Weekend Roundup

April 27, 2012

See what's planned at Pacific University's Forest Grove campus this weekend and in the coming week.

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Happy Friday! It's been an intense week for some of our students, and the spring finals season is really just heating up. But, that also means there are some great events on campus, including culminations of arts and athletics seasons, for the community at large. Take a look at what's on the calendar on Pacific's Forest Grove campus:

There are two performances left for Spring Dance Works IX, which features the Pacific Dance Ensemble and a special performance by Portland Dance Collaboration, a collection of professional dancers. The show includes works by two guest choreographers, as well as three senior student choreographers. Nikita Santino ’12 shares the inspiration behind her piece, Campfire Scene, in a post from earlier in the week. Tickets are available at the box office and at the door for the shows, which are at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday.

The Performing Arts Series concludes Saturday with the California Guitar Trio (really a trio, though none of the members are from California), whose music has been played on the space shuttle, on National Public Radio and NBC’s Olympics coverage and in many TV programs. Tickets are available at the box office for the 7:30 p.m. show in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center.

Track and field is hosting Pacific Twilight, starting at 4 p.m. today and at 10 a.m. Saturday in Lincoln Park Stadium. Pacific Twilight is the last home meet of the season for the Boxers, and it’s also one of the top small-college meets on the West Coast, hosting athletes from 17 collegiate teams, including Division I teams. Be sure to say hi to past Pacific athletes at the meet, too, as former track and field members gather for a reunion this weekend.

The baseball team is on the road in its final weekend of regular season play, but it might be worth the trip up to Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma for the nail-biter season conclusion. A double-header starts at noon Saturday, followed by a single game at noon Sunday. Pacific, PLU and Whitworth are vying for the NWC champion title and a spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Pacific’s magic number is 3: Any combination of two Pacific wins and Whitworth losses gives Pacific sole possession of the NWC title and tournament berth. If you can’t make it to the games, PLU will broadcasts live audio online.

Look ahead to a series of great mid-week events coming next week, too:

Frank Warren, founder of the PostSecret Project, presents PostSecret Live at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Bill and Cathy Stoller Center. The PostSecret Project invites people to share personal and artful postcards featuring secrets, anonymously, from around the world. The secrets range from funny to inspiring to live-saving. Tickets are $15 general admission or free for Pacific students and available at the box office.

The Abbott Center hosts an open house starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Students will give campus tours for alumni and visitors, and the Office of Alumni Relations will share services for alumni. After coffee and dessert at the open house, head downtown to enjoy First Wednesday festivities.

On Thursday, author Cheryl Strayed, whose memoir Wild has released to critical acclaim, presents a reading at 7:30 p.m. in Taylor Auditorium as part of the Visiting Writers Series. Wild gives the account of her 1,100-mile solo hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. (I'm reading it now, so look for a review here next week before the event.)

Next weekend also brings Boxer Ball, Mozart Requiem, the Symphonic Band Concert and more.