Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/19/18 – 03/26/18

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Author Meet and Greet:  Mark Farina “Casey and the Flying Fortress”
March 19 @ 11:00 am & 6:00 pm
Monday, March 19 at 11:00am, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for the Author Meet and Greet:  Mark Farina “Casey and the Flying Fortress!”

Imagine rummaging through your dead mother-in-law’s closet and encountering a box full of postcards, letters, photos and diaries which are from your father-in-law’s time in the service during the Second World War.  This box of materials will trigger a quest by Mark Farina, a Chicago area sports announcer and a reporter, who will try to unlock the military exploits of his father-in-law, Casey Paulinski.  His quest will bring him across the United States and the Netherlands as he will retrace his service as a B-17 pilot and crew member.

In the all too familiar situation in which many veteran families find themselves in, Casey offered little about his military service while alive.  Mark will share his techniques, tips, and ways; he uncovered his father-in-law’s service history.  Come and listen to this riveting story.  There will be two free presentations of Casey and the Flying Fortress offered:

11:00am – USS Silversides Submarine Museum
6:00pm – Muskegon Community College’s Sturrus Technology Center
Admission is free and open to all.  Mr. Farina will be signing and selling his book at each event.

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
March 19 @ 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.

Pet Painting
March 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
March 19 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, the Arts Council of White Lake invites you to Pub One Eleven for the “Pet Painting” event to benefit the Muskegon Humane Society!   Enjoy drinks and friends while you paint a custom piece of your pet.  When you register, you will be asked to email a picture of your pet. This will be pre-drawn onto a canvas ready for finishing touches the day of the event.  Images may be cropped to best fit the canvas.  The cost is $40 and is for ages 16+.  Space is limited, so register today by calling 231-893-2524 or visit the website below.

Drip Cakes with Kathy DeHoag
March 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, March 20 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Drip Cakes with Kathy DeHoag!”  Learn to frost, make the drip for the cake, also different kinds of drops to use and learn difference decorating techniques.  You will go home with a decorated cake!  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Vernal Equinox EcoTrek Fitness Adventure
March 20 @ 6:00 pm
Join Cari Draft and Lisa VanDonkelaar, Tuesday, March 20 at 6:00pm at the Muskegon County Wastewater Management System’s John J. Helstrom Nature Trail to celebrate the first day of SPRING with an adventure!  $10 drop-in includes an EcoTrek Fitness outdoor adventure workout at MCWW where you choose your pace: a little faster with more intensity with Cari leading, or stick to the back with Lisa!  You’ll get a great workout at your own fitness level while enjoying the natural beauty of this facility.  Please RSVP so they can have a parking pass reserved for you.  Bring a friend and you’ll each pay $5 instead of $10!  For more information, e-mail .

Address for your GPS: 698 N Maple Island Rd, Muskegon

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.

Opening Reception: Works by Southwest Michigan Printmakers
March 21 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
“Exquisite Corpse Project: Head-to Toe & In-between,” featuring artwork by 24 members of the Southwest Michigan Printmakers (SWMP), opens March 19 in Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Gallery and will be on display through April 20. This exhibit is free and open to the public.  Overbrook Gallery hours are from 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Friday, with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater.  Call (231) 777-0324 for more information.  An opening reception and talk by the artists will take place on Wednesday, March 21, from 3:30-5:00pm in the Overbrook Theater Lobby.  For more information on the exhibit, contact Erin Hoffman, MCC art instructor and Overbrook Gallery coordinator at (231) 777-0399.

Narnia the Musical
March 22 – March 24
March 22 – 23 at 7:00pm, and March 24 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm, you’re invited to the Beardsley Theatre for “Narnia the Musical,” presented by Artios Academies of Grand Haven.  The famous story from the Chronicles of Narnia has become a musical presentation.  Entering Narnia are four siblings plucked from our world in unexpected ways to help Narnia and learn lessons of courage, unselfishness and wisdom throughout the whirlwind adventure.

Tickets are $10 general admission.  For more information, call 231-722-9750.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
March 22 @ 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.

Swing Dance Lessons at SE4SONS
March 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join Swing Dance Instructor, Becky Biesiada, at SE4SONS for a series of 3 classes in March!  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new! Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals!  This is limited to the first 30 participants. Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon CC Member to participate.  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations today.

East & West Coast Swing
Class Dates: March 15, 22, and 29
Class Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $80 per couple/ $55 per single

Back Alley Comedy Club: Pauly Shore
March 23 – March 24
March 23 and 24, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club inside Sherman Bowling Center for live stand-up from comedian Pauly Shore!

Pauly tasted super-stardom in 1990 when his precedent-setting MTV show “Totally Pauly” hit the airwaves to major fan approval.  The show ran for six years, leading him to numerous television and film roles including the one-hour HBO television special, “Pauly Does Dallas” and starring in the films “Encino Man,” “Son In Law”, “Jury Duty,” “In the Army Now,” and “Bio Dome.”  Pauly then went on to star and produce in his own projects including “Pauly Shore is Dead” for 20th Century Fox, which is now available on Amazon Prime.  He also produced and starred in two comedy specials, “Vegas is My Oyster,” and “Pauly-Tics,” which are both now available on Crackle.  In 2014, Pauly released “Pauly Shore Stands Alone,” a true-life road documentary that follows him as he performs in obscure towns throughout Wisconsin while dealing with his personal life back home, which is now on Amazon Prime.  He is currently producing a six-part documentary series based off of the original documentary “Pauly Shore Stands Alone.”  Additionally, Pauly recently debuted the video portion of his podcast “Pauly Shore Podcast Show,” on Crackle.  Pauly remains hard at work on a historical documentary of his life spanning the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s about his life growing up at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood.  He recently played Stephen Miller in a viral Funny or Die video and stars in an upcoming Funny or Die sketch with Bobby Lee, Jay Mohr and Richard Schiff from “Ballers” entitled “Silver Lake Vice Squad.”

Shows are at 6:30pm and 9:00pm and tickets are $27.  For more information, call (231) 755-1258.

Pigeon Hill’s Totally Majestic 4th Anniversary Party
March 23 – March 24
Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, Pigeon Hill Brewing Company in downtown Muskegon is celebrating four years in business!  They’ll have great entertainment from Flexadecibel, Jesse Ray & the Carolina Catfish & The Crane Wives!  More details will be announced soon, so keep an eye on their Facebook page or call (231) 375-5184.

The Secrets of Bees Exhibit Opening & Family Fun Night
March 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, March 23 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, bring the family to the Lakeshore Museum Center for “The Secrets of Bees Exhibit Opening & Family Fun Night!”  Help celebrate the opening of their newest exhibit, The Secrets of Bees, with a special evening for families!  This hands-on exhibit examines the ways bees affect us, and our impact on them.  During their exhibit opening and Family Fun night, they will feature a bee related craft, as well as light refreshments.  The Muskegon Conservation District will have a station exploring how families can create bee habitats in their own yards and the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology at Muskegon Community College will have a station about their beekeeping program.  The program is free with regular paid admission. For more information, call 231-722-0278.

The Alley Door Club
March 23 @ 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 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: Frances Luke Accord – Modern Folk
March 23 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, March 23 at 7:30pm, come to The Block for Frances Luke Accord.  Independent Chicago-based duo, multi-instrumentalists and songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers head this modern folk band that draws copious inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul and rock.  Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm.

Food as Art. Food is Art
March 24
Saturday, March 24, Chef Jill Hansen will prepare a fun and informative evening with famed Cichetti food on March 24 at Cichetti Culinary Studio!  This 4-course dinner and lecture/discussion will revolve around the topic, “Food as Art. Food is Art.”  The cost is $35 per person with proceeds benefitting the 9th annual White Lake Chamber Music Festival (August 3-13).  A cash bar will be available.  Dress is casual and you are encouraged to bring a paper copy of one of your favorite recipes to share and discuss.  RSVP by March 14 to Jill Hansen at 231-855-4118.  For more information, please visit

Indoor Farmers’ Market
March 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.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
March 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit

Green Eggs and Ham: Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
March 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, March 24 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, join the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for a breakfast of Green Eggs and Ham!  Your child will visit with a Dr. Seuss character and also receive a Dr. Seuss book to take home.  The requested donation is $15 for an adult and one child and an extra $5 for each additional person.   For more information, call 231-788-3050.

Note:  The venue for this year is First Lutheran Church at 1206 Whitehall Rd. due to a boiler problem at the Woman’s Club.

Italian Easter Classic with Sofia
March 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, March 24 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Italian Easter Classic with Sofia!”  Create a classic Easter menu from the Italian tradition.

The Menu:
• Insalata russa
• gnocchi alla romana
• baked bread and parmesan stuffed tomatoes
• baked salmon with cherry tomatoes, cappers and olives

Come to this class hungry!  Learn from Sofia Occhialini who just moved to Muskegon from Italy four years ago.  The cost is $40.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Lakeshore Museum Center Saturday Program: Michigan Fossils
March 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 24 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center to learn about millions of years of Michigan history with a hands-on examination of fossils.  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.

Craft Crawl
March 25 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
March 25, Girls Pint Out is hosting the first-ever “Craft Crawl” in downtown Muskegon, a bar crawl to raise money for a good cause!  Everyone over 21-years-old is invited to sample craft beer and cocktails from five different breweries in downtown Muskegon from 12:00pm – 5:00pm.  Participants start at Racquets Downtown Grill, where they give a donation then receive a punch card to take with them to each brewery they visit.  Other breweries taking part in the fundraiser include Unruly Brewing, Pigeon Hill, Mike’s Inn, and 18th Amendment Spirits.  Each of these locations will have a special drink specifically designed for this event.  Once the punch card is complete, they return to Racquets where they turn in the card and are entered in a drawing to win prizes.

All the money donated through this event will benefit MomsBloom, an organization that sends volunteers to help new parents with their babies.  They provide help with things like household tasks and infant care, along with emotional support.  Learn more at

Spring Film Fest
March 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.  March 25th’s movie is “Dunkirk.” For more information, call (231) 375-5228.

Authentic Italian Lasagna with Sofia
March 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, March 26 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Authentic Italian Lasagna with Sofia!”  Come learn how to make the genuine lasagna famous all over the world.  You will make it from scratch just like mom used to make it!  Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved to Muskegon four years ago from Italy.  Bring your appetite!  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.