1.  Attend JPL Open House.  Information and directions http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2008-067.  I will be in the Solar System exhibit, located in Building 303, way down Mariner Road.  But our exhibit will be inside, where it is nice and cool.  :-)

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., will welcome members of the public to its Open House on Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4. Children will be able to participate in many hands-on activities.

JPL's Open House begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. on both days. JPL is located at 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, Calif. Parking is free.

Please note that all vehicles entering NASA/JPL property are subject to inspection. Visitors should wear comfortable shoes -- no buses will be provided from JPL parking lots to the lab. JPL will provide vans for mobility-challenged guests.

Please note that the following items are banned from entering NASA/JPL property: weapons, explosives, incendiary devices, dangerous instruments, alcohol, illegal drugs, pets, all types of skates including skateboards, Segways and bicycles. No bags, backpacks or ice chests are allowed, except small purses and diaper bags.

2. Attend Joshua Tree's Turtle Days  Festival Saturday May 3: http://www.joshuatreechamber.org/

Saturday May 3rd is the Turtle Days Festival from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Community Center. There will be food, drinks, pet parade and much more!

3.  Attend the Andromeda Society's monthly Star Party in Joshua Tree National Park (after the Turtle Festival) http://www.andromedasociety.org/

May 3, 8:00 PM Star Party at Hidden Valley Picnic Area, Joshua Tree National Park.  Next one is May 31 same place 8:15 starting time. We'd probably be there except I am working at JPL Open House all weekend.

4. Thank a firefighter!  Here's one way to donate:  http://cityofsierramadre.com/  or ask at City Hall
City of Sierra Madre
City Hall
232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
T: 626.355.7135

Next weekend will be our sidewalk astronomy  weekend  - Friday in Pasadena and Saturday in Monrovia. Information for May is on our website now. Check it out!  Jane and Mojo

Jane Houston Jones
Senior Outreach Specialist, Cassini Program
JPL - 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 230-205
Pasadena, CA  91109  818-393-6435
Cassini SOC http://soc.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm
What's Up? http://education.jpl.nasa.gov/amateurastronomy/index.html