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May 31, 2006
Leslie Gordon 650-329-4006
Stephanie Hanna 206-331-0335

USGS Kicks Off Open House with Congressional and State Leaders

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Two Members of the U.S. House of Representatives will join California´s Director of Conservation, State Geologist and USGS Western Region Director to kick off the Open House at the USGS Science Center at Menlo Park.

"USGS enthusiastically opens its doors this weekend to show its Bay Area neighbors the great science that we do," said Anne Kinsinger, USGS Western Region Director. "It´s an honor to welcome two Members of Congress and State agency partners as we celebrate the many important partnerships that add vitality to our science."

WHO: Congressman Tom Lantos and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Bridgett Luther, Director of the CA Dept. of Conservation, State Geologist John Parrish and USGS Western Region Director Anne Kinsinger.

WHEN: Friday, June 2, at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Ceremony will be outside on the steps in front of Building 3 (behind the flag pole.)

WHAT: Kick-off ceremony for Open House will end by 11:00 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting for the new Map & Publication Sales area operated jointly by USGS and the California Geological Survey.

Exhibits will be open on June 2 until 3:00 p.m. by invitation to partners and school groups. The Open House will be from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on both Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4, for the general public. Admission to the Open House is free of charge. More information and directions are available at

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