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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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PISGAH NIGHTS / Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse

PISGAH NIGHTS / Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse At the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, Rosman, NC On Sunday, January 20th, we are excited to welcome visitors to our campus for a special presentation of PISGAH NIGHTS! This event includes hands-on science experiments, Learning Center presentations and observing the upcoming “Super Blood Wolf Moon” lunar eclipse through the Learning Center’s optical and historic radio telescopes. The event package includes dinner at the Learning Center’s restaurant Smiley’s, with tours through the Learning Center’s space artifact exhibit, gemstone/meteorite galleries, and gift shop. Weather permitting, the evening will conclude with a trip to the Sky Deck, where Learning Center astronomers and volunteers will point out the constellations and use their optical and radio telescopes to observe the night sky and the lunar eclipse. Please go to this website to REGISTER IN ADVANCE. http://www.pari.edu/pisgahnights-2/ AGENDA: • Presentation / 6:00p – 7:00p / Multimedia Room – Cline Administration Building • Hands On Science Experiments/ 7:00p – 8:00p / Cline Administration Building • Exhibit Tours / 8:00p – 9:00p / Cline Administration Building • Dinner / 9:00p – 10:00p / Smiley's (guests may eat at any time during this timeframe) • Night Sky/Lunar Observing / 10:30p – Late / Sky Deck (This is a rain or shine event)

PISGAH NIGHTS / Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse

On Sunday, January 20th, we are excited to welcome visitors to our PARI campus for a special presentation of PISGAH NIGHTS! This event includes hands-on science experiments, Learning Center presentations and observing the upcoming “Super Blood Wolf Moon” lunar eclipse through the Learning Center’s optical and historic radio telescopes. The event package includes dinner at the Learning Center’s restaurant Smiley’s, with tours through the Learning Center’s space artifact exhibit, gemstone/meteorite galleries, and gift shop. Weather permitting, the evening will conclude with a trip to the Sky Deck, where Learning Center astronomers and volunteers will point out the constellations and use their optical and radio telescopes to observe the night sky and the lunar eclipse. AGENDA: • Presentation / 6:00p – 7:00p / Multimedia Room – Cline Administration Building • Hands On Science Experiments/ 7:00p – 8:00p / Cline Administration Building • Exhibit Tours / 8:00p – 9:00p / Cline Administration Building • Dinner / 9:00p – 10:00p / Smiley’s (guests may eat at any time during this timeframe) • Night Sky/Lunar Observing / 10:30p – Late / Sky Deck (This is a rain or shine event) Please REGISTER to attend at the following website: http://www.pari.edu/pisgahnights-2/ or call[masked]

Greater Asheville Science-For-All Bookclub

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Original Posting: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1976216079349107&id=1776551072648943&__tn__=K-R Location: OLLI Center, 1 Campus View Rd, Asheville, NC 28804 The next event will turn attention to medicine and specifically the science of human interaction with other organisms affect our health. The first selection is I Contain Multitudes; the Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong. Copies of the book are available at Malaprops Bookstore and Cafe at a 10% discount for members. At last check, there were 29 copies available within the Buncombe County Library System, and also is available through the library as an e-book and an audio book. The second selection is Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures by Carl Zimmer. Copies are available at Malaprops Bookstore and Cafe, and 6 copies are available through the Buncombe County Library. Barnes and Noble, (both locations), also has copies available for order. The are meeting is once again at the University of North Carolina - Asheville campus at the Reuters Center, room 206, January 23rd, 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Your comments, recommendations and ideas about organization are welcome and you can always contact organizer Rachel Muir at [masked].

Status of Western North Carolina's Mountain Bog Pitcher Plants

White Labs Kitchen and Tap

Western North Carolina is home to several species of pitcher plants, a charismatic and carnivorous group. Members of this group are threatened by habitat destruction, including filling wetlands for development, and by collection. The amount of genetic diversity remaining in these small and isolated populations in unknown, and reintroduction efforts could inadvertently allow cross-species hybridization. Join UNC Asheville faculty member Jen Rhode Ward to learn about work that she has done with her colleagues, students, and federal staff to determine the genetic diversity in, and species status of, these fascinating bog inhabitants. This "Second Sundays for Science" event will take place at White Labs Kitchen and Tap at 172 South Charlotte Street. Stop by anytime between 5 and 6 to mingle in the bar and sample beers made with White Labs' own liquid yeast, and a delicious and varied menu. After mingling in the bar, head upstairs to the meeting room for the presentation at 6, followed by discussion and more mingling downstairs in the bar if you'd like. Your GPS may direct you to a different address if you just enter "White Labs," so be sure to enter the street address for most accurate navigation. There is ample free parking in back and if you enter from the back parking lot, you'll be entering the second floor where the talk will take place. The bar is downstairs. Thanks to the good folks at White Labs for providing a great space for us to gather and talk about science!

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