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A fundraising competition between teams of birders, and more scientific discoveries at Whitaker Center. More on those events and another look at what's happening around the area.

There’s plenty of opportunities to make scientific discoveries at Whitaker Center. First on Saturday, May 21, it's “Our Neighbors in the Sky,” where you’ll spend time in the venue’s inflatable planetarium. Guests will learn how to identify planets Venus and Mars in the night sky, along with what makes these planets so unique compared to Earth. The program will be held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Each show is approximately 25 minutes and is free. Space is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The event is located in Kunkel Gallery. On Sunday, May 22, come back for more live science demonstrations in “Big Science Theater: It’s Shocking!” The event begins at 12:30 p.m. Admission for both these shows are free.

Following the event at 2 p.m., learn more about the planets with “Science on a Sphere-Earth & its Neighbors.” Admission for this show included in science center admission. Explore Earth, Venus and Mars on a six-foot animated globe. For more information on all these events at Whitaker Center, visit www.whitakercenter.org.

Get ready to see a fundraising competition between teams of birders at the Quittaphailla Aududon Society Birdathon. Meet at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 22, at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Visitor Center parking lot. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Fritz at 273-0487 or visit www.QASAudubon.org. Then on Wednesday, May 25, at 6 p.m., it’s the QAS Banquet in the Friendship Firehall, located at 610 S. Second St. in Lebanon. For reservations and more information, call 269-0675.

If you haven’t brought your dancing shoes to the Metropolitian Area Dance Club, here’s the next opportunity. Dancing is Saturday, May 21, from 7-10 p.m. at the PA Dance Sport Ballroom, located at 585 E. Main St. in Hummelstown. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. New dancers first night is free admission as well. For more information, call 774-2171.

Start a new week by taking in a free low-impact exercise class. It’s held weekly at 10 a.m. at Grace United Church of Christ, located at 100 S. Fifth Ave. in Lebanon. The class is open to everyone.

The Lebanon County Choral Society continue their weekly Monday rehearsals on May 23. The Children’s Chorus for ages nine through 14 rehearses from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by the adult choir at 7:30 p.m. Both rehearsals will be held at Hebron United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Walnut streets in Lebanon. The adult choir is also looking for new singers, but no audition is necessary. For more information, call Beth at 813-1706.

Weekly rehearsals continue Tuesday, May 24. The Greater Harrisburg Chorus of Sweet Adelines International rehearses from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Quentin United Church of Christ at the corner of Routes 72 and 419. All are invited to visit or join in. The chorus is a fun, competitive organization for women who love to sing. Check www. Ghchorus.com for more information.

The Lebanon Singing Cedar Barbershop Chorus will hold their rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, located at 28 N. Ninth St. in Lebanon. Male voices welcome. For more information, call 866-5154.

And finally, the Professional Referral Exchange of Hershey Breakfast is also Tuesday. It will take place at Hershey Country Club, located at 1000 East Derry Road in Hershey at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 330-1850 or visit www.facebook.com/HersheyPre.

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