Letter from the CEO
Hard to believe but here we are, already a week into official fall and needless to say, we're gearing up for a busy season ahead with an amazing program of events and offerings planned for the next quarter.
First, though, I must take a moment to tell you that thanks to our terrific board members, donors and their guests at our Annual Starlight Gala last month, we raised over $250,000 for science education for the third year in a row. It was a great event where we celebrated science, Chabot, and some of the many people, foundations and companies who have done so much to help our organization over the years. Do take a moment to read the full press release, and check out this wonderful (short) video made for the event by the very talented photographer, Frederic Neema and some of our young visitors. Kind of says it all really!
And so then we come back down to earth and the fall program... well not quite. First up, we have a couple of astronomical events that are going to have us craning our heads and peering up into the skies. First in the wee small hours of the morning on October 8, to witness the awesomeness of a total lunar eclipse; then, a few weeks later on October 23, at the slightly more civilized time of 1:45pm, we'll be observing (weather permitting) a partial lunar eclipse. Tickets to these unique events tend to sell out quickly so don't delay in booking yours.
Talking of unique experiences have you checked out the LaserMania show in the Planetarium yet? Featuring laser lights synched to classics from Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and others, this show has proved so popular we've actually extended the run. We’ve also recently installed a new sound system and upgraded the projectors, so your audio and visual experience is even further enhanced. And of course October wouldn't be October without a special Halloween show - Fright Light - to get you shivering in your seats! Check out show times and reserve your tickets to avoid disappointment.
For those looking for more cerebral entertainment I invite you to our Future Friday Speaker Series and the last two speakers for the 2014 season, Tom Aitchison, Founder and Chairman of Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation and Will Wright, Game Designer and Creator of Sim City. Their talks, on October 17 and November 14 respectively, are likely to be extremely interesting and thought provoking. Again, these talks typically sell out ahead of time.
The last thing I want to mention is aimed specifically at all the wonderful teachers out there who do so much to help shape our children's minds and futures. As you know, Chabot's field trip classes are regarded by Bay Area teachers as some of the very best available but the cost of transportation to our gorgeous hilltop site can be prohibitive and may limit the number of times students can experience a science class. Chabot's education department has been hard at work this summer creating a suite of education offerings that includes professional development, a Chabot-based class and an off-site class at the teacher's school thereby deepening the science experience and impact for the students. More details will be coming to our website shortly but for immediate further information please contact Eric Havel, Senior Education Manager.
Well, as usual that’s all the space I have been allotted this time, so please check out our website for full details of all the many wonderful and varied programs and events at Chabot this season. I'll look forward to talking to you again in a couple of months and in the meantime... yes, Cal is doing quite well so far this season ...thank you.
All the best,