Change of Seasons, Change of Fun: A Variety of Events for the Month that Just Can’t Make Up Its Mind

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With days of sunshine and 50-degree weather occurring randomly between the harsh snowfalls and ice, February seems like it can’t always decide what season it wants to be. Luckily, there are many events taking place this month for any season you might be living in, whether you’re hanging on to winter a little longer or you’re already celebrating the arrival of spring. 

WINTER EVENTS

Moonlight Ski and Shoe at Harris Nature Center
For those looking to get out there and be active during the final stretch of the winter season, Harris Nature Center in Okemos is hosting Ski and Shoe nights from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 9 and Feb. 23. Visitors can choose to either cross-country ski or snowshoe through the moonlit trails, enjoying the calm and quiet of the nature center’s idyllic nighttime atmosphere. This is an event for experts and beginners alike, so gather a group of friends, your significant other or the entire family for some last-minute winter fun. Rentals are available for skis, snowshoes and headlamps at $10, and regular admission is $3. Harris Nature Center is at 3998 Van Atta Road in Okemos. For more information, visit lansing.org/events. 

Winter Farmers Market
Just because it’s winter  doesn’t mean we have to get rid of fresh produce. The Winter Farmers Market at Meridian Mall is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every other Saturday through the end of April. According to Meridian Township, “Approximately 25-30 vendors participate each market day providing a variety of homegrown and homemade goods.” This is a great way to support local products while stocking up on all of the fruits and vegetables you’ll need to carry you through to spring. And don’t forget to check out the other stores inside the mall while you’re there. Visit meridianmall.com to learn more. 

Conversation and Cocoa
If you’re looking for something different to do this Valentine’s Day, consider attending this discussion hosted by the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame. The event will feature Michigan State University’s Ph.D. Candidate Jessica Kane, who will lead a discussion on her studies of British female authors in the 18th,century world. This is a great opportunity to spend the holiday learning a little history and celebrating the works of female writers. And there will be hot cocoa, so you’ll still get your Valentine’s Day chocolate fix. The event is free and will take place at 6 p.m. at 105 W. Allegan St. in Lansing. For more information, go to michiganwomenshalloffame.org. 

 

SPRING EVENTS

MSU Department of Theatre’s Production of ‘Oklahoma!’
There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned musical to cheer you up after a long winter. On select days in February, the MSU Department of Theatre is putting on its production of “Oklahoma!” at the Fairchild Auditorium. This award-winning musical features songs by famed composers Rodgers and Hammerstein and follows the story of two young lovers as they navigate their rocky relationship in the American countryside. Tickets to the show could be a great Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other or just a chance to get a group of friends together for a fun night out. Either way, consider supporting the young actors of MSU by attending one of their productions. Tickets are $22 for general admission and$17 for students. For exact dates and times, visit theatre.msu.edu. 

2019 MSU Comics Forum
Are you feeling blue after all the cold winter weather? Reading some colorful comics may be exactly what you need to cheer up. The annual MSU Comics Forum is back for its 12th year Feb. 22-23. This is an international gathering of people who love all things comics-related, from creators, writers and illustrators of comics to scholars and avid readers. The forum will feature two keynote speakers — comic scholars Seth and Qiana Whitted — an academic panel, art exhibition, discussion groups and more. Learn more about this unique event at comicsforum.msu.edu. 

Lansing Home and Garden Show
Another way to welcome the spring season is to start thinking about how you want to care for your home and/or garden with the incoming warmer weather. A great opportunity to do this is the annual Home and Garden Show, which returns to Lansing this year from March 14-17. The event will feature landscaping and gardening projects, a flower show and several seminars on home improvement techniques. Ticket prices vary by age and are cheaper online, so visit showspan.com/LHG to buy yours today. The event will be hosted at the MSU Pavilion.