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Veterans Day Tribute

Veterans Day Tribute tomorrow

8:30 a.m. - Free breakfast, exhibits and resources on display and children's play area

10:30 a.m. - Ceremony

A great event for veterans and non-veterans from all around Michigan. 
Veteran Resources, Veteran Organizations, and much more!

Family Friendly- All indoors with crafts table. The ceremony will be educational and great for people of all ages.

Keynote Speaker: Douglas Szczepanski Jr., Iraq Veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart.
Emcee- Sheri Jones, TV6
Ceremonial Presenter- John Thomas
Rifle Salute and bugler
Glen Erin Pipe Band

Chronic Wasting Disease Community Meeting - Find full Press Release HERE

Public Information Meeting
Baker Leaf Cleanup

Baker Leaf Cleanup Success!

Great job Baker Neighbors and the many volunteers who helped clear gutters and drains in Baker Neighborhood in time for all that rain! 

The Greater Lansing Housing Coalition tool truck was on hand and full of rakes, shovels, and wheelbarrows.  You can reserve it or the Lansing Parks and Recreation tool truck for your next neighborhood cleanup.  

Want to organize a neighborhood cleanup?  Find a handy checklist HERE

Fall Leaves Reminder

Prosperity Unveiled!

Congratulations to the Saginaw Oakland Commercial Association, Westside Neighborhood Association, and Old Oakland Neighborhood Association on the unveiling of Prosperity, part of the Point West Art & Trail Project.  Point West has been a two time Love Your Block grant recipient.  Learn more about the full project and outstanding work of so many neighbors HERE

PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN: Gun Violence Prevention Strategies

Presented by The League of Women Voters of the Lansing Area

7:00 – 8:30 PM
Tuesday, November 14
East Lansing Hannah Community Center 819 Abbot Road – East Lansing.

3800 children were killed or injured by guns in 2016. This free community forum will feature presentations on this critical issue by the following experts:

Linda Brundidge, Executive Director of Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence (MCPGV)

Scott Nichols, Retired Michigan State Police and member of MOMS Demand Action and Board Member of MCPGV

Emily Durbin, Chapter Leader for MI MOMS Demand Action

Sonja Lewis, MD, MPH, Executive Committee for Physicians for Prevention of Gun Violence

For additional information, contact Marty Couretas (LWVLA’s Gun Violence Work Group) at or 517-337-8165. 

Brag A Little!

Did your neighborhood complete a project this year with funding from the Neighborhood Advisory Board grant?  We'd love to feature your successful project or event in our 2017 report.  Send your photos and a project description to Ben Thompson at by December 8.  

Have a Great Idea for your Neighborhood? 

Apply for a $100 stipend & host a great block party or plan something bigger and apply for a small (up to $650) or large (up to $3,000) project grant. Ready to make an even bigger impact? Apply to take on a Love Your Block project of up to $5,000 and work directly with the Neighborhood Resource Team to bring your project to life.  See the 2017 Love Your Block project report link below for examples. 

All applications are due Jan. 12, 2018 and funds are awarded April 2018. 

To learn more, contact members of the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Board

Interested in serving on the board? Two spots are open.
Click here to apply to join the Mayor's Neighborhood Advisory Board.

Important Links:  

Some neighborhood generated ideas you might want to bring to your neighborhood:

Neighborhood enhancement
  • Activate vacant lots
  • “Welcome to” signs
  • Printing & Promotion materials for neighborhood organization
  • Neighborhood meeting/event supplies (tables, chairs, watercoolers, etc)
  • Neighborhood yard signs as meeting reminders
  • Neighborhood street sign toppers 
  • Community Gardening (Native plant gardens, garden benches, sculptures)
  • Neighborhood park cleanups/enhancements
Community Events
  • Picnics, block parties, porch fests
  • Bounce house, port-a-johns
  • Purchase equipment (movie projectors, popcorn machines, playgrounds)
  • Group outings (i.e. Lugnuts)       
The Neighborhood Advisory Board Grant Feedback meeting will be held on Tuesday December 14th 6:00 pm at Foster Community Center.  Bring your grant idea or draft application and get feedback from the board on ways to strengthen your proposal.  The grant preview is highly recommended, especially for first time applicants.   

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