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March 19, 2009

At A Glance

Mandarin Chinese classes for families begin March 28

The Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa is offering family Mandarin Chinese classes for elementary students and their parents.

The Family Mandarin Chinese Classes are designed for pre-K through 6th grade students to attend with their parents. Family members will be introduced to Mandarin Chinese in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Examples of topics include greetings, colors, counting, animals, food, clothing, the home and more. Art, music, dance and food will be incorporated into the learning.

Classes will take place on March 28; April 4, 11, 18 and 25; May 2 and 9 in 1117 University Capitol Centre in the Old Capitol Town Center in downtown Iowa City.

Section one classes take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for children pre-K through third grade and their parents. Section two classes take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon for children in fourth through sixth grade and their parents.

The enrollment fee is $60 for a family with one child and at least one parent. For each additional child, the enrollment fee increases by $18.

Enrollment forms are available at

For more information contact Rebecca Kessler, 319-335-0159 or at

Museum of Natural History to screen 'America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie' April 5

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will present a screening of the award-winning documentary "America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie" at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, in Macbride Auditorium. The free, public event is part of the museum's monthly "Movies @ MNH" series.

The film explores the changing landscape of the American prairie from the time prior to Euro-American settlement leading up through the 1900s. It details the rapid loss of prairie land to farmland, examines the social effects that the dramatic transformation had on Native Americans, and describes environmental preservation efforts.

For more information on this and other Museum of Natural History programs call 319-335-0606 or visit


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