March 2010: Tri-County Events



March 2 — Garden Mentor Mixer, Lansing, Have you ever wanted to be a mentor? Would you like to help increase local youth and family’s access to fresh food? The Garden Project and the Youth Gardening Coalition are looking for gardeners who would like to share some time and information with local community and school gardens. Come to the event from 6-8 p.m. to get to know other gardeners, learn about local projects and hopefully find a way to get connected! Gather at the Letts Community Center, 1220 W. Kalamazoo. Visit

March 3 — Tour: Board of Water & Light John Dye Water Conditioning Plant, Lansing, The Dye Plant’s architecture and interior details reflect the art deco style prevalent when it was built in 1939. There is much to discover, from the massive limestone relief at the entrance to the deco style handle controls still used today. Join hosts Friends of Kresge Art Museum and a special opportunity to view art by Clivia Calder and Frank Cassara from 5:30-7 p.m. Tour by plant manager; light reception follows. Limited space; full payment at registration. Located at 148 S. Cedar St. and park/enter at the back entrance off Museum Dr. Call (517) 353-9836 or visit

March 6, 13, 20 — HerStories, Lansing. HerStories celebrates Women’s History Month with local storytellers and authors at 1 p.m. followed by free writing workshops at 2:30 p.m. March 27 at 4 p.m. is the HerStories Benefit Show and Open-Mike at 2019 E. Michigan Ave. Call (517) 346-9900 or visit

March 7 — Orchid Basics Class, Haslett. Learn the basics of caring for orchids, getting them to re-bloom, how to repot and bloomin’ more! Class is free, and runs from 1-2 p.m.. See you at Van Atta’s, 9008 Old M78. Call (517) 339-1142 or visit

March 9 — Job Show Day, East Lansing. As businesses in Greater Lansing continue to contend for success in the global economy, it is critical to employ the brightest possible workforce. Capital Area Michigan Works!, the Career Services Network at MSU and the City of Lansing invite you to participate as part of the Linking Lansing & U. Students observe local businesses, for a half-day or full-day between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., to witness a “day in the life” of business professionals. Employers visit to register. Call (517) 483-4041 or e-mail

March 12-13 — 7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Grand Ledge. Dress up and bring the family. This two day, Irish event is filled with traditional Irish dancing, roaming bagpipers and local merchants, stew cook off, free movie and a wonderful town parade. Visit the Web site for event times and happenings, don’t miss out! Visit

March 12-14 — International Stallion Expo, East Lansing. Programs, clinics, shows and rodeo for all horse lovers. Plan to visit with exhibitors and stay late for live performances. Hours: Fri. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., rodeo at 7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the MSU Ag Pavilion, corner of Mt. Hope and Farm Ln. Call (517) 432-5566 or visit

March 12-14 — Caravan Circus, East Lansing. The Breslin Center is pleased to host the Caravan Circus-one of the finest in professional circus entertainment and a show for the entire family. Under the direction of the dynamic circus ringmaster, the arena will come alive with the sound, smells and sight of the circus. This is the 27th year the Caravan Youth Center has sponsored a circus in Lansing. More than $1,000,000 has been donated to local nonprofit organizations. Fri.7 p.m., Sat. 1:30 & 6:30 p.m., Sun. 1:30 p.m. Tickets call (800) 968-2737 or general information (517) 432-1989 or visit

March 15 — Mother Son Dance, Lansing. A dance for young men ages 2 and older and the adult female escort of his choice sponsored by Delta Township Parks & Recreation Department. Evening includes dancing, refreshments, a surprise for each young man and a photo. Boogie down at the Lexington Hotel, 925 S. Creyts Rd. Optional buffet dinner available for an additional fee. Pre-registration call (517) 323-8555 or visit

March 19 — Abnormal Films Speak on Autism, Lansing. This is a community event with a presentation on autism from a mother and her son who manage autism daily. Keri Bower and her son Taylor started Abnormal Films in California. They travel around the world and do special training with military families. Held at the Lansing Center at 9:30 a.m. An afternoon workshop will follow the morning presentation. Call Judy at (517) 346-8238 or visit

