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Support small business in Baker Neighborhood

Join 517 Coffee for a block party/fundraiser.  See the Cedar Street Art Collective -- an exciting addition to the Baker Neighborhood and Cedar Street corridor.

Remember to join neighbors and friends at the Baker Neighborhood drop in coffee talks each Tuesday and Thursday 3:00pm - 6:00pm at the Baker Street Head Start building 840 Baker Street

Michigan Blight Elimination Program - brief survey

Please take a moment to take a brief survey about the removal of blighted structures in the City of Lansing and in your neighborhood.   Please respond by February 19

Find the survey HERE


FREE Tax Preparation by IRS Certified Preparers

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for households with income of less than $54,000 in 2017.  

Call 2-1-1 for a site nearest you or visit

Each year thousands of people in the tri-county area are assisted in bringing back millions of dollars in tax refunds!


Neighborhoods in Bloom planting at the Baker Neighborhood Isbell Street Community Lot

Apply for Neighborhoods in Bloom Flowers

Think Spring!  The Lansing Neighborhoods in Bloom program information and application are available HERE 

Groups can apply for mulch, soil, & flowers to plant in areas that enhance the neighborhood.  

Neighborhoods in Bloom Corridor Planting Day (along Pennsylvania Ave) will be Saturday May 12th and will include a dedication of the Penn4People Bridge painting project.

Neighborhood Planting Day will be held Saturday May 19th.    

MSU Global Day of Service Saturday April 14th

Need help with a neighborhood project?  Lansing neighborhoods interested in hosting student volunteers during the MSU Global Day of Service can learn more and apply to be a host site HERE

Quaker Cleanup
MSU volunteers and community members at 2017 Global Day of Service event at Lansing Eastern High School

The City of Lansing is Hiring!

Find seasonal, part time, and full time opportunities HERE

Call for Employer Partnerships for youth summer jobs

Spring Souper

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.  

Learn how you can serve and apply HERE 

Contact Marilyn Plummer at for details.

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:

2/13                 Housing + Neighborhood Resource Summit, 4th Ward** Willow School 
2/22-23            February Neighborhood Roundtables -- Board of Water & Light (BWL)
3/1                   LOVE Lansing Neighborhood Award Applications Open
3/15                 Neighborhoods in Bloom Applications Due
3/22-23            March Neighborhood Roundtables -- City of Lansing Parks & Rec
4/7                   Lansing Lugnuts Opening Day Block Party

4/11                 Walking Wednesdays Begin (Weekly through 10/24)
4/14                 MSU Global Day of Service (Volunteers Available for Nbhd Projects)
4/15                 LOVE Lansing Award Nominations Due
4/24                 Housing + Neighborhood Resource Summit, Pattengill School
4/26                 Lansing Promise Dinner
4/26-27            April Neighborhood Roundtables
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
6/2                    Be a Tourist in Your Own Town
6/9                   Mayor's River Walk

6/13                 Concert in the Park***
6/20                 Concert in the Park
6/21                 United Way Day of Action #ServeLansing
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
9/14-15            United Way Days of Caring #ServeLansing

9/25                 Housing + Neighborhood Resource Summit, 2nd Ward, Forrest View 
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, Pleasant View
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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