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Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • Feb 21, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Get chilly in downtown Grand Haven and get chili in downtown Coopersville on Saturday.

(1) Frozen in Time — 2-4 p.m. Saturday in Grand Haven’s downtown and Centertown. View the storefront live mannequins posing in movie themes and cast ballots for the People’s Choice award. Correctly identify the movies to win prizes. The awards will be announced at a 4:30 p.m. reception at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave.

(2) Dave Palmer & Friends Benefit Concert — 7 p.m. Friday at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave. Admission is $25 and proceeds will raise money to replenish the Walk the Beat instrument fund. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

(3) 15th annual Coopersville Chili Cookoff — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center, 375 Main St. Admission is free, but sample tickets are two for $1 or 12 for $5. There will also be a 50/50 drawing, silent auction and live music by the Homemade Jam Band. BTW, the famous Outhouse 500 race is normally run on the same day, but it was canceled this year. A message on the race’s Facebook page explains why: “Due to unforeseen difficulties with obtaining insurance and volunteers to help with the Outhouse race itself, we regret to inform we are canceling this years event. There will still be a Chili Cookoff at the Farm Museum February 23rd at 11am. We look forward to bringing the races back in 2020.”

(4) International Food Fair — 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the Maas Center auditorium, 264 Columbia Ave., Holland. The food will be available in exchange for tickets that will be sold at the door. Hope College’s Fried Center for Global Engagement is sponsoring the fair, where the college’s international students will be celebrating the many cuisines and cultures of the countries represented by members of the Hope community. The event has been celebrated for more than 30 years. For the event, Hope international and “TCK” (third-culture-kid) students get together to cook a dish from their home countries. Event attendees buy tickets at the door and move from table to table, asking questions and tasting samples. Admission is $5 for an initial packet of five tickets, with additional tickets costing 50 cents each. Most dishes cost one or two tickets. Only cash is accepted, and those attending are asked to bring along small bills or the exact amount they anticipate paying. This year’s fair will focus on supporting the Nibakure Community Village (nibakure.org), a nonprofit organization in Rwanda that assists vulnerable youth and illiterate adults.

(5) “Cry It Out” presented by the Hope College Department of Theatre — 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, at the DeWitt Center, 141 E. 12th St., Holland. Tickets are $7 to $10 for Friday and Saturday nights; admission is free Sunday afternoon. Directed by Hope theater faculty member Richard Perez, “Cry It Out” is a new, dark comedy written by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Molly Smith Metzler. The story centers around Jessie and Lina, two women who bond over the love they have for their newborn children. One of their daily get-togethers is suddenly interrupted when a stranger from a nearby mansion arrives to ask if his wife, who is having a hard time adjusting to parenthood, can join their coffee klatch. The shift from a duo to a trio brings interesting results, and shows us the biological, social and economic upheavals all new mothers face.

Bonuses:

Family Movie: “Incredibles 2” — 3 p.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church of the Dunes, 717 Sheldon Road, Grand Haven. Free admission.

“Band Classics XII” performance by the Hope College Wind Ensemble — 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, 221 Columbia Ave., Holland. Admission is free.

Hope College Community Gospel Choir performance — 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Dimnent Memorial Chapel, 277 College Ave., Holland. Admission is free.

Places Create Stories: Grand Teton National Park — 3-4 p.m. Saturday at Hemlock Crossing’s Nature Education Center, 8115 W. Olive Road, West Olive.

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