Friday, June 1
All day: Get those kids reading! Registration for summer reading programs starts today, June 1, and continues through July for all ages. A complete list of summer reading programs, dates and their various locations is available at the Orange County Public Libraries website. The program is free. For more information, call (919) 245-2525.
7:30pm: Experience the highlight of the Southern Village Summer Music series as music director Grant Llewellyn conducts the North Carolina Symphony on the Village Green. Don't miss this free night of music under the stars. For more info, click here.
7:30pm: Head out to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Hillsborough and enjoy a night at the theater! St. Matthew's Faith and Arts 2012 series present a re-imagining of the musical Carousel. Tickets are $10. For more infomration, call (919) 732-9308. There will also be a performance on Saturday, June 2 at 2pm.
10:30 pm: Ready for some laughs? Head to the DSI Comedy Theater for Mister Diplomat, a free show where anecdotes from performers or guests lead to absurb scenes entirely improvised by the most hilarious improv comedians in North Carolina. For more information, click here.
Saturday, June 2
10am-12:30pm: Grab the kids and enjoy a family-friendly hike along the nature trails at Morgan Creek. Parents and children age 5 and older can use nets to collect, examine and discover the amazing world of aquatic insects and other water critters. The event costs $15, with $5 for each additional child. Click here for more information.
10am-4pm: Looking for some pottery to decorate your home? Browse unique work from eight area potters at the Chapel Hill Studio Tour: Three Studios, Eight Potters. The work comes in all price ranges. Our potters are: Sasha Bakaric, Katya Prince and Pat Saling at 103 Catesby Lane; Deborah Harris, Gillian Parke and Evelyn Ward at 706 Wellington Drive; and Emily Lees and Kitty Sherwin at 1516 Cumberland Road. The event is free. If you can't make it Saturday, that's okay! The event repeats on Sunday, June 3. For more information, call (919) 357-4376. x
2pm: Pulitzer-prize winning columnist Leonard Pitts from the Miami Herald will discuss his new novel Freeman at McIntyre's Books in Hillsborough. The novel takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. For more information, click here or call (919) 542-3030.
2pm-3pm: Looking to go vegan? Why not talk to an expert! Kathy Hester will visit Flyleaf Books and discuss her cookbook The Vegan Slow Cooker: Simply Set It and Go. The book shows how to create fresh, nourishing cuisine in two simple steps, using all the healthiest produce, whole grains and vegan-friendly ingredients you can find at your local market. The event is free. For more info, click here.
6:30pm-11pm: For a night of delicious food and fun, check out the Carolina Moonlight Gala at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens. Dance under the stars to Rebecca and the HI-Tones, and enjoy hors d'oeuvres from Durham Catering Company along with wine and beer. Tickets are $125, and the money raised will benefit the garden's programs in horticulture, conservation and education. For more informtion, click here.
8pm: We've got more music for you! Come out to hear River City Extension perform songs from their album Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Anger at the Local 506. The album features songs about resolution and forgiveness. The Drowning Men, Virgins and Ben Henderson also perform.
At dusk: Finish the night off with an action-packed thriller. Southern Village continues its outdoor movie summer series with Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol on the Village Green. Tickets are $4.
Sunday, June 3
All day: Don't miss your last chance to visit the Horace Williams House for the Elizabeth Matheson art exhibit. The artist's photography will be on display for the last time today. For more information, click here.
2pm: Anxious to learn some new and exotic recipes? Come out to A Southern Season and enjoy the afternoon as Breana Lai (our newest guest blogger) shares a menu of Chinese chicken chopped salad; sesame sugar snap peas and baby carrots; tofu pad thai and mango vanilla panna cotta. The class costs $35 to attend. Click here for more information.
6-8pm: You started the weekend with music, so why not finish it that way? Head out to Southern Village to see The String Peddlers, a band that plays blues, folk and calypso music. The event is free. Bring lawn chairs, drinks, food and friends. For more info, click here.