Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
National Travel & Tourism Week: Social Media Happy Hour
May 6 @ 4:00 pm
Monday, May 6 beginning at 4:00pm, Visit Muskegon will celebrate U.S. Travel Association’s National Travel & Tourism Week with “Social Media Happy Hour” at Hennessy’s Pub! This free event will offer a cash bar, featuring a specially crafted “Visit Muskegon” cocktail, a chance to win prizes like Michigan’s Adventure tickets and, of course, great information on promoting your business.
Facebook is the largest social network in the world. Do you manage a Facebook business page, or are thinking of starting one? Is your brand represented and easy to find? Learn the process of creating and maintaining a Facebook Business Page and establishing a plan to engage with your audience.
This event is free, but please register by visiting http://bit.ly/2DghQt5. Call the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau for more information at 231-724-3100.
Hackley Crafts: Hoop Wreath
May 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, May 6 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the crafting workshop, “Hoop Wreaths!” This is a fun and simple way to add flowers to your home! All supplies will be provided. Registration is required and will open one month before class. To register call 231-722-8011, visit the HPL reference desk or visit their online calendar at hackleylibrary.org. This event is free to the public and recommended for ages 16 and up.
Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy
May 6 @ 6:00 pm
The USS Silversides Submarine Museum Lecture Series “Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy,” concludes in May with one last lecture, May 6 at 6:00pm. “The Cost of Manufacturing for WWII,” presented by George Maniates is the Grand Finale of this winter’s lecture series which features a temporary exhibit from The National WWII Museum of New Orleans entitled Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy. This exhibit tells the inspiring story of the Home Front effort that produced tanks, planes, ships and guns with staggering speed and unparalleled energy. It was a surge in productivity that not only brought the country out of depression, but also created mighty military forces, supplied the Allies abroad, and opened new doors of opportunity and social change. The exhibit will run from May 20-August 5, 2019. The cost for the lecture is $5.00 per person or free with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership. For more information call 231-755-1230.
Note: For the month of May, USS Silversides Submarine Museum members can show their cards at the Lakeshore Museum Center and enjoy free general admission to their sites, including the Main Museum as well as the Hackley & Hume homes, the Firebarn Museum and the Scolnik House of the Depression Era. Muskegon has so many wonderful things to offer and they are excited to partner with the Lakeshore Museum Center to showcase a few of them with their members.
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.
Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market, owned and operated by the City of Muskegon, is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods. The Market also hosts The Flea where everything imaginable is sold.
Farmers’ Market summer hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. The Flea Market is Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.
National Tourism Week: Muskegon Convention Center Information Session
May 7 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, May 7 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Visit Muskegon invites you to join us for a Muskegon Convention Center Information Session at the Holiday Inn Muskegon-Harbor! We’re celebrating National Tourism Week and invite you to hear, and join the conversation, about plans for the upcoming Muskegon Convention Center. You’ll get answers to questions like, “What does it mean for tourism in Muskegon County?” and “How should you prepare your business and staff?”
This event is free, but please RSVP http://bit.ly/2VLai8V. For more information call the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 231-724-3100.
Mariachi Music with Gabriel Estrada III
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, May 7 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, visit Hackley Public Library and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with classic Mariachi singer, Gabriel Estrada III! This talented musician will emphasize the beauty of Mariachi, a music tradition which expresses many cultural influences. As you enjoy this festive music, Gabriel will also showcase a bit of Mariachi history. Begin your month of May with stunning music, and mark your calendar for Mariachi! This event is free to the public and great for all ages! Please feel free to call 231-722-8011 with any questions or for more information.
*Please note: If you received the “Community Ink” Newsletter in the mail, the day is incorrectly labeled as Saturday. The CORRECT date is Tuesday, May 7, at 6:00pm.*
Group Bicycle Tour
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride! There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged. Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon). Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer! For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.
Open Irish Jam Session
Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The first Tuesday of every month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, all musicians are welcome at Hennessey’s Irish Pub for their open Irish Jam session! Whether participating or just watching it is always a fun time and admission is free. For more information call (231) 728-3333.
National Tourism Week: Muskegon Convention Center Ground Breaking
May 8 @ 11:00 am
Wednesday, May 8 from 11:00am – 11:45am, you’re invited to join Visit Muskegon and Parkland Properties as we celebrate National Tourism Week and the Ground Breaking of the Muskegon Convention Center!
The new convention center will feature 20,000 square feet of multi-functional, divisible space with an expansive pre-function area overlooking Muskegon Lake. The groundbreaking will be at Fourth St. and Western Ave. in Downtown Muskegon. Be sure to dress for the weather and the press! For more information call the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 231-724-3100.
