SEPTEMBER 1-2 — 2012 Capital City Dragon Boat Races, Lansing. The 2nd Annual Dragon Boat Races will be held at Adado River Front Park (east) on Sunday, Sept. 2 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. There will be practice runs on the Grand River Saturday, Sept. 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (517) 377-1406 or visit www.cityoflansingmi.com. SEPTEMBER 1-3 — Lamafest and Alpaca Showcase, East Lansing. This is a celebration of llamas! The event includes ALSA llama and alpaca shows, llama demonstrations, wool events, farm displays, a vendor area and a llama sale. Held in the pavilion on the campus of Michigan State University, the event is free and open to the public. Come join us for a weekend of family fun. Call (517) 281-4092 or visit www.michiganllama.org. SEPTEMBER 3 — Labor Day Bridge Walk, Lansing. Walkers will be shuttled from Fitzgerald County Park by Dean Transportation buses to Oak Park on the north side of Grand Ledge. The combination of park sites should see folks of all ages making the leisurely stroll across the Grand River Bridge. This will go from 9 a.m. to noon. Call (517) 627-7351 or visit www.eatoncounty.org. SEPTEMBER 5-9 — Frontier Days, Charlotte. Join the thousands of people who will converge to celebrate the more than four decades old tradition of family fun at the Charlotte Frontier Days Festival. You will enjoy a grand parade, a rodeo, the Candy Ford Saloon, Nspired 5k road race and family walk, a pageant and a cool dog show. Camping accommodations are available by request for $20/night. Call (517) 543-3325 or visit www.charlottefrontierdays.com. SEPTEMBER 7 — Mayors’ Ramadan Unity Dinner, Lansing. Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual Mayors’ Ramadan Unity Dinner. The purpose of this dinner is to demonstrate the importance of diversity, while giving the opportunity for the community to help alleviate hunger and enjoy an authentic Middle Eastern cuisine. Tickets are $25/individual or $75/family of four. The dinner is from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Lansing Center. Call (517) 483-7400 or visit www.downtownlansing.org. SEPTEMBER 8 — Walk for Christ Community Festival, Lansing. This free event is to bring the youth and the community together from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 300 N. Grand Ave. Dynamic speakers, Christian entertainment, inflatables, face-painting and a free dinner. Email email@example.com or visit www.lansing.org. SEPTEMBER 8 — Great Lakes Cider & Perry Guild Hard Cider Tasting, St. Johns. Uncle John’s Cider Mill will host this remarkable cider sampling from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with live music. Delight your taste buds with various apple and pear ciders from all over the Midwest. Enjoy the showcase of fresh baked goods, home-style cider, fine wine, rich fudge and farm-fresh preserves. Visit www.ujcidermill.com. SEPTEMBER 8 — An Elegant Evening with Twyla Birdsong, Lansing. In an evening of outstanding music, reminiscent of a show that might have been caught at the Cotton Club in the 1930s, vocalist Twyla Birdsong will present a night of tasty Jazz classics and silky soul and blues. The dress code is “Evening Attire” from 6-9 p.m. at Gregory’s Ice and Smoke, 2510 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., when Birdsong and her band entertain the crowd. Tickets are $15 and available at Gregory’s or through Twyla. Call (517) 894-5137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. SEPTEMBER 8 — Big Zoo Party, Lansing. Bright lights, fun music and amazing animals will greet you as you arrive at the Potter Park Zoo for the biggest night of the year. The Big Zoo Party promises to be an evening you won’t want to miss from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Mix and mingle with the zoo’s most incredible animals. Prices: TBD. Call (517) 483-4222 or visit www.potterparkzoo.org. SEPTEMBER 13 — 23rd Annual Grand Ledge Golf Outing, Grand Ledge. The Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce is host to a splendid day of 18 holes of golf. The cost is $80/person or $320/foursome. Price includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, a lite lunch and a wonderful steak dinner. If you sign up for a team and do not show up you will still be responsible for full payment. Shot gun start at noon at the Grand Ledge County Club, 5811 St. Joe Hwy. Call (517) 627-2383 or visit www.grandledgechamber.org. SEPTEMBER 13 — Farmers Market at the Capitol, Lansing. A special farmers market will be held on the east lawn of the State Capitol from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You will be able to purchase a wide variety of products, including fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, flowers, jams, jellies, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, fish and meat, salsas, dips, pickled products and soaps. All of this is just a sample of the more than 200 agricultural commodities produced in Michigan. Call (517) 432-0712 or visit www.michigan.org. SEPTEMBER 14 — Lansing Symphony’s Opening Night: Ralph Votapek’s 50th Anniversary, East Lansing. The LSO’s 83rd season opens with internationally acclaimed pianist, Ralph Votapek, performing both Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The evening commences with a fanfare celebration, Millennium Canons by Pulitzer Prize Winner Kevin Puts. The perfect introduction to what promises to be a magnificent season. Showtime is at 8 p.m. with ticket prices from $15-$50/person at the Wharton Center. Call (517) 487-5001 or visit www.lansingsymphony.org. SEPTEMBER 16 — Lily Tomlin, East Lansing. Join us for an unforgettable night of sidesplitting laughter. This unique comedian takes her audience on what the Washington Post calls a “wise and howlingly funny” trip with her off-kilter characters. She conjures up her cast of characters with all the apparent ease of a magician pulling a whole menagerie from a single hat. This Detroit native was awarded the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to go with her Emmys, Tonys and Grammy. Showtime: 7 p.m. Prices from $25-$60. Call 1 (800) Wharton or visit www.whartoncenter.com. SEPTEMBER 20-21 — Old Town Blues Fest, Lansing. Old Town Blues Fest creates an open space where people gather, have fun and enjoy the rhythm of the blues. Local, regional and national talent performs on three stages in the heart of Old Town from 4 p.m. to midnight, corner of Grand River Ave. and Turner St. Visit www.oldtownbluesfest.com. SEPTEMBER 21-23 — 19th Annual Carriage Days, Ovid. Carriage Days brings friends and families together to celebrate all things Ovid. Family attractions to delight in: midway amusements, tractor and horse pulls, a grand parade and lots of lip-smacking ice cream. Call (989) 769-4191 or visit www.ovidcarriagedays.com. SEPTEMBER 22 — FAAN Walk for Food Allergy, Lansing. This 3rd Annual walk is held at the Granger Meadows Park with check in at 11 a.m. and the walk begins at noon. An event to educate and raise awareness for those living with life-threatening food allergy and anaphylaxis. Call (517) 896-4798 or visit: www.foodallergywalk.org/lansing_mi12. SEPTEMBER 22-23 — Michigan Apple Festival, Charlotte. This festival is a family event that showcases amusing apple activities, wine samplings, picking, exhibits, deserts and apple wood smoked BBQ. You will learn about growing your own apple trees to making hard cider. You will see, taste, touch, smell and hear everything apples. Kids Apple Art Contest! Call (517) 543-1019 or visit www.michigan.org. SEPTEMBER 29 — Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off, St. Johns. Growers from all over the state gather at Andy T’s, 3131 S. US-27, to have their gigantic pumpkins weighed. This is an exciting activity for the whole family to enjoy and is free. Call (517) 749-8475 or visit www.andyts.com. SEPTEMBER 29 — 3rd Annual Lansing Zombie Walk, Lansing. Starts downtown at Ferris Park, 500 W. Shiawassee, from 10 a.m. to noon. The Zombie Walk will travel south on Walnut to Ottawa and continues east on Ottawa to the Capitol. Visit www.downtownlansing.org. SEPTEMBER 9 — Sheryl Crow, East Lansing. Free-spirited, fearless and fierce describe this remarkable performer, Sheryl Crow. Starting out as a jingle and back-up singer to now becoming a musical genius with her solo career, Crowperforms at the Wharton Center with show time at 7 p.m. Tickets: $38 to $78. Call (517) 432-2000 or visit