July 1 — Blues on the Grand, Lansing. The time is here for the 2010 Blues on the Grand! That’s right, this year Blues is moving to the Lansing City Market on the Grand River. Join us on Thurs. nights all summer from 6-9:30 p.m. Call (517) 394-7272 or visit www.wmmq.com.
July 1, 7, 15, 22, 29 — Summer Cinema, Lansing. The Capital Area District Library is hosting summer cinema for all ages at 2 p.m. in downtown Lansing, 401 S. Capitol Ave. Family films will be shown on the big screen. For titles call (517) 367-6367 or visit www.cadl.org.
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 9 — Sea Cruisers, Haslett. Theme is Sock Hop. Concessions are available. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy! Bouncy house and inflatable slide for kids. Great summer music at the Lake Lansing Park South Band Shell. Call (517) 676-2233.
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 14 — Early Childhood Convention, East Lansing. Fifty-five statewide Great Start Collaboratives and over 70 Parent Coalitions invite you to participate and/or be an exhibitor at the Breslin Center from 5-8 p.m. Convention expected to attract roughly 5,000 people. Rousing speeches, roaring crowds, music and exhibits geared toward early childhood, parents, educators and professionals. Call (517) 371-9000 or visit www.greatstartforkids.org.
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! Basketball tournament at Saginaw and Chicago. 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.
July 31 — Cruise In, Laingsburg. Start with pancakes for $1 from 8-11 a.m. After breakfast, walk around town and check out the car show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Have lunch downtown, visit McClintock Park and wait for the Cruise In to start at 4 p.m. Enjoy your day in beautiful downtown Laingsburg. Visit www.laingsburg.us.com.
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 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 19-21 — 65th DeWitt Ox Roast, DeWitt. Town’s 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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 6 — Delta Rhythm Kings, Lansing. Join Eastwood Towne Center for the 8th Annual Summer Music Series! Free live music on Tues. evenings in Center Court. A different style of music is offered each week for everyone to enjoy. This week’s featured band: Delta Rhythm King from 6-8 p.m. Call (517) 316-9209 or visit www.shopeastwoodtownecenter.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 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 22 — Blue Coyote Band, Holt. For two years in a row, hundreds of local families have gathered on warm 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 at 2074 Aurelius Rd. Show time is 7-9 p.m. Visit www.holtarts.org.
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.
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 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 in downtown East Lansing. This Folk Festival also features Taste of Traditions food court, Folk Arts marketplace, Michigan Heritage Awards, children’s games, and more. Call (517) 355-2370 or visit www.greatlakesfolkfest.net.
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 Shiawasee. Call (517) 333-8628 or visit www.mediamessengers.org.
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.
Through July 31 — Eye Poppers: Big and Bold, East Lansing. This exhibition of 31 works of art celebrates art of the past half-century: pure abstraction, op and geometric art, and color field paintings. Acquired through gifts and acquisitions over the 50 year history of the museum, they follow the major artistic stylistic trends during this time. Large, bold, big and bright are the operative words to describe this look at artistic production since the late 1950s. Bring the family to the Kresge Art Museum. Call (517) 884-0659 or visit www.artmuseum.msu.edu.
Through 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.
July 4-10 — 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 and so much more! Session held at the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org.
July 15 — Free Health Fair, Dimondale. MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Community Integrated Medicine Organization will be providing Health Screenings, with Dr. Margaret Aguwa, D.O., M.P.H., Associate Dean for Research and Community Outreach. You and a friend come to the Dimondale Farmers’ Market at 136 N. Bridge St. from 3-7 p.m. Screen for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, height, weight and BMI. Call (517) 646-0230.
July 23 — Howl at the Moon, Okemos. Bring your best friend (two-footed or four-footed) to the Harris Nature Center for a guided hike through the moonlit woods on a Fri. night near the time of the full moon. Dogs must be on non-retractable leashes. Flashlights are permitted but not a necessity. Walk your way to strong bones, toned muscles and a healthy heart! The Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Rd., has organized a Walking Club that meets on a Sat. once or twice a month at a different park for a guided walk. Receive your own walking staff when you join. The fee for one year in this club is $30 for adults and $10 for children and includes all Walking Club guided walks as well as any other guided walk at the Harris Nature Center. Drop-in walkers are welcome for $2/person/walk. Call (517) 349-3866 or visit www.meridian.mi.us.
July 24 — Hannah’s House Open House, Lansing. “Shelter for Homeless Pregnant Women,” celebrates 15 years of service to the Lansing area. This occasion is from 2-4 p.m. at Hannah’s House, 625 N. Walnut St. Parking will be available at the Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot, one block west at the corner of Saginaw and Chestnut. Call (517) 482-5856.
July 30 – August 1 — Transformational Healing Retreat, Bath. Hosted by the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre before lunch Fri. to after lunch Sun. A small group retreat includes: a private appointment to receive Natural Spiritual Healing and learn a healing breath. Transformation Hatha Yoga class with individual attention. Plenty of free time to rest, read, contemplate, walk in nature or whatever else your heart calls. $240 (plus tax) with lodging and home-cooked vegetarian meals. 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.
July 11 — AID Lansing 5K, Lansing. First annual 5K run/walk road race for Lansing Area AIDS Network. Dedicated to the delivery of services and programs designed to meet the needs of those living with HIV/AIDS and to prevent the further spread of the virus. Race begins at 9 a.m. at Hawk Island Park, 1601 E. Cavanaugh St. Fee is $18 before July 7 or $25 on race day. E-mail email@example.com.
July 18 — Fight Hunger 5K Run/Walk, East Lansing. Proceeds go to the Lansing City Rescue Mission. Packet pickup is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 17 at Meridian Plumbing located at 1999 E. Saginaw St., East Lansing. The race starts at 9 a.m. at the Meridian Township Pavilion, 5151 Marsh Rd. and runs through Central Park, Nancy Moore Park, Nemoke Trails and back down Marsh Rd. The course is flat and fast with hills in the last mile. Call (517) 339-6300 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
August 7 — Mint City Races, St Johns. Proceeds benefit St. Johns High School Cross Country and St. Johns Middle School Cross Country. Over $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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.