Oct. 5-7: Science of Superpowers, Durham Big Sweep, Art Stories and Bass Lake Day

Genetic traits, keeping Durham clean, art stories and an environmental festival
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Photo courtesy of Ali Lewis
Help keep the Bull City clean and pristine this Saturday during the Durham Big Sweep.

This weekend in the Triangle, learn about genetic traits that give super abilities at a program for teens at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, help keep Durham clean at the Durham Big Sweep, find out what stories some works of art have to tell at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, and check out a nature and environmental education festival in Holly Springs.

Teen Science Café: The Science of Superpowers FREE

Do you have unbreakable bones, incredible vision, or super strength? Could you be a superhero? At this Teen Science Café, Dr. Marianne Barrier from the North Carolina Museum of Natural History’s Genomics and Microbiology Research Lab will discuss how unique genetic traits give some individuals incredible “superhuman” abilities. See if your genetic code makes the cut and assess your own skills. This event takes place at the museum’s Daily Planet Café Oct. 5, 6-7 p.m., and is geared toward teens. No preregistration is necessary. 

photo courtesy of the north carolina museum of natural sciences

Durham Big Sweep FREE

Sweep the Bull City clean of litter Oct. 6 at various locations around Durham. Volunteer as a clean-up team with your family or group of friends or coworkers and choose your own clean-up location. Choose from local parks, neighborhoods, stream banks, lake shores, parking lots, school grounds, workplace grounds and more. Last year, volunteers collected 30,000 pounds of trash, breaking the previous year’s record by 10,000 pounds. Preregister your group or join an existing group of volunteers here.  

photo courtesy of daniele bajus

Weekend Family-Friendly Tours: What’s the Story? FREE

Every work of art tells a story. On Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m., at the North Carolina Museum of Art, look for secret details and hidden tales in various works of art in the galleries. This activity is free and no preregistration is necessary. 

photo courtesy of the north carolina museum of art

Bass Lake Day FREE

Enjoy a day of nature, music and fun Oct. 6, 2-6 p.m., at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs. Hear live music; view interactive exhibits on recycling, falconry, vermicomposting, bow hunting, native wildlife and more; play games and make crafts; and see live animals, including hawks, snakes, turtles, owls and frogs. Find parking information here, as there are shuttles that run continuously to satellite lots.

photo courtesy of the town of holly springs


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