By City Pulse Staff
Tickets for Michael McDonald\'s holiday show at the Wharton Center go on sale 10 a.m. Friday. Courtesy photo.

Three Friday events get Lansing primed for the weekend

Thursday, Sept. 12 — Fans of cats, dogs, ‘80s pop-soulsters and Michigan cherry pie are in for a treat Friday.

— The second Mid-Michigan Cat Rescue Adoptathon will be held from 1-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The event will take place in the parking lot of PetSmart, 305 N. Marketplace Blvd. in Lansing. The event is a collaborative pet adoption event featuring cats and dogs from mid-Michigan animal rescues and shelters.

“The last Adoptathon (in May) was a huge success — more than 100 animals found homes,” said MMCR Director Sarah Vicary in a press release. “We’ve received an overwhelming support from the community, which is why we decided to make this a biannual event.”

In the release, Vicary said the event is the largest collaborative pet adoption event held in mid-Michigan, with an average of 100 pets available for adoption each day. Each day will feature reduced adoption rates, family entertainment — including magicians and face painting — information on community resources available for homeless pets and opportunities to get involved with local organizations through volunteering.

For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page at

— At 10 a.m. Friday, tickets go on sale for Michael McDonald’s Dec. 21 show at the Wharton Center, “This Christmas: An Evening of Holiday and Hits.” The former Doobie Brother and Grammy award-winner will blend songs from his 40-plus-year career with holiday favorites. Tickets range from $35- $65; more information is available at or by calling (800) WHARTON.

— In other music news, the Ten Pound Fiddle launches its 39th season at 8 p.m. Friday with Claudia Schmidt with Dean McGraw. Long-time Fiddle favorite Schmidt will perform original songs and spoken word selections; her fellow Minnesotan, Dean Magraw will join her on guitar. Tickets range from $5-$15; the concert will be held at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 855 Grove St. in East Lansing. For more information, go to

Bonus: In honor of the Fiddle’s opening night and Claudia’s spoken word piece, “Pie,” Grand Traverse Pie Co. will serve up free slices of pie.