Washington State University and the area community will kick off their first Pullman home-game weekend celebration of the 2004 football season 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, with Cougar First Down Friday in downtown Pullman.

There will be live music with “Men in the Making,” arts, crafts and food vendors. For $10 you can enjoy cedar planked salmon, coriander laced potatoes, tart cherry-mustard vinaigrette and a bottled water, courtesy of WSU’s Hospitality Business Management students and chef Gene Fritz.

A youth art walk will feature works from Pullman students K-12. There will be inflatables and other fun for children. And student participants in Saturday’s Future Cougar Day on campus can register early.

Also in the lineup is a pep rally with the WSU Marching Band, Coach Bill Doba and the football team.

Free shuttle bus service will be provided from campus to and from the event. Pickup sites will be the CUB turnaround, Fairway road next to Beasley Coliseum and the RV lot, Stadium Way at the Shock Physics Building, The Bookie, and across from Swilley’s downtown. Free parking will be available at Gladish Community Center, Simpson Methodist Church, Lakey’s lot, the Cordova theater across from Washington Mutual bank, behind the Town Centre building, at Cougar Depot and the Neill Public Library.

The fun continues on game day, Saturday, Sept. 18, on campus with Cougar Family Fun children’s activities, food, art tours and more. See http://football-weekends.wsu.edu/09-18-idaho.html for more information.

Four Cougar Conversations set for Sept. 18
Four Cougar Conversations are slated for Saturday, Sept. 18, as part of this year’s Home Football Weekend activities. Each session is free, and no registration is required. Topics and speakers include:
• 3:30 p.m., WSU Museum of Art, Jim Dine sculpture exhibit lecture, Chris Bruce, director, WSU Museum of Art.
• 3:30 p.m., Smith CUE 202, “Grizzly Bear Hibernation: What Can We Learn?” Lynne Nelson, assistant professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences.
• 4:30 p.m., WSU Museum of Art, tour of the Walla Walla Foundry sculptures, Chris Bruce, director, WSU Museum of Art.
• 4:30 p.m., Smith CUE 219, “Sleep and Performance — Why We Need to Sleep,” James Krueger, professor, Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology & Physiology neuroscience program.
For more information on the events offered during several home game weekends this fall, check out the website at http://www.football-weekends.wsu.edu.