CSU Happenings for May 26-June 3

MAY 26 – Astronomy Night
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage an Astronomy Night program on Saturday at the center, at 701 Front Ave. The program will begin at 8 p.m. with a planetarium presentation, followed by planet viewing and stargazing. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-649-1470.

MAY 28 - CSU to Close for Holiday
Columbus State University will be closed for all business on Monday for Memorial Day.

MAY 29-JUNE 1 - Summer Camps to Include Sports, ‘The Beach’
Spaces are available for the following camps, presented by CSU Continuing Education. For more information, call 706-568-2023 or visit http://www.conted.colstate.edu.

• Basketball Fundamentals (Boys, Ages 5 and Up) 9 a.m.-noon, Lumpkin Center Designed to accommodate all skill levels, this camp for boys focuses on the fundamentals — shooting, dribbling, passing and team positions. Game scrimmages take place each day and collegiate coaches and CSU basketball players provide instruction. A total $100 in fees includes materials.

• Tennis (Ages 5 and Up) 9 a.m.-noon, Blackmon Tennis Center Designed for all skill levels, instruction by CSU Tennis Coach Evan Isaacs will combine games, drills and workouts with the ball machine. A total $100 in fees includes materials.

• Soccer - Full Day (Ages 5-14) 9 a.m.-4p.m., CSU Soccer Complex Directed by CSU Soccer Coach Jay Entlich, this camp is designed to make soccer easy and fun at all skill levels with focus on dribbling, passing, kicking and making goals. Competitive group and team play also will take place. Fees total $200 as this camp includes lunch and swimming, Participants are advised to bring shin guards, cleats, tennis shoes, a soccer ball, water bottle, Snacks, swim suit and sun screen.

• Soccer - Half Day (Ages 5-14) 9 a.m.-noon, CSU Soccer Complex This half-day alternative to the full soccer camp (see above) excludes lunch and swimming. The fees total $100.

• Art Explorer Series: ‘Beach Party’ (Grades 3-5), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Rankin Arts Center Inspired by “the mystery of the sea,” campers will build a sand castle, make a treasure box and crazy sunglasses, create prints from a fish, write secret messages and hide them away in a bottle, create pirate gems, and learn a pirate language. Participants should bring their own flip-flops and a brown bag lunch. Fees total $100 and cover materials. (A separate, concurrent section of this camp for kindergarten-grade 2 is filled.)

JUNE 1, JUNE 3 – CSU Opera: ‘The Marriage of Figaro’
CSU's Schwob School of Music will stage Mozart’s comic opera “The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro)” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3 in the RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre. The fully staged production will be sung in English with 18th-century period sets and costumes. CSU voice students will sing all roles, guided by guest stage director Judith Auer, who has served on the artistic faculty of Italy’s Opera Festival di Roma. A professional orchestra will be conducted by CSU Professor Constantina Tsolainou, the Paul S. and Jean R. Amos Faculty Chair in Music and Director of Choral Activities.

Admission is $10 or $20 for reserved seating, and discounts are available for military personnel and senior citizens. Free tickets are available for CSU faculty and staff (limit two) and students (limit one) with university ID. For tickets, call the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3600. For more information on the production, call 706-649-1986.