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Lab’s Community Relations Seeks Help for Bay Restoration

Volunteers will remove invasive species from shoreline during event on Tuesday, August 5, from noon to 3 p.m. More>

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Summer Fun Days at Lawrence Hall of Science

Each Wednesday in July enjoy a different Summer Fun Day, such as boat building, ice cream making, and fizzy foamy sidewalk painting. Come on a Family Bug Hunt. Learn new things and pursue your passions in our Summer Camps and Ingenuity Studio. Visit the Hall this month. More>

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Botanical Garden Hosts Summer Concert Series

Redwood Grove performances take place Thursdays at 5:30. More>

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Gadgil Among Speakers at Talk on Encouraging Youngsters to Explore Science

Join Danielle Feinberg of Pixar, UC Berkeley biology professor Robert Full, and Berkeley Lab’s own Ashok Gadgil at the Lawrence Hall of Science as they discuss the importance of encouraging young people to explore, invent, and become scientifically literate. The event takes place Wednesday, May 28, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. More>

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At Botanical Garden, Bromeliad Fans Anticipate a Rare Bloom

There’s a lot of excitement this week at the UC Botanical Garden, where a spectacular South American plant that rarely blooms has formed a fast-growing bud. An endangered species native to the high Andes, P. raimondii, the largest of the bromeliads, can grow to nearly 10 feet in height, topped — on the rare occasion that it blooms, usually around age 40 — by a spike as tall as 30 feet high bearing thousands of flowers and up to 6 million seeds. More>

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Lab’s Carl Haber to Give “Future Fridays” Talk at Chabot Center on Saving Sound

image of carl haberListen to the earliest known sound recordings, learn how the process has changed throughout history, and what scientists are doing to restore our oldest relics. From the first sounds recorded by Thomas Edison in 1877 to the 1950s, when most recordings were made on wax, foil, shellac, lacquer and plastic, Berkeley Lab’s Carl Haber, experimental physicist, discusses the importance of preserving these treasures at Chabot Science Center’s Future Fridays talk on May 9 at 6:00 pm. For more information and tickets, go here.

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Volunteer Opportunities at Lawrence Hall of Science

Join the volunteer community and share your insight and experience with future scientists and engineers.  Help the Hall’s visitors “step into the shoes of a scientist,” and add your own inspiration and knowledge along the way. No science background is necessary, just a healthy sense of humor and exploration.  The hall is a community of science education enthusiasts whose volunteer program offers enjoyable opportunities, practical hours and comfortable commitment levels for working professionals. Weekday and weekend shifts are available.

Check out the volunteer program at http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/volunteer. By submitting the online application you will be registered for the next Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, June 7, from 10am – noon.

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UC Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale This Weekend

The UC Botanical Garden’s spring plant sale will take place this weekend. They are featuring drought-resistant plants, as well as an expanded selection of Mediterranean-climate plants perfect for your water-wise garden. The members’ sale and silent auction is Saturday, 4 to 7 p.m. The public sale is Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lab employees qualify for free admission. More>

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Grand Reopening of Museum of African American Technology Science Village

The Museum of African American Technology (MAAT) Science Village will host its grand reopening event on Saturday, April 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. at 722 Chester Street in Oakland. MAAT Science Village is one of the first science museums with an African American focus in the nation. Since 2002, it has promoted science education and awareness among underrepresented communities. One of the museum’s main objectives is to establish links between technology and the community. It archives and exhibits the history of African Americans in science and engineering, and conducts seminars and hands-on activities with students. More>

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Volunteers Sought for Science at the Theater Event on Feb. 24

At this Monday’s Science at the Theater event, members of the audience will be asked to vote for their favorite Lab technology. Public Affairs is seeking volunteers to assist with vote collection and other duties. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. Go here to sign up, and here for more information on the event.

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