EventsOctober 1-2 — Oktoberfest, Lansing. Come to Old Town for Lansing’s only German-style festival, featuring all things German including live polka, German fare and wonderful German beers in a souvenir mug. Oct. 1 is from 6-11 p.m. and Oct. 2 is 2-11 p.m. Tickets: 13 in advance or $17 at door. Call (517) 485-4283 or visit www.oldtownoktoberfest.com. October 2 — Meridian Fall Heritage Festival, Okemos. Jointly sponsored with Meridian Township Parks and Rec. Dept. and Nokomis Learning Center. Free admission and parking. Fun activities for children. Refreshments available for a small fee. Gift shop open. Come to the Meridian Historical Village, 5113 Marsh Rd. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (517) 347-7300 or visit www.merhistvill.org. October 2-3 — Pumpkin Carrying Contest, Charlotte. Each day: Pumpkin Carrying Contest from 2-4 p.m. Haunted cider mill, haunted house for kids, haunted orchard hayride, train rides to the orchard from 1-5 p.m. Petting zoo, corn maze, apple and pumpkin picking from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. All this and more at Country Mill Farms, 4648 Otto Rd. Call (517) 543-1019 or visit www.countrymill.com. October 8-10 — 30th Annual Color Cruise & Island Festival, Grand Ledge. Takes place on Island Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Demonstrations of black kettle caramel corn, apple cider pressing, blacksmithing, weaving, spinning, wood carving and other old time activities. Visit a fur trader encampment, enjoy food and live entertainment and take a covered wagon or boat ride. Children can visit the petting zoo, paint a pumpkin or dip a candle for a small fee. Admission is $3 for adults (seniors $2 Fri. only) and $1 for kids and is good for all three days. See the fall colors and sandstone ledges on the Grand River from the Princess Laura or rent a canoe. Capital City Old Car Club is sponsoring a car show on S. Bridge and Scott Streets on Sat. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (517) 627-5170 or visit www.grandledgemi.com. October 16 — What a Hoot! Campfire & Program, Okemos. A hoot in the distance and the flap of a wing in the night air let you know that you are not alone. Barred Owls and Screech Owls enjoy the wooded habitat of the Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Rd. Join a naturalist for a program on owls, a campfire and an owl walk from 7-9 p.m. Fee is $3/person or $7/family, due at the time of the program. Call (517) 349-3866 or visit www.meridian.mi.us. October 16-17 — Apple Butter Festival, Lansing. Treat yourself to some old-fashioned family fun this fall. Help to stir the large copper kettle of apple butter, crank the cider press, and observe heritage craftspeople demonstrating their skills (weaving, quilting, lace-making, etc). Taste fresh varieties of apples that your grandparents used to eat. There is always fresh apple butter and cider to take home, as well as homemade baked goods. Join us this year for a pumpkin carving contest! There will be a contest entry fee and you must bring your own uncarved pumpkin. Contest will run both days with a winner announced on Sunday. Contest winner will receive a prize! See you at the Fenner Nature Center, 2020 Mt. Hope. Call (517) 483-4224 or visit www.fenner.homestead.com. October 17 — Mega Mall Outdoor Flea Market, Lansing. Every 3rd Sunday, the Mega Mall hosts an outdoor flea market through Oct. 17th. Entertainment by Zack’s Tunes and breakfast and lunch is available to purchase. Vendor space is limited – reserve your space. Market time is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 15487 Old US 27. Call (517) 487-3275 or visit www.themegamall.net. October 17 — Spooky Tales Tapas & Tasting, Okemos. As Dusty’s celebrates the Halloween season, the MSU theater department presents “Spooky Tales”, tales to chill your blood. Come join us for the tales along with a 4 course tapas and wine meal. $40 plus tax/gratuity ($49.60) from 6-8 p.m. Call (517) 349-5150 or visit www.dustyscellar.com. October 23 — The Open Market, Lansing. Free-spirited. Bohemian. Vintage. Handmade. Contemporary. Nostalgic. The OPEN MARKET™ comes to The Lansing Center. A vendor