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Sierra College Natural History Museum presents Dinosaur Day science fest

Entries due Nov. 5
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The Sierra College Natural History Museum is gearing up for the next Dinosaur Day. This biennial event continually grows in popularity, offering the community a day of lively lectures, fun activities and a chance to get an up-close look at the collection of natural history specimens housed in the museum on the Rocklin Campus of Sierra College. Included in its collection of fossil dinosaurs are a triceratops skull, a pachycephalosaurus skull, a giant theropod footprint, a full mount cast of a hypsilophodont and much more.

The Dinosaur Day Committee is looking for artwork to be used on the publicity flyer, posters, T-shirts and other promotional items and is asking community members to send in their drawings. The artwork contest entry deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. Late entries will not be considered. One first-place winner will be chosen from the on-time submissions and will receive a $200 prize along with a family four-pack of tickets to the 2013 Dinosaur Day Science Fest, to be held Sunday, March 10. Two second-place winners will be chosen from the on-time submissions and will each receive a $100 prize and a family four-pack of tickets to the Dinosaur Day Science Fest. A special category for children 6 and under will have one winner who will receive a $25 prize and a family four-pack of tickets.

Rules and specifications:

• The contest is open to all individuals, including but not limited to students, faculty, staff and community members.

• Artwork must be the original work of the artist.No copies of previously published work or line drawings of previously copyrighted material.

• Artwork must be submitted as a black-and-white line drawing. The committee may choose to colorize the work for use on various media. No text shoudlbe included in the artwork.

• Art must be submitted on white 8.5-by-11 to 11-by-17-inch paper or as a high-resolution JPG, PDF or EPS file on a CD or flash drive, or emailed to kstevens@sierracollege.edu. Include with submissions, on a separate sheet of paper, your name, address, phone number and mailing address. Winners will be required to submit IRS form W-9 for tax purposes.

• Artists must agree to sign over rights to Sierra College to use the artwork as it desires.

• The winning artwork will tastefully convey the theme of this year's event, "Surviving Change"

The theme has multiple meanings, alluding to the following:

• Dinosaurs have not gone extinct; they have evolved into the group of organisms we call birds.

• All species will either evolve or eventually go extinct (though this may take, in some cases, hundreds of millions of years).

• Modern society's need for a more sustainable way of living due to environmental pressures such as climate change, habitat loss and overpopulation.

• The growth and evolution of this fun, educational event.

If no suitable entries are received, no prizes will be awarded. For more information, call Kim Stevens, Dinosaur Day coordinator, at 624-3333, extension 3909(voicemail) or 7955 (desk phone).

The Sierra College Rocklin Campus is at 5000 Rocklin Road. For more information, visit www.sierracollege.edu .