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Top five things to do this weekend

Ashley Bethard • May 13, 2015 at 8:42 AM

Between searching for green at local gardens and heading to Kelleys Island for the Early Bird Party, there will be plenty to keep you busy. Want to have a family movie night on the cheap? We've got that. Want to help out the community and attend one of the biggest, best, duck-themed parties of the year? We've got that, too. Read on for our top picks.

1.)    Garden Tram Ride at Schoepfle Garden

Why you should go: The weather is starting to improve, the temperatures are creeping back up and plants are finally starting to bloom — all good reasons for taking a relaxing tram ride around the beautiful Schoepfle Gardens.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 7

WHERE: Schoepfle Garden, 11106 Market St., Birmingham

COST: Free

INFO: 440-458-5121

2.)    Friends Movie: “Secretariat”

Why you should go: It’s a great way for the entire family to enjoy a movie night together. The Ida Rupp Public Library has frequent movie nights, and tonight’s film is “Secretariat.” The story: When Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father’s thoroughbred stable, she transforms from housewife to horse breeder and owner of the colt that will take the 1973 Triple Crown. The film explores Chenery’s bond with “Big Red” and depicts her rise to greatness as the “first lady of racing.” John Malkovitch plays trainer Lucien Laurin, and Fred Dalton Thompson co-stars as big-shot breeder Bull Hancock.

WHEN: 7 p.m. April 8

WHERE: Ida Rupp Public Library, 310 Madison St., Port Clinton

COST: Free

INFO: 419-732-3212

3.)    Duck Derby & Duck Derby Afterparty

Why you should go: This fundraising event is kind of a big deal — and not just for the Sandusky Main Street Association and United Way, which receives the funds for programming. After purchasing your duck for the big race, you’ll see the ducks dumped en masse into the Kalahari Waterpark’s Lazy River. Top winners will receive some amazing prizes, including a home entertainment center package, Jet Express season passes, a weekend getaway at Kalahari, a Sandusky Mall shopping spree or a two-year lease on a brand new Chevy Cruze. But that’s not all — the afterparty, which will be held in The Reserve at Kalahari, will feature live entertainment from local faves The CoCoBeanOs. Don’t miss it!

WHEN: 9 p.m. April 8

WHERE: Kalahari Waterpark Resort, 7000 Kalahari Dr., Sandusky  

COST: Free admission; $20 to purchase a duck

INFO: 419-625-4672 or 419-627-5942

4.)    Hippity Hoppity, It’s an Easter Craft Day

Why you should go: This is perfect to keep the kids occupied on a Saturday. There will be special Easter-themed crafts like egg decorating, Easter basket making and more. No registration is required, and refreshments will be served.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. April 9

WHERE: Milan Public Library, 19 E. Church St., Milan

COST: Free

INFO: 419-499-4117

5.)    Early Bird Party

Why you should go: Two words: Brandy Alexanders. This frosty treat from island favorite The Village Pump may go down cold, but trust us — it’ll warm you in a jiffy. Enjoy the spring kick-off and the opening of island season — summer will be here before you know it!

WHEN: 12 p.m. April 9

WHERE: The Village Pump, 103 Lakeshore Dr., Kelleys Island  

COST: Free admission

INFO: 419-746-2281

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