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By Jacob McConnico
April 12, 2006

'INDIA AND CHINA: COMPETITION AND COOPERATION' — Tom Brister, visiting assistant professor of political science at Wake Forest, will lead a discussion of "India and China: Competition and Cooperation" at 7 p.m. April 13 in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room A102. This event is free and open to the public. It is part of Winston-Salem's Great Decisions 2006, a six-week citizens forum on current foreign policy issues, sponsored by Wake Forest's Center for International Studies.

Contact: Jake McConnico, or 336-758-5237.

LIBRARY BOOK SALE FEATURES CLASSIC, POPULAR BOOKS — The Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest will hold its annual book sale for the general public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18-19 in the Gerald White Johnson Room of the library. The sale will feature thousands of books, including classic literature and academic and popular books in a variety of subjects. Only cash or checks will be accepted. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the library. For more information, call (336) 758-5478.

Contact: Jake McConnico, or 336-758-5237.

ARTISTIC METAPHORS FOR DIALOGUE, COLLABORATION — Kitty Amos, associate professor of Christian education and spiritual formation, and Susan Borwick, professor of music, will discuss "Pathways for Peace: Using Artistic Metaphors for Dialogue and Collaboration" at 4 p.m. April 19 in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Room 204. The program explores how traditional religious and spiritual artistic metaphors allow people to listen and look anew at critical issues and challenges facing the world, offering a universal language for dialogue and collaboration as they seek a just, peaceful, and sustainable future.

Contact: Jake McConnico, or 336-758-5237.

STUDENTS CUSTOM-PAINT DESKS FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN — Wake Forest students will paint desks from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 19 on Manchester Plaza to give to at-risk students at Old Town Elementary School. More than 30 elementary school students will each get a colorful, custom-decorated desk. The outdoor event was originally scheduled for April 3, but was postponed due to rain. Called D.E.S.K or Discovering Education through Student Knowledge, the project was started in 2003 by two Wake Forest students who, while tutoring at local schools, discovered that many students did not have a good place to do homework. In addition to desks, the Wake Forest students will provide chairs and school supplies. D.E.S.K. is co-chaired by Wake Forest juniors Parissa Jahromi and Innes Gamble. Each elementary school student will be matched up with a team, and the team will decorate the desk based on the child's interests. The teams represent more than 30 student organizations ranging from fraternities and sororities to the field hockey team and the marching band. The event will include music, games, prizes and an appearance by the Demon Deacon.

Contact: Cheryl Walker, or 336-758-5237.

THE 'MAGIC' BEHIND PAT WILLIAMS — Pat Williams, co-founder and senior vice president of the NBA team the Orlando Magic, will talk about his entrepreneurial experiences at Wake Forest at 6 p.m. April 19 in Benson University Center, Room 401. The lecture is free and open to the public. A graduate of Wake Forest, Williams will also receive the first Wake Forest Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award at an invitation-only banquet co-hosted by the Office of Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts and the E-Society. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, achievement and social responsibility and will serve as an inspiration to students, faculty and staff. Media are invited to attend the lecture and awards ceremony. Contact the News Service to arrange coverage.

Contact: Maggie Barrett, or 336-758-5237.

STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY HIGHLIGHTED — The Wake Forest Dance Company will present its annual spring dance concert at 7:30 p.m. April 20-22 and at 2:30 p.m. April 23 in the MainStage Theatre in Scales Fine Arts Center. The concert will feature ballet, modern, tap, musical theater, and jazz works choreographed by Wake Forest seniors and performed to a variety of music selections by artists ranging from Kanye West to Astor Piazzolla. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, senior citizens and children. Tickets are available at the door or at the Wake Forest Theatre Box Office at (336) 758-5295 between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Contact: Cheryl Walker, or 336-758-5237.

MORE THAN 300 DISABLED CHILDREN TO ATTEND KIDSFEST — More than 300 children who attend The Children's Center for the Physically Disabled and The Special Children's School in Winston-Salem will attend Wake Forest University's inaugural spring festival, "KidsFest 2006: The Sky's the Limit" from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. April 23 on Manchester Plaza (formerly Magnolia Court). The event is not open to the public. The free festival will feature entertainment and a variety of age- and ability-appropriate activities specifically for children with disabilities and their families. Activities will include carnival games, oversized lawn bowling, fishing for prizes, a cakewalk, face painting and entertainment from various campus groups. Media are invited to attend. Interviews with KidsFest organizers and agency representatives can be arranged. Media representatives must check in at the media table on Manchester Plaza behind Reynolda Hall to receive instructions on which children may be photographed.

Contact: Cheryl Walker, or 336-758-5237.

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