Monthly Archives: December 2016

Things To Do (week of Jan. 2, 2017)

   North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival, now through Jan. 15, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary. Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. $10 for ages 3 to 17 and $15 for adults 18 years old and up.    Donna The Buffalo, 8 p.m. Friday, Haw River Ballroom, 1711 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Rd., [...]

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Storytelling with legends: ‘American in Paris’ actor talks shop

By Logan A. White Times-News correspondent  “I loved the conversation between audience and actor.” That connection was what got Etai Benson hooked on live theater. As a child, he’d directed his focus toward film, but discovered his true passion in his teens. “As long as I can remember, I was obsessed with movies. Even as [...]

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Unifying commitment: Staff, volunteers function as close-knit team

By Jordan Carey Times-News correspondent  Lions, tigers, foxes, leopards, coyotes, lemurs and many other species — the Conservators Center of Burlington has it all. One thing you might overlook when you go there is how many dedicated volunteers it has. Volunteer jobs at the center range from leading group tours to feeding the animals. About 80 [...]

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Operation Christmas Child: Help for a hurting world

By Jordan Carey Times-News correspondent  When Alex Nsengimana was 7 years old and living in an orphanage in Rwanda, he received a shoe box that came from halfway around the world. Alex, along with more than 4,000 other orphans, had been displaced after the devastating genocide in Rwanda in 1994. But through an organization called [...]

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Things To Do (week of Dec. 26, 2016)

Annual New Year’s Extravaganza featuring The Magnificents Band, 7 p.m. Saturday, Ramada Inn and Conference Center, 2703 Ramada Road, Burlington. $80 for couples; $45 for individuals and $50 at the door. This is a fundraiser for Peg’s PJs. 336-227-5541 or 336-584-0151. New Year’s Eve Party featuring Dewey Brown & Friends, Chrystal Sawyer, Eliza Meyer & [...]

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‘The Nutcracker’ a traditional treat

By Logan A. White Times-News correspondent     RALEIGH — Dreams of dancing sugarplums, a towering Christmas tree, and an unforgettable, magical holiday treat — that’s only a mere glimpse of the wonders of Carolina Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” being performed today through Christmas Eve at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. [...]

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Environmental education: Certification program isn’t just for classroom teachers

By Chandler Holland Times-News correspondent  Did you know that our state offers a nationally recognized program that provides certification in EE or environmental education? To date, the N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs has certified more than 1,000 participants. Environmental Education focuses on outdoor teaching skills and methods, and developing science and nature [...]

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New twist on Disney princess films: ‘Moana’ may inspire you to be brave

By Hollyann Gardner Times-News correspondent  Disney has a new film heroine in “Moana.” This beautiful movie is a story following Polynesian chief’s daughter, Moana (Auli’i Cravalho), and her quest to set things right on her native island of Motunui with the help of the tough but lovable demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson). So what stands out [...]

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Things To Do (week of Dec. 19, 2016)

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, DPAC, Durham. $45 and $75: tickets available through Ticketmaster. Country Lights Aglow, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Northeast Park, 4010 High Rock Rd., Gibsonville. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. 336-641-2070 or 29th annual Christmas At Captain’s White’s, 9 a.m. to [...]

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra show is incredible, organized chaos

By Nancy Drago Times-News correspondent     GREENSBORO — The Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Ghosts of Christmas Eve” tour stopped at the Greensboro Coliseum this weekend for two performances. The “Ghosts of Christmas Eve” tour is the live version of the PBS special from several years ago. It features favorite songs, such as “Christmas Canon,” “Sarajevo” and “This [...]

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