Local Events and Opportunities
Community activities and events are listed below. All items listed have been approved by the district office for posting. In most cases, paper copies of these postings can be found in the designated school building's office. By clicking on the headings below, more information regarding the events can be viewed.
Chabad House of Greater Lansing/MSU A Historic Evening with Eva Schloss Stepsister of Anne Frank
Enjoy a unique and historic opportunity to enter the world of the stepsister and childhood friend of Anne Frank Mrs. Eva Schloss.
Special Guest Interviewer Tami Weis, professor of art at the University of Wisconsin, will introduce Eva and speak about art created during the Holocaust.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Michigan State University
219 S. Harrison Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823
Admission: $20 • Student: $10
For more information and reservations visit: evaatmsu.com or call 517-214-0525
City of East Lansing/East Lansing Parks, Recreation, & Arts Upcoming Events
Author Saroo Brierley to Kick off 2017 One Book, One Community Program
Community members are invited to meet Saroo Brierley, author of “A Long Way Home,” as he kicks off the 2017 One Book, One Community (OBOC) program with a special visit to the East Lansing-Michigan State University community this August.
“A Long Way Home” is a #1 international bestseller based on the true story of author Saroo Brierley’s incredible journey from India to Australia and back again. After becoming lost from his family and home at the tender age of five, Saroo struggled to survive on the notoriously rough streets of Calcutta before being adopted by a loving Australian couple. Raised in their caring home, Saroo’s past slides away, but is never truly forgotten. As he grows into adulthood, he feels he is a person of two worlds - one of which is lost to him. Remarkably, Saroo finds his way back to his childhood village and birth family as a young man using Google Earth maps and bits of fragmented memory.
Saroo’s story is one of determination, the unfailing love of family and the universal need to know our origins. His story became a media sensation and led to his book, “A Long Way Home,” and the Oscar-nominated film, “Lion,” starring Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.
There are two opportunities for community members to see Brierley during his visit to the East Lansing-MSU community:
An Evening with Saroo Brierley; Sunday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.
Saroo Brierley will be traveling from Australia to kick off the month-long 2017 OBOC program with a special community talk on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road. Following Brierley’s remarks about his book and his real life experiences, there will be a question-and-answer session moderated by East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows and a book signing.
- Attendees will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is FREE.
*The kickoff will also be streamed live, archived online and available via an on-demand playback at https://livestream.com/msualumni/aLongWayHome courtesy of the MSU Alumni Association. The on-demand playback will require a password. Contact OBOC at email@example.com for more information.
MSU Academic Welcome Featuring Saroo Brierley; Monday, Aug. 28 at 9 a.m.
Brierley will speak to the incoming class at the MSU Academic Welcome on Monday, Aug. 28 at 9 a.m. at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, 1 Birch Road. Admission is FREE and the public is welcome to attend.
Other OBOC Events
In addition to the kick-off events, a number of additional events have been planned that tie into the theme of this year’s OBOC program: “Lost & Found: A Journey of Self Discovery.” Community members can find 2017 OBOC event details at http://www.onebookeastlansing.com/166/2017-Calendar-of-Events.
About the Program
The annual OBOC program, sponsored by the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University, encourages the city-university community to read the same book and come together to discuss it in a variety of settings. The 2017 program sponsors ($500+ donations) include the Friends of the East Lansing Public Library, the Michigan Humanities Council, Janice & Dave Dressel, Karen & Jerry Jennings and Sam & Kerry Singh. Special thanks to the 2017 Friends of One Book, One Community as well: http://www.onebookeastlansing.com/176/Donate.
Media Interviews with the Author
Members of the media interested in scheduling an interview with author Saroo Brierley prior to his visit to the East Lansing-MSU community can contact East Lansing Communications Coordinator Mikell Frey at (517) 319-6873 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, visit www.onebookeastlansing.com.
City of East Lansing Launches 2017 Community Photo Contest
The City of East Lansing has launched its 2017 Community Photo Contest, officially sponsored by Meijer and Gigi’s Cupcakes East Lansing. The contest deadline is Sunday, October 15, 2017 at midnight.
Community members of all ages are invited to show off their photographic talent by submitting up to five photos taken in East Lansing during any of its four seasons. Photos should be high resolution and should not be significantly edited. Recent photos are preferred. Participants do not have to be a resident of East Lansing, but all photos must be taken in East Lansing.
