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Star gazing for the Laguna de Santa Rosa

Seeing Stars: On Saturday, the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation hosts a family-friendly Star Party with the Sonoma County Astronomical Society. The evening includes a dessert potluck.

Things get started at 7 p.m. — doors open at 6:30 p.m. — at Heron Hall at the Laguna Environmental Center (900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa), when there will be a presentation by astronomers as the sky grows dark. After the presentations, the fete moves outside, where there will be nearly a dozen telescopes. Depending on the sky's condition, you'll be able to see planets, stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.

Participants are encouraged to dress in layers, with hats, gloves and warm shoes. If you bring a flashlight, install a red lens first or cover the lens with red cellophane. You may also bring a camp chair if you like.

As far as desserts go, guests are encouraged to bring something to share. The Laguna Foundation will provide hot chocolate and hot tea.

There is a recommended donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The site is wheelchair accessible but not suitable for pets.

Should the viewing conditions be unfavorable, the event will be rescheduled for Sunday evening, conditions allowing. Any decision to postpone will be posted at lagunafoundation.org by noon on Saturday. Information by phone will be available at 527-9277 ext. 110.

The Birds comes to Geyserville: On Saturday evening at 7 p.m., Francisco Ford Coppola Winery (300 Via Archimedes) hosts a release party celebrating the spring issue of "Zoetrope: All Story" quarterly publication, which features Daphne Du Maurier's "The Birds," a short story published in 1952.

After a reception, which includes Coppola wines paired with movie treats, there will be a special screening of the legendary Hitchcock film "The Birds." The film will be shown in the barrel room, so dress warmly or bring a sweater.

Cost is $20 for the general public and $15 for wine club members and magazine subscribers.


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