Calendar of Events

Muskegon County Calendar of Events April 16-23, 2018

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

Monday:

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays @ 6:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Marketing Mondays: Common Sense in Online Marketing
Monday, April 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, April 16 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for a “Marketing Monday!”  This week’s focus is “Common Sense in Online Marketing,” presented by Tari & Jennifer Follett of Firelight.  Don’t get lost in endless data and trends!  Bring your feet back to the ground, keep your goals firmly in mind, and get ready for some real talk.  Entrepreneurs and small businesses are passionate about the products and services they provide.  Translating that passion to sales requires a strategic focus on marketing and promotion.  Marketing Mondays at the Muskegon Innovation Hub will provide sound tools, techniques and knowledge that every small business owner and entrepreneur needs to know to effectively engage with customers and increase revenue from sales.  RSVP by noon Friday, April 13.  NO WALK-INS, NO EXCEPTIONS.  For further information, please send an e-mail to the Hub at mihubinfo@gvsu.edu.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Announce First Round of Playoffs
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, April 16 @ 7:00 pm – April 18 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks have announced dates for the first-round, best-of-three playoff series in the 2018 Clark Cup playoffs!  Muskegon will host all three potential games in the first round, and they will be played from Monday, April 16 – Wednesday, April 18.  All games will be held at LC Walker Arena and begin at 7:15pm.

•  Game one: Monday, April 16
•  Game two: Tuesday, April 17
•  Game three (if necessary): Wednesday, April 18

Muskegon does not know their opponent yet, but it will be either Chicago Steel, Dubuque Fighting Saints, or Cedar Rapids Rough Riders.  Playoff tickets are now on sale at the LC Walker Arena box office.  Call 231-726-2400 for single-game tickets.  To purchase a playoff passport (good for every home playoff game) call 231-724-5225.

Edith Maniker, Kindertransport Survivor
Monday, April 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Edith Maniker, who as a young child was a Kindertransport survivor who escaped Nazi persecution during World War II, will be the guest presenter at the 2018 Shoah Commemoration Service at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. The event, which takes place at Samuel Lutheran Church, at the corner of 8th Street and Muskegon Ave. in downtown Muskegon, is organized by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies – Muskegon. Maniker will also speak at a community event on Monday, April 16, from 6:30-8 p.m. in Muskegon Community College’s Sturrus Technology Center, 388 W. Clay Ave., in downtown Muskegon. Both events are free and open to the public. During the day on April 16, Maniker will be participating in an outreach program for Muskegon County High Schools from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies – Muskegon. Born in Leipzig, Germany, Maniker, along with a hundred other children, was placed on a train in 1939 that transported the youngsters from Germany to England and away from the Nazi horrors. A few years ago, Maniker returned to Germany – something she vowed she would never do – for the first time since her remarkable escape. The Kindertransport (German for “children’s transport”) was an organized rescue effort that took place during the nine months prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. The United Kingdom took in nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Free City of Danzig. The children were placed in British foster homes, hostels, schools and farms. Often they were the only members of their families who survived the Holocaust. For more information on the events, please contact Trynette Lottie-Harps at (231) 777-0559.

Tuesday:

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Wednesday:

Paint for a Cause
Wednesday, April 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Get your friends together and come to SE4SONS Banquet Center to “Paint for a Cause!”  This will be a fun night of painting, great wine, and food specials.  Paint an 11″ x 14″ canvas with Create.a.frame Studio.  The cost is only $20 per painter and proceeds benefit Every Woman’s Place, Inc.  Painting starts promptly at 6:00pm.  Please call 231-755-3737 to reserve your spot and have your payment information ready over the phone or stop by SE4SONS to sign up!

Thursday:

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Spring In to Action: A Self-Advocacy Conference
Thursday, April 19 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
This one-day event is an opportunity at Holiday Inn Muskegon to grow in self-advocacy, and is for and about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  The Arc Muskegon has long supported people with I/DD to advocate for themselves, and this conference will give you further tools, resources, education and support to do so.  Registration is required by calling (231) 777-2006.

Head-Shot Happy Hour
Thursday, April 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to 18th Amendment Spirits in downtown Muskegon for the “Head-Shot Happy Hour!”  Don’t have a professional head-shot photo or need an updated one?  Here is your chance!  The Greater Muskegon Jaycees have teamed up with Truly Yours Photography and 18th Amendment Spirits Co. to bring you this much anticipated event!  There’ll be a mini photo shoot on-site and you’ll receive digital copies of your photos via e-mail within 2 weeks.  After you’ve smiled pretty for the camera, enjoy a cocktail as you network with other attendees.  Online pre-registration will be available soon.  The cost is $20 for Jaycees members or $25 for non-members.  For more information, call (231) 375-5064.

Art Talks Back:  Awards and Readings
Thursday,  April 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Visit the Muskegon Museum of Art to celebrate the winning poets from the “Art Talks Back: Regional Ekphrastic Poetry Contest” and listen to their readings of the award winning poems!  The event will start at 5:30pm and the ceremony and readings will begin at 6:00pm. For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Vintage Flowers Paint Party
Thursday, April 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Pigeon Hill Brewing, 500 W. Western Ave.
It’s a Vintage Flowers Paint Party at Pigeon Hill Brewing! The cost is $35 for this adult (18+) event.  Alcohol is not included, but Pigeon Hill has a fabulous selection of beers to choose from.  Outside food is permitted.  For more information, call (231) 375-5184.

Unruly Comedy Night: One Year Anniversary
Thursday, April 19 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Come to Unruly Brewing Company’s “Unruly Comedy Night: One Year Anniversary!”  This month marks one year of jokes at the UBC.  As a special treat, they snagged some of the best and funniest comics that you’ve enjoyed the most over the past year.  Cover for this month is $5, and it will be worth every penny!  For more information, call (231) 288-1068.

Friday:

Hackley Public Library Used Book Sale 2018
Friday, April 20 – April 22
Friday through Saturday, April 20 – 21 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Sunday, April 22 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, historic Hackley Library will hold their annual Used Book Sale!  Thousands of books of all genres both hardbound and paperback, CD’s, DVD’s, audio books, and a selection of antique, rare and collectible books are available for sale.  Prices range from $0.50 to $2.00 for most items; rare and special collectors items may have special pricing as marked.  Sunday is the Bag Sale where you purchase an entire bag of books for only $3.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Lakeshore Museum Center Family Fun Night:
Friday, April 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center to learn about the fossils of Michigan and what they tell us about the past. Participants will have a chance to make a fossil mold and cast with students from Muskegon Community College and take home a real fossil.  There will also be a station led by TwoOldStoners, a rock company, making Petoskey stone necklaces.  Young visitors can color a picture of one of the oceans top predators of all time, Dunkleosteus. More info 231-722-0278

Main Street Dueling Pianos
Friday, April 20 @ 8:00 pm
You’re invited to Watermark 920 for the Main Street Dueling Pianos! Tickets are $15 for this 21+ only show. This is an all request party featuring amazing entertainers who have an impressive repertoire of 1,000+ songs, giving the audience an unforgettable experience.  You’ll sing, clap and dance the night away!  Please be advised this show may contain adult content, mature subject matter.  For more information, call (231) 727-0805 Ext. 4201.

MCC Events to Celebrate 2018 Earth Week
From Friday, April 13, through Friday, April 20, a Used Book Giveaway will be held in the MCC Science Center hallway.  The public is encouraged to stop by and pick up the books.  MCC faculty and staff may donate used books by no later than Friday, April 6, to Jennifer Darling in Room 1134.
From Wednesday, April 18, through Friday, April 20, a recycling display with information about the various types of recyclable items will be located in the MCC main entrance lobby.  Visitors can register for drawings for refillable water bottle prizes.
From Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 20, Earth Day-inspired paintings by students in MCC Instructor Tim Norris’ Painting I class will be displayed around campus.
“In connection to this year’s Earth Week theme of ‘End Plastic Pollution,’” the students are creating compositions contrasting either one plastic object against several natural ones or vice versa,” explained Norris. “They’re also embedding additive textural materials into the painting surfaces, developing it in relief with actual texture and three-dimensional projections. The idea here is to subtly suggest the contrast between nature and the human-made world without hitting the viewer over the head with a sledgehammer to convey a visual message.”
For more information about the Earth Week events, contact MCC Joint Sustainability Council Chair Tamera Owens at (231) 777-0289.

Saturday:

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturday, April 21 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Hackley Public Library Used Book Sale 2018
Saturday, April 21 @ 10:00-5:00pm
Friday through Saturday, April 20 – 21 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Sunday, April 22 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, historic Hackley Library will hold their annual Used Book Sale!  Thousands of books of all genres both hardbound and paperback, CD’s, DVD’s, audio books, and a selection of antique, rare and collectible books are available for sale.  Prices range from $0.50 to $2.00 for most items; rare and special collectors items may have special pricing as marked.  Sunday is the Bag Sale where you purchase an entire bag of books for only $3.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Matting and Framing Workshop
Saturday, April 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Matting and Framing Workshop with instructor Keith Downie!  There are no rules in art and no firm rules in framing. However, there are picture framing materials, techniques, and design principles that will provide a contemporary museum-style presentation while being safe for your artwork and easy on your budget. The class is limited to 12 participants. To register, call 231-720-2571 at least one week before the session.  The cost is $20 or $15 for museum members.

1st Annual White Lake Princess Tea Party
Saturday, April 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, April 21 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, you’re invited to the White Lake Senior Center for the 1st Annual White Lake Princess Tea Party, a children’s tea with light refreshments where you can meet Disney princesses, make princess wands and unicorn dream catchers, meet Prince Charming and win prizes!  The minimum age is 3 for princesses with one adult guest required per princess.  The cost is $30 for 1 princess and 1 adult and must be purchased in advance by calling 231-893-0515.

Pigeon & Pints Yoga with Muskegon Yoga Center
Saturday, April 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, April 21 from 11:00am – 12:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing for Pigeon & Pints Yoga with Muskegon Yoga Center! This is the best yoga class possible because it’s followed with pints!  The fun begins with a one hour vinyasa yoga session (all levels welcome).  Afterward, cool down and join them in the taproom with a pint of Pigeon Hill beer.  Registration includes a Tier I or Tier II beer and the cost is only $10!  Please bring your own yoga mat if you can.  They’ll have a few extras to borrow if you forget.  Register early to guarantee a spot.  For more information, call (231) 375-5184.

Work at Michigan’s Adventure!
Saturday, April 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Michigan’s premiere amusement and water-park, Michigan’s Adventure, is looking for summer help!  Saturday, April 21 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, managers will be onsite at the MA Training Center for interviews.  They are hiring 16 year olds starting at $10 per hour, while associates 18 years of age and older will start at a minimum of $11.00 per hour.  Perks include bonus potential, free admission and great food prices at the Cornerstone Café during your lunch.  For more information, call (231) 766-3377.

White Lake College Artist Solo Performance
Saturday, April 21 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
You’re invited to hear the top 10 of some of the best college age musicians from schools across the state of Michigan at Ferry Memorial Church at the White Lake College Artist Solo Performance!  The White Lake College Artist Solo Performance will feature these young adults performing live with an accompanist.  Awards totaling $1000 will be given to the top three winners based on the ruling of professional judges.  The audience will also be able to vote and an additional $125 will be given to the audience favorite.  A free-will donation will be appreciated. For more information contact http://www.whitelakemusic.org/

Acrylic Paint Pouring
April 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
You’re invited to the Red Lotus Gallery for “Acrylic Paint Pouring!”  Sabryna Benmark of Sabryna’s Natural Creations will show you how to turn puddles of paint into gorgeous flowers.  Each student will learn the techniques and tools used to create their own 8″x 10″ canvas masterpiece.  This class is for ages 8+ (8-14 with adult supervision) and materials and tools will be provided.  Seating is limited to eight people, so please register ahead of time so they can plan for the proper amount of materials for the class.  Red Lotus members will receive a discounted class fee of $20.00.  For more information, call 231-981-8525.

Polish Palooza
Saturday,  April 21 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Polish Palooza is a Polish dinner and polka dance to benefit the Muskegon Polish Festival, happening Saturday, April 21 at the Polish Falcon Club!  Dinner, catered by Stevie Tejchma, will be from 5:00pm – 6:30pm, followed by music by Box on Polka Band from 6:00pm – 10:00pm.  Doors open at 4:30pm.  The cost is $20 per person and includes late night snacks.  Purchase advance tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets or call Joane at 231-780-3162 or Tom at 231-780-5406.

Heels for Meals
Saturday, April 21 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, April 21 from 6:00pm – 11:00pm, Bella Maria’s Ristorante & Event Center presents “Heels for Meals!”  This event to benefit Meals on Wheels will be a great way for people to bring out their fun shoes and kick off Spring 2018!  The night features a delicious dinner, dessert bar, signature cocktails, hand painted wine and martini glasses, a live band, auctions and prizes in seven shoes categories.  Tickets are $45 each.  Get yours by calling (231) 733-8636 or email heather@agewellservices.org.

Sunday:

Buzzed Bard:  Happy Birthday, Master Shakespeare
Sunday, April 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to 18th Amendment Spirits Co. in downtown Muskegon for “Buzzed Bard:  Happy Birthday, Master Shakespeare!”  This will be the second performance in their Buzzed Bard series, presenting famous drinking scenes from such plays as The Tempest,” “Henry IV” (Part 1), and “Twelfth Night,” along with music, improvisation and audience games.  There may even be a surprise appearance by Master Shakespeare himself!  Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday in style.  The cost is $55 per person or $100 per couple and includes a 4 course dinner!  Please call or e-mail the General Manager, Jo, at jo@18th-amendment.com to reserve your spot.  Payment is due at time of reservation and space is limited.  For more information, call (231) 375-5064.

Hackley Public Library Used Book Sale 2018
Sunday,  April 22 @ 12-3:00pm
Friday through Saturday, April 20 – 21 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Sunday, April 22 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, historic Hackley Library will hold their annual Used Book Sale!  Thousands of books of all genres both hardbound and paperback, CD’s, DVD’s, audio books, and a selection of antique, rare and collectible books are available for sale.  Prices range from $0.50 to $2.00 for most items; rare and special collectors items may have special pricing as marked.  Sunday is the Bag Sale where you purchase an entire bag of books for only $3.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Monday:

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays @ 6:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events April 9-16, 2018

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

Monday:

Vegetarian Doesn’t Mean Flavorless with Sofia
Monday, April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is offering the culinary class, “Vegetarian Doesn’t Mean Flavorless with Sofia!” The Menu: Minestrone, Baked leek and asiago frittata, Vegetable pie Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved her four years ago after spending her entire life in Italy and be sure to bring your appetite!  The cost is $35.  For more information call 231-769-2202

Live Jazz with Checkers Morton
Monday, April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
April is Jazz Month!  April 9 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Hackley Public Library will celebrate by welcoming Checkers Morton and his band of friends who have been playing together for 40 years, offer amazing, original compositions like “Dan’s Lighthearted Padge” and “Little Raga.”  Their music comes from their heart & soul and features wood, reeds, brass, ivory and primal drums.  This concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call  231-722-8000.

Muskegon Community College: Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert
Monday, April 9 @ 7:30 pm
Monday, April 9 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Muskegon Community College Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert, featuring traditional wind and jazz ensemble music of all styles.  Tickets are $6 or free for students.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays @ 6:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Live Jazz with Checkers Morton
April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
April is Jazz Month! April 9 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Hackley Public Library will celebrate by welcoming Checkers Morton and his band of friends who have been playing together for 40 years, offer amazing, original compositions like “Dan’s Lighthearted Padge” and “Little Raga.” Their music comes from their heart & soul and features wood, reeds, brass, ivory and primal drums. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 231-722-8000.

MCC Wind and Jazz Ensembles
April 9 @ 7:30 pm
The Muskegon Community College Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble will perform on Monday, April 9, at 7:30pm in the Frauenthal Theater in downtown Muskegon.  Tickets are $7 for adults and $2 for students and are available at the Star Tickets website: www.startickets.com. Directed by Daniel M. Meyers, the Wind Ensemble will perform four selections.  Following a brief intermission, the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Tim Froncek, will play three pieces.  In honor of the late Leonard Bernstein, an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist whose 100th birthday would have been on August 25, the Wind Ensemble will open with two of his works, “America” and “Somewhere,” from the 1957 Broadway musical “West Side Story.”

Tuesday:

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Wednesday & Thursday:

West Michigan Student Showcase
Come to the Frauenthal Theater for the West Michigan Student Showcase! This is an annual celebration of excellence for high school youth of West Michigan. Students from Mason, Muskegon, Newago, Oceana and Ottawa counties are selected by their respective schools in the areas of academics, athletics, literacy arts, performing arts and visual arts. Show begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are$8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students, $14 for an adult 2-night pack or $9 at door. Call 231-727-8001 for more information.

Thursday:

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer! For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Cast Iron Cookies with Chef Char
Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Cast Iron Cookies with Chef Char!” What a sweet way to use a cast iron skillet! Make your own “giant cookie” and decorate with homemade piped frosting to leave an extra sweet message for someone special or just to decorate for your own enjoyment. This is a great class for all ages and tailored toward beginners in the kitchen. The cost is $35 and is from 6:00pm-8:00pm. For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Friday:

MCC Events to Celebrate 2018 Earth Week
From Friday, April 13, through Friday, April 20, a Used Book Giveaway will be held in the MCC Science Center hallway.  The public is encouraged to stop by and pick up the books.  MCC faculty and staff may donate used books by no later than Friday, April 6, to Jennifer Darling in Room 1134.
On Saturday, April 14, MCC’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society chapter is coordinating the clean-up of MCC’s Adopt-a-Highway section along Business 31.  The public is invited to participate.  Those interested should RSVP by email to ptk@muskegoncc.edu.  Participants are asked to meet at 9:45am by the Muskegon Community College sign near the front entrance doors and will carpool to the site.  Volunteers must bring their own gloves and wear closed-toed shoes. Everything else will be provided.
From Wednesday, April 18, through Friday, April 20, a recycling display with information about the various types of recyclable items will be located in the MCC main entrance lobby.  Visitors can register for drawings for refillable water bottle prizes.
From Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 20, Earth Day-inspired paintings by students in MCC Instructor Tim Norris’ Painting I class will be displayed around campus.
“In connection to this year’s Earth Week theme of ‘End Plastic Pollution,’” the students are creating compositions contrasting either one plastic object against several natural ones or vice versa,” explained Norris. “They’re also embedding additive textural materials into the painting surfaces, developing it in relief with actual texture and three-dimensional projections. The idea here is to subtly suggest the contrast between nature and the human-made world without hitting the viewer over the head with a sledgehammer to convey a visual message.”
For more information about the Earth Week events, contact MCC Joint Sustainability Council Chair Tamera Owens at (231) 777-0289.

On Tap & Uncorked: A Michigan Beer, Wine, and Food Tasting Event
April 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “On Tap & Uncorked!”  This is a Michigan beer, wine and food tasting event where you can sample exceptional craft brews, wines and delicious food pairings from our area’s fine restaurants while experiencing the Expressions 2018 Student Art Exhibition and other great exhibitions. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door and $25 for museum members.  Tickets are on sale in the Muskegon Museum of Art Store and at Pigeon Hill, Unruly, and Fetch brewing companies.  Each ticket includes five 4-ounce beverage tasting tickets and food.  Additional tasting tickets will be available for purchase at the event.  For ticket information, call 231-720-2580. Admission is open only to guests 21 years of age and older.  I.D.s will be checked at the door.

The Alley Door Club: Pop Fiction
April 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 13th season. The Alley Door Club features live music from popular West Michigan bands in a fun environment which includes cash bar and dancing.  Featured in the Ballroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Hilt Building the doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks), with live music from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Friday, April 13: Pop Fiction – pop & rock. The last event of the season is Friday, April 27: Yard Sale Underwear – self-proclaimed kings of polyester pop & soul.Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231-727-8001 or in person Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737.   Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.  Tables may be reserved:  $65.00 for a 4-top (included 4 admission tickets) / $100.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets).  Limit of 2 4-tops and 2 8-tops reserved for each performance, available on a first come basis.  The Alley Door Club is sponsored by Bayer Crop Science and Hooker DeJonge.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Vince Carone – Don-a-Palooza
April 13 @ 7:00 pm
The Back Alley Comedy Club located at 1531 W. Sherman Blvd. inside Sherman Bowling Center presents Vince Carone!  Tickets are $10.  For more information, call (231) 755-1258 or visit the website below.  Performing since 2001, Carone has become known for his fast-talking, quick-witted, over-the-top rants, combined with a stage presence.

Junk to Jewels Rummage Sale
April 13 – April 14 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday, April 13 and Saturday April 14 from 9:00am – 3:00pm both days, come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club to find your next treasure at their “Junk to Jewels” event, an indoor rummage sale!  There’ll be a wide variety of furniture, books, home decor, clothes, and much more!  All proceeds will benefit the maintenance of their historic building.  www.muskegonwomansclub.org

Saturday

Express Yourself Super Saturday
April 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
You’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for an “Express Yourself Super Saturday” free family fun day!  Student artists and visitors are some of their most important VIPs; you are the next generation of art lovers!  So come on in to this Super Saturday and explore art created by Muskegon County student artists.  For more information call 231-720-2570 10:00am & 1:00pm Film: The Brave Little Toaster (90 mins.) 11:00am – 1:00pm Guided Tours:  Visit Expressions Student Art Exhibition with a Museum docent. 11:00 – 2:00 pm Make & Take:  Choose your medium!  Ms. Ronace will have a selection of materials on hand for our budding artists to create with.  What’s your favorite medium?

The Tasting Station: Fusion Ghanaian Cuisine
April 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Stop by the Tasting Station at the Muskegon Farmers Market as Tacitus Bailey-Yabani returns to share another recipe from his home country of Ghana. Cooking demonstrations will be held at 10:00am, 11:30am and 12:15pm.  Come and learn, taste, shop the market and then have lunch at Just Klassics Roadside Deli!  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Streaming Michigan Irish Music Initiative 2018
April 14 @ 3:00 pm
It’s Streaming MIMI 2018!  If you can’t be in Ireland to watch the Michigan Irish Music Initiative, then come to Hennessey’s Irish Pub in downtown Muskegon! What is the MIMI?  Michigan Irish Music Festival will bring together aspiring musicians associated with colleges or organizations, who focus on Irish traditional music.  They will participate in a high level competition taking place at the Spirit Store in Dundalk Co. Louth, Ireland. The winners will have the opportunity to perform on the main stage at The 2018 Michigan Irish Music Festival, receiving round-trip airfare, and accommodations with breakfasts/dinners included.

Cheers and Chocolate 2018
April 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
You’re invited to Cheers and Chocolate 2018!  Cheers and Chocolate is West Michigan’s premiere pairing event.  This annual fundraiser pairs sweet and savory culinary delights with fine wines and beers at the state-of-the-art Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM) in downtown Muskegon.  Proceeds will support services that support domestic and sexual violence, and human trafficking, as well as services to pregnant or parenting teens at Every Woman’s Place.  For more information, call (231) 759-7909.

Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

West Michigan Ironmen Home Game: Indianapolis Enforcers
April 14 @ 7:00 pm
The West Michigan Ironmen is West Michigan’s only professional football team!  They strive to provide the highest level of competition and entertainment at an affordable price for the whole family.  You can catch their home games at 7:15pm at the L.C. Walker Arena.  Tickets start at under $10 and are available through www.startickets.com or at the L.C. Walker Box Office.  Today they take on the Indianapolis Enforcers. call (231) 457-4288.

Benefit Comedy Show: Vince Carone
April 14 @ 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 14, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for a dinner, silent auction and comedy show to raise funds for Orchard View’s Grad Night!  Doors open at 5:00pm, with dinner at 6:30pm and the comedy show beginning at 8:00pm.  Vince Carone, known for his fast-talking, quick-witted, over-the-top rants, will be performing.  The cost is $25 per person and tickets can be purchased by calling Tammy at 231-670-3704, Chris at 231-557-8208 or through the Back Alley Comedy Club’s website below.

Pigeon Hill Brewing: Cigar Rolling Demonstration
April 14 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Company for a Cigar Rolling Demonstration w/ Jorge’s Cigars!  Learn the art of properly rolling a cigar by hand.  You will have the opportunity to learn everything about the process; from the planting of seeds to the point of enjoying a well-rolled cigar from someone who loves to discuss the passion, history, and culture of the famous Cuban cigar brands.  Cigars will also be available for purchase from Jorge (cash or credit).  For more information, call (231) 375-5184. PLEASE NOTE:  Pigeon Hill Brewery Company is a non-smoking location.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Celtic Woman
April 14 @ 7:00 pm
Celtic Woman, the multi-platinum international music sensation, is returning with a brand new live show for an extensive North American tour beginning spring 2018 with a stop in Muskegon on April 14 at the Frauenthal Center.  The much-anticipated concert, ‘Homecoming,’ will play in more than 90 U.S. and Canadian cities from coast-to-coast.  Tickets go on sale beginning October 13 at Noon.  Tickets range from $33.00 – $106.00 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office, Monday – Friday from 11:00am – 5:30pm, by calling 231-727-8001 or online at frauenthal.org or startickets.com.

Performances @The Block: Robin Connell
April 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Block, 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd Floor
Come to The Block for a live performance by Robin Connell!  Originally from Detroit, Robin is equally at home as a jazz pianist or jazz pianist/vocalist, performing regularly in clubs, concerts and private parties as a solo pianist.  She is also leader of her own trio/jazz quartet.  Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets

Sunday

White Lake College Performance Series
April 15 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
You’re invited to Lebanon Lutheran Church for the White Lake College Performance Series featuring top ensembles from Grand Valley State University.  Four ensembles will be featured for this groundbreaking concert; The GVSU Whirlwind Quintet will perform works by Bathe, Pierne, Farkas, and Arnold; a clarinet and bassett horn duo will perform Mendelssohn’s Konzertstück No. 2; a GVSU string quartet will present the Mozart String Quartet in G Major; plus the Mozart Kegelstatt Trio for clarinet, viola, and piano will be featured.  The suggested donation is $5 at the door or free for all students.  More information may be found at www.whitelakemusic.org.

MCC Honors Orchestra and Vocal Ensembles

April 15 @ 7:30 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
April 15 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Muskegon Community College Honors Orchestra and Vocal Ensembles, featuring wind and string players as well as collegiate singers from MCC and area schools.  Tickets are $7 or $2 for students.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Monday

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays @ 6:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Marketing Mondays: Common Sense in Online Marketing
April 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, April 16 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for a “Marketing Monday!”  This week’s focus is “Common Sense in Online Marketing,” presented by Tari & Jennifer Follett of Firelight.  Don’t get lost in endless data and trends!  Bring your feet back to the ground, keep your goals firmly in mind, and get ready for some real talk.  Entrepreneurs and small businesses are passionate about the products and services they provide.  Translating that passion to sales requires a strategic focus on marketing and promotion.  Marketing Mondays at the Muskegon Innovation Hub will provide sound tools, techniques and knowledge that every small business owner and entrepreneur needs to know to effectively engage with customers and increase revenue from sales.  RSVP by noon Friday, April 13.  NO WALK-INS, NO EXCEPTIONS.  For further information, please send an e-mail to the Hub at mihubinfo@gvsu.edu.

Edith Maniker, Kindertransport Survivor
April 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Edith Maniker, who as a young child was a Kindertransport survivor who escaped Nazi persecution during World War II, will be the guest presenter at the 2018 Shoah Commemoration Service at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. The event, which takes place at Samuel Lutheran Church, at the corner of 8th Street and Muskegon Ave. in downtown Muskegon, is organized by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies – Muskegon. Maniker will also speak at a community event on Monday, April 16, from 6:30-8 p.m. in Muskegon Community College’s Sturrus Technology Center, 388 W. Clay Ave., in downtown Muskegon. Both events are free and open to the public. During the day on April 16, Maniker will be participating in an outreach program for Muskegon County High Schools from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies – Muskegon. Born in Leipzig, Germany, Maniker, along with a hundred other children, was placed on a train in 1939 that transported the youngsters from Germany to England and away from the Nazi horrors. A few years ago, Maniker returned to Germany – something she vowed she would never do – for the first time since her remarkable escape. The Kindertransport (German for “children’s transport”) was an organized rescue effort that took place during the nine months prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. The United Kingdom took in nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Free City of Danzig. The children were placed in British foster homes, hostels, schools and farms. Often they were the only members of their families who survived the Holocaust. For more information on the events, please contact Trynette Lottie-Harps at (231) 777-0559.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events April 2-9, 2018

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

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Monday, April 2 @ 6:00 pm
Come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns! Each episode will be followed by a discussion.  Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission.  Members are free.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

Super Spring Break Days
April 2 – 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Monday – Thursday, April 2 – 5 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Super Spring Break Days!”  Take an adventure and explore the museum’s awesome art collection.  There is free admission for one adult accompanying a child.

Instructor: Ronace Hogan

•  11:00am – 1:00pm  Docent in the gallery
•  11:00am – 2:00pm  Arts and crafts in the classroom
•  11:30am –  Film in the auditorium

Monday:  Pastels (permanent collection)
Tuesday:  Beading and Weaving (Thunder Boy, Jr.)
Wednesday:  Tooling (The Poetry of Metal)
Thursday:  Paint! (Expressions Student Art Exhibition)

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays @ 6:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Lakeshore Museum Center: Spring Break Open House
April 3 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
It’s a Spring Break Open House at the Lakeshore Museum Center!  Enjoy crafts, wind tunnel science, and more hands-on fun.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Free Family Movie Day:  Where the Wild Things Are
April 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, April 4 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm, come to the historic Frauenthal Theater for a free family movie day featuring “Where the Wild Things Are!” A young boy named Max has an active imagination, and he will throw fits if others don’t go along with what he wants.  Max, following an incident with his sister and her friends, and following a tantrum which he throws as a result of his Mother paying more attention to her boyfriend than to him, runs away from home.  Wearing his wolf costume at the time, Max not only runs away physically, but runs toward a world in his imagination.  This world, an ocean away, is inhabited by large wild beasts, including one named Carol who is much like Max himself in temperament.  Instead of eating Max like they normally would with creatures of his type, the wild things befriend Max after he proclaims himself a king who can magically solve all their problems. The film is free and no tickets are required.  For more information, call 231-722-9750.

A Taste from the Mountain Regions of Italy with Sofia
April 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is offering the culinary class, “A Taste from the Mountain Regions of Italy with Sofia!” The Menu: Polenta e Frico (fried cheese and potatoes), Canederli (bread gnocchi), Polpette (meatballs), Gelato with warm blueberries Bring your appetite!  Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved here four years ago from Italy where she spent her entire life.  The cost is $35.  For more information call 231-769-2202.

Pajama Party at the Art Museum
April 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
We will see you at the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Pajama Party at the Museum!”  Wear your jammies (slippers optional) and have some fun as you enjoy an activity with their friends from the Lakeshore Museum Center, story time with their friends from Hackley Public Library, a hot cocoa station, art activity and a movie.  Admission is FREE!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Lakeshore Museum Center: Robot Open House
Saturday, April 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Robot Open House!  Try out many of the newer robots in the Museum’s Science Center.  Program and learn with the Cubelets, Code-a-pillar, Little Bits and more. Lakeshore Museum Center Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00 – 3:00pm in the main museum building.  Programs and museum admission are free of charge for Muskegon County Residents.  Non-residents are just $3.  www.lakeshoremuseum.org

Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

West Michigan Ironmen Home Game
Saturday, April 7 @ 7:00 pm
The West Michigan Ironmen is West Michigan’s only professional football team!  They strive to provide the highest level of competition and entertainment at an affordable price for the whole family.  You can catch their home games at 7:15pm at the L.C. Walker Arena.  Tickets start at under $10 and are available through www.startickets.com or at the L.C. Walker Box Office.   Saturday, April 7, they take on the Midway Marauders.  For more information, call (231) 457-4288.

The Swan Series
Sunday, April 8 @ 2:00 pm
Join host Robert Swan in a new lecture series entitled “The Swan Series.”  Bob will share many of his insights, experiences, and expertise gleaned from 34 years of performing in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under such famed conductors as George Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Leopoldo Stowkowski, Claudio Abbado, and many others.  Lectures will be held at the United Methodist Church in Whitehall.

On April 8 at 2:00pm, The Swan Series continues with “OUTSIDE AGAIN!”  Aaron Copland’s APPALACHIAN SPRING is one of the first uniquely American compositions both in concept and sound.  Bob Swan will explain why it is so “American” and so loved by people everywhere.  Quite selfishly, he hopes that by focusing on this masterpiece, winter’s grip on us will loosen.  The suggested donation is $7 at the door.

The Swan Series is a new program of the White Lake Music Society which produces world-class chamber music concerts, promotes and supports classical music learning opportunities for all ages, and creates awareness of the value and significance of fine music.  More information may be found at www.whitelakemusic.org.

Vegetarian Doesn’t Mean Flavorless with Sofia
Monday, April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is offering the culinary class, “Vegetarian Doesn’t Mean Flavorless with Sofia!” The Menu: Minestrone, Baked leek and asiago frittata, Vegetable pie Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved her four years ago after spending her entire life in Italy and be sure to bring your appetite!  The cost is $35.  For more information call 231-769-2202.

Live Jazz with Checkers Morton
Monday, April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
April is Jazz Month!  April 9 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Hackley Public Library will celebrate by welcoming Checkers Morton and his band of friends who have been playing together for 40 years, offer amazing, original compositions like “Dan’s Lighthearted Padge” and “Little Raga.”  Their music comes from their heart & soul and features wood, reeds, brass, ivory and primal drums.  This concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call  231-722-8000.

Muskegon Community College: Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert
Monday, April 9 @ 7:30 pm
Monday, April 9 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Muskegon Community College Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert, featuring traditional wind and jazz ensemble music of all styles.  Tickets are $6 or free for students.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/26/18 – 04/09/18

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


The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Mondays @ 6:00 pm
Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns!  Each episode will be followed by a discussion.  Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission.  Members are free.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

Authentic Italian Lasagna with Sofia
March 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, March 26 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Authentic Italian Lasagna with Sofia!”  Come learn how to make the genuine lasagna famous all over the world.  You will make it from scratch just like mom used to make it!  Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved to Muskegon four years ago from Italy.  Bring your appetite!  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Feeding the Soul of the City Free Concert
March 27 @ 12:00 pm
Tuesday, March 27 at 12:15pm, you’re invited to the historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon for the “Feeding the Soul of the City” free lunch time concert featuring excellent classical pianist, Solee Lee-Clark.  Coffee, tea and cookies will be served for free starting at 11:30am.  Attendees may bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or during the concert.  For any questions or more information, feel free to contact the St. Paul’s office at 231-722-2112.

Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
March 27 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interstellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

White Lake Winter Lecture Series: The Art of Taste
March 27 @ 7:00 pm

The White Lake Winter Lecture Series, presented by the White Lake Music Society, comes to a close with a presentation by Chef Jill Hansen on March 27, at 7:00pm.  Ms. Hansen will share on “The Art of Taste” from her many years of experience as a master chef at Cichetti Culinary Studio.  This will take place at the Book Nook and Java Shop.

Join Chef Jill Hansen as the art of food is explored.  Food’s history is as complex as some of the finest French dishes.  Ingredients, preparation, social implications, and a look into the future as our planet faces real challenges.  Take home a new recipe and enjoy some samples.

Admission is $5 at the door.  For more information, please contact Director Sondra Cross at 231-329-3056 or visit us online at www.musicwhitelake.org.

