Published: Oct. 2, 2017 By

Hello to you all! In this midst of this crazy busy week, stop and take a break with one of our fun events. There’s a lot going on at CU, in Boulder and beyond.

First: Check the flu shot off your list. Other events this week include film screenings, a Kirtan meditation class, Boulder's Harvest Festival, free lunch with The Herd, CU Boulder's annual Family Weekend, swing dance lessons, Adventure Film Festival and a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park.

All Week

Get a free flu shot

Flu season is nearly upon us, and it takes five to seven days for the vaccine to be effective, so go and get your free flu shots now! The flu virus spreads through a college campus like wildfire and can make you miss a lot of classes (and fun weekly events), so vaccinate to protect yourself and those around you. Walk-in flu shots are offered at a variety of times and locations around campus; see the link above to find out when and where you can get one.

Tuesday, Oct. 3

Rooted screening: The OUT List 

The Dennis Small Cultural Center is hosting a free movie screening from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in UMC 204. The OUT List is a documentary by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders about the American LGBT community and the challenges it faces. All are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, Oct. 4

Kirtan Meditation Class

Come and discover the ancient practice of Kirtan, an Indian form of meditation involving chanting and music from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in UMC 204. This free meditation session will help you de-stress and unwind from the pressures of academic life and relax in a feel-good setting.

Harvest Festival

The Boulder Farmers Market hosts the annual Harvest Festival, which starts at 4 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. in Central Park (13th Street and Canyon Boulevard), to celebrate the delicious food the season offers. There will be a pie baking contest, live music, a photo booth and tons of autumn foods to eat, so don’t miss out!

Welcome Wednesday

Every month The Herd Alumni Association hosts Welcome Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Koenig Alumni Center, where they give away free lunch to any and all CU Boulder students (this week's lunch is catered by Zolo Mexican Grill). The Ralphie handlers and their coach will make a special appearance, as well. Just be sure to bring your Buff OneCard.

Thursday, Oct. 5

Beetlejuice screening

The Program Council will be ringing in the month of Halloween right with this classic film about a family who moves into a haunted house and the lewd poltergeist who torments them. The movie begins at 8 p.m. in Chem 140, and popcorn will be provided. The screening is free with a valid Buff OneCard.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend brings nearly 4,000 CU Boulder family members to campus beginning Thursday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 8. Family Weekend is a great opportunity to welcome your family to visit your campus home, attend presentations, tour the campus and Boulder and cheer on the Buffs as they take on the University of Arizona on Saturday.

Friday, Oct. 6

Swing dance lesson and social

The CU Swing Dance Club will be hosting a super fun opportunity to get out of the house and strut your stuff in the old-school cool tradition. From 7 to 8 p.m. in the Carlson Gym Basement Studio, there will be a free lesson followed by a dance social where you can show your new skills. You needn’t bring a partner—that being said, this would be a great place to bring a date.

Adventure Film Festival

Running from noon Saturday to 11 p.m. Sunday, the Adventure Film Festival is what all you outdoor explorers and adrenaline enthusiasts have been waiting for: a compilation of films, food, workshops and hikes all centered on adventure around the world and in Boulder. Primarily located at Boulder Theater, the film lineup is diverse in nature and exciting in content. The full schedule is available online, and tickets start at $25.

Saturday, Oct. 7

Rocky Mountain National Park trip

Join the International Student and Scholar Services for a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park. You can catch the bus at 7:15 a.m. at the C4C to go up into this beautiful area to hike and see some gorgeous scenery, then get lunch in Estes Park and visit the historic Stanley Hotel. Be sure to register online in advance before all the spots are filled!