www.whartoncenter.com. SEPTEMBER 13-23 — Spring Awakening, Lansing. Winner of eight Tonys, including Best Musical, this play celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy and passion you will never forget. Tickets: $20/person, $18/student/senior/military personnel. Shows: 7 p.m. at the River Walk Theatre. Call (517) 482-5700 or visit www.riverwalktheatre.com. SEPTEMBER 20-OCTOBER 21 — Boom, Williamston. Something is about to explode. A grad student’s online personal ad lures a mysterious journalism student to his subterranean research lab for a “casual encounter,” but there’s nothing casual about this particular evening. She discovers that he actually fears the end of the world is at hand. This epic and intimate comedy will keep you laughing ‘til the unexpected end. Call (517) 655-7469 or visit www.williamstontheatre.com. NOW – SEPTEMBER 21 — Weavings of War, East Lansing. A showcase of textiles made in a variety of techniques and for different purposes by artists, mostly women, who have incorporated pictorial imagery in their work to communicate their personal and collective experiences with war. With textiles from Asia, Africa and North and South America, the exhibit represents an eloquent and powerful testimony of the impacts of modern warfare in our world and the relevancy and resilience of folk arts in contemporary life. Gallery hours: noon to 2 p.m. Gallery within Snyder-Phillips Hall. Call (517) 884-6290 or visit www.lansing.org. NOW – SEPTEMBER 23 — Patterns of Inquiry: Quilts in Research and Education, East Lansing. From treasured bed coverings, to provocative works of art and political statements, to sophisticated digital learning tools, curators at the MSU Museum are patterning together a whole new understanding of what quilts are. Opening in the Main Gallery, the exhibition will showcase a number of the museum’s historic and contemporary textiles. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Call (517) 335-7474 or visit www.msu.edu. SEPTEMBER 15-16 — Arts & Crafts Fair, St. Johns. There is tons of fall fun to be had by all at the Uncle John’s Cider Mill. Free to enter the craft show or to enjoy live music. Plenty of children’s activities; corn maze, train rides, wagon rides, make your own stuffed animal, to a real life gemstone mining experience will also be there for you to explore. Call (989) 224-3686 or visit www.ujcidermill.com. OCTOBER 1-NOVEMBER 30 — 4,000 Years of Indigenous Michigan Horticulture, East Lansing. When Europeans arrived in the western Great Lakes in the 17th century they encountered local Native Americans who were growing crops and other plant life. Learn about their horticulture. You can explore what we know about the origins of native horticulture in Michigan, particularly the appearance and adoption of corn (maize), as well as squash, beans, and native seed and grain plants. Call (517) 335-7474 visit www.msu.edu. SEPTEMBER 8 — Free Recycling Event, Lansing. The Regional Recycling Coordinators Committee is sponsoring a free electronics collection event and is in need of volunteers. Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ingham County Health Department, 5303 S. Cedar St. Volunteers can expect to work 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Kate (989) 224-5186 or email email@example.com. SEPTEMBER 13-16 — CARE Seeks Volunteers, Lansing. The next training seeks more community volunteers. The Capital Area Response Effort (CARE) is a post-arrest response team for survivors of domestic violence. CARE staff, volunteers and interns offer crisis intervention and community resources to those who have experienced a domestic assault in Lansing, Lansing Township, Meridian Township, East Lansing and on the campus of MSU. Call (517) 272-7436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. SEPTEMBER 14 — From Italy to America with Love, Lansing. Join Mina Hall for a book signing at the Barnes and Noble in the Lansing Mall from 6-9 p.m. Listen to her story as a young girl who survived a 1940 bombing in Italy and torpedo attack that changed the history of naval warfare. Hear how she got started as an artist in Italy and found herself happy in America married to an American man. Call (517) 327-0437 or visit www.barnesandnoble.com. SEPTEMBER 15 — Life Skills and Relaxation, Bath. Do you want to get more out of life? This class will give you the keys to unlock: better health, better concentration, more energy and learn to enjoy your whole life ~ work and play. A set of practices that can be used whenever and wherever needed to relieve stress and anxiety, relax, bring focus and improve concentration and decision-making. The cost is $30/person. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org. SEPTEMBER 22-23 — Public Observing Night, East Lansing. If the sky is sufficiently clear, the MSU observatory will open its doors for public observing. The MSU 0.6 meter telescope will be set up for viewing on selected astronomical objects throughout the evening. Smaller telescopes will be set up in the observatory parking lot with both local area and MSU astronomers on hand to answer questions. Free admission. Call (517) 355-4676 or visit www.pa.msu.edu. SEPTEMBER 8 — Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Lansing. The walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Takes place at 401 S. Washington Sq., Ste. 101. Registration: 11 a.m. and the race starts at 1 p.m. Admission is free. Call (517) 999-3004 or visit www.lansing.org. SEPTEMBER 9 — Spartan Marching Band for Kids Concert, Okemos. One of the oldest and most recognized university marching bands in the country joins Tim Staudt, at the Staudt home, from 3-6 p.m. This is an incredible event supporting the Sparrow Children’s Center. The afternoon will include delicious food, Spartan tunes, a special raffle and the opportunity to mingle with your favorite MSU Athletic Coaches. Call (517) 364-5691 or email email@example.com. SEPTEMBER 9 — 9th Annual Women Working Wonders 8k/5k/0k, Lansing. Please join W3, the Michigan State University women’s basketball team and returning Honorary Chair Suzy Merchant for a wondrous race day. Registration: 8:30 a.m. with the race at 9:30 a.m. Start location is the Sparrow Cancer Center parking lot. Call (517) 364-5680 or visit www.sparrowfoundation.org. SEPTEMBER 15-16 — 9th Capital City River Run, Lansing. A fundraising event to benefit the Impression 5 Science Center. There will be a kid’s mile that will be held on the east side of the Adado Riverfront Park and the Lansing River Trail from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. There will also be a half marathon and a 5k starting at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. Cost: $5 for the kid’s mile, $35 for the 5k and $60 for the half marathon. Call (517) 899-5211 or visit www.cityoflansingmi.com. SEPTEMBER 16 — Faith’s Pillows, Holt. Support our local Ronald McDonald House beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Charlar Palace Event Center, 4230 Charlar Drive, Holt. Enjoy entertainment by jazz band Energy, a silent auction, 50-50 raffles and an afternoon lunch. Tickets are $25 per person. Call (517) 580-2284 for more information. SEPTEMBER 16 — Tailgate for the Animals, Lansing. Spartans and Wolverines are invited to celebrate the big game with a special gathering at the Potter Park Zoo. Don’t forget to show your college student ID at the admission gate to receive a 50 percent off on the price of your admission. Proceeds will go toward animal enrichment at the zoo. Call (517) 483-4222 or visit www.potterparkzoo.org. SEPTEMBER 20 – CAWLM Lady Classic, East Lansing. Join lady golfers and celeb caddies at the annual Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine Lady Classic presented by Independent Bank. This year’s event is at Timber Ridge Golf Club and will benefit EVE, Inc. Teams of four are $360, which includes a cart, round of golf, breakfast, lunch, dinner by Outback Steakhouse, two drink tickets plus a super-fun goodie bag. For more info or to register visit www.cawlm.com or call (517) 203-0123. OCTOBER 2 — It’s a Breast Thing, East Lansing. It’s a Breast Thing presents their 2012 event “The Importance of Early Detection,” from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 at Eagle Eye Golf Club. The night includes health related exhibits, light refreshments and live music by Too Smooth for Notes. Guests will also vote on the creative bras on display. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.