Launch Lecture Series
March 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Wednesday, March 28 from 9:00am – 10:00am, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub to hear Dr. Timothy Syfert speak on “The Importance of Creating Value for Your Customers.”  This lecture will provide insights and ideas to help you grow your business.  Breakfast is provided.  For more information, call  616-331-6900.

Page to Screen Noir: Rear Window
March 28 @ 1:30 pm
Wednesday, March 28 at 1:30pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts Page to Screen Noir, where you can read a classic noir mystery each month and then watch the film it inspired.  For March, participants will read “Rear Window” by Cornell Woolrich and then watch the 1944 movie!

Are hard-boiled detectives and mysterious women among your favorite fictional characters in a book or a movie?  Combine your passion for both with March’s book, Rear Window, which is actually a short story by Cornell Woolrich.  A laid-up magazine photographer witnesses a possible murder from his apartment window and decides to solve the crime himself.  The movie was released in 1954, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starred Grace Kelly and James Stewart.

Page to Screen Noir includes an informal discussion of both formats, plus popcorn!  You’ll need to bring your own soft drinks!  Copies of the book are available at the Library while supplies last.  This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library, is free and open to the public ages 18 and up.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org.

Student Reception:  Expressions
March 28 @ 5:30 pm – March 29 @ 7:00 pm
Wednesday, March 28, from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the opening reception of “Expressions 2018: 36th Annual Muskegon County Student Art Exhibition!”  This is the annual collaboration between the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District and the MMA that showcases the artistic talents of Muskegon County K-12 students.  Artworks in a variety of media, selected by art specialists from each of the public, charter, and private schools in the county, will be in the show.  Visit the exhibition and attend student receptions to celebrate and support our county’s young student artists and their creative vision.  Refreshments will be served and event admission is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Swing Dance Lessons at SE4SONS
March 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join Swing Dance Instructor, Becky Biesiada, at SE4SONS for a series of 3 classes in March!  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new! Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals!  This is limited to the first 30 participants. Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon CC Member to participate.  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations today.

East & West Coast Swing
Class Dates: March 15, 22, 29
Class Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $80 per couple/ $55 per single

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
March 30 @ 7:00 pm – March 31 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch two home games, Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Omaha Lancers at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

Hamlet
March 30 @ 7:30 pm
March 30 at 7:30pm, come to the Beardsley Theater as the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company presents, “Hamlet!”  Shakespeare’s masterpiece comes to life in this new production directed by Scott Lange.  Hamlet, prince of Denmark, returns home to mourn his father’s death, and finds that his mother has married his uncle, and his uncle has become the king.  When the old king’s ghost demands revenge for his murder, Hamlet must decide what course he will take in this compelling tragedy.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens.  For more information, call 231-722-9750.

Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Easter Egg Hunt: Glenside
March 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Plan now to attend Glenside’s sixth annual Easter Egg Hunt at McGraft Park on Saturday, March 31 from 10:00am – 11:30am!  Enjoy free juice and donuts, meet the Easter Bunny, and enter the free raffle drawing for lots of prizes including two kids’ bicycles!  The hunts are divided into 3 age groups (3 and under, 4-7, and 8-12), so everyone comes away a winner!  For more information, call the Glenside Neighborhood Association at 231-855-8228.

Thanks to the very generous sponsors for contributing to this event, including Coldwell Banker Woodland-Schmidt, The Lube Shop, Great Lakes Fresh Market, Smash Wine Bar & Bistro, Skeetown Tavern, Positively Muskegon and The Camera Shop.

Easter Egg Hunt: Sheldon Park
March 31 @ 10:00 am
Saturday, March 31 at 10:00am, you’re invited to bring your kids ages 4 – 12 to Sheldon Park for an Easter Egg Hunt!  Enjoy a visit with the Easter Bunny and enter a raffle for an adult Easter basket.  The rain location will be Evanston Ave. Baptist Church.  For more information, call Gordon Peterman at 231-724-6646 or 231- 773-0868.

LMC Saturday Program: Easter Craft
March 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 31 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for “Easter Craft.”  Create your very own origami bunny bookmark to take home.

LMC Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00pm – 3:00pm in the main museum building.  Programs are free of charge and museum admission is free for Muskegon County Residents.  Non-residents are just $3. For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Easter Egg Hunt: L.C. Walker Arena
March 31 @ 1:00 pm
Saturday, March 31 at 1:00pm, RAD DADS’, the City of Muskegon, the Muskegon Lumberjacks, the Ironmen, and the Risers, invite you to the L.C. Walker Arena for the world’s greatest Easter egg hunt!  Come have fun with the family and search for over 5,000 Easter eggs with hunts for three age groups.  There will also be a few Golden Eggs with special surprises!  The event is free, but they will be taking donations for the Child Abuse Council of Muskegon at the door.  For more information, call (231) 327-5290.

Easter Brunch at the Lake House
April 1 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Sunday, April 1 from 10:30am – 3:30pm, the Lake House is excited to host their Annual Easter Brunch Buffet with Chef Jaime Knudsen!  The brunch will feature Chef Carved Prime Rib, Maple & Bourbon Glazed Ham, Fried Lake Perch, a Fresh Seafood Bar, a Build Your Own Omelet Bar and much more.  Reservations are required by calling 231-722-4461 or e-mail bill@thelakehousemi.com.  The cost is $34.95 for adults.  Kids 4 – 12 are $9.95.

Easter Brunch at SE4SONS
April 1 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join SE4SONS for their Annual Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 1 from 11:00am – 2:00pm!  They’ve got something for the whole family!  Whether its delicious food for the adults or the Easter Bunny for the kids, SE4SONS has it all.  Please call 231-755-3737 and save your spot soon, as this event fills up quickly.  Please have your party size, preferred time, number of adults & children, and a contact phone number ready when calling.

Adults $29
Kids (7-12) $14
Kids (4-6) $8
3 and under are free.

Easter Brunch at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center
April 1 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
It’s not too early to reserve your table for the Easter Brunch at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, happening Sunday, April 1 from 11:00am – 3:00pm!  Hop to it and make your reservation to enjoy their slow roasted Prime Rib and Rosemary Ham at their carving station, as well as gourmet sides and desserts!  There is something for everyone!  For reservations, please call 231-720-7105 or email Sarah@himuskegon.com.

Super Spring Break Days
April 2 – 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Monday – Thursday, April 2 – 5 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Super Spring Break Days!”  Take an adventure and explore the museum’s awesome art collection.  There is free admission for one adult accompanying a child.

Instructor: Ronace Hogan
• 11:00am – 1:00pm  Docent in the gallery
• 11:00am – 2:00pm  Arts and crafts in the classroom
• 11:30am –  Film in the auditorium

Monday:  Pastels (permanent collection)
Tuesday:  Beading and Weaving (Thunder Boy, Jr.)
Wednesday:  Tooling (The Poetry of Metal)
Thursday:  Paint! (Expressions Student Art Exhibition)

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays @ 6:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Lakeshore Museum Center: Spring Break Open House
April 3 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tuesday, April 3 from 10:30am – 12:30pm, it’s a Spring Break Open House at the Lakeshore Museum Center!  Enjoy crafts, wind tunnel science, and more hands-on fun. For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 3 – June 7, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Free Family Movie Day:  Where the Wild Things Are
April 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, April 4 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm, come to the historic Frauenthal Theater for a free family movie day featuring “Where the Wild Things Are!”

A young boy named Max has an active imagination, and he will throw fits if others don’t go along with what he wants.  Max, following an incident with his sister and her friends, and following a tantrum which he throws as a result of his Mother paying more attention to her boyfriend than to him, runs away from home.  Wearing his wolf costume at the time, Max not only runs away physically, but runs toward a world in his imagination.  This world, an ocean away, is inhabited by large wild beasts, including one named Carol who is much like Max himself in temperament.  Instead of eating Max like they normally would with creatures of his type, the wild things befriend Max after he proclaims himself a king who can magically solve all their problems.

The film is free and no tickets are required.  For more information, call 231-722-9750.

A Taste from the Mountain Regions of Italy with Sofia
April 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, April 5 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is offering the culinary class, “A Taste from the Mountain Regions of Italy with Sofia!”

The Menu:
• Polenta e Frico (fried cheese and potatoes)
• Canederli (bread gnocchi)
• Polpette (meatballs)
• Gelato with warm blueberries

Bring your appetite!  Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved here four years ago from Italy where she spent her entire life.  The cost is $35.  For more information call 231-769-2202.

Pajama Party at the Art Museum
April 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, April 5 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Pajama Party at the Museum!”  Wear your jammies (slippers optional) and have some fun as you enjoy an activity with their friends from the Lakeshore Museum Center, story time with their friends from Hackley Public Library, a hot cocoa station, art activity and a movie.  Admission is FREE!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Lakeshore Museum Center Saturday Program: Robot Open House
April 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, April 7 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Robot Open House!  Try out many of the newer robots in the Museum’s Science Center.  Program and learn with the Cubelets, Code-a-pillar, Little Bits and more.

LMC Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00 – 3:00pm in the main museum building.  Programs and museum admission are free of charge for Muskegon County Residents.  Non-residents are just $3.  www.lakeshoremuseum.org

The Swan Series
April 8 @ 2:00 pm
Join host Robert Swan in a new lecture series entitled “The Swan Series.”  Bob will share many of his insights, experiences, and expertise gleaned from 34 years of performing in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under such famed conductors as George Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Leopoldo Stowkowski, Claudio Abbado, and many others.  Lectures will be held at the United Methodist Church in Whitehall.

On April 8 at 2:00pm, The Swan Series continues with “OUTSIDE AGAIN!”  Aaron Copland’s APPALACHIAN SPRING is one of the first uniquely American compositions both in concept and sound.  Bob Swan will explain why it is so “American” and so loved by people everywhere.  Quite selfishly, he hopes that by focusing on this masterpiece, winter’s grip on us will loosen.  The suggested donation is $7 at the door.

The Swan Series is a new program of the White Lake Music Society which produces world-class chamber music concerts, promotes and supports classical music learning opportunities for all ages, and creates awareness of the value and significance of fine music.  More information may be found at www.whitelakemusic.org.

Vegetarian Doesn’t Mean Flavorless with Sofia
April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, April 9 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is offering the culinary class, “Vegetarian Doesn’t Mean Flavorless with Sofia!”

The Menu:
• Minestrone
• Baked leek and asiago frittata
• Vegetable pie

Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved her four years ago after spending her entire life in Italy and be sure to bring your appetite!  The cost is $35.  For more information call 231-769-2202.

Live Jazz with Checkers Morton
April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
April is Jazz Month!  April 9 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Hackley Public Library will celebrate by welcoming Checkers Morton and his band of friends who have been playing together for 40 years, offer amazing, original compositions like “Dan’s Lighthearted Padge” and “Little Raga.”  Their music comes from their heart & soul and features wood, reeds, brass, ivory and primal drums.  This concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call  231-722-8000.

Muskegon Community College Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert
April 9 @ 7:30 pm
Monday, April 9 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Muskegon Community College Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert, featuring traditional wind and jazz ensemble music of all styles.  Tickets are $6 or free for students.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Hats and Horses Fundraiser

hatsandhorsesMuskegon, MI: Pioneer Resources is pleased to announce the “Hats and Horses” fundraiser to be held May 5, 2018, as part of a funding campaign to complete a new group home being built by Pioneer Resources Inc. in Muskegon. We encourage you to get your tickets early and dress in your derby attire for this Kentucky Derby themed party held at the Lake House. The event starts at 5:00 pm with raffles, drinks, and food. After the race, the Westside Soul Surfers will entertain you until 10:00 pm.

Currently under construction, the new group home will be home to six individuals with developmental disabilities and is fully wheelchair accessible. The home is located in a beautiful setting on the east side of Muskegon.

Pioneer Resources began as an unincorporated association of parents and educators in the late 1940s, operating as Pioneer School and providing special education and therapy. 63 years later the agency offers a diverse array of individualized supports and services for persons with disabilities as well as seniors.

For more information or tickets visit: www.pioneerresources.org/events/hats-and-horses/

Spring Lake Public Schools Child Find-Preschool Screening

The Spring Lake School District is conducting its annual Child Find-Preschool Screening on April 27. The purpose of the screening is to assure parents that their preschool child is developing normally and to identify children who have learning needs. All children from the Spring Lake School District who are three years old or who turned four after September 1, 2017  are eligible to be screened.

Parents who live in the Spring Lake School District and would like to set up an appointment for their child can contact Pam Massucci at 846-9240

Morea Chiropractic Celebrating 16 Years in Fruitport

Morea Chiropractic Wellness Center of Fruitport would like to announce that the practice is celebrating its 16th anniversary this month. Led by chiropractor Mike Morea, Morea Chiropractic provides non-invasive, drug-free pain management and injury rehabilitation, and complete wellness care to patients of all ages. The office also boasts state of the art technology, a supplement room and massage therapy.

drmike“Dr. Mike”, as his patients affectionately call him, graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Biology. From there he went on to Life University to receive his doctor of chiropractic degree. Dr. Mike is an active participant in the Michigan Association of Chiropractors. He is using the anniversary of his practice as an opportunity to raise awareness about the benefits of chiropractic care and to encourage families to learn more about how chiropractic care would enhance their loved ones lives. Morea Chiropractic will host a “Sweet 16” Anniversary celebration on March 24th, 2018 from 12pm-3pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Our mission is to help as many families in our lifetime by loving, giving, and serving.

Following our mission we are extending a special invitation to all families to come in and meet with Dr. Mike, receive a thorough chiropractic exam and consult for only $16.

To learn more about MCWC visit: www.moreachiro.com or call the office at 231-865-7474.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/19/18 – 03/26/18

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

Author Meet and Greet:  Mark Farina “Casey and the Flying Fortress”
March 19 @ 11:00 am & 6:00 pm
Monday, March 19 at 11:00am, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for the Author Meet and Greet:  Mark Farina “Casey and the Flying Fortress!”

Imagine rummaging through your dead mother-in-law’s closet and encountering a box full of postcards, letters, photos and diaries which are from your father-in-law’s time in the service during the Second World War.  This box of materials will trigger a quest by Mark Farina, a Chicago area sports announcer and a reporter, who will try to unlock the military exploits of his father-in-law, Casey Paulinski.  His quest will bring him across the United States and the Netherlands as he will retrace his service as a B-17 pilot and crew member.

In the all too familiar situation in which many veteran families find themselves in, Casey offered little about his military service while alive.  Mark will share his techniques, tips, and ways; he uncovered his father-in-law’s service history.  Come and listen to this riveting story.  There will be two free presentations of Casey and the Flying Fortress offered:

11:00am – USS Silversides Submarine Museum
6:00pm – Muskegon Community College’s Sturrus Technology Center
Admission is free and open to all.  Mr. Farina will be signing and selling his book at each event.
www.silversidesmuseum.org

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
March 19 @ 6:00 pm
Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns!  Each episode will be followed by a discussion.  Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission.  Members are free.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

Pet Painting
March 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
March 19 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, the Arts Council of White Lake invites you to Pub One Eleven for the “Pet Painting” event to benefit the Muskegon Humane Society!   Enjoy drinks and friends while you paint a custom piece of your pet.  When you register, you will be asked to email a picture of your pet. This will be pre-drawn onto a canvas ready for finishing touches the day of the event.  Images may be cropped to best fit the canvas.  The cost is $40 and is for ages 16+.  Space is limited, so register today by calling 231-893-2524 or visit the website below.

Drip Cakes with Kathy DeHoag
March 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, March 20 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Drip Cakes with Kathy DeHoag!”  Learn to frost, make the drip for the cake, also different kinds of drops to use and learn difference decorating techniques.  You will go home with a decorated cake!  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Vernal Equinox EcoTrek Fitness Adventure
March 20 @ 6:00 pm
Join Cari Draft and Lisa VanDonkelaar, Tuesday, March 20 at 6:00pm at the Muskegon County Wastewater Management System’s John J. Helstrom Nature Trail to celebrate the first day of SPRING with an adventure!  $10 drop-in includes an EcoTrek Fitness outdoor adventure workout at MCWW where you choose your pace: a little faster with more intensity with Cari leading, or stick to the back with Lisa!  You’ll get a great workout at your own fitness level while enjoying the natural beauty of this facility.  Please RSVP so they can have a parking pass reserved for you.  Bring a friend and you’ll each pay $5 instead of $10!  For more information, e-mail info@ecotrekfitness.com .

Address for your GPS: 698 N Maple Island Rd, Muskegon

Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interstellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Opening Reception: Works by Southwest Michigan Printmakers
March 21 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
“Exquisite Corpse Project: Head-to Toe & In-between,” featuring artwork by 24 members of the Southwest Michigan Printmakers (SWMP), opens March 19 in Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Gallery and will be on display through April 20. This exhibit is free and open to the public.  Overbrook Gallery hours are from 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Friday, with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater.  Call (231) 777-0324 for more information.  An opening reception and talk by the artists will take place on Wednesday, March 21, from 3:30-5:00pm in the Overbrook Theater Lobby.  For more information on the exhibit, contact Erin Hoffman, MCC art instructor and Overbrook Gallery coordinator at (231) 777-0399.

Narnia the Musical
March 22 – March 24
March 22 – 23 at 7:00pm, and March 24 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm, you’re invited to the Beardsley Theatre for “Narnia the Musical,” presented by Artios Academies of Grand Haven.  The famous story from the Chronicles of Narnia has become a musical presentation.  Entering Narnia are four siblings plucked from our world in unexpected ways to help Narnia and learn lessons of courage, unselfishness and wisdom throughout the whirlwind adventure.

Tickets are $10 general admission.  For more information, call 231-722-9750.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
March 22 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm|
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Swing Dance Lessons at SE4SONS
March 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join Swing Dance Instructor, Becky Biesiada, at SE4SONS for a series of 3 classes in March!  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new! Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals!  This is limited to the first 30 participants. Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon CC Member to participate.  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations today.

East & West Coast Swing
Class Dates: March 15, 22, and 29
Class Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $80 per couple/ $55 per single

Back Alley Comedy Club: Pauly Shore
March 23 – March 24
March 23 and 24, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club inside Sherman Bowling Center for live stand-up from comedian Pauly Shore!

Pauly tasted super-stardom in 1990 when his precedent-setting MTV show “Totally Pauly” hit the airwaves to major fan approval.  The show ran for six years, leading him to numerous television and film roles including the one-hour HBO television special, “Pauly Does Dallas” and starring in the films “Encino Man,” “Son In Law”, “Jury Duty,” “In the Army Now,” and “Bio Dome.”  Pauly then went on to star and produce in his own projects including “Pauly Shore is Dead” for 20th Century Fox, which is now available on Amazon Prime.  He also produced and starred in two comedy specials, “Vegas is My Oyster,” and “Pauly-Tics,” which are both now available on Crackle.  In 2014, Pauly released “Pauly Shore Stands Alone,” a true-life road documentary that follows him as he performs in obscure towns throughout Wisconsin while dealing with his personal life back home, which is now on Amazon Prime.  He is currently producing a six-part documentary series based off of the original documentary “Pauly Shore Stands Alone.”  Additionally, Pauly recently debuted the video portion of his podcast “Pauly Shore Podcast Show,” on Crackle.  Pauly remains hard at work on a historical documentary of his life spanning the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s about his life growing up at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood.  He recently played Stephen Miller in a viral Funny or Die video and stars in an upcoming Funny or Die sketch with Bobby Lee, Jay Mohr and Richard Schiff from “Ballers” entitled “Silver Lake Vice Squad.”

Shows are at 6:30pm and 9:00pm and tickets are $27.  For more information, call (231) 755-1258.

Pigeon Hill’s Totally Majestic 4th Anniversary Party
March 23 – March 24
Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, Pigeon Hill Brewing Company in downtown Muskegon is celebrating four years in business!  They’ll have great entertainment from Flexadecibel, Jesse Ray & the Carolina Catfish & The Crane Wives!  More details will be announced soon, so keep an eye on their Facebook page or call (231) 375-5184.

The Secrets of Bees Exhibit Opening & Family Fun Night
March 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, March 23 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, bring the family to the Lakeshore Museum Center for “The Secrets of Bees Exhibit Opening & Family Fun Night!”  Help celebrate the opening of their newest exhibit, The Secrets of Bees, with a special evening for families!  This hands-on exhibit examines the ways bees affect us, and our impact on them.  During their exhibit opening and Family Fun night, they will feature a bee related craft, as well as light refreshments.  The Muskegon Conservation District will have a station exploring how families can create bee habitats in their own yards and the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology at Muskegon Community College will have a station about their beekeeping program.  The program is free with regular paid admission. For more information, call 231-722-0278.

The Alley Door Club
March 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 13th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 12, 2018 with live performances from an array of local bands!  Performing on select Friday nights through April, The Alley Door Club features live music from popular West Michigan bands in a fun environment which includes cash bar and dancing.  Featured in the Ballroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Hilt Building the doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks), with live music from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

The 2018 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
• Friday, March 23:  Group Therapy Band – rock
• Friday, April 13: Pop Fiction – pop & rock
• Friday, April 27: Yard Sale Underwear – self-proclaimed kings of polyester pop & soul

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231-727-8001 or in person Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737.   Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.  Tables may be reserved:  $65.00 for a 4-top (included 4 admission tickets) / $100.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets).  Limit of 2 4-tops and 2 8-tops reserved for each performance, available on a first come basis.  The Alley Door Club is sponsored by Bayer Crop Science and Hooker DeJonge.

Performances @The Block: Frances Luke Accord – Modern Folk
March 23 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, March 23 at 7:30pm, come to The Block for Frances Luke Accord.  Independent Chicago-based duo, multi-instrumentalists and songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers head this modern folk band that draws copious inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul and rock.  Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm.

Food as Art. Food is Art
March 24
Saturday, March 24, Chef Jill Hansen will prepare a fun and informative evening with famed Cichetti food on March 24 at Cichetti Culinary Studio!  This 4-course dinner and lecture/discussion will revolve around the topic, “Food as Art. Food is Art.”  The cost is $35 per person with proceeds benefitting the 9th annual White Lake Chamber Music Festival (August 3-13).  A cash bar will be available.  Dress is casual and you are encouraged to bring a paper copy of one of your favorite recipes to share and discuss.  RSVP by March 14 to Jill Hansen at 231-855-4118.  For more information, please visit www.whitelakemusic.org.

Indoor Farmers’ Market
March 24 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
March 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Green Eggs and Ham: Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
March 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, March 24 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, join the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for a breakfast of Green Eggs and Ham!  Your child will visit with a Dr. Seuss character and also receive a Dr. Seuss book to take home.  The requested donation is $15 for an adult and one child and an extra $5 for each additional person.   For more information, call 231-788-3050.

Note:  The venue for this year is First Lutheran Church at 1206 Whitehall Rd. due to a boiler problem at the Woman’s Club.

Italian Easter Classic with Sofia
March 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, March 24 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Italian Easter Classic with Sofia!”  Create a classic Easter menu from the Italian tradition.

The Menu:
• Insalata russa
• gnocchi alla romana
• baked bread and parmesan stuffed tomatoes
• baked salmon with cherry tomatoes, cappers and olives

Come to this class hungry!  Learn from Sofia Occhialini who just moved to Muskegon from Italy four years ago.  The cost is $40.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Lakeshore Museum Center Saturday Program: Michigan Fossils
March 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 24 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center to learn about millions of years of Michigan history with a hands-on examination of fossils.  LMC Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00 – 3:00pm in the main museum building.  Programs and museum admission are free of charge for Muskegon County Residents.  Non-residents are just $3.  www.lakeshoremuseum.org

Craft Crawl
March 25 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
March 25, Girls Pint Out is hosting the first-ever “Craft Crawl” in downtown Muskegon, a bar crawl to raise money for a good cause!  Everyone over 21-years-old is invited to sample craft beer and cocktails from five different breweries in downtown Muskegon from 12:00pm – 5:00pm.  Participants start at Racquets Downtown Grill, where they give a donation then receive a punch card to take with them to each brewery they visit.  Other breweries taking part in the fundraiser include Unruly Brewing, Pigeon Hill, Mike’s Inn, and 18th Amendment Spirits.  Each of these locations will have a special drink specifically designed for this event.  Once the punch card is complete, they return to Racquets where they turn in the card and are entered in a drawing to win prizes.

All the money donated through this event will benefit MomsBloom, an organization that sends volunteers to help new parents with their babies.  They provide help with things like household tasks and infant care, along with emotional support.  Learn more at facebook.com/momsbloom.

Spring Film Fest
March 25 @ 2:00 pm
Every Sunday at 2:00pm, through March 25, come to the Harbor Theater for the Spring Film Fest to benefit Muskegon’s historic military vessels!  Tickets are only $6.  March 25th’s movie is “Dunkirk.” For more information, call (231) 375-5228.

Authentic Italian Lasagna with Sofia
March 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, March 26 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Authentic Italian Lasagna with Sofia!”  Come learn how to make the genuine lasagna famous all over the world.  You will make it from scratch just like mom used to make it!  Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved to Muskegon four years ago from Italy.  Bring your appetite!  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Shoreline Symphony Performs “What Dreams May Come” Concert

The Shoreline Symphony will present a concert entitled “What Dreams May Come” on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. at the Frauenthal Center, 425 West Western Ave., Muskegon, MI.  This is the second performance in Shoreline Symphony’s 2017-2018 season Magic and Mystery.

If your dreams had soundtracks, what would they sound like?  What about your nightmares?

Composers have written music about dreams of every kind: waking and sleeping, peaceful and creepy, lucid and murky.  The Shoreline Symphony invites you to hear some of these imaginative pieces in its upcoming concert.

Featured music includes:
•  portions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (versions by both Mendelssohn and Purcell)
•  tone poems by Elgar and Nielsen
•  short selections from operas by Humperdinck (Hansel and Gretel) and Arensky (Dream of the Volga)
•  film music from Requiem for a Dream and The Secret of NIMH

Admission is $8 for adults.  Students and those under 18 are welcome to attend for free.

Tickets are only available through the Frauenthal Center.  To purchase them:
•  Call the Frauenthal box office at 231-727-8001
•  Visit www.frauenthal.org
•  Go to the Frauenthal box office at 425 West Western Ave., Muskegon, Michigan

Preceding the concert, Shoreline Symphony Director Annette Jurcevic will talk about the music, the composers who wrote it, and their ideas about dreams.  Don’t miss her energetic, humorous discussion, which starts at 3:30 p.m.

Established in September 2012, the Shoreline Symphony Community Orchestra is celebrating its sixth season of creating quality classical music for Muskegon area audiences. Led by founding director Annette Jurcevic, the Shoreline Symphony Community Orchestra brings together professional and amateur musicians who play alongside students and faculty from several area colleges and universities.  The non-profit organization is the only all-volunteer orchestra in the Muskegon area to include woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings.

For more event information, contact Annette Jurcevic at 512-914-8628 or sajurcevic@gmail.com.

Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 17

7th Annual Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade set for Saturday, March 17

Family celebration of Muskegon County’s Irish Heritage seeks marchers, floats

Muskegon, MI – Break out the green on Saturday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day – for the 7th Annual Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade, stepping off at 11:00 a.m. from 4th Street and Clay Avenue and marching east along Clay to Jefferson Street.

This family-oriented parade is sponsored by Hennessy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant and the Greater Muskegon Jaycees, and is designed to celebrate Muskegon County’s Irish Heritage. Families, organizations, fraternal groups, businesses, marching bands, churches and schools are invited to join in the fun and march in this exciting event.

The Grand Marshalls for this year’s parade are members of the Mullally Family of Muskegon. James Mullally is the only living founder of the Muskegon Irish American Society, established over 45 years ago. Neil Mullally served as a Muskegon County judge for over 30 years, and has been a leader in numerous public service organizations. John Mullally is an author and retired long-time dentist. Richard Mullally has devoted many years of his life to honoring our Muskegon County World War II veterans. All Mullally’s, whether related or not, are invited to join the Grand Marshalls in the parade!

“We’re very pleased to again sponsor the 7th Annual Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” said Nancy Hennessy, owner of Hennessy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 885 Jefferson Street in downtown Muskegon. “The parade has become an annual tradition in Muskegon, drawing hundreds of marchers and thousands of spectators, and this year, for our seventh parade, we’re planning for even more marching units and spectators at the parade. Everyone in Muskegon County and West Michigan is invited to participate!”

“We’re inviting families to march in the parade again too, to represent their Irish roots with banners and posters identifying their ‘home county’ back in Ireland,” added Mike Hennessy, Nancy’s husband and owner of Hennessy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant.

Sponsor your group and walk the parade route or design a float and ride through downtown Muskegon along “O’Clay Avenue”! The only cost to march or sponsor a float is a non-perishable food donation to benefit The Food Pantry of Catholic Charities of West Michigan. The Jaycees will be accepting food donations from parade spectators along the route.

The Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at 11:00 a.m. from 4th Street and Clay Avenue and proceeds east on Clay to Jefferson. Parade staging area will be in the Muskegon Community College Downtown Campus parking lot on Clay Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets. The general public is encouraged to line Clay Avenue along the parade route to enjoy the festivities.

All day on Saturday, March 17, Hennessy’s (www.hennessyspub.com) will offer live Irish entertainment, Irish dancing and a special St. Patrick’s Day menu in the restaurant and pub. Hennessy’s will open at 8:00 a.m., and remain open throughout the day until 12:00 midnight with live Irish entertainment.

“The Greater Muskegon Jaycees are excited to be involved in the 7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a great family event that also helps people in need throughout the county,” said Kara Zielinski, president of the Jaycees. “We encourage everyone to come on out and march in the parade or watch along Clay Avenue, and be sure to bring along non-perishable food items for The Food Pantry!”

If your family, organization, school, church or group wants to march in the 7th Annual Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade, please contact the Greater Muskegon Jaycees at parade@muskegonjaycees.org for a complete registration packet, or pick up a packet in person at Visit Muskegon, the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 610 W. Western Avenue in downtown Muskegon, 231-724-3100. Registration forms are also available at the Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade website at: http://www.muskegonjaycees.org/parade.html.

Again, there is no cost to march or participate in the Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade, just a donation of non-perishable food items. Spectators are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the parade for collection by the Greater Muskegon Jaycees.

On St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17, Hennessy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight with live Irish music.

11:00 a.m. St. Patrick’s Day Parade step-off
11:30 a.m. – Noon Free coffee and Hot Chocolate Tent
12:00 Noon Irish Flag Raising w/ Irish American Society
Music
12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Dave McIntire and Scott Sheldon
3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Steeple Hill
8:30 p.m. – Midnight Knotwork Celtic
Costume Contest
9:30 p.m. Annual Costume Parade
10:00 p.m. Crowd judging of Costumes

For more information on the parade or additional the St. Patrick’s Day activities, contact the Greater Muskegon Jaycees at parade@muskegonjaycees.org or the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 231-724-3100 or info@visitmuskegon.org.

March in West Michigan

What’s Included This Month

We’re starting to move towards spring, here in West Michigan. With the change in seasons comes Spring Break. Spring Break gives you and your family time to take a little vacation (or staycation!) before the spring and summer travel seasons get into full swing. Get the most out of your Spring Break with Spring Lodging Specials. Many West Michigan destinations are offering discounts and special packages to help you plan your next getaway without breaking the bank.

There are two holidays on the horizon, starting with St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 17th. The festivities start early to get you in the mood for this Irish holiday, with parades, fun runs, Irish food, and more. You’ll find even more fun throughout St. Patrick’s Day weekend: the peak of this festive holiday.

It’s also time to start preparing for Easter, which is on Sunday, April 1st. West Michigan is celebrating with many Easter traditions: egg hunts, brunch, and visits from the Easter Bunny. Figure out your family’s Easter plans early by placing reservations for brunch and creating an itinerary of activities!

The history of West Michigan and the Great Lakes is rich with Lighthouses. They have lit the way for boats on the Great Lakes for decades, and many still stand as historic landmarks and tourist attractions. WMTA is celebrating these lighthouses with the 30th Anniversary Edition of the Lighthouse Map + Circle Tour, available in April. Click here to request the new Lighthouse Map + Circle Tour, and we’ll have it mailed to you for free.

Don’t forget to view our brand-new 2018 West Michigan Travel Guide online to help plan your trip, and enter for a chance to win a gift pack from Arcadia Brewing Company!

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/12/18 – 03/19/18

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

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
March 12 @ 6:00 pm
Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns!  Each episode will be followed by a discussion.  Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission.  Members are free.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

Crostoli E Frittelle with Sofia
March 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, March 12 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Crostoli E Frittelle with Sofia!”  Crostoli E Frittelle are fried sweets, a traditional must on every Carnival Italian’s table.  Carnival or “Carnevale” is one of the biggest celebrations in Italy.  Famous for its masks (Venice Carnival), it starts on January 7 until the Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday.  You guessed it, you will be making Italian fried sweets in this class and learning about Carnevale from Sofia who was born, raised and lived in Italy until coming to Muskegon four years ago.

Masks are welcome although you may need to remove them while cooking!  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

LMC Speaker Series: The Sojourners and the Single Girl
March 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, March 12 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm, come to Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing for the Lakeshore Museum Center Speaker Series featuring “The Sojourners and the Single Girl!”  Local historian Marjorie Viveen will be sharing a presentation about West Michigan fur trader, Rix Robinson, and his fur trade crew of 1830.  The license he secured for his trading granted him rights on the Grand River and Vicinity and he employed one woman and 21 men at posts scattered from Little Traverse Bay to St. Joseph.  This event takes a close look at one of our local fur trading outfits and promises to be very informative.  RSVP by calling 231-894-0342.  The cost is $6 for members and $8 for non-members.

Marjorie Viveen, Ed.S. is a retired School Psychologist and lifelong resident of Grand Haven.  She chaired committees to preserve the Ottawa County Poor Farm Cemetery, the Grand Haven Central Park Fountain, their Town Clock, and led a year-long celebration of the Grand River Greenway in celebration of Ottawa County Parks’ Silver Anniversary.  Viveen founded the Dusty Dozens History Group and was named TCHM’s 2010 “Historian of the Year.”  In 2012 she authored “Historic River Road: A Self-Guided Auto Tour for All Seasons, co-authored Our People, Their Stories with Wallace Ewing, Ph. D., and has written numerous articles.  A second book on Grand River fur trade is in the works.  She currently serves on the Ottawa County Parks Foundation Board, the Tri-Cities Historical Museum’s Editorial Board, and is the chairperson of the Ottawa County Poor Farm Sesquicentennial Committee.

Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interstellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Honoring Our Veterans Dinner
March 14 @ 5:30 pm
Wednesday, March 14 at 5:30pm, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for the Honoring Our Veterans Dinner!  This special evening will include dinner, a presentation of the Robert E. Garrison Award to Billy Charles Walker, Jr. in recognition of faithful and diligent service to country and community.  Tickets are $40 and seating is limited, so please call soon to make your reservation.  Tickets may be purchased individually or tables may be sponsored by you or your organization to help honor this wonderful community of veterans.  Tickets will not be held beyond 4:00pm, Monday, March 12 without payment.  To make reservations, please contact Teresa Folkmier at 231-755-1230, e-mail tfolkmier@silversidesmuseum.org or purchase them online at www.silversidesmuseum.org.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
March 14 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch a home game Wednesday, March 14 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Chicago Steel at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Swing Dance Lessons at SE4SONS
March 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join Swing Dance Instructor, Becky Biesiada, at SE4SONS for a series of 3 classes in March!  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new! Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals!  This is limited to the first 30 participants. Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon CC Member to participate.  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations today.

