Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/22/19 – 01/28/19

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Old Settler
Through January 26 @ 7:30 pm
January 18 – 26, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “The Old Settler!”

Old Settler:  A woman who is pushing 40 who’s never been married and has no prospects…Sparks fly in a 1943 Harlem tenement between 55-year-old spinster, Redwood Elizabeth Borny, and her skeptical sister, Quilly McGrath when Husband Witherspoon, a handsome young Great Migrator arrives on their doorstep.  Husband’s quest to find his long-lost love, Lou Bessie, is thwarted when he finds an unexpected new romance with an Old Settler.  Full of humor and grit, this story of American love and survival reverberates with timelessness and warmth.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  The Sunday matinee is at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $22 – $24.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Calvin College January Series
January 22 & 23 @ 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 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

Book Discussion: Invisible Man
January 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 22 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, visit Hackley Public Library to discuss one of the definitive novels of the African-American experience.  “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, which addresses powerful issues of society, won the National Book Award for fiction and was on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks. Partnering with the “SONS: Seeing the African American Male” exhibition at the Muskegon Museum of Art (which runs until March 10, 2019), they hope to encourage an open dialogue in the community.  This book discussion is free to the public!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,” January 15 – March 28 (no shows on March 5 and 7) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Yoga at the Library: Movement and Meditation
January 23 @ 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
Wednesdays @ 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

Paint it Red: Big Reds Football History
January 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, January 23 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center for the first in a series of three lectures that will bring their Collection by Color exhibit to life with various social and science topics.  Co-author of the book, “100 Years of Muskegon Big Red Football,” Ron Pesch will present a program that will focus on days past, as well as the modern-day accomplishments of the winningest high school football team in Michigan!  This event is free for Muskegon County residents and just $3 for non-residents.  Please RSVP to 231-722.0278 or email

Ice Skate Icebreaker Wednesdays
Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm
January 23 and February 20 at 7:00pm, come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex for Ice Skate Icebreaker Wednesdays!  Get a free refresher course in ice skating and learn some techniques to help you skate faster on their 2 acre outdoor ice rink and 1/4 mile skate trail.  Rink passes and rentals are extra.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit

Postcard Salon Exhibition
January 24 – February 7
The Postcard Salon is a celebration of creativity, happening Thursday, January 24 – Thursday, February 7 at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  Now in its thirteenth year, the Postcard Salon reflects the MMA’s commitment to Michigan artists.  It’s an opportunity for people of all ages and skill levels to share their work with the public.  Routinely, over 1,000 cards by artists from West Michigan and beyond are on display, offering a huge range of materials and subject matter to enjoy.  There is no fee to enter and all submitted cards will be installed, making the show a true community endeavor.  The exhibition is also a great opportunity to support the area arts community by purchasing an original work of art for a low cost at the Salon Sale on February 7.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Brown Bag Film: Kehinde Wiley – An Economy of Grace
Thursday, January 24 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the free Brown Bag Film, “Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace.”
(60 mins.) Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace – follow the artist as he embarks on an exciting new project: a series of classical portraits of African American women—something he’s never done before.  The film documents the project as it unfolds, tracking Wiley’s process from concept to canvas, casting his models on the streets of New Tork and enlisting Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy to create couture gowns for each woman.  Admission to the film is free.  Coffee and cookies are provided. Paid admission is required for the galleries.  For more information call (231) 720-2570.

Writing Salon
January 24 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, January 24 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for their Writing Salon! Bring your notebooks and get inspired by this year’s selection of artworks for their annual writing competition, “Art Talks Back,” happening January 24 – March 28!  Light refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available.
The Art Talks Back poetry project is underwritten by Michael and Patricia Wade. The First Place award is sponsored by the Poetry Society of Michigan.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Youth Luge Development Program
Thursdays @ 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

Winter Blues Euchre Tourney
Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Every Thursday, January 24 – February 28, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for a Winter Blues Euchre Tourney! Games start at 7:00pm.  This is a progressive style tourney so they need a minimum of 8 individuals to play and no partner necessary.  They’ll have tables reserved just for those playing euchre, score cards, decks of cards and of course, beer!   For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Learn to Luge Weekend
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
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 25 @ 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 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 Lumberjacks Home Game
January 25 @ 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.
Friday, January 25 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Fargo Force!  For ticket information, contact or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Live Music: Matt Moore
January 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, January 25 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from Matt Moore!  Matt e is an independent rock artist, singer songwriter and worship leader from central Michigan.  Launching a solo career in 2007 with only an acoustic guitar and a few original songs, Matt quickly built a reputation as the must see artist in his area.  Captivating audiences with his engaging songwriting, passionate live performance and tenacious work ethic, Matt has performed at over 1500 events around the country in the past several years, sharing the stage with artists such as Thousand Foot Krutch, Sanctus Real, NF, Seventh Day Slumber, Leeland, Nine Lashes, Unspoken, Josh Wilson, StellarKart, John Reuben, The Afters, Icon For Hire, Grits, Remedy Drive, Caedmon’s Call, Newworldson and many more.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

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

Muskegon Polar Plunge
January 26 @ 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Polar Plunge takes place at Fricano’s on Muskegon Lake on January 26! Registration starts at 12:00pm. The Plunge will start at 2:00pm with the awards and After Splash Bash at 4:00pm. There is free admission to the After Splash Bash for plungers. There will be a $10 fee for guests, which includes pizza.
If you would like to avoid the registration lines on Plunge day, there will be a Pre-Registration on Friday, January 25 at Fricano’s. You can get registered and turn in your donations any time between 4:00pm – 8:00pm. The Pre-Plunge Party is from 7:00pm – 11:00pm and features live music from Northbound!  Make sure to ‘like’ the Polar Plunge on Facebook at
By participating in a Polar Plunge, you are helping to raise funds for over 27,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports are the “vehicle,” the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 26 @ 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 26 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on U18 Team USA!  For ticket information, contact or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Eric Michaels and Chris Kennedy
January 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, January 26 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from guitar duo Eric Michaels and Chris Kennedy playing the classics!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Comedian Mike Logan wsg Carl Johnson
January 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, January 26 from 8:00pm – 9:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Mike Logan with special guest Carl Johnson!  Purchase tickets ahead of time at or at the door.  For more information, call (616) 570-8765.

Mike Logan – Born and raised in Detroit, Mikeuses his edgy tongue to wax poetic about everyday issues from long distance parenting to the racial climate in America. He’s guaranteed to make you think while cracking you up.

Carl Johnson – He’s been doing stand up for over four years. He has become a local favorite among the Michigan comedy scene and has performed at colleges and clubs all around!  He is not afraid of self-deprecation or getting personal on stage.  He has opened up for Steve-O from MTV’s Jackass, Louis Katz, and Tommy Johnagin.

Trivia Night at the Book Nook & Java Shop
Mondays @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, January 14 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Trivia Night!  Join a team and test your wits.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

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.