LOL and Feel Good Doing it During Friday’s Rotary Club Funraiser for The Bishop

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February 15, 2022
Don’t Miss This! Friday’s Rotary Club of Bradenton Comedy Night Will Benefit The Bishop
Grab your friends and join us at the Manatee Performing Arts Center this Friday for a night full of laughter with Comedian Jeff Allen during the Rotary Club of Bradenton’s Comedy Night — an evening to benefit The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature!

Allen’s rapid-fire humor focuses on marriage and family and is a hit with all ages. He’s appeared on Dry Bar Comedy, Netflix, Amazon, Huckabee, Pureflix, Showtime, Comedy Central, VH1, and more.

PLUS: Florida’s own Rahn Hortman will open the show with his own comedic and hilariously pointed observations about everyday life. He’s a crowd favorite bringing home the title in the TV32 Comedy Challenge, Nationally Syndicated Cowhead Competition, and he was a Finalist for Florida’s Funniest Comedian.

  • What: Rotary Club of Bradenton Comedy Night to benefit The Bishop
  • When/Where: Show opens at 6:45pm this Friday, February 18, at the Manatee Performing Arts Center (doors open 30 minutes prior to the show)
  • Cost: $60 per person — includes a variety of dessert offerings provided by Pier 22 restaurant, coffee and soft drinks. Cash bar available.
  • Seating is first-come, first-served
  • Get tickets now
The Bishop Uncovered…
Use Your Discovery Society Benefits Now for a Spring Break Science Camp Discount

Spring Break is coming up quick! Give your curious explorer a week full of awe-inspiring explorations, delightful discoveries, and WOW moments at our Dino Discovery Spring Break Camp! From giant sauropods that surveyed their realm from two stories up, to mini raptors smaller than chickens, kids will dig in to discover what fossils have revealed about Mesozoic life.

The best part? Members of the Discovery Society (at the Innovator level and above) get special camp discounts! ($200 for members; $250 for all others)

Coming Up…
IQuest: "Surviving the Winter" this Saturday, February 19

Hibernation, migration, or cold resistance? Discover different ways plants and animals have adapted to survive the harshness of cold winter months, including some pretty extreme measures during February’s IQuest program "Surviving the Winter."

IQuest is a monthly program for smart, curious middle school students in grades 6 through 8. While each IQuest is different, you can always expect challenging projects and games that inspire out-of-the-box solutions to real world problems.

  • When/Where: 4-8pm Saturday, February 19 at The Bishop
  • Cost: $8. Kids only — this is a drop-off program!
  • Registration
Power Yoga with the Manatees: this Sunday, February 20
Join us at The Bishop on the third Sunday of the month for Power Yoga with the Manatees. Adults can enjoy tranquil views of the manatees being cared for in the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat while engaging in yoga poses focused on balance, flexibility and strength.

Guests need to bring their own yoga mats and masks are required. Proceeds support manatee rehabilitation so we can help them return to the wild. Group size is limited to 15 participants and advance registration is required.

  • When/Where: 10-11am Sunday, February 20, next to the manatees
  • Cost: $15 for members of the Discovery Society; $20 for all others
  • Register now
Stelliferous: Wednesday, February 23
On the fourth Wednesday of the month, the stars are the stars during a live evening focused on the stars, night skies, latest news in the world of astronomy and more!

Some Stelliferous programs include discussion of where our stars, planets and constellations are headed; others include topical astronomy lectures about ongoing research. Both types of programs offer plenty of opportunity for Q&A!

Join us for Stelliferous this month as we welcome Bradenton’s Alex Martin as a guest astronomer. Martin is a science-fiction author, a high school math and science teacher, and the creator of “Sidewalk Science Center” — where he shares free science experiments for people at local parks. Martin has held almost 350 Sidewalk Science Center sessions in 20 cities and has partnered with the Kennedy Space Center, the Planetary Society, Cosmic Perspective, and other organizations to bring science education and astronomy to the forefront of public visibility.

  • When/Where: 7pm Wednesday, February 23, in The Planetarium
  • Cost: $5 for members of the Discovery Society; $8 for all others
  • Register now
Bishop After Dark: "The Science of Beer" on February 24
Learn science as you sip when Motorworks Brewing Microbiologist and Quality Assurance Analyst Susie Bennett tells us about the “Science of Beer.” With her background in microbiology, Bennett has developed a robust quality assurance program ensuring that every process at Motorworks — from fermentation to packaging — is up to snuff as she focuses on education, training and sensory evaluation to create and maintain exceptional products.

Bennett also helped to launch a “Women in Brewing” continuing education scholarship and is working to obtain her master’s degree in microbiology and cell science while participating in a NASA internship focused on research simulating microgravity.

  • When/Where: 6pm February 24, in The Planetarium Lobby
  • Cost: $20 for members of the Discovery Society; $25 for all others; includes heavy appetizers from Cornerstone and Co.
  • Cash beer and wine bar
  • Register now
  • Must be 21 or older
think + drink / science: "Taking Care of Sarasota Bay" on March 9
As part of the celebration of our 75th Anniversary and in celebration of our Year of Light, we’re shedding light on the health of our local ecosystems and bringing the community together in support of restored waterways for manatees and more during March’s think + drink / science program.

During “Taking Care of Sarasota Bay: Current Conditions and Actions for a Healthier Future,” The Bishop welcomes Dr. Dave Tomasko, Executive Director of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, to share the latest findings on the health of Sarasota Bay and what needs to be done to restore it to a healthier condition. He’ll also discuss the projects and programs planned to reach the goal of a healthier Sarasota Bay.

Dr. Tomasko has more than 30 years of experience in water quality assessments and developing science-based natural resource plans in the Gulf of Mexico and in international locales.

  • When/Where: The evening begins at 6:30pm with beverages on the patio in front of the Museum; presentation begins at 7pm inside The Planetarium
  • Cost: $15 for members of the Discovery Society; $20 for all others (Registration includes one free beverage per person. Beer and wine cash bar available.)
  • Register now
Did You Know…

… that The Bishop participates in several special discount programs, including the Bank of America Museums on Us program, and the Museums for All program?

And Florida teachers and active-duty members of the U.S. military always get in free!

Don’t Miss This…
Deadline Extended: Summer Fossil Dig for Kids!

We’ve extended the application deadline for this summer’s educational and paleontological expedition to the Nebraska Badlands!

Curious 11-14 year olds (along with their guardians) who have a passion for science are invited to join us from June 4-12 during a week-long expedition — made possible through a partnership between the Museum and the Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences.

Students will participate in paleontological field work with guidance from experts and spend time exploring surrounding educational sites such as Mount Rushmore, Custer National Park, Wind Cave and local museums.

  • Application deadline: February 22
  • Who: Students from Manatee, Sarasota, Pinellas, Hillsborough, DeSoto, Hardee and Polk counties are invited to join.
  • To Apply: CMichael
  • Cost: $800 per pair plus airfare (expedition valued at $4,400 per pair)
Membership has Plenty of Benefits at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature
The Discovery Society is a community of supporters dedicated to understanding the world around us, exploring Florida’s natural history and helping manatees in need.

Members of the Discovery Society also enjoy free admission to the Museum all year long, reduced-price tickets for most special programs and events, and even free or reduced-price access to visit thousands of museums worldwide.

Take advantage of these great perks by joining today!

Your health and safety and that of our staff and volunteers is our first priority and it’s important to us that you feel safe and comfortable as you enjoy your time with us. All guests, staff and volunteers are required to wear masks inside the Museum. Please visit our website to plan your next visit to The Bishop.
Support The Bishop by Joining the Discovery Society
The Bishop
Museum of Science
and Nature
201 10th St. West
Bradenton, FL 34205

As the largest natural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature (formerly South Florida Museum) offers fun and engaging exhibitions and programs that interpret the scientific knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. In addition to permanent exhibitions, The Bishop features a constantly changing lineup of special exhibitions — offering something new to discover with each visit.

The Bishop includes an all-digital Planetarium — the only one of its kind on Florida’s Gulf Coast — the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat, where we help rehabilitate sick or injured manatees for their return to the wild, and the Mosaic Backyard Universe, built especially for young children and their families.

Our Mission: To inspire the joy of discovery and wonder for all ages through excellence in stewardship and engagement.

Visit for hours, info and admission details or call 941-746-4131.

Adults 18-64: $23.95 | Seniors (65+): $21.95 | Youth (12-17) and College Students (with ID): $17.95 | Children (5-11): $14.95 | Pre-K (2-4): $8.95. Children younger than 2 admitted free with paying adult.

Free Admission for members of the Discovery Society | Florida Teachers and Active Duty military (with ID) | Museums for All participants.

Thanks to Our Corporate Partners:
BMO Harris Bank | Manatee Herald-Tribune | Mosaic | Northern Trust | SRQ Media | WUSF Public Media

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature | P.O.Box 9265, 201 10th Street West, Bradenton, FL
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