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Explorit: November fun, from Brownies to bonsai

By From page A3 | November 08, 2013

Mark your calendars because November is going to be a busy month at Explorit Science Center. From a beginning bonsai workshop to a Brownie badge day and more, there will be something for everyone this month.

Explorit’s first special event of November is a collaboration with Da Vinci High School science students for an evening of hands-on particle physics. Explorit will host an interactive exhibition of these students’ final projects from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday (TODAY).

These students have been working in teams to design a hands-on, museum-quality exhibit demonstrating the particle model of matter and applying it to a real-life phenomenon.  Come explore what they’ve come up with and celebrate their accomplishments.

Students will be on hand to discuss their work and will act as museum docents for this exhibition. Admission to the Da Vinci exhibition is free, and donations are encouraged. Meanwhile, Explorit’s own “Beautiful World: Science and Art” exhibition will be open as usual from 3 to 6 p.m.; admission is $5.

Then, at 11 a.m. Sunday, back by popular demand is the Beginner Bonsai Workshop. Our last bonsai workshop sold out and space is limited, so reserve your spot today at www.explorit.org/csp/bonsai or by calling Explorit at 530-756-0191.

This tropical indoor bonsai class is open to participants ages 8 and older, and features the “shohin” (less than 8 inches tall) size schefflera plant from Hawaii. Each participant will receive a bonsai to take home.

The cost for the workshop is $30 and includes all supplies (including tree) and refreshments, but bring any small pruning tools you may have.

Bonsai experts will be on hand to provide step-by-step instructions in bonsai care and answer any questions. Get your start cultivating this rewarding lifelong hobby with Explorit.

And if you have a Brownie in your house looking to earn her Home Scientist badge, you won’t want to miss Explorit’s Home Scientist Brownie Badge Day from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Girls will complete all requirements for the badge, which they will receive at the end of the event, and will start the Brownie Quest Journey.

Girls can register as individuals or as a whole troop; each troop must be accompanied by at least one adult. The cost is $14 per girl and $4 per adult, and includes badge, snack and all program materials.

While exploring science and earning their badges, girls will experiment with static electricity, make ice cream and delve into chemistry. Register by Nov. 14 at www.explorit.org/csp/brownie or call Explorit at 530-756-0191.

— Explorit Science Center is at 3141 Fifth St. For more information, call 530-756-0191 or visit http://www.explorit.org, or “like” Explorit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb.

Lisa Justice

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