March 14 2017 12:01 AM

Here's what's going on in town today

Good day and happy Pi Day.

Mary Harris “Mother” Jones was once called “the most dangerous woman in America” because of her tireless efforts on behalf of working people and their unions from the 1880s to the 1920s. She is famous for her wit and sharp tongue in the face of mine bosses, National Guardsmen and thugs. Next week, West Virginia storyteller and actress Karen Vuranch recreates the famous activist in two Greater Lansing performances. Monday, the actress performs on MSU’s campus; Tuesday she brings the show to UAW Local 602 in Lansing. Both performances are co-sponsored by Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives, the MSU Poetry Center and the MSU Department of Theatre. Monday: 7 p.m. RCAH Theatre in Snyder-Phillips Hall, 362 Bogue St., East Lansing. Tuesday: UAW Local 602, 2510 W. Michigan Avenue, Lansing.

Initially a commercial failure, “Swan Lake,” has become one of the most popular ballets in history. Under the artistic direction of former Bolshoi principal dancer Sergei Radchenko, Moscow Festival Ballet brings the Tchaikovsky classic to the Wharton Center stage Tuesday. The run time for the full-length ballet is approximately two hours and ten minutes, which includes an intermission. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20.50/$18 students. Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000,

For more local events, see below.

Classes and Seminars

Capital Area Crisis Rugby Practice. All levels welcome. 7-8 p.m. $3. Gier Community Center, 2400 Hall St., Lansing.

Capital City Toastmasters Meeting. Learn public speaking and leadership skills. 7 p.m. FREE for visitors. See web for location and schedule. (517) 775-2697,

Introduction to Twine. Workshop for creating text-based web games. 6-7 p.m. FREE. MSU Library, 366 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing.

Michigan Audubon: How to be a Good Purple Martin Landlord. Learn to install housing for young birds. 6-9 p.m. $25. Michigan Audubon Office , 2310 Science Parkway, Ste. 200, Okemos.

Starting a Business. Course for aspiring entrepreneurs. Call to register. 9-11 a.m. FREE. Small Business Development Center, LCC, 309 N. Washington Square, Suite 110, Lansing. (517) 483- 1921,

Take Off Pounds Sensibly. Have a support system, lose weight. Wheelchair accessible. 6 p.m. FREE first visit. St. Therese Church, 102 W. Randolph St., Lansing.


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


Karen Vuranch as Mother Jones. 7 p.m. Snyder/Phillips Hall, The intersection between Grand River Ave. and Bogue St., East Lansing. (517) 884- 1932.

Moscow Festival Ballet: Swan Lake. 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $20.50. Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansig. (517) 432-2000, whartoncenter. com.


After School Action Program. Light meal, tutoring and activities. 4-6 p.m. FREE. Eastside Community Action Center, 1001 Dakin St., Lansing.

After School Teen Program. For teens in grades 7-12. 2:30-5:30 p.m. FREE. All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351- 2420,

LCC West Toastmasters. Public speaking group. 5-6:30 p.m. LCC West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing. (517) 483-1314, lccwest.

12-Step Meeting. AA/NA/CA all welcome. In room 209. Noon-1 p.m. FREE. Donations welcome. Cristo Rey Community Center, 1717 N. High St., Lansing.

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

Meet Storybook Character Pete the Cat. For ages 3-6. 10-11 a.m. FREE. CADL Mason, 145 W. Ash St., Mason. (517) 676-9088,

Mother Son Dance. For young men and their female role models. 7-9 p.m. $10/$12 non-residents. Crowne Plaza Lansing West, 925 S. Creyts Road, Lansing. (517) 323-8555,

Overeaters Anonymous. For those struggling with food. 7 p.m. Presbyterian Church of Okemos, 2258 Bennett Road, Okemos. (517) 505-0068,

Pi Day Activities. Enjoy fun activities, free pie and enter to win a Grand Traverse Pie Company pie. Call to register. 3-5 p.m. FREE. CADL Dansville, 1379 E. Mason St., Dansville. (517) 623-6511,

Pi Day Activities. Family fun celebrating 3.14. Call to register. 4-5 p.m. FREE. CADL Williamston, 201 School St., Williamston. (517) 655-1191,

Pi Day Fun. Grades 5-12 do math activities. Call to register. 3:30-5 p.m. FREE. CADL Leslie, 201 Pennsylvania St., Leslie. (517) 589-9400,

Reminisce: One Room Schoolhouses. CADL Librarian Bill Nelton presents “One Room Schoolhouses.” 2-3 p.m. FREE. CADL Aurelius, 1939 S. Aurelius Road, Mason. (517) 628-3743,