Muskegon County Calendar of Events 02/19/19 – 02/25/19

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Women of Lockerbie
February 15 @ 7:30 pm – March 2 @ 7:30 pm
February 15 – March 2, come to the Beardsley Theater for the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s presentation of “The Women of Lockerbie!”

A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103.  She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.  The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families.  The Women of Lockerbie is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional.  It is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  Sunday Matinee times are at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $20 – $22.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

2nd Annual Rose’ & Chocolate Wine Tasting Event
February 19 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tuesday, February 19 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, come to the Smash Wine Bar & Bistro for their 2nd Annual Rose’ & Chocolate Wine Tasting Night! February was meant for love….of chocolate and wine.  Explore four unique rose’ wines that will be specially paired with four handmade chocolates by local chocolatiers Chocolates by Grimaldi.  Wine specialists will be on hand from Imperial Beverage visiting each table and giving out helpful tasting notes and information about how these excellent wines and chocolates were made.  The cost is $25 plus fees.  For more information call (231) 246-7910 or visit

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.

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: Free Ice Skating Lessons for Kids
February 20 @ 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

Ice Skate Icebreaker Wednesdays
February 20 @ 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

Youth Luge Development Program
February 21 @ 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

Instant Pot Cooking with Chef Char
February 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, February 21 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Instant Pot Cooking with Chef Char!” Are you thinking about buying an electric cooker (Instant Pot) but are not sure if this cooking gadget will be a good investment?  Do you already have one and are not sure how to use it?  Or are you an Instant Pot pro and would just like new recipe ideas?  In this two-hour class, Chef Char will show you the various ways to use an electric pressure cooker and make five different recipes for your tasting.  Recipes will be shared as well as lots of tips on using a pressure cooker.  These appliances will help you get dinner on the table faster and they are a major upgrade from the pressure cookers that we might know from our past.  Come to class hungry!  The cost is $45.  To register or for more information call 231-769-2202 or visit

Gallery Talk with Artist Joseph Grey
February 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday, February 21 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art as Ad Man artist Joseph Grey talks about his work in the exhibition gallery. Mr. Grey was one of the earliest African Americans to work professionally in the advertising business in New York City.  By the close of his career, Grey was a trailblazing professional whose work helped to break down racial barriers.  Light refreshments will be served and there will be a cash bar.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information call (231) 720-2570.

Lecture Series: Great Depression
February 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
January 17, February 21 and March 21 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center at the Scolnik House of the Depression Era for a three-part lecture series highlighting the economic struggle across the United States known as the Great Depression!  Learn more about why the stock market crashed, how people used their resources to the fullest extent, and the hobos, hitchhikers, and Hooverville’s in Muskegon.  Light refreshments will be served using 1930s recipes!  This event is free for museum members, and only $3 for non-members.  Please RSVP to Aaron Mace at 231-724-5534.

Winter Blues Euchre Tourney
February 21 @ 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.

Comedy Open Mic Night
February 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Come out to the Tipsy Toad Tavern every Thursday at 7:00pm for Comedy Open Mic Night featuring live comedy from some of the funniest stand-ups currently working and touring! The cost is only $3 at the door unless you are performing!  It’s a great time with good food and cold drinks!  For more information call (231) 725-7181.

MADL Thursday Night Music Club: Jordan Hamilton – Cellist Extraordinaire
February 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday, February 21 from 7:00pm -8:30pm, come to the Norton Shores Library for the Thursday Night Music Club!  A classically trained musician, Jordan Hamilton’s music is unique and inspiring, combining electro-acoustic arrangements with the cello in many genres including jazz, classical, folk, pop and hip hop.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Learn to Luge Weekend
Friday – 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 website below.

Arena Soccer Double Header at the L.C. Walker Arena
February 22 @ 5:00 pm
It’s an arena soccer Double Header at the L.C. Walker Arena! Friday, February 22 at 5:00pm, The Great Lakes Wanderers host Detroit Waza Flo!  Then, the Muskegon Risers will kick off at 7:15pm against the Rochester Lancers!  Doors open at 4:00pm.
Advance tickets are $7 for youth and $9 for adults, Risers vs. Lancers tickets get you access to both games! Visit or call the L.C. Walker Arena Team Store Tuesday-Friday, 11:00am – 6:00pm at (231) 726-2400.
For a louder, higher energy viewing experience, join the Port City Supporters in and around the 18th Amendment Spirits Co. Party Deck near Section 102! For group seating, Party Deck and suite information, email

YMCA Camp Pendalouan Winter Camp
February 22 @ 5:00 pm – February 23 @ 5:00 pm
Friday at 5:00pm – Saturday at 5:00pm, February 22 – 23, kids grades K – 6 can enjoy a 24 hour winter camp at Pendalouan!  Winter Activities include winter hikes, sledding, broom ball, and more!  Register at or call 231-894-4538.

Black History Month: The Meeting by Jeff Stetson
February 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, February 22 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a performance of “The Meeting” by Jeff Stetson! This play, produced by Ebony Road Players with permission by Dramatist Play Service, is fascinating and dramatically compelling, and depicts the supposed meeting of two of the most important men of modern times: Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Differing in their philosophies, but alike in their mutual respect, the two men debate their varying approaches to the same grave social problems. For more information call 231-720-2570.

The Alley Door Club
February 22 @ 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:
• 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.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays @ 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

Baking for Kids: Mini Cheesecakes With Chef Char
February 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, February 23 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Baking for Kids: Mini Cheesecakes With Chef Char!” It is so much fun to make different variations of cheesecake just by switching out the crust or filling ingredients.  Recipes for three different cheesecake crusts, fillings and toppings will be available in this class.  Go home with tiny cheesecakes in the following flavors: pumpkin marble with ginger snap crust, triple chocolate with Oreo bottom, and New York style with graham cracker crust and fruit topping.  This class is for ages 7 and up.  The cost is $40.  To register or for more information, call 231-769-2202 or visit

Black History Month 2019: The Diatribe
February 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, February 23 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for The Diatribe!  The Diatribe poetry group strives to use performing arts to empower people to share their stories, raise awareness of social issues, and be active members of the community.  Experience this sensational program as you watch and listen to their inspiring performance poetry!  This program is free to the public and is recommended for many ages.  For more information call 231-722-8000, or visit  Brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and their supporters.

Art at the Redi 2
February 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 23 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, the Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective (LVAC) transforms the Redi Rental warehouse in Muskegon into a funky pop-up art venue to benefit the fine arts program of the Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon Lakeshore!  This is a great event featuring works by new and established regional artists, many from the Muskegon area, working in clay, glass, metals, pastels, watercolors, oil and more.  This event is curated salon style for interest and impact. There’ll be live music by Jason Bryant, a cash bar and  fare from the Righteous Cuisine food truck!  Entry is a $10 suggested donation at the door.  10% of all art sold will benefit the Boys and Girls Club.  For more information, e-mail

Comedy Night: Wes Ward and Rodney Lumpkins
February 23 @ 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 23 at 6:00pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Wes Ward and Rodney Lumpkins! Tickets are $30 and include a dinner buffet from La Casa Fierro (tacos, burritos, chips, salsa, rice and beans & cheese) and a comedy show featuring Wes Ward and Rodney Lumpkins.  You’ll also enjoy raffles, a silent auction and a cash bar.  Proceeds benefit Muskegon Catholic Education Foundation (MCEF)/Rainbow Auction.  For more information call 231-755-1258.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
February 23 @ 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, February 23 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Madison Capitols!  For ticket information, contact or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Black History Month 2019: Women’s Black Hair Care Clinic
February 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, February 25 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, visit Hackley Public Library to learn the secrets to having beautiful black hair, as well as get tips on how to care for your own or a young person’s hair.  Unity Hair Salon’s Nietra Hood and Ebony Jones will be on hand to lend their expertise, demonstrate hair care, and answer all your hair care questions!  This program is free to the public, and is recommended for all ages.  For more information call 231-722-8000, or visit Brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and our supporters.

Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy
February 25 @ 6:00 pm
The “Arsenal of Democracy” was a slogan used by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a radio broadcast delivered on December 29, 1940. The phrase was used to arouse popular support for aiding nations in the war prior to the US entry into WWII and continued until the end of the war. During that time, the US provided the Allies with millions of rounds of ammunition, as well as weapons, trucks, tanks and ships. The Americans who worked in countless factories throughout the country truly helped the US manufacture victory in WWII.  Join the USS Silversides Submarine Museum from February 25 – May 13 for the lecture series, “Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy!”

All lectures begin at 6:00pm at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum. The cost is $5.00 per person or free with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

• February 25: Winning the Production War presented by Dr. Fred Johnson, History Professor at Hope College

• March 4: The Manhattan Project presented by David Hoover, Curator and Collections Manager at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

Team Trivia Game Show
February 25 @ 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.