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by Kim Brixton

The 5th Annual Art Hop and Shop Downtown Vicksburg is May 17th from 5-9p.

SPRING INTO THE ARTS in Downtown Battle Creek. Enjoy art, wine, music and more along a route of artist receptions hosted by downtown Battle Creek busninesses.  Spend some time after work on Friday May 17th,  for “Spring Into The Arts”in downtown Battle Creek.  Live performances at Commerce Pointe Gallery, Barista Blues Cafe and Wave Square.  Earlier in the day at Festival Market Square see chalk artists in action for "Chalk It Up".

The Mayfaire Renaissance Festival starts May 18th at The Calhoun County Fairgrounds.

The 20th Annual Bronson City-wide Garage Sales is this Saturday May 18th.  Register your sale by calling 517 369-7334.  The farmers market will be open downtown as well.  And The Congregational Church will be having a bake sale, rummage sale, and will offer lunch too.

The City Of Schoolcraft will hold a weekly Farmers Market.  Wednesday’s May 22 through October.  The location is U.S. 1-31 and Grant Street across from Marjo’s restaurant.

Full Blast Water Park in downtown Battle Creek opens May 25th. 

Sample some wine and microbrews from Michgan at Binder Park Zoo on June 1st  for Corks For Conservation.

$40 for individuals and $75 for couples.  Designated Driver tickets are available too for $25.

Visit www.binderparkzoo.org for more information.