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May 2019

Lectures and Lasers

May 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

FRIDAY, MAY 17 6:00 PM TO 10:00 PM SHAKESPEARE WROTE SOURCE CODE How is a sonnet like a satellite? What do theater, software, and symphonies have in common? Conventional divisions and assumptions about arts and sciences can keep us in narrow modes of thinking and working. By taking an unorthodox look at widely different, often-divided disciplines, we can rethink and strengthen our skill sets, and discover powerful tools for addressing complex problems and creative challenges in any field. SPEAKER: LISA…

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Slumber With The Stars

May 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - May 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Start the Memorial Day holiday early with an out-of-this-world camping experience for the entire family. Your sleepover includes hands-on activities, exclusive after-hours time in the exhibits, planetarium shows and telescope viewing amidst the backdrop of the redwood forest. Enjoy hot chocolate while gazing at the stars and listening to stories about the constellations told by an expert astronomer then camp out under the starry skies or one of our exclusive indoor astronomical exhibitions. Dinner and breakfast are included with dairy…

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June 2019

First Friday: Dinosaurs!

June 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

AN EXCITING AND IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE EVERY FIRST FRIDAY Each First Friday at Chabot is an exciting and immersive experience for all ages! Join us each month for hands-on activities and live demonstrations that are fun for the whole family. Each month there will be new things to explore! Some activities have limited capacity and are first come, first served. $5 admission begins at 6pm, and does not apply from 10am-5pm. The Center is closed to the general public between 5-6pm…

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Family Hikes

June 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on August 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm

One event on August 31, 2019 at 4:00 pm

$14, $11 Members, per person Buy Tickets Bring the whole family along as we take a gentle 2-3-mile round trip walk among the majestic redwoods. We’ll stop and tell stories about Oakland history, identify native plants and trees, and discuss wildlife and indicators of climate change. Due to heavy roots, routes are not accessible by strollers and/or wheelchairs. Hikes may be canceled or rescheduled due to extreme weather conditions or under enrollment. Advance tickets are recommended.    

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April 2020

The Sky This Month

April 23 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

What's happening in the sky this month? Friday, April 24th 8-9 p.m. Free Join Chabot's astronomers, with Gerald McKeegan & Don Saito on Facebook Live for a short tour of April's nighttime sky. Learn to recognize many of this month's constellations and bright stars, and even learn a little about celestial navigation! To receive a notification when the talk begins, make sure to "Like" the Chabot Space and Science Center Facebook page. Your Support Matters While this event is free, please…

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The Sky This Month

April 24 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

What's happening in the sky this month? Friday, April 24 8-9 p.m. Free Join Chabot's astronomers, with Gerald McKeegan & Don Saito on Facebook Live for a short tour of April's nighttime sky. Learn to recognize many of this month's constellations and bright stars, and even learn a little about celestial navigation! To receive a notification when the talk begins, make sure to "Like" the Chabot Space and Science Center Facebook page. Your Support Matters While this event is free, please…

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May 2020

May the Fourth Virtual Star Wars Party

May 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

May the Fourth be with you! Join us for our Virtual Star Wars Party on Facebook Live. Celebrate May the Fourth from home with a DIY bottle light saber activity, virtual fashion show and a special appearance from R2-D2!   Submit your look in our Virtual Fashion Show: Use the hashtag #chabotmay4th on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to submit photos of your awesome Star Wars costumes to the fashion show. We will feature your photos in a slideshow for our Virtual Fashion…

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Star Stories

May 1 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Learn the mythology behind the constellations! Friday, May 1st 8-9 p.m. Free Join us on Facebook Live and listen to Doug Olsen, expert stargazer and storyteller, explain the mythology behind the constellations. He will tell ancient stories from the night sky as seen throughout history and look for planets and other clues to help orient you to the night’s sky. To receive a notification when the talk begins, make sure to "Like" the Chabot Space and Science Center Facebook page. Your…

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Defending Earth With Chabot’s Newest Telescope

