June 4 — 15th Annual BWL Chili Cook-off, Lansing. Lansing’s riverfront will again be ablaze with chili. So fire up your taste buds, this year promises to be a successful repeat. As always, proceeds will go to local charities and non-profit organizations. Lansing area restaurants and organizations will again face off in this judged competition. Contestants can also win a separate “People’s Choice Award” that is voted on by members of the public attending the cook-off. One ticket grants you access to dozens of great-tasting chili from 5-9 p.m. Also on tap refreshments, live music and fun activities. $5 in advance at the BWL Customer Service, 1232 Haco Dr., or $10 at the gate. Call (517) 702-6377 or visit www.lbwl.com/chilicookoff.
June 4 — 1st Annual Best Burger Recipe Contest, Williamston. The Williamston Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to submit your best burger recipe for the Best Burger & Cheeseburger Contest, to be held during the Cool Car Night from 4-8 p.m. right downtown. Please list all ingredients and details of preparation of your recipe to: WACC, PO BOX 53, Williamston 48895 no later than May 28. Ribbons will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries along with photo opportunities. There is even a chance that your winning recipe may be incorporated into a local restaurant menu! Burgers will be prepared by two local restaurants. Judging will be done by a panel of seven to determine the winners! Call (517) 655-1549 or visit www.williamston.org.
June 5 — Kohl’s Michigan Mile, Lansing. A one mile course for children 13 and under with cheering crowds and a big finish in Cooley Law School Stadium (formerly Oldsmobile Park), 505 E. Michigan Ave. To register and get other information call (800) 772-7769 or visit www.sparrow.org.
June 5 — 13th Annual Mayor’s Family River Walk, Lansing. Join Mayor Virg Bernero on a three mile walk that starts at Potter Park Zoo and ends at Hawk Island. The first 1,000 walkers receive a t-shirt! Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. There is free shuttle service courtesy of Dean Transportation available to take you back to the zoo. Fun stations along the way, certificates for each walker, free refreshments at Hawk Island, entry for Walk Michigan drawing. Call (517) 483-4222 or visit www.ingham.org.
June 5 — Be a Tourist in Your Own Town, Lansing and East Lansing. This one day event treats residents and tourists alike to all the best of Greater Lansing for just $1. Come check out museums, attractions and one day only tours of some of the area’s coolest places. Watch as Greater Lansing opens its doors for you to explore. Call (517) 487-0077 or visit www.lansing.org.
June 11-13 — Gizzard Fest, Potterville. An unusual and funny name for a festival, but filled with lots of fun for the whole family. One of the fastest growing festivals in Michigan, Gizzard Fest has something for everyone. Amusement rides start June 11 with the majority of events held Fri. through Sun. This small town environment offers big town events. There will be arts, crafts, a flea market, exhibitors, a car and truck show, antique tractor show, pancake breakfast, child ID program, gizzard eating contest, parade and much more in downtown Potterville! Call (517) 927-7912 or visit www.gizzardfest.com.
June 13 — Dawn Patrol Breakfast, Mason. Hosted by EAA Chapter 55: All-U-Can-Eat pancake breakfast served with eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. Displays of homebuilt, antique warbird and general aviation aircraft. Any organization wishing to have a display table, contact Vickie (517) 589-5051 or visit www.eaa55.org.
June 14 — Summer L.A.B.S. Camps, Lansing. This summer session at Impression 5 Science Center’s L.A.B.S. (Learning About Basic Science) camps for 3- to 15-year-olds will begin with Tie-Dye Exporers (ages 3-5), Kitchen Chemistry (ages 5-7), Superhero Science (ages 7-9), Extreme Survivor (ages 9-12), and Gamestar Mechanic (ages 12-15). Each day of camp runs 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enrollment fee includes snacks, children only need bring a lunch for each day of fun. For costs and specifics call (517) 485-8116 ext 32 or visit www.impression5.org.
