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AstroFriday series at San Juan College features 'Astrosmiles' video

A video chronicling the experiences of astronauts in weightlessness will be featured when the AstroFriday series continues this weekend at the San Juan College Planetarium.

"Astrosmiles" is a 20-minute video that reveals how astronauts perform such routine tasks as eating, sleeping and exercising while living in an environment mostly free of gravity while traveling on the space shuttle or living at the International Space Station, according to a press release from the college. The video will be presented at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Planetarium on the college campus, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington.

Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and no one will be admitted after the program has begun. Spring sky maps will be given out while supplies last.

A free public stargaze with telescopes is planned at approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday in the courtyard outside the Planetarium. Weather permitting, visitors will be able to view the moon, Mars, the colorful double star Gamma Andromeae and the binary north star Polaris. If weather conditions are favorable, they also may have the opportunity to view the "E.T. Cluster" in Cassiopeia, the Seven Sister star cluster, the Orion Nebula and the Beehive Cluster in Cancer.

Call David Mayeux at 505-566-3361 or email mayeuxd@sanjuancollege.edu for more information.

Cartoonist, maze maker plans activities at Farmington Public Library

A cartoonist, storyteller and master maze maker will lead a series of activities Monday and Tuesday at the Farmington Public Library, 2101 Farmington Ave.

Pittsburgh resident Joe Wos will lead two cartooning workshops on Monday. The first, scheduled for 10 a.m., is designed to children ages 8 to 12. The second, planned for 2 p.m., is designed for those ages 13 to 19.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wos will be creating a mural with the help of library visitors of all ages.

According to his website, Wos travels the country blending storytelling with live cartoon illustrations for schools, libraries, festivals and special events. He is well known for his hand-drawn illustrated mazes that reportedly are the world's largest and most difficult, with one measuring 140 square feet and containing more than 100 illustrations.

Wos' appearance is part of the "No School Days" series of activities planned at the library during spring break week for public schools in San Juan County. For more information about other events, visit infoway.org.

Traveling dinosaur show returns this weekend to McGee Park

More than 40 life-like dinosaur models will be featured this weekend when the "Jurassic Adventure" traveling exhibition returns to McGee Park, 41 County Road 5568 between Farmington and Bloomfield.

In addition to animatronic dinosaurs, the event also features rides, a fossil dig, a bounce castle and games.

The show is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission ranges from $24 to $29. Call 505-325-5415.

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