Saturday, January 17

Peppermint Creek Grand Inaugural Fundraiser
Support the theater company and Volunteers for America at this gala featuring a President George W. Bush farewell appearance, a performance by Sergei Kvitko, a production preview and more. 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. $75. Perspective 2, 319 E. Grand River Ave. Lansing. (517) 853-5880.

Pre-Inaugural Celebration
Come aboard the Michigan Princess Riverboat to celebrate the beginning of a new era. 8:30 p.m. $10. Grand River Park, 3001 Lansing Road, Lansing. (517) 483-4277â .

Tuesday, January 20

The People’s Inaugural Ball
An evening of friends, food, drinks (beer and wine), local celebrities, live music and fun in celebration of the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States.
Any attire welcome and no one under 21 is admitted. 7 p.m. - midnight. $10 donation for the Greater Lansing Food Bank. Gone Wired Cafe, 2021 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing. (517) 420-4993.

Obama Inaugural Gala
Celebrate Barack Obama taking office with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, dancing, a musical tribute, a showcase of his journey to the white house and more. Black tie optional. 7 p.m. $35. Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing. (517) 755-8409.

MSU Student Table Talks
During a live broadcast of the inaguration, MSU students will facilitate table talks about the historic election. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. FREE. MSU Student Union Ballroom, MSU Campus, East Lansing.

Ball Gowns and Blue Jeans
The Eaton County Dems and Friends Association is sponsoring this event with the Eaton County Democratic Party. Music and hors d’ouvres provided with a cash bar. 7 p.m. $35. Grand Ledge Opera House, 121 S. Bridge St. Grand Ledge. (517) 881-5915.  info@demsandfriends.