Muskegon County Calendar of Events February 5-12, 2018

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays and 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.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Postcard Salon
February 1 – February 15

Don’t miss the “Postcard Salon” exhibition happening February 1 – 15 at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  Over 1,400 cards from artists from West Michigan and beyond were on display last year, offering a huge range of materials and subject matter to enjoy.  Now in its 12th year, the Postcard Salon reflects the Muskegon Museum of Art’s commitment to Michigan artists, a chance for people of all ages and skill levels to share their work with the public.

The exhibition is free to enter and all submitted cards are installed, making the show a true community endeavor.  The exhibition is also a great opportunity to support the area arts community by purchasing an original work of art.  Join them this year for the first ever juror awards, singling out four remarkable cards. Artwork must be delivered to the MMA by January 29, 2018.

Beginning at 7:00pm on Thursday, February 15, all of the postcards on display in the Wiener Gallery will be for sale at $30 apiece.  Don’t miss this opportunity to own an original artwork by your favorite regional artists.  Buyers will be able to take the works directly from the walls and pay for them at several locations throughout the museum.  Muskegon Museum of Art members will be given a five-minute head start beginning promptly at 6:55pm.  The sale ends at 8:00pm, so don’t miss out!  Memberships can be obtained in the Museum Gift Store, or in the gallery on the 15th.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

The Best Italian Pasta Sauces with Sofia
Monday, February 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday, February 5 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm you’re invited to Kitchen 242 for the culinary class, “The Best Italian Pasta Sauces with Sofia!”  In this informative and fun class, Sofia will unveil the secrets of the authentic “al dente” pasta and sauce, then show you how to pair a variety of pasta shapes with their ideal sauces.  Instructor Sofia Occhialini moved here with her family from Italy four years ago. Sign up for classes at or call 231-769-2202 for more information.  The cost is $40.

Comedy Night at Fetch Brewing: Adam Degi
Tuesday, February 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm       

It’s Comedy Night with Adam Degi at Fetch Brewing Company! Fetch is located at 100 W. Colby St. in Whitehall. Adam isn’t just another straight white male comedian. He’s bald, and his talent and joke writing separates him from the pack. The opener is Matt Lauria and your MC for the night is Ricarlo Williams-Winston from Muskegon! For more information, call (231) 292-1048.

White Lake Classical Series: 4-Hand Piano
Tuesday, February 6 @ 7:00 pm    

You’re invited to the Book Nook & Java Shop at 8744 Ferry St. Montague, for another installment in the White Lake Classical Series featuring Steve Thielman and Bryan Uecker playing 4-hand piano and performing the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Satie and Cui. The cover charge is only $5. Come early at 6:15pm to enjoy a dinner of Chicken Parmesan with homemade marinara over linguine, broccoli, glass of house wine and double chocolate mocha Napoleon for only $17. Please RSVP for dinner by calling 231-894-5333.

Reception and Special Program – All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert
Thursday, February 8 @ 5:30 pm  

Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 West Webster, downtown Muskegon for a reception and a special program, “All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert!” Winfred Rembert has a lot of stories to tell, from his childhood on a cotton farm to his near lynching during the Civil Rights movement. The reception begins at 5:30pm and the film (60 mins.) is at 7:00pm. Southern Roots: The Paintings of Winfred Rembert will be on display at the museum December 14, 2017 through March 18, 2018. For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Hearty Soups and Homemade Bread Bowls with Chef Char
Thursday, February 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm     

Thursday, February 8 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to Kitchen 242 located at 242 W. Western Ave., downtown Muskegon for the culinary class, “Hearty Soups and Homemade Bread Bowls with Chef Char!” Warm Up with a hot bowl of homemade soup and a delicious pretzel-style bread bowl. Two soups will be made to try and take home, including loaded baked potato soup and creamy roasted tomato basil. Also learn the secrets to making a delicious bread bowl to serve your soup in. All culinary skill levels are welcome. Sign up for classes at or call 231-769-2202 for more information. The cost is $40.

James and the Giant Peach Jr.
Thursday, February 8 @ 7:00 pm – February 10 @ 9:00 pm        

Come to Mona Shores High School, 1121 W. Seminole Rd. for a delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, “James and the Giant Peach JR.” performed by the Mona Shores Middle School Allegrettos. It’s a fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. Tickets are $10. Call 231-332-8540 or 616-309-4390.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 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! Call 231-720-2570.

Bling Thing
Friday, February 9 – February 10  

This event is held at the Century Club Ballroom, 356 W. Western Ave. Bling Thing is a fundraiser event to benefit the Hackley Public Library! Friday, the 9th, it’s the early-sale party with wine and chocolate. A minimum $10 donation is requested. Saturday, the 10th, from 10:00am – 2:00pm is the public sale of items, free entry, coffee and hot chocolate provided by Biggby Coffee. Buy costume, vintage and fine jewelry as well as purses, scarves, jackets and other “bling!” For more information, visit .

