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February 2009 - Vol 47, Issue 1
February  2009 - Vol 47, Issue 1

February  2009
Vol 47, Issue 1

16949 Wedgeworth Dr., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

Founded 1962

 Letter from the President/CEO
Dear Friends of the Youth Science Center, Heart

Happy Valentine's Day!

Once again, thank you all for your continuing support. Given the budget crisis in California and the cuts in
funding for education, your support is needed more than ever. Support for non-profits and groups like the
Youth Science Center is absolutely vital, as we provide the supplemental educational opportunities for
young and curious minds.

A few projects currently in place:

· This year is our 25th Anniversary! We are currently planning for our annual gala,
which will be a big event this year. Please let us know if you are interested in getting involved.

· Our Facilities Committee will be convening this year to discuss future plans for the Youth Science Center.
· The Magical World of Water 5th grade program is important now, more than ever, given the water crisis.
We are working closely with our sponsors, the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District and
the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County to provide water education classes at no cost to the school.

· We are also in the process of finalizing plans for the outreach and summer programs, partially funded by
Southern California Edison, with scholarships provided by Supervisor Don Knabe. We will keep you

Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering or supporting the YSC.

As always, my door is always open.

Ling-Ling Chang
President & CEO
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URGENT:  Please Renew Your Albertsons' Community Partners Card
community partners Thanks to all of you participating in the Albertsons' Community Partners
Program with the YSC as the beneficiary.  We need your help to continue earning funds.  This year
Albertsons' is requiring that each Preferred Savings Card holder re-link their card number in order for
the YSC to continue earning funds.  This must be done before March 1, 2009.  To do this, click on this
link and follow the simple instructions.   You will need to enter your
Community Partners' Card Number.  After re-entering the number, the next page will ask for the
YSC Organization Number, which is 49000105907.  Then click on FIND, and ADD and then Sign-out. 
Thank you for your continued support!

If  you do not know your Preferred Savings Card Number, please call (877) 932-7948.

If you need a Preferred Savings Card, go to this site.  You will need to register as an
Albertsons' shopper first and then check the box to obtain a Preferred Savings Card.

Every time you shop at Albertsons' and scan your linked Preferred Savings Card, we will earn back at
least 2% of your shopping dollars.

Each year the YSC receives over $500 from your purchases at Albertsons' and Sav-On Pharmacy. 
For the 4th quarter, the YSC received a check for $110.
YSC Celebrates 25th Anniversary on November 6, 2009

   Mark your calendar for Friday, November 6, 2009 for the 25th Anniversary celebration of the
Youth Science Center in Hacienda Heights!  The gala dinner event will be at Pacific Palms Conference Resort
in the City of Industry.

   Pictured below:  Alumni award winners Jon Malkin (left) and brother Michael Malkin shown
with YSC Chairman Ron Chong at the award dinner last October.

  The Malkins attended YSC classes at the Fullerton location and graduated from Sunny Hills High School
in Fullerton and both went on to obtain doctoral degrees.

Jon did his undergraduate work at Yale and Michael attended U.C. Berkeley.

Jon will finish his dissertation at the University of Washington this spring in Electrical Engineering and
Michael received his Ph. D. from Stanford University in Cryptography.   Michael is employed by Yahoo! in
the Bay Area.

The brothers are the sons of Hal and Barbara Malkin of Fullerton.  Hal is currently mayor of La Mirada and
Barbara served as Treasurer of the YSC.

Malkin bros
Year of the Ox   Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!
  Chinese Lunar New Year's began on January 26th.  This is the Year of the Ox and marks the year 4706 in
the Chinese calendar.   The USPS honored the occasion by releasing a stamp showing a lion head of a
type often worn at parades and other festivities. Dancers wear such heads, often made of papier-mâché
and bamboo, as they perform for delighted crowds.

   According to Chinese belief, those born during the Year of the Ox are kind, caring souls, logical,
positive filled with common sense and with their feet firmly planted on the ground.

   Previous Years of the Ox include those born in 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985 and 1997.

   First class postage rates go up to 44 cents on May 1st.   Stock up on the Forever stamps before then!
YSC 2009 Summer Program Scheduled
This year's summer program will run from June 22nd to July 31st at Wedgeworth Elementary.
If your children didn't participate last year, send your mailing address to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
for a printed copy when it is ready at the end of April.
Your suggestions on improving our summer program are always welcome.

