http://www.astronomy2009.org/ If you are a newcomer or an astronomy enthusiast... If you are an amateur astronomer... Make it Happen!
"The IAU is encouraging amateur astronomers to play a major role in the organisation of astronomy outreach activities. As an amateur astronomer, you can join a local astronomy club and plan some cool astronomy outreach activities. Lots of ideas can be taken from the IYA2009 activities pages - do not be afraid of adapting them to your own country's history and culture. Get in touch with science teachers in local schools and propose some practical activities for students involving observation of the sky. The 100 Hours of Astronomy Cornerstone project is a global event that all amateur astronomers should take part in"
M_K_I is the Organizational Single Point of Contact
for communication to the IAU on the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). http://www.astronomy2009.org/organisation/nodes/organisational/view/30/