June 19 — Family Fun Day, Laingsburg. Pack up the family for a fun filled day at Sleep Hollow State Park. Various activities are available around the park, including swimming, hiking and fishing (adults must have a fishing license). A hot dog lunch will be included in the trip. Buses will pick up at 10 a.m. at all four Centers, must pre-register to attend. Buses will return by 4:30 p.m. Call Emily (517) 483-4293 or e-mail email@example.com.
June 25-26 — Festival of the Moon & Sun, Lansing. Lansing plays host to the back-to-back festivals of the Moon and Sun. The Festival of the Moon starts out the fun on Fri. night while celebrating one of the shortest nights of the year, with great music, delicious food and cold Bell’s Beer. Sat. celebrates the Summer Solstice with a tasting festival featuring fine wine, craft-brewed beer and the Lansing area’s best cuisine and entertainment. Turner and Grand River. Visit www.festivalofthesun.com.
June 25-26 — Craft Show & More, Williamston. The Williamston Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for crafters, home-based business owners and alpaca owners to participate in our Jubilee Craft Show & More. This is the fourth year for the juried Craft Show and the second year for the Home-Based Business Show and the Alpaca Village. These shows will be held near each other to increase traffic, but will be divided into separate sections. This is held in conjunction with the 39th Annual Red Cedar Jubilee, a week-long event. Call (517) 655-1549 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 25-27 — Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, Howell. The Michigan Challenge Balloonfest is a family event held on schools grounds at Howell High School, 1200 W. Grand River Ave. Bring lots of family and many friends, a jacket for the evening, a camera, comfortable shoes, lawn chairs or blankets, sunglasses, and bug spray. Please leave pets and sparklers at home. Alcoholic and smoking are prohibited. Call (517) 546-3920 or visit www.michiganchallenge.com.
June 26 — Victorian Garden Tea, Lansing. Time: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Cost: $8 per person. Have a grand time at the Turner-Dodge House this summer with the return of our Victorian Garden Tea from 1-4:30 p.m. Weather permitting, guests will be seated on our grand front porch for tea, treats and much more. Afterwards, guests will be able to tour the house and garden, pictures are welcome. This year’s summer exhibit will be, “More Dolls, Dolls, Dolls.” To reserve your spot for only $8 per person, call (517) 483-4220 or visit www.parks.cityoflansingmi.com/tdodge.
June 30 — U2 360°, East Lansing. U2 will bring its spectacular U2 360° tour to Spartan Stadium for one night only from 7-9:30 p.m. With a cylindrical video system of interlocking LED panels and a steel structure rising 150 feet from the floor over a massive stage with rotating bridges, the band has truly created an intimate 360º experience for concert goers. For tickets call (866) 448-7849 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
July 3 — Fourth of July Parade, Lansing. Celebrate the holiday with clowns, antique and specialty automobiles, musicians, dance troops, community groups and military units. Parade starts at 11 a.m. and the route begins at Pine and Allegan, heads east on Allegan to Capitol, north on Capitol to Ottawa, west on Ottawa to Pine. Patriotic individuals interested in participating in the parade have until Fri., June 25, to submit. For parade application or more information call Lansing Parks (517) 483-4313.
July 4 — Independence Day Celebration, Mason. County Seat Old Car Club Car Show on Ingham County Courthouse Square from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Evening parade through the downtown from/to Mason High School, forms in south lot at 6 p.m., steps off at 7:30 p.m. Twilight fireworks at Ingham County Fairgrounds hosted by the Mason Fire Department and Mason Lions Club. Visit www.masonchamber.org.
July 5-16 — Summer Musical Theatre Camp, Charlotte. Three different and exciting camp opportunities for kids of all ages. From Broadway to technical, kids learn and experience exploring their theatrical side through movement, music and drama games. Campers need to provide their own snack, lunch and beverage each camp day at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. Registration deadline June 30. For age groups, costs and camp dates call Hollie (517) 541-5692 or visit www.cpacpresents.com.