East & West Coast Swing
Class Dates: March 15, 22, 29
Class Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $80 per couple/ $55 per single

Iconic Women of U.S. History: Audrey Hepburn and Susie Bright
March 15 @ 6:00 pm
The Center for Experiential Learning at Muskegon Community College is presenting a three-part lecture series on the “Iconic Women of U.S. History:  Audrey Hepburn and Susie Bright,”  Thursday, March 15, at 6:00pm.  Free and open to the public, the talk is part of the Women’s History Month celebration throughout March and will be held in the Dr. Donald and Nancy Crandall Experiential Learning Lab on the first floor.  MCC Distinguished Faculty Award recipient and Emeritus Instructor, Bill Jacobs, will offer insights into the lives and times of prominent American women.  For more information, contact the MCC Social Sciences Department at (231) 777-0380.

Thursday Night Music Club: Uneven Ground
March 15 @ 7:00 pm
As part of their free Thursday Night Music Club concert series, the Norton Shores Library hosts live Celtic music from Uneven Ground, Thursday, March 15 at 7:00pm!

‘Grounded’ in the roots of traditional Irish music, Uneven Ground presents a blend of songs molded from hundreds of pub tunes from around the Celtic region.  By teaching the history of their music mixed with their nonsensical humor, each performance offers the listener an escape from the busyness of life. Figuratively named after the Irish slip jig ‘On the Rocky Road to Dublin,’  members include Courtney Hutson, fiddle, vocals; Dave Closz, guitar, vocals; Tim Staudacher, mandolin, guitar; Larry Halverson, whistle, flute and bodhrán.

For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .

Michigan Irish Music Festival’s St. Patrick’s Day Party
March 16 @ 5:30 pm – March 17 @ 11:00 pm
March 16 – 17, you’re invited to Bella Maria’s Event Center for the Michigan Irish Music Festival’s St. Patrick’s Day Party!  Enjoy flavorful Irish fare, savory snacks, delicious drinks and the BEST Craic (“Craic” (/kræk/ KRAK) or “crack” is a term for news, gossip, fun, entertainment, and enjoyable conversation, particularly prominent in Ireland).  The shenanigans happen from 5:30pm – 11:00pm both nights with live entertainment provided by Jimmy Keane & Dennis Cahill and Brother Crowe!  There will also be performances by Ardan Academy of Irish Dance and the Celebrated Silent Auction.  For more information, keep an eye on the Michigan Irish Music Festival’s Facebook page!

Raise the Roof
March 16 @ 6:00 pm
Friday, March 16, the Muskegon County Habitat for Humanity presents River City Improv for a night of comedy!  Raise the Roof tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 at the door.  A cash bar will be available, but not included in the ticket price.  Doors open at 6:00pm along with dinner being catered by The Hearthstone Bistro, Bar and Grill.  A raffle will take place with items donated from local businesses who support their mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.  The show starts at 8:00pm and the evening will conclude with the raffle drawing.  For more information, call (231) 727-6020.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
March 16 @ 7:00 pm – March 17 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch two home games, Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Run Muskegon’s 4th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5k
March 17 @ 9:00 am
Run Muskegon’s 4th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5k is happening Saturday, March 17, on the Lakeshore Trail behind Fricano Place!  Register for this fun and festive St. Patrick’s Day race to benefit Run Muskegon’s snow removal efforts that keep the trail clear during the winter months.

Get festive and wear green, a kilt or dress up like a leprechaun for a chance to win prizes!  The Shamrock Shuffle will be chip-timed courtesy of Runner’s Edge Timing with awards given to:

•  Overall Top Male & Female Finisher
• 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age group
• 1st, 2nd and 3rd for the best Costume

All ages are welcome for this family friendly event.  Packet pick-up will be Friday, March 16 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm and March 17 from 8:00am – 8:55am at Fricano Place.  The cost is $20 without a t-shirt or $25 with a t-shirt.  You must register by March 7 to get the shirt.  After that, they’ll be available for purchase at the race in very limited quantities.  The Family Rate (3 or 4 people at same address) is $15 each without a t-shirt or $20 each with a Short Sleeve Tech T-shirt.

For more information, e-mail runmuskegon@gmail.com or runnersedge@runnersedge.biz.

Muskegon’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 17 @ 11:00 am
Saturday, March 17, the Annual Muskegon’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is stepping off at 11:00am from 4th St. and Clay Ave. and marching east along Clay to Jefferson St.  Families, organizations, fraternal groups, businesses, marching bands, churches and schools are invited to join in the fun and march in this exciting event! Sponsor your “clan” and walk the parade route or design a float and ride through downtown Muskegon along “O’Clay Street!”  The only cost to march in the parade or sponsor a float is a non-perishable food donation.  The Greater Muskegon Jaycees “Cart Corps” will perform along the parade route, accepting food donations from the parade crowd and entertaining the assembled masses with their synchronized grocery cart maneuvers!  If your family, organization or group wants to march in the inaugural Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade, please contact the Greater Muskegon Jaycees at parade@muskegonjaycees.org for a complete registration packet.  For more information, call 231-412-0705.

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt
March 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 17 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for a St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt!

LMC Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00 – 3:00pm in the main museum building.  Programs and museum admission are free for Muskegon County Residents.  Non-residents are just $3. www.lakeshoremuseum.org

Back Alley Comedy Club: Mat Alono-Martin
March 17 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 17 at 8:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm), the Back Alley Comedy Club presents Mat Alono-Martin with special guest Dwight Simmons!  Advance tickets are $7 or $10 the day of the show.  For more information, call (231) 755-1258 or visit the website below.

Mat Alano-Martin comes to comedy from the world of rock and roll, where he spent 10 years touring North America as a member of several unknown bands and as a tour manager for much more successful, well known bands.  Mat has a comedic style that bridges the social and political views of his indie-rock background with the attitude and sensibilities of his rural and blue collar youth.  Alano-Martin’s debut album “Profiled as Such” can be heard on the Sirius/XM Raw Dog comedy channel.  He has appeared on the nationally syndicated The Bob & Tom Show, Laughs on Fox TV and at several festivals across the country.  He is also the co-founder of the Limestone Comedy Festival and Arch City Comedy Festival.
Dwight Simmons has an engaging comedic presence that has allowed him to connect with audiences all over the country.  In 2015, his debut album “Pacifist Aggressive” reached #1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts.  More recently, Dwight has been selected to the Memphis, Limestone, Crom and Crossroads Comedy Festivals.

Spring Film Fest
March 18 @ 2:00 pm
Every Sunday at 2:00pm, February 11 – March 25, come to the Harbor Theater for the Spring Film Fest to benefit Muskegon’s historic military vessels!  Tickets are only $6.  For more information, call (231) 375-5228.

The Line-Up
•  2/11 Tombstone
•  2/18 African Queen
•  2/25 MASH
•  3/4 Dr. Strangelove
•  3/11 The Quiet Man
•  3/18 The Manchurian Candidate
•  3/25 Dunkirk

What Dreams May Come
March 18 @ 4:00 pm
Sunday, March 18 at 4:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for “What Dreams May Come,” presented by the Shoreline Symphony Community Orchestra!

This family-friendly performance features a variety of music: from animated film (The Secret of NIMH) to Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) to opera (Hansel and Gretel), and more.

Preceding the concert at 3:30pm, Shoreline Symphony Director Annette Jurcevic will host a brief discussion about the music, its historical and cultural context, and the composers who wrote it.

Tickets are $8 for adults and students.  Children under 18 are free.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Pet Painting
March 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
March 19 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, the Arts Council of White Lake invites you to Pub One Eleven for the “Pet Painting” event to benefit the Muskegon Humane Society!   Enjoy drinks and friends while you paint a custom piece of your pet.  When you register, you will be asked to email a picture of your pet. This will be pre-drawn onto a canvas ready for finishing touches the day of the event.  Images may be cropped to best fit the canvas.  The cost is $40 and is for ages 16+.  Space is limited, so register today by calling 231-893-2524 or visit http://www.artswhitelake.org/event-2829704/Registration.

Muskegon County Clerk’s Full Service Saturday – 03/10/18

Muskegon County Clerk’s Full Service Saturday on Saturday, March 10th. Doors open at 9:30 for service between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

We know everyone is busy and it is difficult to get away during the week.
We will provide all services provided during the week:
· certified vital records including births, deaths, marriage, and divorce records;
· apply for a marriage license and/or schedule to be married by County Clerk Waters;
· register your business name;
· apply for a CPL,
· get documents notarized,
· and do genealogy research.

When do you need a Certified Birth Certificate? A few reasons are:
· New REAL ID now requires a certified copy of your birth certificate and any other document changing your name.
· Kids starting school
· Kids playing sports
· Driver’s education

Come prepared, check our website: www.co.muskegon.mi.us/clerk
Nancy A. Waters
Muskegon County Clerk
Michael E. Kobza Hall of Justice
990 Terrace Street, 1st Floor
Muskegon, MI 49442

Phone: 231-724-6221
Fax: 231-724-6262
E-mail: clerk@co.muskegon.mi.us
Most services require photo ID.

 

Full Service Saturday

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Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/05/18 – 03/12/18

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

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
March 5 @ 6:00 pm
Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns!  Each episode will be followed by a discussion.  Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission.  Members are free.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

Live Celtic Music: Uneven Ground
March 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 6 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for live Celtic music from “Uneven Ground!”  This is a four-piece traditional Celtic band blends vocals with instrumentals to bring their listeners on a unique musical journey.  They play Celtic, Irish, English, Scottish music.  The members are Courtney Hutson, fiddle,vocals; Dave Closz, guitar,vocals; Tim Staudacher, mandolin,guitar; and Larry Halverson, whistle, flute. www.hackleylibrary.org

Southern Classic Shrimp and Grits with Chef Jamie
March 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tuesday, March 6 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Southern Classic Shrimp and Grits with Chef Jamie!”  Chef Jamie grew up in Louisiana, so who better to teach you the classic southern dish of Shrimp & Grits? Shrimp and Grits can be used as an appetizer or main course.  Learn what to pair with it to create a well-balanced meal.  Bring your appetite and a container to go.  This class is for older teens and adults and is limited to 12.  The cost is $40.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

White Lake Classical Series: Dr. Michelle Vallier
March 6 @ 7:00 pm
The White Lake Classical Series at the Book Nook & Java Shop continues Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00pm with Dr. Michelle Vallier performing music of Bach and Brahms on violin.  The cover charge is $5.  Dr. Vallier has performed throughout the country, including recital tours across the Midwest, Florida and Arizona.  In spring 2012, she gave a series of lecture recitals on Carl Nielsen’s two works for solo violin at Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University and Wichita State University.  She is an active solo performer in the greater Muskegon area.

Dinner will be at 6:15pm, featuring Hawaiian Pork Stir-Fry, Brown Rice, Glass of House Wine, Mango Crisp with Raspberries and Almonds for $17.  RSVP to The Book Nook & Java Shop by calling (231) 894-5333.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show
March 9 – March 10
The popular Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show is returning to Fricano’s Event Center March 9 and 10!  The 2018 Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY show will feature over 50 exhibitors including everything from windows, siding, gutters, and painting to home décor, furniture, landscaping and much more!  Back by popular demand, the Do It Yourself and Educational seminars will highlight floral design, furniture refurbishing, backsplash tiling, gardening and more!

In addition to exhibitors and seminars, the home show will provide fun kids activities, thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes and discounted Fricano’s Pizza with purchase of $5 home show admission ticket. Kids 12 and under are free.  Tickets will go on sale February 1, 2018.  For more information, call contact Carla Flanders at 231-724-3176.

The Alley Door Club
March 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 13th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 12, 2018 with live performances from an array of local bands!  Performing on select Friday nights through April, The Alley Door Club features live music from popular West Michigan bands in a fun environment which includes cash bar and dancing.  Featured in the Ballroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Hilt Building the doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks), with live music from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

The 2018 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 9:  Brena – rock
Friday, March 23:  Group Therapy Band – rock
Friday, April 13: Pop Fiction – pop & rock
Friday, April 27: Yard Sale Underwear – self-proclaimed kings of polyester pop & soul

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231-727-8001 or in person Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737.   Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.  Tables may be reserved:  $65.00 for a 4-top (included 4 admission tickets) / $100.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets).

Louie Anderson
March 9 @ 7:30 pm
March 9 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater to enjoy iconic comedian, Louie Anderson!  Louie is a three-time Emmy Award® winner and one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics; named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time!”  His career has spanned more than 30 years.  He is a best-selling author, star of his own stand-up specials and sitcoms and he continues to tour the country performing to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.

Tickets are $49, $39 and $29.  Call 231-727-8001 for more information.

White Lake Business Expo
March 10 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, March 10 from 8:00am – 12:30pm, come to the 6th White Lake Business Expo and take a first-hand look at the diverse products and services offered by White Lake Area businesses at Whitehall High School.  There’ll be an emcee and give-aways every hour, a grand-prize drawing, and other business freebies, discounts and give-aways!

The Expo, presented by the Chamber and free to the public, is held in conjunction with the popular Rotary Pancake Breakfast.  More than 50 businesses are anticipated to participate!  For additional information, contact the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at info@whitelake.org or 231-893-4585.  Sponsorships at varying levels are still available!

Gold Sponsor: Scheid Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc.
Silver Sponsors: Boardwell Mechanical Services Inc. & Redi Rental
Bronze Sponsors: Muskegon Co-Op Federal Credit Union, White Lake Assisted Living, & White Lake Beacon

Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Cast Iron Cookies with Chef Char
March 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, March 10 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Cast Iron Cookies with Chef Char!”  What a sweet way to use a cast iron skillet!  Make your own “giant cookie” and decorate with homemade piped frosting to leave an extra sweet message for someone special or just to decorate for your own enjoyment.  This is a great class for all ages and tailored toward beginners in the kitchen.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Illustration Super Saturday
March 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
March 10 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, it’s an Illustration Super Saturday at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  This free family fun day celebrates all of those great artists that make portable art for little people, especially Yuyi Morales and her illustrations for Thunder Boy Jr.  Admission and activities are free!

• 10:00am & 1:00pm – Film: Wind in the Willows: A Tale of Two Toads (90 mins.) This award winning animated film brings a classic children’s book to life. Follow an unlikely crew of creatures as they outsmart the sneaky weasel.
• 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Guided Tours: Explore Thunder Boy Jr: The Illustrations of Yuyi Morales with a Museum docent.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm – Make & Take: Taking inspiration from the various textures that Yuyi uses in her illustrations, you will layer your artwork with a variety of textures.

Full Service Saturday
March 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon County Clerk’s “Full Service Saturday” is Saturday, March 10 from 10:00am – 2:00pm!  Do you have a hard time getting away during the week?  The Clerk’s Office will be open on this special Saturday with all of their regular services:

• certified vital records including births, deaths, marriage, and divorce records
• apply for a marriage license and/or schedule to be married by County Clerk Waters
• register your business name
• apply for a CPL
• get documents notarized
• genealogy research

When do you need a Certified Birth Certificate? A few reasons are:

• New REAL ID now requires a certified copy of your birth certificate and any other document changing your name.
• Kids starting school
• Kids playing sports
• Driver’s education

For more information, call (231) 724-6221.

The Ride
March 10 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Ride is Muskegon’s premier indoor cycling event!  This gathering of like-minded people focuses on living heart-healthy lifestyles and inspires others to do the same.  To date, The Ride has raised over $480,000 benefitting cardiac patients in need, including:

• The development and enhancement of the Mercy Health High School Heart Screening Program
• Specialized equipment for patients receiving rehabilitation services at the Mercy Health Heart Center
• Scholarships for those in need of cardiac rehabilitation but whose financial or insurance-coverage status precludes them from receiving services

Anyone may form a team of eight members. Your team of eight cyclists will ride bikes mounted on trainers for 25-minute intervals and compete for team trophies and individual medals. Prizes are awarded for various categories, ranging from most mileage ridden to most spirited team.

Whether you are a serious cyclist or a casual biker, The Ride has a spot for you and your team. All participants will receive a commemorative gift and refreshments. The entry fee is $400 per team, or $50 per rider. The entry fee for a Youth Team is $200 per team or $25 per rider. Some teams ask area businesses to help sponsor their teams.

Register your team before Wednesday, January 31, 2018 and receive $50.00 off registration fee.
NOTE: Teams must provide one bike to be mounted on a trainer.

Volunteer
Don’t want to work up a sweat? The Ride needs many volunteers as team hosts (timing the riders and assisting the teams during competition), set-up and tear down. Training for team hosts will be provided. For more information, please call the Office of Philanthropy at 231-672-6976.

Lakeshore Museum Center Saturday Program: Native Americans
Saturday, March 10 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center to learn about Michigan’s Native Americans with a hands-on examination of museum artifacts.  LMC Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00 – 3:00pm in the main museum building.  Programs and museum admission are free of charge for Muskegon County Residents.  Non-residents are just $3.  www.lakeshoremuseum.org

Black Tie for the Y Annual Gala
March 10 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 10 at 7:00pm, come to the beautiful Century Club Ballroom for the “Black Tie for the Y” annual gala and auction to benefit the Muskegon YMCA!  Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a live auction, raffles, a cash bar and dessert.  Black tie is optional.  Corporate sponsorships are available.  For more information, call 231-722-9622 ext. 240 or e-mail carla@muskegonymca.org.

Spring Film Fest
March 11 @ 2:00 pm
Every Sunday at 2:00pm, February 11 – March 25, come to the Harbor Theater for the Spring Film Fest to benefit Muskegon’s historic military vessels!  Tickets are only $6.  For more information, call (231) 375-5228.

The Line-Up
• 3/11 The Quiet Man
• 3/18 The Manchurian Candidate
• 3/25 Dunkirk

Crostoli E Frittelle with Sofia
March 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, March 12 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Crostoli E Frittelle with Sofia!”  Crostoli E Frittelle are fried sweets, a traditional must on every Carnival Italian’s table.  Carnival or “Carnevale” is one of the biggest celebrations in Italy.  Famous for its masks (Venice Carnival), it starts on January 7 until the Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday.  You guessed it, you will be making Italian fried sweets in this class and learning about Carnevale from Sofia who was born, raised and lived in Italy until coming to Muskegon four years ago.

Masks are welcome although you may need to remove them while cooking!  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

LMC Speaker Series: The Sojourners and the Single Girl
March 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, March 12 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm, come to Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing for the Lakeshore Museum Center Speaker Series featuring “The Sojourners and the Single Girl!”  Local historian Marjorie Viveen will be sharing a presentation about West Michigan fur trader, Rix Robinson, and his fur trade crew of 1830.  The license he secured for his trading granted him rights on the Grand River and Vicinity and he employed one woman and 21 men at posts scattered from Little Traverse Bay to St. Joseph.  This event takes a close look at one of our local fur trading outfits and promises to be very informative.  RSVP by calling 231-894-0342.  The cost is $6 for members and $8 for non-members.

Marjorie Viveen, Ed.S. is a retired School Psychologist and lifelong resident of Grand Haven.  She chaired committees to preserve the Ottawa County Poor Farm Cemetery, the Grand Haven Central Park Fountain, their Town Clock, and led a year-long celebration of the Grand River Greenway in celebration of Ottawa County Parks’ Silver Anniversary.  Viveen founded the Dusty Dozens History Group and was named TCHM’s 2010 “Historian of the Year.”  In 2012 she authored “Historic River Road: A Self-Guided Auto Tour for All Seasons, co-authored Our People, Their Stories with Wallace Ewing, Ph. D., and has written numerous articles.  A second book on Grand River fur trade is in the works.  She currently serves on the Ottawa County Parks Foundation Board, the Tri-Cities Historical Museum’s Editorial Board, and is the chairperson of the Ottawa County Poor Farm Sesquicentennial Committee.

Visit Muskegon Events February 26 – March 5, 2018

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Sherri Winston and the Pathfinders Youth Gospel Choir
Monday, February 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, February 26 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as local Author Sherri Winston hosts a multi-media presentation incorporating an imaginative PowerPoint display, music, lively discussion and Black History trivia.  The program will weave black history’s literary figures and how their presence impacted her life.  Her recent book, “The Sweetest Sound,” has recently been named one of Kirkus magazine’s best books of the year.  It is coming out in January in paperback.


Zucca (Butternut Squash) with Sofia
Monday, February 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, February 26 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Zucca (Butternut Squash) with Sofia!”  There are so many ways that the Italians use this delicious and versatile vegetable.  Here are four of Sofia’s favorites that you will prepare in this class: zucca and gorgonzola quiche, zucca gnocchi zucca flan, baked zucca with soy sauce. There’ll be plenty for tasting and to take home.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Olde Thyme Harmony Quartet in concert
Tuesday, February 27 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
We will kick off the second half of the Feeding the Soul of the City’s 2017-18 season with a popular barbershop quartet from Owosso, Michigan–the Olde Thyme Harmony Quartet- at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon (1006 Third St.). The concert is free and open to the public. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be available for free starting at 11:30 a.m.   Attendees may bring a bag lunch that they may enjoy before or during the concert. A few minutes of prayer will be held just before the concert starts.

Winter Lecture Series: History of the Blues
Tuesday, February 27 @ 7:00 pm
Book Nook & Java Shop, 8744 Ferry St., Montague
The White Lake Music Society’s Winter Lecture Series features engaging and stimulating presentations!  The last Tuesday of the month, from January through March, a wide variety of expertise and talent will be showcased. February 27, in honor of Black History Month, Lazaro Vega will speak on “The History of the Blues”. Suggested donation is $6 at the door.  For more information, please visit www.musicwhitelake.org.


Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays and Thursday @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight!” The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity. Today, a whole new horizon beckons. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth. Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun. But if we find one, how will we ever get there? How long will it take? What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space? Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future. This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break) For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


Page to Screen Noir: Double Indemnity

Wednesday, February 28 @ 1:30 pm
Norton Shores Library, 705 Seminole Rd.,Norton Shores,
The Norton Shores Library hosts Page to Screen Noir, where you can read a classic noir mystery each month and then watch the film it inspired.  For February, participants will read “Double Indemnity” by James M. Cain and then watch the 1944 movie.  This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library, is free and open to the public ages 18 and up.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .


Mad for Macaroons with Kathy DeHoag

Wednesday, February 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kitchen 242, 242 W. Western Ave.
Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Mad for Macaroons with Kathy DeHoag!”  Make two different kinds of batter, coloring, flavors, fillings and all different ways to decorate macaroons.  There’ll be plenty for tasting and to take home. The cost is $35. For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


Poetry in Metal: David Barnhill and David Huang

Thursday, March 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Ave.
You’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the opening reception of “Poetry in Metal: David Barnhill and David Huang!  The reception starts at 5:30 pm and is followed by a presentation by both artists.  This event is free and light refreshments will be provided. There will also be a cash bar. For more information, call 231-720-2570.
Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by docents, compliments of Meijer! For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Iconic Women of U.S. History: Eleanor Roosevelt

Thursday, March 1 @ 6:00 pm
Sturrus Technology Center, 388 W. Clay
The Center for Experiential Learning at Muskegon Community College is presenting a three-part lecture series on the “Iconic Women of U.S. History:  Eleanor Roosevelt,” Thursday, March 1 in the Sturrus Technology Center.  Free and open to the public, the talk kicks off the Women’s History Month celebration throughout March and will be held in the Dr. Donald and Nancy Crandall Experiential Learning Lab on the first floor. MCC Distinguished Faculty Award recipient and Emeritus Instructor, Bill Jacobs, will offer insights into the lives and times of prominent American women. For more information, contact the MCC Social Sciences Department at (231) 777-0380.

Cocktails & Canvas
Friday, March 2 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Watermark 920, 930 Washington Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49441 United States
Come to Watermark 920 for Cocktails & Canvas! Create.A.Frame Studio will be there with step-by-step instructions and techniques on how to create your own one-of-a-kind masterpiece. The cost of this class will be $20 per person and includes all of the supplies needed. Class space will be limited, so register soon! This is a 21+ event with wine, mixed drinks and beer available for purchase. The Coffee Factory will be offering a variety of desserts, sandwiches and soups. Painting begins at 6:00pm, but please come early for cocktail hour! Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3335500.


West Michigan Symphony Presents: Classical Music for Everyone – Romantic Nationalism
Friday, March 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200 Muskegon,
$10 – $57
Come to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents Classical Music for Everyone – Romantic Nationalism! Explore Romantic music via the countries from which they originate. You’ll experience classical music’s Romantic era as it developed in Scandinavia, Spain, France, America, Bohemia and Russia. The concert closes with one of the most important cello concertos ever written, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto featuring Russian cellist Alexey Stadler. For more information, call 231-726-3231.

The Back Alley Comedy Club Presents: Dustin Diamond
Friday & Saturday, March 2 @ 8:00 pm – March 3 @ 8:00 pm
Platinum Room @ Sherman Bowling Lanes, 1531 W. Sherman Blvd
Come to the Back Alley Comedy Club inside Sherman Bowling Center for live stand-up comedy from Dustin Diamond!  He played the bad guy on Celebrity Fit Club and has been hailed as the “Dark Prince of Comedy”. Dustin Diamond is a pop culture icon, and is best known for his role as Screech on Saved by the Bell. Dustin played Screech through all 10 seasons of the show, and to this day, Saved by the Bell is still seen in syndication 16 times per week in 105 countries. For the past 17 years, Dustin has toured the world as a stand-up comedian. His act is suitable for the now grown-up fans of Saved by the Bell. It is adult-oriented, hilarious, and definitely not the same squeaky-clean, Saturday morning comedy that he spent 10 years doing as Screech. Tickets are $17 when purchased in advance. For more information, call (231) 755-1258.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
Friday & Saturday March 2 & 3 & @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch two home games at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Dubuque Fighting Saints at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

Rebel Road Winter Burnout
Friday, March 2 – Saturday, March 3

C.I.O. Union Headquarters, 490 W. Western Ave.
It’s going to be one heck of a party at the Rebel Road Winter Burnout, a fundraiser for the Child Abuse Council of Muskegon!   The party kicks off at 7:00pm, Friday, March 2 at Racquet’s Downtown Grill with drink specials and Cards Against Humanity! Then, on Saturday, March 3 get ready to rock at the CIO Hall! Doors open at 6:00pm and your $5 cover includes entry for a drawing to win an awesome Rebel Road 4’ x 8’ poster! •6:00pm – Burn Out Pit by Vic •8:00pm – DJ Eazy E, DJ Lowercase g, and DJ Freak’n Fonger will be spinning vinyl, taking you back through the 70’s,80’s and 90’s •10:00pm – Let There Be Rock/A Tribute to Early AC/DC is back!!! •All Night – 50/50 raffles. This event is for persons 21+. For more information, find “Rebel Road Winter Burnout” on Facebook or call (231) 327-5290.

A Raisin in the Sun
Through Saturday, March 3 @ 7:00 pm
Through March 3, come to the Beardsley Theater for “A Raisin in the Sun,” presented by the Muskegon Civic Theatre! Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena.  When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home in a better neighborhood in Chicago.  Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man.  Beneatha dreams of medical school.  The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration. For more information, call 231-727-8001.


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
Saturday & Sunday March 3 & 4 @ 5:00 pm
The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes. Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%. Ages 4 and under are free. Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales. Catch their next home game Saturday at 5:00pm as they take on the Windy City Groove and Sunday watch The Lake Hawks against Oakland County Cowboys. GO HAWKS!


Indoor Farmers’ Market
March 3 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251. They are located at 242 Western Ave.


Sweet Water Local Foods Market
Saturday, March 3 @ 9:00am-Noon
Every Saturday year round Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s! You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village 6401 Prairie St. Norton Shores. www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org
Lakeshore Museum Center: Robot Open House
Saturday, March 3 @ 1:00pm
Both boys and girls will love to try out the many of the newer robots in the Science Center. This program runs from 1:00-3:00 and is FREE to Muskegon County residents and just $3.00 for non- residents.


Kids Pizza Party with Chef Char
Saturday, March 3 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Kitchen 242, 242 W. Western Ave.
Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Kids Pizza Party with Chef Char!” Learn the fun of making your own pizza dough and a homemade marinara sauce for the start of a good pizza.  Find out how to make an herbed crust, stuffed crust and even a cinnamon crust for a sweet treat fruit pizza.  Choose and add your own toppings for pizzas that can be eaten in class or taken home for later.  Ages 7+.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


Robert H. Fischer’s 5th Annual Pasta for Paws
Saturday, March 3 @ 4:00 pm

Mona Lake Boating Club, 372 W. Randall, Norton Shores
Come to the Mona Lake Boating Club for the annual Pasta for Paws event to benefit Pound Buddies Animal Shelter! Doors open at 4:00pm, with dinner from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Enjoy spaghetti and meatball dinner, silent auction, 50/50/raffles, cash bar and live music and dancing with The Root Doctor beginning at 9:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under. For more information call Linda at 231-329-2085 or Lana at 630-816-6409.

Norsemen Family Festival
Saturday, March 3 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

North Muskegon Elementary School, 1600 Mills Ave
Bring the kids to the Norsemen Family Festival! This fundraiser at North Muskegon Elementary School features carnival games, bounce houses, balloon animals, face painting, a silent auction and refreshments. There’s also a raffle with a top prize of $500!   For more information, e-mail pto@nmps.net.


The Block: Gaudete Brass – Chamber Music
Saturday, March 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Block, 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd Floor
$10 – $20
Come to The Block as the Gaudete Brass Quintet encourages appreciation of the art of brass chamber music through live performance, recordings and new works. The quintet presents an evening of works featuring all-brass instrumentation. Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.

Million Dollar Quartet
Saturday, March 3 @ 7:30 pm

Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
Come to the Frauenthal Theater for the “Million Dollar Quartet!” This Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by an electrifying true story, will rock the Frauenthal stage. On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought together four young musicians – Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. Million Dollar Quartet is produced by Team Gershwin, in association with the Barter Theatre. General management is provided by Dhyana Colony/Colony Creative Group. Tickets are $50, $45, $40 and $35. For more information, please visit the Million Dollar Quartet website at www.MillionDollarQuartet.net. For tickets, call the box office at 231-727-8001.


The Music of Scott Joplin
Sunday, March 4 @ 3:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
Come to the Frauenthal Theater for “The Music of Scott Joplin!” Hailed by The New York Times as “an especially impressive fine pianist,” Richard Dowling appears regularly across America in solo recitals, at chamber music festivals, ragtime & jazz music festivals, and as guest soloist in concerto engagements. Tickets are $30, $25 and $20 for adults. Youth tickets are $12. For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Sushi 101 with Chef Damon
Sunday, March 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Kitchen 242, 242 W. Western Ave.
Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Sushi 101 with Chef Damon!” Learn simple and easy sushi recipes with Chef Damon. Everyone can learn and enjoy the basic art of sushi making. This will be a hands-on learning experience that will teach you how to spread, layer, tuck and roll sushi and then taste the fruits of your labor. It starts with perfect rice! This is a great couples class, but you can attend by yourself, too. You will be using raw fish and seafood in this class. The cost is $45. For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


Spring Film Fest: Dr. Strangelove
Sunday, March 4 @ 2:00 pm

Every Sunday at 2:00pm through March 25, come to the Harbor Theater for the Spring Film Fest to benefit Muskegon’s historic military vessels!  Tickets are only $6.  For more information, call (231) 375-5228.


The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Monday, March 5 @ 6:00 pm
USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St.
Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns! Each episode will be followed by a discussion. Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission. Members are free. For more information, call 231-755-1230.

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A Raisin in the Sun
Through March 3 @ 7:00 pm

Through March 3, come to the Beardsley Theater for “A Raisin in the Sun,” presented by the Muskegon Civic Theatre!

Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena.  When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home in a better neighborhood in Chicago.  Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man.  Beneatha dreams of medical school.  The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration. For more information, call 231-727-8001.


The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Through April 2 @ 6:00 pm

Monday evenings at 6:00pm through April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns!  Each episode will be followed by a discussion.  Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission.  Members are free.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.


The Ebony Road Players: The Meeting
February 19 @ 7:00 pm

On Monday, February 19 at 7:00pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts The Ebony Road Players as they perform excerpts from the play “The Meeting.”

This is a fascinating and eloquent play by Jeff Stetson that depicts the supposed meeting of two of the most important men of modern times: Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Differing in their philosophies, but alike in their mutual respect, the two men debate their varying approaches to the same grave social problems, both prepared to die for their beliefs but neither aware of how soon their assassins’ bullets await them.  No registration or tickets required.

This production is designed to tie in with “X: A Novel,” the 2017-2018 Great Michigan Read title.  The Great Michigan Read is intended for young adults to senior citizens, with broad goals of making literature more accessible and appealing while also encouraging residents to learn more about our state and individual identities.  Copies of “X: A Novel” are available at the Library to check out now while supplies last.

This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library and the Almeda Boulton Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Muskegon County, is free and open to the public with no registration required.   For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .


Soup for Suits
February 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The 11th annual Soup for Suits luncheon is happening Tuesday, February 20 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Fricano Event Center in Muskegon!  Come and have a bowl of soup and bread on Muskegon Rescue Mission, and help them reach the goal of providing 10,000 meals to the community through the proceeds of this event.  Dessert and coffee will be available for purchase from Grand Traverse Pie Company and Starbucks.  For more information, call 231-727-6090.


Cooking with Craft Beer with Chef Jamie
February 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Tuesday, February 20 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Cooking with Craft Beer with Chef Jamie!”  Beer, especially our local craft beer, can be used in so many ways.  In this class, you will focus on a simple BBQ sauce for ribs, a salad dressing for a side and dessert.  The cost is $40.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays and Thursday @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interstellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


Dancing with the Local Stars 2018
February 22 – 24

Muskegon’s highly popular charity event, Dancing with the Local Stars, is back for its 10th star-studded year and accepting applications from local food pantries and food programs.

The event, produced by the Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce, benefits food pantries and food programs in Muskegon, upper Ottawa and lower Oceana counties.  The first nine events enabled WDCC to donate more than $755,000 to those food-giving organizations thanks to generous community members and business leaders.

Traditionally, Dancing with the Local Stars pairs local dignitaries, business leaders and people of interest with local dance professionals in four performances. However, this year’s event will feature more than 60 returning cast members in nine dance teams with 11 professional dancers in six performances happening February 16-17 and February 22-24, at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center Downtown Muskegon.  www.womensdivision.org.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Cherry Pastries with Chef Char
February 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, February 22 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Cherry Pastries with Chef Char!”  No matter if you believe the story of the President who chopped down the cherry tree, there are awesome things to be made with tart cherries harvested locally.  This class will cover the basics of tasty, tart and sweet cherry sauce folded into strudel, turnovers or tarts for baking in class or taking home for later.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


Thursday Night Music Club: Jazz with Edye & Mike Hyde
February 22 @ 7:00 pm

The Norton Shores Library hosts “Jazz with Edye & Mike Hyde” on Thursday, February 22 at 7:00pm in the Library’s Community Room!

Edye and Mike Hyde will perform music from the great American songbook in the style of our only true American art form: jazz!  The Hydes will demonstrate and discuss the relationship between musical improvisation and political freedom.  Grand Rapids residents, Edye and Mike both currently teach classes at Hope College in Jazz and Contemporary Music.  Edye also directs the Hope College Gospel Choir and is the founder and executive director of a Grand Rapids theatre company, Ebony Road Players.

This performance is part of the MADL Thursday Night Music Club concert series, where you can join your fellow music lovers at the Norton Shores Library for free live music events.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .


Kaleidoscope of Cultures
February 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Friday, February 23 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center for their February Family Fun Night as they welcome cultural organizations from around Muskegon County!  Groups such as the Muskegon Polish Festival, Muskegon Public Schools’ Spanish Two-Way Immersion program and the NAACP will share information and activities or crafts that relate to their organizations.  They will also host a Native American presenter who will share both historical and modern customs.  Admission is always free for Muskegon County residents and just $3 for non-residents!

