February 1-3 — Mid-Michigan Women’s Expo, Lansing
. Back for its 13th year, the Women’s Expo features products, services and seminars that aim to provide a weekend of education, entertainment and enjoyment. As the largest single consumer event for women in the region, the Expo features more than 275 women-owned and women-focused businesses. Slated to run Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance tickets: $7/person and are available at Meijer stores. Admission at the door: $9/adult and $7 for children ages 6–14. Visit www.kohlerexpo.com.
February 2 — 36th Annual Groundhog Gallop, Jackson
. A fully supported 5k run on paved roads in a residential area. Held at Middle School at Parkside, 2400 4th St., with registration at 10 a.m. for only $25/person. Prizes for winners in each age group. Gallop begins at noon. Visit www.centerforfamilyhealth.org.
February 9 — Meridian Ice Fishing Derby, Okemos
. Winter in Michigan would not be complete without an ice fishing adventure (weather-dependent event). The event is for boys and girls ages 5-16 and is free. Bundle up and ice fish at Central Park South Pond, 1990 Central Park Drive from 9 a.m. to noon. Location is east of Okemos Road and south of Nancy L. Moore Park. Call (517) 853-4600 or visit www.meridian.mi.us.
February 16 — Frosty Feat Winter Adventure Race, Lansing
. Think of all of the fun locations in Greater Lansing that you can learn about if there were a game to find them. To make it even sweeter, it will finish at the Frost Fest event! Racers will use Pointillism to identify clues and spots around Greater Lansing and the points will be tracked on the leaderboard. The top three teams will win prizes. All registered racers will get shirts, swag and tickets into Frost Fest ‘13. Event is noon to 6 p.m. Visit www.frostfest.org.
February 16 — Frost Fest 13, Lansing
. Chill out at downtown Lansing’s Frost Fest from 6-11 p.m. located on the 200 block of South Washington. The chilly fun includes the “Cold Butt” euchre tournament, a heated beer tent, ice games and live music! Tickets: $15/person in advance at www.fusionshows.com or $20/person at the door; must be 21. Cold Butt Euchre teams must register: $60/team. Winners receive $250. Call (517) 487-3322 or visit www.forstfest.org.
February 16-17 — 55th Annual Home Building & Remodeling Show, Holt
. The 2013 Home Building & Remodeling Show is held at Holt High School. This two-day event will be action packed. Saturday will feature restaurants from the tri-county area offering food samples for the Taste of Greater Lansing. Sunday will be kids’ day which will give families an opportunity to enjoy the show. Hours: Feb. 16: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Feb. 17: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $4/adult and kids 17 and under are free. Visit www.glhba.org.
February 17 — ePIFanyNow Pass-it-Forward Party, East Lansing
. MSU Federal Credit Union is sponsoring, and hosting, the ePIFanyNow Pass-it-Forward Party from 2-6 p.m. at their headquarters, 3777 West Road. This family oriented Pass-it-Forward party is open to the public and draws all ages and cultures to partake in the joy of celebrating human kindness. The idea is to gather a large group of people together to create an energy of excitement for passing kindness forward. When you arrive, you are given 100 ideas on ways to spread kindness and then are sent out into the community to spread the joy. A few hours later, the crowd gathers back together to share stories of how everyone passed kindness forward. Email Bob at email@example.com or visit www.epifanynow.org.
March 2 — 5th Annual Women’s Expo, Mason
. One-day expo at the Ingham County Fairgrounds Main Arena, 700 E. Ash St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is hosted by Sowers Chiropractic Center. See the latest offerings from many local businesses and organizations. Call (517) 676-0788 or visit www.masonchamber.org
March 2 — 13th Annual Chili Challenge, Mason
. The VFW Post 7309, 1243 Hull Road, men’s auxiliary will host this hot challenge from 1-6 p.m. No admission charge, pay only for what you want to eat and drink. Visit www.masonchamber.org.
