October 30th Proclaimed 'America I AM' Day in LA County

On a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Board of Supervisors today proclaimed October 30th “America I AM” Day in the County, promoting a traveling exhibit that teaches youths about the contributions of African Americans throughout history.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas urged County residents and visitors to visit the “America I AM” exhibit, which will run from October 30 to April 15, 2010 at the California Science Center in Exposition Park on its third stop in a 10-city tour.

The exhibit is the brainchild of Tavis Smiley, a broadcaster, author, advocate and philanthropist. Scheduled to travel across the United States over the next four years, the interactive, multi-media exhibit chronicles the 500-year journey of the African Americans – from struggle to triumph.

Among the displays are rare artifacts, memorabilia, documents, photos and music. Notable artifacts include the doors to the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, author Alex Haley’s typewriter used to write “Roots,” and the personal effects of Malcolm X.

The exhibit also encompasses an educational component developed by noted educators, which responds, in part, to a question asked by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1903 “Would America have been America without her Negro people?”

For more information, visit the America I AM website, where a teacher’s guide includes lesson plans, supplemental activities, and an extensive bibliography is available online.

Flashlight Tours of Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum

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WHAT: During three special nights in October we‘re keeping the Spider Pavilion open late for exciting nighttime exploration, Halloween celebrations, and guided tours by flashlight. Enjoy these activities-till-twilight and then head inside for a tour with Spider Pavilion Gallery Interpreters.

All activities are free with Spider Pavilion admission. Receive a free flashlight (while supplies last) to take home and turn your own backyard into a place of spider exploration. Guests are welcome to bring snacks to enjoy on the Pavilion Patio.

WHEN: Open until 9 pm on the following nights. Activities begin at 6 pm.

Saturday, October 10 – Super Spider Craft Workshop
Kids can make a glittery web craft, an itsy bitsy spider booklet, and color spider images to take home.

Saturday, October 17 – “EEK” Spider Trivia Game
Test your spider knowledge and win prizes during our version of a game show.

Friday, October 30 – Spider Cinema Night & Trick-or-Treat Night
Wear your Halloween costume and trick-or-treat in the Museum galleries. Then head out to the Spider Pavilion Patio for a Halloween-themed movie screening.

WHERE: The Spider Pavilion is located outside the Museum, on the South Lawn.

Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum in Expo Park is now open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm until November 8th.

Learn more about Spider Pavilion

Spider Pavilion Now Open at the Natural History Museum

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Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum in Expo Park is now open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm until November 8th.

While the butterflies are away, the spiders will come out to play on the Museum’s South Lawn! Enter the Spider Pavilion and spend some quality time with some of the world’s most misunderstood creatures in a one-of-a-kind exhibit. Get up close and personal with these shy and fragile creatures by placing yourself into their enclosure, and marvel at their beauty and at the magnificent webs that they produce. Learn just how harmless these animals are and how important they are to our ecosystem.

Learn more about Spider Pavilion

Natural History Museum Launches New Website


In its ongoing quest to transform itself from a stodgy repository of scientific specimens and artifacts to a lively learning center about the mysteries of life on Earth, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on Wednesday will launch a new website. The site,, is intended to appeal to a broad audience with a fresh look that includes eye-catching images and multimedia content.

Read more at the L.A. Times.

Visit the new Natural History Museum website.