Weekly Bulletin

The second summer session begins Monday, July 12.

The last for second session students to add or drop courses with no record is Friday, July 16.

The last day for students to drop courses with a record of "W" is Thursday, July 29.

The second summer session ends Wednesday, Aug. 18 and final grades are due on Monday, Aug. 23.

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New WORLD Theater''s summer youth program Project 2050, will perform a new production entitled "environ-mentality" on Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 12 at 3 p.m. in the Rand Theater.

The production is the culmination of a series of summer workshops and performances in which local youth, scholars and professional artists create new theater works based on an overarching issue defined by the young participants. This year''s production turns its lens on the environment as it intersects with the prediction that people of color will be the majority population in the U.S. by the year 2050.

Project 2050 will explore what it means when discrimination takes the form of pollution and what can be done to stop environmental injustice.

Tickets are available through the Fine Arts Center Box Office (5-2511) for $12 general public, $8 for low-income patrons and $5 for students with ID.

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The last day of classes for the first summer session is Friday, July 9.

First summer session grades due by noon on Wednesday, July 14 in the Summer Session Registrar’s Office.

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UMass Extension is seeking 20 homes in the Amherst area to host 20 Japanese visitors July 16-18. The visitors will be attending a program on “Organic Farming and Natural Foods” as part of the 14th Japan-America Grassroots Summit. None of the participants are professional farmers but each has a very strong interest in this topic.

Hosts are welcome to participate in all of the tours and events but are asked to provide several meals and some transportation; spend Sunday morning with their Japanese guest at a local cultural or entertainment site and join other summit participants for closing festivities the afternoon of July 18. The guests will be leaving the following morning.

For more information, contact Kathleen Carroll at 545-0895 or by email at kcarroll@umext.umass.edu.

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The graduate dean invites all graduate faculty to attend the final oral examinations for the doctoral candidates scheduled as follows:

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Independence Day will be marked as a state holiday on Monday, July 5. Under Massachusetts state law, holidays that fall on a Sunday are observed on the following Monday.

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State Rep. Ellen Story, D-Amherst, will hold district office hours on Friday, July 2 as follows:

Granby Council on Aging, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Amherst Council on Aging, 11 a.m.-noon.

The hours are set aside for residents of Amherst and Granby to talk with the representative about ideas or concerns regarding state government programs or legislative matters. No appointments are needed.

Story can be reached locally at 256-6300 or in Boston at (617) 722-2692. Letters can be sent to Room 167, State House, Boston MA 02133. Her e-mail address is Rep.EllenStory@hou.state.ma.us.

Story''s aide, Jan Klausner-Wise, can be reached at 253-3690.

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The graduate dean invites all graduate faculty to attend the final oral examinations for the doctoral candidates scheduled as follows:

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“Blood Cherries,” written and performed by Dawn Akemi Saito, will be presented Friday and Saturday, June 25-26 at 8 p.m. in the Rand Theater in the Fine Arts Center. The production is part of New WORLD Theater’s summer program New Works for a New World.

In “Blood Cherries,” an elegy to her father, Akemi Saito takes the audience on a fantastical ancestral journey that explores the interior lives and spirits of several characters, including her mother, her dying father, a restless horse, her husband and herself.

Using Butoh dance, music and visual imagery, Akemi Saito weaves together a solo performance that moves beyond time and space as it negotiates humor, grief, the violence of inheritance, identity and eventually, self-discovery.

Tickets are $12 general public, $8 for low-income patrons and $5 for students with ID, and can be obtained through the FAC Box Office (5-2511)

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Commuter Services and the AFL-CIO are sponsoring a Homebuying and Refinancing Fair for union members on Thursday, June 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Resource Room, next to the main entrance of the Student Union.

All union members, including those represented by the Massachusetts Teachers Association as well as AFL-CIO-affiliated unions, and from surrounding communities, are eligible to participate.

A major theme of the fair will be programs and benefits for refinancing existing homes as well as homebuying. Refinancing existing mortgages at current low interest rates could save members hundreds of dollars a year, and thousands over the life of the loan.

Real estate agents and counselors from Countrywide Home Loans will be there to explain homebuying and refinancing programs available to union members through the AFL-CIO’s “HIT HOME” program, advise members on their individual situations, and even run credit checks at the event.

Exclusive HIT HOME benefits include reduced closing costs on purchase and refinance loans; working family mortgagees, which include low-interest and flexible-payment schedule loans; free education and information, including bilingual services; low- and nothing-down payment programs; and flexible electronic payments arrangements.

For further information, call Commuter Services at 5-0865 or go to the HIT HOME website (see link below.

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