Monthly Archives: November 2020

Events Happening in Muskegon County – Monday Nov.-23 to Sunday Nov.-29

*Please call before attending for any changes. Remember to wear your mask to all events*
Please check our website for virtual events happening
www.visitmuskegon.org

Monday November 23:

Christmas Postcard Drive
November 9 – December 10
Spread joy throughout the holiday season with a Christmas themed postcard drive for our friends at Sanctuary at McAuley in Muskegon. If you’d like get your family involved in the Christmas Postcard Drive you can do so with three easy steps: Questions call 231-720-2570
1. Stop into the Art Museum store to pick up FREE blank postcards, or feel free to use your own. 2. Have your family decorate the postcards with festive imagery and messages at home. 3. Drop your finished postcards off at the Museum located at 296 W. Webster by December 10, and enjoy FREE admission into our galleries and Festival of Wreaths for participating.

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit
Quilts are made from an endless combination of patterns, colors, fabrics, and techniques. The maker stitches these different parts to one another to create a one-of-a-kind quilt. Like a quilt, our lives are made of strips that must be sewn together to create a story with a lasting legacy. Details, stories, and objects are all pieces of our lives that can be combined in endless ways. Even one missing piece leaves the story incomplete and the quilt unfinished. In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Tuesday November 24:

Shop for A Cause-Support Agewell Services at Art Cats Gallery
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art Cats Gallery will be donating a portion of sales to AgeWell Services of West Michigan. Be an Agewell Angel and help support this great local non profit in their quest to keep our senior citizens healthy – both emotionally and physically. Want to shop privately? Mondays are dedicated to this! Call Art Cats Gallery at (231) 755-7606 or leave a Facebook message. www.artcatsgallery.com 1845 Lakeshore Dr.

Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market,
242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from May 2 through November 30, 2020. Hours are 8 am to 2 pm For
COVID19 safety measures, the market will have a different look and feel this year: Please wear your mask and walk within the direction arrows. Thank you

Christmas Postcard Drive
November 9 – December 10
Spread joy throughout the holiday season with a Christmas themed postcard drive for our friends at Sanctuary at McAuley in Muskegon. If you’d like get your family involved in the Christmas Postcard Drive you can do so with three easy steps: Questions call 231-720-2570 1. Stop into the Art Museum store to pick up FREE blank postcards, or feel free to use your own. 2. Have your family decorate the postcards with festive imagery and messages at home. 3. Drop your finished postcards off at the Museum located at 296 W. Webster by December 10, and enjoy FREE admission into our galleries and Festival of Wreaths for participating.

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit
Quilts are made from an endless combination of patterns, colors, fabrics, and techniques. The maker stitches these different parts to one another to create a one-of-a-kind quilt. Like a quilt, our lives are made of strips that must be sewn together to create a story with a lasting legacy. Details, stories, and objects are all pieces of our lives that can be combined in endless ways. Even one missing piece leaves the story incomplete and the quilt unfinished. In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Wednesday November 25:

Festival of Wreaths Downtown Muskegon Wreath Walk
November 24 – December 6
The Muskegon Museum of Art in collaboration with downtown businesses and organizations, is organizing a new version of its annual Festival of Trees to a Wreath Walk event that people can enjoy from the sidewalk or street. Each participating downtown business or organization will host a designer wreath provided by the art museum in a window facing the street or sidewalk from November 24 – December 6. The MMA will also have a small gallery display of decor during the run of the Festival. A walking map with the location of all the wreaths will be available at the MMA Store and at participating businesses starting November 24. A digital version of the map will be available at www.muskegonartmuseum.org. 231-720-2570

Getty Drive-In Theatre Encore
November 25 @ 5:00 pm – November 28 @ 9:00 pm
The Getty Drive-In Theatre has opened for an encore and will open the entire holiday weekend. www.celebrationcinema.com and shows will begin each evening  at 5:30. See shows like Frozen, Santa Clause with Tim Allen. Other showings are Freaky and Vanguard. They are located at 920 E. Summit Ave. 231-798-2608

Shop for A Cause-Support Agewell Services at Art Cats Gallery
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art Cats Gallery will be donating a portion of sales to AgeWell Services of West Michigan. Be an Agewell Angel and help support this great local non profit in their quest to keep our senior citizens healthy – both emotionally and physically. Want to shop privately? Mondays are dedicated to this! Call Art Cats Gallery at (231) 755-7606 or leave a Facebook message. www.artcatsgallery.com 1845 Lakeshore Dr.

Christmas Postcard Drive
November 9 – December 10
Spread joy throughout the holiday season with a Christmas themed postcard drive for our friends at Sanctuary at McAuley in Muskegon. If you’d like get your family involved in the Christmas Postcard Drive you can do so with three easy steps: Questions call 231-720-2570
1. Stop into the Art Museum store to pick up FREE blank postcards, or feel free to use your own. 2. Have your family decorate the postcards with festive imagery and messages at home. 3. Drop your finished postcards off at the Museum located at 296 W. Webster by December 10, and enjoy FREE admission into our galleries and Festival of Wreaths for participating.

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit
Quilts are made from an endless combination of patterns, colors, fabrics, and techniques. The maker stitches these different parts to one another to create a one-of-a-kind quilt. Like a quilt, our lives are made of strips that must be sewn together to create a story with a lasting legacy. Details, stories, and objects are all pieces of our lives that can be combined in endless ways. Even one missing piece leaves the story incomplete and the quilt unfinished. In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Thursday November 26:

Getty Drive-In Theatre Encore
November 25 @ 5:00 pm – November 28 @ 9:00 pm
The Getty Drive-In Theatre has opened for an encore and will open the entire holiday weekend. www.celebrationcinema.com and shows will begin each evening  at 5:30. See shows like Frozen, Santa Clause with Tim Allen. Other showings are Freaky and Vanguard. They are located at 920 E. Summit Ave. 231-798-2608

Shop for A Cause-Support Agewell Services at Art Cats Gallery
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art Cats Gallery will be donating a portion of sales to AgeWell Services of West Michigan. Be an Agewell Angel and help support this great local non profit in their quest to keep our senior citizens healthy – both emotionally and physically. Want to shop privately? Mondays are dedicated to this! Call Art Cats Gallery at (231) 755-7606 or leave a Facebook message. www.artcatsgallery.com 1845 Lakeshore Dr.

Festival of Wreaths Downtown Muskegon Wreath Walk
November 24 – December 6
The Muskegon Museum of Art in collaboration with downtown businesses and organizations, is organizing a new version of its annual Festival of Trees to a Wreath Walk event that people can enjoy from the sidewalk or street. Each participating downtown business or organization will host a designer wreath provided by the art museum in a window facing the street or sidewalk from November 24 – December 6. The MMA will also have a small gallery display of decor during the run of the Festival. A walking map with the location of all the wreaths will be available at the MMA Store and at participating businesses starting November 24. A digital version of the map will be available at www.muskegonartmuseum.org. 231-720-2570

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit
Quilts are made from an endless combination of patterns, colors, fabrics, and techniques. The maker stitches these different parts to one another to create a one-of-a-kind quilt. Like a quilt, our lives are made of strips that must be sewn together to create a story with a lasting legacy. Details, stories, and objects are all pieces of our lives that can be combined in endless ways. Even one missing piece leaves the story incomplete and the quilt unfinished. In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Christmas Postcard Drive
November 9 – December 10
Spread joy throughout the holiday season with a Christmas themed postcard drive for our friends at Sanctuary at McAuley in Muskegon. If you’d like get your family involved in the Christmas Postcard Drive you can do so with three easy steps: Questions call 231-720-2570
1. Stop into the Art Museum store to pick up FREE blank postcards, or feel free to use your own. 2. Have your family decorate the postcards with festive imagery and messages at home. 3. Drop your finished postcards off at the Museum located at 296 W. Webster by December 10, and enjoy FREE admission into our galleries and Festival of Wreaths for participating.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursdays
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Muskegon Museum of Art,
296 W. Webster Ave.
Free museum admission all day every Thursdays, compliments of The Meijer Foundation. Please remember your mask

Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market,
242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from May 2 through November 30, 2020. Hours are 8 am to 2 pm For COVID19 safety measures, the market will have a different look and feel this year: Please wear your mask and walk within the direction arrows. Thank you

Friday November 27:

Getty Drive-In Theatre Encore
November 25 @ 5:00 pm – November 28 @ 9:00 pm
The Getty Drive-In Theatre has opened for an encore and will open the entire holiday weekend. www.celebrationcinema.com and shows will begin each evening  at 5:30. See shows like Frozen, Santa Clause with Tim Allen. Other showings are Freaky and Vanguard. They are located at 920 E. Summit Ave. 231-798-2608

Festival of Wreaths Downtown Muskegon Wreath Walk
November 24 – December 6
The Muskegon Museum of Art in collaboration with downtown businesses and organizations, is organizing a new version of its annual Festival of Trees to a Wreath Walk event that people can enjoy from the sidewalk or street. Each participating downtown business or organization will host a designer wreath provided by the art museum in a window facing the street or sidewalk from November 24 – December 6. The MMA will also have a small gallery display of decor during the run of the Festival. A walking map with the location of all the wreaths will be available at the MMA Store and at participating businesses starting November 24. A digital version of the map will be available at www.muskegonartmuseum.org. 231-720-2570

Shop for A Cause-Support Agewell Services at Art Cats Gallery
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art Cats Gallery will be donating a portion of sales to AgeWell Services of West Michigan. Be an Agewell Angel and help support this great local non profit in their quest to keep our senior citizens healthy – both emotionally and physically. Want to shop privately? Mondays are dedicated to this! Call Art Cats Gallery at (231) 755-7606 or leave a Facebook message. www.artcatsgallery.com 1845 Lakeshore Dr.

Holiday Artist Market
November 27- December 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Give the gift of art and support local artists at City Center Arts located at the lower level of  Century Club Retail Center 231-571-9101 Artists will be on hand on Friday and Saturday from November 27th through December 19th showcasing locally made, unique gift items. www.citycenterarts.com

Christmas Postcard Drive
November 9 – December 10
Spread joy throughout the holiday season with a Christmas themed postcard drive for our friends at Sanctuary at McAuley in Muskegon. If you’d like get your family involved in the Christmas Postcard Drive you can do so with three easy steps: Questions call 231-720-2570 1. Stop into the Art Museum store to pick up FREE blank postcards, or feel free to use your own. 2. Have your family decorate the postcards with festive imagery and messages at home. 3. Drop your finished postcards off at the Museum located at 296 W. Webster by December 10, and enjoy FREE admission into our galleries and Festival of Wreaths for participating.

