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 Band & Orchestra 5th Annual Mattress Fundraiser
City of East Lansing/East Lansing Parks, Recreation, & Arts Upcoming Events
Floor Hockey for Kids Clinic Ages 5-8
Floor hockey is similar to soccer. The object is to get the plastic puck into the net, past the goalie, using plastic hockey sticks. Floor hockey is played inside a gymnasium with tennis shoes/sneakers. Teams are Co-ed.
Floor hockey is FAST and FUN, but lacks the aggressiveness associated with ice hockey. Kids from any school district or any city are welcome. Equipment will be provided.
Group A (ages 5-6) 10:00 a.m. #316702-A Saturdays, March 9 – March 30
Group B (ages 7-8) 11:00 a.m. #316702-B East Lansing Hannah Comm. Center Gym
Youth participants have the option of playing in a tournament. For tournament play, please note the age divisions are based on the age of your child as of January 1, 2019.
Helmets/head gear is not provided. Please let us know if you would like recommendations on appropriate floor hockey helmets. All other gear is provided by the program.
For more information about Floor Hockey, or to register, contact us at (517) 333-2580, ext. 0 or online at www.cityofeastlansing.com/classes. Forms can also be dropped off at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (819 Abbot Road).
All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre to Bring “My Name is Rumpelstiltskin” and “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” to the Stage
All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) will bring “My Name is Rumpelstiltskin” and “The Twelve Dancing Princess” to the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC) stage, 819 Abbot Road, Feb. 8-10 and Feb. 15-17. Friday shows will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday shows will take place at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday shows will take place at 3 p.m. More than 75 mid-Michigan youth, ages 9-18, make up the cast and crew of this latest AECT production. Double feature productions like this are very exciting for our youth as it lets them experience two stories at once, and also gives us the opportunity to involve more youth than a regular production,” said AECT Artistic Director Liz Cooke. “Everyone is looking forward to sharing these classic fairy tales with the public.”
Tickets are $7 for children (17 and under) and $10 for adults (18 and above). Community members can purchase tickets ahead of time by visiting the ELHCC Box Office or by calling (517) 333-2580 ext. 0. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/allofus for more information.
All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) offers young people of all backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles the opportunity to produce professional quality plays, study many aspects of the dramatic arts and develop valuable life skills while providing outstanding entertainment to the community. AECT brings four major productions to the Greater Lansing community each year with the help of hundreds of youth from throughout the region.
East Lansing Children’s Concert Series to Feature Live Music on Three Saturdays this February
The East Lansing Children’s Concert Series returns this February, featuring three Saturdays of live musical entertainment for children of all ages. The concerts are free and open to all.
The concerts will take place at 11 a.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC), 819 Abbot Road, on the following dates:
- Saturday, Feb. 2 – Sally Rogers
Sally Rogers is a nationally renowned singer-songwriter and recording artist with numerous awards for her work. She will be performing an array of traditional, contemporary and original songs. Her performance is part of the annual Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival: http://www.singingfestival.com/.
- Saturday, Feb. 9 – Tim the Music Man
Tim the Music Man is a seasoned musician who toured nationally as the bassist for mid-Michigan’s 19 Wheels from 1996-2005. He shifted musical gears after becoming a father and is now an engaging, eccentric and energetic children’s performer.
- Saturday, Feb. 23 – Melissa Sigh
Melissa Sigh is the owner/operator of Sigh Studio of Music in Old Town, Lansing. Sigh enjoys teaching the joy of ukulele to all of her students. This special concert will feature an interactive and engaging morning filled with ukeles and music.
Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/childrensconcerts to learn more about the Children’s Concert Series.
City of East Lansing Seeks Nominations for 2019 Crystal Awards
The City of East Lansing is currently seeking community nominations for the 2019 Crystal Awards.
Community members are encouraged to help honor East Lansing’s unsung heroes by submitting nominations for deserving candidates. The deadline to submit a nomination is February 16, 2019.
