May 2018 Events

Women Behind the Mask

Wednesday, May 2nd; 5 pm

NorthWest Initiative 510 W. Ottawa 48933

This is a group that offers women of all ages tools and techniques to reduce the stress and pressures of everyday life. This group meets on Wednesday nights at 5 pm. Light dinner will be served at every meeting. Call Kendra at 517-999-2894 for more information or to register for the group. Light dinner will be served at every meeting.

Free Food Distribution – Produce

Thursday, May 3rd; 12 pm – 2 pm

NorthWest Initiative 510 W. Ottawa 48933

If you or someone you know are struggling to feed your family, NorthWest Initiative offers a free food distribution program on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 12noon-2pm (or until food runs out). We have a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy items, juices, other food items, and Panera Bread! Come early and learn about other community resources to help your family! We also offer free delicious taste samplings and recipes. Call Kevin at 517-999-2894 for more information

Financial Literacy Class

Monday, May 7th; 3 pm – 4 pm

NorthWest Initiative 510 W. Ottawa 48933

NorthWest Initiative has partnered with PNC Bank to bring you a free workshop on financial literacy. Join us to learn how to manage your money, develop a budget that works for you, learn about banking and credit, and how to read, understand, and improve your credit report. Contact Rosita at 517-999-2894 or rositak@nwlansing.org

Micro-Business Workshop

Wednesday, May 9th; 3 pm – 4 pm

NorthWest Initiative 510 W. Ottawa 48933

Have you ever dreamed about starting your own business? Do you have a hobby that could be expanded into a business? If you are interested in growing your  idea and learning how to make money selling your product, then enroll in our 2 Class Intense Micro-Business Workshop! Offered by Comerica Bank. Contact Rosita at 517-999-2894 or rositak@nwlansing.org

Women Behind the Mask

Wednesday, May 9th; 5 pm

NorthWest Initiative 510 W. Ottawa 48933

This is a group that offers women of all ages tools and techniques to reduce the stress and pressures of everyday life. This group meets on Wednesday nights at 5 pm. Light dinner will be served at every meeting. Call Kendra at 517-999-2894 for more information or to register for the group. Light dinner will be served at every meeting.

Free Food Distribution – Bread

Thursday, May 10th; 12 pm – 2pm

NorthWest Initiative 510 W. Ottawa 48933

Come and get free breads and sweets from Panera Bread!

Senior Discovery Hour

Thursday, May 24th; 11 am – 12 pm

NorthWest Initiative 510 W. Ottawa 48933

Come and join the fun as our senior Discovery Hour members learn about a variety of topics that are very important to senior citizens in our community. And, there’s always a free meal afterwards! Speakers from several agencies that support senior citizens. If you have a topic that you would like to learn more about or an activity that you would like to see offered, please call Renee at 517-999-2894.

NorthWest Initiative Board Meeting

Thursday, May 10th; 5:30 pm

NorthWest Initiative 510 W. Ottawa 48933

Financial Literacy Class

Monday, May 14th; 3 pm – 4 pm

NorthWest Initiative 510 W. Ottawa 48933

NorthWest Initiative has partnered with PNC Bank to bring you a free workshop on financial literacy. Join us to learn how to manage your money, develop a budget that works for you, learn about banking and credit, and how to read, understand, and improve your credit report. Contact Rosita at 517-999-2894 or rositak@nwlansing.org

Micro-Business Workshop

Wednesday, May 16th; 3 pm – 4 pm

NorthWest Initiative 510 W. Ottawa 48933

Have you ever dreamed about starting your own business? Do you have a hobby that could be expanded into a business? If you are interested in growing your  idea and learning how to make money selling your product, then enroll in our 2 Class Intense Micro-Business Workshop! Offered by Comerica Bank. Contact Rosita at 517-999-2894 or rositak@nwlansing.org

Women Behind the Mask

Wednesday, May 16th; 5 pm

NorthWest Initiative 510 W. Ottawa 48933

This is a group that offers women of all ages tools and techniques to reduce the stress and pressures of everyday life. This group meets on Wednesday nights at 5 pm. Light dinner will be served at every meeting. Call Kendra at 517-999-2894 for more information or to register for the group. Light dinner will be served at every meeting.

Free Food Distribution – Produce

Thursday, May 17th; 12 pm – 2 pm

NorthWest Initiative 510 W. Ottawa 48933

If you or someone you know are struggling to feed your family, NorthWest Initiative offers a free food distribution program on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 12noon-2pm (or until food runs out). We have a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy items, juices, other food items, and Panera Bread! Come early and learn about other community resources to help your family! We also offer free delicious taste samplings and recipes. Call Kevin at 517-999-2894 for more information.

