Events Now to August 20 — Summer Music Series, Lansing. Join Eastwood Towne Center for their 11th Annual Summer Music Series. Free live music on Tuesday evenings in Center Court from 6 to 8 p.m. A different style of music is offered each week for everyone to enjoy. Call (517) 316-9209 or visit www.shopeastwoodtownecenter.com. Now to August 22 — Family Education Day, Lansing. The Lansing City Market is offering Family Education Day on Thursday evenings at 325 City Market Drive. This program is geared toward elementary and toddler-aged children and their families. Each week a new and exciting topic will be featured that is of interest to both adults and kids. The last half hour of the program there will be a nutritional lesson accompanied by a food demonstration with sampling. Please call (517) 483-7460. Now to October — Outdoor Music Jam, Lansing. First Sunday of the month 1 to 3 p.m., weather permitting. This event will be an informal, acoustic, round robin style music jam. Bring your own chair, music stand, music and friends. Jam at the Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mt. Hope Ave. Call (517) 483-4224 or visit www.mynaturecenter.org. Now to October 27 — Farmers Market, East Lansing. Get your fresh, locally grown fruits and vegies from the East Lansing Farmers Market featuring many vendors with homegrown wares. The market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Valley Court Park. Call (517) 319-6927 or visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/FarmersMarket. August 1-2 — Dog Days, Williamston. You and your pets will have lots of fun at this Williamston Area Chamber of Commerce event. Activities include an “Ugly Dog” contest, with prizes for: Best Dressed/Costume, Best Trick, Least Behaved, Looks Most like Owner, Longest Tail, Shortest Dog, Tallest Dog, Most Friendly, Longest Ears and Ugliest! Other activities include a pet parade, Williamston’s Deputy Dog contest, animal shelter drive, agility demonstrations, rescue groups, pet safety, hot dog bobbing pool for dogs and pet grooming. Free throughout the downtown area from 3 to 9 p.m. Call (517) 655-1549 or visit www.williamston.org. August 2-3 — Old Town Jazz Fest, Lansing. The Lansing Jazz Fest is a two-day free music festival that brings national, regional and local jazz acts to an audience of more than 10,000. The festival is in Old Town located by the corner of Grand River Avenue and Turner Street beginning at noon. Each artist is asked to play an original composition that hasn’t been played at any other festival. Visit www.jazzlansing.com. August 2-3 — Bath Days Festival, Bath. Home of the International Bath Tub Races, this family-friendly festival includes a craft and car show, children’s entertainment and play area, a parade and tub races down Main Street. Call (517) 712-8942. August 7 — Woldumar Nature Center Golf Outing, Sunfield. Gather your clubs and a group of friends and head to the Woldumar Nature Center Golf Outing at Centennial Acres, 12485 Dow Road. This is a four person scramble with registration at 9 a.m. and shotgun at 10 a.m. $75/person, $300/foursome and $5/mulligan (no limit). Fee includes cart, open driving range before tee-off, an all you can eat BBQ, beverages, future round of 18 holes, raffle prizes and special event holes. Call (517) 322-0030. August 9-11 — 29th Annual St. Johns Mint Festival, St. Johns. Come and enjoy all things “mint” at the St. Johns Mint Festival located at St. John’s City Park and Clinton County Fairground. There is something for the entire family with arts and crafts, a flea market, antiques and collectibles, a softball, basketball and tennis tournament, tractor pulls, children’s activities, free entertainment, a parade, a pageant and food. Don’t forget to get your mint ice cream while you are there. Visit www.clintoncountychamber.org. August 16 — Golf And A Movie, Lansing. Bring the kids for quality bonding time as everyone enjoys a little golfing and a movie. At dusk you can snuggle up and watch as Groesbeck Golf Course creates their very own “drive-in” movie theater. Cost is $6/person for golfing and a cart. You are welcome to just come and enjoy the show, no charge. Call Emily (517) 483-6074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. August 17 — Come to the River 5K & Kid’s Challenge Run, Lansing. This 5k is a scenic and accurate course along Lansing’s River Trail and starts at 8:30 a.m. With the Kid’s Challenge run begins at 9 a.m. Pancake breakfast follows the race. Family rate is $60, up to four registrants. Race location is part of the St. Casimir Church