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 Public Schools Kindergarten Parent Information Night

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

MacDonald Middle School Auditorium

6:00 pm:  Welcome from Dori Leyko, Acting Superintendent

6:10 pm:  Introduction of Principals and Staff

6:20 pm:  A Presentation on Kindergarten in ELPS

6:45 pm:  Visit your elementary school table as well as other tables for information about:

  • Transportation
  • English as a Second Language Services
  • Food Service by Chartwells
  • Before and After Care by the City of East Lansing
  • Schools of Choice

Full details for the event can be found by clicking here!

Marble 4th Grade Spaghetti Dinner!

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
(Seating times at 5:30pm and 6:30pm, or drive-through takeout available!)

Join us for spaghetti, meatballs, salad, breadsticks, drinks and dessert!
All proceeds support the 4th grade trip to Mackinac Island!

SAVE TIME – ORDER ONLINE at: https://squareup.com/store/MarbleSpaghettiDinner

Details and Ticket Order Form

SAVE THE DATE! The East Lansing Educational Foundation In Association With ITC Holdings Corp. Presents: THE DREAM (4) S.T.E.A.M.


“A celebration of career and educational opportunities for any student passionate or interested in S.T.E.A.M related courses”

*** What better way to celebrate Pi Day (3.14) and Albert Einstein’s Birthday (3/14) than to show all our East Lansing students the vast potential that awaits them should they consider following a “STEAM” related educational path****

***The ELEF invites all East Lansing students, parents, teachers, administrators, and interested persons to come hear STEAM related presentations, see STEAM related demonstrations, and visit with STEAM related employers***


March 14, 2017
East Lansing High School Student Union
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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The City of East Lansing is currently seeking community nominations for the 2017 Crystal Awards

The City of East Lansing is currently seeking community nominations for the 2017 Crystal Awards.

Community members are encouraged to help honor East Lansing’s unsung heroes by submitting nominations for deserving candidates. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, Feb. 17.

An online nomination form is available at www.cityofeastlansing.com/crystalawards.

About the Crystal Awards

The Crystal Awards, hosted annually by the East Lansing City Council, honor individuals, businesses, professionals, nonprofits and/or community groups that have made an outstanding contribution to community life in East Lansing. Recipients are dedicated to enhancing the East Lansing community. They demonstrate a passion for and commitment to creating a healthy and vibrant community and serve as an inspiration to others. 

All nominations will be reviewed by a community selection committee and four recipients will be chosen. The selected recipients will be honored at the 2017 Crystal Awards community reception on Thursday, April 27 at 5 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road.

Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/crystalawards to submit an online nomination, review eligibility criteria and view past recipients. Paper nomination forms can also be picked up at East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbot Road; the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road; and the East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road. To request that a paper nomination form be mailed to you, please contact Heather Surface at (517) 319-6888 or hsurfac@cityofeastlansing.com.

City of East Lansing UPDATE: Delayed Opening for Pop-Up Ice Skating Rink

The opening of East Lansing’s pop-up ice skating rink will be delayed as additional time is needed for the ice to fully freeze.

The rink will be closed to the public tomorrow, Feb. 1 and community members are encouraged to visit www.downtownel.com for all additional updates. The website will be updated daily, notifying the community of whether the rink will be open or closed for the day.

East Lansing’s 52x72-foot pop-up ice skating rink will make its return to Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court, this February. It can accommodate approximately 30 skaters at one time. Daily operations of the rink are managed by staff members with the East Lansing Department of Planning, Building & Development.

The rink will be open to the general public throughout the month of February, weather permitting. Skate hours will be noon-9 p.m. Community members will need to bring their own skates to the rink. Additional information, including rink rules, is available at www.downtownel.com.

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City of East Lansing Upcoming Events

Little Ninjas Karate (Ages 4-5)

PDF DocumentLittle Ninjas Spring Session

Kids Power Karate (Ages 6-12)

PDF DocumentKids Power Spring Session

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts - Adventure is Calling!

Join Scouting!

Cub Scouts is for boys in the 1st-5th Grade
Boy Scouts is for boys 11 years and up
Venturing Crews are co-ed, ages 14-21

Scout Details

East Lansing Baseball Club Winter Clinics & Tryouts

The East Lansing Baseball Club will be offering FREE (donations welcome) instructional clinics
for East Lansing youth interested in playing baseball during the 2017 season, and then tryouts
for placement on travel baseball teams for the 2017 baseball season.

