Labor Day is behind us and summer is in its final weeks. Still want to spend time outside? You could take the kids to a trail or lake this weekend. Then again, it may be pretty hot, so you could relax and catch a movie.
Whatever you choose, it is worth noting that there’s a major music festival in downtown Raleigh, so parking (and crowds) may be worse than usual. Keep that in mind as you decide how to spend this first weekend in September.
• Go see a movie! On Friday night, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” shows at Lake Benson Park in Garner. The film, which starts at 7:45 p.m., will be projected onto a 30-foot screen with lawn seating nearby. Call 919-773-4442 or check outgarnernc.gov
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for more info about this free showing.
• Or take it inside at Raleigh’s Museum of Natural Sciences – for some sciencefiction
, that is. As part of First Friday, the museum is showing the 1959 sci-fi horror film “Return of the Fly”
at 7 p.m. And it’s free! Like many of the museum’s First Friday film choices, it may be a little frightening for the pre-K crowd. Older kids, though, ought to get a kick out of it. See the museum site atnaturalsciences.org
• Learn to make neat jewelry Saturday at the Durham Arts Council’s chainmaille jewelry workshop. Though this art form is developed from chain link medieval armor, the colorful aluminum rings of its modern equivalent possess an otherworldly, iridescent sheen; bad for battle, good for earrings. This one-day class costs $18 (plus $6 for materials) and runs from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. To register your 7- to 12-year-old, call 919-560-2726.
• Sunday is National Grandparents Day, and Harris Lake Park in New Hill wants you to take Grandma and Granddad fishing (Grannies, Grandpas, Paw-Paws and Mee-Maws are also welcome). If you don’t have your own pole, the park has a tackle loaner program – but a fishing license is required. This free program runs from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Longleaf Shelter. Call 919-387-4342 with questions.
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