expo & Baby Show at the Jim Graham Building, NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC.
Entertainment, booths, prizes and more.  Free admission.
(919) 791-0510.


Sat. and Sun., May 16 and 17, 2009
Artsplosure Spring Festival, Raleigh, NC
Annual festival held during the third weekend of May in the Moore Square Park area of downtown Raleigh features an art market in the streets, music on two stages, and "kidsplosure" interactive visual art projects with numerous free "make-and-take" activities (sculpture, painting and drawing) for young children and their parents.  A Kidsplosure Stage presents entertainers geared specifically for children and families.  Free. Click here for more information or call (919)  832-8699 or the information line at (919) 990-1158.


Sat. and Sun., May 16 and 17, 2009 - Further afield in Charlotte, NC
drumSTRONG, in Weddington, NC (just outside of Charlotte, NC)
Misty Meadows Farm, Charlotte, NC
Festivities begin Saturday, May 16th at 12:00 pm; drumming begins at 2:00 pm, May 16th and continues into the afternoon on Sunday, May 17th. rain or SHINE.

The annual, weekend-long drumSTRONG drum-a-thon festival raises funds for cancer initiatives both in NC and nationally, and is fun for the whole family.  Featuring musical groups performing throughout the weekend, and non-stop drumming jam sessions and lots of activities for kids - a wonderful time in a beautiful farm setting for a great, united cause:  BEAT cancer!


Sat.,  May 23, 2009
Taste of Durham Festival, Durham, NC
The Imperial Center, Emperor Blvd, Durham NC.
Sat. May 23, 20097. Annual Street Festival features restaurant food sampling, international wine tasting, Triangle celebrity chef demonstrations, international dance & entertainment, arts and performer stages, kids corner, Triangle Idol karaoke contest, special festivities showcasing international cultures.
(919) 572-6551.


Sat. and Sun., May 23-24, 2009
Orange Street ArtsFest, Wilmington, NC (much further afield - make it a fun Spring beach weekend!)
Downtown Wilmington, 2nd & Orange Streets
120 S. 2nd St., Wilmington, NC 28401.
Saturday, May 23, 2009 (10am - 6pm) - Sunday, May 24, 2009 (10am - 5pm)
Annual Street Festival features music and arts displayed by artisans and artists.
For more information call 910-251-1788.


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