An occasional list of exhibits, programs, and events at North Carolina museums. Sponsored by the North Carolina Museums Council.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Light Factory, Charlotte, is seeking Catawba River-related pictures, stories and memorabilia for its upcoming River Docs exhibit, scheduled for November 2007. For more information, call (704) 333-9755.

The nominations deadline for the 2007 ncyt Spark Awards is midnight, December 31, 2006. Recipients will be notified in February. These awards recognize outstanding achievements and contributions of young people, 35 or under, in North Carolina's non-profit and volunteer sector. If you would like more information, e-mail to

The NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, is seeking sixth-grader candidates for the Girls in Science Neuse River project, which runs Jan. 30-March 25, 2007. Applications can be downloaded from their website and are due by January 5. Fourteen girls will be chosen; tuition will be $45.

American Presidents: Life Portraits will open at the N.C. Museum of History, Raleigh, on January 30 and remain through April 8. The exhibit is currently at the Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, and will remain there through January 14th.

The documentary Wild Caught by Matt Barr will be shown at the N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 18th -- $2 fee includes refreshments.

The High Point Museum is planning a Blacksmith Demonstration on the grounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 23.

From January 3 to February 28, acrylic paintings by Gwen Jordan will be on display at the Emerald Isle Town Hall (7500 Emerald Drive).

Old Salem continues with a host of holiday-related events through the New Year, including A Season for Families feature theme on Saturday, the 16th. In January and February, the museums will be closed on Mondays, but will include hands-on activities on the weekends, some of which require a materials fee or advance reservations. For the details, visit their website.

Carteret County is preparing for March's The Big Read, a combined effort of the NEA and the IMLS, with a variety of activities for presentations of The Great Gatsby. for more information, call (252) 728-2050 or visit their website.