SHOW OF THE WEEK: Dead Poets Contest at Dublin Square, Oct. 28

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Dead Poets Society

On Tuesday, October 28, a Dead Poets Contest will take place starting at 7:30 pm at Dublin Square Irish Pub and Restaurant, 327 Abbot Road in East Lansing. Contestants are invited to read one or two poems by a departed poet, reading for a maximum of 4-5 minutes, and to dress “in the spirit” of that poet (generously interpreted—anything from a hat/scarf to full costume).

QCROSS: Campus Organization and Documentary Focus on Intersection of Sexuality And Faith

Friday, October 17, 2014

In 2010 our nation was plagued with a rash of teen suicides in the LGBTQ community. At the time, Krista Rowe was a student on the MSU campus who saw the need to build a faith community among her LGBTQ friends on campus. Rev. Jenn Tafel volunteered to offer clergy support, and Queer Christians Reclaiming Our Sexuality and Spirituality (“QCROSS”) was born at MSU that fall as a response to the tragedy.

SHOW OF THE WEEK: ELHS Marching Band Performs 35th Annual Senior Show Friday

Thursday, October 16, 2014
ELHS Marching Band at Grand Ledge

Note: ELi is instituting new weekly features! Today is our second installation of our new Thursday feature, "Show Of The Week," filling you in on an exciting upcoming entertainment opportunity in East Lansing.

East Lansing High School (ELHS) football game attendees will be in for a special treat on Friday, October 17 as the 100-member ELHS Marching Band performs a half-time show selected by the 20 seniors in the band. Kick off for this season’s last home game is at 7:00 p.m. Admission for the game is $5.

Michigan Shirt Works Owner Brings Innovation to and Hopes for EL Downtown

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ted Wilson, owner and founder of Michigan Shirt Works, wants downtown East Lansing to once again be a family destination. His aim is to become known for providing innovative design services and for providing fun for families in East Lansing while printing any design on any article of apparel.. “When I was growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, my family and others regularly came to downtown East Lansing,” Wilson says, adding, “That’s not the case anymore, and I want to be part of changing that.”

Artistic Bike Racks Coming Downtown

Monday, October 13, 2014

Six new works of art that will double as bicycle racks are to be celebrated at an East Lansing ribbon-cutting event next week. Ami Van Antwerp, Communications Coordinator for the City, estimates that the $20,000 project will net “at least 10 new [bicycle] parking spaces” downtown. According to Van Antwerp, “There are a couple of situations where we are replacing deteriorating hoops with the new artistic bike racks.”

Daycare Director Reveals Reasons for Departure

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

When Nora Thompson (shown above) took over the daycare at the Bailey Community Center in July of 2013, she found significant problems with the way the program was being run. She told me in an email interview, “I quickly determined the staffing was not at state mandated levels, there were inadequate materials in the classrooms, and significant building issues that needed to be remedied.”

School Board Candidates Forum Open to the Public

Monday, October 6, 2014
East Lansing High School (photo courtesy of the City of East Lansing)

All members of the East Lansing community are invited on the evening of October 21 to one of the first occasions where all eight candidates running for East Lansing School Board (ELSB) will meet together to discuss issues with residents. Originally scheduled to begin at 6:30pm, this open forum will be held in the East Lansing High School (ELHS) Cafeteria/Student Union from 5:00pm-6:30pm to accommodate parent teacher conferences that same evening.

A Word from Our Publisher

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Photo credit: Jenny Stevenson Phtography (ELi) has been up and running for about a month and the response has been tremendous! People all over town are sharing our articles and are talking about how refreshing it is to have an independent, nonpartisan news source focused on our otherwise-overlooked small city. The excitement is palpable, and the level of participation is terrific!

Looking Glass Logjams Cleared, But More to Do

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A float in a canoe or kayak just a few miles north of East Lansing on the Looking Glass River conjures up wilderness areas one might associate with being “up north”—except there are usually more buildings on the rivers up there. It is not uncommon on a paddle along the Looking Glass to see no other human for hours at a time. What you often will see are sandhill cranes, kingfishers, cedar waxwings, great blue herons, woodpeckers of multiple species, muskrat, and the occasional raccoon enjoying an afternoon nap in a snag.

Autumn Fest and Stock-Up Time, Sunday at the Market

Friday, October 3, 2014

East Lansing residents who are fine with an hour out in classic Michigan autumn weather can enjoy the East Lansing Farmers’ Market annual Autumn Fest this Sunday, October 5, from 10 am through 2 pm. Besides all the familiar weekly vendors’ latest offerings, Autumn Fest will include free cider, donuts, and wagon rides. Children can also enjoy a variety of games and activities.

Bailey Residents Concerned that Community Center on List for Sale

Thursday, October 2, 2014

In an effort to push development within city limits, City of East Lansing Planning staff have produced a recommended list of “redevelopment ready” properties. This is essentially a list meant to attract potential developers, and although Bailey neighborhood residents thought the Bailey Community Center had come off the redevelopment-ready list at their request, according to a recent disclosure by City Planning staff, the Bailey Community Center is back on the draft list.

2.0 Maker Studio Opening Today at East Lansing Marriott

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in the creative life of East Lansing, as East Lansing Public Library (ELPL)’s 2.0 Maker Studio celebrates its Grand Opening from 4-6 pm. The space is located on the second floor of the East Lansing Marriott at University Place. According to Ripple Public Relations’ Tali Hylen, “the communal space includes 7 rooms providing tools, supplies, computers and software that allow community members to design, prototype and create manufactured works in a collaborative space, sharing resources and knowledge.”