April 5 — 32nd Annual Founders Day Awards Brunch, Lansing. Greater Lansing Area Club pays tribute to its founders and honors several Lansing area persons who exhibit a true commitment to the community and their profession. Recognition is given to individuals in five principal award categories: Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Business Excellence, Community Service and Youth on the Move. The mission of the organization is to promote and protect the interests of African American business and professional women; to serve as a bridge for young people seeking to enter business and their professions; to improve the quality of life in the local and global communities and to foster fellowship. The awards brunch will be held at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West Hotel beginning at 10 a.m. The cost for the awards brunch is $30/person or $300/table of 10. Email email@example.com. April 5 — Let Her Sing, Lansing. Jessica Crew presents Let Her Sing, a Women’s Empowerment Event. Learn how Shamara started Bling Sorority and Pressed Oil Ministries from a nonexistent budget, how Maleah went from homeless to managing 40 people within a year and how Professor Mitchell redefined the legal industry. Enjoy empowering music by social activist Kelsey Rottiers, the soulful tunes of Abigail Stauffer, the beatboxing flute of Meg Brennan and more. Come ready to clarify your vision and add power to your leadership. This event, exclusively for women, will be held at the Ramada Lansing Hotel and Conference Center, located at 7501 W. Saginaw Highway beginning at 6 p.m. The cost to attend is $100/person. Call (517) 627-3211 or visit www.lethersing.com. April 7-11 — Spring Break Movie Week, Leslie. Not going anywhere for Spring Break? Why not join your friends at the Capital Area District Library, Leslie Branch for popcorn and a movie. All movies will begin playing at noon each day. Visit www.cadl.org. April 12 — 4th Annual Bunny Hop, Lansing. Join Lansing City Market at their 4th Annual Bunny Hop. The day will feature animal shows with Preuss Pets, face painting, balloon animals (10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), arts and crafts, activities with YMCA staff, prizes, egg hunt for children and adults, live music and photos with the Easter Bunny. This family fun event will take place at Lansing City Market, located at 325 City Market Drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit www.lansingcitymarket.com. April 12 — Taste & Tour of Old Town, Old Town. Old Town Commercial Association is hosting its seventh annual Taste & Tour of Old Town, a progressive food sampler and exclusive loft tour. The sampler gives visitors a chance to taste a variety of Old Town’s eats and an opportunity to tour real estate in Old Town. Taste & Tour of Old Town is from noon to 5 p.m. Check in for the event at the OTCA office where you will receive a map and purchase your ticket and wristband for the tour. Visit www.iloveoldtown.org. April 15 — Martini Tuesday, Lansing. Join Stephanie Milosavlevski, CFP, CDFA Financial Advisor as she hosts Martini Tuesday at the Exchange, located at 314 E. Michigan Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information call (517) 349-2880 or email Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org. April 25-27 — 74th Annual Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival, Vermontville. Visit Vermontville for the 74th Annual Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival. This is the “granddaddy” of them all. Enjoy Mid-America rides, a talent show, arts and crafts, flea market, two parades, petting zoo, princess pageant, various display, games, free entertainment, a pancake derby and arm wrestling. Syrup producers are located throughout the village selling syrup, candies, crème and the always-popular maple syrup cotton candy. While there, don’t forget to enjoy some pancakes. For a full schedule of events and times, visit www.vermontvillemaplesyrupfestival.org. April 27 — Party for the Planet, Lansing. Celebrate the 44th Earth Day at the zoo. 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, some including ones made by our BIG Zoo Lesson Kids, will be given to our animals from 1 to 3 p.m. You’ll be able to get up close with a selection of our education animals and learn about them from handlers. We’ll also be featuring conservation demonstrations throughout the zoo. Come and enjoy this fun celebration with your family from noon to 4 p.m. The cost for this event is General Admission. Visit www.potterparkzoo.org. May 2-3 — Victorian Days, Grand Ledge. The first weekend in May, Grand Ledge celebrates Michigan artists, local culture and our rich Victorian heritage by inviting visitors to join us for historical demonstrations and themed activities in our beautiful downtown, overlooking the river and picturesque ledges. This is a wonderful opportunity to discover Grand Ledge, explore our unique geography, learn about our rich history, and meet our friendly residents and shop keepers. On Friday night, attend the Grand Victorian Ball at the Opera House from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $35/person. Saturday activities will be going on throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.victoriandays.org. May 6 — Annual Spring Luncheon, East Lansing. The Wharton Center Inner Circle volunteers will host their