Save the Dates, Aug. 1 – 8

Week features dark skies lecture, track meet

This image of Earth’s city lights was created nearly 25 years ago with data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Operational Linescan System. Spencer Stokes headlines the next lecture in a series sponsored by the Canyonlands Natural History Association and the Museum of Moab and hosted by the Moab Information Center at Main and Center streets. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/NASA

Grand County has implemented a dark skies ordinance and the City of Moab is in the process of following suit. Find out why preserving the night is so important at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, when Spencer Stokes presents “Paradise Lost: Effects of Light Pollution.” Stokes’ lecture is the latest in a series sponsored by the Museum of Moab and Canyonlands Natural History Association and hosted by the Moab Information Center at Main and Center streets.

Here’s what else is on tap for the week ahead:

Aug. 3: The Second Annual Youth Invitational track meet for boys and girls from 5 to 14 gets underway at Grand County High. The event is a fundraiser for the school’s cross-country and track and field teams. Go to the Zeke Francis Youth Invitational Facebook page or email [email protected] for more information.

Aug. 3-4: Dash for Canyon Cash Xtreme Barrel Race at the Old Spanish Trail. Call 435-259-9092 or 435-259-0918 for more information.

Aug. 4: Star Hall is the venue for this free, English-language showing of “La Disparition d’Everett Ruess. This documentary by French journalist Emmanuel Tellier focuses on the life and disappearance of Ruess, who vanished from canyon country in 1934 at 20.

Aug. 6: Help support the Youth Garden Project – and a healthy diet – from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Produce Stand Collective at the YGP patio, 530 South 400 East.

Aug. 8: The restorative properties of nature and why it’s important to get outside more often is the subject matter Arches National Park Ranger Rachel Joha will explore at 6 p.m. at the Moab Information Center, where the latest lecture in a series sponsored by Canyonlands Natural History Association and the Museum of Moab is held.