Folks across the nation will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing next week. If you want to join in the fun, here is a list of local events taking place. Events are free admission, unless otherwise noted.

MONDAY

Star Party & Space Science with Ms. Jan

Learn about astronomy through fun lessons and experiments that teach kids about what they see in the night sky. Call the library at 828-466-6827.

When: Monday at 4 p.m.

Where: Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Lona Bartlett: Many Moons Ago

From folktales to fairytales and from infinity to beyond, stories are more than words. Lona Bartlett’s presentation will engage listeners of all ages. No registration required. Call the library at 828-764-9283.

When: Monday at 6 p.m.

Where: C.B. Hildebrand Public Library

Monday Night Movie: Capture the Flag

Southwest Library will be showing the “Capture the Flag” film. A boy plans to stow away on a rocket ship to the moon while an underhanded billionaire goes to destroy the American flag planted by the Apollo 11 astronauts. The film is rated PG. Contact the library at 828-466-6818.

When: Monday at 6 p.m.

Where: Southwest Branch Library in Hickory

TUESDAY

Star Party & Space Science with Ms. Jan

Learn about astronomy through fun lessons and experiments that teach kids about what they see in the night sky. Call the library at 828-465-8665.

When: Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Where: Newton Library

Trekking Across the Universe

“Light Up the Night” by Jean Reidy will be read aloud and how nebulas form in outer space will be discussed. Afterwards, create your own nebula in a bottle. Contact the library at 828-466-6821.

When: Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Where: St. Stephens Branch Library

Summer Science: Astronaut Food

What do astronauts eat in space? How does an astronaut eat on the moon? Find out and taste test some astronaut food for yourself. Call the library at 828-345-6037.

When: Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Where: Ridgeview Branch Library in Hickory

Movie Night at Old Rock School

Join us the Valdese Public Library for Movie Night at Old Rock School. We will be showing the movie "Space Camp," rated PG. Call 828-874-2421 for more information.

When: Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Where: Old Rock School in Valdese

WEDNESDAY

Star Party & Space Science with Ms. Jan

Learn about astronomy through fun lessons and experiments that teach kids about what they see in the night sky. Call the library at 828-428-2712.

When: Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Where: Maiden Library

THURSDAY

Star Party & Space Science with Ms. Jan

Learn about astronomy through fun lessons and experiments that teach kids about what they see in the night sky. Call the library at 828-466-6821.

When: Thursday at 4 p.m.

Where: St. Stephens Branch Library

Under the Stars Storytime

Put on your pajamas and comfy slippers and visit the library for an evening of stories and songs. We’ll stuff a new cuddly animal friend and decorate their pajamas before heading home to bed. Supplies are limited. Register by calling 828-345-6037

When: Thursday at 6 p.m.

Where: Ridgeview Branch Library in Hickory

Library Trip to the Planetarium

Gather at the library and walk to the Millholland Planetarium for a private trip through the stars. Limited to the first 65 people. Call the library at 828-304-0500.

When: Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Patrick Beaver Memorial Library in Hickory

FRIDAY

Make-A-Star drop-in event for teens and adults

Learn basic stitches to craft a plastic canvas star. Supplies will be provided. View a live stream of Earth via Space Station cameras. Pick up handouts about viewing the Space Station and that share 2019 dates of meteor showers and full moons. Call the library at 828-466-6827.

When: Friday from 3-4:30 p.m.

Where: Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Public Observing at Lucile Miller Observatory

The Lucile Miller Observatory will be open for another public observing with the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club. Visitors are encouraged to bring their telescopes if they have questions on how to use them, or if the telescope needs adjustment. Informal indoor presentations at every event. Email clubinfo@catawbasky.org for more information.

When: Friday from 9-11 p.m.

Where: Lucile Miller Observatory, on the campus of Maiden Middle School

After Hours Laser Show

Come out and enjoy an after-hours laser show in the Millholland Planetarium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing. A double feature of the new Planetarium show, “CAPCOM Go!” and Pink Floyd's “Dark Side of the Moon” will be featured. Purchase tickets in advance by calling 828-322-8169. Doors to the planetarium will open 10 minutes prior to the show, and the planetarium will empty between shows.

When: Friday from 7-10 p.m.

Where: Catawba Science Center in Hickory

Cost: $4 for members, $7 for non-members

SATURDAY

Movie Matinee: Apollo 11

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Southwest Branch Library will present the new release “Apollo 11,” featuring never-before-seen footage of NASA’s first mission to the moon. Contact the library at 828-466-6818.

When: Saturday at 11 a.m.

Where: Southwest Branch Library

Town of Rhodhiss’ 50th Anniversary Moon Landing Celebration

Rhodhiss made the space-bound flag material at Burlington Industrial Fabrics. A special presentation will be held on the history that ties together Rhodhiss, the mill workers and the Apollo 11 Moon Flag. There will be music by hometown DJ Jerry McKee, food vendors, games, a silent auction, fireworks at 9:30 p.m. and entertainment for everyone.

When: Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.

Where: Old Lakeside Restaurant parking lot (100 and 101 Catawba Avenue)

Apollo Anniversary Block Party

The SALT Block would like to invite the community to join in a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. The list of activities:

» Hickory Museum of Art

Hickory Museum of Art will offer kids the opportunity to create some cool space art and view space-related artwork in the museum. Local artist Jeramie Jones will be onsite to create his space-inspired spray paint art. For more information call 828-322-8169.

When: Saturday from 1-4 p.m.

Where: Hickory Museum of Art

» Western Piedmont Symphony

A WPS Summer Pops concert will be held, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon. The award-winning Western Piedmont Symphony, conducted by Maestro Matthew Troy, will perform patriotic marches, Broadway show tunes, TV and movie themes, light classical favorites and a salute to our military. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy refreshments from local food trucks. For more information call 828-322-8169.

When: Saturday at 6 p.m.

Where: The North Lawn of the SALT Block

» Patrick Beaver Memorial Library

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library will host activities for all ages. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the NASA Solar System Ambassador Art Riddle program will teach participants about the history and future of NASA. Following the presentation, participants will build and launch rockets. Advance registration is required for this program. Visitors are invited to record their memories of the Apollo launch to be submitted to NASA’s Apollo Stories project between 1-2 p.m. Drop in between 1-5 p.m. for crafts and activities for all ages. Call 828-304-0500 for more information.

When: Saturday

Where: Patrick Beaver Memorial Library in Hickory

» Catawba Science Center

Catawba Science Center will have hands-on family, friendly activities all about the moon and space. Guests are also invited on that day to check out the newly renovated Hall of Astronomy in the Millholland Planetarium building and view a brand new planetarium show about the Apollo 11 mission. The planetarium lobby will feature a gallery of images from the 1969 Apollo Moon Landing mission to transport guests back in time to journey to the moon and back with NASA astronauts. Cost included in general admission. Members from the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club will also be onsite with astrophotography, and meteorite displays along with the chance for solar observing (weather permitted). For more information call 828-322-8169.

When: Saturday from 1-4 p.m.

Where: Catawba Science Center in Hickory

Cost: Free for members; Adult admission is $8, seniors (62+), youth (3-18), students with ID and active military with ID is $6 and children under 3 get in for free. 

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Emily Willis is a general assignment reporter at the Hickory Daily Record. 

 

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