Make the Most of Spring with May Events

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Spring always holds so much in store at the University of Washington.

This May, whether you’re looking to get outside, connect with colleagues and coaches, and work it on UW Fitness Day, focus on being financially fit by attending various seminars and workshops, or marking the month by making time to relax and recreate, check out our events and activities to make this your best spring yet!

World Laughter Day at Harborview
May 5 at Harborview Medical Center, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Did you know laughter exercises can actually help you relieve stress, relax your muscles, increase immune cells, and boost team morale? Join Certified Laughter Leader Tita Begashaw from the Tee Hee Hee Laughter Group at Harborview Medical Center for World Laughter Day on Sunday, May 5 to see what the “laughter” is all about! Register.

Refinancing & Using Home Equity
May 7 at South Lake Union Administration Building, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Learn the ins and outs of refinancing and using home equity by attending this seminar in South Lake Union. From topics on debt, home equity, and credit, this seminar will ensure you know when the right time is to refinance a home, if at all! Register.

UW Fitness Day – May 8 at Husky Stadium, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Join 1,000+ colleagues to participate in 20 circuit training exercises led by UW Athletic coaches and student-athletes, UW Recreation instructors, and community fitness partners from around the community. All fitness levels are welcomed and encouraged to participate. All registrants can nab a free t-shirt and cooling towel before celebrating all forms of fitness AND what it means to be a Husky! Register here.

UW Fitness Day: Tacoma – May 8 at UW Tacoma University Y, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

UW Fitness Day is coming to the UW Tacoma campus!

Join Lauren Baklund, Health and Well-being Director at the University Y Student Center, for a fun circuit training class focusing on agility, strength, cardio and flexibility exercises with intervals of all intensities.

Participants will be receiving a FREE UW Fitness Day t-shirt! Register.

Get in the Game with UW Football Block Party
May 8 at Red Square, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Want to hang out with Dubs, UW Football, UW Men’s Basketball and help save lives? Register to be a part of the Be the Match marrow registry and enjoy a block party on Red Square! Stop by the event to get free swag, snap a picture with Dubs, and grab a KIND bar and some Hubert’s Lemonade. Register to potentially save a life and hangout with UW Athletics.

Maximize Social Security in Your Retirement

May 9 at UW Tacoma, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

UW employees planning to retire within the next few years should attend this retirement workshop, where you will learn about the benefits of Social Security, when and how to file for this benefit, and how to create a solid, optimal plan for living in retirement.

Register here

Create a Budget, Ditch your Debt, and Start Saving for the Future!
May 9 at UW Tower, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Struggling to create a budget and control your spending? Ditch your debt and start saving money for the future with this financially fit seminar hosted by Fidelity Investments!

The topics of the seminar will include managing debt, tracking expenses, creating a budget, and planning for the future. Register here.

This Moment
May 9 to May 12, various times The Floyd and Dolores Jones Playhouse Theatre

Join the UW School of Drama and their Musical Theater cohort for an original devised work.

Sitting somewhere between a concert and a traditional musical, This Moment captures the essence of what it means to be present, whether in the context of the fleeting nature of life or a reflection on the rapid passage of time—all through song!

This Moment is a celebration of now. Each song has been chosen carefully by the student creators from work composed since the year 2000.

Grab your tickets here.

Skin Cancer Screening – May 10 at UW Medicine Roosevelt Clinic, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Make your health a priority this spring with a FREE skin cancer screening, provided at the UW Medicine Roosevelt Clinic. No insurance is needed for the screening; however, appointments are required. Interested persons can schedule an appointment by calling 206-543-5291. 

The dermatologist will let you know if any follow-up is suggested. Free parking is unavailable. However, there is a parking garage and the hourly rate is: $6.00. Appointments take approximately 15 minutes, but patients are asked to come 10 minutes prior to your appointment time.

Ben Gonio in rehearsal for ArtsWest’s Sweeney Todd

State of the Theatre|Double Threats: Actors Who Sing, Singers Who Act – May 13 at The Floyd and Dolores Jones Playhouse Theatre, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Interested in learning more about the double threat combination of being able to both act and sing? Join the UW School of Drama for a panel full of musical theater professionals discussing the demands of both art forms, and consider the training, outlook and techniques needed to blend and burnish both skill sets.

The panel discussion will be moderated by educator, author, and former Seattle Times theatre critic Misha Berson. Register here.

