Global Fest ready to roll … and more
Global Fest takes over downtown WL Saturday. Purdue swears in police chief. Brian Lamb sets farewell Q&A with Mitch Daniels. Next up in Purdue’s Presidential Lecture Series: WSJ columnist Peggy Noonan
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GLOBAL FEST RETURNS: The 27th annual Global Fest, a street fair designed to highlight the international population, will be 3-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, along Northwestern Avenue, Columbia Street and the new Chauncey Plaza in downtown West Lafayette. Global Fest – sponsored by the city, Purdue Convocations and the International Center of West Lafayette – features the International Center’s food bazaar – for the vendors, here’s a link – displays and entertainment. Admission is free.
Here's the main stage schedule, organized by Purdue Convos:
5 p.m.: Tuvergen Band (high-energy Mongolian folk-fusion trio)
7 p.m.: Lone Piñon (traditional New Mexican string band)
9 p.m.: Gili Yalo (Ethiopian roots combined with funk, psychedelia and soul)
On Friday, West Lafayette will host a naturalization ceremony with approximately 100 people. The Global Fest Naturalization Ceremony has been a tradition, held a day ahead of the festival. This year’s ceremony marks a return after a two-year hiatus, because of the pandemic. Magistrate Judge John E. Martin, with the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Indiana, will preside over the ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday at the White Horse Christian Center, 1780 Cumberland Ave. in West Lafayette. The public is invited.
NEW PURDUE POLICE CHIEF SWORN IN: Lesley Wiete, who started as Purdue University Police Department chief on Sept. 1, was officially sworn in Wednesday during a pinning ceremony at the Dauch Alumni Center. Purdue selected Wiete, deputy chief and a 22-year member of the Purdue University Police Department, from among three finalists who went through a series of campus forums this summer at Purdue looked to replace Chief John Cox. Cox retired at the end of June. Wiete started with the university as a patrol officer in 1999, was promoted to sergeant of patrol in 2002, lieutenant of patrol in 2009, captain of administrative services in 2019 and deputy chief of police in 2021.
FIRE PREVENTION SHOW (OR, WHY SHOULD THE SCHOOL KIDS HAVE ALL THE FUN): The Lafayette Fire Department will have a free public performance of its Fire Prevention Show – the one that tours each year to Greater Lafayette schools – at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Sunnyside Intermediate School, 530 N. 26th St. in Lafayette. The show, designed for grade-schoolers, includes an hour of songs and skits about fire prevention, seat belt safety, the phone number to dial in an emergency, what to do if your clothes catch on fire and the importance of having smoke detectors and home escape plans – as LFD says, “just to name a few.” (I’m not promising anything, but when we last had a grade-schooler, one of the hits was, “Don’t play with fire/Don’t ever play with fire,” played to the tune of Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart.” And, man, did she get infuriated with Mike the Match.) The free show is open to all ages, including parents and guardians.
BRIAN LAMB AND A FAREWELL INTERVIEW WITH MITCH DANIELS: Purdue grad and C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb will return to campus Oct. 24 for public interview with Purdue President Mitch Daniels, the Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement announced Wednesday. The Conversation with Brian Lamb will look back on the 10 years of Daniels’ time at Purdue as he prepares to step down as president at the end of 2022. The event will be 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in Fowler Hall of Purdue’s Stewart Center. The Q&A is sponsored by the Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement and the Brian Lamb School of Communication and is a featured part of the national CCSE Research Conference. Admission is free, with e-tickets required at the door. To register for free tickets, go to: bit.ly/ConversationCCSE
COLUMNIST PEGGY NOONAN NEXT UP IN PRESIDENTIAL LECTURE SERIES: Speaking of Daniels’ time winding down at Purdue, the Presidential Lecture Series is still in effect. This semester’s first edition: Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan. Daniels will host Noonan in a Q&A format at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in Fowler Hall at Purdue’s Stewart Center. Admission is free. Here’s more on Noonan and the talk.
RED BRICK THEATRE AND YWCA GREATER LAFAYETTE TEAM UP: Delphi’s Red Brick Theatre will hold a donation drive for the YWCA Greater Lafayette’s Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention program during this weekend’s production of “The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church.” The play runs 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Delphi Opera House on the Carroll County Courthouse square. Portia Kapraun, director of Delphi Public Library and actor in the production, said the themes in the play -- when a young woman is discovered hiding in a church basement, suspicions turn to compassion as her tale of escaping domestic violence is revealed – dovetailed with the mission of the YWCA’s program. “When we decided to produce this play, it seemed the perfect opportunity to highlight the essential work that our area YWCA Greater Lafayette is doing to keep our community women and men safe,” Kapraun said.
Donation boxes will be in the Opera House lobby. For a good list of what’s needed most, check here: www.ywcalafayette.org/get-involved/shelter-needs.
Tickets for the show are $10 general admission or $20 for balcony seating, available at www.delphioperahouse.org.
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