This event offers a splendid opportunity to meet scientists and students at the Labs and check out the research and teaching facilities. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Labs will be open for self-guided tours. Scientists and students will showcase their marine science research, answer questions and provide demonstrations. There will be posters, marine plants and animals, electron and confocal microscopes, plankton sampling and observations, and activities for visitors of all ages. Kids are particularly encouraged to attend.
The public is invited to learn more about the equipment used by scientists to learn more about marine zoology, botany, fisheries and oceanography. People can step aboard and tour our 58' research vessel, the R/V Centennial, and check out its remotely operated vehicle (ROV), oceanographic tools, and high-tech sonar systems. There will be a demonstration of SCUBA equipment including a SCUBA dive from the FHL dock.
Sturdy shoes are recommended because the tour route includes rough dock planks, gravel paths and trails. You can find free popcorn in the tradition of Friday Harbor Laboratories' Open Houses, and light refreshments will be available in the Dining Hall for a small fee.
On Saturday night, June 1, 2013, Friday Harbor Laboratories will hold its 13th annual Jazz at the Labs, an evening of GREAT MUSIC, a fabulous dinner and a silent auction at the Friday Harbor Labs. As in the past, proceeds from Jazz at the Labs will benefit the Friday Harbor Laboratories K-12 Science Outreach Program (FHLSOP) in the San Juan Island elementary, middle and high schools and the Spring Street School.
The FHLSOP partners students with scientists and offers hands-on encounters with science. In this current school year, the Science Outreach Program will involve more than 900 students!
This year's Jazz at the Labs program will begin with dinner from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30. During dinner, music will be provided by the San Juan Jazz Quintet. (Dennis Willows on drums.) Hawk Arps will join SJJQ as a special guest on the vibrophone. SJJQ has entertained audiences in the PNW since 1990, playing standards, swing, bebop, originals and Latin jazz, every week at the Rumor Mill restaurant in Friday Harbor.
Starting at 7:00 p.m., Chris Amemiya and Jazz Coalescence, the outstanding jazz band from Seattle, will perform featuring jazz standards with their own special edge.
Dick Stein, will lead the evening as Emcee. You probably know Dick from KPLU/NPR fame. He hosts the morning jazz show and co-hosts and produces the Food for Thought feature with the Seattle Times’ Nancy Leson. Farhad Ghatan will help with the "almost" silent auction.
Reservations for the event are strongly recommended. We sell out! For reservations and more information, please call Friday Harbor Laboratories at 378-2165 ext. 0.
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