Muskegon County Calendar of Events 02/06/17 – 02/13/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Winds of Ancestry
Through February 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“Winds of Ancestry,” an exhibit of artifacts and videos by artists Rae Goodwin and Casey McGuire, will be on display in the Muskegon Community College Overbrook Art Gallery from January 9 – February 23.  In the summer of 2016, McGuire and Goodwin rode their red rocking horses across this grand nation. They followed the Lewis and Clark Trail to Montana and stopped along the way to memorialize their foremothers and to acknowledge the fleeting winds of ancestry.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Overbrook Gallery hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Friday with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater.  For more information, call (231) 777-0324.

Century Club Open House
February 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Century Club Retail Center will be having an open house from 6:00-8:00pm the first Tuesday of every month, offering different specials every week.  For more information, e-mail

Gourmet Pizza with Chef Jamie
February 7 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Gourmet Pizza with Chef Jamie
2/7/2017 6:00 – 10:00pm
In this class we will make the dough from scratch (last time Chef Jamie made it ahead of time for everyone), homemade sauce and experiment with several toppings. While we are waiting for the dough to rise, we will make a salad with homemade ranch and vinaigrette dressings. You won’t go home hungry and can choose to bake your pizza in class or at home. This class will be four hours long to accomplish everything from scratch. Cost is $40 and class size is limited to 12.
For more information or to register, call (231) 769-2202.

Watch Us Go Luge
February 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Every Tuesday night during the season, the luge track at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex will be open to  for only $10 or $60 for the whole season.  This is designed to be a fun night with some spirited competition between sliders.  All skill levels are welcome, whether you’re first time slider or long time expert.  Some of our local experts will be on hand to coach newcomers.  You must be at least 17 years old to participate, provide proof of health insurance and sign a luge waiver.

  • Cost – $10 per night or $60 for the whole season, no weekly commitment necessary
  • Sliding starts at 6:00pm every Tuesday night.
  • All skill levels are welcome
  • Many weeks an afterglow at a local tavern will immediately follow

For more information, call 231-744-9629.

Tuesdays and 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-February 24 and March 7-30 (no shows February 28 and March 2 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

White Lake Classical Series
February 7 @ 7:00 pm
Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the White Lake Classical Series featuring violinist, Michelle Vallier.  Dr. Vallier is a versatile performer, equally at home in the solo, chamber and orchestral fields. She has performed throughout the country, including recent recital tours across the Midwest, Florida and Arizona.  Tuesday evening, she will perform the music of  Bach, Ysaye and Clarke.  The cover is $5.  Come early for dinner, with seared chicken breast, topped with mushrooms and Swiss, sauce veloute, rosemary roasted potatoes, vegetable, a glass of house wine and chocolate cake for $17.  RSVP to The Book Nook & Java Shop at  (231) 894-5333.

MCC Events Celebrate Black History Month 2017
February 8 – February 27
Muskegon Community College will celebrate Black History Month 2017 in February by hosting lectures, a musical performance, a movie, a contest and the annual Love in Action Awards Dinner.  All the events, with the exception of the dinner, are free and open to the public.
February 8-27 in Collegiate Hall, there will be a display on loan from the USS Silversides Museum that celebrates the achievements of African-Americans.  For more information, e-mail

Black America Since MLK
February 8
Muskegon Community College will celebrate Black History Month 2017 in February by hosting lectures, a musical performance, a movie, a contest and the annual Love in Action Awards Dinner.  All the events, with the exception of the dinner, are free and open to the public.
On Wednesday, February 8, the documentary, “Black America since MLK: Still I Rise” will be shown at 1:30pm in Blue and Gold Room.  A discussion, led by Papa N’Jai, an instructor in the MCC Social Sciences Department, will follow.  In the film, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores America’s changing racial landscape, celebrating how far we have come toward equality and asking why we still have so far to go.
From 6:00-7:30pm in Collegiate Hall, “Who We Are and How Did We Get Here: Part II” continues the insightful panel discussion started at last year’s Black History event.  Once again, the forum taps into the insights of Muskegonites who have made huge contributions to the building of the community and have been long time equal rights activists for the people, especially African Americans.  The panel discussion will be facilitated by MCC President Dale Nesbary.  Panelists are: Rev. John L. Parker, Floyd R. Cook, Jr., Delores Cole, Orville Sydnor, Paul Billings, Rillastine Wilkins, Edgar Watson and Janie P. Brooks-Davis.
For more information, e-mail

Make Cheesy Shortbread with Mary
February 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Make Cheesy Shortbread with Mary
2/8/2017  6:00 – 8:00pm
Imagine the warm, cheesy shortbread just from the oven! You’ll need your apron for this one. Delicious cheesy shortbread made five (5) ways. Simple and mouthwatering with complimentary wines. Perfect treat for that valentine who prefers savory offerings. Take home a tin of homemade, assorted treats. Class limited to 10 $35.
Mary Wiegers Cooper is a talented Cheesemonger at The Cheese Lady Muskegon. She especially loves interacting with people at the market, and in the last couple of years she has taken over as the face of The Cheese Lady at the Muskegon Farmers Market. Mary graduated in Food and Beverage Management at our own Baker College CIM. Her classes will be small and intimate.
For more information or to register, call (231) 769-2202.

Open Public Tours at the Muskegon Museum of Art
February 9 @ 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!

David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum: Illustrations by David Shannon
February 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art will present David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum, an exhibition of original illustrations by internationally acclaimed children’s book author and artist David Shannon, February 9 through April 16, 2017.  The exhibition opens with a free public reception at the MMA on Thursday, February 9, from 5:30 to 7:00pm.
One of Shannon’s most popular books is No, David!, a semi-autobiographical story about a young boy being constantly told, “No, David!” by his mother.  Seventy-five original works, including sketches, studies, and final illustrations, for this book and others by Shannon will be on display.  The exhibition will include original illustrations from A Bad Case of Stripes; Alice the Fairy; The Rain Came Down; No, David!; David Gets in Trouble; David Goes to School; and It’s Christmas, David!
David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum was organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature. The exhibition is underwritten by the Folkert Family Foundation. Additional support has been provided by WGVU Public Media and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, call 231-720-2571.

5th Annual Bling Thing
February 10 – February 11
Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11, come to the Century Club Retail Center for the 5th Annual Bling Thing to benefit Hackley Public Library!  Costume, vintage and precious jewelry, along with evening bags, scarves and other “bling” will be available for sale.  Friday, there’ll be a pre-sale party from 5:00-8:00pm with wine and chocolates.  A donation of $10 is requested.  Saturday hours are 10:00am-2:00pm with free admission!  If you would like to contribute items, drop them off at Hackley Public Library.  For additional information, e-mail Friends of Hackley Public Library at

Alley Door Club: Brena
February 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, February 10, come the Alley Door Club for live rock-n-roll with Brena!  Odd Side Ales is the evening’s craft brew!  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 Game
February 10 & 11 @ 7:15 pm – February 11 @ 7:15 pm
Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena as the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the Des Moines Buccaneers!  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

Muskegon Eagles 668 1st Annual Fishing Derby
February 11 @ 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Muskegon Eagles 668 1st Annual Fishing Derby is scheduled for Saturday, February 11 from 7:00am-3:00pm!  This will be a fun-filled event for everyone with food, prizes, raffles and 50/50 drawings.  There’ll be divisions for Northern Pike, Walleye and Perch in the Adult Division and Bluegill, Crappie, Perch and Rockbass in the Kids’ Division.  All DNR regulations will apply. Prizes include a Gander Mountain shanty, an Eskimo gas powered auger, fish finders and more.  Weigh in will be held at the Eagles Club from 11:00am-3:00pm; you must be in line by 3:00pm.  Tickets are $2 each (1 ticket per fish) and can be purchased at the club bar.  Ticket sales end February 10 at 3:00pm.  Proceeds will go to the general fund from which the Eagles allocate their charitable donations, including the “Keep Muskegon Warm” coat drive.  For additional information, call Teresa at 231-853-5180 or Deb at 231-327-1669.

2017 Walk for Warmth
February 11 @ 8:30 am
Saturday, February 11 at 8:30am, come to the L.C. Walker Arena to participate in the 2017 Walk for Warmth!  Consumers Energy is joining local Community Action Agencies to help warm homes of vulnerable people in our community.  For more information, call (231) 725-9499.

Mad Hatter & the Queen of Hearts Super Saturday
February 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
February 11 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, bring the family to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Mad Hatter & the Queen of Hearts Super Saturday!”  The Mad Hatter is known for his hats and the Queen of Hearts would certainly be lost without a heart or two adoring her dress.  Check out the portraits in the MMA’s permanent collection…What attributes or objects make them unique?
This free family fun day includes:
10:00am & 1:00pm – Film: Alice in Wonderland
(75 mins.) Join Alice on her adventures as she falls down the rabbit hole and enters the crazy and strange world of the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, and the terrifying Queen of Hearts.
11:00am – 1:00pm – Guided Tours: Discover portraits in the MMA’s collection with a Museum docent.
11:00am – 2:00pm – Make & Take: Make your own self-portrait. What attribute or object will you add to give your own unique touch? A hat, a special piece of jewelry, a fancy dress, stripes?
For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Kids Cooking: Homemade Pretzel Bowl & Hearty Soup with Chef Char
February 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Kids Cooking: Homemade Pretzel Bowl & Hearty Soup with Chef Char
2/11/2017  10:00am – Noon
When its cold outside, a bowl of homemade soup in a warm pretzel bowl will warm you up! Learn to make your own pretzel bowls and help the class make a large batch of cheesy potato soup together to share.  Ages 7 – 15. Class size limited to 15.  Cost is $25.  For more information or to register, call (231) 769-2202.

Dine and Glide
February 11 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 11 from 5:00-9:00pm, come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex to “Dine & Glide!”  Cross country ski the lighted trails as you enjoy a progressive 5 course meal with stations set up along the ski trail.  The evening will conclude with live music and cocktails.  For more information, call 231-744-9629.

West Michigan Lake Hawks Basketball Game
February 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. The Hawks have back to back games this weekend! Tonight they play the Flint Chargers 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.

Black Tie for the Y
February 11 @ 6:00 pm
February 11 at 6:00pm, come to the Muskegon Country Club for the “Black Tie for the Y’ event!  This 25th annual party and auction to benefit the Muskegon YMCA and Camp Pendalouan at the Muskegon Country Club is black tie optional.  Money raised for the YMCA will go directly toward outreach to fight the causes of childhood obesity with physical activity and nutrition education, teach third graders in Muskegon County about water safety, and prevent chronic disease through programs like Diabetes Prevention, LiveStrong for cancer survivors and Enhance Fitness.  The event benefits Camp Pendalouan by funding summer “camperships” making sure all have access to a summer camp experience.  There will be hors d’oeuvres, dinner, a cash bar, and silent and live auctions.  Tickets are $75 per person.
For reservations or more information please call 231-722-9622 x240.  There will be valet parking.

‘Mary Karr Live!’
February 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 11, the Muskegon Writers’ Series presents “Mary Karr Live!” featuring an evening with the national award-winning poet, essayist, and memorialist at the Frauenthal Center.
Doors open at 6:00pm with live music, book sales, and a cash bar.  Karr will speak at 7:00pm.  Tickets, which are $20 general admission and $12 for students with ID, may be purchased at the Frauenthal Center Box Office (231) 727-8001 or through Star Tickets (800) 585-3737. Tickets are also available at the Muskegon Community College Campus in the English Department Office, Room 154.
Karr, who is the Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University, wrote three award-winning, bestselling memoirs:
The Liars’ Club (1995), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, delves vividly and often humorously into her deeply troubled childhood, most of which was spent in a gritty industrial section of Southeast Texas in the 1960s;
Cherry (2000), which is about her late adolescence and early womanhood, was selected as a “notable book” by book reviews nationwide; and
Lit, in which Karr writes about her time as an alcoholic and the salvation she found in her conversion to Catholicism, was one of the New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of the Year and a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.
A 2005 Guggenheim Fellow in poetry, Karr has won Pushcart Prizes for both her verse and essays. She also wrote the acclaimed The Art of Memoir.  She won a 1989 Whiting Award for her poetry.
Karr has published four volumes of poetry: Abacus (Wesleyan University Press, CT, 1987, in its New Poets series), The Devil’s Tour (New Directions NY, 1993, an original TPB), Viper Rum (New Directions NY, 1998, an original TPB), and Sinners Welcome (HarperCollins, NY 2006). Her poems have appeared in major literary magazines such as Poetry, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly.
For more information on the event, contact Mary Tyler, MCC English instructor and coordinator of the Muskegon Writers Series, at (231) 777-0327 or at

Howling Harbor! Muskegon Artists’ Market
February 12 @ 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: Guitar Slingers
February 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The 5th annual Howl n’ Blues Concert Series for this winter is titled “HOT BLUES”!  February 12, it’s the Guitar Slingers!  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 Basketball Game
February 12 @ 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. The Hawks have back to back games this weekend! Tonight they play the Capital City Rebels 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.