July 12-18 — Common Ground Music Festival, Lansing. Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Jimmy Cliff, TESLA and American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert have confirmed their appearances at this year’s festival at Adado Riverfront Park. Full details are available at the Common Ground office, 901 N. Washington, Mon-Fri, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Visit www.commongroundfest.com.
July 16 — SierraRose Farms, Lansing. Granger Meadows Park (south of State Rd. between Wood Rd. and BR-27) invites you to enjoy SierraRose Farms’ miniature horses from 4-11 p.m. SierraRose Farms is a local business that offers camps, special events and lessons that allow kids to connect with both miniature and full-size horses. Attendees will be wowed by the up-close and personal interaction with several miniature horses and even a few babies as they roam around in their mini corral. Call (517) 668-0057 or visit www.sierrarosefarms.net.
July 19-23 — Critter Camp, Lansing. This camp is for ages 5-7. The Capital Area Humane Society camps give younger children an introduction to pets, wildlife and animal safety through interactive games, books, arts and crafts and special guests. Each day, campers will have an opportunity to work with and enjoy the shelter pets in a controlled and safe environment. Every day we will focus on a different shelter pet, while learning about proper pet care and animal behaviors. Many other camps this season for all ages: Animal Adventure Camp, Animal Career Camp and Canine Training Camp. For camps call (517) 626.6821 ext. 30 or e-mail email@example.com.
July 24 — Westside Summer Fest, Lansing. Summer Fest is back from 1-10 p.m. A festival fit for all ages. Don’t miss out on a full day of diverse food, live music and experiencing your community at Saginaw and Princeton. Free so mark your calendar! Call (517) 999.2894 or visit www.westsidesummerfest.com.
July 24 — 2010 Bikes and Bands BMX, Lansing. A day-long festival of family fun in the sun. The Gier Park BMX track is getting remodeled this year and there will be exciting, enhanced racing and live music. “Bikes And Bands” is held in the sweet, tri-level, municipal Gier Park on Old 27 north of downtown Lansing. It’s free with plenty of parking from noon to 7 p.m. Bring the kids, bikes, helmets, pets on leashes, picnics, coolers (no glass/alcohol), sun canopies/small tents and arrive ready to have a blast. The Marines will have a rock climbing wall, there will be bounce houses, among other big kid toys. BMX and band merchandise tents, food vendors and public restrooms. Call (517) 618-4219 or visit www.myspace.com/bikesandbandsbmx1.
May 13 – June 20 — Home, Williamston. The Williamston Theatre presents the final installment of our groundbreaking Voices From the Midwest trilogy. Using the voices of both young and old, the creative team behind Maidens, Mothers and Crones explores the concept of family and its many definitions. Through song, scenes and monologues, we’ll examine how family both includes and transcends bloodlines, defining our worlds in very personal ways. A family friendly theatrical experience. Show times: Thurs. & Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 3 & 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Call (517) 655-7469 or visit www.williamstontheatre.com.
June 1 – August 1 — Art Show, Lansing. Stroll through the newly remodeled lobby at the Riverwalk Theatre to enjoy a local area artist Becky Stafford. Becky’s show includes both oils and pastels of landscapes, still lifes and portraits. This show is free and can be viewed 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues. through Fri. and during evening and weekend performances. Visit mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 3-6 & 10-13 — The Light in the Piazza, Lansing. The passion and beauty of Italy abound in this six-time Tony Award winning musical. The story is set in the summer of 1953 and tells the story of a mother and daughter traveling through Italy, the daughter’s romance with a handsome, high-spirited Florentine and the mother’s determination to keep the two apart. Call (517) 482-6500 or visit www.riverwalktheatre.com.
June 5 — Chalk of the Town, Lansing. Roam the streets of Old Town and experience true art in the streets. Beginning at 10 a.m., artists will take to the streets creating masterpieces on their assigned piece of sidewalk, using only chalk. The creations will be completed by 3 p.m. when the judging will commence. Visitors to this event will be allowed to vote for the People’s Choice winner all day and winners will be announced at 5 p.m. Families are also welcome to participate in the kid’s sidewalk art area. Call (517) 485-4283.
