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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.
 


 

School & District Related Events


East Lansing Educational Foundation Events


Seeking Nominations for Annual East Lansing Educational Foundation Awards

Each year the East Lansing Educational Foundation presents a number of awards at its annual awards dinner. We are seeking nominations from the community for these awards. The awards and criteria are listed below, followed by the nomination form. Nominees will be kept on file for up to three (3) years as the Foundation makes these awards on an annual basis. Please return your nominations by Friday, October 18, 2019.

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East Lansing Educational Foundation Membership & Donation Opportunities

Dear Friends of the East Lansing Educational Foundation:

Through wind, rain, and snow a dedicated team of community volunteers meets on the second Tuesday of each month with one ultimate goal in mind; to help raise funds to distribute to East Lansing Public Schools teachers, administrators and staff.

It has been my pleasure over the past few years to be a part of this team, better known as the East Lansing Educational Foundation, and to help raise those funds and to assist in reviewing the requests for assistance for our classrooms that come in each fall. From your donations, the ELEF was able to fund grants this year totaling over $48,000. I wanted to share just a few of those wonderful requests that were awarded this year.


East Lansing High School
$1,058.00 for two new cameras for the yearbook staff
$3,939.90 for mini iPads for the Math Department

MacDonald Middle School
$3,500.00 for a new 3-D printer

Donley
$4,760.00 for a science partnership with Impression 5 Science Center

Glencairn
$1,199.25 for performance stages for the music department

Marble
$2,398.00 for Ozbots for STEM enhancement programs

Pinecrest
$718.00 for parental support literature

Whitehills
$3,400.00 for Drum Fit - a collaborative effort between P.E. and music classes

As you can see, students at every school in our district benefit from your generous support to the ELEF. As we enter the season of giving, I humbly ask that you once again open your hearts and your checkbooks to assist the ELEF in its mission to continue to provide that extra support our ELPS teachers, administrators, and staff so deservingly need. We all benefit from this generosity of spirit and our community is a much richer place for it. Please fill out the enclosed donation form or visit us online at: www.elef.us to contribute to the ELEF in whatever amount you can spare. All donations are extremely appreciated.

Have a safe and happy holiday season,

Blair Renfro
President, East Lansing Educational Foundation

PDF Version of Letter

Donation Form

 

Community Events


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

MSU Homecoming Parade to Take Place Next Friday, Sept. 27

The 2019 Michigan State University (MSU) Homecoming Parade will take place next Friday, Sept. 27, beginning at 6 p.m.

This year’s MSU Homecoming theme is “Spartans Inspire Success” and the Grand Marshal is Susan Packard – former HGTV chief operating officer, author and MSU alumna. Packard’s triumphs in media, written works and continued mentorship truly exemplifies what it means to inspire success.

The 2019 MSU Homecoming Parade will begin at the Abbot-Burcham intersection (staging at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center) and travel south on Abbot Road, east on Grand River Avenue, south on Farm Lane via the Collingwood Entrance and end at the intersection of Farm and Shaw lanes.

Community members are invited to don their green-and-white gear and line the streets of the parade route. Community members can find additional MSU Homecoming information at https://alumni.msu.edu/traditions/homecoming/parade.cfm

A number of East Lansing and intersections will be closed Friday, Sept. 27 to accommodate the parade.

Please note that some of the roadway re-opening times are approximate. Roadways will re-open once the last parade unit has passed through. Closures include:

  • Abbot Road, between Oxford Road/Whitehills Drive and Burcham Drive, from 2:30-7 p.m.
  • Abbot Road, between Burcham Drive and Grand River Avenue, from 5:30-7:15 p.m.
  • Burcham Drive, between Old Hickory Lane and Abbot Road, from 3-7:15 p.m.
  • Grand River Avenue, between Abbot Road and the Collingwood Drive entrance to the MSU campus, from 5:30-7:15 p.m.

These streets near the East Lansing Hannah Community Center will also be closed Friday, Sept. 27 for parade staging:

  • Centerlawn Avenue, from Forest Street to Abbot Road, from 2:30-7 p.m.
  • Evergreen Avenue, from Centerlawn Avenue to Northlawn Avenue, from 2:30-7 p.m.
  • Forest Street, from Centerlawn Avenue to Northlawn Avenue, from 2:30-7 p.m.
  • Fern Street, from Evergreen Avenue to Abbot Road, from 2:30-7 p.m.
  • Northlawn Avenue, from Forest Street to Abbot Road, from 2:30-7 p.m.

