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Dialog E-Newsletter 4/22/22

** Thanks for Staying Connected!
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Thanks for checking out the City of East Lansing's latest Dialog E-Newsletter. Help spread the word! Friends and neighbors can get bi-weekly City news and event information in their inbox every other Friday by subscribing at www.cityofeastlansing.com/eNews.


** 59th Annual East Lansing Art Festival to Take Place May 21-22 in Downtown East Lansing
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The 59th Annual East Lansing Art Festival (ELAF) will bring 174 artists and thousands of visitors to downtown East Lansing on the weekend of May 21-22, 2022. The festival will take place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 22.

The event will take place on M.A.C. Avenue, from Grand River Avenue to Albert Avenue, and Albert Avenue, from the entrance/exit to the Albert Avenue Garage (the garage will remain accessible to eastbound Albert Avenue traffic) to Bailey Street. The festival site will also include Ann Street Plaza, Fountain Square and the Albert EL Fresco pedestrian space (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1654) . View the Festival Site Plan (PDF) (http://www.elartfest.com/site-plan) .

Art
Juried fine art and craft exhibitors from across the United States will make their way to East Lansing to showcase and sell various types of artwork during the festival. Visitors will find a variety of art mediums at the festival, including everything from non-functional and functional ceramics to paintings, mixed media, fiber art, digital art, wood, metal, photography, glass, jewelry, printmaking, photography, sculpture and metal art. A list of exhibiting artists can be viewed at http://www.elartfest.com/artists.

Music & Performances
In addition to the art, the Jackson® Main Stage will feature live music and performances in Ann Street Plaza (corner of Albert and M.A.C. avenues) throughout the weekend. Saturday performances will include Eugene Clark, the Greater Lansing Academy of Dance, Amy Petty, Ammy Amorette and the Eagle Spirit Dancers. Sunday performances will include Flames N Dames, Cross-Eyed Strangers, C-Mighty-Risky Music Group, Joe Reilly and the Community Gardeners with the All Nations Dancers and Angela Davis. Visit http://www.elartfest.com/schedules to view the ELAF live music and performance schedule.

Artist Demonstration Area
The Artist Demonstration Area will also be returning to this year’s festival and will be located outside of the East Lansing Marriott in Fountain Square (corner of Albert and M.A.C. avenues). Festival goers are encouraged to stop by for several hands-on arts activities offered by GL Reality Labs, Community Dark Room, the East Lansing High School Art Department, the East Lansing Public Library, the Greater Lansing Pottery Guild and the East Lansing Ceramics Group. The Artist Demonstration Area schedule can be viewed at http://www.elartfest.com/schedules.

NEW – Floral Installation by Sparrow Bloom Co.
New this year, there will be a larger-than-life floral installation by Sparrow Bloom Co. located near the intersection of Albert Avenue and Division Street. Festival goers are encouraged to take selfies with the installation!

Festival Food
For those who work up an appetite, there will be a variety of unique onsite food vendors in the Bailey Street Parking Lot, 139 Bailey St. The 2022 ELAF food vendors include Genovese Concessions, Fire & Rice, The Smoke ‘N Pig BBQ, Melting Moments, Tantay: Peruvian Cuisine, Frick’n Good Cookies, Melted Cheese Grill, The Nut House and Picnic Food Truck. Community members can also find plenty of great dining options at the local businesses in downtown East Lansing.

Get Involved
The ELAF is a free-to-the-public event that relies on the support of local sponsors and community donations. Community members can donate online at http://www.elartfest.com/sponsorsnew. Community volunteers are also vital to the success of the festival each year. Community members interested in volunteering at the 59th Annual ELAF can sign up at http://www.elartfest.com/volunteersnew.

Visit www.elartfest.com (http://www.elartfest.com/) for additional information about the festival. Information on festival street closures and how to get to the festival will be provided in a press release closer to the date of the event.

