All Family Weekend events and activities are completely optional. There are no required events. The most important thing to do is spend some quality time with your student. Some events subject to change.

3-7 p.m. Information and sign-in table will be open in the Reid Campus Center foyer. Pick up a printed schedule of Family Weekend events and tickets for Varsity Nordic Improv Group and Planetarium shows (Saturday events).

3-4 p.m. Student Engagement Center Open House. You are invited to spend an afternoon in the Student Engagement Center. Meet the SEC staff, learn more about community service, career development, internships, business engagement and much more. Refreshments will be provided. Reid Campus Center, 219.

3-7 p.m. Silent Auction for The Health Center at Lincoln High School Come support The Health Center at Lincoln High School in a silent auction put on by the men vying for the title of Mr. Whitman. The Health Center is an organization that provides free medical assistance, individual and group counseling, and referral services to the students of Lincoln. Typically these students are unable to afford general dental or medical care or counseling services - programs needed for the health and well-being of the students. Kappa Kappa Gamma organizes this fundraising event each year, which culminates with a performance in Cordiner Hall at 7pm on October 28th. Donate at https://www.crowdrise.com/15th-annual-mr-whitman/fundraiser/whitmancollege . Reid Campus Center, Stevens Art Gallery.

3:30-4:30 p.m. The Annual Family Weekend Whitman Cookie Contest is back for its 8th year! It will take place in the Reid Campus Center Coffeehouse. Passerbies are free to sample & vote on their favorite cookies & prizes will be given to the top three bakers. The Glover Alston Center (GAC) will be reserved for use from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for families to bake together.  Because space in the GAC is limited, you may consider baking in the section lounge of your student’s dorm or off-campus house. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide ingredients.

4:15 p.m. Whitman College Cycling Club invites you to join them for a 60 to 90 minute ride; group might be divided up into different rides based on ability level, and there's a possible stop at a local coffee shop following the rides. Participants will need to provide their own bicycles, helmets, etc. Rentals are available at Allegro Cyclery on Main Street. Meeting in front of Reid Campus Center.

4:30-6 p.m. Faculty/ Parent Social. Mingle with some faculty members from a variety of departments. Parents only. Wine, beer and other refreshments will be served. Baker Center.

5-5:30 p.m. "Fridays at 5" Hillel-Shalom Shabbat Reception. Meet other Hillel-Shalom students and parents as you welcome Shabbat by lighting candles and eating freshly baked challah. If you are able, please RSVP to Rachel Leiter at leiterrg@whitman.edu. Spiritual Activities Room, Prentiss Hall, Room 10, on the bottom floor.

5:30-7 p.m. Dinner in Prentiss Dining Hall. Family members are invited to enjoy their student’s dining experience ($13 for adults, $7 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under).

6:30-8:30 p.m. Bluegrass Jam. Families are welcome to stop by, listen, or even participate in a jam session with local community members, Whitman College faculty, staff, and students as they play some bluegrass music in Lyman House's main lounge.

7-9:00 p.m. Whitman Sampler Concert. Enjoy performances by the Whitman Chorale and Chamber Singers (directed by Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey), Orchestra (directed by Paul Luongo), Wind Ensemble (directed by Gary Gemberling), Jazz Ensemble I (directed by Doug Scarborough), and Jazz Ensemble II (directed by Gary Gemberling). Cordiner Hall.

8 p.m. Harper Joy Theatre presents Mr. Kolpert by David Gieselmann. Ralph and Sarah invite Edith and Bastian over for a dinner party. To keep things lively, Ralph pretends there is a dead body in the trunk, but maybe Ralph is not pretending at all. Mr. Kolpert combines the absurdity of Harold Pinter, the suspense of Alfred Hitchcock, and the blood of Quentin Tarantino, providing an utterly ridiculous evening that falls somewhere between the comic and the macabre. Tickets (available October 9): $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors (60+) and free for Whitman students with their student IDs. To make reservations, call the Box Office at (509) 527-5180. For more information, visit www.whitman.edu/hjt.