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit
Quilts are made from an endless combination of patterns, colors, fabrics, and techniques. The maker stitches these different parts to one another to create a one-of-a-kind quilt. Like a quilt, our lives are made of strips that must be sewn together to create a story with a lasting legacy. Details, stories, and objects are all pieces of our lives that can be combined in endless ways. Even one missing piece leaves the story incomplete and the quilt unfinished. In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Saturday November 28:

Hot Cocoa Hop Outdoor Event and Food Drive
November 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Festival of Wreaths Socially Distanced Outdoor Event:
Stop by the Muskegon Museum of Art parking for free hot cocoa on Small Business Saturday, November 28. The MMA will host a socially distanced Hot Cocoa Hop, serving free hot cocoa in the MMA parking lot from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The event will encourage participants to check out all the downtown Muskegon Wreath Walk displays and to shop at and visit local downtown Muskegon businesses and attractions. Wreath Walk maps will be available at the event. The MMA galleries and store will be open 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on November 28.
Food Drive:
We’re also holding a one-day food drive on November 28 to support our neighbors. Enjoy a free hot cocoa at the Hop and share the warmth with a donation of canned and packaged groceries to help stock the shelves of the Harbor of Grace food pantry. You will receive a ticket for free museum admission to use on any day you like with your donation.

Getty Drive-In Theatre Encore
November 25 @ 5:00 pm – November 28 @ 9:00 pm
The Getty Drive-In Theatre has opened for an encore and will open the entire holiday weekend. www.celebrationcinema.com and shows will begin each evening  at 5:30. See shows like Frozen, Santa Clause with Tim Allen. Other showings are Freaky and Vanguard. They are located at 920 E. Summit Ave. 231-798-2608

Festival of Wreaths Downtown Muskegon Wreath Walk
November 24 – December 6
The Muskegon Museum of Art in collaboration with downtown businesses and organizations, is organizing a new version of its annual Festival of Trees to a Wreath Walk event that people can enjoy from the sidewalk or street. Each participating downtown business or organization will host a designer wreath provided by the art museum in a window facing the street or sidewalk from November 24 – December 6. The MMA will also have a small gallery display of decor during the run of the Festival. A walking map with the location of all the wreaths will be available at the MMA Store and at participating businesses starting November 24. A digital version of the map will be available at www.muskegonartmuseum.org. 231-720-2570

Shop for A Cause-Support Agewell Services at Art Cats Gallery
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art Cats Gallery will be donating a portion of sales to AgeWell Services of West Michigan. Be an Agewell Angel and help support this great local non profit in their quest to keep our senior citizens healthy – both emotionally and physically. Want to shop privately? Mondays are dedicated to this! Call Art Cats Gallery at (231) 755-7606 or leave a Facebook message. www.artcatsgallery.com 1845 Lakeshore Dr.

Holiday Artist Market
November 27- December 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Give the gift of art and support local artists at City Center Arts located at the lower level of  Century Club Retail Center 231-571-9101 Artists will be on hand on Friday and Saturday from November 27th through December 19th showcasing locally made, unique gift items. www.citycenterarts.com

Shop Lakeside on Small Business Saturday
November 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Join the brick and mortar businesses of Lakeside located on Lakeshore Dr. as we celebrate LOCAL! Many businesses will offer in-store specials. Lakeside looks forward to seeing your merry, smiling eyes. 231-755-6113

Christmas Postcard Drive
November 9 – December 10
Spread joy throughout the holiday season with a Christmas themed postcard drive for our friends at Sanctuary at McAuley in Muskegon. If you’d like get your family involved in the Christmas Postcard Drive you can do so with three easy steps: Questions call 231-720-2570
1. Stop into the Art Museum store to pick up FREE blank postcards, or feel free to use your own. 2. Have your family decorate the postcards with festive imagery and messages at home. 3. Drop your finished postcards off at the Museum located at 296 W. Webster by December 10, and enjoy FREE admission into our galleries and Festival of Wreaths for participating.

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit
Quilts are made from an endless combination of patterns, colors, fabrics, and techniques. The maker stitches these different parts to one another to create a one-of-a-kind quilt. Like a quilt, our lives are made of strips that must be sewn together to create a story with a lasting legacy. Details, stories, and objects are all pieces of our lives that can be combined in endless ways. Even one missing piece leaves the story incomplete and the quilt unfinished. In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Muskegon Market and Mercantile Shop Small Event
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Here it is! Shop Small Saturday. The WHOLE store will be 10% off! Small business needs your support now more than ever. Muskegon Market and Mercantile are located at 1447 W. Sherman Blvd. Due to COVID numbers rising, Muskegon Market and Mercantile are doing their part by limiting the number of shoppers allowed in at one time. So please dress warm; you might be waiting in line. Thank you for being patient, the line moves fast so don’t be discouraged. But hey, what’s a holiday sale without lines? It’s a tradition! 231-246-7704

Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market,
242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from May 2 through November 30, 2020. Hours are 8 am to 2 pm For COVID19 safety measures, the market will have a different look and feel this year: Please wear your mask and walk within the direction arrows. Thank you

Sweetwater Local Foods MarketSweetwater Local Foods Market – OFFERING PREORDERS FOR PICKUP
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market, 6401 Harvey St.
Sweetwater Local Foods Market will be offering a PREORDER ONLY market, out in the parking lot, from 10:00am to 11:00am. Sign up for the newsletter to get your order in here: https://tinyletter.com/SweetwaterLocalFoodsMkt or get the list from the website here: sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round.

Boomtown Market Craft Beer & Wine Tastings
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
BoomTown Market, 351 W. Western Ave
Boomtown Market in Downtown Muskegon invites you to free Draft, Craft Beer & Wine Tastings every Saturday starting at 10 a.m. Sample unique Craft Beers on Tap from all around Michigan ! If you like it, we’ll can a 32 ounce-er for you right then and there!

Sunday November 29:

Festival of Wreaths Downtown Muskegon Wreath Walk
November 24 – December 6
The Muskegon Museum of Art in collaboration with downtown businesses and organizations, is organizing a new version of its annual Festival of Trees to a Wreath Walk event that people can enjoy from the sidewalk or street. Each participating downtown business or organization will host a designer wreath provided by the art museum in a window facing the street or sidewalk from November 24 – December 6. The MMA will also have a small gallery display of decor during the run of the Festival. A walking map with the location of all the wreaths will be available at the MMA Store and at participating businesses starting November 24. A digital version of the map will be available at www.muskegonartmuseum.org. 231-720-2570

Christmas Postcard Drive
November 9 – December 10
Spread joy throughout the holiday season with a Christmas themed postcard drive for our friends at Sanctuary at McAuley in Muskegon. If you’d like get your family involved in the Christmas Postcard Drive you can do so with three easy steps: Questions call 231-720-2570
1. Stop into the Art Museum store to pick up FREE blank postcards, or feel free to use your own. 2. Have your family decorate the postcards with festive imagery and messages at home. 3. Drop your finished postcards off at the Museum located at 296 W. Webster by December 10, and enjoy FREE admission into our galleries and Festival of Wreaths for participating.

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Please remember to check our website www.visitmuskegon.org for the many virtual events happening every day.

Ask Dr. Universe – Apple Cider

Dr. Universe: How do you make cider? -Julianna, 7

Dear Julianna,

We can make cider with juice from apples. There are many different kinds of apples and a few different ways to squeeze out the juice.

My friend Bri Ewing Valliere told me all about it. She’s a food scientist at Washington State University who knows a lot about cider.

The first step is to pick out the apples. Honeycrisp apples will make a sweet cider. Granny Smiths are more acidic and will make a tart cider.

“We could make a single batch of one kind, or we could mix different kinds of apples together and see how it turns out,” she said. “No matter what, it’s going to taste good.”

It’s important to wash the apples to remove any dirt or bacteria. Next, it’s time to squeeze out the juice.

“It’s not like oranges or grapes where you can just squeeze them and the juice comes out,” Valliere said. “We need to get the apples into smaller pieces.”

After a grown-up helps cut the apples into quarters, the slices can go into a juice press. One kind of press is a basket press, which is like a small barrel with a device to grind up apples.

There’s also a wooden plate that goes inside the barrel on top of the ground-up apples. As we push down on the wooden plate, the force squeezes out the juice from the fruit.

The juice flows out the bottom of the press, which works a bit like a pasta strainer. It separates the apple solids from the liquids. As the juice flows from the press, we can catch it in a jug or bucket.

Valliere said another kind of press is called a bladder press, which has a balloon-like device that pushes against the fruit to squeeze out the juice.

While you may not have a basket or bladder press at home, with the help of a grown-up you can find a recipe online that uses similar steps: use small pieces of fruit, press the fruit to make some juice, and pasteurize it.

When we pasteurize the juice, it helps kill any harmful bacteria that could possibly make us sick. All we have to do is heat up the juice up to at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally, it’s time to enjoy the cider.

While some cider comes from small farms or our kitchens, there are also machines in factories that produce thousands of gallons of juice.

Valliere told me that juice processors sometimes will add something called enzymes to the pressed juice. The enzymes help turn the light brown, cloudy cider-looking juice into the clear, golden liquid we know as apple juice.

A big part of the reason we have apple juice and apple cider is also because of the hardworking farmers and farmworkers who take care of our apple orchards—and we have a lot of orchards here in Washington State.

The next time you take a sip of cider, think of all the people who helped make it and all the science in your cup.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Are you curious to learn more about how basket presses work? Check out this video from the Cedar Creek Grist Mill. This historical mill in Woodland, Washington is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXTH6uhDAGQ&feature=emb_title&ab_channel=ClarkCountyToday

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Fruitport Board of Education Special Meeting Minutes – 11/18/20

Fruitport Board of Education
Special Board Meeting
November 18, 2020 6:00 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom
https://zoom.us/j/96227140719?pwd=U3pXL1BQZzlGd2h2b2hIaUt0YVRPZz09

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

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

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 20-134. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Brott to approve the agenda.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

IV. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of November 16, 2020
Item 20-135. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Franklin to approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of November 16, 2020.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

2. Bulletin 18
Item 20-136. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Cole to approve moving forward with the items listed in Bulletin 18 as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

3. High School Virtual Instruction
A discussion was held regarding meaningful work during virtual learning.

V. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
Teacher, Barbara Briggs addressed the Board regarding COVID-19 safety concerns in her building.

Teacher, Deeann Skov expressed her appreciation to the Board for their understanding and support. She invited the Board to see how teachers have adapted to virtual learning.

VI. ADJOURNMENT
Item 20-137. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

The meeting adjourned at 6:23 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Steve Kelly, Board Secretary
Maribeth Clarke, Recording Secretary

Fruitport Board of Education Regular Monthly Meeting Minutes – 11/16/20

Fruitport Board of Education
Regular Monthly Meeting
November 16, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Board Room and virtual via Zoom

Zoom Conference Log-In:
https://zoom.us/j/94798418972?pwd=N2VINlBuZ2NiT0Z5TWpTbU52QTlKQT09

I. The Regular 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, Tim Burgess, Kris Cole, Susan Franklin, Dave Hazekamp, and Steve Kelly.
Absent – Elroy Buckner.

IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 20-127. MOTION by Burgess, SECOND by Cole to approve the agenda with the following additions: TowerPinkster Check Presentation V-4 and XV-4 to include Working Virtual Expectations.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

V. PRESENTATIONS
Dave Hazekamp read aloud an Above and Beyond Award recognizing Kay Bowen and the Fruitport Grads Giving Back group for their outstanding efforts supporting the community when and where there is a need.

Dave Hazekamp read aloud an Above and Beyond Award recognizing Julia Kolbe for her efforts in organizing and leading Zoom meetings with the Emotional Support Team to determine additional types of mental health supports that may be needed by both students and staff during the COVID pandemic.

Rehmann Robson, LLC representative, Will Love presented the 2019-20 financial audit report. He stated the audit was performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards. Fruitport Community Schools received a clean audit with no difficulties or findings. Will Love commended Mark Mesbergen and his staff for a job well done!

Curriculum Director, Allison Camp gave an update on the District’s Learning Plan.

TowerPinkster Architect, Matt Slagle presented the district with an Energy Act 2019 Rebate Check in the amount of $46,000.

VI. COMMUNICATIONS
None.

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
Girl Scout Troop #4257 members Valerie Pollock and Grace Oleen asked the Board to consider making the district a more inclusive school community. They believe in their motto and making the World a Better Place.

High school teacher, Deeann Skov spoke about adapting to the hybrid schedule and teaching strategies during the pandemic.

High school teacher, Becky Moleski explained her Wednesday Outreach program for students needing extra help. She also stated that IEPs were being done virtually with great success.

High school teacher, Jay Stebelton explained how he has “flipped” his classroom instruction. Students are able to watch his lectures online during their virtual days and can then work in the lab on their face-to-face instructional days.

High school teacher, Elizabeth Grimm spoke about her online strategies to keep her homebound students moving forward. She has implemented Zoom meetings during her class time which allows students to join online.

High school teacher, Deeann Skov believes that the number one student issue impacting virtual learning is the ability to adjust to the online learning schedule.

Community member, Dianne Beckstrom addressed the Board regarding her land proposal.

Community member, Brooke Thorns described her week as a Muskegon Public Schools third grade teacher teaching remotely.

VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
None.

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
Item 20-128. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Cole to approve the Consent Agenda as listed below:
1. Approval of Workshop Minutes of October 21, 2020
2. Acceptance of Bills, Monthly Financial Report, and ACH Transactions
3. Acceptance of Student Activity Summary Report
4. Acceptance of Credit Card and Utilities Report
5. Approval of Capital Projects Progress Report
6. Approval of the Personnel Report
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Sale of District Property.
Item 20-129. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Cole to deny the sale of district property to Diane Beckstrom as requested.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

2. District Learning Plan.
Item 20-130. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Kelly to stay with the current Learning Plan as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

XI. BUSINESS AND FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of a committee meeting held November 9, 2020.
Kris Cole reported on a Business and Finance Committee meeting held November 9, 2020. Dave Hazekamp, Elroy Buckner, Kris Cole, Mark Mesbergen, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed a land proposal, Bulletin 18, a Salary Formula Update, Collecting Summer Tax, and the COVID Learning Plan.

2. 2019-20 Annual Financial Report.
Item 20-131. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Burgess to approve the 2019-20 Annual Financial Report as presented by Rehmann.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

3. Summer Tax Collection.
Item 20-132. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Brott to adopt the Annual Resolution allowing Fruitport Community Schools to collect summer taxes as presented.
Roll Call: Brott, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
Absent – Buckner.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of a committee meeting held November 9, 2020.
Steve Kelly reported on a Personnel Committee meeting held November 9, 2020. Steve Kelly, Dave Hazekamp, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed a land proposal, and the COVID Learning Plan.

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of a committee meeting held November 11, 2020.
Susan Franklin reported on a Student Affairs Committee meeting held virtually on November 11, 2020. Susan Franklin, Dave Hazekamp, and Bob Szymoniak (remotely) were present. The committee discussed a land proposal, and the COVID Learning Plan.

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS
Jill Brott mentioned the Shettler Leadership Team Meeting.

Kris Cole spoke about Robotics and the success he recently had with online conferences. He stated that communicating with teachers is going well.

Steve Kelly thanked Courtney Stahl and Beach students for sending handmade cards to Mercy’s ICU staff.

Dave Hazekamp shared his appreciation to staff for all of the hard work and dedication to the district during this difficult time.

XV. AGENDA ITEMS for FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF ANY SPECIAL MEETINGS
1. Business and Finance Committee will meet virtually December 7, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.
2. Personnel Committee will meet virtually December 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
3. Student Affairs Committee will meet virtually December 9, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
4. A Special Board Meeting will be held virtually November 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
Principals, Courtney Stahl, Tim Tiefenbach, Janelle Duffey and Lauren Chesney addressed the Board regarding face-to-face instruction. Collectively, they agreed that it is a very anxious and hectic time for staff in their buildings. They expressed their appreciation for Allison Camp’s hard work and support.

XVII. ADJOURNMENT
Item 20-133. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

The meeting adjourned at 8:52 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Kelly
Board Secretary

Maribeth Clarke
Recording Secretary

Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 11/23/20

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

NOVEMBER 23, 2020

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

This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.com in order to fight the spread of COVID-19 and comply with current gathering limitations.
Information to access the meeting:
Meeting ID: 245 547 1320
Passcode: 107357
Join by phone: 1-312-626-6799 US Toll

1. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States
2. Roll call
3. Approval of board minutes: 11/9/20
4. Approve / amend agenda
5. Correspondence / reports
6. Public comments regarding agenda items

7. Unfinished Business
none

8. New Business
A. Committee Appointments
B. Open Parks Seat Discussion
C. Anti-Blight and Junk Vehicles Ordinance Discussion
D. Quarterline Rd. Cell Tower Lease Agreement Changes
E. Public Safety Director Evaluation and Contract Renewal
F. Defined Contribution Plan Agreement Addendum

9. 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

FCS – Student Affairs Committee Meeting Minutes – 11/11/20

Student Affairs Committee
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
12:00 p.m. Board Room and via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86238923480?pwd=RjlJSnRFRE5LK2FTYk1qZG9BTmJYQT09
Meeting ID: 862 3892 3480
Passcode: FW2638
Meeting Minutes

Attendance: Susan Franklin, Dave Hazekamp, Bob Szymoniak

1. Reconfirmation of our district’s learning plan was discussed.

2. The sale of a 100 ft. strip of property to a resident near Beach Elementary was discussed.

Adjournment at 12:10 p.m.

FCS – Business and Finance Committee Meeting Minutes – 11/09/20

Business and Finance Committee
Monday, November 9, 2020
11:30 a.m., Board Room
Meeting Minutes

Attendance: Dave Hazekamp, Elroy Buckner, Kris Cole, Bob Szymoniak, and Mark Mesbergen

1. Land Proposal
Bob discussed a land proposal.

2. Bulletin 18
Bob and Mark presented bulletin 18 to replace the exterior bricks at the high school. The bricks that would be replaced are by the old kitchen. There were some additional questions that needed to be answered so there will be a future board meeting to discuss this action item.

3. Salary Formula Update
Mark presented an update with what the projected salary formula would look like.

4. Summer Property Tax Update
Mark presented a resolution to allow Fruitport to levy summer property taxes in Spring Lake and Fruitport township.

5. Covid – Education Plan
Bob presented an update regarding the educational plan.

Meeting adjourned at 12:35 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Mark Mesbergen

Fruitport Board of Education Special Meeting Agenda – 11/18/20

Fruitport Community Schools
SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 – 6:00 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom
https://zoom.us/j/96227140719?pwd=U3pXL1BQZzlGd2h2b2hIaUt0YVRPZz09

AGENDA

I. CALL to ORDER

II. ROLL CALL

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

IV. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of November 16, 2020 (attachment IV-1)
2. Bulletin 18 (attachment IV-2)
3. High School Virtual Instruction
4. Other

V. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

VI. 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.

Events Happening in Muskegon County – Tuesday Nov.-17 to Sunday Nov.-22

*Please call before attending for any changes.
Remember to wear your mask to all events*

Please check our website for virtual events happening
www.visitmuskegon.org

Tuesday November 17:

Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market,
242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from May 2 through November 30, 2020. Hours are 8 am to 2 pm For
COVID19 safety measures, the market will have a different look and feel this year: Please wear your mask and walk within the direction arrows. Thank you

Christmas Postcard Drive
November 9 – December 10
Spread joy throughout the holiday season with a Christmas themed postcard drive for our friends at Sanctuary at McAuley in Muskegon. If you’d like get your family involved in the Christmas Postcard Drive you can do so with three easy steps: Questions call 231-720-2570
1. Stop into the Art Museum store to pick up FREE blank postcards, or feel free to use your own. 2. Have your family decorate the postcards with festive imagery and messages at home. 3. Drop your finished postcards off at the Museum located at 296 W. Webster by December 10, and enjoy FREE admission into our galleries and Festival of Wreaths for participating.

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit Opening
Quilts are made from an endless combination of patterns, colors, fabrics, and techniques. The maker stitches these different parts to one another to create a one-of-a-kind quilt. Like a quilt, our lives are made of strips that must be sewn together to create a story with a lasting legacy. Details, stories, and objects are all pieces of our lives that can be combined in endless ways. Even one missing piece leaves the story incomplete and the quilt unfinished. In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Wednesday November 18:

Christmas Postcard Drive
November 9 – December 10
Spread joy throughout the holiday season with a Christmas themed postcard drive for our friends at Sanctuary at McAuley in Muskegon. If you’d like get your family involved in the Christmas Postcard Drive you can do so with three easy steps: Questions call 231-720-2570
1. Stop into the Art Museum store to pick up FREE blank postcards, or feel free to use your own. 2. Have your family decorate the postcards with festive imagery and messages at home. 3. Drop your finished postcards off at the Museum located at 296 W. Webster by December 10, and enjoy FREE admission into our galleries and Festival of Wreaths for participating.

