Smithsonian Events Week of 3/9-13: Bones and Lady Bird

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Monday, March 9: Written in Bone Forensic Lab

After reading Joe Caputo's piece on the new Written in Bone exhibit, how would you like to try your hand at forensic science? Come to the Natural History Museum where you can get your hands on bona-fide bones and learn how to tell the stories they hide. Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Natural History Museum, 1-5 PM

Tuesday, March 10: Mayan Weaving

Weaving, and other such handcrafts, have been around for hundreds of years—but unfortunately, they seem to be losing cultural relevance as we enter the digital age. Come gain an appreciation of this ageless art form from Juanita Velasco who will demonstrate how to use a backstrap loom and teach you how to make a friendship bracelet. Free. Repeats daily through March 31. National Museum of the American Indian, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM and 2-4 PM

Wednesday, March 11: Ask an Expert: Columbia's Last Moments

February 1 is still one of the few Saturday mornings I can distinctly remember as it was spent in dumbstruck in front of the television as I saw the space shuttle Columbia disaster unravel before my eyes. Come listen to Jennifer Levasseur of the Space History Division discuss the shuttle's last moments. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 12 Noon.

Thursday, March 12: Face to Face Portrait Talk: Lady Bird Johnson

In this continuing series, Amy Baskette will discuss the portrait of Lady Bird Johnson rendered by Boris Artzybasheff. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 6:00 PM

Friday, March 13: Ask a Horticulturist

Spring is on the horizon and people's green thumbs are getting into high gear. Come out to the Natural History Museum where a Smithsonian horticulturist will be planted in the midst of their fab orchids exhibition and will be available to answer your questions. Free. National Museum of Natural History, 12:30 PM

About Jesse Rhodes

Jesse Rhodes is an editorial assistant for Smithsonian magazine. Before he became an editorial assistant, Jesse worked at the Library of Congress Publishing Office, where he was a contributor to the Library of Congress World War II Companion.

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