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Young visitors make paper bats at a craft station in the old western film set at Paramount Ranch during the SMMNRA Summer Star Festival.
Astro-photographer Robert Provin, shown with his six-inch refractor telescope, talks to visitors at the SMMNRA Summer Star Festival at Paramount Ranch. Photos by Suzanne Guldimann/22nd Century Media
Suzanne Guldimann, Freelance Reporter
1:48 pm PDT August 11, 2014

Clouds got in the way of star watching at the Santa Monica Mountain National Recreation Area’s annual Summer Star Festival, but the cloud cover didn’t prevent 700 visitors from enjoying the night at Paramount Ranch on Aug. 2.
The free event featured music, children’s activities, and a presentation on what is visible in the summer night sky when the weather cooperates.
Participants were also treated to a spectacular sunset and many had a glimpse of the crescent moon through a gap in the clouds.