News Briefs 6-18

 Prepare Disaster Plan For Your Pets

LANSING, MI — Save the date: October 21, 2007.  While you are at it, add
it to your pet’s social calendar.  This is the date of a four-hour event at the Old Town Brenke Fish Ladder to celebrate the joys of pet
ownership and importance of including pets in your family disaster preparedness plan.

During the devastating hurricanes and floods in Louisiana, Mississippi
and Texas, one lesson was made abundantly clear: many pet owners would not evacuate without their pets. Planning for disasters is the first step families can take to ease the stress and anxiety of leaving their home, and including family pets in that plan is imperative.

“Paws in Old Town is an event especially for families and the animals they love.  Pet owners can learn important information necessary to keep pets safe during a disaster and have fun at the same,” said Penny
Rodriquez, spokesperson for Do1Thing.

Paws in Old Town is a free family- and pet-friendly gathering at the Old Town Brenke Fish Ladder Sunday, October 21, 2007 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Presented by and the Retired and Senior
Volunteer Program (RSVP), Paws in Old Town will include micro-chipping, doggie spa, pet health and wellness check-ups, pet adoptions, contests and amazing demonstrations of working animals.

As a special bonus, Dante Alighire, a contestant from the hit realty show “Average Joe,” will judge the “Stupid Pet Tricks”
competition.  This is also an opportunity for your pet to audition for
David Letterman’s “Stupid Pet Tricks” segment.

For more information about Paws in Old Town, visit us online at

Ending Stereotypes for America

Ending Stereotypes for America event set at Capitol Building A diversity celebration on the Capitol Lawn is being hosted by the Lansing 501(c)3 Ending Stereotypes for America, Rep. Marsha Cheeks (D-Detroit) and Rep. Mike Nofs (R-Battle Creek).  Charles M. Six, Executive Director of Ending Stereotypes for America, said that, “the event’s mission is to educate our lawmakers and the public on the contributions all ethnic and racial groups have made to our nation and to dispel the major stereotypes about each group.”   The celebration will take place October 2 from 10am to 5pm on the Michigan Capitol Lawn.

Dreams for Darfur Olympic Torch Relay and Rally

"Light the Way for China"
October 6th, 2007
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

China is hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics.  They are also heavily invested in the country of Sudan.  The Olympics are their coming out party and we want to shame them into using their political and economical pressure to stop the Government in Sudan from continuing their genocidal tactics in Darfur.

Runners from Detroit, Jackson and Grand Rapids are running a 5K relay that will converge on the Capitol steps in Lansing.  Each runner will pass a lit torch to pass to the next runner.  There will be a cauldron lit upon their arrival.  The Mayor, Virg Bernero, will be giving the welcome.  Adam Sterling, the Director of the Sudan Divestment Task Force in D.C., will be our key note speaker.  Trevor Menear from the Instant Karma CD will be performing.  Their will be many different booths representing several activist groups (The Whisper Campaign, MSU STAND, Michigan Darfur Coalition, African Affairs and Policy Task Force, etc.) that have collaborated for this event and advocate for the people of Darfur.  There will be hot chocolate, apple cider, hot dogs, chips and water provided (unsure of cost at this time, if any).  At the end of the evening we will have a candle light vigil, ceremoniously lit by Torch Bearers.
Other Important Issues?
So far, the House has not voted on the Michigan Divestment Bill.  If that is still the case, this event will be focused on educating the public on what they can do to make sure that the Bill passes. 
•    Educate citizens of Michigan about Divestment and Darfur
•    Empower them by providing them information about different groups they can join or support that advocate for the people of Darfur.
•    Secure Media Interest (Radio, Newspaper and TV)
•    Securing Sponsors that can cover the overage in this events budget so this event can be strictly awareness driven.  Check the After These Messages page of our website for more info.

Clergy Forum’s Pastor Humanitarian Award Ceremony

On Sunday, October 7, 2007 at 6:30 p.m., the Clergy Forum’s Pastor Humanitarian Scholarship Committee will host its Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony at Grace Tabernacle Church, 1819 W. Willow St.  The Annual Theme remains, “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child”.  We have found when we embrace the concept of this old African proverb; collectively we can do more.  Scholarships will be awarded to criteria selected recipients from participating churches.  The public is invited to attend.

“An Interlude with Art”  Silent Art Auction to Benefit Blind Children’s Fund

On October 7, 2007 from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm at the Center for the Arts, 425 S. Grand Avenue, Lansing, MI.  The donation is $20.00 per person.  Call 989-779-9966 for tickets or purchase them at the door or e-mail  Support this great cause.  Visa and Mastercard will be accepted at this event.

Don’t Miss the Poets’ Masked Soiree at Creole Gallery

Forget your old identity; for one night, be someone else. The Old Town Poets invite you and your friends to our first Masked Soiree—an evening of
costumes, masks and poetry in a cabaret atmosphere at the Creole Gallery, 1218 Turner Street in Lansing’s Old Town, Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30 PM.

Come and hear some of the best poets in the greater Lansing area and join in
the mystery of the poetic muse. You are thoroughly encouraged to wear a costume and/or mask, and even take the stage during the open mike portion of the evening to read your poems in the guise of your favorite poet or your favorite character in a poem. Costumes are not mandatory, and masks will be available at the door.  (Or you can bring your own.)

If you would like to read a poem at this event, just respond to this e-mail, or sign up at the door.  Each poet will be limited to one or two poems so that be as inclusive as possible.

Refreshments and great conversation provided.  Parking is available on the street and in the large lot on the south side of the intersection of Grand River Ave. and Turner Street.