Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/05/18 – 03/12/18

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
March 5 @ 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.

Live Celtic Music: Uneven Ground
March 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 6 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for live Celtic music from “Uneven Ground!”  This is a four-piece traditional Celtic band blends vocals with instrumentals to bring their listeners on a unique musical journey.  They play Celtic, Irish, English, Scottish music.  The members are Courtney Hutson, fiddle,vocals; Dave Closz, guitar,vocals; Tim Staudacher, mandolin,guitar; and Larry Halverson, whistle, flute.

Southern Classic Shrimp and Grits with Chef Jamie
March 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tuesday, March 6 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Southern Classic Shrimp and Grits with Chef Jamie!”  Chef Jamie grew up in Louisiana, so who better to teach you the classic southern dish of Shrimp & Grits? Shrimp and Grits can be used as an appetizer or main course.  Learn what to pair with it to create a well-balanced meal.  Bring your appetite and a container to go.  This class is for older teens and adults and is limited to 12.  The cost is $40.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

White Lake Classical Series: Dr. Michelle Vallier
March 6 @ 7:00 pm
The White Lake Classical Series at the Book Nook & Java Shop continues Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00pm with Dr. Michelle Vallier performing music of Bach and Brahms on violin.  The cover charge is $5.  Dr. Vallier has performed throughout the country, including recital tours across the Midwest, Florida and Arizona.  In spring 2012, she gave a series of lecture recitals on Carl Nielsen’s two works for solo violin at Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University and Wichita State University.  She is an active solo performer in the greater Muskegon area.

Dinner will be at 6:15pm, featuring Hawaiian Pork Stir-Fry, Brown Rice, Glass of House Wine, Mango Crisp with Raspberries and Almonds for $17.  RSVP to The Book Nook & Java Shop by calling (231) 894-5333.

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.

Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show
March 9 – March 10
The popular Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show is returning to Fricano’s Event Center March 9 and 10!  The 2018 Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY show will feature over 50 exhibitors including everything from windows, siding, gutters, and painting to home décor, furniture, landscaping and much more!  Back by popular demand, the Do It Yourself and Educational seminars will highlight floral design, furniture refurbishing, backsplash tiling, gardening and more!

In addition to exhibitors and seminars, the home show will provide fun kids activities, thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes and discounted Fricano’s Pizza with purchase of $5 home show admission ticket. Kids 12 and under are free.  Tickets will go on sale February 1, 2018.  For more information, call contact Carla Flanders at 231-724-3176.

The Alley Door Club
March 9 @ 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, 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).

Louie Anderson
March 9 @ 7:30 pm
March 9 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater to enjoy iconic comedian, Louie Anderson!  Louie is a three-time Emmy Award® winner and one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics; named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time!”  His career has spanned more than 30 years.  He is a best-selling author, star of his own stand-up specials and sitcoms and he continues to tour the country performing to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.

Tickets are $49, $39 and $29.  Call 231-727-8001 for more information.

White Lake Business Expo
March 10 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, March 10 from 8:00am – 12:30pm, come to the 6th White Lake Business Expo and take a first-hand look at the diverse products and services offered by White Lake Area businesses at Whitehall High School.  There’ll be an emcee and give-aways every hour, a grand-prize drawing, and other business freebies, discounts and give-aways!

The Expo, presented by the Chamber and free to the public, is held in conjunction with the popular Rotary Pancake Breakfast.  More than 50 businesses are anticipated to participate!  For additional information, contact the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at or 231-893-4585.  Sponsorships at varying levels are still available!

Gold Sponsor: Scheid Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc.
Silver Sponsors: Boardwell Mechanical Services Inc. & Redi Rental
Bronze Sponsors: Muskegon Co-Op Federal Credit Union, White Lake Assisted Living, & White Lake Beacon

Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 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.

Cast Iron Cookies with Chef Char
March 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, March 10 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Cast Iron Cookies with Chef Char!”  What a sweet way to use a cast iron skillet!  Make your own “giant cookie” and decorate with homemade piped frosting to leave an extra sweet message for someone special or just to decorate for your own enjoyment.  This is a great class for all ages and tailored toward beginners in the kitchen.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Illustration Super Saturday
March 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
March 10 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, it’s an Illustration Super Saturday at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  This free family fun day celebrates all of those great artists that make portable art for little people, especially Yuyi Morales and her illustrations for Thunder Boy Jr.  Admission and activities are free!

• 10:00am & 1:00pm – Film: Wind in the Willows: A Tale of Two Toads (90 mins.) This award winning animated film brings a classic children’s book to life. Follow an unlikely crew of creatures as they outsmart the sneaky weasel.
• 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Guided Tours: Explore Thunder Boy Jr: The Illustrations of Yuyi Morales with a Museum docent.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm – Make & Take: Taking inspiration from the various textures that Yuyi uses in her illustrations, you will layer your artwork with a variety of textures.

