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Weekend Plans: Comics Fest, music of U2, 'Oklahoma,' Tomato Day, more

Posted July 5

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Happy weekend! As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more weekend activities.

Here’s some family-friendly weekend fun …

The town of Apex will open its new Elevate Fitness Course at Apex Community Park on Saturday. A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. It’s free. The course, intended for teens, offers all kinds of ways to balance, climb and jump. Once it opens, the town will design programs for all ages there.

The Durham County Library will host its week-long annual Durham Comics Fest. Lots of free activities are planned on Saturday at Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd. They include a comic swap and giveaway; local artist alley; a workshop where participants can create a quick autobiographical comic; prizes; and more.

N.C. Theatre Conservatory's Master Summer Theatre Arts School, a four-week camp with an emphasis on pre-professional training and is made up of middle school students to rising college students, will present "Oklahoma" this Friday through Sunday at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. Tickets start at $25.  Last year's Conservatory show, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat," won a Broadway World Raleigh Award for Best Local Production.

Go blueberry picking. We list blueberry farms across the region that have them.

Waldo, the bespectacled main character from the popular search-and-find series, is hiding all over Raleigh and Durham. Find him, fill up your Waldo passport and be in the running for some fun prizes.

The Lighthouse Christian Homeschool Association is hosting a used book and curriculum sale from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at Faith Baptist Church in Youngsville.

The N.C. Symphony’s Summerfest Series will feature the music of U2 with a concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, at Booth Amphiteatre, Cary. Tickets on the lawn are free for kids 12 and under. They start at $36 for everybody else.

Tomato Day is 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market in Carrboro. The free event includes all kinds of tomato samples, recipes, kids activities, raffle prizes and more.

The American Dance Festival’s offerings for kids continues on Saturday with a 1 p.m. children’s matinee by the Paul Taylor Dance Company. The hour-long show is at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $16. It’s followed by a kids party outside on DPAC’s Plaza with music, snacks and more entertainment.

NC Courage, the professional women’s soccer team, will host the Seattle Reign at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, at WakeMed Socer Park in Cary.

And New Hope Valley Railway will host a special military appreciation ride day on Sunday. Up to four free tickets will be offered to active duty, reserve, National Guard, veterans and retired military personnel for its diesel train excursions. Free tickets for service members and their families are only available in person at the ticket booth and cannot be reserved online, according to the railway’s website. Additional tickets can be purchased for the diesel rides, which have sold out in previous years. Tickets cost between $7 and $10.

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