Register now for sand volleyball

Registration is open for women’s sand volleyball. Teams must register and pay online prior to April 30 to receive the discounted rate. Player registration will be in May.

Alert: All programs are currently suspended for two weeks: Apr 10 – Apr 25

The City of St. Johns volleyball leagues will begin the week of June 7, 2021. All games will be played at the Main City Park sand volleyball court on Wednesday nights.

The City of St. Johns Women’s Sand Volleyball league on Wednesday evenings will play matches at 6:10, 7:00, 7:50 and 8:40 p.m.

Women’s League: Min. 4 teams per division Max. 8 total teams between the two divisions

CoEd League: Min. 4 teams Max. 8 teams (not for Summer 2021)

Save! Early Team Registration: April 2-April 30 $110. After April 30, Team Registration: $125
Team registration closes May 13.

Save! Player Registration: May 17-May 23 $10 City Resident; $20 Non-City Resident. After May 23, Player Registration: $15 City Resident; $25 Non-City Resident. Player registration closes May 28. Add-a-player until June 18 for an additional $15 fee.

Players for the 2021 season must be ages 20 and older due to Covid sports testing requirements from the MDHHS. Masks and distancing will be required, spectators will be limited. All program details are subject to change based on local and state guidelines.

Managers will have guidelines and league rules available for your reference. Please contact your manager with questions.

How to Register:

Managers: create a household account if you don’t have one, then register your team online. Be sure to register yourself as a player in the player registration window afterwards. Teams have to be registered before any players register so that rosters can be generated by the registration system.

If you have a sponsorship check for your team, click Print a Registration Form at checkout and bring that with your check to the City Offices, or put in the drop box in the parking lot, by the deadline. If you are paying online, select that option. (If your sponsor paid for the player fees as well, please contact Marie Heard for special instructions to give your players)

Players: once the player registration window opens, create a personal household account if you don’t have one, then register only yourself online.

If you have a sponsor who paid for your team’s player fees, please contact Marie Heard at the Recreation Department for special instructions after you have created your account but before you register as a player.

Check your spam/junk mail folder for our emails and add our email address to your contacts so you don’t miss any important details!

Substitute Player UPDATE: Deadline June 11
Fee: $0.00
Substitute players will register in the Sand Volleyball Women’s Leagues for no charge.

Subs for the 2021 sand volleyball leagues will be permitted only from the registration roster, and subs may play up to 3 matches per team, per league. You may be asked to play for multiple teams during the league, with the possibility of playing every week if desired. If your team wants a particular player to sub consistently, you will instead need to have that player register for your team and pay the full player fee. Managers will receive the sub player roster and contact sheet with the manager packet via email prior to the first game in January. IMPORTANT: Subs will need to check in on the written roster with the Rec Staff on site before taking the court to be allowed to play.
*Registered players cannot cancel and re-register as a substitute.

A person must be listed on the roster in order to play on the team. Any team playing a person not on the roster may be dropped from the league.

You must have a minimum of three (3) players present to play the scheduled league game. Less than three (3) will result in a forfeit. You will have a five-minute grace period to get enough players present before you forfeit the first game, 10 minutes before forfeit of the second game, and 15 minutes before you forfeit all three.
This is an adult league. No more than two (2) persons under eighteen (18) years of age can participate on any one (1) team, and no one under the age of sixteen (16) may be on the roster or participate in the adult volleyball league.

There will be a scorekeeper to help with the score and any disputed calls. The City will provide beach volleyball, net, and lines.

RAIN: All volleyball games will be played in the rain. An attempt will be made to make up all games cancelled due to weather. Rescheduled games may be played on a night other than the scheduled league night. Check with the on-site adult recreation staff person before calling a game after you have started it. (Scorekeeper does not make this decision.)

Each team manager will be responsible for their team knowing the league rules and schedule.

If you have any questions concerning the league, please contact The Recreation Department at 224-8944 ext. 227 or email The most up-to-date information regarding the league; standings, schedules, etc. will be posted at St. Johns Recreation on Facebook and on the website

Free meals starting up April 20

His Cup Runneth Over, a free meal ministry, will be doing free meals every Tuesday starting Tuesday, April 20.

