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.
The East Lansing High School Fine Arts Department Presents Collage XXXV
The East Lansing High School Fine Arts Department Presents
December 8th and 9th
The East Lansing High School Visual Arts Department cordially invites you to the 35th Annual Collage Show
Opening Art Reception and Coffeehouse Performances
Friday evening, December 8th 7:00 pm.
East Lansing High School Student Union.
Saturday’s Art Show will be open at 6:30 in the student union, prior to the
Collage Performances will begin at 7:30
The concert takes place in The Center for the Performing Arts
The art exhibit will reopen for 30 minutes following the concert in the Student Union.
Cover Assignment Due Tuesday November 28, vote 11/29
East Lansing High School Girls Basketball Season Kicks Off On November 28th!
The East Lansing High School girls basketball team kicks off on Tuesday, November 28, at 7:00 p.m. against Marshall at East Lansing High School. Come out and support the team!
City of East Lansing/East Lansing Parks, Recreation, & Arts Upcoming Events
Downtown East Lansing’s Green Friday to Take Place Dec. 1-2
Green Friday (& Saturday too!) – downtown East Lansing’s special version of the popular day-after-Thanksgiving Black Friday shopping sales – will take place December 1-2, 2017.
Holiday shoppers will enjoy a variety of sales and specials at the shops, galleries, boutiques and restaurants located in downtown East Lansing. Business hours will vary among participating merchants.
“This is a great opportunity to support local downtown East Lansing businesses, while taking advantage of some great sales and specials during the holiday shopping season,” said East Lansing Community Development & Engagement Manager Amy Schlusler.
Parking validation will be provided to participating businesses to hand out to customers during the two-day shopping event (while supplies last). Downtown parking will also be free from 2-7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 for the Winter Glow event.
A list of participating businesses and sales/specials is available online at www.cityofeastlansing.com/GreenFriday.
The City of East Lansing’s annual Winter Glow event will take place in conjunction with the Green Friday shopping event on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 2-5 p.m. This winter-inspired festival will feature a wide variety of fun-filled seasonal activities, including ice carving, horse-and-carriage rides, a winter farmer's market, children’s activities and games, live music, roasted marshmallows, photos with Santa, merchant activities and much more. Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/WinterGlow for more information.
Winter Glow to Bring Seasonal Fun to Downtown East Lansing
There is something for everyone at the popular, annual Winter Glow event – East Lansing’s free, outdoor winter festival.
This winter-inspired tradition will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2 in downtown East Lansing and will feature a wide variety of fun-filled seasonal activities from 2-5 p.m. The Winter Glow activities will be located in Ann Street Plaza, Fountain Square and inside the East Lansing Marriott, 300 M.A.C. Ave. The outdoor spaces are adjacent to the intersection of Albert and M.A.C. avenues. The majority of activities are free.
This year’s Winter Glow will feature ice carving, horse and carriage rides, a special outdoor holiday farmer’s market, a heated music tent, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus (3-6 p.m. inside the Marriott, photos are $5), family friendly activities and games, holiday ukulele music by Sigh Music Studio, winter photo scenes, marshmallow roasting, merchant activities, roasted nuts, community art project with the East Lansing Art Festival and much more.
Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus will take place inside the East Lansing Marriott from 3-6 p.m. The photos are $5.
Outdoor Holiday Farmer’s Market
A special outdoor holiday farmer’s market will feature many of the popular East Lansing Farmer’s Market vendors. Participating vendors will include 45th Parallel Pickle Company, 517 Coffee Company, Droscha Sugarbush, Fresh Lake Whitefish Company + Finsnmore, Guiding Light Garlic Farm, Jenny's Sweets & Treats, MI Soda, Rust Belt Roastery, Sapo de Solis, The Cheese People of Grand Rapids, Fire & Rice and Beagle's Cafe & Bakery.
Jingle Jam Music Tent
The Jingle Jam Music Tent will feature live music by The Sea Cruisers from 2-5 p.m. The tent is heated.
Green Friday (& Saturday too!)
Support local businesses! The Green Friday shopping event takes place Dec. 1-2; hours vary among participating businesses. The Saturday sales take place in conjunction with the Winter Glow each year. This special downtown East Lansing version of Black Friday features sales and specials at participating businesses. Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/GreenFriday to learn more.
Winter Glow program guides will be available at the festival information booth in Fountain Square, located at the corner of M.A.C. and Albert avenues, and inside participating businesses.
Parking will be free in downtown East Lansing's gated lots and garages on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 2-7 p.m. for the event.
Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/WinterGlow or call (517) 319-6888 for more information. The
Winter Glow is produced by the City of East Lansing and is sponsored by the East Lansing Downtown Management Board, MSU Federal Credit Union and East Lansing Arts Commission.
Event Press Release
2018 Buddy Basketball Program
This popular program fills up fast and space is limited. Register early to secure a spot!
*Participants Registering For Both Sessions Get a $5 Discount*
This program provides an early introduction to basketball for Kindergarten-1st grade. Buddy
Basketball emphasizes fun and skill development in dribbling, passing, shooting and other ball
handling skills. This program is co-ed.
Group coordination and sportsmanship will also be covered. This is not a league so no games will be played. The last two sessions will include team scrimmages.
This program is four weeks long and takes place on Saturdays at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center. Two sessions will be offered: January 6-27 and February 3-24. Sign up for one or both sessions.
No refunds/credits for canceled registrations
Each child will be assigned a 50-minute session in the morning or early afternoon. The exact program time will be determined by participation numbers. A confirmation letter will be mailed to you with your childs assigned time. Each child will also receive a t-shirt.
2017 Recreational Basketball Grades 2-6
This program provides instruction, recreation and the development of individual skills. An emphasis will be on team play, group cooperation and sportsmanship.
Games are typically played on Saturday; however, some weeknight games are possible. They will take place at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, and at East Lansing elementary schools.
Games may also be played in other local communities.
Coaches will contact players by Thanksgiving with team assignments.
- Practices begin the week of Monday, December 4.
- Games start Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.
- Season ends approximately March 3rd.
Game shirts can be purchased for $15 at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center.
Kids Power Karate (Ages 6-12)
WHERE: PKSA KARATE 3498 LAKE LANSING, #130, E. LANSING
DATES: 9/25/17 TO 10/30/17
TIME: 5:45 TO 6:30 PM
COST: $45 FOR 6 WEEK SESSION!
HOW TO REGISTER
CALL E.L. PARKS & RECREATION
AT 517.333.2580 EXT. 0 or ONLINE AT
A RESPONSIBLE ADULT IS REQUIRED TO REMAIN ON SITE DURING CLASS ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO EARN THEIR FIRST COLOR BELT IN TANG SOO DO! ADDITIONAL FEE: $20
Little Ninjas Karate (Ages 4 &5)
WHERE: PKSA KARATE
3498 LAKE LANSING, SUITE #130, EAST LANSING
DATES: 9/25/17 TO 10/30/17
TIME: 5:00 TO 5:30 PM
COST: $45 FOR 6 WEEK SESSION!
HOW TO REGISTER
CALL E.L. PARKS & RECREATION AT 517.333.2580 EXT. 0
OR ONLINE AT cityofeastlansing.com/1182/Classes-Programs
A RESPONSIBLE ADULT IS REQUIRED TO REMAIN ON SITE DURING CLASS
Coding and Cookies Community Event
Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than did ten years ago. The good news is we’re on our way to change this. ELHS club, Students for Females in STEM, is hosting an Hour of Code event called Coding and Cookies at the East Lansing High School Media Center on Sunday, December 3rd from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Learn coding to help Moana find her way or create code to make your own basketball game, and much more! This is a free event for students grade K-12. There will be cookies and prizes for all who code, and even a chance to win a Microsoft Surface.
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.
East Lansing Basketball Club Evaluations for Grades 5-8
The East Lansing Basketball Club will be holding basketball evaluations for Boys and Girls in grades 5 through 8. The purpose is to form competitive teams to play in the Red Cedar basketball league. Please visit the ELBC website - www.elbasketball.org for more information on the times and locations of the evaluations.
East Lansing JR Trojans Wrestling Club K–8th Grade
Practice Starts: Mon. November 27, 2017
MacDonald Middle School; upper gym
Mon., Tue., & Thur. (6-8 pm)
Club Fee: $40.00 (includes shirt)
MacDonald Middle School Cafeteria
Wed. November 15, 2017 (6:00-7:00 pm)
For information contact:
Chris Compton (coach)
East Lansing Public Library
ELPL Raising Funds to Bring Pop-Up Library to East Lansing
The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) is continuing to raise funds to bring a Pop-Up Library to East Lansing.
Pop-Up Libraries are low-speed, electric vehicles specially customized to transport and display library materials. Bringing a Pop-Up Library to East Lansing will provide ELPL with the opportunity to extend its reach outside of the library walls at special community events and destinations throughout the City.
