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March 15, 1991 | ZAN DUBIN
Officials at the Discovery Museum of Orange County, a hands-on historical facility, on Thursday reportedly selected a site on Main Street in downtown Santa Ana to build a long-planned science learning center. The museum board agreed to locate the science center in the Bowers Museum District "next to the Bowers Museum, subject to working out terms of the agreement with the city of Santa Ana," said a source who would not be named. Santa Ana city officials could not be reached for comment.
June 1, 1989 | MARK I. PINSKY, Times Staff Writer
Santa Ana has joined a growing list of Orange County cities where arts organizations are joining together for greater recognition and government support. The Santa Ana Council of Arts and Culture, composed of 16 groups, was formed several months ago "to enhance the quality of life in Santa Ana by increasing the community's awareness of Santa Ana's cultural resources," according to Don Cribb, the group's newly elected president. Council membership ranges from such large, established, mainline institutions as the Bowers Museum, the Pacific Symphony, the Pacific Chorale and the Santa Ana Zoo to such newer, smaller organizations as the Alternative Repertory Theatre, the Relampago del Cielo folk dance troupe and the Orange County Black Actors Theatre.
February 4, 1993 | SHEARLEAN DUKE
Other free workshops being planned as part of Orange County's Imagination Celebration include: Musical Stories Old and New: Presented by the Master Chorale of Orange County from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 18 at TeWinkle Middle School, 3224 California Ave., Costa Mesa. Sneak preview of musical stories that capture kids' interest and imagination. Teacher resource guide will be provided. Call Jean Updegraff, Master Chorale of Orange County, (714) 556-6262.
May 19, 1998 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
A search to find space for a fifth high school campus has sparked a lease dispute between the Santa Ana Unified School District and the Discovery Museum. Faced with booming enrollment and a lack of undeveloped parcels big enough for a high school campus, district officials have targeted a corner of district-owned land in Centennial Park. Most of the park, the largest in Santa Ana, is owned by the city.
September 14, 1997 | JEFF KASS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The turn of the century telescope and domed observatory at Santa Ana College was built to view stars and planets up to 3 billion miles away. But for the past 30 years, the telescope has been rendered useless by a more earthly plague: air conditioning. Air conditioning and ventilation motors, which share a rooftop with the telescope, send out vibrations that make the telescope inoperative.
August 20, 1991 | PAMELA MARIN
"Discovery U."--a.k.a. the Discovery Museum of Orange County--held a "class reunion" Saturday that brought 150 guests to the museum's sprawling Santa Ana grounds. Dressed down in rolled-cuff Levis and other '50s gear, party-goers circled silent auction tables during cocktail hour, sat for buffet dinner at dusk, then bopped to their feet, waving pompons while Sha Na Na stormed through an hourlong concert of nostalgic tunes.
July 30, 1994 | ALAN EYERLY
Children growing up with CDs and multimedia computers are learning what life was like around the turn of the century--when records played on Victrola Talking Machines and telephones had cranks--during interactive tours at the Discovery Museum of Orange County. The museum is offering children's summer camp programs for the first time.
September 16, 1992 | SHELBY GRAD
To most adults, the latest exhibit at the Discovery Museum of Orange County would appear to be nothing more than a plain white bungalow filled with old furniture. But for preschoolers, the exhibit is a way to show them just how much things have changed in the past 100 years. The cottage replicates a quaint Victorian abode, complete with an old-fashioned tea table, archaic kitchen utensils and a garden. Nowhere will the youngsters find anything resembling a television.
August 9, 1991 | GREG HERNANDEZ
Santa Margarita High School student Kelly Crean's wavy brown hair was literally standing on end Thursday morning as Discovery Museum officials used a Van de Graaff generator to send a positive charge straight through the giggling teen-ager. The 30-second demonstration, which Crean described as "rad," highlighted a one-hour press conference to announce plans for the museum's ambitious, $37.
The Santa Ana Unified School District is hoping to recruit parents in its lengthy fight to open the county's first high school focusing on science and technology, right next door to the Discovery Museum of Orange County. After two years of unsuccessful negotiations with the museum, the district this week held public meetings to present its case. Hundreds of parents and school officials packed into the meetings.
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