Jan
17
Wed
Explore Dorothea Dix Park – Winter in the Wild (for children 2-6) @ Dorothea Dix Park Big Field
Jan 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Explore Dorothea Dix Park - Winter in the Wild (for children 2-6) @ Dorothea Dix Park Big Field | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

Engaging activities will allow little ones to understand how animals in the wild survive the cold months of winter. Live creatures to see and touch will create a memorable experience for all.

Jan
20
Sat
Raleigh Roasts @ City of Raleigh Museum
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Raleigh Roasts @ City of Raleigh Museum | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

The City of Raleigh Museum is hosting Raleigh Roasts, an event that celebrates Raleigh’s café culture. Larry’s Coffee, Lucette Grace, Raleigh Coffee Company, Rise Biscuits and Donuts, Benelux Coffee, and Escazu Chocolates will be providing patrons with samples and selling their products. Visitors can purchase a $5 wristband that will allow them to sample freely and includes a complimentary COR coffee mug. Chatham Rabbits Music Co. will provide entertainment, playing acoustic music throughout the event.

Fayetteville Street Tour @ City of Raleigh Museum
Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm
Fayetteville Street Tour @ City of Raleigh Museum | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

The heart of Raleigh’s history is centered on “North Carolina’s Main Street” also known as Fayetteville Street. This half-mile long street has a rich and colorful past, whose buildings and stories have helped shape the Raleigh we know today. In honor of this legacy, the City of Raleigh Museum will offer a one hour, one mile walking tours every Saturday at 2 p.m. Tours will highlight the people, places, architecture, and political movements that make up more than 200 years of Raleigh’s history. Tickets can be purchased at the museum on the day of the tour and space is limited. Tours are subject to cancellation due to extreme weather.

Jan
21
Sun
Fifth Annual Holt Brothers Playoff Party @ Reynolds Coliseum, NCSU
Jan 21 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Fifth Annual Holt Brothers Playoff Party @ Reynolds Coliseum, NCSU | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

Experience the excitement of the NFC and AFC Championship games with 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalist Torry Holt and former NFL star Terrence Holt at this one-of-a-kind fundraiser to benefit kids with a parent fighting cancer. For those serious about their football, the game will be shown on the Jumbotron and on TVs inside Reynolds. The event also features celebrity athletes, the NFL’s First Ladies of Football, music, games, food and drink. Attendees can also participate in a raffle to win two tickets to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.

This annual event has raised nearly $600,000 for the Holt Brothers Foundation since its inception four years ago, and during that time, those funds have helped more than 1,000 kids through the Foundation’s KidsCan! and Camp Kesem programs. The Holt Brothers Foundation was started in memory of Torry and Terrence’s mother, Ojetta Holt-Shoffner, and supports programs for children with a parent with cancer.

Jan
23
Tue
Dix Park Public Lecture | From Memory to Action: Elizabeth Silkes @ A.J. Fletcher Opera
Jan 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Dix Park Public Lecture | From Memory to Action: Elizabeth Silkes @ A.J. Fletcher Opera | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

Elizabeth Silkes, Executive Director of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience’s free lecture “From Memory to Action” will explore the past, present, and potential future life of Dorothea Dix Park as our community seeks to honor the land’s history.

What Is a Site of Conscience?

A place of memory that confronts both the history of what happened there and its legacies. Sites of Conscience begin by facing all aspects of their history. Then they go a step further, activating the historical perspective with dynamic public dialogue on related issues faced today and what we can do about them

What Is the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience?

The only worldwide network dedicated to transforming places that preserve the past into spaces that promote civic action. The Coalition recognizes that the power of sites of memory is not inherent. It must be harnessed as a deliberate tactic in the service of human rights and citizen engagement.

Learn more on their website: https://www.sitesofconscience.org/en/home/

Jan
26
Fri
“KHAAANNN!” – N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Shows “Star Trek II” @ N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences
Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm
“KHAAANNN!” – N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Shows “Star Trek II” @ N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

It is the 23rd century. Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) is an instructor at Starfleet Academy and feeling old; the prospect of attending his ship, the USS Enterprise, on a two-week training cruise for cadets does not make him feel any younger. But the cruise becomes a deadly serious mission when his old nemesis Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Mantalban) appears after years of exile determined to give Kirk a dirt nap.

Prior to the movie, beginning at 5:30, check out movie-themed science stations to learn everything you ever wanted to know about the science behind the Star Trek saga. After the movie, hear from a guest speaker to find out what “Star Trek II” got right or wrong, scientifically speaking.

This event features the A/V Geeks’ Skip Elsheimer guiding a fun night of trivia and tongue-in-cheek commentary on popular science-themed movies as well as samples from his vault of 24,000+ short films. Dinner (such as sliders or tacos), drinks (including NC beer and wine) and popcorn are available for purchase before the show.

Jan
27
Sat
NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Astronomy Days @ North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Astronomy Days @ North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences  | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

From telescope crafts to solar observing, special presentations to rocket launches, space enthusiasts of all ages will be educated and entertained when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts Astronomy Days. Special guest NASA Astronaut Lee Morin visits this year to discuss his work on the International Space Station as part of this year’s event theme: Space Telescopes and Missions.

During the STS-110 Space Shuttle mission in 2002, Capt. Lee Morin participated in two space walks to install the S-Zero Truss on the International Space Station; this was the first time the station’s robotic arm was used for spacewalking (and the first time that a crew’s spacewalks were based from the station’s Quest Airlock). He will recount highlights of this mission during his presentation — “Transforming Fantasy: Building a Space Station” — together with an overview of his work on the Orion Program, America’s new multipurpose spacecraft for manned deep-space exploration. Morin’s presentations take place on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and again Sunday at 2 p.m.

