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  • 06:00 PMBudding GHHS Artists Get Their Own Art Exhibit in Grand Haven
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  • 02:00 PMSunday Afternoon Concert Series: The Laker Quartet from GVSU
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  • Experience Arts and Humanities at April 15 Open House
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  • 01:00 PMBuild Your Own Rain Barrel Workshops
  • 01:00 PMEarth Day Fair
  • 01:00 PMTraditional Irish Music Session
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  • 07:00 PMCommunity Information Forum on May 5 Ballot Proposal
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Upcoming Events

Community Information Forum on May 5 Ballot Proposal

April 22, 2015
07:00 PM / 08:30 PM
Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave. 616.842.5560 x222

Community Information Forum on May 5 Ballot Proposal

Ottawa Conservation District Tree Seedling Sale and Fundraiser

April 24, 2015
03:00 PM / 07:00 PM
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Reenders+Blueberry+Farms/@42.946351,-86.163348,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x88873d3fe237f474 616.842.5852x122

Each year the Ottawa Conservation District sells bare root tree seedlings at a very economical price as a fundraiser and reforestation/habitat improvement effort. THIS IS A PREORDER/PREPAY SALE AND ORDERS ARE DUE WITH PAYMENT BY APRIL 3. Orders can be picked up at Reenders Blueberry Farm. Most species are native to Michigan - make a difference on your property by participating in this sale. www.ottawacd.org ~ ottawacd@macd.org

Gardenfest

April 25, 2015
12:00 AM / 03:00 PM
Grand Haven Loutit District Library 616-566-1437

Free Family Event! Local businesses, organizations and clubs offer kids hands-on activities that involve gardening, nutrition and sustainability.

Great Lakes Kite Festival

May 16, 2015
All Day

Memorial Day has traditionally marked the unofficial start of summer for countless families, but folks in the Grand Haven area start their beach season a week early each year at the Great Lakes Kite Festival (GLKF).

On May 16 and 17, the beach will be filled with kite enthusiasts of all ages, from kids excited to fly their very first kite, to serious hobbyists and professionals who travel to several kite festivals around the country—and world—each year. Even so, the well-organized yet uniquely relaxed atmosphere of the GLKF has led several of these globetrotting kite fliers to remark that this is their favorite event and a perfect opening to their performance season.

Come and enjoy the marvelous colors and wide variety of kites being flown against the lovely backdrop Lake Michigan and the Grand Haven Pier. Spectators enjoy watching as much as the performers love flying. Now in its 26th year, the GLKF features a continuous rotation of skillfully choreographed routines set to music on center field, while giant kites larger than school busses hover just to the north. South of the main performance field is the world’s largest temporary kite store located in the large event tent filled with countless kites, spinners, and other outdoor fun from MACkite, the event’s primary sponsor.

Notable Highlights:
Giant Kites: Kites larger than school busses? It’s true; octopus, trilobite, fish, and other larger-than-life forms are making appearances again this year. These are a great treat for family members old or young who witness these impressive kites for the first time. Brought to the beach by Al Sparling, Darryl Waters, Mark Ledvina, Fred and Donna Taylor, and others.

Choreographed Flying Routines: These crowd-pleasing performances have thrilled the hearts of spectators for years. Many long-time attendees look forward to their favorite performers who bring fresh routines each year. Performers Include but are not limited to the following: Windjammers Kite Team – celebrating 28 years together, Chicago Fire Kite Team – 10 time National Champions, Too Much Fun – together since 2001, The Phoenix Kite Collective – Former iQuad Members, Sam and Anne Ritter – Flying stacked Revolution kites, and Something Old, Something New – 2008 Masters Pairs Quad Line National Champions.

Candy Drop: Festival favorite Lee Sedgwick makes it happen on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Lee attaches a large amount of candy to his stack of four-line kites and then sprinkles it from the sky for the children to retrieve during the Candy Drop.

Running of the Bols: Parents will find nothing more enjoyable than watching their youngsters willingly run through the sand with a parachute-shaped kite attached to their waists until they are exhausted. Races are held in heats based on age and applause will reward the winner of each heat. A huge thanks to Fred & Donna Taylor for organizing this fun event.

Inflatable Obstacle Course: Tons of fun for all the kids. Let them run out some of their energy prior to heading home. Open Saturday 11-5 and Sunday 11-4.

Kiteboarding: Kiteboarding demonstrations will happen all weekend on the water. Local riders and the MACkite Kiteboarding School instructors will be riding waves and boosting tricks out on the water. Trainer power kites will be available to test fly so you can experience the thrill of power kiting with your feet still in the sand.

The Great Lakes Kite Festival is free and open to the public. (Vehicles without a current Michigan Recreation Passport will need to pay to park inside the Grand Haven State Park.) The event kicks off at the beach on May 16 at 4:00 p.m. and concludes Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. More information with maps, photos, featured performers, and links to local lodging can be found at www.mackite.com/glskc.htm.

Traditional Irish Music Session

May 16, 2015
01:00 PM / 03:00 PM
Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave. 616.842.5560 x222

Whether a beginner or an advanced session player, bring your Irish musical instrument and participate in LDL's merry band of Irish session players. Music will be provided. Even if you don't play, come and listen.