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

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

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

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

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

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

V. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VI. OTHER
None.

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

The meeting adjourned at 6:58 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Maribeth Clarke, Recording Secretary

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

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

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

II. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Respectfully submitted,
Maribeth Clarke, Recording Secretary

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

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

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

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

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

IV. PRESENTATIONS
None.

V. COMMUNICATIONS
None.

VI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

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

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

IX. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
None.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

XI. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Nothing to report.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The meeting adjourned at 7:59 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Maribeth Clarke, Recording Secretary

Ask Dr. Universe – Shooting Stars

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

Dear Erin,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

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Run / Walk for Life – August 17, 2019

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful summer weather.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VILLAGE OF FRUITPORT
COUNCIL WORK SESSION
AUGUST 12Th, 2019

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

2. Pledge

3. Prayer

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

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

6. Public Comment
None

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

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

9. Public Comment
None

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

Respectfully submitted by,

Ann LaCroix
Clerk

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

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

Ongoing Events:

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.
Docent-led Tower Tours Admission:
• $2 – Kids 11 and under
• $3 – Military and veterans
• $4 – 12 and up
Please note: Children must be at least 3 feet tall in order to climb. Sturdy shoes are recommended.  Contact muskegonlights@gmail.com to book a private tour of the Lighthouse with one of their knowledgeable history docents. The cost is $50 a person for up to ten people for sunset or any time of day you desire.

Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady
Bring the kids to Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady every Monday at 3:00pm during July and August!  For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.

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

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

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

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

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market, owned and operated by the City of Muskegon, is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods. The Market also hosts The Flea where everything imaginable is sold.
Farmers’ Market summer hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. The Flea Market is Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

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

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

Group Bicycle Tour
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

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

Jazz on the Patio
Thursdays, June 13 – August 29 beginning at 6:00pm, come to Bella Maria’s Event Center at Oakridge Golf Course for “Jazz on the Patio!”  Sit outside on their beautiful patio and enjoy great drink specials, a fabulous dinner menu and live jazz music as you view the sunset.  Doors open at 6:00pm and the music begins at 6:30pm.  Reservations are recommended for a table outside by calling 231-563-6914.

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

Summer Adventures at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Don’t wait for snow…luge in the summer! The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is open Saturdays and Sundays in the summer from 10:00am – 2:00pm so you can enjoy a variety of warm weather sporting activities.  The cost is $10 for 5 rounds of arrows, and $15 for luge add-on.  www.msports.org

Wheel Luge:
Slide down the only wheel luge track in North America! Wheel luge is done on a specially designed track with the same sleds used on the ice, but with wheels attached. The design of the track, adaptive equipment and surrounding common areas also accommodate persons with disabilities. Shorter than the ice track, average runs take approximately 9 seconds while covering 300 feet of track.
Tickets for summer luge are not sold in advance. Guests are served on a first come, first served basis, but wait times are rarely more than 15 minutes. The cost is $10 for 4 runs, and $15 for the archery add-on.  All equipment and instruction are provided with the purchase of a pass. Sneakers, long sleeve shirts and long pants are highly recommended to protect your skin from fiberglass “burns” in case you brush up against the side of the luge track. Participants must be at least 5 years of age.

Learn Archery Fundamentals:
Muskegon State Park visitors can stop by the Sports Complex for a round of archery guided by an instructor. All participants receive a quick lesson explaining the basic fundamentals of archery. Participants can then shoot rounds of arrows at the controlled archery range. This activity is fun for ages 6 and older.

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

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

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

Special Events:

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

McGraft Park Free Summer Concert Series
Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Come to the McGraft Park bandshell for family-friendly concerts this summer! This week Steel Doin’ It (Steel Drum – Caribbean) will be performing. These free performances begin at 7:00pm.  Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs and blankets!  For more information call the Muskegon Parks Department at 231-724-6991.

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

Root Talk
Thursday, August 15th, 2019  @ 10:00am-1:00pm
Come to the Norton Shores Library for “Root Talk!”  Are you just getting started in family history? Have you reached a dead limb on a branch of the family tree?  Stop by the drop-in genealogy help desk, where librarian Alison Purgiel will offer her expertise for free about library and online resources for doing genealogy research, as well as offering advice on “brick walls.”  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Escanaba in da Moonlight
Thursday, August 15th, 2019 @ 7:30pm
The 2019 Summer Theatre Festival at The Playhouse at White Lake (formerly Howmet Playhouse) happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 11 through August 24! All shows begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted). August 15 – 17, it’s “Escanaba in da Moonlight” by Jeff Daniels, directed by Sheila Wahamaki.

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

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

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

Hackley & Hume Historic Site: All Access Tours
Friday, August 16th, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Every third Friday of the month from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, you can go where no visitor has gone before on All Access Tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site! Explore behind closed doors including attics, porches, and basements of both houses.  Enjoy different themed topics such as restoration, preservation, family stories, new discoveries in the research, the Hackley House during the Red Cross years, the Hume home as a Daycare Center, as well as future projects.  Please RSVP by calling 231-722-7578.  The cost is $20 or $15 for members.

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

Escanaba in da Moonlight
Friday, August 16th, 2019 @ 7:30pm
The 2019 Summer Theatre Festival at The Playhouse at White Lake (formerly Howmet Playhouse) happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 11 through August 24! All shows begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted). August 15 – 17, it’s “Escanaba in da Moonlight” by Jeff Daniels, directed by Sheila Wahamaki!

Movies on Deck
Friday, August 16th, 2019 @ Dusk
The 13th annual Movies on Deck film series features great movies showing at dusk on Friday evenings on the USS LST 393! Tonight’s movie will be Grease! Each showing is free to the public, but donations are welcome.  Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and weather appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks will be available at the event.  In the event of inclement weather, showings will be moved inside the ship, and will begin at 10:00pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Escanaba in da Moonlight
Saturday, August 17th, 2019 @ 7:30pm
The 2019 Summer Theatre Festival at The Playhouse at White Lake (formerly Howmet Playhouse) happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 11 through August 24! All shows begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted). August 15 – 17, it’s “Escanaba in da Moonlight” by Jeff Daniels, directed by Sheila Wahamaki!

Maranatha Summer Concert Series: Big Band of Praise
Saturday, August 17, 2019 @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference offers free concerts every Saturday night during the summer! Doors open at 6:45pm to the public, or you can receive preferred concert seating by purchasing tickets to their Saturday evening pre-concert dinner buffet in the dining room.  Dinner begins at 5:00pm.  All dinner guests receive early entry into the concert venue beginning at 6:30pm.  Visit the website below for more information or call (231) 798-2161.
Big Band of Praise or BBOP, is a Christian band dedicated to connecting with listeners by presenting the Love of God through song and testimony.  They are an 18 piece powerhouse group from Holland Michigan who perform big band, swing, jazz, and blues. They appeal to all ages, and play religious, secular or combination venues.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

V. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VI. OTHER
None.

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

The meeting adjourned at 7:57 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Bob Szymoniak, Acting Board Secretary

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

VILLAGE OF FRUITPORT
SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING
JULY 31, 2019

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

2. Pledge

3. Prayer

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

5. Public Comment
None

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

7. Public Comment
None

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

 

Submitted by,
Bill Overkamp Council Member

Ask Dr. Universe – Sneezing

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

Dear Nyuma,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

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

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

AGENDA

I. CALL to ORDER

II. ROLL CALL

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

V. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

VI. OTHER

VII. ADJOURNMENT

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

Muskegon County Calendar of Events August 5-12, 2019

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

Monday August 5:

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Kids Storytime: 2:00pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.Docent-led Tower Tours Admission: $2 – Kids 11 and under $3 – Military and veterans $4 – 12 and up Please note: Children must be at least 3 feet tall in order to climb. Sturdy shoes are recommended. Contact muskegonlights@gmail.com to book a private tour of the Lighthouse with one of their knowledgeable history docents. The cost is $50 a person for up to ten people for sunset or any time of day you desire.

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday August 6:

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

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market, owned and operated by the City of Muskegon, is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods.
Farmers’ Market hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit their website www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Group Bicycle Tour
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

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

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

Wednesday August 7:

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

Aquastar: Midweek Afternoon Muskegon History Cruise
August 7 @ 11:00 am
Board the Aquastar for an afternoon on the water as you tour Muskegon Lake and into the channel to see Lake Michigan!  These lunchtime cruises will cater to those interested in Muskegon’s history. Visit website at www.aquastarcruises.com for ticket information.

Western Market Chalets
June 5
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.Retailers Include: Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gift, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art,
Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave and Village Baker.

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

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

Thursday August 8:

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

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

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

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

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market, owned and operated by the City of Muskegon, is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods.
Farmers’ Market hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit their website www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Western Market Chalets
June 6
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.Retailers Include: Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gift, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art,
Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave and Village Baker.

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

McGraft Park Free Summer Concert: Westside Soul Surfers
August 8 @ 7:00 pm
Come to the McGraft Park bandshell for family-friendly concerts this summer!  These free performances begin at 7:00pm.  Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs and blankets!  For more information call the Muskegon Parks Department at 231-724-6991.
Thursday, August 8 – West Side Soul Surfers (R&B, Rock & Jazz)

Miracle on South Division Street
August 8 @ 7:30 pm – August 10 @ 7:30 pm
The 2019 Summer Theatre Festival at The Playhouse at White Lake (formerly Howmet Playhouse) happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 11 through August 24! All shows begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted).
Meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, NY. Clara and her three grown kids have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop! Theater Box Office hours are 1:00pm – 5:00pm weekdays, and one hour before curtain. Season Passes are your best value.  Make a single purchase, and then pick and choose the plays you wish to attend. Single show tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students.

Friday August 9:

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

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

Muskegon Heritage Museum’s Community Days
August 9 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Enjoy one of Muskegon’s “Amazing Museums” for free during Muskegon Heritage Museum’s Community Days!
The Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving the economic, industrial and social history of the greater Muskegon area.  Their collection includes informational exhibits, artifacts and photos pertaining to Muskegon’s industries, historic homes and businesses.  They have a working steam engine with a line shaft that runs 11 machine tools as well as a working Brunswick pinsetter, a spring winding machine, and over 80 other companies represented in exhibits.  Don’t let the modest storefront fool you, the museum has over 12,000 square feet of display space, spanning three floors! Each “Community Day” will have a special theme: August 9 – Arconic

Music and Beer at the Light: Catfish and the Man
August 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy time together listening to music while visiting and exploring the White River Light Station. The museum and tower will be open for the standard admission charge of $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.  In case of rain, events will be held at the Fruitland Township Office (4545 Nestrom Rd., Whitehall, MI 49461) Friday, August 9 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, it’s “Music and Beer at the Light” featuring “Catfish and the Man!” Come enjoy your favorite Fetch Beer and the music of Catfish and the Man on the grounds of the White River Light Station. This family friendly event is a fund raiser for the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers, caretakers of the lighthouse.  Beer and wine, as well as soft drinks and water, will be available for purchase. For more information call 231-845-7417.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.Docent-led Tower Tours Admission: $2 – Kids 11 and under $3 – Military and veterans $4 – 12 and up Please note: Children must be at least 3 feet tall in order to climb. Sturdy shoes are recommended. Contact muskegonlights@gmail.com to book a private tour of the Lighthouse with one of their knowledgeable history docents. The cost is $50 a person for up to ten people for sunset or any time of day you desire.

Miracle on South Division Street
August 8 @ 7:30 pm – August 10 @ 7:30 pm
The 2019 Summer Theatre Festival at The Playhouse at White Lake (formerly Howmet Playhouse) happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 11 through August 24! All shows begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted).
Meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, NY. Clara and her three grown kids have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop! Theater Box Office hours are 1:00pm – 5:00pm weekdays, and one hour before curtain. Season Passes are your best value.  Make a single purchase, and then pick and choose the plays you wish to attend. Single show tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students.

Western Market Chalets
June 7
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.Retailers Include: Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gift, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art,
Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave and Village Baker.

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

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

Saturday August 10:

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

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

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

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

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

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.Docent-led Tower Tours Admission: $2 – Kids 11 and under $3 – Military and veterans $4 – 12 and up Please note: Children must be at least 3 feet tall in order to climb. Sturdy shoes are recommended. Contact muskegonlights@gmail.com to book a private tour of the Lighthouse with one of their knowledgeable history docents. The cost is $50 a person for up to ten people for sunset or any time of day you desire.

Western Market Chalets
June 8
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.Retailers Include: Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gift, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art,
Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave and Village Baker.

Montague Farmers’ Market
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Montague Farmers’ Market opens the first Saturday in June and runs every Saturday through October. Any farmer or baker who is interested in selling goods at the Market should contact Farmers’ Market Manager, Jeff Auch at City Hall at 893-1155 ext. 1757

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

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

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

Miracle on South Division Street
August 8 @ 7:30 pm – August 10 @ 7:30 pm
The 2019 Summer Theatre Festival at The Playhouse at White Lake (formerly Howmet Playhouse) happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 11 through August 24! All shows begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted).
Meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, NY. Clara and her three grown kids have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop! Theater Box Office hours are 1:00pm – 5:00pm weekdays, and one hour before curtain. Season Passes are your best value.  Make a single purchase, and then pick and choose the plays you wish to attend. Single show tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students.

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

Summer Adventures at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
August 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is open Saturdays and Sundays in the summer from 10:00am – 2:00pm so you can enjoy a variety of warm weather sporting activities.
Wheel Luge: Slide down the only wheel luge track in North America! Wheel luge is done on a specially designed track with the same sleds used on the ice, but with wheels attached. The design of the track, adaptive equipment and surrounding common areas also accommodate persons with disabilities. Shorter than the ice track, average runs take approximately 9 seconds while covering 300 feet of track. Tickets for summer luge are not sold in advance. Guests are served on a first come, first served basis, but wait times are rarely more than 15 minutes. The cost is $10 for 4 runs, and $15 for the archery add-on.  All equipment and instruction are provided with the purchase of a pass. Sneakers, long sleeve shirts and long pants are highly recommended to protect your skin from fiberglass “burns” in case you brush up against the side of the luge track. Participants must be at least 5 years of age. Learn Archery Fundamentals:
Muskegon State Park visitors can stop by the Sports Complex for a round of archery guided by an instructor. All participants receive a quick lessonof the basic fundamentals of archery. Participants can then shoot rounds of arrows at the controlled archery range. This activity is fun for ages 6 and older.The cost is $10 for 5 rounds of arrows, and $15 for luge add-on.

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

Free Kids Yoga at the Market
August 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rootdown Yoga·Juice·Greens and Kitchen242 invite you to bring your children 5 – 9 years old to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Free Kids Yoga at the Market!” A playful, compassionate, and non-competitive environment awaits your child! Classes will focus on poses, partner/group games, and simple breathing/relaxation techniques to harness mental focus, manage stress, strength and empowerment. The class will be uniquely shaped based upon the interests and energy of students present that day, weaving together creative storytelling, lots of nature and animal poses, making silly sounds, imaginary play, and ample opportunity to express one’s own true vibrant nature! For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Sunday August 11:

Rootdown’s Yoga on Deck
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Sunday of the summer from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, join Rootdown Yoga aboard Muskegon’s World War II landing ship tank, the USS LST 393, for their popular donation based yoga class! This class is designed for all levels. Rent a mat for $2.  For more info call (231) 722-9642.

Western Market Chalets
June 9
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.Retailers Include: Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gift, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art,
Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave and Village Baker.

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

Monday August 12:

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

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

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Kids Storytime: 2:00pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.Docent-led Tower Tours Admission: $2 – Kids 11 and under $3 – Military and veterans $4 – 12 and up Please note: Children must be at least 3 feet tall in order to climb. Sturdy shoes are recommended. Contact muskegonlights@gmail.com to book a private tour of the Lighthouse with one of their knowledgeable history docents. The cost is $50 a person for up to ten people for sunset or any time of day you desire.

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

Ask Dr. Universe – Long-distance Before Cell Phones

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

Dear Tali,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

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Muskegon County Calendar of Events 07/29/19 – 08/05/19

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

Ongoing Events:

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

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

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

Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady
Bring the kids to Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady every Monday at 3:00pm during July and August!  For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.

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

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

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

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

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market, owned and operated by the City of Muskegon, is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods. The Market also hosts The Flea where everything imaginable is sold.
Farmers’ Market summer hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. The Flea Market is Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

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

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

Group Bicycle Tour
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

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

Jazz on the Patio
Thursdays, June 13 – August 29 beginning at 6:00pm, come to Bella Maria’s Event Center at Oakridge Golf Course for “Jazz on the Patio!”  Sit outside on their beautiful patio and enjoy great drink specials, a fabulous dinner menu and live jazz music as you view the sunset.  Doors open at 6:00pm and the music begins at 6:30pm.  Reservations are recommended for a table outside by calling 231-563-6914.

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

Open Mic Night at The Red Lotus
The fourth Friday of every month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Red Lotus Gallery for Muskegon’s longest running open mic event!  Any kind of talent is welcome; songs, poems, readings, comedy, plays, dancing or whatever other skill you want to show off.  Observers are welcome, too.  They only ask that everyone remain mostly clothed and that you don’t burn the place down!  Other than those simple rules, it’s truly an OPEN mic event.  For that reason, they encourage parents to use their discretion as to whether to bring children, as there most likely will be adult language and subject matter.  Feel free to bring in your own food and drinks too.  Donations are encouraged, but not required.

They’re in the lower level of the Century Club building, so use the main front entrance of the building and head downstairs.  There is an elevator for those who need it.  Just call 231-981-8525 and they will let you in the back door.

Summer Adventures at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Don’t wait for snow…luge in the summer! The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is open Saturdays and Sundays in the summer from 10:00am – 2:00pm so you can enjoy a variety of warm weather sporting activities.  The cost is $10 for 5 rounds of arrows, and $15 for luge add-on.  www.msports.org

Wheel Luge:
Slide down the only wheel luge track in North America! Wheel luge is done on a specially designed track with the same sleds used on the ice, but with wheels attached. The design of the track, adaptive equipment and surrounding common areas also accommodate persons with disabilities. Shorter than the ice track, average runs take approximately 9 seconds while covering 300 feet of track.
Tickets for summer luge are not sold in advance. Guests are served on a first come, first served basis, but wait times are rarely more than 15 minutes. The cost is $10 for 4 runs, and $15 for the archery add-on.  All equipment and instruction are provided with the purchase of a pass. Sneakers, long sleeve shirts and long pants are highly recommended to protect your skin from fiberglass “burns” in case you brush up against the side of the luge track. Participants must be at least 5 years of age.

Learn Archery Fundamentals:
Muskegon State Park visitors can stop by the Sports Complex for a round of archery guided by an instructor. All participants receive a quick lesson explaining the basic fundamentals of archery. Participants can then shoot rounds of arrows at the controlled archery range. This activity is fun for ages 6 and older.

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

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

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

Special Events:

Glow Zumba at Hackley Public Library
July 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, July 29 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for Glow Zumba!  This class turns fitness into a party with glow sticks! Join them for an aerobic dance workout with Latin and international flavored music, led by Paula Sieffert from Lakeshore Fitness Center. Please register at hackleylibrary.org, or by calling 231-722-8011. Registration opens 1 month before the class date. This program is free to the public, and all ages are welcome!

HPL Sound of Summer Series: Ultimate Taste Band
July 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, July 30 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to the historic Hackley Public Library for the HPL Sound of Summer Series featuring the Ultimate Taste Band!  This Muskegon band strives to continue the Motown legacy in Michigan. Encompassing a variety of music from the 70s & 80s, funk, classic rock, pop, and R&B, the Ultimate Taste Band will get you moving and wanting more! This music performance is free to the public, and recommended for all ages.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Summer Concert Series: Montague Band Shell
July 30 @ 7:00 pm
Add delightful music to your summer season with free outdoor concerts at the Montague Band Shell select Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a lovely summer evening listening to a variety of genres of music.  The rain site is Montague High School.  This concert series is generously supported by the Arts Council of White Lake.  For more information on the concert series, call 231-893-2524.  July 30, it’s Serita’s Black Rose!

McGraft Park Free Summer Concert Series
July 30 @ 7:00 pm
Come to the McGraft Park bandshell for family-friendly concerts this summer!  These free performances begin at 7:00pm.  Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs and blankets!  For more information call the Muskegon Parks Department at 231-724-6991.  Tuesday, July 30, it’s  High Lonesome (Classic Country with a Kick)!  There will also be a free ice cream social from the Glenside Neighborhood Association.

Workaholic Women’s Wednesday Cruise
July 31 @ 7:00 pm
The last Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm, take some time out of your busy schedule to enjoy a cruise of Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan aboard the Aquastar!  Join local celebrity Britta Cleveland for a mid-week adventure with music, food, adult beverages and specialty vendors.  You will need a debit/credit card to purchase drinks.  Tickets are $25.  Visit www.aquastarcruises.com to book your spot or call (231) 903-0669 for more information.

Kids Flea Market at Hackley Public Library
August 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Thursday, August 1 from 10:00am – 11:30am, come to the lawn of Hackley Public Library in downtown Muskegon for the Kids’ Flea Market!  Come sell-a-brate the beginning of August by selling toys, crafts, snacks, and more. Registration is required for those interested in selling items by calling 231-722-8014.  Nothing to sell? Come shop instead! Everything is 50 cents or less. The event will move to Friday, August 2 in the event of rain. This event is free to the public and all ages are welcome!

Dancing into Sunset Free Weekly Dance Party
August 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Season 3 of the “Dancing into Sunset” free outdoor concert series features vendors on site each week including Aloha Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Pizza Parliament. These free weekly concerts happen every Thursday, May 30 – August 22 in beautiful Pomona Park overlooking Spring Lake. For more information e-mail dancingintosunset@aol.com or visit their Facebook page.  August 1, it’s Impact Entertainment Mobile DJ and Zumba with Francine!

The U.S. Coast Guard Band
August 1 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday, August 1 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for a free concert from the U.S. Coast Guard Band!  Lieutenant Commander Adam Williamson, and Assistant Director, Chief Warrant Officer Jeffrey Spenner bring you a rousing program featuring the Band’s talented soloists and wide ranging repertoire for wind ensemble as part of their 2019 Great Lakes Regional Tour.  While the show is free, tickets are required and can be obtained through the Frauenthal Center Box Office.  There is a limit of 4 per household.  Call 231-727-8001 for more information.

A Doll’s House, Part 2
August 1 @ 7:30 pm – August 3 @ 7:30 pm
The 2019 Summer Theatre Festival at The Playhouse at White Lake (formerly Howmet Playhouse) happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 11 through August 24! All shows begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted).

August 1 -3, it’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2” by Lucas Hnath and directed by Natalie Carmolli.

As a door slams in 1879 Norway, a young wife and mother leaves behind her family, freeing herself from the shackles of traditional societal constraints. Now, 15 years later, that same door opens to reveal Nora, a changed woman with an incredibly awkward favor to ask the people who she abandoned.  Lucas Hnath’s bitingly funny sequel to Ibsen’s revolutionary masterpiece unfolds in a series of bristling stand-offs that reveal in Nora’s world, much like our own, behind every opinion there is a person, and a slamming door isn’t just an end, but also the chance for a new beginning.

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

White Lake Chamber Music Festival
August 2 – August 11
The White Lake Chamber Music Festival announces a stunning 10-year anniversary season! August 2 – 11, this year’s festival will present exceptional performances and events held throughout the White Lake Area of Montague and Whitehall. The Festival will open with a spectacular brass concert featuring the Gaudete Brass Quintet. Special presentations will be made by local officials in honor of the White Lake Chamber Festival’s 10th anniversary. This event will be held at the First Congregational Church of Muskegon (1201 Jefferson St.). Gaudete (gow-day-tay) is a form of the Latin word for “Joy.”

The Chicago based, world-renowned Avalon String Quartet returns to the White Lake area for the 10th annual White Lake Chamber Music Festival. This quartet, described as “…deeply musical and sheerly gorgeous,” is the cornerstone of the festival, presenting 3 concerts, open rehearsals, and community outreach. Having established itself as one of the country’s leading chamber music ensembles, The Avalon String Quartet continues astonishing audiences across the nation with their performances.

Joining Avalon on August 8 will be pianist Kuang-Hao Huang performing Dvorak’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major.

Local, national, and international performers will come together in the White Lake Area during this 10-day festival. Virtuoso violinist James Buswell will be joined by touring and recording artist, cellist Carol Ou and New England Conservatory pianist Andrew Goodridge on August 3. They will perform Beethoven’s “Ghost” Piano Trio and Brahm’s Piano Trio in B major, Op.8.

Hear the Detroit Symphony Trio, featuring flutist Jeff Zook, violinist Sheryl Hwangbo, and cellist David Ledoux on Monday, August 5. They will perform music by Devienne, Piazolla, Edgar Girtan and others. This trio was formed in 2015 after the Detroit Symphony began its mission to bring symphonic and chamber music into the neighborhoods and communities surrounding Orchestra Hall and Detroit. Since then the Trio has enjoyed performing throughout Michigan bringing innovative and inspiring sounds to audiences of all ages.

Youth programming will be expanded this year to include more events like the popular educational children’s concert at the White Lake Community Library featuring Val Letenyei, founder of MusicEveryday! in Spring Lake and licensed Kindermusik educator and elementary pedagogy specialist.

A children’s concert at the Montague Public Library featuring educator and cellist Erin Wang

A performance by the winner of the Young Artists College Solo Competition – Gabrielle Karel (Hope College), piano – giving the community a glimpse into Michigan’s top talent from the state’s universities and colleges.

A Piano Sonata Recital on August 6 at 7:30pm features Andrea Swan, Chicago’s own well-known chamber musician, collaborative pianist, orchestral keyboard player, soloist and teacher. She will perform works of Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Franz, and Chopin. This concert will be held at St. James’ Lutheran Church in Montague.

The Festival Chamber Orchestra has become one of the festival’s audience favorites. On Friday, August 9, will be showcased in this program at the Montague United Methodist Church at 7:30pm. Featured soloists are Jeff Zook, flute; Marie Wang, violin; and famous harpsichordist David Schrader.

Free Salon Concerts are among the many highlights of the week. Talented musicians will be featured daily at 4:30pm at the Book Nook and Java Shop. Guest artists include William Watson, tenor and Tracy Watson, soprano (Sat.) ; Cello duo – Michael Carrera and Pablo Mahave-Veglia (Mon.), 4 Hand Piano – Bryan Uecker and Steve Thielman joined by flutist Don Bailey and pianist Aldo DeVero (Tues.); Solo Competition winner Gabrielle Karel, piano (Wed.); Vireo Trio – violinist Michelle Valllier, cellist Erin Wang, and pianist Bryan Uecker (Thur.); Classical Guitar Duo – Brian Morris and Jonathon Marshall (Fri.); the Ma Non Troppo Woodwind Trio – clarinetists John Varineau and Sondra Cross, and bassoonist Genevieve Beaulieu (Sat.).

The Festival is truly a unique, collaborative, community event. Local churches and businesses continue to take part and graciously host performances. In only ten years, nearly 200 concerts, edifying lectures, recitals, master classes, youth concerts, the young artists’ competition and open rehearsals have been held. Audiences continue to grow and come from greater distances, helping to make the Festival and our area a vacation destination.

For a schedule of this year’s delightful events, please visit www.whitelakemusic.org or call 231-329-3056 for more information.

Parties in the Park
August 2 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
For more than 30 years, Parties in the Park has been a Muskegon institution providing Friday evening entertainment, free admission, and a family-friendly atmosphere.  Be a part of the tradition and enjoy your summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park.  Parties are 5:00pm – 9:00pm and feature great food and adult beverage vendors!  For more information e-mail info@partiesinthepark.com.  August 2, it’s Melophobix & Paddlebots sponsored by Community Encompass.

4th Annual Muskegon Street Performers
August 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, August 2 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon to enjoy the sights and sounds of over 30 street performers at the fourth annual Muskegon Street Performer event! Take in over 30 strolling acts including face painters, musicians, living statues, jugglers, cloggers, belly dancers and more!  For more information call 616-402-0518 or visit www.facebook.com/MuskegonStreetPerformersSeries.  Although this event is free, performers entertain for tips, so be sure to show them your appreciation!

Lakeshore Blues Festival
August 2 @ 8:00 pm
Friday, August 2 at 8:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Lakeshore Blues Festival, the most anticipated blues show of 2019! Never seen together before in one night, you’ll hear from four chart topping blues artists of the millennium:

• Nellie Tiger Travis “If I Back it Up”
• Pokey Bear ”Side Piece”
• Wendel B ”I Just Wanna Love You”
• Willie Clayton ”Drop It”

Tickets are $55. Doors open at 7:00pm.  You must be 21 or older to attend.  For more information call the Frauenthal Box Office at 231-727-8001.

Movies on Deck
August 2 @ 10:00 pm
The 13th annual Movies on Deck film series features great movies showing at dusk on Friday evenings on the USS LST 393! Each showing is free to the public, but donations are welcome.  Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and weather appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks will be available at the event.  In the event of inclement weather, showings will be moved inside the ship, and will begin at 10:00pm.  August 2, it’s “Caddyshack” (1980/Parent Advisory)

The museum is open for regular tours from 10:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week with the last daily tour starting at 4:00pm. More information is available at www.lst393.org.

RunIT 5K
August 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, August 3, the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce hosts RunIT 5K, a race that celebrates the White Lake Area and the Live White Lake campaign!  The race is back for a fourth time, bringing athletes of all ages and abilities together.  The 3.1 mile course starts and ends at the White Lake Chamber Depot and follows the beautiful Montague-Hart bike trail north, traversing between the two towns that make up the White Lake Area – Montague and Whitehall! Enjoy the gorgeous scenery and flat course, which is perfect for first timers and those wanting to post their best times!  The race offers chip-timing, performance t-shirts, unique give-aways and medals, and prizes 3-deep in all categories.

Pick-up packet time is 8:00am with a 9:00am race at the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureau.  Park in the grassy lot across from the Chamber on Hanson St. or in nearby areas including Goodrich Park Lion’s Park, old Pinhead’s bowling area, and more.  Participants are encouraged to register in advance to receive reduced rates.  The registration fee is $25 and includes a performance t-shirt.  Registration at the race will be available, but a shirt will not be guaranteed.  Register at https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Whitehall/BridgeHop or at the Chamber office.

4th Annual Muskegon Polish Festival Golf Outing
August 3 @ 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, August 3 from 1:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s the 4th Annual Muskegon Polish Festival Golf Outing happening at Bent Pine Golf Club! This scramble format (4-player teams) includes green & cart fees, awards for top teams, hole prizes, dinner, a silent auction and live music from the Virgil Baker Polka Band for only $50 per person (due by July 15)!  If you would like to attend just the dinner and dance, the cost is $15.  Call 231-766-2045 for reservations.

Out of This World Watercolors with Lori McElrath-Eslick
August 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, August 3 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley PUblic Library for “Out of This World Watercolors!”  Muskegon artist, Lori McElrath-Eslick, will lead a class for adults in how to paint using watercolors. Come ready to have fun with painting, and take home a space themed painting of your own creation!  Please register by visiting hackleylibrary.org or by calling 231-722-8011. All supplies are provided. This event is free to the public!

Maranatha Summer Concert Series: David Phelps
August 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference offers free concerts every Saturday night during the summer! Doors open at 6:45pm to the public, or you can receive preferred concert seating by purchasing tickets to their Saturday evening pre-concert dinner buffet in the dining room.  Dinner begins at 5:00pm.  All dinner guests receive early entry into the concert venue beginning at 6:30pm.  Visit www.vacationwithpurpose.org for more information or call (231) 798-2161.

August 3 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s David Phelps! A graduate from Baylor University, David Phelps is credited among today’s most spectacular voices.  His seemingly endless vocal range, which extends more than three octaves, coupled with his gift for communicating a song, has brought the house down in the world’s most prestigious venues.  For more than 15 years, David served as a member of the popular and prestigious Gaither Vocal Band, and during that time received numerous Dove Awards, Grammy Awards, and multiple platinum-selling recording projects.

As a solo artist, he received 2009 Dove Award nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year and Long Form Video for the Christmas DVD, O Holy Night to add to his many awards and honors. David’s 2012 live concert DVD, David Phelps: Classic, debuted on Billboards’ Music Video Chart at #1 and since its release has received acclaim from throughout both Gospel and secular music genres.  The recording has been featured on numerous television networks, including the Public Broadcasting System (PBS).

Aquastar Luau Cruise
August 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, August 3 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm, enjoy the sounds of the Hawaiian Islands aboard the Aquastar, featuring the Pacific Island Dancers!  The Aquastar Luau Cruise will tour Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan as you take in a glorious West Michigan sunset. The Island Dancers will have a special dockside Polynesian performance at 7:00pm prior to the cruise, then board the Aquastar to entertain you during the tour which sets sail at 7:30pm.  Appetizers will be served and beverages will be available for purchase. You may even want to enjoy the special Aquastar Luau Punch!  For more information, or to book your spot, visit aquastarcruises.com or call them at 231-903-0669.

Star Party
August 3 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Saturday, August 3 from 9:00pm – 11:30pm, the Muskegon Astronomical Society invites you to a Star Party at Muskegon State Park!  Star Parties are scheduled events hosted by members.  All visitors are welcome to come and learn about amateur astronomy and view the night sky through the society’s telescopes.  You may also bring your own telescope.  They will help you get started and show you how to make adjustments.  They will also provide printed materials.  If weather conditions are questionable, contact Dennis Allen at 231-777-1013 to find out the status of the event.  It will have to be cancelled if it’s cloudy.  There is no charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Ask Dr. Universe – Why People Litter

Dr. Universe: Why do people litter? – Jenny, 11, California

Dear Jenny,

There is a lot of litter on our planet, but it hasn’t always been that way.

For most of human history, people made stuff out of things they found in nature. They might make tools out of rocks or sticks. These things break down and become part of the soil again.

It wasn’t until the invention of new materials, like plastic, that we started creating more litter. In fact, along with the rise of these new materials came the word “litterbug.”

That’s what I found out from my friend Erik Johnson. He’s a sociologist at Washington State University who is really curious about culture, the ways people interact and live together, and how that shapes a human being.

If you were eating a candy bar and the wind blew the wrapper out of your hand, you might chase after it and find a trash bin. But not everyone will make the same decision. They might let the wrapper blow away—or just toss it on the ground.

Humans make lots of different choices, including what they buy at the store. A lot of that stuff ends up being junk. It breaks or you don’t need it anymore, so it ends up being litter. It no longer has any value to you.

When your parents were growing up, you could actually return bottles and cans in exchange for money. Not surprisingly, places where you could get cash for your cans and bottles tended to have less litter.

Johnson said research has found that people will litter if they don’t have a garbage or recycle bin nearby. If they have a bin nearby, they are much less likely to litter.

He also said that people tend to litter in places where there is already litter. If litter is a normal sight and something that a lot of people do, other people will follow along and take a similar action.

One of the biggest sources of litter on our planet is cigarette butts. They are small, but they really add up. They can also add toxins like arsenic into the earth and water, which can poison places animals call home.

It’s also important not to toss apple cores, banana peels, or other food on the road or sidewalk. While fruit probably won’t cause any harm to the environment, they might attract a critter who doesn’t know a road can be dangerous.

Yes, it’s true that people litter. It’s much easier to litter than to take time and energy to find a proper bin for it. But it’s also true that a lot of people pick up litter. They also want to find ways to re-purpose our litter.