City Closures: Please note that the East Lansing Hannah Community Center will close at noon on Sept. 27 and the parking lot will be used for parade staging. Additionally, the East Lansing Public Library will close at 3 p.m. on Sept. 27.

Other street closures and alternate routes: All roads southbound off Albert Avenue, between Durand Street and Abbot Road, will be closed to through traffic. Some roads leading to Abbot Road (Library Lane, Centerlawn Avenue and Northlawn Avenue) will also be closed to through traffic. Eastbound and westbound traffic should take Saginaw Highway. Northbound and southbound traffic should take either Harrison Road or Hagadorn Road.

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Community Members have Until Sept. 30 to Purchase Patriarche Park Brick Pavers

To celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Playground in the Park “Re-Imagined” project, the City of East Lansing is giving community members a second chance to purchase personalized, engraved brick pavers that will be installed at the entryway of Patriarche Park’s playground. The deadline to submit an order form and payment is Monday, Sept. 30.

Community members have the option of purchasing a 4” x 8” brick paver for $100 (three lines of text, 14 characters per line) or an 8” x 8” brick paver for $150 (four lines of text, 14 characters per line), which will be installed at the park by Oct. 31. A total of 40 brick pavers must be sold to make this project a success. To purchase a brick paver, online and printable order forms are available at https://cityofeastlansing.com/2024/Playground-in-the-Park-Re-Imagined, or community members can contact Jane Stone at (517) 319-6809 or jstone@cityofeastlansing.com.

About the Project
In 2014, the City and East Lansing Rotary Club partnered on the Playground in the Park “Re-Imagined” project. The idea behind the project was to bring a new playground to the park designed by the community, built by the community and with funds raised by the community. In addition to involving the community in the project’s design phase, community members were invited to help build the new playground. The project was funded in part by a $300,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant as well as several generous sponsorships and community contributions. The 1.2-acre playground features a wide variety of colorful play equipment, a poured-in-place surface, a rain garden, a brick entry plaza, walkways and more.

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Human Relations Commission’s Coffee & Conversation Series Continues with LGBTQIA+ Edition
 

The East Lansing Human Relations Commission (HRC) Coffee & Conversation series continues with an LGBTQIA+ edition on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 2-4 p.m. at Blue Owl Coffee, 213 Ann St., Ste. C. The series provides a monthly forum for community discussions on topics of diversity and inclusion.

“The HRC is the body tasked with investigating and protecting human rights and dignity within our city. And while every Commissioner is committed to fighting for every right of each of our protected classes, the best way to effectively represent the voice of our community is to meet them where they are and learn from their experiences,” said HRC Chair Talyce Murray. “This month’s LGBTQIA+ edition is continuing the conversation we are having as a City this month around the best ways to advocate and protect the rights of our LGBTQIA+ community members. On Sept. 10, the East Lansing City Council approved a ban on conversion therapy, but what else can we do to help protect our community members?”

The Coffee & Conversation series was launched in response to feedback from community members at previous organized events and will continue to feature monthly informal conversations around a single-topic issue at rotating East Lansing locations. Topics will be related to a variety of human rights issues and will be hosted by rotating members of the HRC.

The next session will be a Disabilities & Accessibility edition, which will take place Sunday, Oct. 20 from 1-3 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Pie Company in Brookfield Plaza, 1331 E Grand River Ave. Additional sessions will be announced on the City’s website calendar, www.cityofeastlansing.com, and social media: https://www.facebook.com/cityofeastlansing and https://twitter.com/CityofEL.

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East Lansing Community Photo Contest Deadline is One Month Away

The deadline is less than a month away for the City of East Lansing’s 2019 Community Photo Contest, officially sponsored by Meijer, the East Lansing Downtown Management Board (DMB) and the East Lansing Farmers Market (ELFM).

Community members who submit photos by Sunday, Oct. 13 at midnight will be in the running for fantastic contest prizes. Meijer has generously donated $500 in gift cards for the photo contest winners, including a $150 gift card for 1st place, a $100 gift for 2nd place, $50 gift card for 3rd place and $25 gift cards for honorable mention photos (8 total).

The DMB and ELFM have also generously donated prizes for this year’s Downtown East Lansing and ELFM categories.  The participant who submits the best photo of downtown East Lansing will receive a $100 downtown East Lansing parking voucher and the participant who submits the best photo of the ELFM will receive a $20 ELFM gift card market bag and t-shirt.

In addition to the prizes, the winning photos will also be featured in City of East Lansing marketing materials – online and in print.

