Top 5 things to do this weekend

Spring is definitely here, because weekend activities are heating up in the Grand Haven area. This weekend's top five things to do include celebrating the Earth, hot chili, the blues and the stars; rummaging for a good cause; and learning more about the legendary Titantic - and better than 3-D, because this presentation is live!
Mark Brooky
Apr 20, 2012


(1) The seventh annual Lakeshore Earth Day Celebration begins Friday night with the Earth Rock Concert at the Grand Haven Community Center. Local bands and soloists will be performing from 7-10 p.m., and admission is free.

The celebration continues Saturday with a Green Earth March at noon, starting from the Franklin Avenue parking lot, through downtown and ending at the Community Center for the Earth Day Fair from 1-4 p.m. Join the parade — walk, bike, skate, or whatever nonmotorized transport. The fair will include games, food, and information on environmental groups and businesses. Admission is free.

For details, visit

(2) The 20th Chilly Blues Festival begins Friday and runs through Sunday.

The Sonny Moorman Group from Cincinnati, Ohio, will be performing both Friday and Saturday nights at the Dee-Lite Bar & Grill, with local blues band The Vincent Hayes Project opening the Friday night show. Tickets are $10 per night.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at Snug Harbor, chili contestants will begin final preparation for the noon shotgun start on the outdoor deck. Blues bands will play from 2-6 p.m.

On Sunday, The Vincent Hayes Project will play at the Dee-Lite, and a Bloody Mary Bar will start at noon at the Theatre Bar.

For details, call 846-3299 or 846-8400.

(3) View the stars at the Ottawa County Parks Nature Education in West Olive at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The county parks department and the Shoreline Amateur Astronomical Association will host the event. It begins at the center with a one-hour indoor program, “Starlight: Secrets of the Stars,” followed by an outdoor viewing session (weather-permitting).

For the outdoor viewing, telescopes will be provided. Bring a lawn chair and binoculars (if you have them), and dress to be outside. There are no program fees and registration is not required. Programs are for adults and older children. Call 616-786-4847 for details.

The Nature Education Center is at Hemlock Crossing County Park. From U.S. 31, travel west on Croswell Street a short distance to West Olive Road, travel south about a third of a mile to the park entrance. The Nature Education Center is at the end of the park road.

(4) Second Hand Sale for Lakeshore Pregnancy Center is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Haven Church of the Nazarene, 1620 S. Beechtree St. (just north of Robbins Road). You name it, and it will be on sale in the church gym. All proceeds benefit the Lakeshore Pregnancy Center in Grand Haven. Thanks to Bill Tysman for loaning a semitrailer to store the donations as they came in. For details, call 842-7510.

(5) "Titanic: The Great Lakes Connection" is a program at Loutit District Library from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The 100th anniversary of the legendary Titantic sinking was April 14. This presentation is based on Cris Kohl's book of the same title. It tells the stories of the fateful ship's passengers and crew, tales of Titanic's Great Lakes counterpart ship, artists with strong Titanic-Great Lakes connections, the Great Lakes writer who predicted Titanic's loss 14 years earlier, and consequences to Great Lakes shipping because of Titanic's sinking. It will take place in Program Room A. For details, visit

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