Top 5 things to do this weekend

It may not be summer anymore, but it is September. The weather is usually great to be outdoors to enjoy the beach, bike paths and parks.
Mark Brooky
Sep 8, 2012


This weekend's Top 5 includes a biking benefit, a big event aimed at getting kids outdoors, a county park volunteer cleanup and music.

(1) Pedaling for Parkinson's — happens in Fruitport on Saturday. This is a benefit for the Van Andel Research Institute, and to raise awareness of Parkinson's disease and the benefits of pedaling. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The 12-mile, noncompetitive and untimed ride starts at 9 from Pomona Park and follows the bike path around Spring Lake. The donation is $20 minimum to ride (includes T-shirt). Register online at

(2) Sportsmen for Youth — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds, 6621 Heights-Ravenna Road, Fruitport Township. Parking and admission are free. The event is for youth age 17 and under. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The first 2,400 kids admitted will receive a T-shirt and a ticket for lunch. A variety of hunting, fishing and outdoor groups will have information and activities to encourage kids to get outside.

(3) Stewardship Work Day — Saturday morning at Crockery Creek Natural Area. You can help improve wildlife habitat by removing invasive shrubs from the county park, 9-11 a.m. Tools, water and snacks will be provided. Bring appropriate outdoor gear, insect repellent and gloves. Terrain may be difficult. Ages 12-16 are welcome with adult supervision. The event is canceled if it's raining.

(4) Jazz at the library — Loutit District Library kicks off its fourth season of free Sunday Afternoon Concerts with the River Rogues Jazz Band. This Dixieland jazz band will play in the upper lobby from 2-3 p.m. The series continues each month with a free Sunday concert.

(5) Susan Picking — plays Friday night at Seven Steps Up, 116 S. Jackson St. in Spring Lake. Picking is a piano-playing, ukulele-strumming singer-songwriter. The concert starts at 8. Get the $5 advanced general admission tickets from

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