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.


Students for Females in STEM Club at ELHS is Hosting the 4th Annual Coding and Cookies Event

The Students for Females in STEM club at ELHS is hosting the 4th annual Coding and Cookies event.  This free programming event is for students K-12 and adults at any programming level. The event will take place on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 in East Lansing High School Library Media Center from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.. Students who code will receive a cookie, certificate, goody bag, and a chance to win Microsoft Surface. Come learn computer science with us! 

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

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

Community Invited to Explore the Personal Stories of Immigrants and Refugees at Special, Upcoming Event

As part of the City of East Lansing’s ongoing commitment to honoring diversity, the East Lansing Human Relations Commission will be hosting a special upcoming event entitled Opening Minds: Learning From and About Immigrants and Refugees. The event will be taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, and all interested community members are invited to attend.

The event will feature a screening of the short film, “What Happens to a Dream
Deferred,” followed by a facilitated panel discussion.

This special event will serve to explore the personal stories and experiences of
immigrants and refugees in the local community. The event will also serve to create a
dialogue about how the East Lansing community can work together to support all
community members.

This event is the second in a continuing series of East Lansing events planned in an effort
to spark community conversations around the topics of diversity and inclusion. The first
event, Face to Face: A Conversation about Race, was hosted earlier this year.

“We invite community members to join us for another meaningful event, at which we
can all learn more about the personal experiences of the immigrants and refugees living
right here in our community and what we can do to support them,” said East Lansing
City Councilmember Aaron Stephens.

Event Press Release

All of us Express Children’s Theatre to Host “The Wizard of Oz” Auditions for Adults and Youth

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) will be hosting open auditions for the upcoming musical production of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC), 819 Abbot Road, in December. This production is a collaboration between AECT and Riverwalk Theatre.

The auditions will take place at ELHCC on Thursday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This is the first time an AECT production will feature adult and youth actors. Area youth (age 9 and older) and adults interested in auditioning will only need to attend one of the audition sessions.

Complimentary scripts can be checked out at the ELHCC front desk. A $10 deposit is required and the scripts need to be returned no later than one week prior to when the auditions begin.

There will also be an audition workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at ELHCC. The audition workshop is a two-hour class for those interested in learning more about the audition process and sharpening their skills. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Call ELHCC at (517) 333-2580 ext. 0 to sign up for the workshop; enrollment is limited. The workshop is not required to audition for the play.

AECT will bring “The Wizard of Oz” to the ELHCC stage April 26-28 and May 3-5. For additional information and tickets, call (517) 333-2580 ext. 0 or visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/allofus.

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.

Event Press Release

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.


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 Hosts Nationally Acclaimed Presidio Brass for a Brief Recital at the ELHS Center for Performing Arts

Thanks in part to a grant from the East Lansing Educational Foundation, the nationally acclaimed Presidio Brass will perform a brief recital at the East Lansing High School auditorium from 9:30-10:20 Tuesday morning November 20 as part of their residency. The public is welcome to attend this free recital.
East Lansing High School Director of Bands Dave Larzelere says this is a great opportunity for students and the East Lansing community to see and hear these talented young musicians.

Click here for more information on Presidio Brass.c

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.

Event Flier

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

Event Flier

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)

Event Flyer


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.



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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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 6-9), preteens (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; concurrent sections are offered for most languages.

Classes are held in Wells Hall at MSU starting the week of January 21, 2019. 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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