Community members from throughout the region are invited to show off their photo-taking talent by submitting up to five high resolution digital photos that illustrate what they love most about the East Lansing community – from its beautiful parks, community events, venues, facilities and more! 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 submit their forms ahead of time.

East Lansing Community Photo Contests were previously held in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009 and 2008. Community members with questions about the contest can email qalexan@cityofeastlansing.com or call (517) 319-6980.

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Single Southbound Lane Closure on Abbot Road to begin Monday, Sept. 16

Community members are advised that southbound Abbot Road, in front of the Abbott Pointe Apartments, 204 E. Pointe Lane, will be reduced to one lane beginning Monday, Sept. 16.

The lane closure will accommodate the removal and replacement of the sidewalk and driveway at the Abbott Pointe Apartments. During this work, the sidewalk adjacent to the apartments will also be closed and a pedestrian detour will be in place.

The lane and sidewalk closure will be in place daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with work expected to be completed by the end of the week. Motorists should be prepared for traffic shifts and use caution when driving through the area.

Community members with questions can contact the East Lansing Department of Public Works at (517) 337-9459.

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City of East Lansing Seeks Citizen Volunteers to Serve on Boards and Commissions

The City of East Lansing is currently seeking citizen volunteers to serve on several of its advisory boards and commissions. Community members interested in serving their community through active civic engagement are encouraged to apply.

A list of vacancies and an application are available online at https://cityofeastlansing.com/vacancies. The majority of the boards and commissions meet monthly and do not require prior experience.

“The City of East Lansing encourages citizen participation at every level of local government. Serving on a board or commission is a tremendous opportunity for citizens to engage in the work of their local government and take part in decisions regarding City policies, development and programs,” said City Manager George Lahanas.

Contact Emily Gordon at (517) 319-6869 or egordon@cityofeastlansing.com for more information.

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East Lansing Arts Commission Now Accepting Applications for FY20 Cultural Arts Grant Program

The East Lansing Arts Commission is currently accepting applications for its Fiscal Year 2020 Cultural Arts Grant program.

The Cultural Arts Grant program supports high-quality public art projects that encourage artistic awareness, public participation and/or cultural arts appreciation in the City of East Lansing. The commission has up to $17,500 to allocate for FY20.

FY20 grant-funded projects and events must take place between November 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Examples of projects that received grants last fiscal year include the Black History 101 Mobile Museum at the East Lansing Public Library ($375), the Pumpstock music festival in the Bailey Neighborhood ($500), All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre’s performance of “The Wizard of Oz” ($750) and the children’s arts activities area at the East Lansing Art Festival ($2,500).

Applications for FY20 Cultural Arts Grant funding must be received by Friday, October 4, 2019 at 5 p.m. to be considered. Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/CulturalArtsGrant for additional information and the application.

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East Lansing Welcomes the World to Take Place Friday, Sept. 20

The 10th Annual East Lansing Welcomes the World event will be hosted at the East Lansing Public Library (ELPL), 950 Abbot Road, on Friday, Sept. 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

International students and families are invited to come meet their East Lansing neighbors at this special, free event brought to the community by a partnership between the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University. The event will feature catered food, family activities, community information tables, a special visit from Sparty and more. New this year, there will also be karaoke. In addition to the food and activities, there will be a brief program during the event featuring welcoming remarks by East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows, MSU Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) Director Krista McCallum Beatty and ELPL Director Kristin Shelley.

“We are excited to add karaoke to the mix of activities offered at this year’s event and we are hoping that moving the event from a Sunday afternoon to a Friday evening will work well for both students and families alike,” said OISS Communications and Community Outreach Coordinator Joy Shantz. “This event is always a lot of fun and it is a great opportunity for us to let our international community members know that they are welcome here.”

“The City of East Lansing is a richly diverse community, with approximately 9,000 international students, scholars and dependent family members living here,” said ELPL Director Kristin Shelley. “The East Lansing Welcomes the World event provides our community members from across the globe with a great opportunity to meet their American neighbors in a fun and welcoming setting.”

The East Lansing Welcomes the World event is free and open to all community members. East Lansing residents are encouraged to attend to help in welcoming their international neighbors.

East Lansing’s event coincides with Welcoming America’s Welcoming Week, which is Sept. 13-22. East Lansing Welcomes the World is currently featured on the calendar of events for Welcoming Week:
https://www.welcomingamerica.org/welcoming-week-event/east-lansingwelcomes-
world.

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East Lansing Farmers Market to Host Spartan Appreciation Day and UNITY PROJECT Installation on Sunday, Sept. 8

The East Lansing Farmers Market (ELFM) will host  Spartan Appreciation Day and the UNITY PROJECT installation on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court.

