Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hop Over to Fernbank For EGGstraordinary Fun During The Annual Dinosaur Egg Hunt On March 30

EGG-stra! EGG-stra! It's time to dust off those bunny ears and get ready to hippity-hop to Fernbank Museum for the fourth annual Dinosaur Egg Hunt, presented in partnership with Radio Disney, AM590.

Join Fernbank and some special guests on Saturday, March 30 for a day of EGGcellent activities, including timed egg hunts, games with the Radio Disney AM590 Street Team, prizes, Fernbank’s dinosaur mascot, and more. To ensure a fun time for all, advance registration is required to participate in a timed egg hunt. Registration is now open for Museum members and opens March 1 for non-members. Space is limited.

Egg Hunts
All egg hunts will take place on the Front Lawn. Advanced registration required.*

 Ages 4 and under Egg Hunt

 Ages 5-8 Egg Hunt

 Ages 4 and under Egg Hunt

 All ages "Family Hunt"

 All ages "Family Hunt"

Additional Activities

 Museum and all exhibitions will open early. Be sure to check out the special exhibition, Extreme Mammals.

 Enjoy games and giveaways from our friends at Radio Disney AM 590.

 Don't miss special photo opportunities with Fernbank's mascot, Giggy A. Dinosaur

 Show your love of dinosaurs with whimsical (and washable) temporary dinosaur tattoos. (Line closes at 1:30pm)

 Have fun with a variety of fun games for kids of all ages in our "game corner."

Cost: Dinosaur Egg Hunt tickets are $5 for children in addition to regular Museum admission tickets.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Egg Hunt tickets include museum admission:
Member child: $5
Member adult: Free
Non-member child (age 3-12): $20.50
Non-member child (2 and under): $5
Non-member adult: $17.50

Support for Fernbank's Dinosaur Egg Hunt provided in part by YP, Local Search Media and Advertising.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road in Atlanta. To register for the Dinosaur Egg Hunt and to learn more about the event, visit


*Wristbands will be distributed with tickets and must be worn to participate in timed egg hunts. Advance registration is required to participate in a timed egg hunt. Space is limited. If you miss your designated egg hunt time, you will be given another time slot only if space is available.
Event will be held rain or shine. No refunds. We make no guarantees that each child will receive an egg and/or a prize. Eggs and prizes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Attached photos (c) Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Friday, March 29, 2013

New IMAX® Film at Fernbank Museum Explores Iconic Animals of the Ice Age

Titans of the Ice Age, one of the most highly anticipated giant screen releases this year, will bring prehistoric icons, including the wooly mammoth and saber-tooth cats, to life on Fernbank’s IMAX® screen. Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Extreme Mammals, this action-packed film provides an immersive portal to the great Pleistocene ice age, 20,000 years back in time, showing daily on Fernbank’s five story IMAX® screen from March 29-August 15, 2013.

Narrated by Academy Award® winning actor Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Titans of the Ice Age  transports viewers to the otherworldly frozen landscapes of the northern hemisphere 10,000 years before modern civilization.

Titans of the Ice Age brings this harsh and beautiful era to life – a world buried in our ancestral memory, populated by saber-tooth cats, giant sloths, dire wolves and the iconic woolly mammoths.  Travel across monumental glaciers and sweeping grasslands, rich in life.  Roam the mammoth steppe with baby Lyuba, a female Woolly Mammoth calf recently exposed by the melting Siberian permafrost, now one of the best preserved mammoth mummies in the world.  Discover the story of Zed, one of the most complete Colombian Mammoth skeletons ever uncovered, extracted in 2008 from the famous La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. Witness a time when titans ruled untamed continents and humans walked with giants.

“Titans of the Ice Age is a great pairing with our Extreme Mammals exhibition. Visitors can learn about these prehistoric animals as they encounter authentic fossils and incredible displays in the exhibition, and then see these creatures come to life on the IMAX® screen,” said Lynn Anders, a biologist at Fernbank Museum. “The film portrays very realistic footage of life on Earth during the last Ice Age, and does a great job of showcasing how scientists study fossil sites, like the incredible La Brea Tar Pits, to learn more about the life and death of these incredible creatures.”

