Truassic Times - Fall 2010
Volume 5, Issue 3
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Stop by our Science Center to get invitation postcards to share with your friends. Please contact us first.
Fall is upon us and another successful summer behind us. July and August turned out to be our best July and August ever. Many thanks to those who came to the museum! Our miniature golf course was completed and is being used almost daily. Our goal is to have each hole sponsored and decorated for a more decorative appearance.
The Silent Auction will be our next focus, and our goal, of course, will be to have our finest ever. Please consider inviting a friend. Jan Markowitz will be an outstanding hostess, and the “Bubble Lady” will amaze you with her bubble show. Remember—bring a friend!
Lastly, and very importantly, we have been approached by Mr. and Mrs. James Cooper, who wish to provide two $500 scholarships to college-bound homeschooled high school seniors who enter the Science Fair. Their daughter Alicia passed away suddenly this past year and they wish to honor her interest in music and science, as a memorial to her. We are deeply moved and touched by their generosity and encourage all youngsters to consider entering the Science Fair this May. Many thanks to all of you for your continued support.
We will start collecting Acme receipts again at the end of September through mid February.
Save the date for our Nov. 6 Silent Auction and visit our online Auction Catalog
From the Director
Josiah Detwiler AKA "Dino Joe"
Wow, what a whirlwind! This summer was the museum's busiest summer ever! In July, we had more group and family visits than any other month before. Not to mention the many off-site "Museum in a Backpack" presentations I gave to boys and girls (and adults too). And to top all that off, this summer my wife and I were blessed with the safe delivery of our first child and soon after moved to a new house!
In August I had the privilege of organizing a rappelling trip to Hocking Hills State Park (near Columbus, Ohio) with our expert guide Al Parker from Canoe Creation. Despite the rain, the rappelling trip was terrific and we are planning more rappelling trips (and even some local canoe trips) for the near future. Please contact me if you are interested in participating in a trip on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010.
New Website: Over the summer we totally redesigned our website and switched to a new server. Our website address is still AkronFossils.com. Please note that the hyperlinks on our new website are different than the hyperlinks on our old website, therefore none of the hyperlinks listed in previous literature will direct you to active pages on our new website.
New Classes: Let me remind our patrons that you can receive in-depth 1-hour classes on individual exhibits in our museum. The cost for these classes varies depending on whether you are having a lecture style class or workshop style class with a take-home project. Please see our website for a list of class topics and pricing for classes in the museum or at your location (yes, we can travel!). Learn more
Tour Guides Wanted: We are in need of high school student and adult tour guides. Volunteer and paid positions. Please contact our Operations Director, Josiah Detwiler, to submit a resume and schedule an interview.
- 9/4/2010 - Off Season Hours began - Friday and Saturday 10-5. Special hours for groups available during the week.
- Now - Tour guides needed volunteer and paid positions available.
- Now - Solar Panel Construction Project for Cindy’s science students.
- Now - Super Science Saturday is the 2nd Saturday of every month.
- 9/25/2010 - Norton Cider Fest Parade please contact Sharon Jones if you’d like to walk in the parade as a volunteer.
- 9/?/2010 - Acme receipt fundraiser begins late September.
- 9/30/2010 - Auction Planning Meeting at 7pm.
- 10/19/2010 - Silent Auction item donation deadline.
- 10/23/2010 - Fall rappelling trip contact Josiah Detwiler if you are interested.
- 10/29/2010 - Auction Catalog advertising deadline.
- 11/2/2010 - Please RSVP for the Silent Auction by Nov. 2nd.
- 3/1/2011 - Science Fair entry deadline follow website for details.
- 5/7-14/2011 - Science Fair Convention 2011 open to all ages, cash prizes.
- FreeFridays - guided tours are free for Pastors and Teachers. Call first to RSVP.
- 9/11/2010 - Caesar's Creek Fossil Dig-September 11th, 12pm-3pm
- 9/17/2010 - Astronomy Night- September 17th, 7:30pm-9:30pm
If you can help, please contact Lynn Sanderson at 330-665-3466 or firstname.lastname@example.org and plan to attend our Sept. 30th meeting at 7 pm.
Writing item descriptions for our Auction Catalog. Combining items into gift baskets. Making bows for gift baskets. Glueing item descriptions to tent cards. Soliciting advertisers for our Auction Catalog. Locating businesses and churches that will display our auction posters. Making phone calls. Picking up donated items from businesses and individuals.
Day-Before Help (Friday, Nov. 5th)
Putting tablecloths and centerpieces on tables (3-6 pm).
Day-Of Help (Saturday, Nov. 6th)
Moving items from the Science Center to the High School (7:30-10 am - vehicles needed). Arranging tables (8 am - 2 pm - artistic flare needed). Working a table (4-10 pm - training meeting is one week prior).
We have an Auction Planning Meeting scheduled for September 30th at 7pm to go over these volunteer positions. Please contact Lynn Sanderson if you can come or would like to volunteer, 330-665-DINO (3466) or email@example.com.
- Printed copies given out to over 200 guests
- Multiple name appeareances on our website and mailing pieces.
- A hyperlink from our website to yours everytime your name appears on our website!
Catalog Ad Sizes
- Business Card size- $25 (3.5" x 2" landscape)
- Quarter Page size- $50 (4.25" x 5.5" portrait)
- Half Page size- $75 (8.5" x 5.5" landscape)
- Full Page- $100 (8.5" x 11" portrait)
Please make checks payable to: Akron Fossils and Science Center. Credit card payments can be made over the phone, at our Science Center or in person.
Silent Auction Sponsors
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This was definitely a hot summer! Campers who braved the warm summer days learned about size proportions as we looked at just how B-I-G Noah's Ark really was, how tiny the dragonfly nymphs in Vier's Ditch Creek are compared to the 2 foot wide dragonflies in the fossil record, and how God must have solved the "dilemma" of getting all those B-I-G dinosaurs onto the Ark. Do YOU know how tall the tallest sauropod was compared to the Ark? Ask a camper. You can also ask them how to identify a dinosaur’s pelvic bone.
While it is still hot hot hot at our Science Center, the sun will continue to be a focus of Science Adventure Club! (SAC). SAC students will capture the sun's power in solar panels this September. The lingering warm weather will also be the perfect setting for a messy outdoor science lesson on the chemistry of natural dyes.
Read our Science Fair proceedings booklet on our website!
We just finished a fabulous summer camp season! There was a lot of learning going on while having tons of fun and getting very messy (a big thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with camp! We couldn’t have done it without you!). We’re already talking about next year’s camp and how to make it bigger and better. You won’t want to miss it!
We continue to have lots of fun at Super Science Saturday. The upcoming themes are the Ice Age, Things That Go Bump in the Night, and Astronomy. If you’ve never experienced Super Science Saturday but have always wanted to, why don’t you come and join us? I guarantee you’ll have a good time (and learn something new!).
If your child has a birthday coming up, why not have the party here at our Science Center? We offer a dig pit, themed birthdays, exploding volcanoes, oozing lava, and of course our 2- ½ acre Truassic Park. Check out our website for more info about having your child’s next birthday with us!
Gift Shop Spotlight
The Astronomy Book - One thing we have in common with the ancients is that all of the human race has gazed at the night sky, and the bright morning, and wondered, “What’s out there?” Our universe is so vast and awe-inspiring that to learn about it is to see our human frailty against the backdrop of the Creator’s majesty! Includes a FREE pull out color poster!
Yours with a donation of $20 or more.
No mail-in orders.