Calendar of Events

The Frauenthal Center Presents “An Evening With Groucho”

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

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

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

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

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

Muskegon Museum of Art 2018 January & February Calendar

JANUARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

FEBRUARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

EXHIBITIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Learn to Luge Weekend
January 19 @ 6:00 pm

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


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

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

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

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

For more information, call 231-727-8001.


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Learn to Luge Weekend
January 12 @ 6:00 pm

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

Safe & Easy to Learn

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

Get Some Physical Activity in the Winter

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

What to Expect

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

Scott Speck, conductor
Paul Clifton, Horn

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

Muskegon County Calendar of Events January 1 – 8, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Safe & Easy to Learn

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

Get Some Physical Activity in the winter!

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

What to Expect

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

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

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

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

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

West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.

Catch their next home game Sunday, January 7 at 5:00pm as they take on the Illinois Bulldogs!

Ruth and Max Bloomquist
January 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, January 8 at 6:00pm, come to “The Corner” as Ruth and Max BLoomquist, Muskegon’s own folk singers, perform an evening of wonderful music!  Ruth and Max have been making music together since they met in 1975 and discovered their shared love not only for each other, but for music and songs made with acoustic instruments and featuring lyrics from the heart.  Ruth and Max immersed themselves in folk, bluegrass, country, singer songwriters, and other acoustic music to create a sound and style all their own.

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

Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library and the Central United

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 12/27/17- 01/08/2018

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


Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Open Daily 10:00-10:00 – weather permitting!
426 Scenic Dr. North Muskegon County

We are open for skiing and snowshoeing at this time. We are continuing to work on building the ice rink and luge track. We hope to have everything open for Christmas break, as long as conditions allow. We are open from 10am to 10pm every day now as long as we have good cold weather. We have Luge, Ice Skating, XC-Skiing, Snowshoeing and Sledding. Come out and enjoy the lighted ski trails. You can schedule winter field trips or private group outings by calling 1-877-879-5843 or emailing info@msports.org Family Season Passes are on sale for $150 and rental equipment for the entire family can be added for $45.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Public Tours
Thursdays
296 W. Webster, downtown Muskegon

Drop in for guided tours exhibition tours, led by Muskegon Museum of Art docents, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Thursday evening admission is free from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, compliments of Meijer. Their regular hours open are 10:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday – Saturday. For more information call 231-720-2570 or www.muskegonartmuseum.org


Public Indoor Ice Skate
December 28 & December 30
LC Walker Arena 955 Fourth St. Downtown Muskegon

This is indoor ice skating but is still chilly so wear your gloves, hat & scarf. Skate on the same rink the Muskegon Lumberjacks play while listening to fun holiday music. This is fun for all ages and expertise. December 28 and 30, you’re invited to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Public Skate!  The cost is $4 to skate and $3 for ice skate rental.  For more information, call 231-726-2400. December 28:  12:00pm – 1:30pm December 30:  1:00pm – 2:30pm


KWANZAA
Through December 30, 2:30pm-5:30pm
James Jackson African American Museum *FREE

This is FREE for everyone at the James Jackson African American Museum across from the Muskegon Heights City Hall. 7 East Center St. For more information call 231-739-9500


Indoor Farmers’ Market
Dec-April, Saturday @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.

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


Free Family Movie Day: The Princess Bride (PG)
December 27 @ 3:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave. *FREE

Get out of the house over the holiday break for some free family fun! This beloved classic fairytale begins with a grandfather reading his favorite book to his hard-to-impress grandson.  This book, he promises, has everything – “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles.” – and all that he promised comes to life before the boy’s enchanted eyes as his grandfather reads him the adventures of Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world, and Westley, the man she loves. This film is free and no tickets are required.  Concessions will be available for purchase.  For more information, call 231-727-8001. Have extra coats, mittens, hats or scarves you would like to donate?  The Frauenthal Center will be running their annual coat drive and donating them to a local charity!  The donation box is in the Frauenthal Center lobby now through December 22.


Pomander Make and Take
December 28 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center

Stop by the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Make & Take Open House between 11:00am – 2:00pm to create your own Pomander (also known as cloved orange) to add the smell of the holidays to your home or share with a friend! There is a $2 cost per craft for supplies. The pomander is a traditional Christmas ornament and New Year’s gift. The word pomander comes from French pomme (which means apple, also the root of Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruits, and pommel, the decorative hilt of a word or dagger) and ambre. Ambre derives from either ambergris, an early perfume ingredient or another one of its meanings: golden in color. For more information, call 231-722-0278.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 29 @ 7:00 pm
955 Fourth St., downtown Muskegon

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running! Catch the home game tonight at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on Team USA at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225. It’s also Youth Hockey Camp night!!


Cardboard Maker’s Space
December 29 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center, 430 W. Clay Ave.

Families will have the opportunity to build their own cardboard creations to take home at the Lakeshore Museum Center. Use museum created examples as inspiration or design your own! Admission is always free for Muskegon County residents, and just $3 for non-residents. For more information, call (231) 722-0278.


Learn to Luge Weekend – Every Weekend
Friday-Sunday @ 6:00 pm
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, 462 Scenic Dr.

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


Best New Year’s Eve Family Party in Muskegon!
December 31
Northway Lanes, 1751 Evanston Ave. Muskegon

If your family is looking for fun things to do in Muskegon New Years’ Eve 2017, come to Northway Lanes to enjoy a two hour Ultra Cosmic bowling experience, prize giveaways, and party favors while you feast on a taco and pizza buffet with soda. It’s great family interaction featuring music, food, bowling, party favors, and prizes. $74.95 per family with all you can eat pizza. There is an early bird evening beginning at 5:00pm. Call now to sign up 231-767-BOWL


New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31 9:00pm – 1:00am
Shoreline Inn & Conference Center
750 Terrace Point Dr.

Make plans to spend your New Year’s Eve at the Shoreline Inn & Conference Center! There’ll be live music from Pop Fiction, an open bar from 9:00pm – 1:00am, a midnight toast and balloon drop. Their special New Year’s Eve packages also include overnight accommodations for two, champagne upon arrival, a gourmet dinner buffet and breakfast, as well as midnight snacks and appetizers. Packages start at $339 + tax. For reservations, call 231-727-8483.


Magic of Motown New Year’s Eve
December 31 @ 6:00 pm
513 W. Pontaluna

Relive the Magic of Motown on New Year’s Eve at Bella Maria’s beginning at 6:00pm, December 31! The awesome buffet will include Prime Rib, Shrimp, Chicken, Cod Florentine and so much more! There will also be an extensive dessert buffet, Champagne toast at midnight and one of the best review shows in Michigan, Danielle Cosby and the Motown Review! Tickets are $75.00 per person. For tickets or more information, call 231-563-6914.


New Year’s Eve Ballroom Bash
December 31
Holiday Inn & Conference Center Downtown Muskegon, 939 Third St., Muskegon

Ring in the New Year at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center in Downtown Muskegon! Ballroom packages include: Overnight accommodations Champagne upon arrival Dinner Buffet Open Bar from 9:00pm – 1:00am Balloon Drop Champagne Toast and Midnight Snacks Breakfast Buffet New Year’s Day Late Check-out of 1:00pm Live Entertainment:  Westside Soul Surfers. Photo Booth with Props. Packages start at $279.99 + tax. Make your reservations today by calling 231-722-0100.


Magic of Motown New Year’s Eve
December 31 @ 6:00 pm
Bella Maria’s Event Center, 513 W. Pontaluna Rd. N.S

Relive the Magic of Motown on New Year’s Eve at Bella Maria’s beginning at 6:00pm, December 31! The awesome buffet will include Prime Rib, Shrimp, Chicken, Cod Florentine and so much more! There will also be an extensive dessert buffet, Champagne toast at midnight and one of the best review shows in Michigan, Danielle Cosby and the Motown Review!  Tickets are $75.00 per person.  For tickets or more information, call 231-563-6914.


Movies @ the Library: Concussion
January 2, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave.

Come to Hackley Public Library for a screening of the film, “Concussion” (123 mins. (PG-13)!  This dramatic thriller is based on the true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu.  Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist, made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known.  Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful and beloved institutions in the world. Movies at the Library are free and happen the first Tuesday of the month. Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.


White Lake Classical Series: Orion Rapp, Oboe
January 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Book Nook & Java Shop, 8744 Ferry St. Montague

Stop by for the White Lake Classical Series featuring Orion Rapp!  Orion is Principal Oboist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and will be performing the music of Bach, Britten, Poulenc and Morricone. The cover charge is $5. Come early if you’d like to enjoy a dinner of pork tenderloin, pommes gratin, vegetable, glass of house wine and dessert for only $17. Dinner begins at 6:15pm. For reservations or more information, call 231-894-5333.


Winter Break Family Events at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
January 2-4, 2018
USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St.

The museum will be offering ROV (remotely operated vehicle) robotic classes at 11:00am and 1:30pm. Participants will get the opportunity to design, build and test their remotely operated underwater vehicles in their indoor test tanks.  The cost is only $5 with the purchase of a museum admission. On those same days at 12:00pm and 2:00pm, you can also enjoy a screening of the 1966 Batman film in the museum theater.  Only $5 with the purchase of museum admission. For more information, call (231) 755-1230.


Open House Reception at The Red Lotus Gallery
January 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
An event every month that begins at 6:00pm on day First of the month, repeating until November 2, 2018
Red Lotus Gallery, 356 W. Western Ave.

You are invited to the Artists’ Open House Reception at the Muskegon Center for the Arts every first Friday night of the month from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, at the Red Lotus Fine Art Gallery located in downtown Muskegon in the Century Building’s basement. For more information, find them on Facebook


Muskegon Risers Soccer Home Game
January 5, @ 7:00 pm – January 6 @ 7:00 pm
L.C. Walker Arena, 955 Fourth St.

Muskegon Risers SC was founded to help facilitate positive social and economic change along the Muskegon Lakeshore through the game of soccer.  A Riser is someone who understands our community’s potential and who pushes themselves and others to realize that potential. Our ‘Risers’ name was inspired by the ‘Muskegon, Together Rising’ sculpture that stands in the heart of downtown Muskegon. Get your season tickets for the 2018 Major Arena Soccer League II (M2) Season!  Once you place your at their website, your tickets will be immediately available for pickup at the LC Walker Arena Box Office! You will also get a RISE AND GRIND New Balance Shirt, to be picked-up at the first home game you attend! The Risers will be playing 6 home games. 231-726-2400


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Reeths-Puffer HS Rocket Centre for the Fine Arts,
1545 N Roberts Rd

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


Ruth and Max Bloomquist
January 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The Corner, 280 W Muskegon Ave.

Monday, January 8 at 6:00pm, come to “The Corner” as Ruth and Max BLoomquist, Muskegon’s own folk singers, perform an evening of wonderful music! Ruth and Max have been making music together since they met in 1975 and discovered their shared love not only for each other. This is a FREE event. Please call 231-722-8000 for more information.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 12/18/17- 01/04/2018

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

 

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Open Daily 10:00-10:00 – weather permitting!
426 Scenic Dr. North Muskegon County

We are open for skiing and snowshoeing at this time. We are continuing to work on building the ice rink and luge track. We hope to have everything open for Christmas break, as long as conditions allow. We are open from 10am to 10pm every day now as long as we have good cold weather. We have Luge, Ice Skating, XC-Skiing, Snowshoeing and Sledding. Come out and enjoy the lighted ski trails. You can schedule winter field trips or private group outings by calling 1-877-879-5843 or emailing info@msports.org Family Season Passes are on sale for $150 and rental equipment for the entire family can be added for $45.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Public Tours
Thursday, December 21
296 W. Webster, downtown Muskegon

Drop in for guided tours exhibition tours, led by Muskegon Museum of Art docents, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Thursday evening admission is free from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, compliments of Meijer. Their regular hours open are 10:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday – Saturday. For more information call 231-720-2570 or www.muskegonartmuseum.org


Kanga-Family Christmas Party!
Friday, December 22 @ 5:00pm-8:00pm
3524 Green St. Norton Shores

It’s that time of year again! Celebrate the season with us at our Annual Kanga-Christmas Party, Friday December 22nd from 5-8 pm! Admissions will include bounce time, crafts, games with prizes, goody bags, letters to Santa and coloring pages. This is an RSVP ONLY event. Admissions are due at the time of booking. Rates are: Kids ages 3-17: $11 Kids 2 and under: $7

Adults: $5. Observing is FREE (Limit: 1 observer per paid admission) Already thinking about dinner? We will be serving our regular menu that night and will also be offering 2 slices of pizza and a beverage for $3! Please call Cassandra at (231)733-4637 extension #2 or stop in to reserve your spots! Spots are limited so don’t delay!


Public Indoor Ice Skate
December 24 – December 30 (excluding Dec. 25 & Dec. 29)
LC Walker Arena 955 Fourth St. Downtown Muskegon

This is indoor ice skating but is still chilly so wear your gloves, hat & scarf. Skate on the same rink the Muskegon Lumberjacks play while listening to fun holiday music. This is fun for all ages and expertise. December 24, 26, 27, 28 and 30, you’re invited to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Public Skate!  The cost is $4 to skate and $3 for ice skate rental.  For more information, call 231-726-2400. December 24:  1:00pm – 2:30pm December 26:  12:00pm – 1:30pm December 27:  12:00pm – 1:30pm December 28:  12:00pm – 1:30pm December 30:  1:00pm – 2:30pm


KWANZAA
Through December 30, 2:30pm-5:30pm
James Jackson African American Museum *FREE

This is FREE for everyone at the James Jackson African American Museum across from the Muskegon Heights City Hall. 7 East Center St. For more information call 231-739-9500


Indoor Farmers’ Market
Dec-April, Saturday @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.

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


Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
December 26 – December 27
Hackley & Hume Historic Site, 484 W. Webster Ave.

Enjoy holiday tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site! These amazing late 1890’s homes from Muskegon’s lumbering days have been decorated for the holidays with period appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more. Special Holiday Tours will be offered on the following dates: Tuesday, December 26 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. Wednesday, December 27 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. The cost is $5 – $7. For more information, visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.


Free Family Movie Day: The Princess Bride (PG)
December 27 @ 3:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave. *FREE

Get out of the house over the holiday break for some free family fun! This beloved classic fairytale begins with a grandfather reading his favorite book to his hard-to-impress grandson.  This book, he promises, has everything – “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles.” – and all that he promised comes to life before the boy’s enchanted eyes as his grandfather reads him the adventures of Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world, and Westley, the man she loves. This film is free and no tickets are required.  Concessions will be available for purchase.  For more information, call 231-727-8001. Have extra coats, mittens, hats or scarves you would like to donate?  The Frauenthal Center will be running their annual coat drive and donating them to a local charity!  The donation box is in the Frauenthal Center lobby now through December 22.


Pomander Make and Take
December 28 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center

Stop by the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Make & Take Open House between 11:00am – 2:00pm to create your own Pomander (also known as cloved orange) to add the smell of the holidays to your home or share with a friend! There is a $2 cost per craft for supplies. The pomander is a traditional Christmas ornament and New Year’s gift. The word pomander comes from French pomme (which means apple, also the root of Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruits, and pommel, the decorative hilt of a word or dagger) and ambre. Ambre derives from either ambergris, an early perfume ingredient or another one of its meanings: golden in color. For more information, call 231-722-0278.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 29 @ 7:00 pm
955 Fourth St., downtown Muskegon

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running! Catch the home game tonight at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on Team USA at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225. It’s also Youth Hockey Camp night!!


Best New Year’s Eve Family Party in Muskegon!
December 31
Northway Lanes, 1751 Evanston Ave. Muskegon

If your family is looking for fun things to do in Muskegon New Years’ Eve 2017, come to Northway Lanes to enjoy a two hour Ultra Cosmic bowling experience, prize giveaways, and party favors while you feast on a taco and pizza buffet with soda. It’s great family interaction featuring music, food, bowling, party favors, and prizes. $74.95 per family with all you can eat pizza. There is an early bird evening beginning at 5:00pm. Call now to sign up 231-767-BOWL


New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31 9:00pm – 1:00am
Shoreline Inn & Conference Center
750 Terrace Point Dr.

Make plans to spend your New Year’s Eve at the Shoreline Inn & Conference Center! There’ll be live music from Pop Fiction, an open bar from 9:00pm – 1:00am, a midnight toast and balloon drop. Their special New Year’s Eve packages also include overnight accommodations for two, champagne upon arrival, a gourmet dinner buffet and breakfast, as well as midnight snacks and appetizers. Packages start at $339 + tax. For reservations, call 231-727-8483.


Magic of Motown New Year’s Eve
December 31 @ 6:00 pm
513 W. Pontaluna

Relive the Magic of Motown on New Year’s Eve at Bella Maria’s beginning at 6:00pm, December 31! The awesome buffet will include Prime Rib, Shrimp, Chicken, Cod Florentine and so much more! There will also be an extensive dessert buffet, Champagne toast at midnight and one of the best review shows in Michigan, Danielle Cosby and the Motown Review! Tickets are $75.00 per person. For tickets or more information, call 231-563-6914.


New Year’s Eve Ballroom Bash
December 31
Holiday Inn & Conference Center Downtown Muskegon, 939 Third St., Muskegon

Ring in the New Year at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center in Downtown Muskegon! Ballroom packages include: Overnight accommodations Champagne upon arrival Dinner Buffet Open Bar from 9:00pm – 1:00am Balloon Drop Champagne Toast and Midnight Snacks Breakfast Buffet New Year’s Day Late Check-out of 1:00pm Live Entertainment:  Westside Soul Surfers. Photo Booth with Props. Packages start at $279.99 + tax. Make your reservations today by calling 231-722-0100.


Planetarium Show: Faster than Light!
The Dream of Interstellar Flight
January 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm *FREE

January 1 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth. Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun. But if we find one, how will we ever get there? Many more questions will be answered. This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break) For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 12/11/17- 01/04/2018

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

Planetarium Christmas Show:
Mystery of the Christmas Star
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm *FREE
November 2 – December 14, come to Carr-Fless Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the Christmas show, “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This modern look at the Christmas story is an annual favorite.  As we look at significant astronomical events visible in the sky in the time of Jesus’ birth, we’ll see which of the “sky signs” was remarkable enough to have caused the Wise Men to travel over 600 miles through the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem, and investigate possible dates for the sighting of the “star” which lead them to Jesus.  This is a 35-minute presentation. For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

KWANZAA
Through December 30, 2:30pm-5:30pm
James Jackson African American Museum *FREE
This is FREE for everyone at the James Jackson African American Museum across from the Muskegon Heights City Hall. 7 East Center St. For more information call 231-739-9500

Santa at the Library
December 11 – December 14 *FREE
Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit all nine branches of Muskegon Area District Library to meet boys and girls of all ages!  Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and, of course, Santa!  Don’t forget your camera.  You won’t want to miss this free photo opportunity.
Monday, December 11
10:30am Muskegon Township Branch: 231-760-4329
6:00pm   Montague Branch: 231-893-2675
Thursday, December 14
4:00pm   Dalton Branch: 231-828-4188

The Muskegon Area District Library is a public library system with ten branch locations.  It serves 105,000 residents of 20 municipalities, comprising most of Muskegon County.  Serving the community six days a week, the Muskegon Area District Library offers programs, library services and life-long learning for county residents.  For more information about events at any branch library please contact the branch library directly.  For more information contact pr.info@madl.org, or 231 737-6248.

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

Music at the Library: Folias Duo
December 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hackley Library, 316 W. Webster Ave. *FREE
Come to Hackley Library for FREE live music from Folias Duo!  American Record Guide calls the Folias Flute and Guitar Duo “daring in self written music.”  Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this unique performer/composer duo was founded in 2003 by husband and wife Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron.  In performance, Folias combines their classical music training, their experience as tango dancers and bandleaders, their love of Astor Piazzolla and their knowledge of the jazz idiom.  They have performed in concert halls, clubs and for tango events across the United States, in Europe and in Argentina.  Folias’ four critically acclaimed albums on the Blue Griffin Recording label feature their work together as collaborative composers and arrangers. For more information, visit www.hackleylibrary.org.

Movies at the Library: La La Land
December 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave. *FREE
Join Hackley library to see a free showing of the film “La La Land” (PG-13)!  Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.  This original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing dreams. The movie runs 128 minutes.  Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.  For more information, visit www.hackleylibrary.org.

Minecraft at the Museum
December 12 @ 4:30 pm – December 13 @ 7:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center
Minecraft at the Museum is back!  December 12 and 13, the Lakeshore Museum Center challenges all Minecraft players to come to the museum and test their discovering and crafting skills.  Players will search the museum to find as many resources as they can, then craft them to get all the supplies they need to navigate their way through the nether!  Whether you are new to Minecraft at the Museum, or have tested your skills with them in the past, there is something for everyone! Choose either the 4:30pm or 6:00pm session.  You can register online using PayPal or call the museum at 231-722-0278 to pay over the phone.  The cost is $7 for the general public, or $5 for museum members.  This is recommended for ages 6 and older.  There is no cost for an accompanying adult.

It’s Gonna Get “Ugly” at the Norton Shores Library!
December 13 @ 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Norton Shores Library, 705 Seminole Rd. *FREE
It’s gonna get “ugly” at the Norton Shores Library as they host their annual ugly holiday sweater contest. In a fun-spirited holiday tradition, voting for the ugliest Christmas sweater worn by a Norton Shores Library staff member could win you a surprise. Stop by and choose your favorite or vote on the Muskegon Area District Library’s Facebook page. Voting is open to ages 12 and up.  Wearing your own holiday sweater, ugly or not, could get your picture on the Library’s Facebook page just for fun! This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library, is free and open to the public with no registration required.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org.

Make Quill Paper Snowflakes
December 13 @ 6:30 pm
Norton Shores Library, 705 Seminole Rd. *FREE
You’re invited to the Norton Shores Library to create Quilled Paper Snowflakes!  Quilling, also called paper filigree, originated in Europe more than five hundred years ago.  It involves rolling and combining strips of paper into highly detailed designs. Create a few beautiful quilled snowflakes that can work as ornaments, gift tags or simple but delicate seasonal decorations.  This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library, is free and open to the public ages 18 and up, with registration required.  For additional information or to register, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org

Opening Reception and Lecture: Sarah Wagner
December 14 @ 5:30pm-7:30pm
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue
You’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the opening reception of “Vegetable Lamb of America: The Art of Sarah Wagner!” Sarah sculpts in wood and fabric, creating animals and environments that address the fragility and resilience of Nature and humanity’s impact on its surroundings. Support for Sarah Wagner: Vegetable Lamb of America has been provided by MMA Michigan Artist Series Media Sponsor Blue Lake Public Radio.  This event is free and open to the public with the reception beginning at 5:30pm, followed by a lecture by Sarah Wagner at 7:00pm.  For more information, call 231-720-2570

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Celtic Christmas
December 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Admission ranges from $10 – $57
Come to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents Celtic Christmas! Scott Speck, conductor Guest Artist – Cathie Ryan, vocals WMS Children‘s Choir Irish vocalist Cathie Ryan and her band return to the West Michigan Symphony with a program she has created us, reflecting her Celtic roots in a wide array of holiday works.  Ring in the holidays with Ryan, the West Michigan Symphony orchestra and the West Michigan Symphony Children’s Choir as they bring traditional, popular and Irish-themed music of the season to West Michigan.  For more information, call 231-726-3231.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 15 & 16 @ 7:00 pm
955 Fourth St., downtown Muskegon
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running! Catch a home game, Friday, December 15 and Saturday December 16 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on Chicago Steel at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

Movies at the Library: Polar Express
December 16 @ 12:30 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave.*FREE
Hop on “The Polar Express” and discover the magic of the season at Hackley Public Library!  The kids will love this animated holiday favorite starring Tom Hanks while keeping warm with hot chocolate and plenty of festive activities!  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Reindeer!
December 16 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Lawn of Hackley Administration Building *FREE
Hackley Public Library invites you to meet them on the lawn of the Hackley Administration Building to learn all about reindeer!  Does Rudolph really have a red nose?  Can reindeer actually fly?  The only way you’ll find out is if you meet these visiting reindeer in person! For more information, call 231-722-8000. This is a FREE event for everyone!

Muskegon Center for the Arts
Red Lotus Gallery: Open Mic Night
December 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Red Lotus Gallery, 356 W. Western Ave. *FREE
The Muskegon Center for the Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery every third Saturday of the month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, theater, poetry or readings, you may want to express it here or just show up to watch the show.  There is always something new and unique to enjoy.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

The Block: Cathie Ryan – Irish Folk Music
December 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Block, 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd Floor
Come to The Block for Irish folk music from Cathie Ryan!  Cathie and her band follow a Friday evening holiday concert with the West Michigan Symphony with an evening of Irish folk music. Admission is $10-$25. Join Cathie as she warms up West Michigan with heartfelt lyrics, beloved ballads and traditional tunes of the Emerald Isle.  Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:15pm and the concert begins at 7:00 pm.

West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
December 16 @ 5:00 pm
Reeths-Puffer HS Rocket Centre 1545 N. Roberts Rd.
The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group sales. Catch their game Saturday, December 16 at 5:00pm as they take on the Chicago Fury!

Holiday Brunch with Santa at SE4SONS
December 17 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
SE4SONS Banquet Center, 2801 Lakeshore Drive
Sunday, December 17 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, bring the family to SE4SONS for a holiday brunch with Santa!  It will be a fun filled day of great food, holiday crafts and family!  This is a fun event for all involved and the public is welcome!  The cost is $27 for adults, kids 5-12 are $1 and 4 & under are free!  Please make your reservations ahead of time by calling 231-755-3737.  Spaces will fill up fast!

Lessons and Carols
December 17 @ 5:00 pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1006 3rd St. Muskegon
Everyone is welcome to attend the free concert by the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys, “Lessons and Carols” at the beautiful St Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon.  For more information, call (231) 722-2112.

The Nutcracker
December 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
Bring the family to the Frauenthal Theater for the “Nutcracker!”  Join Clara and her magical friends as the West Michigan Youth Ballet brings performs this timeless classic.  Want to meet Clara and the Prince?  Join them for the Nutcracker Pre-Party! The pre-Party includes a Meet & Greet with Clara and the Prince, kid’s activities and refreshments.  This event starts at 12:30pm with early admission at 1:15pm.  Tickets for the Pre-Party are only $7 and must be purchased by December 12 at the Frauenthal Center Box Office in person or by calling 231-727-8001.  Tickets for the show are $11 for youths, $21 for adults, and family tickets are $60.

West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
December 17 @ 5:00 pm
Reeths-Puffer HS Rocket Centre 1545 N. Roberts Rd.
The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales. Catch their game December 17 at 5:00pm as they take on the Chicago Nights!

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
December 26 – December 27
Hackley & Hume Historic Site, 484 W. Webster Ave.
Enjoy holiday tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site!  These amazing late 1890’s homes from Muskegon’s lumbering days have been decorated for the holidays with period appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more.  Special Holiday Tours will be offered on the following dates: Tuesday, December 26 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. Wednesday, December 27 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. The cost is $5 – $7.  For more information, visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.

Free Family Movie Day: The Princess Bride
December  27 @ 3:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave. *FREE
Get out of the house over the holiday break for some free family fun!  Wednesday, December 27 at 3:00pm, the historic Frauenthal Center will be showing the classic fairytale, “The Princess Bride” (PG). This beloved classic fairytale begins with a grandfather reading his favorite book to his hard-to-impress grandson.  This book, he promises, has everything – “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles.” – and all that he promised comes to life before the boy’s enchanted eyes as his grandfather reads him the adventures of Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world, and Westley, the man she loves. This film is free and no tickets are required.  Concessions will be available for purchase.  For more information, call 231-727-8001. Have extra coats, mittens, hats or scarves you would like to donate?  The Frauenthal Center will be running their annual coat drive and donating them to a local charity!  The donation box is in the Frauenthal Center lobby now through December 22.

Pomander Make and Take
December 28 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center
Stop by the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Make & Take Open House between 11:00am – 2:00pm to create your own Pomander (also known as cloved orange) to add the smell of the holidays to your home or share with a friend!  There is a $2 cost per craft for supplies. The pomander is a traditional Christmas ornament and New Year’s gift.  The word pomander comes from French pomme (which means apple, also the root of Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruits, and pommel, the decorative hilt of a word or dagger) and ambre.  Ambre derives from either ambergris, an early perfume ingredient or another one of its meanings: golden in color.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 29 @ 7:00 pm
955 Fourth St., downtown Muskegon
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running! Catch the home game tonight at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on Team USA at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225. It’s also Youth Hockey Camp night!!

Best New Year’s Eve Family Party in Muskegon!
December 31
Northway Lanes, 1751 Evanston Ave. Muskegon
If your family is looking for fun things to do in Muskegon New Years’ Eve 2017, come to Northway Lanes to enjoy a two hour Ultra Cosmic bowling experience, prize giveaways, and party favors while you feast on a taco and pizza buffet with soda. It’s great family interaction featuring music, food, bowling, party favors, and prizes. $74.95 per family with all you can eat pizza. There is an early bird evening beginning at 5:00pm. Call now to sign up 231-767-BOWL

New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31 9:00pm – 1:00am
Shoreline Inn & Conference Center
750 Terrace Point Dr.
Make plans to spend your New Year’s Eve at the Shoreline Inn & Conference Center!  There’ll be live music from Pop Fiction, an open bar from 9:00pm – 1:00am, a midnight toast and balloon drop.  Their special New Year’s Eve packages also include overnight accommodations for two, champagne upon arrival, a gourmet dinner buffet and breakfast, as well as midnight snacks and appetizers.  Packages start at $339 + tax.  For reservations, call 231-727-8483.

Magic of Motown New Year’s Eve
December 31 @ 6:00 pm
513 W. Pontaluna
Relive the Magic of Motown on New Year’s Eve at Bella Maria’s beginning at 6:00pm, December 31!  The awesome buffet will include Prime Rib, Shrimp, Chicken, Cod Florentine and so much more!  There will also be an extensive dessert buffet, Champagne toast at midnight and one of the best review shows in Michigan, Danielle Cosby and the Motown Review!  Tickets are $75.00 per person.  For tickets or more information, call 231-563-6914.

New Year’s Eve Ballroom Bash
December 31
Holiday Inn & Conference Center Downtown Muskegon, 939 Third St., Muskegon
Ring in the New Year at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center in Downtown Muskegon! Ballroom packages include: Overnight accommodations Champagne upon arrival Dinner Buffet Open Bar from 9:00pm – 1:00am Balloon Drop Champagne Toast and Midnight Snacks Breakfast Buffet New Year’s Day Late Check-out of 1:00pm Live Entertainment:  Westside Soul Surfers. Photo Booth with Props. Packages start at $279.99 + tax.  Make your reservations today by calling 231-722-0100.

Planetarium Show: Faster than Light!
The Dream of Interstellar Flight
January 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm *FREE
January 1 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interestellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Please check our website www.visitmuskegon.org for a complete listing of events!

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 12/04/17- 01/04/2018

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

 

Planetarium Christmas Show:
Mystery of the Christmas Star
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

November 2 – December 14, come to Carr-Fless Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the Christmas show, “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This modern look at the Christmas story is an annual favorite.  As we look at significant astronomical events visible in the sky in the time of Jesus’ birth, we’ll see which of the “sky signs” was remarkable enough to have caused the Wise Men to travel over 600 miles through the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem, and investigate possible dates for the sighting of the “star” which lead them to Jesus.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (No show on Thanksgiving Day, November 23).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


KWANZAA
Through December 30, 2:30pm-5:30pm
James Jackson African American Museum

This is FREE for everyone at the James Jackson African American Museum across from the Muskegon Heights City Hall. 7 East Center St. For more information call 231-739-9500


Santa at the Library
December 5 – December 14

Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit all nine branches of Muskegon Area District Library to meet boys and girls of all ages!  Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and, of course, Santa!  Don’t forget your camera.  You won’t want to miss this free photo opportunity.

Tuesday, December 5
4:30pm   Muskegon Heights Branch: 231-739-6075

Saturday, December 9
10:30am Ravenna Branch: 231-853-6975
2:00pm   Norton Shores Branch: 231-780-8844

Monday, December 11
10:30am Muskegon Township Branch: 231-760-4329
6:00pm   Montague Branch: 231-893-2675

Thursday, December 14
4:00pm   Dalton Branch: 231-828-4188

The Muskegon Area District Library is a public library system with ten branch locations.  It serves 105,000 residents of 20 municipalities, comprising most of Muskegon County.  Serving the community six days a week, the Muskegon Area District Library offers programs, library services and life-long learning for county residents.  For more information about events at any branch library please contact the branch library directly.  For more information contact pr.info@madl.org, or 231 737-6248.


Last Man in Merrinsville
December 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hackley Library

Visit the Hackley Public Library to welcome Ray Goodwin (author of Sawdusted) with his one man play, “Last Man in Merrinsville.” It tells the story of the 30 year courtship between the station agent at a small town railroad depot and the local schoolteacher. The play is approximately 55 minutes long and admission is FREE. For more information, visit www.hackleylibrary.org.


A Celtic Christmas: Peat in the Creel
December 7 @ 7:00 pm
Norton Shores Library

Come to the Norton Shores Library for “A Celtic Christmas” featuring live music from Peat in the Creel! Enjoy traditional Irish carols along with all your holiday favorites delivered via the warm, green-hued tones of Celtic instrumentation and vocals! Peat in the Creel draws from Irish traditional music roots, at times nourished by the heritage of Scotland and broader world influences. The group’s namesake, a phrase inspired by a popular Scottish song lyric which literally wishes a basket laden with peat for fuel, metaphorically toasts to a bountiful future. Founded in 2011, the band is cut from the turf of West Michigan and enjoys performing throughout the region. Peat in the Creel features Alison Myers on flute, whistle, and vocals; Aidan Carry on fiddle; Toby Bresnahan on bouzouki, guitar, and vocals; and Mike Mulder on bodhrán. This performance is part of the MADL Thursday Night Music Club concert series, where you can join your fellow music lovers at the Norton Shores Library for free live music events. For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .


Muskegon Center for the Arts Jewelry WorkshopDecember 8 – Open Jewelry Workshop
5:30pm – 7:00pm
356 W. Western Ave., downtown Muskegon

This workshop is designed for students to gather and work on projects together. Students will bring their own materials to create jewelry with the assistance of the instructor, if needed. There will be “extra pieces” available for anyone needing that final touch or that might be missing a piece to complete their work. Students must pre-register for workshops by contacting Sabryna at registration@muskegonca.org. Tools will be available for use for all workshops, however you may bring your own if you have them. All workshops are ages 10+. Students 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult. $10 ($8 for MCA Members) Location: 356 W. Western Ave.


Friday Family Fun Night: ‘Tis the Season
December 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Explore the Lakeshore Museum Center located at 430 W. Clay as you celebrate the season with winter and holiday-themed crafts and science experiments! There will be activities for all age levels, so families can enjoy the museum together! This event is free for Muskegon County families and non-residents cost just $3! For more information, call (231) 722-0278.


West Michigan Concert Winds: A Disney Christmas
December 8 @ 7:00 pm

Bring the family to the Frauenthal Center for “A Disney Christmas,” presented by West Michigan Concert Winds! The winds invite you to sing along to Disney and other Christmas favorites, featuring the Leffring Sisters! Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for seniors 55 and older and free for students with an ID. Children under 18 are free with a ticketed adult. For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Follow the Star – A Live Outdoor Nativity
December 8, 9 & 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

You and yours are invited to the Central Assembly of God’s Central Youth Center for “Follow the Star,” a live outdoor Nativity located at 2620 McLaughlin. This tour to Bethlehem includes live animals, angels, shepherds, wisemen and the holy family. Guests will become part of the events surrounding the first Christmas. Tours depart every 20 minutes from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. This event is completely free to the public and no tickets or reservations are required. For more information, call 231-777-3938.


Muskegon Center for the Arts Jewelry Workshop
December 9 – Wire Wrapping II
2:30pm – 4:00pm

During this workshop, students will learn the basic skills, tools, and materials used for wrapping stones with holes in them. Each student will make one wire wrapped pendant and one ring during this session. Students must pre-register at registration@muskegonca.org. Tools will be available for use for all workshops, however you may bring your own if you have them. All workshops are ages 10+. Students 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult. $15, materials included. ($13 for MCA Members) Location of event is 356 W. Western Ave.


Heritage Home Tour
December 9 12:00-5:00
446 W. Webster Ave. (Emery House)

There are a variety of 8 homes for you to tour and enjoy the elegant beauty of the Christmas season. Tickets are $10.00 each and can be purchased at the Emery House or City Hub Cyclery at the time of the tours. Maps and locations of home will be given out at the time of purchase also. This is a fundraiser for the Nelson Neighborhood Improvement Association.


Breakfast with Santa
December 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Visit Santa Claus and enjoy a delicious and free pancake meal at Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 9 at the Whitehall United Methodist Church located at 117 S. Division,Whitehall. The breakfast event will be held 9:00am to 11:00am. Bring the children in for pancakes with sausage and a visit with Santa. The Whitehall High School choir will be singing Christmas carols. For more information, call 231-329-3056.


Indoor Farmers’ Market
Dec-April @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.

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


Click Clack Ho Ho Ho
December 9 @ 10:00 am @ The Block
360 W. Western Ave., downtown Muskegon

It’s the night before Christmas and all through the farm, not a creature is stirring, not even a…duck? Farmer Brown is busy decorating his home in preparation for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve! All seems calm in the barnyard, but Farmer Brown isn’t the only one who is getting ready! Based on the book “Click Clack Ho Ho Ho” by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, families will enjoy a live narration of this fun holiday story with graphics displayed on a 20 foot screen! The story is accompanied by original music played by professional musicians, and children will have an opportunity to help compose their own music and hear it performed. This holiday celebration has your favorite Click Clack Moosic barnyard pals, cookies and milk, and maybe even a visit by the man in the red suit! Pre-sale tickets are $5 each; families of 4 or more (same household) can get a family pass for $15. At the door on the day of the concert, single tickets are $7 and family packs are $20. Call 231-726-3231 to get your tickets today!


Local Artisans Holiday Shop
December 9 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Coffee Factory @ 930 Washington Ave.

Come to The Coffee Factory as they host a Local Artisan Holiday Shop! This is a chance to shop, enjoy a coffee and a treat. The holidays will be arriving soon and this will give you the opportunity to find that unique one of a kind gift for someone special. For more information, call (231) 747-9896.


Holiday Party Planning with Chef Char
December 9 @ 11:00 pm – 1:00 pm
242 Kitchen, Muskegon Farmers’ Market

If feeding and entertaining a small crowd is in your future, this class will equip you with the recipes and ideas to be donned as “the hostess with the mostest” by all of your friends. Party Platters are a great way to display hor d’oeuvres and appetizers to feed a small crowd. Even though the serving size of the food is small, each dish can really bring big flavor. We will construct cheese and charcuterie platters and enjoy the taste when finished!  Easy alcoholic and non-alcoholic holiday cocktail recipes will be shared as well.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Visit Santa and Photo Contest
December 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hot Rod Harley, 149 Shoreline Dr.

Bring your own camera to take pictures with Santa. Post your pics on the Hot Rod Facebook page and the photo that gets the most likes will win a $100 Hot Rod gift certificate. This is a FREE event. 149 Shoreline Dr., downtown Muskegon is the Harley Davidson location.


Santa Claus is Coming to Pigeon Hill Brewing
December 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Pigeon Hill Brewing, 500 W. Western Ave.

Santa Claus is Coming to the Pigeon Hill Brewing taproom! Bring the young ones in for a chance to meet Santa and fill him in on their Christmas wish list! There will be a photographer on site, and all photos will be emailed to you free of charge. In the spirit of giving, they are asking you to bring a bag of canned food items or a Toys-For-Tots donation to help them spread cheer throughout the community this Holiday Season. For more info., call (231) 375-5184.


The Back Alley Comedy Club Presents – Murder Mystery Night
December 9 @ 7:00 pm
Back Alley Comedy Club, 1531 W. Sherman Blvd.

Enjoy Clue style goodness that happens right in front of your table. The moment you walk through the door you will be immersed in a thrilling murder mystery experience, mingling with crazy characters and shady suspects in a game of murder you get to play! As the night continues you will get to interrogate the suspects, gather the clues, and work with your team to help our mystery experts crack the case before the killer gets away! Tickets are $40 tickets when purchased at the center or $42 online. The price includes a delicious dinner catered by Ryke’s! Pre-Show drinks and mingling starts at 7:00pm and the show begins at 8:00pm. For more information, call (231) 755-1258.


Muskegon Community College Holiday Concert
December 9 @ 7:30 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200

Saturday, December 9 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for the annual Muskegon Community College Holiday Concert featuring performances by the MCC Wind Ensemble, MCC Jazz Ensemble, College Singers, and small ensembles. Pre-concert music will be performed by the Collegiates, directed by Richard Rischar. Tickets are $7 per adult and $2 per student and may be purchased at the door or online at http://startickets.com/events/item/mcc-holiday-concert.   For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Music at the Library: Folias Duo
December 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hackley Library, 316 W. Webster Ave.

Come to Hackley Library for FREE live music from Folias Duo! American Record Guide calls the Folias Flute and Guitar Duo “daring in self written music.” Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this unique performer/composer duo was founded in 2003 by husband and wife Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron. In performance, Folias combines their classical music training, their experience as tango dancers and bandleaders, their love of Astor Piazzolla and their knowledge of the jazz idiom. They have performed in concert halls, clubs and for tango events across the United States, in Europe and in Argentina. Folias’ four critically acclaimed albums on the Blue Griffin Recording label feature their work together as collaborative composers and arrangers. For more information, visit www.hackleylibrary.org.


Movies at the Library: La La Land
December 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave.

Join Hackley library to see a free showing of the film “La La Land” (PG-13)! Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. This original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing dreams. The movie runs 128 minutes. Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library. For more information, visit www.hackleylibrary.org.


Minecraft at the Museum
December 12 @ 4:30 pm – December 13 @ 7:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center

Minecraft at the Museum is back! December 12 and 13, the Lakeshore Museum Center challenges all Minecraft players to come to the museum and test their discovering and crafting skills. Players will search the museum to find as many resources as they can, then craft them to get all the supplies they need to navigate their way through the nether! Whether you are new to Minecraft at the Museum, or have tested your skills with them in the past, there is something for everyone! Choose either the 4:30pm or 6:00pm session. You can register online using PayPal or call the museum at 231-722-0278 to pay over the phone. The cost is $7 for the general public, or $5 for museum members. This is recommended for ages 6 and older. There is no cost for an accompanying adult.


It’s Gonna Get “Ugly” at the Norton Shores Library!
December 13 @ 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Norton Shores Library, 705 Seminole Rd.

It’s gonna get “ugly” at the Norton Shores Library as they host their annual ugly holiday sweater contest. In a fun-spirited holiday tradition, voting for the ugliest Christmas sweater worn by a Norton Shores Library staff member could win you a surprise. Stop by and choose your favorite or vote on the Muskegon Area District Library’s Facebook page. Voting is open to ages 12 and up. Wearing your own holiday sweater, ugly or not, could get your picture on the Library’s Facebook page just for fun! This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library, is free and open to the public with no registration required. For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org.


Make Quill Paper Snowflakes
December 13 @ 6:30 pm
Norton Shores Library, 705 Seminole Rd.

You’re invited to the Norton Shores Library to create Quilled Paper Snowflakes! Quilling, also called paper filigree, originated in Europe more than five hundred years ago. It involves rolling and combining strips of paper into highly detailed designs. Create a few beautiful quilled snowflakes that can work as ornaments, gift tags or simple but delicate seasonal decorations. This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library, is free and open to the public ages 18 and up, with registration required. For additional information or to register, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .


West Michigan Symphony Presents: Celtic Christmas
December 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Admission ranges from $10 – $57

Come to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents Celtic Christmas! Scott Speck, conductor Guest Artist – Cathie Ryan, vocals WMS Children‘s Choir Irish vocalist Cathie Ryan and her band return to the West Michigan Symphony with a program she has created us, reflecting her Celtic roots in a wide array of holiday works. Ring in the holidays with Ryan, the West Michigan Symphony orchestra and the West Michigan Symphony Children’s Choir as they bring traditional, popular and Irish-themed music of the season to West Michigan. For more information, call 231-726-3231.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 15 & 16 @ 7:00 pm
955 Fourth St., downtown Muskegon

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running! Catch a home game, Friday, December 15 and Saturday December 16 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on Chicago Steel at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


Movies at the Library: Polar Express
December 16 @ 12:30 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave.

Hop on “The Polar Express” and discover the magic of the season at Hackley Public Library! The kids will love this animated holiday favorite starring Tom Hanks while keeping warm with hot chocolate and plenty of festive activities! For more information, call (231) 722-8000.


Reindeer!
December 16 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Lawn of Hackley Administration Building

Hackley Public Library invites you to meet them on the lawn of the Hackley Administration Building to learn all about reindeer! Does Rudolph really have a red nose? Can reindeer actually fly? The only way you’ll find out is if you meet these visiting reindeer in person! For more information, call 231-722-8000. This is a FREE event for everyone!


Muskegon Center for the Arts
Red Lotus Gallery: Open Mic Night
December 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Red Lotus Gallery, 356 W. Western Ave.

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


The Block: Cathie Ryan – Irish Folk Music
December 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Block, 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd Floor

Come to The Block for Irish folk music from Cathie Ryan! Cathie and her band follow a Friday evening holiday concert with the West Michigan Symphony with an evening of Irish folk music. Admission is $10-$25. Join Cathie as she warms up West Michigan with heartfelt lyrics, beloved ballads and traditional tunes of the Emerald Isle. Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information. Doors and bar open at 6:15pm and the concert begins at 7:00 pm.


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
December 16 @ 5:00 pm
Reeths-Puffer HS Rocket Centre 1545 N. Roberts Rd.

The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group sales. Catch their game Saturday, December 16 at 5:00pm as they take on the Chicago Fury!


Holiday Brunch with Santa at SE4SONS
December 17 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
SE4SONS Banquet Center, 2801 Lakeshore Drive

Sunday, December 17 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, bring the family to SE4SONS for a holiday brunch with Santa! It will be a fun filled day of great food, holiday crafts and family! This is a fun event for all involved and the public is welcome! The cost is $27 for adults, kids 5-12 are $1 and 4 & under are free! Please make your reservations ahead of time by calling 231-755-3737. Spaces will fill up fast!


The Nutcracker
December 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200

Bring the family to the Frauenthal Theater for the “Nutcracker!” Join Clara and her magical friends as the West Michigan Youth Ballet brings performs this timeless classic. Want to meet Clara and the Prince? Join them for the Nutcracker Pre-Party! The pre-Party includes a Meet & Greet with Clara and the Prince, kid’s activities and refreshments. This event starts at 12:30pm with early admission at 1:15pm. Tickets for the Pre-Party are only $7 and must be purchased by December 12 at the Frauenthal Center Box Office in person or by calling 231-727-8001. Tickets for the show are $11 for youths, $21 for adults, and family tickets are $60.


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
December 17 @ 5:00 pm
Reeths-Puffer HS Rocket Centre 1545 N. Roberts Rd.

The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales. Catch their game December 17 at 5:00pm as they take on the Chicago Nights!


Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
December 26 – December 27
Hackley & Hume Historic Site, 484 W. Webster Ave.

Enjoy holiday tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site! These amazing late 1890’s homes from Muskegon’s lumbering days have been decorated for the holidays with period appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more. Special Holiday Tours will be offered on the following dates: Tuesday, December 26 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. Wednesday, December 27 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. The cost is $5 – $7. For more information, visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.


Free Family Movie Day: The Princess Bride December 27 @ 3:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200

Get out of the house over the holiday break for some free family fun!  Wednesday, December 27 at 3:00pm, the historic Frauenthal Center will be showing the classic fairytale, “The Princess Bride” (PG). This beloved classic fairytale begins with a grandfather reading his favorite book to his hard-to-impress grandson.  This book, he promises, has everything – “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles.” – and all that he promised comes to life before the boy’s enchanted eyes as his grandfather reads him the adventures of Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world, and Westley, the man she loves. This film is free and no tickets are required.  Concessions will be available for purchase.  For more information, call 231-727-8001. Have extra coats, mittens, hats or scarves you would like to donate?  The Frauenthal Center will be running their annual coat drive and donating them to a local charity!  The donation box is in the Frauenthal Center lobby now through December 22.


Pomander Make and Take
December 28 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center

Stop by the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Make & Take Open House between 11:00am – 2:00pm to create your own Pomander (also known as cloved orange) to add the smell of the holidays to your home or share with a friend! There is a $2 cost per craft for supplies. The pomander is a traditional Christmas ornament and New Year’s gift. The word pomander comes from French pomme (which means apple, also the root of Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruits, and pommel, the decorative hilt of a word or dagger) and ambre. Ambre derives from either ambergris, an early perfume ingredient or another one of its meanings: golden in color. For more information, call 231-722-0278.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 29 @ 7:00 pm
955 Fourth St., downtown Muskegon

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running! Catch the home game tonight at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on Team USA at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225. It’s also Youth Hockey Camp night!!


New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31 9:00pm – 1:00am
Shoreline Inn & Conference Center
750 Terrace Point Dr.

Make plans to spend your New Year’s Eve at the Shoreline Inn & Conference Center! There’ll be live music from Pop Fiction, an open bar from 9:00pm – 1:00am, a midnight toast and balloon drop. Their special New Year’s Eve packages also include overnight accommodations for two, champagne upon arrival, a gourmet dinner buffet and breakfast, as well as midnight snacks and appetizers. Packages start at $339 + tax. For reservations, call 231-727-8483.


Magic of Motown New Year’s Eve
December 31 @ 6:00 pm
513 W. Pontaluna

Relive the Magic of Motown on New Year’s Eve at Bella Maria’s beginning at 6:00pm, December 31! The awesome buffet will include Prime Rib, Shrimp, Chicken, Cod Florentine and so much more! There will also be an extensive dessert buffet, Champagne toast at midnight and one of the best review shows in Michigan, Danielle Cosby and the Motown Review! Tickets are $75.00 per person. For tickets or more information, call 231-563-6914.


Planetarium Show: Faster than Light!
The Dream of Interstellar Flight
January 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

January 1 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light! The Dream of Interestellar Flight!” The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth. Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun. But if we find one, how will we ever get there? How long will it take? What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space? Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future. This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break) For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

 

Please check our website www.visitmuskegon.org for a complete listing of events!

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 11/27/17 – 12/04/17

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


Festival of Trees
November 22 – December 3

The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 13th annual Festival of Trees community holiday celebration runs November 22 through December 3.  The Festival will be open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm, noon to 5:00pm on Sundays, and closed on Thanksgiving.  International Holiday traditions inspire this year’s festival theme.  Professionally designed themed trees and décor will set a festive holiday mood and will be available for purchase through silent auction over the 11 days of the Festival. Raffles, music and holiday gift shopping will add to the fun.  Special events include the popular Teddy Bear Breakfast, Senior Day, Family Day, Deck Your Halls holiday design workshop and performances of A Christmas Carol!  Call 231-720-2580 to purchase tickets or for more information.


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
November 17 @ 7:00 pm – December 3 @ 7:00 pm

November 17 – December 3, come to the Beardsley Theater for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” presented by Muskegon Civic Theatre!

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is the story of  Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia who share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives.  Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike.  Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha. For tickets or more information, call 231-727-8001.


Evening by Candlelight
November 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday, November 27 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the beautiful Muskegon Woman’s Club to start the Christmas season off by enjoying beautiful tablescapes, good food, fun, and great entertainment at “Evening by Candlelight!”  Tickets are $15 per person.  Tables of 8 are available.  R.S.V.P by calling Nancy at 231-730-0887 or e-mail Nancy@HousesByNancy.com.


Charles Hackley Look-a-like Contest
November 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Think you look like Charles Hackley? Come to Hackley Public Library on November 28 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm and see how you stack up!  Noshemberers (No-Shave November participants) will be judged by how closely they resemble Charles Hackley. They’ll have awards in a variety of categories.  Come out to see the fun and vote for the People’s Choice!  www.hackleylibrary.org


Planetarium Christmas Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

November 2 – December 14, come to Carr-Fless Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the Christmas show, “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This modern look at the Christmas story is an annual favorite.  As we look at significant astronomical events visible in the sky in the time of Jesus’ birth, we’ll see which of the “sky signs” was remarkable enough to have caused the Wise Men to travel over 600 miles through the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem, and investigate possible dates for the sighting of the “star” which lead them to Jesus.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (No show on Thanksgiving Day, November 23).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


Holiday Painting Class
November 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, November 29 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to First Presbyterian Church to paint a Christmas tree on canvas with teacher Robin Civis.  $20 covers materials and instruction.  For more information, call 231-759-1275.


“Boiling Point! Water, Politics and Power”
November 29 @ 7:30 pm – December 2 @ 7:30 pm

A living newspaper production, “Boiling Point! Water, Politics, and Power,” will be presented nightly at 7:30pm on the Overbrook Theater stage from November 29 through December 2.  Tickets go on sale Monday, November 27 at the Overbrook Theater Box Office on the Muskegon Community College campus.  Tickets are $10 for the public and $5 for MCC students, staff and faculty.  To reserve tickets, call 231-777-0324.


America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree
November 30 @ 7:00 pm – December 2 @ 7:00 pm

2017 marks the 33rd anniversary of the Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree which has been featured on both the Travel Channel and the Learning Channel!  With its 25,000 colored lights that coordinate to the beautiful singing, 15 tiers that reach 67 feet up into the majestic Frauenthal Center, over 280 singers, and accompaniment by the 50 piece Mona Shores High School Orchestra, the Singing Christmas Tree must be seen to be believed. For more information, visit www.monashoressingingchristmastree.com.


Open House Reception at The Red Lotus Gallery
December 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 1 @ 7:00 pm

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

Catch a home game, Friday, December 1 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Waterloo Black Hawks at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


Holidays in the City
December 2

Come to Downtown Muskegon this winter to celebrate the holidays with us.  “Holidays in the City” kicks off with Small Business Saturday on November 25 and continues on weekends through the Saturday before Christmas!  Shop local to support our community’s businesses.  The Muskegon Farmer’s Market, Western Market Chalets, Century Club Retail Center and multiple local retail outlets on Western Ave., in Midtown and along Pine St. will offer plenty of holiday shopping opportunities.  A community Christmas tree lighting the evening of November 25 in Hackley Park and many other holiday activities are planned.  For more information, find “Holidays in the City” on Facebook.


Santa at the Library
December 2 – December 14

Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit all nine branches of Muskegon Area District Library to meet boys and girls of all ages!  Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and, of course, Santa!  Don’t forget your camera.  You won’t want to miss this free photo opportunity.

Saturday, December 2
10:30am North Muskegon Branch: 231-744-6080
10:30am Holton Branch: 231-821-0268
1:00pm   Egelston Branch: 231-788-6477

Tuesday, December 5
4:30pm   Muskegon Heights Branch: 231-739-6075

Saturday, December 9
10:30am Ravenna Branch: 231-853-6975
2:00pm   Norton Shores Branch: 231-780-8844

Monday, December 11
10:30am Muskegon Township Branch: 231-760-4329
6:00pm   Montague Branch: 231-893-2675

Thursday, December 14
4:00pm   Dalton Branch: 231-828-4188

The Muskegon Area District Library is a public library system with ten branch locations.  It serves 105,000 residents of 20 municipalities, comprising most of Muskegon County.  Serving the community six days a week, the Muskegon Area District Library offers programs, library services and life-long learning for county residents.  For more information about events at any branch library please contact the branch library directly.  For more information contact pr.info@madl.org, or 231 737-6248.


Holidays in Lakeside
December 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Get in the spirit of the season with “Holidays in Lakeside”, a family-friendly event featuring carolers, a community bake sale, a basket raffle, ice sculpting demos, visits with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, merchant specials and a free screening of the holiday movie “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell at the Harbor Cinema.  It’s happening Saturday, December 2 from 10:00am – 5:00pm in the Lakeside District.  For more information, visit www.lakesidedistrict.com.


Holiday Cookie Baking with Chef Char
December 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The holidays are a time for baking and gift giving.  Saturday, December 2 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market to learn some of Chef Char’s favorite holiday cookie recipes.  Make, bake and decorate your cookies in class to take home to enjoy eating or to give as gifts.  Kids and adults are welcome.  The cost is $30 per person.


White Lake Christmas Parade
December 2 @ 2:00 pm

On Saturday, December 2, over 80 participants will line up and follow the parade route from Whitehall to Montague along Business 31/Colby Street for the White Lake Christmas Parade!  The American Legion and VFW will lead the event along with the proud Christmas Parade Title Sponsor, Miller & Shepherd Law, dressed in their finest holiday apparel. The parade begins at 2:00pm in the afternoon.

The 65th annual parade promises to be even more exciting with floats from area churches, civic organizations, businesses and area neighbors. Cartoon characters, clowns, parading fire trucks and animals of all shapes and sizes are just a few of the local favorites who will be handing out candy and goodies.  Both Montague and Whitehall High School’s marching bands will be stepping out joined by area Brownie and Girl Scout Troops along with various Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.  As the Grand Finale, Santa will make his entrance with a horse drawn carriage.  He will be eager to see children of all ages following the parade at his house outside Montague City Hall located on Ferry Street.  Children can visit Santa at his Montague house for regular hours on Fridays and Saturdays in December. For more information, visit www.whitelake.org.


Ugly Christmas Sweater Murder Mystery
December 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

October through May, Bygone Basics Cooking School and Amanda’s Bequest B & B offer a Murder Mystery Dinner on occasional Saturdays.  Participants act out the roles with scripts and as much hilarity as they wish!  “Murder at the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party” is the murder mystery Saturday, December 2.  The mystery activities and dinner last from 5:00pm until around 8:00pm.  Registered attendees will be assigned their roles in advance so they can arrive in character.  You do not have to be a lodging guest at Amanda’s Bequest to participate, but why not!  It will enhance the fun and remove night time driving.

Hurry, seating is limited!  To register, click the “Book Now” link on the website, e-mail relax@amandasbequest.com or call 231-740-4065.

B&B Guest – $38
Non-Lodging – $48
Adult themed.  No one under 18 years old please.

Murder at the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
The Snowflake Lodge is hosting the annual Ugly Christmas Sweater party again this year.  The townspeople of Snow Falls are excited about the holiday celebration, as the lodge is where the who’s who of society will flock to show off their not-so fashionable holiday attire.  Unfortunately, sparks have flown between some of the guests lately with rumors of blackmail, greed, and revenge!


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
December 2 @ 5:00 pm

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

Catch their next home game Saturday, December 2 at 5:00pm as they take on the Libertyville Vipers!


The BIGGEST Little Holiday Party
December 2 @ 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Have a small staff or manager group?  Are you tired of planning holiday parties?  SE4SONS has the answer!  They will do all the work for you!  Simply reserve a table or a certain amount of seats and they’ll decorate, cook and schedule the DJ!  Join them Saturday, December 2 from 6:00pm – 11:30pm with your staff or maybe just a group of friends!  The cost is $30 per person and includes appetizers, buffet dinner, DJ and a cash bar.  It’s going to be the most popular party in town!  Reserve your space early as it is limited by calling 231-755-3737.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 2 @ 7:00 pm

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

Catch a home game, Saturday, December 2 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Bloomington Thunder at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


Circle of Trees
December 3

The Circle of Trees is held on the first Sunday in December.  Trees are decorated in Walker Park, the annual “Dog Parade” is held on Ruddiman Ave. and the tree lighting ceremony, refreshments and visits with Santa follow immediately after.  If you wish to participate or for more information, contact City Clerk Marcia Jeske at 231-744-1621, e-mail mjeske@cityofnorthmuskegon.com or visit www.cityofnorthmuskegon.com.


Handel’s Messiah
December 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join Robert Swan on December 3, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Whitehall United Methodist Church as he offers to you his insights and thoughts on “Handel’s Messiah,” one of the most beloved pieces of music ever!  Come and hear (and sing along, if you like) the great music from the inspiring “Hallelujah Chorus” to the wonderfully intimate “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth”.  Learn more about Handel, the background of the music, and gleanings borne of years of Bob’s personal experience and reflection.

Mr. Swan is retired from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra after 36 years of devoted inspiration and practice in the viola section.  He has performed the Messiah close to 100 times in his career, playing it with some of the greatest conductors, singers, choruses, and instrumentalists in the world.  He held the post of Professor of Viola at Northwestern University from 1972-1980.

There is no cost to attend and refreshments will be provided by Cichetti.  For more information, please call Sondra Cross, director, at 232-329-3056.


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

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

Catch their next home game Sunday, December 3 at 5:00pm as they take on the LaCrosse Showtime!

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 11/20/17 – 11/27/17

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


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
November 17 @ 7:00 pm – December 3 @ 7:00 pm

November 17 – December 3, come to the Beardsley Theater for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” presented by Muskegon Civic Theatre!

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is the story of  Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia who share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives.  Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike.  Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.

For tickets or more information, call 231-727-8001.


Planetarium Christmas Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

November 2 – December 14, come to Carr-Fless Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the Christmas show, “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This modern look at the Christmas story is an annual favorite.  As we look at significant astronomical events visible in the sky in the time of Jesus’ birth, we’ll see which of the “sky signs” was remarkable enough to have caused the Wise Men to travel over 600 miles through the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem, and investigate possible dates for the sighting of the “star” which lead them to Jesus.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (No show on Thanksgiving Day, November 23).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


Festival of Trees
November 22 – December 3

The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 13th annual Festival of Trees community holiday celebration runs November 22 through December 3.  The Festival will be open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm, noon to 5:00pm on Sundays, and closed on Thanksgiving.  International Holiday traditions inspire this year’s festival theme.  Professionally designed themed trees and décor will set a festive holiday mood and will be available for purchase through silent auction over the 11 days of the Festival. Raffles, music and holiday gift shopping will add to the fun.  Special events include the popular Teddy Bear Breakfast, Senior Day, Family Day, Deck Your Halls holiday design workshop and performances of A Christmas Carol!  Call 231-720-2580 to purchase tickets or for more information.


Holidays in the City
November 25

Come to Downtown Muskegon this winter to celebrate the holidays with us.  “Holidays in the City” kicks off with Small Business Saturday on November 25 and continues on weekends through the Saturday before Christmas!  Shop local to support our community’s businesses.  The Muskegon Farmer’s Market, Western Market Chalets, Century Club Retail Center and multiple local retail outlets on Western Ave., in Midtown and along Pine St. will offer plenty of holiday shopping opportunities.  A community Christmas tree lighting the evening of November 25 in Hackley Park and many other holiday activities are planned.  For more information, find “Holidays in the City” on Facebook.


Hackley & Hume Historic Site Holiday Tours
November 25 – November 26

Enjoy holiday tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site!  These amazing late 1890’s homes from Muskegon’s lumbering days have been decorated for the holidays with period appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more.  Special Holiday Tours will be offered on the following dates:

Saturday, November 25 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Sunday, November 26 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Tuesday, December 26 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Wednesday, December 27 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

The cost is $5 – $7.  For more information, visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.


Holiday Artisan Market
November 25 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, November 25 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, you’re invited to do some holiday shopping at the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club during their Holiday Artisan Market!  They’ll be offering an eclectic variety of items created by local artists and artisans.  For more information, call (231) 725-9220.


Pizza & Polka Festival
November 25 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Saturday, November 25 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, come to the Fricano Event Center for the Pizza & Polka Festival featuring the Duane Malinowski Polka Band!  Enjoy four hours of polka music and all the pizza you can eat for only $15 per person!  Ice cream dessert will also be available for purchase.  For tickets, call 231-780-5406.  Table reservations will be accepted with a minimum purchase of 10 tickets.  Presented by the Muskegon Polish Festival.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 25 @ 7:00 pm

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

Catch a home game, Saturday, November 25 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Lincoln Stars at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


Evening by Candlelight
November 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday, November 27 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the beautiful Muskegon Woman’s Club to start the Christmas season off by enjoying beautiful tablescapes, good food, fun, and great entertainment at “Evening by Candlelight!”  Tickets are $15 per person.  Tables of 8 are available.  R.S.V.P by calling Nancy at 231-730-0887 or e-mail Nancy@HousesByNancy.com.

 

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 11/13/17 – 11/20/17

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


Grand Opening of Blue Horizons Wellness
November 13 @ 4:00 pm – November 16 @ 4:00 pm

November 13 – 16, celebrate the launch of  Blue Horizons Wellness, Lakeside’s only wellness studio offering yoga, movement, meditation, breath, and inspiration classes with owner and instructor Vicki Schneider.  Each day, they are offering free classes when you bring in a donation for Every Woman’s Place.  For more information, call 231-755-7771.

Monday – 11/13
• Hatha class with a short “What is yoga?” talk – 4:00pm
• Ashtanga Class and short Yoga talk – 5:30pm
• Guided meditation and quick talk about meditation at 7:30pm

Tuesday – 11/14
• Henna Tatoos – 3:30pm – 7:30pm
• Vinyasa Class and short Yoga talk – 4:00pm
• Breathing class – 6:00pm
• Candlelight yoga – 7:30pm

Wednesday – 11/15
• Move & Meditate – 4:00pm
• Veterans Class – 5:30pm
• Yoga Class – 7:30pm

Thursday – 11/16
• Open House with refreshments and caricatures – 4:00pm – 7:00pm
• Ribbon Cutting at 4:30pm
• Meet the designer of Peace Tree Tees – 4:30pm – 5:30pm

 


Hawks and Owls String Band
November 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Monday, November 13 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the Hawks and Owls String Band!  Bruce Ling, leader of Hawks and Owls and one of Michigan’s finest musical treasures, is a River-side mystic, eloquent storyteller and passionate caretaker of America’s collection of traditional music.  With stage performances that combine the expressive style of Garrison Keillor or Will Rogers, he paints musical portraits celebrating the colorful history of rural America with a broad repertoire of both original and time-savored traditional folk songs.  As a collector of tunes and songs, Bruce understands the importance of keeping the history of this timeless musical genre alive and well.  He shares his keen knowledge with caring and passion, and his inspiration has propelled a legion of young musicians to continue playing these songs, a true testament to Ling’s talents as a teacher and mentor.  www.hackleylibrary.org

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


Michigan Underground: A Writer’s Journey
November 13 @ 7:00 pm

On Monday, November 13 at 7:00pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts “Michigan Underground: A Writer’s Journey” with local author R.C. Robotham.  November is National Novel Writing Month!  Join local author R. C. Robotham as he shares how his interest and research into the abolitionist movement along the western shore of Lake Michigan introduced him to the likes of Jonathan Walker, Rev. William Ferry and Chief Cobmoosa and led to the writing of his novel, In Sight of Freedom.  This program is free and open to the public ages 18 and up.  For additional information contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .


Planetarium Christmas Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

November 2 – December 14, come to Carr-Fless Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the Christmas show, “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This modern look at the Christmas story is an annual favorite.  As we look at significant astronomical events visible in the sky in the time of Jesus’ birth, we’ll see which of the “sky signs” was remarkable enough to have caused the Wise Men to travel over 600 miles through the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem, and investigate possible dates for the sighting of the “star” which lead them to Jesus.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (No show on Thanksgiving Day, November 23).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


26th Annual Holiday Dazzle
November 16 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Bring your friends and enjoy an evening of fun, food, and shopping, November 16 at the Holiday Inn – Muskegon Harbor Conference Center!  Doors open at 5:00pm and the event starts at 5:30pm.

$50 per person, includes dinner, dessert, one glass of complimentary drink (house wine, beer, or a carbonated beverage), style show, and shopping for your holiday gift giving needs provided by local businesses all gathered in one location for your convenience.

