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ALERT! May, 2013 Evening Meeting Remain at Reed Park

February 13, 2013

The monthly meeting for May remains at Christine Emerson Reed Park, 1133 7th Street. (between 7th St. & Lincoln Blvd., California Ave. & Wilshire Blvd.), Santa Monica. This used to be known as Lincoln Park. If you’re coming from outside Santa Monica, exit the #10 Fwy at Lincoln Blvd., turn north  and drive 5 blocks north to Wilshire Blvd.

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Meeting Room: Located inside Joslyn Hall in the middle of the park, accessible from Lincoln Blvd, California Ave. and 7th St.  This building has a glass wall which faces north towards St. Monica Church on California St.  If you’re walking from Lincoln Blvd., it’s located directly behind (west) of the large Miles Playhouse building. Not accessible directly from Wilshire Blvd.

Parking: The entire block between Wilshire and California Ave, 7th and Lincoln, on the sides closest to the park, is metered. Meter enforcement ends at 6PM, so free parking for the meeting!  We had over 40 attendees in February and we know of only two people who couldn’t find parking. However, it appears that the local native residents are engaged in a survival-of-the-fittest scramble for free parking, so the after-6pm free parking spaces disappear quickly.  We suggest that you arrive no later than 7:15 pm.

If all those spaces are filled, go south of Wilshire rather than north of the park, as resident-only permit parking zones abound to the north. The east side of Lincoln Blvd. is also by permit parking only. There are usually plenty of spaces on 7th St. or Lincoln south of Wilshire. Most of those seem to be “until 6PM” meters also. Wherever you park, please read the parking signs carefully and avoid a $40+ parking ticket.

We may return to our former meeting location at the Ken Edwards Center on 4th St. after this summer, but we are also searching for a new meeting room, as parking at Ken Edwards had become a problem.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 7th, at 7:30 PM.
The program will be Eight-legged Science: The Spider Lab at LMU, presented by Martin Ramirez.

Female Green Lynx Spider -Peucetia viridans - & egg sac  (M. Ramirez 10/25/08)

Female Green Lynx Spider -Peucetia viridans – & egg sac (M. Ramirez 10/25/08)

With over 43,000 described species, spiders are perhaps the fifth largest animal order and are a major predatory group in most ecosystems.  Yet, relative to their biodiversity and ecological importance, knowledge concerning the lives of most spider species is unknown.  From its beginning in fall 1999, the Spider Lab at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) has had two goals:  To seek out new science concerning a diversity of spiders, and to foster the success of LMU undergraduates, especially women and members of underrepresented groups.  This talk will present some of the surprising findings the students and Dr. Ramirez have made concerning several local spiders, spotlighting along the way how involvement in eight-legged science @ LMU can catalyze student excellence.

Martin G. Ramirez is Professor of Biology at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, whose research focuses on spider conservation genetics and ecology.

[Chuck Almdale]

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