The Weekend Calendar

What: Fort Collins Symphony presents Americana Pie
Where: Lincoln Center
When: Saturday, Oct. 6
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 students, $30-$50 general public

The idea of a symphony is somewhat outdated. It brings to mind fancy, restricting formal wear and fancy cheeses, but the Fort Collins Symphony is going to turn that notion on its head.

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This concert, which features classical, blues and rock musical styles, marks a transformation for the Fort Collins Symphony. The night’s show will include pieces from the Martha Graham Ballet, Michael Daugherty and William Grant.

For more information, visit www.fcgov.com.

What: Pumpkin Patch
Where: The Farm at Lee Martinez Park
When: Saturday, Oct. 6
Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend, pumpkins will be sold by the pound

It’s hard to believe, but pumpkins can be used for more than making pie, beer, pastries and lattes.

Though those things are in no way bad, there are ever more creative uses for a pumpkin, and you can pick one up yourself at the Farm at Lee Martinez Park’s pumpkin patch this Saturday. Prices vary — it’s all based on weight — but splurging might be a good idea. After all, no one wants to have the smallest pumpkin on the block.

For more information, visit www.fcgov.com.

What: LSC 50th Anniversary Party
Where: The Lory Student Center
When: Friday, Oct. 5
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost: Free

It’s not often that someone (or, in this case, something) turns 50 year’s-old, but usually when they do, the celebration doesn’t go far beyond a cake and some pleasantly unclever cards.

Too bad more 50th birthdays can’t be like the LSC’s, because not only have festivities been going on throughout the semester, but Friday night the long celebration will conclude with unveilings, special announcements, food, beverages and fireworks (yep, fireworks).

For more information, visit www.calendar.colostate.edu.

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What: “Observations” by Sunny Belliston Taylor
Where: Clara Hatton Gallery in the CSU Visual Arts Building
When: Friday, Oct. 5
Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Sometimes Friday nights are best spent looking at fine pieces of art, and lucky for us, CSU has a wonderful visual arts program complete with stellar galleries on-campus.

Swing by the Clara Hatton Gallery in the Visual Arts Building Friday evening to see Sunny Belliston Taylor’s home-building-themed artwork.

For more information, visit www.central.colostate.edu.

What: First Friday Art Walk
Where: Old Town Fort Collins
When: Friday, Oct. 5
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
Cost: Free

Yep, it’s the first friday of the month, which means that galleries throughout Old Town Fort Collins are opening their doors past closing time and showing off October’s newest art.

Locations vary, as nearly every gallery in Old Town participates in the event, so the safest bet is to wander around until a gallery strikes your fancy.

For more information, visit www.artbeetfc.com.

What: Weekend in the mountains
Where: Pingree Park Campus
When: Saturday, Oct. 6 – Sunday, Oct. 7
Time: Depart at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, return at 1 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $40 for new students, $50 for returning students

Fall is really starting to set in as the nights are becoming noticeably chilly, leaves are turning yellow and class work is becoming kind of difficult. This is one of the last weekend’s to enjoy the great outdoors before the ground gets covered with ice and snow (hopefully, right?), and there’s no better way to do that than at the CSU Pingree Park Campus.

The Weekend in the Mountains program, aimed primarily at international students, features programs on culturally adjusting to the U.S. and providing a relaxing break from campus and school.

For more information, contact Delma.Ramos@colostate.edu.
What: Concert Choir & Chamber Choir Concert
Where: Griffin Concert Hall at the UCA
When: Friday, Oct. 5
Time: 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Cost: $7 students, $12 general public

You could spend $7 watching Finding Nemo 3D, or you could spend that same money by joining the CSU Concert and Chamber Choirs Friday night as they perform sets by Spanish, Latin American and German composers.

The choice seems pretty clear …

For more information, visit www.calendar.colostate.edu.