Corn Roast Festival between Barnes and Sparrow Avenues in the 800 block. Email email@example.com. August 17-18 — Sundown Safari, Lansing. Spend a night at the Potter Park Zoo and see what the wildlife is like after-hours! This is a special Sundown Safari open to smaller groups, but it includes everything our normal Safari includes. The Sundown Safari includes parking and zoo admission, an evening tour of the zoo, campfire snacks and a continental breakfast. Saturday at 6:30 p.m. to Sunday at 10 a.m. Cost: $20/member or $25/non-member. Call (517) 342-2713 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. August 20 — 2013 Lansing Open, Bath. Get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather and some networking at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Greater Lansing Golf Tournament held at Eagle Eye Golf Course, 15500 Chandler Road. Tournament is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the cost is $200/member, $245/non-member and $750/foursome. Cost includes greens fee and cart, player gift, beverage tickets, lunch and dinner. Call (517) 641-4570. August 23-24 — Sun Dried Music Festival, Mason. Come and experience the Sun Dried Music Festival in downtown Mason in front of the court house. Many different bands will perform on several stages. Along with music, there will be dancing, a beverage tent, a kid’s area, vendors and food. Visit www.sundriedmusicfestival.com. September 8 — Capital City Reptile Show, Lansing. This show will feature reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates from all around the world. All of the glass terrariums, acrylic cages, abs snake racks, dry goods, supplies and feeders you need will be available. This event is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the cost is $7/adults, $3/children ages 13 and under and free/children five and under. Call Evan (248) 977-5175 or visit www.lansingreptileshow.com. Arts Now to August 18 — Tuna Does Vegas, Williamston. Join the lovable and eccentric characters from the ‘third smallest town in Texas’ as they take quite the trip in Sin City. This production at the Williamston Theatre is sure to be a delight. The eclectic citizens that make up Tuna are depicted by only two actors. Show times vary depending on the day. Prices are $20/Thursday evening, $25/Friday and Saturday evenings, $22/Saturday and Sunday matiness, $10/student (with a valid ID) and $2 off/senior discount (65 and above). Call (517) 655-7469 or visit www.williamstontheatre.com. Through the Fall — A Mile in Her Boots, Lansing. This is an ongoing female Veteran awareness project. Female Veterans please contact Heather at email@example.com if you would like to decorate a pair of military boots. The VOA will provide the boots. The completed, embellished boots will be a part of a mobile art display. Pictures of the completed boots will be available on their website at www.voami.org. Now to October 31 — Pickin’ In The Park, Old Town. Bring a chair or a blanket and come share your love for music at a weekly jam session with fellow artists, musicians and residents in the heart of Old Town every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Whether you come to play or just listen, you are sure to have a fun evening. Visit www.iloveoldtown.org. Now to August 22 — Moonlight Film Festival, East Lansing. Free outdoor film series presents movies on a big screen in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court Park, in downtown. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Films begin at 9 p.m. in August – every Thursday. Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com. August 3 — Island Art Fair, Grand Ledge. The 39th Annual Island Art Fair features more than 100 artists, plus local food and live summer music on the Second Island in downtown. Grand Princess river-boat rides will be available. Call (517) 627-9843 or visit www.ledgecraftlane.com. August 7 — Concerts in the Park, Lansing. Bring a lawn chair or a comfy blanket and come listen to Shout as they perform a Beatles Tribute at the Adado Riverfront Park West (Ranney Park) from 7 to 9 p.m. This is a free concert. Rain date is Aug. 8, same time and location. Call the Lansing Parks and Recreation at (517) 483-4277. August 9-11 — Great Lakes Folk Festival, East Lansing. The award-winning festival, produced by the MSU Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program, is a celebration of culture, tradition and community. The MSU Museum works year-round to develop this festival program that reflects the immense variety and vitality of art, skill, knowledge