Muskegon County Calendar of Events 12/05/16-12/12/16

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Ornament Extravaganza
Through December 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Now through Christmas, you are invited to the Red Lotus Gallery/Muskegon Center for the Arts for their Ornament Extravaganza!  Christmas ornaments have been created by local artists and will be available during the months of November and December.  They make wonderful Christmas gifts.  For more information, call 231-206-0426.

White Lake Classical Series
December 6 @ 7:00 pm

Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00pm, you’re invited to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the “White Lake Classical Series” featuring Swedish Violinist Gregory Maytan performing the music of Bach, Beethoven, & Röntgen!  Maytan has performed virtually all the major violin concertos with orchestra, and regularly performs in recitals and concerts in Europe and the US.  The cover at the door is $5.

Come early for dinner at 6:15pm and enjoy Roasted Cranberry-Apple-Stuffed Pork Loin with Apple Syrup, Rice Pilaf, Roasted Veggies, Glass of House Wine and Caramel Pear Crisp for $17.  Please RSVP to The Book Nook & Java Shop by calling (231) 894-5333.

Jilly’s Trunk Sale
December 8 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Thursday, December 8 from 3:00-6:00pm, visit the Museum Store in the Lakeshore Museum Center for an opportunity to see and purchase some unique, one-of-a-kind pieces of art, fused glass, and dichroic jewelry from glass artist Jilly Barnes!  Jilly, the owner of Jilly’s Gallery in Pentwater, will donate a portion of her sales that day to the Museum and shoppers may enter a drawing to win a special gift basket.  In addition, shoppers will enjoy a 15% discount on store merchandise excluding books, consignment, and sale items.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Open Public Tours at the Muskegon Museum of Art
December 8 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Enjoy free docent-led guided tours at the Muskegon Museum of Art on Thursdays, December 1 – February 16 from 5:00-7:00pm!

Opening Reception: Expressions of Faith
December 8 @ 5:30 pm

The Muskegon Museum of Art will present Expressions of Faith: Religious Works from the Permanent Collection with Rare Manuscripts from the Van Kampen Collection as its main winter exhibition.  Expressions of Faith features faith-based artwork from the Museum’s collection, hand-copied Bibles and rare manuscripts from the Van Kampen collection.  Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and African and Japanese spiritual traditions are illustrated in artifacts and artwork.

The public is invited to an opening reception and lecture by Calvin College Professor of Art and Art History Henry Luttikhuizen on on Thursday, December 8. The reception will start at 5:30pm and the lecture will start at 7:00pm. The event is free.  The exhibition will run through February 12, 2017.

Girls Night Out: Holiday Entertaining with Chef Char
December 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, December 8th – Girls Night Out: Holiday Entertaining with Chef Char. 6:00-8:00 pm. If feeding and entertaining a small crowd is in your future, this class will equip you with the recipes and ideas to be donned as “the hostess with the mostest” by all of your friends. Party Platters are a great way to display hor d’oeuvres and appetizers to feed a small crowd. Even though the serving size of the food is small, each dish can really bring big flavor. Easy alcoholic and non-alcoholic holiday cocktail recipes will be shared and enjoyed during class. You must be 21 to sign up for this class.  Cost is $45

Go to and search on Muskegon Farmers Market and all currently scheduled classes will pop up. Also subscribe to our Kitchen 242 Facebook Events Page to receive notification when new culinary events are added.

Thursday Night Music Club: West Michigan Symphony Children’s Choir
December 8 @ 7:00 pm

The Norton Shores Library hosts the West Michigan Symphony Children’s Choir, Thursday, December 8 at 7:00pm in the library’s conference room.  Celebrate the joy of the season with the MADL Thursday Night Music Club’s traditional holiday concert.  This year’s performance features the West Michigan Symphony Children’s Choir, a high-quality choral group for children ages 8 – 11.  This free concert starts at 7:00pm.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, branch manager, at 231-780-8844 or .

“Follow the Star” Live Nativity
December 9 @ 6:00 pm – December 11 @ 9:00 pm

Friday through Sunday, December 9 – 11 from 6:00-9:00pm, come to the Central Youth Center for “Follow the Star”, a live Nativity Outdoor Presentation, featuring live actors and animals!  Tours to “Bethlehem” will depart every twenty minutes.  For more information, call 231-777-3938 or visit

Gingerbread House Baking and Decoration with Chef Char
December 10

Saturday, December 10th – Gingerbread House Baking and Decoration with Chef Char – Let’s build a house together! Learn the secrets to making and baking successful gingerbread cookies. Using the best recipe for Royal Icing, learn to make the walls stand tall and a roof that won’t fall. Decorate your house with assorted candies and your imagination for a fun holiday display to take home. Kids, Teens & Adults are welcome to join this class. Cost is $35.

