Northcrest Ward: astronomers had to adapt during the pandemic

The Peterborough Astronomical Association (PAA) meets via Zoom on Friday, starting at 6 p.m., and community members are invited to tune in. The format includes beginner astronomy lessons, a main presentation, and a question and answer period.

This month’s beginner astronomy course is about choosing a telescope. This overview will look at the types of telescopes, their advantages and disadvantages, sample models and prices available today, as well as tips for getting started with your first telescope.

The Beginner Astronomy Course starts at 6 p.m. and lasts approximately 45 minutes before the main meeting. These courses focus on the practical aspects of learning astronomy.

The main presentation, starting after a short meeting at 7 p.m., is Astronomy During a Pandemic, with PAA member Sean Dunne.

“In the past 18 months, the club has not been able to host club or public viewing events, but Heaven is not waiting and we have had many interesting heavenly events during this time. There have been visits from three major comets, a solar eclipse and the closest conjunction of the planets Saturn and Jupiter for over 400 years, ”said Rick Stankiewicz, advertising director for PAA.

“The club has had many interesting and very well organized virtual viewing sessions from member observatories, but some members have felt the need to go out under the stars and do it themselves. Sean is one of those and has observed and photographed these and other key events.

During his speech, Dunne will present his own photographs as well as those of other PAA members and discuss the challenges of finding a suitable vantage point during the pandemic. He will also discuss his equipment and the steps for planning a one-time event or sighting in a new location.

To join the meeting, sign up for a free Zoom account on the device you want to use. So register in advance by visiting You will receive the Zoom password and a link to the presentation.

There is no cost and the meeting is open to all ages and anyone interested in seeing what the AAP is all about. For more information, visit The AAP can also be followed on Twitter (@PtbAstronomical) and Facebook (@Peterborough Astronomical Association).

Talk about Trento

Mary Smith speaks out on Community Engagement and Local Leadership: Learning by Doing Thursday 4 to 5 p.m. This free event that takes place on Zoom. is part of Trent University’s “Enwayaang: A Series of Extraordinary Talks” lecture series. Enwayaang means “the way we speak together” in Anishinaabemowin.

Mary Smith, a dedicated community volunteer and municipal politician, has served as Lakefield Councilor, Deputy Warden, Peterborough County Deputy Warden and Mayor of Selwyn. For more than 20 years in municipal politics, she has never lost an election.

For more information and to register, visit

KWIC conversations

The Kawartha World Issues Center hosts KWIC conversations every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. on Zoom. Join Jocelyn, KWIC Resource Facilitator, and Will, Education Program Coordinator, for thoughtful conversations, in a welcoming and inclusive space, “about how we experience what’s going on in the world.” Bring your lunch, a cup of tea or a friend.

This is a recurring event. Registration is not required, but please RSVP [email protected] to receive the Zoom access link.

Kawartha World Issues Center connects people with global issues and local initiatives that change our understanding of the world and promote equitable and sustainable communities.

Parental talk

Lavender and Play is offering a Parenting Conversation on Emotional Regulation, Lunch and Learning Class via Zoom on November 11 from noon to 1 p.m. Beth Pink of Wayfinder Counseling, Psychotherapist and Mother, will explore how to be emotionally regulated when your children are struggling. . She will offer practical strategies, focusing on big emotions such as anger, fear, anxiety and depression.

The cost is $ 15 per family. Links will be provided to participants prior to the conference. Register at

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