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Wednesday, January 24

Heart String Art

6-7pm | Eastern Library Branch of the Jackson District Library
3125 E. Michigan Ave.
Wednesday, January 24 at 6 p.m., make your own heart string art, just in time for Valentine’s Day. All materials provided, but registration is required. Call the Eastern Branch at (517) 788-4074 to reserve your spot. Intended for teens and adults.

Saturday, January 27

Winter Festival at Ella Sharp

4pm-8pm | 3225 Fourth Street
Join us on January 27 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the first annual Winter Festival at Ella Sharp Museum. We will be bringing together a host of seasonal activities such as ice sculpting, bonfires, live music, dry-ice demos, festive lights on Farm Lane, and Northern Lights Planetarium shows. The Winter Festival kicks off a new tradition for the Jackson community. The new event will please young families and adults alike, with plenty to do for all ages.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Youth Singing Competition

7:00pm | Registration is now open for Center Stage Jackson’s 10th Annual Youth Singing Competition, to be held at Northwest High School’s Cafetorium at 6900 Rives Junction Rd., Jackson, MI 49201.
This competition is open to youth in Jackson County or attending a Jackson County school that are in 12th grade or younger. Competitors will be divided into three categories: 12 & under, 13 through 12th grade, and group/ensemble (2 or more singers). Registration is $25 per act. Registration deadline is Saturday, January 20th at midnight. Complete your registration at www.CenterStageJackson.org. There is a limit of 20 acts!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Midwest Open Ice Fishing Tournament

All Day | Wamplers Lake
Contact Information
Phone: 517-592-2786
Toll Free USA: 1-800-248-9318
Toll Free MI: 1-800-292-0857

Wednesday, January 31

Go Red Heart Health Symposium

1pm-3:15pm | Consumers Energy Innovation Center, 165 W. Michigan Ave.
The Go Red Symposium is a collaborative event to raise awareness about heart health in women and provide strategies for better care and wellbeing.
Register by January 30 by email: joylyn.stover@cmsenergy.com. Limited seating. Wear your red or buy Go Red swag at the symposium. Proceeds and donations will support American Heart Association. Event sponsored by Consumers Energy Wellness Committees and Women’s Advisory Panel.

February 2, 2018

Love Never Fails – Couples Dinner & Date Night

6:30pm | Cascades Manor House, 1970 Kibby Rd.
Women of Worth & Men of Valor & Excellence presents… Love Never Fails, a couples dinner and date night.
$50 per couple includes delicious meal, dessert, non-alcoholic beverages, couples’ photo and a wonderful evening.
Special guest & music by Tony & Andrea Frost (frostentertainment.com)
Details at wowjackson.org

Tuesday, February 6

Chocolate Sensation

5pm-7:30pm | Ella Sharp Museum Community Room
Chocolate Sensation will feature some of the best chocolatiers in Jackson including AG Chocolates, Gilbert Chocolates, and Jackson Candy & Fudge Factory. Indulge in some sweet treats from Cassie’s Corner Coffee Shop and The Blue Julep.
$35 for One or $60 for Two – Register Online
Your ticket includes: 
One glass of beer or wine, chocolate tasting and sampling, chocolate fountain, appetizers, and desserts.
You will be pleasantly entertained by music from Jackson’s own Steve Tucker, have opportunities to participate in a live silent auction and 50/50 raffle, and refuel at the cash bar!

Thursday, February 8

Information Night @ Queen’s

6pm General Sessions | 6:15pm Grade Specific Sessions
Queen of the Miraculous Medal School
Babysitting available
Witness the difference – exceptional academics, faith integrated curriculum, student service opportunities, SMART boards, iPads, and audio systems, weekly mass attendance, and so much more.
Meet teachers and tour the school, visit tech-equipped classrooms and lab, receive curriculum and tuition info.
811 South Wisner St. | 517-782-2664 | jcsqueens.org

Friday, February 9

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

4pm-6pm | Hanover-Horton High School Cafeteria
$5 Minimum donation
Larry Dailey has kept scorebook for the Hanover-Horton girls’ and boys’ basketball teams and baseball teams for approximately 20 years. He has assisted Cross Country, Track, and Football teams over many years. Larry is the Cascades Conference Historian – providing the entire conference with records in all sports. Recently, Larry had a brain tumor removed and will now begin radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Our HH family is holding this fundraiser to help our friend off set the costs that he will accrue over the next several months. Please plan to attend!


Friday, February 9

Junior Achievement Crazy Bowl

9:30pm | Airport Lanes
Support youth education and be a hero!
What do you get when you sign up for the Junior Achievement Crazy Bowl? You get to play some amazingly fun and crazy bowling games, enjoy a fun party with some tunes by K-105.3, get a chance to win some sweet prizes, and best of all, support education in Jackson county.

