January 6 — Lansing Bridal World, Lansing. Mid-Michigan’s largest and best-attended Bridal Event! Don’t miss an opportunity to meet more than 90 of the most sought after wedding professionals and learn new and creative ideas for your perfect wedding. Many exhibitors will be offering samples, demonstrations and money-saving specials the day of the show. Fashion show at 2 p.m. featuring Fantastic Finds, David’s Bridal, Men’s Wearhouse and Sound Productions. Tickets: $4 in advance at Fantastic Finds or $6 at the door. Visit website to pre-register for a FREE Weekend Getaway at Solace Spa of Boyne Mountain Grand Lodge and also receive half off your admission. Held at the Lansing Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (989) 534-1135 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.bridalworldshows.com. January 12 — 5th Annual Soup-Off, Mason. Sample homemade soups throughout the Maple Street Mall, 108 W. Maple St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vote for your favorite. Email email@example.com or visit www.maplestreetmall.com. January 12 — Big Buck Contest & Wild Game Dinner. Sponsored by Bone Splitter Outdoors, the 2013 Wild Game Dinner is an event you don’t want to miss. The night includes: Raffle for a 5-day Semi-Guided Hunt with Ohio Triangle Outfitters including lodging and meals with the hunt being filmed by Bone Splitter Outdoors. Raffles for guns and bows and theme prize tables. Wild game meal held at the Eagle Eye Banquet Facility, 15500 Chandler Road and starts at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $45/person. Visit www.glhba.org. January 27 — Meridian Skates, East Lansing. All Meridian Township residents and friends are invited to Suburban Ice, 2810 Hannah Blvd., for a free family skate. Skate time is from 3:40 to 4:50 p.m. with $1 skate rental fee. Call (517) 336-4272. January 25 — Meridian Bowls, East Lansing. All Meridian Township residents and friends are invited to City Limits East, 2120 E. M-78, for free family bowling. Lane times: 4:30-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. with $2.50 shoe rental fee. Limited enrollment, register a lane time. Call (517) 337-7000. January 26 — Family Moonlight Sledding, Okemos. Bring the family to North Meridian Road Park for fun times and great exercise. Slide down the lit hill, enjoy hot chocolate and keep warm by the campfire for free from 6-8:30 p.m. Call (517) 853-4600 or visit www.meridian.mi.us. January 26-27 — Mid Michigan Outdoors Show, Mason. Things to enjoy: seminars with featured speakers, trout pond, fishing simulator, boats, fishing and hunting supplies for only $5/person, kids under 12 free, plenty of free parking. Held at the Ingham Country Fair Grounds, 700 E. Ash St. Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. January 27 — 6th Annual Polar Bear 5K Run/Walk, Okemos. Here is a great family recreation activity that is fun for all ages and abilities. Participants will enjoy a 5k run/walk through scenic Central Park and Nancy Moore Park. Participants pre-registered by Jan. 18 will receive a free moisture wicking race t-shirt. Race Day registration will take place at the Meridian Township Municipal Building. Awards will be given in 14 divisions to the top three finishers for men and women. Course certified – MI 090225H. Registration: 9 a.m. with run/walk at 10 a.m. $20/person or $25/person after Jan. 18. Call (517) 853-4600. February 1-3 — Mid-Michigan Women’s Expo, Lansing. Back for its 13th year, the Women’s Expo features products, services and seminars that aim to provide a weekend of education, entertainment and enjoyment. The Expo features more than 250 women-owned and women-focused businesses. Slated to run Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance tickets: $7/person and are available at Meijer stores. Admission at the door: $9/adult and $7 for children ages 6–14. Visit www.lansingcenter.com. Arts January 10 — Scrapbook on a Budget, Lansing. Adult class: would you like to scrapbook, but are afraid of the cost? Put those fears aside and join us to discover the joy of creating your own scrapbook and share budget saving tips. Session held at the Turner-Dodge House, 100 E. North St., from 1-4 p.m. for only $17/person. To reserve your spot call (517) 483-4220. January 24 — Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It, East Lansing. A meet and greet and photo with William Shatner with $150 VIP ticket purchase. Held at Cobb Great Hall at 7:30 p.m. A one man force of nature delivers a larger than life performance complete with his laugh-out-loud humor, signature