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Solar eclipse viewing parties in our area

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - The total solar eclipse is Monday, and there are several viewing parties around our area.

Remember, if you plan on watching the eclipse, do not look directly at the sun without protection.

Here are some of the viewing parties around our area:

LYNCHBURG:

In Lynchburg, you can watch the solar eclipse at Riverfront Park in downtown.

The event is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the first 200 guests will get a free pair of authentic eclipse glasses.

There will also be celestial snacks like Sun Chips and Moon Pies.

Don't forget your own chairs or blankets!

RA Bistro is also hosting a viewing party in downtown Lynchburg from noon to 8 p.m.

You can also head over to Lynchburg College starting at 1:30 p.m. in front of Hundley Hall. The college is providing glasses.

APPOMATTOX:

The Appomattox Court House NHP will be hosting a viewing party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors to the park can find park staff at the flagpole in the parking area to get some eclipse glasses and learn about the eclipse.

For more information, contact Daniel Puckette at 434-352-8987 x 233.

ROANOKE:

There are a couple of places to watch the eclipse in Roanoke.

You can head to the Market Square where the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society, in partnership with the Science Museum of Western Virginia, will be holding a viewing party that starts at 1 p.m.

Hollins University students, faculty, and staff can watch the eclipse at the university's Eleanor D. Wilson Museum from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Glasses will be provided.

BLACKSBURG:

The Virginia Tech Alumni Association is hosting their party from 12:30 p..m. to 3:30 p.m. on the Holtzman Alumni Center Lawn.

"We thought it would be a fun way to get local alumni, current students, and the rest of the Blacksburg community together for a memorable, low-key event," said Matt Winston, senior associate vice president for alumni relations. "We hope people will join us on the alumni center lawn and take in what's sure to be a memorable sight."

The party is free and open to the public.

The alumni association says pizza will be served, and eclipse glasses will be available.

RADFORD:

Radford University's eclipse party will be at the university's planetarium.

That event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free to the public, and solar eclipse glasses will be available.

For more information on the eclipse, click here.

This is a working list of events, make sure to tell us where you'll be watching the eclipse.

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