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September Eclectic: Tinker Takeover; Kalamazoo Reptile Show and more

Written by  Audria Larsen
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Tinker Takeover
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids
Sept. 6, 13 and 20
1-4 p.m.
Free-$8.00, (616) 831-1000

As the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified museum in the world, the Grand Rapids Art Museum is a perfect venue to host the Tinker Takeover, happening in conjunction with ArtPrize 2014. Led by Grand Rapids artist Kelly Allen, founder of WiseMaker of the Geek Group, this opportunity for contemporary artmaking focuses on ways to build innovative projects with reclaimed materials. WiseMaker is a “creative reuse shop … that sells reclaimed art supplies and materials for the creative endeavors of the young and old.” For three Saturday afternoons in September, artists, or folks with a twinkle in their eye, can explore and express creativity while engaging in sustainable crafting. So drop in and make magic with discarded treasures.


Kalamazoo Reptile Show
Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo
Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
$2-$4, children free, (269) 779-9851

Kalamazoo is West Michigan’s resource for all the slithering, scaly, slimy and stoic pets you can dream of. Boa constrictors may have an innate sense for hugs, but if you need to differentiate between love and blood lust in regards to you and your beloved pet, head over to the monthly reptile show for professional know-how and hot tips on keeping you, and your love for Spike, alive. Hobnob with other herpetological enthusiasts, grab a gross of feeder rodents, find a loving home for your hedgehogs and trade a chameleon for a horned frog. While the focus is on buying and selling unique creatures, the show is vigilant in ensuring all animals are healthy and well cared for. Hungry for something other than crickets? Food vendors like Wisconsin Sausage Snacks will be on-hand to tame your palate while you make eyes at your new wild friends.


Grand Haven Salmon Festival
Downtown Grand Haven Waterfront
Sept. 12-14, (616) 842-4499

The 11th Annual Grand Haven Salmon Festival is a gala that goes far beyond a local love for seafood and a “celebration of the migration of salmon,” said Marci Cisneros, executive director at the Grand Haven Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. It is an annual celebration of the Grand Haven waterfront and all that our Great Lakes have to offer. The theme of arts, education and entertainment is expertly commingled with delights from local wineries, microbreweries, live jazz performances, the gourmet salmon cook-off and plenty of kid-friendly activities, including historic displays. “The salmon cook-off is my favorite,” Cisneros said. “It’s wonderful for the local restaurateurs to come out for friendly competition.” Often, they use surprising ingredients, she said, and are challenged to use as many local, Michigan-based ingredients as possible. In addition to the festivities, the salmon fête is also a zero waste to landfill event. In 2013, the festival was the very first 100 percent zero-waste Chef Container event — a participating local compost, recycle and refuse company based out of Holland, Michigan.


West Michigan Symphony presents Hollywood on the Lakeshore
Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts, Muskegon
Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., (231) 722-2890

The opening night of the West Michigan Symphony’s 75th anniversary season is described as a “star-studded evening of music … [and] a symphonic celebration of cinema.” Rather than look to the dusty sounds of a bygone era, heard only through sheet music come alive, this notable milestone is nodding toward a more youthful grasp of orchestral sounds as those found in the beloved films of recent times. Enjoy scores from classics such as Gone With the Wind and Lawrence of Arabia, alongside modern, yet iconic, soundtracks like Spider-Man, Star Wars, James Bond, Inception and E.T.

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