Muskegon County Calendar of Events January 1 – 8, 2018

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Winter Break Family Events at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
January 2, 2018 – January 4, 2018
The USS Silversides Submarine Museum is proud to host a round of family friendly events for those who are enjoying time off for the holiday season!  January 2, 3 and 4, the museum will be offering ROV (remotely operated vehicle) robotic classes at 11:00am and 1:30pm.  Participants will get the opportunity to design, build and test their remotely operated underwater vehicles in their indoor test tanks.  The cost is only $5 with the purchase of a museum admission.

On those same days at 12:00pm and 2:00pm, you can also enjoy a screening of the 1966 Batman film in the museum theater.  The cost is also only $5 with the purchase of museum admission. For more information, call (231) 755-1230.

Movies @ the Library: Concussion
January 2, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, January 2 at 5:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a screening of the film, “Concussion” (123 mins. (PG-13)!  This dramatic thriller is based on the true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu. Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist, made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known.  Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful and beloved institutions in the world.

Movies at the Library are free and happen the first Tuesday of the month.   Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

White Lake Classical Series: Orion Rapp, Oboe
January 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 2 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the White Lake Classical Series featuring Orion Rapp!  Orion is Principal Oboist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and will be performing the music of Bach, Britten, Poulenc and Morricone.  The cover charge is $5.

Come early if you’d like to enjoy a dinner of pork tenderloin, pommes gratin, vegetable, glass of house wine and dessert for only $17.  Dinner begins at 6:15pm.  For reservations or more information, call 231-894-5333.

Lakeshore Museum Center Winter Open House
January 4, 2018 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Thursday, January 4 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm, stop by during the Lakeshore Museum Center’s Annual Winter Open House to check out their fun hands-on activities!  These will include peppermint water science, animals in winter and a winter craft!

Museum admission is always free for Muskegon County residents and just $3 for non-residents!  For more information, call (231) 722-0278.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
January 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Open House Reception at The Red Lotus Gallery
January 5, 2018 @ 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.

Learn to Luge Weekend
January 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States!  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website below to make reservations.

Safe & Easy to Learn

Safety is the number one priority when teaching new sliders or conducting races with seasoned sliders.  All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session.  Participants are outfitted with elbow pads, a helmet and a well-maintained luge sled.  An instructor carefully goes over each part of the sled with a beginning slider and teaches easy to learn methods of steering the sled.  Over three decades, the program has instructed thousands of sliders from age 8 to 80 to safely and successfully luge.  While luge is referred to the fastest sport on ice, this track is designed for the novice slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track, where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speeds at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex track are approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day although to most new sliders it still feels like 90 mph!

Get Some Physical Activity in the winter!

The sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrills sports, this activity may not be recommended.

What to Expect

The size of each session is limited, so participants can expect to get 3-6 runs depending on weather conditions and efficiency of the group and personal pace.  The first 20 minutes of the session you will receive instruction from an experienced luge coach about safety and equipment.  During free sliding time, coaches will be positioned along the track to give you instruction throughout the session.  The last 15 minutes of each session is set aside for participant certificates and a medals ceremony.

Muskegon Risers Home Game
January 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – January 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Muskegon Risers SC was founded to help facilitate positive social and economic change along the Muskegon Lakeshore through the game of soccer.  A Riser is someone who understands our community’s potential and who pushes themselves and others to realize that potential.  Our ‘Risers’ name was inspired by the ‘Muskegon, Together Rising’ sculpture that stands in the heart of downtown Muskegon.  Risers are not limited to an era, industry or ethnicity.  Muskegon Risers SC strives to represent the spirit of our area’s people in past, present and future tense.

Get your season tickets for the 2018 Major Arena Soccer League II (M2) Season!  Once you place your at their website, your tickets will be immediately available for pickup at the LC Walker Arena Box Office! You will also get a RISE AND GRIND New Balance Shirt, to be picked-up at the first home game you attend!

The Risers will be playing 6 home games, all starting at 7:00pm!
• January 5 vs Chicago Mustangs
• January 6 vs Detroit Waza Flo
• January 19 vs Detroit Waza Flo
• February 3 vs Cincinnati Swerve
• February 16 vs Cincinnati Swerve
• February 17 vs Chicago Mustangs

Indoor Farmers’ Market
January 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
January 7, 2018 @ 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, January 7 at 5:00pm as they take on the Illinois Bulldogs!

Ruth and Max Bloomquist
January 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, January 8 at 6:00pm, come to “The Corner” as Ruth and Max BLoomquist, Muskegon’s own folk singers, perform an evening of wonderful music!  Ruth and Max have been making music together since they met in 1975 and discovered their shared love not only for each other, but for music and songs made with acoustic instruments and featuring lyrics from the heart.  Ruth and Max immersed themselves in folk, bluegrass, country, singer songwriters, and other acoustic music to create a sound and style all their own.

This concert will be held at The Corner, an outdoor stage at the corner of Muskegon Ave. and Third St.

Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library and the Central United