Events February 7-9 — Mid-Michigan Women’s Expo, Lansing. For the 14th year, the Mid-Michigan Women’s Expo will be held at the Lansing Center, located at 333 E. Michigan Ave. This is the largest and the favorite public show for women offering a balance of education, entertainment and enjoyment in an event tailored for the lives of busy women. More than 275 women-owned and focused businesses will display a wide range of products and services targeted specifically toward women. The Expo features demonstrations and presentations on topics including healthcare and wellness, cooking demonstrations, finances, business opportunities, beauty, fashion, education, travel, fitness and home décor. On-site spa services and pampering and, of course, shopping for everything a woman desires including jewelry, purses, scarves, accessories, apparel, shape-wear, food items, cooking items, healthcare items, home décor, skin care, cosmetics, hair care items and much more. In addition, there will be great door prizes. Bring a friend or two and enjoy this fun event. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. February 12 — Old Town Chocolate Walk, Old Town. Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Old Town Community. This year, to help us get through the chilly month of February, we are hosting our first-ever Old Town Chocolate Walk. Come explore all of Old Town’s businesses, shops, and restaurants, and pick up some chocolate along the way. This event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Each person who purchases a ticket will receive a one-pound box of chocolate to fill, a punch card and a map of participating businesses. Tickets are $10/person in advance and $15/person on the day of the event. Purchase tickets at the Old Town office, located at 1232 Turner Street or at www.iloveoldtown.org. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day, explore Old Town and get some delicious chocolate just in time for the holiday. February 14-16 — Lansing Boat Show, Lansing. The Lansing Boat Show is set to invade the Lansing Center packing the Main Exhibition Halls with everything that is new for 2014. The expanded base of Boat Dealers represent more than 36 different manufacturers. The Lansing Boat Show is Michigan’s first look at new product designs and technology for 2014. Start thinking of warmer days ahead as you enjoy this show. Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5/adults, $4/seniors, $3/children and free for children under 5. February 18 — Martini Tuesday, Lansing. Please join Financial Advisor, Stephanie Milosavlevski, as she hosts Martini Tuesday at The Exchange, located at 314 E. Michigan Ave. from 6 to 8 p.m. Email email@example.com or call (517) 348-2880. February 22 — Whitetails Unlimited Deer Camp, Lansing. Come and meet Travis “T-Bone” Turner of Bone Collector at the Michigan Deer Camp at the Lansing Center, located at 333 E. Michigan Ave. Doors open at 4 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35/person. Visit www.whitetailsunlimited.com. February 22-23 — 31st Annual Orchid Show & Sale, East Lansing. The Greater Lansing Orchid Society will host their 31st Annual Orchid Show & Sale at the MSU Plant and Soil Science Conservatory, located at 1066 Bogue St. on the corner of Bogue and Wilson. Hours are Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a photographers’ session from 9 to 11 a.m. Admission is free, however, donations are welcomed. Call (517) 332- 0004. March 15-16 — Grand Ledge St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration, Grand Ledge. Beginning on Friday at the Grand Ledge Opera House from 6 to 11 p.m. enjoy Traditional Irish Dancing, the Glen Erin Bagpipe band, and a variety of great Irish music. Irish beverages will be available for sale. Saturday’s festivities include an Irish Stew Cook Off from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cole-Briggs Post 48 American Legion; a free movie at the Sun Theater beginning at noon; a 2 p.m. Parade including The Goderich Drum & Bagpipe Band, The Glen Erin Bagpipe Band, floats, Queens Court and much more. The Irish Dancers and Goderich Drum & Bagpipe Band will perform at the Grand Ledge Opera House immediately following the parade. A St. Patricks Parade Dinner & Celebration is from 5:30 to 11 p.m. featuring great Irish music from The Pub Runners following dinner. Cost is $20/person, $150 /table of 8 on the main floor, or $100/table of 6 on the balcony level; and a Pub Crawl starting at 9 p.m. To order tickets, send a self addressed envelope to GL St. Patrick’s Day Parade Association, 913 McDiarmid Lane Grand Ledge, MI 48837. March 26 — 2014 GreenLight Business Model Competition, East Lansing. Greenlight brought more than 70 Michigan entrepreneurs to the East Lansing area to pitch their ideas in 2013, with even more expected to participate in 2014. Competitors who impress the panel of judges can win up to $50,000 in cash prizes, as well as network with angel and venture capital investors and other entrepreneurs from around the state. Coordinated by Spartan Innovations, part of the MSU Innovation Center, the event aims to expand entrepreneurship and small business success in Michigan. Any and all State of Michigan residents and students that have a company or idea in existence for one year or less are urged to apply. The competition, hosted by Spartan Innovations, will take place at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, located at 819 Abbot Road from 3 to 9 p.m. Visit http://www.spartaninnovations.org for more information. Arts Now thru February 8 — Big Love, Lansing. Peppermint Creek Theater presents Big Love by Charles Mee. In this play, 50 brides flee their 50 grooms and seek refuge in a villa on the coast of Italy in this modern re-making of one of the western world’s oldest plays, The Suppliants by Aeschylus. And, in this villa on the Italian coast, the 50 grooms catch up with the brides, and mayhem ensues: the grooms arriving by helicopter in their flight suits, women throwing themselves over and over again to the ground, pop songs and romantic dances, and finally, unable to escape their forced marriages, 49 of the brides murder 49 of the grooms and one bride falls in love. Visit www.peppermintcreek.org for show times and pricing. February 9 — Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly, East