Garden Tour Day Kick-Off

Thursday, May 17th; 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Riddle Elementary Garden

Join us at the Riddle Elementary garden for a celebration of the beginning of the garden season! We’ll be giving away seeds and will be doing some of the first planting of the year. Contact Stephanie at 517-999-2894 for more information.

Cooking Class – Healthy Desserts

Monday, May 21st; 5 pm – 7 pm

NorthWest Initiative 510 W. Ottawa 48933

Learn how to make delicious, better-for-you desserts in a fun group-cook setting! All are welcome to this FREE class! Contact Allie for details at 517-999-2894 or alexandriam@nwlansing.org

Women Behind the Mask

Wednesday, May 23rd; 5 pm

NorthWest Initiative 510 W. Ottawa 48933

This is a group that offers women of all ages tools and techniques to reduce the stress and pressures of everyday life. This group meets on Wednesday nights at 5 pm. Light dinner will be served at every meeting. Call Kendra at 517-999-2894 for more information or to register for the group. Light dinner will be served at every meeting.

Mario’s Story

Wednesday, May 23rd; 6:30 pm – 8 pm

First Presbyterian Church 510 W. Ottawa 48933

First Presbyterian Church and NorthWest Initiative’s ARRO Program are honored to invite Mario Bueno, author of Reformed; Memoir of a Juvenile Killer to share his story, enjoy a light meal and continue conversation about his new book. This event is free!

Free Food Distribution – Bread

Thursday, May 24th; 12 pm – 2pm

NorthWest Initiative 510 W. Ottawa 48933

Come and get free breads and sweets from Panera Bread!

Senior Discovery Hour

Thursday, May 24th; 11 am – 12 pm

NorthWest Initiative 510 W. Ottawa 48933

Come and join the fun as our senior Discovery Hour members learn about a variety of topics that are very important to senior citizens in our community. And, there’s always a free meal afterwards! Speakers from several agencies that support senior citizens. If you have a topic that you would like to learn more about or an activity that you would like to see offered, please call Renee at 517-999-2894.

Women Behind the Mask

Wednesday, May 30th; 5 pm

NorthWest Initiative 510 W. Ottawa 48933

This is a group that offers women of all ages tools and techniques to reduce the stress and pressures of everyday life. This group meets on Wednesday nights at 5 pm. Light dinner will be served at every meeting. Call Kendra at 517-999-2894 for more information or to register for the group. Light dinner will be served at every meeting.

Garden Tour Day

Thursday, May 31st; 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Riddle Elementary Garden

This event will include snacks, beverages, garden tours, free produce to take home, and opportunities to get your hands in the dirt and learn garden skills.

February 2018 Events

Genesee Neighborhood Meeting
Thursday, February 1; 7:00pm
Grace Lutheran Church

Genesee Neighborhood Meeting-First Thursday of every month at 7:00pm at Grace Lutheran Church. Contact Hazel Bethea at Bethealady0843@aol.com

 

Free Food Distribution
Friday, February 2; 12noon – 2 pm *PLEASE NOTE DAY CHANGE*
NorthWest Initiative– 510 W. Ottawa 48933
If you or someone you know are struggling to feed your family, NorthWest Initiative offers a free food distribution program on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 12noon-2pm (or until food runs out). We have a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy items, juices, other food items, and Panera Bread! Come early and learn about other community resources to help your family! We also offer free delicious taste samplings and recipes. Call Desirae at 517-999-2894 for more information

 

MSUFCU Financial Literacy Class
Monday, February 5; 2-3:30pm
NorthWest Initiative– 510 W. Ottawa, 48933
Give this as a gift to yourself! Join us for a 4-week series on learning how to manage your money and build credit! Taught by local professionals from MSUFCU, the classes are set for Mondays, January 8, 22, 29, & February 5 from 2-3:30pm at NorthWest Initiative. Class size limited to 8 people. There will also be a $25.00 gift card drawing for all who complete all 4 classes! For more information, call Rosita at 517-999-2894

 

Old Oakland Neighborhood Meeting
Monday, February 5; 6:00pm
Dunneback Park
Old Oakland Neighborhood Meeting-1st Monday of each month at 6:30pm at Dunneback Park; Contact Jess Averill-Hammond at oldoaklandlansing@gmail.com

 

Edmore Park Neighborhood Meeting
Tuesday, February 6;
Grand Café- Sir Pizza

Edmore Park Neighborhood Meeting-Contact DayleBenjamin@aol.com

 

Free Sewing Classes-“Designer Tote Bags”
Tuesday, February 6; 6-8:30pm
NorthWest Initiative– 510 W. Ottawa 48933
4 weeks series: learn how to make “Designer Tote Bags” using old jeans/clothes. No experience necessary. Contact Josephine for more information at: 517-627-5501 or powersjosephine@gmail.com

 

Women Behind the Mask
Wednesday, February 7; 5:00pm
Women Behind the Mask- a group that offers women of all ages tools and techniques to reduce the stress and pressures of everyday life. This group meets on Wednesday nights from 5pm. Call Kendra at 517-999-2894 for more information or to register for the group. Light Dinner will be served at every meeting

 

NorthWest Initiative Board Meeting
Thursday, February 8; 5:30pm
NorthWest Initiative-510 W. Ottawa 48933

See nwlansing.org for more information

 

Senior Discovery Hour
Thursday, February 8; 11am-1pm
NorthWest Initiative Conference Room-510 W. Ottawa 48933

Come and join the fun as our senior Discovery Hour members learn about a variety of topics that are very important to senior citizens in our community. And, there’s always a free meal afterwards! Speakers from several agencies that support senior citizens. If you have a topic that you would like to learn more about or an activity that you would like to see offered, please call Renee at 517-999-2894

 

2018 GardenHouse Workshops and Roundtables Series: Seed Starting and Transplanting

Saturday, February 10; 10am-12pm

Hunter Park Gardenhouse 1400 E. Kalamazoo St. 48912

Learn helpful tips and tricks to grow successful vegetable plants from seed as well as how to transplant your young seedlings. Workshop facilitated by Denae Friedheim of MSU Student Organic Farm. Go to hpgh-seedstarting.eventbrite.com to sign up.

 

Free Sewing Classes-“Designer Tote Bags”

Tuesday, February 13; 6-8:30pm

NorthWest Initiative– 510 W. Ottawa 48933
4 weeks series: learn how to make “Designer Tote Bags” using old jeans/clothes. No experience necessary. Contact Josephine for more information at: 517-627-5501 or powersjosephine@gmail.com

 

Women Behind the Mask

Wednesday, February 14; 5:00pm
Women Behind the Mask- a group that offers women of all ages tools and techniques to reduce the stress and pressures of everyday life. This group meets on Wednesday nights from 5pm. Call Kendra at 517-999-2894 for more information or to register for the group. Light Dinner will be served at every meeting

 

Free Food Distribution

Thursday, February 15; 12noon-2pm

NorthWest Initiative– 510 W. Ottawa 48933
If you or someone you know are struggling to feed your family, NorthWest Initiative offers a free food distribution program on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 12noon-2pm (or until food runs out). We have a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy items, juices, other food items, and Panera Bread! Come early and learn about other community resources to help your family! We also offer free delicious taste samplings and recipes. Call Desirae at 517-999-2894 for more information

 

Knollwood/Willow Neighborhood Meeting

Thursday, February 15; 5:30pm

Willow Elementary School Library

Knollwood/Willow Neighborhood Meeting-3rd Thursday of the month; 5:30pm at Willow Elementary School Library. Contact Walter Brown at knollwoodwillow@comcast.net

 

Walnut Neighborhood Meeting

Thursday, February 15; 7pm

Neighborhood Empowerment Center 600 W. Maple St. 48906

Walnut Neighborhood Meeting- 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm at Neighborhood Empowerment Center. Contact- Dale Schrader 517-749-7292

 

Mobile Food Pantry

Saturday, February 17; 9am-11am

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish – 955 Alton Rd, E Lansing 48823

Need emergency Food? The City of Lansing offers a monthly Mobile Food Pantry that is held on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am-11am or until food runs out. Bring identification and a box or bags to carry food.

 

Free Sewing Classes-“Designer Tote Bags”
Tuesday, February 20; 6-8:30pm
NorthWest Initiative– 510 W. Ottawa 48933
4 weeks series: learn how to make “Designer Tote Bags” using old jeans/clothes. No experience necessary. Contact Josephine for more information at: 517-627-5501 or powersjosephine@gmail.com

 

Women Behind the Mask

Wednesday, February 21; 5:00pm
Women Behind the Mask- a group that offers women of all ages tools and techniques to reduce the stress and pressures of everyday life. This group meets on Wednesday nights from 5pm. Call Kendra at 517-999-2894 for more information or to register for the group. Light Dinner will be served at every meeting

 

Senior Discovery Hour
Thursday, February 22; 11am-1pm
NorthWest Initiative Conference Room-510 W. Ottawa 48933

Come and join the fun as our senior Discovery Hour members learn about a variety of topics that are very important to senior citizens in our community. And, there’s always a free meal afterwards! Speakers from several agencies that support senior citizens. If you have a topic that you would like to learn more about or an activity that you would like to see offered, please call Renee at 517-999-2894

 

Westside Neighborhood Meeting

Thursday, February 22; 6pm

Letts Community Center

Westside Neighborhood Meeting-4th Thursday of the month at 6pm at Letts Community Center. Contact Emily DeRushia at board@wnalansing.com with questions.

