Smithsonian – Night Storm

Night Storm

Night Storm

Lightning strikes the St. Michael’s Church bell tower during a night storm.

Photography by Mark Ezell, Photographed at Austin, TX, USA

Log Cabin Sprouts Legs



A man returned to his property in Oregon earlier this week only to find that his log cabin was gone.

It wasn’t wrecked from bad weather or bulldozed to the ground. The entire building was just not there.

Police eventually found the cabin 3,750 feet away from its original location and now believe they have figured out who took it.

The case appears to involve a complicated ownership agreement regarding the property, a fire at the main house on the land that displaced the people who had lived there, and changing romantic relationships, according to investigators from the Klamath Falls Sheriff’s Department.

“Quite frankly, it’s one of the most unusual moments I’ve ever seen,” Sheriff Frank Skrah said at a news conference Thursday.

The approximately 1,200-square-foot cabin was a secondary building on a larger property that was jointly-owned by three individuals — two men and a woman.

The man who reported the cabin missing built it and was the only person listed on the home loan, sheriff’s officials said. However, the second man allegedly then sold the cabin to a neighbor without the owner’s permission, the officials added.

The first man returned to the property on Tuesday for the first time in months to find the log cabin missing and then reported it to police.

Police were able to determine that the neighbor who paid $3,000 for the cabin had no idea it was stolen.

The home was first listed as $10,000, but the buyer was able to haggle down the price, officials said.

“To quote him, ‘It was a steal of a deal,'” a sheriff’s department official said at a news conference on Thursday.

The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.

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March 05, Montgomery Waller Community Park Carnival 4-Day Event

Come for the fun of it! Bring your friends to a carnival at Montgomery Waller Community Park where persons of all ages are having a good time. Attractions include traditional carnival rides and games, snacks, and a computer portrait novelty booth.

Time: refer to website

Location: Montgomery Waller Community Park (3020 Coronado Ave.)

For more info.: contact Tom Brown @ (760) 735-8542 or visit


March 06, Super Diamond – The Neil Diamond Tribute

Singing along to “Sweet Caroline” and “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” is so addictive now, you’d do anything to see Neil on stage. A band out of San Francisco can put a rest to that Diamond thirst.  Super Diamond delivers a high-octane Diamond tribute show that rocks!

Time: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Location: 143 S Cedros, Solana Beach, CA 92075

For more info.: call 858.481.8140 or visit


March 07, Finish Chelsea’s Run

Chelsea King was an avid cross country runner who tragically lost her life while on a training run at Lake Hodges. You can finish her run. It’s a 5K run/walk. A post-festival accompanies the event with light refreshments, music, and merchandise.

Time: 5:00 am – 11:00 am

Location: refer to website For more info.: contact Kristie Grover @ (760) 877-2077 or visit


March 07, Colon Cancer Alliance Undy Run/Walk

Colon cancer can affect anyone at any age, but most often people age 50 or older. The purpose of this 5K run/walk is to bring awareness about the importance of colon screening and early detection. There is also a 1-mile memorial walk. Come and join medical personnel and others at this event.

Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Location: East Mission Bay Park

For more info.: contact Stephanie Marcos @ (202) 628-0123 x117 or visit


March 08, San Diego Half Marathon Athletes get ready to run! There’s a half marathon and a 5K to choose from. The course begins and ends at Petco Park and travels through the Gaslamp Quarter, Port District, Liberty Station, Hillcrest, and Balboa Park. This event is in conjunction with the San Diego Gaslamp Block Party.

Time: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: refer to website For more info.: contact Susan Briggs @ (619) 333-6786 or visit


March 14, St. Patrick’s Day 10K & 4-Mile & 2-Mile Run/Walks  In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, participants are encouraged to wear an Irish-themed costume or something green. You can choose between a 10K run, 4-mile run/walk, or a 2-mile run/walk. There are awards in each age division and an award for the best Irish-themed costume.

