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Thursday, November 13, 2014

West Michigan Weekend Round-Up: November 14-16, 2014

Just because there might be snow on the ground already doesn't mean you should start hibernating! Get out in West Michigan this weekend with some great events, including Christmas Through Lowell, Singin' in The Rain at the Grand Rapids Symphony, and a Women's Only weekend in South Haven!

Friday, November 14th

North

Boyne City Live Entertainment
Traverse City It's Our World: The Big Draw Exhibition
Traverse City 2014 Old Mission/Leelanau Winery Passport

Central

South

Kalamazoo Basic Chinese Painting

Saturday, November 15th

North

Boyne City Live Entertainment

Central

Coopersville Learn to Line Dance
Grand Rapids Scott Smith Organ Performance at the GRPM
Grand Rapids Firebird Uncaged
Grand Rapids John Knox Preschool Craft Fair
Grand Haven Shop 4 Schools
Grand Rapids Exhibit: Tolerance, Understanding, Coexistence: Oman’s Message of Islam
Grand Rapids Singin' in the Rain
Grand Rapids Team Trivia at Aryana's Restaurant & Lounge
Grand Rapids Karaoke at Aryana's Restaurant & Lounge
Grand Rapids Live Entertainment Every Weekend!
Grand Rapids To the Rescue!
Grand Rapids Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors
Grand Rapids Adventures in Balance!
Grand Rapids Bernar Venet at Meijer Gardens
Lowell 23rd Christmas Through Lowell
Lowell LowellArts! Holiday Market
North Muskegon Northside Holiday Circle Tour
Spring Lake Lovestruck Boutique

South

South Haven Indoor Farmers Market



Sunday, November 16th

North

Boyne City Live Entertainment

Central

South

Kalamazoo Basic Chinese Painting
Kalamazoo How To Return? Contemporary Chinese Photography

It’s a Woodpecker Pizza Party at DeGraaf Nature Center, Holland, MI

It’s time for a Woodpecker Pizza Party at Holland’s DeGraaf Nature Center on Saturday, November 22nd at 2 p.m. This program will begin with a brief overview of the kinds of woodpeckers we have in our area. Woodpeckers love suet or animal fats, mixed with seeds and other ingredients. At this Woodpecker Pizza Party participants will create a “crust” of suet and then put on toppings made of a variety of tasty treats for woodpeckers. When done, it will be ready to cut a slice to set outside for a woodpecker feast. Fee: $5 per pizza. Please call 616-355-1057 to register.

The DeGraaf Nature Center is located at 600 Graafschap Road in Holland. For More information on their programs and a map to the facility go to www.degraaf.org

Male Hairy Woodpecker Photo courtesy of Swoboda Photography

Loutit District Library Announces Thanksgiving Hours

Loutit District Library will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and remain closed Thursday, Nov. 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Library will re-open on Friday, Nov. 28 at 9 a.m.

The Library's normal winter hours are:
  • Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
Although the library is closed, its website, www.loutitlibrary.org, is available 24 hours a day. Patrons can check on the availability of books and other resources at any of the 80 libraries in the Lakeland Library Cooperative online. They can renew materials, place holds and review the status of their library accounts.

In addition, the website provides online databases, a calendar of upcoming library events and links to other resources to help patrons find the information they need.

The library also offers a free Internet service that allows Loutit District Library patrons to download eAudio Books and eBooks. Using this free online service library users can download more than 1,200 eAudio Books and eBooks from their personal portable devices and home computers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 200.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan. LDL serves 35,540 residents of the City of Grand Haven, the City of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public School District. LDL offers a collection of over 145,581 items and provides educational, informative, cultural, and recreational programs for all ages. LDL is a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative.



Monday, November 10, 2014

Santa Train Returns to Coopersville & Marne Railway for 2014 Season

The historic, Coopersville & Marne Railway is continuing its 25th year of providing family-friendly fun with the annual running of The Santa Train. Uniformed Conductors and Trainmen will assist you during your ninety-minute journey. The clickity-clack of the iron wheels and the sound of the locomotive horn at each road crossing will add to the special feeling. A blanket of snow in the passing woods and farmer’s fields completes the experience. Christmas carols are sung along the way.

The jolly old elf has a special seat in each of the decorated, vintage train cars. Some cars are almost 100 years old. Santa’s Elves will escort the little ones to sit with Santa. All children, even the shy ones, will get a special gift right from Santa’s big red bag. To put a figurative bow on this Christmas “enterTRAINment” package, the Story Telling Princess will read “The Polar Express”, which was written by Grand Rapids native, Chris Van Allsburg.

The 250 seat, heated train leaves the station in historic, downtown Coopersville every Saturday and Sunday from Thanksgiving until Christmas. Each passenger car has a restroom. Your light snacks and cameras may be taken aboard. Snow or no, we go!

Times for the departures are: Saturday, November 29 at 11 am & 1:30 pm. On all other Saturdays, the departure times are 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. All Sunday departures are at 1 pm and 3 pm. Saturday dates are Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, & 20. Sunday dates are Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 & 21.

Ticket prices are: Adults, $15.50, Seniors (60+), $14. 50 and Children (2-12), $13.50, Children under 2 years old are free. Advance tickets: 616-997-7000, Ext. 3 or www.MItrain.net. Some tickets may be available at the train station on the days of departures. But, the train does sell out on occasion, so reservations are recommended. The Conductor begins the boarding procedures at twenty minutes prior to departure times.

Friday, November 7, 2014

West Michigan Weekend Round-Up: November 7th, 8th, & 9th

Catch a Classical Coffee Concert with the Grand Rapids Symphony, take the kids on an Adventure in Balance at the Grand Rapids Children's Museum, or take a class on Chinese Painting at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts this weekend!

Friday, November 7th

North

Boyne City Live Entertainment

Central

Coopersville Learn to Line Dance
East Lansing East Lansing Film Festival

South

Kalamazoo Basic Chinese Painting


Saturday, November 8th

North

Boyne City Live Entertainment
Gaylord Hutch Ski & Snowboard Academy ~ 2 Day Camp
Traverse City It's Our World: The Big Draw Exhibition
Traverse City 2014 Old Mission/Leelanau Winery Passport

Central

Grand Haven Forest Hills Eastern Holiday Expo
Grand Rapids Raising future environmentalists: Womens winter cabin getaway
Grand Rapids Exhibit: Tolerance, Understanding, Coexistence: Oman’s Message of Islam
East Lansing East Lansing Film Festival
Grand Rapids Team Trivia at Aryana's Restaurant & Lounge
Grand Rapids To the Rescue!
Grand Rapids Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors
Grand Rapids Adventures in Balance!
Grand Rapids Bernar Venet at Meijer Gardens
Coopersville Learn to Line Dance
Grand Rapids Karaoke at Aryana's Restaurant & Lounge
Grand Rapids Live Entertainment Every Weekend!
Grand Rapids Holiday Gift Show

South

Kalamazoo West Michigan Harvest Cluster AKC Dog Show
Kalamazoo 22nd Annual MFEA Convention
South Haven South Haven's Saturday Night Comedy & Live Music
St. Joseph St. Joseph Farmer's Market
Kalamazoo Printing Holiday Cards & Wrapping Paper
Kalamazoo Printing Holiday Cards & Wrapping Paper
Kalamazoo Basic Chinese Painting
South Haven Indoor Farmers Market

Sunday, November 9th

North

Gaylord Hutch Ski & Snowboard Academy ~ 2 Day CampTraverse City It's Our World: The Big Draw ExhibitionTraverse City 2014 Old Mission/Leelanau Winery Passport
Boyne City Live Entertainment


Central

Grand Rapids Raising future environmentalists: Womens winter cabin getaway
Grand Rapids Exhibit: Tolerance, Understanding, Coexistence: Oman’s Message of Islam
East Lansing East Lansing Film Festival
Grand Rapids Team Trivia at Aryana's Restaurant & Lounge
Grand Rapids Karaoke at Aryana's Restaurant & Lounge
Grand Rapids Bernar Venet at Meijer Gardens
Coopersville Learn to Line DanceGrand Rapids Sunday Night Funnies
Grand Rapids To the Rescue!
Grand Rapids Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors
Grand Rapids Adventures in Balance!

