What’s Up July 2014

Spica, Mars, and Eclipsed Moon Image Credit & Copyright: Damian Peach

Image Credit & Copyright: Damian Peach

Darkness might not last very long this month, but there’s lots to see in the night sky tonight and every night during July! Go out about 45 minutes before sunrise, and you’ll find Venus dazzling and impressive above the eastern horizon. To see fleet-footed Mercury, look around July 12th, when the innermost planet is most widely separated from the Sun. Mercury can be hard to spot, but you’ll find Mercury a bit less than one outstretched fist to the lower left of Venus.

In the evening sky, July begins with the Moon is already in view as a thin, beautiful crescent low in the west. Look closely, and you might see more than just that delicate swoosh of the crescent. Can you make out the entire lunar disk, including the portion hidden in shadow? That ghostly glow is called earthshine.

As evening twilight deepens, sweep your eye to the upper left of the sunset point, and soon you’ll run into a striking pair: bright, peachy-colored Mars and the icy white star Spica. Let your gaze drift farther left, and you’ll soon spot the planet Saturn. Shift your gaze to the lower left of Saturn, and there you’ll find the stars of Scorpius. This is one of those constellations that really looks a lot like its namesake.
Sky and Telescope

The next Full Moon is on the 12th, and the next New Moon is on the 26th.

The International Space Station and various satellites can be tracked and viewed at Heavens-Above.com (link is set for Mt. Shasta’s location and elevation.)

For a full list of sky happenings this month, as well as a handy printable map, download The Evening Sky Map.

Welcome Our New Executive Director

By unanimous vote of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce to our membership that local candidate Jim Mullins has accepted the position of Executive Director.

In this position, Jim Mullins will oversee the Chamber of Commerce’s Membership Services organization as well as the Mt. Shasta Visitor’s Bureau operations.

Jim’s extensive experience with staff development and management, regional marketing and sales as well as successful community events comes with a proven track record. I am confident in his ability to serve, benefit and expand the Chamber Membership as well as contribute to Mount Shasta Area’s overall economic growth.

Fondly referred to by many as “Big Jim,” he brings a personable warmth and emphasis on relationship building and addressing the needs of our members.

Thank you for your patience while the Board followed a three phase vetting process involving full board paper review, interviews and in-person candidate presentations. This eight-week process was intentional and paced, by design, to ensure that the over twenty national and regional applicants were fairly reviewed and had a positive and professional experience interacting with the Chamber.

Our members are our top priority, and Jim demonstrated commitment to this throughout the selection process. The Board is committed to furthering its key role in promoting Mount Shasta Area’s member businesses’ economic vitality, destination marketing development and identifying, shaping and preserving our unique community character. Jim’s background in economic development and his firsthand understanding of how businesses can be sustainable and expand will facilitate this well.

Please help us welcome Jim as our new Executive Director at the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Networking Event, Thursday, July 10, 5 PM at Doris Moss Realty.

Or contact Jim at the Chamber office as he is ready to meet you and support your ideas to grow the chamber member services and the Visitor’s Bureau.

Thank you,
Brett Waite
President of the Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce

What’s Up June 2014

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If you love the starry sky, June is a minimalist month because the nights are so short. But there is still plenty to see in the night sky tonight. Three planets and many bright stars await you after the Sun finally sets.

Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn are spread across the evening sky as twilight ends. The King of Planets is in the west, Saturn in the east, and Mars in between. Not far from Mars is the superhot star Spica, whose surface is a blistering 40,000° Fahrenheit. Saturn lies in the dim constellation of Libra, whose stars were once imagined to be the claws of Scorpius to its east.
Sky and Telescope

The next Full Moon is on the 13th, and the next New Moon is on the 27th.

The International Space Station and various satellites can be tracked and viewed at Heavens-Above.com (link is set for Mt. Shasta’s location and elevation.)

For a full list of sky happenings this month, as well as a handy printable map, download The Evening Sky Map.

What’s Up May 2014

Saturn, as photographed by the Cassini probe

Saturn, as photographed by the Cassini probe

These days, the Sun doesn’t set until nearly 8 o’clock, so it’s not really dark until well after dinnertime. May opens with the Moon just making its entrance into the evening sky. On the 1st, look for a thin crescent low in the west soon after sunset.

This month you have a chance to see four planets — Mercury, Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn — all strung along the ecliptic (the Sun’s path among the stars) in the evening sky. Look for Mercury low in the west about 45 minutes after the Sun sets (and above that point). The best days to spot it will be roughly the last half of May, especially around the 22nd.

Jupiter is easy to find. It’s over in the west about halfway up at sunset. It outshines Betelgeuse, Aldebaran, and all the stars around it. Above Jupiter, about one fist away, are the twins of Gemini, with Pollux on the left and Castor on the right. To Jupiter’s left, by about two fists, is the star Procyon, in Canis Minor, the Little Dog. To its right, three fists away, is Capella, the brightest star in the constellation Auriga.
Sky and Telescope

The next Full Moon is on the 14th, and the next New Moon is on the 28th.

The International Space Station and various satellites can be tracked and viewed at Heavens-Above.com (link is set for Mt. Shasta’s location and elevation.)

For a full list of sky happenings this month, as well as a handy printable map, download The Evening Sky Map.

Congratulations to the Chamber’s awards recipients

Businesses of the Year — Solano’s Alpine Hardware and Wholesale Solar

Business of the Year: Solano's Alpine Hardware

Business of the Year: Solano’s Alpine Hardware

Business of the Year: Wholesale Solar

Business of the Year: Wholesale Solar

Citizen of the Year — Ned Boss

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85 guests joined us for an inspirational evening at this year’s annual Chamber of Commerce Awards Reception on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum.

The buffet, catered by Black Diamond Catering, featuring gourmet hors d’oeuvres and appetizers, awakened and delighted everyone’s palate. A chocolate fountain and a complimentary glass of Champagne contributed nicely to the enjoyment of all.

What’s Up April 2014

A Lunar Eclipse in Three Exposures Credit & Copyright: Stephen Barnes

A Lunar Eclipse in Three Exposures
Credit & Copyright: Stephen Barnes

The month’s big celestial event is a total lunar eclipse early on morning of April 15th — the first such coverup in 2½ years. Skies permitting, the eclipse will be observable in its entirety across North America and western South America.

Use Jupiter as a guide to take one last look at the brilliant stars of winter. Above it are the Twins of Gemini, Pollux and slightly dimmer Castor. Well to Jupiter’s left is the bright star Procyon, and off to its right is Capella. Directly below Jupiter is the distinctive hourglass shape of Orion, the Hunter.

Jupiter has solely ruled the evening sky for several months, but now he’s got some company. Once twilight has faded, look low in the east for a brilliant star that’s the color of ginger ale. It’s actually Mars. The Red Planet reaches opposition on April 8th, meaning it appears opposite the Sun in our sky.
Sky and Telescope

The next Full Moon is on the 15th, and the next New Moon is on the 29th.

The International Space Station and various satellites can be tracked and viewed at Heavens-Above.com (link is set for Mt. Shasta’s location and elevation.)

For a full list of sky happenings this month, as well as a handy printable map, download The Evening Sky Map.

Crystal Geyser: Chamber publishes opinion from expert on water and environmental issues

On behalf of Brett Waite, president of the Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce, Stuart L. Somach was asked to review prior work that his firm has done on behalf of the Coca-Cola Company with respect to the water rights and other related issues, and provide the Chamber with his views on the operations of the facility by Crystal Geyser.

Stuart L. Somach’s letter can be found here.

4th Friday Art Walk in Mt. Shasta

Messer_Mixed_Media_HorsesTake a stroll downtown on Friday, March 28th to enjoy Mount Shasta’s Fourth Friday Art Walk from 3-5:30pm.

Begin your walk at Snow Creek Studios where there will be a display of crafted horses created in Chris Messer’s February Mixed Media class. These creativity-based workshops, open to all levels, are offered once a month on Saturday afternoons. Snow Creek Studios is also raffling off 2 tickets to Sisson Museum’s History Night on April 4th from 6pm-9pm.

Just up the road, Directions is featuring ‘Beads Without Borders’, a line of jewelry created by local artist, Sandy Embrey. During heEmbrey_Jewelryr 20 years working and traveling to exotic regions and countries, she noticed that the one commonality among the women she encountered was their appreciation for jewelry. Sandy used this inspiration to create her line of ethnically inspired jewelry.

The next stop on your walk is Alpine Originals where they are offering a 10% discount on all purchases during Art Walk hours. Across the street and up the block Willo Balfrey is the showcased artist at The Gallery in Mt. Shasta. An award winning artist, Balfrey’s oil and pastel paintings reflect her love of the landscape.

Next month’s Art Walk on April 25th will kick off the evening event from 4pm-8pm.  The enthusiasm of the current galleries combined with new participants is helping to grow this community event.

Look for the red and yellow balloons and come support your community.  For more information, visit:  www.facebook.com/MountShasta4thFridayArtWalk.

Balancing work and exercise

Submitted by Mountain Fitness

Muscle mass naturally diminishes with age.  If you don’t do anything to replace the lean muscle you lose, you’ll increase the percentage of fat in your body.  But strength training can help you preserve and enhance your muscle mass at any age.

Strength training also helps you:

Develop strong bones:   By stressing your bones, strength training increases bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.

Control your weight:   As you gain muscle, your body burns calories more efficiently – which can result in weight loss. The more toned your muscles, the easier it is to control your weight.

Reduce your risk of injury:   Building muscle protects your joints from injury.  It also helps you maintain flexibility and balance and remain independent as you age.

Boost your stamina:   As you grow stronger, you won’t fatigue as easily.

Improve your sense of well-being:   Strength training can boost your self-confidence, improve your body image and reduce the risk of depression.

Get a better night’s sleep:   People who commit to a regular strength training program are less likely to have insomnia.

Manage chronic conditions:   Strength training can reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions including arthritis, back pain, depression, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.

When to expect results

You don’t need to spend hours a day lifting weights to benefit from strength training. Two to three strength training sessions a week lasting just 20 to 30 minutes are sufficient for most people. You may enjoy noticeable improvements in your strength and stamina in just a few weeks. With regular strength training, you can increase your strength 50 percent or more within six months – even if you’re not in shape when you begin.

Strength training can do wonders for your physical and emotional well-being. Make it part of your quest for better health.

Edward Laskowski, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center   www.mayoclinic.com