marketplace, this event caters to the customer who wears, uses, collects and covets treasures. It’s a fabulous jumble of crafts and collectibles, Paris flea-market and grandma’s garage in one fell swoop on one show day. Formally, The Garage Sale Supersized. Come join us for only $5 from noon to 6 p.m. Call (517) 214-8824 or visit www.openmarketmichigan.com. October 23-24 — Boo at the Zoo, Lansing. Little ghouls and boys will enjoy two days of spooktacular fun: Sat. begins at noon and Sun. at 4 p.m. all at Potter Park Zoo. Join us for an afternoon of not-too-scary Halloween fun for the whole family with costumed characters, face painting, kids’ crafts, hay rides, live animal presentations, a bake sale, craft show and more. This year’s event also includes a new and improved Boo tunnel and pumpkin launching trebuchet game. We encourage all kids to come dressed in their spookiest, scariest, or prettiest Halloween costumes. Visit www.potterparkzoo.org. October 26 — Monster Mash – Family Halloween Dance, Lansing. Family Halloween dance sponsored by Delta Township Parks & Recreation. Show off your costumes, get a family photo, dance to music provided by a DJ including all your Halloween favorites, enjoy treats, refreshments, raffle drawings and more. Pre-registration required. $20 per family (maximum five), $5 per additional family member. Call (517) 323-8555 or visit www.deltami.gov/parks. October 27 — Trick-or-Treat on the Square, Lansing. Families are invited to Washington Square from 5-7:30 p.m. to enjoy some Halloween fun including trick-or-treating, live entertainment, hay rides, kids activities and more during the third annual Trick-or-Treat on the Square. The event is put on by Downtown Lansing, Inc. Call (517) 487-3322 or visit www.trickortreatonthesquare.org or www.downtownlansing.org. October 28 — Halloween at Eastwood Towne Center, Lansing. Join in on the haunted fun at the 9th Annual Halloween at Eastwood Towne Center! Trick or Treating is 4-6 p.m. Pick up your free trick or treat bag in Center Court. Enjoy free cider and donuts, Jammin’ DJ’s, face painting, clowns and more! Visit Tutortime’s haunted bus, scary story time and more! Plus enter to win a $100 Eastwood Towne Center gift card! Sponsored by MSUFCU and WSYM Fox 47. Call (517) 316-9209 or visit www.shopeastwoodtownecenter.com. October 31 — Scavenger Hunt, St. Johns. Free and designed for kids 3-12. Kids may participate alone, or as a family. Pick up a starter sheet and follow clues around the farm for prizes and fun. Pick your own pumpkins, wild corn maze, big fruit fling, whistle blowing train rides, huge inflatables, wagon ride, horse-drawn wagon rides and gemstone Mining. For adults, wine tasting from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (989) 224-3686 or visit www.ujcidermill.com. November 19 — Silver Bells in the City, Lansing. Coordinated by Downtown Lansing Inc., this free family holiday event celebrates in the heart of downtown Lansing with an electric light parade, State Capitol Christmas Tree lighting and fireworks. Activities start at 5 p.m., the parade starts at 6 p.m. immediately followed by the tree lighting and fireworks. Call (517) 487-3322 or visit www.silverbellsinthecity.org. November 21 — Lansing Model Train Show & Sale, East Lansing. All aboard Michigan’s largest train show hosted by the Lansing Model Railroad Club. Get inspired by watching trains run over 10 different big and small layouts. Shop around hundreds of tables for new models, toy trains, artwork, books, DVD’s, collectibles, and antique railroad memorabilia. Learn from the experts on how to build a model railroad empire of your dreams at various how-to demonstrations. It’s a train load of fun for everyone! Held at the Michigan State University Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (517) 321-6776 or visit www.lmrc.org/trainshow.com. November 25 — 2010 Turkeyman Trot, Lansing. Scenic accurate 5k through Downtown Lansing. Awards: $25 Playmakers gift certificate to Overall, Master and Grand Maser Champion. $10 gift certificate to all age group winners! Medals to top 5 places in each age group. Fee: $16-$30. Call (517) 702-0226 or visit www.runningfoundation.com.