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Edge
517-782-7822 x 16


Saturday, February 10

Jazzed – Valentine’s Dinner & Concert

5:30-10pm | Jackson College Potter Center
A Date-Your-Mate event by Marriage Matters Jackson, co-Sponsored by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra
Doors open at 5:30pm, Dinner is served at 6:00pm. Space is limited – register early!
Your romantic evening begins at 6 p.m. with a delicious dinner* and an entertaining event hosted by MMJ’s Executive Director Shelby Raines –audiences rave about Shelby’s engaging presentations and relationship enhancing ideas.
Then at 7:10 p.m. you’ll stroll over to the Jazzed concert to enjoy the beautiful sounds of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (JS0). The Symphony will be playing American music that bridges the gap between classical and jazz. Whether this is your first time at a JSO concert or you’re a frequent concert goer, you’ll discover a night of fantastic music – some of it new to you and some warmly familiar. Treat your Valentine to an unforgettable night, and let MMJ do all the work so you can focus on each other!

Saturday, February 10

Eagle Riders Steak Fry

4pm-8pm | 302 Fifth Street, Michigan Center
Hosted by the Michigan Center Eagles – Open to the Public
$12.00 New York Strip, cooked to order, with baked potato, salad bar & dessert
$10.00 Pork Steak with baked potato, salad bar & dessert
Dine in or take out

Saturday, February 17

The Un-Valentines Show

8-11pm | Jackson Symphony Orchestra – Weatherwax Hall
“The Un-Valentine’s Show – Songs & Tales Of Unforgiveness, Heartbreak, Dysfunction And Revenge” brings together three of Michigan’s favorite singers and songwriters. Jamie-Sue Seal and John Latini have taken the Un-Valentine’s Show on the road with their talented songwriter friend; Dave Boutette. The songs are presented in a round robin and politically incorrect fashion covering topics such as stalking, love triangles, and a magician who accidentally makes his wife disappear. Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day, this show promises to be entertaining and humorous.
Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Sunday, February 18, 2018

K-105.3 Chili Cook-Off

Noon until the Chili Runs Out! | American 1 Events Center, Jackson County Fairgrounds
Join us for one of Jackson’s favorite annual events – the K-105.3 Chili Cook-Off! Businesses, restaurants, schools, media outlets and amateurs compete against each other to cook 10 gallons of chili, from scratch, right before your eyes. And salsa too! $5 admission gets you all the tastings you can stomach, and some voting tickets to pick your favorites.
WANT TO COMPETE? Go to K1053.com/chili-cook-off for an application and details.

Saturday, March 10

3rd Annual Northwest Band Boosters CRAFT SHOW

10am-3pm | 4200 Van Horn Rd., Jackson
ALL proceeds benefit Northwest band programs. Come out and support your local crafters and young musicians!
$2.00 Admission

Saturday, March 10

Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival

12pm-5pm | Jackson County Fairgrounds
8th Annual SMWBF a great day of celebrating craft beers and ciders from both national and local brewers! Food vendors, music, give aways and beverage related items along with Indoor and Outdoor tasting tents.  You can get your tickets by either calling the Jackson County Fair Office at 517-788-4405 or online at ETIX.com.  Ticket prices are $30 in advance, $35 at the door or VIP tickets in advance for $60 that include 1 hour early entry, extra drink tokens and a take home Sweatshirt commerating the event.

Sunday, March 25

Sugaring & Shearing Festival

Noon-4pm \ Ella Sharp Park
Welcome Spring at the Ella Sharp Museum’s annual Sugaring & Shearing festival, held the last weekend in March. Farm lane will be bustling with activities like sheep herding, sheep shearing, and traditional craftsmanship. Stop by the sugar bush for live sap-to-syrup demonstrations. All six galleries will be open with free admission, and all historical buildings will be open to visitors.

To find out more information about the festival or how you can help call 517-787-2320!

Saturday, May 12

Around the Park for Autism

10am-12pm | Cascades Falls Park
Around the Park for Autism 5K – more than a race, it’s a family friendly happening you won’t want to miss! Come out and enjoy the morning at the newly renovated Cascades Falls Park.
Day before registration and packet pickup: Friday, May 11 from noon to 7 p.m. at Jackson Autism Support Network, 3105 Wildwood, Suite B, Jackson, MI 49202.
Individuals $20 ($25 after April 11, 2018, $30 day of event)
Family $60 (up to 5 people, $90 after April 11, 2018, $120 day of event)
Team $15 each (6 or more, $20 each after April 11, 2018, $25 each day of event)

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