May 1 — Victorian Day, Grand Ledge. This event takes place downtown and Island Park on Bridge St. from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Features a non-motorized parade, a Teddy Bear Tea & Maypole Dance for the kiddies; a High Tea and costume show, kite flying, artisans and craftspeople and a Civil War encampment. Call (517) 676-1589 or visit www.victoriandays.org.
May 1 — Big 10 Rowing Competition, Laingsburg. Sleepy Hollow State Park will host a Big 10 Rowing Competition event. Women’s rowing teams from the Big 10 will compete in a 2000 meter race. All motor vehicles entering a state park or recreation area must display a Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the park entrance and headquarters. Cost $6 for a resident daily, $8 nonresident daily. Call (517) 651-6217.
May 7 — Wildflower Weekend, Lansing. Woldumar Nature Center hosts a special day of Wildflower Weekend for school groups. $4.50 per person covers a 1.5 hour program that includes visits with local artists, education about spring wildflowers, and other activities that focus on nature and the arts. Pre-registration is required by May 3. In addition to the scheduled hands-on education time, students may bring a picnic lunch and eat on the grounds. Teachers may also consider taking their class on a nature hike on Woldumar’s beautiful 5 miles of trails, 5739 Old Lansing Rd. Program times are 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Call (517) 322-0030 or visit www.woldumar.org.
May 7-8 — Cake Decorating Contest, Williamston. The Williamston Chamber of Commerce will host a cake decorating contest. There are three categories: Wedding, Birthday and Best Themed. There will be a public voting with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category to be announced on Sat. at 2 p.m. Call (517) 655-1549 or e-mail email@example.com.
May 8-9 — Annual Mother’s Day Arts & Crafts, St. Johns. Over 130 booths of unique hand crafted items. Show hours: Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Other activities: horse-drawn wagon rides, food, a gift shop, bakery, kids corral, nature trail and more! Wine tasting from noon to 6 p.m. No charge to enter craft show. Uncle John’s Cider Mill — see you there. Call (989) 224-3686 or visit www.ujcidermill.com.
May 15 — Capital Area Women’s Golf Day, East Lansing. Presented by Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine and MSU Forest Akers Golf Courses. Join 2007 L.P.G.A. National Teacher of the Year, Teresa Zamboni, for an informative and relaxed three and half hour program of golf instruction (morning program at 8:30 a.m., afternoon program at 1 p.m.). From first timers to advanced golfers, all ladies welcome. Professional video analysis included. $69 per person. Call Forest Akers at (517) 355-1635 or visit www.golf.msu.edu.
May 16 — Llamas at the Library, Lansing. Have a hands-on experience with real llamas while you learn more about them. We’ll also welcome special guest Baby Llama from the book Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney from 2-3:30 p.m. at the downtown Lansing Library. Call (517) 367-6355 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 18 — Inspiring Women Collaborative Café, Lansing. Spend an evening inspiring and being inspired by other women. This 5:30-8 p.m. event is a fun and enlightening conversation for and about all women — cafe style! You will leave feeling rejuvenated and excited about what lies ahead. Just imagine the possibilities! Join us at Perspective 2, 319 E. Grand River Ave., Old Town. $25/person; includes dinner. For more information or to register, call (517) 655-2625 or visit www.truwisdom.com.
May 22 — Old Town Community Clean Up, Lansing. Volunteers and LCC students help hit the streets and help Old Town put its best foot forward this summer season. From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., we will be painting, planting, sanding and sweeping as we welcome spring with open arms. Everyone is welcome to help and lunch will be provided for all volunteers. Volunteer check in at Turner Mini Park; corner of Turner St. and Grand River Ave. Visit www.iloveoldtown.org.
May 29 — 2010 Memorial Day Parade, Lansing. Sponsored by the City of Lansing. The viewing stand will be at the corner of Michigan and Capitol Ave. The parade starts at 10 a.m. followed by a memorial ceremony at Little Arlington (Mount Hope Cemetery) at noon. Call (517) 483-4276.
May 31 — Memorial Day Parade, Leslie. The annual Memorial Day Parade is sponsored by the Leslie American Legion Post. The parade features veterans, military vehicles and local service groups stopping for a brief Memorial Service at Tuttle Memorial Park. The parade also stops at Woodlawn Cemetery for a traditional Memorial Day ceremony. Tradition continues with the American Legion sponsoring a Chicken BBQ. Call (517) 589-8236 or visit www.cityofleslie.org.
June 5 — 13th Annual Mayor’s Family River Walk, Lansing. Join Mayor Virg Bernero on a three mile walk that starts at Potter Park Zoo and ends at Hawk Island. The first 1,000 walkers receive a t-shirt! Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. There is free shuttle service, courtesy of Dean Transportation, available to take you back to the zoo. Fun stations along the way, certificates for each walker, free refreshments at Hawk Island, entry for Walk Michigan drawing. Call (517) 483-4222 or visit www.ingham.org.
June 5 — Be a Tourist in Your Own Town, Lansing and East Lansing. This one day event treats residents and tourists alike to all the best of Greater Lansing for just $1. Come check out museums, attractions and one day only tours of some of the area’s coolest places. Watch as Greater Lansing opens its doors for you to explore. Call (517) 487-0077 or visit www.lansing.org.
June 11-13 — Gizzard Fest, Potterville. An unusual and funny name for a festival, but filled with lots of fun for the whole family. One of the fastest growing festivals in Michigan, Gizzard Fest has something for everyone. Amusement rides start June 11 with the majority of events held Fri. through Sun. This small town environment offers big town events. There will be arts, crafts, a flea market, exhibitors, a car and truck show, antique tractor show, pancake breakfast, child ID program, gizzard eating contest, parade, and much more in downtown Potterville! Call (517) 927-7912 or visit www.gizzardfest.com.
June 25-26 — Festival of the Moon & Sun, Lansing. Lansing plays host to the back-to-back festivals of the Moon and Sun. The Festival of the Moon starts out the fun on Friday night while celebrating one of the shortest nights of the year, with great music, delicious food and cold Bell’s Beer. Saturday celebrates the Summer Solstice with a tasting festival featuring fine wine, craft-brewed beer and the Lansing area’s best cuisine and entertainment. Turner and Grand River. Visit www.festivalofthesun.com.
June 25-26 — Craft Show & More, Williamston. The Williamston Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for crafters, home-based business owners, and alpaca owners to participate in our Jubilee Craft Show & More. This is the fourth year for the juried Craft Show and the second year for the Home-Based Business Show and the Alpaca Village. These shows will be held near each other to increase traffic, but will be divided into separate sections. This is held in conjunction with the 39th Annual Red Cedar Jubilee, a week-long event. Call (517) 655-1549 or e-mail email@example.com.
June 25-27 — Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, Howell. The Michigan Challenge Balloonfest is a family event held on schools grounds at Howell High School, 1200 W. Grand River Ave. Bring lots family and many friends, a jacket for the evening, a camera, comfortable shoes, lawn chairs or blankets, sunglasses, and bug spray. Please leave pets and sparklers at home. Alcoholic and smoking are prohibited. Call (517) 546-3920 or visit www.michiganchallenge.com.
June 26 — Victorian Garden Tea, Lansing. Time: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Cost: $8 per person Have a grand time at the Turner-Dodge House this summer with the return of our Victorian Garden Tea from 1-4:30 p.m. Weather permitting, guests will be seated on our grand front porch for tea, treat, and much more. Afterwards, guests will be able to tour the house and garden, pictures are welcome. This year’s summer exhibit will be, “More Dolls, Dolls, Dolls.” To reserve your spot for only $8 per person. Call (517) 483-4220 or visit www.parks.cityoflansingmi.com/tdodge.
June 30 — U2 360°, East Lansing. U2 will bring their spectacular U2 360° tour to Spartan Stadium for one night only from 7-9:30 p.m. With a cylindrical video system of interlocking LED panels, and a steel structure rising 150 feet from the floor over a massive stage with rotating bridges, the band has truly created an intimate 360º experience for concert goers. For tickets call (866) 448-7849 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
May 7-8 — Knock ’em Dead, Lansing. If you like the game Clue, this is the perfect play for you. The play is set on a dark stormy night at a hole-in-the-wall club, Vinnie’s Belly Laugh. Performers come together for a talent competition with deadly results. The audience gets involved and during intermission and is encouraged to talk to the over-the-top characters to help determine one of the six possible endings. PG-13; includes some adult themes. Held at Waverly East Intermediate School, 3131 W. Michigan Ave. For show times and tickets call (517) 243-6040 or visit www.starlightdinnertheatre.com.
May 7-8 —Art Walk, Williamston. Event will take place Fri. 4-8 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The streets and shops will be brought alive — a wonderful time for all, with a children’s activity tent and more. Call (517) 655-1549 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
May 11 — Concert Series: Barbara Bailey Hutchison, Tri-County. With eight CDs for children and another seven for adults, this Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter captivates both the young and the young at heart. At 7 p.m., Capital Area District Library hosts her high-energy concerts at area schools in these communities: Dansville, Haslett, Lansing, Leslie, Stockbridge, Webberville and Williamston. Call (517) 367-6355 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 15 — Kresge Art Museum Creative Kids at East Lansing Art Festival, East Lansing. Stroll through downtown East Lansing, across MSU’s campus, and look for the booth to make masks and crowns. All ages are welcome to this free event from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call (517) 353-9835 or e-mail email@example.com.
May 22 — Concert at Grand Café/Sir Pizza, Lansing. Mike Skory Trio, featuring Bill Malone, Bob Gardner & Mike Skory, will perform a hugely eclectic mix of tunes by Johnny Cash, BB King, Marvin Gaye, Snoop Dogg and Elvis at Grand Cafe/Sir Pizza located at 201 E. Grand River Ave. in Old Town. Call (517) 484-4825.
May 22-23 — Mi-FUNK, Lansing. The producers of Lansing Jazzfest & Old Town Bluesfest announce the first annual Mi-FUNK fundraising concert event. An incredible addition to the outdoor music scene in Lansing, Mi-FUNK will feature five Michigan Old School funk bands. An expansive beverage tent highlighting Michigan Beers & Wine, local food vendors and the unmistakable sounds of funk beating through the streets of historic Old Town, Lot 56. Visit www.oldtownarts.org.
May 22-23 — 47th Annual Spring Art Festival, East Lansing. Hundreds of artists from Michigan and beyond come to downtown East Lansing to exhibit art of all kinds. Painting, ceramics, sculptures, blown glass, wood, metal, photography and more fill the booths. Festival features a variety of activities, performances and demonstrations for your enjoyment. Find something fun to create in our Children’s Activities Area. The international food court features dozens of vendors with tastes from around the world! Call (517) 355-3354 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 3-6 & 10-13 — The Light in the Piazza, Lansing. The passion and beauty of Italy abound in this six-time Tony Award winning musical. The story is set in the summer of 1953 and tells the story of a mother and daughter traveling through Italy, the daughter’s romance with a handsome, high-spirited Florentine and the mother’s determination to keep the two apart. Call (517) 482-6500 or visit www.riverwalktheatre.com.
June 18-20 — Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, East Lansing. Enjoy two extraordinary evenings of live jazz at this community event in the heart of downtown East Lansing for free. The festival is brought to the area by a partnership between the City of East Lansing, Wharton Center for Performing Arts and the MSU College of Music. Call (517) 319-6927 or visit www.eljazzfest.com.
May 1 – July 30 —EyePoppers: Big & Bold from the Kresge Art Museum Collection, East Lansing. Pure abstraction, op and geometric art, pattern and decoration and color field paintings are included in this show of over 25 works of art. Large, bold, big and bright are the operative words to describe this look at artistic production since the late 1950s. Opening reception is Sun., May 2, 3-5 p.m. featuring fun, family-centered activities and refreshments. Call (517) 884-0659 or visit www.artmuseum.msu.edu.
May 22-23 — LAP Quilt Show, Dimondale. Over 200 quilts, 500 vendors, live demos, door prizes, silent auction, traveling show and food available. Head to the Summit, 9410 Davis Hwy. Event times: Sat., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cost is $6 with free parking. Call (517) 337-2749 or visit www.lansingareapatchers.com.
May 6 — Brewpub Book Club, Lansing. This Capital Area District Library group meets on the first Thursday of the month 7-9 p.m. at the Michigan Brewing Company in downtown Lansing. This month, we’re reading Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. Call (517) 367-6355 or e-mail email@example.com.
May 8 — Knitting the Wong Way, East Lansing. Andrea Wong will teach the ins and outs of Portuguese style knitting — this time with advanced techniques added in. There will be an introduction to the technique, followed by demonstrations and the opportunity to practice techniques such as cables, double knitting, color knitting and more. Participants should know how to knit, but do not need to be familiar with the Portuguese technique. Class is held at Woven Art, 325B Grove St. from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., $75 per person. Call (517) 203-4467 or visit www.yarnandfiberart.com.
May 18 — Meats and Marinades, Mason. At 6:30 p.m., come to the Mason Library to learn the difference between cuts of meat. How about which marinades will maximize flavor? This grilling how-to comes complete with refreshments and samples. Call (517) 367-6355 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 25 — West Michigan Career Fair, East Lansing. The University of Phoenix would like to invite you to help prospects in the West Michigan market come together with companies like yours. The event is scheduled to take place at the University of Phoenix-West Michigan Campus, 3100 West Rd. Bldg. 3, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Setup is at 9:30 a.m. Our goal is to bring the community together, helping to connect the right jobs to the right people. One table and two chairs will be provided — there is no cost to attend, your representative need only arrive and be ready to recruit! Call (517) 333-5133 or e-mail Jennifer.email@example.com.
May 2 — Heart of a Spartan, East Lansing. This event, 5K, 10K and 1M run/walk, will raise dollars for many local nonprofits for the entire Lansing area community. Runners and walkers will have the unique opportunity to run through the tunnel at MSU Football Stadium, under the goal post and finish on the 50 yard line, while watching themselves on the jumbotron. Call (734) 213-1033 or visit www.heartofaspartan.com.
May 6 — Bowl for Kids’ Sake, St. Johns. Use your spare time this year to have fun with friends and raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters by participating in the 2010 Meijer Bowl For Kids’ Sake. Your fundraising efforts can have a big impact on our ability to make and support more matches this year. If you’re a Big, this is a terrific opportunity to show your Little how giving back can be easy and fun! Held at the Redwing Lanes. For more details visit www.bbbs.org/bfks010.
May 13 — Eve’s Annual Golf Outing, East Lansing. Help out victims of domestic violence by golfing the stunning Timber Ridge Golf Club. The 18 Hole Tournament Scramble format starts at 10 a.m. There will be a continental breakfast, lunch at the turn and awards banquet and prizes. $150 per person. To sign up, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 13 — 4th Annual Empty Plate Dinner, East Lansing. Guests will enjoy a casual strolling dinner featuring the area’s top chefs, a commemorative “empty plate” decorated by local school children, unique auction items including sports packages and vacation packages and many of the plates will be paired with amazing prize packages including dinners, hotel stays, gift certificates and services. Tickets are $125 per person with sponsorship opportunities. Dinner held at the Big Ten Room, Kellogg Center at 5:30 p.m. with all proceeds to benefit the Greater Lansing Food Bank. Call (517) 887-4307 or visit www.greaterlansingfoodbank.org.
May 14-15 — Redefining DIVA, Lansing. A concert by Sistrum, the Lansing Women’s Chorus — an evening of music celebrating our DIVA-liciousness. Show time 8 p.m. at the Dart Auditorium, Lansing Community College, 500 N. Capitol Ave. A silent auction both nights begins at 7 p.m. and will feature items such as gift certificates to local merchants and restaurants, music, pottery, quilts, art and handmade jewelry. Tickets available at the door on a sliding scale donation of $25-$12, children free. Sign language interpreted, wheelchair accessible and child care will be provided. Call (517) 432-7950 or visit www.sistrum.org.
May 15 — FAAN Walk for Food Allergy, Lansing. An event to educate and raise awareness for those living with life threatening food allergies. This two mile walk takes place at Granger Meadows, 1845 Granger Meadows Ln. from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. No fee, food vendors on hand and volunteers needed. Call Theresa (517) 896-4798 or visit www.foodallergywalk.org.
May 21 — Open Arms Campaign, Lansing. The Downtown YMCA Wellness Center is hosting a Fiesta Concert. The concert will be held at Pattengill Middle School and doors open at 6 p.m. Concert starts at 7 p.m. The group performing is Orquesta Ritmo (a Cuban salsa band). Cost is $15/adult, $5/child. Purchase tickets at the door or the Downtown YMCA. This fundraiser provides scholarships and financial assistance for members of the community. The Campaign also allows us to host free classes/programming for seniors and teens. Call (517) 827-9640 ext. 8599.
June 6 — We Can Do It! Women’s 5K Run/Walk/Roll, Okemos. A women-only 5K to benefit the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing with the starting line at Meridian Municipal Complex, 5115 Marsh Rd.. The mission of the Women’s Center is to help women realize their potential. Race course will follow paved pedestrian path in and around Central and Nancy Moore parks. Packet pickup on June 5 at Playmakers, Okemos from 5-8 p.m. or at race between 8-8:45 a.m. Registration $20 through May 23, after $25. E-mail email@example.com.
June 14 — Highfields 30th Annual Golf Outing, East Lansing. This outing at Walnut Hills is a major source of funding for a number of Highfields’ programs that improve parenting and stop domestic violence, help children overcome behavioral challenges and redirect at-risk youths to positive life changes. Highfields is a nonprofit that provides support programs for families, youths and communities in mid-Michigan. Shot gun: 10 a.m. at 2874 Lake Lansing Rd. Call (517) 381-1900 x102 or visit www.lezottemiller.com.
June 26 — 3rd Annual Michigan Military Families Benefit, Dimondale. An all day charity event to raise money for Operation Homefront of Michigan. Event includes: benefit motorcycle and car run, large raffle, live bands, two motorcycle shows, street rod show, vendor area, food tent, door prizes and more. Rally up the family and ride to Full Throttle Motor Sports, 9555 Woodland Dr. from 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Call (517) 376-2688 or visit www.mmfb.org.