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December 2014 Events
Free Tuesday sponsored by Duke Energy - December 9
Tuesday, December 9, 4 - 8 PM
Type: Special Event
The museum’s exhibits and Nature Trail will be available to explore for free. At 5 PM discover how animals survive the cold winter months during a program that includes live animals. Don’t miss Red Starr’s Solar System Roundup at 6 PM in the James H. Lynn Planetarium.
Envirothon Workshops
Thursday, December 11 - Water Quality Thursday, January 15 - Forestry Thursday, February 26 - Soil
Type: Student Workshop
Is your student or group competing in the NC Envirothon this year? Be sure to check out the unique resources offered at the museum to assist in training for this environmental science-based competition! Envirothon allows students, grades 6-12, to demonstrate their knowledge in 5 subject areas: NC Wildlife, soil, water, forestry, and current events. Our intense topic-focused sessions will be 2 hours each and include hands-on indoor and outdoor activities, plus lots of information! $10 per participant, per workshop. Call 704-866-6910 for more information and to register.
Red Starr’s Solar System Round-Up
Saturday – Sunday 1:30 PM; Free Tuesdays (2nd Tuesday of each month) 7 PM; Free Fridays (4th Friday of each month) 3:30 PM
Type: Planetarium
Saddle-up with Red Starr and his sidekick Solar Max while they check out their herd of planets they tend on the Solar System Ranch. This up-to-date program about the planets features images from the latest fleet of spacecraft exploring our neighborhood in outer space. This program is an original production of the James H. Lynn Planetarium. Planetarium shows are $3 in addition to General Admission.
Sounds of the Season: A Student Music Festival
Saturday, December 6, 9 AM - 4 PM
Type: Special Event
Enjoy musical performances by local school choral groups. These shows are guaranteed to put you in the Holiday spirit! Groups from across our region will perform their best Holiday music at prescheduled times throughout the day.
Season of Light
Showing December Only Saturdays 11 AM & 2:30 PM Sundays 2:30 PM Tuesday - Friday 3:30 PM
Type: Planetarium
Discover how many endearing holiday customs developed, and how they involve lighting up the winter season-from the burning Yule log and sparkling Christmas tree lights to the lighting of luminaries and the Hanukah Menorah.
Saturdays and Sundays 3:30
Type: Planetarium
There is more in the night sky than you can see with your naked eye. Learn how to explore the universe with binoculars and small telescopes without leaving your own backyard. Discover what you can see in the summertime sky from your own backyard.
Colonial Christmas & Candlelighting 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2 - 6 PM
Type: Special Event
Join us in the “Procession of the Yule Log,” decorating with greenery, singing early American carols, and English country dancing. As the day draws to a close, gather for the traditional Candle-lighting Service and scripture reading. Enjoy colonial hospitality with a taste of Christmas pudding and hot gingered apple cider.
Schieleville 2014
Monday, December 15, 6 - 8 PM (5 - 6 PM for Museum Members)
Type: Special Event
Santa Claus makes a special stop at The Schiele for an evening of fun activities especially for the kids! Make a natural tree ornament, see a holiday planetarium show, and visit with live animals. Stop by the Explorers Outpost and go on a scavenger hunt. Bring your camera for a photo opportunity with Santa himself! Activities are first-come/first-served so be sure to come early for this special evening event. $3 Museum Members / $ 5 Nonmembers
Winter Solstice 2014
Sunday, December 21, Sunrise
Type: Special Event
Join a group of revelers by the fire as they greet the Winter Solstice sunrise. Bring along your drums, horns, whistles and rattles to celebrate the end of the longest night of the year. Hot chocolate to follow.
Which Way?
Friday, December 26, 11 AM - 2 PM
Type: Special Event
Get headed in the right direction as you learn how to read and use a compass! Use your new skills to navigate your way through a scavenger hunt; who knows what you’ll find!
Space Safari Camp In
Friday, December 12 - Saturday, December 13, 7 PM - 9 AM
Type: Student Workshop
Junior, Cadet, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts are invited to attend an astronomy-themed camp in at the Schiele Museum. This overnight event is going to be out-of- this-world! Explore exhibits, watch a planetarium show, and do hands-on activities. Event includes an evening snack, breakfast, and a patch. Registration deadline is November 14. $30 per child or adult participant. Call 704-869-1033 for more information and to register.