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Weekend Plans: Raleigh Wide Open, Sandbox Band, book readings and more

Raleigh Wide Open 5 takes over downtown all day Saturday. And the Sandbox Band will be rocking Raleigh's Fletcher Park. And lots more this weekend.

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Raleigh Wide Open 5
Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

Your weekend family fun ...

It's time for Raleigh Wide Open 5, which runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday along Fayetteville Street. The free festival opens with a parade down Fayetteville at 11 a.m. and ends with fireworks at 10:45 p.m. In between, you'll find all kinds of live music, arts, crafts, food, entertainment, eating contests and more. There's a kids zone at Martin and Fayetteville streets with a slide, inflatables and games.
The Sandbox Band will be rocking the Fletcher Park free summer concert series in Raleigh Sunday. The Triangle-based band has been playing its folksy favorites and fun originals for kids and family for the past four years and built lots of fans. This is always a great show with plenty of room for kids to dance or just run around. Most people bring a picnic to munch on before and during the concert, which starts at 6 p.m. at Fletcher Park, 820 Clay St., near the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Peace Street near downtown Raleigh. And check back on Go Ask Mom on Friday for more on the Sandbox Band. I spoke with them at their practice session this week and they played a couple of songs for me and all of you!
Don't forget Twice As Nice Kids Consignment Sale is 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Hope Chapel on Old Jenks Road in Apex. Lots of deals on kids clothes, toys and gear, plus  a special homeschool corner.
The N.C. Theatre's production of "Annie" continues through Sunday at Memorial Auditorium at the Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts in Raleigh with two shows both Saturday and Sunday.
Get a taste of Kids in Training, which targets fitness and good nutrition for kids, during the KIT Youth Triathlon. The race for kids ages 5 to 17 starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Lochmere Swim & Tennis Club in Cary. Might be something good to check out if you think your child would be interested in the program.
The ArtsCenter in Carrboro will host a production of Alice in Wonderland at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The show, featuring local actors ages 6 to 14, is based on the classic Lewis Carroll story. Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for kids. Two show passes are $10 for adults and $5 for kids.
Law firm Pulley Watson will hold its Safety Festival 2010 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Sam's Club Parking Lot on Chapel Hill Boulevard in Durham. Learn all about car seat safety, playground safety and drinking and driving awareness. Participants include Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Durham police department and the Durham County Sheriff's Department.
Stephen Messer will read from his new book "Windblowne" from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. The book was one of Parent & Child magazine's top picks for fiction this spring. Best for kids 8 to 12.
Parents might want to sit in on a reading by Rafe Esquith, author of "Lighting Their Fires: Raising Extraordinary Children in a Mixed-Up, Muddled-Up, Shook-Up World." The author of "Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire" writes about how children become extraordinary as a result of parents and teachers who instill values that guide them in the classroom and beyond. Esquith will be at Quail Ridge Books & Music at 7 p.m. Saturday on Wade Avenue in Raleigh.
Wake Forest's free Concert in the Park series at E. Carroll Joyner Park continues Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Chuck & The Waggin' Ears. The group performs a blend of bluegrass, Irish, folks and humor. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic. The park is at 701 Harris Rd.
It's the first Sunday of August and that means it's time for rides on the diesal and steam engines at New Hope Valley Railway in southwest Wake County. Check the website for all the details on these hour-long rides (note: there are no toilets on the trains and no air conditioning, though it is open air). Departures start at 11 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m.


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