Pacific University’s family weekend will start on Friday, Oct. 28, where students and their families will be invited to participate in various planned activities all around campus.

Registration for the event will start at 4:30 p.m. where families will be able to pick up a registration packet and receive a raffle ticket which can then be entered into a drawing to win up to $150 that will go toward their child’s student account.

One of the new attractions this year is the Murder Mystery Dinner which will be held on Oct. 28. The dinner will start at 7 p.m. and the theme is the “Roaring Twenties.” Families and students are encouraged to come dressed as mobsters and flappers while enjoying an audience participation musical. The event is limited to the first 140 people to sign up, so register quickly.

Saturday, Oct. 29, is packed full of events including a card making class, The Tasting History of Beer, the tailgate lunch, Casino Night and many other events that are listed on the Pacific website. One of the most popular events in the past has been Casino Night, which will start at 7 p.m. The Stoller Center gym will be turned into a giant Casino where families can play roulette, craps and or bingo in order to win prizes.

“Casino Night has been around since 2001 and it is a nice environment to learn how to play casino games in a safe space, while enjoying everyone’s company,” Denise Giesbers, Director of Student Services said.

Even though it is Family Weekend, all students are invited to join in the events and have fun with other families and students. Students still need to register for the Family Weekend events to ensure a chance to participate.

“We are a Pacific family community and we want everyone to be involved in the events,” Giesbers said.

Family Weekend will go from Oct. 28-30 with a Sunday brunch to close out the festivities where students can say goodbye to their families.

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