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Hughesville Locals Nov. 8, 2017

November 8, 2017
By NANCY HODGE , The Luminary

We have all seen the scientific studies about our changing weather patterns. Actually experiencing the recent shift from what we think is normal is something quite different from just reading about it. I noticed recently that an azalea was blooming, and then saw new growth on our box hedge plants that looks like what I would expect to see in May or June. I hope the shrubs and trees won't get too confused, and can cope with the coming winter months before it is truly time for spring blooming and growth.

Despite the cooler temperatures, the clear nighttime skies recently have been great for some stargazing. I don't stay outdoors for a long time when it's cold, but love to spend a few minutes looking for things I have read about while I was enjoying the warmth inside. This month we have some great opportunities to see both morning and evening "stars" (which are really the other planets in our solar system).Two of the five bright planets Saturn and Mercury are evening planets, but only Saturn is clearly visible after nightfall in early November, 2017. Mercury is lost in the sunset glare during the first half of November. After mid-month, we may have a better chance to see it. The other three bright planets dazzlingly bright Venus, extremely bright Jupiter, and super-faint Mars adorn the morning sky, before sunup. Venus and Jupiter will have a spectacular conjunction albeit low in the sky around November 13. I am not usually willing to rise before the sun to stargaze, so I often miss the best times to view the planets, but now that sunrise is after 6 a.m. I have a better chance to do so!

Have a wonderful week!

Hughesville Events:

Thurs. Nov. 9 "Wee Make Music" for children aged 12 months to 3 years and their caregivers at Hughesville Area Public Library (HAPL), 146 S. Fifth St. from10:30-11:15 a.m.

Fri. Nov. 10 Pre-school Story Time for children 3--6 years and their caregivers, at HAPL from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Mon. Nov. 13 Hughesville Garden Club will meet at 3 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church's social hall to make origami crafts with paper napkins. New members are welcome to attend.

Tues. Nov.14 "We Build Block Party," a self-directed, walk-in activity for children aged 3 and up. No registration is needed for this event at HAPL, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Weds. Nov. 15 The Christian Ladies Group will meet at 1 p.m. at Tivoli United Methodist Church, Rt. 220 in Tivoli. The program will feature Ed Dammer, who will speak about holiday traditions of long ago. The public is encouraged to attend.

Fri. Nov. 17 Turkey Raffle at Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall at 6 p.m. There will be lots of fun and plenty to do at this annual fire company fund-raiser. Put the day on your calendar!

Sat. Nov. 18 The doors at the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department social hall will open at 4 p.m. for this year's Turkey Dinner and Charity Event sponsored by the Messiah/St. James Lutheran parish. After a great meal, attendees will have the opportunity to place bids for a huge variety of themed baskets, children's items, and donated antiques, handmade goods, and collectibles in both silent auctions and a live auction. Also featured is the much-anticipated Quilt Raffle, in which one lucky person will win a beautiful, unique, hand-quilted, heirloom-quality bedcovering that will last for generations. If you haven't attended in the past, bring the family and enjoy this evening. The churches sponsor this yearly in order to raise funds to help alleviate hunger in our local area and through the wider-reaching Lutheran World Relief.

 
 

 

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