Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/26/18 – 04/09/18

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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

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.

Feeding the Soul of the City Free Concert
March 27 @ 12:00 pm
Tuesday, March 27 at 12:15pm, you’re invited to the historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon for the “Feeding the Soul of the City” free lunch time concert featuring excellent classical pianist, Solee Lee-Clark.  Coffee, tea and cookies will be served for free starting at 11:30am.  Attendees may bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or during the concert.  For any questions or more information, feel free to contact the St. Paul’s office at 231-722-2112.

Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
March 27 @ 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.

White Lake Winter Lecture Series: The Art of Taste
March 27 @ 7:00 pm

The White Lake Winter Lecture Series, presented by the White Lake Music Society, comes to a close with a presentation by Chef Jill Hansen on March 27, at 7:00pm.  Ms. Hansen will share on “The Art of Taste” from her many years of experience as a master chef at Cichetti Culinary Studio.  This will take place at the Book Nook and Java Shop.

Join Chef Jill Hansen as the art of food is explored.  Food’s history is as complex as some of the finest French dishes.  Ingredients, preparation, social implications, and a look into the future as our planet faces real challenges.  Take home a new recipe and enjoy some samples.

Admission is $5 at the door.  For more information, please contact Director Sondra Cross at 231-329-3056 or visit us online at

Launch Lecture Series
March 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Wednesday, March 28 from 9:00am – 10:00am, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub to hear Dr. Timothy Syfert speak on “The Importance of Creating Value for Your Customers.”  This lecture will provide insights and ideas to help you grow your business.  Breakfast is provided.  For more information, call  616-331-6900.

Page to Screen Noir: Rear Window
March 28 @ 1:30 pm
Wednesday, March 28 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.  For March, participants will read “Rear Window” by Cornell Woolrich and then watch the 1944 movie!

Are hard-boiled detectives and mysterious women among your favorite fictional characters in a book or a movie?  Combine your passion for both with March’s book, Rear Window, which is actually a short story by Cornell Woolrich.  A laid-up magazine photographer witnesses a possible murder from his apartment window and decides to solve the crime himself.  The movie was released in 1954, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starred Grace Kelly and James Stewart.

Page to Screen Noir includes an informal discussion of both formats, plus popcorn!  You’ll need to bring your own soft drinks!  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

Student Reception:  Expressions
March 28 @ 5:30 pm – March 29 @ 7:00 pm
Wednesday, March 28, from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the opening reception of “Expressions 2018: 36th Annual Muskegon County Student Art Exhibition!”  This is the annual collaboration between the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District and the MMA that showcases the artistic talents of Muskegon County K-12 students.  Artworks in a variety of media, selected by art specialists from each of the public, charter, and private schools in the county, will be in the show.  Visit the exhibition and attend student receptions to celebrate and support our county’s young student artists and their creative vision.  Refreshments will be served and event admission is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

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.

Swing Dance Lessons at SE4SONS
March 29 @ 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, 29
Class Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $80 per couple/ $55 per single

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
March 30 @ 7:00 pm – March 31 @ 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, March 30 and Saturday, March 31 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Omaha Lancers at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

March 30 @ 7:30 pm
March 30 at 7:30pm, come to the Beardsley Theater as the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company presents, “Hamlet!”  Shakespeare’s masterpiece comes to life in this new production directed by Scott Lange.  Hamlet, prince of Denmark, returns home to mourn his father’s death, and finds that his mother has married his uncle, and his uncle has become the king.  When the old king’s ghost demands revenge for his murder, Hamlet must decide what course he will take in this compelling tragedy.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens.  For more information, call 231-722-9750.

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.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 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

Easter Egg Hunt: Glenside
March 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Plan now to attend Glenside’s sixth annual Easter Egg Hunt at McGraft Park on Saturday, March 31 from 10:00am – 11:30am!  Enjoy free juice and donuts, meet the Easter Bunny, and enter the free raffle drawing for lots of prizes including two kids’ bicycles!  The hunts are divided into 3 age groups (3 and under, 4-7, and 8-12), so everyone comes away a winner!  For more information, call the Glenside Neighborhood Association at 231-855-8228.

Thanks to the very generous sponsors for contributing to this event, including Coldwell Banker Woodland-Schmidt, The Lube Shop, Great Lakes Fresh Market, Smash Wine Bar & Bistro, Skeetown Tavern, Positively Muskegon and The Camera Shop.

Easter Egg Hunt: Sheldon Park
March 31 @ 10:00 am
Saturday, March 31 at 10:00am, you’re invited to bring your kids ages 4 – 12 to Sheldon Park for an Easter Egg Hunt!  Enjoy a visit with the Easter Bunny and enter a raffle for an adult Easter basket.  The rain location will be Evanston Ave. Baptist Church.  For more information, call Gordon Peterman at 231-724-6646 or 231- 773-0868.

LMC Saturday Program: Easter Craft
March 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 31 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for “Easter Craft.”  Create your very own origami bunny bookmark to take home.

LMC Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00pm – 3:00pm in the main museum building.  Programs are free of charge and museum admission is free for Muskegon County Residents.  Non-residents are just $3. For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Easter Egg Hunt: L.C. Walker Arena
March 31 @ 1:00 pm
Saturday, March 31 at 1:00pm, RAD DADS’, the City of Muskegon, the Muskegon Lumberjacks, the Ironmen, and the Risers, invite you to the L.C. Walker Arena for the world’s greatest Easter egg hunt!  Come have fun with the family and search for over 5,000 Easter eggs with hunts for three age groups.  There will also be a few Golden Eggs with special surprises!  The event is free, but they will be taking donations for the Child Abuse Council of Muskegon at the door.  For more information, call (231) 327-5290.

Easter Brunch at the Lake House
April 1 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Sunday, April 1 from 10:30am – 3:30pm, the Lake House is excited to host their Annual Easter Brunch Buffet with Chef Jaime Knudsen!  The brunch will feature Chef Carved Prime Rib, Maple & Bourbon Glazed Ham, Fried Lake Perch, a Fresh Seafood Bar, a Build Your Own Omelet Bar and much more.  Reservations are required by calling 231-722-4461 or e-mail  The cost is $34.95 for adults.  Kids 4 – 12 are $9.95.

Easter Brunch at SE4SONS
April 1 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join SE4SONS for their Annual Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 1 from 11:00am – 2:00pm!  They’ve got something for the whole family!  Whether its delicious food for the adults or the Easter Bunny for the kids, SE4SONS has it all.  Please call 231-755-3737 and save your spot soon, as this event fills up quickly.  Please have your party size, preferred time, number of adults & children, and a contact phone number ready when calling.

Adults $29
Kids (7-12) $14
Kids (4-6) $8
3 and under are free.

Easter Brunch at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center
April 1 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
It’s not too early to reserve your table for the Easter Brunch at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, happening Sunday, April 1 from 11:00am – 3:00pm!  Hop to it and make your reservation to enjoy their slow roasted Prime Rib and Rosemary Ham at their carving station, as well as gourmet sides and desserts!  There is something for everyone!  For reservations, please call 231-720-7105 or email

Super Spring Break Days
April 2 – 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Monday – Thursday, April 2 – 5 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Super Spring Break Days!”  Take an adventure and explore the museum’s awesome art collection.  There is free admission for one adult accompanying a child.

Instructor: Ronace Hogan
• 11:00am – 1:00pm  Docent in the gallery
• 11:00am – 2:00pm  Arts and crafts in the classroom
• 11:30am –  Film in the auditorium

Monday:  Pastels (permanent collection)
Tuesday:  Beading and Weaving (Thunder Boy, Jr.)
Wednesday:  Tooling (The Poetry of Metal)
Thursday:  Paint! (Expressions Student Art Exhibition)

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays @ 6:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Lakeshore Museum Center: Spring Break Open House
April 3 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tuesday, April 3 from 10:30am – 12:30pm, it’s a Spring Break Open House at the Lakeshore Museum Center!  Enjoy crafts, wind tunnel science, and more hands-on fun. For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 3 – June 7, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Free Family Movie Day:  Where the Wild Things Are
April 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, April 4 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm, come to the historic Frauenthal Theater for a free family movie day featuring “Where the Wild Things Are!”

