September 5 — Ladies Night Out, Lansing. Join Vets Too Gift Boutique at a Ladies Night Out. This will be a fun evening for women featuring local author, Lori Nelson Spileman and her book, The Life List. Enjoy book signings by Lori and Scarf Time by Susan. The event is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Vets Too Gift Boutique, located at 2416 North East Street. Call (517) 267-1860. September 7 — Live Life Nspired 5K Run and Family Walk, Charlotte. The 5k run and 1 mile walk will start at 9:45 a.m. at 321 E. Harris St. Registration: $20 before Sept. 6 and $25 the day of the race. The 1 mile walk is free. Email email@example.com. September 7-8 — Centennial Farm Antique Harvest Festival, DeWitt. This Antique Harvest Festival includes antique dealer friends offering their eclectic harvest of antiques in a restored barn and granary on an 1870’s farmstead located at 4410 W. Howe Road, just ¼ mile west of Airport Road. The collection offers romantic to rustic treasures that will warm your heart and home. Vendors will be located on the lawn and refreshments and home-baked goods will be available. Call the “Farmer’s Daughter” (517) 669-5096. September 8-10 — Annual Sparrow Foundation Women Working Wonders “5K/0K,” Lansing. Join W3 members and the Michigan State University women’s basketball team along with returning Honorary Chair Suzy Merchant to support women’s health in mid-Michigan by running, walking and/or revitalizing at the Sparrow Hospital Cancer Center Parking Lot. The 5k run/walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Or you can revitalize between 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the “0k” events that also include massages, health assessments, reflexology, demonstrations, samples and much more from Sparrow experts and local professionals. Visit www.sparrowfoundation.org/w3race. September 11 — 9-11 Hero Run, Holt. The Holt 9-11 Hero Run became reality because of the “Tunnel to Towers” 5k held in New York. The story behind “Tunnel to Towers” is that firefighter Stephen Siller was on his way to a golf game on Sept. 11, 2001. He received the call to respond to the Twin Towers just as he was approaching the entrance of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. When he got to the tunnel he found it was closed. Stephen donned the 60 pounds of gear he had with him and ran to the burning towers. He made it to the scene, but never made it home. He left his five young children without a father. The Holt 9-11 Hero Run is not about a single courageous act, it’s about not becoming complacent with the pain and fear that all of us felt on 9-11. The 9-11 Hero Run is held at the Delhi Fire Department, located at 2074 Aurelius Road. Race begins at 6:15 p.m. and the cost is $25 plus a $2.50 registration fee. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. September 14 — Anniversary Celebration, Haslett. Help Burgdorf’s Winery celebrate their eight-year anniversary from noon to 5 p.m. at Burgdorf Winery, 5635 Shoeman Road. Enjoy wine tasting, music, appetizers, and hourly door prizes. Call (517) 655-2883 or visit www.burgdorfwinery.com. September 14-15 — Capital City River Run Weekend, Lansing. Come out and enjoy a weekend of races, a fitness expo, entertainment, food, refreshments, beer tent a more. Sure to be great fun for the entire family. The Sohn Kids Races, including a 1k and a 100 yard dash, will take place on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. Cost is $5/person. The 5k and the half-marathon both take place on Sunday. The 5k will begin at 8:30 a.m. and is $35/person before Sept. 15, or $40/person after Sept.15. The half-marathon also begins at 8:30 a.m. and is $60/person before Sept. 15 or $65/person after Sept. 15. Visit www.ccriverrun.com. September 14-15 — Lansing Bridal Show, Lansing. Lansing’s only two-day bridal show, comprised mostly of Lansing Bridal Association members is being held at the Lansing Center on Saturday, Sept. 14, and Sunday, Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everything you could possibly need to plan your wedding will be on hand, from DJ’s and photographers to the perfect wedding gown and tux. While there, be sure to register to win a wedding gown and tux from Pierre’s Bridal worth $500. Tickets are $7/adult (13 and above). Visit www.LansingBridalShow.com. September 21-22 — Michigan Apple Festival, Charlotte. The 2013 Michigan Apple Festival is being held at the Country Mill, located at 4648 Otto Road. Enjoy everything apple with things to do for the entire family. Some activities include: Apple wine tasting, hard cider demonstration, caramel apple demonstration, kids apple activities, pony rides, apple picking, corn maze, train rides, live kids music and an applewood smoked BBQ. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit www.MichiganAppleFestival.com for details of the schedule or call (517) 543-1019. September 22 — Grand Adventure Race, Grand Ledge. This modified triathlon begins and ends at Jaycee Park, located in downtown Grand Ledge. Participants will kayak a two mile loop on the Grand River, bike 11.5 miles and finish up with a 5k run. Sign up today and get ready to paddle, bike and run. Check in is from 7 to 8:15 a.m. followed by a pre-race meeting at 8:30 a.m. The race will begin at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit Grand Ledge Park improvements. Visit http://GrandAdventureRace.com. September 28 — Autumn Tea, Lansing. Bring your mom, daughter or girlfriends and enjoy the Autumn Tea at the Turner-Dodge House located at 100 E. North St. While there, savor the bounty of the fall’s harvest as you experience the flavors of autumn with delicious tea. Call (517) 483-4220. September 29 — Tailgate for the Animals, Lansing. The animals at Potter Park Zoo will be celebrating the long standing rivalry between MSU and U of M. Guests are encouraged to show their team spirit by wearing either green and white or maize and blue. While there, make donations in honor of your favorite team. All proceeds will go toward the red panda conservation. At the end of the day, the total number of donations will be tallied to determine a winner, MSU or U of M. Event is from noon to 4 p.m. and is $4/adult resident, $10/adult non-resident, $3/senior resident, $8/senior non-resident, $2/children ages 3-12, free/children under 3. College students with a valid college ID will get 50 percent off the price of admission. Call (517) 483-4222. October 1 — It’s a Breast Thing, Lansing. Enjoy an evening at Eagle Eye Golf Club and help raise funds for local Breast Cancer patients to help with their out of pocket expenses. The night will include complimentary food and drinks, a bra decorating contest, Health Related Exhibitors and a program introducing current Breast Cancer information lead by Dr. LaKeeya Tucker. 2014 IBT calendars will also be on sale featuring local breast cancer survivors. Call Suzi Wyman (517) 381-5432. October 1 — Ambassadors Harlem Basketball Game, Mason. Join an eclectic group of local leaders and celebrities as they take on the Ambassadors Harlem at the Mason High School Fieldhouse beginning at 7 p.m. This will be a fun and entertaining evening for the entire family to enjoy. Don’t miss out. For tickets call (517) 676-2538. October 5 — Old Town Oktoberfest, Lansing. Come celebrate and enjoy the 8th annual Old Town Oktoberfest, Mid-Michigan’s only German Oktoberfest event. There will be German food, live polka music, dancing and a 12 ounce souvenir mug filled with German-style beer. This two-day event takes place on Friday from 6 to 11:10 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 11 p.m. Come and get your polka on and enjoy all of the musik, essen and bier. October 6 — Pumpkin Trot, St. Johns. Andy T’s Farm Market is having their 15th annual Pumpkin Trot 5K & 10K Run/Walk to benefit the St. Johns Spraypark. Andy T’s Farm Market is located at 3131 S. US 27. Registration for the event is noon to 1 p.m. The kids dash (ages six and under) begins at 12:50 p.m., followed by the 1k (ages 11 and under) beginning at 1 p.m. The 5k and 10k will begin at 1:30 p.m. The cost of the trot is $20/adult, $15/high school and younger and $7/1k and Kids Dash. All 1k and Kids Dash participants will receive a goody bag and a trophy. Awards will be given out in the 5k and 10k to overall male and female winners and the top three finishers. Register by Sept. 30 to be guaranteed a T-shirt. To register, visit www.andyts.com. Arts Through the Fall — A Mile in Her Boots, Lansing. This is an ongoing female Veteran awareness project. Female Veterans please contact Heather at email@example.com if you would like to decorate a pair of military boots. The VOA will provide the boots. The completed, embellished boots will be a part of a mobile art display. Pictures of the completed boots will be available on their website at www.voami.org. Now to October 31 — Pickin’ In The Park, Old Town. Bring a chair or a blanket and come share your love for music at a weekly jam session with fellow artists, musicians and residents in the heart of Old Town every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Whether you come to play or just listen, you are sure to have a fun evening. Visit www.iloveoldtown.org. September 8 — Masterworks 1: A Thrilling Beginning, East Lansing. Opening night with the Lansing Symphony promises to be a harmonious ride that you won’t want to miss. The show begins at 8 p.m. in Cobb Hall, at the Wharton Center. You will be electrified by pieces from Enescu, Higdon, Dvorak and the guest artist, Lisa Pegher. Call (517) 432-2000. September 14 — Summer Art Fling, Lansing. More than 40 artists will be featuring their wares on the sidewalks of Old Town from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come and explore and see all that Old Town has to offer. Call Absolute Gallery (517) 482-8845 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org. September 12-15 & 19-22 — M*A*S*H, Lansing. Join the crew from the 4077 M*A*S*H (Mobil Army Surgical Hospital) and two of the best chest surgeons in South Korea, who are always unpredictable, as they forge a campaign to get a young Korean to the United States and enrolled in a good school. Come along for the wild adventure and experience this comedy by Tim Kelly. Show times are as follows: Thursdays 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10/adult on Thursday or $14/adult on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and $8/senior, student or military personnel on Thursday or $12/senior, student or military personnel on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Box office is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and two hours before each show. Call (517) 482-5700. September 17 to 22 — Widows, East Lansing. In a village where every man has disappeared during the reign of the former dictator, the women band together to defy the nation’s military. While this otherworldly tale will remind audiences of recent history, it will also awaken them to the power of collective action. Sept. 19 will be a post-show discussion. Sept. 22 is a pre-show discussion with the director at the Arena in the Wharton Center. General admission: $10/person and show times vary depending on the day. Call (517) 432-2000. October 1 — So You Think You Can Dance, East Lansing. The 11-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning show is performing at Cobb Great Hall, located in the Wharton Center on the campus of MSU. Enjoy the performances of the Top 10 finalists featuring the season’s most popular routines as well as original pieces created specifically for the tour. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Call (800) WHARTON. Exhibits Now thru September 28 — Art Exhibit, Lansing. Join the Lansing Art Gallery at the art exhibit of Art from the Lakes, featuring the work of seven artists from Shiga. The Art from the Lakes is a special artists exchange project between the sister states of Michigan and Shiga Prefecture in Japan. The works are based on Lake Biwa and the Great Lakes. The gallery is located at 119 N. Washington Square and their hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays and the 1st Sunday of the month 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Call (517) 374-6400 ext. 2 or visit www.lansingartgallery.com. September 8 — Capital City Reptile Show, Lansing. This show features reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates from all around the world. All of the glass terrariums, acrylic cages, abs snake racks, dry goods, supplies and feeders you need will be available. This event is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the cost is $7/adults, $3/children ages 13 and under and free/children five and under. Call Evan (248) 977-5175 or visit www.lansingreptileshow.com. October 10 — Pumpkin Festival Classic Car Show, St. Johns. The 2009 Pumpkin Festival Classic Car Show will be held on Clinton Avenue in downtown St. Johns from 2 to 6 p.m. Enjoy some old fashioned rock and roll by disk jockey “Dr. Oldies,” just picked apples, apple cider and fresh baked donuts. Participants who enter the car show will receive a goody bag along with the chance of winning a trophy (given to the Top 3 entries) and a $100 cash prize to the winner. Email CarolField@DowntownStJohns.org. Clinics Now to September 13 — Meridian Parks Photography Contest, Haslett. Attention amateur photographers, Parks and Rec are looking for photos that best capture the image of spring, summer and early fall in Meridian Township and what it means to you. Ideas for photos include active and passive recreation, laughter, serenity, happiness, experiences, competition, wildlife or the natural environment. Photos must be taken between March 11 and Sept. 13 in Meridian Township Parks. No cost to participate and photos are due Sept. 20 to 2100 Gaylord C. Smith Court. For an application and set of rules, call (517) 853-4600 or visit www.meridian.mi.us. Now to December 5 — TangleMania Club, Dimondale. The SmittenDust Studio, 257 Bridge St., will host a free discussion group on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is not a class, but more of a discussion group, experimentation, sharing of ideas and a chance to see what others are doing. Call Jan (517) 327-0938. September 10-12 — Financial U, Okemos. Calling all MSU students; come to one of MSUFCU’s Financial U seminars and learn how to create a college budget, what you should know about your credit and how to keep your account safe. The seminar is held in the International Center Spartan C, 427 N. Shaw Lane. Register online and attend one free seminar to receive a $15 credit to your account and be entered in a drawing to win a mountain bike. Pizza, pop and cookies provided. Call (800) 678-4968. September 10 — Google Docs, Lansing. Have you always wanted to learn how to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more on the web? Now is your chance, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Capital Area District Library in Lansing. Call (517) 367-6346. September 15 — Perennial Plant Workshop & Exchange, Lansing. Are you interested in providing your garden with year-long beauty along with making it more diverse? If so, this is the class for you. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the how-tos of perennial gardening from 4 to 5 p.m. and then from 5 to 7 p.m. there will be an open exchange of your plants. The class, hosted by the Greater Lansing Food Bank, is being held at the Foster Park Resource Center located on 2401 Marcus St. Call (517) 853-7800. Fundraisers September 5 — Annual Williamston Theatre Fundraiser, Lansing. Join Williamston Theatre as they celebrate this annual fundraiser at the home of Brad and Lou Sharp on Three Lakes. Food and adult beverages provided. Also take in a sneak preview of the upcoming season including some of your favorite Williamston Theatre actors. Tickets: $50/person. Call (517) 655-7469 or visit www.williamstontheatre.com. September 8 — Spartan Marching Band for Kids Concert, Okemos. Join us for an afternoon of music by the Spartan Marching Band, food, drinks, a raffle and the opportunity to mingle with MSU coaches and help support the Sparrow Children’s Cancer Center. The event is at the home of Tim and Cathy Staudt, located at 4775 Wellington Drive from 3 to 6 p.m. with the gates opening at 2 p.m. The cost is $75/adults, $25/children or $800/table of eight (includes VIP seating and parking). For tickets, call Stacie Peltomaa (517) 364-5698 or email email@example.com. September 13 — PCTC’s “Bonnie and Clyde Gala” Fundraiser, Lansing. Peppermint Creek Theatre Company is launching their 2013-2014 season will “The Bonnie and Clyde Fall Gala” fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Miller Performing Arts Center, located at 6025 Curry Lane. There will be food, wine, a silent auction, music of the time period, a demonstration of swing dancing and a preview of scenes from the season opener, Bonnie and Clyde, the Musical. Tickets are $60/person or $100/pair. Proceeds will support PCTC production and operational costs for the upcoming season. Visit www.peppermintcreek.org. September 15 — Walk for the Animals, Grand Ledge. Join the Capital Area Humane Society for a 5k Fun Run/Walk (with your dog of course) or a 1-mile walk at Fitzgerald Park, as they try to raise $90,000 for the animals. The Walk for the Animals generates critical support for the 290 plus animals served daily at the Humane Society. There is no fee for registration. Visit www.cahs-lansing.org. September 15 — Jungle Party, Lansing. Join CADSA at the Down Syndrome Jungle Party from noon to 4 p.m. at the Potter Park Zoo and help support local community members and increase funding and awareness. The Jungle Party is a family-friendly zoo celebration with live music, a picnic lunch and activities for all ages. Call (517) 333.6655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. September 19 — 2013 Lady Classic, Lansing. Join CAWLM for their seventh annual golf outing, this year benefiting C.A.R.E. (Capital Area Response Effort) at Timber Ridge Golf Club, 16339 Park Lake Road. Fees: $90/person or $360/foursome. The player package includes greens fee and cart, two beverage tickets, light breakfast, lunch and dinner and a beautiful player gift bag. The fun begins with an 8 a.m. breakfast and registration followed by a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Call (517) 203-0123, email email@example.com or visit www.cawlm.com. September 21 — Walkathon & 5K Run, Okemos. The Parkinson Foundation is having a Walkathon and 5K run at Okemos High School on Saturday, Sept. 21. Registration begins at 9 a.m., the opening ceremony is at 10:15 a.m., with the walk/run beginning at 10:30 a.m. followed by an awards ceremony starting around noon. The cost of the walk is $10/age 12 and under, $15/age 13 and above. The cost of the run is $20. Call (248) 433-1011 or visit www.parkinsonsmi.org. September 28 — Lansing Area Heart Walk, Okemos. This event is held at Delta Dental, 4100 Okemos Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Health screenings, kids’ activities and more support the whole family. Step up to stop heart disease and stroke by forming a team and raising funds for the American Heart Association. Call Kimberly (800) 968-1040, (269) 808-2783 or visit www.lansingheartwalk.org.