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TIP SHEET   Week of Nov. 29, 2004
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A film that follows scientists and biblical scholars — including UW-Eau Claire associate professor of geography Harry Jol and a student — will air on PBS's science television series NOVA. "Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land" will air locally at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 on Wisconsin Public Television. It explores a cave in the Judean desert, the Cave of Letters, with Jewish historian Richard Freund. The expedition used state-of-the-art technology including ground penetrating radar operated by Jol and Christopher Morton, a student who graduated in 2001. GPR sends signals into rocks, which come back to computers that generate an image of the subsurface, allowing researchers to see spaces between rocks where artifacts could be found. The results have sharpened the image of life in the cave complex, which cuts 300 yards into a virtually inaccessible cliff near the Dead Sea. Freund believes the cave was used as a refuge and hiding place. University and community members can view the show with Jol at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 in Room 007 of Phillips Hall. For details. Contact Jol at (715) 836-3472 or

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Elementary students in the Eau Claire Area School District can learn Spanish language and culture thanks to a $40,000 gift from the Presto Foundation to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. The language immersion program, starting in January 2005, will match 40 first-graders in two classes at Robbins and Roosevelt elementary schools with a student in UW-Eau Claire's foreign language program and with a native Spanish speaker. Classes will meet weekly and include language instruction and cultural experiences. It will offer students instruction in Spanish in grades two through five and enroll at least 40 new first-graders each year. For details, contact Paul Hoff, professor of Spanish and foreign language education, at (715) 836-4437 or

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A Dec. 3 recital by faculty ensemble Clearly Three will be the next First Fridays event for senior citizens. It begins at 9 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral. The program is funded by Downtown Eau Claire Business Improvement District and the AnnMarie Foundation grants, and supported by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. It's coordinated by UW-Eau Claire's Beverly Soll and Jennifer Hinners and Scott and Heather Kirby of Christ Church Cathedral. First Fridays free events are offered on the first Friday of each month October-May (except January). "Bringing the World Downtown: A Passport Season" is the theme of the 2004-05 season. For details, call Soll or Hinners at (715) 836-2787.

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The 30th annual Holiday Concert is set for 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 5 in Zorn Arena. The free concert features Concert Choir and The Singing Statesmen, Women's Concert Chorale and Symphonic Choir, Wind Symphony, and Symphony Orchestra. Attendees are to bring a children's book to donate to the Give-A-Kid-A-Book program.

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"Christmas with Rudolph," a free concert for families with children of all ages, will run from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center.

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Updated: November 29, 2004