Also at this years Holiday Dazzle, the Silent Auction will return with great gift giving ideas.  The “Dazzle Me” Raffle will provide the opportunity to win a one-of-a-kind package of pampering.  Tickets for the “Dazzle Me” Raffle are $15 each or 3 for $40.

Go to www.childabusecouncil.org under the registration tab to register for this year’s event.


White Lake Area Holiday Walk
November 17 – November 18

‘Tis the season of Christmas that brings a community together and what better way to ring in the holiday than the 23rd Annual White Lake Holiday Walk!  This year’s Christmas Walk will take place during the weekend of November 17 & 18 along the streets of Montague and Whitehall with dozens of participating businesses.  Enjoy traditional Christmas Open Houses featuring unique gifts and yummy treats from participating White Lake Area merchants.  Share the spirit of Christmas with holiday music and a visit with Santa Claus strolling along the streets.

For more information on the 23rd Annual Holiday Walk, contact the White Lake Area Chamber at 231-893-4585 or 800-879-9702 or visit www.whitelake.org.


Guided Birding Tour of Muskegon County Wastewater System
November 17 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites the public to join a guided caravan birding tour of Muskegon County Wastewater System Friday, November 17, from 9:00am – 2:00pm.

The Muskegon County Wastewater System – owned by Muskegon County and co-managed for waterfowl by the DNR – hosts regionally significant numbers of waterfowl, water birds and shorebirds each spring and fall, with over 10,000 ruddy ducks and 10,000 northern shovelers present annually.

Michigan bird conservation coordinator Caleb Putnam (Audubon Great Lakes and DNR) and DNR staff members will be on hand to answer questions about wildlife management, habitat projects under way at the Muskegon State Game Area and hunting opportunities.  The tour will focus on the wastewater system’s large lagoons, where thousands of ducks, geese and water birds typically are present. Additional species may be spotted, including several species of gulls, some winter songbirds and, with luck, a snowy owl or golden eagle.

The tour will begin at 9:00am at the Muskegon State Game Area headquarters, located at 7600 Messinger Rd. in Twin Lake (about 3 miles north of the wastewater system off Maple Island Road). Participants should dress for the possibility of very cold temperatures, snow/rain and high winds. Bringing binoculars and spotting scopes is recommended, if possible.  The trip leaders will have a small number of scopes available for those who don’t have them.

Muskegon County Wastewater System is one of Michigan’s Wetland Wonders, the seven premier managed waterfowl hunt areas in the state.  To learn more, visit www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders.

A permit is required to enter the wastewater system property, and can be obtained at 698 N. Maple Island Road in Muskegon (located 1.25 miles east of Maple Island on White Road) during normal working hours (Monday through Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm).  Note: those participating in the tour do not need to pick up their permits in advance.


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
November 17 @ 7:00 pm – December 3 @ 7:00 pm

November 17 – December 3, come to the Beardsley Theater for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” presented by Muskegon Civic Theatre!

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is the story of  Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia who share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives.  Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike.  Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.

For tickets or more information, call 231-727-8001.


Build a Gingerbread House – Adults Only
November 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, November 17 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, you’re invited to the lovely Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club to build your own gingerbread house!  All supplies and instruction are included.  This is an adult only class ages 18+.  The cost is $16 in advance per house, $21 at the door or $25 in advance for the “take-home kit.”  There will be a 3 person maximum per house.  For more information, contact Nancy at 231-730-0887 or e-mail nancy@housesbynancy.com for reservations.


Build a Gingerbread House
November 18 – November 19

Saturday, November 18 from 10:00am -12:00pm and 1:30pm – 3:30pm, and Sunday, November 19 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, you’re invited to the lovely Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club to build your own gingerbread house!  All supplies and instruction are included.  Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.  The cost is $16 in advance per house, $21 at the door or $25 in advance for the “take-home kit.”  There will be a 3 person maximum per house.  Santa will visit both the Saturday and Sunday sessions!  For more information, contact Nancy at 231-730-0887 or e-mail nancy@housesbynancy.com for reservations.


Lakeshore Camera Club Biannual Show and Competition
November 18 @ 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

The Norton Shores Library hosts the Lakeshore Camera Club’s Biannual Show and Competition on Saturday, November 18 from 1:30pm to 6:00pm in the Library’s Community Room.  Discover local photographic talent, meet the photographers and vote for your favorite to win.  There will be refreshments to enjoy and prints to purchase.  This event is free and open to the public.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .


Muskegon Center for the Arts Workshop: Gemstone Beading III
November 18 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Saturday, November 18 from 2:30pm – 4:00pm, you’re invited to the Red Lotus Gallery for the workshop “Gemstone Beading III!”  The cost is $15, or $13 for members, and includes materials.

Become a gemstone identification expert with this workshop and learn even more about gemstones used for beading.  More advanced techniques for pattern beading will be discussed and students will create a bracelet with their newly learned skills.  Students must pre-register for workshops by contacting Sabryna at registration@muskegonca.org.  Tools will be available for use for all workshops, however you may bring your own if you have them.  All workshops are ages 10+. Students 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information, find them on Facebook.


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
November 18 @ 5:00 pm

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

Catch their next home game Saturday, November 18 at 5:00pm as they take on the Team Network!


The Power of Destiny
November 18 @ 7:00 pm

November 18 at 7:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the Shoreline Symphony Community Orchestra performs “The Power of Destiny!”

Fate is “knocking at the door” as the Shoreline Symphony plays its first concert in the Frauenthal Theater.  The central work on the program is Beethoven’s well-known Symphony No. 5.  Additional selections include the overture to Verdi’s opera, La Forza del Destino (The Power of Destiny), and music by Brahms.

Preceding the concert at 6:30pm, Shoreline Symphony Director Annette Jurcevic will host a brief discussion about the music, its historical and cultural context, and the composers who wrote it.

Tickets: $8 Adult, Students and Children under 18 are free.  For tickets or more information, call 231-727-8001.


Muskegon Center for the Arts/Red Lotus Gallery: Open Mic Night
November 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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


Muskegon Community College Honors Orchestra
November 19 @ 3:00 pm

Sunday, November 19 at 3:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater to enjoy the Muskegon Community College Honors Orchestra, featuring wind and string players from MCC and area schools.

Tickets are $6, and students are free.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Fruitport Township Upcoming Events

by Heidi Tice

Mark your calendars for the following upcoming Township Events.

November 6 -17 – Lions – Food drive for Thanksgiving at the following locations:
• All Fruitport School
• Fruitport Township Hall
• Orchard Market

November 18 – Lions – Pack Thanksgiving food boxes at Edgewood School and distribute
• 9am –noon
• Edgewood cafeteria – all help sorting and packing boxes is welcome

Every Friday in November – Date Night volunteer childcare
• Times are 5pm – 9pm
• Fruitport Congregational Church UCC
• Sponsored and operated by the Fruitport Leo Club
• Limited number of availability
• More details go to Fruitport Leo Club on Facebook or Fruitport Lions Club Official on Facebook
• DONATIONS ONLY (will go toward Fruitport Leo Ramp projects)

November 24 – December 22 – Lions – Trees for Tots sales
• NEW LOCATION – in front of Smiley water tower Airline Rd.
• Hours are week days 5-8 and weekends noon-8
• Fresh cut Trees ranging from 4 ft to 10 ft, Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine and Blue Spruce
• All proceeds are for Christmas gifts for local kids

December 1, 15, 22 – Date Night volunteer childcare
• Times are 5pm – 9pm
• Fruitport Congregational Church UCC
• Sponsored and operated by the Fruitport Leo Club
• Limited number of availability
• More details go to Fruitport Leo Club on Facebook or Fruitport Lions Club Official on Facebook
• DONATIONS ONLY (will go toward Fruitport Leo Ramp projects)

December 2 – Township – Santa visits Fruitport Fire Station #2
• 3368 Black Creek Rd
• Tour the fire station and visit Santa
• FREE EVENT

December 8 & 9 – Lions – Old Fashioned Christmas –
• Pomona Park
• Friday Dec 8, from 6:00-9:00
• Saturday Dec 9, from 4:00-7:00
• Santa, hayride, hotdogs, hot chocolate, art displays, music, sledding (if snow), sled contest
• FREE Event

January 6, 2018 – Township – Burning of the Greens
• Behind old township hall location
• Bring your tree and enjoy the bonfire
• Free Hot Chocolate, cookies and coffee (supplied by the Fruitport Leo Club)
• FREE EVENT

February 9, 2018 – Lions – Annual Pancake Supper
• Fruitport High School – Cafeteria
• 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
• Tickets on sale by the Fruitport Honor Society or at the door
• Adults $5.00 Children $3.00
• All you can eat pancakes, 2 sausage links, orange juice, milk and desert
• All proceeds go to Fruitport Honor Society for AP tests
• Fruitport will be playing Kenowa Hills – Basketball

2017 Festival of Trees opens November 22 at Muskegon Museum of Art

treesThe Muskegon Museum of Art Festival of Trees returns in 2017 for its 13th year as a community holiday tradition. The 2017 Festival of Trees will be open Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, December 3, daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, noon to 5:00 pm on Sundays, and closed on Thanksgiving. Holiday traditions of different countries inspire this year’s festival theme and displays. Professionally designed themed trees and décor will be available for purchase through silent auction over the 11 days of the Festival. Raffles, music, seasonal and holiday shopping, and special events will add to the fun.

Purchase Festival admission tickets at the door: $10 Adult, $5 MMA Member, $3 child 3-17 yrs. (under 3 free), $15 All Festival Pass

Special events include:

•  November 11 Pre-Festival Free Family Fun Day: Origami Super Saturday
•  November 22 First Day Food Drive
•  November 24 Meijer Family Day
•  November 25 Teddy Bear Breakfast
•  November 26 Deck Your Halls centerpiece design workshop
•  November 28 Senior Day
•  December 1 Muffins & Mimosas Fashion Show
•  December 1 & 3 A Christmas Carol as presented by Tom Harryman
•  November 24, 25, and December 2 Visits with Santatreefest

Purchase advance tickets for Teddy Bear Breakfast, Deck Your Halls, and A Christmas Carol performance by calling (231) 720-2580.

Festival Title Sponsor is Arconic/Whitehall Operations. Nichols is Festival Co-Sponsor.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Saturday, November 11, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Origami Super Saturday
Pre-Festival Free Family Fun Day
Ms. Ronace will lead our youngest team to flip and fold unique origami ornaments for the Super Saturday Holiday Tree, which will be part of the Festival of Trees event. Youth participants will get a free Festival of Trees admission ticket. Activities also include guided tours and a family film. Admission and activities are free. Underwritten by Arconic/Whitehall Operations.

Wednesday, November 22
First Day Food Drive
Half off adult admission price with a food donation for Loaves and Fishes food pantry. Regular adult admission: $10

Friday, November 24, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Family Day
Santa and kids’ activities. Special Family Day adult ticket price: $5. Kids get in free on Family Day. Visit with Santa 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Sponsored by Meijer

Saturday, November 25, 8:30 – 10:30 am
Teddy Bear Breakfast
Especially fun for kids ages 3-8 years old. Breakfast, Santa, teddy bear checkup, and more! $12 per adult, $7 per child ages 17 and under. Includes Festival admission. Reserve tickets early. This event always sells out. Call 231.720.2580 to purchase.
Sponsored by Hines Corp.

Sunday, November 26, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Holiday Centerpiece Make & Take Workshop
With Deb Moon, Le Fleur Shoppe, and Skeeter Parkhouse, Wasserman’s Floral and Gifts. Space is limited. Tickets: $30 per person/$25 MMA member/$35 at the door. Call 231.720.2580 to purchase. Includes refreshments and Festival admission. Cash bar. Sponsored by Floyd & Caron Farmer

Tuesday, November 28, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Festival of Trees Senior Day
Special Senior Day half-off ticket price: $5 for ages 65+. Free coffee and cookies, vendor samples, door prizes, and more! For large groups, call 231.720.2571. Sponsored by Sonus Hearing Care Professionals

Friday, December 1, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Muffins and Mimosas Fashion Show
MMA volunteers will model the new line of fashion clothing from the MMA gift shop. Free with Festival of Trees admission. Refreshments provided. Cash bar. Call 231.720.2587 for more information.

Friday, December 1 and Sunday, December 3
A Christmas Carol
As presented by Tom Harryman
Friday Evening, December 1, 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinee, December 3, 2:00 pm
$15 adult, $10 MMA member, $5 15 years & under
Tom Harryman’s masterful one-man performance of the Christmas classic. Friday night performance will be preceded by a cocktail hour starting at 6:30 pm.

Visit with Santa!
Bring your camera!
Friday, November 24, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Saturday, November 25, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 2, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 11/06/17 – 11/13/17

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


Movies at the Library: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
November 7 @ 5:30 pm  –  7:30 pm

Come to Hackley Public Library to see free movies on the first Tuesday of the month!   November 7 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy as they screen “Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them.” (PG-13)

In 1926, Newt Scamander just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures.   Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.   The movie runs 133 minutes.   Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.   www.hackleylibrary.org


Planetarium Christmas Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 pm  –  7:35 pm

November 2 – December 14, come to Carr-Fless Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the Christmas show, “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”   This modern look at the Christmas story is an annual favorite.   As we look at significant astronomical events visible in the sky in the time of Jesus’ birth, we’ll see which of the “sky signs” was remarkable enough to have caused the Wise Men to travel over 600 miles through the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem, and investigate possible dates for the sighting of the “star” which lead them to Jesus.   This is a 35-minute presentation. (No show on Thanksgiving Day, November 23).   For more information, call  (231) 777-0289.


White Lake Classical Series: Marty Gabert on Marimba
November 7 @ 7:00 pm

Tuesday, November 7 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the “White Lake Classical Series” featuring Marty Gabert on Marimba!   The cover charge is $5.   Come early (6:15pm) for dinner featuring Mediterranean stuffed chicken breast, mushroom risotto, vegetable, glass of house wine and dessert for only $17.   For more information, or to RSVP, call 231-894-5333.

About the performance:   The word marimba, Guatemalan in origin, means the wood that sings.   It has a sound that most audiences have never heard before.   The marimba has its roots in prehistory when man first struck pieces of rock on wood and heard a musical sound.   In concert, Marty shows that the marimba has now evolved to be as powerful as an orchestra.   His program, Music for a Small Room, is the perfect introduction for all audiences to the marimba and to new music.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 8 @ 10:30 am

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

Catch a home game Wednesday, November 8 at 10:30am as the Jacks take on the Bloomington Thunder at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


MCC Veterans Salute
November 8 @ 11:00 am

Because Veterans Day falls on a weekend this year, a Veterans Salute will take place mid-week at Muskegon Community College on Wednesday, November 8, at 11:00am by the flagpole located near the main building entrance.    MCC student veterans will raise the flag and post the colors.   U.S. Army veteran Jerry Conrad, an MCC adjunct instructor and local businessman, will serve as the emcee and will lead the pledge of allegiance.   Rev. William Anderson, an Air Force veteran and pastor of Philadelphia Baptist Church in Muskegon, will deliver the invocation.

MCC Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. John Selmon will welcome those in attendance.   SPC Andrew Worcester, an MCC student and U.S. Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, will provide remarks.

Following a moment of silence, the VFW Muskegon County Council will deliver a 21-gun salute and, following the playing of “Taps” by MCC student Bri Holtrop, will retire the colors.   The ceremony will close with a Benediction by Rev. Anderson.


Artists’ Reception: “In Between Here and Gone: Works by Cara O’Brien and Diane Zoellmer”
November 8 @ 3:30 pm  –  5:00 pm

The Muskegon Community College Overbrook Art Gallery will feature the color photography of Diane Zoellmer and the mixed media sculptures of Cara O’Brien in an exhibit titled “In Between Here and Gone: Works by Cara O’Brien and Diane Zoellmer” from November 6 – December 14.   This exhibit is free and open to the public.   Overbrook Gallery hours are from 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Friday with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater.   A free public artists’ reception will be held Wednesday, November 8, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm with a gallery talk by the artists at 4:00pm.   Call (231)777-0324 for more information.


Thursday Night Music Club: Max & Ruth Bloomquist
November 9 @ 7:00 pm

The Norton Shores Library hosts Ruth & Max Bloomquist on Thursday, November 9 at 7:00pm as part of the Thursday Night Music Club!   One of Muskegon’s most beloved musical groups, Ruth and Max Bloomquist have been performing together for over forty years!   Ruth’s award winning abilities as a songwriter and singer are accented by Max’s harmony and touch on the upright bass.   With influences of folk, bluegrass, and country, they have created a heart touching, audience pleasing acoustic Americana that is all their own.   Ruth’s trademark rich alto is unmistakable, and her songs evoke images and emotions common to us all.   This event is free and open to the public.    For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .


Justin Moore: Hell on a Highway Tour
November 10 @ 8:00 am  –  5:00 pm

Justine Moore’s “Hell on a Highway Tour” is coming to  the LC Walker Arena Friday, November 10!   His special guest will be Dylan Scott.   Tickets go on sale Friday, October 6 and will be available at the LC Walker Arena Box Office, by phone at 800-585-3737, and online at  www.startickets.com.

“Hell On A Highway Tour” is Moore’s fourth headlining tour, having just wrapped up his “American Made Tour” with Lee Brice back in April and will span seven months, taking the Arkansas native from coast to coast.


Holiday Wine Tasting at SE4SONS
November 10 @ 5:30 pm  –  8:30 pm

Friday, November 10 at 5:30pm, come to SE4SONS Gastro Pub for a fun evening of wine tasting, delicious food and friends!   It is a great opportunity to stock up on libations for the holiday season.   The cost to attend is $25 per person and includes tasting and appetizers.   Please call 231-755-3737 to let  them know you are attending.


West Michigan Symphony Presents: Enigma Variations
November 10 @ 7:30 pm  –  10:00 pm

Friday, November 10 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Center as the  West Michigan Symphony presents Enigma Variations!

Bohuslav Rattay, conductor
Guest Artist – Andrew Spencer, Timpani

Debussy – Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Daugherty – Raise the Roof
Andrew Spencer, Timpani
Elgar – Enigma Variations

Claude Debussy’s revolutionary Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun opens this program.   Former WMS principal timpanist Andrew Spencer returns for Michael Daugherty’s timpani concerto, Raise the Roof.   Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations pay musical tributes to the composer’s illustrious and fascinating friends.   The works ends triumphantly with allusions to the earlier variations.   For more information, call  231-726-3231.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 11  –  November 12

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

Catch two home games, Saturday, November 11 at 7:15pm and Sunday, November 12 at 3:15pm as the Jacks take on the Youngstown Phantoms at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


Origami Super Saturday
November 11 @ 10:00 am  –  3:00 pm

November 11 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for an Origami Super Saturday!   This free family fun day features instruction for kids on how to flip and fold their own unique origami ornaments for the 6th Super Saturday Holiday Tree, which will be part of the Festival of Trees event that starts November 22.   Youth participants will get a free Festival of Trees admission ticket.   Admission and activities are free on 2nd Saturdays of the month.   For more information, call 231-720-2570.

10:00am & 1:00pm
Film:   “Origami Fun For Kids, Too!” (92 mins.)   This film will show the basic techniques to successfully make various origami pieces. Beginners of all ages can watch and learn how to create a Masu Box, with lid and divider, a Chaos Cube, a Trick Sailboat, a Basketball Hoop, a Makoto Koma (spinning top), a Jumping Frog, and a Handbag/Gift bag

11:00am – 1:00pm
Guided Look:   Find the geometric shapes in the artwork located upstairs in the galleries.   Can you fold paper to mimic those shapes?   How are those shapes alike or different from origami pieces you created?

11:00am – 2:00pm
Make & Take:   Flip and fold your own origami ornament to decorate the Super Saturday Tree that will be a part of the Festival of Trees.


Holiday Canvas Painting Class
November 11 @ 10:00 am  –  12:00 pm

Saturday, November 11 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, you’re invited to an art class at First Presbyterian Church where you’ll paint your very own Christmas Tree on canvas under the instruction of art teacher, Robin Civis.   $20 covers all materials and instruction.   You’ll be amazed at what you can do!   For more information, call 231-759-1275.


Veterans Day Ceremony
November 11 @ 11:00 am

A Veterans Day ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 11 at 11:00am at the Causeway Veterans Memorial Park.    The guest speaker will be Lupe Alviar Jr., a founding member of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 31 in Muskegon, a national VVA committee member, and a member of the Muskegon County Veteran Affairs Advisory Board.    The Reeths-Puffer Middle School Band will perform under the direction of Rich Erne.   The posting of the colors and a 21-gun rifle salute will be conducted by Don Rea VFW Post #8846 of North Muskegon.   The Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the American Revolution will lay wreaths.


Pasta, Passion and Pistols Murder Mystery Event
November 11 @ 5:00 pm  –  8:00 pm

October through May, Bygone Basics Cooking School and Amanda’s Bequest B & B offer a Murder Mystery Dinner on occasional Saturdays.   Participants act out the roles with scripts and as much hilarity as they wish!   “Pasta, Passion & Pistols” is the murder mystery Saturday, November 11.   The mystery activities and dinner last from 5:00pm until around 8:00pm.   Registered attendees will be assigned their roles in advance so they can arrive in character.   You do not have to be a lodging guest at Amanda’s Bequest to participate, but why not!   It will enhance the fun and remove night time driving.

Hurry, seating is limited!   To register, click the “Book Now” link on the website, e-mail relax@amandasbequest.com or call 231-740-4065.

B&B Guest – $38
Non-Lodging – $48
Adult themed.   No one under 18 years old please.

“Pasta, Passion & Pistols”
Will you be Rocco Scarfazzi, or perhaps you will attend as Father Al Fredo?   You’ll find out once you register to attend this drop dead fun Murder Mystery!
Here’s the Scene:   The succulent aroma of home cooked pasta is drifting from New York City’s most popular Italian eatery, La Speranza, but something else is heating up in the kitchen…Cold-blooded murder!   Restauranteur Pepi Roni has been shot in the back with his own pistol.   Tonight his family and friends will gather to pay their respects to poor Pepi, but one of the guests won’t be shedding any tears.


Performances @The Block: Andrew Spencer – Percussionist
November 11 @ 7:30 pm  –  10:00 pm

Saturday, November 11 at 7:30pm, come to The Block as former West Michigan Symphony principal timpanist Andrew Spencer performs music featuring compelling percussion sounds.   An active recitalist and clinician, Spencer has performed as a soloist in the United States, Poland, Japan, Canada and Costa Rica. Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.   Doors and bar open at 6:45pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm.


Girls Night: The Musical
November 11 @ 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 11 at 7:30pm, come to the beautiful Frauenthal Theater to see the Off-Broadway sensation that audiences can’t get enough of from coast to coast, “Girls Night: The Musical!!   Share the fun and laughter in this hilarious, feel-good comedy as five girlfriends re-live their past, celebrate their present, and look to the future on a wild night out!   Featuring the most famous female empowerment hits of the last four decades including “Lady Marmalade,” “It’s Raining Men,” “Man, I Feel Like a Woman,” “I Will Survive” and many more!

Tickets are $51, $41 and $26.   For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Hawks and Owls String Band
November 13 @ 6:00 pm  –  7:00 pm

Monday, November 13 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the Hawks and Owls String Band!   Bruce Ling, leader of Hawks and Owls and one of Michigan’s finest musical treasures, is a River-side mystic, eloquent storyteller and passionate caretaker of America’s collection of traditional music.   With stage performances that combine the expressive style of Garrison Keillor or Will Rogers, he paints musical portraits celebrating the colorful history of rural America with a broad repertoire of both original and time-savored traditional folk songs.   As a collector of tunes and songs, Bruce understands the importance of keeping the history of this timeless musical genre alive and well.   He shares his keen knowledge with caring and passion, and his inspiration has propelled a legion of young musicians to continue playing these songs,a true testament to Ling’s talents as a teacher and mentor.   www.hackleylibrary.org


Michigan Underground: A Writer’s Journey
November 13 @ 7:00 pm

On Monday, November 13 at 7:00pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts “Michigan Underground: A Writer’s Journey” with local author R.C. Robotham.    November is National Novel Writing Month!   Join local author R. C. Robotham  as he shares how his interest and research into the abolitionist movement along the western shore of Lake Michigan introduced him to the likes of Jonathan Walker, Rev. William Ferry and Chief Cobmoosa and led to the writing of his novel,  In Sight of Freedom.   This program is free and open to the public ages 18 and up.   For additional information contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .

Shoreline Symphony Performs “The Power of Destiny” Concert

The Shoreline Symphony will present a concert entitled “The Power of Destiny” on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., at the Frauenthal Center, 425 West Western Ave., Muskegon, Michigan.

Fate is “knocking at the door” as the Shoreline Symphony plays its first concert in the Frauenthal Center. The central work on the program is Beethoven’s well-known Symphony No.5. Additional selections include the overture to Verdi’s opera, La forza del destino (The Power of Destiny), and Schicksalslied (Song of Fate) by Brahms, featuring the Muskegon Chamber Choir.

Admission is $8 for adults and free for students and for children under 18. Tickets are only available through the Frauenthal Center. To purchase them, you may:
• Call the Frauenthal box office at 231-727-8001.
• Visit www.frauenthal.org. Tickets are sold online up until two hours before each concert.
• On the night of the concert, tickets may be purchased at the Frauenthal box office, 425 West Western Ave., Muskegon, Michigan.

Preceding the concert, Shoreline Symphony Director Annette Jurcevic will host a brief discussion about the ideas of fate and destiny, the music, and the composers who wrote it. Audience members are invited to ask questions and participate in a dialogue. The pre-concert discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m.

This is the first performance in Shoreline Symphony’s 2017-2018 season, Magic and Mystery.

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

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

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 10/30/17 – 11/06/17

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

Dias De Los Muertos at the Red Lotus Gallery
October 10 @ 10:00 am – November 10 @ 6:00 pm
The purpose of Dias De Los Muertos is to honor loved ones who have passed.  Visit the Red Lotus Gallery through November 10 for the celebration of Dias De Los Meurtos to view participants’ artwork and photos in honor of their loved ones.  “Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a holiday celebrated by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States.  It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures.  The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember those who have died and help support their spiritual journey.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
October 30 @ 6:00 pm
All lectures are on Monday evenings at 6:00pm at the Museum.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.
October 30:  Flight 93- The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11
Tom McMillan has spent a lifetime in media and communications – as a newspaper sportswriter, columnist, radio talk show host and for the past 21 years, as Vice President of Communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. And history is another of his passions. He serves on the board of trustees of Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center, on the board of directors of the Friends of Flight 93, on the marketing committee of the Gettysburg Foundation, and as a tour guide at the Civil War room at Carnegie Library. He also is a co-director of the Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing at Point Park University, his alma mater. He is the author of the book entitled Gettysburg Rebels: Five Native Sons Who Came Home to Fight as Confederate Soldiers.  He will present this lecture based upon his best-selling history of the tragedy of Flight 93 on 9/11 and its aftermath. His Flight 93 book will be available for purchase and signing. All sale proceeds are donated to the Flight 93 National Memorial.  And, yes, Tom may predict the Penguins will win yet another Stanley Cup this season, and in all humility he may mention his 3 Stanley Cup rings. www.silversidesmusuem.org

Humans vs. Zombies
October 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday, October 30 from 7:30pm – 9:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for some Halloween fun!  Humans vs. Zombies is a game of tag played at schools, camps, neighborhoods, libraries, and conventions around the world.  Human players must remain vigilant and defend themselves with socks and dart blasters to avoid being tagged by a growing zombie horde.

Meet in the lower level meeting rooms beginning at 7:30pm to go over the rules and pick the Original Zombie.  The Library will be locked up at 8:00pm, and the game will start shortly afterwards.  Bring a bandanna and either a foam dart blaster or sock (the dart blaster must look like a toy-no realistic looking weapons will be allowed).  The game will run about 90 minutes.  Participants must be at least 16 years old.  Attendance is limited to the first 75 people.  Visit hvzsource.com/hackleypl for more information and to pre-register (does not necessarily guarantee a spot in the game.)

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

“Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium
October 31 @ 7:00 pm
Now that the eclipse is over, let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium!  This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.  Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 29-Oct 31, at Muskegon Community College.  No reservations are needed.  For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Planetarium Christmas Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
November 2 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
November 2 – December 14, come to Carr-Fless Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the Christmas show, “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This modern look at the Christmas story is an annual favorite.  As we look at significant astronomical events visible in the sky in the time of Jesus’ birth, we’ll see which of the “sky signs” was remarkable enough to have caused the Wise Men to travel over 600 miles through the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem, and investigate possible dates for the sighting of the “star” which lead them to Jesus.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (No show on Thanksgiving Day, November 23).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Flashlight Night at the Museum
November 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, November 3 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for “Flashlight Night at the Museum!”  It’s date night for the whole family! Join them each month for an exciting and interactive night at the museum!  In November, they are collaborating with Downtown Muskegon Now for the First Fridays event!  They will feature flashlight-guided tours of the museum’s lower level, so that your family can experience a different side of the museum!  There will also be special activities on the main level to enjoy before or after your tour!

Admission to the Museum is free for Muskegon County residents and $3.00 for out of county.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Open House Reception at Red Lotus Gallery
November 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
You are invited to the Artists’ Open House Reception at the Muskegon Center for the Arts every first Friday night of the month from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, at the Red Lotus Fine Art Gallery located in downtown Muskegon in the Century Building’s basement.  Every month there is a different display and art themed event. Come meet and talk with the artists and view their creations.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 3 @ 7:00 pm – November 4 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch a couple of home games Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Tri-City Storm at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

Tellabrations! A Night of Storytelling
November 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Friday, November 3 from 7:00pm -8:30pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for an extraordinary evening of storytelling as the Muskegon Yarnspinners celebrate their 7th Annual Tellabration, an event celebrated around the world each November!  These stories will entertain you, humor you, and stay with you long after the evening is over.  Suitable for ages 12 and up.  The cost is $5 per person.  For more information, contact Ned Carter at 231-755-2383 or e-mail carteredwin93@yahoo.com.

First Friday Fan Fun-Raiser
November 3 @ 7:00 pm
Friday, November 3 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for another “First Friday Fan Fun-Raiser!  Join celebrity bartenders Louise St. Amour, Marie Taibl and Mary Koehler and help them raise money for the Harbor Hospice.  Their tips and 20% of the evenings proceeds will go to the Poppen House.  Enjoy live music by The Knicknacks and the dinner special of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and mixed veggies for only $9.00.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

International Games Day
November 4 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ping pong, board games, video games and computer games are planned for Saturday, November 4, from 1:00pm – 6:00pm in Muskegon Community College’s Hendrik Meijer Library during the 2017 International Games Day celebration!  Gamers of all ages are invited to take part in the contests being staged in and around the MCC Library.  Those under 16 years of age will need a responsible adult with them.  The event, which is free and open to the public, is being held in conjunction with International Games Week, organized by the American Library Association, with the Australian Library and Information Association, Nordic Game Day and L’Associazione Italiana Biblioteche.  Last year, International Games Day had 1,730 libraries from around the world participate.  For more information, contact Lisa Anderson at (231) 777-0274.

Two Benefit Performances of ‘I Never Saw Another Butterfly’
November 4 @ 2:00 pm
Honoring the life and legacy of a young Muskegon woman who died 10 years ago, a Holocaust play focusing on Jewish children in a WWII concentration camp will be staged on Saturday, November 4, at Muskegon Community College.  Playwright Celeste Raspanti’s one-act memory drama “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” will have performances at 2:00pm and 7:30pm in Overbrook Theater on the MCC campus.  The show is being presented by MCC and The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.  Performances will be followed by conversations with the cast and artistic staff.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and go on sale Monday, October 30 at the Overbrook Theater Box Office.  Hours are noon – 4:00pm through Friday, November 3.  The Box Office will open an hour-and-a-half before each performance.  Reservations can be made by calling (231) 777-0324.

Muskegon Center for the Arts: November Workshops
November 4 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, November 4 from 2:30pm – 4:00pm, you’re invited to the Red Lotus Gallery for “Gemstone Beading II!  Learn to identify the commonly used gemstones in beading, as well as the skills, tools and materials needed.  Each student will create a bracelet using one of the discussed stones.  Students must pre-register for workshops by contacting Sabryna at registration@muskegonca.org.  Tools will be available for use for all workshops, however you may bring your own if you have them.  All workshops are ages 10+.  Students 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult.  $15 includes instruction and materials ($13 for MCA Members).  You will want to register for this class soon as these workshops fill up quickly.

West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
November 4 @ 5:00 pm
The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.

Catch their next home game Saturday, November 4 at 5:00pm as they take on the Illinois Bulldogs!

Mercy Health Benefit Ball
November 4 @ 6:00 pm
Known for its elegance and creativity, Benefit Ball has grown into the premier gala event on the Lakeshore!  Each year, a new theme is chosen to elevate the guests’ experience and keep Benefit Ball enjoyable and intriguing.  Guests enjoy a fabulous dinner, dancing and entertainment.  Proceeds from Benefit Ball 2017 will benefit the new Mercy Health Muskegon medical center through the “imagine. build. TRANSFORM” campaign.

The Benefit Ball will take place on Saturday, November 4 beginning at 6:00pm at the Muskegon Country Club.  Reserved seating is available upon request by contacting Amber Wallace in the Office of Philanthropy at 231-672-6976 or wallaamd@mercyhealth.com.

Online registration for the 2017 Benefit Ball will open this fall. At that time, you can find the registration link at www.mercyhealthmuskegon.com/benefit-ball.

2nd Annual Behind the Mask Masquerade Ball
November 4 @ 6:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Saturday, November 4 from 6:00pm – Midnight, come to Fricano Place for the 2nd Annual “Behind the Mask” masquerade ball!   The evening will include a DJ and dancing, hors d’oeuvre’s and desserts, refreshments, a cash bar and a contest with prizes awarded for the best male, female and couple masks.  There will also be a silent auction and door prizes throughout the evening.

All proceeds will benefit The Hope Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness of human trafficking and to bring restoration and healing from its effects.  During the event, you will hear about the heart and vision of The Hope Project.  For more information, call  (231) 747-8555.

