At 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, Mike Lynch, a meteorologist with WCCO Radio who also writes a weekly stargazing column in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, will present an outdoor program called "Minnesota Starwatch," at Lake Elmo Park Reserve. The program is free.

Participants can get to know constellations such as "The Big Bear," "Cassiopeia," "Pegasus" and some of the stories behind them. They will use large reflecting telescopes, including a 20 -inch telescope that is among the biggest in Minnesota. Stargazers are encouraged to bring along a lawn chair or blanket.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve is located at the intersection of County Roads 19 and 10, one mile north of Interstate 94 in Lake Elmo. Parking is $5 per vehicle. For details, call (651) 430-8370 or visit www.co.washington.mn.