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May 2011
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Visit Reflections Café
FREE Evening of Science and Art
Free Program Traces African Dance
Institute Lecture Series
Go Behind the Scenes
Time for Camp!
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Visit Reflections Café for a free Coffee!
Through June 1, present the attached coupon at Reflections Café and receive either a free regular coffee or $1 off any specialty drink. Reflections Café is open Tues.-Fri. 7:45am-3pm, Sat. 11am-3pm, and Sun. Noon-3pm. The Cafe offers salads, sandwiches, pizza and more, including fresh soups and desserts made daily.

Spring has been slow to start this year but we're happy to report that there is ample evidence that is has arrived at Cranbrook. The campus is alive with migratory birds, the fountains are being prepared for the season, trillium are blooming in the Erb Family Science Garden and the trees, at long last, are leafing-out.

We celebrate these signs of spring with an activity-filled first weekend in May at the Institute. On Fri., May 6 visitors have a unique chance to experience both art and science when the Institute of Science and Cranbrook Art Museum are open free of charge after 5pm. On Sat., May 7 we celebrate International Astronomy Day when Institute of Science astronomers and members of the Warren Astronomical Society offer an afternoon of discovery and the chance to use telescopes to safely watch the Sun in crystal clarity, visit an activity station to explore the wonders of the cosmos, or watch a planetarium program. All activities except planetarium programs are free with admission.

Later in the month, two lectures at the Institute offer a look at some of the rivers that have actually caught fire due to pollution and the chance to study and learn about objects not normally on public view at Cranbrook. And, as the school year winds down we encourage you to look at Summer Camp options at Cranbrook now. Some of our most popular camps are already filled but we still have many openings.

As we end the month of May please note the Institute will be closed on Memorial Day but we will be open every Mon. during the summer until Labor Day.

Go Science!
FREE Evening of Science and Art

TelescopeFri., May 6 offers an amazing FREE ADMISSION NIGHT of Art AND Science at Cranbrook courtesy of The MASCO Corporation Foundation! The Institute is free from 5-10pm with the observatory opening at 8:30pm, and Cranbrook Art Museum offers its 2011 Graduate Degree Exhibition free of charge until 9pm. At the Institute, the amazing World of Dinosaurs: the Expedition Continues offers more than 60 full-scale fossils and casts including new additions to the exhibit. Planetarium programs are available at 7, 8 and 9pm for an additional charge. Cranbrook Art Museum presents the annual exhibition of work by students of the Cranbrook Academy of Art class of 2011. The exhibition features the work of 81 emerging artists, reflecting the culmination of their time spent at the Academy. Highlights include a knitted log cabin situated high atop a wooden tower on the back of a horse and a pontoon boat floating in the Triton Pools on the grounds of the Art Museum. To preview Institute of Science events click For more information about the Graduate Degree Exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum click here.
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 Sat., 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 or click here.

Institute Lecture Series Presents: Burning Rivers: Revival of Four Urban-Industrial Rivers that Caught on Fire

Burning RiversMichigan Green Leader Dr. John Hartig will discuss his book, Burning Rivers: Revival of Four Urban-Industrial Rivers that Caught on Fire, on Fri., May 13 at 7pm. Burning Rivers explores how four rivers in the Great Lakes Basin, including the Detroit region's own Rouge River, caught fire because of oil pollution. Dr. Hartig will discuss how indiscriminate use and abuse of these aquatic ecosystems led to them becoming polluted, culminating with river fires and present evidence of how today each is experiencing dramatic environmental improvement, as well as how it is being achieved.

Before the lecture, visitors are invited to tour the Erb Family Science Garden at the Institute of Science from 5:30-7pm, with a guided tour at 6:30pm. The garden is the Institute's largest living exhibition and features Michigan native plants and ecosystems. Copies of the book will be available following Dr. Hartig's presentation for $35 each. All proceeds go to the Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society. The Burning Rivers lecture is limited to 175 on a first-come, first-seated basis. The event is free with museum admission, however advance registration is requested.To register for the event, please email [email protected] or call 248 645.3008.


Go Behind the Scenes to Witness Cranbrook at Play 

behind the scenesCranbrook's collections include many toys from around the world. From historic toys originally used by the Booth family at Cranbrook House, to toys from the Institute collections made by and for children from around the world, the collections offer a unique glimpse of how play has changed--and remained constant--throughout the ages. On Sat, May 21 at 1pm, Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary and Cranbrook Institute of Science staff reveal some of these normally hidden treasures to visitors during one of Cranbrook's Behind the Scenes lectures. This experience is suitable for the young and young at heart! Tickets are $30 per person or $20 per person for Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Institute of Science or Cranbrook House and Gardens Members. Preregistration is required either online or by calling 248 645.3210.

Time for Camp! 

atlas rocket summer campSummer will be here before we know it so now is a good time to consider camp options. Summer Explorer Camp at the Institute of Science is designed to bring scientific study to life in a fun hands-on way. Activities, both at the Institute and across Cranbrook's 319-acre "outdoor laboratory," provide a lifetime of memories and learning experiences. New camps this year include Museum Boot Camp in which 6-8 Graders spend the week investigating the skills and experiences needed to run a museum, and several of the Institute's most popular camps like Science and Ecology Explorer and Crime Scene Explorer camps return! Cranbrook also offers both before- and after- care. To review camp selection for summer 2011 click here.
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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.
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