Are you part of an organization that would be interested in participating?  Contact Program Manager, Jackie Huss, at jackie@lakeshoremuseum.org or 231-724-5526.


Learn to Luge Weekend
Friday – Sunday @ 6:00 pm

Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States!  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
February 23 @ 7:00 pm – February 24 @ 7:00 pm

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch two home games, Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Sioux City Musketeers at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


Jay Owenhouse the Authentic Illusionist
February 23 @ 7:30 pm

Friday, February 23 at 7:30pm, come to the beautiful Frauenthal Theater for Jay Owenhouse the Authentic Illusionist!  Jay is a legendary escape artists and one of the most awarded illusionists in history!  His one night only new show is called “Dare To Believe!”, an illusion spectacular.  The show has been voted by audiences and critics alike as “One of the Top Live Shows in America”.  Jay has amazed millions on T.V. in “Masters of Illusions” and  ‘Magic on the Edge.’  The Salt Lake Tribune calls him “Simply Amazing!” and The Tokyo Times calls the elaborate production “Truly Magic, a Must See!”  Jay welcomes you into his mysterious world of wonder and the impossible.  You will experience a night of grand illusions with the most amazing magic in the world, Bengal tigers up close, dangerous escapes, and inspiring storytelling.

Proceeds will benefit preventing tigers and cheetahs from extinction through RareSpeciesFund.org.  As a Thank You for your support, VIP Gold Ticket holders receive: Premium Seating, Souvenir Lanyard, Souvenir Program, VIP Badge for Backstage Meet and Greet with Jay and one of the Tigers!   Tickets are $29, $39, VIP $69.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

http://jayowenhouse.com


Indoor Farmers’ Market
February 24 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Kids Cooking: Mighty Mac & Cheese with Chef Char
February 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, February 24 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Kids Cooking – Mighty Mac & Cheese with Chef Char!”  Forget the powdered cheese mixes from a box and learn how to make a variety of delicious, creamy roux-based cheese sauces to pour over an assortment of noodles.  You will add extra garnish for three healthy ways to serve the noodles and cheese as a complete meal.  There’ll be plenty for tasting in class and to take home.  Kids ages 7+.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


In the Tradition Jazz Ensemble
February 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturday, February 24 at 2:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for live music from the “In the Tradition” jazz ensemble!

In The Tradition began in Detroit in the early 1990’s when 5 members of the Neal Henry Septet formed the Christopher James/Charles Hopkins Quintet.  Over the years they became In the Tradition and found their calling. Through the works of In The Tradition they “seek to educate listeners around the world about the African story, and hook the culturally disenfranchised members of the ‘Diaspora’ back into their heritage, laying on them [the] ensemble’s refined expression of African-American classical music, in as authentic a presentation as they can muster.” (Matt Ward, Detroit Jazz Magazine, 10-16-13)

“This band’s métier is straight-ahead Jazz, unplugged and resplendent in all its acoustic simplicity and textural earthiness, and underpinned by rhythms inspired by all parts of the far-flung reaches of the African Diaspora”…Matt Ward, Detroit Jazz Magazine, 10-16-13.

Brought to the community through a generous bequest from Bess Commodore. WUVS 103.7 “The Community Station” the Beat is the media sponsor.


Art at the Redi
February 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 24 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s “Art at the Redi,” presented by the Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective!   This will be the LVAC’s first pop-up art show, featuring live music, a cash bar and great eats provided by Righteous Cuisine in the urban warehouse space behind Muskegon’s Redi Rental facility.  Enjoy the work of 20 area artists, many of whom are from the Muskegon area.  There will be a $10 suggested donation at the door.  All door donations and 10% of all art sales will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon.  Join them for a wonderful evening of art and community and support local artists and art programs for Muskegon area kids at the same time!  For more information, visit the Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective website at www.lakeshorevac.com.


Muskegon Community College 2018 Winter Concert
February 24 @ 7:30 pm

The Muskegon Community College 2018 Winter Concert, which highlights the wide variety of musical and vocal performance groups at the college, will take place at the Frauenthal Center in downtown Muskegon on Saturday, February 24 at 7:00pm.  The MCC Wind Ensemble, conducted by MCC Music Director Daniel M. Meyers, will perform music by John Philip Sousa, Richard Wagner and Ralph Vaughn Williams.  The MCC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Tim Froncek, will play music by Miles Davis, Don Rayder and Paul Baker.  The College Singers, directed by James Hylen, will perform musical selections by John Rutter and Z. Randall Stroope.  The Honors Orchestra, directed by Philip DeYoung, will perform the music of Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorak.  Tickets for the event are $7 for adults and $2 for students and may be purchased at the Frauenthal Center Box Office or online at www.startickets.com.  For more information, contact the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324.


Spring Film Fest
February 25 @ 2:00 pm

Every Sunday at 2:00pm through March 25, come to the Harbor Theater for the Spring Film Fest to benefit Muskegon’s historic military vessels!  Tickets are only $6.  For more information, call (231) 375-5228.

The Line-Up

•  2/11 Tombstone
•  2/18 African Queen
•  2/25 MASH
•  3/4 Dr. Strangelove
•  3/11 The Quiet Man
•  3/18 The Manchurian Candidate
•  3/25 Dunkirk


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
February 25 @ 5:00 pm

The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.

Catch their next home game Sunday, February 25 at 5:00pm as they take on the Team Network!


The Sweetest Sound: Sherri Winston and the Pathfinders Youth Gospel Choir
February 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Monday, February 26 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as local Author Sherri Winston hosts a multi-media presentation incorporating an imaginative PowerPoint display, music, lively discussion and Black History trivia.  The program will weave black history’s literary figures and how their presence impacted her life.  Her recent book, “The Sweetest Sound,” has recently been named one of Kirkus magazine’s best books of the year.  It is coming out in January in paperback.


Zucca (Butternut Squash) with Sofia
February 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday, February 26 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Zucca (Butternut Squash) with Sofia!”  There are so many ways that the Italians use this delicious and versatile vegetable.  Here are four of Sofia’s favorites that you will prepare in this class:

•  zucca and gorgonzola quiche
•  zucca gnocchi
•  zucca flan
•  baked zucca with soy sauce

There’ll be plenty for tasting and to take home.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 02/12/18 – 02/19/18

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The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Monday, February 12 @ 6:00 pm

Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, located at 1346 Bluff St. for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns! Each episode will be followed by a discussion. Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission. Members are free. For more information, call 231-755-1230.


Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight!” The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity. Today, a whole new horizon beckons. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth. Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun. But if we find one, how will we ever get there? How long will it take? What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space? Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future. This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break) For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Postcard Salon
February 1 – February 15

Don’t miss the “Postcard Salon” exhibition happening February 1 – 15 at the Muskegon Museum of Art! Over 1,400 cards from artists from West Michigan and beyond were on display last year, offering a huge range of materials and subject matter to enjoy. Now in its 12th year, the Postcard Salon reflects the Muskegon Museum of Art’s commitment to Michigan artists, a chance for people of all ages and skill levels to share their work with the public.

The exhibition is free to enter and all submitted cards are installed, making the show a true community endeavor. The exhibition is also a great opportunity to support the area arts community by purchasing an original work of art. Join them this year for the first ever juror awards, singling out four remarkable cards.

Beginning at 7:00pm on Thursday, February 15, all of the postcards on display in the Wiener Gallery will be for sale at $30 apiece. Don’t miss this opportunity to own an original artwork by your favorite regional artists. Buyers will be able to take the works directly from the walls and pay for them at several locations throughout the museum. Muskegon Museum of Art members will be given a five-minute head start beginning promptly at 6:55pm. The sale ends at 8:00pm, so don’t miss out! Memberships can be obtained in the Museum Gift Store, or in the gallery on the 15th. For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Movies @ the Library: Hidden Figures
Tuesday, February 13 at 5:30pm

Come to Hackley Public Library for the film “Hidden Figures” (127 mins. PG) as they celebrate Black History Month! This film portrays the true story of how NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history.“Movies @ the Library” happens first Tuesday of the month. Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Brought to the community through a generous bequest from Bess Commodore. WUVS 103.7 “The Community Station” the Beat is the media sponsor.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Hockey Home Game
Wednesday, February 14 @ 7:00 pm       

Spend Wednesday February 14 (Valentine’s Day) at Lumberjacks home game. The puck drops at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Bloomington Thunder at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225. GO JACKS!


Dining in the Dark
Wednesday, February 14 6:00pm – 9:00pm,

Come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Dining in the Dark,” an event that will heighten four of your five senses. Enjoy a fun, out-of-your comfort-zone experience while dining in a whole new way. Enjoy a delicious meal by Chef Jack Page, designed to stimulate the palate and challenge your sense of smell and taste. Of course, all of this will happen while eating completely in the dark! Wearing older clothing is encouraged. There is limited seating and this event will sell out! A cash bar will be available with Happy Hour from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Dinner begins at 7:00pm. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice. Please indicate any restrictions by emailing ann.meisch@shorelinecity.com. Tickets are $50 and available through www.eventbrite.com. For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer! Call 231-720-2570.


Learn to Luge Weekend
Friday – Sunday @ 6:00 pm

Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States! Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind. The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas. For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website below to make reservations.

Safe & Easy to Learn:

Safety is the number one priority when teaching new sliders or conducting races with seasoned sliders. All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. Participants are outfitted with elbow pads, a helmet and a well-maintained luge sled. An instructor carefully goes over each part of the sled with a beginning slider and teaches easy to learn methods of steering the sled. Over three decades, the program has instructed thousands of sliders from age 8 to 80 to safely and successfully luge. While luge is referred to the fastest sport on ice, this track is designed for the novice slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track, where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph. The top speeds at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex track are approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day although to most new sliders it still feels like 90 mph!

Get Some Physical Activity in the Winter:

The sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you! Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill. If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended.

What to Expect:

The size of each session is limited, so participants can expect to get 3-6 runs depending on weather conditions and efficiency of the group and personal pace. The first 20 minutes of the session you will receive instruction from an experienced luge coach about safety and equipment. During free sliding time, coaches will be positioned along the track to give you instruction throughout the session. The last 15 minutes of each session is set aside for participant certificates and a medals ceremony.


A Raisin in the Sun
Friday, February 16- March 3 @ 7:00 pm – March 3 @ 7:00 pm

Come to the Beardsley Theater for “A Raisin in the Sun,” presented by the Muskegon Civic Theatre! Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home in a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration. For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Dancing with the Local Stars 2018
Friday, February 16- Saturday 17 & Feb 22-24

Muskegon’s highly popular charity event, Dancing with the Local Stars, is back for its 10th star-studded year and accepting applications from local food pantries and food programs.The event, produced by the Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce, benefits food pantries and food programs in Muskegon, upper Ottawa and lower Oceana counties. The first nine events enabled WDCC to donate more than $755,000 to those food-giving organizations thanks to generous community members and business leaders. Traditionally, Dancing with the Local Stars pairs local dignitaries, business leaders and people of interest with local dance professionals in four performances. However, this year’s event will feature more than 60 returning cast members in nine dance teams with 11 professional dancers in six performances happening February 16-17 and February 22-24, at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center Downtown Muskegon. To apply for funds from the event, food pantries and food programs should download the WDCC Donation Request Form found under the “Quick Links” on the home page at www.womensdivision.org. Completed applications must be submitted by January 15, 2018 to Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce, Ways & Means Committee, P.O. Box 1665, Muskegon, MI 49443. WDCC will inform donation recipients in April after the event.


Wine Away the Winter Blues
Friday, February 16 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Come to SE4SONS and “Wine Away the Winter Blues,” featuring the Rick Hicks Band. Tickets are $20 per person and include four hours of live music, five 2 oz. pours and light appetizers. Se4sons is located in the Muskegon Country Club, 2801 Lakeshore Dr. This is open to the public. Join them for dinner before, during or after at SE4SONS Gastropub. Be sure to make your reservations early by calling 231-759-3405.


Free Fishing Weekend
Saturday, February 17 – February 18

Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekends: An annual tradition. Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan’s premiere outdoor activities, Michigan Fishing, for FREE!

All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply. For many, the annual Free Fishing Weekend has become a tradition – a time to get together and have some fishing fun. While some may find time to reflect while fishing, there are no limits to variations on a great theme!


Pierogis and Dumplings with Chef Char
Saturday, February 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

You’re invited to Kitchen 242 for the culinary class, “Pierogis and Dumplings with Chef Char!” In this class, you’ll work with two similar types of dough to make a classic American comfort food and a traditional Polish treat. Pierogis will be constructed and stuffed with an assortment of fillings before cooked or prepared for your freezer. Fluffy dumplings will also be prepared to make a hearty kettle of chicken and dumplings to try in class or take home. Sign up for classes at Eventbrite.com or call 231-769-2202 for more information. The cost is $40.


Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery Special
Saturday, February 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Bring your sweetie to the Back Alley Comedy Club, 1531 W. Sherman Blvd. (in Sherman Bowling Center) for the Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery Special! Your evening begins with a delicious dinner catered by Ryke’s, then it’s Clue style goodness that happens right in front of your table. The moment you walk through the door you will be immersed in a thrilling murder mystery experience, mingling with crazy characters and shady suspects in a game of murder you get to play! As the night continues you will get to interrogate the suspects, gather the clues, and work with your team to help their mystery experts crack the case before the killer gets away! Tickets are $40 when at Sherman Bowling Center or $42 when purchased online. Pre-Show drinks and mingling begin at 7:00pm with dinner at 7:30pm. The show will begin at 8:00pm. For more information, call (231) 755-1258 or visit the website below.


Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturday @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter! They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April. They will be closed Saturday, December 30. For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Spring Film Fest
Sunday, February 18 @ 2:00 pm

Every Sunday at 2:00pm, February 11 – March 25, come to the Harbor Theater, 1937 Lakeshore Dr. in Lakeside for the Spring Film Fest to benefit Muskegon’s historic military vessels! Tickets are only $6. For more information, call (231) 375-5228. Today you will view “African Queen


Winners and Winds
Sunday, February 18 @ 4:00 pm    

Come to the Frauenthal Center, 425 W. Western Ave. for “Winners and Winds,” presented by the West Michigan Concert Winds! The Winds will honor senior solo scholarship recipients, as well as share the stage with two area high school band members and their conductor. Tickets are $12 for adults and students. Children under 18 are free with a ticketed adult. For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Authentic African Cuisine with Chef Damon
Sunday, February 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm      

February is African Heritage Month! Sunday, February 18 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market, 242 W. Western Ave. will celebrate by exploring the many essences of authentic African Cuisine and prepare a four course meal that you will sit and enjoy at the end of class. This four course meal will utilize local, seasonal market ingredients. The cost is $50. For more information, call (231) 769-2202. The Menu: •Callaloo •Shrimp Piri Piri, •Lamb Curry & Yellow Rice •Banana Fritters & Pure Honey


The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Monday, February 19 @ 6:00 pm

Come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, 1346 Bluff St. for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns! This film will be followed by a discussion. Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission. Members are free. For more information, call 231-755-1230


The Ebony Road Players: The Meeting
Monday, February 19 @ 7:00 pm   

The Norton Shores Library, 705 Seminole Rd., hosts The Ebony Road Players as they perform excerpts from the play “The Meeting.” This is a fascinating and eloquent play by Jeff Stetson that depicts the supposed meeting of two of the most important men of modern times: Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther. Differing in their philosophies, but alike in their mutual respect, the two men debate their varying approaches to the same grave social problems, both prepared to die for their beliefs but neither aware of how soon their assassins’ bullets await them. No registration or tickets required.

This production is designed to tie in with “X: A Novel,” the 2017-2018 Great Michigan Read title. The Great Michigan Read is intended for young adults to senior citizens, with broad goals of making literature more accessible and appealing while also encouraging residents to learn more about our state and individual identities. Copies of “X: A Novel” are available at the Library to check out now while supplies last.

This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library and the Almeda Boulton Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Muskegon County, is free and open to the public with no registration required.   For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .

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Frauenthal Center Presents: Comedian Louie Anderson

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Date: March 9, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Frauenthal Theater
Tickets: $29 – $49

Muskegon, MI — Iconic comedian Louie Anderson takes the Frauenthal stage in a one-night only hilarious stand-up act! The three-time Emmy Award winner is one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics; named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time.”

With a career spanning more than 30 years, Anderson currently co-stars in the hit FX comedy series Baskets, winning the 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He is a best-selling author, star of his own stand-up specials and sitcoms and he continues to tour the country performing to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.

Tickets are $29 – $49 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231.727.8001 or in person, open Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1.800.585.3737. Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.

Frauenthal Center Presents Richard Dowling: The Music of Scott Joplin

Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018
Time: 3:00 pm
Place: Frauenthal Theater
Tickets: $20 – $30 / $12 Youth

Muskegon, MI — RICHARD DOWLING: THE MUSIC OF SCOTT JOPLIN‘s piano concert features the beloved Scott Joplin ragtime piano works used in the 1973 Academy Award winning movie, “The Sting,” (including The Entertainer) plus many other dazzling, delightful, and rarely-heard Joplin compositions.

The program features an Audience Choice selection — a Joplin work randomly selected by an audience member from the remaining complete Joplin piano repertoire (53 rags, waltzes, marches and cakewalks). Richard Dowling is the first pianist in the world to perform all of Scott Joplin’s piano works in public. On April 1, 2017 — exactly 100 years to the day that Joplin died in New York City — Mr. Dowling performed the complete Joplin cycle in two historic sold-out recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York. Rivermont Records recently released Mr. Dowling’s 3-CD definitive set of The Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin, recorded on a magnificent Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano.

Tickets are $20 – $30 Adult / $12 Youth (18 and under) and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231.727.8001 or in person, open Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1.800.585.3737. Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events February 5-12, 2018

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interstellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Postcard Salon
February 1 – February 15

Don’t miss the “Postcard Salon” exhibition happening February 1 – 15 at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  Over 1,400 cards from artists from West Michigan and beyond were on display last year, offering a huge range of materials and subject matter to enjoy.  Now in its 12th year, the Postcard Salon reflects the Muskegon Museum of Art’s commitment to Michigan artists, a chance for people of all ages and skill levels to share their work with the public.

The exhibition is free to enter and all submitted cards are installed, making the show a true community endeavor.  The exhibition is also a great opportunity to support the area arts community by purchasing an original work of art.  Join them this year for the first ever juror awards, singling out four remarkable cards. Artwork must be delivered to the MMA by January 29, 2018.

Beginning at 7:00pm on Thursday, February 15, all of the postcards on display in the Wiener Gallery will be for sale at $30 apiece.  Don’t miss this opportunity to own an original artwork by your favorite regional artists.  Buyers will be able to take the works directly from the walls and pay for them at several locations throughout the museum.  Muskegon Museum of Art members will be given a five-minute head start beginning promptly at 6:55pm.  The sale ends at 8:00pm, so don’t miss out!  Memberships can be obtained in the Museum Gift Store, or in the gallery on the 15th.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.


The Best Italian Pasta Sauces with Sofia
Monday, February 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday, February 5 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm you’re invited to Kitchen 242 for the culinary class, “The Best Italian Pasta Sauces with Sofia!”  In this informative and fun class, Sofia will unveil the secrets of the authentic “al dente” pasta and sauce, then show you how to pair a variety of pasta shapes with their ideal sauces.  Instructor Sofia Occhialini moved here with her family from Italy four years ago. Sign up for classes at Eventbrite.com or call 231-769-2202 for more information.  The cost is $40.


Comedy Night at Fetch Brewing: Adam Degi
Tuesday, February 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm       

It’s Comedy Night with Adam Degi at Fetch Brewing Company! Fetch is located at 100 W. Colby St. in Whitehall. Adam isn’t just another straight white male comedian. He’s bald, and his talent and joke writing separates him from the pack. The opener is Matt Lauria and your MC for the night is Ricarlo Williams-Winston from Muskegon! For more information, call (231) 292-1048.


White Lake Classical Series: 4-Hand Piano
Tuesday, February 6 @ 7:00 pm    

You’re invited to the Book Nook & Java Shop at 8744 Ferry St. Montague, for another installment in the White Lake Classical Series featuring Steve Thielman and Bryan Uecker playing 4-hand piano and performing the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Satie and Cui. The cover charge is only $5. Come early at 6:15pm to enjoy a dinner of Chicken Parmesan with homemade marinara over linguine, broccoli, glass of house wine and double chocolate mocha Napoleon for only $17. Please RSVP for dinner by calling 231-894-5333.


Reception and Special Program – All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert
Thursday, February 8 @ 5:30 pm  

Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 West Webster, downtown Muskegon for a reception and a special program, “All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert!” Winfred Rembert has a lot of stories to tell, from his childhood on a cotton farm to his near lynching during the Civil Rights movement. The reception begins at 5:30pm and the film (60 mins.) is at 7:00pm. Southern Roots: The Paintings of Winfred Rembert will be on display at the museum December 14, 2017 through March 18, 2018. For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Hearty Soups and Homemade Bread Bowls with Chef Char
Thursday, February 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm     

Thursday, February 8 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to Kitchen 242 located at 242 W. Western Ave., downtown Muskegon for the culinary class, “Hearty Soups and Homemade Bread Bowls with Chef Char!” Warm Up with a hot bowl of homemade soup and a delicious pretzel-style bread bowl. Two soups will be made to try and take home, including loaded baked potato soup and creamy roasted tomato basil. Also learn the secrets to making a delicious bread bowl to serve your soup in. All culinary skill levels are welcome. Sign up for classes at Eventbrite.com or call 231-769-2202 for more information. The cost is $40.


James and the Giant Peach Jr.
Thursday, February 8 @ 7:00 pm – February 10 @ 9:00 pm        

Come to Mona Shores High School, 1121 W. Seminole Rd. for a delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, “James and the Giant Peach JR.” performed by the Mona Shores Middle School Allegrettos. It’s a fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. Tickets are $10. Call 231-332-8540 or 616-309-4390.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer! Call 231-720-2570.


Bling Thing
Friday, February 9 – February 10  

This event is held at the Century Club Ballroom, 356 W. Western Ave. Bling Thing is a fundraiser event to benefit the Hackley Public Library! Friday, the 9th, it’s the early-sale party with wine and chocolate. A minimum $10 donation is requested. Saturday, the 10th, from 10:00am – 2:00pm is the public sale of items, free entry, coffee and hot chocolate provided by Biggby Coffee. Buy costume, vintage and fine jewelry as well as purses, scarves, jackets and other “bling!” For more information, visit www.fohpl.org .


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
February 9 @ 7:00 pm – February 10 @ 7:00 pm       

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running! Catch two home games, Friday, February 9 and Saturday the 10th at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Madison Capitols at the L.C. Walker Arena located at 955 Fourth St., downtown Muskegon. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


The Alley Door Club: Swinging Stem Cells – Classic Rock
Friday, February 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Celebrating its’ 13th season, The Alley Door Club, upstairs at the Frauenthal Center, 425 W. Western Ave. with live performances from an array of local bands! Performing on select Friday nights through April, The Alley Door Club features live music from popular West Michigan bands in a fun environment which includes cash bar and dancing. Featured in the Ballroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Hilt Building the doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks), with live music from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231-727-8001 or in person Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737.   Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com. Tables may be reserved: $65.00 for a 4-top (included 4 admission tickets) / $100.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets). Limit of 2 4-tops and 2 8-tops reserved for each performance, available on a first come basis. The Alley Door Club is sponsored by Bayer Crop Science and Hooker DeJonge.


West Michigan Symphony Presents: Hollywood’s Greatest Melodies
Friday, February 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm        

Come to the Frauenthal Center located at 425 W. Western Ave., downtown Muskegon as the West Michigan Symphony presents Hollywood’s Greatest Melodies! Scott Speck, conductor Guest Artists – Diane Penning, soprano Paul Langford, piano Join Diane, Pa Diane and Paul return to the WMS to sing a variety of titles from the American Film Institute’s list of “100 Best Songs from Movies” list. Titles include, Climb Every Mountain, Somewhere, The Way We Were, Moon River, and Love is an Open Door from the motion picture Frozen. For more information, call 231-726-3231.ul and the West Michigan Symphony and be transported through a series of treasured movie memories.


Learn to Luge Weekend
Friday – Sunday @ 6:00 pm

Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States! Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind. The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas. For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website below to make reservations.

Safe & Easy to Learn

Safety is the number one priority when teaching new sliders or conducting races with seasoned sliders. All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. Participants are outfitted with elbow pads, a helmet and a well-maintained luge sled. An instructor carefully goes over each part of the sled with a beginning slider and teaches easy to learn methods of steering the sled. Over three decades, the program has instructed thousands of sliders from age 8 to 80 to safely and successfully luge. While luge is referred to the fastest sport on ice, this track is designed for the novice slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track, where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph. The top speeds at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex track are approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day although to most new sliders it still feels like 90 mph!

Get Some Physical Activity in the Winter

The sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you! Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill. If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended.

What to Expect

The size of each session is limited, so participants can expect to get 3-6 runs depending on weather conditions and efficiency of the group and personal pace. The first 20 minutes of the session you will receive instruction from an experienced luge coach about safety and equipment. During free sliding time, coaches will be positioned along the track to give you instruction throughout the session. The last 15 minutes of each session is set aside for participant certificates and a medals ceremony.


Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturday @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter! They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April. They will be closed Saturday, December 30. For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Postcards Super Saturday
Saturday, February 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm  

Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Western Ave., downtown Muskegon for a “Postcards Super Saturday” Free Family Fun Day! Postcard Salon is one of the most popular exhibitions and the artwork is small, but the creativity is limitless. Super Saturdays are Free Family Fun Days held on 2nd Saturdays of the Month.
•10:00 am & 1:00 pm Family Film
•11:00 am – 1:00 pm Guided Exhibition Tours – Find surprises in Postcard Salon, led with a Museum docent.
•11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make & Take – Create your own postcard-size art.

For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Kids Cooking: Homemade Chicken Pot Pies with Chef
Char
Saturday, February 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

You’re invited to Kitchen 242 located at 242 W. Western Ave., downtown Muskegon for the culinary class, “Kids Cooking: Homemade Chicken Pot Pies with Chef Char!” In this class, the recipe and techniques for a flaky homemade butter crust will be produced, rolled out and filled with delicious assorted vegetables, roasted chicken and savory gravy to be assembled for a tiny meat pie with a big bold taste. Kids ages 7+ Sign up for classes at Eventbrite.com or call 231-769-2202 for more information. The cost is $35.


Sip & Shop
Saturday, February 10 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm  

Watermark 920, located at 930 Washington is proud to host their first Sip & Shop! They will have a variety of local vendors and crafters offering an array of goods from LulaRoe to handmade jewelry! Sip while you shop! A cash bar will be open for the event featuring Mimosas, Wine, Beer and mixed drinks. Non-Alcoholic beverages will also be available! Fatty Lumpkins will be on site serving their sandwiches as well.


Taste at the Lakes
Saturday, February 10 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

Lakes Mall located at 5600 Harvey St. invites everyone for “Taste at the Lakes!” Taste craft beers and wines while enjoying their many entertainers throughout the mall. Proceeds will benefit the Muskegon Child Abuse Council. For more information, call (231) 798-7104.


3rd Annual Sweet Soul Food Dessert Contest
Saturday, February 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm    

Come to Hackley Public Library located at 316 W. Webster, downtown Muskegon for the 3rd annual Sweet Soul Food Dessert Contest! Get out your recipe files and get registered for a chance to win! Please bring enough to share. Judging will be by Executive Chef Megan Gorstecki with prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places as well as a People’s Choice award. Brought to the community through a generous bequest from Bess Commodore. WUVS 103.7 “The Community Station” the Beat is the media sponsor.


Walk / Skate for Warmth Fundraiser
Saturday, February 10 @ 3:30

L.C. Walker Arena located at 470 W. Western Ave. downtown Muskegon is hosting this event. 3:30 is registration and 4:00 pm is when the skate or walk begins. The walk is FREE. Skating is $5 plus rental. All skating proceeds will benefit Muskegon Oceana Community Action Partnership. All participants will receive a discounted ticket voucher for that evening’s Muskegon Lumberjack hockey game.


Valentine’s Day Cooking for Two with Chef Sofia
Saturday, February 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm   

You’re invited to Kitchen 242 for the culinary class, “Valentine’s Day Cooking for Two with Chef Sofia!” In this class, you’ll spend the night with your honey and learn some kitchen skills together along the way. A succulent and romantic hands-on menu includes appetizer, Prosecco Risotto, Martini Chicken with baked rosemary potatoes and chocolate mousse. Sign up for classes at Eventbrite.com or call 231-769-2202. The cost is $75 per couple.


Performances @The Block: Ian Maksin and Gabrielle Datcu – World Music
Saturday, February 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm  

Cellist Ian Maksin returns to The Block, located at 360 W. Western Ave. bringing guitarist Gabriel Datcu for a concert of jazz and world music. Maksin has gained international recognition for his beautiful tone, his own unique innovative style. Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information. Doors and bar open at 6:45pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm


Local Author: Cookbook Release Party at Fetch
Sunday, February 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come to Fetch Brewing Co. located at 100 W. Colby St. Whitehall as they celebrate Muskegon’s own entrepreneur Valerie Hanson and the release of her humorous and instructive new cookbook, “What Have We Learned!” Valerie is the owner and operator of Bygone Basics Cooking School and Bakery in Montague, where she also owns and operates Amanda’s Bequest Bed & Breakfast along with her husband, John. Their release party will feature a book signing and sampling of foods created by Valerie herself from her recipes! For more information, call (231) 292-1048. Muskegon is proud of you Val.


The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Monday, February 12 @ 6:00 pm

Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, located at 1346 Bluff St. for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns! Each episode will be followed by a discussion. Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission. Members are free. For more information, call 231-755-1230.


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Solar Electric Investment Analysis Webinar Series

Webinar series assists participants to properly evaluate solar power proposals
by M. Charles Gould, Michigan State University Extension

Photovoltaic (PV) panels are an increasingly common sight on urban rooftops and rural properties across the U.S. The declining cost of equipment and installation makes installing a behind-the-electric-meter (net metered) solar electric system enticing for consumers. Evaluating the financial prudence of an investment in solar requires careful consideration of installation costs, the value of production, and operation and maintenance costs.

Michigan State University Extension is offering a six part webinar series entitled Agricultural Solar Electric Investment Analysis Webinar starting Thursday, January 18. It is important to note that even though the webinars are geared to an agricultural audience, the information that will be shared applies to anyone looking for information on making a wise solar energy investment.

This six part webinar series will provide practical guidance to anyone considering investing in a solar electric system so they are able to make fully informed investment decisions. Each session is 60 minutes long followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers. Participants will be given access to every webinar presentation as well as other information pertinent to the specific webinar topic. Participants will also be able to go back and view any webinars they missed.

The webinar series features two solar power experts, Eric Romich with Ohio State University Extension and John Hay with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, and is based on the six bulletins in the Solar Electric Investment Analysis Bulletin Series. Over the six sessions Romich and Hay will help webinar participants take a critical look at the investment required for a solar electric system. Registration information and a complete schedule can be found at https://events.anr.msu.edu/SolarAnalysisWebinar/.

If you have questions about the webinar series, or would like more information on energy efficiency practices or renewable energy projects, feel free to contact Charles Gould at 616-994-4547 or gouldm@msu.edu or Al Go at 517-353-0643 or goaluel@egr.msu.edu.

Frauenthal Center Presents MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

Date: March 3, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Frauenthal Theater
Tickets: $35 – $50

Muskegon, MI — MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the new Tony Award-winning Broadway smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.

On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that unbelievable musical moment to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, humor, celebration, unforgettable performances of such timeless and enduring hits as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more. This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night.

Tickets are $35 – $50 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231.727.8001 or in person, open Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1.800.585.3737. Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/29/18 – 02/05/18

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The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Mondays @ 6:00 pm

Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns!  Each episode will be followed by a discussion.  Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission.  Members are free.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.


5×5 Night Muskegon
January 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

5 x 5 Night is back at the Muskegon Innovation Hub on Tuesday, January 30 beginning at 5:00pm.  Got a great idea you’d like to pitch?  Visit 5x5night.com to submit your idea or to vote for your top five picks.  The top five ideas with the most votes will then be selected to give a five minute pitch before a panel of 5 judges.  The winning idea wins $5,000!  The public is welcome to attend.  For more information, call 616-331-6900.


Holy Trinity Inspirational Choir and Victory in Praise Choir
January 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, January 30 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library to hear some of the best Inspirational/Gospel singing along the Lakeshore!  Holy Trinity Inspirational Choir from Holy Trinity Church, led by Michelle Harris, will grace the Hackley Public Library stage.  Joining them on the program will be Brandon Davis and the Victory in Praise Choir, a community choir comprised of Christians from various denominations from the greater West Michigan area.  The choirs will perform individually and together for a truly great evening of vocal music.  You won’t want to miss this!

Brought to the community through a generous bequest from Bess Commodore. WUVS 103.7 “The Community Station” the Beat is the media sponsor.


Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interstellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


The White Lake Winter Lecture Series
January 30 @ 7:00 pm

The White Lake Winter Lecture Series, presented by the White Lake Music Society, begins Tuesday, January 30, 7:00pm at the Book Nook & Java Shop!  Blue Lake Radio host, Foley Schuler, will speak on “From Bugs Bunny to Stanley Kubrick – Classical Music Goes to the Movies.”

Mr. Schuler will share his love of both classical music and cinema in this examination of the nexus of the two art forms in the work of several master film directors in whose hands certain works from the classical music repertoire become much more than mere accompaniment to the images, but are organic to the ultimate vision itself.  Through a selection of iconic and unforgettable scenes, we’ll see how these works have been essential in advancing the narrative, creating dramatic effect (at times almost acting another character), and, in general, contributing to an aesthetic synergy in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Other lectures include:

•  February 27 – In honor of Black History Month, Lazaro Vega will present “The History of the Blues.”

•  March 27 – Enjoy a presentation by Chef Jill Hansen as she speaks on “The Art of Taste.”

Admission is $5 at the door.  For more information, please contact Director Sondra Cross at 231-329-3056 or visit them online at www.whitelakemusic.org.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Postcard Salon
February 1 – February 15

Don’t miss the “Postcard Salon” exhibition happening February 1 – 15 at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  Over 1,400 cards from artists from West Michigan and beyond were on display last year, offering a huge range of materials and subject matter to enjoy.  Now in its 12th year, the Postcard Salon reflects the Muskegon Museum of Art’s commitment to Michigan artists, a chance for people of all ages and skill levels to share their work with the public.

The exhibition is free to enter and all submitted cards are installed, making the show a true community endeavor.  The exhibition is also a great opportunity to support the area arts community by purchasing an original work of art.  Join them this year for the first ever juror awards, singling out four remarkable cards. Artwork must be delivered to the MMA by January 29, 2018.

Beginning at 7:00pm on Thursday, February 15, all of the postcards on display in the Wiener Gallery will be for sale at $30 apiece.  Don’t miss this opportunity to own an original artwork by your favorite regional artists.  Buyers will be able to take the works directly from the walls and pay for them at several locations throughout the museum.  Muskegon Museum of Art members will be given a five-minute head start beginning promptly at 6:55pm.  The sale ends at 8:00pm, so don’t miss out!  Memberships can be obtained in the Museum Gift Store, or in the gallery on the 15th.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Cooking with an Electric Pressure Cooker with Chef Char
February 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Did you get an electric pressure cooker (aka Instant Pot) for Christmas?  Or, maybe you have had one and afraid to use it or want new recipe ideas?  Or, maybe you want one but wondering what to use it for?  Thursday, February 1 at 6:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market as Chef Char demonstrates the use of an electric pressure cooker and makes three different recipes for your tasting during this two hour class.  Recipes will be shared as well as lots of tips on using a pressure cooker.  These new appliances will help you get dinner on the table faster and they are a major upgrade from the pressure cookers that we might know from our past.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


Snowfest
February 2 – February 3

The Greater Muskegon Jaycees annual Snowfest event will return to downtown Muskegon Friday, February 2 – Saturday, February 3.  Enjoy Cornhole and Snow Volleyball Tournaments, the popular Battle of the Bowls Chili Cook-off and much more.  Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available.  For more information on getting involved or event details, visit the website at www.muskegonjaycees.org/snowfest or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MuskegonJaycees.

Friday, February 2

 •  First Fridays6:00pm – 8:00pm (Western Ave. between 3rd & 4th streets)
 •  Moonlight Movies:  Happy Feet (PG)6:10pm – 8:00pm (Western Ave. between 3rd & 4th streets)

Saturday, February 3

 •  Cornhole Tournament/$30 for a team of 2 (Western Ave.)
Registration 9:00am, Start 10:00am, End 2:00pm

 •  Snow Volleyball Tournament/$60 for a team of 4 (Western Ave.)
Registration 9:00am, Start 10:00am, End 2:00pm

 •  Battle of the Bloodies/$25 pre-sale or $30 at the door (Racquet’s Bar & Grille)
Registration 9:30am, Start 10:30am, End 1:30pm

 •  Battle of the Bowls/$10, $5 – Full/Half Pre-sale or $15, $10 Full/Half at Door (SMASH Bistro)
Registration 9:30am, Start 11:00am, End 2:00pm

 •  Snowfest Downtown Pub Crawl/FREE (Register at Racquet’s Bar & Grille)
Registration 3:00pm – 5:00pm, End 2:00am


Learn to Luge Weekend
Friday – Sunday @ 6:00 pm

Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States!  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website below to make reservations.

Safe & Easy to Learn

Safety is the number one priority when teaching new sliders or conducting races with seasoned sliders.  All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session.  Participants are outfitted with elbow pads, a helmet and a well-maintained luge sled.  An instructor carefully goes over each part of the sled with a beginning slider and teaches easy to learn methods of steering the sled.  Over three decades, the program has instructed thousands of sliders from age 8 to 80 to safely and successfully luge.  While luge is referred to the fastest sport on ice, this track is designed for the novice slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track, where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speeds at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex track are approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day although to most new sliders it still feels like 90 mph!

Get Some Physical Activity in the Winter

The sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended.

What to Expect

The size of each session is limited, so participants can expect to get 3-6 runs depending on weather conditions and efficiency of the group and personal pace.  The first 20 minutes of the session you will receive instruction from an experienced luge coach about safety and equipment.  During free sliding time, coaches will be positioned along the track to give you instruction throughout the session.  The last 15 minutes of each session is set aside for participant certificates and a medals ceremony.


Comedian Mitch Fatel – Shoreline Stix Fundraiser
February 2 @ 6:30 pm

Friday, February 2 at 6:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Mitch Fatel!  You’ve seen him on Comedy Central, HBO, The Tonight Show and more!  Doors open at 6:00pm, with dinner at 6:30pm and the opening act taking the stage at 7:30pm.  This is a fundraiser for the Shoreline Stix team and includes raffles and a silent auction.  All tickets include dinner and are $25 a person.  A table for 10 is $250 or get the V.I.P. table for 10 for $350.  For more information, call (231) 755-1258.


Sweetheart Ball
February 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, February 2 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Sweetheart Ball at the Watermark 920!  This is a date night for dads & daughters, moms & sons, grandmas & grand kids, aunties, nieces, nephews…everyone is welcome!  Dance the night away with your little one!  Dressy attire is encouraged but not necessary.  Enjoy crafts, a dessert bar, cookie decorating, dancing and more!

Tickets are $5 (plus service fees) per person in advance online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3233650 or physical tickets will be available at The Coffee Factory beginning January 19.  Tickets at the door are $7 per person with kids 2 and under admitted free!


An Evening with Groucho
February 2 @ 7:30 pm

Friday, February 2 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for “An Evening with Groucho!”

Award-winning actor and director Frank Ferrante ignites his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity.  The two-act comedy consists of the funniest Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including “Hooray for Captain Spalding,” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.”  The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style. Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields and Marx foil Margaret Dumont.

This show is not recommended for children under age 8.  If you choose to bring a child 7 or younger, please purchase a youth ticket.  Tickets are $30, $25 and $20 for adults.  Youth tickets (8-18) are $15.  All ages need a tickets.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturday @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Wild about Wings and Other Super Bowl Snacks with Chef Char
February 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, February 3 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, you’re invited to Kitchen 242 for the culinary class, “Wild about Wings and Other Super Bowl Snacks with Chef Char!”  Do you like to tailgate or eat and entertain while watching your favorite sporting events?  Score big points with fellow sports and food fans with game day style crispy wings and an assortment of rubs, sauces and dips.  Experiment with baked, fried, battered and crumb-coated wings in class, toss wings in one of four from scratch sauce recipes (Buffalo, Asian Zing, Parmesan Garlic or Spicy BBQ) or dip your own yogurt version of ranch or avocado dips.

Sign up for classes at Eventbrite.com or call 231-769-2202 for more information.  The cost is $40.


4th Annual Black History Month Trivia Contest
February 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

So you think you know your Black History?  Form a group with your friends (up to 4 per team, 6 teams total) and pit your knowledge against other teams.  Call Hackley Public Library at 231-722-7276 or visit https://hackleylibrary.org/events/locally-hosted-events/hpl/black-history-month/26680-4th-annual-black-history-trivia-contest to register your team by February 2.

On February 3, at 2:00pm come to Hackley Public Library to see the contest.  Teams will be asked questions on Black History and will win prizes for First, Second, and Third place as well as some consolation prizes.  Cheer on your friends and family!

Brought to the community through a generous bequest from Bess Commodore. WUVS 103.7 “The Community Station” the Beat is the media sponsor.


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
February 3 @ 5:00 pm

The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.

Catch their next home game Saturday, February 3 at 5:00pm as they take on the La Crosse Showtime!


Muskegon Humane Society Pizza for Paws
February 3 @ 6:00 pm

Join the Muskegon Humane Society on Saturday, February 3 at 6:00pm for their largest annual fundraiser, “Pizza for Paws!” Held at Fricano’s in Muskegon, this event will include all you can eat Fricano’s pizza, along with salad & breadsticks.  There will be raffles and auctions with lots of must have items available.  For the sports fan in your life, there will be the opportunity to purchase a SIGNED Red Wings jersey by Justin Abdelkader!  Foodies will love packages from Pekadills, Chateau Chantel & Fetch (both of which feature wine tastings).  For the traveler, there will be hotel stays offered from Little River Casino and the Spring Lake Holiday Inn.  Many more “pawsome” items will be on hand as well!  The night will be emceed by Andy O’Riley and will also feature dancing, a cash bar and a photo booth!  Make it a date night with your sweetheart!  Tickets are $40 per person, or bring a group and reserve a table for $250.  To order your tickets or for questions, call (231) 773-8689.


Winter Try-Athlon
February 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

February 4 from 10:00am-4:00pm, come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex for your opportunity to try three Winter Olympic sports; luge, ice speedskating and cross country skiing.  This event is family friendly and geared toward those who may have never done at least one of these sports.  Of course, serious competitors are welcome as well.  The MWSC recognizes that many people may have very little experience in some of these sports and will teach you everything you need to know in continuous 20 minute clinics at each venue.  For more information, call 231-744-9629.


The Best Italian Pasta Sauces with Sofia
February 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday, February 5 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm you’re invited to Kitchen 242 for the culinary class, “The Best Italian Pasta Sauces with Sofia!”  In this informative and fun class, Sofia will unveil the secrets of the authentic “al dente” pasta and sauce, then show you how to pair a variety of pasta shapes with their ideal sauces.  Instructor Sofia Occhialini moved here with her family from Italy four years ago.

Sign up for classes at Eventbrite.com or call 231-769-2202 for more information.  The cost is $40.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/22/18 – 01/29/17

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


Guys on Ice
January 19 @ 7:00 pm – January 27 @ 7:00 pm

January 19 – 27, come to the Frauenthal Theater for a Black Box performance of “Guys on Ice,” presented by the Muskegon Civic Theatre.

This charming play tells the story of two ice fishing buddies from Northern Wisconsin who talk and sing about life, love, and the one that got away.  From their ice fishing shanty, long-time pals Lloyd and Marvin keep warm with a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer, and the Green Bay Packers.  As Marvin anxiously awaits his opportunity to appear on a cable TV fishing show and share secrets of his life on da’ lake, Lloyd ponders a recent squabble with his wife concerning plans to spend their anniversary at Lambeau Field.  Both pals scramble to protect their cold ones from fellow angler, Ernie the Moocher.

With musical numbers like “De Wishing Hole”, “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit”, and “Fish is de Miracle Food”, Guys on Ice will charm your wool socks off.

For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Coin Appraisal Event
January 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tuesday, January 23 from 9:00am – 4:00pm, you’re invited to Community Shores Bank as HCC Rare Coins conducts a Free Coin Appraisal!  No appointment is necessary, so stop by with your collection of any size to see what it may be worth.  They are buying, but there is no obligation to sell.  For more information, please call 1-800-422-4405.


Yooper Talk
January 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, January 23 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a talk with Kathryn Remlinger, author of the forthcoming book “Yooper Talk!”

Drawing on sixteen years of fieldwork, including interviews with seventy-five lifelong residents of the UP, Kathryn examines how the idea of a unique Yooper dialect emerged.  Considering UP English in relation to other regional dialects and their speakers, she looks at local identity, literacy practices, media representations, language attitudes, notions of authenticity, economic factors, tourism, and contact with immigrant and Native American languages.  The book also explores how a dialect becomes a recognizable and valuable commodity:  Yooper talk (or “Yoopanese”) is emblazoned on t-shirts, flags, postcards, coffee mugs and bumper stickers.

For more information about the book, the author, and UW Press, please visit https://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5561.htm.”

Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.


Lager & Luge
January 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

January 23 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Fetch Brewing will offer a shuttle bus from their brewery to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex!  The Shuttle, offered by Lakeshore Transportation, will cost $20 per person and will include round-trip transportation AND a Crowler per person to-go!  You must purchase tickets in advance at www.fetchbrewing.com.  The Shuttle will leave Fetch at 6:00pm and 7:00pm, and return to Fetch at 8:00pm and 9:00pm.

Once there, you can take advantage of a discounted all-access pass for only $10 which will give you access to all available sports and rentals!  Or, just take the bus out there and simply enjoy a bonfire, some smores and your Crowler/Growler next to the fire for no additional cost.  Spaces are limited to 14 passengers per shuttle, 28 total tickets available, so don’t wait!  You must be 21+ to particpate.  For more information, call (231) 292-1048.


Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interstellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


Page to Screen Noir: The Big Sleep
January 24 @ 1:30 pm

Wednesday, January 24 at 1:30pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts Page to Screen Noir, where you can read a classic noir mystery each month and then watch the film it inspired!  Are hard-boiled detectives and mysterious women among your favorite fictional characters in a book or a movie?  Combine your passion for both!  January’s book is The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler.  Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family and before the complex case is over, he’s seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.  The movie was released in 1946, directed by Howard Hawks and starred Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.  Rotten Tomatoes calls this movie “The definitive Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall vehicle…”  Page to Screen Noir includes an informal discussion of both formats, plus popcorn—bring your own soft drink!  Copies of the book are available at the Library while supplies last.  This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library, is free and open to the public ages 18 and up.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
January 25 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Thunder Boy Jr. and Art Talks Back Kickoff Event
January 25 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Muskegon Museum of Art opens a new exhibition, ‘Thunder Boy Jr.: Illustrations by Yuyi Morales,’ and its annual Art Talks Back Poetry Competition on Thursday, January 25, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.  The MMA invites the public to a kickoff event that includes refreshments, a poetry writing salon, and special reading and art activities.  The writing salon will be geared toward adults, while the reading and art activities may be enjoyed by all ages.  Admission and refreshments are free!  Support is provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.  Call 231-720-2570 or go to www.muskegonartmuseum.org for more information.


Risotto: Northern Italy Classic Comfort Food with Sofia
January 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, January 25 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to Kitchen 242 for the culinary class “Risotto: Northern Italy Classic Comfort Food with Sofia!”  Risotto is a Northern Italian classic comfort food.  You will learn how to make the perfect risotto with the right ingredients.  Sofia Occhilaini is a new culinary instructor at Kitchen 242 and moved here from Italy with her husband four years ago.  She has trained with several well-known chefs and is anxious to share her knowledge and creativity in the kitchen with her new community.  Sign up for classes at Eventbrite.com or call 231-769-2202 for more information.  The cost is $35.


Ballroom Dancing Classes at SE4SONS
January 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

SE4SONS Gastropub at Muskegon Country Club will host dance classes with instructor, Becky Biesiada for a series of 3 classes in January.  Each class will focus on a type of ballroom dance.  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new and get out of the house with snow on the ground.   Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals!

Class Dates:  January 11, 18, 25
Class Time:  6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $80 per couple/ $55 per single.

This is limited to the first 25 couples or 50 participants.

Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon CC Member to participate!  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations.


Learn to Luge Weekend
January 26 – 28 @ 6:00 pm

Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States!  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website below to make reservations.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 26 @ 7:00 pm

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch a home game, Friday, January 26 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on Team USA U17 at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


The Alley Door Club
January 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Celebrating its’ 13th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 12, 2018 with live performances from an array of local bands!  Performing on select Friday nights through April, The Alley Door Club features live music from popular West Michigan bands in a fun environment which includes cash bar and dancing.  Featured in the Ballroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Hilt Building the doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks), with live music from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

The 2018 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
Friday, January 12:  Vincent Hayes – blues, funk & soul
Friday, January 26:  Big Daddy Fox & Friends – blues
Friday, February 9:  Swinging Stem Cells – classic rock
Friday, February 23:  West Side Soul Surfers – R & B, funk & soul
Friday, March 9:  Brena – rock
Friday, March 23:  Group Therapy Band – rock
Friday, April 13: Pop Fiction – pop & rock
Friday, April 27: Yard Sale Underwear – self-proclaimed kings of polyester pop & soul

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231-727-8001 or in person Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737.   Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.  Tables may be reserved:  $65.00 for a 4-top (included 4 admission tickets) / $100.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets).  Limit of 2 4-tops and 2 8-tops reserved for each performance, available on a first come basis.  The Alley Door Club is sponsored by Bayer Crop Science and Hooker DeJonge.


Performances @ The Block: The Oblivion Project
January 26 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Friday, January 26 at 7:30pm, come to The Block for The Oblivion Project, dedicated to the exploration and performance of the over 3000 Nuevo Tango works of Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla.  The group is blazing trails as they visit The Block on their Midwest tour.  Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm.


Indoor Farmers’ Market
January 27 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Homemade Pasta with Chef Char
January 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, January 27 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, you’re invited to Kitchen 242 for the culinary class, “Homemade Pasta with Chef Char!”  Homemade pasta is easy and delicious.  In this class, learn to make traditional egg pasta, spinach pasta and tomato pasta from scratch.  Take the pasta making a step further and fill homemade ravioli with a delicious cheese and herb filling before cooking to perfection. You will also make a big batch of marinara sauce to try in class and take home.  Learn how to use the Kitchenaid pasta tools as well as how to roll and cut by hand.  All culinary skill levels are welcome.

Sign up for classes at Eventbrite.com or call 231-769-2202 for more information.  The cost is $40.


Polar Plunge
January 27 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Muskegon Polar Plunge which benefits Special Olympics Michigan, takes place at Fricano’s on Muskegon Lake January 27 beginning at 12:00pm!  Registration begins at noon with “The Plunge” starting at 2:00pm.  The awards and After Splash Bash commence at 4:00pm.  There is free admission to the After Splash Bash for plungers.  There will be a $10 fee for guests which includes pizza.

If you would like to avoid the registration lines on Plunge day, there will be a Pre Registration on Friday, January 26 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at Fricano’s.  This will also be a Pre-Plunge Party featuring Northbound!  For more information, call (800) 644-6404.


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
January 27 @ 5:00 pm

The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.

Catch their next home game Saturday, January 27 at 5:00pm as they take on the Kentucky Enforcers!


The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
January 29 @ 6:00 pm

Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns!  Each episode will be followed by a discussion.  Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission.  Members are free.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

The Frauenthal Center Presents “An Evening With Groucho”

Date: February 2, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Frauenthal Theater
Tickets: $20 – $30, $15 Youth/Group 6+

grouchoMuskegon, MI — Award-winning actor and director Frank Ferrante ignites his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx. Called “masterful” by the Chicago Tribune and “a tour-de-force” by Variety, this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity contains all the funniest Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including “Hooray for Captain Spalding,” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.” The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style. Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the like of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, MGM’s Louis B. Mayer and Marx foil Margaret Dumont.

Tickets are $15 Youth (ages 8-18) / Group (6+) / $20 – $30 Adult.

ADVISORY: Frank Ferrante in An Evening with Groucho is appropriate for ages 12 and up with very mild adult content. The comical stylings of this iconic performer are sure to bring a smile and a chuckle to every audience member.

Tickets and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231.727.8001 or in person, open Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1.800.585.3737. Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.

Muskegon Museum of Art 2018 January & February Calendar

JANUARY

January 4, 11, 18
Evening Open Public Tours
5:00–7:00 pm

Thursday, January 11, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
J.M.W. Turner
(30 mins.) Joseph Mallord William Turner was a barber’s son who eventually went on to become one of Britain’s most renowned painters. At the age of fourteen he entered the Royal Academy art school and from there nothing would stop his passion for painting. Produced by the National Gallery of Art and part of media exchange that NGA provides for art museums. Brown Bag Film admission is free and complimentary coffee and cookies are provided. Auditorium doors open at 12:00 pm. Paid admission is required for gallery admittance. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

Thursday, January 11, 6:00 pm
Walk and Talk of Sketch of War: Wally Berg Draws WWII
@the Lakeshore Museum Center
Join the Muskegon Museum of Art and the Lakeshore Museum Center as we team up to go in depth on the art and history of Muskegon’s own, Wally Berg. Take a guided tour of the Sketch of War: Wally Berg Draws WWII exhibit at the Lakeshore Museum Center with Exhibits Curator Pat Horn and Muskegon Museum of Art educator Cathy Mott as we talk about the style, techniques, and life history of Wally Berg. Tickets are $8 for non-members or $5 for members of either museum. Call 231.722.0278 to register.

January 13, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Farm Super Saturday
Free Family Fun Day
MOOOOOve over…There are lots of animals here! There are lambs in the gallery, a painting of goat on a leash, and have you seen the horse made of steel?! Bring the kids (real kids, no baby goats please) to check out the farm animals hanging out in the galleries. Super Saturdays are Free Family Fun Days held on 2nd Saturdays of the Month. Underwritten by Arconic/Whitehall Operations. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.
10:00 am & 1:00 pm Family Film
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Guided Look
Can you find all of the farm animals in the artwork?
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make & Take
Create your own farm friend. Animals will get structure from pipe cleaners and then get covered in various materials such as cotton balls, felt, and feathers.

Monday, January 15, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Free Community Day
We open our doors to welcome the community during this day of observation in honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visitors can enjoy the galleries, films in the auditorium, crafts in the classroom and mini docent tours from Muskegon High School art students. Free admission. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

Thursday, January 18, 6:00 pm
Date Night
What a Pair—Wine, Food and Art
Limited Spaces
$35/$30 MMA Member price
Do you ever wonder what would pair well with the Blakelock painting? We won’t taste the paintings, but we will enjoy great wines and delicious bites, all while learning about what makes each of these pairings so unique. The evening will include five distinct wines highlighted by local wine expert Kara Kreps in conjunction with appetizers created by Hearthstone.

Thursday, January 25, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
Stonefaced
(16 mins.) This documentary follows architect and photographer Robert A. King as he takes viewers around New York City to showcase some of his favorite gargoyles, something that he has been documenting and photographing as a hobby throughout his lifetime. Directed by Vivian Ducat of Ducat Media. Brown Bag Film admission is free and complimentary coffee and cookies are provided. Auditorium doors open at 12:00 pm. Paid admission is required for gallery admittance. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

January 25 – March 29, 2018
2018 Art Talks Back
A Poetry Contest Based on Art
All adult/college area writers residing within the state of Michigan are invited to create original ekphrastic poems based on one of 10 selected works of art from the Muskegon Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Cash prizes, Museum memberships, and gift certificates will be awarded to the winning poets. Starting January 25, competition guidelines, images of selected works, and required entry forms will be available at the Museum gift store or may be downloaded from the Museum’s website: www.muskegonartmuseum.org. The competition ends on March 29, 2018. The awards ceremony and poetry reading will be held April 19. Questions? Call 231.720.2587 or email: cmott@mpsk12.net.
Thursday, January 25, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Art Talks Back Writing Salon
We will kick off the competition at a special writing salon. Bring your notebooks and get inspired. Light refreshments will be served. The event also opens the exhibition Thunder Boy, Jr: Illustrations by Yuyi Morales. Cash bar.
Art Talks Back is sponsored by the Poetry Society of Michigan. Support is provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

 

FEBRUARY

February 1-15, 2018
Postcard Salon
Exhibition: February 1-15, 2018
Salon Sale event: Thursday, February 15, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Postcard Sale: Begins at 7:00 pm, February 15 and ends at 8:00 pm
The Postcard Salon is a celebration of creativity. Over 1,400 cards from artists from West Michigan and beyond were on display last year, offering a huge range of materials and subject matter to enjoy. Now in its 12th year, the Postcard Salon reflects the Muskegon Museum of Art’s commitment to Michigan artists, a chance for people of all ages and skill levels to share their work with the public.
The exhibition is free to enter and all submitted cards are installed, making the show a true community endeavor. The exhibition is also a great opportunity to support the area arts community by purchasing an original work of art. Join us this year for the first ever juror awards, singling out four remarkable cards. Artwork must be delivered to the MMA by January 29, 2018.
Beginning at 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 15, all of the postcards on display in the Wiener Gallery will be for sale at $30 apiece. Don’t miss this opportunity to own an original artwork by your favorite regional artists. Buyers will be able to take the works directly from the walls and pay for them at several locations throughout the museum. Muskegon Museum of Art members will be given a five-minute head start beginning promptly at 6:55 PM. The sale ends at 8:00 PM, so don’t miss out. Memberships can be obtained in the Museum Gift Store, or in the gallery on the 15th.
Media Sponsor: Blue Lake Public Radio

February 1, 8, 22
Evening Open Public Tours
5:00–7:00 pm

Thursday, February 1, 6:00 pm
Crash Course: The Fine Art of Cleaning Art
Join the MMA staff as we talk about how we clean objects in the collection, everything from paintings to glass all have unique cleaning needs. What tools do we use? How can you care for your artwork at home? Learn all this and more during this Crash Course. Free admission. Cash bar.

Thursday, February 8, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert
(60 mins.) Winfred Rembert has a lot of stories to tell, from his childhood on a cotton farm to his near lynching during the Civil Rights movement; his life experiences are the bed of work that inspires his artwork. This film documents Rembert’s life and how he his tooled leather artwork has become his biography and therapy. Brown Bag Film admission is free and complimentary coffee and cookies are provided. Auditorium doors open at 12:00 pm. Directed by Vivian Ducat of Ducat Media. Paid admission is required for gallery admittance. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

Thursday, February 8
Reception and Special Program
All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert
5:30 pm Reception
7:00 pm Film: All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert (60 mins.)
Winfred Rembert has a lot of stories to tell, from his childhood on a cotton farm to his near lynching during the Civil Rights movement; his life experiences are the bed of work that inspires his artwork. This film documents Rembert’s life and how he his tooled leather artwork has become his biography and therapy. This film was directed by Vivian Ducat of Ducat Media. Ducat is a native New Yorker and strong advocate for the arts. She will join us for the screening and in a Q & A with artist Winfred Rembert following the film. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

February 10, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Postcards Super Saturday
Free Family Fun Day
Postcard Salon is one of the most popular exhibitions and the artwork is small, but the creativity is limitless. Super Saturdays are Free Family Fun Days held on 2nd Saturdays of the Month. Underwritten by Arconic/Whitehall Operations.
10:00 am & 1:00 pm Family Film
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Guided Exhibition Tours
Find surprises in Postcard Salon, led with a Museum docent.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make & Take
Create your own postcard-size art.

Thursday, February 22, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
Up From the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream
(60 mins.) The documentary explores the massive African American migration from the rural south to the prosperous north during the war years and beyond. Narrator, Cicely Tyson takes the viewer through not only facts, but stories and lives that were challenged and changed during this historic period of time right here in Muskegon, Michigan. Brown Bag Film admission is free and complimentary coffee and cookies are provided. Auditorium doors open at 12:00 pm. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

 

EXHIBITIONS

Through January 21, 2018
Shift: The Glass of Daniel Clayman
Shift examines the career of Daniel Clayman through a development of recurring ideas, punctuated by singular pieces that informed his evolution as an artist. From theater lighting to discrete objects to room-size installations, this exhibition, comprised of objects selected by the artist, looks from the beginning of his practice to the full circle return to the shaping of the space we inhabit. This body of works specifically addresses his ongoing explorations of the ability of glass forms to hold light and air, or to break and divide them. The smoky, semi-transparent glass both reflects and diffuses the light, revealing subtle color characteristics within both the physical object and its transmitted light and cast shadows. Monumental and dramatic, this is a must-see exhibition for followers of contemporary studio glass. Shift is organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art in collaboration with Habatat Galleries of Royal Oak, MI. Underwritten by Chris and Stephanie Witham.

Through January 14, 2018
Points of Resonance: The Museum Project Gift
Points of Resonance: The Museum Project Gift merges recently acquired contemporary photography with similarly themed works from the Muskegon Museum of Art’s permanent collection. The result is an exploration of shared aesthetics and visual and conceptual subject matter. Images of the water, still lifes, landscapes, and Americana play out through the gallery, in artworks both familiar and less frequently seen. Underwritten by Hooker DeJong Architects & Engineers

December 14, 2017 through March 18, 2018
Southern Roots: The Paintings of Winfred Rembert
Winfred Rembert works in the medium of carved and dyed leather, creating vibrant and rhythmic imagery of his life in 1950s Georgia. A storyteller, Rembert reveals images of culture, community, family, and struggle through intense color and repeating patterns. His most recognizable pieces depict pickers at work in the cotton fields, a grueling task the artist himself experienced in his childhood and later on a prison chain gang. Underwritten by Van Kampen Boyer Molinari Foundation and PNC Bank. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

December 14, 2017 through March 18, 2018
Sarah Wagner: Vegetable Lamb of America
Sarah Wagner sculpts in wood and fabric, creating animals and environments that address the fragility and resilience of Nature and humanity’s impact on its surroundings. Her art is inspired and informed by the city of Detroit, where she lives and works. For her Muskegon Museum of Art exhibition, Wagner is creating a new installation inspired by the history of the cultivation of cotton, and its impact on the development of capitalism and industrialism around the world. Support for Sarah Wagner: Vegetable Lamb of America has been provided by MMA Michigan Artist Series Media Sponsor Blue Lake Public Radio.

January 25 through May 20, 2018
Thunder Boy, Jr.: Illustrations by Yuyi Morales
This exhibition includes illustrations and sketches created by Yuyi (Zu-Zee) Morales for the children’s book Thunder Boy, Jr., written by Sherman Alexie. This vibrant, striking children’s book is about Thunder Boy Jr., a Native American boy who isn’t crazy about his name. He wants to change it to a name that is “normal.” The unique talents of both artist and author are apparent in the book; Alexie reflects on real life and humor and Morales explores color, pattern and textures of her life and experiences in Mexico and California. Underwritten by the Folkert Family Foundation. Media sponsor: WGVU Public Media

February 1-15, 2018
Postcard Salon
The Postcard Salon is a celebration of creativity. Over 1,400 cards from artists from West Michigan and beyond were on display last year, offering a huge range of materials and subject matter to enjoy. Now in its 12th year, the Postcard Salon reflects the Muskegon Museum of Art’s commitment to Michigan artists, a chance for people of all ages and skill levels to share their work with the public.
The exhibition is free to enter and all submitted cards are installed, making the show a true community endeavor. The exhibition is also a great opportunity to support the area arts community by purchasing an original work of art. Join us this year for the first ever juror awards, singling out four remarkable cards. Artwork must be delivered to the MMA by January 29, 2018. The exhibition ends with a Salon Sale event on Thursday, February 15, 5:30 – 8:00 pm.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/16/18 – 01/22/18

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


Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
January 16 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interstellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


Warm Your Body and Soul: An Author Tea
January 17 @ 2:00 pm

Wednesday, January 17 at 2:00pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts Warm Your Body and Soul: An Author Tea with local authors Bonnie Jeane-Marie and Kittye Sharron!  She’ll share her challenging and amazing life experiences as detailed in her books that emphasize the importance of faith with honesty and sincerity.

Copies of the authors’ works will be available for purchase.  This program is free and open to the public ages 18 and up.  For additional information contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .


Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
January 18 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Date Night: What a Pair—Wine, Food and Art
January 18 @ 6:00 pm

Thursday, January 18 at 6:00pm, you’re invited to “Date Night” at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  “What a Pair—Wine, Food and Art” has limited spaces at the cost of $35 or $30 for members.

Do you ever wonder what would pair well with the Blakelock painting?  You won’t taste the paintings, but you will enjoy great wines and delicious bites, all while learning about what makes each of these pairings so unique.  The evening will include five distinct wines highlighted by local wine expert Kara Kreps in conjunction with appetizers created by Hearthstone.  For tickets or more information, call 231-720-2570.


Ballroom Dancing Classes at SE4SONS
January 18 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

SE4SONS Gastropub at Muskegon Country Club will host dance classes with instructor, Becky Biesiada for a series of 3 classes in January.  Each class will focus on a type of ballroom dance.  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new and get out of the house with snow on the ground.   Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals!

Class Dates:  January 11, 18, 25
Class Time:  6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $80 per couple/ $55 per single.

This is limited to the first 25 couples or 50 participants.

Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon CC Member to participate!  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations.


Learn to Luge Weekend
January 19 @ 6:00 pm

Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States!  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website below to make reservations.


Guys on Ice
January 19 @ 7:00 pm – January 27 @ 7:00 pm

January 19 – 27, come to the Frauenthal Theater for a Black Box performance of “Guys on Ice,” presented by the Muskegon Civic Theatre.

This charming play tells the story of two ice fishing buddies from Northern Wisconsin who talk and sing about life, love, and the one that got away.  From their ice fishing shanty, long-time pals Lloyd and Marvin keep warm with a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer, and the Green Bay Packers.  As Marvin anxiously awaits his opportunity to appear on a cable TV fishing show and share secrets of his life on da’ lake, Lloyd ponders a recent squabble with his wife concerning plans to spend their anniversary at Lambeau Field.  Both pals scramble to protect their cold ones from fellow angler, Ernie the Moocher.

With musical numbers like “De Wishing Hole”, “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit”, and “Fish is de Miracle Food”, Guys on Ice will charm your wool socks off.

For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Comedian Dwayne Gill – Muskegon Junior Jacks Fundraiser
January 19 @ 8:00 pm

Friday, January 19, you’re invited to the Back Alley Comedy Club inside Sherman Bowling Center for live, stand-up comedy from Dwayne Gill!  This is a fundraiser for the Muskegon Junior Jacks.

A native of Detroit, Gill has been a US Marine, State Trooper and, of course, a comedian.  He has won many awards and shared the stage with top comedians such as Alonzo Bodden, Kathleen Madigan, John Heffron and many more!  If you’ve never met a cop with a sense of humor, then you’ve never met Dwayne.

Doors open at 6:30pm with appetizers and a cash bar available.  The show begins at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $25 per person.  Buy a table for 10 for $250 to guarantee your party can sit together.  VIP tables are $350 and offer front row seating, one drink ticket per person and goodies.  There will also be raffles, a 50/50 drawing and silent auction.  Tickets can be purchased online or by e-mailing brooks529@gmail.com.


Indoor Farmers’ Market
January 20 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Snow Shoe Saturday at Heritage Park
January 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

January 20 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to Michigan’s Heritage Park for a “Snow Shoe Saturday!”   The cost is $3 for members or $5 for non-members.  Bring your own shoes or rent a pair for $5 from the park.  They carry sizes from toddler to adult!  There’ll be a warming station with hot drinks provided and different historic sites open each time!  For more information, contact the park at (231) 894-0342.


Hot Rod Harley-Davidson 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off
January 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Saturday, January 20 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, come to Hot Rod Harley Davidson for their 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off!  All proceeds benefit Pioneer Trials Camp.  Join The Boars Belly, Hennessy’s Pub, Texas Roadhouse and Just Klassics Deli as they compete for the title of Chili Champion!  Get free samples and vote for your favorite, while supplies last.  Get a bowl of your favorite for a donation to Pioneer Trails Camp.

Plus, “Pick Your Pepper” for a sizzling hot deal.  Get 15% – 25% off officially licensed products.  Your discount will be drawn at time of purchase and applies to regular priced items.  Cannot be combined with any other offers.  Motorcycles, labor and select special orders are excluded.  For more information, call 231-722-0000.


Muskegon Center for the Arts/Red Lotus Gallery: Open Mic Night
January 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Muskegon Center for the Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery every third Saturday of the month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, theater, poetry or readings, you may want to express it here or just show up to watch the show.  There is always something new and unique to enjoy.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/08/18 – 01/15/18

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


Ruth and Max Bloomquist
January 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Monday, January 8 at 6:00pm, come to “The Corner” as Ruth and Max Bloomquist, Muskegon’s own folk singers, perform an evening of wonderful music!  Ruth and Max have been making music together since they met in 1975 and discovered their shared love not only for each other, but for music and songs made with acoustic instruments and featuring lyrics from the heart.  Ruth and Max immersed themselves in folk, bluegrass, country, singer songwriters, and other acoustic music to create a sound and style all their own.

This concert will be held at The Corner, an outdoor stage at the corner of Muskegon Ave. and Third St.


Yarnspinners
January 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, January 9 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as the five members of the local storytelling group the Yarnspinners delight you with an interesting array of stories.  The stories are generally appropriate for teens and adults.

YARNSPINNERS was founded in 1992 by the late Professional Storyteller and Educator, Nancy deVries, and former Hackley Youth Librarian and Storyteller, Allison Day.  The inspiration for YARNSPINNERS came from Nancy deVries’ experience with such groups in Scotland and Ireland.  The group meets monthly to explore the ancient art of storytelling.  Participants are given opportunities to tell their stories in a supportive and encouraging environment. www.hackleylibrary.org


Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
January 11 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570. www.muskegonartmuseum.org


Walk & Talk: The Art and History of Wally Berg
January 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, January 11 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, the Muskegon Museum of Art and the Lakeshore Museum Center will team up to go in depth on the art and history of Muskegon’s own, Wally Berg!  Take a guided tour of the “Sketch of War: Wally Berg Draws WWII” exhibit at the Lakeshore Museum Center with the exhibit’s curator Pat Horn and Muskegon Museum of Art educator Cathy Mott as they talk about the style, techniques and life history of Wally Berg.  Tickets are $8 for non-members or $5 for members of either museum.  Call 231-722-0278 to register. www.lakeshoremuseum.org


Ballroom Dancing Classes at SE4SONS
January 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

SE4SONS Gastropub at Muskegon Country Club will host dance classes with instructor, Becky Biesiada for a series of 3 classes in January.  Each class will focus on a type of ballroom dance.  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new and get out of the house with snow on the ground.   Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals!

