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.


2017 Mid-Michigan Young Singers Choral Workshop

Does your child like to sing?  We are looking for eager singers in 3rd-6th grade to join us for the Young Singers Choral Workshop in East Lansing on Saturday, November 11, 2017.  It’s a morning of singing with our guest conductor, Brooke Broughton.  This exciting event will bring together students from multiple school districts around the Mid-Michigan region. 

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Be a Scout

There are multiple opportunities to join Scouts in East Lansing!

You can also visit www.BeAScout.org to

find other programs outside of East Lansing

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Consumers Energy Sponsors Energy Day at Impression 5 Museum

Impression 5 Science Center has a special event coming up Saturday, September 16: Energy Day! Now in its third year, Consumers Energy is sponsoring this family event that explores energy and the many different ways it's generated within our state! Families will create delicious edible windmills, explore erosion tables, learn about methane with a take-home experiment, and more! 

Consumers Energy will also have "Energy Expert" badges available for scouts who participate in the day's events! The event is free to Impression 5 members and families of Consumers Energy employees; general science center admission applies for all other guests. 

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Please join us for the sixth annual East Lansing Educational Foundation ELEF Tailgate, before the ELHS home football game on Friday, September 15, 2017.  The tailgate will be held on the west side of Lynn C. Adams Stadium from 5:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. or until we run out of food. We will be entertained by the ELHS Marching Band Drum Line.

Our tailgate menu includes a chicken wrap by Grand Grillin’, chips, apple, cookie and a drink for $5.00 person.

Come to support our schools and learn more about the East Lansing Educational Foundation.  New kindergarten students receive a free hot dog meal!



Chabad House of Greater Lansing/MSU A Historic Evening with Eva Schloss Stepsister of Anne Frank

Enjoy a unique and historic opportunity to enter the world of the stepsister and childhood friend of Anne Frank Mrs. Eva Schloss.

Special Guest Interviewer Tami Weis, professor of art at the University of Wisconsin, will introduce Eva and speak about art created during the Holocaust.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Michigan State University
219 S. Harrison Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823

Admission: $20 • Student: $10
Sponsor: $180

For more information and reservations visit: evaatmsu.com or call 517-214-0525

City of East Lansing/East Lansing Parks, Recreation, & Arts Upcoming Events

Downtown East Lansing Sidewalk Sales to Take Place Sept. 14-17

Downtown East Lansing's 2017 Sidewalk Sales will be taking place Sept. 14-17.

During the Sidewalk Sales, downtown merchants will be offering sales and specials along sidewalks and in stores. Hours will vary among participating businesses.

The Sidewalk Sales provide community members and visitors alike with a great opportunity to shop local at downtown East Lansing's eclectic mix of shops, art galleries and restaurants, while taking advantage of some great deals. Shoppers will find back-to-school products, art, MSU merchandise, tailgate necessities, gifts, clothing, accessories and everything in between - all at great prices. While out shopping the sales, patrons are encouraged to grab a bite to eat at a participating restaurant.

Previously hosted in July, the Sidewalk Sales dates were moved to September last year to include incoming MSU students.

“We hope to see a great mix of community members out and about in downtown East Lansing during the Sidewalk Sales,” said East Lansing Community Development & Engagement Manager Amy Schlusler-Schmitt.

In addition to the sales, participating businesses will have a limited number of free parking vouchers to hand out to shoppers that make purchases. Community members can find additional information, including a list of participating businesses, at www.cityofeastlansing.com/SidewalkSales.

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East Lansing Family Aquatic Center to Host Dog Swim

The East Lansing Family Aquatic Center (ELFAC) will, once again, be closing out its season with a Dog Swim on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Pet owners are invited to bring their furry friends to ELFAC for some water play fun. The cost to participate is $10 for East Lansing residents and $12 for non-residents. Participants will need to read and sign a waiver provided at the facility on the day of the event.

Here are a few things for prospective participants to keep in mind:

  • Each dog must have a handler at least 18 years of age or older.
  • There can be no more than one dog per handler.
  • Dogs must have a license to participate.
  • Dogs younger than four months old will not be permitted due to vaccination/licensing requirements. Dogs in heat will also not be permitted.
  • Pool use will be strictly for dogs; humans will not be allowed in the water.
  • The City of East Lansing is not responsible for injuries to visiting dogs, their owners or others participating in this event.

This event is back by popular demand after a successful first event in 2016. Community members can visit www.facebook.com/elaquaticcenter or call (517) 410-8493 for additional information. ELFAC is located at 6400 Abbot Road. Members of the media are welcome to attend the event.

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Starfarm to Put on Free, Live Show in Downtown East Lansing on Sept. 8

Community members of all ages are invited to the East Lansing Downtown Welcome Dance and Summer Concert Series finale featuring Starfarm on Friday, Sept. 8 from 7-10 p.m. in Ann Street Plaza.

This free, family-friendly show will serve to welcome students back to East Lansing and will wrap up the 2017 East Lansing Summer Concert Series.

Starfarm is a popular local ‘80s cover band known for high-energy concerts that take audiences back to the decade of pegged pants, mullets and Aqua Net. They come complete with cardboard, old-skool Adidas track suits, legwarmers, aviator sunglasses and more!

Ann Street Plaza is located at the corner of Albert and M.A.C. avenues in downtown East Lansing.

Sponsors of this special event include the East Lansing Downtown Management Board, the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority, the East Lansing Film Festival, Harbor Bay Real Estate Developers, DTN Management and the East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation & Arts.

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City of East Lansing Launches 2017 Community Photo Contest


The City of East Lansing has launched its 2017 Community Photo Contest, officially sponsored by Meijer and Gigi’s Cupcakes East Lansing. The contest deadline is Sunday, October 15, 2017 at midnight.

Community members of all ages are invited to show off their photographic talent by submitting up to five photos taken in East Lansing during any of its four seasons. Photos should be high resolution and should not be significantly edited. Recent photos are preferred. Participants do not have to be a resident of East Lansing, but all photos must be taken in East Lansing.

Photos can be submitted online at www.cityofeastlansing.com/photocontest. Winners will be contacted after the deadline to fill out and submit a signed entry/model release form. The model release portion only applies if the photos contain people. The forms are currently available on the website for those participants who would prefer to print, fill out and submit their forms ahead of time.

Winners will receive gift card prizes generously donated by this year’s sponsors:

1st Place - $150 Meijer gift card
2nd Place - $100 Meijer gift card
3rd Place - $50 Meijer gift card
Honorable Mention Photos (10 total) - $10 Gigi’s Cupcakes gift cards

The winning photos will also be featured in City of East Lansing marketing materials, including the 2018 Community Calendar & 2017 Annual Report.

East Lansing Community Photo Contests were previously held in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009 and 2008. Community members with questions about the contest can email mfrey@cityofeastlansing.com or call (517) 319-6873.

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East Lansing Farmer's Market


The 2017 season will run June 4-Oct. 29 on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court.                 

About the Market
The ELFM features fresh, farm-grown Michigan produce/products and draws a crowd of more than 1,000 visitors each week. 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.”

Community members can learn more about the ELFM at www.cityofeastlansing.com/farmersmarket.

Kids Power Karate (Ages 6-12)

DATES: 9/25/17 TO 10/30/17
TIME: 5:45 TO 6:30 PM
AT 517.333.2580 EXT. 0 or ONLINE AT


Little Ninjas Karate (Ages 4 &5)

DATES: 9/25/17 TO 10/30/17
TIME: 5:00 TO 5:30 PM
OR ONLINE AT cityofeastlansing.com/1182/Classes-Programs

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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.

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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.

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East Lansing Robotics Fest

SUNDAY, SEPT 17, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

300 Valley Court
East Lansing, MI 48823

Children, young adults, and parents are invited to participate in the inaugural East Lansing Robotics Fest event, being held on Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Valley Court Park. The event is FREE and open to the public.

During the festival, school aged children in 1st-12th grade are welcome to partner with hosts from the Michigan State University Engineering Program, Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC), and East Lansing Public Library to create robots.

In addition to robot building, visitors will see the Michigan State University autonomous vehicle, and robotics fish! Come and take a stroll....to see what the incredible world of engineering
has to offer to you!

