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Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • Apr 25, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Spring is here and the events are crawling out from under the piles of snow (I think they’re all gone by now).

(1) Earth Day Lakeshore Celebration 2019 — 12:30-4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Grand Haven. The day begins with the annual Green March, which starts at the Ottawa County Courthouse parking lot at 12:30. Walkers, bicyclists and other forms of transportation not using fossil fuels are invited to participate in the parade. It concludes at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave., where the fair takes place from 1-4 p.m. The fair includes 35 information booths and demonstrations, seminars, and live music from the Prevailing Winds Community Band and others. Outside, Smallegan Horses will provide free rides. In an effort to be as low waste as possible, attendees can take home mugs and silverware. Attendees can also leave with a small tree from the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power and a project from The Home Depot. Admission is free.

(2) Grub & Brew Fest — 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Old Boys Brewhouse, 971 Savidge St., Spring Lake. Bacon is the featured ingredient to be included in dishes prepared by local restaurants that will be competing, along with breweries, to be the people’s and judges’ choices. The $35 VIP package includes entry, a tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets. Otherwise, general admission is $10, and tasting tickets can be purchased for $2 each. Tickets may be purchased online at grubbrewfest2019.eventbrite.com. There is no age limit for admission, but all attendees planning to enjoy alcoholic beverages must be age 21 or older with a valid ID. Parking is available at Old Boys' Brewhouse and across the street at the Holiday Inn.

(3) “Richard III” — 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave., Grand Haven. The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Co., a Grand Haven-based touring troupe that takes plays to venues all over Michigan, is bringing one of its productions to the museum for the first time. In recent seasons, the group has been making its way through Shakespeare's history plays, a project which culminates with the current production of the bard's “Richard III.” The play follows the title character as he plots and schemes his way to the throne of England, confiding his plans in the audience along the way. “Richard III” is directed by Aili Huber, a guest director from Virginia who has previously directed several other productions for Pigeon Creek, most recently the 2018 season production of “Antony and Cleopatra.” Like all of Pigeon Creek's productions, “Richard III” features a relatively small cast, with 10 actors taking on all of the play's roles. Tickets for the museum performance are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available online at www.pcshakespeare.com/onstage.

(4) “Mamma Mia!” — 7 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, at Spring Lake High School, 16410 148th Ave. Tickets for this Spring Lake Public Schools production can be purchased online at www.springlakeschools.org for $12 for adults and $10 for children, not including online fees. Tickets purchased at the door are $14 for adults and $12 for students. Director Shaylynn Chalupa said “Mamma Mia!” has a message of what it means to be a family. The musical also lends itself to a large cast, which Chalupa said is an important factor for her.

(5) Home & Garden Show — 1-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at D. Baker & Son Lumber, 720 Pennoyer Ave., Grand Haven. More than 30 companies will be on hand to answer questions and offer samples and demonstrations about remodeling a home, home repairs, building a home, selling a home, financing and landscaping. Live music and WAWL (103.5 FM) will be broadcasting from the event. Admission is free.

Bonuses:

Healthy Kids Day — 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tri-Cities Family YMCA in Grand Haven. This free community event aims to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active, especially during the summer months. The event features fun activities to motivate kids and families to be active together — such as a family fun fitness class, open swim and family jump-n-play.

West Michigan Symphony presents “Disney in Concert: Around the World” — 7:30 p.m. Friday at Frauenthal, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. Tickets are $28 to $64.

Native Landscaping Hike — 9 a.m. Saturday at Hemlock Crossing, 8115 W. Olive Road, West Olive.

Medication and Sharps Collection — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Norton Shores Fire Department, 1100 E. Pontaluna Road, Muskegon.

Gardening with Native Plants — 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Hemlock Crossing, 8115 W. Olive Road, West Olive.

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