Jan. 4-6: Reach Your 2019 Goals With Free Fitness Classes, a Reading Challenge, Teens IRL and a Winter Bird Search


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Get outside with the family to find winter birds at Prairie Ridge Ecostation this weekend.

Photo courtesy of Patricia Tyndall

It's time to focus on all those new year's resolutions for improving yourself and your family. All the activities highlighted for this weekend are FREE and might just help you make good, new habits to help you reach your goals. Choose from demo fitness classes in Cary, take a Winter Reading Challenge at Durham County Library, check out an in-person social event for teens at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh and a search for winter birds at Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh.


FREE Demo Fitness Classes in Cary

If being more active is among your family’s plans for 2019, Cary Parks and Recreation has you covered. From Jan. 2-8, take a free demo class at Bond Park, Herb Young or Middle Creek Community Center, the Senior Center and The Hive. Classes include pre-gymnastics, preschool yoga, Zumba Kids, Tang Soo Do, yoga for youth, Capoeira, tumbling fun and more. Check out the entire list and schedule here. Classes geared toward all ages are available, and if you attend one of the free classes, you’ll get a 20 percent off coupon (which expires Jan. 12) for registration for any fitness or wellness program offered during the winter/spring 2019 session. 



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Winter Reading Challenge FREE

If you’d like to read more in 2019, the Durham County Library will help you establish the habit with its Winter Reading Challenge. The goal is to aggregate 200,000 minutes spent reading among all participants. If you or your child completes the program by logging 400 minutes of time spent reading, you’ll win an entry into the grand prize drawing. Register here to start logging your minutes. 



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Teens IRL FREE

If your teen wants to have more “in real life” interactions with peers in 2019, the North Carolina Museum of Art has an event set for Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. during which your teen can join in with members of the NCMA Teen Arts Council to connect with old and new friends in a low-key hangout. Teens in attendance will meet local artists, collaborate on projects, listen to music and enjoy snacks. Start 2019 off right by spending an evening together with like-minded peers. The event is free but a ticket is required. 



photo courtesy of the north carolina museum of art


Winter Birds FREE

If you’d like to spend more time as a family out in nature in 2019, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Prairie Ridge Ecostation can get you off to a good start. On Jan. 6, 2-3 p.m., drop in to search for migratory winter birds with park staff. Meet at the outdoor classroom to look for birds near Ecostation feeders and learn how to recognize local birds. From there, walk to the pond to search for waterfowl species. The program is geared toward all ages. Given our recent wet weather, be sure to dress for outdoor exploration. No preregistration is required. 



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Cost: Free

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Erwin Road
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Cost: Free

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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 191-924-52539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
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Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

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Harris Lake County Park
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Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Road
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Cost: $3; no fee for accompanying adult

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Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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Cost: $9/resident, $11/nonresident

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Harris Lake County Park
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Cost: $3

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Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
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Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
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Telephone: 919-996-6764
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