CSU, Chico News

Upcoming Events at Gateway Science Museum

Date: 11-12-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Kelly Servis
Public Relations Intern
Dr. Rachel Teasdale
Acting Executive Director

Gateway Science Museum announced Friday it will hold several activities for visitors this weekend, including a Pine Needle Basket Weaving demonstration taking place Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and an introductory class on Pine Needle Basket Weaving from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Kathy Grant and Bernadine Lefmann of Grass Valley and Nevada City, Calif., the heart of ponderosa pine country, will teach the basket weaving demonstration. Both Grant and Lefmann have studied pine needle basket making at Sierra College in Grass Valley, the Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City and The Caning Shop in Berkeley. They have also taught pine needle basket-making classes in Grass Valley.

“Living among the pines, it is hard not to be inspired to do something with all those pine needles,” said Grant.

Grant and Lefmann will demonstrate basket-weaving techniques to all museum visitors throughout the morning and then teach the special techniques for making pine needle baskets during their introductory class, which reached its maximum capacity earlier this week.

On Sunday, Nov.14, the California State University, Chico Math Club will lead a special children’s activity. They will be guiding visitors through tiling and tessellation activities throughout the museum.

Gateway Science Museum is open Wednesday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located at 625 Esplanade. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for museum members. For more information, please visit www.gatewayscience.org.