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May 11th, 2022


Wednesday 11th May, 2022
 Waterloo Grout Museum and Planetarium (see itinerary at bottom)
Spouses Night

Planetarium Renovation and Capabilities


Our guide will be Billie Bailey. She will show the $200,000 renovation of the 65-year-old planetarium in the Grout Museum District. With the touch of an iPad, a new state-of-the-art projection system will transport audiences to Jupiter, Saturn, Mars or any planet, galaxy or star. The audience can travel backward and forward in time. You can be deep in the ancient Mayan jungle, view the Christmas night sky – the possibilities are endless – and all in amazing detail.

It is an immersive experience that aims to educate, engage and entertain visitors. 

New elements include comfortable seating, 4k projector, upgraded lighting, electrical, sound system and carpet. Most of the work was completed by Bowen Technologies of Indianapolis.

The map below indicates where you enter the building, where to park and where overflow parking are located.

Program Chair:     Dave Allbaugh

Guide:                     Billie Bailey

Meal:    Dinner includes coffee and water.

  • Wine and beer cash bar
  • Garden salad with choice of French or Ranch dressing
  • Lasagna
  • Green beans
  • Choice of apple or cherry crisp
  • Served buffet style for a cost of $20 per person 

Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions so that we can provide an alternative for you.

Price:               $20.00 per person (includes tax, tip & room rent) This price, like many things, will increase in coming months  

The Lifestyles Inn has requested that we collect cash for the meal and not checks.  “Cash Please” 


Social period: 6:00 - 6:30P.M. Social time with beer/wine cash bar

Dinner:            6:30 - 7:15P.M. Self-serve buffet dinner

Dinner Meeting Location: We will meet at the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum and Grout Museum of History and

Science, 503 South Street, Waterloo, IA.

Presentation & Tours: 7:30 – 8:00 First planetarium show, museum tour

                                      8:00 – 8:30 Second planetarium show, museum tour 

                                      8:30 – 9:00 Third planetarium show if needed 

                                      9:00 Doors close

Dinner Reservations can be made by emailing:

: reservations@waterlootechnicalsociety.org  Copy/paste the link into your email client )

Please indicate if you are NOT having dinner with us when making a reservation.  Please also provide the names of any guests so that nametags can be ready for them.  

Please make reservations by noon, Monday 9th May 2022.    Guests are always welcome.   

Dues: Dues are used almost entirely for donations to local groups engaging in some technical field for which the money will make a real difference. Please join us in their support by becoming a member for $20 a year.  Our Treasurer, Kenneth Friend, 1112 W. 4th St., Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613-2430 (ph 319-277-2312) or paid at the meeting.   E-mail:  friendfamily@cfu.net  

Checks for membership to the Waterloo technical Society should be made out to the “Waterloo Technical Society”.