This year's California State University, Stanislaus homecoming looks to paint the town red - and turn hard court into ice.
Today CSU Stanislaus will host a "Paint the Town Red" community festival, with a temporary ice rink installed in the campus' Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena open for public skating.
"This year, we planned a festival to incorporate the community a bit more," said Jackie Castilla, Warriors Squad Coordinator.
The free, public ice skating runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the CSU Stanislaus gym. The skating will be on an artificial ice surface, with free skate rentals provided. Canned food donations are requested.
Also on tap will be 13 different booths of family friendly games, put on by the candidates for homecoming king and queen, and assorted entertainment. Those carnival games will be free, but attendees must bring canned food to exchange for tickets to play.
Homecoming events continue Tuesday, at the second-annual College of the Arts Festival, to be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre. The free, public event will feature music, visual arts, slam poetry, theatre, and dance.
A Wednesday homecoming rally in Warrior Arena will see each candidate for homecoming queen and king present a music video about school spirit. On Thursday, a homecoming float parade will be held in the CSU Stanislaus quad, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"That's just promoting school spirit, trying to get everyone excited for the game on Thursday," Castilla said.
Homecoming week culminates Thursday with a pair of basketball games against Cal State East Bay. The women's game tips off at 5:30 p.m., with the men's game commencing at 7:30 p.m.