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The Fossil Club - The Fossil Club of Miami meets at the Miami Museum of Science the first Tuesday of the month, 7 to 10 p.m. Membership is open to anyone with a sincere interest in the enjoyment of collecting fossils. Dues are $10 per year for the entire family. The Club was organized to promote interest in the field of paleontology and to educate, encourage and assist in the proper techniques for collection and preservation of fossil remains. Many members have extensive collections and are willing to assist other in identifying their finds. Meetings are informal and members have a chance to discuss fossil sites and plan field trips. Everyone is encouraged to participate. For more information, email president Brian Mahoney.

Horticulture Society - Learn about South Florida's gardens and unique botanical culture. The Horticulture Society meets on the second Wednesday of each month, with every other month's meeting at the Museum of Science. For more info, call (305) 662-2017.

Institute of Maya Studies - The Institute of Maya Studies (IMS) focuses primarily on the Maya, but also examines other pre-Columbian civilizations. Meetings are held every second and third Wednesday at 8 P.M. at the Museum. For programs and other information visit the Institute of Maya Studies website or call the Maya Hotline, 305-235-1192.

Mineral and Lapidary Guild - The Miami Mineralogical and Lapidary Guild has been affiliated with the Museum of Science since 1955. For those interested in the crafts of stone-cutting, gemstone identification, and jewelry making, come to the monthly meetings held the first Wednesday of every month in the Museum Auditorium. The group also conducts a series of classes at the Museum in jewelry making, stonecutting and bead stringing. For more information, call John Spier 954-728-9963, KC Foster 561- 969-5297, Mimi Reiger 305-665-3845. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:45 PM.

Rare Fruit Council - The Rare Fruit Council studies and promotes the worldwide culture of tropical fruit. The Rare Fruit Council collects, introduces and distributes new species and strives to select and propagate improved varieties of existing species. The group holds meetings at the Museum on the second Wednesday of each month and welcomes interested people to join. For more info, call (305) 860-9506.

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