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Observatory events

The Robert Ferguson Observatory in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is back open after the Glass Fire, and holding events, with COVID protocols in place, of course.

Docent Training (Virtual) – Thursday, Nov. 19, 7-8:30 p.m.

Join RFO for its fall training and become a volunteer/docent. Because of the fires and COVID restrictions, this four-week class will be held virtually and will be followed up with role-specific training once meeting in person is allowed.

To find out more about being a docent and to register, go to rfo. org/volunteer.

Night Sky Trails (2 sessions) – Friday, Nov. 27, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Night Sky Trails is the observatory’s version of a Star Party without telescopes. Guests will be in small groups with individual RFO docents and treated to an hour-long laser-guided tour of the constellations. Note that there are two sessions on this date, one starting at 7:30 and another at 8:30. To buy tickets, go to brownpapertickets. com and search “Robert Ferguson Observatory.” You must have a ticket to attend these events; tickets will not be sold at the door.

Cost is $5 per adult, under 18 free. (Plus parking fee of $10 per vehicle.) The observatory is located in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, at the end of Adobe Canyon Road in Kenwood.