Monthly Archives: March 2019

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/18/19 – 03/25/19

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Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy
March 18 @ 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 most Mondays through 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.

• March 18: Rosie the Riveter presented by Bob Hynes, Executive Director at the Yankee Air Museum.
• March 25: Patent Secrecy Act of 1940 presented by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
• April 1: The real topic is Combat Propulsion presented by L-3 Engineering Specialists.

Crazy about Curry with Chef Char
March 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
April 18 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmer’s Market for the culinary class, “Crazy About Curry with Chef Char!” Are you ready to spice up your dinner time and incorporate more vegetables and seasonings into your dishes? Learn to make an Indian Butter Chicken Curry, a Thai Coconut Chicken Curry and a Vegetarian Chickpea curry for healthy, hearty meals you can easily make at home.  The cost is $45.  For more information or to register visit www.eventbrite.com and search for Muskegon Farmers Market or you can see a full list of classes on the Kitchen 242 Facebook Event Page.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

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.

Paint Your Pet!
March 19, 20 & 21 @ 5:30 pm – March 21 @ 8:30 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 19 – 21 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market and Paint You Pet! Enjoy drinks and friends while you paint a custom piece of your pet.  After you register, please email a picture of your pet by March 1 to jacqui.erny@shorelinecity.com.  Your photo will be pre-drawn onto a canvas ready for finishing touches the day of the event.  There are only 30 spaces available so time is of the essence! Cost is $40 and will include heavy snacks.  Beverages will be available for purchase.  Tickets are available on Eventbrite.com, Muskegon Farmers Market, and City Clerk’s Office.  For more information visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Music at the Library: Uneven Ground
March 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 19 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for live music from Uneven Ground!  This vibrant, four-piece traditional Celtic band blends vocals and instrumentals, giving their audience a unique yet traditional sound to delight in.  This program is free and is brought through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
Tuesdays & 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.

Jazz Night: Checkers Morton
March 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tuesday, March 19 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Jazz Night featuring Checkers Morton.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Jazz at the Watermark
March 19 @ 7:30 pm
The Watermark 920 and the Truth in Jazz Orchestra invite you to Jazz at the Watermark! Tuesdays at 7:30pm, March 19, April 16 and May 21 there’ll be dancing, a cash bar and good food from Fatty Lumpkins.  The Truth in Jazz Orchestra is led by Muskegon legend and drummer Tim Froncek and has been a Muskegon institution for the past 12 years.  The cover is only $5 or $2 for students.  For more information call (231) 578-0469.

Instant Pot Cooking with Chef Char
March 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
March 21 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmer’s 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 and 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!
For more information or to register visit www.eventbrite.com and search for Muskegon Farmers Market or you can see a full list of classes on the Kitchen 242 Facebook Event Page. The cost is $45.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Lecture Series: Great Depression
March 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.

Comedy Open Mic Night
Thursdays @ 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.

Thursday Night Music Club: Uneven Ground
March 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday, March 21 at 7:00pm, you’re invited to the Norton Shores Library for a free concert featuring the four-piece traditional Celtic band, Uneven Ground!  This group blends vocals with instrumentals to bring their listeners on a unique musical journey.  Grounded in the roots of traditional Irish music, Uneven Ground presents a blend of songs molded from hundreds of pub tunes from around the Celtic region.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Pigeon Hill’s Fifth Anniversary
March 22 – March 23
March 22 and 23, join Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for their Fifth Anniversary Celebration! They’re shutting down Western Ave., putting up the biggest heated tent ever, and throwing a party to celebrate!  They’ll be tapping special beers throughout the weekend and promise that multiple generations of French Toast will make an appearance.  The cover is $5 each night beginning at 4:00pm on Friday and 3:00pm on Saturday.  Club Members can show your membership card for free admission!  This is a 21+ event and everyone must show ID to enter.  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Friday Entertainment schedule:
• 4:30pm – Plain Jane Glory
• 8:00pm – Yard Sale Underwear

Saturday Entertainment schedule:
• 3:00pm – Jason & Derek
• 5:30pm – Flexadecibel
• 9:00pm – Paddlebots

Fish Fry Fridays
March 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Every Friday during Lent, the Ravenna community invites you to join them at St. Catherine’s Hall for delicious fish fry dinners! All dinners are from 5:00pm – 7:30pm and the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5 – 12.  Kids 5 and under are free!  Your meal includes your choice of a baked potato or fries, green beans, cole slaw, pike perch, garlic bread and dessert.  Get an extra 2 filets for only $1.  Proceeds will benefit the organizations hosting each week including St. Catherine’s, the American Legion and the Ravenna Fire Department.  For more information call (231) 853-6743.

The Alley Door Club
March 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:
• 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.

Flanagan’s Wake
March 22 @ 6:30 pm – March 23 @ 6:30 pm
Friday and Saturday, March 22 – 23 at 6:30pm, come to Clock Funeral Home for “Flanagan’s Wake,” a fundraiser for a new roof for the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s scene shop. Join the villagers of the beautiful fictional village of Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, as they tell tales, sing songs and mourn the passing of one of their own, Flanagan.
The cost is $25 before the show, $30 at the door for general admission tickets in the pews, or $150 for 4-person VIP tables which include a round of drinks and snacks!  Doors open at 6:30pm for mingling, mourning, a silent auction and cash bar featuring your favorite Irish whiskey, beer, wine and soda. The wake begins promptly at 7:30pm.  For more information call 231-722-3852.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
March 22 @ 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, March 22 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 asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Live Music: Black Rose
March 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, March 22 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from Black Rose!  Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter Serita Crowley, also known as “Black Rose” is the very essence of funk, rock, blues and soul.  This West Michigan Native has performed hundreds of shows across the U.S. sharing the stage with notable artists including Brian Vander Ark of the Verve Pipe, James Brown, Koko Taylor, and the legendary Smokey Robinson.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

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 www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

ASD Sensory Saturday at the Lakeshore Museum Center
March 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
March 23 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 www.lakeshoremuseum.org.

Sensory Friendly Movies: Where “Shhhhh!” isn’t allowed!
March 23 @ 10:30 am
Family Hope Foundation and Cinema Carousel present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. Select Saturdays, enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are!  For more information, call Family Hope Foundation at 616-729-8833.

With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might not typically be able to do. Brighter lights, lower sound, limited previews and a group of people who understand your child’s disability will make this family outing enjoyable for everyone!

These special event films feature:
• 10:30am showings
• Regular Matinee Pricing
• All movies in 2D and Open Caption
• Seating questions can be directed to the box office at 231-798-3959.

Films:
• March 23 – “Wonder Park”
• April 6 – “Dumbo”
• April 20 – “Missing Link”
• May 11 – “Ugly Dolls”
• May 18 “Polemon: Detective Pikachu”
• June 1 – “Aladdin”
• June 15 – “The Secret Life of Pets”
• June 29 – “Toy Story 4”
• July 27 – “The Lion King”

19th Century Style Floral Arrangements
March 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, March 23 from 11:00am – 12:30pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a workshop on 19th Century Style Floral Arrangements! Florist and designer Skeeter Parkhouse will lead this floral arrangement class inspired by 19th century American floral still lifes!  The arrangements you make will also be works of art!  Your masterpiece, of course, is yours to take home.  Fresh flowers and lovely vases are included in the cost which is $50 for non-members or $45 for members.  For more information or to register, call 231-720-2570 or visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.

Colorful Wool Dyeing Workshop
March 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Saturday, March 23 at 1:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Colorful Wool Dyeing Workshop!  This is a fun and interactive program about the historical wool dyeing process.  Learn about and help create a natural dye, dye a piece of wool to take home, and use some modern dyes such as Cool Aid for more color fun!  The cost is $10 per child (parent/guardian free of charge, but are required to stay for the program).  Please register by calling 231-722-0278.

Ancestry Basics
March 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Saturday, March 23 at 2:00pm, join Norton Shores Library for the workshop Ancestry Basics!  This is an introduction to two essential genealogy record groups: US census and vital records (birth, death, marriage).  Discover the rich family detail these sources can contain and get hands-on experience using the Muskegon Area District Library’s newest online genealogy resource: Ancestry.com.  While the questions in U.S. census records varied from year to year, you can find information like names of other household members, ages, birthplaces, residence, occupation, immigration and citizenship details, marriage information, military service and more.  Vital records can provide details about important milestones in your ancestors’ lives.  They can include information like the event date and place, parents’ names, occupation and residence.  The cause of death is also included in many death records.  Vital records are a cornerstone of family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more likely to be accurate.  Bring family names and dates to help you get started.  There will be some laptops available or you may bring your own laptop or tablet.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Blues & Barbeque
March 23 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, March 23 from 5:00pm – 11:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market to experience the Muskegon area’s best Blues & Barbeque!  Food and drink tickets are available for $1 each and prices will vary from vendor to vendor.  Food Vendors and the bar will open at 5:00pm.  There is a competition among vendors in the categories of Pork, Chicken, and People’s Choice.  The winners will be announced at 8:45pm.  Music begins at 6:30pm featuring Vincent Hayes and the Cadillac Kelly Blues Band!  For more information call (231) 722-3251.

March Celebration: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
March 23 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, March 23 from 5:30pm – 10:00pm, come to Christopher Columbus Hall for the March Celebration in honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!  This will be a wonderful evening of music, live & silent auctions and great food including Prime Rib French Dip Sandwiches, fries, coleslaw and dessert.  A cash bar will also be available.  The cost is only $10 per person.  Call 231-777-2006 for tickets or just buy them at the door.  All proceeds benefit The Arc Muskegon.

Red Wings Night at the Muskegon Lumberjacks
March 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, March 23 from 7:15pm – 9:45pm, the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the Lincoln Stars and celebrate Red Wings Night at the L.C. Walker Arena! The concourse will feature multiple historical displays of trophies and memorabilia for you and your family to get photos with!  Some of these items are on display for the first time ever in Muskegon, including the Prince of Wales Trophy (won 13 times), Conn Smythe Trophy (won 5 times), James Norris Memorial Trophy (won 9 times) along with other historical displays.  For more information call the box office at 231-726-2400.

Performances @The Block: Harpeth Rising
March 23 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 23 at 7:30pm, come to The Block to hear Harpeth Rising, an unapologetic, genre-bending trio that fuses folk, newgrass, rock and classical into a sound that is organically unique.  Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft yet soulful lyrical aspect.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets or more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm.  The concert begins at 7:30pm.

