MUSIC-The Ethnic Heritage Faire at Wake Forest University will celebrate the music, food and dances of world cultures on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 4 to 9 p.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401. As part of the Year of Globalization and Diversity, the free and public event will feature cultural exhibits from Islam Awareness and other student organizations, area venders such as the Guilford County Native American Association, and food samples from Nigeria, Spain, Japan and other countries. Faire entertainment includes the steel band Shadz; dance performances by the Middle Eastern dance troupe Magic Carpet and the Otesha African Dance Ensemble. For more information, call 336-758-5788 or visit www.wfu.edu/yogd.
On Monday, Oct. 12, Wake Forest chemistry professor Robert Swofford will continue training Forsyth County middle and high school science and math teachers to use technology more effectively in their classrooms. Funded by a state grant, the yearlong program will “give teachers the tools to develop instructional materials to use in the classroom,” says Swofford, who has also developed an “Internet community” where teachers can share resources. The 30 teachers will meet in Salem Hall, Room 10, from 1-4 p.m. During the session, each will be given a Lexmark color printer to take with them.
Comedian Jim Breuer, the “Saturday Night Live” cast member best known for his “Goat Boy” character, will perform at Wake Forest on Friday, Oct. 16. The show begins at 8 p.m. in Wait Chapel. Tickets are $12 and available at all TicketMaster locations. Breuer, who has performed stand-up comedy since his college days, is a third year veteran of “Saturday Night Live.” Breuer has co-starred in the movie “Half Baked” and hosted his own comedy shows on MTV and Comedy Central.” Breuer is available for advance phone interviews and interviews on Oct. 16.
Project Pumpkin, an annual event sponsored by the Wake Forest University Volunteer Service Corps, will bring more than 1,200 disadvantaged children to campus for an afternoon of Halloween fun Thursday, October 29. In preparation for the day’s festivities, student volunteers will visit participating agencies throughout the month of October. The “agency plunges” allow students to interact more with the children before they arrive on campus and encourages volunteerism beyond the one-day event. On Tuesday, Oct. 13, students will lead arts and crafts activities for children at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and will visit children at the Stony Glen recreation center from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
For those who dream of going on the road in an RV when they retire, anthropologists David and Dorothy Counts will discuss “RV Life and Community” in a public lecture at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, at Wake Forest’s Museum of Anthropology. The couple wrote the book, “Over the Next Hill: an Ethnography of RVing Seniors in North America.”
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