Class Dates:  January 11, 18, 25
Class Time:  6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $80 per couple/ $55 per single.

This is limited to the first 25 couples or 50 participants.

Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon CC Member to participate!  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations.


Domo Arigato Museum Roboto Family Fun Night
January 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Friday, January 12 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, it’s date night for the whole family at the Lakeshore Museum Center!  Join them for an exciting and interactive night at the museum with a robot theme.  Museum staff will be joined by the MARS Robotics Team and Silversides Museum staff to bring you all sorts of robotics fun!

Museum admission is always free for Muskegon County residents and just $3 for non-residents!  For more information, call (231) 722-0278. www.lakeshoremuseum.org


Learn to Luge Weekend
January 12 @ 6:00 pm

Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States!  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Safe & Easy to Learn

Safety is the number one priority when teaching new sliders or conducting races with seasoned sliders.  All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session.  Participants are outfitted with elbow pads, a helmet and a well-maintained luge sled.  An instructor carefully goes over each part of the sled with a beginning slider and teaches easy to learn methods of steering the sled.  Over three decades, the program has instructed thousands of sliders from age 8 to 80 to safely and successfully luge.  While luge is referred to the fastest sport on ice, this track is designed for the novice slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track, where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speeds at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex track are approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day although to most new sliders it still feels like 90 mph!

Get Some Physical Activity in the Winter

The sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended.

What to Expect

The size of each session is limited, so participants can expect to get 3-6 runs depending on weather conditions and efficiency of the group and personal pace.  The first 20 minutes of the session you will receive instruction from an experienced luge coach about safety and equipment.  During free sliding time, coaches will be positioned along the track to give you instruction throughout the session.  The last 15 minutes of each session is set aside for participant certificates and a medals ceremony.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 12 @ 7:00 pm – January 13 @ 7:00 pm

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch two home games, Friday, January 12 and Saturday, January 13 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Green Bay Gamblers at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


The Alley Door Club
January 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Celebrating its’ 13th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 12, 2018 with live performances from an array of local bands!  Performing on select Friday nights through April, The Alley Door Club features live music from popular West Michigan bands in a fun environment which includes cash bar and dancing.  Featured in the Ballroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Hilt Building the doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks), with live music from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. www.frauenthal.org

The 2018 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
Friday, January 12:  Vincent Hayes – blues, funk & soul
Friday, January 26:  Big Daddy Fox & Friends – blues
Friday, February 9:  Swinging Stem Cells – classic rock
Friday, February 23:  West Side Soul Surfers – R & B, funk & soul
Friday, March 9:  Brena – rock
Friday, March 23:  Group Therapy Band – rock
Friday, April 13: Pop Fiction – pop & rock
Friday, April 27: Yard Sale Underwear – self-proclaimed kings of polyester pop & soul

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231-727-8001 or in person Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737.   Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.  Tables may be reserved:  $65.00 for a 4-top (included 4 admission tickets) / $100.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets).  Limit of 2 4-tops and 2 8-tops reserved for each performance, available on a first come basis.  The Alley Door Club is sponsored by Bayer Crop Science and Hooker DeJonge.


West Michigan Symphony Presents: Germanic Classics
January 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Friday, January 12 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents Germanic Classics!

Scott Speck, conductor
Paul Clifton, Horn

Mendelssohn – Overture in C major
Strauss – Horn Concerto No. 1
Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 1

Sister to the famous Felix Mendelssohn, Fanny Mendelssohn’s Overture in C major begins this homage to German composers of the classical period.  Then, WMS Principal Horn Paul Clifton is featured on Richard Strauss’ tribute to Mozart, the Horn Concerto no. 1.  Finally, Felix Mendelssohn, often considered classical music’s greatest child prodigy, pours his dramatic and harmonically adventurous gifts into his Symphony no. 1.  For more information, call 231-726-3231. www.westmichigansymphony.org


Kevin Farley Relay for Life Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society
January 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Friday, January 12 from 8:00pm – 10:00pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club inside Sherman Bowling Center for comedian Kevin Farley as they raise funds for the American Cancer Society!

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Kevin Farley studied at the famous Second City in Chicago.  It wasn’t long after that he appeared in films such as Black Sheep (with his brother Chris Farley) and The Waterboy with Adam Sandler.  Soon after, Farley landed a starring role as “Doug Linus” on MTV’s sitcom 2gether where he was met with rave reviews.

Farley then went on to star with top billing in the feature films An American Carol and White Knight. Other films to his credits are Crowning Jules, Frat Pack, and Joe Dirt 2.

His TV guest appearances have been on Hawaii Five-O, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rules of Engagement, The Neighbors, Just Shoot Me, United States of Tara, to name a few.

Farley moved behind the camera as co-writer and co-director of Hollywood & Wine, which takes an irreverent look at an actress struggling in Hollywood.  In addition, Farley directed the comedy Paranormal Movie.  The film pokes fun of the “found footage” horror, sub-genre popular with movie goers today.

To his credit, and met with high praise in all the national reviews, Farley Co-Executive Produced the heartwarming “I Am Chris Farley” – a first feature-length biographical documentary about his brother Chris – the late comedy legend.

Presently Farley is co-starring in F is for Family – a Netflix comedy series and in CMT’s new series Still the King.

Doors Open at 6:00pmpm and the show starts at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $27 when purchased in advance.   For more information, call (231) 755-1258.


Indoor Farmers’ Market
January 13 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251. www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com


Kids’ Cooking Class: Harry Potter Party with Chef Char
January 13 @ 10:00 am

Saturday, January 13 at 10:00am, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the kids’ cooking class “Harry Potter Party with Chef Char!” There’ll be Magic Food Recipes and Fun Potions for Muskegon Muggles.  Dress up as your favorite Harry Potter character and come learn all the culinary secrets to Butter Beer (nonalcoholic), Hogwarts Magic Envelope Pockets (baked meat and vegetable pies) and Polyjuice Potion (fruit and vegetable juice smoothies).  This class is for ages 7+ and the cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


Muskegon Bridal Association 2018 Bridal Show
January 13 @ 12:00 pm

Saturday, January 13, come to the beautiful Frauenthal Center as the Muskegon Bridal Association presents their 2018 Bridal Show!  There’ll be over 45 local businesses offering everything you need to create the perfect wedding.  The expo is from 12:00pm – 3:00pm with the fashion show to follow immediately afterward.  The cost is FREE!  For more information, call 231-722-9750.


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
January 13 @ 5:00 pm

The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.

Catch their next home game Saturday, January 13 at 5:00pm as they take on the Team Network!


Back Alley Comedy Club: Kevin Farley
January 13 @ 6:00 pm

Saturday, January 13 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, and again from 9:00pm, – 11:00pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club inside Sherman Bowling Center for comedian Kevin Farley!

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Kevin Farley studied at the famous Second City in Chicago.  It wasn’t long after that he appeared in films such as Black Sheep (with his brother Chris Farley) and The Waterboy with Adam Sandler.  Soon after, Farley landed a starring role as “Doug Linus” on MTV’s sitcom 2gether where he was met with rave reviews.

Farley then went on to star with top billing in the feature films An American Carol and White Knight. Other films to his credits are Crowning Jules, Frat Pack, and Joe Dirt 2.

His TV guest appearances have been on Hawaii Five-O, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rules of Engagement, The Neighbors, Just Shoot Me, United States of Tara, to name a few.

Farley moved behind the camera as co-writer and co-director of Hollywood & Wine, which takes an irreverent look at an actress struggling in Hollywood.  In addition, Farley directed the comedy Paranormal Movie.  The film pokes fun of the “found footage” horror, sub-genre popular with movie goers today.

To his credit, and met with high praise in all the national reviews, Farley Co-Executive Produced the heartwarming “I Am Chris Farley” – a first feature-length biographical documentary about his brother Chris – the late comedy legend.

Presently Farley is co-starring in F is for Family – a Netflix comedy series and in CMT’s new series Still the King.

Tickets are $17.   For more information, call (231) 755-1258.


Performances @The Block: Arturo Ziraldo, Chamber Music
January 13 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Saturday, January 13 at 7:30pm, come to The Block as West Michigan Symphony principal violist Arturo Ziraldo is joined by fellow WMS musicians to present a mixed chamber music concert that includes works by Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Dvorak and Schumann.  Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm. www.westmichigansymphony.org


MLK Free Community Day
January 15 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Muskegon Museum of Art invites the public to its annual MLK Free Community Day on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 15 from 10:00am – 5:00pm.  Activities will include film screenings, arts & crafts, mini docent tours presented by Muskegon High School art students, and a special exhibition, “Southern Roots: The Paintings of Winfred Rembert.”  All MLK Community Day admissions and activities are free!  Support for this event has been provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.  For more information, call 231-720-2570. www.muskegonartmuseum.org


African Americans IN OUR Museum
January 15 @ 1:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Monday, January 15 from 1:30pm – 6:30pm, you can honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by helping the Lakeshore Museum Center tell the story of African Americans in Muskegon County.  The museum is trying to grow their collection of African American history and YOU can help!  Contribute your personal or family story to the museum by:

Sharing stories and information about when and why your family came to Muskegon.
Allowing the Museum to scan photos you have of family and community groups from the past.
Sitting down for an oral history interview if you were involved in the Civil Rights movement.  See contact info below.

If you have something to share, but cannot attend that day, or if you would like to set up an oral history interview contact Program Manager, Jackie Huss, at 231-724-5526 or jackie@lakeshoremuseum.org.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events January 1 – 8, 2018

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

Winter Break Family Events at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
January 2, 2018 – January 4, 2018
The USS Silversides Submarine Museum is proud to host a round of family friendly events for those who are enjoying time off for the holiday season!  January 2, 3 and 4, the museum will be offering ROV (remotely operated vehicle) robotic classes at 11:00am and 1:30pm.  Participants will get the opportunity to design, build and test their remotely operated underwater vehicles in their indoor test tanks.  The cost is only $5 with the purchase of a museum admission.

On those same days at 12:00pm and 2:00pm, you can also enjoy a screening of the 1966 Batman film in the museum theater.  The cost is also only $5 with the purchase of museum admission. For more information, call (231) 755-1230.

Movies @ the Library: Concussion
January 2, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, January 2 at 5:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a screening of the film, “Concussion” (123 mins. (PG-13)!  This dramatic thriller is based on the true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu. Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist, made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known.  Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful and beloved institutions in the world.

Movies at the Library are free and happen the first Tuesday of the month.   Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. www.hackleylibrary.org

White Lake Classical Series: Orion Rapp, Oboe
January 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 2 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the White Lake Classical Series featuring Orion Rapp!  Orion is Principal Oboist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and will be performing the music of Bach, Britten, Poulenc and Morricone.  The cover charge is $5.

Come early if you’d like to enjoy a dinner of pork tenderloin, pommes gratin, vegetable, glass of house wine and dessert for only $17.  Dinner begins at 6:15pm.  For reservations or more information, call 231-894-5333.


Lakeshore Museum Center Winter Open House
January 4, 2018 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Thursday, January 4 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm, stop by during the Lakeshore Museum Center’s Annual Winter Open House to check out their fun hands-on activities!  These will include peppermint water science, animals in winter and a winter craft!

Museum admission is always free for Muskegon County residents and just $3 for non-residents!  For more information, call (231) 722-0278.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
January 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Open House Reception at The Red Lotus Gallery
January 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
You are invited to the Artists’ Open House Reception at the Muskegon Center for the Arts every first Friday night of the month from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, at the Red Lotus Fine Art Gallery located in downtown Muskegon in the Century Building’s basement.  Every month there is a different display and art themed event. Come meet and talk with the artists and view their creations.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Learn to Luge Weekend
January 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States!  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website below to make reservations.

Safe & Easy to Learn

Safety is the number one priority when teaching new sliders or conducting races with seasoned sliders.  All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session.  Participants are outfitted with elbow pads, a helmet and a well-maintained luge sled.  An instructor carefully goes over each part of the sled with a beginning slider and teaches easy to learn methods of steering the sled.  Over three decades, the program has instructed thousands of sliders from age 8 to 80 to safely and successfully luge.  While luge is referred to the fastest sport on ice, this track is designed for the novice slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track, where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speeds at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex track are approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day although to most new sliders it still feels like 90 mph!

Get Some Physical Activity in the winter!

The sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrills sports, this activity may not be recommended.

What to Expect

The size of each session is limited, so participants can expect to get 3-6 runs depending on weather conditions and efficiency of the group and personal pace.  The first 20 minutes of the session you will receive instruction from an experienced luge coach about safety and equipment.  During free sliding time, coaches will be positioned along the track to give you instruction throughout the session.  The last 15 minutes of each session is set aside for participant certificates and a medals ceremony.

Muskegon Risers Home Game
January 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – January 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Muskegon Risers SC was founded to help facilitate positive social and economic change along the Muskegon Lakeshore through the game of soccer.  A Riser is someone who understands our community’s potential and who pushes themselves and others to realize that potential.  Our ‘Risers’ name was inspired by the ‘Muskegon, Together Rising’ sculpture that stands in the heart of downtown Muskegon.  Risers are not limited to an era, industry or ethnicity.  Muskegon Risers SC strives to represent the spirit of our area’s people in past, present and future tense.

Get your season tickets for the 2018 Major Arena Soccer League II (M2) Season!  Once you place your at their website, your tickets will be immediately available for pickup at the LC Walker Arena Box Office! You will also get a RISE AND GRIND New Balance Shirt, to be picked-up at the first home game you attend!

The Risers will be playing 6 home games, all starting at 7:00pm!
• January 5 vs Chicago Mustangs
• January 6 vs Detroit Waza Flo
• January 19 vs Detroit Waza Flo
• February 3 vs Cincinnati Swerve
• February 16 vs Cincinnati Swerve
• February 17 vs Chicago Mustangs

Indoor Farmers’ Market
January 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.

Catch their next home game Sunday, January 7 at 5:00pm as they take on the Illinois Bulldogs!

Ruth and Max Bloomquist
January 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, January 8 at 6:00pm, come to “The Corner” as Ruth and Max BLoomquist, Muskegon’s own folk singers, perform an evening of wonderful music!  Ruth and Max have been making music together since they met in 1975 and discovered their shared love not only for each other, but for music and songs made with acoustic instruments and featuring lyrics from the heart.  Ruth and Max immersed themselves in folk, bluegrass, country, singer songwriters, and other acoustic music to create a sound and style all their own.

This concert will be held at The Corner, an outdoor stage at the corner of Muskegon Ave. and Third St.

Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library and the Central United

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 12/27/17- 01/08/2018

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


Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Open Daily 10:00-10:00 – weather permitting!
426 Scenic Dr. North Muskegon County

We are open for skiing and snowshoeing at this time. We are continuing to work on building the ice rink and luge track. We hope to have everything open for Christmas break, as long as conditions allow. We are open from 10am to 10pm every day now as long as we have good cold weather. We have Luge, Ice Skating, XC-Skiing, Snowshoeing and Sledding. Come out and enjoy the lighted ski trails. You can schedule winter field trips or private group outings by calling 1-877-879-5843 or emailing info@msports.org Family Season Passes are on sale for $150 and rental equipment for the entire family can be added for $45.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Public Tours
Thursdays
296 W. Webster, downtown Muskegon

Drop in for guided tours exhibition tours, led by Muskegon Museum of Art docents, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Thursday evening admission is free from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, compliments of Meijer. Their regular hours open are 10:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday – Saturday. For more information call 231-720-2570 or www.muskegonartmuseum.org


Public Indoor Ice Skate
December 28 & December 30
LC Walker Arena 955 Fourth St. Downtown Muskegon

This is indoor ice skating but is still chilly so wear your gloves, hat & scarf. Skate on the same rink the Muskegon Lumberjacks play while listening to fun holiday music. This is fun for all ages and expertise. December 28 and 30, you’re invited to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Public Skate!  The cost is $4 to skate and $3 for ice skate rental.  For more information, call 231-726-2400. December 28:  12:00pm – 1:30pm December 30:  1:00pm – 2:30pm


KWANZAA
Through December 30, 2:30pm-5:30pm
James Jackson African American Museum *FREE

This is FREE for everyone at the James Jackson African American Museum across from the Muskegon Heights City Hall. 7 East Center St. For more information call 231-739-9500


Indoor Farmers’ Market
Dec-April, Saturday @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter! They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm through April. They will be closed Saturday, December 30. For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Free Family Movie Day: The Princess Bride (PG)
December 27 @ 3:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave. *FREE

Get out of the house over the holiday break for some free family fun! This beloved classic fairytale begins with a grandfather reading his favorite book to his hard-to-impress grandson.  This book, he promises, has everything – “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles.” – and all that he promised comes to life before the boy’s enchanted eyes as his grandfather reads him the adventures of Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world, and Westley, the man she loves. This film is free and no tickets are required.  Concessions will be available for purchase.  For more information, call 231-727-8001. Have extra coats, mittens, hats or scarves you would like to donate?  The Frauenthal Center will be running their annual coat drive and donating them to a local charity!  The donation box is in the Frauenthal Center lobby now through December 22.


Pomander Make and Take
December 28 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center

Stop by the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Make & Take Open House between 11:00am – 2:00pm to create your own Pomander (also known as cloved orange) to add the smell of the holidays to your home or share with a friend! There is a $2 cost per craft for supplies. The pomander is a traditional Christmas ornament and New Year’s gift. The word pomander comes from French pomme (which means apple, also the root of Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruits, and pommel, the decorative hilt of a word or dagger) and ambre. Ambre derives from either ambergris, an early perfume ingredient or another one of its meanings: golden in color. For more information, call 231-722-0278.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 29 @ 7:00 pm
955 Fourth St., downtown Muskegon

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running! Catch the home game tonight at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on Team USA at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225. It’s also Youth Hockey Camp night!!


Cardboard Maker’s Space
December 29 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center, 430 W. Clay Ave.

Families will have the opportunity to build their own cardboard creations to take home at the Lakeshore Museum Center. Use museum created examples as inspiration or design your own! Admission is always free for Muskegon County residents, and just $3 for non-residents. For more information, call (231) 722-0278.


Learn to Luge Weekend – Every Weekend
Friday-Sunday @ 6:00 pm
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, 462 Scenic Dr.

Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States! Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas. For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website to make reservations.


Best New Year’s Eve Family Party in Muskegon!
December 31
Northway Lanes, 1751 Evanston Ave. Muskegon

If your family is looking for fun things to do in Muskegon New Years’ Eve 2017, come to Northway Lanes to enjoy a two hour Ultra Cosmic bowling experience, prize giveaways, and party favors while you feast on a taco and pizza buffet with soda. It’s great family interaction featuring music, food, bowling, party favors, and prizes. $74.95 per family with all you can eat pizza. There is an early bird evening beginning at 5:00pm. Call now to sign up 231-767-BOWL


New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31 9:00pm – 1:00am
Shoreline Inn & Conference Center
750 Terrace Point Dr.

Make plans to spend your New Year’s Eve at the Shoreline Inn & Conference Center! There’ll be live music from Pop Fiction, an open bar from 9:00pm – 1:00am, a midnight toast and balloon drop. Their special New Year’s Eve packages also include overnight accommodations for two, champagne upon arrival, a gourmet dinner buffet and breakfast, as well as midnight snacks and appetizers. Packages start at $339 + tax. For reservations, call 231-727-8483.


Magic of Motown New Year’s Eve
December 31 @ 6:00 pm
513 W. Pontaluna

Relive the Magic of Motown on New Year’s Eve at Bella Maria’s beginning at 6:00pm, December 31! The awesome buffet will include Prime Rib, Shrimp, Chicken, Cod Florentine and so much more! There will also be an extensive dessert buffet, Champagne toast at midnight and one of the best review shows in Michigan, Danielle Cosby and the Motown Review! Tickets are $75.00 per person. For tickets or more information, call 231-563-6914.


New Year’s Eve Ballroom Bash
December 31
Holiday Inn & Conference Center Downtown Muskegon, 939 Third St., Muskegon

Ring in the New Year at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center in Downtown Muskegon! Ballroom packages include: Overnight accommodations Champagne upon arrival Dinner Buffet Open Bar from 9:00pm – 1:00am Balloon Drop Champagne Toast and Midnight Snacks Breakfast Buffet New Year’s Day Late Check-out of 1:00pm Live Entertainment:  Westside Soul Surfers. Photo Booth with Props. Packages start at $279.99 + tax. Make your reservations today by calling 231-722-0100.


Magic of Motown New Year’s Eve
December 31 @ 6:00 pm
Bella Maria’s Event Center, 513 W. Pontaluna Rd. N.S

Relive the Magic of Motown on New Year’s Eve at Bella Maria’s beginning at 6:00pm, December 31! The awesome buffet will include Prime Rib, Shrimp, Chicken, Cod Florentine and so much more! There will also be an extensive dessert buffet, Champagne toast at midnight and one of the best review shows in Michigan, Danielle Cosby and the Motown Review!  Tickets are $75.00 per person.  For tickets or more information, call 231-563-6914.


Movies @ the Library: Concussion
January 2, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave.

Come to Hackley Public Library for a screening of the film, “Concussion” (123 mins. (PG-13)!  This dramatic thriller is based on the true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu.  Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist, made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known.  Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful and beloved institutions in the world. Movies at the Library are free and happen the first Tuesday of the month. Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.


White Lake Classical Series: Orion Rapp, Oboe
January 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Book Nook & Java Shop, 8744 Ferry St. Montague

Stop by for the White Lake Classical Series featuring Orion Rapp!  Orion is Principal Oboist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and will be performing the music of Bach, Britten, Poulenc and Morricone. The cover charge is $5. Come early if you’d like to enjoy a dinner of pork tenderloin, pommes gratin, vegetable, glass of house wine and dessert for only $17. Dinner begins at 6:15pm. For reservations or more information, call 231-894-5333.


Winter Break Family Events at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
January 2-4, 2018
USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St.

The museum will be offering ROV (remotely operated vehicle) robotic classes at 11:00am and 1:30pm. Participants will get the opportunity to design, build and test their remotely operated underwater vehicles in their indoor test tanks.  The cost is only $5 with the purchase of a museum admission. On those same days at 12:00pm and 2:00pm, you can also enjoy a screening of the 1966 Batman film in the museum theater.  Only $5 with the purchase of museum admission. For more information, call (231) 755-1230.


Open House Reception at The Red Lotus Gallery
January 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
An event every month that begins at 6:00pm on day First of the month, repeating until November 2, 2018
Red Lotus Gallery, 356 W. Western Ave.

You are invited to the Artists’ Open House Reception at the Muskegon Center for the Arts every first Friday night of the month from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, at the Red Lotus Fine Art Gallery located in downtown Muskegon in the Century Building’s basement. For more information, find them on Facebook


Muskegon Risers Soccer Home Game
January 5, @ 7:00 pm – January 6 @ 7:00 pm
L.C. Walker Arena, 955 Fourth St.

Muskegon Risers SC was founded to help facilitate positive social and economic change along the Muskegon Lakeshore through the game of soccer.  A Riser is someone who understands our community’s potential and who pushes themselves and others to realize that potential. Our ‘Risers’ name was inspired by the ‘Muskegon, Together Rising’ sculpture that stands in the heart of downtown Muskegon. Get your season tickets for the 2018 Major Arena Soccer League II (M2) Season!  Once you place your at their website, your tickets will be immediately available for pickup at the LC Walker Arena Box Office! You will also get a RISE AND GRIND New Balance Shirt, to be picked-up at the first home game you attend! The Risers will be playing 6 home games. 231-726-2400


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Reeths-Puffer HS Rocket Centre for the Fine Arts,
1545 N Roberts Rd

The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes. Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%. Ages 4 and under are free. Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.


Ruth and Max Bloomquist
January 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The Corner, 280 W Muskegon Ave.

Monday, January 8 at 6:00pm, come to “The Corner” as Ruth and Max BLoomquist, Muskegon’s own folk singers, perform an evening of wonderful music! Ruth and Max have been making music together since they met in 1975 and discovered their shared love not only for each other. This is a FREE event. Please call 231-722-8000 for more information.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 12/18/17- 01/04/2018

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

 

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Open Daily 10:00-10:00 – weather permitting!
426 Scenic Dr. North Muskegon County

We are open for skiing and snowshoeing at this time. We are continuing to work on building the ice rink and luge track. We hope to have everything open for Christmas break, as long as conditions allow. We are open from 10am to 10pm every day now as long as we have good cold weather. We have Luge, Ice Skating, XC-Skiing, Snowshoeing and Sledding. Come out and enjoy the lighted ski trails. You can schedule winter field trips or private group outings by calling 1-877-879-5843 or emailing info@msports.org Family Season Passes are on sale for $150 and rental equipment for the entire family can be added for $45.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Public Tours
Thursday, December 21
296 W. Webster, downtown Muskegon

Drop in for guided tours exhibition tours, led by Muskegon Museum of Art docents, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Thursday evening admission is free from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, compliments of Meijer. Their regular hours open are 10:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday – Saturday. For more information call 231-720-2570 or www.muskegonartmuseum.org


Kanga-Family Christmas Party!
Friday, December 22 @ 5:00pm-8:00pm
3524 Green St. Norton Shores

It’s that time of year again! Celebrate the season with us at our Annual Kanga-Christmas Party, Friday December 22nd from 5-8 pm! Admissions will include bounce time, crafts, games with prizes, goody bags, letters to Santa and coloring pages. This is an RSVP ONLY event. Admissions are due at the time of booking. Rates are: Kids ages 3-17: $11 Kids 2 and under: $7

Adults: $5. Observing is FREE (Limit: 1 observer per paid admission) Already thinking about dinner? We will be serving our regular menu that night and will also be offering 2 slices of pizza and a beverage for $3! Please call Cassandra at (231)733-4637 extension #2 or stop in to reserve your spots! Spots are limited so don’t delay!


Public Indoor Ice Skate
December 24 – December 30 (excluding Dec. 25 & Dec. 29)
LC Walker Arena 955 Fourth St. Downtown Muskegon

This is indoor ice skating but is still chilly so wear your gloves, hat & scarf. Skate on the same rink the Muskegon Lumberjacks play while listening to fun holiday music. This is fun for all ages and expertise. December 24, 26, 27, 28 and 30, you’re invited to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Public Skate!  The cost is $4 to skate and $3 for ice skate rental.  For more information, call 231-726-2400. December 24:  1:00pm – 2:30pm December 26:  12:00pm – 1:30pm December 27:  12:00pm – 1:30pm December 28:  12:00pm – 1:30pm December 30:  1:00pm – 2:30pm


KWANZAA
Through December 30, 2:30pm-5:30pm
James Jackson African American Museum *FREE

This is FREE for everyone at the James Jackson African American Museum across from the Muskegon Heights City Hall. 7 East Center St. For more information call 231-739-9500


Indoor Farmers’ Market
Dec-April, Saturday @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter! They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm through April. They will be closed Saturday, December 30. For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
December 26 – December 27
Hackley & Hume Historic Site, 484 W. Webster Ave.

Enjoy holiday tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site! These amazing late 1890’s homes from Muskegon’s lumbering days have been decorated for the holidays with period appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more. Special Holiday Tours will be offered on the following dates: Tuesday, December 26 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. Wednesday, December 27 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. The cost is $5 – $7. For more information, visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.


Free Family Movie Day: The Princess Bride (PG)
December 27 @ 3:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave. *FREE

Get out of the house over the holiday break for some free family fun! This beloved classic fairytale begins with a grandfather reading his favorite book to his hard-to-impress grandson.  This book, he promises, has everything – “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles.” – and all that he promised comes to life before the boy’s enchanted eyes as his grandfather reads him the adventures of Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world, and Westley, the man she loves. This film is free and no tickets are required.  Concessions will be available for purchase.  For more information, call 231-727-8001. Have extra coats, mittens, hats or scarves you would like to donate?  The Frauenthal Center will be running their annual coat drive and donating them to a local charity!  The donation box is in the Frauenthal Center lobby now through December 22.


Pomander Make and Take
December 28 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center

Stop by the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Make & Take Open House between 11:00am – 2:00pm to create your own Pomander (also known as cloved orange) to add the smell of the holidays to your home or share with a friend! There is a $2 cost per craft for supplies. The pomander is a traditional Christmas ornament and New Year’s gift. The word pomander comes from French pomme (which means apple, also the root of Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruits, and pommel, the decorative hilt of a word or dagger) and ambre. Ambre derives from either ambergris, an early perfume ingredient or another one of its meanings: golden in color. For more information, call 231-722-0278.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 29 @ 7:00 pm
955 Fourth St., downtown Muskegon

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running! Catch the home game tonight at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on Team USA at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225. It’s also Youth Hockey Camp night!!


Best New Year’s Eve Family Party in Muskegon!
December 31
Northway Lanes, 1751 Evanston Ave. Muskegon

If your family is looking for fun things to do in Muskegon New Years’ Eve 2017, come to Northway Lanes to enjoy a two hour Ultra Cosmic bowling experience, prize giveaways, and party favors while you feast on a taco and pizza buffet with soda. It’s great family interaction featuring music, food, bowling, party favors, and prizes. $74.95 per family with all you can eat pizza. There is an early bird evening beginning at 5:00pm. Call now to sign up 231-767-BOWL


New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31 9:00pm – 1:00am
Shoreline Inn & Conference Center
750 Terrace Point Dr.

Make plans to spend your New Year’s Eve at the Shoreline Inn & Conference Center! There’ll be live music from Pop Fiction, an open bar from 9:00pm – 1:00am, a midnight toast and balloon drop. Their special New Year’s Eve packages also include overnight accommodations for two, champagne upon arrival, a gourmet dinner buffet and breakfast, as well as midnight snacks and appetizers. Packages start at $339 + tax. For reservations, call 231-727-8483.


Magic of Motown New Year’s Eve
December 31 @ 6:00 pm
513 W. Pontaluna

Relive the Magic of Motown on New Year’s Eve at Bella Maria’s beginning at 6:00pm, December 31! The awesome buffet will include Prime Rib, Shrimp, Chicken, Cod Florentine and so much more! There will also be an extensive dessert buffet, Champagne toast at midnight and one of the best review shows in Michigan, Danielle Cosby and the Motown Review! Tickets are $75.00 per person. For tickets or more information, call 231-563-6914.


New Year’s Eve Ballroom Bash
December 31
Holiday Inn & Conference Center Downtown Muskegon, 939 Third St., Muskegon

Ring in the New Year at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center in Downtown Muskegon! Ballroom packages include: Overnight accommodations Champagne upon arrival Dinner Buffet Open Bar from 9:00pm – 1:00am Balloon Drop Champagne Toast and Midnight Snacks Breakfast Buffet New Year’s Day Late Check-out of 1:00pm Live Entertainment:  Westside Soul Surfers. Photo Booth with Props. Packages start at $279.99 + tax. Make your reservations today by calling 231-722-0100.


Planetarium Show: Faster than Light!
The Dream of Interstellar Flight
January 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm *FREE

January 1 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth. Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun. But if we find one, how will we ever get there? Many more questions will be answered. This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break) For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 12/11/17- 01/04/2018

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

Planetarium Christmas Show:
Mystery of the Christmas Star
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm *FREE
November 2 – December 14, come to Carr-Fless Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the Christmas show, “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This modern look at the Christmas story is an annual favorite.  As we look at significant astronomical events visible in the sky in the time of Jesus’ birth, we’ll see which of the “sky signs” was remarkable enough to have caused the Wise Men to travel over 600 miles through the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem, and investigate possible dates for the sighting of the “star” which lead them to Jesus.  This is a 35-minute presentation. For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

KWANZAA
Through December 30, 2:30pm-5:30pm
James Jackson African American Museum *FREE
This is FREE for everyone at the James Jackson African American Museum across from the Muskegon Heights City Hall. 7 East Center St. For more information call 231-739-9500

Santa at the Library
December 11 – December 14 *FREE
Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit all nine branches of Muskegon Area District Library to meet boys and girls of all ages!  Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and, of course, Santa!  Don’t forget your camera.  You won’t want to miss this free photo opportunity.
Monday, December 11
10:30am Muskegon Township Branch: 231-760-4329
6:00pm   Montague Branch: 231-893-2675
Thursday, December 14
4:00pm   Dalton Branch: 231-828-4188

The Muskegon Area District Library is a public library system with ten branch locations.  It serves 105,000 residents of 20 municipalities, comprising most of Muskegon County.  Serving the community six days a week, the Muskegon Area District Library offers programs, library services and life-long learning for county residents.  For more information about events at any branch library please contact the branch library directly.  For more information contact pr.info@madl.org, or 231 737-6248.

Indoor Farmers’ Market
Dec-April @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm through April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Music at the Library: Folias Duo
December 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hackley Library, 316 W. Webster Ave. *FREE
Come to Hackley Library for FREE live music from Folias Duo!  American Record Guide calls the Folias Flute and Guitar Duo “daring in self written music.”  Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this unique performer/composer duo was founded in 2003 by husband and wife Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron.  In performance, Folias combines their classical music training, their experience as tango dancers and bandleaders, their love of Astor Piazzolla and their knowledge of the jazz idiom.  They have performed in concert halls, clubs and for tango events across the United States, in Europe and in Argentina.  Folias’ four critically acclaimed albums on the Blue Griffin Recording label feature their work together as collaborative composers and arrangers. For more information, visit www.hackleylibrary.org.

Movies at the Library: La La Land
December 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave. *FREE
Join Hackley library to see a free showing of the film “La La Land” (PG-13)!  Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.  This original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing dreams. The movie runs 128 minutes.  Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.  For more information, visit www.hackleylibrary.org.

Minecraft at the Museum
December 12 @ 4:30 pm – December 13 @ 7:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center
Minecraft at the Museum is back!  December 12 and 13, the Lakeshore Museum Center challenges all Minecraft players to come to the museum and test their discovering and crafting skills.  Players will search the museum to find as many resources as they can, then craft them to get all the supplies they need to navigate their way through the nether!  Whether you are new to Minecraft at the Museum, or have tested your skills with them in the past, there is something for everyone! Choose either the 4:30pm or 6:00pm session.  You can register online using PayPal or call the museum at 231-722-0278 to pay over the phone.  The cost is $7 for the general public, or $5 for museum members.  This is recommended for ages 6 and older.  There is no cost for an accompanying adult.

It’s Gonna Get “Ugly” at the Norton Shores Library!
December 13 @ 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Norton Shores Library, 705 Seminole Rd. *FREE
It’s gonna get “ugly” at the Norton Shores Library as they host their annual ugly holiday sweater contest. In a fun-spirited holiday tradition, voting for the ugliest Christmas sweater worn by a Norton Shores Library staff member could win you a surprise. Stop by and choose your favorite or vote on the Muskegon Area District Library’s Facebook page. Voting is open to ages 12 and up.  Wearing your own holiday sweater, ugly or not, could get your picture on the Library’s Facebook page just for fun! This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library, is free and open to the public with no registration required.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org.

Make Quill Paper Snowflakes
December 13 @ 6:30 pm
Norton Shores Library, 705 Seminole Rd. *FREE
You’re invited to the Norton Shores Library to create Quilled Paper Snowflakes!  Quilling, also called paper filigree, originated in Europe more than five hundred years ago.  It involves rolling and combining strips of paper into highly detailed designs. Create a few beautiful quilled snowflakes that can work as ornaments, gift tags or simple but delicate seasonal decorations.  This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library, is free and open to the public ages 18 and up, with registration required.  For additional information or to register, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org

Opening Reception and Lecture: Sarah Wagner
December 14 @ 5:30pm-7:30pm
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue
You’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the opening reception of “Vegetable Lamb of America: The Art of Sarah Wagner!” Sarah sculpts in wood and fabric, creating animals and environments that address the fragility and resilience of Nature and humanity’s impact on its surroundings. Support for Sarah Wagner: Vegetable Lamb of America has been provided by MMA Michigan Artist Series Media Sponsor Blue Lake Public Radio.  This event is free and open to the public with the reception beginning at 5:30pm, followed by a lecture by Sarah Wagner at 7:00pm.  For more information, call 231-720-2570

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Celtic Christmas
December 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Admission ranges from $10 – $57
Come to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents Celtic Christmas! Scott Speck, conductor Guest Artist – Cathie Ryan, vocals WMS Children‘s Choir Irish vocalist Cathie Ryan and her band return to the West Michigan Symphony with a program she has created us, reflecting her Celtic roots in a wide array of holiday works.  Ring in the holidays with Ryan, the West Michigan Symphony orchestra and the West Michigan Symphony Children’s Choir as they bring traditional, popular and Irish-themed music of the season to West Michigan.  For more information, call 231-726-3231.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 15 & 16 @ 7:00 pm
955 Fourth St., downtown Muskegon
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running! Catch a home game, Friday, December 15 and Saturday December 16 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on Chicago Steel at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

Movies at the Library: Polar Express
December 16 @ 12:30 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave.*FREE
Hop on “The Polar Express” and discover the magic of the season at Hackley Public Library!  The kids will love this animated holiday favorite starring Tom Hanks while keeping warm with hot chocolate and plenty of festive activities!  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Reindeer!
December 16 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Lawn of Hackley Administration Building *FREE
Hackley Public Library invites you to meet them on the lawn of the Hackley Administration Building to learn all about reindeer!  Does Rudolph really have a red nose?  Can reindeer actually fly?  The only way you’ll find out is if you meet these visiting reindeer in person! For more information, call 231-722-8000. This is a FREE event for everyone!

Muskegon Center for the Arts
Red Lotus Gallery: Open Mic Night
December 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Red Lotus Gallery, 356 W. Western Ave. *FREE
The Muskegon Center for the Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery every third Saturday of the month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, theater, poetry or readings, you may want to express it here or just show up to watch the show.  There is always something new and unique to enjoy.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

The Block: Cathie Ryan – Irish Folk Music
December 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Block, 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd Floor
Come to The Block for Irish folk music from Cathie Ryan!  Cathie and her band follow a Friday evening holiday concert with the West Michigan Symphony with an evening of Irish folk music. Admission is $10-$25. Join Cathie as she warms up West Michigan with heartfelt lyrics, beloved ballads and traditional tunes of the Emerald Isle.  Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:15pm and the concert begins at 7:00 pm.

West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
December 16 @ 5:00 pm
Reeths-Puffer HS Rocket Centre 1545 N. Roberts Rd.
The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group sales. Catch their game Saturday, December 16 at 5:00pm as they take on the Chicago Fury!

Holiday Brunch with Santa at SE4SONS
December 17 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
SE4SONS Banquet Center, 2801 Lakeshore Drive
Sunday, December 17 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, bring the family to SE4SONS for a holiday brunch with Santa!  It will be a fun filled day of great food, holiday crafts and family!  This is a fun event for all involved and the public is welcome!  The cost is $27 for adults, kids 5-12 are $1 and 4 & under are free!  Please make your reservations ahead of time by calling 231-755-3737.  Spaces will fill up fast!

Lessons and Carols
December 17 @ 5:00 pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1006 3rd St. Muskegon
Everyone is welcome to attend the free concert by the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys, “Lessons and Carols” at the beautiful St Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon.  For more information, call (231) 722-2112.

The Nutcracker
December 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
Bring the family to the Frauenthal Theater for the “Nutcracker!”  Join Clara and her magical friends as the West Michigan Youth Ballet brings performs this timeless classic.  Want to meet Clara and the Prince?  Join them for the Nutcracker Pre-Party! The pre-Party includes a Meet & Greet with Clara and the Prince, kid’s activities and refreshments.  This event starts at 12:30pm with early admission at 1:15pm.  Tickets for the Pre-Party are only $7 and must be purchased by December 12 at the Frauenthal Center Box Office in person or by calling 231-727-8001.  Tickets for the show are $11 for youths, $21 for adults, and family tickets are $60.

West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
December 17 @ 5:00 pm
Reeths-Puffer HS Rocket Centre 1545 N. Roberts Rd.
The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales. Catch their game December 17 at 5:00pm as they take on the Chicago Nights!

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
December 26 – December 27
Hackley & Hume Historic Site, 484 W. Webster Ave.
Enjoy holiday tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site!  These amazing late 1890’s homes from Muskegon’s lumbering days have been decorated for the holidays with period appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more.  Special Holiday Tours will be offered on the following dates: Tuesday, December 26 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. Wednesday, December 27 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. The cost is $5 – $7.  For more information, visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.

Free Family Movie Day: The Princess Bride
December  27 @ 3:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave. *FREE
Get out of the house over the holiday break for some free family fun!  Wednesday, December 27 at 3:00pm, the historic Frauenthal Center will be showing the classic fairytale, “The Princess Bride” (PG). This beloved classic fairytale begins with a grandfather reading his favorite book to his hard-to-impress grandson.  This book, he promises, has everything – “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles.” – and all that he promised comes to life before the boy’s enchanted eyes as his grandfather reads him the adventures of Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world, and Westley, the man she loves. This film is free and no tickets are required.  Concessions will be available for purchase.  For more information, call 231-727-8001. Have extra coats, mittens, hats or scarves you would like to donate?  The Frauenthal Center will be running their annual coat drive and donating them to a local charity!  The donation box is in the Frauenthal Center lobby now through December 22.

Pomander Make and Take
December 28 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center
Stop by the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Make & Take Open House between 11:00am – 2:00pm to create your own Pomander (also known as cloved orange) to add the smell of the holidays to your home or share with a friend!  There is a $2 cost per craft for supplies. The pomander is a traditional Christmas ornament and New Year’s gift.  The word pomander comes from French pomme (which means apple, also the root of Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruits, and pommel, the decorative hilt of a word or dagger) and ambre.  Ambre derives from either ambergris, an early perfume ingredient or another one of its meanings: golden in color.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 29 @ 7:00 pm
955 Fourth St., downtown Muskegon
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running! Catch the home game tonight at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on Team USA at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225. It’s also Youth Hockey Camp night!!

Best New Year’s Eve Family Party in Muskegon!
December 31
Northway Lanes, 1751 Evanston Ave. Muskegon
If your family is looking for fun things to do in Muskegon New Years’ Eve 2017, come to Northway Lanes to enjoy a two hour Ultra Cosmic bowling experience, prize giveaways, and party favors while you feast on a taco and pizza buffet with soda. It’s great family interaction featuring music, food, bowling, party favors, and prizes. $74.95 per family with all you can eat pizza. There is an early bird evening beginning at 5:00pm. Call now to sign up 231-767-BOWL

New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31 9:00pm – 1:00am
Shoreline Inn & Conference Center
750 Terrace Point Dr.
Make plans to spend your New Year’s Eve at the Shoreline Inn & Conference Center!  There’ll be live music from Pop Fiction, an open bar from 9:00pm – 1:00am, a midnight toast and balloon drop.  Their special New Year’s Eve packages also include overnight accommodations for two, champagne upon arrival, a gourmet dinner buffet and breakfast, as well as midnight snacks and appetizers.  Packages start at $339 + tax.  For reservations, call 231-727-8483.

Magic of Motown New Year’s Eve
December 31 @ 6:00 pm
513 W. Pontaluna
Relive the Magic of Motown on New Year’s Eve at Bella Maria’s beginning at 6:00pm, December 31!  The awesome buffet will include Prime Rib, Shrimp, Chicken, Cod Florentine and so much more!  There will also be an extensive dessert buffet, Champagne toast at midnight and one of the best review shows in Michigan, Danielle Cosby and the Motown Review!  Tickets are $75.00 per person.  For tickets or more information, call 231-563-6914.

New Year’s Eve Ballroom Bash
December 31
Holiday Inn & Conference Center Downtown Muskegon, 939 Third St., Muskegon
Ring in the New Year at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center in Downtown Muskegon! Ballroom packages include: Overnight accommodations Champagne upon arrival Dinner Buffet Open Bar from 9:00pm – 1:00am Balloon Drop Champagne Toast and Midnight Snacks Breakfast Buffet New Year’s Day Late Check-out of 1:00pm Live Entertainment:  Westside Soul Surfers. Photo Booth with Props. Packages start at $279.99 + tax.  Make your reservations today by calling 231-722-0100.

Planetarium Show: Faster than Light!
The Dream of Interstellar Flight
January 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm *FREE
January 1 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interestellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Please check our website www.visitmuskegon.org for a complete listing of events!

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 12/04/17- 01/04/2018

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

 

Planetarium Christmas Show:
Mystery of the Christmas Star
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

November 2 – December 14, come to Carr-Fless Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the Christmas show, “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This modern look at the Christmas story is an annual favorite.  As we look at significant astronomical events visible in the sky in the time of Jesus’ birth, we’ll see which of the “sky signs” was remarkable enough to have caused the Wise Men to travel over 600 miles through the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem, and investigate possible dates for the sighting of the “star” which lead them to Jesus.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (No show on Thanksgiving Day, November 23).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


KWANZAA
Through December 30, 2:30pm-5:30pm
James Jackson African American Museum

This is FREE for everyone at the James Jackson African American Museum across from the Muskegon Heights City Hall. 7 East Center St. For more information call 231-739-9500


Santa at the Library
December 5 – December 14

Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit all nine branches of Muskegon Area District Library to meet boys and girls of all ages!  Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and, of course, Santa!  Don’t forget your camera.  You won’t want to miss this free photo opportunity.

Tuesday, December 5
4:30pm   Muskegon Heights Branch: 231-739-6075

Saturday, December 9
10:30am Ravenna Branch: 231-853-6975
2:00pm   Norton Shores Branch: 231-780-8844

Monday, December 11
10:30am Muskegon Township Branch: 231-760-4329
6:00pm   Montague Branch: 231-893-2675

Thursday, December 14
4:00pm   Dalton Branch: 231-828-4188

The Muskegon Area District Library is a public library system with ten branch locations.  It serves 105,000 residents of 20 municipalities, comprising most of Muskegon County.  Serving the community six days a week, the Muskegon Area District Library offers programs, library services and life-long learning for county residents.  For more information about events at any branch library please contact the branch library directly.  For more information contact pr.info@madl.org, or 231 737-6248.


Last Man in Merrinsville
December 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hackley Library

Visit the Hackley Public Library to welcome Ray Goodwin (author of Sawdusted) with his one man play, “Last Man in Merrinsville.” It tells the story of the 30 year courtship between the station agent at a small town railroad depot and the local schoolteacher. The play is approximately 55 minutes long and admission is FREE. For more information, visit www.hackleylibrary.org.


A Celtic Christmas: Peat in the Creel
December 7 @ 7:00 pm
Norton Shores Library

Come to the Norton Shores Library for “A Celtic Christmas” featuring live music from Peat in the Creel! Enjoy traditional Irish carols along with all your holiday favorites delivered via the warm, green-hued tones of Celtic instrumentation and vocals! Peat in the Creel draws from Irish traditional music roots, at times nourished by the heritage of Scotland and broader world influences. The group’s namesake, a phrase inspired by a popular Scottish song lyric which literally wishes a basket laden with peat for fuel, metaphorically toasts to a bountiful future. Founded in 2011, the band is cut from the turf of West Michigan and enjoys performing throughout the region. Peat in the Creel features Alison Myers on flute, whistle, and vocals; Aidan Carry on fiddle; Toby Bresnahan on bouzouki, guitar, and vocals; and Mike Mulder on bodhrán. This performance is part of the MADL Thursday Night Music Club concert series, where you can join your fellow music lovers at the Norton Shores Library for free live music events. For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .


Muskegon Center for the Arts Jewelry WorkshopDecember 8 – Open Jewelry Workshop
5:30pm – 7:00pm
356 W. Western Ave., downtown Muskegon

This workshop is designed for students to gather and work on projects together. Students will bring their own materials to create jewelry with the assistance of the instructor, if needed. There will be “extra pieces” available for anyone needing that final touch or that might be missing a piece to complete their work. Students must pre-register for workshops by contacting Sabryna at registration@muskegonca.org. Tools will be available for use for all workshops, however you may bring your own if you have them. All workshops are ages 10+. Students 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult. $10 ($8 for MCA Members) Location: 356 W. Western Ave.


Friday Family Fun Night: ‘Tis the Season
December 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Explore the Lakeshore Museum Center located at 430 W. Clay as you celebrate the season with winter and holiday-themed crafts and science experiments! There will be activities for all age levels, so families can enjoy the museum together! This event is free for Muskegon County families and non-residents cost just $3! For more information, call (231) 722-0278.


West Michigan Concert Winds: A Disney Christmas
December 8 @ 7:00 pm

Bring the family to the Frauenthal Center for “A Disney Christmas,” presented by West Michigan Concert Winds! The winds invite you to sing along to Disney and other Christmas favorites, featuring the Leffring Sisters! Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for seniors 55 and older and free for students with an ID. Children under 18 are free with a ticketed adult. For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Follow the Star – A Live Outdoor Nativity
December 8, 9 & 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

You and yours are invited to the Central Assembly of God’s Central Youth Center for “Follow the Star,” a live outdoor Nativity located at 2620 McLaughlin. This tour to Bethlehem includes live animals, angels, shepherds, wisemen and the holy family. Guests will become part of the events surrounding the first Christmas. Tours depart every 20 minutes from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. This event is completely free to the public and no tickets or reservations are required. For more information, call 231-777-3938.


Muskegon Center for the Arts Jewelry Workshop
December 9 – Wire Wrapping II
2:30pm – 4:00pm

During this workshop, students will learn the basic skills, tools, and materials used for wrapping stones with holes in them. Each student will make one wire wrapped pendant and one ring during this session. Students must pre-register at registration@muskegonca.org. Tools will be available for use for all workshops, however you may bring your own if you have them. All workshops are ages 10+. Students 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult. $15, materials included. ($13 for MCA Members) Location of event is 356 W. Western Ave.


Heritage Home Tour
December 9 12:00-5:00
446 W. Webster Ave. (Emery House)

There are a variety of 8 homes for you to tour and enjoy the elegant beauty of the Christmas season. Tickets are $10.00 each and can be purchased at the Emery House or City Hub Cyclery at the time of the tours. Maps and locations of home will be given out at the time of purchase also. This is a fundraiser for the Nelson Neighborhood Improvement Association.


Breakfast with Santa
December 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Visit Santa Claus and enjoy a delicious and free pancake meal at Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 9 at the Whitehall United Methodist Church located at 117 S. Division,Whitehall. The breakfast event will be held 9:00am to 11:00am. Bring the children in for pancakes with sausage and a visit with Santa. The Whitehall High School choir will be singing Christmas carols. For more information, call 231-329-3056.


Indoor Farmers’ Market
Dec-April @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter! They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm through April. They will be closed Saturday, December 30. For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Click Clack Ho Ho Ho
December 9 @ 10:00 am @ The Block
360 W. Western Ave., downtown Muskegon

It’s the night before Christmas and all through the farm, not a creature is stirring, not even a…duck? Farmer Brown is busy decorating his home in preparation for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve! All seems calm in the barnyard, but Farmer Brown isn’t the only one who is getting ready! Based on the book “Click Clack Ho Ho Ho” by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, families will enjoy a live narration of this fun holiday story with graphics displayed on a 20 foot screen! The story is accompanied by original music played by professional musicians, and children will have an opportunity to help compose their own music and hear it performed. This holiday celebration has your favorite Click Clack Moosic barnyard pals, cookies and milk, and maybe even a visit by the man in the red suit! Pre-sale tickets are $5 each; families of 4 or more (same household) can get a family pass for $15. At the door on the day of the concert, single tickets are $7 and family packs are $20. Call 231-726-3231 to get your tickets today!


Local Artisans Holiday Shop
December 9 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Coffee Factory @ 930 Washington Ave.

Come to The Coffee Factory as they host a Local Artisan Holiday Shop! This is a chance to shop, enjoy a coffee and a treat. The holidays will be arriving soon and this will give you the opportunity to find that unique one of a kind gift for someone special. For more information, call (231) 747-9896.


Holiday Party Planning with Chef Char
December 9 @ 11:00 pm – 1:00 pm
242 Kitchen, Muskegon Farmers’ Market

If feeding and entertaining a small crowd is in your future, this class will equip you with the recipes and ideas to be donned as “the hostess with the mostest” by all of your friends. Party Platters are a great way to display hor d’oeuvres and appetizers to feed a small crowd. Even though the serving size of the food is small, each dish can really bring big flavor. We will construct cheese and charcuterie platters and enjoy the taste when finished!  Easy alcoholic and non-alcoholic holiday cocktail recipes will be shared as well.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Visit Santa and Photo Contest
December 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hot Rod Harley, 149 Shoreline Dr.

Bring your own camera to take pictures with Santa. Post your pics on the Hot Rod Facebook page and the photo that gets the most likes will win a $100 Hot Rod gift certificate. This is a FREE event. 149 Shoreline Dr., downtown Muskegon is the Harley Davidson location.


Santa Claus is Coming to Pigeon Hill Brewing
December 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Pigeon Hill Brewing, 500 W. Western Ave.

Santa Claus is Coming to the Pigeon Hill Brewing taproom! Bring the young ones in for a chance to meet Santa and fill him in on their Christmas wish list! There will be a photographer on site, and all photos will be emailed to you free of charge. In the spirit of giving, they are asking you to bring a bag of canned food items or a Toys-For-Tots donation to help them spread cheer throughout the community this Holiday Season. For more info., call (231) 375-5184.


The Back Alley Comedy Club Presents – Murder Mystery Night
December 9 @ 7:00 pm
Back Alley Comedy Club, 1531 W. Sherman Blvd.

Enjoy Clue style goodness that happens right in front of your table. The moment you walk through the door you will be immersed in a thrilling murder mystery experience, mingling with crazy characters and shady suspects in a game of murder you get to play! As the night continues you will get to interrogate the suspects, gather the clues, and work with your team to help our mystery experts crack the case before the killer gets away! Tickets are $40 tickets when purchased at the center or $42 online. The price includes a delicious dinner catered by Ryke’s! Pre-Show drinks and mingling starts at 7:00pm and the show begins at 8:00pm. For more information, call (231) 755-1258.


Muskegon Community College Holiday Concert
December 9 @ 7:30 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200

Saturday, December 9 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for the annual Muskegon Community College Holiday Concert featuring performances by the MCC Wind Ensemble, MCC Jazz Ensemble, College Singers, and small ensembles. Pre-concert music will be performed by the Collegiates, directed by Richard Rischar. Tickets are $7 per adult and $2 per student and may be purchased at the door or online at http://startickets.com/events/item/mcc-holiday-concert.   For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Music at the Library: Folias Duo
December 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hackley Library, 316 W. Webster Ave.

Come to Hackley Library for FREE live music from Folias Duo! American Record Guide calls the Folias Flute and Guitar Duo “daring in self written music.” Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this unique performer/composer duo was founded in 2003 by husband and wife Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron. In performance, Folias combines their classical music training, their experience as tango dancers and bandleaders, their love of Astor Piazzolla and their knowledge of the jazz idiom. They have performed in concert halls, clubs and for tango events across the United States, in Europe and in Argentina. Folias’ four critically acclaimed albums on the Blue Griffin Recording label feature their work together as collaborative composers and arrangers. For more information, visit www.hackleylibrary.org.


Movies at the Library: La La Land
December 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave.

Join Hackley library to see a free showing of the film “La La Land” (PG-13)! Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. This original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing dreams. The movie runs 128 minutes. Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library. For more information, visit www.hackleylibrary.org.


Minecraft at the Museum
December 12 @ 4:30 pm – December 13 @ 7:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center

Minecraft at the Museum is back! December 12 and 13, the Lakeshore Museum Center challenges all Minecraft players to come to the museum and test their discovering and crafting skills. Players will search the museum to find as many resources as they can, then craft them to get all the supplies they need to navigate their way through the nether! Whether you are new to Minecraft at the Museum, or have tested your skills with them in the past, there is something for everyone! Choose either the 4:30pm or 6:00pm session. You can register online using PayPal or call the museum at 231-722-0278 to pay over the phone. The cost is $7 for the general public, or $5 for museum members. This is recommended for ages 6 and older. There is no cost for an accompanying adult.


It’s Gonna Get “Ugly” at the Norton Shores Library!
December 13 @ 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Norton Shores Library, 705 Seminole Rd.

It’s gonna get “ugly” at the Norton Shores Library as they host their annual ugly holiday sweater contest. In a fun-spirited holiday tradition, voting for the ugliest Christmas sweater worn by a Norton Shores Library staff member could win you a surprise. Stop by and choose your favorite or vote on the Muskegon Area District Library’s Facebook page. Voting is open to ages 12 and up. Wearing your own holiday sweater, ugly or not, could get your picture on the Library’s Facebook page just for fun! This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library, is free and open to the public with no registration required. For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org.


Make Quill Paper Snowflakes
December 13 @ 6:30 pm
Norton Shores Library, 705 Seminole Rd.

You’re invited to the Norton Shores Library to create Quilled Paper Snowflakes! Quilling, also called paper filigree, originated in Europe more than five hundred years ago. It involves rolling and combining strips of paper into highly detailed designs. Create a few beautiful quilled snowflakes that can work as ornaments, gift tags or simple but delicate seasonal decorations. This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library, is free and open to the public ages 18 and up, with registration required. For additional information or to register, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .


West Michigan Symphony Presents: Celtic Christmas
December 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Admission ranges from $10 – $57

Come to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents Celtic Christmas! Scott Speck, conductor Guest Artist – Cathie Ryan, vocals WMS Children‘s Choir Irish vocalist Cathie Ryan and her band return to the West Michigan Symphony with a program she has created us, reflecting her Celtic roots in a wide array of holiday works. Ring in the holidays with Ryan, the West Michigan Symphony orchestra and the West Michigan Symphony Children’s Choir as they bring traditional, popular and Irish-themed music of the season to West Michigan. For more information, call 231-726-3231.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 15 & 16 @ 7:00 pm
955 Fourth St., downtown Muskegon

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running! Catch a home game, Friday, December 15 and Saturday December 16 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on Chicago Steel at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


Movies at the Library: Polar Express
December 16 @ 12:30 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave.

Hop on “The Polar Express” and discover the magic of the season at Hackley Public Library! The kids will love this animated holiday favorite starring Tom Hanks while keeping warm with hot chocolate and plenty of festive activities! For more information, call (231) 722-8000.


Reindeer!
December 16 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Lawn of Hackley Administration Building

Hackley Public Library invites you to meet them on the lawn of the Hackley Administration Building to learn all about reindeer! Does Rudolph really have a red nose? Can reindeer actually fly? The only way you’ll find out is if you meet these visiting reindeer in person! For more information, call 231-722-8000. This is a FREE event for everyone!


Muskegon Center for the Arts
Red Lotus Gallery: Open Mic Night
December 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Red Lotus Gallery, 356 W. Western Ave.

The Muskegon Center for the Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery every third Saturday of the month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, theater, poetry or readings, you may want to express it here or just show up to watch the show. There is always something new and unique to enjoy. For more information, find them on Facebook.


The Block: Cathie Ryan – Irish Folk Music
December 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Block, 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd Floor

Come to The Block for Irish folk music from Cathie Ryan! Cathie and her band follow a Friday evening holiday concert with the West Michigan Symphony with an evening of Irish folk music. Admission is $10-$25. Join Cathie as she warms up West Michigan with heartfelt lyrics, beloved ballads and traditional tunes of the Emerald Isle. Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information. Doors and bar open at 6:15pm and the concert begins at 7:00 pm.


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
December 16 @ 5:00 pm
Reeths-Puffer HS Rocket Centre 1545 N. Roberts Rd.

The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group sales. Catch their game Saturday, December 16 at 5:00pm as they take on the Chicago Fury!


Holiday Brunch with Santa at SE4SONS
December 17 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
SE4SONS Banquet Center, 2801 Lakeshore Drive

Sunday, December 17 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, bring the family to SE4SONS for a holiday brunch with Santa! It will be a fun filled day of great food, holiday crafts and family! This is a fun event for all involved and the public is welcome! The cost is $27 for adults, kids 5-12 are $1 and 4 & under are free! Please make your reservations ahead of time by calling 231-755-3737. Spaces will fill up fast!


The Nutcracker
December 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200

Bring the family to the Frauenthal Theater for the “Nutcracker!” Join Clara and her magical friends as the West Michigan Youth Ballet brings performs this timeless classic. Want to meet Clara and the Prince? Join them for the Nutcracker Pre-Party! The pre-Party includes a Meet & Greet with Clara and the Prince, kid’s activities and refreshments. This event starts at 12:30pm with early admission at 1:15pm. Tickets for the Pre-Party are only $7 and must be purchased by December 12 at the Frauenthal Center Box Office in person or by calling 231-727-8001. Tickets for the show are $11 for youths, $21 for adults, and family tickets are $60.


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
December 17 @ 5:00 pm
Reeths-Puffer HS Rocket Centre 1545 N. Roberts Rd.

The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales. Catch their game December 17 at 5:00pm as they take on the Chicago Nights!


Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
December 26 – December 27
Hackley & Hume Historic Site, 484 W. Webster Ave.

Enjoy holiday tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site! These amazing late 1890’s homes from Muskegon’s lumbering days have been decorated for the holidays with period appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more. Special Holiday Tours will be offered on the following dates: Tuesday, December 26 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. Wednesday, December 27 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. The cost is $5 – $7. For more information, visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.


Free Family Movie Day: The Princess Bride December 27 @ 3:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200

Get out of the house over the holiday break for some free family fun!  Wednesday, December 27 at 3:00pm, the historic Frauenthal Center will be showing the classic fairytale, “The Princess Bride” (PG). This beloved classic fairytale begins with a grandfather reading his favorite book to his hard-to-impress grandson.  This book, he promises, has everything – “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles.” – and all that he promised comes to life before the boy’s enchanted eyes as his grandfather reads him the adventures of Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world, and Westley, the man she loves. This film is free and no tickets are required.  Concessions will be available for purchase.  For more information, call 231-727-8001. Have extra coats, mittens, hats or scarves you would like to donate?  The Frauenthal Center will be running their annual coat drive and donating them to a local charity!  The donation box is in the Frauenthal Center lobby now through December 22.


Pomander Make and Take
December 28 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center

Stop by the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Make & Take Open House between 11:00am – 2:00pm to create your own Pomander (also known as cloved orange) to add the smell of the holidays to your home or share with a friend! There is a $2 cost per craft for supplies. The pomander is a traditional Christmas ornament and New Year’s gift. The word pomander comes from French pomme (which means apple, also the root of Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruits, and pommel, the decorative hilt of a word or dagger) and ambre. Ambre derives from either ambergris, an early perfume ingredient or another one of its meanings: golden in color. For more information, call 231-722-0278.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 29 @ 7:00 pm
955 Fourth St., downtown Muskegon

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running! Catch the home game tonight at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on Team USA at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225. It’s also Youth Hockey Camp night!!


New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31 9:00pm – 1:00am
Shoreline Inn & Conference Center
750 Terrace Point Dr.

Make plans to spend your New Year’s Eve at the Shoreline Inn & Conference Center! There’ll be live music from Pop Fiction, an open bar from 9:00pm – 1:00am, a midnight toast and balloon drop. Their special New Year’s Eve packages also include overnight accommodations for two, champagne upon arrival, a gourmet dinner buffet and breakfast, as well as midnight snacks and appetizers. Packages start at $339 + tax. For reservations, call 231-727-8483.


Magic of Motown New Year’s Eve
December 31 @ 6:00 pm
513 W. Pontaluna

Relive the Magic of Motown on New Year’s Eve at Bella Maria’s beginning at 6:00pm, December 31! The awesome buffet will include Prime Rib, Shrimp, Chicken, Cod Florentine and so much more! There will also be an extensive dessert buffet, Champagne toast at midnight and one of the best review shows in Michigan, Danielle Cosby and the Motown Review! Tickets are $75.00 per person. For tickets or more information, call 231-563-6914.


Planetarium Show: Faster than Light!
The Dream of Interstellar Flight
January 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

January 1 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light! The Dream of Interestellar Flight!” The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth. Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun. But if we find one, how will we ever get there? How long will it take? What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space? Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future. This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break) For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

 

Please check our website www.visitmuskegon.org for a complete listing of events!

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 11/27/17 – 12/04/17

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


Festival of Trees
November 22 – December 3

The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 13th annual Festival of Trees community holiday celebration runs November 22 through December 3.  The Festival will be open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm, noon to 5:00pm on Sundays, and closed on Thanksgiving.  International Holiday traditions inspire this year’s festival theme.  Professionally designed themed trees and décor will set a festive holiday mood and will be available for purchase through silent auction over the 11 days of the Festival. Raffles, music and holiday gift shopping will add to the fun.  Special events include the popular Teddy Bear Breakfast, Senior Day, Family Day, Deck Your Halls holiday design workshop and performances of A Christmas Carol!  Call 231-720-2580 to purchase tickets or for more information.


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
November 17 @ 7:00 pm – December 3 @ 7:00 pm

November 17 – December 3, come to the Beardsley Theater for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” presented by Muskegon Civic Theatre!

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is the story of  Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia who share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives.  Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike.  Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha. For tickets or more information, call 231-727-8001.


Evening by Candlelight
November 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday, November 27 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the beautiful Muskegon Woman’s Club to start the Christmas season off by enjoying beautiful tablescapes, good food, fun, and great entertainment at “Evening by Candlelight!”  Tickets are $15 per person.  Tables of 8 are available.  R.S.V.P by calling Nancy at 231-730-0887 or e-mail Nancy@HousesByNancy.com.


Charles Hackley Look-a-like Contest
November 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Think you look like Charles Hackley? Come to Hackley Public Library on November 28 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm and see how you stack up!  Noshemberers (No-Shave November participants) will be judged by how closely they resemble Charles Hackley. They’ll have awards in a variety of categories.  Come out to see the fun and vote for the People’s Choice!  www.hackleylibrary.org


Planetarium Christmas Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

November 2 – December 14, come to Carr-Fless Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the Christmas show, “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This modern look at the Christmas story is an annual favorite.  As we look at significant astronomical events visible in the sky in the time of Jesus’ birth, we’ll see which of the “sky signs” was remarkable enough to have caused the Wise Men to travel over 600 miles through the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem, and investigate possible dates for the sighting of the “star” which lead them to Jesus.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (No show on Thanksgiving Day, November 23).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


Holiday Painting Class
November 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, November 29 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to First Presbyterian Church to paint a Christmas tree on canvas with teacher Robin Civis.  $20 covers materials and instruction.  For more information, call 231-759-1275.


“Boiling Point! Water, Politics and Power”
November 29 @ 7:30 pm – December 2 @ 7:30 pm

A living newspaper production, “Boiling Point! Water, Politics, and Power,” will be presented nightly at 7:30pm on the Overbrook Theater stage from November 29 through December 2.  Tickets go on sale Monday, November 27 at the Overbrook Theater Box Office on the Muskegon Community College campus.  Tickets are $10 for the public and $5 for MCC students, staff and faculty.  To reserve tickets, call 231-777-0324.


America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree
November 30 @ 7:00 pm – December 2 @ 7:00 pm

2017 marks the 33rd anniversary of the Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree which has been featured on both the Travel Channel and the Learning Channel!  With its 25,000 colored lights that coordinate to the beautiful singing, 15 tiers that reach 67 feet up into the majestic Frauenthal Center, over 280 singers, and accompaniment by the 50 piece Mona Shores High School Orchestra, the Singing Christmas Tree must be seen to be believed. For more information, visit www.monashoressingingchristmastree.com.


Open House Reception at The Red Lotus Gallery
December 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

You are invited to the Artists’ Open House Reception at the Muskegon Center for the Arts every first Friday night of the month from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, at the Red Lotus Fine Art Gallery located in downtown Muskegon in the Century Building’s basement.  Every month there is a different display and art themed event. Come meet and talk with the artists and view their creations.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information, find them on Facebook.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 1 @ 7:00 pm

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch a home game, Friday, December 1 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Waterloo Black Hawks at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


Holidays in the City
December 2

Come to Downtown Muskegon this winter to celebrate the holidays with us.  “Holidays in the City” kicks off with Small Business Saturday on November 25 and continues on weekends through the Saturday before Christmas!  Shop local to support our community’s businesses.  The Muskegon Farmer’s Market, Western Market Chalets, Century Club Retail Center and multiple local retail outlets on Western Ave., in Midtown and along Pine St. will offer plenty of holiday shopping opportunities.  A community Christmas tree lighting the evening of November 25 in Hackley Park and many other holiday activities are planned.  For more information, find “Holidays in the City” on Facebook.


Santa at the Library
December 2 – December 14

Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit all nine branches of Muskegon Area District Library to meet boys and girls of all ages!  Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and, of course, Santa!  Don’t forget your camera.  You won’t want to miss this free photo opportunity.

Saturday, December 2
10:30am North Muskegon Branch: 231-744-6080
10:30am Holton Branch: 231-821-0268
1:00pm   Egelston Branch: 231-788-6477

Tuesday, December 5
4:30pm   Muskegon Heights Branch: 231-739-6075

Saturday, December 9
10:30am Ravenna Branch: 231-853-6975
2:00pm   Norton Shores Branch: 231-780-8844

Monday, December 11
10:30am Muskegon Township Branch: 231-760-4329
6:00pm   Montague Branch: 231-893-2675

Thursday, December 14
4:00pm   Dalton Branch: 231-828-4188

The Muskegon Area District Library is a public library system with ten branch locations.  It serves 105,000 residents of 20 municipalities, comprising most of Muskegon County.  Serving the community six days a week, the Muskegon Area District Library offers programs, library services and life-long learning for county residents.  For more information about events at any branch library please contact the branch library directly.  For more information contact pr.info@madl.org, or 231 737-6248.


Holidays in Lakeside
December 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Get in the spirit of the season with “Holidays in Lakeside”, a family-friendly event featuring carolers, a community bake sale, a basket raffle, ice sculpting demos, visits with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, merchant specials and a free screening of the holiday movie “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell at the Harbor Cinema.  It’s happening Saturday, December 2 from 10:00am – 5:00pm in the Lakeside District.  For more information, visit www.lakesidedistrict.com.


Holiday Cookie Baking with Chef Char
December 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The holidays are a time for baking and gift giving.  Saturday, December 2 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market to learn some of Chef Char’s favorite holiday cookie recipes.  Make, bake and decorate your cookies in class to take home to enjoy eating or to give as gifts.  Kids and adults are welcome.  The cost is $30 per person.


White Lake Christmas Parade
December 2 @ 2:00 pm

On Saturday, December 2, over 80 participants will line up and follow the parade route from Whitehall to Montague along Business 31/Colby Street for the White Lake Christmas Parade!  The American Legion and VFW will lead the event along with the proud Christmas Parade Title Sponsor, Miller & Shepherd Law, dressed in their finest holiday apparel. The parade begins at 2:00pm in the afternoon.

