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F-M Education Foundation to host star-studded fundraiser

— The Fayetteville-Manlius Education Foundation invites you to sit back, relax and enjoy the F-M Planetarium, visit the F-M Observatory and hear from an astronomy expert as part of a fundraiser for the foundation, a non-profit organization that supports the F-M Central School District.

During the “Evening with the Stars of F-M” fundraiser from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, science resource teacher Tom Wells will take guests on a guided tour of the night sky inside the F-M Planetarium, located at the high school, 8201 East Seneca Turnpike, Manlius. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. An 8 p.m. show will be added if the first three shows are sold out prior to the event.

Tickets for the 25-minute shows are $10 each and can be purchased at fmeducationfoundation.ticketleap.com/eveningwiththestars. Unsold tickets (if any) will be available at the door for $15 apiece. All proceeds from the event will benefit the F-M Education Foundation which uses its funds to enhance district programming.

In addition to the planetarium shows, former Vatican astronomer and current Le Moyne College professor George V. Coyne will present “Children of Stardust” in the high school science LGI from 8 to 9 p.m. Admittance to the talk is free, but donations to the foundation will be welcome. Seating is limited.

Guests will also be welcome to further explore the universe at the F-M Observatory, take a “Planet Walk,” purchase some “cosmic cuisine,” get their nails done with glow in the dark polish and much more.

The F-M Education Foundation helped fund the construction of the observatory, which is located on Pride Lane past the F-M High School parking lots. For up-to-the-minute information about observatory events, call the observatory hotline at 692-1299.

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