Both Juneteenth, the celebration of slavery’s end 152 years ago, and Father’s Day fall this weekend. On top of that, it’s the closest weekend to the summer solstice, which is Wednesday, June 21.
▪ The NC Juneteenth Celebration, which marks the end of slavery in the United States, comes to downtown Durham Saturday between 1 and 10 p.m., on East Main Street between Roxboro and Dillard Streets. There’s music, food, African and African-American clothing and art and a children’s village with games and educational activities for kids. Visit spectacularmag.com/events/ncjuneteenth to learn more.
▪ Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lake Crabtree Park in Morrisville holds its annual Pollinator Festival. At this free event, which celebrates pollinators’ essential role in the ecosystem, kids can play games and make crafts. Local expects and food vendors will be on-hand as well. Visit nando.com/wakepollinate (and scroll down, nearly to the bottom of the page) to learn more.
▪ Story time Saturday at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham is also the launch party for Melissa Rooney’s new science picture book “Eddie the Electron Moves Out.” This starts at 11 a.m. and is free, though the new book costs $8.99. Visit regulatorbookshop.com for the store site, facebook.com/melissarooneywriting for the author’s site, or harrypulver.com for the illustrator’s site.
▪ On August 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible from Oregon to South Carolina, with its 70-mile path crossing portions of Western North Carolina. Prep for this exciting phenomenon at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ International SUN-day event which is, appropriately Sunday in downtown Raleigh. This is one of few times your kids can look at the sun, through the museum’s Hydrogen-Alpha telescope, while the Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Laboratory will be open throughout SUN-day, with astronomers available to talk to visitors about current solar science. International SUN-day lasts from 12:30 to 4 p.m. and is free. Check out naturalsciences.org to learn more.
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