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  • Trails are clear, but muddy in places. Big Creek is full of sucker, Canada buffaloberry is in bloom, and in the evenings, woodcocks are dancing at the Astronomy Campus.

Women in the Sky

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Women in the Sky

To commemorate Women’ History Month, our  Saturday Science family program this week with feature “Women in the Sky.” No—not our female astronauts or the awe-inspiring women astronomers who made their journeys possible, but rather the mythological women for whom the constellations are named. Though they are not as admirable (by a long shot) as women scientists, these “women in the sky” constellations are a great starting place for learning to use star maps and exploring the night sky. Skits and games will fill the afternoon.

Saturday evening, the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society will open the Astronomy Campus for an evening of Night Sky Viewing starting at 7:30 pm. Visitors can enjoy “naked-eye viewing” and use small scopes to search for “the women” in the sky, or they can be awed by deep sky images from the observatory. If weather is overcast, planetarium shows will be offered. Free and open to the public at the Stonecipher Astronomy Center, 2200 Utah Street, Sturgeon Bay.

Wild Ones of the Door Peninsula and the Door County Master Gardeners Association are teaming up with Crossroads at Big Creek and the Climate Change Coalition of Door County for a fresh look at composting on Tuesday, March 28.

The evening will start with an (optional) heavy hors d’oeuvres potluck at 6:00 p.m. The community is invited to join us for a meal of bite-sized samples. Each participant is asked to bring a plate of “finger-food,” from appetizers to desserts. Following the meal, the leftovers and scraps will be sorted and compostable items scraped into a five-gallon compost bucket.

At 7:00 p.m., Jeff Lutsey, executive director of the Climate Change Coalition of Door County, will be the special guest speaker. He will explain environmental benefits of the Door County Compost Initiative and announce that Crossroads will now be a part of the Compost Network. Lutsey will distribute Compost Collection Site maps and hand-outs on compostables.

The program will end with the tongue-in-cheek “Consecration of the Crossroads Compost Collection Container.” Because breaking a champagne bottle over the bin would be inappropriate (broken glass is neither a carbon-rich brown nor a nitrogen-rich green), our dedication will be marked with the ceremonial dumping of the potluck scrap bucket.

This promises to be a fun and informative evening which is free and open to the public. Compost buckets will be available for purchase. The cost will be a $25.00 donation to the Door Community Compost Initiative, a project of CCCDC, payable in cash or check.

Saturday, March 25

1:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday Science

In honor of Women’s History Month, families are invited to learn about the women in the sky –  the Seven Sisters, Venus, Virgo, Cassiopeia, and Andromeda – through myths, skits, and practice in reading sky maps. School-aged girls and guys (we need actors for the skits) and their families are welcome to attend. Drop in any time between 1:00-4:00 in the lab (upper level) of the Collins Learning Center. Free and open to learners at all ages

7:30 p.m. DPAS Viewing Night

Join members of the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society for a night sky viewing. Members in the Stargarden will point out the “women in the sky” and give people a chance to look through small scopes. The telescope in the Observatory will be focused on Deep Sky Objects. If clouds block the sky, DPAS will offer planetarium shows in the Stonecipher Astronomy Building. Free and open to the public. 2200 Utah Street, Sturgeon Bay.

Tuesday, March 28

6:00 p.m. Wild Ones/Master Gardener Potluck and Program: “A Fresh Look at Compost”

Wild Ones of the Door Peninsula and the Door County Master Gardeners Association are teaming up with Crossroads at Big Creek and the Climate Change Coalition of Door County for a fresh look at composting.

The evening will start with an (optional) heavy hors d’oeuvres potluck at 6:00 p.m. The community is invited to join us for a meal of bite-sized samples. Each participant is asked to bring a plate of “finger-food,” from appetizers to desserts. Following the meal, the leftovers and scraps will be sorted and compostable items scraped into a fiv- gallon compost bucket.

At 7:00 p.m., Jeff Lutsey, executive director of the Climate Change Coalition of Door County, will be the special guest speaker. He will explain environmental benefits of the Door County Compost Initiative and announce that Crossroads will now be a part of the Compost Network. Lutsey will distribute Compost Collection Site maps and hand-outs on compostables. Free and open to the public. Collins Learning Center, Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay.

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