Some of my friends at WSU are looking at how to make fuel out of things like plastic bags, milk cartons, and water bottles. Maybe you can help us come up with an idea to prevent littering—or other ways to help keep our planet healthy and beautiful.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

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Fruitport Village Regular Council Meeting Minutes – 07/15/19

VILLAGE OF FRUITPORT
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
JULY 15TH, 2019

1. Call to Order
President Roger Vanderstelt called the meeting to order at 6:58pm

2. Pledge

3. Prayer

4. Roll call
Present: Roger Vanderstelt, Carl Rothenberger, Bill Overkamp, Donna Pope, Jeff Guiles, Amy Haack, Jay Bolt and Ann LaCroix.

5. Approve the agenda for the July 15th Council meeting
Motion made by Amy to approve the July 15th agenda, supported by Jeff. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

6. Approval of the June 15th and June 24th Council meeting minutes
Motion made by Carl to approve the June 15th council meeting minutes, supported by Donna. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried. Motion made by Amy to approve the Special Council meeting minutes, supported by Carl. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

7. Public Comment
None

8. Correspondence
Ann advised that Rose Dillon has provided copies of the time capsule burial ceremony flier and wooden nickels and coins from the 1969 celebration for each council member. Ann also advised that a representative from the U.S. Census office stopped by and said that there will be field workers in the Village this August doing pre-work. The representative is also available to come to a council meeting to share census information and how to encourage participation.

9. Reports from Officers
Donna reported that the Library is doing well.
Jeff advised he is waiting on callbacks from concrete companies to get bids for sidewalks.
Carl had nothing to report.
Jay advised the Planning Commission Public Hearing is this Thursday night at the DPW garage. The hearing is to review the proposed changes to the Land Use Code and Zoning Map.
Bill suggested that we ask Margo to work more weekends at the boat launch since it has been very busy on the weekend due to other launches being closed.
Roger stated in June; the Village of Fruitport Council voted to levy 7 mills for general operating funds for fiscal year 2019/2020. This is an increase of 1.5 mills above the existing 5.5 millage rate. The increase in mills will help fund future infrastructure and park improvement projects. This will cost an average household an additional $90 annually and will add approximately $55,000 annually to the general operating funds budget of the Village of Fruitport.
Roger agreed with Bill and explained that Margo the boat launch attendant has already used 33 of the 40 approved on call hours. Roger advised that she has sold 22 annual passes and that the boat launch has already generated $5700.00 more in permit sales than this time last year. Roger would like an additional 40 hours of on call time for the boat launch attendant. Motion made by Donna to approve an additional 40 hours of on call time for the boat launch attendant, supported by Bill.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Bolt, Guiles and Vanderstelt.
NAYES: None
Roger also gave advised the new flail mower has been ordered.
Amy advised that the new Park Rules and Dog signs have been ordered and should be completed in the next couple of weeks. The dog waste stations have been delivered. Once the signs are done the DPW will install the signs and stations in the park.
Amy met with Dr. Reyburn regarding the property near the DPW garage that was discussed in the last council meeting. Dr. Reyburn discussed donating the property to Fruitport Schools.
Amy stated she met with the DNR coordinator regarding our application for the kayak launch grant. They met at the proposed launch site. Things went well and if our application moves forward additional information will probably be required. Amy also took a friend/colleague to the new park property to review information and get a rough estimate for the cost of a boardwalk.

10. Fruitport Village Recreation Plan Public Visioning Session
Amy explained that an excellent job was done on our current Community Recreation Master Plan, however, we must update it every 5 years to keep it current. Amy introduced Stephen Carlson from West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC) to discuss updating the current plan. Stephen explained the WMSRDC assists communities that need help in their planning. The current Recreation Master Plan needs to be updated by February 1st to qualify for grants in the next grant cycle. The existing plan is very well done but needs public opinion on what is there and what the community wants to see. Stephen asked everyone to break up into several small groups and answer 4 survey questions. After the groups answered the questions the information was collected by Stephen. He explained that the Village will be accepting additional input from resident and that there will be a Council Goals & Objectives Work Session on August 12th to review the information from the community.

11. Planning Commission’s Proposed Zoning Map
Jay advised that at the May 16th Planning Commission meeting the Planning Commission determined the changes that they would like to present to council regarding the Zoning Map. Jay discussed the suggested changes to the map. The new map has 5 Zoning Districts including a Mobil Home Community. Amy questioned if the mobile home district was discussed with our attorney and asked Jay if he was expecting this to be presented at the next council meeting. Jay advised the attorney was emailed the information and yes, he is looking for a decision at the next council meeting. Jay advised that the Public Hearing for the proposed updates to the Land Use Code and Zoning Map is this Thursday, July 18th at the DPW Garage, 7pm.

12. 2020 3rd Avenue Project
Roger referred the council to the schedule for the 2020 3rd Avenue Project provided by Prein and Newhof. He advised earlier in the meeting that Prein and Newhof have completed some field work for sidewalk ramps and catch basin locating. They will be sending a list of questions to us shortly that will need to be answered. They have also been working through construction phasing/detour routes.

13. Pomona Park Sign and Marquee
Roger asked council to look at the sign in their packet. It was a drawing done by Compass Design. Compass Design needs more direction from the council on what they would like before giving a quote. He would be able to use our old marquee if it becomes available. Roger also referred council to a quote for a new marquee. Compass Design suggested using Allsigns, LLC and so did our DPW Supervisor. Carl asked for 2 more quotes for the Marquee.

14. Sidewalks
Jeff stated he is waiting on callbacks from concrete companies regarding quotes for sidewalks.

15. Exploration of Horizon Community Planning
Amy directed the council to information in their packet for Horizon Community Planning. Amy has contacted David Jirousek to see if he would be interested in working with the Village of Fruitport on Planning projects. He is interested in working with the Village. Amy suggested a meet and greet with David. She will email council to set up a date for those interested in attending.

16. Sink hole on Beech between 7th & 8th
Roger advised that Justin is working with 3 contractors on getting quotes for repairing the sink hole.

17. Public Comment
None
Amy thanked everyone for coming and participating in the Visioning Session.

18. Warrants
Donna made a motion to approve the warrants, supported by Bill.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Bolt, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Guiles and Vanderstelt
NAYES: None

19. Adjournment
Motion made by Donna to adjourn at 8:23pm, supported by Carl. With a unanimous vote the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted by,
Ann LaCroix
Clerk

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of June 24, 2019

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, June 24, 2019, in the township board room.

Members Present: Heidi Tice, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Greg Hulka, Jeff Jacobs, 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: 4- residents; 0- employees; 1- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; Director of Public Utilities, Steve Biesiada; Attorney Ron Bultje.

The motion by Denise Winebarger, supported by Terry Knoll, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of May 13, 2019 as presented.

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

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1. Heidi Tice shared a letter from the Drain Commissioner to the Bureau of Indian Affairs regarding water/drainage concerns for the potential casino property- Jeff Jacobs suggested that she should have scheduled meetings to work with the Tribe for a resolution before now.
2. Steve Biesiada reported that lead and copper sampling is underway; the Water Authority is making progress in repairing the Smiley water tower leak.
3. Rose Dillon shared events from the time capsule ceremony and shared a resolution from the State of Michigan that was presented at the ceremony.
4. Heidi Tice shared that Fruitport Congregational Church will be burying a church time capsule and having an anniversary party on July 14th; the annual Fruitport Community Day and slip ‘n slide will be in Pomona Park on July 20th.
5. Andrea Anderson reported on cemetery improvements that have taken place and come in under budget- the dilapidated green garage has been torn down and 3 retaining walls throughout the cemetery have been replaced.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

19-081 Approval to purchase turnout gear
The Fire Department budgeted for the replacement of 3 sets of turnout gear this year as part of the replacement plan. The bulk of the cost will come out of the Turnout Gear line account and any additional will come out of the Equipment line account.

Rose Dillon moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the Public Safety Director to purchase 3 sets of turnout gear for $7,030.50.
Ayes: Knoll, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: none

19-082 Adoption: Zoning map amendment ordinance
Jeff Jacobs moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt ordinance #810 to amend the Township’s zoning map by changing the zoning classification from R-4 Residential-Agricultural District to R-6 Single Family Residential for parcel number 61-15-134-200-0013-00 or 2034 Judson Rd., Spring Lake MI 49456 as recommended by the Planning Commission.

At a public hearing on May 21, 2019, the Planning Commission gave the following reason supporting the zone change:
1. Will make the property conforming.
2. Will make the placement of the existing house less non-conforming.
3. Will allow for easement to landlocked property.

This constitutes the second and final reading of Amendment Ordinance No. 810.
Ayes: Knoll, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

18-083 Police SAD discussion
The purpose of the current assessment is to recuperate costs incurred. Recent legislation does not allow for the assessment to be based on volume of service, but rather must be based on taxable value, SEV, or square footage.
With this change, the Township must change the way we assess the district. The consensus of the Board is to assess based on square footage.

Jeff Jacobs moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to schedule a public hearing to reestablish the assessment roll on July 22, 2019.
Ayes: Knoll, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

NEW BUSINESS:

19-084 Land contract time extension for Porter Rd. Property
David Farhat was present as a representative for his brother and land contract holder, Daniel Farhat. In good faith, the Township allowed Daniel Farhat to purchase the nearly 40 acres of land on Porter Rd. on land contract for $99,900 in 2014. The April 2019 payment and May 2019 payoff were missed. Mr. Farhat has asked for a one year extension to pay off the property. Discussion of contract violation occurred regarding the property being logged and timber being sold for profit. Mr. Farhat explained that the area had a problem with diseased trees, therefore the land was cleared to avoid the spread of disease.

Jeff Jacobs moved, Denise Winebarger seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to extend the land contract for 1 year, payable by May 16, 2020; asserting that the April and July payments including interest on the missed quarterly payment will be made by July 1, 2019; no further trees are to be cut down unless approved by the Township Board; authority be given to the Supervisor and Clerk to execute the updated agreement.
Ayes: Knoll, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger
Nays: Hulka

19-085 Discussion of possible on-site fuel
Representatives from the Township have met with Merle Boes regarding the possibility of on-site fuel tanks for unleaded and diesel. Between all Township departments, approximately $51,000 was spent in fuel last fiscal year. Having fuel on-site would save approximately $0.51/gal of unleaded and $0.57/gal of diesel, totaling approximately $13,000 annually. The tanks that have been discussed would be a 1,000 gallon unleaded and 500 gallon diesel, both of which are double wall, self-contained tanks. The Township would be responsible for a fuel management system to track usage. Liability insurance coverage would cost $159 annually.

Terry Knoll moved, Andrea Anderson seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize Brian Michelli to move forward with obtaining the tanks and the requirements of such and to look into further pollution insurance possibilities.
Ayes: Knoll, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

19-086 Approval of copper water service material supplier
Core & Main was the lowest bid out of 3, $10,956.

Andrea Anderson moved, supported by Terry Knoll, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the Public Utilities Director, Steve Biesiada, to accept the low bid for copper service materials from Core & Main for the water & sewer department.
Ayes: Knoll, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

19-087 Approval of new Metro Act permit for Zayo Group
Zayo Group, a fiberoptic broadband commercial internet provider, has requested a 15 year bilateral agreement with 3 5 year extensions. Attorney, Ron Bultje, recommends approving a 5 year unilateral agreement to provide more flexibility if needed in the future.

Jeff Jacobs moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve a 5 year unilateral Metro Act Permit for Zayo Group.
Ayes: Knoll, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

19-088 Payment of bills
Andrea Anderson moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $18,480.47; Public Safety $46,918.84; Water $26,461.66; Sewer $2,607.11; T&A $645.00; Street lights $15,184.67
Totaling: $110,297.75
Ayes: Knoll, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: none

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:
1. Denise Winebarger suggests emailing the recent Marihuana ordinance to lara-bmmr-enforcement@michigan.gov.
2. Heidi Tice reported on high water affecting much of Fruitport.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II: none

The motion by Greg Hulka, supported by Denise Winebarger, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 8:53pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK

HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 07/22/19 – 07/29/19

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

Ongoing Events:

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.
Docent-led Tower Tours Admission:
• $2 – Kids 11 and under
• $3 – Military and veterans
• $4 – 12 and up
Please note: Children must be at least 3 feet tall in order to climb. Sturdy shoes are recommended.  Contact muskegonlights@gmail.com to book a private tour of the Lighthouse with one of their knowledgeable history docents. The cost is $50 a person for up to ten people for sunset or any time of day you desire.

Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady
Bring the kids to Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady every Monday at 3:00pm during July and August!  For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.

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

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

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

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

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market, owned and operated by the City of Muskegon, is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods. The Market also hosts The Flea where everything imaginable is sold.
Farmers’ Market summer hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. The Flea Market is Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

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

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

Group Bicycle Tour
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

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

Jazz on the Patio
Thursdays, June 13 – August 29 beginning at 6:00pm, come to Bella Maria’s Event Center at Oakridge Golf Course for “Jazz on the Patio!”  Sit outside on their beautiful patio and enjoy great drink specials, a fabulous dinner menu and live jazz music as you view the sunset.  Doors open at 6:00pm and the music begins at 6:30pm.  Reservations are recommended for a table outside by calling 231-563-6914.

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

Open Mic Night at The Red Lotus
The fourth Friday of every month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Red Lotus Gallery for Muskegon’s longest running open mic event!  Any kind of talent is welcome; songs, poems, readings, comedy, plays, dancing or whatever other skill you want to show off.  Observers are welcome, too.  They only ask that everyone remain mostly clothed and that you don’t burn the place down!  Other than those simple rules, it’s truly an OPEN mic event.  For that reason, they encourage parents to use their discretion as to whether to bring children, as there most likely will be adult language and subject matter.  Feel free to bring in your own food and drinks too.  Donations are encouraged, but not required.
They’re in the lower level of the Century Club building, so use the main front entrance of the building and head downstairs.  There is an elevator for those who need it.  Just call 231-981-8525 and they will let you in the back door.

Summer Adventures at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Don’t wait for snow…luge in the summer! The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is open Saturdays and Sundays in the summer from 10:00am – 2:00pm so you can enjoy a variety of warm weather sporting activities.  The cost is $10 for 5 rounds of arrows, and $15 for luge add-on.  www.msports.org
Wheel Luge:
Slide down the only wheel luge track in North America! Wheel luge is done on a specially designed track with the same sleds used on the ice, but with wheels attached. The design of the track, adaptive equipment and surrounding common areas also accommodate persons with disabilities. Shorter than the ice track, average runs take approximately 9 seconds while covering 300 feet of track.
Tickets for summer luge are not sold in advance. Guests are served on a first come, first served basis, but wait times are rarely more than 15 minutes. The cost is $10 for 4 runs, and $15 for the archery add-on.  All equipment and instruction are provided with the purchase of a pass. Sneakers, long sleeve shirts and long pants are highly recommended to protect your skin from fiberglass “burns” in case you brush up against the side of the luge track. Participants must be at least 5 years of age.
Learn Archery Fundamentals:
Muskegon State Park visitors can stop by the Sports Complex for a round of archery guided by an instructor. All participants receive a quick lesson explaining the basic fundamentals of archery. Participants can then shoot rounds of arrows at the controlled archery range. This activity is fun for ages 6 and older.

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

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

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

Special Events:

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

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

Family Fun Tyme Amusements
July 23 @ 2:00 pm – July 28 @ 10:00 pm
As part of the Muskegon County Youth Fair, Family Fun Tyme Amusements is putting on a carnival for kids ages 2 – 11 at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds, July 23 – 28 from 2:00pm – 10:00pm each day!  Enjoy exciting rides, games, and concessions!

Summer Concert Series: Montague Band Shell
July 23 @ 7:00 pm
Add delightful music to your summer season with free outdoor concerts at the Montague Band Shell select Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a lovely summer evening listening to a variety of genres of music.  The rain site is Montague High School.  This concert series is generously supported by the Arts Council of White Lake.  July 23, it’s Upcoast Kin!  For more information on the concert series, call 231-893-2524.

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

How to Draw Your Dragon
July 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Don’t worry! These dragons won’t bite. Wednesday, July 24 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as professional illustrator Corinne Roberts conducts a free workshop for children with all the best tips and tricks on how to draw dragons! This class works best for ages 5 and up.  Parents are strongly recommended to accompany younger children.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Food Truck Rally
July 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Once a month on Wednesdays from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for a Food Truck Rally!  June – August, get ready for summer family fun featuring great food, music and more!  Food tickets are $1 with menu prices varying from vendor to vendor.  Bands and vendors will be announced soon.  Watch the Farmers Market Facebook page or call (231) 724-6705 for more information.

Original Theater Production: “42”
July 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, July 25 at 6:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the original theater production of “42!”  According to Oxford professor Renee Adams, a study conducted on over 2 million art auctions sales concluded that paintings by female artists sell at a discount of 42%. Why? Are women themselves less effective as artists? Or is there a bias among art buyers? The study asked volunteers to identify unlabeled paintings as done by male or female artists. Volunteers could not distinguish between the two. This unearthed a deep rooted gender bias in the art community that spans centuries. “42” attempts to explore gender bias like this from a generational perspective.
In this story, produced by Kimberly and Jacy Harscha, a 42-year-old mother exposes her own bias through memories, some lighthearted and some tragic, that she shares with her teenage daughter. The play emphasis generational blindness—the idea that “unseen” things we are surrounded by as young adults can dictate how we react in the future. Did events of the 1980s and 1990s shape women into a stereotype unrecognizable by the young adults of society today? Are “kids these days” able to take off those blinders and have generational vision? This one-hour production written by the mother and daughter team of Kimberly and Jacy Harsch invites you to be the judge.
Admission is free.  Doors open at 5:30 pm.  For more information call (231) 720-2570.

Dancing into Sunset Free Weekly Dance Party
July 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Season 3 of the “Dancing into Sunset“ free outdoor concert series kicks off on Thursday, May 30 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm with the night’s music provided by The Sea Cruisers, playing 50’s 60’s and 70’s rock and roll! New this season, enjoy vendors on site each week including Aloha Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Pizza Parliament. These free weekly concerts happen every Thursday, May 30 – August 22 in beautiful Pomona Park overlooking Spring Lake. For more information e-mail dancingintosunset@aol.com or visit their Facebook page below.
• July 25 – The Silverado Band
• August 1 – Impact Entertainment Mobile DJ (Zumba with Francine)
• August 8 – The Silverado Band
• August 15 – Country Current Band
• August 22 – Butch Grenell and Unbreakable Pride Band

Water Skiing Exhibition: Grand City Gives
July 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, July 25 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Mona Lake Boat Club as the Grand City Show Skiers present “Grand City Gives!” This is stop #1 on their West Coast Tour!  Proceed will benefit Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital to bring a little Christmas Cheer in July to the kids that need it most.  For more information, call the club at (231) 798-4011.

Jazz Night: Brad Linde’s Team Player
July 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, July 25 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Jazz Night featuring Brad Linde’s Team Player!  Brad Linde is a saxophonist, bandleader, and presenter in the Washington DC metro area.  He is the Director of Jazz and Creative Instrumental Music at Georgetown Day School and is on faculty at Levine Music.  He has worked with legendary musicians including Lee Konitz, Teddy Charles, Barry Harris, Grachan Moncur III, Andrew Cyrille, Joe Chambers, and Dan Tepfer, Matt Wilson, Ethan Iverson, and many others.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

White Lake Youth Theatre Presents: Let’s Make a Scene
July 25 – 27 @ 7:30 pm
The 2019 Summer Theatre Festival at The Playhouse at White Lake (formerly Howmet Playhouse) happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 11 through August 24! All shows begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted).
July 25 and 27 at 7:30pm and July 26 at 3:00pm, the White Lake Youth Theatre presents, “Let’s Make a Scene” from a collection by Douglas M. Parker and directed by Chris Beaman.
This year, it’s all about character. Through a series of shorts scenes, students ages 10-18 will delve into various characters and share contemporary stories of loss, relationships, breaking up, cheating, summer, boredom and escaping to Canada.  Told by two to three actors each, the play will challenge actors of all ages to delve deep into each of the characters and tell their truth.
Theater Box Office hours are 1:00pm – 5:00pm weekdays, and one hour before curtain. Season Passes are your best value.  Make a single purchase, and then pick and choose the plays you wish to attend. Single show tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students.
Content Advisory: The Playhouse does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person.  If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness, or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact them at (231) 894-4048 or at www.theplayhouseatwhitelake.org.

Swing Dance Cruise
July 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Thursday, July 25 from 7:30pm – 9:15pm (boarding begins at 7:00pm), board the Aquastar for a Sunset Swing Dance Cruise!  Direct from Argentina, professional dancers Florencia Colella and Chris Sanz will teach you the basics of Lindy Hop Swing Dance, and have you dancing in the sunset. This is a one-time-only special engagement while Chris is visiting from Argentina.
The history of Swing begins with the original Swing era in 1920s and 30s America, when Big Bands took over pop culture. Swing dance is a broad term to describe a variety of partner dances evolving from the 1920s to the present day.  No experience or partner is required. Please join the crew of the Aquastar for fun, good exercise, and a great way to meet new and interesting people!  To book your ticket, visit aquastarcruises.com. Tickets are $25.  Children 10 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.  For more information call 231-903-0669 or visit www.aquastarcruises.com.

Ribbon Cutting at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
July 26 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday, July 26 at 4:00pm, Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo will have a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new animal barn and exhibits!  They are so excited to open their new facility and they’d love to have you “meet & greet” with all their new animal friends.  For more information call (231) 861-5730.

Parties in the Park
July 26 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
For more than 30 years, Parties in the Park has been a Muskegon institution providing Friday evening entertainment, free admission, and a family-friendly atmosphere.  Be a part of the tradition and enjoy your summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park.  Parties are 5:00pm – 9:00pm and feature great food and adult beverage vendors!  For more information e-mail info@partiesinthepark.com.
• July 26 – Bari Lee Band sponsored by Muskegon Inventors Network
• August 2 – Melophobix & Paddlebots sponsored by Community encompass
• August 16 – Hurricane Reggae Band sponsored by the Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce
• August 23 – Laith Al-Saadi sponsored by Muskegon Rotary

Author Meet & Greet
July 26 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, July 26 from 5:30pm – 10:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for an author meet & greet with Caroline Hall from Cincinnati.  Her first book release, “The Dragonfly Crystal,” targets proceeds to benefit The Dragonfly Foundation and The Cure Starts Now.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

CRUZ’IN Classic Car Show
July 26 @ 7:00 pm
Friday, July 26 at 7:00pm, come to Downtown Whitehall and Montague for the CRUZ’IN Classic Car Show!  Cars cruise from Whitehall to Montague where they will be on display in the downtown area.  They’ll also have a DJ, food and fun for all.  Over 400 cars are anticipated!  For more information, contact Montague City Hall at (231) 893-1155.

Live Music: David Cofell & Brian Ashley Jones
July 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, July 26 from 8:00pm – 10:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from David Cofell & Brian Ashley Jones!  (ASCAP PRO, Member of Recording Academy, Folk Alliance International (FAI), Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM), Minnesota Music Coalition, and endorsed by Breedlove Guitars, Shubb Capos and John Pearse Strings.)  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Movies on Deck
July 26 @ 10:00 pm
The 13th annual Movies on Deck film series features great movies showing at dusk on Friday evenings on the USS LST 393! Each showing is free to the public, but donations are welcome.  Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and weather appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks will be available at the event.  In the event of inclement weather, showings will be moved inside the ship, and will begin at 10:00pm.
The museum is open for regular tours from 10:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week with the last daily tour starting at 4:00pm. More information is available at www.lst393.org.
• July 26 – Mulan (1998)
• August 2 – Caddyshack (1980/Parent Advisory)
• August 16 – Viewer’s Choice

Swim ‘n Run Muskegon
July 27 @ 8:00 am
Saturday, July 27 is the second annual Swim ‘n Run Muskegon, taking place at Muskegon’s crown jewel Heritage Landing! This fun, scenic and family friendly event is one you don’t want to miss. The first wave of swimmers will begin their race at 8:00am. Your swim cap will be provided and you’ll also be able to use your wetsuit. The transition area, run start, run finish and post-race picnic all take place at the Heritage Landing Park. There will be late registration and packet pickup, Friday, July 26 nearby at Fricano’s Event Center from 4:00pm – 7:00pm and Saturday at Heritage Landing in the tent. For more information, visit www.swimnrunmuskegon.com.
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Muskegon River Community Paddle
July 27 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Muskegon AREA Community Paddles invites you to join them on the Muskegon River for a Community Paddle, Saturday, July 27 from 8:00am – 10:30am! This event is free and open to anyone with a paddle craft; kayak, canoe, paddleboard or rowboat.  Meet other paddlers at the Creston Rd. boat launch at 8:00am.  Float downstream to Veterans Memorial Park from 8:30am – 10:30am.  Transportation back to your vehicle is provided at the end of the float, if needed, from Guy’s Ultimate Kayak Service.  Guy’s Kayaks will also meet 13 people who have kayaks, at Veterans Memorial Park at 7:30am, and transport them and their kayak up to Creston Rd. for free.  Anyone without a paddle craft can rent a kayak from Guy’s Kayaks for only $5.  Call 231-740-0227 to rent a kayak.  Register for the events at www.eventbrite.com.  Happy paddling!

Montague Artisan Market
July 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The fourth Saturday of every month, come to the Montague Artisan Market at the Farmers’ Market! For more information call (231) 893-2524.  Are you interested in becoming a vendor? Any handmade items are welcome. Adults may reserve a 10’x10’ booth for $15per day and youth may reserve a space for $10 per day. Visit www.artswhitelake.org/artisan-market to fill out a vendor application today!

Author Meet and Greet
July 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, June 27 from 9:00an – 12:00pm, come to Holton Public Library for a “Meet & Greet” with local authors as part of the Holton Community Days downtown celebration!  Books will be available for purchase from these talented resident writers.  For more information call 231-821-0268.

Sand Sculpting Contest at the Western Market
July 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, July 27 from 9:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Western Market in downtown Muskegon for a Sand Sculpting Contest! Enjoy sand sculptures in our own downtown beach!  Sculpting will be from 9:00am – 2:00pm with results being announced at 3:00pm.  Register through their website at www.muskegonwesternmarket.com/upcoming-events.  The entry fee is only $5.
Prizes:  1st – $100, 2nd – $50, 3rd – $25

Sensory Friendly Movies: Where “Shhhhh!” isn’t allowed!
July 27 @ 10:30 am
Family Hope Foundation and Cinema Carousel present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. Select Saturdays, enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are!  For more information, call Family Hope Foundation at 616-729-8833.
With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might not typically be able to do. Brighter lights, lower sound, limited previews and a group of people who understand your child’s disability will make this family outing enjoyable for everyone!  These special event films feature:
• 10:30am showings
• Regular Matinee Pricing
• All movies in 2D and Open Caption
• Seating questions can be directed to the box office
June 29 – “Toy Story 4”
July 27 – “The Lion King”

3rd Annual White Lake Pub Pedal
July 27 @ 1:00 pm
Saturday, July 27 at 1:00pm, grab your bike and pedal your way around the beautiful White Lake Area to enjoy their many bars and restaurants! There will be suggested routes, but you can also plan your own route.  Be sure to get your official t-shirt at the website below and follow White Lake Pub Pedal on Facebook.

Music at the Light: Western Michigan Dulcimer Friends
July 27 @ 2:00 pm
Summer days are for unwinding, and what better way to enjoy a summer’s evening than relaxing along the water on the lawn of the White River Light Station! Their family-friendly events are free to the public.  Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy time together watching a movie, or listening to folk inspired music while visiting and exploring the White River Light Station. The museum and tower will be open for the standard admission charge of $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.  In case of rain, events will be held at the Fruitland Township Office (4545 Nestrom Rd., Whitehall, MI 49461)
Saturday, July 27 at 2:00pm, it’s Music at the Light featuring a Dulcimer concert from the “Western Michigan Dulcimer Friends!” Come enjoy a Saturday afternoon with a group of acoustic musicians that, between them, have decades of experience playing folk music.  The musicians will be playing dulcimers, guitars and fiddles.  Bring your family, your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy an afternoon of folk inspired music.  For more information call 231-845-7417.

Michigan Sign Workshop
July 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday, July 27 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the Michigan Sign Workshop!  This is a hands-on sign workshop where you will create your own decorative Michigan sign featuring the Montague Weathervane!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Maranatha Summer Concert Series: Sara Groves
July 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference offers free concerts every Saturday night during the summer! Doors open at 6:45pm to the public, or you can receive preferred concert seating by purchasing tickets to their Saturday evening pre-concert dinner buffet in the dining room.  Dinner begins at 5:00pm.  All dinner guests receive early entry into the concert venue beginning at 6:30pm.  Visit www.vacationwithpurpose.org for more information or call (231) 798-2161.
July 27 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s Sara Groves! Sara is a singer/ songwriter and recording artist with a passion for justice and a heart of mercy.  She has joined forces with International Justice Mission to advocate for victims of human trafficking for the past 12 years.  Sara has been nominated for 7 Dove Awards and has produced a string of successful albums including her latest, “Abide with Me,” a collection of hymns recorded in a 110-year-old church.

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

Live Music: Laura Thurston
July 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, July 27 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from Laura Thurston!  It isn’t unusual for musicians to be multi-talented instrumentally… a little guitar, a little percussion, maybe some piano.  But folk singer-songwriter Laura Thurston takes it a step further by playing four instruments at the same time in her original songs.  Armed with a guitar, harmonica, tambourine and suitcase kick drum, Thurston is a one-woman band!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Dre McGhee’s Nostalgia Concert
July 27 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 27 at 7:45pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for Dre McGhee’s Nostalgia Concert! Dre McGhee will be singing, dancing and gliding all night long!  Opening acts include King Quezzo, Rell and Isaacsdead.  VIP tickets include an after show meet and greet.  Tickets are $33 for the VIP Experience, $28 main floor and $18 for the balcony.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Star Party
July 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Saturday, July 27 from 9:00pm – 11:30pm, the Muskegon Astronomical Society invites you to a Star Party at their observatory!  Star Parties are scheduled events hosted by members.  All visitors are welcome to come and learn about amateur astronomy and view the night sky through the society’s telescopes.  You may also bring your own telescope.  They will help you get started and show you how to make adjustments.  They will also provide printed materials.  If weather conditions are questionable, contact Dennis Allen at 231-777-1013 to find out the status of the event.  If it’s cloudy, they may give you a tour of the facility or do a presentation.  There is no charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Music & Mimosas Brunch
July 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday, July 28 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the Music & Mimosas Brunch featuring Steve Thielman on piano!  Enjoy a breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, blueberry pancakes, fruit, and a beverage (mimosa, OJ, or coffee) for only $10.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Trail to Table at Hoffmaster State Park – Ladies Only
July 28 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday, July 28 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm, the Gillette Nature Association at Hoffmaster State Park is partnering with New Holland Brewing Co., Merrell and REI to host the “Trail to Table” event as part of their Centennial Anniversary Celebration. This is a ticketed event and will include a guided hike by state park rangers and Merrell representatives.
Tickets are $75 and include:
• Hiking Shoe Demo
• Guided 2 Hour Hike
• Complimentary 22 Liter REI Hiking Back Pack
• Informative Talk with REI Team Members
• Beer and Yard Games
• Outdoor, Three Course Guided Beer Dinner with New Holland Brewing Co. and Palate of Milford
This event is for women only. All proceeds from this event will help fund the Gillette Nature Association at Hoffmaster Park!  For more information, call (231) 798-3573.

Glow Zumba at Hackley Public Library
July 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, July 29 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for Glow Zumba!  This class turns fitness into a party with glow sticks! Join them for an aerobic dance workout with Latin and international flavored music, led by Paula Sieffert from Lakeshore Fitness Center. Please register at hackleylibrary.org, or by calling 231-722-8011. Registration opens 1 month before the class date. This program is free to the public, and all ages are welcome!

Ask Dr. Universe – Pulling Muscles

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

Dear Dakota,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely, Dr. Universe

~

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

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

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

II. The PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was recited.

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

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

V. PRESENTATIONS
None.

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

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Nothing to report.

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

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS
None.

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

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

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

The meeting adjourned at 7:22 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Kelly
Board Secretary

Maribeth Clarke
Recording Secretary

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

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

JULY 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ongoing Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market, owned and operated by the City of Muskegon, is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods. The Market also hosts The Flea where everything imaginable is sold.
Farmers’ Market summer hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. The Flea Market is Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

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

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

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

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

Group Bicycle Tour
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

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

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

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

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

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

Special Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BIKE TIME MERCHANDISE
Official Bike Time merchandise will be available.

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

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

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

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

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

Muskegon Heritage Museum’s Community Days
July 18 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Enjoy one of Muskegon’s “Amazing Museums” for free during Muskegon Heritage Museum’s Community Days!
The Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving the economic, industrial and social history of the greater Muskegon area.  Their collection includes informational exhibits, artifacts and photos pertaining to Muskegon’s industries, historic homes and businesses.  They have a working steam engine with a line shaft that runs 11 machine tools as well as a working Brunswick pinsetter, a spring winding machine, and over 80 other companies represented in exhibits.  Don’t let the modest storefront fool you, the museum has over 12,000 square feet of display space, spanning three floors!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ask Dr. Universe – Lasers

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

Dear Manna,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

~

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

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

Ongoing Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market, owned and operated by the City of Muskegon, is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods. The Market also hosts The Flea where everything imaginable is sold.

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

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

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

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

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

Group Bicycle Tour
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ask Dr. Universe – When It’s Spring

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

Dear Hannah,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

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

Fruitport Community Schools
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
Board of Education Meeting Room
Monday, July 15, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.

I. CALL to ORDER

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. ROLL CALL

IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

V. PRESENTATIONS

VI. COMMUNICATIONS

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Approval of Truth and Taxation Hearing Minutes of June 24, 2019 (attachment IX-1)
2. Approval of Organizational Meeting Minutes of June 24, 2019 (attachment IX-2)
3. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of June 24, 2019 (attachment IX-3)
4. Approval of Bills (attachment IX-4)
General Fund                           $782,703.55
Other Funds:
Early Childhood Center                2,117.15
Food Service                                 74,754.31
Coop Ed (ISD) Tech Millage      183,325.63
Debt Service Fund 2010                1,100.00
Total Bill List                       $1,044,000.64

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

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

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

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Steve Kelly, Chairperson

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

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS

XV. AGENDA ITEMS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF SPECIAL MEETINGS
1. Schedule Business & Finance Committee Meeting
2. Schedule Personnel Committee Meeting
3. Schedule Student Affairs Committee Meeting
4. Schedule a Board Workshop

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

XVII. ADJOURNMENT

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*Time is provided for members of the audience to address the Board of Education regarding any topic including items on the agenda. The board is providing two opportunities for the public to comment during the meeting. The first is for people who wish to bring issues to the Board of Education for board consideration. At the end of the meeting the board will provide a brief opportunity for community members to comment on activities and/or discussion that took place during the board meeting. Time limits may be placed if a large number of individuals would like to address the board.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market, owned and operated by the City of Muskegon, is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods. The Market also hosts The Flea where everything imaginable is sold.

Farmers’ Market summer hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. The Flea Market is Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251.

Group Bicycle Tour
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

Open Irish Jam Session
July 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The first Tuesday of every month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, all musicians are welcome at Hennessey’s Irish Pub for their open Irish Jam session!  Whether participating or just watching it is always a fun time and admission is free.  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

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

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

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

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

Line-up:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy a tour of 8 gardens in North Muskegon:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ask Dr. Universe – Dizzy on the Road

Dear Dr. Universe: I have a question for you. Why do you get dizzy when you read on the road? -Rebecca, 10

Dear Rebecca,

Without even thinking about it, humans can use their eyes, ears, sense of touch, and brain to keep their balance. But sometimes these senses get a little mixed up.

