This weekend: Get out and enjoy (?) the heat

The forecast calls for record heat, in the Piedmont at least, this weekend. So … stock up on that dry ice they’re selling now at the Teeter.


Is there a more appropriate way to celebrate our nation’s 236th birthday than by running 3.1 miles? Probably. But it’s certainly a good way to celebrate our independence, which is no doubt what the people of Southport thought when they decided to include the Freedom Run as part of their North Carolina 4th of July Festival. And deciding to hold it five days before the Fourth of July was no doubt inspired by the desire to be able to walk again come Independence Day.

Saturday’s Freedom Run begins and ends at Southport’s Waterfront Park and takes in a goodly amount of this port town south of Wilmington. How much of Southport you get to enjoy depends upon whether you opt for the 5K or the 1-miler.

Logistics: Race day registration is from 6:30-7:45 a.m. Saturday at Southport’s Waterfront Park. 5K is at 8 a.m., the 1-miler around 9 a.m. $25 for both races. More here.

Saturday forecast: Sunny with a high of 90.

Pine Barrens Tree Frog (photo courtesy North Carolina State Parks)


The other night, beginning about 8 p.m., we were treated to a backyard concert that seemed to be well orchestrated by the participants: the chorus frogs opened, followed by the cricket frogs, a solo by a banjo frog … and finally closed around 10 p.m. with a bullfrog flourish. At least I think that was the order. I’d know for sure next time by attending Sunday’s Hoppers, Climbers, Swimmers program at Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve.

States the park: “This program will focus on some of the more than 20 species, from the tiny grass frog to the great bull frog, that inhabit the region.” Bring your lighters.

Logistics: Free, begins at 3 p.m. at the Weymouth Woods Visitor Center.

Sunday forecast: High of 106 — “with a heat index of 120F.”

Mount Jefferson, in cooler times (photo courtesy North Carolina State Parks)


Thought you’d missed out on the season’s wildflower hikes? Turns out they’ve got wildflowers remaining on high, at Mount Jefferson State Natural Area and the rangers there are eager to show them off before nature’s final eviction. “Hike the ridgeline of Mount Jefferson join a ranger and explore the wildflowers on the Summit & Rhododendron trails,” says the park of this hike scheduled for Sunday morning

Logistics: Free, Sunday at 10 a.m. Meet at the picnic shelter.

Weekend forecast: High of 91, clear to partly cloudy.

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Those are GGNC’s thoughts for an active weekend. Find out other ways you can get out this weekend by browsing our super calendar, a collection of events calendars from throughout the state, below.

Comprehensive calendar for the Cape Fear/Wilmington/southern N.C. coast searchable by date and event name.

Coastal Guide
Comprehensive calendar including nature programs from a variety of costal conservation and research agencies that offer nature programs. Covers the entire coast.

Crystal Cost Tourism Authority
Comprehensive calendar focusing on the Crystal Coast. Good source for programs offered by N.C. Coastal Federation, Cape Lookout National Park, N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve and other costal conservation and research agencies that offer nature programs.
Comprehensive calendar including programs for the Outer Banks and Crystal Coast.

North Carolina Coast Host
Comprehensive calendar for the entire coast that lets you search for events by day, by region, by county, by city or by event (based on key word).

This Week Magazine
Primary focus is the Crystal Coast (North Carolina’s coastal midsection).


Asheville Citizen-Times
From the main page, click on “Outdoors,” then WNC Outdoors calendar.

Blue Ridge Outdoors
Searchable calendar lets you extend your reach to events throughout the mid-Atlantic and Southeast (or you can just limit it to North Carolina). Also lets you search a boatload of categories, ranging from Hiking, Mountain Biking and Climbing to Trail Running, Triathlon and Road Walking.

The Mountain Times
From the main page, click on “Calendars,” then Main Events.

Todd’s Calendar



Charlotte Observer events calendar
Comprehensive calendar searchable by category, including Nature, Recreation, Recreation & Wellness, Running

Charlotte Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.

Comprehensive calendar includes a Sports & Recreation category.

Piedmont Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.

Comprehensive calendar searchable by category, including: Birding, Boating, Cycling, Nature, Rec & Wellness, Recreation, Running, Swimming, Tennis, Yoga.

Carolina Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.


Office of Environmental Education
One calendar for the numerous Environmental Education Centers statewide.

North Carolina State Parks
Lets you search for programs at the state’s parks, recreation areas and natural areas by location, by month, by topic. To reach the calendar from the home page, click on “Education,” then “Fun & Free Programs at Parks.”

National Forests in North Carolina
From the home page, click on Carolina Connections for news updates on the state’s four national forests as well as hints on recreational opportunities and a detailed rundown of recreation areas and the amenities at each.

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