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Weekend Plans: Elska, children's theater, Hoops 4 Hope, more

Posted February 18, 2015

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Happy weekend. Here’s hoping for 75 degrees and sunny … As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About section for more weekend activities.

Elska, the children’s music performer who creates an imaginary world called the Island of Elska, which is said to sit off the coast of Iceland, will perform a show at 11 a.m., Saturday, at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. The critically acclaimed performer weaves stories and music in her performances. Her music is fun, incredibly relaxing and sometimes moody with blends of vibraphones, chimes, bells and synthesizers. I’ve not been to one of her shows, but her CD, “Middle of Nowhere,” gets some play at my house. Tickets are $9, $7 for kids and $28 for a family four pack. Best for toddlers to young grade schoolers. I’ve linked a video at the bottom of this post so you can check her out.

Raleigh Little Theatre’s Storytellers to Go, a student cast, will perform “Oh, Deer!” at 2 p.m., Saturday, at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. This year’s show, according to Raleigh Little Theatre, is a lively retelling of the North Carolina folk tale “Daniel Boone and the Deer” where a group of students have been assigned a Social Studies class project. They write a play based on the Boone tale and perform it for their class. Hijinks ensue. Admission is free.

Showtimes are on Thursday, but I’ll share it anyway in case some of us are still out of school. The Carolina Theatre will present “The Rainbow Fish,” based on the bestselling children’s book. Showtimes are 9:50 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Thursday, at the theater in downtown Durham. Tickets are $8. This musical version is best for kids in kindergarten to second grade.

Theatre Raleigh’s The Wolf has shows Thursday and Friday at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts. The piece is the nonprofit’s first foray into children’s theater and features a debut work commissioned for the company, led by Broadway star and Raleigh native Lauren Kennedy.

Carolina Parent will host a Camp Fair from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, at Grace Christian School in Raleigh. More than 65 exhibitors will be on hand with information about their various camps. The event also includes a scavenger hunt for kids and a chance to win $1,000 to spend at the camps participating in Saturday’s fair.

JoCo Kids Consignment Sale is open to the public Friday to Sunday.

Cary’s eighth annual African-American Celebration is 3 p.m., Saturday, at The Cary Theater, 122 E. Chatham St. It’s free and open to the public. The event includes a theatrical performance of “In Their Own Words: Enduring Slavery & Freedom.,” There also will be a music and dance performance.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, the State Capitol will offer the chance to "meet" a few members of the state's 1868 first black caucus during a living history program. Visitors can talk with actors portraying figures such as Abraham Galloway and James Henry Harris and hear more about the lives and work of these historical figures. The state's original copy of the 13th Amendment also will be on hand. The program is free.

Saturday is Revolutionary War Living History Day in Hillsborough. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, events will include military exercises, craft activities and demonstrations. Guided tours of Hillsborough’s historic district are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ($5 per person; kids under 12 free). It all takes place at the Hillsborough Visitors Center, 150 E. King St.

Kidzu Children’s Museum, as it waits to reopen in a new space in University Mall in Chapel Hill, will offer a free activity at the mall from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, to mark Dental Health Month. Staff of Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry and Kidzu will present an interactive Growing Healthy Smiles event featuring dental-related stories, answers to questions about tooth care and puppets to demonstrate proper brushing techniques. Each child will get a chance to practice their brushing skills with the puppet and take home a "dental goodie bag."

N.C. State women’s basketball team will play its annual Hoops 4 Hope game. It's against Duke at noon, Sunday, at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh. From each ticket sold, $5 will go to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Breast cancer survivors will be recognized during a special ceremony during halftime. There also will be a silent auction.

The Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill will hold one of its Family and  Friends Sundays. It's 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. The day includes gallery tours, games, crafts and other activites. It’s open to all ages and is free.

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