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Food for Thought on the School Closing Issue: A Message from Allen Neighborhood Center

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the Lansing School Board is discussing the closing of either Eastern or Sexton High School, a decision which the Board of Directors of Allen Neighborhood Center  believes would be destructive and counter-productive to the district, and indeed, to the City.

Eastern and Sexton each serve as a stabilizing presence on Lansing’s Eastside and Westside, respectively, helping to create sustainable, vibrant, and stable communities.  In addition to serving their school communities, these high schools anchor and embody the spirit of two quadrants of the City.

While we believe that closing either high school is a mistake, we are particularly concerned about Eastern High School.  Below are a list of reasons, developed by the Eastern Alumni Group as well as school and community members, for retaining Eastern High School.  A second list includes important considerations offered by former LSD Board Member Jack Davis in a memorandum to the Board.

This is a critical issue, and we encourage you to take the time to read through these offerings, and then weigh in with members of the school board.  Board members names and emails are not included on the District’s website, but we have been told that emails consist of first name, dot, last name, @lansingschools.net.  For instance, board president Myra Ford is myra.ford@lansingschools.net.

You might also consider attending a special meeting this Tuesday at 7 pm in the Administration Building on W. Kalamazoo to hear the Administration Restructuring Recommendations Report (i.e., what Dr. Wallace’s administrative team thinks should be done.).  Or, plan to attend Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting, which starts at 6 p.m.  Decisions may be imminent, so please take the time now to dig into this issue and share your ideas and opinions with the decision-makers.

Thank you for your consideration.

Joan Nelson

On Behalf of the Board of Directors of Allen Neighborhood Center

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Active Neighboring News: Apprenticeships, Scholarships, Home Improvement- Gardening-Marketing-Money Workshops, and More!

Active Neighboring News

January 25, 2012

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

In this week’s Active Neighboring News, you’ll see our new format: ANC-sponsored events first, followed by community events scheduled for up to one month out, and then an ‘ongoing’ list of activities which are not tied to a specific date.  Enjoy all that this City serves up in the way of concerts, workshops, opportunities to make a difference, and fun things to do!

ANC-Sponsored Events/Activities

1)                     Lead Paint Hazards and Fixes, this SATURDAY

2)    New         Mold, Moisture and Your Home on 2/ 23

3)    New         Creating a Safe Neighborhood/Active Neighboring Café on 2/25

4)    New         ‘Market’ Gardening on 2/25

5)    New         Urban Gardening Certificate Program beginning 3/6

6)    New Youth Gardening at the GardenHouse, after school weekdays

 

Other Community Events

7)     New        Urbandale Apprenticeships – Apply by FRIDAY

8)     New        Live Webcast on Gardening on THURSDAY

9)                     Ruth Hallman’s Annual Birthday Party on FRIDAY

10)   New        At Fenner beginning FRIDAY

11)   New        Show Me the Money on SATURDAY

12)                   Recycle Old Meds on SATURDAY

13)   New        Exonerated on SATURDAY

14)   New        Calling All Photographers beginning 2/1

15)   New        An Evening with Susan Eisenberg on 2/1

16)   New        Breakfast with Bauer on 2/4

17)   New        Black History Month Programs at LCC

18)                   Everybody Eats Conference on 2/10-11

19)                  Bea Christy Dinner on 2/10

20)   New        Habitat House Party on 2/10

21)                   Power of We Marketing Workshop on 2/16

22)                 Frost Fest on 2/18

23)                  GLHC Annual Theater Party on 2/22

24)   New        Immigrants and Tax Law on 2/22

25)   New        Buick Achiever’s Scholarship, apply by 2/29

 

Ongoing Offerings

26)  New         Anonymous Tips to LPD

27) New         Creating Accessible Gardens

28) Teen Community Art Project

29) Free Intro to Computers at MI Works

30) Asset Independence Coalition Offers Free Tax Prep

31)                  Mid-Day Movies (Free)

32)   New Quote of the Week

Your Friends at ANC

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Active Neighboring News: MLK Events, Potter Park docents, Winter Free Day, CADL’s ‘NECESSARY’, and more.