March 20 — Creative Kids: Africa Is Not A Country, East Lansing. Kids ages 6-13 will learn about the diverse cultures of the continent of Africa from 1-3 p.m. and then make a large African mask using raffia, shells and cardboard. Cost is $3 for Friends of Kresge; $4 general public at the Kresge Art Center. Class size is limited, pre-registration and pre-payment required. Call (517) 884-0653 or e-mail

March 20-21 — Maple Syrup Festival, Lansing. March means maple syrup! Family fun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission. Follow us into the maple grove to watch this uniquely North American activity. We will demonstrate how sap was collected and made into syrup throughout the ages. Warm up in the Visitor Center with hot chocolate. Fenner Nature Center’s annual syrup festival has more stuff to do than ever. Location 2020 E. Mt. Hope. Call (517) 483-4224 or visit

March 25 — Go Red For Women Luncheon, East Lansing. Bring your girlfriends and family to the University Club for a day filled with heart information, keynote speaker, fashion show and more. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, so share this important life-saving message to women in our area. Call (989) 225.7513 or visit

March 28 — Eats & Treats With The Easter Bunny, Lansing. Enjoy a light lunch from 12:30-2 p.m. of hot dogs, chicken tenders, chips and dessert while visiting with the Easter Bunny. Kids can pose with the Bunny, so don’t forget your camera. Held at the Lansing Quality Suites Hotel, 901 Delta Commerce. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Call (517) 323-8555 or visit

March 28 — 29th Annual Michigan Buggy Trade Show & Swap, Lansing. A one-day event that’s fun for the entire family from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. New and used automobile parts, car show, manufacturer displays, tech seminars, off-road apparel, collectibles, toys and clowns to entertain the kids all at the Lansing Center. Cost is $8, kids 12 and under are free. Call Michael (517) 402-1303 or visit

April 7 — Crosstown Showdown, Lansing. Lansing Lugnuts vs MSU Baseball. The sun on your face, the smell of cut grass, the cheer of the crowd and the company of friends. It’s baseball season once again in Greater Lansing. Get out and go Nuts at Oldsmobile Park, this is minor league baseball at its best! Game time is 7-9 p.m. Call (517) 485-4500 or visit


March 7 — Music at the Museum, Lansing. The Michigan Historical Museum presents the Music at the Museum series in conjunction with the MSU College of Music. The series features a variety of student chamber music groups in an hour-long performance in the museum, located at 702 W. Kalamazoo. After the concert, student musicians will talk about their music selections and the composers. Refreshments will be served. Free admission and parking. Call (517) 373-3559 or visit

March 18-21 — Enchanted April, Lansing. A romantic comedy by Matthew Barber and directed by Mary Job. Join our intrepid heroines, Lotty and Rose, unhappy London housewives, and their unlikely companions, a stuffy elderly widow and a sophisticated beauty, fleeing their sorrowful present for wisteria and sunshine in Italy. Surprises and insights await them. Based on Elizabeth von Arnim’s beloved novel, Enchanted April will charm and delight you. Showtimes: Thu. 7 p.m., Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Dr. Call (517) 482-5700 or visit

March 19 — Opal’s Husband, Lansing. Opal, the loveable junk collector, believes in the goodness of mankind and imparts little tidbits of wisdom to the audience throughout the play. She’s back in this hilarious sequel to last season’s, Opal’s Baby. This time, Opal is bent, as usual, on a good deed, trying to round up a husband for her friend Rosie by answering a lonely hearts ad. At Waverly East Intermediate School, 3131 W. Michigan Ave, dinner at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. For ticket prices, call (517) 243.6040 or visit www.starlightdinnertheatre.

March 19 — Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, Lansing. Woldumar Nature Center, 5739 Old Lansing Rd, will host Clowning Around, presented by the Dimondale Players. The fun begins at 6 p.m. when guests arrive. Actors mingle with guests as they eat and give clues about the crime. After dessert is served, a representative from each table will announce who they believe did the dirty deed and why! Beware … the actors cannot be trusted to tell the truth. They do, however, guarantee to give an answer of some sort to all questions. Costs $35 for Woldumar members, $40 for non-members. Reservations required, call (517) 322-0030 or visit

March 26 — Altan, Charlotte. Described as “the hottest group in the Celtic realm,” Altan has established themselves as one of the most important live acts to play traditional Irish music in Ireland and on the world stage. Altan have toured all over Europe, the United States and even Japan, where they have hosted festivals in the middle of Tokyo. Held at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 378 State St. from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets: $29, lamb and shepherd’s pie dinner/show package offered by the Eaton Area Senior Center. Call (517) 541-5690 or visit

March 27 — MasterWorks 5: Reflections of Romanticism, East Lansing. Lansing Symphony at the Wharton Center’s Great Hall. Timothy Muffitt, conductor Giora Schmidt, Violin Respighi – Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 1 Barber – Violin Concerto, Schumann – Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Rhenish. Call (517) 353-1982 or visit

March 31 – April 18 — It Came From Mars, Williamston. Halloween 1938, the members of Farlow’s Mystery Theater Hour are in rehearsal for their weekly radio show when they hear an alarming announcement come over the radio: Martians have landed! Honesty and hilarity ensue when the dramatic dramatists are faced with true drama. Contains adult language and themes. For ticket prices and show times, call (517) 655-7469 or visit

April 14 — Carrie Underwood, East Lansing. Underwood is a four-time Grammy winner, ACM Entertainer of the Year, a three-time CMA, three-time reigning ACM Female Vocalist winner, and a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Performing at the Breslin Center from 7:30-10 p.m. Call (800) 968-2737 or visit


Through March 14 — American Modernism, 1920s-1940s, East Lansing. From John Bradley Storrs and Arthur Dove to Frank Lloyd Wright and Helen Frankenthaler, American styles in the 1920s through the 1940s fluctuated between regionalism, contemporary European developments and the beginnings of abstraction. This exhibition of paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture and drawings from the Kresge Art Museum collection explores the variety of approaches taken by American artists at the time. Call (517) 884-0659 or visit

Through 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

Through September 5 — Unpacking Collections: The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, An African American Quilt Scholar, East Lansing. Cuesta Benberry of St. Louis, MO, 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 and 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

March 7 – December 12 — Welcome Home, Grand Ledge. The Grand Ledge Area Historical Society presents a new exhibit in the 1880 Gothic revival house turned into museum. Most furnishings are from the ’20s and ’30s. The living areas feature a Grand Ledge Chair Company, sofa, upholstered side chair and dining room suite in addition to a large collection of the society’s clay folk art. A brass bed with coverlet and a handmade cradle dominate the bedroom. The kitchen and back porch include an icebox, wood burning cookstove and wringer washing machine. Open Sundays 2-4 p.m. and festival weekends. Donation. Call (517) 627-5170 or visit


Through March — Mom-To-Mom, East Lansing. Biblically based parenting course with teaching, speakers, workshops and small group discussions. Child care is provided up to age 3, as well as our Kid to Kid program for kids 3-5 which includes Bible stories, crafts, music and gym. Each Tues. from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and each Wed. from 6:30-7:45p.m. at River Terrace Church, 1509 River Terrace. Call (517) 351-9059 or visit

Through August — Mother-Baby Study, East Lansing. Do you have a 9-12-month-old baby? We need women to take part in an interview about pregnancy, infant health and behavior, and recent life events. Participate in this study about mother-baby relationships and you will be paid either $75 or $100 in cash. The interview takes place at MSU and all information is kept completely confidential. Call (866) 972-9551, ask for Dr. Bogat’s study or e-mail

March 2 — Ballet Classes, Williamston. Elizabeth Williams School of Dance proudly welcomes, for the second year, Valery Lantratov, artistic director for the Russian National Ballet Foundation. He has received accolades in the Russian and international press for his strong technique, personality and expressiveness. Valery will be instructing a master ballet class for junior level from 4-5:30 p.m. and advance/adults from 5:30-7 p.m. The fee $20. Location: 128 W. Grand River Ave. Call (517) 655-5993 or visit

