Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/07/19 – 01/14/19

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Calvin College January Series
January 7 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is coming to downtown Muskegon! From January 3 – 23, the Beardsley Theater in the Frauenthal Center will broadcast a live stream of one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series, weekdays, from 12:30pm – 1:30pm.  These lectures are free and no tickets are required.
Featured presenters include author and former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager; NFL player and former astronaut Leland Melvin; Oscar-nominated costumer designer Ruth Carter (Black Panther); Craig Detweiler, author of “Searching for God in the Digital Age,” and Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to report and speak against Larry Nassar.
These experts will offer informed perspectives on a wide range of today’s most relevant topics including storytelling, climate justice, forgiveness, global journalism, and cancer research, among many others. For a full list of speakers and topics, visit

• January 7: Dr. Jimmy Lin – Finally, Some Good News About Cancer
• January 8: Kara Powell – Growing Young: Helping Young People Discover & Love the Church
• January 9: Mariela Shaker – Finding Refuge on the Stage
• January 10: Moderated Conversation with Jenna Bush Hager – Telling Stories that Inspire
• January 11: Craig Detweiler – Searching for the Image of God in a Digital Age
• January 14: Nicholas Kristof – Lessons from 30 Years of Covering the World
• January 15: Leland Melvin – Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace & Second Chances
• January 16: William Powers – Sustainability, Happiness & the “Slow” Movement
• January 17: Erik W. Carter – Incomplete without You: The Church & People with Disabilites
• January 18: Ruth Carter – The Art of Storytelling Through Costume Design
• January 21: Willie Jennings in celebration of MLK Day – The Christian Imagination: Theology & the Origins of Race
• January 22: Rachel Denhollander – A Time to Speak: Addressing Justice and Forgiveness
• January 23: Mary Robinson – Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience & the Fight for a Sustainable Future

DIY Sock Snowman
January 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Do you want to build a snowman?  What better way to re-purpose a sock than using it for a cute winter craft!  Monday, January 7 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as Nancy Hartman shows you how to make an adorable sock snowman decoration for yourself.  All supplies are included.  Registration is required, and will open one month before the class date.  Register at or by calling 231-722-8011.  This event is recommended for ages 16 and up.

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Yoga at the Library: Movement and Meditation
January 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library to learn and practice specialized breathing techniques, yoga postures, and mantras with Theresa Bernhardt!  Movement and Meditation is a free lunch-hour class providing an excellent foundation for this healing art form.  Be sure to dress comfortably and bring your own mat and small blanket if you’re able, though these items are not required.  This class is recommended for ages 16 and up.
Two separate sessions are being offered, Wednesdays, January 9 and January 23.  There will be separate registration for each class which happens from 12:15pm – 1:00pm.  To register, call (231) 722-8011 or visit Hackley Public Library’s online events calendar.  Registration for each session will open one month before class date.

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: Free Ice Skating Lessons for Kids
January 9 (weather permitting) @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, kids ages 4 – 16 can learn how to ice skate from skating coach Mark Jastrzembski!  Mark has over 40 years of coaching experience.  Kids from 4 – 7 meet from 5:30pm – 6:00pm and kids 8 – 16 meet from 6:30pm – 7:00pm.  Free skates and helmet rentals will be available.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit

Youth Luge Development Program
January 10 (weather permitting) @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursdays, January 10 – March 7 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, kids ages 8 – 16 can learn how to luge during the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex’s Youth Luge Development Program!  They will learn fundamentals of the sport and have an opportunity to visit the USA Luge training facility in Lake Placid.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit

Healthy Eating in the New Year: Spiral Surprises with Chef Char
January 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, January 10 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Healthy Eating in the New Year: Spiral Surprises with Chef Char!” Trying to eat healthy in the New Year?  Sometimes just cutting your fruits and vegetables in a different way will make the produce a little more interesting and fun to cook and eat.  Basic knife skills will be covered in this class along with instruction on other handy kitchen gadgets that make vegetable and fruit chopping simple.  You will then sauté’ your spiralized produce in healthy, low-calorie, recipes using our own sauce creations and fresh herbs.  All culinary skill levels are welcome.  The cost is $45.  To register or for more information, call 231-769-2202 or visit

Learn to Luge Weekend
Friday – Sunday (weather permitting)
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Public luge sessions are scheduled Friday – Sunday each weekend of the winter, January 4 – March 3 (weather permitting).  Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit

The Alley Door Club
January 11 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 14th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 11, 2019 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 a cash bar and dancing 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 2019 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
• January 11 – The Vincent Hayes Band (Blues, Funk, Soul)
• January 25 – Big Daddy Fox & Friends (R & B, Rockin’ Blues)
• February 8 – Pop Fiction (Rock)
• February 22 – Westside Soul Surfers (R & B, Funk, Soul)
• March 8 – Overnight Hero (Rock)
• March 22 – Brena (Rock)
• April 12 – Swinging Stem Cells (Rock)
• April 26 – Yard Sale Underwear (The Self-proclaimed King of Polyester, Pop & Soul)

Tickets are $10 per person.  Tables may be reserved at $75.00 for a 4-top or $115.00 for an 8-top.   For more information, call the Box Office at 231-727-8001.

