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Events Of Wednesday, September 16, 2020

8th Annual Around the Park for Autism 5K Run/Walk Virtual Event.  September 12-19.  Jackson Autism Support Network brings help and hope to local families affected by autism.  Register online at www.JASN-MI.org or call 517-392-3093.

School Age Child Care.  Jackson YMCA and Jackson Public Schools are partnering to offer school-age child care for young fives through fifth grade.  Beginning August 31, fee-based full-day and after-school care will be available at T.A. Wilson and financial assistance is available.  The program will adhere to safety guidelines and includes homework assistant and fun activities.  Due to distancing requirements, space is limited so sign up today at JacksonYMCA.org.

Jackson YMCA Outdoor Exercise Classes.  Join the outdoor group exercise classes at the downtown Jackson YMCA.  Free for members, $5 for most classes for non-members.  Bring a mat, water bottle and towel.  Complete schedule at jacksonymca.org

Ella Sharp Museum.  New Exhibits, New Programming, & More Virtual Events to come!  Current Exhibits:  Adapt Exhibit – Covid-19 experiences and the I Matter Photography Exhibit.Capacities are   limited and “4 Steps to a Safe & Healthy Visit” has been implemented to prioritize the health and safety of our community.

Adapt is a Virtual & Physical Art Exhibition in response to COVID 19 now through October 18th. Through artwork, objects, video and written materials, Adapt reflects on perspectives of the Jackson community as it navigates the COVID 19 era.


I Matter confronts the negative stereotypes and statistics and their impact on young African-American males. Creator of Linked Films & Photos, James Garner Jr. was inspired by his son Kobe, a 7 year boy who has already experience racial slurs and discrimination. Being part of the conversation for equality in 2020, Garner wants to inspire his son, as well as other African-American males to stand against institutional racism. Exhibit runs July 24th through September 20th, 2020.


Vital to Victory Exhibit at Lost Railway Museum.  How Motorwomen Challenged & Changed the World.  Now through November 21.  Admission $5.  Vital to Victory features the often-untold lives of women in the rail industry, from early electric streetcar drives to modern locomotive engineers.  Women were initially only granted entry to these jobs during World War I and World War II when male employees were drafted into service.  Lost Railway Museum, Michigan Avenue, Downtown Grass Lake.

Henry Ford Allegiance Race to Health.  To protect the health and safety of participants, Henry Ford Allegiance Health will host its annual Race to Health as a virtual event in September 2020. Runners and walkers will choose a day within the range of September 12 through 26 to participate in the 5K run, 5K walk or 5-mile run individually. They will then report their times and be recognized for being part of this health-promoting community event.  Details on the virtual race and other run/walk events are available at HenryFord.com/Race. Registration is available online.  Anyone exercising away from home is encouraged to practice social distancing and wear a mask for their own protection and the safety of others.

Salvation Army Food Pantry.  The Salvation Army of Jackson County Food Pantry Hours:  Regular Pantry Hours are 10 am-noon and 1-2 pm Monday through Thursday.  Food Boxes are available every 30 days.*In an emergency food may be provided from 2-4:30 pm -please call ahead – 517-782-7185.  The Fresh Food Initiative (FFI) is every Monday from 9-10:30 am -through September 28. FFI is closed on Labor Day.  FFI is available to any one in need – please bring ID.

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