Calendar of Events

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 1/20/20 – 1/27/20

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

Monday, January 20
*Visit Muskegon office is closed Monday, January 20:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Museum
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster Ave. will open their doors for free in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Visitors can enjoy the galleries, films in the auditorium, crafts in the classroom, and mini tours led by docents and Muskegon High School art students.  For more information call 231-720-2570.Schedule: 10:00am, 12:00pm, 3:00pm – Film: “Black Man” by Jon Covington 10:00am – 1:00pm – Tours led by MMA docents 11:00am – 2:00pm – Craft in the classroom

Team Trivia Game Show
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill located 446 W. Western Ave. Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Tuesday, January 21

Art Exhibit: A House Divided
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“A House Divided,” an exhibition of artwork by Muskegon Community College art faculty member Erin Hoffman, will be on shown from January 21 – February 28 in the Overbrook Art Gallery! Overbrook Gallery located at 221 Quarterline Rd. hours are 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.

Interactive Movie: The Wizard of Oz
4:00 pm
Join the Norton Shores Library located at 705 Seminole Rd., for an interactive screening of the classic movie, “Wizard of Oz!”  You can take part in this action with props, sounds effects, and fun or just relax and enjoy the movie. This free event is for ages 11-18.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

We Are Stars Planetarium Show: FREE
7:00 pm
January 14 – February 27, and March 10 – March 26, (no shows on March 3 and 5) come to the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College located at 221 Quarterline Rd., for the free show, “We Are Stars!”  What are we made of? Where did it all come from?  Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins.  Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.  Narrated by Andy Serkis.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  For more information call 231-777-0289.

Wednesday, January 22

Art Exhibit: A House Divided
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“A House Divided,” an exhibition of artwork by Muskegon Community College art faculty member Erin Hoffman, will be on shown from January 21 – February 28 in the Overbrook Art Gallery! Overbrook Gallery located at 221 Quarterline Rd. hours are 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.

Ice Breaker Wednesdays
6:00 pm
Every Wednesday, January 8 – February 26 at 6:00pm, enjoy “Ice Breaker Wednesdays” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park located at 462 Scenic Dr. This is your chance to learn how to skate and cross country ski with free skate and ski lessons for beginners.  Whether young or old, all beginners are welcome to participate.  A $5 rink or trail pass is required for each activity.  Rental equipment is also available for $5 inside the lodge.  Lessons begin promptly at 6:00pm.  All participants should arrive early enough to purchase a pass and get equipment on.  For more information, visit www.msports.org.

The Winningest High School Football Team in Michigan
6:30 pm
Come to the Norton Shores Library located at 705 Seminole Rd., as local historian Ron Pesch, co-author of “100 Years of Muskegon Big Red Football,” shares the storied history of Muskegon High School’s Big Reds football program along with the team’s modern-day accomplishments.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Thursday, January 23

Muskegon Civic Theatre presents: Fun Home
7:30pm
The Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “Fun Home” on the Frauenthal stage located at 425 W. Western Ave.! Tickets are $26.50.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.  Fun Home is refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Art Exhibit: A House Divided
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“A House Divided,” an exhibition of artwork by Muskegon Community College art faculty member Erin Hoffman, will be on shown from January 21 – February 28 in the Overbrook Art Gallery! Overbrook Gallery located at 221 Quarterline Rd. hours are 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.

We Are Stars Planetarium Show: FREE
7:00 pm
January 14 – February 27, and March 10 – March 26, (no shows on March 3 and 5) come to the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College located at 221 Quarterline Rd., for the free show, “We Are Stars!”  What are we made of? Where did it all come from?  Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins.  Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.  Narrated by Andy Serkis.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  For more information call 231-777-0289

Exhibit Tour: Cheers! A History of Brewing in Muskegon
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Check out the Lakeshore Museum Center located at 430 W. Clay Ave., for “Cheers! A History of Brewing in Muskegon” Exhibit Tour!  Join Michael Brower, co-founder of Pigeon Hill Brewing Co., and exhibit project manager, Aaron Mace, for a guided tour of their newest exhibit.  Get a deeper history behind many of the items on display, and learn even more about Muskegon’s brewing heritage. Tickets are $5, or free for Museum members.  Please RSVP via Eventbrite.com or by calling 231-722-0278.

Friday, January 24

The Alley Door Club: Root Doctor
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its 15th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center located at 425 W. Western Ave., kicks off January 10, 2020 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 a cash bar and dancing 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 per person.  Tables may be reserved at $75.00 for a 4-top or $115.00 for an 8-top.   For more information, call the Box Office at 231-727-8001.

Comedian Josh Blue
6:30pm & 9:30pm
Comedian Josh Blue will perform two shows at 6:30pm and 9:30pm at the Back Alley Comedy Club located at 1531 W. Sherman Blvd.  Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the cerebral in Cerebral Palsy, Josh Blue centers much of his self-deprecating act around his disability.  He exploded onto the national comedy scene by capturing the attention and endearment of the country as the winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing.  Having already established himself as one of the most sought after comedians on the college circuit, his weekly appearances on Last Comic expanded his fan base exponentially. Tickets are $20 General Admission or $25 VIP includes preferred seating and meet and greet.  For more information call (616) 570-8765 or visit the website below.

ESME, Classical Crossover @ The Block
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Visit The Block located at 360 W. Western Ave., second floor for “ESME, classical crossover!” This concert features West Michigan Symphony Associate Concertmaster Gene Hahn and Detroit Symphony cellist Jeremy Crosmer.  ESME (Eclectic String Music Ensemble) arranges and performs their own covers and mashups of classical and popular music from Ravel, Bach and Beethoven to Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Led Zeppelin.  Tickets are $25 – $35.  Students are $10.  For more information call (231) 726-3231.

Muskegon Civic Theatre presents: Fun Home
7:30pm
The Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “Fun Home” on the Frauenthal stage located at 425 W. Western Ave.! Tickets are $26.50.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.  Fun Home is refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Art Exhibit: A House Divided
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“A House Divided,” an exhibition of artwork by Muskegon Community College art faculty member Erin Hoffman, will be on shown from January 21 – February 28 in the Overbrook Art Gallery! Overbrook Gallery located at 221 Quarterline Rd. hours are 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.

Learn to Luge Weekends: Weather Permitting
Friday * Saturday * Sunday
The Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park located at 462 Scenic Dr. offers one of only four 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 for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph.
THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE
Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group.  Since 1984 our program has provided a “Olympic” type luge experience to tens of thousands of sliders visiting from across the globe.
EQUIPMENT
Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria.
PARTICIPANT AGE
All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled.
GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER
The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. 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.
OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT
All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629

Saturday, January 25

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market located at 6401 Harvey St., offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round; summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby.

Winter Farmers Market
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers Market located at 242 W. Western Ave., invites you to their Winter Farmers Market!  Vendors will be there offering produce and other hand made goods. For more information visit the website below.

2020 Muskegon Polar Plunge
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
It’s the 2020 Muskegon Polar Plunge at Fricano’s Muskegon Lake located at 1050 W. Western Ave. This event will benefit Special Olympics Michigan.  Registration takes place in the Hideaway Lounge from 12:00pm – 2:00pm Fricano’s. Participants will be bused down to Hartshorn Marina to Plunge from 2:00pm – 4:00pm and bused back to the Event Center for the Awards and After Splash Bash immediately following. Register to Plunge for free! Plungers must raise a minimum of $75 to receive the 2020 Polar Plunge Event T-shirt.  Individuals on a team need to average $75 per person to receive the T-shirt.  Additional higher level Polar Plunge incentive items are available the more money you raise!  For more information call (989) 774-3911.

Comedian Josh Blue
6:30pm & 9:30pm
Comedian Josh Blue will perform two shows at 6:30pm and 9:30pm at the Back Alley Comedy Club located at 1531 W. Sherman Blvd.  Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the cerebral in Cerebral Palsy, Josh Blue centers much of his self-deprecating act around his disability.  He exploded onto the national comedy scene by capturing the attention and endearment of the country as the winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing.  Having already established himself as one of the most sought after comedians on the college circuit, his weekly appearances on Last Comic expanded his fan base exponentially. Tickets are $20 General Admission or $25 VIP includes preferred seating and meet and greet.  For more information call (616) 570-8765 or visit the website below.

Hot Rod Harley-Davidson 13th Annual Chili Cook-Off
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
It’s the Hot Rod Harley-Davidson 13th Annual Chili Cook-Off  located at 149 Shoreline Dr. Get free samples and vote for your favorite (while supplies last).  Get a bowl of your favorite for a donation to Pioneer Trails Camp. Also, “Pick your Pepper” for a sizzling hot deal of 15% – 25% off officially licensed products. The discount will be drawn at time of purchase and applied to regularly priced items. This discount cannot be combined with any other offers. Motorcycles, labor and select special orders are excluded.  For more information call (231) 722-0000.

Minecraft at Hackley Library: FREE
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library located at 316 Webster Ave., to play Minecraft!  Kick your creative mind into overdrive and craft something new on the Minecraft server.  This computer-based activity is open to the first 20 participants. Registration is required, so visit hackleylibrary.org, call 231-722-8014, or stop into Hackley Public Library to reserve your spot.  This free event is for ages 7-12.

Muskegon Civic Theatre presents: Fun Home
7:30pm
The Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “Fun Home” on the Frauenthal stage located at 425 W. Western Ave.! Tickets are $26.50.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.  Fun Home is refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Learn to Luge Weekends: Weather Permitting
Friday * Saturday * Sunday
The Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park located at 462 Scenic Dr. offers one of only four 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 for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph.
THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE
Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group.  Since 1984 our program has provided a “Olympic” type luge experience to tens of thousands of sliders visiting from across the globe.
EQUIPMENT
Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria.
PARTICIPANT AGE
All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled.
GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER
The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. 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.
OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT
All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Art Exhibit: A House Divided
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“A House Divided,” an exhibition of artwork by Muskegon Community College art faculty member Erin Hoffman, will be on shown from January 21 – February 28 in the Overbrook Art Gallery! Overbrook Gallery located at 221 Quarterline Rd. hours are 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.

Sunday, January 26

Art Exhibit: A House Divided
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“A House Divided,” an exhibition of artwork by Muskegon Community College art faculty member Erin Hoffman, will be on shown from January 21 – February 28 in the Overbrook Art Gallery! Overbrook Gallery located at 221 Quarterline Rd. hours are 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.

Learn to Luge Weekends: Weather Permitting
Friday * Saturday * Sunday
The Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park located at 462 Scenic Dr. offers one of only four 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 for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph.
THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE
Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group.  Since 1984 our program has provided a “Olympic” type luge experience to tens of thousands of sliders visiting from across the globe.
EQUIPMENT
Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria.
PARTICIPANT AGE
All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled.
GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER
The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. 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.
OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT
All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Monday, January 27

Wedo Robotics: FREE
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library located at 316 Webster Ave. for “Wedo Robotics!”  Explore LEGOs and coding with these special WeDo kits.  Instructors will be on hand to teach the group and guide individual learning for kids ages 7-14. For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Art Exhibit: A House Divided
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“A House Divided,” an exhibition of artwork by Muskegon Community College art faculty member Erin Hoffman, will be on shown from January 21 – February 28 in the Overbrook Art Gallery! Overbrook Gallery located at 221 Quarterline Rd. hours are 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.

Smash Wine Bar & Bistro: DIY Floral Workshop
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Chase away the winter blahs with a Do-It-Yourself Floral Workshop at the Smash Wine Bar & Bistro located at 415 W. Western Ave., in beautiful Downtown Muskegon!  This will be a fun night of flower arranging as you learn, step by step, how to create a beautiful floral arrangement that you’ll take home with you at the end of the night.  All supplies are provided, as well as lots of tips and tricks to arranging and keeping fresh cut flowers.  Make sure to come early for a bite to eat.  Happy hour is from 4:00pm – 6:0pm and “Manic Monday” drink specials are available all day including 1/2 off bottles of wine! Seating is limited and tickets are $59 (+tax) through Eventbrite.com.  The registration deadline is January 22 at 9:00pm.

Team Trivia Game Show
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill located 446 W. Western Ave. Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

20 for 20 Michigan Illustrators Round Out Winter Season at Muskegon Art Museum

Muskegon, MI—The Muskegon Museum of Art completes the launch of its winter season on January 16, 2020, with the opening of 20 for 20: Celebrating Michigan Illustrators, an exhibition of original artwork created by 20 children’s book illustrators from across the state.

20 for 20 brings together paintings, drawings, collages, and digital artwork by nationally recognized and emerging Michigan children’s book illustrators. MMA Curator of Education Courtney Jackson comments that “the exhibition celebrates the diversity found amongst illustrators here in Michigan and sets a precedent for beyond.” The show was organized by the MMA and runs through April 19, 2020.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/13/20 – 01/20/20

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

Team Trivia Game Show
January 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Storytime at The Coffee Factory
January 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Hackley Public Library and The Coffee Factory in Muskegon are teaming up for special Story Times!  They’ll have fun with reading books and singing songs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. These special Story Times will occur on January 14 and January 28, from 10:00am – 10:45am and are free to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Live Music at the Library
January 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 14 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for live music from classical guitarist, Kyle Thompson!  Kyle first picked up the guitar at age thirteen and became fascinated by it. Now a Professor of Guitar at Grand Valley State University, he is sharing his skills and talent with you! This free musical performance is recommended for all ages. For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Trivia Night
January 14 @ 6:00 pm
The North Muskegon Library invites you to Trivia Night!  Are you a wise guy?  A smarty pants?  Go head to head against others and prove it. Refreshments will be served and prizes will be awarded.  Test your knowledge and exercise your mind.  This event is open to anyone 16 and older.  Call 231-744-6080 to register.

Open Mic Night
January 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, January 14 at 6:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Open Mic Night!  Bring a poem, song or reading and share it with a friendly audience.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

We Are Stars
January 14 & 16 @ 7:00 pm
January 14 – February 27, and March 10 – March 26, (no shows on March 3 and 5) come to the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the free show, “We Are Stars!”  What are we made of? Where did it all come from?  Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins.  Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.  Narrated by Andy Serkis.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  For more information call 231-777-0289.

Ice Breaker Wednesdays
January 15 @ 6:00 pm
Every Wednesday, January 8 – February 26 at 6:00pm, enjoy “Ice Breaker Wednesdays” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park! This is your chance to learn how to skate and cross country ski with free skate and ski lessons for beginners.  Whether young or old, all beginners are welcome to participate.  A $5 rink or trail pass is required for each activity.  Rental equipment is also available for $5 inside the lodge.  Lessons begin promptly at 6:00pm.  All participants should arrive early enough to purchase a pass and get equipment on.  For more information, visit www.msports.org.

Movies + Music @TheBlock
January 15 @ 7:00 pm
Wednesday, January 15 at 7:00pm, it’s “Movies + Music @TheBlock!” This popular series is back, and this time the theme centers on music from around the world integrated masterfully into films that explore the art of animation.
Join The Block for casual evenings as you explore the creative marriage of movies and music through a series of three acclaimed films. A panel discussion will follow.  Doors and bar open at 6:30pm.  General admission is $8.  For more information call 231-726-3231.
Film: Allegro non troppo (Fantasy/Romance)
A “gorgeous send-up of Fantasia” with a sly sense of humor. Six animation shorts synchronized with six iconic classical music pieces, and several bizarre black and white intermezzi featuring a sleazy promoter, a bully conductor, a harried artist, and an all-female geriatric orchestra.  (Films contain adult themes and are intended for mature audiences.)
Panelists:
• Julie Goldstein, Animation Chair, GVSU Film & Visual Arts
• Andy Buelow, Executive Director, West Michigan Symphony

After Hours Tours at Hackley Library
January 16 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday, January 16 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm, dive into history and learn details about Hackley Public Library during an ‘After-Hours’ guided tour!  Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms.  The tours will begin at 5:00pm.  Please park in the rear parking lot as the front doors will be locked. Tours will be approximately 1 hour. Call (231) 722-8000 with any questions.

Opening Reception – 20 for 20: Celebrating Michigan Illustrators
January 16 @ 5:30 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art completes the launch of its winter season on January 16, 2020, with the opening of “20 for 20: Celebrating Michigan Illustrators,” an exhibition of original artwork created by 20 children’s book illustrators from across the state.
20 for 20 brings together paintings, drawings, collages, and digital artwork by nationally recognized and emerging Michigan children’s book illustrators.  MMA Curator of Education, Courtney Jackson, comments that “the exhibition celebrates the diversity found amongst illustrators here in Michigan and sets a precedent for beyond.”  The show was organized by the MMA and runs through April 19, 2020.
OPENING RECEPTION
The public is invited to a free, family-friendly reception to celebrate the 20 for 20 opening on Thursday, January 16, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  Light snacks will be provided at the event and reservations are not needed.  For more information call 231-720-2580.

Jazz Night: Checkers Morton
January 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, January 16 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Jazz Night featuring Checkers Morton!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Muskegon Civic Theatre presents: Fun Home
January 17 – 19 & January 23 – 25
Beginning January 17, the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “Fun Home” on the Frauenthal stage! Tickets are $26.50.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.  Fun Home is refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Learn to Luge Weekends
January 17 – 19
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 27 – March 8, enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park! They offer one of only four 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 for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph.  www.msports.org

Friday Family Fun Night: Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
January 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
January 17 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the Friday Family Fun Night: Do You Want to Build a Snowman?  Its cold outside, but that does not mean you can’t have fun! Join them for their Friday Family Fun Night dedicated to snow.  Participate in the snowman-building contest, see what is really in the snow you eat, warm up with hot cocoa in the museum and enjoy more fun snow-themed activities.  The cost is $5, or free for Muskegon County residents.  No RSVP is required.  For more information call 231-722-0278.

Tim O’s No-Cook Friday
January 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
January 17 at 6:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for “Tim O’s No-Cook Friday!”  Enjoy slow-cooked Pork Marsala, mashed potatoes and salad for only $10.  Come for dinner, stay for music. There will also be a full bar.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 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. Catch home gamed Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.  Friday, it’s “13 On Your Side” Night featuring $2 beers and Saturday, it’s Star Wars Night!  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

Live Comedy at SE4SONS
January 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday, January 17 at 7:00pm, join SE4SONS Banquet Center and Fresh Ghost Comedy in welcoming Ricarlo Winston and Mike Geeter for a fun night of live comedy!  Tickets are $20 and include the show and pre-show appetizers from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  The show begins at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance at SE4SONS bar during restaurant hours.  For more information call 231-759-3405.
A little more about Mike:
As an Ivy League dropout and community college graduate from Pontiac, MI, Mike brings a pointed look at life, family, and relationships that few others can…or should.  From his upbringing in a family with 17 children to discussing his life as a father, Mike’s comedy is jagged wit mixed with a smooth delivery.  Mike has headlined some of the finest comedy venues in the country and has worked with such outstanding comedians as Kevin Hart, Hannibal Burress, Natasha Leggero, Jim Norton, and Rickey Smiley, to name a few.  Mike was featured on Fox Television’s comedy showcase “Laughs” (Season 1) and the Detroit episode of “Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City 2” on Comedy Central (Season 2).

Live Music: Carl Webb Band
January 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, January 17 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from the Carl Webb Band.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
January 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round, Saturdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  Summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby.  For more information visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Winter Farmers Market
January 18 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers Market invites you to their Winter Farmers Market!  Vendors will be there offering produce and other hand made goods. Come visit on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information, visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

C.O.O.K. Kids Culinary Competition with Chef Jack Page
January 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, January 18, from 9:00am – 12:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers Market for the C.O.O.K. Kids Culinary Competition with Chef Jack Page! Teams of kids are paired with local chefs to create dishes using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients along with a mystery ingredient. Common cooking ingredients will also be available to all teams.  Teams will be given tokens to shop in the Muskegon Farmers Market then return to Kitchen 242 to prepare their masterpieces with the guidance of their chef.  Local celebrities will judge the dishes and present the winners with a prize. Participation is limited and the cost is $40 to enter.  This event is for ages 7 – 13.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.  Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com.

ASD Sensory Saturday
January 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for an ASD Sensory Saturday!  Families whose children have ASD, or sensory disorders, are invited to attend this free, special event.   A variety of accommodations have been put into place to create an inclusive, welcoming, and safe place for the children and families where you can visit the museum’s exhibits, work on a craft, and have the option to visit the quiet area to relax and unwind.
Sensory bags with items like noise canceling headphones, visors, and fidget toys will also be available for families to check out.  Visit the Lakeshore Museum Center website to download a “Sensory Story” to read with your child before your visit.
To Register contact Jackie at jackie@lakeshoremuseum.org, call (231) 724-5526, or register with Eventbrite.com.  For more information call 231-722-0278.

Hot Rod Harley-Davidson Cornhole Tournament
January 18 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, January 18 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, Hot Rod Harley-Davidson is having a Cornhole Tournament!  So, you think you’re good at Cornhole?  Come out and compete for the top spot.  Hot Rod Harley is letting YOU decide what the PRIZES are for this 2-man team, bracket style tournament happening in the Deal Dungeon!  For more information call (231) 722-0000.
• 15 Teams = $100 Gift Card for 1st Place
• 10 Teams = $50 Gift Card for 1st Place
• 5 Teams = $25 Gift Card for 1st Place
• Hot Rod T-Shirts for 2nd place

Alcohol Ink Glass Gem Necklaces
January 18 @ 11:00 am
Saturday, January 18 at 11:00am, come to the North Muskegon Library to create Alcohol Ink Glass Gem Necklaces!  Use alcohol ink on glass gems to make your own one of a kind necklace. Call 231-744-6080 to register.  This event is geared toward children ages 11-18.

Murder by the Book: A Library Murder Mystery
January 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Saturday, January 18 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for “Murder by the Book:  A Library Murder Mystery!”  During a seemingly normal day at the library, a librarian is found dead in the stacks.  Whodunnit?  There are plenty of suspects with a motive for murder.  Will you be able to help the detective crack this case?  This is a free, ticketed event.  Free tickets are available to pick up at Hackley Library.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Books and Bookbinding at Hackley Library
January 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Did you know Hackley Library has a special collection of historical books in glass cases? Saturday, January 18 at 2:00pm, HPL will present a program where you’ll learn the history of bookbinding, interact with a few books normally off-display, and make a book of your own to take home.  Registration is required and open to the first 35 participants.  Please register at hackleylibrary.org, by calling 231-722-8014, or stop into HPL to reserve your spot for this free event geared toward children 8 and above.

Essential Oils 101
January 18 @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, January 18 at 2:00pm, come to Norton Shores Library to discover essential oil basics, why quality matters, and how to safely use them to enhance your home, wellness, beauty and balance.  Brittany of Clever Care Essentials will teach you how to make a synergy blend to take home. Call 231-780-8844 to register.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 18 @ 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. Catch home gamed Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.  Friday, it’s “13 On Your Side” Night featuring $2 beers and Saturday, it’s Star Wars Night!  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

Live Music: John Nowak
January 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, January 18 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from John Nowak!  John is a Michigan musician in the nationally-touring band Desmond Jones.  When not playing drums or guitar for Desmond Jones, Nowak can be found playing solo shows on guitar and piano, with his side project Semis Passing Semis, or spinning vinyl dance parties at venues and festivals across the state.  While Desmond Jones is known for their high-energy funk, rock and jazz fusion- Nowak’s singer-songwriter approach to his solo original music errs on the side of Americana and folk rock.  Instrumental piano music, flowing and easy to listen to is also a component of John Nowak’s solo repertoire.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

MLK Day at the Museum
January 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, January 20 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, the Muskegon Museum of Art will open their doors for free in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Visitors can enjoy the galleries, films in the auditorium, crafts in the classroom, and mini tours led by docents and Muskegon High School art students.  For more information call 231-720-2570.
Schedule:
• 10:00am, 12:00pm, 3:00pm – Film: “Black Man” by Jon Covington
• 10:00am – 1:00pm – Tours led by MMA docents
• 11:00am – 2:00pm – Craft in the classroom

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/07/20 – 01/13/20

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

Let’s Get Physical
January 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 7 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the Michigan State University Extension program, “Let’s Get Physical!”  Physical activity is important to stay healthy and the MSU Extension wants to guide you through different activities to help you move more and sit less at this free public event.  For more information call the library at (231) 722-8000.

Aromatherapy Meditation for Seniors
January 8 @ 2:00 pm
The first Wednesday of the month at 2:00pm, Ravenna Public Library invites you to join them as you learn how to use both aromatherapy and meditation for inner peace.  For more information call 231-853-6975.

Ice Breaker Wednesdays
January 8 @ 6:00 pm
Every Wednesday, January 8 – February 26 at 6:00pm, enjoy “Ice Breaker Wednesdays” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park! This is your chance to learn how to skate and cross country ski with free skate and ski lessons for beginners.  Whether young or old, all beginners are welcome to participate.  A $5 rink or trail pass is required for each activity.  Rental equipment is also available for $5 inside the lodge.  Lessons begin promptly at 6:00pm.  All participants should arrive early enough to purchase a pass and get equipment on.  For more information, visit www.msports.org.

Learn to Luge Weekends
January 10 – 12
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 27 – March 8, enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park! They offer one of only four 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 for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph.  For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Black History Month Calendar Contest
January 10 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Participate in Hackley Library’s annual calendar contest, where they’ll showcase artwork from all ages to celebrate African American achievements!  Everyone is invited to submit drawings.  To enter, draw a picture from African American history on your entry form which can be picked up at Hackley Library.  The best pictures will be published in a free calendar which will be available throughout Muskegon.  Don’t forget to pick up your free entry form at Hackley Library!  All submissions are due at Hackley Library by Friday, January 10. They’ll announce the winners at the Awards Ceremony on February 3 during Open Mic Night.  All ages are recommended to participate in this calendar contest.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

The Alley Door Club
January 10 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 15th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 10, 2020 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 a cash bar and dancing 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 2020 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
• January 10 – The Vincent Hayes Band (Blues, Funk, Soul)
• January 24 – Root Doctor
• February 14 – Westside Soul Surfers (R & B, Funk, Soul)
• February 28 – That Beatles Thing
• March 13 – Brena (Rock)
• March 27 – The Steeple Hill Band
• April 10 – Yard Sale Underwear (The Self-proclaimed King of Polyester, Pop & Soul)
• April 24 – Big Daddy Fox & Friends

Tickets are $10 per person.  Tables may be reserved at $75.00 for a 4-top or $115.00 for an 8-top.   For more information, call the Box Office at 231-727-8001.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
January 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round, Saturdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  Summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Winter Farmers Market
January 11 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers Market invites you to their Winter Farmers Market!  Vendors will be there offering produce and other hand made goods. Come visit on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information, visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Dinosaurs Super Saturday
January 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
January 11 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the Free Family Fun Day, “Dinosaurs Super Saturday!” RAWRRR! Come down to the MMA for a roaring good time this dinosaur themed free event.  Dinosaur outfits and stuffed friends are welcome!  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Muskegon Bridal Expo
January 11 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, January 11 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for the Muskegon Bridal Expo presented by the Muskegon Bridal Association! The lakeshore’s largest and longest running bridal show features the area’s top vendors.  There’ll be free wedding planning workshops along with a fashion show.  This is a wonderful wedding planning experience for brides and their team.  Admission is free!  For more information call (231) 343-3188.

Hackley Family Crafts: Make Your Own Slime
January 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, January 11 at 2:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library to Make Your Own Slime!  Take time to create something new and unique with a monthly craft for families at Hackley Library.  Activities are designed for all ages and ability levels. Supplies are limited, and are available first-come/first-served basis at this free event. For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Muskegon Risers Home Game
January 11 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 11 from 7:15pm – 9:15pm, come to the L. C. Walker Arena for the second home game of the Muskegon Risers’ 2019/20 arena season. They’ll take on Oakland County FC!  Season and single game tickets are available at www.muskegonrisers.com/mens-arena-tickets.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 12/23/19 – 01/06/2020

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

Christmas Eve at the Frauenthal
December 23 – December 24
Experience Christmas Eve in the historic Frauenthal Theater! Enjoy your favorite Christmas songs led by some of the Lakeshore’s most inspirational musicians, then listen to a message that will draw you into the Christmas story like never before. This free event, happening December 23 at 7:00pm and December 24 at 2:00pm & 4:00pm, is hosted by Port City Church.  For more information call (231) 767-5246.

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

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
Experience the Hackley & Hume homes decorated beautifully for the holidays by Muskegon’s local community groups with period-appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more! Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per person, $8 for seniors 65+ and $5 for Kids ages 2-12.  For more information call 231-722-7578.
Tour Dates:
• December 27 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
• December 28 from 1:00pm -4:00pm

Learn to Luge Weekends
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 27 – March 8, enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park! They offer one of only four 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 for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph.  www.msports.org

Life-Sized Candy Land
Can you make it to King Candy’s Castle?  Come to Fruitport District Library to play Candy Land with family and friends on their giant game board!  There will also be a craft and a small candy prize at this free, all ages event.  This is a drop-in program, so feel free to come whenever works best for you.  For more information call (231) 366-6107.
Schedule:
• Friday, December 27, 11:00am – 3:0pm
• Saturday, December 28, 11:00am – 1:00pm
• Monday, December 30, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
• Thursday, January 2, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
• Friday, January 3, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Black History Month Calendar Contest
Through January 10
Participate in Hackley Library’s annual calendar contest, where they’ll showcase artwork from all ages to celebrate African American achievements!  Everyone is invited to submit drawings.  To enter, draw a picture from African American history on your entry form which can be picked up at Hackley Library.  The best pictures will be published in a free calendar which will be available throughout Muskegon.  Don’t forget to pick up your free entry form at Hackley Library!  All submissions are due at Hackley Library by Friday, January 10. They’ll announce the winners at the Awards Ceremony on February 3 during Open Mic Night.  All ages are recommended to participate in this calendar contest.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Holiday Hustle
December 28 @ 8:30 pm
Saturday, December 28 at 8:30pm, CMC Ent. invites you to the ballroom of the Hilt Building for Holiday Hustle! This is a community concert for youth and young adults to enjoy during the holiday season featuring Nique Got-It and Dolo 24.  Tickets are $25.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Free Family Movie Day: Ralph Breaks the Internet
December 30 @ 3:00 pm
Monday, December 30 at 3:00pm, bring the kids to the beautiful Frauenthal Theater for a Free Family Movie Day featuring “Ralph Breaks the Internet!”  This is a great opportunity for families to experience the Frauenthal Center during Christmas vacation.  No tickets are required for this event, sponsored by the Mart Dock.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Family Game Night at the Library
December 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The last Monday of the month from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Ravenna Public Library for Family Game Night!  Would you like to try new or different board games?  Join them as they partner with the Muskegon Area Gamers and The Gaming Annex for a night of family fun.  Selection will vary, but could include games such as Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, and Pandemic.  This event is free and for ages 7 and up.  For more information, call 231-853-6975.

Delta Hotels by Marriott Muskegon Downtown: New Year’s Eve Ballroom Package
December 31
Delta Hotels by Marriott Muskegon Downtown has a fantastic New Year’s Eve Ballroom Package for 2020! It’s an all-inclusive package for 2 that includes:
• Overnight accommodations
• Champagne upon arrival
• Dinner buffet
• Open bar from 10:00pm – 1:00am
• Balloon drop
• Champagne toast and snacks at midnight
• Breakfast buffet New Year’s Day
• Late checkout of 1:00pm
• Photo booth with props
• Live Entertainment by Great Scott
Packages start at 359.99 + tax. Mark your reservation today at www.marriott.com/mkgde or by calling 231-722-0100.

Irish New Year at Unruly Brewing Co.
December 31 @ 2:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Tuesday, December 31 from 2:00pm – 7:45pm, it’s an Irish New Year at Unruly Brewing Co.! They will have simulcasting from Irish bars in Ireland as well as Irish events and Happy Hour featuring $1 off all beers from 3:00pm – 6:00pm.  For more information call (231) 288-1068.
The list of events is as follows:
• 2:00pm & 3:00pm – Arden Academy of Dance (Irish Dancers)
• 4:00pm – 5:00pm – Mona Shores Fiddlers
• 5:45pm – 7:45pm – The Barley Saints

New Year’s Eve Party Package at the Shoreline Inn
December 31 @ 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm
The Shoreline Inn is offering an all-inclusive party for TWO that includes:
• Overnight accommodations
• Champagne upon arrival
• Appetizers
• Dinner Buffet
• Open bar from 10:00pm – 1:00am
• Champagne Toast
• Midnight Snacks
• Balloon Drop
• Live entertainment by Pop Fiction
• Late check out of 1:00pm
• Breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day
Packages start at $399 plus tax.  For reservations, please call the Shoreline Inn at 231-727-8483.  You must be 21 years of age.

