PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The Northern Maine Museum of Science at the University of Maine at Presque Isle will mark the fifth anniversary of Planet Head Day on Feb. 19.
People from throughout Aroostook County and nearby New Brunswick, Canada, will visit the campus that day to have their heads shaved, or to don elastic caps, so their heads can be painted as planets, dwarf planets, moons and asteroids.
The event serves to support science education and raise money for Caring Area Neighbors for Cancer Education and Recovery, a local cancer patient support group.
The activity was organized as part of the museum’s educational outreach to celebrate the Feb. 18, 1930, discovery of Pluto and the museum’s partnership with NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and Beyond. The museum’s contribution to the NASA mission involves space science and astronomy education support for the Maine Solar System Model, the largest such model in the Western Hemisphere.
Planet Head Day also acknowledges the effects of cancer and serves as a fundraiser for the local cancer patient support group. C-A-N-C-E-R volunteers serve multiple communities in northern Maine offering comfort, education, support and travel funds for people in cancer treatment.
The event is free, but donation jars will be on site to encourage participants to donate whatever they can. Donations also can be sent directly to C-A-N-C-E-R at P.O. Box 811, Presque Isle 04769.
Planet Head Day will start at 11 a.m. at UMPI’s Gentile Hall. For more information, contact Kevin McCartney at 768-9482 or Jeanie McGowan at 768-9747. Anyone wishing to help paint planets should contact McGowan.