Imagine you are in the car reading your favorite book. All of a sudden the road starts winding. As you look down at your book, your eyes focus on the pages. The book doesn’t appear to be moving, so the eyes send a signal to your brain that you could be sitting still.

At the same time, something is stirring in your inner ears. Lots of tiny little hairs called cilium are inside your ears doing an important job. They help you sense how your head is moving in the world.

You also have some fluid that moves around these tiny hairs to help you with your sense of balance. The way this fluid passes over the hairs can send different messages to your brain.

It might let you know if you are upside down, right-side up, spinning, falling, or perhaps, on a winding road. It’s part of a network you use to sense your movement in the world that scientists call the vestibular system.

That’s what I found out from my friend Robert Catena, a Washington State University researcher who studies all the ways the body maintains balance. When you are reading in the car, he told me, sometimes the vestibular system and the visual system are sending different messages.

“That’s what makes us dizzy,” said Catena when I visited him at the Gait and Posture Biomechanics Lab. “We have two bits of information that are in conflict with each other.”

Catena added that it’s also easier to get dizzy if you aren’t the one driving. That’s because it’s harder for a passenger to predict the twists and turns of the road.

You may have noticed you can also get dizzy just from spinning yourself around. If you were on a merry-go-round at a playground, the fluid inside your ears would also be circulating around and around.

The fluid in your ears has inertia, so it keeps moving inside your ears for a short period of time after you get off the merry-go-round. The eyes say you are on the ground, but the fluid in your inner ear keeps moving and you feel dizzy.

I also found out that if you traveled to space, the vestibular system would work a bit differently. It is actually kind of hard to get dizzy in a place where there is very little gravity.

After a couple days of floating around the International Space Station, that fluid would also start floating around inside your ears. The brain would adapt to this new environment, and you wouldn’t feel too dizzy or sick. I don’t know about you, but I think space sounds like a great place to read a book.

Sincerely, Dr. Universe


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Village of Fruitport Regular Council Meeting Minutes – 06/17/19

VILLAGE OF FRUITPORT
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
JUNE 17TH, 2019

1. Call to Order
President Roger Vanderstelt called the meeting to order at 7:00pm

2. Pledge

3. Prayer

4. Roll call
Present: Roger Vanderstelt, Carl Rothenberger, Bill Overkamp, Donna Pope, Jeff Guiles and Ann LaCroix.
Absent: Jay Bolt and Amy Haack. Also, present Dave Bossenbroek, Village attorney

5. Approve the agenda for the June 17th Council meeting
Motion made by Bill to approve the May 20th agenda, supported by Jeff. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

6. Approval of the May 20th Council meeting minutes
Motion made by Roger to approve the May 20th council meeting minutes, supported by Jeff. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

7. Public Comment
Dillon Grimm from Tipping the Scales talked about having an event at Pomona Park.

8. Correspondence
Ann advised the time capsule burial ceremony is on Saturday at 1pm. She distributed post cards about a craft show in the park on July 6th.

9. Reports from Officers
Carl advised that the new DPW employee and crew are doing a great job.
Donna had nothing to report.
Bill said the Personnel Committee still needs to have a meeting regarding Personal days. Carl will schedule in the future.
Jeff distributed a list of sidewalks that need replacing. He is still working on the list and will also has contacted multiple companies for quotes.
Roger attended the Spring Lake – Lake board meeting. The water level in the lake is forecasted to continue to rise. He is working with a member of the board about the algae at the Village end of the lake. Roger said that Tiles excavating will be doing the repair at 4th and Oak soon. They have been delayed due to rain. Roger is working with the Fruitport School DPW Director about trucks going down Oak causing the issue. Roger also shared that he attended the sewer construction meeting for Tree House Day Care. During the sewer construction 3rd Ave will have a lane closed and a portion of Oak will be completely closed. The contractor will work with Fruitport Public Safety to have the message trailer out prior to closures and Ann will send out letters to the residents on Oak advising of the closure of their street and post on Facebook. The closure is anticipated to take place July 15th through August 5th.

10. Request for an Exotic Animal Event at Pomona Park
Dillon Grimm from Tipping the Scales addressed the council about holding an event at Pomona Park. Ann shared information provided by Amy (who was not present) that she contacted the Director of animal industry division of Michigan department of agriculture and rural development about exotic animals. The director advised that allowing the event at the park is fine. Dave Bossenbroek, Village attorney suggested that the Village receive proof of liability insurance and licenses prior to the event being held. Motion made by Bill to approve allowing Tipping the Scales to use Pomona Park on October 12th, 2019 to exhibit and sell, through the use of vendors, exotic animals that are legal in the state of Michigan. Furthermore, the Village fully expects the exhibitor(s) and vendors to follow state laws as they pertain to the treatment and welfare of all animals involved in this event and that the provide liability and license documentation of all vendors by the September 16th council meeting, supported by Carl. With a unanimous vote the motion carried.

11. Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update
Ann reported on behalf of Amy that the Parks and Recreation meeting went well on June 5th. New residents and Bruce Gaultney from the Lions Club attended.
Ann also referred council to the Fruitport Village Recreation Plan Update. An initial meeting took place with Stephen Carlson, WMSRDC. Roger, Ann, Amy and Bill were present.

12. Rental Unit Registration Ordinance
The ordinance was reviewed by council. Carl made a motion to adopt the Rental Unit Registration Ordinance, supported by Bill.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Guiles and Vanderstelt
NAYES: None
Absent: Bolt and Haack.

The clerk will publish the ordinance and it will be effective 30 days after publication. (See attached).

13. 2020 3rd Avenue Project
Council reviewed the Probable Cost 3rd Avenue Resurfacing at a cost of $605,300.00 and the Probable Cost 3rd Avenue Resurfacing with curb and gutter at a cost of $1,024,800.00. Discussion took place. Carl made a motion to resurface 3rd Avenue with curbs and gutters at a cost of 1,024,800.00, supported by Jeff. Roll call AYES: Pope, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Guiles and Vanderstelt NAYES: None Absent: Bolt and Haack. Carl instructed the Clerk/Treasurer to research funding options. Ann advised the millage information is currently due and she needs to check to see if we can extend the due date. A special meeting will be scheduled.

14. Auto Flush
Roger discussed Auto Flush for the park bathrooms and the cost of $9600.00. It was determined not to replace the current flushing system at the park bathrooms.

15. Reyburn/Village Property 2nd Avenue
Tom Reyburn, 127 E Maple, approached to council to trade a portion of his property for a portion of the Village property. Attorney Dave Bossenbroek explained that the Village cannot trade property. They can vacate a street and half goes to owners on each side. Mr. Reyburn could deed property to the Village, but the Village cannot deed to someone. Dave asked Mr. Reyburn to allow him time to investigate further. This is tabled until the July meeting.

16. Audit/Budget Update
Ann gave a review of the recent audit and reviewed the Balance sheets for the General Fund, Major Street Fund and Local Street Fund and explained the current fund balances. Based on a meeting with our CPA and a review of the Village bank accounts Ann would like to close out some of the bank accounts and set up interest bearing accounts. She explained the General Fund has multiple bank accounts and she can keep track of items in Quickbooks and having extra bank accounts is unnecessary. She also asked that a transfer of the funds in the 2020 3rd Avenue account be transferred to the Major Streets fund for the 3rd Avenue project. Motion made by Carl to allow the Clerk/Treasurer to combine bank accounts and to set up accounts as necessary to earn interest on funds, supported by Jeff.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Guiles and Vanderstelt
NAYES: None
Absent: Bolt and Haack.

Motion made by Carl to transfer $25094.70 from the General Fund 2020 3rd Street Fund to the Major Streets fund, supported by Jeff.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Guiles and Vanderstelt
NAYES: None
Absent: Bolt and Haack.

17. Boat launch attendant hours
Roger reviewed the dates for the boat launch attendant for this year he also asked for the authority to add additional dates as needed. Motion made by Carl to accept the dates set for this year and to allow up to an additional 40 hours as needed for the 2019 season, supported by Donna.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Guiles and Vanderstelt
NAYES: None
Absent: Bolt and Haack.

18. Updated Park Rules Sign and Dog Waste Stations
Ann reported on behalf of Amy asking the council to approve 2 new dog waste stations at a cost of $229.99 each and a total cost not to exceed $500.00. Motion made by Carl to approve the dog waste stations at a cost not to exceed $500.00, supported by Jeff.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Guiles and Vanderstelt
NAYES: None
Absent: Bolt and Haack.

Ann reported on behalf of Amy that she would like to purchase 4 signs from Compass Design. Park rules signs and dog rules signs at a cost of $175.00 each and if council could approve the purchase of up to $700.00. Amy will send out wording and design of sign to council members. Motion made by Carl to purchase the 4 signs at cost not to exceed $700.00, supported by Donna.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Guiles and Vanderstelt
NAYES: None
Absent: Bolt and Haack

19. Flail mower
Roger explained that the DPW crew needs a flail mower. He passed out multiple quotes and asked to allow the DPW Supervisor to determine which mower meets the needs best at a cost not to exceed $2500.00. Carl made a motion to purchase a flail mower at a cost not to exceed $2500.00, supported by Jeff.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Guiles and Vanderstelt
NAYES: None
Absent: Bolt and Haack.

20. Tree Removal Quote
Roger distributed pictures of 3 trees that need to be removed at a cost of $2000.00. Carl made a motion to approve the $2000.00 quote to remove the 3 trees, supported by Jeff.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Guiles and Vanderstelt
NAYES: None
Absent: Bolt and Haack.

21. Public Comment
Sam Ajwah owner of Tree House Daycare spoke to the council about the sewer construction at his place of business (300 N. 3rd Ave). He asked Consumers Energy to hold the poles while the utility improvement project takes place. They have referred him to other vendors for a cost of $8000.00-$12,000.00. Ann referred him to Muskegon Area First for assistance with Consumers Energy and they are currently working on his behalf. Sam asked for the Village support in dealing with Consumers Energy if it becomes necessary since it is our right of way.

22. Warrants
Donna made a motion to approve the warrants, supported by Carl.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Guiles and Vanderstelt
NAYES: None
Absent: Bolt and Haack.

23. Adjournment
Motion made by Donna to adjourn at 8:51pm, supported by Carl. With a unanimous vote the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted by,

Ann LaCroix
Clerk

Village of Fruitport Regular Council Meeting Minutes – 05/20/19

VILLAGE OF FRUITPORT
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
MAY 20th, 2019

1. Call to Order
President Roger Vanderstelt called the meeting to order at 6:59pm

2. Pledge

3. Prayer

4. Roll call
Present: Roger Vanderstelt, Amy Haack, Carl Rothenberger, Bill Overkamp, Jay Bolt, Donna Pope, Jeff Guiles and Ann LaCroix.

5. Approve the agenda for the May 20th Council meeting
Motion made by Amy to approve the May 20th agenda, supported by Carl. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

6. Approval of the Council meeting minutes
Motion made by Jay to approve the April 23rd special meeting minutes, supported by Carl. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

7. Public Comment
Heid Tice, Fruitport Township Supervisor commented on an invoice for the Township’s attorney bill that was submitted to the Village and denied by council at a previous meeting.

8. Correspondence (Ann)
Ann advised that the off-year audit has been completed. The OFD insurance and permits have been received. Garbage bills will be sent out for the upcoming year cycle.
Ann read a letter from DPW worker Ron Brondyke regarding dog waste in the Park. A discussion took place and the topic will be addressed at the next Park and Recreation Group meeting.

9. Reports from Officers
Roger advised that a No-Wake sign has been donated to the Village and it will be placed near the boat launch.

Donna advised that the library flooded last night.

Jeff advised he will work on reviewing sidewalks.

Amy gave an update on the Community Development position. Jay, Bill, Roger and Amy interviewed 4 people. All were highly impressive and skilled. The candidates lacked experience in Community Recreation Master Plan and Master Plan work. The interview team discussed other options at their meeting including checking with WMSRDC for assistance. Amy reported that she works for WMSRDC and that they do not compete with consultants. After talking with representatives at WMSRDC they would be willing to work with the Village as a gesture of good will on the Community Recreation Plan at a cost of $5000.00. It would be a 6-month time frame which will meet the deadline of February 2020. Motion made by Bill to contract WMSRDC, supported by Jay.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Bolt, Guiles and Vanderstelt
NAYES: None
ABSTAINED: Haack
Jay also added that the candidates had much experience including grant writing. The position may be discussed later.

Carl advised that the Personnel Committee met and discussed wage increases, holidays, boot allowance and a floating holiday for employees working on Memorial Day. Carl made a motion to increase the wages as discussed and that they are retroactive to April 1, 2019, supported by Amy.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Bolt, Guiles and Vanderstelt.
NAYES: None
Carl made a motion to add the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve to the paid holidays, supported by Amy.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Bolt, Guiles and Vanderstelt.
NAYES: None
Carl made a motion to add a floating holiday for the 2 full-time employees that are required to work on Memorial Day and that they cannot be scheduled off at the same time, supported by Amy.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Bolt, Guiles and Vanderstelt.
NAYES: None
Carl made a motion to reinstate a boot allowance in the Personnel Policy. Full-time employees will have a $200 maximum allowance for boot purchases every 2 years.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Bolt, Guiles and Vanderstelt.
NAYES: None

Bill advised that the contents of the time capsule have been dropped off at the Pharmacy for display. The bike racks are in place in front of the pharmacy and the park. Flowers have been placed in the new containers in front of the pharmacy. Bill thanks the DPW crew for their help.

Jay will report under agenda item 13.

10. Rental Unit Registration
Roger discussed rental unit registration. An ordinance will be drafted for the next council meeting.

11. 2020 3rd Avenue Project
Roger introduced Matt Hulst from Prein and Newhof. Matt explained the possibility of adding curbs and gutters to the resurfacing project.

Roger excused himself at 7:55pm from the meeting and asked that Carl run the meeting.

12. Auto Flush
Item tabled until the next council meeting so that Roger could present the information.

13. Planning Commission Report
Jay reviewed the Planning Commission Report that was distributed to the council. He discussed multiple items including a new Zoning Map.

14. Request for an Exotic Animal Event at Pomona Park
Dillon Grimm from Tipping the Scales addressed the council about holding an event at Pomona Park in October. He would like to have exotic animals on display and vendors that sell items for exotic animals. He distributed information about his business. He advised that the animal do not need any additional license or permits. The council asked questions and will table this until the next council meeting after discussing with the Village attorney.

15. Drain at Oak & 4th Avenue
Two bids were reviewed. Motion made by Jay to accept the $7064.00 bid from Tiles Excavating Inc and that any changes to the bid must be in writing prior to any work being done, supported by Amy.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Bolt and Guiles
NAYES: None

16. Public Comment
Eli Cooper, 129 E Beech St, shared his tax bill with the council stating that he already pays extra taxes on his rental homes.

17. Warrants
Carl made a motion to approve the warrants, supported by Jeff.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Bolt and Guiles
NAYES: None

18. Adjournment
Motion made by Donna to adjourn at 8:39pm, supported by Carl. With a unanimous vote the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted by,

Ann LaCroix
Clerk

Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Minutes – 04/16/19

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP
5865 AIRLINE RD
FRUITPORT, MI 49415

April 16, 2019

WORK SESSION
Continue review of ordinances
-Start at 42-251

BOARD MEETING – Call to order 7:02 p.m.

01. Roll Call: Jacobs, Suchecki, Chair Michelli, Osterhart

02. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: March 19, 2019. Accepted as submitted.

03. Approve / Amend Agenda

04. Correspondence / Reports:
– Pincrest Lanes requested Zoning Administrator/PC Chair approval on making some changes due to deck and fencing needing to be removed in order to connect to municipal sewer. Chair Michelli requested a print of just the proposed cement patio and advised other changes purposed would need to come before the Planning Commission.
– Temporary Use Permit was given to Phantom Fireworks to operate a retail fireworks tent in the parking lot of JC Penney 5600 Harvey St.
– A letter was sent from Supervisor Tice to Dave Markgraf of Golls Welding, allowing him to still rent out a house on his property while trees are being cleared for a new project that will be coming to Planning.

05. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics: None

New Business

06. Ordinance amendment: prohibiting marihuana establishments. A public hearing needs to be scheduled for this item at the next regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting.

Old Business

07. Zone Change- North Ottawa Community Hospital
Parcel/s:         15-134-100-0001-00
∙                       15-134-100-0002-00
∙                       15-134-100-0004-00
Purpose: Re-zone to match Fruitport Township’s master plan: Commercial/B-2
– Continue to table, PC requested contact w/North Ottawa on their intentions with this rezone.

08. Public Comments: None

09. Adjournment – 8:25 p.m.

Fruitport Board of Education Special Board Meeting Minutes – 06/10/19

Fruitport Board of Education
Special Board Meeting
June 10, 2019
Board Room

I. The Special Meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Board President, Dave Hazekamp.

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

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 19-064. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the agenda as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

IV. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of May 20, 2019.
Item 19-065. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Buckner to approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of May 20, 2019 as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

2. L-4029 for Fiscal Year 2020.
Item 19-066. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Burgess to approve the L-4029 for the fiscal year 2020 as presented. The L-4029 follows the board action taken in December with levying summer taxes in Fruitport and Spring Lake townships.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

3. Bond Change Order.
Item 19-067. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Cole to approve the change order adding a bus loop to the existing pavement bond work at a cost not exceeding $99,000 as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

V. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VI. OTHER

VII. ADJOURNMENT
Item 19-068. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Franklin to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

The meeting adjourned at 5:52 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Steve Kelly, Board Secretary

FCS – Student Affairs Committee Meeting Minutes – 06/10/19

Student Affairs Committee
Monday, June 10, 2019
12:00 p.m. – Superintendent’s Office
MEETING MINUTES

Attendance: Allison Camp, Ken Erny, Dave Hazekamp, and Susan Franklin.

1. Ken Erny presented a proposal for adding competitive cheer and tennis to middle school sports.

2. Allison Camp spoke to the committee about a 3rd – 5th grade ELA pilot. 17 teachers participated in piloting three programs this spring. The teams came together at the end of May to score each program against a rubric. myView Literacy was determined to be the best of the three.

Meeting adjourned at 12:46 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Allison Camp

FCS – Business and Finance Committee Meeting Minutes – 06/11/19

Business and Finance Committee
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
11:30 a.m., Superintendent’s Office
Meeting Minutes

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

1. Budget
Mark presented the 2019 final budget amendments for the General Fund and the Special Revenue Funds. The General Fund is projected to finish with a $2,515,908 fund balance (8.31% of expenses). The Special Revenue Funds are all going to end this fiscal year with a profit. Mark presented the proposed 2020 original budget for the General Fund and the Special Revenue Funds. The General Fund is projected to have a $480,598 deficit and end with a $2,035,310 fund balance (6.62% of expenses).

2. Other – Transportation Vehicles
Mark presented a recommendation to change the year three of the vehicle replacement schedule. Originally, year three was to purchase one maintenance truck and put roughly $30,000 into the building and site fund. However, the Suburbans, currently used to transport students, are in need of major repair to bring them up to code. The recommendation is to not make the major repairs due to the return on investment. The proposed change to year three of the vehicle schedule would include the purchase of two vans to transport students and make minor repairs to the Suburbans so they can be used in Central Receiving and in the Maintenance department. With this change, there would be no need to purchase the last maintenance truck. There is no budget impact with this change.

3. Other – Football Helmets Lease Agreement
Mark presented a recommendation to sign a lease agreement from Marlin Capital Solutions which is the VICIS’ finance company. Over the past 6 months, Nate Smith has been working to find a safer helmet than our current helmets. The VICIS brand helmet was deemed the safest helmet from the NFL and their player’s union. The lease agreement is for 75 helmets and a total amount of $92,625. There is a $1 buyout to own the helmets after the four years. The payment schedule is $24,000 the first year and $22,875 for the following three years. A portion of the current annual general fund budget along with fundraising money from the football club is going to pay for the annual cost.

Meeting adjourned at 12:51 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Mark Mesbergen

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of June 10, 2019

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, June 10, 2019, in the township board room.

Members Present: Heidi Tice, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Greg Hulka, Jeff Jacobs, Terry Knoll, Denise Winebarger
Members Absent: none

At 7:09pm, Heidi Tice opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer.

Also Present: 2- residents; 1- employees; 0- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; Director of Public Utilities, Steve Biesiada.

The motion by Andrea Anderson, supported by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of May 13, 2019 as presented.

The motion by Greg Hulka, supported by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented with the following addition:

Item 8-E: Culvert on Stringer Rd.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1. Brian Michelli shared that the many rumors of violence during Old Fashioned days were untrue.
2. Steve Biesiada reported that the Smiley water tower has a leak at an expansion joint that is being evaluated; the new lift station at Motion Dynamics is operational; the DPW will be meeting with the Village regarding the sewer extension for the Treehouse Daycare Center.
3. Heidi Tice is in communication with the Chamber of Commerce regarding a placement plan for the Harvey St district; Community Day went well; July 20th will be the next Community Day-slip ‘n slide; the August slip ‘n slide date may change; Clean-up Days went well; shared the Muskegon County Road Commission policy on residential speed limit signs.
4. Andrea Anderson shared that an invoice for $6,760.18 has been sent to Muskegon Central Dispatch for the costs associated with the May election; shared the Muskegon County Board of Canvassers report, noting no issues in any of Fruitport’s precincts; Muskegon County has approved funding for the August election; Fruitport will take part in a Risk Limiting Audit pilot for elections on Wednesday.
5. Rose Dillon shared a letter from the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks recognizing that Clerk Andrea Anderson has attained the Certified Michigan Municipal Clerk (CMMC) certification; shared a current investments spreadsheet.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

19-074 Review response to letter from Tribe
A letter from the Bureau of Indian Affairs requesting response to questions regarding impact, response is due Friday.

NEW BUSINESS:

19-075 Approval to purchase turnout gear
The Public Safety Director requested this item to be tabled.

The motion by Heidi Tice, seconded by Terry Knoll, was carried unanimously, to TABLE this item until the next meeting.

19-076 First reading: Zoning Map Amendment Ordinance
On May 21, 2019, the Planning Commission made a recommendation to the Township Board to approve the zone change from R-4 Residential-Agricultural District to the R-6 Single Family Residential District for parcel number #61-15-134-200-0013-00 or 2034 Judson Rd, Spring Lake, MI 49456. The change would make the lot conforming and the current house less non-conforming. It will create access to landlocked property. This constitutes the first reading. Final action will take place at the next regular scheduled board meeting on June 24, 2019.

19-077 Michigan Township Services ordinance violation/citation discussion
A discussion occurred regarding cost recovery associated with ordinance enforcement. It was asked that the Supervisor check to see if the Township has an official Municipal Ordinance Violation Bureau and find any other information associated with such.

19-078 Resolution for inclusion in time capsule
Rose Dillon shared a resolution to be included in the next 50 year time capsule along with a photo of the Board. A ceremony will take place on June 22nd @ 1:00pm.

The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Heidi Tice, was carried unanimously, to adopt the resolution and have it be included in the time capsule.

19-079 Culvert on Stringer Rd.
Information was brought to the Board regarding a hole in Stringer Rd caused by the failure of a small culvert.

Greg Hulka moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the Supervisor to sign the repair agreement when it is presented.

Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Jacobs, Knoll.

Information to consider in the future was discussed regarding Jensen Rd. The residents of Jenson Rd would like to have a gravel upgrade. A current culvert does not have much life left and will need to be replaced if a gravel upgrade is done. The Road Commission will not pay cost associated with a culvert replacement if the culvert has not failed.

19-080 Payment of bills
Andrea Anderson moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $26,765.68; Public Safety $41,390.30; Water $103,210.87; Sewer $21,881.30; T&A $6,170.00
Totaling: $199,418.15

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

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:
1. Heidi Tice shared that the Public Safety Director is gathering information regarding the possibility of implementing a hotel impact fee.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II: none

The motion by Terry Knoll, supported by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 8:15pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR