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 14, 2013, Friday Harbor Laboratories will hold its 12th annual Jazz at the Labs, an evening of food, silent auction and GREAT MUSIC at Friday Harbor Labs. As in the past, proceeds from Jazz at the Labs will benefit the Friday Harbor Laboratories K-12 Science Outreach Program in the San Juan Island Elementary, Middle and High Schools and the Spring Street International School.
This year's program will begin with dinner from 6:00 – 7:00 P.M. Doors open at 5:30. During dinner, music will be provided by Dennis Willows and theSan Juan Jazz Quintet, with vocals by Jill Urbach. 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. These guys can play! That's what people said about last year's Jazz at the Labs. And they were right about both the San Juan Jazz Quintet and Seattle's Jazz Coalescence, two groups featuring some of the Pacific Northwest's most prominent jazz musicians who play terrific jazz. And they're back again.
Best of all, Jazz at the Labs raises money to support a great cause. The Friday Harbor Laboratories K-12 Science Outreach Program which partners students with scientists and offers hands-on encounters with science. In the current school year, the Science Outreach Program involves more than 900 students and will log more than 5,000 science/student contact hours. So be sure to save the date for an unforgettable evening on Saturday night when Friday Harbor Laboratories will hold its 9th annual Jazz at the Labs.
Reservations are strongly advised. For reservations and information, call Friday Harbor Laboratories at 378-2165 ext 0.