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*Magical Nature*

*In this issue...*
Special Exhibit Extended <#LETTER.BLOCK7>
Homeschool Day <#LETTER.BLOCK8>
Radon Testing <#LETTER.BLOCK9>
Fruit Tree Pruning & Grafting <#LETTER.BLOCK18>
Weather Wizard Workshop <#LETTER.BLOCK15>
Sale at The Nature Store <#LETTER.BLOCK16>

*Balch Orchid
Observer*  	*February 

A delicate, silver slice of the Moon appears suspended in the failing 
western twilight.  The dark velvet canopy of night is littered with 
countless celestial sparks of shimmering light.  You stand transfixed as 
a shooting star etches its path across the heavens.  These moments are 
windows to discovering the wonders in the skies.  Joining you in this 
discovery is the daily radio program, "Eye On The Night Sky", heard each 
weekday at 4:30 PM on Vermont Public Radio. 

Mark Breen, senior meteorologist and planetarium director at the 
Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury, hosts this look at 
the night skies, making connections between what we can see from our 
backyard, and the workings of the universe.  From the youngest star 
gazer, to the seasoned astronomer, "Eye On The Night Sky" encourages a 
deeper appreciation of the constellations, and the rich body of 
mythology that brings them to life.  The program relates new discoveries 
about the planets and the solar system to our own planet, and brings an 
opportunity to experience the beauty and richness of the night skies 
with your family and friends.


"Eye On The Night Sky" is a collaboration of the Fairbanks Museum and 
Planetarium and Vermont Public Radio.  Along with the weekday broadcasts 
at 4:30 PM, you can download the podcasts 
to enjoy at your convenience.

*Spotlight on Support*
These foundations help make the Museum's educational and public services 
Lintilhac Foundation, Inc.
Jan and David Blittersdorf Foundation Inc.
Jane's Trust
Vermont Community Foundation

*Find us:*
1302 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT  05819
Winter Hours: 
(Closed Mondays)
Purchase your signed copy of Peggy Pearl's /A Brief History of St. 
Johnsbury/ at The Nature Store
*The Nature Store at the Fairbanks Museum is not just a souvenir store!*   
Gund soft animals, handcrafted jewelry,
tracking books, fun greeting cards and unique items you won't find 
/anywhere/ else in the Kingdom.
/ /

*Special Exhibit Extended                          Musical Instruments  *
**Sound Waves:  Many Shapes *of Music
The closing date for this popular exhibit has been extended through the 
spring.  If you have not yet seen this intriguing array of over 60 
musical instruments from around the world, or tried your hand at 
creating beautiful (or just plain loud) music on our amazing music 
machine, you still have time!
For anyone with even a passing interest in music, /Sound Waves: Many 
Shapes of Music/ displays of a range of beautiful and unusual 
instruments. Some of the instruments are from Franklin Fairbanks's 
original Victorian-era collection; other pieces were collected by his 
family and colleagues. The 100-year old horns, drums, pipes, and 
guitars, along with more recent additions to the Museum's collection, 
inspire wonder at the variety of ways people have devised to blend 
sounds in harmony. 
This exhibit is worth making a special trip to experience.

*Homeschool Day                                                 *

*February 26, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM*

11:00 a.m. - noon:  *Ice Age: 
12:30 p.m. - *Rock On with the Rock Cycle!* 

We offer monthly programs designed especially for homeschooled students 
and their families.  Join us for a pair of classes meant to spark 
curiosity and engage the mind.*  *Find out more about our classes. 

The cost per child for museum admission and two classes is $8.00, one 
parent per family and children 5 and under admitted free.  Please, call 
or e-mail to pre-register and ensure your student a space in class.

*Radon Testing *
*Free to Vermont Residents*
Winter is a great time of year to do a radon test.  Fairbanks Museum and 
Planetarium offers free testing to Vermonters through a grant from the 
Vermont Department of Health.  Go to our website 
<> to 
get answers to your questions about radon and to order your kit 
online, or call 802. 748.2372 x105.

* *
*Fruit Tree Pruning & Grafting *
*Musical InstrumentsFree to Vermont Residents*
Now is the time to tend to your fruit trees - before they bud.  Join 
Todd Parlo, owner of Walden Heights Nursery and Orchard, as he guides 
these hands-on workshops to help you care for your trees with an eye 
toward healthy growth and diversity.
Sign up for one or both of these popular workshops early - space is 
limited.  For more about the workshops and to register, click here 
Full day:   $25 Museum member, $30 non-member
Half day:  $15 Museum member, $20 non-member

Become a Weather Wizard!
April 24, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$45 per family
Led by Mark Breen, this weather workshop is designed especially for 
families and is offered as part of our Four Seasons Naturalist Program, 
encouraging you to observe, interpret and immerse yourself in the 
habitats that define our region. 
We'll explore the challenges of observing the weather when just putting 
up a thermometer on the porch won't cut it!  By delving into the details 
of how weather works, how instruments work, and how to keep track of 
your observations, you will be on your way to becoming a weather expert.  
This adventure is designed for families, and the weather will be 
discussed without a lot of fancy jargon.  Find out about taming 
temperatures, registering rainfall, and handling the humidity among 
several others.  Your view will also be expanded to connect what you 
observe to what the weather is planning and scheming. 
Each family will receive a copy of Mark's award-winning book, "The Kid's 
Book of Weather Forecasting", designed for kids of */_all_/* ages.
Contact Tara Robinson Holt at [log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> to register.

*On Sale at The Nature Store!*
Musical Instruments 
10% Off All Puzzles ** 
Loons on the lake, kissing moose, wildflowers and butterflies, our 
Museum store has beautiful jigsaw puzzles in a natural world theme for 
every age and challenge level. 
During the month of February, all puzzles are 10% off for non-members 
and 20% for all current Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium members.
The Galileoscopeā„¢ is a high-quality, low-cost telescope kit developed 
for the *International Year of Astronomy 2009* by a team of leading 
astronomers, optical engineers, and science educators. No matter where 
you live, with this easy-to-assemble, 50-mm (2-inch) diameter, 25- to 
50-power achromatic refractor, you can see the celestial wonders that 
Galileo Galilei first glimpsed 400 years ago and that still delight 
stargazers today.
On sale for $20, plus 6% sales tax, until the end of February, 2010.

Discover the Kingdom 


The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium...       

*inspires appreciation for our place in the natural world and encourages 
our stewardship of a healthy planet.  You can extend the fun for your 
family by becoming members this winter! Join the Museum 
and explore the nature of your world!

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