Festivals Across the Triangle: May 2019

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Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance

May 2-5 – Shakori Hills, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd., Pittsboro. See the website for hours and to purchase tickets. Take the family for live music, artisans, food vendors, storytelling, face painting, a climbing wall and more. Ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.


Apex PeakFest

May 4 – Downtown Apex. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. The Town of Apex lives up to its motto, “The Peak of Good Living,” in this annual festival featuring artisans, live performances, kids entertainment and carnival food.


Canine Field Day

May 4 – Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr., Durham. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Take Fido to enjoy games, activities, competitions,
pet-friendly vendors and food trucks.


CPSC Strawberry Festival

May 4 – Old North Durham Park, 724 Foster St., Durham. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Enjoy all things strawberry in a benefit event for Central Park School for Children.


Fest in the West 

May 4 – USA Baseball National Training Complex, 7445 Green Hope School Rd., Cary. 11 am.-5 p.m. Free. Western Cary’s signature festival showcases a food truck rodeo, an arts and crafts village, a petting zoo, kids activities and more.


Friends of Page-Walker Herbfest

May 4 – Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Learn about gardening and cooking with herbs, and shop for garden-related items. Kids can enjoy an herb craft and butterfly releases.


Ham & Yam Festival

May 4 – Downtown Smithfield. 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. Smithfield’s biggest festival of the year pays homage to Southern culture with pig races, live music, cuisine and more.


Meet in the Street 

May 4 – Downtown Wake Forest. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Enjoy artisan booths, multiple entertainment venues, food trucks, live music, children’s activities and much more.


Raleigh Touch-A-Truck

May 4 – Spring Hill Lot, 701 Barbour Dr., Raleigh. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $6 advance tickets online, $7 at the door. Climb aboard a fire truck, police vehicle, ambulance, city bus, dump truck and more. Enjoy a bounce house, face painting, food trucks and raffles. A quiet hour for guests with sensory sensitivities is 9-10 a.m.


Durham Greek Festival

May 4-5 – Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 8306 Hwy. 751, Durham. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Opa! Enjoy the best of Greece with authentic cuisine, dance performances, artisans, children’s activities and more.


Carrboro Day

May 5 – Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 1-5 p.m. Free. Celebrate the unique qualities that make Carrboro special. Enjoy stories and photos, poetry readings, music and dancing, interactive field games, crafts and family activities.


Durham Touch-a-Truck 

May 5 – Duke University, 302 Science Dr., Durham. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $5/person. Free for ages 2 and younger. Explore vehicles from law enforcement, fire departments, public works, emergency medical services, construction machinery, farm equipment and more. Enjoy face painting, a bounce house, games and a performance by the Bouncing Bulldogs.


Bull City Mini Golf Opening

May 11 – American Tobacco Campus, Blackwell St., Durham. All ages. 10 a.m.-midnight. Tickets are $7/person. Take part in the grand opening of community-designed mini golf holes and enjoy frozen beverages. View murals created by local artists.


Festival of Flowers

May 11 – Belle Vie Farm, 3100 Damascus Church Rd., Chapel Hill. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Romp through the forest, take a canoe ride, pick wildflowers and plant seeds. Craft flower crowns, bouquets, seed bombs and earth art.


Ritmo Latino Festival

May 11 – Downtown Cary. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Celebrate Latino culture through music, dance, visual arts and more. Enjoy craft vendors, traditional food and kids activities.


TurtleFest

May 11 – Bass Lake Park, 900 Bass Lake Rd., Holly Springs. 1-4 p.m. Free. Carnival games, crafts, live animals and live music highlight this annual festival. Meet tortoises and other reptiles, and talk to biologists and wildlife rehabilitators.


Got To Be NC Festival

May 17-19 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. Check the website for hours, fees and to purchase tickets. This celebrated Raleigh festival features animals, homegrown food, entertainment, music, antique farm equipment, carnival rides and more.


Barnyard Birthday Bash

May 18 – Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Celebrate the birthdays of the park’s beloved goats. The event features outdoor games, goody bags, birthday cake and ice cream.


Bimbe Cultural Arts Festival

May 18 – Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr., Durham. Noon-8 p.m. Free. Durham welcomes families to enjoy African American history and culture.


Longleaf Festival

May 18 – Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 10 am.-2 p.m. Free. Learn about the longleaf pine and its special significance to North Carolina’s past, present and future. Enjoy hands-on activities; take a wagon ride to the 60-acre longleaf forest; and enjoy games, crafts, live animals, food trucks and special surprises as part of the festival and the park’s 20th anniversary celebration.


Morrisville Springfest

May 18 – Morrisville Town Hall Campus, 100 Town Hall Dr., Morrisville. 4-9 p.m. Free; game tickets are $1 each. Morrisville ushers in the spring season with live entertainment, carnival-style games, inflatables, craft vendors and food trucks.


Wheels on Academy Car Show and Touch‑A‑Truck

May 18 – Downtown Park and South Academy St., Cary. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. See cars of yesteryear come alive and rule the roads alongside some of today’s modern hot rods and exotic cars. Explore vehicles and heavy machinery coinciding with the town’s Touch-A-Truck event, and meet the personnel who protect and build the Cary community.


Artsplosure: The Raleigh Arts Festival

May 18-19 – Downtown Raleigh. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m-6 p.m. Free. Enjoy more than 170 visual arts and crafts exhibitors from across the state, multiple interactive activities and entertainment for children in Kidsplosure.


Mud Day

May 18 – Walnut Creek Wetland Park, 950 Peterson St., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Play in the mud and enjoy games, crafts, live animal exhibits, food trucks and more. Dress to get messy. Registration encouraged. Choose event #236849.


Apex Touch-A-Truck

May 19 – Apex Community Park, 2200 Laura Duncan Rd., Apex. 1-4 p.m. Free. Get in the driver’s seat and learn all about the vehicles used in construction, landscaping, transporation and more. All ages with adult. A quiet hour for guests with sensory sensitivities is 1-2 p.m.


Girls World Expo Raleigh

May 19 – Hilton North Raleigh, 3415 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh. Noon-4 p.m. Free. This empowerment workshop for teenage girls includes workshops, science exhibits, guest speakers, a fashion show and much more. Register online.


Animazement 2019

May 23-26 – Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. See the website for hours and to purchase tickets. $65/person. Raleigh’s premier Japanese animation and culture convention features educational panels, merchandise, unique artwork and more. Purchase tickets online.


NC Sugar Rush

May 26 – City Market, 214 E. Martin St., Raleigh. 1-5 p.m. Free. Enjoy sweet treats from more than 20 vendors in downtown Raleigh. Pets welcome.

 

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September 2019

Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: 24.00

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
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Join Mindful Families of Durham, a Buddhist-inspired spiritual community that supports area parents, caregivers, and their children in the practice of mindfulness and the understanding of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Mindful Families of Durham
Contact Name: Adam, Laura, Josh, Sumi
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: 24.00

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
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Celebrate Latino culture in Durham.

Cost: Free

Where:
Compare Foods Parking Lot
2000 Avondale Dr.
Durham, NC
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Enjoy sweets from over 20 vendors for humans and pets.

Cost: Free

Where:
City Market
214 E. Martin Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: Jay's Italian Ice
Telephone: 919-780-4169
Contact Name: Jay Jones
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Discover Historic Yates Mill—a place of business, community, and exciting local history! Watch a brief slideshow, then explore the inner workings of the mill itself and witness the power of...

Cost: $5/Adult, 4$/Senior (60+), $3/Child (7-16), 6&Younger Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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See Peppa Pig and her friends embark on a new adventure in this live stage show. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $29.50 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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See Peppa Pig and her friends embark on a new adventure in this live stage show. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $29.50 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Practice your ABCs and develop your fine motor skills through games and hands-on activities. Play a letter game and go on a scavenger hunt!  For ages 18 months–3 years (with an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Crowder County Park
Telephone: 919-662-2850
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These programs are open to students 6–12 years old. Parent/guardians are welcome to stay for the program or drop-off. Preregistration is required. Discover the amazing world of mushrooms and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Join park staff for an informal fishing experience for the whole family. Bring your own poles or borrow one of ours through the Tackle Loaner Program. Bait and basic instruction are provided. All...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Robert Gibbs discusses his latest book, "Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation." Ages 8-12. Purchase the book from Quail Ridge to reserve two seats for the event and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209 Lassister Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Join us to make moveable miniature skating figures that light up!  Space is limited. To register, call 919-245-2532. Grades 3-5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Orange County Main Library
137 W Margaret Ln
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-245-2539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
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We are Voted BEST consignment sale in the Triangle and TOP 10 in the NATION!! Our sale features Children's Clothing including a wonderful boutique section, costume section, and coats section,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cary Towne Centre
1105 Walnut St
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Kids EveryWEAR Consignment Sale
Contact Name: Gail Walker
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Enjoy a free sunset movie by the picturesque Lake Raleigh. Take a picnic blanket, lawn chairs and a non-perishable food donations (human and pet) on Fridays in September to NC State's...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Raleigh Meadows
Campus Shore Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: VisitCentennial
Telephone: 704-651-3179
Contact Name: Jude DesNoyer
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Each year more than 30,000 visitors come to BugFest to experience over 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities. This year's theme is beetles. Interact with entomologists and other scientists...

Cost: Free

Where:
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919.707.9800
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Each year more than 30,000 visitors come to BugFest to experience over 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities. This year's theme is beetles. Interact with entomologists and other...

