November 27 – December 27 — Wonderland of Lights, Lansing. Thousands of lights creating extraordinary animal exhibits and holiday displays, strolling carolers, musical performances and more! We’ll have lots of fun activities planned each night, including cookie decorating, animal presentations, kids’ craft table and more. Also visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Fri. and Sat.s. Open Thurs. through Sun. 5-8 p.m. Parking is free. Call (517) 342-2710 or visit http://ingham.org/ppz/events-wol.htm.
December 1 — Call From Santa, Lansing. Parents, stop by Letts Community Center and complete a Phone Call from Santa registration form. This registers your child to receive a personal call from Santa. Calls will be made the mornings of Dec. 5 and 12. Each call will be approximately two minutes in length. Space is limited, please register early. Call Robin (517) 483-4311 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 2 — Santa’s Hot Line, Lansing. Santa Claus will be making personal calls to local children from 5:45 – 7:15 p.m. Deadline to turn in forms is 5 p.m. on November 30. Sponsored by Delta Township Parks & Recreation Department. Call (517) 323-8555 or visit www.deltami.gov/parks.
December 2 — Downtown Social Hour, Lansing. Are you tired of the daily grind? Do you need a break from hitting the books? Celebrate the middle of the week at Downtown Social Hour! Every first Wed. of the month from 5-7 p.m. The Lansing Principal Shopping District and your favorite downtown bars and restaurants are inviting you for cheap drinks and friendly conversation with everyone in the neighborhood. Visit www.rumrunnersusa.com.
December 2 — Delhi Charter Township the Tree Lighting, Holt. Sponsored by Delhi Charter Township, this event will take place at the Township Community Services Center, 2074 Aurelius Rd. Merriment is from 7-11 p.m. Contact Mark Jenks (517) 694-1549.
December 4 — Wake Up Old Town Networking Event, Lansing. Make a connection at this monthly networking event, from 9-10 a.m. at Plant Professionals, 16886 Turner St. in Old Town. Learn about Old Town news and events and share your own at this free networking session. Call (517) 485-4283 or visit www.iloveoldtown.org.
December 4-6 — Mason Holiday Winter Carnival, Mason. Red Nose Ruckus! VIP preview of the Mason Holiday Winter Carnival. Proceeds support Child & Family Services and Angel House. Doors open at 6 p.m. inside the heated arena at the Ingham County Fairgrounds. Call for tickets (517) 882-4000 ext.126 or visit www.masonchamber.org.
December 5 — Holiday Open House, Mason. Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter is having a Grand Opening to their new canine agility course, new outdoor exercise runs and pavilion. Adoption specials — micro chip free on any cat or dog adopted. Join the fun with shelter tours, silent auction, refreshments and door prizes. Hosted from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 600 Curtis St. Call (517) 676-8370 or visit www.ingham.org.
December 5 — St. Johns’ Christmas Festival, St. Johns. Breakfast with Santa, Festival of Trees, free entertainment and craft show sponsored by the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce. Free parking close to the building. Call (989) 224-7248 or visit www.clintoncountychamber.org.
December 5 — 13th Annual Holiday Light Parade, Williamston. The Chamber of Commerce is accepting entry applications for its Light Parade. What a great way to get word out about your service organization, business, church or just have fun. And, it’s free! Entry awards: Best Animal Entry, Best Commercial Entry, Best Decorated Vehicle, Best Musical Entry, First Time Award, Most Unique and Spirit of Christmas. Parade begins at 6 p.m. downtown. Call (517) 655-1549 or visit www.williamston.org.
December 5 — Holiday Traditions Tour, Grand Ledge. Travel to holidays past as you visit historic Victorian homes, festive tables and decorated trees. Also stop by and see the 1928 Barton Theater organ, the Holiday Market at the Opera House and the Museum. Call (517) 627-5170 or visit www.gdledgehistsoc.org.
December 5-6 — 46th Annual UAB Holiday Arts & Crafts Show, East Lansing. Join the festivities at the MSU Union Building. There are 200 artists in the holiday show on all four floors. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sun. Admission is free. W. Circle Dr. and the Grand River Parking Ramp will be open. Voted one of the top 50 shows in the nation. Call (517) 355-3354.
December 5-6 — Dickens Village, Lansing. This event helps to kick off the holiday season by celebrating Old Town’s Victorian heritage with Dickens’ much-loved A Christmas Carol. This free event includes horse-drawn carriage rides, a holiday market, puppet shows and kids’ crafts. Call the OTCA office (517) 485-4283 or visit www.oldtownfestivals.com.
