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Science Museum Debuts Two New Features in The Dome

This fall, the Science Museum of Virginia is featuring two new shows in The Dome that guests may add to their visit: “Birth of Planet Earth” and “Antarctica.”

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This fall, the Science Museum of Virginia is featuring two new shows in The Dome that guests may add to their visit: “Birth of Planet Earth” and “Antarctica.”

At more than 9,000 square feet—or almost a quarter acre—the Science Museum has the only Dome theater in Central Virginia, and the largest Dome screen in the state. Stadium-style seating, a wrap-around screen, the world’s first “8K” digital full-dome system and an ever-changing lineup of features combine to create a thrilling, immersive experience that helps curious-minded guests of all ages connect to the world and beyond.

When:
Released in 2019, the planetarium show “Birth of Planet Earth” debuted Oct. 1. It is currently playing Tuesday through Friday at 1 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at noon. It has a 25-minute runtime, and is followed by a live guided journey through the cosmos hosted by a Science Museum educator.

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, “Antarctica” is a giant-screen film released earlier this year that recently took home Best Cinematography at the Jackson Wild Media Awards. It will begin playing at the Science Museum Nov. 1, and runs approximately 45 minutes.

Why:
“Birth of Planet Earth” uncovers what it took to achieve Earth’s wonder by exploring the formation of our solar system and the origins of our planet that occurred some 5 billion years ago. Guests will learn how the aftershocks of a supernova, the violence of Jupiter, a chance collision with the proto-planet Theia, the gift of a moon and water combined to make life possible. The cosmic journey also examines the possibility that our galaxy is filled with solar systems that have planets similar to our own, both in size and in their ability to sustain human life.

“Antarctica” investigates the mysterious and hostile—but beautiful—continent at the bottom of the world. Virtually untouched by humans because of its extreme conditions, Antarctica is home to an abundance of exciting creatures that thrive. However, climate change is threatening the arctic and the wildlife living there, and it is up to communities around the globe to protect it. Guests explore pristine, frozen mountain peaks to the otherworldly arctic sea floor to learn about how the world plans to preserve Antarctica.

How:
During regular operating hours, admission to “Antarctica” or “Birth of Planet Earth” is available through a combination ticket that includes access Science Museum exhibits. Admission is $20.50 for adults; $18.50 for youth (ages 6–12) and seniors (ages 60 and older); and $15 for preschool-aged children (ages 3–5). Discounts are available for teachers, military personnel and EBT cardholders. Infinite members receive free admission to the Science Museum and all Dome shows.

The Dome show lineup changes monthly. The current schedule with run times is posted on the Science Museum’s website. Tickets are available at smv.org.

Who:

“Antarctica” was created by BBC Earth and distributed by SK Films. It received support from the National Science Foundation and the British Antarctic Survey, an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council.

“Birth of Planet Earth” was produced by Spitz Creative Media, NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab, Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc., in association with Tellus Science Museum. The project is supported by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, and was funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

Where:
The Science Museum is located at 2500 West Broad St. in Richmond.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Spend Lunchtime in Nature with a Nature Walk

Join the Climate Action Team for a lunch hour nature walk in one of Richmond’s parks with some fellow lovers of the outdoors.

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Register Here for Updates: https://www.mobilize.us/lcvva/event/429604/

Join the Climate Action Team for a lunch hour nature walk in one of Richmond’s parks with some fellow lovers of the outdoors. We will end with a brief discussion about what we can do to protect and expand green spaces in Richmond and beyond, and guided meditation to reflect on and appreciate the beauty of our natural surroundings.

We will be meeting in the Forest Hill Park parking lot at 12:00 PM and the walk will start promptly at 12:05 PM

Address for the park: 4021 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA 23225

Please reach out to Devyn Keller at [email protected] with any questions or concerns!

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Caroling in Monroe Park

Get ready to lift up your voices on high, this Sunday at Monroe Park.

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The Grace and Holy Trinity Vocal Ensemble, the RVA Street Singers, the Hood Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir will be leading a community sing in Monroe Park on Sunday, Dec. 12.

The four groups will lead community members in both traditional hymns and songs of the season from 4:00-4:45 pm. The food trucks Monique’s Crepes and Shake Down Eats will provide food and beverage alongside Espresso A-Go-Go from 3:00-6:00 pm.

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It’s Over at The Westover for Now

They stated that they’ll be considering other potential concepts for this space in the new year.

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The coffeeshop/restaurant The Westover (formerly Taza/Zata) is taking some time off to reconsider their options. Located at 5047 Forrest Hill Avenue for the past few years has been run by Tuffy Stone of Q Barbecue fame.

They made the announcement on Instagram today.

Dear patrons, neighbors, and loyal returning customers,

Beginning Wednesday December 8th, The Westover is stopping operations and taking a pause while we consider other potential concepts for this space in the new year. We apologize to all of our customers for any inconvenience that this may cause as well as the short notice.

Stay tuned, and thank you to all of the wonderful customers that have supported us.

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