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  FEATURED APRIL SERIES:  April 5-21, 2013 NC Science Festival For the calendar of events visit www.ncsciencefestival.org
Weds., April 10 - Sun., April 14, 2013
66th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington, NC (further afield)
Wednesday, April 10 - Sunday, April 14, 2013
Features arts, music, parade, street fair, circus, celebrities, home and garden tours, concerts, and more.  Events take place in historic downtown Wilmington and at area beaches.  Click here for schedule of events.

Fri, April 5, Sat April 6 & Sun. April 7, 2013
37th Annual Capital Area Gem & Mineral Show at the NC Fairgrounds in Raleigh, Kerr Scott Building, Fairgrounds, Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC

Fri, April 5, 3pm-8pm
Sat, April 6, 10am-6pm
Sun. April 7, 10am - 5pm

The Tar Heel Gem & Mineral club presents the 37th annual capital area gem and mineral show; free parking; free admission. Features lots of fun family activities, including ring sizing, rough material, finished jewelry, mineral specimens, geodes, silent auction, demonstrations, fossils, gemstones, and mineral identification.

For more info contact the Tar Heel Gem & Mineral Club, 10609 Chelsea Dr., Raleigh, NC  27603. 919-779-6220.



Sat., April 6, 2013
12th ANNUAL ClydeFEST!
Saturday, April 6, 2013, 11 am-4 pm. Bynum Ball Field

$3 for children under 12,
$7 for adults
Rain date: Sunday April 7 15 from Noon-5.

Hosted by ChathamArts and the ClydeFest Committee, ClydeFest features art activities, live music and entertainment, games, food, environmental displays, and of course, wonderful CRITTERS hand-crafted by beloved local folk artist/natural-wood-sculptor Clyde Jones. For the ClydeFest finale, Clyde Jones creates a critter in front of the audience that is then auctioned off to a very lucky winner. Clyde Jones does not sell any of his work; instead he makes his Critters to give away or to be auctioned off for charities to benefit children. VERY cool.


Tues., April 16, 2013
Dine Out for Kids
Dine out at a participating restaurant on Tuesday, April 16, 2013!

Your patronage on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 helps Communities in Schools of Durham continue to offer programs that help Durham students stay in school and achieve in life.

To learn more: www.cisdurham.org
(919) 403-1936

Sat., April 20, 2013
Festival of Hope & BMX Show
New Hope Church, 7619 Fayetteville Rd., Durham NC 27713
Saturday April 20, 2013 2pm - 6pm

Free Family Festival offering performances by King BMX, inflatables and more! Fun for all ages! Raffle ticket sales and any donations received will benefit Transforming Hope Ministries and Emma's House. Read more about their work at transforminghopeministries.org.

(919) 206-4673

Thurs. - Sun., April 27-28, 2013
2nd Annual Festival of Legends
Storybook Farm, 1 Storybook Lane (off Jones Ferry Rd.), Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Overflow parking will be at the Jones Ferry Park and Ride in Carrboro, just a few miles away from the festival site, with shuttle bus service to the festival.
North Carolina's newest festival/faire, The Festival of Legends will take place on Saturday and Sunday April 27-28 2013. From the website: "Come frolic with all manner of creatures mythical, enjoy fine mead and beer while extraordinary entertainers perform on our stages; peruse artist's creations and dance to the the beat of tribal drums! It will be a party retold in stories for a long time to come... Festival hours will be 10 AM-6 PM, and the magic will take place at One Storybook Lane, Chapel Hill, NC."  Activities include archery, wildlife refuge exhibit (CLAWS), Wee Folk Stage entertainment, story telling, music, food, wonderful costumed creatures (dragons, fairies, knights in shining armor) and much more! 
Check website for $ Tickets.

(919) 542-8142

Sat. - Sun., April 18-21, 2013
11th Annual Spring Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance,
1439 Henderson Tanyard Road, Silk Hope, NC (near Pittsboro) Just down the road from Pittsboro, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, etc. Within an hour's drive of Raleigh, Durham and Greensboro
Thursday - Sunday,
April 18-21, 2013
An all-ages family-friendly event featuring great music (blues, bluegrass, african, reggae, country, latin, native american, roots rock, zydeco), on-site camping, foods, arts, crafts, dance, workshops, poetry slam, kids area (face painting, bubbles, drawing crafts, puppets, "Earth" ball, parachute games, make your own jewelry, clown, Mother Goose story telling and more!), dance tent. Weekend and day tickets available, click here for ticket information.

