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April 2011
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Member Shopping Days
Benefit Days at Borders
Moe the Sloth
African Dance
Go Wild!
Lecture Series
CIS Membership
Become a Member

Annual Fund

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Member Shopping Days
April 8-10
Institute Members will save 20% on regularly-priced merchandise in the Science Shop during Member Shopping Days April 8-10. Books, games, educational toys, jewelry, and more make this the perfect opportunity to shop for Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations or summer birthday parties. Offer is valid on in-store purchases only.

As if dinosaurs were not enough excitement, the Spring Break period at the Institute of Science is packed with special events! From Bird Week during the school break, to free events both on and off site, we'll paraphrase Lee Iacocca and tell if you can go to a sloth's birthday party anywhere else during Spring Break, you should go! Everything starts April 1 when the Institute is free after 5pm as part of the Masco Corporation Foundation supported Free First Fridays. That day, Moe the sloth turns 10 in the Bat Zone. The Bat Zone is open free that night but a gift donation is suggested. Check out Moe's wish list in this issue.

We start April by asking you, our loyal Members and supporters, to help us continue to do what we do for you by participating in the Borders Benefit Days event for the Institute of Science. From April 1 through 3, a portion of any purchase at your favorite Borders store or online at benefits the Institute of Science. We're grateful to Borders for helping us and are excited that we get to work with a company we know our Members love! See details about the promotion and please share this information with family, co-workers, and friends!

Things don't slow down here after the Spring Break! Watch for the reopening of our Water Gallery, sign up for one of our upcoming lectures in April, May, or June or attend an Artology Detroit dance event at The Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center in Detroit. Also, don't forget, registration for Summer Explorer Camp at Cranbrook is now underway.

Go Science!
Benefit Days at Borders Stores

booksBorders is hosting a Benefit Days event to benefit the Institute of Science April 1through 3. Simply present the voucher attached via link below at any Borders store in Oakland, Macomb or Wayne counties and a portion of your purchase will go to the Institute of Science! Borders' vast selection of books, movies, music, educational toys and games, Seattle's Best Coffee cafe items, Paperchase stationery, and gifts make for fun and engaging shopping for you, and a great fundraising opportunity for us. Click here to download voucher. This offer also is valid online at using code: CIOS0401K. Your participation helps a struggling Michigan-based company while benefiting the Institute and its fans. Your support goes a long way. Please share this event information with as many people as you can. The more supporters shop, the more Cranbrook earns. Every bit helps! We thank you for your continued support.
It's No Joke! Moe the Sloth Turns 10 on April 1

MoFriday, April 1 starts Spring Break at Cranbrook with free admission after 5pm courtesy of MASCO Corporation Foundation and the Free First Fridays program. That night, Moe the sloth will celebrate his tenth birthday in the Bat Zone from 5 to 8:30pm complete with his very own birthday cupcake with sweet potato frosting at 6pm. Admission to the Bat Zone is free, but Moe would greatly a appreciate any of the following gifts for his pantry and home: gift certificates for fruit (Meijer, Kroger), gift certificates for Hardware stores (Home Depot, Ace), red heat lamps, white spot-lights, general office supplies, honey, chicken Baby food, multi-grain baby cereal, glyoxide (Dental wash), Poly-vi-sol (Baby Vitamins), non-latex gloves, packing tape, fresh flowers, liquid bandage or laundry soap. Stop by to wish Moe a Happy Birthday and sign his card!

Free Program Traces African Dance Through History

JoThe Arts League of Michigan and Cranbrook Institute of Science present JO!: Africa To America, A Dance Odyssey free to the public at The Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center in Detroit on Saturday, April 2 and Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. "JO" is Yoruba for dance, and this energy-packed event connects two continents to demonstrate the ties between science and art. The Carr Center Dance Company and a narrator, plus visuals and a diverse musical selection, take the viewer on an historic journey through time and dance from African dance, to the Jazz Age, to jive and swing, and forward. Accompanying each stage performance is an exhibit from the Institute of Science collections. Both children and adults are welcome. The Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center is located at 311 East Grand River in the Harmony Park area of Detroit. Admission is free. Call 313 965.8430 to register.


Go Wild! Go Birding During Spring Break at the Institute!

blue birdThe Institute of Science celebrates Spring Break with a look at our feathered friends now returning from the south, and daily planetarium and bat shows the week of April 4 through 8. Go Wild! Go Birding! introduces visitors to all things avian from 1 to 4pm each day. Special indoor activities including bird and beak adaptations, identifying birds using a field guide, an up-close look at the Institute's amazing bird specimens, binocular use instruction, craft activities, and more will offer a fun and informative look at these living descendents of the dinosaurs! Special programs include Live Raptor Shows in the auditorium at 1:30 and 2:30pm on April 6, and a guided Bird Walk at 2pm on April 7. The new Discovery Center also will be open April 6 and 8 from 11am to 2pm. Throughout the week, daily planetarium programs will be offered every hour from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Bat shows will be available at 1:30 and 2:30pm. Go Wild! Go Birding! activities and the Discovery Center are free with admission. Tickets to the planetarium and bat shows are $4 for the General public and $3 for Members in addition to General Admission. To preview planetarium program trailers click here.

Lecture Series: New Triassic Dinosaurs and the Early Evolution of Dinosaurs

web_dinoDr. Sterling J. Nesbitt, University of Washington

Friday, April 29 at 7:30pm

Sterling Nesbitt will describe his field research including the discovery of the new dinosaur Tawa hallae and his surprising analysis on the stomach contents of Coelophysis. Nesbitt also will discuss current information regarding the early evolution of dinosaurs. Tickets are $8 for Members and $10 for non-Members. Register online or by calling 248 645.3210.
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More than 200,000 visitors flock to Cranbrook Institute of Science each year, making it one of the region's best-known museums of natural history.

Founded in 1904 by Detroit philanthropists George and Ellen Booth, Cranbrook is an internationally renowned center for art, education and science located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Cranbrook Institute of Science is an integral part of that community, having served area schoolchildren and families since its creation in 1930.