May 14 2016 12:01 AM

Here's what's going on in town this weekend

Good day and happy weekend.

Celtic harpist Patrick Ball brings his stories and music to Mid-Michigan this weekend. Called "a modern bard," Ball performs for two shows in the area. Saturday, 7 p.m. $15. Chippewa Middle School, 4000 Kinawa Drive, Okemos. Sunday, 7 p.m. $15. McGoff Auditorium, Williamston Middle School Auditorium, 3939 Vanneter Road, Williamston.

Ever wonder who creates those eye-catching covers you see on the shelves of your local bookstore? New York-based artist Spencer Charles comes to the Library of Michigan Saturday to discuss contemporary book design and the process of bringing a book to the market. Charles specializes in typography and hand-lettering, and his resume includes covers for Sterling Publishing’s leather-bound editions of “Moby Dick” and “The Complete Works of Shakespeare.” 1-2 p.m. FREE. Lake Michigan Room, Library of Michigan, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. (517) 373-1300, michigan.gov/libraryofmichigan.

Get out and get some exercise for a good cause Saturday at the seventh annual Woofer Walk. Hosted by the Ingham Country Animal Shelter Fund, this fundraiser offers participants the option of a one-mile walk or a full 5K race — and your canine companion is welcome to join either event. Other activities include dog agility demonstrations, a face-painting table and a DJ spinning tracks all morning. Representatives from the animal shelter will be on hand to answer any questions about the shelter or the upcoming shelter millage. 10 a.m. $35 for 5K/$30 for one-mile walk. Farm Lane near MSU Auditorium, MSU Campus, East Lansing. (517) 242-7440, icasfund.org.

Amateur men’s chorus Men of Orpheus pays tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes himself Sunday with a program of Frank Sinatra’s best known songs. Founded in 1926 as a glee club sponsored by the REO Motor Car Co., Men of Orpheus is one of the region’s longest-running performing ensembles. Tickets are available at the door or from any Men of Orpheus member. 4 p.m. $10. Kinawa Middle School Auditorium, 1900 Kinawa Drive, Okemos. menoforpheus.org.

The Wharton Center and the MSU Department of Theatre team up this weekend to give aspiring playwrights a chance to see their work on a professional stage. The 20th annual Young Playwrights Festival is a showcase of six original, one-act plays written by Michigan high school students. The six selected playwrights worked with mentors and actors from the MSU Department of Theatre to develop the plays and prepare them for performance. 2 p.m. FREE. Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000, whartoncenter.com.

For more local events, see below.

Saturday, May 14

Classes and Seminars

Container Gardening. Course on growing potted herbs and veggies. RSVP required. 12:30-2 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Hunter Park Community GardenHouse, 1400 block of E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. ow.ly/ZaHK3002KXM.

Tai Chi at Allen Market Place. Instruction in Qigong, meditation and Yang style tai chi forms. No class April 30. 9-10 a.m. FREE. Allen Market Place, 1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. (517) 272-9379.

Literature and Poetry

Meet Author Jody Hedlund. Author of Christian literature discusses her work. 2-3 p.m. FREE. CADL Holt-Delhi, 2078 Aurelius Road, Holt. (517) 694-9351, cadl.org.

Music

Patrick Ball. Spoken word and Celtic Harp. 7 p.m. $15. Chippewa Middle School, 4000 Kinawa Drive, Okemos.

Mighty Uke Day. Festival with workshops and performances celebrating the ukulele. Noon. Old Town, Lansing. mightyukeday.com.

Jackalope Benefit Concert for Edgewood UCC Mission Trip. Original rhythm and twang music performed. 7-8:30 p.m. $10/kids FREE. Edgewood United Church, 469 N. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing.

Sistrum 30th Anniversary Concert. Featuring silent auction and musical performance. 7 p.m. $15/$12 adv. Plymouth Congregational Church, 2001 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing. sistrum.org.

Written in the Mitten. Featuring Mike Vial, Alex Mendenhall and Brian Koenigsknecht. 8-10 p.m. The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. therobintheatre.com.

Mason Orchestral Society Spring Concert. 7:30-9:30 p.m. FREE. Our Savior Lutheran Church, 7910 E. St. Joseph Highway, Lansing. masonorchestras.org.

Fiddle Scouts. Interactive environmental songs for kids with Joe Reilly. 10:30 a.m. $3-5 requested donation. MSU Community Music School, 4930 Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. tenpoundfiddle.org.

Great Lakes Harmony Brigade. Rally of barbershop quartets. 7:30 p.m. $15. Okemos Conference Center, 2187 University Park Drive, Okemos. glhb.org.

Gold Hope Duo, 8 p.m. The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave.

Alistair, 8 p.m. Black Cat Bistro, 115 Albert Ave.

Steve Cowles, 5 p.m. Blue Gill Grill, 1591 Lake Lansing Road

Kathy Ford, 8 p.m. Champions, 2440 N. Cedar St.

DJ, 9 p.m. Coach’s Pub & Grill, 6201 Bishop Rd

Greg Smith, 9 p.m. Darb's, 117 S. Cedar St.

DJ Brendan, 10 p.m. Esquire, 1250 Turner St.

Well Enough Alone, 9:30 p.m. The Exchange, 314 E. Michigan Ave.

The Tenants, 7 p.m. Gallery Brewery, 143 Kent St.,

Soulstice, 9:30 p.m. Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave.

Rush Clement, 6 p.m. Harper's, 131 Albert Ave.

Doug Mains & City Folk, 7 p.m. The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave.

American WiFi, 7 p.m. Mac's Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave.

Big Boss Blues, 9 p.m. Moriarty's Pub, 802 E. Michigan Ave.

New Rule, 7 p.m. Reno's East, 1310 Abbot Road

Episode, 7 p.m. Reno's North, 16460 Old US 27

Smooth Daddy, 7 p.m. Reno's West, 5001 W. Saginaw Hwy.

Hoosier Highway, 8:30 p.m. Tequila Cowboy, 5660 W. Saginaw Hwy.

The Rotations, 9 p.m. Unicorn Tavern, 327 E. Grand River Ave.

Capitol City DJs, 10 p.m. Watershed Tavern and Grill 5965 Marsh Rd.


Events

16th Annual Pride Ride for Motorcycle Safety Awareness. Safety awareness ride followed by presentation and vendors/sponsor booths. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. UAW Local 652, 426 Clare St., Lansing.

Family Special: Animal Super Heroes. Program on animal abilities. 1 p.m. $3/$7 per family. Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road, Meridian Township. (517) 349-3866, bit.ly/HNCprg.

Free Public Tours. 1 and 3 p.m. FREE. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, MSU Campus, East Lansing.

Hair Donation Event: Wigs for Kids. Free haircut and style when you donate your hair. Call for appointment. 9 a.m.-noon. FREE. CADL Okemos, 4321 Okemos Road, Okemos. (517) 347-2021 ext. 3, cadl.org.

Magic the Gathering. Teens game together. Call or register online. 2-4 p.m. FREE. CADL Mason, 145 W. Ash St., Mason. (517) 676-9088, cadl.org.

Miles for Smiles 5K Walk & Timed Run. 5K to raise money for families in need of dental care. 9 a.m.-noon. $25/$20 in advance. Granger Meadows Park, East State Road and Wood Road, DeWitt. (517) 482-1504, ow.ly/10xHct.

Native Plant Sale. Locally grown native perennials for both sunny and shady sites. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lansing City Market, 325 City Market Drive, Lansing. (517) 483-7460, ow.ly/efln3002Nc4.

Safety Day. Safety and community-oriented swim event with guests from the fire department. 1-4 p.m. Goldfish Swim School of Okemos, 5135 Times Square Drive, Okemos. (248) 924-0111.

Second Saturday Supper. Baked chicken dinner with sides and take-out options. 5-6:15 p.m. $8/$4 kids. Mayflower Congregational Church, 2901 W. Mount Hope Ave., Lansing. (517) 484-3139, mayflowerchurch.com.

Star Wars Party. Ages 7 and up enjoy games, crafts and snacks. Costumes welcome. 2-3 p.m. FREE. CADL Haslett, 1590 Franklin St., Haslett. (517) 339-2324, cadl.org.

Wii Party. Ages 5 and up enjoy Wii games and snacks. 11 a.m.-noon. FREE. CADL Dansville, 1379 E. Mason St., Dansville. (517) 623-6511, cadl.org.

Wooded Area Workday. Volunteers needed to clear debris from wooded area. 10 a.m.-noon. FREE. East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-2420, elpl.org.

Zumbathon For Max's Foundation. To benefit children and families in need. 1-3 p.m. $15/$10 in advance. Chandler's Crossing, 3850 Coleman Road, East Lansing. maxsrace.com/maxs-foundation.

Woofer Walk. 5K where dogs are welcome to join. 10 a.m. $35 for 5K/$30 for one-mile walk. Farm Lane near MSU Auditorium, MSU Campus, East Lansing. (517) 242-7440, icasfund.org.

Arts

Flight Of Fantasy Open House. Reception for show with paintings by Edward Smith, featuring live music. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Lansing City Market, 325 City Market Drive, Lansing. (517) 703-4510, raven7535.wix.com/stelrmn.

Williamston Pop Up Art & Crafts Show. Handcrafted works of art and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Keller's Plaza, Corner of Putnam Street and Grand River Avenue, Williamston. ow.ly/4n5Ir3.

21st Century Book Design. With designer Spencer Charles. 1-2 p.m. FREE. Lake Michigan Room, Library of Michigan, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. (517) 373-1300, michigan.gov/libraryofmichigan.

Theater

Beyond Therapy. Offbeat comedy about marriage counseling. 8 p.m. $12/$10 seniors. Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing. (517) 482-5700, riverwalktheatre.com.


Sunday, May 15

Classes and Seminars

Charlotte Yoga Club. Beginner to intermediate levels. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $5 annually. AL!VE, 800 W. Lawrence Road, Charlotte. (517) 285-0138, charlotteyoga.net.

Juggling. Learn to juggle. 2-4 p.m. FREE. Orchard Street Pumphouse, 368 Orchard St., Lansing. (517) 371-5119.

Nature Fun with Poetry. Course for adults and teens on tapping into nature for poetry. 2-4 p.m. $10. Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road, Meridian Township. (517) 349-3866, bit.ly/HNCprg.

Music

Patrick Ball. Spoken word and Celtic Harp. 7 p.m. $15. McGoff Auditorium, Williamston Middle School Auditorium, 3939 Vanneter Road, Williamston.

Saxophone Solo with Dylan Ward. Contemporary saxophone by artist Dylan Ward. 1-2 p.m. FREE. MICA Gallery, 1210 N. Turner St., Lansing. (517) 371-4600, micagallery.org.

A Salute to the Chairman of the Board: Songs of Frank Sinatra. By the Men of Orpheus chorus. 4-5:30 p.m. $10. Kinawa Middle School, 1900 Kinawa Drive, Okemos. (517) 351-0675, menoforpheus.org.

Mighty Uke Day. Festival with workshops and performances celebrating the ukulele. Noon. Old Town, Lansing. mightyukeday.com.

Blues Brawl. Local blues artists compete for a trip to 2017 International Blues Competition. 3 p.m. $10. Green Door Blues Bar & Grill, 2005 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.

Theater

Catch the Moon. Dancers perform to live music. 7-8:30 p.m. $15/$10 kids. Ruhala Performing Arts Center, 1846 Haslett Road, East Lansing. (517) 337-0464, ruhalacenter.com.

Beyond Therapy. Offbeat comedy about marriage counseling. 2 p.m. $12/$10 seniors. Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing. (517) 482-5700, riverwalktheatre.com.

Young Playwright's Festival. Showcase of plays by young writers. 2 p.m. FREE. Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000, whartoncenter.com.

Events

Free Public Tours. 1 and 3 p.m. FREE. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, MSU Campus, East Lansing.

Bird Watching in Our Parks. Guided bird watching walk. 8-9 a.m. FREE. Davis/Foster Perserve, Both sides of Van Atta Road, Okemos. (517) 349-3866, bit.ly/HNCprg

Lansing Area Codependents Anonymous. A fellowship to develop healthy relationships. 2-3 p.m. FREE. CADL Downtown Lansing, 401 S. Capitol Ave., Lansing. (517) 515-5559, coda.org.

Lansing Area Sunday Swing Dance. Lessons 6-6:45 p.m., dance 6:45. $8 dance/$10 dance & lesson. The Lansing Eagles, 4700 N. Grand River Ave., Lansing. (517) 490-7838.

Scandinavian Society of Greater Lansing. Judy Olson presents Mongolian trip; potluck dinner follows. 2-5:30 p.m. Friendship House of Prayer, 4301 S. Waverly Road, Lansing. (517) 482-8357.

Swiss Steak Dinner. Steak dinner with sides, beverage and dessert. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $10/$4 kids. Lansing Liederkranz Club, 5828 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing. (517) 882-6330.

The Little Star That Could. Planetarium show for families. 2:30 p.m $4/$3.50 seniors and students/$3 kids. Abrams Planetarium, 755 Science Road, East Lansing. (517) 355-4672.

Arts

Coloring for Adults. Relaxing coloring with supplies provided. 2-4 p.m. FREE. CADL Downtown Lansing, 401 S. Capitol Ave., Lansing. (517) 367-6363, cadl.org.


Literature and Poetry

Burning Like Lamps Upon the Ocean. Poetry open mic with the Lansing Poetry Club. MICA Gallery, 1210 Turner St., Lansing. micagallery.org.

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