Good day and happy weekend.
Lansing-based saxophonist Phil Denny assembles an all-star smooth jazz lineup for an evening of jazzy holiday hits. This year’s guests include vocalist Selina Albright, guitarist David P. Stevens and sax man Danny Kusz, as well as local youth artists Kanin Thelen of DeWitt and Joseph Washington of Holt. Flutist Brandon Marceal opens the show, and an afterglow party at Troppo featuring DJ Radd 1 follows the concert. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. $25-40. Pattengill Auditorium, 626 Marshall St., Lansing. facebook.com/annualpdcc.
The Nokomis Native American Learning Center seeks to educate while also providing a unique shopping experience Saturday. The center, which seeks to preserve and present Anishinaabe culture, holds an arts and crafts market featuring handmade goods. Items for sale include porcupine quill baskets, jewelry, blankets, children’s goodies and more. During the event, admission to the center's gallery and museum is free. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. FREE. Nokomis Native American Learning Center, 5153 Marsh Road, Haslett. (517) 349-5777, nokomis.org.
For its 71st annual holiday concert, the Lansing Concert Band is teaming up with the Steiner Chorale for a diverse program of seasonal classics. The chorus was founded in 1968 by William Steiner, a former East Lansing High School choral director. The two groups perform together, and the audience is invited to sing along on a few jolly selections. Sunday, 3 p.m. $13/$5.50 students/children FREE. Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 378 State St., Charlotte. (517) 541- 5690, charlotteperformingartscenter.com.
For more local events, see below.
Saturday, December 3
Classes and Seminars
French Club for Kids. Activity group for ages 6-12, encouraging French language use. 2-4 p.m. FREE. Aux Petits Soins, 1824 E. Michigan Ave., Suite F Lansing. (517) 999-7277, apsfrenchclass.com.
Reiki Level One Workshop. First step on path to using healing energy technique. 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. $50. Willow Stick Ceremonies, 1515 W. Mt. Hope Ave., Suite 3 Lansing. (517) 402-6727, willowstickceremonies.com.
French Playtime. Playgroup ages 1-6 encouraging French language education. 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. FREE. Aux Petits Soins, 1824 E. Michigan Ave., Suite F, Lansing. (517) 999-7277, apsfrenchclass.com.
CoderDojo! Ages 7-17 learn coding basics. Call to register. 2-3:30 p.m. FREE. CADL Haslett, 1590 Franklin St., Haslett. (517) 339-2324.
Literature and Poetry
Evergreen Haiku Study Group. 1-3 p.m. Snyder/ Phillips Hall, The intersection between Grand River Ave. and Bogue St., on MSU campus, East Lansing. (517) 355-1855.
Music Capital City Ringers: Ringing in an Open Sleigh. Holiday handbell concert. 7-9 p.m. Donations welcome. First United Methodist Church, 411 Harrison St., Grand Ledge. (517) 321-3221, capitalcityringers.com/events.html
A Christmas Carol. Musical version of classic holiday tale. 2 p.m. $12-17. Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 378 State St., Charlotte. (269) 262-1943. andromedaplayers.org.
Freakshow Film Festival. 9 p.m. FREE. Windwalker Gallery, 125 S. Cochran, Charlotte. ow.ly/ FGMm305c93j.
Princess Who Saved Herself. Family play about a clever young heroine. 7 p.m. $7/$5 kids. Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing. (517) 482- 5700, riverwalktheatre.com.
Carnival of the Absurd. MSU freshmen showcase. 2 and 8 p.m. $13. Arena Theatre, 542 Auditorium Road, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000, theatre.msu.edu.
All Saints Alternative Christmas Mart. Two day sale with fair trade and local goods. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road East Lansing. (517) 927-7435, allsaints-el.org.
Decorate a Gingerbread House. For ages 4 and up. Ages 8-12 make mini gingerbread house. Call to register. 11 a.m.-noon. FREE. CADL Dansville 1379 E. Mason St., Dansville.
Decorate a Gingerbread House. For ages 2-16. Call or register online. 3-4 p.m. FREE. CADL Mason, 145 W. Ash St., Mason. (517) 676-9088. cadl.org.
Sunset Clay Studio Holiday Art Market. Local artists sell sculpture, jewelry and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Sunset Clay Studio, 1820 Sunset Ave., Suite 203, Lansing. (517) 282-9850, facebook.com/ sunsetclaystudio.
Holiday Hullabaloo. Over 30 artists sell work of all prices, with desserts. Noon-5 p.m. MICA Gallery, 1210 N. Turner St., Lansing. (517) 371-4600. micagallery.org.
Decorate a Gingerbread House. For ages 4 and up. Ages 8-12 make mini gingerbread house. Call to register. 11 a.m.-noon. FREE. CADL Dansville, 1379 E. Mason St., Dansville.
Downtown DeWitt Christmas Market. With Santa visits, carriage rides, light parade and tree lighting. 2-7 p.m. FREE. Downtown DeWitt, East Main Street, Dewitt. (517) 624-0285, ow.ly/X40L305nB8i.
Free Public Tours. At Visitor Services just before tour. 1 p.m. FREE. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, MSU Campus East Lansing.
Minecraft Game Night. Ages 8-15 game together. Call to register. 6-7 p.m. FREE. CADL South Lansing, 3500 S. Cedar St. Lansing. (517) 272-9840.
Spartan Young Astronomers Club. Ages 8-12 explore astronomy through planetarium shows and activities. 10 a.m.-noon $3. Memberships available.. Abrams Planetarium, 755 Science Road East Lansing. (517) 355-4676.
Opening Reception: Art of David Annis. Photography from Okemos-based artist. 1-3 p.m. FREE. Wheatons Framing and Art Gallery, 427 S. Jefferson St., Mason. linelightcolor.com.
Sale at the Studio. Two-day functional pottery sale. 11-4 a.m. Jon Whitney Pottery, 3642 W. Kipp Road Mason. (517) 676-0476, facebook.com/ jonwhitneypottery.
Sunday, December 4
Classes and Seminars
Capital Conference. Update on local and state medical marijuana law changes. 1-5 p.m. $75. Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol, 111 N. Grand Ave., Lansing. (517) 828-0218, ow.ly/w9bk306oWJA.
Charlotte Yoga Club. Beginner to intermediate. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $5 annually. AL!VE, 800 W. Lawrence, Charlotte. (517) 285-0138, charlotteyoga.net
Juggling. Learn how to juggle. 2-4 p.m. FREE.Orchard Street Pumphouse, 368 Orchard St. East Lansing. (517) 485-9190.
Kendo Martial Art Class. Martial arts practice group. 10-11:30 a.m. $5. Westside Community YMCA, 3700 Old Lansing Road, Lansing. (269) 425-6677, koyokai.wordpress.com/about.
Capital City Ringers: Ringing in an Open Sleigh. Holiday handbell concert. 4-6 p.m. Donations welcome. St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3383 Lake Lansing Road, East Lansing. (517) 321-3221, capitalcityringers.com/events.html.
MSU Faculty Recital: Yuri Gandelsman, viola. 3 p.m. $10/$8 seniors/students FREE. Cook Recital Hall, 333 West Circle Drive, East Lansing. (517) 353- 5340, music.msu.edu/event-listing.
MSU Wind Symphony and Spartan Youth Wind Symphony. 3 p.m. $10/$8 seniors/students FREE. Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 353-5340.
Princess Who Saved Herself. Family play about a clever young heroine. 2 p.m. $7/$5 kids. Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing. (517) 482-5700, riverwalktheatre.com.
Free Public Tours. Meet at Visitor Services just before tour. 1 p.m. FREE. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing.
Drop-in DIY Holiday Gifts & Crafts. Make etched glass designs, cookie cutters and more. 1-4 p.m. FREE. CADL South Lansing, 3500 S. Cedar St., Lansing. (517) 272-9840.
Nutcracker & Holiday Treats Dance Performance. Abridged version of classic ballet. 1-2 p.m. FREE. MICA Gallery, 1210 N. Turner St., Lansing. (517) 371-4600, micagallery.org.
Human Rights Day 2016. Humphrey Scholars speak on human rights in their home countries. 3:45-6 p.m. FREE. Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 896-2850, gluna.org.
Lansing Area Sunday Swing Dance. 6 p.m. $8 dance/$10 dance & lesson. The Lansing Eagles, 4700 N. Grand River Ave., Lansing. (517) 490-7838
One World One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure. Big Bird and Elmo take imaginary trip to the moon. 2:30-3:30 p.m. $3-4. Abrams Planetarium, 755 Science Road, East Lansing. (517) 355-4672, ow.ly/2VGl304fahD.
Homemade Holiday Gifts. True Colors of an Unlimited Palette art series. Call to register. 2-4 p.m. $15. Studio Retreat and Art Gallery, 316 N. Clinton Ave., St. Johns. (517) 381-1410, disabilitiesministries.org.