South

Kalamazoo West Michigan Harvest Cluster AKC Dog Show
Kalamazoo 22nd Annual MFEA Convention
Kalamazoo Printing Holiday Cards & Wrapping Paper
Kalamazoo Printing Holiday Cards & Wrapping Paper
Kalamazoo Basic Chinese Painting

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Little Shopping, a Little Music: Holiday Fun in Traverse City

There was a time when Traverse City on Michigan's northwest coast slowed almost to a stop in wintertime. Not anymore.

These days, Traverse City fairly bustles with winter shoppers and merrymakers. Weary of looking at the same merchandise in the same Big Box stores, visitors are increasingly choosing to do their holiday adventuring in this community's charming boutiques, shops and galleries.

Christmas preparations in Traverse City start in autumn, when local churches, clubs and artist’s cooperatives begin staging the holiday arts and crafts fairs for which the region is justly famous. By December, it’s hard to find a weekend without some event that brings crowds of shoppers into downtown Traverse City. The town’s shopping season starts officially on Dec. 5 with a big outdoor extravaganza that involves carol-singing, the lighting of the community Christmas tree, and the arrival of Santa Claus on a bright red antique fire engine.

Nearby, a fascinating holiday tradition takes place each Dec. 13 in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, a unique retail/residential district on the site of Traverse City’s former mental asylum. Serenaded by an ensemble of flutes, a young girl in a long white robe and a crown of lighted candles, wanders the grounds delivering warm sweet rolls to holiday shoppers. It’s all part of the village’s Santa Lucia Day, which also includes refreshments, special prices and free horse-drawn carriage rides -- a uniquely picturesque experience of Christmas past.

Just as popular with visitors are the late-night shopping sprees held in Traverse City’s downtown: a Dec. 11 Ladies Night, followed by a Dec. 18 Men's Night, all featuring entertainment, food and drink specials in addition to the usual in-store sales.

The same lovingly organized holiday shopping activities are organized in nearby villages like Suttons Bay, which holds a three-day Holiday Festival Dec. 5-7 that includes a nighttime stroll down luminaria-lined streets with refreshments, hors d'oeuvres, local wines, restaurant specials and over 50 decorated trees, as well as a tree-lighting and carol sing. Nearby Leland has a festival of its own -- the Holiday Wonderland -- on Dec. 13.

Exciting as the shopping may be, it’s only part of this charming area’s holiday celebrations. Thanks to a growing population and a thriving winter recreation industry, many of the area’s traditional holiday observances are still going strong – and a few more have even been added in recent years.

December is also a splendid time to enjoy some of Traverse City’s fabled cuisine. Thanks to its award-winning wines and talented local chefs, the community now enjoys an international reputation as a place of surprisingly sophisticated food and drink. And what could go better with all this culinary bounty than a fine wine? Traverse City’s vineyards are known for their crisp, intensely flavorful wines, and the local beer (15 microbreweries and counting!) is also taking prizes on every side.

Traverse City is also one of America’s most charming “art towns,” with dozens of galleries, studios and museums, two symphony orchestras, two theatre companies and a vibrant club scene. And with the world-famous Interlochen Center for the Arts just down the road, there’s music, dance and drama from some of the world’s most talented performers.

In fact, every winter students and staff at Interlochen put on a holiday ballet special for the community. This year’s Dec. 11-13 presentation is a traditional favorite – Tschaikovsky’s beloved Sleeping Beauty -- and on Dec. 18, the Academy Band and Choir presents its annual “Sounds of the Season” concert.

Each year, residents of the village of Northport, near the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, decorate the Grand Traverse Lighthouse for Christmas as it was celebrated by the Coast Guard families who lived there in the early 20th century. The annual "Christmas at the Lighthouse" celebration is held this year on Dec. 6-7, and includes refreshments and entertainment by local musicians. On Dec. 14, the village has its own annual Christmas Concert, one of the most treasured in the area.

On Dec. 6, Traverse City’s ornate 19th century Opera House features the retro quintet Five By Design in “Radio Holly Days,” a revue of classic Christmas favorites from the Golden Age of radio, built around a live radio drama -- complete with sound effects.

On the weekend of Dec. 13-14 the Traverse Symphony Orchestra presents its hugely popular “Home for the Holidays” concert at Lars Hockstad Auditorium, with guest conductor Robin Fountain leading the Grand Traverse Chorale and Children’s Choir -- as well as the audience -- in a program of treasured Christmas classics, carols, medleys and holiday favorites.

A different sort of musical event is held Dec. 19 at the Left Foot Charley Winery in Traverse City. It’s “Unsilent Night,” a free “participatory sound sculpture” in which attendees participate by bringing their own boom boxes, laptops, iPhones, iPads and other portable music devices and create a “roving swarm” of sounds as they wander the grounds.

New Year’s Eve isn’t forgotten here, either. For the past five years, hundreds of people have gathered for the annual “CherryT Ball Drop”, a three-hour “street party for charity” that culminates with the lowering of a large illuminated cherry over downtown Traverse City. It’s a family-friendly event where attendees pay their admission by bringing donated items for local food banks.

To learn more about other winter attractions and events in the Traverse City area – and for a complete listing of lodging and dining options – contact Traverse City Tourism at 1-800-TRAVERSE or on line at www.TraverseCity.com

WIN A SHARE OF $125,000 IN CASH AND PRIZES AT FOUR WINDS CASINOS

Enjoy Thanksgiving feasts at Copper Rock Steakhouse, The Buffet, and Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds

Free concerts at Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds by the Gina Glocksen Band and Clare Dunn

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ Four Winds casinos are pleased to announce that W Club members can win $125,000 in cash and prizes on Saturday, December 6, including laptops, tablets, video game systems, and a grand prize of $50,000. Guests are also invited to Four Winds New Buffalo for festive Thanksgiving day meals at Copper Rock Steakhouse, Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds, and The Buffet. Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds will host free concerts by the Gina Glocksen Band on Wednesday, November 26 and by country music artist Clare Dunn on Friday, December 12.

Holiday Cash and Prizes
On Saturday, December 6, W Club members can win cash and prizes hourly between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. Cash prizes of $10,000 will be awarded at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; $50,000 at 10 p.m.; and $20,000 at 11 p.m. Additionally, five W Club members will each win a Samsung Galaxy Tab S at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.; a Microsoft Xbox One at noon and 6 p.m.; a Sony Playstation 4 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; a laptop at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. W Club Members can receive one free entry daily by visiting the W Club through Saturday, December 6, and can earn additional entries by playing their favorite slots or table games with their W Club card. W Club members must be present at Four Winds New Buffalo, Four Winds Hartford, or Four Winds Dowagiac to be eligible to win. More information is available at the W Club or Guest Services at each casino location.

Thanksgiving at Four Winds New Buffalo
On Thursday, November 27, Copper Rock Steakhouse at Four Winds New Buffalo will feature a Thanksgiving themed prix fixe menu for $40 per person. It features Roasted Acorn Squash Soup, a Duo of Roasted Beets, a Roulade of Michigan Turkey Breast, and Pumpkin Crème Brulée. Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds’ Rockin’ Thanksgiving menu is available for $19 per person and $13 for children under 12 years old. It includes Roasted Pumpkin Soup, a Mixed Green Salad, Roasted Turkey with Herb Stuffing and Giblet Gravy, and a choice of Carmel Apple Cheesecake or Pumpkin Pie.

Guests are invited to The Buffet at Four Winds New Buffalo for a Thanksgiving feast that will feature traditional favorites such as Slow Roasted Carved Turkey, Ham and Prime Rib, Sage Dressing, Candied Yams, Shrimp, Crab Legs, a bountiful selection of homemade desserts, and a free flowing chocolate fountain. The Buffet is $34 per person, $21 for children between 4 and 12 years old, and free for kids under 3 years old.

Free Concerts at Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds
The Gina Glocksen Band will play a free concert at Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds on Wednesday, November 26, at 10 p.m. Eastern. Doors open at 9 p.m. Gina Glocksen is best known as the 9th place finalist on the 6th season of “American Idol.” Gina’s original music infuses the passion and attitude of a rock n’ roll rebel with precision and soul of the modern diva. More information is available at www.ginaglocksenband.com.

Country music artist Clare Dunn will perform a free concert at 9 p.m. Eastern on Friday, December 12 at Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds. Clare is a fearless performer and guitar player whose music possesses a unique blend of country and rock. She is known for hit singles “Get Out” and “Cowboy Side of You” and has opened for some of Country Music’s biggest stars including Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford, Parmalee, Hank Jr., and Jamey Johnson. More information is available at http://claredunn.com.

Reservations and Information
To make a hotel reservation at Four Winds New Buffalo or for more information on Four Winds New Buffalo, Four Winds Hartford, or Four Winds Dowagiac, please call 1 (866)-4WINDS1, (866)494-6371 or visit www.fourwindscasino.com. Additionally, be sure to like Four Winds on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fourwindscasino and follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fourwindscasino.

Meijer Gardens Celebrates the Holidays with More Than 40 International Traditions

“Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around The World” features holiday traditions and family-friendly programming November 25 to January 4

Experience the magic of the holidays at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with the annual “Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World” exhibition on display November 26 through January 4, 2015. Visitors from all over the nation visit Meijer Gardens to experience over 40 international trees and displays, the enchanting Railway Garden and the holiday wonderland that encompasses it.

This exhibition kicks off Meijer Garden’s 20th year which will focus on the theme, “Welcoming the World.” This year will include numerous celebration experiences, most notably the opening of The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden in June 2015.

This year’s “Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World” exhibition will highlight New Years’ traditions celebrated in Korea, Japan, Vietnam and China for an experience only Meijer Gardens can create.

“During this time of the year, so many of us are accustomed to our own family traditions,” said Director of Horticulture, Steve LaWarre. “The great thing about this exhibition is it really opens your eyes to many diverse worldly customs—some are very different and some are surprisingly similar.”

The Japanese kadomatsu, or gate pine is horticultural arrangement in pairs, representing male and female. This earthy display of bamboo, pine and plum blossoms welcomes ancestral spirits, protects from evil and invites prosperity into another year. The Korean hanbok is an authentic dress worn during important celebrations, including Seollal or Korean New Year, which is among the most significant Korean traditional holidays and is typically spent with family. Chinese New Year is a time for families to celebrate together with a reunion meal and to participate in the Lantern Festival. Families traditionally also thoroughly clean their homes to symbolically sweep out the past year’s bad fortune and make way for luck in the new year. Similarly, during Tet Nguyen Dan the Vietnamese celebrate the New Year by preparing special meals, cleaning their homes and honoring their ancestors.

A new addition this year is a vibrant display from Ghana, home to Grand Rapids’ African Sister City, the Ga District. Authentic, brilliantly woven kente and printed adinkra, handmade cloths mark the symbolic significance of the Ghanaian people’s colorful history, customs and religion.

The much-loved Railway Garden meanders through four lush indoor garden spaces, bringing together colorful plantings with storybook scenes. The unique horticultural artistry complements the model trolleys, trains and handcrafted buildings replicating over 30 Grand Rapids landmarks, designed by Paul Busse of Applied Imaging.

Visitors will find familiarity in the Fifth Third Ballpark created with willow light posts and elm bark seating, the Ada Covered Bridge with a cedar roof and willow trusses and the Meyer May House with oak bark siding and red ruscus leaves.

Mainstays of the exhibition include the Germany tree, adorned with handmade glass ornaments and homemade springerle cookies, the England tree—with antique Christmas cards and mistletoe—and the beautiful Eid ul-Fitr display, which celebrates the end of Ramadan.

Meijer Gardens transforms into a botanic wonderland with poinsettias, orchids and amaryllis. Horse-drawn carriage rides through the candle-lit Sculpture Park, the smell of evergreens as visitors enter the building and the sounds of carolers make it a festive place to enjoy the holiday season.

A variety of family-friendly activities are offered throughout the exhibition.