June 18-20 — Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, East Lansing. Enjoy two extraordinary evenings of live jazz at this community event in the heart of downtown East Lansing for free. The festival is brought to the area by a partnership between the City of East Lansing, Wharton Center for Performing Arts and the MSU College of Music. Call (517) 319-6927 or visit www.eljazzfest.com.
July 8 – August 15 — Five Course Love, Williamston. One night, three actors, five restaurants and 15 characters! The endearing and often elusive search for love has never been played out more colorfully than in this high-energy, screwball musical comedy. With a breathtaking range of musical styles, Five Course Love is a delicious look at the chance for romance. Contains mature themes. For show times and tickets call (517) 655-7469 or visit www.williamstonetheatre.com.
July 29 — Music in the Garden, Holt. For two years in a row, hundreds of local families have gathered on warm summer evenings to enjoy these tunes. The Holt Community Arts Council’s series is free, family-friendly and located in Holt’s beautiful Veterans Memorial Gardens. Not only has this event been a tremendous success — it’s already become a beloved and much-anticipated summer tradition from 7-9 p.m. Visit www.holtarts.org.
July 30 – August 7 — Peter Pan, East Lansing. Presented by All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre. On stage at Hannah Community Center with show times: July 30 & Aug. 6 (7 p.m.) and July 31 & Aug. 7 (2 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.). This enduring children’s story tells of a boy and a girl who follow Peter Pan and Tinker Bell into Never Land, where children never grow up. Peter must fight to keep the peace until Captain Hook and his pirates are outwitted. Call (517) 333-2580 ext. 32 or visit www.allofusexpress.org.
May 1 – July 30 — Mid-Michigan Collects, East Lansing. From African sculpture and ancient Roman art to 19th century paintings and contemporary mixed-media work, this exhibition features works of art collected by Mid-Michigan residents. Collectors and art enthusiasts will find much to discover in the breath and depth of the art in our midst. Call (517) 355-7631 or visit www.artmuseum.msu.edu.
July 20-22 — Ag Expo, East Lansing. Ag Expo, Michigan’s largest outdoor farm show, returns to the Michigan State University (MSU) campus for its 31st anniversary run, bringing a variety of educational and commercial activities and exhibits to the state’s agricultural community as well as homeowners, families and anyone who wants to know more about the state’s second-largest industry. Features commercial farm equipment from throughout the Midwest and several Canadian provinces on the 35-acre main exhibition site, as well as educational exhibits from several MSU colleges and departments. For times call (800) 366-7055 or visit www.agexpo.msu.edu.
June 12 — Pure Meditation Foundation Class, Bath. From 3-5 p.m. at the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, conquer stress, improve concentration, find inner peace. $40, preregistration required. Call (517) 641-6201 visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org.
June 12-13 — Peace & Quiet Weekend, Bath. Spend some time in the peace and quiet, with lots of free time and a silent Sun. morning. This small group retreat offers delicious, home-cooked vegetarian meals and comfortable accommodations in a quiet country setting. Sat. before lunch through Sun. after lunch. Includes guidance, lodging and meals: $75 shared room, $99 private room, $145 private suite (plus tax). Preregistration required. Call (517) 641-6201 visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org.
June 15 — Personal Safety Seminar, East Lansing. CAWLM and In Her Shoes radio present a self defense and safety seminar with TK Nelson of KSK Martial Arts. From 5:30-7:30 p.m., bring your lady friends to MSUFCU, 3777 West Rd. Be proactive about protecting yourself and reduce your risk of being a victim. Don’t miss this opportunity to educate, gain the upper hand and focus on self protection. Registration is $25 with raffle prizes. Call (517) 203-0123 visit www.cawlm.com.
