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T h i n g s To D o Attractions, Events, and Places of Interest in Barry, Ionia and Kent Counties.


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A legacy of natural beauty has attracted residents and visitors to our region for many years which becomes clearly apparent when viewing any of our 300 lakes or 20,000 acres of public land. Whether it’s kayaking or trail walking, swimming or biking, our region offers a myriad of opportunities for physical enjoyment and appreciation. The area’s intrigue doesn’t stop there. Interesting shops, unique restaurants, and cultural opportunities from festivals to concerts to children’s activities await. In this publication of 101+ Things to Do, readers can use the handy calendar or more closely detailed articles on a summer and fall season that will be an outline to fun and recreation all available within a short car ride from home. During a time of budget considerations and time pressures, the list of 101+ Things to Do is a handy reminder that our area can maximize fun, discovery, and recreation while holding down the costs of gasoline and time. Another wonderful benefit to enjoying life and free time in our area is that it promotes our local economies which, in turn, provides even more investment in our region. Browse the ads inside this year’s issue of 101+ Things to Do and read the stories about all the excitement and entertainment that awaits. We’ll see you in one of the many delightful and enchanting venues any region could offer!

Leave the driving to the Transit trolley on Fridays sign: a bell that rings like in the old days of big city rail trolleys. Music played over the trolley’s public address system also will add to the festive experience that Bleam and his staff intend to create for riders. The free rides will again be offered, compliments of Barry County Transit and several local sponsors.

Barry County Transit will again offer free trolley ride service through the city of Hastings on Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m. through Aug. 17. In addition, the trolley will spend Saturday nights in the Gun Lake area during the same hours, following a route beginning at the state park, wrapping around to Patterson to Marsh Road. A new stop has been added this year: Yankee Springs Golf Course. “They’ve both been popular runs,” says Barry County Transit Manager and Transportation Coordinator Joe Bleam. “There’s even the possibility of combining the two on Saturday nights for a dinner run from the state park into Hastings. We’ve done that before, and people very much like looking at the menus on the way in and then deciding where they’d like to be dropped off to dine.” In Hastings, this season’s route will be very similar to last year’s, making 14 stops within the city limits, including business districts, parks, schools and residential neighborhoods over an approximate 45-minute circuit. The trolley will have its signature arrival and departure

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Saturday & Sunday, October 20 & 21 The Barry County Transit Trolley, seen at many festivals throughout the county, such as Summerfest, here, will again make the rounds in Hastings on Friday evenings and in the Gun Lake area Saturday evenings.

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Chamber Business After Hours at the Gun Lake Casino

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Enjoy light refreshments as you network with Chamber members and learn more about the Chamber and the After Hours host. Events are held on the second Thursday of every month. Free for Chamber members and $10 for prospective members. RSVP to lynn@mibarry.com or (269) 945-2454. 1123 129th Ave., (M-179 Hwy.) Wayland, (269) 945-2454

1-30 Taste Bud Appreciation Month in Downtown Hastings June is Taste Bud Appreciation Month in downtown Hastings! The City’s chef elite from four downtown Hastings’ restaurants will please every eager palate with select 3-course meals for only $20. Be sure to visit all of these four participating restaurants: County Seat Lounge, Fall Creek, Seasonal Grille and Walldorff Brewpub & Bistro. Downtown Hastings

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Lowell Area Farmers’ Market

12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tractor Supply parking lot, 2111 W. Main, Lowell. 616-8979186. www.discoverlowell.org

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Englehardt Branch, 200 N. Monroe, Lowell and Alto Branch Library, 6071 Linfield Ave. Alto. Fill your summer days & nights with great reads & big dreams. Programs for the whole family. Check the website for details or call. 616-7842007. www.kdl.org

4-8 p.m. Downtown Lake Odessa. An evening to relax, shop, eat & be pampered. Vendors will be set up along Main Street. 616-374-0766.

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Girls’ Night Out Dynamic West Assemblies.

7 p.m. Michigan Farmer’s Hall of Fame, Prairieville

10 a.m Saranac Public Library, 61 N. Bridge St., Saranac. Journey through outer space to learn about planets, pulsars, stars, moons, meteors & more. 616-6429146. www.saranac.michlibrary.org

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Third Michigan Reenactment

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lake Odessa Fairgrounds, on Jordan Lake Hwy. 616-374-8501. www.lakeodessa.org

1 p.m. Clarksville Elementary Pavilion. Civil War reenactment. Sponsored by Clarksville Library, 616-693-1001. www.clarksville.michlibrary.org

8-10 Hastings Buttermilk Jamboree

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The Buttermilk Jamboree is a three day traditional arts and music festival held the second weekend in June at the beautiful Circle Pines Center in Delton, MI. For the musical line-up and for more information, visit www.buttermilkjamboree.org. Circle Pines Center, 8650 Mullen Rd., Delton, (269) 623-5555

7 p.m. Riverwalk Plaza, downtown Lowell. The Crane Wives, Indie Folk. LowellArts!, 616-897-8545. www.lowellartscouncil.org

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7:00 p.m. Father’s Day Weekend! “Who’s Your Daddy?” Motorcross Extravaganza Weekend! 3823 W. Portland Rd., Lake Odessa, (616) 642-0555. www.i96speedway.com

Dairy Discovery Dairy Days

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Swisslane Farms, 12877 84th St. SE, Alto. Celebrate June is Dairy Month. Tour, hayride, and barnyard friends. 616-293-0432. www.dairydiscovery.com

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Fridays at the Fountain Music Series

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Musical performance by Third Coast Steel (steel drum band) on the Courthouse lawn. Rain venue will be located in the Community Room of Hastings City Bank. Visit Seasonal Grille for $8 lunch specials. www.thornapplearts.org. Downtown, Hastings, (269) 945-2002

9-10 Michigan DNR Fressh Fishing Weekend Vintage Motorcycle Show at the Gilmore Car Museum

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Spectator gates open at 9:00 a.m. for all shows. Visit www.gilmorecarmuseum.org for more information. Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 W. Hickory Rd., Hickory Corners, (269) 671-5089

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Author Gary Schmidt at the Hastings Public Library

7:00 p.m. Meet award winning author Gary Schmidt. 227 E. State St., Hastings, (269) 945-4263

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.Veterans Memorial Park, downtown Alto.

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River Bank Music Series

6:30-8:30p.m. Free in Stagecoach park. A concert on the river bank, bring your own lawn chair. Local restaurants have picnic suppers available. Contact the village office or the village web for a list of who is playing. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main, Middleville, (269) 795-3385

NEW Location! 6 p.m.- Dark. Bring your car or truck and meet us there every second Saturday of each month May through September. Visit our website for additional information www.hastingscar. The Dog Track, 1450 W M-43 Hwy., Hastings

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Middleville Farmers Market

7a.m.-1p.m. In the Village parking lot local vendors with fresh produce and creative crafts. Contact the Village of Middleville for more information or visit our web. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269)795-3385

9:00 a.m. - Noon. Taking Better Photographs - An Introductory Workshop. Led by local nature photographer, Josh Haas, this workshop will help participants understand how to get the most out of their cameras. Topics such as proper exposure, composition, and preparing for the shot will be discussed. Please dress appropriately for being outdoors. www.cedarcreekinstitute.org Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701 W. Cloverdale Rd., Hastings, (269) 721-4190

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Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concert

Middleville Rotary Spaghetti Supper

5-7:00p.m. Sponsored by the Middleville Rotary for advance tickets call Don Boysen. Thornapple Kellogg Middle School, 10375 Green Lake Road, Middleville, (269) 795-7202

A Novel Approach to Watercolor Art Class

6-8 p.m. LowellArts!, 149 S. Hudson, Lowell. Paint and weave a masterpiece. Create a large watercolor then cut it into strips. Then re-assemble the work. Instructor: Liz Ripley. LowellArts! 616-897-8545. www.lowellartsmi.org

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15-17 Ionia Farm Power Show

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lake Odessa Fairgrounds, on Jordan Lake Hwy. 616-374-8501. www.lakeodessa.org

No Family Left Indoors Series: Family Night at Camp

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Visit www.barryoutdoorfun.com for a complete schedule, online registration and directions. Participants will join in a variety of fun activities at camp including games, a climbing wall and a boat ride. YMCA of Barry County Camp Algonquin, 2055 Iroquois Trail, Hastings

Ionia Fairgrounds. Hundreds of tractors and farm implements, displays and demonstrations. Tractor pulls from garden-size to the big ones. Food and entertainment. 616-902-0654. www.ioniafarmpower.org

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7 p.m. Ada Historical Society, 7144 Headley St., Ada. Check the website for the full lineup. Event is free. 616-676-9346. www.AdaHistoricalSociety.org

7:00 p.m. “The Big Daddy” Late Models, Mods, Street Stocks, Sport Compacts & Spectator Drags. 3823 W. Portland Rd., Lake Odessa, (616) 642-0555. www.i96speedway.com

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7:30 p.m.Downtown Ionia, around the Courthouse. Kick-off concert. Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce, 616-527-1860. www.ioniafirst.com

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All Air Cooled Car Gathering at the Gilmore Car Museum

Visit www.gilmorecarmuseum.org for more information. Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 W. Hickory Rd., Hickory Corners, (269) 671-5089

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Nashville Art on the Lawn

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9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Fine art show focused on the work of Maple Valley artists. Also featuring hands-on opportunity for children of all ages to create art at painting stations. www.thornapplearts.org Downtown, Nashville, (269) 945-2002

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Outdoor Discovery Program at the Hastings Public Library

2:00 p.m. Enjoy guests from the Outdoor Discovery Center. 227 E. State St., Hastings, (269) 945-4263

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Lowell Area Farmers’ Market

12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tractor Supply parking lot, 2111 W. Main, Lowell. 616-8979186. www.discoverlowell.org

12th Annual Classic & Antique Car Show

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Registration at 8:00 a.m. and awards at 2:00 p.m. Dash plaques for first 200 vehicle entries, over 50 awards, pancake breakfast from 7:00-11:00 a.m., raffles, softball tournament and more. Entry fee is $10 per vehicle. All proceeds go to local charities. Downtown, Nashville, Ralph (517) 7260036

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Gamefest

11 a.m. Englehardt Branch Library, 200 N. Monroe, Lowell. Videogame Party for teens. Play some of today’s most exciting video games. Participate in a tournament or just play for fun. 616-784-2007. www.kdl.org

16-17 30th Anniversary National 24 Hour Challenge

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A personal best, on road bicycle ride to test your endurance and determination, not a race. Held annually on Father’s Day weekend since 1983. Riders have come from all over the USA, Canada and beyond. So, set your goal and try to achieve it. NO entries accepted after June 9, 2012 Midnight! Event information: WWW.N24HC.ORG or email: N24HC@charter.net. To volunteer: N24HC@charter.net or (269)795-0211. Register online at: active.com. Thornapple Kellogg Middle School, 10375 Green Lake Road, Middleville, (616) 340-0702

10 a.m. Saranac Public Library, 61 N. Bridge St., Saranac. Magic show. 616-6429146. www.saranac.michlibrary.org

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8 a.m. - 1 p.m.Veterans Memorial Park, downtown Alto.

7 p.m. Riverwalk Plaza, downtown Lowell. Vincent Hayes Project, blues. LowellArts!, 616-897-8545. www.lowellartscouncil.org

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1 p.m. Clarksville Elementary Pavilion. Magic show. Sponsored by Clarksville Library, 616-693-1001. www.clarksville.michlibrary.org

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Alto Farmers’ Market Summer Carnival

Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Concert Randy & Sue Leiter

11-12:30 p.m. Englehardt Branch, 200 N. Monroe, Lowell. Games, crafts, prizes & tons of carnival-style fun. 616-784-2007. www.kdl.org

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7a.m.-1p.m. In the Village parking lot local vendors with fresh produce and creative crafts. Contact the Village of Middleville for more information or visit our web. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269)795-3385

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Father’s Day Dinner and Program at Pierce Cedar Creek

Dinner at 5:00 p.m. with program at 6:00 p.m. Treat dad to a special dinner. Stay after to hear from the Institute’s undergraduate researchers and fellows as they explain their projects, what they hope to discover, and some of the joys and challenges of doing research. www.cedarcreekinstitute.org Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701 W. Cloverdale Rd., Hastings, (269) 721-4190

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Fridays at the Fountain Music Series

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Musical performance by Brass Quintet Day performing light classics on the Courthouse lawn. Rain venue will be located in the Community Room of Hastings City Bank. Visit Seasonal Grille for $8 lunch specials. www.thornapplearts.org Downtown, Hastings, (269) 945-2002

31st Annual Father’s Day Car Show

Contact Historic Charlton Park for more information. www.charltonpark.org. Charlton Park, Hastings, (269) 945-3775

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Middleville Farmers Market

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A Novel Approach to Watercolor Art Class

River Bank Music Series

6-8 p.m. LowellArts!, 149 S. Hudson, Lowell. Paint and weave a masterpiece. Create a large watercolor then cut it into strips. Then re-assemble the work. Instructor: Liz Ripley. LowellArts! 616-897-8545. www.lowellartsmi.org

6:30-8:30p.m. Free in Stagecoach park. A concert on the river bank, bring your own lawn chair. Local restaurants have picnic suppers available. Contact the village office or the village web for a list of who is playing. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main , Middleville, (269) 795-3385

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Middleville’s No Family Left Indoors Program

Lakewood Area Chamber Scholarship Golf Outing

6:30-8:30 p.m. Program includes learning about the North Country Trial and the Blue Blazes. A walk down the trail to the fishing dock and bridges looking at the wild life and fauna. Snack and drink at the Gazebo. Sponsored by the Chief Noonday Chapter of the North Country trail visit www.northcountrytrail.org. Stagecoach Park, 100 E Main Street, Middleville

9 a.m. Centennial Acres Golf & Banquet Center

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No Family Left Indoors Series: Nesting Season at Otis Sanctuary

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lake Odessa Fairgrounds, on Jordan Lake Hwy. 616-374-8501. www.lakeodessa.org

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Visit www.barryoutdoorfun.com for a complete schedule, online registration and directions. A seasoned birder will help families identify common birds by sight and sound on this hike. Otis Sanctuary, 3560 Havens Rd., Hastings

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22-24 Antique Tractor Engine & Machinery Show at the Gilmore Car Museum

Ada Village Farmers’ Market

Spectator gates open at 9:00 a.m. for all shows. Visit www.gilmorecarmuseum.org for more information. Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 W. Hickory Rd., Hickory Corners, (269) 671-5089

12 p.m. - 6 p.m.The Community Church, 7239 Thornapple River Dr., Ada. Over 35+ food vendors. Accepting Visa, Mastercard, EBT/Bridge and offering Double Up Food Bucks. Details on Facebook and at www.adafarmersmarket.com

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I-96 Speedway

7:00 p.m. Motorcross. 3823 W. Portland Rd., Lake Odessa, (616) 642-0555. www.i96speedway.com

22-24 St. Patrick Festival

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7 p.m. Ada Historical Society, 7144 Headley St., Ada. Check the website for the full lineup. Event is free. 616-676-9346. www.AdaHistoricalSociety.org

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 4351 Parnell Ave., Ada. 5k Run, Chicken BBQ dinner, cash raffle, live auction, Euchre tournament, Las Vegas Night. 616-691-8541. www.stpatrickparnell.org

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Woodland Women's Study Club Garden Tour

7:30 p.m. Downtown Ionia, around the Courthouse. Rising Stars of Ionia. Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce, 616-527-1860. www.ioniafirst.com

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8 a.m. - 1 p.m.Veterans Memorial Park, downtown Alto.

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Ice Cream Social, Guided Hike, Music and Artist Reception at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

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6:00 - 8:00 p.m. with optional hike at 6:30 p.m. Celebrate the summer solstice and enjoy MOOville ice cream. Take a 1.5 mile hike and discover what causes the season and how plants and animals manage the heat. Enjoy music by Magdalen Fossum, an 11-year-old ukulele player and singer. Meet summer art exhibitors: Ron and Susie Blyveis, and Sniedze Rungis. www.cedarcreekinstitute.org. Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701 W. Cloverdale Rd., Hastings, (269) 721-4190

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Alto Farmers’ Market Dairy Discovery Dairy Days

5-9 p.m. Swisslane Farms, 12877 84th St. SE, Alto. Celebrate June is Dairy Month. Tour, hayride, and barnyard friends. 616-293-0432. www.dairydiscovery.com

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United Way Day of Caring

8 a.m. Ionia. Light breakfast (location TBA), work starts at 9 a.m. Suggestions for a project, please call. 616-794-9840. www.liveunitedm-i.org

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Nesting Bird Hike at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

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8:00 - 10:30 a.m. Volunteer Thomas Schneider will lead an all-ages hike and presentation focused on discovering the secret lives of nesting birds. To begin, participants will hear a short presentation then head outside to observe birds. Bring a pair of binoculars or use one the Institute’s pairs. The event will conclude with a fun quiz. Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701 W. Cloverdale Rd., Hastings, (269) 721-4190

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Contact Historic Charlton Park for more information. www.charltonpark.org. Charlton Park, Hastings, (269) 945-3775

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Thunder on the Grand - Seats & Saddle Tour 2012

Gates open at 9:00 a.m. Schedule: 5:00 p.m. - Performance by Past Tense Band. 7:00 p.m. - Golf Cart & Bike Parade (costumes and decorations required.) 8:00 p.m. - Event Kickoff/National Anthem, Cancer Tribute/Balloons. 9:00 p.m. Performance by Iron Cowgirl Missy Covill. Additional events and activities include 500’ zip line, bikini bike wash, burn out pit, beer garden, beer belly painting contest and vendors. www.thunderonthegrand.com. Barry Expo Center, 1350 N. M-37 Hwy., Hastings, (517) 282-9846

Middleville Farmers Market

7a.m.-1p.m. In the Village parking lot local vendors with fresh produce and creative crafts. Contact the Village of Middleville for more information or visit our web. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269)795-3385

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7:00 p.m. Summer National’s Hell Tour! Late Models. 3823 W. Portland Rd., Lake Odessa, (616) 642-0555. www.i96speedway.com

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9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lake Odessa Fairgrounds, on Jordan Lake Hwy. 616-374-8501. www.lakeodessa.org

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6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Visit www.barryoutdoorfun.com for a complete schedule, online registration and directions. A naturalist-led hike that will take in all of the experiences of the nearby Thornapple River. Middleville Stagecoach Park, 100 E. Main, Middleville

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Ada Village Farmers’ Market

12 p.m. - 6 p.m.The Community Church, 7239 Thornapple River Dr., Ada. Over 35+ food vendors. Accepting Visa, Mastercard, EBT/Bridge and offering Double Up Food Bucks. Details on Facebook and at www.adafarmersmarket.com

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7 p.m. Ada Historical Society, 7144 Headley St., Ada. Check the website for the full lineup. Event is free. 616-676-9346. www.AdaHistoricalSociety.org

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Thunder on the Grand - Seats & Saddle Tour 2012

Gates open at 8:00 a.m. Schedule: 10:00 a.m. - Diva Bike Show, Big Boyz Bike Show, Seats & Saddles Competition. 11:00 a.m. - Tattoo Contest. Noon - Bike Show winner announced. 1:00 p.m. - Grass Grudge Matches. 2:00 p.m. Grease Pig Contest. 3:00 p.m. - Jello Wrestling. 4:00 p.m. - Live auction. 5:00 p.m. - Biker Games/Golf Cart Race. 7:00 p.m. - Past Tense Band. 9:00 p.m. SRP ROCKS. Additional events and activities include 500’ zip line, bikini bike wash, burn out pit, beer garden, beer belly painting contest and vendors. www.thunderonthegrand.com. Barry Expo Center, 1350 N. M-37 Hwy., Hastings, (517) 282-9846

Pierce Arrow Society National Meet at the Gilmore Car Museum

Visit www.gilmorecarmuseum.org for more information. Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 W. Hickory Rd., Hickory Corners, (269) 671-5089

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7:30 p.m. Downtown Ionia, around the Courthouse. International Music Night. Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce, 616-527-1860. www.ioniafirst.com

Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in Downtown Hastings

2:00 p.m. Presenting Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary. 227 E. State St., Hastings, (269) 945-4263

Update: Visit http://www.registrationmacker.com/catalog/Hastings-MI-p-122.html for more information and to register your team! ANYONE CAN PLAY! The Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is designed for male and female players of all ages, sizes and abilities. Teams are computer-matched into competitive divisions according to the age, height and playing experience of all four players on the team roster. Sign up your team and bring your family and friends to Gus Macker - a weekend family festival that celebrates the half-court, pick-up basketball game. Team entry is $140 along with an $8 processing fee. Downtown, Hastings, (269) 945-2454

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Animal Crackers Petting Zoo

6:30 p.m. Englehardt Branch Library, 200 N. Monroe, Lowell. Hang out with animals from one of the largest exotic traveling petting zoos in West Michigan. 616784-2007. www.kdl.org

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Critchlow Alligator Program at the Hastings Public Library Lake Odessa Fair Parade

6pm Downtown Lake Odessa

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Lake Odessa Fairgrounds on Jordan Lake Hwy. 616-374-7110. www.lakeodessa.org

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Family Science Night at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

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Lowell Area Farmers’ Market Michigan Search & Rescue

10 a.m. Saranac Public Library, 61 N. Bridge St., Saranac. A dog & trainer will be teaching safety & rescue. 616-642-9146. www.saranac.michlibrary.org

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Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concert

7 p.m. Riverwalk Plaza, downtown Lowell. Rhythm Section Jazz Band, big band. LowellArts!, 616-897-8545. www.lowellartscouncil.org

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Fridays at the Fountain Music Series

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Musical performance by Quintessential Bones (trombone/jazz/patriotic music) on the Courthouse lawn. Rain venue will be located in the Community Room of Hastings City Bank. Visit Seasonal Grille for $8 lunch specials. www.thornapplearts.org. Downtown, Hastings, (269) 945-2002

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Thunder on the Grand - Seats & Saddle Tour 2012

Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in Downtown Hastings

Update: Visit http://www.registrationmacker.com/catalog/Hastings-MI-p-122.html for more information and to register your team! ANYONE CAN PLAY! The Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is designed for male and female players of all ages, sizes and abilities. Teams are computer-matched into competitive divisions according to the age, height and playing experience of all four players on the team roster. Sign up your team and bring your family and friends to Gus Macker - a weekend family festival that celebrates the half-court, pick-up basketball game. Team entry is $140 along with an $8 processing fee. Downtown, Hastings, (269) 945-2454

1 p.m. Clarksville Elementary Pavilion. A dog & trainer will be teaching safety & rescue. Sponsored by Clarksville Library. 616-693-1001. www.clarksville.michlibrary.org

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JULY

Gates open at 9:00 a.m. Schedule: 10:00 a.m. - Antique Bike Show, Antique Car Show and Sunday Service. 11:00 a.m. - Bike Blessing. 1:00 p.m. - Miss Thunder Contest. TBA - Pedal Tractor Pulls, Grease Pig Contest, biker games and live music. Additional events and activities include 500’ zip line, bikini bike wash, burn out pit, beer garden, beer belly painting contest and vendors. www.thunderonthegrand.com. Barry Expo Center, 1350 N. M-37 Hwy., Hastings, (517) 282-9846

12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tractor Supply parking lot, 2111 W. Main, Lowell. 616-8979186. www.discoverlowell.org

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Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models

7:00 p.m. 3823 W. Portland Rd., Lake Odessa, (616) 642-0555. www.i96speedway.com

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The Institute is offering two Family Science Nights this summer. Students from the Ecology for Teachers class will lead the June 28 event, sharing the science lessons they created with participants. The event will highlight the students’ extensive collections of plants and animals and their unique natural history. All ages are encourage to participate. Please pre-register to ensure proper material preparation for the event. www.cedarcreekinstitute.org. Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701 W. Cloverdale Rd., Hastings, (269) 721-4190

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Alto Farmers’ Market

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.Veterans Memorial Park, downtown Alto.

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Ada Village Farmers’ Market

12 p.m. - 6 p.m.The Community Church, 7239 Thornapple River Dr., Ada. Over 35+ food vendors. Accepting Visa, Mastercard, EBT/Bridge and offering Double Up Food Bucks. Details on Facebook and at www.adafarmersmarket.com

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City of Ionia Fireworks at Dusk

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Ionia Fairgrounds. See one of Michigan’s largest fireworks display. Bring lawn chairs, friends & family. 616-527-1420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

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Music on the Green

7:30 p.m. Downtown Ionia, around the Courthouse. Ionia Community Band. Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce, 616-527-1860. www.ioniafirst.com

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Uncle Sam Jam

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7-10 p.m. M-66 across from Ionia Fairgrounds. Free event open to public, prior to fireworks: live band, parking, beer and food available. Funds support Rotary CWB Scholarship Fund. Ionia Rotary, 616-527-7777. www.ioniarotaryclub.org

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4th of July Fun Run

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30th Annual 4th of July and Veterans BBQ

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Music on the Lawn

7 p.m. Ada Historical Society, 7144 Headley St., Ada. Check the website for the full lineup. Event is free. 616-676-9346. www.AdaHistoricalSociety.org

Lowell Area Farmers’ Market

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Music on the Green

7:30 p.m. Downtown Ionia, around the Courthouse. Harmony Night. Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce, 616-527-1860. www.ioniafirst.com

Movie Day

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10 a.m. Saranac Public Library, 61 N. Bridge St., Saranac. Free movie (TBA) & popcorn. 616-642-9146. www.saranac.michlibrary.org

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Ada Village Farmers’ Market

12 p.m. - 6 p.m.The Community Church, 7239 Thornapple River Dr., Ada. Over 35+ food vendors. Accepting Visa, Mastercard, EBT/Bridge and offering Double Up Food Bucks. Details on Facebook and at www.adafarmersmarket.com

12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tractor Supply parking lot, 2111 W. Main, Lowell 616-8979186. www.discoverlowell.org

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No Family Left Indoors Series: Sticks and Splatters

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Visit www.barryoutdoorfun.com for a complete schedule, online registration and directions. Make a Jackson Pollock inspired piece of art. Location T.B.A., Delton

Contact Historic Charlton Park for more information. www.charltonpark.org. Charlton Park, Hastings, (269) 945-3775

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Mad Dogs & Englishmen British Car Faire

Spectator gates open at 9:00 a.m. for all shows. Visit www.gilmorecarmuseum.org for more information. Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 W. Hickory Rd., Hickory Corners, (269) 671-5089

The YMCA of Barry County and the Algonquin Lake Community Association are partnering in the sponsorship of the 4th of July Fun Run at Algonquin Lake. The event includes a 4.2 mile course around the lake for runners and a Youth 1-Mile Fun Run course for ages 10 & under near YMCA Camp Algonquin. 4.2 mile run begins at 8:00 a.m., 1 mile fun run begins at 8:30 a.m. Awards ceremony at 9:00 a.m. Pre-registration and day of race registration available, call the YMCA for more information, 269-945-4574. Algonquin Lake & YMCA Camp Algonquin, Hastings, (269) 945-4574

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BBQ and Bluegrass

5:00 p.m. dinner, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. concert. The Schlitz Creek Bluegrass Band brings bluegrass music as it should be sung and played. They are armed with a polished repertoire of standard bluegrass tunes as well as a collection of refreshing and unusual choices. Enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner prepared by Chef Richard Centala prior to the show. Cost: Members $18, Non-Members $22, Children $10 (ages 4-10.) Concert Tickets Only: Members $8, Non-Members $10, Children $5. 701 W. Cloverdale Rd., (269) 721-4190

Caricaturing for Teens

1-2:30 p.m.Englehardt Branch Library, 200 N. Monroe, Lowell. Caracaturist Corey Ruffin will introduce teens to the art of exaggeration - the caricature. 616-7842007. www.kdl.org

Movie Day

1 p.m. Clarksville Village Hall. Free movie (TBA) & popcorn. Sponsored by Clarksville Library, 616-693-1001. www.clarksville.michlibrary.org

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3-7 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-5271420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concert

7 p.m. Riverwalk Plaza, downtown Lowell. The Magic Bus, Woodstock tribute. LowellArts!, 616-897-8545. www.lowellartscouncil.org

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5-7 American Horseless Carriage - High Wheeler Meet

12-14 Riverwalk Festival, Lowell

Fridays at the Fountain Music Series

Downtown Lowell. Parade, Riverwalk Cruise-in car show, arts & crafts, kid’s activities, pontoon rides, kayak & canoe race, food booths, street entertainers, bingo, duck race and fireworks. Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, 616-897-9161. www.riverwalkfestival.org

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Musical performance by Chuck Whiting and His Rowdie Friends (Texas swing music) on the Courthouse lawn. Rain venue will be located in the Community Room of Hastings City Bank. Visit Seasonal Grille for $8 lunch specials. www.thornapplearts.org. Downtown, Hastings, (269) 945-2002

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Middleville Farmers Market

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River Bank Music Series in Middleville

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Farm Market

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Art in the Park

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Middleville Farmers Market

7a.m.-1p.m. In the Village parking lot local vendors with fresh produce and creative crafts. Contact the Village of Middleville for more information or visit our web. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269)795-3385

Saturday Alto Farmers’ Market

8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park, downtown Alto.

Book Club - Movie Night “Symphony of the Soil”

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The beautiful documentary “Symphony of the Soil” will help participants understand the complex relationship between all of the soil components and how they work together to create this precious resource. The film also examines how humans use and abuse our soil and what to do to protect and restore it. Suggested donation $5. 701 W. Cloverdale Rd., (269) 721-4190

Covered Bridge Bike Tour

7 a.m. Fallasburg Park, 13944 Covered Bridge Road, Lowell. Starting at the one room school house, tour mileage options: 12, 28, 40, 50, 62, 78 or 100. Fallasburg Historical Society, Ken Tamke, 616-682-0785. www.fallasburg.org

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Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concert

7 p.m. Riverwalk Plaza, downtown Lowell. The Bronk Brothers, rockin hillbilly. LowellArts!, 616-897-8545. www.lowellartscouncil.org

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Swifty’s Place, Lake Odessa. Artwork, crafts, woodworking, jewelry, candles, flowers, sewing, glass, crocheting, knitting, painting, food booths, entertainment. Lake Odessa Area Arts Commission. 616-374-8501. www.lakeodessa.org

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Lakewood Area Youth Theatre

1 p.m. Clarksville Elementary Pavilion. Performing an exciting & fun play for all ages. Sponsored by Clarksville Library, 616-693-1001. www.clarksville.michlibrary.org

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lake Odessa Fairgrounds, on Jordan Lake Hwy. 616-374-8501. www.lakeodessa.org

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Master Arts Theatre

10 a.m. Saranac Public Library, 61 N. Bridge St., Saranac. Performing theatre group brings folktales to life. 616-642-9146. www.saranac.michlibrary.org

6:30 p.m. -8:30p.m. A free concert on the river bank. Bring your own lawn chair. Local restaurants have picnic suppers available. Contact village office or visit the village web www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269) 795-3385

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Magic with Tom Plunkard

10:30 a.m. Englehardt Branch Library, 200 N. Monroe, Lowell. Everyone welcome. 616-784-2007. www.kdl.org

7a.m.-1p.m. In the Village parking lot local vendors with fresh produce and creative crafts. Contact the Village of Middleville for more information or visit our web. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269)795-3385

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Lowell Area Farmers’ Market

12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tractor Supply parking lot, 2111 W. Main, Lowell 616-8979186. www.discoverlowell.org

Visit www.gilmorecarmuseum.org for more information. Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 W. Hickory Rd., Hickory Corners, (269) 671-5089

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Ionia Farmer’s Market

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River Bank Music Series in Middleville

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Ada Village Farmers’ Market

6:30 p.m.-8:30p.m. A free concert on the river bank. Bring your own lawn chair. Local restaurants have picnic suppers available. Contact village office or visit the village web www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269) 795-3385

12 p.m. - 6 p.m.The Community Church, 7239 Thornapple River Dr., Ada. Over 35+ food vendors. Accepting Visa, Mastercard, EBT/Bridge and offering Double Up Food Bucks. Details on Facebook and at www.adafarmersmarket.com

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7 p.m. Ada Historical Society, 7144 Headley St., Ada. Check the website for the full lineup. Event is free. 616-676-9346. www.AdaHistoricalSociety.org

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Fridays at the Fountain Music Series

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Musical performance by Tony LaJoye Trio (jazz/pop) on the Courthouse lawn. Rain venue will be located in the Community Room of Hastings City Bank. Visit Seasonal Grille for $8 lunch specials. www.thornapplearts.org. Downtown, Hastings, (269) 945-2002

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Music on the Green

7:30 p.m. Downtown Ionia, around the Courthouse. Three Husbands on the Loose. Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce, 616-527-1860. www.ioniafirst.com

Hastings Sidewalk Sales

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Specials and sales to be held on the sidewalks throughout downtown Hastings! Downtown, Hastings, (269) 945-2454

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Music on the Lawn

Teen Animefest

5:30 p.m. Englehardt Branch Library, 200 N. Monroe, Lowell. Watch anime films and discuss anime culture. Win door prizes too. 616-784-2007. www.kdl.org

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7:00 p.m. AMA District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles. 3823 W. Portland Rd., Lake Odessa, (616) 642-0555. www.i96speedway.com

Ionia Farmer’s Market

13-14 41st Annual Gas & Steam Engine Show

3-7 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-5271420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

Contact Historic Charlton Park for more information.www.charltonpark.org. Charlton Park, Hastings, (269) 945-3775

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13-14 Farm Market 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lake Odessa Fairgrounds, on Jordan Lake Hwy. 616-374-8501. www.lakeodessa.org

13-14 Friends of the Library Used Book Sale July 13, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. & July 14, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Englehardt Branch Library, 200 N. Monroe, Lowell. Under the red-striped tent. Come early for the best buys. 616-784-2007. www.kdl.org

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Creating Homemade Paper Workshop

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Local artist Bev Nyland will demonstrate how to make homemade paper with flower seeds incorporated. This paper makes unique handcrafted cards, bookmarks and other paper crafts. Participants will have the opportunity to decorate a gift bookmark. Some natural materials will be provided at the workshop but participants are welcome and encouraged to bring their own. Cost: Members $15, non-members $18., 701 W. Cloverdale Rd., (269) 721-4190

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Lowell Area Farmers’ Market

12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tractor Supply parking lot, 2111 W. Main, Lowell 616-8979186. www.discoverlowell.org

Grilling with Game and Fish Class

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Chef Richard Centala will teach the skills needed to become a grill master using wild game and fresh fish. This class is hands-on and participants are encouraged to sample the items. Cost: Members $15 and non-members $18., 701 W. Cloverdale Rd., (269) 721-4190

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Rick the Reptile Guy

10 a.m. Saranac Public Library, 61 N. Bridge St., Saranac. Rick the Reptile guy from Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park visits the library with friends. 616-642-9146. www.saranac.michlibrary.org

Walter P. Chrysler Club National Meet

Rick the Reptile Guy

Spectator gates open at 9:00 a.m. for all shows. Visit www.gilmorecarmuseum.org for more information. Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 W. Hickory Rd., Hickory Corners, 269) 671-5089

1 p.m. Clarksville Elementary Pavilion. Rick the Reptile guy from Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park visits the library with friends. Sponsored by Clarksville Library, 616-693-1001. www.clarksville.michlibrary.org

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Hastings Car Club 2012 Cruise In

NEW Location! 6 p.m.- Dark. Bring your car or truck and meet us there every second Saturday of each month May through September. Visit our website for additional information www.hastingscarclub.com. The Dog Track, 1450 W M-43 Hwy, Hastings

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19-28 Ionia Free Fair Ionia Fairgrounds, 317 S. Dexter, Ionia. The 10 best days of summer. Grandstand shows, free events for the entire family, agri-science division, midway & more. 616-527-1310. www.ioniafreefair.com

Hastings Sidewalk Sales

Specials and sales to be held on the sidewalks throughout downtown Hastings! Downtown, Hastings, (269) 945-2454

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Thornapple Garden Club’s 15th Annual Garden Tour “A Day in the Garden”

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Saturday Alto Farmers’ Market

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Ionia Farmer’s Market

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I-96 Speedway

20-21 Farm Market

No Family Left Indoors Series: Thornapple River Exploration

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lake Odessa Fairgrounds, on Jordan Lake Hwy. 616-374-8501. www.lakeodessa.org

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Visit www.barryoutdoorfun.com for a complete schedule, online registration and directions. Discover what makes Barry County’s largest waterway unique and how citizens can enjoy and protect this important river., McKeown Bridge Park, Hastings

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7:00 p.m. Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend. 3823 W. Portland Rd., Lake Odessa, (616) 642-0555. www.i96speedway.com

7:00 p.m. AMA Pro Motorcycles. 3823 W. Portland Rd., Lake Odessa, (616) 6420555. www.i96speedway.com

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Fridays at the Fountain Music Series

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Musical performance by Pacific Lite (pop/jazz) on the Courthouse lawn. Rain venue will be located in the Community Room of Hastings City Bank. Visit Seasonal Grille for $8 lunch specials. www.thornapplearts.org. Downtown, Hastings, (269) 945-2002

9-1 p.m. Begins July 14. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-527-1420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

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River Bank Music Series in Middleville

6:30 p.m. -8:30p.m. A free concert on the river bank. Bring your own lawn chair. Local restaurants have picnic suppers available. Contact village office or visit the village web www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269) 795-3385

8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park, downtown Alto.

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Middleville Farmers Market

7a.m.-1p.m. In the Village parking lot local vendors with fresh produce and creative crafts. Contact the Village of Middleville for more information or visit our web. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269)795-3385

$8 in advance at thornapplegardenclub@yahoo.com, $10 day of tour at club booth at the Market and at the gardens. 9a.m.-5p.m. rain or shine. Six gardens in and around the Hastings area, plus the Garden Thyme Market on the Barry County Court House Lawn featuring vendors selling garden art and related items plus drawings for prizes. Hastings, (269) 948-8234 Anita Lyons or (269) 948-8881 Cindy Teater

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Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concert

7 p.m. Riverwalk Plaza, downtown Lowell. The Steve Hilger Band, jazz. LowellArts!, 616-897-8545. www.lowellartscouncil.org

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Memorial Day - Labor Day 8am-9pm Village 9am-4pm

Breakfast Saturday & Sunday 8-11AM

FREE admission to Village, Museum & Recreation Area except on special event days

Call ahead for our famous Chicken Wings to go.

Ph: (269) 945-3775 Fax: (269) 945-0390 2545 S. Charlton Park Rd., Hastings, MI www.charltonpark.org

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Wild Foods Hike at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

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9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Participants will learn how to identify and prepare natural foods found in the wild. There will be opportunities to sample wild foods during the event. Participants should expect to hike 1.5 miles outside. The program will emphasize proper plant identification and food preparation. Free for members and $6 for non-members. Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701 W Cloverdale Rd., Hastings, (269) 721-4190

Middleville Farmers Market

7a.m.-1p.m. In the Village parking lot local vendors with fresh produce and creative crafts. Contact the Village of Middleville for more information or visit our web. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269)795-3385

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River Bank Music Series in Middleville

8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park, downtown Alto.

6:30 p.m.-8:30p.m. A free concert on the river bank. Bring your own lawn chair. Local restaurants have picnic suppers available. Contact village office or visit the village web www.villageofmiddleville.org 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269) 795-3385

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Saturday Alto Farmers’ Market Ionia Farmer’s Market

9-1 p.m. Begins July 14. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-527-1420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

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Fridays at the Fountain Music Series

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Musical performance by the Jackson French Quarter Jazz Bank (dixieland style music) on the Courthouse lawn. Rain venue will be located in the Community Room of Hastings City Bank. Visit Seasonal Grille for $8 lunch specials. www.thornapplearts.org. Downtown, Hastings, (269) 945-2002

Teen Minute to Win-It

2 p.m. Englehardt Branch Library, 200 N. Monroe, Lowell. Test your ability to peform timed tasks individually or as part of a team. Everyone will win. 616-7842007. www.kdl.org

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Country Caravan Show

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9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lake Odessa Fairgrounds, on Jordan Lake Hwy. 616-374-8501. www.lakeodessa.org

7 p.m. Michigan Farmer’s Hall of Fame, Prairieville

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I-96 Speedway

7:00 p.m. Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend. AMA District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles. 3823 W. Portland Rd., Lake Odessa, (616) 642-0555. www.i96speedway.com

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Alto Farmers’ Market

8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park, downtown Alto.

Contact Historic Charlton Park for more information. www.charltonpark.org. Charlton Park, Hastings, (269) 945-3775

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9-1 p.m. Begins July 14. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-527-1420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

Ada Village Farmers’ Market

12 p.m. - 6 p.m.The Community Church, 7239 Thornapple River Dr., Ada. Over 35+ food vendors. Accepting Visa, Mastercard, EBT/Bridge and offering Double Up Food Bucks. Details on Facebook and at www.adafarmersmarket.com

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No Family Left Indoors Series: Tree-rific!

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Felting Class

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Taste of MIddleville

5-7 p.m. Help raise money for the Lions Club. Sample special culinary treats from local restaurants, anything from German to Louisiana style cooking will be offered for your enjoyment. Many different styles of pizza to choose from along with Italian and Chinese are also available. Contact Courtney Appel, Middleville, (269) 795-9767

Family Geocaching

6:30 p.m. Englehardt Branch Library, 200 N. Monroe, Lowell. Learn all about geocaching & go on a short geocaching adventure with Angela Mitchell. 616-7842007. www.kdl.org

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Mopars at the Red Barns at the Gilmore Car Museum

Spectator gates open at 9:00 a.m. for all shows. Visit www.gilmorecarmuseum.org for more information. Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 W. Hickory Rd., Hickory Corners, (269) 671-5089

6-8 p.m. LowellArts! King Gallery, 149 S. Hudson, Lowell. Hands-on class. Learn to wet felt in several ways: fiber on soap, dryer balls and flat felted fabric for coasters. LowellArts! 616-897-8545. www.lowellartsmi.org

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“A Midsummer Night’s Green”

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Cost: Members $25, future members $40. VIP Tickets: Members $50, future members $65. Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701W. Cloverdale Rd., Hastings, (269) 721-4190

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Visit www.barryoutdoorfun.com for a complete schedule, online registration and directions. Through a hike and games, participants will learn the natural history of common trees. Charlton Park, 2545 S. Charlton Park Rd., Hastings

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Ionia Farmer’s Market

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Music on the Lawn

County Yard Sale/Antique Motor Boat Show

Contact Historic Charlton Park for more information. www.charltonpark.org. Charlton Park, Hastings, (269) 945-3775

7 p.m. Ada Historical Society, 7144 Headley St., Ada. Check the website for the full lineup. Event is free. 616-676-9346. www.AdaHistoricalSociety.org

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24 - Aug. 10 Kent County 4H Youth Fair Bountiful Arts & Crafts Exhibition

Depot Day

10am-5pm, Depot Museum, Lake Odessa

LowellArts! King Gallery, 149 S. Hudson, Lowell. An exhibition in cooperation with the Kent County Youth Fair, featuring a wide variety of unique art projects made by the youth of Kent County. LowellArts! 616-897-8545. www.lowellartsmi.org

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I-96 Speedway

7:00 p.m. Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds. 3823 W. Portland Rd., Lake Odessa, (616) 642-0555. www.i96speedway.com

