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Flyin’ high

Flyin’ high

Congressman John Lewis speaking to students at Hill Auditorium. Photo by Mark Gjukich.

By William Foreman

Two high-flying events will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the University of Michigan’s Center for Chinese Studies:

> Master kite fliers showcase their skills with demonstrations at a Kite Fly-A-Thon. The event will take place at Ferry Field (outdoor track), University of Michigan, 1150 S. State St., Ann Arbor. Free and open to the public. The Fly-A-Thon is 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23.

> A kite festival to celebrate the center’s anniversary involves a kite-flying competition with U-M students and demonstrations by master kite makers from China and Michigan. All kite lovers are invited to participate by bringing their own self-crafted kites. The festival will also include Chinese ribbon dancing, yo-yo demonstrations, lion dances, taiko drumming, zithers and a community art table.

The event will be held at U-M’s Nichol’s Arboretum, 1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor. Free and open to the public. The festival runs 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

Sponsors include: Office of the President, Alumni Association, College of Engineering, Stearns Collection, Office of University Development, College of LSA, Ross School of Business, University Musical Society, School of Art and Design, Center for Chinese Studies, Confucius Institute, Arts at Michigan and the International Institute.

William Foreman is a senior public relations specialist at the University of Michigan News Service.