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What are you doing this weekend?

Heather Yurko zooms around the track during practice for the Carolina Roller Girls roller derby team last year. The 2015 season opens Saturday.
Heather Yurko zooms around the track during practice for the Carolina Roller Girls roller derby team last year. The 2015 season opens Saturday. NEWS & OBSERVER FILE PHOTO

Green thumbs: Discover gardening or dig even deeper into your favorite hobby with Advocates for Health in Action.

The annual Dig In! workshop offers tips on urban agriculture, community gardens and edible gardens in school and child-care settings. Hear from Jay Walljasper, author of “The Great Neighborhood Book,” about how to make your neighborhood greener, friendlier, safer and more fun, and attend workshops and volunteer in local gardens. Registration closes Friday. $15; 8:30 a.m. Saturday; Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E Hargett St., Raleigh; advocatesforhealthinaction.org.

Beloved bunny: Raleigh Little Theatre presents “The Velveteen Rabbit.”

Based on the classic story by Margery Williams, the play follows the tale of the velveteen rabbit, who yearns to be real. The Skin Horse, the wisest toy in the playroom, offers him a bit of advice: “There are two ways to be real. The first is when you are real to one special child, and the second is when you are real to the world.” What path will the rabbit take? The shows runs through March 22. $14 adults/$10 children 12 and under; 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m. and 5 pm. Saturday and Sunday; 301 Pogue St., Raleigh.

Happy beeriversary: Raleigh Brewing Company marks two years of serving up suds.

Enjoy live music, food and beer at this anniversary party. Three specialty beers will be on tap starting at noon, so don’t dilly-dally too long. Enter to win your own Summit Kegerator for $1 per raffle ticket, with all of the proceeds headed to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Free admission; noon to 12 a.m. Saturday; 3709 Neil St., Raleigh.

Season opener: The Carolina Rollergirls kick off 2015 with a double header.

The women of the roller derby league bring skill and fearlessness to the track. Watch as each team tries to outmaneuver the other for points and glory, all on skates. The Carolina Bootleggers will take on the Charlotte B Dazzlers, followed by a matchup between the Carolina All-Stars and the Charlotte All Stars. $15 adults/$5 kids; 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday; Dorton Arena, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

Irish jam: Barleycorn & Rye will have you looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day.

The band performs a variety of Irish songs, including traditional jigs, reels and hornpipes sure to get your toes tapping. Feel free to dance and sing along. Seating is first come, first served, beginning at 2 p.m. Free; 3 p.m. Sunday; N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.

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