Away Mission: Beaming down to BetazedHuntington Library and Botanical Gardens.

 23 (Saturday) at noon: Crew to beam down to Betazed! The USS Angeles is going to the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. We’ll meet at the filming site for “Ménage à Troi,” the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode in which Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) have a date on Betazed. Then — spoiler alert— Mom (Lwaxana Troi, played by the talented Majel Barrett) interrupts the mood! She shows up at the date. Things get worse from there in the third-season episode. A Ferengi captures them all! We’ll see the location where this happened plus enjoy classic art such as “Blue Boy” and “Pinkie” at the Huntington galleries. We’ll explore 15 gardens as well as historical exhibits. The USS Angeles last visited the site in January 2015 when Jenny Taylor used her smart phone and led us to the exact location of Riker and Troi’s date. Well done, Jenny! Admission to the gardens on weekends is $29 for adults, $24 for seniors 65 plus and students with ID, $13 for youths 4 to 11, and children under 4 are free. The gardens are open until 5 p.m., with the last entry allowed at 4 p.m.. Parking is free. For more information, go to www.huntington.org or contact Dave Mason 

Commander Christopher Mulrooney

Assistant Chief Operations Officer, USS Angeles NCC-71840