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July 05, 1996 - Image 79

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-07-05

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SIN Entertainment
EarthQuest: Take
`The Toxicus Challenge'

uffering from fireworks be more energy efficient. In the tion Zone, which recreates a gas sta-
burnout? Unwilling to do the kitchen, they learn what happens tion. Through an interactive video
grilling? Don't let the red and when a refrigerator door is opened and game, visitors can find out about al-
white make you blue. Instead, how to pack a less-wasteful lunch. In ternative fuels and how to create less
visit EarthQuest, the new exhibit at the bathroom, see how water can be pollution by using a wrench.
The Recycling Zone features a sort-
the Cranbrook Institute of Science conserved in "Toilet Talk," "Shower
aimed at educating kids about the en- Power"-and "Sink or Swim." The back ing activity and explains how glass,
yard displays facts about fertilizers, plastic, paper, aluminum and alloys
vironment in a fun and easy way.
are recycled into other materials.
Based on the updated "3 Rs" — re- pesticides and yards.
The adventure concludes with the
The third stop is the Shopping Zone,
duce, reuse and recycle — EarthQuest
is designed as an interactive video where exhibit-goers are educated End Zone, where kids play the "Toxi-
game. As visitors enter the exhibit, about packaging, content and recy- cus Challenge." In a laser-game bat-
they are greeted by the robot J.D. cling through scanning the bar codes tle, they must decide whether to
reduce, reuse or recycle identified land-
(Junkyard Dog), the friendly mascot of various items in a mini-mart.
This is followed by the Transporta- fill items in order to defeat Toxicus.
who enlists their help to defeat the evil
Toxicus, the "monster of
waste." The only way to do
this is by gathering inte-
gral information in five
zones: Neighborhood,
Home, Shopping, Trans-
portation and Recycling:
Each of these settings con-
tain several examples of
real-life environmental
problems and suggestions
on how to solve them.
The Neighborhood Zone
depicts a suburban street
on garbage day. See-
through trash bins teach
children what items can be
recycled in their own
homes. Visitors can also
feel the weight of garbage
produced by an individual
in a day or week in "Wear
Your Waste," which allows
them to try on clear vests
filled with trash.
Next, visitors move on to
the Home Zone, the interi-
or of a house. This zone il- In the Shopping Zone, Jacob Freeman, 41/2, and Hannah Blume, 5, decide which items to reduce, reuse or
lustrates how a house can recycle.

Family Train Ride

All aboard for an hour-long
train trip through marshlands
and a Wooded Bird Sanctuary.
Plus, a puppet show. Coe Rail-
road 840 N. Pontiac Trail,
Walled Lake. (810) 960-9440.


k Sun., 1 & 2:30 p.m.


Spend a summer day at this
open-air market with fresh
produce, unique import
items, crafts and specialty
foods. Bagley at 21st, Detroit.
(313) 842-0450.

Sun.,.12-6 p.m.

Overture to Glory

The 1940 Yiddish musi-
cal/drama with English sub-
titles. Sinai's Program for
Holocaust Survivors, Fam-
flies and Friends. (810) 356-

Sun., 7:30 p.m.,
Maple-Drake JCC;
Mon., 12:45 p.m.,

The learning continues in the
EarthLab, an activities center and re-
source room for all ages. Visitors ob-
serve firsthand how live worms
compost garbage into soil and how bod-
ies of water become contaminated. A
library, multimedia computer pro-
grams, puzzles and games are also
"We wanted to expand this infor-
mation on an adult level without ex-
cluding the kids," said Melissa
Pletcher, coordinator of EarthQuest
events and the EarthLab. ❑

— Mara Reirzstein

e The EarthQuest exhibit runs
through Labor Day at the Cran-
brook fnstitute of Science. Free dri-
ly programs. Hours are 10 a.m-5
p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-10
p.m g#.4
Friday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m.
Sund,4Y2Aldiiiigaion is $7 for adults
$4 for children 3-17 and senior cit-
izens, and free for children under
3. An Eco-Art Workshop will be
held 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July
20. Fee: $6 for members, $8 for non
members. Register at (810) 645
3233. An Environmental Magic and
Game.Show hosted by Doug Scheer
will be held at 1 and 3 pm. Satur-
day, July 20, and at 2 and 4 p.m.
Sunday, July 21. Free with muse-
um admission. For other upcoming
EarthQuest events, check the JN
Entertainment calendar. Call (810)
645-3200. 1221 North Woodward
Ave. in Bloomfield Hills.

Quentin Tarantino

WRIF presents Monday Night at
the Movies at the State Theatre
for a buck. Tarantino's flick du
jour is True Romance with Chris-
tian Slater, Patricia Arquette and
Dennis Hopper. 2111 Woodward,

Mon., 9 p.m.

Henry Feinberg

When not offering a "Fein"
harmonica show, the piano
man is performing at the
Rochester Chop House, 306
Main Rochester. (810) 651-

7-11 p.m.

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