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Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:33 AM

But there's much more to do, including a first-time event in Centertown and a powerful movie for dads with free admission. Enjoy your weekend!

(1) Great Lakes Kite Festival — This annual event fills the sky over Grand Haven State Park all weekend, May 18-20. Colorful kites of different shapes and sizes, world-famous stunt fliers perform to music, and what organizers call "the world's largest kite store" under a tent at the beach. Events begin 4 p.m. Friday and continue through late Sunday afternoon. There's way too much to list here, so visit the MacKite store's website (mackite.com/glskc.htm) for details. Admission is free, but you'll need a state park Recreation Passport to park at the beach. Proceeds benefit Love INC.

(2) Flavor of Centertown — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in Grand Haven's Centertown business district. This first-time family event includes sampling Centertown cuisine, dedication of the new Coast Guard boat display on the Seventh Street traffic island, and a salute to America’s service men and women.

(3) "Courageous" — to be shown free at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Lakeshore Middle School auditorium, 900 S. Cutler, Grand Haven. St. John's Lutheran Church has paid for the event, and the movie is a must-see for all dads. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Admission is free. Child care will be available for free at the church, just one block away at 527 Taylor Ave.

(4) What is a Planetary Transit? — find out at 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Nature Education Center, at Hemlock Crossing County Park in Port Sheldon Township. The Shoreline Amateur Astronomical Association will lead the indoor program, to be held rain or shine, followed by an outdoor viewing session (weather permitting). For the outdoor viewing, telescopes will be provided. Bring a lawn chair, binoculars (if you have them) and insect repellent, and dress to be outside. There are no program fees and advance registration is not required. Programs are for adults and older children.

(5) Chris Knight — performs at Seven Steps Up's Pin Drop Concert on Saturday night, May 19. Doors at 116 S. Jackson St. in Spring Lake open at 6:30 and the concert begins at 8. Advanced reserve seating tickets are available online at runamokpromotions.com/Show/14/Chris-Knight-Pin-Drop-Concert/.

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