Junk to Jewels Rummage Sale
May 8 – 11 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Wednesday – Saturday, May 8 – 11, come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for the “Junk to Jewels Rummage Sale!” Your purchase of gently used items will help support the preservation of their beautiful, historic downtown venue. The Pre-Party is May 8 from 5:30pm – 9:00pm. The entry fee is $5 and includes appetizers and beverages. Admission is free for the sale on May 10 – 11 from 9:00am – 3:00pm.
Donations are being accepted at the club on May 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9 from 10:00am – 3:00pm. If you have questions or need a pick-up, contact Dianne Buck at 231-215-0007.
Muskegon Heritage Museum Opens for the Season
May 9 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Heritage Museum will open for the season Thursday, May 9! This museum is dedicated to preserving the economic, industrial and social history of the greater Muskegon area! With over 12,000 feet of display space, it spans three floors and features informational exhibits, artifacts and photos pertaining to Muskegon’s industries, historic homes and businesses. They have a working steam engine with a line shaft that runs 11 machine tools, as well as a working Brunswick pinsetter, a spring winding machine, and over 80 other companies represented in exhibits.
Hours are 11:00am to 4:00pm, Thursday – Saturday through mid-October and by appointment all year. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. Children under 6, active duty military and MHA members are free. Special group and school tour rates may apply. For more information call 231-722-1363 or visit www.muskegonheritage.org.
National Tourism Week: Lunch & Learn
May 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday, May 9 from 11:30am – 1:00pm, come to the “Marina View Room” at the Shoreline Inn for a “Lunch & Learn,” presented by the Hope Project. Visit Muskegon is celebrating National Tourism Week and we invite you to join us for this educational discussion on what human trafficking is, how it happens, how to recognize the signs, and how to be part of the solution to end it, whether while travelling or in your hometown. This event is limited to the first 30 people. Due to high demand, please contact LaShelle for more information on how to sign up at 231-724-3102.
Replay: The Exhibition
May 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
May 9 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the opening reception of “Replay: The Exhibition!” This is a celebration of pop culture, complete with super heroes and a LEGO® brick building activity area! The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 231-720-2570.
Music for Meds
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thursday, May 9 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm, come to the Folkert Community Hub & Banquet Center for Music for Meds, a fundraiser for the Mission for Area People! Enjoy an evening of entertainment while raising money to benefit the Emergency Medical/Dental Fund. The Dueling Pianos featuring Billy Ryan and Frank McGlynn will perform and there will be a cash bar and appetizer bar by Creations Catering. Tickets are $30 per person or reserve a table for 8 for $225. For more information call (231) 733-9672.
Opening Day at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
May 10 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, May 10 from 9:00am – 6:00pm, Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo will open for another season of fabulous fun and flavor! Be the first to say “Hi” to Jeffrey the Camel, meet their new animal additions, and get your hands on some of those delicious Apple Cinnamon Donuts! For more information call 231-861-5730.
Threads of Friendship Quilt Show
May 10 @ 10:00 am – May 11 @ 5:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, come to the Threads of Friendship Quilt Show at Fellowship Reformed Church! There’ll be more than 150 quilts on display as well as daily demonstrations, vendors, bed turnings, challenge quilts, a Quilter’s Boutique, silent auction and raffles. Lunch will also be available for purchase. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Tourism Week: Tourism Trivia
May 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Friday, May 10 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm, it’s Tourism Trivia with Visit Muskegon at Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.! We’re celebrating National Tourism Week, and we will wrap up the week by testing your knowledge of tourism in Muskegon County! Find a partner and brush up on all things Muskegon! Teams will be limited to 2 people based on prizes. Our very own Community Development Director, Bob Lukens, will lead the rounds of questions related to tourism in Muskegon County in 6 categories. Win great prizes such as Lake Express High Speed Ferry tickets, a night’s stay at Delta by Marriott in downtown Muskegon, Aquastar Cruises and more!
For more information call the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 231-724-3100.
West Michigan Symphony Presents: Sharon Isbin and Beethoven’s 7th
May 10 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, May 10 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for Sharon Isbin and Beethoven’s 7th! This Grammy winner has been called “the Monet of the classical guitar” by the Atlanta Journal. Wagner dubbed Beethoven’s 7th Symphony “the apotheosis of the Dance… in its highest aspect,” and Beethoven himself spoke of it as “one of the happiest products of my poor talents.”
Single ticket prices are $24-$60. Student tickets are $10. Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information.
Friday Night Comedy at Hennessy’s Pub
May 10 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, May 10 from 8:30pm – 10:00pm, come to Hennessey’s Irish Pub for Comedy Night featuring J.R. Williams and Richard Mathis! Every Friday night, downtown Muskegon’s only authentic Irish Pub features a great a variety of stand-up comedians from all over Michigan for your enjoyment. For more information call (231) 728-3333.
