Friends of The DISH: Over the weekend the Central West Astronomical Society headed to the Dish for their regular meeting. Members Laurie Crowley and Denis Crute set telescopes up early and though there was a bit of high cloud about it was thin enough to allow views of the sun. Laurie had his white light filter and Denis his Herschel wedge filter to safely view the sun. The giant sunspot 2529 was clearly visible with its heart-shaped structure. Visitors enjoyed themselves and appreciated the opportunity to see and learn a bit more than you do during a usual dish visit.
Western Plains Taronga Zoo Winner:
Congratulations to our lucky winner, Luke Knowles, you’ve won a family pass to the zoo to enjoy over the school holidays. Have a wonderful time meeting lots of new furry, feathery and scaly friends.
Language Learning App: Preschool children will have an exciting opportunity to learn another language this year using apps. Parkes Bluebird Early Education Centre and Victoria Street Children’s Centre have obtained a place in the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) programme. Local children can experience Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, French or Arabic through apps. For more information about the ELLA programme visit: www.ed-ucation.gov.au/early-learning-languagesaustralia
Out With The Old: Parkes, Bogan Gate, Peak Hill, Trundle and Tullamore residents can have their old garbage bins collected from the roadside next week. Any unwanted bins will be collected and recycled into used plastic products such as garden furniture and guide posts. If you choose to have your old bins collected and taken away for recycling, please place your old bins out for collection on ANZAC day evening Monday 25th April for collection on the 26th April. Place your old bins near the kerb, upside down with the lid open and ensure your old bins are completely empty; they cannot be removed if they contain any items.
Waste To Art Winners: 40 artworks made from metal, plastics, paper and used tyres were entered in this year’s Parkes Waste to Art Exhibition. Manager Cultural, Education and Library Services Shellie Buckle loves waste to art time; “We have upcycled dresses, skirts, bags, and gorgeous quilts in the exhibition!” The art that has captured Parkes’ imagination is available to view at Parkes Library until 13th May. The winners, who were announced on Thursday, will now go onto the Regional competition which will be hosted in Condobolin on 25th June.