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Museum Tours & A Photo Contest with West Michigan Tourist Association

Talons Out Hangar Dance

  • At the Air Zoo on Friday, August 17th
  • Hosted at the Air Zoo’s Flight Discovery Center (3101 E. Milham Rd., Kalamazoo), guests will be surrounded by vintage aircraft as they travel back in time to experience the fun and excitement of a 1940’s USO-style dance.
  • Jump & jive for a great cause at the Air Zoo! Talons Out Honor Flight is the Southern Michigan hub for the national Honor Flight Network. They fly World War II & Korean War Veterans in and around Southern Michigan to Washington, D.C. (at no charge to the Vets) to visit the memorials built in their honor.
  • Join us for a 1940s style hangar dance, complete with swing dancers!
  • Swing/Big Band Music by Jim McKinney.
  • Tickets: $15 Individual, $25 Couple, $5 each for 16 & under
  • Classic cocktails (cash bar), food truck & raffles!
  • Period Dress highly encouraged

Grand Rapids Maker Faire

  • Maker Faire is back in Grand Rapids on August 18 and 19 for the 5th year at the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM).
  • Combining a traditional science fair with innovation and engineering, the GRPM transforms into a festival of local community makers showcasing things they have made and skills they have.
  • From tinkers and hobbyists to local companies, see inventions, robotics, technology, sewing, wood and metal working, and so much more! Each Maker Faire booth is hands-on for visitors to interact with. Visitors will have the opportunity to drive robots, make art, see how products are created, and learn new skills.
  • Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire gathers all-ages to learn and teach about new ideas and collaborations! Interactive stations and inventions will be showcased by tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

Shipwrecks of Ottawa County Presentation

  • Aug 16 at the Pump House Museum & Learning Center in Holland
  • Craig Rich will present “For Those in Peril: Shipwrecks of Ottawa County”
  • Since shipping began in earnest on the Great Lakes in 1840s, Holland and Grand Haven have been important ports. But storms, shifting sands and aging vessels led to shipwrecks, collisions and groundings at these two ports. Local author, Craig Rich, will share the tales of a half dozen of these losses in his multimedia program.
  • Pump House Museum is open during the summer to visit and learn about the history surrounding Ottawa Beach and the Big Red Lighthouse in Holland.

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