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Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • Jan 3, 2019 at 5:00 PM

The January post-holiday doldrums are here, but that’s no excuse to become a hermit!

(1) Coffee with the Birds — 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Nature Education Center at Hemlock Crossing, 8115 W. Olive Road, West Olive. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and some baked goods as you watch the birds at the feeders and discuss various birding topics with a naturalist. Bring your bird questions, curiosities and stories — and don't forget your favorite mug! Donations are appreciated. There will be two sessions of the feeder watching to choose from: 9:30 and 11:10 a.m. At 10:30, catch bite-sized presentations on anything bird related: from tidbits on bird identification, and birding equipment to stories of birding adventures.

(2) Fireside Storytime — 3-4 p.m. Sunday, also at the Nature Education Center at Hemlock Crossing, 8115 W. Olive Road, West Olive. Snuggle up by the fire with your kids for a relaxing time of seasonally themed nature stories and a mug of hot chocolate. Bring your own comfy pillow and blanket. An optional walk will be offered after the event, which is recommended for ages 3-8, with a caregiver. The cost is $3 per child. Registration is required.

(3) Handmade Wooden Tractors Exhibit — at the Coopersville Farm Museum, 375 Main St. Check out the little wooden tractors made by Harvey Waldron of Crystal. There are more than 50 models and each is a replica of a tractor or steam engine between 1900 and 1940. See the museum’s website for open hours. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students. Kids younger than 3 are free.

(4) Take in a local high school basketball game. The Tribune’s Sports section has all the game information.

(5) Learn to Luge Weekend — Friday through Sunday at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park, 462 Scenic Drive, North Muskegon. Each luge session will include a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony. Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49. The program is based on the weather, so call ahead. For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE, or visit the website

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