Shakori Hills Farm, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road, Silk Hope, NC (18 miles southwest of Chapel Hill in Chatham County, North Carolina).
(919) 542-8142

April 22, 2013 is Earth Day!
Sat, April 25, 2012
YMCA Take on Summer Healthy Kids Day
Sat, April 25, 2012, 1-5pm.
Join the Chapel Hill Y for a full day of FREE family fun and entertainment! Giant inflatables, games & prizes, community resource information, family fun for everyone!

For more info, visit www.CHCYMCA.org


Fri. - Sat., April 20-28, 2013
27th Annual North Carolina Pickle Festival in Mount Olive
(further afield - about a two hour drive from Chapel Hill; 90 minutes from Raleigh)

Friday - Saturday,
April 20-28, 2013
A family-friendly festival celebrating the pickle and featuring music, classic cars, bikes, games, food, carnival rides, a 5K run,
Downtown, from 8am - 6pm, there will be Carnival Rides, Pig and Duck Races, Free Mt. Olive Pickles, and the special Children's Area, which will include Pony Rides, the Pickle Derby, balloons, Paint a Pickle, Push a Pickle, decorate your own hat, Cuke Toss, face painting, fingernail painting/hair spray, Put the Feet on Pickle Pete, make your own bracelet or necklace, and a petting zoo!  Also guess the number of pickles in the pickle jar (winner receives a prize!)

Trivia:  Did you know that North Carolina is the second largest producer of cucumbers for pickles in the United States?

Directions:  www.moachamber.com/Chamber.html  (The Mount Olive Area is in the coastal plain of North Carolina, between the Piedmont and the Atlantic Ocean.)
(919) 658-3113.


Sat., April 28, 2012
Inaugural 5K for Fitness and Mascot Dash - hosted by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation and Fleet Feet Sports
Saturday, April 28, 2012 at McCorkle Place, UNC Campus; The 5K will begin at 9am; Mascot Dash will begin at 8:45 am. Come walk and run with your teachers, friends and family and show support for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. The 5K for Fitness replaces the Race for Education that has been held in conjunction with the fall Walk for Education.
For a course map, click here

For more info visit www.publicschoolfoundation.org

Register for the 5K for Fitness click here.

The Foundation and Fleet Feet Sports are teaming up to offer a 5K for Fitness and Fitness Fair on Saturday, April 28th and a six-week training program that leads up to the event.  Everyone is invited: all staff, parents, students and community members.

The Mascot Dash will be held at 8:45am - come cheer on your school's mascot!


Sat - Sun, April 27 and 28, 2013
18th Annual CFSA Piedmont Farm Tour (Carolina Farm Stewardship Association)
Sat - Sun, April 27 and 28, 2013, 1-5pm.
Learn more about organic produce and pasture-raised livestock!  Enjoy educational and entertaining tours of small family farms raising a wide range of flora and fauna including flowers, organic fruits and vegetables, free-range chickens and pasture-raised cows.  Also demonstrations such as yarn spinning; sample ice cream at Maple View Farm.  Purchase a "support local farms" button and visit any of 30 or so farms on the tour located in Alamance, Orange, Durham, Chatham and Lee counties.  Admission fee $.

(919) 542-2402.


Sat. and Sun., April 28 and 29, 2013
148th Anniversary of the Largest Troop Surrender of the Civil War at Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham, NC.
Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, 2013 10 am - 4 pm.  
Surrender Reenactment and 148th Anniversary Commemoration.  In April, 1865, Confederate General Johnston surrendered to Union General Sherman at the Bennett Farm near the Durham Station, the largest troop surrender of the Civil War. Visit Bennett Place and meet the generals who convened here and signed the papers, which made them prominent figures in history. 
Re-enactors will describe military life and the activities of the common soldier. Various domestic skills will be presented to evoke the home life of James and Nancy Bennett.  Costumed interpreters will portray the Bennett family, and a surrender negotiation vignette between Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and Gen. William T. Sherman will be performed throughout the day.  Living History interpreters demonstrate soldier life and home front activities.  A memorial ceremony will be held at the Unity Monument on Sunday. Living history programs will be held throughout the weekend. Donations gratefully accepted. FREE.

Bennett Place, 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd., Durham, NC 27705
(919) 383-4345

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