The Zero Waste Challenge

How one Durham family of six managed to live trash-free


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Mick Schulte and her family of six joined the trash-free movement.

Photo courtesy of the Schulte family.

My life revolves around convenience. Instead of thinking through purchases or how our actions affect the world outside of our home, my husband and I live mostly in survival mode. As parents of four children ages 5 and younger, including a set of twins, we do whatever it takes to stay sane.

Then a friend came over and told me about her adult daughter living a “trash-free lifestyle.” She picked up a plastic food container on my counter and explained how her daughter, Annie, wouldn’t be able to buy it because of it being single-use plastic.

I nodded politely and asked myself, “Am I being judged?” Is she telling me this because she saw the heaping mound of disposable Diaper Genie bags billowing out of our trash bin? Or the closet full of paper towels that will need to be restocked next week?

I decided that, knowing my friend’s kind nature, she was simply sharing the brave journey her daughter had decided to embark on. She was understandably proud and supportive.

After her visit, I felt convicted. I kept thinking of Annie every time I threw something away. Then I endured a period of justification. “Of course, she can live a trash-free life – she doesn’t have kids!” I thought. “If I didn’t have kids, I’d save the planet too, and run an ultra-marathon, and get that doctorate degree.”

It got me thinking: “Has any parent ever tried to live a trash-free lifestyle?”


Discovering Zero Waste

I turned to Google and realized that trash-free living is a growing movement. Most people call it “Zero Waste,” a term coined by Bea Johnson, author of “Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste.” Johnson started changing her lifestyle while her boys were still young — around the ages of 6 and 8.

Even though I barely have enough time to brush my teeth, let alone read a book, I ordered Johnson’s book and skimmed through it when I had a chance. Her story was surprisingly refreshing and honest. She had transformed herself from a platinum blonde dedicated to keeping up with the Joneses, to a mother with a cause.

Thanks to her words, I became even more committed to the cause and began ignoring my justifications. She proved parents could be aware of the world at large. She also shared how her quality of life dramatically increased after she detached from material things — a natural outgrowth of the Zero Waste life. I wondered if that might happen to me.

I have twin baby boys who somehow leave everything I feed them on their trays, but manage to dirty multiple disposable diapers throughout each day. My 5-year-old daughter puts nonrecyclable princess stickers on everything and my 3-year-old son is addicted to individually wrapped fruit snacks.


The Challenge Begins

I told my husband I wanted to take the Zero Waste Challenge for one month. We would create only enough trash to stick in a jar and make up for all the mountains of garbage we’ve contributed to our local landfill.

Naturally, he was ecstatic.

“Doesn’t recycling more than we throw away count?” he asked. Johnson’s book explains that this is the biggest misconception about the Zero Waste lifestyle. Creating zero waste doesn’t mean “recycle more.” The whole idea is to appreciate what you have and resist the temptation to demand more “things” that must be created through purchases. Recycling is a process that takes energy. And every time we purchase something new, materials are used to develop that product.

The discussion with my husband continued. As I explained what I had read, I could see him processing the list of items we would live without for a month — like the Amazon Subscribe & Save shipment that takes up our entire dining room floor each month.

“What about diapers?” he asked.

With a forced smile, and not-so-convincing, perky voice, I exclaimed, “Cloth!”

With that, I thought I had lost him for good. The use of cloth diapers, along with many of the other adaptations for a Zero Waste lifestyle, was something we had never considered. So was composting, using a menstrual cup and buying bulk foods in only reusable containers. At least I wasn’t planning to go as far as Johnson and forage moss to use as toilet paper (even she admits that was a bit extreme).

After a couple of months of mentally preparing for the challenge, we officially started by using our new composting bin. We decided the most convenient and sustainable path for our family would be to use a local composting service. We chose CompostNow in Raleigh.

Honestly, I didn’t know anything about composting or its importance before this challenge. In search of answers to some embarrassingly basic questions, I spoke with Kat Nigro, community growth manager at CompostNow. She explained that according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 30-40 percent of food in the U.S. is wasted (usda.gov/oce/foodwaste/faqs.htm) and much of that food is thrown into landfills. I thought of my kids’ plates after a well-prepared meal, and how most of it usually ends up in the trash.

“When the wasted food is sent to a landfill, it gets thrown in a pile with no oxygen. Even though it’s rotting, in that anaerobic environment, it’s emitting methane gas. And methane is 25 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide,” Nigro explained.

After our conversation, I was convinced and, thanks to our affordable and convenient composting service, I found it easy to incorporate composting into our daily routine.