“Audiences will experience the world of these prehistoric animals with a realism that only this canvas can provide,” said Andy Wood, the film’s Producer.  “We are really proud to have worked with a distinguished team of scientists and partners to tell this story.  The end result is a film that is both highly entertaining and revealing.”

As one of the first films shot using ultra high definition digital cameras, Titans of the Ice Age is a visual experience new to the giant screen medium.  Stunning backdrops shot on location at Yellowstone National Park, the Northern Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains and Alaska provide the scenery on which the drama of the Pleistocene unfolds.  State-of-the-art, ultra-HD CGI (computer generated imagery) allows long extinct Ice Age mammals to populate this world in photorealistic detail alongside Paleolithic humans, played by native Iñupiat and Yup’ik Alaskans.

Titans of the Ice Age is a production of Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema, in association with The Field Museum, Chicago.

Titans of the Ice Age shows at Fernbank Museum’s IMAX® Theatre daily from March 29-August 15, 2013. IMAX tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for students/seniors, $11 for children ages 12 and younger, and $8 for Museum Members.  Value Pass tickets offer admission to both the museum and an IMAX® ticket at the best value of $23 for adults, $21 for students/seniors, $19 for children, and $8 for Museum Members.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. For tickets and visitor information, visit or call 404.929.6300.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Habemus Papam! We Have A Pope

Thousands cheered in St. Paul's Square at the sight of the symbolic white smoke, announcing that a successor to Benedict XVI had finally been chosen after two days of intense voting. 

 Habemus Papam! is the announcement given in Latin by the Cardinal Protodeacon, the senior Cardinal Deacon, upon the election of a new pope.

Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum:
Habemus Papam;
Eminentissimum ac reverendissimum Dominum,
Dominum Jorge Sanctæ Romanæ Ecclesiæ Cardinalem Bergolio,
Qui sibi nomen imposuit Francis.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was born December 17, 1936.

Prior to his election, he served as an Argentine cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.  He served as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998. He was elevated to the cardinalte in 2001. He was elevated to Pope in March 2013.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Bible Miniseries

More than the greatest story ever told, it's the greatest adventure.  THE BIBLE, an epic 10-hour / five-part docudrama will premiere Sunday, March 3 on HISTORY.

 Created and executive produced by renowned producer Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, The Apprentice, Shark Tank) and Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel), the series promises to be a landmark television event, combining one of the greatest collections of stories ever assembled with live action and state-of-the-art CGI. The series will be narrated by Emmy award-winning actor/vocalist Keith David (Mr & Mrs Smith; Platoon; Crash) and will feature a musical score by the world renowned Grammy and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

Leading the outstanding international cast is Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress and series’ co-executive producer Roma Downey, who plays Mother Mary. Joining her are Portuguese TV star Diogo Morgado as Jesus, as well as an array of acclaimed UK-based actors including Sean Teale (Skins), David Rintoul (The Iron Lady, My Week with Marilyn), Amber Rose Revah (The Borgias), Peter Guinness (an accomplished long time film/theatre actor), Greg Hicks (one of the UK’s best-known Shakespearean actors), and Simon Kunz (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Parent Trap, Matchpoint).

From Genesis to Revelation, HISTORY will illuminate the Bible, re-telling the stories as they unfold and revealing new insights into these iconic characters in context of the Bible. The series will feature some of the most famous stories ever written from Noah’s Ark and the Exodus to Daniel in the Lion’s Den to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

“The Bible is a sacred text that continues to challenge and inspire,” said Mark Burnett.  “We’ve been working on this project for the past two years and are deeply humbled to be given this once in a generation opportunity to breathe new visual life into the Bible’s profound stories.  The Bible gives meaning and purpose to billions of people around the world, and sparks the curiosity of millions more.”

