Arts & Culture

July 17, 2014

Family Picks: Moths get their turn in the spotlight

It's a great weekend for some moth-spotting at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Prairie Ridge Ecostation.

Poor moths. These nocturnal, comparatively drab insects don’t seem to get the attention butterflies do. But wait – National Moth Week, started in East Brunswick, N.J., celebrates these night fliers and the biodiversity of a natural world that’s active around the clock. Sorry, butterflies, but it’s someone else’s turn in the spotlight.

On Saturday, celebrate National Moth Week at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Prairie Ridge Ecostation. At this night program, participants will take black lights and bait and go moth-spotting. All ages are welcome. Outdoor clothing is suggested. Prairie Ridge is located at 1671 Gold Star Drive in Raleigh. The program runs from 8 to 10 p.m. and it’s free. Contact Chris Goforth at 919-707-8882 or with questions. More info at

More fun stuff:

• Starting this weekend and going through August, Barnes and Noble stores nationwide celebrate the waters we all swim in pop culture. Saturday’s kickoff features a costume contest and discounts on books and drinks. Visit for more details.
• There are two reasons to check out the North Carolina Museum of Art Saturday. Celebrated kids’ musician Dan Zanes plays that evening, and there will be free family tours of the current exhibits during the day. Zanes’ show starts at 6 p.m. and costs $10-$20, with children 2 and under getting in free. Registration is required for the free tours, so visit the museum box office or call 919-715-5923. Visit for more information.
• A four-week botanical illustration class starts Tuesday evening at 6:30 at Raleigh’s JC Raulston Arboretum. NCSU-educated landscape artist Preston Montague will teach students to express themselves by observing, describing and drawing the natural world. This is best for big kids with a healthy interest in nature or visual art. Individual classes cost $30 for members, $40 for non-members (the full four-week course costs $90 for members or $120 for non-members). To register your 9-13-year-old child, contact Elizabeth Overcash at or 919-513-7011. More info available at

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