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.


The East Lansing Educational Foundation andSylvan Learning Center SAT Practice Test

SAT Practice Exam: Saturday, November 11, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the ELHS Student Union

The cost is just $25 – all proceeds go to the ELEF to help fund East Lansing School District programs.

Open to all MMS and ELHS Students
Please register early to reserve your spot.
Attendance will be limited to the first 150 students!
Snacks generously provided by Grand Traverse Pie Company.
What to bring – calculator and sharpened pencils - snacks provided
To register, fill out the form below and return along with payment to ELEF, Attn: SAT Workshop; 501 Burcham Dr, EL 48823. Registrations may also be dropped off in the MMS or ELHS main office.
Deadline is November 3, 2017

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2017 Mid-Michigan Young Singers Choral Workshop

Does your child like to sing?  We are looking for eager singers in 3rd-6th grade to join us for the Young Singers Choral Workshop in East Lansing on Saturday, November 11, 2017.  It’s a morning of singing with our guest conductor, Brooke Broughton.  This exciting event will bring together students from multiple school districts around the Mid-Michigan region. 

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Be a Scout

There are multiple opportunities to join Scouts in East Lansing!

You can also visit www.BeAScout.org to

find other programs outside of East Lansing

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

Downtown East Lansing’s Great Pumpkin Walk to Take Place Oct. 30

The popular annual Great Pumpkin Walk will bring trick-or-treat fun to downtown East Lansing on Monday, Oct. 30 from 5-7 p.m. Please note that the event has been moved from a Thursday to a Monday this year.

Families are invited to bring their children to downtown in full costume to receive free door-to-door treats from more than 50 participating downtown businesses.

Each year, more than 1,000 trick-or-treaters pack the sidewalks of downtown East Lansing for this fun, safe and free Halloween event. The event is hosted by the City of East Lansing and Downtown Management Board in partnership with participating downtown businesses.

Downtown parking will be free from 4:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30 and there is no starting point for the event.

“Land of Oz” at the Wild Goose Inn
As part of the Great Pumpkin Walk, Wild Goose Inn, 512 Albert Ave., will host its popular annual “Land of Oz” on Monday, Oct. 30 from 5-7 p.m. With the assistance of costumed actors from East Lansing High School’s Theater Department, this popular downtown bed & breakfast is transformed into the colorful and enchanting “Land of Oz.”

In conjunction with the Great Pumpkin Walk, the Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, will host ArachnoBROADia! on Monday, Oct. 30 from 5-8 p.m. Visitors can try their hand at some ghoulish games, make Halloween-themed crafts and sink their fangs into scary snacks. MSU's Bug House will also be there to teach visitors all about their favorite creepy crawly creatures.

Safe Halloween on Thursday, Oct. 26
The MSU Greek Community will host Safe Halloween on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event will take place along M.A.C. Avenue, between Burcham Drive and Linden Street. This popular annual event provides children with a safe environment to trick-or-treat, enjoy games and interact with college students in one of MSU's predominantly Greek neighborhoods.

Trick-or-Treating on Halloween Night
Trick-or-treating in East Lansing’s residential neighborhoods takes place from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 31 each year.

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East Lansing Arts Commission Now Accepting Applications for FY18 Cultural Arts Grant Program

The East Lansing Arts Commission is currently accepting applications for its Fiscal Year 2018 Cultural Arts Grant program.

The Cultural Arts Grant program supports projects that encourage artistic awareness, public participation and/or cultural arts appreciation in the City of East Lansing. The commission has up to $10,500 to allocate for FY18.

FY18 grant-funded projects and events must take place between November 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

Applications for FY18 Cultural Arts Grant funding must be received by Friday, November 3, 2017 at 5 p.m. to be considered. The application and additional information is available at www.cityofeastlansing.com/CulturalArtsGrant.

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2017 Recreational Basketball Grades 2-6

This program provides instruction, recreation and the development of individual skills. An emphasis will be on team play, group cooperation and sportsmanship.

Games are typically played on Saturday; however, some weeknight games are possible. They will take place at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, and at East Lansing elementary schools.

Games may also be played in other local communities.

Coaches will contact players by Thanksgiving with team assignments.

  • Practices begin the week of Monday, December 4.
  • Games start Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.
  • Season ends approximately March 3rd.

Game shirts can be purchased for $15 at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center.

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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.

Kids Power Karate (Ages 6-12)

DATES: 9/25/17 TO 10/30/17
TIME: 5:45 TO 6:30 PM
AT 517.333.2580 EXT. 0 or ONLINE AT


Little Ninjas Karate (Ages 4 &5)

DATES: 9/25/17 TO 10/30/17
TIME: 5:00 TO 5:30 PM
OR ONLINE AT cityofeastlansing.com/1182/Classes-Programs

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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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East Lansing Basketball Club Evaluations for Grades 5-8

The East Lansing Basketball Club will be holding basketball evaluations for Boys and Girls in grades 5 through 8.   The purpose is to form competitive teams to play in the Red Cedar basketball league.   Please visit the ELBC website - www.elbasketball.org for more information on the times and locations of the evaluations.

East Lansing Basketball Club Red Cedar Evaluations

October 25, 2017 @ the Hannah Community Center
5th Grade Girls – 5:30-7:00
6th Grade Girls – 7:00-8:30    

November 1, 2017 @ the Hannah Community Center
5th Grade Boys – 5:30-7:00
6th Grade Boys – 7:00-8:30    

There will be an evaluation of the basketball skills for boys and girls who wish to participate in a competitive basketball league.  The East Lansing Basketball Club is sponsoring 5th and 6th grade teams that will play in the Red Cedar Basketball League.  This league offers the opportunity to play against other competitive teams from the Mid-Michigan area.

The purpose of the East Lansing Basketball Club is to foster, encourage and promote the playing of the sport of basketball for the children, families and residents of the East Lansing School District (public, private and home-schooled).  This will be done through various means in order to develop and promote the qualities of physical fitness, competitive spirit, team play, school loyalty and good sportsmanship.  This organization was formed in order to develop stronger basketball programs in our schools and work ultimately as a feeder program to East Lansing High School.

Please contact Kevin Mayes at coachkevinmayes@gmail.com with any questions regarding evaluations.

Please arrive a few minutes early to register for the evaluations.  Parent signatures will be required prior to the start of the evaluation period.  Please have your child wear basketball shoes and gym shorts.

Visit our website: www.elbasketball.org

East Lansing Middle School Swimming & Diving Parent Information Meeting

Parent Information Meeting
Thursday, October 26
7:15 – 8:30 PM
MacDonald Middle School Cafeteria

  • Open to boys and girls in Grades 6– 8 from East Lansing Public Schools
  • Must be able to swim one length of the pool--any stroke--doesn’t have to be pretty!
  • Season runs November 13 - February 22
  • This East Lansing team competes in meets and is fun and exciting for the kids. They get a team experience and work on their individual goals.
  • Our focus is on developing technique on four competitive strokes, starts, and turns. Older swimmers will focus on getting ready for high school teams.
  • Practices and home meets are held at East Lansing High School. Away meets are held at other local high school pools. Evening practices are available Monday through Friday.
  • All middle school swimming & diving athletes must have a medical physical to participate. The required physical form is available on our website. Physicals must have been completed AFTER April 15, 2017. Completed physical forms, which must be signed by a physician, will be collected at the first practice. Since this is a new requirement for our team, please plan accordingly.(https://trojanmiddle.swimtopia.com/docs-and-links)

Please come and meet the coaches and learn more about our program!

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East Lansing Public Library

Elementary Economics Class

School-aged children, join us for a free series of classes in economics! Classes will be led by Anna Esenther, a student at Michigan State University. We will be using children's literature and other tools to learn about lots of basic economics concepts. This class is suggested for 3rd - 5th graders.

All sessions will be held on Fridays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Spaces are limited and registration is required.

Please note that there is no class on October 20 due to an early closure at the library.

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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.

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Monthly Newsletter

PDF DocumentOctober 2017 Newsletter

PDF DocumentHomework Help

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

Enjoy FREE afternoon in the Potter Park Zoo!

Enjoy an afternoon in the park on us at Potter Park Zoo!

Saturday, November 11, 2017
from 1 :00 pm till 4:00 pm
1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, MI

Fun Events

Face Painting
Dancing with the Turkey
Food and Drinks
Goodie Bags
Free Hats and Mittens
Live animal stations
Music throughout the zoo
Story time & free books from

Free Admission & Parking

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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.



Girl Scouts Recruitment Event

East Lansing Kindergarten Daisy Troop

Date: Monday Evenings 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23

Time: 6-7:15 pm

Location: The Peoples Church - Social Hall (200 W Grand River)
Join us for 4 weeks of fun! This introductory troop will give girls chance to make friends and see how much fun being a Girl scout will be.   It'll also give adults the opportunity  to start their  own Girl Scout journey!

Contact: Callie Frey cfrey@gsohm.org / 517-742-4741

Visit gshom.org/join or call 1-800-49-SCOUT today!

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Girls Who Code Club at Michigan State University

Saturdays 10am-noon starting January 20th

Grades 7−12

Engineering Building 428 S Shaw Lane Rm. 3353

Join us for fun and learning!
To sign up contact: Harshita Das msugirlswhocode@gmail.com 517–432–1273
Space is limited!

Girls Who Code is a national non-profit dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology success of women in tech.

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Global Festival - See The World In A Day


  • World Gift Shop opens at 12pm
  • International exhibits
  • Live performances
  • Children’s activities
  • Performance workshops
  • Fashion show

For More Information Visit http://oiss.isp.msu.edu/feature/gf.htm

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Harris Nature Center Halloween Adventures

Saturday October 21
10 am - 5 pm

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Impression 5 Museum Physiology Understanding (PhUn) Day!

Join the Department of Physiology at MSU for our 6th annual PhUn Day!

Participate in activities that showcase physiology (heart, arteries, lungs, bones, teeth, etc.) to K-5 children in the greater Lansing area.

  • When: Saturday, November 11th from 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Where: Impression 5 Science Center in downtown Lansing

Questions? Please contact Dr. Erica Wehrwein (wehrwei7@psl.msu.edu) or Valerie VanRyn (vanrynva@psl.msu.edu) from the Dept. of Physiology at MSU.

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Ingham ISD Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Invites You to the 5th Annual Transition Fair

SATURDAY, October 28, 2017
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Free Admission
Wilson Talent Center
611 Hagadorn Road, Mason 48854

Why attend a Transition Fair?

  • To engage students in learning to pursue their post school visions
  • To engage families in the transition process with their young adult
  • To meet community partners and different community agencies
  • To learn together outside an IEP team meeting

Who should attend?

  • Students in grades 8-12+, family members, teachers, transition coaches, and others in the Ingham, Eaton and Clinton communities who are interested
  • Students who want to experience a mock job interview

Save the date – College and Career Fair – February 23, 2018

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LCC Youth Programs: GATE and A+ Classes for Fall 2017 Grades 2-12

Oct. 21 - Nov. 18
Enroll at
lcc.edu/seriousfun | 517.483.1415

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MSU CeLTA Language School College of Arts and Letters Language Classes

Our weekly language classes for preschoolers (ages 3-6), kids (ages 6-12), and teens (ages 13+) provide practice for speaking and listening while incorporating some reading and writing. Children are grouped by age and proficiency; concurrent sections are offered for most languages.

Classes will be held in Wells Hall at MSU starting the week of September 11, 2017.  All classes meet for 10 sessions.

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MSU Greek Life Presents Safe Halloween

Thursday,  October26, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Located on M.A.C. Ave between Linden and Burcham

Trick or Treat and join us for a free family-friendly evening of spooky games, activities, and lots and lots of candy!

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MSU Soccer Free School Admission

Students can attend any home soccer game for FREE!
Send an email to schuche1@ath.msu.edu with school name also the date of the game and number of tickets required.

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MSU Volleyball Free School Admission

Send an email to m.smith@ath.msu.edu with school name, number of tickets, and game date

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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 tucker88@msu.edu or call 517-353-1756

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MSU WOW! That's Engineering

Come join the MSU Society of Women Engineers!
Wow! That’s Engineering® is an interactive event for grades 4th-8th designed to expose young women to the world of engineering through exciting hands on projects. All activities will be led by current women studying engineering at Michigan State University.

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National Academy of Engineering is delighted to announce this year’s annual EngineerGirl Writing Contest on Engineering for Your Community

The National Academy of Engineering is delighted to announce this year’s annual EngineerGirl Writing Contest on Engineering for Your Community.  This is an opportunity for students in grades 3-12 to learn more about engineering and win cash prizes (up to $500).  The contest challenges students to write a plea convincing others to improve their community’s infrastructure. The contest description on the EngineerGirl website describes the different systems of infrastructure needed and how one might go through the engineering design process to work through identifying the problems and coming up with the solutions.  We have also included the following additional resources that we hope will make it easier for educators like you to help students make the most of this opportunity and stimulate engagement in engineering. 

Special Note to Educators

Tips for Class Projects

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Thousands of students, both boys and girls, have submitted essays to the contest over the years, with winners earning monetary prizes and the honor of having their essays published on the EngineerGirl website. The contest can be an opportunity for out-of-school work, or it can be part of a classroom project. There have been some wonderful winning essays in past contests, and we are certain this year will be no exception. The entry deadline for the 2018 contest is February 1, 2018.


The First Tee of Mid-Michigan 2017 Fall After School Classes

2017 Fall After School Classes
The First Tee of Mid-Michigan

Continue to learn...

...long after summer is over

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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

or call 517-333-2580 ext. 1


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

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.

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Write Michigan Short Story Contest

Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music announce the Sixth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, which drew nearly 600 Michigan writers last year.

Writers of all ages are encouraged to enter, with separate categories for youth, teens and adults. Returning this year is an all-ages category for Spanish entries. Winning entries will be published and receive cash prizes

“Write Michigan is a wonderful opportunity for authors of all ages to get published and win cash prizes,” said KDL Director of Innovation and User Experience Michelle Boisvenue Fox. “We continue to be amazed at the caliber of writers we have enter this exciting competition and are honored to be a vehicle in showcasing Michigan talent. Writers won’t want to miss this chance to share their talent in such a big way!”

Stories can be submitted at www.writemichigan.org through Thursday, Nov. 30. Details include a 3,000-word maximum length; $10 entry fee for ages 18 and above, free for 17 and under; current Michigan residents only; all entries must be submitted online.

Winners are chosen by public vote for the Readers’ Choice award and by a panel of judges for the Judges’ Choice award. Voters and judges choose winners from the top ten semi-finalists. The top honor in each category receives a $250 cash prize and a Judges’ Choice runner-up in each category will receive a $100 prize. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.

For more information on the event, visit  www.writemichigan.org. For a Write Michigan media kit, including logo, poster and additional graphics, please visit www.writemichigan.org/media.html