(1) Garden Fest — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Loutit District Library (Program Room A and B), 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven. This is a family gardening event with hands-on learning about food and nutrition. By discovering what fresh-picked, nutrient-rich food tastes like, kids will start to understand and taste the differences between fresh food and processed food, which will help them make healthier choices throughout their lives. Donations will go to the Greater Ottawa County United Way and Spread the Music.
(2) Chilly Blues Festival – Friday and Saturday in downtown Grand Haven. Live blues music at several downtown bars and restaurants, and the chili cookoff from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Snug Harbor, 311 S Harbor Ave.
(3) Katty Shack 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk — 9 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 527 Taylor, Grand Haven. Late registration and packet pick-up is 7-8:30 a.m. Start at the corner of Taylor and Wisconsin. Race fee is $27 on the day of the event. All proceeds benefit the Crime Victim Foundation of Michigan. Stay after for a pancake breakfast. On Friday night, a "Fuel Up for Katty Shack" pasta dinner, along with raffles and music, will take place at St. Patrick's Family Center, 920 Fulton Ave. For details, visit http://goreggo.com/kattyshack/
(4) “Our Town” – 2 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Beardsley Theater, Frauenthal Performing Arts Center, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. This classic is presented by Living Books Homeschool Theater with a cast of more than 50, including many from the Tri-Cities area. Tickets are $8.
(5) Yacht Club Community Open House — 4-7 p.m. Saturday at Spring Lake Yacht Club, 17500 W. Spring Lake Road, Ferrysburg. You’ll be able to meet members, take club tours, enjoy live music, and munch on burgers and hot dogs from the grill. It’s free and dress is casual.
Honorable mentions: Grand Haven Christian School Auction and catered dinner, 5 p.m. Saturday at 1102 Grant Ave., Grand Haven; and Abraham Lincoln in Song from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday at Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St., featuring Chris Vallillo performing songs of the Civil War era.
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