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Weekly recreation news, Sept. 29

Fall Fest

HOLDEN — Fields Pond Audubon Center will hold its Fall Fest, a day of free programs to celebrate and take action for healthy human and natural communities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

The event will be held in conjunction with Moving Planet Day, a worldwide day to move beyond fossil fuels. Organizers invite everyone to join them and other community partners for a lineup of walks, how-to workshops, video showings and children’s activities. For information, call 989-2591.

Penguins, hummingbirds

HOLDEN — Ron Davis will present “The Big and The Little: Penguins Versus Hummingbirds” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Fields Pond Audubon Center.

In fall 2009, Davis spent two weeks photographing hummingbirds at lower and midaltitudes of the Ecuadorian Andes. In winter 2011, he spent two weeks photographing penguins at the Falkland Islands in the cold waters off the southeast coast of Argentina.

The cost is $5 members, $6 others. For information, call 989-2591,

Moonlight paddle

ALTON — Join guides Peggy and Paul Markson for the last moonlight paddle of the season at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. Call 827-2230 or 944-9259 for reservation and cancellation, or bring your own boat. Event is free and open to all ages. Meet at Hirundo Gate 3, 35 Hudson Road.

Maine Starlight Festival

ORLAND — Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and the Penobscot Valley Star Gazers Club will host stargazing in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands as part of the Maine Starlight Festival at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

The South Gate on Route 1, just south of Route 176, will open starting at 7 p.m. Telescopes will be available.

Carpooling is recommended. There will be no rain date. Check for weather cancellations at http://www.greatpondtrust.org or call 469-2008.

Family Star Fest

BANGOR — On Sept. 29, the International Space Station will pass overhead. Visible to the naked eye, better seen with binoculars or a telescope, the ISS can be seen in the morning for one to five minutes’ duration.

The Challenger Learning Center will host a Family Star Fest in partnership with the Maine Starlight Festival, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at 30 Venture Way. The evening of star activities for children age 3-12 will have an open house-style format.

For information, call 990-2900 or visit http:// www.astronaut.org.

Stargazer events

BANGOR — Members of the Penobscot Valley Star Gazers will hold a safe solar viewing event 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, on lawn at Bangor Public Library.

During the safe solar viewing, visitors can look at the sun through a solar filter that allows only one ten-thousandth of the sun’s visible light to pass through the special lens. The sun’s surface contains fields of intense magnetic activity thousands of miles across, said Alan Davenport, areas of solar activity called sunspots, which viewers can see through the protective lens of the telescope. The solar viewing is an event for all ages. For information, call 947-8336 or visit http://www.bpl.lib.me.us

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