March 2, 9 — Energy Efficiency Workshops, Lansing. City of Lansing and partners will host two free energy efficiency workshops with a particular focus on faith based institutions. The goal is to reduce the utility bills and environmental impact of local churches and other faith groups’ buildings. Facility managers and maintenance personnel will learn energy-saving practices and be informed of current energy rebates and programs. Participants will also have the opportunity to receive a free energy assessment of their building. Sessions held from 5:30-9 p.m. on March 2 at Lansing Church of God & Christ. On March 9 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at University United Methodist. Register, call (517) 487-3606 ext. 22 or visit

March 4, 11, 18 & 25 — Lead a Successful Community Garden, Lansing. Garden Leader Training from 6-8:30 p.m. Learn how to successfully start and lead a community garden to grow healthy food or get trained to coordinate one of the many existing community gardens facilitated by The Garden Project of the Greater Lansing Food Bank. Attend four training sessions to plan now for optimal results when the weather warms up. This is not a how-to-garden class, but an in-depth training on volunteer and resource management as it pertains to helping people grow their own fruits and vegetables as a community. Community gardens can serve the general public or a set group like a school, church or social organization. Note that there are daytime and evening opportunities depending on which session you choose. Call (517) 887-4660 or e-mail

March 7-13 — Pure Meditation Course Including Raja-Kriya Yoga, Bath. Do you yearn for true peace in your mind and joy of spirit? Pure Meditation will give you the tools to relax, focus and regain mastery of your mind; to ease away the layers of ego revealing your true self, lasting joy and so much more! Held at the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit

March 11 — HR Seminars, Lansing. HRMAMM is pleased to present an outstanding educational opportunity for its members and guests. We will be offering an entire day of practical education that is approved for HRCI accreditation. We will be offering a morning legal session from 9 a.m. to noon and then an afternoon Strategic HR session from 1–4 p.m. The event is at the Henry Center on the campus of MSU, 3434 Forest Rd. Register for sessions separately or register for a full day and receive a discount! Call Shawn Premer (517) 316-2469.

March 15 — Women’s Education Worldwide, Lansing. The Zonta Club of East Lansing invites women to an evening of fellowship and education while enjoying light food and beverages. The presenter is Kristen A. Renn, Ph.D. speaking on Women’s Education Worldwide: Providing Access to Opportunity. The festivities are from 6-8 p.m. at 1710 E. Michigan Ave. RSVP by March 8. Call (517) 316-1277.

March 17-23 — Foundations Of Business Planning, Lansing. This practical, hands-on, 15 week business plan development training program is designed to guide entrepreneurs through the process of developing and writing a business plan. All elements of a business plan will be covered as well as access to the resources necessary to manage a successful business enterprise. Cost is $275 or $375, location still to be determined. Call (517) 853-5890 or visit

March 20-21 — Time For Your Getaway, Bath. Come to the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre Saturday lunch through Sunday lunch. $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 and progressive counseling. Pre-registration required. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit  

March 27 – Optimistic Parenting of Children with Autism, East Lansing. Dr. Russ, PhD. (Moment to Moment Enterprises) and Nichole E. Martin, M.A. (Essence of Behavior) cordially invite parents and autism service providers to attend a seminar on the core optimism principles needed to form a foundation for raising a child with autism. 411 W. Lake Lansing Rd., Ste A127 from 9-11 a.m. Prepaid reservations required: $25. Call (517) 204-0295 or e-mail

March 30 — Salsa Dance Workshop, East Lansing. Dance, dance, dance! From 1-3 p.m. at the Michigan Athletic Club, 2900 Hannah Bld. Members $15, guests $20. Call (517) 364-8800 or visit


March 5 — Dinner Fundraiser-Juvenile Arthritis, Webberville. Help TJ Coe and his team, TJ’s Thunder, raise funds to fight a childhood disease that affects 10,300 other children in Michigan. All proceeds go to the Arthritis Foundation for Juvenile Arthritis Prevention and Research. Dinner is 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Webberville Cultural Center, 115 S. Main St. in downtown. Pay at the door or order tickets. Adults: $7, kids 4-12: $4. Donations welcome, send to Amy Coe, PO Box 242, Webberville, MI 48892, payable to “Arthritis Foundation, MI Chapter.” Call (517) 655-1549or e-mail

