Fundraiser featuring Guitarist Gabriel Ayala!

Want a fun way to help girls get to Space Camp?

Stop by La Cocina, March 6th from 5PM – 10PM, and listen to space expert Francis French; view gorgeous space art by the Tucson-Chapter of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA); hear the beautiful sounds of Pascua Yaqui guitarist Gabriel Ayala; and feast upon delicious food by La Cocina Restaurant & Cantina. MC for the night is Emmy-winner and Meteorite Men TV show host Geoffrey Notkin. Look for astronauts in the audience!  La Cocina is generously donating 10% of your tab to sending Pascua Yaqui girls to Space Camp.

You don’t want to miss this! See you soon!

Who: Pascua Yaqui classical guitarist Gabriel Ayala, space expert Francis French, art by IAAA, with Emmy award winning MC Geoffrey Notkin
What: Fundraiser with Pascua Yaqui guitarist Gabriel Ayala
Where: La Cocina
201 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
When: March 6, 2018, anytime between 5PM – 10PM

Gabriele Ayala
A member of the Yaqui people of southern Arizona, Gabriel Ayala(Guitarist) is at the forefront of a new generation of Native Americans making a career performing classical music.  He earned a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Arizona in 1997, has taught at all educational levels from elementary through college, and serves as a competition adjudicator. Although Gabriel truly enjoys being a teacher his busy touring schedule allows him to only teach in masterclass settings.

Geoffrey Notkin
Emmy Award-winning television host and producer Geoff Notkin starred in three seasons of the cult television adventure series Meteorite Men for Science Channel and two seasons of the educational series STEM Journals for Cox Media. He has also appeared in shows for Discovery, NASA EDGE, TLC, PBS, A&E, National Geographic Channel, History Channel, Travel Channel, and the BBC. He is a science writer, meteorite specialist, photographer, world traveler, and president of Aerolite Meteorites Inc, the world’s largest meteorite company.

Francis French
Presenting: The Fly In the Ointment
What do you do when you are the only person in a situation who knows you have the solution, but the ‘experts’ are saying something else?  In 1961, NASA was told it had to land humans on the moon by the end of the decade, but one engineer soon realized – NASA was going about it the wrong way. John Houbolt had a plan that would save precious years, and billions of dollars. So, risking his career, he went over their heads. Did he succeed? Francis French, author and Director of Education at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, will discuss that moment many of us face in our careers – when we need to be bold, and fearless, and inspired to follow the right path.

Press Release (PDF)

Can’t make it but still want to help? Donate here via PayPal:

Sponsor: Time in Cosmology and the University of Arizona Math Dept
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Taking Up Space

We are sending Pascua Yaqui Girls to Space Camp!
Time in Cosmology is honored to be collaborating with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in our mission to send middle school aged Pascua Yaqui girls to Space Camp! The first group of Pascua Yaqui girls will be attending Space Camp in June 2017. Selected Scholarship winners are receiving full tuition once a year for three years. In addition, we will be adding another group of girls the following year, and the next. The Taking Up Space Program will run for a total of 3 years.

The girls will have the opportunity to meet a NASA Astronaut, like Space Camp Alumni, NASA Astronaut, Dorthy Metcalf – Lindenburger, who visits Space Camp regularly. She sat down with us and answered the question, “What would you say to young women who think they have limitations?”

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Win astronaut Luciana Vega, the American Girl 2018 “Doll of the Year”


Would you or some special girl in your life like to own aspiring astronaut Luciana Vega, the American Girl 2018 “Doll of the Year” and all of her gear pictured here?

Space Hipsters is raffling Luciana and her collection, retail value $300, in cooperation with Taking Up Space. Tickets are $10 each for the first ticket and $5 for each additional ticket bought at the same time. So, for instance, $20 will get you three chances to win.

The drawing will be held on March 6th and broadcast from Tucson at the La Cocina Fundrasier as a “Facebook live” event.

Buy a ticket (or lots of tickets), by logging onto PayPal and ‘pay for goods’ using this email:

Be sure and tell us in the ‘Add a note’ section of your purchase who the ticket(s) is for if it’s not the same as the name of the PayPal account owner (you might, for instance, want to buy tickets for three granddaughters & put each of their names on a ticket). Within 36 hours of your purchase you will receive an email with your ticket number on it. Hold on to that e-mail!

Good luck, everyone! Tickets on sale now until March 4th.27072258_10105955861023720_2247245711531720591_n

Space Hipsters has purchased this collection out of profits from Patch sales. Half of the first $600 collected will go to reimburse the account. So, for instance, if we only sell $200 worth of tickets, SH will get $100 and Taking Up Space will get $100. After $600, Taking Up Space will get 100% percent of monies collected. Space Hipsters will pay worldwide shipping and insurance costs to get Luciana to the winner. Any customs fees will be the responsibility of the winner.

This post has been edited by Taking Up Space. Original Post by Lois Huneycutt in Space Hipsters found here:

Imagine the First Pasqua Yaqui Astronauts!

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The PY Clubhouse Goes to Space Camp

A unique program is taking up space at the Pascua Yaqui Clubhouse!  We are so pleased to announce our Space Camp Scholarship winners: Yanissa, Sole, Serena and Saydee!  These four girls have been working very hard at the Clubhouse and we are honored to have them attend Space Camp, May 28 – June 2, 2017.  Congratulations to the Taking Up Space Girls!

Taking Up Space (TUS) plans to send four Pascua Yaqui girls to United States Space Camp.  Space Camp Academy graduates such as Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Samantha Cristoforetti, Serena Aunon, Christina Hammock, and Dr. Kate Rubins have become astronauts in partly due to this life changing experience!

The Clubhouse and TUS have prepared the Pascua Yaqui youth by collaborating with four local groups: the Pima Air & Space Museum, Girls Can! Crate, the Physics Factory Bus, and the Southern Arizona Regional Science &…

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Visiting SARSEF

The Fun Nail Experiment with Sole and Yaya
Tree Ring Science with Saydee
Sole, Saydee, Serena, and Yaya are learning about antibodies.

Sole and Sayde sending a message to their mom’s.


Our first Science Fair Project (SARSEF)!

STEM in Action

The Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF) has been organizing and running the science fair since 1955, and this year we are submitting our first project!  The girls have been working very hard and have had a lot of fun along the way!

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