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Bike Time Rumbles Into Town July 17th through July 21st

MUSKEGON, Mich., July 10, 2024 – Now in its 18th year, Muskegon Bike Time will be welcoming motorcyclists and the general public to downtown Muskegon and the lakeshore to celebrate those who love to ride and those who love to just watch the phenomenon that descends on Muskegon annually the third weekend in July.
This year’s dates will be July 17th through the 21st, 2024.
The event attracts tens of thousands of people to downtown Muskegon including motorcycle enthusiasts from all around the country, as well as casual observers from all over Michigan, who visit Muskegon to experience the spectacular bikes, live music, shopping, a wide variety of food options, bike shows, contests and competitions.
The area also provides a variety of other must see sites that appeal to every taste, including expansive beaches, WWII ships, historic homes, beautiful parks and museums of all kinds – right in the center of all the action.
“Muskegon Bike Time offers motorcycle riders beautiful scenic rides along the shores of Lake Michigan and as well as winding roads through picturesque forests and interesting small towns, said Tim Lipan, spokesperson for Muskegon Bike Time. “In addition to providing an economic boon to the area, attendees are treated to exciting attractions, entertainment, food and shopping.”


SCHEDULED EVENTS
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:
Bike Time Concerts

All concerts are free and presented by Little River Casino & Resort on the main stage.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024.
5:00pm – 7:30pm: Velvet Mushroom Syndicate – Stinging 70’s & 80’s Psychedelic Funk. This band is fun and dangerous. Every show is an adventure!
8:00pm – 10:00pm: Soul Syndicate – an Award-Winning R&B, Funk, Soul and Horn Band that provides a party and entertainment experience you won’t forget.


Thursday, July 18, 2024.
5:00pm – 7:30pm: ID10T5 – known for their energetic and versatile performances. They cover a great mix of genres, primarily focusing on a rock vibe, and are known for their engaging live shows and entertainment.
8:00pm – 11:00pm: Jedi Mind Trip – Combines excellent vocals and great musicians for an awesome night of rock & roll music. Entertaining Michigan audiences and beyond for more than 27 years Jedi Mind Trip plays the music that moves you. Songs from 70s,80s,90s – Journey to Bon Jovi, Johnny Cash to Neil Diamond, Blink 182 to Blondie.


Friday, July 19, 2024
3:00pm – 4:30pm: The Illustrated – Is an original alternative/rock band based in Atlanta, Ga.  Their music stems from a variety of different influences including Kings of Leon, Matchbox Twenty, The Cure, and many more. Their energetic live show is engaging and full of upbeat tracks laced in with the occasional heart-felt ballad.
5:00pm – 6:00pm: Jiff & the Choosy Mothers – This reunion show of one of West Michigan’s favorite bands in the late 90’s through early 2000’s. The music changes gears from rock, pop punk, ska, reggae, and funk, to rap metal with catchy hooks and smart lyrics fits alongside alternative rock bands such as Green Day, Sublime, Smashmouth, Beck, and Rage Against the Machine.
6:30pm – 8:30pm: Toxxic – A Biker favorite, Toxxic plays rock music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and Today! From AC/DC, Kidd Rock, & Theory of a Deadman…..If it Rocks They’re playing it.
9:00pm – 11:00pm: Let There Be Rock – The Ultimate AC/DC Tribute Band Experience. “Let There Be Rock” emulates the pure essence, power, and electricity of what an AC/DC show is all about.

Saturday, July 20, 2024
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Whiskey Rebels – The Whiskey Rebels have been rocking the Midwest for over a decade. Bringing high energy, rockin’ country music to fans all over.
5:30pm – 7:30pm: Big Cadillac – A biker bar staple, Big Cadillac covers all the classic rock, country and blues hits from 5 decades (1960’s to Present).
8pm – 11pm: KatMandu – Bob Seger Tribute Band – KatMandu, is the Midwest’s premier Bob Seger Tribute Band, performing the greatest classic rock hits from one of this generation’s finest songwriters. From “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” to today you’ll hear Bob’s music just the way you remember it!

EVENTS
Bike Time provides all forms of attractions and contests including:

Harley-Davidson Demo Truck.
Take a spin on a new 2024 Motorcycle when the Harley-Davidson Demo Truck visits Muskegon Bike Time. There will be 17 models of bikes to choose from including a Trike. Riders will be able to test ride any model they wish at their leisure and on their own. A valid driver’s license with motorcycle endorsement and proper riding attire is required. Friday and Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm
 
West Michigan Arm Wrestling Championships.
Think you have what it takes? Join the 2024 West Michigan Arm Wrestling Championships. Saturday, July 20, 2024. Weigh-ins and registrations from 10am to 12pm. Competition begins at 1:00pm. Open to all.

Miss Bike Time Bikini Contest
Hey ladies, here’s your chance to show off that new bikini. $1,000 cash prize. Winner take all. Saturday, July 20, 2024 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm. 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, 2024 at 4:00pm – 5:00pm.

Hot Babe Bike Wash
Get that road dust off your ride at our Hot Babe Bike Wash Station on Friday and Saturday at Hot Rod Harley Davidson.

Corn Hole Shootout Competition
Bikes & Bags Cornhole Tournament with cash prizes. Anyone can play. Anyone can win. Friday, July 19, 2024 at 5:30pm – 9:00pm at Hot Rod Harley Davidson.

Tattoo Contest
A Tattoo Contests like no other – offering prizes for both those exhibiting their ink and the artists who did the work! Additionally, the contests feature an interactive format that allows folks to see the work being showcased up-close. Participants and guests get to vote on their favorite work and possibly interact a little – allowing a much more fun and informal event.

Muskegon Bike Time DART Challenge
Calling all dart throwers! Win prizes and show off your skills at the Bike Time DART Challenge. Two sessions will be held Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20, 2024 from 4pm – 8pm. Prizes awarded each night.

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.
Patriot Ride – Take a 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 a local charity. Sunday, July 21, 2024. Registration starts at 10:00am. Kick stands up at 11:00am.
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.

CAMPING AND 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 including Hamburger Mikey’s and Big Red’s BBQ. Enjoy ice cold Budweiser products and local craft brews.

BIKE TIME MERCHANDISE
Official Bike Time merchandise will be available.

MERCHANDISE VENDORS
A variety of vendors will be on site including Leather Goods, LED Lighting for Motorcycles, Eyewear, Motorcycle Audio Equipment and Jewelry.

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!

For more information on Muskegon Bike Time, please visit our website at www.muskegonbiketime.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Events Happening in Muskegon County! July 15 – 22, 2024

Check out our website for a complete list www.visitmuskegon.org
Visit the many daily events at our Muskegon County libraries www.madl.org

Monday, July 15
Live Music: Moonshot
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Blue Lake Recital Series: Clarinet Performance by Charles du Preez
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp 300 Crystal Lake Rd. Free to the public!

Blue Lake Recital Series: Flute, Oboe & Piano
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp 300 Crystal Lake Rd. Free to the public!

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Summer Tours
1:00pm – 5:00pm Recurring Sunday, Monday, Friday, and Saturday
Muskegon South Pierhead Light 1431 Beach St. Only $5 for entry.

Tuesday, July 16
Steve Thielman Piano Performance
10:00am – 12:00pm
The Book Nook & Java Shop 8744 Ferry St. Grab a coffee and relax to music.

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00am – 2:00pm Recurring Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Come for local produce!

ACWL – Nuveen Free Summer Concert: Bourbon & Brass Company
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Montague Band Shell 8636 Water St. Free music in Montague!

Muskegon Movie Trivia
7:00pm – 9:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Dr. Free to participate!

Downtown Muskegon Walking Tours
10:00am – 11:30pm & 1pm – 2:30pm
Muskegon Museum of History & Science 430 W. Clay Ave. $15 for tickets!

Live Music: JGJ Band
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Wednesday, July 17
Muskegon Flea Market
8:00am – 2:00pm Recurring Wednesday and Thursday
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Come for local artisan goods!

Blue Lake Recital Series: Dr. Luis Fernandez, Violin
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp 300 Crystal Lake Rd. Free to the public!

Yoga on the Ship
7:00pm – 8:00pm
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum 560 Mart St. Only $15 for entry.

Free Concert: Music from Stage and Screen at Heritage Landing
7:00pm
Heritage Landing PO Box 1317. Free to the public!

Live Music: Thorzine Shuffle – Reunion Show
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Movie Trivia
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. Free to participate!

2024 Muskegon Bike Time
3:00pm – 11:00pm
Hot Rod Harley-Davidson 149 Shoreline Dr. Come downtown and celebrate bikers!

Rebel Road Motorcycle Rally 2024 TOXXIC Concert
5:00pm – 11:00pm
Western Ave. Downtown Muskegon Enjoy live music in downtown Muskegon!

SPARK! at the Art Museum
10:00am – 12:00pm
Muskegon Museum of Art 296 W. Webster Ave.

Thursday, July 18
Live Music: Jesse Ray & the Carolina Catfish
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Movie Trivia
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Wonderland Distillery 1989 Lakeshore Dr. Free to participate!

McGraft Park Summer Concert Series: West Side Soul Surfers
7:00pm – 9:00pm
McGraft Park 2240 Wickham Drive. Free to the public!

Rebel Road Motorcycle Rally 2024
10:30am – 2:00pm
Western Ave. Downtown Muskegon. Concerts, stunts, and contests for bikers!

2024 Muskegon Bike Time
9:00am – 11:00pm
Hot Rod Harley-Davidson 149 Shoreline Dr. Come downtown and celebrate bikers!

Rebel Road Motorcycle Rally 2024 Chad Flores / Jessie Campbell Band Concert
5:00pm – 11:00pm
Western Ave. Downtown Muskegon Enjoy live music in downtown Muskegon

Bella Maria’s Thursday Night Jazz & Italian Feast
5:30pm – 9:00pm
Bella Maria’s Event Center 513 W. Pontaluna Rd. Join in for music and dinner!

Free Thursdays at the Muskegon Museum of Art
11:00am – 8:00pm
Muskegon Museum of Art 296 W. Webster Ave. Open extended hours for the public!

Thrifty Thursdays & Drink
11:00am – 10:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Ave. Come grab a drink and shop!

Blue Lake Recital Series: Classic Flute Performance
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp 300 Crystal Lake Rd. Free to the public!

Blue Lake Recital Series: Brass Music Under the Stars!
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp 300 Crystal Lake Rd. Free to the public!

Blue Lake Staff Choir Summer Concert
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp 300 Crystal Lake Rd. Free to the public!

Friday, July 19
Downtown Muskegon Walking Tours
10:00am – 11:30am & 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Muskegon Museum of History & Science 430 W. Clay Ave. Only $15 for entry!

Blue Lake Staff Band
7:15pm – 8:15pm
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp 300 Crystal Lake Rd. You can even tune in on the radio!

Rebel Road Motorcycle Rally 2024
10:30am – 2:00pm
Western Ave. Downtown Muskegon. Concerts, stunts, and contests for bikers!

2024 Muskegon Bike Time
9:00am – 11:00pm
Hot Rod Harley-Davidson 149 Shoreline Dr. Come downtown and celebrate bikers!

Nunsense – Summer Theatre Festival Musical
7:30pm
The Playhouse at White Lake 304 S. Mears Ave. Enjoy modern theater!

Black and White Art Show at dooGallery
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Art Wear House and dooGallery 1050 W. Western Ave., Suite 104. Support local artists!

Live Music: The Bootstrap Boys
7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Flip Flop Parrot Head Cruise with Two Dudes in Flip Flops
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Aquastar 560 Mart St. Only $39 for entry for adults!

Trees & Me: A Nature Walk at Syers Park
11:00am – 12:30pm
Syers Rd. Register ahead of time and enjoy nature!

Saturday, July 20
Blue Lake Festival Orchestra
8:00pm – 9:00pm
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp 300 Crystal Lake Rd. You can even tune in on the radio!

Habitat Scavenger Hunt at Muskegon Museum of History and Science
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Muskegon Museum of History & Science 430 W. Clay Ave. Free for Muskegon County residents.

Rebel Road Motorcycle Rally 2024
10:30am – 2:00pm
Western Ave. Downtown Muskegon. Concerts, stunts, and contests for bikers!

2024 Muskegon Bike Time
9:00am – 11:00pm
Hot Rod Harley-Davidson 149 Shoreline Dr. Come downtown and celebrate bikers!

Nunsense – Summer Theatre Festival Musical
7:30pm
The Playhouse at White Lake 304 S. Mears Ave. Enjoy modern theater!

Live Music: Carl Webb Band
2:00pm – 5:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: StarFarm
7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Jess Willyard Band
7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Ave. Live music and drinks!

Quilt Discovering Day
11:00am – 2:00pm
Muskegon Museum of Art 296 W. Webster Ave. Free to the public!

Walk the Beat White Lake Area
1:00pm – 5:00pm
124 E. Hanson St. White Lake’s outdoor music festival!

2024 Summer Concert Series JJ Heller
7:00pm
Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference 4759 Lake Harbor Rd. Free to the public!

Sunday, July 21
Muskegon County Fair
Muskegon County Fairgrounds 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd. Free to the public!

Live Music: Tipsy Roosters
12:00pm – 3:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: The Soul Syndicate
5:00pm – 8:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Channel Radio’s Full Moon Cruises
8:30pm – 10:45pm
Aquastar 560 Mart St. Police, Veterans, and Firefighters free!

Sunday Brunch with Live Piano Music
9:30am – 4:00pm
The Book Nook & Java Shop 8744 Ferry St. Grab a coffee and relax to music.

Monday, July 22
Muskegon County Fair
Muskegon County Fairgrounds 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd. Free to the public!

Live Music: Plain Jane Glory
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Aiden Vanderlist, Tourism Information Aide
Visit Muskegon-Muskegon County CVB
610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon MI 49440
T: 231-724-3100 F:231-724-1398
Email: info@visitmuskegon.org
Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 9-3 Saturday 9-2
2024 Muskegon County Visitor Guide: http://bit.ly/VisitorsGuideMKG
Cathy@VisitMuskegon.org | www.visitmuskegon.org

Hackley Public Library July Programs 2024


hackleylibrary.org – facebook.com/HackleyPL – 231-722-8000
askus@hackleylibrary.org – 316 W. Webster Ave. Muskegon, MI, 49440

Hackley Public Library Hours
Main Hackley Library Building
Mon-Tues: 9-7 pm
Wed-Sat: 9-5 pm

Torrent House (HPL’s Local History/Genealogy Department)
Tues-Sat: 10-5 pm

All Ages Programs:

Summer Reading Program
June 3 through August 3
ALL AGES are encouraged to sign up and participate in HPL’s FREE Summer Reading Program!
How does it work?
HPL’s Summer Reading Program uses an online platform called Beanstack.
By tracking your reading and activities through the HPL Beanstack platform, you’ll earn badges, prizes, and tickets to enter for grand prizes.
For every 200 points you earn by tracking, you’ll be eligible for a prize!
Once you reach 600 points, you’ll receive a completion prize for finishing SRP.
HOWEVER, you can continue to track your reading and activities to earn additional tickets, which can be used to enter for more chances to win a grand prize!
What reading counts toward SRP?
All reading counts! For example: print books, eBooks, audiobooks, manga, graphic novels, magazines, and more, are included.
Find more details at hackleylibrary.org, and to access HPL’s Beanstack platform – or download the Beanstack app.
https://www.hackleylibrary.org/events-programs/annual-events/summer-reading/ Free.
*A library card is not needed to participate but library card registration is free.

Knot on My Watch – Intergenerational Fiber Arts Group
In-Person at Hackley Library
3rd Thursday of each month
Thursday, June 20 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
Get ‘knotty’ with other crafters who like to knit, crochet, macramé, sew, felt, embroider… bring your projects (or learn something new) and let’s hang out together. A small supply of yarn, macramé cord, and embroidery floss will be provided with limited instruction. This drop-in, no strings attached fiber arts group is open to anyone ages 5 – 105+. FREE.

Youth & Teen Programs:
Early Childhood Play Group
In-person at Hackley Library
Wednesday mornings from 10:00 – 11:30am
This weekly drop-in play group at Hackley Library connects young families in a space where children and their caregivers are invited to play, talk, learn, and grow together!
Ages 0-4. Free.

July Youth Take and Make Kits
Summer Reading 2024 – Adventure begins at your library!
These Take and Makes will be available from Hackley Library beginning Monday, July 1, and through the month while supplies last. Free.
Slither into summer with our super cool popsicle stick snakes. These wooden reptilians are as much fun to play with as they are to make!
Our other take and make has a practical application. What happens when you put together some copper tape, a popsicle stick, a battery, a binder clip, and an LED light? Find out by picking up a flashlight kit today!
Youth/Teen. Available while supplies last. Free.

