Monthly Archives: July 2019

Ask Dr. Universe – Pulling Muscles

Dear Dr. Universe: Why does it hurt when we pull a muscle? -Dakota, 12

Dear Dakota,

Our big, strong, stretchy muscles can help us run, jump, and play. But sometimes these muscles stretch a little too far and it can really hurt.

Before we get into the part about pain, it helps to know what makes up a muscle: fibers. You can imagine these fibers kind of like a handful of uncooked spaghetti noodles.

Of course, muscle fibers are much thinner than noodles. You can have millions of fibers in a muscle. That’s what I found out from my friend Bert Tanner, a researcher at Washington State University who knows a lot about both engineering and muscle biology.

You also have muscle tissue, Tanner said. You can think of the tissue kind of like play-dough that holds together all the fibers, or noodles. Altogether, you have about 600 different muscles in your body.

It turns out these fibers are also what we call muscle cells. Cells are like building blocks. The whole human body is made up of lots of different cells including hair cells, eye cells, and skin cells.

When you pull a muscle, you are actually tearing some of the muscle cells. That’s what I found out from my friend David Lin, a researcher at WSU who is curious about engineering and biology, too.

Lin told me that when the cell tears, the cell signals some pain sensors in your body to start firing away. These nociceptors send a message to your spinal cord and the brain. They help you know that you are in pain and that you should avoid any more damage.

Even though these muscle cells can rip, tear, and pull, they also do a pretty good job at repairing themselves, said Lin. And while too much stretch may cause a muscle strain, a healthy amount of stretching can sometimes do the body good.

When we stretch our muscles, it can help clear our mind and let us focus on our body. I also like to stretch out my muscles when I wake up from a nap. Maybe you do this when you wake up, too.

Humans can stretch out their muscles during yoga or after playing sports. When they do this, it can release some chemicals called endorphins to the brain, which can make them feel happy. You could even take a quick stretch break right now.

Everyone’s muscles are a little different so you want to do the stretches that are best for you. Maybe you’ll reach up to the sky, make your arms wide, or touch your toes.

While humans have some pretty strong muscles, there are actually animals in our world that have some super strong muscles. If you were a Kangaroo rat, your muscles could help jump ten times your own hip height.

You could also jump and land on really rocky surfaces without pulling a muscle. My friend Lin is studying the behaviors of these animals to inspire new ideas for design and engineering. It turns out we can learn a lot from nature, and even our own muscles, when we ask big questions.

Sincerely, Dr. Universe

~

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Fruitport Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes – 07/15/19

Fruitport Board of Education
Regular Monthly Meeting
July 15, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Board Room

I. The Regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Board Vice-President, Kris Cole.

II. The PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was recited.

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

IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 19-097. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Buckner to approve the agenda with the removal of item XV – 4.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

V. PRESENTATIONS
None.

VI. COMMUNICATIONS
Board Secretary, Steve Kelly read aloud a thank you notes from Pam Riley – Barbier and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
Bob Szymoniak spoke about a recent golf outing sponsored by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians which partially benefitted the Fruitport Band program.

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
Item 19-098. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to approve the Consent Agenda as listed below:
1. Approval of Truth and Taxation Hearing Minutes of June 24, 2019
2. Approval of Organizational Meeting Minutes of June 24, 2019
3. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of June 24, 2019
4. Acceptance of Bills, Monthly Financial Report, and ACH Transactions
5. Acceptance of Student Activity Summary Report
6. Acceptance of Credit Card and Utilities Report
7. Approval of Capital Projects Progress Report
8. Approval of the Personnel Report
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Representative.
Item 19-099. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Brott to nominate Amber Reilly to represent Fruitport Community Schools Board of Education on the MAISD Special Education Parent Advisory Committee for the 2019-21 term as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

2. High School Student Handbook Changes and Additions.
Item 19-100. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Franklin to approve the addition of “Smoking, Vaping, or Use of Tobacco Policy” to the high school handbook and change the percentage needed on an exam for students who have exceeded the attendance policy as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

3. Middle School Student Handbook Addition.
Item 19-101. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Brott to approve the addition of “Smoking, Vaping, or Use of Tobacco Policy” to the middle school handbook as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

XI. BUSINESS AND FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Purchase of Bus Cameras and Software System.
Item 19-102. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Franklin to approve the purchase of new bus cameras and software as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

2. 2019-20 Food Service Meal Cost
Item 19-103. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to keep meal prices at the current cost with no increase for the 2019-20 school year as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Nothing to report.

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Nothing to report.

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS
None.

XV. AGENDA ITEMS for FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF ANY SPECIAL MEETINGS
1. Business and Finance Committee will meet August 12, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.
2. Personnel Committee will meet August 14, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
3. Student Affairs Committee will meet August 14, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
Media Clerk, Pam Gustafson spoke about a recent visit to Kid’s Food Basket. She was pleased to see a Fruitport family volunteering to help.

XVII. ADJOURNMENT
Item 19-104. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

The meeting adjourned at 7:22 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Kelly
Board Secretary

Maribeth Clarke
Recording Secretary

Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 07/22/19

AGENDA
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL
5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415

JULY 22, 2019

6:30 P.M. WORK SESSION
7:00 P.M. BOARD MEETING

01. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 6/24/19
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
A. Public hearing: Police Special Assessment District roll
B. On-site fuel final approval

08. New Business
A. Approval to purchase police cruiser
B. Approval for Quarterline Rd culvert replacement
C. Approval to purchase water meters
D. Wage approval for Deputy Treasurer
E. Discussion on fireworks ordinance
F. Best Yard Contest 2019

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

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 07/15/19 – 07/22/19

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

Ongoing Events:

Summer Adventures at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Don’t wait for snow…luge in the summer! The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is open Saturdays and Sundays in the summer from 10:00am – 2:00pm so you can enjoy a variety of warm weather sporting activities.  www.msports.org
Wheel Luge:
Slide down the only wheel luge track in North America! Wheel luge is done on a specially designed track with the same sleds used on the ice, but with wheels attached. The design of the track, adaptive equipment and surrounding common areas also accommodate persons with disabilities. Shorter than the ice track, average runs take approximately 9 seconds while covering 300 feet of track.
Learn Archery Fundamentals:
Muskegon State Park visitors can stop by the Sports Complex for a round of archery guided by an instructor. All participants receive a quick lesson explaining the basic fundamentals of archery. Participants can then shoot rounds of arrows at the controlled archery range. This activity is fun for ages 6 and older.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.
Docent-led Tower Tours Admission:
• $2 – Kids 11 and under
• $3 – Military and veterans
• $4 – 12 and up
Please note: Children must be at least 3 feet tall in order to climb. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady
Bring the kids to Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady every Monday at 3:00pm during July and August!  You can also tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! During the month of July, tours will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00pm – 8:00pm as well.  For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.

Pigeon Hill Brewing Co: Monday Night Bike Ride
Monday evenings, beginning at 6:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. to join in a group bicycle ride!  The goal is for everyone to start and finish together for a total ride time of 90 minutes. Please arrive early.  The ride begins promptly at 6:00pm.  You’ll travel from Pigeon Hill to Pere Marquette Beach via the Lakeshore Bike Trail (10-11 miles).  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Team Trivia Game Show
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.

MADLOS Presents: Street Dance
Mondays, June 3 – August 27 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, come to downtown Muskegon’s Olthoff Stage for free Latin or Swing dance lessons from MADLOS!  Start with a lesson, then try your moves on the sidewalk at these free events.  No partner or experience is needed.  While the cost is free, donations are appreciated.  Keep an eye on the MADLOS Facebook page to see what style of dance will be offered each week.

Roll On Muskegon
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night at 6:30pm, they leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
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.

Montague Farmers’ Market
The Montague Farmers’ Market opens the first Saturday in June and runs every Saturday through October. The Market is also open on Wednesdays in July, August, and September.  Market hours are from 9:00am – 1:00pm.
Any farmer or baker who is interested in selling goods at the Market should contact Farmers’ Market Manager, Jeff Auch at City Hall at 893-1155 ext. 1757 to check if any booths are available.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round, Saturdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  Summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby.  For more information visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Summatime 2019
It is finally summer and time for Art Cats Gallery’s annual “Summatime Show!” This year they are featuring many new artists including Julie Pappuleas, Barbara Carlson and Bette DelVecchio.  Also included are John Herron, Julie McCormick, Karen Nichols, Rick Eastham, Cathy Crain, Christi Dreese, Tim Bonnette, Lee Ann Frame, owner Louise Hopson and many others!  They have walls full of fabulous paintings, shelves full of unique pottery and glass, and cases brimming with beautiful jewelry.  It’s all handmade, all the time, so visit Art Cats Gallery where it’s an art fair every day!  For more information, call (231) 755-7606 or visit www.artcatsgallery.com.

Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
Join the Lakeside Emporium on Saturday afternoons from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, May through October, to enjoy food, entertainment, and “Treasure Alley” – a collection of vendors ranging from artists and authors to crafters, collectors, and even pottery demonstrations, all conveniently located on-site at the Lakeside Emporium.  It’s family fun and enjoyment for all ages, and an opportunity to find just the perfect treat or gift for yourself or someone else. Enjoy the experience, delicious products, and great customer service at the Lakeside Emporium, and check out all the other wonderful businesses in Lakeside.  For more information call 231-755-9933.  www.lakesideemporium.net

Group Bicycle Tour
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.

