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Bear in Mind exhibit arrives at Museum of the San Ramon Valley

California grizzly bears captured the imagination of Californians hundreds of years ago. Bay Miwok Indian people feared and revered them. Spanish vaqueros lassoed them for sport and settlers arriving in California vied with them for living space. While the grizzly topped the pyramid of predators as the largest animal in California, by 1924 the last one in California was shot near Sequoia National Park.

Find out more about these fascinating animals at the Bear in Mind exhibit, on display at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley from March 13-May 7. Visitors to Bear in Mind will find pictures, artifacts, DVD's, children's activities and endless stories about the grizzly in California and the San Ramon Valley. Artifacts can be touched and a real mounted grizzly will awe guests.

On Monday, March 21, when San Ramon Valley schools are closed, the Museum is inviting families to visit Bear in Mind. Elementary school children can attend one of the several special sessions offered that day to tour the exhibit and enjoy Bear Games, hear Bear Stories, watch Bear Cartoons, and eat Bear Food. To register to attend, families may call the Museum at 837-3750 or register online at [srvmuseum@sbcglobal.net srvmuseum@sbcglobal.net.

Other special Bear in Mind events will be held on Sundays from noon-3 pm, starting with Cal Bears Day with Oski the Bear on March 20.

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley (205 Railroad Avenue, Danville) is open Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 4 pm and Saturdays from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. Admission is only $3 for guests, $1 for students and free for museum members. Call 837-3750 or visit [www.museumsrv.org www.museumsrv.org for more information.

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