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TELESCOPE CLINIC Saturday, MAY 25 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Spend a long weekend under the awesome desert sky, working with mentors to sharpen your telescope skills.
Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center offers a Telescope Clinic on Saturday, May 25.
The long Memorial Day weekend provides additional opportunities to practice on Friday and Sunday nights.
Have an old telescope gathering dust in your garage? Have a new telescope that’s challenging to set up and align? Thinking about buying a telescope and want to learn about different types?
The workshop is for people who have a new – or old – telescope they would like to use but do not know how to set it up or operate it.
Mentors will be on hand from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Saturday to answer questions and assist with assembly, alignment, and operation.
Help will be available on Friday night for those who have yet to take their equipment out of the box.
Newly-mentored aspiring astronomers can share their knowledge with guests at a free public Star Party from 8:45 to 10:45 on Saturday, and garner additional observing time on Sunday.
Workshop fee of $20 per person includes pizza on Saturday between the end of the Clinic and start of the Star Party. Registration is limited, so sign up early. Minimum age is 12 years.
See www.visit29.org for lodging, restaurants & attractions in Twentynine Palms and for camping options outside of Joshua Tree National Park.
Saturday, May 18 at Sky’s The Limit:
BOBBY JO JACKSON: THE REVIVAL An Intimate Musical Revue by Thought Theatre
Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center continues the Full Moon Cultural Series with Bobby Jo Jackson: The Revival on Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 pm. The Observatory is at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms, just outside the main (north) entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.
In August 2018 at the Hi-DeF Fringe Festival in Joshua Tree, Project Sheba presented the Thought Theatre World Premiere of the BOBBY JO JACKSON SERIES – following the life of former blues singer turned minister, Bobby Jo Jackson.
BOBBY JO JACKSON: THE REVIVAL, starring Miri Hunter, is the second installment of the series. This small, intimate musical revue is set as a tour stop for Bobby Jo as she travels the country bringing the good news about the spiritual transition that is happening on our planet. Speaking of love, connection to all things, and the importance of having our stories witnessed and our voices heard, this performance is site specific to the beautiful desert and celebrates the wonder of the full moon. The evening will include audience participation.
Miri Hunter is the Producing Artistic Director of the Hi-Desert's Thought Theatre Company and Co-Founder of the Hi Desert Fringe Festival. She spent ten years in LA doing the acting circuit and has been seen in national commercials as well as several independent films. She has several Desert Theatre League nominations to her credit for acting, writing, and producing as well as directing.
This past year, the company also won nine Hi-Desert Ovation Theatre Awards for acting, producing, and directing. She is also known in the Hi-Desert as the "frontman" for the Americana band Hunter and the Wick'd. Miri has been a resident of the Hi-Desert since 2013. In her spare time, she is an adjunct associate professor at St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA, and an adjunct Theatre Arts professor at Copper Mountain Community College.
An anonymous gift makes possible these Full Moon Programs, exploring how diverse cultures understand the significance of the desert, earth, and sky. The gatherings take place on Saturdays under the bright desert moon.
Guests are urged to dress for unpredictable desert weather and bring comfortable camp chairs and water. The campus will open at 6:30 pm to allow time to explore the setting. Parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged. A suggested donation of $10 per vehicle will help sustain this series.
There are no overnight stays and NO CAMPING anywhere on the Observatory and Nature Center property. No pets, no smoking or alcohol allowed, and visitors must carry out all trash. Adults must accompany and take responsibility for the safety and behavior of children under 16.
Desert weather is very unpredictable, and this event may have to be delayed, rescheduled, or cancelled due to rain or excessive wind. Check @skysthelmit29 or follow @STL29Palms to learn the latest status of an event.
For more information and to see photos taken through STL’s 14” Celestron Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope, visit the STL web site at www.skysthelimit29.org. STL is an all-volunteer tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Donations to support Sky’s The Limit’s educational programs are gratefully accepted.
