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Kaleidoscope to Take Place on April 26


One of Southern California’s most popular family-oriented festivals since 1985, the annual Kaleidoscope Festival will take place Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at CSULB.  Admission and parking are free for this campus-wide event.

This colorful annual event attracts more than 25,000 individuals throughout the day with activities from one end of the campus to the other. More than 150 student clubs and vendor booths are scheduled to participate.

Among this year’s scheduled events are three stages with live entertainment; Engineering Day, where visitors can learn about engineering science and observe the Intercollegiate MicroMouse Competition; the Mobile Science Museum with fun educational activities; Earth Day, featuring representatives from the CSULB Environmental Science and Policy Club,, the Marine Biology Student Association, and Long Beach Animal Control-SPCALA pet adoptions; a Health Fair featuring the California Nursing Students' Association, F.O.R.C.E., the Clothesline Project, the CSULB Student Health Center, Health Care Administration Student Forum, St. Mary's Medical Center, Project Choice, and the Student Dietetic Association.

There will also be a Multicultural Village and International Marketplace, boasting a wide variety of foods, arts and crafts, handmade and costume jewelry, and entertainment; the Kaleido-Carnival with game booths for children of all ages; and the Alumni Pavilion, displaying CSULB historic memorabilia. The popular fruit smoothies served in a whole pineapple will be available at the Tropical Islands booth.

Also making its return to Kaleidoscope is the Push Cart Grand Prix. This year’s race is sponsored by the Division of Student Services, Saturday Night Magazine, Geico Auto Insurance and Crunk! energy drink. Participants will compete for fastest time, best team theme and best team spirit. All participants are from student clubs and organizations and various departments from CSULB.

In addition, CSULB’s Open House 2008, an invitation-only program for admitted first-time freshmen and transfer students, will be held beginning at 8 a.m. in The Walter Pyramid.  Prospective students are invited to an orientation, after which, participants can attend a variety of informative workshops such as financial aid and campus life; attend academic college showcases, and participate in a student-support services fair in the University Student Union. Following the open house, participants are invited to take part in the Kaleidoscope Festival.

Individuals interested in Open House 2008 may register by calling the Office of University Outreach and School Relations at 562/985-5358. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

For more information about the Kaleidoscope Festival, contact John-David Minjares, Kaleidoscope Coordinator, at 562/985-2288, or visit the Kaledoscope Web site.