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012513_cal_rapbattleWhat: Clash of the Titans Part Two “The Freestyle Battle”
When: Saturday, Jan. 26 at 5 p.m.
Where: Lory Student Center Theatre
Cost: Free

Determined Nation Magazine and United Men of Color are hosting a freestyle rap battle in the Lory Student Center Theatre this Saturday, and let’s be honest: you’re gonna be there. The event boasts ten MCs, four rounds and one winner who will be crowned the best MC in Colorado.  Learn more at determinednationmagazine.com

Everything else:
What: 14th Annual College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Research Symposium
When: Jan. 26, noon to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Hilton Inn
Cost: Free

If pizza isn’t really your thing for whatever crazy reason, you could head over to the CVMBS Research Day. It’s nice to support your fellow students, and it’s the vet school so there will be at least a few cute animals involved. There will be a keynote address by Dr. Mark Zabel, the winner of the Pfizer Research Award.
The event contact is Dr. Dawn Duval at Dawn.Duval@ColoState.edu.

What: Alley Cats Bowling Night
When: Sunday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m.
Where: Chipper’s Lanes North
Cost: $23 per person

You can’t hug every cat, but you can do something a little more helpful. The Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic is holding a benefit at Chipper’s Lane North on Jan. 27, including prizes and food. According to fccrsnc.org, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to reducing the cost of spaying dogs and cats for owners. The website goes on to say the event “includes [three] games of bowling, shoes, food, prizes, drawings and FUN! Dinner is being provided by Firehouse Subs, Obee’s and Avogadro’s Number.”
Registration and payment are due Saturday, Jan. 26.

What: Black Violin
When: Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Center
Cost: $8 – $10

Kev Marcus, Wil B, and DJ TK are performing at the Lincoln Center this Saturday, combining jazz, hip-hop, funk and classical music into a unique and interesting mix. According to the Lincoln Center’s website, “Black Violin’s primary goal is to give young people the same opportunities in music that they had … using youth orchestras and reinvigorated music programs to show children and teens that they are capable of expressing themselves in ways they have never dreamed.”
Tickets can be purchased at fcgov.gov.

What: Learn to Snowshoe
When: Saturday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m.
Where: Rocky Mountain National Park
Cost: Included in park admission

You’ve got classes to attend, more homework than you should for the first week, friends to hang out with and drinking to do. What else could you possibly fit into your life? The answer is a lesson in snowshoeing. You have to bring your own snowshoes, which you can get at any local sporting goods store, and they will teach you to trek all about the snowy Colorado wilderness. The cost is included in admission to the park at $20 for a vehicle or $10 for pedestrians.
Call (970) 627-3471 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to make reservations and go to nps.gov for more information.