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Carpenter chiseling away.
May 19
Silver Spring, Maryland

Sculpting Gargoyles With Jay Hall Carpenter

In collaboration with No Access Washington, DC, join us as we visit the home workshop of the sculptor whose talented hands have brought to life Kermit the Frog, Amelia Earhart, and Darth Vader.
Flippers from the Williams pinball game "Demolition Man."
May 19
College Park, Maryland

How to Be a Pinball Wizard

Come learn the fraught history of a once illegal game, get tips from the pros, and enjoy a game or three at MOM's Organic Market in College Park.
Rodney Stotts with a bird of prey.
Jun 2
Laurel, Maryland

The Raptors of the Nation's Capital

A one-of-a-kind adventure to meet and greet the raptors that stalk our city.
Tom Di Liberto, now an NOAA meteorologist, always loved the snow
Jun 15
Arlington, Virginia

Picnic and Predictions with a Meteorologist

Learn the tricks of the weather trade under the open skies and thunderous jets at Gravelly Point Park.
Cephalopod Movie Night!
Jun 21
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

Cephalopod Movie Night With Science Friday

Join us for an evening of talk, tentacles, and talent, featuring four original short films from Science Friday and a panel of scientists.

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