Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/15/17 – 05/22/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Muskegon’s Own Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
May 16 @ 6:00 pm

The Lakeshore Museum Center invites you to join them Tuesday, May 16 at 6:00pm for a Fundraising Event in the auditorium.  This one-hour program commemorates the American WW II experience of Clarence Zylman, known as the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.  Muskegon artist Ari Norris and Muskegon Community College history instructor Kurt Troutman will share the story of the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and introduce the public sculpture project.  This event will include light refreshments and a short documentary screening about Zylman.

The Downtown Muskegon Arts Committee in the unveiling of a memorial sculpture project to honor Zylman.  The project is in its early stages and they need your help to meet a scheduled completion date of Memorial Day, 2018.  This program is open to the public, however, space is limited.  If you would like to reserve a seat call 231-722-0278.

Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

“Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun” is playing at the Carr-Fles Planetarium Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 4 – April 21 and May 16 – June 8, 2017 (closed April 22 – May 15 for semester break) from 7:00pm-7:35pm

With rapidly improving technology, the discovery of other planets brings us one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. (Watch the trailer at: This free program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm.  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

Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian

The Muskegon Museum of Art is one of the finest regional art museums in the Midwest with a 104-year history and an impeccable reputation.  The Museum also owns a complete edition, identified as the 70th of the planned original sets, of The North American Indian, by Edward S. Curtis, internationally recognized as the most comprehensive ethnographic and photographic historical record of Native Americans ever produced.  The astounding work is comprised of twenty volumes of research (containing 2.5 million works of text and thousands of photographs) and 20 portfolios containing an additional 723 photogravures.

May 11 – September 10 of 2017, the Muskegon Museum of Art will present a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of national significance: Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian.

Documenting the lives of western Native American peoples, the stunning portraits and landscapes of The North America Indian, which were created from 1907 through 1930, are considered to be both the greatest artistic collaboration and photographic achievement in history.  A renowned successful celebrity photographer, Curtis threw it all away to pursue a 30-year obsession that nearly destroyed him. In the end, he lost his wealth, fame, marriage, and health, but left behind a monumental achievement: The North American Indian.  For more information, visit

Ride of Silence
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, May 17 from 7:00 – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the Ride of Silence.  Bring you bicycle and helmet for a 7 mile ride to honor those who have been injured or killed while cycling to raise awareness about bicycle safety and to ask that we all share the road.  The ride is free and open to everyone.  Please arrive by 6:30pm.

Tonight we number many but ride as one
In honor of those not with us, friends, mothers, fathers, sisters, sons
With helmets on tight and heads down low,
We ride in silence, cautious and slow
The wheels start spinning in the lead pack
But tonight we ride and no one attacks
The dark sunglasses cover our tears
Remembering those we held so dear
Tonight’s ride is to make others aware
The road is there for all to share
To those not with us or by our side,
May God be your partner on your final ride

– Mike Murgas

Author Timothy Egan
May 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

May 17 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for a lecture by author Timothy Egan.  As a part of its historic exhibition, EDWARD CURTIS: THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN, the Muskegon Museum of Art will present a lecture by National Book Award Winner & New York Times Op-Ed Writer Timothy Egan who will speak about his 2012 award-winning book, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis.

Egan’s story of the life of famed photographer, Edward Curtis, has won praise for its compelling narrative, graceful prose, originality, and the humanizing of both Curtis and the Native Americans he photographed and admired.  Among other awards, this bestselling biography won the Carnegie Medal for the Best Nonfiction Book of 2012, and also was recognized with starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly.

Egan worked for 18 years as a writer for The New York Times, first as the Pacific Northwest correspondent and then as a national enterprise reporter.  He continues to write a lively opinion column for the Times.  His other books include the National Book Award winning history of the people who lived through the Dust Bowl, The Worst Hard Time, as well as The Big Burn, The Good Rain, Breaking Blue, and Lasso the Wind.  Mr. Egan also won thePulitzer Prize in 2001 as part of a team of reporters who wrote the series How Race Is Lived in America.