The Bulk Groceries Challenge

Other Zero Waste options weren’t so easy. Take, groceries, for example. I depend on my local store’s express lane, where I pick up the food I’ve ordered online so it can be loaded into my minivan. I tried to go to Whole Foods and pretend that I had all the time in the world to seek out bulk items. But with four kids who won’t fit in a grocery cart, this just didn’t work.

We ended up with an empty pantry. After feeding them our last can of cream of mushroom soup for a snack, my kids revolted. I had to give in to the convenience of the express lane. I can’t say this was a total failure, though.

I put a special note on my order asking that they try to use as little packaging as possible and keep all my produce free-standing. When I got the call confirming my order, the store’s employee said, “I did what you asked and left all your produce out of bags. I’m a little worried about the asparagus, but you know, I’ve never thought about all that packaging before. It does seem like such a waste.”

Moments like this happened throughout our Zero Waste Challenge. I awkwardly explained what we were doing, and people would tell a story about how their grandparents would never throw things away so nonchalantly. Somehow, we’ve created a culture that ignores the fact that throwing something away doesn’t make it disappear.

Take disposable diapers. They can sit in a landfill for up to 500 years, according to Real Diaper Association, a nonprofit that encourages parents and small businesses to take the lead in creating a cultural shift to increase the use of reusable cloth diapers. If this is true, my children’s diapers will still be rotting away, emitting methane gases while my great-great-great-grandchildren are living their lives. 

Learning such information during my Zero Waste month overwhelmed me at times. I started to feel an urge to go back to my regular routine — especially as we suffered two (yes, two!) rounds of a stomach bug during the challenge.


Changing Habits Takes Time

I’ll admit the “month challenge” idea put more stress on our family than I expected. It’s impossible to transform from trash-full to trash-free in a flash. Johnson warned me about this when I spoke to her for this story.

“Zero Waste isn’t something you can achieve in one month, or a year or even several years. It’s something that happens over time,” she said. “When you run out of a certain household product, consider the less wasteful alternatives and see if you can incorporate them into your life.”

My experience did teach me the value of striving for less waste, especially when I thought of my kids. I want them to value relationships and experiences more than things. I also want them to see me caring for the world around us, so they will be inspired to do the same.

And even though we produced more trash than could fit in a jar, we did better. By the last week of our Zero Waste month, our garbage bin held one half-filled trash bag and two Diaper Genie bags. That’s less than half of what we used to produce.

As a slave to convenience, I was surprised to find that many of the changes we made didn’t make things more difficult — they just took thoughtful planning. That gives me hope as we try to reduce our family’s waste further — but this time at a more leisurely pace.


Simple Ways to Start

  • Cancel your junk mail.
  • Bring reusable grocery bags to the store.
  • Use microfiber cloths or vinegar for cleaning.
  • Buy snacks in bulk and put them in reusable containers for your kids (instead of Ziploc bags).
  • Buy milk in reusable glass containers.
  • Join the Facebook group, “Toward Zero Waste,” for helpful tips.
  • Read Bea Johnson’s book, “Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste.”
  • Consider using cloth diapers while at home (I use disposable when we’re out and about).
  • Take a tour of a recycling center and/or landfill. (I did, and it was very inspiring.)

Mick Schulte is a writer and photographer in Durham, where she lives with her family of six and loves finding ways to make motherhood even more challenging than it already is. Schulte won a Parenting Media Association Bronze award for this feature.

 

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4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
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Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
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You Call This Yoga, A 501(c)(3) Educational Nonprofit which provides yoga programs for physically challenged and under-served groups in the Triangle region and the Grewal Center for Mind Body...

Cost: FREE!

Where:
Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
1003 High House Road
Suite 103
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
Telephone: 919-234-7169
Contact Name: Harkiran Grewal
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Spanish Alive is providing Family Spanish classes starting in January! Join us to learn Spanish as an entire family in an immersive, fun environment. Our teachers are trained Spanish educators and...

Cost: $75-$216

Where:
Spanish Alive
156 E. Chatham St
Cary, NC
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Short class advertising for local class   I am a mom and retired CPA who is passionate about teaching teens about the high cost of their choices. I teach a fun, interactive "Game of Life meets...

Cost: $225

Where:
Hope Community Church- Apex
2080 E Williams Street
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Beyond Personal Finance
Contact Name: Charla McKinley
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Short class advertising for local class   I am a mom and retired CPA who is passionate about teaching teens about the high cost of their choices. I teach a fun, interactive "Game of Life meets...

