Plan Your Week: Oct. 4 – 10

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Shed your rain jacket and head outside this (finally clear) Sunday.

Head to Centennial Park for food trucks, live bands and vendor tents for National Pit Bull Awareness Day. Play with pups, take a lap around the Parthenon and enjoy a low-key start to the week.

If you’re feeling rowdy this Sunday, head to Pi Kappa Alpha 3v3 Bubble Soccer Tournament, held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Rec Center. Grab two friends, hop into a plastic bubble and play some soccer to raise funds for St. Jude’s Hospital. Grab free Smoothie King offered at the event while you’re at it.

Or, go to the Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration in Buttrick 205 to celebrate the Chinese zhongqiu jie festival. Carve your blessings into mooncakes (as is tradition for the holiday), from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Later in the day, head to the Student Life Center for KD Kosmo, from 5 to 7 p.m. The Kappa Delta sorority will provide food, conversation, a fashion show and dancing. All proceeds will go to Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee.

Other events include Parachute’s performance at City Winery at 6:30 p.m., and Hank Hangout from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Hank Ingram House.

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Monday kicks off National Coming Out Week.

The Office of LGBTQI Life is hosting a Rainbow Commons Kick-Off from 4 to 6 p.m. on the Commons South Patio, offering free cook-out food to celebrate the beginning of Coming Out Week.

Lots of campus-wide conversations will be held Monday night. The 2nd Annual Crawford Lecture, entitled “Looking Through the Stained Glass,” will feature Reverend Becca Stevens, the Founder and President of Thistle Farms.

The “Black Lives Matter: Where Are we Now?” conversation will also be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Commons Multipurpose Room. The event, sponsored by Vanderbilt’s chapter of the NAACP, will provide Maggiano’s catering, free t-shirts, and encourages conversations on the important topic.

Vanderbilt’s Happiness Club is hosting a “Happy Hour” event from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Alumni Hall Lounge. They will have an open mic, and encourage participants to speak about what makes them happy. Goers can expect spoken word performances, food, and free mocktails.


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The American Red Cross Blood Drive will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Light Hall’s North Lobby. Make an appointment by going to and enter Vandy19 to schedule a donation appointment

Shake up your Tuesday by trying the Beginner Zouk Class, held at 7 p.m. at the Dance World of Nashville. Located seven minutes from campus (at 630 Rundle Avenue), this class will teach beginners the fun workout that is Brazilian Zouk dancing.

Another active option is the Free Yoga Hour, that will take place in Furman Hall 007 from 6 to 7 p.m. Hosted by Yes+Meditation Club of Vanderbilt, this hour of breathing and stretching will recenter you this week.

Calle Commodore, sponsored by the AMIGOS club, will take place on Alumni Lawn from 4-7 p.m. Reminiscent of Latino Street culture, this event will feature crafts, dance performances, free food and a barefoot soccer tournament. All funds raised will go to CARE, a medical relief association based in Honduras.

The Holocaust Lecture Series 2015 event will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Divinity School. It will feature a one-woman play that covers the diary entries and letters of Etty Hillesum, a woman who worked for the Jewish Council during the Holocaust. The actors confront her grief and self-doubt in a meaningful performance.

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The Flulapalooza Event will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Head over to the tent between Light Hall and the Veterans Administration Hospital to get your flu shot! Wear a short-sleeved shirt and bring your Vanderbilt ID.

From 5 to 6 p.m., head to Alumni 201 for the Vandy Speaks 2015-2016 Premiere. Structured like TED talks, this event will feature three undergraduate speakers and serve free pizza.

CMA Edu is also hosting a Q&A with Scott Scovill from 6 to 7 p.m. in Calhoun 203. Scovill will speak about his experience with building world-class tour acts. Having worked with Brad Paisley (among many famous artists), he will impart his wisdom to all attendees.

There is a Stand-up Comedy Night in Vanderbilt’s Barnes and Noble from 7 to 9 p.m. Performers have four minutes to perform original sketches, spoken word, and stand-up.


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There’s a little bit of everything going on this Thursday.

Like every Thursday, the Farmers’ Market will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on 21st and Blakemore. Pumpkins are now on sale to bring some “fall” into the dorm.

Important meetings include the First-Year Competency Meeting, hosted by Hidden Dores, to talk about their initiatives to improve the first-year experience and MOSAIC programming, as well as VISA’s first General Body Meeting for international students. The former will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Hank Ingram House, and the latter will be in Commons 233 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Nashville Predators will play the Carolina Hurricanes at Bridgestone Arena at 7 p.m.

Arguably the most exciting event of the day is Vanderbilt Lambda’s 21st Annual Drag Show, held in the SLC Ballroom from 8 to 10 p.m. Bring $1 bills, and stick around after the show ends to partake in a meet-and-greet with the headliner.

A peaceful alternative to these options is the Percy Warner Park’s Night Hike. Gather in the park at 6:30 p.m. for a 5.5 mile trek.

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The Lights on the Lawn outdoor concert, featuring BORGEOUS and Paris Blohm, is the main event this Friday. All proceeds go toward the Mary Parrish Center.

Before you don your techno concert clothing, head to the Lunch on the Lawn event from 12 to 2 p.m. on Alumni Lawn. A part of Greek week, this lunch encourages members to invite faculty members. A speaker from the Mary Parrish Center will be in attendance.

There is Green Dot Bystander Training from 3 to 6 p.m. in Sarratt 325/327 today.

If you’re not feeling electronic music, the Vanderbilt University Orchestra Performance will be held at 8 p.m. in Ingram Hall. Jean Philippe Dambreville, a guest conductor, will lead the orchestra in a performance of Claude Debussy’s Petite Suite. Robin Fountain will then conduct the orchestra through Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 3.

Florence and the Machine will be playing at the Ascend Amphitheater at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket and enjoy the outdoor acoustics.

The Dyer Observatory is hosting a Telescope Night at 7:30 p.m. Take advantage of their telescopes open for public viewing and see the constellations on a hopefully clear night.

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This Saturday is one of the few Saturdays without a football game.

If you’re looking for something to do, head to the Nissan Stadium at 9 a.m. to participate in the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Annual Walk.”

Or, be serenaded at the Stealing the Spotlight 2 Concert, which takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. in Rand Lounge. Enjoy Harmonic Notion’s performance with Belmont’s The Beltones and Emory’s Aural Pleasure group.

Other musical options include Blair’s Wind Symphony Concert, held at Ingram Hall at 8 p.m. Matt Nathanson is also performing at The Basement at 8 p.m.

If you can’t take a Saturday without professional sports, head to Bridgestone to see the Nashville Predators take on the Edmonton Oilers at 7 p.m.


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