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.


Whitehills Elementary Upcoming Fundraisers

Whole Foods Market 5% Day - October 18


The Whitehills School Association has been selected as the partner nonprofit for October’s Whole Food Market 5% Day. The East Lansing store will donate 5% of its net sales on Thursday, October 18 to the WSA. Please share widely and come in and do your shopping to help support initiatives at Whitehills.

BooPalooza Online Auction - October 21-28


The BooPalooza, this year's version of the annual "Palooza" fundraiser for Whitehills Elementary, includes a DJ'd dance for kids, an online auction, an onsite silent auction, and other fall fun to raise funds for the Whitehills School Association. This year's fundraising goal is to raise enough money for each student to attend an event at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts this academic year, and to bring a children's book author for an exciting Reading Month assembly in March 2019.

Baskets and packages are pictured on the online auction site, https://www.32auctions.com/BooPalooza, and will also be on display at the BooPalooza on October 26 for those who want a closer look. In addition, at the onsite silent auction the night of BooPalooza there will also be themed baskets and student-created "Pawtery" art from each classroom.

East Lansing Public Schools Community Informational Forum - School District Proposals on November Ballot


October 25 , 2018
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
MacDonald Middle School Library




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The East Lansing Educational Foundation and Sylvan Learning Center SAT Practice Test

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

SAT Practice Exam: Saturday, November 3, 2018
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

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

East Lansing Farmers Market’s Autumn Fest to Take Place Sunday, Oct. 14

Community members are invited to celebrate the splendor of fall at the annual Autumn Fest event at the East Lansing Farmer’s Market (ELFM) on Sunday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court.

Autumn Fest will feature a full assortment of seasonal Michigan produce and products, free cider and donuts, horse-and-wagon rides, an outdoor fire pit, live music, face painting and fall-themed children’s activities.

Live music performances will include Dan Dan Laird from 10 a.m.-noon and the MSU Suzuki Program from noon-2 p.m.

About the ELFM
The ELFM is a growers-only market located in an inviting park setting just steps away from the Michigan State University campus and downtown East Lansing. Customers can fill their shopping bags with farm-grown Michigan produce and products, including fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan bread, meats, cheese, flowers, honey, maple syrup and much more.

The 2018 season will continue on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Valley Court Park through the end of October.

Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/farmersmarket for more information about the ELFM.

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Intro to Floor Hockey Clinic

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.

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MSU Homecoming Parade to Take Place Next Friday, Oct. 5

The 2018 Michigan State University (MSU) Homecoming Parade will take place on Friday, Oct. 5, beginning at 6 p.m.

This year’s MSU Homecoming theme is “Celebrating Unwavering Courage” and the Grand Marshal is Ernest Green – a member of the Little Rock Nine, a Civil Rights activist and an MSU Alumnus. Green was one of nine teens who helped integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.

The 2018 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 view a map of the parade route here: https://alumni.msu.edu/assets/PDFs/paradeRoute.pdf and find additional MSU Homecoming information at http://www.homecoming.msu.edu/parade/

These East Lansing streets and their intersections will be closed Friday, Oct. 5 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:

  • 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, Oct. 5 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 Oct. 5 and the parking lot will be used for parade staging. Additionally, the East Lansing Public Library will be closed on Friday, Oct. 5.

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.

For more information about MSU Homecoming, visit http://www.homecoming.msu.edu.  Go Green!

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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.


Recreation Basketball

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 3.
• Games start Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.
• 7 to 8 game season.

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

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East Lansing Welcomes the World to Take Place Sunday, Oct. 7

The 9th Annual East Lansing Welcomes the World event will be hosted at the East Lansing Public Library (ELPL), 950 Abbot Road, on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 1:30-3:30 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, live music, family activities, community information tables and more. There will also be a brief program at 2 p.m. featuring welcoming remarks by MSU Interim President John Engler, East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows and ELPL Director Kristin Shelley.

