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Feb. 12 - Feb. 19

First Annual Solar Swim

A free solar swim event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Regional Fitness Center. The program will feature free food, family fun, and an opportunity to learn more about the RFC solar-thermal heating project. The community event lasts from 5 until 7 p.m. A student swim from 8:30 until 11 p.m. rounds out the day. This event is sponsored by the RFC, UMM, and Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon.

Meinengens: Recent Tragic Events

Meiningens, the student theatre group, discovers comedy in the face of tragedy in Recent Tragic Events by playwright Craig Wright. Set in a Minneapolis apartment in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, Recent Tragic Events explores the roles of fate and chance in this unexpectedly funny play. Questioning the thin line between the expected and the bizarre, the characters embark on a journey of courage, humor, and perseverance in the face of crisis. Recent Tragic Events will be performed in the Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Black Box Theatre on Saturday Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. Free, convenient parking is available in all campus lots. For more information, email the Box Office at thrpub@morris. or call 320-589-6249.

Soup and Substance

Join the community dialogue on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center's Oyate Hall, Alumni Room.

Asking the Big Questions

The campus/community discussion group, Asking the Big Questions, continues its year-long exploration of spirituality and meaning on Thursday, Feb. 17, by delving into atheism/agnosticism/secular humanism. UMM associate professor of biology Paul Myers will facilitate the conversation and give some background information. Optional readings are available through Briggs Library Electronic Reserves. Social time featuring snacks and refreshments begins at 6:30 pm. and discussion starts at 7 p.m. in the Briggs Library. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Morris Healthy Eating Initiative Film Series

Presenting "Fresh" by Sofia Joanes on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. in Imholte Hall 109.

Prairie Yard and Garden

Airing on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. with rebroadcasts Monday at 1:00 p.m. and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on Pioneer Public Television. Growing gladiolas - or glads - is easy and very rewarding, especially if you choose to use them as cuttings for use in bouquets and floral arrangements. James Madson, a gladiola grower from Bertha, discusses how to grow these eye-popping flowers and maintain their color and vigor with host Larry Zilliox.

Unusual Suspects Fundraiser Show

Morris's award-winning improv club performs on Friday, Feb. 18, and Saturday, Feb 19, at 8 p.m. in the Student Center's Edson Auditorium.

A Prairie Home Companion

The University of Minnesota, Morris Concert Choir will perform on "A Prairie Home Companion" when Garrison Keillor hosts the live show from the campus Physical Education Center on Saturday, Feb. 19. The radio show will broadcast live from 5 until 7 p.m. Central Time. Tickets are available for the Morris show through the University of Minnesota Northrop ticketing system at or call 612-624-2345. Group rates are available for parties of eight or more. Use the code "cougars" when purchasing group tickets. Show guests are asked to be seated by 4:45 p.m. or call 320-589-6080 with questions.