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The trapdoor spider can live 15 or more years in a silk-lined tube found six or eight inches deep underneath an amazingly camouflaged, hinged lid of soil.

While rearranging plants in your yard, you may need to dig a substantial hole in an area that has not been disturbed for years and suddenly be surprised to see a large, mahogany-colored, stout-legged spider crawling out of excavated dirt.

It will be bigger than you will want to handle, but if you can encourage it to go into a large jar or small bucket, you will probably have a mature female trapdoor spider (Ummidia audouini).

Not common and very secretive, the females can live 15 or more years in a silk-lined tube found six or eight inches deep underneath an amazingly camouflaged, hinged… Keep reading.

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Cubers from all over the Southeast competed at Discovery Place's first Speedcubing Competition last Saturday. Using five different-sized Rubik's Cube puzzles in six rounds, the official World Cube Association event played host to 100 competitors throughout the day.

Cubers from all over the Southeast competed at Discovery Place’s first Speedcubing Competition last Saturday.

Using five different-sized Rubik’s Cube puzzles in six rounds, the official World Cube Association event played host to 100 competitors throughout the day.

With an average solve time of 2.43 seconds, Daniel Wannamaker took first place in the 2x2 Cube event. Wannamaker also took first place in 3x3, 4x4 and Rubik’s Clock, with average scores of 8.26 seconds, 37.40 seconds and 10.07 seconds, respectively.

As if solving a Rubik’s Cube isn’t hard enough, Cubers completed in a round… Keep reading.

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Discovery Place and Classroom Central are partnering to give students the school supplies they need to be successful in the classroom, and you can help. Today through August 19, bring unopened, unused school supplies to Discovery Place and receive $2 off Museum admission. Photo credit: Classroom Central

As summer comes to an end, preparations for the new school year begin.

Discovery Place and Classroom Central are partnering to give students the school supplies they need to be successful in the classroom, and you can help. Today through August 19, bring unopened, unused school supplies to Discovery Place and receive $2 off Museum admission.

Classroom Central supports more than 100,000 students in poverty in over 200 schools in six school districts by collecting and distributing free school supplies. All materials distributed are used to create inviting learning environments and to suppo… Keep reading.

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As part of a PNC-funded grant, Get Ready With Words provides a vocabulary-building program in the Grier Heights and Montclaire neighborhoods. To prevent summer break learning loss and to keep families engaged with the program, educators led two weeks of camp in each neighborhood.

This summer has definitely been a hot one, but Get Ready With Words kept it cool with fun summer camps!

As part of a PNC-funded grant, Get Ready With Words provides a vocabulary-building program in the Grier Heights and Montclaire neighborhoods. To prevent summer break learning loss and to keep families engaged with the program, educators led two weeks of camp in each neighborhood.

We started off camp with a bang, exploring the words community, helpful and vehicle. Firefighters talked with campers about fire safety and then the children were able to explore the fire truck. They were abso… Keep reading.

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The barn spider is a local species commonly found near doorways and porches under a good light, where conditions are ideal for catching many insects at night.

On many a warm summer evening, you might step out onto your porch or patio and face a web, thinking, “Why does that blasted spider insist on spinning its web right where I walk into it every night?”

This local species is a Barn Spider (Neoscona crucifera). The corner of your porch by the door, right under a good light, is perfect for the gourmet spider’s evening dining. 

Summer into fall is prime time for finding these increasingly big “orb weavers” around your house.

You knock the web down, but she just rebuilds it the next night. Instead, just break a few of the lowest “scaffold” su… Keep reading.

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The second year of regular programming for Get Ready With Words ended recently with a graduation celebration for children and parents. Get Ready With Words is funded by a grant from PNC as part of PNC`s Grow Up Great program, which helps children from birth to age 5 prepare for school.

The second year of regular programming for Get Ready With Words ended last week with a graduation celebration.

Infants, toddlers and preschoolers in the Grier Heights and Montclaire South communities got to experience their very first graduation, and their parents and caregivers also received recognition for attending the program for the past two years.

Get Ready With Words is funded by a grant from PNC as part of PNC`s Grow Up Great program, which helps children from birth to age 5 prepare for school. 

During the graduation festivities, the children donned their hand-made graduation … Keep reading.

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