Shop Ravenna: Spring Edition
May 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 11 from 9:00am – 3:00pm, visit the Ravenna Area as businesses team up for another BIG #ShopRavenna Event! Come on out and make a day of it! Shop numerous huge sale locations in the Village of Ravenna, all within a mile radius. There will definitely be something for everyone, and great Mother’s Days gifts. Shop at least 5 of the great locations and get in on the door prize drawings for items donated by each Shop-Stop! For more information, call the Memories of You Artisan Shop at (616) 745-3635 or visit www.facebook.com/events/2091671654241985.
Flowers Super Saturday
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
May 11 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, bring the family to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Flowers Super Saturday!” Just in time for Mother’s Day, enjoy free family fun with flowers. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 231-720-2570 or visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.
• 11:00am and 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 bouquet of flowers
Sensory Friendly Movies: Where “Shhhhh!” isn’t allowed!
May 11 @ 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
May 11, the film is “Ugly Dolls!”
Kids Fruit Carving: Edible Bouquets for Mom with Chef Char
May 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, May 11 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Kids Fruit Carving: Edible Bouquets for Mom with Chef Char!” Make a special, edible treat to take home for mom! You will be using various fruits and vegetables to put together a completely edible fruit basket that will surely make mom smile. Warning: the carved creations may be just too cute to eat! The cost is $45.00 and tickets are available through Eventbrite.com. For more information call (231) 769-2202.
Billiards Against Abuse
May 11 @ 11:30 am – May 12 @ 11:30 am
Saturday, May 11 at 11:30am, The Break Room Billiards is hosting the Billiards Against Abuse benefit tournament to support Every Woman’s Place! Every Woman’s Place provides shelter for women and their children who have been affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking. Billiards champion Dennis Hatch “The Hatchet Man,” along with Top Shots author Steven Gifford, will appear at the this important event. The cost is $35. For more information call (231) 755-8236.
Holy Smokes! BBQ Competition
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, May 11 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for the “Holy Smokes! BBQ Competition!” Benefiting Catholic Charities West Michigan’s programming in Muskegon, all proceeds from the event will support their child welfare, behavioral health, family preservation and community outreach initiatives. At the event, the community will gather to taste and vote for a variety of BBQ entries from local restaurants. Guests will also be able to enjoy the spring weather and sip on craft brews, play yard games, and experience live entertainment. Tickets are $20. For more information call 616-356-6207.
The SuperB Woman: Mother’s Day Tea and Author Event with Janet Neal
May 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 11 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the free program “The SuperB Woman!” Janet Neal gives hope to women who are trying to do it all with this entertaining tale of a burned-out Superwoman. Celebrate at Hackley Library’s Mother’s Day Tea, accompanied by an author talk and book signing! For more information call (231) 722-8000.
Performances @The Block: Sharon Isbin
May 11 @ 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 11 at 5:00pm, come to The Block for Sharon Isbin! Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time.” On the heels of her West Michigan Symphony concert, this is a rare opportunity to experience this great artist up close! Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information. Doors and bar open at 4:30pm.
May 11 @ 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 11 at 5:00pm, come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for the SJO Supercross presented by SJO Productions! Admission is $10 per person or $5 for kids under 11 years old. For more information call the fairgrounds at 231-788-4568 or visit www.sjoproductions.com.
• 1:00pm – Signups
• 3:00pm – Practice
• 5:00pm – Race
The Winds Celebrate Gospel Music
May 11 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the West Michigan Concert Winds celebrate gospel music! The new Downtown Live Concert Series features every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the Shoreline Symphony and West Michigan Concert Winds.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and children. For more information call 231-727-8001.
Mother’s Day at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
May 12 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, May 12 from 9:00am – 6:00pm, spend Mother’s Day at the farm creating special memories with Mom! Mothers will receive free admission, so bring the kiddos and let them run off all that extra energy while you sit back, relax, and enjoy a complimentary Apple Cinnamon Donut and Cup Of Coffee on them! For more information call 231-861-5730.
Mother’s Day Brunch at SE4SONS
May 12 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday, May 12 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, bring Mom to SE4SONS Gastropub for a wonderful Mother’s Day Brunch! Chef Tim and his team have an over the top buffet planned so you can show Mom how much she means to you! Seatings are available at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm and 2:00pm. The cost is $32 for adults, $14 for kids 7 – 12, $8 for kids 4 -6 and free for children 3 and under. For reservations or more information call 231-755-3737.
Free Latin Dance Party
May 12 @ 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 is 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