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What's On in November at the California Academy of Sciences
Exhibits, Events, and Lectures

Exhibits

From the Depths: Inspiring Science and Art — opens November 15 at 5 pm
As one of the Academy's first Artists in Residence, contemporary painter Tiffany Bozic partnered with one of the Academy's curators, Dr. Rich Mooi, to explore the museum's vast collection of marine invertebrates. The result is From the Depths, a new exhibit at Howard Street. Large-scale paintings and sketches will transport you into the depths of both the ocean and the imagination, presenting an artist's vision of the life-and-death drama that unfolds beneath the sea. The exhibit also includes live tanks, preserved specimens, and photographs. It reveals the passion for discovery and understanding life that both scientists and artists share. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

African Penguin Colony – ongoing exhibit
Watch the Academy’s African penguins dip and dive in their tank and maintain their shelters. Every day at 11 am and 3:30 pm, visitors can enjoy feeding shows and ask questions as an aquatic biologist dons a wet suit, takes temperature measurements, and then tosses vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin to the penguins. Each feeding takes 20 minutes. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

SSsssnake Alley – ongoing exhibit
They’re scaly, slinky, and slithery, and they line the walls of a winding passageway called SSsssnake Alley. View Steinhart Aquarium residents that formerly made their home in the Swamp in Golden Gate Park, including the anaconda, ball python, pine snake, vine snakes, African rock python, California kingsnake, ground boas, and emerald tree boas. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

Coral Reef> – ongoing exhibit
View a two-story, 20,000-gallon coral reef tank that features dozens of tropical reef fish as well as a wide variety of colorful corals. Children will especially love seeing the common clownfish (often called Nemo) and the blue tang (otherwise known as Dory). Academy biologists are using this enormous tank to test ideas for the even larger 212,000-gallon coral reef tank that will be a part of the new Academy when it opens in Golden Gate Park in 2008. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

Discovery Tide Pool – ongoing exhibit
During your next trip to the aquarium, don’t let the fish have all the fun – start splashing at the Discovery Tide Pool, where visitors can handle a few of the animals that live along the California coastline, including turban snails, hermit crabs, and mussels. The Tide Pool is staffed with naturalists and trained nature lovers who can answer questions about the animals and their habitat. Open every day. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

November Events

PENGUIN FEEDINGS
Every Day at 11 am & 3:30 pm
During daily penguin feeding shows, visitors may watch and ask questions as one of the Academy's aquatic biologists dons a wet suit and tosses vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin to the penguins. Each feeding takes 20 minutes. Free with Academy admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME
Saturdays, November 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 10:30 am
Explore nature with a story for children ages 3-5. Free with Academy admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

FREE4ALL
Saturday, November 10 from 10 am - 5 pm
The Academy offers free admission to the public as part of Free4All, sponsored by Oracle and Oracle OpenWorld 2007.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

ROCKIN' REPTILES
Saturday-Sunday, November 10-11 & 24-25 at 1 pm
Join Academy interns as they share fun facts about reptiles from around the world. You might meet an American alligator, ball python, rosy boa, or corn snake and perhaps touch it as well! Free with Academy admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

MEET THE BIOLOGIST
Saturday-Monday, November 10-12 at 2 pm
Friday-Sunday, November 23-25 at 2 pm
Meet an Academy biologist and discover how to care for aquarium creatures. Depending on the animal you visit, you may learn how to take and test water samples, check filters, clean tanks, or administer appropriate amounts of food. Free with Academy admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

FAMILY NATURE CRAFTS
Sunday-Monday, November 11-12 at 10:30 am
Friday & Sunday, November 23 & 25 at 10:30 am
Share some quality "You and Me" time with your child. Drop by the craft tables and make a fun project! Free with Academy admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

GREAT WHITE SHARKS OF THE FARALLON ISLANDS
Monday, November 12 at 1 pm
Near the Bay Area, great white sharks congregate around the Farallon Islands to feed on seals and sea lions every fall. Explore great white shark biology with an Academy naturalist and touch real shark teeth. Free with Academy admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

THIRD THURSDAY
Thursday, November 15 from 5 - 9 pm
Filled with clownfish, cocktails, and conversation, the Academy after-hours is the place to be on the third Thursday of every month. From the Depths, a new science and art exhibit, will be unveiled at this event. Enjoy music and a cash bar featuring Francis Ford Coppola wine. $5 admission after 5 pm.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

LET'S TALK TURKEY
Friday, November 23 at 1 pm
Join an Academy naturalist in exploring the life history and folklore of one of the world's most flavorful and flamboyant birds. During the program, look at Academy specimens and examples of turkey art from around the world. Free with Academy admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

RUN WILD! 5K/10K
Sunday, November 25 at 8:30 am
Takes place in Golden Gate Park
Run, waddle, mosey, or skip in the Academy's 23rd annual Thanksgiving Weekend race: Run Wild! 5K/10K. Wild and crazy costumes are encouraged in the 5K; the top costumes will be awarded prizes. Long-sleeve official T-shirts will be given to all registered runners/walkers, along with goodie bags and free refreshments. Pre-registration fees are $24 members/$30 non-member adults/$25 non-members ages 18 and under; race-morning fees are $35 adults/$30 ages 18 and under. For more information, to receive an entry form, or to register online, visit www.calacademy.org or call (415) 759-2690.

STARGAZING AT THE SF BOTANICAL GARDENS
Friday, November 30 from 6 - 7:30 pm
Bing Quock of Morrison Planetarium leads a laser-guided tour of the mid-autumn skies. Dress warmly and bring binoculars. In the event of cloudy weather, observing will be replaced by a classroom lecture. Call 415-661-1316, ext. 354 to register. $5 members ($10 family of four); $15 non-members ($20 family).
Takes place at the SF Botanical Gardens, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

November Lectures

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
From the Depths: Creating a Science and Art Exhibit at the Academy
Lecture by Tiffany Bozic, painter, and Dr. Rich Mooi, Curator of Invertebrate Zoology & Geology
What would happen if the Academy's marine invertebrate collections were explored through the eyes of a contemporary painter? For several months, Oakland-based fine artist Tiffany Bozic partnered with Dr. Rich Mooi of Invertebrate Zoology, and the result is From the Depths, a science and art exhibit on display starting November 15, 2007. Bozic, whose work incorporates richly pigmented acrylic paint on solid maple wood panels, is said to be inspired by John James Audubon and Ernst Haeckel, but dives deeply into the imaginary and darker aspects of the natural world. Join Bozic and Dr. Mooi as they discuss their collaboration and how they found common ground in their passion for understanding nature. A special preview of From the Depths will take place before the evening lecture, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. 2 pm & 7:30 pm; free for members, $8 non-members; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. Purchase tickets by calling (415) 379-8000 or at the door, when available.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26
Meteorites and the Asteroids They Came From: Are Asteroids Fluffy?
Lecture by Dr. Guy Consolmagno, Vatican Observatory
Space probe, radar, and telescopic measurements have led to a reliable determination of asteroid densities.  When compared to the densities of meteorites, a new understanding is emerging of how asteroids are put together—with implications for both the origin of planets and future human encounters with Near Earth Objects. 7:30 pm; $4; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco.