Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:36 AM

(1) Sand Sculpture Contest - The 31st annual fun in the sand competition is Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m. to noon at Grand Haven City Beach. Teams, families and individuals are judged and awarded prizes after two hours of constructing unique sculptures along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Applications can be found at the Chamber of Commerce, 1 S. Harbor at the west end of Washington Avenue in downtown Grand Haven; or by e-mailing cgeurink@grandhavenchamber.org. You can also register at the beach on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. Sculpting begins at 10 and ends at noon. Judges will consider theme, originality and difficulty, and first through third places will be awarded medals in each category shortly after the scores have been tallied. Spectators will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award.

(2) Grand Haven Art Festival - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, on Washington Avenue in downtown Grand Haven. The street is turned into an outdoor art gallery. Admission is free. Prices range from $25 for hand-designed earrings to $30,000 metal sculptures. “This is an ideal opportunity to explore the work of many different artists in one setting,” said the festival's promoter, Howard Alan. “Festival goers are able to make that personal connection with the artist which makes their investment and purchases more meaningful.” In conjunction with the festival, local businesses put on a Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on Washington Avenue. Families will find lots of fun, kid-friendly arts and crafts activities.

(3) Tri-Cities Garden Walks - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23. The cost to see some of the area's best gardens is $8 for adults; age 12 and under are free. This year's locations are: Heartwood Lodge, 18525 Woodland Ridge Drive, Spring Lake Township; 110 Maple Terrace, Spring Lake; 524 and 526 Longview Drive, Spring Lake; and 14065 Cleveland St., Nunica. You can purchase tickets at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington in downtown Grand Haven; or at each home during the tour. Want more? Visit tricitiesgardenclub.org.

(4) Worship on the Waterfront - kicks off its season of Sunday night worship concerts this weekend. The concerts are held every Sunday from 7:30-8:45 p.m. at Grand Haven's Waterfront Stadium, rain or shine. Grant Norsworthy leads the worship this Sunday, June 24. He is a Dove Award-winning and Grammy-nominated musician and speaker originally from Melbourne, Australia. Grant relocated to Nashville, Tenn., in 2002 with the Aussie band pc3 (Paul Coleman Trio), followed by three-plus years as bassist for Sonicflood. For the schedule, visit worshiponthewaterfront.org. And give First Reformed Church of Grand Haven a hand for putting these on year after year!

(5) Camp Blodgett’s Retreat Center Acoustic Sunset Series - opens with Peter Mulvey in concert on Sunday, June 24. Doors open at 6 p.m. The retreat is at 10451 Lakeshore Ave., West Olive, about a 1.5 miles south of M-45. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30. Admission and parking are free. Grand Haven's own Garrett Borns performs at the next one, July 8.

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