Weekend Roundup

Sept. 13, 2012

MENSCH Festival, Pacific Day of Service, Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival and Corn Roast make for a packed weekend at Pacific.

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It’s hard to label Alma Desnuda’s musical genre.

On its website, the four-man San Francisco band refers to its sound as “California acoustic rock.” Others might add “folk” or “soul” to the description.

Whatever you call it, it’s a laid back sound—music for a lazy summer day. Calm. Happy. At ease.

The band is all about making people feel good so they’ll do good, says guitarist and singer Paul Surh.

“Alma Desnuda is more than just music—it’s a message,” he told OC Weekly earlier this year. “We’re not just a band. There’s something bigger that we’re creating here.”

That attitude makes the band a great fit for Friday night’s MENSCH Festival of Music and Art at Pacific, where Alma Desnuda is the headlining musical performance. The festival is dedicated to promoting civic awareness through music and art.

Mensch, explains organizers, is “a Yiddish word for a fundamentally decent, upright, caring and globally aware human being…it is a positive expression of personal and communal responsibility and commitment to artistic expression and social justice.”

The festival begins at 5 p.m. Friday on the East Lawn of the Forest Grove campus. It will feature groups, clubs and organizations from Pacific and the Forest Grove community sharing artwork, building relationships and having fun together. Music begins at 7 p.m., and Alma Desnuda is the final performer before the festival shuts down at 10 p.m.

And don’t miss out on the huge number of other activities taking place this weekend at Pacific.

Pacific Day of Service | Building on the former Sprucing Up the Grove activities that used to take place during freshman orientation, this collection of 13 service projects gets students, staff and faculty out into the Forest Grove, Cornelius and Hillsboro communities Saturday to pick up litter, sort donations of food and clothes, remove invasive species and work in school gardens. Sign-ups are closed for now, but learn more about how to give back with the Center for Civic Engagement.

5K Run/Walk for Sight | This annual 5K race is a fundraiser by the College of Optometry and Forest Grove Lions Club. Proceeds support scholarships for optometry students, funds for the optometry student humanitarian group Amigos and eye care for those in financial need. Day-of-race registration is $25 for the public, $20 for students. Walkers start at 9 a.m. and runners at 9:15 Saturday at the corner of Pacific and Cedar.

Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival | Tag the sidewalks all you want with the 22nd annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Register for $12 (Valley Art members get a discount) to get your tray of chalk and square of sidewalk in downtown Forest Grove.

Corn Roast | I hope you like corn, because the Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce will roast up four tons of it Saturday at a historic-themed barbecue on the west lawn of campus that also features booths and entertainment. Come out for food, music and lots of community fun starting at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Play ball | Boxer volleyball hosts George Fox at 7 p.m. Friday in the Stoller Center, while the cross-country team and men’s and women’s soccer teams face away challenges throughout the weekend. Check out goboxers.com to follow all the action. Football resumes next weekend at Willamette—and be sure to get your tickets now for all the Homecoming fun Sept. 28-29.

Find the complete calendar of events for Pacific at pacificu.edu/calendar.