8 and Under (8U)
Sunday, February 19 from Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 12 from Noon – 1:30 p.m.

10 and Under (10U)
Sunday, January 29 from 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 19 from 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 5 from Noon – 2:00 p.m.

12 and Under (12U)
Sunday, January 22 from Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 29 from Noon --1:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 5 from Noon – 2:00 p.m.

14 and Under (14U)
Sunday, January 15 from Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 11 from Noon - 2:00 p.m.

All clinics and tryouts will be held at East Lansing High School Main and Auxiliary Gyms
No pre-registration required – simply show up with your ball mitt and gym shoes

For more information regarding upcoming ELBC events visit:
elbaseball.org or e-mail us: info@elbaseball.org
NOTE: Bring your gently used cleats, jerseys, baseball pants and donate to the club. We will
distribute to players who need help off-setting costs to participate.

Event Details and Flyer

The East Lansing Dance and Theater Company - Through the Looking Glass

The East Lansing Dance and Theater Company, the performing division of The Studio Performing Arts Center in East Lansing, will take to the stage once again with a witty and original version of Through The Looking Glass, a story for all ages on January 27 at 7:30 p.m and January 28 at 2:00 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center Albert White Theater

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East Lansing Lacrosse 2017 Winter Clinics at MacDonald Middle School

Is your child interested in playing lacrosse? Or do they need to get
ready for this years spring season? East Lansing Lacrosse Club is
offering five FREE lacrosse clinics on Sundays from 4 pm to 5 pm
for grades 3-6. And from 5 pm to 6 pm for grades 7-8.

January 22, 29 • February 12, 26 • March 5

Details and Event Flyer

East Lansing Lacrosse Club 2017 Season Registration

The East Lansing Lacrosse Club is gearing up for the 2017 spring season. If your child is in 3rd to 8th-grade and is interested in playing lacrosse join us for our Season Information Meeting, Wednesday, February 15 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.

The spring season runs from March through early June.  Teams will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with games on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Details & Registration Information


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.



Fine Neurodevelopment Lab Michigan State University Social Perception Study


To identify high functioning
children with symptoms of autism
using video vignette stories.


  • Boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 12
  • Typically developing or with ADHD or with Asperger’s / High functioning autism


Grand Rapids Academic Summer Program (GRASP)

The GRASP program is a summer math and reading correspondence program for grades Kindergarten to 8th. Children receive a packet of materials with a booklet containing 9 lessons. They complete one lesson a week or work at their own pace. They mail the lessons to GRASP where they are scored and returned to the children with comments.

We also have an on-line version of GRASP for students in 4th to 8th Grade.
Children successfully completing at least 7 lessons with 70% accuracy are awarded a certificate. Those successfully completing all 9 lessons with 70% accuracy receive a medal.

The fees for the summer of 2017 are $38 for one subject or $63 for both subjects for each child. Each child should be placed at the grade just completed in school. If there are extenuating circumstances, order the level that is appropriate for your child.

Details and Registration Information

Harris Nature Center


Harris Nature Center
3998 Van Atta Road
Okemos MI

Saturday January 28
10 am - 3 pm

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Intervention Study on Children With Developmental Dyslexia

In this study, we recruit children with and without developmental dyslexia from age 7 to 15.  We examine whether two scientifically designed intervention programs can effectively improve reading in the brain.  This study will involve multiple visits to Michigan State University, with two fMRI scanning sessions.  You will get compensation for your time. 

Study Details

ITEC Information Technology Empowerment Center


ITEC Courses are offered at the Foster Community Center , 200 N. Foster Ave, Lansing, MI 48912

Courses run January 17th-April 29th


Language Classes for Preschoolers, Children & Teens

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 are held in Wells Hall at MSU starting the week of January 23, 2017. All classes meet for 10 sessions.

Multiple-program/child discounts are available (10%).  Classes will be cancelled if fewer than 5 students enroll.


Lansing Youth Startup Expo

Student registration for the Lansing Youth Startup Expo is now open at www.purelansing.com/youthstartup and the event takes place on Wednesday, March 29th from 9am-1:30pm at the Lansing Center.

The expo is a part of our Youth Startup Initiative which is focused on introducing students to the career possibilities of being an entrepreneur or small business owner. During the application process and event itself, students will develop important skills such as critical thinking, market evaluation, profitability, and more; all while building confidence and poise.

Please encourage your students to participate. There will be over $10,000 in prizes to win. There is no charge to attend this year’s event and lunch is included for the students who participate as well as their chaperones. The event is open to ALL middle and high school aged students who reside or attend school in the Lansing region (Clinton, Eaton & Ingham Counties)

LCC Youth Programs

GATE and A+ Classes for Spring 2017
Saturdays, February 18 – March 18
Grades 2 – 12
Enroll at lcc.edu/seriousfun

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Many Hands Weekend Survival Kits

Have you heard of Many Hands or the Weekend Survival Kit food program? Many Hands is a local non-profit organization that provides Weekend Survival Kits (WSK) to students enrolled in East Lansing schools.  Many families do not have the means to provide food during the weekend for their families.  Imagine your child, coming home from school to an empty cupboard? Unimaginable, but true for nearly 11,000 children in Ingham County alone.  When in school, children can receive Free/Reduced priced lunch and breakfast.  On the weekend they can receive a WSK that provides 14 meals, 2 sides and 2 snacks which are sent home with students in their backpacks every other Friday. There are several ways to help support this great cause, without it, this program could not survive. 


MSU 2017 GATE Information Meetings

Please join us on Saturday, January 29th to learn about MSU Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) programs for students. Most GATE programs are for students who are currently in grade 6 and above. However, we have a NEW summer program called GUPPY, for grades 4-6. Information meeting sessions will discuss Summer 2017 programs and Academic Year programs that begin Fall 2017, as well as Dual Enrollment, and Testing options.

Program information is also available on our website: www.gifted.msu.edu


Saturday, January 29, 2017

Information Meetings Schedule

11:00-11:15 AM                Check-In
11:15-11:45 AM             LEAF: French
11:45-12:15 PM                ALL: Latin
12:15-1:15 PM                  General (Summer Programs, Testing, Dual Enrollment)
1:15-1:45 PM                 Info Tables/Break
1:45-2:45 PM                 CHAMP: Math
2:45- 3:45 PM              ISHALL: English
See more details on the attached PDF file.


Michigan State University Business College, Room N100 632 Bogue Street
East Lansing, MI 48824
Free Parking available in Ramp 1.
Campus map available at http://maps.msu.edu/interactive/


Fill out the RSVP Form located at: www.gifted.msu.edu/gateinfo2017

The RSVP deadline is Friday, January 20.

Please pass this message on to any parents or families who may be interested in attending. Students are welcome to attend the info meetings as well!

We look forward to seeing you at the Information Meetings!

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MSU All Girl Cheer Clinic


Come meet and have a fun day with the Michigan State All Girl Competitive Cheer Team!

When:    Saturday, January 28th, 2017  12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where:   MSU Upper gym of IM Circle

Cost: $40

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Michigan State University’s 2nd Annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering

Date:   Saturday, February 25, 2017
Who:   4th ‐ 8th graders
What:   Hands‐on Engineering activities
Where:  MSU Engineering Building and Anthony Hall
Time: 1:00‐4:00pm (Check‐In 12:30‐1:00pm)
Cost: FREE
Sponsored by Ford Motor Company

Registration is required and participants must be chaperoned.
Registration deadline is Feb 1, 2017 or until maximum capacity is reached.

REGISTER at http://www.egr.msu.edu/wie/k‐12/programs‐outreach

Questions? Contact MSU Women in Engineering Recruitment and K‐12
Outreach Office at WIE‐Outreach@egr.msu.edu or 517‐432‐1273

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Michigan State University Participants Needed for Motor Learning Research Study

Adults and Children  needed for motor learning research study

Participants needed for motor learning research study - Children between 5-17 years old

Participants needed for motor learning research study - Adults between 45-80 years old

Michigan State University Science Festival

APRIL 7-23, 2017

Science LIVE!

Over 150 unique presentations, including demonstrations, seminars, discussion panels, tours and hands-on activities!  And it's all FREE!

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Michigan VEX Robotics State Championship at MSU

Michigan VEX Robotics State Championship at MSU

Nearly 500 students will compete in the 2017 VEX Robotics State Championships set for Feb. 19 at Michigan State University’s Jenison Field House.

Competitors from 48 high school and 28 middle school teams will participate in the tournament from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The students will challenge each other for top state honors and the right to represent Michigan in the 2017 VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, April 19-25.

“VEX is the fastest growing robotics competition in the country and MSU is proud to nurture these young engineers and designers,” said Drew Kim, assistant to the dean for recruitment, scholarship and K-12 outreach in the MSU College of Engineering. “This is one of Michigan’s biggest STEM events each year and one of the best ways to showcase MSU for students interested in technical fields.”

More Details

Where: 308 W Circle Dr East Lansing, MI 48824
When: Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sign up form


MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design’s Saturday Morning Art (SmART) Program

The Department of Art, Art History, and Design’s Saturday Morning Art (SmART) program is part of the Department’s Art Education degree program, which affords pre-service art education majors the opportunity to interact and work with school-age children, ages 7 through 18. The creative program serves to broaden and enrich the art and educational experiences of all involved and is designed to expand SmART participants’ artistic and problem solving skills, as well as their aesthetic and cultural awareness and sensitivity. The program provides 6 class sessions of instruction and an exhibition day for everyone to celebrate the artistic creations of the students.

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MSU’s Graduate Women in Science Organization Presents: Girls Math & Science Day

Biomedical & Physical Sciences Bldg.
Michigan State University
Saturday, March 4, 2017 8am-12:30pm

For middle school girls who want to participate in math and science demos led by some of MSU’s enthusiastic and knowledgeable students and researchers.

Details, registration and volunteer information at:

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MSU MVP Ball Club

Our Mission

The MVP Ball Club is about more than just basketball.  It's about developing kids throught Mid-Michigan both on a& off the court. 


Okemos Winter Walden Ski and Snowboard Club

Okemos Community Education is happy to participate in the Winter Walden Ski and Snowboard Club! 

PDF DocumentYouth Flier - Tailored for skiers and snowboarders from beginner to advanced, ages 6 to 16.  Ski and snowboard rentals are available.

PDF DocumentTeen Flier - Join to imporve your skills with instruction, or just board or ski with friends.  Ski and snowboard rentals are available.


Parkwood YMCA Gym Swim Fun

Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan's 2017 Run for the House

Interested in helping the House?

The Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan's 2017 Run for the House is coming up on Saturday, March 18, and we need your help (if you're not running, of course). Each year, approximately 150 volunteers come together to put on the Run for the House, helping with everything from table set-up and registration to parking and course marshals.

If you're willing to spend your Saturday helping to raise funds for families of ill children, there are many volunteer opportunities available.

To register to be a volunteer, please click this link (https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/MI/Okemos/RunfortheHouseMichigan) for times, duties and sign-up.

The password for volunteers is: lovethehouse
Reserved volunteer slots are noted and have a different password.

Trojan Aquatics Fall and Winter Swim Events


FALL SESSION 2  November 8 to December 22 - East Lansing Hannah Center Pool
Trojan Tide (Grades 1-5): Tu/Th 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
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. $104 ($10 Drop-in Fee per Class) Register for Course # 211401-B

Trojan Wave (Experienced Grades 4-5): Tu/Th 5:15 to 6:10 p.m.
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.
$104 ($10 Drop-in Fee per Class) Register for Course # 211401-D




The East Lansing Middle School Swim Team competes against other schools in the Capitol Area Activities Conference. Practices will be held at the East Lansing High School pool Monday through Thursday, plus many Fridays. REGISTRATION and SEASON DETAILS will be provided at the parent meeting.

Parent Information Meeting on October 25 7:00-8:30pm ELHS Union (Cafeteria)


Questions? jrtrojanswim@gmail.com

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Tourette Syndrome Programs

The Tourette Syndrome Camp Organization (TSCO) is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to promoting camping opportunities for children with Tourette Syndrome (TS) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and its associated disorders Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD).
The Tourette Syndrome Camp Organization (TSCO) will host the 24th Annual Tourette Syndrome Camp USA from Sunday, June 25, 2017 until Saturday, July  1, 2017 at YMCA Camp Duncan in Ingleside, Illinois. Our program is design for children ages 7-16 with Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  The cost for this program is $637.  We have financial aid available and a number of opportunities to assist families with raising funds to help cover the cost.  Please see our website for more information at www.tourettecamp.com
TSCO will also be hosting a family event on Sunday, March  26,  2017  at YMCA Camp Duncan from 10:00AM to 3:00PM.  The cost for this program will be $10 per person or $30 for a family including lunch.

This is an opportunity to spend the day at camp while experiencing and participating in some of the same fun activities that campers enjoy during our summer camp. A number of our volunteer staff will be on hand to partake in the activities as well. This is your opportunity to experience a piece of camp.   Please see our website for more information and registration at www.tourettecamp.com

There is local support in Michigan for children with Tourette Syndrome and their families through the Tourette Association of America Michigan Chapter at   https://www.tourette.org/chapter/mi/