The weather forecast for this next-to-last summer weekend is still summer-like, so the outdoor activities we have listed should all be great times.
(1) West Michigan Symphony Concert — 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Mill Point Park in Spring Lake. Admission is free. So is the admission to a pre-concert Instrument Petting Zoo for children, which begins at 6:15 p.m. Children will have the opportunity to handle and play instruments from each of the four instrument families, strings, brass, woodwind and percussion. The concert will feature compositions by Bartok, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius; and patriotic favorites such as "The Star Spangled Banner" and “Stars and Stripes Forever."
(2) Smith’s Bayou Chili Cookoff — noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, on Cecelia Lane in Ferrysburg. It's just past Smith’s Bridge off West Spring Lake Road and 168th Avenue. The neighborhood event is open to the public, with live music. Categories include: Hot & Spicy, Meek & Mild, White Chili, and Professional. All foods must be prepared and cooked at home. Chili sample tickets will be available for purchase at 50 cents each or three for $1. The proceeds will benefit Wings of Mercy. Visitors need to bring a lawn chair and an appetite for chili. Table set up begins at 11 a.m. A mandatory cooks meeting is at noon, chili sampling is 1-3 p.m., and judging begins at 3 p.m. If you want to participate in the contest, call Rebecca Hopp at 616-893-8553 or JoAnn Grotemat at 616-850-2636.
(3) Grand Haven City Picnic — 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at East Grand River Park. The city provides free food and entertainment, with a Mexico theme this year. The park is off Beechtree Street at the east end of Washington Avenue.
(4) Dancing on the Waterfront — 7-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Waterfront Stadium. The Hark-Up Horn Big Band returns for the summer finale hosted by the Grand Haven Area Arts Council. Admission is $3.
(5) Worship on the Waterfront — 7:30-8:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, also at Grand Haven's Waterfront Stadium. The Zion Bible College Worship Team will lead the summer finale for WOW, which is held rain or shine. This group of students from the Grand Rapids college is from all over the country, and are studying to become worship leaders. There will be a free-will offering. The sponsor is First Reformed Church of Grand Haven.
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