Weekend Best Bets: Holiday Weekend Edition

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Gingerbread HouseGingerbread Village Display – Through January 3rd – Relish the festive display of gingerbread houses made by Chapel Hillians showcasing their creativity and imagination. The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro St.; Free; carolinainn.com

CHXC Alumni Run 5K – Saturday, 12pm – Chapel Hill High School invites any and all interested runners to participate in their 11th annual 5K run/walk. Proceeds will benefit the CHHS cross country team; enjoy refreshments and raffle prizes after the main event. CHHS Culton-Peerman Track, 1709 High School Rd.; $10/race, $5/kids’ fun run; 919-929-2106; http://chhs.chccs.k12.nc.us

Music at the Oasis – Saturday, 8-10pm – Carr Mill mall’s cozy coffee shop Oasis invites you to a post-Christmas evening of storytelling, drumming and musical healing. The soiree will feature Sierra Leone native and renowned artist and motivational speaker Braima Moiwai along with counselor and drama therapist Dr. Amy Elliott. Group involvement will center on drumming and sing-along, with added emphases on breathing and mindfulness. Oasis at Carr Mill, 200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro; Free; 919-904-7343; oasisincarrmill.com

The Merch Holiday Dance Party – Saturday, 10pm-2am – Come show your appreciation for Carrboro’s independent screen-printing and design company, established in 2001, and enjoy the sweet, intelligent sounds of local DJ One Duran. Cat’s Cradle Back Room, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro; Free to members, $1 registration for non-members; 919-967-9053; catscradle.com

Forest Bathing/Nature Hike – Sunday, 1-3:30pm – Join a parks and recreation employee for a guided stroll around the Occoneechee Mountain area of the Eno River basin. Although not a literal bath, the Japanese term “shinrin-yoku” translates to “forest bathing”, and suggests one’s tranquil immersion in the sights and sounds of nature. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water and a snack; meet at the Occoneechee parking lot. Eno River State Park, 6101 Cole Mill Rd., Durham; Free; 919-383-1686; ncparks.gov

Family and Friends Sundays – Sunday, 1-5pm – Stop by the Ackland for their weekly, family-friendly interactive event. Attendees of all ages can look forward to activities such as “art interviews”, “art in a jar” puzzles, Ackland Art bingo and famous art recreations; teens and adults are invited to join two gallery experts for a conversation-based tour. Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia St.; Free; 919-966-5736; ackland.org

Music at the Oasis – Sunday, 2-5pm – With influences ranging from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin to Norah Jones, India Arie, Bob Marley to Deva Premal and Snatam Kaur, PJ Kula will surely entertain with this unique blend of rock ‘n’ roll merged with peaceful & soulful music. Oasis at Carr Mill, 200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro; Free; 919-904-7343; oasisincarrmill.com

Other ideas:

-Kidzu is open on Saturday and Sunday!

-With the unseasonably nice weather, grab a scoop of your favorite Maple View Farm flavor.

-See the latest flick at Silverspot Cinema.

-Spend your gift cards or holiday cash around town.

-Drive around after dark and look for Christmas lights!

-Catch a show at DSI Comedy Theater. There are 3 great ones on Saturday!

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Sophia Lucente

I am a recent graduate of UNC-Greensboro. After completing two years as a Music Education major, I switched my course of study to Media with minors in Music and French. I am passionate about mindful and musical radio programming, dynamically prepared food (preferably on the spicy side) and entertaining my Siamese cat.
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