and wisdom of our cultural heritage for the public. A unique mix of music and dance stages, demonstrations of traditional arts, storytelling, authentic ethnic food, an arts marketplace and many special activities for the entire family. Visit www.greatlakesfolkfest.net. August 10 — Grand Art Market, Lansing. Enjoy great local artwork, free music, family fun and lots of market vendors at this annual art event. Our mix of local artisans will be selling photography, painted works and metal sculptures. Visit the Lansing City Market, 325 City Market Drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.lansingcitymarket.com. September 7 — Live Life Nspired 5K Run and Family Walk, Charlotte. The 5k run and 1 mile walk will start at 9:45 a.m. at 321 E. Harris St. Registration: $18 before Aug. 23, $20 before Sept. 6 and $25 the day of the race. The 1 mile walk is free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. September 8 —Masterworks 1: A Thrilling Beginning, East Lansing. Opening night with the Lansing Symphony promises to be a harmonious ride that you won’t want to miss. Begins at 8 p.m. in Cobb Hall, Wharton Center. You will be electrified by pieces from Enescu, Higdon, Dvorak and the guest artist, Lisa Pegher. Call (517) 432-2000. Exhibits Now to August 30 — Sculptures in the Park, Lansing. Lansing Art Gallery’s Sculptures in the Park will entice visitors to discover the beauty, history and vitality of Lansing through creations of art. The gallery features site-specific artworks by regional artists. All original art is placed at historic Wentworth Park, 100 N. Grand, nestled by Grand River near downtown. The artworks serve to engage the public in considering the relationship between art and the environment. Call (517) 374-6400 or visit www.lansingartgallery.org. August 4 — Lansing Eats!, Lansing. Join the Historical Society of Greater Lansing at Creyts House from 1 to 4 p.m. located at 831 N. Washington for the newest pop-up exhibit Lansing Eats! Discussions held on favorite restaurants, comparing prices from area menus from the 1950’s and 1960’s, perusing local cookbooks that date back to 1901, watching clips from Martha Dixon’s cooking show at WJIM, reminiscing about the milk men who used to deliver local dairy goods to our homes and more. Call (517) 282-0671 or email email@example.com. August 10 — Touch a Truck Day, Lansing. If you like trucks and cars then come on out to Sharp Park from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s time for the annual Touch a Truck Day where kids young and old can touch, honk and climb on the many vehicles that will be on display. There will be a fire truck, ambulance, backhoe, snow plow, dump truck, garbage truck and semi. This is a free event and concessions will be available. If you have a truck or piece of equipment that you would like to be included, please call (517) 323-8555. Clinics Now to September 13 — Meridian Parks Photography Contest, Haslett. Attention amateur photographers, Parks and Rec are looking for photos that best capture the image of spring, summer and early fall in Meridian Township and what it means to you. Ideas for photos include active and passive recreation, laughter, serenity, happiness, experiences, competition, wildlife or the natural environment. Photos must be taken between March 11 and Sept. 13 in Meridian Township Parks. No cost to participate and photos are due Sept. 20 to 2100 Gaylord C. Smith Court. For an application and set of rules, call (517) 853-4600 or visit www.meridian.mi.us. Now to December 5 — TangleMania Club, Dimondale. The SmittenDust Studio, 257 Bridge St., will host a free discussion group on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is not a class, but more of a discussion group, experimentation, sharing of ideas and a chance to see what others are doing. Call Jan (517) 327-0938. August 14 — Lunch with a Doctor, East Lansing. Presented by Lucas Julien, MD, this session features a talk on colon cancer; prevention and treatment. At the Lincoln Room in the Kellogg Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $10/Sparrow Life Time member or $15/non-member. Lunch served at 11 a.m. with the program to follow. Call (800) 772-7769 or visit www.sparrow.org. August 21 — Stay Interviews: How to Reenlist Your Existing Employees, Webinar. Join Scott Trossen, a 25 year veteran in biotechnology, financial services, health care, industrial and non-profit sectors. Learn how to best discover why a current employee continues to work for the company, what motivates and engages them and why they opt to