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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.

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“He’s still in charge – I’m just the go-fer,” joked Scott Klaassen as a group of Coast Guard Festival and carnival officials rallied around the longtime chairman of the festival’s carnival committee, Dan Guzek, on Wednesday.

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Marking spots for the Coast Guard Festival fireworks show or parade all day Thursday is “what you do in Grand Haven,” according to Jay Wagoner.

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There was smoke but no fire, and the fourth annual Coast Guard Festival Waterball Tournament went on to completion after a radiator hose blew on the fire truck pumping water for the event.

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Doug and Diana Sovis parked their fifth-wheel camper at the Covenant Life Church parking lot for 25 years so they could be in the thick of things during the Coast Guard Festival.

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The seventh annual Coast Guard Festival Senior Day at Mulligan’s Hollow not only provided entertainment to hundreds of senior citizens, but it also showed that the growing senior community is active and thriving.

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A perfect summer day greeted hundreds of children Tuesday at the Coast Guard Festival’s annual Kids Day at Mulligan’s Hollow.

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The 40th annual Coast Guard Run was filled with triumphs and lots of emotions Saturday morning, especially for the Syrek family.

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The Coast Guard Festival brings approximately 350,000 people into Grand Haven each year, which means a spike in business for many local restaurants, stores and hotels.

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The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival kicks off Friday with the Lighthouse Quilt Guild show and wraps up with the Fireworks Extravaganza the evening of Aug. 3.

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NORTON SHORES — The unmistakable sound of Dove- and Grammy Award-winning recording artist David Phelps will be featured at the Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference on Saturday, Aug. 3.

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Life doesn’t hand out many free rides, but this coming Saturday, the youth of Grand Haven will get the opportunity for a free plane ride at the Young Eagles event at the local airport.

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Riley and Chloe Warmoth, who moved to Los Angeles a few years ago, have returned to their hometown to create their feature-length film, “West Michigan: A Movie.”

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Police are planning targeted traffic enforcement as people heading to the Electric Forest Festival travel through Ottawa County and Grand Haven over the next few days.