VALENTINE’S PLAY AT MSU LIBRARY For those who aren’t into dinner and a movie, MSU Library hosts an evening of tabletop and board games. Tabletop gamers can sign up as a game master and run a dice-based tabletop game of their choice. A variety of board games are available, but participants are welcome to bring their own. Registration required. 7-10 p.m. FREE. MSU Library, 366 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing. (517) 884-8479, bookings.lib.msu.edu
Potholes are created when snow and ice melt as part of Michigan's seasonal freeze-thaw cycles. Moisture seeps into the pavement, freezes, expands and thaws, creating a gap in the pavement. As vehicles drive over the gap, the pavement weakens leading to a pothole.
Use MDOT's Report a Pothole form or call 888-296-4546 to report potholes on state roads. Most state roads begin with M, I or US designations (e.g., I-75, M-28, US-23, etc.). Your report will be forwarded to the appropriate MDOT region staff for action.
To report other potholes, contact your county or local unit of government.
For everyone’s safety, please remember to slow down near pothole crews.
Winter Solstice Celebration at Lansing City Market Saturday December 10, 2016
10 am – 1 pm Santa and Mrs. Claus
11 am – 1 pm Brass Quintet
12 pm – 3 pm FREE horse drawn carriage rides
All day: kids’ crafts
Kids can pick up Santa’s reply to their letter sent at Silver Bells!
Shop for your Christmas gifts! Lansing and Michigan gifts, floral arrangements, men’s and women’s gifts, and gift cards will be available. Many visiting merchants and crafters! Plenty of food and drinks will be available for purchase as well!
Bring gifts to be wrapped! All proceeds to go Ele’s Place, a healing center for grieving children and teens.
There is something for everyone at the popular annual Winter Glow event – East Lansing’s free, outdoor winter festival. This winter-inspired annual tradition will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 in downtown East Lansing with a wide variety of fun-filled seasonal activities from 2-5 p.m.It’s free.
The Winter Glow activities will be located in Ann Street Plaza, Fountain Square and inside the East Lansing Marriott. The outdoor spaces are adjacent to the intersection of Albert and M.A.C. avenues.
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.
This year’s Winter Glow will feature ice carving, an ice sculpture walk, a winter barnyard, 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 $3), family friendly activities and games, wandering carolers with The Steiner Chorale, winter photo scenes, marshmallow roasting, merchant activities, hot chocolate, roasted nuts and much more.
Green Friday (& Saturday too!), Dec. 2-3
Support local businesses! This year’s Green Friday shopping event will take place in conjunction with the Winter Glow! Shoppers are invited to downtown for a special East Lansing version of the popular day-after-Thanksgiving Black Friday sales.
Outdoor Holiday Farmer’s Market
A special outdoor holiday farmer’s market will feature many of the popular East Lansing Farmer’s Market vendors. This year's participating vendors will include Jenny's Sweets and Treats, Small House, Beagle's Cafe & Bakery, Droscha Sugarbush, The Cheese People of Grand Rapids, 45th Parallel Pickle and Clothing Company, Good Eats Diva, Rust Belt Roastery and Applegarth Honey.
Jingle Jam Music Tent
The Jingle Jam Music Tent will host a live musical performance by The Sea Cruisers from 2-5 p.m. This four-piece professional band has been bringing the best sounds of the 50's, 60's and 70's to mid-Michigan for more than 30 years.
Winter Glow program guides (PDF) will be available at the festival information booth in Fountain Square, located at the corner of M.A.C. and Albert avenues. The Green Friday shopping guide (PDF) will also be available.
The entire city will glow with thousands of lights for the Silver Bells in the City celebration, bringing together family and friends from across the state of Michigan and beyond to kick-off the holiday season.
Silver Bells in the City is a Lansing tradition that is loved by generations of families. Silver Bells in the City attracts over 80,000 people to the Capital City each year and takes place annually on the Friday before Thanksgiving in Lansing, Michigan.