Active Neighboring News

January 13, 2012

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Enjoy this very full weekend.  Consider attending Jazz: Spirituals, Prayers and Protests, a free concert and annual MLK Commemorative Celebration, at the Wharton Center this Sunday. Details at: http://whartoncenter.com/boxoffice/performance.aspx?pid=915

1)    New CADL presents ‘NECESSARY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

2)    New         Docent Recruitment Day on SATURDAY

3) Gardeners Roundtable every SUNDAY

4)    New         Trash and Recycling Collections Delayed next week

5)    New         Winter Free Day at Ingham County Parks on 1/16      

6)    New         Cooking Matters Class begins 1/17

7)    New         The New Jim Crow on 1/17

8)  New         CPR and First Aid Training on 1/17-18

9) Planning Your Gardening Year on 1/21

10)  New         Breakfasts with Bauer – Jan. through May Schedule

11)                  Eco-Photo Excursions on 1/21

12)        Garden Leaders Training beginning in January

13)                  Rebuilding Together Applications due 1/20

14)   New        Ruth Hallman’s Annual Birthday Party on 1/27

15)   Recycle Old Meds on 1/28
16)   New        An Evening with Susan Eisenberg on 2/1

17)   New        Everybody Eats Conference on 2/10-11

18)        Bea Christy Dinner on 2/10

19)   New Power of We Marketing Workshop on 2/16

20)   New        Frost Fest on 2/18

21)   New        GLHC Annual Theater Party on 2/22

22)   New        ENO’s Annual Eastside Souper on 3/3

23)   New        Komen’s Race for the Cure-Walk with ANC on 4/29

24)   New        Hawk Island Tri– Save the date for 6/3

Ongoing Offerings

25)  New         Teen Community Art Project

26)  New         From LCC- Making Your Computer Work for You

27) Land Bank Home for sale on Lathrop Street

28) Free Intro to Computers at MI Works

29) Asset Independence Coalition Offers Free Tax Prep

30)                   Mid-Day Movies (Free)

31)                   Tips from VanAtta’s

32)   New Quote of the Week

Your Friends at ANC

P.S. Playmakers, an exemplary corporate citizen and partner with many of us who are involved in supporting healthy environments and choices via races, sponsorship of classes and workshops, is having it’s not-to-be-missed Sidewalk Sales all weekend, through Monday.

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Active Neighboring News: Eco-Photo Excursions, Garden Planning, Land Use Luncheon on ‘City Parks’ and More

Active Neighboring News

January 4, 2012

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Happy 2012!  Our wish for you in the coming year is that you find enjoyment in living in the connected and friendly neighborhood that is the Eastside.  We look forward to seeing you at the Market, at Restoration Works and GardenHouse workshops and tours; and at World Day at Hunter Park on June 9, for which planning has already begun!  In the meantime, here is what’s happening in the very near future:

1.    New: January Land Use Luncheon features R. Kibbey on Parks, FRIDAY

2.    New:   Gardeners Roundtable begins this SUNDAY

3.    New:   Everyday Digital January Course Descriptions

4.                Prostate Cancer Forum at Sparrow on 1/12

5.                NECESSARY on 1/13-14

6.    New:   Planning Your Gardening Year on 1/21

7.    New:   Eco-Photo Excursions on 1/21

8.               Garden Leaders Training beginning in January

9.               Rebuilding Together Applications due 1/20

10.             Recycle Old Meds on 1/28

11.             Survey/Gardening Needs of People with Disabilities

12.             Bea Christy Dinner on Feb. 10-Save the Date!

Ongoing Offerings

13.  New:  Land Bank Home for sale on Lathrop Street

14.            Are You Aware that…..

15. Snow Angels

16. Free Intro to Computers at MI Works

17.             Asset Independence Coalition Offers Free Tax Prep

18.             Mid-Day Movies (Free)

19.   New: Quote of the Week

P.S. If one of your new year’s resolutions is to volunteer or to get involved in the community, please consider calling Kristina, ANC’s Volunteer Coordinator, at 999-3919.  She’ll tell you all about the opportunities with our youth programs,  in the GardenHouse, or greeting neighbors and answering the phone at the Center.  Thanks!

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