December 6 — Winter Bowl and Soup & Chili Cook-Off, East Lansing. Enjoy a serving of hot chili, a seat on Santa’s lap and a warm and fuzzy encounter with furry reindeer friends; these are just a few of the many things in store for visitors to the East Lansing Winter Bowl. Downtown across MSU campus. Call (517) 319-6888 or visit www.cityofeastlansing.com.
December 11 — Holiday Road Rally, Lansing. Join us for a night of adventure and fun! Bring a team of three to five members, take off in your car and search for wild and crazy predetermined items to photograph. Each picture taken will earn your team points toward winning one of the evening’s prizes. Immediately followed with dinner at Robinhill. Your team must bring one digital camera (Polaroid cameras are available, but you must supply film). Extra points are given to teams with holiday attire. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Foster Community Center, $75 per team. Call Emily (517) 483-4293 or e-mail email@example.com.
December 12 — Hot Cakes for the Holidays, Lansing. Breakfast is served! Hot cakes, sausage and juice. Enjoy breakfast, a visit with Santa and make a holiday craft to take home. This program is sponsored by the Letts Advisory Board. 10-11:30 a.m. at Letts Community Center, $2 per person at the door. Call Robin (517) 483-4311 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 12 — Lighted Christmas Parade, Leslie. Come one; come all as a colorful light parade of floats and vehicles streams through Leslie. 5-7 p.m., the downtown merchants feature special sales and food, and Santa Claus will greet kids of all ages. Carolers are also featured strolling through town and the Leslie High School chorale performs. Call the City offices (517) 589-8236.
December 12 — Breakfast with Santa, Lansing. Don’t miss this special family holiday experience breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Each child will have a chance to meet and chat with Santa personally; bring your own camera. After breakfast, guests are invited by the docents to a special hands-on experience with the education animals. Call the Potter Park Zoo Society at (517) 342-2718.
December 12 — Jingle Belle Women’s 5K & Holiday Expo, Lansing. Vendors will be on site with holiday crafts and gift ideas. Awards will be given for walkers and runners in each age group. This road race begins at 10 a.m. at the Delta Township Library, 5130 Davenport Drive. Call (517) 321-4014 or e-mail email@example.com.
December 18 — Salsa with Santa, Lansing. Hey Parents! Grab your kids and your dancing shoes and head out to Salsa with Santa! Enjoy some snacks, learn new dance steps and spend time with Santa. This will be an evening your whole family will enjoy. 6:30-8 p.m. at Southside (Hill), $5 per person. Call Emily (517) 483-4293 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 21 — Winter Break Camp, Lansing. Come to the Foster Community Center for three days of games, crafts and fun. Each day is filled with structured, supervised activities, snacks and lunch. Wed. will finish the camp out with a trip to Zap Zone. Camp is Mon. to Wed., 8:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., $50 per resident, $55 per non-resident. Call Emily at (517) 483-4293 or e-mail email@example.com.
January 10 — Lansing Bridal World, Lansing. Mid-Michigan’s largest and best-attended bridal event! Don’t miss an opportunity to meet more than 90 of the most sought-after wedding professionals and learn new and creative ideas. Many exhibitors will be offering samples, demonstrations and money-saving specials the day of the show. Event held at the Lansing Center. Show runs 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Fashion shows at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Visit www.bridalworldshows.com.
January 23 — Harlem Globetrotters, East Lansing. In their 84th consecutive season of touring the world, the Globetrotters’ high-flying show features some of the most extraordinary athletes and entertainers on the planet, including Big Easy Lofton and Flight Time Lang, the always hilarious Special K Daley, dribbling magician Scooter Christensen and ball handling wizards Handles Franklin and Ant Atkinson. Call (517) 432-5000 or visit www.breslincenter.com.
January 28 — Athena WIN, East Lansing. Join us for the official launch of Athena WIN (Women’s Interest Network) at a local dinner meeting (a Lansing location to be finalized). Keynote: Martha Mertz, founder of Athena International! This club is a new professional women’s organization created in Mid-Michigan for the women of Mid-Michigan. Our focus is networking, personal and professional growth as well as access to some of our region’s most influential women. Call Daphne (517) 337-8182 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 24 – December 18 — Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey, East Lansing. In these 40 large yet intimate color portraits, the photographer closely collaborated with high school students from diverse economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds to create a compelling portrait of contemporary American youth. Their own texts accompany the photographs. Together, they portray a remarkable and compelling complexity and strength. The exhibition is organized by Aperture. Catalogue available. Call (517) 353-9834 or visit www.artmuseum.msu.edu.
