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Family Picks: Celebrate turtle power at TurtleFest in Holly Springs

Check out the interactive exhibits or talk with biologists, herpetologists and wildlife rehabilitators at Bass Lake Park’s Turtlefest in Holly Springs.
Check out the interactive exhibits or talk with biologists, herpetologists and wildlife rehabilitators at Bass Lake Park’s Turtlefest in Holly Springs. cseward@newsobserver.com

Last Sunday, while canoeing with my wife and our two girls, I saw a baby turtle not much bigger than a silver dollar hanging onto a tree near the put-in. The next day, I saw one charging through the grass toward a pond – those little things move surprisingly fast. Usually I’m not moving slowly enough or looking closely enough to spot this kind of thing – especially not twice in two days – and it was a lesson to do exactly that more often.

▪ Students from Durham’s Camelot Academy’s FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team bring their robots to Northgate Mall’s center court Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your children are curious about robotics and want to see what students can achieve with robots, bring them out to see the machines, meet the teams and watch mock competitions, which are staged every ten minutes. Attendees can even control the robots. This robotics demonstration is free. Visit northgatemall.com.

▪ So much of historic Stagville Plantation was built by slaves – people who, sadly, had no choice in the matter. Saturday, honor them at Stagville’s celebration of captive craftsmanship: the massive great barn and four two-story cabins survive, and all were constructed with slave labor. There will be hands-on activities and blacksmithing, brick masonry, and wool carding demonstrations to show attendees the skills of these enslaved craftspeople. Adults pay $5, kids pay $3, a family of two adults and two kids pays $15, and the captive craftsmanship program lasts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit stagville.org.

▪ Bass Lake Park’s Turtlefest starts at 1 p.m. Saturday. Enter the student art contest (rules and entry form are on the fest site) or come out to meet the turtles. Check out the interactive exhibits or talk with biologists, herpetologists and wildlife rehabilitators at this free Holly Springs celebration of turtle power. Visit hollyspringsnc.us/361/TurtleFest.

▪ Sunday it’s the YMCA Fam Jam in the parking lot of University Place in Chapel Hill. This new free family event features ice cream and food trucks, music by Big Fat Gap and Liquid Pleasure and opportunities to learn more about what the YMCA offers in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. This lasts from noon to 5 p.m. Visit ymcatriangle.org/chapel-hill-carrboro-ymca.

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