Castle Challenger Learning Center to celebrate 15th anniversary June 10

Castle Challenger Learning Center said it will celebrate 15 years of service to young people in the Valley with "The Dream Is Alive” event June 10, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Science and Technology Museum.

Tickets are available for $35, at the museum, from CLC Foundation board members or by calling the Challenger Learning Center at (209) 726-0296.

The June 10 date will be close to the final launch of the Atlantis Space Shuttle, scheduled to occur in early summer, marking the end of that phase of NASA's space exploration. The shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to lift off Friday, April 29.

A new private launch vehicle, the Heavy Falcon, is nearing its production phase.

Highlights of the local event will include presentations by NASA dignitaries, outlining the accomplishments of the shuttle program, as well as goals for the future. Moon rocks will be on display as a part of a NASA lunar exhibit.

In the museum, located at 3553 Challenger Way, Atwater, CA 95301, the new Science on a Sphere exhibit will run continually. The Discovery Dome, View Space and special NASA exhibits will provide hosted presentations during the evening.

Local restaurants plan to share their specialities during the evening to enhance the "wander and wonder" experience, the center said in a news release. Wine and beer will be available. For more information visit www.challengersjv.org.