August 2-7 — 156th Annual Ingham County Fair, Mason. This event involves families from all over the county from Lansing to Stockbridge. You know the carnival happenings: grandstand excitement, 4-H displays and booths, livestock judging, rides and games for all ages and food and music. Parking is free. Call (517) 676-2428 or visit www.ingham.org.
August 5 — Moonlight Film Festival, East Lansing. Elf (PG) plays from 9:30–11:30 p.m. at the Valley Court Park, 201 Hillside Ct. This popular free outdoor film series presents movies on a big screen in downtown East Lansing. Sam Corbin, will provide live music one hour before show time. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or lawn chair. The event will be canceled if it rains. Call (517) 337-1731 or visit www.cityofeastlansing.com.
August 5 — Craft Beer Tasting, Williamston. You have an interest in the craft of beer tasting? Visit the Riverhouse Inn, 310 W. Grand River Ave. from 6-9 p.m. No RSVP, $15 per person, also includes appetizers. Call (517) 655-4300 or visit www.riverhouseinn.org.
August 6-7 — Dog Days in Williamston, Williamston. Bring your pets downtown for fun from 4 p.m. ’til dusk on Fri., Sat. times to be determined. Activities include a dog parade, pet costume contest, Deputy Dog contest, Fat Cat contest, sprinkler park and dog pool, hotdog dunking pool for dogs, pet bandanas, pet psychic, pet behavior questions answered, rescue groups, animal shelter drive, animal adoptions, pet clothing, pet grooming, music and so much more. Lots of dining options for your family, including pet friendly patios. Call (517) 655-1549 or visit www.williamston.org.
August 7 — Pass It Forward, Lansing. Come together at Perspective 2 in Old Town, 319 E. Grand River, for this amazing event and touch the lives of others within your own community! In just a few hours, starting at 11 a.m., forget your own personal stress by helping others with random acts of kindness. Guests will come together as a group and share their heartwarming stories at the end of the event. No registration required. Visit www.epifanynow.org.
August 13-15 — 26th Annual St. Johns Mint Festival, St. Johns. This annual festival provides the entire family with an action-packed weekend. Held at the city park and county fairgrounds, over 75,000 people attend activities of the festival such as arts and crafts, flea market, antiques and collectibles, softball, basketball and tennis tournaments, tractor pulls and children’s activities. There is also free daily entertainment, a Mint Queen Pageant and mint information and foods. The festival begins Fri. afternoon, and then kicks into high gear with the Grand Mint Parade on Sat. Over 150 entries are highlighted in the parade. Visit www.clintoncountychamber.org.
August 13-15 — Great Lakes Folk Festival, East Lansing. Come experience three days of the richness of music, dance, arts and culture from across America and around the world at the 2010 Great Lakes Folk Festival. This is an award-winning festival, also features Taste of Traditions food court, Folk Arts marketplace, Michigan Heritage Awards, children’s games and more. Downtown East Lansing across MSU campus. Call (517) 355-2370 or visit www.greatlakesfolkfest.net.
August 17-18 — Old Town Bluesfest, Lansing. 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 around Grand River Ave and Turner St. Call (517) 371-4600 or visit www.oldtownarts.org.
August 19-21 — 65th DeWitt Ox Roast, DeWitt. The Ox Roast is held the central business district, along the tree-lined streets. The DeWitt Ox Roast is the longest continually held event of its kind in the State of Michigan. Weekend activities include free daily entertainment, bingo, arts and crafts, their famous ox burgers, carnival and parade. Visit www.clintoncountychamber.org.
August 21 — Mason Aviation Day, Mason. Hosted by EAA Chapter 55, this All-U-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast will be serving up eggs, sausage, juice and coffee from 7:30-11:30 a.m. and then a grilled steak lunch from noon to 4:30 p.m. Airplane and helicopter rides. Displays of homebuilt, antique, warbird and general aviation aircraft at the Mason Aviation Day, 659 Eden Rd. Anyone wishing to have a display table should call Vickie (517) 589-5051 or visit www.eaa55.org.
August 27-28 — Holt Hometown Festival, Holt. This year’s festival marks 12 years of family fun! Starting with Saturday’s big parade and events to the spectacular fireworks finale, there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and located behind Holt Jr. High/Sycamore Elementary. There’s softball, a triathlon, classic car show and fabulous fireworks at 9 p.m. Visit www.holtfestival.com.
