I just wanted to bring to your attention a lesser-known, but very big event taking place this weekend.
Today through Sunday, Tripoli Rocketry Association of Central California is hosting a high-power rocketry event, "October Skies." These are no ordinary model rockets. We have a Federal Aviation Administration waiver to 17,000 feet, and the rockets are powered by beastly motors that shake the ground when they roar upward. Low power is, of course, welcome. The event is open to the public. More information, including the launch site location, can be found at tccrockets.com.