Photos can be submitted online at www.cityofeastlansing.com/photocontest. Winners will be contacted after the deadline to fill out and submit a signed entry/model release form. The model release portion only applies if the photos contain people. The forms are currently available on the website for those participants who would prefer to print, fill out and submit their forms ahead of time.
Winners will receive gift card prizes generously donated by this year’s sponsors:
1st Place - $150 Meijer gift card
2nd Place - $100 Meijer gift card
3rd Place - $50 Meijer gift card
Honorable Mention Photos (10 total) - $10 Gigi’s Cupcakes gift cards
The winning photos will also be featured in City of East Lansing marketing materials, including the 2018 Community Calendar & 2017 Annual Report.
East Lansing Community Photo Contests were previously held in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009 and 2008. Community members with questions about the contest can email email@example.com or call (517) 319-6873.
East Lansing’s Summer Concert Series Kicks off this July
The City of East Lansing's 2017 Summer Concert Series will kick off this July in downtown East Lansing’s Ann Street Plaza (corner of M.A.C. and Albert avenues).
This FREE, popular music series will take place July 7-Aug. 25 on Friday nights from 7-9 p.m. Community members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or enjoy outdoor dining at restaurants surrounding the plaza. Here is the 2017 lineup:
- Friday, July 7 – Root Doctor
- Friday, July 14 – Paddlebots
- Friday, July 21 – Earthwork Music Showcase featuring The Springtails, Jen Sygit & Sam Corbin, Gifts or Creatures and Red Tail Ring
- Friday, July 28 – Taylor Taylor
- Friday, Aug. 4 – Starfarm
- Friday, Aug. 18 – Kathleen and the Bridge Street Band
- Friday, Aug. 25 – Heartland Klezmorim
* The concerts will be canceled in the event of rain/severe weather. Thanks to the East Lansing Downtown Management Board for sponsoring the Summer Concert Series.
East Lansing Farmer's Market
The 2017 season will run June 4-Oct. 29 on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court.
About the Market
The ELFM features fresh, farm-grown Michigan produce/products and draws a crowd of more than 1,000 visitors each week. As a growers-only market, ELFM vendors are required to grow their own produce and/or make their own products. The ELFM tagline says it all: “100% Homegrown Makes Us Different.”
Community members can learn more about the ELFM at www.cityofeastlansing.com/farmersmarket.
Summer Concert Series
Ann Street Plaza
Fridays 7-9 p.m.
July & August
Kids Power Karate (Ages 6-12)
WHERE: PKSA KARATE 3498 LAKE LANSING, #130, E. LANSING
DATES: 9/25/17 TO 10/30/17
TIME: 5:45 TO 6:30 PM
COST: $45 FOR 6 WEEK SESSION!
HOW TO REGISTER
CALL E.L. PARKS & RECREATION
AT 517.333.2580 EXT. 0 or ONLINE AT
A RESPONSIBLE ADULT IS REQUIRED TO REMAIN ON SITE DURING CLASS ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO EARN THEIR FIRST COLOR BELT IN TANG SOO DO! ADDITIONAL FEE: $20
Little Ninjas Karate (Ages 4 &5)
WHERE: PKSA KARATE
3498 LAKE LANSING, SUITE #130, EAST LANSING
DATES: 9/25/17 TO 10/30/17
TIME: 5:00 TO 5:30 PM
COST: $45 FOR 6 WEEK SESSION!
HOW TO REGISTER
CALL E.L. PARKS & RECREATION AT 517.333.2580 EXT. 0
OR ONLINE AT cityofeastlansing.com/1182/Classes-Programs
A RESPONSIBLE ADULT IS REQUIRED TO REMAIN ON SITE DURING CLASS
Crossing Guard Applications Are Being Accepted for the City of East Lansing
CROSSING GUARD APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE CITY OF EAST LANSING.
Either one hour in the morning, or, one hour in the afternoon, or both depending on need, Monday – Friday. Must be available before school starting time and when school lets out in the afternoon. Specific hours dependent on public school.
$12.00 per Hour
Go Online to cityofeastlansing.com for details and to complete an application.
East Lansing Public Library
ELPL Raising Funds to Bring Pop-Up Library to East Lansing
The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) is continuing to raise funds to bring a Pop-Up Library to East Lansing.
