Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:01 PM

The holidays are over and winter is setting in. With very little snow to date, a lot of winter outdoor fun is on hold. Thank goodness ski areas, like Grand Haven's Ski Bowl, make their own snow.

(1) Wine About Winter/First Friday — Wine About Winter is 5-9 p.m. in downtown Grand Haven. Many downtown merchants will feature artwork by local artists, with wine for purchase by the glass. The First Friday events at two galleries will coincide, from 6-8 p.m. The Gallery Uptown, 201 Washington Ave., will host the opening reception for its January exhibit of the winners of ArtWalk 2012. At C2C Gallery, 104 Washington Ave., new images by Stone Peng will be on display, plus live music and free refreshments. Click here to read the Tribune story.

(2) Ice Sculpting Contest — This fifth annual Downtown Holland Ice Sculpting Competition heats up Friday and Saturday. Students from colleges in Michigan and Ohio will compete in the event presented by the National Ice Carving Association, an international organization that promotes the industry and its carvers. From 10-11 a.m. Saturday, a certified master carver will lead an interactive ice sculpting demonstration in GDK Park. The main event is freestyle carving on Saturday afternoon. For details, see the Holland Sentinel story here.

(3) Teen Iron Chef — 2:30-4 p.m. Friday at Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven. Teens in grades 7-12 will be challenged to create a dish using a secret ingredient. Registration is closed, but it's free to watch, and I'm sure there will be ample samples.

(4) Squirrels Speak and Chipmunks Chatter — 2 p.m. Saturday at the Nature Education Center at the Hemlock Crossing county park in Port Sheldon Township. Watch squirrel activity at the feeders. Observe how these social mammals communicate with each other and where they go in the winter. It's free. Click here for directions.

(5) Great Lakes Shipwrecks, Storms and Stories — A trip to the Grand Rapids Public Museum opens up the secrets of the "inland seas." It's on the third floor through November, and free with general admission to the museum. The museum is at 272 Pearl St. NW in downtown Grand Rapids. It's open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Click here for details.

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