“Distant Galaxy Gala” Looms as Star-Studded Event

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Sarah Tompkins, Riester

Darth Vader, Capt. Kirk, Spock, Luke Skywalker, Yoda…

You could meet the strangest characters Sept. 22 when Clark Planetarium reaches out to galaxies far, far away and presents its annual fundraiser, entitled this year as the Distant Galaxy Gala.

“With guests encouraged to attend dressed as their favorite sci-fi characters, our 2011 gala could resemble one great, big reunion aboard the Enterprise” enthuses planetarium director Seth Jarvis, referring to iconic space vessel of the long-running Star Trek series. “The costumes judged the best just might win prizes that Scotty wouldn’t mind beaming up,” he grins.

The Distant Galaxy gala will be  Thursday, Sept. 22 starting 6:30 p.m. at the planetarium located in The Gateway, 110 South 400 West.  Activities will include special appearances by Alpine Garrison, a reception, silent auction, science demonstrations, dinner, the Led Zeppelin laser show in the Hansen Dome Theatre and Mystery Science Theatre 3000 in the ATK IMAX Theatre. Admission is $100 per person, $125 if purchased after September 11.  For full details see www.clarkplanetarium.org/gala.html or call 801-456-4970.

Clark Planetarium’s annual fundraising events help generate the funds necessary for the planetarium’s numerous community outreach programs that enlighten, entertain and educate the region’s teachers and school children about the importance of space science.

Jarvis explains, “Each year more than 80,000 Utah school children receive high quality astronomy and space science education series through the planetarium’s ‘AstroVan’ outreach program and in-house field trips.  Clark Planetarium relies on funds raised from our annual gala to bring children and teachers these valuable programs.”

Clark Planetarium’s mission is to create and present stimulating educational programs that effectively share astronomy and space exploration information with Salt Lake County residents, Utah students, educators and families and visitors from around the country and the world. For more information visit www.clarkplanetarium.org or follow Clark Planetarium on Twitter or Facebook.

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