Are you concerned about how light pollution is affecting the quality of Blanco County’s night sky? Are you upset at a neighbor whose light shines into your bedroom window at night? Do you ever get blinded by glare when driving at night? Do you want to know what you can do about these things?
On Thursday, August 2, at 6:30 pm, the Gem of the Hills Community Center in Blanco will host a special presentation entitled “Big and Bright are the Stars at Night.” The event is free to the public and features a multi-media presentation by local resident, Wayne Gosnell, focusing on the problems of light pollution in the Texas Hill Country and what can be done about it. He will demonstrate examples of good and bad types of outdoor lighting. There will also be an open discussion of the proposed revision of the City of Blanco’s Outdoor Lighting Ordinance that the City Council will consider on August 14th. Finally, attendees will have the opportunity to become members of the Blanco County Dark Sky Committee, a group of residents now forming to actively support night sky preservation activities throughout Blanco County. There will be a list of specific activities that need doing such as working with the International Dark Sky Association to qualify Blanco and Johnson City as International Dark Sky Communities, measuring the darkness of the night sky, coordinating award presentations for Night Sky-Friendly Business Recognition programs, and other, hands-on activities to protect the treasured night sky of the Texas Hill Country.
The Gem of the Hills is located at 2233 US Highway 281 North in Blanco. For more information, contact the Gem of the Hills at (830) 833-2713