Events Now – October 6 — Old Town Farmers Market, Lansing. The Old Town Farmers Market strives to provide a pleasurable shopping experience. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to visit Lansing’s historic creative district on the first Sunday of every month to enjoy fresh, vibrant homegrown and handmade products from some of Michigan’s most dedicated farmers. Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www.lansing.org. Now – October 21 — Lansing Mega Mall Outdoor Flea Market, Lansing. Time to treasure and bargain hunt. This Flea Market carries everything from antiques and collectibles, to household goods, to produce. Free admission and free parking. Low-priced vendor spaces available. Mega Mall is on the east side of US-27 just south of DeWitt. Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every third Sunday. Open seven days a week: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (517) 487-3275 or visit www.lansing.org. October 5-6 — Oktoberfest, Lansing. Old Town’s Oktoberfest, Lansing’s only German-style festival, features all things German, including live polka, German fare and wonderful German beers in a souvenir mug. Tickets: $13/adult on Friday. Saturday, kids occupy tent for fun activities until 6 p.m. Call (517) 485-4283 or visit www.oldtownoktoberfest.com. October 6 — Apple Festival, Eaton Rapids. It’s fall, which means it’s apple time here in Michigan. The Apple Festival is at the historic Miller Farm, 635 State St. The Millers promise fun for the entire family at this event to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For sale: apples, apple pies, molasses cookies and other baked treats. The ice cream parlor is open all weekend. Don’t forget to enter into the apple pie baking contest. Call (517) 256-9460 or email email@example.com. October 7 — Dinosaur Dash, East Lansing. A competitive 5k run/walk on a fast, flat course. Dashers will compete in several different divisions and dinosaur trophies are awarded to overall male and female winners. Three special runs designed for the younger crowd: Museum Mile for 12 and under run/walk a one-mile loop around north campus, Mini-Dash is a 200 yard dash for kids 6 and under, and the Diaper Dash is a 100 yard dash for kids 3 and under. Cost: $30/adult, $15/child. Call (517) 432-4655 or visit www.michigan.org. October 10 — Fall Fun Rides, Lansing. The City of Lansing hosts the Michigan Draft Horse Association in downtown during the lunch hour. The MDHA will offer free rides from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interested riders can board the horse drawn wagons in front of the State Capitol and ride the loop. Downtown businesses will offer specials to participants in this event that mention the MDHA Rides! MBC Lansing is offering 40 percent off your order and the backyard Bar-B-Q will offer 20 percent off. Call (517) 332-5560 or visit www.mgli.org. October 12-14 — Color Cruise and Island Festival, Grand Ledge. This fall festival will be the talk of the town with many pioneer crafts and activities, canoe, horse and buggy rides, fur traders, petting zoo, live music and local vendor food. Events are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (517) 627-2383 or visit www.grandledgechamber.com. October 18-21 — Draft Horse Show and Pull, East Lansing. With more than 1,200 draft horses from the US and Canada, the Michigan Great Lakes International Draft Horse Show and Pull (MGLI) is the largest annual draft horse event in North America. These “big boys” will also demonstrate their raw power in the light and heavyweight pulling contests during which they pull a truck-mounted dynamometer. During the barnyard pull teams test their horse power with a weighted sled. Commercial exhibits jam-pack the pavilion offering thousands of unique equine items and the major breed associations are on hand to promote their breeds and answer questions. Admission varies. Call (517) 432-5566 or visit www.mgli.com. October 20-21, 27-28 — Boo at the Zoo, Lansing. Little ghouls and boys will enjoy an afternoon of spook-tacular fun. Join the zoo for not-too-scary Halloween tricks and treats from noon to 4 p.m. Have a good time making crafts, a straw maze, animal presentations, hayrides, the Boo tunnel and trick-or-treating. We encourage all kids (big and small) to dress in their spookiest, scariest or cutest Halloween costumes. Call (517) 483-4222 or visit www.potterparkzoo.org. October 23 — The National Circus of the People’s Republic of China, East Lansing. Direct from Beijing, the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China is a treat for the whole family with eye-popping, jaw-dropping feats of balance, juggling, flying and contortion you have to see to believe! With an ensemble of 40 gymnasts, contortionists, jugglers and dancers, the company is one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China. Acclaimed for their particularly unique acts, this