Ionia Farmer’s Market

No Family Left Indoors Series: Amazing Insects

3-7 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-527-1420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Visit www.barryoutdoorfun.com for a complete schedule, online registration and directions. Go on a bug hunt exploring the wonderful diversity of insects around us. Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701W. Cloverdale Rd., Hastings

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Lowell Area Farmers’ Market

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Summer Reading Program Park Party

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10:30 - noon Scheid Park, Saranac. Sponsored by Saranac Public Library, 61 N. Bridge St., Saranac. Crafts, games, pony wagon rides & fire truck rides, live turtles, more. 616-642-9146. www.saranac.michlibrary.org

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Park Party & Dynamic West

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Music on the Green

7:30 p.m. Downtown Ionia, around the Courthouse. Ionia High School Alumni Concert. Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce, 616-527-1860. www.ioniafirst.com

Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concert

7 p.m. Riverwalk Plaza, downtown Lowell. Creolization, zydeco. Lowell Area Arts Council, 616-897-8545. www.lowellartscouncil.org

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Pink Arrow/Lowell Community Wellness Community Day & Fitness Fair

11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Gilda’s Club, Lowell Clubhouse, 314 S. Hudson, Lowell. Free lunch, free kid’s activities, free health fair, blood drive, many more activities. Pink Arrow V t-shirts on sale. www.pinkarrowpride.org

1 p.m. Clarksville Elementary Pavilion. Crafts & games. Planetarium dome in the gym. Sponsored by Clarksville Library, 616-693-1001. www.clarksville.michlibrary.org

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Ada Village Farmers’ Market

12 p.m. - 6 p.m.The Community Church, 7239 Thornapple River Dr., Ada. Over 35+ food vendors. Accepting Visa, Mastercard, EBT/Bridge and offering Double Up Food Bucks. Details on Facebook and at www.adafarmersmarket.com

12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tractor Supply parking lot, 2111 W. Main, Lowell 616-897-9186. www.discoverlowell.org

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Ada Village Farmers’ Market

noon - 6 p.m. The Community Church, 7239 Thornapple River Dr., Ada. Over 35+ food vendors. Accepting Visa, Mastercard, EBT/Bridge and offering Double Up Food Bucks. Details on Facebook and at www.adafarmersmarket.com

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Ionia Farmer’s Market

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3-7 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-5271420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

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Lowell Area Farmers’ Market Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concert

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7 p.m. Riverwalk Plaza, downtown Lowell. Kari Lynch Band, country rock. Lowell Area Arts Council, 616-897-8545. www.lowellartscouncil.org

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Middleville Farmers Market

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Middleville River Bank Music Series

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Fridays at the Fountain Music Series

Music on the Lawn

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August in Ada

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Lowell Area Farmers’ Market

12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tractor Supply parking lot, 2111 W. Main, Lowell 616-8979186. www.discoverlowell.org

Farm Market

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lake Odessa Fairgrounds, on Jordan Lake Hwy. 616-374-8501. www.lakeodessa.org

Middleville Farmers Market

7a.m.-1p.m. In the Village parking lot local vendors with fresh produce and creative crafts. Contact the Village of Middleville for more information or visit our web. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269)795-3385

“Red Barns Spectacular” Car Show and Swap Meet

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Spectator gates open at 9:00 a.m. for all shows. Visit www.gilmorecarmuseum.org for more information. Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 W. Hickory Rd., Hickory Corners, (269) 671-5089

Middleville River Bank Music Series

6:30-8:30 p.m. Free concert in Stagecoach Park. Concert on the River bank, bring your own lawn chair. Local restaurants will have picnic suppers available. Contact the Village of Middleville office or visit our web for more information. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269) 795-3385

Alto Farmers’ Market

8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park, downtown Alto.

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Annual COA Summer Picnic

10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Contact the Commission on Aging for more information and to sign up. 320 W Woodlawn, Hastings, (269) 948-4856

Noon - 5 p.m. 7215 Headley Street, Ada. Annual Children’s Fair. Free crafts, games, entertainment, activities, petting zoo and rides. Ada Business Association. 616-682-0542. www.adabusinessassociation.com

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Family Science Night at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The Grand Rapids Community College Field Science class will showcase their extensive collections of plants and animals and their unique natural history. All ages are encouraged to participate. Please pre-register to ensure proper material preparation for the events. Free. 701 W. Cloverdale Rd., Hastings, (269) 721-4190

7 p.m. Ada Historical Society, 7144 Headley St., Ada. Check the website for the full lineup. Event is free. 616-676-9346. www.AdaHistoricalSociety.org

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Wirework Jewelry Class (Intermediate)

6-8 p.m. LowellArts! King Gallery, 149 S. Hudson, Lowell. Designed for intermediate-level students. Learn how to create Ronda’s signature “Tree of Life” pendant. LowellArts! 616-897-8545. www.lowellartsmi.org

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Musical performance by Hurry the Jug (Celtic music) on the Courthouse lawn. Rain venue will be located in the Community Room of Hastings City Bank. Visit Seasonal Grille for $8 lunch specials. www.thornapplearts.org. Downtown, Hastings, (269) 945-2002

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Ionia Farmer’s Market 3-7 p.m.

Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-527-1420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

6:30-8:30 p.m. Free concert in Stagecoach Park. Concert on the River bank, bring your own lawn chair. Local restaurants will have picnic suppers available. Contact the Village of Middleville office or visit our web for more information. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269) 795-3385

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I-96 Speedway

7:00 p.m. Big Block Modifieds, Pro-Stocks and 4 Cylinder. 3823 W. Portland Rd., Lake Odessa, (616) 642-0555. www.i96speedway.com

7a.m.-1p.m. In the Village parking lot local vendors with fresh produce and creative crafts. Contact the Village of Middleville for more information or visit our web. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269)795-3385

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Wirework Jewelry Class (beginners)

6-8 p.m. LowellArts! King Gallery, 149 S. Hudson, Lowell. Instructor: Ronda Sherwood. Instruction to the basics of wire-wrapping. You will learn looping, shaping with wire and hammering metal. Expect to finish 2 - 3 projects during the class. LowellArts! 616-897-8545. www.lowellartsmi.org

12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tractor Supply parking lot, 2111 W. Main, Lowell 616-8979186. www.discoverlowell.org

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Music on the Lawn

7 p.m. Ada Historical Society, 7144 Headley St., Ada. Check the website for the full lineup. Event is free. 616-676-9346. www.AdaHistoricalSociety.org

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Ionia Farmer’s Market

Fridays at the Fountain Music Series

9-1 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-527-1420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Musical performance by Bill Bynum and Company (folk/country music) on the Courthouse lawn. Rain venue will be located in the Community Room of Hastings City Bank. Visit Seasonal Grille for $8 lunch specials. www.thornapplearts.org. Downtown, Hastings, (269) 945-2002

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Kids’ Fishing Tournament

Lake Odessa Sand & Gravel. Lakewood Area Chamber of Commerce, 616-374-0766. www.lakewoodareacoc.org

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Lake Odessa Car Show

10-11 Delton Founders Festival

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Downtown Lake Odessa. Classic Cars, entertainment. Chuck 616374-5975 or Mel 616-374-8160.

Details T.B.D., Downtown, Delton

10-11 Farm Market

6-11 Kent County Youth Fair

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lake Odessa Fairgrounds, on Jordan Lake Hwy. 616-374-8501. www.lakeodessa.org

Kent County Youth Fair, S. Hudson Street, Lowell. Free entertainment, midway, exhibits, more! 616-897-6050. www.kcfg.org

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10-12 Great Lakes Longbow Invitational

No Family Left Indoors Series: Scavenger Hunt at Riverwalk Trail

Contact Historic Charlton Park for more information. www.charltonpark.org. Charlton Park, Hastings, (269) 945-3775

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Visit www.barryoutdoorfun.com for a complete schedule, online registration and directions. Discover hidden gems in our local landscape and streetscape. This scavenger hunt will involve local landmarks, interesting buildings, and some of the area’s sculptures seen from a different point of view. Hastings Public Library, 227 E. State St., Hastings

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I-96 Speedway

7:00 p.m. USAC Sprint Cars, Mods, Sport Compacts and Spectator Drags. 3823 W. Portland Rd., Lake Odessa, (616) 642-0555. www.i96speedway.com

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Wounded Warrior Project Charity Golf Outing

4 person scramble. Yankee Springs Golf Course. Contact Chip Hoving at chiphoving@yahoo.com for more information.

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Live Music on The Patio June through August

State Street Applebee’s

Dynasty Buffet

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228 N. Jefferson Hastings, MI 49058

269-945-2449

128 South Jefferson St. Downtown Hastings 269.948.4042 Lunch-Dinner-Jr. Menu Browse through our site: www.countyseatlounge.com

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Serving Breakfast and Lunch 7 Days A Week! Private Banquet Room ~ Specializing in Wedding Rehearsal Dinners Off Premise Catering ~ Small Dinner Parties to Wedding Receptions Party Trays for Pick Up ~ We make, you take the credit

We’re located 2 blocks East of the Admiral Station NEW HOURS: Monday - Saturday 7am - 2pm; Sunday 7am - 12:30pm

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Hastings Car Club 2012 Cruise In

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6 p.m.- Dark. Bring your car or truck and meet us there every second Saturday of each month May through September. Visit our website for additional information www.hastingscarclub.com. The Dog Track, 1450 W M-43 Hwy, Hastings

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Fridays at the Fountain Music Series

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Musical performance by Mary Rademacher/Mark Kahny (vocal jazz/cabaret music) on the Courthouse lawn. Rain venue will be located in the Community Room of Hastings City Bank. Visit Seasonal Grille for $8 lunch specials. www.thornapplearts.org. Downtown, Hastings, (269) 945-2002

Alto Farmers’ Market

8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park, downtown Alto.

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6:30 p.m. King Gallery, 149 S. Hudson, Lowell. An evening of fun to support the program & services of LowellArts! Tickets: LowellArts! 616-897-8545. www.lowellartsmi.org

Ionia Farmer’s Market

9-1 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-5271420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

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Art Attack Fundraiser for LowellArts!

I-96 Speedway

7:00 p.m. AMA District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles. 3823 W. Portland Rd., Lake Odessa, (616) 642-0555. www.i96speedway.com

I-96 Speedway

7:00 p.m. AMA Pro Am Motocross Race. 3823 W. Portland Rd., Lake Odessa, (616) 642-0555. www.i96speedway.com

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9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lake Odessa Fairgrounds, on Jordan Lake Hwy. 616-374-8501. www.lakeodessa.org

I-96 Speedway

7:00 p.m. AMA Amateur Motocross Race. 3823 W. Portland Rd., Lake Odessa, (616) 642-0555. www.i96speedway.com

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7:00 p.m. AMA District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles. 3823 W. Portland Rd., Lake Odessa, (616) 642-0555. www.i96speedway.com

No Family Left Indoors Series: Pond Exploration

I-96 Speedway

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Visit www.barryoutdoorfun.com for a complete schedule, online registration and directions. Get out on the boardwalk and catch pond critters. Clear Lake Camp, 10160 S. M-37, Dowling

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Spectator gates open at 9:00 a.m. for all shows. Visit www.gilmorecarmuseum.org for more information. Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 W. Hickory Rd., Hickory Corners, (269) 671-5089

Ada Village Farmers’ Market

noon - 6 p.m. The Community Church, 7239 Thornapple River Dr., Ada. Over 35+ food vendors. Accepting Visa, Mastercard, EBT/Bridge and offering Double Up Food Bucks. Details on Facebook and at www.adafarmersmarket.com

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Teens - Can you survive the Hunger Games?

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Music on the Lawn

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Ionia Farmer’s Market

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Ada Village Farmers’ Market

noon - 6 p.m. The Community Church, 7239 Thornapple River Dr., Ada. Over 35+ food vendors. Accepting Visa, Mastercard, EBT/Bridge and offering Double Up Food Bucks. Details on Facebook and at www.adafarmersmarket.com

Solar Cooker Workshop at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

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6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Participants will build a higher-powered solar cooker than in the past, which means higher temperatures and shorter cooking times. Food is prepared using the direct power of the sun - no fossil fuels are needed. Cost is $80 for members and $95 for non-members. Price is per cooker, participants are encouraged to work in teams. 701 W. Cloverdale Rd., Hastings, (269) 721-4190

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Ionia Farmer’s Market

9-1 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-527-1420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

3-7 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-527-1420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

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Alto Farmers’ Market

8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park, downtown Alto.

