Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • Jan 25, 2018 at 12:00 PM

(1) Winterfest 2018 — Thursday through Sunday in Grand Haven. Snow or no snow, the events will go on, organizers say. The fun begins with the Glow Bowl from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl ($5 lift ticket). The Tri-Cities Historical Museum hosts the Winterfest Art Reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday. Mary A. White Elementary School will host a cardboard sled build from 5-8 p.m. Friday. Also in downtown Grand Haven on Friday night, the Intergalactic Human Sled Race will be run in the Harbourfront Place parking lot (7 p.m. registration, races begin at 8), and the Downtown Poker Crawl is 7-10 p.m. Saturday’s lineup begins with the Family Dog Pull at Mulligan’s Hollow (registration at 9, races from 9:30-11 a.m.), followed by the Cardboard Sled Race (registration at 10, races at 11 a.m.) at the Ski Bowl. The Elks will host a euchre tournament (registration at 10:45 a.m., play begins at noon). Kids Day is Saturday afternoon (noon to 3) at the Tri-Cities Family YMCA, which includes the hamster/gerbil race and snow angel contest. Beer and wine tasting will go on at the Eagles from 2-7 p.m. (also serves as the kickoff to the Reimagination Project fundraiser; tickets are $20) and the Winterfest Bonfire Bash is in the Harbourfront Place parking lot from 3-10 p.m. The parking lot is also the site of a new ice cream eating contest (4 p.m.) and Sleepwalker runs (6 p.m.). The fest wraps up Sunday with a snowboard and ski competition at the Ski Bowl (1-3 p.m.). Harbor Transit will provide free shuttle service between downtown and the YMCA/Mulligan’s Hollow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Keep in touch with the latest Winterfest news on its Facebook page (WinterfestMI).

(2) Jack Frost’s Winter Warmer — 2 p.m. Saturday at Jack’s Waterfront Bistro & Bar at the Holiday Inn, Spring Lake. This free event is part of the Winterfest lineup. It includes free hot chocolate, cookies and activities for the kids.

(3) Western Michigan University Jazz Quartet — 4 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 508 Franklin Ave., Grand Haven. Admission is free.

(4) The Sweet Water Warblers concert — 8 p.m. Friday at Seven Steps Up, 116 S. Jackson St., Spring Lake. Tickets start at $25. Charlie Mars is in concert at Seven Steps Up at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets also start at $25.

(5) Winter Night Hike — 6:30-8 p.m. Friday at Hemlock Crossing County Park, 8115 West Olive Road, West Olive. The cost is $5. Experience the nip of cold on your nose, the hoot of owls in your ears and the crunch of snow under your feet as you explore the park by the light of the moon — and by snowshoe, if conditions allow (bring your own or reserve a pair, $5). The hike is recommended for adults and children age 12 and older. Moderate terrain includes dirt trails and some boardwalk with some up and down.

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