Pop-Up Libraries are low-speed, electric vehicles specially customized to transport and display library materials. Bringing a Pop-Up Library to East Lansing will provide ELPL with the opportunity to extend its reach outside of the library walls at special community events and destinations throughout the City.
“The vehicle will allow us to get out in the community and share what we have to offer at places like the East Lansing Farmer’s Market, the East Lansing Family Aquatic Center, schools, senior communities, area festivals and more,” said ELPL Director Kristin Shelley. “Community engagement is such an important part of what we do and we believe this vehicle will make a huge difference in how we better reach the people living in our community.”
This past April, ELPL raised more than $20,000 at its annual Books, Bites & Bids fundraising event for the Pop-Up Library. It was a record amount for the annual event, but a little more than half of the funds still need to be raised to make the Pop-Up Library a reality. With that in mind, community members interested in supporting the fundraising effort can donate a “part” to the library. Community members can give a lugnut for $25, a gas pedal for $150 and/or a tire for $500. Donations of any amount are welcome!
Community members can learn more about supporting the Pop-Up Library at https://www.elpl.org/browse_program/pop-up-library/ or by calling ELPL at (517) 351-2420.
Stories in the Garden
Stories in the Garden is a program where teens read stories to younger children at the MSU 4-H Children's Garden
Teen Summer Reading Challenge
Teens entering grades 7-12, check out materials at the service desk during the Summer Reading Program and get a scratch-off ticket for a chance to win prizes or an entry into the grand prize raffle!
1pm-3pm in the Meeting Room
Thursdays June 22, July 6 and 20, August 3, 17, 31
Watch movies intended for a teen audience. Popcorn while supplies last!
Teen Board Games
1pm-3pm in the Meeting Room
Thursdays June 29, July 13 & 27, August 10 & 24
Play party, strategy, and resource-based board games with other teens.
Teen Self-Care Club
3pm-5pm in the Meeting Room
Fridays from June 23-August 25
Decompress in a quiet, relaxing environment with low-stress crafts and activities, such as making calming jars, coloring, journaling, crocheting, and putting together jigsaw puzzles. Tea will be provided.
2017 Stories in the Garden
If you enjoy reading to children in a beautiful setting, sign up to be a teen storyteller for Stories in the Garden! Teen storytellers must attend the planning session prior to the story day and should be entering grades 7-12.
Kids of all ages are invited to attend the Story Day at the MSU 4-H Children’s Garden (1066 Bogue).
- June 19, 5-6pm: Teen Planning at ELPL
- June 20, 10am-12pm: Stories at Children’s Garden
- July 11, 5-6pm:Teen Planning at ELPL
- July 12, 11am-1pm: Stories at Children’s Garden
- Aug 22, 5-6pm: Teen Planning at ELPL
- Aug. 23, 7-8:30pm: Stories at Children’s Garden
EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. Through partnerships with local Internet service providers, EveryoneOn is able to offer free or $9.95 home Internet service in 48 states and the District of Columbia. We work with device refurbishers, so individuals and their families can purchase discounted devices, including $150 tablets and $199 laptops.
MSU Spartan Volleyball Kids Club
(8th Grade or younger)
- Free admission to all home matches for club member and one adult
- MSU Kids Club T-shirt
- Kids Club Membership Certificate
- Kids Club E-Newsletter
- 3rd match attended: Free small popcorn
- 6th match attended: Free small soda
- 9th match attended: MSU Volleyball prize
Member Events and Contests
- Free signed posters
- Friendship game
- Poster contest
Sign up at msuspartans.com today!
Questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 517-353-1756
Parkwood YMCA Weekly Day Camps 2017
Weekly Day Camps
June 12 - September 1, 2017
Parkwood YMCA offers a wide variety of week long day camp offerings for ages 3-15. Focus of the camp will be on learning fundamental skills and building teamwork and sportsmanship. Also, there will be time for other fun and exciting games/activities. Do something exciting and fun this summer and create a memory that will last a lifetime.
