Monthly Archives: August 2019

Fruitport Board of Education Truth and Taxation Public Hearing Minutes – 06/24/19

Fruitport Board of Education
Truth and Taxation Public Hearing
June 24, 2019 6:30 p.m.
Board Room

I. The Truth and Taxation Public Hearing of the Fruitport Community School district was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Board President, Dave Hazekamp.

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

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 19-069. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Franklin to approve the agenda as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

IV. Budget Hearing Presentation
Director of Business Services, Mark Mesbergen opened the Budget Hearing with a 2018/19 General Budget Overview. He also spoke on the topics of: Taxable Values & Millage Levy Rates, Outstanding Debt, 2019/20 Budget Assumptions, Enrollment Trends, School of Choice, Foundation Allowance Trends, 2019/20 MPSERS Rates, 2019/20 General Budget Overview, and Revenues vs. Expenditures. Mark covered Budget Overviews of the Early Childhood Center, Food Service, Technology and a Fiduciary Account. He also answered all questions asked by board members.

V. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VI. OTHER
None.

VII. ADJOURNMENT
Item 19-070. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

The meeting adjourned at 6:58 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Maribeth Clarke, Recording Secretary

Fruitport Board of Education Annual Organizational Meeting Minutes – 06/24/19

Fruitport Board of Education
Annual Organizational Meeting
June 24, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.
Board of Education Meeting Room

I. The Annual Organizational meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Board President, Dave Hazekamp.

II. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

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

IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 19-071. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Franklin to approve the agenda.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

V. Re-Adoption of All Existing Bylaws/Policies for the Board of Education
Item 19-072. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Brott to adopt all existing Bylaws and Policies of the Fruitport Community Schools as presented. Bylaws and policies are to remain in effect until such time they are modified by the Board of Education. Roll Call Vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes. Absent – Burgess and Kelly.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

VI. Designation of Banking Institution
Item 19-073. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to continue with Fifth/Third Bank of Fruitport as the district’s official depository and banking institution and authorize the district to use Michigan Liquid Asset Fund, Fifth/Third Bank, Huntington Bank, and Community Shores for investment of surplus funds.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

VII. Resolution for Investment Authority
Item 19-074. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Brott to adopt a Resolution authorizing the Superintendent of Schools or the Director of Business Services to invest idle funds of the school district in accordance with Act 86, of the Public Acts of 1979 and act as Electronic Transfer Officers (ETO) in accordance with Policy 6144. Roll Call Vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes. Absent – Burgess and Kelly.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

VIII. Designation of Legal Firms
Item 19-075. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Brott to authorize the District to work with Thrun Law Firm, PC of Lansing; Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey of Grand Rapids; and, Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex & Morley PC of Troy; and Clark Hill PC in various legal matters relating to the school district.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

IX. Establishment of Board Compensation
Item 19-076. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve $599 compensation per Board member for the 2019-20 fiscal year payable in three installments: the first to be paid in August 2019; the second to be paid in December 2019; and the third to be paid in June 2020.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

X. Memberships and Affiliations
Item 19-077. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to continue with memberships in the following organizations:
• Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) ($5,054)
• Michigan Negotiators Association ($225)
• Rotary International Muskegon ($320)
• Michigan Institute for Educational Management (MIEM) ($365)
• Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) (*approx. $1,375)
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

XI. Designation of Board Liaison to MASB
Item 19-078. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Franklin to appoint Steve Kelly as the Board’s official liaison to Michigan Association of School Boards.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

XII. Adoption of Schedule of Regular Monthly Meetings
Item 19-079. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Brott to approve the regular meetings of the Board of Education for the third Monday of each month beginning at 7:00 p.m., (with the exception of December and June) meetings to be held on a rotating basis, per a set schedule, in the Board of Education meeting room and at district building sites unless otherwise changed by the Board for the 2019-20 school year. Roll Call Vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes. Absent – Burgess and Kelly.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

XIII. Designation of Authorized Signatures
Item 19-080. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to approve the Board President and Treasurer to sign checks; the Superintendent or his designee to sign contracts; the Superintendent or his designee to sign agreements; and the Director of Business to sign purchase orders.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

XIV. Administrator Designation of Treasurer Responsibilities
Item 19-081. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Cole to designate the Director of Business Services to assume the responsibilities of the Treasurer for the administration of District funds.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

XV. Safe Deposit Box Authority
Item 19-082. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Brott to recommend that if there is ever a need for a District Safe Deposit Box, the Director of Business Services would become the authorized user.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

XVI. Fee for Board Meeting Date Request
Item 19-083. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Brott to recommend that in the event an individual would like a copy of the Board Meeting Schedule mailed to their home, there will be NO fee involved in requesting a copy.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

XVII. Adjournment
Item 19-084. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adjourn the Organizational Meeting
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

The Organizational Meeting adjourned at 7:13 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Maribeth Clarke, Recording Secretary

Fruitport Board of Education Regular Monthly Meeting Minutes – 06/24/19

Fruitport Board of Education
Regular Monthly Meeting
June 24, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Board Meeting Room

I. The Regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 7:14 p.m. by Board President, Dave Hazekamp.

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

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 19-085. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Brott to approve the agenda with the addition of “Schedule a Board Workshop,” XIV-4
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

IV. PRESENTATIONS
None.

V. COMMUNICATIONS
None.

VI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
Superintendent, Bob Szymoniak spoke about a legislative meeting he recently attended where funding changes, teacher evaluations, mental health resources for schools, the Michigan merit curriculum, and the third grade reading law was discussed. He also indicated that the district’s School of Choice numbers looked promising.

VIII. CONSENT AGENDA
Item 19-086. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the Consent Agenda as presented:
1. Approval of Special Meeting Minutes of June 10, 2019
2. Approval of Bills
3. Acceptance of Monthly Financial Report and ACH Transactions
4. Acceptance of Student Activity Summary Report
5. Acceptance of Credit Card and Utilities Report
6. Approval of the Capital Projects Progress Report
7. Approval of Personnel Report
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

IX. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
None.

X. BUSINESS AND FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held June 11, 2019.
Elroy Buckner reported on a Business and Finance Committee meeting held June 11, 2019. Elroy Buckner, Kris Cole, Dave Hazekamp, Mark Mesbergen, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed: the budget, transportation vehicles, and a football helmet lease.

2. 2018-19 General Fund Budget Amendments.
Item 19-087. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to adopt the General Fund Amended Budget resolution as presented. Roll call vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes. Absent: Burgess and Kelly.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

3. 2018-19 School Service Fund Budget Amendments.
Item 19-088. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adopt the School Service Fund Amended Budget resolution as presented. Roll call vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes. Absent: Burgess and Kelly.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

4. 2019-20 General Fund Budget.
Item 19-089. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adopt the 2019-20 General Fund Budget resolution as presented. Roll call vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes. Absent: Burgess and Kelly.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

5. 2019-20 School Service Fund Budget.
Item 19-090. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adopt the School Service Fund Budget resolution as presented. Roll call vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes. Absent: Burgess and Kelly.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

6. Change to Vehicle Replacement Schedule.
Item 19-091. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to purchase two transportation vans not to exceed $60,000 as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

7. Football Helmet Lease.
Item 19-092. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the football helmet lease agreement as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

XI. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Nothing to report.

XII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held June 10, 2019.
Susan Franklin reported on a Student Affairs Committee meeting held June 10, 2019. Susan Franklin, Allison Camp, Ken Erny and Dave Hazekamp were present. The committee discussed: adding competitive cheer and tennis to middle school sports and the 3-5th grade ELA pilot.

2. Middle School Sports.
Item 19-093. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Brott to approve expanding middle school sports to include Competitive Cheer and Coed Tennis as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

3. 3rd – 5th Grade ELA Program.
Item 19-094. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Brott to purchase the 3rd – 5th grade myView Reading Program as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

4. Overnight Trip Request.
Item 19-095. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Brott to approve the High School Boys and Girls Track trip request to North Myrtle Beach April 3 – 11, 2020 as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

XIII. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS
Jill Brott spoke about high school graduation. She was impressed with the attention to detail and she looks forward to it every year!

XIV. AGENDA ITEMS for FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF ANY SPECIAL
MEETINGS
No committee meetings were scheduled for July.
The Board Workshop will be scheduled at the July Regular Board Meeting on July 15th.

XV. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
Beach Principal, Courtney Stahl thanked the Board for their financial support and time given to work on their School Improvement Plans. She mentioned the theme next year is “One School, One Family.”

XVI. ADJOURNMENT
Item 19-096. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

The meeting adjourned at 7:59 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Maribeth Clarke, Recording Secretary

Ask Dr. Universe – Shooting Stars

Dr. Universe: What are shooting stars made of? – Erin, 11, Arkansas

Dear Erin,

If you are anything like me, you probably like watching for shooting stars in the night sky. A shooting star, or a meteor, is usually a small rock that falls into Earth’s atmosphere.

When I went to visit my friend Michael Allen, a senior instructor of astronomy and physics at Washington State University, he told me a lot of shooting stars are no bigger than a pencil eraser.

“The earth is going to pass a random pebble once in a while and that will make a streak in the sky,” he said.

You might be wondering how such a small rock can create such a bright streak of light. If you’ve ever rubbed your hands together, you may know that friction is what helps them warm up.

When a small rock is falling into Earth’s atmosphere, it falls super-fast. Depending on the meteor, it can travel anywhere from 36,000 feet to 236,220 feet in a single second. As it falls, there is a lot of friction between the air and the rock. With all that friction, the rock starts to get really hot.

It is this friction that will help melt part of the rock. If the rock is small enough, it will evaporate, leaving behind a trail of hot gasses—and that’s the shooting star that you see streaking across the night sky.

Every now and then, we can see lots of shooting stars in the sky at the same time. When we see a meteor shower, we are seeing the little bits of a comet that has worked its way through the solar system. These meteor showers happen about a dozen times over the year and most last just a couple of hours.

When the icy comet intersects with Earth’s orbit, it gets heated up by the sun, and can break up into lots of smaller pieces of rock that can fall into Earth’s atmosphere. Meteors are rich in glassy or sandy materials, like quartz.

If a rock makes it from outer space to the surface of earth, we call it a meteorite. Allen also told me it’s really hard to know just by looking at a rock if it is from Earth or if it is something extraterrestrial.

If we really wanted to find out if a rock was a meteorite, we would need to look very closely at its atoms and its structure in a lab.

When we take a look at what makes up objects in space, we can learn quite a lot. By the way, unlike meteors, which are a solid, actual stars are really big exploding balls of gas. They are mostly made up of gases called hydrogen and helium.

The next time you look up to the vast night sky, remember that even the tiniest specks of dust and rock can light up the darkness—and that interstellar dust is falling around us all the time.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

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Run / Walk for Life – August 17, 2019

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful summer weather.

I am writing in regards to a prolife event happening here in Muskegon and am hoping you will join and/or donate to the cause. A coworker of my husband’s has organized a Run/Walk for Life Event for Saturday, August 17th at Prince of Peace North Muskegon. All the money raised is being given to Muskegon Pregnancy Services in order for them to purchase a new ultrasound machine.