Egan will be available to autograph books following the lecture.  Tickets are $20, or $12 with student ID.  More ticket information coming soon!  Call 231-727-8001 for the Frauenthal box office.

Author Event with Steve Hamilton
May 18 @ 2:30 pm

Thursday, May 18 at 2:30pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for an Author Event with Steve Hamilton!  The stunning follow-up to two-time Edgar Award winner Steve Hamilton’s instant New York Times hardcover bestseller, The Second Life of Nick Mason, is soon to be a major motion picture!  One of the most acclaimed mystery writers at work today, Steve Hamilton has penned multiple New York Times bestsellers and is one of only two authors to win an Edgar Award for both Best First Novel and Best Novel.  Last spring, he launched his highly anticipated new series with The Second Life of Nick Mason, which received incredible advance praise from Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Harlan Coben, Don Winslow, and Stephen King and starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews (“Storytelling of the leanest, most gripping sort”), Publishers Weekly (“a fast and furious ride”), and Booklist ( “Deceptively simple, gin-clear prose that all but sucker punches the reader. . . One of [Hamilton’s] best”). The instant New York Times bestseller was also one of NPR’s Best Books of 2016 and is a 2016 IACW Hammett Prize finalist and a 2017 Barry Award nominee.

Now, Nick Mason returns in EXIT STRATEGY (Putnam; May 16, 2017; $26), the stunning second entry in Hamilton’s new series featuring a remarkable new hero in convicted felon Nick Mason, a man trapped in a deadly double life when he is given a second chance at freedom-at a terrible price.

In a thrilling, full-throttle journey that takes readers from a high-security military installation in the Appalachian Mountains to a secret underground bunker hidden far below the streets of New York City, Nick Mason will have to become, more than ever before, the lethal weapon that Darius Cole created.

For more information, call 231-894-5333.

54th Annual White Elephant Sale
May 19 – May 20

The Muskegon Y’s Club will hold its 54th Annual White Elephant Sale at Folkert Community Hub, Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20.  Beat the crowd and take advantage of the Early Bird Special on Friday at 8:00am with a $5 donation!  Past sale items have included building/construction supplies, office supplies, books, clothing, carpet, exercise equipment, paper products, antiques, cutlery, dishware, kayaks, bicycles, indoor and outdoor furniture, artwork, plumbing supplies and more!  For more information, call 231-727-9900.

The Y’s Club is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 service club, affiliated with the YMCA movement world-wide, and supports both the Muskegon Community YMCA and Camp Pendalouan.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Rachmaninoff 3
May 19 @ 7:30 pm

Friday, May 19 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the West Michigan Symphony Presents “Rachmaninoff 3” with conductor Scott Speck.  Russian pianist Olga Kern, Gold Medal winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, joins the WMS to play the piece that earned her the title; the technically challenging “Rach 3.” Also, Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique, first conducted by the composer himself only nine days before his death.

Single ticket prices are $20-$51.  Student tickets are $7.  Call Rita at 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.

Armed Forces Salmon Assault
May 20

The Muskegon Charter Boat Association is proud to present the 6th annual charity veterans fishing event, the Armed Forces Salmon Assault, to honor our servicemen and women. This year’s annual event will take place on May 20 on Lake Michigan with a half day of fishing and return to Bluffton Bay Marina/Bayside Centre for a luncheon and awards ceremony. Their goal is to have 30 boats participate and host around 120 West Michigan area veterans. All charity proceeds from this event will benefit West Michigan area veterans.  The Salmon Assault features 2 fishing tournaments, a big fish contest and an award ceremony and luncheon. For more information, call Ed at 231-578-2733.

ForeShore Adventure Run
May 20 @ 8:30 am

Saturday, May 20, more than 500 people from across the state will visit the sandy shoreline of Muskegon’s Pere Marquette Beach to take on 20+ obstacles in the third annual ForeShore Adventure Run!  Ticket sales directly benefit the Muskegon Rescue Mission and its homeless shelters and food pantries.  The first runners hit the course at 8:30am with the last runners finishing at 11:00am. There are competitive and noncompetitive heats throughout the morning.  Muskegon Rescue Mission has provided food, shelter, clothing and spiritual direction for those in need since 1907.  For more information or to sign up, visit

Car Show
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, May 20, come to the 1st Annual Word of Hope Church Car Show!  Registration is $10 and begins at 9:00am.  The show begins at 10:00am with awards at 2:00pm.  There’ll be trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, as well as Pastor’s Choice and People’s Choice.  Admission is free!  There’ll be $1 hotdogs, kids’ games and face painting, too!  All proceeds will go toward the medical bills of a parishioner who needs a kidney transplant.  For more information, call Tony at 616-607-8820.

Creative Saturday
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join Muskegon Center for the Arts members in creative idea exchanges, inspiration and camaraderie as you work on your own project the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Red Lotus Gallery.  “Creative Saturdays” are for ages 12 and up and are free to the public, but donations are always welcomed. Bring a new or current working project and your own supplies for your artwork; whether it be sewing, drawing or painting projects.  Artists’ trading cards are also available.  For more information visit

Spring into Lakeside
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, May 20 from 10:00am-5:00pm, you’re invited to “Spring into Lakeside!”  This is an annual tradition in the Lakeside neighborhood featuring free entertainment, fun, contests and fantastic shopping specials from local retailers.  Enjoy the dog parade, sidewalk chalk contest, a free movie at Harbor Cinema, face painting, barbecue and so much more!  Learn more at or “Like” them on Facebook.


Lakeshore Scavenger Hunt
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

C.A.A.M.P., Community Awareness and Managing Pathways, Inc., presents the Lakeshore Scavenger Hunt, Saturday, May 20 from 10:00am – 1:00pm.  The top prize is $500!  The cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple.  Free food and drinks will be provided at this event happening at Heaven’s Gate Church.  To register, call 231-750-7058 or 231-730-5287.  The registration deadline is May 6.

Victorian Tea
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The courtyard at the Hackley & Hume Historic Site will be the setting for a Victorian Tea on Saturday, May 20.  Participants will learn about Victorian Tea traditions which date back to the 19th Century and hear about the differences between formal and garden teas.  England’s afternoon tea ritual is often credited to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford and a close friend of the Queen, who enjoyed a small meal late in the afternoon to help her last until her fashionably late dinner.

The event will include small finger sandwiches and desserts along with tea and other beverages served by members of the Shoreline Victorian Ladies Society. Guests are encouraged to wear a hat and a prize will be awarded to the person whose hat is judged the fanciest.  A tour of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site will also be offered.

There will be two seatings for the Victorian Tea: 10:00am – Noon and 1:00pm – 3:00pm.  The fee is $12 for members of the Lakeshore Museum Center, $15 for non-members, and $10 for 12 and under.  To register, call 724-5535 or visit

What Is Your Covering?
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Saturday, May 20 from 11:00am – 1:30pm, you’re invited to the Blue and Gold Room at Muskegon Community College for the spring women’s seminar, “What’s Your Covering?”  This seminar is designed to give women a day of networking, information and fun as you explore the covering that keeps you grounded.  Women wear many different hats; wife, mother, grandmother, sibling, counselor, financial adviser, home decorator, etc.  What does a woman need to help her keep it all together?  The goal of this seminar is to offer encouragement.  Speakers include Prophetess Shavaun Savage and Jennifer Wagenmaker.  The cost is $10 for individuals or $55 for a table of 6 and includes brunch and a hat show!  For more information, call Mary at 231-777-0348 or email

Story Time and Coloring! with Author Taylor Overbey
May 20 @ 2:00 pm

Saturday, May 20 at 2:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Story Time and Coloring with award winning author Taylor Overbey!  Taylor’s books teach core values to children of all ages and books reach out to everyone in our country.   “We are divided socially, culturally, racially, politically-just about every way one could imagine. The ideas of working together, sharing, and giving are especially valuable today.”

For more information, call 231-894-5333.

The MCA – Red Lotus Gallery Open Mic Night
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Muskegon Center for the Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery, located in the Century Building, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, anything theatrical, poetry or readings, you may want to express it here or just show up to watch the show.  There is always something new and unique to enjoy.  This event happens on the third Saturday of every month and is for persons 18 years and older.  This is a free event.  For more information, call (231) 206-0426.

Free Family Movie Night: Hook
May 20 @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 20 at 7:00pm, come to the historic Howmet Playhouse for Free Family Movie Night!  This time it’s “Hook!”  Steven Spielberg filters J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan through a distinctly 1990’s sensibility in Hook.  Peter Pan has become Peter Banning (Robin Williams), a 40-year-old mergers and acquisitions lawyer with a permanent scowl on his face and a cellular phone in his belt.  Banning has lost any memory of being Peter Pan, and he is also in danger of losing his wife Moira (Caroline Goodall) and two children, Jack (Charlie Korsmo) and Maggie (Amber Scott).  Peter and his family travel to London to visit Granny Wendy (Maggie Smith) who recalls Peter’s lost youth and asks him, “Peter, dear, don’t you know who you are?”  With Peter’s children asleep in the same bedroom where the original Peter Pan story began, there is a blinding flash.  Peter comes into the room to discover a note from Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman), informing Peter that he has kidnapped his children.  Granny Wendy now tells him who he really is and encourages him to re-discover his happy thoughts, transform himself into the Peter Pan of the past, and go rescue his children.  With the encouragement of Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts), Peter recalls the birth of his son and once again takes wing.  Then it’s off to Never Land to rescue his kids.  (Rated PG)

Free drinks and popcorn are included!  Presented by Carmichael Heating and Air Conditioning.  For more information, call (231) 894-4048.

Star Gazing Open House
May 20 @ 9:00 pm

The Muskegon Astronomical Society is a 501(C3) non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to enjoy and promote amateur astronomy.  The activities of the society give amateur astronomers opportunities to meet and share experiences with others interested in amateur astronomy.  The Society was founded in 1972, incorporated in 1978, and given 501(C3) non-profit status in 1987.  They have gone from a small dome in town to a multi-building complex at the Muskegon Wastewater System.  Today the society continues to flourish thanks to the hard work and dedication of its members.

You are invited to a Star Gazing Open House Saturday, May 20 at 9:06pm (sunset) at their observatory.  There is no charge.  They will be viewing the night sky with telescopes.  As you wait for night, you might get a tour of the facility or a presentation.  They’ll introduce you to amateur astronomy and have plenty of handouts on how to get started.  If an open house is cloudy, it’s cancelled.  If weather conditions are questionable, call (231) 777-1013 to find out the status of a particular event.

Come equipped!  Flashlights can be helpful for finding your way around in the dark, but should be kept directed toward the ground so as not to interfere with observing activities.  Insect repellent and warm clothing (particularly for feet, head and hands) are strongly encouraged during appropriate seasons.  While the clubhouse has heat and A/C, the rest of the facility is open to the night air.

If you wish to visit the facility at another date and time, wish to bring a group to an open house or wish to schedule a special open house, please contact them via email at before the next regular meeting so they can schedule the manpower needed.

2017 S.S. Milwaukee Clipper Auction/Brunch
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday, May 21 from 11:00am-3:00pm, you’re invited to the 2017 S.S. Milwaukee Clipper Auction & Brunch at the Muskegon Country Club!  Live and silent auctions are from 11:00am-3:00pm with a chance to win a trip for 2 to go up in the tower of the Mackinaw Bridge!  A delicious lunch will be served from 11:00am-1:00pm.  There’ll also be door prizes, raffles and a cash bar.  Tickets are $30 to raise money for this national historic landmark!  For tickets or more information, call 231-722-2375 or 231-744-5101.

Auction Items:

• African Safari
• The Grand Hotel
• 2 Tickets to Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
• Trip for 2 to the top of the Mackinac Bridge
• Kayak
• Lake Express Tickets
• Port City Princess Cruis
• WBLU Day Sponsor

Body Works Yoga
May 22

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.