Time: 7:30 am – 10:00 am

Location: refer to website

For more info.: contact Kathy Loper @ (619) 298-7400 or visit


March 14, St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival Come celebrate Ireland with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. With more than 120 parade entries and thousands in attendance, this has become one of the largest single-day events in San Diego.

Time: 9:00 pm – 6:00 pm Parade starts at 10:30 am

Location: 5th & 6th Avenues, between Juniper and Upas

For more info.: visit


March 14, Shamrock 2015 2-Day Event Irish eyes are smiling at this Saint Patrick’s Day festival. Come and mingle amid a happy crowd for a joyous evening filled with an Irish flavor of entertainment, dancing, food, drink, shamrocks, and more. As you saunter up to the pub, be sure to wear something green so you won’t get pinched!

Time: 4:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Location: refer to website For more info.: contact Laurel McFarlane @ (619) 233-5008 or visit


March 19, The Art of Music – Susan Narucki This is the third concert in the monthly Art of Music Concert Series, presented in conjunction with the Museum’s 2015 initiative The San Diego Museum of Art Celebrates 100 Years of Art in Balboa Park, and the centennial exhibition The Art of Music (opening Sept. 2015).

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101  For more info.: call 619.232.7931 or visit


March 21, San Diego Race for Autism 

Autism is a developmental disorder that affects normal brain development of social and communication skills. About one in 50 children are diagnosed with autism each year. The event is a 5K run/walk and a 1-mile walk at Balboa Park. A resource fair is accompanied by the event.

Time: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Location: refer to websiteFor more info.: contact Sharon Leon @ (858) 679 8800 or visit


March 22, Hot Chocolate 5K & 15K The event is a 5K and 15K race that begins and ends at Petco Park and travels through downtown, Golden Hill, and North Park. Both courses provide a good workout. Afterwards, participants can enjoy a post-race party with music, hot cocoa, and treats dipped in delicious chocolate fondue.

Time: 6:30 am – 11:00 am

Location: refer to website For more info.: contact Joel Griesbach @ 619-308-6472 or


March 28, San Diego Crew Classic Rowing Regatta 2-Day Event It’s the largest rowing regatta for eight-person shells in the world. Competitors are collegiate, junior, and master athletes from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe. A trade show accompanies the event with food, beer, and memorabilia.

Time: 7:30 am – 6:30 pm

Location: West Mission Bay (Crown Point Shores) For more info.: contact Darlene Disney @ (619) 225-0300 or visit


March 28, Act Today 5K Athletes are you ready? There’s a 10K, 5K, and a 1-mile Fun Run. Proceeds help to provide care and services for military families who have an autistic child and are unable to afford the cost. Post-event festivities include music, food, drink, and inflatable jumpers.

Time: :30 am – 11:00 am

Location: East Mission Bay Park  For more info.: contact Nancy Jackson @ (818) 340-4010 or


March 28, Bikes & Beer San Diego Bikes & Beers SD is a casual, fun ride through central San Diego.  The ride will begin at 10 AM and is approx. 20 miles going through and around Downtown, Balboa Park, Hillcrest, Old Town, Sunset Cliffs, and San Diego Bay.  There will be pit stops for snacks, water, and rest during the ride and at the conclusion will be two great pints of San Diego beer.  The post-event festivities will be held at Quartyard in the heart of Downtown San Diego.  Quartyard is an outdoor event space and we’ll have food trucks, a beer garden, local bike shops and businesses, speakers, and music to enjoy the sunshine and great company. This event supports BikeSD, a bicycle advocacy organization working to make San Diego a world-class city for biking.

Time: 9:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Location: 3812 Grim Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104 For more info.: contact Darlene Disney @ (619) 225-0300 or visit


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Fleet Science Center Mar, 2015 Events


Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Your Guide to the Fleet MARCH 2015
Two New Giant Screen Films at the Fleet
0ca50ff4-68d2-4861-be11-6f8c7b0c3ed9.jpg Why have one new film when you can have two? Last month the Fleet debuted a brand new Giant Screen film, Humpback Whales, featuring stunning underwater footage of these amazing creatures in their home environments. It’s playing now in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.On March 27, the Fleet debuts another new film, Journey to Space. This film showcases the exciting plans NASA has to take humans deeper into space than ever before. Learn about what it’s going to take to land humans on Mars and witness a visual tribute to the Space Shuttle Program and the 355 astronauts who flew its missions to help build the International Space Station.

