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Imagination Station will explore the properties and science of the air all around us during Jan-u-AIR-y, through Jan. 31.

Visitors can discover the power of air with air cannons, explore aerodynamics by making a hoop glider, create a derby-style car that can harness the wind to race across the table and build an air-powered rocket.

“Air plays a large role in our life beyond providing the oxygen that we need to breathe,” said Sloan Eberly Mann, assistant director of STEM education for Imagination Station. “Changes in air pressure affect the weather, air movement shapes the landscape through erosion and the properties of air allow everything from birds to airplanes to fly. Jan-u-AIR-y allows visitors to explore these often-invisible properties of air in a way that is tangible and fun.” Mann notes that air surrounds us every day, and we hardly ever stop to think about how powerful it really is. Did you know that air is pushing down with a force of 14.7 pounds on every square inch of your body right now?

Imagination Station, Toledo’s Science Center, is a non-profit organization that features hundreds of hands-on exhibits and demonstration that deliver a multi-sensory experience that’s as fun as it is educational.

All activities are included in the cost of admission. For more information, call 419-244-2674 or visit www.imaginationstationtoledo.org.

Although Imagination Station is closed most Mondays, the science center will be open for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan. 19.

Early garden, landscape planning “for the birds”

Another year has passed and here we are in the cold, gray of winter again. The holidays are over and the changing of the year has come and gone. Resolutions firmly made on New Year’s Eve are possibly already beginning to weaken. So often it seems, as someone once quipped, “A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”

But, how about making a resolution that will make this year more welcoming in your yard and garden for some “feathered friends” who will add interest, color and song?

The cold winter months are a great time to start planning for some new perennials, shrubs and trees that will not only add beauty to your landscape but will also attract songbirds to your yard and provide food for them throughout the year.

Spring is an excellent time to plant many varieties of perennials, shrubs and trees and taking some time now to shop for these varieties will allow plenty of time to add them to your landscape as the weather turns warmer.

The following are 10 trees and shrubs that provide excellent food sources for birds:

How to be a better communicator

We’re all aware that communicating plays an important role in the relationships we have with others. Regardless of the type of relationship, from romantic to family to job-related, the better you are at communicating, the more successful that relationship is likely to be.

So how do you become a better communicator? The first step is to become a better listener. Too often, especially in trying to talk about something emotional or argumentative, we tend to think more about what we’re going to say while ignoring what the other person is trying to express. We may assume we know what the other person will say and, without taking the time to really hear and understand what their words, begin our own response. Listening is an active and difficult skill.

Beyond listening, there are other factors that make for better communication. One important item is making eye contact with the person you’re talking with and listening to. You also want to be aware of nonverbal communication, such as body language and voice tone. A mocking tone, rolling eyes, hands on hips or crossed arms are all negative communications that can cause whomever you’re speaking with to withdraw and become defensive.

Zoo invites public to help name three new wolves
Three 9-month-old male wolves are now on exhibit at the Toledo Zoo’s Arctic Encounter, joining the zoo’s two adult female wolves.

The public is invited to help name the young wolves, through a donation program that runs through Friday, Jan. 23.

The new arrivals were brought in to expand the size of the Zoo’s wolf pack as its females get older. Because wolves are pack animals with a complex social structure, introductions were made through a carefully managed process. By slowly integrating the juveniles into the pack, zoo staff was able to offer the juveniles the security they need without upsetting the hierarchy the adults had already established.

All three wolves are brothers from the same litter, and they can be distinguished from the females by their heavier build and slightly darker color (their coats have hints of reddish-brown, while the two adults are very light grey).

Through online donations at toledozoo.org/wolf, along with telephone and in-person donations, the zoo invites the public to donate toward the wolves’ care and wild wolf conservation while helping to vote on their names.

A 200-year-old chandelier made for the summer palace of Jérôme Bonaparte, Napoleon’s brother and King of Westphalia from 1807 to 1813, has a new home. The chandelier, created by the German firm Werner & Mieth in 1810-1811, has been purchased by the Toledo Museum of Art for its collection.

The Spiral Chandelier is made of cast, chased and fire-gilded bronze armature hung with cut and polished glass pendants. Measuring 175 centimeters tall and 101 centimeters wide (roughly five-and-a-half feet tall by three-feet wide), it now is prominently displayed in Gallery 31 at the Museum.

Museum Director Brian Kennedy called the chandelier a perfect addition to a suite of galleries in the Museum’s west wing that display significant chandeliers.

“We have been looking for a Neoclassical chandelier for this purpose for quite some time. This chandelier is not only an excellent example, but also allows us to highlight well-thought-out designs reflecting the latest thinking in science and art of the period,” Kennedy said.

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