We have some pretty sick fantasies, but none ever centered on staring at the night sky through a telescope, especially when its freezing out. Undaunted hat- and scarf-wearers and general-punishment gluttons can rendezvous at the secluded Estrella Mountain Regional Park for the Dark Sky Telescope Hike, a 3.7-mile jaunt up the Toothaker Trail that ends at arguably the best place in the Valley to see stars and constellations, nebulae, and planets swirling around you. The trek is led by astronomy guide Steve Dermer, wholl explain the science behind the beautiful, sparkling mess. One wee bit of good news for us nature wimps: Park Ranger Patricia Armstrong tells New Times its too cold for scorpions and snakes. Goody.
Fri., Feb. 20, 6-8:30 p.m., 2009