The weekend ahead: Events and entertainment in Mount Pleasant


Julie Rush and Adam Wheeler win first prize during Dance United on Nov. 16 in McGuirk Arena.

The Fall semester is coming to a close and with finals approaching, various events are taking place to help students de-stress. Here's what Mount Pleasant has to offer this weekend.

Thursday, Nov. 15

Battle of the DJs: This silent disco begins at 9 p.m. at the Wayside Central. DJs will compete in their performances for a place in next year's Prime Music Festival lineup. The event is organized by Central Michigan University’s Department of Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services and all proceeds from the $8 cover charge benefit Mind Meets Music of Grand Rapids.

Dance United: The 2018 Dance United will take place from 5-9 p.m. at McGuirk Arena. Organized by United Way of Isabella and Gratiot Counties, the event aims to break the cycle of generational poverty. Admission is free for students, but donations are accepted at the door.

Mess 'n' De-stress: The Counseling Center will hold this event from 6-8:30 p.m. in Finch Fieldhouse. Tickets are $6 at the door and all proceeds go to the Counseling Center. Contact Katrina Gallego at (719) 323-9098 for more information.

Friday, Nov. 16

Circle of Indigenous Arts: This craft show and competition takes place 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. Nov. 16-17 at the Ziibiwing Center. Fine art, poetry and dance will be showcased. Admission is free. For more information, call the Ziibiwing Center at (989) 775-4750. 

Tyler Oakley: Michigan-born Youtuber Tyler Oakley will speak as part of Program Board's Fall Lecture Series at 7 p.m. in Plachta Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public and seats are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Saturday, Nov. 17

November Tasting Day: This all-day event will take place at GreenTree Cooperative Grocery downtown Mount Pleasant. Samples from the business' holiday catering menu will be available, as well as general products from the store. The event is free and open to the public. 

Super Smash Bros. Tournament: This event, organized by CMU's Department of Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Administration, takes place from 12-6 p.m. in Pearce 136. Admission is $10 and all proceeds benefit the Helen Devos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI.