A quartet of events

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Purdue Calumet Saturday, April 20

A community festival, an ethnic program, a theater performance and a 5-kilometer run/walk will turn Purdue University Calumet into a buzz of activity and entertainment, Saturday, April 20.

Spring Fling 5K Ramp Run/Walk

The university Fitness Center’s annual Spring Fling 5K Ramp Run/Walk at 9 a.m. kicks off the day. The 3.1-mile event, through the campus and nearby neighborhood, is part of the Calumet Region Striders Gold Cup series. Distinctive about the race route is that participants scale a series of consecutive incline ramps to the top of the Purdue Calumet garage and then back down.

Campus race day headquarters is in the Student Union & Library; online registration is available.

Community Festival

New this year, the Community Festival is sponsored by the University Village and Residential Housing staff and begins immediately after the run/walk until 2 p.m. Various activities, including carnival games and booths, are scheduled at the south end of campus in front of University Village I.

“This is an opportunity to demonstrate how exciting our campus can be when different departments come together and plan events that are welcoming to the university and local community,” Purdue Calumet Director of Housing and Residential Education Scott Iverson said. “Because Purdue Calumet is a residential campus, we are always looking for ways to support our campus residents with engaging, fun activities that will enable them to interact with the community.”

Building Community through the Arts

“Cultures of the Caribbean” is the theme of Purdue Calumet’s next Building Community through the Arts program, scheduled at 2 p.m. in Alumni Hall of the Student Union & Library.  This free, two-hour program will highlight various traditions of the Caribbean Islands, including artistic expressions of music, dance and a sampling of ethnic cuisine.

Performers and presentations include Pan Go Steel Band, Alfred Baker and the West Indian Dance Co., and Purdue Calumet Associate Professor of History Kathleen Tobin.

Purdue Calumet Theater Company performance

Concluding the festive day, performers of the Purdue Calumet Theater Company will present “Working”, based on the 1974 book written by oral historian and radio broadcaster Studs Terkel.

The performance, which explores how individuals from various walks of life find meaning through their work, begins at 7 p.m. in YJean Chambers Hall, located on the third floor of the Student Union & Library.

More information about these events can be obtained by phoning: 219/989-2175 for the Spring Fling; 219/989-4150 for the Community Festival; and 219/989-2267 for “Working” ticket information. Additionally, to learn more about “Cultures of the Caribbean” visit online.