May 8 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday, May 8 8-9 p.m.  Join astronomer Gerald McKeegan for a tour of Chabot's newest and most powerful telescope, the 36-inch reflector named Nellie. Learn how Chabot astronomers use Nellie to search for and track near-Earth asteroids that might someday threaten our planet. To receive a notification when the talk begins, make sure to "Like" the Chabot Space and Science Center Facebook page.   Your Support Matters While this event is free, please consider making a donation so we can continue…

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Members Virtual Workshop: DIY Coffee Roasting

May 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn the science behind your morning cup of Joe! Thursday, May 14 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members Exclusive, Free Ever wondered how coffee develops that deep aroma and flavor that wakes you up in the morning? This online workshop is bringing our membership community together to learn everything that goes into creating the perfect cup of coffee! Lead by our Membership Manager, Eric Cabunoc, we'll be covering materials, sustainable coffee bean sources and more. This a great workshop for…

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Astrophotography 101

May 15 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Grab your phone and learn how to take stellar photos! Friday, May 15 8-9 p.m. Free If you have ever wanted to try your hand at astrophotography or hone your existing skills, now is your chance to do it from home! All you need is your cell phone! This beginners’ overview class will be led by the President of the East Bay Astronomical Society, Richard Ozer, and will guide you through basic steps of astrophotography. To receive a notification when…

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Members Virtual Workshop: Pizza Making

May 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

When the Moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie...that's a workshop! Thursday, May 21 1-2 p.m. Members Exclusive, Free Join Chef Olivia from Salt & Honey Catering & Events for Pizza Making 101. Members are invited to learn the basics of making pizza dough using all purpose flour. We'll even dive into how you can use that sourdough starter at home to make your own special pizza dough! Start your new at-home hobby recipes and equipment lists to…

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The Sky this Month

May 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

What's happening in the sky this month? Friday, May 22nd 8-9 p.m. Free Join Chabot's astronomers, with Gerald McKeegan & Don Saito on Facebook Live for a short tour of May's nighttime sky. Learn to recognize many of this month's constellations and bright stars, and even learn a little about celestial navigation! To receive a notification when the talk begins, make sure to "Like" the Chabot Space and Science Center Facebook page. RSVP on Facebook   Your Support Matters While this…

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Members Virtual Workshop: Ice Cream Making

May 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Get ready for summer with ice cream making! Thursday, May 28 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members Exclusive, Free This workshop is dishing up a full scoop of science as we cover all the basics of homemade ice cream. Get a closer look at the ingredients that make up everyone's favorite frozen treat. The unique process of ice cream making is a great way to get your science fix at home. Register for the event to receive the workshop's Zoom…

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Star Stories

May 29 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Learn the mythology behind the constellations! Friday, May 29th 8-9 p.m. Free Join us on Facebook Live and listen to Doug Olsen, expert stargazer and storyteller, explain the mythology behind the constellations. He will tell ancient stories from the night sky as seen throughout history and look for planets and other clues to help orient you to the night’s sky. To receive a notification when the talk begins, make sure to "Like" the Chabot Space and Science Center Facebook page. Your…

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NASA and SpaceX Launch Watch Party

May 30 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Wednesday, May 27 1-2 p.m. Unfortunately, the NASA and SpaceX Launch was rescheduled for Saturday at 12:22 PST due to weather. We will hold another NASA and SpaceX Launch Watch Party from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. PST.   Watch along with Chabot’s astronomers virtually as we witness this historic launch. At 12:22 p.m. PST, watch the launch of the first astronauts from American soil since 2011. NASA astronauts will fly to the International Space Station on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon…

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June 2020

Virtual Telescope Viewing

June 13 @ 9:45 pm - 11:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:45 pm on Saturday, repeating until August 29, 2020

Every Saturday 9:45-11 p.m. Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening live from Chabot’s Observation deck! Each week, our astronomers will guide us through spectacular night sky viewing through Nellie, Chabot‘s most powerful telescope. Weather permitting we will be able to view objects live through the telescopes and our astronomers will be available for an open forum for all of your most pressing astronomy questions. Listening to feedback from our community, the full recordings of all live…

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Bring back the Natives Home Garden Tour

June 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

with Stefanie Pruegel Thursday, June 18th 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Members Exclusive, Free This large corner lot contained an enormous lawn when Stefanie bought it three years ago; and this was exactly what she wanted. Stefanie, yearned to buy a home where she could turn an ecological wasteland of a lawn into an oasis for wildlife. In 2016 both of her dreams came true; she bought the house, sheet mulched the lawn away, and in its place installed a selection of…

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The Sky This Month

June 19 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

What's happening in the sky this month? Friday, June 19 8-9 p.m. Free Join Chabot's astronomers, with Gerald McKeegan & Don Saito on Facebook Live for a short tour of this month's nighttime sky. Learn to recognize many of this month's constellations and bright stars, and even learn a little about celestial navigation! To receive a notification when the talk begins, make sure to "Like" the Chabot Space and Science Center Facebook page.   Your Support Matters While this event is…

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Virtual Telescope Viewing

June 20 @ 9:45 pm - 11:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:45 pm on Saturday, repeating until August 29, 2020

Every Saturday 9:45-11 p.m. Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening live from Chabot’s Observation deck! Each week, our astronomers will guide us through spectacular night sky viewing through Nellie, Chabot‘s most powerful telescope. Weather permitting we will be able to view objects live through the telescopes and our astronomers will be available for an open forum for all of your most pressing astronomy questions. Listening to feedback from our community, the full recordings of all live…

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Supercomputers and Super Lasers – Livermore’s Big Science

June 26 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Talk with Dr. Leland Ellison - Lawrence Livermore National Lab Friday, June 26th  8-9 p.m. Livermore is home to several of the world’s largest science facilities. The Sierra Supercomputer, commissioned in late 2018, ranks as the second fastest computer in the world, powered by over 16,000 high performance GPUs. This computer allows scientists to study complex phenomena in a virtual setting. One important application for this computer is modeling experiments that happen at Livermore’s National Ignition Facility (NIF). The NIF…

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Virtual Telescope Viewing

June 27 @ 9:45 pm - 11:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:45 pm on Saturday, repeating until August 29, 2020

Every Saturday 9:45-11 p.m. Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening live from Chabot’s Observation deck! Each week, our astronomers will guide us through spectacular night sky viewing through Nellie, Chabot‘s most powerful telescope. Weather permitting we will be able to view objects live through the telescopes and our astronomers will be available for an open forum for all of your most pressing astronomy questions. Listening to feedback from our community, the full recordings of all live…

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July 2020

Virtual Family Hike

July 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday, June 10 8-9 p.m. Free, Online Event Join us for a virtual hike and program with special guest James Wilson, Supervising Naturalist with the East Bay Regional Park District for the whole family. Sit back, relax, and let us do the walking. In this special segment we’ll explore things to come to light at night in the forest. Glow worms, bioluminescence, and things that fluoresce – sometimes the night is anything but dark! We’ll shine some light on what,…

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Moon Mash Up

July 3 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday, July 3 8-9 p.m. Free   Join us on Facebook Live for a a mash-up of Moon-themed activities! We're bringing together our Moon rocks, one-of-a-kind lunar telescope images, astronomers and more. With a full, bright moon this weekend, this is the perfect time for a lunar celebration.   Look forward to: A closer look at Chabot's TWO real Moon rocks Making your own moon rock at home Moon Trivia Q&A with Chabot's astronomers Stories about the lore of the…

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Virtual Telescope Viewing

July 4 @ 9:45 pm - 11:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:45 pm on Saturday, repeating until August 29, 2020

Every Saturday 9:45-11 p.m. Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening live from Chabot’s Observation deck! Each week, our astronomers will guide us through spectacular night sky viewing through Nellie, Chabot‘s most powerful telescope. Weather permitting we will be able to view objects live through the telescopes and our astronomers will be available for an open forum for all of your most pressing astronomy questions. Listening to feedback from our community, the full recordings of all live…

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