astounding group has won more than twenty Gold and Silver medals and other awards at international circus festivals. Admission: between $15 and $35/person. Call (517) 353-1982 or visit www.whartoncenter.com. October 27 — Great Pumpkin Walk, East Lansing. Families are encouraged to bring their children to downtown from 5-7 p.m. in full costume to receive free door-to-door treats from more than 50 friendly merchants. Each year, 1,000+ trick-or-treaters travel along the sidewalks for this safe and fun experience. Call (517) 319-6877 or visit www.cityofeastlansing.com. October 29 — 5th Annual Trick-Or-Treat on the Square, Lansing. Historic Washington Square transforms into a gathering place for spook-tacular fall fun on the Monday before Halloween from 5-7:30 p.m. Trick-or-Treat on the Square offers little ghouls and goblins a safe place to haunt. In addition to collecting Halloween treats at candy stations along Washington Square, enjoy refreshments of cider and donuts, dancing in the street to Halloween-themed classics, face-painting, watching a magic show, a cool hay ride, weaving through the Hay Maze or being entertained by fire dancers and the High Five Stilt Guys. Call (517) 487-3322 or visit www.trickortreatonthesquare.org. November — Buckpole, Williamston. Bring your largest deer. Scoring will be in line with Boone & Crockett gross standards. Hunters must obey all local ordinances regarding possession of weapons in city limits. All entries must be legally tagged and completely field-dressed. All deer must have been harvested in the legal 2012 hunting season. Hunters must provide information about the area, time and person who harvested the deer. Deer brought in must be hung on the pole for the remainder of the contest time that day (weather permitting). Call (517) 655-1549 or visit www.williamston.org. November 1 — Highfields’ 50th, East Lansing. Former script consultant to The Cosby Show and co-author with Bill Cosby of the book Come on People, Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint will be the keynote speaker. Enjoy a special video feature appearance by Bill Cosby. Co-hosted by Kellie Dean of Dean Transportation and Rollin Dart of Dart Bank, the gala is at the Kellogg Center. Ann Emmerich and Evan Pinsonnault of WLNS TV 6 will be emceeing. Tickets: $100/person. Call (517) 628-2287 or visit www.highfields.org. November 16 — 28th Annual Silver Bells in the City, Lansing. Celebrate the season in downtown Lansing with the electric light parade, lighting of the holiday tree and colorful fireworks. Plan to visit the Silver Bells Village to get a head start on your shopping. In addition, 50 art and cultural venues feature live performances throughout the chilly night. Dress warm and bring your camera. Call (517) 487.3322 or visit www.silverbellsinthecity.org. November 16-18 — Ladies Weekend Expo 2012, Lansing. Gather your girlfriends and head to the ultimate women’s outing at the Lansing Center. Enjoy a weekend full of activities designed specifically with you in mind. Here’s a look at the show: amazing vendors featuring jewelry, clothing, cosmetics, home décor and grand giveaways. Cost: $7/person at the door. Shows: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fri./Sat. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Call (616) 466-4451 or visit www.michigan.org. November 17 — Michigan Pharmacy Foundation Fall Fest, Lansing. This Fall Fest features the second annual Chili Cook-off from 1-4 p.m. at the MPA Family of Companies Headquarters, 408 Kalamazoo Plaza. New events, including a marketplace with a variety of vendors and a Kids Korner with supervised activities. Attendees can purchase tickets for a minimal fee to use for food, snacks, beverages and face painting. Call Dianne (517) 377-0223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. November 17 — Breakfast with Santa, Lansing. Bring your children for a pancake breakfast at Troppo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The morning includes cookie decorating, writing your letter to Santa and holiday arts and crafts. Troppo will take breakfast reservations from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets: $10/person, children two and under are free. Call (517) 371-4000 or visit www.downtownlansing.org. November 25-December 23 — Wonderland of Lights, Lansing. Potter Park Zoo transforms into a magical winter wonderland with thousands of holiday lights and extraordinary displays. Wrap yourself up in warm gear and marvel in all the holiday cheer. Cost: $4/adult and $2/kid ages 3-16. Time: 5-8 p.m. Call (517) 342-2710 or visit www.potterparkzoo.org. November 30 — Annual Christmas Parade, Grand Ledge. Boundless family entertainment to kick off the holiday season with a Lighted Float Parade starting at the fire barn going across the bridge and ends with Santa at the Sun Theater. Call (517) 627-2383 or visit www.grandledgechamber.com. Arts October 12 — The