Beating the Winter Doldrums


February can be a rough month. By February the fun of snow (for most) has come and gone, and the longing for spring is overwhelming. Although it is the shortest month, it can often seem longer than the rest for this very reason. In order to help fight those winter doldrums, CAWLM has prepared a list of six things that will spark your interest.

The Mid-Michigan Women’s Expo, Lansing

The 9th annual Expo will be a great way for women to learn more about their interests  and businesses within the area. With more than 275 exhibits and
seminars at this weekend expo located at the Lansing Center, there’s nearly everything a woman needs in one place. There will be focuses on finances, gardening, fashion and beauty, health and wellness, career planning, vacation planning, community and more. And yes, there’s even shopping. The event takes place Friday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children ages six to 14 and free for children ages five and under. Tickets purchased in advance are $6. For more information visit

Frost Fest, Lansing

This year the Principal Shopping District is putting on the ultimate event to beat the blues with Frost Fest on Saturday, Feb. 13.  From 1-5 p.m., family and friends are encouraged to congregate downtown on Adado Riverfront Park and South Washington Square for some winter fun.  Snowboard rail demos will be taking place, along with a snowball throwing contest and snowman building in the park (weather permitting), while Washington Square will be showcasing ice sculptures, providing complimentary carriage rides, refreshments, music and a warming tent. For those 21 and up, attendees are invited back from 7-11 p.m. to the Michigan Brewing Company (MBC) Frost Fest beer tent set up on Washington Square and Allegan Street for MBC’s microbrews, an ice bar and a “cold butt” euchre tournament. Cost to enter the tent is $10 including a Frost Fest beer mug and one drink.  Additional drinks are $3. There is a $50 charge per team for the euchre tournament, including beer mug, one drink and entry for each person.  For more information, or to sign up for the euchre tournament, call (517) 487-3322 or visit

Mama’s Night Out, Charlotte

Charlotte Performing Arts Center, located at 378 State Street, will host Mama’s Night Out, a comedy centering around three moms and their hilarious antics. It’s the perfect setting for a ladies’ night out. Tickets to the show are $29. The production runs from 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28. There is a dinner and show package available as well for $36. The dinner starts at 5 p.m. and will feature BBQ chicken and ribs at the Eaton Area Senior Center.  For tickets call (517) 541-5690 or go to

MSU Museum Chocolate Party Benefit, East Lansing

This year’s Benefit will be one to remember as culinary students and local chefs compete to sculpt intricate chocolate creations with their inspiration coming from the movie Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Attendees will not only have the pleasure of the spectacle, they will also get the chance to taste chocolate delicacies from local vendors who will be present. This benefit will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center at 55 South Harrison Road. Tickets are $25 in advance for MSU Museum members and $30 for general public. All tickets purchased at the door will be $35. A Premier Chocolatier ticket is also available for $75. Call (517) 355-2373 or visit for more information.

Children’s Valentines Tea Date, Lansing

The Turner-Dodge House will be hosting a Valentines Tea Date on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m. The event is planned to last about an hour and a half, including story time for the children and a themed project.  Attendees will have the choice between tea or cocoa and will be offered a plentiful amount of hor d’oeuvres as well. This event is not just meant for children accompanied by their mothers and grandmothers, it’s meant for fathers and grandfathers as well.  Call (517) 483-4220 to reserve your spot. Tickets are $8 per person.

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