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University of Central Missouri
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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4640
Fax: 660-543-4943

Holiday and the Arts Kicks Off Season

Holiday and the Arts Kicks Off Season

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG - 11/15/2006 - Catch the spirit of the season as UCM hosts the third annual Holiday and the Arts Tuesday, Dec. 5 in the Elliott Union. The event coincides with the Department of Theatre's opening night mainstage production of Spinning Into Butter.

Holiday Market Offers Gift Ideas 

Although plans are still being finalized, the schedule includes an array of activities that are free and open to the general public. Anyone looking for gift ideas may want to stop by the Holiday Market from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Sandra Temple Elliott Ballroom. It features crafts and homemade items and services by students, faculty and staff. Register for booth space by Nov. 22 by contacting Teresa Huffman in Meeting and Conference Services, 660-543-4342.

Tree Lighting Ceremony Follows Day of Activities

The tree lighting ceremony is set for 5:30-5:45 p.m. in the atrium, followed by cookie decorating, holiday card decorating, and a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus and the Grinch. All will be available for photos. Earlier in the day, student volunteers plan to conduct a story time for children of UCM students and employees from noon to 1 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. made-for-TV holiday movies will be shown. Both activities take place in the atrium.

Curtain Time is 7:30 for Mainstage Production

Spinning Into Butter begins at 7:30 p.m. in the James L. Highlander Theatre. Tickets are required and can be obtained at the Theatre Department Box Office in Wood 128 or by calling 660-543-8811beginning Nov. 27.

Help Provided for Local Agencies

Giving back to the community, the university is also sponsoring a Holiday Giving Tree. According to Kristie Brinkley, coordinator of volunteer and non-traditional student services, ornaments with the names of local agencies and their special needs will adorn this colorful tree. Anyone who wants to assist an agency can call 660-543-4007 prior to Dec. 5 to receive an ornament with the agency's name and needs.

Student Groups Will Collect Food for Those in Need

On cooperation with the local Christmas Store, campus student groups will collect meals for area residents in need and deliver them to a sleigh that will be stationed at the Elliott Union Mall during Holiday and the Arts festivities. A student window and display case decorating contest is also planned in the Elliott Union in conjunction with Holiday and the Arts.

For More Information

For more information on Holiday and the Arts, contact Brinkley at 660-543-4007.