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Solar Astronomy and Solar Astronomy Outreach - A Fundraiser

This event is a both a talk about and a fundraiser for the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project. A $10 donation is suggested, although larger and smaller amounts are certainly welcome. You can make your contribution on line via PayPal (please bring your email receipt) or at Manuel's.

Dinner and social hour begin at 7:00 pm with an approximately hour-long presentation and question-and-answer session to follow.

Our Open Seating Policy will be in effect for this event.
Venue capacity = 80 / Estimated day-of RSVP turnout = 60%

Bringing Solar Astronomy to 50,000 People a Year - A Fundraiser

Stephen W. Ramsden
Founder and Director
Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project

The Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation - is the world's largest solar astronomy outreach program. It brings observatory quality telescopes and cameras to regional schools and festivals or other events in order to teach our community about the Sun and its many interesting features. Demonstrations concentrate on the Sun's effect on our weather, aviation, communications and environment.

Please join us at Manuel's for this special meetup as Stephen tells us about everything from forming your own nonprofit to sharing the fiery, magnetized plasma structures on our nearest star with more than 50,000 adults and students with over 70 appearances each year.

There will be free Solar Viewing Glasses and solar-related educational materials for all attendees.

About our speaker
Stephen Ramsden is the Founder and Director of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project. He holds scientific or information technology titles in the STEM fields of planetary science, solar physics, solar imaging, helioseismology, atmospheric science, climatology, mathematics, and aviation safety. Stephen has been published in every major science periodical from National Geographic to Sky & Telescope. He is an Atlanta native and lives here with his wife Natalie Anderson.

Photos courtesy of Stephen Ramsden

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  • Marc M.

    I'm pleased to report that we collected over $725 at last night's fundraiser for the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project. Thank you all for attending and lending your support!

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • lorraine

    Stephen's talk was wonderful and enlightening as always. Still, Stephen is at his best when he's with his telescopes showing the intricacies of the Sun to people. If you've never seen him do this you should really make the effort. It is amazing!

    I implore all of you - if you were not able to make a donation to the Charlie Bates Society last night (or even if you did) please go to the charity's page and make a donation. The free stuff you saw last night is only a small portion of the things that Stephen gives away to kids. Free stuff to kids is HUGE. They remember and it makes them want to know more. Unfortunately with the budget fights in Washington, many of the larger groups that normally donate to The Charlie Bates Society have had to cut back those donations or stop them completely. As Stephen mentioned to remain a non-profit he needs 30% of his funding to come from outside sources.

    Please donate:

    Thanks Stephen for ALL you do!

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Stephen W. R.

    Thank you everyone for allowing me to do my thang' with your awesome group. What a great crowd and fantastic group of folks...:)

    February 24, 2013

  • Pink K.

    Nice presentation!

    February 24, 2013

  • Mark L.

    Really great. And good presentation material.

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Winston

    This was such a lively, entertaining and informative program. I encourage everyone to contribute to Stephen's excellent education project.

    2 · February 24, 2013

  • Marc M.

    I was informed and inspired!

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Carly S.

    Really cool! I had a great time! The speaker seemed like a fun guy!

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Allison B.

    Excellent program!

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Jane E.

    Sorry can't make it. See you next time.

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Andy

    This is really a maybe. I'm down with a head cold, and I'll have to see how I'm feeling as evening approaches.

    1 · February 23, 2013

    • Marc M.

      Hope you feel better and can make it, Andy!

      February 23, 2013

    • Carol P.

      Sorry to hear that.

      February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this being held in the smoke free area of Manuel's? Thanks!

    February 23, 2013

    • Marc M.

      Theresa - The meetup is being held in the large "back bar" dining room at Manuel's. There is no smoking there just prior to and during our events, but smoking is allowed there at other times. I hope this helps. - Marc

      February 23, 2013

  • Gladecia B.

    We are looking forward to it!

    2 · February 20, 2013

  • Mark L.

    this sounds very exciting !

    1 · January 20, 2013

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