7 p.m. Ada Historical Society, 7144 Headley St., Ada. Check the website for the full lineup. Event is free. 616-676-9346. www.AdaHistoricalSociety.org

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August Fest Car Show and Yard Sale at Historic Charlton Park

Contact Historic Charlton Park for more information. www.charltonpark.org. Charlton Park, Hastings, (269) 945-3775

1 p.m. Englehardt Branch Library, 200 N. Monroe, Lowell. Imagine yourself a tribute, randomly selected to participate in the Hunger Games. Each tribute team will amass points from challenges that will determine the winner. 616-784-2007. www.kdl.org

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Relix Riot Traditional Hot Rods, Customs & Motorcycles at the Gilmore Car Museum

Music on the Lawn

7 p.m. Ada Historical Society, 7144 Headley St., Ada. Check the website for the full lineup. Event is free. 616-676-9346. www.AdaHistoricalSociety.org

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Ionia Farmer’s Market

3-7 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-527-1420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

Human Resource Roundtable Program on the Firing Process

8:00 - 9:30 a.m. “Firing Process” presentation by Attorney Sarah Willey of Miller Johnson. What documentation do you need in place and what is the proper process in firing an employee? Free to Chamber Members and $10 for nonmembers. Please RSVP to valerie@mibarry.com. MI Works, Room A (Barry ISD), 535 W. Woodlawn Ave., Hastings, (269) 945-2454

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Herbal Blends Workshop at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tractor Supply parking lot, 2111 W. Main, Lowell 616-897-9186. www.discoverlowell.org

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. This workshop starts with covering how to preserve your herbs for the winter, followed by recipes for 15 herbal blends to use for tasty herbal butters, infused oils, cheese balls, stews, soups, mulling spices and dessert blends. Includes many food samples! Each guest will make an herb blend to take home. Recipes included. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701 W. Cloverdale Rd., Hastings, (269) 721-4190

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Lowell Area Farmers’ Market Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concert

7 p.m. Riverwalk Plaza, downtown Lowell. Terry Lower Trio w/vocalist Edye Evans Hyde, jazz. Lowell Area Arts Council, 616-897-8545. www.lowellartscouncil.org

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7a.m.-1p.m. In the Village parking lot local vendors with fresh produce and creative crafts. Contact the Village of Middleville for more information or visit our web. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269)795-3385

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Lowell Area Farmers’ Market

12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tractor Supply parking lot, 2111 W. Main, Lowell 616-897-9186. www.discoverlowell.org

Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concert

7 p.m. Riverwalk Plaza, downtown Lowell. Alive & Well, classic rock. Showboat birthday. LowellArts!, 616-897-8545. www.lowellartscouncil.org

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Middleville River Bank Music Series

Middleville Farmers Market

7a.m.-1p.m. In the Village parking lot local vendors with fresh produce and creative crafts. Contact the Village of Middleville for more information or visit our web. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269)795-3385

6:30-8:30 p.m. Free concert in Stagecoach Park. Concert on the River bank, bring your own lawn chair. Local restaurants will have picnic suppers available. Contact the Village of Middleville office or visit our web for more information. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269) 795-3385

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Middleville River Bank Music Series

6:30-8:30 p.m. Free concert in Stagecoach Park. Concert on the River bank, bring your own lawn chair. Local restaurants will have picnic suppers available. Contact the Village of Middleville office or visit our web for more information. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269) 795-3385

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Lowell Area Farmers’ Market

Annual summer festival held in Downtown Hastings. Event features arts & crafts vendors on the courthouse lawn, concessions, free trolley rides, children’s activities, a tennis tournament, softball tournament, sand volleyball, 3-on-3 basketball, 10K/5K run, 3-on-3 soccer, roller hockey tournament, weight lifting contest, parade, car show, motorcycle show, live entertainment and a refreshment tent. Downloadable Forms: Craft Vendor Application, Non-Profit Vendor Application. Downtown, Hastings, (269) 945-2454

12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tractor Supply parking lot, 2111 W. Main, Lowell 616-897-9186. www.discoverlowell.org

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9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lake Odessa Fairgrounds, on Jordan Lake Hwy. 616-374-8501. www.lakeodessa.org

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lake Odessa Fairgrounds, on Jordan Lake Hwy. 616-374-8501. www.lakeodessa.org

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Hastings Summerfest

Annual summer festival held in Downtown Hastings. Event features arts & crafts vendors on the courthouse lawn, concessions, free trolley rides, children’s activities, a tennis tournament, softball tournament, sand volleyball, 3-on-3 basketball, 10K/5K run, 3-on-3 soccer, roller hockey tournament, weight lifting contest, parade, car show, motorcycle show, live entertainment and a refreshment tent. Downloadable Forms: Craft Vendor Application, Non-Profit Vendor Application. Downtown, Hastings, (269) 945-2454

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Farm Market

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lake Odessa Fairgrounds, on Jordan Lake Hwy. 616-374-8501. www.lakeodessa.org

2nd Annual Great Gravity Grand Prix Soap Box Derby

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Soap Box Derby race sponsored by Dewey’s Auto Body. Race starts at 3:00 p.m. at the Hastings Skate Park. Event categories include youth 8-12, youth 13-17, adult 18+, corporate and artistic. Event proceeds will be donated to the YMCA and Thornapple Arts Council. Hastings Skate Park, Hastings, (269) 945-4915

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Middleville Farmers Market

7a.m.-1p.m. In the Village parking lot local vendors with fresh produce and creative crafts. Contact the Village of Middleville for more information or visit our web. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269)795-3385

Ionia Farmer’s Market

9-1 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-527-1420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

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Alto Farmers’ Market

Havoc in Hastings- A Medieval Event

8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park, downtown Alto.

Contact Historic Charlton Park for more information. www.charltonpark.org. Charlton Park, Hastings, (269) 945-3775

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Ionia Farmer’s Market

9-1 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-527-1420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

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I-96 Speedway

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7:00 p.m. Dirt Cup National’s Season Finale! 3823 W. Portland Rd., Lake Odessa, (616) 642-0555. www.i96speedway.com

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Hastings Summerfest Car Show

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Hastings Summerfest Bike Show

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Pierce-Arrow Gathering at Gilmore Car Museum

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5th Annual Pink Arrow Football Game

7 p.m. Lowell Memorial Stadium, 11700 Vergennes, Lowell. Lowell vs. Grand Haven. Your Arrow Force V Pink t-shirt is your ticket into the game. Outdoor girls volleyball, boys soccer. Food ourts, kid’s games and many other events on this day as well. www.pinkarrowpride.org

Ada Village Farmers’ Market

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Farm Market

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lake Odessa Fairgrounds, on Jordan Lake Hwy. 616-374-8501. www.lakeodessa.org

Music on the Lawn

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Ionia Civil War Encampment

Downtown Ionia. Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. Multiple events scheduled from Friday noon to Sunday noon. 616-5271860. www.ioniafirst.com

Ionia Farmer’s Market

3-7 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-5271420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

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Middleville Farmers Market

7a.m.-1p.m. In the Village parking lot local vendors with fresh produce and creative crafts. Contact the Village of Middleville for more information or visit our web. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269)795-3385

7 p.m. Ada Historical Society, 7144 Headley St., Ada. Check the website for the full lineup. Event is free. 616-676-9346. www.AdaHistoricalSociety.org

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Lowell Area Farmers’ Market

12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tractor Supply parking lot, 2111 W. Main, Lowell 616-897-9186. www.discoverlowell.org

noon - 6 p.m. The Community Church, 7239 Thornapple River Dr., Ada. Over 35+ food vendors. Accepting Visa, Mastercard, EBT/Bridge and offering Double Up Food Bucks. Details on Facebook and at www.adafarmersmarket.com

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Ionia Farmer’s Market

3-7 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-527-1420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

Visit www.gilmorecarmuseum.org for more information. Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 W. Hickory Rd., Hickory Corners, (269) 671-5089

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Ada Village Farmers’ Market

noon - 6 p.m. The Community Church, 7239 Thornapple River Dr., Ada. Over 35+ food vendors. Accepting Visa, Mastercard, EBT/Bridge and offering Double Up Food Bucks. Details on Facebook and at www.adafarmersmarket.com

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Tentative Schedule) Registration runs from 8:00 a.m. Noon. Entry fee is $10 per bike. Trophies awarded at 4:00 p.m. Live music by Big Willy Blues Band from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Burnout Contest from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Bomers Auto & Cycle. Body painting, balloons, face painting, t-shirts available, food vendors and more! Held in the Bomers Auto & Cycle Service parking lot, Barry Automotive parking lot and City parking lot (right next to Tyden Park.). 230 N. Broadway, Hastings, (269) 945-6296

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Pink Arrow Quiver Family Fun Walk & 5K Run

7 p.m. Downtown Lowell. Race/walk thru the streets of Lowell. Begins at the Riverwalk. Beth Kaminski, 616-862-8376. www.pinkarrowpride.org

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Tentative Schedule) Awards at 3:00 p.m. $10 entrance fee per vehicle, free to spectators. Dash plaques for the first 300 entries, over 30 trophies awarded, Best of Show awards and more! Live DJ. www.hastingscarclub.com. Downtown, Hastings, (269) 948-8789

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Barry County Historical Society Meeting

7p.m. Stories will be told from the fires in Middleville. For more information contact Brian Reynolds. Thornapple Emergency Serv Bldg 128 High Street, Middleville, (269)320-6006

Annual summer festival held in Downtown Hastings. Event features arts & crafts vendors on the courthouse lawn, concessions, free trolley rides, children’s activities, a tennis tournament, softball tournament, sand volleyball, 3-on-3 basketball, 10K/5K run, 3-on-3 soccer, roller hockey tournament, weight lifting contest, parade, car show, motorcycle show, live entertainment and a refreshment tent. Downloadable Forms: Craft Vendor Application, Non-Profit Vendor Application, Downtown, Hastings, (269) 945-2454

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Middleville’s Labor Day Bridge Walk/Volksmarch

9-11 a.m. Walk eight bridge crossings and do a 5k or 10k walk on the Paul Henry-Thornapple Trial. Contact the Village of Middleville or visit our web for more information. www.villageofmiddleville.org. Brochure is available at www.tracmvl.webs.com. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269)795-3385

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Model A Ford Gathering at the Gilmore Car Museum

9-1 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-5271420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

Spectator gates open at 9:00 a.m. for all shows. Visit www.gilmorecarmuseum.org for more information. Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 Hickory Rd., Hickory Corners, (269) 671-5089

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Hastings Car Club 2012 Cruise In

Fall Festival

NEW Location! 6 p.m.- Dark. Bring your car or truck and meet us there every second Saturday of each month May through September. Visit our website for additional information www.hastingscarclub.com. The Dog Track, 1450 W M-43 Hwy, Hastings

Bertha Brock Park, 2311 W. Bluewater Hwy., Ionia. An excellent event for the whole family, featuring demonstrations, kids’ games, free food (while supplies last), music, crafts, duck race, trolley rides and more. 616-522-7275.

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Contact Historic Charlton Park for more information. www.charltonpark.org. Charlton Park, Hastings, (269) 945-3775

15-16 Walk in the Spirit Pow Wow

Middleville Heritage Day

7 a.m. Begins with a 10k run on the Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail and includes a parade, antique car show, crafts, games, food, tractor pull and entertainment through out the day ending at 7p.m. Contact the Village of Middleville for more information or visit our web. www.villageofmiddleville.org. Middleville, (269)795-3385

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15-16 Fallasburg Fall Festival 10-5 p.m. Fallasburg Park, Lowell. Fine arts, traditional craft demonstrations, musical entertainment and hands-on art activities for kids. Lowell Arts! 616-897-8545. www.lowellartsmi.org

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11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Contact the Commission on Aging for more information and to sign up. 320 W Woodlawn, Hastings, (269)948-4856

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18th Annual Muscle Cars “Plus” Car Show

9:00 a.m. West Michigan Muscle Cars car show and swap meet at the Gilmore Car Museum. Feature Class: 1964-1974 Chevelle & El Camino. Dash plaques to first 150 cars, 60 trophies, DJ, door prizes, kids activities and more. Car Museum open to participants. Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 Hickory Rd., Hickory Corners, (269) 345-2202

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Ada Village Farmers’ Market

noon - 6 p.m. The Community Church, 7239 Thornapple River Dr., Ada. Over 35+ food vendors. Accepting Visa, Mastercard, EBT/Bridge and offering Double Up Food Bucks. Details on Facebook and at www.adafarmersmarket.com

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Ionia Farmer’s Market

3-7 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-527-1420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

Ada Village Farmers’ Market

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Lowell Area Farmers’ Market

noon - 6 p.m. The Community Church, 7239 Thornapple River Dr., Ada. Over 35+ food vendors. Accepting Visa, Mastercard, EBT/Bridge and offering Double Up Food Bucks. Details on Facebook and at www.adafarmersmarket.com

12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tractor Supply parking lot, 2111 W. Main, Lowell 616-897-9186. www.discoverlowell.org

11 - Oct. 21 Collage, Assemblage and Constructions Art Exhibition

7a.m.-1p.m. In the Village parking lot local vendors with fresh produce and creative crafts. Contact the Village of Middleville for more information or visit our web. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269)795-3385

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LowellArts! King Gallery, 149 S. Hudson, Lowell. Statewide juried art competition showcasing the great diversity of artistic talent in all corners of our state. LowellArts! 616-897-8545. www.lowellartsmi.org

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21-22 Farm Market 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lake Odessa Fairgrounds, on Jordan Lake Hwy. 616-374-8501. www.lakeodessa.org

Ionia Farmer’s Market

3-7 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-527-1420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

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Middleville Farmers Market

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Ionia Farmer’s Market

9-1 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-5271420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

Lowell Area Farmers’ Market

12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tractor Supply parking lot, 2111 W. Main, Lowell 616-897-9186. www.discoverlowell.org

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9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Contact the Commission on Aging for more information and for an entry form. 320 W Woodlawn, Hastings, (269) 948-4856

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4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Enjoy light refreshments as you network with Chamber members and learn more about the Chamber and the After Hours host. Events are held on the second Thursday of every month. Free for Chamber members and $10 for prospective members. RSVP to lynn@mibarry.com or (269) 945-2454. 1095 Briggs Rd., Middleville, (269) 945-2454

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Alto Harvest Festival & Car Show

Downtown Alto. Activities for the whole family. Classic cars, games, music, craft booths & contests. 616-868-6387. www.altoharvestfest.web.officelive.com

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Cadillac - LaSalle Club Meet at the Gilmore Car Museum

Visit www.gilmorecarmuseum.org for more information. Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 Hickory Rd., Hickory Corners, (269) 671-5089

Middleville Farmers Market

7a.m.-1p.m. In the Village parking lot local vendors with fresh produce and creative crafts. Contact the Village of Middleville for more information or visit our web. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269)795-3385

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Annual Classic Car Show Fundraiser for Kinship Care

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Ada Village Farmers’ Market

noon - 6 p.m. The Community Church, 7239 Thornapple River Dr., Ada. Over 35+ food vendors. Accepting Visa, Mastercard, EBT/Bridge and offering Double Up Food Bucks. Details on Facebook and at www.adafarmersmarket.com

Barry County Golden Club Golf Outing

Golden Club Charity Golf Outing at the Hastings Country Club. Details T.B.D. 1550 N. Broadway, Hastings, Troy Dalman, (269) 945-3423

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Ionia Farmer’s Market

14-15 Farm Market

3-7 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-5271420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lake Odessa Fairgrounds, on Jordan Lake Hwy. 616-374-8501. www.lakeodessa.org

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14-16 FallFest Bluegrass Music Festival Sept. 14, 6-10 p.m., Sept. 15, noon - 10 p.m. & Sept. 16, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Kent County Fairgrounds, 225 S. Hudson, Lowell. Bluegrass festival with bands in concert, campground jam sessions, music workshops, kids activities. Camping available. All concerts are inside. 616-897-6220. www.wmbma.org

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Middleville Farmers Market

7a.m.-1p.m. In the Village parking lot local vendors with fresh produce and creative crafts. Contact the Village of Middleville for more information or visit our web. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269)795-3385

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9-1 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-527-1420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

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Lowell Area Farmers’ Market

12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tractor Supply parking lot, 2111 W. Main, Lowell 616-8979186. www.discoverlowell.org

The Rat Pack Show

7 p.m. Michigan Farmer’s Hallof Fame, Prairieville

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9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lake Odessa Fairgrounds, on Jordan Lake Hwy. 616-374-8501. www.lakeodessa.org

7a.m.-1p.m. In the Village parking lot local vendors with fresh produce and creative crafts. Contact the Village of Middleville for more information or visit our web. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269)795-3385

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Ionia Farmer’s Market

Middleville Farmers Market

9-1 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-527-1420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

20-21 Arts & Eats

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Art, food & farm tour. Barry, Allegan and surrounding counties. www.artsandeats.org

Roselle Park River Festival

10-4 p.m. Roselle Park, 1010 Grand River Dr., Ada. The park has over 240 acres along the Grand River. Free activities for individuals & families. Exhibits, outdoor recreation activities, hands-on & discovery activities for kids, live music, snacks, walking, hiking, bicycling & more. Ada Township, 616-676-0520. www.adatownshipmi.com

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26-27 Thebes Players Tomb with a View Larkin’s Theatre, downtown Lowell. Dinner theatre. LowellArts! 616-897-8545. www.lowellartsmi.org

Ionia Farmer’s Market

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Middleville Farmers Market

Ionia Farmer’s Market

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Middleville Farmers Market

1-30 Paul Henry Thornapple Trail Closed for month of November

7a.m.-1p.m. In the Village parking lot local vendors with fresh produce and creative crafts. Contact the Village of Middleville for more information or visit our web. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269)795-3385

Due to the risk of danger to trail participants during deer hunting season, a portion of the trail is closed for one month. Main Street to the end of the second bridge on trail remains open, within the Village limits where no hunting is allowed. 100 E. Main St., Middleville, (269) 795-3385

Michigan Fiddlers’ Association Jamboree

3 & 4 Christmas Open House

Fiddlers’ 2-5 p.m. Open Mic 5-6 p.m. Fundraiser Dinner 5-6:30 p.m. Dancing 69 p.m. Contact the Commission on Aging for more information. 320 W Woodlawn, Hastings, (269) 948-4856

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Lake Odessa Antique Mall

26-Dec. 13 Wreath & Stocking Silent Auction Fund-raiser at the Barry County Commission on Aging

Middleville’s Chili Cook Off

4-6 p.m. Come, taste and judge all the great chili’s made by chefs and cooks in the area. Sponsored by the Lions Club. Contact Brian Appel for more information Middleville, (269) 795-9767

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Runs from Nov. 26 - Dec. 13. Silent Auction fund-raiser to benefit Barry County Commission on Aging’s Senior Services programs. Contact the Commission on Aging for more information. 320 W. Woodlawn Ave., Hastings, (269) 948-4856

Fall in Middleville

4-6 p.m. Come in costume, visit all the local merchants for Trick or Treat. Costume judging line up at 5p.m. Games and activities will be available for this fun day. Sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority. Contact the Village of Middleville or visit our web for more information. www.villageofmiddleville.org. Middleville, (269) 795-3385

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Girls’ Night Out

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Lakewood Area Chamber of Commerce Festival of Lights Holiday Open House

Mapes Furniture, 211 Main St., Sunfield, (517) 566-8021

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Human Resource Roundtable Program on Hiring Best Practices

Of Christmas Past

Contact Historic Charlton Park for more information. www.charltonpark.org. Charlton Park, Hastings, (269) 945-3775

8:00 - 9:30 a.m. “Hiring Best Practices” presentation by Attorney Sarah Willey of Miller Johnson. Be prepared to ask the right questions in the right way, know what to look for in a good employee and adhere to interviewing best practices. Free to Chamber Members and $10 for non-members. Please RSVP to valerie@mibarry.com. MI Works, Room A (Barry ISD), 535 W. Woodlawn Ave., Hastings, (269) 945-2454

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Hastings Christmas Parade

6pm, Harold Classic Memorial Park in Woodland

5-9 p.m. Downtown Lowell. Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, 616-897-9161. www.girlsnightoutlowell.org

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Middleville Christmas Parade

2:00 p.m. Parade line-up along east State Street. Route travels through downtown Hastings. Downtown, Hastings, (269) 945-2454

Ionia Farmer’s Market

3-7 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-527-1420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

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DECEMBER

10a.m. Lineup at McFall School at 9:30a.m. Parade travels on Main Street, East across M-37 through downtown and ends on Church Street. Contact Craig Kenyon for more . Middleville, (269)795-9286

Harvest Celebration

9 a.m. - dark. Downtown Lowell. Arts and Crafts, Pet Expo, Chili Cook-off, Scarecrow Building Hoedown and more! Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, 616-897-9161. www.lowellharvestcelebration.org

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Ionia Farmer’s Market

3-7 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-527-1420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

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Middleville Trick or Treat

5:30-8:00p.m. in the Village of Middleville.

7a.m.-1p.m. In the Village parking lot local vendors with fresh produce and creative crafts. Contact the Village of Middleville for more information or visit our web. www.villageofmiddleville.org. 100 E Main Street, Middleville, (269)795-3385

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All Hallows Eve

Contact Historic Charlton Park for more information. www.charltonpark.org. Charlton Park, Hastings, (269) 945-3775

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Autumn Celebration 4-8 p.m.

Downtown Ionia. Chili dawgs, carnival games, costumes, trick or treating, men of strength and more. Ionia County Chamber of Commerce, 616-527-2560. www.ioniachamber.net

3-7 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-5271420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

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3-7 p.m. Under the Pavilion located on the corner of Adams and Steele Streets, Ionia. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plantings & more. Ionia DDA, 616-527-1420. www.ci.ionia.mi.us

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10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Contact the Barry County Commission on Aging to sign up. 320 W. Woodlawn Ave., Hastings, (269) 948-4856

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Middleville blends festivals, concerts and races for summer fun Thornapple Trail start at 9 a.m. • Sept. 8 — Heritage Day begins with 10K run on the Paul Henry Thornapple Trail. Other events include parade, antique car and motorcycle show, crafts, games, food, tractor pulls, and other entertainment throughout the day. • Oct. 13 — Chili cook-off sponsored by Lions Club. • Dec. 1 — Lions Club sponsors Middleville Christmas Parade at 10 a.m. • Dec. 20 — Holly Trolley Christmas evening in Middleville.

The village of Middleville will host several community events throughout the year, from the traditional parades and music series, to the Labor Day bridge walk and annual fall Heritage Days. Events are all family oriented with the goal of getting people in and around the community to gather, share and have fun. Following is a listing of some of the main events planned for 2012: • June 2 — Champs Bar and Grill spring bike run will give participants a chance to dust off their motorcycles and enjoy a ride through the area. • June 15 — Riverbank music series opens with music planned every Friday through Aug. 24. The music is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Stagecoach Park, 100 E. Main St. Each week, a different group will present a free concert on the riverbank. Guests are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets and sit on the lawn to listen and enjoy. Local restaurants will have picnic suppers available. • June 15, 16 and 17 — 24-Hour Challenge. The community hosts this international event challenging bicyclists to ride as many miles as they can in a 24-hour period. The contest starts at Thornapple Kellogg Middle School. The Rotary Club sponsors a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. at the middle school to start the event. • July 10 to 12 — Blue Lake Group performance. This year’s entertainment will be the Pamina Girls’ Choir from Landau, Germany. They will perform a concert July 11 or 12. • July 28 — Taste of Middleville. The Lions Club will sponsor this food sampling event from 5 to 7 p.m. • Aug. 6 to 11 — Thornapple River Expedition. This is a six-day, 68-mile journey of discovery to experience conditions and opportunities of Michigan’s Thornapple River, from Vermontville to Ada. Aug. 8, the groups will stay at Whispering Waters Campground near Irving and Aug. 9 will have lunch at Middleville’s Stagecoach Park. • Sept. 3 — Labor Day bridge walk/Volksmarch. Eight bridge crossings and a 5K or 10K walk on the Paul Henry

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Make Fridays Your Day in Middleville Shop at our renowned Farmers Market every Friday from 7 AM to 1 PM, 100 E Main St., Middleville. Local farmers, bakeries and crafters have local products, May to October. Bike, Walk or Bird the Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail, paved for 3 1/2 miles through natural beauty. Kayak or Fish the Thornapple River from the two boat launches in the downtown area. Shop and Dine at local specialty restaurants and shops. Middleville’s 2012 Riverbank Music Series FRIDAYS from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Stagecoach Park, June 15 until August 24.

All concerts sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority and held in the gazebo at Stagecoach Park. In case of bad weather, concerts are held in the Middleville United Methodist Church, 111 Church Street. For more information, please call (269) 795-3385 or go to the Village of Middleville website at www.villageofmiddleville.org.

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Barry County Fair is a July tradition For 160 years, the Barry County Fair has been a summertime tradition, and it continues this year July 14 to 21. The fair is held at the county fairgrounds and Barry Expo Center on M-37 between Hastings and Middleville. Fair week is full of 4-H livestock shows, carnival rides, fair food, entertainment and family fun. It’s the culminating week for many 4-H youths in the county who have worked throughout the year on projects from crafts and photography, to creative writing, baking, gardening, electronics, livestock projects and educational books and posters. Some of this year’s grandstand main attractions include harness racing, draft horse pulls, off-road challenge, rodeo, autocross, motocross, antique tractor pull, pony pull and a demolition derby. Many of the grandstand events are free, while others have an additional entrance fee. There’s lots of free entertainment the community tent every day including Senior Day activities Tuesday, Ladies Day programs Thursday and a country music jamboree Friday. The annual Taste of Barry County takes place Saturday, July 21. Daily youth livestock competitions start July 14 with the dog show. Sunday, more competitions heat up the start of the fair with the rabbit and cavy show and the poultry show. Monday’s main livestock attractions are the goat and lambs shows, followed Tuesday by the swine show. Wednesday, the beef show takes over the main ring and others will participate in the cat show and dog agility classes. Thursday

The Barry County Fair has been providing fun and education for area residents for 160 years. marks the youth dairy show and dairy feeder show. Followed by the small animal sale. Friday is the large animal livestock sale and Saturday marks the end of the fair with the show of champions and a youth tractor driving contest and livestock fashion show. Horse shows and contests take place throughout the week in the horse arena. The fair’s version of the “Amazing Race” is back for a second year on Saturday where teams of 4-Hers compete to find clues, complete challenges and finish the race. For more information and a complete list of all fair events and activities, visit www.barryexpocenter.com.

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CROP Walks continue to grow The annual CROP Hunger Walks held each fall in Barry County continue to grow, and organizers of the events in Hastings and Delton are eagerly planning for another demonstration of neighbors caring for each other. The Barry County CROP Hunger Walk traditionally takes place in Hastings and will be Sunday, Oct. 14, with registration at 1:30 and the walk at 2 p.m. This year’s plans include the possibility of moving the event to Middleville to broaden participation, explore new walking routes and tap into the enthusiasm and creativity brought to the event each year by members of the Middleville United Methodist Church. Participant numbers were also up at the Delton Area Community CROP Hunger Walk last fall, helped primarily by children who responded to a $25 gift match from an anonymous donor. “When we advertised that, we found so many people who will support kids in any way they can,” says Dee DeFields, who co-coordinates the event with Elaine Gilbert. “But we’ve also got a few who are original members of our event.” DeFields also points out that one participant takes the name of the event seriously. Delton’s Marianne Struckmeyer traditionally grows and sells produce to make a donation to the event, raising crops for CROP. The Delton Area Community CROP Hunger Walk is traditionally the last Sunday of September and begins and ends at Faith United Methodist Church.

Music, balloons, and door prizes make the Delton Area Community CROP Walk a popular events each fall. Information on the Barry County Hunger Walk can obtained from Nolan or Joan Hudson, 517-852-1821. Inquiries regarding the Delton Area Community CROP Hunger Walk can be directed to DeFields, 269-721-3646, or Gilbert, 269-623-8763.

Hastings will be ‘Mackertown’ June 30-July 1 organizing the weekend. “The members of the community organizing this new event in Barry County are creating an event that is sure to succeed in providing a healthy and fun tournament.” Team registration, priced at $132 per team, is open until June 8 by mail and through June 11 online. Applications are available online at www.macker.com/tournaments. Player lists and brackets will be available on the website one week prior to the tournament. “The Gus Macker Basketball Tournament is a great time for anybody who enjoys basketball regardless of their playing experience or skill level,” says Pat Coltson, teacher and coach with the Hastings Area Schools. “It’s a great weekend spent hanging out with friends playing basketball and meeting new people.”

In its 38th year, the Gus Macker Basketball Tournament will be making its first stop in Hastings the weekend of June 30 and July 1. The three-on-three tournament that started in a Lowell driveway in 1987 and which now holds events all over the country, is expected to bring 200-plus teams and more than 8,000 players and spectators to downtown Hastings. Courts will be set up in the streets adjacent to the downtown business district and historic courthouse for teams of any composition: male or female, young or old, short or tall, experienced or novice. “This event will be a clear reflections on the amazing residents and community members that are giving of their resources, time, and talents,” says Valerie Byrnes of the Barry County Chamber of Commerce, which is

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Autumn Celebration comes to Ionia LOWELL

The smell of fresh, homemade chilli will be engulfing downtown Ionia once again, as the Autumn Celebration comes into town. The week leading up to the event features Scare Crow Alley with dozens of frightening and creative creations lining lampposts on Main St. The celebration covers Ionia’s Main Street district from the Armory to the Ionia Theatre. All proceeds from the event will benefit Big Brother, Big Sisters. This is the fall event that Ionians and visitors alike try not to miss - bringing nearly 8000 people to Main Street in a four hour time slot. There is so much to participate in and see that it is a challenge within itself for anyone to do it all! The celebration will have the classics for everyone’s enjoyment, which will include the famous Independent Bank Chili-Dawg Challenge, the Chilidog eating contest, the Meijer Costume Contest, Main Street Trick-or-Treat and Resurrection Life Church’s Carnival and Conquerors.

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Hastings will celebrate 35th annual Summerfest

Arts council planning concerts, exhibits and more The Thornapple Arts Council has scheduled a variety of events for the coming months, including: • Fridays at the Fountain — from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the courthouse lawn, featuring a different musical group each week. • Hastings City Band concerts— Wednesdays, June 13, 20, 27, July 4 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. • Downtown Hastings Sculpture Exhibit Opening Celebration — Friday, June 15; music, docents to talk about the sculptures throughout downtown Hastings. • Art on the Lawn at Putnam District Library, Nashville — June 16, in conjunction with the Nashville Car Show Saturday; children’s activities on the library lawn. • Lyrics on the Lawn in Nashville 6:30 p.m. June 14, 21, 28; and July 12, 19, 26; live music on the library lawn. • Hastings First Ward Park Art July 23 to Aug. 17; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; free art program for kids. • Lakewood Area Choral Society performance, Sept. 9, Barry Community Enrichment Center. • ArtPrize Bus tour September and October. • Auction for the Arts, November; largest annual fundraiser with art and non-art items. • Delton Art Hop, December. For more information, call 269-945-2002 or visit www.thornapplearts.org.

Hastings Summerfest will offer music, food, fun and entertainment for all people of ages throughout the town Friday, Aug. 24 through Sunday, Aug. 26. Activities traditionally include live musical entertainment, free trolley rides, arts and crafts on the courthouse lawn, children’s activities, tennis tournament, softball tournament, farmers market, a 10K and 5K run/walk, Jim Jensen Memorial 3-on-3 basketball tournament, soapbox derby race, car show, motorcycle show, a grand parade Saturday afternoon and a children’s parade Sunday, and more.

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Arts and crafts are an annual feature of Hastings Summerfest.

The Sunfield Farmers Picnic Aug. 16 to 19 brings a crowd to the village on M-43 east of Lake Odessa. Thursday events include a pig roast, Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth ball games and reception for the grand marshal. Friday’s schedule includes a chicken barbecue, craft and vendor booths, games, SPY’s ball games, pedal pull and dance under the tent. Saturday will feature a pancake breakfast, SPY’s ball games, whiffleball, open class craft display with judging, GAR hall open, craft and vendor booths, parade, open horseshoe contest, firemen’s bingo, frog-jumping contest, family games, Lions ox roast, Rainbow of Talent Variety Show, merchants’ raffle and fireworks. Sunday will simmer down the festival with a community church service and Sunfield all-school reunion.

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Yankee Springs offers mix of outdoor fun Yankee Springs Recreation Area consists of 5,000 acres, nine lakes, two state parks, an equestrian campground, 30 miles of trails including a portion of the North Country Trail which stretches from New York to South Dakota. The area also is home to a variety of natural geological features, such as the Devil’s Soup Bowl, a very steep depression in the earth caused by glaciers. Grave’s Hill and Mount Baldy are also popular scenic spots. The recreation area contains numerous stands of red, white and jack pines. “The Pines,” where the Civilian Conservation Corps hand planted saplings more than 70 years ago, is open to visitors who are invited to walk the trail that cuts through the mature stand of pines. The recreation area has been designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. A number of birds can nest and reproduce only where mature trees are present. Two rustic cabins are available for rent on Chief Noonday Lake. The cabins have a hand water pump, but no running water. Both cabins have electricity with a refrigerator and microwave. The area features a bicycle-only campground with access to 13 miles of mountain bike trails. A permanent orienteering course allows adventurers to hone their compass skills year-round. The course is the only one of its kind within Michigan State Parks.

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The 12th annual classic car show in Nashville has expanded to include Valley Rally. Traditionally held the Saturday before Father’s Day, the event has grown to three days and several events. Blue Water Rockers, a retro rock band, will start the festivities with a free concert on the lawn of Putnam District Library Thursday, June 14. Friday evening, karaoke and hot dogs provided by Grace Community church will culminate with a fireworks display at dusk. Saturday will be brimming with activities as Main Street fills with classic cars. Each year, car enthusiasts enjoy pancake breakfast at the fire station, a parade, prizes, 50/50 raffle, village-wide yard sales, bake sales, silent auction and softball tournament. A 5K has been added to this year’s events. The library will again offer Art on the Lawn; featuring furniture from Lentz Table Factory and paintings by Lelia Lentz. Kids may join in art activities sponsored by Thornapple Arts Council. A book sale and root beer floats will also be at the library.

The June car show in Nashville has been expanded to the three-day Valley Rally.

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Local garden tour will celebrate the growing season The 15th annual “A Day in the Garden” home garden tour will highlight six private gardens for public viewing Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gardens on this year’s tour, presented by the Thornapple Garden Club, will be at the homes of: • Phyllis and Jerry Essex • Susan and Rick Achtziger • Carrie and Rick Spicer • Karen and Jim Whitney • Betty and Phillip VanNoord • Denise and Tom Allen Back this year will the popular Garden Thyme Market on the Barry County Courthouse lawn during the hours of the garden tour. Gardeners may shop the displays of vendors and buy garden accessories for their home gardens. A multi-item garden-themed drawing will be a highlight of the day. Potential drawing winners can purchase tickets at the Garden Thyme Market/Thornapple Garden Club booth on the Courthouse lawn. Garden tour tickets and maps, complete with instructions on how to maneuver through city street construction, are available in advance for $8 at Alfresco, Barry County Chamber of Commerce office, Bosley Pharmacy, S&S Farm Market and Apol’s Landscaping, all located in or near Hastings. Tickets also may be purchased through email to thornapplegardenclub@yahoo.com and will be available the

The gardens of Dick and Audrey Deming were featured on the 2011 Thornapple Garden Tour, including the beautiful peonies presented here by Audrey Deming. day of the tour for $10 at the garden club booth on the courthouse lawn. For further information, call tour chairpersons Anita Lyons, 269-948-8234,or Cindy Teater, 269-948-8881. The Thornapple Garden Club is a nonprofit organization with proceeds directed toward the beautification of the Hastings area.

Charlton Park brings history alive all summer long Historic Charlton Park, with its village, museum and recreation area, has been a fixture in Barry County since 1936. Situated on 310 acres along Thornapple Lake, the park offers opportunities for everyone. A beach, boat launch, picnic area and hiking trails complement the historic village, which includes a stagecoach stop, schoolhouse, general store and many other turn-of-thecentury homes and businesses. The park offers many special events, including the Father’s Day Car Show, Fourth of July and veterans barbecue, gas and steam engine show, Civil War muster, Great Lakes longbow invitational, August Fest, Havoc in Hastings, Walk-in-the Spirit Pow Wow, All Hallows Evening and Of Christmas Past. Admission to the village, museum and recreation Area is free except during special events. Call 269-945-3775, visit www.charltonpark.org or find Charlton Park on Facebook for hours and additional details.

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Kent County Fair will celebrate “Bounty” The Kent County Youth Fair will celebrate “The Bounty of Kent County” from Aug. 6 through 11. With the amount of effort that goes into maintaining an event like the fair the 4-H volunteers and participants work year round to ready the fairgrounds and animals, schedule events and organize. From the opening ceremonies on Sunday, followed by a busy Heroes' Day on Monday, people flock to the fairgrounds in search of entertainment and good hometown fun. Out on the midway and in the little park next to the vendors' stands, will be the smell of elephant ears, gyros and French fries. There will be carnival rides and sideshows and make sure you visit the Free Entertainment stage for everything from fashion shows to clown skits. And of course, the animal barns will be filled with livestock groomed for the fair. 4-H kids will be showing their animal hoping to win that blue ribbon. For more information on the 2012 Kent County Youth Fair go to www.kcfg.org.

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No Family Left Indoors will return this summer LOWELL

For the second year, organizations and individuals in Barry County have come together to collaborate and get families outside to encourage exploration of nature and the county that surrounds them through No Family Left Indoors. All programs are free and run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 12 — Family night at YMCA Camp Algonquin. June 19 — Nesting season at Otis Sanctuary. June 26 — Paul Henry Thornapple Trail hike in Middleville. July 10 — Sticks and Splatters with the Thornapple Arts Council. July 17 — Thornapple River Exploration with the Thornapple Watershed Council. July 24 — Tree-rific at Charlton Park. July 31 — Amazing Insects at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Aug. 7 — scavenger hunt at Hastings Riverwalk Trail. Aug. 14 — Pond Exploration at Clear Lake Camp. Call 269-721-4190 to register. Online registration is available at www.cedarcreekinstitute.org.

No Family Left Indoors is a local program to get families outside to see Barry County and participate in outdoor activities.

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Gun Lake Live summer long concert series

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The Gun Lake Live concerts will be on the Bay Pointe Inn’s lakefront event pavilion Wednesdays from 6 to 10 p.m. The 2012 concert schedule features three concerts by Tony Fields, Doug Decker and Jeff Starr. Concert goers may order food and cocktails and are welcome to dance to the live music. The concerts will be held rain or shine. The schedule includes: June 13 — The Trace June 20 — Eddy and the Breakers June 27 — Squid Band July 4 — Tony Fields, Doug Decker and Jeff Starr July 11 — Bronk Brothers July 18 — The Bluecatz July 25 — Eddy and the Breakers Aug. 1 — The Trace Aug. 8 — Bronk Brothers Aug. 15 — The Bluecatz Aug. 22 — Squid Band Aug. 29 — Tony Fields, Doug Decker and Jeff Starr

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Libraries urge youngsters to ‘dream big - read’ gram starts Thursday, June 7, and runs through Thursday, July 12. For more information, call 269-367-4694 or go to www.gwspindler@monroe.lib.mi.us. Vermontville Township Library — various programs are scheduled throughout the summer. For more information, call 517-726-1362. The library is located at 120 E First St.

“Dream Big — Read” is the theme for summer programs at many local libraries. Staff and volunteers at the libraries have been making plans and contacting entertainers to create a schedule of events that follow the theme. Magicians, musicians and animals are frequent visitors at these programs designed to thrill children. Staff and volunteers also have been developing fliers and game pieces to challenge and reward youngsters who make reading a part of their daily summer plans. For specific information on summer reading programs, call or visit the nearest library. In the meantime, here are the times of the special summer reading programs at area libraries: • Clarksville Area Library — summer reading registration begins June 7. For more information, call 616-6931001. • Delton District Library — the summer reading program begins Monday, June 11. Story time will be every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. A variety of programs begin June 14. For more information, call 269-623-8040 or visit www.deltonlib.org. • Freeport District Library — registration for summer reading program begins Monday, June 11, and continues through the end of July. Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m., June 13 through July 18, families are invited to attend special programs. For more information, call 616-765-5181 or go online www.freeportdl.michlibrary.org. • Hastings Public Library —Summer reading programs are Wednesdays at 2 p.m. in the community room. Call 269945-4263 for more information. • Lake Odessa Community Library — the summer reading program kicks off June 6. Preschool summer program, Bedtime ... Everywhere begins Thursday, June 7, at 10:30 a.m. The teen summer reading program, We Own the Night, starts Thursday, June 7, at 2 p.m. All summer programs run through July. For more information, call 616-374-4591 or go to www.lakeodessalibrary.org. • Thornapple Kellogg School and Community Library, Middleville, will have new times and days for its summer reading club. Registration for the summer reading programs starts the week of June 11. The summer program ends at TK the week of July 20. Anyone interested in more specific times and dates for events should visit the website, www.tkschools.org/community/library. • Putnam District Library, Nashville —the summer reading program for preschool and elementary children will be Mondays, June 11 through July 30, at 11 a.m. Programs for children in sixth to 12th grades will be announced. Visit www.putnamlib.org or call 517-852-9723. • Sunfield District Library — call 517-566-8065 for information on upcoming programs and events. • Spindler Memorial Library, Woodland — summer pro101 THINGS TO DO!

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Putnam District Library, housed in a historic residence in downtown Nashville, will again make use of the grassy lawn this summer by hosting Lyrics on the Lawn summer concert series and Art on the Lawn program. The free concerts will be Thursday evenings, starting June 14. Blue Water Rockers will kick off the series with Ionia Community Band scheduled for June 21 and the Thornapple Dulcimer Society June 28. Resuming July 12 will be Bows ‘n’ Buddies; local metal band Condition: Critical July 19; and the final concert will be Maiden Voyage July 26. The library will host Art on the Lawn June 16, featuring furniture from Lentz Table Factory and paintings by Lelia Lentz. Kids can join in art activities sponsored by Thornapple Arts Council. A book sale and root beer floats will also be at the library. More information can be found on the library website at www.putnamlib.org or call 517-852-9723.

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Pierce Cedar Creek offers fun, food, education and environmental awareness LOWELL

Located nine miles south of Hastings, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is a public environmental education center. The mission of the institute is to promote environmental education, research, preservation and appreciation. Set on 661 acres, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute provides visitors with a exposure to a blend of diverse habitats, including wetlands, forests, marshes, streams, lakes and prairies. The institute is open to the public, year-round, free of charge. Visitors may explore more than seven miles of nature trails and offers programming including nature hikes, gardening and herb workshops, sustainable living classes, Sunday brunches and more. Visitors may enjoy a seasonal art exhibit by a local artist or photographer. The visitor center also houses a 300-plus-piece clock collection, amassed by Willard “Bill� G. Pierce. For more information about Pierce Cedar Creek Institute or events this summer, call 269-721-4190 or go to www.cedarcreekinstitute.org.

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Yankee Springs offers mix of outdoor fun

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Yankee Springs Recreation Area consists of 5,000 acres, nine lakes, two state parks, an equestrian campground, 30 miles of trails including a portion of the North Country Trail which stretches from New York to South Dakota. The area also is home to a variety of natural geological features, such as the Devil’s Soup Bowl, a very steep depression in the earth caused by glaciers. Grave’s Hill and Mount Baldy are also popular scenic spots. The recreation area contains numerous stands of red, white and jack pines. “The Pines,” where the Civilian Conservation Corps hand planted saplings more than 70 years ago, is open to visitors who are invited to walk the trail that cuts through the mature stand of pines. The recreation area has been designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. A number of birds can nest and reproduce only where mature trees are present. Two rustic cabins are available for rent on Chief Noonday Lake. The cabins have a hand water pump, but no running water. Both cabins have electricity with a refrigerator and microwave. The area features a bicycle-only campground with access to 13 miles of mountain bike trails. A permanent orienteering course allows adventurers to hone their compass skills year-round. The course is the only one of its kind within Michigan State Parks. The Hiking Spree Program awards anyone who walks three trails in the designated area, with a medallion to display on walking stick or pack. Information on educational programs is available through the recreation area by calling the office about the Explorer Guide Program. Many outdoor athletic events, such as races and challenges, along with other events are not scheduled specifically a state recreation area event, but do take place in the park area. People are encouraged to call the park, 269-795-9081, for more information.

Enjoy music, fun during Rock the Port concert series held at Lake Odessa Village Park

Rock the Port is a free concert series for the public, located at Lake Odessa Village Park, and is scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. every Thursday starting June 30 through Aug. 11. Members of the Ionia County Area Arts Council have had a goal to revive the series after its one-year hiatus. This summer, bands including Stolen Horses, The Professors, Maiden Voyage, Paradise Band and Nowhere Band are expected to perform, as well as singular artists Matt Moore and Josh Rose. Musical genres from country to folk, oldies and Christian will be covered to appeal to all audiences.