Muskegon Risers Home Game
January 11 @ 7:00 pm
Muskegon Risers SC was founded to help facilitate positive social and economic change along the Muskegon Lakeshore through the game of soccer. A Riser is someone who understands our community’s potential and who pushes themselves and others to realize that potential.  The ‘Risers’ name was inspired by the ‘Muskegon, Together Rising’ sculpture that stands in the heart of downtown Muskegon.  Risers are not limited to an era, industry or ethnicity.  Muskegon Risers SC strives to represent the spirit of our area’s people in past, present and future tense.
Catch the MKG Riser’s playing home against the Rochester Lancers at the L.C. Walker Arena on Friday, January 11 at 7:15pm! You may purchase your ticket online or on game day at the field. All home games are $9.  For more information, call the arena at (231) 726-2400.

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

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
November 24 – April 27, visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit

Unicorns Super Saturday
January 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
January 12 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, enjoy a free family fun day at the Muskegon Museum of Art with a “Unicorns Super Saturday!” Museums are magical!  Come explore the magic of unicorns with a craft everyone can enjoy.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

• 11:00am & 1:00pm/Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm/Guided Look: Ask docents what makes the galleries so magical!
• 11:00am – 2:00pm/Make & Take Unicorns: Let your imagination soar as you create a unicorn!

ASD Sensory Saturday at the Lakeshore Museum Center
January 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
January 12 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, families whose children have ASD, or sensory disorders, are invited to attend a special Sensory Saturday event at the Lakeshore Museum Center!  This is a free event featuring a variety of accommodations that have been put in place to create an inclusive, welcoming, and safe place for the children and families.  Families can visit the museum’s exhibits, work on a craft, and have the option to visit the quiet area to relax and unwind.  Sensory bags with items like noise-canceling headphones, visors, and fidget toys will also be available for families to check out.  Families can also download a “Sensory Story” to read with their child before their visit.  To register, call Jackie at 231-724-5526 or visit

Swap, Not Shop Clothing Exchange
January 12 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, January 12 from 11:00am – 4:00pm, come to The Coffee Factory for the “Swap, Not Shop Clothing Exchange!” The cover charge is $5 to get in and portions of the proceeds will benefit a local charity.  All items left at the end of the swap will be donated locally. Swappable items include quality wardrobe items that you’d typically consign or donate.  Items must be CLEAN (freshly laundered) and in very good condition.  Bring your own bag and swap the day away!
This event is dependent on people bringing items in and the more you bring in, the more everyone will have to swap so clean out your closets! If you would like to drop off bags in advance, please do so at The Coffee Factory, Mondays – Fridays from 6:00am – 6:00pm and Saturdays from 8:00am – 6:00pm.  For more information call (231) 747-9896.

Muskegon Bridal Expo
January 12 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, January 12 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts for the Muskegon Bridal Expo! The Bridal Show is 12:00pm – 3:00pm followed by the Fashion Show from 3:00pm – 4:00pm. Door Prizes will be given away after the fashion show and you must be present to win. Rules are available at the registration desk.
Whether you are recently engaged or have been in the planning process for a while, the Muskegon Bridal Expo is a great way to meet many of the area’s premier wedding service providers. Bring your friends and make a day of it!  For more information visit

Music at the Library: The Whiskey Charmers
January 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Do you enjoy music that reminds you of “riding through the desert with the top down?”  That’s just one of the ways fans describe The Whiskey Charmers, an alternative-country band with a captivating sound.  Embrace a unique style of music from this award-winning duo, when you visit the Hackley Public Library Saturday, January 12 for a compelling, free performance from 3:00pm – 4:00pm.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 12 @ 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.
Saturday, January 12 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Youngstown Phantoms!  For ticket information, contact or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Comedian Jordan Garnett wsg Adrian Cosby
January 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, January 12 from 8:00pm – 9:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for comedian Jordan Garnett with special guest Adrian Cosby!

Jordan Garnett – Jordan first took the stage at just seventeen years old, where he won first place in a county-wide competition.  Since then, Jordan has grown to become one of the most popular and recognized comedians coming out of the South Florida region.  Whether it’s opening up for some of the biggest headliners in the game, appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America”, ESPN, or being featured in The New York Post, Jordan is sure to deliver.  He is currently on a nationwide tour performing at clubs and colleges coast to coast and was just recently named New Times Broward’s “Rising Star.”
Adrian Cosby – Adrian uses his multi-ethnic background and intellectual wit to make audiences from all walks of life laugh at him as well as themselves. Smart, smooth and surprising Adrian’s unique look and style make him the perfect complement for many diverse acts.  He has recently worked with Greg Hahn, Vince Morris, Rob Schneider, Ian Bagg, Paul Mooney and Donny Baker from Bob & Tom.

Purchase tickets for $7 dollars ahead of time at or at the door for only $10!  For more information, call (616) 570-8765.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 13 @ 3:00 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.
Sunday, January 13 at 3:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Central Illinois Flying Aces!  For ticket information, contact or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Marketing Monday
January 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, January 14 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for the discussion, “5 Biggest Marketing Mistakes Businesses Are Making (And How to Avoid Them),” presented by Jason Piasecki of Revel.  Did you know that over half of businesses lack a formal marketing plan or that many companies have no idea who their ideal customer is?  Learn how to avoid those mistakes and take back actionable items you can apply to your business today.
Entrepreneurs and small businesses are passionate about the products and services they provide.  Translating that passion to sales requires a strategic focus on marketing and promotion.  Marketing Mondays at the Muskegon Innovation Hub will provide sound tools, techniques and knowledge that every small business owner and entrepreneur needs to know to effectively engage with customers and increase revenue from sales.  Join them for the Lunchtime Series every second Monday of the month.  Lunch is included.  You must register in advance as no walk-ins will be accepted.  The cost is $10.  For more information call 616-331-6900.