Events for May 2013

Events May 2-5 — Spring Fling Festival, Mason. A 5k run/walk on May 3, a show on the courthouse square on May 4. Call (517) 676-1046 or visit www. May 4-5 — Victorian Days, Grand Ledge. Saturday, Teddy Bear Tea and Maypole dance; kite flying and other outdoor games. Kids of all ages will enjoy High Tea, Gilbert & Sullivan sing-a-long, visit the local historical museum, a ‘Corset’ symposium, 1860s rules baseball game and the 5th Annual Moustache contest. Visit a Civil war encampment and demonstrations on Island Park. Enjoy carriage rides and riverboat rides on the Grand Princess. Sunday, a model boat race (build and race your own), a Chautauqua assembly in Maypole Park and the crowning event of this year’s festivities is a Grand Victorian Ball at the Grand Ledge Opera House. Visit May 11 — Adopt-a-pet Day, Mason. Enjoy food, fun and prizes as CARQUEST The Parts Place helps to collect donated dog and cat supplies for the Ingham County Animal Shelter. Shelter staff will be on site with their furry four-legged friends to help raise awareness and find them new homes. CARQUEST The Parts Place’s Mason location will collection donations through May 20. Visit May 11 — Mother’s Day Tea, Lansing. Bring all the gals in your life to the Turner-Dodge House, 100 E. North St., at 3 p.m. for a fabulous afternoon of tea. Cost: $8/person. Call (517) 483-4220 or email May 12 — Mom’s Day at the Zoo, Lansing. Enjoy the beautiful spring weather and treat your mom to a visit to the zoo on her special day. All moms will receive free admission! Potter Park Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit May 12 — Sunday Wildflower Walks, Okemos. Yellow, blue, pink and white … spring wildflowers come in many brilliant colors! This is a great time to join a naturalist for a guided interpretive walk 3 p.m. The fee for these programs is $3/person or $7/family/walk due at the time of the walk. For park location visit May 16 — Wine & Stein, Lansing. Celebrate the beginning of summer with a casual after hours bash at the zoo from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy tastings of beer and wine in a complimentary souvenir glass and sample fabulous hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants as you listen to live music. And of course, all of the animal residents will be there! Must be 21 or older to attend. $30/non-member and $25/member. Visit May 23 — Peacocks, Penguins and the Playground, Lansing. This is a nonprofit program through Case Credit Union. There will be multiple activities including a scavenger hunt, massage stations, face painting, disc golf, raffles, live music, admission to the zoo, car show and multiple food vendors. Held at the Potter Park Zoo from 6-9 p.m. Tickets: 3 and under are free, 4-15 are $5 and 15 on up $10. Visit May 24-26 — Cristo Rey Fiesta 2013, Lansing. This annual fiesta features authentic Mexican folkloric dancing as well as dancing in the evenings to live Tejano and Salsa Merengue bands. Proudly serving the finest in homemade Mexican dishes. For more details call (517) 394-4639 or visit May 31 — 18th Annual BWL Chili Cook-Off, Lansing. Promises to be the biggest and best yet and you can be a part of this high profile celebration. We encourage you to join in on the fun and support a great cause. You have the opportunity to compete first, second or third place in eight categories, including Best Chili, Most Creative Chili Name, Most Creative Chili Booth, Best Salsa, Best Meatless Chili and new last year, Best White Bean Chicken Chili. Participate in an enjoyable “heated” competition while getting your organization recognized in front of a huge crowd. Call Lauren (517) 483-7400 x245 or email June 1 — Be a Tourist in Your Own Town, Lansing. This event is to increase community awareness of the attractions and the tourism industry’s impact on the area. For only $1, purchase a “Be a Tourist Passport” which grants you free admission to more than 60 area attractions, local businesses and special activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ages 3 and under do not require a passport. Get from place to place with CATA. For only 50 cents you will receive a stamp which will allow you to ride the Be a Tourist routes for the rest of the day with no extra charge. The website has details about a new challenge happening, don’t miss out. Visit June 1 — 16th Annual Mayor’s Family Riverwalk, Lansing. Join Mayor Virg Bernero on a 3-mile walk that starts at Potter Park Zoo and ends at Maguire Park. The first 1,000 walkers receive a T-shirt. Registration at 8:30 a.m. with the walk at 9 a.m. There is a free shuttle service, courtesy of Dean Transportation, available to take you back to the zoo. Enjoy the River Trail while getting fit. Fun stations along the way, certificates for walkers, free refreshments will be served at Maguire Park. Call (517) 483-4277. June 7-9 — Gizzard Fest, Potterville. With a crazy name like that you can count on it definitely being tasty. In its 14th year, is world renowned and includes a classic car show, 3-on-3 basketball, arts and crafts and a carnival. Call (517) 645-2313 or visit June 16-22 — Red Cedar Jubilee, Williamston. The Red Cedar Jubilee features parades, craft shows, a derby contest, lawn mower races, a duck drop and a food and beverage tent with live music. While in town visit the antiques district. Call (517) 655-3831. June 20-22 — Yankee Doodle Days, Grand Ledge. Enjoy the 30th annual summer fun event in the downtown area. Features a parade, fireworks and an entertainment tent jamming to live music. Call (517) 627-2383 or visit June 21 — Festival of the Moon, Lansing. Make one of the shortest nights of the year count at Festival of the Moon. Cool off on a warm summer night with a glass of cold craft-brewed beer while listening to regional and national bands. View the sculptures made of recycled materials created during the “Scrapfest” competition. Call (517) 485-4283 or visit June 22 — Festival of the Sun, Lansing. Celebrate the summer solstice with this premier beer, wine and gourmet food-tasting festival. Enjoy fine wine, craft-brewed beer and the Lansing area’s best cuisine and entertainment on two stages. Call (517) 485-4283 or visit June 22 — Delta Rocks, Lansing. A free family night to feature clowns, inflatable attractions, games, kids’ make-it