The 59th Annual East Lansing Art Festival is supported by grants from the East Lansing Arts Commission and the Michigan Arts and Cultural Council. The ELAF’s Pinnacle Sponsor is Jackson®. The ELAF’s Premier Sponsor is Desk Drawer Fund – A Foundation Supporting the MSUFCU and OU Credit Union Communities.
A photo of the Income Tax sign outside of the Income Tax office at East Lansing City Hall is pictured. The office is located in room 204 on the second floor of City Hall.


** Deadline for Filing 2021 City of East Lansing Income Tax Returns is May 2, 2022
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The deadline for filing 2021 City of East Lansing income tax returns is May 2, 2022. This deadline applies to all residents and non-resident individuals along with any calendar year businesses. All businesses operating within the City of East Lansing are required to file an income tax return in addition to withholding income taxes from their employees working within the City of East Lansing.

If a return is prepared by an income tax professional, their software may be able to e-file on their client’s behalf. All other taxpayers, including the users of at-home tax preparation software, are not able to e-file their 2021 East Lansing returns. These forms must be printed and mailed to:

East Lansing Income Tax Department
P.O. Box 526
Eaton Rapids, MI 48827

Returns may also be placed in the blue Treasurer’s Office drop box located in the north parking lot at East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbot Road.

For those who need additional time to complete their return, an extension can be filed, which will extend the due date for filing returns to October 31, 2022. An EL-7004 “Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File Certain Returns” form must be submitted to extend the period to file. This extension only extends the time to file the return, not to pay the amount due. If it is anticipated that a payment will be owed on the return, the amount due must be estimated and payment must be submitted along with the extension form by May 2, 2022. Failure to do so will result in a late fee. This form is available at www.cityofeastlansing.com/incometax under the notation “2021 EL-7004 Extension to File – For all Types of Filers” on the forms section of the webpage.

Please contact East Lansing Income Tax Administrator Jill Rhode at (517) 319-6862 or incometax@cityofeastlansing.com (mailto:incometax@cityofeastlansing.com) with questions.
Photos of the mental health awareness murals in downtown East Lansing are pictured, including a photo of the artist, Mila Theroux. The mural that describes the project's purpose reads: “Mental health crises don’t only happen to ‘those people’. Can you tell by looking at them which has schizophrenia, the survivor of incest, who is no longer walking the Earth with us, or which one suffered from a freak medical crisis and is now disabled? These people have all struggled with their [mental] health, just like a family member, a friend, or maybe you or I. We don’t have to cope alone when it gets to be too much. RELEASE THE STIGMA ACKNOWLEDGE IT. TREAT IT. BEAT IT. Veterans Crisis Line: 800.273.8255 (press 2) National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800.273.8255 The Listening Ear Crisis Center: 517.337.1717 www.thefirecrackerfoundation.org | www.elesplace.org | www.okaytosay.org Brought to you by ASMSU’s Mental Health Awareness Initiative #releasethestigma #staywithus”


** Mental Health Awareness Murals Installed in Downtown East Lansing
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A series of mental health awareness murals were installed two weeks ago in downtown East Lansing, brought to the community by the Associated Students of Michigan State University’s (ASMSU) Mental Health Awareness Initiative.

Several years ago, ASMSU commissioned local artist Mila Theroux (pictured) to create a series of murals that bring awareness to mental health issues. There are seven murals in all, with six showcasing community members who suffered from mental health crisis and the seventh one serving to describe the project’s purpose and provide resources to those struggling. ASMSU had originally intended for these murals to be installed in downtown East Lansing; however, after they were completed in 2018, development projects in the downtown along with the COVID-19 pandemic caused the project to be delayed. More recently, ASMSU leadership and City of East Lansing staff partnered to successfully revitalize the initiative and install the murals on the south-facing wall of the Division Street Garage, across the alleyway from Starbucks.

“We were pleased to work with the leadership at ASMSU to install this important mural series in downtown East Lansing for public viewing,” said East Lansing Community Development Specialist Matt Apostle. “This project not only works to release the stigma surrounding mental health, but works to let community members who may be struggling know that they do not have to cope alone and that resources are available to them. With Mental Health Awareness Month coming up this May, this latest public art installation in downtown East Lansing is especially timely.”

“Mental health awareness is one of ASMSU's biggest priorities as an organization, so when this proposal came to our General Assembly, it made sense to fund it,” said ASMSU Public Relations Manager Caitlin Finerty. “We can't wait for the entire student population and East Lansing community to enjoy these murals.”
A roll of "I Voted" stickers is pictured on a bright blue counter.


** May 3, 2022 Special School Election for Lansing School District Voters
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Community members are reminded that the Lansing Board of Education has called a Special Election on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Three precincts within the City of East Lansing fall partially within the Lansing School District: Precincts 1, 5 and 17.

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope has offered to process the absentee ballots requested by those East Lansing voters and will host in-person Election Day voters at their polling locations:
* Precinct 1: Foster Community Center, 200 N. Foster Ave., Lansing
* Precinct 5: Post Oak School, 2320 Post Oak Lane, Lansing
* Precinct 17: Post Oak School, 2320 Post Oak Lane, Lansing

The East Lansing City Clerk's office has contacted the affected voters via mail to inform them of their polling location change for this Special Election.

East Lansing voters who reside in the Lansing School District and plan to vote with an absentee ballot are encouraged to submit their absentee ballot application as soon as possible online, by mail or by visiting the East Lansing City Clerk's office, 410 Abbot Road. If visiting the office in person, voters can receive and submit their absentee ballot in the same trip. In addition to regular office hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.), the East Lansing City Clerk's office will be open on Saturday, April 30 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. to register voters and issue/receive absentee ballots for this Special Election.

Polling locations (listed above) will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Election Day and same-day, in-person voter registration will be offered at the East Lansing City Clerk's office for East Lansing residents that reside in the Lansing School District. Election Day registrants may obtain and vote an absentee ballot in person at the City Clerk's office or vote in person at their polling location (listed above).

Community members can visit the East Lansing City Clerk's May 3, 2022 Special Election webpage (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/2245/May-3-2022---Special-School-Election---L) for additional information. Community members with questions can contact the East Lansing City Clerk's office at (517) 319-6914.
A flyer with that says "East Lansing K-12 Downtown Art Show. For the second year in a row, students from East Lansing Public Schools (East Lansing High School, Macdonald Middle School, the following elementary schools: Green, Donley, Red Cedar, Marble, Whitehills, Glencairn), Saint Thomas Aquinas (K-8) and Stepping Stones Montessori (K-6) have joined together to create a community exhibition for your enjoyment. Students, teachers and parents/guardians are grateful to the generous business leaders who have opened their doors as venues! As you enjoy this show, please consider supporting our local businesses! Artwork will be displayed in businesses from April 23-June 4. This show, in collaboration with the Downtown Development Authority, is sponsored by the Parent Councils of East Lansing Public Schools, Stepping Stones Montessori and a private donor from St. Thomas Aquinas.


** K-12 Art Show to be Featured in Downtown East Lansing Businesses from April 23-June 4
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Students and teachers from area East Lansing Schools, in partnership with the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA), are bringing a K-12 Art Show to participating downtown East Lansing businesses beginning Saturday, April 23.

The art show will feature approximately 350 pieces by students from East Lansing High School, MacDonald Middle School, Robert L. Green Elementary School, Donley Elementary School, Red Cedar Elementary School, Marble Elementary School, Glencairn Elementary School, Whitehills Elementary School, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School and Stepping Stones Montessori.

“The DDA is giving students a chance to feel seen and heard in their community and there is no greater gift to a young artist than that,” said East Lansing High School Art Teacher Jacqueline Carroll. “We art teachers are so grateful!”

The artwork will be displayed from April 23-June 4 at 21 participating businesses. A list of participating businesses is available online at https://cityofeastlansing.com/2281/K-12-Downtown-Art-Show.

Community members are encouraged to visit downtown East Lansing to check out the artwork and consider shopping local at host businesses.

The K-12 Art Show was made possible by the DDA, Parent Councils of East Lansing Public Schools, Stepping Stones Montessori and a private donor from St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School.
A row of houses in an East Lansing neighborhood are pictured.