No summer school in your District?  Kids home all day with nothing to do?  Why not enroll them in the
Youth Science Center's quality science enrichment program.  Our classes are indoors, in AIR CONDITIONED
 classrooms and taught by highly qualified science instructors.  Most classes cost less than $60 for 7.5 hours
of instruction.  Classes include physical and life science, math, Lego robotics and computers.

Pictured:   Students putting finishing touches on their vehicles in the Contraption Carnival class taught
 by instructor Robert Smith of the Whittier City School District.

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Quick Links
In This Issue
Albertson's Card Renewal
YSC Summer Program
Water Education Programs
Digital Starlab
Clean Water for a Nickel
Boeing Grant Received
UP Foundation Grant
YSC Tee-Shirts
Schools Receive Honors
SAT Score Choice Policy
UC Schools - Record Number of Applilcants
Few Jobs for Graduates
After School Science
Science Comes to the Forefront
NASA Images Available Online
Sun-Earth Day
Community Service Projectc
Property Tax Scam
48th Ag District News
Korean Folk Dance Show
Silent Auction Items
YSC Store Items
66Officers for 2009 Nominated
  The following officers were nominated to serve for a 1-year term beginning in May 2009:

          Chairman      Ron Chong
          Vice Chair     Kimberly Bach
          Secretary      Walter Clark
          Treasurer      William Yuen

   Nominees to serve 3-year terms on the Board of Directors are Phyllis Vandeventer and Jeff Parriott.

   Officers and directors will be certified at the May 4, 2009 Board of Directors meeting at the AQMD
   office in Diamond Bar at 7 pm.

Garcia Room 8

   Director Leon Garcia and museum director

   Judy Chong reviewing the YSC's water education display.
   Garcia was elected to the board last October to fill the
   unexpired term of Tom Chang.   Garcia also serves on
   the board of the Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
   of Whittier.  He also served on the board of the Upper
   San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District.


The YSC water education outreach program for public and private school 5th grade
classes continued with classes at Temple Academy and Nelson Elementary in La Puente
in January.  Since the program began in May 2008, nearly 800 students have learned
about water and the need to conserve.

 The program is underwritten by the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District
(a water wholesaler which supplies local water districts) and the Sanitation Districts of
 Los Angeles County.  The free program consists of three 50-minute hands-on lessons
 followed by an optional field trip to the San Jose Creek Water Treatment Plant in
 north Whittier.  Each students receives a 21-page student workbook to go along with
 the lessons.  Eligible schools must be in the USGVWD service area.  See map.

Contact the YSC at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to have the program at your school.  This
school year we have given programs to Baldwin Academy, Del Valle Elementary,
Sunset Elementary, Mesa Robles Elementary, Nelson Elementary and Temple Academy.
Call for more information or to schedule a program for your public or private school
5th graders!

Pictured below:  YSC teacher Michele Rega instructs students on how to do pH
measurements on various samples in a class at Nelson Elementary.

Nelson Elem

Starlab Inside
New Digital Starlab Shows Available
The new digital Starlab is available for  shows at your school. 

Come and see the mysteries of space through the Starlab, the indoor planetarium of the Youth Science Center.
 It offers children the opportunity to study stars through a portable, inflatable planetarium.  Now you don't
 have to wait until it gets dark at night to see the wonders of the sky.   Our new digital projector will show
 the sun and the seasons, Greek constellations and how they move around the North Star, objects in the
 current night sky, and even a simulated fly by around the moon!                  
The planetarium will accommodate a class of 35 students.  It is 20 feet in diameter and 11 feet high. 
 Narrated shows are 45-minutes in length, and must be done indoors.  Digital Starlab programs are $110
 each, with a 2 show minimum.   Programs are for Grades 2 through 8.

The YSC recently did Starlab programs for all first through fifth grade classes at West Whittier Elementary
in the Whititer City School  District.  A program was done for San Gabriel Christian in February and another
is scheduled for Phelan Elementary in Whittier this month and for Los Robles Elementary in March for all grades K-5.

Call the YSC at 626.854.9825 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to book a program or for more

YSC Activities in the San Gabriel Valley

   YSC students checking out the Touch Table at the Raymond C. Alf Fossil Museum in Claremont in August.

Alf Museum

The YSC participated in several toy roundups during the holiday season.  Shown here with
Congresswoman Hilda Solis are Ron and Judy Chong on the left and Vicky and Rolin Soong
on the right on December 13.

President-elect Obama nominated Hilda to be his Secretary of Labor the following week.

Hilda Solis

Assemblyman Ed Hernandez sponsored a toy roundup in La Puente on December 20.  The La Puente High School
Jazz Band and Choir performed Christmas music for the attendees.  Shown below left to right are Judy Chong,
 Rolin Soong, Vicky Soong, La Puente Mayor Louie Lujan,with his wife Christina, Assemblyman Ed Hernandez
and La Puente Council Woman Nadia Mendoza.

Hernandez Toy Roundup
Support the Youth Science Center
Please consider donating to the Youth Science Center.  Your donation will help support our programs!  
Please send your tax-deductible check in any amount to:

       Youth Science Center
       16949 Wedgeworth Drive
       Hacienda Hts, CA 91745

Of if you have a vehicle to donate, please contact Cars 4 Causes and inform them that you wish to designate the
 YSC as the beneficiary.  We will receive 50% of the sale cost, less towing fees.  The vehicles do not have to be in running condition and a smog certificate is not required.
Gabrielino High School Launches  Ambitious Water Purification Project
life straw Clean water for a nickel

By Daniel Tedford, Staff Writer, SGV Tribune
Posted: 12/24/2008 10:30:31 AM PST

SAN GABRIEL - One might get the impression rather quickly that the students on the Green Dream team at
Gabrielino High School are big dreamers and heavy thinkers.

One just needs to see their more- than-20-foot-long replica of a device called a LifeStraw (normally about a
 foot long) to understand that their aspirations, while almost mythical in stature, could be the stuff of legend
if accomplished.

"In high school they have built this crazy idea that you can do whatever you want to do," said Vivian Lam,
a student involved with the Green Dream. "And we really believe that."

The students on the Green Dream team are trying to raise enough money to purchase 1 million LifeStraws.
 LifeStraws are portable water purification devices. They are, some believe, an opportunity to stop the spread
of disease through water in third-world countries.

Each LifeStraw costs about $4.75, meaning that students have to raise about $4.8 million to purchase the
desired amount.

And as if that isn't already a daunting task, the team is also attempting to do the majority of the fundraising
through recycling.

That's right: the team plans to raise the money, five cents by five cents by five cents. They estimate that it
will take about 97 million bottles and cans to reach their mark. 

See this link for information on LifeStraw,  which was Time Magazine 2005 Invention of the Year.

If you or your school would like to participate in this program, contact Michael Winters at Gabrielino HS
at (626) 573-2453.
Boeing Awards Grant to YSC
   The Boeing Employees Community Fund award the YSC a $10,000 grant for general operating support in

Shown with the check and congratulatory letter are Vicky Soong of the YSC's board and Ron Chong, YSC
Chairman.  Teri Malkin provided grant writing support.  Our thanks to the employees of Boeing for making
this possible and especially to Boeing employee Al Callanta for being our sponsor.

 Boeing AwardBoeing ECF
UPRR Emblem  UP Foundation Awards $3,000 to YSC
  In February the Union Pacific Foundation in Omaha, Nebraska, awarded a $3,000 grant to the YSC to
conduct afterschool science classes to Title 1 schools.   Classes include Lego robotics, model rocketry,
electronics and woodworking.  YSC grant writer Teri Malkin gets credit for writing the proposal.
New YSC Tee-Shirts Available
red tee shirt
     The new YSC logo with the slogan, Inform, Instruct, Inspire are available for purchase.
The blue and yellow logo can be ordered in red, white, blue and grey materials.  Sizes
available are children's S-M-L-XL and adults S-M-L-X-XL-XXL-XXXL.   Cost is only $10.
Size XXL and XXXL are $3 extra.   This is a fundraising project for the YSC.  Prices are
for pickup at the YSC office.   Tees can be mailed for $3 each for shipping and handling.
To order:  Send a check for the amount to YSC, 16949 Wedgeworth Drive, Hacienda Heights,
CA 91745. 
Area Schools Honored
just for the kidsAcademic Achievement

The following elementary schools were honored by the California Business for Education Excellence
Foundation and Just For the Kids - California for high academic achievement in 2008.  Congratulations
to the teachers, students and parents for making this possible!  Our host school, Wedgeworth Elementary,
 made the list for the second year in a row.

