Events April 4 — Find a Rainbow Day, Lansing. The Lansing City Market is host to Family Education Days (F.E.D.) every Thursday at 5 p.m., 325 City Market Drive. Parachute games and talking about eating a variety of vegetables. Visit www.lansingcitymarket.com/events. April 13 — Girls’ Day Out, East Lansing. The City of East Lansing and Downtown Management Board present Girls’ Day Out. Grab your friends and come downtown for a day of shopping, dining and fun. Enjoy a fashion show at the Marriott Hotel at 2:30 p.m. Participating stores and restaurants offering great deals. Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/girlsdayout. April 21 — Lansing Marathon, Lansing. The Lansing Marathon, Half-Marathon and Ekiden Marathon Relay starts at 1433 Sunnyside Ave. and are open to individuals of all ability levels. The marathon, half-marathon and relay routes are flat, fast, scenic and varied, covering both urban and rural portions of the greater-Lansing community. All races finish in front of throngs of cheering spectators at the State Capitol. For prices visit www.lansingmarathon.com. April 26 — Howl at the Moon, Okemos. Hike with your dog at the Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road at 8:30 p.m. for only $3, due at the time of the walk. Bring your best friend (2-footed or 4-footed) on a guided hike through the moonlit woods. Dogs must be on a leash. Flashlights are permitted. Call (517) 349-3866 or visit www.meridian.mi.us. April 26-28 — 73rd Annual Maple Syrup Festival, Vermontville. Vermontville is the granddaddy of them all. The home of the original Maple Syrup Festival in Michigan. Festival starts Friday evening, continues through Saturday and Sunday. Something for everyone — Mid-America rides, talent show, arts and crafts, flea market, two parades, petting zoo, princess pageant, various displays, games, free entertainment, a pancake derby and arm wrestling. The syrup producers are located throughout the village selling syrup, candies, crème and the ever popular maple syrup cotton candy. We invite you to join us and enjoy pancakes with real maple syrup offered by the Maple Valley Band Boosters and the American Legion. Visit www.vermontvillemaplesyrupfestival.org. April 27 — The Amazing Race, East Lansing. Divine Connections presents Greater Lansing Area, The Amazing Race at Lou & Harry’s, 16800 Chandler Road, with check-in at 4 p.m. and the race at 5 p.m. sharp. $25/person pre-register. Visit www.mydivineconnections.com. April 27 — Kid’s Day, East Lansing. MSUFCU is having a Kids’ Day at the HQ Branch, 3777 West Road. Members and non-members are both welcome to attend. This fun event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be all sorts of games, prizes, food and the East Lansing Police department will be doing fingerprinting for the kids. Visit www.msufcu.org/events. April 28 — I Love My City, Lansing. This is an annual event in which local churches, business and city officials partner together to improve the quality of living in Lansing. The vision is for peace, prosperity and partnership. If you’re looking for an opportunity to serve our community, this is the place for you. Event is from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call for locations needing serve. Call (517) 82-5775 or visit www.lovemycitylansing.org. May 2-5 — Spring Fling Festival, Mason. A 5k run/walk on May 3, a show on the courthouse square on May 4. Call (517) 676-1046 or visit www.masonchamber.org. May 11 — Mother’s Day Tea, Lansing. Bring all the gals in your life to the Turner-Dodge House, 100 E. North St., at 3 p.m. for a fabulous afternoon of tea. Cost: $8/person. Call (517) 483-4220 or email email@example.com. May 12 — Mom’s Day at the Zoo, Lansing. Enjoy the beautiful spring weather and treat your mom to a visit to the zoo on her special day. All moms will receive free admission! Potter Park Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit www.potterparkzoo.org. May 12 — Sunday Wildflower Walks, Okemos. Yellow, blue, pink and white … spring wildflowers come in many brilliant colors! This is a great time to join a naturalist for a guided interpretive walk 3 p.m. The fee for these programs is $3/person or $7/family/walk due at the time of the walk. For park location visit www.meridian.mi.us. May 16 — Wine & Stein, Lansing. Celebrate the beginning of summer with a casual after hours bash at the zoo from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy tastings of beer and wine in a complimentary souvenir glass and sample fabulous hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants as you listen to live music. And of course, all of our animal residents will be there! Must be 21 or over to attend. $30/non-member and $25/member. Visit www.potterparkzoo.org. May 31 — 18th Annual BWL Chili Cook-Off, Lansing. Promises to be the biggest and best yet and you can be a part of this high profile celebration. We encourage you to join in on the fun and support a great cause. You have the opportunity to compete first, second or third place in eight categories, including Best Chili, Most Creative Chili Name, Most Creative Chili Booth, Best Salsa, Best