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Events Of Thursday, February 13, 2020

Black History Month Celebration Luncheon.  Celebrate Black History Month at Jackson College with a luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 13 in Bert Walker Hall, Rooms 144-145.  12 PM to 1 PM.  Free!  This Black History Month Celebration will feature a historical tribute, musical entertainment by Brandon Marceal, authentic “soul food” and beverages. This event is free and college and community members are welcome. The Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsors the luncheon.  Black History Month is a time to remember and celebrate the achievements of black Americans. The event grew out of the first “Negro History Week,” in 1926, the idea of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. February coincides with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. The Black History Month 2020 theme, “African Americans and the Vote,” is in honor of the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment (1920) granting women’s suffrage and the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) giving black men the right to vote.  All are welcome!

Red Cross Blood Drive.  12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Baker College, 2800 Springport Road, Jackson.  Roll up your sleeves and give blood to serve our community! Donating blood is fast, easy, and rewarding. Reserve a donation time at the Red Cross website.

Christoff & Sons Grand Opening Celebration.  Christoff & Sons Floor Covering Inc. is celebrating their new location with a ribbon cutting at 4:30 P.M. They will have an open house with tours of the building from 4:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Christoff & Sons will supply delicious food as well as door prizes, and a short presentation.  400 North Mechanic Street, Downtown Jackson.

Sensory Pop-up Museum.  The Felician Children’s Center invites you to the Felician Children’s Center’s Community Learning Fair and Pop-up Museum. 3 PM to 6 PM.  We have a variety of sensory resources and activities for your family.  We will also a have a FREE dinner provided by Felician Children’s Center.  Special guest:  tastings from Patrick Gilbert.  Felician Children’s Center, 205 Seymour Avenue, Jackson.

Neighborhood Meetings.  Residents in Jackson’s Second Ward have an upcoming opportunity to meet with their City Council representative and learn the latest news from City government. Councilmember Freddie Dancy is holding two neighborhood meetings for the Second Ward on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Councilmember Dancy says the focus of the meeting is for residents to learn about issues relating to tax foreclosure and how residents can get help if they’re facing tax foreclosure. Representatives from the Community Action Agency, Jackson County Treasurer’s Office, and City of Jackson Assessor’s Office will be at the meetings to present information and answer questions.  The meetings are taking place at the Jackson Salvation Army, which is located at 806 E. Pearl Street in Jackson. All Jackson residents are welcome to attend.

Thursday Night Film Series. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Doors open at 6:30 P.M. The auditorium opens at 7:00 pm. Admission 5 dollars.  Michigan Theatre, Downtown Jackson.

Romance in the Stars Date Night.  SOLD OUT.  7 PM to 8 PM.  Across the countless stars are stories of forbidden love and romance. Join the Hurst Planetarium for a one of a kind Valentine’s Day experience, as we tour the night sky’s wealth of romantic tales.  Romance in the Stars is a 30-minute show written and presented live in the Hurst Planetarium, followed by requests from the audience.  Each ticket includes admission to the show, a glass of wine, and a box of assorted chocolates from Gilbert Chocolates.  This show is recommended for adult audiences.  $20 per ticket / $15 for museum members  Tickets available at https://ellasharpmuseum.org/event/romance-in-the-stars/

Orange Peacock Fourth Anniversary Celebration.  Join us for an evening of celebration.  Enjoy the Galentine’s Day Sip n’ Shop.   Explore Encaustic Wax with Theresa Dark.  Excite your tastebuds with AG Chocolates.  Enter to win The Orange Peacock Gallery drawing.  Cheers to you, our incredible customers.  Orange Peacock Gallery, County Tower Building, 120 West Michigan Avenue, Downtown Jackson.

Freedom Quilts at the Grass Lake Branch.  Freedom quilts were said to have secret messages, helping to guide and protect slaves on their way to freedom. After learning about the various patterns and their meanings, kids will create their own freedom quilts.  This program will be held at the Jackson District Library Grass Lake Branch. Call 517-522-8211 to register.  6 PM to 7 PM, Grass Lake Branch, Jackson District Library.

Galentine’s Day Sip N Shop.  We had so much fun at our first Sip n’ Shop we are doing it again! This one is to celebrate the “Galentine’s” or the gal pals in your life, but guys are welcome too! This event features shopping specials, giveaways, and of course- wine! Each location participating will have a drawing to enter so the more locations you visit the more chances you have to win! At the end of the evening, please join at Veritas at 8:00pm when we all come together to do the drawings for the gift baskets and prizes!  Rustic Market Co., Anna’s Gifts & Home Decor, A Frame Above LLC & 180 Chic Boutique, Beads to Live By, City Crepes, The Blue Julep, LLC, Windy Hill Creations.  5 PM to 8 PM.  Downtown Jackson.

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