McGraft Park Free Summer Concert Series
Come to the McGraft Park bandshell for family-friendly concerts this summer!  These free performances begin at 7:00pm.  Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs and blankets!  For more information call the Muskegon Parks Department at 231-724-6991.
• Tuesday, July 16 – Sam’s Swing Band (Music from the Big Band Era)
• Tuesday, July 23 – Ray Watkoski & Family (Polkas)
• Tuesday, July 30 – High Lonesome (Classic Country with a Kick – There will also be a free ice cream social from the Glenside Neighborhood Association)
• Thursday, August 8 – West Side Soul Surfers (R&B, Rock & Jazz)
• Tuesday, August 13 – Steel Doin’ It (Steel Drum – Caribbean)
• Tuesday, August 20 – Shane Hennessy (Irish Guitar Virtuoso – Sponsored by the Michigan Irish Music Festival)

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Muskegon State Park
Serene Yoga will host a Beach Yoga Series June 5 – August 28 at Muskegon State Park. Classes will be held Wednesday mornings from 10:00am -11:00am. The drop-in rate is $10.  Join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the great lakes as she guides participants through stretching and balancing poses while focusing on breath work and relaxation. Participants should bring a towel or sheet and sunglasses.  Meet at the Channel Beach Pavilion.  All new participants should arrive early and children under 16 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com.  Bad weather? Call 231-343-8381 for cancellation information.
PLEASE NOTE: Classes will not be held August 7.  A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.  To make a camping reservation, visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-447-2757.

Jazz on the Patio
Thursdays beginning at 6:00pm, come to Bella Maria’s Event Center at Oakridge Golf Course for “Jazz on the Patio!”  Sit outside on their beautiful patio and enjoy great drink specials, a fabulous dinner menu and live jazz music as you view the sunset.  Doors open at 6:00pm and the music begins at 6:30pm.  Reservations are recommended for a table outside by calling 231-563-6914.

Dancing into Sunset Free Weekly Dance Party
Season 3 of the “Dancing into Sunset” free outdoor concert happens from 7:00pm – 9:30pm on Thursdays! New this season, enjoy vendors on site each week including Aloha Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Pizza Parliament. For more information e-mail dancingintosunset@aol.com or visit the “Dancing into Sunset” Facebook page.

Rootdown’s Yoga on Deck
Every Sunday of the summer from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, join Rootdown Yoga aboard Muskegon’s World War II landing ship tank, the USS LST 393, for their popular donation based yoga class! This class is designed for all levels.  No mat? Rent one for $2.  For more information call (231) 722-9642.

Special Events:

Mary’s Country Critters at Hackley Library
July 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, July 16 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm, the petting zoo is coming to the Hackley Public Library! Pet a pig, cluck at a chicken, and greet a goat. You’ll meet these animals and lots more as you learn about the important role farms and farm animals play here in Michigan. This event is free to the public and all ages welcome!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Rebel Road
July 17 – July 21
July 17 – 21, the main drag through downtown Muskegon will be filled with thousands of motorcycles, vendors, music and more as Rebel Road takes over Western Ave.!  Experience the rumble of thousands of motorcycles as Rebel Road returns for its fourth year!  Enjoy free concerts, contests and special events!  To find out more, e-mail rebelroadmi@gmail.com or visit www.rebelroad.org.

Free concerts include:
• Wednesday, July 17, 7:00pm – The Loose Nukes kicking off Rebel Road main stage
• Thursday, July 18, 6:00pm – Ironsnake taking Rebel Road back to the 1980s
• Friday, July 19, 6:00pm – Saving Abel takes the stage
• Saturday, July 20, 6:00pm – Jared Blake returns to Rebel Road mainstage
• Sunday, July 221, 12:00pm – Mannhattan closing out Rebel Road 2019

Unleashing the Possibilities
July 17 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, July 17 from 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Pound Buddies invites you to Hampton Green Farm for “Unleashing the Possibilities!”  Join them as they celebrate remarkable milestones, recognize the amazing people and pets that make their rescue efforts possible and be among the first to hear about exciting plans for the future.  WZZM TV personalities Laura Hartman and Kamady Rudd will emcee this exciting event featuring strolling cuisine from the Hearthstone Bistro and a cash bar.  Attire is casual, no heels please.  Reservations are $40 and available online at www.poundbuddies.org.

Muskegon Risers Home Game
July 17 & 27 @ 7:00 pm
National Premier Soccer League team, the Muskegon Risers, invite you to enjoy home games at the Monsignor Kehren Stadium at Muskegon Catholic Central School. All games are at 7:15pm.  For more information, e-mail hello@muskegonrisers.com or visit www.muskegonrisers.com.
• July 17 vs Milwaukee Torrent
• July 27 vs Oakland County FC

Muskegon Bike Time 2019
July 18 – July 21
Now in its 13th year, Muskegon Bike Time has been promoting Muskegon and the lakeshore as a great place for motorcyclists and the general public to gather and enjoy the spectacle, attractions, entertainment and food offered during this four day event.
The event takes place annually the third weekend in July.  This year’s dates will be July 18th through the 21st, 2019.
The mission of Muskegon Bike Time is to produce entertainment opportunities in Muskegon aimed at attracting a broad spectrum of motorcycle enthusiasts for a vacation experience on Michigan’s West Coast.
“Over the years, Muskegon Bike Time has been an economic boon to hotels, restaurants, bars, gas stations, local retailers and other local tourist attractions”, said Tim Lipan, spokesperson for Muskegon Bike Time. “All of the events surrounding this special motorcycle weekend provide an economic impact of over $30 million yearly to the local economy and showcases all we have to offer in Muskegon and along the lakeshore.”
With activities and events occurring in the downtown Muskegon area and throughout the county, the focal point of Bike Time activities will be at the Hot Rod Harley Davidson property in downtown Muskegon.   Activities include:

RIDES
Experience a variety of scenic rides along the beautiful West Michigan shoreline with stunning views of Lake Michigan, pristine rivers, and massive sand dunes, as well as winding roads through picturesque forests and interesting small towns.
Muskegon Bike Time promotes a variety of scenic rides, throughout the West Michigan shoreline, for visiting bikers. They include:
• Patriot Ride– Take a police escorted non-stop scenic ride of the area with over 200 of your closest friends. Ride is generally 1.5 hours long. A $10 donation per person supports Every Woman’s Place. Sunday, July 21, 2019. Registration starts at 10am. Kick stands up at 11am.
• 7 Lakes Northern Ride – scenic ride showcasing 7 different lakes and many interesting small towns in West Michigan.
• Hot Rod Harley & Downtown – leaving Hot Rod Harley Davidson in downtown Muskegon, cruise the strip of Western Avenue, which is open to motorcycle traffic only, which includes beer tents, brewery’s, restaurants, vendors and other activities.
• Pere Marquette Beach – visit one of the most beautiful sugar sand beaches in the country right on Lake Michigan.
• Lake Shore Drive Southern Ride – this ride takes you along the Lakeshore to resort town of Grand Haven and the Dutch village of Holland and several lakes and rivers.

MUSIC
Music is everywhere!  Live concerts, beer tents, street performers and local bars & brewery’s provide music of all genres.
Bike Time Concerts
All concerts are free and presented by Little River Casino & Resort on the main stage located at Hot Rod Harley-Davidson.
Thursday, July 18, 2019, 6pm – 10pm:  Vincent Hayes Band.
Michigan native Vincent Hayes has earned his stripes as a 25 year veteran of the blues and roots music scene. His guitar-driven rock, blues and funk-fueled anthems are as real and gritty as it gets, with infectious hooks, potent messages and honest-to-the-core vocals.
Friday, July 19, 2019. 6pm – 10pm: Pop Fiction
High energy pop rock from the 80’s, 90’s and today. One of Muskegon’s local favorites will have you on your feet and singing along.
Saturday, July 20, 2019:
5:30pm – 7:30pm:  Bettie Paige
“Bettie Paige” is a tough guitar driven rock & a slammin’ fiddle with a retro edge you can’t get enough of, playing everything from old Springsteen to Johnny Cash.
8pm – 10pm:  Let There Be Rock – A Tribute to Early AC/DC
“Let There Be Rock” emulates the pure essence, power, and electricity of what an AC/DC show is all about by incorporating the three key elements of a live AC/DC show.
Bon Scott’s hauntingly classic and highly recognized lead vocal style. Angus Young’s raw guitar style and high energy stage presence, and a rock solid rhythm section. “Let There Be Rock” creates the ultimate AC/DC tribute band experience.

EVENTS
Bike Time provides all forms of attractions and contests including:
• West Michigan Arm Wrestling Championships.
The 2019 West Michigan Arm Wrestling Championships will be held in the Budweiser Beverage tent located at Hot Rod Harley-Davidson. Weigh-ins and registrations from 10am to 12pm. Competition begins at 1pm.
• Pong Shoot Out
Join our first ever pong shoot out competition. Preliminary rounds will be held Thursday and Friday 4pm to 8pm. Championship rounds will be held on Saturday from 4pm to 8pm.
Registration is $25 a team.  Winner will take home $400 in cash. The runner up will take home $200 in cash.
• Best Bikini Competition
Hey ladies, here’s your chance to show off that new bikini.
$1,000 cash prize. Winner take all. Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.
• Dad Bod Contest
Hey Guys. We know you got it going on. Strut your stuff after the Bikini Contest for a chance at $250 cash. Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm.
• Biker Rodeo
Biker games of all kinds on Friday, July 19, 4pm – 6pm at Hot Rod Harley Davidson.
• Burn Out Pit
Light ‘em up at our Burn Out contest. $500 cash prize to the winner. Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 5 pm – 6 pm. At Hot Rod Harley Davidson.
• Dart Tournament
Show off your skills in this steel tipped open tournament. This will be held indoors on the lower level of Hot Rod Harley-Davidson
Guarantee Pay Out: $300 First, $150 Second, $25 semifinal losers.
• Bikini Bike Wash
Get that road dust off your ride at our Bikini Bike Wash Station on Friday and Saturday at Hot Rod Harley Davidson.
• Corn Hole Shootout Competition
Bikes & Bags Cornhole Tournament with $1000 in cash prizes.  Anyone can play.  Anyone can win.  Friday, July 19, 2019 at 5 pm – 9 pm at Hot Rod Harley Davidson.

ACTIVITIES
During the rally, you will experience spectacular bikes, great people watching, shopping,  a variety of food options, giant jenga, giant beer pong, and corn hole all while enjoying adult beverages and craft brews of all kinds.
The area also provides a variety of other must see sites that appeal to every taste, including expansive beaches, WWII ships, military museums, historic homes, beautiful parks and museums of all kinds – right in the center of all the action.

LODGING
Camp in the middle of the party at Hot Rod Harley-Davidson during Muskegon Bike Time. RV and tent spaces available.
A variety of other lodging options are available including, hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, Airbnb, beach cottages and boutique hotels.

FOOD AND BEVERAGES
A variety of food options will be available from several food trucks.  Enjoy ice cold Budweiser products and local craft brews. Breakfast and a bloody Mary bar will be available each morning.

BIKE TIME MERCHANDISE
Official Bike Time merchandise will be available.

LITTLE RIVER CASINO RESORT INFORMATION
Information from Bike Time signature sponsor, Little River Casino Resort will be available.

HOT ROD HARLEY DAVIDSON
Most activities occur in and around the Hot Rod Harley Davidson dealership in downtown Muskegon.  A visit to one of the premier Harley dealerships is a must!

COME VISIT US IN MUSKEGON AND JOIN THE SPECTACLE!
For more information on Muskegon Bike Time, please visit our website at www.muskegonbiketime.com  or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Muskegon Bike Time Camping by ABATE
July 18 – July 21
Muskegon Bike Time is on! Thursday, July 18 – Sunday, July 21, downtown Muskegon will be filled with motorcycles, vendors, live music and much more!  How would you like to camp in the middle of the party at Hot Rod Harley-Davidson? RV and tent spaces are available.  The main campground is located on the grounds of Hot Rod Harley-Davidson. Overflow camping is located across the street (Shoreline Drive/Bus 31) from the dealership.  You will be placed in your spot when you arrive on a first come basis. All camping is priced for the weekend (Thursday July 18 to Sunday July 21) regardless of when you arrive.
No pets, 24 Hour security, community fire in main campground, no electric or water hook ups. You may arrive beginning on Thursday July 18 at 12:00pm, but no later than 10:00pm.  Friday and Saturday arrivals begin at 9:00am.  You must be loaded and off the premises no later than 4:00pm on Sunday, July 21.
This event is rain or shine. Campsite fee is $80 – $150 and non-refundable. Make your reservations through Eventbrite.com.

RootTalk
July 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday, July 18 and Thursday, August 15 from 10:00am – 1:00pm, come to the Norton Shores Library for “Root Talk!”  Are you just getting started in family history? Have you reached a dead limb on a branch of the family tree?  Stop by the drop-in genealogy help desk, where librarian Alison Purgiel will offer her expertise for free about library and online resources for doing genealogy research, as well as offering advice on “brick walls.”  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Muskegon Heritage Museum’s Community Days
July 18 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Enjoy one of Muskegon’s “Amazing Museums” for free during Muskegon Heritage Museum’s Community Days!
The Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving the economic, industrial and social history of the greater Muskegon area.  Their collection includes 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.  Don’t let the modest storefront fool you, the museum has over 12,000 square feet of display space, spanning three floors!

Each “Community Day” will have a special theme:
• July 18 – Muskegon telephone companies and phones
• August 9 – Arconic
• September 21 – Kaydon Engineering
• October 19 – Swanson Pickles and pickle tasting

For more information call 231-722-1363 or visit www.muskegonheritage.org.

Figure Drawing Workshop with Angelica Hay
July 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, July 18 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, the Muskegon Museum of Art is offering a Figure Drawing Workshop with Angelica Hay! Angelica is a figurative painter based out of Grand Rapids, MI.  During the session, she will provide guided instruction around sketching a live model.  The workshop will be held in the galleries and is open to all skill levels.  Participants must bring their own sketching materials and paper. (Note: Paint and oil pastels are not permitted in the galleries.)  To register, call the Museum Store at 231-720-2580.  The cost is $10 per person or $5 for MMA members.

MADL Thursday Night Music Club: Silverado
July 18 @ 7:00 pm
Thursday, July 18 at 7:00pm, bring a friend or the whole family for a free live outdoor concert featuring Muskegon’s favorite Country & Western band, Silverado!  Be sure to bring a chair.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

The Hound of the Baskervilles
July 18 – 20 @ 7:30 pm
The 2019 Summer Theatre Festival at The Playhouse at White Lake (formerly Howmet Playhouse) happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 11 through August 24! All shows begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted).  For more information call (231) 894-4048.
July 18 – 20, it’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson, and directed by Penny Notter.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most celebrated Sherlock Holmes story gets a gloriously funny makeover. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on his estate, with a look of terror still etched on his face, and the paw prints of a gigantic hound beside his body, the great detective Sherlock Holmes is summoned from Baker Street, with Dr. Watson in tow, to unravel the mysteries surrounding his death, and investigate the ancient curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles.  Packed full of the verbal and visual ingenuity that hit comedy team Peepolykus is known for, and offering abundant opportunities for silly comedy and slapstick, this version will suit any theatre company or drama group looking for a sublimely funny adaptation of a classic tale.
Theater Box Office hours are, 1:00pm – 5:00pm weekdays, and one hour before curtain. Season Passes are your best value.  Make a single purchase, and then pick and choose the plays you wish to attend. Single show tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Tom Thakkar
July 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thursday, July 18 at 8:00pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for live stand-up from Tom Thakkar!  Tom has performed on the Conan O’Brien show as well as Comedy Central.  Tickets are only $7!  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

YMCA Camp Pendalouan Father Son Camp
July 19 – July 21
Friday – Sunday, July 19 – 21, it’s the YMCA Camp Pendalouan Father Son Camp…manly meals, maximum fun, mom-approved!  Generations of men and boys come together for 3 days of laughter and bonding, as well as a darn good time.  Activities are offered through-out the weekend and include archery, bb guns, crafts, swimming and boating, and horseback riding.  For those adventurous guests, they offer a variety of high challenge activities, including the high ropes course, climbing wall and zipline.  They also offer White River Canoe trips, hikes to Sleepy Hollow and the immensely popular Ultimate Frisbee game.  Staff is available to assist with kids so that the grown-ups may enjoy the activities as well.  Feel free to join in any offered activity or simply do your own thing.  As with their other family programs, meals are served family-style and are prepared with the hearty appetites of men in mind!
Check-in is Friday afternoon; check-out is Sunday after lunch.  For more information call 231-722-9622.

Yoga at the Light
July 19 @ 9:30 am
Friday, July 19 at 9:30am, it’s Yoga at the Light! Join Mitch Colman for Yoga at the White River Light Station.  The rain date will be July 27.  For more information call Mitch at 231-740-6662.

Lily’s Flower Truck Pop-Up Shop
July 19 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday, July 19 from 1:00pm – 6:00pm, come to Lily’s Flower Truck Pop-Up Shop hosted by The Coffee Factory! Stop by and create a beautiful flower bouquet! Lily’s VW Flower Truck will be on site, filled with gorgeous flowers for you to make and take.  Create a bouquet for a friend, a co-worker, a grad, or for yourself!  For more information call (231) 747-9896.

Craft*Life Music Festival at Rebel Road
July 19 @ 2:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Friday and Saturday, July 19 – 20 from 2:00pm – Midnight, come to Western Avenue in downtown Muskegon for the Craft*Life Music Festival at Rebel Road! The Original Music Showcase and THE LEONARD have hand-picked 22 West Michigan artists from their O.M.S. Sessions.  Beer, food and live music will be available both days, rain or shine! There’s no cover charge!
Fridays Artists:
The Shift, The Loose Nukes, Spike The Media, The Natural Disaster, The Heinz Brothers, Tequila Mocking Bird, Kennadi Hester, Sadie J. Tucker Band, Pieces Of Three, Eric Edwin, Danial Paul, Double Mocha Joe, David Lampman ,+TBA
Saturdays Artists:
PRIM, Skyking, The JETTS, Carl Webb Band, Upcoast Kin, Chipman Colton Snuffer and The Dead Horseman, Catfish And The Man, Gabrial James, Van Mason, RJ Nordlund, Liah LaVassuer +TBA

Ravenna Dog Daze & Car Cruise-In
July 19 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday night, July 19 from 5:30pm-9:30pm, come to downtown Ravenna for the Ravenna Dog Daze & Car Cruise-In!  There’ll be free dash plaques and goody bags for the first 125 entries.  There’ll also be children’s games, food, the beverage tent, live entertainment, the craft show and raffles.   All proceeds support local charities.  For more information call 231-557-6572.

Opening Reception: Summer Fun!
July 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, July 19 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Red Lotus Gallery for the opening reception of “Summer Fun!”  In conjunction with all the exciting activities being held throughout Muskegon this summer such as Rebel Road, Parties in the Park and more, they’re celebrating a “Summer Fun” theme as their artists create visions of all the things they love about this time of year!  View the Gallery and enjoy light refreshments as you “meet and greet” many local artists.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit www.redlotusmuskegon.com or find them on Facebook.

