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Things to do in Lansing this week – September 25 edition

LANSING, Ill. (September 24, 2023) – The items listed below are public events compiled from a variety of community sources. They represent a diversity of ways to be involved this week.


Monday, September 25

Calumet Beginnings — Lansing Historical Society

Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Lansing Public Library, Stage, 2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing

“Author Kenneth Schoon discusses his book, Calumet Beginnings: Ancient Shorelines and Settlements at the South End of Lake Michigan.”


Tuesday, September 26

District 215 Board meeting

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: 1601 Wentworth Avenue, Calumet City4

See the agenda here.

Thornton Township Board Meeting

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: 333 E. 162nd Street
South Holland

As of this writing, an agenda for this meeting was not available online on Thornton Township’s website.

Bloom Township Board Meeting

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: 425 South Halsted, Chicago Heights

See the agenda here.

Junior Gardeners

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Lansing Public Library, courtyard
2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing

Kids in grades K-5 are invited to learn garden facts and will get to grow their own library garden. Register here.


Wednesday, September 27

Pop-up Pantry

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Location: Mt. Zion UFL Center, 2340 177th Street, Lansing (708-394-3555)

Mt. Zion UFL Center partners with Illinois Partners In Hope to distribute a variety of donated food once or twice a week. These pop-up pantries are open to anyone, and no ID is required.

Crochet & Knitting Group

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Location: Lansing Public Library, Brick Room
2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing

Bring your own supplies and learn some techniques. This is not a library-sponsored group, but it meets in the library’s Brick Room.

DIY Wreck this Journal

Time: 4 – 5 p.m.

Location: Lansing Public Library, Teen Island
2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing

The description for this event — which is for students in grades 6–12 — is “Here’s your chance to wreck your journal! Your journal, your ideas, your design. Each page is entirely different. Sew this page. Drip tea on this page. Make a coloring sheet on this page. By the time you finish all the pages, your notebook will look nothing like when you first got it. What will your journal look like?”


Thursday, September 28

Library on the Go

Time: 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Weather permitting, the library’s book bike will be riding around the community, giving families easy access to books and services.

  • 4:30–5 p.m. – Lan-Oak Park
    18000 Arcadia Avenue, Lansing
  • 5–5:30 p.m. – Kdulche Cafe
    3521 Ridge Road, Lansing
  • 5:30–6 p.m. – Lansing Crossing Apartments
    3249 187th Street, Lansing

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Location: Heritage Middle School, 19250 Burnham Avenue, Lansing

The public is to experience “an evening of crafts, games, raffles, demonstrations, and more!” Food will be available for purchase.

Trivia at Kasey’s

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Kasey’s Banquet Hall and Lounge, 17800 Lorenz Avenue, Lansing

Trivia with Nick At Night Entertainment happens every week on Thursdays. The restaurant opens at 5 p.m. Nick will start the show around 7 p.m.


Friday, September 29

Kasey’s Karaoke

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Kasey’s Banquet Hall and Lounge, 17800 Lorenz Avenue, Lansing

Karaoke with Joe Sibley takes place every week on Fridays at Kasey’s Banquet Hall.

Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Location: TF South High School, 18600 Burnham Avenue, Lansing

Live music from Tamborazo Chanillos will provide the soundtrack for this free event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Food will be sold at the event, which will include lotería, piñatas, crafts, and games for all ages.

Autumn Fest at Fox Pointe

Time: 4 – 10:30 p.m.

Location: Fox Pointe, 18138 Henry Street, Lansing

An annual celebration of fall in Lansing, Autumn Fest is organized by the Lansing Association for Community Events (LACE). It is a free family event with music, food, vendors and lots of fun activities for all ages. Autumn Fest is a two-day event: Friday from 4 to 10:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.


Saturday, September 30

Copper Muggers’ Breakfast

Time: 8 – 11 a.m.

Location: American Legion Post 697, 18255 Grant Street, Lansing

The annual Copper Muggers’ Breakfast gives local residents a chance to enjoy a good breakfast before Autumn Fest begins for the day. The breakfast is $6, and veterans and first responders eat free.

Autumn Fest at Fox Pointe

Time: 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Location: Fox Pointe, 18138 Henry Street, Lansing

An annual celebration of fall in Lansing, Autumn Fest is organized by the Lansing Association for Community Events (LACE). It is a free family event with music, food, vendors and lots of fun activities for all ages. Autumn Fest is a two-day event: Friday from 4 to 10:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Classic at Kasey’s

Time: 7 – 10 p.m.

Location: Kasey’s Banquet Hall and Lounge, 17800 Lorenz Avenue, Lansing

Gates open at 5 p.m. for Classic, who will take the stage at 7. Food and drink will be available for purchase, and lawn chairs are encouraged.



If your business, school, church, or organization is having a community event that you’d like to include in our “Things to do this week,” feel free to email the information to The Lansing Journal: [email protected].

Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.

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