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Monday August 4, 2014  
9:00 am Michigan Pirate Festival in Grand Haven
Loutit District Library (LDL) and Harbor Island will be the port of swashbuckling, piratical fun for the whole family as the 8th Annual Michigan Pirate Festival invades Grand Haven, August 4-10. Pirate re-enactors from historical to fantasy personas come from around Michigan and the Mid West to entertain everyone from young powder monkeys to seasoned buccaneers. The pillaging’ and plundering’ begins August 4 at 9 a.m. when LDL opens. Kids are invited to pick up a treasure map from the chest located at the Library’s Youth Services Area. This treasure map will lead young pirates and their families around downtown Grand Haven in search of fortune. All Library events and activities are free and open to the public. Following Friday’s sail in the festival moves to Harbor Island for family activities Friday evening, August 8 through Sunday, August 10. The Harbor Island gate will open Friday at 8 p.m. with free admission for the evening. Admission for Saturday and Sunday is $5 for adults and children under 13 are free. Michigan Pirate Festival is sponsored by the Brethren of the Great Lakes and Loutit District Library. For information visit www.michiganpiratefestival.com or www.loutitlibrary.org. All LDL events and activities are free and open to the public. Admission for Saturday and Sunday is $5 for adults and children under 13 are free. (more)

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11:00 am Pirate Crafts and Coloring
Piratical fun for the young powder monkeys! (ages 3 & up) All LDL events and activities are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events, visit www.michiganpiratefestival.com. (more)

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1:00 pm Jack's Pirate Storytime
Jack's Storytime - Listen in as Jack tells his favorite stories to all who will listen. (5 years and under) All LDL events and activities are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events, visit www.michiganpiratefestival.com. (more)

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6:30 pm Small Arms Demonstration
Hookah Joe breaks out some of the items from his arsenal to demonstrate the proper use of a few of the weapons Golden Age pirates depended on to keep them from the gallows. (all ages) Location: LDL’s Fourth Street Lobby All LDL events and activities are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events, visit www.michiganpiratefestival.com. (more)

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7:00 pm Discussion Series-Small Arms
Hookah Joe Newcastle opens the armory to show you the weapons that were used during the golden age of Piracy. From belaying pins to pistols, Hookah Joe discusses their use. (all ages) Location: Library's Fourth Street Lobby All LDL events and activities are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events, visit www.michiganpiratefestival.com. (more)

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Tuesday August 5, 2014  
11:00 am Pirate Carnival
Join in with the pirates as they lead everyone in a whole host of funtastic pirate games. (ages 3 & up) All LDL events and activities are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events, visit www.michiganpiratefestival.com. (more)

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4:30 pm Gypsy Raqs Belly Dance Class (ages 5 - 12)
Learn how to dance like a gypsy and join in with the fun, musical show hosted by Gypsy Raqs. (ages 5-12) All LDL events and activities are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events, visit www.michiganpiratefestival.com. (more)

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7:00 pm Pirate Puppet Show
Watch the puppet pirates perform their story in the Pirate Theater. All LDL events and activities are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events, visit www.michiganpiratefestival.com. (more)

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Wednesday August 6, 2014  
11:00 am Sparring with Sparrow and Friends
Do ye dare to cross swords with Sparrow and friends? (ages 4-7) All LDL events and activities are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events, visit www.michiganpiratefestival.com. (more)

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1:00 pm Sparring with Sparrow and Friends
Do ye dare to cross swords with Sparrow and friends? (ages 8-13) All LDL events and activities are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events, visit www.michiganpiratefestival.com. (more)

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5:30 pm Pirate Theater
Watch the puppet pirates perform their story in the Pirate Theater. (Children) All LDL events and activities are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events, visit www.michiganpiratefestival.com. (more)

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7:00 pm Mermaid Sing-a-long
Adella the Mermaid leads this sing-a-long fun featuring music favored by the mermaids. (all ages) All LDL events and activities are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events, visit www.michiganpiratefestival.com. (more)

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Thursday August 7, 2014  
11:00 am  Dress Like a Pirate
From rags to riches Admiral Morgan teaches you how to dress like a pirate and where to get garb that fits any budget. (all ages) All LDL events and activities are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events, visit www.michiganpiratefestival.com. (more)

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1:00 pm Pirate Crafts and Coloring
Piratical fun for the young powder monkeys! (kids) All LDL events and activities are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events, visit www.michiganpiratefestival.com. (more)

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Friday August 8, 2014  
11:00 am Sea Shanty Singalong
Learn some of the songs pirates used to sing as they worked and sing along with them. (all ages) All LDL events and activities are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events, visit www.michiganpiratefestival.com. (more)

