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ASTRONOMY WEEK




Tomorrow, Monday 7 April, Kern Astronomical Society (KAS) is kicking off Astronomy Week with a solar viewing party at the new Houchin Community Blood Bank Facility on Bolthouse Road.  Set up is at 3:00  pm and viewing is from 4:00 to 7:00.  The big event, KERN COUNTY ASTRONOMY DAY, begins this coming Saturday, April 12th, at 11:00 am at the same Houchin facility.  There will be prizes, several important speakers, hands on activities, and lots of fun.  Go to the KAS website, kernastro.org for more information.

Here's how to find Houchin Community Blood Bank on Bolthouse Drive.



EVENTS FOR APRIL:

            Board Meeting:         Tuesday, April 1st, 7:30 pm at the Veteran's Hall,
                                                           Mt. Vernon Avenue and Ridge Road

            Breakfast Club:         Wednesday, April 2nd, 8:30 am at Coco's,
                                                          Oak Street south of California Avenue.

            Kern County Astronomy Day: 
   Saturday, April 12th, 11:00 am at
                                              Houchin Community Blood Bank Bolthouse Drive facility.

            Field Outing:             ?!?!?!?

            General Meeting:
     Thursday, April 17th, 7:30 pm at the Veteran's Hall.



Gem Hill outing, March 29th 2014

Here's Dave Schaad, Connie and Steve Fleishauer, and Dennis Huggins after about an hour of collecting agates, jaspers, jade, lovely banded red rhyolite, and who-kinows-what-else from an alluvial fan just east of Gem Hill, near Rosamond.  I'm the one holding the camera.

The next outing will be April 5th, to Clear Creek near Coalinga.  You will need a permit from  BLM in order to participate, but I got mine on just ONE DAY turnaround via internet.  the address is
Hollister_FO_CCMA, BLM_CA <blm_ca_hollister_fo_ccma@blm.gov> CALLING ALL KCMS

For details contact Dennis Huggins or e-mail me at startmstr1@bak.rr.com

MEMBERS: 
If you use e-mail, or you have a relative or
           neighbor
who can receive e-mail for you, please SEND ME YOUR
            E-MAIL ADDRESS A.S.A.P.!!!

                                     starmstr1@bak.rr.com  (Steve Collett)




KERN COUNTY ASTRONOMY DAY
    

     You might be interested in Kern County Astronomy Day, coming up Saturday, April 12th. The event is hosted by the new Houchin blood bank out on Bolthouse Drive. It starts at 10:00 am. The keynote speaker is Dr. Alex Phillipenko, the Berkeley astronomy prof you've seen on numerous astro TV programs. He will speak at 1:00 pm, and seating is limited. For more information, go to kernastro.org.

     Here's little map to help you find the new Houchin facility, which is a couple of miles south of Stockdale Highway on Buena Vista Road.




     Here's a picture of our friend Tim Elam, retired geologist and member of the Board of Directors of the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History in downtown Bakersfield.  At our February meeting, Tim gave us a presentation about his experience as a Park Service Naturalist at Crater Lake, Oregon.
     Tim gives a talk about some topic relating to geology on the first Saturday of every month, October through May, at Buena Vista.  Tim is an articulate, warm and engaging speaker.  Below I'll list the dates and topics for his upcoming presentations.

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KCMS Board Members:
        
President:                        Ron Millard
         Vice President:                Gene Stirm
         Secretary:                        Sherlee Bailey
         Treasurer:                        Erika Bowen
         Pseudomorph Editor:     Gene Stirm
         Curator:                           Herman Rogers
         Field Scouts:                   Dennis Huggins, David Schaad
         Sargent at Arms:             Manuel Hernandez
         Door Hostess:                 Connie Rogers
         Federation Director:        Gene Stirm
         Kitchen Hostess:             Dalia Hernandez
         Librarian:                         Lonnie Daddow
         Publicity Chairman:         Steve Collett
         Telephone Chairwoman: Vernedene Ebbs
         Historian:                         Dolores Millard
         Scholarship Chairman:   Ken Kruschke




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