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

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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.

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

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

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 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

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

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

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
• 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

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  For tickets, visit 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

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

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