The Mt. Shasta area is not in the path of totality for Monday morning’s solar eclipse, but it’s close enough that many visitors have come.

Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce executive director Jim Mullins said the visitors center was hopping in the days leading up to the eclipse, including one man who said he rented his home in Salem, Ore., in the path of totality, and came to Mount Shasta.

The moon will obscure about 90 percent of the sun at about 10:17 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, in the Mt. Shasta, according to information available at:

An eclipse gathering is planned for Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. in the upper field at Shastice Park in Mount Shasta. It’s suggested that participants bring your own eclipse-viewing equipment, refreshments, games and community spirit, according to Mount Shasta Mayor Kathy Morter. See:

The public is also invited to see the eclipse at the Dunsmuir Library, 5715 Dunsmuir Avenue, beginning at 9 a.m. For more information call the library at 235-2035.

A gathering of “ufologists, whistleblowers, spiritual counselors, truth seekers, evolutionists, healers, and health professionals participating in a community forum of enlightened information” has been happening in McCloud. Speakers are offering presentations at The Dance Hall on Pine St. and they’ve set up a base camp at the old mill property, where an Eclipse Festival is scheduled for Monday. See:

For more about the eclipse, including viewing ideas (because it could damage your eyes to look directly at the sun) go to: