South Florida Museum, Weekly News Tue, Apr 15, 2014: Upcoming events, programs and more

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New Film Series Kicks Off Friday!
This Week’s Film Screening: 
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Friday, April 18 at 6 pm
The South Florida Museum is pleased to present Film Fridays, our exciting film program presenting the best movies you’ve (n)ever seen – most Fridays at 6 pmDon’t forget to join us early for our selection of beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks available for purchase. Please note: the theater may be cold, sweaters or jackets are recommended.  


New Series: “Recycle, Remake, Reboot” – Storytellers have been reusing material for centuries, retelling the same narratives and revisiting the same characters in oral traditions, written word, theater, and, yes, in filmmaking. This series examines the stories that we choose to tell time and again – from adaptations of classic literature to reboots of popular film series and remakes of earlier classics. Join us to see the same old stories evolve in new and wonderful ways. 


This Week’s Film:

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) Rated PG, 120 minutes. Alfred Hitchcock remakes the classic film by… Alfred Hitchcock. From his 1934 black and white thriller of the same name, Mr. Hitchcock reimagines his suspenseful tale in vivid color. His original British hero re-emerges as an American doctor in the form of Jimmy Stewart, trying to regain his kidnapped daughter with Doris Day as his lovely wife.  



Museum Members – $3
Non-Members – $5

Paid reservations required; please RSVP by clicking here or call us at 941-746-4131, ext. 17. 

Please arrive promptly: Pre-purchased program seats will be held until 5 minutes prior to program start time ONLY, at which time they may be released for re-sale.


Future Films in the Series: 

April 25: Romeo and Juliet (1968) Rated G, 138 minutes.

May 2: Goldfinger (1964) Rated PG, 108 minutes.

May 9: Hairspray (2007) Rated PG, 117 minutes. 

May 16: No Film Fridays screening this week.

May 23: True Grit (2010) Rated PG-13, 109 minutes. 

May 30: Mansfield Park (1999) Rated PG-13, 112 minutes. 

June 6: Star Trek (2009) Rated PG-13, 126 minutes.

June 13: No Film Fridays screening this week.

June 20: The Magnificent Seven (1960) Not Rated, 127 minutes. 

June 27: The Wizard of Oz (1939) Rated G, 102 minutes. 

(Click here for more information and reservations.)  

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Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. 


April is Volunteer Appreciation Month – Thank You, Volunteers!


The Museum is grateful to the people who donate their time and talent to make our operations possible. At the South Florida Museum, volunteers play an integral role in helping the staff and Board achieve our mission, “To engage and inspire learners of all ages; we protect, interpret and communicate scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world, and our universe.” 

South Florida Museum Volunteers at the 2014 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.

Yesterday afternoon the Museum’s general operations volunteers joined us for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon – our opportunity to say “thank you” for their service to our Museum! In 2013 our operational volunteers contributed more than 4700 hours of service – the wonderful group of volunteers pictured above collectively provided more than 4300 hours of service alone! Whether they helped the Museum thrive by greeting the public, taking students on tours through the exhibit halls, caring for Snooty and his pals, or lending a hand behind the bar at public programs, their passion for our Museum has shined through in each and every guest experience! Museum Board members & staff thanked the volunteers in attendance by providing lunch and offering small appreciation gifts and raffle drawings – featuring items from Rusty Crickett, Kayak Jacks, Massage Envy, Anna Maria Oyster Bar & more!!   


The Luncheon and volunteer appreciation programs are just a small way for the Museum to tell our generous volunteers how much their efforts mean to the Museum, its staff, and our Board of Trustees. Please help us in thanking any volunteers you encounter at the Museum – or out and about in our community – for all that they do for us each and every day. We wouldn’t be here without their service.


The Museum is offering several more events this month to show our appreciation to the our many talented and giving volunteers. If you are one of our daily operations volunteers, helping us in our visitor services, education, collections, programs, Aquarium or administrative offices, and you have not heard about the programs listed below – please contact Laurie Voight at 941-746-4131, ext. 17 or RSVPs are required for all volunteer appreciation programs. 
Remaining Volunteer Appreciation Programs: (These programs are not open to the public; only Museum operations volunteers may RSVP.)
Tuesday, April 22 – Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Collections

Join Matthew Woodside, Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator, along with Jeff Rodgers, Education Director and Director of the Bishop Planetarium, for a tour of the Museum’s exhibits and a behind-the-scenes Collections tour. Meet in the Great Hall at 11 am to begin. **RSVP Required, limited space available. 