The Back Alley Comedy Club Presents – Murder Mystery Night
November 4 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 4 at 7:00pm, the Back Alley Comedy Club presents Murder Mystery Night!  This is “Clue” style excitement that happens right in front of your table!  The moment you walk through the door you will be immersed in a thrilling murder mystery dinner experience, mingling with crazy characters and shady suspects in a game of murder you get to play!  As the night continues you will get to interrogate the suspects, gather the clues, and work with your team to help mystery experts crack the case before the killer gets away!  Tickets are $30 tickets when purchased at the center or $32 online.  For more information, call (231) 755-1258.

Sweet Dreams and Honky Tonks
November 4 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 4 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks!  It may be impossible to crown any one performer as country music’s biggest, most beloved, or most influential star, but few would argue that Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash would all be near the top of any list.  Each broke barriers and changed country and popular music forever.  Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks is a new revue that presents the best loved hits of these classic artists along with stories of their colorful lives and amazing careers.  Tickets are $23.  For ALL U.S. Military Personnel, to acknowledge and thank you for your service, the Frauenthal Center is offering a special between now and July 21.  Purchase one ticket for Sweet Dreams and Honky Tonks, and get a second ticket FREE!  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
November 5 @ 5:00 pm
The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.

Catch their next home game Sunday, November 5 at 5:00pm as they take on the Oakland County Cowboys!

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 10/23/17 – 10/30/17

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

“Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium
Tuesday and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm

Now that the eclipse is over, let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium! This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections. Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 29-Oct 31, at Muskegon Community College. No reservations are needed. For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.


Hackley and Hume: Muskegon Residents tour FREE

October 1 – October 29

Tours of the homes of Muskegon’s most well-known lumber barons are free for Muskegon County residents on weekends during the month of October. Saturday hours are 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday hours are 1:00-4:00pm. For more information, call 231-722-7578.


Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
Monday, October 23 @ 6:00pm
USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St.

All lectures are on Monday evenings at 6:00pm at the Museum. For more information, call 231-755- 1230. September 11: Recognition of First Responders in Commemoration of 9/11 Sheriff Michael Poulin, who supervises the Muskegon County Department of Emergency Services, will moderate a discussion among first responders concerning their training and experiences in their respective jobs.


Sugar Skull Decorating at the Red Lotus Gallery
October 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Red Lotus Gallery, 356 W. Western Ave. Muskegon, MI 49440

The Muskegon Center for the Arts is hosting a sugar skull decorating in honor of Dias De Los Muertos at Red Lotus Gallery, located in the basement of the Century Club. Skulls are $3-5 each and decorations will be provided. For more information, find them on Facebook.


Southern Classic: Meat Pies with Chef Jamie
October 24 @ 6:30 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.,Muskegon

Come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Southern Classic: Meat Pies with Chef Jamie!” A half-moon shape of pastry crust is filled with the traditional spicy blend of beef and pork then fried golden and crispy…seriously addicting! You will try other variations as well. This class is for older teens and adults and is limited to 15. The cost is $30. For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


Zombie Fest at Norton Shores Library
October 25 @ 4:00 pm
Norton Shores Library, 705 Seminole Rd., Norton Shores

Bring the kids to Norton Shores Library for “Zombie Fest!” Make some zombie sock puppets (bring your own adult-sized sock), practice your zombie moves and enjoy some creepy treats. Registration is required in order to ensure enough supplies. Register by stopping by the library, by calling 231-780- 8844, or emailing gstreeter@madl.org.


AHFEST Film Fest:
The Fight for Water: A Farm Worker Struggle
October 25 @ 5:00 pm Free and open to the public
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Ave., Muskegon

On Wednesday evenings throughout October, the 2017 Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival (ahfest) will show and discuss four films associated with WATER, the Ahfest’s theme this year, at the Muskegon Museum of Art! Each movie will be followed by a brief discussion. All films begin promptly at 5:00pm when the doors will be closed. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. A cash bar for beer and wine, along with free popcorn, will be available. For more information, contact Mary Tyler at (231) 777-0327.


Haunted Car Wash
October 25 @ 7:00 pm – October 28 @ 10:00 pm
Van’s Car Wash, 2226 Apple Ave.,Muskegon

Van’s Car Wash on Apple Ave. is having their annual Haunted Car Wash, Wednesday – Saturday, October 25 – 28 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm! Admission is only $10 per car. All proceeds will benefit a charity in Muskegon County. Last year they raised $5,000 for the men’s homeless shelter. For more information, call 231-759-7777.


Stock Up on Fish Broth with The Fish Monger’s Wife
October 25 @ 6:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.,Muskegon

Sign up for the Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market to stock up on fish broth with the Fish Monger’s Wife! Homemade bone broths are a staple in many homes, but what about fish and shellfish broth?

Simple to make and easy to store, fish and shellfish broth can be made using the parts of a fish and shellfish that often end up in the rubbish bin. Class will also make a pot of seafood stew to sample and share. Class size is limited to 15 and costs $35. For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


Thursday Night Music Club: Green on Blue Jazz Quartet
October 26 @ 7:00 pm
Norton Shores Library, 705 Seminole Rd.,Norton Shores

Green on Blue is a jazz quartet based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that enjoys presenting a new twist on the jazz standards that have formed the backbone of America’s music. This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library and the Almeda Boulton Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Muskegon County, is free and open to the public with no registration required.   For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org.


Little Goblins Boo Bash
October 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Watermark 920, 930 Washington Ave.,Muskegon

Back for a 4th year, it’s the Little Goblins Boo Bash at the Watermark 920! Bring the kids in costume for snacks, beverages, crafting stations, cookie decorating, music and the costume parade! The cost is $5 at the door per adult and per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Kids two and under are free. For more information please call 231-727-0805


The Accidentals
October 27 @ 7:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave.,Muskegon

Check out the Frauenthal Center for The Accidentals as part of the Red House Concert Series. This is The Accidentals “Odyssey” album release tour with special guests The Crane Wives & Jake Allen.

Tickets are $15 – $20. For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Haunted Trail
October 27 @ 7:30 pm – October 28 @ 10:30 pm
8637 N. Durham Rd.,Whitehall

This after -hours event will examine the legends, myths, and ghost stories from the 1600s through the early 1900s. Over a dozen local actors from Muskegon Civic Theatre and volunteers will be stationed at the stops along the half mile trail creating a historic haunted atmosphere. The event is recommended for ages 13 and over. The cost is $15 per person. For more information, call 231-894-0342.


Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour
October 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 610 W. Western Ave.

Gather your family and friends to experience the vibrant fall colors at the Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour! This free self-guided tour happens October 14, 21 and 28 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. “Color Tourers” can pick up a map at either the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau located in the historic Union Depot at 610 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon or at the White Lake Area Chamber Depot at 124 W. Hanson St. in downtown Whitehall. Using the map as a guide, you’ll have the opportunity to visit stops along the way to win great prizes! Refreshments will be served at both the Muskegon and Whitehall Depots and kids will receive a free pumpkin that they can decorate on-the- spot. For more information call 231-724-3100.


Appraisal Fair
October 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Ave.,Muskegon

Are you curious about the history and value of jewelry, artwork, antiques, and other treasures in your collection? Professional appraisers will be on hand to satisfy your curiosity at this appraisal event. For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Lakeside Halloween Costume Parade
October 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Lakeside District, Lakeshore Dr. Muskegon

Visit Lakeside for the Halloween Costume Parade! There’ll be prizes, trick or treating and cider and donuts. Learn more at www.lakesidedistrict.com.


Halloween Family Funfest at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market
October 28 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.Muskegon

It’s a Halloween Family Funfest at the Muskegon Farmers’Market! Bring kids in costumer for trick or treats as well as entertainment, games, a petting zoo and more. For more information, call (231) 722- 3251.


Muskegon Center for the Arts October Workshops
October 28 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Red Lotus Gallery, 356 W. Western Ave. Muskegon

Earrings 102 – $10, Materials included. ($8 for MCA Members) Join the talented artists for the October Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery in the basement of the Century Club in Downtown Muskegon. You will want to register for these classes now as they will fill up quickly. Tools will be provided for all workshops. All workshops are ages 10+. Students 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult.


The Haunted Hall
October Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Lakes Mall, 5600 Harvey St.

Shake and cower with fright at “The Asylum,” “Phobia,” “The Fun House” and “3-D!” Enter all four haunts for only $15.00. Save $1 for every canned good you donate to Love, Inc. at the ticket office with a maximum of $3.00 off per ticket. This attraction is NOT recommended for children under 12 years of age. For more information, visit hauntedhall.com or find them on Facebook.


Lighthouse Tours & Trick or Treating Saturday
October 28 @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Pere Marquette Beach

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in October from 3:30-6:30pm. The cost is $2 – $4. This final tour of 2017 is held on Halloween, when volunteers will dress up in costume to welcome Trick-or-Treaters at the lighthouse tower base. Kids in costume (11 and under) will climb for free in the company of an adult and regular admission for the autumn tower tours is only $4 for adults and $2 for children 11 and under. Military and veteran admission is $3, and kids must be 3’ tall in order to climb. Sturdy shoes are recommended, and no reservations are necessary. The tour lasts about 15 minutes if there is no wait upon your arrival and the last tour is offered 15 minutes prior to closing. Parking is available at the beach or alongside Margaret Drake Elliot Park. Walk between the NOAA and USCG stations on the public visitor walkway to gain access to the pier. Memberships and private tours are available. www.muskegonlights.org Free Trick-or- Treating; Tours for Adults: $2-$4


Trunk or Treat
October 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm First Presbyterian Church
2577 Wickham Dr., Muskegon

Bring the kids to First Presbyterian Church for “Trunk of Treat!” Enjoy fun, safe Trick or Treating and games for free. This event is rain or shine and will be taken indoors in case of inclement weather. For more information, call 231-759-1275.


Halloween at the Getty Drive-In
October 28 @ 6:30pm -10:00pm
Getty 4 Drive-In, 920 E. Summit Ave. Muskegon

Join the UICA and Celebration! Cinema for a night of spooktacular-cinematic fun at the Getty Drive In Theatre! Enjoy Halloween-inspired films and family friendly fun. Costumes are highly encouraged. Tickets are available at celebrationcinema.com. Adults are $7 and children are $5.

TRUNK- OR-TREAT
Beginning at dusk, families can travel through the parking lot trick-or-treating at neighboring cars prior to watching Casper (PG) on the big screen! Guests are encouraged to decorate their trunks and bring candy to share with youngsters dressed in costume.

Trunk-or-Treating begins at 6:30pm and Casper begins at 7:30pm.

CREATURE FEATURE
Love classic horror films? Enjoy a double feature that’s fun for the whole family! They’re screening Frankenstein and Dracula back to back. Costumes are highly encouraged and the double-feature begins at 7:30pm! For more information call 231-798-2608

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
Let’s do the time warp! We’re screening the cult-classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, complete with shadowcast. Dance and sing along to your favorite songs and call back during those infamous lines. Costumes are highly encouraged. Begins at 9:00pm! Rated R


Muskegon Lumberjacks –VS- Youngstown Phantoms
October 28 @ 7:15 puck drops
L.C. Walker Arena, 955 Fourth St.,Muskegon

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running! Tonight the Jacks take on the Youngstown Phantoms at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


Dueling Pianos at SE4SONS
October 28 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
SE4SONS Banquet Center, 2801 Lakeshore Dr.,Muskegon

Tickets go on sale September 27 and are $30 which includes heavy hors d’ oeuvres from 7:00pm- 9:00pm. Doors Open at 7:00pm and the show is from 8:00pm-11:00pm. Call 231-755-3737 to purchase your tickets or stop by during business hours.


All Hallow’s Gala
October 28 @ 7:00 pm – Midnight
Watermark 920, 930 Washington Ave.,Muskegon

Come to the Watermark 920 for the “All Hallow’s Gala” featuring Pop Fiction with special guest Black Circle Radio! Have some fun and come in costume to be part of the costume contest for a chance to win prizes, including $100 cash! This is for ages 21+. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the gala and available at the Coffee Factory. For more info 231-727-0805


Fall into Jazz II featuring Dave Bennett

October 29 @ 4:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave.,Muskegon

Sunday, October 29 at 4:00pm come to the Frauenthal Center for “Fall into Jazz II featuring Dave Bennett” presented by West Michigan Concert Winds. Tickets are $12 for adults, students and children under 18 are free with a ticketed Adult. For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Humans vs. Zombies
October 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon

Monday, October 30 from 7:30pm – 9:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for some Halloween fun! Humans vs. Zombies is a game of tag played at schools, camps, neighborhoods, libraries, and conventions around the world. Human players must remain vigilant and defend themselves with socks and dart blasters to avoid being tagged. Meet in the lower level meeting rooms beginning at 7:30pm to go over the rules and pick the Original Zombie. The Library will be locked up at 8:00pm, and the game will start shortly afterwards. Bring a bandanna and either a foam dart blaster or sock (the dart blaster must look like a toy-no realistic looking weapons will be allowed). The game will run about 90 minutes.

Participants must be at least 16 years old. Attendance is limited to the first 75 people. Visit hvzsource.com/hackleypl for more information and to pre-register (does not necessarily guarantee a spot in the game.) 231-722-7276


Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum:
October 30 @ 6:00 pm
|USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St. Muskegon

For more information, call 231-755-1230. September 11: Recognition of First Responders in Commemoration of 9/11 Sheriff Michael Poulin, who supervises the Muskegon County Department of Emergency Services, will moderate a discussion among first responders concerning their training and experiences in their respective jobs.

 

Visit our website www.visitmuskegon.org for a complete listing of all events in Muskegon!

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 10/21/17 – 10/23/17

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

Murder Mystery: Zombie Cannibal Asylum
October 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Amanda’s Bequest, 5200 Anderson Rd., Montague

Bygone Basics Cooking School and Amanda’s Bequest B & B offer a Murder Mystery Dinner on occasional Saturdays.  Participants act out the roles with scripts and as much hilarity as they wish!  Just in time for Halloween, “Zombie Cannibal Asylum” will be the murder mystery.

The mystery activities and dinner last from 5:00pm until around 8:00pm. Registered attendees will be assigned their roles in advance so they can arrive in character. You do not have to be a lodging guest at Amanda’s Bequest to participate, but why not! It will enhance the fun and remove night time driving. Hurry, seating is limited! To register, click the “Book Now” link on the website, e-mail relax@amandasbequest.com or call 231-740-4065. B&B Guest – $38

Non-Lodging – $48. Adult themed. No one under 18 years old please.


Muskegon Center for the Arts/Red Lotus Gallery: Open Mic Night
October 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Red Lotus Gallery, 356 W. Western Ave., Muskegon

The Muskegon Center for the Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery the third Saturday of every month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, theater, poetry, etc., come and express is on stage or just enjoy the show. This free event is for persons 18 years and older. Donations are always welcome and help to keep the gallery open. For more information, find them on Facebook. The gallery is located downtown at 356 W. Western Ave. in the basement of Century Building.


Performances @ The Block: Neil Jacobs – American Gypsy
October 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Block, 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd Floor Muskegon

Come to The Block for Neil Jacobs – American Gypsy.  The “Gypsy Power Trio” of Neil Jacobs, 12-string guitars, Steven Fox, acoustic bass and Arkadiy Gips, violin, perform breathtaking compositions with Gypsy, Celtic, Balkan and Classical influences.  Tickets: $20-$35, $10 Student tickets with ID.  Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets


“Phantom of the Opera” accompanied by organist Dale Zieger on the mighty Barton Organ!
October 21 @ 7:30 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200 Muskegon

Saturday, October 21 at 7:30pm, come to the beautiful Frauenthal Center for the classic silent film, “Phantom of the Opera” accompanied by organist Dale Zieger on the mighty Barton Organ. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231-727-8001 or in person, Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737. Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com. Costumes are encouraged and makeup artist Penny Cooper will also be present in the lobby. beginning at 6:00pm to transform you into character with unique face painting for an additional


Muskegon Community College Choir Concert
October 22 @ 3:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200, Muskegon

Sunday, October 22 at 3:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for the College Choir Concert presented by Muskegon Community College.  Tickets are $6.  Students are free.  For tickets or more information, call 231-727-8001.


Poultry Cookery with Chef Damon
October 22 @ 6:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave., Muskegon

Take a class at Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Poultry Cookery with Chef Damon!”  Buying a whole chicken not only makes more sense financially, but it also allows a more delicious way to buy chicken and the opportunity to make the most of the whole bird. Students will learn the structure and composition of poultry, how to store poultry properly, the appropriate cooking methods and different types and cuts of poultry while applying various cooking methods. A few different recipes will be included in this hands-on experience. The cost is $35 and class size is limited to 15. For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum: The Movies Go to War
October 23 @ 6:00 pm
USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St. Muskegon

For more information, call 231-755-1230. September 11:  Recognition of First Responders in Commemoration of 9/11 Sheriff Michael Poulin, who supervises the Muskegon County Department of Emergency Services, will moderate a discussion among first responders concerning their training and experiences in their respective jobs.


The Haunted Hall
October Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Lakes Mall, 5600 Harvey St.

Visit the Lakes Mall for The Haunted Hall! Shake and cower with fright at “The Asylum,” “Phobia,” “The Fun House” and “3-D!”  Enter all four haunts for only $15.00. Save $1 for every canned good you donate to Love, Inc. at the ticket office with a maximum of $3.00 off per ticket. This attraction is NOT recommended for children under 12 years of age. For more information, visit hauntedhall.com or find them on Facebook.


Dias De Los Muertos at the Red Lotus Gallery
October 16 @ 10:00 am – November 10 @ 6:00 pm
Red Lotus Gallery, 356 W. Western Ave. Muskegon

The purpose of Dias De Los Muertos is to honor loved ones who have passed.  Visit the Red Lotus Gallery through November 10 for the celebration of Dias De Los Meurtos to view participants’ artwork and photos in honor of their loved ones.  “Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a holiday celebrated by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember those who have died and help support their spiritual journey. For more information, find them on Facebook.


Lighthouse Tours
Saturdays @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Pere Marquette Beach

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in October from 3:30-6:30pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

 

Visit our website www.visitmuskegon.org for a complete listing of all events in Muskegon!

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 10/09/17 – 10/16/17

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

“Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium
Tuesday and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Now that the eclipse is over, let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium!  This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.  Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 29-Oct 31, at Muskegon Community College.  No reservations are needed.  For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Hackley and Hume: Muskegon Residents tour FREE
October 1 – October 29
Tours of the homes of Muskegon’s most well-known lumber barons are free for Muskegon County residents on weekends during the month of October.  Saturday hours are 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday hours are 1:00-4:00pm.  For more information, call 231-722-7578.

Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
Monday, October 9 @ 6:00pm
USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St.

All lectures are on Monday evenings at 6:00pm at the Museum.  For more information, call 231-755-1230. September 11:  Recognition of First Responders in Commemoration of 9/11 Sheriff Michael Poulin, who supervises the Muskegon County Department of Emergency Services, will moderate a discussion among first responders concerning their training and experiences in their respective jobs.

Gourmet Pizza from Scratch with Chef Jamie
Tuesday, October 10 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.,Muskegon
Come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Gourmet Pizza From Scratch with Chef Jamie!”  In this class, you will make the dough and sauce from scratch and experiment with several toppings.  While you are waiting for the dough to rise, you will make a salad with homemade ranch and vinaigrette dressings.  You can choose to bake your pizza in class or at home.  This class will be four hours long to accomplish everything from scratch. The cost is $40 and class size is limited to 12.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

AHFEST Film Fest
Wednesday, October 11 @ 5:00 pm

Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Ave., Muskegon
Wednesday evenings throughout October, the 2017 Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival (ahfest) will show and discuss four films associated with WATER, the ahfest’s theme this year, at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  Each movie will be followed by a brief discussion.  All films begin promptly at 5:00pm when the doors will be closed. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. A cash bar for beer and wine, along with free popcorn, will be available. For more information, contact Mary Tyler at (231) 777-0327.

Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center Open House
Thursday, October 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center, 6221 Sweeter Road
Twin Lake, Michigan 49457
The purpose of the center is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned raptors and return them to the wild in a healthy condition. The center is open to the public from June through October two days per month, the 2nd Thursday and 2nd Sunday of each month from 1:00pm-4:00pm for tours. No admission fee. When you visit the center you will see a number of different species of raptors, including eagles, owls and falcons. In addition to the birds, they have hands on activities to learn more about raptors. They are handicap accessible. Please call in advance to be sure they are open. For more information 231-821-9125

Opening Reception: ‘Water: Paintings by Sheryl Budnik and Mary Sundstrom’
Thursday, October 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Muskegon Community College, 221 S. Quarterline Rd., Muskegon
From a placid, introspective pool to a roaring, ship-wrecking beast, water is the subject of paintings by Michigan artists Sheryl Budnik and Mary Sundstrom on exhibit in Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Gallery from September 25 through October 26. The gallery, located on the Muskegon Community College main campus, is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Arts and Humanities Department at (231)777-0324.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Season Opener Home Game
Friday, October 13 @ 7:15pm

L.C. Walker Arena, 955 Fourth St.,Muskegon
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running! Catch the first regular season home game Friday, October 13 at 7:15pm as they take on the Chicago Steel at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

Muskegon Center for the Arts: Open Jewelry Workshop
Friday, October 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Red Lotus Gallery, 356 W. Western Ave.,Muskegon
Join talented artists of the Muskegon Center for the Arts for their October Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery (in the basement of the Century Club)!  Classes fill up quickly, so pre-register soon by contacting Sabryna at registration@muskegonca.org. All workshops are ages 10+. Students 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Students will bring their own materials to create jewelry with the assistance of the instructor, if needed. There will be “extra pieces” available for anyone needing that final touch or that might be missing a piece to complete their work. The cost is $10 or $8 for MCA members. For more information, find them on Facebook.

Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour
October 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 610 W. Western Ave.

Gather your family and friends to experience the vibrant fall colors at the Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour!  This free self-guided tour happens October 14, 21 and 28 from 10:00am – 4:00pm.  “Color Tourers” can pick up a map at either the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau located in the historic Union Depot at 610 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon or at the White Lake Area Chamber Depot at 124 W. Hanson St. in downtown Whitehall.  Using the map as a guide, you’ll have the opportunity to visit stops along the way to win great prizes!  Refreshments will be served at both the Muskegon and Whitehall Depots and kids will receive a free pumpkin that they can decorate on-the-spot.  For more information call 231-724-3100.

23rd Annual Pumpkin Fest
October 14 @ 9:30 am

White Lake Chamber of Commerce, 124 W. Hanson St.,Whitehall
Always held on the 2nd Saturday in October, Pumpkin Fest features pumpkin pie baking contests, seed spitting contests, pumpkin painting and carving contests, and the festival favorite, the Pumpkin Roll down Dowling Hill with over 700 contestants of all ages.  Registration for the roll begins at 9:30am. The White Lake Senior Center will have food specials to go along with vendors selling elephant ears, hot dogs, pizzas, candied apples and more! For more information call the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 231-893-4585.

Cupcakes Halloween Style with Kathy DeHoag
October 14 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.,Muskegon
Saturday, October 14 at 10:00am, Come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Cupcakes Halloween Style with Kathy DeHoag!”  Kids, get prepared for Halloween!  Each student will decorate a dozen fun cupcakes for Halloween to take home and share with family and friends. The cost is $25 and class size is limited to 15. This if for ages 7-13. For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

City of the Dead: Tour Evergreen Cemetery
October 14 @ 5-8:00pm- October 15 @ 2-4:00pm

Evergreen Cemetery, 391 Irwin Ave.,Muskegon
Visit the Evergreen Cemetery for the 8th Annual City of the Dead!  This annual, family-friendly event features actors from Harbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation portraying the figures that are prominent in Muskegon’s history at their burial places. The City of the Dead highlights Muskegon’s industrial and entrepreneurial past and seeks to accurately portray the people who shaped this city. Period games and traditions are also demonstrated when appropriate to the people portrayed. Tickets are $5, with children 6 and under admitted free. For more information, visit their Facebook page

Annie Jr.
October 14 @ 7:00pm – October 15 @ 3:00pm

Beardsley Theater, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon
Come to the Beardsley Theater for “Annie Jr.” presented by Muskegon Civic Theatre. The Penguin Project is a musical theater production that casts children and young adults with disabilities in all roles. All will sing, dance and act in the show. Those individuals (Artists) will get assistance from on-stage peers (Mentors). Who can participate? Artists are children and young adults (ages 10-22) with disabilities, including (but not limited to) Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment and neurological disorders. Mentors are children and young adults (ages 10-22) who do not have disabilities. For more information, call 231-722-3852.

Water Super Saturday
October 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Ave.,Muskegon
Bring the family for a free family fun day at the Muskegon Museum of Art during a “Water Super Saturday!”  Living on the lakeshore means that we have a major connection and relationship to water. For more information, call 231-720-2570.
•10:00am & 1:00pm / Finding Dory (97 mins.) – Join the happy-go-lucky Dory (who has a bad memory) on a journey to find her family. There are lots of ups and downs on her adventure but best of all she discovers many new friends along way.
•11:00am – 1:00pm / Guided Look – Explore how many of the MMA’s permanent works of art have a water theme.
•11:00am – 2:00pm / Make & Take – Lots of things live in the water. Create your own under water creature—mermaid or merman—using found materials to create texture and dimension.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
October 14 @ 7:00 pm

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

2017 Knowsmoke Zombie Walk
October 14 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

LC Walker Arena, 955 Fourth St.,Muskegon
Calling All Zombies!  Join the Knowsmoke Zombie Walk and declare yourself part of the smoke free generation on Saturday, October 14 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. The Knowsmoke Zombie Walk starts with check-in taking place at the L.C. Walker Arena at 1:00pm. Youth age 13 and under need to be accompanied by an adult. No pets, roller blades, bicycles, smoking or weapons allowed for the safety of all participants. For more information, call 231-724-1263.

Muskegon Center for the Arts: October Wokshops
October 14 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Red Lotus Gallery, 356 W. Western Ave.,Muskegon
Join talented artists of the Muskegon Center for the Arts for their October Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery (in the basement of the Century Club)!  Classes fill up quickly, so pre-register soon by contacting Sabryna at registration@muskegonca.org.  Tools will be available for use for all workshops, however you may bring your own if you have them.  All workshops are ages 10+.  Students 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Today it’s Intermediate Chainmaille!  Tools will be provided and you will learn a more intricate style of the medieval art of chainmaille.  The cost, including materials, is $25.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

The Haunted Hall
October Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Lakes Mall, 5600 Harvey St.

Visit the Lakes Mall for The Haunted Hall! Shake and cower with fright at “The Asylum,” “Phobia,” “The Fun House” and “3-D!”  Enter all four haunts for only $15.00. Save $1 for every canned good you donate to Love, Inc. at the ticket office with a maximum of $3.00 off per ticket. This attraction is NOT recommended for children under 12 years of age. For more information, visit hauntedhall.com or find them on Facebook.

Lighthouse Tours
Saturdays @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Pere Marquette Beach
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in October from 3:30-6:30pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Visit our website www.visitmuskegon.org for a complete listing of all events in Muskegon!

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 10/02/17 – 10/09/17

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

“Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium
Tuesday and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Now that the eclipse is over, let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium!  This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.  Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 29-Oct 31, at Muskegon Community College.  No reservations are needed.  For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Hackley and Hume: Muskegon Residents tour FREE
October 1 – October 29
Tours of the homes of Muskegon’s most well-known lumber barons are free for Muskegon County residents on weekends during the month of October.  Saturday hours are 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday hours are 1:00-4:00pm.  For more information, call 231-722-7578.

Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
6:00pm
USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St.

All lectures are on Monday evenings at 6:00pm at the Museum.  For more information, call 231-755-1230. September 11:  Recognition of First Responders in Commemoration of 9/11 Sheriff Michael Poulin, who supervises the Muskegon County Department of Emergency Services, will moderate a discussion among first responders concerning their training and experiences in their respective jobs.

Movies at the Library: “Loving”
October 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave.
Come to Hackley Public library to see a free movie on the first Tuesday of the month.  Feel free to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.  October 3 at 5:30pm, it’s a screening of “Loving,” the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage. The movie runs 123 minutes.  For more information, call (231) 722-7276.

Grape Escape
October 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
Wednesday, October 4 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm come to the Frauenthal Center for the Muskegon Rotary Club’s annual Grape Escape event!  Tickets are $50 for this tasting event featuring Michigan wines, craft beers, delicious local food, and interesting auction items.  This event benefits a local charity.  For more information or tickets, call 231-727-8001.

50th Anniversary Celebration: Mission for Area People
October 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Muskegon Country Club, 2801 Lakeshore Dr.
Come to the Muskegon Country Club for the Mission for Area People’s 50th Anniversary Celebration!  There’ll be amazing live music from Alexander Zonjic (of Shoreline Jazz Festival fame) as “Zonjic Meets Motown!”  His award winning band will join Serieux, a Temptations tribute review, will entertain you with Motown classics and jazz!  The cost is $100 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner and a cash bar.  Your support will assist Mission for Area People in meeting the emergency needs of Muskegon County residents.  For more information or tickets, call 231-733-9672.

An Evening with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
October 5 @ 7:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
The Frauenthal Center is proud to present “An Evening with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., presented by Muskegon Community College’s Center for Experiential Learning Muskegon Community College’s Center for Experiential Learning is proud to present Rev. Stephon Ferguson. For more information please contact 777-0226

Oktoberfest: Biers, Bands & Brats
October 6 – October 7
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, 462 Scenic Dr.
October 6 – 7, you’re invited to Muskegon State Park for Oktoberfest, a Bavarian celebration with Michigan’s longest beer tasting trail! Celebrate the season outdoors with classic German music, food and traditions with local craft brewers. O’zapft is! (It’s tapped!) drink the first beer as they tap the kegs on Friday night.  On Saturday evening, hit the beer trail for a taste of a variety of local beers and wines and hear the  sounds of Ein Prosit and other local musicians. For more information, call 231-744-9629.

Buster Keaton Convention & Film Festival
October 6 – October 7
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
October 6-7, the Damfinos make their annual trek to Muskegon for the Buster Keaton Society Convention and Film Festival! October 7 at 8:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for the Buster Keaton Film Festival, co-produced with the Buster Keaton Society.  Tickets are $8. The International Buster Keaton Society celebrates the 100th anniversary of Buster’s debut. Please see their website to attend the convention or to register at www.busterkeaton.com.  To become a member of the Keaton Society visit www.busterstuff.com.

Michigan-MSU Tailgate A – Board the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum
October 7
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, 560 Mart St.
The USS LST 393 Veterans Museum hosts its annual family-friendly tailgate for the Michigan vs. Michigan State rivalry football game. They will play under the lights as game time is set for 7:00pm.  Tickets are $35 with proceeds benefiting Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Lakeshore.  This event is BYOB and includes a pig roast and raffle. They will have water and pop for purchase.  Grilling is allowed. Call 231-798-1391 for more information.

MUSKEGON CENTER FOR THE ARTS OCTOBER WORKSHOPS
October 7 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Muskegon Center for the Arts
Red lotus gallery

WIRE WRAPPING – $15, materials included. ($13 for MCA Members) Join talented artists for the October Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery 356 W Western Ave., in the basement of the Century Club, Downtown Muskegon. You will want to register for these classes now as they will fill up quickly. Tools will be provided for all workshops. Learn the basic skills, tools, and materials used for wire wrapping. Each student will make one wire wrapped bracelet. Students must pre-register for workshops by contacting Sabryna at registration@muskegonca.org. Tools will be available for use for all work- shops, however you may bring your own if you have them. All workshops are ages 10+. Students 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour
October 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 610 W. Western Ave.

fall color tour posterGather your family and friends to experience the vibrant Fall colors at the Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour!  This free self-guided tour happens October 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 10:00am – 4:00pm.  “Color Tourers” can pick up a map at either the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau located in the historic Union Depot at 610 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon or at the White Lake Area Chamber Depot at 124 W. Hanson St. in downtown Whitehall.  Using the map as a guide, you’ll have the opportunity to visit stops along the way to win great prizes!  Refreshments will be served at both the Muskegon and Whitehall Depots and kids will receive a free pumpkin that they can decorate on-the-spot.  For more information call 231-724-3100.

Kid’s Cooking: Homemade Caramel Apples and Baked Apple Roses with Chef Char
October 7 @ 10:00 am
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.
Saturday, October 7 at 10:00am, bring the kids to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Kid’s Cooking: Homemade Caramel Apples and Baked Apple Roses with Chef Char!”  Beginning bakers will learn all about how caramel is made as the class will produce a big creamy batch of the candy to coat locally grown apples.  Also, they will put together easy but impressive-looking baked apple roses to enjoy in class or take home to share.  This is for ages 7-13 and the cost is $25.  Class size is limited to 15.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

White Lake Nature Walks
October 7 @ 10:30 am
White Lake Chamber of Commerce, 124 W. Hanson St.
Discover the beauty of the White Lake area!  Local naturalists will lead guided tours of local natural areas and cover a variety of topics relating to native plants and wildlife.  The walks are appropriate for adults and families; no children allowed without parents.  Walks will take place the first Saturday of the month, beginning through October.  Walks begin at 10:30am sharp and last until approximately noon. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.  Bring water and snacks if needed.  Other optional items include:  sunscreen, hat, umbrella, binoculars, sketchpad, and pencils or pens.  Walks will take place regardless of weather, unless conditions are unsafe.  Please call 231-893-4585 with questions.

The Haunted Hall
October 7 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Lakes Mall, 5600 Harvey St.
Friday and Saturday nights in October from 7:00pm – 11:00pm, come to the Lakes Mall for The Haunted Hall! Shake and cower with fright at “The Asylum,” “Phobia,” “The Fun House” and “3-D!”  Enter all four haunts for only $15.00.  Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or credit card. Save $1 for every canned good you donate to Love, Inc. at the ticket office with a maximum of $3.00 off per ticket. This attraction is NOT recommended for children under 12 years of age, the sickly, the faint of heart, or those likely to wet the bed after experiencing sheer terror. For more information, visit hauntedhall.com or find them on Facebook.

