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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Camp Somewhere

How to choose the best summer camp for your child

by Nicole Halvorsen
Summer vacation 2014 is only two months away and summer camp slots are filling up fast. In this section, you’ll find the first-ever City Pulse Summer Camp Guide, detailing a wide selection of camps specializing in sports, nature and science in mid-Michigan. But how do you know which one is right for your kid? And what exactly should your kid expect from a good camp?
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

Vote for Vixens

Local roller derby league has shot at $25,000 prize

by Nicole Halvorsen
The Lansing Derby Vixens hope to skate past the competitors to win a national contest this week. The local roller derby team has made it to the top 10 in the “Make Your Idea Happen” contest, sponsored by the office supplies chain Staples. The contest puts the Derby Vixens in the running (rolling?) for a chance at a grand prize of $25,000 gift certificate to Staples.
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Monday, April 7,2014

Microbrew shuffle

Microbrew and Music Festival changes location back to Adado Riverfront Park

by Nicole Halvorsen
Monday, April 7 — Organizers for Lansing’s inaugural Microbrew and Music Festival announced today that the festival will return to its original planned location in Adado Riverfront Park downtown.
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Thursday, March 27,2014

Bronze icon

Lansing hosts program to honor man behind Spartan statue

by Nicole Halvorsen
Thursday, March 27 — The artwork that launched a thousand of selfies will be honored next week. Michigan State University’s statue, The Spartan, and its sculptor, Leonard Jungwirth, will be the subject of an informational program by Historical Society of Greater Lansing next Thursday, April 3.
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Wednesday, March 26,2014

Reduce, reuse, recycle-rama

Lansing hosts annual recycling fair on Saturday

by Nicole Halvorsen
Wednesday, March 26 — This weekend, you can get ahead on spring cleaning and clean out your garage, basement or attic and recycle your unwanted items for free. On Saturday, the Ingham County Health Department hosts the 5th annual Recycle Rama, the largest free recycling event in Lansing.
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Wednesday, March 5,2014

This ... is Pia Toscano

A Q&A with the former ‘American Idol’ contestant and her partner

by Nicole Halvorsen
“American Idol” is more than just a reality TV singing contest. It’s an incubator for rising musical talent that’s given the show’s non-winners as much a stab at stardom as its finalists. Eighteen alumni have seen their debut records go at least certified gold, and nearly four dozen more have issued some sort of studio release.
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Monday, January 27,2014

Certified urban gardeners

Hunter Park GardenHouse offers certification program for those seeking experience in gardening for high-density neighborhoods

by Nicole Halvorsen
Monday, Jan. 27 — The Hunter Park Garden House on Lansing’s East Side is offering an Urban Gardener certification program next month for beginner to intermediate home-gardeners.
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Friday, January 17,2014

Rocking in Memphis

Capital Area Blues Society to host 11th annual fundraiser

by Nicole Halvorsen
Friday, Jan. 17 — The Capital Area Blues Society hosts its annual Beale Street Bound Blues Party this Sunday. The event serves as a fundraiser to send musicians who won the local Blues Brawl contest to compete at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 21-25.
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Thursday, January 16,2014

Lansing’s got comedy

‘America’s Got Talent’ runner-up comes to Lansing

by Nicole Halvorsen
Thursday, Jan. 16 — Taylor Williamson is telling the story about performing a year ago at a girl’s sweet 16 at her mom’s Korean restaurant. “It was horrible, it was a bunch of teenagers who didn’t care about me performing,” he said. “I got about $50. My biggest career goal is to never do that again.”
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