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Tip Sheet for week of Jan. 14

January 14, 2013

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Members of the UW-Eau Claire and greater Eau Claire communities are invited to participate in volunteer projects as part of a Day of Service on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, to commemorate King's life and legacy. Volunteers will meet at noon at The Community Table (320 Putnam St., Eau Claire) for a meal. They will then break into smaller groups to join in community service projects during the afternoon. Joshua Swalheim, volunteer coordinator for the AmeriCorps ECLIPSE (Early Childhood Literacy Intervention Program, Services and Evaluation) program at UW-Eau Claire, is the event's organizer. The service projects will end at 4 p.m., leaving time for volunteers to attend a Martin Luther King remembrance ceremony at 6 p.m. at St. James the Greater Church in Eau Claire. For more information about Day of Service events, email

A ceremony to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Eau Claire. More than 58 youth from Lakeshore, Locust Lane and Putnam elementary schools and DeLong Middle School in Eau Claire, along with university students and community members, will participate in the ceremony. Messages will be shared through song, speeches, videos and photographs. Area youth, students and community members will read from several of King's speeches, including "I Have a Dream ...," "How Long? Not Long" and "The Drum Major Instinct." Music will be provided by the Delong Middle School Orchestra, members of University Lutheran Church and St. James the Greater Catholic Church, the klezmer band Klezmazel, UW-Eau Claire's Black Student Association, Dr. David Jones (professor of English and leader of the band Davey J and the Jones Tones) and David Sprick (UW-Eau Claire police chief). For details, contact Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton at 715-828-2019 or; University Lutheran Church Pastor Alan Buresh at 715-834-8026; or the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 715-836-3367. Reporters can contact Ducksworth-Lawton at 715-828-2019 or to arrange for interviews prior to the Jan. 21 event. Participants can talk with the media from 5:30-6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, as they organize for the program. Media also is welcome at a rehearsal, which will run from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at St. James. UW-Eau Claire will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

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Dr. J. Erik Hendrickson, professor of physics and astronomy, will present "Fun with Liquid Nitrogen" Wednesday, Jan. 16, as part of the "Ask a Scientist" series. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire. Hendrickson is passionate about science and enjoys sharing his demonstrations with schoolchildren and the general public.

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Cabaret XXXV will kick off Thursday, Jan. 17, with the first of eight performances that will feature a cast of 125 student performers. This year's show is titled "School Day." Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17-19 and Jan. 24-26, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 and Jan. 26. The show will be in the Ojibwe Ballroom in Davies Center. Cabaret is an annual show that supports scholarships for music. Since it began in 1978, Cabaret has raised more than $325,000 in scholarship funds. The show also allows the music and theatre arts students to practice arranging and staging a variety show similar to what they might encounter in a professional career. The show will feature student performers from ensembles in the music and theatre arts department as well as small acts and solo performers. Cabaret XXXV will be accompanied by the Cabaret Orchestra, made up of members of UW-Eau Claire jazz ensembles and the University Symphony Orchestra. Eight student directors also are involved in directing the musical variety show, including Andrew Steffen, a senior from New Richmond.

Calendar Notes

Winterim classes will end Friday, Jan. 18. Spring semester classes will begin Tuesday, Jan. 22.

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