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News Release


Annual Astronomical BBQ and Star Party Slated for Sept. 14

August 22, 2012

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 14, 2012 and is dedicated to the memory of Carroll Evans, a valued supporter of the college and its observatory. Musical entertainment will be provided.

Mark your calendars for this fun-filled fundraiser to benefit Cerro Coso Community College and the "Dr. Alexis Shlanta Observatory".

A barbecue dinner prepared by the A-Team (Nexus Group) 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. All are invited to enjoy the wonders of the night sky.

Tickets for the event will go on sale August 27, 2012 and may be purchased at Red Rock Books, Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce, and the Cerro Coso Business Office. Dinner will include a grilled tri-tip sandwich, salad, beans, drink, and dessert for $15.

For more information on this family evening of fun call the College at (760) 384-6260.


Natalie Dorrell, Public Information (760) 384-6260