Go to and search on Muskegon Farmers Market and all currently scheduled classes will pop up. Also subscribe to our Kitchen 242 Facebook Events Page to receive notification when new culinary events are added.

Breakfast With Santa
December 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Visit Santa Claus and enjoy a delicious and free pancake meal at Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 10 at the Whitehall United Methodist Church.  The breakfast event will be held 9:00am to 11:00am. Bring the children in for pancakes with sausage and a visit with Santa.  The Whitehall High School choir will be singing Christmas carols.  For more information, call 231-329-3056.

Visit with Santa at Hot Rod Harley-Davidson
December 10 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Santa will make is annual visit to Hot Rod Harley-Davidson on Saturday, December 10 from 11:00am-2:00pm!  There is no charge to visit with Santa.  Bring your own camera to take pictures.  Post your pics on the Hot Rod Facebook page and the photo that gets the most likes will win a $100 Hot Rod gift certificate.  For more information, call  231-722-0000.

From Page to Screen: Nobody’s Fool
December 10 @ 1:30 pm

December 10 at 1:30pm, come to the Norton Shores Library for “From Page to Screen:  Nobody’s Fool!”  Is the book always better than the movie?  If you love to read and watch movies, combine your passion for both!  December’s book is Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo, the story of Sully, the unluckiest man in an unlucky town.  He’s broke, out of a job, and the owner of a dead pickup truck.  The good news? Sully has the dumbest man in North Bath as his devoted friend, a forgiving eighty-year-old landlady who converses with her late husband, a spastic Doberman as a watchdog, and the finest one-legged drunken lawyer this side of Albany. Now, if Sully could only banish his father’s grinning ghost and earn his own son’s respect, he might just turn the whole darn thing around.  The movie was released in 1994, directed by Robert Benton and starred Paul Newman, Bruce Willis and Jessica Tandy.  There will be an an informal discussion of both formats, plus popcorn.  Copies of the book are available at the Library while supplies last.  This program is free and open to the public ages 18 and up.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, branch manager, at 231-780-8844 or .

Melvin Elijah Presents: A Spectacular Tribute to Motown Live
December 10 @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, December 10 at 7:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for “Melvin Elijah Presents: A Spectacular Tribute to Motown Live!”  This high energy production show captivates audiences from its opening act to its exhilarating finale!

At a very young age, Melvin Elijah was inspired by some of the most phenomenal singers in the entertainment industry: Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder and Eddie Kendrick’s to name a few.  Melvin has performed for the past ten years in production shows as a tribute act featuring The Temptations and produced a tribute act for The Four Tops.  As a tribute act, Melvin has been featured as a headliner for Costa, Diamond Princess, and Norwegian Cruise lines. He has also made special appearances on Good Morning Arizona, 12 News, NASCAR and the Phoenix Suns Half Time Show.  Melvin’s most notable accomplishments are opening acts for some of the most legendary artist of all times; James Brown, Natalie Cole, Roy Ayers, Bobby Blue Bland and the one and only Whispers.  Melvin’s electrifying vocal skills, dynamic stage presence and production skills, captivates audiences of all joinder of music from R&B, Pop, Rock, Jazz and Contemporary listeners.  Tickets are $30, or $50 for VIP tickets which include a meet and greet with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  Doors Open at 6:15pm. For more information, call 231-722-9750.

Howling Harbor! Muskegon Artists’ Market
December 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Harbor Cinema hosts an indoor Artists’ Market every second Sunday of the month from 2:00-4:00pm.  The market features live performances by a variety of talented Muskegon performers as well as local artists and crafters.  For more information, call 231-375-5228.

Howl ‘n Blues Concert Series: Sam Cockrell Christmas Show
December 11 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The 5th annual Howl n’ Blues Concert Series for this winter is titled “HOT BLUES”!  December 11, enjoy R & B, soul, funk and blues from the Sam Cockrell Band from Chicago, a smokin’ hot six piece band featuring trumpet, sax, drums, guitar, piano and bass and singer/bass player, Sam Cockrell!  Concerts take place at the Watermark 920 the second Sunday of each month from 2:00-5:00pm to raise awareness and donations for the PoundBuddies animal shelter.  There’ll be a cash bar, food, 50/50 raffles, dancing, and good times…guaranteed!  Tickets are only $15 and include a raffle ticket.  For more information find “Howl n’ Blues” on Facebook.

West Michigan Lake Hawks
December 11 @ 6:00 pm

Back to Back North Central Division Champions! Catch their home games at Reeths-Puffer High School located north of Muskegon at 1545 N. Roberts Rd. Today they play Steel City Yellow Jackets at 6:00pm. All tickets are just $8 each. Ages four and under are FREE! Purchase Lake Hawks tickets at the Frauenthal Center or at the door.