The Dinosaurs are Back!
A dozen dinosaurs – including the Tyrannosaurus Rex plus 11 all-new species – have taken up residence in the wooded area behind Lorikeet Landing at the Louisville Zoo. Dinosaurs!, presented by Ford Motor Company, is set to open March 31. In this prehistoric wonderland, dinosaurs from five different continents come to life. They include Deltadromes (estimated to have been one of the longest at 44 feet), Suchomimus, Compsognathus, Megalosaurus, Amargasaurus, Edmontosaurs (and the Edmontosaurs nest), Triceratops, Pachycephalosaurus, Coelphysis and, of course, the ever-popular Tyrannosaurus Rex (considered one of the largest and most powerful dinosaurs).
Through the magic of futuristic technology, the colossal, life-like animatronic creatures roar, snarl and move, offering a full-blown primeval experience as visitors travel back in time along a lush, winding pathway where enormous creatures lurk at every turn.
The robotic dinosaurs are built on steel frames, with high-tech electronics and air pistons powering the dinosaurs’ menacing claws and gnashing teeth. A booming sound system provides their distinctive roars and chirps.
The exhibit will also include a Dino Dig for budding young paleontologists. And Shopasaurus – a new gift shop at the exhibit’s exit – will be fully stocked with “dinorrific” toys, games and souvenirs.
Dinosaurs! will run through July 31. A special attraction fee of $5 applies for non-members in addition to regular zoo admission, and $4 for Louisville Zoo members. Children age 2 and under are free. Groups of 15 or more may call (502) 238-5348 for group discounts.
HCM Seven-day Vacation
Join Highlands Community Ministries for a seven-day/six-night vacation via Diamond Tours to Boston and the northern coastline. The tour will take place September 19-25, 2012. The trip includes a deluxe motor coach, six nights’ lodging, six breakfasts, four dinners, and guided tours of historical Boston, Lexington and Concord. Highlights of the tour include the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, the Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and Cambridge. In the coastal areas north of Boston, destinations will include Salem, historic Gloucester on Cape Ann, and Rockport.
The cost for the tour is $525 per person/double occupancy and $720/single occupancy. Full payment is due upon reservation. Call (502) 451-3695 for more information.
Mini-grants Offered Through April 6
The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement is accepting applications for its 2012 mini-grants through April 6. The grants range from $2,000 to $3,000 each and will fund activities that support physical activity, healthy nutrition, tobacco use prevention and cessation, and chronic disease prevention and management.
Applicants must be incorporated as nonprofit corporations and qualified to do business in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Grant application and guidelines are available at www.louisvilleky.gov/healthyhometown. Applications must be received at the Department of Public Health and Wellness, 400 E. Gray St., by 5 p.m., Friday, April 6.
Speed Offers Summer Studio Art Camps
The Speed Art Museum, 2035 South Third St., is offering its summer studio art camps for ages 6 to 13. The sessions take place in June, July and August.
During the camps, the entire museum campus becomes a field for discovery. Kids will explore the permanent collection and special exhibitions through behind-the-scenes tours, hands-on encounters and exciting activities.
Camps are led by local artists and instructors hand-selected by the museum’s education department. Whether discovering clay animation, binding books or creating a self-portrait, children will learn new skills, make friends and have fun. Classes, designed to be small, are limited to 15 participants to enable maximum attention and ensure that every student’s voice is heard.
Woman/Horse/Legend/Myth Call for Entries Deadline April 16
Gallery M, located at Mellwood Art Center, is accepting artwork submissions for Woman/Horse/Legend/Myth through April 16. Scheduled to open during Derby week, the exhibition challenges artists to depict the female form, the spirit of the horse, or the connection between the two.
Artists are invited to submit up to three pieces of work. Entries must be postmarked by April 16, 2012. Entry forms can be downloaded from www.mellwoodartcenter.com.
Woman/Horse/Legend/Myth is sponsored by The Figurative Collective, a group of Louisville artists who meet two to three times a week in Studio 210 at Mellwood. Jurors for this exhibition include John Michael Carter, O.P.A. Portraitist; Barbara Klausner of both Horse & Hound Gallery and Klausner Cooperage Gallery; Jane Morgan of the Jane Morgan Gallery; and Walter Lay, MFA Painter and Printmaker.
The Mellwood Art Center is located at 1860 Mellwood Ave. Woman/Horse/Legend/Myth will run from April 27 through July 1. The opening reception and awards presentation is on April 27, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.mellwoodartcenter.com.