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April
  FEATURED APRIL SERIES:  April 5-21, 2013 NC Science Festival For the calendar of events visit www.ncsciencefestival.org
Weds., April 11 - Sun., April 15, 2012
65th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington, NC (further afield)
Wednesday, April 11 - Sunday, April 15, 2012
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.

Sat. April 7, 2012
Preservation Society of Chapel Hill Easter Egg Hunt
Horace Williams House, 610 E. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill.
Saturday, April 7, 2012, 10 am
For children ages 8 and under; 10am sharp.  Bring a basket or bag for gathering eggs!  Children will be divided into age groups to search in separate areas for 1,000 eggs stuffed with candy.  There will also be ten special prize eggs to be redeemed for special prizes such as stuffed animals.  Also planned for the event are games, contests, spelling bees, egg races, and "bowling for bunnies" events.  Free; donations accepted.

(919) 942-7818.

 

Sat., April 14, 2012
11th ANNUAL ClydeFEST!
Saturday, April 14, 2012, 11 am-4 pm. Bynum Ball Field

$3 for children under 12,
$7 for adults
Rain date: April 15 from Noon-5.
Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation presents Earth Action Day, a celebration for sustainable living at Southern Community Park.

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.

 

Sat., April 14, 2012
Earth Day In Chapel Hill
Saturday, April 14, 2012, 12 pm - 5pm

Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation presents Earth Action Day, a celebration for sustainable living at Southern Community Park.

The outdoor event will feature a host of interactive activities for all ages, live entertainment, and a great food pavilion, featuring local foods. 5K and a one-mile family fun run at 10 a.m. at the park before the festival.

 

Weds. - Sat., April 12-15 2012
HatchFest 2012 in Asheville, NC (much further afield)
Interested in the Arts, Film, Fashion, Design?  This festival provides a wide array of opportunities to learn from and observe masters in the field in an entertaining festival setting in beautiful Asheville, NC.  Take a trip to the mountains; visit the Biltmore; attend HATCHfest.  
Description from the HATCHfest website:  

"HATCHfest is the first international mentoring festival for the creative and media arts communities. This festival is a celebration that springs naturally from the HATCH mission: To provide mentorship, education, inspiration and recognition to the next generation of creative innovators. Each HATCHfest brings together luminaries in the arts and entertainment world to serve as mentors to groundbreaking new creative talent. The magic of HATCHfest comes to life when this unique community of creative minds from many disciplines including film, music, journalism, architecture, photography, graphic design, fashion design, technology and fine art, engage in the spirit of mentoring, networking and play."

 

Thurs. - Sun., April 19-20, 2012
The Festival of Legends - NEW Festival in 2012!
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 21-22 2012. 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! 
Tickets $12 adult, $6 child (Sat. or Sun.)

http://festivaloflegends.com/
(919) 542-8142

Sat. - Sun., April 20-21, 2012
10th 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 19-20, 2012
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).
http://www.shakorihills.org/
(919) 542-8142

Sat., April 21, 2012
10th Annual Used Book Sale at St. Thomas More School
920 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill, NC (lower school hall)

Sat
April 21, 2012, 10am - noon
Choose from thousands of books, DVDs and CDs. $10 a bag; all proceeds will benefit the school library.

Tues., April 24, 2012
Spring Open House at Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill
April 24, 9:30 am

At Trinity School, we ask ourselves two questions: Do our students love to learn? And are our students learning to love?

These are foundational concerns for our transitional kindergarten-12th grade educational experience. We believe that students are best able to master the tools of learning-listening, speaking, reading, writing, calculating-in an atmosphere of warm relationships and trust, in an environment that is multisensory and experiential, through a curriculum that is rich and meaningful, and in a school day that is challenging and productive.

RSVP by calling 919-402-8262 ext 1504
or email sdunlap@trintyschoolnc.org

Trinity is an independent Christian School for Transitional Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

 

April 22, 2012 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 27-29, 2012
26th 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 27-29, 2012.
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 28 and 29, 2012
17th Annual CFSA Piedmont Farm Tour (Carolina Farm Stewardship Association)
Sat - Sun, April 28 and 29, 2012, 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 $.

www.carolinafarmstewards.org
(919) 542-2402.

 

Sat. and Sun., April 28 and 29, 2012
147th 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, 2012 10 am - 4 pm.  
Surrender Reenactment and 147th 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
www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/bennett/bennett.htm
(919) 383-4345

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