Lansing. Who knew it was so tough to be a bug? Join a swarm of young crawlers on a musical journey to discover who they are and what makes them special. Youngsters have different issues growing up, and so do their young counterparts in the insect and worm world. Meet worrying Worm, with no legs to keep up with his friends; smart and sassy Spider, who cannot wait to grow up; Ant, a tough karate expert; gorgeous Butterfly, who can fly long distances; and fearless and fun Fly, who yearns to be a super hero. Along the way, you’ll learn interesting facts about the creepy critters all around us, enjoying lots of laughs at their unusual and sometimes rather icky-antics! Enjoy this performance at Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center at 1:30 or 4 p.m. This performance is not recommended for children under 4. Tickets are $12/person. Visit www.whartoncenter.com. February 11 — Blakemore Trio, Plymouth Congregational Church. The Lansing Symphony Orchestra will host a special chamber event at the Plymouth Congregational Church beginning at 7:30 p.m. Okemos native, cellist Felix Wang, returns to the Lansing area after a smash-hit performance during the Lansing Symphony’s 2011/2012 season. This time he is bringing his chamber group from Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, the critically acclaimed Blakemore Trio. Known for their expressive versatility, this trio not only programs great master works of the past, but the inspiring compositions of today. Call (517) 487-5001 or visit www.Lansingsymphony.org for more information. February 14 — Lights, Camera…The Oscars!, East Lansing. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with the glitz and glam of the Oscars! This special pops concert features guest vocalist alongside your very own Lansing Symphony, performing songs and music from the beloved films that have won Academy Awards. Reminisce to the themes and melodies of “Gone with the Wind,” “Rocky,” “Titanic” and much more. Be a part of the movies that we all love, with the excitement of the red carpet. A Valentine’s Day dessert and wine reception is offered afterward for $20/person. Join the Lansing Symphony Orchestra for this evening of fun at the Wharton Center beginning at 8 p.m. Call (517) 487-5001 or visit www.Lansingsymphony.org for more information. February 18-23 — Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, East Lansing. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast returns to East Lansing. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Wharton Center, located at 750 East Shaw Lane. Visit www.whartoncenter.com for show times and pricing. March 27- 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. Clinics February 4, 11, 18 & 25 — Mom to Mom, East Lansing. Mom to Mom is a Biblically based parenting course with video lessons followed by small group discussions led by experienced moms. MTM provides moms with real life training, mom to mom connections, and encouragement for the most important job on the planet – parenting. Child care is provided up to age 3. The Kid to Kid program for 3-5 year olds includes Bible stories, music, crafts, snacks and gym time. Mom to Mom is held at River Terrace Church, located at 1509 River Terrace from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday mornings. Call (517) 351-9051 or visit www.riverterrace.org. Fundraisers February 7 — Third Annual House Party, East Lansing. Habitat for Humanity will host the Third Annual House Party in style from 7 p.m. to midnight at the University Club of Michigan State University. The event will feature music by Dr. Fab and the Off the Couch Band, a Photobug photo booth to capture complimentary pictures of you and your friends, Mardi Gras-themed dinner: Build-Your-Own Po-Boy Stations, Seafood Jambalaya, Louisiana Red Beans and Rice, Festive Desserts, Cash Bar and an opportunity to have a great night and give back at the same time. Cost is $40/ticket, $35/ticket for two to seven people or $250 for an eight-ticket Block Party. One hundred percent of the proceeds goes back to Habitat Lansing to help rebuild Michigan and eliminate substandard housing in the Greater Lansing area. Visit www.habitatlansing.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (517) 374-1313 x. 13. February 14-16 — 45th Annual Spartan Stampede, East Lansing. The MSU Rodeo Club is proud to present the 45th annual Spartan Stampede Rodeo at the MSU Pavillion for Livestock Teaching and Research. This rodeo will showcase premier athletes from the ranks of the International Professional Rodeo Association. Seating is general admission; ringside seating is $20/person, upper seating is $12/person in advance and beginning Friday, Feb. 14 is $15/person. Tickets are available at the Wharton Center Ticket Office. Call (517) 432-2000 or 1-800-WHARTON. Visit http://msurodeoclub.com for more information. February 23 — 25th Annual MSU Museum Chocolate Party Benefit, East Lansing. Chocolate torte, cheesecake, truffles, fountains and other delicacies make for an edible exhibit for the MSU Museum’s 25th Annual Chocolate Party Benefit from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. presented by the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, located at 219 S. Harrison Road. Local restaurants, caterers, bakeshops, candy makers and other vendors share their taste-tempting chocolate creations, literally filling in the Kellogg Center’s Big 10 Rooms with the key ingredient, CHOCOLATE! Tickets are $30/general public and $25/MSU Museum members in advance or $35 at the door. You can also purchase a special “Premier Chocolatier” ticket for $75 in advance, which includes an advance preview of Chocolate Party creations and a yearlong MSU Museum membership. Proceeds help benefit the care and preservation of the extensive cultural and science collections of the MSU Museum. You may purchase general admission tickets at Bake N’ Cakes and How Sweet It Is. All tickets are also available for purchase at the MSU Museum Store. Call (517) 432-4655. March 13 — Humanitarian Awards, East Lansing. The Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter will host a Humanitarian Awards Banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Kellogg Center. Tickets are $50/person for the event and dinner. Call (517) 242-7440 for tickets or sponsorship opportunities.