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February 17, 2005|By Claire Wang

Stargazing

The Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk (CCBC Dundalk) is opening its observatory to the public for a series of "star parties" on Friday evenings throughout the winter. View the night sky through the college's Meade 16-inch LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and talk with science faculty who will be on hand to answer questions and guide observations.

The observatory is at the CCBC Dundalk campus at 7200 Sollers Point Road. Star parties will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow, March 4 and March 18, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. on April 15 and 9 p.m.-11 p.m. on April 29 and May 6. Free. Call 410-285-9728.

Black bear briefing

Irvine Nature Center presents a lecture on the ecology and adaptations of the black bear today from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Ecologist Rich Pais will lead a discussion on Maryland's first black bear hunt, the bears' reproduction and cub rearing.

Irvine Nature Center is at 8400 Greenspring Ave. The fee is $8 for the public, $5 for members. Call 410-484-2413 for registration and information. Spaces limited.

Nature photo shoot

Take your camera to the Carrie Murray Nature Center on Saturday and add some wildlife photos to your scrapbook. The center's residents, which include porcupines, owls and snakes, are all available to be photographed. Staff will be on hand to show you how to embellish these images for your project.

Scrapbooking session runs 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The center is at 1901 Ridgetop Road at Leakin Park. Cost is $6 for ages 10 and up. Call 410-396-0808.

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