Our club meetings are held the
third Thursday of the month and start at .
You will be introduced and have the floor after about 5 minutes of
announcements. Talks given to the club run 45-60 minutes, including a question
and answer period. It is up to you if you prefer to first give the presentation
followed by Q&A, or if you prefer the talk to be interactive with
reasonable Q&A interruptions.
The audience size will be 40 to
60 people. Most of the audience will be retirees. There are no professional astronomers
in our club. We come from all walks of life from all over the US
and Canada, and
our commonality is a keen interest in astronomy. Among us are retired artists,
teachers, social workers, tradesmen, physicians, lawyers, executives,
architects, scientists, engineers, university faculty, etc. All of us are
always in a learning mode. On the distribution curve, consider our average
knowledge level on the high end of laypersons and on the low end of amateur
With regard to logistics:
need the title of your talk plus a descriptive sentence or two 2-3 months
in advance of your talk.
need a brief biography to introduce you to the audience. You may either
e-mail it to the Program Chairman or bring a copy with you.
need to know your projection needs a few weeks in advance. We are
well-equipped for most requirements. In particular we have at our
disposal computer projector. A cordless microphone
and a laser pointer are also available.
cordially invite you to join us for dinner before your talk. As our guest,
a few club members would join you for a relaxed dinner. It would have to
be a rather early dinner -- 5:15. But this early time will allow us a
comfortable margin before the meeting, which starts at 7:00. Dinner would
be at one of a few local restaurants just a few minutes from our meeting
place. Please advise if you can accept our invitation.
your talk, our club will hold a brief business meeting. After that, we
have an "open forum", for which most of our speakers have
remained to participate. Anyone in the audience can bring up an astronomy
question for discussion. We hope that your schedule permits your remaining
for our open forum. We usually adjourn about 8:45. You do not have to give
us an answer in advance if you can remain. We just want to let you know
for your planning purposes.
For reference, driving time to our area
from the UA campus is about 50 minutes during the evening rush hour. Our
meetings are held in the Navajo Room of the Sun City Vistoso Social Hall located
1495 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.
Blvd. is a left off Oracle
Rd. at the 12th traffic light north of
Road. For reference, the 11th
light is the one at Tangerine Rd. Rancho Vistoso is about a mile after
Tangerine. Driving directions are listed below. Note that all landmarks mentioned will appear
on your right:
As you proceed west on Rancho Vistoso Blvd. from
Oracle Rd., you will pass Del Webb Blvd. and Crossbow Dr.
A short distance after, you will pass a
driveway with a sign "Sun City Golf Club and Cafe".
Make a right at the very next driveway, which
has a sign "MountainVistaRecreationCenter".
The Social Hall is the leftmost of the 2 large
buildings you will see upon entering the driveway.
Our meetings take place in the Navajo Room,
which is located in the left rear of the building.
For your information, click here
for a list of speakers who have given
presentations to our club.
Please contact us if you require