For Spartan Appreciation Day, the first 150 college students who show their college student identification card at the information booth will receive a FREE, reusable ELFM shopping bag, a $2 complimentary gift certificate to the market and downtown East Lansing business coupons.

The UNITY PROJECT installation is an interactive art project sponsored by the East Lansing Arts Commission that features a larger-than-life structure consisting of 32 posts with identifiers. Participants will be invited to tie colorful pieces of yarn to posts that reflect their identities. The yarn will intertwine with other participants’ yarn to create a web of interconnectedness.

The UNITY PROJECT, which was first hosted at the ELFM last year, was “created to raise consciousness about that labels we give ourselves and others and explore how those labels both support and limit building interconnected, interesting communities.” All ages are encouraged to participate.

In addition to Spartan Appreciation Day and the UNITY PROJECT, live music at the market will include the Dangling Participles from 10 a.m.-noon and Taylor Taylor from noon-2 p.m.

The 2019 season of the ELFM runs June 2-Oct. 27 on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2p.m. in Valley Court Park.

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City of East Lansing Launches 2019 Community Photo Contest

The City of East Lansing has launched its 2019 Community Photo Contest, officially sponsored by Meijer, the East Lansing Downtown Management Board and the East Lansing Farmers Market. The contest deadline is Sunday, October 13, 2019 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 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 (8 total) - $25 Meijer gift cards Downtown Category* - $100 downtown East Lansing parking voucher. East Lansing Farmers Market Category ** - $20 ELFM gift card, market bag and t-shirt.

*Participants can submit their best photos of downtown East Lansing for a chance to win this prize. **Participants can submit their best photos of the East Lansing Farmers Market for a chance to win this prize.

In addition to the prizes, the winning photos will also be featured in City of East Lansing marketing materials – online and in print.

“We encourage community members of all ages and abilities to show off their photography skills, while also showing us what they love about the East Lansing community,” said Communications Specialist Quinn Alexander. “We are really looking forward to seeing what participants capture during this year’s photo contest.”

East Lansing Community Photo Contests were previously held in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009 and 2008. Community members with questions about the contest can email qalexan@cityofeastlansing.com or call (517) 319-6980.

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All-of-US Children's Theater

Through theatre, young kids enhance reading skills, practice their ability to work in a team, take on leadership roles, gain self confidence to take with them to school, and learn to balance both
focus and creativity.

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EveryoneOn

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.

http://everyoneon.org/

 

HBCL and MSU Study Investigating Activity and Number Sense

The Health Behaviors and Cognition Lab at Michigan State University is recruiting children ages 4-5 years old for a study on how physical activity affects early math skills.

 

This study will involve 2 sessions (first session 1-hour; second session 20 mins). To be eligible, your child should meet the following criteria:

  • Age range between 4-5 years at time of testing
  • Have general good health
  • No history of neurological problems
  • No significant vision difficulties

You will be compensated $20 for the first session and an additional $10 following completion of the second session for a total of $30.

For more information please contact Amanda McGowan

Call: (517) 353-0892

Email: healthbehaviors.cognitionlab@gmail.com

Visit: http://education.msu.edu/kin/hbcl/

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Language Classes for Preschoolers, Children, Pre-Teens and Teens

Our weekly language classes for preschoolers (ages 3-6), kids (ages 6-9), pre-teens (10-12) and teens (ages 13+) provide practice for speaking and listening while incorporating some reading and writing. Children are grouped by age and proficiency;

Classes are held in Wells Hall at MSU starting the week of
September 9, 2019. All classes meet for 10 sessions.

Multiple-child/-program discounts (10%) and need-based scholarships are available.
Classes will be cancelled if fewer than 5 students enroll.

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Parkwood YMCA Active After School Program

The YMCA bus will pick up your child from their school and transport him or her to the Parkwood YMCA.
Children will be picked up by the school office and they should also bring a snack! Kids will participate in
swimming, physical education games and kids gym during Active After School

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Trojan Aquatics Fall Program

Multiple grade levels available

 

  • FALL  SWIM TEAM Grades 1-5
  • FALL SWIM TEAM Grades 6-8

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Youth Athletic Association Basketball

Youth Athletic Association will host a basketball league for Boys and Girls K-6th grade at Court One Training Center-7868 Old M-78 East Lansing, MI.
This 5-week season first game is Friday October 18th.
All Practices will be on Tuesday’s starting October 8, 2019.

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