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JTV and Experience Jackson team up to bring you the most extensive promotion and coverage of the area’s many community events.  Each day, we post a rundown of the day’s events and activities to help you choose where to go, what to see and what to do in the Greater Jackson area.  For a complete look at upcoming events, the Experience Jackson Events Calendar is the most complete and up-to-date resource for area happenings.  Find out what’s happening at Experience Jackson and tune in for photo and video coverage on JTV and JTV.TV.

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Events Of October 20, 21 And 22, 2017

Events of October 20, 21 and 22, 2017

The Michigan Theatre presents “The Crow”.   A poetic guitarist is brought back to life by a crow a year after he and his fiancee are murdered.  Doors open at 7 PM, film begins at 7:30 PMM.  Admission $5.

Mission of Hope Cancer Fund Believe Center presents a Flea Market, Friday and Saturday.  Friday hours are 12 PM to 6 PM.  Saturday hours are 9 AM to 4 PM.  $3 admission.  55-60 great vendors.  Food and drink available.  Entertainment during the event.  Believe Center, 745 Lansing Avenue, Jackson. 

The Jackson Downtown Development Authority presents the Grand River Farmers Market, today and tomorrow from 8am to 2pm.  The market, featuring seasonal farmers and other vendors is at Grand River Marketplace, corner of Glick Highway and Mechanic Street in Downtown Jackson.

The Jackson District Library offers Yoga at the Meijer Branch every Friday at 8:30 AM with Jeanette Lamphere. Suggested donation of $3. Intended for adults.

Yoga at the Spring Arbor Branch of the Jackson District Library today and every Friday at 9 AM with Amy Reamer.  Suggested donation of $5.

The Eastern Branch of the Jackson District Library has Yoga with Elizabeth Hall at 9 AM.  Class suggested for adults and seniors.  Suggested donation is $2.

Kevin Nichols performing at The Jackson Coffee Company.  Free entertainment at this  Friday Music Series. This is a great listening room.  7 PM to 10 PM.  Jackson Coffee Company,  201 South Mechanic Street.

Jackson Young Professionals Barn Dance.  Bust out your flannel shirts, high waisted jeans and cowboy boots (if you have them)! It’s time to kick up your heels to some good ol’ country music!  We have certified square dance and line dance “callers” who will teach/lead us in a night of dancing in a 100+ year-old barn in the country. We guarantee this will be an event you won’t want to miss!   Pre-event social at The Crazy Cowboy in downtown Jackson from 5:30-7:00PM.  Party bus ride to the barn dance leaves the parking lot behind The Crazy Cowboy at 7:00PM.   Only 34 seats available on the bus, so buy your tickets quick so you don’t miss out.  Tickets for members are $10, $20 for non-members.  Snacks will be provided at the event (s’mores, hot dogs, etc.)  Party bus ride back to downtown Jackson at the end of the dance. Tickets available here.  See y’all there!

Rummage Sale and Bake Sale at Calvary United Methodist Church.  925 Backus Street ~ Jackson.  517-782-0543  (Lansing Avenue Entrance)  Today from 9 AM – 6 PM, Oct. 21st Bag Day $1.00,  9 AM-11 AM, 11 AM – Noon FREE. 

Friday Night Skate and Laser Tag at Allskate Fun Center.  Friday Night 6-9pm Skate & Laser Tag!   Admission is only $8 and skate rental is $4 (Skates or Blades).  Laser Tag:  1 play $6,  Double play $9.  Family & Group Rates Available.  Pizza & Pop only $3.50.    Friday 8-11pm Skate & Laser Tag!  Ages 12 & Older. Uncensored music after 9pm.  Admission is only $10 and skate rental is $4 (Skates or Blades).  Laser Tag:  1 play $6, Double play $9.  1313 West North Street, Jackson.

Friday Nights at Sandhill.  We are extending our hours Friday evenings until 10pm, come sit on the deck, enjoy a glass of wine, wine taste & grab some dinner!  The cafe will be open for orders until 9:30. John Louis Good will be here to entertain you, 6:30-8:30 on the deck-weather permitting.  In addition to our new Friday evening hours, we will be launching Sangria specials every weekend Friday-Sunday.  No cover, just come join us for a relaxing evening.

Saturday October 21

Mission of Hope Cancer Fund Believe Center presents a Flea Market at their new home.  Saturday hours are 9 AM to 4 PM.  $3 admission.  55-60 great vendors.  Food and drink available.  Entertainment during the event.  Believe Center, 745 Lansing Avenue, Jackson.

