If you're like me, your days aren't filled with tons of new and unusual experiences. For the most part we stick with our old favorites even if it means ignoring interesting things right before (or above) our noses. But I recently read an article that made me decide to try something new. The article was about plans for a spaceship to explore the sun (not actually landing on it -- it would incinerate). Although we think of it as something special, the heavenly body we call Sun is just one of the millions of stars in the sky, just a little closer to the Earth. When was the last time you noticed the stars? I usually don't notice them until we have visitors who live in cities remark on just how many stars they can see -- I'm just too busy to see them. How about you?
If you think it's time to notice the stars you'll have the perfect opportunity this Saturday at the Locust Lake State Park amphitheater at 8 p.m. The Hazleton Area Astronomical Society will be presenting a slide show and giving us the chance to try out their telescopes on the south boat launch parking area. This is a free program, although children must be accompanied by an adult. Why not go and see something new?
If you want a quick event closer to home, St. Clair seems to be offering a walking program -- this week it's the Woodland Terrace Hike on Wednesday, June 14 led by Deb Davis. The hike begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Historical Society, 24 N. Nichols Street. The hike will include a "jaunt" up the Gun Club Hill and a visit to a backyard wildlife habitat certified by the Natural Wildlife Federation. Maybe you can learn if your backyard could qualify. The walk will also include a walk through the Woodland Terrace Development and around the cul-de-sac. If your someone on the 10,000 steps exercise program this is a great way to "get in your steps" while learning something and making new friends.