18th Amendment New Year’s Eve
December 31 @ 6:30 pm
Tuesday, December 31 from 6:30pm – 1:00am, it’s an 18th Amendment New Year’s Eve! Get out your glad rags and get dolled up for a swanky New Year’s Eve party.  Starting at 8:00pm, the Swing Operation will keep you dancing all night long before counting down into 2020 at midnight.  You must be 21 or older with valid ID to attend this event.

General Admission (9:00pm – 1:00am)
$20 per person (available at the door or online)
Entry begins at 9:00pm
Includes access to party all evening, live music, roaring 20’s themed party favors, view of the Times Square ball drop live feed, and a champagne toast at midnight

Dinner is NOT included. Pizzas and appetizers will be available for purchase

Dinner Package (6:30pm – 1:00am)* Limited and must be purchased in advance*
$50 per person
Buffet-style dinner with hors d’oeuvres and dessert, access to party all evening, live music, roaring 20’s themed party favors, view of the Times Square ball drop live feed, and a champagne toast at midnight

Dinner Menu

Appetizers:
• Labneh
• Muhammara
• Roasted Artichoke and Spinach Dip
• Antipasto Platter
• Fresh Baked Flatbread and Cracker tray
• Tossed Salad with choice of dressing
• Hodgepodge rolls and whipped butter

Entree Buffet:
• Bourbon Barrel Smoked NY Strip Loin with Rye Demiglace
• Crab Cakes with Sauce Bernaise
• Roasted Brussel Sprouts
• Honied Rainbow Carrots
• Duchesse Potatoes
• Yorkshire Pudding

Dessert:
• Sticky Toffee Pudding
• Beignets with Sauce L’Orange and House Rum Caramel

Drink Menu:
• Full cocktail menu available
• Limited edition 18th Amendment Champagne

Bella Maria’s New Year’s Eve Party
December 31 @ 7:30 pm
New Year’s Eve beginning at 7:30pm, celebrate with Bella Maria’s Event Center with live music from the Westside Soul Surfers, a smokin’ 10-piece R & B, funk and soul powerhouse!  Also included with your ticket are appetizers, a 5-star dinner buffet including Prime Rib, the Ultimate Dessert Bar and favors at midnight.  Tickets are $75 per person.  Call 231-563-6914 to reserve yours.  Doors open at 6:30pm.

Unruly Brewing Co. New Year’s Eve Bash
December 31 @ 8:30 pm
Tuesday, December 31 from 8:30pm – 2:00am, it’s the Unruly Brewing Co. New Year’s Eve Bash with Flexadecibel, Baccano, and Dean Martian! Baccano is going to kick things off, then Flexadecibel will funk you into the New Year!  DJ Dean Martian will keep the party going into the night!  This one’s gonna slap, so make sure you dress your best, and come prepared to get down HARD.  The cover is $5.  You must be 21 or older to attend.  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

Winter Break Open House
January 3, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Friday, January 3 from 10:00am – 1:00pm, bring the family to the Lakeshore Museum Center’s “Winter Break Open House!” Enjoy family-friendly activities throughout the museum in addition to exploring their permanent hands-on exhibits: STEM Center, Science Center, and Body Works!  Admission is only $5, or free for members and Muskegon residents.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Three Kings Day / Los Tres Reyes Magos
January 6, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
In Spanish-speaking countries this special day represents the height of the holiday season as the Three Wise Men arrive to bring presents, and families eat special foods.  Monday, January 6 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library to celebrate Los Tres Reyes Magos with fun activities, snacks, and prizes!  This free program is done in partnership with Latinos Working for the Future. All ages are welcome.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Cowboy Jim’s Jamboree

submitted by Diane Campbell

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Cowboy Jim, and Pat and Dale Carr

Cowboy Jim’s Jamboree, a coin shop with live music, was started back in the first few months of 2011. It came about from Dale and Pat Carr and Jim talking over some coffee.

This coin shop used to be a church, so it had a stage in it already. And Dale Carr, who could play almost every stringed instrument there was, and his wife, Pat, used to have a band that they traveled around with, and with whom they put on shows. So they thought Cowboy Jim’s Jam would be a good place to entertain at, so it would be seniors entertaining seniors.

A little over four years ago, when Cowboy Jim realized he was dying, he asked his sister and brother-in-law, Cathy and Ellery Chandler, to keep the business open, in order to keep the Jam going. At that time we had about 20 to 25 different singers or musicians coming in every week. Since then, the Jamboree has lost some entertainers, but has also gotten some new ones. But Ellery and Cathy Chandler have kept Cowboy Jim’s Jamboree, also called the Jam, alive.

The Jam is on Wednesdays, from noon to 3. It costs $4 per person to come in and hear some good ol’ country music. Since March, the Chandlers have started a Saturday night show from 6 to 9 p. m.

International Fiber Show Opened in Muskegon December 12

Muskegon Museum of Art and the Fiber Art Network present international fiber show.

Muskegon, MI—The Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA) has partnered with the Fiber Art Network to present Excellence in Fibers V this winter. Excellence in Fibers is an annual, international juried fiber arts competition organized by the Fiber Art Network. Curated from the juror-accepted 2019 Excellence in Fibers entries, this exhibition brings to our Michigan audiences the works of 39 artists from the United States and Canada. The exhibition will run December 12, 2019 through March 15, 2020 at the MMA. The public was invited to a free opening reception and gallery talk on Thursday, December 12, 5:30 – 8:00 pm.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events Dec. 16- Jan. 6, 2020

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

Monday December 16:

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

Tuesday December 17:

Feeding the Soul of the City Concert Series: Peter Kurdziel
12:00 pm
A concert series offers half-hour lunchtime concerts that feature a variety of musical styles, held in the historic and beautiful St. Paul’s Episcopal Church located at 1006 Third St., in downtown Muskegon. The concerts are free and open to the public and light refreshments are provided.  One can also bring a lunch to enjoy before or during the concert.  A few minutes of prayer are held in the church shortly before the performance. For more information about the concert series or to make a donation, please contact St. Paul’s at (231) 722-2112.
December 17  Peter Kurdziel – “Christmas at the Organ” (organist)

Create a Christmas Painting
6:00 pm
You’re invited to the Art Creation Station located at 200 Holton Rd. to create a canvas painting for everyone to enjoy during the holiday season!  You can select from one of two patterns, “Santa is Coming to Town” or “Happy and Bright Christmas Tree.”  You can choose your canvas size; 8”x10”($15), 11”x14”($25), or 16”x20”($30).  For more information e-mail katrina@artcreationstation.com or call the studio at (231) 719-8222.

West Michigan Junior Strings Winter Recital
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This recital will be presented at Montague United Methodist Church located at 8555 Cook St., Montague.  Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend. This recital will showcase student progress, featuring solo performances and group pieces by these budding, young musicians. The West Michigan Junior Strings is a program of the White Lake Music Society, offering private study, group classes, and recitals.  For more information please visit www.whitelakemusic.org.

Western Michigan Christian High School Christmas Collage
7:00 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Theater located at 425 W. Western Ave. to enjoy instrumental and vocal ensembles performing Christmas music.  Tickets are $12.00 general admission.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Jazz at the Watermark
7:30 pm
Come to the Watermark 920 located at 930 Washington Ave. There’ll be food by Fatty Lumpkins and a cash bar.  Led by Muskegon legend, drummer Tim Froncek, the Truth in Jazz Orchestra has been a Muskegon institution for the past 15 years!  There is a $5 cover.  Students are $2 with ID.  For more information, check out their website at www.tijo.org.

Wednesday December 18:

Check out our website www.visitmuskegon.org for any new events!

Thursday December 19:

Muskegon High School Choir Caroling
5:30 pm
You’re invited to an evening of candlelit holiday caroling at St. Jeans Church located at 1292 Jefferson St., in downtown Muskegon.  The Muskegon High School Choir invites you to bring hats, gloves, and coats to help children in the community.  Donations are welcome but not required at this FREE community event.

Jazz Night Checkers Morton
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jazz Night with Checkers Morton at the beautiful Book Nook and Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague. For more information call 231-894-5333

Friday December 20:

Silverado
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Silverado at the beautiful Book Nook and Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague. For more information call 231-894-5333

Black History Month Calendar Contest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Participate in Hackley Library’s annual calendar contest, where they’ll showcase artwork from all ages to celebrate African American achievements!  Everyone is invited to submit drawings.  To enter, draw a picture from African American history on your entry form which can be picked up at Hackley Library.  The best pictures will be published in a free calendar which will be available throughout Muskegon.  Don’t forget to pick up your free entry form at Hackley Library!  All submissions are due at Hackley Library by Friday, January 10. They’ll announce the winners at the Awards Ceremony on February 3 during Open Mic Night.  All ages are recommended to participate in this calendar contest.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Dr. Sketchy’s GR Cafe Pop-up Session
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
It’s Dr. Sketchy’s GR Cafe Pop-up Session at The Coffee Factory located at 930 Washington Ave. Enjoy coffee and art at this unique cafe pop up event featuring a three hour live figure drawing session.  Tickets are $10 at the door, or $8 in advance through Eventbrite.com.  For more information, call The Coffee Factory at (231) 747-9896.

Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room
5:30pm and 7:15pm
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center located at 430 W. Clay Ave. for the “Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room!” The mad minds are at it again, and this time they are testing your skills to see if you can escape the mad scientist lab in 60 minutes.  This escape room will challenge your teamwork and problem solving as you try to get out before it is too late!  Register at Eventbrite.com. The cost is $20.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Saturday December 21:

Wonderland Distilling Co. Holiday Pop-Up Shop
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wonderland Distilling Co. located at 1989 Lakeshore Dr. is having a Holiday Pop-Up Shop! Calling all those who didn’t finish their holiday shopping and need a great gift at the last minute! Their tasting room isn’t open yet, but they’re opening up with a pop-up shop for a fun pre-sale. You can get a peek inside their space and purchase holiday gifts for your friends and family, including: Wonderland Distilling merchandise! – Gift cards! – Memberships to the Rocks Society and Single Barrel Club For more information e-mail allen@wonderlanddistilling.com.

Holiday Crafts at Hackley Library: FREE
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Come to Hackley Library located at 316 W. Webster Ave. to create a Holiday Craft!  Looking for a quiet and fun afternoon? Drop-in any time after 2:00pm at the Youth Services Department for holiday-themed crafts, perfect for a few last-minute decorations or gifts.  All ages are welcome at this FREE event!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Jay Owenhouse: The Authentic Illusionist
7:30 pm
Visit the Frauenthal Theater located at 425 W. Western Ave. for Jay Owenhouse: The Authentic Illusionist!  Jay Owenhouse, a legendary escape artists and one of the most recognized illusionists in history, will perform in Muskegon for one night only in his new show “Dare To Believe!” 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.  Seeing Owenhouse live is an evening that will leave you breathless with a feeling of childhood wonder. VIP Gold Seat Tickets: The proceeds from this ticket go to help save Tigers and Cheetah from extinction through RareSpeciesFund.org As a thank you for your support, VIP Gold Ticket Holders receive the following: *Premium Seating*Souvenir lanyard and VIP Badge *VIP Backstage meet and greet with Jay and one of his tigers (only available 45 minutes prior to the show) * Free Souvenir Program Tickets: $79.00 VIP Gold Tickets $49.00 Reserved Seating VIP ticket holders should plan on being at the theater no later than 6:45pm when the doors open. Proceed to your reserved seats where you will receive your lanyard and be escorted backstage.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room
5:30pm and 7:15pm
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center located at 430 W. Clay Ave. for the “Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room!” The mad minds are at it again, and this time they are testing your skills to see if you can escape the mad scientist lab in 60 minutes.  This escape room will challenge your teamwork and problem solving as you try to get out before it is too late!  Register at Eventbrite.com. The cost is $20.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

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

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Experience the Hackley & Hume homes located at 484 W. Webster Ave. decorated beautifully for the holidays by Muskegon’s local community groups with period-appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more! Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per person, $8 for seniors 65+ and $5 for Kids ages 2-12.  For more information call 231-722-7578.
Tour Dates:
• December 27 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
• December 28 from 1:00pm -4:00pm

Sunday December 22:

Stroll through Hackley Park and enjoy the holiday decorations!

Monday December 23:

Christmas Eve at the Frauenthal
7:00pm
Experience Christmas Eve in the historic Frauenthal Theater located at 425 W. Western Ave. Enjoy your favorite Christmas songs led by some of the Lakeshore’s most inspirational musicians, then listen to a message that will draw you into the Christmas story like never before. This free event, happening December 23 at 7:00pm and December 24 at 2:00pm & 4:00pm, is hosted by Port City Church.  For more information call (231) 767-5246.

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

Tuesday, December 24:

Christmas Eve at the Frauenthal
2:00pm and 4:00pm
Experience Christmas Eve in the historic Frauenthal Theater located at 425 W. Western Ave. Enjoy your favorite Christmas songs led by some of the Lakeshore’s most inspirational musicians, then listen to a message that will draw you into the Christmas story like never before. This free event, happening December 23 at 7:00pm and December 24 at 2:00pm & 4:00pm, is hosted by Port City Church.  For more information call (231) 767-5246.

Wednesday, December 25:

Happy Holidays from Visit Muskegon

Thursday, December 26:

#VisitMuskegon on all social medias

Friday, December 27:

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Experience the Hackley & Hume homes located at 484 W. Webster Ave. decorated beautifully for the holidays by Muskegon’s local community groups with period-appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more! Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per person, $8 for seniors 65+ and $5 for Kids ages 2-12.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Learn to Luge Weekends
Friday
Enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park inside Muskegon State Park located at 462 Scenic Dr., North Muskegon! The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE: Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group. EQUIPMENT: Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE: All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER: The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. 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. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT: All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Saturday, December 28:

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Experience the Hackley & Hume homes located at 484 W. Webster Ave. decorated beautifully for the holidays by Muskegon’s local community groups with period-appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more! Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per person, $8 for seniors 65+ and $5 for Kids ages 2-12.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

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

Learn to Luge Weekends
Saturday
Enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park inside Muskegon State Park located at 462 Scenic Dr., North Muskegon! The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE: Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group. EQUIPMENT: Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE: All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER: The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. 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. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT: All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Holiday Hustle
8:30 pm
You are invited to the ballroom of the Hilt Building inside the Frauenthal Center located at 425 W. Western Ave. for Holiday Hustle! This is a community concert for youth and young adults to enjoy during the holiday season featuring Nique Got-It and Dolo 24.  Tickets are $25.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Sunday, December 29:

Learn to Luge Weekends
Sunday
Enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park inside Muskegon State Park located at 462 Scenic Dr., North Muskegon! The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE: Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group. EQUIPMENT: Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE: All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER: The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. 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. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT: All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Monday, December 30:

FREE Family Movie Day: Ralph Breaks the Internet
3:00 pm
Bring the kids, friends, family and neighbors to the beautiful Frauenthal Theater for a Free Family Movie Day featuring “Ralph Breaks the Internet!”  This is a great opportunity to experience the Frauenthal Center during Christmas vacation.  No tickets are required for this event, sponsored by the Mart Dock.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

FREE Family Game Night at the Library
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to Ravenna Public Library located at 12278 Stafford St, for Family Game Night!  Would you like to try new or different board games?  Join them as they partner with the Muskegon Area Gamers and The Gaming Annex for a night of family fun.  Selection will vary, but could include games such as Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, and Pandemic.  This event is free and for ages 7 and up.  For more information, call 231-853-6975

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

Tuesday, December 31:

Delta Hotels by Marriott Muskegon Downtown: New Year’s Eve Ballroom Package
Delta Hotels by Marriott Muskegon Downtown has a fantastic New Year’s Eve Ballroom Package for 2020! It’s an all-inclusive package for 2 that includes:
• Overnight accommodations
• Champagne upon arrival
• Dinner buffet
• Open bar from 10:00pm – 1:00am
• Balloon drop
• Champagne toast and snacks at midnight
• Breakfast buffet New Year’s Day
• Late checkout of 1:00pm
• Photo booth with props
• Live Entertainment by Great Scott
Packages start at 359.99 + tax. Mark your reservation today at www.marriott.com/mkgde or by calling 231-722-0100.

Irish New Year at Unruly Brewing Co.
2:00 pm – 7:45 pm
It’s an Irish New Year at Unruly Brewing Co. located at 360 W. Western Ave.! They will have simulcasting from Irish bars in Ireland as well as Irish events and Happy Hour featuring $1 off all beers from 3:00pm – 6:00pm.  For more information call (231) 288-1068.
The list of events is as follows:
• 2:00pm & 3:00pm – Arden Academy of Dance (Irish Dancers)
• 4:00pm – 5:00pm – Mona Shores Fiddlers
• 5:45pm – 7:45pm – The Barley Saints

Unruly Brewing Co. New Year’s Eve Bash
8:30 pm
It’s the Unruly Brewing Co. New Year’s Eve Bash located at 360 W. Western Ave. with Flexadecibel, Baccano, and Dean Martian! Baccano is going to kick things off, then Flexadecibel will funk you into the New Year!  DJ Dean Martian will keep the party going into the night!  This one’s gonna slap, so make sure you dress your best, and come prepared to get down HARD.  The cover is $5.  You must be 21 or older to attend.  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

New Year’s Eve Party Package at the Shoreline Inn
6:00 pm – 11:30 pm
The Shoreline Inn is offering an all-inclusive party for TWO that includes:
Overnight accommodations*Champagne upon arrival*Appetizers*Dinner Buffet*Open bar from 10:00pm – 1:00am*Champagne Toast*Midnight Snacks*Balloon Drop*Live entertainment by Pop Fiction*Late check out of 1:00pm*Breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day
Packages start at $399 plus tax.  For reservations, please call the Shoreline Inn at 231-727-8483.  You must be 21 years of age.

18th Amendment New Year’s Eve
6:30 pm
It’s an 18th Amendment New Year’s Eve! Get out your glad rags and get dolled up for a swanky New Year’s Eve party.  Starting at 8:00pm, the Swing Operation will keep you dancing all night long before counting down into 2020 at midnight.  You must be 21 or older with valid ID to attend this event. General Admission (9:00pm – 1:00am) $20 per person (available at the door or online) Entry begins at 9:00pm Includes access to party all evening, live music, roaring 20’s themed party favors, view of the Times Square ball drop live feed, and a champagne toast at midnight Dinner is NOT included. Pizzas and appetizers will be available for purchase.
Dinner Package (6:30pm – 1:00am)* Limited and must be purchased in advance*
$50 per person Buffet-style dinner with hors d’oeuvres and dessert, access to party all evening, live music, roaring 20’s themed party favors, view of the Times Square ball drop live feed, and a champagne toast at midnight. Dinner Menu Appetizers: Dessert: Drink Menu: Full cocktail menu available Limited edition 18th Amendment Champagne

Bella Maria’s New Year’s Eve Party
7:30 pm
New Year’s Eve beginning at 7:30pm, celebrate with Bella Maria’s Event Center with live music from the Westside Soul Surfers, a smokin’ 10-piece R & B, funk and soul powerhouse!  Also included with your ticket are appetizers, a 5-star dinner buffet including Prime Rib, the Ultimate Dessert Bar and favors at midnight.  Tickets are $75 per person.  Call 231-563-6914 to reserve yours.  Doors open at 6:30pm.

Wednesday, January 1 2020:

Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 2:

Planning a wedding? Muskegon Area Bridal Expo coming January 11, 2020 to the Frauenthal Center!

Friday, January 3:

Learn to Luge Weekends
Friday
Enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park inside Muskegon State Park located at 462 Scenic Dr., North Muskegon! The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE: Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group. EQUIPMENT: Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE: All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER: The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. 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. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT: All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Saturday, January 4:

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

Learn to Luge Weekends
Saturday
Enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park inside Muskegon State Park located at 462 Scenic Dr., North Muskegon! The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE: Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group. EQUIPMENT: Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE: All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER: The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. 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. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT: All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Sunday, January 5:

Learn to Luge Weekends
Sunday
Enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park inside Muskegon State Park located at 462 Scenic Dr., North Muskegon! The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE: Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group. EQUIPMENT: Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE: All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER: The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. 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. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT: All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Monday, January 6:

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

Our office will be closed December 23-January 1, 2020
Happy Holidays

West Michigan Homeschool Theatre Presents ELIJAH

Mary Baldwin, Director, WMHTcastWest Michigan Homeschool Theatre proudly presents ELIJAH, adapted from the novel by John Noble. This intense rendition of the epic story of the Biblical Elijah is not of the Sunday School bathrobe variety! From the evil Queen Jezebel, who wants to murder all the Prophets of Yahweh, to the showdown on Mount Carmel, where Elijah calls upon the power of the One True God, this production will be an unforgetable experience. Performances will be held March 26, 27, and 28, 2020, at the Beardsley Theatre in downtown Muskegon. Tickets will be available for purchase February 2020 at $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door.

phoneThe West Michigan Homeschool Theatre group has been bringing quality, family friendly dramatics to life onstage for over fifteen years! A sampling of our past productions include The Secret Garden Unlocked, Martin Chuzzlewit and Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Our most recent show was That 70’s Mystery. This well-received comedy included a trip down memory lane with some parodied well-known 70’s television detectives, news personalities and epic 70’s television commercials. Who knew you could mix Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar with Watergate and produce a fast-action, sidesplitting hilarious show?

Please consider joining us in March for another memorable presentation brought to you by gifted and hard-working West Michigan Homeschool students and families. Feel free to “Like” our West Michigan Homeschool Theatre FB page, to follow our progress!

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 12/09/19 – 12/16/19

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

Evening of Elegance | Exquisite Holiday Tablescapes
December 9 @ 5:30pm
Monday, December 9 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for an Evening of Elegance | Exquisite Holiday Tablescapes! View exquisite holiday tablescapes in the historic Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club.  Enjoy free admission to view only December 5 – December 7 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and December 8 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.
December 9, enjoy a catered dinner, viewing and a performance. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner will be served at 6:00pm.  Tickets are $25 per person and reservations must be made in advance.  Message them on Facebook to make reservations.  Call (231) 725-9220 for more information.

Santa at the Muskegon Township Library
December 9 @ 10:45 am
Monday, December 9 at 10:45am, Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Muskegon Township Library to meet children of all ages. Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and Santa!  Don’t forget your camera. You won’t want to miss this free photo opportunity.  For more information call 231-760-4329.

Santa at the Montague Library
December 9 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, December 9 at 6:00pm, Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit the Montague Library to meet children of all ages. Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and Santa!  Don’t forget your camera. You won’t want to miss this free photo opportunity.  For more information call 231-893-2675.

Team Trivia Game Show
December 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Downtown Live Concert Series
December 9 @ 7:30 pm
The Downtown Live Concert Series at the Frauenthal Center begins its second season in October 2019 and will feature every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the West Michigan Concert WINDS which is affiliated with MCC. The 10-concert series continues through April 2020.  Some of the musical selections this season are based upon the 2019 Arts and Humanities Festival (ahFest) theme of “Hope.”  Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $2.00 for students and $10 each for groups of 6 or more.  For more information call 231-727-8001.
December 9, 2019 – “All MCC Holiday Celebration” features the MCC Wind and Jazz Ensembles, the Collegiates, The College Singers and small group performances by students and faculty at 7:30pm in the Frauenthal Theater

Bingo at Hackley Library
December 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, December 10 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Library to play Bingo, meet new people, and snag some awesome prizes!  Snacks will be included as well as amusing commentary from your friendly librarians Lydia and Analiese.  This event is free to the public and recommended for all ages.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
December 10 & 12 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
November 5 – December 12 at 7:00pm, a holiday tradition returns to the Carr-Fles Planetarium with “Mystery of the Christmas Star!” No reservations are needed for this free, 30-minute show in room 1072 at Muskegon Community College.  Be sure to come early and visit the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more information, or to schedule a private planetarium show for groups of 15 or more, call 231-777-0289.

Make It @ Montague: Snow Globe Scene
December 11 @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00pm, come to the Montague Library to make a charming snow globe!  This fun craft will be pretty perched in any corner, mantle or bookshelf.  For more information call (231) 893-2675.

Santa at Dalton Library
December 12 @ 4:00 pm
Thursday, December 12 at 4:00pm, Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Muskegon Area District Library to meet children of all ages. Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and Santa!  Don’t forget your camera. You won’t want to miss this free photo opportunity.  For more information call 231-828-4188.

After Hours Tours at Hackley Library
December 12 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 12 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for an After Hours Tour!  Dive into history and learn details about HPL during an ‘After-Hours’ guided tour!  Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms, and the tours will begin at 5:00pm. Please park in the rear parking lot as the front doors will be locked. Tours will be approximately 1 hour. These tours are free and open to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Opening Reception & Gallery Talk: Excellence in Fibers V
December 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, December 12 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Opening Reception & Gallery Talk: Excellence in Fibers V!”  Excellence in Fibers V, the juried international fibers show highlighting the winter season, opens with a reception and gallery talk by Art Martin, MMA Director of Collections and Exhibitions/Senior Curator.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

MADL Thursday Night Music Club presents: Picó & Chown
December 12 @ 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 12 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to Norton Shores Library for the MADL Thursday Night Music Club featuring Picó & Chown!  Enjoy the rich vocals and smooth piano of Miriam Picó and David Chown as they share old standards, pop, rock & blues classics, as well as original music.  They’ll even throw in some of your holiday favorites!  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

A Christmas Line: A North Pole Musical & a Christmas Scarol
December 13 – December 14
Friday, December 13 at 7:00pm and Saturday, December 14 at 2:00pm, come to the Beardsley Theater at the Muskegon Civic Theatre Education Division presents their annual Holiday Show!
Broadway Bound presents “A Christmas Line: a North Pole Musical.” It’s a casting call for the annual holiday revue and a host of familiar North Pole faces are lined up to audition, headshots and resumes in hand.  Three Elves, a not-so-famous Reindeer, a stage-worthy Snowman, Mrs. C. herself, a regular kid, Cameron, and a chorus of other North Pole citizens put to the test by Santa Claus.  Fantastic Broadway-style songs brings this holiday musical to life.
Performance LAB presents “A Christmas Scarol.” When Tim can’t think of a Christmas gift to get his high-maintenance girlfriend, he’s visited by four terrifying spirits (actually five — they’ve been hiring) who whisk him away on a harrowing and hilarious journey into the past, present, future, and an alternate timeline.  This wild and free-spirited adaptation of the holiday classic is a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas (getting awesome presents).
All tickets are $8, general admission. For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Art Cats Gallery 20th Anniversary Celebration
December 13 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14 from 10:00am – 6:00pm, join Art Cats Gallery as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary!  They’ll be offering free holiday treats, a great 20% discount and will be giving away 20 of their very favorite things!  For more information call 231-755-7606.

Black History Month Calendar Contest
Through January 10
Participate in Hackley Library’s annual calendar contest, where they’ll showcase artwork from all ages to celebrate African American achievements!  Everyone is invited to submit drawings.  To enter, draw a picture from African American history on your entry form which can be picked up at Hackley Library.  The best pictures will be published in a free calendar which will be available throughout Muskegon.  Don’t forget to pick up your free entry form at Hackley Library!  All submissions are due at Hackley Library by Friday, January 10. They’ll announce the winners at the Awards Ceremony on February 3 during Open Mic Night.  All ages are recommended to participate in this calendar contest.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 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. Catch a home game Friday, December 13 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the U18.  It’s Coats & Shoes Drive Night!  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

West Michigan Symphony: Sounds of the Season
December 13 – December 14 @ 7:30 pm
Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the West Michigan Symphony presents “Sounds of the Season!” A cast of young choristers from ages 8-18, along with the full WMS, will warm hearts in this annual concert of seasonal favorites, from classics to beloved carols. Bring the whole family for a spellbinding evening of Yuletide magic!  Tickets are $12 for students and $29 – $66 for adults. For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
December 14
Experience the Hackley & Hume homes decorated beautifully for the holidays by Muskegon’s local community groups with period-appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more! Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per person, $8 for seniors 65+ and $5 for Kids ages 2-12.  For more information call 231-722-7578.
Tour Dates:
• December 14 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
• December 21 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
• December 27 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
• December 28 from 1:00pm -4:00pm

Cocoa & Crafts: Holiday Craft Show
December 14 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, December 14 from 9:00am – 3:00pm, come to the L. C. Walker Arena for the Cocoa & Crafts – Holiday Craft Show! Hosted by the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club this event features over 100 vendors, making your last minute Holiday shopping convenient and fun.  While you are browsing, stop by their hot cocoa bar and get yourself a warm treat.  Be sure to bring the little ones to see Santa!  For more information e-mail sk8mlfsc@gmail.com.

Super Saturday: Fiber Fun
December 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
December 14 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, bring the family to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Free Family Fun Day! Come celebrate the fantastically fun fiber art at the MMA.  For more information call 231-720-2570.
• 10:00am & 1:00pm Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm Tours – Explore “Excellence in Fibers V” with an MMA docent.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm Make & Take Art Activity – Create your own fabulous fiber art in the classroom.

Santa at Ravenna Library
December 14 @ 10:30 am
Saturday, December 14 at 10:30am, Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Muskegon Area District Library to meet children of all ages. Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and Santa!  Don’t forget your camera. You won’t want to miss this free photo opportunity.  For more information call 231-853-6975.

Holiday Shopping Frenzy
December 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, December 14 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, come to Mona Lake Boat Club for the Holiday Shopping Frenzy! Do some last minute holiday shopping from a variety of vendors, grab some lunch and get entered in raffles happening every half hour starting at noon.  For more information call (231) 798-4011.

Downtown Muskegon Cookie Crawl – SOLD OUT
December 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 14 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers Market for the first ever “Cookie Crawl” in Downtown Muskegon! Start at the Muskegon Farmers Market at 11:00am to pick up your tin and first cookie.  From there, travel to the other 24 participating vendors in any order and get a cookie from them.  Visit all vendors before 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $20 and they only have 100 tickets available so act fast.  It’s going to be so fun and you’ll walk away with a cute tin full of cookies to enjoy!

Yule Book Event at Hackley Library
December 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, December 14 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, come to the Yule Book Event at Hackley Library!  Inspired by Iceland’s tradition of giving and reading books on Christmas Eve, stop into Hackley Library to buy a few gifts, listen to holiday music, and make a hot cocoa reindeer craft to enjoy at home! Our Friends of Hackley Library will have a fantastic selection of books for sale, for both adults and children. This event is free to the public and recommended for all ages.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Steven Curtis Chapman: Acoustic Christmas
December 14 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 14 at 7:00pm, come to The Lakes Church in Fruitport for Acoustic Christmas! Singer, songwriter, best-selling author, dad, husband, Christ follower, and most awarded artist in Christian music history, Steven Curtis Chapman, will be joined by Jillian Edwards to perform a wonderful Christmas show.  Tickets range from $20 to $75 and are available through www.itickets.com.

Ugly Sweater Party for a Cause
December 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, December 14 from 8:00pm – 11:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Company for an Ugly Sweater Party for a Cause! Dress to impress at the annual event featuring a live performance by Logan White, the Ugliest Sweater will get a prize at 10:00pm!
Instead of charging cover, they’re asking everyone to bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots to fill up their box. They are an official T for T drop off location!  They’ll also be collecting items for Kids’ Food Basket’s “Sack Supper Wish List.”  Each Sack Supper is a well-rounded, nutritious evening meal critical to the development of the brain and body.  Providing that level of nutrition to nearly 8,000 children each weekday takes a lot of support from people like you!  For more information call Pigeon Hill at (231) 375-5184.
Items for the Kids’ Food Basket Sack Supper Food Drive:
• Fruit cups or pouches
• Dried fruit
• Snack size zipper bags
• Toasted oat cereal
• Pretzel twists
• Goldfish crackers or Cheez-Its (off-brand accepted)

Pilates + Beer
December 15 @ 11:00 am
Sunday, December 15 from 11:15am – 12:15pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Company’s new facility for Pilates + Beer with Mandy! This one hour Pilates class will target your core.  The cost is $12 (cash only) and includes a Tier I – Tier 4 beer in the taproom afterwards.  Visit Pigeon Hill’s Facebook page and click “GOING” to reserve your space. Payment is due upon arrival.  The class will be hosted at 895 Fourth St. at Pigeon Hill’s new facility off of Shoreline Drive.  Drinks will be afterwards in the taproom at 500 W. Western Ave.  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Holiday Brunch with Santa
December 15 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday, December 15 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, come to SE4SONS Banquet Center for a fun-filled day of great food, holiday cookie decorating, family and Santa!  The cost is $27 for adults, $12 for kids 5 – 12, and free for kids 4 and under.  Reservations are necessary and will fill up fast, so don’t miss out!  Make your reservations today by calling 231-755-3737. Check out the menu at www.se4sons.net/upcoming-events.