ArtsOctober 10 — 22st Annual Betty Price Jewelry Sale, East Lansing. Bring your friends to the Christman Lounge located on the second floor of Wharton Center from noon to 4:00 p.m. This year, Betty has jewelry from Poland where million year old amber is transformed into beautiful pieces of jewelry; and from Mexico – home of famous sterling silver artists whose jewelry has been admired around the world and has adorned US Presidents’ wives. As always, 50% of all proceeds will be donated to the Betty Price Retail Management Internship Endowment at Wharton. Call (517) 432-2000 or visit www.whartoncenter.com. October 20-28 — East Lansing Film Festival, East Lansing. The ELFF is the largest and most diverse film festival in Michigan to screen independent and foreign feature, documentary, short and students films from around the world. The ELFF was created in 1997 in cooperation with the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University. Since then, ELFF has been dedicated to bringing quality foreign and independent films to the state of Michigan in order to expose our audience to diverse cultures, ideas, and creative works. Festival held at the Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbott Rd. Call (517) 336-5802 or visit www.elff.com. October 23 — Creative Kids: African Masks!, East Lansing. For ages 6-12, back by popular demand! Join us from 1-3 p.m. at the Kresge Art Museum for African mask making using raffia, shells and large sheets of cardboard. Cost is $3 for museum members and $4 for general public. Class size is limited so participants must pre-register and pre-pay. Call Cari Wolfe at (517) 884-0653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. October 30 — Bomshel, Charlotte. With the release of their first CD, Fight Like a Girl, Bomshel propelled themselves into country music stardom. Well known for their vivacious personalities and sense of musical adventure, this talented twosome has produced a collection of well-crafted songs that have earned them the respect of fans coast-to-coast. Concert at the Charlotte Performing Arts, 378 State St. Show time 7:30 p.m., $29/$15 students. Call (517) 541-5690 or visit www.cpacpresents.com. November 21 — The Circus, Grand Ledge. Pops Concert by Lansing Theater Organ Society at 3 p.m. at the Grand Ledge Opera House. Silent Movie: The Circus(1928), featuring Charlie Chaplin; Fr. Andrew Rogers, organist. Call (517) 627-1443 or visit www.gloperahouse.com.
ExhibitsAugust 18 – October 31 — Denali National Park, Lansing. The Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame (HOF) announces a new art exhibit featuring the work of Pat Miller. The exhibit, “Denali National Park: A Celebration of Color,” consists of pastel and watercolor landscapes inspired by Denali National Park in Alaska. The opening reception is Aug. 29 in the Belen Gallery at the HOF from 2-4 p.m. Call (517) 484-1880 x202 or email email@example.com. October 9 – December 17 — The Power of Design, East Lansing. Perspectives Gallery, Kresge Art Museum. This exhibition of international textiles, costumes and costume accessories from MSU’s Apparel & Textile Design collection shows how design can symbolically communicate order and hierarchy, as well as religious-philosophical thought, technological innovation and beauty. Call (517) 884-0659 or visit www.artmuseum.msu.edu. October 15-31— Scarecrow Contest, Lansing. It’s time for you to help us decorate Potter Park Zoo – and maybe win some prizes too! You can enter as an individual, family, or group! Come up with the best, most imaginative, animal themed scarecrow and you might walk away with something cool from the Zoo. Plus, your creation will decorate the Zoo from October 15th to the 31st! Visit www.potterparkzoo.org.
ClinicsSeptember 26 – October 9 — Natural Spiritual Healing Course, Bath. Help yourself and others towards wholeness of mind, body, spirit with this comprehensive, professional program; weeks one and two, of five, at the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre. Lodging and home-cooked meals available. See website for syllabus. Preregistration required. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org. October: Every Thursday and Friday — PAD Screening, Lansing. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a silent killer, affecting more than 12 million people annually, 70 percent of whom have no symptoms. Individuals over 50 with a history of diabetes or smoking are all at high risk. Get the most complete head-to-toe assessment of your vascular health. Cost is $60, or $70 with full cholesterol/glucose profile and cardiac appraisal. Every Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to noon at the Ingham Regional Medical Center, patient entrance lobby, 401 W. Greenlawn Ave. Appointment required. Call (517) 975-8304. October 6 — Urinary Incontinence, Lansing. Ingham Regional Medical Center’s Dawe Auditorium, 2720 S. Washington Ave. – doors open at 5:30 p.m. and presentation at 6 p.m. Free. Urologist Dr. Rafid Yousif will review the causes of female and male urinary incontinence. He will also discuss a variety of treatment options, including the latest in minimally invasive procedures using the da Vinci robotic surgical system. Call (517) 975-6600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. October 10 and 24 — Inspiring Talks, Bath. Listen