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Saturday, August 19

Childrenz Challenge

The Childrenz Challenge is an obstacle course designed for children ages 4-13 years old and combines strength, determination, stamina, but most importantly the ability to have fun! The Childrenz Challenge course is designed for accomplishment, not punishment. The children’s challenge is fitness and fun at the Childrenz Challenge. Click Here to Register Your Children Today!

The purpose of Childrenz Challenge is:
To create a fun and entertaining event for children and their families.
Support our community
To build business relationships within the surrounding communities.
Build a foundation for the event to expand to other cities.
Contribute to local charities.

Saturday, August 19

Annual Fish Fry & Silent Auction for Charity

5pm-7pm @ Lutheran Church of the Lakes, Addison, MI
(Corner of US 223 and N. Rollin Hwy)
Dinner: Locally caught fish, homemade desserts
Proceeds: Benefits local schools
Auction: Bid for gift certificates and unique items
Proceeds: Benefits people in need in area communities
Cost: $10 adults; $5 kids under 12; No charge for infants
For more information contact Lutheran Church of the Lakes, 517-547-4261 or email lcoloffice@gmail.com

Saturday, August 19

Community Outreach Event

10am-2pm | 122 W. Wesley
Trinity Lutheran Church and School and Redeemer Lutheran Church have joined forces to serve their neighbors, specifically residents of Jackson who may struggle with back-to-school expenses. Families can walk through Trinity Lutheran Church at 122 W. Wesley and receive school supplies, hygiene items, new and gently used clothing, shoes, haircuts, and a nutritious meal. Supervised childrens activities are also planned. Financial and material contributions for this outreach have been generously donated from area businesses, members of both congregations, and Action Team grants from Thrivent Financial and Faith Community Nursing of Jackson County.

Saturday, August 19

Michigan Center Eagles Poker Run

302 5th Street, Michigan Center
8:30am – Breakfast available, bring in 2 canned goods for $1.00 off breakfast
9:00am – registration
11:30am – Last bike out
5:30pm – Last bike in
2, 3 or 4 wheels!
Rider: $15.00 & passengers: $5.00
Prizes: Best poker hand – plaque & $20 cash, furthest distance traveled – plaque, oldest participant – plaque, 50/50’s
Food available at the end
Live music by BIG NASTY in pavilion at 8:00pm

Monday, August 21

Eclips-tastic Viewing Party

Carnegie Branch Library – 244 w. Michigan Ave.

It’s solar eclipse time! Join us on Monday, August 21 from 12:30-3 p.m. to view it with your own pair of viewing glasses, while enjoying the celestial strumming of Sandra Place. This program is co-sponsored by the Peter F. Hurst Planetarium. Thank you to Miller Show Parlor for providing materials. All ages welcome.

Friday, August 25

Downtown Cruise In

6-9pm | Downtown Jackson

Join us for our family oriented event featuring classic cars on display throughout the Downtown Streets of Jackson. The event takes place from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the beautiful new Michigan Ave. There will be a variety of vendors at this event including food trucks. Bring your family and friends to Downtown Jackson to enjoy summer evenings checking out classic cruisers!

Saturday, August 26

Pinckney Community Golf for a Cause

Timber Trace Golf Course – benefiting Shalom Mission & Outreach Committee
Shalom offers many opportunities for mission and service work within the Pinckney community. Registration time: 8am / Shotgun Start: 9am
What’s included: 1st, 2nd 3rd, last prizes; 18 holes of golf including cart, goodie bag, catered dinner and silent auction. Lunch at the turn!

More details on the >> Entry Form

August 26-27

Civil War Muster

Cascades Falls Park

Jackson’s annual Civil War battle reenactment with so much more – Stay tuned for details!



Saturday, September 2

Jackson Friendly Home Golf Outing & Fundraiser

The 11th Annual  Jackson Friendly Home Golf Outing and Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, September 2nd at Ella Sharp Park Golf Course.  The format is 4-person scramble and includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, awards and swag bags.  Golfers have a chance to win $5,000 in a hole-in-one contest and bid on items in our amazing silent auction!  Cost is $60 per person / $240 per team.  Registration opens at 8:00.  Shotgun start at 9:00 am.  Lunch will follow golf and the awards and silent auction will wrap up around 2:00-2:30 pm.  Sign up today!

Tuesday, September 12

K-105.3 & Baker College Job Fair

Find your next opportunity at our job fair! Come visit with employers, recruiters, and businesses offering services that could help you advance your career – all under one roof, for one day.

Want your business to be a part of our job fair?

Call Mark at 517-787-9546 or email mlibke@k1053.com

Friday, September 8

What Floats Your Cardboard Boat Race

From Batman to Betty Boop, this year’s United Way kickoff event promises a fleet of cardboard boats based on the theme of comic books and strips. Now in its sixth year, the “What Floats Your Cardboard Boat” Race features boats made of cardboard that compete in heats, with winners of each heat taking part in a final race. The event has become a community-wide celebration of Jackson County residents’ compassion, generosity and sense of fun.