Santa’s Ceramic Workshop at Unruly Brewing Co.
December 15 @ 11:00 am
Sunday, December 15 at 11:00am, it’s Santa’s Ceramic Workshop at Unruly Brewing Co. Support local art programs with this fun family event!  You’ll make one of a kind, glazed bisque-ware items that are dishwasher and dinnerware safe.  Walk-ins are welcome if space is available. All items will be ready to pick up on Saturday December 21.  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

Crafts & Drafts Gets Festive
December 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sunday, December 15 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Company as Crafts & Drafts gets festive! This is holiday upcycling at its finest.  Join them in the taproom to turn a few picture frames, mirrors and holiday odds and ends into your very own holiday creation.  The sky’s the limit on your design.  The class is $20 and includes a beverage to get your creative juices flowing.  Gather all of your holiday spirit and let the magic of the season inspire you!  They only have room for 30, so pre-registration and payment are necessary.  You can sign up in the taproom or call and reserve your spot at (231)375-5184.  Be sure to stick around afterwards for some live music!

West Michigan Youth Ballet presents: The Nutcracker
December 15 @ 3:00 pm
Sunday, December 15 at 3:00pm, the Frauenthal Center and West Michigan Youth Ballet present, “The Nutcracker!” Make West Michigan Youth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” part of your holiday tradition this year!  “The Nutcracker,” a wonderful ballet for the entire family, tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve.  She encounters the frightful rat king before embarking on a journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets.  Bringing to life this beloved story will be youth from twelve West Michigan dance studios, ranging from 8 – 18 years of age.  Tickets are $23.00 for adults and $12.00 for children 12 and under.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Muskegon on Ice: Holiday Figure Skating Show
December 15 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 15 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm, the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club invites you to the L.C. Walker Arena for Muskegon on Ice! This will be an unforgettable experience for the entire family as the club’s talented competitive and recreational skaters perform to your favorite holiday classics!  Over twenty skaters ranging in age from 4 – 15 will represent Muskegon, North Muskegon, Whitehall, Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Norton Shores.  Santa will make and appearance, too!  Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $5 is greatly appreciated.  Muskegon radio personality Andy O’Riley of MuskegonChannel.com and Positively Muskegon will emcee the event.  For more information e-mail sk8mlfsc@gmail.com.

Jay Owenhouse, Illusionist, Performing at the Frauenthal

JAY OWENHOUSE, THE AUTHENTIC ILLUSIONIST
Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Jay Owenhouse, a legendary escape artist and one of the most recognized illusionists in history, will perform on the Frauenthal stage one night only in his new show “Dare To Believe!”

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. Seeing Owenhouse live is an evening that will leave you breathless with a feeling of childhood wonder that anything is possible!

TICKETS & INFO: www.frauenthal.org; info@frauenthal.org

A Rich Tradition Returns: The Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours Are Back

Muskegon, MI –  Glow under the lights of the Hackley and Hume Historic Site this holiday season. During the kick-off event on Saturday, November 30th, Lakeshore Museum Center visitors had the opportunity to admire the beautifully decorated houses and enjoy a variety of other holiday-themed activities from 4-8pm.

“Our guests can experience the magic of the holiday season all month long,” said Program Manager Erin Schmitz. “I love to see the houses decorated for the holidays, but working with 11 community decorating groups is what makes this time of year really special.”

This year, LMC had the help of Linda Potter & Cathy Norkus, the Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce, Janet Arndt & Barb Lloyd, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Shoreline Victorian Ladies Society, Minerva Dill Questers, the Greater Muskegon Women’s Club, Merilee and Friends, LMC’s Junior Museum Professionals, Se4sons at the Muskegon Country Club, and Helen Sherman who volunteered to decorate the site.

Additional holiday tour dates are as follows:
● Saturday, December 7 from 4-8 pm
● Saturday, December 14 from 4-8 pm
● Saturday, December 21 from 4-8 pm
● Thursday, December 27 from 4-8 pm
● Friday, December 28 from 1-4 pm

For more information about the Hackley and Hume Historic Homes or their upcoming events, call (231) 722-7578 or visit their website.

Frauenthal Center & West Michigan Youth Ballet Present The Nutcracker

December 15, 2019
The Nutcracker
3:00pm  |  Frauenthal Theater
Tickets: $23 Adults, $12 Children 12 and under

nutcrackerMake West Michigan Youth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” part of your holiday tradition this year! “The Nutcracker,” a wonderful ballet for the entire family, tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. She encounters the frightful rat king before embarking on a journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Bringing to life this beloved story will be youth from twelve West Michigan dance studios, ranging from 8 – 18 years of age.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events December 2-9, 2019

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

Monday December 2:

Open House: City of Muskegon
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join the City of Muskegon at City Hall for an Open House!  They will be thanking those that have served as a commissioner or as a member of a board. There will be city staff available in the hallway to learn about our various boards/committees and applications available to apply for January openings. They will dedicate a plaque for Muskegon’s 150th Anniversary at 5:30pm. Light snacks will be provided. They hope to see you there!

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

Tuesday December 3:

Live @ the Library: Mike Snell
6:30 pm
Come to the North Muskegon Library located at 1522 Ruddiman Drive for live music with Mike Snell! Mike Snell will sing everyone’s favorites, embellished with his guitar.  Light refreshments will be provided at this free concert.  For more information call (231) 744-6080.

Santa at Muskegon Heights Library
4:30 pm
Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Muskegon Area District Library located at 2808 Sanford St. to meet children of all ages. Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and Santa!  Don’t forget your camera. You won’t want to miss this free photo opportunity.  For more information call 231-739-6075.

Classical Night: Jeremy Verwys
7:00 pm
It’s Classical Night at the Book Nook & Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague featuring Jeremy Verwys! The cover charge is $5. Dinner will be at 6:15pm by Chef Heidi, featuring pan-seared pork tenderloin served with caramelized pears and toasted pecans, accompanied by a sweet potato soufflé, roasted brussel sprouts, a glass of house wine and a caramel apple walnut tart for only $17. RSVP is required for dinner by calling (231) 894-5333 or email bryan@thebooknookjavashop.com.

Open Irish Jam Session
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The first Tuesday of every month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, all musicians are welcome at Hennessey’s Irish Pub located at 885 Jefferson St. for their open Irish Jam session! This is always a fun time and admission is free.  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
This is a free, 30-minute planetarium show. See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more info, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15. call 231-777-0289.

Irish Christmas in America
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Playhouse at White Lake located at 304 South Mears Ave., presents “Irish Christmas in America!” This family-friendly performance features lively instrumental tunes on fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and harp, along with thrilling Irish old-style dancing from Samantha Harvey.  Tickets are $25 in advance.  For more information call (231) 894-4048.

Wednesday December 4:

Kitchen 242 Holiday Open House
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Come and meet their entrepreneurs, taste their products and purchase some for holiday gifts!  Also meet many of the resources that are available to food start-up businesses: There will be a cash bar.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

“Once Upon A Time…Stories of the Season”
7:30 pm -9:00 pm
Directed by MCC Theater Instructor Tom Harryman, “Once Upon a Time…Stories of the Season  located at 221 S. Quarterline Rd.” The performance, which runs approximately one hour and 20 minutes with no intermission, is recommended for ages 8 and up.  Tickets are on sale at the Overbrook Theater Box Office and are $10 for the public and $5 for MCC students, staff, and faculty. To reserve tickets or for more information, call (231) 777-0324.

Winter Wonderland II: Big Brothers/Big Sisters Painting FUNdraiser
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Paint a 16” x 20” acrylic canvas masterpiece titled “Winter Wonderland II” with step by step guided instruction with a classically trained artist with over 25 years of experience.  Help support the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Lakeshore area at this FUNdraiser located at the Art Creation Station located at 200 Holton Rd.   The cost is $40 per guest with all supplies included.  Sign up at Eventbrite.com, the Art Creation Station’s Facebook page or pay at the studio prior to the event.  For more information, e-mail katrina@artcreationstation.com or call the studio at 231-719-8222.

Christmas in Holton
6:00 pm
Come to the Holton Library located at 8776 Holton Duck Lake Rd. Start the holidays off right with a visit to downtown Holton for this fun, family event. Come to the library to meet Santa, do a craft and enjoy treats. Also, join the community in a tree lighting and singing in the park across from the library.  For more information call 231-821-0268.

Thursday December 5:

Evening of Elegance | Exquisite Holiday Tablescapes
December 5 – December 9
Come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club located at 280 W. Webster Ave. Enjoy free admission to view only December 5 – December 7 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and December 8 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm to view exquisite holiday tables. December 9, enjoy a catered dinner, viewing and a performance. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner will be served at 6:00pm.  Tickets are $25 per person and reservations must be made in advance.  Message them on Facebook to make reservations.  Call (231) 725-9220 for more information.

America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree: SOLD OUT
December 5 – December 7
2019 marks the 35th 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.  Enjoy this holiday tradition December 5 – 7 at the beautiful Frauenthal Theater in downtown Muskegon!  For more information, visit www.monashoressingingchristmastree.com.

Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
This is a free, 30-minute planetarium show.  See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes. For more info, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15. call 231-777-0289.

“Once Upon A Time…Stories of the Season”
7:30 pm -9:00 pm
Directed by MCC Theater Instructor Tom Harryman, “Once Upon a Time…Stories of the Season  located at 221 S. Quarterline Rd.” The performance, which runs approximately one hour and 20 minutes with no intermission, is recommended for ages 8 and up.  Tickets are on sale at the Overbrook Theater Box Office and are $10 for the public and $5 for MCC students, staff, and faculty. To reserve tickets or for more information, call (231) 777-0324.

Friday December 6:

Praytell’s “It’s Almost Christmas Time” Tour 2019
7:00 pm
Come to the Beardsley Theater located at 425 W. Western Ave. for Praytell’s It’s Almost Christmas Time Tour 2019! After a memorable sold-out show last year, Praytell returns to Muskegon for an evening of festive music at the Frauenthal’s Beardsley Theater. Praytell’s “It’s Almost Christmas” Tour is sure to be a highlight of your holiday season!  Tickets are $15.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Cheers: A History of Brewing in Muskegon
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join the Lakeshore Museum Center located at 430 W. Clay for “Cheers: A History of Brewing in Muskegon” exhibit opening! Join the museum at this free open house event giving you a sneak peek of the exhibit while you enjoy light appetizers and a cash bar. Brief remarks take place at 6:00pm.  Please RSVP via https://cheers-exhibit.eventbrite.com.

Evening of Elegance | Exquisite Holiday Tablescapes
December 5 – December 9
Come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club located at 280 W. Webster Ave. Enjoy free admission to view only December 5 – December 7 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and December 8 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm to view exquisite holiday tables. December 9, enjoy a catered dinner, viewing and a performance. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner will be served at 6:00pm.  Tickets are $25 per person and reservations must be made in advance.  Message them on Facebook to make reservations.  Call (231) 725-9220 for more information.

America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree: SOLD OUT
December 5 – December 7
2019 marks the 35th 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.  Enjoy this holiday tradition December 5 – 7 at the beautiful Frauenthal Theater in downtown Muskegon!  For more information, visit www.monashoressingingchristmastree.com.

“Once Upon A Time…Stories of the Season”
7:30 pm -9:00 pm
Directed by MCC Theater Instructor Tom Harryman, “Once Upon a Time…Stories of the Season  located at 221 S. Quarterline Rd.” The performance, which runs approximately one hour and 20 minutes with no intermission, is recommended for ages 8 and up.  Tickets are on sale at the Overbrook Theater Box Office and are $10 for the public and $5 for MCC students, staff, and faculty. To reserve tickets or for more information, call (231) 777-0324.

Saturday December 7:

Santa at Muskegon County Libraries
11:00 am: Egelston Library 5428 E. Apple Ave.
11:30 am: North Muskegon branch 1522 Ruddiman
2:00pm: Norton Shores branch 705 Seminole Rd.
Santa will visit to meet children of all ages. Bring the family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and Santa!  Don’t forget your camera. For more information call 231-788-6477.

Soldering at Hackley Library
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library to create a flickering flame with this basic soldering project!  All skill levels, beginner to advanced, are welcome.  Children younger than 14 must be accompanied by an adult to this free event.  Call to register for your two-hour time slot at 231-722-8014.

Clickity Clack Ho Ho Ho
10:30 am
Come to The Block located at 360 W. Western Ave., 3rd floor for “Clickity Clack Ho Ho Ho!” Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and kids 3 and under are free. For more information call 231-726-3231. 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.  Join them for a holiday celebration with your favorite Click Clack Moosic barnyard pals, cookies and milk… and if he isn’t too busy in his workshop, maybe even a visit by the man in the red suit!

Holidays in Lakeside
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Get in the spirit of the season with “Holidays in Lakeside”, a fun family event featuring visits with Santa, carriage rides, a bake sale, tree lighting, holiday shopping and a myriad of other merry making activities.  It’s happening December 7 in the Lakeside District.  For more information, visit www.lakesidedistrict.com.

West Michigan Ironmen Cornhole Tournament
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Check out the L. C. Walker Arena for the West Michigan Ironmen Cornhole Tournament! This event is taking place on the turf inside the LC Walker Arena. All ages are welcome!  This is a Double Elimination Tournament! All bags and boards will be provided but players in the competitive division can bring and use their own ACL approved bags.  They will be using ACL Cornhole Tournament Rules and a bracket app which will allow you to follow the bracket on your phone.  The link will be provided at the event. Check-ins begin at 11:00am, one hour before the event begins. Participants must be at the event on-time to check-in and participate.  No late check- ins will be allowed.  Once the event begins, there are no adding additional teams to the bracket.  For more information, call West Michigan Cornhole at (616) 710-2318.

Santa Claus at Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Santa Claus is coming to Pigeon Hill! 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 ask 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 information call (231) 375-5184.

Comedian Charlie Berens
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Come to the Back Alley Comedy Club located at 1531 W. Sherman Blvd. inside Sherman Bowling Center for stand-up comedian, host, actor and Emmy-winning journalist Charlie Berens! Check him out on Facebook, then come see him LIVE at Back Alley Comedy Club!  Tickets are $25 and $35 and available at www.backalleycomedyclub.com/Muskegon.

Evening of Elegance | Exquisite Holiday Tablescapes
December 5 – December 9
Come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club located at 280 W. Webster Ave. Enjoy free admission to view only December 5 – December 7 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and December 8 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm to view exquisite holiday tables. December 9, enjoy a catered dinner, viewing and a performance. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner will be served at 6:00pm.  Tickets are $25 per person and reservations must be made in advance.  Message them on Facebook to make reservations.  Call (231) 725-9220 for more information.

67th Annual White Lake Christmas Parade
December 7
Santa Claus is Coming to Town!  Saturday, December 7, over 50 participants will line up and follow the parade route from Whitehall to Montague along Business 31/Colby Street.  The 67th annual parade promises to provide excitement with floats from area churches, civic organizations, businesses, 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.  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 St.  For more information visit whitelake.org.

Muskegon Risers’ Home Opener
7:00 pm
Come to the L. C. Walker Arena Mark for the first home game of the Muskegon Risers’ 2019/20 arena season! They’ll take on national futbal powerhouse, Grand Rapids ABK!  Season and single game tickets are available at www.muskegonrisers.com/mens-arena-tickets.

Global Fat Bike Day Under the Lights
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park in Muskegon State Park located 462 Scenic Dr. for “Global Fat Bike Day Under the Lights!” The Complex is partnering with Michigan’s Edge Mountain Bike Association (MEMBA) to bike the 2 miles of lighted trails in honor of Global Fat Bike Day.  This event is open to all types of bikes (not just fat bikes) and ages.  Enjoy some great biking on their designated trails in Muskegon State Park.  Feel free to BYOB.  Their heated sports lodge with a fireplace and patio bonfire with s’mores will keep you cozy after riding.
There is no cost for season pass holders, otherwise, it’s $10.00 per person or $40.00 per family. The fee must be paid prior to hitting the trails inside the lodge by cash, check or credit card.  Funds raised benefit Winter Sports Complex and Mosquito Creek Trails.  For more information call (231) 744-9629.

America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree: SOLD OUT
December 5 – December 7
2019 marks the 35th 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.  Enjoy this holiday tradition December 5 – 7 at the beautiful Frauenthal Theater in downtown Muskegon!  For more information, visit www.monashoressingingchristmastree.com.

“Once Upon A Time…Stories of the Season”
7:30 pm -9:00 pm
Directed by MCC Theater Instructor Tom Harryman, “Once Upon a Time…Stories of the Season  located at 221 S. Quarterline Rd.” The performance, which runs approximately one hour and 20 minutes with no intermission, is recommended for ages 8 and up.  Tickets are on sale at the Overbrook Theater Box Office and are $10 for the public and $5 for MCC students, staff, and faculty. To reserve tickets or for more information, call (231) 777-0324.

Bikes & Brews
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Come to Hot Rod Harley-Davidson located at 149 Shoreline Dr. for Bikes & Brews! Hot Rod will have some of your favorite local breweries serving up some tasty brews as 97.9 WGRD gives away tickets to the Grand Rapids NYE Ball Drop from 12:00pm – 1:00pm! This is the only location in Muskegon where you can get tickets. Each brewery will feature their three favorite brews for you to sample and you can order a glass of your favorite.  For more information call (231) 722-0000. 6 Samples of your choice – $516oz. Pours – $5 Purchase drink tickets at the door and be sure to bring cash. You must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID.

Light’em Up Santa Roll
6:00 pm
Come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Company for the Light’em Up Santa Roll! This event, hosted by West Michigan Coast Riders, is a great way to celebrate Christmas and the end of the cycling year!  Decorate your bike for the season and enjoy this fun, family friendly night time colorful bike tour.  For more information, call (231) 375-5184.

Read Muskegon’s 2019 Holiday Village
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
It’s Read Muskegon’s 2019 Holiday Village! Covenant Community Church will be hosting this Holiday Village Party that includes games, crafts, and treats! There will be eight stations that will are geared towards children that are 0-5 years old. Please contact Willow Smith if interested in volunteering at 231-769-2713 or willow.smith@readmuskegon.org.

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

Sunday December 8:

Santa at Muskegon County Libraries
10:45 am: Muskegon Township Library located at 1765 Ada Ave..
6:00pm: Montague branch located at 8778 Ferry St.
Santa will visit to meet children of all ages. Bring the family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and Santa!  Don’t forget your camera. For more information call 231-788-6477.

Be-Bop Spartans: MSU Student Jazz Orchestra
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Michigan State University’s Be-Bop Spartans, a 22-member student jazz orchestra, will perform at Fricano’s located at 1050 W. Western Ave.!  Enjoy selections from their repertoire of jazz, soul, swing, blues, and gospel with special guest artist, jazz drummer Kenny Washington. The event is sponsored by the Muskegon Community College music program. Tickets are sold at the door and are $5 general admission and free for any student with ID.

The Swan Series
4:00 pm
The White Lake Music Society is pleased to offer two upcoming lectures featuring retired Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s violist Robert Swan. Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the Praise Center of the United Methodist Church located at117 S. Division in Whitehall.  Admission is $7 at the door.  For more information, please contact Director Sondra Cross at 231-329-3056 or visit www.whitelakemusic.org.

Evening of Elegance | Exquisite Holiday Tablescapes
December 5 – December 9
Come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club located at 280 W. Webster Ave. Enjoy free admission to view only December 5 – December 7 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and December 8 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm to view exquisite holiday tables. December 9, enjoy a catered dinner, viewing and a performance. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner will be served at 6:00pm.  Tickets are $25 per person and reservations must be made in advance.  Message them on Facebook to make reservations.  Call (231) 725-9220 for more information.

Feeding the Soul of the City Concert Series:
Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys-Festival of Lessons and Carols
5:00 pm
The Feeding the Soul of the City concert series offers half-hour lunchtime concerts that feature a variety of musical styles, predominantly classical, jazz, and folk/Celtic. They are held in the historic and beautiful St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon located at 1003 Thirds St. The concerts are free and open to the public and light refreshments are provided.  One can also bring a lunch to enjoy before or during the concert.  A few minutes of prayer are held in the church shortly before the performance. Please contact St. Paul’s at (231) 722-2112.

Monday December 9:

Downtown Live Concert Series
7:30 pm
The Downtown Live Concert Series at the Frauenthal Center begins its second season in October 2019 and will feature every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the West Michigan Concert WINDS which is affiliated with MCC. The 10-concert series continues through April 2020.  Some of the musical selections this season are based upon the 2019 Arts and Humanities Festival (ahFest) theme of “Hope.”  Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $2.00 for students and $10 each for groups of 6 or more.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Black History Month Calendar Contest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Participate in Hackley Public Library’s annual calendar contest, where they’ll showcase artwork from all ages to celebrate African American achievements.  Everyone is invited to submit drawings.  To enter, draw a picture from African American history.  The best pictures will be published in a free calendar which will be available throughout Muskegon.  Don’t forget to pick up an entry form at Hackley Library.  All submissions are due by Friday, January 10.  They’ll announce the winners at the Awards Ceremony on February 3 during Open Mic Night.  All ages are recommended to participate in this calendar contest which is free to public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Evening of Elegance | Exquisite Holiday Tablescapes
December 5 – December 9
Come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club located at 280 W. Webster Ave. Enjoy free admission to view only December 5 – December 7 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and December 8 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm to view exquisite holiday tables. December 9, enjoy a catered dinner, viewing and a performance. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner will be served at 6:00pm.  Tickets are $25 per person and reservations must be made in advance.  Message them on Facebook to make reservations.  Call (231) 725-9220 for more information.

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

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Our office will be closed December 23-January 1, 2020
Happy Holidays

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Celebrates the Holidays with 46 International Traditions

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Experience the wonder of the holidays at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with the annual Metro Health Christmas & Holiday Traditions exhibition, on display from November 26 through January 5, 2020. Guests from all over the world visit Meijer Gardens to experience 46 trees and displays representing countries and cultures from across the globe. The adored and enchanting Railway Garden, and the holiday wonderland that encompasses it, will once again loop through three lush indoor garden spaces, including the Grace Jarecki Seasonal Display Greenhouse.

Guests are invited to ring in the holiday season with our most beloved winter exhibition. This year, Meijer Gardens celebrates the signs of the season and highlights iconic symbols that are used in holiday festivities. Winter is a season rich with symbolism. On display are icons that evoke a deeper meaning and represent holiday cheer. Guests will celebrate both fact and folklore, past and present.

Each winter, Meijer Gardens transforms into a botanic wonderland with fresh poinsettias, orchids and amaryllis. The smell of evergreens as visitors enter the building and the sounds of carolers make it a place to reflect and enjoy the holiday season. Indoors and out, our grounds sparkle with 300,000 lights. 500 volunteers lovingly decorate the trees and displays.

The unique horticultural artistry of the Railway Garden complements the trolleys, trains and handcrafted buildings replicating 37 Grand Rapids landmarks. Visitors will find familiarity in the Fifth Third Ballpark replica building, with its light posts made of willow, as well as Royal Poinciana pods, Pomegranate, Japanese Fantail Willow and Bamboo that make up the iconic architecture of the Van Andel Institute replica building. Five landmarks from Grand Rapids sister cities around the world are also represented in the Railway Garden.

“This winter, Meijer Gardens is highlighting iconic symbols from around the world,” said Steve LaWarre, Director of Horticulture at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. “Guests will have the opportunity to explore the signs of the season with deeper meaning and find the commonalities shared within diverse cultures.”

Exhibition Activities:

• Extended Holiday Hours: Open until 9 pm on December 17 – 21, 23, 26 – 28 and 30. (PLEASE NOTE: Meijer Gardens is CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day).

• The Original Dickens Carolers: Tuesdays: November 26, December 3, 10, 17. 6-8 pm

• Santa Visits: Tuesdays: November 26, December 3, 10, 17. 5-8 pm

• Rooftop Reindeer: Saturdays: November 30, December 7, 14, 21. 1-4 pm

• Christmas Cabaret Gala: Wednesday, December 4, 6 pm (RSVP required)

• Winter-Time Walks: (December 3-January 4, 2020)
Preschoolers: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11:15 am
Family and Friends: Saturdays 11:15 am
Fee: Included with admission

Winter in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden can be chilly, but fun! Bundle up and join us on an outdoor interactive discovery walk to investigate the Children’s Garden in new ways. We’ll explore different winter themes and gather in a cozy spot to learn about winter with stories, kid-friendly conversation and other activities.

• Christmas and Holiday Themed Classes: Enjoy festive learning opportunities for adults and families. Fees apply. Visit MeijerGardens.org/calendar for more information.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 11/25/19 – 12/02/19

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

Festival of Trees
November 25 – December 1
The Muskegon Museum of Art Festival of Trees opens November 20 and runs through December 1, 2019.The beauty and spirit of Christmas inspire the Festival of Trees as it returns to the MMA for its 15th year as a Muskegon community holiday tradition. Visitors will see professionally designed holiday trees and decorations, most available in a silent auction to benefit the MMA.

Festival Hours & Admission
Nov. 20 – Dec. 1: Open daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm / Sundays 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm / Closed Thanksgiving
Admission: $10 adult / $5 for MMA members / $3 ages 3-17 (under 3 free) / $15 All-Festival Pass

Special Events
Visit with Santa at Festival of Trees
Saturday, November 23, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Friday, November 29, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Saturday, November 30, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

First Day Food Drive
Wednesday, November 20
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bring a food donation for Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry on the first day of Festival of Trees and receive half-off Festival adult admission.

Deck Your Halls
Holiday Decorating Demo Event
Sunday, November 24
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Floral designers Deb Moon from Le Fleur Shoppe and Skeeter Parkhouse from Wasserman’s Flowers and Gifts will demonstrate how to create unique holiday décor during this event. Items created during the demo will be raffled to the audience. Light snacks and coffee will be served. Advance Ticket: $35 per person/$30 MMA member. Call 231.720.2580 to purchase.
Underwritten by Webb Chemical Services Corp.

Senior Day
Tuesday, November 26
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Special Senior Day half-off ticket price for ages 65 and older: $5
• Free coffee & cookies
• Vendor giveaways & information
• Door prizes
• Blood pressure clinic
Call ahead for group bookings: 231.720.2571.
Underwritten by Agewell Services.

Family Day
Friday, November 29
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Santa will stop in for a visit from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and the fun will include a kids’ craft activity and scavenger hunt. Special Family Day half-off adult ticket price: $5. Call 231.720.2571 for group bookings.
Underwritten by The Meijer Foundation

Holiday Concert
Featuring Max & Ruth Bloomquist and Julia & the Greensides
Friday, November 29
6:00 pm Cocktail Hour | 7:00 pm Concert
Special holiday performance program. Cash bar. Ticket includes Festival admission.
Ticket: $12 per person/$10 MMA Member. Call 231.720.2580 to purchase.

Teddy Bear Breakfast
Saturday, November 30
8:30 – 10:30 am
Ticket includes:
• Festive breakfast with fruit, sausage, muffins, quiche, juice, and coffee
• Teddy bear checkup by a certified teddy bear nurse
• A visit with Santa
• Teddy Bear Parade and Story Time
• Make-and-Take Craft
Tickets: Adults $15, Kids 12 and younger $10 (Tickets are limited; reservations are highly recommended. This event sells out.) Call 231.720.2580 to purchase.
Underwritten by Tom DeVoursney

Cocktail Hour
Partnering with the Muskegon Civic Theatre
Saturday, November 30
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Join us for a festive cocktail hour at the MMA. Free admission for ticket holders of the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s Saturday performance of “The Christmas Carol.” Admission: Present your MCT “Christmas Carol” ticket or pay $8 admission at the door. Cash bar.

The Muskegon Museum of Art is located in downtown Muskegon at 296 W. Webster Ave.
Visitor information: www.muskegonartmuseum.org or call 231-720-2570
MMA Store and advance ticket sales: 231-720-2580
Group sales: 231-720-2571.

MCC to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with Exhibit & Powwow
November 25 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Muskegon Community College will celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November with a display of artwork and a powwow on campus. Native American art will be on display in the Overbrook Theater hallway from Friday, November 8 – 30.  Works by Native American artists Steve Kequom, Waabishiki Meegwan Tony, and Ron Wittenberg will be featured, as well as a video of the artists describing their work.
On Monday, November 25, a powwow with participants from across Michigan will take place in MCC’s Collegiate Hall from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Students and the public can drop in for any part of the ceremonies, which are free.  The emcee and head drummer will be Al Metzgar.
The events are being organized by MCC student Bernadene Crampton and the MCC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. For more information, contact Dan Rinsema-Sybenga at (231) 777-0569 or dan.rinsema-sybenga@muskegoncc.edu.  For more information about the MCC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, contact Trynette Lottie-Harps at (231) 777-0559 or trynette.lottie-harps@muskegoncc.edu.

Family Game Night at the Library
November 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The last Monday of the month from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Ravenna Public Library for Family Game Night!  Would you like to try new or different board games?  Join them as they partner with the Muskegon Area Gamers and The Gaming Annex for a night of family fun.  Selection will vary, but could include games such as Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, and Pandemic.  This event is free and for ages 7 and up.  For more information, call 231-853-6975.

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

Feeding the Soul of the City Concert Series
November 26 @ 12:00 pm
The Feeding the Soul of the City concert series offers half-hour lunchtime concerts that feature a variety of musical styles, predominantly classical, jazz, and folk/Celtic. They are held in the historic and beautiful St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon.  The concerts are free and open to the public and light refreshments are provided.  One can also bring a lunch to enjoy before or during the concert.  A few minutes of prayer are held in the church shortly before the performance.  For more information about the concert series or to make a donation, please contact St. Paul’s at (231) 722-2112.

2019-2020 Concert Schedule:
• November 26 – Lee Murdock—“The Christmas Ship” concert (folk guitar and vocals)
• December 8 – Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys – Festival of Lessons and Carols (Sunday, 5:00pm)
• December 17 – Peter Kurdziel – “Christmas at the Organ” (organist)
• Februbary 25 – Grand Valley Faculty Brass Quintet (classical)
• March 24 – Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet (classical)
• April 14 – Gregory Maytan, violin (classical)
• May 26 – Quintessence, woodwind quintet (classical)
• June 9 – Denise Newell, mezzo soprano, and Caron Farmer, piano (classical)

Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest
November 26 @ 6:00 pm
Tuesday, November 26 at 6:00pm, come to the Egelston Library for “Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest!”  Peeves has stolen the Quidditch golden snitch so all Quidditch practices and games have been suspended until it has been recovered.  As members of your team, can you find the snitch in time to save the Quidditch season?  This is perfect fun for the entire family.  Call 231-788-6477 to register for this free event.

Music at the Library: Legal Rehab
November 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, November 26 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for live music from Legal Rehab!   This is amplified acoustic classic rock, folk and Irish from the 60’s to present.  This band features passionate playing and conversational interaction with the audience, ensuring an exciting and enjoyable night of music.  This music performance is free to the public and recommended for all ages.  Performers include Britta Bujak Portenga on Violin/Fiddle, Roy Portenga on Guitar and vocals, and Scott White on Harmonica, Cajon and vocals.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Wine & Canvas: Blue Forest
November 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tuesday, November 26 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, come to Sherman Bowling Center for Wine & Canvas: Blue Forest!  Leave your cares at the door and dive on in to the paint party!  The ticket price of $35 includes use of all necessary paint supplies and aprons, instruction by a professional and friendly local artist, and a 16 x20 take-home painting.  This is an adult evening for those ages 16 & up.
Alcohol is not included, but Sherman Bowling Center has a fabulous selection of food and beverages available for purchase! No outside food or beverage is permitted.  For more information call (616) 970-1082.

Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
November 5 – December 12 at 7:00pm, a holiday tradition returns to the Carr-Fles Planetarium with “Mystery of the Christmas Star!” No reservations are needed for this free, 30-minute show in room 1072 at Muskegon Community College.  Be sure to come early and visit the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more information, or to schedule a private planetarium show for groups of 15 or more, call 231-777-0289.
*Note:  The planetarium will not be open Thanksgiving Day*

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 27 @ 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. Catch a home game Wednesday, November 27 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the U17.  It’s $2 Beer Night!  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

Main Street Dueling Pianos
November 27 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wednesday, November 27 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm, it’s Main Street Dueling Pianos at Watermark 920! These entertainers have an impressive repertoire of 1,000+ songs, giving the audience an unforgettable experience of singing, hand-clapping and dancing the night away!  This is a 21+, All Request Party that may contain adult content, mature subject matter and strong language.  Tickets are $15 and available through www.brownpapertickets.com.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
November 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28 from 9:00am – 10:00am, Lakeshore Fitness Center and Run Muskegon invite you to the Muskegon’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, taking place on the Lakeshore Bike Trail and the Muskegon Community College Fitness Center. The Muskegon Turkey Trot has been a community tradition for over 10 years. This family friendly 5k is the perfect way to jumpstart Thanksgiving morning.  Get festive, wear a turkey hat and earn that extra helping at Thanksgiving dinner.
The Turkey Trot is a fun run and is not chip-timed, however, there is a gun start with a racing clock at the finish line. The race is happening rain, snow, freezing rain, blizzard or sunshine.  Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed at the race (for insurance purposes).  Repeat: no dogs allowed.
Thanksgiving Morning Registration:  You can still sign up Thanksgiving morning starting at 8:00am at the MCC fitness Center. Please show up early if you plan to register Thanksgiving morning.  Cash, check and credit card registration will be accepted but signing up in advance is highly encouraged.