Hackley & Hume Historic Site: All Access Tours
July 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Every third Friday of the month from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, you can go where no visitor has gone before on All Access Tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site! Explore behind closed doors including attics, porches, and basements of both houses.  Enjoy different themed topics such as restoration, preservation, family stories, new discoveries in the research, the Hackley House during the Red Cross years, the Hume home as a Daycare Center, as well as future projects.  Please RSVP by calling 231-722-7578.  The cost is $20 or $15 for members.

Music at the Light: Steel Doin’ It
July 19 @ 7:00 pm
Summer days are for unwinding, and what better way to enjoy a summer’s evening than relaxing along the water on the lawn of the White River Light Station! Their family-friendly events are free to the public.  Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy time together watching a movie, or listening to folk inspired music while visiting and exploring the White River Light Station. The museum and tower will be open for the standard admission charge of $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.  In case of rain, events will be held at the Fruitland Township Office (4545 Nestrom Rd., Whitehall, MI 49461)
Friday, July 19 at 7:00pm, it’s Music at the Light featuring “Steel Doin’ It!” Their mission is to have fun while bringing the sounds of the Trinidadian steel pan to West Michigan.  For more information call 231-845-7417.

Funniest Person on the Lakeshore
July 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday, July 19 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm, come to the Tipsy Toad Tavern for “Funniest Person on the Lakeshore!” West Michigan is full of very funny comics, but who’s the funniest?  Let’s find out!  Six comics per night take the stage to show you their best!  Guest judges will pick the winner!  There will be a cash prize for the winner of each round and then watch for the winners to come back to compete against other round winners!  Entry is $10.  For more information call (231) 725-7181.

Muskegon Bike Time Dart Tournament
July 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, July 20 from 9:00am – 12:00pm, come to Hot Rod Harley-Davidson for the Muskegon Bike Time Dart Tournament! Show off your skills in this steel tipped open tournament being held indoors on the lower level of Hot Rod Harley-Davidson.  Be sure to pre-register at Eventbrite.com to secure your spot.  If the tournament doesn’t sell out, you can register 9:00am on-site the day of the tournament.  There is on-site parking for motorcycles only.  Arrive early to find parking in the surrounding area.  For more information call HRHD at (231) 722-0000.
Format: Single Elimination best 2/3 501 (501 single in/single exact out)
Guaranteed Pay Out: $300 First, $150 Second, $25 semifinal losers

Muskegon Bike Time Bikini Contest
July 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Saturday, July 20 from 3:00pm – 4:30pm, come to Hot Rod Harley-Davidson in downtown Muskegon for the Muskegon Bike Time Bikini Contest! Hey Ladies, here’s your chance to show off that new bikini.  There’ll be a $1,000 cash prize and it’s Winner Take All!  There’ll be a free t-shirt to the first 25 to pre-register before July 8.  Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.  Arrive by 2:30pm at the check-in registration area next to the Main Stage at Hot Rod Harley-Davidson.  For more information call HRHD at (231) 722-0000 or visit Eventbrite.com.

Maranatha Summer Concert Series: Josh Wilson
July 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference offers free concerts every Saturday night during the summer! Doors open at 6:45pm to the public, or you can receive preferred concert seating by purchasing tickets to their Saturday evening pre-concert dinner buffet in the dining room.  Dinner begins at 5:00pm.  All dinner guests receive early entry into the concert venue beginning at 6:30pm.  Visit vacationwithpurpose.org for more information or call (231) 798-2161.
July 20 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s Josh Wilson! This Texas-native started playing piano at nine years old, then took up guitar and drums when he was 10.  From there, he never looked back.  Since signing his first record deal with Sparrow in 2006, Wilson has become a staple at radio, amassing multiple top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart, including “Savior, Please,” “I Refuse,” “Fall Apart,” “Carry Me,” “Before the Morning,” and “That Was Then, This Is Now.”  He’s toured with some of the genre’s biggest acts, including Third Day, Steven Curtis Chapman, Matthew West, Casting Crowns, and Building 429.  Wilson signed his latest record deal with Black River Christian in 2017, and in 2018, released his first single, “Dream Small,” with the new label.  As a multi-instrumentalist and live-looping enthusiast, he’s been known to play and record as many as 20 instruments on stage at any given time.

Aquastar Sunset Rockin’ Cruise
July 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, July 20 at 7:30pm, come aboard the Aquastar for a Sunset Rockin’ Cruise with the Detroit Hemi’s! This rock-a-billy band is sure to entertain as you cruise Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan.  The cost is $25 per person. Visit aquastarcruises.com for booking details.

Robert Kelly Live
July 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Saturday, July 20 from 8:00pm – 10:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Robert Kelly Live!  Robert Kelly’s comedy is deeply rooted his own life and relationships which makes it honest, abrasively funny, yet refreshingly vulnerable.  He has been winning over audiences for years touring clubs, colleges and theaters, including repeat performances at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival.  Tickets are $20 and available through Eventbrite.com.
His one-hour special “Robert Kelly: Live at the Village Underground” debuted on Comedy Central and is now available on Netflix.  Besides being a fixture on Comedy Central, Robert has been featured on The Tonight Show, starred as Bam Bam in Denis Leary’s FX show “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” and can also be seen in “Crashing” Season 2.  His other acting credits include roles in “Louie,” “Trainwreck,” “Maron,” “Benders,” “Nurse Jackie” and “Inside Amy Schumer.”  Robert currently hosts the top rated podcast “You Know What Dude?” that can be found on iTunes.  Robert is also the co-founder of the RiotCast podcasting Network.

Muskegon Bike Time Dad Bod Contest
July 20 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Saturday, July 20 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm, come to Hot Rod Harley-Davidson for the Muskegon Bike Time Dad Bod Contest! Hey Guys, you know you’ve got it going on, so strut your stuff after the Bikini Contest for a chance at $250 cash.  There’ll be free t-shirts for the first 25 to pre-register before July 8.  Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.  This will take place immediately after the bikini contest, so the exact time is subject to change.  You will be called up on stage following the ladies.  For more information call (231) 722-0000 or visit www.muskegonbiketime.com

Summer Sunset Soiree
July 21 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Sunday, July 21 from 6:30pm – 10:30pm, join Kuntry Cookin’ at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for the Summer Sunset Soiree! This is a casual, outdoor event with food included with your entry fee.  Enjoy live music from Muskegon’s own “Against the Grain,” followed by the D.J. Yung on the 1s & 2s.  The cost is only $20 and tickets are available through Eventbrite.com!  For more information call (231) 788-8553.

Muskegon Clippers Home Game
July 21 – 23 @ 7:00 pm – July 22 @ 7:00 pm
Come to historic Marsh Field for Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League baseball with the Muskegon Clippers! Come on out and have some great family fun!  Grab a hot dog, some popcorn, and cold drink while you cheer on the Clippers at home!
This season will feature a few returning players, (Nolan Bryant, Micah Allen, Bryce Davis, Jacob Gilhaus, Sean Casey) as well as some great new ones! You don’t want to miss all the action this summer at Marsh Field.  For more information, visit www.muskegonclippers.com or e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.
Home Game Schedule:
• Sunday, July 21 at 7:05pm – Locos
• Monday, July 22 at 7:05pm – Locos
• Tuesday, July 23 at 7:05pm – Locos

Muskegon County Youth Fair
July 22 – July 28
July 22 – 27, experience the wonders of farm life in West Michigan at the Muskegon County Youth Fair!  This fair is a place for family fun and community growth! Each year, kids all throughout the Muskegon area work hard on an assortment of projects and this is their opportunity to show the product of their hard work with the community.  In addition to auctions, shows and competitions, there’ll be lots of free family games such as the Water Balloon Toss, Egg Run, Flying Chickens, Horseshoe Toss, Disc the Field, Toss the Pig, Horse Race, Feed the Horse and more!  www.muskegonfairgrounds.com.

Ask Dr. Universe – Lasers

Dr. Universe: How do lasers work? – Manna, 12, India

Dear Manna,

Humans use lasers for everything from scanning barcodes and putting on light shows to performing delicate eye surgery and measuring the distances between objects in space.

Cats also like to chase lasers, but I wasn’t sure how they worked. I asked my friend Chris Keane, a physics professor at Washington State University. Keane came to WSU from the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he helped work on a laser as big as a football stadium.

First, we have to know a bit about light. Whether it’s light from our sun or your flashlight, light travels in tiny bundles called photons. It normally radiates out in all directions from its source, like the Sun, for example.

It turns out we can also find light energy stored in the atoms, or building blocks, that make up materials inside a laser pointer. There are different materials we can use in lasers, but some popular ones are gases like neon and helium. You may have seen neon atoms at work in a bright, glowing sign. You may also have filled up a balloon with helium atoms to make it float.

Atoms like these are sometimes really excited and other times they are at rest, or at their ground state. One way we can make some of these atoms really excited is to give them a source of energy, something like really strong flash of light or a jolt of electricity from the battery in a laser pointer.

Keane explained that under just the right conditions, you can get more excited atoms than resting atoms inside the tube of your laser pointer. When scientists were experimenting with different kinds of laser materials, they made excited helium atoms collide with resting neon atoms.

Atoms will normally emit photons when they transition from a particular excited state to a resting state. When there are more excited atoms than resting atoms, the first atom to emit light will trigger a kind of chain reaction and a lot of light will build up inside the pointer.

There are also two mirrors in a laser pointer that help keep our chain reaction going. It’s a different process, but in a way it reminds me of how we plug a guitar into an amplifier to increase its volume. But with lasers, instead of amplifying sound, we amplify light. LASER actually stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.

The opening on one end of the laser is the light’s way out. It doesn’t radiate in all directions, but builds up in one very straight, focused point that we usually see as a bright red dot.