Paws and Read with Breezy and Dolly
In-Person at Hackley Library
Mondays, July 8 & 22 from 4:00 – 5:00pm
We have four-legged reading helpers in Hackley Library’s Youth Services! Practice and strengthen literacy skills by reading out loud to our friendly therapy dogs who are calm, non-judgmental listeners. Call 231-722-8014 to register your child for a 20-minute time slot. Ages 3-12. Free.

Story Time at the Light
In-person at Muskegon South Pierhead Light
Mondays in July at 3:00pm
Join Hackley staff for a special Story Time at the Muskegon South Pierhead Light on Mondays (weather permitting)! Together we’ll read stories, lead songs and games appropriate for children. Sit-upons will be provided (you may bring folding chairs if you’d like). Muskegon South Pierhead Light will offer FREE climbing tours to child participants with the purchase of a paid Adult admission ($5).
Make this a weekly family outing throughout the summer! We look forward to seeing you!

Food Explorers
In-Person at Hackley Library
Saturday, July 13 from 10:30-11:30am
Embark on a delightful culinary adventure at Hackley Library with your little ones in this class designed for kiddos ages 0-4 and their grown-ups. Hosted by Culinary and Family Registered Dietitian Jessi Holden, explore vibrant fruits and vegetables, engage in sensory taste tests, and enjoy hands-on cooking activities that foster a lifelong love for diverse flavors and healthy eating habits.
Ages 0-4. Registration is required – register at hackleylibrary.org or call 231-722-8014. Free.

Food Adventures
In-Person at Hackley Library
Saturday, July 13 from 2:00 – 3:00pm
Let’s go on a flavorful expedition with your 5–8-year-old children in this upcoming class at Hackley Library! Jessi Holden, local Culinary and Family Registered Dietitian, will lead hands-on exploration of exotic fruits and veggies and following a recipe for crafting imaginative snacks. Your adventurers will discover the exciting world of taste, flavor, and culinary creativity. Ages 5-8. Registration is required – register at hackleylibrary.org or call 231-722-8014. Free.

Bugs and Bark Drawing Class – Youth/Teen
In-Person at Hackley Library
Wednesday, July 17 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
What is Bugs and Bark? Exactly like it sounds! Corinne Roberts will be back to show us how to draw insects and some tree species that are native to Michigan!
This class is paced for kids and teens of all ages to learn how to draw or sharpen developing skills. This program is open to the first 60 people and will start promptly at 3:00. Late arrivals will not be admitted. Ages 6-17. Free.

Reptile Readers
In-Person at Hackley Library
Thursday, July 18 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
Ever swapped stories with snakes? Practice and strengthen literacy skills by reading out loud to our friendly REPTILES at Hackley Library. Registration is required – call 231-722-8014. July 18 – Suki the Ball Python. She is well over 10 years old (possibly over 15) and she’s a mother. She’s a big girl but has such a calm heart.

VR Headsets – Teen Program
In-Person at Hackley Library
Monday, July 22 from 3:00 – 4:30pm
Ms. Lydia will be hosting a fun introduction to gaming on our new VR Headsets! This program is for teens. Registration is required – call 231-722-8014. Free.

Flowers, Flowers, FLOWERS!
In-Person at Hackley Library
Wednesday, July 24 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
Kaleidoscope Farms will be joining us again at Hackley Library and bringing different flowers for you to create your very own bouquet! Bryan and Lindsay will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. The flowers are all locally grown in the Nims neighborhood. This program is for kids and teens ages 6-18. Free.

Shenanigans Petty Zoo
In-Person at Hackley Park
Wednesday, July 31 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
Come to Hackley Park and hook up with two pens of fun farm friends for you to pet and feed! Sheep and goats and bunnies, OH MY! Come for the chickens, stay for the goats. Animals subject to change. All ages. Free.

Adult Programs:
Financial Lit: SCAMS!
In-Person at Hackley Library
Tuesday, July 9 from 5:30 – 6:30pm
Learn how to protect yourself and your finances against scams! What are some of the red flags to look out for, and what questions should you ask yourself before sending money, opening attachments, giving banking information, or even cashing a check you received in the mail. This program is in collaboration with Route 31 Credit Union. Registration preferred.

Books on Tap at Pigeon Hill
In-Person at Pigeon Hill (895 4th Street, Muskegon, MI)
Tuesday, July 9 from 6:00 – 7:00pm
Join Hackley Library staff and Muskegon Area District Library staff for an evening book discussion each month over a beverage at Pigeon Hill Brewery. Check out the MADL Facebook page to vote on the next book we read. You do not need to be 21+ to participate in book club, but you MUST be 21+ to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages. July’s book is “We Begin at the End” by Chris Whitaker. This book discussion is free to participate in! Find more details at madl.org or hackleylibrary.org.

Open Mic Poetry Night
With hosts Gemini DaPoet and Kaizen Kabir
In-Person at Hackley Library
Thursday, July 18 from 6:00-8:00pm
Join Gemini DaPoet and Kaizen Kabir for an evening of lyrical expression and creative exploration at our Open Mic Poetry Night at Hackley Library!
Whether you’re a seasoned poet or just dipping your toes into the world of verse, all are welcome to share their original poems or favorite works from other poets. Registration preferred. Free.

Fantasy Drawing Class – Adults
In-Person at Hackley Library
Tuesday, July 23 from 5:00 – 6:00pm
During this drawing workshop for adults, you can learn how to draw your own fantasy character or creature! Attendees will see their creations come to life as they learn about sketching, poses and line art. This art class will be taught by Natalie Budnick. Registration required. Free.

Senior Social Hour
In-Person at Hackley Library
Thursday, July 25 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
Join us at Hackley Library for fun, activities, light refreshments, and conversation with fellow seniors. Registration is preferred. To find more details, or to register, go to hackleylibrary.org. Free.

Events Happening in Muskegon County! July 8 – 15, 2024

Check out our website for a complete list www.visitmuskegon.org
Visit the many daily events at our Muskegon County libraries www.madl.org

Monday, July 8
Live Music: Nautic Bound
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Ruth & Max Bloomquist Live at Ross Park
7:00pm
4814 Henry St. Free to the public!

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Summer Tours
1:00pm – 5:00pm Recurring Sunday, Monday, Friday, and Saturday
Muskegon South Pierhead Light 1431 Beach St. Only $5 for entry.

Tuesday, July 9
Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00am – 2:00pm Recurring Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Come for local produce!

Live Music: Rusty & The Razorblades
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Downtown Muskegon Walking Tours
10:00am – 11:30am
Muskegon Museum of History & Science 430 West Clay Ave. Only $15 for tickets!

Steve Thielman Piano Performance
10:00am – 12:00pm
The Book Nook & Java Shop 8744 Ferry St. Grab a coffee and relax to music.

Muskegon Trivia Night
7:00pm – 9:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Dr. Free to participate!

McGraft Park Summer Concert Series: Legal Rehab
7:00pm – 9:00pm
McGraft Park 2240 Wickham Dr. Rock & blues down at McGraft!

Downtown Muskegon Walking Tours
10:00am – 11:30am
Muskegon Museum of History & Science 430 W. Clay Ave. Only $15 for entry!

ACWL – Nuveen Free Summer Concert: Asamu Johnson & the Associates of Blues
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Montague Band Shell 8636 Water St. Free music in Montague!

Wine School at Lake Bluff Grille
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Lake Bluff Grille 2801 Lakeshore Dr. Tickets available online!

Wednesday, July 10
Muskegon Flea Market
8:00am – 2:00pm Recurring Wednesday and Thursday
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Come for local artisan goods!

Food Truck Rally at the Muskegon Farmers Market
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Tickets only $1 each.

Enjoy Free Summer Vibes with the West Michigan Concert Winds!
7:00pm
Heritage Landing PO Box 1317. Free to the public!

Yoga on the Ship
7:00pm – 8:00pm
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum 560 Mart St. Only $15 for entry.

Summer Jazz at the Block: Live Music & Sunset Views
The Block 360 W. Western Ave., Suite 200. Enjoy nice evening jazz.

Muskegon Trivia Night
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. Free to participate!

Live Music: The Cheap Dates
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Thursday, July 11
Muskegon Trivia Night
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Wonderland Distillery 1989 Lakeshore Dr. Free to participate!

Yoga on the Lawn – White River Light Station
6:30pm – 7:30pm
White River Light Station Museum 6199 Murray Rd. Free to participate!

Bella Maria’s Thursday Night Jazz & Italian Feast
5:30pm – 9:00pm
Bella Maria’s Event Center 513 W. Pontaluna Rd. Join in for music and dinner!

Free Thursdays at the Muskegon Museum of Art
11:00am – 8:00pm
Muskegon Museum of Art 296 W. Webster Ave. Open extended hours for the public!

FREE Water Ski Show: Ariel’s Adventure by Grand City Show Skiers
7:00pm
Ross Park 82 Randall Road. Free to the public!

Thrifty Thursdays & Drink
11:00am – 10:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Ave. Come grab a drink and shop!

Friday, July 12
Aquastar Motown Cruise with DJ Willie Smith!
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Aquastar 560 Mart St. Only $36 for entry!

Parties in the Park
5:00pm – 9:00pm
Hackley Park 350 W. Webster Ave. Free for the public!

OPA! Greek Fest
3:00pm – 9:00pm
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church 185 E. Pontaluna Rd. Only $5 for adults!

CMU Weekend: Exit, Pursued by a Bear
7:30pm
The Playhouse at White Lake 304 S. Mears Ave. Enjoy modern theater!

Downtown Muskegon Walking Tours
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Muskegon Museum of History & Science 430 W. Clay Ave. Only $15 for entry!

Free Concert at White River Light Station: Sweet Lou & The Savages!
7:00pm – 8:00pm
White River Light Station Museum 6199 Murray Rd. Free to the public!

Live Music: Red Roses
7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Movies on Deck: Top Gun: Superman 1978
10:00pm
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum 560 Mart St. Free but donations welcomed!

Muskegon Clippers vs Hamilton Joes
7:05pm – 10:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck St. Enjoy local baseball, first game of three!

Saturday, July 13
CMU Weekend: Nothing’ But a Good Time – An 80’s Revue
7:30pm
The Playhouse at White Lake 304 S. Mears Ave. Enjoy modern theater!

July Saturdays: Pioneers
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Muskegon Museum of History & Science 430 W. Clay Ave. Free for Muskegon County residents!

Little Mermaid Splish Splash at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo 4180 W. M-20, Stoney Lake Rd. Free with general admission!

Live Music: Post Fontaine
2:00pm – 5:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Hello Weekend
7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Ravenna Dog Daze & Cruise-In
12:00pm – 8:00pm
Great family friendly event with activities for everyone!

StandUp for the Cure
9:00am – 1:30pm
Ross Park 82 Randall Rd. Help raise funds to fight breast cancer!

Tony Jarvis Live
7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Ave. Come see Tony Jarvis perform live!

West Michigan Business and Craft Fair
8:00am – 2:30pm
Downtown Muskegon. Food, activities, and prizes!

2024 Summer Concert Series Theater for Thirsty
7:00pm
Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference 4759 Lake Harbor Rd. Free to the public!

Coffee with Friends and Muskegon Pride
12:00pm – 1:30pm
The Coffee Factory 1402 Hudson St. Supporting the LGBTQ+ community in Muskegon!

Fresh Coast Fitness Festival
8:00am
Pere Marquette Park 3510 Channel Dr. Fitness focused activities and competition!

OPA! Greek Fest
12:00pm – 9:00pm
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church 185 E. Pontaluna Rd. Only $5 for adults!

Polynesian Adventure Cruises
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Aquastar 560 Mart St. Join in for tropical vibes with Aquastar!

Super Saturday at the Art Museum
Muskegon Museum of Art 296 W. Webster Ave.

Muskegon Clippers vs Hamilton Joes
7:05pm – 10:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck St. Enjoy local baseball, second game of three!

Sunday, July 14
60s & 70s Dance Party
8:00pm – 10:00pm
S.S. Milwaukee Clipper 2098 Lakeshore Dr. Nonmember entry is $10.

Blue Lake Festival Band
8:00pm – 9:00pm
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp 300 Crystal Lake Rd. Student and faculty performances!

Little Mermaid Splish Splash at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo 4180 W. M-20, Stoney Lake Rd. Free with general admission!

Live Music: Tweed & Dixie
12:00pm – 3:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Jedi Mind Trip
5:00pm – 8:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Dave Burel on the Aquastar
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Aquastar 560 Mart St. Enjoy music on the water!

Muskegon Clippers vs Hamilton Joes
4:05pm – 8:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck St. Enjoy local baseball, game three of three!

Fresh Coast Fitness Festival
8:00am
Pere Marquette Park 3510 Channel Dr. Fitness focused activities and competition!

Sunday Brunch with Live Piano Music
9:30am – 4:00pm
The Book Nook & Java Shop 8744 Ferry St. Grab a bite and relax to music.

Monday, July 15
Live Music: Moonshot
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Aiden Vanderlist, Tourism Information Aide
Visit Muskegon-Muskegon County CVB
610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon MI 49440
T: 231-724-3100 F:231-724-1398
Email: info@visitmuskegon.org
Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 9-3
2024 Muskegon County Visitor Guide: http://bit.ly/VisitorsGuideMKG
Cathy@VisitMuskegon.org | www.visitmuskegon.org

Grass River Natural Area July Programs

Kayak Grass River
Tuesday, July 2: 9:30am – 12:00 pm
$45 per person – includes tour, kayak, PFD, and paddle for each participant
There is no better way to experience Grass River than by paddling its calm waters and enjoying its unique wildlife! On these morning guided tours, visitors explore Grass River by kayak and find out about GRNA’s conservation efforts, wetland plants, and wildlife. Adults and Teens Only. Limited to small groups, must pre-register. ​Call GRNA to register: 231-492-8793, or email james@grassriver.org. This program meets at the Grass River Center and then walks to the dock to launch kayaks. Kayaks and paddles are provided and ready for you at the dock.

Weekly Wildflower Walk
Every Tuesday, May-August, 10:30 am- 12:00 pm
Free to attend, donations gratefully accepted
Take a leisurely stroll through the scenic trails of Grass River Nature Area alongside knowledgeable docents Lyn Petty and Phil Jarvi. Discover the stunning variety of wildflowers and learn to identify their unique beauty. As we wander, keep an ear out for the delightful melodies of the birds that call Grass River home. Join us every Tuesday at 10:30am to see new flowers in bloom. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Nature Story Time
Friday, July 5 and July 19, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
$5 per child
Enjoy a short children’s story and an activity or a hike on the beautiful trails at Grass River. Best for young children ages 4 and up, but all ages welcome. Larger groups please call ahead for a private program.

Art on Thursdays
Thursday, July 18: 1:00pm – 3:00 pm
$10 per person
On select Thursdays this summer, join a naturalist at 1pm for a reoccurring nature art program! We will explore painting, sketching, journaling, clay, and more!

NMC Kayak River Tour
Friday, July 26, 2024 – 9:30 am -12:00 pm
Register through NMC Extended Education
There is no better way to experience a Northern Michigan river than by paddling its calm waters and enjoying its unique wildlife! On this guided tour, students will explore Grass River by kayak and find out about Grass River Natural Area’s conservation efforts, wetland ecology, and Michigan wildlife. Register through NMC Extended Education

Since 1917, the West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) has worked to market the very best of West Michigan to travelers from around the world.

WMTA’s membership base consists of more than 800 attractions, lodging, events, and activities all across the west side of Michigan, from the Indiana border all the way into the Upper Peninsula. Over the past century, Michigan’s tourism industry has become second to only manufacturing in Michigan, making WMTA a vital resource for the area’s tourist destinations.

Today, WMTA continues its mission as a self-sustaining, membership-funded non-profit. For more information, please visit WMTA.org.

Fourth of July Around West Michigan

West Michigan: It’s summer again which means there is all day fun in the water, sand in between your toes and seemingly everywhere you can think, ice cream cones that melt as quick as you can eat them, and dazzling lights in the sky and more for Fourth of July Weekend! It doesn’t matter if you live in a big city or in a small town, West Michigan has amazing events in celebration of this year’s Fourth of July!


Celebrations in South West Michigan

Berrien Springs invites you to join them for the 4th annual Berrien Springs Pickle Festival on the Fourth of July! Festivities start at 10 a.m. and run through 5 p.m., where you can join them for their popular vendor alley, pickle tasting room, dunk tank, the Pickle Fling, frozen tee-shirt contest, relish eating contests, and more!

Celebrate Independence Day in a memorable way! Enjoy South Haven’s incredible fireworks show Light Up the Lake on July 3rd with your friends and family from the deck of Michigan Maritime Museum’s tall ship, Friends Good Will out on Lake Michigan.

