As you have likely noticed, July has been an incredibly busy month for outreach! Many, many thanks to everyone who has volunteered for our June and July events thus far. We still have a few more events that are a bit bigger than can still use volunteers. If you haven't volunteered before, we'd love to have you! These star parties don't require expert levels of observing. If you can find a couple of your favorite objects in your telescope, that is all that is necessary to show to a very eager and enthusiastic public. And, there's the bonus of you get to do some observing in some relatively dark sites! If you are interested in helping out in any of the events below, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 13th (Saturday, 9pm -12am) - Star Trek and a Star Party - Stub Stewart Park - We are partnering with Hollywood Theater to show Wrath of Khan at Stub Stewart and then also have a star party for the audience afterwards. We are looking for 10 more volunteers with telescopes. I'm not sure what could be more fun that combining Star Trek with being under the stars!
July 13th (Saturday, 8:30pm - 10:30pm) - Portland Metro Star Party at Glendoveer Park- This is an annual event in which we partner with Portland Metro and Portland Audobon to provide a star party. We need 10 volunteers with telescopes.
July 20th (Saturday evening) - OMSI Star Party - Stub Stewart Park - This is one of OMSI's annual star parties, and it's on the anniversary of the Apollo landing. This is a busy weekend for OMSI. We have wonderful volunteers signed up already to help during the day, and then this star party is to end the celebration of the moon landing. OMSI needs at least 10-15 volunteers with telescopes.
July 20th (Saturday evening - Sunday morning) - Maryhill Museum Star Party - Each year, RCA partners with Maryhill Museum to provide a star party on their beautiful grounds. Volunteers will be able to camp overnight on the Museum grounds and will be treated to a lovely breakfast on Sunday morning. We are looking for 8 more volunteers with telescopes.
July 31st (Wednesday, 7pm - 10pm) - OMSI After Dark - This month's OMSI After Dark event is all things astronomy. We are looking for 5-6 people to do a virtual star party and tabling activities. Yes, virtual! Welcome to the future! A virtual star party is where you share view of the sky using your favorite astronomy app. We will also have lunar-based activities at a table setup. Since sunset is at 8:40 pm, there won't be a lot of opportunity for dark skies.
Thank you again to everyone who has volunteering and makes these outreach events possible. If you have any questions or would like to help out at one of these events, please email email@example.com