Reach Studio Art Center
Summer Camps 2017
Trojan Aquatics Fall Programs
FALL SESSION 1 September 12 to October 19
FALL SESSION 2 October 24 to December 7 (no practice on 11/23)
Trojan Tide (Grades 1-5): Tu/Th 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. at Hannah
The Trojan Tide is a pre-team developmental group designed for swimmers in Grades 1-5 who can swim one length of the pool (25 yards) without stopping and are interested in working toward the competitive team. All swimmers in Grades 1-3 must enroll in this group; swimmers in Grades 4-5 with no prior swim team experience must start at this level and have coach permission to move up to the Trojan Wave. Emphasis is on developing the four competitive strokes, starts, and turns. Trojan Tide swimmers are encouraged to attend swim meets to watch and learn. $112 Per Session
Trojan Wave (Experienced Grades 4-5): Tu/Th 5:15 to 6:10 p.m. at Hannah
The Trojan Wave group is designed for experienced 4th and 5th grade swimmers who want to compete in occasional meets. Ability to swim 50 yards freestyle without stopping is required. 4th and 5th graders must have coach permission to enroll in Trojan Wave. Emphasis is on continuing to develop the four competitive strokes, starts, and turns and preparing for the East Lansing middle school swim team. Trojan Wave swimmers are encouraged to participate in friendly, low-stress practice meets. Younger swimmers may be invited to join this group, based on experience and coach recommendation. $112 Per Session
REGISTER for the TROJAN TIDE and TROJAN WAVE through the E.L. PARKS & REC DEPARTMENT:
https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/815/Online-Registration or call 517-333-2580 ext. 1
FALL SWIM TEAM for GRADES 6-8
Trojan Typhoon (Grades 6-8): M/W 5-6 PM & Friday 5:30-6:30PM East Lansing High School Pool
The Trojan Typhoon group is designed for competitive team swimmers to prepare for the upcoming middle school swim team season. Emphasis is on stroke, start, and turn refinement, race tactics, and conditioning.
This Group Runs September 13 to November 3 $188 for the session
REGISTER for the TROJAN TYPHOON on the TROJAN AQUATICS WEBSITE: trojanaquatics.swimtopia.com
EAST LANSING MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM RUNS NOVEMBER 13 – FEBRUARY 23 (Grades 6-8)
The East Lansing Middle School Swim Team competes against other schools in the Capitol Area Activities Conference. There will be an informational parent meeting in October for this team, and details about the parent meeting and registration will be sent out through ELPS and St. Thomas Aquinas. Practices will be held at the East Lansing High School pool Monday through Thursday, plus many Fridays.
Whitehills 5k Run/Walk Race
The Third Annual Whitehills 5K Run/Walk Race and Trail Run will be held Saturday, August 26, 2017. The courses are measured and chip-timed. There is also a free half-mile Kids Fun Run. Race proceeds will go toward needs identified by Whitehills Elementary School.
Come and enjoy the beautiful tree lined streets through the Whitehills neighborhood (street race) or the shaded trail through Albert A. White Memorial Park (trail race) and enjoy refreshments after the race. All ages and abilities welcome!
Street 5K: This is a fast course with a couple of gentle hills, and is a great course for novice runners, younger participants, or senior racers. Strollers are welcome (will start in back of main group), but no dogs are allowed unless they are service animals.
Trail Run: Be aware that the Trail Run goes over uneven terrain and includes several hills; novice runners or people who might have difficulty on uneven terrain are encouraged to consider doing the street race.
9:00am – Kids Fun Run
9:30am – 5K Run/Walk and Trail Run
AGES 10 AND UP (5K RUN/WALK or TRAIL RUN)
- $20 (pre-registration) for 5K/Trail Run for 10 and up (includes shirt) through June 30
- $25 (pre-registration) for 5K/Trail Run for 10 and up (includes shirt) July 1-August 23
- $30 for 5K/Trail Run for 10 and up (shirt not guaranteed) August 24 through race day
AGES 5-9 (5K RUN/WALK ONLY)
- $15 (pre-registration) for 5K ages 5-9 (includes shirt), add $5 race day
YOUNGER THAN 5
- This is the perfect age for the free Kids Fun Run! If your little one under age 5 will be participating in the 5K Walk/Run, registration is free and the child must be under an adult's supervision for the duration of the race.
PACKET PICK-UP & PARKING
Packet pick up Friday, August 25 6:00-7:00pm and beginning at 8:00am on race day.
Park at the school or on Pebblebrook Lane. Parking is limited, so please carpool if possible.
Kids Fun Run - each participant receives a special prize
5K Run/Walk - finisher medals, male and female overall, 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each age bracket
5K Trail Run - finisher medals, male and female overall