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1:00 pm Pirate Storytime
Pirates tell some of the best stories, and they have picked out some fun ones to share with you. (all ages) All LDL events and activities are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events, visit www.michiganpiratefestival.com. (more)

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6:00 pm Pirate Sail-In
Pirates sail in and drop anchor in downtown Grand Haven for a time of pillagin’ and plunderin’. Lot’s of booty for the young mates. The Celtic band Uneven Ground will include other community musicians to perform Celtic tunes and sea shanties prior to the sail in. (all ages) Location: Grand Haven Waterfront Presenter: Brethren of the Great Lakes and Uneven Ground All LDL events and activities are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events, visit www.michiganpiratefestival.com. (more)

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Saturday August 9, 2014  
12:00 pm Saturday Role Playing
Do you enjoy role playing? Then bring a bag lunch and join other people who do as well. Pathfinder RPG system will be the first system used. Never played before but are curious? That's fine, come and create a new character or bring along one of your old Dungeons and Dragons characters and adapt it to Pathfinder. Open to adults and teens. free (more)

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Tuesday August 12, 2014  
7:00 pm LDL Centennial Event: Rehabilitating Your Old Home
Steven Radtke, Director of the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, will describe his efforts in restoring his 1914 home and steps you can take to update your old home while maintaining its historical integrity. Free (more)

Loutit District Library (407 Columbus Avenue Grand Haven, MI)
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Wednesday August 13, 2014  
10:00 am Internet Genealogy Class
This genealogy class will highlight the most popular websites for family research. Jeanette Weiden will introduce you to Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest, Family Search, Seeking Michigan and others. You will also learn basic research techniques. Basic computer skills are required. This class is free but seating is limited. Registration opens 30 days before the date of the class. Reserve your space by calling 842-5560, ext. 225 or register online at www.loutitlibrary.org. This class is free but seating is limited. Registration opens 30 days before the date of the class. Reserve your space by calling 842-5560 x225 (more)

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Thursday August 14, 2014  
7:00 pm Meditation for Body and Mind
Learn how to mediate, calm your mind, and ease your body. Participate in practicing the basics and techniques of meditation, with leader Linda Dimitroff, a practitioner of 15 years. Chairs are provided, or bring a pillow and blanket to use on the floor. No registration is required. Free (more)

Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417 (407 Columbus Ave Grand Haven, MI)
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Saturday August 16, 2014  
12:00 pm Walk the Beat Concerts
Grand Haven Charter Township musician/songwriter David Palmer has been stung by the musical community spirit bug. Palmer has founded the Walk the Beat Foundation which features the tagline Teaching the Rhythm of Life. This new foundation will kick-off with Walk the Beat (WTB), an event to be held on Aug. 16 from 12-5 p.m. The event will feature over three hundred musicians from all genres and thousands of dollars worth of prizes. For more information visit www.walkthebeat.org Free (more)

Loutit District Library (407 Columbus Avenue Grand Haven, MI)
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Thursday August 21, 2014  
7:00 pm LDL Centennial Event: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Neighborhood
Brenda Sipe, Director of Continuing Studies at Kendall College of Art and Design will take participants on a virtual tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park, IL neighborhood. 2014 marks the 125th anniversary of his home and studio, and the centennial of the tragic events at Taleisin. Free (more)

Loutit District Library (407 Columbus Avenue Grand Haven, MI)
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Saturday August 23, 2014  
12:00 pm Saturday Role Playing
Do you enjoy role playing? Then bring a bag lunch and join other people who do as well. Pathfinder RPG system will be the first system used. Never played before but are curious? That's fine, come and create a new character or bring along one of your old Dungeons and Dragons characters and adapt it to Pathfinder. Open to adults and teens. free (more)

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2:00 pm Tuskegee Airmen
Dr. Brian Smith, the president of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum, will give a talk about The Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American military pilots who fought in World War II in the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Forces. This program is sponsored by the Grand Haven Aviation Association (GHAA) and Loutit District Library. Free (more)

Loutit District Library (407 Columbus Avenue Grand Haven, MI)
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Thursday August 28, 2014  
7:00 pm LDL Centennial Event: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Neighborhood
Brenda Sipe, Director of Continuing Studies at Kendall College of Art and Design will take participants on a virtual tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park, IL neighborhood. 2014 marks the 125th anniversary of his home and studio, and the centennial of the tragic events at Taleisin. Free (more)

Loutit District Library (407 Columbus Avenue Grand Haven, MI)
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