It’s another wonderful way to show our support for life. – Please feel free to Invite ALL your family and friends 😉

Following are the details of the event from their Facebook page :

ALL proceeds will be donated directly to Muskegon Pregnancy Services for the purchase of a new ultrasound machine.

All runners registered within 2 weeks of the race date will receive a free cotton T-shirt, with the option of upgrading to a wicking shirt.

Packet pickup will be on the day of the race at 8am. This race is professionally CHIP timed with awards presented to the top racers in each age group.

Start Time: 8:30am EDT – End Time: 9:30am EDT

The Knights of Columbus will have breakfast prepared following the race. Breakfast is Free for all registered participants. All others 7$/adult, 5$/child. All profits also being donated to MPS. All are welcome!!

Price:
$30.00 + $2.50 Sign Up Fee
12 and under $15.00+$2.50 Sign Up Fee

Registration: Registration ends August 16, 2019 at 9:00pm EDT

For Race signups and donations-
https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Muskegon/RunWalkforLife5k

Here is the direct link to their Facebook page as well: https://www.facebook.com/events/2321326731432337/

God bless you all and hope to see you on the 17th!
Kristine Babiarz

Village of Fruitport Council Work Session Minutes – 08/12/19

VILLAGE OF FRUITPORT
COUNCIL WORK SESSION
AUGUST 12Th, 2019

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

2. Pledge

3. Prayer

4. Roll call
Present: Roger Vanderstelt, Amy Haack, Jay Bolt, Donna Pope, Jeff Guiles, Ann LaCroix and Will Overkamp (arrived at 6:24pm)
Absent: Carl Rothenberger

5. Approve the agenda for the August 12th Council Work Session
Motion made by Donna to approve the August 12th meeting agenda, supported by Jay. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

6. Public Comment
None

7. Boat Launch Attendant Hours
Roger discussed the boat launch attendant hours. We currently have 7 on call hours remaining for the season. He advised the boat launch revenue is up over $6000.00 from this time last year. Roger made a motion to add 25 additional hours to the available on call hours for the remainder of the summer, supported by Donna.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Overkamp, Bolt, Guiles and Vanderstelt
NAYES: None

8. Recreation Master Plan
Stephen Carlson from WMSRDC discussed the Questionnaire Results from the Visioning Session and comments received by the Village after the Visioning Session. The comments are in line with comments received when developing the current Recreation Master Plan. Stephen reviewed the questionnaire results with the Council. Stephen asked how the plan has served the community over the last 5 years. Amy responded that is a good plan and there was a lot of public input and detail acquired while developing the current plan. Stephen advised that a project doesn’t need to be specifically listed to be funded it does need to be in line with the goals and objectives of the plan.
Stephen then lead a complete review by council of the goals and objectives noting the requested changes by the council members.
The Action Plan will be addressed at the next council meeting.

9. Public Comment
None

10. Adjournment
Motion made by Donna to adjourn at 7:57pm, supported by Jeff. With a unanimous vote the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted by,

Ann LaCroix
Clerk

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 08/12/19 – 08/19/19

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

Ongoing Events:

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.  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
Bring the kids to Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady every Monday at 3:00pm during July and August!  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, 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.

Roll On Muskegon
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night we leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon.
• When: Every Monday night. Wheels turn at 6:30pm
• Where: Meet at the Muskegon Farmer’s Market
• Speed: Casual, 8-10 mph
• How Long: Approx. 90 minutes

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.

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.

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.

Jazz on the Patio
Thursdays, June 13 – 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.

Fetch Cycling Group
Meet in the parking lot behind Fetch Brewing Company on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a 60 minute No Drop Bike Ride. All abilities and fitness levels are encouraged and welcome.  Helmets are strongly encouraged.  Fetch Brewing Company provides you with the added incentive of $1 off your first post-ride beer!

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.  The cost is $10 for 5 rounds of arrows, and $15 for luge add-on.  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.
Tickets for summer luge are not sold in advance. Guests are served on a first come, first served basis, but wait times are rarely more than 15 minutes. The cost is $10 for 4 runs, and $15 for the archery add-on.  All equipment and instruction are provided with the purchase of a pass. Sneakers, long sleeve shirts and long pants are highly recommended to protect your skin from fiberglass “burns” in case you brush up against the side of the luge track. Participants must be at least 5 years of age.

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.

Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
Join the Lakeside Emporium on Saturday afternoons from 12:00pm – 4:00pm 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.

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.

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:

Muskegon’s Water Week
August 9th-August 18th
Ready, Set, Water!  During Muskegon’s Water Week, happening Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 18, you’ll enjoy what we in Michigan call the “Lake Effect,” embracing nature’s blessings and celebrating another great season on Muskegon’s lakes!  From great events on and along the shores, great eats, music and beverages, to maritime history and tours, everybody can enjoy. Invite your friends and family to Muskegon and enjoy a slice of Pure Michigan!

McGraft Park Free Summer Concert Series
Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Come to the McGraft Park bandshell for family-friendly concerts this summer! This week Steel Doin’ It (Steel Drum – Caribbean) will be performing. 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.

Aquastar 104.5 WSNX Pre-Breakaway Festival Cruise
Wednesday, August 14th, 2019  @ 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Take some time out of your busy schedule to enjoy Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan. With DJ CHOFF, food and adult beverages onboard there is something for everyone. Guests 21+ get a free drink upon entry. For more information please contact us at info@aquastarcruises.com.

Root Talk
Thursday, August 15th, 2019  @ 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.

Escanaba in da Moonlight
Thursday, August 15th, 2019 @ 7:30pm
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). August 15 – 17, it’s “Escanaba in da Moonlight” by Jeff Daniels, directed by Sheila Wahamaki.

