Now thru August 20 — Summer Music Series, Lansing. Join Eastwood Towne Center for the 11th Annual Summer Music Series! Free live music on Tuesday evenings in Center Court from 6-8 p.m. A different style of music is offered each week for everyone to enjoy. Call (517) 316-9209 or visit www.shopeastwoodtownecenter.com. July 4 — Lansing Fireworks, Lansing. Fireworks display starts at 10 p.m. at Adado Riverfront Park, North Grand Avenue. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy this holiday with your family and friends. July 4 — Fireworks Celebration, Okemos. Celebrate Independence with an exciting display of fireworks at 10 p.m. Gather the family around to watch the show around Central Park South, 5151 Marsh Road, no charge. Call (517) 853-4600 or visit www.meridian.mi.us. July 8 — Patriotic Potluck Picnic, Mason. At 5:30 p.m., the Mason Area Historical Society will host a community picnic at the Vevay Township Hall, Pavilion on Eden Road. Share patriotic poetry and songs. If it rains the event will relocate in the museum. Bring a dish to pass and your own table service. Lemonade provided. Visit www.masonchamber.org. July 8-14 — Common Ground Music Festival, Lansing. This annual week-long music celebration features national headlining artists mixed with regional and local favorites to create the summer’s hottest seven nights of rock, country, blues and more along the scenic Grand River. Visit www.commongroundfest.com. July 13 — Child’s Picnic, Lansing. Parents, from noon to 2:30 p.m., drop your children off for a fun afternoon of summer food, variety of games, and a piñata at our Turner-Dodge Children’s Picnic, 100 E. North St. Food includes: hotdogs, chips, apple slices, cupcakes and punch. The picnic will take place rain or shine. Space is limited at $8/person. For reservations, call (517) 483-4220. July 20 — Taste of Downtown, Lansing. Enjoy a summer afternoon in Downtown Lansing sampling various cuisines and food specialties from Downtown’s finest restaurants. Plenty of food sampling, wine tasting with more than 100 varieties of wine from around the world and live music on the square from 3-8 p.m. Visit www.tasteofdowntown.org. July 21 — Run for Fame, Lansing. This 4th annual is a 10k run and a 5k run/walk on a scenic, shaded, accurate river trail through downtown Lansing. Starts at 9 a.m. at the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave. Fee is $20/person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. July 26-28 — Michigan Steam Engine & Threshers Club Reunion, Mason. Early steam engines powering a sawmill, lots of antique engines and a flea market for antique engine parts. Don’t miss the blast of steam engine whistles at noon and the daily parade of old tractors at 4 p.m. Held on the east side of US-127 and Barnes Road from 8 a.m. to dusk. Visit www.masonchamber.org. July 27 — Car Capital Celebration, Lansing. The Car Capital Celebration is a long-time tradition of car enthusiasts to show off their vehicles. The R.E. Olds Museum’s fundraising event also helps celebrate the spirit of Lansing’s history in the transportation industry. All vehicles are welcome. There will be dash plaques, River Cruises, food and entertainment for the whole family from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Held at Adado Riverfront Park, 201 E. Shiawassee. Visit www.reoldsmuseum.org. July 27 — Just Chillin’ with the Animals, Lansing. How do the animals keep their cool during the long, hot days of summer? With special treats, of course! From fish-popsicles for the otters to watermelon for meerkats, you’ll get to see the animals explore some of their favorite summer foods. Not only are these activities fun for visitors to watch, but they also provide necessary exercise and stimulation for the animals. Stop over to the Potter Park Zoo from 1-3 p.m. Visit www.potterparkzoo.org. July 29 thru August 3 — Ingham County Fair, Mason. Since 1856, “bring ‘em to Ingham, the family fun fair!” More than 100 exhibits, entertaining grandstand events with an awesome tractor pull and metal bashing demolition derby, carnival midway and live country music. For ticket prices and times visit www.inghamfair.org. July thru October — Outdoor Music Jam, Lansing. First Sunday of the month 1-3 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, to play, listen and have some fun. Call (517) 483-4224 or visit www.mynaturecenter.org. 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 3-9 p.m. Call (517) 655-1549 or visit www.williamston.org. August 2-3 — Old Town Jazz Fest, Lansing. The Lansing JazzFest is a two-day free music festival that brings national, regional and local jazz acts to an audience of more than 10,000. Festival is held in Old Town, Grand River Avenue and Turner Street beginning at noon. Each artist at the festival is asked to play an original composition, something 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 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. The swim will take place in Lake Lansing. The bike course is a one-loop course around the Lake Lansing area. Finally the run 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 email@example.com or visit www.tritofinish.com. 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 one-of-a-kind mix of music and dance stages, demonstrations of traditional arts and storytelling, authentic ethnic food, an arts marketplace and many special activities for kids and their companions. Visit www.greatlakesfolkfest.net. 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. Kid’s Challenge Run at 9 a.m. Pancake breakfast following the race. Family rate of $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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 price includes parking and zoo admission, an evening tour of the zoo, campfire snacks and a continental breakfast. Saturday, Aug. 17, at 6:30 p.m. to Sunday, Aug. 18, to 10 a.m. Cost: $20/member or $25/non-member. Call (517) 342-2713 or email email@example.com. Now thru July 16 — Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition, Lansing. Lansing Art Gallery will host the 2013 National Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition. The National Watercolor Society has a long tradition of supporting some of the finest painters working in water media in the United States and abroad. This prestigious exhibit features 30 artworks selected from more than 1,000 entries. Lansing Art Gallery is one of five exhibition locations in the United States and will showcase the artwork Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and first Sunday of the month 1-4 p.m. Call (517) 374-6400 or visit www.lansingartgallery.org. July 16-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 9:30 p.m. in July and 9 p.m. in August – every Thursday. Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com. July 11-14, 18-20 — Next to Normal, Lansing. Featuring a compelling and surging pop rock score, Next to Normal shatters through the façade of a suburban family dealing with the direct and indirect effects of mental illness. Winner of three Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this intense, emotional and ultimately hopeful musical makes a direct grab for the heart with its story of a family coming to terms with its past and bravely facing its future. Held at the Miller Performing Arts Center, 6025 Curry Lane. For tickets and show times call (517) 927-3016 or visit www.peppermintcreek.org. July 13-14 — 6th Annual Riverside Art Festival, DeWitt. This fair features art vendors, live music and a summer BBQ from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Held downtown at Riverside Park, 405 S. Bridge St. On Sunday at the DeWitt Millennium Garden Club will be a garden walk. Call (517) 668-3635 or visit www.dewittareacc.org. 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 boat rides available. Call (517) 627-9843 or visit www.ledgecraftlane.com. August 10 — Grand Art Market, Lansing. Enjoy great local artwork, free music, family fun and lots of market vendors at our 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. Now thru July 27 — Of Fears & Memory, Lansing. Artist Alina Poroshina examines cultural memory in her latest series of work focused on the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Poroshina reflects on how the atrocities committed have been encoded into her own Armenian heritage through figurative paintings that she describes as Expressive Realism. Held at The Michigan Women’s Historical Center, 213 W. Malcolm X St., (formerly Main St.). Call (517) 372-0170 or visit www.michiganwomenshalloffame.org. Now thru August 2 — Adventures in Time, East Lansing. The MSU Museum moves backward and forward in time in a new exhibition that invites visitors to explore how we perceive our world in its three physical dimensions. Throughout the gallery are optical games. Learn about the technological advances as you watch excerpts from some of the latest 3D films. Call (517) 432-3357 or visit http://museum.msu.edu. Now thru 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. July 4 — County Seat Old Car Club Car Show, Mason. Cruise back in time in downtown Mason around the courthouse square. Mason celebrates with a parade that steps off at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.masonchamber.org. July 25 — Classic Car Cruise-In, DeWitt. Enjoy an evening stroll alongside a spectacular collection of unique cars. This free show offers live music and food and beverage vendors. Held in the Schavey Road Shopping Center, 13191 Schavey Road, from 5-9 p.m. Call (517) 668-3635 or visit www.dewittareacc.org. 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. Now thru 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 September 13 in Meridian Township Parks. No cost to participate and photos are due Sept. 20 to 2100 Gaylord C. Smith Court, Haslett, MI 48840. For an application and set of rules, call (517) 853-4600 or visit www.meridian.mi.us. July 14 — 4th Annual DeWitt Garden Walk, DeWitt. The DeWitt Millennium Garden Club offers a wonderful tour of five distinctive private gardens, rain or shine. Tickets: $8/person in advance or $10/person on tour day. Call Carol (517) 668-6592. July 15 — Guided Imagery & Affirmation for Healing, East Lansing. Creative Wellness, 2045 Asher Road, offers a set of summer workshops based on increasing your health in simple, easy steps. This session is from 7-9 p.m. The cost is $30/person. Call (517) 351-9240 or visit www.creativewellness.net. July 18 — Wiggle Worming for Youth, Lansing. This is a session for kids on composting. Held at the Lansing City Market, 325 City Market Drive from 5-6 p.m. Call (517) 483-7460 ext. 250 or visit www.lansingcitymarket.com. July 18 — Learn How to Lift Weights, East Lansing. The cost is $10/person; learn proper techniques for all standard lifts and begin to jump start your fitness today. Come dressed in athletic clothes. Held at the Creative Wellness, 2045 Asher Road, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Call (517) 351-9240 or visit www.creativewellness.net. July 26 — Civil War Cemetery Stroll, Lansing. Join Fenner Nature Center and the friends of Lansing’s Historic Cemeteries for this unique guided hike that will take visitors back in time! Event time is 7-9 p.m. Walk through the historic Mt. Hope Cemetery and learn about Lansing’s own Civil War heroes before returning to Fenner for a bonfire and storytelling. Cost: free for members of Fenner Conservancy, $5/non-members. Call (517) 483-4224 or visit www.mynaturecenter.org. July 27 — US Citizenship Class, Lansing. Learn US history and civics, practice English skills, become familiar with the USCIS.gov website and learn the steps to apply for citizenship. Every Saturday at Capital Area District Library, 401 S. Capital Ave., from 10-11:30 a.m. Visit www.cadl.org. August 14 — Lunch with a Doctor, East Lansing. Presented by Lucas Julien, MD, this session features a talk on colon cancer; prevention and treatment. Held at the Kellogg Center, Lincoln Room, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $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. July 6 — Duo at the Ledge, Grand Ledge. Register at Playmakers for this half marathon (start 6 a.m.) and 5k run/walk (8 a.m.). There is a free kids Fun Run at 9 a.m. Start and finish at St. Michael School, 325 Edwards St. All proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Officer Connie Starr Benefit Fund. Call (517) 627-2735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. July 27 — The Promise Race, Laingsburg. Laingsburg Pancake Breakfast Weekend, free breakfast for all runners. This race benefits Laingsburg Girl Scouts, Two kid races (.45 miles, 200 yard dash). School supply drive: please consider bringing a school supply donation. 5k road race starts at 8:30 a.m. Packet pick up: Friday, July 26, 6-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 27, 7-8 a.m. at McClintock Park, downtown. $20/runner by July 17, $25/runner after July 17, kid events $10. Call (517) 582-1112 or email email@example.com. July 28 — Ele’s Race 5K, Okemos. Presenting sponsor Jackson National Life Insurance will host this annual 5k that directly benefits Ele’s Place, a healing center for grieving children and teens at 9 a.m. Ele’s Race is a member of the Playmakers Greater Lansing Race Series. The 5k run/walk, kids’ 100 yard dash and kids 1-mile run provide a fun-filled family event that helps raise funds and awareness. Fee: $25/person before July 16, $30/person July 16-28. Per family is $60 before July 16, $65/family July 16 – 28; includes a tee shirt. Call (517) 482-1315 or visit www.elesplace.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, head 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 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 will be held at Eldorado Golf Course. Enjoy 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, prizes, hors d’oeuvres and a drink ticket. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.