Tri County Events for April 2016

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April 2
Hooverville 1930’s Extravaganza, Lansing
Hooverville is a 1930s-inspired event nestled in the aesthetic of the depression era. Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1930s fashion. The event starts at 8 p.m. and will take place at 227 South Washington Square. Enjoy good food, classic drinks and amazing entertainment. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit downtownlansing.org.

April 9
Taste and Tour of Old Town, Old Town
Old Town Commercial Association is hosting the 9th annual Taste and Tour of Old Town, a progressive food sampler and exclusive tour of lofts and commercial spaces. The sampler gives visitors a chance to taste a variety of Old Town’s eats and tour real estate in the area. Participants can begin checking in for the event at noon in the OTCA office, located at 1232 Turner St., Lansing, MI 48906 where you may purchase tickets or pick up previously purchased tickets. All attendees will receive a map highlighting the participating restaurants, lofts and commercial spaces, wristband to grant entrance, and food sample tickets. For more information, visit iloveoldtown.org.

April 13
MSU Science Festival, East Lansing
Enjoy a free festival for lifelong learners of all ages. Come for the learning, stay for the fun. This festival is designed to bring mid-Michigan communities together with MSU scientists in a shared exploration of the science that touches our everyday lives. There is something for everyone, and lifelong learners of all ages can choose from more than 150 scheduled events, including demonstrations, exhibits, hands-on activities, lectures, panel discussions, performances, tours and open houses. Visit sciencefestival.msu.edu for more information.

April 13
Night at the Museum, East Lansing
Join scientists, staff and volunteers from 6 to 8 p.m. for a variety of activities at the MSU Museum. Space is limited for some tours and activities. Activity schedule and tour sign up information will be available at the museum the night of the event. For more information, visit msu.museum.edu.

April 23
Taste of East Lansing, East Lansing
Taste of East Lansing, hosted by the Community Relations Coalition, features food samples sold by local East Lansing restaurants and food vendors, live music, activities and more. This event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at Albert Avenue and M.A.C. Avenue. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit a selected charity. Visit cityofeastlansing.com for more information.

April 24
MSUFCU Day at MSU Baseball, East Lansing
Enjoy MSUFCU Day at McLane Stadium, as the MSU Baseball team takes on Indiana University. MSUFCU members who show proof of membership at the entrance will receive two free tickets to the game. Tickets available while supplies last. The game begins at 3 p.m., and the gates open at 2 p.m. Don’t forget to visit the MSUFCU table at the entrance to pick up a free gift before the game. For ticket information, visit msufcu.org.

April 22 – 24
Maple Syrup Festival, Vermontville
Vermontville is home to Michigan’s famous Maple Syrup Festival. The festival starts Friday evening and continues through Sunday. Enjoy rides, a talent show, arts and crafts, flea market, two parades, a petting zoo, princess pageant and more. Visit vermontvillemaylesyrupfestival.org for
more information.

Arts

March 31 – April 3 & 7 – 10
Wait Until Dark, Lansing
This thriller written by Frederick Knott and directed by Rita Deibler is perfect for those who love suspense. This masterful play brings viewers into the world of a blind woman trapped in her apartment, trying to defend herself while being terrorized by a trio of thugs. You can purchase tickets and view theater times by visiting riverwalktheatre.com.

April 13
Metropolitan Rising Stars Concert, Lansing
For more than 125 years, the Metropolitan Opera has been the home of the greatest singers in the world and the launching pad for the opera stars. Some of today’s leading artists got their start through the Met’s development programs. These rising stars will perform popular arias, duets, and ensembles by opera’s greatest composers. The event begins at 6 p.m. at 1208 Turner Street. For more information, call (517) 372- 4636, or visit lansingarts.org.

April 22-24 & 29 – May 1
Thumbelina, East Lansing
This play tells us the classic story of Thumbelina, a small young girl who yearns to travel to the Land of the Little People to be among people her own size. Tricked by a crafty cat, Thumbelina is traded to a family of toads, where she befriends many other animals that help her find what she always dreamed of. Visit riverwalktheater.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

April 28, May 1 & 5 – 7
Water by the Spoonful, Lansing
A soldier from Iraq struggles to find his place in the world. Finding peace in a chatroom for recovering addicts, this online community keeps each other alive. Families and communities expand across continents, as birth families splinter and online families collide. This 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner is a must-see show. Please visit peppermincreek.org for more information.

Exhibits

April 17
Potter Park Zoo’s Party for the Planet, Lansing
For the 46th Earth Day, why not celebrate with a party at the zoo? Party for the Planet is North America’s largest Earth Day celebration, with more that 120 zoos and aquariums across the country participating. Enrichment items will be given to the animals from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be a BIG Zoo Lesson for kids, where they will be able to get up close with a selection of different animals and learn about them from the zoo’s handlers. Feature conservation demonstrations will be offered throughout the zoo. For more information, visit potterparkzoo.org.

Clinics

April 2
Sights, Flavors and Sounds of India, Okemos
Learn about the traditions and cultures of India from presenter Anshu Vrma. Enjoy various foods and spices and bring home easy take home recipes. The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Okemos library, located at 4321 Okemos Road. This event is limited to the first 40 adults to arrive. Visit CADL.org for more information.

April 4-8
Spring Break Adventures, Lansing
Children ages five and up will enjoy a great way to shake off their cabin fever at Fenner Nature Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The nature center is located at 2020 East Mt. Hope Avenue. Sign up for one or more of their hands-on, full-day camps in the great outdoors. Participants will need to bring their own lunch and snacks and the cost per day is $40 for non-members and $35 for members. Visit mynaturecenter.com for more details and to register.

April 16
3D Print It: Keychains, Downtown Lansing
Learn how to create a personalized keychain with Tinkercard, an online 3D design and printing tool. This event will take place at the Downtown Lansing Library, located at 401 South Capitol Ave. starting at 1 p.m. Come and see the Capital Area District Library’s new 3D printers in action, then pick up your keychain at a later date. Space is limited and registration is required. Call (517) 367-6367 to reserve a seat. Attendees must be ages eight to 15.

Fundraisers

April 9
Healthy Hustle 5k, Lansing.
Join Michigan State University’s Food and Nutrition Association, alumni, family and friends at 9 a.m. as the community runs, wheels, and walks through MSU’s gorgeous campus. Proceeds from the race will go to greater Lansing’s Meals On Wheels program, which delivers nourishing meals to those in need. The cost is $20 until April 6 and $25 from April 6-9. Contact Caitlyn Cummins at caitlyn@msu.edu for more information, or register online at runmichigan.com.

April 16
Five-O 5K, Lansing.
Spend the day at this family fun event. Bring the kids to check out all of the police cars, boats, motorcycles, SRT trucks and more. There will also be an SRT obstacle course for kids. An accurate 5K on paved roads and the bike path in Sharp Park will make your run enjoyable and fun. There will be time clocks at the mile splits, and live results texted to your phone. The race starts at 10 a.m. Email chuck@runningfoundation.com or visit runmichigan.com for more information.


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