Weekend at a Glance: Bocce, Birthdays and Beer

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Bring your little scientist to UNC’s annual Science Expo Saturday for walks through greenhouses, chemistry labs and a 36-meter wave tank. Photo courtesy of UNC Science Expo.

Community Bocce Derby – Thursday, 3:30-8:30pm – What better way to celebrate the warm weather than with a day in the sun full of bocce, hat making, drinks and a BBQ dinner with local business leaders and Chamber members? Sign up in teams of two or attend as a SuperFan just to watch. Tickets: $25 for SuperFans, $170+ for a team of two

SECU Family House 10th Birthday Party – Friday, 6pm – SECU Family House is celebrating a decade of providing a retreat for family members of UNC Hospitals patients. Gary Williams of Morning Drive will be the host of the event which will also feature the UNC Clef Hangers, pianist Bill Bolen and food items from Cafe Carolina and Carolina Brewery. Tickets: $125

LIGHT Art + Design Opening Reception – Friday, 6-8pm – LIGHT Art + Design presents the opening reception for the exhibit of Katherine Armacost, Moshe Gershuni and Tom Spleth. Armacost is a local artist who works primarily in oil paint and who has been featured in exhibits in the United States, Canada and Europe. Gershuni was an Israeli painter and sculptor who died in January 2017. Spleth is a ceramicist and painter who has taught art at several universities across the country. Free.

2nd Friday Artwalk – Friday, 6-9pm – At this month’s Artwalk, the Ackland is offering friendship bracelet making, tour extravaganzas, a live music and art performance by Rowland Yeargan and Daphne Rodgers and a SoomSoom Pita Pockets food truck. A ticketed event titled Mini Art à la Carte will be offered and is inspired by the art of Man Ray and led by Allison Tierney. Tickets: free general admission, $10 for Mini Art à la Carte

2018 UNC Science Expo – Saturday, 11am-4pm – Bring the kids to UNC’s campus on Saturday to take part in tours of the coolest places in UNC’s science departments. Walk through greenhouses with the biology department, chemistry labs with the chemistry department and a 36-meter wave tank with the marine sciences department. Free.

NC Brew & ‘Q Fest – Saturday, 12-3pm – Stop by Southern Season on Saturday afternoon for a celebration of North Carolina Beer Month. Enjoy Carolina BBQ and beer from your choice of more than 15 local breweries including Fullsteam, Ponysaurus and Mystery Brewing. Tickets: $5

Helping Hooves for Autism – Saturday, 12-5pm – Alpacas and ponies and goats, oh my! Head to Ride the Sky Stables for a fundraising event to benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina. Ride a pony, watch goats race, participate in a raffle and much more. On-site food trucks will donate a portion of their sales to the organization, so come hungry! Tickets: $5 per person or $15 per vehicle

FRANK “Off the Wall” Art Gala – Saturday, 6pm – Join FRANK Gallery at University Place location for their eighth annual “Off the Wall” fundraising gala where works of fine art donated by local artists and others will be on exhibit. Choose to purchase an Art Ticket and take home a piece of art at the end of the evening or purchase a Patron Ticket and just enjoy the party, food and drinks. Tickets: $150+

2018 Froggie Nights Scroggs Fundraiser – Saturday, 7:30-11:30pm – Parents, teachers, family and friends of Mary Scroggs Elementary School are invited to Southern Village Green for the third annual fundraising party featuring a DJ, cash bar and both silent and live auctions. Money raised is used to provide hands-on learning experiences, including STEAM projects, for students. Tickets: $25+

Cecile Richards and Michele Tracy Berger Discuss “Make Trouble” – Sunday, 2pm – Michele Tracy Berger, an associate professor in the department of women’s and gender studies at UNC, will be speaking with Cecile Richards about her new book, “Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead.” Richards, who lists her roles as president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and a featured speaker at the Women’s March on Washington as just two of many advocacy accomplishments, has written this memoir to share her story about fighting for women’s rights. Tickets: $30, includes signed book

Dan Kois Author Discussion – Sunday, 3pm – Dan Kois, author of “The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America,” will be at Flyleaf Books to discuss his oral history of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” with Flyleaf employee Erica Eisdorfer. A reading from a chapter from the book that features Chapel Hill writers and performers will also be showcased. Free.

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Kyndal Lemelin

Editorial Intern Kyndal Lemelin is a senior at UNC graduating this spring with a degree in English. When her nose isn't stuck in a book (rare!) she enjoys watching really cheesy rom-coms and stopping people on campus to pet their dogs.
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