Unruly Comedy Night
Thursday, August 15th, 2019 @ 8:30pm-11:00pm
Come to Unruly Brewing Co. for the Unruly Comedy Night! This month they are featuring Sydney Smith, Mike Bussler and Joe Elder.  Opening and hosting is the hilarious Simon Carlson.  Nardos Osterhart will be wrapping up the evening.  The cover is only $3, or if you want to sit outside in the beer garden, it’s free!  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

Parties in the Park
Friday, August 16th, 2019 @ 5:00pm-9:00pm
For more than 30 year’s, Parties in the Park has been a Muskegon institution providing Friday evening entertainment, free admission, and a family-friendly atmosphere.  Be a part of the tradition and enjoy your summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park. Tonight’s live music is brought to you by Hurricane Reggae Band sponsored by the Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce. Parties are 5:00pm – 9:00pm and feature great food and adult beverage vendors!  For more information e-mail info@partiesinthepark.com.

Arts and Drafts Festival
Friday, August 16th, 2019 @ 5:00pm-11:00pm
The 7th annual Norton Shores Arts & Drafts Festival is happening Friday and Saturday, August 16 – 17 in beautiful Ross Park!  This will be a fun-filled time for every member of the family! On Friday, August 16 there will be the Ginka Memorial Softball Tournament & Community Picnic  and a Beverage Tent with Live Music.

Hackley & Hume Historic Site: All Access Tours
Friday, August 16th, 2019 @ 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: Fremont John
Friday, August 16th, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Friday, it’s Music at the Light featuring “Fremont John!” A distinctive acoustic guitar style with resonate growl of a baritone voice is reason enough to listen to the music of Fremont John.  Whether it’s a remake of a classic or an original selection, the guitar work is sure to please and the stories surrounding the songs are delightfully entertaining.  For more information call 231-845-7417.

Escanaba in da Moonlight
Friday, August 16th, 2019 @ 7:30pm
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). August 15 – 17, it’s “Escanaba in da Moonlight” by Jeff Daniels, directed by Sheila Wahamaki!

Movies on Deck
Friday, August 16th, 2019 @ Dusk
The 13th annual Movies on Deck film series features great movies showing at dusk on Friday evenings on the USS LST 393! Tonight’s movie will be Grease! 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.

Arts and Drafts Festival
Saturday, August 17th, 2019 @ 8:00am-11:00pm
The 7th annual Norton Shores Arts & Drafts Festival is happening Friday and Saturday, August 16 – 17 in beautiful Ross Park!  This will be a fun-filled time for every member of the family! Saturdays events include Arts & Dash 5k , Arts & Crafts Fair, Arts & Wheels Car Show, Beverage Tent with Live music.If you would like further information or have questions, feel free to e-mail them at suev@nortonshores.org or give the Parks & Recreation Dept. a call at 231-799-6802.

Bright Lights Muskegon Lighthouse Festival
Saturday, August 17th, 2019
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy (MLC) invites you to attend their annual Muskegon Bright Lights Festival in celebration of the Michigan Maritime Festival.  Saturday, August 17, festival-goers can visit Muskegon South Pierhead Light, overlooking the award-winning Pere Marquette Beach and climb the tower to take in unparalleled views of Muskegon’s broad Lake Michigan shoreline, forests and beaches.  Special festival offerings include family-friendly events, performances, and more.

Great Lakes Surf Festival
Saturday, August 17th, 2019 @ 11:00am-7:00pm
The 2nd annual Great Lakes Surf Festival is coming to Pere Marquette Beach!  All SUP’ers, surfers, kiteboarders, kayakers, windsurfers, artists and yogis are welcome to this fun filled day of watersports.  If you are currently not involved with any of these sports, then the GLSF will provide the perfect place and opportunity for you to learn.  By registering, you will have access to numerous workshops, free lessons and product demos that will help you access the sport of your choice.  More details will be added as they become available.  To register or book a tent camping sight on the beach, e-mail info@GreatLakesSurfFestival.com.

Moosefest 2019
Saturday, August 17th, 2019 @ 10:00am
Country radio station, WMUS (107.9FM) invites you to join them at beautiful Heritage Landing for Moose Fest 2019!  This FREE day of music features many of your favorite artists playing acoustical sets.  Listen in or check their website at www.107mus.iheart.com for locations where you can pick up your FREE tickets to this great day of music on Muskegon Lake.  For more information, call 616-459-1919.

Community Paddle: Snug Harbor Edition
Saturday, August 17th, 2019 @ 8:00am-11:00am
Muskegon AREA Community Paddles invite you to a community paddle party along the northwest end of the Muskegon Lake shoreline! This event is free and open to anyone with a paddle craft; kayak, paddle board, canoe or rowboat.  Meet at the Muskegon State Park, Snug Harbor boat launch at 8:00am, and then paddle along the north shoreline east toward Bear Lake from 8:30am – 10:30am, then back to the starting point. Anyone without a paddle craft can rent a kayak from Guy’s Kayaks for only $5 by calling 231-740-0227. Register for the event at www.eventbrite.com.

Watercolor Demonstration with John Herron
August 17 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come to Art Cats Gallery for a free Watercolor Demonstration with John Herron!  Watch John as he paints and demonstrates his stunning talent!  He will set up his easel in the reception area to demonstrate a variety of standard and unique techniques .  Feel free to ask questions as you watch him at work.  Would you like to learn how to make your own work more spontaneous and more fun?  Curious about wet in wet, masking, scraping, salt, color mixing and mounting paper?  Have you wanted to try your hand at watercolor but believe it’s too difficult?  Watch John take some of the mystery out of this exciting medium.  He will have several new paintings on display, many of which depict scenes of Lake Michigan.  For more information, call (231) 755-7606.