Meatless Chili and new last year, Best White Bean Chicken Chili. Participate in an enjoyable “heated” competition while getting your organization recognized in front of a huge crowd. Call Lauren (517) 483-7400 x245 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Arts April 5-7 — Shuto Con, Lansing. Shuto Con is Lansing’s Annual Anime Convention coming to the Lansing Center. This convention focuses on Artists and the art of Interactive. For time and price visit www.shutocon.com. April 20 — 1st Annual Craft Fair, Mason. Crafts of all kinds will fill this fair. Held at Green Acres of Mason, 1025 E. Ash St., just northeast of the fairgrounds. Call (517) 676-1484 or visit www.masonchamber.org. May 4, 5 — Going to Pieces, Lansing. This grand quilt show is held at the Best Western Plus Hotel, 6820 S. Cedar St., and features a silent auction, quilts for raffle and for sale, vendors and wonderful door prizes. Saturday showing: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday showing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $6/person. Visit www.capitolcityquiltguild.org. Exhibits Now thru August 2 — Adventures in Time, East Lansing. The MSU Museum moves backward — and forward — in time in a new exhibition that invites visitors to explore how we perceive our world in its three physical dimensions. Throughout the gallery are optical games. Learn about the technological advances as you watch excerpts from some of the latest 3D films. Call (517) 432-3357 or visit http://museum.msu.edu. April 27 — Party for the Planet, Lansing. Celebrate the 43rd Earth Day at the zoo from noon to 4 p.m. Party for the Planet is North America’s largest Earth Day celebration with more than 120 zoos and aquariums across the country participating. Enrichment items will be given to our animals from 1-3 p.m. and some of them are made by our BIG Zoo Lesson kids. You’ll be able to get up close with a selection of our education animals and learn about them from their handlers. We’ll also be featuring conservation demonstrations throughout the zoo, plus recycle stations for your old cell phones and athletic shoes (athletic only please, and shoes must not contain metal). Price is general admission. Visit www.potterparkzoo.org. Clinics April 7 — Frog Watch USA, Lansing. Potter Park Zoo is excited to announce the creation of a FrogWatch USA chapter. This marks the 78th chapter nationally, and the only one in the mid-Michigan area. Frogs and toads play an important role in our ecological system. This program is set to educate, engage and excite people about amphibians. All trainings will be held at Potter Park Zoo in the education building. The class is free and open to the public. RSVP. Call (517) 483-4222 or visit www.potterparkzoo.org. April thru May — Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame Seeks Judges, Lansing. The MWHF is recruiting judges from all areas of the state and various backgrounds to evaluate the 2013 nominations. Judging takes place by two separate panels in April and May. Judges voluntarily serve on one panel in either the historical (deceased) or contemporary (living) categories. Judges should have some historical perspective or background that qualifies them to judge these categories. The Board of Directors votes in June on the final slate of inductees. An Awards dinner takes place in October. Interested, email email@example.com with your name, address, daytime phone and your preferences: 1) to review contemporary or historical nominations; and 2) to participate in a judging panel in April or May. Please call Samantha (517) 484-1880 ext. 203. April 4, 16, 23, 30 — Mom to Mom, East Lansing. Each Tuesday, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., a session is held to encourage and equip moms of all ages and all stages as they parent their children. There is food and fellowship, Biblically-based teaching and small group discussion for moms. Child care is provided up to age 3; Kids to Kids is for the 3-6 year olds and offers Bible stories, crafts, snacks, music and gym. River Terrace Church, 1509 River Terrace. Call (517) 351-9059 or visit www.riverterrace.org. April 13 — Relaxation for Body, Mind & Spirit Day, Bath. A relaxing yoga class and a delicious home cooked vegetarian lunch and refreshments from 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Treat yourself to a longer retreat by either arriving Friday evening or staying until Sunday morning. $39 with lunch and refreshments; $86 with accommodation and all meals; +$60 for optional class. Held at the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre. Preregistration required. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org. April 13 — A Rally of Writers 2013, Lansing. Karen Dionne will keynote the 26th annual writers’ conference at the Conference Center, West Campus of LCC, 4708 Cornerstone Drive from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sixteen breakout sessions will follow on novels, short stories, articles, essays, poetry, nonfiction books, writing for children, readings, humor and marketing. Authors will talk with attendees and sign books in Authors’ Alley. Books will be available onsite from Schuler Books. Cost: $75 in advance ($55 for students) or $85 ($65) at the door. Lunch $15. Reservations with lunch must be postmarked by April 7. Call (517) 372-3385 or visit www.arallyofwriters.com. April 13 — Recycle Rama, Lansing. Held at the Ingham County Health Department parking lot, 5303 S. Cedar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items such as household batteries, TV’s, computers, clothing, shoes, unwanted medicine, appliances, scrap metal and much more will be accepted at no cost. Volunteers are needed for this great community event. People are needed to help with assorted tasks such as greeting and working with the public, traffic control, and lifting objects (depending on abilities). A Recycle Rama T-Shirt drinks and snacks will be provided to volunteers. Call (517) 292-3078 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. April 14 — Peace Summit, East Lansing. Successful Black Women (SBW) of MSU will host its second annual Peace Summit held on the campus of MSU at the MSU Union Building in the Ballroom, 2nd floor from 1-5 p.m. with registration/check-in beginning at 12:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all, registration by April 3 is required and can be made at http://successfulblackwomen.wufoo.com/forms/peace-summit-registration. SBW of MSU is an organization that promotes professional and personal development for its constituents. Keynote speaker, Donzaleigh Abernathy. Call (313) 702-0027 or email email@example.com. April 18 & 22 — Gyrotonic Training Open House, East Lansing. Restore your body from the effects of stress and poor habits. Regain strength and flexibility and increase your endurance with this non-impact method of exercise. Held at the O’Day Studio, 1650 Kendale Blvd, Suite 115. April 18 is 7-9 p.m. and April 22 is 4:30-7:30 p.m. Call (517) 351-3600 or visit www.odaymovement.com. Fundraisers March 31-June 1 — Sparrow Children’s Center Telethon, Lansing. This year marks the 25th year that the Sparrow Children’s Center-a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital will host this premier fundraising event. Watch as children and families share their stories of the exceptional care, treatment and technology offered by Sparrow Children’s Center. Call Shela (517) 364-5696 or visit www.sparrow.org. April 6 — 8th Annual Run for Reading, Lansing. A 5k run/walk and 1/4 mile kids fun run at the Delta Township District Library. Runners start 9 a.m., walkers 9:02 a.m. and kids run 9:45 a.m. Please no pets. Proceeds benefit the Delta Township District Library. Call (517) 321-4014 and register online at www.dtdl.org/events/run-for-reading. April 7 — Hoofin’ it for Horses 5K Run/Walk, East Lansing. Race location is at the MSU Horse Teaching & Research Center at 1 p.m. Fees: $18 by March 7, $15/person (groups of 8 or more, discount by March 7 only), $22 March 8 to 20, $25 after March 20. Free Kids’ Stick Horse Race and play area. Let the kids play while the parents race. Proceeds to benefit the MSU Horse Judging Team. Call (517) 353-1748 or visit http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/events/519392184757586/?context=create. April 9 — Food and Grocery Auction, Mason. On the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., this fundraiser is for the Men’s Auxiliary of Jean R. Anderson VFW Post 7309, 1243 Hull Road. Selling various food and grocery items including fresh and frozen meals, snacks, pies, pizza, hot dogs, cereal, bread and much more. Bring a cooler. Cash and checks accepted. Food and beverages will be available during the auction. Call (517) 676-1856 or (517) 676-6083 or visit www.masonchamber.org. April 13 — 10th Annual Fur Ball, East Lansing. Presented by Soldan’s Feeds & Pet Supplies, Dowding Industries and Astraeus for the Capital Area Humane Society. This Viva Paws Vegas fundraiser features a dinner, live and silent auctions, the ultimate doggy spa and Vegas-style entertainment. Formal attire and bring your dog(s). $50 per pooch, $100/person until April 1. Tickets will be $125/person starting April 2. Held at the Eagle Eye Golf Club from 6-11:30 p.m. Visit www.cahs-lansing.org. April 14 — Race for the Place 5K, East Lansing. MSUFCU is proud to sponsor the annual Race for the Place 5k. Enjoy a 5k run, walk or wheel while the kids enjoy a 1-mile Fun Run and 100-yard dash. All proceeds benefit MSU Safe Place. Race starts at 1 p.m. at the Jenison Field House. Visit www.msufcu.org/events. April 16 — Michigan Children Trust Fund Prevention Awareness Day, Lansing. March to the Capitol and plant pinwheels downtown to raise awareness about child abuse in our state. The mission of Prevent Child Abuse America is to “prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children” and includes all forms of abuse and neglect and to inform the public that the prevention of abuse and neglect decreases lifelong adverse medical and emotional consequences and promotes well-being. It also reduces the costs of human services, delinquency and criminal justice services and the loss of work productivity. Location is on the Capitol grounds at Michigan