An online nomination form is available at www.cityofeastlansing.com/crystalawards and paper nomination forms are available at East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbot Road; the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road; and the East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road. To request that a paper nomination form be mailed to you, please contact Karla Forrest-Hewitt at (517) 319-6823 or email@example.com.
About the Crystal Awards
The Crystal Awards, hosted annually by the East Lansing City Council, honor individuals, businesses, professionals, nonprofits and/or community groups that have made an outstanding contribution to community life in East Lansing. Recipients are dedicated to enhancing the East Lansing community. They demonstrate a passion for and commitment to creating a healthy and vibrant community and serve as an inspiration to others.
All nominations will be reviewed by a community selection committee and four recipients will be chosen. The selected recipients will be honored at the 2019 Crystal Awards community reception on Thursday, April 18 at 5 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road.
Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/crystalawards to submit an online nomination, review eligibility criteria and view past recipients.
Community Members Invited to Share Input on Update to Five-Year Parks & Recreation Plan
East Lansing community members are invited to share input that will assist the City of East Lansing in updating its Five-Year Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Greenways Plan.
The updated plan will be adopted in 2020 and will serve as an important document that will help guide the future direction of the City’s parks and recreation system for five years and beyond. The current, 2015 plan can be viewed here: https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/DocumentCenter/View/2678/2015-Park-Recreation-Open-Space-and-Greenways-Plan-PDF?bidId.
There are two ways for community members to share their input on the plan update:
- An online survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EastLansingPR. This survey should take an average of 10-12 minutes to complete and the deadline to complete the survey is February 4, 2019. Paper copies of the survey are also available at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road; the East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road; and East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbot Road.
- Two public input meetings have been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7 and Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road. All community members are welcome to attend.
“We hope community members will take advantage of the opportunities available to share their input with us as we work to update this important document,” said East Lansing Parks, Recreation & Art Director Tim McCaffrey. “Community participation in this process is extremely important to us and will help us in developing an updated plan that is supported by the community members we serve.”
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.
East Lansing Baseball Club Winter Clinics & Tryouts
The East Lansing Baseball Club will be offering FREE (donations welcome) instructional clinics for East Lansing youth interested in playing baseball during the 2019 season, and then tryouts for placement on travel baseball teams for the 2019 baseball season.
8 and Under (8U) Clinic
Sunday, February 17 from Noon-2p.m.
Sunday, March 3 from Noon – 1:30 p.m.
10 and Under (10U and 9U) Clinic
Sunday, February 3 from 11a.m. -1 p.m.
Sunday, February 24 from Noon – 2:00 p.m.
12 and Under (12U and 11U) Clinic
Sunday, January 27 from 11a.m. -1 p.m.
Sunday, February 10 from 11a.m. -1 p.m.
14 and Under (14U and 13U) Clinic
Sunday, January 13 from Noon-2p.m.
Sunday, January 20 from Noon-2p.m.
All clinics and tryouts will be held at East Lansing High School Main and Auxiliary Gyms
Please pre-register at www.elbaseball.org and then show up with your ball mitt and gym shoes
For more information regarding upcoming ELBC events:
Visit: www.elbaseball.org or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Bring your gently used cleats, jerseys, baseball pants and donate to the club. We will
distribute to players who need help off-setting costs to participate.
East Lansing Educational Foundation and Sylvan Learning Center SAT Practice Test
The SAT exam is coming - are you ready?
The East Lansing Educational Foundation and Sylvan Learning Center have teamed up to get you ready.
All ELHS students are required to take the SAT in April of their junior year. Studies have shown that student scores improve by taking the SAT multiple times.
The cost is just $25 – all proceeds go to the ELEF to help fund
SAT Practice Exam: Saturday, February 23, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the ELHS Student Union
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 to register is February 15, 2019.
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
$4,760.00 for a science partnership with Impression 5 Science Center
$1,199.25 for performance stages for the music department
$2,398.00 for Ozbots for STEM enhancement programs
$718.00 for parental support literature
$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,
President, East Lansing Educational Foundation
East Lansing 2019 Lacrosse Clinics at MacDonald Middle School
FREE LACROSSE CLINICS STARTING ON JANUARY13
Is your child interested in playing lacrosse?
Or do they need to get ready for this years spring season?
East Lansing Lacrosse Club is offering six FREE lacrosse clinics on
Sundays from 4 pm to 5 pm for grades 3-6.
And from 5 pm to 6 pm for grades 7-8.
January 13, 27 • February 10, 24 • March 3, 10
If you have any questions please contact Kim Waldo at 517-582-7955 or email@example.com
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.
LCC Youth Spring Semester
The LCC Youth Program has classes available for enrollment for our Spring 2019 Semester! This semester is four weeks long and are on Saturdays, starting February 16th until March 9th. Enroll soon to ensure your student gets a seat. If you sign up at least a 30+ days before our classes start, you get an “early bird” discount of $10!
To enroll, go to www.lcc.edu/seriousfun and click “Learn More” near the top. Not all classes are available for enrollment at this time, but we will be adding them at a later date. Please check our website often for future updates!
Let Me Run Program
“Why don’t boys have a program similar to Girls on the Run?”
The answer? THEY DO!
With a similar format to Girls on the Run, Let Me Run’s goal is reduce the challenges associated with a lack of emotional expression in pre-teen and teenage BOYS, which can lead to stress, sickness, disease, addiction, and violence.
And we’re pleased to say to the parents with 4th and 5th grade boys- Let Me Run registration begins February 11 at 8 am.
Last year we launched the program at Marble and Donley and it was a huge success.
The team will meet twice a week for 7 weeks (14 total practices) beginning the week of March 18 and the program culminates with a 5k on Friday, May 17. We take a week off for Spring Break. Practice days are held twice a week but TBD per scheduling at school and availability.
Registration begins Feb 11 at 8 am.
1. Can you email firstname.lastname@example.org with your son’s school if your son(s) are interested in this program?
2. We need a coach and an assistant coach at every elementary but Donley (and potentially Pinecrest)!
If you or is anyone you know interested in coaching please email Tali as well.
There is a coaches training in Kalamazoo on March 11th from 5:30-9.
Here’s a great link to FAQ’s.
MSU Community Music School SingFest
Your singer is invited to participate in SingFest on Saturday, March 9, 2019 in the Fairchild
Theatre at Michigan State University. SingFest is a great opportunity for young singers to
have a choir experience without the commitment to weekly rehearsals. This opportunity is open
to any student in the greater Lansing area schools currently in grades 3-6. The singers will meet
in the morning, receive music, sing, learn, and have fun with the directors of the MSU Children
and Youth Choirs. After lunch, the students will be joined by members of the Cantabile and
CMS Singers choirs to learn more about what it’s like to be a regular member of a choir and to
perform a concert for friends and family featuring the songs they learned that morning. This is a
wonderful opportunity for students to sing some wonderful music and meet other students that
like to sing too!
MSU MVP Ball Club
The MVP Ball Club is about more than just basketball. It's about developing kids throughout Mid-Michgan both on and off the court.
Our philosopy is:
Be active, Be healthy, Never give up, Dream big, and Be yourself
MSU Tower Guard's 19th Annual Shamrock 5K
ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE RESOURCE CENTER FOR PERSON S WITH DISABILITI ES
MARCH 16TH, 2019 AT 1PM
542 AUDITORIUM RD
EAST LANSING, Ml 4.8824
TO SIGN UP!
Sports Injury Research Laboratory Study for Men and Women Who Participated in Contact Sports in High School
The Sports Injury Research Laboratory is seeking men and women ages 30-40 that partcipated in contact sports in high school to participate in our study lastinng approximately 2 hours.
The purpose of our study is to assess the if there are any long-term effects of high school contact sports
You will receive $20 compensationon for your time.