On Saturday, August 30th the Palomar Mountain Volunteer Fire Department (PMVFD) will hold it annual fundraising barbecue. Several members of the observatory staff volunteer their time to help protect the Palomar community. The PMVFD and other fire agencies helped protect the observatory from the large fires that hit Palomar last fall (see photo below).
Click on the image below to learn more about the event. You can help support the PMVFD even if you can't make it to Palomar Mountain to attend the event. This is their one and only fundraising event for the year. You can help keep the PMVFD thriving.
August 30th is also the 60th anniversary of the first day of issue of the Palomar Observatory U.S. postage stamp.To help commemorate the anniversary of the stamp the Palomar Mountain Station Post Office will be using a special postmark that day. I'll there with the current postmaster and a former Palomar postmaster who was here back when the 200-inch mirror arrived. The event will be from noon - 1:00 pm. For more information contact the Palomar Mountain Post Office at 760 742-3044.