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From costume contests to fall festivals, spooky performances to trick-or-treat events, West Michigan is celebrating Halloween all month long. You’ll find family-friendly events, adult-only parties, pumpkin carving, haunted trails and more.

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For nearly two decades, Dave Palmer has done everything in his power to put musical instruments in the hands of local kids. He now has another goal – to gather a few of the most talented local musicians and help them take the next step in their music careers.

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The Atrium Art Gallery at Second Christian Reformed Church is featuring artistic expressions in many media in a new exhibit, “A Myriad of Talents: Art by the members of Second Church.”

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FERRYSBURG — Local students will have a handful of opportunities to meet and learn from theater professionals in the coming months.

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Artwork, ranging from drawings to sculptures and more, have been displayed throughout Grand Haven’s downtown since Sept. 17, during the 10th annual ArtWalk celebration. 

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Artists from the Grand Haven community and beyond crossed a Community Center stage Thursday evening to accept awards in the 2019 ArtWalk.

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Families can get in the fall spirit with a free pumpkin decorating event on Saturday, Sept. 28, during that day’s Farmers’ Market at Grand Haven’s Chinook Pier.

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Local artist Lewis Cross was born in Davison, Michigan, in 1864 and moved to Spring Lake in the early 1880s. His love of the outdoors began early in life with much of his time spent outdoors.

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Grand Haven’s Central Park will be a hub of cultural celebration on Saturday, Sept. 28, as the city’s first Hispanic Heritage Fiesta is set from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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After years of wanting to connect with family in Europe, one Grand Haven man and his son had the “trip of a lifetime.”

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MUSKEGON — The 91st annual Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition is now on display at the Muskegon Museum of Art, and it includes the works of nine artists who live in Northwest Ottawa County or have ties to the area. 

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The crowd may have been down from last year, but the art was shining as kids and families created masterpieces during the Family Art Day on Saturday, an ArtWalk event.

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Local restaurants pulled out all the stops in their salmon creations for this past weekend's Salmon Festival cookoff. 

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Community members gathered outside The Depot in downtown Grand Haven to celebrate artists Tuesday evening.

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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — The Cops & Rodders Car Show benefiting the Children’s Advocacy Center will be held Saturday at Grand Haven High School, 17001 Ferris St.

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While the scent of cooking fish filled Grand Haven’s Municipal Marina, the hungry crowd talked, laughed and danced in line before receiving their plate of food on Friday.

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HOLLAND – The Hope College Knickerbocker Theatre will continue its tradition of bringing independent and international films to the West Michigan Community with its Fall Film Series opening on Monday, Sept. 16.

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HOLLAND – The Donia Organ Concert series at Hope College will feature Diane Meredith Belcher on Monday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.

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This Friday, Grand Haven residents and visitors will pay tribute to the local waterways while recognizing the annual salmon migration with two full days of events.

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For the past decade, various forms of artwork ranging from paintings to sculptures and more have decorated venues in and around Grand Haven’s downtown for ArtWalk.

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Public art is gaining momentum and praise in the Village of Spring Lake — and now, village officials are seeking a sculpture to honor the memory of two local philanthropists.

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School is back in session and it’s time to turn our tips to fall.

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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — The Color Guard’s flags flapped in the wind as the band counted in a marching step.

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Hard to believe it’s almost Labor Day. But, fortunately, we have a long, summer-stretching weekend ahead.

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People of all ages enjoyed ice cream for a cause Friday afternoon at a local senior citizen complex.

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The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven-Spring Lake-Ferrysburg recently announced that two of its community events, the Grand Haven Art Festival and Coast Guard Craft Fair, have been recognized as a part of Sunshine Artist magazine’s 200 Best Shows in America ranking.

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The East side of Grand Haven was filled with the sounds of 46 different bands on Saturday afternoon for this year’s Walk the Beat music festival.

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SPRING LAKE — Whistlestop Playground along the Lakeside Trail non-motorized path has not only gained public art this summer, it’s gained reading material.

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The rainy beginning of the summer was a downer for most people, but those gloomy days made for a bigger, better blueberry crop today, according to Chad Reenders.

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The Michigan Pirate Festival continued its shenanigans Thursday morning with a “dress like a pirate” costume contest.