General membership meetings are open to the public, and are held at Christ Lutheran Church of Alamo Heights (map). Christ Lutheran Church is located next to Alamo Heights High School. Free parking is available next to Christ Lutheran’s Meeting Hall off of Primrose Place
Meetings start at 6:30 PM, on the second Friday of every month (with the exception of December, when we hold our Christmas Dinner for members and their guests). If you come earlier you can do a little socializing. We start our meeting with a program for novices, followed by some socializing. Then at 7:30 PM we begin the General meeting with the first part of the meeting, club business, during which the officers make reports about their activities and areas of responsibility. The next part of the meeting usually includes:
- Show and Tell, where members share gadgets, books, techniques, etc.
- The Observing Report, describing the astronomical events for the next month.
- Q&A, where beginning astronomers are encouraged to ask questions to be answered by more experienced members.
- The Sky Tour, describing what’s where in the sky for the next month.
The final part of the meeting is a program, usually by one of the members, but sometimes by “outside experts”. We’ve had presenters from all aspects of Astronomy.
After the meeting many members gather at EZ’s Grill at North New Braunfels and Tanglebriar, two blocks east of the church.
There’s a good deal of socializing before and after meetings, allowing members to put faces with the voices they’ve heard in the dark.