Pre-Registration for the event is encouraged, but not required. Registration will be available the day of the event.

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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.



Girl Scouts Recruitment Event

East Lansing Recruitment Event!

Date: Sunday, September 17th, 2-3pm
Location: Patriarche Park (960 Alton)
Deatils: Come meet current Girl Scouts and register for your Girl Scout journey!
Questions?: Callie Frey at cfrey@gshom.org

Visit ghom.org/join or call 1-800-49-SCOUT today!

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Ingham ISD Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Hosts the 2nd Annual Fall Fun Festival

Ingham ISD Special Education Parent Advisory Committee is hosting the 2nd Annual Fall Fun Festival to kick off the school year.

  • Free admission
  • Free food
  • Moon Walk
  • Activities
  • Resources & Information

For families in the Ingham ISD service area: Dansville, East Lansing, Haslett, Holt, Lansing, Leslie, Mason, Okemos, Stockbridge, Waverly, Webberville, Williamson

Sunday, September 24, 2017
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Hawk Island Park

Free Parking

1601 E. Cavanaugh Road, Lansing, MI 48910

...then enjoy the park with your family!

inghamisdapac@inghamisd.org ♦ 517.244.1298 ♦ www.inghamisd.org
Facebook: Ingham ISD Parent Advisory Committee

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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 September 11, 2017.  All classes meet for 10 sessions.

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MSU Soccer Free School Admission

Students can attend any home soccer game for FREE!
Send an email to schuche1@ath.msu.edu with school name also the date of the game and number of tickets required.

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MSU Volleyball Free School Admission

Send an email to m.smith@ath.msu.edu with school name, number of tickets, and game date

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MSU Spartan Volleyball Kids Club


(8th Grade or younger)
  • Free admission to all home matches for club member and one adult
  • MSU Kids Club T-shirt
  • Kids Club Membership Certificate
  • Kids Club E-Newsletter
  • 3rd match attended: Free small popcorn
  • 6th match attended: Free small soda
  • 9th match attended: MSU Volleyball prize

Member Events and Contests


  • Free signed posters
  • Friendship game
  • Poster contest

Sign up at msuspartans.com today!
Questions please email tucker88@msu.edu or call 517-353-1756

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MSU WOW! That's Engineering

Come join the MSU Society of Women Engineers!
Wow! That’s Engineering® is an interactive event for grades 4th-8th designed to expose young women to the world of engineering through exciting hands on projects. All activities will be led by current women studying engineering at Michigan State University.

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Riverwalk Theatre Presents: The Home Team

Wednesday, 10/18/17 @ 7:00 pm
Food Reception & Meet the Playwright @ 5:30pm
A funny play about “THE BIG R-I-V-A-L-R-Y!”
Comedy by Kim Carney
Directed by Emily Clark

Special Performance to support:
Anti-Bullying and School Restorative Justice Programs in Area Schools Maintain Safe Learning Environments,
Reduce Suspensions, Expulsions and Dropout Rates, Teach Problem Solving and Communication Skills

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The First Tee of Mid-Michigan 2017 Fall After School Classes

2017 Fall After School Classes
The First Tee of Mid-Michigan

Continue to learn...

...long after summer is over

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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

or call 517-333-2580 ext. 1


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

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.

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United Way 2017 Days of Caring

Volunteers Invited
United Way's

Friday, Sept. 15 
Saturday, Sept. 16  


2017 Days of Caring 


Friday, Sept. 15th, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 16th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Only 10 days to register! Capital Area United Way's traditional volunteer event Days of Caring is coming up and we need volunteers!  A dozen local nonprofits need your help Fri. Sept. 15 and Sat. Sept. 16 with various volunteer projects.

Days of Caring is an unforgettable hands-on experience to actively improve our community.  Help make the Willow Elementary school library more literary rich and child-centered with some fresh paint, help spruce up the exterior of The Salvation Army's distribution center and more!

For a list of service projects to choose from, click on the following link to sign up: DOC Projects . Please sign-up by Friday, Sept. 8th.

If you have any questions, call Robin Ross at 517.203.5033 or by email r.ross@micauw.org.


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