The Sanford Museum Association has announced its programs for the year 2009. The first program, the "Beauty of Northwest Iowa" Photo Contest will be presented on Saturday, January 10 at 7:30 p.m., when the judge of this year's photos gives a gallery talk and announces the winners of this year's contest. There is no age limit for the contest. This year's contest will have two categories, as both professional and amateur entries were accepted.
Awards for both the Professional and Amateur Categories are: first place - $100; second place - $50; and third place - $25.
On February 21 at 7 p.m., Sanford archaeologist Jason Titcomb will present a program called "Sanford Archaeology Research: Past, Present and Future."
On March 7, at 7:30 p.m., horticulturist Todd Brockshus from Del's Garden Center in Spencer will speak about new perennials for sunny and shady areas, hardy shrub roses, and what's new for 2009. This programs qualifies for Continuing Education hours for Master Gardeners.
On April 3 at 7:30 p.m., Joey Guilizia, a professional musician who has also been involved in music education for more than 30 years, will perform some musical selections with styles from many countries, including some American jazz styles. He will be including the sounds of steel drums, woodwind controller and percussion in his program.
On Sunday, July 19th at 2 p.m., Mike Medvoy will be presenting a talk and photos on the Peace Corps and his two years in Moldova as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
August will bring the return of two special programs - on August 12, there will be a viewing of a Perseid Meteor shower, and on August 22, at 1 p.m., Charles G. Shoeneknect and Ward A. Paul return with their popular "Trash or Treasure" antique and art appraisal.
September 19 brings a celebration of astronomy, beginning with a variety of activities at the museum at 2 p.m., followed by a viewing of the stars and planets through a number of telescopes and binoculars at the Prairie Heritage Center in O'Brien County at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m., David Olson will present a program on the homeless children of Ukraine, and on November 14 at 7:30 p.m., Ann Lundberg explores the geologic development of northwest Iowa.
Sanford Museum is located at 117 East Willow Street in Cherokee, and normal museum hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon - 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Planetarium programs are presented on the last Sunday of each month at 2 p.m., or by appointment to groups of 10 or more, Monday through Friday. Their telephone number is 712-225-3922 and they can also be reached by e-mail at email@example.com. Their website is located at www.sanfordmuseum.org
The Sanford Museum Association is an organization of volunteers who contribute time and money to enrich the offerings of the Sanford Museum and Planetarium. Working with museum officials, the Association hosts exhibits, lectures and purchases equipment and books for the museum. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Sanford Museum Association, please contact the museum. There are six levels of Association memberships: Contributing - $10; School - $14; Sustaining- $25; Associate- $50; Patron - $100; and Life- $500. Members may also volunteer to bring refreshments for the programs at the Museum and Planetarium.