Cost: Free

Where:
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919.707.9800
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Take part in a pop-up Stroller Barre class followed by a nature scavenger hunt for kids and socializing for moms. Suitable for pregnant mamas. Take a sturdy stroller (no jogger needed!),...

Cost: $5

Where:
Piney Wood Park
400 E. Woodcroft Pkwy
Durham, NC  27713
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Sponsor: FIT4MOM West Raleigh Durham
Telephone: 984-329-5970
Contact Name: Jenine N Pearson
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Give rugby a try. Take part in tag rugby pick-up games every Saturday morning at Baileywick Road Park, near the Second Shelter.  No experience necessary. All ages. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Baileywick Road Park
9501 Baileywick Rd
Second Shelter Field
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Raleigh Redhawks Rugby
Contact Name: denise travis
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Please join us for our 27th annual Triangle Festival of Hope & Walk to De-feet Dementia at Knightdale Station Park. The 1-mile walk through the park, or 1/4 mile shorter version, will begin...

Cost: Free

Where:
Knightdale Station Park
810 N First Ave
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Family fun for all ages includes more than 100 delicious food and craft vendors, free children's activities, live demonstrations and all genres of music from local and regional bands. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Street Creedmoor
301 N. Main St.
Creedmoor, NC  27522
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Sponsor: City of Creedmoor
Telephone: 919-764-1013
Contact Name: Angie Perry
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We are Voted BEST consignment sale in the Triangle and TOP 10 in the NATION!! Our sale features Children's Clothing including a wonderful boutique section, costume section, and coats section,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cary Towne Centre
1105 Walnut St
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Kids EveryWEAR Consignment Sale
Contact Name: Gail Walker
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Visual artists from near and far will showcase their work, and 75 performing arts groups provide continuous music, dance and entertainment throughout the festival including extended Saturday...

Cost: $5 suggested donation; free for children under 12

Where:
Durham Arts Council
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2719
Contact Name: Susan Tierney
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Step back in time with our 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Tour fee: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60 & over), $3/Child (ages 7-16),...

Cost: $5/Adult, 4$/Senior (60+), $3/Child (7-16), 6&Younger Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Enjoy local bands, arts and crafts vendors, car show, kids' area, fun contests and games, plus a barbecue cook-off contest featuring veteran cooking teams.

Cost: Free

Where:
River Park
114 E. Margaret Ln.
Hillsborouh, NC  27278
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This family-oriented event includes corn milling demonstrations and costumed tours of Yates Mill, and other event activities including a fun children’s scavenger hunt activity, live music and...

Cost: Free, though there is a $3-5 fee for mill tours

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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For almost 200 years, farmers brought their wheat and corn to what is now Yates Mill to have their grains ground into flour and meal. Today, you can stop by the Yates Mill visitor center to see a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Take the family for Caribbean food, live music, a Kids Zone, bounce house, face painter and more. 

Cost: Free

Where:
West Point on the Eno
5101 N. Roxboro St.
Durham, NC  27704
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Step back in time with our 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Tour fee: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60 & over), $3/Child (ages 7-16),...

Cost: $5/Adult, 4$/Senior (60+), $3/Child (7-16), 6&Younger Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Celebrate diversity in Wake Forest with live performances, traditional cuisine and family entertainment. 

Cost: Free

Where:
E. Carroll Joyner Park
701 Harris Rd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Live bands showcase this event that also features a kids zone, vendor village and food trucks.

Cost: $11.25 – $20

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre's Rose Garden and Stephenson Amphitheatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Live bands showcase this event that also features a kids zone, vendor village and food trucks.

Cost: $15 advance tickets, $20 at the door. Free for ages 5 and younger

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre's Rose Garden and Stephenson Amphitheatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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The Teen Advisory Board invites you to meet up with other gamers to mingle, snack, and test your skills for prizes! Guests are welcome to bring their own controllers/fightsticks. Register by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Orange County Main Library
137 W Margaret Ln
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-245-2539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
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East Cloud Kungfu hosts a Parent's Night Out event, featuring a safe environment for kids as they about the wide world of kungfu.   Check it out!...

Cost: $25 first child, $20 each additional child

Where:
East Cloud Kungfu, LLC
5655-A Western Blvd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: East Cloud Kungfu, LLC
Telephone: 252-646-7053
Contact Name: Imari Colon
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The Clayton Center presents country crooner Billy "Crash" Craddock in concert. Sing along with Crash as he belts out his biggest hits, including Knock Three Times, Rub It In, Ruby Baby, Broken...

Cost: $25 plus taxes & fees

Where:
The Clayton Center
111 E. Second Street
Clayton, NC  27520
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Sponsor: The Clayton Center
Telephone: 919-553-1737
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