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Getting to Know Governor Candidates
MTSU, in cooperation with the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, will host a gubernatorial forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in Murphy Center.

Free tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, starting with MTSU students, who can obtain tickets now, followed by faculty, staff and the general public, who may pick up tickets beginning Monday, April 5. Tickets are available at the MTSU Ticket Office, located at Gate 1A at Floyd Stadium on Faulkinberry Drive. For more information, call 1-888-YES-MTSU.

Meet the Tartans
Whether you are a Scot or interested in Scottish history and influence, everyone is invited to a National Tartan Day Celebration on the square in Murfreesboro on Saturday, April 10, from 1-6 p.m.

The afternoon will feature a Gathering of the Clans, Highland Dance, Pipes and Drums and even a visit with a young highland bull named Seamus. Find your clan’s tartan, learn how to pleat a kilt and celebrate the day. On April 6, 1320, the Declaration of Arbroath was issued, in which Scotland declared its independence. The American Declaration of Independence was modeled on Scotland’s inspirational document. On March 9, 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted House Resolution 41, designating April 6 each year as National Tartan Day. Over 11 million Americans claim Scottish roots, making them the eighth largest ethnic group in the United States. For additional information on the local event, contact John Mauldin at (615) 216-5625 or hylan2@comcast.net.

China on the Silver Screen
The Confucius Institute and the Office of the Dean of the College of Mass Communication at MTSU will present a Chinese Film Festival on Sunday nights through April 18 in Room 103 of the John Bragg Mass Communication Building. Each movie will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Following each movie, Liu Xiao, a master’s degree candidate in the College of Mass Communication, will facilitate a Q&A session. All movies in the series have English subtitles and are free and open to the public.

Upcoming presentations include Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) on April 4, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2002) on April 11 and Getting Home (2007) on April 18. For more information, contact the Confucius Institute at (615) 494-8696.

Be a Beekeeper
This spring, MTSU is offering a class teaching beginners the art and skill of beekeeping. The course, sponsored by the Farm Lab and Dairy Science Club, is eight weeks long and will teach students a skill that has been used to make honey, dating back to the ancient Egyptians. The beekeepers meet every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. on MTSU’s campus at the Horticulture Center.

The class is taught by Ed Holcomb, who has over 40 years of experience, and Joe Dement. These specialists will share their experience with novices, to teach beekeeping as a hobby or for the purpose of selling the end result of all that hard and sometimes painful work: honey.

The cost is $350 per enrollee. This covers all the materials needed for successful beekeeping including books, hive and safety equipment and the bees. The students will make their own hives and learn all the steps needed to care for the bees and hives. For more information on the course, call 615-898-2431.

Celebrating Earth Day
Murfreesboro’s Civic Plaza will host an Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will feature a variety of activities for young and old, including free hot dogs for all. For more information, call 893-5514.

A Stitch in Time
Stand back from the framed work on the wall and you’re looking at a tiger, an elephant or a goddess. Move closer and you’re looking at thousands and thousands of intricately woven stitches, grouped distinctively, yet blending into each other through a meticulous selection of colors. This is the magic of cross stitching.

Jaye Kiblinger’s exhibition, “Cross Stitch as an Art Form,” is on display through Monday, April 5, in the rotunda of Murfreesboro City Hall, 111 W. Vine St. For more information, visit murfreesborotn.gov and click on “Art in the Rotunda.”

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