** East Lansing Housing Division Provides Spring Tips for Property Owners
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With the arrival of spring, the East Lansing Housing Division encourages community members to complete an exterior inspection of their property and take necessary steps to keep their property maintained and/or up to code:
* Repair damaged fences and accessory buildings.
* If planning to install a firepit, be sure to first obtain a burn permit through the East Lansing Fire Department (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/236/Tent-Outdoor-Fire-Permits) .
* Remove any downed limbs and debris.
* Trim overgrown bushes and organic material growing next to the foundation. Trim dead limbs off trees.
* Observe the roof, gutters, downspouts and downspout extensions for damage that may need to be repaired.
* Look for heaving driveway sections that are now a tripping hazard and may need to be repaired.
* Be sure to remove indoor furniture from exteriors and porches. The Salvation Army, Volunteers of America and Goodwill accepts most household furniture that is in good condition. Otherwise, community members can take advantage of the City of East Lansing'sBulk Item Collection Program (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/282/Bulk-Item-Collection) to dispose of items curbside. Bulk Item Collection stickers can be purchased online or in person from East Lansing City Hall, the East Lansing Department of Public Works or the East Lansing Hannah Center. After obtaining a sticker, community members will need to schedule a collection online or by calling DPW.

East Lansing firefighters are pictured participating in the rope rescue class.
Two weeks ago, the East Lansing Fire Department held an annual refresher class in rope rescue techniques at the T.B. Simon Power Plant on the MSU campus. The training helps ELFD's firefighter/paramedics to remain proficient at utilizing ropes and hardware to perform rescues on high buildings or other spaces that are otherwise inaccessible by ladders or other tools. Special thanks to staff at the T.B. Simon Power Plant for providing ELFD with use of the facilities for this important training.


** Spring Yard Waste Collection
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Community members are reminded that spring yard waste collection is in full swing in the City of East Lansing. Yard waste collection guidelines and dates (including regular and no-fee collection dates) can be found on the City of East Lansing's Yard Waste Collection webpage. (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/2245/May-3-2022---Special-School-Election---L)
A basket filled with gardening and cooking books as well as cooking supplies is pictured.


** Books, Baskets & Bids Online Auction
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The East Lansing Public Library's Books, Baskets & Bids online auction is currently underway! Community members can bid on a variety of baskets and items at www.32auctions.com/elpl through noon on Monday, April 25. Learn more about this special library fundraiser here (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1655) .

A general map with the following text is pictured: Where Do You... Live, Walk, Create, Work.


** MSU Seeks Community Input for Facilities and Land Use Plan
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How do you use Michigan State University's campus? The university is revising its facilities and land use plan, the roadmap for any future demolition, construction or alterations to campus, and wants input from East Lansing residents. Residents can use this interactive map (https://comap.sasaki.com/msu) to share their feedback by May 6, 2022.
https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/jobs
A "We're Hiring!" graphic is pictured with the City of East Lansing seal.
The City of East Lansing currently has the following full-time, part-time and seasonal employment openings and internship opportunities:
* Code Compliance Officer - Planning, Building & Development
* Deputy Court Clerk - 54B District Court
* Engineering Technician II
* Human Resources Administrator
* Journeyman Electrician - Water Resource Recovery Facility
* Police Officer
* Police Social Worker
* Public Service Employee - Public Works
* Before and After School Child Care Aide
* Customer Service Assistant - East Lansing Public Library
* Customer Service Associate - East Lansing Hannah Community Center
* Fitness Instructor - Parks, Recreation & Arts
* Parking Ambassadors
* Parking Maintenance Assistant
* Police Cadet
* School Age Site Leader
* Assessing Intern
* Adult School Crossing Guard
* Before & After School Child Care Aide
* Community Events/Farmers Market Lead Intern
* Farmers Market Intern
* Customer Service Assistants - East Lansing Family Aquatic Center
* Lifeguards - East Lansing Family Aquatic Center
* Slide Operators - East Lansing Family Aquatic Center
* Placemaking & Albert EL Fresco Internship - Planning, Building & Development
* Temporary Summer Positions - Public Works

View the job/internship descriptions and apply at www.cityofeastlansing.com/jobs (https://cityofeastlansing.com/jobs.aspx) .

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