stay with the organization rather than searching for a new position. The webinar is from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $75/member and $95/non-member. Call (800) 748-0266. August 25 — One Book, One Community, East Lansing. Join Kevin Powers, author of “The Yellow Birds” the 2013 One Book, One Community Selection as he kicks off the month long program at the Hannah Community Center Performing Arts Theatre at 7 p.m. Powers will hold a community talk and book signing. This is a free event that is open to the entire community. This program co-sponsored by the City of East Lansing and MSU, encourages the city-university community to read the same book and come together to discuss it. “The Yellow Birds” is an assigned reading for all incoming freshmen at MSU. Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com. September 10-12 — Financial U, Okemos. Calling all MSU students; come to one of MSUFCU’s Financial U seminars and learn how to create a college budget, what you should know about your credit and how to keep your account safe. The seminar is held in the International Center Spartan C, 427 N. Shaw Lane. Register online and attend one free seminar to receive a $15 credit to your account and be entered in a drawing to win a mountain bike. Pizza, pop and cookies provided. Call (800) 678-4968. Fundraisers August 3 — 1st Annual Brad’s Ride, Mason. The VFW Post 7309 is holding a Poker Run in memory of Sg. Brad Eifert. Enjoy music, food and more. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at the VFW located at 1243 Hull Road. Cost: $15/person or $20/couple. All proceeds will benefit the new Counseling Room. Visit www.masonchamber.org. August 4 — Spartan Sprint Triathlon, Haslett. Featuring a great venue at Lake Lansing Park South, 1621 Pike St., Tri to Finish and the Michigan State University Triathlon Club are proud to present the Spartan Sprint Triathlon. The 8 a.m. race is open to both the public and collegiate athletes and will serve as an MECTC race. Distances: half mile swim, 20k bike, 5k run. The swim will take place in Lake Lansing. The bike course is a one-loop course around the Lake Lansing area. Finally the running course will follow the south edge of Lake Lansing on quiet roads with great views of the lake. Proceeds from this race will go to the MSU Triathlon Club. Distances: half mile swim, 20k bike, 5k run. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tritofinish.com. August 4 — 11th Annual Car Show, Mason. Fundraiser for the Capital Area Prescription Drug Taskforce held at Darrell’s Supermarket & Hardware, 4520 W. Columbia, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (517) 648-8861 or visit www.masonchamber.org. August 9-11 — WPC Annual Jewelry Sale, East Lansing. Expect large displays of old, new, costume and collectible jewelry. Other items include jewelry boxes, watches, books, MSU items and recorded music of all types. Sale held at Peoples Church, 200 W. Grand River Ave., from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday noon to 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit local charities. Call (517) 332-5073 or visit www.thepeopleschurch.com. August 10 — BWL Hometown Power 5K Run/Walk, Lansing. All funds raised will support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Race starts at 9 a.m. at the BWL Customer Service Center on Haco Drive, heads to South Pennsylvania Avenue, south to the River Trail and will continue on to Mt Hope Avenue, where runners will go through the neighborhood to South Pennsylvania Avenue then back to Haco Drive. A free kids’ race will be held on Haco Drive following the completion of the 5k. Call (517) 702-6185 or visit www.runningfoundation.com/BWL5K.html. August 16 — ERMCF Golf Outing, Mason. The Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation Golf Outing, held at Eldorado Golf Course, offers 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, prizes, hors d’oeuvres and a drink ticket. The event includes a $10,000 Hole-in-One challenge sponsored by Ackley-Peters-Haubert Insurance Services. Consumers Professional Credit Union will be sponsoring the Shoot-for-Loot hole with cash and lottery ticket prizes. To participate or sponsor a team, contact Lindsay (517) 663-9524 or email at email@example.com. August 17 — Mason Aviation Day, Mason. Get carried away in an airplane, helicopter or a war-bird at the Mason Jewett Airport. On display will be homebuilt, classic and military aircraft. Admission is free. All donations will benefit the Newberry Aviation Scholarship Fund. Visit www.masonchamber.org.