Events 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 3 — Sunburst Beauty Pageant, Okemos. Be discovered! Sunburst Beauty Pageant is calling children and adults to participate in the local Sunburst Beauty Pageant at Meridian Mall, near Macy’s at 4:30 p.m., to compete for entry into the state competition. Sunburst holds local events throughout the year at venues around the world. Competition includes babies, both boys and girls three years and under and females up to 27 years old. If you are a finalist at your local preliminary then your $250 entry fee is paid to attend your state competition. State competitions are held during the months of April and May. Visit www.sunburstbeauty.com. 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 www.masonchamber.org. 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 16 — Maple Syrup Festival, Lansing. Demonstrations on historic and modern syrup-making processes in our “Sugar Bush” with real maple syrup for sale. Taste test maple crème, maple sugar and maple cotton candy. Explore interactive exhibits inside the center. Feast on flapjacks at the Fenner Grill. Bring the family to Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mt. Hope Ave. Free admission from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (517) 483-4224 or visit www.mynaturecenter.org. March 15-16 — 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration, Grand Ledge. Come enjoy Traditional Irish Dancing, the Glen Erin Bagpipe band and a variety of great Irish music. Irish beverages will be available for sale. Enjoy an Irish Stew Cook Off at the Mya’s Grey Wolf Inn from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The parade starts at 2 p.m. with a bagpipe band and Queens Court. Fun for the entire family. Visit www.glstpats.org. March 19 — Big Bang-quet, Lansing. For the second year the University Club and local charities will gather for the Big Bang-quet! Online voting is on now for community members to select a winner. Each vote is $5. Charities involved includ Advent House, Ele’s Place, Highfields, Inc, Williamston Theatre and more. The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public, will feature appetizers, final voting and the reveal of the big winner. Each charity receives 90 percent of the money earned through voting. The top winners receive $10,000, $5,000 or $2,500 credit toward a fundraising event at the U Club. For more info or to vote visit http://www.theclubwithaheart.org. 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 litter in their local park and along the pedestrian/bicycle pathways. 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. March 23 — Peacocks, Penguins and the Playground, Lansing. This is a non-profit program through Case Credit Union. There will be multiple activities including a scavenger hunt, massage stations, face painting, disc golf, raffles, live music, admission to the zoo, car show and multiple food vendors. Held at the Potter Park Zoo from 6-9 p.m. Tickets: 3 and under are free, 4-15 are $5 and 15 on up $10. Visit www.potterparkzoo.org. April 13 — Girls’ Day Out, East Lansing. The City of East Lansing and Downtown Management Board present Girls’ Day Out. Grab your friends and come downtown for a day of shopping, dining and fun. Enjoy a fashion show at the Marriott Hotel at 2:30 p.m. Participating stores and restaurants offering great deals. Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/girlsdayout. April 21 — Lansing Marathon, Lansing. The Lansing Marathon, Half-Marathon and Ekiden Marathon Relay starts at 1433 Sunnyside Ave. and are open to individuals of all ability levels. The marathon, half-marathon and relay routes are flat, fast, scenic and varied, covering both urban and rural portions of the greater-Lansing community. All races finish in front of throngs of cheering spectators at the State Capitol. For prices visit www.lansingmarathon.com. April 26-28 — 73rd Annual Maple Syrup Festival, Vermontville. Vermontville is the granddaddy of them all. The home of the original Maple Syrup Festival in Michigan. Festival starts Friday evening, continues through Saturday and Sunday. Something for everyone — Mid-America rides, talent show, arts and crafts, flea market, two parades, petting zoo, princess pageant, various displays, games, free entertainment, a pancake derby and arm wrestling. The syrup producers are located throughout the village selling syrup, candies, crème and the ever popular maple syrup cotton candy. We invite you to join us and enjoy pancakes with real maple syrup offered by the Maple Valley Band Boosters and the American Legion. Visit www.vermontvillemaplesyrupfestival.org. Art 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 65. Show times: Thursday to Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Call (517) 927-3016 or visit www.peppermintcreek.org. March 22 — Gallery Suite Jazz Series, Lansing. Experience a unique, intimate music showcase in a hip, urban raw studio space hosted by saxophonist Phil Denny. You and your guest can expect the finest level of artistry from musical talents from around the state. With an exclusive eighty seat capacity, each person present will feel as though the music is being performed just for them. The gallery opens at 6:30 p.m. and guests are welcome and encouraged to visit the main gallery floor to view the artwork and experience the atmosphere of La Fille Gallery, 336 E. Michigan Ave. The music showcase will begin at 7:30 p.m. Entry to the gallery suite is located in the back of the gallery (south) just off Museum Drive. This is a pre-sale only event. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com. April 20 — 1st Annual Craft Fair, Mason. Crafts of all kinds will fill this fair. Held at Green Acres of Mason, 1025 E. Ash St., just northeast of the fairgrounds. Call (517) 676-1484 or visit www.masonchamber.org. Exhibits March 15 — March in the Moose, Lansing. Moose are coming to Potter Park Zoo, and this is your chance to help make Lansing their new home. Attend this fantastic event at our favorite house in town — the historic Potter House, 1348 Cambridge, from 6-9:30 p.m. Your support will help fund the transportation of these animals from Alaska, and assist in the redevelopment of space for an exhibit. Space is limited to 100 attendees, tickets are $100/person. Presentation by Henry “Rique” Campa, III, Ph.D., MSU, on moose, elk and white-tailed deer. Dinner and casual touring of the house. Animal presentation by zoo staff. Special performance by concert pianist Sergei Kvitko. Call Jen at (517) 342-2709 or visit www.potterparkzoo.org. April 5-7 — Shuto Con, Lansing. Shuto Con is Lansing’s Annual Anime Convention coming to the Lansing Center. This convention focuses on Artists and the art of Interactive. For time and price visit www.shutocon.com. April 27 — Party for the Planet, Lansing. Celebrate the 43rd Earth Day at the zoo from noon to 4 p.m. Party for the Planet is North America’s largest Earth Day celebration with more than 120 zoos and aquariums across the country participating. Enrichment items will be given to our animals from 1-3 p.m. and some of them are made by our BIG Zoo Lesson kids. You’ll be able to get up close with a selection of our education animals and learn about them from their handlers. We’ll also be featuring conservation demonstrations throughout the zoo, plus recycle stations for your old cell phones and athletic shoes (athletic only please, and shoes must not contain metal). Price is general admission. Visit www.potterparkzoo.org. Clinics March 2 — HealthFest, at AL!VE, Charlotte. It’s time for Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital’s free community health fair. This year it will take place at AL!VE: Your Community Well-Being Place, 800 W. Lawrence Ave., from 8-11:30 a.m. HealthFest is a fun-filled, informative and family-friendly event that provides a wealth of health information, screenings and resources. Those who attend will receive a “passport” at check-in, which features a map to more than 50 exhibits and activities. Call Darice at (517) 541-5831 or visit www.hgbhealth.com. March 6 — Baby/Family Signing Workshop, East Lansing. Long before a baby can verbalize their needs they can communicate using sign language. This class, held at Alliance, 1560 Turf Lane, is an introduction to basic signing techniques from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Registration: $10/single or $15/couple Call (517) 853-2330 or visit www.alliance-obgyn.com. March 21 —Thinking About a Pregnancy, East Lansing. Is there a pregnancy in your future? Alliance Obstetrics and Gynecology has planned an evening for aspiring parents. Please join us to learn how to prepare for conception and how to maintain a healthy pregnancy. This is an opportunity to become informed about hospital care in the community and ways to strengthen your relationship as a couple so that becoming a family is a happy, healthy event. Session held at Alliance, 1560 Turf Lane, from 6-7 p.m. Call (517) 853-2330 or visit www.alliance-obgyn.com. March 29-31 — Easter Celebration Retreat, Bath. Begins Friday before dinner through Sunday after dinner at the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre. Join us in sharing in the Joy of Easter. Deepen your experience of inner peace in a silent in a peaceful atmosphere. Inner and outer silence, together with times spent in meditation, contemplation and walking. This small group retreat offers delicious homecooked vegetarian meals and comfortable, shared accommodations in a quiet country setting. $140/person. Preregistration required. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org. April 13 — Relaxation for Body, Mind & Spirit Day, Bath. A relaxing yoga class and a delicious homecooked vegetarian lunch and refreshments from 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Treat yourself to a longer retreat by either arriving Friday evening or staying until Sunday morning. $39 with lunch and refreshments; $86 with accommodation and all meals; +$60 for optional class. Held at the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre. Preregistration required. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org. Fundraisers March 2 — 2013 Community Expo, Lansing. The annual Community Expo provides local businesses the opportunity to meet more than 1,000 community members and network with each other. Proceeds from the Expo are given in scholarships to graduating students of Delta Township to be used toward college tuition. In 2012, Delta Side awarded five, $1,000 scholarships! Expo is held at the Lansing Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Jen (517) 323-8590 or visit www.lansingmall.com. March 2 — Spring Souper, Lansing. 33rd Annual Fundraiser by Lansing’s Eastside Neighborhood Organization serves up soups of all types, beverages, bread and desserts at Pattengill Academy, 626 Marshall St. from 4-6:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds go to the Capital Area Literacy Coalition. Tickets at the door: $5/adult, $3 for children under 14 and families of four or more $18. Call Denise (517) 484-9109 or visit www.lansingneighborhoods.com. March 2 — ALF Pancake Breakfast, East Lansing. Celebrity waiters such Mayor Virg Bernero, Mark McDaniel, Eric Schertzing, Tony Baltimore and Paul Spencer help raise tips for the Art of Leadership Foundation (ALF) to support leadership training and mentoring for youth. The mission of ALF is to inspire vision and leadership in young people, giving them the skills to succeed in their lives and to be leaders in their communities. Pancake breakfast is at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill, 2450 Coolidge Road, from 8-10 a.m. Cost: $10/ticket and $25 for families of four. Call (313) 841-3751 or email email@example.com. March 6 — White Rose Gala, East Lansing. The Links, Inc. will host this inspirational gala from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Huntington Club at Spartan Stadium (formerly Spartan Club). The Links, Inc. understands that the development and accomplishments of our young professional leaders and community-based businesses and organizations are vital to our future success and stability. They take pride in recognizing and honoring both a young professional leader and an organization or business who have been exemplary in contributing to our community in a meaningful way, and who represent the potential talent base, success and development in our region. Tickets available online, visit www.lansingeastlansinglinksinc.org. March 13 — Shamrock 5K Run-Walk-Roll, East Lansing. 13th Annual presented by the Tower Guard, an honors society committed to the service of students with disabilities. All proceeds from this event go to the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities. Free parking is available in lot 91, on the corner of Service and Hagadorn, just a minute’s walk from the starting area. Start at 101 Conrad Hall at 11 a.m. Fees: $20/person before 3/8 and $25 race day. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.runningfoundation.com. March 15 — 18th Annual Wine Tasting Benefit, East Lansing. The benefit features more than 175 award-winning selections, independently owned wineries, Michigan vineries, importers and industry professionals. The evening features live music, appetizers, a silent auction and door prizes. Held at the Kellogg Center from 7-9:30 p.m. Tickets: $45 and available online. Proceeds support development efforts at the MSU Museum, MSU’s science and culture museum. Call (517) 432-4655 or visit http://museum.msu.edu. March 23 — 3rd Annual CAWLM 80s Flashback Fundraiser, East Lansing. We relish the excess and outrageous fashions that the 80’s managed to make mainstream. We don’t accessorize, we excessorize (and love it)! Jump into your fab leg warmers and rat up your big hair! CAWLM will use this signature event to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Lansing Promise. Totally tubular food, cash bar and lots of foot loose dancing! CAWLM will again award “Caring About Women Locally” to a much deserved local yuppie. Event is at the University Club, 3435 Forest Road, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Tickets in advance: $30/person, $50/couple or $15/student (adult fundraiser). Sponsorship opportunities still available. Corporate Table Sponsor $400 = 8 tickets and a sponsor table near the dance floor — going fast. Call (517) 203.3333 or visit www.cawlm.com. March 23 — Run for the House, Okemos. Race Day Registration at Delta Dental, 4100 Okemos Road and starts at 8:30 a.m. The 10k Run/5k Run/5k Walk: 10 a.m. Kids Half Mile and Sprint (fun run): 9:30 a.m. Kids Activities: 9:30 a.m. to noon. Rock the Socks! Run with a purpose. Get your feet into the 2013 Run for the House Socks and show your support for the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan. Each pair is available for $10 and may be purchased by indicating on the Run for the House entry form or by visiting rmhmm.org/runforthehouse. Help make a difference for families of seriously ill children. Call Carolyn (517) 485-9303 or email email@example.com. March 30 — Irondog 5K, East Lansing. The Irondog Fund supports the advanced medical and surgical care of animals at the MSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital whose owners cannot afford their treatment. Our 2012 event had more than 500 registrants and we expect 500-600 this year. Expect a very nice tech-style shirt featuring the Irondog logo. Race location: MSU Vet Teaching Hospital at 10 a.m. $25/person or $30 race day. Visit www.playmakers.com. March 31-June 1 — 25th Annual Sparrow Children’s Center Telethon, Lansing. The Sparrow Children’s Center, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, will host this premier fundraising event. Watch as children and families share their stories of the exceptional care, treatment and technology offered by Sparrow Children’s Center. Call (517) 364-5696 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. April 7 — Hoofin’ it for Horses 5K Run/Walk, East Lansing. Race location is at the MSU Horse Teaching & Research Center at 1 p.m. Fees: $18 by March 7, $15/person (groups of 8 or more, discount by March 7 only), $22 March 8 to 20, $25 after March 20. Free Kids’ Stick Horse Race and play area. Let the kids play while the parents race. Proceeds to benefit the MSU Horse Judging Team. Call (517) 353-1748 or visit http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/events/519392184757586/?context=create. April 13 — 10th Annual Fur Ball, East Lansing. Presented by Soldan’s Feeds & Pet Supplies, Dowding Industries and Astraeus for the Capital Area Humane Society. This Viva Paws Vegas fundraiser features a dinner, live and silent auctions, the ultimate doggy spa and Vegas-style entertainment. Formal attire and bring your dog(s). $50 per pooch, $100/person until April 1. Tickets will be $125/person starting April 2. Held at the Eagle Eye Golf Club from 6-11:30 p.m. Visit www.cahs-lansing.org. April 16 — Michigan Childrens’ Trust Fund Prevention Awareness Day, Lansing. March to the Capitol and plant pinwheels downtown to raise awareness about child abuse in our state. The mission of Prevent Child Abuse America is to “prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children” and includes all forms of abuse and neglect and to inform the public that the prevention of abuse and neglect decreases lifelong adverse medical and emotional consequences and promotes well-being. It also reduces the costs of human services, delinquency and criminal justice services and the loss of work productivity. Location is on the Capitol grounds at Michigan Avenue at 10:30 a.m. Visit www.preventchildabuse.org. April 25 — 7th Annual Empty Plate Dinner, East Lansing. The Empty Plate Dinner is one of the largest annual fundraisers in the Greater Lansing community. Guests enjoy a casual strolling dinner with amazing food and drinks from the area’s top restaurants and caterers, a commemorative ’empty plate’ painted by children at local elementary schools, and unique live and silent auction options, including sports and vacation packages. All proceeds from the event benefit the Greater Lansing Food Bank. Event held at the Kellogg Center/Big Ten Room at 5:30 p.m. Ticket: $125/person and sponsorship opportunities still available. Email: email@example.com or visitwww.greaterlansingfoodbank.org.