September 4 — Lansing Mosaic Festival, Lansing. This festival, at Adado Riverfront Park, takes the best that Lansing has to offer from its labor force and its culturally diverse ethnic population and brings them together for one day to celebrate the City’s rich heritage. From the music and food to the demonstrations and Red Hacker basketball tournament, this family friendly festival embraces Lansing’s history and looks forward to its bright future. All are welcome from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For sponsorship opportunities call Joe at (517) 483-7651.
September 11 — Lansing Bridal Show, Lansing. Walk down the aisles at the Lansing Center where wedding experts from every category of wedding planning will be there to help you plan the perfect wedding day! Door prizes and lots of fun, plan your entire wedding in one location. Show is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for only $6. Win a free wedding. Call Chris (517) 515-6892 or visit www.lansingbridalshow.com.
September 8-12 — Charlotte Frontier Days, Charlotte. Pioneer-spirited guests will enjoy this annual event featuring one of mid-Michigan’s largest parades, a championship rodeo, flea market, more than 250 arts and crafts exhibits, an old-fashioned saloon and more. Visit www.charlottefrontierdays.com.
September 9 — Music On The Hill, East Lansing. Burcham Hills proudly present a new summer concert series. Suzanne and Jim “Americana Roots” Folk/Bluegrass Concert! Begins at 7 p.m. outside on the beautiful hills of Burcham; if it rains, concert will be held indoors in the lovely Ada Whitehouse Room, 1st floor. Suzanne & Jim recast the old-timey style in their own voices, keeping true to the original spirit of pleasant and joyful storytelling of the old songs for modern ears! This duo is versatile and skillful on a number of acoustic instruments: the five string banjo, guitars, flute, courtship dulcimer and a variety of other old-time instruments! Call (517) 827-1059 or visit www.burchamhills.com.
September 16-19 — 37th Annual Mason Down Home Days, Mason. Check out fall colors and join Mason folks for an outdoor concert Thursday, family walk Friday, and Saturday’s 150-vendor craft show on the historic Ingham County Courthouse Square. The Family Walk is at the Hayhoe Riverwalk, Ash St. from 5 p.m. to dusk. Auxiliary Breakfast is the 19th from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1243 Hull Rd. The outdoor show will be held rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit www.masonchamber.org.
September 17-18 — Old Town Bluesfest, Lansing. The Old Town Bluesfest is a two-day free music festival that brings national, regional, and local acts to an audience of roughly 15,000 people from across Michigan and nearby states. The festival creates an open space where people gather in the streets of Old Town, surrounded by the best of the Capital City’s art galleries as well as unique retail stores and grand architecture. Vendors line the streets offering ethnic food, beverages, art, clothing, and crafts. Nearby galleries and boutiques open their doors during festival hours. Call (517) 371-4600 or visit www.oldtownarts.org.
September 21 — Stories for Sprouts & Seedlings, East Lansing. This program is designed especially for young children, ages 2-4, to experience the wonders of gardening through stories and hands-on projects. Each month a different book is featured with an accompanying gardening activity. This month: Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move by JoAnn Early Macken and Pam Paparone. Held at the Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden, Wilson and Bogue St., MSU campus, from 10-11 a.m. Call (517) 355-5191 or visit www.4hgarden.msu.edu.
September 25-26 — Michigan Apple Festival, Charlotte. The Michigan Apple Festival is a great way for families to enjoy a walk in the orchard, some fresh cider, fun and crafts. Visit www.michiganapplefestival.com.
September 26 — Capital City River Run – ½M, 5K, Kids Runs, Lansing. The half marathon is across some of Lansing’s most beautiful trail systems. It winds through downtown, a portion of MSU’s campus, the Lansing River Trail, Scott Woods, Hawk Island Park and Potter Park. It finishes downtown at Adado Riverfront Park. The 5K Run/Walk is on downtown Lansing city streets, circumvents the Capitol, and uses the promenade between the Capitol and the Hall of Justice, and finishes at Adado Riverfront Park. Race starts at 8:30 a.m. at 200 Museum Dr. For fees and other details call (517) 339-3638 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 2 — Meridian Fall Heritage Festival, Okemos. Jointly sponsored with Meridian Township Parks and Rec. Dept. and Nokomis Learning Center. Free admission and parking. Fun activities for children. Refreshments available for a small fee. Gift shop open. Come to the Meridian Historical Village, 5113 Marsh Rd. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (517) 347-7300 or visit www.merhistvill.org.
October 8-10 — 30th Annual Color Cruise & Island Festival, Grand Ledge. Takes place on Island Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Demonstrations of black kettle caramel corn, apple cider pressing, blacksmithing, weaving, spinning, wood carving and other old time activities. Visit a fur trader encampment, enjoy food and live entertainment and take a covered wagon or boat ride. Children can visit the petting zoo, paint a pumpkin or dip a candle for a small fee. Admission is $3 for adults (seniors $2 Fri. only) and $1 for kids and is good for all three days. See the fall colors and sandstone ledges on the Grand River from the Princess Laura or rent a canoe. Capital City Old Car Club is sponsoring a car show on S. Bridge and Scott Streets on Sat. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (517) 627-5170 or visit www.grandledgemi.com.
October 23 — The Open Market, Lansing. Free-spirited. Bohemian. Vintage. Handmade. Contemporary. Nostalgic. The OPEN MARKET™ comes to The Lansing Center. A vendor marketplace, caters to the customer who wears, uses, collects and covets treasures. It’s a fabulous jumble of crafts and collectibles, Paris flea-market and grandma’s garage in one fell swoop on one show day. Formally, The Garage Sale Supersized. Come join us for only $5 from noon to 6 p.m. Call (517) 214-8824 or visit www.openmarketmichigan.com.
October 26 — Monster Mash – Family Halloween Dance, Lansing. Family Halloween dance sponsored by Delta Township Parks & Recreation. Show off your costumes, get a family photo, dance to music provided by a DJ including all your Halloween favorites, enjoy treats, refreshments raffle drawings and more. Pre-registration required. $20 per family (maximum five), $5 per additional family member. Call (517) 323-8555 or visit www.deltami.gov/parks.
October 31 — Scavenger Hunt, St. Johns. Free and designed for kids 3-12. Kids may participate alone, or as a family. Pick up a starter sheet and follow clues around the farm for prizes and fun. Pick your own pumpkins, wild corn maze, big fruit fling, whistle blowing train rides, huge inflatables, wagon ride, horse-drawn wagon rides and gemstone Mining. For adults, wine tasting from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (989) 224-3686 or visit www.ujcidermill.com.
September 3-12 — Dying City, Grand Ledge. The Ledges Playhouse, Fitzgerald Park, plays host to this fabulous production at 10 p.m. A year after her husband’s death in Iraq, Kelly, a young therapist, confronts his identical twin brother, who shows up at her apartment unannounced. Dying City is as satisfyingly spooky, crisp and corny as an episode of Alfred Hitchcock present. But in answering the plot’s whodunit-type questions, it spans a wriggling host of other deeper questions that stay with you into the night. Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. Visit www.capitaltheaterworks.org.
September 10-13, 17-20 — Into The Woods, Lansing. Performances are at the Riverwalk Theatre’s main stage. Into The Woods weaves grown up versions of well-known fairy tales into the story of the Baker and his wife who have been cursed with childlessness by a witch. As the two of them struggle to fulfill the witch’s demands and break the curse, they cross paths with a number of fairy tale characters who become involved in the quest. Along the way they each learn the impact of acting on their wishes without considering the consequences. For ticket prices and show times visit www.riverwalktheatre.com.
September 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 — Beginning Wheel Spinning, Lansing. Bring wheel and accessories, any fiber you have questions about. Michelle will cover wheel mechanics, fiber, various methods of plying, and tips for working with colors. Sessions held at Woven Art, 325B Grove St., for only $60. Class times: Sept. 11 is from 12:30-3:30 p.m.; the other two from 1-3 p.m. Call (517) 203-4467 or visit www.yarnandfiberart.com.
September 18-19 — 29th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair, St. Johns. Get out of the house and come to Uncle John’s Cider Mill. Saturday from 1-5 p.m. is music by Steve Hunt – Memories of Elvis. Sunday’s music TBD from 1-5 p.m. There is no charge to enter the craft show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: corn maze, train rides, wagon rides and gemstone mining. Call (989) 224-3686 or visit www.ujcidermill.com.
October 20-28 — East Lansing Film Festival, East Lansing. The ELFF is the largest and most diverse film festival in Michigan to screen independent and foreign feature, documentary, short and students films from around the world. The ELFF was created in 1997 in cooperation with the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University. Since then, ELFF has been dedicated to bringing quality foreign and independent films to the state of Michigan in order to expose our audience to diverse cultures, ideas, and creative works. Festival held at the Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbott Rd. Call (517) 336-5802 or visit www.elff.com.
August 1 – September 12 — Mackerel Sky’s 20th Anniversary Invitational, East Lansing. A collection of works by some of the artists who have had exhibits at Mackerel Sky during the past 20 years. Call (517) 351-2211 or visit www.mackerelsky.com.
Through September 12 — Resourceful Women: 30 Who Preserved Michigan’s Water, Woods & Wildlife, Lansing. Learn about Michigan women that lead the conservation movement through compelling stories, images and activities for all ages. Gallery is at the Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame, 213 W. Main St. Call (517) 484-1880 or visit www.michiganwomenshalloffame.org.
August 18 – October 31 — Denali National Park, Lansing. The Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame (HOF) announces a new art exhibit featuring the work of Pat Miller. The exhibit, “Denali National Park: A Celebration of Color,” consists of pastel and watercolor landscapes inspired by Denali National Park in Alaska. The opening reception is Aug. 29 in the Belen Gallery at the HOF from 2-4 p.m. Call (517) 484-1880 x202 or email email@example.com.
September 11-12 — MI Health Care Medical, Wellness & Weight Loss Expo, Dimondale. Move your body to The Summit, Capital Centre Complex on the 11th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or on the 12th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The goal is to provide the public with cutting-edge technology that will improve their quality of life while allowing advertisers a place to spread vital information about their unique products and services. Individuals seeking a healthier lifestyle won’t want to miss this Expo! Featuring several free health screenings, seminars and healthy cooking demonstrations. Doctors and specialists will be on-hand to give free consultations. Call (517) 515-2509 or visit www.mihealthcareexpo.com.
September 11-12 — Time for You, Bath. Saturday lunch through Sunday lunch, at Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre: $65.50 plus taxes for accommodation and delicious home-cooked vegetarian meals. Also available for an additional charge: Pure Meditation Foundation class, yoga, Life Skills and Relaxation class, Natural Spiritual Healing, Progressive Counseling. Personal retreats available most any time. Preregistration required. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org.
September 15 — PAD Raises Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke, Lansing. Ingham Regional Medical Center’s Dawe Auditorium, 2720 S. Washington Ave. – doors open at 5:30 p.m. and presentation at 6 p.m. Free. One in every 20 Americans over age 50 has PAD (peripheral arterial disease), although only around 30 percent will experience any warning signs. PAD occurs when arteries in the legs become clogged with plaque, reducing blood flow and increasing risk of heart attack and stroke. Cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Joseph Cotroneo will discuss how early diagnosis and treatment of PAD can improve and save your life. Call (517) 975-6600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 18 — Pure Meditation Foundation Class for Adults, East Lansing. Conquer stress, improve concentration and find inner peace. Class is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in East Lansing with Joanne Rowe, certified SRMHC UK teacher. Only $49, preregistration required. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org.
September 26 – October 9 — Natural Spiritual Healing Course, Bath. Help yourself and others towards wholeness of mind, body, spirit with this comprehensive, professional program; weeks one and two, of five, at the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre. Lodging and home-cooked meals available. See website for syllabus. Preregistration required. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org.