Chaparral (Claremont)
Cullen (Glendora)
Diamond Point   (Pomona USD)
La Fetra (Glendora)
Leffingwell   (East Whittier)
Meadow Green  (Lowell Joint)
Murphy Ranch (East Whittier)
Pantera   (Pomona USD)
Quail Summit   (Walnut Unified)
Sellers (Glendora)
Sutherland (Glendora)
Wedgeworth   (Hacienda La Puente)
Westhoff   (Walnut)

SAT Score Choice Policy May Not Be Followed By Colleges
  SAT Changes Policy, Opening Rift With Colleges

Published: December 30, 2008
This March, high school juniors taking the SAT will have the option of choosing which scores to send to
 colleges while hiding those they do not want admissions officials to see.

Susan Stava for The New York Times
Students in White Plains take an SAT prep course. A new policy will let students choose which scores to
release to colleges.
The new policy is called Score Choice, and the College Board hopes it will reduce student stress around
the SAT and college admissions.

But when it comes to college admissions, few things are ever simple. Some highly selective colleges
have already said that they will not go along with Score Choice, and the policy is stirring heated
debate among high school counselors and college admissions officials.

For the complete New York Times article, click here .
Record Number of Students Applying to U.C. Schools
UC Logo This year freshman applications are up 3% and junior college transfers 12% to the U.C. system.
However, budget cuts will likely lower the number of students allowed in to the university system.
The university is also looking to recruit more out-of-state students, because each one pays a $20,000
nonresident tuition fee.  The Sacramento Bee reported on the odds students face getting in to U.C.
Attending one of the CalState or city college schools is looking like an attractive and maybe only alternative.

On February 5th the U.C. Regents created the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan.  This plan will pay student
tuition for families earning less than $60,000 a year, which is the state median income.

UC tuition is $8,100 a year out of the $25,300
average paid by students attending UC schools.
 College Graduates Face Tough Job Market
  A recent report by John Stossel on ABC's 20/20 looked into the problems that college graduates are having in
finding jobs.  Many are saddled with tens of thousands of dollars in student loans which are excluded from
bankruptcy and MUST be paid off.  Others are finding low-level jobs which do not require a college degree.  
The program points out that students in the lower 40% of high school graduates will not be able to graduate
from a 4-year college.  They are better off going to a community college, trade school or internship and
learning a marketable skill.   For the 20/20 report click here.
After School Science:  Kitchen  Chemistry for Middle Schoolers
 New York Times  December 24, 2008

Something's going right when 11-year-old boys are so enthused about the chemistry experiment they've just
 completed that they draw a poster-size illustration with characters representing the variables - in this case,
yeast, sugar and water - to take home to their parents. This particular experiment, part of an after-school
curriculum, goes way beyond test tubes: after watching the mixture bubble and froth, the boys add flour,
make it into pizza dough, bake it and eat the results.

The curriculum, Kitchen Science Investigators, was designed by Christina Gardner and Tamara Clegg, both 28,
who are researching cognition and learning environments as they work toward computer-science doctorates at
Georgia Tech's School of Interactive Computing.

Learn how the students really get in to this project by clicking on this link.

President Obama Makes Science A Priority
  From President Obama's inaugural speech:   Science is getting a boost with an emphasis on solar, wind and
biofuels for energy:

"We will restore science to its rightful place and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality
and lower its costs.

We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform
our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age."

This was reiterated by remarks from Dr. Steven Chu at his confirmation hearing for Secretary of Energy:

Renewable energy:
"Renewable energy is something we really have to work on as quickly as possible . . . It will be my primary goal
as secretary to make the Department of Energy a leader in these critical efforts." (Quote from CQ Politics.)
 Chu's work as the director of the Lawrence Berkeley Lab focused on advanced biofuels, artificial
photosynthesis, and solar technologies.

Hybrids, electric vehicles:
"These first electric hybrid cars don't have the energy capacity and the battery lifetime we need," he said.
"Let's push hard towards more fuel-efficient personal vehicles." (Quote from Earth2Tech.)