Through December — Smooth Jazz, Lansing. Solo featuring Phil Denny, “An Intimate Dining Happy Hour,” at The Firm Lounge, 227 S. Washington Sq. Wed. from 6-9 p.m. No cover, bring friends, enjoy the smooth ambiance. E-mail email@example.com.
December 1 — World AIDS Day, East Lansing. In collaboration with the Lansing Area AIDS Network, Kresge will display a 12’x12’ Names Project AIDS Quilt Panel to mark World AIDS Day, a day of action and mourning in response the AIDS crisis. Call (517) 353-9834 or visit www.artmuseum.msu.edu.
December 3 — LCC Concert Choir, Lansing. Directed by Meredith Bowen with a program of classical, spiritual, and seasonal music. Free! Presented by Lansing Community College Music in Dart Auditorium, 500 N. Capitol Ave., 7:30 p.m. Call (517) 483-1488 or visit www.lcc/edu/hpa/events.
December 4 — The Bremen Town Musicians, Lansing. A family musical comedy by Stan Gill, directed by Ann Glenn. After trouble with their master, a donkey, dog, cat and rooster band together and head off to Bremen, seeking fame and fortune as musicians. Their only chance for success is to avoid evil robbers that roam the streets. Showtimes: Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 4:30 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. Call (517) 482-5700 or visit www.riverwalktheatre.com.
December 4 — LCC Jazz Band, Lansing. Directed by Jon Gewirtz with a program of classic and newer jazz music. Free! Presented by Lansing Community College Music in Dart Auditorium, 500 N. Capitol Ave., 8 p.m. Call (517) 483-1488 for more information or visit www.lcc/edu/hpa/events.
December 5-6 — MSU Arts & Crafts Holiday Show, East Lansing. The 46th annual show will be held at the MSU Union on the corner of Grand River Ave. and Abbot Rd. Four floors of booths make this show one of the largest holiday arts and crafts shows in the state. Call (517) 355-3354 or visit www.uabevents.com/artsandcrafts.html.
December 6 — Thriving in the Community: Hear Me Now, Lansing. A special collection of youth art will be on display in the lobby of Grand Center at 1223 Turner St. during Dec. and Jan. The paintings, poetry and paper masks were created by Ingham County youth for the second annual Impact System of Care youth art show in recognition of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Visit www.impactsystemofcare.org.
December 8-13 — Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, East Lansing. Get ready to discover a delightful show that’s as fresh and rare as newly fallen snow! White Christmas is a musical direct from Broadway and opening at the Wharton Center. The story is of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing and laughter, great songs and promises to be a merry theatrical experience for the whole family. Call (517) 353-1982 or visit www.whartoncenter.com.
December 13 — Jeff Foxworthy: An Evening of Comedy, East Lansing. Foxworthy has been sharing his everyday observations about Southern living with audiences worldwide. He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, written 11 bestselling books, hosted a weekly radio show broadcast nationwide, starred in his own self-named sitcom. MSU Auditorium, 149 Auditorium at 7 p.m. Visit www.whartoncenter.com.
December 17 — Jerry Seinfeld: Seinfeld Live, East Lansing. Due to popular demand America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, is hitting the road in a return to his first love — stand-up comedy. Seinfeld has an uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Wharton Center, Cobb Great Hall from 7-9 p.m. Call (517) 432-2000 or visit www.whartoncenter.com.
December 20 — Holiday Pops, East Lansing. Timothy Muffitt, Conductor. Ellen Wieser, soprano. Join us for holiday favorites, performed by your own Lansing Symphony. Make Holiday Pops part of your family’s holiday tradition! Show starts at 3 p.m. Call (517) 487-5001 or visit www.lansingsymphony.org.
December 21 — Picture Contest, Laingsburg. Enter before Dec. 21 for a chance to win a Wii from Peacock Road Tree Farm. The prize will go to the taker of the best picture of their visit to the farm. Winner announced Dec. 21. Submit your favorite picture of the farm to firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include your contact information. Call (517) 651-9193 or visit www.peacockroadtreefarm.com.
January 8-9 — Girls Night: The Musical, East Lansing. This musical has earned rave reviews and packed theaters. Hilarious and touching, it follows five friends in their 30s and 40s during a wild and outrageous girls’ night out at a karaoke bar. Friends since their teens, they have all had their fair share of heartache and tragedy, joy and success. Together, they reminisce about their younger days, celebrate their current lives and look to the future, all the while belting out 14 classic anthems. Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 & 8 p.m. Call (517) 432-2000 or visit www.whartoncenter.com.