Additional presenters include Dr. Murthy Gudipati, Project Scientist on the Rosetta Mission to comet 67P and the Europa Clipper mission to (you guessed it) Jupiter’s moon Europa. Gudipati will discuss the exciting science and potential public impact surrounding these missions. Dr. Klaus Pontoppidan, Deputy Project Scientist on the James Webb Space Telescope, will talk about the science and technology goals of JWST, NASA’s premier observatory over the next decade. And Museum astronomers will discuss their current research in “Using the Keck Telescope to Study Young Stars” (Dr. Rachel Smith), and the amazing interstellar mission, Voyager, in “Voyager’s Trek to the Stars” (Dr. Patrick Treuthardt) during their presentations on Saturday.

New this year you can also discover the wonders of deep space as you learn about different telescopes, from Hubble to the new James Webb Space Telescope. You can even create and take home your very own mini Hubble! See what it is like to be on the surface of Mars with the Curiosity rover in our Virtual Reality experience. Or discover the unknown universe along with PhD Comics creator Jorge Cham and physics professor Daniel Whiteson.

Additionally, aspiring rocketeers can gaze at the 40-foot working models of the Tripoli Rocketry Association. Sun worshipers can peer at the Sun (safely) through solar telescopes provided by the Raleigh Astronomy Club. All visitors can make and blast off their own bottle rocket on the Museum plaza, find out how much they weigh on different moons and planets, or meet live animals of the constellations (like the bearded dragon, which represents the constellation Draco). There will also be themed face painting (small fee) plus a visit from representatives of NASA’s Langley Research Center.

Astronomy Days is presented in collaboration with the Raleigh Astronomy Club and with additional support from NC Space Grant. Astronomy Days exhibitors include NC State University, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), CHAOS (Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society), Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and SAS Curriculum Pathways.

Fayetteville Street Tour @ City of Raleigh Museum
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm
Fayetteville Street Tour @ City of Raleigh Museum | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

The heart of Raleigh’s history is centered on “North Carolina’s Main Street” also known as Fayetteville Street. This half-mile long street has a rich and colorful past, whose buildings and stories have helped shape the Raleigh we know today. In honor of this legacy, the City of Raleigh Museum will offer a one hour, one mile walking tours every Saturday at 2 p.m. Tours will highlight the people, places, architecture, and political movements that make up more than 200 years of Raleigh’s history. Tickets can be purchased at the museum on the day of the tour and space is limited. Tours are subject to cancellation due to extreme weather.

Jan
28
Sun
NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Astronomy Days @ North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Astronomy Days @ North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences  | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

From telescope crafts to solar observing, special presentations to rocket launches, space enthusiasts of all ages will be educated and entertained when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts Astronomy Days. Special guest NASA Astronaut Lee Morin visits this year to discuss his work on the International Space Station as part of this year’s event theme: Space Telescopes and Missions.

During the STS-110 Space Shuttle mission in 2002, Capt. Lee Morin participated in two space walks to install the S-Zero Truss on the International Space Station; this was the first time the station’s robotic arm was used for spacewalking (and the first time that a crew’s spacewalks were based from the station’s Quest Airlock). He will recount highlights of this mission during his presentation — “Transforming Fantasy: Building a Space Station” — together with an overview of his work on the Orion Program, America’s new multipurpose spacecraft for manned deep-space exploration. Morin’s presentations take place on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and again Sunday at 2 p.m.

Additional presenters include Dr. Murthy Gudipati, Project Scientist on the Rosetta Mission to comet 67P and the Europa Clipper mission to (you guessed it) Jupiter’s moon Europa. Gudipati will discuss the exciting science and potential public impact surrounding these missions. Dr. Klaus Pontoppidan, Deputy Project Scientist on the James Webb Space Telescope, will talk about the science and technology goals of JWST, NASA’s premier observatory over the next decade. And Museum astronomers will discuss their current research in “Using the Keck Telescope to Study Young Stars” (Dr. Rachel Smith), and the amazing interstellar mission, Voyager, in “Voyager’s Trek to the Stars” (Dr. Patrick Treuthardt) during their presentations on Saturday.

New this year you can also discover the wonders of deep space as you learn about different telescopes, from Hubble to the new James Webb Space Telescope. You can even create and take home your very own mini Hubble! See what it is like to be on the surface of Mars with the Curiosity rover in our Virtual Reality experience. Or discover the unknown universe along with PhD Comics creator Jorge Cham and physics professor Daniel Whiteson.

Additionally, aspiring rocketeers can gaze at the 40-foot working models of the Tripoli Rocketry Association. Sun worshipers can peer at the Sun (safely) through solar telescopes provided by the Raleigh Astronomy Club. All visitors can make and blast off their own bottle rocket on the Museum plaza, find out how much they weigh on different moons and planets, or meet live animals of the constellations (like the bearded dragon, which represents the constellation Draco). There will also be themed face painting (small fee) plus a visit from representatives of NASA’s Langley Research Center.

Astronomy Days is presented in collaboration with the Raleigh Astronomy Club and with additional support from NC Space Grant. Astronomy Days exhibitors include NC State University, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), CHAOS (Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society), Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and SAS Curriculum Pathways.

Jan
30
Tue
Dorothea Dix Park Community Roadshow @ McKimmon Center
Jan 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dorothea Dix Park Community Roadshow @ McKimmon Center | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

Join your neighbors in a discussion about the future of Dix Park. Help build a park for everyone!

In partnership with the Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation · Hillsborough CAC · Central CAC · Wade CAC · Southwest CAC · West CAC and the Blue Ridge Corridor Alliance