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    Randy, Jeff and I had a nice crowd (50-55 people or so) at the Gloria Dei Church parking lot observing event.  Jupiter and the moon were the main objects of interest.  A mom on an evening walk in her neighborhood stopped by and mentioned her son Nick (?age 14 or so) would be excited to join in.  Mom called Nick and he came right over with his new DOB and Randy and Jeff help him collimate his scope.  Soon Nick was showing other guests his scope and it was clear he was a talented youngster with a keen interest in science (solar astrophysics in particular).  We enjoyed the views of Jupiter and moon and we were fortunate enough to have relatively clear skies (some unexpected clouds did show up initially) and a view of the bands, moons and Red Spot of Jupiter and moon craters.  I talked with Dr. Roger Harms and his wife and learned of their donation of our club scope "Elvis" now stationed at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center (too bad we didn't get it set up for the NCRAL!).  It was great to hear the exclamations of the guests when viewing Jupiter, many for the first time, through a telescope!