A young boy named Max has an active imagination, and he will throw fits if others don’t go along with what he wants.  Max, following an incident with his sister and her friends, and following a tantrum which he throws as a result of his Mother paying more attention to her boyfriend than to him, runs away from home.  Wearing his wolf costume at the time, Max not only runs away physically, but runs toward a world in his imagination.  This world, an ocean away, is inhabited by large wild beasts, including one named Carol who is much like Max himself in temperament.  Instead of eating Max like they normally would with creatures of his type, the wild things befriend Max after he proclaims himself a king who can magically solve all their problems.

The film is free and no tickets are required.  For more information, call 231-722-9750.

A Taste from the Mountain Regions of Italy with Sofia
April 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, April 5 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is offering the culinary class, “A Taste from the Mountain Regions of Italy with Sofia!”

The Menu:
• Polenta e Frico (fried cheese and potatoes)
• Canederli (bread gnocchi)
• Polpette (meatballs)
• Gelato with warm blueberries

Bring your appetite!  Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved here four years ago from Italy where she spent her entire life.  The cost is $35.  For more information call 231-769-2202.

Pajama Party at the Art Museum
April 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, April 5 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Pajama Party at the Museum!”  Wear your jammies (slippers optional) and have some fun as you enjoy an activity with their friends from the Lakeshore Museum Center, story time with their friends from Hackley Public Library, a hot cocoa station, art activity and a movie.  Admission is FREE!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Lakeshore Museum Center Saturday Program: Robot Open House
April 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, April 7 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Robot Open House!  Try out many of the newer robots in the Museum’s Science Center.  Program and learn with the Cubelets, Code-a-pillar, Little Bits and more.

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.

The Swan Series
April 8 @ 2:00 pm
Join host Robert Swan in a new lecture series entitled “The Swan Series.”  Bob will share many of his insights, experiences, and expertise gleaned from 34 years of performing in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under such famed conductors as George Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Leopoldo Stowkowski, Claudio Abbado, and many others.  Lectures will be held at the United Methodist Church in Whitehall.

On April 8 at 2:00pm, The Swan Series continues with “OUTSIDE AGAIN!”  Aaron Copland’s APPALACHIAN SPRING is one of the first uniquely American compositions both in concept and sound.  Bob Swan will explain why it is so “American” and so loved by people everywhere.  Quite selfishly, he hopes that by focusing on this masterpiece, winter’s grip on us will loosen.  The suggested donation is $7 at the door.

The Swan Series is a new program of the White Lake Music Society which produces world-class chamber music concerts, promotes and supports classical music learning opportunities for all ages, and creates awareness of the value and significance of fine music.  More information may be found at

Vegetarian Doesn’t Mean Flavorless with Sofia
April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, April 9 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is offering the culinary class, “Vegetarian Doesn’t Mean Flavorless with Sofia!”

The Menu:
• Minestrone
• Baked leek and asiago frittata
• Vegetable pie

Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved her four years ago after spending her entire life in Italy and be sure to bring your appetite!  The cost is $35.  For more information call 231-769-2202.

Live Jazz with Checkers Morton
April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
April is Jazz Month!  April 9 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Hackley Public Library will celebrate by welcoming Checkers Morton and his band of friends who have been playing together for 40 years, offer amazing, original compositions like “Dan’s Lighthearted Padge” and “Little Raga.”  Their music comes from their heart & soul and features wood, reeds, brass, ivory and primal drums.  This concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call  231-722-8000.

Muskegon Community College Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert
April 9 @ 7:30 pm
Monday, April 9 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Muskegon Community College Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert, featuring traditional wind and jazz ensemble music of all styles.  Tickets are $6 or free for students.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.