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Ed Davis

Learn about the exciting field of robotics. Designed for children and adults of all ages, this offers several hands-on opportunities for all to enjoy. Demonstration and activity stations teach fun aerospace principles, such as the role of robotics in the Air Force, examples of robotic toys, working robotics and more. This is Saturday, 9am to 3pm at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

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The Frolicking Fox Moon is new today, and it waxes crescent throughout the coming week, entering its second quarter next Tuesday. This is the Moon that carries the Northern Hemisphere deep into the final days Late Winter, tantalizingly close to the first days of Early Spring. This Moon bodes well for the seeding of bedding plants and the earliest tomatoes under lights. It is a pruning moon that encourages making way for new growth. It is a moon that invites me out into the land to try to find the first pieces of the spring.

The Mountain Dulcimer Society of Dayton and an accomplished hammered dulcimer player guest are performing at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center tonight at 7:30pm. Since there is no cost for this concert it is suggested that you come early as reservations for this popular event will not be taken.

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It seems that the world lies too still and too deathly quiet in the middle of Deep Winter, but the Sun finally starts to rise earlier this week, finally cutting away at the length of the nights, complementing the sunset times that have been been occurring later just a little every few days since the middle of December.

The Bedding Plant Moon, weakens the meteorological tides as it reaches apogee (its position farthest from Earth) on January 14.

Returning for the third year, Adventures on the Great Miami is hosting The Great Christmas Tree Bon Fire on Saturday. It opens at 5pm with the bonfire at 7. This features live music and a food truck. There is no cost for the Christmas Tree Burn.

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“Different atmospheric conditions – different kinds of weather- are, precisely different moods,” writes the phenomenologist,  David Abram.  “Wind, rain, snow, fog, hail, open skies, heavy overcast – each…affects the relation between our body and the living land in a specific way, altering the tenor of our reflections and the tonality of our dreams.

What might that mean this week? Maybe a little optimism, in spite of the arrival of Deep Winter.

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This week, the Bedding Plant Moon waxes and waxes, coming closer and closer to Earth. And the New Year will arrive as that Moon becomes completely full and reaches perigee, its position closest to Earth, becoming what many people call a SuperMoon because of its tidal strength.

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The Sun reaches its winter solstice declination on December 21, and that same day it passes from early winter’s prophetic Sagittarius into Capricorn, the fulfillment of the archer’s promise. Capricorn is the sign of the year’s end and of its beginning, the fulcrum on which longest nights of the year balance and fall into January and then turn toward June.

A Christmas Story. Remember the film? Now you can see it in a fresh new way. All the elements from the beloved movie are in this play including, the "double dog dare ya" with the flagpole at school, Ralphie's dad's the leg lamp, and much more -- all live on stage at the Victoria Theatre this weekend.

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If you go outside an hour or so before Sunrise, look up to find the Big Dipper high overhead, its winter position before dawn Like the hands of a great clock, the Dipper's motion around the North Star tells the time of year.  When it lies in the west before Sunrise, daffodils will be in bloom. With the Dipper deep along the Southern horizon in the early morning, lilies and roses flower. And when it has moved to the eastern sky, the first leaves are starting to turn for autumn.

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