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$5 First Fridays

An Exciting and Immersive Experience Every First Friday

Each $5 First Friday at Chabot is an exciting and immersive experience for all ages! Join us each month for hands-on activities and live demonstrations that are fun for the whole family. Each month there will be new things to explore!

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$5 admission begins at 6pm, and does not apply from 10am-5pm. The center is closed to the general public between 5-6pm (with the exceptions of current CSSC members) and reopens at 6pm for $5 First Friday.


April: Hacking Horticulture

Friday, April 6, 2018

Join horticulturists and gardeners as we learn about soil, plant types, growing seeds, germination, and more! Talk with plant hackers and even learn about aquaponics! Enjoy hands-on plant activities that spark imagination and are fun for the whole family.

Project Create Activity Space
Project Create is a place where families create together to spark their curiosity and love of making. Imaginations will be stimulated as our makers think of new ways to tinker with materials we see every day making them better, different, or new.  

Paper Plants and Flowers with The Florasmith, Stephanie Redlinger 
Time: 6-10pm
Location: Gruener Astronomy Hall
Stephanie’s background is in the arts.  She earned her degree in Fine Art and Graphic Design and became deeply interested in the intersection where Fine Art, Graphic Art, and Craft meet.  The interplay between these three areas of the art world continues to inspire her art work and now her deep appreciation of the botanical world has been added to the mix. Stephanie has been making paper flowers since 2015.  

Butterfly Gardening and Paper Crafts- UC Berkeley Botanical Garden 
Location: Rotunda
Want to learn about caterpillars and butterflies? This is the fun, easy way to discover the secrets of these fascinating creatures that live in both urban and wild areas. Learn all about lifecycle and butterfly gardening from Sal Levinson. Check out Sal Levinson's display of eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalides along with several species of butterflies. Also, enjoy a hands-on activity from Sal’s book, Butterfly Papercrafts: 21 Indoor Projects for Outdoor Learning.

Sal Levinson studied Entomology at the graduate level at UC Riverside and UC Berkeley. She has worked with insects from fields of central California, the forests of Connecticut and Idaho to the labs of Berkeley. Over the past twenty years, she has been an active butterfly educator, using her butterfly garden to provide specimens for adult and children’s classes, teacher trainings and garden fairs. She and her brother, Bill Levinson, have made two films, "In the Company of Wild Butterflies,” and "The Secret Lives of Monarchs.” 

Waterwise Gardening with Native Plants - UC Botanical Garden 
Time: 6-10pm
Location: Rotunda
Much of California has a distinct Mediterranean climate -- warm, dry, fire-prone summers interrupted by cool wet winters. California shares this climate regime with the Mediterranean region itself along with parts of Chile, South Africa, and Australia. Learn how California's native plants have responded to these unique environmental challenges...and how gardeners can craft drought-tolerant landscapes that take advantage of these features. Examine native plant adaptations which enable them to thrive in environments with minimal water.

DJ Dance Party
Time: 6-7pm & 8-10pm
Location: Mezzanine
Join the DJ for one giant dance party for mankind!

Imperfect Produce
Times: 6-10pm
Location: 1st Floor Spees
More than 20% of the fruits and vegetables grown in America never make it off the farm because they aren’t perfect enough for grocery store standards. This results in billions of pounds of wasted produce every year. We’re talking about produce that is just as nutritious and delicious but looks a little different. 

Imperfect Produce fights food waste by finding a home for ‘ugly’ produce. They source it directly from farms and deliver it to customers’ doors for 30-50% less than grocery store prices. Our subscription produce box is affordable, convenient, customizable, healthy, and delicious. But Imperfect is bigger than just the box. By eating ‘ugly,’ you’re helping build a more sustainable and effective food system. 

Kijani Grows Aquaponics Display and Microscope Compost Activity
Times: 6-10pm
Location: Mezzanine
Kijani Grows is a farming technology organization located in West Oakland California. They use aquaponics to improve lives in urban and rural communities by utilizing traditional concepts, local materials and modern technologies. Their vision is to reduce disparities by addressing common basic needs using aquaponic technologies and systems through education, job creation and local food access.

Hacking Seeds Workshop with Ploughshare Nursery
Times: 6:45, 7:30, 8:30pm
Location: Biology Lab

Learn how seeds grow with the staff of Ploughshares Nursery.  Select and sow your own vegetable or flowers to take home after the workshop.  You will learn the names of the parts of seeds and baby plants and how to keep seed and baby plants safe and thriving in a world full of things which want to EAT them!   

Ploughshares Nursery is a social enterprise of Alameda Point Collaborative.  Ploughshares offers drought tolerant plants, native plants and edible plants for sale to the public to generate revenue for programs benefiting residents of Alameda Point Collaborative’s supportive housing community.   Ploughshares participates in an employment training program for residents.


Telescope Makers Workshop
Times: 7-10pm
Location: Chemistry/Physics Lab
Open to all ages, the Telescope Makers Workshop is an all-volunteer group committed to helping people build their own telescopes. Drop in to see what they are up to!

Telescope Viewing
Times: 7:30 - 10:30pm
Location: Observatory Deck
Chabot’s giant, historic telescopes offer a unique way to experience the awe and wonder of the Universe. Check out celestial viewing day and night. Our observatory deck offers breathtaking views 1,500 feet above the Bay.

Star Stories
Times: 8:30pm
Location: Observatory Deck
Lay on our new Observatory Deck and look up at the stars! Bring your sleeping bags and blankets and come listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology behind the constellations, stories from the night sky as seen throughout history and look for planets and other clues to help orient you to the night's sky. (Blankets are also provided).

Project Sound: Maggi Payne and Chamberlain
Time: 8:45 & 9:30pm
Experience the astral ambiance of electronic music paired with lush soundscape visualizations. Showcasing local sound artists, Project Sound is an immersive multi-sensory experience under the dome.
Recommended for ages 12 +. 

Maggi Payne 
Maggi Payne is an electronic/electroacoustic music composer, video artist, recording engineer and flutiest. Her works often incorporate images ranging from those of nature to the abstract. Her works have been presented in the Americas, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong and Australasia and appear on Aguirre, The Lab, Innova, Lovely Music, Starkland, Asphodel, New World (CRI), Root Strata, Centaur, Ubuibi, MMC, Digital Narcis, Music and Arts, Frog Peak, and/OAR, Capstone, and Mills College labels. She received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bourges, Prix Ars, several awards for her video works, and a residency at Montalvo Arts Center.

She creates immersive environments, inviting listeners/participants to enter the sound and be carried with it, experiencing it from the inside out in intimate detail. The sounds are almost tactile, visible, tangible. A narrative of the imagination exists, allowing each person experiencing the work to thread their own paths through their mind's imagination and their body's physical engagement. Long fascinated by space and science, she has used sonification of data from Plasma Wave Instruments and other instruments aboard spacecraft, sferics, tweaks and whistlers captured by her VLF receivers, and transmissions that have traveled through space in her works, along with Moog IIIP and Aries analog synths.

Chamberlain Zhan is a Chinese electronic musician, composer, dj, improviser, poet and sound artist. Coming from a background of experimental techno dj, he tells stories by manipulating sounds while performing and composing. He is interested in exploring new possibilities in sounds, and new ways to experience sounds: music through sonic meditation, improvisation, composition, installation, electro-acoustic, and collaboration. For Chamberlain, space and future inspires drive and creativity. He explores sounds integrated with movement and spatiality, producing sonic architecture that remains.

BeanSprouts Cafe
Time: 6-9pm
As Chabot's exclusive in-house café, Bean Sprouts can provide sandwiches, salads, and yummy treats .