Panelists include:

  • David Armstrong, a director, choreographer, UW School of Drama instructor, and the longtime producing artistic director at 5th Avenue Theatre
  • Louis Hobson, an entertainment producer, actor and singer seen in several Broadway musicals (ie, the Tony-winning Next to Normal), and starring roles at 5th Avenue, ACT Theatre, ArtsWest etc.
  • Alexandria Henderson, singer-songwriter-actor whose credits include work at 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre and, most recently, in Showtunes Theatre’s The Spitfire Grill
  • Ben Gonio, an alum of the UW Drama Professional Actor Training Program and musical actor at many Seattle theaters as well as a voice-over and film performer
  • Sarah Russell, whose credits include singing parts at 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT and Village Theatre, and speaking roles for Seattle Shakespeare Company.

Credit Reporting 101
May 14 at Health Sciences Building, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Want to learn more about how credit bureaus develop your credit score, and how it affects whether you can refinance your home or get that new boat or car?

Join the Whole U and the Washington State Employees Credit Union for a beginner’s workshop, covering how to improve your credit score, what affects your score, and how to get a free credit report.

Register here.

Take the First Step to Investing
May 15 at Harborview Medical Center, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Learn what it takes to create an appropriate investment mix and discover the best investment style for you during this investment workshop hosted by Fidelity Investments. Register here to consider different investment approaches that will help you reach your long-term investment goals!

Turn Your Savings into Retirement Income

May 17 at UW Tower, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

UW Total Benefits and Fidelity Investments will be hosting a seminar for UW employees planning to retire within the next few years.

Learn about the important elements you should consider when creating an optimal personal retirement income strategy.

Register here.

UW Bike Everywhere Day
Various Locations

Hello warm weather and sunshine! As part of Bike Everywhere Month throughout May, UW Transportation Services is encouraging Huskies to get moving!

Register for the Bike Everywhere Challenge here for a chance to win prizes, then join UW Transportation and other UW bikers for Trailside Afternoons (every Monday in May) and for the UW Bike Everywhere Day Celebration Station on May 17.

Check out a full listing of events here.

Buying a Condominium
May 21 at Harborview Medical Center, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Interested in buying or living in a condo, but don’t know where to start?

Join the Whole U for a seminar that will help you decide if a condo fits your budget and lifestyle. The seminar will cover the pros and cons of condo ownership,

Spring Maker’s Fair

May 22 at HUB Lawn
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Support your UW community artists by strolling through the HUB Lawn and visiting booths that showcase UW artists and their unique work at the Spring Maker’s Fair!

Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for somebody or you’re looking to support local artists, be sure to check out the event.

More info here.

PSO Spring Celebration – May 22 at wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ
Intellectual House, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate spring with the University of Washington Professional Staff Organization during their annual celebration event!

The 2019 winners and nominees of the Bob Roseth Outstanding Staff Awards and the new 2019-2020 PSO board will be announced during the event; additionally, President Ana Mari Cauce will be present. The celebration is open to all professional staff and non-professional staff. Register here.

Welcome to Subirdia with Professor John Marzluff
May 23 at the HUB, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

With so many birds flying around campus and the Seattle area, wouldn’t it be great to figure out a way to ensure that these animals are conserved? Professor John Marzluff from the UW College of the Environment will be hosting a lecture to talk about the different ways that humans affect birds in daily life. Register to learn about the number of strategies that we can all do to enhance built lands for wildlife, including reducing lawn cover, keeping cats indoors, providing food and nest boxes, and encouraging the human bond with nature.

Chasing the Butterfly Dream with Professor Ping Wang
May 23 at East Asia Library, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (CIWA) will be hosting Professor Ping Wang from the Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington for a lecture on the “Qi wu lun” 齊物論 chapter of the Zhuangzi 莊子.

The Zhuangzi emphasizes the importance of Dao (the Way of Nature) and its importance to humankind’s journey to achieve true happiness and freedom in both life and death. This main point is the central tenet in Daoist philosophy. Chase the butterfly dream narrative found in this chapter of the Zhuangzi and learn about early medieval Chinese culture by registering for the event.

Refinancing & Using Home Equity – May 30 at UW Tower, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Learn the ins and outs of refinancing and using home equity by attending this seminar in South Lake Union.

From topics on debt, home equity, and credit, this seminar will ensure you know when the right time is to refinance a home, if at all! Register here.

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