Muskegon County Calendar of Events 04/24/17 – 05/01/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Edward S. Curtis: Community Read Program
March 6 – May 16

A Community Read program will set the stage for “Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian,” an exhibit coming to the Muskegon Museum of Art May 11 through September 10, 2017.  The exhibition celebrates the artistry and cultural legacy of early-1900s photographer Edward Curtis.  The entire collection of 723 portfolio photographs from The North American Indian will be on display.  This in-depth survey of Curtis’s iconic body of work will also examine the challenges and controversies that the work generated from the start.

The MMA is collaborating with area library branches to offer free copies and discussions of the book Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward S. Curtis by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Timothy Egan.  Egan’s book tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history and Edward S. Curtis—the driven, brilliant man who made them. This is all in conjunction with Timothy Egan’s visit to the Frauenthal Center theatre in Muskegon on May 17 to discuss his book.

Book Give Away:
Area libraries will give away books, while supplies last, compliments of the Muskegon Museum of Art.  Books are available at Muskegon Area District Library branches including the Hackley Public Library, White Lake Community Library, Loutit District Library and Spring Lake District Library.  Books may also be purchased at the MMA.

Book Discussions:
Book discussions will take place April 5 through May 4 at the library branches, the Muskegon Museum of Art and at the Book Nook and Java Shop in Montague.

April 24, 5:30pm at Dalton Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
April 27, 6:00pm at Muskegon Museum of Art
May 2, 10:00am at North Muskegon – Walker Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
May 3, 6:30pm at Ravenna Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
May 4, 2:00 pm at Hackley Public Library
May 4, 10:30 am at Norton Shores Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library

An Evening with Author Timothy Egan:
The Community Read program is organized ahead of an evening with the award winning author Timothy Egan on May 17 at the Frauenthal Theater.  A book signing will follow Egan’s program. Tickets are $10. For tickets, visit

For more information about the Community Read program, call 231-720-2580.

April 14 @ 11:00 am – May 13 @ 5:00 pm

April 14 – May 13, come to Art Cats Gallery for the “Alter-Ego” show.  Watch what happens when a group of artists work outside their comfort zone and work in a different style, medium or event a different persona.  This exhibit will feature Lee Brown, John Hopson, Jeff Blandford, Chris Willis, Renae Hesselink, Mike Miesch, Louise Hopson, Lisa Wilkerson, Cat Jackson, Dee Dwight and Gloria Kirk-Hanna, as well as the mysterious ladies Kay Allen* and Marie DuBreuil*!  The artist meet and greet will be April 21 from 5:00 – 7:00pm.  For more information, call (231) 755-7606.

Doc Fletcher: Canoeing College Campuses
April 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Monday, April 24 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as Doc Fletcher returns with his newest lecture about Canoeing and Kayaking College Campuses. This lecture includes paddles of:
•  the Rouge River at UM-Dearborn, & by the waterfall at Fair Lane/the Henry Ford Estate Mansion
•  the Macatawa River at Hope College in Holland, alongside Windmill Island and its tulip gardens
•  the Red Cedar River at MSU, passing by students on riverside hammocks, by the famous landmark and gift of the class of 1873 “The Rock”, and the rapids at MSU’s Administrative Building, Spartan Stadium
•  the Huron River as it winds around the Eastern Michigan University campus & beneath the wooden beauty of the “Tridge”, a 3-way footbridge in Ypsilanti’s historic Depot Town
•  within the UP’s Keweenaw Peninsula that Michigan Tech calls home, the Bete Grise River takes you alongside the Mendota Lighthouse, dunes and wetlands, into the lovely Lac La Belle (French for “beautiful lake”), & offers fantastic views of Mount Bohemia.

Doc will be selling his book “Canoeing and Kayaking College Campuses,” as well as his other titles.  As always, there will be a drawing for a free trip.  For more information, call (231) 722-7276.

Feeding the Soul of the City: Mona Shores Fiddlers
April 25 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Tuesday, April 25 from 12:15 pm – 12:45pm, everyone is invited to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Downtown Muskegon for the Feeding the Soul of the City lunchtime concert featuring the Mona Shores Fiddlers.  This extracurricular music group of students from Mona Shores High School has played with such notable Irish/Celtic groups as Moxie Strings and Finverra’s Wren. Under the direction of Mrs. Kelly DeRose, the ensemble will perform a variety of Irish tunes.  For more information, call (231) 722-2112.

French Cuisine: Coq au vin with Chef Jamie
April 25 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Coq au vin is a French dish of chicken braised with wine, lardons, mushrooms and optionally garlic.  Coq au fin takes time to prepare and cook to perfection so this class will be a little longer but we will enjoy eating other French cuisine while we are working.  Class size is limited to 12.  Cost $45.

For more information or to register, call (231) 769-2202.

Shifting Shoreline Lecture Series
April 25 @ 6:00 pm

A lecture series about the history and restoration of Muskegon Lake is being conducted at the Lakeshore Museum Center.  This series is being held in conjunction with the Shifting Shoreline exhibit on display at the Lakeshore Museum Center through June.  The exhibit examines the changes that have occurred to Muskegon Lake over the past 200 years and the efforts to restore the lake.

The final lecture is April 25, “The Long Term Muskegon Lake Monitoring Program” by Dr. Alan Steinman, Director, Annis Water Resources Institute.  He will discuss the four main goals of the Muskegon Lake Monitoring Program initiated in 2003 and the data and findings the monitoring program has produced.

The lecture is free and begins at 6:00pm in the Museum auditorium.  Registration is requested by calling 231-722-0278.

Arts Council of White Lake’s Music Presents
April 25 @ 7:00 pm

The “Arts Council of White Lake’s Music Presents” Series for 2017 will feature wonderful and engaging presenters the last Tuesday of the month from January – May.  Mark your calendar for these engaging and enlightening presentations:

April 25 – The Nuveen’s Artist in Residence

May 30 – Mark Singer, “Portraits of the Mind”

Each 7:00pm presentation will take place at Arts Council of White Lake at the Nuveen Center.  Admission is $5 at the door.  Refreshments will also be served.  For more information, please call 231-329-3056.

Kids Cooking: Grilled Panini and Healthy Wraps with Chef Char
April 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sometimes it just takes a few new ideas and some healthy ingredients to make lunches and snacks a little more interesting.  We will experiment with homemade hummus, fresh cut vegetables, fresh fruits, cheese, lean meats and our own creative sauces on delicious bread and tortillas.  This is a great class for all levels of ability in the kitchen.  Ages: 7-15.  Class size limited to 15.  Cost $25.

For more information or to register, call (231) 769-2202.

Thursday Night Music Club: Wyatt and Shari Knapp
April 27 @ 7:00 pm

The Norton Shores Library hosts Wyatt & Shari Knapp, Thursday, April 27 at 7:00pm as part of their Thursday Night Music Club!  Wyatt and Shari played and sang together for many years in various bands before striking out on their own with their eponymous acoustic guitar duo.  Known for their sparkling vocals, lush harmonies, and tasteful blends that sets them apart, this personable and engaging husband-wife duo has warmed the hearts of audiences throughout Michigan and beyond.

This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library and the Almeda Boulton Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Muskegon County, is free and open to the public with no registration required.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or

Junk to Jewels Sale
April 28 @ 9:00 am – April 29 @ 3:00 pm

Friday, April 28 through Saturday, April 29 from 9:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for the “Junk to Jewels” sale!  Choose from an eclectic variety of new and gently used items for your shopping enjoyment.  For more information, call  231-725-9220.

The Alley Door Club: Yard Sale Underwear
April 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Friday, April 28, come the Alley Door Club for live music with Yard Sale Underwear!  Unruly Brewery 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.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Great Ladies of Swing
April 28 @ 7:30 pm

Friday, April 28 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the West Michigan Symphony Presents “Great Ladies of Swing” with conductor Matthew Kraemer.  Singer Dee Daniels joins WMS for a jazz program that features hits performed and recorded by swing legends Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughan. Pieces include classics “Fever”, “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man”, “Makin’ Whoopee” and “Mack the Knife”.

Single ticket prices are $23-$54.  Student tickets are $10.  Call Rita at 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.

Sunrise Yoga
April 29 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am

Rootdown Yoga has been helping “Muskegon 1 in 21” with ways to make the community more active and healthy!  For the week of April 23 – 29, participate in “Move 150” by picking up a bingo card at Rootdown, then record all of your activity for that week.  Turn in your bingo card for a chance to win prizes.  As an added bonus, they’ll be offering a Sunrise Yoga Class in Hackley Park on Saturday, April 29 at 8:00am.  For more information, call 231-722-YOGA.

USS LST 393 Veterans Museum Open for the Season!
April 29 @ 10:00 am

Saturday, April 29, the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum opens for the season!  History jumps out at you from every deck and corner of this veteran of Omaha Beach. She earned 3 battle stars in World War II and is one of only two ships of her kind that remain in the United States.  This landing ship tank turned museum is filled with artifacts and displays honoring those who served America and fought for the freedoms we enjoy today!  The USS LST 393 also hosts many wonderful events such as Friday night “Movies on Deck”, “Yoga on Deck” on Sundays and special memorial events for D-Day, Armed forces Day and much more.  For more information, visit

International TableTop Day
April 29 @ 11:00 am – April 30 @ 12:00 am

Byte Gaming Club invites you to join them as the world celebrates International Table Top Day with an entire day full of board game fun!