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
February 9 @ 7:00 pm – February 10 @ 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 two home games, Friday, February 9 and Saturday the 10th at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Madison Capitols at the L.C. Walker Arena located at 955 Fourth St., downtown Muskegon. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

The Alley Door Club: Swinging Stem Cells – Classic Rock
Friday, February 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Celebrating its’ 13th season, The Alley Door Club, upstairs at the Frauenthal Center, 425 W. Western Ave. 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. 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.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Hollywood’s Greatest Melodies
Friday, February 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm        

Come to the Frauenthal Center located at 425 W. Western Ave., downtown Muskegon as the West Michigan Symphony presents Hollywood’s Greatest Melodies! Scott Speck, conductor Guest Artists – Diane Penning, soprano Paul Langford, piano Join Diane, Pa Diane and Paul return to the WMS to sing a variety of titles from the American Film Institute’s list of “100 Best Songs from Movies” list. Titles include, Climb Every Mountain, Somewhere, The Way We Were, Moon River, and Love is an Open Door from the motion picture Frozen. For more information, call 231-726-3231.ul and the West Michigan Symphony and be transported through a series of treasured movie memories.

Learn to Luge Weekend
Friday – Sunday @ 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 thrill 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.

Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturday @ 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.

Postcards Super Saturday
Saturday, February 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm  

Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Western Ave., downtown Muskegon for a “Postcards Super Saturday” Free Family Fun Day! Postcard Salon is one of the most popular exhibitions and the artwork is small, but the creativity is limitless. Super Saturdays are Free Family Fun Days held on 2nd Saturdays of the Month.
•10:00 am & 1:00 pm Family Film
•11:00 am – 1:00 pm Guided Exhibition Tours – Find surprises in Postcard Salon, led with a Museum docent.
•11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make & Take – Create your own postcard-size art.

For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Kids Cooking: Homemade Chicken Pot Pies with Chef
Saturday, February 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

You’re invited to Kitchen 242 located at 242 W. Western Ave., downtown Muskegon for the culinary class, “Kids Cooking: Homemade Chicken Pot Pies with Chef Char!” In this class, the recipe and techniques for a flaky homemade butter crust will be produced, rolled out and filled with delicious assorted vegetables, roasted chicken and savory gravy to be assembled for a tiny meat pie with a big bold taste. Kids ages 7+ Sign up for classes at or call 231-769-2202 for more information. The cost is $35.

Sip & Shop
Saturday, February 10 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm  

Watermark 920, located at 930 Washington is proud to host their first Sip & Shop! They will have a variety of local vendors and crafters offering an array of goods from LulaRoe to handmade jewelry! Sip while you shop! A cash bar will be open for the event featuring Mimosas, Wine, Beer and mixed drinks. Non-Alcoholic beverages will also be available! Fatty Lumpkins will be on site serving their sandwiches as well.

Taste at the Lakes
Saturday, February 10 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

Lakes Mall located at 5600 Harvey St. invites everyone for “Taste at the Lakes!” Taste craft beers and wines while enjoying their many entertainers throughout the mall. Proceeds will benefit the Muskegon Child Abuse Council. For more information, call (231) 798-7104.

3rd Annual Sweet Soul Food Dessert Contest
Saturday, February 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm    

Come to Hackley Public Library located at 316 W. Webster, downtown Muskegon for the 3rd annual Sweet Soul Food Dessert Contest! Get out your recipe files and get registered for a chance to win! Please bring enough to share. Judging will be by Executive Chef Megan Gorstecki with prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places as well as a People’s Choice award. Brought to the community through a generous bequest from Bess Commodore. WUVS 103.7 “The Community Station” the Beat is the media sponsor.

Walk / Skate for Warmth Fundraiser
Saturday, February 10 @ 3:30

L.C. Walker Arena located at 470 W. Western Ave. downtown Muskegon is hosting this event. 3:30 is registration and 4:00 pm is when the skate or walk begins. The walk is FREE. Skating is $5 plus rental. All skating proceeds will benefit Muskegon Oceana Community Action Partnership. All participants will receive a discounted ticket voucher for that evening’s Muskegon Lumberjack hockey game.

Valentine’s Day Cooking for Two with Chef Sofia
Saturday, February 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm   

You’re invited to Kitchen 242 for the culinary class, “Valentine’s Day Cooking for Two with Chef Sofia!” In this class, you’ll spend the night with your honey and learn some kitchen skills together along the way. A succulent and romantic hands-on menu includes appetizer, Prosecco Risotto, Martini Chicken with baked rosemary potatoes and chocolate mousse. Sign up for classes at or call 231-769-2202. The cost is $75 per couple.

Performances @The Block: Ian Maksin and Gabrielle Datcu – World Music
Saturday, February 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm  

Cellist Ian Maksin returns to The Block, located at 360 W. Western Ave. bringing guitarist Gabriel Datcu for a concert of jazz and world music. Maksin has gained international recognition for his beautiful tone, his own unique innovative style. Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information. Doors and bar open at 6:45pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm

Local Author: Cookbook Release Party at Fetch
Sunday, February 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come to Fetch Brewing Co. located at 100 W. Colby St. Whitehall as they celebrate Muskegon’s own entrepreneur Valerie Hanson and the release of her humorous and instructive new cookbook, “What Have We Learned!” Valerie is the owner and operator of Bygone Basics Cooking School and Bakery in Montague, where she also owns and operates Amanda’s Bequest Bed & Breakfast along with her husband, John. Their release party will feature a book signing and sampling of foods created by Valerie herself from her recipes! For more information, call (231) 292-1048. Muskegon is proud of you Val.

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Monday, February 12 @ 6:00 pm

Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, located at 1346 Bluff St. 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.

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