Friday Starry Nights

    Friday Starry Nights

    Join Roper Mountain for a night under the stars in the Hooper Planetarium with a 360° full immersion dome, 4K projection, state-of-the-art lighting, dynamic 5.1 surround sound and more! 

    Shows change every few weeks, so check for the latest information on programs and times. Current Offerings:

    6 p.m.: The Cowboy Astronomer – a skillfully woven tapestry of star tales and Native American legends, combined with constellation identification, star-hopping, and astronomy tidbits – all told from the unique viewpoint of a cowboy astronomer who has traveled the world plying his trade and learning the sky along the way. Recommended for ages 4 and above. 

    7:30 p.m.: Oasis In Space – transports the audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy, and solar system in search of liquid water! Recommended for ages 10 and above. 

    Upstate’s Sky Tonight is included in the 7:30 p.m. show where you will learn about what’s happening in tonight’s sky including: planets, constellations, moon phases and special celestial events. Join the Astronomers in the Daniel Observatory for a spectacular view through the 23-inch refractor telescope. Built in 1882 for Princeton University and used for astronomical research until 1964, this historic telescope is the 8th largest refractor in North America.

    It is recommended that you pre-order your tickets online, but limited tickets may be available for purchase onsite at the Planetarium prior to showtime.

    All major credit cards are accepted. Tickets are non-refundable.


    Please arrive early. You will need to have your ticket scanned prior to showtime.
    Seating begins 15 minutes prior to showtime.
    Show begins promptly at stated time.
    No entry after feature show begins.
    Handicap visitors with walkers or wheel chairs should arrive 30 minutes early in order to request special seating.

    $6.00 for Adults and Teens
    $5.00 Children (ages 4-12)
    $5.00 Senior Citizens (age 60 & over)
    $5.00 Military
    FREE – RMSC Members and GCS employees with pass
    Children age 3 and under – Not recommended

    Winter Foreign Language Classes at Upstate International: Registration Open

    Winter Foreign Language Classes at Upstate International: Registration Open

    Registration is Open! Don’t Delay. Classes fill up quickly. Make 2020 the year that you learn a new language,
    or sharpen your skills with the one(s) you already know.  UI is offering you the chance to choose from eleven incredible language options:  American Sign Language, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Mandarin, and Thai.
    Become multilingual and impress your family, friends and colleagues. Enhance your resume, expand your employment opportunities and deepen your travel experiences. Whether you want to learn a language for work, play, travel or simply to keep your brain stimulated, Upstate International has a class for you.  Classes are conducted in an informal and relaxed environment. Every class is taught by a native speaker dedicated to helping each student succeed.
    Regular classes are 60 minutes and meet once a week for 10 weeks: $85.00 for the entire semester.
    Intensive classes are 90 minutes and meet twice a week for 10 weeks: $320.00 for the entire semester.
    Senior Issues Group Hosts First Workshop About Lifelong Learning in the Upstate

    Senior Issues Group Hosts First Workshop About Lifelong Learning in the Upstate

    On February 7th, Ten at the Top’s Upstate Senior Issues group reconvened for their first session of the new 2019 Senior Issues Workshop Series.

    In September of 2018, the Ten at the Top Senior Issues group convened to discuss goals for 2019. It was determined that moving forward, that this group must be more intentional with their approach to address senior needs collectively. After much conversation, the group decided to move forward with topic-focused meetings that address the top senior needs in our region.

    The Appalachian Council of Governments proposed that the group utilize data from their 2018 Senior Needs Assessment, which was conducted in early fall. It was agreed that these topic-focused workshops seek to address the most pressing senior needs that were identified in this assessment. The workshop series will address topics such as food access, transportation, and senior household needs.

    The first session was surrounding lifelong learning opportunities in the Upstate. Lifelong learning is an important topic of discussion because studies show that those who are well connected to family, friends, and community are happier and physically healthier, and they live longer than those who are less connected.

    Nancy Kennedy from OLLI at Furman led a panel discussion, which included panelists:

    • Jack Hansen, Author, Speaker, OLLI member
    • Andrea Smith, Executive Director & CEO, Senior Action
    • Morgan Jordan, Director, Lifelong Learning at Wofford College

    The group engaged in a thoughtful dialogue about lifelong learning and other social engagement opportunities available in the Upstate. They also talked about the challenges of reaching parts of the senior population with these opportunities.

    Some of the many opportunities available in these ten counties of the Upstate are:

    • OLLI@Clemson
    • OLLI@Furman
    • Senior Action
    • Lifelong Learning at Wofford
    • Lifelong Learning Institute at Anderson University
    • Lakelands Lifelong Learning Network in Greenwood
    • Community Centers/Senior Centers in many communities
    • Those 60 and older can audit courses at no charge at state colleges, universities, and technical schools.

    The goal of these discussions is to raise more awareness than ever before of our seniors in the Upstate and the issues they face on a daily basis. The workshop series is sponsored by Upstate Home Care Solutions and the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

    To get involved or attend a workshop please contact Adelyn Nottingham at: