Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:49 AM

Downtown Grand Haven lights up for the holiday season, beginning Friday night. That tops our list for things to do this weekend, Nov. 16-18.

Firearm deer hunting season began Thursday, and a special deer hunt is going on Saturday and Sunday in the North Ottawa Dunes. So, maybe it's best to just stay out of the woods unless you're wearing bright orange.

(1) Grand Haven Light Night — 5-9 p.m. Friday in downtown Grand Haven. The downtown trees are lit up for the holidays. Downtown stores will host open houses with free refreshments, Christmas carolers stroll the streets, commemorative mugs filled with hot cocoa are given to the first 400 guests, fresh greenery will be for sale and free carriage rides on Washington Avenue will be available. At the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington, the chestnuts will be roasting as a barbershop quartet entertains, Santa talks to the kids and docents appear in period costume. You could start your night with a meatloaf dinner at the Grand Haven Eagles, 20 N. Second St. Proceeds go to Ladies Auxiliary charities. It will be served from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger.

(2) Deer Widows Weekend Ladies Expo — 1-5 p.m. Saturday at Grand Haven Eagles, 20 N. Second St. Admission is $5. Maybe it's a little sexist, but this is for the ladies as the men traditionally went off hunting' deer at this time of the year. Anyway, the expo will feature household-helper products and massages. The bar will be open to those who are age 21 and older with ID. Stop back to enjoy the entertainment in the social room from 7 p.m. to closing time.

(3) Holland Symphony Youth Orchestra Fall Concert — 3 p.m. Sunday at Zeeland East High School's DeWitt Auditorium, 3333 96th Ave. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. The 65-member orchestra likely includes high school students from the Tri-Cities. The Junior Strings (grades 6-9) will also perform. Stick around after the concert to meet the director and members of the orchestra. Tickets are $8 for adults and senior citizens, and $5 for students.

(4) Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer — 8-11 p.m. Saturday at Seven Steps Up, 116 S. Jackson St. in Spring Lake. Tickets start at $18 and can be bought in advance at pindropconcerts.com. To hear some of the duo's music, visit their website: daveandmandymusic.com.

(5) Mission Trip Fundraiser — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ferrysburg Community Church, 17785 Mohawk Drive. This shopping event will support the Youth Group's mission trip to Rehoboth, N.M., in 2013. Babysitting will be offered for a donation. There will also be baked goods and coffee available to purchase.

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