Cost: $225

Where:
Hope Community Church- Apex
2080 E Williams Street
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Beyond Personal Finance
Contact Name: Charla McKinley
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I am a mom and retired CPA who is passionate about teaching teens about the high cost of their choices. I teach a fun, interactive "Game of Life meets Dave Ramsey" class that has teens experience...

Cost: $225

Where:
Hope Community Church- Apex
2080 E Williams Street
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Beyond Personal Finance
Contact Name: Charla McKinley
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Azevedo Family Psychology and Kym Azevedo will host an Art for Life group each Thursday from 5:30-6:30PM beginning January 16 and running through March 26. This group is completely free, kid...

Cost: FREE

Where:
1903 N. Harrison Ave
Suite 201
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Azevedo Family Psychology
Telephone: 919-624-9568
Contact Name: Kym Azevedo
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Explore astronomy, biology, architectural and engineering principles, technology and so much more through our hands-on, play-based activities. Spend an evening with your preschooler, experiencing...

Cost: free

Where:
Saint Raphael Preschool
5801 Falls of Neuse Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Saint Rapahel Preschool
Telephone: 919-865-5725
Contact Name: Katie Mistele
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The goal of the How To Talk So Kids Will Listen Group workshop is to help you communicate more effectively with children.   In each session of the workshop you'll be introduced to an...

Cost: $12.95 materials fee

Where:
Wildflower School at Belle Vie Farm
3100 Damascus Church Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Wildflower School at Belle Vie Farm
Telephone: 919-260-6859
Contact Name: Shelley Welch
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Hounded by Death, the character of Everybody desperately seeks out everyone and everything they know in hope of finding something meaningful to take to the grave. These 90 minutes of theatrical...

Cost: Ticket prices start at $15

Where:
PlayMakers' Repertory Company
120 Country Club Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Telephone: 919-962-7529

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Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Raleigh! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout...

Cost: $11

Where:
500 S Salisbury St
raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
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Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on camp week

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
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Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
View map »


Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

More information

You Call This Yoga, A 501(c)(3) Educational Nonprofit which provides yoga programs for physically challenged and under-served groups in the Triangle region and the Grewal Center for Mind Body...

Cost: FREE!

Where:
Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
1003 High House Road
Suite 103
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
Telephone: 919-234-7169
Contact Name: Harkiran Grewal
Website »

More information

Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

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Kids! Are you sick of the Winter? Enjoy a Summer's night at Peach Road Center. Enjoy a Summer-like evening with us. Get into the luau spirit and play summer games!  

Cost: Free

Where:
Peach Road Community Center
911 Ileagnes Rd
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: City or Raleigh Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-807-8545
Contact Name: Christy Famolare

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Join us for Family Trivia Night!  Test your knowledge of pop culture, books, music and more. Pizza and drinks provided.  Call or stop by to register: 919-245-2532. Best for kids ages 8 and up...

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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Bring your entire family to movie night at Campus Hills. On the 4th Friday of each month, we will enjoy popcorn, drinks, and a movie that the entire family will enjoy. Sit back, relax, and let us...

Where:
I.R. Holmes, Sr. Recreation Center
2000 S Alston Ave.
, NC
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Art Walk featuring local galleries and artist studios in historic downtown Hillsborough on the Last Friday of every month (no Art Walk in December).

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Hillsborough (multiple locations)
102 N. Churton St.
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Hillsborough Arts Council
Telephone: 919-643-2500
Contact Name: Torey Mishoe
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Hounded by Death, the character of Everybody desperately seeks out everyone and everything they know in hope of finding something meaningful to take to the grave. These 90 minutes of theatrical...

Cost: Ticket prices start at $15

Where:
PlayMakers' Repertory Company
120 Country Club Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Telephone: 919-962-7529

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Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Raleigh! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout...

Cost: $11

Where:
500 S Salisbury St
raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
Website »

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Join our bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends. Discover different types of birds and their habitats.​ No preregistration required. Meet...

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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How did people predict the weather before The Weather Channel, and can animals really help? Come to the Finley Center to put our colonial weather proverbs to the test and make a pop-up woodchuck...

Cost: For all ages; FREE. Registration is not required

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
Website »

More information

Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on camp week

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
View map »


Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

More information

You Call This Yoga, A 501(c)(3) Educational Nonprofit which provides yoga programs for physically challenged and under-served groups in the Triangle region and the Grewal Center for Mind Body...

Cost: FREE!

