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Cummins Planetarium

Cummins PlanetariumLocated just minutes from the Belmont Lake Preserve new home community, at 270 Gay Street in Rocky Mount, Cummins Planetarium offers an array of fun-filled, educational special events that children of all ages and adults likewise have been enjoying since they first opened their doors in the Spring of 2006.

Upon its opening, Cummins Planetarium, which is housed inside the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences building, became the very first planetarium in North Carolina to feature a full-dome video projection system. In addition to this, the incredible 30-foot dome at Cummins Planetarium sets tilted slightly forward to allow for a maximum viewing audience of up to 50 people per show.Cummins Planetarium

Giving visitors both young and old a consistent and divers variety of shows, Cummins Planetarium runs four different shows monthly, with each being having a showing once daily every Tuesday-Saturday. One of the upcoming featured shows at Cummins Planetarium is called “Solar Superstorms,” which takes a dramatic look at the sun and the solar system. “The Amazing Telescope,” is also running at Cummins Planetarium  and will take detail how observatories use telescopes to bring you on an exploration of some of the universe’s great mysteries including the ring’s of Saturn, the spiral structures of the galaxies, and the Galilean moons.Cummins Planetarium

The two other  shows at Cummins Planetarium are more specifically aimed at different age groups, with one that is sure to have the youngsters smiling from ear to ear and a second that will get the parents in the family tapping their toes and maybe even reminiscing of some great music from the past.

A can’t miss showing for the young ones this month at Cummins Planetarium is , “One World, One Sky,” is advertised as “a magical musical journey into space for families with kids ages 3-6 years old. Featuring all your children’s favorite characters from the show “Sesame Street,” this is “Big Bird’s Adventure,” and he and many of his pals take you and the kids on a fun-filled journey to the moon and back. For the older generation, “Laser Classic Rock” will bring them back to the days of stadium-sized rock and roll from the late 1960’s and 70’s as this show is set to the tunes of some of the greatest classic rockers of all time, including, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Queen, Pink Floyd, and many more.

For more information on the other upcoming shows and special events at Cummins Planetarium for this month and the remainder of 2016, visit their website at museum.imperialcentre.org.

Rocky Mount Paws in the Park

Minutes away from your new home in the premier North Carolina golf and retirement community,  Belmont Lake Preserve, at Rocky Mount’s beautiful “Best Friend’s Dog Park,” pet owners are welcome to come out on Saturday, April 9 and take part in “a day for the dogs” at the 6th annual Rocky Mount Paws in the Park event featuring a day full of free family fun showcasing “man’s best friend.”

The all-free Rocky Mount Paws in the Park event promotes responsibility in pet ownership and the humane treatments of dogs, with a full day of contests and special events. Kicking off the day’s festivities at 10:00 a.m. will be the Grand Opening ceremonies for the new Agility Park (Phase 2 of the Best Friend’s Dog Park.) Following this, at 11:00, the dogs will take center stage, as contests taking place at the Dog Park, located at 480 Lee Street, adjacent to Sunset Park are scheduled to include, a Pet Fashion Show, as well as Pet Costume and Look-a-Like Competitions, in addition to a wide array of vendors, food trucks, and music to keep all entertained throughout the day.

The very special Masters of Ceremonies at the Rocky Mount Paws in the Park will be the popular deejay from “Rock City” 99.3 FM, David Perkins, and ABC 11 Eyewitness News’ Gloria Rodriguez. Also, back by popular demand at this years’ Rocky Mount Paws in the Park event will be the acrobatic and incredible “K-9’s in Flight” Frisbee dogs. Described as the “premier K-9 sports entertainers in the world,” these dogs and their trainers are sure to provide some high flying fun that the entire family is certain to enjoy.

There will also be the opportunity for those in attendance to adopt a dog at the 6th Annual Rocky Mount Paws in the Park, for anyone interested in leaving the event with a brand new pet. The sponsors for the event include, Pet’s Best Friend, Rocky Mount Telegram, Life Exposed (Photos by Lindsey), Crossdogs, Target, Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department, and radio stations, 98.5 FM “The Big Dawg,” Power 95.5 FM, and 99.3 FM Rock City.

For more information on this and all other upcoming Summer Family Events in Rocky Mount, visit rockymountnc.gov.