Good day on this warm Thursday.
After a hard workday, you may enjoy a beer at the bar. Or maybe you like to mix something up in your own kitchen. Thursday, you can change things up and grab a drink with a monkey. Potter Park Zoo brings back its summer tradition, Wine and Stein, where zoo visitors 21 and up can sample beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants. Attendees can sip beverages from local businesses like Burgdorf’s Winery, EagleMonk Pub & Brewery, Ellison Brewery + Spirits and more. Snacks are provided by La Senorita, Pizza House and Swagath Indian Cuisine. 6-9 p.m. $40/$35 members. Potter Park Zoo, 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing. (517) 483-4222, potterparkzoo.org.
Athletes with physical disabilities get a chance to shine this weekend during the Michigan Victory Games. Founded in 1976, the sporting event features both competitive and recreational sports across a wide variety of activities and ability levels. Over the years, the organization has qualified athletes to participate in the Paralympic Games and other large sports events. Games include bowling, swimming, wheelchair tennis, cycling, power lifting and more. The event concludes with a dance party Sunday night at 8 p.m. to celebrate the participating athletes. Volunteers are still needed to help run the event, and donations are accepted online. Events take place all weekend across MSU’s campus; see web for times and locations. michiganvictorygames.com.
A local sports journalism legend discusses legendary Spartan sports memories Thursday at the downtown Capital Area District Library. Jack Ebling, host of "The Drive" on the Team 92.1 WQTX, remembers some of the most famous moments in Spartan sports memories, including MSU's 1977 basketball championship with Magic Johnson and last year’s championship win by the women's cross country team. The event is hosted by the Historical Society of Greater Lansing, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own list of favorite Spartan sports memories to share. Ebling is a three-time Michigan Sportswriter of the Year winner and has written several books on MSU sports. 7 p.m. FREE. CADL Downtown Lansing, 401 S. Capitol Ave., Lansing. (517) 282-0671, lansinghistory.org.
For more local events, see below.
Classes and Seminars
Ask a Business Librarian. Course on market research. Call or register online. 9-1 a.m. FREE. Small Business Development Center, LCC, 309 N. Washington Square, Suite 110, Lansing. (517) 483- 1921, sbdcmichigan.org.
Capital Area Crisis Rugby Practice. All levels welcome. 6-8 p.m. FREE. St. Joseph Park, 2125 W. Hillsdale St., Lansing. crisisrfc.com.
Chipmunk Story Time: Some Babies are Wild. Baby animal stories with nature activity. 10-11 a.m. $3. Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road, Meridian Township. (517) 349-3866, bit.ly/HNCprg.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly. Weigh-in 5:15 p.m., meeting 6 p.m. First meeting FREE. New Hope Church, 1340 Haslett Road, Haslett. (517) 927-4307.
Book Talk with Susan K Rothfuss. Selections from book "Breathe into Wisdom." 6-7:30 p.m. FREE. Everybody Reads Books and Stuff, 2019 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 346-9900.
Open Mic @ The Colonial Bar & Grill. Weekly bring-your-own-instrument open mic. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. FREE. The Colonial Bar & Grille, 3425 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing. (517) 882-6132.
Drum Circle. Drumming session with meditation. 7-9 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Inner Ascended Masters Ministry, 5705 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. lightiam.org.
Film Movement Series. "The Lesson" (Bulgaria). 6:30- 8 p.m. FREE. CADL Okemos, 4321 Okemos Road, Okemos. (517) 347-2021, cadl.org.
Mason Codependents Anonymous. A fellowship to develop healthy relationships. 7-8 p.m. FREE. Mason First Church of the Nazarene, 415 E. Maple St., Mason. (517) 515-5559, coda.org.
The Bridges of Madison County. Romance tale on stage. 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $40. Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 353- 1982, whartoncenter.com.