Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • Oct 4, 2018 at 5:00 PM

The first weekend of October brings thoughts of travel vacations and the return of an “American Idol” finalist to Spring Lake.

(1) Lakeshore Travel Show — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave. You can talk with representatives from 32 travel companies, listen to inspiring travel seminars, and receive special offers and bonus incentives. Cruise & Travel Experts is offering a $500 gift certificate as a grand prize giveaway. Admission is free.

(2) Manhattan Short Film Festival — 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven. This is the second of two Saturday nights for the global festival, in which more than 100,000 film lovers across six continents will view and vote on the finalists. You can, too. Upon entry, festival attendees are handed a voting card and an official program and asked to vote for the one film and actor they feel should win. Votes are tallied by each host venue, then emailed to the New York headquarters.

(3) Crystal Bowersox concert — 8 p.m. Saturday at Seven Steps Up, 116 S. Jackson St., Spring Lake. This “American Idol” finalist makes a return engagement to Spring Lake. Attend a Crystal Bowersox show, they say, and you just might see a grown man cry and a child dance simultaneously. You’ll also likely get the chance to meet her personally; Crystal is typically the first one to arrive and the last one to leave the venue. Tickets start at $35.

(4) First Friday ArtHop and ArtWalk Wrap-up — 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Grand Haven, including the C2C Gallery at 104 Washington Ave. The voting has ended, but you have a couple of more days to view the entries to the 2018 Grand Haven ArtWalk.

(5) “Love, Gilda” — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Knickerbocker Theatre, 86 E. Eighth St., downtown Holland. This is part of the Hope College Fall Film Series. The film offers a look into the honest and whimsical world of Gilda Radner, an original “Saturday Night Live” cast member, weaving together audiotapes, interviews with her friends, rare home movies and diary entries read by modern-day comedians. These never-before-seen (or heard) collections allow Gilda to tell her own story, from childhood tales, to her comedy career, to her battle with cancer. All Hope College ticket proceeds from the film will be donated to Gilda’s Club in Grand Rapids. The film is not rated.

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