RAMADAN STARTS AUGUST 1ST
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which lasts 29 to 30 days. It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating and drinking and is intended to teach Muslims about patience, humility, and spirituality. For more information on Ramadan, click here.
MFIS ANNUAL FALL WELCOME PICNIC IS AUGUST 28TH
The 2011 MFIS Fall Picnic will be held on Sunday, August 28 at Rennebohm Park on Madison’s near west side. All international students, staff and families are invited to this fun event. This is a great opportunity to eat some great food, play traditional picnic games and American sports, meet friendly Americans eager to talk with you, see Bucky Badger, and sing popular UW-Madison songs. Please email email@example.com to express interest and for more information.
ISS Fall Semester Programs and Activities
International Student Services will once again host a robust slate of programs and activities for international students and family members this fall.The schedule will be posted within the next two weeks on the ISS website at http://www.iss.wisc.edu/programs.html. Check it out. Until then, don’t risk missing out on ISS activities. Get news about programs and other issues by becoming friends with ISS on Facebook at “ISS UW” and following us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/UW_ISS!
CONCERTS ON THE SQUARE
August 3rd 2011 at 7 pm
Bring a blanket and basket of your favorite snacks to the Capitol Square this summer for Concerts on the Square! These concerts occur on Wednesday nights throughout the summer and are always a fun time to get together with family and friends and listen to some great music performed live by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra! For more information, please visit their website:
- FREE! FARMER MARKET ORGAN CONCERT
Saturday, August 13th at 11:00 am
Step into the cool expanse of Overture Hall on second Saturdays this summer and for a gift of beautiful music on the MSO's "Colossal Klais." Bring your children, your family and your friends and enjoy a relaxing 45-min concert! No tickets or reservations are needed and all ages are welcome!
- TWILIGHT ART NIGHT! MIXED MEDIA
Madison Children’s Museum
Thursday, August 4th, 6 pm – 8 pm
Every month, the Art Studio will have a new featured monthly theme, and the Art Studio Gallery show will correspond with that theme. In August, the Art Studio will focus on mixed-media!
- THE AMAZING WORLD OF INSECTS
Saturday, August 13• 1 pm – 3 pm
Loved by some and feared by many, insects and arachnids have caused grief for farmers and stung many a bare foot; but they have the power to put a smile on the faces of the grumpiest of children. Explore the fascinating world of insects and arachnids, including lifecycles, while discovering the important and powerful role they play in our ecosystem. Fee: $13.50 ($12 for members of Friends of the Arboretum). Registration required. Contact the Arboretum for a registration form, or register and pay online at www.uwarboretum.org
Sunday, August 14• 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
This walk introduces children to the fascinating world of pond life.
HENRY VILAS ZOO
Select events include Shakespeare shows, workshops, barbeques, and even family tai chi! Click the link above to see full itinerary
MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Madison Public Library has many excellent reading workshops and events for children, teens and their families every month. Please check out their event calendar to see the specific events happening this month! http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventcalendar.asp
http://www.isthmusparents.com/ Check out this website for an up to date listening of family-friendly activities for Madison Moms & Dads!
THE HOME DEPOT:
- Free "Pencil Box” Workshops for Kids!
Saturday, August 6thfrom 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Every month, The Home Depot offers free “How-To-Workshops” for children ages 5-12. In these workshops, children are able to make several different things (including birdhouses, fire trucks and mail organizers) while learning valuable skills and tool safety. In August, the workshop will teach how to build a pencil box. Each child gets to keep their finished project kit, and will also get a kid-sized orange “Home Depot” apron, and an achievement pin. Kids Workshops at The Home Depot
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups sifted pastry flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 pound pitted dates, diced
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, combine oats, pastry flour, salt, 1 cup brown sugar, and baking soda. Mix in the butter until crumbly. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of a 9 inch square baking pan.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the dates, water, and 1/3 cup brown sugar. Bring to a boil, and cook until thickened. Stir in lemon juice, and remove from heat. Spread the filling over the base, and pat the remaining crumb mixture on top.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in preheated oven, or until top is lightly toasted. Cool before cutting into squares.
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Volunteering is a great way to help others while enhancing your resume! Check out the opportunities below:
Interested in becoming an international educator? Join International Reach!
The International Reach Program is offered through the Office of International Student Services and is a unique volunteer program that places international speakers in schools, campus venues and community organizations for short presentations. It provides interesting opportunities for individuals to share perspectives on their home countries with teachers, students and area residents for the purposes of furthering global education and intercultural dialogue. For more information about the program, please visit our website at http://www.iss.wisc.edu/reach/ Interested in joining? Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to RSVP to attend one of our Welcome Orientations in Fall 2011 (listed on our website). All orientations start promptly at 5:00 pm in Mezzanine C, located on the 2nd floor of the Red Gym.
Sign up for the Morgridge Center newsletter! A weekly (during academic year) email of updates, announcements, and local one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities for each week. http://www.morgridge.wisc.edu/students/VolOpps.html?seq=5742
Volunteer Translators/Interpreters Needed
The community Immigration Law Center (CILC) which provides free immigration consultation to individuals in our community is looking for translators in the following languages: Spanish, French, Chinese, Hmong, Korean, and Russian. The center offers services twice a month: the second and fourth Friday of the month from 2 to 5 PM. The center is hosted by Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 East Gorham Street, Madison, WI 53703.All volunteers go through a mandatory training session. The training session lasts about 2 hours. Contact person: Jean Rene Watchou, Executive Director, (608) 217-3008.
ISS ONLINE HANDBOOK
There is an international student handbook on the ISS website at http://iss.wisc.edu/attach/International%20Student%20Handbook--Fall%202009.pdf. This does not just contain information that is valuable to students. It includes lots of information about the city of Madison, including banking, transportation, and thing to do. Check it out, and you might learn something new!
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