Good day and happy Friday.
Silver Bells in the City “The Voice” finalist and former Lansing resident Joshua Davis serves as Grand Marshal and headlining performer for this year’s installment of Lansing’s Silver Bells in the City. The popular downtown event also includes the Electric Light Parade, featuring floats, vehicles and individuals festooned with colorful lights, a fireworks show and the official lighting of the State Christmas tree.
This year also features the return of the community sing, with the Steiner Chorale leading participants in the singing of two community-chosen carols. See web for complete schedule and locations.
A musical treat is in store for Lansing tonight as Elden Kelly, Linda Abar and the Matt Bliton Band take to the stage at Robin Theatre.
Kelly, a singer-songwriter with a diverse range of influences, is heavily involved with music education and often leads workshops at Elderly Instruments. Abar, also an educator and singer-songwriter, draws from Celtic and New Age influences. The Matt Bliton Band, which recently released its latest album "New Morning," comprises of Matt Bliton and multiple other veteran musicians.
7:30 p.m. $10. Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. robintheatre.com.
After 33 years, a Holt tradition is still going strong. The Holt Village Sampler Craft show is a town-wide event spread across eleven homes in the Holt area. Volunteers open their homes to vendors for three days to help shoppers get a head start on their holiday gift buying.
Up for sale are hand-crafted jewelry, textiles, candles, totes, festive decorations and, of course, delicious treats. Participating homes will be marked with red heart signs, and a printable map is available at holtcrafts.com/map.
Shoppers who find themselves getting a little hungry can stop at Grovenburg United Methodist Church's Old Country Bazaar, which features craft goods as well as lunch service. Proceeds from the church’s bazaar go toward the its outreach and mission funds.
Noon-9 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. FREE. See web for participating locations. holtcrafts.com.
For more local events, see below.
Classes and Seminars
Mud And Mug. Painting lesson for ages 21 and up. BYOB. $25. Reach Studio Art Center, 1804 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. (517) 999-3643, reachstudioart.org.
Lunch with a Doctor - Prostate Cancer: Know the Risks and Beat the Odds. 11 a.m. $15/$10 members. Kellogg Conference Center, 55 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing.
Aux Petits Soins-Explorers 1-3. French immersion for babies/toddlers. 9:30 a.m. (ages 2-4) , 10:30 a.m. (0-2) & 5:15pm (ages 4-6). $15/$12 students. 1824 E. Michigan Ave., Ste. F, Lansing. (517) 643-8059, facebook.com/auxpetitssoinsllc.
Two Small Pieces of Glass. Program on the history of the telescope. 8-9 p.m. $4. Abrams Planetarium, 400 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. (517) 355-4672.
Teens After School. Programming for teens in 6th-12th grades. 3-5 p.m. FREE. East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-2420, elpl.org.
Howl at the Moon: Guided Night Walk. Nature walk with dogs. 7-8 p.m. $3/$7 per family. Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road, Meridian Township. (517) 349-3866, meridian.mi.us.
RCS Movie Night. "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" with cocktails. 7-10 p.m. FREE. Red Cedar Spirits, 2000 Merritt Road, East Lansing. (517) 908-9950, redcedarspiritsdistillery.com.
Silver Bells Library Celebration. Face painting, button-making and more. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Capital Area District Libraries Downtown Lansing, 401 South Capitol Ave., Lansing. (517) 367-6363.
StoryTime. Ages 2-5 years enjoy stories and songs. 10:30-11 a.m. FREE. All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road, East Lansing.
MSU Opera Theatre: A Room With a View. Romantic comic opera. 8-11 p.m. $20/$18 seniors/$5 students. Fairchild Theatre, 220 Trowbridge Road, East Lansing. (517) 353-5340, ow.ly/UDeyV.
MSU Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. 8-10 p.m. $10/$8 seniors/students. FREE. Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing.
All-Ages Rock Concert. Fundraiser for auditorium restoration. 7 p.m. $5. Wilson Center Auditorium, 101 W. Cass St., St. Johns. (989) 224-8159, wilsoncenterauditorium.org.
Fine Art Sale. Original art work by the artists of Mid Michigan Art Guild. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Framer's Edge, 1856 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos. (517) 347-7400.
Holt Village Sampler Craft Show. Craft show spread across 11 homes. See web for map. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Various locations, Holt. holtcrafts.com.
Broad Underground Film Series. Avant-garde film screening. 7 p.m. FREE. Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, MSU Campus, East Lansing. broadmuseum.msu.edu.
Stage Door. Depression-era comedy/drama. 8 p.m. Pasant Theater, Wharton Center, MSU Campus, East Lansing. 1-800-WHARTON, whartoncenter.com.
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol. Classic story from a new point of view. 8 p.m. $15. Williamston Theater, 122 S. Putnam St., Williamston. williamstontheatre.com.