October 6 — Urinary Incontinence, Lansing. Ingham Regional Medical Center’s Dawe Auditorium, 2720 S. Washington Ave. – doors open at 5:30 p.m. and presentation at 6 p.m. Free. Urologist Dr. Rafid Yousif will review the causes of female and male urinary incontinence. He will also discuss a variety of treatment options, including the latest in minimally invasive procedures using the da Vinci robotic surgical system. Call (517) 975-6600 or email email@example.com.
September 1st — Tim Staudt’s Ultimate Golf Outing, Lansing. Presented by Sparrow Foundation and Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company. This year’s event will be held at Forest Akers Golf Courses, 3535 Forest Rd. Funds raised support the Sparrow Children’s Center. Build your team and support your community. Registration and breakfast at 7 a.m. with shotgun at 8:30 a.m. For more information call Joy at (517) 364-5691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 11 —Run & Walk For The Animals, Grand Ledge. Join animal lovers from across Mid-Michigan to have fun, raise money and walk for the animals. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. at Fitzgerald Park with Run & Walk start time at 11 a.m. All dogs must be on a non-retractable leash and plays well with others. All proceeds support the Capital Area Humane Society. Registration fee: $75 includes t-shirt and bandana. Call (517) 626-6060 x11 or visit www.cahs-lansing.org.
September 11 — Live Life Nspired 5K Run/One-Mile Walk, Charlotte. This community event is held in memory of Natalie Freiburger, a courageous young girl who lost her battle with ovarian cancer. It is for anyone excited about overcoming a serious illness or who would like to be surrounded by inspirational people with all proceeds going to support The Power of ONE Fund. The 5K is a flat, fast, USATF-certified course that runs through the heart of downtown at 9:45 a.m. – fees vary. The 1 Mile is free so bring the family. Music, snacks, and drinks will be located in the block party tents and awards will be presented at the conclusion of the race. Call (517) 543-9575 email@example.com.
September 12 — 7th Annual Sparrow Women Working Wonders (W3) 5K/0K, Lansing. Be inspired by this annual favorite as we run, walk and revitalize to support women’s health in Mid-Michigan. Join honorary chair, Suzy Merchant, and members of the MSU women’s basketball team for the 5K run/walk at Hawk Island Park. Hang back or join after the race as we revitalize with massages, health assessments, demonstrations and samples. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., race begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information or to register online visit www.sparrowfoundation.org.
September 12 — Spartan Marching Band For Kids Concert, Okemos. Join Tim and Cathy Staudt in their own backyard for this 8th annual fundraiser beginning at 3 p.m. Each year, the proceeds are split between the Sparrow Children’s Center and the MSU Marching Band. Cuisine provided by Dusty’s Cellar and tickets are $75/person or a table of 8 is $1,000. For more specifics call Joy (517) 364-5691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 12 — 1st Annual Cancer Survivors Fashion Show, Lansing. We are excited to announce our 1st annual fundraiser at the Lexington Lansing Hotel, 925 S. Creyts Rd. Social hour: 5:30-6:30 p.m. and entertainment and fashion show from 6:30-8:30 p.m. A percentage of the proceeds from the event will support programs at the American Cancer Society. There will be fun entertainment and a fashion show with our very own cancer survivors as models (who will be “modeling for the cure”). General admission: $25, VIP: $30. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance. Call (517) 485-9002 or email email@example.com.
September 16 — 2010 Lady Classic Golf Outing, East Lansing. Hosted by CAWLM, this annual outing takes place at Timber Ridge Golf Club. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the City Rescue Mission of Lansing Family Center for women and children. First time golfers welcome. Individual player packages are $85 each, $340 per foursome. Registration and breakfast at 8 a.m., shotgun at 10 a.m. Register today by calling (517) 203-0123 or visit www.cawlm.com.
