It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I’ve been to several events around town. Normally this time of winter is a slow time, I’ve noticed, but this year I’ve been proven wrong. There’s been a flurry of activities to keep people entertained and occupied.
At Oak Glen School, kindergarten teacher Cindy Nieckula organized a Bedtime Story Reading Night that included readings by members of the community, including police officers, firefighters, the village president and school superintendent. Since I’m a children’s book author I was invited to read. Despite it being a cold evening with sleet coming down, dozens of families filled the rooms to listen to stories and have milk and cookies. Each child who participated received a free book. Thanks to Cindy Nieckula for setting it up and for all the readers and families who attended.
The Lansing Library hosted another free concert by the group Trillium, which played a variety of Celtic, folk, ragtime, bluegrass and Dixieland tunes. Seeing the quartet was a perfect way to get in the spirit for St. Patrick’s Day. My dad and I have enjoyed going to several of the concerts together. The next in the series is Suenos Latin-Jazz Quartet on April 5. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 6:30 p.m.
The Lansing Roundball Tournament also wrapped up, which is a great community event that involves several schools in Lansing, both public and private. Fifth-grade basketball teams from the schools are invited to compete and at halftime the girls compete in a free-throw competition. Emma Biegel won that contest and Lansing Christian School defeated Reavis in the championship game. The proceeds from the event are donated to three Lansing charities: Meals on Wheels, the Food Pantry and LARC, an organization that offers support to developmentally disabled individuals. A food drive for the Lansing Food Pantry was also held in conjunction with the tournament.
I also had the privilege of being a guest speaker at a Lansing Lions meeting, where I was impressed by the dedication of this group of volunteers. And I always love to hear groups sing patriotic songs, so I really enjoyed the singing of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” by the Lions.
And the village’s 120th birthday celebration was a smashing success. Dozens of residents showed up for the celebration and to learn a little more about the village they call home.
And more events are coming up.
Today, a fundraiser is taking place over at Memorial Junior High, 2721 Ridge Road, for the family of Micah Steele, an 11-year-old with cancer. His former first-grade teacher, Bridgett Anderson Annicks, is holding a Zumba fundraiser in hopes of raising enough money for Micah, his parents and four siblings to take a trip to Disney World. Micah was diagnosed at age 7 and his cancer has recently spread to his lungs and heart. There is a donation of $20 for the event. Raffle tickets can also be purchased for $5 each or five for $20 for various raffles. Donations can also be made online at DANCEFORDISNEY.COM.
On Friday, Lansing Christian School, 3660 Randolph St., will host a basketball night between the eighth-graders, parents and School Board and Lansing police officers at Lansing Christian School. Concessions open at 5 p.m. and games begin at 6 p.m. For admission, visitors are asked to bring items for the Lansing Food Pantry.
On Saturday, the Friends of Pat Schuljak will be holding a fundraiser at St. Ann School, 3014 Ridge Road, to help the wife and two young sons of Pat Schuljak, who passed away suddenly in January. Schuljak was an involved parent at the school and a Cub Scout leader. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door and can be purchased at Water’s Edge, 18418 Wentworth Ave., or Kotecki-Turek-Shanahan Insurance, 3330 181st Place, online at www.tfops.org or by calling (877) 883-9454.