Intro to Crochet: Textured Slouch Hat
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ages 12+ $50 for the 2-week class and all materials. Crochet is creative and fun! Keeping up with the trends is easy once you know the basic techniques. In this class, you’ll learn the basics and beyond (chain st, single crochet, double crochet, slip st); enough to start your first project. You will also learn how to do textures, ridges and work in the round to further your crochet skills. You’ll make a fashionable beanie for any age!
This class is designed for people who have NO crochet experience whatsoever. Ambitious beginners are welcome! All materials, including yarn and a crochet hook, will be provided. We have 7 different yarn colors to choose from, but only 1 skein of each color, so once a color is claimed, it will no longer be available. View the colors we have available here: https://www.artswhitelake.org/intro-to-crochet-yarn Tickets are listed according to the color of yarn, so when you select your ticket, you will choose your yarn color! Class Outline November 11: crochet terminology, how to hold the crochet hook and yarn, chain stitch, single crochet stitch, double crochet stitch
November 18: crocheting in front and back post, creating textures, ridges and working in the round and learning final touch techniques
Registration is required. Register here: https://www.artswhitelake.org/…/intro-to-crochet… COVID-19 Considerations: Class size is limited to 7 students. Each student will get their own table which will be 6 ft from the neighboring tables. Students will have their own set of supplies that will be sanitized before class. Students should wear masks, use the provided hand sanitizer, and abide by social distancing mandates.
ACWL-Nuveen classes are supported in part by grants from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nuveen Benevolent Trust.

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit Opening
Quilts are made from an endless combination of patterns, colors, fabrics, and techniques. The maker stitches these different parts to one another to create a one-of-a-kind quilt. Like a quilt, our lives are made of strips that must be sewn together to create a story with a lasting legacy. Details, stories, and objects are all pieces of our lives that can be combined in endless ways. Even one missing piece leaves the story incomplete and the quilt unfinished. In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Kids Acrylic Paint Pouring: Dirty Flip Cup
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Come create with Sabryna at the McLaughlin Community Fellowship located at 1198 Spring St. 25% of the proceeds from this workshop will go to the McLaughlin Community Fellowship, where it is hosted. Acrylic Paint Pouring is fun, a bit messy, and a little unpredictable too. We all know kids love to make messes. Students will learn about the materials, tools and techniques needed in this form of paint pouring and each participant will create their own 8″ x 10″ beautiful mess. Tools and materials provided. This class is for ages 5-16 (5-11 with adult supervision) and materials and tools will be provided. Class size is limited, so please register ahead of time. Adults can also take this class with their kids (please, no adults that are not accompanying kids), just keep in mind that it is geared toward kids and there will be kids in the class. Fees apply per canvas created: 1 Canvas = $10.00 and one registration. 231-736-6642 text for questions

Thursday November 19:

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit Opening
Quilts are made from an endless combination of patterns, colors, fabrics, and techniques. The maker stitches these different parts to one another to create a one-of-a-kind quilt. Like a quilt, our lives are made of strips that must be sewn together to create a story with a lasting legacy. Details, stories, and objects are all pieces of our lives that can be combined in endless ways. Even one missing piece leaves the story incomplete and the quilt unfinished. In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Christmas Postcard Drive
November 9 – December 10
Spread joy throughout the holiday season with a Christmas themed postcard drive for our friends at Sanctuary at McAuley in Muskegon. If you’d like get your family involved in the Christmas Postcard Drive you can do so with three easy steps: Questions call 231-720-2570
1. Stop into the Art Museum store to pick up FREE blank postcards, or feel free to use your own. 2. Have your family decorate the postcards with festive imagery and messages at home. 3. Drop your finished postcards off at the Museum located at 296 W. Webster by December 10, and enjoy FREE admission into our galleries and Festival of Wreaths for participating.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursdays
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Muskegon Museum of Art,
296 W. Webster Ave.
Free museum admission all day every Thursdays, compliments of The Meijer Foundation. Please remember your mask

Little Learners STEM Playgroup
10:00 am – 11:00 am
You are invited to join a special Play and Learn program at the Lakeshore Museum Center on the fourth Thursday of each month. (note Nov & Dec are on the third Thursday due to holidays). During this program participants will be invited into one of two rooms for a story time inside. Then both groups will head outside for socially distanced playtime. Registration via Eventbrite is required but there is no charge for this program. All attendees must register including caregivers & siblings. Due to the current restrictions 10 people will be allowed in each story room. Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/little-learners-stem-playgroup-tickets-119465268835
Also in consideration of current health concerns we will temp check everyone at the door, and while inside the museum everyone over 2 years of age will need to wear a mask according to our current policy. Outside we kindly ask that adults wear masks, but children are not required to.
This program will run for 50-60 minutes, 15-20 inside and the rest outside. During this program adults and children will have fun learning through songs, stories, sensory stations, motor skills stations, art and more, all with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) theme!

Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market,
242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from May 2 through November 30, 2020. Hours are 8 am to 2 pm For COVID19 safety measures, the market will have a different look and feel this year: Please wear your mask and walk within the direction arrows. Thank you

Friday November 20:

Gingerbread House Building!
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Build your own gingerbread house at the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club located at 280 W. Webster Ave. Instructions and all the fun materials are included to create your own masterpiece! Due to COVID, 1 family or group per table. $15 per house OR $20 per take-home kit, pre-order is strongly suggested. RSVP to nancy.f.b2020@gmail.com phone 231-730-0887

Dangle Earrings Workshop by Sabryna’s Natural Creations
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Come and learn how to make dangle earrings with us at McLaughlin Community Fellowship located at 1198 Spring St. Learn the materials, tools and techniques used in order to make dangle earrings. Each student will make one pair of earrings that feature genuine semi-precious stones. For ages 10+ (Students aged 10-12 require adult supervision.) 25% of the proceeds from this workshop will go to the McLaughlin Community Center, where it is hosted. Text 231-736-6642

White Lake Area Holiday Walk 2020
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Visit the Whitehall and Montague to enjoy the 26th Annual White Lake Area Holiday Walk!  Enjoy Christmas Open Houses, featuring gift guides, discounts & special sales, and delicious refreshments.  Visit with Santa Claus and see if you made the nice list this year (fingers-crossed).  Participating merchants and Santa’s time and locations are located on the Holiday Walk Star Map/Entry Form, which can be picked up at the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce or any participating Holiday Walk stop (look for the big blue sign in the window).  Submit your completed Holiday Walk Map/Entry Form and enter the drawing to win a $50 White Lake Gift Certificate. (Maps will be available soon).
TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE TREE:  Whitehall again hosts the White Lake Area “Tree Lighting Ceremony” Friday at 6:30pm, culminating with the tree lighting on North Mears Ave. at 7:00pm.  Children of all ages are invited to help decorate the Community Christmas Tree by bringing their own ornaments or create make-and-take ornaments from participating stores.  Gather at the north end of Mears Ave.and enjoy the festive voices of the members of the Whitehall High School with friends and family, while the aroma of roasted chestnuts fills the air and hundreds of holiday luminaries line the sidewalks.
ENJOY THE SEASON OF GIVING: Friday from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, and Saturday from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, enjoy old-fashioned carriage rides in both Montague and Whitehall and trolley rides transport you to any of our participating merchants throughout Montague and Whitehall Saturday from 11:00am – 3:00pm courtesy of Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt.  Share in the spirit of Christmas with holiday caroling and a visit with Santa Claus as you stroll along our downtown areas.  Again, visit and shop local area stores and take part in their special discounts and offers this weekend only!
For more information on the Annual Holiday Walk, contact the White Lake Area Chamber at 231-893-4585 or visit www.whitelake.org.

Christmas Postcard Drive
November 9 – December 10
Spread joy throughout the holiday season with a Christmas themed postcard drive for our friends at Sanctuary at McAuley in Muskegon. If you’d like get your family involved in the Christmas Postcard Drive you can do so with three easy steps: Questions call 231-720-2570 1. Stop into the Art Museum store to pick up FREE blank postcards, or feel free to use your own. 2. Have your family decorate the postcards with festive imagery and messages at home. 3. Drop your finished postcards off at the Museum located at 296 W. Webster by December 10, and enjoy FREE admission into our galleries and Festival of Wreaths for participating.

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit Opening
Quilts are made from an endless combination of patterns, colors, fabrics, and techniques. The maker stitches these different parts to one another to create a one-of-a-kind quilt. Like a quilt, our lives are made of strips that must be sewn together to create a story with a lasting legacy. Details, stories, and objects are all pieces of our lives that can be combined in endless ways. Even one missing piece leaves the story incomplete and the quilt unfinished. In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Saturday November 21:

Gingerbread House Building!
9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Build your own gingerbread house at the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club located at 280 W. Webster Ave. Instructions and all the fun materials are included to create your own masterpiece! Due to COVID, 1 family or group per table. $15 per house OR $20 per take-home kit, pre-order is strongly suggested. RSVP to nancy.f.b2020@gmail.com phone 231-730-0887

Christmas Postcard Drive
November 9 – December 10
Spread joy throughout the holiday season with a Christmas themed postcard drive for our friends at Sanctuary at McAuley in Muskegon. If you’d like get your family involved in the Christmas Postcard Drive you can do so with three easy steps: Questions call 231-720-2570
1. Stop into the Art Museum store to pick up FREE blank postcards, or feel free to use your own. 2. Have your family decorate the postcards with festive imagery and messages at home. 3. Drop your finished postcards off at the Museum located at 296 W. Webster by December 10, and enjoy FREE admission into our galleries and Festival of Wreaths for participating.

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit Opening
Quilts are made from an endless combination of patterns, colors, fabrics, and techniques. The maker stitches these different parts to one another to create a one-of-a-kind quilt. Like a quilt, our lives are made of strips that must be sewn together to create a story with a lasting legacy. Details, stories, and objects are all pieces of our lives that can be combined in endless ways. Even one missing piece leaves the story incomplete and the quilt unfinished. In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market,
242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from May 2 through November 30, 2020. Hours are 8 am to 2 pm For COVID19 safety measures, the market will have a different look and feel this year: Please wear your mask and walk within the direction arrows. Thank you

Sweetwater Local Foods MarketSweetwater Local Foods Market – OFFERING PREORDERS FOR PICKUP
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market, 6401 Harvey St.
Sweetwater Local Foods Market will be offering a PREORDER ONLY market, out in the parking lot, from 10:00am to 11:00am. Sign up for the newsletter to get your order in here: https://tinyletter.com/SweetwaterLocalFoodsMkt or get the list from the website here: sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round.

Boomtown Market Craft Beer & Wine Tastings
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
BoomTown Market, 351 W. Western Ave
Boomtown Market in Downtown Muskegon invites you to free Draft, Craft Beer & Wine Tastings every Saturday starting at 10 a.m. Sample unique Craft Beers on Tap from all around Michigan ! If you like it, we’ll can a 32 ounce-er for you right then and there!

White Lake Area Holiday Walk 2020
10:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Visit the Whitehall and Montague to enjoy the 26th Annual White Lake Area Holiday Walk!  Enjoy Christmas Open Houses, featuring gift guides, discounts & special sales, and delicious refreshments.  Visit with Santa Claus and see if you made the nice list this year (fingers-crossed).  Participating merchants and Santa’s time and locations are located on the Holiday Walk Star Map/Entry Form, which can be picked up at the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce or any participating Holiday Walk stop (look for the big blue sign in the window).  Submit your completed Holiday Walk Map/Entry Form and enter the drawing to win a $50 White Lake Gift Certificate. (Maps will be available soon).
TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE TREE:  Whitehall again hosts the White Lake Area “Tree Lighting Ceremony” Friday at 6:30pm, culminating with the tree lighting on North Mears Ave. at 7:00pm.  Children of all ages are invited to help decorate the Community Christmas Tree by bringing their own ornaments or create make-and-take ornaments from participating stores.  Gather at the north end of Mears Ave.and enjoy the festive voices of the members of the Whitehall High School with friends and family, while the aroma of roasted chestnuts fills the air and hundreds of holiday luminaries line the sidewalks.
ENJOY THE SEASON OF GIVING: Friday from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, and Saturday from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, enjoy old-fashioned carriage rides in both Montague and Whitehall and trolley rides transport you to any of our participating merchants throughout Montague and Whitehall Saturday from 11:00am – 3:00pm courtesy of Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt.  Share in the spirit of Christmas with holiday caroling and a visit with Santa Claus as you stroll along our downtown areas.  Again, visit and shop local area stores and take part in their special discounts and offers this weekend only!
For more information on the Annual Holiday Walk, contact the White Lake Area Chamber at 231-893-4585 or visit www.whitelake.org.

Sunday November 22:

Gingerbread House Building!
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Build your own gingerbread house at the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club located at 280 W. Webster Ave. Instructions and all the fun materials are included to create your own masterpiece! Due to COVID, 1 family or group per table. $15 per house OR $20 per take-home kit, pre-order is strongly suggested. RSVP to nancy.f.b2020@gmail.com phone 231-730-0887

Christmas Postcard Drive
November 9 – December 10
Spread joy throughout the holiday season with a Christmas themed postcard drive for our friends at Sanctuary at McAuley in Muskegon. If you’d like get your family involved in the Christmas Postcard Drive you can do so with three easy steps: Questions call 231-720-2570
1. Stop into the Art Museum store to pick up FREE blank postcards, or feel free to use your own. 2. Have your family decorate the postcards with festive imagery and messages at home. 3. Drop your finished postcards off at the Museum located at 296 W. Webster by December 10, and enjoy FREE admission into our galleries and Festival of Wreaths for participating.

Please remember to check our website www.visitmuskegon.org for the many virtual events happening every day.

Ask Dr. Universe – Gummies

Dr. Universe: How are gummies made? -Hayden, 11, Webb City, MO

Dear Hayden,

Gummies can come in all different shapes and flavors. Maybe you’ve had gummy worms, gummy bears, or peach rings.

It turns out that gummies require just a few simple ingredients. That’s what I found out from my friend Connie Remsberg, a pharmacist at Washington State University.

She said making gummies requires a little gelatin, water, a mold, and some help from a grown-up.

If you want to make gummies at home, you can warm up about ½ c. of water on the stove. Add a 3 oz. package of flavored gelatin (which contains sugar). Then add one tablespoon of unflavored gelatin.

Mix it all together until it is dissolved and ready to come off the stovetop. It’s very important to ask a grown up for help and to be super careful when working around hot surfaces. A good scientist—or gummy maker—always puts safety first.

The gelatin is a made up of things called proteins and peptides. They come from animal bones or cartilage. When you dissolve gelatin in water, the tiny proteins act kind of like spaghetti and get all tangled up together. Between the tangles, there is space to hold sugar and water.

Next, you will need something to shape your gummies. A silicone mold is handy because it won’t melt when you pour in the warm mixture. Some stores sell molds with shapes like little bears built right in. Be sure to spray the silicone mold with nonstick cooking spray before filling in the shapes.

If you don’t have a silicone mold, you can spray the bottom of a metal pan and pour the mix into a thin layer. Later, you can use cookie cutters to cut different shapes from the gummy slab. If you have some extra plastic straws laying around, you can follow these instructions to make gummy worms.

After you have your mix in the mold, put it in the fridge until the gummies form. Oh, and if you want to make a vegan version of gummies, you might use agar agar powder, which comes from seaweed and works as an alternative to gelatin.

Remsberg is very curious about compounding—or how pharmacists can combine different ingredients together to create a medication that’s just right for a patient.

She told me that sometimes pharmacists will create gummies that contain a person’s medicine to make it easier to take. Gummy vitamins are just one example. The body needs 13 different vitamins so some people will take a vitamin gummy in addition to eating fruits and vegetables.

One other fun way to experiment with gummy bears—even the kind you buy from the store—is to soak them in different liquids, or solutions, such as water, saltwater, vinegar, or bubbly soda water. Let them sit for a few hours, or overnight, and observe what happens.

Do they shrink? Get bigger? Explode? Okay, spoiler alert, they won’t explode. But tell us what you discover and why you think it all happened at Dr.Universe@wsu.edu.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

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Village of Fruitport Council Meeting Agenda – 11/16/20

VILLAGE OF FRUITPORT
AGENDA
NOVEMBER 16TH, 2020
COUNCIL MEETING

1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Approval of November 16th Council Meeting Agenda
4. Approval of October 19th and October 26th meeting minutes
5. Public Comments (limited to 3 minutes each)
6. Correspondence
7. Reports from Officers
8. Oath of Office-Vanderstelt and Guilles

New Business
9. ZBA appointment
10. WMSRDC appointment
11. Reducing Council size
12. Planning Commission open council position
13. 7th & Peach
14. End of Brooks repair
15. Sidewalks to remove

Old Business
16. Catch Basin repair issues
17. 2020 3rd Ave Project
18. Kayak Launch
19. Playground
20. Village Logo/Motto

21. Public Comment (Limited to 3 minutes each)
22. Warrants
23. Adjournment

Instructions for Participating in the November 16th Fruitport Village Council Meeting

The Village Council meeting will be held on Monday November 16th at 7pm. Due to COVID-19 it will be done as a teleconference call. To participate you will need to call 1-844-474-0925 and use a passcode of 57182580 followed by the # sign. The meeting will start at 7pm but the phone line will be open at 6:45pm to allow for you to join prior to the opening of the council meeting. Just like a regular meeting the public will be given an opportunity to talk during the Public Comment portion of the meeting. If possible, please mute your phone if you participate and only unmute if you make a public comment. Thank you.

Fruitport Board of Education Meeting Agenda – 11/16/20

Fruitport Community Schools
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
Virtual via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/94798418972?pwd=N2VINlBuZ2NiT0Z5TWpTbU52QTlKQT09
Monday, November 16, 2020 -7:00 p.m.

I. CALL to ORDER

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. ROLL CALL

IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

V. PRESENTATIONS
1. Above and Beyond Awards (Kay Bowen & Julie Kolbe)
2. Audit Report – Rehmann Robson
3. COVID-19 Learning Plan Update – Allison Camp

VI. COMMUNICATIONS

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Approval of Workshop Minutes of October 21, 2020 (attachment IX-1)
2. Approval of Bills (attachment IX-2)
General Fund                          $396,606.49
Other Funds:
Early Childhood Center               5,454.27
Food Service                                58,043.77
Coop Ed (ISD) Tech Millage         7,133.52
Capital Projects (Bond)              27,549.58
Total Bill List                         $494,787.63

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

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Sale of District Property (attachment X-1)
2. District Learning Plan (attachment X-2)

XI. BUSINESS & FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Elroy Buckner, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held November 9, 2020 (attachment XI-1)
2. Acceptance of the 2019-20 Annual Financial Report (attachment XI-2)
3. Summer Tax Collection (attachment XI-3)

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Steve Kelly, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held November 9, 2020 (attachment XII-1)

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Jill Brott, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held November 11, 2020 (attachment XIII-1)

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 Special Board Meeting

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.

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of October 26, 2020

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, October 26, 2020, in the township board room.

This meeting was also held virtually via Webex due to COVID-19 and gathering limitations.

Members Present: Heidi Tice, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Greg Hulka, Jeff Jacobs (via WebEx from 2350 Edmonds Rd, Turner MI), Terry Knoll, Denise Winebarger
Members Absent: none

At 7:00pm, Heidi Tice opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer.

Also Present: 13- residents; 2- employees; 5- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; Director of Public Utilities, Steve Biesiada; Ron Bultje, Attorney.

Rose Dillon moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the minutes of October 12, 2020 as presented.

Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: None
Absent at time of vote: Jacobs

Terry Knoll moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the agenda as presented with the following additions at the request of the Supervisor:

Item 7-D: Letter of Support for Casino Project
Item 8-G: Discussion of Letter from Muskegon County Farm Bureau

Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: None
Absent at time of vote: Jacobs

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1. Brian Michelli shared that both the Fire Department and Police Department assisted Norton Shores with personnel needed for the President of the United States’ visit to Muskegon; Fire truck repairs will be seen soon in the bills.
2. Steve Biesiada shared that Dave Wilkinson has retired from the DPW. Congratulations to Dave.
3. Rose Dillon shared that invoice 82219 regarding the legal fees for the Spruce Street special assessment district has been paid in full; Invoice for legal fees associated with the Cherette Group has been paid in full.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS:
1. Ron Cooper, resident, made mention of the boundary disagreement for the proposed DDA; feels that the Township is going to have increased expenses with growth, but no tax revenue to cover it; questioned if a tax break should be given to a developer.
2. Matt Farrar, resident, commented that the boundaries of the proposed DDA can be changed until the point of ordinance adoption; the area needs economic stimulus; a developer in a DDA would still be paying the normal rate of tax; the proposed development in the DDA area would be of low impact to Public Safety; DDA funds could be used to upsize utilities to further development rather than using township funds.
3. Zach Lahring, Muskegon County Commissioner, commented that there can be no growth without investment and with growth there would be an improved tax base that would result in increased tax revenue when a DDA ends; by the county not taking action it means that it has not opted out; a DDA would have good economic impact.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

20-105 DDA Discussion
• Jeff Jacobs would be more in favor of a cap rather than a decrease in size so that more area could take advantage of the benefits of the DDA.
• Heidi Tice shared a letter from the Muskegon County Administrator stating that during a Ways and Means Committee meeting not one Commissioner spoke out against a DDA with a sunset clause of 15 years and a $6.8M cap.
• Members of a DDA board serve without compensation.
• Decreasing the size of the district was discussed.
• Concern of development within a DDA causing an increase in public safety needs without extra funds to cover costs.
• A DDA does not have to be permanent.
• The DDA time frame will be established when the plan is developed and the DDA can be disbanded after goals have been reached.