March 7 — Business 2 Business Expo, Mason
. Fourth annual business expo from 5-8 p.m. at the Cobblestone Events Center, 205 Mason St., in the Mason Antiques District. Food, fun, networking and products and services show. Admission is free to folks from all area businesses and organizations. Booths available to chamber members for $100. Call (517) 676-1046 or visit
March 9 — MABA Expo, Haslett
. The Meridian Area Business Association (MABA) Expo is a free trade show showcasing Meridian businesses and their products and services. The marketplace features interactive activities and items to purchase for children and adults. Proceeds benefit the MABA Scholarship Fund, which awards Haslett and Okemos graduates scholarships for continuing education or training. Expo is at the Haslett High School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (517) 339-1293 or visit www.maba.biz.
March 23 — Extreme Makeover – Parks & Pathways, Okemos
. Today is the day for the entire community to pitch-in to pick up trash, pull weeds and remove the effects of winter. Everyone is invited to participate to pick-up trash in their local park and along the pedestrian/bicycle pathways throughout the township. Please contact to confirm participation. Groups will disperse at 9 a.m. and meet back at the Meridian Service Center at noon with all the trash and debris that has been collected. A pizza party will take place at noon to celebrate. Call (517) 853-4600 or visit www.meridian.mi.us.
February 1–24 — MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit 2013, East Lansing
. Showcasing student artwork from 15 local high schools, the MSU Federal Credit Union Student Art Exhibit will take place at the MSUFCU Headquarters, 3777 West Road, East Lansing Feb. 1 to 24. Check out amazing pieces of artwork all month long. Special VIP night happens Friday, Feb. 1. Wrap up and award ceremony takes place Sunday, Feb. 24. Vote online for the People’s Choice winner starting Friday, Feb. 1. For more info visit www.msufcuart.com.
February 9 — Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles, Lansing
. Travel back to a time of screaming fans, fainting teenage girls and shaggy hairdos; the time of Beatlemania! Experience the Beatles firsthand with music ranging from their early hits to later classics. Performance is at Wharton Center and starts at 8 p.m. Tickets $15-$40. Visit www.lansingsymphony.org.
February 17 — Tuba and Bones, Lansing
. Enjoy an afternoon of chamber music at the final installment of LSO’s Chamber Series. The concert features principal brass musicians from the Lansing Symphony and works by various composers. Tickets: $10 for students and $15 for general admission. Performance is held at the Molly Grove Chapel at First Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. Visit www.lansingsymphony.org.
Throughout March — The 39 Steps, Lansing
. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python, and you have The 39 Steps, a fast paced whodunit packed with non-stop laughs, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good-old fashioned romance. Performances at the Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive. For ticket prices and show times, visit www.riverwalktheatre.com.
March 21-24 & 28-30 — Compulsion or The House Behind, Lansing
. Sid Silver is a man obsessed. When he learns about a young girl named Anne Frank and her extraordinary diary, Silver makes it his mission to ensure her tale is heard. But is the manuscript a work of art? A cultural treasure? Once publishers and producers get involved, it becomes “a very valuable product” — and his good intentions prove to be his undoing. Held at the Peppermint Creek Theatre in the Miller Performing Arts Center, 6025 Curry Lane. Tickets: $17/person or $12/student/senior. Show times: Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Call (517) 927-3016 or visit www.peppermintcreek.org.
February 10 — Tales of Scales: Darwin & Reptiles, East Lansing
. Activities in the works: Get up close to live snakes, turtles and other reptiles and amphibians with the MSU Herpetology Club and MSU Museum’s naturalist, Jim Harding, the Critterguy. Learn about conservation of endangered species from students from MSU’s Fisheries & Wildlife Club. Ask an expert to help you identify backyard curiosities: bring in a rock, bone, fossil, tooth or a natural object. Live critters from the MSU Bug House. Dinosaur casts in Habitat Hall. Activities for kids with MSU 4-H Children’s Garden and Department of Horticulture. Books and educational resources. Birthday cake! So much fun to experience for free from 1-5 p.m. Call (517) 355-7474 or visit www.museum.msu.edu.
December thru February — Research Participants/MSU Research, East Lansing
. Research participants needed as MSU researchers from the Department of Surgical Specialties, College of Osteopathic Medicine, are looking for women ages 40-80 years old with, and without, low back pain to fill out a questionnaire to help find causes of Degenerative Spondylolisthesis — a condition characterized by a slip of the spine that affects predominantly women. Call (517) 975-3301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 6, 9, 13, 20 — Photography Class, Okemos. Photography class with Ron St. Germain. Whether your camera is old or the newest technology, this class will familiarize you with all of its buttons and functions. You will learn the basics in a fun and easily understood way with entertaining slide presentations and plenty of time to ask questions. Feb. 6, 13, 20 class is 6:30-9 p.m. and Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $55/person for 4-day session. Visit www.daphotodude.com.
February 14 & 18 — Gyrokinesis Classes, East Lansing
. Open House: Feb. 14 from 7-9 p.m., or Feb. 18 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free Gyrokinesis classes and one-on-one time with certified trainers. Held at the O’Day Studio, 1650 Kendale Blvd., Ste. 115. Call (517) 351-3600 or visit www.odaymovement.com.
February 16 — Focus on English-Pre-US Citizenship Class, Lansing
. This seven-week series is for limited English speakers who want to focus on the English vocabulary used in the US Citizenship interview and on the test. There will be many opportunities to practice listening, speaking, reading and writing. Held at the Capital Area District Library, 401 S. Capitol Ave., from 10-11:30 a.m. Call (517) 367-6363.
February 23-24 — Preventing Burnout Course and Retreat, Bath
. This is a course for health care professionals, practitioners, parents, caretakers, teachers, volunteers and all people-workers who wish to deepen their understanding and care for their own energy, thus enhancing both their work with others and their own personal lives. Practical ways of being in charge of your energy will be taught throughout the course, as well as explaining the scientific reasoning behind these methods. The exercises taught can all be used very effectively at work or at home. Teaching is given in small groups to allow for the needs of each individual to be met. Course: $272, shared room lodging and delicious vegetarian home-cooked meals. Preregistration required. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org.
February 1 — 2nd Annual House Party, Lansing
. Habitat for Humanity Lansing will host this annual celebration in style from 7-11 p.m. at the University Club of MSU, 3435 Forest Road. The event will feature music by Dr. Fab and the Off the Couch Band, Mardi Gras-themed, Build-Your-Own Po-Boy Stations, seafood jambalaya, Louisiana red beans and rice, festive desserts, silent auction and cash bar. Cost: $60/couple or $35/person. 100 percent of the ticket price goes directly to Habitat Lansing to help rehabilitate and build homes in the Greater Lansing area. Advance reservations required call (517) 374-1313 x13 or visit www.habitatlansing.org.
February 3 — Super Bowl 5K, Okemos
. Flat, fast and accurate 5k on paved roads. Race will be timed using disposable RFID tags. Starting mats at start and finish. Unique medal in the shape of a football helmet given to top three in each age group. Race is at the Chippewa Middle School, 4000 Okemos Road, with start time: 10 a.m. Award ceremony at 10:45 a.m. Packet pick up: Feb. 2 from 2-6 p.m. at Playmakers. Race day at Chippewa at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit MRF Scholarship fund and for youth programs at Okemos Schools. Call (517) 702-0226 or visit www.runningfoundation.com.
February 10 — Heart Throb 5K, East Lansing
. Valentine’s Day with a loved one, friend or family member by racing in the couples division or race solo on a fast course through campus. Post-race food, raffles, t-shirts and awards included. Runners and walkers welcome. Held at Bessey Hall, MSU and starts at 10 a.m. or TBD. Proceeds benefit the MSU Triathlon Club and their plans to dominate at the 2013 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships. Email email@example.com or visit www.runmichigan.com.
February 13 — Homeless No More, East Lansing
. This fundraiser focuses on kids and families in the Lansing community. It is not a sit down dinner, more of a cocktail hour and small service auction event. Food and drink is available. Held at the Eagle Eye Golf Club, 15500 Chandler Road, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. A variety of sponsorships are available; tickets are $100/person. Visit www.voami.org.
February 14 — “Valentine’s Day” 2nd Annual Charity Bachelor Auction, East Lansing
. Divine Connections will showcase 20 of Mid-Michigan’s most eligible, prestigious and esteemed professionals who have graciously volunteered their time to be auctioned off to the highest bidder to help raise money for St. Vincent Catholic Charities at Eagle Eye Golf Club, 15500 Chandler Road, at 6 p.m. Visit www.mibachelorauction.com.
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