Exhibition Activities
  • Extended Holiday Hours: Open until 9 p.m. on December 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29 and 30 (Please note: Meijer Gardens is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day).
  • The Original Dickens Carolers: Tuesdays: November 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 6-8 p.m.
  • Santa Visits: Tuesdays: November 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 5-8 p.m.
  • Family Art Activities: Tuesdays: November 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 6-8 p.m.
  • Roof Top Reindeer: Saturdays: November 29, December 6, 13, 20, 1-4 p.m.
  • Holiday Gala: Thursday, December 4, 7 p.m.
  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides: December 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 5:30-9 p.m. Reservations required, call 616-975-3151. Members $65 per carriage, non-members $90 per carriage (up to four adults). A $25 fee will apply for all cancellations and rescheduling.
  • Horse–Drawn Sing-Along Trolley Rides: December 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 5:30-9 p.m. Walk-up rates without reservations are $8 for adults, $5 for children (seating is limited). Reserve the trolley by calling 616-975-3151. Group rates are $45 for six people, $65 for eight people and $100 for 14 people. $25 fee for all cancellations and rescheduling.
  • Winter-time Walks: Tuesdays and Fridays (Nov. 25-Jan. 4), 10 a.m. Fee: Included with admission. Winter in the Children’s Garden can be chilly, but fun. Bundle up and join us on an outdoor interactive discovery walk to investigate the Children’s Garden in new ways. Then gather by the hearth in the Log Cabin to learn about winter stories with kid-friendly conversation.
  • Christmas and Holiday Themed Classes: Enjoy festive learning opportunities for adults and families. Fees apply. Visit MeijerGardens.org/education for more information.
“Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World” is made possible by Consumer’s Energy and the Meijer Foundation along with 36 sponsors including: Botanic and Sculpture Societies of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and Henry Mast Greenhouses, Inc. The Railway Garden is made possible by Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP.


About Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
One of the world’s most significant botanic and sculpture experiences, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park serves over 600,000 visitors annually. Meijer Gardens was recently ranked in the top 100 most-visited art museums worldwide by Art Newspaper, the leading publication in global art news. The 158-acre main campus features Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; one of the largest children’s gardens in the country; arid and Victorian gardens with bronze sculptures by Degas and Rodin; a carnivorous plant house; outdoor gardens; and a 1900-seat outdoor amphitheater, featuring an eclectic mix of world-renowned musicians every summer. The internationally acclaimed Sculpture Park features a permanent collection including works by Rodin, Oldenburg, Moore, Serra, Bourgeois and Plensa, among others. Indoor galleries host changing sculpture exhibitions with recent exhibitions by Picasso, Degas, di Suvero, Borofsky, Calder and Dine. In June 2015, the 8–acre Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park will open. Created by renowned designer Hoichi Kurisu, the garden will feature sculpture by Anish Kapoor, Zhang Huan and Guiseppe Penone, among others.

Niles Haunted House Scream Park Hosts First Ever BLACK OUT! Event November 8th

The Niles Haunted House Scream Park invites you to their first ever BLACK OUT! event. Experience the popular haunted attractions in a brand new way as all the lights are turned out. Take your fear of the dark to the next level as you try to navigate through the indoor haunted houses with nothing but a glowstick!

The attractions that will be open are the Niles Haunted House: Misfit Monster Mansion, Curse of the Dark Walker, Tomb of the Undead 3D and the Field of Screams: Legends of Horror. The midway with games and food concessions will also be open.

Individual attraction tickets are priced from $7 to $12 or experience all four attractions for $25. The event will take place Saturday, November 8th from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The Scream Park is located on Mayflower Road in Niles, Michigan. The Park easily is accessed by taking Exit 5 (Niles-Buchanan Road) from the US 31 Expressway.

For more information call 269-687-FEAR or check out the website at www.haunted.org.

Holiday Arts & Craft Show Set for Nov. 22 in Emmet County

Annual Emmet County event includes dozens of one-of-a-kind vendors

Emmet County’s annual Christmas Holiday Arts, Crafts and Gift Show will take place this year on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Community Building at the Emmet County Fairgrounds. Doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dozens of vendors will be offering their one-of-a-kind, quality gift and craft items during the show.

Admission is $2 or a donation of a non-perishable food item, with proceeds benefiting Brother Dan’s Food Pantry, which serves Northern Michigan. Concessions will be available from Brother Dan’s as well.

The event is presented each year by the Emmet County Parks and Recreation staff. The fairgrounds are located on U.S. 31/Charlevoix Avenue in Petoskey; use the Eppler Road entrance. Call (231) 348-5479 with any questions.