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Oxbow Eco-Center, St. Lucie County Celebrate the Solar Eclipse Aug. 15-19

Martin County School District releases solar eclipse safety advisory

Oxbow Eco-Center, St. Lucie County Celebrate the Solar Eclipse Aug. 15-19


  1. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie County Libraries and the Oxbow Eco-Center are celebrating the solar eclipse with pre-eclipse events leading up to a big viewing party on Monday, Aug. 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the environmental learning center.

Five branch libraries and the Oxbow Eco-Center will host pre-eclipse events educating students and parents about the proper way to view a solar eclipse through hands-on activities. Participants will receive a free pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses, while supplies last.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end.  For the 2017 eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path is expected to be about two minutes and 40 seconds.  The last time the United States experienced a total eclipse was in 1979.

Pre-Eclipse Viewing events will take place at:

  • Lakewood Park Branch Library, 7605 Santa Barbara Drive, Fort Pierce on Thursday, Aug. 17 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Port St. Lucie Branch Library, 180 SW Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie on Friday, Aug. 18 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Oxbow Eco-Center, 5400 NE St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m.
  • Fort Pierce Branch Library, 101 Melody Lane, Fort Pierce on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m.
  • Morningside Branch Library, 2410 SE Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m.
  • Zora Neale Hurston Branch Library, 3008 Avenue D, Fort Pierce on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m.

These events are free and open to all ages. For more information or questions please call 772-785-5833 or visit


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