Avenue at 10:30 a.m. Visit www.preventchildabuse.org. April 19 — 4th Annual Like a Fine Wine, East Lansing. Event held at Lou and Harry’s Sports Bar located at Chandler’s Crossing from 6-9:30 p.m. Tickets: $75/single or $120/couple. Sports-themed event with a silent auction and a live auction. Live jazz by the Peter Nelson Quartet. Eat, drink and dance! Call (517) 372-6671 or visit www.laprespitecenter.org. April 20 — Taste of the Town, East Lansing. Arrive at the Henry Center for Executive Development, 3535 Forest Road from 5:30-7 p.m. Tickets: $25/person. Sponsored by the MSU Community Club. Help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the only fundraiser for the group to provide endowment scholarships to MSU students in need. A diverse group of restaurants , caterers and food establishments offer “tastes” of appetizers, soups, breads, entrees, desserts and beverages. Call Gretchen (517) 332-6683. April 21 — Cut-a-Thon, Holt. Now through April 21, Steven L. Marvin Salon & Wellness Spa, 1958 Cedar St., has a raffle to win a gift basket full of Aveda goodies. Tickets: 1 for $2 or 3 for $5. All proceeds go to the Great Lakes Alliance to help keep beaches and the lakes clean around Michigan; also excepting $1 donations. Donators can put their name on a water drop that will be displayed in the salon. Silent auction as well, come in and put your name down with your bid. April 21 is the Cut-a-Thon to begin at noon and cuts off at 5 p.m. Call (517) 694-7788 or visit www.stevenlmarvin.com. April 25 — 7th Annual Empty Plate Dinner, East Lansing. The Empty Plate Dinner is one of the largest annual fundraisers in the Greater Lansing community. Guests enjoy a casual strolling dinner with amazing food and drinks from the area’s top restaurants and caterers, a commemorative ’empty plate’ painted by children at local elementary schools, and unique live and silent auction options, including sports and vacation packages. All proceeds from the event benefit the Greater Lansing Food Bank. Event held at the Kellogg Center/Big Ten Room at 5:30 p.m. Ticket: $125/person and sponsorship opportunities still available. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.greaterlansingfoodbank.org. April 27 — March for Babies, Lansing. When you walk, you give hope to the babies born too soon or sick. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies and it funds research to find answers to the serious problems that threaten our babies. This four-mile walk is at Burchard Park, 220 E. Maple, off of Grand River Ave. in Old Town near the Brenke Fish Ladder. Registration is at 9 a.m. with the race at 10 a.m. Call (517) 699-4863 or visit www.marchofdimes.com/events. May 16 — CACIL-ebration, Lansing. Capital Area Center for Independent Living is host their annual silent auction and dinner at Chisholm Hills Golf and Banquet Center, 2395 Washington Road from 5-9 p.m. All proceeds will assist in the support of individuals with disabilities in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham and Shiawassee counties. Sponsored by Dean Transportation. Entertainment by Three Men and a Tenor. Tickets: $60/person with limited seating. Call (517) 999-2760 or visit www.cacil.org. May 18 — Shinsky Orphanage Charity Golf Classic, Bath. The City of Children Shinsky Orphanage will hold its 3rd annual golf classic to benefit the orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children in Matamoros, Mexico. Gather a team for $300 or $75/individual, fee includes golf, cart, green fee, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Prizes like a hole-in-one – win a car sponsored by Shaheen Chevrolet. Held at Hawk Hollow Golf Course with 8:30 a.m. registration and 9 a.m. shotgun. Call (517) 894-5361 or email email@example.com. May 30 thru June 2 — Parade of Homes, Lansing. This annual event allows the public to tour newly-constructed homes built by the area’s finest builders. You’ll find a wide range of prices, sizes and styles featuring the latest in construction, design and decorating techniques. Builders are present in their homes so participants can meet and talk with them. The Parade of Homes promotes homeownership, professionalism and increases the public’s awareness of our members who have been building Lansing neighborhoods since 1944. The event is sponsored by MSU Federal Credit Union. Times: 1-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 6-9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit local charities. Visit www.glhba.org/events. June 23-26 — Michigan Corporate Challenge MC2 Summer Games, Lansing. Canoe races, corporate relays, disc golf, volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, boot camp, fire truck pulls and more. Teams compete for medals and a traveling trophy. Proceeds benefit Friends of Ingham County Parks and the Westside YMCA. Games held: Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Burchfield Park; Monday from 6–8:30 p.m. at Hawk Island; Tuesday from 6–7:30 p.m. at Hawk Island; Wednesday from 6-9:30 p.m. at Westside YMCA. Great for corporate wellness. Call (517) 333-3321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.