Coal, carbon sequestration:
Coal is the most abundant fuel source in the U.S., and the dirtiest. But capturing the carbon dioxide that it
produces and burying it could make it cleaner. Chu supports developing technology to do this.

"If the world continues to use coal the way it is now, that is a pretty bad dream," he said at the hearing,
pointing out that carbon dioxide isn't the only problem. In many places, pollutants like sulfur dioxide and
 mercury aren't captured, he said. "It is imperative that we figure out a way to use coal as cleanly as possible.
My optimism as a scientist is that we will develop those technologies to capture a large fraction of the carbon
dioxide that is emitted from power plants and to safely sequester it."

In remarks made at Princeton University on December 15th, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said,  "If you want to
know our agenda for this new Congress, remember four words: science, science, science and science." 
New Jersey Congressman Rush Holt, who is a plasma physicist, said Democrats are keen to push ahead on
 earlier proposals to improve teacher training in math, science, and engineering and to expand broadband
internet access nationwide.
NASA Images for the Classroom
Jupiter Nearly 100 images are available for classroom use through NASA's educational Website
"The Space Place."
Click on this link.  The Space Place also includes curriculum for us in the classroom, as well as
discovery-based learning activities for students to do on their own.  Travel to distant galaxies and back
in one class period!  Fit the giant planet Jupiter and its moons into your classroom.
Sun Earth Day Graphic   March 20, 2009
  NASA's Sun-Earth Connection Forum is sponsoring Sun-Earth Day on March 20th.  This year's theme,
"International Year of Astronomy - Our Sun: Yours to Discover," will focus on celebrating the International Year of Astronomy.

Check the event flyer by clicking here .  There are K-12 lesson plans on the science of space weather.  Students can do everything from build an edible model of the Sun to learn how to make a
 real space weather broadcast.
Community Service Project:  USDA Forest Service Watershed Restoration Program
  USFS shieldWatershed Restoration Program, Saturday March 28 and Saturday April 25 8 am - 2pm.
Students can earn community services hours - all ages welcome.   Adult supervision of children is required. 
Meeting location is at the San Gabriel Canyon Environmental Education Center, across the street from the
Rincon Fire Station, on Highway 39, just past the East Fork Road.

Remember to:  Wear sturdy, non-skid, closed-toe shoes.  Dress in comfortable clothes -- bring a jacket in case the weather is cold.   Bring work or garden gloves.  Bring a lunch and water.  Start with a full tank of gas.

If the weather is poor, call 626 443-2298 and press #5 anytime after 5:00 pm the day beofre an event to verify event status.
Don't Fall For Property Tax Reduction Scam
  Several YSC people have shown us letters purporting to be from Los Angeles County and offering to file
for a reduction in your property taxes for a fee of $179.   Our advice is:  DON'T DO IT.  In an interview on
KPCC-FM, County Assessor Rick Auerbach said his office has received 79,000 claims submitted by these
shady outfits who charge between $100 and $500 for something you can do yourself.

The county has been reviewing the property values of 500,000 homes purchased between June 2006 and
June 2008 and owners will be notified if their taxes will be reduced.   Other homeowners can also file a
Decline-in-Value form for free by going to the Assessor's Website
Donald Bauman   48th Agriculture District Has Teacher Resources
48th Ag LogoThe 48th Agriculture District office is located on the MSAC campus.   It has a wide variety of teacher resources for agriculture-related topics.  
The materials are free, but teachers must agree to participate in the School's Agriculture and Nutrition Fair, held at the Pomona Fairplex.
 This year the fair will be held April 22 through 26.  A fair entry form can be obtained from their website.

The district has assembled teaching materials from diverse sources, and purchase or receive donations of books, hydroponics materials, bread kits, incubators and aquariums and chillers. The resource center provides a one-stop shopping center for teachers - materials for about 60 projects in one place- so they can select a project that coordinates with what they are required to teach in their grades.

Executive Director Louise Romano retired on February  3rd after leading the 48th Ag for 5 years.  Event Programmer Sylvia Bishop will take her place.  We wish both of them well!

