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Feeling blue? Perhaps it’s the moon

Amy Roby

We'll enjoy an unusual sight tonight; for the second time this month, a full moon illuminates the nighttime July sky.

Though technically not the color blue, we commonly refer to this occurrence as a blue moon. The moon usually appears white or yellowish in color. Dust in the atmosphere can cause it to appear bluish, but this is rare.

There are two definitions of a blue moon: one states it is the third full moon during one of the four seasons that has four full moons (spring, summer, fall and winter each typically have three full moons); another defines a blue moon as the second full moon in a month with two full moons.

It has been nearly three years since we've been treated to a blue moon. The last one appeared in August 2012, and the next one won't come around again until January 2018.

Summertime stargazing is a favorite activity of mine, so tonight, I plan to sit outside and have a good gaze at the brilliant sky. I'm thinking of playing some theme music as an accompaniment: "Walking on the Moon" by The Police, "Moondance" by Van Morrison, "Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra, "Harvest Moon" by Neil Young, and Nick Drake's "Pink Moon." If you think of any others, email me at ranchosroundup@hotmail.com and I'll add them to my playlist.

Tahoe-Douglas Elks taking donations for flea market

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The Tahoe-Douglas Elks are preparing for their annual flea market in September and collecting donations of good quality items for the sale. Donations may be dropped off at the Lodge from 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays now through Sept. 1.

Arrangements may also be made for the Elks to pick up donations by calling Neil at 775-265-5120. Pickup times are between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The flea market will be held at the Lodge on Sept. 11 from 7 a.m.–3 p.m. and Sept. 12 from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Proceeds from the flea market benefit community activities in the Carson Valley.

The Tahoe/Douglas Elks Lodge is located at 1227 Kimmerling Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Amy Roby can be reached at ranchosroundup@hotmail.com.