Central Michigan University hosts more than 500 events each year, many of which are free and open to the public. Highlighted events from Thursday, July 3, to Wednesday, July 9, include:
Summer Science and Math Camp — Monday through July 17
The Science/Mathematics/Technology Center at Central Michigan University will host the first camp of the 2014 Summer Science and Math Camp series from 9 to 11:30 a.m. July 7. Children in preschool through eighth grade are eligible to register for a variety of science-themed classes. All classes will have students in groups of 15 or less and will be taught by a certified teacher. Camps will be on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through July 17. Call the SMTC at 989-774-4387 to register.
Civil War Children's Activity — Tuesday
The College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences and CMU's Museum of Cultural and Natural History will host a Civil War children's activity from 10 a.m. to noon July 8 at the Gerald R. Poor Museum, located on the southwest corner of Preston Street and West Campus Drive. Designed for families with children in kindergarten through eighth grade, the program will offer participants opportunities to be fitted for a Civil War uniform, be trained to use a musket, pack a haversack, receive rations and learn to march. Prepaid reservations are required, and the cost is $2 per person. Call the museum at 989-774-3829 to register.
Local historian Jack Westbrook to speak at Clarke Library — Tuesday
The Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University will host Jack Westbrook, a well-known local historian and author, at 7 p.m. July 8 in Park Library Auditorium. His talk, "Mount Pleasant, Oil Capital of Michigan: The First Oil Boom, 1928-1939," will cover the town's history and role in the oil and gas industry during the Great Depression. This talk is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception in the Clarke Historical Library.
Selections from the Central Michigan University Art Collection — through July 17
Featured works including art by Stephen L. Barstow Artists-in-Residence and drawings by CMU art and design department benefactor Stephen L. Barstow will be on display Tuesdays through Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. through July 17 in the University Art Gallery. The free exhibition also will feature colorful paintings, photography and ceramics by emeritus faculty and alumni.
New Art Acquisitions Exhibit — through July 18
An exhibit of new artworks from 11 artists added over the past year to Central Michigan University’s permanent art collection will be on display daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through July 18 in Park Library’s Baber Room. The collection is diverse and includes computer-generated art, digital photography, stoneware, fiber art and a multimedia piece that incorporates handmade paper and a bison horn. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Cross Country Camp — Sunday through Tuesday
Central Michigan University Athletics will host a Cross Country Camp for grades 7 through 12 from July 6 through 8. This three-day camp will provide instruction in daily workouts, running on different types of terrain, developing personal running strategies and learning about race dynamics. The cost is $185 for those staying in residence halls and $125 for commuters. Register online at track.cmusportscamps.com by midnight July 4.