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Lights out: Going dark in the Columbia River Gorge

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents Lights Out: Going Dark in the Columbia Gorge, on Friday, Jan. 22. Bob Yoesle will talk about the effects and hazards of light pollution. A dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. program, which is free to the public. Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is located at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles.

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Bob Yoesle will talk about the effects and hazards of light pollution Jan. 22 at The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

Once a source of wonder and enjoyment, the star-filled nights of just a few years ago are rapidly vanishing in a foggy haze of artificial light. The effects of bad nighttime lighting is cumulative and adds up quickly; light pollution not only masks our view of the stars — poor lighting is ugly, threatens public safety, and wastes energy to the tune of $2.2 billion per year in the U.S. alone.

Dark-sky friendly lighting does not require you to live in darkness or turn off all the lights at night — only the unnecessary ones. Light pollution is that rare issue that costs less to solve than to let it continue. Learn how glare lighting actually threatens public health and safety, and how to implement outdoor lights that are designed to save energy and money, and keep and protect our dark skies for current and future generations.

An amateur astronomer for over 50 years, Yoesle was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to the Northwest 37 years ago. Yoesle is the President of Friends of Goldendale Observatory, and does frequent observations and education about the sun, and renewable energy from the sun.

The dinner menu includes beef stroganoff, steamed broccoli, salad, rolls, and dessert for $16.

To RSVP, call 541-296-8600 ext. 201 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily, or visit www.gorgediscovery.org, by Jan. 20.

For more information, call 541-296-8600 ext. 201, or visit www.gorgedis-covery.org.

About Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum is the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Hands-on, multi-media exhibits illuminate the cultural and natural history of the Gorge, including Ice Age geology, Native American culture, Lewis and Clark, the Oregon Trail, trade, transportation, renewable energy, ecology, live raptor presentations and more. The museum is wheel-chair accessible, and family friendly, with a Kids Explorer room. Riverfront Trail offers hiking and biking, and a native plant nature trail circles the pond next to the museum.

The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum adult admission is $9, seniors $7, kids 6 to 16 are $5, and children 5 and under free. Live raptor presentations are held on Saturdays and Sundays. The Columbia River Trading Company museum store is open daily.



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