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Te­le­scope use taught

Learn how to buy a te­le­scope, then view the heav­ens with the Sugar Creek As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety at Hobbs State Park.

One of the most com­mon ques­tions those new to As­tron­omy have is, “How do I de­cide what te­le­scope I should buy?” The an­swer is not straight­for­ward. There are sev­eral dif­fer­ent types of tele­scopes with dif­fer­ent op­tions and a large range of prices. Also, there is a lot of ter­mi­nol­ogy to stum­ble through, which can be in­tim­i­dat­ing.

Please join us at Hobbs State Park on Satur­day Nov. 10 for our next Hobbs State Park Star Party, where a panel of Sugar Creek As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety mem­bers will lead an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion dis­cussing dif­fer­ent te­le­scope types, te­le­scope op­tions, and will an­swer your ques­tions. There will also be sev­eral types of tele­scopes on-hand so that you can get an up-close look with the lights on!

The “How to Buy a Te­le­scope” ses­sion will start at 5 p.m. and, weather per­mit­ting, we will have night sky view­ing af­ter­wards, where ev­ery­one will be able to look through dif­fer­ent tele­scopes.

What to bring:

• Flash­light (cov­ered with a red cloth or red bal­loon)

• Binoc­u­lars and/or te­le­scope (if you have)

• Fold­ing chair — one per per­son

• Star chart (if you have one)

Where: Hobbs State Park vis­i­tor cen­ter lo­cated on Ark. Hwy. 12 just east of the Hwy. 12/War Ea­gle Road in­ter­sec­tion

When: Satur­day, Nov. 10

• 5 p.m. Class­room in­struc­tion

• 6 p.m. Night sky view­ing

Cost: Free, all ages are in­vited. As­tron­omy is a fam­ily event as well as an ideal Boy or Girl Scout out­ing.

For in­for­ma­tion, call: 479-789-5000.

Sugar Creek As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety’s Face­book Page is face­book.com/Sugar CreekAstro.

For in­for­ma­tion on Hobbs pro­grams, trails, pic­nick­ing or meet­ing room rental, call 479-789-5000.

Also see friend­sof hobbs. com/ and ArkansasS­tateParks.com/ hobb­sstatepark con­ser­va­tion-area.

Dutch Oven Cook­ing Work­shop slated

Dutch Oven Cook­ing Work­shop is sched­uled for Satur­day, Nov. 10, at Hobbs State Park.

We know the easy ones don’t we? Arkansas’s state bird is the mock­ing bird. Arkansas’s state gem is the di­a­mond, but did you know that Arkansas has an of­fi­cial state cook­ing ves­sel? Well, we do, the Dutch oven. Arkansans have been cook­ing in these deep cast iron pots for gen­er­a­tions. Em­brace your Arkansas her­itage to­day by learn­ing some tra­di­tions of the nat­u­ral state through a Dutch Oven Cook­ing Work­shop at Hobbs State Park. (For some rea­son, any­thing cooked in a Dutch oven al­ways taste won­der­ful!)

Park in­ter­preter, Chelsea Porter, will be lead­ing a hands-on work­shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satur­day, Nov. 10 to teach the art of Dutch oven cook­ing at the Hobbs State Park Vis­i­tor Cen­ter. Par­tic­i­pants will learn how to care for cast iron and will cook a three course meal to en­joy to­gether. Par­tic­i­pants will also re­ceive a Dutch Oven Cook­ing guide­book. Pr­ereg­is­tra­tion is re­quired. The work­shop is limited to the first 14 par­tic­i­pants.

• Cost — $40/per­son

• Regis­tra­tion and pre­pay­ment re­quired. To regis­ter call: 479-789-5000.

For in­for­ma­tion on Hobbs pro­grams, trails, pic­nick­ing or meet­ing room rental call 479-789-5000.

Also see: friend­sofhobbs. com/ and ArkansasS­tate Parks.com/hobb­sstatepark con­ser­va­tion-area.

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