TCOE invites families to look to the stars

Tulare County Office of Education’s Pena Planetarium will open its doors to families for the first time this school year with the showing of “Dawn of the Space Age.”

The show, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, is a historically accurate reconstruction of man’s first steps into space. The 40-minute presentation begins with a showcase of the launch of Sputnik and ends with the new private space exploration.

The film’s target audience includes students in middle school and up, but all ages are welcome.

The planetarium also offers a gift shop full of out of this world items available for purchase, including astronaut ice cream, astronomy books and lava lamps. The gift shop opens 30 minutes before showtime, with prices ranging from 10 cents to $50.

Later this month public presentations continue with a showing of “Earth, Moon and Sun,” scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 23. The film highlights the relationship between the earth, moon and sun, and explores past and future space travel to the moon and beyond.

Presentation tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for children 11 and under. Tickets are available from 5 p.m. on the day of the show at the Planetarium and Science Center Office, 11535 Avenue 264 in Visalia.

For more information, call 733-6433, or visit http://tcoe.org/Planetarium/PublicShows.shtm.

ProYouth, Visalia Unified team up for job fair

ProYouth and Visalia Unified School District have teamed up to host a job fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The fair will be held at Visalia Unified’s new Ridgeview Middle School, located at 3315 N. Akers St. in Visalia.

“This is a great opportunity for those in the community looking for employment to possibly walk out with a job offer,” said Josh Ormonde, ProYouth associate director of insight. “In addition to VUSD and ProYouth conducting on-site interviews, multiple partners will be there providing resources to the community, including COS, Fresno Pacific, and Brandman University, amongst others.”

Visalia Unified has open classified staff positions available, and ProYouth is looking to expand its team as well.

No registration is required. Participants are encouraged to bring copies of high school diplomas, college transcripts and degrees and resumes. However, these items are not necessary to participate.

For more information, visit www.proyouthexpandedlearning.org.

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from Department of Space Exploration