For more information or to schedule a visit, phone (909) 468-4433 or visit their website

Schools' Agriculture and Nutrition Program
48th District Agricultural Association
June thru September: Monday thru Friday; October thru May: Tuesday thru Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Closed 12 - 1:00 PM)
(909) 468-4433; Fax (909) 468-4439

Free Korean Folk Dance Performance at Wilson High School
Korean American Dance
Family Events

Saturday, February 14, 2009, 3:30 to 5 pm.  Buddha's Light Youth Symphony Orchestra. 
 A free concert at the Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights will open the 2009 season for
this group of musicians.  The orchestra is conducted by Maestro Stephen Tucker,Stephen Tucker who is
also the conductor for the UC Irvine Symphony.  Assistant conductor is oboe virtuoso
Yali Chen, who will perform the Concerto for Two Oboes in C Major by Vivaldi with
Jessie Wang.  The concert will also feature works by Beethoven, Dvorak and Strauss.

Yalil Chen  
                                               Yali Chen                                      

Earth Day 2009:  On Saturday, April 18, the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County will
be hosting an Earth Day celebration from 10 am to 2 pm.  The celebration will include
educational booths, engaging tours, interactive workshops, arts, crafts, and displays by
the Youth Science  Center.   Free event parking and shuttle will be at 13181 and
13191 Crossroads Parkway North.  For the event flyer and map, click here

Cal Tech Science Saturdays.  For ages 8 and up.  Admission is $5 per person.  Stunning high definition movies serve as the springboard for lively discussions about the science behind the beauty and wonder of nature and science.  Join Caltech scientists as they help unravel the mysteries of our world.
At Beckman Auditorium on the Caltech campus in Pasadena.

     Saturday, February 21, 2 pm.  Hidden Universe:  LIVE! - Life and Death in the Sosmos.   Explore the life and death of cosmic objects beyond the light the our eyes can see through the supersensitive infrared eyes of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

     Saturday, April 4, 2 pm.  The Great Natural Wonders of the World.  David Attenborough sets out on an intrepid quest that celebrates the wealth of natural features that makes Planet Earth so varied, distinctive, and beautiful.   This is a BBC Wildvision/National Geographic Channel production.

Schabarum Park Family Bird Walk.  See what kinds of birds are in our local park.  Held the 3rd Sunday each month at 8:00 am.  Meet at the park office.  Free (Parking fee is charged, but you can park on Azusa Avenue and walk in).  All ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult.  The walks are led by naturalist Ray Jillson.  The park is located at the corner of Azusa Avenue and Colima Road in Rowland Heights.  Parking is free if you tell the guard that you are there for the bird walk.

The following free admissions are made available by Target

       Bowers Museum, first Sunday of every month.   10 am - 4 pm

       California African American Museum, first Sunday of every month  11 am - 5 pm

       Children's Museum at La Habra,  first Saturday of the month  10 am - 5 pm

       Japanese American National Museum, second Saturday of the month except August 11 am - 4 pm

       Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) federal holiday Mondays from 12 to 8 pm

       Museum of Latin American Art, Every Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

       Orange County Museum of Art, second Sunday of each month


Shop for museumsShop Online and Help the YSC:  You can help the YSC by shopping online via the Shop for Museums network.  All you need to do is visit the Shop for Museums' website and register your email address.  When registering be sure to specify the "Youth Science Center" as the beneficiary of the benefits of your shopping.  Some of the more notable shops that will donate a percentage to the YSC are, the National Geographic Store, Dell,  Tiger Direct, Staples, Old Navy, Ace Hardware, Carnival Cruiselines and Budget Rent-a-Car.

albertsonsSav-onAlbertson's Community Partners:  If you shop at Albertson's Markets and Sav-on Drugs, your purchases can help the YSC.  For every purchase, we receive a minimum of 2% as a rebate.  Last quarter we received a check for $120.  If you have an Albertson's Preferred Savings Card and would like to support this program, please e-Mail your name, phone number, and Albertson's Preferred Card to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it g  For more information check their  website

GRAFFITI REPORTIING.  Help fight graffiti in the unincorporated areas of Hacienda Heights and Rowland Heights.  Call the 24-hour Los Angeles Public Works hotline at 1-800-675-4357 or do it online and upload optional pictures.

The Antenna:  This electronic newsletter is made possible by the sponsorship of Shop for Museums and a grant from Constant Contacts Care 4 Kids Program.  Graphics and newsletter layout designed by Kristopher Kato.