September 4 — Lansing Mosaic Festival, Lansing. This festival 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., see you at Adado Riverfront Park. For sponsorship opportunities call Joe at (517) 483-7651.
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.
Through 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 life 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 email@example.com.
August 1 — Art Show, Lansing. Featured Artists: Mark Hahn-recycled industrial wall art with an edge, Left Turn Only Photography by Sharie Kahl-Specializing in Paris, Michigan and San Francisco, and Mary Jackson-handcrafted and painted wooden wall art. This Sunday gallery walk reception is from 1-4 p.m. at the Haze Art Gallery, 306 Grand River Ave. Call (517) 372-9263.
August 6-7 — Lansing Jazzfest, Lansing. Entering its 16th year, the Lansing Jazzfest 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 at Grand River and Turner. Visit www.jazzlansing.com.
August 7 — 37th Annual Island Art Fair, Grand Ledge. Held at Island Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get outside with the family and experience the sights and sounds of this colorful fair. Food, art, vendors and kid’s activities — so much to do and see. Grab your neighbors and friends too. Visit www.ledgecraftlane.com.
August 12 — Music in the Garden: Those Delta Rhythm Kings, Holt. For two years in a row, hundreds of local families have gathered on summer evenings to enjoy Music in the Garden – the Holt Community Arts Council’s series of free, family-friendly concerts in Holt’s beautiful Veterans Memorial Gardens, 2074 Aurelius Rd. from 7-9 p.m. Visit www.holtarts.org.
August 20-21 — Lansing Bless Fest, Lansing. A two day variety music festival with something for everyone. Positive hip hop concerts, rock music to country gospel. Free giveaways, children’s events, info and free help booths, free food on Sat.! Everyone is welcome. Riverfront Park near Grand and Shiawassee. Call (517) 333-8628 or visit www.mediamessengers.org.
August 26 — Youth Talent Show, Lansing. Ages 7-18, attention dancers, singers, musicians, rappers and more! Interested in showcasing your talent? Join us for an evening of entertainment. There will be two age divisions to compete in ages 7-12 and ages 13-18. Prize awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each age group. Auditions will be scheduled for each performer at the Letts Community Center, 1220 W Kalamazoo St. Call (517) 483-4311 or visit www.lansingmi.gov/parks.
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 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.
August 7 — “Femme de la Joie”Art Exhibition, Lansing. Jacqueline J. Wilson will be unveiling her first Art Exhibition at Perspective2, 319 E. Grand River in Old Town. Her art is a beautifully rich mixture of impressionism, expressionism and American folk art. Wilson pulls her inspiration from her joy of dance, femininity and vibrant life. She discovered her love for painting in 2008 and has been creating ever since. Open House from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. – during Lansing’s Old Town Jazz Festival. Call (517) 853-5882 or visit www.perspective2studio.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 5, 12, 19, 26 — Preventing Burnout Course, Bath. Evening series at Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre. This is a course for health care professionals, complementary practitioners, parents, teachers and anyone wishing to deepen their understanding and care for their own energy, thus enhancing both their work with others and their own personal lives. Practical ways of being in charge of your energy will be taught throughout the course, as well as explaining the scientific reasoning behind these methods. The exercises taught can all be used very effectively at work or at home. Teaching is given in small groups to allow for the needs of each individual to be met. $206 for course and refreshments. If you cannot afford the full fees, please ask about a bursary. Thursdays 6:45-8:30 p.m. Preregistration required. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org.
August 6 — MSU Garden Day, East Lansing. Join us for a fun-filled day that includes the chance to hear nationally known speakers as well as your choice of 12 different workshops. Keynote speakers: Doug Tallamy and Art Cameron who will speak on “A Passion for Plants!” The Garden Day Marketplace will have many vendors offering a wide variety of plant material and garden accessories 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy lunch in the Gardens and the opportunity to tour the plants and landscape that will be showcased for Garden Day at Wharton Center/MSU Horticulture Gardens off Bougue St. Call (517) 355-5191 or visit www.hrt.msu.edu/2010-garden-day.
