Do you remember the good ol’ days when your parents would come and visit your elementary school to peruse your macaroni jewelry and finger-painting? Well, though we’re a bit more grown up, that day has come again at Western’s Showtime Family Weekend. Taking place Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21, you’ll have the opportunity to show your parents all Western has to offer, and with a low rider show, kayaking trips, and a Hawaiian food and hula at a spring luau you just might learn a thing or two about our richly diverse campus.

Friday, May 19:

Malcom X Celebration: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in VU 565
This is the seventh annual celebration of the life and achievements of El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz, also known as Malcom X. Sponsored by the Ethnic Student Center, this event will be a night rich with speakers, spoken word, song poetry and media presentations. For more information call the ESC at (650) 650-7271.

RHA Casino Night: 9:00 p.m. in the Viking Commons
Be transported back to a casino from 1976, complete with Texas hold ‘em, black jack, craps and roulette. If you play your cards right you’ll win chips that can be used later to bid on fabulous prizes. Tickets cost only $1.

Saturday, May 20:

Norm Bright Memorial 5K: 9 a.m. starting on the Viking Track
Runners and walkers of all ages all welcome to compete or just enjoy this annual fun run and walk. The gun will go off at 9 a.m. and the athletes will wind through Western’s campus as they pass most of the campus sculpture collection. Entry fees are $15 before May 17 and $20 after. Current Western students and WWU alumni club members will receive a discount entry fee.

Kappa Karnival: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Red Square
Swing by the annual Karnival to be engulfed in music, food, games, comedy and fun. Performers will include Jeff Talbot, Autumn Poetry, Beszak, The Pale Pacific and the comedy improv group, the Dead Parrots Society. There will also be a silent auction benefiting the American Cancer Society.

No Empty Bowls in Bellingham: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Red Square:
This annual fundraiser is a community service project focused on bringing attention to issues surrounding hunger. With a minimum donation of $10 you can choose a piece of handcrafted pottery from the assortment of works that were donated by community members. All proceeds and donations benefit the Bellingham Food Bank, and canned or other non-perishable food items are also welcomed.

Faculty Exhibition: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Western Gallery
The studio and graphic design faculty have brought together a wide variety of work to this very special exhibit.

Kayak Trips on Bellingham Bay: 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
These two-hour guided sea kayak tours of Bellingham Bay will provide a great chance to tour Western and Bellingham in a whole new way. Western students should sign their families up in advance at the Outdoor Center. For more information, contact the Outdoor Center at (360) 650-3731.

Nature and Bird Watching Cruise: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. departing from Squalicum Harbor

This catered cruise aboard a 65-foot marine research vessel will take you on an educational adventure throughout Bellingham Bay and the surrounding waters. Marine biologists, geologists and expert ornotholigists from Western and Whatcom Community College will provide narration for the trip. Some of the creatures you might be lucky enough to see are: eagles, arctic loons, whales, sea lions, seals, puffins and harlequin ducks. The cruise costs $60 and it is recommended that you reserve your tickets early. Go to for ordering information. This cruise will also be heading out on Sunday at the same time.
E Mau Ana Ka Hula I Ke Kanaka: 5 p.m. in the VU Multipurpose Room

This annual spring luau brings the flavors and sights of Hawaii to Western’s campus. May Day is a huge celebration in Hawaii, and you’ll definitely experience culture immersion you’ll be a part of as you enjoy traditional Hawaiian food, island music and hula performances. Tickets are available at the PAC Box Office for $15 general, $12 students and at the door for $17 general, and $14 students.

“Lies, Sissies, and Fiascoes: Notes on Making a New Kind of Radio” with Ira Glass: 8 p.m. on the PAC Main Stage
Since 1995, Ira Glass has been pushing the boundaries of radio, as he gives a voice to issues and people who are outside of the view of mainstream media. Always surprising and intimate, Glass’ programs contain humor and an honest, bittersweet edge. Tickets are available at the PAC Box Office for $15 general and $11 student.

Sunday, May 21

Tour and Service Project: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sehome Hill Arboretum Learning Center.

Beginning in 2002, Western has been developing an Arboretum Learning Center to support instruction in a variety of disciplines. Come and get a tour with Dr. David Engebretson, a Geology professor at Western, then help out by improving trails near the Center.

Annual Ridin’ Low in the 3-6-0 Lowrider Show: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Red Square

This car, truck and bike show in our very own Red Square is a great opportunity to browse through some impressive vehicles, compete in the jalapeno and watermelon eating contests and check out some musical performances. For more information, contact M.E.Ch.A. (Movimento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan) at (360) 659-7275

Kayak Trips on Bellingham Bay: 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
(See earlier description). For more information, contact the Outdoor Center at (360) 650-3731.