from staff reports agency. This is an opportunity to let the public know what’s going on out here.” Admission is free. For more information, call 598-2496 or visit www.uga.edu/aquarium or www.skio.peachnet.edu. - (Linda Sickler)
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Ever wanted to walk through a whale? Here’s your chance. Skidaway Marine Science Day is Saturday, Oct. 22. The partners of the Skidaway Marine Science Campus will host this event. The campus is located on the south end of Skidaway Island. It includes the University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium, the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, WSVH Georgia Public Radio and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary headquarters. New this year is the First Annual Marine Science Day Hustle, a 5.4 nautical mile road race (6.2 miles to landlubbers) that was started by Anna Boyette, marathon runner and SKIO employee. “We also will have a fun run and walk,” says SKIO External Affairs Manager Michael Sullivan. The staff from Gray’s Reef will share an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle, or ROV. Visitors will have the chance to maneuver the ROV around the campus pool. Some favorite activities are returning, including tours of the research vessels the Savannah and the Sea Dawg, science talks and hands-on demonstrations, even a scavenger hunt. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will provide a display of its underwater archaeology program and WSVH will be open so visitors can get a peek inside. The DNR also is bringing Weebee to the festival. This life-sized model of a whale measures 72 feet. The technology used to create Weebee is somewhat like a Moon Bounce -- essentially the whale is a big blow-up balloon that visitors can walk through. Sullivan says there are two reasons the event is held. “All the participating agencies are public agencies,” he says. “SKIO and the University of Georgia are part of the university system.” Sullivan says. “Gray’s Reef is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The DNR is a state
Area churches are banding together for an ecumenical community service project on Saturday, Oct. 22. Members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, First African Baptist and First Christian Church will gather to do construction, painting, landscaping, fill food bags, make lap rugs and other projects to help others. This will be the fourth time in the past two years the churches have done the project. The program was started as a way to perform a meaningful service to the community, demonstrate cooperation between churches and their members and involve members in handson mission projects. “We started this last fall and also had one in the spring,” says Bergman. “In the past, we’ve had the bloodmobile come and we’ve helped put food in bags. We’ve also helped Union Mission. We rotate between five to seven projects.” Members of the public, including those from other churches or with no church affiliation at all, are invited to participate. Volunteers can choose from a range of projects to work on. For information, call Debbie Bergman at St. Paul’s at 355-2485, Nelle Bordeaux at First Presbyterian at 234-9245, Milton Newton at First Baptist at 234-77978 or Mary Ward at First Christian at 236-8271. “The Salvation Army is going to have an indoor painting project at their Bee Road facility,” Newton says. “Union Mission has a landscaping project, and they also have a project to take fabric and make it into lap robes. This really helps them out. We will do a Habitat for Humanity project that will involve either painting or construction. And at Second Harvest Food Bank, we will fill 2,000 end of the month food bags for low-income elderly.” Volunteers will meet at First Presbyterian Church on Washington Avenue at 7:30 a.m. for a continental breakfast. First Christian Preschool will provide child care for those who need it. After going to the work sites, the group will gather at First Christian on Victory Drive for a fellowship hour and luncheon at 11:30 a.m.
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