Programs & Events

NRC Grand Opening Gala & After Party

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Apr. 13, 2012 | Friday, 7:00pm
Location: Museum of Natural Sciences
$200/person; $75 After-party only


7:00 pm—1:00 am

Grand Opening Gala, Nature Research Center

Savor wonderful food* and drinks at the open bar

Dance and sway to the music of

  • TFC Band—50s, Motown and Disco
  • Mark Wells Quartet

Enjoy The Magic of African Rhythm, Mickey Mills Steel Drum Band and Infinity Circus.

Meet and learn about the work of world-renowned scientists and special guests:

Black tie optional
Valet Parking

$200/person (includes After Party)

The Gala is completely SOLD OUT.

The After Party

10 pm–1:00 am

The NRC at night - rendering

Enjoy a late night menu, test tube shooters, an open bar and dancing to:

Also featuring The Magic of African Rhythm, Mickey Mills Steel Drum Band and Infinity Circus.

Festive Attire
Valet Parking


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Taste Test Poll

If you received an invitation to the Gala (an invitation is not required to attend!) it included two strips of paper containing sodium benzoate, a type of salt that may occur naturally in some foods but is more likely to be chemically produced and added as a preservative. People who taste sodium benzoate describe it in different ways. Some call it bitter or salty while others think the taste is more on the sweet side. Since many of us drink soft drinks on a regular basis, we are fairly used to tasting this preservative and generally think nothing of it.

Let us know what it tasted like to you (Poll accepts one vote per computer or browser. This survey is not a formal research study. No individually identifiable information is being collected in association with your response.)


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