Lighthouse Tours
Saturdays @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in October from 3:30-6:30pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center Open House
October 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center, 6221 Sweeter Road
Twin Lake, Michigan 49457

The purpose of the center is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned raptors and return them to the wild in a healthy condition. The center is open to the public from June through October two days per month, the 2nd Thursday and 2nd Sunday of each month from 1:00pm-4:00pm for tours. No admission fee. When you visit the center you will see a number of different species of raptors, including eagles, owls and falcons. In addition to the birds, they have hands on activities to learn more about raptors. They are handicap accessible. Please call in advance to be sure they are open. For more information visit www.braveheartcenter.com or 231-821-9125

Port City Princess Fall Color Tours
October 8 @ 12:00-1:30
Come board the Port City Princess for a Fall Color Tour! Time is from 12:00-1:30. Please arrive at 11:30 to board.  The cost is only $10 per person or $30 for a family of four for either cruise.  Limited tickets are available by calling 231-744-1619.

Live Music: Squirrel Hillbillies
October 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave.
Tuesday, October 9 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Library for live folk, country and blues music from the Squirrel Hillbillies.  Rabidly social and clawingly curious, they relish opportunities to interact with diverse audiences.

For more information, call (231) 722-8000

Visit our website www.visitmuskegon.org for a complete listing of all events in Muskegon!

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/25/17 – 10/02/17

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

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Through September 30
September 15 – 30, the Muskegon Civic Theatre performs “My Way” in the Beardsley Theater!  This tribute to Frank Sinatra includes 57 pop, jazz and swing standards of the man whose storied career spanned nearly 60 years and during which he earned the nicknames “Chairman of the Board” and “Ol’ Blue Eyes.”  For more information, call 231-727-8001.  For Civic Theatre season tickets, visit http://www.muskegoncivictheatre.org/component/content/article/12.

Jacks Classic Golf Outing
September 25
The Muskegon Lumberjacks have announced that their annual golf outing, the Jacks Classic, will be held on Monday, September 25 at Muskegon Country Club! The format of the event is a four-person scramble, and includes breakfast before the round, 18 holes of golf, lunch and dinner afterward.  Prizes will be awarded throughout the day and the area’s best silent auction will be ongoing as well.  As always, the auction will be packed with hockey memorabilia, and this year the list includes two jerseys signed by Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine.

Join the Muskegon Lumberjacks players and staff as they get set to bring in the 2017-2018 regular season.  Teams that compete will have the opportunity to meet the Jacks players and even get some help from them on the course!

Breakfast and registration begins at 10:30am, with the shotgun start at 12:00pm.  Dinner and cocktails follow the completion of the golf.

The cost per team of four is $600. If you are interested in signing your team up or becoming a sponsor of the event, email Scott Bradford at sbradford@muskegonlumberjacks.com.

A Call to Artists: Dias de los Muertos
Through September 26 @ 5:00 pm
The Muskegon Center for the Arts and the Red Lotus Gallery are taking submissions for the next Gallery Presentation of Dias de los Muertos, to honor those who have passed.  “Day of the Dead” (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States.  It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures.  The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died and help support their spiritual journey.

Submit your creation of artwork or bring in pictures of your loved ones who have passed.  A wall will be created to pay homage to these people in your life who have inspired you.  The art submissions deadline is September 26 by 5:30pm.  To obtain a submission form for this event, visit muskegonca.org.  There is a small fee of $5 if your piece of artwork is not for sale when you submit it.  See the submission form for more information.

Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
September 25 @ 6:00 pm
September 25:  75th Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal. THE DESPERATE DEFENSE OF “OPERATION SHOESTRING”. THE DECISIVE FIRST DAYS ON GUADALCANAL THAT SAVED AMERICA’S FIRST OFFENSIVE OF WORLD WAR II FROM COLLAPSE
David Kolb for many years was the Editorial Editor of the Muskegon Chronicle. He is also a published independent historian and scholar, with special expertise concerning the Battle of Guadalcanal. He will relate to us the complexities and exceptional sacrifices of this historic battle. Several Muskegon area veterans fought at the Battle of Guadalcanal.

October 2:  From the Dugouts to the Trenches – Baseball in the Great War
From Columbus, Ohio, our speaker, James Leeke, is a Navy veteran and writer and editor. He is a former journalist who covered Major League Baseball as a reporter and author. He has written several books, including Manila and Santiago:The New Steel Navy in the Spanish-American War, and his latest book just published by the University of Nebraska press, From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball during the Great War. This is a story that has many unexpected twists and turns, and will especially be enjoyed by all baseball fans.  Many of us do not realize how many of the great stars of America’s pastime served in World War I. This book will be available for purchase and for signing by Jim.

October 9: World War II Muskegon
Richard Mullally continues to share with us compelling  information about the thousands of World War II veterans who served from Muskegon County. His speech will focus on approximately 32 World War II veterans, whose stories may be humorous or may be tragic, but all of which are captivating. These veterans served in various branches of the military, and in different theaters of the war. Special note: all World War II veterans and their family members, including family members of deceased veterans, have free admission to this lecture.

October 16:  America’s First Actual World War
Donald Johnston is the Chief Circuit Court Judge of Kent County, and his ancestry dates back to colonial times. He is an independent historian and scholar with a special interest in pre-revolutionary American history. He is an authority on what we call the French and Indian War (1754-60), which was the North American phase of the world-wide Seven Years War (1756-62), that was fought on several continents.  The French and Indian War was the crucible in which many colonists first experienced war, and was the training ground for many of our military leaders in the following Revolutionary War. From a viewpoint that will be new for many of us, Judge Johnston will speak on the involvement of the great powers of those times and the global impact of that earlier war on our soil that still reverberates today.

October 23: The Movies Go to War
Bill Iddings is the most respected movie critic, scholar, and film history instructor in Western Michigan. He also has appeared on stage and screen himself, as well as having written scripts. From the time film was invented, movies always have played a major role during wars, especially in the nations involved in those conflicts. Bill will be showing film clips to illustrate the impact of movies upon society and the real truth during times of war, and we will be learning much unexpected information from his presentation.

October 30:  Flight 93- The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11
Tom McMillan has spent a lifetime in media and communications – as a newspaper sportswriter, columnist, radio talk show host and for the past 21 years, as Vice President of Communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. And history is another of his passions. He serves on the board of trustees of Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center, on the board of directors of the Friends of Flight 93, on the marketing committee of the Gettysburg Foundation, and as a tour guide at the Civil War room at Carnegie Library. He also is a co-director of the Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing at Point Park University, his alma mater. He is the author of the book entitled Gettysburg Rebels: Five Native Sons Who Came Home to Fight as Confederate Soldiers.  He will present this lecture based upon his best-selling history of the tragedy of Flight 93 on 9/11 and its aftermath. His Flight 93 book will be available for purchase and signing. All sale proceeds are donated to the Flight 93 National Memorial.  And, yes, Tom may predict the Penguins will win yet another Stanley Cup this season, and in all humility he may mention his 3 Stanley Cup rings.

You “Can” Do It
September 25 @ 6:30 pm
On Monday, September 25 at 6:30pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts YOU CAN DO IT, a class on home preserving.  It’s tomato season and whether you are a canning newbie or looking for a refresher, this program is for you.  MSU Extension Food & Safety Educator Jane Hart shares safe methods to preserve the amazing taste of the garden fresh tomatos and other seasonal produce.  This program is free and open to the public ages 18 and up, with registration required.  For additional information or to register, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .

Author Happy Hour: Drew Philp
September 26 @ 5:30 pm
Tuesday, September 26 at 5:30pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for an “Author Happy Hour” with Drew Philp!  Enjoy $1 off wine and beer getting to know this published author from Detroit.

Drew Philp’s work has been published both nationally and internationally and has appeared in publications including BuzzFeed, The Guardian, The Detroit Free Press, De Correspondent, The Metrotimes, and The Michigan Daily. In 2017 Scribner published his first book of nonfiction, A $500 House: Rebuilding an Abandoned House and an American City. His essays and profiles have appeared in books and collections in the United States and Europe, and he is a 2016 11th Hour Food and Justice fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, under the direction of Michael Pollan. He is also a writer in the film industry, having written two feature length dramas on contract, including collaboration with an Emmy Award winning producer. His advertising copy has been used for national and regional campaigns, including overseeing 40,000 plus word website messaging.

In addition to writing, Drew built his house in Detroit with his own hands; hitchhiked across the United States; taught writing, literature and theater extensively in prisons and juvenile institutions; taught a class about racism at the University of Michigan; and is a graduate of the New England Literature Program. Drew graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and is 30 years old. He lives in Detroit with his dog, Gratiot.

For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Arts and Craft Beer
September 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
September 26 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, the Lakeshore Museum Center presents “Arts and Craft Beer!  Create your own piece of string art using a piece of 120 year old mill debris from Muskegon Lake.  String, nails and mallets will be provided.  Templates will be available or bring your own.  This adult-only event is at Pigeon Hill.  The cost is $20 which includes a beer.  Buy tickets at www.lakeshoremuseum.org/events/arts-craft-beer.

Summer Ain’t Over Yet!
September 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesdays in September from 6:30-8:00pm, come to the Goodrich Park gazebo for the “Summer Ain’t Over Yet!” free concert series.  Bring your folding chair or picnic blanket and enjoy the show.  Entry is free, but donations will be accepted for the White Lake Food Pantry.  For more information, call 231-894-4048.

Meals on a Budget with Chef Jamie
September 26 @ 6:30 pm
Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30pm, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Meals on a Budget with Chef Jamie!”  For this class, you will be learning how to make Pasta with a Meat Sauce and Beef Stroganoff for a family of four for approximately $10.  Chef Jamie demonstrates how to make both before turning you lose for a hands-on experience and tasting.  Plenty to take home as well.  The cost is $30 and class size is limited to 15.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

“Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium
Tuesday and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Now that the eclipse is over, let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium!  This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.  Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 29-Oct 31, at Muskegon Community College.  No reservations are needed.  For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Grand Opening of Blue Horizons Wellness
September 27 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, September 27 from 4:00pm -7:00pm, celebrate the launch of  Blue Horizons Wellness, Lakeside’s only wellness studio offering yoga, movement, meditation, breath, and inspiration classes with owner and instructor Vicki Schneider.  Join them for Ribbon Cutting at 4:30pm, followed by free refreshments, conversation, and giveaways.  For more information, call 231-755-7771.

Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference
September 28 @ 8:00 am – September 30 @ 5:00 pm
Thursday, September 28 from 8:00am – 5:00pm, come to the Maranatha for the Christian Writers’ Conference!  Packed with inspiration, information, and networking, the Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference attracts novice and experienced writers from across the nation.  If you have a story to share, this conference has the proven record to help you find publication success.  For more information, call 231-798-2161.

89th Michigan Regional Exhibition
September 28 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Celebrate the artists of the 89th Michigan Regional Exhibition with refreshments and an award ceremony, Thursday, September 28 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

The juried 89th Michigan Regional Exhibition, featuring 156 works from 145 artists, returns to showcase some of the best contemporary art in Michigan.  Juried from a wide pool of entries, the Michigan Regional is comprised of representational and abstract painting, sculpture, drawing, textiles and fibers, ceramics, mixed media and photography.  Visitors will be engaged and challenged by objects both traditional and experimental, and can explore issues of technical skill, artistic inspiration, social and political discourse, and how others perceive the world around us.  Many of the artworks on display are for sale, creating the opportunity for guests to collect original art and directly support a vital Michigan artist community.

For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Mums the Word: Naked Cake with Kathy DeHoag
September 28 @ 6:00 pm
Thursday, September 28 at 6:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Mums The Word: Naked Cake with Kathy DeHoag!”  What is a naked cake?  What makes this a naked cake?  Learn how to frost, stack and to use fresh and silk flowers to decorate the Wilton way.  Take a beautiful fall naked cake home with you.  The cost is $40 and class size is limited to 15.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

3rd Annual Halloween Harvest Weekend
September 29 – October 1
The 3rd Annual Halloween Harvest Weekend at Pioneer County Park will take place this year Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1.  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.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Ravel and Gershwin Piano Concertos
September 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, September 29 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents Ravel and Gershwin Piano Concertos!

Scott Speck, conductor
Guest Artist – Aldo López-Gavilán, Piano

Wagner – Overture to The Flying Dutchman
Ravel – Piano Concerto in G major
Aldo López-Gavilán, Piano
Gershwin – An American in Paris
Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue
Aldo López-Gavilán, Piano

Inspired by Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, Ravel incorporated a lot of American jazz into his Piano Concerto in G major.  Gershwin in turn lent a suave French flair to An American in Paris.  Brilliant Cuban pianist and composer Aldo López-Gavilán makes his WMS debut in two concertos.  For more information, call 231-726-3231.

C.O.O.K Competition for Adults with Chef Jack Page
September 30 @ 9:00 am
Saturday, September 30 at 9:00am, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the C.O.O.K Competition for Adults with Chef Jack Page! This is a culinary competition for adults!

Three teams of adults are paired with local chefs to create dishes using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients along with a mystery ingredient chosen by their judges. Common cooking ingredients will also be available to all teams.  Teams will be given tokens to shop in the Muskegon Farmers Market.  After shopping, teams 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 mystery prize.  Participation is limited and the cost is $35 to enter.  Adults only.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Suicide Awareness and Remembrance Walk 2017
As September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Suicide Prevention Coalition will be holding their 4th annual Suicide Awareness and Remembrance Walk in downtown Muskegon, Saturday, September 30 from 11:00am – 2:00pm.

Gather at Olthoff Stage near the roundabout at Western Ave. and Third St. to hear a few words from speakers, and then make the one mile walk around downtown.  There will be live music by Kwame Kaume, and food available for purchase at Olthoff Stage following the walk.

Please join them to help raise awareness, spread the message of hope, give remembrance to those they have lost, and increase healing within the community. Tickets are not required.  For more information, call (231) 724-1111.

Antique Car Show
September 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, September 30 from 1:00 – 3:00pm, come to The Cove assisted living facility for an antique car show!  There’ll be dash plaques for the first 40 cars, music and lunch items available for purchase.  All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.  For more information, call 231-981-0624.

Muskegon Center for the Arts September Workshops: Gemstone Beading
September 30 @ 2:30 pm
Join talented artists for the September Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery!  Saturday, September 30 at 2:30pm, it’s “Gemstone Beading!”  Students must pre-register for workshops by contacting Sabryna at registration@muskegonca.org.  Tools will be available for use for all workshops, however you may bring your own if you have them.  All workshops are ages 10+.  Students ages 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult.  The cost is $10 or $8 for MCA members.  For more information, visit muskegonca.org.

Lighthouse Tours
Saturdays @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in September from 4:30-7:30pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Performances @The Block: Aldo López-Gavilán – Jazz Duo
September 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 30 at 7:30pm, come to The Block for a performance from jazz duo, Aldo López-Gavilán!  Cuban pianist Aldo López-Gavilán is joined by brother Ilmar Gavilan on violin for an electrifying jazz concert featuring original works as well as pieces by jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Churchill and Billy Strayhorn.  Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm.

Hackley and Hume: Free Tours for Muskegon Residents
October 1 – October 29
Tours of the homes of Muskegon’s most well-known lumber barons are free for Muskegon County residents on weekends during the month of October.  Saturday hours are 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday hours are 1:00-4:00pm.  For more information, call 231-722-7578.

Port City Princess Fall Color Tours
October 1
October 1 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm and October 8 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm, board the Port City Princess for a Fall Color Tour!  The cost is only $10 per person or $30 for a family of four for either cruise.  Limited tickets are available by calling 231-744-1619.

Fall Seniors’ Retreat
October 1 @ 8:00 am – October 4 @ 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 1 from 8:00am – 5:00pm, Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference Tabernacle invite you to enjoy several days of Bible teaching, worship, fellowship and fun with other adults aged 55 and older, featuring speaker, Knute Larson.  Group discounts are available.  For more information, call 231-798-2161.

Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’
October 1 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Sunday, October 1 from 8:00am – 10:00am, board the Port City Princess to watch the implosion of the Sappi smokestack!  A Champagne Breakfast is included and the cost is only $38.  For reservations or more information, call 231-744-1619.

Frauenthal Center Hosts Free Season Launch Party

Celebrate the Community’s Vibrant Culture, Arts, and Entertainment

The historic Frauenthal Center, located in downtown Muskegon, invites everyone to join them in a free celebration of community, culture, and the launch of their new season Wednesday, September 20, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

“This evening will be filled with an eclectic array of performances,” said Ricki L. Levine, managing director of the Frauenthal Center. “We are excited about this opportunity to welcome our community, meet our neighbors, and make new friends.”

The open house event will feature over a dozen local performers from a gospel choir, the historic Barton theatre organ and classical music to, a mariachi singer, bucket drumming, an electronic-dub band and poets with performances located throughout the entire Frauenthal Center facility.

The evening will include tours of the historic Frauenthal Theater, free light refreshments, and a cash bar.

“This is a chance for the community to explore our entire Center,” said Levine. “We are so much more than just the theaters and entertainment. We’re home to weddings, conferences, art exhibits, business meetings, and special events. Our staff can create memorable celebrations and welcoming events.”

Parking will be available in the Morris Street lot, the Muskegon Chamber parking lot, and the city

The complete list of event performers includes:

  • Jim Fles, the Barton Theater Organ
  • Brandon Davis & Victory in Praise Gospel Choir
  • Gabriel Estrada, Mariachi singer
  • The B Sharps, Acapella Singers
  • Poetry by Gemini DaPoet, D’Ericka Nichols-Lewis and Rozelia Patino
  • Cassidy Briggs, guitar
  • Musical numbers from Muskegon Civic Theater’s current production, “My Way”
  • The Lafayette Woodwind Quintet
  • Jonny Lawton, piano
  • Skee-Town Stylee, electronic dub band
  • Shoreline Symphony
  • Big Daddy Fox & Friends
  • Garret Riley, acoustic guitar
  • Jeremey Church, bucket drumming

The Frauenthal Center Celebration event is made possible with support from John and Linda Hilt, Dr. and Mrs. Richard W. Peters, Mike and Kay Oltfhoff , Nancy Waters, Muskegon County Clerk, Jan and Chris Deur, Sytsema Funeral and Cremation Services and PNC Bank, Dr. F. Remington & Ginny Sprague

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/18/17 – 09/25/17

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

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
September 15 – September 30
September 15 – 30, the Muskegon Civic Theatre performs “My Way” in the Beardsley Theater!  This tribute to Frank Sinatra includes 57 pop, jazz and swing standards of the man whose storied career spanned nearly 60 years and during which he earned the nicknames “Chairman of the Board” and “Ol’ Blue Eyes.”  For more information, call 231-727-8001.  For Civic Theatre season tickets, visit http://www.muskegoncivictheatre.org/component/content/article/12.

A Call to Artists: Dias de los Muertos
September 8 @ 10:00 am – September 26 @ 5:00 pm
The Muskegon Center for the Arts and the Red Lotus Gallery are taking submissions for the next Gallery Presentation of Dias de los Muertos, to honor those who have passed.  “Day of the Dead” (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States.  It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures.  The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died and help support their spiritual journey.

Submit your creation of artwork or bring in pictures of your loved ones who have passed.  A wall will be created to pay homage to these people in your life who have inspired you.  The art submissions deadline is September 26 by 5:30pm.  To obtain a submission form for this event, visit muskegonca.org.  There is a small fee of $5 if your piece of artwork is not for sale when you submit it.  See the submission form for more information.

Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
September 18 @ 6:00 pm
All lectures are on Monday evenings at 6:00pm at the Museum. September 18, the lecture is, “Defeat is an Orphan – Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs.” One of their most popular presenters, US Army Colonel Ronald Janowski (Ret.), returns to speak on this topic, which he studied intensely in his advanced military education and career. You will learn many surprising things that you didn’t know before about this defeat and what followed. For more information, call 231-755-1230.

Summer Ain’t Over Yet!
Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesdays in September from 6:30-8:00pm, come to the Goodrich Park gazebo for the “Summer Ain’t Over Yet!” free concert series.  Bring your folding chair or picnic blanket and enjoy the show.  Entry is free, but donations will be accepted for the White Lake Food Pantry.  For more information, call 231-894-4048.

“Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Now that the eclipse is over, let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium!  This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.  Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 29-Oct 31, at Muskegon Community College.  No reservations are needed.  For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Frauenthal Center 2017-2018 Season Launch Party
September 20 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, September 20 from 5:30 – 8:30pm, you’re invited to a celebration of Muskegon’s culture and vibrancy at the Frauenthal Center.  This event is free and open to everyone and features an evening of dynamic entertainment!

The historic Frauenthal Center, located in downtown Muskegon, invites everyone to join them in a free celebration of community, culture, and the launch of their new season!  “This evening will be filled with an eclectic array of performances,” said Ricki L. Levine, managing director of the Frauenthal Center. “We are excited about this opportunity to welcome our community, meet our neighbors, and make new friends.”

The open house event will feature over a dozen local performers from a gospel choir, the historic Barton theater organ and classical music, to R&B Funk, a mariachi singer, bucket drumming, an electronic-dub band and poets with performances located throughout the entire Frauenthal Center facility.
The evening will include tours of the historic Frauenthal Theater, free light refreshments, and a cash bar.

“This is a chance for the community to explore our entire Center,” said Levine. “We are so much more than just the theaters and entertainment. We’re home to weddings, conferences, art exhibits, business meetings, and special events. Our staff can create memorable celebrations and welcoming events.”
Parking will be available in the Morris Street lot, the Muskegon Chamber parking lot, and along city streets.

The complete list of event performers includes:

  • Jim Fles, the Barton Theater Organ
  • Brandon Davis & Victory in Praise Gospel Choir
  • Gabriel Estrada, Mariachi singer
  • The B Sharps, Acapella Singers
  • Poetry by Gemini DaPoet, D’Ericka Nichols-Lewis and Rozelia Patino
  • Cassidy Briggs, guitar
  • Musical numbers from Muskegon Civic Theater’s current production, “My Way”
  • The Lafayette Woodwind Quintet
  • Jonny Lawton, piano
  • Skee-Town Stylee, electronic dub band
  • Shoreline Symphony
  • Big Daddy Fox & Friends
  • Garret Riley, acoustic guitar
  • Jeremey Church, bucket drumming

The Frauenthal Center Celebration event is made possible by the generous sponsorships made by John and Linda Hilt, Dr. and Mrs. Richard W. Peters, Mike and Kay Oltfhoff , Nancy Waters, Muskegon County Clerk, Jan and Chris Deur, Sytsema Funeral and Cremation Services and PNC Bank, Dr. F. Remington & Ginny Sprague, Above & Beyond, Bella Maria’s, Chalet Floral, Fatty Lumpkins, Hearthstone, Ryke’s Catering, Smash Wine Bar and Bistro and Teddy Spaghetti’s.

For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Artists’ Reception: “Going Beyond the Obvious”
September 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The month of September brings the artworks of Barbara Schilling, Connie Kuhnle and Kathleen Bechtel.  The three artists have been friends for years, and often have painted together.   In the show, they will have pastels and oils of landscapes, still lifes and portraits.  Please join them for the reception September 20 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the exhibit in the Reception Gallery in the Frauenthal Center to celebrate their work.

Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:30pm with extended hours on show nights.  For more information, visit www.frauenthal.org.

Mighty Omegas: Heart Healthy Fish of the Great Lakes with The Fish Monger’s Wife
September 20 @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, September 20 at 6:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Mighty Omegas: Heart Healthy Fish of the Great Lakes with The Fish Monger’s Wife!”  Did you know Lake Whitefish, Lake Trout and Lake Cisco have two, three and four times the amount of omegas that salmon have? Fresh Herbs and simple baking techniques will be used to create a Heart Healthy meal that your friends and family will love.  Class size is limited to 15 and the cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Hackley and Hume Site All Access Tour
September 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
September 21, visitors will have an opportunity to view areas of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site that are not normally included in the tour of the lumber barns homes.  See the basements, attics and porches for a whole new perspective of Muskegon’s most well-known mansions.  There will be two sessions of the tour: 5:00 – 6:00pm and 6:30 – 7:30pm. The cost of the All-Access Tour is $15 for Museum members and $20 for non-members.  Pre-registration is required due to limited group size.  For more information, call 231-722-7578.

Thursday Night Music Club: Blue Water Ramblers
September 21 @ 7:00 pm
The Norton Shores Library hosts the Blue Water Ramblers Thursday, September 21 at 7:00pm as part of the Thursday Night Music Club!  The Blue Water Ramblers write their own songs and take turns harmonizing with each other to create a colorful tapestry of sounds.  “Banjo-Jim” Foerch on his acoustic and electric banjos and R.H. “Bear” Berends on his big Martin guitar are the core of the Rambler vocal and writing team.  The Blue Water Ramblers’ repertoire comes right out of Michigan life experiences and the history of the Great Lakes region.  It includes lake shanties, lumberman ballads, union rallying cries, farmers’ paeans, Michigan humor, love songs, gospel music and children’s ditties.  Everyone agrees that these combine into a versatile repertoire to the delight and entertainment of their audiences.  “I think my hero, Woody Guthrie, would approve,” opined Banjo-Jim.  “We’re singing the people’s songs about the people’s lives and they can join right in and sing along.”

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

1st Annual Golftoberfest
September 22 @ 11:00 am
Friday, September 22, it’s the 1st Annual Golftoberfest at Lincoln Golf Club!  This fun golf outing is a lead up to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex’s Oktoberfest, featuring the World’s largest beer tasting trail, happening October 6 – 7.  It’s also a fundraiser for their new Zip-Line Canopy Tours and Rock Climbing attraction.  Every golfer will be the first to receive one of MWSC’s beer tasting mugs and a complimentary ticket to Oktoberfest.  There’ll also be a ceremonial ‘Tapping of the Keg’ with a German inspired beer before the start of the scramble.

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.

Each golfer’s registration includes unlimited lunch, a ticket to the 6th Annual Oktoberfest and an official Oktoberfest Beer Stein.  The first 15 teams to register before July 15 will receive a $50 discount so don’t delay!  For more information, call 231-744-9629 or just register at the website below.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s
September 23 @ 9:00 am
Saturday, September 23, come to Heritage Landing for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and join the fight for Alzheimer’s first survivor.  Registration is at 9:00am, followed by the ceremony at 10:15am and the Walk at 10:30am.  For more information, call 231-750-5787.

Muskegon Harvest Fest
September 23 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers Market will hold its annual Harvest Fest on Saturday, September 23 from 10:00am – 1:00pm with music, giveaways, food samples and crafts for sale! Regular market hours will be the same from 6:00am – 3:00pm. For more information call 231-722-3251.

Muskegon Center for the Arts/Red Lotus Gallery: Creative Saturday
September 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join Muskegon Center for the Arts in a creative exchange of ideas, inspiration and camaraderie as you work on your own project or create a new one on the 4th Saturday of every month from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Red Lotus Gallery!  “Creative Saturdays” are for ages 12 and up and are free to the public, but donations are always welcomed.  Bring a new or current working project and your own supplies for your artwork; whether it be sewing, drawing or painting projects.  Artists’ trading cards are also available.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

The Red Lotus Gallery is located at 356 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon in the Century Building’s basement.

Museum Day Live!
September 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
September 23 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, it’s Museum Day Live!  Enjoy a free tour of Michigan’s Heritage Park in Whitehall as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 13th Annual Museum Day Live.  One ticket for two free admissions can be downloaded per email address.  To obtain free admission, download tickets via: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2017/tickets/.  Tickets must be presented in paper or digital form.

Muskegon Center for the Arts September Workshops:
September 23 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Join talented artists for the September Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery!  Saturday, September 23 from 2:30pm – 4:00pm, it’s “Earrings 101!”

Students will acquire the basic skills, tools, and materials needed to create their very own pair of dangle earrings.  Materials for one pair of earrings will be provided.  Students must pre-register for workshops by contacting Sabryna at registration@muskegonca.org.  Tools will be available for use for all workshops, however you may bring your own if you have them.  All workshops are ages 10+.  Students ages 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult.  The cost is $10 or $8 for MCA members.  For more information, visit muskegonca.org.

Lumber Barons’ Ball
September 23 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 23 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center for the annual Lumber Barons’ Ball!  Back by popular demand, the event will take place at the iconic Hackley Administration Building for a night of Steampunk fun in support of Museum programs.  If you missed the event two years ago, now is your chance to enjoy the Industrial/Victorian theme of Steampunk!  If you attended, now is the time to embellish your steampunk costume from two years ago so you have a chance at winning the costume contest.  For more information, call  231-722-0278.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Pre-Season Home Game
September 23 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch a pre-season game Saturday, September 23 at 7:15pm as they take on Team USA U18 at the L.C. Walker Arena.  Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

A Musical Tribute to John Denver
September 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Enjoy an evening of great music and help make a difference for struggling families on the lakeshore.  Saturday night, September 23 at 7:00pm, come to the Family Promise Day Center for your favorite John Denver songs performed by the fantastic Michael Snell, as well as food, soft drinks, and a cash bar.  Tickets are only $20 per person!

All proceeds will go to help Family Promise of the Lakeshore, the only shelter program that takes entire families and has a 88% success rate…usually with 90 days…of re-housing the families, getting them employed, teaching the basics of budgeting and finance and getting them back to self-supporting, productive lives once again.

To order tickets online, please go to www.fp-lakeshore.org or mail your check to Family Promise at 2160 Crozier Ave., Muskegon, MI 49441.

Jacks Classic Golf Outing
September 25
The Muskegon Lumberjacks have announced that their annual golf outing, the Jacks Classic, will be held on Monday, September 25 at Muskegon Country Club! The format of the event is a four-person scramble, and includes breakfast before the round, 18 holes of golf, lunch and dinner afterward.  Prizes will be awarded throughout the day and the area’s best silent auction will be ongoing as well.  As always, the auction will be packed with hockey memorabilia, and this year the list includes two jerseys signed by Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine.

Join the Muskegon Lumberjacks players and staff as they get set to bring in the 2017-2018 regular season.  Teams that compete will have the opportunity to meet the Jacks players and even get some help from them on the course!

Breakfast and registration begins at 10:30am, with the shotgun start at 12:00pm.  Dinner and cocktails follow the completion of the golf.

The cost per team of four is $600. If you are interested in signing your team up or becoming a sponsor of the event, email Scott Bradford at sbradford@muskegonlumberjacks.com.

You “Can” Do It
September 25 @ 6:30 pm
On Monday, September 25 at 6:30pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts YOU CAN DO IT, a class on home preserving.  It’s tomato season and whether you are a canning newbie or looking for a refresher, this program is for you.  MSU Extension Food & Safety Educator Jane Hart shares safe methods to preserve the amazing taste of the garden fresh tomatoes and other seasonal produce.  This program is free and open to the public ages 18 and up, with registration required.  For additional information or to register, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .  Registration begins one month before the program date.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/11/17 – 09/18/17

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


A Call to Artists: Dias de los Muertos
Through September 26

The Muskegon Center for the Arts and the Red Lotus Gallery are taking submissions for the next Gallery Presentation of Dias de los Muertos, to honor those who have passed.  “Day of the Dead” (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States.  It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures.  The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died and help support their spiritual journey.

Submit your creation of artwork or bring in pictures of your loved ones who have passed.  A wall will be created to pay homage to these people in your life who have inspired you.  The art submissions deadline is September 26 by 5:30pm.  To obtain a submission form for this event, visit muskegonca.org.  There is a small fee of $5 if your piece of artwork is not for sale when you submit it.  See the submission form for more information.


9/11 Tribute and Memorial Service
September 11 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

American Legion Post #28’s Legion Riders invite you to join them as they honor current and fallen law enforcement, first responders and military from both Ottawa and Muskegon during their 9/11 Tribute and Memorial Service, Monday, September 11, 2017.  A motorcade that includes the Legion Riders and many first responders will depart Post #28 in Grand Haven at 10:30am and arrive at the Mart Dock, home of the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, at 11:30am.  At that time there will be speakers, a reading of the names of our fallen heroes and a military salute featuring a band, a bagpiper, taps and a 21-gun salute.  For more information, call Freddy Smith at 616-847-6426.


Matthew Ball – The Boogie Woogie Kid
September 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Monday, September 11 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a live performance from Matthew Ball, “The Boogie Woogie Kid!”

Ball’s start in Jazz only began in 2001 after he attended a hometown boogie-woogie festival.  He was so awestruck by the performances he saw that night, he left his career as an attorney to become a blues & boogie-woogie performing artist.  With a lot of time, work, and effort over the next few years, Ball would reach a breakthrough in 2005 with a career launching performance at the exclusive Arches Piano Stage in Cincinnati where he shared the stage with some of the same musicians that first inspired him to play back in 2001.  For more information, call 231-722-8000.


Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
September 11 – October 30 @ 6:00 pm
All lectures are on Monday evenings at 6:00pm at the Museum.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

September 11:  Recognition of First Responders in Commemoration of 9/11
Sheriff Michael Poulin, who supervises the Muskegon County Department of Emergency Services, will moderate a discussion among first responders concerning their training and experiences in their respective jobs. Various emergency scenarios will be discussed by the first responders. Emergency vehicles will be present for the public to see before the program begins.

September 18: Defeat is an Orphan – Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs
One of our most popular presenters, US Army Colonel Ronald Janowski (Ret.), returns to speak on this topic, which he studied intensely in his advanced military education and career. We will learn many surprising things that we had not known before about this defeat and what followed.

September 25:  75th Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal. THE DESPERATE DEFENSE OF “OPERATION SHOESTRING”. THE DECISIVE FIRST DAYS ON GUADALCANAL THAT SAVED AMERICA’S FIRST OFFENSIVE OF WORLD WAR II FROM COLLAPSE
David Kolb for many years was the Editorial Editor of the Muskegon Chronicle. He is also a published independent historian and scholar, with special expertise concerning the Battle of Guadalcanal. He will relate to us the complexities and exceptional sacrifices of this historic battle. Several Muskegon area veterans fought at the Battle of Guadalcanal.

