Events for December 2013

Events December 2-18 — Big Buck Contest. Join HBA for their 2013 Big Buck Contest, open to all HBA employees, family and friends, using a firearm/muzzleloader. Bucks must be legally taken and tagged in Michigan. Only two entries per person are allowed. Racks will be measured prior to the Wild Game Dinner and must be displayed at the dinner. Professional scoring is done by Commemorative Bucks of Michigan. Call (517) 323-3254 or visit December 3 — Holiday Glitter, East Lansing. Join the Arts Council as they celebrate their 34th annual Holiday Glitter. Get ready for the Holiday Glitter and Jazz Live at the Copa. Come join us and all your fellow cool cats as they swing into the 1960s jazz club scene for an evening that promises to be woo-ee, wow, wow! The night will include a delicious array of ’60s influenced hors d’ouerves and desserts, wine beer and sodas and other delights. All funds benefit the Arts Council. This fun-filled evening will take place at the University Club from 6 to 9 p.m. Call (517) 372-4636 or visit December 7 — 11th Annual Christmas Bazaar, Eaton Rapids. Join the First Congregational Church, located at 300 S. Main as they host their 11th Annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will also be available from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. While there, be sure to stop next door at Red Ribbon Hall and visit their crafters as well. This sale is also in conjunction with the Eaton Rapids Hometown Christmas festivities. Call (517) 441-9471. December 7 — 2nd Annual Phil Denny & Friends Christmas Collective, Lansing. Come and enjoy a holiday concert by Phil Denny and also celebrate the release of his Christmas CD “The Messenger” at Pattengill Academy Auditorium, located at 626 Marshall St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. show time. Tickets are $20/general admission, $25/preferred, $28/preferred select and $32/VIP. Visit December 7 — Scrooge Scramble, Old Town. The Old Town Commercial Association will host their 7th Annual Scrooge Scramble 5K Run/Walk on the Lansing River Trail to benefit the Dickens Village beginning at 10 a.m. Cost is $20 before Nov. 30 or $25 the day of the race. The first 100 runners will receive a piece of jingle bell flair. Visit or December 7 — Dickens Village, Old Town. Old Town streets will be transformed into a festive Victorian scene for the 7th Annual Old Town Dickens Village. Enjoy free family friendly activities throughout Old Town streets and shops. Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, make ornaments, decorate a cookie, listen to live music and get a picture taken with Santa Claus. Carolers and characters will also roam the streets spreading holiday cheer. Come and enjoy this fun-filled day from noon to 5 p.m. December 7 — Winterfest, Laingsburg. The Laingsburg Business and Community Association is again offering its annual Winterfest from 4 to 8 p.m. Come and enjoy Santa’s Light Parade, children’s games and ornament hunt, horse-drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Chili Cook-off and Wild Wings Contest, Pancake eating contest, jazz band performances and all the lights and fanfare of a holiday evening downtown in the ‘Burg. Visit December 7 — Annual Christmas Festival, St. Johns. The Clinton County Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in their Annual Christmas Festival. Enjoy a Festival of Trees and craft show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and children’s crafts from noon to 3 p.m. The festival is held at the CC RESA Building, located at 1013 South US 27. December 7 — Williamston Light Parade, Williamston. Join downtown Williamston for their Annual Light Parade beginning at 6 p.m. This event will include floats, a marching band, animals and more. Visit December 7-8 — Holiday Arts & Crafts, East Lansing. Visit the MSU Union for the 50th Annual MSU Holiday Arts & Crafts Show. With four floors of booths, this show is one of the largest holiday arts and crafts shows in the state. Email or call (517) 355-3354. December 8-9 — Holiday Traditions Home Tour, Grand Ledge. Enjoy some family fun and kick off the Holiday Season. Festivities include a Lighted Float Parade through town ending with Santa at the Sun Theater. After 9 p.m., stop by the Opera House and view the Holiday trees, festive tables, period toys, miniature buildings and shop the Holiday Market. Tickets are $3/person at the door. Call (517) 627-5170. December 9 — MSU Community Music Holiday Caroling, Meridian Mall. MSU Community School’s Cantabile MSU Youth Chorale will perform festive tunes for holiday shoppers. Cantabile will perform at 5 p.m. and the MSU Youth Chorale will perform at 7:30 p.m. Visit or call (517) 355-7661. December 12 — 2013 ATHENA Award Luncheon, Lansing. Join the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce as they honor Kelly Rossman-McKinney with the 2013 ATHENA Award! Rossman-McKinney, a nationally accredited public relations counselor, started her business in 1988 and was the first woman in the field of strategic communications. Her firm has consistently been ranked No. 1 in terms of most influential public relations firms by MIRS newsletter, and she personally has been the No. 1 PR professional four of the last five years. Her firm is one of only a handful in the country to win two Silver Anvil awards — the highest honor in the public relations industry. Tickets are $55/members or $75/non-members and $440/table of 8. Please contact Jennifer Wagemann, Manager of Events and Programming, at (517) 853-6456 to reserve a ticket or to secure a sponsorship. December 14 — Cookie Walk, East Lansing. The Sisterhood of St. Helen will host a Cookie Walk at the St. Andrew Orthodox Church, located at 1216 Greencrest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cookies will be available for purchase by the pound. Call (517) 351-4627. Arts December 10-15 — Ghost the Musical, East Lansing. The supernatural power of love is taking East Lansing by storm as the new Broadway and West End musical Ghost the Musical, adapted from the Academy Award-winning film, comes to Wharton Center as part of the MSU Broadway at Wharton Center Series for eight performances only. Tickets are $32/person or $25/MSU student. Show times vary. Visit or call (517) 432-2000. December 4-8 & 11-15 — White