February 5-6 — Williamston For Weddings, Williamston. Shop and discover just how many things you can check off your wedding list! Williamston has an amazing array of businesses that are related to the wedding industry: wedding and reception venues, formal and wedding attire, musicians, wedding choreographer, florists, invitations, catering, wedding decor and more. Call (517) 655-1549 or visit www.williamston.org.
February 5-7 — Mid-Michigan Women’s Expo, Lansing. Over 250 exhibits and seminars tailored to women and their families. The Women’s Expo features healthcare, finance, family vacations, home remodeling and improvements, beauty, fitness, on-site spa services, autos, a shopping extravaganza and more. Visit www.lansingcenter.com.
February 6 — Owl Prowl, Lansing. Woldumar’s Annual Owl Prowl is one of our most popular community programs, and Louise Sagaert of Wildside Rehabilitation and Education Center joins us from 5-9 p.m. with some of her owl friends. After the owl presentation, we will head out on the trails in search of these fantastic nocturnal hunters. Be sure to dress for the weather and practice your best owl calls! Call (517) 322-0030 or e-mail email@example.com.
February 6 — You Gotta Have Heart, East Lansing. Family fun at the Kresge Art Museum from 1-3 p.m. Make one-of-a-kind Valentine cards for the special people in your life! Free for all ages. Call (517) 884-0659 or visit www.artmuseum.msu.edu.
February 10 — 98th Annual Dinner, East Lansing. Join the celebration as the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce highlights the achievements of local business leaders and presents its prestigious ATHENA, Community Service and Small Business Awards at the Wharton Center from 5-8:30 p.m. Featured entertainment: Capitol Steps. $85 member, $160 couple, $630 corporate package (8 tickets). Pre-registration is required. Call Sarah Smith (517) 853-6457 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 10 — MACC Awards Dinner, Mason. Honoring Citizen of the Year, Excellence in Business, Excellence in Education, President’s Award, Special Recognition and Board Leadership. Prepaid reservations required; $35 per person and held at the Eldorado Golf Course Banquet Center. Social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Call the Mason Chamber at (517) 676-1046 or visit www.masonchamber.org.
February 11 — Michigan Taste of Elegance, Lansing. Fifteen chefs from across the state will compete to see who can develop the best pork entrée from 3-6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and taste all the wonderful pork creations. You can also help judge the People’s Choice Award and enter for several door prizes. Call Mary (517) 669-2145 or visit www.lansingcenter.com.
February 12-14 — Michigan Dear & Turkey Spectacular, Lansing. Bring your family to the Lansing Center. Basics of hunting with 250-plus booths, 40-plus seminars, new products special display, air gun/archery/laser shooting ranges, archery trick shooting Saturday and Sunday. Call Rita at (800) 324-3337 or visit www.lansingcenter.com.
February 14 — Heart Throb 5K, East Lansing. Celebrate Valentine’s Day by racing with a loved one or friend in the couples division, or race solo on a fast course on the Michigan State campus, hosted by MSU Triathlon Club. This road race starts at noon in front of Bessy Hall. Call (248) 778-7046 or e-mail email@example.com.
February 14 — Pops Concert, Grand Ledge. Featuring Scott Smith, organist accompanying Buster Keaton Silent Movie Comedies at 3 p.m. Call (517) 627-1443 or visit www.gloperahouse.com.
February 19 — 23rd Annual Bea Christy Award Dinner, Lansing. The Lansing Neighborhood Council cordially invites you to attend this event in honor of neighborhood volunteers the Lansing Center. Dinner by RSVP only. Cost is $16, please RSVP by Feb. 15 (517) 393-9883. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Call Jennifer or Cheryl (517) 393-9883 or visit www.lansingcenter.com.
February 20 — Children’s Health and Wellness Expo, Lansing. A free event that offers a venue for providers of children’s health & wellness services to showcase their services to area families in a common location. Services include: free hearing, vision, dental and spinal screenings, organic products, “safety prints” done by the Lansing Police Dept., food, fun and more. Call (517)321-8568 or visit www.lansingcenter.com.
February 21 — 7th Annual Opera House Bridal Show, Grand Ledge. Plan the wedding of your dreams with Mid-Michigan’s finest wedding professionals 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Over 40 vendors will exhibit their products and services. Displays include accessories, cakes, bridal fashions, ceremony locations, DJ’s, decorators, florists, guest accommodations, party rentals, photography and videography, tuxedos, wedding coordinators and more! Door prizes every half hour beginning at 11:30 a.m. Held at the Grand Ledge Opera House, 121 S. Bridge St. Admission is $3. Call (517) 627-1443 or visit www.gloperahouse.com.
February 28 — Earl Nelson Singers Concert, Grand Ledge. Begins at 4 p.m. Call (517) 627-1443 or visit www.gloperahouse.com.
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 www.becauseeverybodyreads.com.
March 12-13 — 7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Grand Ledge. Dress up and bring the family. Call (517) 627-1443 or visit www.gloperahouse.com.
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 experience managing 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 www.lansingcenter.com.
March 20-21 — Maple Syrup Festival, Lansing. After a long and snowy winter, the occurrence of the year’s vernal equinox is something to celebrate. The warm rays of the sun starts the maple tree sap to flow in preparation of the coming growing season. This is when we head to the woods to make some maple syrup. Fenner Nature Center’s annual syrup festival has more stuff to do than ever. Location 2020 E. Mt. Hope. Call (517) 483-4224 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.lansingcenter.com.
February 2-27 — MSUFCU Student Art Exhibition, East Lansing. Come out to the MSU Federal Credit Union to view the artwork of high school students from around the area and vote for your favorites to help determine the People’s Choice Award. Three judges will also choose the Juried Award and 10 Honorable Mentions. MSUFCU will hold extended hours for viewing: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Feb. 4, 10, 16, 18, 19, 23 and 24. Visit www.msufucart.com.
February 2 – March 7 — Young Frankenstein, East Lansing. The classic Mel Brooks movie is ALIVE … and it’s headed here at the Cobb Great Hall. You’ll have a monstrously good time at this spectacular new production. Don’t miss the sensational cast delivering all your favorite moments from the classic film, plus brand new show-stopping numbers for the stage, including “Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” This wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to create a monster — but not without scary and hilarious complications. Call (517) 353-1982 or visit www.whartoncenter.com.
February 4 – March 7 — The Smell of the Kill, Williamston. Three women, their husbands and a deep freezer. With social commentary both hilarious and biting, this dark comedy about men, women, marriage and malice explores the dangerous desire to keep up appearances at any cost. Contains mature themes. Shows held at the Williamston Theatre, 122 S. Putnam. Call (517) 655-7469 or visit www.williamstontheatre.org.
February 5 — First Fridays – The Body, Okemos. Happendance Professional Company presents a sneak preview of The Body, an evening of original modern dance to premiere in March. First Friday events are free and open to the public with donations going directly to the performing artists. Call (517)333-3528 or visit www.happendance.org.
February 5-7 — Black History Special Event, Lansing. Riverwalk Theatre presents for three days only! Celebrates Black History in America. Reservations recommended at $20 per seat. Visit www.riverwalktheatre.com.
February 12-13 — The Vagina Monologues, East Lansing. With humor and grace, the award-winning play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women from around the world on relationships, sex and violence against women. V-Day is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to putting an end to violence against women and girls worldwide. Ninety percent of proceeds from tickets benefit End Violent Encounters (EVE), Inc., and the remaining 10 percent benefit the Democratic Republic of Congo. Let’s fill the Fairchild Theatre. Three show times. Call (517) 353-1982 or visit www.whartoncenter.com.
February 18-21 & 25-28 — The Cemetery Club, Lansing. Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves. Ida is ready to begin a new life, Lucille just wants to have fun, and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. Sam meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave. Call (517) 482-5700 or visit www.riverwalktheatre.com.
February 27 — 15th Annual Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands, Okemos. Hosted by the Meridian Community Band at Okemos High School from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. Gather together for this one day event that brings together adult community bands from across the state of Michigan. Education is the emphasis of the Festival. Four nationally recognized clinicians critically evaluate each band’s 40 minute public concert. This year’s feature soloist at 2:15 p.m. is Geoffrey Gallante. Geoffrey is a 9-year-old trumpet prodigy. Visit www.meridiancommunityband.org or e-mail email@example.com.
February 27 — Beginner’s Adult Calligraphy, East Lansing. Accomplished calligrapher and illustrator Kathryn Darnell leads this informative and instructional session from 1:30-4:30 p.m., introducing examples of traditional and contemporary calligraphy within a cultural and historical context, the tools and materials used to create letterforms, and a demonstration of how Italic letters are formed. Students will then practice with a calligraphy felt-pen. Register early; $30 members, $40 non-members. Call (517) 884-0659 or visit www.artmuseum.msu.edu.