September 16 — Wine & Stein, Lansing. The mission of this tasting safari is to raise funds to support the much-in-demand educational programs of the Zoo Society. Sip, sample and slurp beer and wine during this casual event as well as live music and hors d’oeuvres from 6-9 p.m. Your sponsorship is tax deductible. Call (517) 342-2717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 17 — NALS Benefit, Lansing. Connxtions Comedy Club, 2900 N. East St., presents Scott Derenger at 8 p.m. to benefit NALS (National Association of Legal Secretaries) of Lansing’s scholarship fund. Cost is $12/person. Call (517) 648-1214 or email email@example.com.
September 25 — Save the Wildlife 5K Run/Walk, Howell. This outdoor course winds through the Howell Conference & Nature Center’s trails and roads on 280 acres of woodlands and wildlife. Proceeds will help provide care to over 2,000 injured and orphaned wild animals that are brought to the center each year. Race is located at 1005 Triangle Lake Road with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the race at 10 a.m. Call (517) 546-0249 or visit www.howellnaturecenter.org.
October 2 — Hannah’s House 4th Annual International Dessert and Silent Auction, Lansing. Hannah’s House is a Christian maternity home that provides shelter, food and baby items to homeless women and their babies. Women can come to us at any time during their pregnancy and stay until the baby is nine months old. Hannah’s House receives no government support and depends upon private donations, grants and fundraisers to support its ministry. The event is from 6-8 p.m. at the Mt. Hope Church Garden Prayer Chapel, 202 S. Creyts Rd. Tickets: $12 and are available at the door or by calling (517) 482-5856 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 3 –Hike for Hospice, DeWitt Township. The Sparrow Foundation hosts its 12th annual Hike for Hospice 5k at Granger Meadows Park in DeWitt Township. Walkers gather at 11 a.m. and the Hike kicks-off at 12 p.m. Enjoy activities for the entire family including the remembrance tent, music tent, inflatables for the kids, face painting, visit with the MSU women’s basketball team and more. Support Sparrow Hospice Services by participating in the 2010 Hike. For more information or to register online visit www.sparrowfoundation.org.
October 6 — It’s A Breast Thing, Lansing. This wonderfully fun event is designed to help raise community awareness on breast health and support those with breast cancer and recovery. This mix and mingle party will showcase 30 bras transformed into art. The bras and many other great items will be featured in a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the It’s a Breast Thing Foundation, which helps cover medical costs for uninsured individuals battling breast cancer in Ingham, Clinton, Shiawassee and Eaton counties. Bring your girlfriends to Perspective 2 Studio, 319 E. Grand River, from 5-9 p.m. Call Suzi (517) 381-5432 or email email@example.com.
October 19 — Benefit Dinner: MI Women’s Hall of Fame, East Lansing. A New York Times bestselling author, an international human rights activist, and a Civil War soldier are among the 10 notable women selected by independent juries for induction into the 2010 class of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame (honorees in the Contemporary Category and honorees in the Historical Category). A reception at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Event reservation $125/person. Call (517) 484-1880 x203 or visit www.michiganwomenshalloffame.org.
October 23 — Halloween 5K for Junior Achievement, Lansing. How much fun will this be! Come to Hawk Island County Park, 1601 Cavanaugh for the 9 a.m. registration and race time at 10:15 a.m. Local area mascots, family discount, parking pass for runners, refreshments, “Spooky” fun events for kids and costumes are encouraged. Proceeds directly benefit Clinton, Eaton and Ingham County schools. For costs and early registration call (517) 371-5437 or visit www.jamidmichigan.org.
October 30 — Fight for Air Climb, East Lansing. The American Lung Association’s stair climb event is held at Spartan Stadium, 132 Spartan Ave. Individuals and teams will climb up stairs at their selected location, while raising money to fund lung health research, education and advocacy. Climbers can choose one or more options. This event is unique and fun and celebrates both novice and expert athletes with exemplary lung health. Funds raised help aid the American Lung Association’s mission of “Fighting for Air.” For time and other information call (248) 784-2018 or visit www.climblansing.org.