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If you are excited by science – whether or not you are a science professional – and you live in the Western North Carolina area, then the Asheville Science Tavern is a great meetup for you. We are part of a movement of science socials such as Science Cafes (http://www.sciencecafes.org/) and Cafe Scientifique (http://www.cafescientifique.org/). Our mission is to humanize science and scientists - sharing the work of science in a way that is warm, engaging, often funny, inspiring, even beautiful.

We also offer science outings such as hikes, river trips, stargazing, science pot lucks, science trips (to NC Museum of Natural Sciences, DC museums, etc.), citizen science activities, art-science activities, and just plain social gatherings.

In WNC we live in an area of tremendous biological and geological richness, with many areas under dark skies for observing astronomy, with some great science institutions (National Centers for Environmental Information (https://www.ncei.noaa.gov) and USFS Southern Research Station (http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/index.php) for example), AND with lots of smart, curious explorers like yourselves -- so we hope you will join us in learning more about the wonderful place we live.

It's free to join this group, and our events are free except where there is a fee charged by one of our partners. We often pass the Erlenmeyer flask to collect a few bucks to offset our expenses, but it's optional to chip in. We hope you join us at one of our events!

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Space, Spies, and Secrets at PARI

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute

October 2, 2020 from 6-8 PM, PARI will host its second series on Space, Spies, & Secrets a presentation and tour on the sites’ unique history while under the management of NASA, Department of Defense, National Forest Service and now Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. A visual slideshow, a history tour, and many intriguing stories about the need for special forces -high security and the secretes they guarded during the space race and cold-war era. The evening will be an expansion on the previous Series 1, Space, Spies & Secrets. Brad McCall, Director of Facilities / Security who has a deep family history with the site will lead the evening with his deep insights into the campus and its history. Other staff and volunteers will also be included with their personal stories along with their past and present relationships with the site. Miss the first Space, Spies & Secrets series? No problem! The talk will have an overview of the first event to get you up to speed. Lite snacks will be served. Come join the intrigue! ****NOTE: there is a FEE for this event. You must register with PARI. See their website: https://www.pari.edu/events/1424/

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