We don’t find lasers in nature. We have to make them in factories or labs. But there are naturally occurring “light amplifiers” in our universe. These are similar to our lasers on earth, except they don’t have any mirrors. We usually find them out in big clouds of gas where there are more excited atoms than resting atoms, which results in some brilliant light.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

~

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Muskegon County Calendar of Events 07/08/19 – 07/15/19

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

Ongoing Events:

Summer Adventures at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Don’t wait for snow…luge in the summer! The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is open Saturdays and Sundays in the summer from 10:00am – 2:00pm so you can enjoy a variety of warm weather sporting activities. www.msports.org
• Wheel Luge:
Slide down the only wheel luge track in North America! Wheel luge is done on a specially designed track with the same sleds used on the ice, but with wheels attached. The design of the track, adaptive equipment and surrounding common areas also accommodate persons with disabilities. Shorter than the ice track, average runs take approximately 9 seconds while covering 300 feet of track.
• Learn Archery Fundamentals:
Muskegon State Park visitors can stop by the Sports Complex for a round of archery guided by an instructor. All participants receive a quick lesson explaining the basic fundamentals of archery. Participants can then shoot rounds of arrows at the controlled archery range. This activity is fun for ages 6 and older.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.

Docent-led Tower Tours Admission:
• $2 – Kids 11 and under
• $3 – Military and veterans
• $4 – 12 and up

Please note: Children must be at least 3 feet tall in order to climb. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady
Bring the kids to Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady every Monday at 3:00pm during July and August!  You can also tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! During the month of July, tours will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00pm – 8:00pm as well.  For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.

Pigeon Hill Brewing Co: Monday Night Bike Ride
Monday evenings, beginning at 6:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. to join in a group bicycle ride!  The goal is for everyone to start and finish together for a total ride time of 90 minutes. Please arrive early.  The ride begins promptly at 6:00pm.  You’ll travel from Pigeon Hill to Pere Marquette Beach via the Lakeshore Bike Trail (10-11 miles).  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Team Trivia Game Show
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.

MADLOS Presents: Street Dance
Mondays, June 3 – August 27 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, come to downtown Muskegon’s Olthoff Stage for free Latin or Swing dance lessons from MADLOS!  Start with a lesson, then try your moves on the sidewalk at these free events.  No partner or experience is needed.  While the cost is free, donations are appreciated.  Keep an eye on the MADLOS Facebook page to see what style of dance will be offered each week.

Roll On Muskegon
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night at 6:30pm, they leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
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.

Montague Farmers’ Market
The Montague Farmers’ Market opens the first Saturday in June and runs every Saturday through October. The Market is also open on Wednesdays in July, August, and September.  Market hours are from 9:00am – 1:00pm.
Any farmer or baker who is interested in selling goods at the Market should contact Farmers’ Market Manager, Jeff Auch at City Hall at 893-1155 ext. 1757 to check if any booths are available.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round, Saturdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  Summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby.  For more information visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Summatime 2019
It is finally summer and time for Art Cats Gallery’s annual “Summatime Show!” This year they are featuring many new artists including Julie Pappuleas, Barbara Carlson and Bette DelVecchio.  Also included are John Herron, Julie McCormick, Karen Nichols, Rick Eastham, Cathy Crain, Christi Dreese, Tim Bonnette, Lee Ann Frame, owner Louise Hopson and many others!  They have walls full of fabulous paintings, shelves full of unique pottery and glass, and cases brimming with beautiful jewelry.  It’s all handmade, all the time, so visit Art Cats Gallery where it’s an art fair every day!  For more information, call (231) 755-7606 or visit www.artcatsgallery.com.

Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
Join the Lakeside Emporium on Saturday afternoons from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, May through October, to enjoy food, entertainment, and “Treasure Alley” – a collection of vendors ranging from artists and authors to crafters, collectors, and even pottery demonstrations, all conveniently located on-site at the Lakeside Emporium.  It’s family fun and enjoyment for all ages, and an opportunity to find just the perfect treat or gift for yourself or someone else. Enjoy the experience, delicious products, and great customer service at the Lakeside Emporium, and check out all the other wonderful businesses in Lakeside.  For more information call 231-755-9933. www.lakesideemporium.net

Group Bicycle Tour
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.

McGraft Park Free Summer Concert Series
Come to the McGraft Park bandshell for family-friendly concerts this summer!  These free performances begin at 7:00pm.  Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs and blankets!  For more information call the Muskegon Parks Department at 231-724-6991.

• Tuesday, July 9 – West Michigan Concert Winds (Concert Band, Marches & Show Tunes)
• Tuesday, July 16 – Sam’s Swing Band (Music from the Big Band Era)
• Tuesday, July 23 – Ray Watkoski & Family (Polkas)
• Tuesday, July 30 – High Lonesome (Classic Country with a Kick – There will also be a free ice cream social from the Glenside Neighborhood Association)
• Thursday, August 8 – West Side Soul Surfers (R&B, Rock & Jazz)
• Tuesday, August 13 – Steel Doin’ It (Steel Drum – Caribbean)
• Tuesday, August 20 – Shane Hennessy (Irish Guitar Virtuoso – Sponsored by the Michigan Irish Music Festival)

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Muskegon State Park
Serene Yoga will host a Beach Yoga Series June 5 – August 28 at Muskegon State Park. Classes will be held Wednesday mornings from 10:00am -11:00am. The drop-in rate is $10.  Join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the great lakes as she guides participants through stretching and balancing poses while focusing on breath work and relaxation. Participants should bring a towel or sheet and sunglasses.  Meet at the Channel Beach Pavilion.  All new participants should arrive early and children under 16 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com.  Bad weather? Call 231-343-8381 for cancellation information.
PLEASE NOTE: Classes will not be held August 7.  A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.  To make a camping reservation, visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-447-2757.

Jazz on the Patio
Thursdays beginning at 6:00pm, come to Bella Maria’s Event Center at Oakridge Golf Course for “Jazz on the Patio!”  Sit outside on their beautiful patio and enjoy great drink specials, a fabulous dinner menu and live jazz music as you view the sunset.  Doors open at 6:00pm and the music begins at 6:30pm.  Reservations are recommended for a table outside by calling 231-563-6914.

Dancing into Sunset Free Weekly Dance Party
Season 3 of the “Dancing into Sunset“ free outdoor concert happens from 7:00pm – 9:30pm on Thursdays! New this season, enjoy vendors on site each week including Aloha Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Pizza Parliament. For more information e-mail dancingintosunset@aol.com or visit the ”Dancing into Sunset” Facebook page.

Movies on Deck
The 13th annual Movies on Deck film series features great movies showing at dusk on Friday evenings on the USS LST 393! Each showing is free to the public, but donations are welcome.  Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and weather appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks will be available at the event.  In the event of inclement weather, showings will be moved inside the ship, and will begin at 10:00pm. July 12 it’s “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)!
The museum is open for regular tours from 10:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week with the last daily tour starting at 4:00pm. More information is available at www.lst393.org.

Rootdown’s Yoga on Deck
Every Sunday of the summer from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, join Rootdown Yoga aboard Muskegon’s World War II landing ship tank, the USS LST 393, for their popular donation based yoga class! This class is designed for all levels.  No mat? Rent one for $2.  For more information call (231) 722-9642.

Special Events:

Backstage Theatre Workshops for Kids
July 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Lakeshore Museum Center and Muskegon Civic Theatre invite children ages 6-13 to join them for interactive theatre workshops! Each workshop will be a chance to learn about different behind-the-scenes jobs that are required to put on a show! July 9 it’s Theatre Make-up Techniques – Learn how to make animals, bruises and other cool faces.
Tickets are $12 for one workshop or sign up for all three for $30! Tickets are available on Eventbrite.  Space is limited. Once your child is registered, you will be sent a medical consent form to complete.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Beach Yoga Fundraiser
July 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Greater Muskegon Service League and Muskegon Yoga Center invite you to join them Tuesday, July 9 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm for the Beach Yoga Fundraiser! Do yoga or power walk at the beach, area #7 at Pere Marquette Beach.  Feel good for YOU and giving to the community, too!  Arrive early to register.  The minimum donation is $10 with all proceeds going to the Women & Children’s Fund.  For more information call (231) 668-4181 or visit www.facebook.com/events/339734476721470.

Egelston/Wolf Lake Festival
July 11 – July 13
July 11-13, the Egelston/Wolf Lake Festival is happening in Flickema Park, featuring a 5K run, movie night, outhouse races, arts and crafts fair, food vendors, children’s activities, music and a parade!  For more information, call Egelston Township at 231-788-2308.

Muskegon’s 150th Celebration
July 11 @ 4:00 pm – July 13 @ 11:00 pm
To recognize 150 glorious years in the City of Muskegon, there will be a three-day concert series at Heritage Landing Thursday – Saturday, July 11 – 13, 2019 that will include Bret Michaels, Gretchen Wilson, Kansas, Warrant, and Freddie Jackson!
On Thursday evening, hear Grammy award nominee R&B singer Freddie Jackson with hits like, You are My Lady and Jam Tonight for just $10.
On Friday there will be two great bands with Gretchen Wilson, coming through with several country mega hits including Billboards #1 Redneck Woman along with American rock band Kansas with hits such as, Carry On My Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind for just $30.
Join us on Saturday as we bring in Bret Michaels, the legendary multi-platinum singer and songwriter. He has also been a major television personality in recent years, including the hit VH-1 show Rock of Love, Travel Channel’s Rock My RV, and of course his top rated winning season of Celebrity Apprentice. Starting out the evening will be Warrant with hits such as Heaven and Cherry Pie. The entire evening is just $30.
Join us on all three-days for a $50 pass! Tickets are available through Star Tickets. www.celebrate150.com

YMCA Camp Pendalouan Mom & Kids Camp
July 12 – July 14
Friday – Sunday, July 12 – 14, spend some quality time with your kids at the YMCA Camp Pendalouan Mom & Kids Camp!  Moms, grandmas, aunts and older sisters are invited to enjoy a weekend with those special kids in your life on the banks of Big Blue Lake!  They cook, clean and even entertain with activities like archery, bb guns, crafts, swimming and boating and horseback riding.  For those adventurous guests, they offer a variety of high-challenge activities, including the high ropes course and climbing wall.  Evenings include a campfire with songs, skits and s’mores, as well as a twilight hike for the truly brave.  Staff are available to assist with kids so that the grown-ups may enjoy the activities as well.  Meals are served family-style and always offer a variety of items to suit everyone’s palate.  Cabins are chosen upon arrival and are available per family or to share with friends.  Check-in is Friday afternoon; check-out is Sunday after brunch.  For more information call 231-722-9622.

