Community Happenings

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Saturday, March 25

Beautifully Wrapped

1:30pm | Albion District Library

Experience the colorful, spiritual, and global practice of head wrapping. Master Wrapper Zarinah El-Amin Naeem, who has a masters in Anthropology, will share the unique history of wrapping across the globe. Learn how to tie your own head wraps. Bring a piece of cloth or use one of theirs – by the end of the session you will be able to create your own piece of art.

Open to all!

Saturday, March 25

Ice Kart Racing at Optimist

Presented by Jackson Speedway

Registration and payment must be received by March 18th. Call Jackson Speedway to reserve your team: 517-787-6100

Registration starts at 3:30pm with a drivers meeting at 4:30pm, practice at 5pm, and the first race at 6pm.


March 25, April 1, April 8

Science ore Religion? Understanding Our Universe

Three Saturday Mornings – Westminster Community Seminar
Meijer Branch – Jackson District Library
Join us to explore the question… is there room for both science and religion in America today?

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!

Sunday, March 26


Queens Women’s Guild Presents: Sr. Nancy Murray, OP

@ Queen of the Miraculous Medal Social Center
12:30pm – General Seating – Live performance at 2:00pm
$20 per person, pre-paid registration by March 22
$25 at the door after March 22
Bill Murray’s sister, Sr. Nancy Murray, OP is making her mark on people of all ages across the country and throughout the world with her prolific live performance of St. Catherine of Siena, a Woman of Our Times. Sr. Nancy brings to life the 14th century Italian Saint, and Doctor of the church, through her inspiring portrayal of the colorful, strong, and fiercely passionate person that she was.




Monday, March 27 & Tuesday, March 28

Auditions for Shrek the Musical

6:30-9:00pm both days at Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church, 743 W. Michigan Avenue. Parking and entrance are located at the rear of the church and will be clearly marked. Actors need only to attend one audition, and are free to drop by any time within the audition window. This is a main stage production that will include adults and children, ages seven and older.
Actors should prepare approximately one minute of music to sing, and bring either sheet music for an accompanist or a background track (an accompanist as well as a CD player with aux cord will be provided). Actors should also bring their calendar of obligations for April 10 through June 18, and wear comfortable clothing. Auditions will include the one minute vocal audition, cold readings from the script with other actors, and learning a short choreography routine.
Rehearsals will begin Monday April 10 and run Monday through Thursday from 6:00pm until 9:00pm. Not all actors will be called to every rehearsal.
Contact: Artistic Director Bruce W. Crews at or (517) 539-4118.

Tuesday, March 28

Restaurant Rally

Restaurant Rally has been a part of the Jackson Community for 10 years and it is an opportunity for restaurants in Jackson County to create brand awareness, product sampling, consumer engagement and corporate or social hospitality for the general public. This year we have a special focus on our Downtown businesses.

Find out who’s in the Restaurant Rally on their Facebook Page!!

Get your tickets here!

Thursday, April 6

Jackson Business & Manufacturing in the 1900s
as seen in National Advertising

Rae Pierce will be joining the Jackson District Library April 6th at 6:30pm at the Carnegie Branch to share the impact of  Jackson business and manufacturing at the turn of the 20th century by looking through national publications and archives. This event is co-sponsored by the Jackson County Historical Society. All ages welcome.

Saturday, April 8

Paws & Claws Expo

Presented by American 1 Credit Union, benefiting the Cascades Humane Society

10am-2pm at the American 1 Events Center | 200 W. Ganson St.
merican 1 Credit Union offers an excellent event for those who love their pets to pieces. The Paws & Claws expo offers guests a free event to view area pet vendors including veterinarians, pet photographers, groomers, pet accessories and more. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Cascades Humane Society in Jackson and offers guests various opportunities to donate or purchase items at the expo.

Paws & Claws also offers a Pet Fashion show, which features CHS animals that are up for adoption. Those who attend can also make their pets a Valentine’s Day gift, a dog chew toy or cat feather toy, for just $2 in the craft area.

The event is free to attend, but guests are encouraged to purchase/donate to help CHS. Examples of donations that are needed are dog food, cat food, cat litter, blankets, towels, treats, etc. For any questions about donations, contact the Cascades Humane Society at 517.787.7387

Sunday, April 9th

Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast

9am-Noon | St. Mary Star of the Sea
Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit, orange juice, coffee, and hot cocoa. Now accepting credit cards!
Adults $7, Children 6-13 $4, Children 5 & under eat free.
RN Patty Mogg will be on hand to register and discuss patron’s blood pressure

Wednesday, April 19

Create the Best Digital Marketing Presence for your Business

Three-Part Business Marketing Seminar at the Carnegie Branch of the Jackson District Library

6:30-7:30pm, this seminar will give you an overview of all things digital to help your website get found online. Presented by Tamara Jaros, SCORE mentor. Intended for adults. Registration is required. Please register online at This seminar is the first in a three part series. Watch for part 2 on May 17th, 2017.

Saturday, April 22

Free Homebuyer Education Class

9am-3pm | Community Action Agency | 1214 Greenwood

Registration Required as seating is limited. The class is designed to help those interested in pursuing homeownership an opportunity to learn more about the home buying process. In 2015/2016 over 275 individuals attended the Homebuyer Education classes at CAA! Topics include: Is Buying a House Right for Me?, Benefits of Homeownership, How Much can I Afford?, What Credit Score do I Need?, Shopping for a Lender & Realtor, What are the Closing Costs?, How to Protect My Investment.

For those unable to attend the class, CAA also offers a self-paced online version for $99 at
For more information and to register, contact Sheila at 768-2837 or

Friday, May 5

Gala Fundraiser & Silent Auction

to benefit special projects for Arbor Grove Congregational Church

6pm | Gene Davis & Sons Catering, 3575 Francis St.
Only 200 tickets available! One $75 ticket includes meal for two, all drinks (water, coffee, pop, wine beer) and opportunities to win cash and special prizes. There will also be a silent auction. This is a fund raiser for special projects including a paino replacement and hearing assistance eequipment.

Saturday, July 22

Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists ROSE RUN

8am | All proceeds benefit Jackson College Cross Country Jets

Enjoy a scenic run held in and around the Jackson College Campus. Choose from 5K Run / Walk & 10K Run and Half Mile Kids Run. Online registration closes July 20th at 11pm; mailed entries must be postmarked before July 6th: Jackson College, 2111 Emmons Rd., Jackson MI 49201

Registration and more details at



For a complete listing of  Jackson County Community Events,  check out:


  • 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