For those in need of transportation to the event, a shuttle bus will run from campus to ELPL on a loop from 1-3:30 p.m., stopping regularly at Hubbard Hall, Holden Hall, Spartan Village Community Center and 1855 Place. The shuttle bus is free and available to anyone who needs a ride from the MSU campus to the event. The last bus will leave ELPL at 3:30 p.m.

“East Lansing Welcomes the World is a wonderful annual event that serves to welcome our new neighbors from across the globe to the East Lansing-MSU community,” said ELPL Director Kristin Shelley. “We are honored to serve as the host site for this special event again this year.”

Community Volunteers Needed – Sign Up Today!
Community volunteers are needed to help meet and greet the international students and families during this year’s event. A brief training session will take place prior to the event for the community volunteers. Those interested in signing up to be a community volunteer can contact ELPL’s Phyllis Thode at pthode@cityofeastlansing.com.

Community members with questions about the event can call ELPL at (517) 351-2420

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East Lansing City Clerk Seeks Election Inspectors for November 6, 2018 General Election

East Lansing City Clerk Jennifer Shuster is currently seeking civic-minded, qualified citizens to work as paid election inspectors during the November 6, 2018 General Election.

“By working at our precincts on Election Day, election inspectors play an important role in assisting with the voting process and ensuring the right to vote for all registered voters. They are a vital part of democracy in action and are greatly appreciated for their service,” said Shuster. “An important thing to note is that you do not have to be a registered voter in the City of East Lansing to work as an election inspector during one of our elections. You simply have to be a registered voter in the State of Michigan or a student (ages 16-17).”

Shuster encourages any eligible individual with an interest to consider applying to be an election inspector, including high school and college students looking to gain experience and learn about the latest voting technology. Prior to the election, appointments are made for election inspectors and chairpersons. Election Inspectors must commit to working on Election Day from 6 a.m. until approximately 10 p.m. They must also attend a mandatory certification class before Election Day. Election inspectors should be detail-oriented, friendly and able to work up to a possible 16-hour day. Payment is as follows:

All-Day Workers                      $120
Half-Day Workers                    $60
Chairpersons                             $180
Required 3-hour Training         $10/hour

To apply, please complete the Application for Election Inspectors (PDF) and mail or deliver it to the East Lansing City Clerk's Office at 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI 48823. Individuals who have previously worked as an election inspector or chairperson during an East Lansing election do not need to re-apply, but they are asked to email kgardne@cityofeastlansing.com if they would like to sign up again.

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City of East Lansing Launches 2018 Community Photo Contest

The City of East Lansing has launched its 2018 Community Photo Contest, officially sponsored by Meijer, the East Lansing Downtown Management Board and the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority. The contest deadline is Sunday, October 14, 2018 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 - $100 Meijer gift card
2nd Place - $75 Meijer gift card
3rd Place - $25 Meijer gift card
Downtown Category* - $50 downtown East Lansing parking voucher
Honorable Mention Photos (10 total) - $10 downtown East Lansing parking vouchers

*Participants can submit their best photos of downtown East Lansing 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.

“This is a great opportunity for community members of all ages and abilities to show off their skills at photography, while also showing us what they love about the East Lansing community,” said Communications Coordinator Mikell Frey. “We receive so many beautiful community photos each year and are really looking forward to seeing this year’s submissions.”

East Lansing Community Photo Contests were previously held in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009 and 2008. Community members with questions about the contest can email mfrey@cityofeastlansing.com or call (517) 319-6873.

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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.

Crossing Guard Flyer

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,

Blair Renfro
President, East Lansing Educational Foundation

PDF Version of Letter

Donation Form


East Lansing Soccer Club’s Kindergarten Soccer Program!

Registration is now open for East Lansing Soccer Club’s kindergarten soccer program !  This is a fun, clinic style program focused on promoting basics of soccer and team sports as well as friendship amongst East Lansing kindergarten classmates.

