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New Mexico State University Events March 16-26

NMSU ASTRONOMY DEPARTMENT TO HOST OBSERVATORY OPEN HOUSE


ico State University's Department of Astronomy will hold an open house at the campus observatory starting at 8 p.m. Friday, March 16.

Weather permitting, participants will observe the moon, the planet Saturn, the Orion Nebula, Open Cluster M35, Galaxies M81 and M82, and other astronomical objects.

Astronomy personnel on hand will be faculty member Chris Churchill and graduate students Linglong Hu and Doug Hoffman.

The Tombaugh Observatory on the NMSU campus is located east of Williams Avenue, near the running track. Admission is free and children are welcome.

For more information call the astronomy department at (505) 646-4438.

NMSU THEATER TO SHOWCASE PLAY EXPLORING RELIGION AND SCIENCE
The New Mexico State University Theatre Arts, along with the High Desert New Play Program, will present a new play, "The Nature of Mutation," through Saturday, March 17, at the Hershel Zohn Theatre.

The play, written by John Walsh, is set in a private high school and explores the complex interplay between faith and science in the 21st century.

Ticket prices vary from $10 to $15 depending on performance dates. Call the ASTC box office at (505) 646-4515 or 1-800-646-ASTC for details.

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM TO HOLD WORKSHOPS FOR FAMILIES
A St. Patrick's Day-inspired arts and crafts workshop will be offered at the New Mexico State University Museum from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Families are welcome and no sign-up is necessary. Supplies will be provided for creating a "Pot of Gold" mobile.

On Saturday, March 24, there will be no craft workshop because of the university's spring break. Workshops will resume on Saturday, March 31.

The museum also offers "Pottery of the Americas," a permanent exhibit of more than 600 prehistoric and historical Southwestern and Mesoamerican ceramic vessels.

For more information call (505) 646-3739.

NMSU MUSEUM TO HOUSE CHIRICAHUA APACHE PHOTOS
Photographs detailing the history of the Chiricahua Apache from 1872 to the present will be housed in the New Mexico State University Museum lobby through Aug. 28.

The historical photographs feature Cochise and Naiche family descendants.

The museum is free and open to the public. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.

For more information call (505) 646-3739.

NMSU ZUHL MUSEUM TO PRESENT "SECOND SUNDAYS"
New Mexico State University's Zuhl Museum, 775 College Drive, will be open the second Sunday of each month from 2 to 5 p.m. to showcase world-class fossils and fun activities for children.

Second Sundays are in addition of the museum's regular hours of Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The museum showcases outstanding fossils of petrified wood of many colors, species, shapes and sizes; ammonites; turtles; a dragonfly; a bat; and beautiful minerals such as amethyst, rhodochrosite, garnet, and malachite.

Zuhl museum is also home to an Ichthyosaur, a highly specialized marine reptile from the time of the dinosaurs, five dinosaur leg bones, a portion of a backbone from a giant herbivore dinosaur, and the eggs of a duck-billed dinosaur.

Second Sundays are free and open to the public. Children also may participate in a scavenger hunt and timeline activity hosted by museum staff.

For more information call Museum Curator Marilyn Huff at (505) 650-1884.

NMSU MUSEUM PRESENTS TWO AFRICAN EXHIBITS
Two exhibits that celebrate the diversity of African lives - the result of ancient traditions blending with the modern world - are on display in the New Mexico State University Museum galleries through Saturday, June 23.

The exhibits are "The Pasternack Collection of African Art" and "Africa: From Eritrea with Love, the Paintings of Betty LaDuke."

For more information call (505) 646-3739.