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PostPosted: January 2nd, 2018, 4:24 pm 
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HRPO's twentieth anniversary instilled in personnel a renewed commitment to bring astronomy to the people. Thanks to all the taxpayers and donors who do all they can to promote this important STEM mission.

2018's IAD celebration is on Saturday 21 April at the Highland Road Park Observatory. The event runs from 3pm to 11pm. There is no admission fee and the event is for all ages.

Once again, HRPO will host visitors from the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club, the Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society, the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, the Civil Air Patrol, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library and LIGO.

A Scope-on-a-Rope session and a chemistry demonstration will also take place. There will be viewing (weather permitting) of the Sun, the Moon, Venus, Ceres, Jupiter and Omega Centauri. HRPO's IAD event will host multiple robots from local U.S. First Robotics high school teams!

There will be a dry slide and spacewalk for the kids. The hugely popular Adventure Quest game will return.

There will be raffle drawings for prizes totaling over $500; the top prize is soon to be determined. This is the twelfth in the very successful, very popular string of annual IAD events at HRPO. If you've never experienced it, please come and bring your family and friends!

Official International Astronomy Day webpage:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/astronomy_day.html


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PostPosted: April 7th, 2018, 6:45 pm 
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Well, it looks like our raffle prizes total over $700! Thanks to the Office of Charitable Gaming for sending HRPO the approval in a timely manner.

Lisa Calhoun will be at IAD to promote her novel Superflare a 600-plus-page (but extremely readable) saga of a north Louisiana family who is forced to deal with the aftermath of destroyed power grids and electronics when a massive coronal mass ejection strikes the Earth...
http://www.lisapochecalhoun.com


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PostPosted: April 10th, 2018, 2:54 pm 
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Astronomy Day is confirmed to be celebrated this year at the following locations across the country...
*Sierra Vista, AZ
*Wildomar, CA
*West Hartford, CT
*Helen, GA
*Manoa, HI
*Palatine, IL
*Golden Pond, KY
*Baton Rouge, LA
*Norwood Young America, MN
*Schenectady, NY
*Dayton, OH
*Corvallis, OR
*Philadelphia, PA
*Fairview, TN
*Coppell, TX
*Roanoke, VA


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PostPosted: April 12th, 2018, 3:47 pm 
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Thanks to the Baton Rouge Advocate for its story...
http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/communities/mid_city/article_5f6d5288-38e0-11e8-a611-efbbaba5900e.html

HRPO hopes to continue the tradition began twelve years ago (when it had a great group to assist in starting it up, such as the late Wally Pursell).


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PostPosted: April 18th, 2018, 6:42 pm 
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HRPO has received confirmations from Ms. Calhoun, the Baton Rouge Zoo, the St. George Fire District, the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, BRECArt, the LSU Chemistry Department, Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society, the Metropolitan Airport, Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement, 100.7 The Tiger, celtic band Kitchen Session, St. Joseph's Academy and the East Baton Rouge Parish Library.

The hamster balls will be there, as will a dry slide and spacewalk. There will be face painting, a Scope-on-a-Rope session, a comet-making session and a robot on exhibit.

And, of course, the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club will have a special table for Morse code instruction and information on earning an Amateur Radio Service license...
http://brarc.org/history/


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PostPosted: April 20th, 2018, 6:07 pm 
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Today I have spoken in person and by phone to the wonderful people at Little Wars on Jefferson Highway. Representatives of that gaming shop will have a table under the canopies tomorrow during IAD; they will showcase science-fiction and science-themed tabletop games.

About Little Wars:
https://littlewars.com


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PostPosted: April 20th, 2018, 7:52 pm 
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The Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society always brings a wealth of samples to view. They are a quite active club, and any interested parties should inquire about membership, which is open to the public. I believe the society's next big show is on 11 and 12 August at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

About International Astronomy Day:
http://www.brec.org/index.cfm/calendar/detail/16063/86646


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PostPosted: April 26th, 2018, 8:21 am 
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This year's International Astronomy Day on 21 April was a great success; the crowd was quite good considering the weather forecast. Although celestial objects were mostly always blotted out, some visitors did see the Sun early in the event and the Moon at night.

Thanks to the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club/Amateur Radio Club of LSU, BREC’s Art Programs Division (brand-new!), Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, EBRP Mosquito Abatement, Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society, Baton Rouge Zoo, St. Joseph's Academy, and LSU’s Department of Chemistry.

Thanks to BREC’s Director of Special Facilities Brandon Smith for all his help mediating the various issues that arose during preparation, and BREC Marketing Manager Chelsea Borruano for the savvy promotion; Megan (also from BREC) was here taking pictures, and we can see them now on the internet. Thanks to Angie, Lyle and BREC Maintenance for use and transport of the inflatables and large canopies; thanks to BREC Electrical for the extra power. Thanks to Celtic band Kitchen Session for the amazing music, and thanks to Mr. Jesse for use and delivery of the BREC Stage. Thanks to James Gilmore and 100.7 The Tiger for the interviews. Thanks to City Gelato, Leila Lagniappe and Ty-Ty’s for the food (I had to sample all of it for quality control).

Thanks to the St. George Fire Department for letting the kids look inside an actual engine—they always love that! Thanks to Lisa Calhoun for coming to promote her entertaining and extremely important novel Superflare (that’s not hyperbole; the issues she raises are very timely), and thanks to Van from Baton Rouge’s legendary Little Wars gaming shop for illustrating that tabletop games can foster critical thinking and reasoning skills in children and adults alike.

Thanks to the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society for the great raffle prize (an Orion 8” reflecting telescope). BRAS members came through as usual. Observing Chairman John worked the front desk. Barrow and Scott C. performed telescope operation; Charles and Thomas manned the welcome table; and Treasurer Trey, Roz, Karen, Secretary Krista and new volunteers (President Steven and James E.) donated dozens of volunteer hours. BRAS Co-Founder Craig was superb as usual during his comet-making exercise. Thanks to Outreach Chairman Ben for use of his personal canopy (to cover the welcome table).

Thanks to Apprentices James D. and Maria for running around constantly, lending support, giving out water and such. Thanks to Tom, Amy, Jordan and Justin; they are truly an incredibly hardworking staff at BREC.


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