“Dark Sky” supporters invited to art show, meeting

CAVE CREEK – To show their support for the Cave Creek Dark Sky Initiative (CCDSI), several Arizona artists will be showing and selling “Dark-Sky-Influenced Art” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, February 24 at the Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek.

The CCDSI, established in March 2019 by Bruce Arlen and Bob Hughes, would like to see the Town of Cave Creek become an International Dark Sky Association (IDA) certified town. The IDA website defines IDA communities as “legally organized cities and towns that adopt quality outdoor lighting ordinances and undertake efforts to educate residents about the importance of dark skies.” And darker skies mean more visible stars.

Arlen and Hughes said they first became interested in Cave Creek becoming an IDA-certified community after attending the Fountain Hills Dark Sky expo. Fountain Hills was the 17th community to attain IDA-certified status, according to www.darksky.org.

“After hosting a Dark Sky meeting in July 2019, it became apparent to us that we had great community support for our initiative,” Arlen said. “Many residents would like to see the Town of Cave Creek become the 24th certified International Dark Sky Community in the world,” Arlen said, adding that the Initiative does have some opposition.

Information about the CCDSI and what an IDA certification would mean for Cave Creek will be available at the February 24 event, which is open to the public. Three telescopes will be set up so the public can view the stars and planets. Venus will be close on this new-moon night (No moonlight).

For more information, contact Bruce Arlen at (310) 729-4088 or info@cavecreekdarksky.com.