Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/30/15-04/06/15

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

03/30/2015 – 04/04/15 The Easter Bunny at the Lakes Mall
‎Spring is in the air, and the Easter Bunny is coming to town! Beginning Saturday, March 21, kids of all ages are invited to visit and have their photos snapped with the Bunny at The Lakes Mall in Younkers Court.  The Easter Bunny will be available for visits and photos starting Saturday, March 21 through Saturday, April 4, Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 9:00pm, and Sunday from 11:00am to 6:00pm. All children who visit the Easter Bunny will receive a wonderful coloring sheet with great offers from mall stores!

Visits with the Easter Bunny are always free and reservations are not required. Professional photo packages start at just $22 and include a FREE Shutterfly gift card. For additional information, visit

04/03/2015 – Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
Come to the L.C. Walker Arena Friday, April 3 at 7:15pm as the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the USNTDP U-17.

04/04/2015 – Pancake Breakfast & Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 4 at Calvin Church, (973 W. Norton) from 8:30am-10:00am, you can enjoy a pancake breakfast (donations accepted).  There will be an egg hunt for ages up to 11 years. Both events are open to the public and the egg hunt is FREE! For more information, call 231-737-5207.

04/04/2015 – Easter Candy Scramble
Saturday April 4 at Delmar baseball fields in Roosevelt Park at 10:00am. This event is FREE and open to the public! The park is located at the corner of Glenside & Roosevelt Road.

04/04/2015 – Easter Egg Painting
‎Saturday, April 4 from 2:00-3:30pm, the Hackley Public Library, (316 W. Webster Ave.) is hosting an Easter Egg painting event. Please bring your own eggs, but the paints and decorations are FREE!

04/04/2015 – Paul Robeson: A Champion for Human Rights
You’re invited to the James Jackson Museum of African American History for the DVD presentation, Paul Robeson:  A Champion for Human Rights, Saturday, April 4 at 3:00pm.  For more information, call 231-739-9500.

04/04/2015 – An Evening With The phoffman Trio
Last year, phoffman performed solo on acoustic guitar to a crowded house of music lovers at the Howmet Playhouse. Saturday, April 4 at 7:00pm, fellow Greensky band mates Anders Beck (dobro) and Mike Devol (bass) are set to accompany Paul on what is sure to be an acoustic adventure. If you are a fan of stripped down, hard driving, pure performance, precision stringsmanship, and next level bluegrass … this show is for you! For more information, please visit Gold Coast Entertainment’s Facebook Page and hit the like button.  The proceeds from refreshment sales benefit capital improvement plans at the Howmet Playhouse.  Tickets are $15 and purchased at the door or online.

04/04/2015 – Lin Rountree: Jazz on the Lake
‎An evening you will enjoy with Lin Rountree at Fricano’s Place Event Center on Saturday April 4 at 7:00pm. Purchase General Admission tickets or reserve your seating at Urban Apparel, Ken’s Anointed Hands, and The Cheese Lady. Limited number of reserved seating. Dress to Impress!

04/04/2015 – Back Alley Comedy Club: Rico Bruce Wade
Come to the Back Alley Comedy Club inside Sherman Bowling Center, Saturday, April 4 at 9:00pm for live stand-up comedy with Rico Bruce Wade, with special guest Kate Brindle!  Doors open at 7:30pm.  A full bar and food will be available.  Tickets are only $5!  Call 231-755-1258 for more information and ask for Todd or Mike.

04/05/2015 – Third Street Grille Easter Brunch
Sunday April 5 Enjoy an Easter Buffet at Third Street Grille in downtown Muskegon at 939 Third Street from 10:30am – 2:30 pm. Adults $23.95 / Kids 5-12 $9.95 and Kids 4 and under are FREE. This is held in their Embassy Ball Room. Please call 231-720-7105 to make your reservations. Chef carved prime rib, smoked ham, salads, desserts and more!

04/05/2015 – Docker’s Easter Brunch Buffet
‎Looking for an Easter dinner away from home? Docker’s Easter Brunch Buffet Sunday April 5th 11am – 2pm! Featuring their famous raw bar, prime rib carving station, family style perch & much, much more! $29.99 per adult and $15.99 for kids! Mimosas, Bloody Marys & full bar start at noon! Reservations only – please call 231-288-6300 to book your table today!! 3505 Marina View Point Muskegon, MI 49441.

04/05/2015 – Bella Maria’s 1st Annual Easter Brunch Buffet
‎Sunday April 5th at Bella Maria’s event center, (513 W. Pontaluna Rd.) relax with family & friends and enjoy the culinary delights of Bella Maria’s! Adults $23.95, ages 8-12 $14.95, ages 4-7 are 7.95 and 3 and under are FREE. Make your reservations to dine from 11:00am -3:00pm 231-563-6914.

04/06/2015 – 04/11/15 Spring Break Workshop: Theatre Survival Skills
‎This Theatre Survival Skills course combines the instruction of playwriting, monologue performance, stage manager skills, creating deep emotions on stage, basic makeup skills (for guys and girls,) improvisation, a variety of accents, and projecting your stage voice with volume and articulation all into one week, April 6-11 at the Howmet Playhouse.  Classes are 10:00am-Noon for grades 6-8 and 1:00pm-3:00pm for grades 3-5.  Class fee is $50.  Call the Nuveen Center at 231-894-2787 to register.

04/06/2015 – 04/10/15 Spring Break Art Camp
Kids ages 7-11 are invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the Spring Break Art Camp with instructor Ellen Sprouls,  Monday–Friday, April 6–10 from 9:00am–noon.  The cost per day is $20 or $17 for members.  The cost for the week is $75 or $65 members.  Get those kids moving and creating (and out of the house!). Each day, students will explore different mediums through various projects based on exhibitions that are on view in the Museum. Come for the week or drop-in for the day. To register, call one week in advance at 231-720-2571.

