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Upcoming Events each month
Jan 10, 2019 - 2:04 PM - by Terri Finch
Happy New Year to everyone!!!

As Event Manager, For 2019, I have created an Auto Reply you can email to and get the upcoming Public Events for about a month in advance. Email me at (which is my main email account) and the auto reply will send you back Upcoming Public Events for about a month worth of time. So, if you were to email me today, Jan 10th, you would definitely receive all the Public Events PAS has going on from today to about Feb 10th or later. It depends on how long the Auto Response is, as to how many characters I can put into my Auto Reply.

Also, if an event becomes cancelled, that is a Public Event, I update that list to show a cancelled event and leave the cancelled event on the list until the next day after the event so anyone emailing to find out if an event is happening or not, gets the notice that it was cancelled.

I originally thought that if you emailed the address - which forwards to my address, you would get that same Auto Reply email, but I believe the email is not being returned to the sender through that system. So, email me at the above address when you wish to know if an event is happening, or if you want to know what events are coming up with PAS.

You can also, anytime, go to the PAS site at and visit the online calendar that has our upcoming events. However, I have noticed that many people do not see that an event is " Cancelled" when visiting our site, even though the event is marked - after the name of the event on the Calendar - with "CANCELLED". Somehow, they miss that info. So, emailing my email address would be a great way to find out what event are coming up, and which events are cancelled.

Wishing everyone a spectacular Thursday!
Terri, Event Manager

Email: for an Auto Reply with about a month worth of Upcoming Public Events.

PAS Members, please note, the Auto Reply from my email account does NOT include any Private PAS events. For private events, go to the Private Calendar on line, for which you have access to and the public does not.
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January 2019 Newsletter - HOT Off the Press!!!
Dec 29, 2018 - 12:35 PM - by Terri Finch
It's that time again, when you start looking for the next issue of the PAStimes Newsletter, and this month, you are looking to read up on some awesome reviews, see some great photos and look ahead to the


Yes, that's right. The PAS Meeting is NOT on the first Thursday of the month due to PVCC being closed for the holidays the first 2 weeks of January. So, that means, the next possible Thursday in January is the 17th.

Please read about the upcoming meeting in this issue. Here's the link to just the January 2019 issue of the club newsletter....

Wishing everyone a Happy, Safe, and Healthy new year!

Terri, Event Manager
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DBG Luminaria 2016
Nov 29, 2018 - 10:14 AM - by Terri Finch
Good day to everyone,

December is almost upon us.

PAS will be doing it's 4th year of the Desert Botanical Gardens Luminaria....

We did it in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and now we at DBG for the Luminaria nights of 2018 for 29 nights of December.

If you didn't get the chance to read about the 2016 event, please take a peek at this link: file:///C:/Users/Terri/Downloads/PAStimes%20Suppliment%20July%202018.pdf
And Enjoy!

Keep in mind that the Telescopes and Presenters are at DBG - Weather Permitting. Many people have asked me about the weather for this weekend, and it isn't looking so great, at this time. However, as you may know, no one can predict the weather this far out.... we need to be predicting, as an example: This Saturday's weather, on Saturday morning for that night's event. So, as i see it now, there are too many clouds for Dec 1 and Dec 2 to have telescopes at DBG Lumi's, but weather changes... and by Saturday morning, all 4 telescopes and a Presenter may be a possibility at the Las Noches de las Luminarias....

And while you are visiting to see the pathways lit up by Luminaria, there will be 10 bands playing for your entertainment, food, drink, and the Electric Desert. It's going to be a fantastic December.

So, here's the plan for PAS and what is provided at DBG for all of December:

1) Clear skies = 4 telescopes + 1 presenter with Meteorites
2) Mostly clear skies = 4 telescopes + 1 presenter with Meteorites
3) Partly cloudy skies = If more than 50% cloud cover is predicted, we will cut back on how many telescopes are there based on what we think we can show through the holes in the clouds, but we also might increase the number of Presenters. So we might have:
a) 3 Scopes + 2 Presenters or
b) 2 Scopes + 2 Presenters or
c) 1 Scope + 2 Presenters
4) If it is really cloudy, but no rain in the forecast - then we will have: 2 Presenters.
5) If rain is coming anytime during 5:30 - 9:30pm - No scopes and No Presenters.

Our goal is to enhance your evening at DBG with a look at the night sky of some awesome object through our high powered telescopes, along with some entertainment and information about what you are seeing, and possibly a Sky Tour using a bright green laser and with stories and facts about what is in our night sky + myths of the constellations & where they are.

Mention you saw this write up on the website in the News section. I'd like to know how many of our visitors to our telescopes are coming due to visiting our site.

A most extremely awesome December to all!
Terri, Event Manager
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December Newsletter HOT OFF THE PRESS
Nov 26, 2018 - 4:27 PM - by Terri Finch
Fantastic day to all!!!

The December issue is ready for download. Feel free to grab yourself a copy and read all about the upcoming events, the past events, some great things happening in PAS and more. There's always something fun to find out about in the PAStimes Newsletter. Snag your copy today at this link:

Wishing everyone a super wonderful last week of November. Yes, this newsletter is done early for your Reading Enjoyment! Please Enjoy!

Terri, Event Manager
Posted on behalf of Don, Newsletter Editor.
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January 2019 Upcoming Public Events
Nov 21, 2018 - 11:01 AM - by Terri Finch
*** Happy 2019!!! ***

Jan 6: Free Telescope Workshop at Bookmans - 19th Ave & Norther - 3:30 to 5:30pm. RSVP is Required as seating is limited. More details are here:

Jan 12: Public Star Party at Bookmans 19th Ave and Northern Ave in Phoenix - Sidewalk Astronomy from 7pm to 10pm. More details are here:

Jan 17: PAS Meeting with Fantastic Guest Speaker 7pm to 10pm at PVCC Main Campus in LS-203

Jan 24: Free Telescope Workshop at PVCC - 32nd Street and Union Hills Rd in Phoenix from 7pm to 9:30pm. RSVP is Required as seating is limited. More details are here:

Jan 26: Public Star Party at Tonto National Monument from 7pm to 9pm. More details are here:

Jan 31: Public Star Party at Black Mountain Campus of PVCC 60th Street and Carefree Hwy from 6pm to 9:30pm. More details are here:

There are always new events showing up on the online Calendar, so check the calendar often at this link:

Terri, Event Manager
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