Muskegon SHOdown Pro/Am Salmon Tournament
July 12 – July 14
Friday – Sunday, July 12 – 14, it’s the “Muskegon SHOdown Pro/Am Salmon Tournament!”  Formerly known as the “Muskegon Lumbertown Challenge,” the inaugural Muskegon SHOdown will have a guaranteed 1st place payout of $10,000/PRO* and $5000/AM*!  The tournament will be held again at Great Lakes Marina which continues to be a great host. Services included at Great Lakes Marina are, fuel, floating docks, clean facilities, and an outdoor pool for their customers.
In addition to the biggest payout in Muskegon’s history, this year’s main event, “The BigSHO,” will see the Pro and AM divisions being brought back to the format!  PRO Division will require observers, have a minimum cash payout to third place and be Catch 12/Weigh 10.  AM Division does not require observers, will pay cash down to at least tenth place and be Catch 12/Weigh 6.  Big fish this year again will be a 100% payout with separate pots for each division.
For the women and kids, it’s the 3rd Annual Terry Weber Michigan Stinger Memorial Event on Friday July 12.  10% of the entry fees will go directly to the Terry Weber Memorial Fund which is setup through the DNR fisheries.  Proceeds from Terry’s Fund are used for education, as well as to purchase equipment for children.
The Captains Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 10 at Great Lakes Marina at 7:00pm, with registration starting at 5:00pm.  The results and prize ceremony will be on Sunday afternoon for the main event.
New this year, they will have a weekend long Beer Garden and Food Trucks on site and Live Music on Saturday night.  For more information and the complete set of rules visit www.muskegonSHOdown.comor email Jeff@fishSHO.com. You can also call Snug Harbor Outfitters at (231) 719-0759.  You’re not going to want to miss this one!  Get online and register today!

Music at the Light: Rough and Tumble
July 12 @ 7:00 pm
July 12 at 7:00pm, it’s Music at the Light featuring “Rough and Tumble!” Prolific song writers, performers and born travelers; Pennsylvania-born Mallory Graham and California-born Scott Tyler have lived in their 16’ camper since 2015, making tire tracks nationwide since 2011 as a traveling Folk-Americana duo.  Their history goes back as far as New England in the fall of 2007 and as close as going from friends to bandmates to married bandmates.  This Americana duo is excited to be part of our lighthouse concert series.  For more information call 231-845-7417.

Central Michigan University Double Show Weekend
July 12 @ 7:30 pm
The 2019 Summer Theatre Festival at The Playhouse at White Lake (formerly Howmet Playhouse) happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 11 through August 24! All shows begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted).  July 12 and 13, it’s a Central Michigan University Double Show Weekend!

It’s begins July 12 with Neil Simon at his most humane, compassionate best. “California Suite” is directed by Elaine Daugherty and is a humorous confection divided into four parts:
• In Visitor from New York, Hannah, a magazine writer, is joined by her ex-husband, the question being with whom should their daughter spend the next six months? The banter flies fast and furious, but Hannah’s well-wrought artifice crumbles as her fears take hold.
• The Visitor from Philadelphia is a wife who arrives at the suite, catching her husband “en flagrante delicto” with a drunken hooker.
• In Visitors from London Academy Award nominee Diana returns from the ceremony empty-handed to her husband, Sidney, whose homosexuality will be no comfort tonight.
• The Visitors from Chicago are two couples ending a disastrous vacation they should not have shared.

Theater Box Office hours are, 1:00pm – 5:00pm weekdays, and one hour before curtain. Season Passes are your best value.  Make a single purchase, and then pick and choose the plays you wish to attend. Single show tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students. For more information call 231-894-4048.

Fresh Coast Fitness Festival 2019
July 13 – July 14
Saturday and Sunday, July 13 – 14, it’s the Fresh Coast Fitness Festival 2019 at Pere Marquette Beach!   This three person (m/m/m or f/f/f) team competition guarantees to test your fitness in ways that you just can’t inside the box.  They plan to take full advantage of the sandy shoreline and maybe the water, too.  But, what about the barbells? Don’t worry, a heavy lift event will be one of the day’s highlights.
Included with registration is a one of a kind shirt/tank so that you can show off those weapons of mass destruction as you strut up and down the beach this summer.  In addition, each team will receive a ridiculous grab bag of goodies, as well as a raffle ticket for a few top secret giveaways.  They want everyone to win something!
It’s going to be a party!  The loudspeakers will be fueling your workouts, and The Deck (Muskegon’s best barbeque restaurant) will be fueling your body.  The Deck is conveniently located just a Frisbee-toss away from their event on the beach.
This event is rain or shine with two large tents for athletes and guests to relax in between events.  One of the tents will double as a back-up workout area if Mother Nature decides not to play nice.  They encourage you to bring your own pop up tent and beach towels as there will be plenty of space to sprawl out. Vendor Village features local businesses offering supplements, clothing and equipment. www.freshcoastfitnessfestival.com

StandUp for the Cure *Change of Venue to Ross Park, Norton Shores*
July 13 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, July 13 from 8:00am – 4:00pm, come to Ross Park Beach to StandUp for the Cure!  This is a festival style, family-friendly event that engages standup paddlers of all levels, new or experienced.  Fundraise with your family, friends, and coworkers and compete for amazing prizes while raising money to fight Breast Cancer.  There’ll be standup paddle lessons with world class SUP champions, fun group activities for the family, optional competitive races, optional yoga class, lunch & Happy Hour, live music, free breast cancer & melanoma screenings, silent auctions and raffles with amazing prizes.  No board?  No problem!  Try out new boards, paddles, SUP clothing and equipment. Register online at www.suftc.org. Contact Dan at 760-436-3589 for sponsorship opportunities.

LEGO® Brick Super Saturday
July 13 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
July 13 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, bring the family to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “LEGO® Brick Super Saturday!” This Super Saturday features FREE admission into the Replay exhibition where the entire family can enjoy pop-themed artwork with LEGO® brick sculptures by The Collective. www.muskegonartmuseum.org
• 10:00am & 1:00pm – Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm – Guided Look: Have a docent walk you through Replay for a deeper look.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm – Make and Take: Create your own LEGO-inspired artwork in the classroom.
• 2:00pm – 4:00pm – Sketch with Scott Rosema: Visit with the local artist upstairs in the gallery, and get inspired.

Free Kids Yoga at the Market
July 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, July 13 from 11:15am – 12:00pm, Rootdown Yoga·Juice·Greens and Kitchen242 invite you to bring your children 5 – 9 years old to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Free Kids Yoga at Market!” A playful, compassionate, and non-competitive environment awaits your child! Classes will focus on poses, partner/group games, and simple breathing/relaxation techniques to harness mental focus, manage stress, strength and empowerment. The class will be uniquely shaped based upon the interests and energy of students present that day, weaving together creative storytelling, lots of nature and animal poses, making silly sounds, imaginary play, and ample opportunity to express one’s own true vibrant nature! For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Smartphone Photography Workshop
July 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, July 13 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the Smartphone Photography Workshop!  Learn how you can take better photos with the smartphone you own!  Pro photographer, Jeff Smith, will show you strategies for improving your photos, as well as how to make simple edits using the SnapSeed app. There will be time to practice and ask questions. Please register at hackleylibrary.org, or by calling HPL at 231-722-8011. This program is free to the public!

Maranatha Summer Concert Series: Kerrie Roberts
July 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference offers free concerts every Saturday night during the summer! Doors open at 6:45pm to the public, or you can receive preferred concert seating by purchasing tickets to their Saturday evening pre-concert dinner buffet in the dining room.  Dinner begins at 5:00pm.  All dinner guests receive early entry into the concert venue beginning at 6:30pm.  For more information call (231) 798-2161.

July 13 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s Kerrie Roberts!  GMA Dove Award nominated powerhouse female vocalist Kerrie Roberts is best known for her hit CCM pop songs “No Matter What,” “Outcast,” and “What Are You Afraid Of.”

Hayden & Friends
July 13 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 13 at 7:30pm, come to the Beardsley Theater for Hayden & Friends! This is a free show (ticket required) featuring Hayden Smith, Tenor, Sabrina Laney Warren, Soprano, and accompaniment by Karen Frederiksen on the Steinway grand piano.  Enjoy a lovely cabaret show with songs from The Gershwins, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Sondheim, Berlin, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Loesser & Loewe, Andre & Dory Previn and more!

Tickets are free, but required, and may be picked up at the Frauenthal Box Office or at the door (if available). For more information call the Frauenthal Box Office at 231-727-8001.

Retro Expo
July 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, July 14 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the Retro Expo! This is an outdoor vintage market filled with vendors selling retro goods and up-cycled items.  For more information call (231) 670-3722.

Ask Dr. Universe – When It’s Spring

Dr. Universe: How do plants know when it’s spring? -Hannah, 3

Dear Hannah,

When we see little green plants sprouting up from the soil, it is indeed a sign that spring has arrived. To find out how they know to grow, or germinate, I asked my friend Camille Steber.

In her U.S. Department of Agriculture lab at Washington State University, she studies the source of almost all plants: seeds.

A seed holds pretty much all the information a plant needs to know how to grow. The shell that holds all the seed parts inside even contains food for the plant. But the seed is very dry and needs to sense clues from outside to know when to germinate at the right time.

You may have heard that some living things go dormant or hibernate in the winter. Grizzly bears and some kinds of frogs, for example. They stay dormant to save energy and survive the season.

Seeds can go dormant, too—and they can’t germinate until spring. For a seed to know when it’s the right time, it first has to experience a cold and wet season.

In the winter and fall, rain and snow provide a lot of water for the seed. Maple tree seeds, for example, need to experience a couple of months of cold weather before they are ready to germinate. A change in temperature is one signal that helps plants know when to grow.

As plants sense temperatures rising, they release a combination of chemicals called hormones. They help tell the seed to start producing different parts, like roots, stems and leaves.

The length of the day is another way a plant knows when to grow. Just like your eyes have receptors that can sense light and help you see, plants can also sense light.

As Earth travels around the sun in its orbit, the length of days and nights changes from season to season. Plants can sense when the days are shorter in the winter. They can also sense when days are longer in the spring and many begin to grow.

There are some exceptions, though. The Christmas cactus, a plant that comes from rainforests in Brazil, flowers when days are short and nights are long. The ability to bloom in winter when days are shorter helps them keep from flowering when it is too hot. You can persuade the cactus grow by putting it in a dark closet.

A plant’s ability to sense these changes in temperature and daylight has to do with its genetic code, or DNA. DNA tells your hair and eyes to be a certain color—or when to have a growth spurt. Just as your genetic code is different from your friends’, a daffodil, a tulip, or a daisy are also different.

One of the first flowers to bloom in the spring where I live is the crocus. It’s a bell-shaped flower that comes in blues and purples. What flowers are popping up in your neighborhood? Tell us about it at Dr.Universe@wsu.edu.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

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Fruitport Board of Education Meeting Agenda – 07/15/19

Fruitport Community Schools
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
Board of Education Meeting Room
Monday, July 15, 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 Truth and Taxation Hearing Minutes of June 24, 2019 (attachment IX-1)
2. Approval of Organizational Meeting Minutes of June 24, 2019 (attachment IX-2)
3. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of June 24, 2019 (attachment IX-3)
4. Approval of Bills (attachment IX-4)
General Fund                           $782,703.55
Other Funds:
Early Childhood Center                2,117.15
Food Service                                 74,754.31
Coop Ed (ISD) Tech Millage      183,325.63
Debt Service Fund 2010                1,100.00
Total Bill List                       $1,044,000.64

5. Acceptance of Monthly Financial Report and ACH Transactions (attachment IX-5)
6. Acceptance of Student Activity Summary Report (attachment IX-6)
7. Acceptance of Credit Card and Utilities Report (attachment IX-7)
8. Approval of Capital Projects Progress Report (attachment IX-8)
9. Approval of Personnel Report (includes confirmation of new hires, resignations, retirees, and transfers) (attachment IX-9)

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Representative (attachment X-1)
2. High School Student Handbook Changes and Addition (attachment X-2)
3. Middle School Student Handbook Addition (attachment X-3)
4. Other

XI. BUSINESS & FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Elroy Buckner, Chairperson
1. Purchase of Bus Camera System (attachment XI-1)
2. Food Service 2019-20 Meal Cost (attachment XI-2)

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Steve Kelly, Chairperson

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Jill Brott, Chairperson

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS

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

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.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 07/01/19 – 07/08/19

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

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
Monday, Fridays and Saturdays @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.

Docent-led Tower Tours Admission:
• $2 – Kids 11 and under
• $3 – Military and veterans
• $4 – 12 and up

Please note: Children must be at least 3 feet tall in order to climb. Sturdy shoes are recommended.  Contact muskegonlights@gmail.com to book a private tour of the Lighthouse with one of their knowledgeable history docents. The cost is $50 a person for up to ten people for sunset or any time of day you desire.

Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady
Mondays @ 2:00 pm
Bring the kids to Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady every Monday at 2:00pm beginning June 17 – September 2!  You can also tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.

Pigeon Hill Brewing Co: Monday Night Bike Ride
Mondays @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday evenings, beginning at 6:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. to join in a group bicycle ride!  The goal is for everyone to start and finish together for a total ride time of 90 minutes. Please arrive early.  The ride begins promptly at 6:00pm.  You’ll travel from Pigeon Hill to Pere Marquette Beach via the Lakeshore Bike Trail (10-11 miles).  For more information call  (231) 375-5184.

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.

MADLOS Presents: Street Dance
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Mondays through August 27 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, come to downtown Muskegon’s Olthoff Stage for free Latin or Swing dance lessons from MADLOS!  Start with a lesson, and then try your moves on the sidewalk at these free events.  No partner or experience is needed.  While the cost is free, donations are appreciated.  Keep an eye on the MADLOS Facebook page to see what style of dance will be offered each week.

West Michigan Wine and Jazz Festival
July 2 – 7
On select dates through July 7, it’s the West Michigan Wine and Jazz Festival! This celebration of two of life’s greatest pleasures takes place in Montague at the Book Nook & Java Shop (unless otherwise noted).  Individual tickets and festival passes are available at www.westmichiganwinejazz.com.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

• Tuesday, July 2, 7:00pm – The Pherotones (Montague Bandshell, 8636 Water St.)
• Thursday, July 4, 10:00am – Bloodys and Blues with the Feral Cats
• Friday, July 5, 10:00am, Java & Jazz with Kenji Lee Trio
• Friday, July 5, 5:30pm – Author Happy Hour with Fred Reif (A special presentation on his new book about Detroit Blues, “Tell ‘Em ‘Bout the Blues”)
• Friday, July 5, 7:00pm – Showcase, Dinner, Wine Tasting with Xavier Davis Trio
• Saturday, July 6, 10:00am – Java & Jazz with Estar Cohen Quintet
• Saturday, July 6, 7:00pm – Showcase, Dinner, Wine Tasting with Tonotrope
• Sunday, July 7, 10:00am – Music & Mimosas Brunch with Harlow Formanek Duo

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays @ 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.

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
July 2 @ 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.

Muskegon Clippers Home Games
July
Come to historic Marsh Field for Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League baseball with the Muskegon Clippers! Come on out and have some great family fun!  Grab a hot dog, some popcorn, and cold drink while you cheer on the Clippers at home!

This season will feature a few returning players, (Nolan Bryant, Micah Allen, Bryce Davis, Jacob Gilhaus, Sean Casey) as well as some great new ones! You don’t want to miss all the action this summer at Marsh Field.  For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.

July Home Game Schedule:
• Tuesday, July 2 at 7:05pm – Mariners
• Wednesday, July 3 at 7:05pm – Mariners
• Thursday, July 4 at 5:05pm – Mariners
• Friday, July 5 at 7:05pm – Green Giants
• Saturday, July 6 at 7:05pm – Green Giants
• Sunday, July 7 at 5:05pm – Green Giants
• Sunday, July 21 at 7:05pm – Locos
• Monday, July 22 at 7:05pm – Locos
• Tuesday, July 23 at 7:05pm – Locos

Muskegon RockStock
July 3 – July 7
Muskegon Rockstock is back July 4-6 at Heritage Landing with great rock music, fireworks, raffles, face painting, food, beverages and cold Budweiser! Tickets are $10 per day for everyone aged 3 and up, and 3 – day passes are available for a limited time for only $25.  Active duty military and veterans get in free!  Gates open at 5:00pm each night, with an amazing Fireworks finale at dusk on the 4th of July. A carnival midway has been added for this year, and takes places from July 3 – 7.  For more information, visit muskegonrockstock.com.

Line-up:

July 4
• 5:30pm Coldville
• 7:30pm Tantric
• 9:00pm Saliva

July 5
• 5:30pm The Loose Nukes
• 7:30pm Trapt
• 9:00pm Puddle of Mudd

July 6
• 5:30pm Motorbreat
• 7:30pm Let There Be Rock (Early AC/DC Tribute)
• 9:00pm Crazy Babies (Ozzy Rebourne)

YMCA Camp Pendalouan Family Camp
July 3 – July 6
Wednesday – Saturday, July 3 – 6, enjoy four days of relaxation on the banks of beautiful Big Blue Lake at the YMCA Camp Pendalouan Family Camp!  Paddle clear waters in a kayak or canoe, enjoy wooded paths on horseback, or nap with the sounds of nature in our hammocks and swings.  Qualified staff run fun and safe activities, including:  crafts, target sports, high ropes course and zipline, hikes, campfires and outdoor cooking.  Experience a great day at Lake Michigan then enjoy a cook-out dinner provided by the camp.  Call (231) 722-9622 for more information.

Western Market Chalets
Wednesday – Sunday
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Muskegon State Park
July 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Serene Yoga will host a Beach Yoga Series June 5 – August 28 at Muskegon State Park. Classes will be held Wednesday mornings from 10:00am -11:00am. The drop-in rate is $10.  Join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the great lakes as she guides participants through stretching and balancing poses while focusing on breath work and relaxation. Participants should bring a towel or sheet and sunglasses.  Meet at the Channel Beach Pavilion.  All new participants should arrive early and children under 16 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com.  Bad weather? Call 231-343-8381 for cancellation information.

