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October: 10 things to do for $10 or less

His Eminence Sharpa Choeje Rinpoche will visit Emory on Thursday, Oct. 10, to speak on “Cultivating Compassion: A Roadmap from Buddhism.” The program is sponsored by the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics and will take place at the Carlos Museum.

October at Emory brings Homecoming and Halloween, a Buddhist master on compassion, a wealth of fine photographs on exhibit and much more. Here are just a few opportunities for entertainment and learning that you can enjoy. 

1. Look through the lens of two Emory-associated photographers at opening exhibits.

Two free exhibitions of photographs opened Oct. 1 in the Chace Gallery upstairs in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts: Photographic portraits of alumni taken by Loli Lucaciu 17C, part of an ongoing rotating selection, and “Remembering Mario,” a selection of photographs by Mario DiGirolamo, Roman-born physician, scientist and Emory professor, as part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

2. Hear a variety of music.

“Sibling Rivalry” features three sibling duos in concert playing violin and piano. The free concert is Sunday, Oct. 6, in Emerson Concert Hall of Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at 4 p.m. “Musical Confluence of East & West: An Indonesian Gamelan Music Performance” is Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Studio. The Emory Gamelan Ensemble performs with pianist Elena Cholakova playing a work inspired by Gamelan; the Ensemble also will debut a composition by Emory senior Anuja Veeraghanta. A donation of $10 is suggested. You can be Just Jazzin’ Around on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. at a free family concert in Ackerman Hall of the Michael C. Carlos Museum when the Gary Motley Trio introduces young audiences to the quintessential American musical art form. “The Art of Song” is the program at the free Cooke Noontime Concert with Bradley Howard, tenor; Erika Tazawa, piano; and Jason Eklund, horn, performing in Ackerman Hall of the Carlos Museum on Friday, Oct. 25, at noon.

3. Eat some treats with a side of tasty food knowledge.

The Emory Sustainable Food Fair is Tuesday, Oct. 8, in conjunction with the Emory Farmers Market from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the Cox Bridge. You can get an insider’s look into the Atlanta healthy food scene as well as the Emory Dining experience. It’s free.

4. Take this rare opportunity to learn about cultivating compassion from a Buddhist master.

His Eminence, Geshe Lobsang Dorjee, the Sharpa Choeje Rinpoche, will speak Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in Ackerman Hall of the Carlos Museum. The revered spiritual figure in the Tibetan Buddhist world who meets frequently with His Holiness the Dalai Lama will speak on "Cultivating Compassion: A Roadmap from Buddhism." The event is free and open to the public but space limitations require registration, which will close when room capacity is reached.

5. Build your knowledge of computer programs and coding. 

Take advantage of several free workshops this month. Learn some basic Python coding and using a microcontroller in Raspberry Pi workshops on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 5:30 p.m. or Monday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. You can also learn 3D modeling basics using a free web-based tool at a 3D Modeling Workshop on Friday, Oct. 4, or Tuesday, Oct. 22. A Desktop GIS session will explore three geographic information tools on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. 

6. Go to a safety fair. 

Meet Emory's safety and emergency preparedness partners at the Emory Safety Fair on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Cox Bridge and Asbury Circle. Learn about crime prevention, fire safety, Stop the Bleed, CPR/AEDs and more. No rollercoasters at this fair, but there will be free giveaways, games and prizes at this free event. 

7. Understand headcounts. 

The next U.S. Census is right around the corner in 2020, so here’s your chance to learn to use the data. This free workshop, “Understanding and Using Census Data,” will be Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. and is designed to provide tools for using the data in research. 

8. Learn about and see the work of photographer Minor White.

“Minor White, Unburdened: Photographs from the Collection of Lindsay W. Marshall” opens Oct. 12 at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, encompassing a selection of photographs by White and several contemporaries and friends such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Harry Callahan. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, a Collecting Conversation with contemporary art collector Lindsay Marshall, collector of White’s photographs, will focus on White’s work. This free event will be at 7:30 p.m. in Ackerman Hall of the Carlos Museum.  

9. View the film that tells the story of a Civil Rights movement inspiration.

Howard Thurman is the celebrated religious figure who helped ignite sweeping social change and influenced leaders of the Civil Rights movement including Martin Luther King Jr. The film, "Backs Against The Wall: The Howard Thurman Story," will be screened Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Williams Hall at Oxford College. 

10. Protect yourself to stay healthy.

The Emory Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center hosts a half-day session to share information and resources that are considered key ingredients to stay healthy as you age. These include the benefits of exercise, building brain resiliency and more with an update on Alzheimer’s Disease research provided. The Oct. 29 event, Understanding the Key Ingredients to Stay Healthy, is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in the Carlos Ballroom.

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