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Dr. Bass to speak at Children’s Museum benefit

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The Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge will host a benefit presentation this fall by Dr. William “Bill” Bass, author, renowned forensic anthropologist, and founder of the “Body Farm,” the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility at the University of Tennessee.

Bass will speak at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Museum, discussing the science behind the novel “Bones of Betrayal,” set in Oak Ridge, and answering questions from the audience.

Frank Murphy, host of the afternoon show on Classic Hits 93.1 WNOX, will serve as emcee at the event.

The novel by Jefferson Bass, a collaboration between Bass and co-author Jon Jefferson, is a murder mystery set in Oak Ridge featuring a forensic anthropologist searching for clues to the death of a prominent scientist.

General admission tickets are $62 per person. VIP tickets to an earlier reception at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 28, including a meet and greet with Bass, are $130 per person.

Those tickets also include reserved seating, an event poster and one drink ticket. If paying by cash or check, tickets will be discounted to $125 for VIP and $60 for general admission.

Tickets can be purchased at www.childrensmuseumofoakridge.org, by phone at 865- 482-1074, or at the Children’s Museum, 461 W. Outer Dr., Oak Ridge.

Body Farm merchandise and autographed books will be available for purchase. Food and beverages will be offered for purchase at the event.

The event will support the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, which features exhibits and activities offering fun and learning for families and children of all ages. Visitors may explore how children lived in historic Appalachia, wander through a rain forest (Rainforest Room), delight in a child-sized playhouse (Dollhouse Room), create a puppet play (Puppet Room), board a miniature tugboat (TVA Waterworks Exhibit), and much more.

The Mars Rocket Room, Kids Go Green! Environmental Center and Garden, Kids in Action! Healthy Living exhibit, and Ed Westcott exhibit, featuring his historic Oak Ridge photographs, are among other attractions at the Museum.

The Children’s Museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.