Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/23/17-01/30/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Drawer Boy
January 20 – January 28
January 20 – 28, the Muskegon Civic Theatre invites you to the Blackbox on the Frauenthal Stage for “The Drawer Boy!”.  An actor from a Toronto theater visits the home of two farmers, to research rural life for a new play.  Amused with the young city slicker, Morgan and Angus talk about their lives, of moving to the farm with their wives after serving in World War II, and living as bachelors ever since.  But their visitor’s questions gradually unravel their story in one of the most-produced plays in the country.

Tickets are $20 & $22.  For more information, visit

Calvin College January Series
January 23 @ 12:30 pm – January 24 @ 12:30 pm
January 23 – 24 at 12:30pm, you’re invited to the Beardsley Theater for the Calvin College January Series!  The 30th year of Calvin College’s award-winning lecture series will again be live-streamed into the Beardsley Theater.  The lectures are free and no tickets are required.  Be sure to bring your lunch!

Monday, January 23 – Jeremy Courtney “Loving our Enemies: Living amongst ISIS”
In the heart of conflict, there is only one kind of love big enough to change a nation: a love that strikes first. Jeremy Courtney is the founder of Preemptive Love Coalition, a development organization that works across Iraq providing lifesaving heart surgeries for children and more recently responds to the daily needs of Syrian refugees fleeing from ISIS. He is also the author of Preemptive Love, a book that invites you to walk along the front lines of the struggle for peace with Jeremy in a firsthand account of his team’s quest to mend hearts and save lives in the world’s most notorious war-torn country.  Jeremy hosts conversations about peacemaking & Muslim-Christian relations and shares thoughts from Iraq, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Tuesday, January 24 – N.T. Wright “The Royal Revolution: Fresh Perspectives on the Cross”
Nicholas Thomas “Tom” Wright taught New Testament studies for 20 years at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford Universities, and served as the bishop of Durham from 2003 until his retirement in 2010. He is now research professor of New Testament and early Christianity at St. Mary’s College in the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Wright has authored nearly 50 books, including a complete, popular-level, New Testament commentary series entitled The New Testament for Everyone, and his new opus on Paul, Paul and the Faithfulness of God. He has also written numerous essays, sermons, and articles throughout his career.

For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Paint, Drink, and Have Fun!
January 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Whether you have never picked up a paint brush before or you just want to spice up your painting experience, certified instructor Sharon Smithem will guide you through every step of creating your own masterpiece!  Come to the Book Nook & Java Shop Tuesday, January 24 from 6:00-8:30pm to paint a replica of a vintage postcard of the Old Channel in White Lake.  You’ll receive 2 1/2 hours of instruction, step-by-step support and all painting supplies including a 16 x 20″ canvas.  The cost is only $40.  The dinner special will be veggie burgers.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
“Incoming!” is a NEW SHOW at the Carr-Fles Planetarium, where you can zoom past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how they have changed the course of life on Earth.  This free program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm, January 10-March 2 and March 14-30 (no shows March 7 & 9 for college spring break).  Doors open by 6:45pm and no reservations are needed.  The planetarium is in room 135 of Muskegon Community College.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, please call 231-777-0289 or email

Chinese New Year Date Night
January 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
January 26 from 6:00-8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Chinese New Year Date Night!”  Enjoy Asian-inspired hors d’oeuvres and cocktails with a special program inspired by How to Return: Contemporary Chinese Photography.  There will be a cash bar.  The cost is $20 per person or $15 for members.  Tickets include hors d’oeuvres and the gallery talk.  Purchase tickets at the MMA Gift Store or call 231-720-2580.

Menu by Hearthstone Banquets & Catering

  • Crab & Avocado Sushi Rolls
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls & Peanut Sauce
  • Szechuan Grilled Shrimp & Snow Pea Spoons
  • Mini Steamed Hoisin Pork Bao Buns
  • Ahi Tuna & Wasabi Citrus Aioli on Crispy Seasoned Wontons

Sponsored by Hooker DeJong Architects & Engineers  

Body Works: Free Family Fun Night
January 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, January 27 from 6:00-8:00pm, you and your family are invited to the Lakeshore Museum Center’s “Body Works” exhibit for a Free Family Fun Night!  This is a celebration of the re-opening of the exhibit with health and nutrition themed activities featured throughout the museum.  Activities include hand washing checks using a black-light, dental hygiene tips and free toothbrushes for kids, and health & nutrition activities led by the Muskegon YMCA.  Free, healthy snacks will be provided.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Alley Door Club: Big Daddy Fox and Friends
January 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, January 27, come the Alley Door Club for live blues with Big Daddy Fox & Friends!  Fetch Brewing is the evening’s craft brewery!  Doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks) and the bands play from 7:00 – 10:00pm.  The Alley Door Club is located in The Ballroom at the Frauenthal Center (Hilt Building, 3rd floor).  Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office for $8 in advance or purchased at the door, a cash bar is available, valid I.D. required. Tables may be reserved for $55.00 for a 4-top (includes 4 admission tickets) / $80.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets).  There is a limit of 2 4-tops and 2 8-tops reserved for each performance, sold on a first come basis.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Games
January 27 @ 7:15 pm – January 28 @ 7:15 pm
Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena as the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the Dubuque Fighting Saints!  The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud members of the United States Hockey League, the nations only Tier I junior hockey league and the leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The Lumberjacks’organization prides itself on developing not just premier hockey talent, but also exceptional young men outside the arena of sports. For more information, visit

Miss Shoreline Pageant
January 28
The Miss Shoreline Scholarship Pageant is a preliminary for Miss Michigan, open to young women across the state.  The pageant is scheduled for Saturday, January 28 in the . The deadline to enter is Friday, January 6.  The pageant will take place in the ballroom of the Harbor Holiday Inn where women ages 17-24 will compete in talent, evening wear and onstage question, interview and swimsuit.  Miss Shoreline Outstanding Teen contestants, ages 13-17, will compete in evening wear and onstage question, talent and interview.  Winners and runners-up receive scholarship money for lessons and training or college tuition.  Those interested in competing should email their contact information to prior to Friday.

Muskegon Center for the Arts: January Workshops
January 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join talented artists of the MCA for the January Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery!  You will want to register for these classes now as they will fill up quickly.

January 28, 2:00pm – 4:00pm – Beginner’s Chainmaille Workshop
$20 per student, materials included. MCA Members $18, materials included.
This workshop will teach students how to create jewelry using the vintage art of chainmaille. In this session, we will focus on the Celtic Pattern of chainmaille. Each student will make a bracelet from the focus pattern that they will be able to keep. Maximum of 10 students. You must be registered 2 days before the scheduled class day. Contact Sabryna at to register.

West Michigan Lake Hawks Basketball Game
January 28 @ 6:00 pm
Back to Back North Central Division Champions! Catch their home games usually at Reeths – Puffer except for tonight’s game. Tonight they play the Grand Rapids Danger. This game will be played at Fruitport High School 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.

West Michigan Lake Hawks Basketball Game
January 29 @ 5:00 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. This weekend they have back to back games. Last night at Fruitport High School and tonight back at Reeths-Puffer to take on Team NetWork at 5:00pm. All tickets are just $8 each. Ages four and under are FREE! Purchase Lake Hawks tickets at the Frauenthal Center or at the door.