February 28 — Mama’s Night Out, Charlotte. You don’t have to be a mom to enjoy the hilarious comedy of these three ladies! The 7 p.m. show will leave you rolling in the aisles and features a Southerner, a sassy Brit and a native New Yorker in an eclectic blend of standup comedy. Held at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center at $29 per seat. Call (517) 541-5690 or visit www.cpacpresents.com.
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 www.whartoncenter.com.
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 www.williamstontheatre.org.
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 www.museum.msu.edu.
Through February 19 — Resourceful Women: 30 Who Worked to Preserve Michigan’s Water, Woods and Wildlife, Lansing. This engaging exhibit will examine the contributions of 30 courageous women who — through their work as politicians, policy makers, artists, activists, educators and scientists — helped protect and promote our natural resources and the environment in the 20th century. Hands-on activities for children include a design-a-state-park station, a take-home butterfly activity and water purity testing. Free admission, tours of the museum and refreshments for all! Call (517) 484-1880 or visit www.michiganwomenshalloffame.org.
Through March 14 — American Modernism, East Lansing. From Thomas Hart Benton 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 and three-dimensional objects from the Kresge Art Museum collection explores the variety of approaches taken by artists in search of a distinctly modern American identity. Sponsor: MSU Federal Credit Union. Visit www.artmuseum.msu.edu.
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 http://museum.msu.edu.
Through April 10 — Yoga at Peoples Church, Lansing. Yoga is a moving meditation. We keep our temples strengthened and toned, our minds focused and relaxed, and our hearts open. Gentle Yoga on Mondays at 11 a.m. and Vinyasa Yoga on Fridays at 4 p.m. all as a 12 week series. Individual classes $7, prepaid discount $75. Call Kelly at (517) 351-7478.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 27-28 — Peace & Quiet Weekend, Bath. Saturday lunch through Sunday lunch. Spend time in peace and quiet with a silent Sunday morning. $75 for accommodation and delicious home-cooked vegetarian meals. Meditation Foundation class and Natural Spiritual Healing available. Pre-registration required. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.SelfRealizationCentreMichigan.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 www.yourfoundationforbusiness.com.
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 www.heart.org.
February 7 — Super Bowl 5K Run/Walk, Okemos. This road race will be timed using disposable RFID tags. Timing mats at start and finish. Unique medals in the shape of a football helmet to the top three places in each age group. Proceeds will support youth programs at Okemos schools and the Michigan Running Foundation Scholarship Fund. Race time is 10 a.m. at 4000 Okemos Rd. For fees and other details e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 13 — 3rd Annual Spartan Crystal Ball, East Lansing. Valentine’s Day weekend will be filled with romantic big band music and elegant dining at the MSU University Club at 6:30 p.m. This special occasion is the perfect time to enjoy this festive, semi-formal dinner party. A silent auction to benefit the MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan Endowed Scholarship fund will be held. Cost is $80 per MSUAA member, $90 per nonmember. Visit www.midmichiganspartans.com.
February 20 — 6th Annual Bash for Cerebral Palsy, East Lansing. Dance the night away to support people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities at Walnut Hills Country Club, 2874 Lake Lansing Rd., from 7-11 p.m. Enjoy music by the Sea Cruiser Band, playing classics from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. A cash bar and valet parking will be available. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door and may be purchased by calling (517) 203-1200. WQTX radio and WSYM Fox 47 personalities will emcee. Proceeds will help promote more independent living by people with disabilities. Visit www.ucpmichigan.org.
February 27 — 2010 Sparrow Gala, East Lansing. While the favorite components of this grand event remain casino-style gaming, dancing, live music and more, this year’s Gala shakes things up in a new venue. Join us for one unforgettable evening when the Gala takes over the University Club. This Gala is expected to draw 600 people for an evening of outstanding food and exciting entertainment. All proceeds will benefit the exceptional patient care and vital community outreach provided to the people of our region by the Sparrow Heart & Vascular Center. Evening begins at 6:30 p.m. to midnight and tickets are $125 per person. Call (517) 364-5680 or visit www.sparrow.org.
March 27 — Run For The House 5K Run/Walk, Lansing. Your participation at 9:30 a.m. at Hawk Island Park will help the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan provide a home-away-from-home for families who have a child being hospitalized or receiving treatment at Lansing-area hospitals and clinics. The House offers a comfortable, inexpensive and private place for families to sleep, eat and relax. Here families find a caring atmosphere where they can receive strength and encouragement from others who are also going through difficult times. Visit www.rmhmm.org.