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Springfield Museums set to host a la Carte programs

SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums a la Carte programs in January. The programs take place on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts. • Jan. 7 - "The Conservation and Restoration of the Stained Glass Windows at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Washington, D.C." Glenn Shalan, owner, Shalan Stained Glass, North Adams. • Jan. 14 - "The Mysteries of Indonesia." Peter Santos, photographer and lecturer. • Jan. 21 - "A Revolution Frustrated: The Roots of Shays' Rebellion in the Winning of Independence." Richard Colton, historian, Springfield Armory National Historic Site. • Jan. 28 - "Fashion in Film," a DVD presentation. Admission to Museums a la Carte is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums). The programs are sponsored by Big Y World Class Market. Visitors are invited to bring lunch to enjoy during the program; cookies and coffee are provided. The D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts is located at the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards St. Parking is free. For more information about Museums la Carte, call 263-6800 ext. 488.
The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The program will take place regardless of weather. If it is overcast, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing. Stars Over Springfield observatory programs are normally offered on the first Friday of each month from September through May. Because the first Friday in January is New Year's Day, the program is being conducted on Jan. 8. Stars Over Springfield features an introductory slide show on topics such as space exploration, seasonal sights of the night sky, current astronomical research, or an explanation of events such as an eclipse or the appearance of a comet. Presenters and topics vary. After the presentation, participants can use the museum telescope to view sights in the night sky, which may include objects such as the moon, a planet, star clusters, a nebula or a galaxy, depending on their visibility. Springfield Stars Club members also set up telescopes outside the museum. The programs are best suited for families with children ages eight and older; however, younger children are also welcome. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children 17 and under. The Springfield Science Museum is located at the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards St., off Chestnut Street. Free parking is available in the Edwards Street lots. For more information about astronomy programs, call 263-6800 ext. 318.

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