Muskegon County Calendar of Events 10/30/17 – 11/06/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Dias De Los Muertos at the Red Lotus Gallery
October 10 @ 10:00 am – November 10 @ 6:00 pm
The purpose of Dias De Los Muertos is to honor loved ones who have passed.  Visit the Red Lotus Gallery through November 10 for the celebration of Dias De Los Meurtos to view participants’ artwork and photos in honor of their loved ones.  “Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a holiday celebrated by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States.  It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures.  The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember those who have died and help support their spiritual journey.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
October 30 @ 6:00 pm
All lectures are on Monday evenings at 6:00pm at the Museum.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.
October 30:  Flight 93- The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11
Tom McMillan has spent a lifetime in media and communications – as a newspaper sportswriter, columnist, radio talk show host and for the past 21 years, as Vice President of Communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. And history is another of his passions. He serves on the board of trustees of Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center, on the board of directors of the Friends of Flight 93, on the marketing committee of the Gettysburg Foundation, and as a tour guide at the Civil War room at Carnegie Library. He also is a co-director of the Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing at Point Park University, his alma mater. He is the author of the book entitled Gettysburg Rebels: Five Native Sons Who Came Home to Fight as Confederate Soldiers.  He will present this lecture based upon his best-selling history of the tragedy of Flight 93 on 9/11 and its aftermath. His Flight 93 book will be available for purchase and signing. All sale proceeds are donated to the Flight 93 National Memorial.  And, yes, Tom may predict the Penguins will win yet another Stanley Cup this season, and in all humility he may mention his 3 Stanley Cup rings.

Humans vs. Zombies
October 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday, October 30 from 7:30pm – 9:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for some Halloween fun!  Humans vs. Zombies is a game of tag played at schools, camps, neighborhoods, libraries, and conventions around the world.  Human players must remain vigilant and defend themselves with socks and dart blasters to avoid being tagged by a growing zombie horde.

Meet in the lower level meeting rooms beginning at 7:30pm to go over the rules and pick the Original Zombie.  The Library will be locked up at 8:00pm, and the game will start shortly afterwards.  Bring a bandanna and either a foam dart blaster or sock (the dart blaster must look like a toy-no realistic looking weapons will be allowed).  The game will run about 90 minutes.  Participants must be at least 16 years old.  Attendance is limited to the first 75 people.  Visit for more information and to pre-register (does not necessarily guarantee a spot in the game.)

Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.

“Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium
October 31 @ 7:00 pm
Now that the eclipse is over, let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium!  This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.  Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 29-Oct 31, at Muskegon Community College.  No reservations are needed.  For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email

Planetarium Christmas Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
November 2 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
November 2 – December 14, come to Carr-Fless Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the Christmas show, “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This modern look at the Christmas story is an annual favorite.  As we look at significant astronomical events visible in the sky in the time of Jesus’ birth, we’ll see which of the “sky signs” was remarkable enough to have caused the Wise Men to travel over 600 miles through the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem, and investigate possible dates for the sighting of the “star” which lead them to Jesus.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (No show on Thanksgiving Day, November 23).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Flashlight Night at the Museum
November 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, November 3 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for “Flashlight Night at the Museum!”  It’s date night for the whole family! Join them each month for an exciting and interactive night at the museum!  In November, they are collaborating with Downtown Muskegon Now for the First Fridays event!  They will feature flashlight-guided tours of the museum’s lower level, so that your family can experience a different side of the museum!  There will also be special activities on the main level to enjoy before or after your tour!

Admission to the Museum is free for Muskegon County residents and $3.00 for out of county.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Open House Reception at Red Lotus Gallery
November 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
You are invited to the Artists’ Open House Reception at the Muskegon Center for the Arts every first Friday night of the month from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, at the Red Lotus Fine Art Gallery located in downtown Muskegon in the Century Building’s basement.  Every month there is a different display and art themed event. Come meet and talk with the artists and view their creations.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 3 @ 7:00 pm – November 4 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch a couple of home games Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Tri-City Storm at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

Tellabrations! A Night of Storytelling
November 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Friday, November 3 from 7:00pm -8:30pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for an extraordinary evening of storytelling as the Muskegon Yarnspinners celebrate their 7th Annual Tellabration, an event celebrated around the world each November!  These stories will entertain you, humor you, and stay with you long after the evening is over.  Suitable for ages 12 and up.  The cost is $5 per person.  For more information, contact Ned Carter at 231-755-2383 or e-mail

First Friday Fan Fun-Raiser
November 3 @ 7:00 pm
Friday, November 3 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for another “First Friday Fan Fun-Raiser!  Join celebrity bartenders Louise St. Amour, Marie Taibl and Mary Koehler and help them raise money for the Harbor Hospice.  Their tips and 20% of the evenings proceeds will go to the Poppen House.  Enjoy live music by The Knicknacks and the dinner special of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and mixed veggies for only $9.00.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

International Games Day
November 4 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ping pong, board games, video games and computer games are planned for Saturday, November 4, from 1:00pm – 6:00pm in Muskegon Community College’s Hendrik Meijer Library during the 2017 International Games Day celebration!  Gamers of all ages are invited to take part in the contests being staged in and around the MCC Library.  Those under 16 years of age will need a responsible adult with them.  The event, which is free and open to the public, is being held in conjunction with International Games Week, organized by the American Library Association, with the Australian Library and Information Association, Nordic Game Day and L’Associazione Italiana Biblioteche.  Last year, International Games Day had 1,730 libraries from around the world participate.  For more information, contact Lisa Anderson at (231) 777-0274.

Two Benefit Performances of ‘I Never Saw Another Butterfly’
November 4 @ 2:00 pm
Honoring the life and legacy of a young Muskegon woman who died 10 years ago, a Holocaust play focusing on Jewish children in a WWII concentration camp will be staged on Saturday, November 4, at Muskegon Community College.  Playwright Celeste Raspanti’s one-act memory drama “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” will have performances at 2:00pm and 7:30pm in Overbrook Theater on the MCC campus.  The show is being presented by MCC and The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.  Performances will be followed by conversations with the cast and artistic staff.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and go on sale Monday, October 30 at the Overbrook Theater Box Office.  Hours are noon – 4:00pm through Friday, November 3.  The Box Office will open an hour-and-a-half before each performance.  Reservations can be made by calling (231) 777-0324.

Muskegon Center for the Arts: November Workshops
November 4 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, November 4 from 2:30pm – 4:00pm, you’re invited to the Red Lotus Gallery for “Gemstone Beading II!  Learn to identify the commonly used gemstones in beading, as well as the skills, tools and materials needed.  Each student will create a bracelet using one of the discussed stones.  Students must pre-register for workshops by contacting Sabryna at  Tools will be available for use for all workshops, however you may bring your own if you have them.  All workshops are ages 10+.  Students 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult.  $15 includes instruction and materials ($13 for MCA Members).  You will want to register for this class soon as these workshops fill up quickly.

West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
November 4 @ 5:00 pm
The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.

Catch their next home game Saturday, November 4 at 5:00pm as they take on the Illinois Bulldogs!

Mercy Health Benefit Ball
November 4 @ 6:00 pm
Known for its elegance and creativity, Benefit Ball has grown into the premier gala event on the Lakeshore!  Each year, a new theme is chosen to elevate the guests’ experience and keep Benefit Ball enjoyable and intriguing.  Guests enjoy a fabulous dinner, dancing and entertainment.  Proceeds from Benefit Ball 2017 will benefit the new Mercy Health Muskegon medical center through the “imagine. build. TRANSFORM” campaign.

The Benefit Ball will take place on Saturday, November 4 beginning at 6:00pm at the Muskegon Country Club.  Reserved seating is available upon request by contacting Amber Wallace in the Office of Philanthropy at 231-672-6976 or

Online registration for the 2017 Benefit Ball will open this fall. At that time, you can find the registration link at

2nd Annual Behind the Mask Masquerade Ball
November 4 @ 6:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Saturday, November 4 from 6:00pm – Midnight, come to Fricano Place for the 2nd Annual “Behind the Mask” masquerade ball!   The evening will include a DJ and dancing, hors d’oeuvre’s and desserts, refreshments, a cash bar and a contest with prizes awarded for the best male, female and couple masks.  There will also be a silent auction and door prizes throughout the evening.

All proceeds will benefit The Hope Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness of human trafficking and to bring restoration and healing from its effects.  During the event, you will hear about the heart and vision of The Hope Project.  For more information, call  (231) 747-8555.

The Back Alley Comedy Club Presents – Murder Mystery Night
November 4 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 4 at 7:00pm, the Back Alley Comedy Club presents Murder Mystery Night!  This is “Clue” style excitement that happens right in front of your table!  The moment you walk through the door you will be immersed in a thrilling murder mystery dinner experience, mingling with crazy characters and shady suspects in a game of murder you get to play!  As the night continues you will get to interrogate the suspects, gather the clues, and work with your team to help mystery experts crack the case before the killer gets away!  Tickets are $30 tickets when purchased at the center or $32 online.  For more information, call (231) 755-1258.

Sweet Dreams and Honky Tonks
November 4 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 4 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks!  It may be impossible to crown any one performer as country music’s biggest, most beloved, or most influential star, but few would argue that Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash would all be near the top of any list.  Each broke barriers and changed country and popular music forever.  Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks is a new revue that presents the best loved hits of these classic artists along with stories of their colorful lives and amazing careers.  Tickets are $23.  For ALL U.S. Military Personnel, to acknowledge and thank you for your service, the Frauenthal Center is offering a special between now and July 21.  Purchase one ticket for Sweet Dreams and Honky Tonks, and get a second ticket FREE!  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
November 5 @ 5:00 pm
The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.

Catch their next home game Sunday, November 5 at 5:00pm as they take on the Oakland County Cowboys!