Events commemorate Hurricane Andrew, 20 years later

08/16/2012 5:00 AM

08/18/2012 6:02 AM

Aug. 16

Friday Aug. 17 and Saturday 18

Homestead Mayor Steven C. Bateman and the City Council are inviting the public to a weekend of history and celebration Friday and Saturday.

Families of Homestead’s earliest pioneers will be present to share their stories of challenges faced during the early days of homesteading in South Florida as well as during Hurricane Andrew 20 years ago, an important point in Homestead’s history.

Events will include a $10 cocktail reception at 8 p.m. Friday at the Community Center, 1601 N. Krome Ave., and a free festival in historic downtown Homestead from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, contact Homestead steering committee chair Yvonne C. Knowles at 305-323-6564 or email ycknowles@aol.com

Aug. 25

Do you have a story to tell about your experience with Hurricane Andrew?

The Miami Science Museum is hosting Hurricane Andrew Remembrance Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 at the museum.

The day’s events will include:

•  A planetarium show, “Remembering Andrew Under the Stars,’’ at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
•  Hurricane Forecasting: Then and Now, a panel discussion, from noon to 12:45 p.m., led by Frank Marks, director of the Hurricane Research Division and Chris Landsea, science and operations officer with the National Hurricane Center.
•  Hurricane Andrew Remembered, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., will feature hurricane experts Max Mayfield, former director of the National Hurricane Center, now hurricane consultant on WPLG-ABC 10; Stan Goldenberg, survivor and hurricane researcher at NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division, and Bryan Norcross, former meteorologist with WFOR-CBS 4 and now on The Weather Channel.
•  The Aftermath of Hurricane Andrew from 3 to 3:45 p.m., with Kate Hale, the former director of Miami-Dade Emergency Management, and Richard Ford of the Salvation Army Disaster Relief Team.
•  Theater video presentations: Andrew Specials at 11:20 a.m., 12:50, 2:20 and 3:50 p.m. The program will include television footage covering Andrew before, during and after the storm struck.

Tropical weather briefings at the Magic Planet at 11:45 a.m., 1:15 and 2:45 p.m.; kids’ activity stations where visitors can tell their Andrew stories and write their experiences on cards to be placed on a pinup board.

It’s all free with a paid museum admission. The museum is at 3280 S. Miami Ave. For more information, visit www.MiamiSci.org.

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