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2018 is here!

2018 is going to be an exciting year in Lansing neighborhoods.  The weekly email updates will continue and have been renamed Lansing Neighborhood News.  Our monthly neighborhood meetings will continue under the new name Neighborhood Roundtables.  

Roundtables bring information and resources directly to citizens and allow an opportunity for neighborhood leaders to share information and ask questions.  

January 25th 6:00pm; January 26th 8:00am and 12:00 noon
Topic:  Ingham County Landbank parcel plans and neighborhood maps

February 22nd 6:00pm; February 23rd 8:00am and 12:00 noon
Topic:  BWL updates (Efficiency program, rates, Tree Trimming/Replacement, LiftUp!)

March 22nd 6:00pm; March 23rd 8:00am and 12:00 noon
Topic:  Lansing Parks and Recreation Planned Projects

Neighborhood Empowerment Center at 600 W. Maple

Neighborhood Grants

Thank you to all of the organizations who have submitted their Neighborhood Advisory Board and Love Your Block grant applications by today's 5:00pm deadline.  We are working to organize all of the electronic and paper submissions.  You will receive a confirmation email.  If you have submitted an application and do not receive a confirmation by the end of Tuesday 1/16, please email to confirm it has been received.  

The committee will be reviewing and making funding decisions over the next few months.  You may receive a call or email requesting clarification or additional information during that time.  Grant announcements will be made in April and funds will be distributed on April 19th.  

Boards and Commissions

Are you ready to be more engaged in the City of Lansing?  Consider serving on one of our many citizen boards and commissions.  There are two vacancies on the Neighborhood Advisory Board.  Apply HERE

Join the Neighborhood Resource Team as a VISTA!

Learn about National Service and apply to be part of the Neighborhood Resource Team in the City of Lansing.  Service year begins 3/1.  Call Andi Crawford 517-614-9695 to learn more. 


Bring a Summer Concert to Your Park!

Dreaming of warm summer evenings in your favorite Lansing Park?  Each year the City of Lansing provides a FREE summer concert series at parks across the city.  You can apply to bring one of the concerts to your favorite park.  Find all the details and the brief application HERE

In 2017 the following parks were successfully requested by neighborhoods:

Sycamore Park
Moores Park
Cherry Hill
Fulton Park

The City of Lansing Department of Parks and Recreation handles all of the concert details.  Neighborhoods can partner to enhance the evening in many ways including:

  • Partnering with food trucks/vendors
  • Selling concessions as a neighborhood group fundraiser
  • Passing out neighborhood information
  • Hosting your neighborhood picnic during the event
  • Renting additional family fun features like bounce houses and inflatables
  • Adding a neighborhood or park tour before the event

For example, a new host site in 2017 was the beautiful riverfront Fulton Park, a hidden gem in Southwest Lansing.  It rivals Frances Park for the best sunset views in the city.  Neighbors from the LENO (Lansing Eaton Neighborhood Organization) such as Linda Appling, Nathan Hartley, Richard Miller, and Isaac Francisco worked hard to get the word out about this concert. Jason Wilkes of Averill Woods also promoted the event to neighbors with calls, emails, and social media.  The result was a fantastic evening attended by hundreds of neighbors.  

3rd Ward Lansing City Council Representative Adam Hussain said of the evening, "The concert at Fulton Park proved to be the perfect event to bring people together from all across South Lansing and beyond. The ability to coalesce and celebrate our community through dance, music, and food was powerful and left everyone in attendance feeling good about Lansing. I also had many tell me they had no idea Fulton even existed and couldn't believe how beautiful the park was. The ability to highlight our beautiful park system is yet another benefit of this series." 

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Planning for 2018

By request of neighborhood leaders, below please find many dates that neighborhoods may want to participate in, partner on, or plan around in the coming year:

1/12                 Neighborhood Advisory Board/Love Your Block grant applications due
1/25-26            January Neighborhood Roundtables*
2/1                   Neighborhoods in Bloom Applications open
2/13                 Housing + Neighborhood Resource Summit, 4th Ward**
2/22-23            February Neighborhood Roundtables
3/1                   LOVE Lansing Neighborhood Award Applications Open
3/15                 Neighborhoods in Bloom Applications Due
3/22-23            March Neighborhood Roundtables
4/11                 Walking Wednesdays Begin (Weekly through 10/24)
4/15                 LOVE Lansing Award Applications Due
4/24                 Housing + Neighborhood Resource Summit, 1st Ward
4/26-27            April Neighborhood Roundtables
4/28                 MSU Global Day of Service (Volunteers Available for Nbhd Projects)
5/12                 Neighborhoods in Bloom Penn4People Corridor Planting Day 
5/16                 LOVE Lansing Celebration
5/19                 Neighborhoods in Bloom Neighborhood Planting Day
5/24-25            May Neighborhood Roundtables
6/13                 Concert in the Park***
6/20                 Concert in the Park
6/27                 Concert in the Park
6/28-6/29         June Neighborhood Roundtables
7/1                   Citizens Academy Applications Open****
7/4                   Independence Day Parade Neighborhood Strong 
7/4                   Concert in the Park
7/5-7/8             Common Ground Music Festival
7/9-7/14           Baker Neighborhood Rock the Block Event
7/11                 Concert in the Park
7/18                 Concert in the Park
7/25                 Concert in the Park
7/26-7/27         July Neighborhood Roundtables
8/1                   Citizens Academy Applications Due
8/1                   Concert in the Park
8/15                 Citizens Academy Applicants notified
8/23-8/24         August Neighborhood Roundtables
9/5                   Citizens Academy Begins (Wed. 6:30 pm  - 8:30 pm  No class 10/31)
9/10-9/14         Baker Neighborhood Rock the Block Event
9/18                 Housing + Neighborhood Resource Summit, 2nd Ward
9/27-28            September Neighborhood Roundtables
10/24               Final Walking Wednesday
10/25-26          October Neighborhood Roundtables
11/14               Citizens Academy Graduation
11/16               Silver Bells in the City
11/20               Lansing SAVE Night, Lansing Eastern Fieldhouse
11/27               Housing + Neighborhood Resource Summit, 3rd Ward
12/13               2018 Grant Preview Day
*Neighborhood Roundtables meetings are offered 3x/month.  The Thursday meeting is at 6:00 pm and the Friday meetings are at 8:00 am and 12:00 noon.  All meetings are held at the Neighborhood Empowerment Center 600 W. Maple

**Housing + Neighborhood Resource Summits bring City of Lansing staff and community resources directly to citizens.  The event rotates around to each ward, but the entire city is always welcome to attend.  Event locations are being finalized and most are held at Lansing Public Schools. 

***Concerts in the Park are held on Wednesdays throughout the summer.  Locations and lineup are in development.

****The Lansing Citizens Academy will launch this year and will be a complement to the existing Lansing Citizens Police Academy  All facets of city government will be explored.  For reference, a good model program nearby is the Midland Citizens Academy.  

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