Fresh Beat Band, East Lansing. Nickelodeon’s popular preschool music group and stars of the hit TV series are adding a second leg to their current sold-out nationwide concert tour and will play the Wharton Center. More than 200,000 fans will have seen the live show by the end of the first run making it one of this year’s most successful music tours. Tickets: $27-$37 and VIP packages are available. Call (517) 353-1982 or visit www.whartoncenter.com. October 14 — Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, East Lansing. The daffy and musically astounding Ukulele Orchestra is an internationally acclaimed chamber orchestra that has been singing and plucking their way into thousands of hearts across the globe in celebration of this humble instrument. Show begins at 7 p.m. and the cost ranges from $15 to $35/person. Call (517) 353-1982 or visit www.whartoncenter.com. October 19 — Les Six, Satie and Cocteau, Lansing. The Absolute Music Chamber Series — classical chamber music with a difference! Come enjoy an eclectic experience unlike any other in the Lansing area. Concerts are held in the intimate and acoustically superior Absolute Gallery in Lansing’s Old Town. The audience sits among works of art and only a few feet from the musicians who perform favorite selections with great passion and skill. As in the European soiree tradition, light refreshments are served following each concert giving patrons the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists. Absolute Gallery, 309 E. Grand River Ave. from 8-10 p.m. Call (517) 482-8845 or visit www.absolutemusiclansing.org. November 1-7 — Thread, Lansing. Thread is a multi-media installation based on the following Chinese proverb: “An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet regardless of time, place or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break.” Thread is the artist’s interpretation of a struggle with infertility and the adoption process and is funded by an Individual Artist Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. Visitors may cut, manipulate or burn their own piece of thread. Reception: Nov. 4 from 1-4 p.m. with an artist discussion at 1:15-1:45 p.m. Admission: free and held at the Lansing Art Gallery. Call (517) 374-6400 or visit www.lansingartgallery.org. November 7-11 — ELFF, East Lansing. Celebrating its 15th year, this world-class film festival showcases independent features, documentaries and shorts as well as offering tributes, seminars, premieres and parties. The location varies from show to show. Call (517) 99-5444 or visit www.elff.com. November 11 — Parsons Dance, East Lansing. The fetching, exuberant personality and joyous movement of Parsons Dance fuse modern dance with the discipline and precision of a classical company. They are known for engaging and uplifting works of extraordinary artistry. This athletic ensemble creates a spirited performance featuring the music of the Dave Matthews Band. This dance varies in price anywhere from $25 to $38/person and the show will begin at 3 p.m. Call (517) 353-1982 or visit www.whartoncenter.com. November 27 — Mannheim Steamroller, East Lansing. The world’s most popular Christmas group of all time brings the joys of the season to Wharton Center in a symphonic and electronic mix of distinctive, yet familiar works. The recording was a runaway hit and propelled Mannheim Steamroller to become the biggest Christmas music artists in history. Ticket cost varies from $30 to $70/person. Call (517) 353-1982 or visit www.whartoncenter.com. Exhibits October 1-November 30 — 4,000 Years of Indigenous Michigan Horticulture, East Lansing. When Europeans arrived in the western Great Lakes in the 17th century they encountered local Native Americans who were growing crops and other plant life. Learn about their horticulture. You can explore what we know about the origins of native horticulture in Michigan, particularly the appearance and adoption of corn (maize), as well as squash, beans and native seed and grain plants. Call (517) 335-7474 visit www.msu.edu. November 18 — Model Train Show and Sale, Lansing. All aboard Michigan’s largest train show with more than 500 tables of model trains, railroad collectibles, “Thomas the Tank Engine” toys, operating layouts and how-to demonstrations. This is a great event for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSU Pavilion. Cost: $6/adult and free for children under 12 or a scout in uniform. Call (517) 648-0628 or visit www.lmrc.org. Clinics October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 — Mom To Mom, East Lansing. Each Tuesday morning 9:30-11:30 a.m. to encourage and equip moms of all ages and all stages as they parent their children. There is food and fellowship, Biblically-based lessons and small group discussions for moms held at the River Terrace Church. Child care is provided up to age 3: Kid to Kid is for the 3-5 year olds, offering Bible stories, music, crafts, snacks and gym. Call (517) 351-9059 or visit www.riverterrace.org. October 3 — Car Care Aware Extravaganza, Lansing. Liskey’s Auto and Truck Service will host their first-ever Car Care Aware event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join them for a free vehicle inspection and have your car questions answered by expert technicians. Liskey’s is at 119 S. Larch St., Lansing. For more info call (517) 484-0100. October 1-4, 8-7 — Spiritual Knowledge and Philosophy Exploration, Bath. Explore: the big questions of life with an international teacher. Explore: Who am I? Why are we here? What is God? Bring your own spiritual questions too. Most of all explore yourself and your beliefs with an open heart and mind to new learning, wisdom and insight. Each workshop is followed by a short break and silent meditation with Winged Prayer at 9 p.m. Held at the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre. Preregistration required. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org. October 10 — Partner Yoga, East Lansing. Come and enjoy an hour and a half with your spouse, significant other or friend and learn yoga poses and pranayama techniques. The class is a combination of sitting, kneeling, standing and balancing postures. Just as a regular Yoga practice enriches one’s mental and physical well-being, Partner Yoga enhances our sensitivity to others and brings a new and fresh depth to our relationship. One session: $25/couple from 4-5:30 p.m. at Creative Wellness, 2045 Abbott Road. Call (517) 320-1568 or visit www.creativewellness.net. October 20 — Free Cervical Cancer Screening, East Lansing. Pap-O-Rama Saturday is the first ever event of its kind within Greater Lansing providing 150 free pap smears. The program will provide free cervical cancer screenings to uninsured women, between the ages of 21 and 64 and have not had a pap exam in the last year, residing in Ingham or Clinton County. Held at the Alliance Ob/Gyn, 1560 Turf Lane, from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants must register by Oct. 18, call (517) 853-2330 or visit www.alliance-obgyn.com. October 27 — Women’s Self Defense Workshop, East Lansing. Constructed to show women that they have the tools to avoid and prevent a sexual assault. Combinations of consciousness-raising and skill-building experiences are used with the intent of increasing women’s understanding, resources and skills in sexual assault prevention and self-defense. Designed for ages 12 and up. One session: $40/person, $65/mother-daughter pair from noon to 3 p.m. at Creative Wellness, 2045 Abbott Road. Call (517) 320-1568 or visit www.creativewellness.net. November 1 — Making it in Michigan, Lansing. This is Michigan’s premiere specialty food show. There will be an industry leading keynote speaker session, practical hands-on educational classes and a marketplace trade show with free admission. Show: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (517) 483-7400 or visit www.makingitinmichigan.msu.edu. Fundraisers October 2 — It’s a Breast Thing, Bath. Businesses and individuals compete to be one of the Top 12 Best Decorated Bras. Your votes put them in the 2013 “It’s a Breast Thing” Calendar. Calendar pre-orders available during the event held at Eagle Eye Golf Club, 15500 S. Chandler Rd. from 5-8 p.m. Free event: $5 suggested donation at the door. All proceeds go to It’s a Breast Thing Non Profit Corp. Visit www.itsabreastthing.org. October 4-7 — Children’s Pumpkin Festival, St Johns. Head to Andy T’s Farms, 3131 S. US-27, to enjoy the free fall season activities for children. Decorate pumpkins and paint your face. See Dare Officer, Med-Vac Helicopter on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 7 is the Pumpkin Trot: 1k, 5k and 10k races at 1 p.m. with registration at noon. Race will benefit local Boy Scout programs. Call (517) 749-8475 or visit email@example.com. October 6 — Walk for the Animals, Grand Ledge. The CAHS challenges you to raise funds and awareness for the homeless animals in need around Mid-Michigan. Our goal is to raise $90,000 this year and we need your help. Whether you wish to walk, run or simply register to be a fundraiser, your efforts will help provide food, shelter and care for up to 290 animals every single day. There is no fee for registration. Join us at Fitzgerald Park starting at 9:30 a.m. Bring the family dog. Call (517) 626-6060 x20 or visit www.cahs-lansing.com. October 7 — Hike or Bike for Hospice, Lansing. Join us at Granger Meadows Park as we hike to honor those who have ended life’s journey. There will be a 5k hike or bike to honor the path that every life takes. Enjoy music, food and kids’ activities in a memorial setting where loved ones are remembered. Proceeds benefit Sparrow Hospice Services and help to ensure the continued delivery of compassionate hospice care for Mid-Michigan families. This hike will begin at noon. Call (517) 346-5696 or