PULLMAN, Wash. – As part of the time-honored tradition, mothers and friends of Cougars will storm the Washington State University campus for Mom’s Weekend, April 16-18.
More than 100 events and activities, including concerts, craft fairs and athletic events, are scheduled during the three-day event.
Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts will headline the weekend with an 8 p.m. performance Saturday (April 17) at Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. Belushi, star of the ABC-TV comedy “According to Jim,” is said to sing, talk, flirt and dance on tabletops and do at least one back flip every show. Tickets are $28 and $25 and are available at all TicketsWest outlets, by phone at (800) 325-SEAT or online at www.beasley.wsu.edu.
The Visitor Center will have an open house from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday (April 16) and Saturday. The center, located at the corner of Grand Avenue and Davis Way, offers parking and event information, campus maps, a free telephone and refreshments. It also features the Bookie at the Cougar Depot, where visitors can purchase Cougar Gold cheese or souvenirs and clothing.
WSU Moms and their guests can join “Galloping Gourmet” Graham Kerr and his wife, Treena, at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Todd Hall atrium for a gourmet, multi-course dinner hosted and prepared by the students in the School of Hospitality Business Management. Tickets are $50 and include a signed copy of Kerr’s book, “The Gathering Place.” The famed TV chef entertainer will also present a lecture “A Synergy of Science and the Senses: A Funny Thing Happened to Me Between the Kitchen and the Studio” at 3:30 p.m. Friday. The lecture will be in the Samuel H. Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 203. A book signing will precede the lecture at 2:30 in the Smith Center atrium. “For dinner reservations, call (509) 335-EATS or visit http://www.cbe.wsu.edu/~dine/grahamkerrvisit.html for more details on Kerr’s visit.
The WSU Cougar Baseball team will take on the University of Southern California Trojans at 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at noon Sunday (April 18) at Bailey-Brayton Field. For ticket information, call (800) GO-COUGS.
A Mom’s Weekend Dinner Buffet will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday in the Compton Union Building Regency Room. Fresh Atlantic salmon and Mediterranean chicken with garden-fresh vegetables, salads, fruit and gourmet desserts will be served. Tickets are $19.95 plus tax per person. For reservations, call (509) 335-8566.
William Shakespeare’s comedy “The Taming of the Shew” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Daggy Hall’s Jones Theatre. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and $4 for children. For ticket information, call (509) 335-7236.
The WSU Opera program will perform George Bizet’s opera “Carmen” at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at Bryan Hall Theatre. The WSU Symphony Orchestra will accompany the program. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14-16 in the Kimbrough Concert Hall. Tickets will also be available at the door.
WSU’s theater group STAGE will present Neil Simon’s vaudeville fable “Fools” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and $4 for children. For ticket information, call (509) 335-1237.
The university’s annual Mom’s Weekend Brunch will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Compton Union Building Ballroom. The breakfast will include a stroll down memory lane with an historical and amusing recounting of years past at WSU, presented by Bob Smawley. Smawley is known for his visual presentations on nearly every aspect of WSU history. Free raffles will be held with gifts from local merchants awarded. Butch, the Cougars’ mascot, will be available for photos, and WSU president V. Lane Rawlins will be on hand to present the Mom of the Year Award. Tickets are $10 in advance and $14 at the door. For availability and ticket sale locations, phone the Women’s Resource Center at (509) 335-6849 or e-mail Annette Williams at email@example.com.
The WSU Fire Department will host its 11th Annual Pancake Feed from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The menu consists of all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, hash browns and juice or coffee. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for ages 2-6 and free for kids 5 and under. Tickets are available at the door.
The annual Crimson and Gray spring football game is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Martin Stadium. The Cougars are coming off a 10-3 season capped by a 28-20 victory over Texas in the Holiday Bowl. Admission is free.
For more information, call Williams at (509) 335-6849. For a complete list of weekend events, visit the Mom’s Weekend Web site at http://www.events.wsu.edu/moms-weekend/.