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Visit the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science—free

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science will be open on Labor Day, September 6, and is free to all visitors on September 11! (The Lockheed Martin DynaTheater and Planetarium admission charges still apply.) In addition, the museum will now be open every Monday in September.

There is something for everyone at this interactive, high-tech museum. The ancient past comes to life in the museum’s eight exhibit halls that make up the Walk Through Time. You can see New Mexico in the Late Triassic when it was a land of tropical floodplains and giant amphibians and crocodile-like phytosaurs, walk amidst the largest land animals of all time in the Late Jurassic, and then plunge into the sea during the Cretaceous period and swim alongside mosasaurs and prehistoric sharks. Highlights include an active volcano, Ice Age cave, dire wolves, mammoths, and Albuquerque’s last camel!

Other exciting exhibits include Space Frontiers, an amazing state-of-the-art computer interactive program that interprets the Sun Dagger of Chaco Canyon, and Startup: Albuquerque and the Personal Computer Revolution, which takes you on a journey through the development of the computer. This journey highlights the fact that the computer revolution was kicked off right here in Albuquerque with Paul Allen, Bill Gates, Ed Roberts and the Albuquerque Altair! 

Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia opens September 2 in the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater, featuring world-renowned Argentinean paleontologist Professor Rodolfo Coria as he visits sites of his major discoveries in Patagonia. Shows play daily at 10:00 a.m., noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 4:00 p.m. Also playing is Wild Ocean at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

New Mexico’s largest domed theater, the Planetarium, is currently featuring three shows daily. Now playing are Enchanted Skies at 11:00 a.m., Tales of the Maya Skies at noon, 2:00, and 4:00 p.m. and a double feature with Journey to the Stars and Two Small Pieces of Glass at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, is a regional center of excellence in scientific research, exhibits, and science education.

Sandoval County senior program & Placitas Community Center services

The staff and participants of the Sandoval County Senior program and Placitas Community Center encourage you to take a look at our services and to visit the community/senior center. Doors are open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Lunch is served to senior clients, ages 60+, Monday through Friday. Guests under age 60 (accompanying a senior) are welcome to have lunch for $6.00.

Homebound seniors are able to have meals delivered to their home. The suggested donation for these meals is $2.00. While donations are not required, they are gladly accepted and allow the program to continue providing these services.

Senior citizens 60+ in the Placitas area are eligible to receive transportation to and from the Placitas Community Center for medical appointments, exercise activities, shopping (locally and in Rio Rancho), special events, and field trips/activities throughout New Mexico.

For information regarding transportation, contact the Placitas Community Center at (505) 867-1396.

Placitas library wins the books!

Reaching beyond the walls of the exhibit Wild at Heart: Ernest Thompson Seton, (on exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe through May 8, 2011), the museum has joined with the New Mexico State Library to share materials and curricula with librarians throughout the state. The goal is to help children and adults discover the trail-blazing writings of Ernest Thompson Seton, a world-famous conservationist, artist, and cofounder of the Boy Scouts.

Through an e-mail blast, librarians throughout the state were invited to enter a drawing for packages of Seton’s most acclaimed book, Wild Animals I Have Known, along with David L. Witt’s (curator of the Seton Legacy Project at the Academy for the Love of Learning) new book, Ernest Thompson Seton: The Life and Legacy of an Artist and Conservationist (Gibbs Smith, 2010).

The Placitas Community Library was one of five libraries throughout the state to win these books!

“The history museum aims to tell stories of our past in ways that relate to the present. Ernest Thompson Seton not only has lessons to teach us in caring for nature, but his focus on the natural world gives us a gentle way to entice children into a love of reading,” said Director Frances Levine.

“As a young naturalist and writer, I found in Seton a kind of mentor—someone whose creativity was inspired by his connection to nature. His life can be seen as one dedicated to the acquisition of knowledge. This led to a radical change in the way Americans experience the natural world. A similar dedication to learning can, as Seton showed, lead to personal transformation in all of us,” Witt said. He is making himself available to libraries for limited speaking opportunities on his years of studying Seton and his work as part of the effort with the state library.

The New Mexico History Museum is the newest addition to a campus that includes the Palace of the Governors (the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States), the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, the Press at the Palace of the Governors, and the Native American Artisans program. The New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.

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