Ridgecrest, California: It's Astronomical Barbecue and Star Party time again at Cerro Coso Community College. The community loves this family-friendly fundraising event where they enjoy great food, live entertainment, and are exposed to the beauty and wonders of the night skies. This year's signature event will be held on Friday, September 27, 2013, and is being co-sponsored by Zurn's Electric and C. Martin Co. Inc. Musical entertainment for the evening will be provided by Treacherous Edges.
Mark your calendars for this fun-filled fundraiser to benefit Cerro Coso Community College and the Dr. Alexis Shlanta Observatory.
A barbecue dinner will be held on the lawn in front of the Library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the Star Party will get underway at 7:30 p.m. at the Observatory. For those desiring transportation, golf carts will be running continuously from the Library parking lot to the Observatory and back. Major stars and constellations will be pointed out by college staff, students, and enthusiasts from the China Lake Astronomical Society. There will be approximately 10 different telescope stations set up inside the Observatory compound for public viewing and education.
Star parties have been an important part of the amateur astronomy scene for many years. The Maturango Museum's portable planetarium is a welcomed addition to this year's event. All are invited to enjoy the wonders of the night sky.
Tickets for the event may be purchased at Red Rock Books, the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce, and the Cerro Coso Business Office. Dinner will include a grilled tri-tip sandwich, salad, beans, drink, and dessert for $10.
For more information on this family evening of fun, see the event page or call the College at (760) 384-6260.For further information, please contact Natalie Dorrell, Public Information (760) 384-6260