Annual Spring Luncheon at Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall. New board members will be announced and several service awards will be presented recognizing outstanding volunteer efforts. Call (517) 206-9039 or email email@example.com for more details. May 15 — Wine & Stein, Lansing. Celebrate the beginning of summer with a casual after hours bash at Potter Park Zoo. Enjoy tastings of beer and wine in a complimentary souvenir glass and sample hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants while listening to live music. While there, don’t forget to visit all of the animals. Enjoy Wine & Stein from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. You must be 21 or older to attend this event. Tickets are $30/member or $35/non-member. Visit www.potterparkzoo.org. Arts Now-April 5 — Tribes, Lansing. Billy was born deaf into a hearing family. He was raised inside its fiercely idiosyncratic and politically incorrect cocoon. He has adapted brilliantly to his family’s unconventional ways, but they’ve never bothered to return the favor. It’s not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to be understood. Enjoy this moving performance at Peppermint Creek Theatre. Visit www.peppermintcreek.org for show times and pricing. April 6 — Rock of Ages, East Lansing. Rock of Ages returns for one night only to the Wharton Center, located on MSU’s campus. Don’t miss the return of the worldwide hit party musical Rock of Ages, featuring a mix of 28 rockin’ 80’s tunes including “Don’t Stop Believin,” “We Built This City,” “The Final Countdown,” “Wanted Dead of Alive,” “Here I Go Again,” “Harden My Heart,” “Can’t Fight this Feeling,” “Renegade” and “I Want to Know What Love Is.” In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker — and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s. Tickets range in price beginning at $22/person. Come and fall in love with the 80’s music all over again. Show time is 6:30 p.m. This performance is recommended for children over the age of 14. Visit www.whartoncenter.com. April 11-20 — Peter Pan, East Lansing. Come and enjoy this high-flying fantasy that tells the story of the young boy who won’t grow up. This beloved musical promises a new twist on the old classic including songs “I Won’t Grow Up,” “Neverland” and “I’ve Gotta Crow.” Join Peter, Wendy, Tinkerbell and Captain Hook as they soar over the Pasant Theatre at Wharton Center. This production is a collaboration with the MSU Bhangra Team. Show times vary. Ticket prices are $20/general admission, $18/faculty and seniors, $15/students and $8/children 12 and under. Visit www.whartoncenter.com. May 15-24 — Clybourne Park, Lansing. Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set 50 years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. Enjoy this production by the Peppermint Creek Theatre Company, located at Miller Performing Arts Center 6025 Curry Lane. For show times and pricing, call (517) 927-3016 or visit www.peppermintcreek.org. May 31 — Chalk of the Town, Lansing. Chalk of the Town is back. Get ready for a day of vibrant art and fun in the streets of Old Town! Roam the streets of Old Town and experience true art in the streets. Beginning at 9 a.m., artists will take to the streets creating masterpieces on their assigned pieces of sidewalk, using only chalk. The creations will be completed by 2 p.m. when the judging will begin. Winners, along with the people’s choice award, will be announced at 3 p.m. Families are welcome to participate in the kid’s sidewalk art area. Chalk artist registration forms must be submitted by May 24 at midnight. Call (517) 485-4283 or visit www.iloveoldtown.org. Exhibits April 16 — 3rd Annual DeWitt Community Showcase, DeWitt. The DeWitt Community Showcase is an event showcasing student achievement, local businesses and service organizations. There will be student creative pieces, student music and dramatic performances, local businesses and community and service organizations will be on display, and you can sample food from local eateries. This showcase will be held at the DeWitt High School from 5 to 8 p.m. Call (517) 668-3402, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dewittcommunityshowcase.org. May 10 — Springtime Community Festival & Touch a Truck, St. Johns. Join the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce at their Annual Springtime Community Festival and Touch a Truck event. Adults can shop at more than 50 craft booths, visit with business and observe demonstrations. Kids are welcome to make free crafts, play free games, win prizes and see, touch and learn about fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, etc. This fun free family event will be held at the CCRESA Building, located at 1013 S. US 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (989) 224-7248 or visit www.clintoncountychamber.org. Clinics April 1, 15, 22 & 29 — Mom to Mom, East Lansing. Mom to Mom is a Biblically-based parenting course offering video lessons followed by small group discussions led by experienced moms. This group meets every Tuesday from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. at River Terrace Church, located at 1509 River Terrace. Child care is provided for children up to the age of three. There is also a Kid to Kid program for children ages three to five, offering Bible stories, crafts, music, snacks and play time in the gym. Call (517) 351-9059 or visit www.riverterrace.org. April 11 — Annual Conference, Lansing. The American Society for Public Administration Michigan Capital Branch will host their annual conference, “Rethinking Michigan’s Urban Center.” This year’s conference will be held at Cooley Law School’s Temple Center, located at 217 S. Capitol Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for the conference is $20/students, $40/members and $45/non-members. Students who choose the no food option can attend the conference free of charge. Visit www.mipaforum.org. April 12 — Volunteer Recruitment Day, Lansing. Want to serve your community? Become a volunteer at Potter Park Zoo. Our volunteers help with special events like the Wild 1-Mile, Wine & Stein, Boo at the Zoo, Wonderland of Lights and more. At these events, volunteers do anything from face painting, beverage pouring, ticket taking and kids’ crafts to set-up and tear-down. Additionally, volunteers help with tending the gardens, painting fences and other non-event related activities. Join us to find out how you can plug in! This informative session is from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Safari Room. Visit www.potterparkzoo.org. April 15 — Bone Density Screening, East Lansing. Join Alliance OBGYN as they host a Bone Density Screening. If you are 35 years old, NOT pregnant and have never had a bone density screening, you are encouraged to attend. The screening will be held at Alliance OBGYN, located at 1560 Turf Lane, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10/person. Call (517) 853-2330. April 22 — Fat Burning Fitness & Nutrition-Dinner with the Doc, Lansing. Enjoy a meal with the Doc from Total Health Chiropractic at Carabba’s Italian Grill and learn all about fat burning fitness and nutrition. Total Health Chiropractic will buy you dinner and you’ll learn the most powerful strategies for burning fat while maintaining your lean muscle. Seating is limited. To learn more or to register, call (517) 681-2225 or visit www.totalhealth-fitness.com. Fundraisers April 5 — Taste of the Town, Lansing. Join the MSU Community Club as they host Taste of the Town to raise money for their endowment fund, which awards up to five $2,000 scholarships a year to MSU students. This event will be held at the Henry Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Call (517) 206-9039 or email email@example.com for more details. April 12 — 3rd Annual Benefit Concert, East Lansing. Join headliners, Tony Lucca from “The Voice” and Chris Trapper from the band The Push Stars at the 3rd Annual Benefit Concert, Life as a Zebra benefiting Invisible Illnesses. This event is presented by the Life as a Zebra Foundation, which is dedicated to helping those who are battling invisible illnesses. The event is at the Kellogg Center in the Big 10 Room A and the Kellogg Center Auditorium from 6 to 11 p.m. There will be cocktails, appetizers, a silent auction, performances and a meet and greet. Tickets are $50/person and all ages are welcome. Call (517) 377-1410 or visit www.zebranation.org. April 12 — V-Day Lansing 2014, Lansing. Join V-Day Lansing as they present a benefit reading of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer a groundbreaking collection of monologues to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence. This event will be held at The Avenue Café, located at 2021 E. Michigan Ave., beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10/students and seniors and $12/general public. All proceeds will benefit E.V.E. and V-Day, along with 10 percent of food sales during the show benefiting E.V.E. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them on facebook.com/lansingvdaymmrp. April 12 — 11th Annual Fur Ball, Bath Township. Relive the Roaring Twenties at the 11th Annual Fur Ball, The Great Catsby presented by Soldan’s Feeds & Pet Supplies, Dowding Industries and Astraeus. Enjoy dinner, live and silent auctions, the Ultimate Doggy Spa, entertainment and more. Don’t forget to dress for the occasion. Formal-themed attire is encouraged. This fun-filled evening will be held at Eagle Eye Golf Course, located at 15500 Chandler Road, from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $50/pampered pooch, $100/person until April 1, $125/person beginning April 2 and $1,250/sponsored tables of eight. All proceeds will benefit the Capitol Area Humane Society. Call (517) 626-6060x. 120, email events@AdoptLansing.org or visit www.cahs-lansing.org. April 17 — Comedy for a Cause, Mason. Join Building TwentyOne for Comedy for a Cause. Attend an evening of comic relief to benefit the Building TwentyOne Teen Center. This evening of laughs will be held at Building TwentyOne, located at 1288 N. Cedar, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $50/person, $75/couple, $250/table of six, $325/table of eight and $375/VIP table of eight. Email email@example.com or visit building-twentyone.ticketleap.com/comedy-for-a-cause. April 23 — The Bid That Benefits Babies, East Lansing. The Expectant Parents Organization is hosting their 11th Annual EPO Charity Auction at the University Club of MSU. The EPO has brought childbirth, newborn care and breastfeeding classes to mid-Michigan parents for more than 70 years. Attend this event and help support these programs. Call (517) 337-7365 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.