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Ballroom Dancing Lessons.  September 14, 21 & 28.  Jackson School of the Arts.   East Coast Swing, differing from its West Coast counterpart, is a lively and jovial dance style developed through the end of the 1940’s and into the 1950’s. Unique in its American origin, it is a favorite in dance clubs and ballrooms across the world.   Whether you’ve always dreamed of learning ballroom dance or just want to polish your style and add new moves to your repertoire, the instructors at Jackson School of the Arts will help you meet your goals while feeling comfortable and confident.  Don’t worry if you’ve never danced before or think you have two left feet. They have the experience to get you past feeling awkward and into feeling great about dancing!  Both couples and singles are welcome. We will ensure that all singles have a dance partner. Ages 18 +.  Tuesday Evenings from 7:15 to 8:15.  Cost: $42 per couple / $21 individual per three-night monthly session.  More information and registration at jacksonarts.org.

Michigan Water Color Society’s 73rd/74th Annual Exhibition.  2 PM to 5 PM.  The 73rd/74th Annual Michigan Water Color Exhibition features 30 award-winning watercolors, juried by highly acclaimed artist Carolyn Latanision AWS, NWS. This traveling show will be on display at ART 634 from September 1 – October 1, 2021.  ART 634, 634 North Mechanic Street, Jackson.

This Week’s Bright Walls Events:

Thursday, September 16

  • Bright Paws Parade and Pageant – 6:30 PM
    • Bring your four-legged friends to the 2018 Bright Walls Mural Site. We will meet by the LOVE Mural on the back of 201 N. Jackson Street. From there we will parade through the murals and Downtown Jackson to our 2021 Bright Walls Festival Site where our Pup Pageant will take place!
    • Every dog who comes to the parade gets a FREE Bright Walls Bandana
    • To date, 30 dogs are registered for the pageant and we know there will be even more in the parade! What a sight downtown will be with all those pooches!
  • Bright Walls Walking Tour – 7:30 PM
    • This free walking tour will start at 7:30 PM at the Bright Walls Headquarters Tent on Cortland Street.
    • Guides will facilitate a walking tour through our 40+ murals and installations to date!  Join your tour guides who have been a part of the Bright Walls Team since the start of it all in 2018! Your guides will guide you through 40+ murals and installations, providing detail about the artists, artwork, and never before heard stories!  This is a FREE, family-friendly, event!  We suggest you wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. The tour will cover three city blocks.  We will meet to start the tour at 140 W. Cortland Street (near the Bright Walls tent).  Presented by Flagstar Bank.

Friday, September 17

  • Bright Walls Scavenger Hunt – All Day
    • Back by popular demand, the Bright Walls Scavenger Hunt will kick-off with clues being posted to our Facebook Page that will guide participants to various challenges throughout Jackson.
  • Rock the Block – 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    • DJ Mike Holiday, local band – The Orbiters, and top 40 cover band – FiftyAmpFuse will take to the stage with live music!
      • 6:30-7:30: The Orbiters
      • 7:30-8:00: DJ Mike Holiday
      • 8:00-11:00: FiftyAmpFuse

Saturday, September 18

  • Bright Walls Scavenger Hunt – All Day
  • Downtown ShowDown – 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    • This day is all about highlighting local talent! Ten Jackson artists will take to the street and work to complete a mural the size of a parking spot. The crowd will then be able to vote for their favorite. 
    • Later in the evening, the stage will be filled with musical and magical performances. Daniel Martin will join us from 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM-8:30 PM for magic shows you won’t want to miss!
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