Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 2/22-2/28

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Ahab:

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Want to get your engineering handwork featured? Drop by our Block Party interactive play area and try your own hand building a gravity-defying masterpiece. Tag your photos with #HMNSBlockParty.

Film Screening – The Blood & The Rose (Spanish)
Monday, Feb. 22
6:00 p.m.
Filmada en locaciones en México y España, La sangre y la rosa ofrece fascinantes entrevistas con grandes expertos en los campos de la ciencia, historia y teología, explorando el misterio de la tilma de San Juan Diego y la milagrosa imagen que lleva. Más que una historia sobre un evento distante, este documental también muestra cuántos emulan hoy a San Juan Diego, ampliando el mensaje de la Virgen de Guadalupe, Emperatriz de las Américas y Patrona de vida, en la cultura moderna.

Film Screening – The Blood & The Rose (English)
Tuesday, Feb. 23
6:00 p.m.
Shot on location in Mexico and Spain, The Blood & The Rose offers riveting interviews with top experts in the fields of science, history and theology, exploring the mystery of St. Juan Diego’s tilma and the miraculous image that it bears. More than just a story about a distant event, this documentary also shows how many today emulate St. Juan Diego today, broadening the message of the Virgin of Guadalupe-Empress of the Americas and Patroness of Life-into modern culture.

Class – An Overview of the Energy Industry
Thursday, Feb. 25
8:00 a.m.
This course is led by experts in the fields of upstream, downstream and energy economics in the 21st century, including energy alternatives. Breakfast, lunch and a tour of the Wiess Energy Hall are included.

World Trekkers: Peru
Friday, Feb. 26
6:30 p.m.
Bring your family to HMNS and you can travel the globe with World Trekkers! The perfect family outing, these events highlight a diverse set of cultures from around the world through food, entertainment, arts and crafts and more. This February we’re heading off to Peru. But no need to pack your bags – HMNS brings the world to you with World Trekkers!

Class – Minerals and Rocks of the Ancient World
Saturday, Feb. 27
9:00 a.m.
Go behind-the-scenes in the Museum’s staff training lab where hundreds of specimens are uniquely presented in a hands-on road maps.
Fossils, minerals and rocks have been around since before human civilization, yet the sciences to study them have only been established for about two hundred years! Learn how the balance between natural resource abundancy and human ingenuity gave rise to the greatest monuments in the ancient world.

Class – Introduction to Paleontology: Decoding the Fossil Record
Saturday, Feb. 27
1:00 p.m.
Go behind-the-scenes in the Museum’s staff training lab where hundreds of specimens are uniquely presented in a hands-on road maps.
Covering specimens from the earliest life-forms to advanced invertebrates and vertebrates alike, this workshop focuses on the origin of the fossil record as well as the various methods of fossilization. To complete your understanding of the topics covered, you will be encouraged to touch and examine a variety of specimens composed of actual fossils, models and images.

Family Space Day at the George Observatory
Saturday, Feb. 27
Multiple mission times available
Blast into outer space on a simulated space flight to the Moon! The Expedition Learning Center at the George Observatory will be open for individual children and adults to sign up for missions. No danger is involved! Astronauts are assigned jobs aboard the Space Station Observer and work together as they solve problems and have fun. Volunteers who work at NASA will run the missions and visit with the participants. Don’t miss this special opportunity to participate in real astronaut training!

 

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 8/3-8/9

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!  

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Lecture – Hatshepsut: The Woman Who Would Be King By Kara Cooney
Tuesday, August 4
6:30 p.m.
Hatshepsut’s failure to produce a male heir was ultimately the twist of fate that paved the way for her improbable rule as a cross-dressing king. Hatshepsut was a master strategist, cloaking her political power plays in the veil of piety and sexual reinvention. Just as women today face obstacles from a society that equates authority with masculinity, Hatshepsut shrewdly operated the levers of power to emerge as Egypt’s second female pharaoh. Her reign saw one of ancient Egypt’s most prolific building periods; her monuments, however, were destroyed soon after her death to erase evidence of her unprecedented rule. Dr. Kara Cooney will offer a remarkable interpretation of how Hatshepsut rapidly but methodically consolidated power-and why she fell from public favor just as quickly, as well as exploring complicated reactions to women in power. Book signing of The Woman Who Would Be King will follow the lecture.

World Trekkers – Italy 
Friday, August 7
6:30 p.m. 
You don’t need a plane ticket to trek the globe; just come to HMNS! Our World Trekkers is a series of cultural festivals for the whole family, featuring crafts, native cuisine and entertainment inspired by each featured country.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 6/22-6/28

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!

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Film Screening – Queen Of The Sun: What Are The Bees Telling Us?
Tuesday, June 23
6:30 p.m.
This film takes us on a pilgrimage around the world, revealing ten thousand years of beekeeping and highlighting how our historic and symbiotic relationship with honey bees has been compromised due to modern mechanized industrial practices. Queen of the Sun unveils the fascinating world of the honey bee colony and examines the current global bee crisis through the eyes of beekeepers, scientists and farmers, discussing both the problems facing these all-important pollinators and suggesting possible ways to bring them back into a balance with nature. Join Dr. Nancy Greig, Director of our Cockrell Butterfly Center, for this one-night-only screening. Come early to learn about beekeeping activities and meet the HMNS beekeepers.

World Trekkers – China
Friday, June 26
6:30 p.m.
You don’t need a plane ticket to trek the globe; just come to HMNS! Our World Trekkers is a series of cultural festivals for the whole family, featuring crafts, native cuisine and entertainment inspired by each featured country. Passports will be available to track each attendee’s travels, which will be stamped each visit to verify their cultural comprehension.

Take Two: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Friday, June 26
7:00 p.m.
A young woman in ancient China longs for an adventurous life rather than an arranged marriage. Academy Award® Best Foreign Film English Version . 

Next stop: BRAZIL! Jet-setting at home with World Trekkers this Friday

Think Brazil is all Carnival and beaches? Think again. Here are three things you probably didn’t know about Brazil:

MERCHANTS NAMED IT, NOT COLONIAL POWERS

When Portugal started to colonize Brazil, they named it Terra de Santa Cruz (Land of the Holy Cross) in their official manuscripts. However, as sailors and merchants began to exploit the plentiful natural resources, a new name took hold, Terra do Brasil (Land of Brazilwood). They also called it Terra di Papaga (Land of the Parrots), but luckily that name didn’t stick.

TWENTY PERCENT OF WATER EMPTYING INTO OCEANS COMES OUT OF THE AMAZON

That’s not just 20 percent of South America’s water; that’s 20 percent of the river water in the world that empties into the ocean! The Amazon river basin is crazy huge — largely located in Brazil, but covering 40% of South America. It’s no wonder then that the Amazon Rainforest is one of the major areas in the world for plant and animal life.

 

THEY’VE GOT THE COOLEST BUILDINGS

Ranging from pre-Colombian monolithic structures to Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Modern … you name it, they’ve got it.

Wish you could be in Brazil now? We’ve got something better — we’re bringing Brazil to YOU with World Trekkers this Friday, June 27!

Brazil is known worldwide for its vibrancy, love of life and endless beauty. Now, you can experience it all at HMNS.

Featuring Brazilian dancers courtesy of LD Dance Company, animals from Brazil and South America with Pacodu Exotics, crafts, balloon art, face painting and a screening of the animated hit Rio 2 in the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, we’ve got fun for the whole family!

Don’t miss this chance to travel the world right in your hometown. Come to World Trekkers at HMNS on June 27 and get a taste of Brazil.

Viva Brasil!