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July: 10 things to do for $10 or less

Head to the Aquatic Center at Emory's Student Activity and Academic Center on Friday, July 21, to watch "Moana" at the "Dive In Movie." Admission for the movie is $2 per person; non-members also pay the guest rate.

Emory's campus calendar offers plenty of ways to cool off as the summer heats up. Beat the heat with pool parties, free museum days and much more.

1. Celebrate July 4 at the SAAC pool.

The pool at Emory's Student Activity and Academic Center is a popular summer destination for individuals and families. On Tuesday, July 4, from 1-4 p.m., celebrate Independence Day with pool games for all ages, including a greased watermelon contest, cornhole and more. Bon Apetit, Emory's food service partner, will have special meal deals available for purchase with hot dogs, hamburgers and black bean burgers.

The party is free for SAAC members; non-members pay the $10 daily walk-up rate or can buy a 14-visit guest pass that brings the cost down to less than $9 per visit. Discounted memberships are available for Emory faculty and staff; SAAC membership is already included for full-time undergraduate and graduate students who pay the student athletic fee.

2.  Learn about nutrition fads and how to separate food facts from fiction. 

Discuss current "hot topics" in nutrition, learn about resources for accurate information and get dieticians' recommendations for a healthy nutrition lifestyle in "Nutrition Fads: Fact or Fiction?" This free webinar is offered July 6 at 10 a.m., July 18 at 12 p.m. and July 27 at 10 a.m.

3. Bring your friends and family to the Carlos Museum – for free!

The Carlos Museum is a jewel of Emory's campus, featuring fascinating permanent collections as well as temporary exhibits such as "Coiling Culture: Basketry Art of native North America," on display through Feb. 18.

Admission is always free for Emory faculty, staff and students, and you can bring guests for free every Thursday this month as part of the museum's 100 Free Days to mark its upcoming centennial in 2019. This summer, the Carlos also joins more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel — including National Guard and Reserve and their families — from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

4. Take an inside look at the WaterHub.

Emory's innovative WaterHub is the first system of its kind in the United States and awards have been pouring in since it opened in April 2015. Learn how the onsite water recycling system — which has now reduced potable water use on campus by more than 100 million gallons — uses eco-engineering to clean wastewater by taking a free student-led tour, offered most Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Check out the schedule to sign up.

5. Mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation at Pitts Theology Library.

Don't miss your last chance to view “The Image of a Fractured Church: Martin Luther and the 95 Theses,” on display at Pitts Theology Library through July 7. When Martin Luther published his 95 Theses on Oct. 31, 1517, the document was originally intended for academic debate. However, it quickly became a rallying point in the history of the Christian church.

The exhibition presents the context of the role of indulgences in 16th century religious life and the use of disputations in theological education. Shown also are the early responses to Luther’s Theses by both his supporters and his opponents; the impact of Luther’s Reformation, including depictions of the posting of the 95 Theses in later Protestant traditions; as well as current attempts by Catholics and Protestants to find common ground. The exhibit is open during regular library hours.

6. Examine artificial photosynthesis or presidential election polls with the Emeritus College.

Many Emory faculty and administrative staff don't want to stop teaching and learning when they retire, and the Emeritus College offers a way for them to continue to do both. Lunch colloquiums are just one of the ways they continue to share knowledge, and July offers these diverse topics:

  • July 10: "Artificial Photosynthesis: Tackling Both Global Energy Needs and Climate Change," by Craig Hill, Goodrich C. White Professor of Chemistry. 11:30 a.m. in rooms 112-114 of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 6 Executive Park Drive.
  • July 24: "Why the 2016 US Presidential Polls Were 'Wrong': Implications for Future Polling," by Donna Brogan, professor of biostatistics emerita, Rollins School of Public Health. 11:30 a.m. in room 130 of the Luce Center, 825 Houston Mill Road.

All are welcome to attend, but capacity is limited to 45, so reservations are required. Cost with lunch is $10; most are viewable free online. View the Emeritus College calendar to register.

7. Get back-to-school advice with workshops from the WorkLife Resource Center.

This month, the Emory WorkLife Resource Center launches its free, popular Back to School workshop series. Packed with useful information, some sessions routinely fill to capacity, so register early.

This year's schedule includes:

  • July 13: "A Guide to Paying for College: Savings, Loans, Grants, Scholarships and Financial Aid"
  • July 27: "The College Admissions Process: A Planning Workshop for Parents of High School Students"
  • Aug. 4: "Understanding K-12 School Options in Metro Atlanta"
  • Aug. 10: "Saving for College"

8. Cool off at the "Dive In Movie."

Visit the SAAC pool on Friday, July 21, to watch "Moana" at the "Dive In Movie." Cotton candy, glow sticks and popcorn will be available. Film begins at sunset. Admission for the movie is $2 per person; non-members also pay the guest rate. Discounted memberships are available for Emory faculty and staff.

9. Practice "Cultivating Compassion" with weekly meditation.

Learn how to calm your mind and increase your compassion for yourself and others. Both beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome for free "Cultivating Compassion" meditation classes offered Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. in Cannon Chapel, room 106. These guided sessions begin with breath-based mindfulness practice and end with a short discussion. Drop-ins are welcome.

10.  Pick up summer melons and squashes at the Emory Farmers Market.

Held weekly during the academic year, the Emory Farmers Market moves to a reduced schedule during the summer, but still offers the same great fresh produce, healthy snack items and delicious prepared foods. This month's Farmers Market celebrates summer melons and squashes, with plenty of other produce and other goods available. Stop by on Tuesday, July 25, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Cox Hall Bridge, weather permitting. Many items cost less than $10.

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