“The vehicle will allow us to get out in the community and share what we have to offer at places like the East Lansing Farmer’s Market, the East Lansing Family Aquatic Center, schools, senior communities, area festivals and more,” said ELPL Director Kristin Shelley. “Community engagement is such an important part of what we do and we believe this vehicle will make a huge difference in how we better reach the people living in our community.”
This past April, ELPL raised more than $20,000 at its annual Books, Bites & Bids fundraising event for the Pop-Up Library. It was a record amount for the annual event, but a little more than half of the funds still need to be raised to make the Pop-Up Library a reality. With that in mind, community members interested in supporting the fundraising effort can donate a “part” to the library. Community members can give a lugnut for $25, a gas pedal for $150 and/or a tire for $500. Donations of any amount are welcome!
Community members can learn more about supporting the Pop-Up Library at https://www.elpl.org/browse_program/pop-up-library/ or by calling ELPL at (517) 351-2420.
East Lansing Varsity Girls Basketball Program is Hosting a Free Girls' Youth Basketball Clinic
The East Lansing Varsity Girls Basketball program is hosting a free girls' youth basketball clinic on Sunday, December 17th from 4p - 6p in the East Lansing High School Gymnasium. This is K-8th event.
ELPD Currently Accepting Applications for 2018 Citizens’ Police Academy
The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) is currently accepting applications for its 2018 Citizens’ Police Academy. The application deadline is December 20, 2017.
Community members interested in learning more about the criminal justice system and the role of ELPD are encouraged to apply. Eligible applicants include anyone 18 and older who is affiliated with the City of East Lansing, whether they are full-time residents, students, business owners or others with a community connection. ELPD hopes to have a diverse cross-section of the community be a part of the 2018 course.
The 10-week course is designed to give citizens a working knowledge of the police department, while also assisting ELPD in becoming more aware of the issues and concerns of the community. Featuring classroom and hands-on instruction, the course will cover a different area of the police department each week. Some issues and topics that will be covered include: Use of Force, patrol procedures, criminal investigations, Neighborhood Watch, disaster preparedness, active shooter, the history of civil disturbances and alcohol in East Lansing. The course will also include an ELPD K9 Unit demonstration.
The Citizens’ Police Academy is free and open to all who are eligible; however, class size is limited to 15-20 individuals. The department will conduct a background check on each applicant and notify selected applicants prior to the start of the course. The academy will run for 10 weeks, meeting from 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday from Jan. 9-March 20. The group will meet in the ELPD Emergency Operations Center, 409 Park Lane.
Applicants can apply online at www.cityofeastlansing.com/CitizensPoliceAcademy. Community members with questions can contact Sgt. Adrian Ojerio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Forging Alliances: A Workshops for Parents & School Admins to Support Trans Students
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Forging Alliances: A Workshop for Parents & School Administrators to Support Transgender and Gender Expansive Students
Are you the parent of a transgender or gender expansive kid? Are you a school administrator making good faith efforts to meet the needs of transgender and gender expansive students but could still use some guidance? This workshop is for you!
The Michigan Department of Education, in partnership with MOASH, has specially designed this training to help bridge the gap between parents and administrators so they can engage in honest, open conversations about how to ensure this often marginalized and stigmatized population of students can thrive in school. We will establish common values, share challenges and successes, review best practice approaches, and identify concrete steps parents and school administrators can take to support transgender/gender expansive students succeed in school. Join us! Parent/Administrator teams are encouraged to attend together.
This training is being facilitated by Kim Phillips-Knope, Safe and Supportive Schools Consultant for the Michigan Department of Education.
- Date: Monday, December 11th
- Time: 8am – 3pm
- Location: Washtenaw ISD, 1819 S Wagner Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
- Registration Fee: None. Workshop costs and materials are underwritten by a grant. Lunch will also be provided.
- Questions/Comments: Please contact Kim Phillips-Knope, Safe and Supportive Schools Consultant, Michigan Department of Education at email@example.com or 248-210-3523.
If you are interested in attending, please click here (or go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ParentAdminTransWorkshop) to complete the online pre-registration form. Click here for a PDF version of the pre-registration survey we are asking people to complete. Pre-registration is due November 10.
This opportunity is made possible from generous funding from MOASH's Michigan Communities Against Hate project funded by Open Society Foundation's Communities Against Hate Initiative.
Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH)
P.O. Box 1386
East Lansing, MI 48826
Girls Who Code Club at Michigan State University
Saturdays 10am-noon starting January 20th
Engineering Building 428 S Shaw Lane Rm. 3353
Join us for fun and learning!
To sign up contact: Harshita Das firstname.lastname@example.org 517–432–1273
Space is limited!
Girls Who Code is a national non-profit dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology success of women in tech.
MSU CeLTA Language School College of Arts and Letters Language Classes
Our weekly language classes for preschoolers (ages 3-6), kids (ages 6-12), and teens (ages 13+) provide practice for speaking and listening while incorporating some reading and writing. Children are grouped by age and proficiency; concurrent sections are offered for most languages.
Classes will be held in Wells Hall at MSU starting the week of January 22, 2018. All classes meet for 10 sessions.
PARKWOOD YMCA After School Kids Gym & Swim
Trojan Aquatics Fall Programs
FALL SESSION 1 September 12 to October 19
FALL SESSION 2 October 24 to December 7 (no practice on 11/23)
Trojan Tide (Grades 1-5): Tu/Th 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. at Hannah
The Trojan Tide is a pre-team developmental group designed for swimmers in Grades 1-5 who can swim one length of the pool (25 yards) without stopping and are interested in working toward the competitive team. All swimmers in Grades 1-3 must enroll in this group; swimmers in Grades 4-5 with no prior swim team experience must start at this level and have coach permission to move up to the Trojan Wave. Emphasis is on developing the four competitive strokes, starts, and turns. Trojan Tide swimmers are encouraged to attend swim meets to watch and learn. $112 Per Session
Trojan Wave (Experienced Grades 4-5): Tu/Th 5:15 to 6:10 p.m. at Hannah
The Trojan Wave group is designed for experienced 4th and 5th grade swimmers who want to compete in occasional meets. Ability to swim 50 yards freestyle without stopping is required. 4th and 5th graders must have coach permission to enroll in Trojan Wave. Emphasis is on continuing to develop the four competitive strokes, starts, and turns and preparing for the East Lansing middle school swim team. Trojan Wave swimmers are encouraged to participate in friendly, low-stress practice meets. Younger swimmers may be invited to join this group, based on experience and coach recommendation. $112 Per Session
REGISTER for the TROJAN TIDE and TROJAN WAVE through the E.L. PARKS & REC DEPARTMENT:
https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/815/Online-Registration or call 517-333-2580 ext. 1
FALL SWIM TEAM for GRADES 6-8
Trojan Typhoon (Grades 6-8): M/W 5-6 PM & Friday 5:30-6:30PM East Lansing High School Pool
The Trojan Typhoon group is designed for competitive team swimmers to prepare for the upcoming middle school swim team season. Emphasis is on stroke, start, and turn refinement, race tactics, and conditioning.
This Group Runs September 13 to November 3 $188 for the session
REGISTER for the TROJAN TYPHOON on the TROJAN AQUATICS WEBSITE: trojanaquatics.swimtopia.com
EAST LANSING MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM RUNS NOVEMBER 13 – FEBRUARY 23 (Grades 6-8)
The East Lansing Middle School Swim Team competes against other schools in the Capitol Area Activities Conference. There will be an informational parent meeting in October for this team, and details about the parent meeting and registration will be sent out through ELPS and St. Thomas Aquinas. Practices will be held at the East Lansing High School pool Monday through Thursday, plus many Fridays.
Write Michigan Short Story Contest
Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music announce the Sixth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, which drew nearly 600 Michigan writers last year.
Writers of all ages are encouraged to enter, with separate categories for youth, teens and adults. Returning this year is an all-ages category for Spanish entries. Winning entries will be published and receive cash prizes
“Write Michigan is a wonderful opportunity for authors of all ages to get published and win cash prizes,” said KDL Director of Innovation and User Experience Michelle Boisvenue Fox. “We continue to be amazed at the caliber of writers we have enter this exciting competition and are honored to be a vehicle in showcasing Michigan talent. Writers won’t want to miss this chance to share their talent in such a big way!”
Stories can be submitted at www.writemichigan.org through Thursday, Nov. 30. Details include a 3,000-word maximum length; $10 entry fee for ages 18 and above, free for 17 and under; current Michigan residents only; all entries must be submitted online.
Winners are chosen by public vote for the Readers’ Choice award and by a panel of judges for the Judges’ Choice award. Voters and judges choose winners from the top ten semi-finalists. The top honor in each category receives a $250 cash prize and a Judges’ Choice runner-up in each category will receive a $100 prize. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.
For more information on the event, visit www.writemichigan.org. For a Write Michigan media kit, including logo, poster and additional graphics, please visit www.writemichigan.org/media.html