Barbers Hair Care Clinic and Books
March 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, March 25 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, you’re invited to Hackley Public Library for the Barbers Hair Care Clinic and Books event in honor of Black History Month!  Put your best foot forward with the freshest cut as experts Kenny Terrell of Ken’s Anointed Hands and Yancey Harris of Fancy Yancey’s Barber Shop share their expertise on hair care for men and boys.  They’ll also demonstrate proper cutting techniques.  This event is free and open to the public and recommended for all ages.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Pajama Night Family Storytime
March 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, March 25 at 6:30pm, don your pj’s and bring the family to Norton Shores Library for “Pajama Night!”  Miss Gillian will share books, music, crafts, and fun with their Storytime families.  This event is free and open to families with children ages 0-5.  No registration is required.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Total Passenger Activity at MKG Increased 12% in CY2018

The number of passengers choosing Muskegon County Airport (MKG) for air travel continues to climb with the total number of passengers flying on United Airlines, the Laughlin, NV and Atlantic City, NJ casino charter trips, and corporate aviation passengers increased twelve percent (12%) in calendar year 2018 (41,509 total passengers) over 2017 (37,200 total passengers).

chartMuskegon County Airport is your gateway to the world on United Airlines with daily round trip flights through Chicago O’Hare providing passengers with convenient connections to almost any destination served by United. United’s new travel-friendly schedule makes it easy to fly from Muskegon for business or pleasure.

The improved flight schedule allows customers to depart MKG early in the morning and early afternoon to make connections through Chicago and return to MKG in the early afternoon and late evening. The late evening arrival allows maximum opportunities for return flights from most domestic and international locations such as the West Coast, Mexico, Jamaica and Europe. More connections help provide lower prices.

Fly locally with a short commute to/from the airport, parking just steps from the terminal, check-in and security lines guaranteed to be no more than 50 passengers per flight, and get your bags quickly at the end of your flight to get home faster. Whether flying for business or pleasure, it pays to always Check MKG First at UNITED.COM.”

Van’s Car Wash & Quick Lube Celebrates 50 Years

vanslogoVan’s Car Wash & Quick Lube has been locally owned and managed, serving the community for 50 years. In 1969, the first car wash opened on Sherman Blvd. This location is one of the few that prep and spot clean your car before the automated wash. Also, with an oil change or auto service purchased, customers receive a free car wash.

Core services remain car washes and quick lube/oil change services. Standard oil changes include up to six quarts of Quaker State Synthetic Blend. The oil change service includes checking tire pressure, lights and resetting the oil reminder function. Repairs and other maintenance is offered at the Sherman location. Services include brakes, A/C, engine work, starters, alternators, and radiators/cooling systems.

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John & Sharon Vanderstelt

Van’s story began on October 15, 1930, when Gerritt Vanderstelt and his son Henry opened Van’s full-service gas station at 1087 W. Laketon Avenue in Muskegon. Their franchise would eventually expand to five locations. Henry Vanderstelt took over the company after his father’s passing. In 1979, Henry retired and his sons, Gary and John, took over the reins of the family business, which included a car wash and gas station on Sherman Boulevard. In 1987, Gary decided to retire from the business and sold the original location on Laketon Avenue, while his brother John continued to own and operate the full-service Sherman location. Two of their sons, Mike and Jerry, remained as the co-owners and operators of the company. Today, the family legacy continues under current owner, Jerry Vanderstelt.

Currently, Jerry owns and manages seven locations in the Muskegon, Fruitport, and Fremont area. As the 50th anniversary occurred on January 24, 2019, Jerry had this to say, “I am extremely proud to carry on four generations of service to our community and our entire team is looking forward to continuing the tradition of customer service.”

Van’s Car Wash & Quick Lube
Jerry Vanderstelt
1230 W. Sherman Blvd.
Muskegon, MI 49441
231-759-7777

Right to Life of Michigan Calls on Peters, Stabenow to Protect Born Alive Infants

February 5, 2019, Grand Rapids, Mich. -– Right to Life of Michigan is calling on U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow to support S.130, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

Last night, an effort to give S.130 unanimous consent in the U.S. Senate was blocked by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA).

The legislation would require that a child born alive after a botched abortion be treated with the same level of care as a premature infant born at the same stage of pregnancy, and that the child be transported to a hospital for proper care.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “It should be easy for everyone to agree that once a child is born, they deserve the same treatment as any other child. Why would anyone disagree? This isn’t about abortion, but about treating newborns with the care they deserve.”

S.130 would add protections to the existing federal Born Alive Infant Protection Act of 2002. The 2002 law defines a child born alive following a botched abortion as a person under existing federal laws. The 2002 law passed the U.S. Senate with unanimous consent.

Listing said, “Senator Debbie Stabenow was in the U.S. Senate in 2002, so we hope she won’t object to making sure the law is being properly enforced today.”

The legislation was introduced by Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) in the wake of a new abortion law in New York and legislation in Virginia. The New York law recently signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo repealed legal protection in the state for children born alive following botched abortions.

Similar legislation in Virginia was defeated after the bill sponsor publicly admitted the legislation would allow abortions through all nine months of pregnancy, even during the process of labor.

Embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam defended the legislation and third trimester abortions in a radio show where he said, “The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

Listing said, “There are examples of children just left to die following a late-term abortion. It’s clear our country’s laws need to be improved to ensure infanticide or passive euthanasia of children is not occurring. This shouldn’t be a controversial issue and we expect our Michigan Senators to stand for basic, humane treatment.”

Ask Dr. Universe – Molecules

Dr. Universe: What are molecules? – Jolin, 9, Maryland

Dear Jolin,

A glass of water has more molecules than there are stars in the night sky. That’s what I found out from my friend Jack (Qiang) Zhang, an assistant professor of chemistry at Washington State University.

“Everything around us is made up of molecules,” he said. “And while these molecules may be different, they are all made of the same things.”

Those things are called atoms. Zhang told me we can think about atoms kind of like Lego blocks. Imagine that you have a pile of red Legos, yellow Legos, and blue Legos. Maybe you use them to build a tiny house, or you can use this same set of Legos to build something else like an airplane or a robot.

Just as you can arrange blocks in different ways, atoms arranged in different ways can make up different objects. There are a lot of atoms, but let’s talk about three of them. We can find their names on a big chart called the Periodic Table of Elements.

First, there is hydrogen, the smallest atom and the most abundant element in the universe. Then there’s carbon. Animals, like us, get carbon by eating plants or meat. And then there’s oxygen, which you might be familiar with because we all breathe oxygen molecules.

These atoms can do things individually, but when we combine them in different ways, they form all kinds of things.

You could make sugar, a sweet molecule that gives plants and animals energy. You could also use those same building blocks to make vinegar, a sour molecule and type of acid that we use in cooking.

One of the most abundant molecules on our planet is water. It can make trees grow tall, but through a process called erosion it can also break down the biggest mountains. It is made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom, which is why some people will call it
H₂O.

Water and other molecules will undergo changes under different temperatures. When water gets cold it becomes a solid, called ice, but those very basic molecules still keep the same shape. Molecules are also always moving, said Zhang. Even in the wood that makes up your school desk, the wood molecules are vibrating ever so slightly.

Zhang said different molecules will sometimes interact with each other, too. For example, if you mix vinegar and baking soda together you are bound to see some bubbles start spouting. Here, the molecules that make up baking soda and vinegar start to re-arrange in a chemical reaction. In a way, it’s kind of like breaking apart your Lego creation to make something else. You can learn more about chemical reactions in this activity from the American Museum of Science and Energy. Tell me how it goes at Dr.Universe@wsu.edu.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Agenda – 03/19/19

AGENDA

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP
5865 AIRLINE RD
FRUITPORT, MI 49415

March 19, 2019
6:30 PM WORK SESSION
7:00 PM BOARD MEETING

WORK SESSION
Continue review of ordinances
-Start at 42-250

BOARD MEETING
01. Roll Call
02. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: February 19, 2019
03. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: Special Meeting February 27, 2019
04. Approve / Amend Agenda
05. Correspondence / Reports
06. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics
07. Discussion: Proposed ordinance amendment prohibiting marihuana establishments

New Business

Old Business
08. Zone Change- North Ottawa Community Hospital
Parcel/s:       15-134-100-0001-00
∙                     15-134-100-0002-00
∙                     15-134-100-0004-00
Purpose:      Re-zone to match Fruitport Township’s master plan: Commercial/B-2

09. Site Plan Review– Township of Fruitport/Sheringer Park
Parcel:          15-112-100-0040-00
Purpose:      Approval for improvements

10. Site Plan Review Modification – Chandy Acres East 2239 Mt. Garfield Rd.
Parcel:            61-15-127-2000-0007-40
Purpose:        Modification of approved site plan under section 42-226

11. Public Comments
12. Adjournment

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The township will provide necessary reasonable aids and services for this meeting to individuals with disabilities by writing or telephoning the Township Clerk:
Andrea Anderson
Fruitport Charter Township
5865 Airline Rd, Fruitport, MI 49415
(231) 865-3151.

FCS – Business and Finance Committee Meeting Minutes – 03/11/19

Business and Finance Committee
Monday, March 11, 2019
11:30 a.m., Superintendent’s Office
Meeting Minutes

Attendance: Elroy Buckner, Kris Cole, and Mark Mesbergen

1. 457 Plan
Fruitport’s employee retirement consortium, Michigan Retirement Investment Consortium, now allows districts to offer 457 plans. Currently, Fruitport employees are only able to put additional retirement money into a 403b and cannot draw money out of account (without penalty) until age 60. The 457 plan is like the 403b but will allow the employee to draw money out at age 55. There is no cost to the district to offer this benefit for the employees.

2. Special Education Transportation Consortium
Over the past 5 years, Fruitport has been in and out of the MAISD special education transportation consortium depending on whether there was a financial benefit to the district. The calculation for special education transportation is a reimbursement rate based on how much Fruitport spends, along with depreciation of any special education buses and other factors. The only operation difference is where Fruitport reports the special education costs and that determines how the money is flowed to the district. With that all being said, in the upcoming years, it will be better financially if Fruitport is no longer in the MAISD consortium so the district can maximize our special education transportation reimbursement.

Meeting adjourned at 12:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Mark Mesbergen

Fruitport Board of Education Meeting Agenda – 03/18/19

Fruitport Community Schools
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
Fruitport Middle School
Monday, March 18, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.

