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Of late, a curious prophecy has been circulating at McGill: "On the final day of the eleventh month, insignificant questions will answer an important demand." The Reporter's strange powers of divination indicate this can mean only one thing: on Nov. 30, Centraide McGill will hold its fifth annual Trivia Quiz, at which all comers will furrow their brows and strain their synapses in pursuit of a glorious victory — and in support of an excellent cause. As in past years, bookstore staffer and quizmaster extraordinaire Kimberley Stephenson will ask brain-busters of her own devising while players compete in teams to win great prizes and be crowned kings and queens of the inconsequential. Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase and all proceeds will go to McGill's Centraide Campaign.
Thursday, Nov. 30, 6:30 pm, New Residence Building, Ballroom, 3625 Avenue du Parc, $6 per person, register your team from 6-6:30pm. For more information, contact Kimberley Stephenson, 514-398-8356.
Garth Drabinsky, the Toronto-based, Tony-award-winning theatrical producer, will give a talk at the McGill Player's Theatre on Dec. 5 to promote a new TV talent show he has in the works with the CBC. Aspiring McGill thespians who excel in all three corners of the Broadway sing-act-dance trinity may want to take note, as the new program, "Triple Sensation," will involve nationwide auditions in search of Canada's most promising young triple-threat performers, with a Jan. 19 stop in Montreal and over $250,000 in scholarship prizes to be won.
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 5 pm, Player's Theatre, 3480 McTavish, third floor, wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 514-398-6813.
On Dec. 1, all members of the McGill community and the general public are invited to celebrate the life of fitness instructor Mila Voynova by taking part in one of her life's passions, Pilates/yoga classes. Her husband is accused of killing her and their daughters in October.
During the event, donations can be made to an In Memory fund in support of McGill's Domestic Violence Clinic. Donations can also be mailed to In Memory Program (Mila Voynova), McGill University, Development, Alumni and University Relations, 1430 Peel St., Montreal, QC, H3A 3T3.
Friday, Dec. 1, noon to 7 pm (classes will run on the hour and last 45 minutes), McGill Sports Complex, 475 Pine Ave. W. For more information, call 514-398-7011.
If talk of space travel puts you over the moon, find out how you could be part of an upcoming mission on Monday, Nov. 27 as McGill and The Canadian Space Agency kickoff the STS-118 Canadian Patch Design Contest.
Dr Dafydd (Dave) Williams, astronaut and proud McGill alumnus, is training for his second space flight. As with all past Canadian astronauts, Williams will wear a patch on his uniform especially created to reflect his background and the Canadian content of Mission STS-118. For this mission, Williams would like to highlight his McGill connection by having a student from his alma mater design his Canadian mission patch. The winning designer will have the unique experience of seeing their patch chosen for Williams' uniform, and will be invited to attend the launch of mission STS-118 in the Mission Control Room at the Canadian Space Agency.
Full submission guidelines and contest rules will be discussed at the information session to be held on Monday, Nov. 27, from 6-8 pm in Leacock 216. For more information, contact Allison Flynn.
On Nov. 29 McGill's Choral Society and the Montreal-based choir Women Making Music will raise their singing voices in a good cause: combating the poorly known chronic swelling condition lymphedema. The concert "Hope in a Song" will consist of excerpts from Handel's Messiah, with all proceeds going to the Lymphedema Association of Quebec. According to the McGill University Health Centre, an estimated 70,000 Quebecers suffer from lymphedema, which affects about 20-25 percent of breast cancer survivors, among others, and is characterized by the chronic swelling of a part of the body, often an arm or a leg. The condition can cause social and occupational obstacles, repeated infections and financial difficulty since treatment is not covered by Medicare.
Saturday, Nov. 25, 8 pm, Eglise Saint-Enfant Jesus, 5039 Saint Dominique (corner of St. Joseph).Tickets are $15 ($8 for students) and can be reserved by email or 514-340-8222, ext. 5483, or purchased at the door if still available. For more information on lymphedema, go to www.infolympho.ca.