Silent Auction Items For Sale

   Jewelry items from our silent auction.  First bidder takes the item.
Item 87.  Abalone Necklace Set.  The necklace is made
out of the inside of an abalone shell.  Matching rectangular
earrings complete the set.  Value $160, priced at $80.

Item 88.  Mother of Pearl Necklace Set.  A Sterling silver
necklace and earrings.  The lacy looking silver is
highlighting the oval opal in the center of the pendant.
Value $200, priced at $120.

Item 89.  Black Swarovski Necklace.  A black and
sterling silver necklace pendant.  The intricate silver
is highlighting the angular black crystal.  Value $250,
priced at $110.

Item 90.  Red Coral Necklace Set.  A colorful red coral
necklace set in sterling silver.  Value $185, priced at $95.

Silent Auction 2Silent Auction 4Silent Auction 5Silent Auction 88
Jelly BabiesFeatured Items at the YSC Store
Jelly Babies:  See our collection of stuffed animals.  These are collectible items.  Each of the 56 animals has its own birth date.  Priced at only $9.00 including tax.
  Zcardz:  We have a new stock of the popular Zcardz.  Each packet has 5 cards which turn into
 3-D models.  The series includes Aircraft, Extreme Vehicles, Flying Aces, Star Fighters and
 Street Racers.   The Zcardz retail for $2.50 -- available at the YSC for only $2.00 each including tax!
 For ages 8 and up.  These make good stocking stuffers.


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 Warner Brothers Trivets:  Set of 4 classic Warner cartoon characters.  Ceramic tiles are 4.25" x 4.25", total heigh is 9".  Can be used as a heat protector or for wall hangings.   Originally sold for $25, now only $12.
Can be shipped anywhere in the US for $10.  Made in Taiwan and licensed by Warner Brothers.

ZCardz:  3D models of aircrafts and dinosaurs.  Each pack has five models.  Only $2.00 each.

Eyewitness Kits:  From the maker of Eyewitness Books.  Learn about Whales, Butterflies, Sharks, Fossils, and Space Shuttles, on sale for $10, regularly $11.

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Visiting the Hacienda Heights Youth Science Center
The Youth Science Center operates a hands-on science center in Hacienda Heights in Room 8 of Wedgeworth Elementary School. (Map)  Since 1984, visitors have enjoyed our free-of-charge science center.
The Youth Science Center is open Tuesday and Friday from 12:00 P.M. to 3:45 P.M., and Saturday from 11:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M.  During the Christmas break the Center will be closed December 20 through January 5.   Visiting guests can also enjoy the Youth Science Center store, which is stocked with various science related materials.  For more information regarding the Youth Science Center
please call (626) 854-9825
The mission of the Youth Science Center is to inform, instruct, and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the excitement of science and technology through exhibits and programs that promote learning through interaction.

The Antenna

The official newsletter of the Youth Science Center is published February, April, June, October and December.  The Youth Science Center was founded in 1962 in Fullerton.  The Hacienda Heights branch was established in 1984.  The Youth Science Center's Tax ID Number is 95-2273238.

President and CEO: Ling-Ling Chang
YSC Board of Directors:                                       Hacienda Heights Site Committe:
Chairman: Ron Chong                                            Museum Director: Judy Chong
Vice-Chairman:  Kim Bach                                     Summer Registration:  Sandra Talancon and Carla Neiswender
Treasurer:  William Yuen                                      Summer Director: Phyllis Vandeventer
Secretary:  Manuel Serrano                                     
                                                                             Star Lab Director: Mariann Hess
Members of the Board of Directors:                    Star Lab Instructors: Judy Dominguez and Mike Vandeventer
Phyllis Vandeventer              Leon Garcia                Museum Aides: Evelyn Fuentes and Doris Hoffman
Patricia Smith                      Walt Clark                  Member at Large: Rolin Soong, Mariann Hess, Edy Au
Jeff Parriott                        Mary Tang                  Store Purchasing: Dorothy Chu and Vicky Soong
Jose Romo                           Vicky Soong                 Grant Writing: Teri Malkin
Warren Pauge                                                        Antenna Editor: Ron Chong
                                                                            Chair, Executive Comm.: Manuel Serrano
Save 5% For a limited of time save five percent off any purchase of $20 or greater at the Youth Science Center's store.  To receive this discount, just print out this coupon and give it to the store clerk at the time of purchase. 
Offer Expires:  March 15, 2009

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