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The California Academy of Sciences Store stocks Nature Inspired Gifts for the Holidays
(San Francisco) November 21, 2002 -- Whether the science of buying holiday gifts finds shoppers novice or expert, the California Academy of Sciences store has nature inspired, educational and earth-friendly gifts for friends and family alike. From bonsai gardens to Peruvian pyrite from space chess to copper skulls, shoppers will find a large selection of fun educational gifts for all on their holiday shopping list.
Space Age kids? Try these:
Space Chess - In this game, the King is played by the Sun, the Queen by Earth, Rooks are Space Shuttles and Pawns are you guessed it, US Astronauts. $37.50 each.
Planet Earth Art - These marble-like pieces are made from recycled glass or crystal with 22k gold or full color natural earth continents. They look like planets from the solar system; you may even recognize a few. Packaged in bags of four. $11.50 per bag.
Solar System Puzzle - Made exclusively for the California Academy of Sciences, this 18" X 24", 515-piece solar system puzzle will bring the wonders of the universe into anyone's living room. Images designed by Lynette Cook. $9.95 each.
Space Age crystal growing kit - for ages 12 and up. $14.95 each.
Glow-in-the-dark - stars, moons, snowflakes, straw-art kits, constellations and even a star full of stars. Prices range from $4.50 to $11.75 each.
Inspired by the exhibit Skulls: copper skull lapel pins and pendants in the shapes of rhino, giraffe, warthog and piranha skulls. $37.95 each.
Minerals - pyrite from Peru, actinolite from California, Gypsum
from Mexico, copper from Michigan and myriads of multicolored quartz list.
Prices range from $3.18 to $7.95 each.
Conversations at the Herbst Theatre - Guests include: Stephen Wolfram physicist, computer scientist as well as author of A New Kind of Science. Amory Lovins founder & CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute author of Natural Capitalism, and Small is Profitable, and Matt Ridley science writer pieces include Genome and Nature via Nuture. Lecture: $18 non-members, series: $108 non-members. This series is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund. To order tickets, please call City Box Office at (415) 392-4400.
Home and Garden
Great Impressions and Tessworks - California-made handcrafted
ceramics inspired by nature's designs of fanciful fruits and savory vegetables
made into artful serving dishes. Iceberg lettuce serves as a salad bowl,
a pair of figs as salt and pepper shakers, a head of Napa cabbage unfolds
into a vase. Handcrafted in Oakland. Tessworks more traditional serving
platters, candle sticks, and olive oil bowls are decorated with olive
branches and fruit. These are handmade in Huntington Beach. Prices range
from $69.00 to $185.00.
Bonsai Garden - Included with this kit is a ceramic stoneware
planter, Japanese black pine seeds, organic soil, bonsai shears and a
bonsai instruction booklet. $25.00 for garden kit. Mini Bonsai Kit $12.50.
Urban Herbals Bee Real Honey - San Francisco League of Urban Gardner's (SLUG) processes honey from bees right here in San Francisco. Pick up a jar at the Academy and feel good about two great organizations. $7.95 per jar.
Minerals - pyrite from Peru, actinolite from California, Gypsum from Mexico, copper from Michigan and myriads of multicolored quartz create a beautiful array for any one on your gift list. Prices range from $3.18 to $7.95 each.
Planet Earth Art - These marble-like pieces are made from recycled glass or crystal with 22k gold or full color natural earth continents. They look like planets from the solar system; you may even recognize a few. They come in bags of four. $11.50 per bag.
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