August 7 — Photo-Safari, Lansing. Join wildlife photographer, Wayne Pope, on photo-safari through Potter Park Zoo. During the workshop, learn tricks about being a nature photographer, including techniques for taking striking wildlife portraits and tips for working with your own personal camera. The workshop includes a morning lecture, lunch break and a guided tour through the Zoo. Registration: $39/student ages 13 to 18 and $59/adult. Session is at the Education Building from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your own camera with instruction manual and any accessories you would like assistance with. Film, digital and movie cameras are welcome. Limit 20 participants. Call (517) 342-2718 or visit www.potterparkzoo.org.
August 8, 15, 22, 29 — Inspiring Talks, Bath. Listen to a recorded talk by our Founder, Mata Yogananda, followed by silent prayer and pure meditation. All are welcome to the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre No charge. Sundays 2:30 p.m. August 8th – ‘The Way to Prosperity’, the 15th – ‘True Happiness is Inner Joy’, the 22nd – ‘Finding and Keeping the Joy’ and the 29th – ‘God Via Meditation’. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org.
August 14 — Pure Meditation Foundation Class for Adults, Bath. From 9-11a.m. with Joanne Rowe, certified SRMHC UK teacher from the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre. Conquer stress, improve concentration and find inner peace. $49 and please preregistration. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org.
August 17 — 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: Tess’s Tree by Jess M. Brallier and Peter H. Reynolds from 10-11 a.m. at Wilson & Bogue (MSU Campus). Call (517) 355-5191 or visit www.4hgarden.msu.edu.
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.
August 7 — Walk to Cure Diabetes, East Lansing. The projected attendance is 1,200. Location for JDRF’s Walk program is Michigan State University from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Funds are raised by individual and team walkers obtaining donations from family and friend. Join the fight against diabetes by supporting JDRF’s sixth annual Walk. Enjoy refreshments, post-Walk snacks, entertainment and special attractions. The walk is through the scenic campus of MSU and dogs are welcome but must be on a leash at all times. Call Deb Wallace at (248) 355-1133 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 7 — Mint City Races, St Johns. Proceeds benefit St. Johns High School Cross Country and St. Johns Middle School Cross Country. More than $21,000 donated to date. Race is at St. Johns Middle School, 900 W. Townsend and begins at 7:30 a.m. Call (989) 224-3316 or visit email@example.com.
August 14 — 8th Annual Origami 5K Run/Walk/Wheel, Mason. Race is at the Origami Brain Injury Rehab Center, 3181 Sandhill Rd. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the 5k race is at 9 a.m. The 5k is a road and turf course. A one mile family fun run/walk/wheel will start at 9:15 a.m. Last year was a huge success! Race had 150 participants between runners/walkers/wheelers and raised more than $3,800 for the Origami Brain Injury Support Fund. Fee $20. Call (517) 455-0264 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 14-15 — St. James 8K Run/5K Walk, Mason. St. James Catholic Church is holding a Parish Festival and Camino for the run/walk. Join us for hot air balloon launches, kids’ activities, auction, food, entertainment, and outdoor Masses. Activities run from 1-10 p.m. on the 14th and 8 a.m. to1 p.m. on the 15th. The run/walk starts at 8 a.m. on 8/15 and travels along the scenic Hayhoe River trail. It is followed by a pancake breakfast and outdoor Mass. Race proceeds benefit St. Vincent Catholic Charities. Visit www.stjamesmason.catholicweb.com.
August 22 — Race For Hopes & Dreams, Lansing. This 5k walk/run and one-mile fun run is a major fundraiser to support the “Dreams to Reality” program recently begun at Burcham Hills. This program seeks to identify and help the elders of our community achieve their dreams. It can be as simple as a husband wanting to take his wife out for one last steak dinner before he passes or as outrageous as a 90 year old woman wanting to skydive and everything in between. Race begins 10 a.m. at 2700 Burcham. Call (517) 827-1061 or e-mail email@example.com.
September 1 — 12th Annual Tim Staudt Ultimate Golf Outing, Lansing. Presented by 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. Call (517) 203-3333 or visit
September 11 — Live Life Nspired 5K Run/1-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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. For more specifics on location and this concert call Joy at (517) 364-5691.
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. Individual player packages are $85 each, $340 per foursome. Registration and breakfast at 8 a.m.; shotgun at 10 a.m. Call (517) 203-0123 or visit www.cawlm.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.