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Kingsley conducting night flying operations this week

The 173rd Fighter Wing is conducting night flying operations today through Thursday from about 4 through 11 p.m., according to news release.

The majority of the training will be in the military operating airspace to the east of Lakeview, where the planes can be flown without lights. The local community will most likely hear the jets during take-offs and approaches to and from Kingsley Field.

The take-offs will occur after sundown with the return being about an hour and half later.

Have a cup of coffee with CASA Thursday at Green Blade

A Coffee with CASA event will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20 at Green Blade Bakery, 1400 Esplanade Ave., according to a news release.

CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, are volunteers who advocate for children in the Klamath County foster care system and provide a voice for children who may not have one otherwise.

Those interested in becoming CASA volunteers are invited to come to Green Blade and enjoy a complimentary coffee and learn about volunteer opportunities, chat with current advocates and hear about upcoming training sessions.

For more information about CASA for Children of Klamath County, and to schedule a training date, call 541-885-6017, or visit klamathfallscasa.org.

Fourth of July Parade applications available

Applications are available for participation in the annual Fourth of July Parade to be held by Klamath Freedom Celebration/Foundation, Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in downtown Klamath Falls, according to a news release.

Participants will assemble on Spring Street between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. when registrations will be verified and the order set. The parade will start at 10 a.m. and go from Spring Street along Main Street to Veterans Memorial Park.

The applications are available at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 515 Klamath Ave., and online at www.klamathfc.org. For more information, call Kryssi Heitman at 541-591-1732 or Doug Brown at 541-281-7094.

Mars, Mercury align; Planet viewing Friday

Free viewing of other planets in the solar system will be available at 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 21 at Liskey Farms on Lower Klamath Lake Road, according to a news release.

“Two small planets, Mars and Mercury, are presently aligned in such a way that they appear very close together in the western sky at dusk,” said Klamath County Museum Manager Todd Kepple. “Of course they are not really close together, but because Earth is aligned with them, it makes them appear close together.”

Amateur astronomers will be on hand with portable telescopes to view them along with Jupiter, which is rising in the eastern sky at nightfall this month.

Participants are advised to bring a jacket and insect repellent, and are asked to turn off headlights as they enter the parking area at Liskey Farms. Anyone who would like advice on setting up their own telescope is encouraged to arrive early.