Top 5 things to do this weekend

Another Winterfest has come and gone, and we're knee-deep in winter again.
Mark Brooky
Jan 31, 2013

We'll have to stretch a little farther out for some special fun this weekend, Feb. 1-3.

And it is a special weekend. Saturday is Groundhog Day, if you believe in that weather-predicting rodent. Sunday is both the night of the Super Bowl and "the day the music died," according to the Don McLean song "American Pie."

(1) Michigan International Auto Show - 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, downtown Grand Rapids. See what the buzz is about for this year's new cars and trucks. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-14, age 5 and younger are free. Click here for details.

(2) First Friday Gallery Walk - 6-9 p.m. at C2C Gallery, 104 Washington Ave. in downtown Grand Haven. Stone Peng's photography will be on display and Cyndi Casemier will be throwing pots on the potter's wheel. Free refreshments. See c2cgallery.com for details.

(3) Super Bowl - 6 p.m. Sunday. Sure, you can watch it at home or with friends and family. Instead, how about going out to a local pub for the game? Or for something really different, take in Father Vince O'Malley's talk about "Saints Alive" at the Knights of Columbus, 1416 Washington Ave. in Grand Haven, beginning at 7 p.m., then stick around and watch the rest of the Super Bowl (bring a snack to pass). Although the game is in New Orleans, the Saints ain't.

(4) Ground Hog Day — Saturday morning, the famous Phil pokes his head out of the ground in Punxsutawney, Pa. A little closer to home, the Howard Christensen Nature Center in Kent City will host a Groundhog Day walk with a park naturalist, who will explain all about the creatures we call groundhogs from 9 a.m. to noon. The center is at 16190 Red Pine Drive. Admission is by a $5 donation per person. Click here for the park's website.

(5) Muskegon Lumberjacks - 7:15 p.m. Friday vs. the Youngstown Phantoms and 7:15 p.m. Saturday vs. the Chicago Steel. The local U.S. Hockey League team plays at the L.C. Walker Arena, 955 Fourth St. in downtown Muskegon. Tickets are $13.50 for adults and $5 for kids ages 3-12, with discounts if bought in advance.

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