COSMIC TALK

NASA astronomer Dr. Bonnie J. Buratti speaks at South Pasadena Public Library Jan. 25

The South Pasadena Public Library will host an Author Night with leading astronomer Dr. Bonnie J. Buratti in its Library Community Room, located at 1115 El Centro St., at 7 p.m. next Thursday, Jan. 25. Buratti will be discussing her new book, “Worlds Fantastic, Worlds Familiar: A Guided Tour of the Solar System.”

The 2017 book is written for non-specialist readers of high school age and above. Dr. Buratti, a senior research scientist from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will lead audience members on a tour of some of NASA’s latest discoveries. The free program is for all ages and is sponsored by the South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library.

In her presentation, Buratti will describe some of the planetary landforms that are similar to those found on Earth. Her tour of the solar system will also include descriptions of such other-worldly land marvels as sulfur-rich lakes and volcanoes on other planets, active gullies on Mars, huge ice plumes and tar-like deposits on Saturn’s moons, near-bottomless hydrocarbon rivers and lakes on Titan, and massive nitrogen glaciers on Pluto.

Buratti is currently serving on the science teams for both the Cassini and New Horizons missions. Buratti holds degrees from MIT and Cornell in Astronomy.

No tickets or reservations are necessary for this free public event. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided, and autographed copies of “Worlds Fantastic, Worlds Familiar” will be available for purchase.

CANCER CARE

Dr. John Link to speak Jan. 30 at Cancer Support Community Pasadena

Dr. John Link, one of the world’s leading breast cancer specialists and author of “The Breast Cancer Survival Manual,” will speak at Cancer Support Community Pasadena (CSCP) at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30. Admission is free, and the first 50 attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Dr. Link’s book.

Dr. Link established one of the first comprehensive breast care centers in the US based on his innovative “optimal care” model. By using this model, which incorporates all aspects of screening, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up within a single medical environment, thousands of his patients have benefitted over the last 30 years. Women are provided with individualized care tailored to their unique cancer situation using a team approach. 

This event is sponsored by Jeff and Patti Buckner and the Negri Foundation.  CSCP is located at 76 E. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena, in the Pasadena Humane Society’s building. Dr. Link will be speaking in the multipurpose room located on the first floor. For more information or to RSVP, call (626) 796-1083 or visit cscpasadena.org.

GOOD TASTE

Sierra Madre Public Library hosts wine and cuisine fundraiser

The Sierra Madre Public Library will host its 48th annual gourmet Wine and Cuisine Tasting Benefit from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Alverno’s Villa del Sol d’Oro, 200 N. Michillinda Ave., Sierra Madre. More than two dozen vintners will provide wines, with local restaurants offering creative food and desserts.

The event is sponsored by the all-volunteer Friends of the Sierra Madre Library, with all funds received from the event supporting the library. Attendees will enjoy live music and Magic Castle magicians while strolling the Villa grounds, sampling wine and food.  A silent auction will feature artwork, services, tickets to special events, restaurant vouchers and many other items. 

Tickets to the Premier Event are $80 and allow early admission at 6 p.m. Those attending the Premier Event will enjoy a variety of special wines. Hors d’oeuvres from Sierra Fusion restaurant will complement the wines. Tickets to the Main Event are $60 and provide admission at 7 p.m.  Both are on sale now at the Sierra Madre Public Library, 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, or online at. eventbrite.com.