visit www.sparrow.org. October 10 — AIC Silent Auction and Fundraiser, Lansing. The Asset Independence Coalition (AIC) is hosting a silent auction at Gone Wired Cafe. Special guests include Lansing Mayor, Virg Benero, Ingham County Treasurer, Eric Schertzing and City Treasurer, Antonia Kraus. The proceeds will go toward financial literacy programs and free tax preparation services for low to moderate income residents in Ingham County. For questions please call Amber (517) 256-1466 or visit www.assetindependencecoalition.org. October 10 — Trick or Treat with Your Dog, Williamson. Dogs must be people and pet friendly and current on rabies and distemper-parvo vaccinations. Dogs must remain on leash during the hours of the event at all times. Proceeds will benefit the “For Better Independence Assistance Dogs.” Entry fees: $8 pre-registration or $10 day of. Register at Wood & Sons Corn Bin, 164 W. Grand River Ave. Event is from 2-4 p.m. in downtown. Judging starts at 4:30 p.m. for many categories. Call (517) 589-0477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.williamston.org. October 11 — 11th Annual MACC Raffle Drawing, Mason. Mason Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a community raffle drawing to begin at 5 p.m. with the top prize drawing at 8 p.m. at Extra!, located at 356 S. Jefferson. A grand prize of up to $15,000 cash will go to the lucky holder of the winning $20 ticket (ML#R17440) sponsored by LAFCU. Net proceeds will benefit the Chamber’s “Hometown U.S.A.” fund for community identity and improvement programs, which create so much value for the community. The fund helps provide new street lamp decorations of illuminated candle wreaths for North Cedar Street at the northwest entrance to Mason off U.S. 127. Tickets, while they last, at 148 E. Ash Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Call (517) 676-1046 or email email@example.com. October 10-11 — Fine Jewelry Sale, Lansing. Held at Sparrow Hospital (lower level) next to the cafeteria, 1215 E. Michigan Ave. All jewelry (gold, silver, stones etc.) is supplied by Jewelry Plus, Inc. which is a local company that handles only quality merchandise. Gold jewelry etc. will also be purchased during this time. This event is sponsored by the Mary Magdalen League-St. Lawrence Campus. All proceeds benefit the Sparrow Specialty Hospital & the S.A.N.E. Program located on the St. Lawrence Campus. Call (517) 364-7179. October 13 — Danae’s Race, Lansing. Join the Lansing area for a scenic 5k along the Grand River. The 5k will start at Adado Riverfront Park, North Grand Avenue. Proceeds will go to benefit the Glass House for women. The Glass House provides residential treatment for individuals with chronic alcohol and other drug dependencies. This 14 bed facility accepts referrals from across Michigan. Visit www.runningfoundation.com. October 14 — Spartan Splatter, East Lansing. Enjoy color? We do, too. Join us at 2 p.m. in front of Conrad Hall at MSU for some color fun. After each kilometer, runners will be sprayed with (safe, nontoxic, edible) color paint. If that’s not enough for you, at the finish line, tie-dye stations will be available for dying your event t-shirt. All proceeds to benefit MSU’s Engineers Without Borders. Cost: $25/person. Call (517) 355-5113 or visit www.msu.edu. October 27 — Strides Against Breast Cancer, Lansing. Join the journey to end breast cancer with a single step. Take that step with us at one of our American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks. Just a few hours of your time will help bring a lifetime of change for people facing breast cancer and their families. Registration at 8 a.m. and the walk at 9:30 a.m., held at the Capitol. Call (517) 332-3300 or visit www.makingstrides.acsevents.org. November 1 — 27th Annual Dinner and Auction, East Lansing. The Tri-County Office on Aging is host to this annual dinner. The evening features an elegant feast, a live and silent auction, raffle, cash bar and live entertainment by the Sea Cruisers. All proceeds raised will benefit thousands of older adults and persons with disabilities by helping them remain in their homes while maintaining their independence and dignity. Tickets are $50/person and the dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Call (517) 887-1377 or visit www.tcoa.org. November 1 — Art for Charlie, East Lansing. Art for Charlie is holding its second annual silent art auction fundraiser at the Marriott at University Place from 6-9:30 p.m. This Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives both of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Through an annual art auction its mission is to help Sparrow Hospital provide the finest pediatric hospice care and to support families coping with the loss of a child. Art for Charlie is named in honor of an East Lansing 4-year-old, Charlie Waller, who has terminal brain cancer. Admission: $35/person. Call (517) 579-7727.