Last Update: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

San Fernando Children's Museum To Finally Open PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex Garcia   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 04:00

A. Garcia / El Sol

The shiny structure with glass walls that has sat empty for years next to the Lake View Terrace Library at the Hansen Dam Recreation Area is finally getting some life.

Stalled for years, the San Fernando Children’s Museum will open later this year, giving youngsters a fun and educational place to go and bringing a major attraction to the northeast San Fernando Valley.

“We are opening Nov. 22. We think it’s going to be very exciting,” said Dan Nasitka, spokesperson for Discovery Science Center, the Orange County facility that will manage and operate the Children's Museum.

“We’re [showing off] all the great things we do here to the San Fernando Valley. We’ll focus on science, technology, engineering, math, environmental science for early learners, primarily children five and under.”

He added a major announcement regarding the leadership and exhibits at the Children's Museum will be made next month. Long Process The idea for the museum was proposed back in 2000 with an estimated cost of $10 million. But the price quickly ballooned to nearly $50 million. By 2007, the building with glass walls and slanting roof finished construction.

Then, in 2009, the Los Angeles Children’s Museum (which would have run the San Fernando Museum) went into bankruptcy and the City of Los Angeles took over. But depleted municipal coffers prevented the opening. The Los Angeles City Council finally approved $11.8 million towards the museum last year.

Nasitka said they’ve also received additional money incentives to raise the museum's funds to $22.4 million.

If Los Angeles officials did not fill the Lake View Terrace building with a museum by 2015, the city could have lost millions of dollars of grant money.

The talks between the City of Los Angeles and Discovery Science Center, a museum that is easily identified by the “cube” shape on its top one sees while traveling along the I-5 Freeway in Santa Ana, began soon after the L.A. Children’s Museum went into bankruptcy.

Last year, Discovery Science Center received the National Medal for Museum and Library Center, the nation’s highest honor for such institutions. It’s the first time a California facility has received the award.

Important And Popular Exhibits

The Center has held important exhibits, including one about “Star Wars,” and another on the Indiana Jones movies. Nasitka said the Center reaches an estimated 200,000 people through the museum and its outreach programs, and presents science lessons to local schools, which they plan to replicate in the Valley. “We are bringing a museum to an area that doesn’t have anything like that. This is exciting because now kids won't have to travel to L.A. or Orange County to visit a children's museum," Nasitka said.

In the next several months, Nasitka said contractors will be hired to make the interior modifications to the building needed to accommodate the exhibits that will be placed there.

Jeff Woodruff, a La Tuna Canyon resident and outgoing member of the Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council, which oversees Lake View Terrace, believes the museum is a long overdue.

"I think the science center is a good thing. It needs to open and serve the public. The kids need to have access to a museum, especially since we promised it," Woodruff said. He said he’s seen some of the proposals for exhibits at the museum, which will be geographically centered. "The water conservation will incorporate horses and there's talk of working with local ranches," he noted.

He said the museum will attract “positive traffic to Hansen Dam,” where visitors have complained lately of an increasing presence of homeless people hanging around near the playground and library, that are right next to the building that will house the museum. “If [families and visitors show up in large numbers], the shady element goes away,” he said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 04:05

Team members care for thousands of the region's sickest children with heart conditions, including fetuses, newborns, infants, children, adolescents, and adult, long-term patients with pediatric cardiovascular conditions. At Children's families experience coordinated, next-generation care, delivered by a compassionate, multidisciplinary team of leaders in the pediatric cardiology field. One of the largest pediatric cardiovascular programs in the region. Studies have shown that high volumes are associated with high quality and better outcomes, because experience is a major factor in quality of care. Wort was traditionally prescribed in parts of Europe for depression (in addition to use as a general-purpose tea), and Chinese medicine developed elaborate lists of herbs and preparations. With the scientific revolution in Europe and the United States, the use of traditional herbal remedies fell out of favor with the mainstream medical establishment, although a few people continued to use and maintain knowledge of traditional European herblore. In the early 20th century, scientists began reassessing this rejection of traditional herbs in medicine. Vorzüge eines intakten und lebendigen Gemeinschaftslebens bewahren. Dafür sorgen nicht zuletzt gut 120 lokale Vereine. Als wichtiger Faktor im Kulturleben haben sich die zahlreichen Museen und einige Kunstgalerien erwiesen. Descriptive and quantitative transcriptome analyses are important for interpreting the functional elements of the genome and revealing the molecular constituents of cells and tissues. It is known that sperm function can be affected by ASG proteins, including the processes of capacitation and the acrosome reaction, as well as canadian pharmacy accutane sperm motility, DNA integrity and interaction with the oocyte. BSPs (bovine seminal plasma protein, unigene 64,588 and unigene 69,768), fertilin (unigene 17,270 and unigene 27,136), ACE (Angiotensin converting enzyme, unigene 7,164 and unigene 21,069), GPX5 (glutathione peroxidase, epididymal secretory glutathione peroxidase, unigene15860), Spermadhesin-1 (Acidic seminal fluid protein, aSFP). The reproduction-related transcripts identified in the ASG and testis transcritptomes in E. This interaction of PDC-109 with the sperm cell membrane results in an efflux of cholesterol and choline phospholipids, that appears to be important for capacitation. The main changes in spermatozoa that occur during epididymal maturation are the ability to move, recognize and bind to the ZP, and to fuse with the plasma membrane of the oocyte.. Oct 2004, Adelaide, Australia. Ziaian T, Augostinos, M. Relationship Between Acculturation and Mental Well-being Among Young Persian Women Living in Australia. Paper presented at the Educational Research conference, 18th November 2004, Adelaide, Australia. Ziaian T, Stress Management: an introduction of holistic coping strategies. A Four day Course for the higher degree students. Targeted molecular therapy for advanced epithelial ovarian cancer. Minimally invasive surgery for gynecological cancer. Pharmaceutical Sciences from Shizuoka College of Pharmacy (1976, Japan). He has completed his B. Prophylactic removal of nevi without clinically worrisome characteristics is not recommended. The reasons for this are practical: many individuals in these families have a large number of nevi, and complete removal of them all is not feasible, since new atypical nevi continue to develop. In addition, individuals with increased susceptibility to melanoma may have cancer arise de novo, without a precursor lesion such as a nevus. The disadvantages of screening include the limitations of available noninvasive testing methods and the risks associated with invasive screening procedures. ERCP is the gold standard for identifying early cancers and precancerous lesions in the pancreas..