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Chicago Science & Conservation Social Events in December 2011

November 29, 2011

Friends, residents, and visitors of Chicago,

Here are events for December 2011 that involve science or conservation. Please let me know if an event needs to be added:

*Free Events

Saturday the 10th

*Weatherization Workshop – The Chicago Conservation Corps guides you through the process of weatherizing your home. You will learn how to reduce heat loss and save money on heating bills. At 5108 W. Belmont, attend and receive a complimentary Weatherization Starter Kit. @ChiConservation

Mystery in the Zoo: Africa’s Buffet – Africa is home to some unique creatures—all with their own distinct eating habits. Explore the diverse diets of animals such as termite-loving aardvarks and grazing black rhinos. Then use your new knowledge to solve a fun-filled food mystery! @LincolnParkZoo

*Explore Outdoor Stewardship – Volunteer with Friends of the Forest Preserves to clean up and maintain Dan Ryan Woods at 87th & Western. Register for details: 773-398-1178. @ChiConservation

Sunday the 11th

*Indoor Winter Farmer’s Market – This market offers consumers an opportunity to purchase cheese, meat and poultry, soap, syrup, honey, wool, raw fibers, vinegars, dried fruits, milled flours, sauces and salsas, preserves, cider, and fresh produce as available from small, local producers. @ChiConservation

Zoo Safari Tour: Back from the Brink – Join the Lincoln Park Zoo to hear conservation success stories from the last few years. From red wolves to apes, this tour focuses on some of the zoo’s most successful projects in conservation and animal care. @LincolnParkZoo

Thursday the 15th

Adler Planetarium in ChicagoAdler After Dark at Adler Planetarium – Enjoy cocktails and appetizers at one of Chicago’s most popular monthly social events. Freely roam around Adler’s exhibitions or take in a sky or space show on the big dome theater. See the Moon or Jupiter’s great red spot with your own eyes using the Adler’s telescopes. @AdlerSkyWatch

Friday the 16th

Member’s Week at Adler Planetarium – To show gratitude, an entire week has been dedicated to Adler’s members! FREE admission for you and 4 guests, sweet treats, and extra discounts at the gift shop.

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo – Starting today until January 1, the zoo will open its doors at night (5-9pm) for a view of their holiday light decorations. Also, visit Santa Claus, watch live ice sculpting, and enjoy delicious food, spiced wine and unique holiday shopping. @LincolnParkZoo

Friday the 25th

WHALES: Giants of the Deep – 3 weeks from this date the exhibit will move on to its next destination. Find time in the next 21 days to explore a life-sized whale heart, meet people whose lives have been inextricably linked with whales, and dive to the depths of the sea with a mighty sperm whale in the hunt for giant squid. For 21 more days at The Field Museum. @FieldMuseum

Looking towards 2012:

Sunday January 15 – The 1st ever Chicago Science Tweetup

Thursday December the 1st

Science in Chicago*Night Lab: The Science of Chocolate – Science is Sexy is teaming up with our friends at Callebaut Chocolate to bring you a delicious science lesson! Night Lab will be covering everything from the science of chocolate itself to the lowdown on the science behind the health benefits of chocolate. @ScienceIsSexy

The Science of Obesity – Chicago-based scientists will present the current science of obesity, describing the various ways obesity harms the body, how our food choices can impact our health and the different health-determinant patterns locally and nationally. The Chicago Council on Science & Technology presents a 90-minute program at Northwestern University. @C2ST

The Policy of Obesity – During Part 2, a panel of experts will discuss the latest research informing obesity interventions, as well as challenges and the potential roles played by government, community organizations, private industries and individuals to prevent and combat obesity and the long-term implications of this epidemic. @C2ST

Friday the 2nd

Friday Night Lights: South Pole Party – 4–5-year-olds can find out how chinstrap penguins, rockhopper penguins and other awesome South-Pole animals are suited for life in ice-cold waters. Join us for this “cool” party and then head out to explore ZooLights with your family! @LincolnParkZoo

Saturday the 3rd

*Weatherization Workshop – The Chicago Conservation Corps presents an opportunity for you to learn how to weatherize your home. You will learn how to reduce heat loss in your home and save money on heating bills. In Logan Square, attend and receive a complimentary Weatherization Starter Kit. @ChiConservation

Chicago Council on Science & TechnologyPhysics with a BANG! – Students, families, teachers and the curious are invited to attend C2ST’s annual Holiday Lecture and Open House at The University of Chicago. See fast, loud, surprising and beautiful physics demos performed by scientists. Talk to them about their latest discoveries. Participate in hands-on activities related to their research. @C2ST

*Lurie Garden Free Family Workshop: Gifts from Nature – Get crafty with plants and natural materials and have fun while you’re at it. We’ll make an herbal salve, a garden-inspired ornament and a mini plant portrait. Pre-registration is required. Call 312.742.TIXS (8497).

Wednesday the 7th

Chemistry of Coffee with Intelligentsia – Learn how a few simple “scientific” adjustments you can filter out the impurities of your current coffee-drinking experience to brew a perfect blend of pleasure & aroma. The Illinois Science Council presents a hands-on event with the world’s top coffee experts at Chicago’s own Intelligentsia Coffee. @IllinoisScience

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rachel permalink
    November 30, 2011 1:20 PM

    how come Friday Night Lights South Pole party is only for 4-5 yr olds?!
    science of chocolate could be a fun date night!
    do you have to be a kid to go to Lurie Garden Free Family Workshop: Gifts from Nature? how come all the ones for kids are my favorites?

    • November 30, 2011 1:32 PM

      Science is for everyone of all ages. 🙂

      • Rachel permalink
        November 30, 2011 2:14 PM

        good. in that case, I will go to the kids events.

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