If you are in or near Southern California there are some pretty cool astronomy events headed your way.
First off is OPT's Southern California Astronomy Expo taking place this weekend and next. Follow the link for more information on the swap meet, barbecue, star party (at a special location), a raffle and more. There is an impressive list of events and prizes for this. So don't miss it.
For a smaller crowd and fewer prizes (okay, none), check out Explore the Stars taking place this weekend at the National Forest Service's Observatory Campground. If you can't make it the event this weekend it will be repeated August, September & October.
But that's not all! August brings the third annual Julian Starfest and September brings the Pacific Astronomy and Telescope Show (PATS) in Pasadena.
It is a great summer for astronomy. Go out and enjoy it.