Top 5 things to do this weekend

You know we're on the edge of summer when the sky over the state park beach is filled with colorful kites. The 24th annual Great Lakes Kite Festival heads off our Top 5 for this weekend.
Mark Brooky
May 17, 2012


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 ( 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

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A must see event is the end of the Girls On The Run event with the rally starting at the Grand Haven High School at 10 on Saturday and the 5k run starting at 10:30. This great event involves elementary girls from all over Ottawa County. This organization helps young girls as they are growing up with many negative pressures to have something positive. Having seen most of these top 5 events in the past I would say come and encourage the young women of today! Don't miss the run!

Chef Tom

I second the Girls on the Run event as a positive and healthy experience for young girls. You can learn more at:

Chef Tom

(for more fun things to do in Grand Haven)

Mark Brooky

I will give the GOTR event a 5-B. Sorry I missed that one. My daughter was in it a few year back, and it's a lot of fun to be a part of, as well as a great program for the girls.


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