Free Family Movie Night sponsored by Jackson Community Federal Credit Union.  Join us for a night of free family fun.  Doors open at 6 PM with games and family activities.  Movie:  “Casper” begins at 7 PM.

Cranes, Colors and Cabernet Festival.   The Greater Sandhill Crane is celebrated with this fun, family-friendly festival. One of the largest Crane sanctuaries in Michigan, the Haehnle Bird Sanctuary is located within The Big 400. The Big 400 is a tourism area surrounding the Waterloo and Pinckney Recreation Areas. In the fall, Sandhill Cranes gather in staging areas like the Haehnle Sanctuary to begin the migration process. During the height of the staging period thousands of Cranes can be seen at the sanctuary. The cost to birdwatch at the Haehnle Sanctuary, as well as other locations within The Big 400, is free.   In honor of the Cranes, Colors & Cabernet Festival, the Sandhill Crane Winery will release their new vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery is open until 7:00 pm for late Crane watchers to stop by and warm up after their visit to the Haehnle Sanctuary. They will offer tastes of mulled wine all day to help warm any cold bird watchers. The winery’s cafe will be open all day! For more information call 517.764.0679. Free admission. Wine tasting: $6 per person.

First Annual Monster Cash Bash & Dinner, presented by Family Service and Children’s Aid.  $100 includes two dinners and a change to win $6,000 first place, $2,500 second place and $1,000 third place.  Costumes are optional, but a Best Costume prize will be awarded.  Maximum of 300 tickets will be sold for the event.  200 tickets must be sold or event will be a 50-50.  Cash bar available.  Commonwealth Commerce Center, 209 East Washington, Downtown Jackson.  For tickets call 517-787-7920.

Harvest of Tales, Meijer Branch, Jackson District Library.  Jennifer Strauss will present stories of autumn.  Families welcome, free event.  2 PM, 2699 Airport Road.  www.myjdl.com.

Voice Your Piece for Autism Spaghetti Dinner.  This event will benefit our non-verbal children who have autism. The event includes a spaghetti dinner with salad, dessert and beverage and raffle drawings and silent auction items as well as entertainment.  Vandercook Lake High School, 1000 E. Golf, Vandercook Lake.  5:30 PM to 8 PM.  BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/oapb07icAD3hbQmC2

The BAHÁ’Í Community of Falling Waters warmly welcomes all to the Light of Unity Festival, from 5 PM to 8 PM at CP Federal City Square, Horace Blackman Park, Downtown Jackson.    Celebrating the Oneness of Humanity, the evening will include youth choirs, community singing, scripture and prayers from many faiths.  There will be children’s activities, drumming, presentations, international food vendors, free hot chocolate and spiced cider and more.  Details at www.bahaicenterwashtenawcounty.org/light-of-unity.

Trinity Lutheran Church 150th Anniversary Museum.  Trinity Lutheran Church is celebrating its 150th year as a church in Jackson. To honor this milestone, a Trinity “Museum” has been organized with different galleries of artifacts, displays, and photos showing illustrative moments in Trinity’s history and our Jackson community within the context of community, national, and world events. Using archived church photos and documents and artifacts from Trinity’s history, as well as loaned artifacts from Ella Sharp Historical Museum in Jackson visitors can experience the growth and development of our church’s 150-year history. Come join us for an afternoon of fun family friendly activities.  1 PM to 5 PM,  Trinity Lutheran School, 4900 McCain Road, Jackson.

Mom to Mom Sale.  Mom to Mom Sale, Saturday, October 21st, Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church.  8 am – 9 am Early Bird $3 entry fee;  9 am – noon Free.  Come shop for gently used baby and children’s clothes, accessories, toys and more! Interested in selling your stuff? Reserve a table now for just $10! All proceeds go to Just Among Moms.  For more information, check out the Facebook Event!

Sunday, October 22

Moons of the Solar System at Hurst Planetarium.  In this live, interactive experience explore the beautiful moons of our Solar System! See the Universe through Galileo’s eyes and how he discovered the moons of Jupiter. Fly away from the Earth and visit the spectacular moons that our Solar System has to offer! From the volcanoes of Io to the oceans of Enceladus, explore what the Solar System has to offer.  2:30 to 3:30 PM, Hurst Planetarium, Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson.

Horse ’N Around Fall Finale, Waterloo Stables.  10:00am to 5:00pm.  Horse N Around Stables, 12891 Trist Rd, Grass Lake.

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Symposium To Explore Being Civil

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