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June: 10 things to do for $10 or less

Enjoy local and organic produce at the Summer Farmers Market on June 6 and June 20, among the amenities and events you have time to enjoy as Emory's campus slows down for the summer.

Summer brings a much slower pace to campus, with time to enjoy amenities like Lullwater Preserve and the SAAC pool that you might be too busy to take advantage of during the busy run-up to the semester's end.

June's calendar also includes a variety of special events, including lectures, exhibits and a celebration of melons and squashes at the Summer Farmers Market.

Here are 10 things to do this month: 

1. Walk, run or picnic in Lullwater Preserve.

Lullwater Preserve, which includes the Emory president's home, offers a variety of paved and unpaved trails, woods, lawns, Candler Lake, a suspension bridge and much more — perfect for exercising or just relaxing with a picnic or good book. Curious about how far you’re walking or running? Emory’s Faculty Staff Assistance Program offers a map with the lengths of several routes. Lullwater is open during daylight hours. 

2. Get support for work-life issues through live online talks.

Emory's WorkLife Resource Center hosts a series of free online talks to help employees find support and resources for family issues; if you are unable to listen live, talks are recorded and sent to everyone who has registered for them. This month's offerings include the following, all beginning at 1 p.m.:

  • June 8: Parenting Your Teen: Recognize At Risk Behaviors
  • June 14: Financial Wellness: Preventing Identity Theft
  • June 20: Parenting Your Child with Special Needs: Resilience
  • June 21: Caregivers Network: Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer's or Dementia & Brain Health Tips for You

3. Go swimming in the SAAC pool.

The aquatic center at the Student Activity & Academic Center on Clairmont Campus features an Olympic-sized pool, teaching pool, kiddie pool and diving well. SAAC offers discounted annual and summer memberships for faculty and staff, as well as 14-visit guest passes that average to less than $9 per visit. The daily walk-up rate is $10.

4. Explore faith issues with Candler School of Theology faculty.

Each summer, Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church — located by Emory's main gate — hosts a summer lecture series featuring faculty from the university's Candler School of Theology. This year's theme is "Theology of Hymns: Songs that Shape Us." Lectures take place on Sunday mornings through Aug. 27 from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in the Ward Fellowship Hall. Remaining June events include:

5. Learn all you need to know about Canvas.

Canvas is Emory's new learning management system, replacing Blackboard. If you haven't learned how to use the new system, don't delay: This summer is the last semester that Blackboard will be supported at Emory, and all Blackboard courses, organizations and other materials will be unavailable after Aug. 31. Luckily, Emory's Libraries and Information Technology has been hosting a variety of free online and in-person trainings to make sure users are up to speed on Canvas. Offerings in June include Canvas 101 sessions, courses on migrating courses from Blackboard to Canvas, and a special two-week Canvas Online Bootcamp that kicks off June 14.

6. Find peace and perspective through Mindfulness 101.

Curious about how mindfulness meditation works?  In this 30-minute webinar from Emory Human Resources, you’ll learn how mindfulness can help you slow down in the midst of daily pressures. Join the online class on June 15 (12:30 p.m.), June 19 (10:30 a.m.) or June 27 (12 p.m.) to discover how this practice can benefit you emotionally, mentally and physically, and experience a mindfulness meditation exercise that you can continue to practice in just a few minutes on your own. 

7. View poignant photos from the early days of AIDS, then meet the photographer.

Riveting images of people living with HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, taken by Atlanta-area photographer Billy Howard, are the basis of an exhibit opening June 15 in Woodruff Library's Level 3 Corridor Gallery. “Billy Howard’s ‘Epitaphs for the Living’” features 17 photographs, each showing a person with HIV/AIDS — or their loved one — and a handwritten message from that person about living with the disease. A conversation with Howard is set for June 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room in Woodruff Library.

8. Get to know the Bard through "Everyman's Guide to Loving Shakespeare."

Emory's Emeritus College, an association of retired faculty and administrative staff, hosts Jeffrey Watkins, CEO and artistic director of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, for June 19 lunch colloquium exploring “The Keys to the Kingdom: An Everyman’s Guide to Loving Shakespeare.” Watkins will present five keys to understanding Shakespeare in performance, ranging from the role of the audience to Shakespeare's dirty jokes. Register in advance for the lunch and discussion, set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Luce Center, room 130. Cost is $7.

9. Celebrate seasonal fruits and vegetables at the Summer Farmers Market.

Emory's popular campus farmers market offers special themed events in the summer. On June 6, come out to the Cox Hall Bridge from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Peach Fest; on June 20 at the same time, enjoy a market focused on seasonal melons and squashes. There are also plenty of other local, organic and healthy options to purchase, many costing less than $10.

10. Enjoy Grillin' & Chillin' at Emory Point.

This one is above our usual $10 price point, but it's good food for a good cause. Grillin’ & Chillin’ — Emory Point’s signature foodie fundraising series — returns this summer with top Atlanta-area chefs and mixologists giving their time to serve up more fabulous food and delicious drinks to raise funds for local nonprofits. This month's events are June 8 and June 22. Located on Clifton Road, Emory Point is a mixed-use development created in partnership between Emory University, Cousins Properties and Gables Residential. Tickets are $25 with advance online purchase.

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