PLEASE NOTE: Classes will not be held August 7.  A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.  To make a camping reservation, visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-447-2757.

Aquastar: Midweek Afternoon Cruise
July 3 @ 11:00 am
The first Wednesday of the month at 11:00am, board the Aquastar for an afternoon on the water as you tour Muskegon Lake and into the channel to see Lake Michigan!  These lunchtime cruises will cater to those interested in Muskegon’s history.  Visit their website at www.aquastarcruises.com for more information or to book your spot!

White Lake Area 4th of July Parade & Fireworks
July 4 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Beginning at 10:00am, the White Lake Area 4th of July Parade will travel from Whitehall City Hall, across the bridge, then to Downtown Montague.  With over 100 entries, you won’t want to miss the family fun offered at this annual parade!  Later, beginning at dusk, watch the awe-inspiring fireworks show at the north end of White Lake, viewable from both Montague and Whitehall downtown areas!  Thank you to Re/Max by the Water for sponsoring this year’s parade and thank you Montague-Whitehall Rotary for putting on the fireworks display.

There is free entry for Chamber Members, non-profit groups & individuals (non-business) and $25.00 for non-members and politicians to participate in the parade. Contact the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for more information at 231-893-4585.

Jazz on the Patio
July 4 @ 6:00 pm
Thursdays through August 29 beginning at 6:00pm, come to Bella Maria’s Event Center at Oakridge Golf Course for “Jazz on the Patio!”  Sit outside on their beautiful patio and enjoy great drink specials, a fabulous dinner menu and live jazz music as you view the sunset.  Doors open at 6:00pm and the music begins at 6:30pm.  Reservations are recommended for a table outside by calling 231-563-6914.

Dancing into Sunset Free Weekly Dance Party
July 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Season 3 of the “Dancing into Sunset “free outdoor concert series continues through August 22 in beautiful Pomona Park overlooking Spring Lake. For more information e-mail dancingintosunset@aol.com or visit their Facebook page.  July 4 it’s The Silverado Band (Military Salute Night).

4th of July Fireworks Cruise Aboard the Aquastar
July 4 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
There is nothing better than watching fireworks on the 4th of July, except maybe watching them while you are on the water!  Join the crew of the Aquastar for a special 4th of July cruise.  Spend some time out on Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan, enjoy a beautiful sunset, then top it off with a great fireworks show with one of the best seats on the lake.  The Aquastar leaves the dock at 8:30pm and returns after the fireworks show.  Appetizers will be served and beverages will be available for purchase.  The cost is $35.  Visit aquastarcruises.com to book your spot!

Fireworks on Deck
July 4 @ 9:30 pm
Thursday, July 4 at dusk, enjoy “Fireworks on Deck” aboard the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum!  It’ the “best seat in the house” for the awesome display over Muskegon Lake.  The World War II landing ship is located at the Mart Dock in downtown Muskegon, just yards from the fireworks site.  More info is at lst393.org or by calling 231-730-1477.

Lakeshore Art Festival
July 5 @ 10:00 am – July 6 @ 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, July 5 -6, the Lakeshore Art Festival features a unique blend of fine art, crafts, music, food, and fun in beautiful downtown Muskegon. Experience over 300 juried fine art and specialty craft exhibitors, children’s activities, specialty food items, street performers, multiple interactive art stations, Chalk the Walk, The Door Project, Kayak Sculptures and so much more!  For more information, call 231-722-3751.

Movies on Deck
July 5 @ 10:00 pm
The 13th annual Movies on Deck film series features great movies showing at dusk on Friday evenings on the USS LST 393! Each showing is free to the public, but donations are welcome.  Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and weather appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks will be available at the event.  In the event of inclement weather, showings will be moved inside the ship, and will begin at 10:00pm.

The museum is open for regular tours from 10:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week with the last daily tour starting at 4:00pm. More information is available at www.lst393.org.
The July 5 film is “Air Force One (1997).”

Village of Lakewood Club Independence Day Fireworks & Events
July 6
Village of Lakewood Club Independence Day fireworks and events will take place on Saturday, July 6. The fun begins with a parade at 12:00pm (Spruce St. & Kentwood), followed by kids’ activities and music in Village Park after the parade.  For more information call 231-894-9008.

• Caricature Drawing, 1:30pm – 5:00pm
• Bounce House, 12:30pm – 5:00pm
• Magic Show, 12:30pm – 5:00pm
• Live DJ, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
• Fireworks, Dusk

Lakeshore Sports Centre Flea Market & All Day Public Skate
July 6 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, July 6 from 8:00am – 6:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Sports Centre for the Flea Market & All Day Public Skate!  There will be numerous vendors offering interesting trinkets, food and homemade crafts.  Pets will be welcome and there will be an outside rink set up as a “dog park,” and feel free to bring other critters as well.

Too hot?  Cool off inside and skate to the tunes of the radio.  $5 gets you a wristband and it’s only $2 for skate rental.  Kiddie Cruisers are available for the youngsters and there will be learner bars for newbies.  There is no entry fee for the flea market or pet area.  In the event of unfavorable weather, vendors will be moved inside the soccer field.  For more information call (231) 739-9423.

Montague Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays and Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Montague Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday through October. The Market is also open on Wednesdays in July, August, and September.  Market hours are from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

Any farmer or baker who is interested in selling goods at the Market should contact Farmers’ Market Manager, Jeff Auch at City Hall at 893-1155 ext. 1757 to check if any booths are available.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round, Saturdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  Summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby.  For more information visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org

Summer Splendor Garden Walk
July 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, July 6 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, the Muskegon County Garden Club invites you to join them for the “Summer Splendor Garden Walk!”

Enjoy a tour of 8 gardens in North Muskegon:

• Don’t Fence Me In
• Perennial Palette
• Whimsical
• Waves of Color
• Sensory Garden
• Shades of Green
• Secret Garden
• The Beautiful Marketplace

Enjoy complimentary refreshments at the Marketplace home where you can purchase plants and fun garden décor. This tour is rain or shine.  Tickets are available at The Depot (610 W. Western Ave.), The Bird House (1915 Lake Ave.), Wasserman’s Florist (1595 Lakeshore Dr. or at the North Muskegon Public Library (day of the walk only).  Admission is $10.  Children 12 and under are free.  For more information call 231-755-4409.

3rd Annual Heykoop Veteran Memorial Car Show & Benefit
July 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, July 6 from 10:00am – 2:00pm, come to the Mart Dock in downtown Muskegon for the 3rd Annual Heykoop Veteran Memorial Car Show & Benefit! This exciting event for cars, trucks and motorcycles will feature music, food, raffles and a silent auction, as well as bounce houses and face painting for the kids.

The entry fee to be in the show is $10 with trophies for the top 10 cars and trucks and for the top 3 motorcycles. Proceeds benefit the 501(c)3 Lighthouse For Veterans and the fight against Veteran suicide.  For more information call (231) 981-8501 or visit the Lighthouse for Veterans Facebook page.

Summatime 2019
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
It is finally summer and time for Art Cats Gallery’s annual “Summatime Show!” This year they are featuring many new artists including Julie Pappuleas, Barbara Carlson and Bette DelVecchio.  Also included are John Herron, Julie McCormick, Karen Nichols, Rick Eastham, Cathy Crain, Christi Dreese, Tim Bonnette, Lee Ann Frame, owner Louise Hopson and many others!  They have walls full of fabulous paintings, shelves full of unique pottery and glass, and cases brimming with beautiful jewelry.  It’s all handmade, all the time, so visit Art Cats Gallery where it’s an art fair every day!  For more information, call (231) 755-7606.

Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
Saturdays @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join the Lakeside Emporium on Saturday afternoons from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, May through October, to enjoy food, entertainment, and “Treasure Alley” – a collection of vendors ranging from artists and authors to crafters, collectors, and even pottery demonstrations, all conveniently located on-site at the Lakeside Emporium.  It’s family fun and enjoyment for all ages, and an opportunity to find just the perfect treat or gift for yourself or someone else. Enjoy the experience, delicious products, and great customer service at the Lakeside Emporium, and check out all the other wonderful businesses in Lakeside.  For more information call 231-755-9933.

Maranatha Summer Concert Series: Legacy Five
July 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference offers free concerts every Saturday night during the summer! Doors open at 6:45pm to the public, or you can receive preferred concert seating by purchasing tickets to their Saturday evening pre-concert dinner buffet in the dining room.  Dinner begins at 5:00pm.  All dinner guests receive early entry into the concert venue beginning at 6:30pm.  For more information or call (231) 798-2161.

July 6 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s Legacy Five! Legacy Five has enjoyed more success in their short career than many groups experience in decades.  In their first ten years, The Singing News Magazine, Southern Gospel music’s leading fan and trade publication, has nominated Legacy Five for some 75 Singing News fan awards.  Year after year they are recognized as one of Gospel music’s favorite southern gospel groups.  The Southern Gospel Music Association honored Legacy Five with Recording of the year and they have had 2 Dove Award nominations.

Aquastar Sunset Cruise with Legal Rehab
July 6 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, July 6 from 8:30pm – 10:00pm, board the Aquastar for an evening out on the lake with live music from Legal Rehab!  Winners of the Wheatland Walkabout “Best After Party” band, the combo has played at outdoor festivals, Hennessy’s Irish Pub, Unruly Brewing and many other locations.  The cost is $25 per person.  Visit aquastarcruises.com to book your spot.

Rootdown’s Yoga on Deck
July 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Sunday of the summer from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, join Rootdown Yoga aboard Muskegon’s World War II landing ship tank, the USS LST 393, for their popular donation based yoga class! This class is designed for all levels.  No mat? Rent one for $2.  For more information call (231) 722-9642.