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Staerkel Planetarium to Host Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing

Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing at Staerkel Planetarium, May 15

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The William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College is hosting a free telescope viewing of the total lunar eclipse, weather permitting.

On Sunday, May 15, the eclipse will be visible in most of North America, depending on cloud coverage. In Champaign, the Moon will start to get dimmer after sunset and begin moving into Earth's umbra, or full shadow, around 9:30 p.m. The total eclipse begins around 10:30 p.m. and will last for about 80 minutes.

Planetarium staff and members of the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society will set up several telescopes outside the planetarium so visitors can view the moon. The circle drive outside the planetarium and theatre will be blocked off to allow for pedestrian traffic. Visitors should park in the M1 or C4 parking lots.

A lunar eclipse occurs when Earth is positioned between the Sun and Moon. Normally, the Moon would appear full, but Earth's shadow can cover the Moon entirely, making it much dimmer. A total lunar eclipse looks red due to sunlight refracted through Earth's atmosphere.

For more information about the event, the planetarium, or booking the dome, please call 217/351-2567 or visit parkland.edu/planetarium

Free Spring Concerts by Parkland College Music Ensembles

Parkland Music Ensembles to Offer Free Spring Concerts

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Parkland College's spring concert season concludes with May performances by several music ensembles in the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre.

Saturday, May 7 at 3 p.m.
"The Emerging Spring" A Joint Concert by the Parkland Orchestra, Chamber Singers, and Guitar Ensemble


The Parkland Orchestra, directed by Dr. Rodney Mueller, will perform "Carnival Overture, Op. 92" by Antonin Dvorak, edited by Carl Simpson; "Mock Morris" by Percy Aldridge Grainger, edited by Dana Paul Perna; "Nimrod" from 'Enigma Variations, Op. 36' by Edward Elgar, edited by Steven L. Rosenhaus; and "Meditation, from 'Thais'" by Jules Massenet, edited by Jack Ranney, among others.

The Parkland Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Franklin Gallo, will perform "Nyon Nyon" by Jake Runestad; "Kyrie" from Missa Papae Marcelli by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina; "The Ground" by Ola Gjelio; and "West Side Story" by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, arranged by Len Thomas.

Director Dr. Young Kim will lead the Guitar Ensemble in performing "Sinfonia No. 3 BWV 789" by Johann Sebastian Bach; "'Prelude' from English Suite, Op. 31" by John W. Duarte, arranged by Rich Geiger; "Gin Fizz" by Pieter van der Staak, edited by Greg Styles; and "Corcovado (Quiet Night of Quiet Stars)" by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz solo transcribed by Scott Card, chords arranged by Carlos Arana; and "Da Blues" by Alan Hirsch. 

Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m.
"A Spring Celebration" A Joint Concert by the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble


The Parkland Concert Band, directed by Dr. Matthew Dixon, will perform "Overture to Candide" by Leonard Bernstein, transcribed by Clare Grundman; "Americans We March" by Henry Fillmore; "Legend" by Paul Creston; and "Chorale and Shaker Dance" by John Zdechlik.

Parkland's Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Jonathan Beckett, will present "Slavic Dance no. 10" by Antonin Dvorak, arranged by Tom Clark; "Procession of the Nobles" (Cortege from the Opera "Mlada") by Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov, arranged by Erik Leidzen, edited by Van Ragsdale; "A Chorus Line Spectacular!" by Marvin Hamlisch, arranged by Warren Barker; and "River of Life" by Steven Reineke.

Musical Light Shows Return to Staerkel Planetarium

Pink Floyd Light Show, May 6 at 9 p.m.

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After a years-long hiatus, the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College will resume musical light shows.

Starting May 6, the planetarium will premiere a fulldome video set to Pink Floyd's classic album "Dark Side of the Moon" on the first Friday each month at 9 p.m. Admission is $6 per person at the door.

This is not a laser show. Light shows at the planetarium are not recommended for those with motion sickness. This show is safe for people with photosensitive epilepsy or other types of photosensitivites. Video produced by Starlight Productions.

