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Are you looking for events? 5 things to do this weekend in Mecosta, Osceola counties


Happy Father’s Day to all male role models whether or not they have offspring.

Here are five things to do this weekend.

1. ROCK OUT ON US 131: The highly anticipated 131 Music Fest kicks off at 3 p.m. on Saturday, featuring local bands and paying tribute to creator Jason “Hobie” Hardy, who died of COVID-19 in April. Bring a lawn chair and cooler to this family event.

Haven’t purchased tickets yet? There will be more available at the event, according to an article posted Monday on the event’s official Facebook page.

• When: 3 pm-11pm on Saturday June 19

• Where: 22520 Trails End Drive, Reed City, six miles north of city limits on 225th Avenue between 8 Mile and 9 Mile Highways.

• What to bring: garden chairs, coolers

• Cost: $ 10 (plus $ 5 parking), available at Affordable Prints, 901 N. Main St., Evart; by participating bands; by sending messages to the organizers on; or at the event.

MORE: Reed City’s 131 Music Fest Still Running Despite Co-Founder’s Death

2. CELEBRATE FREEDOM: Community members are invited to celebrate freedom, love and community on Saturday at the Juneteenth Celebration Picnic at Hemlock Park. While the Juneteenth feast commemorates the emancipation of black slaves in 1865, organizers say it’s a feast for everyone.

“Juneteenth is not meant to exclude or isolate but to celebrate and love. Not everyone grew up knowing what Juneteenth was and how important it is, so now I’m happy to be able to help share the importance.

• When: 3 pm Saturday June 19.

• Where: Hemlock Park, Big Rapids

• What to bring: water guns, games, blankets and chairs

MORE: Big Rapids to Host the Juneteenth Picnic This Weekend

3. READ A BOOK: To keep kids busy learning this summer, area libraries will be running summer reading programs in June and July. While each library manages their program differently, most involve a reading challenge with prizes and special events throughout the summer. Check your local library for details.

And parents, a good way to get your kids to read is to model this behavior yourself. Libraries have books for all ages.

MORE: Beyond Books: Check Out These Library Events June 15-22

4. GOLF: With a sunny forecast, with highs in the mid-70s, Saturday looks like a good day to hit the links. West Central Michigan has several golf courses to choose from.

• Big Rapids: Clear Lake Golf Club, Katke Golf Course, Falcon Head Golf Course

• Canadian Lakes: The Royal, The Highlands and The Pines at Canadian Lakes.

• Stanwood: Tullymore Golf Resort and St. Ives Golf Course

• Hersey: Spring Valley Golf Course

• Baldwin: Marquette Trails golf course

5. TAKE DAD TO BREAKFAST: Dad doesn’t like golf? Big Rapids Eagles 2535 will be offering a free Sunday morning breakfast. The public is welcome.

• When: 9 am to noon on Sunday June 20.

• Where: Big Rapids Eagles 2535, 18361 16 Mile Road, Big Rapids.


Margarita W. Wilson

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