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Council Capsule: October 6, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Above: ELPD Officer Dave Dekorte and Crunchy’s, both subjects of Council’s work this week.

This week’s meeting of East Lansing’s City Council was videotaped. You can watch the meeting by clicking here. If there’s a particular item you are interested in, click on that item in the index shown below the video screen and the playback will jump to that part of the meeting.

Eli on Earth: Celestial Highlights for October and early November 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

Illustrations from Sky Calendar are provided by Abrams Planetarium. Morning and evening twilight sky maps by Robert D. Miller.

During October and early November, there are exceptionally beautiful gatherings of planets in the morning sky. A waning crescent Moon graces the lineup of planets on Oct. 8-11 and Nov. 6-7. Except as noted, these spectacular sights through Nov. 10 will be well seen about an hour before sunrise.

Big Library Book Sale October 10-11

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The annual book sale sponsored by Friends of the East Lansing Public Library (FOELPL) is a tradition many people don't want to miss. This year, because of major renovation at the library, the event will be held in a new location---Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road in East Lansing. Book sale hours have been expanded, from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday, October 10, and from 1 to 4 pm on Sunday, October 11.

Eli on Earth: Run with the Salmon on the Red Cedar!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Gier Park School "Salmon in the Classroom" release. Photo Credit: David Kenyon, Michigan DNR

Coho salmon are slowly swimming their way back to East Lansing and the public has the opportunity to run with them during the “Red Cedar Salmon Run,” an annual 5K on Michigan State University’s campus.

Pickleball Keeps East Lansing Residents Active

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Walking away from a conversation with Ruth Beier, one thing is certainly clear: the East Lansing City Council Representative loves Pickleball. But many might be left wondering, what Pickleball is.

ELi on Earth: Total Eclipse of the Moon Sunday, Sept. 27

Monday, September 21, 2015

Image: "Eclipse 2010 cropped" by John Vermette 

UPDATE! We have a special offer for ELi readers. Be one of the first five people to identify yourself to the person in the ELi t-shirt at the parking ramp gathering on Sunday, September 27, and get a free ELi mug!

Sky watchers in the eastern U.S. have a chance to enjoy a total eclipse of the Moon on the evening of Sunday, September 27.

Park Named for Corey Cafagna

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Above: Corey Cafagna Park

There is a new park in the Glencairn neighborhood, behind Hannah Community Center. Well, okay, the green space at the intersection of Sunset Lane and Southlawn Avenue has always been there, and some people even knew it was a city park. But now the City of East Lansing has named it the Corey Cafagna Park. The park will soon have what people expect in a neighborhood park---benches, a flower planter, and an "official" name sign.

All of the Above Hip Hop Academy Fosters Appreciation for Art among Youth

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Carl Bowers

Since its inception five years ago at East Lansing’s Edgewood Village, All of the Above Hip Hop Academy, AOTA, has been working to mentor young creatives, cultivate a strong, artistic community and foster a positive hip hop culture within the East Lansing and Lansing areas.

AOTA provides local teens with opportunities to take free classes in lyric writing, producing music, Bboying and even graffiti art. All classes are taught by industry veterans, including program founder Ozay Moore, formerly a successful hip hop recording artist.

DIGGING IN: Children and Plants Grow Together In Marble Elementary School’s Garden

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The intersection of art and education is on full display in Marble School’s Garden. Created in what was once a sparse stretch of grass framed by Marble Elementary's brick walls, the garden has become a central part of the school itself and of students' interaction with their world.

I spoke with former Marble teacher Marlene Cosgrove, one of the original organizers of the garden who is still in charge of its maintenance, to learn more about this East Lansing attraction.

EL REWIND: The MSU Dairy Store

Sunday, June 14, 2015

ELi's Abigail Heath explains the history of the MSU Dairy Store and what makes it different from most ice cream stores.

Pumpstock Festival This Saturday

Friday, June 5, 2015

Tomorrow: The June 6 Pumpstock Music Festival at Bailey Park will offer both local stars and nationally touring artists playing on two stages for continuous music from 2pm to 8pm.

Festival organizer Dudley “Smitty” Smith was involved with Pump House Concerts before the Festival was founded. The idea of these concerts – “an intimate atmosphere and a comfortable and involving listening environment” – blossomed into Pumpstock.

ASK ELi: Places to Canoe and Kayak?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Image: The author’s children on the Grand River near Grand Ledge

This week’s reader question: Where are good places around here to canoe or kayak?

There are many river options in the area.

Red Cedar River:

These options are all doable with a return by bike or car:

This Weekend: Capital City Comic Con

Friday, May 1, 2015


Six months after filming for “Batman vs. Superman” took over East Lansing, the comic world is again poised to take over the Lansing area with the start of Capital City Comic Con.

Starting Saturday morning at Haslett High School, Capital City Comic Con is bringing together artists, writers, collectors, vendors and fans for a celebration of all things comic, science fiction and game. Unlike the larger national events that inspired it, Capital City Comic Con has a decidedly local flavor.