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5 Things to Know: The week ahead in Wise for Saturday, January 27, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, January 27, 2018
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Supermoon

#1: THIS JUST IN FROM THE UNIVERSE …

Heads up, local stargazers. Next week you will have the opportunity to see a super blue blood moon.

Although it sounds apocalyptic, fear not. It’s actually a rare, lunar trifecta that will occur in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday. The next one won’t come until 2037.

To understand what you’re seeing, let’s break down the name:

  • A supermoon appears bigger and brighter. NASA predicts this supermoon will be 14 percent brighter than normal.
  • A blue moon is a second full moon in a calendar month. The first full moon of 2018 occurred on New Year’s Day.
  • A blood moon occurs during a lunar eclipse. Faint red sunbeams peek around the edges of the moon, giving it a reddish, copper color.

The best place to view the super blue blood moon is somewhere high with a clear view facing west. It will be visible in varying degrees from just before 5 a.m. until about 7. It will be harder to see closer to sunrise.

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#2: MAY I HAVE THIS DANCE?

Dads: start practicing your dance moves. Next weekend is the popular Daddy Daughter Dance hosted by the Decatur Junior Woman’s Club. The 12th annual event is Saturday (Feb. 3) at the Decatur Conference Center, and the theme is Mad Hatter’s Ball.

All ages are welcome to attend. There are two sessions: 4 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. There will be a live DJ, heavy hors d’oeuvres and photos. To purchase tickets, go to djwcddd.com or call Hillary Swift, 940-595-4955.

If you miss this dance, don’t despair. Bridgeport’s Daddy Daughter Dance is Feb. 24, and the theme is Be Our Guest! Beauty and the Beast.

Vote

#3: PUT A FACE WITH A NAME

It’s political season in Wise County, and the first candidate forum of 2018 is 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the historic Arcadia Theater in downtown Bridgeport, 1008 Halsell St.

Folks, this is your chance to meet local political candidates and have your questions answered. Don’t miss it!

The event is put on the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce. Email questions for the candidates to info@bridgeportchamber.org. You can also turn in questions the night of the event.

For a complete list of who is running in the March 6 primary, go to wcmess.com/primaryballot.

Taxes

#4: FRIENDLY REMINDER

Taxes are due.

Wise County Tax Assessor/Collector Monte Shaw reminds citizens that Wednesday is the last day to pay county taxes without penalty or interest.

Youth Fair

#5: FAIR ENTRIES DUE

The 2018 Wise County Youth Fair is Feb. 26-March 3, but entries are due now.

Any youth exhibiting at the fair must enter online at wise.fairwire.com before 5 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 3). Fair rules, guidelines and schedules are at wcyouthfair.org.

Late entries will be accepted Feb. 4-9, but the entry fees triple.

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