20-106 First Reading: Downtown Development Authority Ordinance
Terry Knoll moved, Heidi Tice seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to redefine the boundaries in Exhibit A to be south of Sternberg, East of Harvey, west of Quarterline, and north of Pontaluna and have a first reading of the ordinance with the boundary changes.

Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: None
Absent at time of vote: Jacobs

This constitutes the first reading. Final action will take place at the next regular scheduled board meeting on November 9, 2020.

20-107 Letter of Support for Casino Project
Heidi Tice shared that the casino project has gained federal approval. It has been requested that the Township issue letters of support to the Midwest Regional Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Rose Dillon moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the Supervisor to send a letter of unanimous Board support to the Governor and Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Jacobs, Knoll
Nays: None

NEW BUSINESS:

20-108 Sale of DPW Truck
Steve Biesiada is seeking permission to sell a DPW truck that was replaced by a new truck and is no longer needed. Closed bids will be accepted.

Rose Dillon moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the sale of the truck.

Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: None
Absent at time of vote: Jacobs

20-109 Consideration of Impacts of the Executive Order
No need to develop a procedure, rather follow the guidelines given by those authorized to do so.

20-110 Blight Enforcement Ordinance Discussion
The Board asked that the Attorney draft an anti-blight ordinance that includes incomplete structures for which a valid building permit does not exist, making it a civil infraction.

20-111 First Reading: Zone Change Amendment Ordinance- Hts. Ravenna
Property owners are asking to rezone the south 300 feet of the north 600 feet.

On October 20, 2020, the Planning Commission made a recommendation to the Township Board to approve the zone change from R-4 Residential-Agricultural District to the B-2 General Business District for parcel number #61-15-112-100-0026-00 or 3523 Hts. Ravenna Rd., Muskegon, MI 49444. The change would be consistent with the Master Plan. This constitutes the first reading. Final action will take place at the next regular scheduled board meeting on November 9, 2020.

20-112 AMAR (Audit of Minimum Assessing Requirements) Results
Fruitport Township received a perfect score on the review.

20-113 Farm Bureau Letter in Support of 2 West Greenhouse
The greenhouse wishes to complete a building expansion, however doing so the way they have planned would not fit within building and fire regulations. The Muskegon County Farm Bureau has requested a compromise of the requirements to allow the greenhouse to continue with building plans.

The Public Safety Director spoke regarding fire code issues and not being willing to risk safety and waiver on the requirements of improved access to the back of the property and fire suppression. The proposed changes would make the business more non-conforming.

Greg Mason of Michigan Township Services commented that buildings used for retail sales are not exempt as agriculture and that the plans submitted by 2 West have incomplete details. The business has the option to take the request to the Construction Board of Appeals.

20-114 Payment of bills
Andrea Anderson moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $117,675.63; Public Safety $52,973.70; Water $106,304.73; Sewer $17,014.70; Trust & Agency $651.00; Street Lights $242.93
Totaling: $294,862.69

Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: None
Absent at time of vote: Jacobs

ADDITIONAL REPORTS: none

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:
1. Ron Cooper asked for clarification of the proposed DDA boundaries; concerned about multiplying public safety calls; says the amount of time that the DDA will exist is not agreed upon.

Terry Knoll moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adjourn the meeting at 8:31pm.

Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: None
Absent at time of vote: Jacobs

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR

Events Happening in Muskegon County – Monday Nov. 9 to Sunday Nov. 15

*Remember to wear your mask to all events*
Please check our website for virtual events happening
www.visitmuskegon.org

Monday November 9:

Muskegon Drum Crew
Lakeshore Sports Arena
4470 Airline Road
A fun workout for all ages and fitness levels!
Men and women both welcome!
Lakeshore Sports Arena located at 4470 Airline Road from 7-8 pm
$2 Class Fee $1 Equipment Rental
Facebook Group facebook.com/groups/muskegondrumcrew

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit Opening
November 9
Quilts are made from an endless combination of patterns, colors, fabrics, and techniques. The maker stitches these different parts to one another to create a one-of-a-kind quilt. Like a quilt, our lives are made of strips that must be sewn together to create a story with a lasting legacy. Details, stories, and objects are all pieces of our lives that can be combined in endless ways. Even one missing piece leaves the story incomplete and the quilt unfinished. In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Tuesday November 10:

Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market,
242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from May 2 through November 30, 2020. Hours are 8 am to 2 pm For
COVID19 safety measures, the market will have a different look and feel this year: Please wear your mask and walk within the direction arrows. Thank you

Perfect Presents Preview Parties at Art Cats Gallery
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Holidays are coming and we are celebrating in a new way. Due to COVID19, and having a small space, we are extending our Holiday Open House event for an entire week. Saturday November 7- Saturday November 14 (Closed Sunday and Monday). Watch for daily specials and updates both online and in store. Want to shop privately? You can do that any Monday in November (beginning November 9). We are excited to see your happy smiling eyes! And yes! We have perfectly fabulous presents for you and yours.  Contact  231-755-7606 or visit our online store https://artcatsgallery.com/shop/

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit Opening
November 10
Quilts are made from an endless combination of patterns, colors, fabrics, and techniques. The maker stitches these different parts to one another to create a one-of-a-kind quilt. Like a quilt, our lives are made of strips that must be sewn together to create a story with a lasting legacy. Details, stories, and objects are all pieces of our lives that can be combined in endless ways. Even one missing piece leaves the story incomplete and the quilt unfinished. In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Wednesday November 11:

Intro to Crochet: Textured Slouch Hat
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ages 12+ $50 for the 2-week class and all materials. Crochet is creative and fun! Keeping up with the trends is easy once you know the basic techniques. In this class, you’ll learn the basics and beyond (chain st, single crochet, double crochet, slip st); enough to start your first project. You will also learn how to do textures, ridges and work in the round to further your crochet skills. You’ll make a fashionable beanie for any age!
This class is designed for people who have NO crochet experience whatsoever. Ambitious beginners are welcome! All materials, including yarn and a crochet hook, will be provided. We have 7 different yarn colors to choose from, but only 1 skein of each color, so once a color is claimed, it will no longer be available. View the colors we have available here: https://www.artswhitelake.org/intro-to-crochet-yarn Tickets are listed according to the color of yarn, so when you select your ticket, you will choose your yarn color! Class Outline November 11: crochet terminology, how to hold the crochet hook and yarn, chain stitch, single crochet stitch, double crochet stitch
November 18: crocheting in front and back post, creating textures, ridges and working in the round and learning final touch techniques
Registration is required. Register here: https://www.artswhitelake.org/…/intro-to-crochet… COVID-19 Considerations: Class size is limited to 7 students. Each student will get their own table which will be 6 ft from the neighboring tables. Students will have their own set of supplies that will be sanitized before class. Students should wear masks, use the provided hand sanitizer, and abide by social distancing mandates.
ACWL-Nuveen classes are supported in part by grants from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nuveen Benevolent Trust.

Perfect Presents Preview Parties at Art Cats Gallery
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Holidays are coming and we are celebrating in a new way. Due to COVID19, and having a small space, we are extending our Holiday Open House event for an entire week. Saturday November 7- Saturday November 14 (Closed Sunday and Monday). Watch for daily specials and updates both online and in store. Want to shop privately? You can do that any Monday in November (beginning November 9). We are excited to see your happy smiling eyes! And yes! We have perfectly fabulous presents for you and yours.  Contact  231-755-7606 or visit our online store https://artcatsgallery.com/shop/

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit Opening
November 11
Quilts are made from an endless combination of patterns, colors, fabrics, and techniques. The maker stitches these different parts to one another to create a one-of-a-kind quilt. Like a quilt, our lives are made of strips that must be sewn together to create a story with a lasting legacy. Details, stories, and objects are all pieces of our lives that can be combined in endless ways. Even one missing piece leaves the story incomplete and the quilt unfinished. In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Open Studio: Fall into the Arts: FREE
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Arts Council of White Lake, 106 E. Colby St.
Middle & High School Students FREE Middle and High School students are invited to the ACWL-Nuveen for Open Studio sessions on Wednesdays between 2:00 and 5:00, p.m. ACWL-Nuveen staff will be available to help students with both art and music projects. Art students are welcome to bring in projects they are already working on. www.artswhitelake.org

Thursday November 12:

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit Opening
November 12
Quilts are made from an endless combination of patterns, colors, fabrics, and techniques. The maker stitches these different parts to one another to create a one-of-a-kind quilt. Like a quilt, our lives are made of strips that must be sewn together to create a story with a lasting legacy. Details, stories, and objects are all pieces of our lives that can be combined in endless ways. Even one missing piece leaves the story incomplete and the quilt unfinished. In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Perfect Presents Preview Parties at Art Cats Gallery
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Holidays are coming and we are celebrating in a new way. Due to COVID19, and having a small space, we are extending our Holiday Open House event for an entire week. Saturday November 7- Saturday November 14 (Closed Sunday and Monday). Watch for daily specials and updates both online and in store. Want to shop privately? You can do that any Monday in November (beginning November 9). We are excited to see your happy smiling eyes! And yes! We have perfectly fabulous presents for you and yours.  Contact  231-755-7606 or visit our online store https://artcatsgallery.com/shop/

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursdays
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Muskegon Museum of Art,
296 W. Webster Ave.
Free museum admission all day every Thursdays, compliments of The Meijer Foundation. Please remember your mask

Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market,
242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from May 2 through November 30, 2020. Hours are 8 am to 2 pm For COVID19 safety measures, the market will have a different look and feel this year: Please wear your mask and walk within the direction arrows. Thank you

Muskegon Drum Crew
Lakeshore Sports Arena
4470 Airline Road
A fun workout for all ages and fitness levels!
Men and women both welcome!
Lakeshore Sports Arena located at 4470 Airline Road from 7-8 pm
$2 Class Fee $1 Equipment Rental
Facebook Group facebook.com/groups/muskegondrumcrew

Friday November 13:

Perfect Presents Preview Parties at Art Cats Gallery
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Holidays are coming and we are celebrating in a new way. Due to COVID19, and having a small space, we are extending our Holiday Open House event for an entire week. Saturday November 7- Saturday November 14 (Closed Sunday and Monday). Watch for daily specials and updates both online and in store. Want to shop privately? You can do that any Monday in November (beginning November 9). We are excited to see your happy smiling eyes! And yes! We have perfectly fabulous presents for you and yours.  Contact  231-755-7606 or visit our online store https://artcatsgallery.com/shop/

