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.


East Lansing Educational Foundation 17th Annual Awards dinner and Golf Outing

Eagle Eye Golf Club
15500 Chandler Road
Reception, Raffle, Dinner and Program
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

18 Hole Golf Scramble
12:30 p.m.


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SAVE THE DATE! The East Lansing Educational Foundation In Association With ITC Holdings Corp. Presents: THE DREAM (4) S.T.E.A.M.


“A celebration of career and educational opportunities for any student passionate or interested in S.T.E.A.M related courses”

***The ELEF invites all East Lansing students, parents, teachers, administrators, and interested persons to come hear STEAM related presentations, see STEAM related demonstrations, and visit with STEAM related employers***


April 26, 2017
East Lansing High School Student Union
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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CI-MSU Open House

Confucius Institute at Michigan State University (CI-MSU) is proud to hold the first ever Online Chinese Program Open House.

This event is on 4/15/17 from 9am to 1:30 pm, and we would like to invite all your middle school and high school students to attend.

It’s a completely free event for your students to learn more about our online program.
During the event, students will enjoy performance, activities, and authentic Chinese food.

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City of East Lansing/East Lansing Parks, Recreation, & Arts Upcoming Events

Downtown Chili Cook-Off

Community members are encouraged to mark their calendars and prepare their taste buds for the Downtown Chili Cook-Off, taking place Saturday, April 1 from noon-4 p.m. in downtown East Lansing. The event is free and open to the public.

During the event, community members are invited to visit participating restaurants to sample free chili and rank the samples they try in a number of different categories. In addition to bragging rights, the restaurant that receives the most points will be presented with the 2017 Golden Spoon Trophy for the Best East Lansing Chili.

“We are excited to highlight the dining options in downtown East Lansing with this great weekend event and invite all community members to join in the fun,” said East Lansing Community Development & Engagement Manager Amy Schlusler.

Additional information, including a list of participating businesses, can be found at www.downtownel.com. The chili will be served at the locations/businesses listed on the website and balloons will be affixed to the outside facades of all of the participating businesses on the day of the event. This event is brought to the community by the East Lansing Downtown Management Board.

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Registration Now Open for Spring/Summer Adult Softball Leagues

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation & Arts (ELPRA) is currently accepting team registrations for its 2017 spring/summer adult softball leagues. The registration deadline is March 24.

ELPRA offers a wide assortment of adult softball opportunities, ranging from competitive to recreational. Men’s and coed adult leagues will play games at the East Lansing Softball Complex, 6400 Abbot Road, on various nights throughout the 2017 spring/summer season. The spring/summer season runs from late April to the end of July.

Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/sports or email Jim Jennings at jljennings@cityofeastlansing.com to learn more about 2017 spring/summer adult softball registration.

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Youth Baseball Leagues

Emphasis is placed on instruction, participation, sportsmanship and FUN!
Spring training begins the week of Monday, May 8 for all leagues.
Games begin in late May.

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Little Ninjas Karate (Ages 4-5)

PDF DocumentLittle Ninjas Spring Session

Kids Power Karate (Ages 6-12)

PDF DocumentKids Power Spring Session

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.

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Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts - Adventure is Calling!

Join Scouting!

Cub Scouts is for boys in the 1st-5th Grade
Boy Scouts is for boys 11 years and up
Venturing Crews are co-ed, ages 14-21

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East Lansing Amateur Softball Club

2017 Registration Form
East Lansing Amateur Softball Club
Girls Fast Pitch Softball

ELASC is looking for girls of all ages to play fast pitch softball this summer!! We’ll begin forming teams in mid-April and starting practices in early May. Games start in early June and go through mid-July. Experienced players and beginners are welcome. Parent coaches will teach the skills and fundamentals of the game.

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East Lansing Baseball Club Latex Paint Collection Fundraiser

East Lansing Baseball Club: 12U Cooperstown Team

Why: In addition to the 12U’s traditional local season, the team will travel to Cooperstown, NY for a week of training and competition. This is a once in a lifetime experience for these young athletes. The Cooperstown team costs are 4x higher than a traditional team. Our goal is to raise enough funds to substantially close the cost gap for the players and their families.

How: The 12U team will collect, process, and properly dispose of your cans of latex paint. We will clean the cans and recycle those that meet recycling requirements. Goal: 450+ latex paint cans.

When: Athletes will be available to collect your cans and accompanying donations on Thursday, March 30th and Friday, March 31st from 6p-8p and Saturday, April 1st from 10a-1p.

Latex paint and accompanying donations may be dropped off at the Potter house on most evenings, if the times above do not work well for you. Thank you for your support.


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East Lansing Kiwanis Annual Candy Hunt

April 15, 2017
Located in Patriarche Park, East Lansing
Hunt begins at 10 a.m. sharp, arrive early.
Take home what you can carry.  No baskets or bags please.
Separate areas for preschool-kindergarten, 1st-2nd graders & 3rd-5th graders.
Open to all children through 5th grade.

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East Lansing Lacrosse Club 2017 Season Registration

The East Lansing Lacrosse Club is gearing up for the 2017 spring season. If your child is in 3rd to 8th-grade and is interested in playing lacrosse join us for our Season Information Meeting, Wednesday, February 15 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.

The spring season runs from March through early June.  Teams will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with games on Mondays and Wednesdays.

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East Lansing Police Department to Host First-Ever Open House for Community

The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD), 409 Park Lane, will be hosting its first-ever Open House on Thursday, April 6 from 5-8 p.m. This event is free and open to all community members.

The event will feature demonstrations by the ELPD K9 Unit, a Q&A with ELPD Police Chief Jeff Murphy, station and jail tours, vehicle displays, the ELPD Bike Unit, drunk goggles, children's activities, child i.d. kits, car seat installations/inspections, snacks and much more.

“We are hosting this Open House in an effort to continue to have positive interactions with the community we serve,” said ELPD Lt. Steve Gonzalez. “We hope community members of all ages will consider coming out to meet our officers and learn more about ELPD and what we do. There will be a little something for everyone.”

During the Police Community Forum hosted last fall, community members in attendance asked for more transparency from ELPD. The Open House is another opportunity for open and honest dialogue with the community in a non-traditional setting. In addition to the activities hosted during the Open House, community members in attendance will have an opportunity to fill out an ELPD suggestion/survey card.
ELPD also plans to broadcast the event via Facebook Live for those community members who are unable to attend. Community members can tune in and ask questions at www.facebook.com/EastLansingPD.

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East Lansing Public Library

ELPL Seeking Local Businesses, Organizations to Participate in Upcoming Teen Job Fair

The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) is looking to connect young people in the East Lansing area with businesses and organizations offering employment and job training opportunities for teens.

ELPL will be hosting its first Teen Job Fair on Thursday, April 27 from

3-5 p.m. Businesses and organizations with summer job openings or longer-term opportunities are encouraged to contact Teen Services Librarian Jessica Lee-Cullin at jleecul@cityofeastlansing.com to reserve a table at the Teen Job Fair. The reservation deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21.

The Teen Job Fair will be preceded by a job readiness series, including a Teen Resume Workshop on Wednesday, April 12 from 3-4 p.m. and a Teen Job Interview Workshop facilitated by a representative from the MSU Career Services Network on Thursday, April 13 from 3-4 p.m. Interested teens can register for either or both workshops at www.elpl.org.

The workshops and Teen Job Fair will be taking place at ELPL, 950 Abbot Road.


Elementary Statistics Class

School-aged children, join us for a free series of four classes in statistics! Classes will be led by Anna Esen-ther, a student at Michigan State University. This class is intended for 3rd - 5th graders, but any child with an understanding of place value and division is welcome. Sessions build off of each other so please plan to come to all four sessions if possible. Topics will include introductory descriptive statistics (mean, median, mode, range), developing statistical intuition, and learning to approach questions like a statistician.

To register, please visit elpl.org
Fridays March 24, 31, April 7 and 14
4:00-5:00 p.m.

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Monthly Newsletter

PDF DocumentFebruary 2017 Newsletter

PDF DocumentHomework Help

PDF DocumentReminder: Every child attending school in East Lansing gets a FREE library card!

East Lansing Trojan Softball Club - Girls Softball

It's almost spring and that means it's time for girls softball!  Practice begins early May and the season ends mid-July.  If your daughter is in first through the eighth grade, sign her up and be part of the East Lansing Trojan Softball Club!  Please see the link below for more information on registration.  Register before April 7th to be part of the team!

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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.



Fine Neurodevelopment Lab Michigan State University Social Perception Study


To identify high functioning
children with symptoms of autism
using video vignette stories.


  • Boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 12
  • Typically developing or with ADHD or with Asperger’s / High functioning autism


Grand Rapids Academic Summer Program (GRASP)

The GRASP program is a summer math and reading correspondence program for grades Kindergarten to 8th. Children receive a packet of materials with a booklet containing 9 lessons. They complete one lesson a week or work at their own pace. They mail the lessons to GRASP where they are scored and returned to the children with comments.

We also have an on-line version of GRASP for students in 4th to 8th Grade.
Children successfully completing at least 7 lessons with 70% accuracy are awarded a certificate. Those successfully completing all 9 lessons with 70% accuracy receive a medal.

The fees for the summer of 2017 are $38 for one subject or $63 for both subjects for each child. Each child should be placed at the grade just completed in school. If there are extenuating circumstances, order the level that is appropriate for your child.

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Intervention Study on Children With Developmental Dyslexia

In this study, we recruit children with and without developmental dyslexia from age 7 to 15.  We examine whether two scientifically designed intervention programs can effectively improve reading in the brain.  This study will involve multiple visits to Michigan State University, with two fMRI scanning sessions.  You will get compensation for your time. 

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ITEC Information Technology Empowerment Center

Science and Engineering Activities for Kids!

The Information Technology Empowerment Center (itec) in Lansing is offering a Spring Break Camp and Session II of their Spring Courses.  Itec is a Lansing-based group that promotes various math, science and engineering fields to children ages 5-13. 

Classes include topics such as robotics, 3D printing, video game and app design, web design, and computer coding. 

There are two different options for this spring being offered by itec.  Click on the links below for more information and costs for each option.

Spring Courses - March 20 - May 20, 2017

Spring Break Camp - April 3 - April 7, 2017

ITEC Courses are offered at the Foster Community Center

200 N. Foster Ave, Lansing, MI 48912
Courses run January 17th-April 29th


Lansing Youth Startup Expo

Student registration for the Lansing Youth Startup Expo is now open at www.purelansing.com/youthstartup and the event takes place on Wednesday, March 29th from 9am-1:30pm at the Lansing Center.

The expo is a part of our Youth Startup Initiative which is focused on introducing students to the career possibilities of being an entrepreneur or small business owner. During the application process and event itself, students will develop important skills such as critical thinking, market evaluation, profitability, and more; all while building confidence and poise.

Please encourage your students to participate. There will be over $10,000 in prizes to win. There is no charge to attend this year’s event and lunch is included for the students who participate as well as their chaperones. The event is open to ALL middle and high school aged students who reside or attend school in the Lansing region (Clinton, Eaton & Ingham Counties)

Many Hands Weekend Survival Kits

Have you heard of Many Hands or the Weekend Survival Kit food program? Many Hands is a local non-profit organization that provides Weekend Survival Kits (WSK) to students enrolled in East Lansing schools.  Many families do not have the means to provide food during the weekend for their families.  Imagine your child, coming home from school to an empty cupboard? Unimaginable, but true for nearly 11,000 children in Ingham County alone.  When in school, children can receive Free/Reduced priced lunch and breakfast.  On the weekend they can receive a WSK that provides 14 meals, 2 sides and 2 snacks which are sent home with students in their backpacks every other Friday. There are several ways to help support this great cause, without it, this program could not survive. 


MASCOT 2017 - Mathematics Augmentation Series: Cultivating Optimal Teaching

Mathematics Augmentation Series: Cultivating Optimal Teaching

The topics of MASCOT are intended to supplement, complement and extend mathematics taught in the regular school program. The choice of topics is based on current research in the field and knowledge about how children learn. The instructional strategies emphasize cooperative learning and build on children’s prior mathematical knowledge.

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Michigan Education Trust (MET) and the Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP) college savings information and enrollment event

The Michigan Education Trust (MET) and the Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP), two of Michigan’s 529 college savings programs, are hosting a college savings information and enrollment event. I was hoping that you could help us spread the word about this event to parents of elementary and middle school children.

The Community Information and Enrollment Session is being held at the Okemos Public Library Thursday, March 30 from 3-8 pm. This is a free, drop-in session where those looking to learn more about ways to save for a child’s college education can speak with MET and MESP staff one-on-one and/or enroll in a savings program onsite.

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Michigan State University Participants Needed for Motor Learning Research Study

Adults and Children  needed for motor learning research study

Participants needed for motor learning research study - Children between 5-17 years old

Participants needed for motor learning research study - Adults between 45-80 years old

Michigan State University Science Festival

APRIL 7-23, 2017

Science LIVE!

Over 150 unique presentations, including demonstrations, seminars, discussion panels, tours and hands-on activities!  And it's all FREE!

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MSU College of Arts & Letters CeLTA Language School 2017 Language Summer Camps for Children and Teens

2017 Language Summer Camps for Children and Teens

Our summer camps introduce children to different languages and cultures by providing a fun learning environment that focuses on hands-on interactions and experiences with the target language. No prior knowledge is required and children of higher levels can be accommodated.
Camps meet from 8:30-4:00 pm in Wells Hall. Morning-only options (8:30-12:00 pm) are available for most camps.

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MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design’s Saturday Morning Art (SmART) Program

The Department of Art, Art History, and Design’s Saturday Morning Art (SmART) program is part of the Department’s Art Education degree program, which affords pre-service art education majors the opportunity to interact and work with school-age children, ages 7 through 18. The creative program serves to broaden and enrich the art and educational experiences of all involved and is designed to expand SmART participants’ artistic and problem solving skills, as well as their aesthetic and cultural awareness and sensitivity. The program provides 6 class sessions of instruction and an exhibition day for everyone to celebrate the artistic creations of the students.

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Parkwood YMCA Gym Swim Fun

Reach Studio Art Center

Spring Open House

Saturday, March 25th, come join us at REACH to see what we've been up to! Watch clay pottery wheel demonstrations and make your own rod puppet. 

Our Youth Gallery will feature superhero marionette puppets, dancing to funky music, created by our Creative Connections students this winter term. Also featured are portfolio works created by our Teen Open Studio participants.

Spring Break Workshops

April 3-6, 1:30 -3:30 pm

School Break Camps are open for registration!

Spend your spring break making art! Sign up for all four days, or just one workshop. Space is limited! The workshops are:

  • Monday 4/3: Cardboard Marionettes
  • Tuesday 4/4: Paper Kites
  • Wednesday 4/5: Simple Machines
  • Thursday 4/6: Natural Dyes

Click here for our Spring Break Workshops! 
Click here for all Summer Camp Listings!

Save the date for Alices Mad Hatter Tea Party

May 13th at 1:00pm. Get your tickets here today!


Spartan Writing Camp 2017

Dates & Times:

June 19-22, 26-29
July 10-13, 17-20

AM Half Days 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
PM Half Days 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Full Days: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Tourette Syndrome Programs

The Tourette Syndrome Camp Organization (TSCO) is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to promoting camping opportunities for children with Tourette Syndrome (TS) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and its associated disorders Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD).
The Tourette Syndrome Camp Organization (TSCO) will host the 24th Annual Tourette Syndrome Camp USA from Sunday, June 25, 2017 until Saturday, July  1, 2017 at YMCA Camp Duncan in Ingleside, Illinois. Our program is design for children ages 7-16 with Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  The cost for this program is $637.  We have financial aid available and a number of opportunities to assist families with raising funds to help cover the cost.  Please see our website for more information at www.tourettecamp.com
TSCO will also be hosting a family event on Sunday, March  26,  2017  at YMCA Camp Duncan from 10:00AM to 3:00PM.  The cost for this program will be $10 per person or $30 for a family including lunch.

This is an opportunity to spend the day at camp while experiencing and participating in some of the same fun activities that campers enjoy during our summer camp. A number of our volunteer staff will be on hand to partake in the activities as well. This is your opportunity to experience a piece of camp.   Please see our website for more information and registration at www.tourettecamp.com

There is local support in Michigan for children with Tourette Syndrome and their families through the Tourette Association of America Michigan Chapter at   https://www.tourette.org/chapter/mi/

Trojan Aquatics Elementary Water Polo

This co-ed water polo program for Grades 2-4 is designed to educate kids on becoming successful and overcoming obstacles by using the most exciting, action-packed team sport there is. Practices focus on learning water polo skills, with in-house games on Fridays. No experience necessary. 2 practices plus 1 game per week.

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