Mark your calendars for a star-spangled celebration as the community celebrates the Fourth of July in downtown Saugatuck. Join them along with the armed forces, bands, and floats on July 4th for a patriotic parade down Butler Street at 11 a.m., followed by a free Family Fun event in Coghlin Park from 12 p.m to 2 p.m. Enjoy yard games, face painting, and more, with prizes awarded for the most spirited outfit and a mini apple pie-eating contest for all ages.

The weekend of Independence Day is packed with things to do in South Haven! Kickstart the fun with the legendary Light Up the Lakes fireworks show, which illuminate the waters from North Beach to South Beach (sea to shining sea…) accompanied by a fantastic soundtrack and live broadcast by 103.7 COSY FM. A parade follows on the morning of July 4th. On the evening of July 5th, Lake Arvesta Recreation Park will host a second fireworks display, followed by the South Haven Center for the Arts annual Art Fair in Stanley Johnston Park July 6th-7th in shady Stanley Johnston Park.

Get ready for an unforgettable Fourth of July experience in Michigan’s Coldwater Country! Located halfway between Chicago and Detroit, this picturesque region offers a perfect blend of outdoor adventures, charming downtowns, and a plethora of family-friendly activities. Join them for a weekend filled with joy, community spirit, and patriotic celebrations. Coldwater Country welcomes you to create lasting memories with your loved ones this Fourth of July!


Celebrations in Central West Michigan

The Independence Day holiday kicks off at 2 p.m. July 4th with the Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival Grand Parade proceeding down Ludington Avenue into the downtown district. Live music, floats, characters, animals and more will make their way through the streets as part of this annual holiday festival. The holiday will end with a bang with the July 4th fireworks over Lake Michigan at dusk. They are viewable from just about any beach in Ludington, but a popular place to land is Stearns Park Beach. In addition, the SS Badger carferry offers a shoreline cruise during the evening hours, but tickets sell out quickly. Reserve yours at ssbadger.com.

Petoskey Area is home to some of the best Fourth of July Celebrations in Michigan. Petoskey and Harbor Springs both have a Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks. While Harbor Springs holds their annual Paul Revere Run, Art Show in the Park, and more.

Boyne City’s Fourth of July celebrations have been voted some of the best by organizations like the Travel Channel and Reader’s Digest. What’s so great about Boyne City Fourth of July? Waterside Art & Craft Fair with Food Trucks, Independence Day Run, Fourth of July Parade, Raft Race in the Boyne River, Live Music, and Grand Fireworks.

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White Lake Area 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Beginning at 10 a.m., join them for the White Lake Area Fourth of July parade! The parade route travels from Whitehall City Hall to Montague City Hall, with over 80 festive entries, and lead by the honorable American Legion and VFW. Do not miss the family fun offered at their annual parade! After the parade, stick around town for some outdoor recreation, shopping, and dining–then join them at dusk for fireworks over White Lake! These fireworks are put on by the White Lake Fireworks Committee.

The Friends of the Coopersville & Marne Railway invite you to join them on June 28th as we celebrate our great country. Join them for a special evening aboard their Americana themed Rails, Ales & Wine Train (21+)! Enjoy your choice of wine, beer, or non-alcoholic beverage; complemented with a flavorful appetizer or snack; as we travel back to the vintage era of passenger trains. You will be entertained with Americana music while experiencing a leisurely 90-minute excursion through the Ottawa County countryside.

Enjoy a front-row viewing of the fireworks from the dining room, patio, or a spot on the lawn. The fireworks show will begin at dusk. Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant – Thursday, July 4th FireRock Grille – Wednesday, July 3rd Lake Bluff Grille – Friday, July 5th

Light Up Your Fourth July with a Fireworks Cruise! Experience the awe-inspiring fireworks display over Muskegon Lake from a whole new perspective – aboard the Aquastar! Enjoy a relaxing cruise with stunning lake views, festive music, and a front-row seat to the dazzling fireworks show. This special July 4th cruise is a guaranteed sell-out, so book your tickets with Aquastar Cruises today!

Celebrate Independence Day with a BOOM on the Historic S.S. Milwaukee Clipper. Unforgettable Fireworks & Unique History Await! Watch the fireworks display with front-row seats aboard the S.S. Milwaukee Clipper, a National Historic Landmark. Explore the ship’s stunning Art Deco interior while enjoying the festive atmosphere of this special event.

A vibrant and musical show for the whole family at Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium. The musical fountain adds another layer of celebration to Independence Day! The fireworks show begins at dusk on July 4th.

Bring your family and friends to downtown Holland and feast on the festivities. Early birds wearing red, white, or blue will score 20% off at participating shops and restaurants. By noon, Kollen Park vendors will be spinning cotton candy, keeping the good eats coming until just before the evening’s grand finale – fireworks at dusk over beautiful Lake Macatawa. As an Independence Day bonus, Thursday night street performers will take over 8th street from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., delighting children of all ages with their music and acrobatics.


Celebrations in North West Michigan & Upper Peninsula

Celebrate Independence Day in Mackinaw City! The annual Mackinaw Women’s Club Strawberry Social tradition features delicious strawberries served over vanilla ice cream – a refreshing and sweet treat. Enjoy one of their unique attractions, classic games on the marina lawn, explore the boutique shops, bounce houses, dine at one of their delectable eateries in charming downtown Mackinaw City, and listen to live music. Finally, prepare to be dazzled by the largest fireworks display in the Straits, lighting up the night sky at dusk, and providing a breathtaking finale to a day filled with celebration. Don’t miss out on making memories in Mackinaw this Fourth of July!

Visiting Mackinac Island on the Fourth of July is an experience that encapsulates the essence of American heritage and celebration like no other. Start the day by participating in the oldest stone skipping competition in the US and watch the pros throw their stones. Enjoy family games at Windermere Point. Have a Star Spangles Fourth of July at historic Fort Mackinac and finish the day with two simultaneous firework displays!

Cadillac Freedom Festival Presents: A Dazzling Drone Show by Starlight Aerial Productions, a new and spectacular addition to the 2024 festivities on July 5th as part of the “Fire on the Water” military tribute event. The sky above Lake Cadillac will be illuminated by a mesmerizing drone show. depicting symbols of freedom and bravery to pay tribute to our brave military personnel. A traditional fireworks display will also be held on July 6th!

Celebrate Independence Day all weekend long at Crystal Mountain. Family crafts, family golf scramble, sidewalk sales, bike and golf cart parade, Fourth of July 5k Fun run, biking, hiking, outdoor pool and water playground, and so much more.

Celebrate this Fourth of July in the great outdoors! Here at the Pine River Paddlesports Center, you will find a clean & quiet campground that serves as an excellent, centrally located base camp from which to explore the area, as well as a watercraft rental for the nationally designated ‘Wild & Scenic’ river – the Pine River. In addition to the many parades and festivals within driving distance of the Paddlesports Center, you can also immerse yourself in nature with a float down the Pine River. We offer a wide range of watercraft for all sizes, skill levels, and ages. Whether you want to celebrate the Fourth of July with a family-friendly rafting trip, or want to test your skill level with a kayaking trip through fun, splashy whitewater, the Pine has something for you! Let them help you & your family make some great memories this Fourth of July!

Guests can sit back, relax and celebrate Independence Day with the Marquette Fourth of July Sensory Friendly Laser Show. As the largest architectural laser show in North America, this unique experience gives residents, visitors, children and those with sensory sensitivities a comfortable opportunity to participate in Fourth of July celebrations and witness the night sky light up above the picturesque Lake Superior. 

For a family fun getaway this Independence Day head to Northern Michigan’s Shanty Creek Resort. Located a mere 30 miles from Traverse City, in beautiful Bellaire, this picturesque destination promises relaxation, adventure, and holiday festivities all rolled into one. Spanning nearly 5,500 acres, Shanty Creek boasts four distinct villages, each with outdoor recreation, lodging and dining options, along with five championship golf courses, ideal for golf enthusiasts. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 3rd, as Shanty Creek lights up the sky with a spectacular fireworks display behind The Lakeview Hotel, where you will not only see a kaleidoscope of color in the sky but also breathtaking views of Lake Bellaire.

Looking for more? Find out what other events are happening around West Michigan by checking out our events calendar!

Since 1917, the West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) has worked to market the very best of West Michigan to travelers from around the world.

WMTA’s membership base consists of more than 800 attractions, lodging, events, and activities all across the west side of Michigan, from the Indiana border all the way into the Upper Peninsula. Over the past century, Michigan’s tourism industry has become second to only manufacturing in Michigan, making WMTA a vital resource for the area’s tourist destinations.

Today, WMTA continues its mission as a self-sustaining, membership-funded non-profit. For more information, please visit WMTA.org.

A G E N D A: FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL
5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415

JULY 8, 2024
6:30 P.M. WORK SESSION
7:00 P.M. BOARD MEETING

  1. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America
  2. Roll call
  3. Approval of board minutes: 6/24/24
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    A. Second Reading: Zone Change Ordinance – E. Ellis Rd.
    B. Second Reading: Zone Change Ordinance – E. Broadway Ave.
    C. Second Reading: Zone Change Ordinance – E. Sternberg Rd.
    D. Public Hearing: Micka St Special Assessment District
    E. Resolution to Create and Define the District for Micka St SAD
    F. Resolution to Schedule a Public Hearing on the Micka St SAD Roll
  8. New Business
    A. Cemetery Roadway Addition
  9. Approval of Bills
  10. Reports
  11. Public Comments
  12. Adjournment

Events Happening in Muskegon County! July 1 – 8, 2024

Check out our website for a complete list www.visitmuskegon.org
Visit the many daily events at our Muskegon County libraries www.madl.org


Monday, July 1
Live Music: Serita’s Black Rose Duo
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Join and listen to some evening tunes.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Summer Tours
1:00pm – 5:00pm Recurring Sunday, Monday, Friday, and Saturday
Muskegon South Pierhead Light 1431 Beach St. Only $5 for entry.

Tuesday, July 2
Live Music: JP & The Energy
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Music Trivia
7:00pm – 9:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Dr. Free to participate!

ACWL – Nuveen Free Summer Concert: Beth Bombara
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Montague Band Shell 8636 Water St. Free music in Montague!

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00am – 2:00pm Recurring Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Come for local produce!

Steve Thielman Piano Performance
10:00am – 12:00pm
The Book Nook & Java Shop 8744 Ferry St. Grab a coffee and relax to music.

Wednesday, July 3
2024 Meet the Machines
2:00pm – 5:00pm
76 S. Getty St. Family friendly event with giant fire, garbage, and construction trucks!

Muskegon Music Trivia
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. Free to participate!

Live Music: Hairbanger’s Ball
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Flea Market
8:00am – 2:00pm Recurring Wednesday and Thursday
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Come for local artisan goods!

Yoga on the Ship
7:00pm – 8:00pm
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum 560 Mart St. Only $15 for entry.

Thursday, July 4
White Lake 4th of July Parade
10:00am – 11:30pm
White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce 124 W. Hanson St. Free to the public!

4th of July Fireworks in Downtown Muskegon
10:20pm – 11:00pm
City of Muskegon Downtown Muskegon. Celebrate the 4th downtown!

July 4th Fireworks Cruise
8:30pm – 11:30pm
Aquastar 560 Mart St. Enjoy the fireworks from the water!

White Lake Area 4th of July Fireworks
9:00pm
White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce 124 W. Hanson St. Free to the public!

Fireworks Aboard the Top Deck of the Ship!
8:30pm
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum 560 Mart St. $5 per person to watch on the deck!

USS Silversides Engine Roar on Independence Day!
12:00pm
USS Silversides Submarine Museum 1346 Bluff St. Watch the submarine come to life!

Independence Day Party
6:00pm – 11:00pm
S.S. Milwaukee Clipper 2098 Lakeshore Dr. Only $10 for nonmembers!

Live Music: The Carl Webb Band
1:00pm – 4:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Buckle
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Music Trivia
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Wonderland Distillery 1989 Lakeshore Dr. Free to participate!

Bella Maria’s Thursday Night Jazz & Italian Feast
5:30pm – 9:00pm
Bella Maria’s Event Center 513 W. Pontaluna Rd. Join in for music and dinner!

Free Thursdays at the Muskegon Museum of Art
11:00am – 8:00pm
Muskegon Museum of Art 296 W. Webster Ave. Open extended hours for the public!

Sunset Cruises
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Aquastar 560 Mart St. Enjoy an evening on the water!

Friday, July 5
After Dark Tour
9:00pm – 10:00pm
Hackley and Hume Historic Site 484 W. Webster Ave. Only $15 for entry!

Blue Lake Staff Band
7:15pm – 8:15pm
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp 300 Crystal Lake Rd. You can even tune in on the radio!

July 5th Fireworks at Lake Bluff Grille
5:00pm – 10:00pm
Lake Bluff Grille 2801 Lakeshore Dr. Live music, food, and fireworks!

Glow Golf
9:30pm – 10:45pm
Putters Creek 40 N. Causeway St. Late night fun, grab tickets online!

Live Music: Reverend Jesse Ray
2:00pm – 5:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Buckle
7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Clippers vs Southern Ohio Copperheads
7:05pm – 10:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck St. Enjoy local baseball, first game of three!

Riders – Rock America
7:00pm – 11:59pm
Lotus Room Event Center 919 E. Sherman Blvd. Only $35 for entry.

Saturday, July 6
8th Annual Heykoop Veteran Memorial Car Show & Benefit
10:00am – 2:00pm
Hot Rod Harley-Davidson 149 Shoreline Dr. Free for the public to watch!

Big Business on the Water: Free Community Day
11:00am – 4:00pm
Muskegon Heritage Museum of Business & Industry 561 W. Western Ave.

Blue Lake Festival Orchestra
8:00pm – 9:00pm
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp 300 Crystal Lake Rd. You can even tune in on the radio!

Live Music: Leaving Lifted
2:00pm – 5:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Sushi Roll
7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music at Unruly Brewing: Moneysoup
8:00pm – 11:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. Listen to some local funky grooves.

Plain Jane Glory Live
7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Ave. Get ready for good vibes with this duo!

2024 Summer Concert Series Final Harvest
7:00pm
Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference 4759 Lake Harbor Rd. Free to the public!

Live Music: Justin Avdek
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Free to listen!

Muskegon Clippers vs Southern Ohio Copperheads
7:05pm – 10:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck St. Enjoy local baseball, second game of three!

Glow Golf
9:30pm – 10:45pm
Putters Creek 40 N. Causeway St. Late night fun, grab tickets online!

Sunday, July 7
Glow Golf
9:30pm – 10:45pm
Putters Creek 40 N. Causeway St. Late night fun, grab tickets online!

Live Music: Zion Lion
12:00pm – 3:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: PS Dump Your Boyfriend
5:00pm – 8:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Civic Theater’s Cabaret Cruise
4:00pm – 9:30pm
Aquastar 560 Mart St. Only $38 for entry.

Sunday Brunch with Live Piano Music
9:30am – 4:00pm
The Book Nook & Java Shop 8744 Ferry St. Enjoy the morning with music!

Muskegon Clippers vs Southern Ohio Copperheads
4:05pm – 8:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck St. Enjoy local baseball, game three of three!

Monday, July 8
Live Music: Nautic Bound
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Ruth & Max Bloomquist Live at Ross Park
7:00pm
4814 Henry St. Free to the public!

Aiden Vanderlist, Tourism Information Aide
Visit Muskegon-Muskegon County CVB
610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon MI 49440
T: 231-724-3100 F:231-724-1398
Email: info@visitmuskegon.org
Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 9-3
2024 Muskegon County Visitor Guide: http://bit.ly/VisitorsGuideMKG
Cathy@VisitMuskegon.org | www.visitmuskegon.org
Muskegon County | 610 W Western Ave | Muskegon, MI 49461 US

Events Happening in Muskegon County! June 24-July 1, 2024

Check out our website for a complete list www.visitmuskegon.org
Visit the many daily events at our Muskegon County libraries www.madl.org

Monday, June 24
Live Music: Jake Cinninger & Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee
6:30pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Tickets $25.

Live Music: Chris Kennedy
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Join and listen to some evening tunes.

Unruly Chess Club
6:00pm-8:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. Come join in this weekly chess event!

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Summer Tours
1:00pm-5:00pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light 1431 Beach St. Only $5 for admission!

Tuesday, June 25
Steve Thielman Piano Performance
10:00am – 12:00pm
The Book Nook & Java Shop 8744 Ferry St. Grab a coffee and relax to music.

Muskegon Trivia Night
7:00pm – 9:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Dr. Free to participate!

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00am – 2:00pm Recurring Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Come for local produce!

Wednesday, June 26
Live Music: Global Village
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Farmers Market Flea Market
8:00am-2:00pm Recurring Wednesday and Thursday
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Support local vendors!

Muskegon Trivia Night
7:00pm-9:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. Free to participate.

