There are going to be a lot of sleepy children Sunday morning, as the latest installment in the “Harry Potter” saga goes on sale midnight Saturday. It’s a weekend for night owls, then, with National Moth Week events and movie nights across the Triangle. Brew your coffee strong, parents.
▪ The last full week of July is National Moth Week, which focuses on the fluttery bugs that aren’t butterflies. Moths are diverse and successful, and they can be beautiful creatures. For this kind of citizen science, which revolves around observing the kinds of moths that occur locally, all you really need is a source of light and a set of eyes. You can moth-watch at home, or you can attend an official National Moth Week event, such as the one that takes place Friday night from 8-10 p.m. at Lake Crabtree Park in Morrisville. The Lake Crabtree event costs $1 per person and you can register at wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree. Visit nationalmothweek.org to learn more about National Moth Week or to find other events.
▪ Go see a family movie Saturday night at Joyner Park in Wake Forest. This weekend’s film is the 2010 “Karate Kid” remake, with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. There will be vendors selling snacks and refreshments and families are welcome to bring blankets and chairs to this free screening, though smoking, alcohol and unleashed pets are prohibited. The movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and view the community calendar to learn more.
▪ The script for J.K. Rowling’s highly anticipated “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” a story set 19 years after what was purportedly the final entry of the series, goes on sale Saturday at midnight. Befitting the cultural phenomenon – and the fever pitch excitement among fans – there are midnight release parties and celebrations throughout the area. With any of these, the smart thing is to pre-order and pre-pay for the book – some stores even require it – or you won’t get a copy.
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Among the many parties that night, the one at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill (flyleafbooks.com) starts at 10 p.m. The store will be decorated, there will be birthday cake and an 11 p.m. costume contest. You don’t have to be there the whole time to get your pre-ordered copy of the book, but you must get it before the store locks its doors at 12:30 a.m. The Regulator Bookshop in Durham (regulatorbookshop.com) opens at 11 p.m., with activities starting at 11:30. The 10 p.m. release party at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh (quailridgebooks.com) is sold out, though the book will still be available at midnight. Barnes and Noble also has events planned, starting at 8 p.m. To find one at your local store, visit barnesandnoble.com.
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