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Telescope use taught

Learn how to buy a telescope, then view the heavens with the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society at Hobbs State Park.

Hobbs State Park visitor center

Ark. Hwy. 12 just east of the

Ark. Hwy. 12/War Eagle Road intersection


One of the most common questions those new to Astronomy have is, "How do I decide what telescope I should buy?" The answer is not straightforward. There are several different types of telescopes with different options and a large range of prices. Also, there is a lot of terminology to stumble through, which can be intimidating.

Please join us at Hobbs State Park on Saturday November 10th for our next Hobbs State Park Star Party, where a panel of Sugar Creek Astronomical Society members will lead an interactive session discussing different telescope types, telescope options, and will answer your questions. There will also be several types of telescopes on-hand so that you can get an up-close look with the lights on!

The "How to Buy a Telescope" session will start at 5:00 pm and, weather permitting, we will have night sky viewing afterwards, where everyone will be able to look through different telescopes.

What to Bring:

• Flashlight (covered with a red cloth or red balloon)

• Binoculars and/or telescope (if you have)

• Folding chair -- one per person

• Star chart (if you have one)

Where: Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Ark. Hwy. 12 just east of the Hwy. 12/War Eagle Road intersection

When: Saturday, Nov. 10

• 5 p.m. Classroom instruction

• 6 p.m. Night sky viewing

Cost: Free, all ages are invited. Astronomy is a family event as well as an ideal Boy or Girl Scout outing.

For information, call: 479-789-5000.

Sugar Creek Astronomical Society's Facebook Page is

For information on Hobbs programs, trails, picnicking, or meeting room rental: Call: 479-789-5000.

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Dutch oven cooking workshop slated

Dutch oven cooking workshop is scheduled for Saturday, Nov.10, at Hobbs State Park.

We know the easy ones don't we? Arkansas's state bird is the mocking bird. Arkansas's state gem is the diamond, but did you know that Arkansas has an official state cooking vessel? Well, we do, the Dutch oven. Arkansans have been cooking in these deep cast iron pots for generations. Embrace your Arkansas heritage today by learning some traditions of the natural state through a Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop at Hobbs State Park. (For some reason, anything cooked in a Dutch oven always taste wonderful!)

Park interpreter, Chelsea Porter, will be leading a hands-on workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, to teach the art of Dutch oven cooking at the Hobbs State Park Visitor Center. Participants will learn how to care for cast iron and will cook a three course meal to enjoy together. Participants will also receive a Dutch Oven Cooking guidebook. Pre-registration is required. The workshop is limited to the first 14 participants.

• Cost - $40/person

• Registration and pre-payment required. To register call: 479-789-5000.

For information on Hobbs programs, trails, picnicking, or meeting room rental: Call: 479-789-5000.

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