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A festival of flight at Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science, October 6 and 7, 13 and 14.

A Festival of Flight at Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science, October 6 and 7, 13 and 14

If you look into the Berkeley hills on October 6, you'll see a hot-air balloon hovering over the Lawrence Hall of Science plaza. The tethered balloon kicks off the Festival of Flight, where, for two weekends, your imagination can soar-- even ride the space shuttle. The festival is geared to help the whole family understand the lofty dynamics of flight through films, lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops taught by astronomers, physicists, and naturalists.

During the festival (October 6, 7, 13, and 14), there are many things to do. You can watch an expert fly kites; he doesn't need a stiff breeze to send them aloft. You'll meet a hang glider pilot, watch radiocontrolled model aircraft, and see a display of parrots or birds of prey.

Children ages 8 and older, or younger children accompanied by parents, can join hour-long workshops on building kites or paper airplanes (each day at 1:30), how helium blimps work (October 6 and 7 at 12:15 and 1:30), the aerodynamics of bubbles (October 13 and 14 at 3), and how to care for parrots and other exotic birds (October 13 and 14 at 12:15 and 3).

Film and slide lectures include the story of a NASA test pilot's flight (October 6 at 1) and a visit aboard the space shuttle with physicist Dr. Michael Lampton (October 13 at 1); Dr. Lampton is preparing for an upcoming shuttle mission. Lectures are free; workshops cost $1 to $6.

Future aeronautical engineers ages 12 and under can bring their own creations --airplanes or other flying objects --to the fanciful flight contest October 14 at 2. Award categories include the longest flight, most fanicful flight path, and most imaginative design.

Festival hours are 10 to 5. Admission is $2.50, $1.50 for children 7 through 18 and seniors (this includes admission to regular exhibits at the Hall of Science).

For details, call (415) 642-5133.

The Lawrence Hall of Science is on Centennial Drive, in the hills above UC Berkeley's main campus.

Photo: Hula hoop bubble is part of Bubble-ology workshop where students learn what holds soap bubbles together

Photo: Boomerang expert instructs him on throwing technique; demonstration is part of Festival of Flight

Photo: Plaza will be site of kite trials, radio-controlled aircraft flights, and tests of other homemade flying objects
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