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Friday November 9, 2018 7:00 PM

Friday November 9, 2018 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

The UT Arboretum Society invites you to learn about the autumn sky with Dr. Owen Hoffman and other area astronomers at a “Night Sky Star Party,” Friday, November 9th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the UT Arboretum, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge.

Participants will meet at the UT Arboretum auditorium for a short program by Dr. Hoffman. The group will then walk a short distance up a hill to the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather station where Hoffman and area astronomers will have telescopes set up. Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets as well as flash lights for the walk up to the viewing site.  Dr. Hoffman will discuss what to look for through the telescopes.

The UT Arboretum Society will offer refreshments in the auditorium before the program. All ages are welcome  and no registration is required for this free family program.

Please check the UT Arboretum Facebook page for weather updates if needed:

Dr. Owen Hoffman of Oak Ridge is a retired environmental scientist and an enthusiastic amateur astronomer.   Early in his career, Dr. Hoffman worked as a park ranger-naturalist at Crater Lake, Zion, and Yosemite National Parks.  While in these parks, he often gave impromptu star walks after his scheduled evening programs, to introduce urban and suburban park visitors to the wonders of a pristine dark and starry sky.   He currently serves intermittently as a volunteer for the National Park Service, narrating night sky programs at the Obed Wild and Scenic River and at Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Locally, you might find Dr. Hoffman out on a clear night with his 10” Dobsonian telescope enjoying public-service sidewalk astronomy.  He typically sets his telescope up at the Oak Ridge Marina or Jackson Square and offers views of the heavens above to anyone curious enough to approach him and look through the eyepiece of his telescope.  Dr. Hoffman is a member of the Knoxville Observers and the Smoky Mountain Astronomical Society.  He is on the board of directors of Roane State Community College’s Tamke-Allan Observatory located near Harriman, TN.  He is the former president and director of the Oak Ridge Center for Risk Analysis.

 For more information on the program, call 865-483-7277 or email

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Thursday November 15, 2018 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

The Auditorium at the UT Arboretum
901 South Illinois Avenue
Oak Ridge, TN 37830 (Map)

Classes in this series cost $15 for Non-Members and $10 for UTAS-Members. (add $1 if you pay with a credit card)

Essential oils are very popular and with good reason, but navigating through all the marketing slogans, pyramid schemes, and gimmicky claims can be challenging.

Come learn how to make informed choices on using essential oils without the “hard sell” of any particular brand.

Information will be presented on what essential oil are, therapeutic properties, safety concerns, and application methods.

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Thursday January 24, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

A lecture by Karesansui garden expert, Martin McKellar at the UT Arboretum Auditorium.

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Saturday February 16, 2019 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Led by Jeff Holt. Meet at the Visitors Center, UT Arboretum, Oak Ridge.

Tuesday February 26, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

A lecture by Graham Hickling at the Auditorium in the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge.

Thursday March 14, 2019 6:30 PM

The Auditorium at the UT Arboretum
901 South Illinois Avenue
Oak Ridge, TN 37830 (Map)

Classes in this series cost $15 for Non-Members and $10 for UTAS-Members. (add $1 if you pay with a credit card)

Our Medicinal Plant series last fall with Kathy Mihalczo was a big hit so we are excited to have her back for Medicine Making with Herbs just in time for spring.

Backyard herb gardens and home apothecaries can supply a family with natural ingredients for traditional remedies. This time-honored way of treating everyday health concerns is simple, effective, affordable, and empowering.

This presentation will include will include step-by-step demonstrations for making herbal infusions, oils, salves, and tinctures.

Herbs will be available for sale after the program.

Kathy E. Burke Mihalczo , is the owner of Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm in Anderson County near Oak Ridge, now in its 24th year. She is a past president of The Oak Ridge Farmer’s Market, and a regular contributor on WBIR-TV “Mornings with Fox43” in Knoxville. Kathy has presented programs for the Dogwood Arts Festival, Healthy Living Expo, University of Tennessee Gardens, and The Memphis Botanic Gardens.

For more information contact: 865-483-7277 or

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