Community Happenings

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Saturday, February 11

Valentine’s Day Bash

Michigan Center Eagles #3634 | 302 5th Street, Michigan Center
Eagle Riders Steak Fry  – New York Strip w/ Baked Potato ($12), or Pork Steak w/ Baked Potato ($10)
Cooked to order on the grill
Includes Salad Bar & Dessert
Flower for first 50 women
Live band featuring Half Nelson – 6:30-9:30pm
Open to the public – see you there!

Sunday, February 12

2nd Sunday at Art 634


Noon-4pm at 634 N. Mechanic St., Jackson

Hosted by Art 634 and Big Brothers Big Sisters
Create Valentine Bags filled with home made Valentines, travel sized personal items and snacks for the residents of the John George Home and Jackson Friendly Home.
Drop-in to paint something special with Betty Kay Price. Several choices available, $3-10.



Sunday, February 12

Knights of Columbus February Breakfast

9am-Noon | 120 E. Wesley St., Downtown Jackson – St. Mary Star of the Sea Social Hall
Menu includes: Omelets, o’brien potatoes, fresh fruit, ham, juice, coffee, tea, hot cocoa. Celebrating significant anniversaries, too!
Adults $7, Kids $4, Children 5 and under eat free.
Visa, Discover, Mastercard also accepted. Enter through the alley or join for 8am or 10am mass. All are welcomed.


Thursday, February 16

arts and cultural allianceBook Publishing Forum for Authors & Writers

Presented by the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Jackson
“My Experience With Publishing: Q&A with Jackson Authors” will take place Thursday, Feb. 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the Ella Sharp Museum’s Granary.

Authors participating in the publishing forum include:

Michelle Cochran, author of “Lead Like The Sun”
Patricia Harbottle, author of “It’s Never Just Another Sunday: Sometimes It Takes a Storm”
Dave Lawrence, author and photographer of “Artists In Jackson”
Lisa Viger, author of “Easy, Affordable Raw: How to Go Raw on $10 a Day”

The authors bring experience from self publishing and the publishing industry, on everything from food recipes to harrowing personal experiences. Each author will give an introduction to their book and publishing experience, and then take questions from the audience.

The cost is $5 for Arts & Cultural Alliance members, and $10 for non-members. Meals will be provided.

Registration will take place at

Friday, February 17

An Evening with Travis Tritt at the Michigan Theatre

8pm-10pm | Michigan Theatre of Jackson

Jackson, MI – Enjoy a special evening with CMA and Grammy award winning country artist, Travis Tritt Friday, February 17, 2017 at the Michigan Theatre at 8:00PM.

Experience this rare opportunity featuring the multi-platinum artist in an intimate    solo-acoustic setting where his powerful voice and his guitar are the subject of the spotlight. An up-close and personal event punctuated by personal stories and anecdotes about his life and musical influences.

Saturday, February 18th

Chicken Barge

Michigan Center Eagles #3634 | 302 5th Street, Michigan Center

$10 for 1/2 chicken, 2 sides, dinner roll and bottle of water
12 Noon until gone – it sells out quickly!
Open to the public
“People helping people”

Sunday, February 19, 2017

new logo draftK-105.3 & Tripp’s Auto Shop Chili Cook-Off

$5.00 Admission – All you can eat!
Includes voting tickets for your favorite chili & salsa
Budweiser beverages and refreshments for sale, as well as some vendors with goodies!

Come out for this Jackson tradition! Compete in the friendly competition for a chance at trophies & prize money or just come and sample lots of different chilis from Jackson area professional chefs and home cooks! Get your application and copy of rules here: (Applications due no later than February 8, 2017)

Monday, February 20

Jackson College Film Series… MOONLIGHT

Michigan Theatre of Jackson | Doors at 7pm | Film at 7:15
124 N. Mechanic St., Jackson
A young man deals with his dysfunctional home life and comes of age in Miami during the “War on Drugs” era. The story of his struggle to find himself is told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality.

Admission is $5.00

Friday, February 24

Late Nite Catechism 2: Sister Strikes Again!

Potter Center at Jackson College | 7:30-10pm
Purchase tickets

It’s up to Sister to save the souls of those assembled – aka the audience!  Beginning with an overview of heaven and hell as a Catholic version of Chutes and Ladders and moving onto her proclamation of new sins for the new millennium, Sister is never hesitant to tell us where we’ve gone wrong.  (Needless to say, excessive tattooing and piercing are right up there with pornographic websites and dining at Hooters.)  And never doubt that she can provide a list of every celebrity currently sharing digs with the devil. No one is excused from Sister’s firm belief that “sometimes we feel guilty because we are guilty.”

Saturday, February 25

Michigan Center FOE Auxiliary #3634 CASH BASH

(License R40199)
302 5th Street, Michigan Center
Tickets: $30 (admits 2) | 5pm-12am
Light lunch served, includes 6 beverage tickets
Prizes include: 1st prize – $500, 2nd prize – $300, 3rd prize – $200 and 7 additional prizes of $30
Tickets available at the club or any auxiliary officer


Friday, March 3

Tompkins Center Historical Society’s March Dinner

9999 Tompkins Rd. ½ mile north of Tompkins Center off of M-50. Between Jackson and Eaton Rapids.
On the menu for March will be Chicken and Biscuits, Salad Bar and delicious desserts. Serving time is from 5 to 7 pm in the Tompkins Center Township’s Town Hall. Take out orders call (517-569-2463) night of the dinner. Dinner gift certificates available also. Donation: Adults $9.00 Children Under 12 $5.00. Go to for more info on upcoming events.
Come and join us on March 3rd for good food, and bring your family and friends……


March 3rd, 4th & 5th

bbLumen Christi Drama Department presents… Beauty and the Beast

Friday & Saturday @ 7:00pm, Sunday at 3:00pm
Lumen Christi Catholic School – cafetorium
3483 Spring Arbor Road, Jackson MI 49203

Tickets: General Admission $10 / senior citizens and students K-12: $7 / Children 4 yrs & under: $5 / Director’s Circle: $15 (padded seats, reserved, first 3 rows)

Advance Sales: Call Eileen at 499-3780 or contact any member. Tickets also available at the door. Concessions and flowers available for purchase in the lobby. Experience the music and the magic… in this tale as old as time!

Saturday, March 4th

JJWL Presents: Under the Big Top Gala

This year the “Under the Big Top” Gala will be held on March 4, 2017, at 6 in the evening at Venue 634 in Jackson, Michigan. The event will feature a vintage circus. Additionally, music will be provided by Leisure Machine, a Top 40 High Energy Dance and Rock Cover Band from Metro Detroit. Proceeds from the “Under the Big Top” Gala will support two worthy and important organizations: the Jackson Friendly Home and the Region 2 Area Agency on Aging. If you would like to attend the Under the Big Top Gala, tickets are $45 and available for purchase at the door the night of the event or at our website.

Saturday, March 11

7th Annual Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival

All Day at the American 1 Events Center – Jackson County Fairgrounds

Delicious brews, food and coffee are all on-tap at Jackson County’s best new annual event

The Jackson County Fairgrounds will be hosting the 7th Annual Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival on March 11th, 2017 from 12pm – 5pm in the American 1 Event Center along with Welcoming Sponsors Grand River Brewery and Experience Jackson.

The festival will not only offer sampling of over 150 types of some of the best Craft, Specialty & Import beers that distributors and brewers have to offer. The event will also feature even more great food from sausage, brats and kraut, BBQ, Steak Hoagies to Pretzels. We will have Indoor/Outdoor Tasting tables….heated Outdoor Tents, Games, food concessionaires and entertainment!


Saturday, March 11

Northwest Band Boosters Craft Show

10am-3pm | 4200 Van Horn Rd., Jackson
Come out and support your local crafters and young musicians! $2.00 admission – Raffle/Bake Sale/Music

All proceeds benefit Northwest Band Programs!

Saturday, March 18

Maple Sugar Festival at Dahlem

It’s maple syrup time! Time to celebrate maple syruping in southern Michigan with a festival on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The festival includes pancake breakfasts, tours of tapping areas and the syruping process, the release of a local maple wine, and lots of good things to eat.

Monday, March 20

Jackson College Film Series… Jurassic Park

Michigan Theatre of Jackson | 124 N. Mechanic St.
In Steven Spielberg’s massive blockbuster, paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park’s mastermind, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt.

Doors open at 7:00 PM | Film starts at 7:15 PM | Admission is $5.00

Sunday, March 26

Sugaring & Shearing Festival

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!


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  • Kristen W.

    Event: Baker College of Jackson Engineering Open House

    When: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    Where: Baker College of Jackson, 2800 Springport Road, in the 100 building, Jackson.

    Event Description:

    Prospective students and their families are invited to Baker College of Jackson to learn about academic programs and careers in engineering and manufacturing.

    In addition to touring the new state-of-the-art manufacturing lab, attendees will have access to faculty, administration, students and alumni to discuss the many programs. Business representatives will also be available to provide information about careers in their industries.

    The lab replicates a machine shop where students in all of Baker College’s manufacturing programs collaborate to develop a product from the concept stage to prototype production.

    For more information about this free event, contact Kevin Pnacek in the admissions office at 517.788.7800 or