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Weekend Plans: Wool E. Bull's birthday, golf, baseball, lavender picking

Posted May 27, 2015

Wool E. Bull and a few of his young friends dance on the field between innings Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, NC.

Happy weekend! Public pools and spraygrounds are opening. Strawberries are being picked. Outdoor movies are being screened. It’s summer!

Here’s more weekend fun. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more. (And if you had planned on taking part in Slide the City, it’s too late. The event, which takes place Saturday along Glenwood Avenue in downtown Raleigh, is sold out).

Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions, a special concert event with the North Carolina Symphony, will fill Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh with the sights and sounds of recent and classic Pokémon video games at 7:30 p.m., Friday. Tickets start at $60. All-new orchestral arrangements and carefully timed visuals draw from recent and classic Pokémon video games, according to a press release.

Golf lovers will be flocking to TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh for the Rex Hospital Open, which runs through Sunday. The event offers competitive golf and lots of family-friendly activities. Admission is $10 for a daily grounds pass and $25 for a weekly grounds pass. From Thursday to Sunday, kids 16 and under, active and retired military, veterans and all Wake County Public School System employees with a valid ID are free. Saturday is Family Day at the Open, presented by the Carolina Hurricanes. It includes putt putt, face painting, a Hurricanes slapshot booth, free Kona Ice and more. On Sunday, police, fire and EMS; military and emergency vehicles will be on display.

Historic Stagville in Durham will commemorate the end of the Civil War with "Freedom 150" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 30. The free event will examine the effect of the end of the Civil War on the African American population, the rise of the black church and the creation of the sharecropping system, according to a description. Historic interpreters will share the joys and uncertainties for the newly emancipated population. U.S. Colored Troop re-enactors, live music and children's activities also are planned. A hearth-cooked lunch will be for sale.

We have a lot of baseball. Through Saturday, Cary’s USA Baseball National Training Complex at 200 Brooks Park Lane is hosting the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship. Games are scheduled at 3 p.m., Saturday, and possibly 7 p.m., if necessary. Saturday also is Dollar Day - all tickets are $1. Hot dogs, drinks and ice cream sandwiches also are just $1.

The Durham Bulls and Carolina Mudcats also have home games. On Sunday, the Durham Bulls will be marking Wool E. Bull’s birthday with a special celebration that includes mascots from around the state wishing the big guy a happy birthday. Sunday’s game is at 5:05 p.m. against the Syracuse Chiefs.

Mezza Luna Lavender Farm in Apex is open for the lavender season. The family-owned farm sells various lavender items, including sachets, essential oil and cookies. Kids can draw at an activity table, make their own lavender halo and get their nails painted purple. Families can pick their own bundles of lavender for $10 or take home a pre-picked one for $12. I'll have more about the farm on Friday.

More than 100 vendors with all kinds of model trains, accessories, tracks and more will take part in the {Model Train and Railroad Artifact Show at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. It’s 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Activities for kids include hands-on layouts and train races. Rides aboard a kiddie train are $1 each. Admission is $6 and free for kids under 13 with a paying adult.

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