to a recorded talk by our Founder, Mata Yogananda, followed by silent prayer and Pure Meditation. All are welcome. No charge at the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre. Sundays 2:30 p.m. Oct. 10 – ‘The Way to Prosperity’, Oct. 24 – ‘God Via Meditation’. Call (517) 641-6201 visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org. October 15-17 — Silent Retreat, Bath. Friday dinner through Sunday dinner at the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre. $140 plus taxes for shared accommodation and delicious home-cooked vegetarian meals. A private room or suite may be available for an additional charge. Preregistration required. Call (517) 641-6201 visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org. October 27 — 2010 Healthcare Symposium, East Lansing. Join the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce for a half day Health Care Forum in conjunction with the Lansing Economic Club Luncheon on the innovation, technology and reform of the health care industry. This dynamic field is undergoing major changes affecting businesses across the board. Hear from experts in the industry and gain insight on what the new reform means for your business for $99/member or $149/non-member. Symposium is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kellogg Center, 55 S. Harrison Ave. Visit www.lansingchamber.org. October 30-31 — Animal Healing Course, Bath. Come to the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre and learn to develop your love of animals into healing for them. All animals – domestic, farm and wild – can be helped with this safe and enjoyable practice. $225 includes delicious home-cooked vegetarian lunches. Lodging and other meals available. Preregistration required. Call (517) 641-6201 visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org. November 11 — Diabetes Education, Lansing. Living with diabetes can be life changing since many choices are subject to the whims of this disease. Join diabetes experts Drs. Leslie Searls, Andrea Simons, Joseph Wilhelm and David Wenkert for a panel discussion about the diabetes disease process, how it can affect the eyes and vascular system, and successful management and treatment of this condition. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and presentation starts at 6 p.m. Free at the Ingham Regional Medical Center’s Dawe Auditorium, 2720 S. Washington Ave. Call (517) 975-6600 or e-mail email@example.com.
FundraisersOctober 3 — MSU Federal Credit Union Dinosaur Dash, East Lansing. Run-walk-wheel around West Circle Drive for the annual fall-time favorite. The event is from 10 to noon and is a competitive 5K run/walk on a fast, flat course, as well as a family-friendly event with the Museum Mile and Mini Dash for people of all ages. Activities are planned inside the MSU Museum and outside on the museum grounds. The MSU Museum’s dinosaurs — Allosaurus and Stegosaurus — inspire the annual event. Proceeds benefit educational programs at the MSU Museum. Call (517) 355-2370 or visit www.museum.msu.edu/events/dinosaurdash.com. October 3 — Hike for Hospice 5K, Lansing. The 12th Annual Hike for Hospice will take place at Granger Meadows Park between US 27 and Wood Rd with an 11 a.m. registration and the Hike starts at noon. Hike for Hospice brings more than 600 people from the community out to support Sparrow Foundation and Sparrow Hospice Services. In addition to the 5K, activities are available for all ages. Kids can enjoy inflatables and face painting, while adults view the Picket Fence Memorial Pathway and share stories and photos of their loved ones in the Remembrance Room. A minimum $25 donation is suggested for each walker. The MSU Women’s Basketball team will also be there supporting the event. Visit www.sparrowfoundation.org. October 6 — It’s A Breast Thing, Lansing. This wonderfully fun event is designed to help raise community awareness on breast health and support those with breast cancer and recovery. This mix and mingle party will showcase 30 bras transformed into art. The bras and many other great items will be featured in a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the It’s a Breast Thing Foundation, which helps cover medical costs for uninsured individuals battling breast cancer in Ingham, Clinton, Shiawassee and Eaton counties. Bring your girlfriends to Perspective 2 Studio, 319 E. Grand River, from 5-9 p.m. Call Suzi (517) 381-5432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. October 9 — I Gave My Sole for Parkinson’s Walk-A-Thon & 5K, Okemos. Michigan Parkinson Foundation, “I Gave My Sole for Parkinson’s”, Walk-A-Thon and 5K at the Okemos High School, 2800 Jolly Rd. Promote health and fitness while providing support for those with Parkinson’s from 8:30-11 a.m. Free to public; walkers-$15, runners-$20. Call (248) 433-1011 or visit www.parkinsonsmi.org. October 10 — Green Space Race, Mason. This is a 5K run/walk trail race with a 10 a.m. start, and finish, at the Ingham Conservation Center, 1031 W. Dexter Trail. $20/participant through Sept. 30 then $25. Eco-friendly prizes, registrants will receive a white pine seedling and a long sleeved tee. Chip timing – course wheeled and accurate. Well-mannered dogs on leashes are welcome. To benefit natural resource education, youth programs and trail development at the Ingham Conservation