Friday, June 7: “Black Holes/Worm Holes—What Are They, Where Are They and Why Do They Exist?” High Country Lifelong Learners asks you to put on your astronomy hat as we take a virtual trip into a black hole then wind our way through a worm hole! Don't worry--your trip will be safely guided by amateur astronomer Bob Cantu. Bob has been an active member of the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club since 1992. In his previous presentations to CAAC and other astronomy clubs, he has given talks on the Big Bang Theory, Jupiter’s Galilean moons, several different presentations on extrasolar planets and a talk on the New Horizons Spacecraft and Pluto. Bob has been a frequent presenter for HCLL. He communicated with Dr. Kip Thorne, the Richard Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, at CalTech and the author of four books. This presentation represents the most up-to-date information on black holes and wormholes. Meet at 2:00pm in the dining room of the Lois Harrill Senior Center, 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone.

Monday, June 10, High Country Lifelong Learners presents Monday at the Movies: “Life is Beautiful” (1997, PG13, 2 hrs.) In 1940's German-occupied Italy, gentle Jewish-Italian waiter, Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni), meets Dora (Nicoletta Braschi), a pretty schoolteacher, and wins her over with his charm and humor. Eventually they marry and have a son, Giosue (Giorgio Cantarini). Their happiness is abruptly halted, however, when Guido and Giosue are separated from Dora and taken to a concentration camp. Determined to shelter his son from the horrors of his surroundings, Guido convinces Giosue that their time in the camp is merely a game. This magnificent film gives us a glimpse of the Holocaust, but it is really about love, and the indomitability of humanity even in the midst of inhumanity. This movie won 3 Oscars. Bring a drink and a seat cushion if you like and we will have the popcorn! Movie begins at 2:00pm at the Watauga Public Library, 140 Queen St., Boone.

Wednesday, June 12, High Country Lifelong Learners invites you to attend a presentation on “Early Detection of Plant and Insect Problems in Your Garden and What to Do About It.” Can you spot trouble in your garden before it becomes a serious problem? Our presenter, Paige Patterson, will teach you how to see early warning signs. She will give you the knowledge you need to save your plants before it is too late. Learn how to recognize common insects, diseases and acquire the tools available to solve these problems. This will be an interactive program with a slide show. Paige Patterson is a Consumer and Commercial Horticulture Agent with Watauga Cooperative Extension Service. She has extensive experience in nursery management, retail flower centers and high end landscaping. Her BS is in Ornamental Horticulture. She is currently working on her Masters degree from NCState. Meet at 2:00pm in the upstairs conference room, of the Lois Harrill Senior Center, Boone.

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