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit Opening
November 13
Quilts are made from an endless combination of patterns, colors, fabrics, and techniques. The maker stitches these different parts to one another to create a one-of-a-kind quilt. Like a quilt, our lives are made of strips that must be sewn together to create a story with a lasting legacy. Details, stories, and objects are all pieces of our lives that can be combined in endless ways. Even one missing piece leaves the story incomplete and the quilt unfinished. In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Friday Family Fun Night: Invention Night
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Have you ever wanted to become an inventor or to see what it takes to design something new? Then this is the night for you, join local inventors at Lakeshore Museum Center located at 430 W. Clay to learn about the invention process, make and create inventions of your own with our take home bags, and learn about a special unique experience for Muskegon County students. Free for Muskegon County residents, non-residents ages 3 and up are $5. Open-house style event, advanced registration not required. Questions call 231-722-0278

Saturday November 14:

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit Opening
November 9
Quilts are made from an endless combination of patterns, colors, fabrics, and techniques. The maker stitches these different parts to one another to create a one-of-a-kind quilt. Like a quilt, our lives are made of strips that must be sewn together to create a story with a lasting legacy. Details, stories, and objects are all pieces of our lives that can be combined in endless ways. Even one missing piece leaves the story incomplete and the quilt unfinished. In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Perfect Presents Preview Parties at Art Cats Gallery
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Holidays are coming and we are celebrating in a new way. Due to COVID19, and having a small space, we are extending our Holiday Open House event for an entire week. Saturday November 7- Saturday November 14 (Closed Sunday and Monday). Watch for daily specials and updates both online and in store. Want to shop privately? You can do that any Monday in November (beginning November 9). We are excited to see your happy smiling eyes! And yes! We have perfectly fabulous presents for you and yours.  Contact  231-755-7606 or visit our online store https://artcatsgallery.com/shop/

Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market,
242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from May 2 through November 30, 2020. Hours are 8 am to 2 pm For COVID19 safety measures, the market will have a different look and feel this year: Please wear your mask and walk within the direction arrows. Thank you

Sweetwater Local Foods MarketSweetwater Local Foods Market – OFFERING PREORDERS FOR PICKUP
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market, 6401 Harvey St.
Sweetwater Local Foods Market will be offering a PREORDER ONLY market, out in the parking lot, from 10:00am to 11:00am. Sign up for the newsletter to get your order in here: https://tinyletter.com/SweetwaterLocalFoodsMkt or get the list from the website here: sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round.

Boomtown Market Craft Beer & Wine Tastings
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
BoomTown Market, 351 W. Western Ave
Boomtown Market in Downtown Muskegon invites you to free Draft, Craft Beer & Wine Tastings every Saturday starting at 10 a.m. Sample unique Craft Beers on Tap from all around Michigan ! If you like it, we’ll can a 32 ounce-er for you right then and there!

Please remember to check our website www.visitmuskegon.org for the many virtual events happening every day.

Ask Dr. Universe – Spiders In Their Webs

Dear Dr. Universe: Why do garden spiders hang upside down in the middle of their webs? -Abree, 10, New Jersey

Dear Abree,

That’s a great observation. Garden spiders and other orb-weaver spiders crawl all around their webs, but we often see their heads pointing down toward the ground.

My friend Todd Murray, an entomologist at Washington State University, told me about a group of scientists that had a question a lot like the one you’ve asked.

These scientists used mathematical models to learn about orb-weaver spiders and how they move around the web. They discovered spiders that wait with their head down for prey can reach prey faster than spiders that wait with head up for their prey.

While there are exceptions, this position gives spiders an advantage when getting food. Sometimes prey will hit the top of the web, but end up tumbling to the bottom of the web. A spider higher up on the web with its head facing down would be able to see prey below. Gravity also helps spiders as they run down the web.

Murray reminded me how different kinds of spiders can make different webs. Orb weavers tend to make webs in circle shapes. These spiders have parts called spinnerets located in their rear ends, or abdomens, that produce the silk.

Some orb-weavers may create a trap line with their silk, which attaches them to the middle of the web. When an insect hits the web, the trap line vibrates and the spider can sense dinner has arrived. It might just be a fly, mosquito, moth or wasp.

As fall gets underway, orb weavers eat lots of insects and get bigger. You may identify an orb weaver from its brick red to orange body with white splotches. We see quite a few orb weavers in Western Washington at this time of year. You may notice more spiders and webs in your neighborhood, too.

We are still learning exactly why some spiders build certain kinds of webs. Murray said a wasp in Costa Rica has even revealed how a spider’s web designs can get hacked. The wasp glues an egg on the spider’s abdomen. When the egg hatches, the little larva attaches to the abdomen and starts living off the spider.

“That grub sits there and steals the nutrients from the spider like a vampire does, or a tick, or other blood-sucking creature,” Murray said. “As that grub grows on the spider, the spider does a really amazing thing.”

On the last night of its life, the spider start builds a totally new kind of web that looks a bit like a hammock. Once the hammock is made, the spider puts the larvae into the hammock.

“It really does show you how those web-building abilities are hard-wired in the spiders, but that they can be manipulated,” he said.

If you keep asking great questions like scientists do, maybe you’ll help us learn even more about the world of arachnids. In the meantime, keep an eye out for the spiders’ beautiful webs.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

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Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 11/09/20

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

NOVEMBER 9, 2020

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

This meeting will be held in-person AND virtually via Webex.com in order to fight the spread of COVID-19 and comply with current gathering limitations of 20 people.
Information to access the meeting:
Meeting number (access code): 126 547 8409
Meeting password: ybXr6caE3Q3 (92976223 from phones and video systems)
Join by phone: 1-415-655-0001 US Toll

1. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States
2. Roll call
3. Approval of board minutes: 10/26/20
4. Approve / amend agenda
5. Correspondence / reports
6. Public comments regarding agenda items

7. Unfinished Business
A. Second Reading and Adoption: Downtown Development Authority Ordinance
B. Second Reading and Adoption: Zone Change Amendment Ordinance- Hts. Ravenna

8. New Business
A. Resolution Appointing a Designated Assessor
B. Speed Limit Sign Request- Trailside
C. Approval to Increase Assistant Assessor Pay Per Contract

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

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

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of October 12, 2020

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, October 12, 2020, in the township board room.

Members Present: Heidi Tice, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Greg Hulka, Terry Knoll, Denise Winebarger
Members Absent: Jeff Jacobs, excused

At 7:00pm, Heidi Tice opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer.

Also Present: 2- residents; 1- employees; 3- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; Director or Public Utilities, Steve Biesiada.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of September 28, 2020 as presented.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Terry Knoll, was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1. Brian Michelli reported that the Fire Department has completed ISO rating testing; the DPW has provided access to their garage for a workstation for the Police Officers afterhours; the new police cruisers are waiting at Emergency Services to be outfitted; the Fire Department has been busy with business registrations.
2. Steve Biesiada reported that a water main leak on Harvey Street that was caused during a project on the Norton Shores side of the road has been repaired by the contractor.
3. Heidi Tice shared a written recognition of Officer Tim Thompson that was received from a motorist; there will be detours as construction continues down 3rd Ave; the Fruitport Lions Club has cancelled Old Fashioned Christmas.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

20-100 DDA Discussion
Discussion occurred regarding downsizing the district and the development of the DDA Board.

The ordinance 1st reading is due to come before the board at the next meeting.

20-101 Approval of Property Assessment Administration Contract
Greg Hulka moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the contract as presented, including the deferment of payments to spread them out during the first year.
Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: None

NEW BUSINESS:

20-102 Approval of Bench Honoring Marjorie Nash
At the Board meeting of November 28, 2016 the Board supported a request to place a bench at town hall in honor and recognition of Marjorie Nash’s years of service to Fruitport Township.

Today Marjorie’s daughter, Kimberly Nash, presented photos and an example of the wording the family wishes to have placed on the bench. The bench will be paid for by the Nash family.

Terry Knoll moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the presented bench.
Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: None

20-103 Approval of Annual Health Insurance Renewal
Options were presented for employee healthcare for 2021. A one month renewal will occur for December 1st in order to get the plan on a January 1st renewal date from there forward, aligning out of pocket costs, plan renewal, and FLEX spending accounts. A yearly renewal will occur on January 1st.

Heidi Tice moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to offer option 3 that includes the Blue Care Network PCP Focus plan and to continue the employee’s contribution of $55.00 per pay period.

Option 3 will continue the employees on the same plan with the same out of pocket bi-weekly contribution.
Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: None

20-104 Payment of bills
Terry Knoll moved, Andrea Anderson seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $14,054.04; Public Safety $14,305.50; Water $10,414.86; Sewer $1,258.08; Trust & Agency $1,300.00; Street Lights $14,214.06
Totaling: $55,546.54
Ayes: Knoll, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: none

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:
1. Brian Michelli shared that the Fire Department Santa Open House event is on hold, no decision made as of now; Trees for Tots Christmas tree sales will continue at the North Pole Ice Cream shop this year; there has been an increase drug activity arrests in the community.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:
1. Brian Hosticka introduced himself as a Democratic candidate for a 91st District seat of the Michigan House of Representatives.

The motion by Terry Knoll, supported by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:51pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR

Events Happening in Muskegon County – Monday Nov.-2 to Sunday Nov.-8

*Remember to bring your mask to all events*
Please check out our website for many virtual events happening every day.
www.visitmuskegon.org

Monday November 2:

Muskegon Drum Crew
Lakeshore Sports Arena
4470 Airline Road
A fun workout for all ages and fitness levels!
Men and women both welcome!
Lakeshore Sports Arena located at 4470 Airline Road from 7-8 pm
$2 Class Fee $1 Equipment Rental
Facebook Group facebook.com/groups/muskegondrumcrew

Tuesday November 3:

Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market,
242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from May 2 through November 30, 2020. Hours are 8 am to 2 pm For
COVID19 safety measures, the market will have a different look and feel this year: Please wear your mask and walk within the direction arrows. Thank you

Wednesday November 4:

Open Studio: Fall into the Arts: FREE
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Arts Council of White Lake, 106 E. Colby St.
Middle & High School Students FREE Middle and High School students are invited to the ACWL-Nuveen for Open Studio sessions on Wednesdays between 2:00 and 5:00, p.m. ACWL-Nuveen staff will be available to help students with both art and music projects. Art students are welcome to bring in projects they are already working on

Thursday November 5:

Vintage Redefined’s Holiday Open House
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Please join us this year for our Holiday Open House. 🎄 We’ve  spread it out over a few extra days and extended hours so we can spread cheer and not germs! 🎅 We are located at 471 W. Western Ave. Questions, please call 231-903-6995
Thursday November 5, 4-7 Friday November 6, 11-7 Saturday November 7, 10-4
Sunday November 8, 11-2 Can’t  be here in person? No worries, we’ve got something special up our sleeve and you can also shop online at www.vintage-redefined.com. Keep an eye on our social media for updates and details.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursdays
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Muskegon Museum of Art,
296 W. Webster Ave.
Free museum admission all day every Thursdays, compliments of The Meijer Foundation. Please remember your mask

Unique Copper Wire Bracelets
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Art Council of Whitelake
106 E. Colby St.
Learn a new technique that dates back to antiquity by manipulating heavy gauge copper wire into unique shapes. In this session, students 12 years of age and older will be introduced to several kinds of pliers that are used to do the work of bending and achieve a distinctive finished bracelet that you will be delighted to wear at that next special dinner party! No experience required, just a passion for learning. Registration is required.  $20 per student. Register at: artswhitelake.org/events-1/unique-copper-wire-bracelets COVID-19 Considerations: Class size is limited to 6 students. Each student will get their own table which will be 6 ft from the neighboring tables. Students will have their own set of supplies that will be sanitized before class. Students should wear masks, use the provided hand sanitizer, and abide by social distancing mandates.

Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market,
242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from May 2 through November 30, 2020. Hours are 8 am to 2 pm For COVID19 safety measures, the market will have a different look and feel this year: Please wear your mask and walk within the direction arrows. Thank you

Muskegon Drum Crew
Lakeshore Sports Arena
4470 Airline Road
A fun workout for all ages and fitness levels!
Men and women both welcome!
Lakeshore Sports Arena located at 4470 Airline Road from 7-8 pm
$2 Class Fee $1 Equipment Rental
Facebook Group facebook.com/groups/muskegondrumcrew

Pine Street Mercantile’s Christmas Open House
4:00 pm – 7pm
Kick off the holiday season with the best in Found, Reimagined, Antique and Vintage at Pine Street Mercantile! The event will be held over 3 days-Thursday 4-7, Friday 11-7 and Saturday 10-2. You will find plenty of vintage Christmas as well as some fabulous gift ideas by local artisans!

Friday November 6:

Vintage Redefined’s Holiday Open House
11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Please join us this year for our Holiday Open House. 🎄 We’ve  spread it out over a few extra days and extended hours so we can spread cheer and not germs! 🎅 We are located at 471 W. Western Ave. Questions, please call 231-903-6995
Thursday November 5, 4-7 Friday November 6, 11-7 Saturday November 7, 10-4
Sunday November 8, 11-2 Can’t  be here in person? No worries, we’ve got something special up our sleeve and you can also shop online at www.vintage-redefined.com. Keep an eye on our social media for updates and details.

Holiday Preview Weekend
10:00am-6:00pm
The Front Porch!
Located at 758 Pine St. For questions call 231-750-1987 Come see what area merchants have brought to you this Christmas Season! There  will be Christmas décor’, furniture pieces, items for Gift Giving, Fabulous holiday displays and Captivating seasonal creations at this Holiday Preview Weekend. Enjoy a WHOLE Weekend of Shopping! Enter to win a Gift Certificate each day and enjoy yummy treats in many of the booths. Come start your Holiday Shopping Season off right with Antiques, Vintage & Revived Goods! Open House dates and store hours are as follows: Friday, November 6th: 10:00pm – 6:00pm Saturday, November 7th: 10:00am – 4:00pm Sunday, November 8th: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Pine Street Mercantile’s Christmas Open House
11:00 am – 7pm
Kick off the holiday season with the best in Found, Reimagined, Antique and Vintage at Pine Street Mercantile! The event will be held over 3 days-Thursday 4-7, Friday 11-7 and Saturday 10-2. You will find plenty of vintage Christmas as well as some fabulous gift ideas by local artisans!

Saturday November 7:

Muskegon Market and Mercantile Holiday Open House
10:00am-6:00pm
1447  W. Sherman Blvd.
Are you missing the holiday craft shows? Come celebrate the start of the Holiday Shopping Season with us! Vendor drawings! Featuring 50+ makers and micro-businesses! Make-and-takes available with makers and vendors on-site to give you that personalized attention that’s perfect for the gift giving season.

Holiday Preview Weekend
10:00am-4:00pm
The Front Porch!
Located at 758 Pine St. For questions call 231-750-1987 Come see what area merchants have brought to you this Christmas Season! There  will be Christmas décor’, furniture pieces, items for Gift Giving, Fabulous holiday displays and Captivating seasonal creations at this Holiday Preview Weekend. Enjoy a WHOLE Weekend of Shopping! Enter to win a Gift Certificate each day and enjoy yummy treats in many of the booths. Come start your Holiday Shopping Season off right with Antiques, Vintage & Revived Goods! Open House dates and store hours are as follows: Friday, November 6th: 10:00pm – 6:00pm Saturday, November 7th: 10:00am – 4:00pm Sunday, November 8th: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Pine Street Mercantile’s Christmas Open House
10:00 am – 2pm
Kick off the holiday season with the best in Found, Reimagined, Antique and Vintage at Pine Street Mercantile! The event will be held over 3 days-Thursday 4-7, Friday 11-7 and Saturday 10-2. You will find plenty of vintage Christmas as well as some fabulous gift ideas by local artisans!

Vintage Redefined’s Holiday Open House
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Please join us this year for our Holiday Open House. 🎄 We’ve  spread it out over a few extra days and extended hours so we can spread cheer and not germs! 🎅 We are located at 471 W. Western Ave. Questions, please call 231-903-6995
Thursday November 5, 4-7 Friday November 6, 11-7 Saturday November 7, 10-4
Sunday November 8, 11-2 Can’t  be here in person? No worries, we’ve got something special up our sleeve and you can also shop online at www.vintage-redefined.com. Keep an eye on our social media for updates and details.

Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market,
242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from May 2 through November 30, 2020. Hours are 8 am to 2 pm For COVID19 safety measures, the market will have a different look and feel this year: Please wear your mask and walk within the direction arrows. Thank you

Sweetwater Local Foods MarketSweetwater Local Foods Market – OFFERING PREORDERS FOR PICKUP
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market, 6401 Harvey St.
Sweetwater Local Foods Market will be offering a PREORDER ONLY market, out in the parking lot, from 10:00am to 11:00am. Sign up for the newsletter to get your order in here: https://tinyletter.com/SweetwaterLocalFoodsMkt or get the list from the website here: sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round.

Boomtown Market Craft Beer & Wine Tastings
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
BoomTown Market, 351 W. Western Ave
Boomtown Market in Downtown Muskegon invites you to free Draft, Craft Beer & Wine Tastings every Saturday starting at 10 a.m. Sample unique Craft Beers on Tap from all around Michigan ! If you like it, we’ll can a 32 ounce-er for you right then and there!

An Evening With Fresh Ghost Comedy
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Rusty Spoke Bar & Grill
A comedy show with the minds behind Fresh Ghost Comedy. Rusty Spoke is located at 2411 E. Hall Rd. The show is $10 a person. For questions call 231-739-1849 or 231-2208825

Acrylic Paint Pouring: Dirty Flip Cup
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
McLaughlin Community Fellowship
Come create with Sabryna at the McLaughlin Community Fellowship located at 1198 Spring Street, Muskegon, Michigan.  Acrylic Paint Pouring is fun, a bit messy, and a little unpredictable too. Come spend a Saturday afternoon with Sabryna and learn how to make your own serendipitous work of art. Students will learn about the materials, tools and techniques needed in this form of paint pouring and each participant will create their own 11″ x 14″ painting. Tools and materials provided. This class is for ages 8+ (8-14 with adult supervision)  $20 per person. Class size is limited, so please register ahead of time.

Watercolor Class for Kids – Thankfulness
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
City Center Arts
Located at 356 W. Western Ave. For questions please call 231-260-6697. Lori recently illustrated a picture book about thankfulness and the kids will create a 10×20″ piece about thankfulness. Kids ages 8-13 $40 per person. About Lori McElrath-Eslick: As a Kendall grad, and one of the few who was hired by Hallmark Cards in Kansas City as a greeting card artist, they demand that level of all the artists that they recruit and hire from around the country, and world, so she worked hard all of her working artist life to create art to the best of her skills.  The patrons and I splash paint together, and loves to show participants a new thing or two about watercolor, while not stressing about being a beginner or someone who regularly paints in watercolor, as every time we paint we can learn something new!

Beginner’s Chainmaille – Celtic Pattern Bracelet
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
McLauglin Community Fellowship
Located at 1198 Pine St., come to learn the medieval art form of Chainmaille by creating a bracelet in the Celtic pattern style. $20 Registration includes all of the materials used to create one bracelet as well as written instructions that you will be able to keep and two hours of instruction. Tools will be provided. 25% of the proceeds from this workshop will go to the McLaughlin Community Fellowship, where it is hosted. Register at: https://slbenmark.wixsite.com/naturalcreations/store/Beginners-Chainmaille-Celtic-Pattern-Bracelet-p117182177

Sunday November 8:

Vintage Redefined’s Holiday Open House
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Please join us this year for our Holiday Open House. 🎄 We’ve  spread it out over a few extra days and extended hours so we can spread cheer and not germs! 🎅 We are located at 471 W. Western Ave. Questions, please call 231-903-6995
Thursday November 5, 4-7 Friday November 6, 11-7 Saturday November 7, 10-4
Sunday November 8, 11-2 Can’t  be here in person? No worries, we’ve got something special up our sleeve and you can also shop online at www.vintage-redefined.com. Keep an eye on our social media for updates and details.

Holiday Preview Weekend
10:00am-6:00pm
The Front Porch!
Located at 758 Pine St. For questions call 231-750-1987 Come see what area merchants have brought to you this Christmas Season! There  will be Christmas décor’, furniture pieces, items for Gift Giving, Fabulous holiday displays and Captivating seasonal creations at this Holiday Preview Weekend. Enjoy a WHOLE Weekend of Shopping! Enter to win a Gift Certificate each day and enjoy yummy treats in many of the booths. Come start your Holiday Shopping Season off right with Antiques, Vintage & Revived Goods! Open House dates and store hours are as follows: Friday, November 6th: 10:00pm – 6:00pm Saturday, November 7th: 10:00am – 4:00pm Sunday, November 8th: 10:00am – 4:00pm

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Please remember to check our website www.visitmuskegon.org for the many virtual events happening every day.