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Arts and Eats weekend celebrates art, food and farms

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Arts and Eats is a free backroads arts, food and farm tour. The weekend self-driving tour during the height of color season in Southwest Michigan is scheduled for Oct. 20 and 21, featuring stops in and around Barry County. The program will focus on the assets and features of the area. A map will direct travelers to artists in their studios, eateries that feature local food, and farms that grow local food or fiber. At central sites throughout the area, artists will share gallery or booth space if they do not have a studio of their own. For more information, visit www.artsandeats.org.

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Praireville concert season hits high note “but our age ofpeople is declining and getting older, so we’ve got to change a bit.� Neighbors and long-time fans will be surprised — in a good way — by how Bill Aukerman defines “a bit,� especially based on the opening concert that kicked off this 34th season. Billed as a fundraiser to replace the roof of the Farmers Hall of Fame building on the property at Milo and Parker roads just south of Prairieville, the April 27 appearance by Elvis Presley Jr. and saxophonist Tommy Vale blew the shingles off the structure. Vale will be returning Friday, June 8, in an appearance by Bill Haley and the Comets which will also include trombonist Al Rappa, who played with the late Bill Haley. Also on this season’s dance card will be a Friday, June 22, concert by The Leiters of the Star Lite Theatre in Branson, Mo., followed by a July 27 Country Caravan Show featuring impersonators Rock Harley as Johnny Cash, Alvin Anders as Hank Williams Sr., and Kathleen Bressler as Patsy Cline. Friday, Aug. 5, the Aukermans will be dedicating the Old Gospel Church with a 10 a.m. concert of gospel music, an 11:15 a.m. church service, and a noon potluck dinner. Friday, Aug. 31, will kick off the Labor Day holiday weekend with the annual Hall of Fame induction of country music entertainers along with a concert beginning at 7 p.m. The weekend concludes on Saturday, Sept. 1 with the signature Hall of Fame Country Music Show including a benefit auction at 2 p.m., a potluck dinner and a 7 p.m. concert. The season will wrap up Friday, Sept. 28, with a Rat Pack Show starring Steve London as Dean Martin and Garry Sacco as Frank Sinatra. Proceeds from all shows will be dedicated to sustaining the Hall of Fame and the Old Gospel Church. Tickets can be obtained by writing the Farmers Hall of Fame, 7650 Milo Road, Delton, 49046 or by calling 616-723-6329 or 269623-2485.

For 33 years, Bill Aukerman loved tapping his foot the country music bands that he and his wife, Maggie, lined up for neighbors and for fans at their farm in Prairieville. But times changed and so did music — and so did the Aukermans. “Older people know old-time country music,� says Bill,

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Gilmore Car Museum, which is now open year-round has several special events lined up in the coming months. Events include: June 3 — CCCA Museum Grand Experience Concours. June 9 — Vintage Motorcycle Ride. June 10 — Vintage Motorcycle Show. June 16 — All Air-Cooled Car Gathering. June 22 to 24 — Kalamazoo Valley Antique Tractor, Engine and Machinery Show. July 5 to 7 — America’s Horseless Carriage. July 8 — Mad Dogs and Englishmen British Car Faire. July 14 — Walter P. Chrysler Club National Meet. July 28 — Mopars at the Red Barns. Aug. 4 — Red Barns Spectacular. Aug. 18 — Relix Riot: Traditional Hot Rod and Ol’ School Bike Show and Swap Meet. Aug. 26 — Pierce-Arrow Gathering at Gilmore. Sept. 9 — West Michigan Muscle Car plus Show and Swap Meet. Sept. 23 — Cadillac-LaSalle Gathering. Special exhibits for 2012 include White Lightnin’ and Rollin’ Thunder, the History of Stock Car Racing; The Automobile and the Dust Bowl; and Vintage Motorcycles. Visits to the special exhibits are included in the admission price. The museum will host Wednesday Night Cruise-ins from 6 to 8 p.m. weekly, through September. All vehicles are welcome. The grounds will be open for free; museum buildings will be closed. The Gilmore Car Museum, on M-43 and Hickory Road, south of Delton, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 6 p.m. on weekends. To learn more, visit www.GilmoreCarMuseum.org or call 269-671-5089.


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Food and fun will again highlight Founders Day in Delton to be held for the 39th year Friday and Saturday, Aug.10 and 11. Activities for the entire family include inflatables for kids Friday afternoon and Saturday on the soccer field across from the elementary school. The popular Founders Festival Committee’s Pig Roast will be Friday evening, featuring a menu of pork, baked beans, potato salad, roll and drink. Cost is $6 per person and $4 for kids under 12. Friday evening will also include outdoor bowling on the north end of Scribner Street. The street will be closed off, and anyone can bowl.

Saturday starts with the Barry Prairieville Hope Fire Club Pancake Breakfast served from 7 to 11 a.m. There will be arts and crafts on the school grounds, and the inflatables will be open, as well. Saturday will also include the amateur rib cookoff. Contestants pay a $25 registration fee which includes four slabs of ribs to cook. Contestants must bring their own equipment, and the cooking is done on site. The contest begins at 9 a.m. and judging is at 2:30 p.m. A ceremony will be held Saturday at noon to honor the grand marshals, Miss Delton and her court, as well as Little Miss Delton and her court, after which the parade will start at 1 p.m. There will be entertainment throughout the two-day event, as well as games, raffles, food and fun for all.

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The Michigan Audubon Otis Farm Bird Sanctuary is a sanctuary with three distinct natural features. Its 120 acres can be described as either wetland, grassland or forest. The wetland nudges up against the sanctuary’s western border — Glass Creek. Visitors may follow a 500-foot boardwalk out to the creek. Bird life in the marsh include soras, Virginia rails and trumpeter swans, along with a cadre of other waterfowl and songbirds. Guests may bring a kayak or canoe to better experience Glass Creek by paddling upstream through the marsh and back by letting the stream be a gentle guide. A 30-acre restored prairie and a 10-acre field attracts grassland songbirds. The prairie recently was enhanced by removing non-native shrubs and trees. The grassland runs down to Havens Road. Massive red and black oak trees along the road represent what this area looked like 200 years ago. The 1.2-mile hiking trail weaves through these open areas. In late August, eight-foot tall big bluestem drapes over the trail. Birds here include the state endangered Henslow’s sparrow, sedge wren, field sparrow, and bobwhite quail. Birdhouses in these areas attract tree swallows and Eastern bluebirds. The west part of the sanctuary is a mix of pine plantation, a savanna restoration, and a mature oak-hickory forest. Several ponds intermix, giving birdwatchers a variety of species in this area, such as the ovenbird, hooded warbler, Acadian flycatcher, American goldfinches and blue-winged warblers. On the ponds, watch for wood ducks. The sanctuary is open every day, dawn to dusk. Admission is free. Ample parking is available, and there is a bathroom. The Otis Farm Interpretive Center is the red barn and is open on selected days. Every third Saturday of the month, join the manager or a volunteer on a bird hike starting at 10 a.m. from the barn. For more information, call 269-948-5777 or visit otis@michiganauduon.org. The Otis Bird Sanctuary is located at 3560 Havens Road, Hastings. 101 THINGS TO DO!

celebrate 50 years An ice cream social commemorating the 50th anniversary of Bernard Historical Museum will take place Saturday, July 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. Guests are invited to attend the celebration and enjoy free ice cream. The museum is located at 7135 W. Delton Road approximately one mile west of Delton. The grounds overlook Crooked Lake and include seven buildings, housing more than 25,000 artifacts. The main building was built in the 1930s and was operated by Dr. Prosper G. Bernard as a hospital. He later converted the building to a museum that opened to the public in May 1963. Admission and parking are free. Donations are accepted. Hours in June are Sundays only, 1 to 5 p.m.; July and August, Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.; September, Sundays only, 1 to 5 p.m. The museum is closed October to May. Tour groups may schedule visits on other days by calling 269-623-5416.

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Orangeville Days bring mix of activities The community of Orangeville will hold its seventh annual Orangeville Days festivities from Friday, Aug. 17, through Sunday, Aug. 19. But the festivities begin with the Taste of Orangeville Aug. 12 to 16; people who buy a wristband at one of the six participating restaurants will get special prices on food at the restaurants. The annual euchre tournament is tentatively set to kick things off Friday evening. Saturday promises to be a big day starting with a pancake breakfast at the township hall at 7350 Lindsey Road, then a parade. Most of the activities will take place on the grounds of the township hall and the accompanying sports fields. Activities will include horseshoe, basketball and softball tournaments. Laura the Elephant from Fremont will be present and will be available for rides, providing children and others with the opportunity to view the surroundings from the height of her back. A variety of games also will be available for children. A midway featuring 40 different vendors will have everything from food to T-shirts. A band will begin to play at 2 p.m. In the evening the Gun River Inn will feature a mechanical surfboard. Sunday, things wrap up with the last two softball teams

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Hastings offers a variety of summer activities and events Downtown Hastings offers a variety of one-time and ongoing activities and events throughout the summer, including the following: • Farmers market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays on the courthouse lawn, May through October. • Yoga on the courthouse lawn 8 to 8:45 a.m. Thursdays, May through August. • Pub Crawl — date and time to be announced • Body Weight Boot Camp on the courthouse lawn 8 to 8:45 a.m. Mondays, May through August. • Taste Bud Appreciation Month — June, details to be announced • Hastings City Band concerts — 7:30 Wednesdays, June 13 through July 11, on the courthouse lawn. In event of rain, concerts will be at the Barry Community Enrichment Center • Hastings Downtown Sculpture Exhibit Opening Celebration 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 15. • Fridays at the Fountain concert series 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the courthouse lawn, beginning June 15 • Gus Macker in Downtown Hastings, Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1.

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Merchants and groups plan busy summer in Lake Odessa Lake Odessa, which lies just outside of Barry County, has a variety of events planned this summer, from art to music to sales and opportunities to learn about local history, area merchants and groups have a full calendar. June 14 — Girls Night Out, 4 to 8 p.m. June 27 —Lake Odessa Fair Parade, downtown Lake Odessa 6 p.m. June 27 to July 1, 78th Lake Odessa Fair, Lake Odessa Fairgrounds. Activities include youth dodgeball tournaments, tractor pull, dairy show, beef and sheep judging, semi-truck and pickup truck pulling, adult volleyball tournament, youth horse show, kids day, beer barn, heavyweight horse pull, scramble track racing, figure-eight derby, ending with fireworks Sunday, July 1. June 30 Lake Odessa High School alumni display at the museum. July 1 — Lake Odessa Area Historical Society Ice Cream Social, 2 to 5 p.m. at the Lake Odessa Museum. July 7 — Art in the Park, Lake Odessa Village Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s 38th annual event offers crafters and food booths in the Lake Odessa Village Park. Music from local talent throughout the day. July 28 Depot Day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Depot Museum. Food, music, dancing and more. Aug. 4 — Lakewood Area Chamber of Commerce Kids Fishing Tournament, 9 a.m. to noon. Details at www.lakewoodareacoc.org. Aug. 4 — Lake Odessa Car Show, downtown Lake Odessa, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pedestrians take over Fourth Avenue to view vintage, antique and muscle cars on display; area merchants offering specials; drawings for prizes will take place throughout the day. Sept. 29 and 30, Classic Automobile and Lakewood High School alumni display, Lake Odessa Museum. October — Lake Odessa Fall Festival. Check www.lakeodessa.org for updates on the second annual event. Nov. 2 — Lake Odessa Area Historical Society autumn dinner. Nov. 8, Lake Odessa Area Historical Society Memory Trees. Nov. 23 and 24 Christmas ’Round the Town, hosting to local crafters.

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For well over 100 years, the village of Freeport has had some form of community celebration. The celebration has had various names over the years, but in 2012, it is going back to its heritage. The celebration Aug. 3 and 4 will again be called Freeport Homecoming. Some notable changes include a street dance Friday night with music by the Jessica Price Band, a main stage located in the heart of Freeport, Saturday DJ music, a threeacre inflatable children’s obstacle course and children’s events, a car show and parade, hot air balloon raffle and launch Saturday night, bale rolling, and Wii bowling — to name just a few. Go to www.freeporthomecoming.com for more information. The Freeport Library will join the homecoming celebration by offering its Love for Literacy 5K Run/Walk, Saturday, Aug. 4. Registration begins at 7 a.m., followed by 8 a.m. start, then a kids parade and fun run at 10 a.m. For more info go to www.freeportdl.michlibrary.org.

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Clarksville celebrates with ox roast, engine show through Saturday, Aug. 25, the Clarksville Steam and Gas Engine Show returns to town. The event is on Robbins Road just south of Clarksville. Guests can watch as steam engines cut lumber, view antique tractors on display, enjoy homemade ice cream and more.

August is a busy month in the village of Clarksville. The annual community celebration, the Clarksville Ox Roast will return Aug. 11. Activities will include the firemen’s pancake breakfast, antique tractor show and pull, three-on-three basketball tournament, parade, pedal tractor pull, talent show, old-fashioned games and more. A little later in the month, from Thursday, Aug. 23,

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The Woodland Women’s Study Club will host is garden tour at area homes Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Woodland Homecoming Celebration Sept. 1 to 3 will mark Woodland Township’s 175th anniversary. Labor Day weekend events will include the Lakewood Lions Club chicken barbecue, softball tournament, Art Under the Maples and more. October will bring the Woodland Women’s Study Club tour of area homes. December lights up with the Lakewood Area Chamber of Commerce Festival of Lights, Woodland Village Park. Guests may take a drive through the park and enjoy the display of lights. The village’s luminaries display returns Dec. 24. Streets of the village will be glowing with luminaries to celebrate the holiday.

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Thornapple Players offer entertainment, drama camp and dinner theater During the summer of 2012, the Thornapple Players will present a weekend of one-act plays, a two-week drama camp for children ages 8 through 14, and two nights of dinner theater. The Players will start things off the summer with three one-act plays “The Still Alarm,” “The Twelve-Pound Look,” and “The Ugly Duckling,” at 7 p.m. June 7, 8 and 9 in the Barry Enrichment Community Center, located at 231 S. Broadway, Hastings.

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Next, the group will offer a two-week summer drama camp for students ages 8 to 14. The camp will run Monday through Friday, June 11 to 15 and June 18 to 22. A performance of a one-act musical, which is free and open to the public will be at 2 and 7 p.m. Friday, June 22, at the Barry Community Enrichment Center. For more information call Carol Svihl, 269-945-2332 or Norma Jean Acker, 269-9452332. The Thornapple Players will present a comedy dinner theater open to the public Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29, at the Hastings Elks Lodge, 102 E. Woodlawn Ave. For more information call, 269-945-5308. All proceeds go to the scholarship fund.

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