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Stanford Report, May 10, 2000

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IF YOU'RE PLANNING TO KICK BACK TO OBSERVE the action at Saturday's International Festival at Bechtel International Center, be forewarned, your tummy might take center stage. When Troupe Wasila Belly Dancers perform at 3:30 p.m., members will initiate audience participation. "We thought we'd give that a try this year," says troupe director CAMILLE MORALES, an administrative assistant in the office of the dean at the School of Medicine and a belly dancer for more than 25 years. Altogether 23 acts, from Japanese music to Persian traditional storytelling, are scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for Saturday's 20th annual event. Festival coordinator LYNN KRONER says the event will sport a more professional look than before, with a technician, a large stage setting, a canopy and chairs. In previous years, entertainers performed from the patio or brick areas. "It's being done a little more formally this year," Kroner says. The festival is free, as are the pre-event talks, films and lectures taking place through Friday. For a complete schedule, visit the festival website at www.stanford.edu/dept/icenter/new/festival or call 725-0890. On festival day, call 723-1831.

DENNI WOODWARD AND SUZANNE OLSON have been logging lots of kitchen duty recently in the basement of Old Union Clubhouse preparing fry bread in preparation for the 29th Stanford Powwow this weekend. Organizers have been dishing out the puffy treats to those who purchase T-shirts at tables set up at White Plaza in advance of the weekend event. Woodward and helpers, usually clad in oversized surplus T-shirts of past powwows, have been hand-sculpting hundreds of the doughy, circular pieces that fill out into golden, crispy pads. "It's a lot of work," Woodard says.

IT WILL BE A BIT REMOVED FROM COMMUNION wafers and wine but the Catholic Community at Stanford's faculty/staff spring term reception set for May 30 will be a celebration anyway -- with chocolate, strawberries and champagne on the menu. The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Hartley Conference Center, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building. Supporters are welcome. For more information, call 857-9014.

STANFORD MOTORISTS WILL BE SHARING THE roadways with mature oak trees in the coming weeks as a project to relocate nine of the leafy campus elders gets under way. The heritage trees, currently ensconced along Campus Drive between Roth Way and Via Ortega, will be moved to Stock Farm Road to make way for a project to realign Campus Drive and to relocate existing utilities into the road. So big trucks, cranes and gigantic excavation holes will dot the landscape, says MAGGIE BURGETT, a manager with the university's facilities projects. For more information, call the Capital Planning and Management hotline at 723-5986.