District. Email Susan at email@example.com. October 14-15 — Fine Jewelry Sale, Lansing. All jewelry (gold, silver, stones etc.) is supplied by “Jewelry Plus, Inc.” which is a local business that handles quality merchandise. Checks, cash, & credit cards are accepted. This event is sponsored by the Mary Magdalen League – St. Lawrence Campus. All proceeds benefit the Sparrow Substance Abuse Unit located on the St. Lawrence Campus. Thurs., Oct. 14 – Sparrow Professional Bldg (Atrium) at 1215 E. Michigan Ave. from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday the 15th is from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Tracy (517) 364-7179. October 17 — 8th Annual East Lansing Pumpkin Trot, East Lansing. Awards: Trot your feet to the East Lansing Soccer, Abbot/Chandler – north of Lake Lansing. This 5K run/walk course is thru Abbot Rd. Park and neighborhood, which is flat, fast and accurate. Pumpkin pie for first person in each age group. Proceeds benefit the Heuga Center, a Non-Profit organization that assists Multiple Sclerosis patients with their physical rehabilitation and counseling needs. Hosted by East Lansing Police Officers. Email Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org. October 15-30 — Monster Mayhem, Lansing. Prepared to be scared through over 4,000 feet of TERROR! Recommended for ages 12 & over at the Jolly-Cedar Plaza, 5136 S Cedar. The Monster Mayhem Haunted House is a fund-raising project held by the Lansing Jaycees. Proceeds from Monster Mayhem will impact the Lansing Jaycees general fund, which funds many of our community and chapter projects. Cost: $10/person. Print our Monster Mayhem Facebook page for $2 off admission! Group rates are available. For haunting hours call (248) 716-0539 or email email@example.com. October 19 — Benefit Dinner: MI Women’s Hall of Fame, East Lansing. A New York Times bestselling author, an international human rights activist, and a Civil War soldier are among the 10 notable women selected by independent juries for induction into the 2010 class of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame (honorees in the Contemporary Category and honorees in the Historical Category). A reception at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Event reservation $125/person. Call (517) 484-1880 x203 or visit www.michiganwomenshalloffame.org. October 21 — Family Fall Fest, Lansing. Shared Pregnancy is hosting this fall event at the Woldumar Nature Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for all to enjoy. There will be a variety of items to bid on during the Silent Auction. Event is free and donuts and cider will be served. Call (517) 484-0365. October 23 — Annual Autumn Pie Fest, Mason. Capital Area Interfaith Respite (CAIR) will host the Autumn Pie Fest held from 5-8 p.m. at 1893 N. Every Rd. Please join us for food, local music by The Blue County Line Band, hayrides, silent auction, a bonfire and a pie contest. Tickets are $10 for adults, children 12 and under free. Proceeds will benefit CAIR, a program which provides in-home respite for caregivers and companionship to their elderly and/or disabled loved ones. Call Brenda (517) 887-6116. October 23 — Halloween 5K for Junior Achievement, Lansing. How much fun will this be! Come to Hawk Island County Park, 1601 Cavanaugh for the 9 a.m. registration and race time at 10:15 a.m. Local area mascots, family discount, parking pass for runners, refreshments, “Spooky” fun events for kids and costumes are encouraged. Proceeds directly benefit Clinton, Eaton and Ingham County schools. For costs and early registration call (517) 371-5437 or visit www.jamidmichigan.org. October 23 — Craig Oster’s 5th Annual Music Extravaganza, Lansing. Join us from 4-10 p.m. for a joyful celebration of Craig Oster’s triumphant healing journey through 15 years of perseverance with Lou Gehrig disease (ALS). Come celebrate his remarkable life with an evening of amazing music, friends, tasty food, beverages and a great silent auction! Visit www.perspective2studio.com/happenings.com. October 30 — Fight for Air Climb, East Lansing. The American Lung Association’s stair climb event is held at Spartan Stadium, 132 Spartan Ave. Individuals and teams will climb up stairs at their selected location, while raising money to fund lung health research, education and advocacy. Climbers can choose one or more options. This event is unique and fun and celebrates both novice and expert athletes with exemplary lung health. Funds raised help aid the American Lung Association’s mission of “Fighting for Air.” For time and other information call (248) 784-2018 or visit www.climblansing.org. November 20 — The Jingle Ball, Lansing. The Michigan History Foundation invites you to a premier holiday event from 7-11 p.m. The Jingle Ball raises funds that every year help 80,000 children discover Michigan history. Valet parking and a luxurious red carpet that leads you and your friends into a world of holiday elegance! Black tie is encouraged. Musical entertainment, an array of sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and beverages. The Michigan Historical Museum is located inside the Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo. Visitor parking are on the north side of Kalamazoo, two blocks east of M. L. King Jr. Blvd. Admission and weekend parking are free. Visit www.michigan.gov.