Events for May 2015

Tri County Events Events May 1-3 — A Rock n’ Roll Ballet, Holt. Join the Children’s Ballet Theatre as they present A Rock n’ Roll Ballet, an upbeat repertoire show titled CBT LIVE! Creative Director, Gregory M. George, will transform Holt High School into an urban street scene complete with a live DJ and laser light show. Audience members should plan to purchase tickets early. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Visit for more information. May 2 — Spring Fling Ladies Shopping Event, Mason. Join One Stop Shop Mid-Michigan for a shopping event. This shopping event is fun for all ages and there are many items to choose from such as home fragrances, jewelry, skin care, bags, crafts, edible items and more. Some vendors include Pink Zebra, Paparazzi, Pure Romance, Avon, ThirtyOne, Perfectly Posh, Tupperware, crafters and more. They will also be hosting a food drive to donate to local area food banks. Visit the Spring Fling Ladies Shopping Spree at the Sycamore Village Clubhouse, located at 900 West Columbia, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is free to attend. For more information, follow them on Facebook at One Stop Shop Mid-Michigan or visit May 2 & 3 — 20th Annual Victorian Days, Grand Ledge. Experience the Victorian era in Grand Ledge. You and your family can enjoy the Grand Ball, a Civil War Encampment, a Vintage Baseball Game, Quilt Show and more. Visit for more information coming soon. May 3 — Swing into Spring Concert 2015, East Lansing. The Lansing Concert Band continues its season with their Swing into Spring Concert 2015. Dr. Gary T. Sullivan will be conducting this highly anticipated concert, which will include our featured soloist: Mr. Martin Kocev on clarinet. The LCB Big Band will also be featured. This free concert will be held at East Lansing High School, located at 509 Burcham Drive, with the doors opening at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (517) 655-8447. May 9 — Grand Opening, Leslie. Posy Designs is a boutique floral and gift shop nestled in the heart of downtown Leslie that provides floral arrangements for all occasions including Weddings, Funerals, etc. There are also many unique gifts from primitive to shabby vintage items for sale. Join Posey Designs for their grand opening celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 200 South Main Street. Call (517) 878-6031, email, or visit them on Facebook at May 9 — Springtime Community Festival, St. Johns. Spend the day at the Springtime Community Festival with your family. Shop at more than 50 craft booths, visit with businesses and observe demonstrations. Kids can enjoy making free crafts, play free games, win prizes, and see, touch and learn about fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, etc. This family-friendly Springtime Community Festival will be held at the CCRESA Building, located at 1013 South US 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call (989) 224-7248. May 16 — RedPaddle Kayak Race, East Lansing. Spend some time on the Red Cedar River and join in the fun at the RedPaddle Kayak Race. The race will begin on the edge of MSU’s campus and end at the Lansing City Market. Race time starts at 9 a.m. The cost to enter is $40/person or $50/person with kayak rental. For more information or to register, visit May 30 — Be a Tourist in Your Own Town, Lansing. Explore what Greater Lansing has to offer at Be a Tourist in Your Own Town. Purchase a $1 ‘passport’ for admission to more than 60 participating locations. Tourists will enjoy interactive activities and giveaways. If you collect ten ‘passport’ stamps, you can win prizes. CATA Be A Tourist bus routes will provide transportation to most locations for 50 cents. For more information, visit May 30 & 31 — Country Antique Sale, DeWitt. Attend the Country Antique Sale at Centennial Farm Antiques. Dealers in three old farm buildings will offer timeless antique treasures from furniture to small items. The sale will feature outside vendors, handcrafted bent-willow furniture, re-purposed garden, vintage, pies and delicious burritos. Visit the Country Antique Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4410 West Howe Road, ¼ mile West of Airport Road. For more information, visit or call the farmer’s daughter at (517) 669-5096. 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 5-7 — Symetra Tour, Battle Creek. The future stars of women’s golf will battle it out for a $100,000 purse as the 2nd Annual FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship. The event will be at the Battle Creek Country Club. FireKeepers Casino Hotel presents the event in partnership with the 2015 Symetra Tour — Road to the LPGA. The event will feature professional women golfers from around the world competing for a chance to win the top prize of $15,000 plus the Potawatomi Cup and a bonus prize pool of $50,000. FireKeepers Casino Hotel will donate all proceeds earned from the event to S.A.F.E. Place women’s shelter. To learn more about the Symetra Tour, please visit or contact Bret Lasky at 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 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, 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 Arts May 14 — Music at the Mansion, Lansing. Join Friends of Turner-Dodge House for Music at the Mansion. Enjoy an intimate musical performance in the Music Room at the Turner-Dodge House, located at 100 East North Street. Tickets are $10/person. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. May 16 & 17 — East Lansing Art Festival, East Lansing. Visit the East Lansing Art Festival and enjoy artwork from approximately 200 artists, food vendors and live music. The festival is held downtown East Lansing, across from MSU, rain or shine on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 26-31 — Kinky Boots, East Lansing. Experience Broadway’s high-heeled hit, Kinky Boots at the Wharton Center. This fun-filled musical, inspired by true events, takes you from a men’s shoe factory in Northampton to the catwalks of Milan. Enjoy the celebration of discovered friendships and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Tickets range in price starting at $34/person. For show times and tickets, visit or call (517) 353-1982. May 30 — Chalk of the Town, Old Town. Visit Old Town and experience Chalk of the Town. Starting at 10 a.m. artists will begin creating their masterpieces on the sidewalks using only chalk. At 2 p.m. all work must be finished and judging will begin. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m., including a People’s Choice Award. Kids can also create masterpieces of their own in the kid’s sidewalk art area. Exhibits Now thru May 31, 2015 — Not Just a Man’s War: Michigan Women in the Civil War, Lansing. Visit the Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame and discover what the War meant for the women of Michigan. Not only did women take care of their own household duties, they also took on the responsibilities of men. Some women stayed in Michigan, supporting the war efforts, others served in hospitals and even on battlefields. Experience this exciting exhibit at the Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame, located at 213 West Malcolm X Street. Call (517) 484-1880 for more information. May 21 — Wine & Stein, Lansing. Join your friends and celebrate the beginning of summer at Wine & Stein at Potter Park Zoo. Sample beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants and listen to live music. And, don’t forget to visit with the animals while you are there! Wine & Stein will be held rain or shine from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost to attend is $35/person or $30/member. You must be 21 or over to attend. Visit Clinics Now through May 31 — Skin Cancer Screening, Okemos. Doctor’s Approach Dermatology is taking part in the American Academy of Dermatology’s SPOT Skin Cancer Campaign by hosting a weekly skin cancer screening. Appointments take about ten minutes and patrons will receive a written report of findings and information on skin cancer and prevention. Screenings are free to new patients only. Call (517) 993-5900. May 19 — Dinner with the Doc, Lansing. Join Total Health Chiropractic for Dinner with the Doc. They will buy you dinner at Carrabba’s Italian Grill and you will learn what the real meaning of health is. You will also learn how to stop taking medication and avoid surgery and discover how to increase your energy naturally. Dinner with the Doc begins at 6:30 p.m. and seating is limited. To register for this event, visit or call (855) 681-2225. Fundraisers May 4 & 6-8 — Jewelry Sale, Lansing. Join the Mary Magdalen League-St. Lawrence Campus for their semi-annual fundraiser. Items for sale include a huge variety of merchandise such as wallets, tote bags, watches, scarves and all types of jewelry. All items are for sale for $5. Cash, credit/debit cards and payroll deduction cards are accepted. All proceeds benefit the Cancer Center. Attend the sale on Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Clark Center-St. Lawrence Campus, 1210 West Saginaw; Wednesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Sparrow Professional Building-3rd Floor Atrium, 1215 East Michigan Avenue; and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sparrow Professional Building-3rd Floor Atrium. For more information call (517) 364-7179. May 9 — 80s Flashback Fundraiser, Lansing. CAWLM is proud to host the fifth annual 80s Flashback Fundraiser. We’re ready to rat out our hair and bust a move like the good ol’ days. Enjoy an evening with CAWLM as your remember the bold colors, big hair, scrunchies, leg warmers and acid-washed denim skirts. Attendees will enjoy a live performance by Starfarm, an 80s idol contest, 80s memorabilia, CAWLM’s “Caring About Women Locally” award, great food and beverages and the opportunity to have your hair “eightified.” Join us from 7 p.m. to midnight at the University Club of MSU, located at 3435 Forest Road. Tickets in advance are $30/person or $50/couple and $35/person or $60/couple on the day of the event. This year’s fundraiser will benefit the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan. Bust out your hairspray, give a little love and help support local girls. Call (517) 203-3333, email or visit for more information. May 13 — 9th Annual Empty Plate Strolling Dinner and Auction, East Lansing. Join the Greater Lansing Food Bank for their 9th Annual Empty Plate Strolling Dinner and Auction. Enjoy a casual strolling dinner featuring some of the area’s top chefs from The State Room, Bordeaux, Morton’s Fine Catering, Spartan Signature Catering, Troppo, Tavern on the Square, Peppino’s Sports Grille and University Club of MSU. Guests will receive a commemorative “empty plate” decorated by local school children and can participate in both a live and silent auction. Tickets are $125/person. All proceeds will benefit the Greater Lansing Food Bank. This year’s event will be held in the Big Ten Room of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information, email May 16 — 9th Annual Miles for Smiles 5K, Lansing. The 9th Annual Miles for Smiles 5K will be held at Granger Meadow Park. Registration for the event will begin at 9 a.m. followed by the race at 10 a.m. Miles for Smiles raises money to help Head Start families who desperately need emergency dental care, but lack adequate insurance and financial resources. For more information or to register, visit or call (517) 482-1504.

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