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Eli on Earth: Run with the Salmon on the Red Cedar!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Gier Park School "Salmon in the Classroom" release. Photo Credit: David Kenyon, Michigan DNR

Coho salmon are slowly swimming their way back to East Lansing and the public has the opportunity to run with them during the “Red Cedar Salmon Run,” an annual 5K on Michigan State University’s campus.

Pickleball Keeps East Lansing Residents Active

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Walking away from a conversation with Ruth Beier, one thing is certainly clear: the East Lansing City Council Representative loves Pickleball. But many might be left wondering, what Pickleball is.

ELi on Earth: Total Eclipse of the Moon Sunday, Sept. 27

Monday, September 21, 2015

Image: "Eclipse 2010 cropped" by John Vermette 

UPDATE! We have a special offer for ELi readers. Be one of the first five people to identify yourself to the person in the ELi t-shirt at the parking ramp gathering on Sunday, September 27, and get a free ELi mug!

Sky watchers in the eastern U.S. have a chance to enjoy a total eclipse of the Moon on the evening of Sunday, September 27.

Park Named for Corey Cafagna

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Above: Corey Cafagna Park

There is a new park in the Glencairn neighborhood, behind Hannah Community Center. Well, okay, the green space at the intersection of Sunset Lane and Southlawn Avenue has always been there, and some people even knew it was a city park. But now the City of East Lansing has named it the Corey Cafagna Park. The park will soon have what people expect in a neighborhood park---benches, a flower planter, and an "official" name sign.

All of the Above Hip Hop Academy Fosters Appreciation for Art among Youth

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Carl Bowers

Since its inception five years ago at East Lansing’s Edgewood Village, All of the Above Hip Hop Academy, AOTA, has been working to mentor young creatives, cultivate a strong, artistic community and foster a positive hip hop culture within the East Lansing and Lansing areas.

AOTA provides local teens with opportunities to take free classes in lyric writing, producing music, Bboying and even graffiti art. All classes are taught by industry veterans, including program founder Ozay Moore, formerly a successful hip hop recording artist.

DIGGING IN: Children and Plants Grow Together In Marble Elementary School’s Garden

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The intersection of art and education is on full display in Marble School’s Garden. Created in what was once a sparse stretch of grass framed by Marble Elementary's brick walls, the garden has become a central part of the school itself and of students' interaction with their world.

I spoke with former Marble teacher Marlene Cosgrove, one of the original organizers of the garden who is still in charge of its maintenance, to learn more about this East Lansing attraction.

EL REWIND: The MSU Dairy Store

Sunday, June 14, 2015

ELi's Abigail Heath explains the history of the MSU Dairy Store and what makes it different from most ice cream stores.

Pumpstock Festival This Saturday

Friday, June 5, 2015

Tomorrow: The June 6 Pumpstock Music Festival at Bailey Park will offer both local stars and nationally touring artists playing on two stages for continuous music from 2pm to 8pm.

Festival organizer Dudley “Smitty” Smith was involved with Pump House Concerts before the Festival was founded. The idea of these concerts – “an intimate atmosphere and a comfortable and involving listening environment” – blossomed into Pumpstock.

ASK ELi: Places to Canoe and Kayak?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Image: The author’s children on the Grand River near Grand Ledge

This week’s reader question: Where are good places around here to canoe or kayak?

There are many river options in the area.

Red Cedar River:

These options are all doable with a return by bike or car:

This Weekend: Capital City Comic Con

Friday, May 1, 2015

 

Six months after filming for “Batman vs. Superman” took over East Lansing, the comic world is again poised to take over the Lansing area with the start of Capital City Comic Con.

Starting Saturday morning at Haslett High School, Capital City Comic Con is bringing together artists, writers, collectors, vendors and fans for a celebration of all things comic, science fiction and game. Unlike the larger national events that inspired it, Capital City Comic Con has a decidedly local flavor.

All-of-us Express First Young Playwrights Festival

Monday, April 27, 2015

PHOTO: Cast and Crew of “The Fairy Tale Book” and “The Journeys of Miss Pepper”

Three Youth-Written Plays, One Night: All-of-us Express’ First Young Playwrights Festival

Next weekend (May 9), East Lansing-based All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre will be performing their first ever Young Playwrights Festival, directed by youth participant Savannah Segueda.

SHOW OF THE WEEK: Taste of East Lansing

Thursday, April 23, 2015

 

This Saturday, April 25th The East Lansing Community Relations Coalition (CRC) will be hosting their fourth annual Taste of East Lansing.

SHOW OF THE WEEK:: MSU Science Festival

Thursday, April 16, 2015

 

Almost 100 years ago, a man won a Nobel Prize for his discoveries, explaining the nature of space and time. He developed a theory of relativity that would come to be the foundation for modern physics. Mr. Einstein claimed, “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

This weekend, explore your own curiosities and unearth the complexities of our vast universe at Michigan State’s 3rd annual Science Festival.

MSU Observatory Public Night Viewing

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Photo courtesy of MSU Observatory, courtesy of MSU

As the weather warms each year in East Lansing, the MSU Observatory begins its season of Public Observing Nights at the MSU Observatory. The MSU Observatory is located at the corner of Forest and College Roads, just southwest of the MSU Pavilion.

The first Public Observing Nights of the spring will be this Thursday, April 16, and this Saturday, April 18, from 9-11 pm.

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