Summer Jazz at The Block: Live Music & Sunset Views
7:30pm
The Block 360 W. Western Ave., Suite 200. Ticket prices vary, grab them online!

Yoga on the Ship
7:00pm – 8:00pm
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum 560 Mart St. Only $15 for entry.


Thursday, June 27
Muskegon Trivia Night
7:00pm-9:00pm
Wonderland Distillery 1989 Lakeshore Dr. Free to participate.

Bella Maria’s Thursday Night Jazz & Italian Feast
5:30pm-9:00pm
Bella Maria’s Event Center 513 W. Pontaluna Rd. Admission for music is free.

Free Thursdays at the Muskegon Museum of Art
11:00am-8:00pm
Muskegon Museum of Art 296 W. Webster Ave. Explore intriguing exhibits at the museum!

Thrifty Thursdays & Drink
11:00am-10:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Ave. Drink and shop!

Rolling Stoners Bike Group
5:30pm
Indigrow 639 W. Clay Avenue. Free to participate!

Tequila Masters Class at Los amigos Tequila Bar & Grill
6:00pm-8:00pm
Los Amigos Tequilla Bar & Grill 1848 E. Sherman Blvd., suite M. Must be 21+.

FREE Water Ski Show: Ariel’s Adventure by Grand City Show Skiers
7:00pm
Ross Park 82 Randall Road. Come see a wonderful water show!

Yacht Rock Cruise on the Aquastar!
8:30pm-10:30pm
Aquastar 560 Mart St. Set sail on an adventure with Aquastar!

Friday, June 28
Muskegon Clippers vs. Michigan Monarchs
7:05pm-10:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck Street. Ticket prices vary.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Summer Tours
1:00pm-5:00pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light 1431 Beach St. Only $5 for admission!

Live Music: 65 North Pickers
7:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. Come enjoy live music and a drink!

Live Music: The Spazmatics
7:00pm-10:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Honky-Tonk Hoot
7:00pm-11:59pm
Lotus Room Event Center 919 E. Sherman Blvd. Country and Rock n Roll!

Hackley Attic Escape Room
5:00pm-6:30pm
Hackley and Hume Historic Site 484 W. Webster Ave. Tickets $25 for nonmembers.

Chris Kennedy & Eric Michaels at White River Light Station
7:00pm-8:00pm
White River Light Station Museum 6199 Murray Rd. Free to the public!

Saturday, June 29
Live Music: JGJ Band
2:00pm-5:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Corzo Effect
7:00pm-10:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Clippers vs. Michigan Monarchs
7:05pm-10:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck Street. Ticket prices vary.

Trinity Health Seaway Run
7:00am-12:00pm
Heritage Landing 1050 Seventh St. Register online or in person!

2024 Lakeshore Art Festival
9:00am-5:00pm
Lakeshore Art Festival 380 W. Western Ave. Come support local artists!

Blue Lake Faculty Showcase
7:15pm-8:15pm
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp 300 Crystal Lake Rd. Available over the radio too!

2024 Summer Concert Series Jim & Melissa Brady
7:00pm
Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference 4759 Lake Harbor Rd. Free to the public!

Billy Ryan Live
7:00pm-10:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Dr. Come watch Billy Ryan perform!

Live Music: Nate Dill
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Join and listen to some evening tunes.

Sunday, June 30
Live Music: Plain Jane Glory
12:00pm-3:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: The Windbreakers
5:00pm-8:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Blue Lake Festival Band
8:00pm-9:00pm
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp 300 Crystal Lake Rd. Also available on radio!

Live Music: Justin Avdek
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Join and listen to some evening tunes.

Sunday Brunch with Live Piano Music
9:30am-4:00pm
The Book Nook & Java Shop 8744 Ferry St. Come for drinks, food, and music!

Monday, July 1
Live Music: Serita’s Black Rose Duo
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Join and listen to some evening tunes.

Aiden Vanderlist, Tourism Information Aide
Visit Muskegon-Muskegon County CVB
610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon MI 49440
T: 231-724-3100 F:231-724-1398
Email: info@visitmuskegon.org
Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 9-3
2024 Muskegon County Visitor Guide: http://bit.ly/VisitorsGuideMKG
Cathy@VisitMuskegon.org | www.visitmuskegon.org

The Holland Museum Hosts The Next Books And Blooms Activity At Windmill Island Gardens

The Holland Museum hosted the second Books and Blooms activity of the summer on Monday, June 24!

Each Books and Blooms will begin with a Story Time hosted by the Herrick District Library at 10:00 am, followed by a fun, educational, and hands-on activity at 10:30 am. During the new Books and Blooms series located at Windmill Island Gardens, children can not only enjoy interactive stories, songs, and activities, but also enjoy our children’s carousel, playground, see our two Frisian horses, and 10 chickens all on the park grounds.

This Monday during the second Books and Blooms of the season, children were able to create their very own Blooming Shoes! Our friends from the Holland Museum joined us to help children create origami Dutch wooden shoes, or ‘klompen’, and create various flowers out of pipe cleaners, paper, and more to fill their shoes!

The Holland Museum is located in Downtown Holland and focuses on interaction with history, culture, civic responsibility, and one another. They tell the stories of Holland, and the region, not to dictate how our children and citizens engage the past, but to encourage them to change and build a better future. Visit the Holland Museum to see their current special exhibit ‘A Stich in Time: Lavina Cappon Tulip Time Legacy’ highlighting Lavina Cappon, a former Holland Public Schools teacher, and exploring her influence in shaping the unique aesthetic of Tulip Time. The Holland Museum is open Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 am – 5 pm with their current exhibit on display through September 16.

Families are invited to Windmill Island Gardens every other Monday morning for our new bi-weekly Books and Blooms series from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm through August 12. The bi-weekly Books and Blooms series will begin with an interactive Story Time hosted by the Herrick District Library starting at 10:00 am, followed by a come-and-go style activity led by a local non-profit organization from 10:30 am until 12:00 pm. The full schedule of activities can be found below and on the Books and Blooms Facebook event page. Activities are free to attend for Holland residents, with regular admission rates applying to non-Holland residents. A parent or guardian must remain onsite the entire time to supervise their children. Activities take place in the park on the East side of the Posthouse building at Windmill Island Gardens (1 Lincoln Ave, Holland, MI, 49423).

For more details on Books and Blooms and other upcoming events at Windmill Island Gardens, visit www.windmillisland.com. Windmill Island Gardens is open daily from 9:30 am – 6:00 pm (last admission sold at 5:00 pm) through October 1.

Upcoming Books & Blooms Dates

June 24
Blooming Shoes
Holland Museum

Join us to create your very own Blooming Shoes! With help from the Holland Museum, children will create origami Dutch wooden shoes, or ‘klompen’, and create flowers out of pipe cleaners, paper, and more to fill their shoes!

July 8
Planting Seeds & Yard Games
Holland Parks and Recreation

Join our friends from Holland Recreation as they guide participants in planting their very own seeds in pots they can proudly take home. After planting their pots, there will be a variety of yard games available for families to enjoy.

July 22
Water Conservation Rain Cloud Mobile
Holland Board of Public Works

Children can learn all about how water is essential to life! Join us to learn about 5 different water conservation tips on how you can save water in your everyday life by creating and decorating your own Rain Cloud Mobile to take home!

August 5
Dutch Games and Seedlings
Windmill Island Gardens

Our very own Windmill Island Gardens staff will show children how to play various Dutch games, try on Dutch costumes, and more! Children can also decorate biodegradable planters to bring home their very own plants grown right here at Windmill Island Gardens to plant and take care of at home!

August 12
Living Necklaces
MSU Extension

Children can create their very own Living Necklace with help from the MSU Extension! Learn about plant germination and take home your very own plant that you can care for, watch grow, and… wear!

Since 1917, the West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) has worked to market the very best of West Michigan to travelers from around the world.

WMTA’s membership base consists of more than 800 attractions, lodging, events, and activities all across the west side of Michigan, from the Indiana border all the way into the Upper Peninsula. Over the past century, Michigan’s tourism industry has become second to only manufacturing in Michigan, making WMTA a vital resource for the area’s tourist destinations.

Today, WMTA continues its mission as a self-sustaining, membership-funded non-profit. For more information, please visit WMTA.org.
This press release is also available at https://www.wmta.org/articles/post/the-holland-museum-hosts-the-next-books-and-blooms-activity-at-windmill-island-gardens/

Silver Beach Carousel celebrates Founders’ Week June 24-28

Join the Silver Beach Carousel’s Founders’ Week festivities for all ages from June 24-28. This fun-filled week commemorates the 1891 founding of Silver Beach Amusement Park, home of the original Silver Beach Carousel.

“We always want to honor where we came from and how Silver Beach earned its name,” said Suz Schalon, president of the Silver Beach Carousel Society.

“Our visitors enjoy viewing the old wool bathing suits and pictures of the earliest attractions and displays of memorabilia from the park. We also have a display with two original Carousel horses, one restored and one showing its original carving and jewels.”

The Carousel House decor this summer is the Wizard of Oz Emerald City. During Founders’ Week, each daily theme pays tribute to the original local wizards, Louis Wallace and Logan Drake, who founded the amusement park which thrilled generations of visitors until its closing in 1971. Their legacy of making happy memories continues with these events:

Monday, June 24: Seniors’ “Yellow Brick Road” Day, noon to 5:00 p.m.
Seniors 60+ can enter an hourly drawing for a vintage-themed candle and purchase tokens with a buy-one/get-one discount (limit two per person). Share your memories of attending the park with your family and listen to free 15-minute talks about the park’s history. An original piece of the Shadowland Ballroom dance floor and other memorabilia are in the Brass Ring Gift Shop. There are also available for purchase a one-hour DVD documentary titled “A Legacy of Memories: Silver Beach Amusement Park,” created by WNIT TV and “Silver Sands, Golden Memories,” written by Daryl Schlender.

Tuesday, June 25: Kiddies’ “Munchkins Day,” noon to 5:00 p.m.
“Come out, come out, wherever you are” for delightful Carousel rides and fun activities indoors and outdoors. Choose from 48 magnificent, hand-carved figures and two chariots (one is wheelchair accessible so everyone can ride). Tokens are half-price today ($2 each, limit two per adult). Kids ages 3-12 can enter the hourly drawings for large, colorful Munchkin lollipops.

Wednesday, June 26: Emerald City Express Day, noon to 5:00 p.m.
The Emerald City Express large miniature train display will mesmerize all ages as it winds through the intricately decorated Wizard of Oz layout. Memorabilia from the much-loved movie enhance the trains’ configurations. Hourly drawings for free cotton candy offer a sweet bonus to visitors.

Thursday, June 27: Defying Gravity Day, noon to 5:00 p.m.
Experience the sand-sculpting magic of the “Sand Pirate,” Janet Schrader, as she coaxes sand into a magnificent structure in front of the Shadowland Ballroom. Between noon and 5:00 p.m., she will share tips on how to create sandcastles. Ages 3-12 can enter the hourly drawings for Kinetic Sand at the Carousel refreshment stand.

Friday, June 28: Horse of a Different Color Day, noon to 5:00 p.m.
The Carousel will present riders with packs of Skittles candies during surprise rides. Children between the ages of 5-14 can show off their skills in the “Over the Rainbow” coloring contest with winners chosen in random drawings on June 29. Two winners in each age category will receive gift baskets.

All week there will be free coloring sheets and opportunities to take pictures with favorite Carousel figures, including the lion, tigers and bear. Free corn hole games with unique artistic renderings of Wizard of Oz characters are available outside the Carousel House.

Within the Silver Beach Center are two more attractions — the Shadowland Ballroom and Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone.

Visit www.silverbeachcarousel.com or call (269) 932-1141 for more information.

Since 1917, the West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) has worked to market the very best of West Michigan to travelers from around the world.

WMTA’s membership base consists of more than 800 attractions, lodging, events, and activities all across the west side of Michigan, from the Indiana border all the way into the Upper Peninsula. Over the past century, Michigan’s tourism industry has become second to only manufacturing in Michigan, making WMTA a vital resource for the area’s tourist destinations.

Today, WMTA continues its mission as a self-sustaining, membership-funded non-profit. For more information, please visit WMTA.org.

Dr. Universe: Why do birds sing in the morning? – Alexandria, 9, Wisconsin

I usually write answers to kids’ science questions early in the morning. I like how it’s so quiet—except for my bird neighbors singing and singing.

I asked my friend Jennifer Phillips what’s going on. She’s a bird scientist at Washington State University.

She told me birds sing in the morning to tell other birds that their territory still belongs to them.

“The morning time is usually a little bit more calm, especially in windy areas,” Phillips said. “So, it’s a good time to broadcast your song and for that song to potentially travel a little farther.”

A bird’s territory is the area that bird will defend from other birds. Like a sparrow might have a territory full of good places to nest and lots of seeds and berries to eat. If another sparrow shows up on that territory, the first bird will chase him away, so he doesn’t take the resources.

But that sparrow will also have a home range. That’s a bigger area where the bird might forage or hang out—but it won’t defend that space. We know that because scientists follow birds and map their territories and home ranges.

A bird’s morning song can be a warning to other birds that might want to sneak onto their territory. It can also be an invitation to female birds looking for a good place to nest.

“We think they can tell each other apart based on their voices or their performance characteristics,” Phillips said. “The whole idea of that song is to advertise something about that individual. So, the song should be saying, ‘This is me. Look how good my song is.’”

There might be differences in a bird’s body—like its beak or throat muscles—that make his song different from another bird’s song. But the song also broadcasts information about the bird’s territory. If a bird can sing a long time, that means he has lots of seeds and berries to give him energy. A female bird looking for a good place to raise chicks might like that.

Birds who are already bonded to each other also sing together. That’s called dueting. It’s how bird pairs make sure their bond is solid. It’s also how birds like cardinals communicate with each other when one bird is in the nest and the other is out foraging.

Phillips told me that there’s one bird—the brown-headed cowbird—that uses song to defend its relationship. If a male bird is part of a pair but keeps singing to attract other mates, the female bird will jam his song. She’ll sing super loud so other birds can’t hear him.

It turns out we don’t know as much about female birds and their songs. That’s one thing scientists are trying to figure out now—by following and recording female birds to uncover how and why they sing.

I’m sure they’ll spar-row no effort to figure it out.

Sincerely,

Dr. Universe

THIS SUNDAY! ART IN THE VILLAGE Returns to Spring Lake

Don’t miss this one-day pop-up trunk sale with live music, adult beverages, and great eats. Regional Arts Organization Hosts “Parking Lot Pop-Up” in Spring Lake Social District.

The organization behind pop-up art events in local lumber yards, boatyards, print shops, parks, and more will be popping up in Spring Lake for a trunk show and sale in the Village parking lot behind Stan’s Bar in Spring Lake.

Art in the Village: A Parking Lot Pop-Up returns to the Village on Sunday, June 23, from 1-4 pm.

Dubbed a “trunk show,” the parking lot pop-up includes LVAC painters, photographers, potters, glass artists, jewelry makers, textile artists, and more who will set up and sell work, literally, from the trunks of their cars.

The event is within the Village’s social district. Patrons can stroll with adult beverages from Stan’s, enjoy eats from Mia’s food tent, and hear live music by Bri Baron outdoors on Stan’s back patio.

“We’re excited to host this pop-up in the Village and delighted by their support of the Village, Stan’s and Mia’s in making it happen,” says Maggie Bandstra LVAC chair. “And we’re thrilled to be in the social district where shoppers can enjoy a beer, a bite, and some live music, while they shop.”

While many artists accept credit cards and digital payment (Venmo, Apple Pay, etc.), some do not. Patrons are encouraged to bring more than one method of payment.

More information on our event page here.

Sip Your Way through West Michigan’s Wine Country

West Michigan: Ask any local wine aficionado, and every one will have their own favorite “fun fact” about Michigan wine: how the “lake effect” creates an ideal growing temperature, how we sit at the same latitude as some of Europe’s most renowned wine-growing regions, or that Michigan is one of the few locations able to make true ice wine.

The truth is, there’s a limitless amount of things to love about the wine found in West Michigan! Explore some of our insider info below, and use your favorites to plan your next wine tour through the area!

South West Michigan Wineries

With four wineries that call the Saugatuck/Douglas/Fennville area home, you can make an entire day of sampling different red, white, sparkling, and fruit wines unique to the region. The wineries include Michigan Wine Co., Crane’s Winery, Fenn Valley Vineyards and Winery, and Modales Wines. Featuring small-batch expertise and artistry, their wineries produce award-winning wines from estate-grown and locally harvested grapes that flourish in the Southwest Michigan climate. Many of the wineries offer tours, events, and tastings, providing the ultimate wine experience.

On June 22nd, you won’t want to miss the exciting celebration of local wine at the Fenn Valley Vineyards Wine Festival, which takes place on their stunning, picturesque 240-acre property. This event will feature tastings in the vineyards, tantalizing local food, wine demonstrations, and live music.