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Delta by Marriott
November 28 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday, November 28 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, celebrate Thanksgiving surrounded by those you are most thankful for at the Delta Hotels Marriott Muskegon Downtown!  They’re having a fantastic Thanksgiving Buffet featuring chef carved Whole Roasted Turkey with simmered natural gravy, Prime Rib, Smoked Ham, Omelet Station, a multitude of delicious sides, desserts and more!  The cost is $22.95 for adults and $9.95 for children.  Call 231-720-7105 for reservations.

Shopping for a Cause on Small Business Saturday
November 29 @ 10:00 am – November 30 @ 5:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, November 29 – 30, come to Art Cats Gallery to Shop for a Cause!  This year they are raising money for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Michigan Great Lakes West Chapter) and a portion of their sales will be donated to this cause.  For more information call (231) 755-7606.

Frozen Fever Friday
November 29 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Friday, November 29 from 1:30pm – 4:00pm, join Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate & Fun Center for a Frozen Fever Friday!  Warm up your mittens for the largest Glow in the Dark Snowball Fight ever, as well as sled races and snowman building.  It’s going to be snow much fun!  Admission is $5.  Regular skate rental is free, roller blades are $2 and premium rental is $6.  You may, of course, bring your own skates or roller blades.  This is a special event.  No children drop offs, passes or coupons.
They are also offering a family Meal Deal!  $17.50 gets you a large cheese & pepperoni pizza and a pitcher of pop.  For $22.00, you’ll get a 12″ cheese & pepperoni pizza, cheesy bread and a pitcher of pop.  For more information call (231) 773-5538.

The Blackout Thanksgiving Bash
November 29 @ 6:00 pm
Friday, November 29 from 6:00pm – Midnight, come to Verdonis Event Center for The Blackout Thanksgiving Bash! Get ready for the ultimate black party, sure to be the biggest and most luxurious event of the year.  Elite socialites will gather to enjoy luxury, life and libations.  Dress to impress (no gym shoes, athletic gear, sweats or white tees).  Enjoy a full catered dinner included with entry.  Limited tickets are available for $25. Table and sections are available for reservation.  This will be a sold out event, so get your tickets soon by calling 313-350-4916 or at Eventbrite.com.

Muskegon Civic Theatre presents: A Christmas Carol
November 29 – December 1
Come to the Beardsley Theater as the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “A Christmas Carol!” The Academy Award-winning composer Michel Legrand has teamed with Sheldon Harnick, one of the theatre’s most celebrated Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning librettists, and the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s prophetic Christmas Eve is reborn.  From the pages of Dickens comes this scintillating musical adaptation of the Yuletide classic that continues to touch hearts and minds the world over.  Tickets are $26.50.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Shop Western Market on Small Business Saturday
November 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, November 30 from 9:00am – 4:00pm, come to Western Market to celebrate Small Business Saturday! Support your favorite small businesses, like (hint, hint) the ones at Western Market!  When you #ShopSmall, you make a big impact on them and the whole community.  That’s something worth celebrating!  For more information call (231) 724-6705.

Holiday Artisan Market
November 30 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, November 30 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, shop in the elegance of the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for an eclectic variety of items created by local artists and artisans. It’s one stop shopping for that special gift that is sure to impress.  For more information call 231-725-9220.

Shop Lakeside Local on Small Business Saturday
November 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 30 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, shop unique, shop local, shop Lakeside during Small Business Saturday and every day!  Discover and support the small locally owned businesses of Lakeside.  For more information call 231-755-6113.

Free Chance to Win $100 on Small Business Saturday
November 30 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The City of Muskegon invites you downtown Saturday, November 30 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, to enjoy Small Business Saturday! There are five $100 visa gift cards to win and all you have to do is be one of the first 250 people in at any of the participating downtown retail stores listed below.  At each store, fill out a ticket with your name and phone number.  Visit all of these stores to have 30 chances to win! Winners will be contacted the following week.  To all, good luck and happy shopping!  For more information call (231) 724-6705.
Participating Retailers:
– BoomTown Market 351 W. Western Ave.
– Century Club Retail Center 356 W. Western Ave.
– The Cheese Lady Muskegon 808 Terrace St.
– City Hub Cyclery 585 W. Clay Ave.
– The Griffin’s Rest 1221 3rd St.
– Hot Rod Harley-Davidson 149 Shoreline Dr.
– Lakeshore Museum Center Gift Shop 430 W. Clay Ave.
– Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave.
– Muskegon Museum of Art Gift Shop 296 W. Webster Ave.
– Radium Photo 835 Terrace St.
– Skye Blu Boutique and Jewelry 930 2nd St.
– Third Coast Vinyl 1115 3rd St.
– Vintage Redefined 471 W. Western Ave.
– Y-Knot Embroidery & Screen Printing & Skee’s Tee’s 880 Jefferson Ave.
– Western Market (All 16 Vendors) 307 W. Western Ave.
~ Book Nook Too
~ B.Unique Designs
~ Clean Ocean Clothing
~ Gems Near The Lakeshore
~ GirodiGelato
~ Happy Matt’s Kettlecorn
~ Harris & Willow
~ Good Moo’s
~ Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gifts, LLC
~ Muskegon Inspired
~ MidWest SiliPint Muskegon Port City Dry Goods
~ Skee’s Tees
~ Soap Dude Cosmetics
~ Tatterweave Designs
~ Thoughfully Thrifted
~ Village Baker

Wherehouse Studio Presents “Introduction to Liquid Flow Art with Tanya Tice”
November 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, November 30 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Wherehouse Studio invites you to join them for their Pop Up event at the Lakeshore School of Fine Arts. Special guest artist, Tanya Tice, will be on hand to teach how to experiment with liquid flow. Experience how color can be used to expand your creative possibilities!  No experience is necessary!  Learn “pour, pull and skim” from Tanya, who has been working with and teaching this technique for many years and has been successfully selling her work in the West Michigan area.  All materials are provided are you create your own 16″ X 20″ work of art during the class.  Paintings take approximately 2 days to dry and may be left at the studio to pick up on Tuesday, or transported with care in a box in your vehicle. Boxes will be provided.
The registration deadline is Thursday, November 28.  The cost for the class (including supplies) is $35.  Limited seating and supplies are available, so please secure your seat with a paid reservation!  Ages 12 and above are welcome (with an adult).  Call 231-206-4013.

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours Kick-off Event
November 30 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 30 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, experience the Hackley & Hume homes decorated for the holidays by Muskegon’s local community groups, with period-appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more! They’re kicking off their holiday tours with ornament decorating, cookies, and hot chocolate in the courtyard.  Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per person, $8 for seniors 65+ and $5 for kids ages 2-12.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Hackley Park Christmas Tree Lighting & Reindeer
November 30 @ 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 30 at 5:00pm, Muskegon kicks off the holiday season in Hackley Park!  Enjoy festive lights, hot chocolate, meeting a friendly pair of reindeer, and photo opportunities with the jolly ol’ man himself.  Events will take place in Hackley Park as well as Hackley Public Library.  This event is free to the public and recommended for all ages!  For more information call 231-722-8000.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 30 @ 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. Catch a home game Saturday, November 30 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the Chicago Steel.  It’s Teddy Bear Toss Night!  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
December 1, 14, 21, 27 & 28
Experience the Hackley & Hume homes decorated beautifully for the holidays by Muskegon’s local community groups with period-appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more! Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per person, $8 for seniors 65+ and $5 for Kids ages 2-12.  For more information call 231-722-7578.
Tour Dates:
• December 1 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
• December 14 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
• December 21 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
• December 27 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
• December 28 from 1:00pm -4:00pm

Circle of Trees
December 1 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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 Lee Ann Clausen at 231-744-1621.
• 3:00pm – Tree Lighting Testing (Walker Park)
• 5:15pm – Santa/Dog Parade (Fire Station)
• 5:30pm – Caroling (Walker Park)
• 5:45pm – Lighting of the Trees
• 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Visit with Santa

Black History Month Calendar Contest
December 2 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Participate in Hackley Public Library’s annual calendar contest, where they’ll showcase artwork from all ages to celebrate African American achievements.  Everyone is invited to submit drawings.  To enter, draw a picture from African American history.  The best pictures will be published in a free calendar which will be available throughout Muskegon.  Don’t forget to pick up an entry form at Hackley Library.  All submissions are due by Friday, January 10.  They’ll announce the winners at the Awards Ceremony on February 3 during Open Mic Night.  All ages are recommended to participate in this calendar contest which is free to public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Open House: City of Muskegon
December 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Monday, December 2 from 5:00pm – 6:00pm, join the City of Muskegon at City Hall for an Open House!  They will be thanking those that have served as a commissioner or as a member of a board. There will be city staff available in the hallway to learn about our various boards/committees and applications available to apply for January openings. They will dedicate a plaque for Muskegon’s 150th Anniversary at 5:30pm. Light snacks will be provided. They hope to see you there!

Nutcracker Craft
December 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
It’s time to deck those halls! Monday, December 2 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Fruitport Library and join artist Mary C. Riley as she teaches you how to make a sturdy standing ornament to enjoy for many holiday seasons to come!  Please bring a good pair of scissors and tweezers for your individual use.  All other supplies are provided at this free workshop, geared toward ages 13 and up.  Space is limited, so reserve your spot by registering at fruitportdistrictlibrary.org or by calling 231-366-6107.  Participants younger than 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 11/18/19 – 11/25/19

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

85th Anniversary of the Wreck of the Henry Cort
November 18 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, November 18 at 6:00pm, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum will be commemorating the 85th anniversary of the Wreck of the Henry Cort. The Henry Cort ended her days wrecked on the north side of the Muskegon channel break wall in Muskegon, Michigan on November 30, 1934. The 320-foot whaleback steamer hit the heavy stone breakwater after encountering a storm packing 45 mph winds. The incident showcased a dramatic rescue attempt by the U.S. Coast Guard.
This event will be presented by author and underwater explorer, Valerie Van Heest, and author Neal Zoss. The cost is $5.00 per person, or free with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

NaNoWriMo: Family Stories into Fiction
November 18 @ 7:00 pm
Monday, November 18 at 7:00pm, come to Norton Shores Library for “NaNoWriMo: Family Stories into Fiction!”  To celebrate National Novel Writing Month, local writer Fred Sanderlin, author of ‘Journey to Little Rock,’ shares how turning family memories into fiction can be the spark that gets you started on your creative writing journey. No registration is required.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Crafts & Drafts: Holiday Banner & Sign
November 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday, November 18 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for “Crafts & Drafts: Holiday Banner & Sign!” Thanksgiving is around the corner and it’s time to get together with friends and family.  Talk to your friends and schedule a craft night this holiday season!  $15 gets you a fun crafty night with all the materials and instructions PLUS any Tier I or Tier 2 beer!
You’ll be making a burlap banner with stencils. You can customize the banner to say anything but few ideas would be… grateful, thankful, your family name, happy thanksgiving…or how about BEER?  The options are endless as YOU are the artist.  Participants will also be able to make a burlap sign and can paint a variety of cute wooden phrases to attach to the burlap sign.  The burlap sign looks cute on front doors or even hanging up in the window.  Get crafty and pre-register now. Please call the taproom at (231)375-5184 to reserve your seat!  Stay tuned for more crafts & drafts sessions this fall/winter.

Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest
November 19 @ 4:30 pm
Tuesday, November 19 at 4:30pm, come to the Muskegon Heights Library for the Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest Peeves has stolen the Quidditch golden snitch so all Quidditch practices and games have been suspended until it has been recovered. As members of your team, can you find the snitch in time to save the Quidditch season? It’s perfect fun for the entire family. Call 231-739-6075 to register for this free event.

Wherehouse Studio Presents “Basic Drawing: Simple Perspective with Jon Workman”
November 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday, November 19 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Wherehouse Studio invites you to their Pop-Up Class “Basic Drawing: Simple Perspective with Jon Workman” at Red Lotus Center for the Arts. Look forward to an awesome two hour workshop focusing on simple perspective (1 point and 2 point) of basic shapes, led by Jon Workman, painter and sculptor. This is the second session in Basic Drawing, and some knowledge of basic shapes is helpful.  You will work with pencil and paper (all supplies will be provided). You may bring a drawing pencil set, but it is not required.  The registration deadline is Sunday, November 17 and the cost for the session is $30, with seating secured by paid reservation.  Ages 12 and above are welcome (with an adult).
Please use this link to register online:  https://wherehousestudio.com/mc-events/basic-drawing-simple-perspective-with-jon-workman/?mc_id=2

Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00pm
November 5 – December 12 at 7:00pm, a holiday tradition returns to the Carr-Fles Planetarium with “Mystery of the Christmas Star!” No reservations are needed for this free, 30-minute show in room 1072 at Muskegon Community College.  Be sure to come early and visit the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more information, or to schedule a private planetarium show for groups of 15 or more, call 231-777-0289.

Jazz at the Watermark 920
November 19 @ 7:30 pm
Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30pm, come to the Watermark 920 for the Truth in Jazz Orchestra! There’ll be food by Fatty Lumpkins and a cash bar.  Led by Muskegon legend, drummer Tim Froncek, the Truth in Jazz Orchestra has been a Muskegon institution for the past 15 years!  There is a $5 cover.  Students are $2 with ID.  For more information, check out their website at www.tijo.org.

Festival of Trees
November 20 – December 1
The Muskegon Museum of Art Festival of Trees opens November 20 and runs through December 1, 2019.The beauty and spirit of Christmas inspire the Festival of Trees as it returns to the MMA for its 15th year as a Muskegon community holiday tradition. Visitors will see professionally designed holiday trees and decorations, most available in a silent auction to benefit the MMA.
Special Festival events include holiday shopping, First Day Food Drive, Family Day, Teddy Bear Breakfast, Deck Your Halls Decorating Demo Event, Senior Day, Holiday Concert by Max & Ruth Bloomquist and Julia & The Greensides, a pre-show Cocktail Hour for Muskegon Civic Theatre “The Christmas Carol” ticketholders, and visits with Santa.

Festival Hours & Admission
• Nov. 20 – Dec. 1: Open daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm / Sundays 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm / Closed Thanksgiving
• Admission: $10 adult / $5 for MMA members / $3 ages 3-17 (under 3 free) / $15 All-Festival Pass

Special Events
Visit with Santa at Festival of Trees
• Saturday, November 23, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
• Friday, November 29, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
• Saturday, November 30, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

First Day Food Drive
Wednesday, November 20
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bring a food donation for Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry on the first day of Festival of Trees and receive half-off Festival adult admission.

Deck Your Halls
Holiday Decorating Demo Event
Sunday, November 24
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Floral designers Deb Moon from Le Fleur Shoppe and Skeeter Parkhouse from Wasserman’s Flowers and Gifts will demonstrate how to create unique holiday décor during this event. Items created during the demo will be raffled to the audience. Light snacks and coffee will be served. Advance Ticket: $35 per person/$30 MMA member. Call 231.720.2580 to purchase.

Senior Day
Tuesday, November 26
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Special Senior Day half-off ticket price for ages 65 and older: $5
• Free coffee & cookies
• Vendor giveaways & information
• Door prizes
• Blood pressure clinic
Call ahead for group bookings: 231.720.2571.

Family Day
Friday, November 29
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Santa will stop in for a visit from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and the fun will include a kids’ craft activity and scavenger hunt. Special Family Day half-off adult ticket price: $5. Call 231.720.2571 for group bookings.

Holiday Concert
Featuring Max & Ruth Bloomquist and Julia & the Greensides
Friday, November 29
6:00 pm Cocktail Hour | 7:00 pm Concert
Special holiday performance program. Cash bar. Ticket includes Festival admission.
Ticket: $12 per person/$10 MMA Member. Call 231.720.2580 to purchase.

Teddy Bear Breakfast
Saturday, November 30
8:30 – 10:30 am
Grab your teddy bears and get your tickets for this family-favorite Festival of Trees event! Activities are especially fun for kids 3-8 years old.
Ticket includes:
• Festive breakfast with fruit, sausage, muffins, quiche, juice, and coffee
• Teddy bear checkup by a certified teddy bear nurse
• A visit with Santa
• Teddy Bear Parade and Story Time
• Make-and-Take Craft
Tickets: Adults $15, Kids 12 and younger $10 (Tickets are limited; reservations are highly recommended. This event sells out.) Call 231.720.2580 to purchase.

Cocktail Hour
Partnering with the Muskegon Civic Theatre
Saturday, November 30
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Join us for a festive cocktail hour at the MMA. Free admission for ticket holders of the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s Saturday performance of “The Christmas Carol.” Admission: Present your MCT “Christmas Carol” ticket or pay $8 admission at the door. Cash bar.

Edmund Fitzgerald: The Stories, the Song
November 20 @ 6:30 pm
Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30pm, come to the North Muskegon Library for “Edmund Fitzgerald: The Stories, the Song!”  Author/storyteller/singer Mike Fornes shares the stories of the crewmembers, their families and the ironies of a doomed Great Lakes freighter ship, along with how the hit song “The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald” was written, recorded and performed by Gordon Lightfoot.  For more information call 231-744-6080.

Sin City Scoop
November 20 @ 7:00 pm
Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00pm, come to the Norton Shores Library for “Sin City Scoop!”  Pick up tips and tricks for making your next Las Vegas trip the best ever.  Vegas veteran Lou Gifford will share insider information on attractions, hotels, casinos and more from the latest 4th edition of his guidebook, ‘Las Vegas – Your Way.’  Copies will be available for purchase.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Guinness World Record Attempt
November 21 @ 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday, November 21 from 7:00am – 3:00pm, join Golden Key Charity at the L.C. Walker Arena as they attempt to break a Guinness World Record! They will attempt to break the current record for the World’s Longest Continuous Line of Canned Foods.  Their goal is to collect 100,000 cans of food, which will be distributed immediately after the event to families and local food pantries to help those in need this Thanksgiving.
They are in need of people willing to collect food, and businesses willing to be drop off sites. Please contact Lisa at 313-363-8610 or email goldenkeycamp@yahoo.com to arrange pick up of your collection, or for more information. To donate online via Paypal, please visit www.facebook.com/events/2456365981243608.

Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest
November 21 @ 4:00 pm
Thursday, November 21 at 4:00pm, come to the Dalton Library for the Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest!  Peeves has stolen the Quidditch golden snitch so all Quidditch practices and games have been suspended until it has been recovered.  As members of your team, can you find the snitch in time to save the Quidditch season? This is perfect fun for the entire family.  Call 231-828-4188 to register for this free event.

After Hours Tours at Hackley Public Library
November 21 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday, November 21 from 4:30pm – 6:oopm, dive into history and learn details about Hackley Public Library during an ‘After-Hours’ guided tour!  Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms, and the tours will begin at 5:00pm.  Please park in the rear parking lot as the front doors will be locked.  These 1 hour tours are free, open to the public and recommended for all ages.  Call (231) 722-8000 with any questions.

Gears & Beers
November 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, November 21 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Company for “Gears & Beers” with Northern Edge Snowsports! Ever wonder where the best places to ski in Michigan are? What type of skis best suits the terrain at all the Michigan ski resorts?  How to properly dress for skiing in the windy winters of Michigan?
The answer is Northern Edge Snowsports right here in Muskegon, voted #1 ski shop by Freeskier magazine! Join them in the taproom and enjoy a beer while discussing everything about Michigan downhill skiing and snowboarding.  Owners Andrew and Wendy Horton will be there to answer all of your questions and share their knowledge from years of experience in the local ski business.  Northern Edge Sports will have drawings for gift cards & passes to local resorts.  They’ll also have coupons on hand!  For more information call Pigeon Hill at (231) 375-5184.

Edmund Fitzgerald: The Stories, the Song
November 21 @ 7:00 pm
Thursday, November 21 at 7:00pm, come to the Norton Shores Library for “Edmund Fitzgerald: The Stories, the Song!”  Author/storyteller/singer Mike Fornes shares the stories of the crewmembers, their families and the ironies of a doomed Great Lakes freighter ship, along with how the hit song “The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald” was written, recorded and performed by Gordon Lightfoot.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Muskegon Civic Theatre presents: A Christmas Carol
November 21 – December 1
Come to the Beardsley Theater as the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “A Christmas Carol!” The Academy Award-winning composer Michel Legrand has teamed with Sheldon Harnick, one of the theatre’s most celebrated Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning librettists, and the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s prophetic Christmas Eve is reborn.  From the pages of Dickens comes this scintillating musical adaptation of the Yuletide classic that continues to touch hearts and minds the world over.  Tickets are $26.50.  For more information call 231-727-8001.
• November 21: 7:30pm (Please note, there was an error published in the marketing materials. The show on November 28 is scheduled for November 21.)
• November 22: 7:30pm
• November 23: 7:30pm
• November 24: 3:00pm
• November 29: 7:30pm
• November 30: 7:30pm
• December 1: 3:00pm

White Lake Area Holiday Walk
November 22 – November 23
The 26th Annual White Lake Area Holiday Walk is happening Friday, November 22 from 2:00pm – 8:00pm and Saturday, November 23 from 10:00am to 4:00pm in White Hall and Montague!  Dozens of participating businesses will offer Christmas Open Houses, featuring gift guides, discounts and special sales, as well as delicious refreshments.  Visit with Santa Claus and see if you made the nice list this year!  Participating merchants and Santa’s time and locations are located on the Holiday Walk Star Map/Entry Form, which can be picked up at the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce or any participating Holiday Walk stop (look for the big blue sign in the window).  Submit your completed Holiday Walk Map/Entry Form and enter the drawing to win a $50 White Lake Gift Certificate.
Whitehall again hosts the White Lake Area “Tree Lighting Ceremony” Friday, November 22 at 6:30pm, culminating with the tree lighting on North Mears Ave. at 7:00pm.  Children of all ages are invited to help decorate the Community Christmas Tree by bringing their own ornaments or create make-and-take ornaments from participating stores.  Gather at the north end of Mears Ave. and enjoy the festive voices of the members of Whitehall High School with friends and family, while the aroma of roasted chestnuts fills the air and hundreds of holiday luminaries line the sidewalks.
Friday from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, and Saturday from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, enjoy old-fashioned carriage rides in both Montague and Whitehall.  Trolley rides will transport you to any of the participating merchants throughout Montague and Whitehall on Saturday from 11:00am – 3:00pm, courtesy of Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt.  Share in the spirit of Christmas with holiday caroling and a visit with Santa Claus as you stroll along the downtown areas.  Again, visit and shop local area stores and take part in their special discounts and offers this weekend only!  For more information call (231) 893-4585.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Steve O
November 22 – 23
November 22 and 23 at 6:30pm and 9:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover)! VIP tickets are $50 and include laminate, preferred seating, and you’ll be at the front of line for the Meet & Greet.  General Admission tickets are $25 and on sale at www.backalleycomedyclub.com/muskegon.  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

Friday Family Fun Night: Foundries
November 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, November 22 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center and the American Foundry Society for a night dedicated to foundries in Muskegon. Learn about historical foundries in Muskegon, experiment with making your own foundry sand, and cast a real metal object to take home.  This event is $5, or free for Muskegon County residents.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Gingerbread House Building
November 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club to build and decorate your own gingerbread house!  Instruction and materials are all included.  You must reserve your space in advance by contacting Nancy at 231-730-0887 or at nancy@housesbynancy.com.  Walk-ins will be accepted only as space allows.  The cost is $16 per house in advance or $20 at the door.  Take-home kits are $25 and must be pre-ordered.  Children must be accompanied by an adult and there is a strict limit of 3 people per house kit.  Proceeds will benefit the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club.

Sip & Shop
November 23 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, November 23 from 11:00am – 4:00pm, the Watermark 920 is bringing back “Sip & Shop” for the holidays!  Are you looking for that special gift for someone, or for yourself?  Browse the wide variety of vendors and crafters!  From Thirty-One Bags to wire wrapped jewelry, you are bound to find something you love!
Sip while you shop!  There will be a cash bar featuring Mimosas, wine, beer and mixed drinks, as well as non-alcoholic beverages.  For more information call 231-727-0805.

18th Annual Mona Shores Fiddle Festival
November 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, November 23 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s the 18th Annual Fiddle Festival featuring guest artists ESME, as well as appearances by The Mona Shores Fiddlers and Middle Fiddles.  Tickets are $10.  For more information call 231-332-8327.

Downtown Live Concert Series
November 23 @ 7:30 pm
The Downtown Live Concert Series at the Frauenthal Center begins its second season in October 2019 and will feature every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the West Michigan Concert WINDS which is affiliated with MCC. The 10-concert series continues through April 2020.  Some of the musical selections this season are based upon the 2019 Arts and Humanities Festival (ahFest) theme of “Hope.”  Saturday, November 23 at 7:30pm, the West Michigan Concert WINDS present “Superheroes & Princesses” in the Frauenthal Center.  Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $2.00 for students and $10 each for groups of 6 or more.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Walvoord and Co: Classical Chamber
November 23 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 23 at 7:30pm, come to The Block for Walvoord and Co: Classical Chamber!  Tickets are $25 – $35 or $10 for students.  West Michigan Symphony Concertmaster Jennifer Walvoord and Principal 2nd Violin Amanda Dykhouse are joined by their sister Martha (former WMS Concertmaster) for an evening spanning Baroque to Romantic, Fiddle to Contemporary.  Expect great music with lots of sibling banter thrown in.  For more information call 231-726-3231.

Shoreline Community Orchestra Presents: “A Classical Afternoon”
November 24 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Shoreline Community Orchestra, formerly the Shoreline Symphony, opens its 2019-20 season with “A Classical Afternoon” on Sunday, November 24 at 3:00pm at The Playhouse at White Lake!  The Shoreline Community Orchestra is led by conductor Dr. John Blakemore, the band director for Grand Rapids Christian Schools, who holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Michigan State University.  The orchestra was established in September 2012 by Muskegon Community College and its founding director, the late S. Annette Jurcevic.

Appropriately titled “New Beginnings,” the orchestra’s eighth season launches with the ensemble’s debut in the Whitehall area.  “A Classical Afternoon” will feature the following works:
• Edward Elgar’s Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 20
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Serenade in C Minor, K. 388
• Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8, Op. 88

Preceding the concert at 2:30pm, Blakemore will present an informal discussion in which audience members are invited to learn about the background of the pieces being performed.  Admission is $11 in advance and $15 at the door. Children under 18, and accompanied by an adult, receive free admission.  Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.theplayhouseatwhitelake.org.

MCC to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with Exhibit & Powwow
November 25 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Muskegon Community College will celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November with a display of artwork and a powwow on campus. Native American art will be on display in the Overbrook Theater hallway from Friday, November 8 – 30.  Works by Native American artists Steve Kequom, Waabishiki Meegwan Tony, and Ron Wittenberg will be featured, as well as a video of the artists describing their work.
On Monday, November 25, a powwow with participants from across Michigan will take place in MCC’s Collegiate Hall from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Students and the public can drop in for any part of the ceremonies, which are free.  The emcee and head drummer will be Al Metzgar.
The events are being organized by MCC student Bernadene Crampton and the MCC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. For more information, contact Dan Rinsema-Sybenga at (231) 777-0569 or dan.rinsema-sybenga@muskegoncc.edu.  For more information about the MCC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, contact Trynette Lottie-Harps at (231) 777-0559 or trynette.lottie-harps@muskegoncc.edu.

Family Game Night at the Library
November 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The last Monday of the month from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Ravenna Public Library for Family Game Night!  Would you like to try new or different board games?  Join them as they partner with the Muskegon Area Gamers and The Gaming Annex for a night of family fun.  Selection will vary, but could include games such as Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, and Pandemic.  This event is free and for ages 7 and up.  For more information, call 231-853-6975.

Techno Trojans and Techno Trojans II – Upcoming Events

by Kate and Calvin Holtrop

Get ready for the Fruitport Robotics teams’ next competition events in the 2019 FIRST® Tech Challenge season, and 2020 FIRST® Robotics Competition season.

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Ursa Major in competition loading the rocket. Photo by Marc Hendricks. Click to view larger image.

Techno Trojans, FRC Team 2405, 2020 season:
• January 4, 2020: season kickoff event.
• March 12 – 14, 2020: first competition of the season: Orchard View High School.

Techno Trojans II, FTC Team 11531, 2019 season:
• December 6 – 7, 2019: Allendale Middle School, Allendale.
• December 14, 2019: state championship: Kellogg Arena, Battle Creek.

Tyler Carlson of Techno Trojans II knows how important going to the state championship is to his team. “We have to go to state, and win at state,” he says. Coach Kris Cole acknowledges that this is a goal, perhaps an extreme goal, he says, but the team knows it can be attained one step at a time.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 11/11/19 – 11/18/19

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

Ongoing Events:

Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
November 5 – December 12 at 7:00pm, a holiday tradition returns to the Carr-Fles Planetarium with “Mystery of the Christmas Star!” No reservations are needed for this free, 30-minute show in room 1072 at Muskegon Community College.  Be sure to come early and visit the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more information, or to schedule a private planetarium show for groups of 15 or more, call 231-777-0289.

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

Special Events:

Honor Your Veteran with a Tribute Flag from the USS Silversides
November 11
From Monday, November 11 – New Year’s Day, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum is offering Tribute Flags to memorialize your Veteran for the Holiday Season. For more information call 231-755-1230.

Veterans Day at the CIM
November 11 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday, November 11 from 8:00am – 4:00pm, celebrate “Veterans Day at the CIM!” The Culinary Institute of Michigan invites veterans and military members to join them on Veterans Day at the Culinary Institute of Michigan’s Sweet Spot Cafe.  Show them your military ID, and receive a free coffee and “challenge coin” chocolate.
While you are in, please help them fill their military shadow box with small military memorabilia. Unit, squadron, or command patches are great sizes.  These items would all be considered donations and will stay on display in the shadow box located in The Sweet Spot.

Veterans Day Ceremony
November 11 @ 11:00 am
Veterans Day, Monday, November 11 at 11:00am, there will be a commemoration at Causeway Veterans Memorial Park. The traditional ceremony will be held outdoors and feature guest speaker Francis Gerrit Veldman, a World War II veteran and former commander of American Legion Post 9.  The 98-year old received the Purple Heart while serving with the 70th Infantry Division, known as the “Trailblazers,” who spearheaded the Seventh United State Army’s drive into Germany.
Jason Whitman, commander of Muskegon County Council Veterans of Foreign Wars, will offer opening remarks. The posting of the colors and a 21-gun rifle salute will be conducted by the VFW Post 8846 Honor Guard.  Mike Baauw, director of the Muskegon County Department of Veterans Affairs, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.  Bob Hall, chaplain of American Legion Post 9, will deliver the opening prayer.
The event includes patriotic music by the Reeths-Puffer Middle School band, under the direction of Rich Erne. Flo Predko will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America. The Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the American Revolution will present wreaths.

Veterans Day Salute
November 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Monday, November 11 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, there will be a Veterans Day Salute at Muskegon Community College, honoring all who have served our country in the U.S. Armed Forces. Please join them for this special 100 Years (1919-2019) celebration on Veterans’ Day in the Bartels-Rode Gymnasium at MCC.  All veterans in attendance will receive a commemorative gift.  For more information call (231) 773-9131.

Those Who Cared for Those Who Served
November 11 @ 7:00 pm
Monday, November 11 at 7:00pm, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for the opening of their new exhibit, “Those Who Cared for Those Who Served.” The museum will honor those corpsman, chaplains and the medical services in all branches of the military that provided support to those served.  This is a group which often goes unrecognized.  The USS Silversides Museum is honored to highlight those who cared for those who served.  For more information call 231-755-1230.

Paint Your Pet
November 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
November 12 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers Market to Paint Your Pet! Enjoy drinks and friends while you paint a custom piece of your pet.  After you register, please e-mail a picture of your pet by October 27 to ryan.cummins@shorelinecity.com.  Tips for submitting the best photo of our pet can be found at www.artswhitelake.org/pet-painting-photo-suggestions.  Please include the date you are attending the event as well.  Your photo will be pre-drawn onto a canvas and ready for finishing touches the day of the event.  There are only 25 spaces available so time is of the essence!  The cost is $40 and will include heavy snacks.  Beverages will be available for purchase beginning at 5:30pm.

Live @ the Library: Two High Strung
November 12 @ 6:30 pm
Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30pm, come to North Muskegon Library for “Live @ the Library: Two High Strung!”  Hannah and Rebekah Krohl on fiddle and guitar present an evening of toe-tapping bluegrass and Americana music.  Light refreshments will be provided.  For more information call 231-744-6080.

Faculty Art Exhibit: Looking Back and Forward
November 13 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Celebrating the new Art and Music Building, home to its visual arts program, while honoring the memory of two longtime art faculty members, Muskegon Community College presents “Looking Back and Forward: Works by Past and Present MCC Art Faculty” from November 11 – December 12 in Overbrook Gallery.
Gallery visitors will experience a wide range of artwork reflective of the art faculty’s diverse practices and interests. These include found object sculpture, glass, jewelry, ceramics, photography, printmaking, mixed-media, and painting.
The exhibit features the work of 11 former and current art instructors spanning 50 years of teaching at MCC. Included will be works by two revered former instructors, John Walson and Lee Collet, who died a month apart in November and December of 2018, respectively. The other faculty artists are Sue Boehme, Keith Downie, Ken Foster, Lee Ann Frame, Erin Hoffman, Corene Kufta, Tim Norris, Patti Opel and Chip Vanderwier.
A free public reception will be held on Wednesday, November 13, from 3:30pm – 5:00pm in the Overbrook lobby with a panel discussion by the artists at 4:00pm in the Overbrook Gallery.
The Overbrook Gallery hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater. Call (231) 777-0324 for more information.

Hats with History
November 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, November 13 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to the Muskegon Heights Library as the Lakeshore Museum Center presents, “Hats with History!” Do you have a cool hat with a hot story?  Join the LSMC for this opportunity to have your hat’s story told in their upcoming community curated exhibit:  Hats Off to Muskegon!
The Museum is looking for unique hats worn by people with ties to Muskegon County. Hats will be loaned to the museum and appear in the exhibit in the spring of 2020.  Have a hat?  Bring it to the event for consideration, and then stay for a presentation by museum staff at 6:00pm about hats from the Lakeshore Museum Center’s collection.  This event is free.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Make It @ Montague: Decorative Votive Candle
November 13 @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, November 13 at 6:00pm, come to the Montague Library for “Make It @ Montague: Decorative Votive Candle!”  Create a glittering glass votive perfect for the holidays or anytime.  This event is for ages 18 and up.  For more information call 231-893-2675.

Building an Inclusive & Equitable Community for Local Prosperity
November 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, November 13 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Center to join the Community Foundation for Muskegon County for an important conversation about “Building an Inclusive & Equitable Community for Local Prosperity!”  Nationally acclaimed speakers, Dr. Jamie Bracey-Green and Mike Green, will focus on fostering a local economy where all can thrive.  The speakers will share their collective backgrounds in urban health, economic vitality and STEM education.  This is a free community event, but tickets are required and may be picked up at the Frauenthal Center Box Office, Monday – Friday, 11:00am – 5:30pm.  For more information call 231-722-4538.

Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest
November 14 @ 4:00 pm
Thursday, November 14 at 4:00pm, come to the Ravenna Library for the Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest!  Peeves has stolen the Quidditch golden snitch so all Quidditch practices and games have been suspended until it has been recovered.  As members of your team, can you find the snitch in time to save the Quidditch season?  It’s perfect fun for the entire family. Call 231-853-6975 to register for this free event.

2019 Holiday Dazzle
November 14 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, November 14 from 5:30pm – 9:00pm, the Muskegon Child Abuse Council invites you to the 2019 Holiday Dazzle event happening at the beautiful new Delta Hotel by Marriott in downtown Muskegon! Bring your friends and enjoy an evening of fun, food, and shopping.  The cost is $50 per person and includes dinner, dessert, one glass of complimentary drink (house wine, beer, or a carbonated beverage), the style show and shopping for your holiday gift giving needs.  There’ll be fantastic items provided by local businesses, all gathered in one location for your convenience.  For more information, call 231-728-6410.

Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room
November 15 – November 16
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the “Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room!” The mad minds at the LSMC are at it again, and this time they are testing your skills to see if you can escape the mad scientist lab in 60 minutes.  This escape room will challenge your teamwork and problem solving as you try to get out before it is too late!  Register at Eventbrite.com. The cost is $20.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Holiday Wine Tasting
November 15 @ 6:00 pm
Friday, November 15 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, come to SE4SONS for a Holiday Wine Tasting! It’s a great opportunity to stock up for the holidays with wines from Alliance Beverage, Imperial Beverage, Republic National Dist., Henry Fox, Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, I-Lixir and A.H.D. Vinters.  The cost is $30 per person and includes tasting and light appetizers. Stop in and purchase your tickets at the SE4SONS Bar any time during restaurant hours.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  For more information call (231) 759-3405.

Cocktails & Canvas
November 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Friday, November 15 from 6:00pm – 8:30pm, it’s Cocktails & Canvas, hosted by Watermark 920 and Create.a.frame ART studio! Don’t miss out on this unique “floral antler” masterpiece with a metallic background finish.  The cost of this class will be $25 per person.  Pricing includes: One 12×16 canvas, all necessary supplies, and step-by-step instructions and techniques on how to create your one-of-a-kind masterpiece.  This is an 18+ event.  A cash bar will be available.  Make your reservations by e-mailing liz@watermarkcenter.com.

Muskegon Civic Theatre presents: A Christmas Carol
November 15 – December 1
Come to the Beardsley Theater as the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “A Christmas Carol!” The Academy Award-winning composer Michel Legrand has teamed with Sheldon Harnick, one of the theatre’s most celebrated Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning librettists, and the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s prophetic Christmas Eve is reborn.  From the pages of Dickens comes this scintillating musical adaptation of the Yuletide classic that continues to touch hearts and minds the world over.  Tickets are $26.50.  For more information call 231-727-8001.
• November 15: 7:30pm
• November 16: 7:30pm
• November 17: 3:00pm
• November 21: 7:30pm (Please note, there was an error published in the marketing materials. The show on November 28 is scheduled for November 21.)
• November 22: 7:30pm
• November 23: 7:30pm
• November 24: 3:00pm
• November 29: 7:30pm
• November 30: 7:30pm
• December 1: 3:00pm

Big Game Tailgate
November 16 @ 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 16 from 11:30am – 5:00pm, come to Norton Pines Athletic Center for the Big Game Tailgate!  Come root on your favorite team with great people, food, raffles, silent auction, cash bar and a family fun atmosphere. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore.  Sponsors include Boars Belly, Hennessey’s, Click for Kids, I Heart Radio, Van Dyk Mortgage, Trans-Nation Title, Hot Rod Harley Davidson, Hazecamp Meats and Office Machine Company.  The cost is $35.  For more information call (231) 798-1391.

Stories, Songs, and Dances of the Voyageur with Genot Picor
November 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Free
Saturday, November 16 at 1:00pm, bring the family to Hackley Public Library for “Stories, Songs, and Dances of the Voyageur” with Genot Picor!  Learn about frontier history with an interactive performance from professional storyteller Ginot “Winter Elk” Picor.  Follow the tale of an orphan from St. Denis, France who is recruited to work in the fur trade as an indentured servant and then departs on his adventure to the land of “Mitchigaamii.”  This program is free to the public and recommended for all ages!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Lakeshore Camera Club Photography Show & Competition
November 16 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 16 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, the Norton Shores Branch Library is pleased to host the Lakeshore Camera Club of Muskegon’s Bi-annual Show and Competition!  Discover local photographic talent, meet the photographers and vote for your favorite to win. There will be refreshments to enjoy, a photo booth, prints to purchase for holiday gift giving and more.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 16 @ 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. Catch a home game Saturday, November 16 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the Des Moines Buccaneers.  It’s Hockey ‘N Heels Night!  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

Downtown Live Concert Series
November 17 @ 3:00 pm
The Downtown Live Concert Series at the Frauenthal Center begins its second season in October 2019 and will feature every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the West Michigan Concert WINDS which is affiliated with MCC. The 10-concert series continues through April 2020.  Some of the musical selections this season are based upon the 2019 Arts and Humanities Festival (ahFest) theme of “Hope.”  Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $2.00 for students and $10 each for groups of 6 or more.  For more information call 231-727-8001.  November 17, it’s the MCC Honors Orchestra performing “Music of the Russian Composers” at 3:00pm in the Frauenthal Theater.

NaNoWriMo: Family Stories into Fiction
November 18 @ 7:00 pm
Monday, November 18 at 7:00pm, come to Norton Shores Library for “NaNoWriMo: Family Stories into Fiction!”  To celebrate National Novel Writing Month, local writer Fred Sanderlin, author of ‘Journey to Little Rock,’ shares how turning family memories into fiction can be the spark that gets you started on your creative writing journey. No registration is required.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Crafts & Drafts: Holiday Banner & Sign
November 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday, November 18 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for “Crafts & Drafts: Holiday Banner & Sign!” Thanksgiving is around the corner and it’s time to get together with friends and family.  $15 gets you a fun crafty night with all the materials and instructions PLUS any Tier I or Tier 2 beer!
You’ll be making a burlap banner with stencils. You can customize the banner to say anything but few ideas would be… grateful, thankful, your family name, happy thanksgiving…or how about BEER?  Get crafty and pre-register now. Please call the taproom at (231)375-5184 to reserve your seat!  Stay tuned for more crafts & drafts sessions this fall/winter.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events November 4-11, 2019

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

Monday November 4:

Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest
3:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Township Library located at 1765 Ada Ave. for Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest!  Peeves has stolen the Quidditch golden snitch so all Quidditch practices and games have been suspended until it has been recovered.  As members of your team, can you find the snitch in time to save the Quidditch season?  It’s perfect fun for the entire family.  Call 231-760-4329 to register for this free event.

Hackley Crafts: Book Folding
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library for Hackley Crafts featuring Book Folding!  The art of book folding isn’t as tricky as it looks.  In this basic book folding class, with the book and pattern included, you’ll be on your way to creating your own fun masterpiece.  To register for this free event, call HPL at 231-722-8011 or visit hackleylibrary.org.

Christian Music Skate Night
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate & Fun Center located at 1775 Evanston Ave. for an evening filled with Christian and Gospel music. A variety of artists will be featured.  Join them for some family fun and fellowship at this all event for all ages! Admission is $3, or $1 when you bring a can of food to benefit food pantries in our area.  Regular skate rental is $3, roller blades are $5 and premium rental is $6.  For more information call (231) 773-5538.

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

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

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
6:00 pm
The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm.  The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum.  Admission to the museum is also FREE with your membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Tuesday November 5:

Classical Night Steve Thielman on Piano
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Steve Thielman, piano. Music of MacDowell, Chopin, Kabalevsky, Poulenc, Gershwin/Wilde, Beethoven. Dinner at 6:15: Pot roast, roasted root vegetables, mashed potatoes, glass of house wine, pumpkin mousse $17. Book Nook and Java Shop is located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague 231-894-5333

Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest
3:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Township Library located at 1765 Ada Ave. for Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest!  Peeves has stolen the Quidditch golden snitch so all Quidditch practices and games have been suspended until it has been recovered.  As members of your team, can you find the snitch in time to save the Quidditch season?  It’s perfect fun for the entire family.  Call 231-760-4329 to register for this free event.

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

Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
This is a free, 30-minute planetarium show. See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more info, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15. call 231-777-0289.

Wednesday November 6:

Lunch n’ Learn: Beethoven and Blue Jeans
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join The Block for “Lunch n’ Learn: Beethoven and Blue Jeans! ‘  Doors open at 11:45am for this free event.  The West Michigan Symphony presents a brown bag lunch and conversation about Masterworks.2:  Beethoven and Blue Jeans.  Bring your own lunch and enjoy an hour of lively discussion with Music Director Scott Speck and a special guest. Those who have tickets to attend the associated West Michigan Symphony masterworks concert on Friday, November 8 will get a primer to the works that will be presented, and for those who don’t, tickets will be available to purchase. For more information call 231-726-3231.

Thursday November 7:

Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest
3:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Township Library located at 1765 Ada Ave. for Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest!  Peeves has stolen the Quidditch golden snitch so all Quidditch practices and games have been suspended until it has been recovered.  As members of your team, can you find the snitch in time to save the Quidditch season?  It’s perfect fun for the entire family.  Call 231-760-4329 to register for this free event.

Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
This is a free, 30-minute planetarium show.  See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes. For more info, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15. call 231-777-0289.

Friday November 8:

West Michigan Symphony: Beethoven & Blue Jeans
7:30 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Center located at 425 W. Western Ave. as the West Michigan Symphony presents “Beethoven & Blue Jeans!” One of classical music’s brightest young stars, Charlie Albright, returns to perform the stormy third piano concerto of Beethoven. This is paired with two of Beethoven’s most beloved works, including the famous fifth symphony. Tickets are $12 for students and $25-$62 for adults. For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Night with Brian Oberlin Mandolin Player
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Visit the Book Nook and Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague to enjoy Brian Oberlin an internationally acclaimed mandolin player and educator. During his decades long professional career, Brian has been playing swing, bluegrass, and Italian classical as a solo mandolinist and vocalist. When he is not performing, Brian teaches music to children and adults at art centers, cultural events, festivals, camps, music schools and academies.

Paint n Pour with Laurie Zweck
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for a fun night when we will paint this ever popular vintage pickup truck hauling the family Christmas tree! This is a 3 hour project so we will be starting promptly at 6pm!RSVP REQUIRED (616) 970-1451 $30/person Cash/Debit/CC accepted. Book Nook and Java Shop is located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague 231-894-5333

Fresh Coast Comedy Presents: Ricarlo Winston & David Dyer
7:00 pm
SE4SONS Banquet Center located at 2801 Lakeshore Dr. and Fresh Coast Comedy welcome Ricarlo Winston and David Dyer for a fun night of live comedy.  Tickets are $20 and include the show and pre-show appetizers from 7:00 – 8:00pm. All tickets must be purchased in advance at SE4SONS bar during restaurant hours.  For more information call (231) 759-3405.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game Military Night!
Puck drops @7:05 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. Catch a home game Friday, November 8 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the Green Bay Gamblers.  It’s Military Night!  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

Perfect Presents Preview Party
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Join Art Cats Gallery located at 1845 Lakeshore Dr. for the official holiday kick-off event. Enjoy fabulous new artwork by local and national artists, browse their great collection of ornaments, holiday décor and, of course, gifts.  Everything is handmade!  Featured artists include Louise Hopson, Karen Nichols, Christi Dreese, Rick Eastham, Jennifer Gould, Leandra Drumm, John Herron, Maggie Bandstra and many, many more.  You’ll also delight in their fabulous selection of holiday bling and adornment for all the jewelry lovers on your list!  Enjoy sweets and treats as you get your holiday shopping off to a fabulous start.  There’ll be giveaways, goody bags, treats and good cheer for all!  For more information call (231) 755-7606.

Hackley Attic Escape Room
5:00 pm
Experience the Hackley House as no one has before! For many years, the Hackley Attic has been a mysterious place for visitors, now, it’s up to you and your closest friends to escape a Victorian storage room filled with puzzles, locks and riddles!  Brush up on your Muskegon history and escape the attic in 80 minutes!  Space is limited to 10 people per session, so be sure to order your tickets through Eventbrite.com!  The cost is $15 for museum members or $20 for non-members.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest
3:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Township Library located at 1765 Ada Ave. for Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest!  Peeves has stolen the Quidditch golden snitch so all Quidditch practices and games have been suspended until it has been recovered.  As members of your team, can you find the snitch in time to save the Quidditch season?  It’s perfect fun for the entire family.  Call 231-760-4329 to register for this free event.

Saturday November 9:

Sugar Sweet Super Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bring the kids to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Sugar Sweet Super Saturday! This free family fun day will have you making the sweetest ornaments you ever did see!  For more information call 231-720-2580. 10:00am & 1:00pm – Family Film, 11:00am – 1:00pm – Guided Look: Explore the galleries with an MMA docent. 11:00am – 2:00pm – Make Candy Wrapper Ornaments.  The ornaments you make will be featured on the 8th Annual Super Saturday Holiday Tree, which will be part of this year’s Festival of Trees! Youth participants who create an ornament to donate to the MMA will receive one free Festival of Trees admission ticket.

Turkey Trail Run 5K
10:00 am
Join the Gillette Nature Association at Hoffmaster for the Turkey Trail Run 5K!  Please arrive 45 minutes prior to race start time of 10:00am in order to ensure that you obtain your t-shirt, race bib/chip and race packet. Please stick around after the race for additional family fun events!  The Little Turkey 1 Mile Trot registration will be at 11:00am at the Visitors Center and is free!  Please be there at 11:00am to sign forms and get a turkey bib for your child.  An adult must accompany the child on the trail.  Transportation will be provided from the beach parking lot to the Visitor Center for runners and visitors via trolley.  Everyone MUST park at the beach parking lot…spectators, little trot participants and runners.Get more Information at www.gillettenature.org.

Flag Retirement Ceremony
11:00 am
The USS Silversides Submarine Museum located at 1346 Bluff St. will be having a Flag Retirement Ceremony in honor of Veterans Day, November 11. Flags to be retired may be dropped off at the Museum during normal operating hours.  231-755-1230.

Perfect Presents Preview Party
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Join Art Cats Gallery located at 1845 Lakeshore Dr. for the official holiday kick-off event. Enjoy fabulous new artwork by local and national artists, browse their great collection of ornaments, holiday décor and, of course, gifts.  Everything is handmade!  Featured artists include Louise Hopson, Karen Nichols, Christi Dreese, Rick Eastham, Jennifer Gould, Leandra Drumm, John Herron, Maggie Bandstra and many, many more.  You’ll also delight in their fabulous selection of holiday bling and adornment for all the jewelry lovers on your list!  Enjoy sweets and treats as you get your holiday shopping off to a fabulous start.  There’ll be giveaways, goody bags, treats and good cheer for all!  For more information call (231) 755-7606.

Back Alley Comedy Club Presents: Spencer James
8:00pm
Check out the Back Alley Comedy Club located 1531 W. Sherman Blvd. for Spencer James! Spencer’s comedy career started very early on, namely as an eleven year old fat kid getting picked on by school bullies while also being ignored by seemingly every girl in his vicinity.  Spencer holds the 2014 Winner title of The World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He has gritted his comedy teeth on bars and comedy clubs across America, including performances for the fisherman of Dutch Harbor, AK, made famous by the hit TV show “Deadliest Catch”, Laughs TV features on Fox TV, and also for American troops stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI.  Tickets are $7 in advance + $1 convenience charge or $10 at the door.  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

4th Annual International Games Day at MCC
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Celebrate International Games Day with Muskegon Community College located 221 Quarterline.  Board games, video games and card games are planned in MCC’s Hendrik Meijer Library.  The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Meijer store on S. Harvey St. in Muskegon.  Gamers of all ages (those under 16 years will need a responsible adult with them) are invited to take part in the games and contests being staged in and around the MCC Library. Gamers are encouraged to bring their own remote controls, game systems, and games.  Virtual reality headsets will be available on a first come, first served basis.For more information, contact Emily Busch at (231) 777-0493 or at emily.busch@muskegoncc.edu or Lisa Anderson at (231) 777-0274 or at lisa.anderson@muskegoncc.edu.

Once Upon a Princess
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Snow Queen is coming to Hackley Public Library located at 316 W. Webster and you are cordially invited to meet her!  Born with magical powers, the Snow Queen comes from a land far away where ice, snow, and sun are plentiful.  She loves to share stories and crafts with any that come to meet her. This is a ticketed event and will incorporate a meet-and-greet as well as pictures with the Snow Queen. Tickets are free and will be available for pick up in the Youth Services Department starting October 24.  Party dress is definitely encouraged!  This free event is recommended for ages 0-14.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game 80’s Night!
Puck drops @7:05 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. Catch a home game Friday, November 8 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the Green Bay Gamblers.  It’s Military Night!  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest
3:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Township Library located at 1765 Ada Ave. for Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest!  Peeves has stolen the Quidditch golden snitch so all Quidditch practices and games have been suspended until it has been recovered.  As members of your team, can you find the snitch in time to save the Quidditch season?  It’s perfect fun for the entire family.  Call 231-760-4329 to register for this free event.

Charlie Albright: Classical Piano
7:30 pm
Come to The Block located at 360 W. Western Ave. for Charlie Albright playing classical piano! Doors and bar open at 7:00pm.  Hailed by The New York Times for his “jaw-dropping technique,” young American pianist Charlie Albright is also a facile improviser known for literally composing a piece on the spot from three or four notes suggested by the audience.  Tickets are $25 – $35 or $10 for students.  For more information call 231-726-3231.

Catbird Seat Harmony Singing
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Catbird Seat features the harmony singing of Wanda Degen & Kay Rinker-O’Neil combined with Wanda’s autoharp & dulcimers and Kay’s flute & guitar. Their repertoire is a mix of traditional & contemporary Celtic, Folk, Great Lakes & vintage Pop. This takes place at the Book Nook and Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague 231-894-5333

Hackley Attic Escape Room
5:00 pm
Experience the Hackley House as no one has before! For many years, the Hackley Attic has been a mysterious place for visitors, now, it’s up to you and your closest friends to escape a Victorian storage room filled with puzzles, locks and riddles!  Brush up on your Muskegon history and escape the attic in 80 minutes!  Space is limited to 10 people per session, so be sure to order your tickets through Eventbrite.com!  The cost is $15 for museum members or $20 for non-members.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Billy Ray Bauer
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Check out the Back Alley Comedy Club located at 1531 W. Sherman Blvd. for Billy Ray Bauer! Some off-the-wall impersonations and dialects and observations on living in America today and you have very funny and engaging entertainment that is sure to hit home with audiences of all ages.  Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door + $1 convenience charge.  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

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

Sunday November 10:

Music and Mimosas Sunday Brunch
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join the Book Nook and Java Shop for music and mimosas Sunday brunch with Blueberry Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Fruit, Mimosa, Coffee or OJ $10.00 located at 8744 Ferry Street Montague. RSVP (231) 894 – 5333. The time is from 10 am – noon

The Swan Series
4:00 pm
The White Lake Music Society is pleased to offer two upcoming lectures featuring retired Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s violist Robert Swan. These 4:00pm lectures will take place on Sunday, November 10 and Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the Praise Center of the United Methodist Church in Whitehall.  Admission is $7 at the door.  For more information, please contact Director Sondra Cross at 231-329-3056 or visit www.whitelakemusic.org.

Monday November 11:
In Honor of Veterans Day our office is closed today

Honor Your Veteran with a Tribute Flag from the USS Silversides
November 11
From Monday, November 11 – New Year’s Day, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum is offering Tribute Flags to memorialize your Veteran for the Holiday Season. For more information call 231-755-1230

Veterans Day Ceremony
November 11
The traditional ceremony will be held outdoors at the Causeway Veterans Memorial Park beginning at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Francis Gerrit Veldman, a WWII veteran and former commander of American Legion Post 9. The 98-year old received the Purple Heart while serving with the 70th Infantry Division, known as the “Trailblazers,” who spearheaded the Seventh United State Army’s drive into Germany. Jason Whitman, commander of Muskegon County Council Veterans of Foreign Wars, will offer opening remarks. The posting of the colors and a 21-gun rifle salute will be conducted by the VFW Post 8846 Honor Guard. Mike Baauw, director of the Muskegon County Department of Veterans Affairs, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Bob Hall, chaplain of American Legion Post 9, will deliver the opening prayer. The event includes patriotic music by the Reeths-Puffer Middle School band, under the direction of Rich Erne. Flo Predko will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America. The Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the American Revolution will present wreaths.

Veterans Day Salute
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
There will be a Veterans Day Salute at Muskegon Community College, honoring all who have served our country in the U.S. Armed Forces. Please join them for this special 100 Years (1919-2019) celebration on Veterans’ Day in the Bartels-Rode Gymnasium at MCC.  All veterans in attendance will receive a commemorative gift.  For more information call (231) 773-9131.

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

Those Who Cared for Those Who Served
7:00 pm
Come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum located at 1346 Bluff St. for the opening of their new exhibit, “Those Who Cared for Those Who Served.” The museum will honor corpsman, chaplains and the medical services in all branches of the military who provided support to those served.  This is a group which often goes unrecognized.  The USS Silversides Museum is honored to highlight those who cared for those who served.  For more information call 231-755-1230

Haunted Tunnel at Van’s Car Wash & Quick Lube – Apple Avenue Location – Nov. 1 & 2

Van’s Car Wash & Quick Lube is getting ready for its fifth annual Halloween-themed haunted event. The car wash at the Apple Ave. location will be transformed into a terrorizing tunnel, to benefit a local charity.

The event began in 2015, with about 90 cars participating. This year, Van’s expects to see 1,000 or more. Annually, this event raises thousands of dollars for a local non-profit. Pioneer Resources, this year’s benefactor, offers a diverse array of individualized supports for persons with disabilities and seniors. They provide housing, transportation services, ABA Therapy for individuals diagnosed with Autism, recreational opportunities, employment and vocational training services, independent living support, and recreational opportunities in Muskegon and Ottawa counties. For more on their services: www.pioneerresources.org

In the past, the Haunted Car Wash was integrated with the operating car wash. This year, because of the volume of cars and for the security of the volunteers, the car wash will not be running for safety reasons. The additional volunteers will allow for more haunting and special effects in the tunnel. Each car will also receive a spooky goodie bag while supplies last.

Haunted Tunnel
When: Nov. 1 & 2 from 7-10 pm
Location: 2226 E. Apple Ave., Muskegon
Cost: $10 donation, 100% of the proceeds going to Pioneer Resources

Van’s Car Wash & Quick Lube has been locally owned and managed, serving the community since it opened its first car wash on Sherman Blvd. in 1969. The Haunted Tunnel is one of many events on the 2019 calendar, all to celebrate 50 years of service in the community. For other upcoming events and promotions, please visit vanscarwash.com for details.

Services include car washes and quick lube/oil change services with seven locations in the Muskegon, Fruitport, and Fremont areas. The Sherman location offers repairs and other maintenance. Van’s car washes are one of the few locations that prep and spot clean your car before the automated wash. Also, with each oil change or auto service purchased, customers receive a free car wash. For a list of all locations and Haunted Tunnel details, please visit vanscarwash.com.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events October 14 – 21, 2019

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

Monday October 14:

Christian Music Skate Night
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate & Fun Center located at 1775 Evanston Ave. for an evening filled with Christian and Gospel music.  A variety of artists will be featured, such as For King & Country, Mercyme, Hillsong Young & Free, Micah Tyler, TobyMac, Zach Williams, Erica Campbell, Levi, Myron Butler, Mandisa and Aaron Cole to name a few. Join them for some family fun and fellowship at this all ages event! Admission is $3, or $1 when you bring a can of food to benefit food pantries in our area.  Regular skate rental is $3, roller blades are $5 and premium rental is $6.  For more information call (231) 773-5538.

Crafts & Drafts
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Company for Crafts & Drafts, an event for all those crafting wannabes with their Pinterest pins full of craft projects to try! They’ve done the hard part of choosing a craft, gathering the supplies and giving you step by step instructions so all that all is left is to have fun creating!  This crafts and drafts night will involve creating unique and fun spooky pieces you will be thrilled to display this Halloween! The cost is $25 per person and includes a Tier I or Tier II beer.  To register or for more information, call (231) 375-5184.

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

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

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
6:00 pm
The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm.  The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum.  Admission to the museum is also FREE with your membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Tuesday October 15:

Abracadabra Live on Tour
7:30 pm
Be amazed at the Frauenthal Theater for “Abracadabra Live on Tour!” From the co-creator of Broadway’s “The Illusionists” franchise comes an all-new illusionary spectacular featuring five world-class magicians, illusionists, escape artists and sleight-of-hand specialists along with a supporting cast of talented dancers and visual artists.  Tickets for this family-friendly show are $25, $35 and $45.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Planetarium Show: Supervolcanoes
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
“Supervolcanoes” is a free, 30-minute planetarium show that looks at a rare class of large volcanic eruptions on Earth and other planets. See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more info, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15. call 231-777-0289.

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

Teen FabLab with Muskegon Community College
4:00 pm
Teens are invited to the Norton Shores Library to explore and try some of the amazing technology available through Muskegon Community College’s FabLab!  This free event is for ages 11-18.  Call 231-780-8844 to register.

Wednesday October 16:

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

Thursday October 17:

Barbershop Sing Fest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come to Unruly Brewing Co. located at 360 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon for the Barbershop Sing Fest! The Pioneer District Quartet Champions Association is in town and they will be hanging out at the taproom and singing for everyone.  Come out and enjoy some of Muskegon’s great craft beer and sing along.  Call for more information (231) 288-1068

After Hours Tours: FREE
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Dive into history and learn details about Hackley Public Library located at 316 W. Webster Ave. during an ‘After-Hours’ guided tour!  Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms.  The tours will begin at 5:00pm.  Please park in the rear parking lot as the front doors will be locked. Tours will be approximately 1 hour.  These tours are free and open to the public. Call (231) 722-8000 with any questions.

Thursday Night Music Club: Box On
7:00 pm
Visit the Norton Shores Library located at 705 Seminole Rd. for the Thursday Night Music Club featuring Box On!  This dynamic family polka band brings youth, excitement and energy to this favorite musical genre.  Admission is free.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Back to the Beat: Halloween Adult Roller Skating Night
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Come to Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate & Fun Center located at 1775 Evanston Ave. for the “Back to the Beat” adult roller skating night!  This is a Halloween social that’ll be such a fright, featuring skating, hocus pocus, Halloween and 90’s music all night!  Join them for a good time for adults 18 and older!  Costumes are encouraged, but not required.  Admission is $6.  Regular skate rental is $4, roller blades are $5 and premium rental is $6.  For more information call (231) 773-5538.

Grand Opening: Mylan’s Waterfront Grille
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Everyone is invited to the Grand Opening of Mylan’s Waterfront Grille located at 115 N. Mears. Participate in the adult Mini Pumpkin Painting Contest for a chance to win free merchandise and gift cards.  Entry is $5 and includes your pumpkin, paint and alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic punch!  You’ll also enjoy ½ off select appetizers.  Be sure to get there by 5:00pm for the Ribbon Cutting!  For more information call (231) 894-0947.

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

Fetch Cycling Group
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Fetch Brewing Company on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a 60 minute No Drop Bike Ride. All abilities and fitness levels are encouraged and welcome.  Helmets are strongly encouraged.  Fetch Brewing Company provides you with the added incentive of $1 off your first post-ride beer!

Planetarium Show: Supervolcanoes
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
“Supervolcanoes” is a free, 30-minute planetarium show that looks at a rare class of large volcanic eruptions on Earth and other planets. See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes. For more info, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15. call 231-777-0289.

Friday October 18:

Show of Champions
9:30 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Show of Champions!  The Pioneer District Quartet Champions Association will feature Power Play, Frontier, Remix, Upper Deck and Extension Cords at this fun Barber Shop Quartet Show which takes place immediately following this year’s contest.  Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.  Students are $10.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Once Upon a Murder Mystery
6:00 pm
The North Muskegon Library located at 1522 Ruddiman Dr.  has an event happening.  Join them in the enchanted forest for an evening of food and fun as you and other attendees try to determine if Queen Black really wants peace or if things are about to turn deadly.  The cost is $10 per person and includes food & beverages. Register at the library where you will be assigned a storybook character.  This event is for ages 16 and up.  Call 231-744-6080 to register.

Hackley & Hume Historic Site: All Access Tours
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
You can go where no visitor has gone before on All Access Tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site located at 484 W. Webster Ave.! Explore behind closed doors including attics, porches, and basements of both houses.  Enjoy different themed topics such as restoration, preservation, family stories, new discoveries in the research, the Hackley House during the Red Cross years, the Hume home as a Daycare Center, as well as future projects.  Please RSVP by calling 231-722-7578.  The cost is $20 or $15 for members.

Friday Family Fun Night: Smashing Pumpkins
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center located at 430 W. Clay Ave. for a Smashing Pumpkins Friday Family Fun Night!  It’s a date night at the museum for the whole family featuring extended museum hours with fun stations and themes.  Smashing Pumpkins will feature their museum-built trebuchet!  Kids can paint their own pumpkin (while supplies last), then take it home or take it outside and smash it!  They can also make a popsicle stick catapult to test with candy pumpkins.  Admission is only $5 or free for museum members and Muskegon County residents.  For more information call the museum during business hours at 231-722-0278.

West Michigan Vintage Market
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
One event on October 19, 2019 at 9:00 am
My Space Office and Storage located at 1657 S. Getty St. invites you to join them for their Fall Vendor Sale, offering 10,000+ square  feet of amazing curators, local food vendors, and artisans featuring shabby chic décor, handmade jewelry, mid-century modern, re-purposed furniture and so much more.  The entire building will be open to the public featuring dozens of local businesses.  For more information call 231-726-3624.

Haunted Hall: Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed
7:00 pm – 10:00
Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:00pm – 10:00pm in the Lakes Mall located at 5600 Harvey St., the cost is $15 per person!  This year’s theme is “Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed!”  Get four haunts for the price of one; “They Hid the Gold in a Swamp,” “Deadly Tunnels to Move It,” “Industry of Fear Fueled by Gold,” and “Always Distorting the Public Eye!”  They HIGHLY recommend people follow them on Facebook to receive notifications of special deals and ticket give-aways!  FAQ’s can be found on their website at www.hauntedhall.com.

Saturday October 19:

Muskegon Heritage Museum’s Community Days: FREE
11:00 am – 4:00 pm (Swanson’s Pickles & pickle tasting)
Our collection includes informational exhibits, artifacts and photos pertaining to Muskegon’s industries, historic homes and businesses.  They have a working steam engine with a line shaft that runs 11 machine tools as well as a working Brunswick pinsetter, a spring winding machine, and over 80 other companies represented in exhibits.  Don’t let the modest storefront fool you, the museum has over 12,000 square feet of display space, spanning three floors! Today’s sponsor is Swanson Pickles and pickle tasting. For more information call 231-722-1363

West Michigan Vintage Market
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
One event on October 19, 2019 at 9:00 am
My Space Office and Storage located at 1657 S. Getty St. invites you to join them for their Fall Vendor Sale, offering 10,000+ square  feet of amazing curators, local food vendors, and artisans featuring shabby chic décor, handmade jewelry, mid-century modern, re-purposed furniture and so much more.  The entire building will be open to the public featuring dozens of local businesses.  For more information call 231-726-3624.

Halloween Bash
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Bring the family, friends and neighbors to the Muskegon Farmers Market for the Halloween Bash!  This free event features a costume parade starting from the Farmers Market stage. Visit with the Critter Barn, Princesses, and Super Heroes!  Decorate a pumpkin, play some games, win prizes, and trick or treat.  Activities will be spread between the Farmers Market to Western Market Shops and everything is while supplies last.  For more information call (231) 722-3251.

Spook-tacular Watercolors Craft 
2:00 pm
Children’s book illustrator Lori McElrath-Eslick is back at Hackley Library located at 316 W. Webster Ave.  She’ll help you learn how to paint with watercolors and create a spooky design just in time for Halloween.  Adult supervision is required for younger participants. This free event is for kids 5 and up.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Delicious Demise: “Cocktail Party Set in a Fine Winery”
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to the Art of Cookery for “Delicious Demise!: Participants act out the roles with scripts and as much hilarity as they wish.   You will be emailed your character, costume suggestion (easy and optional) and more information about the theme prior to arrival.  The mystery activities and buffet last from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.  To register online, click the link below and find the right date(s) for you.  To register offline call 231-740-4065 or email ICan@artcookery.com.  The cost is $40.  This event is not suitable for those under 17 due to adult themes.

Muskegon Lumberjack’s Home Game -VS- Green Bay Gamblers
Puck drops @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. Catch the home game at the L.C. Walker Arena located at 955 Fourth St.  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

Haunted Hall: Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed
7:00 pm – 10:00pm
Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:00pm – 10:00pm in the Lakes Mall located at 5600 Harvey St., the cost is $15 per person!  This year’s theme is “Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed!”  Get four haunts for the price of one; “They Hid the Gold in a Swamp,” “Deadly Tunnels to Move It,” “Industry of Fear Fueled by Gold,” and “Always Distorting the Public Eye!”  They HIGHLY recommend people follow them on Facebook to receive notifications of special deals and ticket give-aways!  FAQ’s can be found on their website at www.hauntedhall.com.

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

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

Visit Muskegon Depot to Depot Fall Color Tours
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Experience Michigan’s beautiful autumn, and a fun fall tradition.
Visit Muskegon presents the 15th Annual “Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour”.
🍁 Drive your car or ride your bike along this self-guided route that stretches from the Muskegon South Pierhead Light to the White River Light Station. Travel on some of Muskegon’s most scenic roads along Lake Michigan and the West Michigan Pike Byway. Visit historic sites, enjoy nature and snap some “selfies”.
🍁 This event is FREE. Participants will receive fall refreshments and coupons to area businesses. There are also free pumpkins for the children and complimentary Visit Muskegon postcards for the grownups (while supplies last).
🍁 Stamp your map at the designated stops and enter to win 2 round trip passes for the Lake Express High-Speed Ferry between Muskegon and Milwaukee. (For use in the 2020 season)
🍁 Check in on social media for chances to win weekly giveaways.
🍁 Start your journey, and pick up your map at either historic Depot:
* The Muskegon Union Depot, home to Visit Muskegon (Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau). 610 W Western Ave, Muskegon, MI * Chamber Train Depot, home to the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce 124 W Hanson, Whitehall, MI

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

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

Sunday October 20:

Yoga – Beer Event
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. invites you to their Beer/Yoga Event at their new facility located at 895 5th St.! A tour of the new facility will take place after yoga.  Then you will gather at the taproom for a beer and community hang out!  Non-alcoholic beverages are also available.  Registration is highly encouraged.  Only $10 will get you a 1 hour vinyasa yoga class (all levels welcome) and a level one beer.  Bring your yoga mat and a friend, or come alone! Yoga starts promptly at 11:00am.  To register or for more information, call (231) 375-5184.

Monday October 21:

Christian Music Skate Night
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate & Fun Center located at 1775 Evanston Ave. for an evening filled with Christian and Gospel music.  A variety of artists will be featured, such as For King & Country, Mercyme, Hillsong Young & Free, Micah Tyler, TobyMac, Zach Williams, Erica Campbell, Levi, Myron Butler, Mandisa and Aaron Cole to name a few. Join them for some family fun and fellowship at this all ages event! Admission is $3, or $1 when you bring a can of food to benefit food pantries in our area.  Regular skate rental is $3, roller blades are $5 and premium rental is $6.  For more information call (231) 773-5538.

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

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

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
6:00 pm
The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm.  The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum.  Admission to the museum is also FREE with your membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events October 7 – 14, 2019

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

Monday October 7:

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

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

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
6:00 pm
The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm.  The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum.  Admission to the museum is also FREE with your membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Tuesday October 8:

Legends and Lore Downtown Walking Tour
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
This tour will feature Muskegon lore, legends, and scandals.  The evening will start inside the historic Union Depot building, include a brief tour of the Hackley Public Library and Torrent House, and end at 18th Amendment Distillery with a drink and final tale!  They will highlight other notable residents, buildings and events along the way.  The cost is $25.  For more information call 231-722-0278.

Planetarium Show: Supervolcanoes
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
“Supervolcanoes” is a free, 30-minute planetarium show that looks at a rare class of large volcanic eruptions on Earth and other planets. See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more info, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15. call 231-777-0289.

Paint and Sip
8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Come to “Paint and Sip” at Lombardo’s Sports Bar located at 2190 Whitehall Rd., North Muskegon. You’ll create a Halloween themed canvas painting with easy step by step guided instruction.  All supplies are included.  There will be limited seating, so reserve your spot soon!  You have the option to arrive at Lombardo’s a half hour early to pay the day of the event, or pay online through Eventbrite.com with an added online fee.  The cost is $35.  Please email katrina@artcreationstation.com or message Art Creation Station on Facebook with questions.

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

Wednesday October 9:

Hello Fall at Hennessy’s Pub
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
It’s “Hello Fall at Hennessy’s Pub!” All registered artists for this event will receive a $5.00 food voucher for the delicious Hennessy menu.  This event is for ages 18 & up and features a bigger 16×20 canvas!  The cost is only $30 per artist.  You’ll create a “Hello Fall” masterpiece and all necessary supplies, and step-by-step instructions from an artist are included. Payment is collected at the event.  (Credit Card or exact cash accepted)  Reserve your easel today.  This event is reservation only, so e-mail createaframeshows@yahoo.com!

ahfest FREE Film Fest: Green Book
6:00 pm
Each of the films in this year’s film fest has been chosen with the 2019 ahfest theme—HOPE—in mind. Learn more about the Muskegon Area Arts & Humanities Festival at ahfest.org.
All films will be shown at the Muskegon Museum of Art. Films begin at 6:00pm with a brief introduction by Muskegon Community College English and Film instructor Mary Tyler. Each film ends with an optional discussion lead by Mary Tyler.  Admission and popcorn are free!  Attending every film allows you to enter a drawing to win a Grand Prize!  For more information call 231-720-2570. October 9 | Green Book – 2018 Academy Award winner for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali.

Tempting Tables
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
The Pine Street Mercantile presents “Tempting Tables” to benefit breast cancer research. Come to the Delta Hotel by Marriot Muskegon Downtown to enjoy this extraordinary biannual event featuring exquisite table settings and unique collections!  For more info. call (231) 830-4255.

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

Thursday October 10:

Author Happy Hour with Mary Agria
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Laced with gardening tips, and wisdom, TIME IN A GARDEN (LIFE IN THE GARDEN Series Book 1, 2006) is an inspiring story of emotional and spiritual growth. “A must-read for the contemplative gardener…” – Suffolk Times, 2006; “Richly drawn characters who continue to be haunted by ultimate questions of mortality and spirituality… pure wisdom.” – 5-Stars, Amazon.com; “… one of my top ten best reads. The characters are beautiful. I loved this book. It garnered positive reviews from our book club.” Barnes & Noble, 5-Star Review

Sherlock Holmes Escape Room
4:00 pm -7:30 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library for the Sherlock Holmes Escape Room!  Watson and Holmes are working against the clock and they need your help!  Clues abound in this escape room, but do you have the wits to solve the mystery in time?  Registration is required.  Groups must have at least one adult, and can be no larger than 8 participants.  To register and claim a time slot please call 231-722-8014.  This escape room is free.  All ages are recommended.

AhFest HOPE Growers Reception: FREE TO PUBLIC
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Muskegon Community College and the West Shore Symphony invite you to The Block for the “AhFest HOPE Growers Reception!”  Hosted by ahFest (Muskegon Arts and Humanities Festival), this is an informal arts-council style collaboration consisting of fourteen members from music and museums to art, theatre, film, humanities, radio, tourism and more.  This event is free to the public and no reservations are needed.  Light snacks, a cash bar and live music will be the backdrop for several engaging Hope Grower presentations from those who are finding and growing HOPE in their own backyards.  For more information, visit www.ahfest.org.

Tempting Tables
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
The Pine Street Mercantile presents “Tempting Tables” to benefit breast cancer research. Come to the Delta Hotel by Marriot Muskegon Downtown to enjoy this extraordinary biannual event featuring exquisite table settings and unique collections!  For more info. call (231) 830-4255.

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

Fetch Cycling Group
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Fetch Brewing Company on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a 60 minute No Drop Bike Ride. All abilities and fitness levels are encouraged and welcome.  Helmets are strongly encouraged.  Fetch Brewing Company provides you with the added incentive of $1 off your first post-ride beer!

Open Mic Night with Kumasi Mack
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster for Open Mic Night with Kumasi Mack! Kumasi, alongside his DJ and two featured artists, will provide a night of spoken word at the MMA.  Spoken word pieces will relate to themes explored in the exhibition Undying Traditions: Memento Mori.  Crowd participation is welcome and this event is free!  For more information call 231-720-2570

Jazz Night with Aedan McCauley
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jazz Night with Aedan McCauley at the beautiful Book Nook and Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague. Great atmosphere for locals and travelers alike!

Planetarium Show: Supervolcanoes
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
“Supervolcanoes” is a free, 30-minute planetarium show that looks at a rare class of large volcanic eruptions on Earth and other planets. See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes. For more info, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15. call 231-777-0289.

Friday October 11:

Comedian Steve Hofstetter
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Check out the Back Alley Comedy Club for Comedian Steve Hofstetter!  Steve has a whopping 150 million views on YouTube, and is also the host of Finding Babe Ruth on FS1.  His book, “Ginger Kid,” is a top 5 pick on Amazon and debuted at number one in its category.  Hofstetter was the host and executive producer of season one of “Laughs” (FOX) and he has been on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and E! True Hollywood Story, Comics Unleashed, Comedy All-Stars, Quite Frankly, White Boyz in the Hood, Countdown, and more.  His second movie debuted this past winter, and he has had two top 20 comedy albums (including one that hit number 1 on iTunes comedy charts).  He is a former columnist for Sports Illustrated and the NHL, and has also written for Maxim and the New York Times, among others.  Tickets are only $20!  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

Haunted Hall: Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed
7:00 pm – 10:00
Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:00pm – 10:00pm in the Lakes Mall located at 5600 Harvey St., the cost is $15 per person!  This year’s theme is “Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed!”  Get four haunts for the price of one; “They Hid the Gold in a Swamp,” “Deadly Tunnels to Move It,” “Industry of Fear Fueled by Gold,” and “Always Distorting the Public Eye!”  They HIGHLY recommend people follow them on Facebook to receive notifications of special deals and ticket give-aways!  FAQ’s can be found on their website at www.hauntedhall.com.

Sherlock Holmes Escape Room
4:00 pm -7:30 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library for the Sherlock Holmes Escape Room!  Watson and Holmes are working against the clock and they need your help!  Clues abound in this escape room, but do you have the wits to solve the mystery in time?  Registration is required.  Groups must have at least one adult, and can be no larger than 8 participants.  To register and claim a time slot please call 231-722-8014.  This escape room is free.  All ages are recommended.

Tempting Tables
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
The Pine Street Mercantile presents “Tempting Tables” to benefit breast cancer research. Come to the Delta Hotel by Marriot Muskegon Downtown to enjoy this extraordinary biannual event featuring exquisite table settings and unique collections!  For more info. call (231) 830-4255.

Hackley Attic Escape Room
5:00 pm & 7:00pm
Experience the Hackley House as no one has before! For many years, the Hackley Attic has been a mysterious place for visitors, now, it’s up to you and your closest friends to escape a Victorian storage room filled with puzzles, locks and riddles!  Brush up on your Muskegon history and escape the attic in 80 minutes!  Space is limited to 10 people per session, so be sure to order your tickets through Eventbrite.com!  The cost is $15 for museum members or $20 for non-members.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room
October 11 – October 12
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the “Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room!” The mad minds at the LSMC are at it again, and this time they are testing your skills to see if you can escape the mad scientist lab in 60 minutes.  This escape room will challenge your teamwork and problem solving as you try to get out before it is too late!  Register at Eventbrite.com. The cost is $20.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Saturday October 12:

Muskegon Civic Theatre Penguin Project presents: Peter Pan Jr.
October 12 – October 13
October 12 at 7:30pm and October 13 at 3:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for Peter Pan Jr.! Tickets are $11.50.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Little Landscapes Super Saturday: FREE
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bring the kiddos to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Little Landscapes Super Saturday! This free family fun day will allow you to experience landscapes like never before!  Admission and activities are free!  For more information call 231-720-2570.
• 10:00am & 1:00pm – Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm – Guided Look: Explore The Land: Art by Bill Hosterman and Ed Wong-Ligda with an MMA docent.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm – Make & Take: Create your own landscape using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).

Lundell Farms Fall Fun Day
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join Lundell Farms for a Fall Fun Day! Visit with the animals, enjoy a hayride, buy your pumpkins to take home, and more!  For more information call (231) 740-8672.

Hackley Attic Escape Room
5:00 pm & 7:00pm
Experience the Hackley House as no one has before! For many years, the Hackley Attic has been a mysterious place for visitors, now, it’s up to you and your closest friends to escape a Victorian storage room filled with puzzles, locks and riddles!  Brush up on your Muskegon history and escape the attic in 80 minutes!  Space is limited to 10 people per session, so be sure to order your tickets through Eventbrite.com!  The cost is $15 for museum members or $20 for non-members.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Sherlock Holmes Escape Room
4:00 pm -7:30 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library for the Sherlock Holmes Escape Room!  Watson and Holmes are working against the clock and they need your help!  Clues abound in this escape room, but do you have the wits to solve the mystery in time?  Registration is required.  Groups must have at least one adult, and can be no larger than 8 participants.  To register and claim a time slot please call 231-722-8014.  This escape room is free.  All ages are recommended.

Halloween Full Moon Monster Bash Aboard the Aquastar
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Board the Aquastar for a “Halloween Full Moon Monster Bash!”  This is a party for the grown ups and will be the last cruise of 2019.  There’ll be a costume contest with prizes for best male and female costumes, as well as drink specials, dancing and fun as the sun sets and the full moon rises! Tickets are $28 and won’t last long, so visit www.aquastarcruises.com and make your reservations today!  For more information, call 231-903-0669.

Muskegon Lumberjack’s Home Opener-VS- U17
Puck drops @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. Catch the home opener Saturday, October 12 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on U17.  It’s 13 On Your Side Night!  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

City of the Dead
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to Evergreen Cemetery to experience “City of the Dead!” Meet some of the city’s founding fellows, names well known and not, in this historic walking tour featuring historical re-enactments.   The event is rain or shine.  Guests are encouraged to bring umbrellas if needed and to wear walking shoes in addition to dressing for the weather. The tour does go off the paved path.  Tickets are $5 at the door.  For more information call 231-755-2932.

Haunted Hall: Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed
7:00 pm – 10:00
Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:00pm – 10:00pm in the Lakes Mall located at 5600 Harvey St., the cost is $15 per person!  This year’s theme is “Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed!”  Get four haunts for the price of one; “They Hid the Gold in a Swamp,” “Deadly Tunnels to Move It,” “Industry of Fear Fueled by Gold,” and “Always Distorting the Public Eye!”  They HIGHLY recommend people follow them on Facebook to receive notifications of special deals and ticket give-aways!  FAQ’s can be found on their website at www.hauntedhall.com.

Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room
October 11 – October 12
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the “Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room!” The mad minds at the LSMC are at it again, and this time they are testing your skills to see if you can escape the mad scientist lab in 60 minutes.  This escape room will challenge your teamwork and problem solving as you try to get out before it is too late!  Register at Eventbrite.com. The cost is $20.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Bluegrass Festival: Calabogie Road
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Calabogie Road is a true West Michigan favorite. Tight harmonies, great song selections, and a passion for performing and entertaining are the hallmarks of the Calabogie Road Experience. As veterans of Michigan’s Bluegrass scene, going back to 1983 and earlier, the members of Calabogie Road truly enjoy every minute onstage and there is always something for everybody at their concerts. Hot pickin’ from Mark’s mandolin and Steve’s banjo, exciting fiddling from Marten, the very best rhythm guitar around from Ruth, and a solid bass line from John make for some exciting shows! Throw in their great harmonies and humor and what have you got? THE CALABOGIE ROAD experience! During Pumpkinfest – Bloody Mary Bar $5. Book Nook and Java Shop is located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague

Bluegrass Festival: Danny Seabolt Experience
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dan Seabolt, a.k.a. Danny, at the age of 12, began studying with master guitar player John King of “The Oat Bran Boys” focusing on music theory and technique. Over the past thirty years he has continued to play with “The Oat Bran Boys” at such places as The Red Rooster Tavern on Scenic Dr. in Muskegon Michigan. They can be heard (and seen) every Wednesday night serenading dinner guests. He also performs with his brother Dave’s band, “Free Wheelin”, based in Big Rapids Michigan. $5 Suggested Cover Dinner at 6:00 Oktoberfest: German brats, sauerkraut, potato salad, rye bread$10. $1 off Oktoberfest beer. Book Nook and Java Shop is located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague

Fall into Painting
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Visit the Lakeshore Museum Center and “Fall into Painting!” The leaves are changing colors all around us. Visit the museum to learn about the science behind this color change and make your own painted trees to take home.  This walk-in, open-house style event is $5, or free to Muskegon County Residents.  Call (231) 722-0278 for more information.

Tempting Tables
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
The Pine Street Mercantile presents “Tempting Tables” to benefit breast cancer research. Come to the Delta Hotel by Marriot Muskegon Downtown to enjoy this extraordinary biannual event featuring exquisite table settings and unique collections!  For more info. call (231) 830-4255.

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

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

Visit Muskegon Depot to Depot Fall Color Tours
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Experience Michigan’s beautiful autumn, and a fun fall tradition.
Visit Muskegon presents the 15th Annual “Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour”.
🍁 For three Saturdays we invite you to celebrate the vibrant colors of our woods, dunes and water!  Drive your car or ride your bike along this self-guided route that stretches from the Muskegon South Pierhead Light to the White River Light Station. Travel on some of Muskegon’s most scenic roads along Lake Michigan and the West Michigan Pike Byway. Visit historic sites, enjoy nature and snap some “selfies”.
🍁 This event is FREE. Participants will receive fall refreshments and coupons to area businesses. There are also free pumpkins for the children and complimentary Visit Muskegon postcards for the grownups (while supplies last).
🍁 Stamp your map at the designated stops and enter to win 2 round trip passes for the Lake Express High-Speed Ferry between Muskegon and Milwaukee. (For use in the 2020 season)
🍁 Check in on social media for chances to win weekly giveaways.
🍁 Start your journey, and pick up your map at either historic Depot:
* The Muskegon Union Depot, home to Visit Muskegon (Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau). 610 W Western Ave, Muskegon, MI * Chamber Train Depot, home to the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce 124 W Hanson, Whitehall, MI

Annual Pumpkinfest Celebration
October 12
October 12 is the date for the Annual Pumpkinfest Celebration featuring the well-known Pumpkin Roll down Ferry St. in downtown Montague!  Pumpkinfest includes a full-day of family-friendly fun and many pumpkin-inspired events and contests including the pumpkin roll, pumpkin painting and carving, pumpkin seed spitting contest, pumpkin weigh-ins, hay rides, bake sale, apple cider mill, face painting, food vendors, Farmer’s Market, Arts & Crafts fair, and more! The Arts and Crafts Festival runs from 10:00am – 4:00pm with crafters displaying a variety of goods.  Shop the marketplace with various vendors and artists selling items including holiday decorations, jewelry, clothing, photography, wood crafts, food dips, and more.  Also, visit the Farmer’s Market and the apple cider mill, along with local food vendors for a variety of fall foods and decorations.  For more information, call (231) 893-4585.

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

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

Sunday October 13:

GMWC Vendor Fair
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Shop at the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for the Vendor Fair! We all love commercial products, but we don’t always have the time to attend a party for each brand.  Visit the ladies of the beautiful, historic Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club to shop all your favorite products in one place! You will see Avon, Better Way, Color Street Nails, doTERRA, Magnolia and Vine, Mary Kay, Norwex, Pampered Chef, Paparazzi, Premier Designs, Pure Haven, Tastefully Simple, and Thirty-One. For more information call (231) 725-9220.

City of the Dead
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come to Evergreen Cemetery to experience “City of the Dead!” Meet some of the city’s founding fellows, names well known and not, in this historic walking tour featuring historical re-enactments.   The event is rain or shine.  Guests are encouraged to bring umbrellas if needed and to wear walking shoes in addition to dressing for the weather. The tour does go off the paved path.  Tickets are $5 at the door.  For more information call 231-755-2932.

Bluegrass Festival: Zellie’s Opry House Band
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Terri Grannis, Mandolin; Tia Turco, Upright Bass; Steve Albert, Banjo; Andy Urquhart, Guitar. Sunday Brunch 10-Noon. Eggs, sausage, banana-nut pancakes, fruit, with choice of mimosa, OJ or coffee $10 Book Nook and Java Shop is located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague

Muskegon Civic Theatre Penguin Project presents: Peter Pan Jr.
October 12 – October 13
October 12 at 7:30pm and October 13 at 3:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for Peter Pan Jr.! Tickets are $11.50.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Monday October 14:

Christian Music Skate Night
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate & Fun Center located at 1775 Evanston Ave. for an evening filled with Christian and Gospel music.  A variety of artists will be featured, such as For King & Country, Mercyme, Hillsong Young & Free, Micah Tyler, TobyMac, Zach Williams, Erica Campbell, Levi, Myron Butler, Mandisa and Aaron Cole to name a few. Join them for some family fun and fellowship at this all ages event! Admission is $3, or $1 when you bring a can of food to benefit food pantries in our area.  Regular skate rental is $3, roller blades are $5 and premium rental is $6.  For more information call (231) 773-5538.

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

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

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
6:00 pm
The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm.  The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum.  Admission to the museum is also FREE with your membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Arbor Circle to Host Fall Festival for Foster Care

MUSKEGON, MI – Arbor Circle will host the Fall Festival for Foster Care to recruit foster and adoptive families in the community. The event will take place at Smith-Ryerson Park, 650 Wood Street, Muskegon, MI 49442, on Saturday, October 12 from 11 AM to 1 PM. The festival will feature Arbor Circle, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and other foster care and adoption agencies in Muskegon County.

The event is open to the public and free of charge. Entertainment will include music by DJ Yung, bounce houses, food, and family friendly fall activities. Individuals and families interested in learning more about foster care and adoption are encouraged to attend this fun and educational event.

Recruiting a diverse community of foster and adoptive families allows agencies to better serve foster children and teens in the community. As of April 2019, approximately 56% of foster children in Muskegon County were identified as children of color, while only 7% of foster homes were families of color. The Fall Festival for Foster Care will be held to promote the need for foster and adoptive families of color in Muskegon County.

This event is made possible in part by a grant from the John & Mary Schumann Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon.

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About Arbor Circle: Through more than 50 programs and services, Arbor Circle provides mental health counseling, substance use treatment, family development, adoption and foster care, advocacy, prevention and quality child care resource and referral services. With a variety of services in 12 West Michigan counties, Arbor Circle serves over 15,000 individuals and families annually. Learn more at www.arborcircle.org.

About The Community Foundation for Muskegon: The Community Foundation for Muskegon County was created in 1961 by local residents to improve the quality of life in their communities. A publicly supported community endowment, the Foundation works with donors, grantees, advisers, and communities to identify and support the issues that shape our area. Learn more at www.muskegonfoundation.org.

25th Annual Buster Keaton Film Festival October 5 in Muskegon, Michigan

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For 25 years, silent film and slapstick aficionados from around the world have been gathering in Muskegon, Michigan, to applaud the life and legacy of Buster Keaton, considered by many to be one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. The International Buster Keaton Society returns to Muskegon for the 25th time Saturday October 5, 2019.

Acclaimed Chicago theater organist Dennis Scott once again will provide live accompaniment for two Keaton silent films at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in Muskegon’s historic Frauenthal theater, 425 W Western Ave. The Saturday night open-to-the-public screening, a tradition since1995, is a way for the Keaton Society to give back to the community that Keaton loved and called “home.” This year audiences will see One Week (1920), Keaton’s first released independent short film, in which a newly married couple attempt to assemble a build-it-yourself house that has had the pieces mis-numbered, and The Cameraman (1928) the last major film made during the height of Keaton’s career, in which he plays the titular figure, who sets out to win over a local newsreel office secretary.

www.busterkeaton.org

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/30/19 – 10/07/19

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

Ongoing Events:

Planetarium Show: Supervolcanoes
“Supervolcanoes” is a free, 30-minute planetarium show that looks at a rare class of large volcanic eruptions on Earth and other planets. See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15 or more, call 231-777-0289.

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

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

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

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

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

Montague Farmers’ Market
The Montague Farmers’ Market opens the first Saturday in June and runs every Saturday through October. The Market is also open on Wednesdays in July, August, and September.  Market hours are from 9:00am – 1:00pm.  Any farmer or baker who is interested in selling goods at the Market should contact Farmers’ Market Manager, Jeff Auch at City Hall at 231-893-1155 ext. 1757 to check if any booths are available.

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

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

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

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
Lectures will be presented every Monday through November 4 at 6:00pm. The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm.  The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum.  Admission to the museum is also FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Special Events:

Fall Seniors’ Retreat
September 30 – October 3
September 30 – October 3 from 8:00am – 5:00pm each day, come to Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference for the Fall Seniors’ Retreat!  Enjoy several days of Bible teaching, worship, fellowship and fun with other adults aged 55 and older.  The featured speaker will be Knute Larson and the worship leader is Burt Kettinger.  Group discounts are available.  For more information, call 231-798-2161 or visit www.vacationwithpurpose.org/event/fall-seniors-retreat.

Family Game Night at the Library
September 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The last Monday of the month from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Ravenna Public Library for Family Game Night!  Would you like to try new or different board games?  Join them as they partner with the Muskegon Area Gamers and The Gaming Annex for a night of family fun.  Selection will vary, but could include games such as Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, and Pandemic.  This event is free and for ages 7 and up.  For more information, call 231-737-6248.

Michigan POW Camps in WWII
September 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
During World War II, six thousand German and Italian Prisoners of War were held in Michigan.  Monday, September 30 at 6:00pm, Dr. Gregory Sumner, author and Professor of History at the University of Detroit Mercy, will discuss the history of the Michigan POW camps and the stories of those detainees. This compelling event at Hackley Library is free to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Pete the Cat Live
September 30 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, September 30 at 6:00pm, bring the kids to the Montague branch of the Muskegon Area District Library to meet beloved book character, Pete the Cat!  This free event will feature Pete the Cat stories read aloud, take a picture with him, and make a craft.  Be sure to bring your camera and share your pictures with on the MADL Facebook page!  Pete will also be appearing at other libraries in Muskegon County throughout this week.  For more information, call 231-893-2675.

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex Season Passes & Luge Tickets
October 1
The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is excited to move into fall and begin the seasonal transition by rolling out their recreation opportunities for the fall and winter seasons. Early Bird Season Passes and 2020 Luge Tickets will be available online beginning Tuesday, October 1 at 8:00am at www.msports.org!
Mega Zipline Update from MWSC:
From a development standpoint, over the summer we have successfully worked through the final design and critical dune permitting challenges required to integrate the accessible dual mega zip line into the delicate ecosystem high atop the dune in which our famed luge track is situated. The zipline has grown in length to over 1300 ft, increasing our level of accessibility to a wider audience! Participants will be racing each other on the dual-line system launching from a 20ft platform at the top of the dune and then soaring 80 ft above ground through the tree canopy over both the winter and summer luge tracks landing on a platform before disembarking the element by sliding down a spiral slide back to the forest floor. The plan is to begin the construction of the zipline mid to late October once the risk of Oak Wilt Tree Disease has subsided at Muskegon State Park with cooler temperatures.

HPL Fall Music Series: Serita’s Black Rose
October 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, October 1 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for their Fall Music Series featuring Serita’s Black Rose!  Serita Crowley, from the Grand Rapids band Serita’s Black Rose, is a self-professed “Funkateer.”  Her mix of funk, rock, blues, neo-soul, and Americana creates “feel good music” that everyone can enjoy.  This performance is free to the public and recommended for all ages.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Classical Night: Folias Duo
October 1 @ 6:00 pm
Tuesday, October 1, you’re invited to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Classical Night featuring Folias Duo! Andrew Bergeron and Carmen Maret are performers, composers, educators and entrepreneurs from Grand Rapids, Michigan, known for their work as the Folias Duo.  Dinner, prepared by Chef Heidi, begins at 6:15pm and includes roasted turkey breast, roasted red-skinned potatoes, green beans, a glass of house wine and apple crisp for only $17.  The concert is at 7:00pm and requires a $5 cover charge. RSVP is required by calling (231) 894-5333 or by e-mailing bryan@thebooknookjavashop.com.

Live @ the Library: Jim Cooper Trio
October 1 @ 6:30 pm
Tuesday, October 1 at 6:30pm, come to the North Muskegon Library for Live @ the Library featuring the Jim Cooper Trio!  Enjoy a free concert with master vibraphonist Jim Cooper leading a trio of exceptional jazz artists, including Robin Connell on keyboard and Tim Froncek on drums.  For more information call 231-744-6080.

Open Irish Jam Session
October 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The first Tuesday of every month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, all musicians are welcome at Hennessey’s Irish Pub for their open Irish Jam session!  Whether participating or just watching it is always a fun time and admission is free.  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

16th Annual Grape Escape
October 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, October 2 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Delta Hotel by Marriott in downtown Muskegon for the 16th Grape Escape! This annual tasting festival features wines and microbrews from over a dozen wineries and microbreweries in Michigan!  Guests will also enjoy delicious food from hometown restaurants. Unique Silent Auction items donated by local merchants will go to the highest bidders.  For more information contact the Muskegon Rotary Club at muskegonrotary@gmail.com.  Tickets are $50 and available through Eventbrite.com.

ahfest Film Fest
October 2 @ 6:00 pm
Each of the films in this year’s film fest has been chosen with the 2019 ahfest theme—HOPE—in mind. Learn more about the Muskegon Area Arts & Humanities Festival at ahfest.org.
All films will be shown at the Muskegon Museum of Art. Films begin at 6:00pm with a brief introduction by Muskegon Community College English and Film instructor Mary Tyler. Each film ends with an optional discussion lead by Mary Tyler.  Admission and popcorn are free!  Attending every film allows you to enter a drawing to win a Grand Prize!  For more information call 231-720-2570.
October 2 | The Intouchables – This amazingly fun and uplifting French film won the Academy Award for a Foreign Film.
October 9 | Green Book – 2018 Academy Award winner for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali.
October 16 | The Fisher King – This lovely fairy-tale-esque film stars Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams. Williams won the Academy Award for his role.
October 23 | The Mustang – Matthias Schoenaerts stars in this brand new film that is based on true and sometimes brutal events. The hope at the end of this emotional film is justly earned.
October 30 | TBD – Surprise Horror Film! – We’ll have fun with Halloween eve film! Like last year, we will have a costume contest with prizes and really rev it up! We hope this will be a fun ending to a wonderful festival.

Paint for a Cause
October 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, October 2 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to SE4SONS Banquet Center for a fun night of painting, great wine and food specials!  They will be painting an 11″x14″ canvas with Create.a.frame ART studio.  The cost is only $25 per painter and proceeds benefit Greater Muskegon Jaycees.  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!

Preserved! Gallery Opening
October 3 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Throughout spring, summer and fall, 16 artists have been exploring the natural areas around West Michigan, bringing the beauty of these places to canvas and clay. On October 3, the artwork they have produced will be on display at the Frauenthal Center Reception Gallery for you to see and purchase. Join the Land Conservancy of Michigan on Thursday, October 3 between 5:00pm – 8:00pm for a chance to meet the artists and to see what happens when conservation and art come together. Drinks and appetizers will be served. Registration sales will benefit the Land Conservancy.  The cost to attend is $50.  For more information call 616-451-9476.

for KING & COUNTRY
October 3 @ 7:00 pm
Two-time GRAMMY award-winning duo for KING & COUNTRY makes a powerful statement with their much-anticipated third album, Burn the Ships, an epic, sweeping musical landscape that explores themes of new beginnings, forgiveness, hope, and love.
Thursday, October 3, for KING & COUNTRY brings their Burn the Ships tour to the L.C. Walker Arena! For more information, visit www.forkingandcountry.com.

Fresh Ghost Comedy Presents: Michael Geeter
October 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thursday, October 3 from 8:00pm – 10:00pm, come to the Smash Wine Bar and Bistro as Fresh Ghost Comedy presents Michael Geeter!  As an Ivy League dropout and community college graduate from Pontiac, MI, Mike brings a pointed look at life, family, and relationships that few others can…or should.  From his upbringing in a family with 17 children to discussing his life as a father, Mike’s comedy is jagged wit mixed with a smooth delivery.  Mike has appeared in some of the finest comedy venues in the country to work with famous comedians such as Kevin Hart, Hannibal Burress, Jim Norton, Artie Lange, and Rickey Smiley.  Mike was featured on Fox Television’s comedy showcase “Laughs” (Season 1) and the Detroit episode of “Kevin Hart Presents: Hart Of The City 2” on Comedy Central (Season 2).  Mike has recently released his first full length comedy CD “The Charm Offensive,” available on all digital platforms!  Admission is free!  For more information, call (231) 246-7910.

Haunted Hall: Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed
Fridays & Saturdays in October @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Haunted Hall 2019 is excited to be at the Lakes Mall again!  Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:00pm – 10:00pm, the cost is $15 per person!  This year’s theme is “Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed!”  Get four haunts for the price of one; “They Hid the Gold in a Swamp,” “Deadly Tunnels to Move It,” “Industry of Fear Fueled by Gold,” and “Always Distorting the Public Eye!”  They HIGHLY recommend people follow them on Facebook to receive notifications of special deals and ticket give-aways!  FAQ’s can be found on their website at www.hauntedhall.com.

Paranormal Investigation Aboard the USS LST 393
October 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, October 4 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. G.R.A.S.P.P. (Gathering Research And Stories of Paranormal Phenomena) will be having an event on the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum!  Admission is $10 at the door.  You’ll be able to tour the tank deck of the ship.  There will be a paranormal lecture followed by a question and answer period.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the museum.  For more information, e-mail graspparanormal@gmail.com.

Downtown Live Concert Series
October 4 @ 7:30 pm
The Downtown Live Concert Series at the Frauenthal Center begins its second season in October 2019 and will feature every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the West Michigan Concert WINDS which is affiliated with MCC. The 10-concert series continues through April 2020.  Some of the musical selections this season are based upon the 2019 Arts and Humanities Festival (ahFest) theme of “Hope.”  Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $2.00 for students and $10 each for groups of 6 or more.  For more information call 231-727-8001.
The Downtown Live featured musical groups are:
College Singers: The College’s full soprano, alto, tenor, and bass (SATB) chorus features MCC students and community members performing a wide variety of the choral repertoire.  The Singers are under the Direction of Nicholas Palmer.
Collegiates: An audition-based select SATB vocal group, the Collegiates perform a wide range of musical genres from the 17th century to modern contemporary works for small vocal ensemble.  The Collegiates are under the direction of Nicholas Palmer.
MCC Wind Ensemble: Conducted by Daniel M. Meyers and entering its ninth year, the Wind Ensemble is comprised of MCC students, both music majors and non-music majors, interested in preparing and performing advanced wind band literature.
MCC Jazz Ensemble: Comprised of MCC students, the Jazz Ensemble performs traditional and contemporary big-band jazz repertoire.
MCC Honors Orchestra: Conducted by Philip DeYoung, the Honors Orchestra is a symphony orchestra for MCC students, as well as advanced high school students, performing standard orchestral works of the symphony orchestra.
West Michigan WINDS: An adult community concert band celebrating its 41st anniversary this concert season, the WINDS has been affiliated with MCC since 1993. Music Director and Conductor Gail Brechting is in her 24th year leading the WINDS. The band has performed at Carnegie Hall in 2016 and in England, Ireland, Wales, Austria, and Germany.
October 4, the West Michigan Concert WINDS present “A Celtic Celebration” at 7:30pm in the Frauenthal Theater.

25th Annual Buster Keaton Film Festival
October 5 @ 8:00 pm
October 5 at 8:00pm the public is invited to the beautiful Frauenthal Theater for the Buster Keaton Film Festival!  “One Week” was the first film released from the Buster Keaton Studios. In it, Buster and his new bride receive a build-it-yourself house as a wedding gift, but their week-long construction project goes from tough to absurdly impossible (or, absurd and impossible!) when a rejected suitor re-numbers all the packing crates.  “The Cameraman” is the last great film made by Buster Keaton during the most prolific and brilliant stage of his career. In it, Buster plays a tintype cameraman whose love for a newsreel office secretary sends him into a clash on the high seas, a gang war in Chinatown, and battle for her heart. You will see two films for this price. Tickets are $8.00 or $10.00 the day of the show. A family four-pack is only $20.  Call the office at 231-727-8001 for more information.

Rocktober Festival at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
October 5
Saturday, October 5, visit Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo for their Rocktober Festival!  For more information call 231-861-5730 or visit www.visitlewisfarms.com/events/rocktober-festival-saturday.
Event Schedule:
• Wagon Rides – All Day
• Apple Cannons ($) – All Day
• U-Pick Apples & Pumpkins ($) – All Day
• The Michigan Stiltwalker & Balloon Artist  – 11:00am – 5:00pm
• Pig Racing at Porkchop Downs – 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm
• Disc Dogs LIVE Performances – 1:00pm, 3:00pm
• Music On The Porch – 1:00pm – 5:00pm
• Candy Cannon Blast – 5:00pm
($) Denotes additional cost, all entertainment and activities subject to change based on weather and availability.

Visit Muskegon Depot to Depot Fall Color Tours
October 5, 12 & 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Experience Michigan’s beautiful autumn, and a fun fall tradition.  Visit Muskegon presents the 15th Annual “Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour!”
🍁 For three Saturdays we invite you to celebrate the vibrant colors of our woods, dunes and water!  Drive your car or ride your bike along this self-guided route that stretches from the Muskegon South Pierhead Light to the White River Light Station. Travel on some of Muskegon’s most scenic roads along Lake Michigan and the West Michigan Pike Byway. Visit historic sites, enjoy nature and snap some “selfies”.
🍁 This event is FREE. Participants will receive fall refreshments and coupons to area businesses. There are also free pumpkins for the children and complimentary Visit Muskegon postcards for the grownups (while supplies last).
🍁 Stamp your map at the designated stops and enter to win 2 round trip passes for the Lake Express High-Speed Ferry between Muskegon and Milwaukee. (For use in the 2020 season)
🍁 Check in on social media for chances to win weekly giveaways.
🍁 Start your journey, and pick up your map at either historic Depot:
* The Muskegon Union Depot, home to Visit Muskegon (Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau).
610 W. Western Ave., Muskegon, MI, 231-724-3100
* Chamber Train Depot, home to the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
124 W. Hanson St., Whitehall, MI, 231-893-4585
#VisitMuskegon 🍁 #D2D19 🍁 #LiveWhiteLake

History for the Whole Family
October 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Saturday from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, visit the Hackley & Hume Historic Site with the family! Are you a history buff that finds it hard to visit historic sites with your young family?  If so, this program is designed for you!  Bring the young ones, and while the adults are enjoying a tour throughout the sites or learning more about local history, your kids can enjoy their own history experience with games, tours and make ‘n take activities.  This event is geared toward families with kids between 4 and 12 years of age.  The cost is only $5, or free with your museum membership.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

AquatoberFest
October 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday, October 5 from 6:00pm – 8:30pm, join Pigeon Hill Brewing Company aboard the Aquastar for AquatoberFest! Take in the fall colors and sunset as you cruise Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan while enjoying Pigeon Hill beverages, live music and light appetizers.  The cost is $35 per person and your ticket price includes your first beer.  Book your spot now at www.aquastarcruises.com.  For more information call Pigeon Hill at (231) 375-5184.

Comedian Chris Franjola
October 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Chris Franjola is a writer/comedian who can currently be heard hosting his highly successful podcast, Cover To Cover with Chris Franjola (over 700 5 star iTunes reviews & Top 50 iTunes Comedy podcasts) also he’s a frequent contributor on Heather McDonald’s wildly successful podcast, Juicy Scoop. Chris was also a writer and a regular performer on E!’s hit show “Chelsea Lately” for 8 years. Together with the talented writing staff, Chris wrote over 1500 episodes while performing on the show more than anyone else besides Chelsea Handler and Chuy. During his time on the show Chris created some of the show’s most memorable characters like Gay Caveman, Bieber Man, Johnny Depp, Seventeen Magazine Players and many more. He also starred on the critically acclaimed scripted comedy series “After Lately,” which aired for three seasons on E!, he was the host of the Sons of Anarchy aftershow Anarchy Afterword, airing live on FX. Last year Chris released his first comedy album “The Shallow End” which received rave reviews and stayed in iTunes Top 10 Comedy Albums for 5 weeks. Earlier this year Chris could be seen as a contributing panelist on The Josh Wolf Show on CMT and Funniest Fails on Fox. When he isn’t busy writing and acting, he’s performing stand-up on the road, headlining venues all over the country. Before Chelsea Lately, Chris wrote for other shows, including Family Guy, the MTV Video Music Awards, and the original Chelsea Handler Show. Chris can also be seen beginning in 2017 on the new Netflix show from the makers of Orange Is the New Black, GLOW.  Buy Tickets at http://backalleycomedyclub.com/muskegon.  $12 advance/ $15 Door

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/23/19 – 09/30/19

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

Ongoing Events:

Planetarium Show: Supervolcanoes
“Supervolcanoes” is a free, 30-minute planetarium show that looks at a rare class of large volcanic eruptions on Earth and other planets. See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15 or more, call 231-777-0289.

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

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

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

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

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

Montague Farmers’ Market
The Montague Farmers’ Market opens the first Saturday in June and runs every Saturday through October. The Market is also open on Wednesdays in July, August, and September.  Market hours are from 9:00am – 1:00pm.  Any farmer or baker who is interested in selling goods at the Market should contact Farmers’ Market Manager, Jeff Auch at City Hall at 231-893-1155 ext. 1757 to check if any booths are available.

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

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

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

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
Lectures will be presented every Monday through November 4 at 6:00pm. The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm.  The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum.  Admission to the museum is also FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Special Events:

Intro to Essential Oils
September 23 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, September 23 at 6:00pm, come to the North Muskegon Library for an Introduction to Essential Oils!  Have you been curious about essential oils?  Come sample, learn, and take charge of your family’s health. In this class you will learn how to use essential oils, why quality matters and how they can benefit you and your family. Make an essential oil roller to take home. This event is free.  Call 231-744-6080 to register.

Feeding the Soul of the City Concert Series
September 24 @ 12:00 pm
The Feeding the Soul of the City concert series offers half-hour lunchtime concerts that feature a variety of musical styles, predominantly classical, jazz, and folk/Celtic. They are held in the historic and beautiful St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon.  The concerts are free and open to the public and light refreshments are provided.  One can also bring a lunch to enjoy before or during the concert.  A few minutes of prayer are held in the church shortly before the performance.  The concert series runs from September through early June (excluding January). All performances are held from 12:15pm to 12:45pm once a month on a Tuesday.  The annual “Festival of Lessons and Carols” is held on a Sunday evening in December.  For more information about the concert series or to make a donation, please contact St. Paul’s at (231) 722-2112.

2019-2020 Concert Schedule:
• September 24       AnDro (Celtic/folk/world music)
• October 22            Matthew Ball, aka The Boogie-Woogie Kid (boogie-woogie/jazz piano)
• November 26       Lee Murdock—“The Christmas Ship” concert (folk guitar and vocals)
• December 8         Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys – Festival of Lessons and Carols (Sunday, 5:00pm)
• December 17       Peter Kurdziel – “Christmas at the Organ” (organist)
• Februbary 25       Grand Valley Faculty Brass Quintet (classical)
• March 24              Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet (classical)
• April 14                 Gregory Maytan, violin (classical)
• May 26                  Quintessence, woodwind quintet (classical)
• June 9                    Denise Newell, mezzo soprano, and Caron Farmer, piano (classical)

HPL Fall Music Series: Ragtime with Peter Bergin
September 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, September 24 at 6:00pm, delight in great music during HPL’s Fall Music Series!  Peter Bergin is back at Hackley Library to share the rhythms and history of ragtime piano. This Michigan-based performer has entertained for over two decades, sharing his talents for all to enjoy. Come listen to this interactive and insightful concert. Free to the public and great for all ages!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Pirate Party!
September 24 @ 6:00 pm
Tuesday, September 24 at 6:00pm, come to the Holton Library for a Pirate Party!  Arrrrrr you ready for a great night of pirate fun?  Come to the library for games, crafts, dress-up, music, food, and more.  This event is absolutely free!  For more information call 231-821-0268.

Film Screening: Black Man
September 25 @ 5:30 pm
Wednesday, September 25 at 5:30pm, Harbor Cinema will screen the documentary film “Black Man” by Jon Wesley Covington.   A reception will begin at the Harbor Cinema at 5:20pm.  This is an updated version of the film featuring 12 additional men joining the cast.  The film was produced by the Muskegon Museum of Art and Jon Wesley Covington as part of the”SONS: Seeing the Modern African American Male” exhibition project in 2018. “Black Man” was recently featured at the Capitol City Black Film Festival in Austin, Texas.  Tickets are $8, general admission.  For more information call (231) 375-5228.

City of the Dead: Sneak Peak
September 25 @ 7:00 pm
Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00pm, come to the Norton Shores Library as the City of the Dead gives you a preview of their 10th annual family friendly event!  City of the Dead celebrates Muskegon’s history by bringing famous “residents” of Evergreen Cemetery to life at the actual cemetery.  This event is free!  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Clue LIVE at the Hackley & Hume
September 26 – September 28
Experience the game of Clue LIVE at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site! The object of the game is to determine who killed the victim; the room where the crime took place, and which weapon was used!  Space is limited to 3 teams of 4, so be sure to order your tickets through Eventbrite.  Tickets are $15 per team. For more information call 231-722-7578.

WOOD Radio Broadcasting LIVE from Visit Muskegon
September 26 @ 5:00 am – 10:00 am
Thursday, September 26 from 5:00am – 10:00am, WOOD Radio (1300AM and 106.9FM), West Michigan’s Morning News, will be broadcasting live from the beautiful Union Depot, home of the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau!

Y Splash at the Mart Dock Happy Hour
September 26 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday, September 26 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm, come to the “Y Splash at the Mart Dock Happy Hour” to support the Muskegon YMCA’s Water Safety for Kids program! First, board the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for drinks and appetizers, then tour beautiful Muskegon Lake aboard the Aquastar where you will hear some of the life changing stories first hand.  For more information call (231) 722-9622.

Big 50 Celebration
September 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, September 26 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Bella Maria Event Center for the Big 50 Celebration! Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Lakeshore want you to help them celebrate 50 years of one-on-one mentoring that changes lives for the better, forever.  Put on your bell bottoms and enjoy music from the band Sweet Justice – Peace, Love, and Rock-n-Roll. There’ll be heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, raffles and a silent auction. There’ll also be VW Bus Photo Booth opportunities in the parking lot. Tickets are $75 and available through Eventbrite.com.  Proceeds support youth mentoring programs.  For more information call (231) 798-1391.

Pirate Party!
September 26 @ 6:00 pm
Thursday, September 26 at 6:00pm, come to the Montague Public Library for a Pirate Party!  Arrrrrr you ready for a great night of pirate fun?  Come to the library for games, crafts, dress-up, music, food, and more.  For more information call 231-893-2675.

Muskegon Civic Theatre presents: The 39 Steps
September 26 – 28 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday – Saturday, September 26 – 28 at 7:30pm, the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “The 39 Steps” in the Beardsley Theater. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have his intriguing, thrilling, riotous and unmissable comedy. The 39 Steps hurtles an ordinary man and a spellbound blonde on an extraordinarily entertaining adventure.  Will they save Britain from a den of devious spies?  A cast of four actors plays over 150 characters in this fast-paced tale containing every single legendary scene from the award-winning movie.  Tickets are $26.50.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Halloween Harvest Weekend at Pioneer County Park
September 27 – September 29
The 5th Annual Halloween Harvest Weekend at Pioneer County Park will take place this year Friday, September 27 – Sunday, September 29!  During Friday night check-in, there’ll be goody bags for the kids, s’mores and a bonfire at the Lodge and a Glow in the Dark Bike Parade!  Saturday,  enjoy breakfast in the Lodge, free pumpkins and pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, hayrides, face painting, Trick or Treating, site decorating contest, obstacle course and a Haunted Trail.  Sunday is check-out.  Reserve your campsite now for only $28 per night (2 night minimum).  For more information, call 231-744-3580.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Tim Meadows
September 27 – September 28
September 27 and 28, one of the longest-running cast members in the 41-year history of Saturday Night Live, Tim Meadows, will do two shows each night at 6:30pm and 9:30pm at Muskegon’s Back Alley Comedy Club! Tim crafted some of the series’ most memorable characters during his 10 years on the popular late night show.  Such characters included Leon Phelps, The Ladies’ Man and Lionel Osbourne, host of the fictional public affairs show, Perspectives, as well as uncanny impressions of OJ Simpson, Ike Turner, and Sammy Davis Jr.  Meadows also played school principal in the hit comedy “Mean Girls” and co-starred with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock in the blockbuster comedies “Grown Ups” and “Grown Ups 2.” Most recently Tim co-starred with Andy Samberg in “Popstar:  Never Stop Never Stopping” for Universal Pictures, and stars in the new Fox hybrid live-action/animated comedy from Chris Miller and Phil Lord “Son of Zorn!”
Tickets are $35 for VIP (includes meet & greet and preferred seating) and $25 general admission and will be on sale at www.backalleycomedyclub.com/muskegon.  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

Reebok Ragnar Michigan Road
September 27 – September 28
What do you get when you combine an overnight relay, sugar sand beaches, lighthouses and 12 adventurous friends? Reebok Ragnar Michigan Road, happening on September 27 – 28, 2019!  Kicking off in charming Muskegon, this epic running journey will take your team past apple orchards, cherry blossoms, historic ships and did we mention lighthouses?  For two days and one star-filled night, run through the vibrant fall foliage, picturesque towns and along the sand dunes of Lake Michigan. And if that isn’t enough you’ll spend 9 legs with beautiful beach views.  Your whole team will finish your adventure as you cross the finish line together at a beautiful open space park in Traverse City, right on the water’s edge. Tired but triumphant, drained but strengthened, teams find out what they can do when they truly come together!  For more information, visit www.ragnarrelay.com.

Trinkets & Treasures: Indoor Yard Sale
September 27 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, September 27 and 28, the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them for the Trinkets & Treasures indoor yard sale to benefit the Child Abuse Council, The Hope Project and the Muskegon Sports Council!  Entry is free, but if you want first pick, it’s only $5 to get in on the Early Bird Sale Friday morning at 8:00am.  Otherwise, hours are Friday from 9:00am – 6:00pm and Saturday, 9:00am – 3:00pm at the Charlotte Russe Store inside the Lakes Mall.  For more information, call JoAnne Hoekenga at 231-955-0789.

Off the Beaten Path Wine Tasting
September 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, September 27 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, join SE4SONS for their newest Wine Tasting!  They will take you to lesser known locations and offer some unique varieties of wine.  The cost is $30 per person and includes the tasting and light appetizers. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are limited to 150.  If you plan to stay for dinner, please make sure to make a reservation at SE4SONS by calling 231-759-3405.

2019 Women’s Adventure Weekend
September 27 @ 6:30 pm – September 29 @ 11:00 am
Friday – Sunday, September 27 – 29, the ladies are invited to Camp Pendalouan for the 2019 Women’s Adventure Weekend!  Get away for a weekend of relaxation, camp activities and good company during this weekend of fun, friendship, great food, and adventure for women.  All fitness levels are encouraged to join in and try some new activities.  For more information call (231) 722-9622.

Open Mic Night at The Red Lotus
September 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The fourth Friday of every month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Red Lotus Gallery for Muskegon’s longest running open mic event!  Any kind of talent is welcome; songs, poems, readings, comedy, plays, dancing or whatever other skill you want to show off.  Observers are welcome, too.  They only ask that everyone remain mostly clothed and that you don’t burn the place down!  Other than those simple rules, it’s truly an OPEN mic event.  For that reason, they encourage parents to use their discretion as to whether to bring children, as there most likely will be adult language and subject matter.  Feel free to bring in your own food and drinks too.  Donations are encouraged, but not required.
They’re in the lower level of the Century Club building, so use the main front entrance of the building and head downstairs.  There is an elevator for those who need it.  Just call 231-981-8525 and they will let you in the back door.

West Michigan Symphony: All Russian Season Opening
September 27 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, September 27 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the West Michigan Symphony’s “All Russian Season Opening!” WMS pairs works by Russia’s undisputed master composers, in which the entire orchestra is the soloist and everybody gets their chance in the spotlight. This promises to be an all-time blockbuster evening!
• Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
• Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
• Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite
• Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
Tickets are $12 for students and $25-$62 for adults. For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Montague Artisan Market
September 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
September 28 from 9:00am – 12:00pm, come to the Montague Artisan Market at the Farmers’ Market! For more information call (231) 893-2524.  Are you interested in becoming a vendor? Any handmade items are welcome. Adults may reserve a 10’x10’ booth for $15per day and youth may reserve a space for $10 per day. Visit www.artswhitelake.org/artisan-market to fill out a vendor application today!

Fall Brewery Bike Ride
September 28 @ 12:00 pm
Saturday, September 28 beginning at 12:00pm, Pigeon Hill Brewing Company, Fetch Brewing Company, and Big Hart Brewing Co. are inviting everyone to take to the bike trail and pedal to local breweries. Travel from Pere Marquette Beach all the way to Whitehall and Hart on designated bike trails.  Participants will leave from the brewery of their choosing; Pigeon Hill, Fetch or Big Hart, and then bike to participating breweries.  This is a fun, free opportunity to enjoy the bike trails. It is casual, and not a race.  There is NO transportation bringing you and your bike back to the start.  Bicyclists should wear helmets and have repair kits as there will be no support along the route.  The distance you bike is up to you, and remember, you have to bike back!  For more information call (231) 375-5184.
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company will be offering $1 off pints to all bicyclists. There will also be a raffle for a Pigeon Hill Bike Jersey and other swag with all the money being donated to Mosquito Creek Trails!
Fetch Brewing Company will offer $1 off pints to bikers and also have a raffle to win Fetch merchandise and benefitting a local non-profit (TBA).
Big Hart Brewing Company is offering a 16 oz. Mug Club pricing and $1 off high gravity beers.

Buoys, Boats & Brews Inaugural Tasting Event
September 28 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 28 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Yacht Club for the Buoys, Boats & Brews Inaugural Tasting Event! Harbor Hospice Foundation and Muskegon Yacht Club are extending summer 2019 with a fun celebration to raise funds and awareness for the Harbor Hospice mission.
Enjoy craft beer & wine tasting, delectable tastes, a silent auction, raffle and feature band Vertigo! Tickets are $25 or $15 for designated drivers.  Sales are open now at http://bit.ly/2xmiwcQ.  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Murder at the Gallery
September 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, September 28 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Muskegon Community College invites you to celebrate 50 years of theater on the Overbrook Stage as you enjoy the mystery dinner theater event, “Murder at the Gallery!” Tickets are $40 and include dinner, a show, cash bar and a reverse raffle.  1960’s attire is welcome!  For more information call 231-777-0226.

Fresh Ghost Comedy Presents: The Triple Feature
September 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 28 from 7:30pm – 10:00pm, join Fresh Ghost Comedy as they bring you 3 of the best the comedians the Midwest has to offer!  Veronica Douglas, Pagan and Cam Rowe are all coming to Racquets Downtown Muskegon to make you laugh.  The cost is $3 at the door.  For more information call 231-220-8825.

Ultimate 90’s Dance Party at Unruly Brewing Co.
September 28 @ 8:30 pm
Saturday, September 28 from 8:30pm – Midnight, come to Unruly Brewing Co. for the Ultimate 90’s Dance Party featuring Fool House! Make sure you wear your best track suits and fanny packs as you dance the night away to all of the bangerzzzz from NSYNC, Blink 182, Britney Spears, all the way to Ricky Martin!  Tickets are available through Eventbrite.com and are $10 in advance or $12 the day of the show. Hope you’re ready to party!  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

Hidden Creek Farm: 2nd Annual Party in the Pasture Ox Roast
September 29 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday, September 29 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hidden Creek Farm for their 2nd Annual Party in the Pasture Ox Roast! Dinner will consist of one of their farm raised grass fed cows along with garden fresh side dishes picked on site from the organic garden. You can also dance all night to live music from Brena (www.brenaband.com)!  Help yourself to their selection of fun yard games.  You can also purchase raffle tickets and take a chance at winning some great items from many local businesses!  There will also be a number of local vendors (to be announced).  This event is BYOB (bring your own beverages).  Tickets for this event will be available through Eventbrite.com and are $30 per person.  You must be 21 years or older to attend this event and must provide your ID before entering.  Call Crystal with questions at 616-796-5696.

Fall Seniors’ Retreat
September 30 – October 3
September 30 – October 3 from 8:00am – 5:00pm each day, come to Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference for the Fall Seniors’ Retreat!  Enjoy several days of Bible teaching, worship, fellowship and fun with other adults aged 55 and older.  The featured speaker will be Knute Larson and the worship leader is Burt Kettinger.  Group discounts are available.  For more information, call 231-798-2161.

Family Game Night at the Library
September 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The last Monday of the month from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Ravenna Public Library for Family Game Night!  Would you like to try new or different board games?  Join them as they partner with the Muskegon Area Gamers and The Gaming Annex for a night of family fun.  Selection will vary, but could include games such as Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, and Pandemic.  This event is free and for ages 7 and up.  For more information, call 231-737-6248.

Michigan POW Camps in WWII
September 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
During World War II, six thousand German and Italian Prisoners of War were held in Michigan.  Monday, September 30 at 6:00pm, Dr. Gregory Sumner, author and Professor of History at the University of Detroit Mercy, will discuss the history of the Michigan POW camps and the stories of those detainees. This compelling event at Hackley Library is free to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Pete the Cat Live
September 30 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, September 30 at 6:00pm, bring the kids to the Montague branch of the Muskegon Area District Library to meet beloved book character, Pete the Cat!  This free event will feature Pete the Cat stories read aloud, take a picture with him, and make a craft.  Be sure to bring your camera and share your pictures with on the MADL Facebook page!  For more information, call 231-893-2675.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/16/19 – 09/23/19

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

Ongoing Events:

Planetarium Show: Supervolcanoes
“Supervolcanoes” is a free, 30-minute planetarium show that looks at a rare class of large volcanic eruptions on Earth and other planets. See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15 or more, call 231-777-0289.

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

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

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

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

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

Montague Farmers’ Market
The Montague Farmers’ Market opens the first Saturday in June and runs every Saturday through October. The Market is also open on Wednesdays in July, August, and September.  Market hours are from 9:00am – 1:00pm.  Any farmer or baker who is interested in selling goods at the Market should contact Farmers’ Market Manager, Jeff Auch at City Hall at 231-893-1155 ext. 1757 to check if any booths are available.

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

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

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

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
Lectures will be presented every Monday through November 4 at 6:00pm. The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm.  The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum.  Admission to the museum is also FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Special Events:

The Art and History of the Celts
September 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
September 16 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Sturrus Technology Center lobby at Muskegon Community College for the free lecture series, “The Art and History of the Celts!” Instructor Tim Norris with guest presenter Michael Johnson will explain where and when Celtic art and culture originated.
They will answer such questions as: Who are the Celts? What traits make their art significant?  How has Celtic art and culture changed over time?  How does their art reflect their unique spiritual beliefs and traditions?  What vestiges of Celtic culture have survived to this day?  What was Ireland’s distinctive role in preserving this heritage?  For more information, contact tim.norris@muskegoncc.edu or call 231-777-0344.

Ballet Nepantla: Valentina
September 18 @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, September 18 at 6:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts for “Valentina!” Ballet Nepantla presents Sin Fronteras, a synergistic celebration crossing geographic, historical and artistic borders.  Sin Fronteras explores the in-betweenness of cultures within the realm of dance, harmonizing traditional Mexican Folklorico, contemporary & classical Ballet, and West African dance in a way no other show has done.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Henna & Hops
September 18 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, September 18 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Fetch Brewing Co. for Henna & Hops! Grab a friend and adorn yourself with henna! Henna is a dye that creates a temporary tattoo and can be applied to your skin. You’ll be able to create your own design, grab some ideas from the instructor, or use a stencil. Registration is required. This is for ages 15 and up and the cost is $20.  For more information call the Arts Council of White Lake at (231) 893-2524.

After Hours Tours at Hackley Public Library
September 19 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Dive into history and learn details about Hackley Public Library during an ‘After-Hours’ tour on Thursday, September 19!  Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms, then the guided tour will begin at 5:00pm.  Please park in the rear parking lot as the front doors will be locked.  Tours will be approximately 1 hour.  These tours are FREE, open to the public, and recommended for all ages. Call (231) 722-8000 with any questions.

Opening Event – The Land: The Art of Bill Hosterman and Ed Wong-Ligda
September 19 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, September 19 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the opening event of “The Land: The Art of Bill Hosterman and Ed Wong-Ligda! ‘ Explore the exhibit, and then enjoy a lecture by the artists at 7:00pm.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Jazz Night: Checkers Morton
September 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, September 19 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Jazz Night featuring Checkers Morton!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Yoga at the Light
September 20 @ 9:30 am
Friday, September 20 at 9:30am it’s Yoga at the Light with Mitch Colman. The rain date will be September 27.  For more information call Mitch Coleman at White River Yoga 231-740-6662.

3rd Annual Golftoberfest
September 20 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, September 20 from 11:00am – 5:30pm, come to Lincoln Golf Club for the 3rd Annual Golftoberfest! This is a Bavarian inspired event for golfers and a fundraiser to support year-round recreation at the Winter Sports Complex.  Last year, your support of this event helped them to reach their goal to fund phase 1 of the dual mega zip line. Over the last year, they have begun planning for the zip line buildout with ground breaking scheduled for this fall. All proceeds from this event will benefit the next phase to provide year-round recreation.
Format:
This is a 4 person scramble that will commence with an 11:00am shotgun start. Each person hits a shot and the team takes the best shot.  This process is repeated until the hole is finished.  Men under 65 play from the black tees.  Men 65 and older play from silver tees.  Women play from the gold tees.
Registration:
The first 15 teams registering before August 30 will receive a $50 discount, so don’t delay!  Register at Eventbrite.com.

Pianos for Paws
September 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, September 20 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Polish Falcon Club for Pianos for Paws! This is a 5 Piece Dueling Piano show benefitting the Humane Society and Animal Rescue of Muskegon County!  Tickets are $20 and available through Eventbrite.com.  For more information call the club at (231) 755-1451.

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

Live Music: Silverado
September 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, September 20 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from the Silverado Band!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Princess & Superhero Weekend at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
September 21
Saturday and Sunday, September 21 – 22, bring the kids to Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo for the Princess & Superhero Weekend!  Visit with their special costumed characters as you explore all the fun on the farm this weekend!  For more information call 231-861-5730.

231 Snow & Car Show
September 21 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, September 21 from 10:00am – 6:00pm, come to Mt. Garfield for the 3rd annual “231 Snow & Car Show!”  This snowmobile and car show features snowmobile, dirt bike and quad riders doing stunts all day, a car show and swap meet, as well as a skydive jump from Skydive Grand Haven!  This is a family friendly event with a bounce house for the kids and many sponsors giving away all kinds of cool items, from coolers to GPS units!  Muskegon Motorcycle Club will be there giving away a golf cart as well.  Gates open at 10:00am and the first show is at noon.  Tickets are $15 with kids 12 and under free.  For more information call 231-736-7166.

Muskegon Heritage Museum’s Community Days
September 21 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Enjoy one of Muskegon’s “Amazing Museums” for free during Muskegon Heritage Museum’s Community Days!
The Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving the economic, industrial and social history of the greater Muskegon area.  Their collection includes informational exhibits, artifacts and photos pertaining to Muskegon’s industries, historic homes and businesses.  They have a working steam engine with a line shaft that runs 11 machine tools as well as a working Brunswick pinsetter, a spring winding machine, and over 80 other companies represented in exhibits.  Don’t let the modest storefront fool you, the museum has over 12,000 square feet of display space, spanning three floors!
Each “Community Day” will have a special theme:
• September 21 – Kaydon Engineering
• October 19 – Swanson Pickles and pickle tasting
For more information call 231-722-1363 or visit www.muskegonheritage.org.

Dinosaur Dig
September 21 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, September 21 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, bring your family down for a FREE fun adventure at the Western Market in downtown Muskegon! Dig through the sand to find dinosaur toys, fossils, and eggs.  Find one of the 30 golden eggs and win a prize bag full of goodies from Tatterweave Designs!  You may even spot a live T-Rex!  For more information call (231) 724-6705.

Tacos 4 Tails
September 21 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 21 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Mona Lake Boating Club for Tacos 4 Tails! Enjoy a delicious taco dinner and support the West Michigan Spay and Neuter Clinic and the wonderful work they do.  There’ll also be an on-site auction with terrific items available!  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under and available at the door.  For more information call (231) 366-7067.

Speakeasy at the LMC
September 21 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 21 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center for a night of booze, gambling and good eats! Dress in 1920’s style and spend an evening in support of the LMC. Flappers and gangsters welcome!  Tickets are $50 and available through Eventbrite.com.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

WLCS 98.3FM Jukebox Party Cruise
September 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm $25.00
Saturday, September 21 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, board the Aquastar for a WLCS Jukebox Party Cruise!
“Sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of the Aquastar…” WLCS 98.3 FM is proud to bring you the Saturday Jukebox Cruise. Join Gilligan and the Skipper on this 3 hour tour set to the sounds of the 60’s and 70’s. Dress as your favorite Gilligan’s Island character or in your classic 60’s or 70’s cruise attire. Or, come as you are and enjoy the music and fun!  Win prizes and enjoy time on the water with your friends. Log onto www.aquastarcruises.com to grab your tickets while they last.

Live Music: James Margolis
September 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, September 21 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from James Margolis!  James is a Brooklyn based musician with roots in the Philadelphia area.  In addition to being a musician, James is a sound engineer, having worked the soundboard at several NYC venues.  He engineered and produced his newest album “Live Fast Die Young” released in 2018 on bandcamp.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/09/19 – 09/16/19

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

Ongoing Events:

Planetarium Show: Supervolcanoes
“Supervolcanoes” is a free, 30-minute planetarium show that looks at a rare class of large volcanic eruptions on Earth and other planets. See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15 or more, call 231-777-0289.

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

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

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

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

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

Montague Farmers’ Market
The Montague Farmers’ Market opens the first Saturday in June and runs every Saturday through October. The Market is also open on Wednesdays in July, August, and September.  Market hours are from 9:00am – 1:00pm.  Any farmer or baker who is interested in selling goods at the Market should contact Farmers’ Market Manager, Jeff Auch at City Hall at 231-893-1155 ext. 1757 to check if any booths are available.

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

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

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

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
Lectures will be presented every Monday beginning September 9 at 6:00pm. The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm.  The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum.  Admission to the museum is also FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Special Events:

Irish Dance Class
September 9 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Get ready for the Michigan Irish Music Festival (September 12 – 15) with a free beginners Irish dance class!  Monday, September 9 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm join Ardan Dance Academy at Tatra Hall to get your step-dance on!  They are now enrolling for fall classes and all ages are welcome.  For more information visit www.ardanacademy.com.

Muskegon LETR Color Run 2019
September 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, September 10 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, join the Muskegon area Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise money for Special Olympics Michigan athletes at a timed 5k Fun Run/Walk!  Day-of registration begins at 5:00pm at Fricano’s rear parking lot area.  The Muskegon LETR Color Run is one in a series of 42 community runs scheduled in September around the state during Law Enforcement Torch Run Week!

The cost to participate in the Color Run is $25 per person or $5 for youth 18 years old and under, which includes a commemorative race shirt, goodie bag, and refreshments.  Any youth who does not want a commemorative race shirt runs for free, but still must register to make sure there are plenty of goodie bags and refreshments for all.

For questions, e-mail mkgfunrun@gmail.com or to sign up at www.give.classy.org/muskegon19.  If you have a community youth group and would like to participate as a group, e-mail mkgfunrun@gmail.com to make a group reservation.  Early packet pick up and late registration will take place on Tuesday, September 9 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Unruly Brewing Co. located at 360 W. Western Ave.

The Art and History of the Celts
September 11 @ 6:00 pm – September 13 @ 8:00 pm
September 11 – 13 and September 16 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Sturrus Technology Center lobby at Muskegon Community College for the free lecture series, “The Art and History of the Celts!” Instructor Tim Norris with guest presenter Michael Johnson will explain where and when Celtic art and culture originated.
They will answer such questions as: Who are the Celts? What traits make their art significant?  How has Celtic art and culture changed over time?  How does their art reflect their unique spiritual beliefs and traditions?  What vestiges of Celtic culture have survived to this day?  What was Ireland’s distinctive role in preserving this heritage?
This course/presentation series also examines how art and history is interpreted and presented through contemporary festivals and popular culture.  For more information, contact tim.norris@muskegoncc.edu or call 231-777-0344.
Schedule:
• September 11: The Rise of the Celts and the Birth of Their Art
• September 12: What Makes Celtic Art “Celtic?”
• September 13: The Book of Kells and Celtic Mythology
• September 16: Celti-Pop- Celtic Traditions Meet Popular Culture

Michigan Irish Music Festival
September 12 – September 15
The Michigan Irish Music Festival returns to Heritage Landing September 12-15!  Back for the 20th year, this festival features continuous music on seven covered stages, featuring live music, great dining options, beverage offerings, and more.  You’ll also love the Celtic Kitchen and Bob and Bernie’s Pub for authentic Irish food and beverages including Irish Fest Stout Irish Cream and others. There’s also the Irish Marketplace children’s activities a cultural center a session tent and tea room.  The festival offers an Early-In Free promotion on Friday from 5:00 to 6:00pm.  3-Day passes are also available.  For more information visit www.michiganirish.org.

Hat Happy Hour at the Lakeshore Museum Center
September 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Have a cool hat with a hot story? Thursday, September 12 from 5:30pmn – 7:30pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center for an opportunity to have your hat’s story told in their upcoming community-curated exhibit: Hats Off to Muskegon!
During their Hat Happy Hour, they will be taking photos and information about any hats with ties to Muskegon County. Their committee will then select hats to be loaned to the museum and appear in the exhibit.  At the event, Collections Curator Brenda Nemetz, will highlight a few of the museum’s most interesting hats during a short presentation at 6:00pm.  This free event will feature light appetizers and a cash bar. Don’t have a hat to share? That’s O.K., come have a drink and learn more about the stories behind hats.  For more information call 231-722-0278.

Opening Event: Undying Traditions – Memento Mori
September 12 @ 5:30 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art presents “Undying Traditions: Memento Mori” this fall, bringing together work by artists from across the United States currently exploring themes of death and earthly pleasure. The exhibition includes paintings, photography, and sculpture and runs September 12, 2019 through January 5, 2020.

The exhibition opens with a public reception on Thursday, September 12 at 5:30pm with a lecture by Art Martin at 7:00pm. Event admission is free.

Featured Artists: Landis Blair, David Cahill, Robert Steven Connett, David Gluck, Kate MacDowell, Jeanette May, Chris Peters, Daniel Sprick, Katherine Stone, Paulette Tavormina, Maria Tomasula, and Will Wilson.

Program support is provided, in part, through a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the arts. For more information call 231-720-2570.

Hackley Attic Escape Room
September 13 & 14 @ 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Experience the Hackley House as no one has before! For many years, the Hackley Attic has been a mysterious place for visitors, now, it’s up to you and your closest friends to escape a Victorian storage room filled with puzzles, locks and riddles!  Brush up on your Muskegon history and escape the attic in 80 minutes!  Space is limited to 10 people per session, so be sure to order your tickets through Eventbrite.com!  The cost is $15 for museum members or $20 for non-members.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Contemporary Kid Super Saturday
September 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
September 14 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, bring the family to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Contemporary Kid Super Saturday!” This free family fun day will get you touch with your inner artist.  Activities and admission are free!  For more information call 231-720-2570.
• 10:00am & 1:00pm – Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm – Guided Look: Explore the 91st Michigan Contemporary Exhibition with a MMA Docent.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm – Make & Take: Create your own abstract color collage in the classroom!

The Be Event
September 14 @ 1:00 pm
September 14 at 1:00pm, you’re invited to the beautiful Frauenthal Theater for “The Be Event” featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Jean Houston; PhD, scholar, philosopher and researcher in Human Capacities, as well as one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time. Tickets are $75.00 and available at the box office by calling 231-727-8001.

Shoreline Victorian Ladies Society 25th Anniversary: Victorian Dress and Customs
September 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, September 14 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as the Shoreline Victorian Ladies Society hosts Wendy Batchelder in celebration of the society’s 25th Anniversary!  Wendy, who hand makes her Victorian outfits, will give an interactive presentation on what it was like to dress and live as a Victorian woman.  Don’t miss this fashionably fun event!  Refreshments will be available during this FREE program which is recommended for all ages.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Exploding Paint
September 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, September 14 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as they partner with the Muskegon Museum of Art to create unique masterpieces during the Exploding Paint program!  Kids ages 2 – 17 will combine a seltzer tablet with water and paint and to create a bright work of art.  This program will take place outside on the lawn between the library and the art museum.  Smocks and supplies will be provided to participants during this free event!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

SNW Fitness 10 Year Celebration
September 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 14 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Shoreline Natural Wellness & Fitness (SNW Fitness) will be celebrating 10 years in the business of changing lives!  Everyone is invited to come by for appetizers and a Champagne toast, as well as giveaways, special discounts and awards.  For more information call 231-750-2525.

Odd Side Ales Full Moon Cruise
September 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, September 14 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, board the Aquastar for an Odd Side Ales Full Moon Cruise!  Come howl at the full moon as you cruise Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan and take in the show only West Michigan can provide…a beautiful sunset AND a full moon.  This cruise features Odd Side Ales beverages, live music by the Intolerables and light appetizers.  Tickets are $35 per person and include your first beer.  Book your spot now at www.aquastarcruises.com.

Retro Expo
September 15 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, September 15 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the Retro Expo! This is an outdoor vintage market filled with vendors selling retro goods and up-cycled items.  For more information call (231) 670-3722.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/02/19 – 09/09/19

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

Ongoing Events:

Planetarium Show: Supervolcanoes
“Supervolcanoes” is a free, 30-minute planetarium show that looks at a rare class of large volcanic eruptions on Earth and other planets. See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15 or more, call 231-777-0289.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Events:

15th Annual Muskegon Labor Day Cars for Cancer
September 2 @ 7:00 am
Labor Day Monday, September 2, beginning at 7:00am, come to the Mercy Health Partners Lakes Village for the 15th Annual Muskegon Labor Day Cars for Cancer! This year Different Strokes Car Club will be picking the top 10 with special trophies, plus there will still be the regular classes with 3 trophies per class:
• Best of Show
• Young Guns
• People’s Choice
There’ll also be dash plaques to first 400 cars registered. Enjoy vendors, door prizes, valve cover racing and a grocery giveaway as well!
• Registration – 7:00am – 11:00am
• Participant Voting – 11:00am – 1:00pm
• Pancake breakfast (prepared by the Knights of Columbus #13035)   7:00am – 12:00pm
Pre-registration is $10 (to guarantee a dash plaque) or $20 with a shirt and is due before August 25. Registration the day of the show is $10 and will be good for both Sunday and Monday.  All proceeds (100%) go to the Johnson Family Center for Cancer Care – Mercy Health Partners.  For more information e-mail Tradrod51@aol.com or visit their Facebook page.

4th Annual Labor Day Community Walk
September 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
No need to travel all the way to the Mackinac Bridge for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk when the White Lake Area offers a Labor Day Bridge Walk in their neighborhood!  Monday, September 2 from 10:00am – 12:30pm the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (WLACC), sponsors, the City of Montague and City of Whitehall host their 14th Annual Labor Day Community Walk, giving local Michiganders an opportunity to participate in this walking tradition.
The Labor Day Community Walk begins on the Hart-Montague Bike Trail Head (at the east end of Spring St. located behind Whitehall Products and Montague Foods in Montague).  City officials and area leaders walk with the people of the community across the White River Bridge to the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.  Walkers are welcome to continue on the path, turn around, or stay and enjoy healthy refreshments!  For more information call (231) 893-4585.

West Michigan United Labor Day Parade
September 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Labor Day is the holiday in which we recognize and celebrate the contribution of all America’s workers to the growth and continued vitality of our Nation. Everybody loves a parade! This is an all-inclusive community parade through the streets of downtown Muskegon. The parade will start 11:00am on Monday September 2, and will end approximately around 12:30pm. There will be a fun filled and FREE celebration following the parade that will go until 4:00pm. Enjoy multiple food vendors (for $5-$6 per meal), refreshments, treats, games, prizes, face painting, bounce houses, arts n’ crafts and much more! For more information or an application to be in the Labor Day Parade, email Jana@unitedwaylakeshore.org.
The parade starts at the intersection of 4th street and Clay Avenue. It will progress down Clay Avenue past Hackley Park to Jefferson Street (turning left) and heading towards Western Avenue. The march will continue down Western Avenue and end at 490 West Western Avenue for a post parade celebration!

Open Irish Jam Session
September 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The first Tuesday of every month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, all musicians are welcome at Hennessey’s Irish Pub for their open Irish Jam session!  Whether participating or just watching it is always a fun time and admission is free.  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

Opening Reception: 91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition
September 5 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
September 5 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the opening reception of the 91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition (formerly the annual Regional Exhibition). This event continues a rich legacy of showcasing the work of Michigan artists, from talented beginners to accomplished professionals. A competitive show, the Michigan Contemporary presents a look at the issues, themes, and materials inspiring today’s Michigan artists. Featured media include painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and installation. A visitor favorite, the exhibition engages, challenges, and inspires conversation.
• 5:30pm – Reception
• 6:30pm – Awards Program
• 7:00pm – Meet the Artists
Rejoin the artists in the exhibition after the awards program. Stay to meet and congratulate the winners and enjoy more time together to end the celebratory evening. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Farmers Market Annual Farm to Table Dinner
September 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, September 5 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the 4th Annual Farm to Table Dinner!  Chef Jack Page will be creating a delicious meal that is focused on Michigan ingredients and using several vendors from the Farmers Market.
The menu will include:
• Stuffed Pork Loin
• Chicken Pasty
• Roast Vegetable Quinoa Salad
• Lyonnaise Potatoes
• Cherry Buckle Compote
Hors d’oeuvres and the cash bar begin at 6:00pm and dinner will be served at approximately 7:00pm.  This is general admission seating. They will reserve seats for parties of 8 or larger if reserved at least 2 weeks in advance. To do so, please call Jacqui at 231-724-6777.  Tickets are $35 and available through Eventbrite.com.

Muskegon Yacht Club: 2019 E Scow Nationals Regatta
September 6 – September 8
Friday – Sunday, September 6 – 8, the Muskegon Yacht Club hosts the 2019 E Scow Nationals Regatta!  Nearly 80 boats with crews of 4 to 6 sailors will converge on Muskegon Lake to race each other in their Nationals Regatta. These boats are 28 feet in length and will sail a course of several miles per race, visible from nearly anywhere on or around Muskegon Lake.  For more information call (231) 755-1414.

Friday Family Fun Night: The Show Must Go On
September 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, September 6 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for a family fun night, “The Show Must Go On!” It’s a date night at the museum for the whole family! Join them for extended museum hours with fun stations and themes.  The Show Must Go On night will be all about the Muskegon Civic Theatre. Get a glimpse behind the curtain at backstage theatre magic through hands-on activities and a take-home craft.  The cost is $5 or free for Museum members and residents.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Touch the Trucks
September 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, September 6 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, the City of Muskegon and First Fridays invite you to “Touch the Trucks!” Walk along Western Avenue in Downtown Muskegon to explore fire trucks, police cars, an ambulance, emergency response boats, semis, tow trucks, snow plows, and much more!  This event is free, family friendly and open to all ages!  For more information call 231-724-6705.

Roosevelt Park Day
September 7
Roosevelt Park Day will be held at locations throughout the Roosevelt Park community on September 7.  There’ll be live music, arts & crafts vendors, kids’ games and inflatable activities, food vendors, a beer garden, a pancake breakfast and a parade.  For more information contact Roosevelt Park City Hall at 231-755-3721 ext. 1954.

Sportsmen for Youth Day
September 7 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Muskegon Area Sportsmen for Youth, a nonprofit corporation, hosts this annual event Saturday, September 7 at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds!  Sportsmen for Youth Day is designed to provide young people age 18 and under with the opportunity to try activities including archery, shooting sports, fishing and many other events from 9:00am-3:00pm.  Raffles start at 2:30pm.  The day will also feature prize drawings and lunch and everything is FREE and open to the public!  For more information call Bill at 231-853-6649.

Live Music at the Farmers Market: Uneven Ground
September 7 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Saturday, September 7 from 11:30am – 1:30pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for live music from Uneven Ground! Come join this great Celtic band as they promote the Michigan Irish Music Festival.  Look for them at the festival on Sunday, September 15 on the Belfast Stage at 11:00am.  For more information call (231) 780-1464.

History for the Whole Family
September 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Saturday from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, visit the Hackley & Hume Historic Site with the family! Are you a history buff that finds it hard to visit historic sites with your young family?  If so, this program is designed for you!  Bring the young ones, and while the adults are enjoying a tour throughout the sites or learning more about local history, your kids can enjoy their own history experience with games, tours and make ‘n take activities.  This event is geared toward families with kids between 4 and 12 years of age.  The cost is only $5, or free with your museum membership.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Muskegon Latino Festival
September 7 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 7, from 4:00pm – 10:00pm, come to Hackley Park for the 1st Annual Muskegon Latino Festival!  Celebrate people, culture and Latino heritage during a day filled with great food, entertainment and fun.  This is an opportunity to meet new friends and connect with your neighbors. See what Muskegon’s rich and vibrant Latino community has to offer.  For more information call (231) 329-8283.

Wynonna & The Big Noise
September 7 @ 7:30 pm
The Frauenthal Center opens the 2019/2020 Season with country icon Wynonna & The Big Noise! Saturday, September 7 at 7:30pm this country music legend will bring their blend of country, Americana, blues, soul, and rock to Muskegon’s iconic and historic musical venue.
A musical powerhouse once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline,” Wynonna has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide during her remarkable 35-year career. The internationally renowned performer who rose to fame as part of the legendary mother/daughter duo “The Judds,” Wynonna has received more than 60 industry awards and has had countless charting singles. Her 20 number one hits include such songs as “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me,” and “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ole Days).”
Wynonna and her band, The Big Noise, led by her husband/drummer/producer Cactus Moser, released their debut full-length album in February 2016 via Curb Records to critical acclaim. Describing her new sound as “vintage yet modern” and a “return to the well,” Wynonna’s most recent work “lays bare the joy that is Judd’s most potent gift as a vocalist,” NPR’s Ann Powers writes in her 2016 review.
In addition to being an inspirational night of music from a country icon, this event is a celebration of the increasingly powerful role Muskegon plays in Michigan’s creative landscape. The historic Frauenthal Center, which is set to celebrate its 90th anniversary next year, annually draws nearly 100,000 people to a rapidly growing downtown Muskegon.
107MUS – The Moose is serving as the Media Sponsor for Wynonna & The Big Noise.
Tickets range from $45 – $80 and will go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 19 at 11:00am. Tickets can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office, by calling (231) 727-8001 or in person Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm. Tickets can also be purchased by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737 and online at startickets.com.

Star Party
September 7 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Saturday, September 7 from 9:00pm – 11:30pm, the Muskegon Astronomical Society invites you to a Star Party at their observatory!  Star Parties are scheduled events hosted by members.  All visitors are welcome to come and learn about amateur astronomy and view the night sky through the society’s telescopes.  You may also bring your own telescope.  They will help you get started and show you how to make adjustments.  They will also provide printed materials.  If weather conditions are questionable, contact Dennis Allen at 231-777-1013 to find out the status of the event.  If it’s cloudy, they may give you a tour of the facility or do a presentation.  There is no charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Breaking Bad Comedian Steven Michael Quezada
September 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, September 27 at 8:00pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Breaking Bad comedian, Steven Michael Quezada!  Steven starred on the Emmy Award winning series “Breaking Bad” as DEA agent Gomez.  He has won an Emmy for ‘outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series for his role in Breaking Bad!  Audiences will also recognize him from the movies “Wildfire,” “Crash,” “In Plain Sight,” and “Beerfest!”  Steven is not just an actor, he is a major touring comedian and has appeared on HBO and Showtime for his comedy specials.  He has opened for SNL and has performed on the new ‘Arsenio Hall show.’  Other recent credits include The Mindy Project, Documentary Now!, The Night Before, and Girlfriend’s Day on Netflix.  Doors open at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $15 and available at www.backalleycomedyclub.com/Muskegon.

Chef Prize
September 8 @ 4:00 pm
Sunday, September 8 at 4:00pm, come to Hampton Green Farm for Chef Prize! Celebrate chefs from Muskegon, Ottawa, and Kent counties along with local breweries and wineries.  The food that the chefs prepare will be judged, and someone will receive the Chef Prize!  This event is generously hosted by Kim Van Kampen and the Van Kampen Boyer Molinari Foundation.  For more information, please email stephanie.kerr.cathey@kidsfoodbasket.org or call Stephanie directly at 231-903-2432.
**Please note, you must be 18 years of age or older to attend this event**

Buzzed Bard
September 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunday, September 8 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company and 18th Amendment Spirits Co. invite you to join them for “Buzzed Bard!” This irreverent look at Shakespeare features performance of scenes from multiple Shakespearean plays combined with improv, audience-interactive games, and a Shakespearean drinking game.  This event may not be suitable for patrons under 21. Tickets are $5 through Eventbrite.com and cover the performance.  Food and drinks (both adult beverages and non-alcoholic) will be available to purchase from the menu.  For more information call (231) 375-5064.

Irish Dance Class
September 9 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Get ready for the Michigan Irish Music Festival (September 12 – 15) with a beginners Irish dance class!  Monday, September 9 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm join Ardan Dance Academy at Tatra Hall to get your step-dance on!  They are now enrolling for fall classes and all ages are welcome.  For more information visit www.ardanacademy.com.

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
September 9 @ 6:00 pm
Lectures will be presented every Monday beginning September 9 at 6:00pm. The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm.  The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum.  Admission to the museum is also FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events Aug. 26 – Sept. 2, 2019

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

Monday August 26:

Zumba on the LST
August 26 @ 7:00 pm
It’s Zumba on the LST! Come out and move for a good cause, Every Woman’s Place!  Bring a friend or three and join 3zCrew and EWP for a Zumba night on the deck of the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum.  The cost is only $10.  For more information call (231) 759-7909.

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday August 27:

Hackley Public Library FREE Concert: JMM Jazz
August 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Step back in time as you enjoy vintage era music performed by phenomenal local band JMM Jazz!  This trio will cover many classic jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.   This performance is free to the public and great for all ages.(231) 722-8000.

Montague Band Shell Free Concert: Aoife Scott
August 27 @ 7:00 pm
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a lovely evening listening to music.  The rain site is Montague High School.  This concert is generously supported by the Arts Council of White Lake.  For more information on the concert series, call 231-893-2524.

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

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

Wednesday August 28:

Workaholic Women’s Wednesday Cruise
August 28 @ 7:00 pm
Take some time out of your busy schedule to enjoy a cruise of Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan aboard the Aquastar!  Join local celebrity Britta Cleveland for a mid-week adventure with music, food, adult beverages and specialty vendors.  You will need a debit/credit card to purchase drinks.  Tickets are $25. Stop by Visit Muskegon and pick up a $5 coupon! Visit www.aquastarcruises.com to book your spot or call (231) 903-0669 for more information.

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

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

Thursday August 29:

Fetch Cycling Group
August 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Fetch Brewing Company on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a 60 minute No Drop Bike Ride. All abilities and fitness levels are encouraged and welcome.  Helmets are  encouraged.  Fetch Brewing Company provides you with the added incentive of $1 off your first post-ride beer! To get details and to see if this is a good fit for you www.fetchbrewing.com

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

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

Friday August 30:

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

Muskegon Polish Festival
August 30 – August 31
The Muskegon Polish Festival will take place over Labor Day weekend at historic Hackley Park in Downtown Muskegon!  Friday and Saturday, August 30 – 31 the 2-day Muskegon Polish Festival offers Polish cultural activities including food, polka music, dancing, a Catholic mass, and much more. People of all ethnicities are invited for an authentic Polish experience and a unique venue in the heart of Muskegon. A large dance floor will make for a great time polka dancing and for all opportunities for a great time with all festival attendees.  For more information and entertainment line-up visit muskegonpolishfest.com.

Kool Kidz Bash
August 30 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Bring the kids to McGraft Park for the Kool Kidz Bash!  The mission of this youth concert is to provide a safe, fun atmosphere for youth ages 6+ as a positive way to end the summer and start back to school.  The Reds Youth Project will provide adult staff, volunteers, security, and a parent drop-off/pick-up location. Parents are welcome to attend and enjoy as well!  General admission tickets are $25.  VIP tickets include a Meet & Greet and are $45.  There’ll also be a concession stand and photos available for a cost.  For more information call 616-294-0262.

The Skeetown Players Present “The Dog Logs”
August 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Visit Harbor Unitarian Universalist Church located at 1296 Montgomery Ave. for “The Dog Logs,” a series of monologues as told from the perspective of Man’s Best Friend.  You will howl, you will whimper and you will have a doggone good time!  This show contains some stories that are based on heartbreaking true accounts.  For this reason, this show is not suitable for young audiences.  Admission is $5 and seating is first come first served.  The donations will be split between Pound Buddies and Harbor Unitarian Universalist.

Saturday August 31:

Muskegon Polish Festival
August 30 – August 31
The Muskegon Polish Festival will take place over Labor Day weekend at historic Hackley Park in Downtown Muskegon!  Friday and Saturday, August 30 – 31 the 2-day Muskegon Polish Festival offers Polish cultural activities including food, polka music, dancing, a Catholic mass, and much more. People of all ethnicities are invited for an authentic Polish experience and a unique venue in the heart of Muskegon. A large dance floor will make for a great time polka dancing and for all opportunities for a great time with all festival attendees.  For more information and entertainment line-up visit muskegonpolishfest.com.

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

Unruly 6th Anniversary Party
August 31 @ 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Come to Unruly Brewing Co. in downtown Muskegon for the Unruly 6th Anniversary Party!  Enjoy an outdoor stage with great entertainment, new beer releases, and fun all day long!  Admission is free.  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

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

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

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

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

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

The Skeetown Players Present “The Dog Logs”
August 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Visit Harbor Unitarian Universalist Church located at 1296 Montgomery Ave. for “The Dog Logs,” a series of monologues as told from the perspective of Man’s Best Friend.  You will howl, you will whimper and you will have a doggone good time!  This show contains some stories that are based on heartbreaking true accounts.  For this reason, this show is not suitable for young audiences.  Admission is $5 and seating is first come first served.  The donations will be split between Pound Buddies and Harbor Unitarian Universalist.

Sunday September 1:

Cars for Cancer Sunday Night Cruise & Kick-Off Party
September 1 @ 5:00 pm
Come to Mercy Health Lakes Village for the Cars for Cancer Sunday Night Cruise! This is a Kickoff Party for the 15th Annual Labor Day Cars for Cancer Car Show.  Registration will be offered beginning at 5:00pm and there’ll also be live music in the Entertainment Tent until 11:00pm.  The evening cruise begins at 6:30pm. For more info., e-mail Tradrod51@aol.com.

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

Monday September 2:

West Michigan United Labor Day Parade
September 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Labor Day is the holiday in which we recognize and celebrate the contribution of all America’s workers to the growth and continued vitality of our Nation. Everybody loves a parade! This is an all-inclusive community parade through the streets of downtown Muskegon. The parade will start 11:00am on Monday September 2, and will end approximately around 12:30pm. There will be a fun filled and FREE celebration following the parade that will go until 4:00pm. Enjoy multiple food vendors (for $5-$6 per meal), refreshments, treats, games, prizes, face painting, bounce houses, arts n’ crafts and much more! For more information or an application to be in the Labor Day Parade, email Jana@unitedwaylakeshore.org The parade starts at the intersection of 4th street and Clay Avenue. It will progress down Clay Avenue past Hackley Park to Jefferson Street (turning left) and heading towards Western Avenue. The march will continue down Western Avenue and end at 490 West Western Avenue for a post parade celebration!

14th Annual Labor Day Community Walk
September 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
No need to travel all the way to the Mackinac Bridge for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk when the White Lake Area offers a Labor Day Bridge Walk in their neighborhood!  Monday, September 2 from 10:00am – 12:30pm.The Labor Day Community Walk begins on the Hart-Montague Bike Trail Head (at the east end of Spring St. located behind Whitehall Products and Montague Foods in Montague).  City officials and area leaders walk with the people of the community across the White River Bridge to the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.  Walkers are welcome to continue on the path, turn around, or stay and enjoy healthy refreshments!  For more information call (231) 893-4585.

15th Annual Muskegon Labor Day Cars for Cancer
September 2 @ 7:00 am
Beginning at 7:00am, come to the Mercy Health Partners Lakes Village for the 15th Annual Muskegon Labor Day Cars for Cancer! This year Different Strokes Car Club will be picking the top 10 with special trophies, plus there will still be the regular classes with 3 trophies per class:
Best of Show, Young Guns, People’s Choice
There’ll also be dash plaques to first 400 cars registered. Enjoy vendors, door prizes, valve cover racing and a grocery giveaway as well! Registration – 7:00am – 11:00am Participant Voting – 11:00am – 1:00pm Pancake breakfast (prepared by the Knights of Columbus #13035)   7:00am – 12:00pm Pre-registration is $10 (to guarantee a dash plaque) or $20 with a shirt and is due before August 25. Registration the day of the show is $10 and will be good for both Sunday and Monday.  All proceeds (100%) go to the Johnson Family Center for Cancer Care – Mercy Health Partners.  For more information e-mail Tradrod51@aol.com or visit their Facebook page by clicking the link below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ongoing Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Muskegon County Calendar of Events August 5-12, 2019

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

Monday August 5:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday August 6:

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday August 7:

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday August 8:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday August 9:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday August 10:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday August 11:

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

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

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

Monday August 12:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ongoing Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ongoing Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ongoing Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BIKE TIME MERCHANDISE
Official Bike Time merchandise will be available.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ongoing Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Line-up:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy a tour of 8 gardens in North Muskegon:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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