I. CALL to ORDER
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
III. ROLL CALL
IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
V. PRESENTATIONS
VI. COMMUNICATIONS
VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*
VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Approval of Special Meeting Minutes of March 1, 2019 (attachment IX-1)
2. Approval of Bills (attachment IX-2)
General Fund                            $181,503.49
Other Funds:
Early Childhood Center                 1,384.20
Food Service                                  66,181.23
Coop Ed (ISD) Tech Millage               397.61
Capital Projects (Bond)                   7,461.50   
Total Bill List                            $256,928.03

3. Acceptance of Monthly Financial Report and ACH Transactions (attachment IX-3)
4. Acceptance of Student Activity Summary Report (attachment IX-4)
5. Acceptance of Credit Card and Utilities Report (attachment IX-5)
6. Approval of Capital Projects Progress Report (attachment IX-6)
7. Approval of Personnel Report (includes confirmation of new hires, resignations, retirees, and transfers) (attachment IX-7)

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Schools of Choice Resolution (attachment X-1)

XI. BUSINESS & FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Elroy Buckner, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held March11, 2019 (attachment XI-1)
2. 457 Plan (attachment XI-2)
3. Special Education Transportation Consortium with MAISD (attachment XI-3)

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Steve Kelly, Chairperson

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Jill Brott, Chairperson
1. Overnight Trip Request (attachment XIII-1)

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS
1. Select a board member to attend the MAISD Annual Budget Review

XV. AGENDA ITEMS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF SPECIAL MEETINGS
1.Schedule Business & Finance Committee Meeting
2.Schedule Personnel Committee Meeting
3.Schedule Student Affairs Committee Meeting
4.Schedule a Board Workshop
5.MAISD Annual Budget Review Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

XVII. ADJOURNMENT

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*Time is provided for members of the audience to address the Board of Education regarding any topic including items on the agenda. The board is providing two opportunities for the public to comment during the meeting. The first is for people who wish to bring issues to the Board of Education for board consideration. At the end of the meeting the board will provide a brief opportunity for community members to comment on activities and/or discussion that took place during the board meeting. Time limits may be placed if a large number of individuals would like to address the board.

It’s About America, Not You

Many in the House and Senate need to realize this is ABOUT AMERICA, NOT ABOUT THEM, and their morally corrupt political parties. They are paid high wages to work for America in a fair, sensible, and godly way.

That is not what we are getting for our money now!

The safety of America should be the most important thing to our legislators.

Is there any common sense left in city Mayors and state Governors?  What has happened to the education systems across America that turns out such irresponsible leaders?

These leaders cannot take care of their own, yet most offer sanctuary to illegals, even if they are known criminals.  By doing so, they are encouraging the world to migrate to America, against our immigration laws.

Any one who encourages others to break our laws is, or should be consider a criminal themselves.

Those who claim it is immoral to use barriers to stop illegals from entering our country happen to be the most immoral people around.

The most recent example is the ungodly state of New York, which passed a new Bill, and their proud Governor signed into law, allowing that state to legally murder babies “UP TO THE DUE DATE.”  Unless they REPENT and TURN BACK TO GOD, America WILL GET SICKER THAN THAT!

The guilt rests on unbelievers, and on believers too.

On believers, because we failed to stand on God’s Word.  That Word of God tells us that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for REPROOF, for CORRECTION, for INSTRUCTION in righteousness.”  Yet we remained silent!

A murderous heart requires REPENTANCE, or Hell will be the judgment.  Saying the Wall/or Barrier is immoral does not cancel the horrible immoralities you support.

Manuel Ybarra, Jr.
Coalgate, OK
Ph.#  580-428-3242

Ottawa County Tackles Challenging Groundwater Issues with Proactive Planning

One of the last places you would expect to encounter a challenge with ensuring a sustainable supply of fresh groundwater is Ottawa County. Situated along 24 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, with the Grand River traversing its landscape and Lake Macatawa and Spring Lake within its borders, Ottawa County is a popular destination for recreation, business, and living. Access to water is perceivably abundant. However, the water that is located underground and out of view, which is used by thousands of residents as their primary source of fresh drinking water as well as by farmers to irrigate their crops, is at risk.

Originally alerted to groundwater concerns nearly a decade ago, Ottawa County hired Michigan State University (MSU) in 2011 to conduct a comprehensive study of the quality and sustainability of the County’s groundwater system. MSU’s scientific findings released in Spring 2018 confirmed the anecdotal evidence—water levels in the deep bedrock aquifer are declining, and chloride concentrations in the water are increasing. Moreover, the findings of this study support what we’ve known all along—water conservation is critical, even in our Great Lakes State.

MSU’s groundwater study points to unique geological features located underneath several communities in the central areas of Ottawa County as a contributing factor to the groundwater challenge. These areas are seeing declining groundwater levels due to thick layers of clay deposits that prevent water from re-entering the bedrock aquifer locally. As groundwater is continually pumped out of the aquifer, the system is not being “recharged” fast enough to keep up with demand. Furthermore, as the water levels continue to decline, naturally occurring brines (salt) found in the bedrock aquifer are mixing with the groundwater at an increasing rate, resulting in a higher concentration of chloride in the water.  Elevated levels of sodium chloride in water can corrode pipes, damage crops, and potentially exacerbate health concerns among individuals with high blood pressure. The Static Water Levels (SWLs), which is the level of water in a well when the pump is not operating, have actually been on the decline in this area since the 1960s. Extensive historical data shows that some areas of the County have seen a drop of as much as 40 feet over the last 50+ years. Estimates show that if water consumption continues on the current path without intervention, these areas will see another 10 to 15-foot decline in the next 20 years. A decline of this magnitude could result in wells that are inoperable due to reduced or minimally available water resources or unusable because of high chloride concentrations.

Effective water management and planning is key to reversing these issues. “The groundwater concern in Ottawa County is not unresolvable,” said John Yellich, Director of the Michigan Geological Survey. “Other areas of the country have faced similar challenges, and they’ve been able to develop successful strategies to ensure a sustainable water supply.” Another important factor in Ottawa County’s planning effort is to promote and reinforce the need for all residents and businesses to practice water conservation. Paul Sachs, Director of Ottawa County’s Planning and Performance Improvement Department, added, “As the County, West Michigan, and Michigan as a whole continue to prosper, the need for everyone to recognize and practice water conservation will become increasingly more important. Our fresh water supply is not unlimited.”

The County’s Plan for managing its groundwater resources into the future is a collaborative effort that involves multiple partners including, but not limited to, Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute, Michigan Geological Survey, Michigan Groundwater Association, the County Department of Public Health, and County Road Commission Public Utilities Department, among many other stakeholders, scientists, experts, and local decision-makers.

To learn more about how Ottawa County is proactively addressing this groundwater issue and what you can do to help, go to www.miOttawa.org/groundwater. Here you can watch a short video titled “Managing Our Groundwater,” read in-depth about the County’s Groundwater Study and the conceptual Groundwater Management Plan, utilize an interactive groundwater mapping tool, and learn ways to conserve water at your home or workplace.

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Editor’s Comment:
The problem could be solved by reducing the water use by farmers and commercial. All residential reduction combined will have little effect.

Silent Observer Keeping Our Community Safe

Muskegon, MI – The Muskegon County Silent Observer program made rewards of $10,650 for crimes solved in 2018.  “This is one of our largest payout years in recent history” says Tom Schultz, Chairman of the Silent Observer volunteer committee and Chairman of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  The payouts for 2018 involved 6 cases related to retail theft, 4 cases related to fugitive arrests, and one high profile murder case.

There was also a payout this year for the “Party Patrol” program.  The Party Patrol’s focus is on underage drinking and drug parties.  Just one call to help break up parties where underage drinking or illegal drug use are occurring can prevent serious harm and save the lives of many.

“Silent Observer is a fantastic tool that allows community members to assist law enforcement in keeping our community safe”, says Schultz.  The high tech program allows individuals to report crimes anonymously by calling in tips with total confidentiality.  Computer software blocks cell phone numbers and computer addresses by replacing that information with confidential code numbers.  The Silent Observer administrators cannot see the identity of who is calling or emailing tips.  When information results in an arrest or breaks up an illegal party, the code number can release the reward payout that can then be cashed anonymously.

The Silent Observer committee is made up of a number of non-profit organizations in the community.  They work in partnership with local law enforcement professionals.  The funds raised for the program, the software and the rewards are held in an account managed separately by the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber Foundation.  “New technology and community engagement are making a difference in the safety of Muskegon County”, said Schultz.

To find out more about the program or make a donation go to www.silentobservermuskegon.com

Acclaimed Folk Duo Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert to Perform at Muskegon Museum of Art

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Photo Credit: Molly Secours

Muskegon, MI – Acclaimed folk musicians Kieran Kane and Rayna Gellert will perform at the Muskegon Museum of Art’s Frey Foundation Auditorium on Saturday, April 27, at 7:00 pm.

Kieran Kane has been referred to as “the godfather of Americana music” for good reason. His seminal work in The O’Kanes and Kane Welch Kaplin, as well as co-founding the independent label Dead Reckoning Records, laid the foundation for the contemporary world of Americana music. A successful solo artist, collaborator, and songwriter (with songs recorded by Alan Jackson, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, and many more), Kieran is a musician’s musician: his playing is always understated, always groove-oriented, and always serving the song.

If Rayna Gellert seems a preternaturally gifted songwriter, it’s because she’s seen farther into the old songs than most. Growing up in a musical family, she turned to Appalachian old-time music at a young age, becoming a prodigious fiddler, and leading a new revival of American stringband music through her work with the acclaimed roots band Uncle Earl. An in-demand collaborator, she has toured and recorded with artists such as Scott Miller, Abigail Washburn, Toubab Krewe, and Robyn Hitchcock.

Kieran and Rayna met at San Francisco’s celebrated Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, which led to co-writing songs for Kieran’s recent album, Unguarded Moments (Dead Reckoning).They joined forces again for Rayna’s 2017 release, Workin’s Too Hard (StorySound Records). Their first duo album, The Ledges, was released in February on Dead Reckoning Records.

Fans of either artist will recognize musical kindred-spiritedness in their restrained and roots-oriented approach to both songs and arrangements.

Concert tickets are $25 at the door, $20 in advance and $15 for members of the museum. They may be purchased at the MMA Museum Store or by phone at 231-720-2580.  Doors open at 6:30. Beer and wine will be available at a cash bar prior to the concert and at intermission.

The Muskegon Museum of Art is located in downtown Muskegon at 296 W. Webster Ave., in downtown Muskegon, MI. Visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org for visitor information.

Made possible through generous support from Art Bridges

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MUSKEGON MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITIONS
Through March 10, 2019 | SONS: Seeing the African American Male
Through March 10, 2019 | Ad Man: Joseph Grey II
January 31 through May 12, 2019 | A+ for Educators: Illustrations by Patricia Polacco
February 14 through April 21, 2019 | In Pieces: The Art of Vintage Puzzles

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/11/19 – 03/18/19

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitmuskegon.org

Marketing Monday: Facebook Advertising
March 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, March 11 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for the workshop, “Facebook Advertising for Business!”  Learn the ins and outs of how to best use Facebook as a paid platform.  Discover all the opportunities for targeting users and gain valuable insight on first steps in the platform.  This training will touch on data issues, what to do moving forward, warn about ‘boosting’ posts and talk about the mass opportunity for leads, reach, and traffic from targeted audiences.  For more information call 616-331-6900.

Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy
March 11 & 18 @ 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 most Mondays through 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.

• March 11: Muskegon – Arsenal of Democracy presented by Professor Dan Yakes.
• March 18: Rosie the Riveter presented by Bob Hynes, Executive Director at the Yankee Air Museum.
• March 25: Patent Secrecy Act of 1940 presented by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
• April 1: The real topic is Combat Propulsion presented by L-3 Engineering Specialists.

Ardan Academy of Irish Dance
March 11 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, March 11 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a fabulous free performance by the Ardan Academy of Dance, a staple in Irish dance instruction which boasts several national and world qualifying dancers. For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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.

Adult Pottery Class, Make a Pet Dish
March 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday, March 11 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to Northside Clay & Canvas to make a dog or cat bowl!  Make the bowl March 11, and then glaze it March 18 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  Your bowl will be ready for pickup March 25.  For more information visit http://www.robinnidelcheffstudio.com/classes.html

True Crime in Michigan: Historic Presentation with Tobin T. Buhk
March 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 12 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the program “True Crime in Michigan!”  Are you fascinated with true crime stories?  You’ll hear details about the most notable crimes in our Great Lakes state!  Tobin T. Buhk, author of “Poisoning the Pecks of Grand Rapids,” will give a historic presentation on true crime in Michigan.  Mark your calendar for this riveting, free program, and get ready for an evening of intrigue and insight!  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 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.

M.A.R.S. Regional Competition: Destination Deep Space
March 14 – March 16
M.A.R.S (Muskegon Area Robotics Students) Rovers is a non-profit FIRST Robotics organization based in Muskegon. Their teams consists of students grades 4-12. Each season, they learn concepts of science, technology, engineering, and math, put their skills to use in constructing a robot designed to complete specific tasks, and compete with other robots around the state.
In partnership with L3 Technologies, the M.A.R.S. Rovers are pleased to be hosting a regional FRC competition for the first time ever in Muskegon! The competition will take place at Orchard View High School March 14-16.  With 40 teams already applied to attend, over 400 students, and over 2000 spectators, it’s sure to be an exciting event you won’t want to miss!  For more information call 231-286-4957.

Lakeshore Innovator of the Year Award Reception
March 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday, March 14 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Grand Valley State University’s Muskegon Innovation Hub as they launch a new award program that will recognize and celebrate the most innovative ideas on the lakeshore.  This new award will recognize the most outstanding innovative idea and can be given to an individual or a team of people from any business, nonprofit, organization or association in the Lakeshore area using innovation to improve their business or organization to better achieve their mission.  Join them as they honor the top 5 finalists and celebrate the announcement of the first Lakeshore Innovator of the Year!  Enjoy light refreshments and good company.  This event is free and open to the public.  RSVP by March 7 by calling 616-331-6900.

Comedy Open Mic Night
Thursdays @ 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.

St. Patrick’s Party
March 15 – March 16
The Michigan Irish Music Festival is excited to announce its annual St. Patrick’s Party March 15 and 16 at Bella Maria’s Ristorante & Event Center!  The party will feature live entertainment both nights.  West Michigan-native band CrossBow can be heard at Irish and Scottish music festivals across the Midwest. Apparent from the moment they hit the stage, these high-energy musicians naturally feed off of one another, creating a dynamic, wholly unique performance that shouldn’t be missed.

Other highlights of the event include performances by Brother Crowe, a Detroit-based duo that plays Indie folk music in a traditional Celtic style, and traditional Irish dance performances from the Ardan Academy of Dance. Additionally, the silent auction returns both nights with several new exciting formats and ways to bid on the variety of items.  Back by popular demand is McGovern’s Corned Beef and Irish fare, plus Irish soda bread and soft pretzels from the Village Baker. Pigeon Hill Brewing Company’s MI Irish Stout, Magner’s Irish Cider, Irish cream, Jameson Irish Whiskey and Budweiser products will also be served. Doors open at 5:30pm both nights with music starting at 6:00pm.  Tickets are available at the door for $8, and kids 12 and under get in for free!

The mission of the Michigan Irish Music Festival is to produce a quality Midwest Irish Music Festival that promotes Irish culture and heritage while enhancing the community through entertainment, tourism, education and philanthropy. The festival is proud to support Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry and Kids’ Food Basket with gifts of non-perishable food items and cash donations.  Since 2008, due to the success of the St. Pat’s Party and the Festival, the Michigan Irish Music Festival has donated over $266,000 in cash and 21,000 pounds of food back to the community.  The Michigan Irish Music Festival will return this fall, September 12-15, 2019, at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon.  The festival kicks off with a Pub Party on Thursday, September 12.  For more information call (231) 683-2065 or visit www.michiganirish.org.

Fish Fry Fridays
March 15 – April 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Every Friday during Lent, the Ravenna community invites you to join them at St. Catherine’s Hall for delicious fish fry dinners! All dinners are from 5:00pm – 7:30pm and the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5 – 12.  Kids 5 and under are free!  Your meal includes your choice of a baked potato or fries, green beans, cole slaw, pike perch, garlic bread and dessert.  Get an extra 2 filets for only $1.  Proceeds will benefit the organizations hosting each week including St. Catherine’s, the American Legion and the Ravenna Fire Department.  For more information call (231) 853-6743.

Friday Family Fun Night: Flashlight Night at the Museum
March 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, March 15 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the Friday family fun night, “Flashlight Night at the Museum!” See the museum in a different light by experiencing a guided tour of the museum’s lower level by flashlight!  Learn about prehistoric creatures, nocturnal animals, and phosphorescence. Before or after your tour, explore the museum’s main level and take part in a fun flashlight activity!  This event is open house style, but tours will be timed and on a first-come-first-served basis.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Games
March 15 & 16 @ 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 and Saturday, March 15 and 16 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for Lumberjacks’ home games as they take on the Des Moines Buccaneers!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Classic Broadway
March 15 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, March 15 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents “Classic Broadway!”  Two dynamic Broadway artists join your WMS for an extraordinary evening of classic songs from Broadway’s Golden Age and beyond.  With unforgettable melodies and lyrics by Porter, Gershwin, Berlin, Hamlisch, Lloyd Webber and more, these incredible vocal talents will make this a night to remember.
Single ticket prices are $28-$64.  Student tickets are $10.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information.
• Scott Speck, conductor
• Lisa Vroman, soprano
• Doug LaBrecque, tenor

Most Unruly St. Paddy’s Celebration Day 1: The Leprecons
March 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Friday, March 15, 2019 from 9:00pm – midnight, it’s a “Most Unruly St. Paddy’s Celebration” featuring live music from The Leprecons! The Leprecons are a wee little band that seriously has fun or funnily is serious about playing traditional Irish music.  Their trademark is having a rousingly good time with the audience who are encouraged to sing along as best they can and with all their might.  Singing the correct words is also encourage but not strictly enforced since they are, after all, Irish, Scottish, and English folk songs.  The group consists of J.D. Gonzales (vocals & guitar), Kirk Griffes (vocals, mandolin, whistle & bodhran), Derek Detman (background vocals, percussion & banjo), and Owen Sharpe (vocals & bass).  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

White Lake Business Expo
March 16 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, March 16 from 8:00am – 12:30pm, come to Whitehall High School for a first-hand look at the diverse products and services offered by White Lake Area businesses at the 7th Annual White Lake Community Business Expo! The Expo, presented by the White Lake Area Chamber, is free to the public and held in conjunction with the popular Montague-Whitehall Rotary Pancake Breakfast.

This is a high-energy and fun event with a DJ and over $3000 in prizes! Enjoy a pancake breakfast and stroll through over 50 exhibitors set up in the gymnasium.  Expect one-on-one interaction with local business owners and get to know all they have to offer!

• Gold Sponsor: Scheid Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc.
• Silver Sponsors: Boardwell Mechanical Services Inc. and Durga Insurance Group – Farm Bureau Insurance
• Bronze Sponsors: MasterTag, White Lake Assisted Living, White Lake Beacon, & Ina Ray – Caliber Home Loans, Inc.

For additional information, including sponsorship opportunities or to request an application, contact the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 231-893-4585, info@whitelake.org or visit www.whitelake.org.

Unruly St. Patrick’s Day Parade Pre-Party
March 16 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, March 16 from 8:30am – 11:00am, Unruly Brewing Co. is hosting an Unruly St. Patrick’s Day Parade Pre-Party! Whether you’re in the parade or attending the parade, you’re invited to hang out in the taproom to enjoy beer, coffee and snacks.  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

Run Muskegon’s 5th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5k
March 16 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Run Muskegon’s 5th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5k is happening Saturday, March 16 from 9:00am – 11:00am on the Lakeshore Trail behind Fricano Place!  Register for this fun and festive St. Patrick’s Day race to benefit Run Muskegon’s snow removal efforts that keep the trail clear during the winter months.

Get festive and wear green, a kilt or dress up like a leprechaun for a chance to win prizes!  The Shamrock Shuffle will be chip-timed courtesy of Runner’s Edge Timing with awards given to:

• Overall Top Male & Female Finishers
• 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age group (male and female)
• 1st, 2nd and 3rd for the best costume

All ages are welcome for this family friendly event.  Packet pick-up will be Friday, March 15 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm and March 16 from 8:00am – 8:55am at Fricano Place.  The cost is $20 without a t-shirt or $25 with a t-shirt.  You must register by March 6 to get the shirt.  After that, they’ll be available for purchase $5 at the race in very limited quantities.  The Family Rate (3 or 4 people at same address) is $15 each without a t-shirt or $20 each with a Short Sleeve Tech T-shirt.

For more information, e-mail runmuskegon@gmail.com.

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 www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

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 www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com

Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast
March 16 @ 10:00 am
Saturday, March 16 at 10:00am, come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for a breakfast of Green Eggs & Ham!  The ladies are celebrating Reading Month and Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a delicious breakfast including free Dr. Seuss books and a visit from one of his marvelous characters!  The requested donation is $15 for 1 adult + 1 child.  Add $5 for each additional person in the family.  Call Nancy Bierenga to make your reservation at 231-730-0887 or e-mail nancy@housesbynancy.com.

All Things Green and Lucky Hike
March 16 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Saturday, March 16 from 10:30am – 11:30am, bring the kids to the Gillette Nature Center at Hoffmaster State Park for the “All Things Green and Lucky Hike!” Look for signs of spring, learn about residents of the Hoffmaster woodland and see if you can spy the leprechaun!  This hike is for children and their families.  It is about 1 mile total walking distance and is appropriate for young children. There is a special surprise waiting at the end of the trail. For more information call (231) 798-3573.

Muskegon’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 16 @ 11:00 am
Saturday, March 16, the Annual Muskegon’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is stepping off at 11:00am from 4th St. and Clay Ave. and marching east along Clay to Jefferson St.  Families, organizations, fraternal groups, businesses, marching bands, churches and schools are invited to join in the fun and march in this exciting event! Sponsor your “clan” and walk the parade route or design a float and ride through downtown Muskegon along “O’Clay Street!”  The only cost to march in the parade or sponsor a float is a non-perishable food donation.  The Greater Muskegon Jaycees “Cart Corps” will perform along the parade route, accepting food donations from the parade crowd and entertaining the assembled masses with their synchronized grocery cart maneuvers!  If your family, organization or group wants to march in the inaugural Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade, please contact the Greater Muskegon Jaycees at parade@muskegonjaycees.org for a complete registration packet.  For more information, call 231-412-0705.

St. Patrick’s Weekend at Hennessey’s
March 16 @ 12:00 pm – March 17 @ 12:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17 from noon until midnight, come to Hennessey’s Irish Pub and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy Irish fare and beers as well as a great music line up.  For more information call (231) 728-3333.
• 12:00pm – 3:00pm Gypsy Circus
• 4:30pm – 7:30pm Colton Snuffer
• 9:30pm – 12:30am The Conklin Ceili Band

Delicious Demise
March 16 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
From October – May, Amanda’s Bequest, a heritage farm-stay bed & breakfast, and Bygone Basics, a heritage farm to fork cooking school and bakery, offer special “Murder Mystery” events! Participants learn about cultural food differences and experience dishes that are authentic to the country or place the theme is based on.  You get food discovery, dinner, and “DEMISE!”

This is so much fun!  You will be emailed more detailed information about the event prior to arrival, including your role assignment and costume suggestions. The activities last from 5:00pm – 8:00pm on Saturdays, with dinner served in courses.  These are themed murder mysteries based on the season, month and number of guests.  All are different, so keep coming back for the next one!  A minimum of 6 people are required.  Murder mystery dinners are adult themed and not suitable for those under 17 years of age.  (Not fully suitable for special diets.  Some foods are naturally gluten free or vegetarian and these are present, but no separate dishes can be prepared.) For more information, please call (231) 740-4065 or e-mail ICan@bygonebasics.com.  You can request no role, or small role if you are a little shy. Conversely, do request a big role if you are excited about doing this!

They reserve the right to change the posted theme to adjust to group sizes.  Please call or e-mail to register or visit the website below.  The cost is $45 or $35 if you’re staying at Amanda’s Bequest Bed & Breakfast.

Most Unruly St. Paddy’s Celebration: Day 2
March 16 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, March 16 from 8:00pm – 11:00pm, come to Unruly Brewing Co. for their Most Unruly St. Paddy’s Celebration Day 2! Enjoy downtown Muskegon’s awesome St. Patrick’s Day Parade, then spend the evening enjoying awesome Irish entertainment!  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

Beer Releases:
• Fat Guy Little Kilt– Scotch Ale
• Wailing Banshee – Irish Red Ale with Ginger
• Tirim – Dry Irish Stout

Entertainment:
• 11:30am – 12:30pm Muskegon Police Pipes and Drums
• 12:30pm – 1:00pm Irish DJ
• 1:00pm – 1:30pm Irish Costume Contest
• 2:00pm – 2:30pm Mona Shores Fiddlers (First Set)
• 2:30pm – 3:00pm Irish DJ
• 3:00pm – 3:30pm Mona Shores Fiddlers (Second Set)
• 3:30pm – 5:00pm Irish DJ
• 5:00pm – 6:00pm Ardan Academy of Dance (Irish Dancers)
• 5:30pm – 8:30pm Irish DJ
• 8:30pm The Barley Saints: The Barley Saints are a five-piece Celtic rock band from the Muskegon/Grand Rapids area of West Michigan. They specialize in a mix of Irish pub tunes, up-tempo Irish folk songs, and fast-paced traditional dance tunes, supported by driving rock beats.

Most Unruly St. Paddy’s Celebration: Day 3
March 17 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 17 from 11:00am – 9:00pm, you’re invited to Unruly Brewing Co. to a Most Unruly St. Paddy’s Celebration: Day 3!  Just in case you didn’t have enough fun on Days 1 & 2, or if you just need a little “hair of the dog,” come celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with Unruly.  They will have more of the Ardan Academy of Dance (Irish Dancers) performing two sets, one at 2:00pm and another at 4:00pm.  Enjoy Irish beers, music, dancers and more!  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

Free Latin Dance Party
March 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Every other Sunday, March 3 – May 13 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Unruly Brewing Co. in downtown Muskegon for bi-monthly, free Latin Dance Classes offered by the Facebook group MADLOS!  They will cover simple steps, turns and spins that are easy to learn and fun to do.  No partner or experience are needed to participate.  The lesson is from 5:00pm – 6:00pm with music continuing until 7:00pm so you can practice what you’ve learned or show off what you know.  If you don’t need a lesson and just want to dance, join them at 6:00pm.  There is no cost for the lesson, but they are accepting donations that will go to support the Child Abuse Counsel of Muskegon County.  MADLOS offers different dance styles, including Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia, and more.  Keep an eye on their Facebook page to see what they’re up to next.
Instructor:  Florencia Manon Colella from Argentina

Community: Honoring Our Fallen Police K9s of 2018

In 2018, 27 K9 Officers gave their lives in the line of duty from across the country.  We wanted to create a ‘walking’ tribute to honor these fallen K9 heroes.  We also want to take advantage of this opportunity to protect as many of our K9 Officers as resources will allow.  Proceeds from your t-shirt memorial purchases will be used to outfit as many of our four-legged warriors as possible.

The T-shirt design contains the NAME of all 27 K9s lost in the line of duty during 2018.

Blue Alert Foundation serves to honor ALL our fallen heroes and those who continue to serve to keep our communities safe.  This is Blue Alert’s 5th year honoring fallen K9s with a tribute t-shirt and have vested numerous of our four-legged heroes as the result of your generosity. Please consider helping us again this year!

Ordering Link:
https://relentlessdefender.com/shop/2018-k9-heroes/

Justin Pelham Joins Muskegon Chamber Staff

Muskegon, MI – The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce announces the addition of Justin Pelham to the chamber staff.  Pelham joins the chamber as the Communications Specialist. His responsibilities will include managing e-communications, chamber brand publications, and media relations.  “We are excited to have Justin on the team as he brings new skills in technology that will help expand the capabilities of the chamber”, says Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce.

Pelham, a disabled veteran and recent graduate from Grand Valley State University, has experience in many forms of multimedia communications.  He will work directly with business owners and managers when they are trying to promote their products and services through the chamber website and social media.  “I look forward to working with local businesses and hope my skills will bring value to the chamber and to the community”, says Pelham.  Justin can be contacted at jpelham@muskegon.org.

38% Increase in Airline Passenger Activity in December 2018

The number of passengers choosing Muskegon County Airport (MKG) for air travel continues to climb with the total number of passengers flying United Airlines increasing thirty-eight percent (38%) for December 2018 (3,065) compared to December 2017 (2,216). This significant increase is attributed primarily to the new travel-friendly schedule which commenced in October.

The improved flight schedule allows customers to depart MKG early in the morning and early afternoon to make connections through Chicago and return to MKG in the early afternoon and late evening to maximize return flight options. The late evening arrival allows maximum opportunities for return flights from most domestic and international locations such as the West Coast, Mexico, Jamaica and Europe. More connections help provide lower prices.

Fly locally with a short commute to/from the airport, parking just steps from the terminal, check-in and security lines guaranteed to be no more than 50 passengers per flight, and get your bags quickly at the end of your flight to get home faster. Why would you not fly from MKG?

“We are extremely pleased to see more travelers choosing to fly locally on United,” said Jeffrey Tripp, Muskegon County Airport Manager. “The various schedule changes are providing the West Michigan Lakeshore region with the travel friendly schedule our customers have been asking for. Whether flying for business or pleasure, it pays to always Check MKG First at UNITED.COM.”

Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Senior Volunteers

The Ottawa County Sheriff Office is seeking applicants for the Senior Volunteer Program. Senior volunteers provide important services for Ottawa County:

• conducting home security checks
• enforcing handicapped parking rules
• processing abandoned vehicles
• transferring police vehicles for maintenance
• community events and parades
• and other needed services.

Last year, the volunteers logged 3690 hours of service in Ottawa County.

Senior volunteers should be age 50 or older, must possess a valid driver’s license and pass a criminal background check. Those interested in the Senior Volunteer Program should contact Captain Bob Tease at 616-738-4010 or rtease@miottawa.org.

Letter to the Editor: A Lost America

Dear Editor:

America lost its love for God and lost its soul.

We forgot “the first and great commandment,” “Thou shalt love thy God with all thy heart, soul, and mind.” And the second, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Jesus said, “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

We forgot, forgive or you won’t be forgiven.  And of course, “Love your enemy.’

Now half of America is so full of unrighteousness, and blinded by the Devil, that they fight for the right to murder unborn babies.

They have forgotten that there is nothing more precious than a new born baby!  Even children want to hold them!

They have forgotten that our Righteous God turned Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes because of the exceedingly wicked sin of homosexual acts by their men.  Now our women have joined in that sin!  America may tolerate all of that, BUT GOD WON’T!  And He has the power to destroy all of America.

Those who reject God, and Jesus sacrifice on the cross, will face eternal damnation in Hell and the Lake of Fire.  Repent, or face judgment.

Manuel Ybarra, Jr.
Coalgate, OK
Ph.#  580-428-3242

January 22 Marked 46 Years of Abortion, 59 Million Lives Lost

Grand Rapids, Mich. -– Tuesday, January 22 marked the 46th year of legalized abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. The decisions allow abortion through all nine months of pregnancy for any reason.

In the past 46 years, legalized abortion has ended the lives of an estimated 59 million children in the womb.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “This is an unthinkable number of deaths that continues to grow each year. We must stand firm in our opposition to this tragedy.”

Prolife people mourn the loss of life, but remain optimistic about the future. Last year saw several significant prolife victories.

President Donald Trump made another Supreme Court nomination after Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement. Justice Brett Kavanaugh is potentially the fifth vote on the Court needed to overturn or significantly weaken Roe v. Wade.

In May 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of prolife pregnancy centers in the case NIFLA v. Becerra , protecting their right to free speech.

The Centers for Disease Control released their annual report on the number of abortions in the U.S., showing the lowest recorded number of abortions since 1973. Abortions in the U.S. decreased 24 percent since 2006 and have been declining since 1990.

Listing said, “Now is a time to be encouraged by all the prolife movement has accomplished and to renew our determination to see an end to the millions of deaths brought about by abortion.”

On January 18, 2019, hundreds of thousands of prolife individuals traveled to the nation’s capital to show their support for the lives of unborn child in the annual March for Life. Right to Life of Michigan affiliates took 18 buses with more than 900 people to the March for Life, and hosted many local events to mark the 46th memorial of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.

Background information:
Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton
Abortions Since Roe
NIFLA v. Becerra
CDC Abortion Report

Ask Dr. Universe – Clouds

Dr. Universe: What do clouds do? – Desi, 9, Maryland

Dear Desi,

If you’re anything like me, you like to watch the clouds go by in the sky. Even though some clouds might look like they are just floating around up there, they can do quite a lot for our planet.

The first thing to know about clouds is they are made up of tiny water droplets, ice crystals, or a mix of both—and there are many different kinds of clouds.

There are white and puffy cumulus clouds, thin and wispy cirrus clouds, and tall nimbostratus clouds that stretch high up in to the sky. Believe it or not, when you walk through fog, you are walking through a kind of cloud that’s touching the ground.
I learned about clouds from my friend Von P. Walden, an atmospheric researcher at Washington State University.

One thing clouds can do is move, Walden said. Some clouds move slow, while others— like the clouds of a spinning hurricane—can move about 100 mph. As clouds move, they transport water around our planet.

The clouds above North America are usually moving from the west to the east, Walden said. A lot of the water that makes up clouds comes from the Pacific Ocean.

As the water on the surface of the ocean warms up, tiny water molecules rise into the atmosphere to help form clouds. When the water particles that make up clouds get heavy enough, they will sometimes fall down to earth in the form of rain or snow. When that water falls, we can use it for various things.

We might use it to water plants for food. We can also use water to generate energy from dams for our homes and schools. We sometimes drink it or swim in it. Clouds can also cool us by reflecting sunlight back to space.

It had been raining the morning I went to visit Walden, but the sun was finally starting to shine. He noticed a small rainbow out the window.

We see rainbows when light moves through water droplets and the rays of light scatter around. It’s pretty rare, but sometimes we can spot a phenomenon called a rainbow cloud. These clouds occur very high in the atmosphere. Instead of being white or gray, the cloud is all the colors of the rainbow, or iridescent.

If you ever have a chance to visit the Palouse in Washington state, we have some great clouds. But really, you can watch clouds from anywhere on our planet.

What clouds do you see in your neighborhood? Can you draw their shapes? While investigating your question, I also learned that nephelococcygia is the act of seeking and finding shapes in the clouds. You can keep track of your observations with a pen and paper. Do you notice any patterns about the clouds? How fast do they move? Keep your eye to the sky and share what you discover at Dr.Universe@wsu.edu.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Sheriff’s Office Seeking Victim Advocate Volunteers

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Victim Advocate Unit is seeking volunteers to join their team.

The Victim Advocate Unit assists law enforcement officers in Ottawa County during traumatic incidents such as fatal traffic crashes and some death investigations. Victim Advocates act as liaisons between family members and law enforcement during initial scene investigation. They also provide emotional support to the families of victims and remain with the  family until their own support system arrives.

Advocates receive training from the Michigan Sheriff’s Association and from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. The Advocates work their shift with a partners covering 24 hours of service.

If you are interested in learning more about the volunteer Victim Advocate Unit, please contact Sergeant Christie Wendt at cwendt@miottawa.org.

Muskegon’s Parties in the Park Gears up for Big Changes in 2019

pitpNow entering the 35th season of bringing quality, affordable, family entertainment to downtown Muskegon on Friday nights in the summer, Parties in the Park is unveiling some big changes for the 2019 season. Guests can look forward to a new variety of musical entertainment, new non-profit partners, and additional party enhancements!

“We have a very energized and community driven board of directors that’s looking to expand on the success of the past few years and partner with local non-profits and area businesses to bring new offerings to parties in the park goers this upcoming season,” says Chanda Cregg, Parties in the Park President.

One of the biggest changes coming is in the entertainment offerings. Historically, the non-profit partners selected their band/entertainment from a pre-approved list of local applicants. This process doesn’t allow for ample lead time when booking more regional acts that schedule further out. This year, the Parties in the Park Board is already making offers to bands that will bring additional top notch entertainment to the 2019 lineup.

The Parties in the Park Board is also actively recruiting new non-profit partners. Each year, non-profits apply to host one of six available Parties in the Park Fridays. Non-profit partners have the opportunity to gain a great deal of exposure, engage and activate volunteers and supporters and most importantly financially reap the benefits of hosting a party in the park! An open house was held last month in which 30 non-profits gathered to learn more about partnering for the 2019 season. The application process is improved from last year featuring an online application, earlier party selection date and a board position dedicated to assisting non-profits make the most of their party experience.

“With a wider variety of musical entertainment and new non-profits joining some of our past partners , we’re very excited about the opportunity to grow and expand our footprint in West Michigan this upcoming season,” adds Cregg. “We’re continuing to expand children’s activities, craft beverage offerings, and opportunities for teenagers so that all generations continue to enjoy Parties in the Park.”

Other changes for the 35th season include new sponsorship opportunities, more ways for the community to get engaged with parties in the park, increased marketing and promotions, park layout enhancements and more.

To learn more about Parties in the Park, apply to be a non-profit partner or inquire about sponsorship, visit www.partiesinthepark.com.

The Mission of Parties in the Park is to create a sense of community and appreciation for Muskegon’s Downtown through a family-oriented social event. Sponsored by a variety of Muskegon County not-for-profit groups, the proceeds from the Parties either make physical enhancements or quality of life improvements for the whole community.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson Names Additional Members of Leadership Team

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson today announced several additional members of her team, who will help achieve her goals at the Department of State for the people of Michigan.

Notable among the appointees are Heaster Wheeler, former assistant county executive for Wayne County and executive director of the Detroit branch of the NAACP, to serve as assistant secretary of state; Jonathan Brater, former democracy counsel with New York University’s Brennan Center, to help advise the department’s work to modernize elections; and Winnie Liao, a national technology leader and renowned innovator, to serve as chief operations officer for the department.

“These exceptionally talented individuals bring a wealth of leadership experience to my administration and personal commitments to success,” Benson said. “The staff at the department has been very welcoming and are ready to work together with additional team members to achieve our ambitious goals on behalf of the citizens of Michigan.”

Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 03/11/19

AGENDA
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL
5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415

MARCH 11, 2019

6:30 P.M. WORK SESSION
7:00P.M. BOARDMEETING

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 2/25/19
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence /  reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
A. Business Registration review and discussion
B. Planning Commission fee schedule revision
C. Annexation for City of Muskegon development
D. Second reading: Zone Text Amendment Ordinance for Solar Energy Regulation

08. New Business
A. 2019 / 2020 Budget review
B. Review of Marihuana Establishments Ordinance
C. Approval for Local Road Brine Program
D. Old Fashioned Days Agreement
E. Frontier Communications Metro Act Right of Way Permit Extension
F. ACD (KEPS Technologies) Metro Act Right of Way Permit Extension

09. Approval of Bills
10. Reports
11. Public Comments
12. Adjournment

The Township will provide necessary reasonable aids and services for this meeting to individuals with disabilities by writing or telephoning the following Township Clerk: Andrea Anderson, Fruitport Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415 (231) 865-3151

Fruitport Calvary Christian Students on Robotic Team that Wins Robot Design Award

studentsCalvary Christian Schools of Fruitport  M.A.R.S. (Muskegon Area Robotic Students) Mini Rovers team members competed in the First Lego League Regional Competition in Grand Rapids December 1st.  Along with completing missions with the lego built robot contest, the team had to come up with a problem and solution related to long duration pace exploration. The team chose, “Slow Communication in Space Causing Social Issued for Astronauts .”  Coach Amy Richards stated “It was a wonderful experience for the whole team”. The team won the Trophy for “Mechanical Robot Design Award.” (See picture) Congratulations to the CCS Robotic Team members!

Fruitport Board of Education Special Board Meeting Minutes – 03/01/19

Fruitport Board of Education
Special Board Meeting
March 1, 2019
Board Room

I. The Special Meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 7:01 a.m. by Board President, Dave Hazekamp.

II. ROLL CALL: Present – Jill Brott, Elroy Buckner, Tim Burgess , Kris Cole, Susan Franklin, and Dave Hazekamp. Absent – Steve Kelly.

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 19-033. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Burgess to approve the agenda as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 4-0

Kris Cole and Jill Brott entered the meeting at 7:04 a.m.

IV. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Approval of Special Meeting Minutes of February 25, 2019.
Item 19-034. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Burgess to approve the Special Meeting Minutes of February 25, 2019 as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

2. Submission of Security Grant.
Item 19-035. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Burgess to approve the recommendation to submit the Michigan State Police Competitive School Safety Grant as presented with the understanding that Fruitport Community Schools would match 25% of the grant amount ($500,000), which would be about $166,000 coming from bond proceeds for security upgrades to district buildings.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

V. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VI. OTHER
Discussion was held regarding the potential for a tribal casino, and where it may be located.

