Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/22/18 – 01/29/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Guys on Ice
January 19 @ 7:00 pm – January 27 @ 7:00 pm

January 19 – 27, come to the Frauenthal Theater for a Black Box performance of “Guys on Ice,” presented by the Muskegon Civic Theatre.

This charming play tells the story of two ice fishing buddies from Northern Wisconsin who talk and sing about life, love, and the one that got away.  From their ice fishing shanty, long-time pals Lloyd and Marvin keep warm with a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer, and the Green Bay Packers.  As Marvin anxiously awaits his opportunity to appear on a cable TV fishing show and share secrets of his life on da’ lake, Lloyd ponders a recent squabble with his wife concerning plans to spend their anniversary at Lambeau Field.  Both pals scramble to protect their cold ones from fellow angler, Ernie the Moocher.

With musical numbers like “De Wishing Hole”, “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit”, and “Fish is de Miracle Food”, Guys on Ice will charm your wool socks off.

For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Coin Appraisal Event
January 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tuesday, January 23 from 9:00am – 4:00pm, you’re invited to Community Shores Bank as HCC Rare Coins conducts a Free Coin Appraisal!  No appointment is necessary, so stop by with your collection of any size to see what it may be worth.  They are buying, but there is no obligation to sell.  For more information, please call 1-800-422-4405.

Yooper Talk
January 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, January 23 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a talk with Kathryn Remlinger, author of the forthcoming book “Yooper Talk!”

Drawing on sixteen years of fieldwork, including interviews with seventy-five lifelong residents of the UP, Kathryn examines how the idea of a unique Yooper dialect emerged.  Considering UP English in relation to other regional dialects and their speakers, she looks at local identity, literacy practices, media representations, language attitudes, notions of authenticity, economic factors, tourism, and contact with immigrant and Native American languages.  The book also explores how a dialect becomes a recognizable and valuable commodity:  Yooper talk (or “Yoopanese”) is emblazoned on t-shirts, flags, postcards, coffee mugs and bumper stickers.

For more information about the book, the author, and UW Press, please visit”

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

Lager & Luge
January 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

January 23 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Fetch Brewing will offer a shuttle bus from their brewery to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex!  The Shuttle, offered by Lakeshore Transportation, will cost $20 per person and will include round-trip transportation AND a Crowler per person to-go!  You must purchase tickets in advance at  The Shuttle will leave Fetch at 6:00pm and 7:00pm, and return to Fetch at 8:00pm and 9:00pm.

Once there, you can take advantage of a discounted all-access pass for only $10 which will give you access to all available sports and rentals!  Or, just take the bus out there and simply enjoy a bonfire, some smores and your Crowler/Growler next to the fire for no additional cost.  Spaces are limited to 14 passengers per shuttle, 28 total tickets available, so don’t wait!  You must be 21+ to particpate.  For more information, call (231) 292-1048.

Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interstellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Page to Screen Noir: The Big Sleep
January 24 @ 1:30 pm

Wednesday, January 24 at 1:30pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts Page to Screen Noir, where you can read a classic noir mystery each month and then watch the film it inspired!  Are hard-boiled detectives and mysterious women among your favorite fictional characters in a book or a movie?  Combine your passion for both!  January’s book is The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler.  Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family and before the complex case is over, he’s seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.  The movie was released in 1946, directed by Howard Hawks and starred Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.  Rotten Tomatoes calls this movie “The definitive Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall vehicle…”  Page to Screen Noir includes an informal discussion of both formats, plus popcorn—bring your own soft drink!  Copies of the book are available at the Library while supplies last.  This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library, is free and open to the public ages 18 and up.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
January 25 @ 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.

Thunder Boy Jr. and Art Talks Back Kickoff Event
January 25 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Muskegon Museum of Art opens a new exhibition, ‘Thunder Boy Jr.: Illustrations by Yuyi Morales,’ and its annual Art Talks Back Poetry Competition on Thursday, January 25, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.  The MMA invites the public to a kickoff event that includes refreshments, a poetry writing salon, and special reading and art activities.  The writing salon will be geared toward adults, while the reading and art activities may be enjoyed by all ages.  Admission and refreshments are free!  Support is provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.  Call 231-720-2570 or go to for more information.

Risotto: Northern Italy Classic Comfort Food with Sofia
January 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, January 25 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to Kitchen 242 for the culinary class “Risotto: Northern Italy Classic Comfort Food with Sofia!”  Risotto is a Northern Italian classic comfort food.  You will learn how to make the perfect risotto with the right ingredients.  Sofia Occhilaini is a new culinary instructor at Kitchen 242 and moved here from Italy with her husband four years ago.  She has trained with several well-known chefs and is anxious to share her knowledge and creativity in the kitchen with her new community.  Sign up for classes at or call 231-769-2202 for more information.  The cost is $35.

Ballroom Dancing Classes at SE4SONS
January 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

SE4SONS Gastropub at Muskegon Country Club will host dance classes with instructor, Becky Biesiada for a series of 3 classes in January.  Each class will focus on a type of ballroom dance.  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new and get out of the house with snow on the ground.   Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals!

Class Dates:  January 11, 18, 25
Class Time:  6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $80 per couple/ $55 per single.

This is limited to the first 25 couples or 50 participants.

Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon CC Member to participate!  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations.

Learn to Luge Weekend
January 26 – 28 @ 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.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 26 @ 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 home game, Friday, January 26 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on Team USA U17 at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

The Alley Door Club
January 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Celebrating its’ 13th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 12, 2018 with live performances from an array of local bands!  Performing on select Friday nights through April, The Alley Door Club features live music from popular West Michigan bands in a fun environment which includes cash bar and dancing.  Featured in the Ballroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Hilt Building the doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks), with live music from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

The 2018 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
Friday, January 12:  Vincent Hayes – blues, funk & soul
Friday, January 26:  Big Daddy Fox & Friends – blues
Friday, February 9:  Swinging Stem Cells – classic rock
Friday, February 23:  West Side Soul Surfers – R & B, funk & soul
Friday, March 9:  Brena – rock
Friday, March 23:  Group Therapy Band – rock
Friday, April 13: Pop Fiction – pop & rock
Friday, April 27: Yard Sale Underwear – self-proclaimed kings of polyester pop & soul

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231-727-8001 or in person Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737.   Tickets can also be purchased at  Tables may be reserved:  $65.00 for a 4-top (included 4 admission tickets) / $100.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets).  Limit of 2 4-tops and 2 8-tops reserved for each performance, available on a first come basis.  The Alley Door Club is sponsored by Bayer Crop Science and Hooker DeJonge.

Performances @ The Block: The Oblivion Project
January 26 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Friday, January 26 at 7:30pm, come to The Block for The Oblivion Project, dedicated to the exploration and performance of the over 3000 Nuevo Tango works of Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla.  The group is blazing trails as they visit The Block on their Midwest tour.  Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm.

Indoor Farmers’ Market
January 27 @ 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.

Homemade Pasta with Chef Char
January 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, January 27 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, you’re invited to Kitchen 242 for the culinary class, “Homemade Pasta with Chef Char!”  Homemade pasta is easy and delicious.  In this class, learn to make traditional egg pasta, spinach pasta and tomato pasta from scratch.  Take the pasta making a step further and fill homemade ravioli with a delicious cheese and herb filling before cooking to perfection. You will also make a big batch of marinara sauce to try in class and take home.  Learn how to use the Kitchenaid pasta tools as well as how to roll and cut by hand.  All culinary skill levels are welcome.

Sign up for classes at or call 231-769-2202 for more information.  The cost is $40.

Polar Plunge
January 27 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Muskegon Polar Plunge which benefits Special Olympics Michigan, takes place at Fricano’s on Muskegon Lake January 27 beginning at 12:00pm!  Registration begins at noon with “The Plunge” starting at 2:00pm.  The awards and After Splash Bash commence at 4:00pm.  There is free admission to the After Splash Bash for plungers.  There will be a $10 fee for guests which includes pizza.

If you would like to avoid the registration lines on Plunge day, there will be a Pre Registration on Friday, January 26 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at Fricano’s.  This will also be a Pre-Plunge Party featuring Northbound!  For more information, call (800) 644-6404.

West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
January 27 @ 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, January 27 at 5:00pm as they take on the Kentucky Enforcers!

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
January 29 @ 6:00 pm

Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns!  Each episode will be followed by a discussion.  Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission.  Members are free.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.