Silver Bells in the City is presented by the Lansing Board of Water and Light and the City of Lansing and is coordinated by a dedicated Coordinating Committee under the direction of Downtown Lansing Inc. Silver Bells in the City is produced with the assistance of many passionate volunteers and remains free to all through the support of almost one hundred area sponsors along with assistance from the State of Michigan and City of Lansing.
For more information about Silver Bells in the City, please contact Downtown Lansing Inc. at 517-487-3322.
Mayor Virg Bernero today announced that the official hours for Monday night’s Halloween Trick-or-Treating are from 6pm until 8pm in the City of Lansing.
Parents and youngsters should take note of the Lansing Police Department’s tips for a safe and enjoyable Halloween:
-When possible, Trick-or-Treat in a familiar neighborhood.
-Younger children should be accompanied by an adult.
-Older children should take friends – travel with a group.
-Wear reflective clothing and/or carry a flashlight or glow stick.
-Remind children not to enter a stranger’s house or vehicle.
-Parents should set a time limit for older children to return.
-Have an adult inspect all candy prior to consuming.
With just under a week to go until the day your kids come home with a pillowcase full of sweets, Eastwood Towne Center offers families to get a head start on the sugar rush. Local businesses offer up treats and other activities. At the Capital Area District Library's booth, "Michigan Chillers" author Johnathan Rand signs books and greets visitors. 4-6 p.m. FREE. Eastwood Towne Center, US 127 and Lake Lansing Road, Lansing. (517) 316-9209
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016; 5-7 p.m. The City of East Lansing hosts the Great Pumpkin Walk each year on the streets of downtown East Lansing. Families are encouraged to bring their children to downtown in full costume to receive FREE door-to-door treats from more than 50 downtown merchants. Parking is available in all downtown parking ramps and surface lots. There is no starting point for the event. For more information, contact Amy Schlusler at (517) 319-6931
Fire dancers, face painting, cider & donuts, hay rides and trick-or-treating. 5-7:30 p.m. FREE. Downtown Lansing, Washington Square between Michigan and Washtenaw Avenues, Lansing. trickortreatonthesquare.org
NCG Cinemas Free Family Film Festival for 2016. In September and October on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays NCG will be showing a movie at 9:30 am.
The list of movies includes Minions - September 2,3,4 Free Willy - September 9,10,11 The Peanuts Movie - September 16,17,18 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip - September 23, 24, 25 Stuart Little - September 30, October 1,2 Goosebumps - October 7, 8, 9 Mrs. Doubtfire - October 14, 15, 16 Hotel Transylvania 2 - October 21, 22,23 Casper - October 28, 29, 30 All tickets are free and are available the day of the show and are on a first come first serve basis.
We will also be offering each title in our Sensory Friendly Format.
Bring your family and friends to the Lansing City Market’s FREE Halloween party October 22nd, 2016, 10 am - 1 pm! There will be trick-or-treating all 3 hours, a kid-friendly costume contest, pumpkin decorating, fall games, and a Halloween photo booth!
Costume contest categories:
--Birth to 2 year olds
--3-6 year olds
--6-12 year olds
--13-17 year olds
Winners will be announced at 11:30 am! Arrive early, so judges will have time to see your costume!
The third annual How-To Halloween is a family-friendly festival that celebrates all of the creative aspects and do-it-yourself spirit of the haunting season. It kicks off with the Downtown Lansing Zombie Walk and features huge displays, great music and everything you'd want to know about making your own ghoulish props, decorations, make-up and baked goods. So break out your best homemade costumes, bring your friends and be a part of this unique and innovative event.
Michigan State Madness will be held on Friday, Oct. 14. MSU's annual event celebrates the beginning of the 2016-17 season for both the men's and women's basketball teams. Doors to the Breslin Center will open at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.
See what Downtown Lansing has to offer at the inaugural Downtown Student Welcome – a free event, with more than 30 local businesses offering discounts, freebies and info – for students who live or attend classes downtown. Come to the Lansing Brewing Company on Thursday, September 8, from 3-7 PM and enjoy free food and live entertainment!
The City of Lansing has recently joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. Please join AARP and the City of Lansing at one of the upcoming Age-Friendly Lansing Community Conversations to discuss the local efforts needed to make Lansing a better place for all ages. It is important that we hear your feedback and opinions on how local policies and programs can drive innovation within the city and make it a more livable community. During the community conversation you will gain a better understanding of what it means to be Age-Friendly, how it can help drive economic development and share your input on what can be done to meet the needs of the community residents as they age.
The East Lansing Community Relations Coalition will be hosting an Oakwood Neighborhood Ice Cream Social at 635 Sunset Lane on Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 6-7 p.m. Open to all community members. Community members are invited to come out and meet their neighbors and the CRC student interns living and working in their neighborhood, while enjoying FREE ice cream!
The eighth annual Back to School Health Fair includes vision and hearing screenings, lead screenings, preschool sign-up and immunizations (Walk-in availability for immunizations is limited; call (517) 887-4350 to schedule an appointment.) 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday; closed between noon-1 p.m. every day for lunch. FREE. Ingham County Health Department Human Services Building (Door 3), 5303 S. Cedar St., Lansing. (517) 887-9400, hd.ingham.org.
The founders and family of founders of the local Mr. Taco restaurant are in a heated battle over the secret recipes and spices. There has been a restraining order set against the children of one of the founders to stop them from selling the recipe.
(TMZ)Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, died late Monday night ... possibly from a heart attack.
The Marin County Sheriff's Department says it responded to Afeni's Sausalito, CA home Monday around 9:43 PM for a report of a cardiac arrest. She was transported to a hospital ... where she was pronounced dead at 10:28 PM.
Afeni was a philanthropist, founding and running the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation after her son's death. She was also a Black Panther ... and defended herself in court when she was accused of multiple bombings.
As keeper of all things Tupac, Afeni greenlit the biopic, "All Eyez on Me" ... which just recently wrapped filming.
The Marin County Sheriff says the coroner will investigate to determine the exact cause of Afeni's death.
(TMZ)The artist known as Princehas died ... TMZ has learned. He was 57.
Prince's body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning.
Multiple sources connected to the singer confirmed he had passed.
The singer -- full name Prince Rogers Nelson -- had a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. But he appeared at a concert the next day to assure his fans he was okay. His people told TMZ he was battling the flu.
Prior to his most recent appearance however, Prince had cancelled two shows due to health concerns.
Prince became an international superstar in 1982 after his breakthrough album "1999."
He went on to churn out a ton of hits -- and racking up 7 Grammys in the process. He also performed at the Super Bowl in 2007 ... in one of the greatest live performances of all time.
He also sold more than 100 million records during his career ... and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for Purple Rain in 1985.
Prince was married two times -- the first time to his backup dancer Mayte Garcia. They split in 2000. He then married Manuela Testolini ... but they split in 2006.
(247SPORTS)Tom Izzo has been a 21-year journey toward Monday in Houston, as the Michigan State head coach was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Izzo, who took over as the head coach at Michigan State in 1995 after joining the staff as an assistant in 1983, was announced as one of the members of the class Monday on ESPN.
The Iron Mountain, Mich., native was a first-ballot nominee, as he was announced as a nominee in December before being named a finalist in February during the NBA All-Star weekend.
Izzo has a 524–205 record in his 21 seasons at the helm of the program, with a 246-111 mark in Big Ten play. He won a national title in 2000, one of his seven Final Four appearances. He has seven Big Ten regular-season titles and five Big Ten Tournament titles. Much of his success has come in the postseason, as MSU has made 19 straight NCAA Tournaments on his watch and he has 46 wins all-time in the tournament.
He is the first Michigan State coach to earn induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and he joins Magic Johnson as the only Spartans in the Hall of Fame.
Izzo and the rest of the class will be inducted on Sept. 9 in Springfield, Mass., the location of the Hall of Fame. Izzo is one of seven members of the class, as he is joined by Allen Iverson, Shaquille O'Neal, Jerry Reinsdorf, Sheryl Swoopes and Yao Ming.
Prior to this class, there were 108 coaches in the hall of fame. Active coaches can be nominated after 25 years of service as a head coach and full-time assistant, meaning Izzo was eligible in 2008. But the waiting likely led to Izzo being a first-ballot inductee.