Events November 4 — Pumpkinfest, Lansing. Join in the fun as Potter Park Zoo’s animals feast on Halloween leftovers. Fest is free between 1-3 p.m. Call (517) 483-4222 or visit www.potterparkzoo.org. November 4 — 2012 Veterans Tribute, Lansing. The Veterans Tribute is an annual presentation of the Friends of Michigan History, the statewide membership group that supports the programs of the Michigan Historical Center. Held at the Michigan Historical Museum, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., at 2 p.m. with a guest speaker, a Massing of the Colors ceremony and a reception with refreshments. You don’t have to be a veteran to attend. Call (517) 373-3559 or visit www.michigan.gov/museum. November 11 — Veterans Day Parade, Mason. Ingham County Parade in Downtown Mason steps off at 3 p.m. honoring all who served. Visit www.masonchamber.org. November 16 — 28th Annual Silver Bells in the City, Lansing. Celebrate the season in downtown Lansing with the electric light parade, lighting of the holiday tree and colorful fireworks. Plan to visit the Silver Bells Village to get a head start on your shopping. In addition, 50 art and cultural venues feature live performances throughout the chilly night. Dress warm and bring your camera. Call (517) 487-3322 or visit www.silverbellsinthecity.org. November 16 — Santa at the City Market, Lansing. Warm up your nose and toes at the Lansing City Market, 325 City Market Drive from 5-9 p.m. for pictures with Santa and Mrs. Clause, reindeer watching, a craft for the kiddos, specials from merchants and complimentary Aggie Mae’s Bakery cookies and punch. Visit www.lansingcitymarket.com. November 16-18 — Ladies Weekend Expo 2012, Lansing. Gather your girlfriends and head to the ultimate women’s outing at the Lansing Center. Enjoy a weekend full of activities designed specifically with you in mind. Here’s a look at the show: amazing vendors featuring jewelry, clothing, cosmetics, home décor and grand giveaways. Cost: $7/person at the door. Shows: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fri./Sat. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Call (616) 466-4451 or visit www.michigan.org. November 17 — Michigan Pharmacy Foundation Fall Fest, Lansing. This Fall Fest features the second annual Chili Cook-off from 1-4 p.m. at the MPA Family of Companies Headquarters, 408 Kalamazoo Plaza. New events, including a marketplace with a variety of vendors and a Kids Korner with supervised activities. Attendees can purchase tickets for a minimal fee to use for food, snacks, beverages and face painting. Call Dianne (517) 377-0223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. November 17 — Breakfast with Santa, Lansing. Bring your children for a pancake breakfast at Troppo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The morning includes cookie decorating, writing your letter to Santa and holiday arts and crafts. Troppo will take breakfast reservations from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets: $10/person, children two and under are free. Call (517) 371-4000 or visit www.downtownlansing.org. November 21 — Pie Pick Up Day, St. Johns. Uncle John’s Cider Mill gives a shout out to arrange for early pick up on your pie orders, they sold out early last year. Enjoy the Winery & Tasting Room from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Special events are still taking place, weather permitting. Call (989) 224-3686 or visit www.ujcidermill.com. November 25-December 23 — Wonderland of Lights, Lansing. Potter Park Zoo transforms into a magical winter wonderland with thousands of holiday lights and extraordinary displays. Wrap yourself up in warm gear and marvel in all the holiday cheer. Cost: $4/adult and $2/kid ages 3-16. Time: 5-8 p.m. Call (517) 342-2710 or visit www.potterparkzoo.org. November 29 — Christmas Gala, Lansing. If unique gifts are what you seek, share in all the delights offered at Vets Too Gift and Garden Boutique, 2416 N. East St. (Old US 27) during their annual Christmas Gala from 5:30-8 p.m. Call (517) 267-1860 or visit www.vetstoo.com. November 30 — Annual Christmas Parade, Grand Ledge. Boundless family entertainment to kick off the holiday season with a Lighted Float Parade starting at the fire barn going across the bridge and ends with Santa at the Sun Theater. Call (517) 627-2383 or visit www.grandledgechamber.com. December 1 — Winter Glow, East Lansing. The Winter Glow features free winter activities including ice carving, reindeer, live music, carriage rides and merchant activities Held downtown from 3-6 p.m. and a special lighting of luminaries at 5 p.m. Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/winterglow. December 1 — Holiday Light Parade, Williamston. The Williamston Area Chamber of Commerce is holding its 16th Annual Holiday Light Parade. The parade steps off at 6 p.m. with approximately 50 illuminated floats and vehicles, marching bands, animals and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus will help with the lighting of the tree in front of City Hall. There are extended holiday shopping and restaurant hours, a gingerbread house competition, artists’ receptions, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and watch glass paperweights being made. Call (517) 655-1549 or visit www.williamston.org. December 8 — Christmas Party, Laingsburg. The Looking Glass River Sportsman Club will host their annual holiday dinner at the club, 8855 Woodbury Road, from 6-10 p.m. Main course and drinks provided. Bring a dish to pass. Bring a gift for the White Elephant auction. Call (517) 651-9015 or visit www.lgrsc.com. December 31 — Welcoming 2013 with a Bang, Okemos. The Meridian Township Parks and Recreation is excited to announce the fireworks celebration on New Year’s Eve. An early-evening launch of 8:30 p.m. will help make for a family-friendly event. Fireworks will be ignited from Central Park South, located near the Okemos Post Office. The best viewing areas are located on the north side of the Meridian Mall and the Township Municipal Complex, 5151 Marsh Road. Visit www.meridian.mi.us. Arts November 7-11 — ELFF, East Lansing. Celebrating its 15th year, this world-class film festival showcases independent features, documentaries and shorts as well as offering tributes, seminars, premieres and parties. The location varies from show to show. Call (517) 99-5444 or visit www.elff.com. November 11 — Parsons Dance, East Lansing. The fetching, exuberant personality and joyous movement of Parsons Dance fuse modern dance with the discipline and precision of a classical company. They are known for engaging and uplifting works of extraordinary artistry. This athletic ensemble creates a spirited performance featuring the music of the Dave Matthews Band. This dance varies in price anywhere from $25 to $38/person and the show will begin at 3 p.m. Call (517) 353-1982 or visit www.whartoncenter.com. November 17 — Street Corner Symphony, Charlotte. Street Corner Symphony was formed in 2010 for the sole purpose of winning television’s “The Sing Off.” SCS’s laid-back southern soul style accents their diverse repertoire of music and reflects notable influences from artists like Take 6, Alison Krause, Johnny Cash, the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival and others. Held at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 378 State St. at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $32/adult and $22/student. Call (517) 541-5690 or visit www.cpacpresents.com. November 27 — Mannheim Steamroller, East Lansing. The world’s most popular Christmas group of all time brings the joys of the season to Wharton Center in a symphonic and electronic mix of distinctive, yet familiar works. The recording was a runaway hit and propelled Mannheim Steamroller to become the biggest Christmas music artists in history. Tickets: $30-$70/person. Call (517) 353-1982 or visit www.whartoncenter.com. December 1 — Christmas Craft Show, St. Johns. Hosted by the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce each year, enjoy breakfast with Santa and Kids Crafts from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www.clintoncountychamber.org. December 1-2 — MSU Arts & Crafts Holiday Show, East Lansing. Hundreds of artists gather at the MSU Union, Abbot Road and Grand River Ave., for the annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show hosted by the University Activities Board. Admission is free. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season and shop for one-of-a-kind hand-crafted items made by artists from across the nation. Call (517) 355-3354 or visit www.uabevents.com. December 2 — The Snow Queen, East Lansing. The icy and beautiful Snow Queen has turned Kay’s heart to ice. Can Gerde rescue the Snow Queen’s enchantment? Gerde’s journey for Kay’s redemption leads her to talking reindeer, a little robber girl and a Finnish woman who can tell her the way to the Snow Queen’s realm. Hans Christian Andersen’s spellbinding story is set with lively large-scale puppets including the 12-foot tall Snow Queen. Shows 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. with $8 admission. Held at the Pasant Theatre. Visit www.whartoncenter.com. December 5-9 — War Horse, East Lansing. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship takes to the stage during “War Horse.” As World War One begins, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. Visit www.whartoncenter.com for tickets and show times. Exhibits November 10 — Craft Fair, Mason. Mason High School, 1001 S. Barnes, is hosting this creative fair in the cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spacious exhibit areas, breakfast and lunch available. Call (517) 676-9055 ext. 214 or email email@example.com. November 18 — Model Train Show and Sale, Lansing. All aboard Michigan’s largest train show with more than 500 tables of model trains, railroad collectibles, “Thomas the Tank Engine” toys, operating layouts and how-to demonstrations. This is a great event for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSU Pavilion. Cost: $6/adult and free for children under 12 or a scout in uniform. Call (517) 648-0628 or visit www.lmrc.org. Clinics Monthly — Cooking Classes, Williamston. Have you ever sat at the chef’s bar at Gracie’s Place and been amazed at the creations of Executive Chef James Sumpter and his staff? You can learn some tricks of the trade and work directly with the kitchen staff during monthly classes held at Gracie’s Place. Register for classes and pick up tips, recipes and suggestions that you can carry over to your kitchen. Call Ben (517) 655-1100 or visit www.graciesplacewilliamston.com. Thru December 31 — Free Ear Piercing, Lansing. Through the end of the year, Claire’s in the Lansing Mall has the perfect holiday gift offer — free ear piercing with the purchase of a starter kit at $19.50. Call (517) 323-4347. November thru January — Shooting Clinic Designed for Women, Lansing. Archery, rifle and pistol. Meets every Tuesday starting Nov. 6 through Jan. 8, 2013. From 6-7:30 p.m. at the Demmer Training Center, 4830 E. Jolly Road. Eight sessions for $150 includes all equipment and ammunition. This is an excellent opportunity to hone your skills on various types of platforms. Call (517) 884-0550 or visit www.demmercenter.msu.edu/classes. November 14 — Lansing Open House, Lansing. Get started! Attend the Cooley Law School Open House. Meet with admissions, students, faculty and alumni from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy a mock class experience and take a campus tour. Register online, call (800) 874-3511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.cooley.edu/lansing. November 18 — 10th Annual MSU Women’s Leadership Conference, East Lansing. Attitude is everything — lead with it! Develop and improve your leadership skills. Network with area leaders and get inspired. Keynote speaker, Carlotta Walls LaNier. Held at the MSU Union Building (2nd floor concourse) from noon to 6:30 p.m. To register visit www.wrc.msu.edu. December 5 — Starmakers Breakfast, Lansing. Hosted by and featuring students from Okemos, Haslett and Lansing schools. Join Junior Achievement of Mid-Michigan at the Radisson Hotel with coffee and networking at 7:30 a.m. The Student Show begins at 8 a.m. Tables and sponsorships still available. Interested in attending or need more information call (517) 371-5437 or visit www.jamidmichigan.org. December 8 — Dickens Tea, Lansing. Join others at the Turner-Dodge House for the annual Dickens Tea. Guests will have a fun afternoon with great friends, delicious food and delightful tea at 3 p.m. for $8/person. While there, tour the house to view all of our beautiful Christmas decorations. Reserve your spot, call (517) 483-4220. Fundraisers November 3 — Race to Benefit Hospice, Lansing. Join the 2nd Annual McLaren Hospice Meaningful Moments 5k Walk/Run at Hawk Island County Park at 11 a.m. Proceeds will assist in providing charity care to those who are in need of hospice care and are uninsured or underinsured. To register call Petra (517) 490 6998 or visit www.playmakers.com. November 16 — Feeding America, Lansing. Ameriprise Financial National Day of Service — a day set aside when thousands of Ameriprise financial advisors, clients and employees volunteer at Feeding America member food banks and other hunger-relief organizations across the country. There’s an opportunity for you to get involved at The Greater Lansing Food Bank, 2116 Mint Road, 8-10 a.m., 10 a.m. to noon or 1-3 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and wear closed toe shoes. RSVP by Nov. 9. Call (517) 349-2880. November 17 — St. Jude Give Thanks Walk, Laingsburg. Register for the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk held at the Peacock Road Tree Farm, 11854 Peacock Road. Registration is free but walkers are encouraged to fundraise for St. Jude to receive cool prizes on event day including an official walk t-shirt. Call (248) 546-8086 or visit www.givethankswalk.org.