Top 5 things to do this weekend

Looking for something to do this weekend in the Tri-Cities or nearby? Check out this list.
Mark Brooky
Mar 30, 2012


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(1) Hunger Games Party

Saturday, 2-4 p.m., at Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave. Have you read "The Hunger Games"? Seen the movie? Come help celebrate with others who love the books at this party for tweens and teens. There will be a craft, a game and trivia contest. For details, visit   (2) The Bunny Train   Saturday departures at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday departures at 1 and 3 p.m. from 331 Danforth St. in downtown Coopersville. Kids of all ages will enjoy this one hour and 20 minute excursion through the springtime countryside aboard the Coopersville & Marne Railway. The Easter Bunny and her cast of wacky, musical characters perform in each of the antique passenger coaches. These shows star local actress Angie Peavy, who has many credits — including "Snow White" at Disney World Resorts in 2003. The Springtime Princess will read children's books and lead the passengers in springtime songs. Kids will be given a surprise at the end of the ride.
Tickets: adults, $14.50; senior citizens (60+) $13.50; kids (ages 2-12), $12.50; under age 2 are free. For details, visit   (3) Santo Stefano Saturday Wine Tasting   Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Santo Stefano del Lago, 12 Washington Ave., downtown Grand Haven. Santo Stefano del Lago offers premier Italian gourmet foods, fine chocolates and confections, select wines and beers, Italian ceramics and unique giftware for entertaining, along with full service espresso and gelato bars. Wine tastings are free on Saturdays for those ages 21 and older. For details, visit   (4) Pat McGee's "Third Coast Down the Hatch"   Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., at Seven Steps Up, 116 S. Jackson St. in Spring Lake. Last year's solo acoustic performance by Pat McGee (Pat McGee Band) rocked the house for the second-ever Pin Drop Concert. McGee is back this weekend with longtime sidekick and singer/songwriter Patrick McAloon. Cash bar. A brunch with the artists is planned for Saturday morning.   (5) Butterflies Are Blooming 2012   Butterflies Are Blooming is Meijer Gardens' most popular annual exhibition and the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibit in the nation. It runs through April 30. Visitors can mingle with more than 6,000 tropical butterflies flying free in the 15,000-square-foot Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. During the exhibition, the Lena Meijer Children's Garden offers special activities. Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. It's at 1000 E. Beltline N.E., Grand Rapids. Tickets: adults, $12; senior citizens (65 and older), $9; students with ID, $9, children ages 5-13, $6; children ages 3-4, $4; and children age 2 and younger are free. For details, visit  



No One Special

I am appalled the Loutit Library is having a Hunger Games Party.

The plot of this movie involves a government-sponsored reality TV show that forces children to fight each other to the death -- the ultimate winner being the last one standing. One psychologist says it is a story about child sacrifice. The adults portrayed in the movie watch as children kill each other.

Our kids are being desensitized to murder and killings and we see it played out in school shootings and other acts of violence on a regular basis. There is a proven link between media violence and aggressive behavior in some children.

Why is our community library promoting such garbage? If this is what our library is all about I will be sure to remember that the next time there is a millage renewal.


Visit a Planetarium. Chances are, if you are reading this, you probably have at least a passing interesting in science and space. Why not go to your local planetarium this weekend? As well as getting the best view of the night sky that you can see from earth (unless you live in the Arctic maybe), Planetaria often have specialised shows on the weekends.- Tax Tiger


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