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Parent and Family Weekend, Focus on WKU, other events coming up

Numerous activities are scheduled this weekend (Oct. 15-17) at WKU, including the following:

Parent and Family Weekend begins with registration Friday evening and Saturday morning at Downing University Center. Saturday’s activities include mock classroom/student presentation at 12:40 p.m. at DUC Theatre; residence hall receptions at 1:30 p.m.; President’s Festival at 3:30 p.m. on the DUC South Lawn; WKU vs. ULM football at 6 p.m. The 2010 Family of the Year (Barry and Karen White and their children Mitchell and Morgan) will be recognized at the game.

Focus on WKU, an Admissions event for prospective students and their families, begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at Diddle Arena followed by informational sessions, academic expo and campus tours. Participants also will attend the President’s Festival at 3:30 p.m. and the football game at 6 p.m.

The 2010 Children’s Theatre Series from the Department of Theatre and Dance begins with Peter n’ the Wolf. Performances will be at 4 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Gordon Wilson Hall Lab Theatre. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.

The Music Department will present two concerts. The WKU Symphonic Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Van Meter Hall; admission is $5. Autumn Collage, the department’s annual scholarship benefit recital of chamber music, will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center Recital Hall; admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The LifeSkills Run for Autism, a benefit for WKU’s Kelly Autism Program, begins with registration at 6:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bowling Green Ballpark. A 4-mile wheelchair race begins at 7:55 a.m. followed by a 4-mile run at 8 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9 a.m. Streets closed near campus: The run will close several streets near the WKU campus — Kentucky Street, University Boulevard, Normal Street, Regents Avenue and Chestnut Street — from 7:45 a.m. to 9 am. Click here for a course map.

The Mane Event, a benefit for New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center. Admission is $10. The event will feature renowned horseman Josh Lyons along with other horse experts from the area.

The WKU soccer team will host Louisiana-Monroe at 6 p.m. Friday and Louisiana-Lafayette at 1 p.m. Sunday at the WKU Soccer Complex.

Hilltopper Hysteria will tip off the 2010-11 season for Hilltopper and Lady Topper basketball teams at 7 p.m. Friday at Diddle Arena. Admission is free. The event will include scrimmages by both teams, 3-point and dunk contests, and more.

The WKU football team will face Louisiana-Monroe at 6 p.m. Saturday at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. The game is Hilltopper Pride Day with all general admission tickets $6. Event parking and tailgating will be in effect; Avenue of Champions will be closed beginning at 2 p.m.

For more WKU events, visit the WKU calendar, upcoming events list or athletics.

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