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If you’re looking for a unique way to start your Saturday morning, why not try reiki? It’s a healing technique based on the transfer of energy into the patient based their touch. The process is meant to activate the body’s natural healing abilities, thereby restoring the patient’s well-being physically and emotionally.
The Japanese technique can also be used for stress reduction and relaxation according to reiki.org. The site says that the practice is based on an “unseen life force energy” that flows through the body and is the reason for life.
If one’s life energy is “low” then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it his high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy,” the site says.
Willow Stick Ceremonies & Healing Arts is a center that offers both training and certification in the practice.
Reiki Level 1. All who have received level one attunement are welcome. Call ahead. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $55. Willow Stick Ceremonies & Healing Arts, 335 Seymour Ave, Suite D Lansing. 517- 402-6727.
AUGUST 11-13 >> GREAT LAKES FOLK FESTIVAL AT EAST LANSING
Since 1983, the MSU Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program has hosted the Great Lakes Folk Festival in downtown East Lansing. From blues to bluegrass, Celtic and Latin, the festival keeps its 34-year tradition alive with music, dance and culture from across America and around the world. Festival performers will include the old-time ballads of Anna & Elizabeth, Guy Davis’ blues, the Cajun expressions of T’Monde and many other eclectic acts. In addition to live music, the Great Lakes Folk Festival also hosts dance stages, demonstrations of traditional arts and storytelling, food, an arts marketplace, activities for kids and the first ever Queer Traditions Summit, an exploration of the LGBTQkknd community and traditional arts. 6 p.m.-10:30 Friday; noon-10:30 p.m. Saturday; noon-6:00 p.m. Sunday. $10 suggested donation. Downtown East Lansing. (517) 432-4533, greatlakesfolkfest.net.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 >> ‘MAKESHIFT’ MARY EXHIBITION AT ROBIN THEATRE
REO Town artist Mary “Makeshift” Molnar presents her newest collection of mixed-media paintings at Robin Theatre Saturday. Obsessed with “colors resembling rainbow vomit,” “Makeshift” Mary brings honesty and vigor to every piece she creates. Molnar’s subjects span far and wide, from abstract expressions concerned with the beauty of fatness to realistic representations of angry chicks and foul words to whimsical depictions of our favorite 90s cartoon characters. Molnar’s exhibit will be expertly complemented by the electronic music of Andy Mack. Light refreshments provided. 7 p.m. FREE. The Robin Theatre, 1105 South Washington Ave., Lansing. (989) 878-1810, therobintheatre.com.
The DJClarinet Combo Salutes 100 Years of Jazz on Record Part 2. Music from the swing era, 1935-1947. Cash Bar. Tickets at the door and online. 8 - 10 p.m. $10. UrbanBeat Event Center, 1213 Turner St. Lansing.
Murder for Two. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. $27/$25 Military/Senior (65kknd)/$10 students. Williamston Theatre, 122 S. Putnam Williamston. 517-655-SHOW.
All About Bats Campfire. Bust myths and share information. S'mores/walk included. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $3/$7 Families. Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road Meridian Township. (517) 349-3866.
Summer Music Series at Henry's Place. From 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Henry's Place Neighborhood Gastro Sports Bar, 4926 Marsh Road Okemos.