October 2:  From the Dugouts to the Trenches – Baseball in the Great War
From Columbus, Ohio, our speaker, James Leeke, is a Navy veteran and writer and editor. He is a former journalist who covered Major League Baseball as a reporter and author. He has written several books, including Manila and Santiago:The New Steel Navy in the Spanish-American War, and his latest book just published by the University of Nebraska press, From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball during the Great War. This is a story that has many unexpected twists and turns, and will especially be enjoyed by all baseball fans.  Many of us do not realize how many of the great stars of America’s pastime served in World War I. This book will be available for purchase and for signing by Jim.

October 9: World War II Muskegon
Richard Mullally continues to share with us compelling  information about the thousands of World War II veterans who served from Muskegon County. His speech will focus on approximately 32 World War II veterans, whose stories may be humorous or may be tragic, but all of which are captivating. These veterans served in various branches of the military, and in different theaters of the war. Special note: all World War II veterans and their family members, including family members of deceased veterans, have free admission to this lecture.

October 16:  America’s First Actual World War
Donald Johnston is the Chief Circuit Court Judge of Kent County, and his ancestry dates back to colonial times. He is an independent historian and scholar with a special interest in pre-revolutionary American history. He is an authority on what we call the French and Indian War (1754-60), which was the North American phase of the world-wide Seven Years War (1756-62) that was fought on several continents.  The French and Indian War was the crucible in which many colonists first experienced war, and was the training ground for many of our military leaders in the following Revolutionary War. From a viewpoint that will be new for many of us, Judge Johnston will speak on the involvement of the great powers of those times and the global impact of that earlier war on our soil that still reverberates today.

October 23: The Movies Go to War
Bill Iddings is the most respected movie critic, scholar, and film history instructor in Western Michigan. He also has appeared on stage and screen himself, as well as having written scripts. From the time film was invented, movies always have played a major role during wars, especially in the nations involved in those conflicts. Bill will be showing film clips to illustrate the impact of movies upon society and the real truth during times of war, and we will be learning much unexpected information from his presentation.

October 30:  Flight 93- The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11
Tom McMillan has spent a lifetime in media and communications – as a newspaper sportswriter, columnist, radio talk show host and for the past 21 years, as Vice President of Communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. And history is another of his passions. He serves on the board of trustees of Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center, on the board of directors of the Friends of Flight 93, on the marketing committee of the Gettysburg Foundation, and as a tour guide at the Civil War room at Carnegie Library. He also is a co-director of the Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing at Point Park University, his alma mater. He is the author of the book entitled Gettysburg Rebels: Five Native Sons Who Came Home to Fight as Confederate Soldiers.  He will present this lecture based upon his best-selling history of the tragedy of Flight 93 on 9/11 and its aftermath. His Flight 93 book will be available for purchase and signing. All sale proceeds are donated to the Flight 93 National Memorial.  And, yes, Tom may predict the Penguins will win yet another Stanley Cup this season, and in all humility he may mention his 3 Stanley Cup rings.


Roll On Muskegon
September 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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


A Slice of History
September 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

September 12 from 5:30pm – 8:00 pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center for “A Slice of History!”  Pizza and history will make for a fun evening in downtown Muskegon as you and the staff enjoy a historic walking tour of the city with stops for pizza at Top Shelf Pizza and Pub, Rebel Pies, Whistle Punk Pizza and Naan Pizza.  The fee for the program is $25 which includes a slice of pizza at each restaurant.  The tour begins at the corner of Western Ave. and Fifth St.  Buy tickets at www.lakeshoremuseum.org/events/a-slice-of-history.


Eric Yager – The Mystic Prince
September 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, September 12 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a night of magic with Eric Yager, “The Mystic Prince!”  Mr. Yager has been the opening act for many celebrities, performed at Little River Casino, St. Cecelia’s Music Hall, and many private parties.  See him for FREE at the library as he dazzles you with his prestidigitation.  For more information, call 231-722-7276.


Summer Ain’t Over Yet!
Tuesdays in September @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Tuesdays in September from 6:30-8:00pm, come to the Goodrich Park gazebo for the “Summer Ain’t Over Yet!” free concert series.  Bring your folding chair or picnic blanket and enjoy the show.  Entry is free, but donations will be accepted for the White Lake Food Pantry.  For more information, call 231-894-4048.


Healthier You: Make It and Take It with Chef Jamie
September 12 @ 6:30 pm

Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30pm, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Healthier You: Make It and Take It with Chef Jamie!”  Spend a little time, one day a week making several servings of meat to be used in different make ahead meals for the upcoming week.  Not everyone likes “leftovers,” with these make-ahead meals, but no one will know they are “leftovers.”  You will practice this with and entree and a dessert to take with you.  This class is for older teens and adults and class size is limited to 15.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


“Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm

Now that the eclipse is over, let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium!  This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.  Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 29-Oct 31, at Muskegon Community College.  No reservations are needed.  For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.


Michigan Irish Music Festival
September 14 – September 17

The Michigan Irish Music Festival returns to Heritage Landing September 14-17!  Back for the 18th year, this festival features continuous music on four covered stages.  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.  A popular highlight on Saturday is the Michigan FEIS an Irish dance competition held at Muskegon Catholic Central.  Sunday morning a Catholic Mass will be held at 9:00am followed by a traditional Irish breakfast. 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.


Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center Open House
September 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The purpose of the center is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned raptors and return them to the wild in a healthy condition. The center is open to the public from June through October two days per month, the 2nd Thursday and 2nd Sunday of each month from 1:00pm-4:00pm for tours. No admission fee. When you visit the center you will see a number of different species of raptors, including eagles, owls and falcons. In addition to the birds, they have hands on activities to learn more about raptors. They are handicap accessible. Please call 231-821-9125 in advance to be sure they are open.


Girls Night Out – Wine and Chocolate with Chef Char
September 14 @ 6:00 pm

Thursday, September 14 at 6:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Girls Night Out – Wine and Chocolate with Chef Char!”  Learn the art and science of working with chocolate, including dipped tuxedo strawberries, cute chocolate bowls and even chocolate bark.  Pair the chocolate creations with your favorite wine or try a wine slushie recipe for fun.  Must be 21 to attend.  Class size is limted to 15 and the cost is $45.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
September 15 – September 30

September 15 – 30, the Muskegon Civic Theatre performs “My Way” in the Beardsley Theater!  This tribute to Frank Sinatra includes 57 pop, jazz and swing standards of the man whose storied career spanned nearly 60 years and during which he earned the nicknames “Chairman of the Board” and “Ol’ Blue Eyes.”  For more information, call 231-727-8001.  For Civic Theatre season tickets, visit http://www.muskegoncivictheatre.org/component/content/article/12.


Wild Side of the Museum
September 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

September 15 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Friday Family Fun Night!  This time, it’s the “Wild Side of the Museum!” It’s date night for the whole family with a live animal presentation from Blandford Nature Center, the Sensory Safari Mobile Wildlife Education Center from the Michigan Chapter of Safari Club International, and wildlife themed stations throughout the museum.  For more information, call 231-724-5524.


SJO Supercross Event
September 16 @ 5:00 pm – September 17 @ 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17 at 5:00pm, come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for the SJO Supercross Event featuring motorcycle and quad racing.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth 11 and under.  For more information, call 231-788-4568.


Muskegon Center for the Arts/Red Lotus Gallery: Open Mic Night

The Muskegon Center for the Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery the third Saturday of every month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, theater, poetry, etc., come and express is on stage or just enjoy the show!  This free event is for persons 18 years and older.  Donations are always welcome and help to keep the gallery open.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

The gallery is located downtown at 356 W. Western Ave. in the basement of Century Building.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Pre-Season Home Game
September 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, for five years running!

Catch their first pre-season game Saturday, September 16 at 7:15pm as they take on the Bloomington Thunder at the L.C. Walker Arena.  Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


Star Gazing Open House
September 16 @ 7:30 pm

The Muskegon Astronomical Society is a 501(C3) non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to enjoy and promote amateur astronomy.  The activities of the society give amateur astronomers opportunities to meet and share experiences with others interested in amateur astronomy.  The Society was founded in 1972, incorporated in 1978, and given 501(C3) non-profit status in 1987.  They have gone from a small dome in town to a multi-building complex at the Muskegon Wastewater System.  Today the society continues to flourish thanks to the hard work and dedication of its members.

You are invited to a Star Gazing Open House Saturday, September 16 at 7:53pm (sunset) to view the solar eclipse at their observatory.  There is no charge.  They will be viewing the night sky with telescopes.  As you wait for night, you might get a tour of the facility or a presentation.  They’ll introduce you to amateur astronomy and have plenty of handouts on how to get started.  If an open house is cloudy, it’s cancelled.  If weather conditions are questionable, call (231) 777-1013 to find out the status of a particular event.

Come equipped!  Flashlights can be helpful for finding your way around in the dark, but should be kept directed toward the ground so as not to interfere with observing activities.  Insect repellent and warm clothing (particularly for feet, head and hands) are strongly encouraged during appropriate seasons.  While the clubhouse has heat and A/C, the rest of the facility is open to the night air.

If you wish to visit the facility at another date and time, wish to bring a group to an open house or wish to schedule a special open house, please contact them via email at mas@wmich-astro.org before the next regular meeting so they can schedule the manpower needed.


Chef Prize
September 17 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, September 17 from 11:00am – 4:00pm, come to Hampton Green Farm for Chef Prize!  Enjoy the tastes, sights and smells of chefs from local restaurants in Muskegon, Spring Lake, Holland, Grand Haven and Grand Rapids, as well as food-related vendors and beverage vendors.  Watch featured chefs and judges:  Martial Noguier from Bistronomic in Chicago and Chef Boyer from France, as they perform a live cooking demonstration.  Enjoy music and vintage cars, as well as touring Hampton Green’s Dressage barns throughout the event.

Judges will choose the top winners in these categories;  Best Gourmet Food, Best Pub Food, Best Dessert.

All proceeds from this event will benefit Make-A-Wish Michigan and its mission to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in an effort to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

For more information contact Claudia at Hampton Green Farms at (231) 206-2534 or cfbryant53@gmail.com, or Susie at the Make-A-Wish Foundation at (616) 363-4607 or sziegler@michigan.wish.org.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/05/17 – 09/11/17

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

Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian
Through September 10
The Muskegon Museum of Art is one of the finest regional art museums in the Midwest with a 104-year history and an impeccable reputation.  The Museum also owns a complete edition, identified as the 70th of the planned original sets, of The North American Indian, by Edward S. Curtis, internationally recognized as the most comprehensive ethnographic and photographic historical record of Native Americans ever produced.  The astounding work is comprised of twenty volumes of research (containing 2.5 million works of text and thousands of photographs) and 20 portfolios containing an additional 723 photogravures.

Documenting the lives of western Native American peoples, the stunning portraits and landscapes of The North America Indian, which were created from 1907 through 1930, are considered to be both the greatest artistic collaboration and photographic achievement in history.  A renowned successful celebrity photographer, Curtis threw it all away to pursue a 30-year obsession that nearly destroyed him. In the end, he lost his wealth, fame, marriage, and health, but left behind a monumental achievement: The North American Indian.  For more information, visit

Summer Ain’t Over Yet!
September 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesdays in September from 6:30-8:00pm, come to the Goodrich Park gazebo for the “Summer Ain’t Over Yet!” free concert series.  Bring your folding chair or picnic blanket and enjoy the show.  Entry is free, but donations will be accepted for the White Lake Food Pantry.  For more information, call 231-894-4048.

“Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium
Tuesday and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Now that the eclipse is over, let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium!  This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.  Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 29-Oct 31, at Muskegon Community College.  No reservations are needed.  For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Thursday Evenings are FREE at the Muskegon Museum of Art
September 7 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00pm, admission is free at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  One of the most highly respected art museums in the Midwest, the marbled halls of the MMA offer a full schedule of permanent collection displays, traveling exhibits and a lovely museum gift shop.  Be sure to check out Edward S. Curtis:  The North American Indian, an event of national significance celebrating the artistic genius and lasting cultural legacy of Edward Curtis, an early-1900s photographer who sacrificed everything for his art, died in obscurity, but left behind one of the greatest artistic collaborations and photographic achievements in history.  The exhibition will run May 11 through September 10, 2017.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Full Moon Float
September 8 @ 12:00 am
At midnight during each full moon from May through September, Guy’s Ultimate Kayak Service will be guiding a “Full Moon Float” down the Muskegon River!  They begin at the Creston Rd. launch and end at Veterans Memorial Park.  The cost is only $20 per person and includes a kayak, paddle, life jacket and a glow stick.  The dates for 2017 are May 10, June 9, July 8, August 5, September 8 and October 6.  All the full moon floats depend on mostly clear skies and take 1-2 hours.  Call Guy to reserve a kayak today at 231-740-0227.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market: Annual Farm to Table Dinner
September 8 @ 6:00 pm
Friday, September 8 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for a “Farm to Table” dinner!  Their first dinner sold-out, so be sure to order your tickets early!  Julie Balgooyen will be the chef of the day and her menu will include:

Appetizers
• Cheese Board from the Cheese Lady, Smoked White Fish from the Fish Monger’s Wife, Bacon Cheddar deviled eggs, stuffed mushrooms, and cold melon soup
• Salad – Tomato & Mozerella drizzled with Sweet Basil Vinaigrette and sprinkled with Pine Nuts Entre
• Honey Chicken Kabobs, Harvest Rice Stuffed Squash, Pineapple Garnish, Grilled Garlic Bread Dessert
• Won Ton Tower with Raspberry Sauce

All ingredients will be purchased from the market.  This will also be a ZERO waste event and all items will be recycled or composted.  A cash bar will begin at 6:00pm, followed by a short program at 6:45pm.  Dinner will be served at 7:00pm.  You’ll also enjoy jazz music by Steve Talaga and a silent auction!

This is general admission seating.  For reservations or more information, please call Ann at 231-724-6705.

Sportsmen for Youth Day
September 9 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Muskegon Area Sportsmen for Youth, a nonprofit corporation, hosts this annual event Saturday September 9 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.

Himalayan Salt Block Cooking with Chef Char
September 9 @ 10:00 am
Saturday, September 9 at 10:00am, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Himalayan Salt Block Cooking with Chef Char!”  Healthy eating is easier and tastier when a Himalayan Salt Block is involved in the cooking.  Learn to sear, cook, pickle and serve dynamic meals on these salty stones.  Learn the basics for use, care and cleaning of a salt block plus members of this class will experiment with cooking a variety of fruits, vegetables and lean meats on the block for easy, healthy and delicious meals.  Tasting in class and there are usually left overs to take home for another meal too.  This class is for older teens and adults. The cost is $40.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Roosevelt Park Day
September 9 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Roosevelt Park Day will be held at locations throughout the Roosevelt Park community on August 26.  There’ll be live music, food and craft beer vendors, a 5K run/walk race, a pancake breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church, and a parade beginning at Glenside Blvd. and Broadway Ave.  For more information contact Roosevelt Park City Hall at 231-755-3721

Muskegon Center for the Arts September Workshops: Beginner’s Chainmaille
September 9 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Join talented artists for the September Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery!  Saturday, September 9 from 2:30pm – 4:00pm, learn the medieval art of chainmaille.  Each student will receive the basic tools and materials required to create one bracelet in the Celtic chainmaille style.

Students must pre-register for workshops by contacting Sabryna at registration@muskegonca.org.  Tools will be available for use for all workshops, however you may bring your own if you have them. The cost is $25 or $22 for MCA members.  All workshops are ages 10+.  Students ages 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information, visit muskegonca.org.

Retro Expo
September 10 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, September 10 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the “Retro Expo!”  Enjoy an outdoor vintage market filled with vendors selling retro goods and up-cycled items.  It’s more than a flea market, it’s a nostalgic shopping experience.  For more information, call 231-722-3251.

Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center Open House
September 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The purpose of the center is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned raptors and return them to the wild in a healthy condition. The center is open to the public from June through October two days per month, the 2nd Thursday and 2nd Sunday of each month from 1:00pm-4:00pm for tours. No admission fee. When you visit the center you will see a number of different species of raptors, including eagles, owls and falcons. In addition to the birds, they have hands on activities to learn more about raptors. They are handicap accessible. Please call in advance to be sure they are open.

Stocks and Sauces with Chef Damon
September 10 @ 6:00 pm
Sunday, September 10 at 6:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Stocks and Sauces with Chef Damon!”  A good stock is the key to great soup, sauce or a braised dish.  A sauce is thickened liquid used to flavor and enhance other foods.  Students will participate in the following: preparing a variety of stocks, recognize and classify sauces, using a thickening agent properly and preparing a variety of classic and modern sauces.  The cost is $35 and the class size is limited to 15.  For more information call (231) 722-3251.

9/11 Tribute and Memorial Service
September 11 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
American Legion Post #28’s Legion Riders invite you to join them as they honor current and fallen law enforcement, first responders and military from both Ottawa and Muskegon during their 9/11 Tribute and Memorial Service, Monday, September 11, 2017.  A motorcade that includes the Legion Riders and many first responders will depart Post #28 in Grand Haven at 10:30am and arrive at the Mart Dock, home of the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, at 11:30am.  At that time there will be speakers, a reading of the names of our fallen heroes and a military salute featuring a band, a bagpiper, taps and a 21-gun salute.  For more information, call Freddy Smith at 616-847-6426.

Matthew Ball – The Boogie Woogie Kid
September 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, September 11 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a live performance from Matthew Ball, “The Boogie Woogie Kid!”

Ball’s start in Jazz only began in 2001 after he attended a hometown boogie-woogie festival.  He was so awestruck by the performances he saw that night, he left his career as an attorney to become a blues & boogie-woogie performing artist.  With a lot of time, work, and effort over the next few years, Ball would reach a breakthrough in 2005 with a career launching performance at the exclusive Arches Piano Stage in Cincinnati where he shared the stage with some of the same musicians that first inspired him to play back in 2001.  For more information, call 231-722-8000.

Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
September 11 @ 6:00 pm
All lectures are on Monday evenings at 6:00pm at the Museum.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

September 11:  Recognition of First Responders in Commemoration of 9/11
Sheriff Michael Poulin, who supervises the Muskegon County Department of Emergency Services, will moderate a discussion among first responders concerning their training and experiences in their respective jobs. Various emergency scenarios will be discussed by the first responders. Emergency vehicles will be present for the public to see before the program begins.

September 18: Defeat is an Orphan – Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs
One of our most popular presenters, US Army Colonel Ronald Janowski (Ret.), returns to speak on this topic, which he studied intensely in his advanced military education and career. We will learn many surprising things that we had not known before about this defeat and what followed.

September 25:  75th Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal. THE DESPERATE DEFENSE OF “OPERATION SHOESTRING”. THE DECISIVE FIRST DAYS ON GUADALCANAL THAT SAVED AMERICA’S FIRST OFFENSIVE OF WORLD WAR II FROM COLLAPSE
David Kolb for many years was the Editorial Editor of the Muskegon Chronicle. He is also a published independent historian and scholar, with special expertise concerning the Battle of Guadalcanal. He will relate to us the complexities and exceptional sacrifices of this historic battle. Several Muskegon area veterans fought at the Battle of Guadalcanal.

October 2:  From the Dugouts to the Trenches – Baseball in the Great War
From Columbus, Ohio, our speaker, James Leeke, is a Navy veteran and writer and editor. He is a former journalist who covered Major League Baseball as a reporter and author. He has written several books, including Manila and Santiago:The New Steel Navy in the Spanish-American War, and his latest book just published by the University of Nebraska press, From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball during the Great War. This is a story that has many unexpected twists and turns, and will especially be enjoyed by all baseball fans.  Many of us do not realize how many of the great stars of America’s pastime served in World War I. This book will be available for purchase and for signing by Jim.

October 9: World War II Muskegon
Richard Mullally continues to share with us compelling  information about the thousands of World War II veterans who served from Muskegon County. His speech will focus on approximately 32 World War II veterans, whose stories may be humorous or may be tragic, but all of which are captivating. These veterans served in various branches of the military, and in different theaters of the war. Special note: all World War II veterans and their family members, including family members of deceased veterans, have free admission to this lecture.

October 16:  America’s First Actual World War
Donald Johnston is the Chief Circuit Court Judge of Kent County, and his ancestry dates back to colonial times. He is an independent historian and scholar with a special interest in pre-revolutionary American history. He is an authority on what we call the French and Indian War (1754-60), which was the North American phase of the world-wide Seven Years War (1756-62), that was fought on several continents.  The French and Indian War was the crucible in which many colonists first experienced war, and was the training ground for many of our military leaders in the following Revolutionary War. From a viewpoint that will be new for many of us, Judge Johnston will speak on the involvement of the great powers of those times and the global impact of that earlier war on our soil that still reverberates today.

October 23: The Movies Go to War
Bill Iddings is the most respected movie critic, scholar, and film history instructor in Western Michigan. He also has appeared on stage and screen himself, as well as having written scripts. From the time film was invented, movies always have played a major role during wars, especially in the nations involved in those conflicts. Bill will be showing film clips to illustrate the impact of movies upon society and the real truth during times of war, and we will be learning much unexpected information from his presentation.

October 30:  Flight 93- The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11
Tom McMillan has spent a lifetime in media and communications – as a newspaper sportswriter, columnist, radio talk show host and for the past 21 years, as Vice President of Communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. And history is another of his passions. He serves on the board of trustees of Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center, on the board of directors of the Friends of Flight 93, on the marketing committee of the Gettysburg Foundation, and as a tour guide at the Civil War room at Carnegie Library. He also is a co-director of the Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing at Point Park University, his alma mater. He is the author of the book entitled Gettysburg Rebels: Five Native Sons Who Came Home to Fight as Confederate Soldiers.  He will present this lecture based upon his best-selling history of the tragedy of Flight 93 on 9/11 and its aftermath. His Flight 93 book will be available for purchase and signing. All sale proceeds are donated to the Flight 93 National Memorial.  And, yes, Tom may predict the Penguins will win yet another Stanley Cup this season, and in all humility he may mention his 3 Stanley Cup rings.

Roll On Muskegon
September 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Public Comment Sought at Transportation Committee Meeting on September 7, 2017

The Muskegon and Northern Ottawa County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which is responsible for transportation planning in the area, is seeking public comment on the transportation planning process. The planning process includes the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan, the Fiscal Year 2017 – 2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Program of Projects (POP), corresponding amendments, and other agenda items.

The TIP is developed in a cooperative effort between federal, state, and local officials and serves as the final link in the transportation planning process. Its primary purpose is to identify transportation programs and projects to be funded with federal aid in accordance with federal law and regulations. This plan is an outline of the transportation needs of Muskegon County and Northern Ottawa County for the next four years. The 2017 -2020 TIP (without the project lists) is available here. The 2017 – 2020 TIP project lists are available here. The FTA POP includes 5307 and 5308 funds for the Muskegon Area Transit System and Harbor Transit. Recommendations for new construction, safety improvements, congestion (traffic) management, air quality, non- motorized, transit, planning, etc. will be accepted.

A public comment period is scheduled at the Technical Committee Meeting on September 7, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, 316 Morris Avenue, Suite 340, Muskegon, Michigan 49443. Meeting materials will be made available at www.wmsrdc.org.

Lions Pancake Breakfast – September 2, 2017

Lions Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, September 2, 2017
Margaret Drake Elliot Park
8:00 am to 11:OOam

All the pancakes you can eat!
Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee & juice.

$7.00 for adults
$3.00 for children under 12
The Muskegon Host Lions Club supports the Association for the Blind &
Visually Impaired programs & services.

Thank you for your support

Muskegon County Calendar of Events – 08/28/17 – 09/05/17

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

 

Lighthouse Tours
August 28 and 31 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light, 1431 Beach St.

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in August from 1:00-5:00pm. The cost is $2 – $4. For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

 

Roll On Muskegon
August 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.

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

 

Discover Columbus’ Ships
August 28- 29 @ 9:00am- 6:00 pm

Heritage Landing, 1050 7th St. Muskegon, MI 49440

The museum ships Nina & Pinta return to the Port of Muskegon’s Heritage Landing Dock August 25- 29, with tours conducted from 9:00am to 6:00pm each day. They will leave port Wednesday at dawn.

 

Hackley Public Library Movie Night
August 29 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster Muskegon, MI 49440

 Come to Hackley Library to see the movie “The Walk” featuring tightrope walker Philippe Petit as he crosses back and forth between the Twin Towers in 1974. Petit works to accomplish this feat while dealing with logistical problems and the concern of his loved ones. Bring your own snacks and non- alcoholic drinks. The movie runs 123 minutes. For more information, call 231-722-8000.

 

“Solar Superstorms” Planetarium Presentation
August 29 & 31 and September 5 @ 7:00 pm

Carr-Fles Planetarium, 221 S. Quarterline Rd. Muskegon, MI 49442

Let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium! This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections. Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. No reservations are needed. For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289

 

Serene Yoga Summer Beach Yoga Series
August 30 & 31

P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, 6585 Lake Harbor Rd.

Serene Yoga will be offering a new Summer Beach Yoga Series through August 31. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am and Friday evenings from 7:00pm – 8:00pm. $10 drop-in rate. Join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the Great Lakes as she guides you stretching and balancing poses while focusing on breath-work and relaxation. This is a mind, body, spirit experience for the whole family. This class is a biblical based perspective. Meet at the beach. Participants should bring a towel, sheet or yoga mat. All new participants will be asked to fill out liability forms (please come early on your first visit). Children under 17 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Check with your doctor if you have any concerns prior to taking this class. For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com or call 231-343-8381 (text for cancellation information).

 

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
August 30 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Fricano’s Event Center, 1050 W. Western

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place are back every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 5:00- 8:30pm. Antiques, customs, classics and novelty vehicles are all welcome. Enjoy oldies music and door prizes, too! Come on down and check out some unique cars and enjoy some Fricano’s pizza and Sweet Treats from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe! For more information, call 231-722-7775.

 

Thursday Evenings are FREE at the Muskegon Museum of Art
August 31 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue

Every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00pm, admission is free at the Muskegon Museum of Art! One of the most highly respected art museums in the Midwest, the marbled halls of the MMA offer a full schedule of permanent collection displays, traveling exhibits and a lovely museum gift shop. The exhibition will run May 11 through September 10, 2017. For more information, call 231-720-2570.

 

Polish Festival
September 1 – 2 12:00pm- 11:00pm

Hackley Park, City block bounded by Webster and Clay and Third and Fourth Streets Muskegon, MI 49440

Muskegon Polish Festival will take place over Labor Day weekend at historic Hackley Park in Downtown Muskegon! Enjoy Polish food, polka music, dancing, cultural activities, children’s area, 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. For more information, e-mail polka@muskegonpolishfest.com or visit the website.

 

Maranatha Free Summer Concert
September 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference Tabernacle, 4759 Lake Harbor Road Norton Shores, MI 49441

Join Maranatha for a summer concert by David Pendleton! All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information visit www.vacationwithpurpose.org or call (231) 798-2161.

 

Pancakes on the Beach
September 2 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Pere Marquette Public Beach, 3510 Channel Drive Muskegon, MI 49441

Make Pancakes on the Beach part of your Labor Day weekend celebration! The Muskegon Lions are cooking up all the pancakes you can eat, as well as sausage, coffee and juice at beautiful Margaret Drake Elliott Park at Pere Marquette Beach on Lake Michigan. The cost is only $7 for adults and $3 for children (under 12). Proceeds benefit the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired programs and services. For more information, call 231-744-1904.

 

White Lake Nature Walks
September 2 @ 10:30 am

White Lake Chamber of Commerce, 124 W. Hanson St. Whitehall, MI 49461

Discover the beauty of the White Lake area! Local naturalists will lead guided tours of local natural areas and cover a variety of topics relating to native plants and wildlife. The walks are appropriate for adults and begin at 10:30am sharp and last until approximately noon. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Bring water and snacks if needed. Other optional items include: sunscreen, hat, umbrella, binoculars, sketchpad, and pencils or pens. Walks will take place regardless of weather, unless conditions are unsafe. Please call 231-893-4585 to confirm or if you have questions. No children allowed without parents.

 

Yoga on the LST 393
September 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, 560 Mart St.

Sundays from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, join Rootdown Yoga at the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for “Yoga on Deck!” This popular, donation based yoga class is designed for all levels, so grab your family, friends, yoga mat and water and come join them for this popular event. No mat? No problem! You can rent one. Suggested donations are $5, and proceeds benefit: McLaughlin Grows          Urban Farm, 1 in 21 – Healthy Muskegon County, Kids’ Food Basket, and the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum. Please check their Facebook page prior to the event in case of weather resulting in cancellation or class relocation. For more information, call (231) 722-9642.

 

13th Annual Cars for Cancer Fundraiser
September 3 – September 4

Mercy Health Lakes Village, 6401 Prairie St Norton Shores, MI 49444

Come to the Mercy Health Lakes Village Sunday & Monday for the 13th Annual Cars for Cancer Labor Day Car Show & Cruise! There’ll be 40 classes of classic automobiles with 3 trophies per class as well as Best of Show, People’s Choice and Young Guns Class for those 21 and under For more information, find them on Facebook.

 

Labor Day Community Walk
September 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Montague Foods, 8718 Water St. Montague, MI 49437

The White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Harborlight Credit Union, and the cities of Montague and Whitehall prepare to host their 11th Annual Labor Day Community Walk! The walk takes place on the Hart/Montague Bike Trail and will begin at the east end of Spring St. located behind Whitehall Products and Montague Foods in Montague. Walkers are more than welcome to continue on the path or may turn around and return to the start point. Healthy refreshments will be available at the Chamber Depot. For more information, call (231) 893-4585.

 

West Michigan United Labor Day Parade
September 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Downtown Muskegon MI 49440

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 11:00 am and will end approximately around 12:30pm. It begins at the intersection of 4th St. and Western Ave. and progresses down Western Ave. to Jefferson St. (turning right) and heading towards Clay Ave. The march will continue down Clay Ave. and end at Hackley Park for a post parade celebration! For more information or an application to be in the Labor Day Parade, please contact Jana at 231-638-2741 or Jana@unitedwaylakeshore.org

 

For a complete listing of all events happening visit www.visitmuskegon.org or Facebook/visitmuskegon

*Our office will be closed Monday, September 4*

Muskegon County Calendar of Events August 21 to 28, 2017

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


Mark Kahny Trio
August 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster
Muskegon , MI 49440

Come to Hackley Public Library for live music from the Mark Kahny Trio, consisting of Mark Kahny on keyboard, Mary Rademacher on vocals and rhythm instruments, and Tim Johnson on drums. Together they play some of the best jazz and cabaret standards in West Michigan. Be prepared to dance! For more information, call 231-722-8000.


Lighthouse Tours
August 21, 24, 25, 26 and 28 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until August 31, 2017


Muskegon South Pierhead Light
, 1431 Beach St.

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in August from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.


Roll On Muskegon
August 21 & 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.

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


Serene Yoga Summer Beach Yoga Series
August 22, 24 and 25
P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, 6585 Lake Harbor Rd.

Serene Yoga will be offering a new Summer Beach Yoga Series through August 31.  Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am and Friday evenings from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  $10 drop-in rate. Join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the Great Lakes as she guides you stretching and balancing poses while focusing on breath-work and relaxation.  This is a mind, body, spirit experience for the whole family.  This class is a biblical based perspective.  Meet at the beach.  Participants should bring a towel, sheet or yoga mat.  All new participants will be asked to fill out liability forms (please come early on your first visit).  Children under 17 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Check with your doctor if you have any concerns prior to taking this class.  For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com or call 231-343-8381 (text for cancellation information).


Southern Classic Shrimp & Grits Class
August 22 @ 6:30 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49440

Come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Southern Classic Shrimp & Grits with Chef Jamie!”  Chef Jamie grew up in Louisiana so who better can teach us the classic southern dishes of Shrimp & Grits.  Learn what to pair with it to create a well-balanced meal. Bring your appetite and a container to go. This class is for older teens and adults and class size is limited to 15. The cost is $35. For more information call (231) 722-3251.


Montague Band Shell: Free Summer Concert
August 22 @ 7:00 pm
Montague Bandshell, 8636 Water St.

Join the Arts Council of White Lake (ACWL) for the Free Summer Concert Finale “Shook Twins”.  In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Montague Area Public Schools Center for the Arts located at Montague High School. For more information, call 231-893-2524.


2017 McGraft Park Summer Concert Series
August 23 @ 7:00 pm
McGraft Park, 2204 Wickham Dr.

Come to beautiful the McGraft Park Bandshell for the season finale family friendly concert. This concert is at 7:00pm. WEDNESDAY, August 23 – Blackthorn: Traditional Irish Music sponsored by the Michigan Irish Music Festival.  For more information, call the Muskegon Parks Department at 231-724-6991.


Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
August 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fricano’s Event Center, 1050 W. Western

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place are back every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 5:00-8:30pm.  Antiques, customs, classics and novelty vehicles are all welcome.  Enjoy oldies music and door prizes, too!  Come on down and check out some unique cars and enjoy some Fricano’s pizza and Sweet Treats from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe! For more information, call 231-722-7775.


“Scandal! Illness, Lawsuits & Tragedy”
August 23 @ 5:00 pm – August 24 @ 6:30 pm
Hackley & Hume Historic Site, 484 W. Webster Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49440 United States

Visit the Hackley & Hume Historic Site for “Scandal!  Illness, Lawsuits & Tragedy!”  Participate in this illuminating interactive event as a juror in three Hackley and Hume related scandal cases!  This 90 minute experience will reveal untold stories and truth about each family and their past. Due to adult themes and topics, this tour is NOT suitable for children. Space is limited. For more information or to register, call 231-724-5535.