Humpback Whales is playing now!

Journey to Space debuts on March 27.

Not Your Ordinary Spring Camp
e194b215-f1ed-49b3-8ca4-38953d8aa0f7.jpg This spring break get the kids out of the house and learning about science at the Fleet’s STEAM Spring Camps! Starting March 30, kids grades 1-3 can explore science, technology, engineering, art and math while having fun at the Fleet.For kids grades 4-6, the Fleet offers Modding Minecraft Computer Programming Spring Camps. Learn how to Mod and test out your Mods in the Minecraft Simulator.

Sign up now! Spring Camps begin March 30.

Rock in the Park Continues With Earl Thomas
c470c1d3-c335-4854-8803-07a2e8c5fb83.jpg The Fleet’s Rock in the Park music showcase continues into its third month as we welcome Earl Thomas. Known for his soulful blues and powerful showmanship, Earl Thomas is a sure to put on a lively show. Combining the grittiest elements of the blues with the sophistication of jazz and the nuance of Broadway, Earl Thomas takes the audience on a musical journey through the lowest lows of the blues to its most exhilarating highs! More>>Here is a video of Earl Thomas live!

Friday, March 27. Doors open at 7 p.m. 21+


Loud, Messy and Shocking Science
9d9ae28c-a9fd-4ebb-9073-9ce9219eb706.jpg The Fleet’s all-new live science show, Don’t Try This at Home, continues into its second month. Witness as our Fleet Science Demonstrators create gigantic clouds of liquid vapor and exothermic reactions of soapy goo. If you’re brave enough, you might even be invited to volunteer on stage for one of the demonstrations. There are three different shows, so if you missed any last time you were here be sure to come back and see them. And remember, Don’t Try This at Home! More>>Multiple shows daily.
Perception Returns to the Fleet
1678.jpg The Fleet’s resident illusionist has been busy! Since taking a break from his regular show here at the Fleet, Jason Latimer has been touring all over the country with his special brand of science and illusion, plus making appearances on the hit Syfy show, Wizard Wars.Jason Latimer returns to the Fleet on Saturday, March 14, with his popular show, Perception: See Beyond the Illusion. There will be two performances every Saturday and Sunday, plus daily shows all through Spring Break, March 28-April 5. More>>

Beginning March 14. Saturday and Sunday, 3:30pm and 4:30pm.
Daily shows during Spring Break. March 28 to April 5, 3:30pm and 4:30pm.

Grab a Pint and Learn!
1516.jpg What is Suds & Science? We pick one of our favorite purveyors of fine brews, invite a learned scientist to join us and ask this scientist to share what they know. After the short talk, everyone can join in for questions and conversation around the topic.This month we welcome Dr. Roger Clemens, Adjunct Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at USC School of Pharmacy. He will talk about food, and the current myths, fears and misinformation out there about what we eat. Oftentimes, it’s not so much what you eat but how much you eat that makes the difference.

Join us at Callahan’s Pub & Brewery, 8111 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92126, on Monday, March 23, for 6:30-8pm. Bring your friends because the talk is free! More>>

It’s a Festival of Science!
1543.png The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering takes place March 14-21. The festival fun in Balboa Park kicks off with STEAM Family Day on Sunday, March 15. Come by the Fleet to meet Russell, the 11-foot electric giraffe, and experience Maker exhibits, such as Nerdy Derby and a Girl Scout soldering demonstration. Also visit the Fleet Tinkering Studio booth on the Prado walkway for more science fun and to learn about upcoming STEAM Spring Camps!Gallery admission free for children 12 and under with a paid adult admission; IMAX films discounted to $9.95 for children 12 and under with a paid adult.

