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Dianne Chipps Bailey, vice chair of the Board of Trustees for Discovery Place, and Charlotte Ballet's Jordan Leeper will perform Saturday, March 7, in Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte. Dianne is dancing to raise money for the Museum's new Welcome program, which provides low-cost access to families with EBT or WIC cards.

Dianne Chipps Bailey, vice chair of the Board of Trustees for Discovery Place, is setting aside her fear of dancing to raise money for the Museum's new Welcome program.

Dianne will perform Saturday, March 7, in Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte, Charlotte Ballet's annual gala. The fundraiser pairs local celebrities with the professional dancers of Charlotte Ballet to raise funds for the ballet company and for each local celebrity's chosen charity.

Launched in December, the Welcome program provides low-cost access to families with EBT or WIC cards. Parents or caregivers who present their benefits card at Admissions may visit Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum or Discovery Place KIDS for just $1 per person. In its first six weeks, the program opened the Museum's doors to 4,000 … Keep reading.

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This June, our Explore More Life lab will dive into an active exploration of oceans, from marine mammal communication to the benefits of blubber. You can support a month of sea exploration by donating through power2give.

This June, our Explore More Life lab will dive into an active exploration of oceans, from marine mammal communication to the benefits of blubber.

Through dynamic hands-on activities, visitors of all ages can engage in real-world life science as they find out what a whale might eat, how a jellyfish moves and why some marine invertebrates look like plants.

You can help us present this month-long look at life under the sea with a generous contribution through power2give. A project of Arts & Science Council, power2give.org empowers you to give directly to local arts, science and history projects.

With a gift of $50 or more, you and a guest will receive an invitation to join us on World Oceans Day, June 7, 2014. For $250 or more, you will receive complimentary Donor Cards, good for fre… Keep reading.

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Discovery Place is now accepting applications for adult volunteers for 101 Inventions That Changed The World, which makes its East Coast debut at the Museum on February 2.

Discovery Place is now accepting applications for adult volunteers for the upcoming exhibition 101 Inventions That Changed The World, which makes its East Coast debut at the Museum on February 2.

101 Inventions That Changed The World is an exciting journey through time and space. Sensory4 immersive media technology allows the stories of these inventions to unfold all around the visitor. The exhibition also houses an Inventors Den, where visitors may try their hands at tinkering to create or adapt new inventions, and an Artifact Gallery showcasing examples of these amazing inventions.

The success of this experience depends on having a great staff, and Discovery Place needs the help of an outstanding volunteer team to engage the public and help visitors navigate the exhibition. Discove… Keep reading.

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It costs $4,525 a quarter — more than $18,000 year — to cultivate and care for the Museum's live coral.

Did you know that beautiful and exotic coral is being cultivated in World Alive?

Often referred to as the rainforest of the sea, coral creates some of the world's most productive ecosystems, providing complex and varied marine habitats that support a wide range of organisms.

Through a hands-on, inquiry-based approach using live coral, visitors to the Museum are invited to learn about the mysteries of the coral reef and its place in the environment.

Under the expert care of our dedicated aquarists, the Museum's live coral collection has grown exponentially, now residing in a 5,000 gallon tank. It costs $4,525 a quarter - more than $18,000 year - to cultivate and care for our coral.

You can help us continue to expand, teach and learn from our coral by contributing to this project… Keep reading.

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The Octopus <i>vulgaris</i></a> or Common Octopus

We are excited to announce that our new Power2Give project, The Not So common octopus, has been posted. We are looking forward to having a new 8-legged friend here at Discovery Place, but we need your help! The Octopus vulgaris, also known as the common octopus, would be a great new addition to our World Alive exhibition.

Intelligent enough to solve complex problems, the common octopus is one of the smartest species of octopodes. They have been known to find their way through a manmade maze and even learn how to unscrew the lid off a jar! These octopodes inhabit the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans as well as the Mediterranean Sea. With your help, we will be able to find a healthy octopus to have at Discovery Place. Our cephalopod exhibit is looking for a new resident, and we would l… Keep reading.

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As a mother, former teacher and long-time supporter and volunteer of Discovery Place, Inc., Ann "Peetie" Davant values and recognizes the importance of this organization to families and residents of our community. This is why she has chosen to leave her legacy by including us in her will. This gift of a lifetime helps to ensure that our organization can continue to offer high-quality programs in order to ignite wonder for generations to come.

What will your legacy be?

Have you thought about how you have made a difference during your lifetime? Most everyone contemplates their legacy. The majority of Americans contribute to their favorite non-profit groups annually throughout their lifetimes. These annual gifts make an enormous difference to those charitable organizations, particu… Keep reading.

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