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Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012

My UNI Weekend is a digest of weekend (Thursday - Sunday) entertainment and recreation opportunities at UNI, mailed on Thursday mornings during fall and spring semesters. Submission deadline is noon, Wednesday. Submissions will be rejected if sponsorship by a university department, program or organization is not clear.

THURSDAY EVENTS

INTRODUCTION TO VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Lauren Finke, executive director at the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, will discuss opportunities for volunteering in the community from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, in the area behind Student Involvement and Activities Center reception desk in the SIAC Conference Room, MAU. Sponsored by the UNI American Democracy Project.

SEMESTER APPROACH TO STUDYING WORKSHOP

The workshop "Fit for Finals: A Semester Approach to Studying" will be held from 4 to 4:50 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, in 035 ITTC. This workshop will help you learn useful study strategies and prepare for finals. Register for the workshop online. There is no fee for currently enrolled UNI students. Sponsored by the College Reading and Learning Center.

ZUMBA VALENTINE'S DAY PARTY

Move to the beat and be inspired by Zumba from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, in the McLeod Center. Enjoy this free opportunity to discover why the Zumba dance fitness program is the lastest craze. Wear tennis shoes and comfortable clothes. Be ready to move to the rhythm of slasa, merengue, cumbia and reggaeton. Bring your friends, family and co-workers to this event.

A DAY IN AFRICA

Experience a day in Africa featuring dance, movies, food, hair and panel discussions from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, in the lower level classrooms, LNG. Part of Black History Month activities.

FREE PLANETARIUM SHOW

There will be two free Planetarium shows at 7 and 8 p.m., Thursday, in 105 LAT.

NORTHERN IOWA ENERGY CORPS

Northern Iowa Energy Corps  is a new student organization whose mission statement is: "Expanding opportunities for students on campus to promote energy efficiency through education and outreach." The group has an open house every Thursday at 8 p.m., in the SIAC conference room (upper level of Maucker Union).

FRIDAY EVENTS

FREE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM EXHIBIT: 'RACE: ARE WE SO DIFFERENT?'

"RACE: Are We So Different?" helps visitors understand what race is and what it's not. The exhibit explores three themes: the everyday experience of race, the contemporary science that is challenging common ideas about race and the history of this idea in the United States. The museum is open to the public Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 3219 Hudson Rd.

WELCOMING DIVERSITY WORKSHOP SERIES

The Welcoming Diversity Workshop series is a campus initiative for all students, faculty and staff. Session one, "Building an Inclusive Campus," is an interactive three-hour program offered from 1 to 4 p.m., Feb. 10; and from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 23. Registration is now open. The workshops will be led by faculty and staff facilitators from the UNI Campus Coalition Builders. For more information, contact the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

NINJA STUDY CLUB FEAR FACTOR

College can be scary, but study ninjas know how to manage their fears. From 2 to 2:50 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, in 035 ITTC, ninjas will compete in three fear factor-style stunts in order to gain insight about coping with academic anxiety. New ninjas are welcome.

'A TALE OF TWO B*TCHES' STAGED READING

UNISTA will present 'A Tale of Two B*tches' stage reading at 7 p.m., Feb. 10 and 11, in 108 CAC. A comedy about haphazard fools in 1650s England. Two wealthy families on the verge of settling deep seated conflicts are disrupted by an unlikely duo of catalysts for family dissension.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION'S 'STARRY NIGHT' VALENTINE'S DAY DANCE

Enjoy a night out with friends and loved ones at the International Student Association's Valentine's Day Dance from 7 to 11 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, in the Commons Ballroom. The event is free to all students. There will be free food, beverages, a DJ, dancing, a photo booth and lots of fun.

NORTHERN FESTIVAL OF BANDS

The Northern Festival of Bands will feature performances by the UNI Wind Symphony and UNI Symphonic Band at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This performance is part of an all-day festival and is free and open to the public.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Lampost Theatre Co. will present "Variety de L'amour" a variety-style show featuring live music, spoofs, drama and humor as the ensemble reflects on two universal themes: love and relationships. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 10, at the Lampost Theater Co., 204 W. Seerley Blvd. Tickets are $10 and include dessert and coffee.

SATURDAY EVENTS

NEWS TALK: CREATING A HEALTHY CITY

Jon Crews, Cedar Falls mayor, will discuss the how and why of creating healthy cities, using the Blue Zone model from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, at University Book & Supply. Free and open to the public.

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM EXHIBIT AND SATURDAY FILM SERIES

"RACE: Are We So Different?" helps visitors understand what race is and what it's not. The film series is in conjuction with the exhibit. Saturday's film, "The Story We Tell" will be shown at 1:30 p.m. Saturday hours at the museum are from 1 to 4 p.m., at 3219 Hudson Rd. Free admission.

NORTHERN FESTIVAL OF BANDS

The Northern Festival of Bands will host a performance featuring solo competition winners, the festival’s percussionist groups, Festival Concert Band and Festival Symphony Band at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX. This event is part of an all-day festival.

ATHLETICS

UNI Men's Basketball takes on Illinois State at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, in the McLeod Center.

DONATE CHILDREN'S BOOKS AT THE FEB. 11 UNI MEN'S BASKETBALL GAME

Support the Cedar Valley United Way's "I Can Read" project by bringing a new or gently used children's book to the UNI vs. Illinois men's basketball game at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, in the McLeod Center. The "I Can Read" project supports literacy efforts with local youth. The UNI campus community and its partners donated 765 books to "I Can Read" earlier this fall. Help with UNI's final push to collect books for kids this weekend. If you would like to donate, but can't make it to the game, email Jess Betts or call 273-2761 to arrange for a pick up.

COMMUNITY EVENT: THEATER

Lampost Theatre Co. will present "Variety de L'amour" a variety-style show featuring live music, spoofs, drama and humor as the ensemble reflects on two universal themes: love and relationships. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 11, at the Lampost Theater Co., 204 W. Seerley Blvd. Tickets are $10 and include dessert and coffee.

STEPPER'S BALL

Dance the night away with the one you love (or a friend) at the Stepper's Ball from 8 to 11:59 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Sife Ballroom, Commons. Tickets will also be sold at the door. Find a friend and get your ticket. There will be a free photo booth at this event.

RELAY FOR LIFE KICK-OFF EVENT

The Colleges Against Cancer kick-off event for Relay For Life will be at 8 p.m, Saturday, Feb. 11, at The Hub in downtown Cedar Falls. There will be live music by Good Cop/Rad Cop, I’m Prettier Than You, and John June Year. All cover proceeds go to Relay For Life of UNI. Must be 19 to attend; 18 can get in with college ID. Cover charge is $7 for those 19-20; $5 cover 21+. For more information, email.

SUNDAY EVENTS

10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL AUDITIONS

The UNI Student Theatre Association (UNISTA) will hold an additional auditions at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12, the Acting Practice Studio (inside Strayer-Wood Theatre), for the annual 10-Minute Play Festival. No experience is needed. Audition materials are provided; no memorization required. Please bring your schedule through March 25. Performances are March 24 and 25.