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Top Weekend Picks: Exploring Outer Space, Harp Singing, Of Bombs and Butterflies

There are many interesting events requesting your presence this weekend in San Mateo County. Here are just a few.

(Editor's Note: The following rundown is assimilated from various San Mateo County venues and reprinted here for your weekend enjoyment! More information can be found by following the links provided in the headlines.)

Crestview Star Party

Saturday @ 5:13 p.m. in San Carlos

The City of San Carlos Department of Parks and Recreation and the San Mateo County Astronomical Society have open Star Parties twice a month. These events are held in Crestview Park. Setup begins at sunset and observing about one hour after sunset. If you would like help with setting up a telescope or would like to learn about telescopes, come at sunset. If you would just like to see the universe throught a telescope, come at about one or two hours after sunset.

Opens Saturday in Half Moon Bay

The Mavericks: Everest of the Seas exhibit opens at the in Half Moon Bay on Jan. 14. See photos by big wave surfers, photographers and artists Jeff Clark, Tony Canadas, Grant Washburn, Eric W. Nelson, Ed Grant, Seth Migdail, Art Gimbel, Tom Rissacher, David Evans and Sue Pemberton. A champagne & wine reception on January 21 at the gallery from 5 - 8 pm will feature wine from in Half Moon Bay.

All-California Sacred Harp Singing Convention

Saturday and Sunday @ 9 a.m. in San Carlos

The 24th Annual All-Califoria Sacred Harp Singing Convention will be held at Casa de Flores. We will have two full days of singing from the 1991 revision of the Sacred Harp. The origins of this uniquely American music predate our nation. The hymns and folk tunes floated over the Atlantic with the early settlers. Here they were transformed into 3 and 4 part songs, to be sung a cappella, with each voice part singing its own interesting musical line. This new music was spread to a musically illiterate population via singing schools and itinerant singing masters who were often the composers of the songs they taught.

Of Bombs and Butterflies

Sunday @ Noon in Pacifica

Take an easy, two-mile stroll with Nike Veteran David Bridgman along Pacifica's Milagra Ridge - former gun emplacement, Nike missile site, and now the last stand for a quarter-sized endangered butterfly.

Preschool to Prepschool Expo

Saturday @ 11 a.m. in San Mateo

Meet representatives from several local public and private preschools, elementary and high schools who will answer questions and provide detailed information on curriculum, dates of admission, requirements, open house and more. This event is sponsored by Parenting on the Peninsula, one of the leading parenting magazines in the Bay Area.

So, you got an iPad for Christmas

Saturday @ 2 p.m. in Atherton

Bring in your iPad for one-on-one instruction on how to download eBooks from our San Mateo County library website.

Pretty Asian... January 16, 2012 at 08:38 PM
how interesting. thank you.
Chris Corbett January 17, 2012 at 12:20 AM
The San Carlos one is pretty good. I am there very frequently with family and friends...
Pretty Asian... January 17, 2012 at 12:27 PM
i see. i love listening to acappellas. wish i can sing too... not just in the shower.

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