Thursday Evenings are FREE at the Muskegon Museum of Art
August 24 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue

Every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00pm, admission is free at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  One of the most highly respected art museums in the Midwest, the marbled halls of the MMA offer a full schedule of permanent collection displays, traveling exhibits and a lovely museum gift shop. The exhibition will run May 11 through September 10, 2017. For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Shoreline Jazz Festival
August 24 – August 27
Heritage Landing, 1050 7th St.
Muskegon, MI 49440

Alexander Zonjic’s 4th Annual Shoreline Jazz Festival returns to Heritage Landing and other downtown locations in Muskegon Thursday through Sunday.  Enjoy your favorite jazz artists on beautiful Muskegon Lake!  For more information, visit www.shorelinejazzfestival.com. Thursday, August 24 Alexander Zonjic & Friends will perform at The Block (360 W. Western Ave.) at 7:30pm Friday •5:00pm – 9:00pm Jazz in the Park featuring the Muskegon Jazz All-Stars at Hackley Park. FREE! Saturday & Sunday at Heritage Landing for the festival. www.shorelinejazzfestival.com


Discover Columbus’ Ships
August 25 @ 9:00 am – August 29 @ 6:00 pm
Heritage Landing, 1050 7th St.
Muskegon, MI 49440

The museum ships Nina & Pinta return to the Port of Muskegon’s Heritage Landing Dock August 25-29, with tours conducted from 9:00am to 6:00pm each day. On Sunday, August 27, the Pearl Mist will join the sister ships at Heritage Landing during the Shoreline Jazz Festival!  Don’t miss this exciting weekend in downtown Muskegon! The cost to tour the Nina & Pinta is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 65+, $6 for kids 5-16, free for kids 4 and under. For more information, call (787) 672-2152.


Roosevelt Park Day
August 26
Roosevelt Park, 900 Oak Ridge Rd.
Muskegon, MI 49441

Roosevelt Park Day will be held at locations throughout the Roosevelt Park community.  There’ll be live music, a 5K run/walk race, a pancake breakfast at Westwood Reformed Church, a family bowling tournament at Sherman Bowling Center and a parade beginning at Glenside Blvd. and Broadway Ave. For more information contact Roosevelt Park City Hall at 231-755-3721.


Maranatha Free Summer Concert
August 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference Tabernacle, 4759 Lake Harbor Road
Norton Shores, MI 49441

Join Maranatha Saturday at 7:00pm for a summer concert by Guy Penrod!  All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information visit www.vacationwithpurpose.org or call (231) 798-2161.


Muskegon Center for the Arts/Red Lotus Gallery: Creative Saturday
August 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Red Lotus Gallery, 356 W. Western Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49440

Join Muskegon Center for the Arts in a creative exchange of ideas, inspiration and camaraderie as you work on your own project or create a new one at the Red Lotus Gallery!  “Creative Saturdays” are for ages 12 and up and are free to the public (donations are always welcome) For more information, find them on Facebook. The Red Lotus Gallery is located at 356 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon in the Century Building’s basement.


Burning Foot Beer Festival
August 26 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pere Marquette Public Beach, 3510 Channel Drive
Muskegon, MI 49441

Beer, music, sand, Lake Michigan, bare feet, art, food – what could be better?  The third annual Burning Foot Beer Festival will ignite Pere Marquette Park beach. Burning Foot is turning up the heat with 65 craft breweries from the Great Lakes region, live music, games and great friends. For more information, visit www.burningfoot.beer or check them out on Facebook.


Yoga On the LST 393
August 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, 560 Mart St.

Sundays from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, join Rootdown Yoga at the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for “Yoga on Deck!”  This popular, donation based yoga class is designed for all levels, so grab your family, friends, yoga mat and water and come join them for this popular event.  No mat?  No problem!  You can rent one. Suggested donations are $5, and proceeds benefit: McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm, 1 in 21 – Healthy Muskegon County, Kids’ Food Basket, and the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum. Please check their Facebook page prior to the event in case of weather resulting in cancellation or class relocation. For more information, call (231) 722-9642.

 

For a complete listing of all events happening visit www.visitmuskegon.org or Facebook/visitmuskegon

School Stock Up Backpack Giveaway

On August 30, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00p.m., The Gateway Church will be giving away FREE backpacks with school supplies to the first 500 kids (grades K-12).

Requirements:
1) Backpacks will be given out after a short presentation.
2) The child must be present.
3) Parent Photo ID and ID for child. (medicaid card, school schedule, etc.)

Location:
The Gateway Church
1641 Pontaluna Rd.
Spring Lake, MI 49456

There will be free hotdogs, a bounce house, face painting, and balloons.

For more information call (231) 799-2141.

Find us online: http://www.thegatewaygh.com

*OPTIONAL WALK-IN PRE-REGISTRATION: Monday, August 28th, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Registrations WILL NOT be accepted by phone or electronically. Child does not need to be present for pre-registration.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events – August 14 to August 21, 2017

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

 

Learn About Eclipses with the Muskegon Astronomical Society
August 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster

Monday, August 14 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library to learn about the eclipse that is coming up on August 21 with Michael Galvin of the Muskegon Astronomical Society. For more information call 231-722-7276


Lighthouse Tours
August 14, 17 & 18 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light, 1431 Beach St.

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.


Roll On Muskegon
August 14 & 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.

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


McGraft Park Summer Concert:
Tom Pancy
August 15 @ 7:00 pm
McGraft Park, 2204 Wickham Dr.

Come to beautiful the McGraft Park Bandshell for a series of free, family friendly concerts this summer!  All concerts begin at 7:00pm. Tuesday, August 15 – Tom Pancy Band with modern jazz. For more information, call the Muskegon Parks Department at 231-724-6991.


Montague Band Shell: Free Concert: Soul Syndicate
August 15 @ 7:00 pm
Montague Bandshell, 8636 Water St.

Throughout the summer, every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm at the Montague Band Shell, join the Arts Council of White Lake (ACWL) for the Free Summer Concert Series!  In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Montague Area Public Schools Center for the Arts located at Montague High School. For more information, call 231-893-2524.


Serene Yoga Summer Beach Yoga Series
August 15 & 18
P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, 6585 Lake Harbor Rd.

Serene Yoga will be offering a new Summer Beach Yoga Series through August 31.  Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am and Friday evenings from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  $10 drop-in rate. This is a mind, body, spirit experience for the whole family.  This class is a biblical based perspective.  Meet at the beach.  Participants should bring a towel, sheet or yoga mat.  All new participants will be asked to fill out liability forms. Children under 17 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Check with your doctor if you have any concerns prior to taking this class.  For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com or call 231-343-8381 (text for cancellation information).


Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
August 16 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fricano’s Event Center, 1050 W. Western

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place are back every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 5:00-8:30pm.  Antiques, customs, classics and novelty vehicles are all welcome.  Enjoy oldies music and door prizes, too!  Come on down and check out some unique cars and enjoy some Fricano’s pizza and Sweet Treats from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe! For more information, call 231-722-7775.


Thursday Evenings are FREE at the Muskegon Museum of Art
August 17 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue

Every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00pm, admission is free at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  One of the most highly respected art museums in the Midwest, the marbled halls of the MMA offer a full schedule of permanent collection displays, traveling exhibits and a lovely museum gift shop. The exhibition will run May 11 through September 10, 2017. For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Food Truck Rally
August 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.

Bring the family and your appetite to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the big Food Truck Rally!  Be sure to bring lawn chairs so you can relax and enjoy an evening of games and excellent food from your favorite vendors.  For more information, call (231) 724-6777.


Health and Wellness Community Picnic
August 17 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Hackley Park, City block bounded by Webster and Clay and Third and Fourth Streets

Come to historic Hackley Park in downtown Muskegon for a FREE community event honoring our veterans!  Enjoy resource booths, live music, health screenings, kids’ activities, and a free lunch!  Lunch is limited to the first 1,000 attendees.  For more information, call (231)332-3884.


Yoga at the Light
(White River Light Station)
August 18 @ 9:30 am
White River Light Station, 6199 Murray Rd.
Whitehall, MI 49461 United States

Visit the White River Light Station for Yoga at the Light!  Bring your yoga mats or large towels and water to drink and join in for Yoga!  The rain date is August 25.  For further information call Mitch Coleman at White River Yoga at 231-740-6662.


Party in the Park: Groove Solution
August 18 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hackley Park, City block bounded by Webster and Clay and Third and Fourth Streets

Enjoy the last Party in the Park of the season! FREE admission and a family-friendly atmosphere!  Be a part of the tradition and enjoy a summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park.  There are always local Muskegon food vendors at every party, there’s something for everyone to eat and drink. For more information visit www.partiesinthepark.com


The Event of Events
August 18 & 19 @ 6:30 pm
Fricano’s Event Center, 1050 W. Western

Come to The Event Center at Fricano Place for the Event of Events as Harbor Hospice presents the first day of their two-day hospice fundraiser! Tickets are $40.00. Summer in Paradise is the theme of this evening gala that serves as a prelude to the Harbor Hospice Regatta on the 19th at Muskegon Yacht Club @ 11:00am. This unique party features amazing appetizers provided by Harris Hospitality, a cash bar, live entertainment by Black Circle Radio, silent and live auctions, raffles and games. For more information, call 231-728-3442


Music at the Light: Oceania Drive Trio
August 18 @ 7:00 pm
White River Light Station, 6199 Murray Rd.
Whitehall, MI 49461

Visit the White River Light Station for Music at the Light: Oceania Drive Trio!  Oceana Drive Trio (formerly known as Beech Grove Trio) performs acoustic Americana, Roots and Rock music.  If you like music with grit and a soulful edge, then Oceana Drive Trio is sure to please. Come out for an evening of fresh musical perspective! For more information, call (231) 894-8265.


Movies on Deck: Young Frankenstein
August 18 @ 9:30 pm
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, 560 Mart St.

Sunsets, sea breezes and superstars…they’re all on deck at USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for the popular “Movies on Deck,” on Muskegon’s downtown waterfront.  The films are shown on LST 393’s huge screen on the top deck starting about 9:30pm. Enjoy this last movie of the season! For more information, call 231-730-1477. There is no charge to attend “Movies on Deck” screenings, although donations to help support the ship’s restoration. Moviegoers should bring their own chairs and weather-appropriate clothing. Popcorn, soda and snacks are available for sale.


Michigan Maritime Celebration
August 18 – August 20
Pere Marquette Public Beach, 3510 Channel Drive

Join Lake Effect Boating as they celebrate the maritime wonders of Michigan!  From great beaches and boating, to awesome restaurants, breweries, and community events, you won’t want to miss the fun.  The Michigan Maritime Celebration, held August 18 -20 along the Shores of Muskegon, is maritime fun for everyone!  For more information, visit www.michiganmaritimecelebration.weebly.com. 


Moose Fest
August 19
Heritage Landing, 1050 7th St.
Muskegon, MI 49440

Country radio station, WMUS (107.9FM) invites you to join them at beautiful Heritage Landing for Moose Fest 2017!  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 information on 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. (Note: free parking is limited) Gates open at 10:00am 


Movies on the Beach: The Croods
August 19 @ 9:30 pm
Pere Marquette Public Beach, 3510 Channel Drive
Muskegon, MI 49441

The last Movie on the Beach of the season, come to beautiful Pere Marquette Beach.  The movie will start around dusk at Pere Marquette Park (plan to be there by 9:30pm).  This month’s movie is “The Croods” (PG).  This event is free and open to the public. Come on down early to climb to the top of the South Pierhead Lighthouse from 5:00-8:00pm for a small fee. Donations will be accepted (and are welcomed) in order to cover costs and raise funds for future movie nights. Bring a chair and picnic basket and enjoy!


Channel Paddle
August 19 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Harbour Towne Beach, 3315 Fulton Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49441

Join fellow paddlers in the Muskegon Channel for a Muskegon Area Community Paddle!  If you have a paddle craft, whether it’s a kayak, standup paddle board, canoe or rowboat, you’re invited to put in at Muskegon’s Harbour Towne Beach for this free community event. Those without a paddle craft can rent a kayak from Guy’s Ultimate Kayak Service for only $5. Participants must have a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation device. Meet at 8:00am and paddle from 8:30am-10:30am as you commune with fellow kayakers and explore Muskegon’s wonderful waterways. For more information, or to register or rent a kayak, call 231-740-0227.


Arts & Drafts Festival
August 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Ross Park, Wellesley Dr., Muskegon

Ross Park in Norton Shores plays host to its 41st Annual Art Fair. There’ll be wonderful displays of hand crafted goods available for purchase as well as an Arts & Dash 5K Run, food vendors and a beverage tent with a live music stage!  For more information call 231-799-6802


Maranatha FREE Concert: Meredith Andrews
August 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference Tabernacle, 4759 Lake Harbor Road

Join Maranatha every Saturday at 7:00pm for their summer concert series!  All concerts are free and open to the public and feature artists like Meredith Andrews, Selah and Ellie Holcomb.  For more information visit vacationwithpurpose.org or call (231) 798-2161.


White Lake Area Sportfishing Association Fish Boil
August 19 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Montague Bandshell, 8636 Water St.
Montague, MI 49437

Come to the Montague Band Shell Saturday, August 19 from 4:00-8:00pm for the White Lake Area Sportfishing Association’s Annual Bill Gillan Salmon Fish Boil!  For over 30yrs the WLASA club has perfected and served this wonderful Great Lakes traditional culinary meal to the public every August.

You will receive a generous serving of fresh boiled Salmon, Potatoes & Onion, covered with pure melted butter and a delicious roll for a $10 donation. For more information, e-mail wlasa_whitehallmi@outlook.com.


The Muskegon Center for the Arts – Red Lotus Gallery Open Mic Night
August 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Every 3rd Saturday of the Month
The Red Lotus Fine Art Gallery, 356 W. Western Avenue
Muskegon , MI 49440

Muskegon Center for the Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery, located in the Century Building. If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, anything theatrical, poetry or readings, you may want to express it here or just show up to watch the show. There is always something new and unique to enjoy. This event happens on the third Saturday of every month and is for persons 18 years and older. This is a free event. For more information, call (231) 206-0426.


Soulful Sudz / Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.
August 20 @ 11:00 am
Pigeon Hill Brewing, 500 W. Western Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49440

Sunday, August 20 at 11:00am, Muskegon Yoga and Pigeon Hill Brewery are teaming up to bring together two loved past times: yoga and beer drinking. 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, enjoy a yoga class, then refresh with a beer. Call 231-668-4181 for more information.


Yoga on the LST 393 / Fill the Bus with School Supplies
August 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, 560 Mart St.

Join Rootdown Yoga at the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for “Yoga on Deck!”  This popular, donation based yoga class is designed for all levels, so grab your family, friends, yoga mat and water and come join them for this popular event.  No mat?  No problem!  You can rent one. Suggested donations are $5,(instead of cash this week they are collecting school supplies worth $5) Please check their Facebook page prior to the event in case of weather resulting in cancellation or class relocation. For more information, call (231) 722-9642.


Sushi Night with Chef Damon
August 20 @ 6:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49440

Come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Sushi Night with Chef Damon!”  Learn simple and easy sushi recipes with Chef Damon.  Everyone can learn and enjoy the basic art of sushi making!  You will have a hands on learning experience that will teach you how to spread, layer, tuck and roll sushi and then taste the fruits of your labor. Pair with some great wine. The cost is $40.00 and class size limited to 15. For more information call (231) 722-3251.


Star Gazing Open House: Solar Eclipse
August 21 @ 12:00 pm
Muskegon County Waste Management System, 8301 White Dr.
Muskegon, MI 49442

The Muskegon Astronomical Society will have a Star Gazing Open House Monday, August 21 at 12:00pm (noon) to view the solar eclipse at their observatory. There is no charge. They will be viewing the night sky with telescopes. As you wait for night, you might get a tour of the facility or a presentation. They’ll introduce you to amateur astronomy and have plenty of handouts on how to get started. If an open house is cloudy, it’s cancelled. If weather conditions are questionable, call (231) 777-1013 to find out the status of a particular event. Come equipped! Flashlights can be helpful for finding your way around in the dark, but should be kept directed toward the ground so as not to interfere with observing activities. Insect repellent and warm clothing (particularly for feet, head and hands) are strongly encouraged during appropriate seasons. While the clubhouse has heat and A/C, the rest of the facility is open to the night air.
 

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
August 21 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center, 430 W. Clay Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49440

Visit the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party!  There will be a short presentation leading up to the moment of the solar eclipse!  Viewing glasses are available for only $1.00!  For more information, call 231-724-5524.


Mark Kahny Trio
August 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster
Muskegon , MI 49440

Come to Hackley Public Library for live music from the Mark Kahny Trio, consisting of Mark Kahny on keyboard, Mary Rademacher on vocals and rhythm instruments, and Tim Johnson on drums. Together they play some of the best jazz and cabaret standards in West Michigan. Both Mark and Mary are West Michigan Jazz Society Musicians of the Year. Be prepared to dance! For more information, call 231-722-8000.

 

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Muskegon County Calendar of Events 08/07/17 – 08/15/17

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

White Lake Chamber Music Festival
August 3 – August 13
White Lake Area, Colby St.
From August 3 to 13, this year’s White Lake Chamber Music Festival will present exceptional performances and events held throughout the White Lake area of Montague and Whitehall.  Concerts given by the legendary Avalon String Quartet will, again, be among the many highlights. For a schedule of this year’s delightful Festival’s events, please visit whitelakechambermusicfestival.com or call 231-329-3056 for more information. 

Lighthouse Tours
August 7 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until August 31, 2017
Muskegon South Pierhead Light, 1431 Beach St.
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org. 

Roll On Muskegon
August 7 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook. 

Serene Yoga Summer Beach Yoga Series
August 8
P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, 6585 Lake Harbor Rd.
Serene Yoga will be offering a new Summer Beach Yoga Series through August 31.  Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am and Friday evenings from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  $10 drop-in rate. Join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the Great Lakes as she guides you stretching and balancing poses while focusing on breath-work and relaxation.  This is a mind, body, spirit experience for the whole family.  This class is a biblical based perspective.  Meet at the beach.  Participants should bring a towel, sheet or yoga mat.  All new participants will be asked to fill out liability forms (please come early on your first visit).  Children under 17 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Check with your doctor if you have any concerns prior to taking this class.  For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com or call 231-343-8381 (text for cancellation information). 

Everything Blueberries with Chef Jamie
August 8 @ 6:30 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.
Tuesday, August 8 at 6:30pm, come Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Everything Blueberries with Chef Jamie!”  This class will focus on local blueberries from appetizers, sauces, main course dressing and desserts!  Blueberries are very versatile and Michigan blueberry growers produce more than 100 million pounds of them annually. Class size is limited to 15.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251. 

Montague Band Shell: Free Summer Concert Series
August 8 @ 7:00 pm
Montague Bandshell, 8636 Water St.
Throughout the summer, every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm at the Montague Band Shell, join the Arts Council of White Lake (ACWL) for the Free Summer Concert Series!  In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Montague Area Public Schools Center for the Arts located at Montague High School. For more information, call 231-893-2524.

Unity Christian Music Festival
August 9 – August 12
Heritage Landing, 1050 7th St.
August 9-12, come to Heritage Landing for the biggest Christian music festival in Michigan!  There’ll be three stages featuring more than 45 acts playing continuously during this four night three-day family friendly festival.  Plenty of family activities fill the day and evening as well. For more information visit www.unitymusicfestival.com. 

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
August 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fricano’s Event Center, 1050 W. Western
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place are back every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 5:00-8:30pm.  Antiques, customs, classics and novelty vehicles are all welcome.  Enjoy oldies music and door prizes, too!  Come on down and check out some unique cars and enjoy some Fricano’s pizza and Sweet Treats from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe! For more information, call 231-722-7775.

Get Totally Eclipsed!
August 9 @ 7:00 pm
Norton Shores Library, 705 Seminole Rd.
The Norton Shores Library presents “Totally Eclipsed” For the first time in nearly 100 years, a solar eclipse will sweep across the entire continental U.S. on Monday, August 21, 2017.  It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most sky watchers. Dr. Michael Galvin of the Muskegon Astronomical Society shares all you need to know about eclipses, including what they are, where to best view them and how to be safe while watching.  The Library will also have free solar eclipse viewing glasses from the Space Science Institute available for program attendees to take with them. This program is free and open to ages 14 and up, with registration required.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org. 

Northside Family Fun Fest
August 10 – August 12
Walker Park, 1521 Ruddiman
The 9th annual Northside Family Fun Fest will take place at Walker Park in North Muskegon from August 10-12 at Walker Park in North Muskegon!  This event will feature a parade car show art fair, book sale, fireworks, beer and wine garden and “Taste of the Northside”. The arts & crafts fair will be Saturday only.  For more information visit www.cityofnorthmuskegon.com. 

Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center Open House
August 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center, 6221 Sweeter Road
Twin Lake, Michigan 49457
The purpose of the center is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned raptors and return them to the wild in a healthy condition. The center is open to the public from June through October two days per month, the 2nd Thursday and 2nd Sunday of each month from 1:00pm-4:00pm for tours. No admission fee. When you visit the center you will see a number of different species of raptors, including eagles, owls and falcons. In addition to the birds, they have hands on activities to learn more about raptors. They are handicap accessible. Please call in advance to be sure they are open. For more information 231-821-9125 or www.braveheartcenter.com

Thursday Evenings are FREE at the Muskegon Museum of Art
August 10 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue
Every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00pm, admission is free at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  One of the most highly respected art museums in the Midwest, the marbled halls of the MMA offer a full schedule of permanent collection displays, traveling exhibits and a lovely museum gift shop. The exhibition will run May 11 through September 10, 2017. For more information, call 231-720-2570.

2017 McGraft Park Summer Concert Series
August 10 @ 7:00 pm
McGraft Park, 2204 Wickham Dr.
Come to beautiful the McGraft Park Bandshell for a series of free, family friendly concerts this summer!  All concerts begin at 7:00pm. Thursday, August 10 – Westside Soul Surfers (jazz, R & B, rock.  For more information, call the Muskegon Parks Department at 231-724-6991. 

Hey 5K!
August 12 @ 8:00 am
Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 610 W. Western Ave.
The Hey 5K Run/Walk is happening August 12 at 8:00am and begins at the historic Union Depot located at 610 W. Western Ave.  Early registration is at the Depot on August 11 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.

Super Saturday: Native Storytelling
August 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue
Bring the whole family for a Super Saturday featuring Native American storytelling!  This free family fun day exploring the culture of Michigan Native Peoples is in conjunction with Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian exhibit and is a joint program with Lakeshore Museum Center. Explore Native stories as well as how Curtis’ work sought to preserve and capture those traditions in his images and audio recordings. For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Taste of History: Celebrations
August 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing, 8637 N. Durham Rd
Come to Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing for a ‘Taste of History: Celebrations!’  The day will include cooking demonstrations and tastings based on different celebrations and holidays such as Valentine’s Day at the Farmhouse. Food samples will be available for a small fee. For more information, call 231-894-0342

Summer Concert Series
August 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference Tabernacle, 4759 Lake Harbor Road
Norton Shores, MI 49441 United States
Join Maranatha every Saturday at 7:00pm for their summer concert series!  All concerts are free and open to the public and feature artists like Meredith Andrews, Selah and Ellie Holcomb.  For more information visit vacationwithpurpose.org or call (231) 798-2161.

Star Gazing Open House: Perseid Meteor Shower
August 12 @ 8:30 pm
Muskegon County Waste Management System, 8301 White Dr.
The Muskegon Astronomical Society is a 501(C3) non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to enjoy and promote amateur astronomy.  The activities of the society give amateur astronomers opportunities to meet and share experiences with others interested in amateur astronomy. If weather conditions are questionable, call (231) 777-1013 to find out the status of a particular event.

Print It!
August 13 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Muskegon Heritage Museum, 561 W. Western Ave.
Visit the Muskegon Heritage Museum for “Print It,” a hands-on demonstration of printing techniques. For more information, call 231-722-1363.

 Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center Open House
August 13 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center, 6221 Sweeter Road
Twin Lake, Michigan 49457
The purpose of the center is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned raptors and return them to the wild in a healthy condition. The center is open to the public from June through October two days per month, the 2nd Thursday and 2nd Sunday of each month from 1:00pm-4:00pm for tours. They are handicap accessible. Please call in advance to be sure they are open. For more information 231-821-9125 or www.braveheartcenter.com

Yoga On the LST 393
August 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, 560 Mart St.
Sundays from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, join Rootdown Yoga at the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for “Yoga on Deck!”  This popular, donation based yoga class is designed for all levels, so grab your family, friends, yoga mat and water and come join them for this popular event.  No mat?  No problem!  You can rent one. Suggested donations are $5, and proceeds benefit: McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm, 1 in 21 – Healthy Muskegon County, Kids’ Food Basket, and the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum. Please check their Facebook page prior to the event in case of weather resulting in cancellation or class relocation. For more information, call (231) 722-9642.

For a complete listing visit www.muskegon.org

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 07/31/17 – 08/07/17

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

Rocketry Festival 2017
Through August 4
Rocketry Festival 2017 is on through Friday, August 4 at the Muskegon County Wastewater Management Facility!  For more information, visit http://www.nar.org/site/naram-59.

Events at Rocketry festival 2017 include:

  • NARAM 59
  • Week-long Sport Launch (15,000′ Waiver)
  • 2017 FAI CanAm Cup/US Team Flyoffs (Click HERE for more information)
  • Carnival Launch (launch and win a prize!)
  • Horizontal Super Roc (12″ min diameter H & I Motor)
  • Odd Roc Contest (all motor sizes)
  • High Power Set Altitude (420 meters)
  • Swamp Gas Night Launch
  • Imagination Celebration 2017
  • I.P. Pink Book Launch (Bring a pink rocket to launch)
  • NARAM 59 Themed Launches: Sputnik- 1957 and Apollo 7- 1967)

Lighthouse Tours
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 1:00pm – 5:00pm
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Serene Yoga Summer Beach Yoga Series
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Serene Yoga will be offering a new Summer Beach Yoga Series through August 31.  Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am and Friday evenings from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  $10 drop-in rate.

Join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the Great Lakes as she guides you stretching and balancing poses while focusing on breath-work and relaxation.  This is a mind, body, spirit experience for the whole family.  This class is a biblical based perspective.  Meet at the beach.  Participants should bring a towel, sheet or yoga mat.  All new participants will be asked to fill out liability forms (please come early on your first visit).  Children under 17 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Check with your doctor if you have any concerns prior to taking this class.  For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com or call 231-343-8381 (text for cancellation information).

2017 McGraft Park Free Summer Concert Series
August 1 @ 7:00 pm
Come to beautiful the McGraft Park Bandshell for a series of free, family friendly concerts this summer!  All concerts begin at 7:00pm.  For more information, call the Muskegon Parks Department at 231-724-6991.

  • Tuesday, August 1 – Uneven Ground (Celtic)
  • Thursday, August 10 – Westside Soul Surfers (jazz, R & B, rock)
  • Tuesday, August 15 – Tom Pancy Band (modern jazz)
  • Wednesday, August 23 – Blackthorn (traditional Irish music)

Montague Band Shell: Free Summer Concert Series
August 1 @ 7:00 pm
Throughout the summer, every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm at the Montague Band Shell, join the Arts Council of White Lake (ACWL) for the Free Summer Concert Series!  In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Montague Area Public Schools Center for the Arts located at Montague High School. For more information, call 231-893-2524.

The Line-up:

  • 08/01/17 – The Moxie Strings
  • 08/08/17 – West Michigan Winds
  • 08/15/17 – Soul Syndicate
  • 08/22/17 – Shook Twins

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
Wednesdays @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place are back every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 5:00-8:30pm.  Antiques, customs, classics and novelty vehicles are all welcome.  Enjoy oldies music and door prizes, too!  Come on down and check out some unique cars and enjoy some Fricano’s pizza and Sweet Treats from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe!  All Cruise-In participants will be given a coupon for $3 off a dine-in or take-out Fricano’s Pizza purchase.  For more information, call 231-722-7775.

White Lake Chamber Music Festival
August 3 – August 13
From August 3 to 13, this year’s White Lake Chamber Music Festival will present exceptional performances and events held throughout the White Lake area of Montague and Whitehall.  Concerts given by the legendary Avalon String Quartet will, again, be among the many highlights.  Now in its eighth year, the Arts Council of White Lake’s Music Festival presents most events for free.

Local, national and international performers will come together in the White Lake area during this 10-day festival.  The Chicago-based Avalon String Quartet returns as our Resident String Quartet, but with a new and added surprise – a special performance with Chicago clarinetist Elizandro Garcia-Montoya performing the Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op.115.  Holland performers Andrew Le, piano; Jenny Walvoord, violin; and Alicia Eppinga, cello; and many more will delight audiences!  Acclaimed trumpet artists and teachers, Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer, will join organist Thomas Wikman for a concert that has been performed by this trio world-wide!

Youth programming will be expanded this year to include four events:

  • The popular educational concert at the White Lake Community Library featuring Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra’s Bill Vits, percussionist
  • An opportunity for young musicians to perform
  • A children’s concert at the Arts Council of White Lake’s Nuveen Center featuring educator and cellist, Erin Wang.
  • A performance by the top three winners of the Young Artists College Solo Competition, giving the community a glimpse into Michigan’s top talent from the state’s universities and colleges.

A “Music with Friends” concert will be held on Friday, August 4, at the beautiful home of Gary and Linda VanderHagen.  Wine, cheese, and desserts will be served between musical sets.  Performing will be William Watson, tenor; Tracy Watson, mezzo-soprano; and Teresa Kang, piano.  Tickets are $40.

Two performances will be presented by the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble, a versatile and dynamic group praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse.”

A concert by the Festival Chamber Orchestra has become one of the festival’s favorites.  On Friday, August 11, Bach and other Baroque composers will be showcased in this program at the Montague United Methodist Church at 7:30pm.

Free Salon Concerts are among the many highlights of the week.  Great talent will be featured daily at 4:30pm at the Book Nook and Java Shop.  Guest artists include a cello duo, Avalon’s Cheng-Hou Lee and his wife, Anna Sanders Lee; 4 Hand Piano, Bryan Uecker and Steve Thielman; 5th House Ensemble; and much more.

For a schedule of this year’s delightful Festival’s events, please visit whitelakechambermusicfestival.com or call 231-329-3056 for more information.

Thursday Evenings are FREE at the Muskegon Museum of Art
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00pm, admission is free at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  One of the most highly respected art museums in the Midwest, the marbled halls of the MMA offer a full schedule of permanent collection displays, traveling exhibits and a lovely museum gift shop.  Be sure to check out Edward S. Curtis:  The North American Indian, an event of national significance celebrating the artistic genius and lasting cultural legacy of Edward Curtis, an early-1900s photographer who sacrificed everything for his art, died in obscurity, but left behind one of the greatest artistic collaborations and photographic achievements in history.  The exhibition will run May 11 through September 10, 2017.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Kid’s Baking Class: Muffins with Chef Char
August 3 @ 6:00 pm
Thursday, August 3 at 6:00pm, bring the kids to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Mmmmmm! Muffins with Chef Char!”  Beginning bakers will enjoy learning how to make healthy combinations for a sweet breakfast or snack.  The class will make recipes that focus on utilizing fresh fruits and vegetables in season.  Class participants will learn about agents in baking and how each ingredient changes the final product.  This is for ages 7-13.  The cost is $25.  Class size is limited to 15.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Music at the Light: Ghost of the American Road
August 3 @ 7:00 pm
August 3 at 7:00pm, come to the White River Light Station for Music at the Light: Ghost of the American Road!  People across America are saying this emerging duo’s performances leave them feeling as if they’ve “just read a great book.”

From a one-bedroom farmhouse in the middle of 180 acres in Texas, Ghosts of the American Road is the latest brainchild from acclaimed songwriter Kevin Higgins and his talented musical partner, Barbara Malteze. Performing coast-to-coast, this duo has logged over 380,000 miles and collected seven Texas Music Awards along the way.  Inspired by Higgins’ cinematographic compositions, Ghosts of the American Road create beautiful music.  Defying comparisons, one thing’s for certain…no other artists come close to sounding like them.  This is “American Music” where all styles come together at a distinctly original musical crossroads.

For more information, call (231) 894-8265.

2017 Summer Theatre Festival
August 3 @ 7:30 pm
The 2017 Summer Theatre Festival at Howmet Playhouse happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through August 19! All Shows Begin at 7:30 pm (Unless otherwise noted). Become a Member now for the best value. Make a single purchase, and then pick and choose the plays you wish to attend. You will have the opportunity to select your desired membership level as part of the purchase process. Single Show Tickets are $21 for adults and $17 for students. Theater Box Office Hours are weekdays from 1:00 – 5:00pm from July 5 through August 18 and one hour before curtain.

  • August 3-5 Fox on the Fairway
  • August 10-12 The Seafarer
  • August 17-18 Exit Laughing

For more information, call (231) 894-4048.

Party in the Park: Kari Lynch Band
August 4 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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 a summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park.  There are always five local Muskegon food vendors at every party, there’s something for everyone to purchase.  August 4, the band is the Kari Lynch Band, hosted by the Muskegon Rotary Club.  Happy hour is from 5:00pm-6:00pm with the night ending at 9:00pm.  For more information e-mail info@partiesinthepark.com.

First Fridays: Touch the Trucks
August 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, August 4 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to downtown Muskegon for the First Fridays event!  Downtown Muskegon Now is bringing Touch the Trucks back for a fun and interactive evening featuring a variety of emergency vehicles, semis, food trucks and more along Western Ave!  For more information, call 231-724-3180.

Muskegon Center for the Arts/The Red Lotus Gallery: Artists’ Reception
Fridays @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
You are invited to the Artists’ Reception at the Muskegon Center for the Arts every first Friday night of the month from 6:00pm – 8:00pm!  You will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists and view the creativity of local, awesome artists’ work during the reception.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

The gallery is located at 356 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon in the basement of the Century Building.

Summer Concerts on the Depot Lawn
August 4 @ 7:00 pm
The Summer WINDS will play Friday, August 4 at The Depot in downtown Muskegon.  The concerts run from 7:00 – 8:00pm and are FREE and open to the public.  Bring your blanket or lawn chair for an enjoyable evening on the Depot Lawn.  The Depot will be open with ADA-accessible restrooms for guests’ convenience.  For more information, call Visit Muskegon at 231-724-3100.

Movies on Deck: The Sting
August 4 @ 9:30 pm
Sunsets, sea breezes and superstars…they’re all on deck at USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for the popular “Movies on Deck,” most Friday nights this summer on Muskegon’s downtown waterfront.  The films are shown on LST 393’s huge screen on the top deck starting right after sunset, around 10:00pm.  In August, films start about 9:30pm.  There is no charge to attend “Movies on Deck” screenings, although donations to help support the ship’s restoration and veterans museum are always welcome. Moviegoers should bring their own chairs and weather-appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks are available for sale.

Inclement weather will mean a move down inside the giant tank deck of the ship for an indoor showing at 10:00pm.

LST 393 is located at the Mart Dock adjacent to Heritage Landing County Park on the downtown Muskegon waterfront. Tour hours are 10:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week with the last tour starting at 4:00pm. For more information, call 231-730-1477 or visit www.lst393.org.

The movie, Friday, August 4 is The Sting (PG).

Full Moon Float
August 5 @ 12:00 am
At midnight during each full moon from May through September, Guy’s Ultimate Kayak Service will be guiding a “Full Moon Float” down the Muskegon River!  They begin at the Creston Rd. launch and end at Veterans Memorial Park.  The cost is only $20 per person and includes a kayak, paddle, life jacket and a glow stick.  The dates for 2017 are May 10, June 9, July 8, August 5, September 8 and October 6.  All the full moon floats depend on mostly clear skies and take 1-2 hours.  Call Guy to reserve a kayak today at 231-740-0227.

Breakfast at the Farmers’ Market
August 5 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Saturday, August 5 from 8:30am-10:30am, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for a Big Farmers’ Breakfast!  Enjoy pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausage, biscuits, bagels, bread, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes and more.  Water will be served or beverages will be available for purchase.  For more information, call (231) 724-6777.

Montague Artisan Market
August 5 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The first Saturday of the month, June through September from 9:00am – 1:00pm, come enjoy family-friendly fun and lively environment at the Montague Artisan Market, adjacent to the Farmers Market.  A variety of vendors will be selling their handmade items including soap, jewelry, crafts and other art items. Come support local artists and find unique gifts for yourself or a loved one!  For more information, call 231-893-1155.

White Lake Nature Walks
August 5 @ 10:30 am
Discover the beauty of the White Lake area!  Local naturalists will lead guided tours of local natural areas and cover a variety of topics relating to native plants and wildlife.  The walks are appropriate for adults and families; no children allowed without parents.  Walks will take place the first Saturday of the month, beginning in June and continuing through October.  Walks begin at 10:30am sharp and last until approximately noon.

Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.  Bring water and snacks if needed.  Other optional items include:  sunscreen, hat, umbrella, binoculars, sketchpad, and pencils or pens.  Walks will take place regardless of weather, unless conditions are unsafe.  Please call 231-893-4585 to confirm or if you have questions.

Summer Concert Series
August 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Maranatha every Saturday at 7:00pm for their summer concert series!  All concerts are free and open to the public and feature artists like Meredith Andrews, Selah and Ellie Holcomb.  For more information, visit vacationwithpurpose.org or call (231) 798-2161.

Dinner/Dance Cruise with Legal Rehab Band
August 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday night, August 5 from 7:00pm -9:30pm, board the Port City Princess for a dinner/dance cruise with live music from the Legal Rehab Band!  This terrific dance band plays everything from Springsteen to Santana to U2 to Jimmy Buffett.  Tickets are $58 and include a great dinner buffet featuring roast beef, smoked salmon and more!  A full bar is also available.  For more information or reservations, call 231-728-8387 or visit portcityprincess.com.

Yoga at The Deck
August 6 @ 11:00 am
August 6 at 11:00am, Muskegon Yoga and The Deck are teaming up to bring together two well-loved past times: yoga and beer drinking.  Only $10 will get you a 1 hour Vinyasa yoga class (all levels welcome) and a beer at beautiful Pere Marquette Beach.  Bring your yoga mat and a friend, enjoy a yoga class, and then refresh with a beer.

There are limited spots available so register early!  For more information, call 231-668-4181.

Sunday Swing at 18th Amendment
August 6 @ 11:00 am
Sunday, August 6 at 11:00am, come to 18th Amendment Spirits Co. for the Sunday Swing Dance!  Artistic Director, Lauren Sawson, will be providing a 50 minute swing dance lesson.  After cuttin’ the rug, each participant will receive one of 18th Amendment’s Signature Cocktails.  The cost is $40 per couple.  For more information, call (231) 375-5064.

Yoga on Deck
Sundays @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sundays from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, join Rootdown Yoga at the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for “Yoga on Deck!”  This popular, donation based yoga class is designed for all levels, so grab your family, friends, yoga mat and water and come join them for this popular event.  No mat?  No problem!  You can rent one from them for $2.  They have limited availability, so please drop them a line or arrive early!

Suggested donations are $5, and proceeds benefit the following local charities: McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm, 1 in 21 – Healthy Muskegon County, Kids’ Food Basket, and the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum.  Please check their Facebook page prior to the event in case of weather resulting in cancellation or class relocation.  For more information, call (231) 722-9642.

 

 

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 07/24/17 – 07/31/17

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


89th Annual Muskegon County Youth Fair
July 24 – July 29

July 24-29, 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!  A full list of events can be found at the website below, or visit www.muskegonfairgrounds.com.


Muskegon Clippers Home Game
July 23 @ 7:00 pm – July 24 @ 7:00 pm

Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues.  In 2016 alone, the Great Lakes League had over 30 players drafted in the MLB draft, including the #11 overall pick, Kyle Lewis who played for the Lima Locos!  This move to the Great Lakes League is a huge step forward for the Muskegon Clippers and will bring high caliber baseball to Muskegon!

Sunday, July 23 and Monday, July 24at 7:05pm at Marsh Field, come watch as the Clippers take on the Monarchs.  For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.


Roll On Muskegon
Mondays @ 6:30pm

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


Lighthouse Tours
Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.


Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian
Ongoing

The Muskegon Museum of Art is one of the finest regional art museums in the Midwest with a 104-year history and an impeccable reputation.  The Museum also owns a complete edition, identified as the 70th of the planned original sets, of The North American Indian, by Edward S. Curtis, internationally recognized as the most comprehensive ethnographic and photographic historical record of Native Americans ever produced.  The astounding work is comprised of twenty volumes of research (containing 2.5 million works of text and thousands of photographs) and 20 portfolios containing an additional 723 photogravures.

Through September 10 of 2017, the Muskegon Museum of Art will present a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of national significance: Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian.

Documenting the lives of western Native American peoples, the stunning portraits and landscapes of The North America Indian, which were created from 1907 through 1930, are considered to be both the greatest artistic collaboration and photographic achievement in history.  A renowned successful celebrity photographer, Curtis threw it all away to pursue a 30-year obsession that nearly destroyed him. In the end, he lost his wealth, fame, marriage, and health, but left behind a monumental achievement: The North American Indian.  For more information, visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.


Serene Yoga Summer Beach Yoga Series
Tuesdays & Thursdays

Serene Yoga will be offering a new Summer Beach Yoga Series through August 31.  Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am and Friday evenings from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  $10 drop-in rate.

Join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the Great Lakes as she guides you stretching and balancing poses while focusing on breath-work and relaxation.  This is a mind, body, spirit experience for the whole family.  This class is a biblical based perspective.  Meet at the beach.  Participants should bring a towel, sheet or yoga mat.  All new participants will be asked to fill out liability forms (please come early on your first visit).  Children under 17 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Check with your doctor if you have any concerns prior to taking this class.  For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com or call 231-343-8381 (text for cancellation information).


Summer Movie Night
July 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Come to the library to see the movie “Arrival (PG13)!”  This 2016 American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve is based on the 1998 short story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang.  The film stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.  A linguist tries to communicate with aliens who have suddenly arrived at various locations on Earth.  Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. The movie runs 116 minutes.  For more information, call 231-722-8000.


2017 McGraft Park Summer Concert Series
Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm

Come to beautiful the McGraft Park Bandshell for a series of free, family friendly concerts this summer!  All concerts begin at 7:00pm.  For more information, call the Muskegon Parks Department at 231-724-6991.

Tuesday, July 11 – West Michigan Concert Winds (pop, jazz, marches)
Tuesday, July 18 – Steel Doin’ It (Steel Drums)
Tuesday, July 25 – Theresa’s Boys & the Grabinski Orchestra (polka and ballroom)
Tuesday, August 1 – Uneven Ground (Celtic)
Thursday, August 10 – Westside Soul Surfers (jazz, R & B, rock)
Tuesday, August 15 – Tom Pancy Band (modern jazz)
Wednesday, August 23 – Blackthorn (traditional Irish music)


Food Truck Rally
July 26 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wednesday, July 26 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm, bring the family and your appetite to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the big Food Truck Rally!

The second rally will include 21 local food vendors and music from Yard Sale Underwear!  Fatty Lumpkins, Bone Ends, Hab’s Good Eats ‘n Treats and Ice Box Brand, and others will be part of the event.  Entry to the event is free, but those seeking to buy food must purchase tickets from volunteers or at the ticket window.  The amount of tickets for food will vary depending on the vendor.  Be sure to bring lawn chairs so you can relax and enjoy an evening of games, live music and excellent food from your favorite vendors.  For more information, call (231) 724-6777.


Classical Night: The Indian Picture Opera
July 26 @ 7:00 pm

Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for “Classical Night: The Indian Picture Opera!”  This film is a journey through history as famed photographer Edward S. Curtis explains Native American cultures in his own words and photographs.  This motion picture reconstruction of his 1911-1912 magic lantern slide show illuminates a time when Native Americans were forced from their land and cultures.  Curtis’ documentation of Indian cultures serves as a unique footprint in time.  Be sure to check out the Edward S. Curtis exhibition at the Muskegon Museum of Art, on through September 10, 2017.

Come early for dinner and the best seats at 6:15pm to enjoy barbecued ribs, potato salad, coleslaw and a dinner roll for only Roll $9.25.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.


Holton Days
July 27 – July 29

Thursday through Saturday, July 27 – 29, everyone is invited to downtown Holton for the 37th Annual Holton Days!  This is truly an old fashioned treat of a festival featuring pie auctions, kids’ games, tractor pulls, cloggers, a chainsaw competition, a Grande Parade and even and Elvis impersonator.  For more information, call 231-747-5945 or visit the website below.


Thursday Night Music Club
July 27 @ 7:00 pm

The Muskegon Area District Library’s Thursday Night Music Club will featuring the band Silverado, July 27 at 7:00pm!  It’s summertime and the living is easy! Join your fellow music lovers for a free concert featuring Muskegon’s own favorite country/western music band.  Weather permitting, the music will be outside at the Library, providing plenty of space to dance to your favorites in the summer breeze.  The Friends of the Norton Shores Library will be grilling hot dogs and serving ice cold lemonade, so bring a lawn chair and join the fun!  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org.


Party in the Park: Jaded 8
July 28 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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 a summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park.  There are always five local Muskegon food vendors at every party, there’s something for everyone to purchase.  July 28, the band is Jaded 8, hosted by the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame.  Happy hour is from 5:00pm-6:00pm with the night ending at 9:00pm.  For more information e-mail info@partiesinthepark.com.


CRUZ’IN Classic Car Show
July 28 @ 7:00 pm

Friday, July 28 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, call 231-893-1155.


Music at the Light: Bob Hausler
July 28 @ 7:00 pm

July 28 at 7:00pm, come to the White River Light Station for live music from Bob Hausler! Bob is an award winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, and entertainer who has entertained thousands of people in his career.  As a session guitarist, he has played on hundreds of recordings.  As a songwriter, his songs have been pitched to or recorded by artists like: Alabama, Jon Anderson, Randy Travis, Laurie Morgan, Laurie Middlebrook, Cheryl K. Warner, and others.  He is currently working on his second solo recording project.  This will be a follow up to the 2014 release “Family, Friends, and the Good Life.  An emotional singer, Bob loves to let the song come from the heart.  At home in front of a crowd of thousands or in the intimate setting of a small club, he performs with energy and soul. Known for his high-spirited performance and endless energy, Bob reaches out to his audience in a very personal way.  As the founder and former president of the Mid-Michigan Songwriters Guild, he spends a lot of time helping others develop their songwriting skills.  For more information, call (231) 894-8265.


Dinner/Dance Aboard the Port City Princess
July 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Friday night, July 28 from 7:00pm -9:30pm, enjoy a lovely dinner/dance aboard the Port City Princess.  They’re offering a fantastic Friday night special of $78 for two people.  Cruise beautiful Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan while enjoying a delicious buffet dinner of roast beef, smoked salmon and more.  A full bar is also available.  Make reservations by calling 231-728-8387 or visit portcityprincess.com.


Movies on Deck: Destination Tokyo
July 28 @ 9:30 pm

Sunsets, sea breezes and superstars…they’re all on deck at USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for the popular “Movies on Deck,” most Friday nights this summer on Muskegon’s downtown waterfront.  The films are shown on LST 393’s huge screen on the top deck starting right after sunset, around 10:00pm.  In August, films start about 9:30pm.  There is no charge to attend “Movies on Deck” screenings, although donations to help support the ship’s restoration and veterans museum are always welcome. Moviegoers should bring their own chairs and weather-appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks are available for sale.

Inclement weather will mean a move down inside the giant tank deck of the ship for an indoor showing at 10:00pm.

LST 393 is located at the Mart Dock adjacent to Heritage Landing county park on the downtown Muskegon waterfront. Tour hours are 10:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week with the last tour starting at 4:00pm. For more information, call 231-730-1477 or visit www.lst393.org.

The movie, Friday, July 28 is Destination Tokyo.


Rocketry Festival 2017
July 29 – August 4

Rocketry Festival 2017 will be held Saturday, July 29 – Friday, August 4 at the Muskegon County Wastewater Management Facility!  For more information, visit http://www.nar.org/site/naram-59.

Events at Rocketry festival 2017 include:

• NARAM 59
• Week-long Sport Launch (15,000′ Waiver)
• 2017 FAI CanAm Cup/US Team Flyoffs (Click HERE for more information)
• Carnival Launch (launch and win a prize!)
• Horizontal Super Roc (12″ min diameter H & I Motor)
• Odd Roc Contest (all motor sizes)
• High Power Set Altitude (420 meters)
• Swamp Gas Night Launch
• Imagination Celebration 2017
• I.P. Pink Book Launch (Bring a pink rocket to launch)
• NARAM 59 Themed Launches: Sputnik- 1957 and Apollo 7- 1967)


Downtown Paddle
July 29 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am

Saturday, July 29, join fellow paddlers on the Muskegon Lake for one of three Muskegon Area Community Paddles this summer!  If you have a paddle craft, whether it’s a  kayak, standup paddle board, canoe or rowboat, you’re invited to the Downtown Shoreline for this free community event.  Those without a paddle craft can rent a kayak from Guy’s Ultimate Kayak Service for only $5.  Participants must have a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation device.  Meet at 8:00am and paddle from 8:30am-10:30am as you commune with fellow kayakers and explore Muskegon’s wonderful waterways.  For more information, or to register or rent a kayak, call 231-740-0227.

There will be another paddle in the channel on August 19.

Brought to you by Guy’s Ultimate Kayak Service, Lake Effect Boat Time and the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau.


C.O.O.K Competition for Kids with Chef Jack Page
July 29 @ 9:00 am

Saturday, July 29 at 9:00am, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “C.O.O.K Competition for Kids with Chef Jack Page!”  Creating Original Opportunities for Kids (C.O.O.K.) is a culinary competition for kids!  Three teams of kids are paired with local chefs to create dishes using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients along with a mystery ingredient chosen by the judges.  Common cooking ingredients will also be available to all teams.  Teams will be given tokens to shop in the Muskegon Farmers Market.  After shopping, teams 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 mystery prize.  Participation is limited and cost is $25 to enter.  This is for ages 7-13.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Photography Show and Competition
July 29 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The Norton Shores Library hosts the Lakeshore Camera Club of Muskegon’s Biannual Show and Competition Saturday, July 29 from 10:00am – 6:00pm! Discover local photographic talent, meet the photographers and vote for your favorite to win.  There will be refreshments to enjoy and prints to purchase.

This event is free and open to the public.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org.


Muskegon Clippers Home Game
July 29 @ 7:00 pm – July 30 @ 7:00 pm

Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues.  In 2016 alone, the Great Lakes League had over 30 players drafted in the MLB draft, including the #11 overall pick, Kyle Lewis who played for the Lima Locos!  This move to the Great Lakes League is a huge step forward for the Muskegon Clippers and will bring high caliber baseball to Muskegon!

Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 at 7:05pm at Marsh Field, come watch as the Clippers take on the Loggers.  For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.


Concert at the Depot: Summer Pops
July 29 @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, July 29 at 7:00pm, come to Union Depot for a concert on the lawn with the North Oakland Concert Band performing Summer Pops!  The concert is FREE and open to the public.  Bring your blanket or lawn chair for an enjoyable evening on the lawn.  The Depot will be open with ADA-accessible restrooms for guests’ convenience.  For more information, call Visit Muskegon at 231-724-3100 or go to www.visitmuskegon.org.


Luau aboard the Port City Princess
July 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Saturday, July 29 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm, come aboard the Port City Princess for a Luau featuring the Pacific Island Dancers as they perform traditional Hawaiian and Tahitian dances!  Tickets are $58 and include an island inspired dinner buffet of teriyaki beef, sweet and sour chicken, fruit medley, mixed salad, dessert and lots more.  A full bar is also available on this lovely scenic cruise of Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan.  For more information or reservations, call 231-728-8387.


Muskegon Clippers Home Game
July 29 @ 7:00 pm – July 30 @ 7:00 pm

Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues.  In 2016 alone, the Great Lakes League had over 30 players drafted in the MLB draft, including the #11 overall pick, Kyle Lewis who played for the Lima Locos!  This move to the Great Lakes League is a huge step forward for the Muskegon Clippers and will bring high caliber baseball to Muskegon!

Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 at 7:05pm at Marsh Field, come watch as the Clippers take on the Loggers.  For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 07/17/17 – 07/24/17

Lighthouse Tours
Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian
The Muskegon Museum of Art is one of the finest regional art museums in the Midwest with a 104-year history and an impeccable reputation.  The Museum also owns a complete edition, identified as the 70th of the planned original sets, of The North American Indian, by Edward S. Curtis, internationally recognized as the most comprehensive ethnographic and photographic historical record of Native Americans ever produced.  The astounding work is comprised of twenty volumes of research (containing 2.5 million works of text and thousands of photographs) and 20 portfolios containing an additional 723 photogravures.

Through September 10 of 2017, the Muskegon Museum of Art will present a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of national significance: Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian.
Documenting the lives of western Native American peoples, the stunning portraits and landscapes of The North America Indian, which were created from 1907 through 1930, are considered to be both the greatest artistic collaboration and photographic achievement in history.  A renowned successful celebrity photographer, Curtis threw it all away to pursue a 30-year obsession that nearly destroyed him. In the end, he lost his wealth, fame, marriage, and health, but left behind a monumental achievement: The North American Indian.  For more information, visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.

Serene Yoga Summer Beach Yoga Series
Through August 31
Serene Yoga will be offering a new Summer Beach Yoga Series through August 31.  Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am and Friday evenings from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  $10 drop-in rate.

Join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the Great Lakes as she guides you stretching and balancing poses while focusing on breath-work and relaxation.  This is a mind, body, spirit experience for the whole family.  This class is a biblical based perspective.  Meet at the beach.  Participants should bring a towel, sheet or yoga mat.  All new participants will be asked to fill out liability forms (please come early on your first visit).  Children under 17 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Check with your doctor if you have any concerns prior to taking this class.  For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com or call 231-343-8381 (text for cancellation information).

2017 McGraft Park Free Summer Concert Series
Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm
Come to beautiful the McGraft Park Bandshell for a series of free, family friendly concerts this summer!  All concerts begin at 7:00pm.  For more information, call the Muskegon Parks Department at 231-724-6991.

  • Tuesday, July 11 – West Michigan Concert Winds (pop, jazz, marches)
  • Tuesday, July 18 – Steel Doin’ It (Steel Drums)
  • Tuesday, July 25 – Theresa’s Boys & the Grabinski Orchestra (polka and ballroom)
  • Tuesday, August 1 – Uneven Ground (Celtic)
  • Thursday, August 10 – Westside Soul Surfers (jazz, R & B, rock)
  • Tuesday, August 15 – Tom Pancy Band (modern jazz)
  • Wednesday, August 23 – Blackthorn (traditional Irish music)

Montague Band Shell: Free Summer Concert Series
Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm
Throughout the summer, every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm at the Montague Band Shell, join the Arts Council of White Lake (ACWL) for the Free Summer Concert Series!  In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Montague Area Public Schools Center for the Arts located at Montague High School. For more information, call 231-893-2524.

The Line-up:

  • 07/18/17 – Scottville Clown Band
  • 07/25/17 – Magic Bus
  • 08/01/17 – The Moxie Strings
  • 08/08/17 – West Michigan Winds
  • 08/15/17 – Soul Syndicate
  • 08/22/17 – Shook Twins 

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
July 19 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place are back every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 5:00-8:30pm.  Antiques, customs, classics and novelty vehicles are all welcome.  Enjoy oldies music and door prizes, too!  Come on down and check out some unique cars and enjoy some Fricano’s pizza and Sweet Treats from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe!  All Cruise-In participants will be given a coupon for $3 off a dine-in or take-out Fricano’s Pizza purchase.  For more information, call 231-722-7775.

Egelston/Wolf Lake Festival
July 20 – July 23
July 20-23, 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 Alex at 231-788-2308.

Thursday, July 20

  • Free Movie Night – (Dusk)  Come to Beals Park for night of movies and popcorn.  The film will be “Kicking and Screaming” (PG) starring Will Ferrell.

Friday, July 21

  • Beverage Tent – (6:00pm – midnight) Adult beverages and music by Oregon Dreamchild.  Flickema Park
  • Festival Parade – (6:00pm) Parade begins on Park St. at Oakridge Lower Elementary.
  • Outhouse Races – Immediately following the parade on Park St.

Saturday, July 22

  • Arts & Crafts/Kids’ Art in the Park – (9:00am – 3:00pm) Beals Park
  • Fishing Tournament – (8:00am – 3:00pm)  Pig roast to follow
  • Kids’ Games – (11:00am -3:00pm) Beals Park
  • Free Family 5K Walk/Run (8:30am) Beals Park
  • Giant Waterslide (12:00pm – 3:00pm) Beals Park
  • Cornhole Tournament (12:00pm) Flickema Park
  • Softball Tournament – Flickema Park
  • Beverage Tent (6:00pm – 12:00pm) Adult beverages and music by DJ Dave.  Flickema Park

Sunday, July 23

  • Day of Worship – (10:00am) Led by Pastor Dan Smith of Jipson Immanuel Baptist Church, Beals Park.

Thursday Evenings are FREE at the Muskegon Museum of Art
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00pm, admission is free at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  One of the most highly respected art museums in the Midwest, the marbled halls of the MMA offer a full schedule of permanent collection displays, traveling exhibits and a lovely museum gift shop.  Be sure to check out Edward S. Curtis:  The North American Indian, an event of national significance celebrating the artistic genius and lasting cultural legacy of Edward Curtis, an early-1900s photographer who sacrificed everything for his art, died in obscurity, but left behind one of the greatest artistic collaborations and photographic achievements in history.  The exhibition will run May 11 through September 10, 2017.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Muskegon Clippers Home Game
July 20 @ 7:00 pm
Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues.  In 2016 alone, the Great Lakes League had over 30 players drafted in the MLB draft, including the #11 overall pick, Kyle Lewis who played for the Lima Locos!  This move to the Great Lakes League is a huge step forward for the Muskegon Clippers and will bring high caliber baseball to Muskegon!

Thursday, July 20 at 7:05pm at Marsh Field, come watch as the Clippers take on the Loggers.  For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.

2017 Summer Theatre Festival
Through August 19
The 2017 Summer Theatre Festival at Howmet Playhouse happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 6 through August 19! All Shows Begin at 7:30 pm (Unless otherwise noted). Become a Member now for the best value. Make a single purchase, then pick and choose the plays you wish to attend. You will have the opportunity to select your desired membership level as part of the purchase process. Single Show Tickets are $21 for adults and $17 for students. Theater Box Office Hours are weekdays from 1:00 – 5:00pm from July 5 through August 18 and one hour before curtain.

  • July 6-8 The Seamstress
  • July 13-15 CMU Triple Show Weekend
  • July 20-22 The Birds
  • July 27-29 WLYT: The Rememberer
  • August 3-5 Fox on the Fairway
  • August 10-12 The Seafarer
  • August 17-18 Exit Laughing

Auditions will be announced soon! For more information, visit the website below or call (231) 894-4048.

Muskegon County Garden Club Flower Show “Books in Bloom, Cookbook Collection”
July 21 – July 22
Friday, July 21 from 3:30pm – 7:00pm, and Saturday, July 22 from 10:00am – 2:00pm, come to the Norton Shores Library for the Muskegon County Garden Club Flower Show “Books in Bloom, Cookbook Collection!”  This is a standard flower show featuring horticulture, designs, youth exhibits, artistic crafts and educational exhibits.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 231-755-4409.

Yoga at the Light
July 21 @ 9:30 am
July 21 at 9:30am, come to the White River Light Station for Yoga at the Light!  Bring your yoga mats or large towels and water to drink and join SPLKA for Yoga. The rain date is July 28.  For further information call Mitch Coleman at White River Yoga at 231-740-6662.

Party in the Park: Whoopee Kat
July 21 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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 a summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park.  There are always five local Muskegon food vendors at every party, there’s something for everyone to purchase.  July 21, the band is Whoopee Kat, hosted by the Muskegon Optimists Club.  Happy hour is from 5:00pm-6:00pm with the night ending at 9:00pm.  For more information e-mail info@partiesinthepark.com.

Ravenna Dog Daze & Car Cruise-In
July 21 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
July 21 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 childrens games, food, the beverage tent, live entertainment, the craft show and raffles.   All proceeds support local charities.  For more information call 231-557-6572.

Movies on Deck: Remember the Titans
July 21 @ 9:30 pm
Sunsets, sea breezes and superstars…they’re all on deck at USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for the popular “Movies on Deck,” most Friday nights this summer on Muskegon’s downtown waterfront.  The films are shown on LST 393’s huge screen on the top deck starting right after sunset, around 10:00pm.  In August, films start about 9:30pm.  There is no charge to attend “Movies on Deck” screenings, although donations to help support the ship’s restoration and veterans museum are always welcome. Moviegoers should bring their own chairs and weather-appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks are available for sale.

Inclement weather will mean a move down inside the giant tank deck of the ship for an indoor showing at 10:00pm.

LST 393 is located at the Mart Dock adjacent to Heritage Landing county park on the downtown Muskegon waterfront. Tour hours are 10:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week with the last tour starting at 4:00pm. For more information, call 231-730-1477 or visit www.lst393.org.

The movie, Friday, July 21 is Remember the Titans (PG).

Music at the Light: Western Michigan Dulcimer Friends
July 22 @ 2:00 pm
July 22 at 2:00pm, come to the White River Light Station for live music 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 music of our ancestors handed down through time.  This is the music played in grange halls for square dances.  The musicians will be playing dulcimers, guitars and fiddles to mention a few.  They play for the love of music. Bring your family, your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy an afternoon of folk inspired music while visiting and exploring the White River Light Station.  The museum and tower will be open for the standard admission charge.  For more information, call (231) 894-8265. 

Sunset Lighthouse Tours
Saturdays @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering sunset tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in July from 5:00-8:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Summer Concert Series
Saturdays @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Maranatha every Saturday at 7:00pm for their summer concert series!  All concerts are free and open to the public and feature artists like Meredith Andrews, Selah and Ellie Holcomb.  For more information visit vacationwithpurpose.org or call (231) 798-2161.

Movies on the Beach: Pirates of the Caribbean
July 22 @ 9:30 pm
Saturday night, July 22, come to beautiful Pere Marquette Beach for “Movies on the Beach!”  The movie will start around dusk at Pere Marquette Park (plan to be there by 9:30pm).  This month’s movie is “Pirates of the Caribbean” (PG) starring Johnny Depp.  This event is free and open to the public.  Come on down early to climb to the top of the South Pierhead Lighthouse from 5:00-8:00pm for a small fee.  Donations will be accepted (and are welcomed) in order to cover costs and raise funding for future movie nights.  Bring a chair and picnic basket and enjoy!

Yoga at the Deck
July 23 @ 11:00 am
July 23 at 11:00am, Muskegon Yoga and The Deck are teaming up to bring together two well-loved past times: yoga and beer drinking.  Only $10 will get you a 1 hour Vinyasa yoga class (all levels welcome) and a beer at beautiful Pere Marquette Beach.  Bring your yoga mat and a friend, enjoy a yoga class, then refresh with a beer.

There are limited spots available so register early!  For more information, call 231-668-4181.

Muskegon Clippers Home Game
July 23 @ 7:00 pm – July 24 @ 7:00 pm
Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues.  In 2016 alone, the Great Lakes League had over 30 players drafted in the MLB draft, including the #11 overall pick, Kyle Lewis who played for the Lima Locos!  This move to the Great Lakes League is a huge step forward for the Muskegon Clippers and will bring high caliber baseball to Muskegon!

Sunday, July 23 and Monday, July 24at 7:05pm at Marsh Field, come watch as the Clippers take on the Monarchs.  For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.

Muskegon County Youth Fair
July 24 – July 29
July 24-29, experience the wonders of farm life in West Michigan at the Muskegon County Youth Fair!  Support the local youth while they proudly display their agricultural works of the year and show their prized animals at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds!  For more information, visit www.muskegonfairgrounds.com.

 

Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian and Related Events

July 7, 2017, Muskegon, Michigan – The Muskegon Museum of Art presents “The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians: Our Story,” a lecture by tribe Ogema Larry Romanelli, on Thursday, July 13. The event will start with a reception at 5:30 pm. The lecture begins at 7:00 pm in the MMA’s auditorium. The reception and program are free and open to the public. Mr. Romanelli will discuss the history and current life of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. He is a lifelong Muskegon resident and is from the Thunder clan of Odawa Indians. In 2007, he was elected as the Ogema, Chairman, and Chief of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in Manistee, MI. Mr. Romanelli was re-elected to a second term of office in 2011 and to a third term in 2015. He is also a successful businessman and owner of three businesses in West Michigan.

This program is one in a series, at the Muskegon Museum of Art, that accompanies the exhibition Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian. Special programs continue in August with:
Standing Rock: A Report from the Field by Levi Rickert
Thursday, August 10, 5:30 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture
Levi Rickert, editor of Native News Online, a national publication of, by, and for the indigenous peoples of North America, will talk about his recent experiences at the protests at Standing Rock in North Dakota.
Native Storytelling Super Saturday
Saturday, August 12, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Free Family Fun Day. Explore Native stories with special activities. Free admission and activities.
Film Screening & Lecture: Coming to Light with Anne Makepeace
Thursday, August 24, 5:30 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Film Screening & Lecture
Screening of Coming to Light, Edward S. Curtis and The North America Indians, followed by Q & A with Anne Makepeace, the film’s writer, director, and producer. Coming to Light was an Academy Award finalist for best feature documentary in 2001.

The North American Indian is an exhibition of national significance that explores the depth, breadth, and lasting cultural legacy of Edward Curtis’s monumental work. The exhibition, both survey and critique, tells the story of one of the most prominent photographers of his time, who sacrificed everything for his work on The North American Indian, only to die in obscurity. Curtis’s images have been extensively exhibited and collected, and have become iconic over the past century. Organized by the MMA, this exhibition will be perhaps the largest and most comprehensive survey ever presented of The North American Indian. For what may be the first time, the entire collection of all 723 portfolio photographs will be on display. Importantly, this thorough survey and overview of The North American Indian also examines the challenges and controversies that the work has faced through the years, and in our own time. The exhibition runs through September 10, 2017. Visit muskegonartmuseum.org for visitor information or call (231) 720-2571.

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Photo Courtesy Michigan Heritage Park

Special programs related to Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian in other locations throughout the area:
Native Heritage: The North American Indian
Michigan’s Heritage Park, through October 28 and Lakeshore Museum Center, May 11 through September 10 The Lakeshore Museum Center is featuring over 40 Native American artifacts from its collection at Michigan’s Heritage Park in Whitehall and in the Cabinets of Curiosity at the main museum site in downtown Muskegon during the MMA’s exhibition Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian. Among the artifacts on display in the Visitor Center at the park are two headdresses, jewelry, pottery, beadwork, baskets, and moccasins. The items selected for the display complement a selection of Curtis’s photogravures. The items in the Curiosity Corner are primarily beadwork and jewelry. For more information, visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org or call 231.894.0342.
Honoring Native Heritage Pow Wow at Michigan’s Heritage Park, Whitehall
Saturday, July 15, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sunday, July 16, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
For more information, visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org or call 231.894.0342.
Theatre Presentation at Howmet Playhouse, Whitehall
The Rememberer by Steven Dietz
Thursday, July 27, 7:30 pm, Friday, July 28, 3:00 pm, Saturday, July 29, 7:30 pm The true story of a young Squaxin Indian girl, who is forcibly taken from her home and placed in a government-run school in 1911.
A Taste of History: Celebrations at Michigan’s Heritage Park, Whitehall
Saturday, August 12, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Jessica Diemer-Eaton will demonstrate traditional Native American food preparation. For more information, visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org or call 231.894.0342.
Drumming Performance at Muskegon’s Bright Lights Festival at Muskegon South Pierhead Light
Saturday, August 19, 2:00 pm

Frauenthal Theater Tours

Join us for a historic tour in the Frauenthal Theater including the Mighty Barton Organ!
These FREE tours led by a docent will be held on select Thursdays this summer: July 20th, August 10th and August 24th

Time: 3pm