Full Service Saturday
March 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon County Clerk’s “Full Service Saturday” is Saturday, March 10 from 10:00am – 2:00pm!  Do you have a hard time getting away during the week?  The Clerk’s Office will be open on this special Saturday with all of their regular services:

• certified vital records including births, deaths, marriage, and divorce records
• apply for a marriage license and/or schedule to be married by County Clerk Waters
• register your business name
• apply for a CPL
• get documents notarized
• genealogy research

When do you need a Certified Birth Certificate? A few reasons are:

• New REAL ID now requires a certified copy of your birth certificate and any other document changing your name.
• Kids starting school
• Kids playing sports
• Driver’s education

For more information, call (231) 724-6221.

The Ride
March 10 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Ride is Muskegon’s premier indoor cycling event!  This gathering of like-minded people focuses on living heart-healthy lifestyles and inspires others to do the same.  To date, The Ride has raised over $480,000 benefitting cardiac patients in need, including:

• The development and enhancement of the Mercy Health High School Heart Screening Program
• Specialized equipment for patients receiving rehabilitation services at the Mercy Health Heart Center
• Scholarships for those in need of cardiac rehabilitation but whose financial or insurance-coverage status precludes them from receiving services

Anyone may form a team of eight members. Your team of eight cyclists will ride bikes mounted on trainers for 25-minute intervals and compete for team trophies and individual medals. Prizes are awarded for various categories, ranging from most mileage ridden to most spirited team.

Whether you are a serious cyclist or a casual biker, The Ride has a spot for you and your team. All participants will receive a commemorative gift and refreshments. The entry fee is $400 per team, or $50 per rider. The entry fee for a Youth Team is $200 per team or $25 per rider. Some teams ask area businesses to help sponsor their teams.

Register your team before Wednesday, January 31, 2018 and receive $50.00 off registration fee.
NOTE: Teams must provide one bike to be mounted on a trainer.

Don’t want to work up a sweat? The Ride needs many volunteers as team hosts (timing the riders and assisting the teams during competition), set-up and tear down. Training for team hosts will be provided. For more information, please call the Office of Philanthropy at 231-672-6976.

Lakeshore Museum Center Saturday Program: Native Americans
Saturday, March 10 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center to learn about Michigan’s Native Americans with a hands-on examination of museum artifacts.  LMC Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00 – 3:00pm in the main museum building.  Programs and museum admission are free of charge for Muskegon County Residents.  Non-residents are just $3.

Black Tie for the Y Annual Gala
March 10 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 10 at 7:00pm, come to the beautiful Century Club Ballroom for the “Black Tie for the Y” annual gala and auction to benefit the Muskegon YMCA!  Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a live auction, raffles, a cash bar and dessert.  Black tie is optional.  Corporate sponsorships are available.  For more information, call 231-722-9622 ext. 240 or e-mail

Spring Film Fest
March 11 @ 2:00 pm
Every Sunday at 2:00pm, February 11 – 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
• 3/11 The Quiet Man
• 3/18 The Manchurian Candidate
• 3/25 Dunkirk

Crostoli E Frittelle with Sofia
March 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, March 12 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Crostoli E Frittelle with Sofia!”  Crostoli E Frittelle are fried sweets, a traditional must on every Carnival Italian’s table.  Carnival or “Carnevale” is one of the biggest celebrations in Italy.  Famous for its masks (Venice Carnival), it starts on January 7 until the Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday.  You guessed it, you will be making Italian fried sweets in this class and learning about Carnevale from Sofia who was born, raised and lived in Italy until coming to Muskegon four years ago.

Masks are welcome although you may need to remove them while cooking!  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

LMC Speaker Series: The Sojourners and the Single Girl
March 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, March 12 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm, come to Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing for the Lakeshore Museum Center Speaker Series featuring “The Sojourners and the Single Girl!”  Local historian Marjorie Viveen will be sharing a presentation about West Michigan fur trader, Rix Robinson, and his fur trade crew of 1830.  The license he secured for his trading granted him rights on the Grand River and Vicinity and he employed one woman and 21 men at posts scattered from Little Traverse Bay to St. Joseph.  This event takes a close look at one of our local fur trading outfits and promises to be very informative.  RSVP by calling 231-894-0342.  The cost is $6 for members and $8 for non-members.

Marjorie Viveen, Ed.S. is a retired School Psychologist and lifelong resident of Grand Haven.  She chaired committees to preserve the Ottawa County Poor Farm Cemetery, the Grand Haven Central Park Fountain, their Town Clock, and led a year-long celebration of the Grand River Greenway in celebration of Ottawa County Parks’ Silver Anniversary.  Viveen founded the Dusty Dozens History Group and was named TCHM’s 2010 “Historian of the Year.”  In 2012 she authored “Historic River Road: A Self-Guided Auto Tour for All Seasons, co-authored Our People, Their Stories with Wallace Ewing, Ph. D., and has written numerous articles.  A second book on Grand River fur trade is in the works.  She currently serves on the Ottawa County Parks Foundation Board, the Tri-Cities Historical Museum’s Editorial Board, and is the chairperson of the Ottawa County Poor Farm Sesquicentennial Committee.