Looking for a unique way to savor wine while soaking in the stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Saugatuck Harbor? Don’t miss the Wine on the Water theme cruises aboard the Star of Saugatuck paddlewheel boat. Embark on this delightful experience, with more dates available through October. Sit back, relax, and let their expert guide lead you through a memorable tasting experience.

Started by a husband and wife team, Vineyard 2121 provides a welcoming environment that makes relaxation a breeze. Making it the perfect place to meet up with friends and talk the night away as well as an ideal place for a romantic night out.

The soils of Van Buren County are a rich and fertile tapestry, and stitching that tapestry together are many fabulous vineyards. Discover a summer lineup of concerts that’ll rock your socks at Warner Vineyards in Paw Paw. Enjoy intimate summer concerts on the patio at Cogdal Vineyards, or explore South Haven’s three tasting rooms.

Kalamazoo might be known for beer, but they haven’t forgotten about all you winos out there. Discover your new favorite local hang out or create your own wine tour from the list below.

St. Julian Winery has become a pillar in the West Michigan winery scene. Being one of the longest operated wineries in the state, St. Julian has the opportunity to craft award winning wines and fine tune their practices. Operated by the same family for generations, the commitment this winery has to West Michigan wine is nearly unmatched.

Started by a small group of friends, 12 Corners Vineyards is known for handmade products and warm hospitality. Matching the perfect wine for each and every guests that visits the tasting room.

Central West Michigan Wineries

Sample some local flavors on a short wine tour while you’re visiting Ludington. Grab a seat on the patio and enjoy snacks and wine by the glass at Fox Barn & Winery, just south of Ludington in Shelby. Step inside the large antique barn for a unique wine gift or local food products. The winery is a gorgeous setting where you can enjoy an afternoon of tasting. New to the Ludington area: Pere Marquette Winery specializes in high-quality, distinctive wines produced in small quantities. Enjoy wine tasting in the stables at the elegant Huggard Estate near the beautiful Buttersville Peninsula.

Visit RedWater for an unforgettable experience at one of their Wine School events at Lake Bluff Grille, Cork Wine & Grille, Reds at Thousand Oaks, or RedRock Grille. Never been to a Wine School? Each month they choose a different theme and bring in a wine specialist to host the event. Guests enjoy wine pours paired with small plate courses and a fun class about the selection.

Did you know Holland has a hometown vineyard? Tanglewood Winery is a mere scenic bike ride from both downtown and the beach. Their rustic tasting room brims with rich fruit, dessert, and port wines, and there’s often fun extras like a food truck, live band, or a new wine release party alongside the blueberry fields. Start your wine tour here and then follow the Handcrafted Passport trail to discover the ten other vineyard tasting rooms nearby.

A new addition to Grand Haven’s attractions is Fox and Hen Winery, run by Will and his wife, who are committed to producing quality wine and ciders with a “life on the farm” vibe. Visiting Fox and Hen Winery can add lots of flavor and fun to your day out with a tasting room and an on-site vineyard. They also offer charcuterie boards, snacks, and chocolate pairings.

North West Michigan & Upper Peninsula Wineries

Over 16 wineries are spread throughout the Petoskey Area and offer unique experiences and wines at each. Check out Boyne Valley Vineyard for their ‘Treehouse’ seating area with great views of the vineyard and countryside. Looking for a snack or a meal while you wine taste? Check out Pond Hill Farm or Petoskey Farms Vineyard this summer for some unique and amazing flavors.

Located just a few miles east off 131, Cadillac Winery has expanded with a new brewing operation to complement its small country winery. They specialize in cold-hearty vines and antique apples from the 100+ year old orchard that their Great Great Uncle George planted from 1900 to 1930. With live music booked all summer long, this is a great out of the way stop that you need to try.

Check out downtown Marquette’s Zephyr Wine Bar + Café to experience Michigan’s longest by-the-glass wine list plus great beer, cocktails, espresso and food. Boasting over 140 wines that span over 100 regions, this inspiring collection is every wine lover’s dream. Paired with specialty cured meats, cheeses and small plates, Zephyr is the perfect spot to experience memorable foods and wines. Make a reservation for their special dining experience, The Cellar, and enjoy a four-course, prix fixe menu, wine pairings selected by expert sommeliers and more.

Built on an one-hundred and fifty acre historic farm, Shady Lane Cellars produces a variety of small batch wines. Taking care and attention in every step of the process, Shady Lane Cellars is able to create expressively vibrant wines suited to enthusiasts and the average customer.

Travel along the Petoskey Wine Region trail and have the chance to visit sixty four different wineries across West Michigan’s coast. Enjoy world class wines, stunning views, and championship level slopes in any season of the year.

Bonobo Winery was founded by the Oosterhouse brothers with one simple mission in mind; to create award winning wines surrounded in the stunning beauty of their hometown with the support of their community.

From its origins as an asparagus farm, then turned horse breeding farm, the Blu Dot Farm & Vineyard has a rich and interesting history. This female-owned winery brings a touch of their own modern twist on classic favorites.

Chateau Chantal is equally committed to making amazing wines as they are about sustainability. The farm hosts a 148.5 kilowatt solar array to create the smallest environmental impact during their production. Chateau Chantal is also a center for West Michigan hospitality, with on-property bed & breakfast, residence, and six private home suites.

The 160-acre property at Black Star Farms is home to more than just a vineyard. The experience customers can have tucked away in the countryside rivals any northern getaway. Stay at the inn and delight in fine wines, delicious foods, and miles of trails and outdoor scenery.

The inspiration of Lost Cellars is a story of the american dream. Nunzio, an Italian immigrant, left his home in search of adventure and the chance to make his life better through hard work. After two long years he established his successful cellar and traveled back to italy. Generations later, Lost Cellars is creating exceptional wines in this same spirit.

Certified through the award winning sustainable in practice program, Waterfire Vineyards have an unparalleled commitment to protecting the great lakes. Using regenerative growing techniques, each vine is carefully attended to ensure the highest quality. Results of these practices can be tasted in any one of these speciality wines.

Travelers who find themselves on M-22 along the West Michigan coast are never let down by what Leelanau Cellars has to offer. With the tasting room set right on the waterfront, customers can enjoy one of the most picturesque locations to watch the sunset in West Michigan.

Since 1917, the West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) has worked to market the very best of West Michigan to travelers from around the world.

WMTA’s membership base consists of more than 800 attractions, lodging, events, and activities all across the west side of Michigan, from the Indiana border all the way into the Upper Peninsula. Over the past century, Michigan’s tourism industry has become second to only manufacturing in Michigan, making WMTA a vital resource for the area’s tourist destinations.

Today, WMTA continues its mission as a self-sustaining, membership-funded non-profit. For more information, please visit WMTA.org.

A G E N D A: FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP

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


JUNE 24, 2024

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

  1. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America
  2. Roll call
  3. Approval of board minutes: 6/10/24
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business:
    None
  8. New Business:
    A. First Reading: Zone Change Ordinance – E. Ellis Rd.
    B. First Reading: Zone Change Ordinance – E. Broadway Ave.
    C. First Reading: Zone Change Ordinance – E. Sternberg Rd.
    D. Copper/Brass/Iron/Water Service Materials
    E. Consideration of Petitions for Micka St Road Improvement
    F. Resolution to Declare Intent and Set Public Hearing Date for Micka St Road Improvement
  9. Approval of Bills
  10. Reports
  11. Public Comments
  12. Adjournment

Weekly Construction Update: June 14, 2024: OCRC Construction Update

For regular updates, visit our current road work and closures website and view an interactive road work map. You can also visit our website to view a list of all planned OCRC construction projects for the current construction season. Be sure to follow our Facebook, Instagram and X accounts for up-to-date Road Commission information.

Note: The OCRC does not list construction projects for Michigan Department of Transportation work or local cities/villages in Ottawa County. For information about these projects, visit the MDOT construction project map or find your local municipality’s website.


Road Closure Update: New Holland St., U.S. 31 to 136th Ave., Olive Twp.
DURATION: June 17-24, 2024
WHERE: New Holland St.: U.S. 31 to 136th Ave., Olive Twp.
WHY: Culvert Failure Repair
BACKGROUND: Contractors for the Ottawa County Road Commission will be making repairs to the failed culvert on New Holland St. between U.S. 31 and 136th Ave. in Olive Township the week of June 17, 2024.
The project is expected to last for one week, and the road will reopen once the repairs are completed.
The road has been closed since March following an on-site inspection by OCRC engineers who determined that there was a failed culvert. The OCRC was required to obtain and was waiting on necessary permits before work could take place on the repair.
TRAFFIC IMPACT: The current detour in place consisting of U.S. 31/Van Buren St./136th Ave. remains in place for the duration of the closure.


Road Resurfacing: Gooding St., 48th Ave. to 32nd Ave., Chester Twp., begins June 17, 2024
START DATE: Week of June 17, 2024
ESTIMATED FINISH: June 28, 2024
WHERE: Gooding St., 48th Ave. to 32nd Ave., Chester Twp.
WHY: Road Resurfacing
BACKGROUND: Beginning the week of June 17, 2024, contractors for the Ottawa County Road Commission will begin a resurfacing project on Gooding St. from 48th Ave. to 32nd Ave. in Chester Twp.
This project will consist of milling down existing asphalt, adding a 3-foot paved shoulder, resurfacing the road with 2 layers of new asphalt, and gravel shoulder restoration.
This project is expected to last through late June 28, 2024, however all work is weather dependent and completion dates are subject to change.
TRAFFIC IMPACT: The road will remain open to through traffic; however traffic will be maintained using temporary lane closures under flag control during work hours. Be prepared for possible delays when traveling through this area during project hours.


Road Resurfacing: Van Buren St., 48th Ave. to 40th Ave., Georgetown Twp., June 20-July 17, 2024
START DATE: June 20, 2024
ESTIMATED FINISH: July 17, 2024
WHERE: Van Buren St., 48th Ave. to 40th Ave., Georgetown Twp.
WHY: Road Resurfacing
BACKGROUND: Beginning the week of June 20, 2024, contractors for the Ottawa County Road Commission will begin a resurfacing project on Van Buren St. from 48th Ave. to 40th Ave. in Georgetown Twp.
This project will consist of milling off the existing asphalt surface, adding paved shoulders up to 3 feet in width on each side of Van Buren St. where conditions allow, and paving 2 layers of new asphalt.
This project is expected to last through July 17, 2024, however all work is weather dependent and completion dates are subject to change.
TRAFFIC IMPACT: The road will remain open to through traffic; however traffic will be maintained using temporary lane closures under flag control during work hours. Be prepared for possible delays when traveling through this area during project hours.


Road Closure: W. Spring Lake Rd., Taft St. to Hemlock Dr., June 17-29, 2024
WHAT: Permitted Road Closure
WHEN: June 17-29, 2024
WHERE: W. Spring Lake Rd.: Taft St. to Hemlock Dr. (W. Fruitport Rd.), Spring Lake Twp.
WHY: Sanitary Sewer Crossing
BACKGROUND: A private contractor has a permit to close W. Spring Lake Rd. between Taft St. and Hemlock Dr. (W. Fruitport Rd.) in Spring Lake Twp. in order to install sanitary sewer crossings in 2 spots.
Spring Lake Rd. will be closed from for 2 weeks starting June 17, 2024, through June 29, 2024.
TRAFFIC IMPACT: Taft St. to 168th Ave. to Hemlock Dr. (W. Fruitport Rd.)
Current Projects & Closures

TOWNSHIPROADSEGMENTWORKDATESTRAFFIC
GeorgetownVan Buren St.48th Ave. to 40th Ave.ResurfacingJune 20-July 17Lane Closures
OliveStanton St.U.S. 31 to 120th Ave.ResurfacingJune 19-July 4Road Closed
Wright14th Ave.Roosevelt St. to Hickory St.Culvert ReplacementJune 17-18Road Closed
Spring LakeW. Spring Lake Rd.Taft St.to Hemlock Dr.Sanitary CrossingJune 17-29Road Closed
ChesterGooding St.48th Ave. to 32nd Ave.ResurfacingJune 17-30Lane Closures
Chester32nd Ave.Wilson St. to Sehler St.ResurfacingJune 11-30Lane Closures
Chester32nd Ave.Harrisburg Rd. to Truman St.ResurfacingJune 11-30Lane Closures
Grand HavenFerris St.152nd Ave. to 168th Ave.Force MainJune 10-July 30Road Closed
Allendale64th Ave.Fillmore St. to M-45ResurfacingJune 10-28Lane Closures
Olive146th Ave. to 120th Ave.Culvert ReplacementJune 3-July 4Road ClosedAllendale
Allendale56th Ave.M-45 to Rich St.Sanitary SewerMay 28-July 12Road Closed
Holland106th Ave.At BL-196ReconstructionMay 28-Aug. 1Road Closed
Park1st Ave.South Shore Dr. to 32nd St.Sanitary Sewer/DrivewayMay 14-June 14Road Closed
RobinsonSleeper St.120th Ave. to 104th Ave.ReconstructionApril 8-July 19Road Closed
RobinsonGreen St.144th Ave. to 128th Ave.Bridge/Path WorkApril 1-Sept. 6Detour Map
OliveNew Holland St.U.S. 31 to 136th Ave.Culvert FailureMarch 29-June 24Road Closed
Allendale40th Ave.M-45 to Bliss St.Road ReconstructionMarch 19-June 30Detour Map
Polkton/Wright48th Ave.Roosevelt St. to Taft St.CulvertDec. 1-TBARoad Closed

Subdivision Resurfacing Program

TOWNSHIPTIMELINE
GeorgetownApril 29-July 31

All dates listed in the above tables are estimates and are subject to change without notice. Always obey all work zone and road closure signs and be sure to follow all posted detours.

Work With Us: You Play a Role in Work Zone Safety!
Lane closures, traffic pattern shifts and reduced speeds are common in work zones. Make sure to slow down when entering a work zone and keep an eye out for road workers.

Summer Enrichment Series Returns to the Holland Farmers Market this Month

Holland, MI—The Holland Farmers Market is excited to announce that the popular Summer Enrichment Series will return to the Market beginning this month! The Summer Enrichment Series features a monthly line-up of fun, informative, and affordable adult classes at the Holland Farmers Market from June through September. Topics include beekeeping, composting, healthy meal tips, and more, with all sessions hosted by local experts and friends of the Market. Attendees are invited to shop at the Holland Farmers Market from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm before or after each class.

“We’re excited to for the return of Summer Enrichment Series this year,” said Holland Farmers Market Marketing Coordinator Kara de Alvare. “Our entire team is passionate about providing learning opportunities for the community and the monthly Summer Enrichment Series allows us to do that for adults, in much the same way as our weekly Kids Activities for children in the summer. We’ve put together a great line-up of educational classes for the summer and we encourage everyone to check it out!”

The first class in the Summer Enrichment Series, “Welcome to Beekeeping!” will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 10:00 am. Beekeeper Donald Lam will be teaching audience members all about the hobby of beekeeping at home. During the class, beekeeper Donald Lam from the Holland Area Beekeepers Association will share the ins and outs of beekeeping as a hobby. Audiences will learn about the equipment needed, the support systems available, the benefits, and the costs of beekeeping.

Lam and his wife Jean have been keeping honeybees for 35 years in the Holland area. In addition to leading classes, they provide pollination services for growers, produce honey that is available in local stores, and provide bees and equipment to area beekeepers. Don and Jean operate a beekeeping store in Holland and represent the Holland Area Beekeeping Association.

All Summer Enrichment Series classes are held at 10:00 am on the last Saturday of the month. Classes are held in the upstairs Market View room inside the Holland Civic Center at 150 West 8th Street. Classes are approximately an hour long and are just $10 each to attend. Advanced registration on Eventbrite is recommended as space is limited, however, walk-ins are welcome if space allows for $10 cash or check at the door. The registration links can be found under the “Events” tab on the Holland Farmers Market Facebook page. Admission fees are non-refundable. However, canceled registrations can be transferred to another individual or applied to a future class. Please contact the Market staff at 616.355.1058 for assistance transferring your registration.

Upcoming Summer Enrichment Series Classes

Fresh Market Meals
Saturday, July 27

For the second installment of our Series on Saturday, July 27 at 10:00 am, you’re invited to join the Holland Farmers Market and the Lakeside Prep Chef to learn easy and helpful meal prep tips to make eating healthy an attainable goal for you and your family! Don’t let your fresh Market finds go to waste! Chef Julie Robbert will share food prep tips and techniques for easy recipes using fresh fruits and vegetables from the Market. You’ll even learn what proteins and pantry items to have on hand to prepare fresh meals in a snap all summer long!

Composting Basics
Saturday, August 24

For the third installment of the Series on Saturday, August 24 at 10:00 am, you’re invited to join the Holland Farmers Market and Master Composter Ken Freestone from the MSU Extension to learn all of the ins and outs of composting at home. Master Composter Ken Freestone will lead a demonstration about the different methods of composting, how to build your own composting bin, and what to do with your finished compost. Plans for building your own easy and low-maintenance composting bin will be provided as part of the class. Composting is a great way to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfills and to create nutrient-rich soil that will benefit your garden, landscaping, and yard.

Wild Mushrooms of Michigan
Saturday, September 28

For the fourth and final installment of our Series on Saturday, September 28 at 10:00 am, you’re invited to join the Holland Farmers Market and our very own Mycophile’s Garden to learn everything you need to know about Michigan mushrooms! This class will discuss the 100+ wild edible mushroom species that can be found right here in Michigan and how to best learn to identify them, along with an overview of some of the best books, websites, and groups for learning about wild edible mushrooms as well as toxic ones. The class will finish with an overview of some of the most sought-after and popular edible mushrooms as well as information on where and when you might find them, along with a time for Q&A. Fresh mushrooms and mushroom growing kits will be available for sale at the Market that day as well.

Since 1917, the West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) has worked to market the very best of West Michigan to travelers from around the world.
WMTA’s membership base consists of more than 800 attractions, lodging, events, and activities all across the west side of Michigan, from the Indiana border all the way into the Upper Peninsula. Over the past century, Michigan’s tourism industry has become second to only manufacturing in Michigan, making WMTA a vital resource for the area’s tourist destinations.
Today, WMTA continues its mission as a self-sustaining, membership-funded non-profit. For more information, please visit WMTA.org.

Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Summer Event Lineup

2024 Annual Chamber Classic
Friday, August 23 | Tee Times: 8:00am & 2:00pm | Chase Hammond Golf Course
Join us for the 2024 Chamber Classic at Chase Hammond!

18 holes of scenic golf
Grab & Go breakfast & beverages
Catered lunch
Raffle prizes
Contest holes
19th Hole post-outing reception

Get your team together and register now. You don’t want to miss one of the year’s most sought after events!
Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Contact Linden Peterson at lpeterson@muskegon.org to become a sponsor or donate a raffle prize.

Coffee Connect: Network and Explore
Wednesday, July 10 | 7:45 AM – 9:00 AM | Harmony Lake Apartment Homes
Join us for Coffee Connect to network with fellow Chamber members and tour Harmony Lake Apartment Homes near Harvey Street!

Event Highlights:
Network and build relationships with other members
Tour a new local business
Rotate through small group discussions on various topics

Bring your business cards!

Muskegon in Focus Applications are OPEN!
Muskegon in Focus is a dynamic community leadership program that brings together a diverse group of professionals from business, nonprofit, and government sectors. This 8-session program will enhance your leadership skills, broaden your understanding of community resources, and expand your professional network. Applications are now open, and selected participants will begin with a welcome orientation on September 4, 2024, followed by classes from September 5th through November 7th. Don’t miss this chance to grow as a leader and inspire positive change in our community!

Community Orientation
Wednesday, June 26 | 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM | USS Silversides Submarine Museum
If you want to learn more about what is happening in your community, you will enjoy learning about the past, present and plans for the future of Muskegon County. This program is taught by energetic and informed facilitators, Linden Peterson and Joe Panici.
For employers, this is a great way to help orient new hires into the community.

2025 Sweden Information Session
Thursday, July 18 | 5:30 – 7:00 PM | Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
Join us for an informational orientation meeting for our upcoming group trip to Sweden. This meeting will provide essential information about the itinerary, travel logistics, and cultural highlights of our Swedish adventure. We look forward to seeing you there and embarking on this exciting journey together!

Upcoming Member Celebrations

Camera Shop of Muskegon
THIS Friday, June 21
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
2638 Henry Street
Norton Shores, MI 49441

Freedom Boat Club
Thursday, June 27
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
1204 W Western Ave
Muskegon, MI 49440

PARTNER PROGRAMS

ASE + EA
June 25
FLSA Changes and Working with Exempt/Non-Exempt Classification Analysis
Coaching for Peak Performance

June 26
Professionalism in the Workplace

June 27
Project Management Basics

June 28
First Aid, CPR/AED & Bloodborne Pathogens (In-Person)

WEST MICHIGAN APEX ACCELERATOR
June 18
Overview of Set-asides

July 9
Market Research

July 11
Understanding the FAR

July 30
How to Do Business with the State of Michigan

Nutritious foods available for financially-qualifying households

OCCAA, with the help of local food pantries, will be distributing the following nutritious foods to financially-qualifying households in Ottawa County: UHT 1% Milk, Cran-apple Juice, Pinto Beans (canned), Diced Potatoes (canned), Spaghetti Sauce, Light Red Kidney Beans (canned), Raisins, Almonds, Green Beans (canned), Chicken (canned), Elbow Macaroni.

Foods are available at the following times and locations:

Thursday, June 20
3 – 4 p.m.
Salvation Army
104 Clover St.
Holland
616-392-4461

Friday, June 21
10 a.m. – Noon
St. Patrick’s Church
920 Fulton St.
Grand Haven
616-846-2701

Friday, June 28
10 a.m. – Noon
Church of the Saviour
180 N. 68th Ave.
Coopersville
616-997-8050

The following sites offer various food collection days and times all month long:

Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Jehovah Jireh Ministries
More information online.

4055 Van Buren St.,
Hudsonville
616-209-7688

Mondays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesdays 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursdays 9 a.m. – Noon
Harvest Stand Ministries
100 S. Pine St., Suite 100, Zeeland
616-741-8250. Call for an appointment

Those who miss the distribution can contact a nearby pantry to collect food.
The food is provided through the Emergency Food Assistance Program of the USDA. To receive food, the household must be at or below the income guidelines OR a household member must participate in an income-based food program such as CSFP, WIC, FIP or SNAP. There are no age guidelines. Income, residency and family size are self-reported and no documentation is required.

Income guidelines are as follows:
Household Size Income
1 $30,120
2 $40,880
3 $51,640
4 $62,400
5 $73,160
6 $83,830

For households larger than six members, add $10,760 for each additional member.

Ottawa County Community Action Agency is an equal opportunity provider.
616-393-4433 or 1-800-764-4111 Ext. 4433

Adelaide Pointe Powerboat Weekend: An Immersive High-Performance Boating Experience

Muskegon, MI – Adelaide Pointe is excited to announce the inaugural Adelaide Pointe Powerboat Weekend (AAPW), set to take place on June 21-22, 2024, at our brand-new marina on Muskegon Lake. This thrilling event, presented by the West Michigan Offshore (WMO), promises a weekend filled with high-speed excitement, community fun, and unparalleled views of Muskegon Lake.
Event Highlights:

  • Immersive Fast Boat Rides: We will provide exclusive “fast boat rides” to camera crews, showcasing the immersive experience of high-performance powerboating on Muskegon Lake. This is a unique opportunity to capture the thrill and speed of these magnificent boats. Please RSVP for the boat ride at (231) 246-4500.
  • Exclusive Interviews and Dock Walks: Starting Friday at 5 PM, join us for interviews and dock walks to meet the drivers and see the boats up close.
    AAPW Schedule of Events:
    Friday, June 21
  • 2:00 PM: Boats start to arrive at Adelaide Pointe.
  • 4:00 PM: Complementary fast boat rides for camera crews.
  • 5:00 PM: AP Dock Party begins.
  • 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Enjoy live music from the band Rock Shop at the Event Tent.
  • 9:00 PM: Events for the day conclude.
    Saturday, June 22
  • 10:30 AM: Drivers meeting at Adelaide Pointe mall.
  • 12:15 PM: Boats begin to leave Adelaide Pointe and group up in Muskegon Lake.
  • 12:30 PM: Boats head across Muskegon Lake towards the channel.
  • 12:45 PM: Parade of Power through the channel behind the Aquastar.
  • 1:00 PM: The journey begins north to Whitehall, followed by stops at Pigeon Lake, Grand Haven, and back to Muskegon Lake, with the final stop at Adelaide Pointe.
  • 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Poker hand turn-in at the Event Tent.
  • 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Live music by Kindred.
  • 9:00 PM: Adelaide Pointe Powerboat Weekend concludes.

Join Us:
Don’t miss this exciting event at Muskegon’s premier waterfront destination. Whether you’re a boating enthusiast or just looking for a fun weekend activity, the Adelaide Pointe Powerboat Weekend offers something for everyone.

Road Resurfacing: Gooding St., 48th Ave. to 32nd Ave., Chester Twp., begins June 17, 2024

START DATE: Week of June 17, 2024

ESTIMATED FINISH: June 28, 2024

WHERE: Gooding St., 48th Ave. to 32nd Ave., Chester Twp.

WHY: Road Resurfacing

BACKGROUND: Beginning the week of June 17, 2024, contractors for the Ottawa County Road Commission will begin a resurfacing project on Gooding St. from 48th Ave. to 32nd Ave. in Chester Twp.

This project will consist of milling down existing asphalt, adding a 3-foot paved shoulder, resurfacing the road with 2 layers of new asphalt, and gravel shoulder restoration.

This project is expected to last through late June 28, 2024, however all work is weather dependent and completion dates are subject to change.

TRAFFIC IMPACT: The road will remain open to through traffic; however traffic will be maintained using temporary lane closures under flag control during work hours. Be prepared for possible delays when traveling through this area during project hours.
Gooding St. resurfacing map – June 2024

To view a map of all current road closures and resurfacing projects, visit our online OCRC Road Closures dashboard.

The Frauenthal – An Iconic Landmark, a THRILLING new season!

We’re thrilled to announce our anticipated 24/25 Presenting Season.
This year, we’re bringing you a spectacular lineup of entertainment across four series: Performance Series, Spotlight Series, Alley Door Club, and Free Family Movie Days.

New this year, ENCORE!, our donor benefits program with exclusive perks you won’t want to miss.

From electrifying performances to heartwarming experiences, you’re invited to Experience it ALL! right here in the heart of Muskegon. Iconic tributes, soul-stirring performances, & engaging programming for the entire family!

Our Performance Series brings nationally-acclaimed acts to the landmark Frauenthal stage.


Sept 21 | The Wildflowers America’s #1 Tom Petty Tribute
The Wildflowers band, known for their accurate tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, sound just like the original band in their prime, bringing unparalleled energy and musicianship to every performance. Touring for over ten years, The Wildflowers have earned a renowned reputation as one of the finest tribute bands. The Frauenthal Theater welcomes The Wildflowers’ legendary act, merging two icons for an unforgettable experience.


Dec 14 | The Nutcracker with West Michigan Youth Ballet
Performed by the West Michigan Youth Ballet, this timeless holiday tradition comes alive on the exquisite Frauenthal stage. Delight in Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score and dazzling choreography amidst the opulent theater’s gold and crushed velvet decor. Whether rekindling cherished holiday memories or creating new ones, this production is sure to captivate audiences of all ages.

Jan 25 | Jimmie Herrod America’s Got Talent Sensational Finalist!
Having catapulted to global fame on America’s Got Talent, earning the coveted “Golden Buzzer” from judge Sofia Vergara, Jimmie Herrod has solidified his status as one of today’s most expressive vocalists. The singer-songwriter has mesmerized audiences at globally televised PBS concerts, sharing the stage with icons like Renée Fleming and neo-soul luminary Lalah Hathaway.
Part of the Performance Series, Herrod’s exclusive show, featuring a jazz ensemble, promises a commanding performance from a soulful vocalist.


March 1 | Marshall Charloff & Purple Xperience
“Authentic, electrifying, and unforgettable!”
With praise from fans and critics, the Purple Xperience epitomizes authenticity and excellence. Marshall Charloff’s portrayal of Prince is truly remarkable, capturing the essence of the musical icon with unmatched charisma and artistry.Don’t miss this unforgettable journey from “Raspberry Beret” to “1999”. Let’s party like it’s ‘1999’!


March 9 | Artrageous Fun for all ages!
Step into this outrageous adventure of arts: the ONLY show where you can witness the fusion of live art, rock concert, imaginative movement, vocal performance, comedy, blacklight Bunraku, Artpunk wear, and inclusion in one magical experience. Feel the anticipation to see if the artist will complete the painting in time and guess what is being created until the very last brushstroke. 92.3% of fans voted Artrageous the best show they’ve ever seen!

Unforgettable Performances
Be immersed in an intimate lounge setting pulsating with big city vibes, in a fusion of cocktails and cabaret performances at the Frau Lounge.

Sept 20
Kelly Carey

Oct 4
Carly Jibson

Oct 18
Hannaniah Whitley

Nov 8
Laurie Veldheer

Live Music and Dancing!

The Frauenthal Center brings you the ultimate jam experience in our third floor ballroom with live music, dancing, and a full cash bar.

March 21
Big Daddy Fox

March 28
The Soul Syndicate

April 4
Funkle Jesse

April 11
Westside Soul Surfers

Gather your friends for a grand experience in the historic Frauenthal theater for FREE movies paired with unique events and signature snacks.

Historic Tours
Experience the magic of the Frauenthal Theater from every angle while delving into the history and inner workings of this Muskegon legend. Limited tickets available.

Sept 16 x 4
March 11
Nov 12
May 14

Jan 27
Wine & Canvas

Join us on our main stage for a unique painting experience with instructor Kathy Bechtel, paired with a glass of wine to ignite your creativity. Your first drink is included, and a full cash bar will be available.

FALL | Oct 13

SPRING | April 5

NEW THIS SEASON!
Exclusive Benefits Await Our Donors

Become part of the legacy of the arts on the lakeshore and join ENCORE!, our donor benefits program. ENCORE! donors receive exclusive perks, including pre-sale access, behind-the-scenes theater tours, and an invitation to our Annual Stage Event.
Click here to read more about this exciting new program.
Become a donor now through June 30th
to take advantage of the time-limited pre-sale offer!
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Events Happening in Muskegon County! June 17-24, 2024

Check out our website for a complete list www.visitmuskegon.org
Visit the many daily events at our Muskegon County libraries www.madl.org

Monday, June 17
Live Music: Julia & The Greensides
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Jack and the Beanstalk Musical Play Camp
10:00am-2:15pm runs from June 17-June 22
The Playhouse at White Lake 304 S. Mears Ave. Register online!

Live Music: Chris Kennedy
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Night of live music!

Tuesday, June 18
Downtown Muskegon Walking Tours
1:00pm-2:30pm
Muskegon Museum of History & Science 430 West Clay Ave. Only $15 for tickets.

Live Music: Sophia Mcintosh & The Sages
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Movie Trivia
7:00pm-9:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Dr. Free to participate!

Truth in Jazz Orchestra
7:30pm-9:30pm
Wonderland Distillery 1989 Lakeshore Dr. Free to the public.

ACWL Nuveen Free Summer Concert: Hatchwing Rider
7:00pm-9:00pm
Montague Band Shell 8636 Water St. Bring your own seating.

Steve Thielman Piano Performance
10:00am-12:00pm
The Book Nook & Java Shop 8744 Ferry St. Enjoy refreshing music and drinks.

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00am-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Fresh fruits and vegetables!

Wednesday, June 19
Live Music: Neon Crows
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Juneteenth Parade
11:00am-4:00pm
Along Western Avenue. Free to the public!

Muskegon Farmers Market Flea Market
8:00am-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Support local vendors!

Muskegon Movie Trivia
7:00pm-9:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. Free to participate.

Two Chicks With A Plan Present Juneteenth “The Play”
7:00pm
MCC Overbrook Theater 221 Quarterline Rd. $25 for entry and available online!

Flip Flop Parrot Head Cruises With Two Dudes In Flip Flops
8:00pm-10:00pm
Aquastar 560 Mart Street. Only $39 for entry.

Thursday, June 20
Live Music: Jesse Ray And The Carolina Catfish
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Movie Trivia
7:00pm-9:00pm
Wonderland Distillery 1989 Lakeshore Dr. Free to participate.

Carnival at the Mart Dock
4:00pm-10:00pm
560 Mart Street. Fun for the entire family!

Bella Maria’s Thursday Night Jazz & Italian Feast
5:30pm-9:00pm
Bella Maria’s Event Center 513 W. Pontaluna Rd. Admission for music is free.

Free Thursdays at the Muskegon Museum of Art
11:00am-8:00pm
Muskegon Museum of Art 296 W. Webster Ave. Explore intriguing exhibits at the museum!

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00am-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Fresh fruits and vegetables!

Muskegon Flea Market
8:00pm-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Come shop and find unique offers!

Thrifty Thursdays & Drink
11:00am-10:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Ave. Drink and shop!

Friday, June 21
Muskegon Clippers vs. Xenia Scouts
7:05pm-10:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck Street. Ticket prices vary.

Glow Golf
9:30pm-10:45pm
Putters Creek 40 N. Causeway St. Get tickets online before they sell out!

Muskegon Channel Radio’s Full Moon Cruises
8:30pm-10:45pm
Aquastar 560 Mart Street. Veterans, Active Service, Firefighters, and Police free admission.

Outdoor Adventure Weekend
12:00pm-5:00pm
Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park 462 Scenic Drive. Fun for the whole family!

Parties in the Park
5:00pm-9:00pm
Hackley Park 350 W. Webster Ave. Entertainment is free to the public.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Summer Tours
1:00pm-5:00pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light 1431 Beach St. Only $5 for admission!

Saturday, June 22
Live Music: Zion Lion
2:00pm-5:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Loudernow
7:00pm-10:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Clippers vs. Xenia Scouts
7:05pm-10:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck Street. Ticket prices vary.

Roaring 20s Tea Event
1:00pm-4:00pm
Hackley and Hume Historic Site 484 W. Webster Ave. Dress to impress!

Glow Golf
9:30pm-10:45pm
Putters Creek 40 N. Causeway St. Get tickets online before they sell out!

2024 Summer Concert Series Captivating Keyboards
7:00pm
Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference 4759 Lake Harbor Rd. Free to the public!

Jack and the Beanstalk Musical Play
2:00pm-3:00pm
The Playhouse at White Lake 304 S. Mears Ave. Pay what you can at the door.

Live Music: Coty Bouchard
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Join and listen to some evening tunes.

Country Night at Unruly with Steeple Hill Band
8:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. Enjoy live country music!

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00am-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Fresh fruits and vegetables!

Wagon Wheel Pleasure Horse Show
9:00am
Muskegon County Fairgrounds 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd. Admission is free.

Sunday, June 23
Celebrate 120 Years of the S.S. Milwaukee Clipper!
11:00am
Bella Maria’s Event Center 513 W. Pontaula. $50 for entry.

Live Music: Half Way There
12:00pm-3:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Rockshow
5:00pm-8:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Clippers vs. Xenia Scouts
4:05pm-8:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck Street. Ticket prices vary.

Live Music: Serita’s Black Rose Duo
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Join and listen to some evening tunes.

Sunday Brunch with Live Piano Music
9:30am-4:00pm
The Book Nook & Java Shop 8744 Ferry St. Come for drinks, food, and music!

Monday, June 24
Live Music: Jake Cinninger & Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee
6:30pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Tickets $25.

Live Music: Chris Kennedy
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Join and listen to some evening tunes.

Unruly Chess Club
6:00pm-8:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. Come join in this weekly chess event!

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Summer Tours
1:00pm-5:00pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light 1431 Beach St. Only $5 for admission!

Aiden Vanderlist, Tourism Information Aide
Visit Muskegon-Muskegon County CVB
610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon MI 49440
T: 231-724-3100 F:231-724-1398
Email: info@visitmuskegon.org
Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 9-3
2024 Muskegon County Visitor Guide: http://bit.ly/VisitorsGuideMKG
Cathy@VisitMuskegon.org | www.visitmuskegon.org
Muskegon County | 610 W Western Ave | Muskegon, MI 49461 US

Road Closure: Ferris St., 168th Ave. to 152nd Ave., Grand Haven Twp., begins June 10, 2024

WHAT: Road Closure

WHEN: June 10-July 30, 2024

WHERE: Ferris St., 168th Ave. to 152nd Ave., Grand Haven Twp.

WHY: Force Main

BACKGROUND: A permitted Grand Haven Township force main project will result in Ferris Street closing between 152nd Ave. and 168th Ave. to through traffic beginning Monday, June 10, 2024. Property owners along Ferris St. will have access to their homes at all times.

This permitted road closure is expected to last until July 30.

Note: All dates are tentative, and all work is weather dependent.

DETOUR: The road will be closed to through traffic. A signed detour will utilize 152nd Ave./Lincoln St./U.S. 31.
GHT Ferris St Road Closure – June 10-July 30

RED: Closure Limits | GREEN: Detour Route

To view a map of all current road closures and resurfacing projects, visit our online OCRC Road Closures dashboard.

Get outside on Father’s Day with free admission for dads at Kellogg Bird Sanctuary

Augusta, Mich. — Celebrate the dads in your life by visiting the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16. Dads enjoy free admission that day when visiting with their families from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Walk the Sanctuary’s picturesque trails and see birds of prey, waterfowl, gamebirds and songbirds as you explore. The Sanctuary is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors and learn about the natural world around us.

The W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is located at 12685 East C Ave., one mile north of M-89 and just west of 40th Street.

About the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary

The W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary’s mission is to conserve native habitat for migratory and resident birds and to promote environmental awareness through research, education and outreach. Since 1928, the Sanctuary has served as a practical training school for animal care and land management, and remains an innovator in wildlife conservation efforts.

About Kellogg Biological Station

As MSU’s largest off-campus educational complex, KBS has put its land-grant values into practice for nearly a century, providing the public with examples of science’s crucial role in sustaining natural and managed communities. KBS students and faculty work to understand and solve real-world environmental problems for a better tomorrow. To learn more, visit kbs.msu.edu.

Questions? Contact the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary at birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu or (269) 671-2510

Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber Classic

Registration Now Open!

Friday, August 23 | Tee Time – 8:00am & 2:00pm | Chase Hammond Golf Course

Join us for a day of networking and friendly competition as you enjoy a round of golf, a complimentary lunch, and the chance to win fantastic raffle prizes. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just looking to enjoy a day outdoors with fellow chamber members, this event is the perfect opportunity to connect and engage with our vibrant business community.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Contact Director of Events, Linden Peterson, to learn more.

Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber President Cindy Larsen Announces Retirement

Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber President Cindy Larsen Announces Retirement

Muskegon, MI — After 25 years at the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, the organization’s president, Cindy Larsen, will retire in the Fall of 2024.

“Our board has been working with the chamber staff on a leadership transition plan for several months now,” Larsen said. “We are excited to share the plan with our community.”

Larsen started as the Chamber President in 1999 becoming one of the first women in the country to lead a chamber with 1,000 or more members. She is proud of the recognition the Chamber has earned since then, including multiple “Chamber of the Year” recognitions from state and national associations, as well as the board’s decisions to take a leadership role in community development. The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber has been the champion for many community projects including the reinvention of Downtown Muskegon, the relocation of the Farmers Market, Silent Observer, the Lakeshore Art Festival, the Watch Us Go Image Campaign, the Social District, and Great Lakes Cruise Ship attraction.

Chamber Board of Director Chair Jonathan Wilson says, “We are pleased to announce that Rachel Gorman, the Chamber’s Chief Operating Officer, has accepted the offer to take over the role of Chamber President effective October 4, 2024.”

Gorman grew up in Muskegon County and has been very active in the public and private sectors throughout her career. She completed an undergraduate degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Grand Valley State University and is a graduate of the Executive MBA Program from the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. Immediately following college, she spent four years working at the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber managing Government Affairs and Events.

“Starting my professional career at the Chamber, then moving on to development positions at Muskegon Community College and Pioneer Resources gave me a well-rounded perspective of community and workforce needs,” says Gorman.

Gorman was elected as a Commissioner At-Large in the City of Muskegon with the highest number of votes ever recorded for the position, is the first person of Asian descent to hold the office, and serves as the youngest member of the current Commission. “My government experience allows me to be a valued advisor to local businesses who must interface with government on a routine basis.”

According to Larsen, “Rachel is well connected in the community and the state. She brings energy and enthusiasm to the role. Her experience in managing government affairs and member events will ensure the Chamber will continue as a premier business leadership organization along the lakeshore.”

“It is apparent that Gorman and Larsen enjoy working side by side during this leadership transition period, re-enforcing that the Chamber’s positive energy will continue forward,” says Wilson.

Gorman has been actively meeting with local business leaders to understand the issues facing industry today. Her vision is to be future-focused and to serve the changing needs of the Muskegon Lakeshore’s inclusive business community.

Larsen plans to stay in the community, work part-time on special projects for the Chamber and volunteer for fun community projects. “I am looking forward to a leisurely schedule so I can enjoy all the art, culture, and outdoor amenities in Muskegon County!” says Larsen.

About the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce – The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is the premier business membership organization on the Lakeshore. The Chamber represents approximately 1250 businesses and organizations, of every size and type, all over West Michigan. The Chamber has been working for 126 years to sustain an environment for business success, through community leadership, promotion, inclusive business advocacy and valued member services.

Road Resurfacing: 64th Ave., Fillmore St. to M-45, Allendale Twp., begins June 10

START DATE: Week of June 10, 2024

ESTIMATED FINISH: Late June

WHERE: 64th Ave., Fillmore St. to M-45, Allendale Twp.

WHY: Road Resurfacing

BACKGROUND: Beginning the week of June 10, 2024, contractors for the Ottawa County Road Commission will begin a resurfacing project on 64th Ave. from Fillmore St. to M-45 in Allendale Twp.

This project will consist of milling existing asphalt in valley curb & gutter and curb and gutter sections, resurfacing with new asphalt and topsoil restoration. The rest of 64th Ave. will consist of milling existing asphalt, adding a paved shoulder for a new road with of 24 feet, resurfacing with new asphalt, and gravel shoulder restoration.

Minor prep work prior to the beginning of the project will begin this week (June 3-7).

This project is expected to last through late June, however all work is weather dependent and completion dates are subject to change.

TRAFFIC IMPACT: The road will remain open to through traffic; however, traffic will be maintained using temporary lane closures under flag control during work hours. Be prepared for possible delays when traveling through this area during project hours.
64th Ave Resurfacing Project Map – Allendale Twp. 2024

To view a map of all current road closures and resurfacing projects, visit our online OCRC Road Closures dashboard.

Road Closure Update: New Holland St., U.S. 31 to 136th Ave., Olive Twp. Culvert repairs slated to take place week of June 17

DURATION: June 17-24, 2024

WHERE: New Holland St.: U.S. 31 to 136th Ave., Olive Twp.

WHY: Culvert Failure Repair

BACKGROUND: Contractors for the Ottawa County Road Commission will be making repairs to the failed culvert on New Holland St. between U.S. 31 and 136th Ave. in Olive Township the week of June 17, 2024.

The project is expected to last for one week, and the road will reopen once the repairs are completed.

The road has been closed since March following an on-site inspection by OCRC engineers who determined that there was a failed culvert. The OCRC was required to obtain and was waiting on necessary permits before work could take place on the repair.

TRAFFIC IMPACT: The current detour in place consisting of U.S. 31/Van Buren St./136th Ave. remains in place for the duration of the closure.
New Holland St. closure – US31 to 136th Ave

To view a map of all current road closures and resurfacing projects, visit our online OCRC Road Closures dashboard.

14110 Lakeshore Drive | Grand Haven, Michigan | 49417
616-842-5400 | Contact Us | Summer Office Hours: Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday: 7-11 a.m.

The Ottawa County Road Commissioners:
Betty Gajewski | Kurt Van Koevering | Jim Miedema | Francisco Garcia | John Field Reichardt

Managing Director
Brett Laughlin

Who manages the roads and how are they funded?
The Ottawa County Road Commission manages the roads. The Ottawa County Road Commission is funded by fuel taxes, vehicle registrations and millage dedicated to the Ottawa County roads. Other property taxes you pay to Ottawa County do not fund road repairs or snow removal. Concerns about roads should be directed to the Ottawa County Road Commission. Questions? Use their contact form.

Community Review: Join Us for a Public Presentation of Our Preliminary Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals

Thursday, June 13
6-7 pm
Fillmore Complex Board Room

We are excited to invite you to a public presentation of our preliminary mission, vision, values, and goals resulting from the Strategic Plan process on Thursday, June 13 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Fillmore Complex Board Room. This event is a great opportunity for you to learn more about the process and development of our mission, vision, values, and initiatives for the upcoming years. The presentation will also be streamed on YouTube.

The draft of the strategic plan presentation we’ll be sharing on June 13 is now available for review on our website at miottawa.org/strategicplan. We encourage you to look at the document ahead of the meeting so that you can provide valuable feedback. There will be an opportunity to provide feedback in-person during the June 13 meeting. You can also share your thoughts in advance of or following the meeting by filling out this survey.

The deadline for submitting comments is June 20.

We look forward to your participation and working together to enhance our beloved park system!

Strategic Planning Process

The Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission (OCPRC) initiated a strategic planning process earlier this year. OCPRC is conducting this process to better understand the community’s perception, satisfaction, and needs for the overall parks system. Input was gathered through three surveys to help guide future initiatives of Ottawa County Parks and Recreation. In addition, six visioning engagement sessions were held with various stakeholder groups.

Public Survey: 5,621 responses
Stakeholder Survey: 57 responses
Scientific Survey: 400 randomly selected residents

Grand River
“The current strategic mission, goals, and objectives for the Parks Commission have helped guide us to successfully establish a parks system that is beloved by residents and visitors,” said Parks Commission President Kelly Rice. “Now we are excited to review our strategic direction and continue into the next phase of organizational growth.”

Operations, improvements and programs are funded by grants, private donations, and a parks millage. If you own a $150,000 home, you pay $26 annually investing in opportunities for outdoor recreation and nature education today and for future generations. Thank you. Learn more about the 7,000 acres of park land in Ottawa County at miOttawa.org/Parks

Boys & Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore Will Host the Phoenix Art Show Fundraiser

This coming Friday, June 14th, the Boys & Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore will host the Phoenix Art Show fundraiser. This event is a chance for the community to support local artists, enjoy live performances, and indulge in refreshments while engaging in our silent auction. The theme for this year, “Rising from Our Ashes,” supports our recovery from the arson that impacted our Clubhouse last year. Proceeds from all sales will benefit the local artists and the Boys & Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore (BGCML).

Event Details:
Doors Open at 7 PM
Minimum Donation: $10
Venue: 1050 W. Western Ave. Suite 104, Muskegon, MI 49441
Open to All Ages

Bidding Information:
Attendees register upon arrival. Bring your ID and credit card to the information desk.
For VIP access starting at 6 PM, pre-register by emailing doogallery@yahoo.com.

Events Happening in Muskegon County! June 10-17, 2024

Check out our website for a complete list www.visitmuskegon.org

Visit the many daily events at our Muskegon County libraries www.madl.org


Monday, June 10
Live Music: Phoffman
5:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. $25 for admission.

Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park: Universal Accessibility Open House
1:00pm-7:00pm
Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park 462 Scenic Drive. RSVP is required.

Live Music: Lynn Thompson & The Moonshine Runners
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Night of live music!

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Summer Tours
1:00pm-5:00pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light 1431 Beach St. Only $5 for entry.

Unruly Chess Club
6:00pm-8:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. Come play casual chess!

Tuesday, June 11
Live Music: JP & The Energy!
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Trivia Night
7:00pm-9:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Dr. 21+ recommended.

ACWL – Nuveen Free Summer Concert: Eric & Karen Smith
7:00pm-9:00pm
Montague Band Shell 1836 Water St. Free to the public.

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00am-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Fresh fruits and vegetables.

Wine School at Lake Bluff Grille
6:00pm-8:00pm
Lake Bluff Grille 2801 Lakeshore Dr. Tickets available online!

Wednesday, June 12
Muskegon Trivia Night
7:00pm-9:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. 21+ recommended.

Live Music: Pretzel Logic
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Flea Market
8:00am-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Supporting local artisans.

Thursday, June 13
2024 Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant Preliminary Competition
7:00pm
Frauenthal Center 425 W. Western Ave. Final night is June 15

Live Music: Union Guns
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Trivia Night
7:00pm-9:00pm
Wonderland Distillery 1989 Lakeshore Dr. 21+ recommended.

Antique Farm Power Club Annual Engine and Tractor Show 2024
9:00am-5:00pm
Muskegon County Fairgrounds 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd. Only $5 for entry.

Free Thursdays at Muskegon Museum of Art
11:00am-8:00pm
Muskegon Museum of Art 296 W. Webster Ave. Includes entry to the permanent collection gallery.

FREE Water Ski Show: Ariel’s Adventure by Grand City Show Skiers
7:00pm
Ross Park 82 Randall Road. Free to the public.

Lakeshore HBA Parade of Homes
12:00pm-8:00pm
211 Lincoln Ave. Only $15 for adults.

Teddy’s Night at Bella Maria’s
5:30pm-9:00pm
Bella Maria’s Event Center 513 W. Pontaluna Rd. Free admission for music.

Thrifty Thursdays and Drinks
11:00am-10:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Ave.

Friday, June 14
2024 Miss Michigan’s Teen Scholarship Pageant
7:00pm
Frauenthal Center 425 W. Western Ave. Who will be the next Miss Michigan’s Teen?

All Access Tour
7:00pm-8:30pm
Hackley and Hume Historic Site 484 W. Webster Ave. $20 for non-members.

Beer Tasting on Walker’s Patio
6:00pm-8:30pm
Walker’s An American Brasserie 939 Third Street. No admission fee!

Comedy Night
7:00pm-11:59pm
Lotus Room Event Center 919 E. Sherman Blvd. Only $15 for entry.

Live Music: Jedi Mind Trip
7:00pm-10:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Clippers vs Grand Lake Mariners
7:05pm-10:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck Street. First game of three!

Antique Farm Power Club Annual Engine and Tractor Show 2024
9:00am-5:00pm
Muskegon County Fairgrounds 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd. Only $5 for entry.

Lakeshore HBA Parade of Homes
12:00pm-8:00pm
211 Lincoln Ave. Only $15 for adults.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Summer Tours
1:00pm-5:00pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light 1431 Beach St. Only $5 for entry.

Outdoor Adventure Weekend
12:00pm-5:00pm
Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park 462 Scenic Drive. Family fun!

Parties in the Park
5:00pm-9:00pm
Hackley Park 350 W. Webster Ave. Free entertainment for the public!

Polynesian Adventure Cruises
8:00pm-10:00pm
Aquastar 560 Mart Street. Appetizers provided, drinks sold separately.

Summer Fun Kickoff at Craig’s Cruisers Muskegon
12:00pm-8:00pm
Craig’s Cruisers 1551 Pontaluna Rd. $35 per ticket for unlimited access!

Saturday, June 15
2024 Miss Michigan’s Scholarship Pageant Final Night Competition
7:00pm
Frauenthal Center 425 W. Western Ave. Who will be the next Miss Michigan?

45th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival
10:00am-5:00pm
Goodrich Park 100 N. Lake Street. Enjoy vendors and music in the summer sun!

Live Music: Jess Willyard Band
7:00pm-10:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Ave.

Live Music: Basic English – Reunion Show
7:00pm-10:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Carl Webb Band
2:00pm-5:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Clippers vs Grand Lake Mariners
7:05pm-10:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck Street. Second game of three!

Muskegon Township Parks and Recreation Vendor and Craft Show
9:00am-3:00pm
Softball World 878 S. Mill Iron Rd. Free to the public!

Pixie Hollow Fairy Frozen Meet & Greet
12:00pm-4:00pm
Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo 4180 W. M-20, Stoney Lake Rd. Free with general admission.

Antique Farm Power Club Annual Engine and Tractor Show 2024
9:00am-5:00pm
Muskegon County Fairgrounds 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd. Only $5 for entry.

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00am-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Fresh fruits and vegetables!

Live Music: Serita’s Black Rose Duo
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Night of live music!

Outdoor Adventure Weekend
10:00am-5:00pm
Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park 462 Scenic Drive. Family fun for all!

Tesla Summer Meetup: Saturday
10:00am-8:30pm
Heritage Landing 1050 7th St., 249 W. Muskegon Ave. $10 for walk tickets.

Sunday, June 16
45th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival
10:00am-5:00pm
Goodrich Park 100 N. Lake Street. Enjoy vendors and music in the summer sun!

Black Business Expo
1:00pm-6:30pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Find a gift for Father’s Day!

Celebrate Dad at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo
10:00am-5:00pm
Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo 4180 W. M-20, Stony Lake Rd. Free with general admission.

Father’s Day Trivia & Ice Cream Social
S.S. Milwaukee Clipper 2098 Lakeshore Dr. $10 for non-members.

Father’s Day – Tours for Muskegon County Dads
1:00pm-4:00pm
Hackley and Hume Historic Site 484 W. Webster Ave. Admission for dads are free!

Live Music: Post Fontaine
12:00pm-3:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: The Syndicate
5:00pm-8:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Clippers vs Grand Lake Mariners
3:05pm-7:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck Street. Final match!

Whale Watching Cruise
1:30pm-3:15pm
Aquastar 560 Mart Street. Enjoy a day on the waters.

Live Music: Justin Avdek
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Night of live music!

Tesla Summer Meetup: Sunday
10:00am-8:30pm
Heritage Landing 1050 7th St., 249 W. Muskegon Ave. $10 for walk tickets.

Monday, June 17
Live Music: Julia & The Greensides
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Jack and the Beanstalk Musical Play Camp
10:00am-2:15pm
The Playhouse at White Lake 304 S. Mears Ave. Register online!

Live Music: Chris Kennedy
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Night of live music!

Aiden Vanderlist, Tourism Information Aide
Visit Muskegon-Muskegon County CVB
610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon MI 49440
T: 231-724-3100 F:231-724-1398
Email: info@visitmuskegon.org
Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 9-3
2024 Muskegon County Visitor Guide: http://bit.ly/VisitorsGuideMKG
Cathy@VisitMuskegon.org | www.visitmuskegon.org
Muskegon County | 610 W Western Ave | Muskegon, MI 49461 US

A G E N D A: FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP

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


JUNE 10, 2024
6:30 P.M. WORK SESSION
7:00 P.M. BOARD MEETING

  1. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America
  2. Roll call
  3. Approval of board minutes: 5/13/24
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    A. Muskegon County Road Commission Contract- Beech Creek Subdivisions
  8. New Business
    A. Resolution Pledging Full Faith and Credit to Special Assessment Bonds: Spring Lake Improvement
  9. Approval of Bills
  10. Reports
  11. Public Comments
  12. Adjournment

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

The Lakeshore Art Festival Returns to Downtown Muskegon

Lakeshore Art Festival Returns June 29 & 30

MUSKEGON, MI — The Lakeshore Art Festival returns to Downtown Muskegon on June 29 and 30 from 9 am-5 pm. This nationally recognized event will feature a unique blend of fine art, handcrafted goods, music, food, and fun in Downtown Muskegon, Michigan.

This year, the Lakeshore Art Festival will host over 280 exhibitors throughout the streets and parks of Downtown Muskegon. Fine art, specialty crafts, artisan food, street performers, and interactive art are among the many exciting things to find at the Lakeshore Art Festival.

The Lakeshore Art Festival is a community favorite and a destination festival for summer travelers. Continuing a strong history in supporting the arts in Muskegon, the Lakeshore Art Festival is a vibrant family friendly event that spreads joy and creativity through the community.


“Living on the west coast of Michigan, there are many art shows and fairs throughout the summer in different beach towns. This one by far was the best I have been too. The variety and amount of vendors was wonderful. I felt there was something for everybody, including the kids!”

-Lillian Dotzlaf


Event Highlights:
Juried Fine Art Exhibitors: Over 100 in Hackley Park
Craft & Artisan Food: Over 180 exhibitors on 4th St. and Western Ave.
Authors Alley: Featuring Michigan Authors on 4th St. and Clay Ave.
Food Vendors: With a wide variety of delicious eats on 3rd St.
Children’s Lane: Many interactive art and educational stations with free or low-cost activities
Street Performers: Located throughout the festival and at Olthoff Stage
Flower Power Public Art Project: A local artist has been selected to create an artistic sculpture in this year’s Flower Power theme. The artwork will be displayed in the festival footprint and guests are encouraged to visit.

Thank you to our benefactor sponsors: The DTE Energy Foundation, Watch Muskegon, Muskegon DDA, and the Michigan Arts & Culture Council.

For more information or questions, contact Kristina Broughton at kbrought@muskegonartmuseum.org or call at (231) 720-2574.

Over 100 participants receive driver’s license restoration assistance at Muskegon clinic

Muskegon hosts Michigan Department of State’s sixth Road to Restoration clinic of 2024

MUSKEGON, Mich. – The Michigan Department of State (MDOS) and partners hosted a successful Road to Restoration clinic at Muskegon Community College on May 22, assisting over 100 local participants in navigating the process to restoring their driving privileges. This was the sixth Road to Restoration clinic in the state this year.

At Wednesday’s clinic, expert MDOS staff and volunteer attorneys held one-on-one sessions with attendees to check their current license status, answer questions on how they can safely return behind the wheel and provide services like vision testing and the written driver’s exam on site. While residents who attend a Road to Restoration clinic may be required to pay past fines, the expertise and guidance is free of charge. 

“I’m thrilled to see the continued success of our Road to Restoration clinics and grateful to our partners who help us bring this valuable service directly to people in their communities,” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said. “I am proud of our team, but even more proud of the Michiganders making the effort to improve their lives and learning the steps to safely return to the road.”

The Road to Restoration program, now in its third year, is operated in partnership with the Michigan Department of Attorney General, Michigan 2-1-1, Detroit Justice Center, DTE, Michigan Association of United Ways, Michigan WORKS!, and Miller Canfield.

MDOS and partners launched the Road to Restoration clinic series after the enactment of the Clean Slate to Drive laws, which terminated certain violations and infractions from the records of thousands of Michigan drivers in 2021. 

The remaining clinics are scheduled for 2024:
June 5 – Flint
June 18 – Detroit
July 16 – Petoskey
July 18 – Gaylord
Aug. 13 – Houghton
Aug. 14 – Kingsford
Aug. 16 – Marquette
Aug. 28 – Dearborn Heights
Sept. 13 – Kalamazoo

For more information about the program, to find a clinic near you, or to sign up for an upcoming clinic, visit Michigan.gov/R2R or dial 2-1-1. Space for clinics may be limited and pre-registration is strongly recommended. The clinics do not provide DUI expungement services and license reinstatement is not guaranteed.

Contact: Cheri Hardmon
(517) 643-7236

Despite Bigger Paychecks, Struggling Households on the Lakeshore Continue to Increase

New ALICE Update shows wage growth was no match for inflation
after a decade of falling behind

Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties – Though wages for the lowest paid jobs have risen across the country at the fastest rate in four decades, the number of households struggling to get by in Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties grew by nearly 6.5% (2,676 households) from 2021 to 2022. As a result, a total of 43,743 households or 45% were living paycheck to paycheck, according to a new Update from United Way of the Lakeshore and its research partner United For ALICE.

That calculation includes the 13,421 households in poverty as well as another 30,322 defined as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), earning above the Federal Poverty Level but less than what’s needed to survive in the current economy. ALICE workers include child care providers, home health aides and cashiers — those working low-wage jobs, with little or no savings and one emergency from poverty.

ALICE in the Crosscurrents: An Update on Financial Hardship in Michigan shows that while wages were increasing, so too were costs. For a family of four with an infant and a preschooler, the basic costs to live and work on the Lakeshore, excluding tax credits, rose from $56,624 in 2021 to $70,968 a year later. Compounding the issue in 2022 was the loss of up to $15,000 in federal child tax credits and stimulus payments that this family had access to in 2021.

“There is no doubt, bigger paychecks helped, but inflation and the loss of pandemic supports converged to keep ALICE trapped,” said Christine Robere, CEO of United Way of Lakeshore. “This latest data is a reminder that while we have made some progress — including expanding our state’s Earned Income Tax Credit and funding 2-1-1, a help line for any resident struggling with the costs of basic needs — our work is far from over.”

The findings in this one-year period are consistent with a more than decade-long trend: Since the end of the Great Recession, despite some ups and downs, the number of ALICE households in Michigan has been steadily growing. From 2010 to 2022, the total number of households rose by 6%, households in poverty decreased by 6% — and the number of ALICE households grew by 20%.

“The data is showing persistent and widespread financial hardship — a red flag that the current system isn’t working for ALICE,” said Stephanie Hoopes, Ph.D., United For ALICE National Director. “Current policy has not been enough to break down the barriers that trap ALICE households in financial hardship, from lack of access to housing and child care that’s affordable, to inadequate community supports such as broadband internet.”

Additional insights include:

From 2010 to 2022, people age 65 and over made up the fastest-growing age group on the Lakeshore — and the group with the largest increase of 880 households struggling to make ends meet.
Racial disparities persisted in the rates of financial hardship; 63% of Black and 44% of Hispanic households on the Lakeshore were either in poverty or ALICE in 2022, compared to 43% of white households.
Food assistance continued to elude many vulnerable families in Michigan. Partly due to the SNAP income eligibility level in the state (200% of the Federal Poverty Level), only 46% of all Michigan households in poverty and 20% of all ALICE households participated in SNAP in 2022.

To read the Update and access online, interactive dashboards that provide data on financial hardship at the state, county, and local levels, visit UnitedForALICE.org/Michigan
Invitation to the United Way of the Lakeshore Annual Meeting: Media Welcome!

We invite members of the media to attend the United Way of the Lakeshore’s Annual Membership Business Meeting on Tuesday, May 28th, at 31 East Clay Avenue. The meeting will commence at 8:00 AM. At 8:30 AM, the Director of ALICE and Public Policy from the Michigan Association of United Ways will present the newly released report. This presentation will provide valuable insights and is not to be missed.

About United Way of the Lakeshore
United Way of the Lakeshore is uniting to inspire change and build thriving communities. We tackle the toughest issues facing our community by mobilizing every resource, partner, and voice to solve those challenges. Our Bold Goal is to ensure 10,000 more working families meet their basic needs by 2025.

For more information, visit us online at unitedwaylakeshore.org, and follow us on social media via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About United For ALICE
United For ALICE is a U.S. research organization driving innovation, research and action to improve life across the country for ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and for all. Through the development of the ALICE measurements, a comprehensive, unbiased picture of financial hardship has emerged. Harnessing this data and research on the mismatch between low-paying jobs and the cost of survival, ALICE partners convene, advocate and collaborate on solutions that promote financial stability at local, state and national levels. This grassroots ALICE movement, led by United Way of Northern New Jersey, has spread to 31 states and includes United Ways, corporations, nonprofits and foundations in Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin; we are United For ALICE. For more information, visit: UnitedForALICE.org.

Media Contact:
Dominique Bunker
Senior Director of Community Solutions
dominique@unitedwaylakeshore.org
(231) 332-4006

Miss Michigan Scholarship Program presents their 85th Annual Competition

Thursday, June 13
7:00 PM

Friday, June 14
7:00 PM

Saturday, June 15
7:00 PM
at Frauenthal Theater

$40 – $50
Preliminary Night 6/13/24
Miss Michigan’s Teen Competition 6/14/24
Miss Michigan Final 6/15/24

The Miss Michigan Scholarship Program presents their 85th annual state competition as part of the Miss America organization. Thursday night is the Miss Michigan competition preliminaries. Friday night is the Teen competition ending with the crowning of Miss Michigan’s Teen. Saturday night is the conclusion of the Miss competition with the crowning of Miss Michigan 2024.

Presale 4/11
General Public 4/12

Quarter-mile section of Hackley Avenue Under Construction

A quarter-mile of Hackley Avenue in Muskegon Heights has been closed to traffic starting Tuesday, May 28.

Construction has closed traffic to Hackley Avenue between Manz and Elwood streets. All eastbound and westbound traffic has been directed to a detour north to East Delano Avenue.

The construction started May 28 and is expected to end by October 31. Cost to the city will be $756,998. Included in the construction will be a “full-depth road reconstruction,” with sidewalk intersections being brought up to ADA compliance, re-striping of roads, and crosswalk markings added to intersections. In terms of distance, 0.24 miles of Hackley Avenue is being worked on.

Residents in the area have been asked to park on side streets when driveways may be inaccessible. Anyone traveling to businesses and residences in the area may use side streets and alleys. Throughout the months of construction, certain pedestrian traffic areas may be detoured as well.

“Buster Keaton: HOME” presented by Lakeshore Museum Center

Sunday, June 9
3:00 PM at Frauenthal Theater
Admission free.

“Buster Keaton: Home” is a documentary that tells the story of Buster’s early life on the road as a child vaudeville star and how he found his home along the shores of Lake Michigan. Illustrated with rare images of family photos, datebooks and Buster’s personal autograph book, the film delves into the personal life of the legend and his family as they traveled the country as a successful vaudeville act.

The story is told by a collection of Keaton biographers, experts and fans with beautiful images by illustrator Matt Phelan and animator Jim Middleton, who help bring the rich stories to life. Carl Reiner is featured as well as character actor James Karen, Buster’s best friend in later life. Both actors delve into the genius of Buster as a filmmaker with Karen telling personal stories and conversations he had with his pal.

Road Closure: Church St., Cottonwood Dr. to Main St., Georgetown Twp., May 28-June 7

WHAT: Permitted Road Closure

DURATION: May 28-June 7, 2024

WHERE: Church St., Cottonwood Dr. to Main St., Georgetown Twp.

WHY: Road Work

BACKGROUND: Church St. from Cottonwood Dr. to Main St. in Georgetown Twp. will be closed beginning Tuesday, May 28, 2024, for permitted road work.

The permitted project is expected to last through June 7, 2024. Please note that all project completion dates are tentative and subject to change. Work is weather dependent.

TRAFFIC IMPACT: The road will be closed to through traffic.

To view a map of all current road closures and resurfacing projects, visit our online OCRC Road Closures dashboard.