Capital IT Council sets membership meet: The Capital Area IT Council will host its next membership meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 11:30 am. to 1 p.m. at Lansing Community College’s West Campus Michigan Technical Education Center, 5708 Cornerstone Drive in Lansing. The January meeting will feature a panel discussion on “emerging technologies.” Join us for an informative and interactive discussion about Windows 8, desktop video conferencing, introduction of IPV6 to replace IPV4, digital presence, and other emerging technologies that our panel of subject area experts suggests every organization should be thinking about/preparing for. To RSVP please contact Chris Knapp at: 517-492-5592 or

AimWest Asks: Are You Raising an Entrepreneur?: From big ventures to small, business leaders once wore diapers just like everyone else. Becoming a community leader starts at birth and develops over time with influences from family and community. Join aimWest Jan. 25 for an evening of discussion with Fred and Christina Keller, the father-daughter team leading the success of Cascade Engineering. The event begins with networking at 5:30 p.m., and the program begins at 6:15, at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids. The event is free to aimWest members and $20 for others. Fred Keller founded Cascade Engineering in 1973 and raised three daughters along the way. Christina, the youngest of the daughters and a new mother, leads a business unit within the company. The Keller family has instilled a focus on values, leadership and community. Come learn and discuss how they have shaped their unique outlook on business and how family culture supports  entrepreneurial drive. More at

Henry Ford Community College Hosts Winter Star Talk: The Henry Ford Community College Hammond Planetarium will present a Winter Star Talk titled “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.” This program takes place in the HFCC Hammond Planetarium, located in Room S-126 of the Science Building every Tuesday on the following dates: Jan. 10, Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 21, and Feb. 28. Dave Van Dorp, an instructor in HFCC’s Fine Arts Division who is often referred to as the “Voice of Dearborn,” will serve as narrator. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. and close promptly at 7:30 p.m. when the program begins. For safety reasons, latecomers cannot be admitted once the doors close. No reservations are necessary and seating is available on a first come/first serve basis. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Steven Murrell at (313) 317-1536. More at

OakGreen Energy Efficiency Workshops Scheduled in Oak Park: Residents and businesses can learn how to be more energy efficient in workshops being offered through Oakland County. OakGreen, in partnership with the WARM Training Center, will offer free workshops for residents on Feb. 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and for businesses on Feb. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 the Oak Park Community Center, 14300 Oak Park Blvd., Oak Park. Those interested should pre-register at (248) 691-7555. Residents can learn how to save energy, about inexpensive materials that lower utility bills, how to shop for energy efficient appliances and more. Businesses can learn the essentials of making their business more energy efficient including best practices, financing options and how to prioritize the best steps to take.