Daily Themes
Monday: Eat (Still Life)
Tuesday: Dance (Belinda the Ballerina)
Wednesday: Paint (Expressions 2015)
Thursday: Build (The Art of the Brick)
Friday: Write (Permanent Collection)

04/06/2015 – WWII Lecture Series: And the Skies Rained Blood
The 2015 WWII Lecture Series is finally here!  April 6 at 6:00pm, it’s And the Skies Rained Blood:  The Allied Bombing Campaign Over Nazi Germany, presented by Dr. Fred Johnson, Associate Professor of History, Hope College.  Cost is $5.00 per person or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

04/06/2015 – Hackley Handicrafts
‎Learn a new craft with Nancy Hartman!  This month will be scrapbooking at Hackley Library. This is a FREE event and open to the public. Hope to see you there from 6:00pm-7:00pm.

Ongoing Events:

Armchair Archeology: From Hobby to History
‎”Armchair Archaeology: From Hobby to History” is on display at the Lakeshore Museum Center!  The exhibit explores early archaeology practices and philosophies that would be considered controversial today and showcases the local men who did it right.  The exhibit features ten Muskegon residents from the late 1800s to early 1940s who were working in the area to learn about who and what was living here before them.  Artifacts on display from the local digs include pottery shards, arrowheads, projectile points, and tools.  Visitors will have an opportunity to take a seat and spend some time reading books and journal articles written by and about the men featured in the exhibit.

Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit
‎African Americans have always proudly served in the United States Military beginning with Crispus Attucks who became the first casualty of the American Revolution when he was shot and killed in what became known as the Boston Massacre. Since then, their accomplishments have been many and great. The USS Silversides Submarine Museum is proud to tell the tale of the brave African Americans who served their country proudly during World War II, especially those from our own Muskegon Community, Dr. Robert Garrison and Denzal Harvey. Come learn about the achievements and the hardships endured by these wonderful heroes of American WWII history, March 4 – April 4, 2015 at the Silversides Submarine Museum.  There will be an opening reception March 4 at 6:00pm.  The cost is $5 or free with membership.  For more information, call (231) 755-1230.

Collector’s Corner: Beatles Memorabilia
‎Beatles Memorabilia is the topic of the display in the Collectors Corner at the Lakeshore Museum Center.  Featured are album covers from The Fab Four, fan club cards, a collectible plate, a Beatles themed Trivial Pursuit Game, beach towel and more.  Figures of the four musicians and a yellow submarine are also included in William Stidham Sr.’s collection.   The museum is open weekdays from 9:30am to 4:30pm and Saturdays from Noon to 4:00pm.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Reading by Any Means Necessary
‎You’re invited to the James Jackson Museum of African American History for the “Reading…by any means necessary” program, every Monday through Saturday from 2:00-5:30pm.  The museum is located at 7 E. Center St. in Muskegon Heights.  Call 231-739-9500 for more information.

‘Dynamic Earth’ Planetarium Viewing
‎”Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth’s Climate Engine” is a NEW, 30-minute planetarium program that will have you riding on swirling ocean currents, diving into the heart of a hurricane, and flying into fiery volcanoes. Free shows are Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 p.m., through April 2nd, at Muskegon Community College (221 S. Quarterline Rd, Room 135). For more information, or to schedule a private show, please call (231) 777-0289, or email (Be watching for information on our other NEW show, starting April 7!)

Belinda the Ballerina and Friends: The Illustrations of Amy Young
‎Belinda the Ballerina and Friends: The Illustrations of Amy Young is an exhibition of original book illustrations by artist Amy Young at the Muskegon Museum of Art.  Big-footed ballerinas, dogs on boats, and mud fairies are just a few of the characters that Amy Young has brought to life through her stories and bright, colorful book illustrations. This exhibition features original artwork she created for the popular children’s book Belinda the Ballerina and other books that Young has written and illustrated. The exhibition will be on display through April 26, 2015.  For more information, call 231-720-2574.

The Art of the Brick®
Beginning February 19, the Muskegon Museum of Art will host The Art of the Brick®, an exhibition featuring large-scale sculptures created out of iconic LEGO® bricks by New York based artist Nathan Sawaya.  The exhibition has proved to be very popular with audiences as it has toured the globe. “This year alone, we’ve visited Ireland, South Africa, and Amsterdam,” said Sawaya. “We are thrilled to be bringing this collection to Muskegon.”  The Art of the Brick will be on view at the Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W. Webster Ave from February 19 through May 3. The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Thursday, February 19, from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Light refreshments will be served at the family-friendly event, which will be free and open to the public.  For more information, call 231-720-2571.

33rd Muskegon County Student Art show
‎”Expressions”, the annual Muskegon County student art exhibition is organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art in partnership with the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.  The show opens March 25 and will run through April 23.  “Expressions” showcases the artistic talents of Muskegon County K-12 students, featuring two and three dimensional artworks in a variety of media.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Muskegon Recreational Club Fish Fry
‎It’s Muskegon Recreation Club’s Fish Fry Time again!  Every other Friday from September 19 – through Good Friday, April 3, you’re invited to take part in their popular fish dinner.  Take out is from 5:00pm – 7:30pm.  Dine in from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  The cost is $9 for 1 lb. of lake perch, your choice of potato, cole slaw and bread.  Onion rings are available for $3.00.  The club is located at 1763 Lakeshore Dr.  For more information, visit