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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.”

Keys In The Cities – Public Pianos

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Capital Area Blues Society, led by board member Larry Grudt, is developing a project that will place artistically decorated pianos in public spaces around East Lansing and Lansing. The project proposes to bring used pianos, local artists, business merchants, and the community together in a spontaneous, unique and entertaining manner. Donated pianos in working condition will be paired with local artists who will decorate them.

Monthly Community Sing Open to Everyone

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

If you love to sing, and are looking for a community of like-minded people, check out the Monday Night Community Sing, held on the first Monday of most months at the Unitarian Universalist Church in East Lansing. The singing is neither church choir nor karaoke, but a casual, comfortable gathering offering about 90 minutes of song. The next Sing will take place on Monday, October 6.

East Lansing Info to Host Public Q&A Tuesday

Sunday, September 28, 2014
The ELi logo

East Lansing Info (ELi), East Lansing’s non-profit news cooperative, will be hosting an informational meeting for community members this Tuesday evening. Those interested in acting as citizen-reporters for or just interested in knowing more about ELi, should attend on Tuesday, September 30, 6:30-7:30 pm at the East Lansing Public Library conference room.

Outdoor Cafes Busy in Fall

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Perhaps because we have serious winters in East Lansing, when the weather is nice the outdoor cafes and pubs fill up. The current stretch of temperate, dry weather led this reporter to ask a non-scientific sample of locals for their two or three favorite places to enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of beer outside.

New Yard Sign Campaign Questions BWL’s Right to Cut

Friday, September 26, 2014

East Lansing residents are seeing fewer tree trimming crews out working for Lansing’s Board of Water and Light (BWL), the major provider of electricity to East Lansing. But tensions remain very high between BWL and homeowners. Some homeowners who have already experienced damage to their properties from trimmer crews are being offered compensation by BWL. Others, worried about future damage, have joined a new yard sign campaign.

Band and Orchestra Car Wash Saturday

Friday, September 26, 2014

The East Lansing Band and Orchestra Parent Association will hold its annual car wash tomorrow, Saturday, September 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at MacDonald Middle School. Suggested donation is $10 per car wash but any level of donation is welcome. Band and Orchestra students will also be out in the community on Sunday, September 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. playing door- to-door for donations in East Lansing neighborhoods.

ELHS Band and Orchestra Students To Carol the Community during Night Out

Friday, September 26, 2014
Several ELBOPA Night Out 2013 Performers; Back L-R: Carl Geiger, Eileen Reeves; Front L-R: Josh Baird-Mejia, Alex Bennett

The community of East Lansing will have the chance to enjoy some impromptu, “surprise” concert venues within their own homes and lawns this coming Sunday, September 28, 2014. For four hours during their annual “Night Out” Fundraiser, groups of four to five East Lansing High School (ELHS) orchestra or band students will join parent volunteers as they “carol” at various homes in the area, providing entertainment and asking for donations to the ELHS music program. 

Friends of East Lansing Public Library to Hold Annual Used Book Sale

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Library Book Sale.  Image courtesy Friends of the East Lansing Public Libary

On Saturday, October 11, and Sunday, October 12, Friends of the East Lansing Public Library will hold its annual Fall Used Book Sale. Proceeds from the sale are used to buy materials that exceed the Library's regular budget, including books, computers, furniture, music, and programming.

City and Neighborhood Differ Strongly on Bailey Daycare

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The possible closing of the daycare program at Bailey Community Center will be discussed tonight at City Council's work session, and tensions are expected to be high. Many members of the Bailey neighborhood have been strongly opposed to the possible closing, partly out of fear that the move is a step towards the City closing and possibly selling off the Community Center building altogether.

EL Farmers' Market Vendor Profile: Spoonful of Granola's Sara Beer

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sara Beer doesn’t just show up at the East Lansing Farmers’ Market on Sunday mornings with homemade granola and a great smile. A tremendous amount of work goes into every week of selling Spoonful of Granola at the Market, and for Beer, that work is a labor of love.

“My favorite thing,” she says,” is to see people love what I do. I like the fact that I’m making something homemade that’s not full of sugar, and is pretty much a super food – it covers all the food groups if you add dairy.”

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