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Events Of May 18, 19, And 20, 2018

May 18

The Jackson Coffee Company presents free entertainment with BJ Walraven.  View is comprised of BJ Walraven (guitars and lead vocals), Justin Mastic (bass and vocals), and Erik Weber (drums and vocals). Songs range from acoustic folk with haunting vocals, to upbeat electric punk, to rock and roll with spine-tingling three-part harmonies. They have released two full length CDs of their original songs.  7 PM to 10 PM, Jackson Coffee Company, Mechanic and Cortland, Downtown Jackson.

Rummage Sale at Calvary United Methodist Church, 925 Backus Street,  Jackson.  (Lansing Avenue Entrance)  May 17th and 18th 9 AM – 6 PM, Sat May 19th Bag Day $1.00 9 AM-11 AM, Sat May 19th 11 AM – Noon FREE.  Plants Available.

Jackson Antique and Flea Market Show.   This event will take place inside & outside the American 1 Fair Event Center at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.  Friday and Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM. There will be free parking, food concession onsite, and thousands of items.  Admission: $3.00 per person, kids under 10 free.

Save Our Youth Jail Bail Event.  Help raise funds to fund Save Our Youth summer programs.  11:30 AM to 1 PM, Jackson County DHS, 301 East Louis Glick Highway, Jackson. 

May 19

The Annual Community Gardening Event.  The Jackson County Master Gardeners Association and the Men’s Garden Club present this sale and demo.  Today from 8 AM to 12 N at the Gumper Building, Jackson County Fairgrounds.  Composting booth and demo, gardening questions answered, sharpening booth for garden tools and many plants of all varieties.  Terms of sale are cash or check with ID>

Plant Sale Fundraiser.  100% of the profits go to the fundraiser to benefit the Stephanie Tallis Greenhouse Fund, to help with supplies, keep the greenhouse running & funds for the school.  Arnold Elementary School, 4064 Page Ave, Michigan Center.  9am -6pm.  Annuals, perennials, vegetables, hanging baskets, house plants, air plants & farm fresh eggs.  *Free plants for kids.  Raffle drawings too!

Rummage Sale at Calvary United Methodist Church, 925 Backus Street,  Jackson.  (Lansing Avenue Entrance)   Saturday is Bag Day $1.00 9 AM-11 AM,  11 AM – Noon FREE.  Plants Available.

The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk.  This series was created to honor the heroic life and death of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers. Honor all of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and support our first responders and military who make extraordinary sacrifices in the line of duty! 9 AM, Cascades Falls Park.  www.tunnel2towers.org.  Jackson@tunnel2towers.org  or call 517-937-6384

Jackson Antique and Flea Market Show.   This event will take place inside & outside the American 1 Fair Event Center at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.  Friday and Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM. There will be free parking, food concession onsite, and thousands of items.  Admission: $3.00 per person, kids under 10 free.

The Grand Opening of the new state-of-the-art Cat Habitat at the Jackson County Animal Shelter, Saturday, May 19th from 12:30 – 4:00 PM. This project is a donation from The Friends Of The Animals For The Jackson Area, Inc. and is built in memory of the late Mary and Walter Flannery from Jackson, who funded the majority of the expenses.  The shelter is located at 3370 Spring Arbor Road in Jackson and the event is open to the public.  Animal adoptions may also take place at the event for those interested.

Open House at Brooklyn Branch, Jackson District Library.  In 1998,  Jackson District Library added its 13th location when the Brooklyn Branch opened its doors.  Join us as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of that event with refreshments, activates, and memories.  1 PM to 3 PM.

Bow Wow Film Festival.  The Bow Wow Film Fest is a joyful, traveling, dog centric collection of short films that celebrates the human canine bond.  We feature the year’s best pooch themed shorts all wrapped up in one beautiful, 90 minute, fun-loving package.  And the films change annually, so each year, there are always new movies to see!  2 PM and 7 PM (2 showings).  $10 Adults, Children $5.  Benefits the Cascades Humane Society.  Michigan Theatre, Jackson.

Jackson Young Professionals Bus Tour.  Let us be your guide around Jackson! Hop on the bus and visit some of our favorite spots in Jackson while learning about a wide variety of businesses, parks, restaurants, and other attractions along the way.   The tour will include highlights along the route, snacks from our favorite tastes of Jackson, and we will end the evening with a Music on Tap concert at Weatherwax Hall. (Concert will be 7:30p.-9:30p.)  Free for JxnYP members and only $15 for non-members.  Details and registration here.

Malcolm X Film Screening.  As part of the Great Michigan Read, JDL will be showing Malcolm X (1992, PG-13) the seminal film by Spike Lee. Learn about Malcolm’s early life, his incarceration, his acceptance of Islam, and his departure from the Nation of Islam. Intended for teens and adults (ages 13+).  2 PM, Jackson District Library, Carnegie Branch.

Music on Tap World Fusion Music.  Musique Noire is a women-led strings and percussion ensemble performing dynamic world fusion music. The members, residing in Detroit and Chicago, are veteran performers nationally and internationally. Releases include “Good Hair” (2008) and “Holiday Dreams: A Celebration of Christmas” (2011) and “Reflections: We Breathe” (2017).  Ticket Price: $15 in advance/$20 at the door.  JSO Weatherwax Hall, 8 PM.

Academy of the Arts Spring show, United with Beauty.  This years performance features a collection of artistic dance pieces inspired by beauty within and all around us!  Show dates are May 18th & 19th.  7 PM, Potter Center Music Hall, Jackson College.

May 20

GREAT Paddle Event.  Join GREAT on May 20, 2018 for our South Branch Kalamazoo River canoe and kayak paddle event! This 8.5 mile river trip will last approximately 3 to 4.5 hours. We’ll start our trip at the M-60 bridge in Homer and take out upstream of the Albion dam (M-99). Check our website calendar at www.great-mi.org for more info. Call 517-416-4234 to reserve a canoe or kayak (at no charge) and to check trip status due to weather. Arrive no later than 11:30AM for car shuttle. All GREAT events are open to the public.  

Sauk Valley Military Appreciation Day.  2018 Sauk Valley Military Appreciation Day for Veterans and Military and their Families and open to the Public.  This is a free event with Free Food, Door Prizes, Music, Games, Kayaking, Fishing (must have Fishing License) and special guest speakers.  12 N to 6 PM.  10750  Prospect Hill Hwy, Brooklyn.

Crawfest 2018.  Join us for live music and Cajun fare. Funds raised will help support Rotary Club of Jackson’s efforts with disAbility Connections, building ramps, literacy projects, like Energizing Education and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and Junior Achievement.  11 AM to 4 PM, Grand River Brewery, Downtown Jackson.

OMG Kids Party at Allskate Fun Center.  FREE ADMISSION for kids 12 and younger. 13 and older are just $3 Skate Rental $4 Rapid Fire Laser Tag only $2 Skate Mate Rentals $5 + deposit We’re giving away 5 pairs of NEW Roller Skates at random during the party so you’re going to want to be here!  https://allskate.net/allskate-event/1-4pm-annual-omg-kids-party/

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