April 1 through April 9, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day Disappearing Frog Project Art Exhibition Artwork celebrating amphibians is displayed inside the Visitor Center. The exhibit will feature donated artwork from regional and local area artists, including student artwork. Enjoy a unique video capturing wildlife portraits and behaviors found in NC Longleaf pine forests. Amphibian Programming & Science Talks scheduled throughout the exhibition. Artwork is for sale, and all proceeds benefit the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA). Free admission.
Every Thursday at 9 a.m. Get outside, get moving, get healthy and get moving. Participants, ages 12 and up, should be able to hike 3 to 6 miles on trails that can be flat, hilly and include steps. Please note that we can make adjustments in the route if you want to hike less than three miles. We do stop to observe wildlife, enjoy environmental education moments and to listen to our natural world. Call the visitor center for meeting location (910) 893-4888 extension 0. Meet at the Visitor Center.
On April 9th, Raven Rock State Park will be having a big Centennial Celebration marking the 100 year anniversary of NC State Parks. The event will start off at 8:30 a.m. with the Raven Rock Trail Trek, a 10 mile, hiking challenge using 5 different hiking trails. Preregistration has closed but if you are still interested in participating in the Trail Trek please email email@example.com. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., we will have the Centennial Party at the Visitor Center. This will be the final day for the Disappearing Frog Project exhibit, an amphibian related art exhibit that helps create awareness for the decline of amphibians worldwide through the Amphibian Survival Alliance. We will also be celebrating Earth Day with educational exhibits, farmers, live honeybees, birds of prey, conservation and environmental exhibitors and much more. Several nature-oriented and art exhibitors are planning to attend. Live music by Midlife Crisis. Professional artist and author, Bob Palmatier, will be teaching small art classes throughout the event. This day is currently being sponsored by the Friends of Raven Rock and the Friends of State Parks.
Friday, April 15 10 a.m. Nature’s Seedlings is a monthly nature discovery program for ages 3 to 7 being held every third Friday of the month. Explore the world of nature through games, exploration, interaction and crafts. April's program is all about the Earth Day Celebration and what we can do to help the environment. Activities include understanding Earth Day, compost and recycling. The children will create their own soda bottle compost. There will be live bugs from an active compost to explore and identify. After the recycling relay game we will plant a flower in the pollinator garden using compost from the park’s compost bin. Children are encouraged to bring in vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and used coffee filters, egg shells and fruit peelings to put in the park's compost bin. Registration is not required but please notify us if you are bringing a group. Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the program. Programs will be held outside weather permitting. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Boogie on Broad, featuring Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band, will be held April 21, 2016, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Downtown Dunn at the intersection of Broad Street and Wilson Avenue. The concert is free and includes entertainment and DJ Butch Halpin of Carolina Sounds, face painting and balloons by Sybil the Clown, line dancing fun and much more. For more information, contact the Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce at (910) 892-4113.
The 7th Annual Rail Trail Run/Walk for CareNet has been set, being held on Sunday afternoon, April 24th, at 2:30 pm. Runners/Walkers will register in Downtown Erwin from 1:15 until 2:15. They will then be transported by bus to the starting point in Dunn where they will run/walk back to the finish line in Downtown Erwin. A Children's 1 Mile Fun Run will be held as well after the main event. Medals of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be given in each age division. All proceeds will help benefit CareNet Counseling. You may register for the race at www.runtheeast.com. For more information call 910-892-3282 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harnett County will host a Community Update meeting Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at 6 p.m. at Lillington-Shawtown Elementary School. The purpose of this informational meeting is to provide residents with an update from county leaders and department heads on projects and programs currently underway in Harnett County, and to give citizens an opportunity to ask questions. Lillington-Shawtown Elementary School is located at 855 Old U.S. 421, Lillington.
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point will host the 2016 air show “Celebrating 75 Years” at the air station, located aboard the east coast's premiere Marine Corps jet base, centrally located in Havelock, N.C., April 29, 30 and May 1. Call your family and friends and mark your calendars for eastern North Carolina's biggest, baddest, fastest and loudest outdoor event April 29, 30 and May 1, 2016! The commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point invites you to visit the Marine Corps' largest air base for the 2016 MCAS Cherry Point Air Show, featuring the world's top aviation aerobatic team, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. This year's show will also highlight Cherry Point's 75th Anniversary -- it promises to be the best show ever. Beginning with a spectacular night show on Friday, April 29, the skies will light up with afterburners, jet-assisted takeoffs, wingtip pyrotechnics, sky-diving demonstrations, a jet school bus blasting down the runway, plus the crowd-pleasing "wall of flame," all culminating with a massive fireworks display on the flight line. Gates open Friday, April 29 at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday will both have full day shows featuring a dizzying variety of military and civilian aerobatic demonstrations. You and your family will get up close and personal to dozens of historic and modern aircraft displays, as well as a wide array of military vehicles and equipment. The show will offer children's activities, an outdoor recreational show and much more. Admission and parking are FREE. The air show narrator will talk you through a Marine Air Ground Task Force demonstration as air and ground Marine combat forces simulate an assault on enemy positions right in front of your eyes! Individual demonstrations, such as one by the Marine Corps' AV-8B Harrier, will make it clear why the Marine Corps is the finest fighting force in the world. FREE live concert on Saturday night! Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. And, as always, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will provide the grand finale both days! The 2016 MCAS Cherry Point Air Show, loaded with hours of great entertainment, tons of good food, and loads of fun (and education) for the kids, is an event you and your family won't want to miss! This is an opportunity for Cherry Point's Marines and Sailors to demonstrate the Marine Corps motto -- Semper Fidelis -- which means Always Faithful. And it is their chance to say "THANK YOU!" to our North Carolina neighbors for the fantastic support we enjoy here all year round while we train to remain America's force in readiness.