Where:
Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
1003 High House Road
Suite 103
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
Telephone: 919-234-7169
Contact Name: Harkiran Grewal
Website »

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Goat yoga is a yoga class where you have the opportunity to engage with the goats while performing instructor-led exercises. The class is in our new indoor Goat Yoga Studio. You can always take a...

Cost: $20

Where:
Spring Haven Farm
5306 Homer Ruffin Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Spring Haven Farm
Telephone: 919-407-1806
Contact Name: Andrew
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Join us to meet the educators, see the farm and learn more about our Preschool for 3-5 year olds and Camps for 4-10 year olds. We'll have a campfire for some warmth but please come dressed for the...

Cost: 0

Where:
Longleaf Forest School
4826 Mt. Moriah Road
Durhan, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Longleaf Forest School
Contact Name: Tara Lawson
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Chinese New Year Festival or Lunar New Year Festival, largest public event in the Triangle. MAIN STAGE with musical and dance performances, Lion Dance Dragon Dance, martial arts, comic skits emceed...

Cost: $10 entry at door, military and senior discounts, kids<6 free

Where:
Dorton Arena, NC State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Road
Enter Gate 1,2,4,5,11
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Sponsor: NC Triangle Area Chinese American Society
Contact Name: Michael, Shin
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Chinese New Year Festival, also Lunar New Year Festival. Largest public event in the Triangle. MAIN STAGE has vocal and orchestral music, folk dance, Lion and Dragon dances, martial arts, and comic...

Cost: $10 entry at door, military and senior discounts, kids<6 free

Where:
Dorton Arena, NC State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Road
Enter Gate 1,2,4,5,11
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Sponsor: NC Triangle Area Chinese American Society
Contact Name: Michael, Shin
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Help your preschooler (1-5 yr. olds) discover their inner Picasso as they explore the exciting world of art and crafts. Participants will make several keepsake items and learn the skills to create...

Cost: $0 for residents; $6.50 for non-residents

Where:
Holton Career and Resource Center
, NC


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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

More information

Spanish Alive is providing Family Spanish classes starting in January! Join us to learn Spanish as an entire family in an immersive, fun environment. Our teachers are trained Spanish educators and...

Cost: $75-$216

Where:
Spanish Alive
156 E. Chatham St
Cary, NC
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FEB. 1, 2020 | 1 – 4 P.M. | BLUE JAY POINT COUNTY PARK Spend a winter afternoon getting to know Blue Jay Point County Park at our Winter Open House. Whether you’re a regular visitor or have...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Road
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-4330
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Did you know that Disney, Netflix, Google and NASA, just to name a few, are all using Python? Python can be used for creating web applications, automation, programming robots and artificial...

Cost: Free: registration required

Where:
, NC


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Hounded by Death, the character of Everybody desperately seeks out everyone and everything they know in hope of finding something meaningful to take to the grave. These 90 minutes of theatrical...

Cost: Ticket prices start at $15

Where:
PlayMakers' Repertory Company
120 Country Club Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Telephone: 919-962-7529

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Come on out to support the NC State Gymnastics team as they take on North Carolina in a RED out on February 1st! The first 300 fans in attendance will receive an exclusive red NC State Gymnastics...

Cost: $3-$7

Where:
Reynolds Collisuem
2411 Dunn Ave.
Raleigh , NC  27607
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Come on out to support the NC State Gymnastics team as they take on North Carolina in a RED out on February 1st! The first 300 fans in attendance will receive an exclusive red NC State Gymnastics...

Cost: $3-$7

Where:
Reynolds Collisuem
2411 Dunn Ave.
Raleigh , NC  27607
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Hounded by Death, the character of Everybody desperately seeks out everyone and everything they know in hope of finding something meaningful to take to the grave. These 90 minutes of theatrical...

Cost: Ticket prices start at $15

Where:
PlayMakers' Repertory Company
120 Country Club Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Telephone: 919-962-7529

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It's National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day on Saturday, February 1. "Wear your pajamas and indulge with our speciality ice cream for breakfast menu!" says Maple View Farm Ice...

Where:
pin Maple View Farm Ice Cream
6900 Rocky Ridge Road.
, NC
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This program will introduce children to the sport of Squash, a ball and racquet sport played on an indoor court. Participants will learn the basic rules and techniques of the game in a fun and...

Cost: $6.75-$11.75

Where:
, NC


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This program will introduce children to the sport of Squash, a ball and racquet sport played on an indoor court. Participants will learn the basic rules and techniques of the game in a fun and...

Cost: $6.75-$11.75

Where:
Edison Johnson Reaction Center
, NC

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