March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

Region 4 News and Events: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Posted: Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

by Jeanine Wulfenstein

The holiday season has arrived! Region 4 is bustling with activity as students prepare for the final crunch of the semester and families prepare for holiday celebrations. The weather has turned cold and students are hunkered down in their studies in an effort to solidify their semester grades. Teachers across the region are making connections for student learning and assessing student progress on the science standards.

Throughout the month of December, there are professional development opportunities available for teachers to continue to hone their science skills. For teachers looking for a better way to teach your students about the Milky Way, UCSD is hosting a hands-on workshop from 10:00 to 4:00 on Saturday December 7th highlighting the “Galaxy Garden” which uses living plants (built to scale) to help students visualize the vastness of our galaxy. For more information contact http://sdsa.org/resources/science-alliance-e-news/2013/attachments/galaxy-garden-flyer

Once the winter break is upon us, there will be plenty of opportunities for family including time to explore local science museums and participate in science-related events held around the region. If you are looking for some science and holiday-related fun for your family, the following list highlights some of the exciting events in our region:

The Science of Gingerbread at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, which runs from November 29th until January 5th. This holiday festival is filled with activities designed to bring families together this holiday season.

On Saturday, December 7th 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy Holidays with the Critters at the Santa Ana Zoo. The Winter Zoobilation at the Santa Ana Zoo includes enchanting winter decorations that stay up throughout the month of December. Come learn about the animals and enjoy some holiday cheer!

December 13th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. the Ocean Institute in Dana Point is offering a Holiday Parade of Lights Cruise. Participants will cruise aboard the R/V Sea Explorer for a festive holiday cruise around Dana Point Harbor during the annual Parade of Lights.

Irvine Park Railroad has the trains all set up for Christmas. Activities include cookie decorating, carnival games, a Santa moon bounce, story time with Mrs. Claus and of course fabulous holiday train exhibits.  The fun starts Friday, November 29th and extends through December. The train opens daily at 10:00 a.m.

In San Diego, Balboa Park is offering the December Nights holiday festival December 6th from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and December 7th from noon to 11 p.m. During the December Nights festival, participating Balboa Park museums will open their doors free of charge from 5 until 9 p.m. This will truly be a multicultural holiday experience for all!

The Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert will be twinkling with over a million lights illuminating the park with Holiday Joy through the month of December. The annual Wildlights Celebration will run from December 6, 7, 13, 14, 19-23, and 36 – 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

I hope these events help to bring your family closer together through discovery and science learning! I wish you a joyous holiday season!

Written by Jeanine Wulfenstein

Jeanine Wulfenstein

Jeanine Wulfenstein teaches science at Gardner Middle School and is the CSTA Treasurer. You can reach her by emailing jwulfenstein@tvusd.k12.ca.us.

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