Wednesday, Aprill 23 – FREE Admission to Stelliferous Live

Attend our monthly live star talk, Stelliferous Live with Jeff Rodgers in the recently upgraded Bishop Planetarium Theater at 7 pm. **RSVP Required, limited space available. 


Friday, April 25 – FREE Admission to Film Fridays Screening

Attend a screening of our weekly film program Film Fridays. This week’s film will be Romeo and Juliet (1968), as part of our “Recycle, Remake, Reboot” series. **RSVP Required, limited space available.  

**If you have not already done so, please RSVP to Amy Bower at 941-746-4131, ext. 17 or [email protected] .


Don’t Miss Out!

Enroll Your Child in Our Summer Science Camps Now


The South Florida Museum’s annual Summer Science Camp is open for registration. We offer 6 weeks of camps for students entering grades 2 – 5, each week with a new and exciting theme! (This year the Museum will also be offering camp for students entering grades 6-8. Details on weekly themes and enrollment information will be coming soon.) Camps take place Monday through Friday from 9 am – 4 pm. Snacks are provided but students must bring their own lunches. Detailed information about themes and pricing is provided below. Click here for more information.


Summer Campers Photo  


Week 1: Veterinary Science       

June 16 – 20             

Learn all about how to care for your pets as well as other domesticated and wild animals. Investigate the history of domestication and animal training while gaining new insights on animal care through the scientific perspective.


Week 2: Coral Reefs & Our Oceans  

June 23 – 27

How do coral reefs form? Why are they important and how do they affect the ecosystems of our oceans? These and many other questions answered about coral reefs and atolls around the world.


Week 3: It’s Electric!    

June 30 – July 3 (Four day week – no class July 4th)

Experience electricity with your own two hands!  Metaphorically speaking of course! Engage in hands-on learning challenges such as constructing circuits, building electromagnets and designing circuit boards. Learn how electricity can be powered from alternative sources such as wind, water and sunlight. Power the future! 


Week 4: Under the Microscope      

July 7 – 11

Take a look at the micro world through the lens of this amazing science tool. Examine tiny “beasties*” in the water and in dirt and even on our own skin! Tour the microscopic world living all around us – not for the faint of heart!

*Antony van Leeuwenhoek’s (the father of microbiology) own word when seeing the microfauna for the first time!


Week 5: Monsters of Our Seas

July 14 – 18

Imagine you are a sailor on the ancient seas discovering for the first time the “monsters” living beneath the dark waters…sharks, whales, octopus, giant squid just to name a few. What’s out there in the DEEPEST waters? Come and explore the depths of our oceans from the safe, dry classroom. 


Week 6: Planets, Planets Everywhere!

July 21 – 25

Scientists are finding new planets orbiting other stars every day! These extra-solar or exo-planets come in all sizes, some even resemble our own earth. Travel around our own solar system, Milky Way galaxy and universe in the Bishop Planetarium for a truly “out of this world” experience! 



Registration requires a $50 non-refundable deposit per session selected, and will be accepted by mail (check or credit card) or fax (credit card) only. A registration form and medical release form are required. Space is limited and will be filled on a first come first served basis.  


South Florida Museum Members qualify for the Member rate. Members enrolling more than one camper also enjoy a reduced rate for additional campers.     

Museum Member Camp……………$180/session  

Member Additional Camp……………$155/session 
Non-Member Camp………………………$225/session


The Museum will accept checks (made out to ‘South Florida Museum’) or Visa/MC. Full payment for camp session is due by the first day of camp, but will be accepted at time of registration. Full refunds will be made if the Museum cancels a session. Camp fees, less your non-refundable deposit, will be refunded if you cancel 30 days prior to your camp session


Financial Assistance may be available to help subsidize fees. Registration forms are available for download online here. For more information or to register for camp, please contact  Amy Bower directly at 941-746-4131, ext. 13. 



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In This Issue:
Film Fridays
Volunteer Appreciation Month
Summer Science Camp at the Museum
Museum Hours
Holiday Schedule
Program Calendar
Lunar Eclipse
Volunteer Central
Snooty Cam
Museum Affiliations

Hours and Info

Current Museum Hours:

Monday through Saturday:
10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: Noon to 5 pm

2014 Admission Prices:

Adults – $18
Seniors (65+) – $16 
Children (4-12) – $14  
Children 3 and under – Free with paying adult
Museum Members – Free
(click here for details)
Active Military / Florida Teachers – Free with proper ID
Combo Tickets are also available for the South Florida Museum and the Da Vinci Machines Exhibition, click here for more information.

For more info, call 941-746-4131, ext. 0 or visit


Holiday Week Schedule
The South Florida Museum wishes a Happy Passover and Happy Easter to all of our readers and visitors!
The Museum will remain open this week during all regular business hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: Noon – 5 pm
We hope you have a wonderful holiday and welcome you to visit the Museum with your family.
Please call 941-746-4131 if you have any admission questions.

Events & Programs Calendar
Click here to view our upcoming calendar of events and programs. Call 941-746-4131, ext. 17 for more information.
Upcoming Programs:
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
7 pm

[ste-lif-er-uhs] adj. 

Definition – full of stars


Join us for our exciting live star talk, Stelliferous Live with Jeff Rodgers, Director of the Bishop Planetarium. Stelliferous Live is the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 pm in the Bishop Planetarium.


Each month, we’ll take a look at the upcoming month’s night skies, then enjoy a discussion about current events in astronomy. Past topics include the Higgs Boson, the search for extrasolar planets and the future of space exploration.



General Public – $4

Museum Members – $2 

 click here to RSVP or call 941-746-4131, ext. 17


Seating is limited. Please print electronic ticket and present upon arrival. Pre-purchased program seats will be held until 5 minutes prior to program start time ONLY, at which time they may be released for re-sale.


Click here for a full schedule of public program events and for more information or call 941-746-4131, ext. 17.


April 2014 Lunar Eclipse – 
Did you see it?
Photo of the early morning lunar eclipse on April 15 from  Manatee Beach. (Photo courtesy Scott Truesdell via Bay News 9.)

Were you one of the night owls or early risers who ventured out during the early morning hours this morning to see the first of four lunar eclipses that will be visible in most of North America (weather permitting, of course) over the next year and half? Jeff Rodgers, the Museum’s Education Director and Director of the Bishop Planetarium, and professional photographer LeMoyne Johnson of Johnson PhotoImaging spoke to Bay News 9 on Manatee Beach early this morning while viewing the eclipse with other photographers and astronomy-philes. 


The rest of the “tetrad” of eclipses will occur on October 8, 2014, April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015. 


Visit Bay News 9 to see more of the photos taken last night and to read about the event here.


Volunteer Central

Current Museum Volunteer Needs:


Museum Docents – Would you like to lead curious learners across time and place to reveal the secrets of early Florida? No experience necessary. We will train you in Museum content, learning techniques and crowd control. Must have desire to work with children and adults and be able to climb stairs and stand for extended periods of time. Hours are generally M-F 9:45 am to 12:30 pm. Volunteers may choose any days and times that fit their schedule.


Aquarium Manatee Care – Volunteer manatee handlers assist staff with general husbandry care and support for the Aquarium’s resident (Snooty) and rehabilitation manatees. Duties include food prep, creating environmental enrichment devices, assisting the dive spotter and feeding the manatees. May include participation in animal transportation and physical exams as well as plant collection.


Office Support – Assist in the fulfillment of Museum memberships or in the archiving and organization of marketing materials and data. The desire to work with computer-based programs or paper filing and archiving, attention to process and detail are needed. Available days and times range Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. Volunteers may choose the days and times that fit their schedule. 


For more info, contact 941-746-4131, ext. 17 or [email protected].


For more information about volunteer opportunities at the Museum, click here


Snooty Cam graphic
Watch Snooty via the Snooty Cam

Check on wild manatees released from the South Florida Museum and other rehabilitation facilities at


South Florida Museum Memberships and Affiliations:






Staff List – 
Click name to email or call us at (941) 746-4131
Brynne Anne Besio  

Executive Director, ext. 18

Marilyn Margold

Director of Living Collections,  
ext. 20 

Jeff Rodgers

Planetarium/Education Director,  
ext. 22 

Matt Woodside

Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator, ext. 37 

Jack Balkan
Facility Director, ext. 26  


Tiffany Birakis

Assistant Curator of Exhibitions & Collections, ext. 16


Ellen Ferraro 

Visitor Services Manager, ext. 29 

Martha Wells

Development Director, ext. 35

Curator of Education, ext. 31

Jessica Schubick
Communications Manager, ext. 14 

Annual Fund Manager, ext. 11
Administrative and Development Coordinator, ext. 17
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