February’s Science after Dark is a special Valentine’s Edition

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Since the month of February is devoted to love, the Museum of Discovery is devoting a Science After Dark to it – but one can’t talk about love without exploring the science of sex. They will look at attraction and reproduction in humans and the animal kingdom.

Perhaps the best part? Exploring aphrodisiacs! And what is the world’s favorite aphrodisiac? CHOCOLATE! We’ll learn about making chocolate and pairing chocolate all while sampling chocolate with some of the best chocolatiers around!

Science After Dark is for adults 21 and up. Tickets are $10 or free for members. You will be able to purchase food, cocktails and beer from the sponsors.  Those presenting sponsors are Fassler Hall Little Rock and Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge Little Rock and sponsors Rock Town Distillery and Stone’s Throw Brewing

Little Rock Look Back: Ash Wednesday Valentines

Today marks the sixth time since Little Rock was permanently settled in 1820 that Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day fall on the same day.  The previous years are 1866, 1877, 1923, 1934, and 1945.

The 1866 Arkansas Gazette for February 14 contains no mention of it being either Ash Wednesday or Valentine’s Day.  Eleven years later, the paper carried a history of Valentine’s Day, but no mention of the religious observance on that day.  The story in the Gazette discussed the hard work of the designers, lithographers, lace makers, and other artisans who created the cards and other tokens which were sent.  The writer noted that none of that work was romantic. It was tasks those people undertook every day.  What made it romantic, the writer continued, was the intent of the person who sent it.

In 1923, only one ad in the paper mentioned Valentine’s Day – the Exchange National Bank.  There were no stories on Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras or Ash Wednesday.  The stories that pertained to churches discussed revivals and new clergy, but no services for penance.

In 1934, the only mention of Ash Wednesday was in the regular Saturday religious feature. It previewed the various churches Ash Wednesday services in addition to discussing Sunday sermon topics.  Again, there was no mention that Ash Wednesday fell on Valentine’s Day.  Camay Soap and Pfeifer’s Department Store were the only ads on February 14 which made mention of the romantic holiday.

The 1945 newspaper coverage was very similar to eleven years earlier. Previews of Ash Wednesday on Saturday the 10th dominated the religious section on Saturday – but no mention of the other holiday.  The days leading up to Valentine’s Day saw quite a few advertisements from various national companies and local businesses regarding the holiday.  On February 14, however, the only Valentine’s ads were for Pfeifer and for several of the local movie theatres.  Blass Department Store, which had been focused on Valentine’s Day through February 13, used the 14th to switch the focus to springwear.

LOVE JONES on screen tonight as part of MTCC After Dark

MTCC Love JonesJoin MTCC “After Dark” for a Valentine’s Day affair with a special screening of the 1997 New Line Cinema film Love Jones starring Larenz Tate and Nia Long.

Darius Lovehall (Tate) is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Mosely (Long), a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out if they’ve got a “love thing” or are just “kicking it,” Nina attempts to test the strength of Darius’ feelings and sets a chain of romantic complications into motion.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is $10. Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

MTCC is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Clinton Center TODAY from 10am to 2pm

Clinton LibraryCelebrate Valentine’s Day at the Clinton Center on Saturday, February 13, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Come make cards for your loved ones, send Valentine’s Day wishes to patients at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and enjoy FREE family activities, including “Recreate an Original,” an opportunity to become part of Norman Rockwell’s original paintings, Out Fishin’ and Barefoot Boy.

The Coca-Cola exhibit will be ending soon, so this is a good chance to see it one final time.

Saturday, February 13, 2016
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Clinton Presidential Center

This event is free, but regular admission fees apply to tour the Library.

The Museum of Discovery invites you to say “I ‘Heart’ Science” today from 10am to 2pm

MOD Heart ScienceToday, Saturday, February 13, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Museum of Discovery, you’ll have an opportunity to learn why there is much to love in science.

Do you love science? Then join us for “I Heart Science” where you can enjoy hands-on educational activities that teach…SCIENCE!

Take a look at some of the activities we have planned.
• Paper circuit valentines
• Magic color changing flower (but it’s not magic…it’s science)
• Singing balloons
• Edible blood making
• Bouncing balloons
• Flying film canisters
• And more!

If you don’t already “heart science”, you will after this event!
This event is included in regular museum admission ($8 for 12 and under; $10 for 12 and up; free for infants and members)