Five ways to spend your weekend

A weekend of fun is calling you. From a dodgeball tournament to an Xbox tournament, there will be competition brewing. Grab a few friends, form a group and conquer. When you need a break, contemplate wandering through the Festival of Trees, which will surely get you ready for the holidays coming soon.

If you’re looking for something to do, look through these five events you can enjoy this weekend:


1.) Take a minute to reminisce on memories playing dodgeball in high school gym class, the slow-motion of the ball before it hit a person on the  opposing team, the cheering of teammates as another person is out of the game. The University Libertarians are hosting the Balls of Freedom Dodgeball Tournament Friday in the Student Activities Center. Sign-ins start at 1 p.m. Gather a few of your friends and craft an unstoppable team. The event is $3 per player and the winning team will win a $20 Walmart giftcard.


2.) Poets, fiction writers and photographers from across campus will be honored Friday as they read their work published in the bi-annual literary magazine “The Central Review.” Join the authors at 5:30 p.m. in the Park Library Baber Room as they entertain the audience and unveil the Fall 2013 edition.


3.) Gamers, your day has arrived. The Xbox Madden 25 Tournament will begin Friday at 6 p.m. in the University Center Down Under Food Court Gaming Area. The event is free and will provide gamers with food and prizes that range from Detroit Lions tickets to Central Michigan University and Lions merchandise. The event is hosted by 1892 Productions.


4.) Would you pay to send one of your friends on stage? Maybe it was to illuminate a talent only you know about or  to force a friend on stage to embarrass them. From 10 p.m. to midnight Saturday, you will have your chance at The Cabin, 930 W. Broomfield St. The proceeds will go toward scholarships for the graduate students in the Central Michigan Sports Administration Program.


5.) Businesses throughout Mount Pleasant have decorated trees for display. Festival of Trees, showcased until Dec. 7, benefits United Way of Isabella County and the 2013 Adopt-a-family Holiday Wishes Program. People are encouraged to embark on a self-guided walking tour through the establishments and vote for the best decorated tree. Most of the businesses participating are located in downtown Mount Pleasant, locations include: Three Wishes Flowers, Aphrodite Salon and Boutique, The Mount Pleasant Convention and Visitors Bureau and Chamber of Commerce, City Hall, CMS/GA, Firstbank, Ginko Tree Inn, Greentree Cooperative Grocery, Max & Emily’s, MMDC, Midori, Motorless Motion, Mt. Pleasant Abstract, Off Broadway Performing Arts Studio, Plate Boutique, New Yorker Building, Scott Harris Salon and Weichert Realty.