Free meals will be given out from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 100 Maple Ave., St. Johns. They will be located in the back southwest corner of the parking lot.

Everyone is welcome to come, and it is free for all who come. For those unable to pick up lunch, please call to arrange for delivery by Monday, April 19th.

If you would like to get involved in volunteering or need a delivery call or text 517-388-2005 or 989-544-5764.

LAFCU reading event celebrates butterflies, bees April 28

LAFCU’s April reading event for kids celebrates two of spring’s winged wonders: butterflies and bees.

In partnership with East Lansing Public Library, the Michigan credit union will present LAFCU Listen & Learn Butterflies & Bees, Wednesday, April 28, 7 p.m. The free, virtual event is designed to encourage children up to age 12 to read through fun, interesting and informative ways.

The featured story is “Teachers Smell Like Butterflies,” which will be read by its author, Elaine Hardy, of East Lansing. Viewers will get a close-up look at butterflies at MSU’s Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden, and Don Snoeyink with Thornapple Woodlands, a Grand Rapids beekeeping business, will explore a real beehive.

“LAFCU is committed to helping the communities we serve to thrive,” said Kelli Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU chief marketing officer and chief diversity officer. “Because strong reading skills are essential to life success, the focus of the LAFCU Listen & Learn Program is on making reading fun and enjoyable.”

The April event also features a song sung by students in Carin McEvoy’s in-person, second-grade class at East Lansing’s Donley Elementary School, and students at Abbott Nursery School, East Lansing, will share their butterfly artwork. Three $20 eGift cards for a bookstore will be awarded.

Registrants are eligible for an optional butterfly craft kit provided by East Lansing Public Library. The kits include a coloring page and materials and directions to make a yarn butterfly. Kits will be available for pick up outside the main library entrance beginning 10 a.m., Monday, April 26, while supplies last. The library is located at 950 Abbot Road, East Lansing.

Registration is at Using a provided web link, registrants can view the event on computers, tablets, smartphones and smart TVs. No additional software is required.

The LAFCU Listen & Learn Program also offers ongoing virtual readings of children’s books by phone and YouTube videos. Volunteer readers can register at

More information about the LAFCU Listen & Learn Program is at

Great Lakes Beach Cleanup season kicks off April 24

Spring is here, so it’s time for an annual spring cleaning of Great Lakes beaches and shorelines with the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach program. On Saturday, April 24, thousands of volunteers will join cleanups across the Great Lakes region to kick off the beach cleanup season and celebrate Earth Day. Volunteers can visit to create or join a cleanup in their community.

New and returning volunteers are needed. Adopt-a-Beach volunteers come from all eight Great Lakes states and all walks of life, including individuals, families, school and youth groups, businesses, and community organizations.

The program begins on Saturday, April 24; times vary by location.

Visit to find a cleanup or to create your own cleanup event.

Spring Collection Event is April 24

The Spring Collection for Clinton County residents will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. An appointment is required to attend. Registration will begin the week of March 22, 2021

This event will take place in St. Johns and is open to all Clinton County residents.

Acceptable items include household hazardous waste such as unwanted medications, farm and landscaping chemicals, motor oil and antifreeze, cleaners, yard chemicals, oil based paints and aerosols and household computer equipment and electronics. Most items are accepted free of charge, but nominal fees do apply including $10 a piece for televisions and computer monitors, cash or check only on the day of the event.

More information can be found on the website or by calling the office (989) 224-5186. Feel free to send questions through email to

EVE, Inc. hires new executive director

End Violent Encounters (EVE), Inc. today announced the hire of Jonquil Bertschi, J.D., as executive director of the organization, tasked with leading Greater Lansing’s foremost domestic and sexual violence prevention and response organization serving Ingham, Eaton and Clinton Counties.

“I’m thrilled to join the team at EVE to build on their decades of work advocating for and supporting survivors of sexual and domestic violence,” said Jonquil Bertschi, J.D., executive director of EVE. “This community has been through a lot over the past couple of years, and I look forward to continuing to build on the important work our staff continues to do day in and day out. We are excited to expand our mission and our reach so we can better serve the entire community – including women, men, children, people of color and the LGBTQ+ community.”

Studies show that instances of domestic and sexual violence can increase in times of social isolation, such as a natural disaster or a global pandemic. As captured in the 2020 Annual Report, EVE staff and volunteers over the past year served our community by providing, supporting and staffing:
– 7,846 nights of safe shelter
– 1,609 crisis line calls
– 97 residential clients
– 57 children
– 674 non-residential clients
– 2,470 hours of counseling
– 401 sexual assault clients
– 259 medical advocacy clients
– 2,454 Personal Protection Orders
– 99 clients through legal services
– 11,933 community members educated

“EVE plays an integral role to support the health and safety of the Greater Lansing community,” said Bertschi. “As times of isolation have increased, our staff has recommitted themselves to providing supportive, comprehensive support to some of our most vulnerable populations. I look forward to building on this foundation of commitment and service to ensure that we can meet the needs of all survivors of sexual and domestic violence.”

A 2002 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Bertschi brings decades of nonprofit management experience to EVE, Bertschi began and built her career in Flint as a staff attorney with the Legal Services of Eastern Michigan, executive director of Weiss Child Advocacy Center (now Voices for Children), social action program director of domestic and sexual violence response program and shelter HAVEN in Pontiac, Mich., and most recently executive director of Justice for Our Neighbors, which provides free immigration legal services for low-income immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees statewide. Bertschi also received a certificate in financial success for nonprofits from Cornell University and a certificate in fundraising management from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

“We’re thrilled to bring Jonquil on board to help build upon and elevate the mission of EVE and continue to provide comprehensive, productive and empathetic services to our clients,” said Caitlin McGinn, president of the EVE Board of Directors. “Our staff has gone above and beyond for our clients and our community during the public health crisis, and I look forward to making meaningful steps to expand our reach and capacity to continue to serve the Greater Lansing community. We’re grateful for the support we’ve received over the years, and look forward to working with community leaders to continue to build upon our services and programs and find innovative and diverse ways to support residents of Ingham, Clinton and Eaton Counties.”

Intervention and support services provided by EVE include:
– 24/7 hotline and online chat support
– In-hospital sexual assault advocacy
– Family and children’s counseling
– Support groups for women and children
– Domestic violence awareness training to area law enforcement agencies, courts, health care professionals and Department of Health and Human Services staff
– Sexual assault prevention education; dating violence prevention education in middle and high schools
– Community education and outreach to groups such as area schools, churches, civic groups, and businesses
– A growing non-residential and transitional housing programs

The hiring of Bertschi is right on time for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is every year in April. In addition to all regular services and resources available to the community, EVE is also hosting special events to help support survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

“Paint The Town Teal” is happening all month long. Businesses, storefronts, or teams are being asked to “paint” their visible location teal. This could be with window paint, chalk, ribbons, etc. The design is up to each participating organization, so long as it send a positive and uplifting message. The purpose of this is to show survivors of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual abuse that they are not alone and that our community supports them. For more information visit:

Also for the duration of April is EVE’s “Go-A-Thon” fundraiser. EVE is asking folks to commit to moving 20 miles or hours over the next 30 days, or they can create a team and divide 20 miles or hours amongst them. Participants will get sponsors or ask friends, family, co-workers, neighbors or church group to donate for each mile/hour completed, and then share their journey on social media. Team members can take photos or videos of a walk, run, roll, skip, dance, or jump to empower others and post them using the hashtag #GoingTheDistanceWithSurvivors and #LansingBelievesSurviors to let Lansing know that survivors of sexual assault and abuse aren’t alone. Sign up link here.

On April 24, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., EVE is teaming up with Sparrow Hospital and partners in the sexual assault response space for a “Rally to Empower Survivors.” This will be a socially distanced event with resources available to survivors, community speakers, and survivor stories. The rally will be held at Sparrow Hospital at 1215 E Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI. The goal is to let survivors know that they are not alone and that the greater Lansing community is here for them!

Registration begins at 9 a.m. If you’d like to provide a resource table at this event, please contact For more information visit:

If you or someone you know have experienced or are currently experiencing sexual or domestic violence and/or abuse and are seeking resources or to talk to a trained professional, you can call the 24-hour crisis line at (517) 372-5572, or reach out through the EVE online chat at