Line Dancing at PBR Cary, New Colletta Chef, New Museum Exhibit

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LINE DANCING. Grab your boots and buckle up—it’s time to dance! Join PBR Cary every other Thursday night for line dancing classes from 7–8 p.m. A ticket is required to enter at 7 p.m. and includes exclusive entry into PBR Cary for the class. PBR Cary will open to the public at 8 p.m. for an hour of open dance. Tickets are limited, so grab yours now!

FOODIE NEWS. Tickets are on sale for the 2023 Pinehurst Barbecue Festival in the Village of Pinehurst from September 1–3. Food Network TV personality and Prime Barbecue restaurant founder Christopher Prieto returns as the event’s headliner. Purchase an early bird ticket and receive a kids’ sampling ticket free on Sunday. 

The Tacos N Taps Festival is set for Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary on Saturday, April 1, noon–5 p.m. The event features all-you-care-to-taste beer, tequila, tacos and Mexican food. Enjoy live music, margaritas, piñata punching and more.

Dram & Draught at Fenton in Cary hosts KB and LJ’s Epic Time Change Cocktail Celebration on Sunday, March 12, 4–8 p.m. Derek Chase provides live music from 5–7 p.m. during an evening of rooftop cocktails at the craft cocktail and whiskey bar. 

Keyturah Yisrael has joined Italian restaurant Colletta in Fenton as executive chef. Since joining the team, she has added a ravioli with spinach, ricotta and crispy artichokes, and a potato-crusted grouper entree will be added soon. Helena Larson has joined the Indigo Road Hospitality Group (Colletta, O-Ku and Oak Steakhouse) as the pastry chef.

The Fearrington House Inn & Restaurant and McIntyre’s Books will host two upcoming book launches. Frances Mayes’ “Pasta Veloce” will be featured during a lunch event on Sunday, April 16 ($125), and Ed Mitchell’s “Ed Mitchell Celebrating the Eastern NC BBQ of my African American Ancestors” will be the focus of an afternoon picnic on Sunday, June 18 ($95).

Photo courtesy of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park

AT THE BALLPARK. Single-game tickets for all 75 Durham Bulls home dates in the 2023 season are now on sale. The Bulls offer a variety of popular theme nights including Bull Durham Night (Friday, June 16), Independence Day (Tuesday, July 4) and Bull Sharks Night (Friday, August 11). The Bulls open the season on Friday, March 31 against the Norfolk Tides at 6:35 p.m.

Single-game tickets for the Carolina Mudcats’ 2023 season are on sale. The Class-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers has 10 souvenir giveaway events at Five County Stadium, along with 11 Friday night fireworks, opening night on Tuesday, April 11 and the Mudcats For America fireworks extravaganza on Independence Day.

COCKTAIL DEMO. Alley Twenty Six Cocktail Syrups’ Joseph Gailes presents a cocktail demo at Casa Bella Market in Durham from 2:30–4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. The North Carolina company sells a line of award-winning, all-natural, clean label syrup cocktail syrups created by nationally recognized bartender Shannon Healy. Casa Bella Market is a woman-owned small business with a focus on sustainability and local products. 

STORYWALKS. Wake County Parks and Recreation’s seven StoryWalks allow families to read a children’s book while enjoying a nature walk. The project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, and was developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Learn more here.

GARDEN WALK. Each month, Sarah P. Duke Gardens hosts the Family Garden Walk Series. The next walk takes place Saturday, March 11, 9–10 a.m. During the hike, a naturalist guides families through a section of the gardens offering activities that engage family members of all ages. These programs involve traveling on unpaved and, at-times, uneven surfaces for close to an hour. The cost is $2/person and free for kids under age 2. Register here.

Photo courtesy of the Museum of Life and Science

MUSEUM FUN. The Museum of Life and Science will welcome the public to check out its newest exhibit, “Play to Learn,” March 21. The exhibit is the museum’s biggest experience in years, designed for children ages 5 and younger. It features a range of interactive activities for young visitors and their caregivers. “Play to Learn” is a reinvention and reimagining of the museum’s popular early childhood exhibit, and is more than twice the size of the previous exhibit, with new amenities to make the experience more convenient and enjoyable for all. The museum is open Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Speaking of the Museum of Life and Science, the Barnes Family Foundation has donated $2 million to Durham’s Museum of Life and Science, the largest single gift from a private donor in the museum’s eight-decade history. The donation will support growth and improvements, summer camp scholarships and expanded outreach to underserved families in the Triangle. The 84-acre campus includes a two-story science center, live animal exhibits and a large butterfly conservatory. 

HELP A STUDENT. Apex Friendship High School Academy of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing is looking for job shadow placements for 10th-grade students. The shadowing helps expose students to jobs and professional networking opportunities. Questions can be directed to Diane Cadavid at .

Photo courtesy of Seagrove Pottery

LOTS OF POTS. Tea With Seagrove Potters takes place on Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Six potters will host the event at their shops and serve goodies from The Table Bakery and Carriage House Teas. Also at Seagrove Potters, the 3rd Annual Planter Sale runs Saturday, March 11 and Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The event will feature shrubbery planters suited for small house succulents as well as outside flower bushes. Also on March 18, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Blue Hen Pottery will offer wood-fired planters suited for orchids, spring planting and more. 

FOR A GOOD CAUSE. Waverly Place in Cary hosts a Pups, Pints & Play event benefiting Second Chance Pet Adoptions on Saturday, March 18, noon–4 p.m. Bring your pups out to play, or come alone to meet cute pups searching for their forever homes. Enjoy free pup-friendly attractions, pup treats, live music by Tommy Neiman and more.

COMING TO TOWN. Chris Botti comes to the Carolina Theatre of Durham on Friday, September 22 at 8 p.m. The Grammy-winning master trumpeter and composer has amassed a variety of honors and recorded gold and platinum albums with artists such as Sting, Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett. 
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