Events June 5 — BWL Chili Cook-Off, Lansing. Join BWL for their annual BWL Chili Cook-Off. Lansing area restaurants and organizations will face off in a judged competition. Contestants can also win a “People’s Choice Award” that is voted on by attendees of the cook-off. Enjoy tasting all of the different chili options, live music, refreshments and family-fun activities. The BWL Chili Cook-Off will be held at Adado Riverfront Park, located at 201 East Shiawassee, from 5 to 9 p.m. June 6 — Summer Block Party, Mason. Join Bad Brewing Company for their Summer Block Party. Enjoy live music by Big Sur, food from Good Bites of Mason, and beer from Bad Brewing Company. The Summer Block Party will be held in front of Bad Brewing Company, located at 440 South Jefferson Street, from 5 to 11 p.m. June 10 — Athena PowerLink Application/Nomination Kick-Off Reception, Lansing. Join the APL Governing Body for the Athena PowerLink Application/Nomination Kick-Off Reception. You will learn what APL is, how they advance women in business one woman business owner at a time, help determine qualified candidates and support and grow Lansing’s regional economy. The kick-off reception will be held at The Plant Professionals, located at 16886 Turner Street, from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit lansingchamber.org. June 12 & 13 — Grand American Fish Rodeo, Lansing. Spend a day or two at the Grand American Fish Rodeo. Kids and adults can enjoy fishing competitions, music, dance, a nature education tent, beverage tent, kids and teens activities, food vendors and more. Visit Adado Riverfront Park, located at 201 East Shiawassee, beginning at noon for this fun event. June 13 — Women’s Expo and Craft Show, Lansing. Join One Stop Shop Mid-Michigan for an event for women. This will be a fun show with lots of items and vendors. You can choose from home fragrance, jewelry, skincare, bags, edible items, crafts and more. Some vendors include Pink Zebra, Paparazzi, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Perfectly Posh, Avon, ThirtyOne, crafters and more. Enjoy give-aways, free samples, and a silent auction for the American Heart Association. For more information, follow on Facebook at One Stop Shop Mid-Michigan or visit, onestopshopmidmichigan.weebly.com. June 13 — Young Eagles Aviation Day, Mason. Celebrate Young Eagles Aviation Day at Mason Jewett Airport hosted by Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 55. Children ages eight to 17 can experience free airplane rides, parent must be present. Young Eagles Aviation Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit youngeagles.org, eaa.org, or eaa55.org. June 18-21 — 32nd Annual Yankee Doodle Days, Grand Ledge. Join the Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce for a four-day festival that is fun for the entire family. Enjoy live music, kids day with activities including vendors, games, touch-a-truck, inflatables and more, a duck race, Grand Princess Riverboat rides, fireworks, and more. Yankee Doodle Days will be held at the Bridge Street Plaza, located at 220 South Bridge Street. For more detailed information, including pricing and times for each day’s activities, email email@example.com or visit grandledge chamber.com. June 20 — Wild 1-Mile, Lansing. The Wild 1-Mile is returning to Potter Park Zoo. The race will begin at 9 a.m. with a 100-yard dash for children five year’s of age and under and a 1-mile run through the zoo for children 12 year’s of age and under. Enjoy snacks and a walk through the zoo to watch special animal enrichments after the race. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. For more information, visit potterparkzoo.org. July 4 — Mason 150 Summer Celebration, Mason. Join Mason for their 150 Summer Celebration. Start your day by attending the Country Seat Old Car Club Car Show at the Courthouse Square from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Later, beginning at 7:30, enjoy the Mason 150 Parade and then at dusk take in the breathtaking fireworks at the Ingham County Fairgrounds. For more information, visit masonchamber.org. July 25 — Tire Recycling, Mason. Join the Ingham Conservation District for a free tire recycling day. Bring in your unwanted tires for environmentally responsible disposal. Those who are interested must be Ingham County residents, must not have more than seven tires to dispose of, and must RSVP by July 17 at inghamconservation.com. Only residential, household tires will be accepted. Commercial and agricultural tires are not accepted. Tire Recycling Day will be held at the Ingham County Fairgrounds, located at 700 East Ash Street, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Arts June 9 — MSU Friends of Theatre GALA, East Lansing. Join the MSU Friends of Theatre for their 2015 GALA at the Fairchild Theatre. Guests will enjoy food, wine, a live auction and raffle, along with a private preview of MR. BURNS in the Summer Circle Courtyard. This event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. June 19 — Festival of the Moon, Old Town. Celebrate one of the shortest nights of the year at the annual Festival of the Moon. Enjoy great music, food, beer and wine at Mid-Michigan’s premier beer, wine and gourmet food tasting festival. Tickets are $17/person in advance, $20/person at the door or $35/person for a weekend pass to attend both the Festival of the Moon and the Festival of the Sun. Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. For more information, visit iloveoldtown.org or call (517) 485-4283. June 20 — Festival of the Sun, Old Town. Celebrate the summer solstice at the Festival of the Sun. Enjoy great music, fine wine, craft-brewed beer and food at Mid-Michigan’s premier beer, wine and gourmet food tasting festival. Tickets are $17/person in advance, $20/person at the door or $35/person for a weekend pass to attend both the Festival of the Sun and the Festival of the Moon. Hours are 2 to 11 p.m. For more information, visit iloveoldtown.org or call (517) 485-4283. Exhibits June 20 — Outdoor Expo & More, Mason. Celebrate the men in your life at the Outdoor Expo & More. Enjoy a classic car show from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., live music from noon to 9 p.m., craft show and kids zone from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., antique tractor show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a BBQ contest and the expo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some items include trailers, chainsaws, camping equipment tools, jewelry, cosmetics and more. Attend the Outdoor Expo & More at Spartan Speedway. Tickets are $5/person. For more information, visit spartanspeedway.com and click expo. July 18 — Just Chillin’ with the Animals, Lansing. Join Potter Park Zoo and discover how the animals stay cool during the long, hot days during summer. Watch as they enjoy some special treats including fish-popsicles for the otters and watermelon for the meerkats. Enjoy this fun opportunity from 1 to 3 p.m. General Admission will apply. For more information, visit potterparkzoo.org. July 25 — Taste of Downtown, Lansing. Spend some time at the 6th annual Taste of Downtown festival in Michigan’s Capital City on Washington Square. Enjoy sampling food, tasting over 100 different wines from around the world and live entertainment all in an outdoor setting. This fun summer festival will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit tasteofdowntown.org. July 30 & 31 & August 1— Michigan Steam Engine and Threshers Club Reunion, Mason. Visit the 57th annual Michigan Steam Engine and Threshers Club Reunion on the east side of US 127 and Barnes Road from 8 a.m. to dusk. Patrons will enjoy antique engines, a flea market, a sawmill powered by early steam engines, the steam engine whistles at noon, old tractor parade at 4 p.m. and more. For more information, visit michigansteamengineandthreshersclub.com. Clinics June 3 — Lecture, Lansing. Join Beals Institute and Dr. Giancarlo Diaz for Rheumatoid Arthritis: What can we do now, and what does the future hold? This lecture will be held on the first floor of Beals Institute, located at 4333 West St. Joe Highway, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, call (517) 321-1525. June 16 — Lansing Chapter of 100 Women Who Care Meeting, Lansing. 100 Women Who Care is a group of over 100 women who get together four times a year to help local charities, non-profits and worthy causes serving the greater Lansing area. Because of difficult economic times many of these local charities’ resources are being depleted or greatly stressed due to the growing number of requests. 100 Women Who Care brings together women who want to make a difference in our community. To date, we have given over $270,000 to local charities since we started in March 2010. If you are interested in becoming a member, join us at our next meeting at the University Club, located at 3435 Forest Road, starting at 5 p.m. For more information, email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, visit greaterlansing100womenwhocare.com or call (517) 332-4411. fundraisers June 11 — 6th Annual Dapper Dads Challenge & Fashion Show, Lansing. Join the Sparrow Foundation’s Women Working Wonders (W3) for the 6th Annual Dapper Dads Challenge and Fashion Show. Community members can go online, until June 10 at 3 p.m., and vote for a winner from among more than 40 participating mid-Michigan business leaders and professionals. The challenge concludes with the “Dapper Dads Fashion Show” at Kositchek’s in downtown Lansing on June 11, where this year’s top Dapper Dad will be chosen. A VIP reception and reserved fashion show seating will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $60/person or general admission for the fashion show only at 6:30 p.m. is $30/person. Both include wine and hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds will benefit women’s healthcare in our region. To buy tickets, cast ballots and find the complete list of this year’s models, visit SparrowFoundation.org/DapperDads.