WILDFLOWER DISCOVERY DAYS Extended: Tuesdays throughout April
at Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center
Starting promptly at 9:00 am Tuesday, April 2 Tuesday, April 9 Tuesday, April 16 Tuesday, April 23 Tuesday, April 30
Due to the popularity of the Wildflower Discovery Days in March, these free public events have been extended into April!
Come join Darrell Shade, our botanist, to discover all the wildflowers, cacti and shrubs growing and blooming at the Nature Center. This is an opportunity to learn about desert native plants. Darrell will tell you all you want to know about our flora and share their common and Latin names.
It can be fun to identify all the wildflowers that begin blooming earliest, and then watch as the others come along. Right now, brown-eyed evening primrose, pincushion, coreopsis, dandelion and poppies are prominent. Wallace’s wooly daises, woody bottle washers, forget-me-nots, whispering bells, lacy phacelia and chicory are some of the others. Canterbury bells, desert star, purple mat and silky dalea are other beauties.
This program is free and open to the public. Donations to support Sky's The Limit educational programs are very much appreciated!
THIS CLASS IS FILLED! Please watch for the date & time of the next class.
Basic Astronomy Class: Star Parties 101 Friday, March 29th with Dean Arvidson, Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Los Angeles City College Patriotic Hall – 5882 Luckie Avenue, Twentynine Palms
The class will begin at 7:15 with a one-hour overview of basic astronomy topics, including telescopes and their use, in a classroom setting. The group will then make the short trip up Utah Trail to Sky's The Limit to experience the campus under the stars and get some "hands-on" experience with a variety of telescopes. This outdoor session is open ended; participants may leave when they need to, and Dean will be happy to continue discussing telescopes or other astronomy topics and looking at the night sky as long as people are interested and not too cold!
Participants will receive a packet of information including a copy of the notes used during the classroom session, a star chart for each month of the year, a Moon map, and a Celestron brochure entitled, "How To Buy Your First Telescope."
Completing this course will make you eligible to become a volunteer docent who will be trained to use STL telescopes during our Star Parties.
The $15 class fee includes a chance to win a Celestron Firstscope, a small table-top scope, generously donated by the manufacturer.
Participants should bring water and a pen or pencil to make notes. Dress for unpredictable desert weather. In the event of rain or strong winds, the campus visit may need to be re-scheduled at a time convenient for everyone. For more information, call (760) 490-9561 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Minimum age is 12 years.
James Price – Digital Photo: Solstice Moon – December 2018
SKY'S THE LIMIT'S FULL MOON CULTURAL SERIES WAS LAUNCHED WITH
Salt Songs and Sky Stories of the Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute) People Matt Leivas, Director of the Chemehuevi Cultural Center
5:00 pm Saturday, January 19 at Sky's The Limit Observatory & Nature Center 9697 Utah Trail, Twentynine Palms, CA
This was the first in a series of Cultural Programs to be held under the full desert moon
Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center initiated the Full Moon Cultural Series with Salt Songs & Sky Stories of the Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute) People, led by Matt Leivas, Director of the Chemehuevi Cultural Center on Saturday, January 19 .
“The Salt Songs are an ancient song complex unique to Southern Paiute people of California, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. The songs and ceremonies associated with them are highly significant cultural links, uniting contemporary people with their time of origin. They are at once healing and power songs of great importance today.” – Preface to Where Puha Sits; Salt Songs, Power, and the Oasis of Mara by Clifford E. Trafzer and Matthew (Matt) Hanks Leivas.
Matt Leivas is one of the leading Salt Song Singers among the Southern Paiute people. He has been a member of the Tribal Council for the Chemehuevi Tribe and is currently the Director of the Chemehuevi Cultural Center. Matt and his sisters will share Salt Songs to honor the landscape and sky of 29 Palms.
An anonymous gift makes possible these programs, exploring how diverse cultures experience the significance of the desert, earth, and sky. The gatherings will take place on Saturdays under the full desert moon.
A suggested donation of $10/car will go toward maintaining the series, recognizing the speakers, and supporting the worthy nonprofits they represent.
STL's Saturday night Star Parties when the moon is NOT full are still free and open to the public. ~
Observatory and Nature Center P. O. Box 1 Twentynine Palms, California 92277