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Astronomy Day activities set

Saturday is Astronomy Day, and the Eugene Astronomical Society will observe the occasion with a full slate of activities at North Eugene High School, 200 Silver Lane. Event hours are 2 p.m. to midnight. Scheduled activities planned include solar viewing, an evening star party, a model rocket launch, a comet-making demo, a meteorite display and a chance to "touch a piece of another world." A Hubble Space Telescope image will be unveiled for the first time. There will also be a children's activity room and a "mini-theater" showing space videos. Finally, talks are scheduled on more than a dozen different topics, including the latest "Mission Updates" by Don Brown, a NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory ambassador. There is no admission charge for the event, but donations will be taken.

Take Mom on a wildflower walk

Sunday is Mother's Day, and Mount Pisgah Arboretum at Buford Park is planning several activities to help families celebrate the occasion. Guided wildflower walks will begin on the hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be an opportunity to make a corsage for Mom, purchase bake sale goodies or a Mother's Day gift, and to get a family picture taken surrounded by nature. Donations requested. Details: call Mount Pisgah Arboretum at 747-1504.

Adrenaline adventures featured

Kayaking, skiing, base jumping and river-running are featured in a pair of free programs to be screened at the University of Oregon during the coming week. On Tuesday, in observation of the centennial of the national wildlife refuge system and of International Migratory Bird Day. A "grand opening" for the new Snag Boat Bend refuge unit, located off Peoria Road about two miles south of Peoria, begins at 10 a.m. The event includes guided walks on the area's hiking trails. In addition, "early bird walks" are scheduled at 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. at William L. Finley Wildlife Refuge, 7.5 miles north of Monroe on Highway 99W. Details: (541) 757-7236.

Youth hunter challenge set

The Emerald Empire Gun Club will host a region Youth Hunter Education Challenge on Saturday, May 17. The competition, open to ages 19 and under, includes archery, light rifle, muzzleloaders and shotgun shooting. There will also be competition involving wildlife identification, orienteering and a "hunter safety trail." Participants must have a hunter safety certificate in their possession. Cost of the event is $15. For registration details, call Fred Peeters (747-8597) or Chuck DeMontmorency (342-3873).
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Title Annotation:NEWS & NOTES; Recreation
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 8, 2003
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