Fall 2018 options (pick one):
Session A: Whitehills Elementary, Monday 5-5:55 pm
Session B: Whitehills Elementary, Monday 6-6:55 pm
Session C: Bailey Park, Tuesday 5-5:55 pm
Session D: Bailey Park, Tuesday 6-6:55 pm

Registration is open online at http://www.eastlansingsoccer.org . Fee is $50, includes a t-shirt
and the fall program runs from Monday, September 17th to Tuesday, October 23rd. Registration
can also be handled on-site - show up for the first session with a check made out to East
Lansing Soccer Club.


East Lansing Public Library

Homework Help


Does your student need help with their homework?
On Tuesdays the MSU College of Education honors organization Kappa Delta Pi will tutor students grades K-12 in the Maker Studio.

No registration required!
Homework Help will meet Tuesdays from 5-7pm on:

  • October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • November 6, 13, 27

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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 - Real Adventures for Girls

Harris Nature Center Halloween Adventures

Saturday, October 27, 2018
10am - 5pm

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Impression 5 Design & Build Day Day

Saturday, October 13, 2018
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Impression 5 Science Center

  • Experience construction through virtual reality!
  • Shingle a mini roof!
  • Build with tools and wood!
  • And more!

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International Day of the Girl

Girls! Realize your full potential! Come explore STEM fields and experience a life changing future path! Bring your family and friends!
When : Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: East Lansing High School Student Union (cafeteria)
What: Come celebrate International Day of the Girl with us. This year, we will focus on young women in STEM related fields. A collaboration of East Lansing (EL) student clubs -- Science Olympiad, EL Robotics, Students for Females in STEM, Students for Gender Equality -- and non-profit organization STEM For All would like to invite you to join STEM demos and games ranging from chemistry, physics, computer programming to engineering and more! We are proud to host guest speakers from Michigan State University, Women in Engineering at 3:00 pm, and together we will discover education opportunities for women in STEM.
For more

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LCC Youth Programs - Fall 2018

East Campus: 2827 Eyde Parkway, E. Lansing, MI 48823 Ph: 517-483-1415

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Michigan State Universtiy Girl's STEM Day

MSU is hosting an educational, informative, fun event on Saturday, November 17, 2018 called Girls' STEM Day.  This event is for k-4th graders, is filled with hands-on activities, and is FREE.  Registration is required and chaperones may bring up to 3 students.  Registration deadline is Oct 24, or until max capacity is reached. 

Register at http://www.egr.msu.edu/wie/k-12/programs-outreach

Michigan State University Wow! That's Engineering!

Come join the Society of Women Engineers at MSU! WOW! That’s Engineering® is a fun interactive event designed to expose young women in grades 4th-8th to the wonder-ful world of engineering through STEM related hands-on activities!

All activities will be led by current women studying engineering at Michigan State University!

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MSU CeLTA Language School College of Arts and Letters Language Classes for Preschoolers, Children & Teens

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 are held in Wells Hall at MSU starting the week of September 10, 2018. All classes meet for 10 sessions.

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MSU MVP Ball Club

Our Mission:
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

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STEMfest 2018

From website: 

Calling All Children Grades K-6!

Enjoy a fun and exciting day exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through a variety of over 50 hands-on activities, with an emphasis on a learning, non-competitive experience!

Free parking will be available in the Gannon Ramp, 600 N. Grand Ave. Check-in and events will be held in the Arts & Sciences Bldg.


Trojan Aquatics Swim and Polo

Various grade levels and more details available.

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Write Michigan Short Story Contest

Visit the Write Michigan website for contest details

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Youth Athletic Association Youth Basketball

Youth Athletic Association will host a basketball league for Boys K-6th grade and Girls K-4th grade at Court One Training Center-7868 Old M-78 East Lansing, MI.
This 6 week season first game is Friday October 26th.
All Practices will be on Tuesday’s starting October 16, 2018.
Sign up NOW Online Only @ www.yaasports.org
Deadline is Friday October 5th

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