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A pair octopus are preserved in a jar in the Pulse of the Bay display in the new "Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay" exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 in Oakland, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)
The "Year of the Bay" at the Oakland Museum of California is a four-exhibit celebration of the San Francisco Bay and how it was shaped by nature and humans during the past 6,000 years. The exhibit series kicks off this weekend with "Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay." Here are some of the many public programs connected to it. For more details¿, go to www.museumca.org. OMCA In-the-Headlines during Friday Nights @ OMCA, 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of the month, September—February. Join this new in-gallery discussion series with members of the "Above and Below" team and special guests. Share your ideas for the bay's future, and explore the most relevant topics in the news, from sea level rise to bridge construction, industrial development to restoration. Family: Drop-in Bridge Building Workshops, noon to 3 p.m., Sept 8. and Sept. 22. How do bridges work? How much weight they can carry? Bridge building can be as simple as joining a few gumdrops and toothpicks together. California Futures Lecture Series: Geek Out!, 2 p.m. Sept. 28, Nov. 16 and Feb. 1. Special guest lecturers will be offered by authors, filmmakers, artists, scholars and scientists. Go on a deeper exploration of issues presented in "Above and Below."