Christmas, Lansing. Experience the all new musical based on Irving Berlin’s classic holiday tale as it comes to life at Riverwalk Theatre. Just in time for the holiday season, White Christmas is sure to delight audiences with its beautiful music, flowing choreography and nostalgic scenery. Visit for show times and pricing. December 5 — A Magical Evening with Craig Mitchell Smith, Okemos. Join the Friends of Theatre for hors d’oeuvres and champagne at the gallery of renowned glass artist Craig Mitchell Smith in the Macy’s wing of Meridian Mall. Craig will demonstrate his skills in glass art and his creation will be raffled that evening. Craig will donate 10 percent of sales that evening, so come do some holiday shopping and support MSU Theatre at the same time! 7 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $30/person. Please RSVP by 4 p.m., Dec. 3. Call (517) 355-6691 or email Credit cards accepted. December 7 — MSU’s Home for the Holidays, East Lansing. Enjoy a family evening of traditional Christmas music with carols, story-telling and sing-alongs. MSU’s Home for the Holidays is a nostalgic trip to the Christmas of old featuring the College of Music ensembles and soloists. Saint Nick will also make a special appearance. Children will get the opportunity to go on stage and help decorate the Christmas tree during the show. Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity beginning at 8 p.m. The cost is $20/adults, $18/seniors and $10/students. Visit December 13 — Mason Orchestra, Mason. The Mason Symphony Orchestra and the Mason Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a Holiday Concert at the Chippewa Middle School Auditorium. Also performing, is Orchestra Director at Okemos High School, Joel Schut. Come enjoy this free concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. December 14 — MSUFCU Showcase Series, East Lansing. Celebrate the season with the MSU Professors of Jazz, as they celebrate the season in style with holiday classics and special guest jazz vocalists. This musical celebration will take place at the Fairchild Theatre at 8 p.m. The cost is $20/person, $18/seniors and $10/students with a valid ID. December 20-21 — “Bright & Gay Cabaret,” Lansing. In keeping with their mission to create music that inspires, empowers and entertains, the women of Sistrum will present a diverse musical program designed to commemorate the winter season and all of its holidays; listen out for classic holiday tunes, songs from around the world, a celebration of Kwanzaa, and a spirited Hannukah piece. Sistrum, Lansing Women’s Chorus will present its annual winter concert on Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. and a matinee performance on Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. Both performances will take place at Central United Methodist Church, located at 215 North Capitol Ave. The concert will be presented in a cabaret format, with seating at tables of eight and festive refreshments served during intermission. Tables of eight are available in advance for $90 and individual advance tickets are $12/person. Or, you can purchase tickets at the door on a sliding scale of $15-25/person. Email or visit December 22 — Holiday Pops, East Lansing. The Lansing Symphony Orchestra presents their annual Holiday Pops concert at The Wharton Center. The concert features Mara Bonde performing all of your holiday favorites. The show beings at 3 p.m. Visit for more info. January 16 — Comedy Show, East Lansing. Award-winning filmmaker, author and comedian Mike Birbiglia returns to the stage with more painfully awkward stories of telling jokes and how it can get you into trouble. Join him as he visits Cats-a-chusetts, argues with someone about their nut allergy, hosts an awards show for angry celebrities and learns that Fozzie Bear is a tough act to follow. This evening of laughter begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Wharton Center. Tickets are $38/person. Visit Exhibits November 29-December 29 — Wonderland of Lights, Lansing. Visit Potter Park Zoo for their annual Wonderland of Lights display, strolling carolers, musical performances and more. Wonderland of Lights is open Thursday through Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost of admission is $4/adult, $3/senior, $2/child, ages three to 16 and free for kids under three. Call (517) 483-4222. January 5 — Bridal Event, Lansing. Don’t miss an opportunity to meet more than 90 of the most sought after wedding professionals and learn new and creative ideas for your perfect wedding from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lansing Center. Many exhibitors will offer samples, demonstrations and money-saving specials the day of the show. Talk one-on-one with wedding experts and professionals. Enjoy a fashion show beginning at 2 p.m. featuring Fantastic Finds, David’s Bridal, Men’s Warehouse and Sound Productions. Tickets are $4 in advance at Fantastic Finds or $6 at the door. Visit, email or call (989) 534-1135. January 12 — Model Train Show, East Lansing. The Lansing Model Train Show and Sale will be at the MSU Pavilion, located at 4301 Farm Lane from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy more than 500 tables of model trains, railroad collectibles, “Thomas the Tank Engine” toys, operating layouts, how-to demonstrations and more. The cost is $6/adults and free for kids 12 and under and scouts in uniform. Call (517) 648-0628. Clinics 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. December 10 — Informational Adoption Meeting, Lansing. Adoption Associates, Inc., a statewide nonprofit agency will host a free informational meeting on domestic infant and accredited international adoption programs in the US, China, Ethiopia and Ghana. Join them at Adoption Associates located at, 800 E. Thomas L. Parkway beginning at 6:30 p.m. Visit, email or call (517) 327-1388. January 9-12 — CARE Training. The Capital Area Response Effort (CARE) is a post arrest response team for survivors of domestic violence. CARE staff, volunteers, and interns offer crisis intervention and community resources to those who have experienced a domestic assault in Lansing, Lansing Township, Meridian Township, East Lansing and on the campus of MSU. Contact CARE at (517) 272-7436 or email

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