Local events planned for FM solar eclipse viewing

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live): North America will be given quite a treat come next Monday when a total solar eclipse passes over the U.S. from West to East. And here in the FM area, we’ll experience upwards of 80% of the sun being blocked. Here’s some information on events taking place and where you can get safe eclipse viewing glasses.

The Dr. James Carlson Library on 32nd Avenue South in Fargo is holding a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party starting at 10 a.m. Children of all ages are invited to attend the celebration with snacks, crafts and other activities until the big event. Library officials say they have 250 free eclipse viewing glasses, but they are only for participants of the event and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

If you’re in the market for some glasses, though, the MSUM Bookstore is selling. They are available for $2 a pair during normal business hours. Additionally, the MSUM Planetarium is holding an Eclipse Viewing Event from 11:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m. in the G3 parking lot on campus. That’s on the corner of 6th Avenue South and 11th Street South in Moorhead.

The Red River Zoo in Fargo has some events planned too. Children will receive free admission from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 21st. Zoo events include animal presentations, Zookeeper talks, food for sale and carousel rides among other things.

There’s just a few days left if you’d like to go on an eclipse adventure with Great Rides Fargo. The group is offering a bike ride event where you’ll board a charter bus at the Great Northern Bicycle Co. in downtown Fargo on Saturday, and head to Kansas City. You’ll take in an evening Kansas City Royals baseball game, wake up early Sunday and hit the trail. Stops include a winery, sites along the trail and a family-owned orchard. The trip costs $339/person and includes Coach Bus transport, two nights lodging, two days of riding, mechanical support along the way, a ticket to the Royals game, a t-shirt and solar eclipse viewing glasses.

There’s also an eclipse viewing party planned for the Roberts Commons parking ramp on the top level. You must bring your own eclipse safety glasses, and the event starts at 11:00 a.m. at the parking ramp at 625 2nd Ave. N in Fargo.

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