Escanaba in da Moonlight
Saturday, August 17th, 2019 @ 7:30pm
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). August 15 – 17, it’s “Escanaba in da Moonlight” by Jeff Daniels, directed by Sheila Wahamaki!

Maranatha Summer Concert Series: Big Band of Praise
Saturday, August 17, 2019 @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm
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 the website below for more information or call (231) 798-2161.
Big Band of Praise or BBOP, is a Christian band dedicated to connecting with listeners by presenting the Love of God through song and testimony.  They are an 18 piece powerhouse group from Holland Michigan who perform big band, swing, jazz, and blues. They appeal to all ages, and play religious, secular or combination venues.

Welcome Home: The Journey Continues
Saturday, August 17, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Come to the Beardsley Theatre inside the Frauenthal Center for “Welcome Home: The Journey Continues!”  Welcome Home is comprised of 4 individuals from various musical backgrounds who, together, create a unique sound that explores all aspects of human emotion. Welcome Home is a mix of genres that draws everybody in – imagine Alabama Shakes, Tracy Chapman, Evanescence & Lenny Kravitz all rolled into one.  Tickets are $20.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Fruitport Board of Education Special Board Meeting Minutes – 08/07/19

Fruitport Board of Education
Special Board Meeting
August 7, 2019
Board Room

I. The Special Meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 7:40 a.m. by Board President, Dave Hazekamp.

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

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 19-105. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the agenda as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 4-0

IV. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes.
Item 19-106. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Burgess to approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of July 15, 2019.
MOTION CARRIED 4-0

2. Bus Replacement Grant.
Item 19-107. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the signing of the commitment letter allowing Fruitport Community Schools the opportunity to participate in the Fuel Transformation Program Volkswagen State Mitigation Trust School Bus Replacement grant as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 4-0

V. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VI. OTHER
None.

VII. ADJOURNMENT
Item 19-108. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Burgess to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 4-0

The meeting adjourned at 7:57 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Bob Szymoniak, Acting Board Secretary

Village of Fruitport Special Council Meeting Minutes – 07/31/19

VILLAGE OF FRUITPORT
SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING
JULY 31, 2019

1. Call to Order
President Roger Vanderstelt called the meeting to order at 6:03pm

2. Pledge

3. Prayer

4. Roll call
Present: Roger Vanderstelt, Carl Rothenberger (arrived at 6:15pm), Amy Haack, Bill Overkamp, Donna Pope (arrived at 6:20pm), Jeff Guiles and Jay Bolt.

5. Public Comment
None

6. Meet and Greet with David Jirousek, Horizon Community Planning
David met with the council and provided information about his background and services. A discussion took place about updating the Master Plan and other planning needs of the Village. David will provide a cost estimate for updating our Master Plan.

7. Public Comment
None

8. Adjournment
Motion made by Donna to adjourn at 7:31pm, supported by Amy. With a unanimous vote the motion carried.

 

Submitted by,
Bill Overkamp Council Member

Ask Dr. Universe – Sneezing

Dr. Universe: Why do we sneeze? -Nyuma, 10, North Carolina

Dear Nyuma,

Imagine you are home sick from school or are just playing outside when all of a sudden—ah-ah-ah-choo! It might seem like that sneeze came out of nowhere, but a lot of things went on in the brain and body to make it happen.

That’s what I found out from my friend Hans Haverkamp, a scientist at Washington State University who is really curious about the human body and how it works.

Your body’s muscles tense up and contract, making a sneeze “seriously explosive,” said Haverkamp. “Bam! Air comes flying out of your mouth, along with a bunch of germs.”

A sneeze, or a sternutation (stir-new-tay-shun), is a kind of reflex that helps protect you from things like dust, pollen, or chemicals in irritating odors. There are lots of different kinds of reflexes. If you’ve ever had a doctor tap your knee with a tiny rubber hammer, you may have felt the knee-jerk reflex before. A hiccup is another kind of reflex.

These are involuntary responses—you don’t even have to really think about it. The brain and body automatically take care of it for you.

In your body there are billions of nerve cells that help you feel and sense the world. They help with smell, sight, touch, taste, and hearing. When nerve cells in your nose sense that there is something in the nasal passageway that isn’t supposed to be there, they help send a signal to your brain. When the signal reaches your brain, it creates an automatic response and you start getting sneezy.

It takes muscles like your abdomen and your larynx, or voice box, to help push out a sneeze, too. The mucus that lines your nose and airways also helps grab onto some of those small invading particles. Sometimes a sneeze comes with a lot of snot, or mucous, too. It’s important to cover your sneeze to keep germs from flying out and landing on other people.

All kinds of animals sneeze, including, cats, dogs, and mice. Elephants sneeze out of their trunks, which is their nose. There are also animals like Galapagos marine iguanas that sneeze to get rid of sea salts that come from the process of digesting their food.

When humans sneeze, we will often hear other people say “bless you” or “gesundheit.” The phrase “gesundheit” is German and means “health.” “Bless you” comes from the sixth century when people had the plague and used this phrase in hopes people would get better soon.

According to the Guinness World Records, the longest sneezing fit, or most sneezes in a row, went to a woman in the United Kingdom. She sneezed about a million times in the first year and had her first day without a sneeze after 977 days. That must have been a lot of tissues.

But usually a sneeze is a sign that you have a cold or allergy and that your body is working hard to help you stay healthy.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

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Fruitport Board of Education Special Board Meeting Agenda – 08/07/19

Fruitport Community Schools
SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 – 7:30 a.m.
Board of Education Meeting Room

AGENDA

I. CALL to ORDER

II. ROLL CALL

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

IV. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Regular Meeting Minutes of July 15, 2019 (attachment IV-1)
2. Bus Replacement Grant (IV-2)

V. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

VI. OTHER

VII. ADJOURNMENT

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

Muskegon County Calendar of Events August 5-12, 2019

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

Monday August 5:

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Kids Storytime: 2:00pm
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.

MADLOS Presents: Street Dance
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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.

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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.

Pigeon Hill Brewing Co: Monday Night Bike Ride
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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.

White Lake Chamber Music Festival
August 2 – August 11
The White Lake Chamber Music Festival announces a stunning 10-year anniversary season! August 2 – 11, this year’s festival and events held throughout the White Lake Area of Montague and Whitehall. Hear the Detroit Symphony Trio, featuring flutist Jeff Zook, violinist Sheryl Hwangbo, and cellist David Ledoux on Monday, August 5. They will perform music by Devienne, Piazolla, Edgar Girtan and others. This trio was formed in 2015 after the Detroit Symphony began its mission to bring symphonic and chamber music into the neighborhoods and communities surrounding Orchestra Hall and Detroit. Since then the Trio has enjoyed performing throughout Michigan bringing innovative and inspiring sounds to audiences of all ages. www.whitelakemusic.org or 231-893-1155 for complete list of events.

Roll On Muskegon
August 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night we leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon.Casual, 8-10 mph for Approx. 90 minutes to get outside and wave to our neighbors.

Tuesday August 6:

Open Irish Jam Session: Free
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
All musicians are welcome at Hennessey’s Irish Pub for their open Irish Jam session located at 885 Jefferson St. Whether participating or just watching it is always a fun time and admission is free.  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
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.
Farmers’ Market hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit their website www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Group Bicycle Tour
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.

Summer Concert Series: Matt Gabriel
7:00 pm
Add delightful music to your summer season with free outdoor concerts at the Montague Band Shell. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a lovely summer evening listening to a variety of genres of music.  The rain site is Montague High School.  This concert series is generously supported by the Arts Council of White Lake.  For more information on the concert series, call 231-893-2524.

White Lake Chamber Music Festival
August 2 – August 11
The White Lake Chamber Music Festival announces a stunning 10-year anniversary season! This year’s festival and events held throughout Montague and Whitehall. August 6 at 7:30pm features Andrea Swan, Chicago’s own well-known chamber musician, collaborative pianist, orchestral keyboard player, soloist and teacher. She will perform works of Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Franz, and Chopin. This concert will be held at St. James’ Lutheran Church in Montague.  www.whitelakemusic.org or 231-893-1155 for complete list of events.

Wednesday August 7:

Unity Christian Music Festival
August 7 – August 10 Wednesday FREE night!
Don’t miss the family affordable event of the summer, Unity Christian Music Festival August 7 – 10 on the shores of beautiful Muskegon Lake at Heritage Landing! Four days of the best in Christian music along with faith, family, food and fun!  The Unity Main Stage, presented by County Dairy, features top Christian artists including Tenth Avenue North, Mandisa, Jordan Feliz, Switchfoot, Matthew West, and Skillet.  Unity’s Hometown Pharmacy Family Fun Zone provides activities for the entire family. And kids of all ages will love the games and fun at Camp Unity! For information and to purchase your tickets, visit www.unitymusicfestival.com

Aquastar: Midweek Afternoon Muskegon History Cruise
August 7 @ 11:00 am
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 website at www.aquastarcruises.com for ticket information.

Western Market Chalets
June 5
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.Retailers Include: Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gift, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art,
Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave and Village Baker.

Muskegon Flea Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Flea Market is where everything imaginable is sold.
The Flea Market is Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit their website www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Muskegon State Park
10:00 am – 11:00 am
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. A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.

Thursday August 8:

Unity Christian Music Festival
August 7 – August 10
Don’t miss the family affordable event of the summer, Unity Christian Music Festival August 7 – 10 on the shores of beautiful Muskegon Lake at Heritage Landing! Four days of the best in Christian music along with faith, family, food and fun!  The Unity Main Stage, presented by County Dairy, features top Christian artists including Tenth Avenue North, Mandisa, Jordan Feliz, Switchfoot, Matthew West, and Skillet.  Unity’s Hometown Pharmacy Family Fun Zone provides activities for the entire family. And kids of all ages will love the games and fun at Camp Unity! For information and to purchase your tickets, visit www.unitymusicfestival.com

Northside Family Fun Fest & Art Fair
August 8 – August 10
The 11th annual Northside Family Fun Fest will take place at Walker Park in North Muskegon from August 8-10 at Walker Park in North Muskegon!  This event will feature a parade, art fair, book sale, beer and wine garden and “Taste of the Northside.”  The arts & crafts fair will be Saturday only.  For more information visit www.northmuskegon.org

Animal X-Files with the Outdoor Discovery Center
August 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Bring the kids to the Fruitport District Library and join the Outdoor Discovery Center’s special agent naturalists as they investigate the unexplained and mind-bending animals of Michigan!  Strange, live creatures will be scrutinized as you take a look into the bizarre and surprising. This exciting, free, all ages event will take you on a journey into the unknown.  For more information call (231) 366-6107. fruitportdistrictlibrary.org

Jazz on the Patio
6:00 pm
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.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
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.
Farmers’ Market hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit their website www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Western Market Chalets
June 6
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.Retailers Include: Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gift, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art,
Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave and Village Baker.

Dancing into Sunset Free Weekly Dance Party
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Season 3 of the “Dancing into Sunset“ free outdoor concert series. Tonight The Silverado Band (Celebrating the Lions Club 102nd Birthday) New this season, enjoy vendors on site each week including Aloha Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Pizza Parliament. These free weekly concerts happen every Thursday, May 30 – August 22 in beautiful Pomona Park overlooking Spring Lake. For more information e-mail dancingintosunset@aol.com or visit their Facebook page below.

McGraft Park Free Summer Concert: Westside Soul Surfers
August 8 @ 7:00 pm
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.
Thursday, August 8 – West Side Soul Surfers (R&B, Rock & Jazz)

Miracle on South Division Street
August 8 @ 7:30 pm – August 10 @ 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).
Meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, NY. Clara and her three grown kids have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop! 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.

Friday August 9:

Northside Family Fun Fest & Art Fair
August 8 – August 10
The 11th annual Northside Family Fun Fest will take place at Walker Park in North Muskegon from August 8-10 at Walker Park in North Muskegon!  This event will feature a parade, art fair, book sale, beer and wine garden and “Taste of the Northside.”  The arts & crafts fair will be Saturday only.  For more information visit www.northmuskegon.org

Unity Christian Music Festival
August 7 – August 10
Don’t miss the family affordable event of the summer, Unity Christian Music Festival August 7 – 10 on the shores of beautiful Muskegon Lake at Heritage Landing! Four days of the best in Christian music along with faith, family, food and fun!  The Unity Main Stage, presented by County Dairy, features top Christian artists including Tenth Avenue North, Mandisa, Jordan Feliz, Switchfoot, Matthew West, and Skillet.  Unity’s Hometown Pharmacy Family Fun Zone provides activities for the entire family. And kids of all ages will love the games and fun at Camp Unity! For information and to purchase your tickets, visit www.unitymusicfestival.com

Muskegon Heritage Museum’s Community Days
August 9 @ 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: August 9 – Arconic

Music and Beer at the Light: Catfish and the Man
August 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy time together listening to 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, August 9 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, it’s “Music and Beer at the Light” featuring “Catfish and the Man!” Come enjoy your favorite Fetch Beer and the music of Catfish and the Man on the grounds of the White River Light Station. This family friendly event is a fund raiser for the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers, caretakers of the lighthouse.  Beer and wine, as well as soft drinks and water, will be available for purchase. For more information call 231-845-7417.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
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.

Miracle on South Division Street
August 8 @ 7:30 pm – August 10 @ 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).
Meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, NY. Clara and her three grown kids have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop! 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.

Western Market Chalets
June 7
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.Retailers Include: Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gift, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art,
Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave and Village Baker.

WVIB Motown Cruise Aboard the Aquastar
August 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Radio station V-100, WVIB will get the Aquastar rocking with classic Motown Music!  The cost is $25. Stop at Visit Muskegon for a $5 coupon to make it $20. Call (231) 903-0669 or visit www.aquastarcruises.com to make reservations or for more information.  Sunset, music and friends…it doesn’t get much better than that!

DEOS Contemporary Ballet presents COLLIDE
August 9 @ 7:30 pm
Friday and Saturday, August 9 and 10 at 7:30pm, come to the Beardsley Theater for COLLIDE, presented by the DEOS Contemporary Ballet! Feel the result when reality collides with what you planned as powerful choreography and beautiful dancers make statements of impact.  Tickets are $35.00 in advance of $40.00 the day of the show. Call 231-727-8001 for more information.

Saturday August 10:

Unity Christian Music Festival
August 7 – August 10
Don’t miss the family affordable event of the summer, Unity Christian Music Festival August 7 – 10 on the shores of beautiful Muskegon Lake at Heritage Landing! Four days of the best in Christian music along with faith, family, food and fun!  The Unity Main Stage, presented by County Dairy, features top Christian artists including Tenth Avenue North, Mandisa, Jordan Feliz, Switchfoot, Matthew West, and Skillet.  Unity’s Hometown Pharmacy Family Fun Zone provides activities for the entire family. And kids of all ages will love the games and fun at Camp Unity! For information and to purchase your tickets, visit www.unitymusicfestival.com

DEOS Contemporary Ballet presents COLLIDE
August 9 @ 7:30 pm
Friday and Saturday, August 9 and 10 at 7:30pm, come to the Beardsley Theater for COLLIDE, presented by the DEOS Contemporary Ballet! Feel the result when reality collides with what you planned as powerful choreography and beautiful dancers make statements of impact.  Tickets are $35.00 in advance of $40.00 the day of the show. Call 231-727-8001 for more information.

Northside Family Fun Fest & Art Fair
August 8 – August 10
The 11th annual Northside Family Fun Fest will take place at Walker Park in North Muskegon from August 8-10 at Walker Park in North Muskegon!  This event will feature a parade, art fair, book sale, beer and wine garden and “Taste of the Northside.”  The arts & crafts fair will be Saturday only.  For more information visit www.northmuskegon.org

Maranatha Summer Concert Series: This Hope
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 the website below for more information or call (231) 798-2161.

Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
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.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
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.

Western Market Chalets
June 8
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.Retailers Include: Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gift, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art,
Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave and Village Baker.

Montague Farmers’ Market
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Montague Farmers’ Market opens the first Saturday in June and runs every Saturday through October. 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

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

Annual Health and Wellness Fair
August 10 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Staying healthy can be fun at the Annual Health and Wellness Fair at Muskegon Family Care!  Saturday, August 10 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, get free blood pressure screenings, diabetes checks, oral exams, height & weight and BMI’s.  There’ll be entertainment, plenty of door prizes, food and vendors on site.  For more information call 231-739-9315.

Hey 5K Run/Walk
August 10 @ 8:00 am
The Hey 5K Run/Walk begins at the historic Union Depot located at 610 W. Western Ave.  Early registration is at the Depot on August 10 from 3:00pm-5:00pm.  Bring your family and friends for this fun Run/Walk and enjoy the sites of historic Downtown Muskegon while supporting the family friendly non-profit radio station 88.9FM.  Family and group rates are available for this race.  Everyone is welcome!  For more information visit www.heyradio.com/hey5k.

Miracle on South Division Street
August 8 @ 7:30 pm – August 10 @ 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).
Meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, NY. Clara and her three grown kids have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop! 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.

Rock Star Super Saturday
August 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Rock Star Super Saturday!  This free family Funday will let you rock out at the MMA! This month’s Super Saturday is inspired by the exhibition “Lights, Camera, Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Music Photography of Paul Jendrasiak.”  For more information call (231) 720-2570.
• 10:00am & 1:00pm Family Film
• 11:00 am – 1:00pm Guided Look: Explore the live-rock photography of Paul Jendrasiak with a docent.
• 11:00 am – 2:00pm Make & Take: Express your inner star with a limelight worthy craft in the classroom.
(Note: Activities and general admission are free. Underwritten by Arconic-Whitehall Operations. A $5 special entry fee is required to enter the Replay exhibition. Free admission for MMA Members and ages 0-2.)

Summer Adventures at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
August 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
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.
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. Tickets for summer luge are not sold in advance. Guests are served on a first come, first served basis, but wait times are rarely more than 15 minutes. The cost is $10 for 4 runs, and $15 for the archery add-on.  All equipment and instruction are provided with the purchase of a pass. Sneakers, long sleeve shirts and long pants are highly recommended to protect your skin from fiberglass “burns” in case you brush up against the side of the luge track. Participants must be at least 5 years of age. 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 lessonof 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.The cost is $10 for 5 rounds of arrows, and $15 for luge add-on.

Princess Party with Chef Char
August 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Bring the kids to Kitchen 242 at The Muskegon Farmers Market for a “Princess Party” with Chef Char! Come and bake cookies with Chef Char and Princess Tiana and Princess Elsa.  Be sure to wear your princess costume because there will be plenty of opportunities for photos with the princesses.  Each little princess will roll, decorate and bake a dozen princess-themed cookies to take home.   This is for ages 5 and up.  The cost is $45 and tickets are available through Eventbrite.com.

Free Kids Yoga at the Market
August 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
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 the 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.

Sunday August 11:

Rootdown’s Yoga on Deck
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. Rent a mat for $2.  For more info call (231) 722-9642.

Western Market Chalets
June 9
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.Retailers Include: Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gift, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art,
Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave and Village Baker.

5-Course Viennese Gala Dinner
August 11 @ 6:00 pm
Come to the Book Nook Java Shop/Best Cellars Wine Bar for a 5-Course Viennese Gala Dinner featuring music by Michael Schaeffer and dinner prepared by Chef Heidi! Your dinner includes two glasses of Regional wine and there will be a cash bar available as well. Enjoy an unforgettable evening and finale to a week of inspiring music during the White Lake Chamber Music Festival. Be sure to Rock your Viennese outfit!  Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 7 by calling 231-894-5333 or e-mail bryan@thebooknookjavashop.com.

Monday August 12:

MADLOS Presents: Street Dance
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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.

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Kids Storytime: 2:00pm
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.

Pigeon Hill Brewing Co: Monday Night Bike Ride
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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.

Ask Dr. Universe – Long-distance Before Cell Phones

Dr. Universe: Back when cell phones weren’t a thing, how could you place a call from across the ocean? Were there wires under the ocean? -Tali, 9, Seattle, Wash.

Dear Tali,

Long before telephones, if you wanted to say “hi” to friend across the ocean you’d probably write them a letter and send it over on a ship.

But in the last hundred years or so, we’ve been able to connect across the ocean much faster. And yes, it often required thousands of miles of wires, or cables, deep in the sea.

That’s what I found out from my friend Bob Olsen, a professor of electrical engineering at Washington State University, who told me all about the telephone.

The telephone helps translate the sound waves from your voice into electrical signals. Those electrical signals can flow through cables on land and, as you hypothesized, under the ocean.

Before there were cell phones, we made calls on a landline. It was a kind of phone with copper wires that flowed from your phone, into the wall, and onto a phone company’s central office.

When you’d dial a long-distance number, a lot of things started happening behind the scenes.

After you dialed the number, someone at the phone company’s central office would get your call. At the office, that person would help switch the call, or move the right wires around, to connect you with their long-distance office.

The person at the long-distance office would connect your call to the phone company office nearest to your friend’s house. The wires on land and the cables beneath the ocean helped this message travel in the form of electrical signals.

While we used to depend on people to help make the switches, now computers can do it. As engineers came up with new ideas about telephones, they also learned they could use satellites to help these signals travel long-distances. Instead of using long-distance cables, a call goes up to a satellite and bounces back down to your friend.

Olsen said he remembers calling his uncle who lived across the country once a year. It was a special occasion and all of the kids in his family would line up to just say “hello.” It was very expensive to make a long-distance call. Maybe you can ask your parents or grandparents about it.

Even though a lot of people now use wireless phones rather than landlines to connect with each other, we still depend on those wires under the ocean for long-distance phone calls. The old wires have now been replaced with optical fibers that are a much better way to send these signals. We also depend on them for one big thing many of us use every day: Internet.

When we search the web, make a video call, or send texts from an app overseas, that information in the form of electrical signals is flowing deep beneath the ocean on optical fiber cables. You can check out this map to see how the cables work and are all connected.

The next time I go to the ocean or call a friend, I’m going to remember the important work electrical engineers to do help us all stay connected—and let me answer great questions from kids like you.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

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