VII. ADJOURNMENT
Item 19-036. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

The meeting adjourned at 7:28 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Maribeth Clarke, Recording Secretary

Continued Growth Along the Lakeshore

from the Watch Muskegon Market Report

Work

l3logoL3 Technologies Combat Propulsion Systems (CPS) is preparing to double its production of engines and transmissions, which means more jobs and investments in its

building

Photo Credit: L3 Technologies Combat Propulsion Systems (CPS)

facility, said CPS President Maria Hedden during a recent facility tour with MLive/Muskegon Chronicle.

“What we do matters to the safety of our nation,” Hedden said. “We power freedom.”

Continue Reading – MLive

Live

homeIn 1978, a group of parents, concerned about the future of their children diagnosed with a developmental disability, came together to seek a solution.

Since then, MOKA has built dozens of homes and currently supports over 800 children and adults with intellectual and developmental ribboncutdisabilities, including autism. The mission of MOKA continues to expand, as they offer community jobs through supported employment, living supports, skill building programs, behavior analysis treatment options, and more.

The organization employs approximately 550 employees in roles such as Residential Support Staff, Skill Building Mentors and Youth Autism Specialists.

Learn More – MOKA

hgsbannerPlay

lugeGet outdoors! The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex features two acres of outdoor ice rink, a 1/4 mile ice skating trail, a luge track (one of only four in the United States!) and endless cross country skiing or snowshoe trails.

People were invited to join Watch Muskegon in enjoying the great coldtreesoutdoors on February 12 anytime from 4pm to 10pm. Those who pre-ordered activity passes received a special rate, and a portion of the proceeds went back to the campaign.

Village of Fruitport Budget Meeting Minutes – 02/18/19

VILLAGE OF FRUITPORT
BUDGET MEETING
February 18th, 2019

1. Call to Order
President Roger Vanderstelt called the meeting to order at 6:00pm

2. Pledge

3. Prayer

4. Roll call
Present: Roger Vanderstelt, Donna Pope, Jay Bolt, Jeff Guiles, Carl Rothenberger and Bill Overkamp
Also present: Jeremy Statler DPW Supervisor

5. Approve the agenda for the February 18th budget meeting
Motion made by Bill to approve the February 18th agenda, supported by Donna. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

6. Public Comment
None

7. 2019-2020 Budget Discussion
A budget items discussion list was reviewed by the council. The proposed new kayak launch was discussed in detail. Carl made a motion to accept concept #3 of the kayak launch quotes with the Village contribution of $75,000.00 over a 2 year period, supported by Bill.
AYES: Donna, Carl, Bill, Jay, Jeff and Roger.
NAYES: None.
A quote for a Storm Drain at Beech and 5th was discussed and the council requested that 2 more quotes be obtained before deciding.

Bill agreed to check on the item regarding flowers in front of the Pharmacy.

Roger gave a suggestion on the possible dredging from the Boat Launch to the Fishing Pier. He will check into and report back to council at the next budget meeting. Chip and Seal of 6th Ave from Pontaluna to Park was discussed. Jeremy agreed to check on the road rating.

A quote for a new marquee and possible reuse of the old marquee to be used as the new Pomona Park sign was discussed. Multiple items are under review by the council and will be discussed at the next budget meeting.

8. Public Comment
None

9. Adjourn
Motion made by Roger to adjourn at 6:55pm, supported by Jeff. With a unanimous vote the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted by, Ann LaCroix Clerk

Fruitport Board of Education Special Board Meeting Minutes – 02/25/19

Fruitport Board of Education
Special Board Meeting
February 25, 2019
Board Room

I. The Special Meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Board President, Dave Hazekamp.

II. ROLL CALL: Present – Jill Brott, Elroy Buckner, Tim Burgess , Kris Cole, Susan Franklin, Dave Hazekamp, and Steve Kelly.

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 19-027. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Brott to approve the agenda with the addition of “Discussion Regarding Arvey vs. Fielstra Case” under VI-Other.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

IV. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes.
Item 19-028. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Franklin to approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of February 18, 2019.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

2. Updated Teacher Observation Deadline.
Item 19-029. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Brott to move the teacher observation deadline from March 8th to March 13th.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

3. Overnight Trip Request.
Item 19-030. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Cole to approve the Senior Secret Getaway, May 29-30, 2019 as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

4. Technology Bid.
Item 19-031. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Burgess to accept the bid from MOSS for $247,387.47 for the Audio/Video Tech project as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

V. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VI. OTHER
Discussion was held regarding the facilitated mediation process.

VII. ADJOURNMENT
Item 19-032. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

The meeting adjourned at 6:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Steve Kelly, Board Secretary

FCS – Special Board Meeting Agenda – 03/01/19

Fruitport Community Schools
SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
Friday, March 1, 2019 – 7:00 a.m.
Board of Education Meeting Room

AGENDA

I. CALL to ORDER

II. ROLL CALL

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

IV. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Special Meeting Minutes of February 25, 2019 (attachment IV-1)
2. Submission of the Security Grant (attachment IV-2)
3. Casino Update

V. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

VI. OTHER

VII. ADJOURNMENT

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*Time is provided for members of the audience to address the Board of Education regarding any topic including items on the agenda. The board is providing one opportunity for the public to comment during the meeting. Members of the audience may wish to bring issues to the Board of Education for board consideration. Time limits may be placed if a large number of individuals would like to address the board.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/04/19 – 03/11/19

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitmuskegon.org

Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy
March 4 @ 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.

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
March 4 @ 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.

Black History Month: Inspirational Choir & Poetry by Gemini daPoet
March 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 5 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as they close out Black History Month with a performance from the Christ Temple Inspiration Gospel Choir and a poetry reading by Gemini daPoet!   Doll Cook directs this rousing performance that will get every heart singing.  This program is free to the public, and is brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and our supporters.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

White Lake Classical Series: 4-Hand Jazz Piano
March 5 @ 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00pm, celebrate Mardis Gras at the Book Nook & Java Shop with the White Lake Classical Series featuring the Uecker-Thielman Duo performing Dixieland on the 4-hand piano! The cover charge is $5.  Come early for dinner at 6:15pm to enjoy Chicken Creole and all the Cajun fixin’s for only $13.  For more information or to RSVP, call 231-894-5333.

Comedy Night with Hen Sapp
March 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 7 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for Comedy Night with Hen Sapp! Wholesome laughter is like medicine for the heart, and Hen Sapp has been dubbed “The Doctor of Comedy.”  Bring the kids to this clean comedy show for a great, free night out!  For more information call 231-720-2570.

LUNAFEST
March 7 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, March 7 from 5:30pm – 9:00pm, come to The Block for LUNAFEST!  This is a ladies’ night out event to benefit Girls on the Run’s life-skills programming in Muskegon County!  Happy Hour will begin at 5:30pm, with the film screening starting at 6:15pm.  LUNAFEST is a festival of short films by, for, and about women.  This evening will celebrate women’s stories from around the world, tackling issues that women and girls are facing today.  Tickets are $18 for Early Bird admission.  General Admission is $22.  Admission includes heavy appetizers and a cash bar.  For more information call 616-204-4267.

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 www.msports.org.

Girls Night Out: Caramels and Cocktails with Chef Char
March 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, March 7 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Girls Night Out: Caramels and Cocktails with Chef Char!” Gather your best girlfriends over 21 and get in this class!  Chef Char has an awesome recipe for making caramel pecan turtle candies.  You will make big batches of the caramel and coat the candies with quality dark and milk chocolate.  Sip on a caramel-flavored cocktail while you work and wait for your candy to set.  You must be 21 and provide valid ID.  The cost is $55.  To register or for more information, call 231-769-2202 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

Comedy Open Mic Night
Thursdays @ 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.

Breaking Bad’s Steven Michael Quezada
March 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Thursday, March 7 from 8:00pm – 9:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Breaking Bad’s Steven Michael Quezada!
Steven Michael Quezada – Steven starred on the Emmy Award winning series “Breaking Bad” as DEA agent Gomez. Steven has won an Emmy for ‘outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series’ for his role in Breaking Bad!  Audiences will also recognize him from the movies “Wildfire”, “Crash”, “In Plain Sight”, and “Beerfest!”  Steven is not just an actor, he is a major touring comedian and has appeared on HBO and Showtime for his comedy specials.  He has opened for SNL and has performed on the new ‘Arsenio Hall show.’  Other recent credits include: The Mindy Project, Documentary Now!, The Night Before, and Girlfriend’s Day on Netflix.
Purchase tickets ahead of time at www.shermanbowlingcenter.com/back-alley-comedy-club or at the door for only $15.  For more information, call (616) 570-8765.

Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show
March 8 – March 9
The popular Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY show is returning to Fricano’s Event Center March 8 and 9! The 2019 show will feature over 50 exhibitors including everything from windows, siding, gutters, and painting to home décor, furniture, landscaping and much more! Back by popular demand, the Do It Yourself seminars will highlight floral design, furniture refurbishing, backsplash tiling, gardening and more!
In addition to exhibitors and seminars, the home show will provide fun kids’ activities, thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes and discounted Fricano’s Pizza with purchase of a $5 home show admission ticket. Kids 12 and under are free!  For sponsorships or additional information about the show, contact Kristin Knop at 231-724-3182 or KKnop@muskegon.org.

The Alley Door Club
March 8 @ 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:
• 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.

Guinness Engraving
March 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, March 8 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Hennessy’s Pub for Guinness Engraving! Guinness will be doing glass engraving so you can get ready for St. Patrick’s Day in style.  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

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 www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

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 the website below.

Spring Thaw Open House
March 9 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 9 from 9:00am – 5:00pm, come to Torresen Marine’s 39th Annual Spring Thaw Open House!  Visit with product representatives, enjoy refreshments, take advantage of great pricing, see new products, attend free seminars and speak with experts from both educational and governmental organizations doing marine research and making great strides in understanding and utilizing our lakes.
Register for the Grand Prize drawing to win a B & G Triton2 SDW (Wireless Wind) Pack!  Tickets to register to win will be handed out by attending seminars, participating in activities, taking photo booth pictures and tagging on social media and qualified purchases.  Entry is free!  For more information call (231) 759-8596.

