Local Events and Opportunities
Community activities and events are listed below. All items listed have been approved by the district office for posting. In most cases, paper copies of these postings can be found in the designated school building's office. By clicking on the headings below, more information regarding the events can be viewed.
East Lansing High School Students Robotics Club
East Lansing Robotic Club is looking for boys and girls from 8th to 12th grade students to learn and build a VEX EDR robot. We will begin forming teams in mid-May and continue into summer. The team will attend multiple High School level tournaments in Michigan in the school year of 2018-2019. Experienced players and beginners are welcome. Parent coaches and volunteers will help teams become more successful.
Andre Hutson Basketball Camp
The East Lansing Basketball Club is sponsoring the 4th annual Andre Hutson Basketball Camp from June 18-22.
This camp is eligible for grades 2-12.
Part of the proceeds from the camp are donated to the East Lansing Educational
Foundation and to also reduce the Middle School "pay to play" fee. To
learn more and to register for the clinic, visit www.elbasketball.org or the City of East Lansing website (Hannah Community Center/Sports (Youth & Adult)"
Archer Trojan Community Soccer Camp
Weeks of July 16 and July 23, 2018
Nick Archer—championship coach and founder of the ELHS boys’ and girls’ soccer program—lends his skills and expertise to ELHS girls’ varsity soccer coach Jeff Lyon; current and former ELHS soccer players; and community coaches to offer East Lansing’s premier soccer camp.
The Archer Trojan Community Soccer Camp will offer participants at all levels a challenging and rewarding experience that will help them gain an understanding of teamwork and sportsmanship; learn the game of soccer; and develop age-appropriate skills—in a safe, positive, nurturing environment. All of the camps are held at the East Lansing Soccer Complex.
Morning sessions are an introduction to soccer. Campers entering grades 1-4 and 5-8 will learn the rules, fundamentals and beginning-level skills with group and individual instruction.
Evening sessions are for grades 9-12 and are designed to challenge intermediate players to build on their skills; provide group and individual instruction; and prepare students for interscholastic play. Goalkeeping instruction will be provided. HSSSL: register for one week only.
Burchfield County Park Summer Camps 2018
How to Register
Please call the Ingham County Parks
office @ 517-676-2233
121 E Maple St., Suite 102
Mason MI 48854
**Camp is open to children ages 5-12.
Children age 5 MUST have completed
kindergarten. Campers are limited to 4
weeks of camp and may not attend the
same theme more than once. Please have
your sessions chosen prior to calling.
**Session 9 is open to ages 10-13
City of East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation & Arts - Summer Camps
All-of-Us Express Children's Theater 2018 Summer Drama Camps
- British Soccer Camp
- All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre
East Lansing Hannah Community Center
819 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 333-2580 ext. 0
- Zombie Survival Camp (Ages 8 - 12)
Join us for awesome survival training in preparation for the zombie apocalypse! Campers will learn wilderness skills vital for survival. Build shelters, find edible plants, establish a camp perimeter, drill with “weapons,” prepare a “bug out bag” and more. Work as a team to defend against the zombie hordes! Campers are encouraged to bring their Nerf Blasters. Rain or shine!
City of East Lansing/East Lansing Parks, Recreation, & Arts Upcoming Events
Recycle! East Lansing to Take Place Saturday, June 2
The 2018 Recycle! East Lansing event will take place Saturday, June 2 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Abbott Center, 1400-1500 Abbot Road. It is a rain-or-shine event.
Recycle! East Lansing is a community recycling event geared toward helping East Lansing residents clean up their homes and yards by dropping off unwanted household items for recycling, reuse or proper disposal. All East Lansing residents are eligible to participate and are asked to bring proof of residency to the event.
Items that will be accepted free of charge this year include: air conditioners, small appliances, automotive batteries, bikes, books, boxboard, cell phones, clothing, cardboard, dehumidifiers, eye glasses, freezers, usable furniture (no mattresses, box springs or couches), usable household items (i.e. utensils, pillows, blankets, toys, pictures, frames, lamps, etc.), lawn mowers, medications, plastics #1-#7, polystyrene (no packing peanuts, foam insulation), scrap metal, stoves, electronics, textiles and working vacuum cleaners.
It’s important to note that, due to the rising costs for recycling electronics, televisions and computer monitors will require a fee ($20 each). Other items that will be accepted for a fee include: tires, unusable items (refuse) and lumber. Household batteries will not be accepted. Residents can visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/RecycleEL to find additional details related to the items that will be accepted at this year’s event.
Curbside Collection for Seniors and Disabled
Curbside collection of recyclable items is available for seniors and disabled residents. To schedule a collection, residents are asked to call the Prime Time Seniors’ Program at (517) 337-1113 by Wednesday, May 30. All items should be at the curb on the day of the event.
Volunteers are always needed and greatly appreciated! Those interested in lending a hand can call (517) 337-9459, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up online via SignUp.com at https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2178840/false#/invitation. All volunteers receive a t-shirt, food and beverages.
East Lansing Family Aquatic Center to Open Saturday, June 2
The East Lansing Family Aquatic Center (ELFAC), 6400 Abbot Road, will officially open its doors for the 2018 summer season on Saturday, June 2. The 2018 season will run through Monday, Sept. 3.
ELFAC is an interactive outdoor water facility that provides a safe aquatic experience to patrons of all ages. Features of the facility include a 190-foot tube water slide, 140-foot body water slide, Splash Park, drop slide, diving board, youth frog slide and a number of interactive water-play structures. ELFAC also features a wet/dry sand play area, large sunbathing deck, zero-depth pool entry and concessions. ELFAC offers daily, 10-visit and season passes to patrons. Patrons can also purchase combo passes, which can be used at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC), 819 Abbot Road, and the Aquatic Center. Group rates and private after-hours rentals are also available.
For the fourth year in a row, the lifeguard team working at ELFAC and the ELHCC pool has received Jeff Ellis & Associates’ prestigious Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award. Based on four unannounced safety audits conducted by Ellis & Associates last year, the award puts the East Lansing lifeguard team in the top 10 percent of the more than 600 facilities in the country that train under the lifeguarding principles of Ellis & Associates as it relates to aquatic safety.
“We take patron safety very seriously and strive to provide the best level of swimmer protection through the extensive training of our lifeguard team,” said East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation & Arts Aquatic/Athletics Coordinator Jim Jennings.
Weather permitting, the Aquatic Center will open every day at 11 a.m. Patrons can contact ELFAC staff at (517) 333-2580 ext. 6949 (prior to June 2) or (517) 332-4420 (after June 2). Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/AquaticCenter for rates, hours and additional information.
Opening Day of East Lansing Farmer’s Market is Sunday, June 3
Opening day of the 2018 East Lansing Farmer’s Market (ELFM) is just around the corner, taking place on Sunday, June 3 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court.
There will be a special ringing of the “market bell” with East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows at 10 a.m. on opening day, followed by a giveaway of free, reusable ELFM shopping bags to the first 150 market customers. There will also be special birthday treats and other giveaways for customers in celebration of the market’s 10th anniversary. Opening day live music will include Pooh Stevenson from 10 a.m.-noon and students from the MSU College of Music Suzuki Program from noon-2 p.m.
The 2018 season will run June 3-Oct. 28 on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Valley Court Park.
About the Market
The ELFM draws a crowd of more than 1,000 visitors to Valley Court Park each week to shop for farm-grown Michigan produce and products. As a growers-only market, ELFM vendors are required to grow their own produce and/or make their own products. The ELFM tagline says it all: “100% Homegrown Makes Us Different.”
This year’s vendor lineup includes a great mix of returning and new vendors. The 2018 vendors include: 45th Parallel Pickle Company, The 517 Coffee Company, Applegarth Hone, Beagle’s Café & Bakery, Better Finds LLC, The Cheese People of Grand Rapids, Circle F Ranch, Corrion Farms, The County Mill, Droscha Sugarbush, El Burrito Mexicano, Fire and Rice, For the Love of Grain, The Fresh Lake Whitefish Company, GCC Organics, Guiding Light Garlic Farm, Hickory Knoll Farms Creamery, Jenny’s Sweets & Treats, The Local Epicurean, MI Drinks, Owosso Organics, Pregizter Farm Market, Rasch Orchards, Rust Belt Roastery, Sanctuary Pizza, Sapo De Solis, Simpatico Coffee, Steffey Farm, Stone Circle Bakehouse, Titus Farms, Tomac Pumpkin Patch, Trillium Wood Farm, Wildflower Eco Farm and Wooden Shoe Herb Farm.
Live musical performances take place at the market each week from 10 a.m.-noon and noon-2 p.m.
“The market is a great place to pick up locally grown produce and locally made products, while enjoying a Sunday outing with family and friends in an inviting park setting,” said ELFM Market Manager Karla Forrest-Hewitt. “We are looking forward to kicking off the 2018 season and celebrating the market’s 10th anniversary with the community on Sunday, June 3.”
SNAP/Bridge Card & Double Up Food Bucks Benefits
The ELFM accepts SNAP/Bridge Cards at the market and allows EBT-eligible customers to stretch their dollars with the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program. As a result of a grant from the Fair Food Network, the DUFB program "matches" SNAP/Bridge Card dollars spent at farmer's markets. Customers will receive a dollar for dollar match (up to $20) that can be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Michigan. For example, if a customer spends $20 on their SNAP/Bridge Card, they would receive an extra $20 to spend (limited to $20 per market Sunday).
Community members can learn more about the ELFM at www.cityofeastlansing.com/farmersmarket.
Summer Concert Series
Ann Street Plaza
Fridays 7-9 p.m.
Moonlight Film Festival
Valley Court Park
280 Valley Court
Play in the Park
Valley Court Park
280 Valley Court
Tuesdays • 7 p.m.
ELPL to Host Local Authors Panel on Wednesday, May 23
In an effort to support local authors and give inspiration to aspiring authors, the East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) will be hosting a Local Authors Panel on Wednesday, May 23 from 6:30-8 p.m.
The panel will feature a number of local authors that represent a variety of different genres of writing who will speak about how they got started and their experiences as writers. There will also be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions about their writing process and how they came to be published authors.
The panelists will include: Alyssa Alexander, Karen Dean Benson, Joyce Benvenuto, Kristie L. Dickinson, Lia Farrell, M.J. Parisian and Martha Steinhagen. Their books will be available for purchase at the event.
All ELPL events are open to the public. ELPL is located at 950 Abbot Road. For more information about the Local Authors Panel event, visit https://elpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5abe99bde91bc63800affb19.
ELPL to Launch Kanopy Film Streaming Service on Monday, May 21
The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) will be launching Kanopy, an on-demand film streaming service, on Monday, May 21.
Beginning May 21, ELPL card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming up to four free films per month by visiting https://www.elpl.org/browse_program/kanopy/. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.
Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.
“We are excited to be able to expand upon our digital offerings with the launch of this exciting film streaming service,” said ELPL Director Kristin Shelley. “With the motto of ‘thoughtful entertainment,’ Kanopy will provide our patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race and current affairs.”
ELPL library cards are free to everyone who lives in and pays taxes to the City of East Lansing, minors (under 18) who reside in East Lansing, East Lansing property owners, all current City of East Lansing employees, non-resident students attending a school located in East Lansing, all current MSU students, all current LCC students, Haven House residents and East Lansing organizations/businesses. Community members with questions about how to get a library card can visit or call the ELPL Service Desk, 950 Abbot Road or (517) 351-2420 ext. 0.
Prime Time Seniors’ Program to Host Biennial Rummage Sale
The East Lansing Prime Time Seniors’ Program will host its biennial rummage sale on Thursday, May 24 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Friday, May 25 from 9 a.m.-noon at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC), 819 Abbot Road. The sale is open to all community members.
On May 21-22, Prime Time will accept donations of linens, jewelry, antiques, collectibles, dishes, baby equipment, games, puzzles, craft supplies, DVDs, small pieces of furniture and tools. All donated items must be in good condition. Prime Time’s offices are located inside of ELHCC and items need to be dropped off during office hours, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Donation receipts will be available upon request.
Books, clothing, shoes, computers, printers, DVD and VCR equipment, encyclopedias, stereo equipment and speakers, typewriters, magazines, suitcases, golf clubs, ski equipment or large pieces of furniture will not be accepted.
Community members who are considering making a donation and have questions about whether or not the item will be accepted are encouraged to call Prime Time’s office at (517) 337-1113 ahead of time.
All proceeds of the sale will benefit the operating budget of the Prime Time Seniors’ Program – a nationally accredited program that serves to enrich the lives of community members who are age 55+.
Crossing Guard Applications Are Being Accepted for the City of East Lansing
CROSSING GUARD APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE CITY OF EAST LANSING.
Either one hour in the morning, or, one hour in the afternoon, or both depending on need, Monday – Friday. Must be available before school starting time and when school lets out in the afternoon. Specific hours dependent on public school.
$12.00 per Hour
Go Online to cityofeastlansing.com for details and to complete an application.
The Downeaster Theater Summer Camp
East Lansing Educational Foundation Membership & Donation Opportunities
Dear Friends of the East Lansing Educational Foundation:
Through wind, rain, and snow a dedicated team of community volunteers meets on the second Tuesday of each month with one ultimate goal in mind; to help raise funds to distribute to East Lansing Public Schools teachers, administrators and staff.
It has been my pleasure over the past few years to be a part of this team, better known as the East Lansing Educational Foundation, and to help raise those funds and to assist in reviewing the requests for assistance for our classrooms that come in each fall. From your donations, the ELEF was able to fund grants this year totaling over $48,000. I wanted to share just a few of those wonderful requests that were awarded this year.
East Lansing High School
$1,058.00 for two new cameras for the yearbook staff
$3,939.90 for mini iPads for the Math Department
MacDonald Middle School
$3,500.00 for a new 3-D printer
$4,760.00 for a science partnership with Impression 5 Science Center
$1,199.25 for performance stages for the music department
$2,398.00 for Ozbots for STEM enhancement programs
$718.00 for parental support literature
$3,400.00 for Drum Fit - a collaborative effort between P.E. and music classes
As you can see, students at every school in our district benefit from your generous support to the ELEF. As we enter the season of giving, I humbly ask that you once again open your hearts and your checkbooks to assist the ELEF in its mission to continue to provide that extra support our ELPS teachers, administrators, and staff so deservingly need. We all benefit from this generosity of spirit and our community is a much richer place for it. Please fill out the enclosed donation form or visit us online at: www.elef.us to contribute to the ELEF in whatever amount you can spare. All donations are extremely appreciated.
Have a safe and happy holiday season,
President, East Lansing Educational Foundation
East Lansing Educational Foundation Presents Sarah Tarpoff Creative Writing Award Winning Stories
History of the Sarah Tarpoff Creative Writing Award
The Sarah Tarpoff Creative Writing Award began in the spring of 1985 as a memorial to a young East Lansing girl named Sarah Beth Tarpoff. She was a student at the now closed Bailey School when she died in a horse-back riding accident. This accident occurred at the same time the school was closing. As a result, the school’s Parent Teacher Organization decided to combine the remaining PTO assets with monies given to the Tarpoff family in Sarah’s memory to begin a writing award and a new education foundation that has become the East Lansing Educational Foundation!
An accomplished rider, Sarah loved horses more than anything. She also loved to write and draw, so this award program was created in her name to foster and encourage other children to express themselves through writing and drawing.
For over thirty years the Sarah Tarpoff Creative Writing Project has been open to all students in East Lansing Public Schools, from kindergarten to high school seniors, who submit an original poem, story or essay no longer than 1,000 words. Each manuscript is read and evaluated by high school students in Honors English, under the direction of their teacher, to evaluate and judge submissions. Everyone who enters receives a ribbon honoring their participation. In addition, all students, Kindergarten through grade 12, may also receive first, second, third, or honorable mention ribbons.
For many years the Creative Writing Award was organized and run by Sarah’s family, with the help of many others dedicated to encouraging the language arts. It then transitioned into an East Lansing Educational Foundation sponsored program, retaining the core mission of encouraging creative writing within the East Lansing community and school district. First place entries are published, with parental permission, on the East Lansing Educational Foundation website and linked to the East Lansing Public Schools website.
The 2016-2017 school year 1st Prize Award-winning entries will be showcased and published on the East Lansing Educational Foundation (www.elef.us) and the East Lansing Public Schools websites following the schedule below:
- February and March Donley and Marble Elementary Schools
- March and April Glencairn and Whitehills Elementary Schools
- May and June MacDonald Middle School
The Sarah Tarpoff Writing Project will kick off this year in mid-February 2018. This year’s deadline for submissions for the Sarah Tarpoff Writing project is Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
If you student receives a 1st Place Award-winning entry for the 2017-2018 school year and you want your student’s works published on the ELPS and ELEF websites watch for additional information with your student’s work when you receive them back in June 2018.
East Lansing Public Library
EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. Through partnerships with local Internet service providers, EveryoneOn is able to offer free or $9.95 home Internet service in 48 states and the District of Columbia. We work with device refurbishers, so individuals and their families can purchase discounted devices, including $150 tablets and $199 laptops.
Fenner Nature Center ‘Go Wild’ Day Camp
SUMMER IS THE PERFECT TIME TO GET OUTDOORS AND DISCOVER THE WONDERS OF NATURE.
Register by phone, in person, or by mail starting March 1st for members or April 1st for non-members. 50% Deposit of total camp fees required at the time of registration.
Girl Scouts Pre-K Invite Celebrations
Did you know that your Pre-K girl can become a Girl Scout the summer before she begins Kindergarten?
What a great way to grow her circle of friends before she starts her next adventure!
Greater Lansing Michigan Convention & Visitors Bureau: Be a Tourist in Your Own Town
Saturday, June 2, 2018
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
A world of possibilities in your backyard!
Explore over 90 area attractions, great local businesses and
more! Get your passport stamped to win great prizes!
Howell Nature Center Summer Camps
Featuring Overnight Summer Nature Camps
Special Nature Schola rshipson a First-Come Basis
Amazing Overnight Nature Programs
For kids in grades 3rd – 12th
- One-week Overnight Nature Camps for boys and girls 3rd – 6th grades
- One-week Naturalist-In-Training Camp for boys and girls 7th – 8th grades
- One-week Excursion Camps for boys and girls
- 7th – 12th grades (Excursions include cool places like the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks)
Ingham ISD Kids' College 2018
The Gifted and Talented Office of Ingham Intermediate School District and Michigan State University are pleased to announce the thirty-first year of Kids’ College for talented students. This collaborative venture improves and expands educational offerings for students who have outstanding abilities and/or potential talent in the content areas of science, technology, engineering and math. The content focus for 2018 is “Energy.”
MASCOT 2018 Mathematics Augmentation Series: Cultivating Optimal Teaching
The topics of MASCOT are intended to supplement, complement and extend mathematics taught in the regular school program. The choice of topics is based on current research in the field and knowledge about how children learn. The instructional strategies emphasize cooperative learning and build on children’s prior mathematical knowledge.
