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Toddlers & Trinkets:  One Day Workshop.  4:30 PM to 5:30 PM.  Jackson School of the Arts.  Join your child in a hands-on art workshop. It’s a Make & Take, so when you finish your project, off you go! No need to stay the full hour. Wear your art clothes, we may get messy! Your instructor will inspire creative fun. Create fanciful art pieces from an array of colorful objects. Cut, glitter, glue, paint and build, and enjoy time together creating with your child.  March 14 Theme: “Over the Rainbow.  $5 Per Session.  For Ages 2 to 5 Years Old with parent or caregiver.  Instructor: Rene.  Registration and info here.

Read with a FURiend.  4 PM to 5 PM.  Did you know that reading to a furry friend can help young readers gain confidence while building their literacy skills?  Join us at the Summit Branch, Jackson District Library to read to therapy dog Maia or hear a story read by a library staff member. You can also hear stories about Maia’s adventures and get book suggestions and take-home activities.  Spring Dates (all sessions at 4 PM):  March 14 & 21, April 11 & 25, May 9 & 23.  This program is intended for ages 3-12.  Maia is a retired FEMA disaster search dog, member of Alliance of Therapy Dogs and HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response.

Spring Flower Bulb Show.  10 AM to 4 PM.  Hidden Lake Gardens. Tired of winter? Come enjoy a spectacular showing of daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, amaryllis and other spring flowers inside the conservatory. Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from March 11-26, closed on Mondays. HLG entry fee gives access to all garden attractions, including bulb show in the conservatory.  Visit hiddenlakegardens.msu.edu or call 517-431-2060 for more information.

March is Reading Month at the Jackson District Library.  March is Reading Month and get caught reading!  Dust off that book you’ve been putting off, pick up an old favorite you’ve already read a dozen times, or start reading that novel you got as a Christmas present because it’s time to celebrate March is Reading Month.  All ages can participate, and everyone from Jackson Mayor Daniel Mahoney to your favorite barista at your coffee corner is taking part in JDL’s reading challenge. Simply read a total of 4 hours during the month of March to win a free umbrella – just in time for April showers – and also get entered into our grand prize drawing for a wide variety of prizes including pool passes, a Dungeons & Dragons bundle, and more.  You can also snap a picture of yourself reading at any of JDL’s “Reading Nooks,” located at each library branch and tag JDL on social media along with #getcaughtreading for a bonus grand prize entry.  Register for the challenge in the beanstack app or by clicking here

Jackson College Seven Week Session Begins.   Now is the time to consider enrolling in college classes. The next seven-week session begins on March 13. Designed to fit your busy lives and schedules, seven-week classes at Jackson College can be a great fit. Get in and out and complete your college credits in a shorter time span!   Current students should meet with their student success navigator to review their course plan before registering. New students should complete the online application and then connect with the admissions office for the next steps to becoming a student.  Visit the website for more information on becoming a student and registering and the course schedule,www.jccmi.edu, or call 517.796.8425. The website features a convenient online chat feature that can help answer initial questions as well.

Approximately 300 Consumers Energy customers in the central business district of Downtown Jackson are without power tonight (including JTV). Crews have been dispatched and are investigating the cause. An estimate of restoration time is not available. JTV is off air until power returns.

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