What's Up in Lansing: Writerly friends George Ella Lyon and Diane Gilliam


When published award-winning author George Ella Lyon met Diane Gilliam — an equally lauded poet — they became fast friends. Cut to today, and the duo is coming to MSU to chat about why their friendship, and friendships between writers in general, is important. This is part MSU’s Fall Writing Series, in which they bring renowned speakers to campus to chat about their craft.

Writerly Friends: An Informal Conversation with George Ella Lyon and Diane Gilliam. Part of the Fall Writing Series. 3 p.m. FREE. Lookout! Gallery, 362 Bogue St., MSU campus, East Lansing.

Classes and Seminars

(TOPS) Take Off Pounds Sensibly. Weigh-in 5:15 p.m. In room 207. 6 p.m. First meeting FREE. Haslett Middle School, 1535 Franklin St., Haslett. (517) 927-4307.

A Course in Miracles. Group on peace through forgiveness. 7-9 p.m. Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing, 230 S. Holmes Lansing. (517)371-3010. unitylansing.org.

Capital Area Crisis Rugby Practice. All skill levels welcome. 6-8 p.m. FREE. St. Joseph Park, 2125 W. Hillsdale Lansing. crisisrfc.com.

Free Yoga for Kids and Youth. From 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. FREE for Youth ages 6-13. Parents pay usual rates. Bikram Yoga Capital Area, 1355 E. Grand River Ave East Lansing. (517)862-8926.

Lansing Area Codependents Anonymous. At 5:45 p.m. FREE. Everybody Reads Books and Stuff, 2019 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing. (517) 515-5559 coda.org.

Preschool Science Explorations: Sensing Fall. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. $4/child. Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road Meridian Township. (517) 349-3866.


12-Step Meeting. AA/NA/CA all welcome. Every Tuesday and Thursday in room 209. 12-1 p.m. FREE. Donations welcome. Cristo Rey Community Center, 1717 N. High St., Lansing.

Bedazzling Vintage Photos (Adults). Participants can embellish their own old photos with glitter, pens and more. 6-7 p.m. FREE. Capital Area District Libraries Webberville Branch, 115 S. Main St., Webberville. (517) 521-3643.

Capital Area Audubon Society. Scott Hicks of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service presents "Wind Energy, Bats and Birds." 7-9 p.m. FREE. Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mount Hope Ave., Lansing. (517) 483-4224. capitalareaaudubon.org.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration (All ages). Come in to learn about it. 4-5 p.m. FREE. Capital Area District Libraries Holt-Delhi Branch, 2078 Aurelius Road Holt. (517) 694-9351.

Ghost Hunting Program. Join ghost hunter Brad Mikulka as he shares his adventures tracking the paranormal. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Grand Ledge Area District Library, 131 E. Jefferson St., Grand Ledge.

Grand Rounds: Psychotropic Medications. Introduction for Social Work/Psychology professionals. 9 a.m.-Noon. Prices start at $10. St. Vincent Catholic Charities Children's Home, 2800 W. Willow St. Lansing. ow.ly/sbFL30g9KoA.

Ladies Silver Blades Figure Skating Club. All skill levels welcome. Lessons, practice, exercise, and fun. 9:30-11:20 a.m. $5 and yearly dues fee. Suburban Ice, 2810 Hannah Blvd. East Lansing.

Lansing Coat Bank. Families in need of winter gear, may come in and select from our donated inventory. 9 a.m.-noon FREE. St., Luke Lutheran Church, 5589 Van Atta Road, Haslett. (517) 339-9119.

Lunch at the Meridian Senior Center. TCOA provides tasty, and nutritionally balanced meals. 12-1 p.m. $5.75/$3 suggested for ages 60kknd. Meridian Senior Center, 4406 Okemos Road, Okemos.

Party Bridge. Weekly activity at Meridian Senior Center. 1-4 p.m. $1 Members/$2 Public. Meridian Senior Center, 4406 Okemos Road Okemos. ow.ly/FqJC30anlV4. (517) 706-5045.


Ballroom Lessons (Rhumba). 3-week lessons in a variety of ballroom styles. Register a week in advance of start date. 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. $21/$42 for couple. Jackson School of the Arts, 634 N. Mechanic St. Jackson. (517) 784-2389.


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