Birds, pioneers, planets light the week ahead

Save the Dates, Aug. 15-24

Two ravens enjoy each other’s company on a summer day. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Scott Chandler leads the latest lecture at the Moab Information Center Thursday, Aug. 15, with “Designer Birds.” Chandler will discuss how life has found a way to survive in rugged canyon country. He looks at the region’s birds to be wildlife detectives. “We can learn multitudes about not only this environment, but develop a skill that we can take across the world. Canyonlands Natural History Association and the Museum of Moab sponsor the series. Lectures take place at 6 p.m. The MIC is on the corner of Main and Center streets.

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

Aug. 16: The Daughters of Utah Pioneers extend a standing invitation to everyone to come by and visit the DUP Hall and Museum during the summer months from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays. Built in 1888, the building is located between Star Hall and the Center Street Gym, and was Moab’s first church. It holds much of Moab’s pioneer history, including books, photographs and artifacts.

Aug. 15-17: Sewing Derby for Kids, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 15-16 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information contact It’s Sew Moab.

Aug. 17: Members of the Canyonlands Field Institute are invited to the second annual membership picnic at Warner Campground in the La Sal Mountains. Call 435-259-7750 for more information.

Aug. 18: Get a good look at Saturn’s rings and other celestial objects at Dead Horse State Park’s Plan for Planets. The event starts at 9 p.m. Call 435-259-2614 for more information. Other night sky programs are scheduled for 10 p.m. at the Visitors Center on Aug. 20, 24, 25, 27 and 31.

Aug. 21: Moab Speaks, noon to 1 p.m. at Zions Bank. Join others and improve your public speaking and leadership skills. Visit the MoabSpeaks Facebook page for more information.

Aug. 21: Moab Poets and writers, 6 p.m. at the Grand County Library. Share your writing, listen to other writers share theirs and enjoy refreshments.

Aug. 24: In celebration of the late summer harvest, the Youth Garden Project will host a Garden Dinner at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 featuring guest chef Devin Delnicki. Cost: $50 per person and reservations are required as space is limited. Call 435-259-2326 or RSVP online at