CAC unveils community events series for 2010 spring semester at the Signal Peak Campus

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - A terrific lineup of community events awaits visitors to Central Arizona College’s Signal Peak Campus beginning Feb. 19.

From a trio of Astronomy Night at the Peak events to the special Fiesta Mexico show scheduled for Feb. 27 in the Don P. Pence Center for Visual & Performing Arts, the 2010 Spring Entertainment Series has something for everyone. Inexpensive family fun is just a short drive to one of the most picturesque locations in Pinal County.

Advance tickets for events in the Pence Center may be purchased from the Cashier’s Office in the Student Services Center (Building M, Clock Tower) by calling 520-494-5240.

Tickets also may be purchased in-person at the Cashier’s Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Signal Peak Campus is located at 8470 North Overfield Road between the cities of Coolidge and Casa Grande.

The following events will take place this spring:

Astronomy Night @ The Peak: Winter Skies & Mars Viewing
CAC Observatory
Friday, Feb. 19 (6:30-9 p.m.) – No Cost

One of the most knowledgeable astronomy professors in Arizona, Wayne Prior will discuss the winter sky while also giving the audience a chance to view Mars. Katy Wilkins will inflate STARLAB, the indoor planetarium, and families will be able to eat dinner in the CAC cafeteria for just $5.95 per person beginning at 5 p.m.

Empty Bowls
Bradley Sizer, Jr., Center for Business Studies (Building N)
Tuesday, Feb. 23 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) - $10 minimum donation

Students from both the art club and the culinary arts program again are teaming up to fill more than 300 bowls with soup during the 8th Annual Central Arizona College Empty Bowls.
For a minimum $10 donation, guests will receive a stoneware bowl of their choice filled with soup. Instead of leaving the bowl for service attendants to clear, guests can just take the bowl home.

All net proceeds from the event will benefit a trio of local food banks – the St. Vincent de Paul in Casa Grande, Sharing Hands, and the Casa Grande Food Bank.

“Empty Bowls is a worldwide grassroots initiative that started in 1990 in Michigan to help fight hunger,” Susan Ramos, professor of art, explained. “Traditionally these events are held around the holidays to help raise money for food banks.”

Pinal-Gila Senior Fair & Fiesta
The Pence Center
Saturday, Feb. 27 (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

The Pinal-Gila Senior Fair & Fiesta returns for its 35th year, but the longtime event will have a new twist this year – it is going multi-generational. In addition to the many classic crafts and homemade products that have been the staple of the event since its inception, this year’s fair also will include children’s activities such as inflatable jumping houses, a rock climbing wall, a train ride and face-painting.

Rick Moore and the CAC jazz band will perform, as will EvaMae Pisciotta and the CAC Jazz Choir. CAC’s heavy equipment vehicles that were so popular during the 40th Anniversary Celebration in November also make a return appearance. The event will feature plenty of arts and crafts, food, music and fun for the whole family.

(The Pinal-Gila Senior Fair & Fiesta is jointly sponsored by the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens, the city of Casa Grande and Central Arizona College.)

Fiesta Mexico
The Pence Center
Saturday, Feb. 27 (3 p.m.) - Tickets: $10 ($5 w/Student ID)
(Tickets go on sale Feb. 10)

When the Senior Fair & Fiesta comes to a close at 2 p.m., visitors can make their way to the Pence Center for a spectacular visual event featuring Coolidge native Benny Valles. Fiesta Mexico will include the Mariachi Mixteca, Ballet Folklorico Tapatio, and the Roping Reynoso’s.

Tickets will be on sale starting Feb. 10, but they also will be available for purchase throughout the Senior Fair & Fiesta beginning at 9 a.m. at the Pence Center Box Office.

Visual Arts Gallery – Cyndi Coon
Student Services Center (Building M)
March 9 – April 23 (8 a.m.-6 p.m.) – No Charge

Astronomy Night @ The Peak: Mars Exploration
CAC Observatory
Friday, March 12 (6-9 p.m.) – No Charge

Wayne Pryor explores Mars and Katy Wilkins returns with STARLAB as CAC hosts the second Astronomy Night at the Peak event of the spring. Families will be able to eat dinner in the CAC cafeteria for just $5.95 per person beginning at 5 p.m.

The Pence Center
Friday, March 26 (7 p.m.) - $5 (Students w/ID – No Charge)
Sunday, March 28 (3 p.m.) - $5 (Students w/ID – No Charge)
(Tickets go on sale March 2)

Conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell is one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time.

Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Schwartz, Godspell boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit Day By Day. As the cast performs Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord, Learn Your Lessons Well, All for the Best, All Good Gifts, Turn Back, O Man and By My Side, the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly to life.

Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, Godspell is a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.

The cast is comprised of CAC students and members of the community. John Owens, CAC’s professor of theater, will direct the show.

(A pair of special, no-cost shows for students in grades 6-12 will be held on Thursday, March 25, and Tuesday, March 30, at 10 a.m. Teachers and administrators who would like to make arrangements to have their students attend the production, should contact Stella Garcia by phone at 520-494-5204, or by e-mail at Homeschooled students also are welcome.)

Wind Ensemble Concert
The Pence Center
Sunday, April 11 (3 p.m.) - $5 (Students w/ID – No Charge)
(Tickets go on sale March 2)

The CAC Wind Ensemble, led by Rick Moore, performs its annual spring concert in the Pence Center. This show is tremendously popular with the community.

Vocal Jazz Concert
The Pence Center
Friday, April 23 (7 p.m.) - $5 (Students w/ID – No Charge)
(Tickets go on sale March 2)

EvaMae Pisciotta and the CAC Jazz Choir take center stage in The Pence for an evening of jazz music and entertainment.

Astronomy Night @ The Peak: Moon & Saturn
CAC Observatory
Friday, April 23 (7-10 p.m.) - No Charge

After an evening of jazz, guests may exit The Pence Center and head over to CAC’s twin NASA telescopes to view the moon and the planet Saturn in the final Astronomy Night at the Peak event of the spring. Families will be able to eat dinner in the CAC cafeteria for just $5.95 per person from 5-6 p.m.

Visual Arts Gallery – CAC Student Exhibition
Student Services Center (Building M)
April 27 – May 15 (8 a.m.-6 p.m.) – No Charge

Choral Music Concert
The Pence Center
Sunday, May 2 (3 p.m.) - $5 (Students w/ID – No Charge)
(Tickets go on sale March 2)

EvaMae Pisciotta and the CAC Choir invite the community for an evening of music in the Pence Center.

CAC Student Guitar Recital
Gloria R. Sheldon University Center (T116)
Tuesday, May 4 (7 p.m.) - No Charge (Limited Seating)

John Sutton and his guitar students give a complimentary concert to close out the spring semester. The popular event takes place in the intimate surroundings of T116 – CAC’s 120-seat venue located in the Gloria R. Sheldon University Center (Building T).

Visual Arts Gallery – Will Wilson
Student Services Center (Building M)
May 25 – Sept. 3 (8 a.m.-6 p.m.) – No Charge

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