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A Special Class for Students in Grades 5 - 8: "Look to the Stars"
Four Saturdays: February 15 and 22, March 1 and 8, 2014
A Collaboration with the Cesar Chavez Library
A class for curious students who want to explore the past, present and future
of science. The classes will be headquartered at the Cesar Chavez Library,
but will include trips within and beyond Salinas. Hands on science and field
experiences will expose students to the dynamic nature of scientific discovery!
Support for this free class provided by Hartnell College Science and Math Institute,
Edelman Financial Services and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, College of San Mateo and Hartnell College.
Apply online here: "Look to the Stars Application"


Pinnacles Star Viewing Events
In partnership with Pinnacles National Park, we give you a unique
opportunity to see and appreciate the stars under beautiful dark skies.
Due to staffing changes at the Pinnacles, this program is currently on hold.
We hope to offer these programs again soon. In the meantime, check out the.
Salinas Observatory, conveniently located on the Salinas High School campus.



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Rent the Stars

Make your own special event!

The planetarium is available on a limited basis

for party rentals. Our basic 2-hour party

package includes an hour-long planetarium

program and the additional use of a reception

room for food and refreshments, all for $225.

Children's parties are limited to no more than

25 guests, and there must be active adult

supervision at the rate of one assigned adult for

every 5 children. Take advantage of this unique

venue for your next party, meeting, or special

event. Longer rentals and custom presentations

are possible for an additional charge. Available

times are limited. Please call to make

arrangements as far in advance as possible.

Contact Planetarium Educator

Andy Kreyche at 831 755-6913 for more details.

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Fremont Peak Observatory


Interested in looking through a large telescope?

Returning in the Spring, you can attend a public

night at the nearby Fremont Peak Observatory.

They are open most Saturday evenings.

Be sure to get the details at

www.fpoa.net before making the trek.

Planetarium renovation made possible by NASA-CIPA,

Konica Minolta, and Hartnell College Measure H.