Now is the time to form a cardboard boat team, enter the race and start building a boat, said Toll. Up to 20 teams can enter. Awards go to first- and second-place finishers, plus Judges’ Choice, People’s Choice, Best Representation of Theme, and Most Spectacular Sinking.

Entry deadline is June 20. Cost to enter is $200. New this year is a requirement that every boat has at least two paddlers. Text FLOAT to 30306 to register; that text number will also be available during the event to vote for People’s Choice. For complete rules or to complete an entry, contact Stephanie Schiro at (517) 796-5120 or sschiro@uwjackson.org.

Saturday, September 9

Fall Sale @ Pope Methodist Church

9am-2pm | 10025 N. Parma Rd., Springport
Corner of N. Parma and Pope Church Roads
Springport, MI
Lunch, baked goods, rummage, bazaar and miscellaneous

Thursday, September 14

Sitting Tall PEP Needs Volunteers!

Do you like kids, horses and learning while doing worthwhile activities? The 4-H Sitting Tall Proud Equestrian Program teaches special needs kids to ride horses. The program relies on volunteers to work with the riders and horses. No horse experience is necessary, but volunteers need to be at least 14 to walk with riders. Many volunteers use Sitting Tall for community service hours. Training will be provided at a session the evening of Sept 14. The riding classes are Saturdays from Sept 16 – Oct 28. Call the MSU Extension office at 517-788-4292 to learn more.



Saturday, September 16 & Sunday, September 17

Tompkins Historical Society Freedom Festival

Friday Night Parking lot dance at the Tompkins Town Hall
Saturday, September 16, 2017  9:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday, September 17, 2017 – 9:00am – 3:00pm
Both days held on the Stewart Property: 10138 Tompkins Road. Rives Junction, MI 49277 (in Tompkins Center)
Flag Raising Ceremony – 9:30 AM Saturday at the Tompkins Town Hall (No Alcohol permitted)
Click for more information

Saturday, September 16

Stomp Out Suicide

12-3pm | Horace Blackman Park – followed by a walk through downtown Jackson
The Jackson County Suicide Prevention Coalition will be hosting the annual Stomp Out Suicide – an event designed to raise awareness of suicide in Jackson County, to bring hope to those who have lost loved ones to suicide, and to help decrease suicide.

Details at LifewaysCMH.org/STOMP

If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255 or the local Lifeways Community Mental Health 24-Hour Crisis Line at 1.800.284.8288.

Saturday, September 16

Jackson County Museum Day

10am-4pm | Various Locations
Participating museums throughout Jackson County will be open to the public free of charge. Some locations will keep it low-key with an “open-house style” reception and self-guided tours while others are hosting festivals, child-friendly activities, historical demonstrations and providing guided tours.

Museum Day is a wonderful opportunity to check these museums off your bucket list and discover what they’re all about.

Details and locations here!

Friday, September 22

Last Downtown Cruise In of the Year

6-9pm | Downtown Jackson

Join us for our family oriented event featuring classic cars on display throughout the Downtown Streets of Jackson. The event takes place from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the beautiful new Michigan Ave. There will be a variety of vendors at this event including food trucks. Bring your family and friends to Downtown Jackson to enjoy summer evenings checking out classic cruisers!

Saturday, September 23

MeggaXP 3

Michigan’s Entertainment, Gaming, Geek and Arts Experience is BACK for YEAR 3!!!! What’s MeggaXP? It’s Jackson’s only experience that allows fans of movies, video games, board games, card games, anime, comics, toys, collectibles, Pokemon, Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh, and more to congregate under one roof – – – the roof of the Commonwealth Commerce Center!!!
Tap/click for more details

Wednesday, October 4th

State of the City

The State of the City, presented by the Anchor Initiative, will be held at the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Weatherwax Hall in downtown Jackson. This is a free event on October 4th, from 5:30pm to 7pm. The intended audience is businesses and downtown business employees. Presenters/Booths include the following: The City of Jackson, Jackson County (fairgrounds, baseball), Anchor Initiative, Enterprise Group, JAMA, Southeast Michigan Works, Jackson YMCA, Jackson Public Schools, and The Da Vinci Institute.


Sunday, October 15

Howie Mandel at the Potter Center

Howie Mandel has remained a constant force in show business for more than 30 years. His versatile career has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, including television, film and stage. Mandel currently serves as a judge on NBC’s hit show, “America’s Got Talent.” The comedian will take a break from judging to perform the unique brand of comedy that has earned him international recognition. The show contains adult language and content. Tickets $45, $40 and $32.



Saturday, October 21 & Sunday, October 22

Buy Michigan Now Fall Fest

The Buy Michigan Now Fall Fest, presented by American 1 Credit Union, is a family-friendly event that features Michigan-made products, tasty treats, entertainment, prize drawings, games, and children’s activities. Michigan-made products range from art to books, clothing to pet accessories, food to home decor, and more. Come on out for food and fun and support local businesses. Together we are revitalizing the economy, one product, one purchase, one person at a time.

Buy Michigan Now Fall Fest hours are:
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 11AM-5PM
Sunday, October 22, 2017 10AM-4PM

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