And the weather forecast is hot and sunny! No doubt about it: it's summer.
(1) Spring Lake Heritage Festival — Friday's events on Friday, June 15, include the Friends of the Library sale, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Spring Lake District Library; a car show at Spring Lake Wesleyan Church, 5-9 p.m.; and a beer tent at Mill Point Park from 6:30 p.m. to past midnight, with the local cops band Sweet Justice playing ($3 admission, must be 21 and older). Events on Saturday, June 16, include a 5K run/walk at Central Park in the morning; pancake breakfast at Barber School, 8-11 a.m., Friends of the Library book sale, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; pickleball tournament and Winsor McCay highland games at Central Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Civil War presentation at Barber School, 3 p.m.; beer tent at Mill Point Park with music by Cover Story, 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ($3 admission, must be 21 and older); capped off by fireworks at Mill Point Park at 10 p.m. For details, visit slheritagefestival.com.
(2) Beach Survival Challenge — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Grand Haven State Park. This is the ninth year for teens and adults to learn water safety while having fun competing in a variety of beach games. This year's Challenge is already full, so come and watch and cheer on the competitors. Visit respectthepower.org for details.
(3) Dawn Patrol and fly-in pancake breakfast at Grand Haven Memorial Airport, 16446 Comstock St., starting at 7 a.m. Sunday, June 17. The cost is $6 for breakfast. The Grand Haven Aviation Club hosts the annual event. The club is also sponsoring the Tuskegee Airmen's traveling I-MAX theater along with an authentic P-51c from World War II. The club will be raffling off 1,000 tickets at $20 each for a chance to ride in the historic aircraft. The Red Tail Project Education Trailer will be open at airport from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
(4) Grand River Waterway Expeditions — with the historic 27-foot Gabagouache canoe on Saturday, June 16. Local historians will lead a group down the river and point out historic spots along the way. The group will leave Eastmanville Bayou County Open Space at 9 a.m. and paddle downstream past several historic sites, landing at Connor Bayou County Park to end the journey. Paddlers will be shuttled back to Eastmanville Bayou to get their vehicles. It is limited to 45 paddlers. For details, call Dave at 846-8160.
(5) Stewardship Workday — 9 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Rosy Mound Natural Area, off Lakeshore Drive in Grand Haven Township. Ottawa County Parks is looking for volunteers to assist staff for two hours. Advance registration is not required. Equipment and snacks are provided. Participants may bring gloves or they will be provided. Children age 12 and older are welcome with adult supervision. Meet in the parking lot. Hiking at Rosy Mound is strenuous due to stairs up and down the dunes.
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