January 21-24 — Book of Days, Lansing. A page-turning mystery by Lanford Wilson, directed by Philip Himebaugh. In a small town dominated by a cheese plant, a church, and a community theater, the plant owner dies mysteriously. His bookkeeper, Ruth, suspects murder. Cast as Joan of Arc in a local production of Shaw’s St. Joan, Ruth takes on the attributes of her role and fights for justice. Show Times: Thur. 7 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Call (517) 482-5700 or visit www.riverwalkthreatre.com.
January 26-31 — 101 Dalmatians, East Lansing. An experience for the entire family about what it means to be a family, canine and courageous. More than a simple story about good versus bad, the family bands together to overcome every hurdle and hardship in the most difficult times. 101 Dalmatians will transport audiences to a slightly topsy-turvy, exciting and altogether fantastic reality that gives grand license for song, dance and spectacle in a one-of-a-kind show that will leave everyone cheering. Call (517) 353-1982 or visit www.whartoncenter.com.
Through 2009 — Discoveries: Research, Science and Seeing the Collection, East Lansing. This online exhibition shows the usually hidden aspects of curatorial work. New insights into works of art in the collection can result from scientific analysis and conservation treatment, careful observaton and art historical research. An object is not always what it seems. Call (517) 353-9834 or visit www.artmuseum.msu.edu.
Through February 19 — Resourceful Women: 30 Who Worked to Preserve Michigan’s Water, Woods and Wildlife, Lansing. This engaging exhibit will examine the contributions of 30 courageous women who — through their work as politicians, policy makers, artists, activists, educators and scientists — helped protect and promote our natural resources and the environment in the 20th century. Hands-on activities for children include a design-a-state-park station, a take-home butterfly activity, and water purity testing. Free admission, tours of the museum and refreshments for all! Call (517) 484-1880 or visit www.miciganwomenshalloffame.org.
Through December 31 — Tanzania in Deep Time: A View from the Rift Valley, East Lansing. This exhibit documents an ongoing research project that has produced a series of exciting fossil discoveries from the Rukwa Rift Basin of Western Tanzania in the African continent. At the MSU Museum. Call (517) 355-2370 or visit www.museum.msu.edu.
December 6 – September 5 — Unpacking Collections: The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, An African American Quilt Scholar, East Lansing. Cuesta Benberry of St. Louis, Missouri, was one of the 20th century’s pioneers of research on American quiltmaking and she was the pioneer of research on African American quiltmaking. Benberry was a founding member of the American Quilt Study Group, was inducted into the Quilter’s Hall of Fame in 1983. This exhibition is an attempt to understand the work of Cuesta Benberry, one of America’s important collector/scholars, through interacting with a selection of textiles, rare books, patterns, ephemera and samples of her personal journals, correspondence and extensive research files. Visit the MSU Museum’s Heritage Gallery. Call (517) 355-7474 or visit http://museum.msu.edu/.
January 17 – June 30 — Avelution: Birds in the Development of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, East Lansing. Naturalist Charles Darwin was strongly influenced by avian examples while he was developing the theory of evolution by natural selection. Birds are vertebrates in the class Aves, so the coined term “avelution” in this exhibition captures the idea of this influence. The exhibition will showcase examples of birds from MSU Museum collections, including many species that Darwin encountered. Call (517) 355-7474 or visit http://museum.msu.edu.
December 24-27 — Christmas Celebration Silent Retreat, Bath. Come share in the beauty, joy and stillness of this special celebration retreat. Thurs. dinner through Sun. breakfast at the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre. Join us in sharing in the Joy of Christmas! This retreat offers simple, delicious home-cooked vegetarian meals and comfortable, shared accommodations in a quiet country setting, $175. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.SelfRealizationCentreMichigan.org.
December 30 – January 1 — New Year’s Gathering, Bath. Hosted by SRMH, dinner Wed. to breakfast Fri. Enjoy the peace and beauty of the Centre as the New Year begins. This retreat offers tasty home-cooked vegetarian meals and relaxed, shared accommodations in a calm country setting, $150. 517-641-6201, www.SelfRealizationCentreMichigan.org
December 5 — 2009 Charity Ball, Lansing. Join the festivities at the Country Club of Lansing. All proceeds benefit Sparrow Hospital’s Cancer Center. This spirited event is from 5-7 p.m. Call Cathy at (517) 351-4584.