EVENTS March 6 — 2014 Entrepreneurial Awards, Lansing. Join the Greater Lansing Business Monthly and support local entrepreneurship by being a part of the 20th Anniversary of the GLBM Entrepreneurial Awards. We look forward to bringing a fresh perspective to the historic recognition of the courage and passion that entrepreneurs demonstrate everyday. 2014 Entrepreneurial Awards will be held at the U Club, located at 3435 Forest Road. A social hour will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. and the awards program will begin at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $100/person, $1000/Corporate table of 8, or $700/Past-honoree table of 8. Call (517) 203-3333 or visit www.lansingbusinessnews.com/entrepreneurial-awards. March 13 — Women’s History Month Celebration, Lansing. The Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame will host a reception to celebrate Women’s History Month. The program includes the opening of new exhibits, a program, refreshments and the presentation of the 2013 Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame inductees’ plaques. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the MWHOF and the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club – Greater Lansing Area Chapter. Join this free event, held at the Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame, located at 213 W. Malcolm X St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Call (517) 484-1880 x203, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.michiganwomenshalloffame.org. 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. Patrick’s Parade Dinner & Celebration 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 that starts 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 18 — Martini Tuesday, Lansing. Join Stephanie Milosavlevski, CFP, CDFA Financial Advisor as she hosts Martini Tuesday at The Exchange, located at 314 E. Michigan Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information call (517) 349-2880 or email Stephanie.email@example.com. March 22 — Snowball Challenge, Lansing. Experience this cheerleading and dance team competition for all-star teams, dance studios, recreation and school teams. This event will be held at the Lansing Center from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost for this event is $10/person or $8/seniors and students. Visit www.lansingcenter.com. 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. March 27 — Medora, East Lansing. The WKAR Community Cinema will feature a screening and discussion of Medora, a documentary from Independent Lens that presents a deeply personal look at small town life in the Midwest. Please join the short preview followed by a discussion with Bath township treasurer, Jeff Garrity and boys basketball coach, Gabe Sowa as they share their thoughts on the similarities and differences between how basketball can impact a struggling town as revealed in Medora, and in their mid-MI community. The screening will begin at 7 p.m. Visit http://wkar.org/post/mar-27-community-cinema-medora. April 5 — 32nd Annual Founders Day Awards Brunch, Lansing. Greater Lansing Area Club pays tribute to its founders and honors several Lansing area persons who exhibit a true commitment to the community and their profession. Recognition is given to individuals in five principal award categories: Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Business Excellence, Community Service and Youth on the Move. The mission of the organization is to promote and protect the interests of African American business and professional women; to serve as a bridge for young people seeking to enter business and their professions; to improve the quality of life in the local and global communities and to foster fellowship. The awards brunch will be held at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West Hotel beginning at 10 a.m. The cost for the awards brunch is $30/person or $300/table of 10. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. April 12 — Taste & Tour of Old Town, Old Town. Old Town Commercial Association is hosting its seventh annual Taste & Tour of Old Town, a progressive food sampler and exclusive loft tour. The sampler gives visitors a chance to taste a variety of Old Town’s eats and an opportunity to tour real estate in Old Town. Taste & Tour of Old Town is from noon to 5 p.m. Check in for the event at the OTCA office where you will receive a map and purchase your ticket and wristband for the tour. Visit www.iloveoldtown.org. ARTS Now thru March 2 & March 7-9 — Free Man of Color, Lansing. In 1824, Reverend Wilson brings John Newton Templeton, an ex-slave, to Ohio University as the first man of color to attend. Templeton believes that he has been chosen to lead free blacks in a sovereign nation. The reverend’s wife, jealous of the opportunity for higher education, goads him to examine why he has been chosen. His choices and achievements defy expectations. Enjoy this performance at Riverwalk Theatre, located at 228 Museum Drive. For tickets and show times call (517) 482-5700 or visit www.riverwalktheatre.com. March 9 — The Teacher from the Black Lagoon & Other Stories, East Lansing. This exciting new musical revue features a constantly changing variety of tales. Teacher from the Black Lagoon follows Hubie’s imagination as he faces his comically horrific fears. In Anansi the Spider Gives Stories to the World, can Anansi triumph over Nyame the Sky God who keeps all the world’s stories away? Dogzilla awakens and the residents of Mousopolis must run for their lives. In Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse Lily loves everything about school, especially her teacher, Mr. Slinger ― until he takes away her musical purse. Don’t miss these delightful takes on children’s contemporary storybooks. This is recommended for children 4 and older. Show times are 1:30 and 4 p.m. at the Wharton Center, located on MSU’s campus. The cost is $9/person. Visit www.whartoncenter.com. March 16 — The Fantastics, Charlotte. Hailed as “A Gem” by the Wall Street Journal, The Fantastics is the world’s longest-running production of any kind. The Fantastics, a timeless fable of love, is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. This family-friendly national tour performance has unique costumes and scenery. Enjoy this performance at Charlotte Performing Arts Center, located at 378 State St. beginning at 2 p.m. Cost is $35/person or $5/student. A dinner and show package is offered by the Eaton Area Senior Center. Call (517) 541-5690 or visit www.cpacpresents.com. 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. EXHIBITS March 1 — HealthFest 2014, Charlotte. HealthFest is fun, informative and family-friendly, and provides a wealth of health information, screenings and resources to the community. This year’s event will focus on activities for individuals and families that: encourage physical activity, develop healthy eating habits, prevent substance abuse and tobacco use and promote mental health. There will be more than 50 exhibits and activities, including HGB physicians and dietitians on-hand for conversation and screenings. Along with games and children’s activities, live demonstrations and entertainment, including rock wall climbing and Zumba, and prize drawings. HealthFest 2014 will be held at AL!VE, located at 800 W. Lawrence Ave., from 8 to 11:45 a.m. Visit www.hgbhealth.com or www.myalive.com. March 13-16 — Lansing Home & Garden Show, East Lansing. The strongest Home & Garden show in the mid-Michigan area fills the MSU Pavilion on the campus of Michigan State University. Incredible gardens, extensive landscaping projects, a Standard Flower Show and four free seminar stages surround hundreds of exhibits featuring construction, remodeling, kitchens and baths, retail garden centers, pools and spas and home services. Don’t miss this exciting event on Thursday from 3 to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $9/adults, $4/children ages six to 14, and free/children ages five and under. Visit www.glhba.org. March 23 — 33rd Annual Michigan Buggy Builders VW and Off-Road Trade Show & Swap Meet, Lansing. Mark your calendars now for the 31st Annual Michigan Buggy Builders VW and Off-Road Trade Show & Swap Meet, to be held in the Lansing Center in halls A, B and C. This is a one-day Super Swap with everything from new and used auto parts for street and off-road vehicles. All makes and models represented including: Volkswagen, domestic and sand drag race cars. Vendors at the show will also have apparel, collectibles, toys, engines, fabrication tools and just about every type of auto part you can imagine. There are also vendors with ATVs and UTVs as well as accessories for these vehicles. For more information call (517) 402-1303. CLINICS March 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 lead by experienced moms. The program also includes workshops and speakers. Child care is provided for children up to the age of three as well as the Kid to Kid program for children ages 3 to 5 which includes Bible stories, music, crafts, snacks and play time in the gym. Held at River Terrace Church, located at 1509 River Terrace from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Call (517) 351-9059 or visit www.riverterrace.org. March 11-April 1 — Weight Loss through Hypnosis, East Lansing. Join Alliance for a four-week class, Lose Weight Now with Increased Awareness and Hypnosis. This four-week class will offer inspirational motivation to achieve your ideal body weight. Topics will include historic overview of Hypnosis, rules of thumb about eating, living life in a healing manner and more. Each class discussion will be followed with a Hypnosis session to reinforce and enhance benefits. This class will be held at Alliance, located at 1560 Turf Lane, from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. The cost for this class is $55/person. Call (517) 651-5725. March 13 — Bone Density Screenings, East Lansing. Join Alliance for a Bone Density Screening. If you are 35 years-old or older, NOT pregnant and have not had a Bone Density Screening, you are encouraged to attend. Get your screening at Alliance, located at 1560 Turf Lane, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10/person. Call (517) 853-2330 March 25 — Raising a Healthy Family, Dinner with the Doc, Lansing. Have you ever said or thought, “It’s because I’m getting old,” “It runs in my family,” “A lot of people have that problem, it seems normal,” “My doctor said there’s nothing I can do about it,” “It’s too expensive to get that fixed” and “I don’t have the time to take care of my health.” If so, then Dinner with the Doc is for you. The mission at Total Health Chiropractic is to inspire and transform the community to live a healthy life. To do that, they have free Dinner with the Doc events every month addressing a different health concern and topic. These are the biggest health concerns in America, the community and most importantly in you and your family’s life. Dinner with the Doc is held at Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Lansing beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited. To reserve a spot, call (855) 681-2225. April 11 — Annual Conference, Lansing. The American Society for Public Administration Michigan Capital Branch will host their annual conference, “Rethinking Michigan’s Urban Center.” This year’s conference will be held at Cooley Law School’s Temple Center, located at 217 S. Capitol Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for the conference is $20/students, $40/members and $45/non-members. Students who choose the no food option can attend the conference free of charge. Visit www.mipaforum.org. April 12 — Volunteer Recruitment Day, Lansing. Want to serve your community? Become a volunteer at Potter Park Zoo. Our volunteer’s help with special events like the Wild 1-Mile, Wine & Stein, Boo at the Zoo, Wonderland of Lights and more. At these events, volunteers do anything from face painting, beverage pouring, ticket taking and kids’ crafts to set-up and tear-down. Additionally, volunteers help with tending the gardens, painting fences and other non-event related activities. Join us to find out how you can plug in! This informative session is from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Safari Room. Visit www.potterparkzoo.org. FUNDRAISERS Now thru March 16 — University Club of MSU Big Bang-quet Challenge, Lansing. Help a local charity win a $10,000 credit toward a fundraising event in the University Club of MSU’s newly renovated Heritage Room, sponsored by the MSU Federal Credit Union. Each “vote” is cast with a $5 tax-deductible donation to the Capital Region Community Foundation. Every organization will receive the funds raised from the votes, plus there will be one Grand Prize winner. Vote now for your favorite charity. Call (517) 353-5111 or visit www.universityclubofmsu.org. March 8 — Steps To Freedom 5K, Lansing. Run for a cause at the Steps To Freedom 5K run/walk at Hawk Island, located at 1601 E. Cavanaugh Road. Enjoy an accurate and scenic 5K with proceeds benefitting The House of Promise, a home that will rescue young girls from 12 to 22 from sexual abuse and trafficking. Dogs are welcome to join in the fun. A leash is required. Race time begins at 10 a.m. Email email@example.com or visit www.runmichigan.com. 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. March 22 — 80s Flashback Party, Lansing. Join Captial Area Womens LifeStyle Magazine as they host the raddest party in town, the 80s Flashback Party benefitting Lansing Promise H.O.P.E at the U Club, located at 3435 Forest Road. Gather your friends, rat your hair and dance the night away with StarFarm, as they perform all of your favorite 80s cover songs. Advance tickets are $30/person or $50/couple. Call (517) 203-3333 or visit www.cawlm.com. April 12 — 11th Annual Fur Ball, Bath Township. Relive the Roaring Twenties at the 11th Annual Fur Ball, The Great Catsby presented by Soldan’s Feeds & Pet Supplies, Dowding Industries and Astraeus. Enjoy dinner, live and silent auctions, the Ultimate Doggy Spa, Entertainment and more. Don’t forget to dress for the occasion. Formal-themed attire is encouraged. This fun filled evening will be held at Eagle Eye Golf Course, located at 15500 Chandler Road, from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $50/pampered pooch, $100/person until April 1, $125/person beginning April 2 and $1,250/sponsored tables of eight. All proceeds will benefit the Capital Area Humane Society. Call (517) 626-6060x. 120, email events@AdoptLansing.org or visit www.cahs-lansing.org. April 23 — The Bid That Benefits Babies, East Lansing. The Expectant Parents Organization is hosting their 11th Annual EPO Charity Auction at the University Club of MSU. The EPO has brought childbirth, newborn care and breastfeeding classes to mid-Michigan parents for more than 70 years. Attend this event and help support these programs. Call (517) 337-7365 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.