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Weekend Plans: Modern dance, improv, festivals

Posted June 18

Boyd and Quint, the goats at Historic Oak View County Park

Here’s your weekend family fun! Check our Summer Fun Guide and WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for other activity ideas.

The American Dance Festival’s first of three children’s Saturday matinees is at 1 p.m., Saturday, at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The hour-long performance features Ballet Hispanico, which melds Latin dance with classical and contemporary technique. After each of the matinees, a free kids' party follows in the lobby of the Durham Performing Arts Center with live music, face painting, snacks and other activities. Tickets to the performances are $16 each or you can buy tickets to all three of the performances for $32.25. Check my earlier post for details about this and other festival offerings for kids.

The Plaza at 140 West Franklin Street in Chapel Hill hosts Summer Fest from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday. The Waterlilies children’s band will play from 2 p.m. 4 p.m. The afternoon also includes face painting, beach music and Motown. It’s free.

Lake Crabtree County Park’s second Pollinator Festival is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. The free event includes games, information about the importance of pollinators, local honey, demonstrations and more. Find out about all kinds of pollinators - not just bees, but also butterflies, hummingbirds and others.

Transactors Improv will present one of its family shows at 6 p.m., Saturday, at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Tickets are $9 and $6 for students. This is great fun for grade schoolers and up. The 45-minute performance features short-form improv – individual scenes running 5 to 10 minutes and based on audience suggestions.

From 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Historic Oak View County Park will host a ninth birthday bash for its goats, Boyd, Quint and Walt. The free event, which requires no pre-registration, includes games, activities, cake and a round of Happy Birthday. The Wake County park is off Poole Road in Raleigh.

Peak City Pig Fest in Apex runs Friday to Saturday in downtown Apex. Three dozen professional BBQ teams will compete this weekend for prizes. The event also includes pig races, a corn hole competition and music.

Coconut Charlies Bump ‘n Bounce is celebrating its grand opening at its spot at Celebration at Six Forks shopping center in Raleigh. The new inflatable center also includes an indoor playground. The weekend celebration includes play on the inflatables along with ballons, face painting and more both Saturday and Sunday.

Performance Edge, an educational and cultural arts nonprofit that works with young people, will present its Summer Showcase at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts in Raleigh. The show at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, features some very talented high school and college kids (think Glee). Tickets start at $20.

The Climb Out of the Darkness, an event to raise money and awareness for Postpartum Progress, a nonprofit that helps pregnant and new moms with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, is scheduled for 9 a.m., Saturday, at Shelley Lake, 1400 W. Millbrook Rd., in Raleigh. "We will cheer the triumph of survivors and honor those who are struggling," organizer Leslie Tremlett tells me. "Our goal is to make sure moms get the support they need."

Cary is getting into the food truck rodeo scene with its first food truck rally, the Chatham Street Chowdown, from noon to 4:30 p.m., Sunday. The afternoon will include 15 food trucks and two specialty drink vendors along Chatham Street from Harrison Avenue to Academy Street. Live entertainment is scheduled for the afternoon. It's free to attend.

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