Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • Sep 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM

What a great weekend. We’ve got art all over town, a local venue for a worldwide film festival and a pumpkin-decorating party.

(1) ArtWalk — throughout Grand Haven’s downtown and Centertown. Check out the more than 140 entries at more than 60 venues, then vote for your favorite in each category. ArtWalk opened Wednesday night and runs into next weekend. From 5-7 p.m. Friday, you are invited to the ArtWalk Artists Reception at the West Coast Plaza, behind Grimaldi Chocolate, 219 N. Seventh St. ArtWalk Family Day is Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. on the first block of Washington Avenue, and Sweet Lou & The Savages will offer music at Waterfront Stadium from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

(2) Manhattan Short Film Festival – 6-9 p.m. Friday at Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven. Join more than 100,000 film lovers in 250 cities across six continents as they gather in cinemas, museums, universities and libraries to view and vote on the finalists in the 21st annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. Upon entry, festival attendees are handed a voting card and an official program to vote for one film and one actor. Votes are tallied by each host venue, then emailed to the New York City headquarters. Admission is free.

(3) Dinner & Movie Night — 6 p.m. Friday at The Momentum Center for Social Engagement, 714 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven. They’ll be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for the 6 p.m. dinner. Feel free to bring a dish to pass or just come as you are. "The Greatest Showman" will begin at 7 p.m. An original musical, this movie celebrates the birth of show business by a man who rose from poverty to fortune and fame by chasing his dream.

(4) Pumpkins at Chinook Pier — 10-11 a.m. Saturday at Chinook Pier, 301 N. Harbor Ave., Grand Haven. This free family event takes place at the Farmers Market, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Every child gets a pumpkin to decorate (while supplies last). Cider will be provided by Lakeside Orchards. Decorate your pumpkin while enjoying live music presented by Courtyard Concerts.

(5) Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking — 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 508 Franklin Ave., Grand Haven. The church’s Community Artist and Speaker Series  will present a documentary film, “Break the Chain,” followed by a panel discussion exploring human trafficking and ways this troubling epidemic is being fought. It may not be “fun,” but it is an important topic worldwide and, believe it or not, in our community. The panelists will discuss their work with victims of human trafficking, including how to identify victims and appropriate interventions so that victims can become survivors. The panelists will include FBI victim specialist Carmen Kucinich, nurse Joy Washburn and filmmaker Laura Swanson. Note that the documentary is fairly explicit and may not be appropriate for younger children.

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