“HISTORY has a legacy of delving into important subjects to which all people are connected,” said Nancy Dubuc, President, Entertainment and Media for A+E Networks.  “There’s no question the Bible is one of the world’s most significant and most popular books, which holds within it the incredible and powerful stories that truly changed the course of history and religion the world about.  We are thrilled to work with Mark and Roma, who have vividly brought the Bible to life for a new generation, and we hope the series will resonate for generations to come.”

In April, The Bible series will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD with hours of exclusive special features and extras making it a must-own for every home.

THE BIBLE series is produced for HISTORY by Lightworkers Media and Hearst Entertainment & Syndication.  Executive Producers are Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Richard Bedser. Executive Producers for HISTORY are Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs.

I love the idea of having a viewing party and you can receive hints about how to open your home to share in GOD's story as it unfolds across the screen.  You can find inspiration for hosting your own viewing party at home by clicking on the FREE Bible Party link.

Feel free to download this  FREE Bible App for your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Featuring more than 400 Bible versions in over 200 languages. The Bible App by YouVersion is the official companion app to the Bible series from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey,  YouVersion puts thousands of years of wisdom at your fingertips.

The Bible Miniseries realistically depicts scenes from the Bible including battles, massacres and the crucifixion. Some scenes may not be appropriate for children so parents should make viewing decisions appropriately.

Disclaimer:  In keeping with the FTC 16 CFR Part 255 I would like to inform you that I received no financial compensation for this post.  While I received no financial recompence or copies of this miniseries ahead of time I would love to hear if you plan to watch this series and if you do watch it what are your thoughts about the series.

Swan Dive Off The Sequestion Cliff


By the authority vested in me as President by the laws of the United States of America, and in accordance with section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, as amended (the "Act"), 2 U.S.C. 901a, I hereby order that budgetary resources in each non-exempt budget account be reduced by the amount calculated by the Office of Management and Budget in its report to the Congress of March 1, 2013. Pursuant to sections 250(c)(6), 251A, and 255(e) of the Act, budgetary resources subject to sequestration shall be new budget authority, unobligated balances of defense function accounts carried over from prior fiscal years, direct spending authority, and obligation limitations. All sequestrations shall be made in strict accordance with the requirements of section 251A of the Act and the specifications of the Office of Management and Budget's report of March 1, Barack Obama THE WHITE HOUSE, March 1, 2013.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Artwork at Fernbank Puts Nature On Display

The contemporary wildlife art of Pen Brady will be on display at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in the special exhibition Form Revisited from March 2-August 18, 2013. This collection of 25 original acrylic and India ink paintings reveals eye-catching portrayals of birds, insects, fish, mammals and flowers.
Both intricate and fluid, her work offers movement to the subjects of her designs. Brady’s extremely fine lines and ability to master solid colors with no signs of brush strokes often mislead viewers into thinking her work is of a digital or serigraphic process. It is, however, completely done with brush and technical pens. This sharp detail is signature element to her work and offers a sense of harmony in nature.

“The use of line and solid shapes reveals aboriginal art roots that helped develop my technique,” Brady said. “Within each painting, I try to capture the grace and beauty inherent in all living creatures and offer that to the observer for a visual experience and a celebration of life.”
Inspired by the native art of the Pacific Northwest, which is more commonly known for carved works such as the totem pole, Brady translates her experiences with nature into paintings. She uses traditional colors like black, white, and yellow, while pulling in other shades from the natural world, including sky blues and earthy greens.

As her style developed in the mid-1990s, Brady experimented with the structure and imagery of Native American art. Within a few years, her acrylic and ink paintings had transformed from the traditional iconic style into her own, personal perspective of the natural world.

After studying art at Missouri Western State University in Saint Joseph, Missouri, Brady worked as an artist, graphic designer, and a botanical and zoological model builder for major museums and science centers throughout the world. She now devotes her time entirely to her painting.

Form Revisited is on view from March 2 through August 18, 2013 at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. The exhibition is included with museum admission, which is $17.50 for adults, $16.50 for students/seniors, $15.50 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for members and children ages 2 and younger.

Fernbank Museum is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Tickets and visitor information are available at 404.929.6300 or