Donors Help Students Reach for the Stars

Thanks to the generosity of over 220 donors who contributed to the Reach for the Stars campaign, the Carr-Fles Planetarium soon will be converted into a state-of-the-art educational and entertainment facility.

The regularly scheduled Spring 2012 show, “Hubble Vision II,” will be shown on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. between April 17-26 and May 15-31. As always, the shows are open to the public at West Michigan’s only free planetarium.

In June, Carr-Fles temporarily closes its doors until September while the facility is equipped with state-of-the-art digital projection, sound, and lighting systems, a new library of shows, and a completely updated theater environment replete with new seats, walls, floor, and a domed ceiling.

Best of all, the revamped Carr-Fles will continue to educate and inspire its more than 5,000 annual visitors, the majority of whom are young students getting immersed into the wonders of science.

“We are so pleased with the number of people in the community who are committed to ensuring this valuable community resource remains available,” commented Tina Dee, Director of Community Relations and the Director of the Foundation for Muskegon Community College.

While the campaign officially ended on March 31, the planetarium is still accepting donations for ongoing operation and maintenance costs. For more information on show description and schedules, please visit