Whether you’re religious or not, Easter weekend is great for family time: it’s a good time to hit the beach, grill out or simply relax and enjoy the spring weather. If you’re feeling up to a family outing, you have several options this weekend and into next week, ranging from musical stage productions to ongoing art exhibits to casual hikes.
• Earlier this week, an art exhibit by students at the Doris Henderson Newcomers School – a Guilford County school for the children of recently arrived immigrants and refugees – opened at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. The “North Carolina and Me” exhibit, part of the “Estampas de la Raza/Prints for the People: The Romo Collection” installation, involves students hailing from some two dozen countries – and speaking nearly as many languages. The works are meant to serve as a common tongue and help the newcomers identify as North Carolinians. The exhibit runs until July 27, and admission is free. More information: 919-664-6748.
• A musical adaptation of “Pinocchio” starts a two-week run at Raleigh Little Theatre Friday. This production of the 130-year-old tale stars local youth actors in several roles, including that of the selectively honest wooden boy himself. Tickets are $15, or $10 for those 12 and younger. See raleighlittletheatre.org for showtimes.
• Go bird watching Saturday morning at Umstead Park in west Raleigh: a short presentation kicks off a casual, two-plus hour guided hike with the aim of spotting warblers. It can be easier to hear these diminutive songbirds than see them, though, so keep that in mind if you participate. Watchers meet at the visitor center at 8:30 a.m. The BYOB (Bring Your Own Binoculars) event is free, but reservations are required by calling 919-571-4170. Visit ncparks.gov for more information.
• Newbery Award-winning author Katherine Applegate visits the Chatham County Library in Pittsboro on Tuesday. The author of older kids’ books like “The One And Only Ivan,” “Home of the Brave” and the “Animorphs” series speaks at 7:00 p.m. and then signs books. The event is free, and McIntyre Books will be on hand with her titles for sale. See chathamlibraries.org or call 919-545-8085 for more information.
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