May 10 2016 12:01 AM

Here's what's going on in town today

Good day on this rainy Tuesday.

Michigan author Bonnie Jo Campbell speaks about Flannery O'Conner today. Read about Campbell's talk in Bill Castanier's article here.

Homegrown talent takes center state Tuesday as the Building Child and Family Initiatives Empowerment Center presents An Evening of Artistic Excellence with violinist Melissa White and pianist/vocalist Alvin Waddles. The benefit concert celebrates the center’s 30 years of service to the Greater Lansing area. White, an alum of the Building Child and Family Initiatives, is an in-demand chamber musician and founding member of the Harlem Quartet. She is joined Tuesday by Waddles, a Detroit-based artist who has served as pianist or musical director for numerous Detroit musical theater performances. VIP tickets include premium seating and a meet-and-greet with the artists. 7 p.m. $25/$50 VIP. Pattengill Auditorium,
626 Marshall St., Lansing. (517) 646-9077,

For more local events, see below.

Classes and Seminars

Capital City Toastmasters Meeting. Learn public speaking and leadership skills. 7 p.m. FREE. CADL Downtown Lansing Library, 401 S. Capitol Ave., Lansing. (517) 775-2697,

Lansing Area Codependents Anonymous. 5:45-6:45 p.m. FREE. Everybody Reads, 2019 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 515-5559,

Overeaters Anonymous. Support for weight loss efforts. 7 p.m. FREE. Okemos Presbyterian Church, 2258 Bennett Road, Okemos. (517) 819-3294.

Speakeasies Toastmasters. Improve listening, analysis, leadership and presentation skills. Noon-1 p.m. FREE. Ingham County Human Services Building, 5303 S. Cedar St., Lansing. (616) 841-5176.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly. Have a support system, lose weight. Wheelchair accessible. Weigh-in 6:30, meeting 7 p.m. FREE first visit. St. Terese Church, 102 W. Randolph St., Lansing.

Teen Advisory Council. Leadership group for grades 9-12. Enroll online. 4-5 p.m. FREE. Building Twentyone, 1288 N. Cedar St., Mason. (517) 889-5103,

Yawn Patrol Toastmasters. Learn public speaking. 7-8:30 a.m. Studio 1210 Place, 1210 Turner St., Lansing. (989) 859-2086,

Literature and Poetry

Books on Tap. "The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox" by Maggie O'Farrell. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Jimmy's Pub, 16804 Chandler Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-2420.

Meet Author Bonnie Jo Campbell. Author of "Mothers, Tell Your Daughters" visits and signs books. 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE. CADL Okemos, 4321 Okemos Road, Okemos. (517) 347-2021,


Jazz Tuesdays at Moriarty's. 7-10 p.m. FREE. Moriarty's Pub, 802 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 485-5287.


After School Teen Program. For teens in 6th-12th grades. 3-5:30 p.m. FREE. All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-2420,

Capital Area Crisis Rugby Practice. All levels welcome. 6-8 p.m. FREE. St. Joseph Park, 2125 W. Hillsdale St., Lansing.

Bible and Beer. Discussion of scripture's power in daily events. 6 p.m. Kelly's Downtown, 220 S. Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 482-0600,

Did You Know the Library Has Business Resources? Librarian discusses market research tools, understanding competition, and more. Call to register. 6-7 p.m. FREE. CADL Holt-Delhi, 2078 Aurelius Road, Holt. (517) 694-9351, ext. 3.

LCC West Toastmasters. Public speaking lessons. 5-6:30 p.m. LCC West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing.

Reminisce Group: Digitizing Family Photos. Local History Librarian shows how to preserve and organize photos. 2-3 p.m. FREE. CADL Aurelius, 1939 S. Aurelius Road, Mason.

ToddlerTime. Ages 18-36 months listen to stories, music and get moving. 10:30-11 a.m. FREE. All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road, East Lansing.

Weekday Wildflower Walk. Naturalist-led walk to view wildflowers. 10:30-11:30 a.m. $3. Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road, Meridian Township. (517) 349-3866,