storytelling and select musical selections in his inimitable style. Through anecdotes, songs, jokes and even some poignant moments, you will experience Shatner’s phenomenal path from classically trained Shakespearean actor to cultural icon, brilliantly creating the larger-than-life and most important character he has ever played, William Shatner. Visit www.whartoncenter.com. January 24-27 & 31 — In The Heights, Lansing. Tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood — a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. Performance by the Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. at the Miller Performing Arts Center, 6025 Curry Lane. Call (517) 927-3016 or visit www.peppermintcreek.org. January 25 — Mark Chesnutt, Charlotte. Hear the songs, “Bubba Shot the Jukebox,” “It’s a Little Too Late,” and “Going Through the Big D,” as Mark Chesnutt performs from his expansive list of hits. Chesnutt has charted more than 30 singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including eight No. 1 singles. An evening of intimate acoustic country music as this superstar performs at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 378 State St., at 7:30 p.m. for $34. Call (517) 541-5690 or visit www.cpacpresents.com. January 27 — The Gruffalo, East Lansing. Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep, dark woods in this magical, musical adaptation of the Blue Peter award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Mouse can scare a succession of fierce hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined? Let your imagination run wild. Held at the Pasant Theatre, 750 E. Shaw Lane, for $10. Showtimes: 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Visit www.whartoncenter.com. January 31 — BBC Concert Orchestra, East Lansing. Led by popular Boston Pops Principal Conductor, Keith Lockhart, this all-British performance showcases Elgar’s passionate Cello Concerto featuring Sophie Shao, whom The New York Times has applauded as eloquent and powerful. The performance also includes Elgar’s “Enigma Variations,” Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes” and Butterworth’s “The Banks of the Green Willow.” One of the world’s most respected orchestra’s, the BBC Concert Orchestra appears regularly on BBC Radio and BBC Television and at the legendary Proms in London. Show time is at 7:30 p.m. with tickets ranging from $30 to $75. Visit www.whartoncenter.com. Clinics Every Sunday — Spiritual Talk, Bath. All are welcome at 7 p.m. to join in and listen to one of Mata Yogananda’s recorded “Inspiring Talks,” followed by Silent Prayer and Pure Meditation for as long as you wish, with Winged Prayer — healing for all in need at 9 p.m.. No charge. Held at the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, 7187 Drumheller Road. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org. January 10-13 — CARE Program, Lansing. The CARE Program is seeking volunteers to train! 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 email email@example.com. January 12 or 26 — Pure Meditation Foundation Class for Adults, Bath. Held at the Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, 7187 Drumheller Road from 3-5 p.m. Conquer stress, improve concentration and find inner peace. $60/person includes book and follow-up appointment. Preregistration required. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.selfrealizationcentremichigan.org. January 19 & February 2 — Cross Country Ski Class, Okemos. Glide through a winter wonderland. The class includes tips from an expert instructor on staying warm in the cold, basic skills such as gliding, turning, going up and down hills and guided skiing on the park trails. Dress appropriately. Ski rentals are available and must be reserved ahead of time. Class is dependent on snow cover. Classes taught by guest naturalist Jackie Blanc. Held that Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: 15/person with your equipment or $20/person with their equipment. Call (517) 349-3866 or visit www.meridian.mi.us. January 23-25 — Cyber Security Conference, Lansing. Is your data protected? Securing the cloud. Register for this vital training. Held at LCC West Campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (517) 483-9853 or visit www.lcc.edu/bci. December thru February — Research Participants/MSU Research, East Lansing. Research participants needed as MSU researchers from the Department Surgical Specialties, College of Osteopathic Medicine, are looking for women ages 40-80 years old with, and without, low back pain to fill out a questionnaire to help find causes of Degenerative Spondylolisthesis — a condition characterized by a slip of the spine that affects predominantly women. Call (517) 975-3301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. January 21 — Student Leadership Conference, East Lansing. Students will have a great opportunity to participate in a variety of events with workshops, competitions and a chance to win prizes just by showing up, “Into the Streets,” “Showtyme @ MSU” at the International Center, a Commemorative March, special library and Museum exhibits, free jazz concerts and a community dinner. Colleges and academic units will also be hosting special events for their students. Visit www.inclusion.msu.edu/outreach/mlk. January 27 — Meridian Swims, Okemos. Meridian Township residents and friends are invited to enjoy a wet and wild time with a giant splash of family fun at the MAC pool from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sponsored in cooperation with the Michigan Athletic Club. Limited space. For reservations call (517) 364-8888. February 6, 9, 13, 20 — Photography Class, Okemos. Photography class with Ron St. Germain. Whether your camera is old or the newest technology, this class will familiarize you with all of its buttons and functions. You will learn the basics in a fun and easily understood way with entertaining slide presentations and plenty of time to ask questions. Feb. 6, 13, 20 class is 6:30-9 p.m. and Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $55/person for 4-day session. Visit www.daphotodude.com. Fundraisers January 26 — Winter Wonderland, Okemos. Enjoy a winter hike or learn to snowshoe and cross-country ski on the trails of Meridian Riverfront Park at the Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road. Bring your own equipment if you can. Cross country skis and a limited number of snowshoes will be available. Recreational dog sledders will be on hand to demonstrate dog sledding and to introduce their dogs by the campfire. Children will have fun in the Outdoor Activity Area and everyone can watch Miller Ice Sculptures carve ice animals. Enjoy refreshments, a visit with HAM Radio operators and the HNC Foundation Silent Auction. The event will continue with or without snow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free but donations to the HNC appreciated. Call (517) 349.3866 January 27 — Meridian Township Polar Bear 5K, Okemos. Race starts at 10 a.m. at the Meridian Township Municipal Building, 5151 Marsh Road, plan to be there at 9 a.m. Stopover at Playmakers on Jan. 26 for early packet pick up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $20/person or $25 race day. Race proceeds support Meridian Township Parks. Call (517) 853-4616 or visit www.meridian.mi.us. February 1 — 2nd Annual House Party, Lansing. Habitat for Humanity Lansing will host this annual celebration in style from 7-11 p.m. at the University Club of MSU, 3435 Forest Road. The event will feature music by Dr. Fab and the Off the Couch Band, Mardi Gras-themed, Build-Your-Own Po-Boy Stations, seafood jambalaya, Louisiana red beans and rice, festive desserts, silent auction and cash bar. Cost: $60/couple or $35/person. 100 percent of the ticket price goes directly to Habitat Lansing to help rehabilitate and build homes in the Greater Lansing area. Advance reservations required call (517) 374-1313 x13 or visit www.habitatlansing.org. February 3 — Super Bowl 5K, Okemos. Flat, fast and accurate 5k on paved roads. Race will be timed using disposable RFID tags. Starting mats at start and finish. Unique medal in the shape of a football helmet given to top three in each age group. Race is at the Chippewa Middle School, 4000 Okemos Road., with start time: 10 a.m. Award ceremony at 10:45 a.m. Packet pick up: Feb. 2 from 2-6 p.m. at Playmakers. Race day at Chippewa at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit MRF Scholarship fund and for youth programs at Okemos Schools. Call (517) 702-0226 or visit www.runningfoundation.com. February 10 — Heart Throb 5K, East Lansing. Valentine’s Day with a loved one, friend or family member by racing in the couples division or race solo on a fast course through campus. Post-race food, raffles, t-shirts and awards included. Runners and walkers welcome. Held at Bessey Hall, MSU and starts at 10 a.m. or TBD. Register by Jan. 31 to guarantee a t-shirt. Proceeds benefit the MSU Triathlon Club and their plans to dominate at the 2013 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships. Email email@example.com or visit www.runmichigan.com.