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On Saturday, at 10:30am the SunWatch Winter Lecture Series is having a presentation about a World War II prisoner of war camp in northernmost Norway. The labor camp for Soviet prisoners was established in 1942 and in late fall 1944 the camp, the coastal fort, and the local Norwegian hamlet were abandoned and destroyed.

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The Sun enters its sign of Aquarius on the 20th, bringing in the last days of deepest winter. Even though the mornings are still so dark, the days are more than a quarter hour longer than they were at Christmas time!

The Mountain Dulcimer Society of Dayton is performing tonight, 7:30pm at the Troy-Hayner Center. This  concert features a wide variety of music played beautifully with warmth and humor.

On Saturday at 6pm right here on WYSO there is a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion. The great musical guests are Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), and comedian Beth Stelling.
 

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I am tired and the sky is dark and the wind cold against my windows. The powerful perigee moon is turning full, and sundowning closes around me. I mix myself a drink, take a small bowl of Spanish peanuts and settle in by the wood stove.

Dutoit Gallery is having a solo exhibition by artist Mychaelyn Michalec  and the opening is tonight, 6-10pm. The show entitled, "I've never stopped wondering what my life would have been like" will feature new works including paintings and drawings which reflect on domestic life, memories, and the contrast of idealism versus reality.

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Although winter may seem long and gray, its progress slowly unravels spring. A natural calendar offers reassurance that the coldest days of the year will really and truly lead to warmth.

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This winter I have been reading poems attributed to the fourth-century writer, Ambrose of Milan. His verses, sometimes sung as hymns, combine traditional cosmology with petition.     

Amborse addresses  the power that has created and orders the universe, the one who shapes the seasons of all things. He asks this giver of order to help us have the proper stability and natural balance in our spiritual life.

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A recent visit to Serpent Mound in southern Ohio reminded me about the astronomical skills of ancient peoples. At intervals throughout the serpent-shaped structure, the mound builders had constructed sites from which they apparently observed the spring and autumn equinoxes, the winter and summer solstices, the farthest distance of sunrise and moonrise north in the summer, south in the winter.

TWA's City of Dayton airplane
Dan Patterson Archives

Over the weekend the Dayton International Airport celebrated its 80th anniversary.  When it opened, it was called Dayton Municipal Airport. And opening day coincided with the anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first fight at Kittyhawk, North Carolina.  It was 1936 – aviation was a burgeoning industry in the US.  Aviation commentator Dan Patterson has the story.

Santa Visits The 2nd Street Market on Saturday, 10 am-1 pm. Bring a camera and snap a photo of Santa with your friends and family and he will have a treat for everyone who stops by.

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