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.


Marble Elementary Movie Night

Marble Elementary is hosting a Movie Night (including a Sensory Friendly showing of Paddington 2) on Friday, Nov 16th at 5:30pm.

Incredibles 2: Gym
Paddington 2: Cafeteria
Sensory Friendly - Paddington 2: Library

Attached is the flyer and here is the ticket sales link:

Movie Night Flier

East Lansing High School Theater Presents "The Crucible"




East Lansing High School Theater Presents

Show dates and times:

November 15 at 7:00 pm
November 16 & 17 at 7:30 pm
November 18 at 2:00 pm

Tickets $5 • Purchase at the Box Office • General Admission

East Lansing High School Center for Performing Arts, 509 Burcham Dr., East Lansing, MI, 48823

Capital Area Latina Youth Presents Nanibah Chacon

Nanibah “Nani” Chacón is a Dine (Navajo) and Chicana artist bringing her message and talent to Michigan State University and the Lansing Community. Chacón creates public murals and artwork that engage the community and the local landscape, with a focus on representing Indigenous traditions, culture, and feminism. Her work is recognized for its unique style and the attention she has paid to site specificity, as well as the integration of socio-political issues affecting women and Indigenous peoples.

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East Lansing Educational Foundation Seeking Nominations for Annual ELEF 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, November 30, 2018

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Detroit Lions #MIKidsCan Turkey Day VIP Sweepstakes

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Detroit Lions have teamed up for the fourth year to invite Michigan families to enter the #MIKidsCan Turkey Day VIP Sweepstakes, which is open until Sunday, Nov. 11. This sweepstakes will give one lucky child between the ages of 10 and 18 the opportunity to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime Thanksgiving experience, including an appearance in America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van, an opportunity to deliver the commemorative game ball to Ford Field and 10 tickets to the Detroit Lions game. The complete prize package, includes:

  • A ride on Blue Cross’ new parade float, “A Confident Life,” which demonstrates its commitment to a healthier Michigan, in America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van down Woodward Avenue
  • Special seating for 10 along the parade route
  • A custom jersey or jacket
  • Delivering the commemorative game ball to Ford Field before the Lions take on the Chicago Bears
  • On-field participation in the national anthem and fan tunnel experience
  • A catered, Thanksgiving dinner for 10 while watching the game from club-level seats

To enter, parents can visit www.DetroitLions.com/TurkeyDayVIP until midnight on Sunday, Nov. 11 and share how their family gets active for 60 minutes on Thanksgiving Day. The winner will be randomly selected and announced Thursday, Nov. 15. The sweepstakes supports Blue Cross’s ongoing commitment to children’s health through its #MIKidsCan campaign and partnership with the Detroit Lions’ Play 60 program – initiatives focused on encouraging kids to adopt healthy habits and get active for at least 60 minutes every day.

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

East Lansing City Clerk’s Office Open Saturday to Issue, Receive Absentee Voter Ballots

The East Lansing City Clerk’s office, 410 Abbot Road, will have special hours this Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. to issue and receive absentee voter (AV) ballots for the November 6, 2018 General Election. 

The last day to have an AV ballot mailed is Saturday, Nov. 3 and the last day a voter can apply for an AV ballot and have it issued in person is Monday, Nov. 5 by 4 p.m. All AV ballots must be returned to the City Clerk’s office (not a voter’s precinct) by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

An AV ballot application and additional election information can be found at www.cityofeastlansing.com/elections. Applications can also be requested at the City Clerk’s office. Community members can call the City Clerk’s office at (517) 319-6914 with questions.

AV Ballot Drop Box at East Lansing City Hall
An AV ballot drop box is located in the north parking lot of East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbot Road. The drop box provides residents with a convenient way to drop off AV ballot applications and AV ballots without having to exit their vehicles. The securely locked box is checked several times a day and is available 24/7.

Other Election Information & Reminders

  • Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Election Day.
  • By law, every Michigan voter must present picture i.d. at the polls or sign an affidavit attesting that he/she is not in possession of a picture i.d. Learn more: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_8716-178123--,00.html.
  • Registered voters can visit www.Michigan.gov/vote to find out where they vote and to view their sample ballot. Voters can also call 866-OURVOTE.
  • East Lansing voters can check out City Clerk Jennifer Shuster’s Voting System Tutorial for information on the City’s election equipment and how to use it: https://youtu.be/wfLanaRX-II.

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Author Jane Congdon to Visit ELPL on Tuesday, Oct. 30

Jane Congdon, author of “How the Wild Effect Turned Me into a Hiker at 69,” will visit the East Lansing Public Library (ELPL), 950 Abbot Road, for an author talk on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. This free program is open to all community members.

Congdon grew up in the mountains of West Virginia and, after graduating from Concord College (now Concord University), made a career of words, working as an English teacher and a newspaper reporter before finding her niche as a textbook editor in Cincinnati, Ohio. She retired from that career in 2009 after 30 years to write and take on selected editing projects.

At age 59, Jane followed Dracula’s footsteps through Transylvania with a guide, resulting in the memoir “It Started with Dracula: The Count, My Mother, and Me.” She then co-authored her brother’s memoir, “Mr. Joe: Tales from a Haunted Life,” which tells the story of a struggling single dad who became a night custodian in a haunted school.

At 69, Jane returned to the mountains as a backpacker on the Appalachian Trail. To date, she has hiked 1,195 miles of the Appalachian Trail alone, with friends and a glass good luck charm named Ms. Rabbit. Her new book, “How the Wild Effect Turned Me into a Hiker at 69,” is the story of Jane’s adventures on the trail. She is planning a hike in three national parks in England in 2019.

Jane’s books are published by Bettie Youngs Book Publishers (www.bettieyoungsbooks.com) and are available from Amazon and other outlets.

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All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre to Bring “Sherlock Holmes” to the Stage

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) will bring “Sherlock Holmes” to the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC) stage, 819 Abbot Road, Nov. 2-4 and Nov. 9-11.

Friday shows will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday shows will take place at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the Sunday show will take place at 3 p.m. More than 60 mid-Michigan youth, ages 9-18, make up the cast and crew of this latest AECT production.

“The youth involved in this show (both on stage and behind the scenes) have been working really hard since mid September. We are all very excited to share this story and encourage everyone in the Greater Lansing area to come enjoy it with us,” said AECT Artistic Director Liz Cooke. 

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.

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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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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 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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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 & Creative Wellness Present Begin Today, A Wellness Event

January 12
Join us for light refreshments and an evening of wellness!

Massage Therapy

Creative Wellness will donate 100% of profits to the East Lansing Educational Foundation.
Cash, check or charge only.Insurance will not be accepted.

Call and book your appointment!

Visit www.creativewellness.net for more information.

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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

$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 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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East Lansing JR Trojans Wrestling Club K – 8th Grade

Practice Starts: Mon. November 26, 2018
MacDonald Middle School; upper gym
Mon., Tue., & Thur. (6:00-8:00 pm)
Club Fee: $40.00 (includes shirt)

Parent Meeting/Pre-Registration
MacDonald Middle School Cafeteria
Tue.  November 13, 2018 (6:00-7:00 pm)

For information contact:
Chris Compton (coach)

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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.



Global Festival 2018

See the world in a day at Global Festival 2018!

The MSU Global Festival will be at the MSU Union on Sunday, November 11th from noon to 5p.m.

Country-specific exhibits, cultural demonstrations and live performances by international students will bring the community together to celebrate cultures around the world. Pick up souvenirs at the World Gift Shop, where all proceeds go to international student scholarships, or take home some new dance moves; students will be teaching traditional steps in an open dance studio following their performances.

The MSU Union is located at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Abbot Road. Admission to the festival is free, with parking for free at the Grand River Ramp.

The Global Festival is sponsored by The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS), The Multicultural Unity Center (MOSAIC), Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), Two Men and a Truck, University Activities Board (UAB), MSU Union and Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP).
For more information, visit https://oiss.isp.msu.edu/about/feature/globalfestival/

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Harris Nature Center Halloween Adventures

Saturday, October 27, 2018
10am - 5pm

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Impression 5 Activities

STEM Toy Expo!
Explore two floors filled to the brim with STEM gifts and toys outside their boxes! Experience this fun family event , featuring storytime with award-winning children1s author, Denise Brennan-Nelson!

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Klimb of the Decade - 4th Annual Klimb 4 Kids

February 10 @ 10am
Breslin Student Events Center
$25 per participant

This family-friendly event has you climb the stairs in the arena at your own pace. Included with the race is a t-shirt, free food, giveaways, and SO MANY ACTIVITIES! This year's theme is decades, so dress in your best 80's, 90's, or '00's outfit for a chance to win Best Dressed! All proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network.

To register, please visit:

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LCC Community Education Fall Photo Contest!

You're invited to participate in our LCC Community Education Fall Photo Contest!

Share your best fall and/or Halloween picture of you, your child, your pet or fall scene. Costumes, fall colors, bonfires -- any way you want to celebrate fall.

How to Participate in the Photo Contest

  1. Upload your photo to lcc.edu/fallphoto.
  2. Like the Lansing Community College -- Community Education Facebook page.
  3. Share your entry -- most votes wins! Vote for your favorite too.

The winner will be announced on the LCC Community Education Facebook page on November 16. The last day to enter the contest is November 14.

Happy fall and good luck!

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

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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Powerfully Pink Luncheon Welcomes Family of Henrietta Lacks to Grand Rapids

Komen Michigan, Mercy Health and Greater Grand Rapids NAACP invite you to attend the annual Powerfully Pink Luncheon and, new this year, Henrietta Lacks Education Forum on Thursday, December 6. This gathering recognizes breast cancer advocates and survivors, while highlighting the importance of being your own advocate. Also new this year is the addition of three free movie screenings of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," open to the general public.

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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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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.

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Trojan Aquatics Swim and Polo

Various grade levels and more details available.

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East Lansing Middle School Swimming & Diving Team Parent Information Meeting
Tuesday, October 30
7:00 - 8:00 pm
MacDonald Middle School Cafeteria


Write Michigan Short Story Contest

Just a friendly reminder...

There's still time for your students to enter the Write Michigan Short Story Contest. This is a great opportunity for writers of all ages to get their story published and win a cash prize. Entries are accepted at www.writemichigan.org through November 30. Please spread the word to teachers and students who might be interested.

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