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January 14

MLK Diversity Celebration.  7:30 AM to 9 PM.  American 1 Credit Union Event Center, Keeley Park, Downtown Jackson.  Event by Jackson County Chamber of Commerce with featured art from the Jackson District Library.  Mission: To promote community collaboration, reflect Dr. King’s dream and to motivate youth for service and excellence.  This year’s community celebration to honor the legacy of Dr. King returns to an in-person breakfast on January 14th featuring an inspirational keynote from Jackson native and Spring Arbor University graduate, BABBIE MASON.   This event is made possible by AARP Michigan, US Staffing Agency, and Henry Ford Health System. Event takes place at the American 1 Event Center.  To reserve a table or sponsorship, contact Amanda Loveland at Amanda@JacksonChamber.org or call (517)782-8221, or register online at www.jacksonchamber.org/mlk 

Live Music at Ironbark.  6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.  An evening of acoustic folk and Americana music from the groovy duo My Back Pages!  Ironbark Brewing Company, 2610 Kibby Road, Jackson.

Babbie Mason’s Songwriting Competition.  Join Spring Arbor University’s Music Department for a live songwriting event on Friday, January 14 at 6 p.m. in the Ralph Carey Forum!  Special alumna guest, Babbie Mason, will join us for this special event as a host, performance judge, and special guest performer. Come and hear original music in all genres to celebrate the creativity and inspiration that music can bring to us all.  This event is co-hosted by our SAU Music Department with Chair of the program, Dr. Mark Douglass and the SAU Advancement Office. Tickets are free but reserve your seat by emailing at jessica.malcheff@arbor.edu. We hope to see you there! 

January 15

Free Bike Maintenance Clinic.  1 PM to 3 PM.  On Two Wheels.  Free bike maintenance clinics! We will start off with, and always include per clinic, flat tire clinics. For those interested, we can progress from there. You need to bring nothing! We will provide all necessary items! Bring a positive attitude and a willingness to learn! We are here to better the community at no cost to you! Stop by and see why the pillars of our business are Sales, Service, & Community.  On Two Wheels, 550 Laurence Avenue, Jackson.

Beekeeping 101.  Join us on January 15 at 10:30 AM at the Spring Arbor Branch to learn the basics of beekeeping with local beekeeper Matt Hill!  Jackson District Library Spring Arbor Branch.

Public Planetarium Show:  Back to the Moon, For Good.  In honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day, join Ella Sharp Museum for a FREE planetarium show celebrating African American contributions to space exploration, past and present. Then, enjoy our feature show, “Back to the Moon, for Good”. Learn the history of humanities previous visits to our lunar neighbor and experience current efforts to get back to the moon – this time, for good.  Free to the public and open to all ages. Pre-registration encouraged: https://ellasharpmuseum.org/…/public-planetarium-show…/ Location: Hurst Planetarium at Ella Sharp Museum. Approximate showtime: 6:30 p.m.

Goal Setting and Vision Board Workshop.  January 15, 2022.  1-4 PM.  Lean Rocket Lab, 133 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson.  A beautiful afternoon of breathing room and dream-to-action time. Cost is $60.  Visit the website www.sisterhoodofstrong.com to register today.

January 16

All You Can Eat Breakfast.  8 AM to 12 PM.  American Legion Post #29, 3200 Lansing Ave., Jackson.  $8.  Kids 10 and under, $6.  

Sleigh Bells RIng.  Due to a power outage in December, the TCA Big Band & VocalAires 2021 Holiday Concert, Sleigh Bells Ring, has been rescheduled to Sunday, January 16 at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts.  Please note that this concert begins at 2 p.m.   This is the first concert for the group since December 2019 and they are excited to be back! Come join your friends and neighbors for an afternoon of great holiday music as they share the big band sound with songs like, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Santa Baby, White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Snowfall, Christmastime is Here, and many more.  The TCA Big Band & VocalAires will also continue their tradition of collecting non-perishable food items, and personal care items for the Tecumseh Service Club, an organization that serves the Tecumseh, Clinton, Britton, Ridgeway, and Tipton areas.  We can still make a difference even after the Holidays by restocking the shelves for the Service Club this month. Tickets for the 2 p.m. concert are available at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts Box Office, 400 N Maumee, or by calling 517-423-6617 Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m.  Tickets are also available online at www.TheTCA.org . Price is only $10 per person.  Please note that tickets already purchased for the December concert will be honored at the January 16th performance.  Please contact the TCA Box Office for more details. Enjoy the sounds of the season with the TCA Big Band & VocalAires, Sunday, January  16 at 2 pm.  See you there! 

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