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Jan. 11

‘Nightwatch:’

There is more in the night sky than you can see with your naked eye. Learn how to explore the universe with binoculars and small telescopes without leaving your own backyard. 3:30 p.m. $3. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

‘Red Starr’s Solar System Round-Up:’

Saddle-up with Red Starr and his sidekick Solar Max while they check out their herd of planets they tend on the Solar System Ranch. This up-to-date program about the planets features images from the latest fleet of spacecraft exploring our neighborhood in outer space. 1:30 p.m. $3. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

My Brain Did What?:

Celebrate Brainteaser Month at the Schiele Museum. Explore some of the bizarre ways your brain processes information. 2 p.m. Included in admission. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

Planets: A Voyage Across Our Solar System:

Take an exciting tour of the Solar System looking in detail at each planet. Discover information about the formation of our system and new extra-solar planets. This program features exciting planetary images, beautiful computer animation and more. 2:30 p.m. Included in admission. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair:

The Schiele Museum hosts the GRSEF, showcasing student research STEM projects from elementary, middle and high school students across the area. 1-5 p.m. Included in admission. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

Jan. 12

Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair:

The Schiele Museum hosts the GRSEF, showcasing student research STEM projects from elementary, middle and high school students across the area. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Included in admission. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

Jan. 13

Planets: A Voyage Across Our Solar System:

Take an exciting tour of the Solar System looking in detail at each planet. Discover information about the formation of our system and new extra-solar planets. This program features exciting planetary images, beautiful computer animation and more. 3:30 p.m. Included in admission. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

Free Tuesday sponsored by Duke Energy:

The museum’s exhibits and Nature Trail will be available to explore for free. At 5 p.m., discover how animals survive the cold winter months during a program that includes live animals. 4-8 p.m. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

‘Red Starr’s Solar System Round-Up:’

Saddle-up with Red Starr and his sidekick Solar Max while they check out their herd of planets they tend on the Solar System Ranch. This up-to-date program about the planets features images from the latest fleet of spacecraft exploring our neighborhood in outer space. 7 p.m. $3. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

Jan. 15

Envirothon Workshops:

Is your student or group competing in the NC Envirothon this year? Check out the resources offered at the museum to assist in training for this environmental science-based competition. Envirothon allows students in sixth to 12th gradesdemonstrate their knowledge in five subject areas. $10. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

Jan. 17

Solar System: A Journey of Exploration:

Journey across the Solar System to explore the sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space. Gain an appreciation for Earth as the only place for life as we know it as we compare our planet to other objects that also orbit our sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Included in admission. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

‘Red Starr’s Solar System Round-Up:’

Saddle-up with Red Starr and his sidekick Solar Max while they check out their herd of planets they tend on the Solar System Ranch. This up-to-date program about the planets features images from the latest fleet of spacecraft exploring our neighborhood in outer space. 1:30 p.m. $3. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

‘Nightwatch:’

There is more in the night sky than you can see with your naked eye. Learn how to explore the universe with binoculars and small telescopes without leaving your own backyard. 3:30 p.m. $3. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

Tracy Shedd:

Tracy Shedd is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based out of Tucson, Ariz. 8 p.m. Zoes Coffee House. 170 S. South St., Gastonia. 980-320-1272. zoescoffeehouse.com.

Solar System: A Journey of Exploration Grand Opening:

Be the first in your neighborhood to see our new feature exhibit and enjoy a day of this out-of-this-world family-friendly activities. Discover astronomy through hands-on activities and go on a Solar System scavenger hunt. 10 a.m. Included in admission. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

Planets: A Voyage Across Our Solar System:

Take an exciting tour of the Solar System looking in detail at each planet. Discover information about the formation of our system and new extra-solar planets. This program features exciting planetary images, beautiful computer animation and more. 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. Included in admission. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

Jan. 18

Planets: A Voyage Across Our Solar System:

Take an exciting tour of the Solar System looking in detail at each planet. Discover information about the formation of our system and new extra-solar planets. This program features exciting planetary images, beautiful computer animation and more. 2:30 p.m. Included in admission. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

NatSci Walk:

Join a naturalist and scientist for a by-foot exploration of local nature highlights, such as lichens, polypores, deer rubs, beaver chews, tracks, scats, wildflowers, fungus, cumulonimbus clouds, habitats, macroinvertebrates, trees and so forth. One or two topics are covered per walk. Further details will be provided after registration. 3 p.m. $10. Downtown Mount Holly. South Main Street, Mount Holly. visitmounthollync.com.

Solar System: A Journey of Exploration:

Journey across the Solar System to explore the sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space. Gain an appreciation for Earth as the only place for life as we know it as we compare our planet to other objects that also orbit our sun. 1-5 p.m. Included in admission. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair:

The Schiele Museum hosts the GRSEF, showcasing student research STEM projects from elementary, middle and high school students across the area. 1-5 p.m. Included in admission. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

Jan. 19

Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair:

The Schiele Museum hosts the GRSEF, showcasing student research STEM projects from elementary, middle and high school students across the area. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Included in admission. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

Solar System: A Journey of Exploration:

Journey across the Solar System to explore the sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space. Gain an appreciation for Earth as the only place for life as we know it as we compare our planet to other objects that also orbit our sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Included in admission. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

Our Earth’s Moon:

Learn about the phases of the moon, eclipses, and its unique landscapes. Find out how the surface of the moon was shaped and why we only see one side of Earth’s natural satellite at night. 11 a.m. Included in admission. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

Jan. 20

Planets: A Voyage Across Our Solar System:

Take an exciting tour of the Solar System looking in detail at each planet. Discover information about the formation of our system and new extra-solar planets. This program features exciting planetary images, beautiful computer animation and more. 3:30 p.m. Included in admission. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

Jan. 23

Space Explorers Camp In:

Scout troops can enjoy fun and enriching activities at The Schiele after dark. Scouts learn about the moon, the planets, the stars while exploring museum exhibits, watch a planetarium show, and do hands-on activities. 7 p.m. $30. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

‘Red Starr’s Solar System Round-Up:’

Saddle-up with Red Starr and his sidekick Solar Max while they check out their herd of planets they tend on the Solar System Ranch. This up-to-date program about the planets features images from the latest fleet of spacecraft exploring our neighborhood in outer space. 3:30 p.m. $3. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

Jan. 24

‘Red Starr’s Solar System Round-Up:’

Saddle-up with Red Starr and his sidekick Solar Max while they check out their herd of planets they tend on the Solar System Ranch. This up-to-date program about the planets features images from the latest fleet of spacecraft exploring our neighborhood in outer space. 1:30 p.m. $3. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

‘Nightwatch:’

There is more in the night sky than you can see with your naked eye. Learn how to explore the universe with binoculars and small telescopes without leaving your own backyard. 3:30 p.m. $3. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

Planets: A Voyage Across Our Solar System:

Take an exciting tour of the Solar System looking in detail at each planet. Discover information about the formation of our system and new extra-solar planets. This program features exciting planetary images, beautiful computer animation and more. 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. Included in admission. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

Jan. 25

Planets: A Voyage Across Our Solar System:

Take an exciting tour of the Solar System looking in detail at each planet. Discover information about the formation of our system and new extra-solar planets. This program features exciting planetary images, beautiful computer animation and more. 2:30 p.m. Included in admission. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

Solar System: A Journey of Exploration:

Journey across the Solar System to explore the sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space. Gain an appreciation for Earth as the only place for life as we know it as we compare our planet to other objects that also orbit our sun. 1-5 p.m. Included in admission. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. www.schielemuseum.org.

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