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Your ELi: Bringing Information About Mental Health Resources to the Community

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Two student deaths at East Lansing High School in the course of a month have saddened many in the community. At ELi, we feel the impact not only as East Lansing residents but as parents; my son only recently left our public schools and Publisher Alice Dreger’s son is still a student at ELHS. One of our reporters, Danny Kaplowitz, is himself a student at ELHS, and our board Vice President, Vic Loomis, is a graduate of ELHS and has children at the school. I could go on and on with this list.

All of Us Express Children's Theater Presents "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"

Saturday, February 6, 2016


All of Us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) presents “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” this coming weekend and next.

This classic story by C. S. Lewis is, according to the East Lansing Recreation & Arts website, “set in the land of Narnia,” and “faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia.”

Volunteers Needed for EL Public Skating Rink

Friday, January 29, 2016

The City of East Lansing is seeking volunteers to help with the pop up skating rink to be installed this February in Valley Court Park. The rink is expected to be open for two weeks, from February 11 through February 25, and will be free and open to the public between the hours of 3-9pm as long as the weather allows. Find more information about the rink here.

"After Ever After" brings Mulan, Belle, Cruella and More to Hannah Community Center This Weekend

Friday, January 22, 2016

Photo, clockwise from top: Alyssa Forsyth, Emily McWethy (Cinderella), Mosey
Rojewski, Alice Ribeiro, Sarah Flink, Miki Perdikakis

This weekend, the East Lansing Dance and Theatre Company (ELDTC) will perform “AFTER EVER AFTER, or Four Beautiful Princesses, a Bunch of Sidekicks and One Evil Villain: A Ballet in One Act” at the Hannah Community Center Albert White Theatre. 

Lead in Glencairn Elementary Faucet Causes Concern

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Photo of Glencairn Elementary School, courtesy East Lansing Public Schools

The Flint Water Crisis has led to elevated awareness in Michigan—and around the nation—about lead exposure and lead poisoning. Today, a letter sent home by East Lansing Public School’s superintendent Robyne Thompson is contributing to local concern. Here we report on the letter (view it here) and also cover some of what you might want to know about lead.

East Lansing Brings Ice Skating to Valley Court Park

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Photo of the City of Howell's ice skating rink, courtesy of Howell Area Parks & Recreation.

Are you tired of being stuck inside during these long winter months? Do you miss the feel of the great outdoors? Looking for something different to do with friends, family, or perhaps a significant other this Valentine’s Day?

Girl Scout Troop Holds Holiday Sale at Marble Elementary

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Lilla Wilkinson shows off some of the crafts she has made for the Girl Scout Holiday Sale.

The holiday sale is where 3rd grade Girl Scouts are selling homemade crafts for under $4! It will happen on Tuesday the 15th after school until 7:00PM and it will also be happening on Wednesday the 16th at 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and the last day is Thursday the 17th  at 8:00AM to 8:45AM.

Downtown Art Projects Reach Fundraising Goal

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Above: Artist's rendition of the plan for the Grove Street Alley

The East Lansing Artist Alleys crowdfunding campaign, which officially ends at 11:59 PM tonight, has reached its $45,000 fundraising goal.

The goal was met Tuesday, November 10, two days ahead of schedule. As of this writing, $46,785 has been raised from 118 supporters. Donations came from local individuals, organizations, and businesses.

Ghosts, Ghouls and Cultural Sensitivity

Friday, October 23, 2015

Buckskin Beauty.

Rising Sun Princess.

Mystifying Gypsy.

Native Princess.

Cleo De Nile.

Dream Catcher Cutie.

Tribal Spirit.


One of these eight costumes, available at the Party City in Frandor, is bound to ring your doorbell this Halloween. The smiling, painted faces will eagerly accept your candy, scamper off to the next home and never question whether their costume was well-received, or offensive.

Green and White Turns Orange and Black for Safe Halloween

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The leaves have changed color, stores have stocked their shelves with cider and candy and Pumpkin Spice lattes have reclaimed their place in your mug. Halloween is just around the corner, and East Lansing has plenty of activities to occupy the Spidermen and Queen Elsas of your family.

Families are invited to visit Safe Halloween from 5pm- 7pm on Thursday, Oct. 29. The event will take place on M.A.C. Avenue between Elizabeth and Burcham, and the area will be closed to traffic.

Eli on Earth: Experience Wild Birds Up Close at the Burke Lake Banding Station

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Photo: Sharp-Shinned Hawk, the smallest species of hawk in North America. It was netted at the station on September 22nd 2014. Photo credit: Zak Pohlen


Ever wonder how wildlife biologists track bird migration, net birds, or determine their age? Look no further than the Burke Lake Banding Station.