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| Wednesday, May 01, 2013



SPRING FIESTA SILENT AUCTION: Join Ann Arbor Learning Community, an EMU chartered school on Friday, May 3, 6 - 8 p.m. for their annual Silent Auction. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The event will be held at the Ann Arbor Learning Community located at 3980 Research Park Drive. Click Map and Directions or visit Spring Fiesta Silent Auction for more information or call 734-477-0340.


VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP AT THE COLOR RUN: Volunteers are needed to help with The Color Run event on Saturday, May 11, and also to help before the race on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10. EMU prepares all of the meals for the Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels and funding for the organization is based on the number of volunteers who sign up to help. If you would like to volunteer, please go to Register to Volunteer and make sure to select Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels as your charity.  


ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER AT EAGLE FLIGHT CENTER: Come join EMU's Aviation and Alpha Eta Rho, Sigma Chi for their annual Pancake Breakfast Fly-In Fundraiser on Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Eagle Flight Center, located on the west ramp at Willow Run Airport (3099 Tyler Road, Ypsilanti). All are welcome, whether by air or by car. Come see multiple aircraft on display, sit in the state-of-the-art cockpit of one of Eagle Flight's Cessna 172S and enjoy a great pancake breakfast. Enter our raffle to win an 1 hour discovery flight in a Cessna 172S with one of our wonderful instructors. The tower will direct pilots in upon arrival. Recommended donation is $7 per person. Please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/events/454129617996131/.


YPSILANTI PRIDE DAY: Ypsilanti Pride Day is a city-wide event intended to foster community pride and encourage local business growth by creating a clean and welcoming environment. Eastern Michigan University has committed to three different community service sites. The event is Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at three different sites (Water Tower, Depot Town, and Frog Island). This event is FREE and is a great way to get involved in the community. If you wish to attend, please click on Register for Ypsilanti Pride Day or call 487-1313. Lunch and entertainment will be provided after the event. For more information, please visit Ypsilanti Pride Day Event.


EMU PLANETARIUM'S SUMMER SHOW LINE-UP: The EMU planetarium has a "star-studded" line-up of movies planned throughout the summer to entertain and educate its audiences. All shows will be viewed in the planetarium, located at 402 Mark Jefferson Science Complex. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the EMU ticket office or online at EMU Tickets. Below are the dates, times and details for each event:

"Cleopatra's Universe" explores the truths and mysteries of Egypt's legendary queen Cleopatra. Experience the life and times of Cleopatra in dramatic fashion as the audience will travel back in time to see stunning re-creations of the Alexandria Library, Cleopatra's Palace, and the Pharos Lighthouse - one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Discover the powerful Greek and Roman influences on the world of Cleopatra. You will also see Eratosthenes figure out the size of the Earth. Show dates and times are as follows:

  • Friday, May 10, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 13, 3:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 10, 3:15 p.m.

This show is appropriate for ages 13 and up. Run time is 25 minutes. Each "Cleopatra" Show includes "Seasonal Stargazing" with a run time 15 minutes.

"Galileo: The Power of the Telescope" Two eyes and two pieces of glass revolutionized human understanding 400 years ago. The eyes belonged to Galileo Galilei, and the curved pieces of glass were the lenses of his telescope. In "Galileo: The Power of the Telescope," you'll learn Galileo's personal and powerful story, and explore how his discoveries displaced long-held views about the universe. Narrated by Dava Sobel, author of the award-winning biography Galileo's Daughter. Show dates and times are as follows:

  • Friday, May 24, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 1, 3:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 27, 3:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 24, 3:15 p.m.

This show is appropriate for ages 13 and up. Run time is 30 minutes. Each "Galileo" Show includes "Seasonal Stargazing" with a run time 15 minutes.


"The Little Star That Could" story is about Little Star, an average yellow star searching for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets. Each planet is introduced to the audience with basic information about our solar system. Show dates and times are as follows: 

  • Saturday, June 1, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 29, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 13, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 27, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 10, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 24, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 10, 3:15 p.m.

Run time is 35 minutes. This movie is appropriate for all ages, and recommended for families. K-6 education guides are available. Each "Little Star" show includes "Seasonal Stargazing" with a run time of 7 minutes. Visit The Little Star That Could Movie to watch a preview.


"Cosmic Colors" will take you on a wondrous journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Discover the many reasons for color like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red. Take a tour within a plant leaf and journey inside the human eye. Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a monstrous black hole and then back at your doctor's office. You will even see the actual color of a dinosaur - based on recent evidence. Get ready for an amazing adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light! Show dates and times are as follows:

  • Saturday, June 29, 3:15 p.m.
  • Friday, August 16, 7 p.m.

Appropriate for ages 13 and up and has a run time of 25 minutes. Each "Cosmic Colors" Show includes "Seasonal Stargazing" with a run time of 15 minutes. Visit Cosmic Color Video to see more.


"STARS" Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that lights the Universe. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of stars. Narrated by Mark Hamill, the EMU Planetarium's most popular show makes a special re-appearance this summer. Catch it before it's gone! Show dates and times are as follows:

  • Friday, August 16, 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 31, 9 p.m.

Appropriate for ages 13 and up and has a run time of 30 minutes. Each "STARS" Show includes "Seasonal Stargazing" with a run time 15 minutes. Check out the Stars Movie Preview video.

Visit our Facebook page at Facebook.com/emuplanetarium. Contact Norbert Vance at nvance@emich.edu or Tom Kasper at tkasper@emich.edu for further details about the planetarium.

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