CTA Newsletter

April 2022



Hooked is a new bookstore that recently opened with a coffee shop and wine bar in the Red Cedar development on Michigan Avenue. They will feature community-building events such as book clubs, guided tastings, and meet-the-author talks. Hooked will be a hub in the Lansing area for enjoying the good life, learning, discovering new interests, and keeping up with current issues in a community conversation.

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The graduation ceremonies at Michigan State University will be back in person this year and take place at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, MSU Auditorium and Wharton Center for Performing Arts on the following dates.

May 6-8 - Baccalaureate and Advanced Degrees

May 5-6 - Medical Degrees

May 13 - Law Degrees

For all the details, visit MSU 2022 Spring Graduation Helpful Hints for Families.


The Greater Lansing region prides itself on being a welcoming community and it is our goal to provide the best experience to all guests that visit. In 2017 the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau began a collaboration with regional attractions to provide a supportive and welcoming environment for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental disabilities, sensory processing disorder, and other neuro-diverse individuals and their families. Multiple attractions have joined the partnership.

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The East Lansing Art Festival returns to the streets of downtown East Lansing May 21-22. The event features more than 180 juried artists from across North America, an Emerging Artist program featuring up-and-coming artists, free, live, eclectic music performances all weekend long, free arts activities and interactive performances for children & families and an international-style food court featuring global flavors from local vendors. The MSU Spring Arts and Crafts Show also returns the same weekend around the MSU Union. The events take place 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday.

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I-496 will be closed between Martin Luther King Jr Blvd (M-99) and the Grand River. Traffic will be detoured on St. Joseph Street (westbound) and Malcolm X Street (eastbound).

Additionally, Grand Avenue between Malcolm X Street and St. Joseph Street will be closed and detoured. I-496 will remain open between I-96 and M-99 and between the Grand River and US-127. All local access off of St. Joseph Street and Malcolm X Street will remain open. This configuration will remain in place until October 2022.

Complete access to the downtown Lansing area will be maintained throughout the duration of the project.

For project news and updates, subscribe to the I-496 Ingham County project e-mail list.


The March “What Am I?” picture was a picture of the Spare Time Entertainment Center. Congratulations to Audrey Putman (GLCVB Ambassador) and Kristi Schwartzly (City of Lansing) for the correct answer!

The second and fifth people to email Anne Lavender at will win a prize!


Red Cedar Spirits is one of the oldest distilleries in Michigan with its beginnings dating back to 1998. The skilled distillers create artisan spirits from scratch– grain and fruits– to the bottle in the distillery located in East Lansing

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Choose Lansing is proud to develop the CTA program, vowing to create positive experiences for every visitor that comes to the Capital City.

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