MSU hosts 2018 Fascination of Plants Day
The Fascination of Plants Day is a worldwide event promoted by the European Plant Science Organization. It aims to enthuse the public about the importance of plant science in their day-to-day lives – such as in agriculture, pharmaceuticals, etc. The event will take place alongside hundreds of others worldwide.
MSU Summer Camps
Broad Summer Art Camp
THIS IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE ART CAMP.
Learn to see differently, rethink the familiar, and explore the endless possibilities of art-making.
Register by March 31 for a $50 discount!
Camp meets for weekly sessions, 9am–3pm daily. $250 per week.
Discover MSU Women in Engineeering Summer Camps
Lady Spartans: Women in Engineering (WIE)
What: This camp is designed to introduce various disciplines of engineering and engage prospective women engineering students to role models for their future professional careers. University and lab tours will complement this group-based project camp. Engineers are people who use communication skills, creativity and problem solving skills to dream up, design, improve and build things that matter.
Who: 9th-12th graders in Fall 2018
|Where: Michigan State University, residential|
When: June 17-21, 2018; all day
Spartan Girls in Engineering
A program designed to expose girls to engineering. Campers participate
in hands-on activities, learn from engineering faculty and professionals, as well as participate in engaging projects.
Who: 6th-8th graders in Fall 2018
|Where: Michigan State University, commuter|
When: July 16-20, 2018; 8:00 AM-Noon
Language Summer Camps for Children and Teens
Our summer camps introduce children (ages 6-12) and teens (13+) to different languages and cultures by providing a fun learning environment that focuses on hands-on activities and interactions in the target language. No prior knowledge is required and children of higher levels can be accommodated. Camps meet from 8:30-4:00 pm in Wells Hall. Morning-only options (8:30-12:00 pm) are available for all kids camps.
Play Math this summer at the MSU Mathematics Department 2018 Summer Camps
Detailed course descriptions, introductions to the staff, and online registration can be found on our website: https://iota.math.msu.edu/k12-outreach/
MSU Mathematics Department camps are designed to foster curiosity, creativity, wonder, and enjoyment of mathematical ideas and reasoning. Daily activities will include a variety of fun games, puzzles, explorations and activities.
Please contact MSU Mathematics Department Outreach Coordinator Ashley Ahlin at email@example.com with any questions.
Spartan Engineering Summer Camps
Thinking about becoming an engineer? Explore engineering before you even enter college!
Our pre-college engineering programs will show you how to bring your intellect and
creativity together to have fun, solve problems, and discover your career interests.
For application deadlines and information to register, please visit our website: http://www.egr.msu.edu/future-engineer/programs
Volleyball Girls Resident and Commuter Camps
Mystic Lake YMCA Camp 2018 Overnight Programs for Boys and Girls
Spartan Engineering Summer Camps
Thinking about becoming an engineer? Explore engineering before you even enter college!
Our pre-college engineering programs wil lshow you how to bring your intellect and
creativity together to have fun, solve problems, and discover your career interests.
Spartan Sprouts Soccer Camp LLC 2018
Spartan Sprouts Soccer Camp LLC is designed to provide youth players with an outstanding soccer learning experience. The sessions feature a positive learning environment in all aspects of soccer, from individual to group activities. Sprouts camp is open to all boys and girls ages 5-9, and is geared to the young developing player or first time player. Players will be instructed by members of the MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY SOCCER STAFF as well as current and former varsity players.
Zookambi Summer Camp at Potter Park Zoo
No other camp is this WILD!
Potter Park Zoo has the wildest weeks of summer camp available in Michigan!
Students from grades 1-12 will see fantasticanimal presentations,learn amazing facts with a variety of hands-on activities and experience adventures that typical zoo visitors can't.
Classes are offered in the morning, afternoon, or all day! Early drop-off and late pick-up is available.