Geocaching, gems and forensics to be featured in Cultural Arts Series

Penn State Abington will welcome the public for a series of events this month as part of the campus' Cultural Arts Series. Events will include a geocaching treasure hunt on Oct. 9; an installment of the Friday Night Film Series on Oct. 14; a talk about the history of jewelry, the jewelry design process and more on Oct. 23; and a "Who Dun it" program led by forensics expert Lewis Mifsud on Oct. 30.

-- Bring your friends and family to hunt for tricks and treats on Sunday, Oct. 9, at the “Haunted High-Tech Scavenger Hunt,” presented by Penn State Abington’s Cultural Arts Series. Each team will be provided with a handheld GPS unit for an afternoon of geocaching -- a fast-growing outdoor activity that’s fun for all ages. Experienced geocachers will guide the teams as they race to find hidden containers -- known as caches -- filled with surprises! Aspiring geocachers should gather at the Athletic Building on campus promptly at 1 p.m. Admission is $15 per team of two, payable in advance. Space is limited; preregistration is required at

-- The Friday Night Film Series resumes on Oct. 14 with a screening of the Oscar-winning documentary “Inside Job,” which explores the global financial meltdown of 2008. Moderator Moylan C. Mills, professor emeritus of integrative arts, will provide his usual insightful commentary. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. in Room 112 of the Woodland Building. Admission is $10, payable at the door.

-- From Kate Middleton’s engagement ring to the curse of the legendary Hope Diamond, jewelry has fascinated people throughout the ages. Terry O’Sullivan of Gemological Resources will discuss the history of jewelry, the design process, valuations and industry trends at “Think You Know Bling? Think Again!” on Sunday, Oct. 23. A few participants will be randomly chosen for an on-site jewelry evaluation, so participants are encouraged to bring a favorite piece. The program begins at 2:30 p.m. in Room 112 of the Woodland Building. Admission is $5, payable at the door.

-- The sophisticated techniques investigators use on crime shows and in real life are undeniably intriguing. Forensics expert Lewis Mifsud will separate fact from fiction during “Who Dun It? Fingerprint and DNA Identification Techniques” on Sunday, Oct. 30. The program begins at 2:30 p.m. in Room 112 Woodland Building. Admission is $5, payable at the door.

To preregister for “Who Dun It?” and “Think You Know Bling?” email [email protected] or call 215-881-7800.

For information and a complete listing of events for the Abington Cultural Arts Series, call 215-881-7800 or visit