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
City of East Lansing
East Lansing City Clerk’s Satellite Office Now Open at Brody Hall
In an effort to better serve voters leading up to the November 2, 2021 General Election, the East Lansing City Clerk’s office has opened a satellite office at Brody Hall, 241 Brody Service Road, on the Michigan State University campus.
“I am excited to continue expanding the availability of early voting services for students,” said East Lansing City Clerk Jennifer Shuster. “This campus pilot initiative will ensure students, who are East Lansing residents, have convenient opportunities to register to vote, obtain an absentee ballot and return their ballot. The satellite office is also a resource for questions about the voting process for all.”
Beginning Monday, Oct. 4, regular hours at the satellite location will be:
- Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The City Clerk’s main office also remains available to voters at East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbot Road, with the following regular hours:
- Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
In addition to regular hours, extended hours and Election Day hours will be offered at both locations:
- Tuesday, Oct. 26; 5-8 p.m.
- Wednesday, Oct. 27; 5-8 p.m.
- Sunday, Oct. 31; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Tuesday, Nov. 2 (Election Day); 7 a.m.-8 p.m. (while polls are open)
At both office locations, East Lansing voters can register to vote, vote early and turn in voted ballots. Voters can also visit www.mi.gov/vote to register to vote and check/update their voter registration status (through Oct. 18) and apply for an absentee voter (AV) ballot online.
"It is important to register or check your voter registration by Oct. 18 at www.mi.gov/vote. After this date, all voter registration and updates to information must be done in person at the City Clerk’s office locations with proof of residency,” said Clerk Shuster.
In addition to returning voted AV ballots either by mail (allowing at least two weeks for delivery is encouraged) or in person at one of the City Clerk’s office locations, East Lansing voters can also drop off their voted AV ballots at ballot drop box locations in the community. There are now four ballot drop box locations in East Lansing:
- East Lansing City Hall (north parking lot), 410 Abbot Road
- East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road
- East Lansing Department of Public Works, 1800 E. State Road
- MSU-CATA Transportation Center, 592 N. Shaw Lane
The drop boxes are secured and checked daily by City Clerk’s office staff.
Community members with questions about the upcoming election can contact the City Clerk’s office at (517) 319-6914. Additional election information is available at www.cityofeastlansing.com/elections.
East Lansing Farmers Market’s Autumn Fest to Take Place Sunday, Oct. 17
Community members are invited to celebrate the splendor of fall at the annual Autumn Fest event at the East Lansing Farmers Market (ELFM) on Sunday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court.
This year’s Autumn Fest will feature an assortment of seasonal Michigan produce and products, pumpkin painting, rock painting, fall-themed games and free treats (while supplies last). Community members will also have the opportunity to visit the East Lansing Public Library’s mobile pop-up library and browse its collection during the event.
Additionally, there will be a live performance by Amazing Clark Entertainment, titled “The Ghosts and Goodies Show,” at 11 a.m. and live music performances by Morning Glory from 10 a.m.-noon and The Dangling Participles from noon-2 p.m. View a map of the activities (PDF).
The ELFM is in need of volunteers to help out with the Autumn Fest event. Community members interested in volunteering can sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4ca9af2fa6f4c43-autumn. All volunteers will receive a special fall treat!
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 2021 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.
The 2021 Autumn Fest event is sponsored by T-Mobile, Saint Vincent Catholic Charities and LeafGuard.
Community Advised of East Lansing Public Meeting Location Changes
With the City of East Lansing transitioning back to in-person public meetings this August, community members are advised that some public meeting locations have changed to allow for enhanced physical distancing.
These public meeting location changes will be in place until further notice:
- East Lansing City Council meetings (regular and discussion-only) and East Lansing Planning Commission meetings will be moving to the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road.
- East Lansing Brownfield Redevelopment Authority meetings and East Lansing Downtown Development Authority meetings will be moving to the MSU Broad Art Lab, 565 E. Grand River Ave., Ste. 1
Community members can find additional information about the City of East Lansing’s in-person public meetings on the City’s website calendar, https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/calendar.aspx, and on the East Lansing Council webpage and boards and commission webpages. Additionally, meeting agendas for the majority of boards and commissions will continue to be posted on the City’s public meeting portal: https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/Portal/.
The transition back to in-person meetings in August will include all East Lansing City Council meetings and all boards and commission meetings. These meetings will all be open to the public to attend in person.
As was the case prior to the pandemic, community members will still be able to view a livestream and recording of the East Lansing City Council and the East Lansing Planning Commission meetings via the City’s public meeting portal, https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/Portal/, and via East Lansing Community Television, WELG (Channel 22): https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/174/Government-TV-Ch-22.
Additionally, to accommodate those who would still like to participate remotely in the City Council and Planning Commission meetings, there will be a call-in option during public comment. Call-in instructions will be posted on the meeting agendas at https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/Portal/.
Masks Required in City of East Lansing Buildings and at Public Meetings
In light of the latest mask recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the City of East Lansing will be resuming indoor mask requirements this week in all City buildings and facilities.
Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 11, members of the public, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, must wear masks inside City of East Lansing buildings and facilities. This includes East Lansing City Hall, the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, the East Lansing Public Library and the East Lansing Department of Public Works. Those who are unable to medically tolerate a face mask and children under the age of 2 years old are exempt from this requirement. City of East Lansing employees will also be wearing masks when in public areas, when interacting with the public and when physical distancing is not possible indoors.
Face mask guidance was recently updated by the CDC and MDHHS to include a recommendation that community leaders encourage vaccination and masking to prevent further outbreaks, especially in areas of substantial and high transmission. According to the CDC’s COVID-19 Data Tracker, transmission is currently substantial in Ingham County.
In addition to indoor mask requirements resuming in City buildings, the East Lansing 54B District Court began requiring masks for all court employees and court visitors, regardless of vaccination status, in all public indoor settings of the court on Monday, Aug. 9.
The City of East Lansing’s in-person public meetings will be continuing this month, but all participants are expected to wear masks beginning Wednesday, Aug. 11 and masks are strongly recommended for East Lansing City Council’s meeting taking place tonight, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road. The meeting location has been moved to allow for enhanced physical distancing and there is still an option to participate in the meeting remotely: https://cityofeastlansing.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1531.
Community members who are not yet vaccinated can visit https://www.vaccines.gov/ to find locations where COVID-19 vaccines are being provided.
East Lansing Educational Foundation Events
East Lansing Educational Foundation Membership & Donation Opportunities
Dear Valued Supporter of the East Lansing Public Schools,
As the East Lansing Educational Foundation Board Members meet and explore how to navigate a world where we live with COVID-19 in our midst, we continue to focus on our goal of supporting the needs of ELPS students and teachers. This is only possible through the generous financial gifts from our community. We are currently working with ELPS administrators as they carefully consider how to best educate students while also addressing the health and social wellness of all our students.
It is clear to us there are two main areas where the support of the East Lansing Educational Foundation and its donors can be of greatest help; (1) enhancing the technology infrastructure to ensure that all students have the necessary equipment to learn remotely, and (2) supporting our teachers and administrators as education evolves to include best practices for remote learning and equity for all students.
In these critical times, the ELEF has set a goal of raising $30,000 this summer, what we would have typically raised during our annual Awards Dinner event. Your donation will allow the swift adaptation of new education models, directly supporting ELPS students and teachers for the changing technology and equitable approaches that will be required to continue the excellent standards to which we are accustomed.
As many of you are aware, COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on people across the globe, including locally in East Lansing. The illness and resulting deaths of loved ones has changed families forever. Unfortunately, that is not where the impact ends. The East Lansing school district depends on the State of Michigan to fund its operational needs. Due to COVID-19 and the resulting economic challenges, it may be necessary to make reductions to the overall school district budget.
Possible budget reductions will have an impact on all students; however, those from traditionally minoritized families (e.g., socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, differently abled) will be disproportionally affected by these reductions. This is where your help is needed. Now more than ever, the ELEF is committed to stepping forward to support educational equity for our schools and our students. We need your financial support to help ensure this happens. The ELEF depends on donations from the East Lansing public school community for its support. Please consider matching or exceeding your previous donations to the ELEF for these important changes. We graciously welcome all new donors!
Despite the challenges in our world at this moment we remain hopeful because of the students in our district, the dedication of the teachers in our district, and the support from parents, graduates, businesses, and community members. With your generous donation, we will continue the important work of the East Lansing Educational Foundation in supporting excellence in education for all our students.
Thank you in advance for your generosity. We look forward to being able to say thank you in person soon.
On behalf of the East Lansing Educational Foundation Board of Directors
East Lansing Junior Trojans Youth Football
YOUTH FOOTBALL IS BACK! The East Lansing Junior Trojans are planning for a 2021 return to the football field. Registration is now open, grades 4th–8th. Discounts are available, visit juniortrojans.org for online registration and updates about the season. If you have questions about the program or participation, send emails to email@example.com.
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