and take-it crafts, music, live animals, super slingshot, face painting, turtle racers, trackless train and concessions. Held at Sharp Park, 1401 Elmwood Road, from noon to 6 p.m. Free shuttle rides from the Lansing Mall to Sharp Park. Call (517) 323-8555 or visit June 21-22 — Scrapfest, Lansing. Collection day is June 1 from 10-11 a.m. at Friedland Industries, 405 E. Maple St. Exhibit and Silent Auction to begin at noon on June 21 and the silent auction begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 22, sculptures will remain on display for the rest of that evening. Both the exhibit and silent auction is in Old Town at the city parking lot where Grand River Avenue and Turner Street meet (right in front of the tents for the Festival of the Moon and Sun). Call (517) 485-4283 or visit June 21-22 — Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, East Lansing. A free two-day festival in the heart of downtown. Features high-caliber local, regional and national talent. Presented by the City of East Lansing, Wharton Center and the MSU College of Music. Call (517) 319-6980 or visit Arts May 4, 5 — Going to Pieces, Lansing. This grand quilt show is held at the Best Western Plus Hotel, 6820 S. Cedar St., and features a silent auction, quilts for raffle and for sale, vendors and wonderful door prizes. Saturday showing: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday showing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $6/person. Visit May 18-19 — MSU Spring Arts and Crafts Show, East Lansing. Celebrate spring at the 49th annual show with more than 325 artists from across the nation and offers something for everyone. Located on the grounds of the MSU Union, near the corner of Grand River Ave. and Abbot Road. Hours: Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. There will be a broad range of exhibitors selling handmade items. Items include; candles, furniture, jewelry, home and yard décor, aromatherapy, clothing, children’s toys, painting, photography, pottery, sculpture and much more. Parking is available on campus or shoppers can be dropped off on West Circle Drive via Collingwood entrance to campus. The Grand River Parking Ramp is also open. In addition, a CATA bus route is available for 50 cents round trip. Spartan Signature Catering Food Tent, MSU Dairy Store Ice Cream and restrooms are available on-site. Call (517) 355-3354 or visit May 18-19 — East Lansing Art Festival, East Lansing. Celebrate the 50th annual art festival as artists from Michigan and beyond will line downtown East Lansing’s streets to exhibit and sell original works of fine art and traditional crafts. This two-day celebration features free live music, children’s hands-on arts activities and other special events. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (517) 319-6804 or visit Exhibits Now thru August 2 — Adventures in Time, East Lansing. The MSU Museum moves backward and forward in time in a new exhibition that invites visitors to explore how we perceive our world in its three physical dimensions. Throughout the gallery are optical games. Learn about the technological advances as you watch excerpts from some of the latest 3D films. Call (517) 432-3357 or visit Clinics May 2 — Capital City Clean Sweep, Lansing. Capital City Clean Sweep beautifies the downtown area while contributing to a Cleaner, Greener Lansing. Sign up as an individual or a team to take part in this annual clean-up event from noon to 3 p.m. Lunch is provided to volunteers. Email May 4 — 20th Annual Adopt a River, Lansing. Join Impression 5 Science Center (I5) and the Board of Water and Light for this annual event to clean up our river trail and other local areas surrounding our river. This project encourages businesses, unions, schools and civic groups to adopt sections of the Grand and Red Cedar rivers and to keep their banks and nearby areas clean and free from litter. Location: I5, 200 Museum Drive, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (517) 485-8116 or visit May 13 — Miracle League Opening Day, Lansing. An opening day ceremony will take place to kick off the 2013 season of the Miracle League of Mid-Michigan baseball at 6 p.m. at the CASE Cares Miracle Field located in Valley Farms Park in DeWitt Charter Township. Any special needs person, ages 5 through 20 years, is invited to participate in an exhibition game to take place that evening. The MSU baseball team and coaching staff will be present to serve as buddies to help the kids play the game of baseball. Registration deadline for this event is May 6. Call (517) 410-4496 or visit May 16-19 — CARE Program, Lansing. The CARE Program seeks volunteers. The next training session is held at 2500 S. Washington, call for training times. The Capital Area Response Effort (CARE) is a post-arrest response team for survivors of domestic violence. CARE staff, volunteers and interns offer crisis intervention and community resources to those who have experienced a domestic assault in Lansing, Lansing Township, Meridian Township, East Lansing and on the campus of MSU. Call (517) 272-7436 or email May 17 — Pure Meditation for Adults, Bath. Preregister at the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre for a foundation class from 3-5 p.m. to conquer stress, improve concentration and find inner peace. Small fee of $60/person includes book and follow-up appointment. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit Fundraisers March 31-June 1 — Sparrow Children’s Center Telethon, Lansing. This year marks the 25th year that the Sparrow Children’s Center-a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital will host this premier fundraising event. Watch as children and families share their stories of the exceptional care, treatment and technology offered by Sparrow Children’s Center. Call Shela (517) 364-5696 or visit May 4 — Miles for Smiles 5K Walk, DeWitt Township. Put on your walking shoes, bring the kids and help support the 7th annual Capital Area Community Services Miles for Smiles event at Granger Meadows Park. Proceeds help local Head Start families in poverty, who are experiencing a dental crisis, pay for urgent dental treatment. Pre-registration: $15, on-site $20. Registration at 9 a.m., walk at 10 a.m. Free parking, no pets. Visit

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