The 65th annual parade promises to be even more exciting with floats from area churches, civic organizations, businesses and area neighbors. Cartoon characters, clowns, parading fire trucks and animals of all shapes and sizes are just a few of the local favorites who will be handing out candy and goodies.  Both Montague and Whitehall High School’s marching bands will be stepping out joined by area Brownie and Girl Scout Troops along with various Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.  As the Grand Finale, Santa will make his entrance with a horse drawn carriage.  He will be eager to see children of all ages following the parade at his house outside Montague City Hall located on Ferry Street.  Children can visit Santa at his Montague house for regular hours on Fridays and Saturdays in December. For more information, visit www.whitelake.org.


Ugly Christmas Sweater Murder Mystery
December 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

October through May, Bygone Basics Cooking School and Amanda’s Bequest B & B offer a Murder Mystery Dinner on occasional Saturdays.  Participants act out the roles with scripts and as much hilarity as they wish!  “Murder at the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party” is the murder mystery Saturday, December 2.  The mystery activities and dinner last from 5:00pm until around 8:00pm.  Registered attendees will be assigned their roles in advance so they can arrive in character.  You do not have to be a lodging guest at Amanda’s Bequest to participate, but why not!  It will enhance the fun and remove night time driving.

Hurry, seating is limited!  To register, click the “Book Now” link on the website, e-mail relax@amandasbequest.com or call 231-740-4065.

B&B Guest – $38
Non-Lodging – $48
Adult themed.  No one under 18 years old please.

Murder at the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
The Snowflake Lodge is hosting the annual Ugly Christmas Sweater party again this year.  The townspeople of Snow Falls are excited about the holiday celebration, as the lodge is where the who’s who of society will flock to show off their not-so fashionable holiday attire.  Unfortunately, sparks have flown between some of the guests lately with rumors of blackmail, greed, and revenge!


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
December 2 @ 5:00 pm

The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.

Catch their next home game Saturday, December 2 at 5:00pm as they take on the Libertyville Vipers!


The BIGGEST Little Holiday Party
December 2 @ 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Have a small staff or manager group?  Are you tired of planning holiday parties?  SE4SONS has the answer!  They will do all the work for you!  Simply reserve a table or a certain amount of seats and they’ll decorate, cook and schedule the DJ!  Join them Saturday, December 2 from 6:00pm – 11:30pm with your staff or maybe just a group of friends!  The cost is $30 per person and includes appetizers, buffet dinner, DJ and a cash bar.  It’s going to be the most popular party in town!  Reserve your space early as it is limited by calling 231-755-3737.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 2 @ 7:00 pm

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch a home game, Saturday, December 2 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Bloomington Thunder at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


Circle of Trees
December 3

The Circle of Trees is held on the first Sunday in December.  Trees are decorated in Walker Park, the annual “Dog Parade” is held on Ruddiman Ave. and the tree lighting ceremony, refreshments and visits with Santa follow immediately after.  If you wish to participate or for more information, contact City Clerk Marcia Jeske at 231-744-1621, e-mail mjeske@cityofnorthmuskegon.com or visit www.cityofnorthmuskegon.com.


Handel’s Messiah
December 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join Robert Swan on December 3, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Whitehall United Methodist Church as he offers to you his insights and thoughts on “Handel’s Messiah,” one of the most beloved pieces of music ever!  Come and hear (and sing along, if you like) the great music from the inspiring “Hallelujah Chorus” to the wonderfully intimate “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth”.  Learn more about Handel, the background of the music, and gleanings borne of years of Bob’s personal experience and reflection.

Mr. Swan is retired from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra after 36 years of devoted inspiration and practice in the viola section.  He has performed the Messiah close to 100 times in his career, playing it with some of the greatest conductors, singers, choruses, and instrumentalists in the world.  He held the post of Professor of Viola at Northwestern University from 1972-1980.

There is no cost to attend and refreshments will be provided by Cichetti.  For more information, please call Sondra Cross, director, at 232-329-3056.


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
December 3 @ 5:00 pm

The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.

Catch their next home game Sunday, December 3 at 5:00pm as they take on the LaCrosse Showtime!

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 11/20/17 – 11/27/17

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


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
November 17 @ 7:00 pm – December 3 @ 7:00 pm

November 17 – December 3, come to the Beardsley Theater for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” presented by Muskegon Civic Theatre!

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is the story of  Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia who share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives.  Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike.  Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.

For tickets or more information, call 231-727-8001.


Planetarium Christmas Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

November 2 – December 14, come to Carr-Fless Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the Christmas show, “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This modern look at the Christmas story is an annual favorite.  As we look at significant astronomical events visible in the sky in the time of Jesus’ birth, we’ll see which of the “sky signs” was remarkable enough to have caused the Wise Men to travel over 600 miles through the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem, and investigate possible dates for the sighting of the “star” which lead them to Jesus.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (No show on Thanksgiving Day, November 23).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


Festival of Trees
November 22 – December 3

The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 13th annual Festival of Trees community holiday celebration runs November 22 through December 3.  The Festival will be open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm, noon to 5:00pm on Sundays, and closed on Thanksgiving.  International Holiday traditions inspire this year’s festival theme.  Professionally designed themed trees and décor will set a festive holiday mood and will be available for purchase through silent auction over the 11 days of the Festival. Raffles, music and holiday gift shopping will add to the fun.  Special events include the popular Teddy Bear Breakfast, Senior Day, Family Day, Deck Your Halls holiday design workshop and performances of A Christmas Carol!  Call 231-720-2580 to purchase tickets or for more information.


Holidays in the City
November 25

Come to Downtown Muskegon this winter to celebrate the holidays with us.  “Holidays in the City” kicks off with Small Business Saturday on November 25 and continues on weekends through the Saturday before Christmas!  Shop local to support our community’s businesses.  The Muskegon Farmer’s Market, Western Market Chalets, Century Club Retail Center and multiple local retail outlets on Western Ave., in Midtown and along Pine St. will offer plenty of holiday shopping opportunities.  A community Christmas tree lighting the evening of November 25 in Hackley Park and many other holiday activities are planned.  For more information, find “Holidays in the City” on Facebook.


Hackley & Hume Historic Site Holiday Tours
November 25 – November 26

Enjoy holiday tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site!  These amazing late 1890’s homes from Muskegon’s lumbering days have been decorated for the holidays with period appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more.  Special Holiday Tours will be offered on the following dates:

Saturday, November 25 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Sunday, November 26 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Tuesday, December 26 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Wednesday, December 27 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

The cost is $5 – $7.  For more information, visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.


Holiday Artisan Market
November 25 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, November 25 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, you’re invited to do some holiday shopping at the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club during their Holiday Artisan Market!  They’ll be offering an eclectic variety of items created by local artists and artisans.  For more information, call (231) 725-9220.


Pizza & Polka Festival
November 25 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Saturday, November 25 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, come to the Fricano Event Center for the Pizza & Polka Festival featuring the Duane Malinowski Polka Band!  Enjoy four hours of polka music and all the pizza you can eat for only $15 per person!  Ice cream dessert will also be available for purchase.  For tickets, call 231-780-5406.  Table reservations will be accepted with a minimum purchase of 10 tickets.  Presented by the Muskegon Polish Festival.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 25 @ 7:00 pm

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch a home game, Saturday, November 25 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Lincoln Stars at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


Evening by Candlelight
November 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday, November 27 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the beautiful Muskegon Woman’s Club to start the Christmas season off by enjoying beautiful tablescapes, good food, fun, and great entertainment at “Evening by Candlelight!”  Tickets are $15 per person.  Tables of 8 are available.  R.S.V.P by calling Nancy at 231-730-0887 or e-mail Nancy@HousesByNancy.com.

 

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 11/13/17 – 11/20/17

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


Grand Opening of Blue Horizons Wellness
November 13 @ 4:00 pm – November 16 @ 4:00 pm

November 13 – 16, celebrate the launch of  Blue Horizons Wellness, Lakeside’s only wellness studio offering yoga, movement, meditation, breath, and inspiration classes with owner and instructor Vicki Schneider.  Each day, they are offering free classes when you bring in a donation for Every Woman’s Place.  For more information, call 231-755-7771.

Monday – 11/13
• Hatha class with a short “What is yoga?” talk – 4:00pm
• Ashtanga Class and short Yoga talk – 5:30pm
• Guided meditation and quick talk about meditation at 7:30pm

Tuesday – 11/14
• Henna Tatoos – 3:30pm – 7:30pm
• Vinyasa Class and short Yoga talk – 4:00pm
• Breathing class – 6:00pm
• Candlelight yoga – 7:30pm

Wednesday – 11/15
• Move & Meditate – 4:00pm
• Veterans Class – 5:30pm
• Yoga Class – 7:30pm

Thursday – 11/16
• Open House with refreshments and caricatures – 4:00pm – 7:00pm
• Ribbon Cutting at 4:30pm
• Meet the designer of Peace Tree Tees – 4:30pm – 5:30pm

 


Hawks and Owls String Band
November 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Monday, November 13 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the Hawks and Owls String Band!  Bruce Ling, leader of Hawks and Owls and one of Michigan’s finest musical treasures, is a River-side mystic, eloquent storyteller and passionate caretaker of America’s collection of traditional music.  With stage performances that combine the expressive style of Garrison Keillor or Will Rogers, he paints musical portraits celebrating the colorful history of rural America with a broad repertoire of both original and time-savored traditional folk songs.  As a collector of tunes and songs, Bruce understands the importance of keeping the history of this timeless musical genre alive and well.  He shares his keen knowledge with caring and passion, and his inspiration has propelled a legion of young musicians to continue playing these songs, a true testament to Ling’s talents as a teacher and mentor.  www.hackleylibrary.org

Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.


Michigan Underground: A Writer’s Journey
November 13 @ 7:00 pm

On Monday, November 13 at 7:00pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts “Michigan Underground: A Writer’s Journey” with local author R.C. Robotham.  November is National Novel Writing Month!  Join local author R. C. Robotham as he shares how his interest and research into the abolitionist movement along the western shore of Lake Michigan introduced him to the likes of Jonathan Walker, Rev. William Ferry and Chief Cobmoosa and led to the writing of his novel, In Sight of Freedom.  This program is free and open to the public ages 18 and up.  For additional information contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .


Planetarium Christmas Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

November 2 – December 14, come to Carr-Fless Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the Christmas show, “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This modern look at the Christmas story is an annual favorite.  As we look at significant astronomical events visible in the sky in the time of Jesus’ birth, we’ll see which of the “sky signs” was remarkable enough to have caused the Wise Men to travel over 600 miles through the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem, and investigate possible dates for the sighting of the “star” which lead them to Jesus.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (No show on Thanksgiving Day, November 23).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


26th Annual Holiday Dazzle
November 16 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Bring your friends and enjoy an evening of fun, food, and shopping, November 16 at the Holiday Inn – Muskegon Harbor Conference Center!  Doors open at 5:00pm and the event starts at 5:30pm.

$50 per person, includes dinner, dessert, one glass of complimentary drink (house wine, beer, or a carbonated beverage), style show, and shopping for your holiday gift giving needs provided by local businesses all gathered in one location for your convenience.

Also at this years Holiday Dazzle, the Silent Auction will return with great gift giving ideas.  The “Dazzle Me” Raffle will provide the opportunity to win a one-of-a-kind package of pampering.  Tickets for the “Dazzle Me” Raffle are $15 each or 3 for $40.

Go to www.childabusecouncil.org under the registration tab to register for this year’s event.


White Lake Area Holiday Walk
November 17 – November 18

‘Tis the season of Christmas that brings a community together and what better way to ring in the holiday than the 23rd Annual White Lake Holiday Walk!  This year’s Christmas Walk will take place during the weekend of November 17 & 18 along the streets of Montague and Whitehall with dozens of participating businesses.  Enjoy traditional Christmas Open Houses featuring unique gifts and yummy treats from participating White Lake Area merchants.  Share the spirit of Christmas with holiday music and a visit with Santa Claus strolling along the streets.

For more information on the 23rd Annual Holiday Walk, contact the White Lake Area Chamber at 231-893-4585 or 800-879-9702 or visit www.whitelake.org.


Guided Birding Tour of Muskegon County Wastewater System
November 17 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites the public to join a guided caravan birding tour of Muskegon County Wastewater System Friday, November 17, from 9:00am – 2:00pm.

The Muskegon County Wastewater System – owned by Muskegon County and co-managed for waterfowl by the DNR – hosts regionally significant numbers of waterfowl, water birds and shorebirds each spring and fall, with over 10,000 ruddy ducks and 10,000 northern shovelers present annually.

Michigan bird conservation coordinator Caleb Putnam (Audubon Great Lakes and DNR) and DNR staff members will be on hand to answer questions about wildlife management, habitat projects under way at the Muskegon State Game Area and hunting opportunities.  The tour will focus on the wastewater system’s large lagoons, where thousands of ducks, geese and water birds typically are present. Additional species may be spotted, including several species of gulls, some winter songbirds and, with luck, a snowy owl or golden eagle.

The tour will begin at 9:00am at the Muskegon State Game Area headquarters, located at 7600 Messinger Rd. in Twin Lake (about 3 miles north of the wastewater system off Maple Island Road). Participants should dress for the possibility of very cold temperatures, snow/rain and high winds. Bringing binoculars and spotting scopes is recommended, if possible.  The trip leaders will have a small number of scopes available for those who don’t have them.

Muskegon County Wastewater System is one of Michigan’s Wetland Wonders, the seven premier managed waterfowl hunt areas in the state.  To learn more, visit www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders.

A permit is required to enter the wastewater system property, and can be obtained at 698 N. Maple Island Road in Muskegon (located 1.25 miles east of Maple Island on White Road) during normal working hours (Monday through Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm).  Note: those participating in the tour do not need to pick up their permits in advance.


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
November 17 @ 7:00 pm – December 3 @ 7:00 pm

November 17 – December 3, come to the Beardsley Theater for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” presented by Muskegon Civic Theatre!

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is the story of  Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia who share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives.  Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike.  Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.

For tickets or more information, call 231-727-8001.


Build a Gingerbread House – Adults Only
November 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, November 17 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, you’re invited to the lovely Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club to build your own gingerbread house!  All supplies and instruction are included.  This is an adult only class ages 18+.  The cost is $16 in advance per house, $21 at the door or $25 in advance for the “take-home kit.”  There will be a 3 person maximum per house.  For more information, contact Nancy at 231-730-0887 or e-mail nancy@housesbynancy.com for reservations.


Build a Gingerbread House
November 18 – November 19

Saturday, November 18 from 10:00am -12:00pm and 1:30pm – 3:30pm, and Sunday, November 19 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, you’re invited to the lovely Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club to build your own gingerbread house!  All supplies and instruction are included.  Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.  The cost is $16 in advance per house, $21 at the door or $25 in advance for the “take-home kit.”  There will be a 3 person maximum per house.  Santa will visit both the Saturday and Sunday sessions!  For more information, contact Nancy at 231-730-0887 or e-mail nancy@housesbynancy.com for reservations.


Lakeshore Camera Club Biannual Show and Competition
November 18 @ 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

The Norton Shores Library hosts the Lakeshore Camera Club’s Biannual Show and Competition on Saturday, November 18 from 1:30pm to 6:00pm in the Library’s Community Room.  Discover local photographic talent, meet the photographers and vote for your favorite to win.  There will be refreshments to enjoy and prints to purchase.  This event is free and open to the public.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .


Muskegon Center for the Arts Workshop: Gemstone Beading III
November 18 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Saturday, November 18 from 2:30pm – 4:00pm, you’re invited to the Red Lotus Gallery for the workshop “Gemstone Beading III!”  The cost is $15, or $13 for members, and includes materials.

Become a gemstone identification expert with this workshop and learn even more about gemstones used for beading.  More advanced techniques for pattern beading will be discussed and students will create a bracelet with their newly learned skills.  Students must pre-register for workshops by contacting Sabryna at registration@muskegonca.org.  Tools will be available for use for all workshops, however you may bring your own if you have them.  All workshops are ages 10+. Students 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information, find them on Facebook.


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
November 18 @ 5:00 pm

The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.

Catch their next home game Saturday, November 18 at 5:00pm as they take on the Team Network!


The Power of Destiny
November 18 @ 7:00 pm

November 18 at 7:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the Shoreline Symphony Community Orchestra performs “The Power of Destiny!”

Fate is “knocking at the door” as the Shoreline Symphony plays its first concert in the Frauenthal Theater.  The central work on the program is Beethoven’s well-known Symphony No. 5.  Additional selections include the overture to Verdi’s opera, La Forza del Destino (The Power of Destiny), and music by Brahms.

Preceding the concert at 6:30pm, Shoreline Symphony Director Annette Jurcevic will host a brief discussion about the music, its historical and cultural context, and the composers who wrote it.

Tickets: $8 Adult, Students and Children under 18 are free.  For tickets or more information, call 231-727-8001.


Muskegon Center for the Arts/Red Lotus Gallery: Open Mic Night
November 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Muskegon Center for the Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery every third Saturday of the month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, theater, poetry or readings, you may want to express it here or just show up to watch the show.  There is always something new and unique to enjoy.  For more information, find them on Facebook.


Muskegon Community College Honors Orchestra
November 19 @ 3:00 pm

Sunday, November 19 at 3:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater to enjoy the Muskegon Community College Honors Orchestra, featuring wind and string players from MCC and area schools.

Tickets are $6, and students are free.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Fruitport Township Upcoming Events

by Heidi Tice

Mark your calendars for the following upcoming Township Events.

November 6 -17 – Lions – Food drive for Thanksgiving at the following locations:
• All Fruitport School
• Fruitport Township Hall
• Orchard Market

November 18 – Lions – Pack Thanksgiving food boxes at Edgewood School and distribute
• 9am –noon
• Edgewood cafeteria – all help sorting and packing boxes is welcome

Every Friday in November – Date Night volunteer childcare
• Times are 5pm – 9pm
• Fruitport Congregational Church UCC
• Sponsored and operated by the Fruitport Leo Club
• Limited number of availability
• More details go to Fruitport Leo Club on Facebook or Fruitport Lions Club Official on Facebook
• DONATIONS ONLY (will go toward Fruitport Leo Ramp projects)

November 24 – December 22 – Lions – Trees for Tots sales
• NEW LOCATION – in front of Smiley water tower Airline Rd.
• Hours are week days 5-8 and weekends noon-8
• Fresh cut Trees ranging from 4 ft to 10 ft, Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine and Blue Spruce
• All proceeds are for Christmas gifts for local kids

December 1, 15, 22 – Date Night volunteer childcare
• Times are 5pm – 9pm
• Fruitport Congregational Church UCC
• Sponsored and operated by the Fruitport Leo Club
• Limited number of availability
• More details go to Fruitport Leo Club on Facebook or Fruitport Lions Club Official on Facebook
• DONATIONS ONLY (will go toward Fruitport Leo Ramp projects)

December 2 – Township – Santa visits Fruitport Fire Station #2
• 3368 Black Creek Rd
• Tour the fire station and visit Santa
• FREE EVENT

December 8 & 9 – Lions – Old Fashioned Christmas –
• Pomona Park
• Friday Dec 8, from 6:00-9:00
• Saturday Dec 9, from 4:00-7:00
• Santa, hayride, hotdogs, hot chocolate, art displays, music, sledding (if snow), sled contest
• FREE Event

January 6, 2018 – Township – Burning of the Greens
• Behind old township hall location
• Bring your tree and enjoy the bonfire
• Free Hot Chocolate, cookies and coffee (supplied by the Fruitport Leo Club)
• FREE EVENT

February 9, 2018 – Lions – Annual Pancake Supper
• Fruitport High School – Cafeteria
• 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
• Tickets on sale by the Fruitport Honor Society or at the door
• Adults $5.00 Children $3.00
• All you can eat pancakes, 2 sausage links, orange juice, milk and desert
• All proceeds go to Fruitport Honor Society for AP tests
• Fruitport will be playing Kenowa Hills – Basketball

2017 Festival of Trees opens November 22 at Muskegon Museum of Art

treesThe Muskegon Museum of Art Festival of Trees returns in 2017 for its 13th year as a community holiday tradition. The 2017 Festival of Trees will be open Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, December 3, daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, noon to 5:00 pm on Sundays, and closed on Thanksgiving. Holiday traditions of different countries inspire this year’s festival theme and displays. Professionally designed themed trees and décor will be available for purchase through silent auction over the 11 days of the Festival. Raffles, music, seasonal and holiday shopping, and special events will add to the fun.

Purchase Festival admission tickets at the door: $10 Adult, $5 MMA Member, $3 child 3-17 yrs. (under 3 free), $15 All Festival Pass

Special events include:

•  November 11 Pre-Festival Free Family Fun Day: Origami Super Saturday
•  November 22 First Day Food Drive
•  November 24 Meijer Family Day
•  November 25 Teddy Bear Breakfast
•  November 26 Deck Your Halls centerpiece design workshop
•  November 28 Senior Day
•  December 1 Muffins & Mimosas Fashion Show
•  December 1 & 3 A Christmas Carol as presented by Tom Harryman
•  November 24, 25, and December 2 Visits with Santatreefest

Purchase advance tickets for Teddy Bear Breakfast, Deck Your Halls, and A Christmas Carol performance by calling (231) 720-2580.

Festival Title Sponsor is Arconic/Whitehall Operations. Nichols is Festival Co-Sponsor.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Saturday, November 11, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Origami Super Saturday
Pre-Festival Free Family Fun Day
Ms. Ronace will lead our youngest team to flip and fold unique origami ornaments for the Super Saturday Holiday Tree, which will be part of the Festival of Trees event. Youth participants will get a free Festival of Trees admission ticket. Activities also include guided tours and a family film. Admission and activities are free. Underwritten by Arconic/Whitehall Operations.

Wednesday, November 22
First Day Food Drive
Half off adult admission price with a food donation for Loaves and Fishes food pantry. Regular adult admission: $10

Friday, November 24, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Family Day
Santa and kids’ activities. Special Family Day adult ticket price: $5. Kids get in free on Family Day. Visit with Santa 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Sponsored by Meijer

Saturday, November 25, 8:30 – 10:30 am
Teddy Bear Breakfast
Especially fun for kids ages 3-8 years old. Breakfast, Santa, teddy bear checkup, and more! $12 per adult, $7 per child ages 17 and under. Includes Festival admission. Reserve tickets early. This event always sells out. Call 231.720.2580 to purchase.
Sponsored by Hines Corp.

Sunday, November 26, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Holiday Centerpiece Make & Take Workshop
With Deb Moon, Le Fleur Shoppe, and Skeeter Parkhouse, Wasserman’s Floral and Gifts. Space is limited. Tickets: $30 per person/$25 MMA member/$35 at the door. Call 231.720.2580 to purchase. Includes refreshments and Festival admission. Cash bar. Sponsored by Floyd & Caron Farmer

Tuesday, November 28, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Festival of Trees Senior Day
Special Senior Day half-off ticket price: $5 for ages 65+. Free coffee and cookies, vendor samples, door prizes, and more! For large groups, call 231.720.2571. Sponsored by Sonus Hearing Care Professionals

Friday, December 1, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Muffins and Mimosas Fashion Show
MMA volunteers will model the new line of fashion clothing from the MMA gift shop. Free with Festival of Trees admission. Refreshments provided. Cash bar. Call 231.720.2587 for more information.

Friday, December 1 and Sunday, December 3
A Christmas Carol
As presented by Tom Harryman
Friday Evening, December 1, 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinee, December 3, 2:00 pm
$15 adult, $10 MMA member, $5 15 years & under
Tom Harryman’s masterful one-man performance of the Christmas classic. Friday night performance will be preceded by a cocktail hour starting at 6:30 pm.

Visit with Santa!
Bring your camera!
Friday, November 24, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Saturday, November 25, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 2, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 11/06/17 – 11/13/17

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


Movies at the Library: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
November 7 @ 5:30 pm  –  7:30 pm

Come to Hackley Public Library to see free movies on the first Tuesday of the month!   November 7 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy as they screen “Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them.” (PG-13)

In 1926, Newt Scamander just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures.   Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.   The movie runs 133 minutes.   Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.   www.hackleylibrary.org


Planetarium Christmas Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 pm  –  7:35 pm

November 2 – December 14, come to Carr-Fless Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the Christmas show, “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”   This modern look at the Christmas story is an annual favorite.   As we look at significant astronomical events visible in the sky in the time of Jesus’ birth, we’ll see which of the “sky signs” was remarkable enough to have caused the Wise Men to travel over 600 miles through the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem, and investigate possible dates for the sighting of the “star” which lead them to Jesus.   This is a 35-minute presentation. (No show on Thanksgiving Day, November 23).   For more information, call  (231) 777-0289.


White Lake Classical Series: Marty Gabert on Marimba
November 7 @ 7:00 pm

Tuesday, November 7 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the “White Lake Classical Series” featuring Marty Gabert on Marimba!   The cover charge is $5.   Come early (6:15pm) for dinner featuring Mediterranean stuffed chicken breast, mushroom risotto, vegetable, glass of house wine and dessert for only $17.   For more information, or to RSVP, call 231-894-5333.

About the performance:   The word marimba, Guatemalan in origin, means the wood that sings.   It has a sound that most audiences have never heard before.   The marimba has its roots in prehistory when man first struck pieces of rock on wood and heard a musical sound.   In concert, Marty shows that the marimba has now evolved to be as powerful as an orchestra.   His program, Music for a Small Room, is the perfect introduction for all audiences to the marimba and to new music.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 8 @ 10:30 am

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch a home game Wednesday, November 8 at 10:30am as the Jacks take on the Bloomington Thunder at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


MCC Veterans Salute
November 8 @ 11:00 am

Because Veterans Day falls on a weekend this year, a Veterans Salute will take place mid-week at Muskegon Community College on Wednesday, November 8, at 11:00am by the flagpole located near the main building entrance.    MCC student veterans will raise the flag and post the colors.   U.S. Army veteran Jerry Conrad, an MCC adjunct instructor and local businessman, will serve as the emcee and will lead the pledge of allegiance.   Rev. William Anderson, an Air Force veteran and pastor of Philadelphia Baptist Church in Muskegon, will deliver the invocation.

MCC Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. John Selmon will welcome those in attendance.   SPC Andrew Worcester, an MCC student and U.S. Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, will provide remarks.

Following a moment of silence, the VFW Muskegon County Council will deliver a 21-gun salute and, following the playing of “Taps” by MCC student Bri Holtrop, will retire the colors.   The ceremony will close with a Benediction by Rev. Anderson.


Artists’ Reception: “In Between Here and Gone: Works by Cara O’Brien and Diane Zoellmer”
November 8 @ 3:30 pm  –  5:00 pm

The Muskegon Community College Overbrook Art Gallery will feature the color photography of Diane Zoellmer and the mixed media sculptures of Cara O’Brien in an exhibit titled “In Between Here and Gone: Works by Cara O’Brien and Diane Zoellmer” from November 6 – December 14.   This exhibit is free and open to the public.   Overbrook Gallery hours are from 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Friday with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater.   A free public artists’ reception will be held Wednesday, November 8, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm with a gallery talk by the artists at 4:00pm.   Call (231)777-0324 for more information.


Thursday Night Music Club: Max & Ruth Bloomquist
November 9 @ 7:00 pm

The Norton Shores Library hosts Ruth & Max Bloomquist on Thursday, November 9 at 7:00pm as part of the Thursday Night Music Club!   One of Muskegon’s most beloved musical groups, Ruth and Max Bloomquist have been performing together for over forty years!   Ruth’s award winning abilities as a songwriter and singer are accented by Max’s harmony and touch on the upright bass.   With influences of folk, bluegrass, and country, they have created a heart touching, audience pleasing acoustic Americana that is all their own.   Ruth’s trademark rich alto is unmistakable, and her songs evoke images and emotions common to us all.   This event is free and open to the public.    For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .


Justin Moore: Hell on a Highway Tour
November 10 @ 8:00 am  –  5:00 pm

Justine Moore’s “Hell on a Highway Tour” is coming to  the LC Walker Arena Friday, November 10!   His special guest will be Dylan Scott.   Tickets go on sale Friday, October 6 and will be available at the LC Walker Arena Box Office, by phone at 800-585-3737, and online at  www.startickets.com.

“Hell On A Highway Tour” is Moore’s fourth headlining tour, having just wrapped up his “American Made Tour” with Lee Brice back in April and will span seven months, taking the Arkansas native from coast to coast.


Holiday Wine Tasting at SE4SONS
November 10 @ 5:30 pm  –  8:30 pm

Friday, November 10 at 5:30pm, come to SE4SONS Gastro Pub for a fun evening of wine tasting, delicious food and friends!   It is a great opportunity to stock up on libations for the holiday season.   The cost to attend is $25 per person and includes tasting and appetizers.   Please call 231-755-3737 to let  them know you are attending.


West Michigan Symphony Presents: Enigma Variations
November 10 @ 7:30 pm  –  10:00 pm

Friday, November 10 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Center as the  West Michigan Symphony presents Enigma Variations!

Bohuslav Rattay, conductor
Guest Artist – Andrew Spencer, Timpani

Debussy – Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Daugherty – Raise the Roof
Andrew Spencer, Timpani
Elgar – Enigma Variations

Claude Debussy’s revolutionary Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun opens this program.   Former WMS principal timpanist Andrew Spencer returns for Michael Daugherty’s timpani concerto, Raise the Roof.   Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations pay musical tributes to the composer’s illustrious and fascinating friends.   The works ends triumphantly with allusions to the earlier variations.   For more information, call  231-726-3231.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 11  –  November 12

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch two home games, Saturday, November 11 at 7:15pm and Sunday, November 12 at 3:15pm as the Jacks take on the Youngstown Phantoms at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


Origami Super Saturday
November 11 @ 10:00 am  –  3:00 pm

November 11 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for an Origami Super Saturday!   This free family fun day features instruction for kids on how to flip and fold their own unique origami ornaments for the 6th Super Saturday Holiday Tree, which will be part of the Festival of Trees event that starts November 22.   Youth participants will get a free Festival of Trees admission ticket.   Admission and activities are free on 2nd Saturdays of the month.   For more information, call 231-720-2570.

10:00am & 1:00pm
Film:   “Origami Fun For Kids, Too!” (92 mins.)   This film will show the basic techniques to successfully make various origami pieces. Beginners of all ages can watch and learn how to create a Masu Box, with lid and divider, a Chaos Cube, a Trick Sailboat, a Basketball Hoop, a Makoto Koma (spinning top), a Jumping Frog, and a Handbag/Gift bag

11:00am – 1:00pm
Guided Look:   Find the geometric shapes in the artwork located upstairs in the galleries.   Can you fold paper to mimic those shapes?   How are those shapes alike or different from origami pieces you created?

11:00am – 2:00pm
Make & Take:   Flip and fold your own origami ornament to decorate the Super Saturday Tree that will be a part of the Festival of Trees.


Holiday Canvas Painting Class
November 11 @ 10:00 am  –  12:00 pm

Saturday, November 11 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, you’re invited to an art class at First Presbyterian Church where you’ll paint your very own Christmas Tree on canvas under the instruction of art teacher, Robin Civis.   $20 covers all materials and instruction.   You’ll be amazed at what you can do!   For more information, call 231-759-1275.


Veterans Day Ceremony
November 11 @ 11:00 am

A Veterans Day ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 11 at 11:00am at the Causeway Veterans Memorial Park.    The guest speaker will be Lupe Alviar Jr., a founding member of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 31 in Muskegon, a national VVA committee member, and a member of the Muskegon County Veteran Affairs Advisory Board.    The Reeths-Puffer Middle School Band will perform under the direction of Rich Erne.   The posting of the colors and a 21-gun rifle salute will be conducted by Don Rea VFW Post #8846 of North Muskegon.   The Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the American Revolution will lay wreaths.


Pasta, Passion and Pistols Murder Mystery Event
November 11 @ 5:00 pm  –  8:00 pm

October through May, Bygone Basics Cooking School and Amanda’s Bequest B & B offer a Murder Mystery Dinner on occasional Saturdays.   Participants act out the roles with scripts and as much hilarity as they wish!   “Pasta, Passion & Pistols” is the murder mystery Saturday, November 11.   The mystery activities and dinner last from 5:00pm until around 8:00pm.   Registered attendees will be assigned their roles in advance so they can arrive in character.   You do not have to be a lodging guest at Amanda’s Bequest to participate, but why not!   It will enhance the fun and remove night time driving.

Hurry, seating is limited!   To register, click the “Book Now” link on the website, e-mail relax@amandasbequest.com or call 231-740-4065.

B&B Guest – $38
Non-Lodging – $48
Adult themed.   No one under 18 years old please.

“Pasta, Passion & Pistols”
Will you be Rocco Scarfazzi, or perhaps you will attend as Father Al Fredo?   You’ll find out once you register to attend this drop dead fun Murder Mystery!
Here’s the Scene:   The succulent aroma of home cooked pasta is drifting from New York City’s most popular Italian eatery, La Speranza, but something else is heating up in the kitchen…Cold-blooded murder!   Restauranteur Pepi Roni has been shot in the back with his own pistol.   Tonight his family and friends will gather to pay their respects to poor Pepi, but one of the guests won’t be shedding any tears.


Performances @The Block: Andrew Spencer – Percussionist
November 11 @ 7:30 pm  –  10:00 pm

Saturday, November 11 at 7:30pm, come to The Block as former West Michigan Symphony principal timpanist Andrew Spencer performs music featuring compelling percussion sounds.   An active recitalist and clinician, Spencer has performed as a soloist in the United States, Poland, Japan, Canada and Costa Rica. Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.   Doors and bar open at 6:45pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm.


Girls Night: The Musical
November 11 @ 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 11 at 7:30pm, come to the beautiful Frauenthal Theater to see the Off-Broadway sensation that audiences can’t get enough of from coast to coast, “Girls Night: The Musical!!   Share the fun and laughter in this hilarious, feel-good comedy as five girlfriends re-live their past, celebrate their present, and look to the future on a wild night out!   Featuring the most famous female empowerment hits of the last four decades including “Lady Marmalade,” “It’s Raining Men,” “Man, I Feel Like a Woman,” “I Will Survive” and many more!

Tickets are $51, $41 and $26.   For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Hawks and Owls String Band
November 13 @ 6:00 pm  –  7:00 pm

Monday, November 13 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the Hawks and Owls String Band!   Bruce Ling, leader of Hawks and Owls and one of Michigan’s finest musical treasures, is a River-side mystic, eloquent storyteller and passionate caretaker of America’s collection of traditional music.   With stage performances that combine the expressive style of Garrison Keillor or Will Rogers, he paints musical portraits celebrating the colorful history of rural America with a broad repertoire of both original and time-savored traditional folk songs.   As a collector of tunes and songs, Bruce understands the importance of keeping the history of this timeless musical genre alive and well.   He shares his keen knowledge with caring and passion, and his inspiration has propelled a legion of young musicians to continue playing these songs,a true testament to Ling’s talents as a teacher and mentor.   www.hackleylibrary.org


Michigan Underground: A Writer’s Journey
November 13 @ 7:00 pm

On Monday, November 13 at 7:00pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts “Michigan Underground: A Writer’s Journey” with local author R.C. Robotham.    November is National Novel Writing Month!   Join local author R. C. Robotham  as he shares how his interest and research into the abolitionist movement along the western shore of Lake Michigan introduced him to the likes of Jonathan Walker, Rev. William Ferry and Chief Cobmoosa and led to the writing of his novel,  In Sight of Freedom.   This program is free and open to the public ages 18 and up.   For additional information contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .