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I scream, you Scream, we all scream for ice cream spots in East Lansing

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Have you ever tried the banana cream pie ice cream at Velvet, piled atop a homemade ice cream cone? Or maybe the pineapple ice cream with pineapple chunks at Tutti Frutti? Ever set foot inside Iorios Gelato? We’re all looking for ways to cool off in this scorching summer heat. Look no further than East Lansing’s unique array of ice cream shops that will have you cooling off in no time.

Saper Gallery and east arbor architecture Bring Art, Architecture to Downtown EL

Monday, June 13, 2016

Photo: Roy Saper, framing manager Jennifer, and artist Lou Heiser at the opening of Vistas of Michigan: Oil Paintings of Lou Heiser, October 4, 2015

Saper Galleries, long a fixture in downtown Easy Lansing, celebrated its 30th anniversary in downtown East Lansing on Friday, June 3. Asked how he got started, Roy Saper said, “I opened Saper Galleries in response to the community’s enthusiastic support of the gallery which I was previously operating out of my home at 429 Bailey Street, adjacent to downtown East Lansing.”

Street Musicians: The Other Side of the Art Festival

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Downtown East Lansing’s summer festivals are a great opportunity for local and traveling street performers to bring their talent to the streets of East Lansing. Perhaps the Art Festival’s most renowned street performer is Crazy Richard, who performs his fire and knife juggling routine every year near Hopcat. While a few erected stages featured musical acts officially booked for last weekend’s festival, alleyways and corners play host to all the other musicians looking to join in on the fun.   

Literature Feeds the Soul: RCAH Center for Poetry holds annual edible literary competition

Monday, April 11, 2016

 

For many book lovers, the idea of writing in a book is simply cringe-worthy, but how about eating one?

April 1st marked national Edible Book Day, in which organizations around the country hosted an Edible Book Contest. On March 31st the RCAH Center for Poetry held their 8th competition in the LookOut Gallery of Snyder-Phillips Hall, on the MSU campus. The only requirment of this contest is that whatever a contestant creates, it must be edible and related to literature.

What's East Lansing Reading?

Sunday, March 13, 2016

In honor of National Reading Month, I asked this question of East Lansing residents, including ELi reporters: Tell me three books you love, one you hate and what you’re reading right now. At the end of this article, I’ve provided a complete list of the books that are most-loved, most-hated, and currently in the hands of your friends and neighbors.

March is National Reading Month: The Book Clubs of East Lansing

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

All over East Lansing there are book clubs, where book lovers unite regularly to discuss the assigned reading, and make lasting friendships along the way. Each club has its own story, and a set of dedicated members.

Methods of picking the books vary from group to group. Elizabeth Ramos and other members of the four or five-year-old club called simply “The Neighborhood Book Club” hold a “let’s pick our books” night, every year. “We all bring a book or two to lobby for,” Says Ramos. “We read a short synopsis of the book, and we usually talk a bit about it."

The Spirit of Valentine in East Lansing, Part II

Sunday, February 14, 2016
This is the second part of a feature on Valentine's Day in East Lansing. In case you missed it, Part I is right here.

 

 

 Ellie, age 8 and in 3rd grade at Donley, summed it up succinctly when she said “Valentine’s Day is about love.”

The Spirit of Valentine in East Lansing, Part I

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine’s Day: A holiday that can evoke anything from joy and love to fear and loathing, depending on one’s relationship status and overall level of curmudgeonry.  Some readers may be tempted to argue the holiday’s origins or its status as a day dedicated to the commercialization of affection, but set those ideas aside to join ELi as we explore what people—in particular, young people--in town think about and plan for Valentine’s Day.

East Lansing Brings Ice Skating to Valley Court Park

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Photo of the City of Howell's ice skating rink, courtesy of Howell Area Parks & Recreation.

Are you tired of being stuck inside during these long winter months? Do you miss the feel of the great outdoors? Looking for something different to do with friends, family, or perhaps a significant other this Valentine’s Day?

Snow or No, East Lansing Offers Many Ways to Enjoy Winter Sports

Monday, December 14, 2015

As we near the winter solstice, the temperature drops and our activities shift from running, biking and days at the pool to skating, sledding and skiing. So far this year there hasn’t been any snow, but even without it there are places to get your winter sports fix in.

Observations from the other side of the world

Monday, November 23, 2015

 

As I stepped off the plane, the first thing I noticed about China was the traffic. A Chinese student who was traveling with me and fifteen other students from Michigan State University noticed the traffic, as well.

“Just so you know, guys. The cars won’t stop for you. So watch what you’re doing.”

And true to his warning, the cars heeded no rules. I often found myself leaping back onto the curb to avoid catastrophe.

But traffic and reckless drivers aren’t unique to China. I’ve had my fair share of near-collisions in East Lansing, too.

Unique Hostess Gifts at EL Small Businesses

Friday, November 20, 2015

Above: terrarium makings at Clever Clover

Been invited to be a dinner guest or house guest this holiday season? Whether your destination is local or in a distant state, consider picking up a gift for your host or hostess at one of East Lansing’s many locally-owned small businesses.

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