East Lansing seniors and special needs students create art

By Chloe Kiple
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING—Students squish red clay between their palms as they carefully mold small angel figurines. Smiling faces, laughter and conversation fill the room. On March 21, the joy was palpable in the art studio of the Prime Time senior center, making fertile grounds for creative expression during the intergenerational art program. 

The senior center pairs special needs students with seniors. Over six weeks, the duo works together to create art projects, like glass night-lights, masks and mosaic picture frames.  

“We have some really gifted artists among the seniors and the students,” said program planner Lisa Richey.

Crystal Award winner awaits successors

By Danielle Chesney
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING – Among members of the East Lansing community sat Joan Fairey with her friends and family, who traveled from everywhere from London to Los Angeles to attend the 2015 Crystal Awards and surprise Fairey with a much-deserved award. Unaware of her nomination and completely content to watch and enjoy the free food, Fairey said she was “gobsmacked” when the host announced her name as one of the four Crystal Award winners. The East Lansing Crystal Awards is an annual event hosted by the East Lansing City Council. According to the city of East Lansing website, recipients of the award can be groups, individuals, non-profits, businesses or professionals who contribute to community life in a remarkable way. East Lansing City Council member Susan Woods describes the typical Crystal Award recipient as “a citizen in East Lansing who has contributed greatly to the betterment and the fabric of East Lansing.”

Karen Arndorfer, a friend of Fairey’s, nominated Fairey for the Crystal Award because of her extensive contributions with multiple organizations including the East Lansing Food Co-op, Greater Lansing Food Bank, Sparrow Hospital and the East Lansing Public Library.