Muskegon County Calendar of Events 02/19/18 – 02/26/18

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

A Raisin in the Sun
Through March 3 @ 7:00 pm

Through March 3, come to the Beardsley Theater for “A Raisin in the Sun,” presented by the Muskegon Civic Theatre!

Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena.  When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home in a better neighborhood in Chicago.  Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man.  Beneatha dreams of medical school.  The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration. For more information, call 231-727-8001.

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Through April 2 @ 6:00 pm

Monday evenings at 6:00pm through 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.

The Ebony Road Players: The Meeting
February 19 @ 7:00 pm

On Monday, February 19 at 7:00pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts The Ebony Road Players as they perform excerpts from the play “The Meeting.”

This is a fascinating and eloquent play by Jeff Stetson that depicts the supposed meeting of two of the most important men of modern times: Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Differing in their philosophies, but alike in their mutual respect, the two men debate their varying approaches to the same grave social problems, both prepared to die for their beliefs but neither aware of how soon their assassins’ bullets await them.  No registration or tickets required.

This production is designed to tie in with “X: A Novel,” the 2017-2018 Great Michigan Read title.  The Great Michigan Read is intended for young adults to senior citizens, with broad goals of making literature more accessible and appealing while also encouraging residents to learn more about our state and individual identities.  Copies of “X: A Novel” are available at the Library to check out now while supplies last.

This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library and the Almeda Boulton Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Muskegon County, is free and open to the public with no registration required.   For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or .

Soup for Suits
February 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The 11th annual Soup for Suits luncheon is happening Tuesday, February 20 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Fricano Event Center in Muskegon!  Come and have a bowl of soup and bread on Muskegon Rescue Mission, and help them reach the goal of providing 10,000 meals to the community through the proceeds of this event.  Dessert and coffee will be available for purchase from Grand Traverse Pie Company and Starbucks.  For more information, call 231-727-6090.

Cooking with Craft Beer with Chef Jamie
February 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Tuesday, February 20 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Cooking with Craft Beer with Chef Jamie!”  Beer, especially our local craft beer, can be used in so many ways.  In this class, you will focus on a simple BBQ sauce for ribs, a salad dressing for a side and dessert.  The cost is $40.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

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

Dancing with the Local Stars 2018
February 22 – 24

Muskegon’s highly popular charity event, Dancing with the Local Stars, is back for its 10th star-studded year and accepting applications from local food pantries and food programs.

The event, produced by the Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce, benefits food pantries and food programs in Muskegon, upper Ottawa and lower Oceana counties.  The first nine events enabled WDCC to donate more than $755,000 to those food-giving organizations thanks to generous community members and business leaders.

Traditionally, Dancing with the Local Stars pairs local dignitaries, business leaders and people of interest with local dance professionals in four performances. However, this year’s event will feature more than 60 returning cast members in nine dance teams with 11 professional dancers in six performances happening February 16-17 and February 22-24, at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center Downtown Muskegon.

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!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Cherry Pastries with Chef Char
February 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, February 22 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Cherry Pastries with Chef Char!”  No matter if you believe the story of the President who chopped down the cherry tree, there are awesome things to be made with tart cherries harvested locally.  This class will cover the basics of tasty, tart and sweet cherry sauce folded into strudel, turnovers or tarts for baking in class or taking home for later.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Thursday Night Music Club: Jazz with Edye & Mike Hyde
February 22 @ 7:00 pm

The Norton Shores Library hosts “Jazz with Edye & Mike Hyde” on Thursday, February 22 at 7:00pm in the Library’s Community Room!

Edye and Mike Hyde will perform music from the great American songbook in the style of our only true American art form: jazz!  The Hydes will demonstrate and discuss the relationship between musical improvisation and political freedom.  Grand Rapids residents, Edye and Mike both currently teach classes at Hope College in Jazz and Contemporary Music.  Edye also directs the Hope College Gospel Choir and is the founder and executive director of a Grand Rapids theatre company, Ebony Road Players.

This performance is part of the MADL Thursday Night Music Club concert series, where you can join your fellow music lovers at the Norton Shores Library for free live music events.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or .

Kaleidoscope of Cultures
February 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Friday, February 23 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center for their February Family Fun Night as they welcome cultural organizations from around Muskegon County!  Groups such as the Muskegon Polish Festival, Muskegon Public Schools’ Spanish Two-Way Immersion program and the NAACP will share information and activities or crafts that relate to their organizations.  They will also host a Native American presenter who will share both historical and modern customs.  Admission is always free for Muskegon County residents and just $3 for non-residents!

Are you part of an organization that would be interested in participating?  Contact Program Manager, Jackie Huss, at or 231-724-5526.

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.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
February 23 @ 7:00 pm – February 24 @ 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 23 and Saturday, February 24 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Sioux City Musketeers at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

Jay Owenhouse the Authentic Illusionist
February 23 @ 7:30 pm

Friday, February 23 at 7:30pm, come to the beautiful Frauenthal Theater for Jay Owenhouse the Authentic Illusionist!  Jay is a legendary escape artists and one of the most awarded illusionists in history!  His one night only new show is called “Dare To Believe!”, an illusion spectacular.  The show has been voted by audiences and critics alike as “One of the Top Live Shows in America”.  Jay has amazed millions on T.V. in “Masters of Illusions” and  ‘Magic on the Edge.’  The Salt Lake Tribune calls him “Simply Amazing!” and The Tokyo Times calls the elaborate production “Truly Magic, a Must See!”  Jay welcomes you into his mysterious world of wonder and the impossible.  You will experience a night of grand illusions with the most amazing magic in the world, Bengal tigers up close, dangerous escapes, and inspiring storytelling.