Seminar Room Schedule:
• 10:00am – Seminar:  A Great American Voyage – Cruising 6,700 miles by Bob & Phyllis Jerstadt
• 11:30am – Activity:  Do You Know Your Sailboat?
• 1:00pm – Seminar:  Performance Recuts For Cruisers – How & Why by Reed Cleckler of Quantum Sails
• 2:30pm – Activity:  Do You Know Your Sailboat?
• 3:30pm – Activity:  Bowline Knot Competition

Who & What to Expect:
• America’s Boating Club – Don Matthews
• Annis Water Resources Institute GVSU – Tom Jackson & Jasmine Mancuso
• Bluffton Bay Sails – Jim Frisinger, Show Special: 10% off new sails March 9 – 19, 2019
• Clipper Cup Race 2019 – Robert Young, Tim Wallace & Gary Marchido
• Elite Custom Canvas – Josiah Luker, Show Special: 15% off all canvas repairs, maintenance (wash and waterproof) and all in house work not requiring travel
• Interlux Yacht Finishes – Bob Harris, Show Special: $5 per can mail in rebate on VC-17 extra
• Mack Boring – David Winskowicz, Introducing the new ePropulsion electric outboard
• Midwest Industrial Coating – Tim Walenga, Show Special: 15% off all AwlGrip orders placed day of open house
• Muskegon Yacht Club
• NOAA – Dennis Donahue
• Quantum Sails – Reed Cleckler, Show Special: Free Sail Evaluation, includes free pickup and delivery
• Raymarine – Jeff Marquard, Show Special: 5% off in stock and special orders placed day of open house
• S.S. Milwaukee Clipper Preservation, Inc. – Mary Louise Plant

The Ride
March 9 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, March 9 from 9:00am – 2:00pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for the 15th year of The Ride!  One of Mercy Health’s biggest events, The Ride is a unique indoor stationary bicycle race with 60 teams raising awareness of heart health through healthy physical activity.  Proceeds of this event will support Heart & Vascular Services at Mercy Health and Mercy Heart Center scholarships for cardiac rehab.  For more information call 231-672-6976 or visit https://www.mercyhealth.com/donate/the-office-of-philanthropy/events/the-ride

Puzzles Super Saturday
March 9 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
March 9 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, bring the kids to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Puzzles Super Saturday! This free family fun day will feature puzzles galore as you explore “In Pieces: The Art of Vintage Puzzles!”  For more information call 231-720-2570 or visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.
• 11:00am & 1:00pm – Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm – Guided Look: Explore the galleries with an MMA Docent.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm Make & Take your own puzzle in their classroom

Kids Cooking – Mighty Mac & Cheese with Chef Char
March 9 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, March 9 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Kids Cooking – Mighty Mac & Cheese with Chef Char!” Forget the powdered cheese mixes from a box and learn how to make a variety of delicious, creamy roux-based cheese sauces to pour over an assortment of noodles.  You will add extra garnish for three healthy ways to serve the noodles and cheese as a complete meal.  The kids will make traditional mac’ n cheese, deluxe triple cheese and a chili mac’ n cheese.  There’ll be plenty for tasting in class and to take home.  This is for children 7 and up.  The cost is $40.  To register or for more information, call 231-769-2202 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

Calling All Superheroes!
March 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Saturday, March 9 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, come to the Watermark 920 for a superheroes party for kids! The cost is $10 per person and includes lunch, crafts, a mini-superhero photo session, and more!  Costumes are highly encouraged!  This event is recommended for ages 4 and up.  Kids 2 and under are free. Tickets will be limited so don’t delay!  For questions, please contact Laurel at laurel@watermarkcenter.com.  For tickets, visit https://m.bpt.me/event/4095295 or The Coffee Factory (1402 Hudson St.).

Rebel Road Winter Burnout
March 9 @ 6:00 pm
Saturday, March 9 beginning at 6:00pm, come to the CIO Union Headquarters in downtown Muskegon for the Rebel Road Winter Burnout featuring live music from Coldville and Pop Fiction until midnight! The cost is only $5 per person and benefits the Child Abuse Council.  You must be 21 or older to attend.  For more information call (231) 327-5290.

Remix: Old Tunes, New Grooves
March 9 @ 7:30 pm
March 9 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the Shoreline Symphony Community Orchestra presents “Remix:  Old Tunes, New Grooves!”  Music that is hundreds of years old is made new again in modern versions.  The Shoreline Symphony plays masterworks back to back with contemporary arrangements of the same pieces.  A fresh interpretation of beloved classics brings them outside the box and into the 21st century.  Tickets are $10 and $2.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Black Man Film Screening
March 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
March 10 from 3:00pm – 4:30pm, the Muskegon Museum of Art will show the documentary film “Black Man” on the closing day of the exhibition SONS: Seeing the African American Male. Museum admission and film admission will be free that Sunday.
“Black Man,” a feature length documentary produced by Jon Covington in partnership with the Muskegon Museum of Art, tells the stories of the men behind the exhibition SONS: Seeing the African American Male. The film is a kaleidoscope of raw, riveting, and candid conversations with black men about their lives, their loves, their losses and their America.  Close to three dozen men share their perspectives of the everyday black man in ways we’ve not seen on film.  Muskegon is the backdrop for Black Man, but the stories are Any Town, USA.  For more information call 231-720-2570 or visit https://muskegonartmuseum.org/event/black-man-film-screening/

The Swan Series
March 10 @ 4:00 pm
The White Lake Music Society will present four dynamic lectures entitled “The Swan Series!” Join host Robert Swan as he shares many of his insights, experiences, and expertise gleaned from 36 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. Each lecture will be held at the United Methodist Church at 4:00pm. The suggested donation is $7 at the door.

• March 10 – Wagner’s Tristan Undisolde

Ending the current Swan Series, Bob will discuss the Prelude and Liebestod from Wagner’s great opera “Tristan und Isolde” and how it is an incredible offering to music, beauty, and love. Looking closer at the inner workings of this enigmatic music will show us that it is both puzzling and yet pure.

The Swan Series is a 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 www.whitelakemusic.org.

Marketing Monday: Facebook Advertising
March 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, March 11 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for the workshop, “Facebook Advertising for Business!”  Learn the ins and outs of how to best use Facebook as a paid platform.  Discover all the opportunities for targeting users and gain valuable insight on first steps in the platform.  This training will touch on data issues, what to do moving forward, warn about ‘boosting’ posts and talk about the mass opportunity for leads, reach, and traffic from targeted audiences.  For more information call 616-331-6900.

Ardan Academy of Irish Dance
March 11 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, March 11 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a fabulous free performance by the Ardan Academy of Dance, a staple in Irish dance instruction which boasts several national and world qualifying dancers. For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Adult Pottery Class, Make a Pet Dish
March 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday, March 11 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to Northside Clay & Canvas to make a dog or cat bowl!  Make the bowl March 11, then glaze it March 18 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  Your bowl will be ready for pickup March 25.  For more information visit www.robinnidelcheffstudio.com/classes.html.

Lakeshore Garden Masters’ March, 2019, Meeting

Norton Shores –  Spring is here and the Lakeshore Garden Masters invites all gardeners, novice to seasoned, to join our first meeting of 2019!
March 25 beginning at 6 PM with an optional  pot luck (bring a dish to pass, table setting and your beverage)  or come for the meeting beginning at 6:30 PM.  Presenter is Matt Mellema speaking about Hydrangeas and Deer Resistant plants.  Meeting is held at AMG Developments building, 800 Ellis Road, Norton Shores (near the Muskegon Airport)  Guest fee is $5 or join for the year for only $15.  For more information contact Susan Thorpe at 248-310-2312 or holbox04@gmail.com

Franklin Graham Shares Gospel in Thailand

fgthailandFranklin Graham held his first evangelistic festival of 2019 on Jan. 19-20 called the Amazing Love Festival in Bangkok, Thailand. Spanning both days, more than 41,000 people filled the International Trade & Exhibition Center to hear Graham share the good news of Jesus Christ. Another 83,000 streamed the event online.

“There are many of you here tonight who are in danger of losing your soul,” Graham said on the last night. “Jesus is the only one in history to take all our sins. No [other] person or religion has ever done that.”

Graham’s next event was held on the 60th anniversary of his father’s historic tour of Australia. Graham shared the Gospel in six cities across the country from Feb. 9-24, making up the Graham Tour. His stops included Perth, Darwin, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney.

For more information on upcoming events at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, visit billygraham.org.

Ask Dr. Universe – Earthquakes

Dr. Universe: How do earthquakes happen? -Aescli E., 10, Utah
 
Dear Aescli,

We’ve had a lot of earthquakes on our planet this year. Maybe you’ve learned about them from the news or felt one shaking up your own neighborhood. Earthquakes can happen in a few different ways.

First, it is important to know a bit about the Earth’s outer layer, or crust. The crust is made of seven big pieces called “plates.” They are about 60 miles thick and sort of float on the molten rock beneath them. That’s what I found out from my friend Sean Long, a geology professor at Washington State University who knows a lot about earthquakes.

These massive plates move very, very slowly—about one or two inches a year. But when plates slip over or under each other, collide or break away, an earthquake happens. Usually, they last just a few seconds but really big quakes can often last anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds.

After a big earthquake, we often feel a bunch of small earthquakes, or aftershocks. They happen as the crust adjusts to its new location, or settles into its new spot on the Earth’s surface. If one of the plates is under the ocean, sometimes an earthquake will trigger a wave called a tsunami. Depending on the earthquake strength, the wave can be massive or even just a few centimeters high.

According to the National Earthquake Information Center, more than a million large and small earthquakes shake the planet’s surface each year. We measure the strength and size of an earthquake on the Richter Scale, which goes from one to ten. Each number on the scale is 10 times as powerful as the number before it. The really destructive earthquakes are usually measured at a strength of around 5.5 and higher.

In the last year, more than 13,000 earthquakes above a 4.0 shook our planet. When a recent earthquake shook Anchorage, Alaska, it registered as a 7.0 on the Richter Scale. The big Pacific plate at the ocean floor slid under the North American plate that Alaska sits on. By the way, if you’re curious about where some of the recent earthquakes have happened, you can check out this cool map from the USGS

While earthquakes can cause a lot of damage, they can also help build up the face of our planet. My friend Sean Long studies the plates near places like the Andes Mountain Range in South America, which are about five miles tall, and the snowy Himalayas in Asia, which reach even higher.

Over millions of years, as the Earth’s plates collide again and again, long chains of mountains slowly but surely emerge on the surface. It often happens along fault lines, which are breaks in the Earth’s surface.  How many earthquakes do you think had to happen to create the tall mountains in the Himalayas and the Andes? Send us your ideas sometime at Dr.Unvierse@wsu.edu.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe