March Events for #lovelansing – Chavez Celebrations and More!

Events of special interest to #lansinglatinos

March is always a packed month in Lansing!

Following is an attempt at a comprehensive list of events celebrating the legacy of César E. Chávez, along with events that are of particular note or interest to the Hispanic/Latino community. These are events that are known to be open to the interested public.

This list was compiled from emails, websites, Facebook events and more, and is made with particular thanks to the MSU Office of Inclusion, the Cafecito Caliente Blog, the Julian Samora Research Institute, the Lansing for César E. Chávez committee, Cristo Rey Catholic Church, Michigan United and ACTION of Greater Lansing. In addition, it is thanks to the notes/emails of Dr. MJ Garcia, Dr. Nino Rodriguez and Andrea Rodriguez.

Corrections to or in the comments, please!

Friday, 3/14

Chávez Day Community Celebration


LCC, Dart Auditorium

Contact/Register: or Felipe Lopez,


Chávez Community Leadership Luncheon


MSU, Kellogg Center

Contact/Register: or call Ignacio Andrade 517-353-3129


Chávez Student Leadership Conference


MSU, Kellogg Center

Contact/Register: or call Ignacio Andrade 517-353-3129


Working meeting to bring “César Chávez” movie to Lansing

Private working group/details forthcoming


Saturday, 3/15

Engaging in the Community for Reform


Cristo Rey Church


Aida, 517-348-6263 or Andrea, 517-488-9348


Friday, 3/21

MI Latino/a Statewide Summit “Improving Health and Healthcare for MI Latinos”


MSU, Kellogg Center


Info: Anita Garza 517-432‑1317


Saturday, 3/22

Día de la Mujer (Women’s Day) Conference


MSU, Kellogg Center

Contact/Register: or call Maria Serrato 517-353-7745


3/24-3/28 (week of)

Chávez Collection Exhibit

Library Hours

MSU, Library

Contact: Diana Rivera at


Wednesday, 3/26

Lansing Bus Tour Stop, Fast For Families Across America Call for Immigration Reform

Time and Location TBD



Chávez Blood Drive Challenge


MSU, Union


or Elias Lopez-


Friday, 3/28

City of Lansing Chávez Memorial Observance


City Hall, City Council Chambers,

Contact: Guillermo Lopez,,



“César Chávez” (movie) release date

Nearest showing to Lansing (at print): Celebration Cinema RiverTown, including $20 “special premiere event.”



Latin Explosionar “Celebration of Culture and Dance”


The Firm (nightclub), Lansing Downtown

Info: 810-223-2120


Saturday, 3/29

Lansing for César E. Chávez Dinner & Dance


UAW #652, 426 Clare St.

Info: Corina Salinaz and

Tickets: Santos Gutierrez, 517-483-9962, Miguel Sauceda, 517-528-7106, or Diane Hernandez Wojda, 517-896-5398


Sunday, 3/30

Chávez Peace Rally for Human Dignity and Immigrant Rights


Lansing, MI Capitol Building, Downtown

Info: Aida Cuadrado, 517-348-6263

and Lorenzo Lopez, 517-894-3416


Monday, 3/31

Chávez Blood Drive (sponsored by the San Juan

Diego Knights of Columbus Council #15417)


Cristo Rey Church.

Appointments: Rudy Reyes 517-420-1064 (walk ins ok as time permits)

Info: Keyword Cristo Rey


Official Chávez Day, Holiday or Observance (varies by state)



4/7 Tech en La Casa Graduation (CRCC/MSU)

4/9-4/19 MSU’s “Latin Is America” Festival

4/17 ALSAME Youth Conference

4/18 Stations of the Cross Reenactment Cristo Rey Church, Downtown to CRCC

5/4 Lugnuts Latino Night with Cafecito Caliente

5/23-25 Cristo Rey Fiesta 2014