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All of Us Express Children's Theater Presents "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"

Saturday, February 6, 2016


All of Us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) presents “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” this coming weekend and next.

This classic story by C. S. Lewis is, according to the East Lansing Recreation & Arts website, “set in the land of Narnia,” and “faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia.”

Council Tries to Shape City Via New Zoning Changes

Friday, February 5, 2016

Townhouses on Albert Street (above), photo courtesy of Hagan Realty

In a pair of unanimous votes, this week East Lansing’s City Council put through a group of zoning changes that appear designed to encourage more housing for non-students in high-density areas of the City and to discourage housing of large number of students in single dwelling units.

You Think It's Cold Now?

Monday, February 1, 2016

The geography of East Lansing all comes back to a big old glacier known as the Laurentide Ice Sheet.

"After Ever After" brings Mulan, Belle, Cruella and More to Hannah Community Center This Weekend

Friday, January 22, 2016

Photo, clockwise from top: Alyssa Forsyth, Emily McWethy (Cinderella), Mosey
Rojewski, Alice Ribeiro, Sarah Flink, Miki Perdikakis

This weekend, the East Lansing Dance and Theatre Company (ELDTC) will perform “AFTER EVER AFTER, or Four Beautiful Princesses, a Bunch of Sidekicks and One Evil Villain: A Ballet in One Act” at the Hannah Community Center Albert White Theatre. 

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?

EL Residents Clear Clutter and Build Community with Freecycling

Monday, January 18, 2016

A new year can be a catalyst for change, and for some families, decluttering and simplifying is a goal. Donating useable items to charity, selling them, or recycling items are options, as is freecycling: offering up for free goods that are no longer wanted.

EL School Board Hears Complaints about Middle School Traffic

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The traffic situation at MacDonald Middle School is creating a dangerous situation for students, a parent told the East Lansing Board of Education Monday night.

Patty Bonito, parent of a sixth-grader, spoke on behalf of the MacDonald Middle School’s Parent Council, and asked the Board to help them address the problems arising from the glut of vehicles during the pick-up and drop-off times at the school.

“It is a phenomenon. It’s out of control,” Bonito said. “It is dangerous to students, a danger to crossing guards and to parents volunteering to direct traffic.”

Simon Announces WKAR will not participate in FCC auction

Monday, January 11, 2016

During a joint press conference with Detroit Public Television in Detroit, MSU President Lou Anna Simon announced that WKAR TV will not take part in the upcoming FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction, and WKAR and DPTV will join in an initiative that will, among other things, provide 24/7 children’s programming for viewers in Detroit, Lansing and the rest of the state.

MSU and Detroit Public Television to hold Joint Press Conference today

Monday, January 11, 2016

A press conference will take place in Detroit this afternoon at which a partnership will be announced between Detroit Public Television and MSU’s WKAR-TV. A joint press release says that the partnership will "impact public television across the state." 

CAS students voice opinions on possible sale of WKAR

Friday, January 8, 2016

Just one year ago, the East Lansing community was commemorating the 60th anniversary of WKAR-TV, MSU’s public broadcasting station. As the station’s 61st birthday approaches on January 15, celebrations have fallen to the wayside and business negotiations have taken precedence.

Composition Fosters Human Rights Awareness

Friday, January 8, 2016

He’s nearly done with a composition he’s writing for Michigan State University. And he’s visited with the MSU student musicians who will premiere the work in January. But as soon as the first note sounds on Billy Child’s original piece, many say the work is just beginning for a highly sensitive initiative led in part by the MSU College of Music.

East Lansing Public Library Re-opens January 11

Thursday, January 7, 2016

The wait is over (at least part of it):  East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) will open its doors again on Monday, Jan. 11. The library closed in December to prepare the building for a pending renovation project.

According to a press release, “when the library reopens next Monday, the first phase of the renovation project will be underway and a third of the floor space and approximately half of ELPL’s collection will be accessible to patrons. There will also be a limited number of public computers.”

Chesterfield Hills Parking Approved 3-2 After Long Debate

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Above: the area in question as seen this past Monday morning.

Last night, following much debate involving numerous residents of the Chesterfield Hills neighborhood, East Lansing’s City Council voted 3-2 to expand permit-only parking in the area. The vote divided along the same lines as previous 3-2 votes on this Council: Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, and Councilmember Erik Altmann voted in favor; Councilmembers Shanna Draheim and Susan Woods voted against.

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