The Festival of Science and Engineering culminates in EXPO Day, on Saturday, March 21, at Petco Park. Want to try out an Air Zooka? Then come by the Fleet’s Science Zone booth from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to explore wind tubes and air vortices and to test out an Air Zooka. More>>

STEAM Family Day is Sunday, March 15, in Balboa Park.
The Festival of Science and Engineering EXPO Day is Saturday, March 21, at Petco Park.

Fleet activities during STEAM Family Day and the Festival of Science and Engineering are generously sponsored by ScholarShare College Savings Plan.



Fleet Members Get Free Admission to Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Birch Aquarium From March 16-31, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center members receive free admission to Birch Aquarium at Scripps. The aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. Touch a sea star in the Tide-Pool Plaza, or unlock the mysteries of undersea communication with the current exhibit, Whales: Voices in the Sea.Show your Fleet membership card at the Birch Aquarium ticket booth to receive this offer.

Not yet a member? Sign up here!

The Thursday Club Foundation Funds the Fleet’s Nerdy Derby Ramp Construction
9fb9a0fb-e7db-47d6-b8d7-a0bb2ec74881.jpgThe Thursday Club Foundation is dedicated to educational, cultural and civic community involvement, and since 1927, has held San Diego’s longest running and most profitable rummage sale. The next rummage sale takes place March 14 & 15 at the Balboa Park Activity Center. Proceeds from the rummage sale go toward San Diego’s most reputable nonprofit organizations, and the Fleet is excited to be one of the benefiting organizations! The Fleet will use this generous grant for the construction and maintenance of a Nerdy Derby ramp to be used by children, makers and their families for Nerdy Derby car races in the Tinkering Studio.Go help Thursday Club Foundation–and get your hands on some cool new stuff–by shopping at the rummage sale, March 14 & 15. More>>
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March Events

2 Senior Monday
3 Free First Tuesday
4 The Sky Tonight
5 Young Scientists
7 Tinkerers’ Club
7 Family Science Saturdays
14 Tinkerers’ Club
14 Family Science Saturdays
14 Saturday Science Club for Girls
14 Einstein’s Birthday
15 STEAM Family Day
21 Tinkerers’ Club
21 Family Science Saturdays
21 Festival of Science and Engineering EXPO Day
23 Suds & Science
27 Journey To Space opens
27 Rock in the Park
28 Tinkerers’ Club
28 Family Science Saturdays
30 SciTech Tech Challenge
30 STEAM and Computer Programing Spring Camps Begin
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Enter to Win
Congratulations to Barbara Fish, last month’s winner of FOUR passes to the March edition of our Rock in the Park concert series, featuring Earl Thomas.This month, it could be YOUR turn to win!

Enter to win a pair of tickets to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps.
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To enter, please complete this form by March 15, 2015.

Happy Birthday, Albert!
Help the Fleet celebrate the birthday of one of our favorite scientists, Albert Einstein!We’re sending Flat Albert–our unofficial Fleet mascot–all over the world, and you can help! Print out a version of Flat Albert, take him with you on your travels and share your photos with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, using the hashtag
Store Spotlight
Heavy Metal Models
9f5b03f4-a5a2-4b98-bd67-9b765f859b51.jpgMetal Earth 3D Laser Cut model kits turn sheets of metal into stunning creations! There are dozens of different models to choose from, such as the Apollo Lunar Module to Star Wars models like AT-ATs and the Millennium Falcon!

Available in the North Star Science Store. Prices range from $10.99 to $13.99 for nonmembers, $9.89 to $12.59 for members.

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Women Challenging Rules, Changing History

When Dr. Jemison successfully completed her astronaut training program in August 1988, she became the fifth black astronaut and the first black female astronaut in NASA history.

Dr. Jemison was the science mission specialist on STS-47 Spacelab-J (September 12-20, 1992). STS-47 was a cooperative mission between the United States and Japan.  She was a co-investigator on the bone cell research experiment flown on the mission and the first African-American woman in space.

In 1993, Dr. Mae Jemison resigned from NASA and founded the Jemison Group, Inc. to research, develop and implement advanced technologies suited to the social, political, cultural and economic context of the individual, especially for the developing world.

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