Groundhog Day is coming next week, but there’s another, more reliable sign of spring that means a lot more to me: daffodils. This past week I noticed their shoots in my yard. It doesn’t mean the cold is over, but it means it will be, soon enough. Until then, it’s back to avoiding pint-sized cabin fever by taking the kids out to do neat stuff – of which there is plenty in the Triangle.
• The 14th Annual African American Cultural Celebration runs from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of History, and it’s free. There will be dancers, storytellers, musicians and artists of every kind – fitting with this year’s theme of “Let Freedom Sing!” It’s a fitting start to Black History Month, which starts Sunday. Visitncmuseumofhistory.org
• At the same museum, an exhibit on the state Highway Patrol opens Saturday and runs through August 2. Among the artifacts from this department’s 86 years are badges and uniforms, but there are also a motorcycle and a 1950 dosimeter, meant to measure radiation levels. The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekly, except Sunday, when it opens at noon, and admission is free. Visit
• There’s a free information session at Raleigh’s J.C. Raulston Arboretum Saturday for Project BudBurst, a citizen science project in which participants watch specific plants and record when they leaf, flower and fruit. The session is 10:30-11:30 a.m. Registration is required atjcra.ncsu.edu
to read up on Project BudBurst.
• Monday is Groundhog Day – a holiday with questionable scientific basis at best. Swing by Raleigh’s Yates Mill Park to find out about Colonial meteorology and how much youreally
can tell from watching animals. You can also learn how to make premodern weather prediction devices out of recycled or natural materials. The “Wizened Woodchucks and Weather Predictors” drop-in program is free, 1-4 p.m. Visit
to learn more.
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