Amateur astronomers invite you to a party full of stars [Glewood/Glenelg/Dayton]

Have you ever wanted to know more about the bright lights that appear in the sky after the sun goes down? Here's your chance.

The Howard Astronomical League, or HAL, will hold its monthly public star party on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 5 to 11 p.m., at Alpha Ridge Park in Marriottsville, and they invite you to come enjoy the wonders of the night sky with them.

HAL members bring the telescopes and other viewing equipment and share them with you. If you have a telescope of your own, or are thinking about getting one, there will be plenty of people ready to answer your questions.

Howard Astronomical League's amateur astronomers have a wide range of astronomy experience, but all have an interest in the night sky and love to share the sights with others.

This will be the last star party for the year, and the temperatures are likely to be cold. After all, the clearest night skies are the coldest nights. Make sure you are dressed for the weather so you can enjoy yourself. The event will only be canceled if the sky is completely overcast, or it is raining.

For younger people who are interested in the stars, the Celestial Searchers Astronomy Club works with the Howard Astronomical League. Dr. Joel Goodman, D.D.S., also known as Stardoc, founded Celestial Searchers in 1999.

The club is open to all Howard County students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Their next meeting will be at Bushy Park Elementary School on Monday, Nov. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Celestial Searchers have monthly stargazing parties, listen to guest speakers and do fun activities. For more information send an email to

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Glenwood is sponsoring a Ladies Night of Shopping on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the St. Andrew's Parish Hall on Route 97. This will be the second shopping night that St. Andrew's has held, and will include many different vendors.

The Shabby Acorn, Origami Owl, Dove Chocolate Discoveries and Pink Papaya are just some of the vendors that will be showcased. This is a perfect time to begin your holiday shopping. Bring a friend, have fun and help out St. Andrew's Church. There will be raffles, refreshments and surprises. Proceeds will benefit the J2A youth group pilgrimage. For more information, call 240-372-8878.

It's time for the fall dramatic productions at the local high schools. Glenelg High School will present "The Little Mermaid" on the weekends of Nov. 15 through 17 and Nov. 21 through 23. Information about performance times and ticket sales will be available soon. Howard County high school students are very talented, and the productions are worth attending.

The Howard County 4-H Program will hold a fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov. 13, between 5 and 9 p.m. at the Lisbon and Clarksville Pizza Huts. If you mention the 4-H Program when you pay for your meal or carry out, Pizza Hut will make a donation to Howard County 4-H. Donated proceeds will be used to pay for the annual Achievement Program, which recognizes 4-H youth for the successes they have achieved over the year. You can help the 4-H Program and enjoy dinner at the same time.

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