Events Now to October — Outdoor Music Jam, Lansing. First Sunday of the month 1 to 3 p.m., weather permitting. This event will be an informal, acoustic, round-robin style music jam. Bring your own chair, music stand, music and friends. Jam at the Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mt. Hope Ave. Call (517) 483-4224 or visit www.mynaturecenter.org. Now to October 27 — Farmers Market, East Lansing. Get your fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies from the East Lansing Farmers Market featuring many vendors with homegrown goods. The market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Valley Court Park. Call (517) 319-6927 or visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/FarmersMarket. October 11-13 — Color Cruise and Island Festival, Grand Ledge. This fun-filled three day event, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, located in downtown Grand Ledge and on the historic island is sure to be fun for the whole family. Activities will include cider pressing, blacksmithing, pioneer crafts, music, food, a petting zoo and fur traders. Call (517) 627-2383. October 12-13 — Apple Butter Festival, Lansing. Embrace your ties to the land at Fenner Nature Center’s 40th annual Apple Butter Festival, located at Fenner Nature Center 2020 E. Mount Hope from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will be able to help stir the apple butter, which is made the old-fashioned way in a copper kettle over an open fire, or you can try your hand at the cider press. Taking in autumn’s beauty in nature, enjoying heritage artisans, local musicians and scrumptious food surely will make this a fun event. Call (517) 483-4224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. October 17 — 30th Anniversary Celebration, East Lansing. The Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame will be celebrating their 30th Anniversary and honoring 19 notable women who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Among the women being honored, there is a world famous aviator, an international economist and the first women to participate in the writing of the constitution. This event will take place at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. Call (517) 484-1880 x202, email email@example.com or visit www.michiganwomenshalloffame.org. October 18 — 5K Trail Run/Walk, Holt. Join the Westside Community YMCA for BOO! RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! The 5K Trail Run/Walk, is sponsored by Beal’s Institute. Run or walk as though your life depends on it through a haunted moonlit forest and past Halloween “goblins” for a true “BOO” experience. This run is fun for the whole family. Child care is available for children 2 to 8 years old. The run will begin at 6 p.m. at Burchfield Park Warming Shelter, located at 881 Grovenburg Road. The cost for the race is $25/person. Visit www.lansingymca.org or www.runsignup.com or call (517) 827-9670. October 19 — Derby Vixen Home Bout, Lansing. Catch an exciting women’s roller derby match as the Lansing Derby Vixens take on the Forest City Derby Girls and the Small Town Outlaws in a Double Header. The event is held at the Lansing Center, located at 333 E. Michigan Ave., beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12/adult in advance or $15 the day of. Children 10 and under are free. Group discounts are also available with a minimum of 15 tickets. Cost is $10/ticket with group discount. Call (517) 483-7400. October 23 — Monster Mash, Lansing. Bring the entire family and show off your costume, dance to some music (including Halloween favorites), enjoy refreshments, a raffle drawing and more at the Lexington Lansing Hotel from 7 to 9 p.m. $5/person and the opportunity to purchase a family photo for $5. Call (517) 323-8555. October 26 — Haunted 5K Run/Walk/Wheel, Mason. Join Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center for their 5K Run/Walk/Wheel located at 3181 Sandhill Road. Registration begins at 8 a.m. followed by the 5k at 9 a.m. and the 1 mile family run/walk/wheel at 9:15 a.m. Make sure to wear your costume! Call (517) 455-0264 or visit www.origamirehab.org. October 28 — Junior League Recruitment Event, Lansing. Are you a Lansing-area woman interested in bettering our community? Members of the Junior League of Lansing serve their community while developing leadership skills and meeting lifelong friends. Please join us for a casual recruitment event and learn more about the mission and the women of the Junior League of Lansing. This event is being held at Troppo, located at 111 E. Michigan Ave. from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For event details or to RSVP www.facebook.com/juniorleaguelansing.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. October 28 — Trick-or-Treat, Lansing. Put on your favorite costume and bring your family to the Square on South Washington in Downtown Lansing for some fun Trick-or-Treating from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This spook-tacular family-friendly event will feature not only trick-or-treating, but also a hay maze, stilt walkers, fire dancers and more. (Rain date Oct. 29) October 30 — Community Awards, Lansing. The 2013 Delta Township Community Awards Reception, honoring community members, will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (also known as the Lexington Lansing Hotel). Four awards will be given in the following categories: Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Community Organization of the Year and Young Person of the Year (limited to high school seniors.) Tickets are $10 if purchased before the event, $15 if purchased at the door. You may pick up tickets at the Delta Township Clerk’s office, the Township Parks and Recreation Department, the Delta Township District Library and the Township Manager’s office. Call (517) 323-8590. November 7 — 64th Annual Philoptochos Athenian Luncheon, Bake Sale and Gift Shop, Lansing. Join Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, located at 1701 E. Saginaw St. for their annual luncheon, bake sale and gift shop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Includes: Pastistio (ground beef macaroni dish), choice of Spanakopita (spinach pie) or Tiropita (cheese pie), Greek salad and dessert. Cost is $12/person. Call (517) 482-7341 or visit www.greekbakesale.com. Arts October 4-12 — Agnes of God, Lansing. Explore the meaning of faith and the power of love as the sanity of a young mother, Agnes, who is training to take vows with the church, is put to the test. She is accused of murdering her newborn child and the court psychiatrist is trying to assess her sanity all while Mother Superior, who claims that the baby was immaculately conceived, is trying to keep her away from the doctor. This mystery by John Pielmeier will be showing at LCC Black Box Theatre beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. The cost is $10/person. Visit www.lcc.edu/showinfo or call (517) 483-1488. October 18 — Women’s Quintet, Lansing. Join Absolute Gallery as they welcome Arabesque Winds, an exceptional women’s quintet with international acclaim, for a concert. They have won competitions in both Europe and the U.S. and they have played at Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Call (517) 230-9123 or email email@example.com. October 26 — Spartan Spectacular, East Lansing. Come and enjoy music featuring the MSU Wind Symphony, Spartan Marching Band and Drumline, along with faculty artists. This music spectacular will take place at Cobb Great Hall, located at The Wharton Center. Showtime is 8 p.m. the cost of admission is $10-$12/ticket plus an additional $3/ticket facility fee. October 30 — Mark Twain’s “All Hallows’ Eve,” Lansing. The Kristine Thatcher Fund presents an evening of spine-tingling and funny stories with Mark Twain starring Richard Henzel, celebrated Mark Twain impersonator and Chicago actor, at Riverwalk Theatre, located at 228 Museum Drive. A reception will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the show at 7:30 p.m. Show off your (optional) costume at the afterglow.Wine and light refreshments will be served and there will be a raffle and door prize by acclaimed local glass artist, Craig Mitchell Smith. All proceeds support area playwright, director and actor, Kristine Thatcher in her fight against ovarian cancer. Tickets are $25/person. Call (517) 490-0481 or visit www.ktfund.org. Exhibits October 10 — Pumpkin Festival Classic Car Show, St. Johns. The 2013 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 October 15 — Self Defense for Women, Okemos. Learn how to increase your safety awareness, improve your physical defense capability and improve your confidence and understand your own potential. Join Sgt. Traci Ruiz as she teaches you in a hands-on Self-Defense Class for Women at the HBA of Greater Lansing, located at 2937 Atrium Drive Suite 201 from 6:to 8:30 p.m. This course is for women only. Participants must be emotionally mature enough for the content and physically capable to perform the defense skills. The cost is $30/member and $45/non-member. Call (517) 323-3254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. October 24 — Beginning Knitting Class, Lansing. Have you ever wanted to learn how to knit or has it been years since you picked up your needles? Join the Turner-Dodge knitting class, located at the Turner-Dodge House, 100 E. North St. from 1 to 4 p.m. and learn the art of the knit and purl stitch. Knitting needles, yarn and snacks are provided. The cost is $12/person. Call (517) 483- 4220. November 16 — Ghost of Turner-Dodge Class, Lansing. Have you ever wondered if the Turner-Dodge House is haunted? Well, wonder no further. For the first time Turner-Dodge will be offering our guests a chance to visit with those who once lived here. Guests will hear from real ghost hunters about their findings from the Turner-Dodge House as well as the technique that they use to track ghosts. Guests will complete the class by going on a mini ghost hunt in the Turner-Dodge House. This class is from 4 to 8 p.m. and is $12/person. Space is limited. For reservations call (517) 483-4220. Fundraisers October 17 — Fundraising Breakfast, East Lansing. Highfields will host its annual “Strengthening Families” fundraising breakfast at the MSU Kellogg Center. More than 300 businesses and community leaders are expected to attend, and individuals whose lives have been changed thanks to Highfields will share their stories. Proceeds will provide counseling and support to families struggling with violence, substance abuse and children’s behavioral issues. The breakfast will take place in the Big Ten Rooms from 7:45 to 9 a.m. This event is free, but donations are welcomed. Visit www.highfields.org. October 18-20 — Barbeque Fundraiser, Lansing. The Lansing St. Stephen’s Community Lions Club and First Christian Church will host a barbeque benefiting the Greater Lansing area with the gift of Sight or Hearing. Enjoy BBQ Ribs or Chicken at First Christian Church, located at 1001 Chester Road on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. The cost is $10/adult, $5/child, ages six to 10 and $3/child, ages five and below. You can also help out by donating your old glasses and hearing aids. Email email@example.com or call (517) 862-6356. October 26 — Breast Cancer Walk, Lansing. The fight to end breast cancer starts with a single step. Take that step with us at The Making Strides of Lansing, MI walk, at the Michigan State Capitol with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. followed by the walk at 11a.m. Call (517) 664-1317 or email StridesMidMichigan@cancer.org. November 17 — Jewelry and Merchandise Sale, Lansing. Visit the Clark Conference Center at 1210 W. Saginaw from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. for a Semi-Annual Fundraiser benefiting the Sparrow Specialty Hospital and the S.A.N.E. Program. There will be a huge variety of merchandise such as rings, men’s and women’s watches, scarves, wallets, tote bags and much more for $5/each. Call (517) 364-7179.