‘Planet Shark’ brings one of most fearsome sea creatures to the Discovery Center

Discovery Center of Idaho volunteer Willow Socia repairs the teeth on the cast of a shark that is part of “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey.” The exhibit opens Saturday, June 10.
Discovery Center of Idaho volunteer Willow Socia repairs the teeth on the cast of a shark that is part of “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey.” The exhibit opens Saturday, June 10.

Sharks are fearsome and fascinating, and they’re coming to The Discovery Center of Idaho with a new traveling exhibit.

DCI has been on a roll this year. Its last traveling show, “A T.rex Named Sue,” which came from the Field Museum in Chicago, brought about 61,000 people into the center to see the exhibit — whether it was through a regular visit, a school tour or because of special adult programming events such as “Brew with Sue” beer nights.

The Australian-built “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” opens Saturday, June 10, and runs through the end of September. (Check the DCI calendar during the exhibit’s run for more information about special programs.)

The new exhibit will put you nose to nose with great whites, hammerheads, bull sharks and more via a cinematic experience gallery. You’ll dip into their watery world using large-scale HD screens and touch-screen computer consoles with loads of information on shark biology and ocean science, genuine artifacts — some from Steven Spielberg’s famous movie “Jaws” — fossilized shark teeth, shark bones, fascinating stories of shark encounters, life-size casts of sharks — including a 20-foot great while — and more.

It’s all to teach you about this much maligned creature.

Sharks are one of the oldest animals on Earth. They’ve been around for more than 450 million years — long before dinosaurs like Sue walked the Earth. Since then, sharks have been evolving and adapting to our planet. An apex predator to be reckoned with, sharks occupy every area of the ocean.

But not all sharks are deadly. Of the nearly 350 shark species, only three are known to be aggressive toward humans. Shark attacks happen about 80 times a year and cause about 11 deaths.

You’ll also learn about tracking and conservation efforts to protect sharks around the world.

To add to the watery fun this summer, DCI’s house-built exhibit “H2Woah!” will open on Friday, June 23, and run through September. It is being developed with Suez, the Treasure Valley’s water company, to explore how water works and the challenges of using water correctly in a desert environment.

Free Meridian Symphony concert in Kleiner Park

Enjoy a concert in Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, 1900 N. Records Ave. in Meridian, at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 10. “Music in the Park,” a celebration for Gene Kleiner Day, is held each year on the second Saturday in June. Kleiner donated the land for the park that is dedicated to his father, Julius.

Bring a picnic and a low-back chair or blanket and relax as Jim Ogle and the Meridian Symphony perform a free outdoor concert in the amphitheater. The orchestra will play music by John Williams, Berlin, Sousa, Tchaikovsky and more. 891-2721,

Community chorus, Opera Idaho events

▪  The Common Ground Community Chorus celebrates music from the stage and screen with “Let the Sunshine In,” a mix of popular songs from Broadway and films. Stick around for the ice cream social. 7 p.m. June 10, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2201 Woodlawn Ave., Boise. Admission is $5 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Community Center, a way to unite Idaho’s LGBTQA community.

▪  Opera Idaho’s resident company singers will perform an Art Song Recital. Art songs often incorporate well-known poems and seasonal themes with complex music and piano. Sean Rogers will provide the accompaniment. It’s at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 S. 9th St., Boise. 345-3531, Free.