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Family Picks: Cary ballet offers Very Cary Christmas

The Cary Ballet Conservatory’s Very Cary Christmas program is this weekend at the Cary Arts Center, with shows at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
The Cary Ballet Conservatory’s Very Cary Christmas program is this weekend at the Cary Arts Center, with shows at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

This may be the one thing you read today that has nothing to do with “Star Wars” – nothing past that one mention, that is. It’s also the last weekend before Christmas, and most kids will be on winter break. It’s time to do stuff together, then – it’s time to celebrate!

▪ The N.C. Museum of Art’s annual Family Fun Friday starts at 5:30 p.m. There will be treats for the kids and music by Sandbox, plus games, Santa Claus and Escher-inspired art projects. Everything’s free except the food. Info: ncartmuseum.org.

▪ The Cary Ballet Conservatory’s Very Cary Christmas program is this weekend at the Cary Arts Center, with shows at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18. The special, one-hour Mini Very Cary Christmas show, however, is oriented toward younger children and runs at a kid-friendly 10 a.m. Saturday. Cost: $10. For an additional $8, attendees to Mini Very Cary Christmas can have punch and cookies with the dancers afterward. Buy tickets at etix.com or at the Cary Theater box office. Info: caryballet.com.

▪ Have your kids asked for a cute kitten or puppy for Christmas? Animal rescue and rehabilitation organization Independent Animal Rescue holds a bake sale, bazaar and adoption event at the South Square Petco in Durham. The dog adoption event is noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, while the cat event is 2-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The fundraising bake sale and bazaar is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. Info: animalrescue.net.

▪ Animals go on winter break too, you know – go to Lake Crabtree County Park in Morrisville from 1- 3 p.m. Sunday to find out where they go and why. For the animals who hibernate or tough it out through the winter, learn how they survive. This is for ages 5 and up and costs $3 per person, or $5 per family. Register: wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree.

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