Proceeds will benefit preventing tigers and cheetahs from extinction through  As a Thank You for your support, VIP Gold Ticket holders receive: Premium Seating, Souvenir Lanyard, Souvenir Program, VIP Badge for Backstage Meet and Greet with Jay and one of the Tigers!   Tickets are $29, $39, VIP $69.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Indoor Farmers’ Market
February 24 @ 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.

Kids Cooking: Mighty Mac & Cheese with Chef Char
February 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, February 24 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Kids Cooking – Mighty Mac & Cheese with Chef Char!”  Forget the powdered cheese mixes from a box and learn how to make a variety of delicious, creamy roux-based cheese sauces to pour over an assortment of noodles.  You will add extra garnish for three healthy ways to serve the noodles and cheese as a complete meal.  There’ll be plenty for tasting in class and to take home.  Kids ages 7+.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

In the Tradition Jazz Ensemble
February 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturday, February 24 at 2:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for live music from the “In the Tradition” jazz ensemble!

In The Tradition began in Detroit in the early 1990’s when 5 members of the Neal Henry Septet formed the Christopher James/Charles Hopkins Quintet.  Over the years they became In the Tradition and found their calling. Through the works of In The Tradition they “seek to educate listeners around the world about the African story, and hook the culturally disenfranchised members of the ‘Diaspora’ back into their heritage, laying on them [the] ensemble’s refined expression of African-American classical music, in as authentic a presentation as they can muster.” (Matt Ward, Detroit Jazz Magazine, 10-16-13)

“This band’s métier is straight-ahead Jazz, unplugged and resplendent in all its acoustic simplicity and textural earthiness, and underpinned by rhythms inspired by all parts of the far-flung reaches of the African Diaspora”…Matt Ward, Detroit Jazz Magazine, 10-16-13.

Brought to the community through a generous bequest from Bess Commodore. WUVS 103.7 “The Community Station” the Beat is the media sponsor.

Art at the Redi
February 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 24 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s “Art at the Redi,” presented by the Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective!   This will be the LVAC’s first pop-up art show, featuring live music, a cash bar and great eats provided by Righteous Cuisine in the urban warehouse space behind Muskegon’s Redi Rental facility.  Enjoy the work of 20 area artists, many of whom are from the Muskegon area.  There will be a $10 suggested donation at the door.  All door donations and 10% of all art sales will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon.  Join them for a wonderful evening of art and community and support local artists and art programs for Muskegon area kids at the same time!  For more information, visit the Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective website at

Muskegon Community College 2018 Winter Concert
February 24 @ 7:30 pm

The Muskegon Community College 2018 Winter Concert, which highlights the wide variety of musical and vocal performance groups at the college, will take place at the Frauenthal Center in downtown Muskegon on Saturday, February 24 at 7:00pm.  The MCC Wind Ensemble, conducted by MCC Music Director Daniel M. Meyers, will perform music by John Philip Sousa, Richard Wagner and Ralph Vaughn Williams.  The MCC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Tim Froncek, will play music by Miles Davis, Don Rayder and Paul Baker.  The College Singers, directed by James Hylen, will perform musical selections by John Rutter and Z. Randall Stroope.  The Honors Orchestra, directed by Philip DeYoung, will perform the music of Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorak.  Tickets for the event are $7 for adults and $2 for students and may be purchased at the Frauenthal Center Box Office or online at  For more information, contact the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324.

Spring Film Fest
February 25 @ 2:00 pm

Every Sunday at 2:00pm through March 25, come to the Harbor Theater for the Spring Film Fest to benefit Muskegon’s historic military vessels!  Tickets are only $6.  For more information, call (231) 375-5228.

The Line-Up

•  2/11 Tombstone
•  2/18 African Queen
•  2/25 MASH
•  3/4 Dr. Strangelove
•  3/11 The Quiet Man
•  3/18 The Manchurian Candidate
•  3/25 Dunkirk

West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
February 25 @ 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, February 25 at 5:00pm as they take on the Team Network!

The Sweetest Sound: Sherri Winston and the Pathfinders Youth Gospel Choir
February 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Monday, February 26 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as local Author Sherri Winston hosts a multi-media presentation incorporating an imaginative PowerPoint display, music, lively discussion and Black History trivia.  The program will weave black history’s literary figures and how their presence impacted her life.  Her recent book, “The Sweetest Sound,” has recently been named one of Kirkus magazine’s best books of the year.  It is coming out in January in paperback.

Zucca (Butternut Squash) with Sofia
February 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday, February 26 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Zucca (Butternut Squash) with Sofia!”  There are so many ways that the Italians use this delicious and versatile vegetable.  Here are four of Sofia’s favorites that you will prepare in this class:

•  zucca and gorgonzola quiche
•  zucca gnocchi
•  zucca flan
•  baked zucca with soy sauce

There’ll be plenty for tasting and to take home.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.