 

Downtown Neighborhood Meeting

Thursday, February 22; 6-8pm

CADL-Downtown Lansing

Contact dnalansing@gmail.com with questions

 

Classic Casseroles

Monday, February 26; 5-7pm

NorthWest Initiative– 510 W. Ottawa 48933

Each class is held on the last Monday of the month from 5-7pm at NWI (lower level kitchen). Classes are open to anyone interested in learning how to cook! Each workshop is taught by a professional chef or seasoned cook! If you are interested in leading a class, call Alexandria at 517-999-2894 or email her at alexandriam@nwlansing.org

 

Free Sewing Classes-“Designer Tote Bags”
Tuesday, February 27; 6-8:30pm
NorthWest Initiative– 510 W. Ottawa 48933
4 weeks series: learn how to make “Designer Tote Bags” using old jeans/clothes. No experience necessary. Contact Josephine for more information at: 517-627-5501 or powersjosephine@gmail.com

 

Women Behind the Mask

Wednesday, February 28; 5:00pm
Women Behind the Mask- a group that offers women of all ages tools and techniques to reduce the stress and pressures of everyday life. This group meets on Wednesday nights from 5pm. Call Kendra at 517-999-2894 for more information or to register for the group. Light Dinner will be served at every meeting

 

 

November Events

Weekend Survival Kit
Thursday, November 1; 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Hill Vocational Center – 5815 Wise Rd, 48911
Weekend Survival Kits are made in partnership with NWI, Greater Lansing Food Bank, and the Lansing School District to provide child friendly kits that contain food and other goodies to use/cook on the weekend for students in 8 Lansing Schools. For more information, call 517-999-2894 and ask for Allie or email her.

Produce Distribution
Thursday, November 2; 12:00 – 2:00 pm
NorthWest Initiative Parking Lot – 510 W. Ottawa, 48933
NWI’s bimonthly produce distribution happens on the first and third Thursdays of the month. Numbers are handed out starting at 10 am, and distribution begins at 12 pm. There are no zip code restrictions and all are welcome. We give out fresh and gleaned produce, dairy, and bread. Samplings are also included. For more information, call 517-999-2894.

Senior Discovery Hour
Thursday, November 9; 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
NorthWest Initiative Conference Room – 510 W. Ottawa, 48933
Senior Discovery Hour is a program for Senior Citizens who want to learn about relevant and interesting topics. The program sessions run every 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, and include a meal, guest speakers, and good company! For more information, call 517-999-2894 and ask for Renee or email her.

Bread Distribution
Thursday, November 9; 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Litten Hall at NorthWest Initiative – 510 W. Ottawa, Lansing
NWI’s bimonthly bread distribution happens on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Numbers are not handed out for bread distribution. Distribution begins at 12pm. There are no zip code restrictions and all are welcome. For more information, call 517-999-2894.

Weekend Survival Kit
Wednesday, November 15; 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Hill Vocational Center – 5815 Wise Rd, 48911
Weekend Survival Kits are made in partnership with NWI, Greater Lansing Food Bank, and the Lansing School District to provide child friendly kits that contain food and other goodies to use/cook on the weekend for students and families in 8 Lansing Schools. For more information, call 517-999-2894 and ask for Allie or email her.

Produce Distribution
Thursday, November 16; 12:00 – 2:00 pm
NorthWest Initiative Parking Lot – 510 W. Ottawa 48933
NWI’s bimonthly produce distribution happens on the first and third Thursdays of the month. Numbers begin being handed out at 10 am, and distribution begins at 12 pm. There are no zip code restrictions and all are welcome.  We give out fresh and gleaned produce, dairy, and bread. Samplings are also included. For more information, call 517-999-2894.

Bread Distribution
Thursday, November 30; 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Litten Hall at NorthWest Initiative – 510 W. Ottawa, Lansing
NWI’s bimonthly bread distribution happens on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Numbers are not handed out for bread distribution. Distribution begins at 12pm. There are no zip code restrictions and all are welcome. For more information, call 517-999-2894.

Through community engagement and mobilization, NorthWest Initiative  advances the development of healthy, vibrant communities by building capacity to identify needs and formulate strategies to create change. NorthWest Initiative is a licensed 501C3.