June 16 — Veteran Entrepreneur Conference, Lansing. Lansing Community College’s M-Tech Center will host the 3rd annual spring conference at the M-Tech Center, 5807 Cornerstone Dr., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Topics such as procurement, starting and financing a business, marketing your business and veteran benefits will be explained in breakout sessions. Early-bird registration $25, and after June 1, $30. Includes a continental breakfast and a box lunch. Call (866) 716-8387 or visit www.vetbizcentral.com.
June 21 — Summer Food Program For Children, Lansing. NorthWest Initiative in collaboration with the Lansing School District’s Free Summer Food Program will once again host free breakfast and lunch for neighborhood children. The food program runs June 21 through August 20. Breakfast will be served 8:30-9:30 a.m. and lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Register your child(ren) to participate in this free program at 1012 North Walnut. Call (517) 999-2894 visit www.nwlansing.org.
June 4 —Annual Darrell’s Steak Dinner, Mason. Tent seating or takeout for only $10 per person; proceeds benefit the Mason Promise Scholarship and the Mason Relay for Life. Come to 4520 W. Columbia Rd, corner of Aurelius and Columbia. Grilled New York strip steak or chicken, two deli salads, dinner roll and drink from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Visit www.masonchamber.org.
June 5 — 2nd Annual 5K4TJ Run/Walk, Okemos. This annual race begins at Kinawa Middle School, 1900 Kinawa Dr. at 10 a.m. to raise funds to support TJ’s Fund for Eating Disorder Research. The course is an accurate 3.1-mile run on a paved surface. $18 before May 30 or $25 on race day. For age groups run awards and registration, call (517) 381-9051, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.runningfoundation.com.
June 6 — We Can Do It! Women’s 5K Run/Walk/Roll, Okemos. A women-only 5K to benefit the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing with the starting line at Meridian Municipal Complex, 5115 Marsh Rd.. The mission of the Women’s Center is to help women realize their potential. Race course will follow paved pedestrian path in and around Central and Nancy Moore parks. Packet pickup on June 5 at Playmakers, Okemos, from 5-8 p.m. or at the race between 8-8:45 a.m. Registration $20 through May 23, after $25. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 11 — We 5K Race For Education, Lansing. Sponsored by Cooley Law School, this 11th annual race is at 7:30 p.m. in downtown Lansing. Race proceeds are donated to different schools each year; each race participant nominates an educational institution of his/her choice and Cooley selects the winning recipients through a drawing. Race registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with the free children’s races beginning before the 5K race; the 100-yard Kids’ Capitol Dash will start at 6:35 p.m. and the Children’s Capitol Mile Race will start at 6:50 p.m. At 8:15 p.m. the awards ceremony begins. Call (517) 371-5140, ext. 2916 or visit www.cooley.edu/race.
June 14 — Highfields 30th Annual Golf Outing, East Lansing. This outing at Walnut Hills is a major source of funding for a number of Highfields’ programs that improve parenting and stop domestic violence, help children overcome behavioral challenges and redirect at-risk youths to positive life changes. Highfields is a nonprofit that provides support programs for families, youths and communities in mid-Michigan. Shot gun: 10 a.m. at 2874 Lake Lansing Rd. Call (517) 381-1900 x102 or visit www.lezottemiller.com.
June 26 — 3rd Annual Michigan Military Families Benefit, Dimondale. An all-day charity event to raise money for Operation Homefront of Michigan. Event includes: benefit motorcycle and car run, large raffle, live bands, two motorcycle shows, street rod show, vendor area, food tent, door prizes and more. Rally up the family and ride to Full Throttle Motor Sports, 9555 Woodland Dr., 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Call (517) 376-2688 or visit www.mmfb.org.
June 26 — Max’s Race 5K Run/Walk, East Lansing. Easy one mile fun run in front of the MSU Auditorium at 8 a.m. Chip timed race with dynamic, beautiful scenery and all for a fabulous cause! Proceeds to Cure Kids Cancer at Sparrow Hospital. Pre-register online or a day before at Playmakers. For more info contact Jim or Natalie (517) 336-7699 visit www.maxsrace.com.