2014-05-08 / Living

May Happenings at Sloan*Longway

FLINT – The following are events taking place at Sloan*Longway, 1221 E. Kearsley St., during the month of May:

May Sky Guide from Longway Planetarium

Get your May Sky Guide. By using this map to the night sky, you’ll be able of tell which planets are out in the evening and in the morning, the phases of the moon, and which constellations are which. There’s an activity for kids as well as a coupon for a free child admission to a star show.

‘Roo Stars at Longway Planetarium

Saturday & Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Quite by accident, Opie Opossum finds himself in Australia, far from his home in North America. Reggie ‘Roo and Patty Platypus do their best to get their new friend back to his family. Along the way, Opie discovers a night sky full of stars very different from the ones he usually sees. It’s a planetarium show for the entire family. Recommended for ages 4-6.

Are We Alone at Longway Planetarium

Saturday & Sunday at 2 p.m. A Longway Planetarium Original... For hundreds of years people have looked to the stars and wondered if we are alone. Today we live in an unprecedented age of exploration of the Universe. Robots explore Mars; giant telescopes look for worlds around other stars, radio telescopes listen for tell-tale signs of life out there. Is there life on Mars? Is there life on one of the exo-planets? Are we alone? We are getting closer to the answer. Recommended for ages 10 and older.

Solar System Safari at Longway Planetarium

Saturday & Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

A jungle adventurer uses a magical camera to take visitors on an exciting safari through the Solar System. The Sun, Moon, planets, and dwarf planets come to life, taking on unique personalities and describing their own characteristics and eccentricities. Visitors will learn about the characteristics of planets, as well as the current planetary status of Pluto. Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Star Party at Longway Planetarium Date: May 10 Time: 8 p.m. Age: 5 and up Fee: Free-compliments of Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Head inside the dome and journey to the skies above in a star show. After the show, if the sky is clear, we will take our telescopes outside the planetarium to look at amazing objects in the sky. Check out planets, the Moon, and star clusters. If you would like to bring your own telescope, you may set it up.

Road Trip!

In May, Sloan*Longway will be taking possession of a freshly restored 1958 Buick Roadmaster 75. Donated to the museum in the memory of Edwin Hendricks of Englewood, Colorado, this pristine Roadmaster 75 was lovingly restored by Hendricks on and off from 1980 through 2008 when work was intensified and finished. The car features power steering, power brakes, power antennae, power seats and the new for 1958 “drawer pull” grill with 160 individual chrome squares. 1958 Buicks can be particularly difficult to restore as all GM products that year were single model year products not used on previous or later models. Follow the trip by liking Sloan Museum or Buick Automotive Gallery on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @SloanMuseum or @Buick Gallery.

Journey ‘s End:

A Brief History of the Future Presenter: Dr. Rajib Ganguly Date: May 13 Time: Doors open at 6 p.m., talk begins at 6:30 p.m. in the planetarium theater followed by Q&A. Fee: Free, compliments of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation How will it all end? Throughout centuries past, people have foretold the future, from the bad omens brought forth by comets, to advice written in the stars, to our destinies predicted by planetary positions. But the truth is both stranger and wilder than any of these. Through changing seasons and longer days, to galactic collisions, an era with no stars in the sky, and fizzling black holes, join University of Michigan- Flint astronomer Dr. Rajib Ganguly as he channels his inner Nostradamus to explore the fate of the Earth, Moon, Sun, our Milky Way galaxy, and even the entire Universe.

American Adventure Opens at Sloan Museum

May 17-Sept. 7 Do you have what it takes to survive? Brave the maze and take a step back into history to find out. In 1607, settlers landed on the shores of Virginia and called it home, creating the first permanent European settlement. Little did they know that less than half of them would survive the year in this new wilderness. Minotaur Mazes’ American Adventure takes visitors on an immersive, educational role-play adventure that asks people to conquer one great challenge: survive the year as one of the original Jamestown colonists. Sound easy? Think again. Only 38 of the 104 settlers survived. But don’t worry - you’re not tied to their destiny. You can beat the odds and determine your fate - it all depends on the choices you make...and a bit of luck.

Restore the Roar opens at Buick Gallery

Opens May 23 Restore the Roar will feature the unique stories of some of the caterpillars we have turned into butterflies like our 1944 M-18 Hellcat Tank destroyer, plucked from the battlefields of Yugoslavia and shipped back to its birthplace for a full restoration to it’s 1944 prime; and our soon-to-be swanky 1953 Buick Skylark, that came to the museum literally in pieces and is nearing completion after a meticulous restoration. Call 810-237-3440 to schedule your appointment to see this exciting exhibit.

Summer Camps & Programs at Longway Planetarium

& Sloan Museum

Last summer Longway Planetarium had almost 40 exciting programs for children age 4 to 8th grade. This summer has many new programs as well as ones our visitors have grown to love. Visit our website to view the schedule and to register online. The fun starts June 23. Register online.

New Hours for Buick Gallery

Through May 22

Buick Gallery is open by appointment only. Please call 810-237-3440 with 24 hour’s notice to schedule the appointment.

Growing Up Artfully

June 5

Time: 5:30- 8 p.m.

Location: Rotary Park, adjacent to Longway Planetarium

Fee: $100 per person. Buy tickets online or call 810-237-7379.

Growing Up Artfully 2014 will be on the Flint Cultural Center Campus, at Rotary Park, adjacent to Longway Planetarium. Join them for a lovely garden party to celebrate loyal supporters from the past 10 years. This year’s theme is Roaring 20s Garden Party. – G.G.

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