March 13 — Garage Sale Supersized™, Lansing. You’re in for a treat, stroll through the tables for fabulous vintage jewelry, items handmade by indie designers and second-hand must-haves at oh-so-sweet prices. It’s vintage, retro, crafts, indie, art, second-hand, all rolled into one experimental marketplace. It’s all about you and your friends having fun! Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave. from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Features a live auction with auctioneer Mel White at 4 p.m. All proceeds to benefit a local charity. Call (517) 214-8824 or visit

March 18 — Black & Gold Celebration, Lansing. Lansing Christian School Foundation is hosting a reception and silent auction from 6-7 p.m.; dinner and program. Live auction from 7-8:30 p.m. All proceeds go toward scholarships and tuition assistance for LCS students and families. Held at 3405 Belle Chase Way. Call (517) 882-5779 or visit

March 18-19 — Fine Jewelry Sale, Lansing, All jewelry is supplied by Jewelry Plus, Inc. which is a local business that handles quality merchandise. This event is held in the atrium area in the Sparrow Professional Bldg. at 1215 E. Michigan Ave. from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is sponsored by the Mary Magdalen League – St. Lawrence Campus. All proceeds benefit the Pulmonary Therapy Rehab on the St. Lawrence Campus/Sparrow Hospital. Call Tracy (517) 364-7179.

March 20 — 10th Annual Shamrock 5K Run/Walk/Roll, East Lansing. This 11 a.m. road race starts at Conrad Hall at Michigan State University. Cost is $20 before March 15, $25 on race day with all funds supporting the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities. E-mail

March 21 — Ambulance Chase 5K Run/Walk, East Lansing. 1 p.m. start time for this fun road race with a starting point at 386 Law College Building. $20 before March 15. Proceeds will support the Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service (, whose mission is to advocate and protect the legal rights of people with disabilities. E-mail

March 31 – April 1 — Uniform Sale, Lansing, Uniform merchandise will be available in the atrium area in the Sparrow Professional Bldg. at 1215 E. Michigan Ave. March 31 hours: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; April 1 hours: 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Mary Magdalen League – St. Lawrence Campus. All proceeds benefit the Pulmonary Therapy Rehab on the St. Lawrence Campus/Sparrow Hospital. Call Tracy (517) 364-7179.

April 10 — Run For Reading, Lansing. This road race begins at 9 a.m. with the start line at 5130 Davenport Dr. Lace up your sneakers for a 5K walk/run. For entry fees call (517) 321-4014 or e-mail

April 11 — Dan Langdon Memorial Run, Bath. Hold off on your bath time until after the road race. Runners and walkers take your mark at 2 p.m. This 5K is only $20 through March 15 with proceeds benefiting the Daniel Langdon Memorial Fund. Begins at 15500 Chandler Rd. E-mail

April 22 — Annual Gala – Like A Fine Wine, East Lansing. Lansing Area Parents’ Respite Center and the MSU Chapter of Professional Conference Managers Association invite you to attend this annual gala, “Like a Fine Wine, LAP Only Gets Better With Time,” at the MSU Stadium Tower from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $60. The LAP Respite Center provides 24-hour, seven days a week respite services for families caring for children with disabilities, or aging adults. All proceeds go to benefit the LAP Respite Center Call (517) 372-6671 or e-mail

April 30 — 2010 Dancing With The Local Stars, Lansing. Enjoy ballroom performances from 6 p.m. to midnight by local celebrity dancers with only eight weeks of ballroom training with area professional instructors at the Lexington Hotel (formerly the Sheraton, on Creyts). Celebrity dancers include: Deb Hart, Ralph Shaheen, Sam Singh, Bob Hoffman, Catherine Novak, DDS, and Dr. Marsha Rappley, MD, Dean of MSU’s College of Human Medicine. For tickets and sponsorships, call (517) 887-5922, $100/person; reserved tables for eight available. All to benefit Care Free Medical & Dental. Generously sponsored by Catherine Groll, PLLC. Visit

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