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Star gazing set for May 23
STAFFORDSVILLE — Need something to do to celebrate school's end? If you like the outdoors and want to learn more about stars, the Johnson County Conservation District has a program for you.

Mike Burchett from the East Kentucky Science Center will have his telescope pointed to the stars at the Johnson County Conservation District's outdoor classroom Friday, May 23, at near dark. This activity is free and open to the public.

It is requested that participants bring flashlights with a red lens. Burchett will point out common stars and star clusters and answer questions from those attending. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes and insect repellent. If there is inclement weather, the star gazing will be rescheduled at at later date.

Christie Cook, JCCD's environmental educator, will be at the classroom at 7:30 p.m. until dark to identify common wildflowers currently in bloom at the outdoor classroom.

That outdoor classroom is located at the end of Blanton Branch Road on the west side of Paintsville Lake. Take Rt. 40 West past the lake's downstream area to the junction with Rt. 580 (Picklefork Road). Turn right on Rt. 580 and travel 4 miles to the Blanton Branch Road and travel one mile to the outdoor classroom parking area.

For more information about this program, call the district office during regular business hours at (606) 789-5263.

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