For more information about the show schedule, the planetarium, or booking the dome, please call 217/351-2567 or visit parkland.edu/planetarium
 

Scout Merit Badge Workshops Return to Staerkel Planetarium

Scout Merit Badge Workshops at Staerkel Planetarium

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Girl and Boy Scouts can earn merit badges at two interactive workshops at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium.


Girl Scout Space Science Adventurer Badge workshop:

  • Thursday, May 19, 7–8:30 p.m.

  • $4 per Scout

Boy Scout Astronomy Merit Badge workshop:

  • Wednesday, May 25, 7–9:30 p.m.

  • $5 per Scout

 

Please note that these sessions are workshops, not just a show, so scouts must be ready to work! Scouts must bring a pencil or pen and a flashlight covered with red plastic/cellophane. Scouts will receive a booklet based on requirements. The workshop will cover the badge requirements, and scouts will submit the completed work booklet to their scout office to receive the badge.

Advanced registration is required. The registration deadline is a week prior to the chosen workshop (May 12 for Girl Scouts, May 18 for Boy Scouts). There will be no registration taken at the door. There must be a minimum number of registrations to conduct the workshop; in the case of cancellation, refunds will be issued. 

To register, click here. Complete one form per Scout and leader. For more information, call 217/351-2567 or visit parkland.edu/planetarium

Parkland Art & Design Students Win Exhibition Awards, Scholarships

Exhibiting Art and Design Students Receive Awards

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The Giertz Gallery at Parkland College announces the scholarship and award winners of the 54th Annual Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition, on display through May 7.

The exhibition comprises student works produced within the last year in Parkland Art and Design classes including photography, painting, drawing, metals, sculpture, three-dimensional design, two-dimensional design, color theory, graphic design, figure drawing, and ceramics. Members of Parkland's art faculty selected close to 200 exhibiting works to display the strength and quality of the Art and Design program.

A reception honoring the participants was held on Thursday, April 14. Students received a number of awards and scholarships.

Scholarship recipients. Katy Geurts (2021-2022), Liam Dee (2022-2023): Underwood-Alger Art Scholarship; Brandon Gillilan (2021-2022), Amelia Gonzales (2022-2023): Don Lake Art Scholarship; Nhu Duong (2021-2022): Juanita Gammon Graphic Design Scholarship.

Monetary awards. Connor Altan, Parkland President's Award for Art and Design; Tara Jaggers, Parkland President's Award for Graphic Design; Jori Bassett, Blair Kling Memorial Award; Sam Pickett, Fine and Applied Arts Chair Award for Excellence in Art and Design; Kelly Hoene, Fine and Applied Arts Chair Award for Excellence in Graphic Design; Joshua Walch, Art and Design Faculty Award; Honoka Adachi, Victor Feldman Ceramics Award for Excellence; Saxon Burns, Metals Award of Artistic Distinction; Joshua Stebbins, Graphic Design Best of Show Award; Jeane Breiland, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Award; Ceselie Eagan, Art Coop Award.

Purchase awards. Jori Bassett, Alison Hernandez, Penny Moynihan, Megan Reich, Yuanpei Su.

Merit awards. Yarira Aguirre, Jori Bassett, Joyce Beitel, Kyndra Campbell, Pavana Chandrasekhar, Jawonda Clark, Nhu Duong, Kylie Fuoss, Nora Kaeb, Morgan King, Penny Moynihan, Kiah Thompson, Kalyn Warner, Sharon Wenda, Chloe White.

Visit the 54th Annual Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition webpage for a complete list of exhibiting students by hometown and 2022 Art and Design graduates.

Programs at the gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. All events in the accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Parkland College is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/353-2338 or email accessibilityservices@parkland.edu. Gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, 12-2 p.m.
 
For more information on Giertz Gallery, call the gallery office at 217/351-2485 or visit parkland.edu/gallery.

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