•  11:00am – 1:00pm:  Kid Time (Ages 5 – 13)
Gaming with kids not only supports their development but also fosters a love and hobby that you can share with them as an adult in their life.  They will have an array of games available for play along with a chance for kids to create their own game!  They can also check out Pokemon.

•  1:00pm, 4:00pm & 7:00pm:  D&D
There’ll be three 5th Edition campaigns throughout the day with pre-designed characters.  If you have never played before or want to try out 5th edition, now is the perfect time!

•  1:00pm:  Formula D (Ages 8 & Up)
This is a high stakes Formula One type racing game where the players race simulated cars with the hope of crossing the finish line first.

•  2:30pm:  Lotus (Ages 8 & Up)
This is a beautiful game that grows into a unique work of art every time you play.  Create your own elegant garden.

•  4:00pm:  Ashes (Ages 14 & Up)
Rise of the Phoenixborn is a two-player expandable card game where players take on the roles of Phoenixborns, demi-gods and protectors of this world.

•  5:30pm:  Catan (Ages 10 & Up)
Players try to be the dominant force on the island of Catan by building settlements, cities, and roads.

•  7:00pm:  Mage Wars
This game pits powerful Mages against each other in deadly arena combat.  Each Mage uses his own fully-customizable book of spells to achieve total victory over his opponent.

•  9:00pm:  Star Wars – Rebellion
This is a board game of epic conflict between the Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance for two to four players!

Other highlights of the day include X-wing, local artists, prizes, give-a-ways and specials throughout the day!  The cost is $5 per person for the entire day.  For more information call 231-709-9729.

Watercolors are Fun
April 29 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Saturday, April 29 from 1:00-4:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library and learn to paint with watercolors!  Local artist and book illustrator, Lori Eslick, will show you how.  This event is open to the public and absolutely free!  For more information, call (231) 722-7276.  Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.

Pathfinders: Celebrating 20 Years
April 29 @ 6:00 pm

Saturday, April 29 at 6:00pm, you’re invited to Bella Maria’s Event Center as the Pathfinders celebrate 20 years of providing a safe haven for over 40,000 kids in the Greater Muskegon Area!  Enjoy a delicious dinner, a silent auction and live Motown/Blues music with Greenbrook!  Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple and available at Pathfinders or Urban Apparel LLC located at 2713 Peck St., Muskegon Heights.  Table sponsorship opportunities are available by calling 231-733-1065.

Performances @The Block: Dee Daniels
April 29 @ 7:30 pm
Tickets: $25-$35, $10 Student tickets with ID

Whether accompanying herself at the piano, fronting a trio, big band or symphony, Dee Daniels’ musical career is as varied as her four-octave vocal range is thrilling.  She is a unique talent who transcends musical borders when she brings her jazz styling, infused with gospel and blues flavoring, to the stage.  Join Dee at The Block Saturday, April 29 at 7:30pm for an evening of jazz favorites following her Friday evening program “The Great Ladies of Swing” with West Michigan Symphony.

Call Rita at 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm, concert begins at 7:30pm.

Body Works Yoga
May 1

Mondays in May, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center’s “Body Works” exhibit for a baby and toddler yoga!  Babies from newborn to 12 months will enjoy a special bond  with their adult through this relaxing yoga class, toddlers will learn yoga poses in a fun and engaging way.  Baby classes are from 11:15-11:45am and toddler classes are 12:00-12:30pm.

Remember to wear comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing.  Please arrive a few minutes early as class will start promptly.  Bring a yoga mat for adult and child to share for the baby class or two mats for the toddler class.  Please also bring a blanket for the child to use during the closing relaxation exercise.  The cost is $32 for a 4-week session or $10 for individual sessions.  Registration is required by calling 231-722-0278.

Historic Sites Open for the Season!
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Muskegon County Historic Sites will open for the season May 1!  Tour the Hackley & Hume Historic Site, the Fire Barn Museum, the Scolnik House of the Depression Era and Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing.  Hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm and Sunday from 1:00-4:00pm.

Hackley & Hume Historic Site
Adults and Teens $7, Seniors $5 (65 and older)
Youth (2 – 12) FREE
484 W. Webster Ave., 231-722-7578

Fire Barn Museum
FREE Admission for all ages
510 W. Clay Ave., 231-722-7578

Scolnik House of the Depression Era
FREE Admission for all ages
504 W. Clay Ave., 231-722-7578

Michigan’s Heritage Park
Adults and Teens $10, Youth (2 – 12) $5,
Seniors $8 (65 and older)
8637 N. Durham Rd., 231-894-0342