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Night under the Stars at Alamo Lake State Park on November 3rd

On Saturday, November 3rd, Alamo Lake State Park will host “A Night under the Stars” to celebrate State Parks’ 50th Anniversary.

“Night under the Stars” begins at 2 p.m. The event will feature family activities, star fair, astronomy presentations from Lowell Observatory and a Star Party beginning at 7 p.m.

View the stars and constellations during the Star Party and, if you have one, please bring a red flashlight. There will be small red flashlights available so everyone will be able to participate in the fun and educational star party. Also bring any comfort items such as folding chairs, warm clothes, bug repellent, bottled water and snacks.

The State Parks 50th Anniversary commemoration events will be held at 3:15 p.m. This will be a celebration with dignitaries and a cake cutting under the big tent. The 50th Anniversary displays will be featured including educational booths and activities for children.

For more information call Alamo Lake State Park at (928) 669-2088. Regular day use park fees will be waived for this event. Primitive to full hookup camping sites are available at a fee of $10 to $22 depending on the type of camping site needed.

Alamo Lake State Park is located 38 miles north of Wenden, Arizona and US 60. Wenden is two hours west of Phoenix north of Highway I-10. Alamo Lake State Park offers outdoor fun, premier fishing, rest and relaxation. Stargazers will enjoy the unbelievable view of the night sky since the nearest lights are 40 miles away.

This event is part of Arizona State Parks 50th Anniversary celebration held from October 2006 through December 2007. Special events will be held at each park such as a traditional mariachi festival, plein art shows, an apple festival, geocaching, solar energy celebrations and astronomy galas. Hiking, fishing, boating and mountain biking await those individuals with an adventurous attitude. Come uncover the many secret places and stories that are still to be found in Arizona’s State Parks.

The Arizona State Parks Board was established in 1957 to acquire and manage park and cultural areas. Over the years, legislation has added other programs to Arizona State Parks and as a result, the volunteer Board is responsible for a much broader spectrum of duties. These duties are related to historic preservation, archaeology, outdoor recreation, resource conservation/education and grant administration.

For information about Arizona State Parks call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703) or visit the website at www.azstateparks.com.

************************************************************************ “Night Under the Stars” at Alamo Lake State Park
Saturday, November 3, 2007

2 – 6 pm – Star Fair with family activities, NASA Representative, astronomy club booths, vendors and 50th Anniversary event tent.

2:30 pm – Lowell Observatory’s Solar Telescope viewing demonstration. View the sun through a filtered telescope.

3:15 pm – Welcome and Arizona State Parks 50th anniversary commemoration events.

4:30 pm – Lowell Observatory’s Cosmic Cart presentation for people of all ages. Enjoy fun and interactive demonstrations illustrating scientific concepts. Various chemicals such as dry ice and liquid nitrogen will be used adding to the fun!

7 pm – Kick off to Star Party (weather permitting)

Managing and conserving Arizona’s natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our Parks and through our Partnerships.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Bilbrey at (602) 542-1996 or (602) 228-8518, or Monica Enriquez at (602) 542-6997

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