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Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole Offers Concert, Tours, Lectures During the Summer of 2005

WOODS HOLE, MA - The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole will offer a variety of public activities and programs during the summer of 2005. These include tours of the laboratory, lectures, the annual Chamber Music Concert featuring the Tokyo String Quartet, and family activities offered through the MBL Club. The Robert W. Pierce Visitors Center is also open throughout the summer.

Summer Tours:
The MBL offers public, weekday tours of the laboratory from June 24 through the end of August. Tours last about an hour and consist of a video presentation, a visit to the MBL’s Marine Resources Center, and a walking tour of the MBL campus. Groups are limited to 15 people per tour. June through August, two tours are offered per day, Monday through Friday, at 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Reservations are strongly recommended and should be made at least one week in advance. For safety reasons, children under five are not permitted in the Marine Resources Center, although they may view the video presentation with the group. School groups are not accepted during the summer months

Robert W. Pierce Visitors Center and Associates Gift Shop:
The Robert W. Pierce Visitors Center is another way to learn more about the MBL and the natural world. Located at 100 Water Street in Woods Hole, the center is designed for all ages. Observe living marine organisms at play and learn why they are important in biomedical research. The Pierce Visitors Center also hosts the MBL Associates Gift Shop. The shop offers a wide variety of unique MBL-related gifts, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, jewelry, books, and toys. The visitors center and gift shop are open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in May and June. In July and August, hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm and Sunday, 12:00 noon to 4:30 pm.

Friday Evening Lecture:
The MBL’s annual Friday Evening Lecture series will begin on Friday, June 17 with a talk by Mitchell L. Sogin, of The Marine Biological Laboratory, titled “Unresolved Mysteries About Parasites and our Oldest Ancestors.” These lectures are free and open to the public. They are held every Friday between June 17 and August 19 in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium, located on MBL Street in Woods Hole. All lectures will begin at 8:00 pm.

Bioethics Lecture:
Troy Duster, a professor at New York University will offer the Fifth Annual Bioethics Lecture, sponsored by Drs. Gerald and Ruth Fischbach, on Tuesday, August 2 at 4:00 pm in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium. The Annual Bioethics Lecture was established in 2001 to offer an opportunity for a formal discussion of bioethical issues to reach a broad and diverse audience of scientists and concerned citizens.

The MBL will hold its annual chamber music concert on Sunday, July 31 at 7:00 pm in the Lillie Auditorium. This year the MBL is pleased to present the Tokyo String Quartet. The Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since it was founded more than thirty years ago. This year the Quartet will perform: Mozart’s Quartet, K. 465 Dissonance; Hayashi’s, Hikaru Lament; and Beethoven’s Quartet, F Major, Op. 59, No. 1. A candlelit dinner is available after the concert on the MBL’s Swope Center terraces.

MBL Club Activities:
The MBL Club will open for its 85th season this summer. Since 1919, the MBL Club has served as the summer recreation center for the MBL community. Membership is open to families in the local community as well. Activities will include children’s art classes, yoga classes, evening movies, folksinging, acting classes, family dances, and evening coffeehouses featuring local musicians

To learn more about any of these programs and activities, contact the MBL’s Communications office at 508-289-7423.

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