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Sep
12
Tue
Children’s Storytime @ McIntyre's Books
Sep 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Join Children’s Book Buyer, Sarah, for storytime with our littlest readers — babies, toddlers and preschoolers are welcome!

With 30 years of experience selling books, including being a longtime employee at McIntyre’s, Sarah was an obvious choice to take over the role of children’s book buyer. If you need assistance with selections for children, she is your go-to source. Sarah lives in Pittsboro with her husband and two sons.

Sep
14
Thu
Northgate’s Wild West Train @ Northgate Mall
Sep 14 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm

Giddy up and take a ride to the American frontier on the Northgate Wild West Train! A local cowboy favorite, the Nothgate Wild West Train is a staple of summer fun for young buckaroos and older partners alike.
Trains leave the station during the following hours:
Thursday-Saturday 12-7pm
Sunday 12-5pm
Monday 12-7pm

Train tickets are $3. Be sure to check out the fun Wild West accessories available for purchase.

Sep
16
Sat
CenterFest Arts Festival @ Downtown Durham, NC
Sep 16 @ 10:00 am – Sep 17 @ 5:00 pm

2017 CenterFest Arts Festival
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, September 16th and 17th
Times: Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Downtown Durham, Triangle Area, North Carolina
Presenter: Durham Arts Council, www.durhamarts.org
Contact: centerfest@durhamarts.org

Now in its 43rd year, CenterFest 2017 will be the largest arts and community festival in Durham and the longest-running street arts festival in North Carolina. Located in Durham’s historic city center, CenterFest showcases 145 juried visual artists from across the U.S. and 600 performing artists from North Carolina, plus great food, continuous music and entertainment on five stages, fun, educational activities for kids and families and a showcase of services provided by government departments and community nonprofits. 2017 features include a beer garden, new Emerging Artists showcase and new Saturday evening entertainment. Mark your calendars for September 16-17! Updates available at www.centerfest.durhamarts.org.

Sep
17
Sun
Live Music: String Beings @ Roost Beer Garden
Sep 17 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us at Roost, our seasonal beer garden, for live music on the porch, local  beer on tap, wine by the glass and artisan wood-fired pizza! Pull up a chair around the water fountain or under large oaks, and enjoy good weather and good company.
String Beings will be providing live music on the front porch rain or shine. The Goat will serve as a safe haven for musicians and listeners in case of inclement weather.

Sep
19
Tue
Children’s Storytime @ McIntyre's Books
Sep 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Join Children’s Book Buyer, Sarah, for storytime with our littlest readers — babies, toddlers and preschoolers are welcome!

With 30 years of experience selling books, including being a longtime employee at McIntyre’s, Sarah was an obvious choice to take over the role of children’s book buyer. If you need assistance with selections for children, she is your go-to source. Sarah lives in Pittsboro with her husband and two sons.

Sep
21
Thu
“Ice Cream” Themed School’s Out Camp @ Kidzu Children's Museum
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The kids are out for a teacher workday, and you’re still expected at the office. We’ve got you covered! You won’t want your child(ren) to miss this fun-filled, unique, and interactive camp experience! During our School’s Out Camp, your child will engage with other school aged children, while playing and exploring in our exhibit, tinkering in our Makery, performing in our Forest Theater, creating STEM “make and takes” and participating in cooking projects. Advanced registration is required.

Sep
23
Sat
Critter Carnival @ Southern Community Park
Sep 23 all-day

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, the inaugural Critter Carnival (formerly Furry Friends Festival) will be held at Southern Community Park in Chapel Hill, NC to raise awareness and funds for numerous local animal rescue and rehabilitation charities. From Noon to 7:30pm a wide variety of first-rate rock, bluegrass and jazz bands will perform alongside amazing aerial silk artists, hula hoopers, sideshow freaks and more. Admission is FREE!

Musical acts:
KATHARINE WHALEN’S SWEDISH WOOD PATROL (from Squirrel Nut Zippers!)
BULLTOWN STRUTTERS
FIRESIDE COLLECTIVE
TRIPLE FRET
THE BUCKET BROTHERS
(See band bios & videos here)

Circus acts:
Adam Dipert’s Object Manipulation
The Creep & Cheetah SideShow
Mari Kearns
and many more to be announced!

We’ll have treats from Maple View Mobile ice cream and Fahsyrah’s Lemonade, arts and crafts vendors including henna and a digital photo booth, and a silent auction for a wide variety of great items.

The beneficiaries of this year’s festival are numerous animal-related charities in Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake counties dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating dogs, cats, wildlife, farm animals and exotic animals. They include All Breed Animal Rescue of the Carolinas (ABARC), Chatham Animal Rescue & Education (CARE), Hope Animal Rescue, Piedmont Wildlife Center, Robinshood Wildlife Rescue, and Wildlife Welfare, with many more to be announced.

Celebrate Southern Village! Hosted by Your Children’s Champions @ Southern Village Green
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for a FUN and FREE family event hosted by the merchants in Southern Village that care for and support children in our community: Chapel Hill Children’s Clinic, Chapel Hill Day Care Center, Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry, The Tumble Gym, and Village Pediatrics!

The event will be filled with bounce houses, face painting, balloon twisting, dancing, musicians, fairy hair and henna tattoos by Rishi Salon, Jeff the Alpaca from 1870 Farm, a magic show and much more!

National Alpaca Farm Day – FREE open farm event @ Perry Farm Alpacas
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Perry Farm Alpacas will be celebrating our 2nd annual National Alpaca Farm Day. Please join us for this unique family-friendly, free event on Saturday, September 23 from 10am – 3pm, rain or shine. We’ll have music by Kevin Baker and a food fundraiser for the Cedar Ridge High School FFA.
Learn about the care and handling of alpacas directly from your local alpaca farmers. You will even have an opportunity to feed an alpaca or two! We’ll also have raw fleece on display so you can touch and feel why alpaca is called a luxury fiber.
Start you holiday shopping early. Browse a variety of hand-made alpaca fleece products – you never know what one-of-a kind item you may find. We will also have wearable alpaca – scarves, hats and gloves – all made in the USA.
You will also meet the wonderful chickens of Perry Farm Alpacas! We have over 20 breeds plus a couple chicks born on the farm. We’ll be starting an Egg CSA in the fall, so consider joining once you see what a great life these chickens have. The eggs they produce are truly free range and come in every color that chickens can make.
Don’t forget to say hello the farm protectors, our two Anatolian Shepherd Dogs. They live with the flock and the herd, keeping every member safe from the many predators in the area.
No reservations are required. Please leave your pets at home – no dogs will be permitted on the farm. We look forward to seeing you and sharing the fun we have raising alpacas!

Special Directions: Enter 2434 Walker Rd, Hillsborough, NC into your GPS, instead of 2428 Walker Rd. We share a driveway, so find 2434 Walker and you will find the farm. We will also have hot pink signs pointing the way when you get close to the farm. There are 3 green mailboxes at the driveway. Turn onto the gravel drive and stay straight when it splits. Come through the gate and enjoy National Alpaca Farm Day at Perry Farm Alpacas.

Mix It Up with NCSU’s Augmented Reality Sandbox  @ Kidzu Children's Museum
Sep 23 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Did you know that you can sculpt a mountain, dig out a valley, and make it rain using light? Come celebrate one of the world’s coolest inventions as we Mix It Up with NC State University’s Center for Aquatic Ecology as we learn to use the Augmented Reality Sandbox.

Eastern Triangle Farm Tour @ Various farms in the Triangle
Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Triangle farmers open their farms to visitors during the Eastern Triangle Farm Tour. Visitors can learn about sustainable agriculture and local food production, visit cheese-makers, see farm animals, and enjoy the beauty of Triangle farms. They can meet the people who grow their food and see how it is grown. A brochure with maps is available on our website. To go on the tour, buy a button for a carload (or a group of bicyclists) to visit all the farms. A button costs $30 in advance. Buttons are available at our stores (late August), online from CFSA, and during the tour at any farm ($35). The tour is self-guided; use the map to plan your visits and maximize your time at the farms. We suggest visiting 2 to 4 each day. The tour occurs RAIN OR SHINE.

Storytime with Cat in the Hat @ McIntyre's Books
Sep 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join McIntyre’s Books for a 60 1/2th birthday celebration for Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat! We hear a special visitor will be attending!
A special Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat event with storytime, activities, snacks and an opportunity to meet The Cat himself. It’s bound to be a blast! Children of all ages are welcome!
Contact the bookstore with any questions at 919.542.3030.
About Sarah Carr, Children’s Book Buyer
With 30 years of experience selling books, including being a longtime employee at McIntyre’s, Sarah was an obvious choice to take over the role of Children’s Book Buyer. If you need assistance with selections for children, she is your go-to source. Sarah lives in Pittsboro with her husband and two sons.

Garden Dedication & Art Auction @ Chapel Hill Zen Center
Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm

You are warmly invited to a Dedication Ceremony commemorating the Zen Center’s newly renovated garden. A Silent Art Auction will follow, drawing together Art and Fine Crafts to help complete funding for this project. All are welcome to this special evening of music, art, refreshments, and community.

Call for Artists and Collectors: Painters, sculptors, photographers and other visual artists are invited to donate work, as well as artwork in all media including work intended for outdoor display, to the Silent Art Auction. Collectors are also invited to donate Art and Fine Crafts, particularly Buddhist-inspired and Asian pieces. Funds and donations received will help with the $5,500 balance left for the Garden Renovation. Please contact John Paredes at john@jollyoso.com or (919) 259-2749 or Josho Pat Phelan at pphelan@nc.rr.com or (919) 967-0861 with any questions or to make arrangements for your donation.

Live Music: Sheila Fleming @ Roost Beer Garden
Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us at Roost, our seasonal beer garden, for live music on the porch, local  beer on tap, wine by the glass and artisanal wood-fired pizza! Pull up a chair around the water fountain or under large oaks, and enjoy good weather and good company.
Sheila Fleming will be providing live music on the front porch rain or shine. The Goat will serve as a safe haven for musicians and listeners in case of inclement weather.

Sep
24
Sun
Children’s Program at the Chapel Hill Zen Center, Sundays 9-11 a.m. @ Children's Program at the Chapel Hill Zen Center
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – Dec 17 @ 11:00 am

The Children’s Program at the Chapel Hill Zen Center offers a variety of activities for children age 5 through 15, including meditation, mindfulness, Buddhist teachings and stories, crafts, songs, and movement, as well as participation in Zen Center celebrations throughout the year. Parents are encouraged to volunteer to help with the Children’s Program or attend the concurrent adult program of silent meditation.

The first meeting this fall will be September 10. Subsequent meetings are scheduled for September 24, October 8 and 22, November 5 and 19, and December 17.

For information, please contact Maura High, at maurahigh@gmail.com.

Chapel Hill Zen Center is located at 5322 NC Highway 86, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. This is 2.5 miles north of I-40 at Exit #266. See: www.chzc.org or call 919-967-0861

10th Annual Pepper Fest @ Briar Chapel, Great Meadow Park, Chapel Hill, NC
Sep 24 @ 3:00 pm

Spice up your weekend at the 10th Annual Pepper Festival!

One of the largest chef competitions in North Carolina, the Pepper Fest heats up with a fresh array of pepper-themed dishes and brews, family activities, a kid chef competition and zesty live music!

Join us on September 24, 3-6 p.m., as chefs compete with one-of-a-kind recipes, featuring the locally bred and grown North Carolina pepper. From pepper chocolate to pepper donuts, you’ll see a dizzying collection of dishes from culinary stars like Watt’s Grocery and La Farm Bakery along with bold brews from the likes of Fullsteam, Carolina Brewery, Mystic and more!

Eat your fill while enjoying the musical line up of rock and Americana bluegrass with Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellies and The Piedmont Regulators.

Families can explore workshops, face painting, bubble art and storytelling journeys at the Kids’ Pepperpalooza. Stop by the Spicy Kids Chef Competition where pint-sized pepper-chefs face off with their own daring dishes.

Proceeds benefit Abundance NC, a nonprofit that supports sustainable food, fuels and more than 200 farmers across the state.

Tickets are available at www.pepperfestnc.org/tickets.

Event time: Sunday, September 24, 3-6 p.m.
Event location: Briar Chapel, Great Meadow Park, Chapel Hill, NC
For your GPS, enter: Margaret B. Pollard Middle School
185 Granite Mill Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. PepperFest is just up the hill from Margaret Pollard Middle School on Great Ridge Pkwy. Then watch for signs and people directing traffic!

Live Music: Alexa Carter @ Roost Beer Garden
Sep 24 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us at Roost, our seasonal beer garden, for live music on the porch, local  beer on tap, wine by the glass and artisan wood-fired pizza! Pull up a chair around the water fountain or under large oaks, and enjoy good weather and good company.
Alexa Carter will be providing live music on the front porch rain or shine. The Goat will serve as a safe haven for musicians and listeners in case of inclement weather.

Sep
26
Tue
Children’s Storytime @ McIntyre's Books
Sep 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Join Children’s Book Buyer, Sarah, for storytime with our littlest readers — babies, toddlers and preschoolers are welcome!

With 30 years of experience selling books, including being a longtime employee at McIntyre’s, Sarah was an obvious choice to take over the role of children’s book buyer. If you need assistance with selections for children, she is your go-to source. Sarah lives in Pittsboro with her husband and two sons.

Sep
29
Fri
Fairies + Foxes Garden Party @ Kidzu Children's Museum
Sep 29 @ 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Design fairy wings and fox tails, create homes for our fairy garden and style fairy hair while sipping sparkling lemonade. Dream up whimsical cork foxes + fairies to take home for your own garden. Geared for ages 3-9.

Sep
30
Sat
Worldwide Day of Play @ Kidzu Children's Museum
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come to Kidzu and celebrate the Worldwide Day of Play. We will be jumping, dancing and moving around Kidzu all day in order to promote active and healthy lifestyles. Celebrate with performances and activities all day. Don’t miss the Bouncing Bulldogs + Play Well Lego Ninjago City-Build.